Brenda Marie Shaw
Born September 9, 1946
Died August 16, 2019
Brenda Shaw passed away at the South Okanagan General Hospital at the age of 72 years last Friday
Condolences to the family
A couple of notes
The publisher is struggling with the relevance of a couple of items seen countless times recently……
a. Federal Election – boring to me – wish we could bypass the campaigning and proceed to the vote. I believe most people have made up their mind. Should we attempt to cover a myriad of visits of leaders and candidates to local coffee shops to hear the same old story……….over and over again. To have balanced cover of 4 or 5 candidates and their parties and their leaders is impossible for a one man band.
b. Coverage of Ronald Teneycke – who has a history associated with Oliver is fodder for the news cannon – he was given the designation of “dangerous offender ” and really any sentencing beyond that is irrelevant but each time he appears in a court room via a video the media reports the same old story …….over and over again. There is no or limited news value to it.
If you don’t see a lot of stories about the above – it is because other stories are more current and relevant.
Ok – where did tents go, where do we sleep. Firefighters below cleaning up patch of land used for tent city in the last three weeks.
Resources: 27 firefighters and 1 helicopter have been assigned to this incident. The incident management team on site is in the process of turning the incident back over to the Penticton Fire Zone. Eagle Bluff now classified as held – allowed to burn within current boundaries. Mop up stage.
“The new scheduling is available in the Reader’s Guide. But trying to figure out Osoyoos/Kelowna is time consuming! From what I can calculate, and anyone please correct me if I’m wrong, there will at best a 43 minute layover in Penticton on the way north, and a 40 minute layover on the way south. On the present schedule, no layovers…” George Fraser
Even though on the old schedule Monday Only – there was no layover – there are more “day options” – Monday to Friday – but…. with layovers.
The Osoyoos bus picks up at Kootenay Street stop and Hospital stop while going through Oliver.
Photo and story submitted
Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill, Ontario captured the bulk of the silverware Tuesday afternoon as the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship wrapped up at the Osoyoos Golf Club.
Members at OGC were delighted to host the national event, as evidenced by the unprecedented volunteer participation. But they’re happy to have their Park Meadows course back after lending it to Golf Canada for four days.
Five golfers from the Oliver/Osoyoos area entered the event. One of them, Christine Jurgenson, a former club champion at Osoyoos, made the Monday cut on the number and turned in a respectable 84 in today’s final round.
Claudia Wood, another former OGC club champion, missed the cut by just three shots. Mary Lou Harkness from Fairview Mountain, Judy Hill of Nk’Mip Canyon and Wendy Kamrudin of OGC finished further back.
Kyrinis finished two under par for the three days over the 5,800-yard par-73 Park Meadows course. She captured the mid-amateur (over 25), mid-master (over 40) and senior (over 50) trophies. Jackie Little, formerly of Vernon and now living in Proctor, BC, took home the super-senior (over 60) title with an 11-over-par 230 for the three days.
The event started with a practice round on Saturday and attracted top women amateur golfers from across Canada and the US. Defending champion Sue Wooster of Australia was unsuccessful in her title defence, finishing at two over par.
Politicians everywhere are scrambling to find a solution to gun violence. Gun violence can’t be packaged into one solution. Before you say this doesn’t concern me, think again.
In the last week or so they have taken alive shooters or would be shooters. A couple repeated the hate race violent mantra but a couple have given us new insight into just where their heads are at. What is so disturbing is it does not concern racial hatred or any other category of complaint.
Two, twenty somethings in different parts of America basically said this.
“I was looking to set a world record for the most number of kills in the shortest amount of time.” If this doesn’t concern you it should. It means we are all targets of people wanting to set a dubious world record for killing people anytime anywhere.
Increasingly we are facing a less polarized world and embracing a fragmented world. It reminds me of the title of the old song, ‘Blinded by the Light’.
We are not engaging in discussion we as a society are blinded by the light of our own reality. There is no tolerance for the thought someone else has an acceptable view.
It can be politics, religion, racial hatred, even sports. We hear people shooting up night clubs because they were thrown out for bad behavior. We have people killed because Satan was whispering in the shooters ear. There are those who hate based on race. Religion is another factor, but worse now is killing could become one size fits all. There is a term for this by the way. A Moral killing.
