Thanks to Edwin Dukes – photographer extraordinaire
Next Municipal/Regional District Election in BC – October 20, 2018
Next Federal Election in Canada – October 21, 2019
Next Provincial Election in BC – October 16, 2021
In both the Federal and Provincial jurisdictions – the government could fall or the government asks that an early vote be held.
By-elections called in all jurisdiction if an elected person has died or resigned.
Tuesday August 28, 6:30 pm
Oliver Community Hall
Are you tired of hearing about all the crime?
Has your impatience with replacing stolen items left you feeling you helpless?
Have you ever wondered why the revolving door of justice swings so quickly; particularly on the out stroke?
Would you be in favor of assisting our local RCMP Detachments in creating a safe theft free environment and design a way to encourage those committing crimes to leave our area
Join us for a presentation, discussion session and petition signing in the:
Oliver Community Center at the Community Park.
All of the national, regional, local political entities, crime enforcement, first nations, crown counsel’s have been invited to attend and present.
Here are some bold statements: The National Park Reserve is a reality. It’s coming. There is nothing you can do to stop it. BUT, you can help to shape it.
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has been in BC for several days to visit, see fires and meet with supporters and others about the new/old Reserve.
She doesn’t stay long and says things like – “there are beautiful forests here”, “it’s clear there are some misconceptions” “yes even some actual concerns, that are important and need a response”
Meeting with stakeholders at a Penticton Office. Penticton is not in the NP Reserve area. Hard to identify all in attendance. Karla Kozakevich, Chair of Regional District Okanagan-Similikameen (yellow top). To her left Joan McKay, BC Wildlife Federation of Oliver.
McKenna met with Clarence Louie in Osoyoos Friday: McKenna says a dialogue on the NP Reserve serves to renew a nation to nation relationship with indigenous peoples. McKenna says further consultations will occur this fall including public meetings in the communities affected by a reserve. She seeks agreement with all partners which includes three native band areas, the province of BC, conservation and environmental groups. She says she met with ranchers, helicopter companies and others that have serious concern. No one here blames the native bands for wanting more control over land never ceded to the crown. May your negotiations go well in getting a piece of the pie to manage and to the protection of icons in “oral history”.
Tourism seems to be a high priority with this guest in the room – Glenn Mandziuk of Thompson Okanagan Tourist Association.
What seems to be the plan. Keep stating the Park is here and dissent is really being ignored. Parks Canada staff have been charged with meeting with those with serious concerns – but there is NO – NO option.
1. define the boundaries
2. sign agreements
3. begin implementation
So arguments should be directed to “define the boundaries” – Here is one suggestion:
a. White Lake basin – Lots of land owned by federal government and other park land reserve organizations. Find a way to stretch that boundary over the hill to cover McIntrye Bluff, Vaseux Lake and all the land in that area already designated as not for private use.
b. Border to Highway 3 – all non-privately owned land Osoyoos to Nighthawk junction. Include Mt. Kobau and all access to it.
c. Include all non tenured crown land – that truly represents “endangered grasslands”
d. leave the Fairview to Willowbrook corridor to the provincial government to control and amplify conservation efforts
e. protect all historical icons of the indigenous peoples identified by the 3 bands on the west side of valley
Couple more suggestions:
Stop having meetings in Penticton, stop consulting with supporters living in Penticton. Understand the Reserve is NOT in Penticton. If the people of the South Okanagan – south of Skaha Lake are important – meet with them, hold meetings in Osoyoos and Oliver. Keep treating dissenters as dumb, not very articulate “quad driving, beer drinking thugs”. That will stir the pot more. Define boundaries, have a vote. The people deserve such a vote for such a far reaching decision that will reshape our valley in ways we can not quite comprehend. Statements like ” we must leave this earth in better shape ” is just pap – fund education, fund hospital care, put actual $$$ into the mix and protect the soil, the water, the sky – and stop telling us what we need – ” a message from far far away. ”
Remember that there are those that say Yes or No. The vast majority of people are silent. Non-committed. The only way they can speak is at the ballot box.
Of all the millions of animals that exist on our planet, the Scriptures compare people most often to sheep. Psalm 23, likely the most well-known biblical ‘poem’, starts by saying “The Lord is my shepherd…” Isaiah 53 includes a reference to this comparison when it states ‘All we like sheep have gone astray…”
Why would that be the choice? Sheep are generally recognized as being likely the most helpless, dependent, defenseless, straying, and confused animal on the planet. We prefer to think of ourselves as independent, capable, smart, strong and wise. In some ways we are but when it comes to moral anchors, spiritual battles and direction in life we too often fit the previous description.
On a positive note, sheep can be very trusting and very loyal. They sense when they have a shepherd who cares about them and will even sacrifice his own safety to protect them. He may even know them by name. He loves the sheep in spite of their straying ways. That’s why Jesus is called the great shepherd of the sheep. He knows everything about us but loves us anyway.
