With two months to go before election day, local candidates are bringing their operations into full gear. Liberal Todd Stone opens his campaign office today with a celebration at 153 Seymour St., from 3 to 7 p.m. He'll make an announcement at 3:30 p.m. Stone's NDP opponent, Tom Friedman, opens his campaign office on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., occupying the office at 100 Fourth Ave. in the Old Firehall Building.
Chamber holds AGM
Kamloops Chamber of Commerce holds its annual general meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 7-8 p.m. at the Coast Kamloops Conference Centre. Networking begins at 5 p.m., dinner follows at 6 and they get down to business at 7 with the election of officers. Mayor Peter Milobar delivers his "state of the city" address at 8 p.m.
Activist speaks on mining
El Salvadoran activist Vidalina Morales de Gamez will speak on Sunday about the impact of Canadian mining operations in her country. She is currently on tour, raising awareness of a call to ban metallic mining over environmental and water concerns. Two local speakers will briefly address issues with the Ajax and Ruddick mine proposals. The free talk, hosted by the Council of Canadians, takes place at noon at the Smorgasbord Deli, 225 Seventh Ave.
Tolko recognizes local mill
Tolko Industries Ltd. has given its Heffley Creek operation two awards. The division was recognized for most improved financial performance and the best operation for risk management in 2012. The Western Canadian awards have been given for two decades by the privately held company.
Dinner brings in $25,000 for Tanzania
CPPS Missions raised $25,000 at its annual fundraising dinner, held at TRU on the weekend. The 11th annual event provides windmills, wells, water and education for the people of Tanzania. The students of St. Ann's Academy raised $1,200 for uniforms to that children in the African nation can attend school. The next youth mission trip is planned for the summer of 2015.