Monday on Lakeshore Drive in Penticton
Please keep an eye out for items for sale…. that might be stolen!
1- Bose ANL headset
1- David Clark
1- Red headset
2- black headsets
The headsets were in a red cloth shopping bag
Red metal tool box containing an emergency survival kit
Black plastic toolbox containing various tools for aircraft maintenance
Please spread the word that the equipment below was stolen very recently from Osoyoos airport. It belongs to a friend, Ken Pierce, from
Manitoba who winters in Osoyoos. The file rests with the Osoyoos RCMP detachment.”
Our airplane parked at the Osoyoos airport was pictured in your newspaper dateline February 15, 2019. Please publish the following plea for help in relation to this, you can call my cell 204-851-1160 if you have any questions.:
Using the glutes like we’re supposed to, will help take any strain off other muscles that you might be using to compensate.
You may find that during or after walking your back hurts more or your hips, calves, ankles? This may be because you are not using your glutes.
You might try warming up that butt of yours before going for a walk… it just might help. Try these…
Half kneeling hip/quad stretch.
Any kind of bridge.
90/90 push backs.
You want to feel your glutes while you walk. You also need to be careful though that you’re not putting so much emphasis into it that you actually use your back. If you feel your back… more than normal if your back usually bothers you… readjust.
Give it a try & let me know how it goes!
For more detailed instructions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For a bottle of wine – always Oliver always VQA
Name these three women at the WOW show – on now – Saturday only in beautiful and snowy downtown Oliver
Folks I have to give this wine to Russell Work he has a secret machine for monitor wine contests on ODN and use his super machine in foreign countries as well.
See you when you get home Mr. Work and to the rest thank you for making my day.
Another Valentines Day came and went, nothing from the postman or even left on the kitchen table, but this is normal for us.
I am probably married to one of the most unromantic men in the world. I have absolutely no doubt that he loves me but he feels silly to express himself in a romantic way.
We met when I was 17 and he nine months older. My eighteenth birthday was just one month later and he arrived for our date carrying a box of chocolates and a birthday card, both carried in a brown bag, right from the shop. I thanked him for the chocolates and made a big fuss over opening my card, this was the first correspondence I had received from him. The card was pretty but he had not thought to write in it, it was just blank as when he bought it. Being of a rather sarcastic nature, I thanked him for it but pointed out that as it was not written on, he could maybe keep it for next year and re-use it. The sarcasm backfired when he replied that we may not still be an item, so I should keep it.
For some unknown reason I still went on the date with him and gradually I warmed up to his unromantic ways. He thought he was romantic and took every opportunity to kiss and cuddle, one date he pushed me up against a wall for some heavy breathing which earned him a smack. When I got home my beautiful red coat, that had cost me several weeks’ wages, was black at the back from whatever was on the wall.
If I make an issue of it he will actually buy me a card but then it takes all the romance out of it, so I don’t bother. This goes for birthdays and other events, it is just his way. I used to say I would like to get flowers and he replied that I should buy them while I was out shopping. He honestly didn’t see that this was not appropriate for the occasion.
While Dave’s mom was living, she would always take my girls shopping for my birthday and Christmas gifts and Dave would give her money to get something nice from him. When she passed away, he tried to pass this job onto my daughters but they refused to do it and made him shop himself. They would give him some ideas but make him the work, the uninspired gifts were always accepted with profuse thanks but I knew his heart wasn’t in it.
Mothers’ Day had always been left for his mom to deal with and I had to look for an appropriate gift for his mom, an easy chore as we knew one another so well. The first year after his mom passed, Mothers’ Day brought me nothing from his. When the girls expressed their disappointment with him, he said that I was not his mother, so why should I get a gift.
I had always bought him Fathers’ Day gifts but that year I decided to beat him at his own game. I went into the garden and collected a red brick that still had bits of dirt clinging to it. I wrapped in gold foil and put on a beautiful bow. When he sat down at the breakfast table I presented him with the gift. I mentioned that it was going to be something he had never thought he would get. He however, on a recent shopping trip, had shown me a brass Golden Retriever ornament that he really loved and this is what he thought was in the wrapping. The weight and size was about right for that and I felt a bit mean at disappointing him.
The look on his face was priceless as he unwrapped the brick. I explained that his disappointment was how I felt every time he ignored one of my special occasions. I had already bought the brass dog and gave it to him for his birthday, a few months later.
Once we moved up here we had no children to remind him of special events and I suggested that we both stop buying gifts for one another on special occasions but to treat one another any time we felt like it, this has worked well and took a lot of pressure off.
One Valentines he presented me with a rose bowl and a copy of the Love Is Patient, verses from Corinthians, it made me cry. The roses lasted several days the verse is still displayed on my fridge so I see it every morning, it is the nicest present I have ever received.
Romance comes in all forms, bouquets of flowers, champagne and chocolate, and expensive dinners for two. However, everyday love is displayed by remembering that I like raisins in my oatmeal; that I change from regular coffee, to decaf, in the afternoon, warming up the car for me when I have an early morning appointment and the hundred and one little things that make daily life warm and cosy.
Each little thought may seem insignificant but they weave themselves into a lifetime of love.
The Parliament of Canada
Video Link: https://youtu.be/onfITQScBHc
The full text is in the video
Below excepts chosen by the editor
Mr. Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by thanking the member for Saskatoon West for bringing forward this important motion on Canada’s housing crisis and what the government should be doing to deal with it.
The housing crisis is widespread and very diverse across the county. It is different in every community, city and rural area. It goes from rising homelessness to ridiculously expensive housing markets that exclude first-time buyers; to rural seniors who have nowhere to go when they want to downsize to low vacancy rates that are often exacerbated, at least in my riding, by online vacation rentals, to crowded and often mould-ridden homes in remote indigenous communities.
