Top: Shoe Box cartons ready for delivery
From left to right: Lillian Sim, Lorraine & Rob Horn, Ila & Jon Kurnik, Rocky & Nancy Moore. Thanks to all who contributed and help with the program.
There were 468 boxes packed into the cartons that will put a smile on the faces of very needy children in Africa and Asia.
Photo and article submitted by Oliver Alliance Church
The scene at my arrival
Time: Before 2 am Wednesday
Location: 3890 Nk’Mip Rd – south end of reserve near old Church
Police and Ambulance on scene
Oliver Fire Department – two engines with ten personnel, a water tender, a duty truck and Fire Chief
Pictures show more structure burnt than just a trailer. No one known to be injured. The location has a reputation for its fires.
Most of the structure is gone as it takes some time for crews to get to the scene. Crews left the fire site within an hour.
30 months yet to serve for 51 year old Steven Joseph Godbout, no fixed address, convicted of five criminal offences this week in a Penticton courtroom.
On February 17th, 2018 at 0740 am RCMP officers attended an building on Main St in Oliver as a witness reported a male carrying a large axe had used it to break an entrance a door and go inside.
The apartment was located on top of a closed business south of Big Al’s bakery and deli and believed to be unoccupied.
Police Dog Service (PDS) was contacted from Penticton RCMP and members set up a perimeter at the location until PDS arrived.
The apartment was searched and members discovered the male had now gone into the business through an access door. PDS member and police dog “Harro” entered the business. The police dog located a male hiding behind a door to one of the offices and made contact. The PDS member observed the male had an axe raised preparing to strike the police dog.
The PDS member was close enough to use this moment, while the suspect was being distracted by the police dog, to grab the axe handle. A brief struggle ensued over the axe and it was removed from the suspects grip. The male was restrained and arrested by peace officers.
Godbout, 51, was convicted of five offences following a one-day trial in provincial court:
Two counts of breaching probation and
single counts of breaking and entering, resisting arrest and
assaulting a police officer with a weapon.
Godbout’s record had 29 prior convictions for breaking and entering on it when he was sentenced in July 2016 to two years in jail for breaking into an equipment shed next to a cell phone tower on Oliver Mountain just days before the tower was toppled by a vandal.
“Your actions and your record have demonstrated to me that you’re completely incorrigible,” said Judge Greg Koturbash. Cost to replace Telus cell tower: $500,000.00
Source: with files from Penticton Herald
I can confirm that on November 19, 2018 at approximately 4:20 PM police and emergency services responded to a head-on collision on Highway 3 at Nighthawk Road, west of Osoyoos.
Upon arrival it was determined that a westbound Ford F350 pickup truck with a lone occupant crossed the centre line and collided head-on with an eastbound Acura, also with a lone occupant. The driver of the Acura, a man in his 50’s from the South Okanagan area, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver of the pickup truck sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Alcohol has not been ruled out as a contributing cause of this crash. Road conditions at the time were bare and dry with light traffic and occurred in a 100 km/h zone.
South Okanagan Traffic Services (SOTS – Keremeos) has conduct of the investigation with assistance from South East District Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service and the BC Coroners’ Service. Police are seeking witnesses to this collision. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call SOTS – Keremeos at 250-499-2250.
No further information will be released as the investigation continues.
Cpl. Mike Halskov
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
RCMP would not confirm any details but the road was closed for many hours and traffic diverted.
A woman is dead after a single-vehicle crash on a remote road outside Kaleden Monday.
Emergency crews were called to the accident in the 1700 block of Marron Valley Road around 9 a.m. for a report of a single vehicle rollover.
Upon arrival, RCMP officers found a female passenger deceased. The male driver was outside the vehicle with non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.
Coroners Service and RCMP traffic division continue to investigate.
Another deadly crash on South Okanagan roads with a man in his 20’s losing his life in a rollover off Carmi Avenue in Penticton sometime overnight early Monday morning.
Each Club now takes turns in hosting on a yearly basis and at the Osoyoos Curling Club we celebrated our 16th year.
This year based on a point system for all teams, Oliver won overall.
1st overall winner Oliver Club – based on points for the Team
Missing Dale Dodge, Skip, Left to right: Randy Gushulak, Terry Einarson and Wayne Danbrook
1st overall winner Osoyoos – based on points for the Team
Left to right: Lead Paul Gagnon, Second, Bev Toovey, Third Len Hughes and Skip Gerald Looy
2nd Overall winner Oliver, Donna Cooke team
Oliver so graciously had a plaque created for the overall points to share each year.
2nd Overall winner Osoyoos, Blair Chappell team
Lonnie Mader, Lead, Blair Chappell,Skip, Fred Perrin, Third and Danny Baron, Second.
Nancy Katerenchuk and Mike Kelly – thanks folks from ODN
39 th annual Share a Smile Telethon and Online Auction Fundraiser, a one-afternoon charity fundraising event open to the public that features live entertainment from local music & dance groups, a silent online auction, face-painting, a photo-booth, jelly bean jar contest, giveaways and much more.
