send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
The South Okanagan now has strong representation at the Southern Interior Local Government Association, with three area officials elected to the organization’s board.
RDOS board chair Karla Kozakevich has been elected first vice-president while Summerland mayor Toni Boot is second vice-president. Penticton councillor Judy Sentes was also elected director at large.
The SILGA board consists of 11 members from the group’s member governments consisting of 37 cities, towns, villages, districts and six regional districts in South Central British Columbia representing more than 500,000 citizens.
“The SILGA executive board serves as an important voice for the region,” says RDOS board chair Karla Kozakevich “Resolutions brought forward to the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference each year, are often debated and endorsed by the SILGA membership.”
Praemonitus, Praemunitus –
Ryan the Cat made me do it
Ryan the Cat is 15. He has simple needs. He communicates them clearly. He is easily satisfied – most of the time. When he is satisfied, he sleeps. When his needs go unsatisfied – rarely the case – he sleeps.
I write these posts in advance. Usually, I have three to five of them finished and in the can awaiting transmission on the deadline day each week. This one is different. And Ryan the Cat made me do it.
I usually get up around four. This morning – and it has happened before – I got up a few hours earlier. These early-early mornings are always because Ryan the Cat is expressing his needs. This morning – Friday, if it matters – he was clawing at the door. Usually, a few words from me while I’m rolling over will get him to stop. This morning, that didn’t work. Enough. I got up and made coffee and had a look at ODN to see what the people had to say. Ryan the Cat made me do that.
There were a lot of National Park comments. I have avoided the debate until now mostly because I have found no compelling argument on either side. Ryan the Cat is to blame for my foray into the morass.
The way I see the park debate is the way I see a lot of the current debates. For or against, everybody seems driven to keep the world the way it is – or was. And, when I get that thought stuck in my head, I end up thinking about creationism versus evolution as an analogy. That may be a stretch for you but at this time of the morning it comes easily to me. I also think about archaeology – because my degree is in archaeology.
Trained as a scientist, specialized in archaeometry, and experienced in archaeological field and lab work, I have a learned (not ‘learn-ed’ in two syllables but ‘learnd’ in one syllable) approach to problem solving. As an archaeologist, the mission is to examine the evidence and reconstruct the past. This involves digging from the top down, which happens to be from now to back then. In some digs you can pass 10,000 years in 10 centimetres; in others, you pass 4,000 years in 4 metres. You take meticulous records while digging and then spend the winter off-season doing the analysis. When you write up the results there really is nobody around to say you are right or wrong. When I worked as an archaeologist, politics did not interfere. It does now.
Back to the point: What the land was…. is more a matter of opinion than fact. What people did is more a matter of opinion than fact. So, if you have a creationist-like approach you will make the facts fit your bible. And, if you have an evolutionist-like approach you make your theory fit the facts.
Most of what I read about the National Park comes from a creationist-like approach and the variety of positions is easily explained by the variety of bibles. All y’all got your scripts and you’re not going to change. Every group of like-minded has their own bible.
If your position is that you want to preserve the land to be used as it has always been used by the people who have always used it and who are now gone then you’re as wrong as those who take the position that the land can be preserved in its current state and you can tell people not yet born how they are allowed to use it.
All of these arguments about the process, the expectations, the short-list of stakeholders, the lack of detail, the ignorance of the outsiders and the insiders, the economics, the outcomes (good and bad), the role of those who live here or don’t live here, and who gets to manage it will have no effect on the fact that what was and what is will not be what will be. Park or no park will not preserve the past or guarantee the future.
Over time, the land will change. Over time, the climate will change. Over time, the flora and fauna will change. Over time, how people use the land will change. Over time, what is now a particular ecology will change. Drawing a box on a map will not stop the inevitable.
Ryan the Cat is sleeping. Satisfied or not, he sleeps.
Satisfied or not, everybody go back to bed. Satisfied or not, anybody who does not live here, go sleep in your own bed. Let the land live. Let the people – not yet born – do their thing. Stop writing scripts for the future when the future will not be what was or what is or what you want. Stop writing scripts to govern the actions of people who will be here when you’re gone.
Everybody go home
Publisher: Stuart and I had a great back and forth debate on this.. the salient points he makes are simple, concise and need no amplification:
1. the economics, the outcomes (good and bad), the role of those who live here or don’t live here, and who gets to manage it will have no effect on the fact that what was and what is will not be what will be. Park or no park – that will not preserve the past or guarantee the future.
2. satisfied or not, anybody who does not live here, go sleep in your own bed. Let the land live. Let the people – not yet born – do their thing. Stop writing scripts for the future when the future will not be what was or what is or what you want. Stop writing scripts to govern the actions of people who will be here when you’re gone.
3. everyone go home. Go to sleep – reflect.
Crowds had gathered at the riverbank fairgrounds for the Lions Club music festival in Guyon, Quebec. The hot July, 1993 sun made the sandy beach an attraction too inviting to miss. Lonnie Collier, 15, Tera Mayhew, 14, and Scott Smith, 12, decided to walk 100 meters to where the Guyon River flowed into the Ottawa River. The warm shallow waters of the beach led to a sudden drop-off into the very cold current of the Ottawa River. The boys played the game of jumping into the cold current and experiencing the exhileration of swimming back into the warm water. This excitement turned into panic when the two boys jumped too far to battle the current back to shore. They were swept away.
Screams drew the attention of Dwight McMillan who ran over and dove into the current to rescue Scott. With great difficulty he managed to haul him back to safety. By then Lonnie was 60 meters away struggling to stay afloat. Though already exhausted, Dwight headed out for a second rescue attempt.