When I meet with mayors in my riding, business people and service groups, the priority they bring to me is almost always the same, which is housing. ………
When I recently talked with employment agencies in Oliver, B.C., I heard that many local businesses could not fill openings. Hotels were hiring, and senior care homes were desperate for employees. Restaurants had signs on the tables apologizing for slow service, because they only had one waiter working. The reason was that the people needed to fill these positions could not find housing and so they moved on. The most ironic story in this vein was a service agency in Penticton who received grant money to coordinate its affordable housing program. It hired someone, who arrived, but they gave up the job because they could not find housing.
This is a crisis that is hitting the Canadian economy. There are very personal impacts, but it is also hitting our economy. It is expensive to have this crisis go on for Canada as a whole.
We have heard that the federal Liberal government in 1993 abandoned the housing sector, which is a situation maintained by both Conservative and Liberal governments since then. We have heard that 1.7 million Canadians live in core-housing need.
I would like to provide a perspective from riding of South Okanagan—West Kootenay.
The South Okanagan “Vital Signs” report provides a report card on many aspects of life in the west part of my riding. The report gives housing a C- based on low vacancy rates, high rent cost and high housing debt levels. Rental vacancy rates in the area is around 1%, about half the national average. As well, 50% of renters in my hometown of Penticton are paying more than 30% of their income on rent.
I used to live in a little village called Naramata. The average house price there is $740,000. In Penticton, it is only $476,000. Who can afford that? What kind of young couple can afford to buy a house for $470,000? That is the average cost of a house……..
One of the big issues in rural areas is providing housing for seniors who want to stay in their hometowns and scale down to smaller homes, so they do not have to take care of their large acreages. ………………….
There are other success stories around my riding like that. In Okanagan Falls, the South Skaha Housing Society is building 26 units of affordable housing and similar projects have gone on in Naramata and other communities.
I would like to move now to the topic of homelessness, which is a crisis within this housing crisis. Many might associate homelessness with urban areas, but it is just as tragic a situation in smaller towns and cities. What we need is for government and community agencies to come together and simply create homes for the homeless. Penticton has become a model case for this co-operative, integrated approach. An initiative called 100 homes has brought together more than a dozen groups with a clear vision to house the homeless and the project has been very successful. They have already exceeded their goal of 100 homes, having produced 133 units as of last July. They are now in the process of setting new goals, with a view to housing all the 400 people in need in Penticton.
One of the valuable lessons that 100 homes has learned in the past months is that funding is needed for support services, as well as the housing units themselves. Given both social support and a roof over their heads, many homeless people can quickly return to normal lives. Everywhere I go in my riding, I find groups that are doing amazing work for the homeless and other disadvantaged people. ………..
We need bold action from the government now to tackle this housing crisis. We have done it before. I grew up on a Veterans’ Land Act subdivision in Penticton. I still live in the house that I grew up in. After the war, the government-built thousands and thousands of homes across this country to help the people returning from war and rebuilt this country. We can do that again. I am very happy to support this motion.
Mark Twain, the author, was approached by a man who wanted him to invest in a project he was pursuing. Twain listened for a while but then shook his head, saying, “I can’t afford to do that. I’ve been burned too often. I can’t risk putting any more money into someone else’s plan.” “But this will benefit society and change the world,” the man argued. “No, I won’t invest,” asserted Twain. As the man was walking away Mark Twain called after him, “What did you say your name was?” “Bell,” the man answered, “Alexander Graham Bell.”
Later on Twain realized that he had missed a great opportunity. However, missing an opportunity to gain a chunk of money isn’t nearly as bad as missing opportunities to encourage or build up other people who really need a positive touch. In the days ahead there will be opportunities to encourage, uplift and cheer up some people. Though we can’t be expected to respond every time, yet we may just be in the right place to do that for somebody. Can you think of a time when you were encouraged by something someone said or did? Pay it forward. Let’s not miss our opportunities.
You can bring hope to someone,
During Sarah Boyles address about the National Park Reserve (NPR) to Oliver Town Council (1:12 mark in video) on February 11th, she let a nugget of information loose that perhaps residents of the South Okanagan Similkameen would like to take a moment to consider with more scrutiny. Ms. Boyle stated that Parks Canada had received just over a 1000 feedback results for their online consultation. Consider the math of this: for the population of Oliver, Osoyoos, Rural Oliver, Keromeos and Cawston, the community is approximately 19500 people. This is a 5% return of local residents to population that are actively submitting their wish list to Parks Canada for the development of the Park. When you add to this breakdown that this consultation is open to anyone in Canada, it’s easy to presume that some or half of the consultation submissions come from out of area returns. (We have no way of knowing what the actual results are – or will be – because Parks Canada have not approved a request for a bonded 3rd party to review the results, citing privacy concerns.) So bad are the returns, and desperate for completed consultations, Vancouver based environmental groups have taken to giving out free wine in exchange for the recipients to complete the Parks Canada forms.
Nearing the end of the NPR consultation period at the end of February, it’s likely that the establishment of the park may proceed with 1 – 5 % of the local population that have engaged in the discussion. This will be presented to a steering committee that contains no local residents input, no elected local representative, operated by a Federal organization based in Quebec. Contrast the previous numbers with the South Okanagan Similkameen Preservation Society (SOSPS) Dec 2018 Poll which empirically states that 59% think the Government has done a poor job of local consultation, and 76% of respondents who want a local referendum at the next Federal election.
