Unique antique 4 piece Mahogany Parlour set, consisting of a Setee, large Armchair and two Standard chairs with original casters on front legs.
We purchased the set in 1974, had it professionally refinished and re-upholstered as close as possible to the original colour and material.
It has not been used very much since. Mostly a show piece. Due to our necessity to downsize we have reluctantly decided to part with it. It has been valued in excess of $3000 but we are open to offers.
Can be viewed by appointment. Please call 250-498-2769 or
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Mapping of “Bridge” Park – the 4th corner of public land for the public (press image to enlarge)
Strong suggestion that this land not be called ‘Centennial Park’ – which as assembled land is gone… A hotel, a public park near the bridge and land to the north with a purpose not defined. That subject for another day – first listed for sale…. then the sign came down indicating a 2nd or 3rd set of thoughts on its use.
Back to “Bridge” Park. Too many choices offered to council indicating staff unsure of which way the wind is blowing. From my prospective a completed park with trees, a water feature, a picnic table, bike parking with locks, flowers, flora etc. Can we not just get on with it and have it finished for the summer?
It’s a feature really and not a park but it sews up the heart of Oliver – its bridge, its river, its hike and bike path (s) its generous park system.
The harvest hut would operate May to September Mondays only
• We would like to receive formal permission to host this weekly event on Town Property
• Main Street Parking Lot Adjacent to Oliver Gardens
• We would like to receive formal permission to enter onto the town’s insurance
• Our Insurance was quoted at $380 May- September
• We have created a wish-list to put into the community this includes:
A garden shed
Collapsible tables and chairs
Reusable Shopping bags
• We have talked to various community organizations to find a grant partner; the Oliver Alliance Church has agreed to partner with us while we apply for funding
• We have applied for the Community Foundations of Okanagan Similkameen Small grant
• We have applied for the Interior Savings Community Investment Fund
• We intend to launch on May 27th
• The first event will be a garden supplies swap
• We hope to line up our launch with the Edible Pathways
Oliver Edible Pathways
We would like to invite council to ‘cut the ribbon’
• Launch May 27th alongside Harvest Hut
• We will show the planters and their signage
• We will have Food Secure Oliver Print materials present
• Have applied for Gro for Good ($2,500)
• The additional 2,500 would allow us to replace the soil
• This money would also help sustain the project into and additional year
• Public works has replaced the soil and prepped the beds
• Public works has started to visit greenhouses, for quotes and plant lists
• Promotional Materials and Media materials are being written
Why is Canada turning blue you might ask. The answer is, a myriad of reasons some valid some not. If you think by voting Conservative, Liberal, NDP or even Green and there will be a marked long term improvement think again.
The feeling is, hard working people go to work and pay the taxes so others can sit about on the social safety net and do nothing. There is a bit of that but that isn’t the biggest problem. We have any number of corporations that pay no tax at all. In fact some make several billion in profit and get multimillion dollar tax refunds.
It’s not a question of how much they pay in tax it is why do they pay nothing? Should we concentrate our anger on the poor on the safety net while excusing millionaires and billionaires from contributing?
We are also victims of our own making. When many of these programs started they were for short term measures. The last three generation don’t even know about the Great Depression let alone understand it. Let us engage in a simplistic lesson to illustrate why we have social programs. The Great Depression started in 1929 and lasted up to the eve of the second world war in 1939. The truth is as bad as it was, it hit twenty five to thirty percent of the population primarily working people, the middle class, and those on the margins of society. Not everyone was hurt equally as history suggests. Rural citizens had a place to grow food and so on. They didn’t have cash. There were many with investments who went from riches or comfort to rags over night. Circumstance was different for everyone.
As a comparison to today it would be worse, due to debt accumulated.
Something like seventy percent would be effected. In the past decade several financial publications have warned how unprepared we are as a society if there was to be a prolonged crash. Lets not throw the baby out with the bath water just yet by slashing programs.
These programs were not just handed out either. They were often as not fought for in the streets. Governments feared the marches, and events like the Winnipeg Riot and others, and might in fact bring chaos to the country. The examples were evident. There was the Russian Revelation and the food riots in Germany when those economies collapsed only ten years before.
The truth is our leaders have no vision and some don’t even understand there is a problem. Society had problems when the Industrial Revelation came to be. For a short period there was mass unemployment followed by a boom as employees were trained for the jobs. Social problems soon erupted in the form of low wages and health issues. Laws were inadequate to deal with the changing society. Long term employment was created after two world wars and the great depression. Problems solved.