Upon reaching Lonnie the boy clutched at him in frenzied panic, clawing at Dwight and nearly causing the drowning of both of them. Repeated attempts to persuade Lonnie to relax so that he could be rescued failed. He sank out of sight. Darlene McMillan despaired when she saw Dwight disappear too. Meanwhile 2 men in a small boat were alerted to the trouble. When Dwight emerged with a limp Lonnie and no strength left the two men pulled alongside and brought them to shore. According to the March, 1996 report in Reader’ Digest, the two men said not a word as they brought them to shore. While the onlookers were pulling Dwight and Lonnie onto the beach, heaving and vomiting, the two men disappeared. Repeated efforts to locate them later failed. In Dec., 1994 Dwight was awarded the Governor Generals Medal of Bravery. In Feb., 1995 he received the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. But the two men who pulled Lonnie and Dwight out of the water and then disappeared are unheralded heroes of another kind.
The three kids learned a lesson and perhaps someone will keep this story in mind as outdoor swimming weather approaches.
Council mum on reason for Dinwoodie departure
Other than confirming his departure, members of Osoyoos council have little to say about the sudden departure this week of operational services director Jim Dinwoodie.
Reached at home Friday evening, Mayor Sue McKortoff would not comment on whether Dinwoodie quit or was fired.
“This was a personnel issue … and I can’t comment,” she said. “It was dealt with the CAO (Barry Romanko).”
“These things don’t happen all at once,” said the mayor. “There are things that go on that must be dealt with and that’s our job.”
Romanko could not be reached for comment.
However, he reportedly said in a release Friday morning: “Jim Dinwoodie is no longer employed with the Town of Osoyoos. … This is a personnel matter and the town has no further comments.”
Dinwoodie was no longer in his office this week and his name was abruptly dropped from the town’s website contact list.
Councillor Brian Harvey confirmed that the parting of the ways between Dinwoodie and the town occurred on Wednesday. “I knew it was coming, but that’s all I can say,” he said
Councillor Jim King, said Friday evening that he has been at the coast all week and out of the loop.
“I got a memo the other day that he was let go. … The cause, I don’t know. … I don’t know exactly what happened,” King said. He added later, “’Let go’ may not be the right term.”
Dinwoodie’s departure brings to three the number of senior vacancies the town needs to fill in the near future. The process to hire a fire chief is in full swing and Romanko announced last month that he will be leaving his CAO spot in August.
Family life is wonderful, for twenty years or so we give birth to, nurture, educate and generally prepare our children for life as an adult. Preparing nutritious meals, kissing boo-boo’s and sewing Halloween costumes, dealing with the broken hearts of first love and trying to instil our values into our children is part of the deal, even though we are often preaching to the bored face of an eye-ball rolling teen who is convinced you have lost the plot.
Parenthood is a challenge to say the very least but miraculously, through all the trial and error, we can stand back and admire the person we have helped mold into a loving, caring human being and enjoy the person they have become. It is now time to stand back and let them get on with their lives, never emotionally far away from our offspring but letting them raise their own children in their way. Having small grandchildren around is great, you can love and spoil them without having to deal with all the hard work that goes into raising a family. Too soon these children also grow into adulthood and we are no longer needed for baby sitting duties and an extra pair of hands.
Now it is our time, time for us to do our own thing. For the first time in our lives we have money to spend and time to enjoy it. Trouble is, the signs of age are creeping in, even though we never thought they would. Around the age of forty I realized that my arms were getting shorter. This seemed strange but something had happened to them as I could no longer hold my book far enough away for me to see the print. I bought glasses to compensate for the short arms.
Around the same time I noticed that my legs were getting longer, I could no longer fasten my shoes by bending down, I had to sit on a chair while I did this little job, strange but I had to accept that my body had a life of it’s own. I also had to give in to the fact that I needed an afternoon nap. I had never felt the need to do this before but, if I didn’t have a short nap, I could not keep my eyes open after eight o’clock. I had never done this before, let’s face it, I never had time but now a nap was part of the routine.
Waking up sore and achy is one of the first signs that you really are over the hill, having an extra half hour in bed is no longer the luxury it used to be. Which ever way you arrange your legs and shoulders, something hurts and you might as well get up, stagger into the bathroom and take your morning pills, another sign that you are getting old. The bleary face staring back at me from the mirror does not encourage too much scrutiny.
Drying myself after the shower I notice that I am acquiring even more little bumps and blips on my skin. Why does age bring little skin tags popping out all over my once smooth skin? It is not pleasant to realize that, if I live to be a hundred, I will probably look like a hedgehog as these little unwanted guests sprout all over my body.
I make my morning coffee and take it out onto the deck. The air is still cool but the sun is bright and warm, so I sit outdoors with a blanket and enjoy the first signs of spring. The daffodils are bright and lift my spirits, the willow leaves are gorgeous with the morning sun behind them. A red wing blackbird is at the feeder and dozens of quail are eating breakfast on the deck. I know that in a few minutes my two resident squirrels will be entertaining me with their morning acrobatics in the willow trees.
Life is good, I thing of the hymn “All things bright and beautiful, the Lord God made them all”. He really did and I am so lucky to be old enough to have the time to sit out here and enjoy them. Thankyou God for giving me this beautiful day and the sense to realise that I am a valued part of your creation. Life is good.
Publisher’s Note: Pat if you are still here when I expire make sure – that hymn “All things bright and beautiful” – is the anthem for my walk into the church/hall/service. Over time I will give you more music that must be played….. and yes…………….. “Life IS good.”
