Submitted by: Maryka Nichol
Last day of regular business hours is November 15.
All floor models are on clearance and are going quickly, however still a good selection to choose from………….. as of today.
We are open Tuesday through Saturday 9:30am -4:00pm.
Watch our Southern Valley Appliance Facebook page for updates, new mark downs and special hours…we will be open a few Sundays from 11:00am-3:00pm!!!!
When you go to the internet to make your travel plans….think again! Perhaps your personal holiday needs more attention than what you think!
Let the folks who know the industry help you with your plans!
Deb and Mel are well-traveled and have sent a ton of groups to many amazing destinations. Their knowledge is worth its weight in gold. Why Risk your Well Deserved Holiday?!
Deb has also been doing a ‘Getaway Gals’ trip for 15 years now.. and there have been many terrific memories made!
This is Ladies Only….
2007 – West Coast Wilderness Lodge – 8 Ladies
2008 – Celebrity Cruise on the Millennium – 14 Ladies
2009 – New York City – 20 Ladies
2010 – San Francisco – 16 Ladies
2011 – Sparkling Hills Spa – 26 Ladies
2012 – Montreal and Quebec City
2013 – New Mexico – Sante Fe – Ghost Ranch – Taos – 15 Ladies
2014 – Boston and the New England States – 46 Ladies
2015 – Music Capitals – Nashville – Memphis – New Orleans – 23 Ladies
2016 – Last 7 days walking the Santiago Camino Trail – Spain and Portugal – 25 Ladies
2017 – CanyonLands – Grand Canyon – Bryce and Zion – 16 Ladies
2018 – Eastern Canada – 23 Ladies
2019 – Copper Canyon – Northern Mexico- 23 Ladies
In addition to the ‘Ladies Only’, we cannot forget the Couples and Anyone Groups!! These include trips to Peru, Vietnam and Cambodia, Viking River Cruise group from Amsterdam to Budapest,Battlefield Tour, France Avalon River Cruise, Ireland, East Africa Safari’s to Kenya and Tanzania.
If you have not dropped in to Lakeside Travel on Main Street to Talk Travel, what are you waiting for??
Check out all our ‘Group Destinations’ for 2020!!
Drug Trafficking Operation
Officers with the South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment, successfully nabbed four persons for drug trafficking October 9th.
RCMP officers in Oliver, with support from plainclothes investigators within the Regional Detachment, conducted a joint operation into suspected drug trafficking in the community.
On Wednesday the 9th – members conducted the operation, which led to several arrests, during which a Controlled Drugs and Substances (CDSA) search warrant was executed at a residence in the 7000 block of Highway 97, Oliver.
During the search, officers seized an alleged 1.5 ounces of cocaine, over $5000 in Canadian currency and a loaded handgun. “Four men, aged 34 to 60, located inside the residence, were arrested and later released. All parties are well known the RCMP and are believed to be have played a significant role in the local drug trade”, explained Cst. James Grandy.
Following a thorough review of evidence gathered, all circumstances of the investigation will be forwarded in a report by the RCMP to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) for their assessment of CDSA charges. “Police remain proactive in our effort to prevent illegal drugs and dangerous weapons from being on our streets,” says Cst. Grandy.
The RCMP urges residents to report suspicious activity to your local Detachment, or call Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.
The Osoyoos Fire Department donated $5,000 to South Okanagan General Hospital to help acquire this new trauma stretcher, flanked by nurse Teresa Fortune and Paul Brunner from the Fire Dept. Construction continues on a $1.25-million upgrade to the SOGH Emergency Department due to be completed by late December.
Submitted by SO Medical Foundation
Ah, for the silence of an autumn morning. The election is over.
Time to gather up the paperwork and balloons and get ready for the aftermath.
As predicted it is a Liberal Minority with a strange equation. The conservatives finished second with 122 seats yet they will have less power than the NDP with twenty-five.
There is one vote to watch for though which will be hard for Scheer to swallow. If there is to be a pipeline vote the conservatives will have to vote with the Liberals to get it done. Quite necessary but the optics would be terrible – in a future election.
So what is the view this morning? The Green wave was a ripple, the NDP saved themselves enough to still be a viable force. The Peoples Party of Canada with it’s negative views was rejected. The Liberals have hung on to govern for now.
The biggest disappointment has to be the conservatives. They have a power base in the west and under the present party leadership they can’t seem to expand their base. Alberta lost the most last night followed by Saskatchewan. By voting a solid block of blue they now have no say at the cabinet table.
Saskatchewan had one of the best parliamentarians of all in Ralph Goodale. Again losing a powerful voice at the cabinet table. The result will be less attention for the prairie provinces.
BC on the other hand played a good game they elected a sample of all parties.
Before the vote speculation arose over who should form the next government. The reason most of the parties save one, the conservatives didn’t dwell on it because their own polling showed the outcome was like what we are left with this morning.
A Liberal minority government with the NDP holding the balance of power.
By ROY WOOD
The free local tax ride enjoyed by churches in Osoyoos could hit a snag next year after a council member suggested the tax exemptions be reviewed individually.
Under the Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw, non-profit organizations and places of worship are exempt from paying local property taxes. What routinely happens is the bylaw comes before council and is approved with little or no discussion.
As this year’s bylaw was about to be adopted this afternoon, Councillor CJ Rhodes interrupted proceedings to ask whether the town has any control over the criteria for gaining tax exemptions.
He was assured by financial services director Jim Zakall that the town does have such authority. However, Zakall pointed out, it’s too late for this year because the Community Charter — the provincial legislation governing local government — stipulates the bylaw be adopted by October 31.
Rhodes said that some of the tax exemptions are worth several thousands of dollars and that “some of the religious organizations are highly profitable.”
The councillor said he discussed the issue with other councillors at the recent Union of BC Municipalities convention in Vancouver, but that it is seen as too controversial and “no one wants to breach it.”
After some discussion among councillors, Zakall agreed that he will bring his report forward earlier next year so council will have a chance to review the exemptions before approving them. He will include an in investigation into what other municipalities are doing on the issue.
In a post-meeting interview with ODN, Rhodes said he would like to “have a discussion on each of (the churches) individually.”
He said his suggestion that some churches are “highly profitable” was a poor choice of words and he meant to say, “Many of them could afford to pay taxes.”