Some say that is in America and they are nuts. Well a couple of weeks ago we had two mass killings in twenty-four hours.
Here is the kicker, while we all watched that in horror there were at least eleven shot and wounded in Toronto. A friend told me that was gang violence. It was, and people were lucky. Shots were being fired. Anyone can be a victim even ordinary people coming out of a cafe, a church or a liquor store.
We are all coming from different corners when it comes to the solution. Keep guns away from those with mental issues, or the criminal element or those who play video games and the list goes on.
Well I’m afraid to say it goes deeper than that. We have to examine our society. We have to be an example to the young. If we bad mouth them how do we get them to listen? We are paying for a lack of parenting over the years and then blaming the kids in many cases. The problem we are having is not with kids it is with adults.
So where to begin? Conclude Liberal minded people are not bad, Conservative minded people are not bad, someones religion different from yours does not make them scary. We have to stop pointing fingers at each other and stop looking for scapegoats. These are all part of the shadows of ignorance and negativity that eats away at the foundation of society. Frankly we are better than that. When we start curing the ills of our society we will reduce the number of people who are at risk. No we will not totally eliminate violence, but at least we can make it a rare occurrence instead of what it is now.
Here are the new service changes for South Okanagan-Similkameen, effective September 3:
- NEW Route 70 Penticton/Kelowna:
- Two round trips at commuter times every weekday with two additional midday trips on Mondays.
- Fares: $5 per trip. Monthly passes available.
- 60 Kelowna/Osoyoos – Discontinued and replaced with route 70.
- 50 Penticton/Princeton – Trips to better connect with new route 70.
- 40 Osoyoos/Penticton – Two round trips added on Mondays. Fixed routing in Penticton and Oliver. Bus stop moved to Kaleden Fire Hall
The number of homes sold by SO Realtors totaled 210 units in July 2019. This was an increase of 14.1% from July 2018.
The total value of all properties sold was $113.4 million, rising 11.9% from July 2018.
On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 1,072 units over the first seven months of the year, still down 17.6% from the same period in 2018.
“Home sales are picking up steam heading into the second half of 2019 following a sluggish second half of 2018 and first half of 2019,” said Dori Lionello, President of the South Okanagan Real Estate Board.
The dollar value of all home sales in July 2019 was $99.6 million, surging 28.9% from the same month in 2018. This just missed tying the July record set two years ago.
Months of inventory numbered 6.9 at the end of July 2019, little changed from the 6.7 months recorded at the end of July 2018 and below the long-run average of 8.8 months for this time of year. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.
Source: SO Real Estate Board
by Roy Wood
Dividend Ridge project moves a step closer
Several new objections to the proposed duplex development at the top of Dividend Ridge were brought to Osoyoos council’s attention this afternoon but were refuted by the planning department and the project moved one step closer to approval.
Planning director Gina MacKay told council that several written objections were submitted following the June 17 public hearing. In a report to council she listed them along with her department’s comments on the validity of the complaints:
- Area is not within the Dividend Ridge Urban area. A map shows the subject property is in the urban area.
- An area plan is needed before such a project. This refers to the Dividend Ridge expansion area, not the subject property.
- The area is designated low-density residential. The Official Community Plan (OCP) allows a range of densities. The proposal is well within the range.
- The area is within an Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA). The area is devoid of vegetation and the ESA is mainly on the Crown land to the south.
- The property is not within the Urban Growth Area. The area is within the Urban Growth Area and in the OCP.
MacKay said there was also a comment about the unsuitability of low-income housing in the area. She said the proposal is for market retail housing and that the development will have to meet appropriate form and character criteria.
She told council it has the option of holding a second public hearing. There seemed no appetite for that idea as council unanimously approved third reading of the zoning amendment bylaw.
No support for pro wrestling fundraiser
A request for financial help toward a memorial bench for Blake Sewell, who died in 2016 from an array of medical issues, was sent back to town staff for more clarity because of a reference to professional wrestling in the request letter.
The letter from Tyler Da Costa started off describing a “professional wrestling fundraiser” toward buying a memorial bench for “our friend and beloved community member Blake Sewell.”
The letter then says “we are looking for sponsorship to help us cover some of the cost.”
Councillor CJ Rhodes told council, “I’m not interested in sponsoring a professional wrestling event.” The rest of council seemed to agree with that view and the letter was sent back for clarification.
