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SUN FIRE STRUGGLING FRANCHISE FIRES COACH – PAGE B1 Tuesday, October 16, 2012,Kelowna, B.C.


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EXCLUSIVE BCFGA


president accused of threats


He tells The Daily Courier allegations of harassment against him are unfounded


By J.P.SQUIRE The Daily Courier


GARY NYLANDER/The Daily Courier Pony up


Maddox Stevens,4,watches Scout the pony while at Don-O-Ray Vegetables on Benvoulin Road on the weekend.Maddox and his brother went for a ride.But his two-year-old sister was a little shy about getting in the saddle.


Man charged in suspicious death


Victim moved to Alberta to be with his girlfriend


By J.P.SQUIRE The Daily Courier


The family of former Kelowna resident


Cory McOrmond may finally get some an- swers now that a 50-year-old Grande Prairie man is facing charges in connec- tion with the suspicious death. Grand Prairie RCMP and the Edmonton


serious crime unit launched an intense in- vestigation after the 22-year-old was found dinaGrande Prairie parking lot on hospital


ator’s licence, operating motor vehicle without insurance and operating a motor vehicle without a certificate of registra- tion. Vike, who is not in custody, will make his first appearance in Grande Prairie provincial court on Nov. 7. Police won’t release the specif-


ic circumstances of the incident. Const. Ellen Archibald, acting media relations officer for Grande Prairie RCMP, said she didn’t know if police had seized a red pickup seen in the area. About 2 a.m. on Aug. 25, an officer con-


waiting for his next paycheque to buy it. In late August, a friend from Trail went


up to see McOrmond for a few days and the two went to the Spurs Cookhouse and Dancehall on the evening of Aug. 24. The friend was still inside the


bar after midnight and started looking for McOrmond. Concluding he must have


McOrmond


ducting an unrelated traffic stop was alert- ed by two witnesses to an injured man ly- ing in the parking lot of Prairie Haven Motel, which is in front of Spurs Cookhouse and Dancehall. dtoGrande Prairie in Well


walked home, the friend went one block to Cory’s house but didn’t find him. “Tianna phoned Cory’s cell- phone. A nurse at the hospital an-


swered and told her she needed to get there fast,” said McOrmond’s mother, Barb McOrmond. Two RCMP members and a victim services worker knocked at her front door at 8:05 a.m. on Aug. 25 to inform her Cory had died. During an autopsy, the medical examin-


ernotified police that McOrmond did not al causes.


Allegations of harassment and threats are swirling


around the president of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association. Kirpal Boparai’s response to two warning letters:


“I wiped my butt with it because I don’t think they were worth keeping.” The Okanagan Tree Fruit Co-operative recently can-


celled the East Kelowna grower’s membership and fruit contracts for breaching his apple contract. However, The Daily Courier was told


by sources that the contract breach was “the final straw” after allegations of harassment and threats against co- op employees and directors dating back to at least 2010. On Aug. 20, 2010, a co-op memo ob-


Boparai


tained by The Daily Courier says Boparai “has threat- ened several managers that they can/will be replaced, he swears at employees and makes derogatory comments to staff.” One staff member was “very upset and was ready to re


sign. Several other staff have also recently commented complained about Kirpal. His behaviour towards OTF employees is festering within the organization and I b lieve it is time we act with a letter at the very least.” In a recent interview, Boparai responded: “I think th


false. I said anybody will be replaced if they’re not do their job, even including myself. Whatever they wa say, it is up to them. Let them say whatever they w They can interpret it the way they want it.” Boparai said verbal exchanges with employees


ed with a couple of employees using foul languag “I was really upset about it. I don’t like people sw


at me. If they’re going to swear at me, I’m going t b k I toldthe management and they told me th Ihaven’theard nothing sin


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