Among the churches listed as qualifying for full tax exemptions are: the Anglican Church; Grace Lutheran; Osoyoos United Church; Osoyoos Congregation of Jehovah Witness; the Osoyoos Christian Centre; and the Osoyoos Congregational Baptist Church. The Catholic Church receives a partial exemption.
Non-profits approved for exemption are: the Osoyoos Curling Club; the Sailing Club; Osoyoos Golf Club; the Senior Centre Association; Osoyoos Museum Society; Osoyoos Nursery School; Osoyoos Arts Council; the Portuguese Canadian Cultural Society; Desert Park; Destination Osoyoos; the boat trailer parking lot; the Grant family for providing a secondary fire hall; Desert Sun Counselling; the Elks Lodge; and the Legion.
92nd Ave project moves on step closer
Despite spirited opposition expressed at a public hearing two weeks ago, council unanimously passed third reading for the six-unit townhouse development in a keyhole property off 92nd Avenue.
One of the issues raised at the public hearing centred on what might happen if the current developer abandons the project and another proposes a higher-density project allowed under the new, high-density zoning.
Councillors brought it up again today, but were assured by planning director Gina MacKay that further approvals, including the development application process, will protect the town from such an unintended consequence.
She also assured council that a storm-water management plan and a detailed inventory of the large number of trees on and near the will be part of the project approval.
MacKay gently reminded council members that much of the area – east of Highway 97 and south of 92nd Avenue – is included in the town’s Official Community Plan as high-density residential.
Music in the Park $19K grant approved
With nary a word of discussion, council approved a 26-per-cent increase in its annual grant to the highly successful Music in the Park program, following a presentation from the Three Amigos committee two weeks ago.
Committee member Debbie Dundas smiled broadly and left the council chamber following today’s unanimous vote.
The grant increase of $4,000 will be used for website improvements, paid promotion on Facebook “and some additional funds for bands.”
Music in the Park runs on summer Friday evenings in the Gyro Park bandshell or at Sonora Centre if it rains.
In a report to council, the committee told council two weeks ago: “A total of 6,347 people attended the 10 concerts, averaging 745 at each of the eight outdoor concerts, and 190 at the two indoor concerts at the Sonora Centre.”
Town renews partnership with Interior Health
Council has approved renewal of its partnership agreement with Interior Health (IH) to “identify and implement actions that will improve health and wellness and reduce risk factors associated with chronic disease.”
The decision came after receiving a letter from IH community health facilitator Tanya Osborne: “We recognize local governments provide much of the essential social and physical infrastructure … to support individual and community health and well-being,” she wrote.
“Interior Health aims to improve health and wellness by working with local governments and community partners to create policies and environments that support good health.”
by Roy Wood
Despite being a million dollars short of their first-phase fund-raising goal, the Osoyoos Museum Society will forge ahead with its relocation project starting early in the new year.
“We’ll be in there with sledgehammers on January 2,” executive director Kara Burton told ODN this morning following a presentation to Osoyoos town council.
Burton outlined the society’s vision and plans to a council committee meeting, pledging to be open in the new Main Street facility in time for the 2020 tourist season.
The museum, currently located in the old curling rink Quonset building adjacent to Gyro Park, is moving to the soon-to-be-vacated Home Building Centre across Main Street from the town hall complex. The project has been nearly a decade in the making.
Town and regional district taxpayers bought the building in 2011, following a successful referendum. The plan was for the Home Building Centre to move to a new facility adjacent to the airport and the museum to take over in early 2017.
Those plans fell through when the parent company decided against relocating building supply store and the project was put off until 2020.
Now the new building centre, adjacent to the Osoyoos airstrip, is ready to open December 6. The society takes possession of the old building January 1.
Burton told council the budget for phase one of the project – which includes extensive renovations to the building, main floor display space and ancillary facilities – is about $2.5 million.
So far, they have about $1.5 million in the bank. The bulk of that — $700,000 – is in the so-called “net lease revenue account,” which is the accumulated rent revenue that Home Building has been paying since it sold the building to the regional district in 2011.
Burton told council the society recently received a $250,000 BC Gaming grant and continues to seek grants and funding from all possible sources, corporate, government, private and individual.
She said the working drawings for the project are expected this week, shortly after which the society will go to tender for the work.
As for the not having all of the money on hand, Burton said the society has devised contingency plans, based on which pieces of the project are vital and which can wait a while.
For example, she said, the new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system may have to wait until more funding shows up. Or, the elevator may not get built right away, but the shaft will be installed.
But the museum will open in June, she said.
The $500,000 second phase of the project, which is likely years down the road, will include a multi-purpose room, additional washrooms and closed storage on the lower level and an urban park and performance area on the west side of the building.
A few interesting facts – but first polls opened at 7 am in Osoyoos and Oliver. Where? Oliver Community Centre and Sonora Centre in Osoyoos. The close at 7 pm.
A table on turnout. In the 60’s the average turnout about 75% with one near 80 percent. Turnout has fallen off with the lowest in recent memory on this card – population, electors on a list, those that voted and percent turnout.
Did you know the riding that Oliver is in – South Okanagan West Kootenay extends northward at one point and hits Nakusp on the upper Arrow Lake – about the same latitude as Vernon
Did you know the adjacent riding of Central Okanagan-Nicola and Similkameen covers territory to the Nighthawk crossing south of Cawston and heads northward past Logan Lake almost to Kamloops.
Very large ridings.
A mari ad mare ad mare
The official motto of Canada is “a mari usque ad mare” – officially translated as “from sea to sea” although that is not a literal translation. In 2007, the premiers of Canada’s three territories called for amending the motto to “a mari ad mare ad mare” – meaning “from sea to sea to sea”. A poll found public support at three to one.
Having looked at the Arctic sovereignty issue in some detail I conclude that there is an undeniable threat to the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and to Canadian sovereignty from Russia, China, and the USA, and that this threat could include military posturing, and that NATO cannot act, and that NORAD will not act, and that we are therefore alone in the de facto defence of our sovereignty, and that none of the Parties have the balls to solve this problem – and that is the question that I asked four weeks ago. The reason appears to be the expense of defending Canada. In other words, we would defend our country if we could afford to do so.
