Beauty is… personal. What I say has beauty, you may not agree. Beauty is usually associated with balance, harmony, flow, naturalness. When I say a person is beautiful, that may mean they are attractive and pleasant to look at, or, it may mean they are kind, genuine, whole and friendly. Where is beauty? Some say it is in the eye of the beholder, meaning that it is in the interpretation of what is experienced.
I once saw a poster that used a made up word like this, be-you-tiful. Isn’t that just the most brilliant? I love it. It says, to me, that when you be yourself, fully yourself, you are the most beautiful you can be. It says that every person has a most beautiful self (Self) that is hidden when I don’t believe in my Self, that magnificent being inside of all of us. Be-you-tiful. Willing to give it a try?
How is it that most people can agree on what is beautiful. Mountains, the colour of the leaves in Autumn, a child, a grandparent, a candle, snow on Christmas eve. One theory has it that beauty is an expression of the Creator and since we too are such expressions, we somehow recognize ourSelves. One book states that the existence of beauty and how universal it seems to be is proof that there is a Creator. Wow.
One of the first books I recall reading was entitled, Black Beauty, about an amazing stallion and a boy. That the stallion was beautiful was evident in many ways. His colour was pure black, not a hint of any other. He was powerful and still a bit wild, a free spirit, plus the stallion was kind and protective of the boy. Quite a list of attributes that say beauty. Using this list of the attributes of a beauty, how many beauties do you know?
When something is called a beauty it is deemed to be good example of that thing, worthy of a wow. This applies to a punch, a horse, a flower and an idea. When I say you are such a beauty the reasons might include that you are easy to be around, I gain and it is always pleasant when being with you. I feel included. When we are our be-you-tiful selves most people would refer to us as a beauty. So, be-you-ty.
More and more, computers and websites are becoming the norm in communications.
The Town of Oliver is proposing to:
Go paperless for agenda material for all council meetings
To upgrade its own website – www.oliver.ca
To webcast its public meetings to the community.
Councillors will discuss these subjects on Monday next.
Going paperless means staff and council would operate with I-pads at cost of $6325
Upgrades to the website could cost $1800 and a complete overhaul $48 thousand
Webcasting could cost $3400 depending on the need for an additional camera.
Town staff are recommending the application for a grant to use the sun to power all electrical needs at sewer treatment plant.
The project cost would be $600 thousand with a grant expected at half that amount. The pay back time period would be 15 years.
A smaller application has been sent in – in each of the two years but not granted so the project has never got off the ground.
The proposed project would not go ahead without the 50% cost grant.
The staff from Interior Savings Credit Union in Oliver got off early from work Thursday.
Then they spent the rest of the afternoon working – at Sunnybank Retirement Centre.
This mass volunteering effort marks the third annual Interior Savings’ Day of Difference.
The Oliver and Osoyoos branches opened at 9:30 this morning with treats and gifts for members.
Then, at 2 p.m., Interior Savings closed its doors.
The staff in Oliver went to Sunnybank, the staff in Osoyoos went over to the Osoyoos Food Bank to help repackage bulk food.
The communities thank you for all your help.
Pictured Angelique Wood, Coordinator
Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living
Wood made an extensive presentation on all the possibilities if local government gets on board with a new way of thinking about food production and preservation.
Wood talked about a three year $45 thousand study of food security in the Oliver area.
Mayor Ron Hovanes stated that it is strange that we have to revert to the past to find the solutions today and that we have become so dependent on stores to present the food and not our own gardens and backyards.
Wood says Surrey has about 7000 acres of under utilized farmland and that 6.5 billion dollars of food is consumed each year in BC.
How to tap into that that great market with our own labour and businesses taking advantage of the profit that now goes to multi-nationals.
“What we need to do is re-regionalize farming and food production…. so that – much of what we eat is grown here and not imported. That more product grown in the summer/fall and is preserved and consumed in the winter/spring.