When one thing is on another it is touching and being held there, most often by gravity. We sit on things, like chairs, for instance. We place objects on other objects or on the ground. On is a ‘place’. The cup is on the saucer. They together are on the table. The table is on the floor. The floor is on the foundation and the house is on the lot of land. The land is shown on a map but is not on a map
On can refer to a place beside or near. There is a cottage on the sea does not mean actually on top of the water but by it. If the cottage is on the prairie then yes it is actually on top of a place in the prairie region. Subtle. When I say the cottage is on the map it is but a reference to a symbol representing the location of the cottage among all that is depicted on that map. In this case on means represented
When something is on my mind it is but a thought that I am noticing and is lingering. When we are told that a particular beverage is on tap, that means it is stored in a barrel and pumped to a tap so you can fill your glass. Sometimes a store may put something we want to buy on hold, they keep it for us. To be on time is to be where I promised to be, bringing forth what I promised. Being on is keeping my promises
I like to be on target, doing the thing I am supposed to do and doing it the way I am supposed to be doing it. That is better than being on the ropes, barely hanging on, failure imminent, gasping my last. To be on point is to be focused like a ballerina and winning the debate, making a strong, compelling case. To be ‘on’ is to be just right and at peak, scoring the goals, in the flow state of an athlete soaring over the bar
Lean on me the song invites. In this case the word ‘on’ points to the source of reliance. To be told that I can rely on you is a comfort. The very idea of not being alone feels good. You can count on me is assurance. On is a pointer. On what? On time means to be complete or having arrived at the designated time. When playing a drum set to accompany a tune, the drummer keeps the others on time.
Long Term Care Insurance
Last time, we looked at Critical Illness insurance designed specifically to cover children and childhood illnesses. Today we’ll look at another not well known insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, LTC.
What is long term care insurance? It’s a type of insurance designed to address the health, social, and personal care needs of individuals who have lost the ability to care for themselves. There is a certain degree of public support available, but government programs are not comprehensive and long term care services can be very costly.
The level of health care and professional assistance we need, together with the associated costs, will increase with age. The average Canadian will experience 9 – 14 years of the final years of their life with diminished health, according to Statistics Canada, 2012.
Long term care insurance helps to pay for the care services that other plans don’t provide and bridge the gap between what is covered by provincial health care, and the services you may want to access. LTC insurance helps to cover the costs of care, meaning you have more choices around the kind of care and the amount of care you’ll receive. Your retirement savings and investments can be preserved. LTC will prevent you from dipping into your retirement income to cover your health care costs.
How does long term care insurance work? LTC provides an income-style, tax free, benefit when the insured person becomes unable to care for themselves due to aging, an accident, illness or deteriorated mental ability. It offers peace of mind knowing that the financial burden of care won’t rest entirely with your loved ones.
Who can be covered? People between the age of 21 and 80, who are approved through an underwriting process, which assesses your likelihood of becoming dependent on someone else for care.
How do you qualify for the benefit? If you are unable to perform 2 of the 6 activities of daily living which include, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, continence and feeding, or you need constant supervision by another person because of deteriorated mental ability, you would be eligible to receive your monthly benefit amount. There is a waiting period that needs to be met; the length of which is chosen by the insured at the time the insurance in put in place. Benefit periods can vary from 100 weeks to lifetime coverage. This is something that is determined at time of purchase along with the amount of coverage to put in place.
Optional enhancements. As with most insurance policies there are options that can be added to enhance your coverage. A few of these are:
- Inflation protection: while on claim, your benefit would increase annually
- Return of premium on death: A returnable amount would be paid back to your beneficiary or estate upon your death (only available for issue age to 65)
- First payment bonus: When a new claim is first paid, a bonus of 12 times your weekly amount is paid
- Waiver of premium: Once a claim is approved you no longer need to pay the premiums
Nearly 75% of Canadians say their personal finances would be impacted if they were to develop a chronic health condition and 50% of Canadians say they are worried about the cost of health care when they retire. Speak to your Certified Financial Planner about adding a Long Term Care Insurance policy to your plan, offering you peace of mind and protecting your savings.
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.
I believe that Mr. Steele has over-simplified the ‘No National Park’ movement.
The main issue is a total distrust of Parks Canada and the federal Government. This distrust has been earned by Parks Canada in the methods employed to attain their goal. To quote Dick Canning; “the residents have a right to be engaged and decide what type of park they might want”.
What I have been hearing is that type of park should not be any model that will include the federal government or its Parks Canada as they have worked to isolate and not listen. An example being the wording of the survey forms in trying to limit input that was counter to what Parks Canada wanted to hear.
Parks Canada has an obligation to include First Nations at the local level but they did not feel they had an obligation to include regional and municipal governments or the MLA who represent sthe residents of the areas that this park would be carved out of.
I myself and the director from Area A put this forward at the information meeting Tuesday and were told that Parks Canada felt telling the RDOS board what they were doing was enough. Really!
You don’t think you should involve the elected representatives. The equivalent would be telling the provincial cabinet we will be making all the beaches in Penticton and Osoyoos part of the national park but never talking to the town councils or the residents. Is that what you call engagement?
Fred is right people do not like change. It is quickly brushed aside that other models have been put forward such as the LRMP and or Provincial Park status which are met with howls of despair from the elitists that only the national park model will work yet Parks Canada puts forward proposed attendance numbers ranging from 300,000 to the current 2000 to 4000 per year; whatever number satisfies the political dictate of the day. That type of waffling adds to the distrust.
Parks Canada has told us that they want to form the park first and then they can start the agreement talks.
Once again REALLY? That is like buying the car and then trying to negotiate what options should be included after you have paid for it.
Whether or not Parks Canada can do a good job or not is a discussion for another format. The necessary information and articles are in abundance and easy to obtain, it is up to the individual to become informed
What is the question? is to make sure that what is done is the right decision and best fits this area and its residents but most importantly in my opinion whatever is done must be flexible as the world is changing rapidly and what is proper today may be problematic tomorrow.
edited for clarity
Two large tankers operating in hostile waters can be a para-less journey.. in this case a metaphoric journey into the undecided. It is time to revisit where we are on the Canada Parks issue.