Enter the information age, the computer and internet age, enter the speed of technological advancement. We are overpowered by life of our own making. Food banks were created to help people over a short term mini depression, and have lived on because you and I support them and in so doing allow business to pay low wages. Combine that with part time work in sectors of the economy, part time without benefits and we devised a system where the working poor can’t afford the jobs being offered. The cry is raise the minimum wage. No if you do that the cost of goods and services rise to overcome the wages paid. What needs to happen is we as a society have to value entry level workers and take less of a profit margin. It would also mean more money for workers and less in bonuses for the top end. We have also by neglect turned the clock back to that simpler time that never existed.
There are any number of well paying jobs out there but we never took a proactive stance to retrain workers over time to do them, in turn we out priced the cost of education to the point where our own educational institutions bring in foreign students because our own young people can’t afford to go.
The advance of technology and progress has outpaced the legal system to regulate a measure of fairness. We have not taken into account the aging population issue either. We have seen entire industries go obsolete and we retrain people who are fifty or sixty years old to change a career knowing they will retire in five to seven years. We are finding children becoming adults still living at home in their thirties and longer. Why? Many are burdened with debt, even student debt. They are working two and three part time jobs with low wages and no benefits. We even have a label for them. The Working Poor.
It should be noted we were warned of this decades ago by a guy named Tommy Douglas. He introduced the ideas of medicare, pensions, family allowance, and so on. They came about when the Liberals had minority rule and we still have the programs we invested in today. The problem is collective governments spent the accrued assets on roads and infrastructure and never replaced the fund assets. The only governing body to do so was Quebec which does not have a shortfall in entitlement programs to the extent we do.
Casting blame and pointing fingers is only useful if there are better ideas for today s solutions. What if, instead of spending money retraining those about to retire by age, we instituted a guaranteed annual income pegged above the poverty line. We could stop wasting money on those on the margins of society and use the guaranteed annual income for them too.
At the same time we put training money into eager youth to be there for tomorrow’s workforce. Yes, no matter how you slice or dice it it is going to cost money. Think of it this way. If we train people who can’t be trained long term to hold the job they are training for and when they fail they go back to the safety net we have paid twice.
Go with an income. Train or retrain only those who have the capability to do the jobs of tomorrow. At the same time start to retool the social safety net for the twenty first century. It took three generations to get where we are and it will take time to fix it. Short circuiting it with draconian cuts will lead to more dysfunction more drug use ans stress people can’t cope with. The truth is we have a myriad of social problems because there was no plan to deal with the root causes and society treated the symptoms instead.
Before we take the box cutter to social programs think about the words of John F Kennedy “If we cannot help the many who are poor, we cannot save the few who are rich.”
For the first time, the Oliver Handbell Ringers and Musaic Vocal Ensemble will join forces to present a spring concert to celebrate the joy of music and the beauty of song.
Audiences will recognize both local groups for their history in our communities of high quality, enjoyable, and uplifting music.
The program will include some selections played by the handbells, some sung by the Musaic singers on their own, and several pieces for handbells and voices together. The music ranges from international folk songs, French Canadian, Tanzanian, Irish, and Scottish, to contemporary Canadian works, secular and sacred, traditional to modern.
From gentle and profound to fun and joyful, the brilliance and clarity of the bells and the depth and colour of almost forty voices will entertain, enchant and inspire you.
Oliver Handbells director Helen Wollf and Musaic director Frances Chiasson expressed their excitement at having the two groups work together… “We are so looking forward to sharing this unique evening of music with the communities of Oliver and Osoyoos.”
One performance only – don’t miss it! Saturday, May 4th , 7:30 p.m. at the Oliver Alliance Church.
…..Pictures and colour and then back to business on Monday
Have a good holiday and enjoy with family and friends – I have that planned.
NO MORE QUASI-MODO (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris)
What a sad event happened in Paris this week, Notre Dame so very badly burned and the beauty of this landmark ruined.
We had the pleasure of touring Notre Dame several years ago and found it breathtaking. The dark, severe appearance of it’s gothic architecture with it’s flying buttresses on the outside and the beautiful stained glass windows inside were marvellous to admire. It was easy to imagine Victor Hugo’s Hunchback standing amongst the statues of saints that cover the outside walls.
I have been lucky enough to do much travelling over the past fifteen years. My husband has wanderlust and the ticking off of his “Bucket List” items mean that we have seen many of the world’s natural and man made treasures. We both appreciate architecture and have ventured into many beautiful cathedrals around Europe as these are a treasure trove of beautiful artwork.
When you realize that the cathedrals of Seville, London, York, Paris and Cologne were built in the days when brute strength and crudely designed rope and pulley systems were the only method of lifting building materials, it truly was a marvel that these buildings ever came into being.