When you do the math, it adds up to this: Locals don’t have enough faith in Parks Canada to answer their skewed consultation process. It’s a very bad beginning with a new neighbour in a rural community. Locals the SOSPS talk to say Parks Canada has no respect for what residents want to say. Given the results of cancelled meetings on Feb 12/13, Parks Canada will also impede meetings with the public if it does not work to their favour.
Locals are being dictated to by Parks Canada, who is limiting the debate, controlling the sharing of information and the means to have any dialogue. Is this what’s done when a National Park Reserve is such a good idea?
Board of Directors
South Okanagan Similkameen Preseration Society
Letter from Marion Boyd to Oliver Chronicle with a copy to Jack Bennest
Why would you do an editorial calling for a referendum in the same paper where you report that our elected Council decided not to pursue such a thing? Why would you not publish one word that Ian Hunt said in his presentation to Council that persuaded the Council to make their decision? Why would you publish Sarah Boyle’s presentation to Council and intersperse it with one negative interpretation after another and not one positive comment.
Without Richard McGuire’s investigative reporting we have no credible source of information in the South Okanagan to help us make evidence based decisions. Jack Bennest’s personal blog, Oliver Daily News, has never reported one thing from the 5 years of informative public meetings to discuss Park issues. The Oliver Chronicle appears clearly anti-Park and today suddenly the Osoyoos Times (owned by the same company as the Chronicle) is following that lead despite the fact the Mayor of Osoyoos is vocal about her support of the Park proposal and is positioning Osoyoos to get the economic benefits of a Park. Oliver seems to be determined to retain its status as the little prison town north of Osoyoos. We need to do better.
Our town is plastered with ‘No Park’ signs recently. Don’t you wonder why there is such strong support for the Park here yet there are hardly any Yes signs? I can tell you my own experience. I was vandalized twice when I put up Yes signs. Those of us who have taken the time to keep informed over the past 5 years recognize that the time of ‘yes’ and ‘no’ is past and we need to concern ourselves with the ‘how’ of the Park before the Chinese interests that are quietly buying up huge acreage here leave us nothing to discuss.
My friend, John Dick, MSc, worked as a habitat management coordinator in the 1970s that successfully turned the “Haynes Lease” at Osoyoos into an EcoReserve. John’s career has taken him around the world with World Bank projects. I asked him his opinion of the present situation in the South Okanagan. His response: “The whole public debate has been a repeat of what occurred in the creation of Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan – incredibly negative reactions in the beginning and now recognition that the Park has had huge benefits to the ranching community because it’s allowed the introduction of a rest-rotation grazing system that has greatly improved range condition and productivity. Tourism associated with the Park is a significant economic driver in the area. The proposed Nation Park Reserve in the South Okanagan is too important to be scuttled by a few narrow ranching and back country recreation interests.”
A couple of comments – Sarah Boyle did say all submissions will be marked with a postal code. So to be fair – we should get a list/a breakdown of persons commenting from around our area, the province and Canada.
To Marion – I am deeply hurt that you think so little of lil ole ODN – the “personal blog” that has supported your charity and the arts community for almost ten years. Oliver Daily News is a respected news website and source of more SO news than printed sources. It uses the pictures of many, the reviews and stories of many others, hires a professional reporter to assist in the production of quality news coverage. It is respected by other news outlets in the SO which use pictures and tips to develop stories of their own.
To Marion – To say that ODN has not covered the National Park story in the last five year is an absolute misstatement.
To say the Osoyoos Times did investigative reporting belies the fact that the content of such stories were fed by insiders and always appeared slanted in my mind. If the stories had been slanted to the NO side I wonder what you would say to that.
To the question of the signs – no one likes them. Yes or No. But a referendum – something that richly honours our tradition of openness would surely get rid of them. Do not you think?
A year ago – a report from Roy Wood
Osoyoos Museum and Archives gets ready to move to the current Home Building Centre on Main Street.Museum board president Mat Hassen stated that $685,000 of the $2.5 million budget is in hand in the form of cash, committed donations and projected income. Now begins the task of raising the remaining nearly $2 million for the building conversion and exhibit development for the new museum. Hassen told council that the museum society will approach federal, provincial and regional governments for possible funding along with a list of seven corporations and private foundations that are likely sources. The funds in hand include: $60,000 in the legacy fund; $125,000 in committed donations from individuals in Osoyoos and area; and a $500,000 capital reserve, which is the accumulation of past and projected rent on the Main Street property. The town and the regional district bought the site in 2011, thanks to a $1.3-million referendum, for which residents still pay $21 a year.
This week a ground breaking of sorts on the site of a 22 thousand square foot building. The new building will have a 5.5 acre lumber yard, a huge expansion from the community’s current 4,000 square foot store. Home Hardware bought the land 8 years ago from the Town. Scheduled to be open in January next year.
What a week it was, the snow we were expecting was bad enough, but the accumulations we were not expecting were even worse for many reasons.
This was a week planned months in advance for the BC Fruit Growers Convention. The roads caused many growers from the North to turn back. The friend I was with and I contemplated the same but a little ice made it an adventure.
Many were in a negative mood with prices down and costs going up. Before we sink into a depression here I thought it would be interesting to look back and remember, worse things have happened.
The BC Tree Fruit Industry actually started in the Lower Mainland. The first Board of Directors did not have a single farmer on it and the Mayor of Vancouver was President. The Board was made up of land speculators. The first shipment of apples went from Chilliwack to Winnipeg around the same time in 1889
The sheer grit of the BCFGA is its strength. Near death experiences have come and gone but the industry has survived.