Don’t change the motto. Soon enough, Canada will only have two seas. Unless …
My name is Putin and I have just driven a spear into the butt of NATO – that part that hangs in the wind at the east end of the Mediterranean – and I am now the King Maker of the Middle East. What will I do next … Will I go over the top to Canada? Not while Trump is facing trial. Will I press further into the Ukraine or Syria or environs? Maybe, but not until I can get Turkey out of NATO. Besides, if all I have to do is give Erdogan a few missiles – eventually a few planes – and a little encouragement to keep my south flank in turmoil and have the USA take their nukes home, that’s as good as it can get right now.
I am going into Belarus.
As a founding member of the Soviet Union, a founding member of the UN, a member of CIS (ten former members of the Soviet Union), a supranational partner in a Union State with Russia already, having a falling GDP with unchecked inflation, a state-controlled industrial base, and an army that was formed from my Soviet troops who were stationed there at the time of independence, Belarus is low-hanging fruit. The fact that the four most important relationships that Belarus has are Russia, the Ukraine, Syria, and China, and the fact that Belarus lost land to Poland and to Lithuania in the recent past, help immensely. My going into Belarus is like going to my cousin’s dacha for an extended stay.
But, best of all, it would force NATO to deal with two threats – one north, one south – simultaneously, and both at the extremities, while I get to remain on interior lines. Since Belarus is not a NATO member, how committed would NATO be to actually resist me? I can open the Arctic front later, forcing NATO to spread even thinner, and still remain on interior lines. I’ll leave Finland alone – they are their own worst enemy. From this new position, I can chew on Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia at my leisure. “The Kaliningrad Question” is finally settled and the potential missile threat evaporates.
Is there any unfinished business? Odds and ends: Overtures of industrial investment and Arctic cooperation to the new Canadian minority government, an improved relationship with China, support to Trump’s survival and re-election, and – in time – see that the US withdraws from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Soviet Union returns, the West weakens, the East comes closer, and the Arctic ripens.
All is good.
We have discussed the topic of needing people to step up and be a volunteer in the community. I noticed commercials on the TV network MSNBC promoting the concept. It is almost as basic as reintroducing people to cloths lines in the backyard.
Yes the society has changed and people are described as me first, but there are things we can do to promote the importance of being part of a community. That is what being a volunteer is, being part of the community. We can extol the virtues but if we don’t address the pitfalls we will just spin our wheels.
First we should understand, not every slight or mishap needs to be an insurance claim or lawsuit. We as part of the community must understand, there are a few negative people that can find a problem for every solution. Listen to the downers – then carry on. A fear of being sued or accused of something is playing a roll in decreased participation a sad comment on society
In the realm of sports there are good people who want to coach or referee or even sit on the main decision board of the association. Why don’t they? All too often they have to put up with the slings and arrows of parents and adults who think the games revolve around them and not the children playing the game. When adults undermine the referee and the coaches they are really undermining their own parenting skills. These actions teach the kids being ignorant is a virtue. Then as adults we question in public why some kids are rude and disrespectful.
Volunteers are needed in communities whether it is caring for home bound seniors, or helping with troubled youth or being a big brother or sister. There are all kinds of needs in communities everywhere. When adults become involved with community programs such as Boy Scouts, sports or other activities you are also introducing the concept of respect and teamwork.
The schools have for the last several years taught community service in the later grades as part of the education process. I do believe we could start much earlier and instill a sense of community pride in the elementary grades. Find projects that are age suitable to introduce the concept. It would teach the understanding the world was here before their arrival.
Oliver and surrounding area is a community that can already be proud of its achievements. Daily I read the pages of the Oliver Daily News and I am reminded of the level of community activity from theater productions to service clubs. What I am pointing out is how much more could be done with more hands to share the load. Autumn is the best season to become involved with anything from the Poppy Campaign to Christmas Hampers, or to serve a longer term need.
Forgiveness is something we all need both…. to give and to receive. The consequences of harboring unforgiveness, or not being willing to accept forgiveness, are severe. Some people have great difficulty with this thought because they have the wrong idea about what forgiveness is.
Forgiveness is NOT pretending that the affront never happened.
Forgiveness is NOT saying that I wasn’t really hurt by the event.
Forgiveness is NOT releasing the offender from all consequences of the error.
But forgiveness is refusing to nurse the grudge and thereby allowing it to continue hurting you. It is letting go of the resentment and allowing God (or sometimes governing authorities) to deal with it. It is refusing to hang onto demands for ‘payment’ from the offender until that person comes with an apology or recompense. They still need to come, but you are not allowing it to keep on hurting you by dwelling on it.
As someone has succinctly stated: “Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die.”
The biggest incentive to forgive comes with the realization that God offers full forgiveness for all we have done, which is far more than what others have done to us.
We have all heard the saying “this is the first day of the rest of your life”, and it is so true. Every new day gives us the opportunity to start afresh, to erase or correct the mistakes we made the previous day and open a clean page to our future.
Human beings have such wonderful qualities, we can chose to open ourselves to all that is going on around us or we can be private and self contained. I tend to be the open book kind of person as anyone who reads my ramblings will know. I speak from my heart and say things that may not always be what people want to hear but that is the way I am.
I have opened my heart about the turmoil that I have experienced over the past weeks and I can’t believe how many people have responded to me and encouraged me. I realize that many people do not find plain speaking comfortable but because I am open, many of you have responded to me by sharing their own, similar experiences. I thank all of you so much for being so supportive.
When your personal world is shaken up and you feel the foundation of your little world crumbling, it is very easy to think that you are the only one who can possible feel so broken, so sad, so ugly and worthless, but this is a really self centered view of the world. Once I got back my ability to be rational and think clearly, I realized how many people go through their own personal disasters and come through it just fine.
I am on the wait list for a knee replacement so, in June, I decided to make a change in my eating habits and lose some weight before my surgery. I opted to try the low carb “Keto” diet and I have found it very easy to stick to. It is not really a diet but a whole new way of looking at meal planning.
The object is to reduce carbohydrate consumption and on first reading up on this it sounds weird. I have been a vegetarian for over twenty years and have always eaten lots of fruit and veggies. I also eat fish, cheese, eggs, nuts and beans for protein and loved oatmeal and whole grains as a daily part of my diet. Bad news most grains are a no-no as are full of carbs, even worse, much reduced consumption of fruit as it turns to sugar. Good fats and lots of protein are encouraged as are low in carbs, not terrific news for a vegetarian!