“It is time to become more self reliant and more education is needed to do that” says Wood.
Fairview Heritage Townsite Society
Notice of Motion filed by Director Terry Schafer, (Regional District Area C)
“Staff be instructed to bring forth a sub-lease for a 5 year term (renewable) for the Society…. effective on the anniversary date of the renewal of the present master lease.”
Both Director Schafer and Municipal Director Ron Hovanes attended a meeting of the Society on Tuesday and directors asked for a 3 year sub-lease. Director Schafer believes it should be longer to allow planning for improvements. Schafer says there may have been some confusion between the society and the district but it is time to remedy the situation.
Directors will likely get a staff report before debating the motion.
(see earlier report on Fairview Townsite)
OBITUARY FOR ROBERT RENE BOURGEAULT
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Rene Bourgeault.
Born 06/07/35 – Passed away in the presence of his family 10/17/16. Survived by his wife of 59 years Arvie Bourgeault, his children Jeanne Jennings (Brad), Margaret Shisko (Andrew), Steven Bourgeault (Susie), Michelle Taylor (Marty). Proud “Papa” to 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents Hector and Margaret Bourgeault and sister Lillian.
Survived by brothers Ken and Gene Bourgeau.
Bob, recently of Maple Ridge, was a long-term resident of Oliver, B.C. He contributed to his community in multiple ways as teacher, coach, town councillor, ski patrol member and active participant in the Catholic Church. Recipient of the Oliver Citizenship award in 1998, along with his wife Arvie, the couple were recognized for their extensive contributions to the community. Bob was also an avid curler, golfer and world traveller. Of all his accomplishments Bob was most proud of the house he built, the home he created with Arvie and his role as a loving and supportive father.
Vigil 5:30 pm Friday, October 21, 2016 and Service at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Both at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 22561-121st Avenue, Maple Ridge, B.C.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Bob’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Donate online at www.alzheimer.ca/bc/ or call 1-800-667-3742.
Condolences can be sent to Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel, 11969-216th Street, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5H9 or online at www.mapleridgefuneral.ca.
Former professional bull rider Chad Eneas elected with voters picked him to be the new chief of the Penticton Indian Band.
Eneas collected 54 per cent of the popular vote to unseat the incumbent, Jonathan Kruger, who had held the post since 2008.
Kruger is quoted in other media as saying the progress may have been to quick for some.
He is thought to be a very progressive leader mentored by Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.
On October 18th, 2016, at 1030 pm, Penticton Target Enforcement Unit members conducted a traffic stop on a black Ford Mustang on Green Mountain Road just west of Penticton. The female driver was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and a search of her clothing located several grams of suspected crack cocaine.
A further search of the vehicle located items indicative of drug trafficking. “Police located score sheets, a number of cell phones, a digital scale and a substantial amount of money” advised Cst. Kyle RICHMOND of the TEU, “These items, when found together, help build the picture of a drug dealer”. Police also located over 50 grams of methamphetamine, several grams of heroin, and over 5 ounces of suspected cocaine.
The vehicle was seized as offence related property and towed. The 49 year old Penticton resident was held for a hearing before a Judiciary Justice of the Peace at which time she was released on a Recognizance of Bail with several conditions and a court date on November 2nd, 2016.
Two prominent Oliver men have died this week.
Robert (Bob) Bourgeault died Monday October 17th in Maple Ridge. Over the last few days he has been surrounded by those closest to him. The funeral service will be held Saturday, October 22 at 11:00 am at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Maple Ridge.
William (Bill) Freding died Tuesday October 18th at home in Oliver. Funeral services yet to be arranged.
We hope to be able to publish more information later on ODN
That was decision of the Board of Directors during its regular monthly meeting, held Monday night at the Oliver Community Centre.
With the musical sounds of Zumba class in the background, board members got down to the business of approving its draft budget for 2017.