First let me be clear, I am not on either side in the battle. I have no preference. I am offering some outside observations from what I have heard and seen. I also have a bit of an outline as to who may or may not be winning the day.
A while back I cautioned the no side to broaden their view. Putting up a sign or carrying a sign that just says NO is not helpful. The reason is it allows the Yes side to define a group thought into a single identity with a negative overtone, it allows the yes side to generalize “They are all the same” the meaning “They are negative obstructionists”
I have read the list of interests at the table trying to either point out problems or seek clarification and some resolve. On Wednesday I noted there are those saying, it could take up to two years to decide. That sounds to me like a statement to calm the waters. It is likely more rhetoric than fact.
There are any number of valid issues to be discussed and resolved, water, range land, recreation, soil conservation, and the list goes on. The odd issue out here is the idea it will bring more tourists. I asked a group of reasonable friends what they interpreted that to mean. Answered varied.
1 these people want a small closed community
2 this community is suspicious of strangers
3 it is a community that does not want change,
Those were the three main responses. If these assumptions are true there are impediments to having these dreams come true.
Here is some insight on why that might not be the case:
1 Wanting a small closed community with a major highway running through it makes a closed community in the 21st century nearly impossible.
2 Suspicion of strangers or outsiders is not really a viable argument either. The yes side can rightfully claim the opposite by pointing the fact this community elected an outsider to the position of mayor. In fact the new mayor barely hung up the curtains on his front window when he took the oath of office.
3 Not wanting change in this world isn’t going to fly either. Time marches on and change happens, the idea is to see it is positive change.
There are many recognized groups working to define the ground rules to determine whether or not they can support the venture. Because they are involved in the dialog does not mean they are for or against, It means they are garnering facts in which to base a decision on.
Those who just say NO limit their ability to communicate their concerns. They cut off access to the decision makers and they are defined as obstructive with little to offer except the word NO.
It should also be pointed out a referendum might not serve the interests of the NO side. If this park is to be on crown land, then the referendum could very likely see the citizens of BC voting. Where people in the South Okanagan might well vote NO the vast majority would likely vote YES. In addition even more tourists would flock to the area.
Based on what I see the NO side is being more and more isolated from the process. They have more visibility but less influence. Be rest assured the decision will not be a local one, therefore to be successful the entire direction needs to change.
To have any hope at all NO has to opt in to the discussion, not just hold up signs saying NO
Two large metaphoric tankers are on a collision course, both filled with statistics, views, and placards saying NO, but then this whole idea has been debated for some time without resolution.
Sept 14, 1934 – May 9, 2019,
Departed for his final sojourn, at 84, peacefully and without struggle.
Predeceased by his father Jozsef, his mother Teresa, his brother Lazlo, his nephew Laci (all in Hungary), father-in-law Ross Miller and mother-in-law, Ada Miller (both of Oliver ).
Survived by his loving wife Donna-Faye, daughters Ramona (Thomas), Dana (Derek), and Tara (Kylie) all of Vancouver. Grandchildren Luke, Hannah and Sam.
After making the tough decision to leave Hungary during the 1956 Revolution, Jim first came to Canada in 1957 as part of the Sopron Forestry Placement at the University of British Columbia. Initially finding work in the forestry and fishing camps in Powell River and on Haida Gwaii, he made his way to the Okanagan to pick fruit in ‘58, falling in love with the climate, vista and people — in particular Donna-Faye in 1961.
Between working in the Okanagan orchards in the summer and winter jobs in Vancouver, Jim took a course in commercial art through the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He picked up a job in the packing house and made his permanent residence in Oliver. He spent many years supplementing his income by painting signs throughout the Okanagan and if you look closely, you will still find the odd sign in Oliver created by Jim.
With ambition and work ethic, Jim climbed his way up the ranks in the packinghouse, ultimately retiring as the General Manager in 1994. He was instrumental in leading the packinghouse and BC Tree Fruits through many changes and modernizations. Jim proudly represented the packinghouse and Canada travelling to many US cities and to countries such as China and Thailand, building relationships with customers, sharing knowledge of the fruit and best handling practices.
During his life, Jim also served on several boards, including the Okanagan Savings Credit Union, the Oliver Arts Council and the Okanagan Valley Tree Fruit Authority. He spent many years with the local Rotary Club, and he donated artwork to various organizations for fundraisers and volunteered at SOSS with the art department.
His main hobby was creating art. In a perfect world, it would have been his career. Starting with wood inlay, he proceeded to oils, pastels, watercolours, charcoal, acrylics, ink line drawings, and eventually computer graphics. Notably, he produced a calendar every year depicting local scenery and wildlife. Jim also enjoyed growing his own herb garden, was passionate about his cactus cultivation, and cooking with peppers and paprika. He loved to BBQ, enjoyed jazz music, and debating big and small with family and friends.
In his later years, Jim was content to putter in his garden, enjoy afternoon drives through the valley with Donna-Faye and entertaining his family on the deck.
Egészségedre! (Cheers! In Hungarian.)
Celebration of life will take place at 10:00 am, Saturday June 8, 2019 at the Oliver Community Centre.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Yesterday I posted a picture of a tree. A harmless picture of something that caught my attention as startling – almost artistic.
I asked the owners and thought sincerely they said no problem. I would never enter someone’s property without their expressed permission.
I guess I got it wrong and was confused.
I remember about five years ago taking a picture in Rockcliffe of a boulevard near a stop sign that was really unkempt. Boy did I hear about that.
You never know who will react to an item with their own slant on what they see or read.
With the taking down of the tree picture all the comments are gone. Sorry – some of them quite interesting.
So…… to the owners I apologize but sincerely I thought I had permission.
The BC Coroners Service has released two updated reports on illicit drug deaths and fentanyl-detected deaths to the end of March 2019.