The wrestling event, sponsored by the Da Costa Brothers, is billed “Thrash Wrestling – Over the Top” and will occur outside the Osoyoos branch of the Canadian Legion at 6:30 in the evening.
Music to continue at Jojo’s Open Mic Nights
Council unanimously agreed to a miniscule liquor licence change, demanded by a new liquor inspector, to allow Jojo’s Café to continue Open Mic nights at the popular downtown eatery.
Planning director Gina MacKay told council, “There’s a new liquor control officer in our community and we have seen a lot of questions come forward as they … I don’t want to say ‘flex their muscle,’ but look at introducing themselves to our community.”
In her report to council, MacKay said: “Jojo’s Café has been instrumental in bringing live music to Osoyoos. They would like to continue encouraging and supporting local musicians by providing free Open Mic nights throughput the year.”
According to MacKay, the licence change demanded by the liquor inspector was merely to have Jojo’s owner “tick a box” on the licence application specifying the inclusion of audience participation among the allowable activities.
Child care expansion project funding on the books
Council approved a change to the town’s five-year financial plan to reflect an additional $892,500 for the capital cost of the Osoyoos Child Care Centre Expansion project.
The expansion is fully funded by the Union of BC Municipalities child care space creation program, but the town’s accounts need to reflect the money coming in and going out.
The expansion will see 18 spaces added to the centre’s current eight. The centre will move to a more age-specific operation, including: eight spaces for children from six to 19 months; eight for 19-30-month-olds; and 10 for kids from 30 months to school age.
• 86 firefighters
• 1 helicopters
• 1 heavy equipment
East airport camp closed
West airport camp appears smaller with less tents, trucks and aircraft.
The BC Wildfire Service will take a “modified response” approach to the northern flank of the Eagle Bluff wildfire, now that all appropriate planned ignitions to slow the spread of the fire have been completed.Smoke from this wildfire may continue to be visible in the region, but the fire poses no threat to surrounding communities and is being closely monitored by BC Wildfire Service personnel. It is burning about five kilometres northeast of Oliver and currently covers about 2,632 hectares.
Modified response is a wildfire management strategy that uses a combination of suppression techniques and monitoring to steer, contain or otherwise manage fire activity within a predetermined perimeter. This type of response is appropriate when human or natural resource values are not at risk and it will help maximize the fire’s ecological benefits. The BC Wildfire Service decided to use a modified response approach in consultation with land managers and other partners in the region.
The Eagle Bluff wildfire is now burning in terrain where it is unlikely to spread beyond its current perimeter. Containment lines and contingency lines have been completed around the fire.
The west, east and south flanks of the fire have been fully supressed and are currently in patrol status. They no longer pose a threat to infrastructure or surrounding communities. These areas were all successfully burned off last week, using planned ignitions to steer the fire toward control lines where it was easier and safer for ground crews to work. Infrared scanning of these areas is continuing to ensure that all hot spots are extinguished.
The BC Wildfire Service is closely monitoring this fire using remote cameras, ground crews and aircraft (as required), and will allocate additional firefighting resources if the fire threatens to breach established containment lines.
Souce: BC Ministry of Forestry
Phat Thai, Sharon Grewal, Myaia Koenig and Kael Koteles
Congratulations and have a good year.
Thank you to the outgoing Ambassadors
Enola, Jennifer and Avnit in Peachland
Well, what a busy but wonderful year with this crew! This trio of young ladies has served their community for a fun-filled, hard-working 365 days. They have painted countless faces, greeted, cleaned, served, crafted and spoken at local events. They have had the opportunity to travel to many BC communities learning about our beautiful province and networking with other teens in programs like ours. There may have been a little dancing as well! Learning about leadership, friendship and time management, you have grown immensely! Thank you for your energy, enthusiasm and drive. We will miss you!
Thanks to the hardworking Ambassador Committee
Is she harmful? Will she try to hurt me? Millie was seeing her through a window, as she had done many times. What if she comes outside? Should I run? Hide? The garden offered a lot of possibilities, with the cedar bushes being the best place to hide under, or she could make a dash for the crack in the fence and squeeze through there. However, this could lead to more danger, as it was near a neighbour’s shed and several of her relatives had perished within it. She had heard that peanut butter was offered as an enticement for them to enter therein. Once inside the shed, they did not return to the fields, nor were they seen in any of the gardens again.