The event – being hosted for the first time at a retail mall for – will feature free live entertainment from local performers. On the list of performers are two local groups: Oliver Elementary School Chorus led by Lori Martine as well as The Oliver Dance Studio led by director Leah Moen. In addition to entertainment, there will be face-painting by donation, giveaways and 12 telethon panels working hard on the phones soliciting for donations.
Talked to his wife Darlene and she would not give out the location – “about a block off Main Street” – the only thing revealed …..
John promises more back alley art but wants to engage other photographers to seek out the “oddities” in our back yards and biways.
Will you find this before I do?
(Hidden Happiness – by Chappy)
An outdoor elevator lift for the Desert Park grandstands will be purchased in the amount of $36 thousand from Kirkwood Elevators . Maintenance to be done by the Town. This will allow persons with a wheel chair to access the park’s seating.
5 year lease renewal has been agreed upon for a building at 5822 – 51st Street to house an older model moveable pump for use in an emergency on the east side of the bridge by the Osoyoos Fire Department in the case of a blockage of the MOTI maintained Hwy Bridge. Annual cost of the lease is $15 thousand. Council will also look into the purchase of land for this purpose at a future date.
Grant to be applied for
Town will pay for an application for a grant from the Emergency Prepareness Fund that would see an evacuation plan in the case of fire, flooding and chemical spills. The application will cost $1000.
Recycle BC is eliminating Blue bag use province-wide with alternatives being considered by the Town of Osoyoos and the RDOS.
The regular garbage contractor will collect new recycle boxes or use the standard carts similiar to Oliver and Penticton at no extra cost but the containers will have to be financed.
Town will sign a statement of work for the curbside pick up of packaging material and paper in separate containers – the pick up of other recycleables like tins and plastics not specified.
WE Grant for Osoyoos Elementary School students
WE grant for OES students and staff – 15 students and teachers will get a cash grant of $1500 and the free use of a Town Bus similiar to last year. The WE gathering is help on the lower mainland later this month. This is the 7th year of this program for Osoyoos students. Students leave November 21.
Longtime reporter/editor/photographer Richard McGuire leaves his post at the end of November. He was hired in 2012.
McGuire will remain in Osoyoos taking up a new position – not specified.
He will be replaced by Vanessa Broadbent who has been working as a reporter/digital editor for both the Times and the Oliver Chronicle.
In February of this year former Editor Keith Lacey left the Times after 6 and half years.
The purpose of this report is to request that Council consider Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1230.21 and Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.108, 2018
The applicant is proposing to develop these two vacant parcels with a 47 unit Townhome development. Note that this property was previously approved for a mixed use medical-commercial building and three residential buildings with maximum heights of 8 storeys.
The current proposal is for a 47 unit townhome development, 14 of the townhomes will have basement suites. It is anticipated that these suites will provide much needed market rental housing for local residents. The suites will also provide for mortgage helpers. Each suite
will have its own designated parking pad.
The current proposal, if approved would see both properties being returned to their original designation of High Density Residential (HR). The HR designation is
consistent with properties to the north and south, adjacent to Peanut Pond. In accordance with the Plan’s Residential Policies (Section 9) the OCP seeks to accommodate a range of densities throughout the Town. Higher density developments are encouraged to locate close to the town centre and within walking distance of daily needs (groceries, medical and dental offices etc.).
A development permit for form and character will be required. Attachment 4 of this report demonstrates how the proposal will take advantage of the slope of the property to create an attractive strata Peanut Pond subdivision. Additional details will be required prior to issuance of the Development Permit.
The proposed rental suites are in line with the Town’s policy on encouraging affordable rental units to
be located within walking distance of the Town’s amenities including public transportation and public
The proposed zoning of High Density Residential (R7) will allow for a maximum of 75 units / ha. The 47 unit townhome development in additional to the 14 rental suites is well within the maximum densities permitted for this site of approximately 2.3 ha (5.6 acres)
Vedette Drive will serve as the primary access to the proposed development. Vedette Drive requires full reconstruction for this purpose. Attachment 6 demonstrates the proposed improvements to Vedette Drive overlaid on an aerial photo. The Town and the developer will be cost sharing these improvements. A future pedestrian trail is proposed along the edge of Peanut Pond. A public easement and the construction costs will be secured across the property as part of the subdivision process. Actual construction of the trail will not take place until such time as the mobile home park at 9102 is redeveloped at which time the Town will secure the trail connection to 89th Avenue.
Staff recommends approval as the proposed amendment to the OCP and zoning bylaw will enable a new townhome development in our community. The development will take advantage of this great location within walking distance to the Lakeview Plaza, Gateway Plaza the downtown and public transit.
Initial permissions given subject to a public hearing to be held December 17th and 4pm.
Photo: SO Photos
Source: Town of Osoyoos staff reports
The purpose of this report is to request that Council consider Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.110, 2018
If adopted, would allow for a site specific retail cannabis store to be located at 8304 72nd Avenue.