Depression when it hit, produced a campaign with the slogan
“A cent a pound or on the Ground” there were severe labor shortages during two world wars. The great freeze in the winter of 1949-50. I remember my uncle and father out in the night keeping the smudge pots going. It was the greatest single action event that nearly destroyed the industry. Farmers were not accepting defeat. Big old mac trees were planted thirty feet apart and vegetables as cash crops were planted up the middle until the fruit yields returned. It was a rough time but the sheer determination of modern pioneers saved themselves.
The Columbia River Treaty was a disaster for the Okanagan Tree Fruit Industry. Here is but one example. Before the treaty both sided of the border produced about 12 million boxes, each. Now Washington produces a hundred and forty million or more and we produce about four million. Washington is mass production and we produce higher quality.
The key to our survival is our ability to adapt to adversity and changing conditions through technology and a willingness to embrace the future, even reluctantly at times. Programs such as SIR (Sterile Insect Release) have ensured our continued success. The foreign labor program SAWP or the seasonal Agriculture Worker Program is a partnership amng three governments Canada, Mexico, Caribbean governments, the workers and employers. This ensures there is an adequate workforce. Here is an educational note SAWP is different from other foreign worker programs as there is far more oversight and stricter audits and that is a good thing. There is the food safety program to ensure security in the food chain and a host of proactive measures taken to ensure the health of the industry.
I know the situation farmers are in but I remind them and you, the cycles of farmer turn on a dime and being a farmer is not for the faint of heart. There will be better days ahead. I know this to be true having been a farmer and a former President of the BCFGA. In the South Okanagan, the tree fruit industry has played a significant role in developing the communities lifestyle. So on these cold winter days if you see a farmer thank them for their service to the community.
I would also like to thank the BCFGA for installing my name in a roll of some great pioneers in the industry when they presented me with a Life Membership in the association.
There are so many who did so much, much more than me but I am grateful for the honor and the trust they gave me during my time as a Board Member and eventually as President.
April 16, 1939 – February 13, 2019
Mrs. Sylvia Jacqueline (Jackie) Rubner of Oliver passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Penticton Regional Hospital at the age of 79 years.
She was predeceased by her father Leonard Stone; mother Sylvia Stone and sister-in-law Elizabeth (Betty) Stone.
Jackie will be fondly remembered by her loving family including husband Ren Rubner; children Barry (Carol-Anne), Dawn (Ivan) Ward and Len (Kim); grandchildren Dustin, Alexandra, Keegan, Riley, Mackenzie, Ashley, Kristie, Lindsey and Talia as well as brother Gordon.
Jackie worked for many years as a registered nurse at St. Martin’s Hospital and South Okanagan General Hospital.
She enjoyed travelling to visit kids and grandkids because they were a “BIG” part of her life, going on cruises, curling until her knees gave out and being by her husband’s side at cow cutting horse events.
Over the years Jackie volunteered with Brownies and Girl Guides with her daughter and was a hockey mom and baseball coach with the boys.
Donations are gratefully accepted for Diabetes Canada, 360 – 1385 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V9.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 7610 – 87th Street, Osoyoos, BC with a reception to follow in the church lower hall.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Obituary for the late Beverly June Hewitt
September 23, 1932 – February 13, 2019
On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Mrs. Beverly June Hewitt of Oliver passed away peacefully after a short illness at Sunnybank Centre at the age 86.
She was predeceased by her husband Noel Hewitt and infant son David Gordon Hewitt.
June will be fondly remembered by her loving family including children Andrew (Susan), Kathy (Randy), Sean and Kevin; grandchildren Alec, Heather and Hannah; sister-in-law Moira Plumley; nieces Gail and Cheryl; nephews Keith and Alan as well as many great-nieces and nephews.
June travelled through Canada and Europe with her husband during his military career and worked a variety of jobs over her life. In recent years she enjoyed travelling and camping with her daughter Kathy and granddaughter Hannah.
June was a long tine Legion member, a member of the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary and Grannies for Africa. She enjoyed reading and knitting.
A heartfelt thanks to Dr. Mark Hamilton for his care and kindness over the years. The staff of SOGH and Oliver Home Care for your support and especially the staff of Sunnybank Care Centre for making her last few weeks as comfortable as possible. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
Donations are gratefully accepted for the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery followed by a celebration of life from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Hewitt Family Home.
Condolences & tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Information on this sudden death – released by the Oliver Fire Department on facebook and picked up by other media
It is normal policy of ODN to restrain publication until all family members notified and details released by police or a funeral home.
Oliver Fire Department called to Columbia Palace yesterday at 10:19 am – a residence that Emery used to live at.
RCMP stood by the residence for much of the day awaiting the clearance of a local coroner.
No further details released at this time.
To go to a show is to go to a place where something is being presented, displayed, viewed and experienced. The most typical is to ‘show’ a movie or a play in a theater. People can also build a show, of let’s say, postage stamps. Imagine an auditorium or bigger space with many displays of stamps to view and to purchase and many, many people also interested in stamp collecting to meet and trade and talk with.
I’ll show you mine if you show me yours, used to share many a secret at many ages. This little ritual brings back smiles of ‘shhhh don’t tell’ calibre back to when I was a preschooler on up to a surprise 50th birthday party for someone. This kind of show is usually a telling. I once had a calendar picture, that if you looked closely, showed many faces among the rocks and trees. More fun showing secrets.
To show is to reveal. It is meant to be special, a reveal that only happens at show time or on show days. One show that takes a lot of preparation, has costumes and music and often even includes fireworks is the half time show at a football game. A very big deal and you don’t want to miss it just because you went to get popcorn. The traditional Circus is often referred to as the Greatest Show On Earth.