Wilber had told her to never sample peanut butter, no matter how attractively it is laid out, and not to be taken in by the fresh smell of nuts and oil even when very hungry. She hadn’t seen him in a few days and wondered where he was. Likely he had found a new food supply and would return when it was depleted. She hoped it would be soon, as it was time to make a nest. The young would be arriving any day now and she didn’t want to be the sole provider, even though it was a fairly constant food supply here in the garden. The birds kicked out unwanted seeds from the overhead bird feeder, including some very tasty sunflower seeds. One never knew how long a supply would last though and then it was back to scavenging. Looking for food was always a risky business.
Nancy watched her through the kitchen window. She was smartly dressed in a brown fur coat. The hints of pink from her ears and tail emphasized the rich sheen of her coat. She had bright brown eyes that were constantly on the alert and tiny feet that skittered throughout the garden area. Her movements were stealthy. Nancy imagined that she had a nest somewhere with babes to feed, as she saw her scavenge under the winter bird feeder. “Poor wee soul,” Nancy thought. “So many predators, with mankind being the most to fear.”
“Why do people idolize Mickey and Minnie Mouse even to dressing them in cute clothes?” she wondered.
He with his red shorts, white gloves and shoes, and she with a polka dot dress, matching hair bow and high heeled pumps.
Then there are the Christmas cards depicting cute little mice, usually grey ones, wearing bright red waistcoats and topped off with red Santa type hats. Yet the same card sender would set a trap on Christmas Eve for a living, natural mouse.
Peace on earth is depicted by snapping a living creature’s neck?
Similarly, why is a chipmunk considered cute, but not a mouse? It has the same pointed face, bright brown eyes and both are furred. What sets the chipmunk apart from being issued baited traps and poisoned seeds? Is it the stripes? Or that it does not initiate home invasions? Maybe its own TV show has endeared it to many with the star “Alvin” having a singing role to play? But mice are much maligned.
Nancy snapped out of her reverie. John, her husband, suggested they go outside and have coffee on the patio. She agreed but hoped Millie would not appear. Her husband would not be pleased with her harbouring a mouse, and even less so if he knew she was foolish enough to give it a name. However, the mouse saw them come out and quickly scurried under the cedars. It was a pleasant spring morning and they savoured their coffee outdoors. Suddenly, a large shadow loomed between the trees. It was their neighbour, Bill, who lived in the complex behind them.
“Hi neighbours!” he said. “How ya doin’?”
“Good morning,” they responded in unison.
“Say, he said, have you been having any problems or seen any mice these last few months?”
“No,” replied Nancy quickly, hoping at the same time that she wasn’t flushing with the lie.
“Is there a problem?” queried John.
“Well,” Bill responded, “I’ve caught twelve in all, in my garden shed. I just use peanut butter and traps. It works every time.”
John said, “It’s likely these damned bird feeders. All of us should take them down now that winter is over.”
“Right on,” Bill responded. “It is time. I’ll detach and empty mine today.”
John replied, “So will we right after I finish my coffee.”
Nancy reluctantly acknowledged this solution. She knew it would only be a short time before Millie’s relatives or brood appeared on the scene. She felt a great pity for these small creatures just trying to survive in a hostile world. Silently, she apologized to Millie.
Gathering up the coffee cups, she left her husband to dismantle the bird feeder.
Millie watched them sitting outside. All seemed quiet and peaceful until the other man appeared in their garden. He cast a large shadow and she trembled in the shade of it, although well hidden under the cedar bush. He was loud spoken and bragging to them about how many mice he had killed in his shed. Was her Wilber among them, she wondered? Is that why he never came home? No, it couldn’t be that. He knew about peanut butter. Wasn’t he the one who had warned her?
The woman looked sad and appeared disgusted with the big man’s bravado tale of misery and killings in his shed. Millie was afraid now. Removing the seed supply would force her to seek food in another area. She would have to make her way to the nearby vacant field. The tall grass there offered some protection. Most areas were unsafe for herself and her kind. Every day was a survival challenge. Soon there would be more mouths to feed. She had best scurry over to the field and attempt to select a nest area.