”Our goal is to keep facilities and parks up to par,” stressed Board Chair Shiela Lange. “And continually improve them.”
At the top of the list of capital projects is Lions Park.
“As a board we need to come to a decision on what to do with Lions Park next year,” said Natalie Alexander, Interim Manager of Oliver Parks and Recreation.
And so, the discussion began.
Board members were shown diagrams of which areas could be developed sooner than later.
Upgrades at Lions Park would include an enhanced family area, an off-leash park, a renovated skate park and more areas for picnics and relaxing.
“With beautiful views of the river, along with ample access to connect with nature, Lion’s Park is one of Oliver’s most underutilized parks. The Oliver Parks and Recreation Society would like to maximize the recreational and leisure value of the prime centrally-located area for multi-generational use and enjoyment,” continued Alexander. “We believe that Lion’s Park can be a hub for outdoor recreation and leisure opportunities, transportation, and for citizens to connect with one another.”
The current Strategic Plan (2015-2019) has recommended actions aimed at ensuring that natural and built facilities are increasingly accessible and that local residents are offered the opportunity for year-round access to nature.
The recently released Park Improvement Plan for Lions’ Park is based on information collected from the Oliver community and includes a large Off-Leash Dog Area (OLA), a nature play area, a new washroom, revitalization of the skate park area, and several other initiatives.
“In the past, this park has been faced with such challenges as over-crowding, lack of parking, vandalism and a decline in tourist visitors. We strongly believe that the changes in Lion’s Park will help us continue to improve in key-areas while also building on the strengths that are already there,” summarized Alexander. “We encourage the residents of Oliver to become more involved in the park-planning process, and hope to see this space preserved for generations to come.”
For more information, or access to Parks and Rec’s PIP and Strategic Plan, check out: www.oliverrecreation.ca.
We will break down the budget numbers with Chair Shiela Lange in an upcoming story.
It has been snowing.
Snow fell on Tuesday evening.
Joey O’Brien, Managing Director of Baldy Mountain Resort, passed this photo over to ODN showing a solid covering of snow on the ground at Baldy.
He says it snowed again Wednesday evening as well.
The Resort is hosting an open house this weekend.
By ROY WOOD
The school board is taking its plea for consistent and predictable funding directly to the minister of education, citing the premier’s claim that BC’s economy is leading the nation.
Trustees of the Okanagan-Similkameen school district will send a letter thanking Education Minister Mike Bernier for the money announced this summer to keep Osoyoos Secondary School open.
However, the letter added: “Although this has been very positive, we are hopeful that this is not just one-time funding, but that these additional dollars will now become part of the consistent, stable and predictable long-term funding that we will be able to rely on.”
Parents, students and others in the community depend on the school board to provide well-planned, quality education programs, the letter continues. “For us to be able to provide this we need predicable, stable and sustainable funding especially in an environment of ever increasing costs.”
The letter points to a claim by Premier Christy Clark that the BC economy is tops in the country and that increases in tax revenues will be “sustainable over time.”
The letter continues: “Investing in classrooms and educational leaders, we believe, will ensure the continued success of our students.”
Elsewhere at Wednesday’s meeting, trustees offered similar ideas to be brought forward at an upcoming BC School Trustees Association issues session.
“The challenge (for school boards) is to plan long-term when (funding) is all so unpredictable,” said board chair Marieze Tarr.
She also pointed out that BC has the second lowest per-student funding level among the provinces.
It’s been 14 years since the district received money to upgrade school buildings, she said, and the condition of most of them has been classified as poor or very poor.
Trustee Rob Zandee suggested that provincial funding should include an “escalator” to allow for inevitable increases in utilities and other costs.
Tarr added that while the district welcomes new programs introduced by the province, such as the recently announced compute coding course, the ministry needs to provide funding for the extra training ad other associated costs.
Reporter Roy Wood
Culinary arts coming to SOSS
A new culinary arts program will get under way in February at Southern Okanagan Secondary in partnership with Camosun College.