To show off is to make a big ostentatious display for the purpose of getting noticed. I can show off physically by doing a cartwheel to enter a room or sink a basketball from way far. The basketball shot may also just be me practicing and being successful. In that case the one accusing me of being a show off is just jealous. Then we have an announcement that the show is off meaning it is not going to be presented.
There is an art to the show. The show is to be anticipated. When we hear that we are going to the show, we are excited and expect being stimulated, made to laugh and feel and to have a memorable experience, to learn something valuable.. We show ourselves every time we encounter another person. Do you prepare for that show? Or do you just ‘show up’ and let it all flow as it will?
Picture: Grade 8 student Dilshaan Dhaliwal at Vancouver Children’s Hospital. “If it wasn’t for the AED machine and the teachers being able to jump in so quickly without any thinking and starting CPR and using the AED, I probably wouldn’t be alive right now,” said Dhaliwal. He was released from hospital last week.
Dhaliwal is scheduled to undergo open-heart surgery for aortic valve stenosis at the end of February. The surgery will repair one valve to ensure his heart can pump enough blood to his body.
Source: Global BC
Below a report published February 2nd
Two teachers at SOSS credited with saving the life of a young male student this week.
The unidentified student went into cardiac arrest during a gym class on Wednesday morning at Southern Okanagan Secondary School – given first aid and flown to Vancouver’s Children’s hospital.
“Kids were getting ready to pack up and get changed and get onto their next class and then we had a young fellow collapse,” teacher Steve Podmorow stated.
Podmorow, along with fellow teacher Mike Russo jumped in to help.
“It’s nerve wracking, it’s a real serious situation,” Russo said, adding there was no prior warning of any medical distress.
“He was fine before and talking and everything was really normal, so it was really unexpected and a big shock,” he said.
Bev Young School District 53 Superintendent says “I believe there is one elementary school who had one on order but otherwise all of our schools have at least one,” …..
Young said she sent out a letter to the schools in her district following the incident with an important reminder.
“To check their AEDs, check that the batteries are working,” she said. “This is a good opportunity for folks to check them to assure that they are working and there is enough for the size of the building.
Source: with files from Global Okanagan
This is a letter sent from a B and B owner in Oliver – to Town Council
I want to take this opportunity to provide some feed back to the council regarding ‘itinerant’ accommodations within the town, as recently viewed on Oliver Daily News, and some of the inequities your current policies have created.
Within the zoning, RS-x the present bylaws, allow,
Secondary suites section 6.7
Bed and Breakfast section 6.12
Carriage houses 6.10
There is no current wording specifically for accommodations such as VRBO or airBnb, however, either could be incorporated, as written, as there is no mention of the time frame for which the identified classifications are occupied, ie, nightly, weekly or monthly. The town has identified 24 properties presumably on VRBO or airBnB. The perceived concern is that
these properties will adversely impact the town, neighbourhood or violate the zoning bylaws or reduce the availability of long term rental accommodation. I disagree with all of above, except perhaps the situation where a person purchases a house or apartment, chooses not to live in it, and decides to rent it as an unoccupied owner property on VRBO or airBnB.
I believe this move by council is motivated by the unusual set of circumstances that have arisen in Vancouver. Oliver is NOT Vancouver. We have operated our suite for several seasons. We do not benefit from year round demand. Our season, at best, is April to the end of October. We only achieve peak occupancy July and Aug. Thus, the chance of an ‘investor’ purchasing a property to operate ‘solely’ as an unoccupied rental are slim to none. The demand just isn’t there.
With regard to noise and disrupting the neighbourhood, I see NO difference between this sort of occupancy type, and any of the other allowed variants. I can assure you that we have NEVER had any issues with our guests making unruly noise, or disturbing the neighbourhood. Quite the contrary, within our street we have had numerous issues with tenants in long term rentals occupying a single house. You can be assured that we, as owner occupiers, would be the first to act upon any disturbances, should something occur. We HAVE complied with the town’s request to lodge a $750 deposit to cover ‘town costs’ to react to complaints. I believe this is totally unnecessary and the money should be refunded. Do you require the same of all the registered B and B owners? What about all those people who have long term rentals in their houses? Do you even know how many of these there are?
Treatment of all in a fair and equitable manner is an important element in the accommodation business in our community. It is council’s job to ensure this occurs. I believe that the existing bylaws manage the situations without any need to adopt any draconian measures.
As an outcome of the investigations by the town to identify VRBO and AirBnB accommodations, in September, 2018, we were double assessed our sewer charge on our utility bill. The extra charge of $64.50 per quarter was listed as ‘commercial’. This is blatantly unfair. And I object. The policy change has NOT been thought through properly. So, we are operating a part time guest accommodation. Yes, we are making some money.
Is council charging ALL B an B operators this additional charge?
– All those who have leased out the basements or other parts of their houses?
-ALL who have carriage houses or secondary buildings in an RS-x zoned area?
- All of these operators are making money. So, why are we being singled out?
What about the logical extension to include a very large multi-generational house? It seems that this unilateral action was taken because of the ‘apparent’ increased load on the sewer
system. I would point out that we OCCASIONALLY accommodate two guests, yet, when we had our three children, there were a total of 5 in the dwelling PERMANENTLY, yet this was charged as domestic. Something doesn’t make any sense here.
The Way Forward:
As a result, I am proposing an alternative, more transparent, fair and equitable system to deal with the sewer charging component in the town budget. From the town website and annual reports, 2017, 2518 houses are on sewer, 1,888 cubic feet of sewerage is handled per day, the revenue to service the sewer system is $1.02 million.