Millie saw the woman watching from the window. She was no longer afraid of her, just of the men, who were stomping around removing wood posts and seed. There was no choice but to move on. Heading over to the field, she spotted a few of her kin. They formed a small group and surged forward. They all hoped for a brave, new tomorrow.
Crouched and hidden by the tall grasses, a large cat waited patiently.
Hard is difficult. It is also firm, solid, densely packed. Hard is protective, a shell is hard. Hard to hear, hard to see, hard is a challenge to overcome. What seemed hard at the start can now be easy, like playing an instrument or doing Sudoku. Hard can be fun too, like when I take on a hard puzzle and find the answer (feels good). Hard times are when ordinary things were difficult, like during a war
Something can be hard, in the mind, and thus becomes hard in reality. When I believe tying my shoes is hard, that can be a real challenge. Then Grandpa shows me four different ways to do it and now the only hard part is to choose one to use. Perception of hard, brings hard with it. Grandparents find different things harder than grandchildren do. These two groups ought to talk more. There would be less hard for both
I can be hard in my stance on a particular topic or rule. We start work at 8am, period, not a minute later. That can be hard to like for both the one making and keeping the rule and the ones who are trying to live life around it. Hard edges on furniture or cars or… most things, can be dangerous if I hit them as I go by. Most things are nicer with a bit of softness around the edges. Including personalities
Hard speaks to resilience and consistency. I can be hard enough to withstand temptation. Some would say bravo. Some would call me a hard-nosed, uhm, something. To be unyielding can be helpful, people will count on me, and stressful, people are counting on me. To be hard in my expectations of you, that can be tough, hard. And… it can be a compliment to believe in each other so strongly. Can be
To be hard core is to believe through and through and to act accordingly, always, and, a host of other must do and must be requirements. Hard core will discount anything other than what it believes is the core worthy of being hard core about. The list of requirements can be lengthy and the backlash from other hard core types if I venture even a little bit out of the lines, not good. What is between hard core and soft core?
is seeking an outgoing – responsible individual to work in the Pro Shop.
The successful person will need to have good knowledge of computers, able to handle money, customer service, able to think on your feet.
This position is available from 24 – 40 hours a week,
beginning September 1, 2019
The wage would begin at $14.00 and could be higher based on work experience.
Send resumes to:
or drop off directly to the Pro Shop
at 6891 Tucelnuit Drive, Oliver BC.
250-498-2880 Ext 4.
Recently a column in ODN by Stuart Syme discussed a very personal subject, that of abortion, and the policy of various countries’ legality of obtaining the procedure. Such a subject can never be resolved as we all have our own beliefs on the rights and wrongs of the process.
My immediate gut reaction is that any stage in a pregnancy means you are carrying a child, not a foetus, not a blob but a child.
At nineteen I found myself pregnant and unmarried but, immediately the news was shared with my boyfriend’s family, arrangements were made for a wedding. No ifs, ands or butts, the matter was taken out of our hands and we were marched up the aisle, with me wearing my blue dress of the sullied bride, no white lace for the sinner! My own mother was so ashamed that she ignored the whole event and didn’t speak to me until after the birth, didn’t attend the wedding and didn’t even send a card of acknowledgement. Luckily Dave’s parents were more liberal and took me under their wing as if I was their own daughter. We struggled for many years but fifty five years later we are still together with four children, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
How different would my life had been if I hadn’t had the support of my wonderful in-laws and a partner who thought that marrying was the right thing to do.
I can’t imagine going through with a pregnancy if I hadn’t had such support, if the father had denied any responsibility in raising a child, if I had been alone to cope with the future. In 1964 abortions, if obtainable in England were certainly not mentioned, I would have had no knowledge of how to obtain a termination and, most likely would have had to obtain an illegal procedure if I had to go that route.
My husband’s sister also found herself pregnant several months later, she had an illegal abortion, nearly died in the process and was in hospital, recovering when our first daughter was born. Although I found her parents so wonderfully supportive of me, she was too scared to tell them she was pregnant and nearly died by having a termination. This young lady was of sterner stuff than I and, when she married several years later, it was in a white dress with all the bells and whistles, and why not? I only wish I could have been of sterner stuff and had insisted on a white wedding, but I was just glad to get it over with.
