From a BC Government bulletin
Cariboo and Thompson-Okanagan residents urged to turn off the taps.
With streams and rivers in the Middle Fraser, Similkameen, Coldwater, Nicola and Kettle watersheds experiencing low flows, and weather conditions expected to remain dry, residents are urged to reduce water consumption.
The region is currently experiencing Level 3 drought conditions, which calls for voluntary water use reductions of 30 per cent.
The Interior could experience water supply shortages this year unless there is substantial precipitation.
Ministry staff are closely monitoring river levels and may upgrade the drought level if weather continues to have a negative effect on stream flows and water supply.
There is nothing specific to the Okanagan Lake and River system in the valley. The lake and river are high as are the aquifers. Most people would agree we could use some rain on the hillsides for fire protection.
Parade starts at 10:30 am
Events at the Community Park begin after the Parade
Awards and Coronation of Oliver Youth Ambassadors at Frank Venable Theatre at 6:30 pm
Action is the engine of result. Some say that a value is not a value unless it is put into action. Some say that ‘acting’ is pretending. “Do what I say, not what I do,” that doesn’t work for me because the action does not align with the words. Some say that only massive action will do it and Ghandi would advise that non-action is the way. Some say not to act against evil. Is evil an action? Action is many things
My actions give my results. My actions arise from my beliefs. When I act in a certain way, I show you what I believe. A brand new driver, let us choose a young man, drives in a certain way, especially when cruising the avenue where all his peers are on the sidewalk. What does he believe? What is the result he may be seeking? What result does he get from other than his peers? Divergent results from two groups. Oh, oh
Action may mean moving. But is it not also true that not moving, being still or of not getting involved that that action is as valid as any other? Action is one of those things that we never stop, just like choosing. We are always acting. We are always choosing. This creates immediate pressure, responsibility if you will, to engage life. You are acting, as am I, all the time and my/your actions affect our lives
I once talked with an ultra strong man competitor. He did things like throw telephone poles and single handed pull an 18 wheeler truck. He said that it took about 11 or 12 seconds of maximum pull before the truck moved at all. Looking at the scene there was no movement yet there was plenty of action in his muscles. Like fermenting wine, not much to see, but there is definite action toward definite result. Hmmm?
We are always in action? Are we carp, avoiding, withholding, sneaking behind the back? Or shark, dominating, taking, paucity driven? Or dolphin, collaborative, abundant, creative, giving, fun (btw will break a shark’s back if it threatens others)? We are in action at all times, even if others may not see movement (like the strong man and the truck). Action is the engine of result. What action style do you lean to?
VASEUX LAKE – LAND USE AND WATER QUALITY ASSESSMENT
The overall aim of the Vaseux Lake Land Use and Water Quality Assessment is to determine likely sources of nutrients or sediment contributing to the increased milfoil and algae growth over the past years in Vaseux Lake. Once the sources are discovered and analysed, a final report will be completed with recommended action(s) to mitigate algae and milfoil growth, reduce sediment build up, and lessen or stop the flow of nutrient into the lake.
Vaseux Lake is a freshwater lake located within the Okanagan River system of the Okanagan Valley. The lake is located south of the community of Okanagan Falls and north of the Town of Oliver. Vaseux Lake is considered to be a productive lake as it supports large algae populations and has an average depth of approximately 5 meters with a small deep zone in the center that reaches about 27 meters. The lake has peak summer temperatures at the surface of over 23C and develops a stable thermal stratification each year with corresponding oxygen conditions.
Issues with milfoil and algae in Vaseux Lake have been reported in available material back into the mid-1970’s. An increase in sedimentation near the mouth of the lake has been observed over the years and the productive growth seems to be increasing again. The Regional District has been in discussions with the concerned property owners around Vaseux Lake to determine the source of the increasing milfoil and algae blooms as well as the increased sediment deposits.
The RDOS will hire a contractor in September to do the assessment – a request for proposals has gone out to companies that do such work.
Source: Regional District Okanagan Similkameen
The increased workload is caused by high-water and flooding this spring, according to RDOS pest control coordinator Zoe Kirk.
“It often made it very difficult for the mosquito control person to get to normal treatment areas because there was large bodies of water in the way,” she said, adding they were forced to apply larvicide from the air five times this year, instead of the typical three.
“Because there was flooding in areas that had not flooded in 50-60 years, or ever, we actually added 213 new sites to the program, and the program has 300 sites on a regular year.”
Kirk expects they will be about $30,000 over budget this year, with another busy year expected in 2018.
