The Last Spike: CN retirees John Fosty

2015 in REVIEW: federal politics, health care issues

A look back at 2015 from the pages of the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal.

JANUARY

World War II Veterans Honoured

Clinton veterans Alex Wallner, Red Allison and Ray Swan were presented with special pins by MP Cathy McLeod to mark the 75th anniversary of World War II at a public presentation in the Clinton Legion on Jan. 15.

Anderson seeks PC nomination in new riding

Ashcroft businessman Andy Anderson announced his intention to seek the Conservative candidacy in the new federal riding of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon.

Anderson did not get the candidacy. Brad Vis was selected as the Conservative Party’s candidate after it was given and then taken away from Liv Grewal. Liberal candidate Jati Sidhu won the riding in the October federal election.

Centennial of CNPR’s Last Spike

A small celebration was held at the Grand Central Station Restaurant on Jan. 23 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Last Spike that completed the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway near Ashcroft.

Ashcroft Terminal and the restaurant hosted CN staff, local CN retirees, politicians and community representatives who observed the occasion with speeches and a light meal.

According to reports of the day, the track laying equipment was as fast as it was fascinating to the townspeople, and the men could lay an entire length in under five minutes.

Ashcroft loses another MD

Health care in Ashcroft was in the news again before January was even over as Dr. Tarang Peedikayil, one of the town’s two doctors, submitted his resignation, effective Apr. 30.

David Durksen, spokesperson for The Wellness and Health Action Coalition (WHAC), said his group was  hoping to have another doctor in place before Dr. Peedikayil’s resignation took effect.

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