However, I decided to give it a try. I used to have a toasted English muffin, peanut butter and a banana for breakfast, but one banana is equal to a whole day’s recommended carb consumption so, this was off the list. The recommended two eggs, without toast for breakfast was not appealing to me. I do like coffee so my breakfast consists of two big cups of coffee with butter and a little heavy cream, unbelievable to think this is healthy, but it works. The butter and cream certainly fill me up and give me lots of energy and contain no carbs whatsoever. The richer the milk, the less carbs are in it so skim milk is high but whipping cream has no carbs at all.
Lunch is either home made veggie soup, a cheese omelet or a salad with nuts and tuna or egg salad. Dinner is usually some sort of veggie lasagne (with zucchini noodles) or fish and veggies or shepherd’s pie made with mashed cauliflower, instead of potatoes, and a soy based meat replacement. Evening snack, a handful of nuts. A very different way of eating but I am never hungry, I have so much more energy, my arthritic knee is feeling so much better and…I have lost forty five pounds in four and a half months. I hope to reach my goal weight by Christmas.
My doctor is pleased with my progress. I am not recommending this meal plan to everyone, as each one of us has different needs, but just saying that it has worked for me.
After the bottom fell out of my little world, I had felt ugly and unwanted but, once the dust settled and I started to heal, I realized that I needed a new image to make myself feel good again. I bought new clothes in much smaller sizes, I no longer needed the larger ladies section, I could wear jeans again. I bought new underwear that made me feel good about myself, not that I intend to be showing it to anyone, but knowing that I looked good underneath put a spring in my step. Funny the things that give us confidence but sometimes necessary to boost our ego.
My life is definitely not over, it has changed and will continue to change but, thanks to so many wonderful friends, both old and very new, I know that this is a new page for me to write on, I can and will, create a different story as I go forward.
A few weeks ago, I truly thought my life was over, I was blinded by grief and could see no future. With the grace of God, the help of four wonderful daughters and support of friends and the community I know that my life is just beginning again. Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I intend to make the most of it.
The instrument is the tool, the device, that is wielded to do the deed. Like a sword, the sword itself does not do the deed, the wielder of the sword directs the actions to either cut some weeds or lop off someone’s head. The \point is that we ought not blame the sword. An instrument is finely made, crafted, fashioned by a craftsperson. Thus, a stick is not in the same category as the venerable sword
A person used by another person is an instrument, that which does the actual work, but on behalf of another. Like the thermometer measures the temperature for the scientist to see. The instrument is far more sensitive than a person can be. The microscope is a highly sensitive instrument in aid of the human eye. The implement/instrument is directed by a person, extending what the person could do unaided
Musical instruments could be defined by any device or object that can make a consistent repeatable sound. My vote then goes with the drum, a stick tapping on… whatever, but most pleasing when tapping on something hollow. Wikipedia says that mention of instruments in history goes back 67,000 years. After the drum, the oldest musical instrument is the flute. Pleasing to hear, compact to carry
A document which formally describes a financial transaction, legislation or a contract is called an instrument. Then we have how something or some person is deemed instrumental in affecting an effect. Greta Thunberg is an example of a human instrument and her actions are affecting shifts in the thinking of the whole world about climate issues. Double wow as she is yet a teenager shifting our thinking
Instruments are tuned to be used for specific and often difficult tasks. The Hubble telescope ‘looks’ out beyond the edges of our Galaxy. An electron microscope looks at the molecular level. Both extend what humans can do. They are not interchangeable. A scalpel is meant to be used for surgery, not carpentry. We, us humans, are meant to act in some ways, and not in others. Hmmm? How are we deploying the instruments that we are?
What is influenza?
Influenza, often called the flu, is a serious and contagious respiratory infection that can lead to hospitalization, and death in severe cases. The infection spreads when a person comes into contact with droplets from an infected person who coughs or sneezes. Symptoms of influenza may include fever, aches, fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, a runny nose, sore throat, and cough. Visit healthlink.ca to find out more about influenza.
How can I protect myself?
Protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza by getting your flu shot and preventing the spread of germs. It is important to get a flu shot yearly because influenza viruses change from year to year. Each year the vaccine is updated to include the current viruses that are circulating. Generally, the flu shot offers protection against two influenza A viruses (presently an H1N1 and an H3N2 virus) and one influenza B virus. This year’s vaccine offers protection from the following types of flu strains:
A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus;
This year, two additional quadrivalent vaccines are available. In addition to the strains above these vaccines also offer protection from B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus. These vaccines are intended for children 6 months to 17 years of age.
Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Flu shots are safe, easy to get, and free for those at risk and their household contacts.
The people at the greatest risk of influenza related complications are adults and children with underlying health conditions, residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities, people 65 years of age and older, children under 60 months of age, pregnant women, and Aboriginal peoples.
It’s important that those who have loved ones that are most at risk of complications from influenza get vaccinated. This will help to build a wall of protection around your loved one and reduce their chances of acquiring influenza illness.
The flu shots is free for the following people:
People 65 years and older and their caregivers/household contacts;
People of any age in residential care facilities;
Children and adults with chronic health conditions and their household contacts;
Children and adolescents (6 months to 18 years) with conditions treated for long periods of time with Aspirin (ASA), and their household contacts;
Children and adults who are morbidly obese;
All children 6 to 59 months of age;
Household contacts and caregivers of infants and children birth to 59 months of age;
Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy during the influenza season and their household contacts;
Visitors to hospitals, health centres and residential care facilities;
People who work with live poultry;
Health-care and other care providers in facilities and community settings who are capable of transmitting influenza disease to those at high risk of influenza complications;
People who provide care or service in potential outbreak settings housing high-risk persons (e.g., crews on ships); and
People who provide essential community services (first responders, corrections workers).
Where can I get a flu shot?
The influenza vaccine is available through your pharmacist, health care provider, First Nations community health nurses or your local health unit.
Interior Health immunization clinics will begin the week of Oct 28 and will continue in communities throughout the month of November. Influenza vaccine will continue to be available throughout the winter season by appointment. Call your local health centre for more information.
Source: Interior Health
In part 1, I wrote about the general lack of financial literacy in our youth and the almost complete absence of teaching these skills in our school systems. In the second of this three part series, I will discuss a few ideas you can use to help pass on these important lessons to the teenagers in your lives.