Students will take technical training on-line from Camosun and attend a once-a-week lab in the foods room at SOSS, led by a chef from Terrafina restaurant.
Superintendent Bev Young told the board Wednesday that so far just four students are registered for the six available seats. She said the program might end up being offered just every two years, depending on demand.
Anti-bullying policy expanding
The ministry of education will create a sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) education advisor role to help BC school districts with establishing or enhancing anti-bullying policies as they relate to LGBTQ students.
The new role follows an announcement last month from the ministry of education that all boards must include explicit reference to “sexual orientation and gender identity or expression” in the anti-bullying policies.
Superintendent Bev Young and one teacher will attend a “SOGI policy summit” in Richmond later this month. An updated policy incorporating the mandated language will be discussed at the November policy committee meeting.
Enrollment up in Oliver and Osoyoos
Year-over-year enrollment numbers are up in the district, leading to the addition of a class at each of Oliver Elementary and Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary.
From Oct. 2, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016 total full-time equivalent students in the District are up by almost 87 students.
The increase has occurred in the three schools in Oliver and two in Osoyoos, all of which saw their numbers rise. FTE counts fell in all of the schools in Keremeos, Cawston and Okanagan Falls.
The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Business Networking event Wednesday evening.
The host for the October event was South Okanagan Immigrant and Communty Services (SOICS), located on Main Street in downtown Oliver.
An enthusiastic group of more than 30 turned out to enjoy great food, the chance to network with other businesses, and to hear from a few business leaders, such as Joey O’Brien from Baldy Mountain Resort, who is excited about the fact there is indeed snow on Baldy.
President Corrie Adolph acknowledged the fact it’s Small Business Month, and the importance of getting involved in Chamber activities.
Tahira Saeed, Program Manager at SOICS, provided some inspiring details on how the SOICS team can help people.
“In the last year, we served more than 1,500 clients, from over 60 countries, and we provide a variety of services. Our services are free for all immigrants and refugees, and that includes temporary foreign workers. We have language classes. We provide paperwork for their immigration-related processes. We also have one-on-one tutoring. We have child-minding. We have workshops. We are a staff of 19 people. We speak 12 languages, and we have two offices – in Oliver and in Penticton. And we do remote services in Osoyoos.”
You can find out more information at: www.soics.ca.
Several reports to ODN of unsafe driver action around School Bus off loading.
We asked the School District about it:
We are not aware of any statistics/ increases of this concern; however, there is a province wide concern and it has happened in our district. We are seeking funding for exterior mounted cameras on buses to capture offenders not heeding the stop arm. These cameras will enable us to provide clear information to the RCMP and get the word out that they exist. We are hoping this can be accomplished this school year. Meanwhile, if there is anything that the media or RCMP can do to encourage drivers to watch for flashing lights and stop arms and obey the law, we would be appreciative of this as
Superintendent of Schools
We asked the RCMP about it:
We did receive a call last week from someone about this but the caller had no specific information to provide. They were told that we would absolutely investigate reports of unsafe driving around school buses and to call back anytime they witness this. For us to successfully investigate these types of incidents a licence plate of the vehicle involved and location of where this is happening helps.
We have not received any reports from bus drivers nor has the SD asked or requested any observation or enforcement.
Cpl. Christiana Tarasoff
Oliver Detachment, RCMP
With a by-election set to take place in a couple of weeks – voters in the Town of Osoyoos and Regional District Area A Trustee Electoral Area will go to the polls to select one school trustee replacing June Harrington.
Three candidates have put their name forward.
Advance voting day: October 26, 2016 – Osoyoos Elementary School library
Election day: November 5, 2016 – Osoyoos Elementary School library
Penny Duperron has jumped out of the gate early, and now has a couple of signs visible along Main Street in Osoyoos.
Casey Brouwer and John Redenbach are also in the race.