If you stand outside any cathedral and really look at the details in the masonry you will see just how intricate are the carvings of saints that are situated inside niches built into the walls, high above the ground. All the figures have different features and are not just made “assembly line” fashion but each one a piece of beautifully detailed, carved artwork.
Today’s modern architecture, while having beautifully sleek lines and cleverly balanced features, does not really appeal to me in the same way as the ancient buildings do. I used to think that London was a huge city and my couple of visits there while I was a child, had me hanging on to the hands of my adult relatives, I was terrified of getting lost. Visiting the city as an adult I realized that London town is just one square mile that can be walked around in a day. All the ancient buildings are in that one mile and anything outside of the area is quite modern and not really something I needed to spend too much time sightseeing.
Of course, to really take in the glory of the inside of these buildings takes so much longer, we used to do two landmarks in one day and still not see every intricate nook and cranny. London now has many modern buildings but not to my taste. The Shard is a very tall, glass building narrowing to a point at the top, hence it’s name. The pimple on the cheek of London is the Gherkin. This is not the name originally planned but the shape of the building resembles nothing but a big dill pickle.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so the saying goes but if any attempt to rebuild Notre Dame is made it is unlikely that it could ever be rebuilt in anything resembling its former glory.
Query the Word
Once upon a time in an office far, far away, I sat with my peers around our boss’ conference table. He had just returned from his boss’ conference table with The Word.
And The Word was: “Do More with Less.”
My peers wrote that down. I watched them. Sigh. It was going to be one of those days when I questioned The Word.
Thunder rumbled in the distance.
At the time, I was at the head of an organization with domestic and international missions, an R&D mandate, and a number of projects. Doing what we had to do with what we had to do it was tough enough.
I asked softly without emotion, “What does that mean, Sir?” He peered but did not speak. I waited. But no one spoke.
To ensure that we wouldn’t be there through lunch, I spoke again, “I can do less with less. I can do more with more. I refuse to do less with more. But I don’t understand how I can do more with less.”
More thunder – closer now.
In for a penny, in for a pound. “I suppose, if I had the funds, I could make a capital investment in more efficient tools or processes, and then one could compare as-is to to-be and conclude that I was doing more with less.”
The Word continued. “Next item. Prepare your budgets for next year at ten per cent less than this year.”
Lightning flashed and brought light into that room. Thunder rattled the windows.
My peers all spoke at once, ‘Do the same with less? Seriously?’ I said nothing. We were there through lunch.
My point: Stand up to platitudes and fads and quips and clichés. Look into them. Demand meaning. Stand on a foundation of knowledge. Let there be light.
Particularly during the upcoming election when a candidate gives you The Word.
by Stuart Syme
The dumbbell originated as an object used for exercising the muscles that had the shape of the tool used to ring a church bell. So it is not a bell at all. Since there is no bell, the reference to being dumb, silent. That word came into use in the early 1700s. The dumbbell evolved from halteres, used in ancient Greece as an exercise weight. A club shaped weight, called a nal, was used in India for over a millennium
Athletes in ancient Greece used halteres (original dumbbells) to enhance their long jump. They would swing the weights as they ran toward the long jump start, leap as they swung the weights forward and swing back, letting go as they were at the peak of their jump. Done well the extra momentum gained from those swinging weights lengthened their jump. A great bit of trivia here for you
The dumb in dumbbell refers to absence of sound. A dumb bell cannot ring. The transfer to labelling a person as a dumbbell infers that this person does not know about something or other and thus is silent, dumb. That grew into a generalization about not being smart at all, knowing virtually nothing. Calling someone a dumbbell is an extremely harsh accusation. Yet, some do label others as such
Pool dumbbells are used for strength training where muscles are used to work against buoyancy. So a pool noodle or any floating item can be a dumbbell. One popular variation is a pull buoy, a float attached to the leg, used to strengthen swimming. Hmmmm, I just never thought of a floatie as an exercise tool. Did you? Maybe these dumbbells aren’t so dumb after all. Fun
A variation of the dumbbell is the barbell, a long bar with weights at each end. A barbell is meant to be used with both hands lifting and releasing it. A dumbbell is meant to be used with one hand, though it is often used in pairs, one in each hand. Using a barbell is more likely to produce muscle growth that is balanced, same on both sides of the body. That kind of symmetry is prized by body builders.
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Shawna and Bernie – couple of the year – a bottle of wine – will contact you today
Thanks to all who got involved. You will get an official email from the publisher shortly
This has been an ODN promotion with the co-operation of Corinne Tomlin and Karen Skaros
Location shown on Hwy 97 as you enter the Falls from the north – behind the Barber Shop – that site was hit by fire recently
The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is cracking down on building and property bylaw infractions, partly due to an increase in staff that has allowed them more time to investigate.