The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) of the Province of British Columbia will not issue a private retail licence without local government approval. The provincial licensing process coupled with the site specific zoning provision will allow for a one step process for consideration of cannabis sales in the Town.
The applicant is proposing to open a retail cannabis store at 8304 72nd Avenue in Osoyoos. This property is the former site of Osoyoos Signs. See picture below of existing building proposed to be used by Canna Cabana for a retail cannabis store.
As per Section 10.4 of the OCP Osoyoos has been “fortunate to maintain its traditional Downtown Main Street, which is a major attraction for residents and tourists alike. Accordingly, the Downtown has its own unique OCP land use designation and zone.” The OCP policies promote an attractive and dynamic mix of complementary Downtown uses and encourage a variety of businesses to locate in the downtown including retail and service businesses, financial institutions, government and professional offices, housing above commercial floor space, arts and cultural activities, and inviting public spaces. Additional policies seek to retain and promote businesses to locate in the Downtown area and discourage outward migration of businesses to other areas.
As per Policy PLA-019 the subject property provides adequate access and egress and four on-site parking spaces. Additional parking for customers is available on 72nd Avenue. Parking for employees is available at the Town of Osoyoos day use parking lot at the corner of 74th Avenue and 87th Street. The property is not highly visible from the prominent tourist route of Main Street. See picture below of on-site parking area.
Staff is of the opinion that this location is suitable for the proposed use and will enable a new business to be established in the Town of Osoyoos.
Permission granted by Town of Osoyoos, subject to a public hearing December 3rd at 4pm and the applicant is to apply to be licensed by the province.
Photo: SO Photos
Source of info: Town of Osoyoos staff reports
When it comes to protecting farmland, the choice is obvious and the rationale is simple: the best farmland in our province should be used to grow food, not for mega-mansions and illegal garbage dumps.
Over the last 15 years, pressures on our farmland were allowed to grow, driving the cost of land out of reach for farmers, discouraging people from joining the profession and investing in food production, and allowing our valuable farmland to be damaged or lost, often permanently. We’re fixing that.
On Nov. 5, I introduced legislation that protects the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and makes it clear that farmland in the ALR is meant for farming. The legislation addresses mega-mansions and speculation in the ALR so farmers can get onto the land and bring it into production. It cracks down on dumping construction waste and fill to protect our valuable, arable soil, and it reinstates one zone for all ALR land in British Columbia to make it clear that the entire ALR benefits from the same strong protection.
The number of mansions and lifestyle estates on ALR land in urban areas has steadily increased in recent years, inflating farmland prices and preventing new, often younger farmers from growing food. In April 2018, it was reported that after a new mega mansion was built on a nearly 20 acre lot assessed at $85,000, it was sold for $9.2 million. That’s more than $465,000 per acre, putting that land far out of reach for farmers.
By setting a maximum house size of 500 square metres (approximately 5,400 square feet) throughout the ALR, our government is putting a stop to the speculation and building of mega-mansions on our most valuable farmland.
The change does not affect existing houses. Multi-generational farming families who live together and work their land will also still be able to build larger homes if needed through application to the ALC. Mega-mansions on the ALR were one of the main concerns we’ve heard from British Columbians expressed to an independent committee tasked with reviewing how we could revitalize the ALR and the ALC, and it is one on which the government is delivering.
British Columbians are also concerned about the illegal dumping of construction waste on the ALR. The damage of truckload after truckload of waste is often permanent, putting land out of production. This year alone, the ALC has dealt with 191 cases related to fill – 45% of all their compliance and enforcement files. Fill dumping can range from anywhere from eight truckloads to hundreds of thousands of truckloads on a single piece of land. At between $50 and $200 per truckload, you can see why some people find it more lucrative to farm fill rather than food.
Under the new bill, dumping construction waste and other damaging substances on farmland will be prohibited, with strong penalties and new tools for enforcement. New offences for illegal fill and soil removal have been created under the new act with maximum penalties of $1 million or six months imprisonment for a first offence.
The return to one zone throughout the ALR will result in all land in the reserve being protected equally, with one set of decision-making criteria focused on preserving the ALR and encouraging farming and ranching. Farmers who wish to supplement their income through non-farming activities on their land will still be able to apply to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to do so. British Columbians support this approach, and so do B.C. farmers, with both the B.C. Agriculture Council and family farms championing a one-zone system in which all land in the ALR receives the same protection.
There’s more work to come. This is all part of our government’s ongoing commitment to revitalize the ALR and the ALC to protect farmland and farming in British Columbia. The old government allowed pressures on our farmland to grow. For too long, people have used the ALR for mega-mansion estate-living and as illegal garbage dumps, but we’re changing that.
Our government is making it clear that farmland in the ALR is for British Columbians who farm it and support prosperity in our communities, and whose hard work will let us all put fresh, local food on our tables for years to come.