My personal thoughts have always been against abortion, but when an unwanted pregnancy arose in my family I kept my feelings to myself and was relieved that the family member had the choice. Would it have been my choice, no but I put up no resistance to the idea. Years later I wonder how she feels about her decision as a teenager, does she wonder about the child she could have had? Probably she does but I have never mentioned it, it was her decision to make and live with and I hope she is at peace with that.
Why should anyone interfere with a woman’s choice to bear or not to bear children? Such a personal decision should be left to the woman and her doctor. Unwanted pregnancies will always be with us, it is a very sad fact but I truly feel the choice should be left with the woman. I believe that government and public opinion has no place in this matter.
I am so very thankful that I never had this decision to make for myself. Every time I look at my eldest daughter, my heart is filled with love. This wonderful human being was once a blob, a foetus who could have been washed down a drain, instead she brings joy to all who know her. Thankyou God for the support I received so I never had to make this awful choice.
I am truly blessed.
Continuing my search for a candidate or a party, I’m looking at security this week. According to the Public Safety Canada web site, “The first priority of the Government of Canada is to protect the safety and security of Canadians both at home and abroad.” Within all of the publicly available documentation including web sites, annual reports, policy statements, plans, and legislation it is obvious that our Federal Government sees security as counterterrorism. Do I? I’m still thinking about that.
The major changes to the Canadian Security and Intelligence Community (CSIC) have been the products of Liberal governments starting with Trudeau-Senior’s Bill C-157 (1983-4) and Trudeau-Junior’s Bills C22 and C59. Looking at the what, how, and why could help me make my choice for the next election.
The primary purpose of C-157 was to remove responsibility for national security from the RCMP and to create CSIS. The roles of Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Forces (CF) – two separate entities – were unchanged. Personally, I found the Trudeau-Senior legislation unnecessary but mostly harmless. It was pure politics and arose from the McDonald Commission (not MacDonald). C-157 was opposed only by the NDP.
The legislative foundation of counterterrorism then went largely unchanged until 22 June 2017 – two years ago – when Royal Assent was given to Bill C-22, “An Act to establish the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians” (NSICOP). Bill C-22 was adopted on 4 April 2017 by a vote of 167 to 128 – Liberals and Greens versus Conservatives, Bloc, and NDP. Our current MP did not vote. It established the super committee based upon what the UK model used to be but not what it is today.
The UK model used to be, and the Canadian model is today, a Committee of Parliamentarians (COP). The members are chosen by the PM and the COP reports to the PM. The UK model today is a Parliamentary Committee. The members are chosen by the Parties and the committee reports to Parliament. The difference is huge! The UK made a deliberate, thoughtful change based upon their experience.
Bill C-59 “An Act respecting national security matters” followed on 21 June 2019 – two months ago. C-59 implements significant changes and it is a difficult read. C-59 would not have happened without C-22 and NSICOP. Bill C-59 was adopted by a vote on 11 June 2019 by a vote of 155 to 93 – supported by the Liberals and the Greens, opposed by the Conservatives, the NDP, and the Bloc Quebecois.
Bills C-22 and C-59 from Trudeau-Junior are, in my opinion, both unnecessary and harmful. The fact that both were written and passed during a single Parliamentary mandate – largely without fanfare – is without precedent. The fact that Bill C-22 was the direct result of a Liberal Party election pledge tells me that I was not paying enough attention five years ago.
I question whether there should even be a super committee. The old accountability structure for our big three: CFINTCOM (part of CF, roots back to 1941), CSE (under National Defence since 1975, roots back to 1946), and CSIS (under Public Safety since 1984, roots in the RCMP Security Service from 1950) worked.
Why did the Trudeau-Junior government want C-22, NSICOP, and C-59? They said oversight, accountability, lawfulness, and privacy. Same for Trudeau-Senior in 1983. I’m not convinced. The Liberal Party of Canada – by their actions while in power – and the Green Party – by their votes – are making it really difficult for me to vote for either of them in the coming election. We have fundamental differences over security legislation, policy, purpose, and practice. NDP and Conservatives both voted as I would.
I’m still looking.
Oliver Tennis Club – re-visiting wood rackets not used since the ’70.
Wood is still used for real tennis rackets.
However most rackets are now made of composite materials including carbon fiber or fiberglass, metals such as titanium alloys, or ceramics.