Laura Miller, manager of building enforcement services with the RDOS says the move –
“It’s due to an extra staff member that was hired last spring, and it’s allowed our existing staff member to focus on the building infractions,” Miller said.
“We issue about 500 permits a year, and the permits are good for two years, and if they’re expired we have to take them to the board for enforcement action.”
The untidy and unsightly premises bylaw allows the RDOS to step in when a property is not being taken care of. A messy property in Okanagan Falls at 5208 9th Avenue was determined by the board Thursday to be violating that bylaw, and they voted to order the debris cleaned up at the owner’s expense.
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Seniors receive many benefits and tax credits from the federal government that are not available to others. You should know that some benefits are income tested and can result in “clawbacks”. Old Age Security (OAS) payments and the Age Credit are two examples of benefits that can be clawed back without proper income planning.
OAS is a monthly benefit available to most Canadians age 65 or older. You will be required to repay 15% of the amount by which your net income for 2018 – inclusive of the OAS benefit – exceeds $75,910. If your net income exceeds $123,386, your entire OAS benefit will be clawed back. July 2018 to June 2019 OAS payments are based on your 2017 net income, while July 2019 to June 2020 are based on your 2018 net income.
Age Credit is a non–refundable tax credit available to Canadians age 65 or older at the end of the year. For 2018, the maximum amount you can claim for the Age Credit is $7,333. This amount is reduced by 15% of your net income when you exceed $36,976, and is completely eliminated when your taxable income reaches $85,863.
You can avoid the OAS and Age Credit clawback by keeping your net income to the absolute minimum required to meet your needs. Here are some tips to do that:
Pension Income splitting – You are permitted to allocate up to 50% of “eligible pension income”, which includes payments from Registered Pension Plan (RPP), and Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) to the lower earning spouse, which can reduce your family’s overall tax bill and clawbacks.
Reduce the amount of income from Canadian source dividends. These amounts are “grossed up” for determining income. There is a dividend tax credit which will reduce the amount of taxes paid, but it does not reduce your net income.
Withdraw the minimum from your RRIF – Withdrawals that you make from your RRIF are fully taxable, so consider withdrawing the minimum each year. To produce a smaller withdrawal base the withdrawal on the younger spouses age.
Invest in a TFSA – Investments held within a Tax-Free Savings Account generate tax-free investment income, the withdrawals are not taxable are not added to your net income so do not result in clawbacks.
Seek non-registered investments that offer preferential tax treatment – Only 50% of capital gains are included in income. Equity investments often distribute less investment income than fixed income investments. And as you know, less net income results in less of your income-tested benefits being subject to clawbacks.
You can avoid clawbacks, reduce your tax burden and reserve your wealth. Be careful to fully understand each option and don’t run afoul of complex tax rules by using inappropriate strategies.
This column is written by Michelle Weisheit CFP, IG Wealth Management and presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Please contact your own advisor for specific advice about your situation.
Today lets tiptoe into politics. No not a partisan rant or a who should you vote for session. Let us explore politics as a living entity, rather than pulling the emotional trigger.
If you look at the political map the colors have changed for a variety of reasons. Federally the map is Liberal red. Provincially most of it is now conservative blue, except for BC and a few Atlantic Provinces.
It is different but not unusual. When we elect a National Liberal government it often sees a provincial opposite as a counter balance. Even in the provincial realm itself there are reasons for change.
BC is NDP at the moment, Alberta went back to the Tories not unexpected. In Alberta they voted for something completely different after forty four years of conservative rule. There is one difference. The NDP prior to two thousand fifteen had four seats in the House. Yesterday they lost but they still have five times more than the original number. It is my opinion the end of decades of one party rule in Alberta. But it is blue.
Saskatchewan is showing signs of discontent with its right of center party and leaning toward the NDP. Manitoba is blue but it had nearly twenty years of NDP and change was inevitable.
Ontario elected a Tory government after nearly two decades of Liberal rule. What most people don’t consider is this. Ontario also elected the NDP as official opposition. Quebec is at the moment conservative but likely not for long, it is traditionally Liberal as is most of the Maritime Provinces.
What I am pointing out here is the political environment changes and those changes are reflected in the federal and provincial mood of the people To me I think it is funny in that we go to the polls feeling an emotion attached to our vote rather than asking ourselves why we feel the way we do about a given issue. At the same time we have a conservative provincial view and yet the people voted in a federal liberal government,
As sure as shooting the provincial political maps will reflect a more liberal view provincially when the next conservative federal government is elected.
It seems to be a counter balance of power that keeps our democracy strong. It also demonstrates politics is a living entity within us all.