At present a fixed, $64.50 per lot per quarter is assessed. The house opposite us has one senior, a house in Okanagan street has 4 plus a basement suite with one renter, a B and B on Tulameen street has two people plus whoever stays. Should the senior pay as much? Is there a fairer way for all? Is there a better way? Yes.
Using the mantra, “water in equals water out”, take the water meter usage for quarters 4 and quarter 1. Few if any residents will be irrigating over these 6 months. All this water coming into the house will be used and flushed down the drains. Double this volume and you will have a very accurate assessment of the total water being fed into the sewer system from each dwelling for the year. This was NOT possible until the town installed water meters some 5 years ago. My calculations indicate that the cost to ‘process’ a m3 of sewer is $1.48.
Let’s say, starting with the April quarter on any year, ending June 30th, the sewer assessment becomes: the q4 and q1 volumes from the previous year and current year, doubled and divided by 4 and multiplied by the cost per m3. This value is applied until the next year cycle. No need to have a reading, no fixed charge, everyone knows that they pay for what they use, and dump. It is totally transparent. It may well encourage residents to further conserve water and put less pressure on our precious fresh water resources and less pressure on the sewer processing load. It may not be perfect, but I believe that it is a fairer and more transparent system and worthy of serious consideration. We lived in Germany in 1992 and even then, they had this very type of assessment on our utility bill.
Eric Lloyd Mauger
1933 – 2019
On Sunday February 10, 2019, Mr. Eric Lloyd Mauger of Oliver passed away peacefully at McKinney Place surrounded by family at the age of 85 years. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother.
He will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife Janice, his children Kevin (Ali) and Carleen (Ralph) his grandchildren Heather, Arlaina and Craig, great grandchild Jesse and his nieces, nephews and extended family.
Eric enjoyed a long career with B.C. Telephone as a central office technician. He was a devoted member of the Masonic Order and Shriners Club. Over the years Eric volunteered with Cub Scouts, Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball, Canadian Ski Patrol and was a community helper in may ways. Eric loved the outdoors, particularly fishing, hunting, skiing and golf. He also enjoyed fly tying and fishing rod repairs.
Donations gratefully accepted for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (www.llscanada.org/ 604-733-2873 or 1-833-222-4884).
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Private arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium.
2019 Town of Oliver population – less than 5000 people
2021 census could prove that Town has now triggered a policing share of 70 percent of the cost of officers, detachment housing, civilian staffing and many other expected and unexpected expenses.
By the summer of 2022 Oliver could be paying these bills…
2019 – Oliver is now in the second year of taxing 9 percent more – building tax capacity for this huge jump of one to 1.5 million dollars a year.
Below is a Q and A supplied by the Provincial government that administers all policing including municipal police and provincial RCMP contracts.
Emerging Municipalities – Questions & Answers
A. It is also important to know, that under the agreements there are certain costs that are not included in the 70% cost-share. For example, costs associated with support staff and accommodations (detachment space). These costs are paid 100% by the municipality.
2. How does the ministry separate out rural, First Nations and prison from town?
A. Needs more clarity on this question.
B. If the Town were to go over 5,000 population, the Town’s responsibility for policing pertains to within municipal boundaries only. The Municipal Police Unit jurisdiction boundaries would match exactly municipal boundaries. The remaining provincial area would include outlying areas and exclude the municipality. The First Nations lands and the Okanagan Correctional Center do not fall within municipal boundaries and are considered unincorporated areas and of provincial policing responsibility (the FN lands do not comprise a distinct policing jurisdiction on their own). The RCMP maps out policing jurisdictions through respondent codes, and smaller zones and atoms for geo-locating calls for service and reported Criminal Code offences to a particular jurisdiction or area.
What is the dispute resolution process for contract problems?
5. What are other costs we are responsible for? What are those costs currently?
A. If Oliver goes over 5,000 population, the Town would become responsible for all costs associated with policing your municipality (see also BC Police Act s.15). This includes salary and benefits for police and staff, accommodations (detachment space), equipment and supplies, detention facilities, and the care and custody of those held in detention.
Note – there are no exemptions in the Police Act, for any particular aspect of police services or investigation that municipality is not responsible for. It is important for any municipality to plan for extraordinary policing costs that may occur.
A. It the Town opts to contract for RCMP municipal services, there are a number of costs included in the cost-base that is shared with the federal government. The terms of the MPUA outlines what is and what is not included in the cost-base. Generally what is included are: members’ pay, benefits, & allowances, cadet training costs, equipment and supplies, vehicles, etc.
For municipalities 5,000 to 14,999 pop., the cost-share is 70% municipal and 30% federal. For municipalities over 15,0000 pop., the cost-share is 90% and 10%, respectively. The federal contribution to the cost-base is in recognition of the benefits it receives through contract policing these mutual benefits are outlined in the MPSA and PPSA – also accessible by the weblink provided above).
Cost items exempt from the cost-share, and for which the municipality is 100% responsible include accommodations (detachment space/detention facilities), and support staff.
6. If town is responsible for support staff, do we set levels?
A. Similar to police authorized strength, the minimum level of support staff required to support an Oliver RCMP Municipal Police Unit will be indicated in the Policing Information Package. The Town may choose to provide more than the minimum support staff level indicated, depending on community priorities.
7. Who controls which detachments are housed in Oliver’s building? If provincial forces are housed there, does province or feds pay for any expansion or maintenance?
The Town could also examine constructing their own building. If this option is to be explored, the Town must work with the RCMP and Ministry staff early on in the planning stages.
Archives Getting Greener
A few building improvements at the Oliver Archives are helping the building to “go green.” Those projects are the installation of a number of solar panels on the Archives building roof and the replacement of the building’s furnace and air conditioner.