Catgut has partially been replaced by synthetic materials including nylon, polyamide, and other polymers.
The men and ladies of the Oliver Tennis Club: “Wood” day on the courts. Today Saturday drop in
Council will endorse these dates at Monday’s Regular Council Meeting
For 1 water councilor –
Election Day November 2nd
Early voting days – Wednesday October 23 and 30th
Earlier in a report by Roy Wood
One of the two water councillors in Osoyoos has been punted from town council for lack of attendance.
Kuldeep Dhaliwal was elected water councillor by acclamation last fall along with Claude Moreira.
Corporate officer Janette Van Vianen said Dhaliwal was warned in January about his poor attendance and the responsibilities of councillors.
“The Community Charter requires council members to attend meetings regularly. If a council member is absent from council meetings for a period of 60 days or four consecutive … meetings, (whichever is longer) they are disqualified from holding office,” Van Vianen said.
Water councillors are required to attend just one meeting a month. Dhaliwal missed meetings in March, April, May and June.
He has therefore been disqualified.
Report written by Janette Van Vianen Corporate Officer – Town of Osoyoos
South Okanagan Transit services Osoyoos to Penticton Monday through Friday and up until now had one trip on Mondays to Kelowna. The Town held the Operating Agreement with BC Transit for several years before the RODS created a service area and took over the Operating Agreement in 2017. Since that time the Director of Corporate Services has sat on the stakeholders committee of the Regional District to provide input into the services.
A transit future plan had been established a few years ago and one of the requests for growth was the need to have transit service from Penticton to Kelowna. Up until now, the only transit system taking people to Kelowna is the South Okanagan Transit service which only provides this service on Mondays.
BC Transit worked with the stakeholders group to come up with a transit regionalization plan to provide a regional service including providing transit from Penticton to Kelowna Mondays through Saturdays. During the discussions, staff continually expressed that the service from Osoyoos to Penticton not be significantly impacted and was assured each time that it would not.
Unfortunately, due to other work commitments, staff was unable to attend the past couple of stakeholders meetings. The new Rider’s Guide that will come into effect on September 3, 2019 was provided for review in the middle of July and it was at that time that staff was first alerted to the fact that the afternoon service from Osoyoos to Penticton would be changing. This will significantly impact the service levels currently provided to Osoyoos and Oliver residents. The current bus service times allow for 2 hours and 20 minutes between the bus arriving in Penticton and leaving back for Osoyoos. It is estimated on average 10 people per day take the afternoon bus.
SHORT LAY OVER IN PENTICTON – A REDUCTION IN SERVICE
Staff contacted the RDOS and BC Transit to express concern over these time changes as the afternoon schedule was changed to a point that would only allow one hour between the bus arriving in Penticton to its final departure back to Osoyoos each day. The change was concerning as this would not allow residents any time to attend appointments or do business in Penticton and would virtually be an empty bus headed back to Penticton in the afternoons.
BC Transit explained that the changes were necessary for budgetary reasons. The Town will be receiving a larger bus this year which has added additional costs to the system and the regional service to Kelowna has added costs associated to the system.
Staff is currently working with BC Transit and the RDOS on changing the schedule to allow for more layover time in Penticton to allow citizens adequate time to have appointments or do business. The Rider’s Guides are already being published and as of September 3, 2019, the system will be changing. At the time of writing this report, staff was still waiting to hear back from BC Transit and RDOS as to whether the proposed new schedule to add an additional 1 hour layover in Penticton in the morning and afternoon will be workable.
It will mean an additional cost of $4,000 – $8,000 for the South Okanagan system, however that amount is shared with the Town of Oliver and the RDOS areas serviced by the system and include Areas A, C, and D. Therefore the actual cost to provide a better overall service to the citizens in the area is minimal. The actual cost increase will be established as soon as the new schedule is created.
There is a slight possibility that the new proposed schedule will not be able to be implemented on September 3 and therefore the reduced service will take place until the new schedule is in place. The public may see some inconveniences in the aftemoon schedule until this is completed.
Skateboarders, scooter and bike riders and other Oliver community members are getting their first look at design plans for Oliver Parks and Recreation’s Small Wheels Playground, made possible by $100,000 from BCAA Play Here with additional financial support from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and the Kiwanis Club of Oliver.