I previously discussed the importance of creating a budget to track income and expenses and spoke about the valuable lessons that an allowance can provide. Young people these days are acting (and spending) older than their ages so consider starting this early.
For example, you might start providing an allowance at an early age and initially, you can let the child learn by trial and error. But by the time they hit age 13 (or earlier), you should consider increasing the amount they receive but also increasing what they are required to pay for.
Don’t be afraid to give your teen a larger allowance but simultaneously require that they pay for more expenses that you would have otherwise covered for them. For example, if they have a field trip coming up in 4 weeks that will require a $40 fee, increase their allowance by $10 per week but inform them up front that they will be responsible for footing this bill.
On the day of the trip if they haven’t saved the appropriate money, they will have to miss out this time. While I understand it may be hard to see your child miss out on a special day, the lessons you will pass on for budgeting awareness will pay them back tenfold in their future.
Encourage your teen to open a separate investment account as early as possible. They can earmark the funds in this account for a bigger purchase like a new mountain bike or even a car. If possible, you might consider matching whatever funds they deposit into this longer term savings account – maybe with a clause that any matched contributions must remain in there until the big ticket item is purchased.
This will provide a strong motivator for them to save as much of their allowance and other income so that they can see the benefits of matching contributions (a lesson which will hopefully stick in their minds as adults when their employer offers an RRSP matching program).
Create a culture of charitable giving early. No matter how big or small the amount, consider dictating that a portion of each week’s allowance be set aside for some type of charity or other good cause. Encourage your teen to research the work of a charity or other group and then make a monthly or quarterly donation to that cause.
Attempting to teach financial literacy is an intimidating and often overwhelming project but if you don’t do it, who will? It is never too early to start and if you don’t feel comfortable or capable, consider enlisting some help from a family member, friend and/or your own Certified Financial Planner.
Keep an eye out for the next column where I will wrap up this three-part series of financial literacy for teenagers.
This column is written by Michelle Weisheit CFP, IG Wealth Management and presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Please contact your own advisor for specific advice about your situation.
The picture is becoming clearer as to the likely outcome of the election. That is with.. a bit of muddy water. A week or two ago I pointed out in a multi-party system the Conservatives could have more or less seats but would not likely form a government in the current political climate.
So where are we? The latest breakdown shows a couple of things. One the undecided vote has shrunk dramatically to less than ten percent. The undecided vote is not trending in any one direction. As of Monday:
Conservatives up 4.6%
Liberal up 4.8%
NDP up 3,9%
Greens up 1.7%
The Bloc up 0.9%
PPC up 1.1%
For now the bleeding has stopped for the Liberals in Quebec and the Conservatives have failed to break out into a serious lead.
The national poll tracker has the two parties neck and neck with the Conservatives slightly ahead. As of Monday:
Here is where it gets interesting. Percentages are one thing the real number is where the seats are. The Conservatives are all but shut out of Quebec, and the vote rich section of Ontario.
The Liberals are fighting for seats in Quebec with the Bloc. The Bloc will only support what Quebec wants and what they don’t want is a pipeline. Very unlikely to support the Conservatives.
The NDP I think could move on a pipeline for a Pharma care and Dental Program and support for students. Liberal alliance likely. The Greens like the Bloc not likely to go for a pipeline.
In the west we should not get upset about coalitions in BC we have two. The BC Liberal party is a coalition of Liberals and Conservatives, their forerunner was Social Credit. The other coalition is the NDP Greens.
The latest seat projection based on polling as of Monday:
If the numbers hold by Saturday we will have a better insight. We will have a race to the wire that is too close to call.
Publisher: A few facts
338 seats in House of Commons – 1 is the speaker
170 seats required for a majority government
Ontario has 121
Quebec has 78
BC has 42
Alberta has 34
Sask and Manitoba both have 14
Maritimes have 32
North west territories 3
A bit of shocker here:
present H of C allotment
Three generations of the Thomas family (from left) Lloyd Thomas, his nephew Brian Thomas, and Brian’s nephew Hayden Zahrawi get together on the Thomas Ranch in Okanagan Falls. Lloyd has made a major donation to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation to honour his family’s pioneer roots.
The Medical foundations says “Officially, we’re down to just $75,000 to go in our $20m campaign – we’re now directing funds to medical equipment for the Emergency Dept. upgrade.”
Lloyd Thomas has made a major donation to Penticton Regional Hospital in honour of his entire family dating back to the late 1800s. .
Lloyd’s father, John M. Thomas moved to the Okanagan in 1898 to work on the ranch of Penticton pioneer Tom Ellis.
“His first job was to look after the horses in winter-time up on the Naramata Bench,” Lloyd said. “There was hardly anything there at the time. It was all bunchgrass.”
A few years later, John Thomas bought a ranch off McLean Creek Road in Okanagan Falls. He sold it after the First World War to buy a ranch south of OK Falls so his children would be closer to the school.
“We had a big house there – it was like a hotel,” Lloyd recalled. “It was the only house that had running water and indoor plumbing.”
Lloyd’s mother was Ethel Hawthorne, daughter of George Hawthorne after whom Hawthorne Mountain near OK Falls was named.
In 1958, Lloyd and his three brothers (Morrie, George and Ray) incorporated their own company and bought back the original homestead. “My uncle’s ranch was next door and we later added that onto it,” he said.
Other nearby ranches were also acquired over the ensuing years. At its peak, the Thomas ranch covered almost 2,000 acres.
Lloyd was a welder and worked for years at major construction projects around the province – including the Kelowna floating bridge, Seymour River dam near Vancouver, pulp mills in Prince George and highway avalanche sheds through the Rogers Pass.
Lloyd moved back to OK Falls in the early 1970s, when he helped install the boiler system for Penticton Regional Hospital’s new South Pavilion.
Eventually Lloyd returned to his family roots, helping brother Morrie run the ranch. The family sold most of their ranch to The Nature Trust in 2000, however, Morrie’s son Brian now operates it under a lease agreement.
Lloyd, who was born in the former Penticton hospital on Haven Hill, said donating to PRH seemed like the right thing to do. His three brothers and three sisters have all passed away.
“Everybody in our family has used it over the years,” he said. “It’s time we contributed something back.”
Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw 1386 – Council reduced the permissive tax exemption to Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Society from 100 to 50 percent and amended the bylaw from a four to one-year term. First three readings were given to the amended Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw.
Adoption is scheduled for the October 28, 2019 meeting.
On a compromise motion, Councillor Larry Schwartzenberger suggested the idea of a 50% exemption for one year that would allow staff more time to research council concerns about setting a precedent on tax subsidies for all affordable housing. It passed.
Mayor Martin Johansen had argued at the opening of debate that he was quite concerned about the “ask” from Desert Sun. Johnansen said this request had opened up a situation where a community with a small tax base was starting to subsidize a whole category of development in the Town.
The property involved: Sandalwood Court – 5823 Main Street.
Wet start to Autumn – September Water Report – Council received the September 2019 Water Report noting that Oliver had a total of 80.9 mm recorded precipitation in the month. The normal precipitation is 18.7 mm; this year Oliver saw 18.2 mm on September 10th.
Oliver Tourism Agreement – Council received a request from the Oliver Tourism Association to extend the service agreement and increase the level of financial support from the funding partners; i.e. Town and RDOS Area C. Councillor Veintimilla and Area C Director will meet for further discussion.
The tourism association presently receives $56,000 annual from the two partners with the greater majority coming from the Town of Oliver. The Association is asking for a general increase in addition to a one time $15,000 grant to hire a staff person to work on a tax scheme (accommodation fee) that could raise many thousands of dollars each year to fund the organization.
2019-2020 Goose Hunting Season – Council will continue with the established Goose Management Program and issue six permits to experienced hunters to control the number of urban geese (non-migratory) in and around Oliver; in particular Tuc-el-Nuit Lake and Oliver Airport. Oliver Council also contributes the Addling Program managed by the City of Kelowna (in 2018 1,167 eggs were addled in the valley which prevented geese from entering the current population).
Statistics on “number of kills” at the airport and Tuc-el-nuit Lake per year by permitted hunters and submitted to the ‘Environmental Stewardship Branch Canadian Wildlife Service are as
• 2018 – 2019 – 51 Geese
• 2017 – 2018 – 29 Geese
• 2016 – 2017 – 30 Geese
Food Action Advisory Committee Resolution – Council endorsed the resolution to authorize the Food Action Advisory Committee to prepare and present a business case at the October 28th, 2019 meeting for continuing funding of the Food Secure Coordinator.
Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Licence (5859 Main Street) – Council supported the Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Stores at 5859 Main Street (The Higher Path) and directed staff to send a recommendation of support to BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.
1. Forbes Family Plaque Request – the Jean Forbes has requested a plaque acknowledging Donald Forbes’ contribution to preserving a wetland trail in Oliver on Meadows Drive. Council referred this request to staff for additional information on the costs involved.
2. Oliver Parks & Recreation Society Letter of Support – Council endorsed the letter of support drafted for the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage grant application to support the Roots and Fruits Festival.
3. Cherry Grove Resident Association Letter of Support – Council endorsed the letter of support for the 2019 New Horizons for Seniors Grant Application for renovations and upgrades to the community clubhouse including an accessible wash room able to handle wheel chairs.
4. BC Youth Parliament – Council forwarded the opportunity to School District #53 and the Oliver Ambassador Coordinator for youth to participate in the 91st Parliamentary Session.
5. Oliver Senior Centre Society – Council directed staff to provide a letter of support for the Community Foundation South Okanagan grant application to renovate the dance floor. The 3000 sq ft dance floor is 31 years old and need to be refinished.
Trace explores Indigenous connections to ancestral origins and all things traceable through dance. Inspired by Anishinaabe cosmology, our star and sky stories, Trace maps our origin and evolution. For tens of thousands of years, Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island have mapped the night sky, studied the stars, and established an expansive view of the world and body of knowledge that has often been ignored and erased. Trace features six dancers and multi-media to explore what has come before us and what is yet to come.
Red Sky creates, produces and tours new original dance, theatre and live music creations that illuminate themes, aesthetics and values of importance to Indigenous peoples. They are a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide. Their multi award winning company was founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama-Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water). Their mandate is to create inspiring experiences of contemporary Indigenous arts and culture.
They have garnered an international reputation for collaborating on landmark projects with some of the most prestigious artists and companies from around the globe. This year Red Sky Performance presented TRACE at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival where it played to six sold out performances and six standing ovations. Red Sky Performance continues to significantly influence the artistic evolution and innovation of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and around the world.
Trace is presented by Venables Theatre with the support of the Community Presenters Assistance program (of the BC Arts Council and BC Touring Council) and The Coast Oliver hotel.
Red Sky Performance brings Trace to Venables Theatre Wednesday October 16th at 7:00 at 6100 Gala Street in Oliver.
Tickets are $32 for adults and $20 for students. For more information visit www.venablestheatre.ca
I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with some information on the charge assessment process. Crown Counsel are guided by the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) Charge Assessment Guidelines (CHA 1) and must impartially assess the investigative file that is brought to them, carefully balancing all relevant factors in light of the available evidence, the governing Criminal Code provisions (as informed by the relevant case law), and their assessment of the public interest as agents for the Attorney General of British Columbia. Crown Counsel must and do exercise considerable independent discretion in determining whether to approve charges.
In doing so, they consider the circumstances of the specific alleged offence, as well as the background of the alleged offender, including whether there is any related offence history. Crown Counsel exercise their discretion on a case-by-case basis, oftentimes informed by factors unique to the case that are not necessarily known to third parties, or to the public. As a general rule, Crown Counsel must be satisfied that there is both a substantial likelihood of conviction and that the public interest requires a prosecution. This two-part test continues to apply throughout the prosecution. If during the course of a prosecution it becomes clear that either part of the charge assessment standard can no longer be met, Crown Counsel are obliged to end the prosecution. In exceptional circumstances, where the relevant public interest factors weigh so heavily in favour of a prosecution that it is necessary to resort to a lower charge assessment standard in order to maintain public confidence in the administration of criminal justice, a charge may still be approved even though the substantial likelihood of conviction test is not met.