Key findings include:
•The monthly average for illicit drug deaths for the first quarter of 2019 (89 deaths/month) is down 32% from the same period in 2018 (132 deaths/month).
•More than two-thirds of the illicit-drug deaths in the first quarter of 2019 involved people aged 30 to 59. Males accounted for four in every five of all illicit-drug deaths over the same period.
•Also for the first quarter of 2019, nine in every 10 illicit drug deaths occurred inside, including more than half in private residences.
•There were 82 suspected illicit drug overdose deaths with fentanyl detected in March 2019.
•Carfentanil was detected in over one-quarter (64 of 227) of the fentanyl-detected deaths in the first quarter of 2019.
•Fentanyl or its analogues were detected in approximately 85% of illicit drug deaths for the first quarter of 2019 and 87% of illicit drug deaths in 2018.
•There were no deaths at supervised consumption or drug overdose prevention sites.
Many who made a brief appearance on the protest line – left to attend the info session inside the Frank Venables Theatre foyer to meet with Parks Canada staff. Many parked their cars and went inside the building with out seeing the protest.
To say the protest outside was small would be accurate.
Both citizens in favour or against a NP attended including many who sought more information.
Rocky Lundy and his wife Char spent an hour inside asking questions and as RL states he attracted a crowd of four staffers interested in the debate/dialogue about many subjects and questions that Rocky had. Both of the Lundy’s indicated that they got the strong impression that a park is a done deal – despite statements that NO decision has been made.
Richter Creek Fire
14 properties – on evacuation alert – wind forcing the fire west
Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing near midnight. Wind south 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low 9.
Mainly sunny. High 23. UV index 8 or very high.
Night Increasing cloudiness. A few showers beginning near midnight. Low 12
By ROY WOOD
No decision has been made on whether there will be a national park reserve in the South Okanagan and it will likely take another two years to reach an agreement to create one.
Those are two things that came out a news conference in Penticton this morning, at which Parks Canada officials continued efforts to convince area residents of its commitment to an open and consultative process.
The purpose of the news conference was to discuss a consultants’ report called What We heard, a compilation of what Parks Canada project manager Sarah Boyle describe as: “(B)road and extensive consultations with local residents, stakeholders and Canadians to hear their views on the proposed boundary for the national park reserve … and key aspects for consideration in its management.”
According to Boyle, Parks Canada hopes to finalize a boundary for the proposed park reserve by this summer.
“(But) no decision has been made on the establishment of a national park reserve,” Parks Canada director of protected area establishment Kevin McNamee told reporters as he outlined the next steps in the process that began nearly two decades ago.
Emphasizing the point later, McNamee said he couldn’t answer specific questions about park management details because “we have to earn the public’s trust (that) we don’t have this cooked up. … We will keep seeking public consultation.”
Regarding the next steps in the process, McNamee offered the following:
- There is a series of four public meetings this week, in Osoyoos, Keremeos, Oliver and Penticton to present the What We Heard report.
- The results of the report and other public consultations will be taken to the national park reserve steering committee, which includes representatives from the federal and provincial governments and area First Nations.
- Out of the steering committee is expected to come a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU), including the park boundaries. According to McNamee, the MOU would simply be an agreement to move to detailed negotiations.
- Then the negotiations among the parties would commence, possibly taking several years. McNamee took the time to emphasize that Parks Canada is specifically prohibited from using expropriation of private land in assembling a park land base. It must be a “willing seller, willing buyer” process for acquiring privately owned land, he said
- The final step would include the signing of an agreement among the parties and appropriate federal legislation under the National Parks Act.
McNamee, who said he’s been involved with these sorts of projects for more than 30 years, said his “personal estimate” is that once the MOU is signed this summer, it will likely take about two years to negotiate the final agreement.
As for specific concerns about recreational or agricultural uses of the proposed reserve, the pair would offer neither reassurances nor warnings, pointing out that such details would be part of future consultations and negotiations.
First Nations’ concerns were not addressed in the What We Heard report, said Boyle, because they are “holding self-led community engagement as a separate process with members of their Indigenous communities to determine support within the Okanagan Nation Alliance.”
However, First Nations are integral to the process, being one of the three parties on the steering committee. McNamee said Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie is in agreement with the park reserve project “as long as First nations concerns are met.”
The reason the project is referred to as a national park reserve rather than simply a national park, flows out of increased Indigenous peoples’ rights awareness in the 1970s and 80s. McNamee said park reserve is the term used when the land in question is the subject of unsettled Aboriginal land claims.
Such reserves are “managed the same as a national park,” but with cooperative management with First Nations.
Cattle ranching and grazing is a major issue in the South Okanagan proposal, with a large portion of the land in question being used for cattle. Said Boyle: “The support of ranchers is critical to moving forward. … (We are) just in the preliminary stages of what will be the management plan for grazing.”
About 10 journalists attended this morning’s news conference at the Ramada Inn in Penticton this morning.
Nature said “Let’s party!” And the invitations went out.
“I’ll dress in red, the Tulip said. It’s bound to be most arty.”
“Yellow is for me,” said Ms. Daffodil picturing herself as the life of the party.
Iris decided she would wear purple.
The Sweet Peas blushed and stood up for flight, with their varied colours, they knew they could dance all night.
The Cherry trees were ready – all perfumed and pink,
The bees were buzzing thinking about a drink!
Miss Mouse skittered about in a cloak of shiny brown,
At the party, she hoped a “Mister” would soon be found.
The sun beamed warmly to assist with the Spring ball.
The preparations were complete when The Great Gardener
smiled down on them all.
On May 10th, 2019 the power of social media combined with the actions of an astute Osoyoos business employee and Osoyoos RCMP members resulted in a stolen dog being returned to its rightful owner in Burnaby, BC.