Previously, a design of a new small wheels playground was created with input from the community’s kids and youth to serve as a hub to allow kids of all ages and abilities on scooters, skateboards and bikes to have a place to ride and practice their skills – making it a more useable space for families and the entire community.
Shawn Pettipas, Director Community Engagement, BCAA, says, “It’s exciting to reveal the design of the small wheels playground, particularly knowing that it will become reality soon. The community has made this possible in so many ways and BCAA is thrilled to be part of it.”
BCAA and partnering play space experts work closely with each winning community to design vibrant new play areas that can serve as a central hub to not only bring kids together, but entire communities as well. Other winners of the 2019 BCAA Play Here contest include playgrounds at Sayward School and Black Creek Community Centre, both on Vancouver Island.
Features of the Oliver Parks and Recreation’s Small Wheels Playground will include:
•Features for all ages and different types of wheels e.g. scooters, bikes, skateboards.
•Bank-to-ledge feature with hip and brick stamp texture.
•Transition feature with pool block extension, roll-in, hips and pocket.
•Ledge/manual pad complex with curb cut wedge-to-wedge, bump-to-rail and bump-to-ledge options.
•Central wedge/hip feature with shotcrete footplant boulder.
•Flatbar with slappy option.
•Pump bump roller with volcano.
•Up-gap feature and hubba ledge.
- “Air pollution is the smell of money”
- “If I’m lying, it’s only because I’m telling the truth”
- As a minister both of a church and of the crown, he saw his duty to keep the highways “in such shape that motorists will avoid the language which would deny them access to the highway to heaven”
- Speaking of unions, in 1959 in the Legislature: “We don’t need any Hoffas or gangsterism in this province”.
- “They talk of Roman roads in Europe but they don’t compare to ” the answer” roads in British Columbia.”
RDOS Director George Bush, Area B talked with MOTI officials today at a Directors meeting and he was not happy.
Bush says the condition of rural roads in his area are dismal. Sad. Bad. Weeds, and weed trees, potholes and more.
And when questioned by ODN about the new highways maintenance contractor vs the old.
“No better, no worse.”
Bush likes to look back many, many years ago with the Ministry of Highways did it all. And better.
He says it has never been better since the change to contractors.
Both he and reporter reflected on when the change occurred. ??
Ron Obirek, Area Director for Okanagan Falls told the MOTI he was concerned about the safety of cyclists on Mclean Creek Rd and those who use the KVR pathway near the Bridge at OK Falls.
Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced that the Government of Canada will not, at this time, be reclassifying the Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel (RMRM) as endangered under the Species At Risk Act (SARA).
A recommendation on whether to reclassify the species will be made at a future date.
The Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel (shown right) can be found in areas overlapping with the Eurasian Water-milfoil, which is an invasive plant that can negatively impact the health of aquatic ecosystems like the Okanagan and Osoyoos Lakes. During the public comment period earlier this year on the potential listing of the RMRM as an endangered species at risk, a number of important concerns were raised from local communities with respect to the possible unintended impacts on the ability to effectively control the Eurasian Water-milfoil in the same habitat as these mussels.
Canada’s natural environment and wildlife are undeniably an integral part of our lives, and our livelihood. It is a core commitment of the Government of Canada to protect our aquatic life and environment from the impacts of a changing climate, as well as from the threat of invasive species. We must also carefully consider the health and stability of the economy and protect jobs in sustainable industries across the country. Environmental protection and economic prosperity must be prioritized together.
Stakeholder groups voiced concerns about potential impacts on the overall health of the environment in the region, as well as on the livelihood of communities in the Okanagan Valley. Further analysis will be undertaken to better understand the population of this mussel, and where it is present.
The RMRM does remain a species of special concern under the Species at Risk Act.
Local stakeholders including the OBWB welcomed the move allow negotiations to continue to solve the Eurasian Milfoil problems in Okanagan Lakes.
“We are very pleased with this decision. It allows more flexibility for us to manage invasive milfoil, keep the beaches clean, and protect water quality” said Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director for the Water Board (OBWB). “Milfoil degrades the environment for all species, as well as the public’s access to the lake. Now we just need the province to renew our permit to operate in our historical treatment areas. We understand that this is within the discretion of the B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.”