It’s a privilege to be one of His sheep,
I can address you and also address an envelope. But then again I might address an issue or a question or a situation as well. To address is to, uhm, well it could be a number of things. At this moment I am addressing the various meanings and uses of the word address. So in this instance I am meeting the task head on, meaning I am addressing it. Sheesh
A Commencement Address is a speech, usually from a prominent elder, to the whole class at a College. It is about encouragement and high possibilities, about belief in the potential of the students as contributors to society. Gee, it might be nice if someone would offer me a Commencement Address once in a while. Feels like it could address my self doubts. I like this kind of address
My home is located at a physical address defined by a street name and a number designating where on that street we are located. In the computer world a program is located at a virtual address, a place in the memory banks where the coded instructions are located. An address can be two dimensional as for my house, or three dimensional as in the location of electrons and such in a molecule, vertical, horizontal and depth
“You shall address me as Your Majesty”. Ah, so address in this case refers to a name/title, a way to speak to someone (and I suppose about some thing). Cool. I guess that is different from when I address an envelope. Or different from when I address you and I don’t mean putting my house address on your forehead. Addressing is a kind of sorting like when I am addressing the location of items in a board game that I just invented
One of the toughest to address is me. If, on occasion, I’m in a heated argument is it not me that I need to address first? If I will not address my anger or my stance on the matter, which has you reacting, where will this go? Addressing in this case is simply facing the truth. As a species we are not easily self addressed (envelops are much easier). It takes willingness. How willing are you to address yourself?
By ROY WOOD
As Osoyoos council inches toward policy decisions on marijuana retailing, it is clear that every applicant will have to appear before council to seek approval to open a store.
On Monday, council will consider a report and draft policy from planning director Gina MacKay that would codify council’s preference for so-called “site-specific” zoning for cannabis sales.
General zoning rules simply allow certain types of businesses to operate in one or more of the town’s three commercial zones under various pre-set conditions. Site-specific zoning requires a particular type of business, in this case marijuana retailing, to appear before council to answer questions and to submit to a public hearing as part of the application process.
At meetings in July, council passed resolutions in support of private retail sale of recreational cannabis in the town and directing staff to prepare policy options for implementing site-specific zoning.
At Monday’s committee of the whole meeting, council will consider he draft policy that provides “general guidelines to assist in consideration of applications to re-zone a property in order to accommodate a cannabis retail sales outlet.”
Considerations that council would make under the policy include:
- Proximity to Osoyoos Elementary School. Much of the area covered by the C1 (downtown) commercial zone lies within 200 metres of the school. Consideration would be given to whether children would pass the proposed location on the way to and from school.
- Proximity to day care centres and the like. Consideration of the distance between sites visited by children and the proposed location.
- Proximity to residential uses. Will the proposed location disturb residential use, including the introduction of increased traffic and noise?
- Main Street locations. What will be the possible impact of a proposed location on adjacent businesses? Consideration of the Official Community Plan policies, which identify Main Street as a major attraction for tourists and residents.
- Access, egress and parking. Consideration if increased traffic flow to and from the site can be accommodated. Are there opportunities for on-site parking, including for staff.
- Visibility from tourist routes. Consideration of whether the site is highly visible to tourist traffic.
- Sampling the product. Consideration whether the proposed site “provides an area to sample the products without contravening the good neighbour bylaw.”
Although council has indicated that it won’t be rushed into hasty decisions around the issue, the federal government has announced that the possession and sale of recreational pot will become legal on October 17.
Saturday, August 18th
Oliver’s Roots and Fruits Expo! The Oliver Parade starts at 10:30 am and runs up Main and down Station Street. Immediately following the parade, come on down to the Oliver Community Park for a full day of free, fantastic entertainment at the Oliver Roots and Fruits Expo.
The Expo is a celebration of our little town’s agriculture and its history. Expect non-stop entertainment and music on two stages from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm with highlights including the Okanagan Mexican Folklore Dancers (12:30 pm), Oliver’s Got Talent Show (1:00 pm), Just Us Too (2:00 pm), Kristi Neumann (4:30 pm), Judy and the Diamonds (5:45 pm) and headliners Knacker’s Yard (7:00 pm) and Toonmade (8:45 pm).
Activities and exhibits include mechanical bull riding, pie eating contests, pony rides, inflatable waterslide, bouncy castle, giant sand box, kids’ art stations, beer garden and so much more. You won’t want to miss the first ever Roots and Fruits Exhibition of locally made / grown produce, flowers, baking, art, wine, etc., along with the Roots and Fruits Art Show in the Community Hall.
Come on, Oliver, show off what you can make and grow!
Starts at 10:30 am
Best view all along Main Street – Similkameen Ave to Veterans Way
Barricades go up early – traffic to be diverted onto Okanagan Street
The annual Sunshine Festival Rotary Parade, bring dad, the kids, bring a lawn chair and come early to get a good view.
After that come down to the Community Park for many events for all of the family.
Experts might say the atmosphere is saturated with smoke from all over and is causing its own weather patterns. Here is the local fire map showing large fires to the west of us in the Similkameen. The south Okanagan looks pretty good at the moment. One commentary was that smoke lowers the heat and stops lightening. If you are having trouble breathing reduce exposure to the outside air and do not exert yourself.
Two weeks till school starts.
Location – east side of Black Sage Rd – down the hill from Nk’Mip Rd about a third of a mile.
Car exploded several times during my time on scene tires blowing and spreading debris
Plan of attack – put out the grass fire first – let the car burn itself out.
With 15 minutes of all units arriving the scene was under control
We apologize it is happening again??
South Okanagan General Hospital Emergency Department temporary service change
Residents are advised that due to limited physician availability at South Okanagan General Hospital (SOGH), the emergency department (ED) will be closed from 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19 to 6:00 a.m. on Monday, August 20
Interior Health regrets this interruption to our normal emergency department services. Residents should take note of the following if they require care when the emergency department is closed:
•In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1 and hope for the best.
· Visit the emergency department at Regional Hospital (550 Carmi Avenue Penticton)