A farewell: “This community has been so good to me and for me”

A farewell: “This community has been so good to me and for me”

Lorraine reflects on things she loves and says so long to Smithers

This is Lorraine Doiron’s last column. The Interior News wants to thank her for her 16 years writing for this paper. She will be missed.

I have reached Climax Saskatchewan and am now on my way to Val Marie Saskatchewan. If you remember Climax is a very small village of about 195 people based on the 2016 Census. I was heading toward Orkney, Saskatchewan but it is no longer on my map due to zero population. My goal is now Val Marie, a village in Saskatchewan, about 30 kilometres from the border.

Something I found: Unemployment Benefits Application: Occupation: Burglar. Reason for unemployment: Everyone is home.

Words, I love words. So many words being thrown about lately I thought to tell you their definitions: often heard “Scotus” stands for the Supreme Court of the United States. Often used like a nickname, in use since the 1870s, first found used in a telegraph operators code book.

“Dissent,” a verb meaning to withhold assent or approval or “differ in opinion.”

“Virtually” has been in the news lately after President Trump stated that COVID-19 “affects virtually nobody.” Just to provide information the U.S. has reached a grim milestone of 200,000 deaths. Virtually is defined as “almost entirely; nearly.” The word has been in use since the 15th century.

Always loved cowboys and cowboy films. The movie Gunfight at the OK Coral was super. History indicates the lawmen involved were Virgil Earp, Wyatt Earp, Morgan Earp, Doc Halliday against a loosely organized group called the Outlaw Cowboys: Ike Clanton, Billy Clanton, Tom Mclaury, Frank McLaury, Billy Claiborne, the result of a long simmering feud. October 26, 1881, the gunfight was a 30 seconds shootout. Billy Clanton and both McLaury bothers were killed. Ike Clanton, Billy Claiborne, Wes Fuller ran from the fight. Virgil, Morgan and Holiday were wounded, Wyatt was unharmed.

Check out Dr. Alan Hirsch, “The Effects of Odours,” on YouTube. He is an expert on smell and taste and explains how odour influences human behaviour. Odour can actually affect shopping behaviour and can be used to manipulate consumers. Ever purchase an item of food just because it smells so darn good? Bad odour is even linked to aggression.

Leonard Cohen, September 21 would have marked his 85th birthday. His songs seem to express the times of today, uncertainty, anxiety, bitter loss. I know happy songs can help but sometimes this music can act like kintsugi, the Japanese art of repair that transforms brokenness into beauty.

I realize that this column usually has information about our community but since this is my last column as I am leaving September 30, I have written about things that interest me. Mind you this is only one speck of things I love.

This community has been so good to me and for me. You people are awesome. Smithers has been truly my home. I am going to miss each and every one of you. But I will return when the plans for a new Library become a reality as I have a gold painted shovel to help dig the first hole.

Closing with: a positive thought: “How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” Yvon Chouinard.

And a word: juncture: a point of time: especially one made critical by a concurrence of circumstances. An instance of joining: junction.

Just Posted

President of the Tahltan Central Government, Chad Norman Day, surveys Tahltan territory by helicopter in this July 2019 handout photo. The Tahltan Nation and the British Columbia government have struck what officials say is a historic agreement for shared decision-making for the nation’s territory in northwestern B.C., a hot spot for mineral exploration. Day says the deal shows they are “getting closer and closer to a true nation-to-nation relationship.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Tahltan Central Government
Tahltan Nation, B.C. government sign agreement for shared decision-making

Deal commits the province and the northwest B.C. nation to developing a land-use plan

Tahltan First Nation wildlife guardian, Jarett Quock, above and below right, was awarded the Outstanding Individual Leadership Award by the Indigenous Leadership Initiative on June 3. (Photos courtesy Adam Amir)
Tahltan wildlife guardian receives outstanding leadership award

Jarett Quock’s contributions were recognised by the Indigenous Leadership Initiative

Taylor Bachrach, NDP MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley addresses Parliament on June 7, in call for the federal government to stop fighting Indigenous children in court and to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action. (Image: supplied from Facebook)
NDP motion calling for immediate reconciliation action passes

Skeena-Bulkley MP Taylor Bachrach addresses federal Parliament

The farmhouse in Glentanna where the founding meeting of the Bulkley Valley Credit Union took place on April 14, 1941. (BV Museum archive)
Bulkley Valley Credit Union announces finalists for legacy project donation

Community can vote for one of the three finalists from each area

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

A vial containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a vaccination site in Marcq en Baroeul, outside Lille, northern France, Saturday, March 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
mRNA vaccines ‘preferred’ for all Canadians, including as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca: NACI

New recommendations prioritizes Pfizer, Moderna in almost all cases

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum speaks at a press conference in August 2019 about provincial government approval of the city’s change to a municipal force, joined by councillors (from left) Mandeep Nagra, Allison Patton and Doug Elford. Members of the National Police Federation claim there is still no transition plan in place although Surrey RCMP’s contract with the city is due to end March 31.(File photo)
Elections BC approves petition application for referendum on Surrey policing transition

Application was filed under Recall and Initiative Act by the widow of a Surrey murder victim

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Queen’s counsel Paul Doroshenko, a Vancouver lawyer, has been suspended from practice for two months after admitting that his firm mismanaged $44,353.19 in client trust funds. (Acumen Law)
High-profile B.C. lawyer suspended over $44K in mismanaged client trust funds

Queen’s counsel Paul Doroshenko admits to failing to supervise his staff and find, report the shortage

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., center left, reaches over to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they celebrate the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act that creates a new federal holiday to commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people after the Civil War, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021. It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Biden to sign bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

New American stat marks the nation’s end of slavery

Athena and Venus, ready to ride. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)
Goggling double-dog motorcycle sidecar brings smiles to B.C. commuters

Athena and Venus are all teeth and smiles from their Harley-Davidson sidecar

Kimberly Bussiere and other laid-off employees of Casino Nanaimo have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
B.C. casino workers laid off during pandemic launch class-action lawsuit

Notice of civil claim filed in Supreme Court of B.C. in Nanaimo against Great Canadian Gaming

A Photo from Sept. 2020, when First Nations and wild salmon advocates took to the streets in Campbell River to protest against open-pen fish farms in B.C.’s waters. On Dec. 17, federal fisheries minister Bernadette Jordan announced her decision to phase out 19 fish farms from Discovery Islands. Cermaq’s application to extend leases and transfer smolts was denied. (Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror)
Feds deny B.C.’s Discovery Island fish farm application to restock

Transfer of 1.5 million juvenile salmon, licence extension denied as farms phased out

Most Read