Crown Counsel must exercise particular caution in such cases because the nature or quality of the available evidence or the exceptional circumstances said to justify resorting to a lower charge assessment standard (for example, the gravity of the offence, the identity of the alleged offender, or the 2 degree of public outrage about the offence) could materially increase the risk of a miscarriage of justice. Under such exceptional circumstances, a lesser evidentiary standard may be resorted to, namely: whether there is a “reasonable prospect of conviction”, wording that is similar to that employed in several other provincial jurisdictions. You may find it useful to know that in 2012, as part of a widespread review of the criminal justice system, Gary McCuaig, a retired senior prosecutor from Alberta, was engaged by the Ministry of Attorney General to conduct an independent review of the way criminal charges are assessed and laid in British Columbia. During his review, Gary McCuaig consulted widely in the development of his recommendations, including with the RCMP and municipal police agencies.
Gary McCuaig’s final report made 12 recommendations, including the recommendation that the pre-charge screening process – the charging standard and the existing assessment processes as set in the Crown Counsel Policy Manual – be retained in its existing form. The basic premises and underlying rationales for Gary McCuaig’s recommendations continue to apply today. You may wish to view the full report: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/law-crime-and-justice/criminal-justice/prosecutionservice/reports-publications/2012-bc-charge-assessment-review-mccuaig-report.pdf Your letter also indicates concern over court delays. I can assure you that the BCPS recognizes that the fair and timely adjudication of all cases at all levels of court is an important objective. With respect to the timeliness of criminal prosecutions, this is impacted by a variety of factors including availability of court time, file complexity, and the availability of defence counsel, police, and civilian witnesses. The BCPS is committed to doing all that it reasonably can to advance cases, recognizing of course that they must do so fairly, objectively, within the limits prescribed by law, and in a manner that respects the constitutionally-protected rights of persons who are accused of crimes. You also expressed concerns about community safety and gun and gang violence prevention and intervention. I would like to let you know that the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General (PSSG) has created a multi-pronged, comprehensive gang strategy that recognizes the interdependence of crime prevention, core policing and specialized investigative units, as well as the intricate and interconnected landscape of gun and gang violence. The strategy demonstrates a continued commitment to strengthening provincial capabilities to address gang violence through focused and sustained strategies and initiatives over several years to reduce illegal guns and gangs and to enhance community safety.
The Government of Canada invested $327.6 million over five years to help support a variety of initiatives to reduce gun crime and criminal gang activities under the Gun and Gang Violence Action Fund (GGVAF). British Columbia’s share is $30 million over five years. The Province is providing additional funding to advance prior investments for addressing gun and gang violence in communities across the province. Leveraging provincial and federal funds, significant investments are being made across the Justice and Public Safety sectors (such as policing, Crown Counsel, specialized firearm tracing and interdiction capabilities, corrections, and community prevention and intervention programs) for the implementation of a comprehensive provincial strategy to address gang violence in communities. 3 These investments include realizing recommendations from the Illegal Firearms Task Force (IFTF) Report, which was released in November 2017, and contains 37 recommendations to help government respond to illegal firearms threats. The recommendations support new and innovative approaches and align directly with PSSG’s provincial gang strategy. These include significant investments to realize the following:
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – BC (CFSEU-BC) has established the Illegal Firearms Task Force to investigate, interdict and prosecute firearms traffickers;
Criminal analysts from various federal and provincial agencies have established the integrated Firearms Intelligence Hub to serve as a central point of intelligence for illegal firearms trafficking in BC;
PSSG has operationalized funding for the Firearms Investigation Assistance Team and a new self-contained firearm forensic laboratory (SeaCan), which will work in tandem and provide timely and necessary firearm forensic services province-wide and support a firearms-focused approach that aligns priorities across intelligence, enforcement and regulatory agencies; Funding has been provided for the Provincial Witness Security Program, which will provide cooperators the necessary protection, care and long-term handling; a proven method for fighting organized crime, obtaining evidence and disrupting loyalties is to recruit gang members to give evidence against each other; Effective January 2019, all police agencies are required to participate in the Provincial Tactical Enforcement Priority process, which identifies and targets priority gangaffiliated individuals in each district of the province. This will help ensure provincewide and cross-border application of a firearms-focused approach to illegal firearms interdiction. Community initiatives are being realized through the GGVAF and provincial investment supporting gang and gun strategies. Through 2019/20, $2.6 million was devoted to providing three years of sustained funding to six gang-related prevention and intervention programs, based in Abbotsford, the Cariboo-Chilcotin region, the Capital Regional District and priority communities across BC. This is in addition to funding provided to enhance and expand CFSEUBC’s Gang Exiting Pilot Program and BC’s Expect Respect and a Safe Education (ERASE) program, as well as Surrey Wraparound and Cariboo-Chilcotin Wraparound.
These programs aim to provide prevention and intervention support for high-risk and gang-involved youth. Gang exiting is a new model for identifying gang-involved youth in the Lower Mainland that uses an integrated case management approach, so they can positively change their lives and exit gang life. ERASE trains school and district staff, as well as law enforcement and community partners to address safety issues relating to gangs, guns and illicit drugs. Having sustained and reliable funding will ensure that British Columbia’s programs are able to provide sustainable program delivery that will:
Emphasize community engagement;
Emphasize targeted training; and
Develop Indigenous gun and gang violence prevention tools.
To better understand how the funding is helping communities, and to evaluate best practices related to gang prevention and intervention, recipients will also be responsible for reporting performance metrics to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, which will be shared with Public Safety Canada to support their existing inventory of best practices in crime reduction initiatives. Having an ability to highlight the community impact of our investments gives us a 4 better understanding about how these interconnected initiatives successfully disrupt organized crime. These investments build on recent investments in critical enforcement and public safety initiatives, which include:
New, dedicated anti-trafficking teams with the provincial RCMP and CFSEU-BC,
the provincial gang unit to prioritize investigative resources to target traffickers of deadly illicit drugs and illegal firearms traffickers;
More police resources to go after, arrest and prosecute dangerous and violent drug traffickers, and disrupt the drug supply line in communities;
Enforcement resources for all police agencies through the province’s gang unit, including more funding for projects that specifically target traffickers, to stem the flow of fentanyl into BC; Increased support for police-based community outreach and funding for multidisciplinary approaches;
Bringing together mental health, social service and police agencies to proactively reach people who are seen to be at elevated risk; and
More funding to expand the Coroner Service’s Drug-Death Investigations Team, which will help to resolve its backlog, meet the significant increase in workload and lab testing, and provide timely, accurate data. Understanding the interplay between prevention, intervention and enforcement as part of a comprehensive strategy is critical to eradicating gun and gang violence in our communities.