“As waters recede, mosquitos lay their eggs, and those eggs are viable for 10 years, so the next time they get wet for any length of time they can start to hatch.”
She said come budget time, the RDOS board will likely look at bumping up funding to make up the difference.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun.
Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.
Part of the work may be from us doing that emergency water dig a few months ago at that intersection and we notified them that we would be damaging some sensors and wiring. – Shawn Goodsell, Town of Oliver Public Works
As quite a lot of Oliver families did, we also did a lot of canning in the summer time. In the early days, my Dad had a machine that cranked the lids onto tin cans. We got the cans from Fairweather’s and the fruit came from Uncle Bill..no charge as Dad helped pick and haul to the Packinghouse.
For some reason, I found canning to be a pleasant way to pass the day. We would start first thing after breakfast and Mom would wash the tins in soapy hot water and Sandy would rinse. I would place them upside down on a large tray.
We canned everything: cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, Italian prunes, tomatoes,dill pickles and two specialties: spaghetti sauce and fruit salad.
Dad set the canning machine on the ledge of the back porch and made sure it was tight. His job was to take the tin and lay the lid on top and then put the lever on top. He would crank so many turns to the right and then so many turns to the left until the lid was sealed.
When we had a full canner, it would go on the old wood stove we had outside and boil for the allotted time. Sandy would carefully lift out each tin and when they were slightly cooled, we marked each tin with a grease pencil from Dad’s tool box. We had our codes for what they were so there was never any mix up. We put the date and what it was on the lid for easy reading.
When the canning was done for the day, Dad would take the peelings and dig a big hole in the back yard and bury them. The next morning we would start all over again with a different fruit.
Mom always canned 100 cherries; 100 apricots; 200 peaches,100 pears, 100 prunes; 200 tins of tomatoes; 150 dill pickles; 24 spaghetti sauce and 12 fruit salad for our special treats.
After each batch of fruit was done, they were wiped down and carried to the basement where the old tins were pulled forward and the new ones put in their place. When all of our canning was done, we would stand back and admire our handiwork!!
Mom made pies from the cherries, apricots, peaches and prunes as well as cobblers too. Of course we also had fruit in a bowl for dessert. She saved the spaghetti sauce for winter for those times when unexpected company showed up and the fruit salad was a special treat at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter and birthdays.
When Norma was old enough she would help out as well. Mom always found some little job for her to do. On canning days Mom would get out some home made bean soup or minnestrone that she had frozen for just this occasion and with a nice large fresh loaf of bread we would enjoy our special soup and a cobbler of whatever fruit we had just canned.
I am sure that many of you have memories of canning in the summer. When mason jars became more readily available and cheaper we switched to those but canned our tomatoes in tins for several years after.
Good memories of a family that all pitched in and got the job done. When I was tall enough, Dad would let me crank the canning machine to seal the lids. I loved doing it. I don’t remember any of us complaining about having to can….we loved the results in the dead of winter.
Grass fire on the reserve (Osoyoos Indian Band) – south of Black Sage Road and Nk’Mip Rd Junction.
Oliver Fire Department – one fire engine, one water tender, bush truck and duty officer truck on the scene.
Main damage a utility pole near the road (just north of the church and cemetery).
One witness indicated he saw a truck passing the area just before he called in the blaze to 911.
Breaking News!! D Dutchmen Dairy Glass Bottle Milk
and other fine dairy products return
to Big Al’s Bakery & Deli
We are pleased to announce the return of D Dutchmen Dairy bottled milk along with other fine dairy products and their Old Fashioned Ice Cream produced from the Sicamous BC dairy producer
Big Al’s Bakery & Deli
6030 Main Street Oliver
Oliver Fire Protection Area
The Town of Oliver is reminding the public that the temporary open fire ban remains in effect due to the current condition of high and extreme fire danger in Oliver’s Fire Protection Area.
All open burning, including campfires and fireworks, will be prohibited in the Oliver Fire Protection Area. This ban is in conjunction with other local fire departments including Penticton, Summerland, Osoyoos, Princeton, Hedley and the Penticton Indian Band.
This open burning ban is in effect to protect public safety and to limit the risk of person-caused wildfires. This ban does not restrict fires in cooking stoves using gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating (providing the flame height does not exceed 15 centimeters) but does restrict fires in portable wood burning fireplaces and campfires.
Campers and hikers and those recreating in remote areas are asked to use extreme caution. The Province has prohibited the operation of any off-road vehicle for recreational purposes on Crown land throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre. All on-highway vehicles must remain on defined road surfaces. Anyone found in contravention of this off-road vehicle prohibition may be issued a violation ticket in the amount of $767.