You may have noticed the solar last week as you drove along Fairview Road. The panels were installed February 1st by Argon Electrical and Solar Services, and they are going to do big things for the Oliver & District Heritage Society which operates the Archives.
“We are a non-profit society with a limited budget. This project will help us to reduce our energy costs over the next 25 years so that more of our resources can go towards serving the public,” said Julianna Weisgarber, Executive Director for the Heritage Society.
Following a similar move by the Oliver Food Bank, the Oliver & District Heritage Society decided to go solar in 2018 under the leadership of its Board of Directors headed by President Vance Potter and former Executive Director Manda Maggs. They had been approached by local solar advocates who evaluated the building and found it suitable based on orientation and surface area. The installation was made possible by a generous bequest gifted to the Heritage Society to be used for building improvements. The final determinant was the cost-savings. It is estimated that the panels will produce 90-95% of the building’s total electricity use in a year at a fixed cost of 9 cents/kilowatt-hour. With an expected return of nearly 7% in the first year, the panels should pay themselves off in approximately 12 years and last for another 13.
The new furnace and air conditioner are also having an impact on the building’s carbon footprint. The old HVAC system was almost 20 years old, and the Board had been planning to replace it for years. The new gas furnace is more energy efficient than the old model and will significantly reduce gas consumption and heating costs. The new air conditioner has more than doubled cooling efficiency, taking it from 6 to 14 percent. Guardian Plumbing and Heating completed the installation of both units over the last week.
The new systems will help ensure the preservation of the archival materials housed inside the building by providing more stable environmental conditions during warm and cold months and improved control over temperature and humidity changes, which can damage archival records. Both upgrades offer the benefit of enhanced sustainability, both for the environment and for the Society. To the Heritage Society, it’s a win-win situation.
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The South Okanagan Similkameen Preservation Society has been in negotiations with Parks Canada for the past 3 weeks to host a “stakeholders” meeting regarding the proposed National Park Reserve. Only on Feb 8th (4 days prior) did our group receive confirmation. The day after (Feb 9th) sending out invitations to our membership, Parks Canada wanted to limit the debate to only 150 “stakeholders” total.
In a recent event, yesterday evening within 24 hrs of the “stakeholders” meeting, Parks Canada has cancelled the event.
Many, many members from various organizations like the BCWF, Grassland Coalition and the SOSPS had indicated relief that there was finally going to be a open-mic conversation about the Park. Sadly, this would have been the first “public” meeting for the issue. Many had committed to drive from all regions, no matter the weather to express their questions and concerns. Many also indicated that they were waiting for this “stakeholders” meeting to satisfy unanswered questions before taking the Parks Canada Consultation Poll, release last December which ends February 28 2019.
If the promise to have a conversation with local residents can be broken last-minute to the convenience of Parks Canada, is this an indication of the integrity they will practice in the future with promises regarding any aspect of the process? When an agenda or tough questions are being made, shutting down and controlling the conversation is disingenuous, and lack any accountability to local taxpayers.
For an organization that promised local input, this decision by Parks Canada to shut down the conversation during the “consultation period” has done irreparable harm to the trust that locals have for our Federal Government and the democratic process.
South Okanagan Similkameen Preservation Society
Consultations with residents of the region are an important part of assessing the establishment of a national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.
The information sessions on the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen on
February 12 with the Grasslands Coalition, the British Columbia Wildlife Federation and the South Okanagan–Similkameen Preservation Society and on
February 13 with local Naturalist Clubs and First Things First Okanagan
are being rescheduled for later this month to allow the presence of senior officials from Parks Canada responsible for park establishment. Meetings with the lead representatives of these key groups will enable Parks Canada officials to hear the interests and perspectives of each organization first-hand as part of the consultations.
Parks Canada apologizes for the short notice and inconvenience that this may cause the membership of these organizations. Lead representatives of these organizations will be contacted in the near future with further details.
National Park (Reserve) Day Monday at local town council
One. Will there be a public meeting Tuesday at the Community Hall ? No. Cancelled by Parks Canada – they don’t like meetings with more than 150 people. And I thought the locals were paying for the hall. I was wrong.
Bill Ross heads a local coalition of groups that wants a referendum and a bit of transparency on factual matters. Is Parks Canada up to that. The strategy of PC appears to be “divide and conquer” or ….”how can I tell you what you want to hear”?
Two. Will council re-consider a motion that failed tonight at a later meeting ? They might – a more experienced Mayor might have delayed it…. will he bring it up again. He can. What motion. Council was asked to consider a motion. “Will council support a motion requesting a local referendum on the establishment of a National Park. Two in favour – Two against. Defeated.
Three. Why is there resistance to a referendum and transparency on this issue ? Conflicts… not stated.
Three questions that I have tried to answer.
This is a complex issue. My background tells me a lot. My sources tell me even more.
Quote of the week:
Sarah Boyle on hunting rights. No hunting is allowed in a National Park.
But a NP-Reserve will be co-managed by ‘neighbouring’ indigenous peoples who will have traditional hunting and other land-use rights.
Tonight I sleep in my own bed. It is getting old and has various hills and craters that wrap themselves round my body when I get in. My pillow is equally old, is stuffed with feathers and can be screwed up into a tiny ball or shook out into a full sized, but flat, head rest. What is great about my old sleeping situation? It knows me, it welcomes me in and wraps itself round me like an old friend. The blankets are exactly the right weight and warmth for cosy nights and settle around me as I lie down, what could be nicer?
We have just arrived back from our annual pilgrimage to the sun, two weeks in Mexico with good friends, perfect for the middle of winter.
