Menu's owner seeks identity of young man

Catherine Litt / Kamloops Daily News
March 22, 2012 01:00 AM

Look closely at the young man holding the steer's rein in this image from an old Oscar's Steak House menu. Kamloops resident Bonnie Kimberley is hoping someone will recognize him so she can give his family this long-forgotten piece of Vancouver memorabilia.

We've got another mission for our Daily News readers.

Kamloops resident Bonnie Kimberley has been trying for more than a year to identify a young man whose image appears on an old menu from the Vancouver restaurant Oscar's Steak House.

Oscar's was located at the corner of Georgia and Burrard and was in operation at least in 1950, based on the menu image, which shows a young man and his prize-winning steer with the owner of Oscar's.

"I have tried to find out who the young man is so this precious keepsake could be given to the family," said Kimberley.

It's believed the restaurant bought prize-winning cattle from agricultural fairs each year and served those to the customers.

As the front of the menu states: "All beef served at Oscar's is specially grain-fed and hung for 30 days ensuring the very best in quality meats for our guests the year 'round."

If you recognize the young man in the photo, please let our Readers' Reporter department know by calling 250-371-6125 or emailing litt@kamloopsnews.ca.

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YOU ASKED:What happens to our recyclables after they leave the curbside?

- Judy

OUR ANSWER:Each day, about 20 metric tonnes (about 45,000 pounds) of recyclable material is picked up in Kamloops.

It is taken to the Emterra Environmental recycling facility in Valleyview to be compressed, bailed, loaded onto trucks and sent to Emterra's sorting facility in Surrey. The City pays Emterra $80 a tonne for all of that and for storing, marketing and selling the usable recyclables that emerge from the process.

About 95 per cent of the material is usable.

The City knows this for sure because every six months Emterra performs an audit to determine how much actual garbage makes its way into the curbside bins.

If you're curious to know where the recyclables end up after they've been sorted in Surrey, here is a breakdown:

* PAPERaccounts for about 69 per cent of the total recyclables collected in Kamloops. It's sold to paper mills in Asia and the northwest where it is de-inked and used to make newsprint and toilet paper.

* PLASTICmakes up six per cent of the collection and is sold to Merlin Plastics in Vancouver and Calgary where it's made into different grades of pellets for making cleaning and chemical bottles.

* GLASSis one per cent. It's sold to Vitreous Glass in Airdrie, Alta., and made into insulation for use in the western Canadian construction market.

* METALis three per cent of the collection. It's sold to metal dealers who sell it to smelting plants that turn it into solder and other steel products.

* CARDBOARDmakes up 15 per cent of the collection. It's sold to Norampac Inc. in Burnaby where it is turned into gypsum paper and new cardboard boxes.


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