“CALI”, a 15 week old black, brown and white beagle / spaniel cross was reported stolen to the Burnaby RCMP earlier in the day. Her owner reported that two acquaintances had stolen Cali and were headed to Quebec in a light blue car with unknown Quebec licence plates.
Cali’s owner also posted the theft on Facebook including photos of the two suspects. That is where the alert employee of a local store read the story and recalled that two people matching the description had entered the store earlier looking for a dog leash and dog food. The employee was also aware that the pair had subsequently attended another business in search of the same items and were also enquiring about free places to camp in the Osoyoos area. The employee reached out to Cali’s owner via social media who in turn contacted the Osoyoos RCMP.
Enter Osoyoos RCMP frontline Constables RAUSCH and GREENFIELD. Acting on limited information, the two animal enthusiasts set off on a search of the Strawberry Creek Road area, eventually locating two persons in possession of Cali. Cali was subsequently seized by police and after doing some “hard time” at the Osoyoos RCMP Detachment (which included treats, water, a soft bed and lots of belly rubs), Cali was returned to her grateful owner who drove straight to Osoyoos from Burnaby.
“This is a great news story which highlights the power of social media when used for a positive purpose” said Cpl Dave SMITH of the Osoyoos RCMP.
Photos of Cali enjoying the Osoyoos RCMP Detachment.
Jim Wyse doesn’t understand why some people are pushing to have public meetings when several were hosted by the Network (?) eight years ago. (2011)
Wyse doesn’t understand why some people are pushing to have public meetings when several were hosted by the Network (South Okanagan Similkameen National Park Network) eight years ago.
“The opposition guys showed up in their camouflage outfits and were threatening and calling her (Doreen) a liar.”
Doreen Olson said the meetings she organized were open to everyone, adding that Parks Canada also hosted their own (meetings) in 2010.
“This business about they (people) haven’t had time to talk is just not true.” – she said
Below a quote from OIB Chief Clarence Louie:
“And neither I nor the Osoyoos Indian Band has received the necessary information that a proper feasibility study would provide in order to have an educated opinion on being for or against the proposed national park,” he writes.
Chief Louie continues later, “I am in favour of a national park if, and a big if, the feasibility study and negotiating meetings lead to an agreement that covers off the many issues and concerns that Okanagan First Nation people have.”
A letter to the Oliver Chronical from Marion Boyd –
“Why would you do an editorial calling for a referendum in the same paper where you report that our elected Council decided not to pursue such a thing?
Why would you not publish one word that Ian Hunt said in his presentation to Council that persuaded the Council to make their decision? Why would you publish Sarah Boyle’s presentation to Council and intersperse it with one negative interpretation after another and not one positive comment”.
Without Richard McGuire’s investigative reporting we have no credible source of information in the South Okanagan to help us make evidence based decisions. (Richard retired from the Times)
Jack Bennest’s personal blog, Oliver Daily News, has never reported one thing from the 5 years of informative public meetings to discuss Park issues.
The Oliver Chronicle appears clearly anti-Park and today suddenly the Osoyoos Times (owned by the same company as the Chronicle) is following that lead despite the fact the Mayor of Osoyoos is vocal about her support of the Park proposal and is positioning Osoyoos to get the economic benefits of a Park.
Oliver seems to be determined to retain its status as the little prison town north of Osoyoos. We need to do better.”
2018 – 2022 Strategic Priorities, Operational Plan and Department Activities Update –
Council received the first update of the Strategic Plan adopted by Council in February. The plan outlines Council’s priorities for the next four years and the progress completed in the first quarter.
Climate Action Carbon Offsets – Council choose to terminate the practice of purchasing carbon offsets. Moving forward the Town will establish a Climate Action Reserve and the annual CARIP grant funds received from the Province will be credited to the reserve to fund eligible projects.
Delegation of Council Executive and Administrative Powers Bylaw – Council discussed the Delegation of Council Executive and Administrative Powers Bylaw at the Committee of the Whole meeting. The recommendation is to proceed with first three readings at the next Regular meeting. Council asked that the exclusion of budget items and bylaw be included in the “whereas” clause of the Bylaw. The bylaw provides the Committee of the Whole the authority to consider meetings items and vote upon without the need to refer to a Regular meeting.
Okanagan Similkameen Inter-community Licence Amendment Bylaw 2002.02 – This bylaw was adopted and now brings the City of Merritt into the list of communities participating in the Inter-Community Business Licence Agreement.
Adoption of Zoning Amendment Bylaws:
1. 1380.05 – The amendment is to replace the Service Commercial One (CS1) Zone that applies to the property at 5851 Main Street with a Highway Commercial Site Specific (C2s) Zone, with the site specific regulation allowing for the continuation of “service industry establishment, minor” uses at the property. The adoption of this bylaw will allow a wider range of commercial uses on the property.
2. 1380.04 – Cannabis Production Facilities in the M1 Zone
The amendment is to allow “cannabis production” facilities as a permitted use in the General Industrial Zone (M1). The agriculture definition is to be amended to add a new definition related to “cannabis, cannabis production and cannabis products”. The general regulations related to “home occupation” and “home industries” are to be amended in order to clarify that “cannabis production” is not a form of these uses. This does not prohibit individuals the right to grow plants.
3. 1380.06 (OCP Amendment Bylaw 1370.06) – 6380 Okanagan Street
The amendment is to replace the Residential Medium Density Two (RM2) Zone, which requires a minimum density of three (3) dwelling units under one roof with Residential Low Density (RD1) Zone, which allows for “single detached dwelling” and “duplex” as permitted types of dwelling units. The applicant was seeking to build a duplex on the property as with current setbacks and parcel coverage allowed it is not feasible to build more than a duplex on this lot.