I really love my winter vacation, it is perfect for getting rid of the winter blah’s and when I return I feel that winter is almost over and it will soon be time to get out into the yard and do some updating for the summer months.
We have been taking this yearly trip for quite some time so we have it down to an event of no fuss and very little excitement. Two weeks ago the four of us drove to Kelowna to our usual overnight motel, it is handy to the airport and looks after our car for the time we are away. We always seem to catch a flight that departs at some ungodly hour of the morning, this time it was 7.00am which means arriving at the airport around 4.30, yuk!
Arriving in Kelowna after supper we book into the motel, Dave parks our vehicle in its reserved spot for the next two weeks and we go to our rooms. The usual soulless motel room is clean, very comfortable and quiet. We book wake up calls for 4.00am, and a cab for 4.15. It is then the time I do not look forward to, that of getting into a strange bed with horror of horror, strange pillows. I thought I had solved the pillow problem this year by taking my pillow from home but, in the transfer of luggage, leaving heavy coats in the car and getting into the rooms, I had forgot to take my pillow indoors.
Neither Dave nor I wanted to leave the warmth of the room to go back to where the car was stored so I didn’t bother getting it. This is not to be confused with suffering in silence, I complained loud and long about the pillows being hard, too fat, the wrong shape and various other ills but to no avail, Dave pretended not to hear and I decided to shut up and make the best of it but knew I would never manage to fall asleep. However sleep I did as the next thing I heard was the wake up call rudely bringing both of us from our slumber.
After the usual waiting around for the plane and then five hours in a sardine can we emerged into the sun filled world of Peurto Vallarta, where our tour bus was waiting to take us to our resort, half an hour later we were deposited at the check in desk and within twenty minutes were in our room and changed into summer clothes. The inconvenience of the early morning flight gives the advantage of arriving mid afternoon and being able to get right into the Mexican lifestyle.
Our resort has everything we need, basic but very clean rooms, big buffet meals that seem to go on all day. The food is sometimes strange but there is always lots of choice and we always find lots of nice things to eat. The gardens around the various buildings are kept in immaculate condition and it is a beautiful place to stay. The beds are a bit of a nightmare as they have rubber mattress covers which make for a really hot, sweaty sleep and once again there is the nightly fight with the pillows. However, as we spend so much time lying on loungers, by the pool, there is lots of time for afternoon naps, and even a few morning ones.
The waiters are wonderful and the US dollars left on our table every meal is much appreciated and ensures that we get lots of fuss and attention. The Mexican wages are very poor but many of these waiters have been working there for years so must be a good place to work.
Two weeks of swimming, strolling, watching glorious sunsets over the ocean, eating and chatting to the many repeat customers that we have got to know over the years, goes by quickly and it is soon time to be repacking the bags to do the return journey.
I try to put myself into a self induced coma for the flight as I find it the easiest way to survive the knee crunching from the seat in front of me and the garlic breath of the person sitting next to me. Less than five hours later and we are waiting for luggage in Kelowna.
One more night at the motel and we are ready for home. Great news, the highway closed by the landslide near Summerland has been opened, with a short detour, this means we do not have to take several hours out of our way to get to Oliver.
A quick trip into the supermarket on our way home and here we are safe and snug in our own home. Tonight we sleep in our own bed, however, at the moment it has two suitcases lying on it that need to be unpacked before we can get in it. Not only that but the smiling waiters are nowhere to be found and there is no enticing smell of food drifting out of the kitchen.
Having my own bed does have it’s drawbacks but I guess I will survive.
Superintendent Ted De Jager named President of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police in 2019.
Officer-in Charge of the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional RCMP Detachment’s Superintendent De Jager, has been named the newly appointed President of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police (BCACP).
At the recent quarterly meeting, De Jager was elected President of the BCACP for 2019. He takes over from previous year’s President, Chief Constable Manak, Victoria Police Dept.
The BCACP is an organization based on partnerships with Municipal Police Forces and the RCMP in British Columbia. It exists as a lobbying force with all levels of Government with regard to policing issues. It is similar in mandate to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in its focus on promoting positive policing changes, advocating for legislative changes, and other policy reforms.
The position of President within the BCACP rotates each year, and carries with it leadership responsibilities of guidance and coordination of resources in its pursuit of the organizations goals and mandate.
As De Jager continues to lead one of the busiest Regional Detachments in B.C., this new assignment will surely add to his workload; however, with his demonstrated leadership and management skills, he is up for the challenge, and is committed as newly appointed President of the BCACP.
Submitted by his PR person
Emergency crews respond to early morning house fire
On February 10 th, 2019, at 3 a.m., Police and Fire crews were dispatched to a house fire, located at 221 Huth Avenue, in Penticton
Officers and fire crews arrived to discover a fully engulfed house fire at this location.
Once the flames were extinguished, fire crews located one individual deceased inside.
Investigators with the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment’s General Investigation Section, Forensic Identification Section, and the Penticton Fire Department, are all on scene.
Additionally, the BC Coroners Service attended, and are assisting with the investigation. The identity of the deceased person has yet to be confirmed.
“This incident is considered suspicious, and our investigation is in its early stages.
Public Disclosure Required for the Office of Mayor – Town of Oliver
Candidate Ron Hovanes spent about 936 dollars and had the advantage of signs paid for in a previous campaign bringing his disclosed expenditure to $2136
Candidate Martin Johansen spent $855.09
Hovanes declared no financial sponsors
Johansen received cash to pay for the bulk of his expenses from Hart Buckendahl, developer
Buckendahl is a former Mayor of Oliver but now living in Osoyoos.