This is especially important as the paradigm of “what works” shifts away from a one-size-fits-all approach to a more tailored rationalization of investments in prevention, intervention and enforcement.
Rural water users have a choice of two candidates to represent them as water councilor for a three year term following the disqualification of former water councillor Kuldeep Dhaliwal.
Electors in areas serviced by the Town of Osoyoos’ rural water district systems 8 and 9 are eligible to vote on Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in council chambers. Advanced voting takes place on Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors in those areas serviced by the Town of Osoyoos Rural Water District Systems 8 and 9 that an election by voting is necessary to elect a Water Councillor.
WATER COUNCILLOR – One (1) to be elected
Robert Appleby 8704-22nd Avenue,
Jacob De Raadt 8921-122 Avenue,
VOTING DATES AND LOCATIONS
GENERAL VOTING will be open to qualified electors who are residents in and users of Osoyoos Water District Systems 8 or 9:
Saturday, November 2, 2019
between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm
at the Town of Osoyoos Council Chambers
WELCOME TO CANADA
The Mercedes SUV, with the family in the back two rows, drove sedately, while its passengers waved energetically, and mouthed what Brenda assumed was ‘Shukran gazilan’ or perhaps ‘shukraan lak fi suria’, the two Syrian expressions for ‘thank you’ that she had learned just for today. The sidewalks along the two blocks leading to city hall were packed with people, all out to welcome the town’s first refugees. It was a family of six–parents, one teenager, a ten year old and two babies. Refugees from Syria after two years in a camp in Jordan, they had arrived in Canada eight weeks earlier, had been processed and were now certified refugees, coming to their sponsor church group in Penticton, British Columbia.
The Mayor had decreed that the Christmas lights, just emplaced all about the street corner of city hall last year, should be lit. As they would be whenever an honoured personage visited the Okanagan Valley city. So, lights shining, people smiling, food vendors in place, the street was set for action.
Brenda stood with other women’s auxiliary members at the corner of Main and Ellis, a block from city hall. Their chairperson, Margaret Heffner, had got herself invited to the Mayor’s dais, part of the official welcoming committee. The auxiliary was the pivotal fund-raiser for the church which was the sponsor of the Syrian family. Brenda was chair of the fund-raising committee, but Margaret always looked presentable, knew how to speak on an out-door mike without getting ‘feedback’, and remembered who to say thank-you to. A perfect quasi-politician, Brenda thought to herself. Then mentally berated her lack of Christian feelings. There was only room for a few on the dais. And apparently at the luncheon which would follow.
As she stood with her group, Brenda began to feel dizzy. Perhaps from standing still, she told herself. She moved. But her feet hurt. She had worn her best dress, coat and shoes, and the shoes were pinching, as best shoes will.
“Do you need to sit, Brenda?” Sonia, a regular at the auxiliary, looked around. “We could ask these people to make room on the bench?” A hesitant question, so not really likely.
“No, I am fine, Sonia. Thanks. It’s just I skipped breakfast. Margaret wanted those donation envelopes folded, so I came early.”
As the Mercedes drove past them, the woman in the car looked straight at Brenda, and smiled, because Brenda looked exactly as she had imagined elderly Canadian women to look– neat, clean, wrinkly but smiling a welcome. She hoped she might meet that lady, one day, and extend a personal thanks. Perhaps even in English, by then.
Dignitaries spoke, including Margaret, of course. The Syrian man spoke, using some hesitant English, then turning to his translator, a young Immigration Canada employee. The twice-delivered words were cheered enthusiastically. Then two official cars –one the now refilled SUV and one with the Mayor—moved down the street.
Running beside the cars were teenagers from the church youth group, shaking their contribution boxes, urging the crowd to donate, all for the refugee family and its resettlement needs. A pimply youth grabbed at Brenda’s elbow.
“Come on, Lady. Welcome our new Canadians,” he shouted into her face.
“Come on. How much can it hurt?”
Brenda reached into her purse. She knew she had a two-dollar coin, a Toonie. She had been keeping it for a coffee and a muffin at Tim Hortons—they had a special on. She deposited the coin into the collection box, and the kid moved on, without a thank you. Brenda felt herself shake.
A hand gripped her elbow, and she heard Sonia say, as though from a distance. “Brenda. You don’t look well. I’m going to get you home. The excitement here—such as it was,” she said rather disgustedly, “Is all over. As we are not invited to the luncheon, we might as well leave.”
With Brenda’s assurances that she was fine, Sonia left her at her apartment building’s door. Brenda struggled with the heavy street door. She got to the elevator, read the ‘Out of Service’ note, and moved towards the stairs. That is when she knew she was in trouble. Her vision doubled, she trembled when she reached for the rail, and she was sweating. On a cold day.
“If I still know that, I am okay,” Brenda reasoned with herself, and half-smiled, half-grimaced, as she made her way up the stairs. “It was stupid to skip breakfast,” she told herself.
She had taken her usual dosage of insulin that morning. But then had missed breakfast. There were no eggs, and no milk for oatmeal. Probably no oatmeal, either, she thought. So, no breakfast. But the insulin had already started to lower her blood sugar, as it was designed to do. Without food, specifically carbohydrates, the decrease would not stop. She could drop into a diabetic coma. Then she remembered: that was why she had needed the toonie, to buy a muffin. Her last two dollars until the 27th, when the pension cheques arrived.
Brenda got into her apartment. She remembered she had some sandwich wafer cookies, served only to guests because she did not—as a diabetic—eat such things. But a cookie, even as stale as it must be, would be an immediate antidote to an insulin low. She moved—wobbled really—into her kitchen, opened an upper cupboard door and reached. The reaching did it. She pitched forward, collapsing against the cabinet and onto the floor. She was found, two days later.
The following figures were downloaded from Canadian government web sites, November 2018.
Brenda was a Canada Pension and Old Age Pension recipient, receiving $1,328.79 per month. Her rent of $850.00, her utilities of $300.00 on average, her medications of $85.00 meant she had less than $105.00 a month for food and other necessities. Her meager savings were long gone.
A refugee in Canada immediately receives a minimum of $2,470.00 per month. Other assistance is provided as required, including medical coverage, ESL courses, etc.