Anyone found in violation of an open fire ban, including campfires, may be issued a ticket for each incident. Anyone who causes a wildfire through arson or recklessness may also be fined up to $1 million, spend up to three years in prison and be held accountable for associated firefighting costs.
On August 17 as part of the Okanagan Nation’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) a run will take place from chuchuwaya (Hedley) to swiw’s, BC, to commemorate the OKA Run for Peace. The original Run took place in the summer 1990 over six weeks, and saw more than 73 Okanagan Nation members run from Syilx to Kanehsatà:ke territory to show solidarity with the Mohawk resistance to developments on their sacred burial grounds during the Oka Crisis.
Chief Clarence Louie affirmed that “This Commemoration Run is meant to honor and recognize this time Syilx history where the Syilx Nation took a stand for peace and solidarity with the Kahnawá:ke during the Oka Crisis and whereby all Indian Nations continue to do so to protect their lands, peoples and resources”. The same struggles that ignited the 1990 Oka Crisis persist within the Okanagan territory, as Chief Keith Crow states that “it is a disgrace that we have had to wait almost a year and a half, and still we have no resolve on our disturbed ancestral burial grounds”.
These historical acts continue to resonate with the current need to face the challenges imposed on Syilx territory and our member communities and indigenous peoples across Canada. Though the Oka Crisis highlighted the struggles faced by indigenous communities in Canada we continue to demand for the right and responsibility to protect our sacred sites and territories. The nation will welcome Ellen Gabriel, a Kanehsatà:ke Mohawk Territory indigenous human rights activist and a key spokesperson during the Oka Crisis, to the event.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip (ONA Chairman) stated, “the ONA’s 2017 Annual General Assembly provides Syilx people with the opportunity to gather as a Nation, to celebrate the many successes that have taken place for our people over the last year, and reflect on the challenges that we continue to face. With an ambitious political agenda from the Province of BC to fully embrace the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, endorment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and support our ongoing opposition to the Site C dam project, Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal and BC/Petronas’s Lelu Island LNG facility, the coming year will demand that we stand united to ensure that our collective Title and Rights are recognized and respected”.
The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) was formed in 1981 as the inaugural First Nations government in the Okanagan, which represents the 8 member communities of the Okanagan Nation
Transforming mental health and addictions care in B.C.
By Judy Darcy, in my opinion
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions
VICTORIA – The stories of people taken by the overdose crisis come from every corner of the province. A forestry worker in the North who became addicted to painkillers for a workplace injury and then turned to street drugs. Friends celebrating after a wedding in the Interior. Suburban parents who left behind young children. Middle-aged men who were clean and sober for years.
We are in the most serious public health emergency this province has faced in decades. There is no limit to the suffering it has caused, with more than 1,700 families coping with the death of a loved one from overdose since January 2016.
We often hear about the devastating toll in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. But the crisis also affects people in the North, on Vancouver Island, in the Interior and in the Fraser Valley. It affects people from every type of family. Those living with poverty and homelessness. Those in suburban families and in rural communities. People who use drugs occasionally and those who are addicted.
As the new minister of Mental Health and Addictions, my first priority is to save lives immediately in the face of the overdose crisis. To get there and to build solutions, I am getting out and talking to people on the front lines of the crisis. I want to hear what’s working and what more is needed.
In my first days on the job, I visited the Downtown Eastside and Surrey, and I plan to visit other areas of the province in the coming weeks. I have heard deeply personal stories from everyday people struggling with addiction.
It is for these people who are suffering all around the province and their families that we need to build a more seamless, continuous system for mental health and addictions.
I had the privilege to meet with first responders, health providers, staff and volunteers working in community agencies on the frontlines of this crisis. They give their heart and soul every day to improve services and save lives – and they have saved countless lives. For that, I thank them.
But we know the system overall is fragmented and uncoordinated, and people wait far too long for the treatment they need.
If you break your leg, you know where to go to get the help you need quickly. However, we don’t have that same system if you are suffering from mental health issues or addictions – even though hundreds of thousands of British Columbians are suffering from such illnesses. We need a more effective system that focuses on prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery – a system where you ask for help once, and get help fast
We also need to look at underlying issues like stigma, poverty, homelessness and housing, and to work with First Nations leaders on the unique issues faced by Indigenous people who are so disproportionately affected by the overdose crisis.
We are working closely and collaboratively with partners and stakeholders, provincial ministries and all levels of government on both immediate and longer-term solutions. We have a whole lot more lives we need to save, and we’re getting to work to do just that.