Monthly Archives: October 2019

The Shuswap deserves a world-class cultural centre

The 750 seat Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre

The Shuswap supports a vibrant cultural scene and yet one “big idea” that has yet to become reality is a centre for the arts that provides much needed venues for large and small events, including theatre, music and dance. Given a city sponsored project has begun to develop a cultural master plan, it would be good to have a look at the facilities that other communities of similar size have to support the arts. Now that a giant treble clef identifies Salmon Arm as a music-focused city, the next step is to build a cultural centre where great music can be heard throughout the year.

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Home-based businesses thrive in the Shuswap

“A Moment in Time” by Chuck St. John, the stained glass wall at the Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital

One sector of the local economy that is difficult to measure, but that provides significant rewards to those involved, is the home-based business. While some of these enterprises supplement other sources of income, some provide full living wages. Products include food, health products, online training, furniture and artwork.

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