Transfer of Lease – Airport Hangar #35 – To accommodate a change in ownership, Council agreed to the transfer of Hangar #35 from Lindley to Dumoret. The lease agreement in place between hangar owners and the Town requires consent of the Landlord for ownership changes.
Conflict between Native Mussel Protection and Invasive Milfoil Control – Council agreed to write a letter of support, requested by OBWB, to Ministers of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, BC Minister of MFLNRORD. The issue is about reducing the conflict between native mussel protection and invasive milfoil control in the Okanagan.
Provincial Housing Projects Underway and Upcoming Funding Opportunities – Council will advise interested community groups in Oliver of upcoming Provincial funding opportunities for affordable housing projects.
Youth Participation at UBCM – Council will extend an invitation to youth residents in the community who may be interested in participating at the 2019 UBCM Convention this September.
Source: Info here supplied by staff of Town. Other issues covered by ODN appear elsewhere.
Oliver Daily News covers both Osoyoos and Oliver Town council matters – the fastest and most comprehensive coverage of media sources in the South Okanagan.
Other teams in the tournament are: Fraser Lake, Pender Harbour, Merritt, Boundary and Hope.
The Oliver team is made up of about 22 girls. Mostly gr 8’s and gr 9’s this year with several gr 11’s.
They played in a league this year with Princess Margaret (Penticton) and Summerland and traveled to Nakusp for a tournament.
Submitted by Michel Russo
Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue seeking support for a grant to erect a new building to store equipment. The group is seeking provincial grant monies. OOSR also seeking more land adjacent to the present location. Town staff are not recommending an expansion of land of 20 more metres in length.
The building would contain three drive through bays and be 48 by 60 feet in size.
Monday – council meeting as a committee agreed with the proposal over ruling a recommendation of staff.
Council will grant a 20 metre lot expansion to the north – contingent on a successful grant application for a new and large vehicle storage building.
ODD squad has requested a grant in aid for its programme in community high schools. Both Osoyoos and Oliver will grant $1500 each. About 35 people showed up to a community forum on the opioid crisis including two students.
According to Todd Kunz, the Odd Squad “are an amazing group that has a (long) history of dealing with prevention and working with youth.” He said he hopes to have them visit here in late May.
According to its website: “Odd Squad Productions Society is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization created in 1997 by seven Vancouver city police officers. Our goal is to empower youth to make positive life choices about drug use and criminal behavior through educational materials (and) documentaries.”
Kunz said the principals of both high schools are excited at the prospect of having the group make its presentation.
Oliver and District Heritage Society seeking approval to erect a new sign at the Museum. The cost of about $5000 but no charge to the Town. The sign would be 8 feet by 2 feet in size and constructed of sand blasted cedar.
Oliver Fire Department seeking permission to acquire a used “command vehicle” to be used by the Fire Chief. The fire chief attends most fires and accidents – about 180 incidents a year on average. Seeking permission to spend $25000 on a used SUV like the one pictured for a command truck and one that can be used to block and direct traffic at the scene of an incident.
DELAYED – Council requesting a report on capital reserves. Some concern expressed that this “need” not discussed at budget discussions two months ago. Decision to be made after a comprehensive report from staff and Fire Chief.
150 people served. The Elks raised over $1600 and the Eastern Star raised over $600.
The cause – Emma Alcott of Willowbrook
24-year-old mother of two young children children, ages 3 and 7, battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Emma Alcott was diagnosed in May 2018 and completed what was believed to be her last chemo session in November after six months of a heavy chemotherapy cycle. But that did not work – so we move to stem cells.
The stem cell transplant will rebuild her bone marrow, which has been wiped out by a high dose of chemotherapy, and the procedure will require up to three months of hospitalization.
She said the late-stage diagnosis may be related to why the treatments haven’t been successful. She now has a 30 to 40 per cent chance of survival
As with all iterations of Parks Canada issues, we as a public – have no idea if the facts presented are verifiable.
Parks Canada says it received so many surveys, but how are we as a community to audit their numbers in a verifiable assembly of actual numbers? It’s an arm of the Government, lobbying for more government, and adjusting the results of information collection (possibly, but unverified) to their own benefit.
It’s sounds like a classic conflict of interest, when the people making decisions have the most to gain from their own decisions. All presented in the guise of environmental protection – but given Parks Canada’s environmental track record, that too will suffer unless they drastically change their tactics as an agency.
I think you can say that for convenience, a lot of tough questions will be asked at tomorrow in Oliver. And if the locals want to hear the answers, and not have to repeat the questions over and over in small quiet little groups, this is the time to come an listen.
We are simply looking for the answers to questions that Parks Canada has never answered in a public arena.
SOS Preservation Society
There is a spectrum of opinions regarding the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. Establishing the proposed national park reserve will require ongoing efforts to reconcile differing views on the initiative.
• The public consultation process is not intended to build consensus, but to identify challenges and opportunities associated with the proposal that require ongoing efforts to address.
• Public consultation survey: concern between conserving and protecting the ecosystem versus continuing specific local interests, especially activities (e.g. off-road vehicles, hunting/trapping/gathering) that would be prohibited from the area if the national park reserve is established.
• Stakeholder meetings: concerns about the national park reserve were expressed in a more vocal manner.
1. Develop ways to engage the local community to provide advice on park issues as they pertain to local community matters and future next steps.
2. Develop and distribute regular communications materials to the public, especially those who live in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) and the Central Okanagan Regional District (CORD).
o From the stakeholder meetings, some feel the proposed national park reserve is being forced upon them, while others see the value in establishing the national park reserve, in terms of long-term sustainability of this important ecosystem, and maintaining a stable economy going forward.
3. Hold meetings with municipal and regional district planners on the interlinkages between the proposed national park reserve and municipal and regional management issues.
o Local residents want to know how adaptable the process is and if public opinion will influence the final decision. Establishing a national park reserve will require ongoing efforts to reconcile differing views on the initiative. If polls are conducted, ensure they are statistically valid for the area (RDOS and CORD).
4. Provide further communications and information to educate the community, municipalities and regional districts on First Nations rights and title.
o Examples may include information about allowable activities, clarifying First Nations uses and practices in a national park reserve and supporting the ecological benefits of ranching and grazing are among the items identified as needing clarification.
5. Consider clarifying which activities are permitted or not permitted within the national park reserve.
6. Provide further clarity on maps to delineate private land outside of national park reserve jurisdiction, municipal boundary lines and make Agricultural Land Reserve areas more visible. (see map on last page).
7. Provide additional information on process and timelines.
Consultation – third party hired by Parks Canada
NRG Research Group is a Canadian-owned, private company incorporated in June 2005.
Our team is lead by our CEO and Chairman Dr. Brian Owen, and our President, Andrew Enns. We have offices in Vancouver, Calgary, and Winnipeg, serving local and international clients. NRG’s approach ensures that you always work with senior level expertise and guidance. Project leads are supported by our professional research, data, and field staff at every step.
“we cannot assign a margin of error to the results and any projections and interpretations to the overall population must be considered directional only and used with caution. For comparison purposes, a probability sample of a survey size of 2,848 cases would carry a margin of error of approximately +/- 1.8 percent, 19 times out of 20 for the total sample.”
o Princeton ATV Club, Summerland ATV Club, Valley Trail Riders ATV Club, Similkameen Valley Riders
o BC Agriculture Council (Horticultural)
o BC Ministry Forest, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development – Penticton
o BC Ministry Forest, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development – Vernon
o BC Tree Fruit Growers Association
o Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations
(Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society,
BC Conservation Data Centre,
The Nature Trust (BC),
Nature Conservancy of Canada),
South Okanagan – Similkameen Conservation Program
o First Things First Okanagan,
South Okanagan Naturalist Club,
The Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society
Oliver Osoyoos Naturalists Club
o Grasslands Coalition
o Grasslands Conservation Council
o Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada
o HNZ Topflight
o Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department
o Kilpoola Estates Residents
o Local Ranchers
o Lower Similkameen Indian Band – Ranchers
o Mount Kobau Astronomical Society
o National Research Council – Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO)
o Oliver and District Heritage Society
o Oliver Riding Club
o Orchard Hill Cidery
o Osoyoos Oliver Wine Association
o Osoyoos Tourism Association
o Osoyoos Wildlife Federation
o Penticton and Summerland Fire Departments
o Penticton Historical Society
o Regional District of Okanagan and Similkameen
o Rotary Club – Osoyoos
o South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce
o South Okanagan Similkameen Preservation Society,
BC Wildlife Federation
o South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Network
o Southern Interior Stockmen’s Association
o Sun Hills Riding Center
o Sunrise – Rotary Club of Penticton
o Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
o Town of Oliver
o Town of Osoyoos
o University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO)
o Village of Keremeos
o Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department
Parks Canada will release the information gathered from the public in the past few months. That should be today sometime…….
Dated May 9th and released overnight
May 14 Tuesday – a press conference in Penticton – will see what banner headlines come from that.
May 14 Tuesday – 12noon to 8p.m. – show and tell at the Frank Venables Theatre. Parks Canada says their staff will be available to answer questions.
These PR meetings will be repeated in Osoyoos, Keremeos on Wednesday and Penticton on 16th.
“Parks Canada undertook broad and extensive consultations with local residents, stakeholders, and all Canadians to hear their views on the proposed boundary for the proposed national park reserve and key aspects for consideration in the management of the lands.
The consultation period ended March 15 and developed into a report by a third party consultant – NPR Research.
The valuable input of all will be taken into consideration in the assessment of the establishment of the proposed national park reserve,” – “Input from the public consultations will be published in the “What We Heard” report on the Let’s Talk South Okanagan-Similkameen web site on May 13.”
“What we Heard” report – insert here.
“The goal is to have an agreement on a final boundary for the proposed national park reserve by this summer,” – “Afterwards, steps would be undertaken towards the formal establishment of a national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.
“A reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen would protect one of the most endangered natural regions in Canada and enable this inspiring landscape to be shared with Canadians and visitors from around the world for generations to come.”
Fait de complete
Injectable opioid agonist treatment, or OAT, is now available through a clinic in Kelowna’s Community Health Services Centre on Doyle Avenue.
Oral OAT is an evidence-based treatment that uses medications like methadone and suboxone to manage withdrawal symptoms.
It helps with cravings and prevents overdoses. It also provides a regular connection with a health-care team, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and social program officers, which can help with overall stabilization.
While oral OAT is an effective treatment for many people with opioid use disorder, it does not work for everyone, according to IH.
Injectable OAT offers an alternative that has been recognized as a successful second line of treatment. It has been available in Vancouver since 2012 and from Fraser Health since 2018.
“Everyone deserves to be supported in finding their own unique pathway to hope and a pathway to healing says Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy.
“Adding this life-saving treatment option in Kelowna, means more people will be able to find the help they need when they need it.”
One client who has attended the clinic every day since it opened says that after one month, he has discovered “hope for the future.”
“I am able to walk down the street with less anxiety, and what is bigger is that I look back at my life and have empathy for the people that have struggled and experienced pain.
Unique antique 4 piece Mahogany Parlour set, consisting of a Setee, large Armchair and two Standard chairs with original casters on front legs.
We purchased the set in 1974, had it professionally refinished and re-upholstered as close as possible to the original colour and material.
It has not been used very much since. Mostly a show piece. Due to our necessity to downsize we have reluctantly decided to part with it. It has been valued in excess of $3000 but we are open to offers.
Can be viewed by appointment.
Please call 250-498-2769 or
Contact me at – email@example.com