The juniors played four games and learned lots, but didn’t come away with a win.
The SOSS senior team played four games, winning three and losing one.
Teija Anderson was one of the top scorers in the tournament. Hannah Byron and Tatum Brogan had a lot of points in assists.
Thanks to coaches, Mrs. Lang and Mrs. Noftle
Sir Frederic Hoyle
Sir Frederic Hoyle, British Astronomer & mathematician, when challenged by fellow scientists who were claiming that living particles could come together and create life, made the following response.
“Anyone with even a nodding acquaintance with the Rubik cube will concede the near impossibility of a solution being obtained by a blind person moving the cube faces at random. Now imagine 10 to the power of 50 (that is 10 followed by fifty zeroes) blind persons standing shoulder to shoulder, (these would more than fill our entire planetary system) each with a scrambled Rubik cube and try to conceive of the chance of them all simultaneously arriving at the solved form.
You then have the chance of arriving by random shuffling (random variation) of just one of the many bio-polymers on which life depends. The notion that not only the bio-polymers but the operating program of a living cell could be arrived at by chance in a primordial soup here on Earth is evidently nonsense of a high order. Life must plainly be a cosmic phenomenon”. (Hoyle 1981) from The Big Bang in Astronomy, New Scientist magazine. Hoyle’s article has never been challenged to this day.
Hoyle was an agnostic, which basically means doubting, or not made my mind up. He tried to make up an argument that life came from outer space but gave up on the idea realizing that the same problem arises in a primordial pond on another planet, and would still be a 10 to the 50th power of chance.
This, along with many more of Hoyle’s quotes was taken from the book, In The Minds of Men by Ian Taylor.
Creation gives us the sunny side,
Do you have trouble getting out of your chair? How about bending over to pick something up? Here are some helpful hints.
Sit to Stand:
– Sit at the front of the chair
– Sit tall (back straight, chest out)
– Feet are hip to shoulder width apart
– Feet flat on the floor with toes directly below the knees
– Hip Hinge (folding at the hips, back stays solid)
– Shoulders over knees
– Hands placed on upper thigh or out in front of you for balance
– Look straight ahead
– Squeeze your butt & exhale on the way up
– Lift off
If this is too difficult, practice forward reaching (solid back) with hip hinge to lift off (hips come off the chair). You can start with a chair that has arms & practice until you don’t need the arms any longer. If your knees hurt while practicing, make the seat a little higher by adding a cushion or a couple of pillows. Always make sure you feel safe!
To start with the Hip Hinge, you can try the Wall Tap Hip Hinge:
– Standing with your back to the wall just a bit away from the wall
– Brace your trunk, keeping the back solid (movement is through the hips, not the back)
– Reach & tap your butt to the wall
– You can place your hands at your hips & fold at your hips
– Start close to the wall & gradually move further away
Broom Handle Hip Hinge:
– Using a broom handle or other similar object, hold behind you from your head & down your back
– The handle should stay in contact with you from the back of your head, between your shoulders & right down to your butt crack.
– Hinge (fold) at the hip
– If at any time during the hip hinge, the broom handle comes out of contact with any of those 3 points, you need to correct your form.
When you use the hip hinge to pick something up, be sure that you are not reaching out in front of you. Have the object close to your toes or between your feet.
To refresh your memory on how to engage/brace your core/trunk, search ODN for the article posted on September 10, 2016. Let me know if you could use a little help with keeping your back solid, going from the sit to stand position or hip hinging. I am happy to help :)
Disclaimer: It is my pleasure to answer your questions regarding exercises. I am not however able to help you if you’ve recently had an injury or surgery & have not yet received your doctors approval to exercise. You must have the green light to start an exercise program before I can recommend appropriate exercises for you. I am all about safety first!
Move more to feel better. Where there’s a will, there’s a way & I can find a way that works well for you.
This is done annually to ensure everyone is in compliance with our Health & Safety regulations and to practice the rescue of a worker or member of the public who may need help from a confined space.
Thanks to the Oliver Fire Department.
Dan MacKenzie and Grant Stevely shown in the manhole.
Public Works Crew: Shawn, Adrian, Ryan, and Steve.
OK, it’s time to break the news — not looking for sympathy, but just to let my friends know.
On Monday, I will be going in for open heart surgery. Apparently, I suffered a heart attack last week. (Didn’t feel like much, but the sensation was enough that I stopped in the hospital for a quick check.) Flat on my back in a hospital bed since then.
The surgery is routine, they tell me, but I will be slowed a little for about six to eight weeks. I work from home so can continue to …provide for my community newspaper, but won’t be driving, lifting or chasing cars.
Yes, I’m a little scared — not so much for myself as I am for my wife, Tracey, and our children and grandchildren. I can’t imagine the horrible agony for which I would be responsible if something were to go wrong.
I also feel for my parents and brothers — and I guess for many of you, my friends.
So, my commitment is to go to the surgery and count forwards as I go under instead of counting backwards. I plan to will myself to wake up — my last thoughts being of all the good things to which I will be returning.
I’ve given a lot of thought to my mortality over the last couple of days. I think I can sum up my life this way: the Stuckey men have so much trouble with their hearts because they live passionately.
No regrets. No excuses. Just experience.
I’m not the wealthiest man in the world, but I’ve come to be very content with the world Tracey and I have created. It is wonderful and complete.
My hope is for a whole lot of more time within it. The repairs they will make to my heart should provide for that.
No need to publicly send well wishes and your prayers. You are my friends and family and I know you will be thinking of Tracey and I on Monday.
Until Tuesday, my love to you all.
No. No National Park.
“If you go into a discussion with an all or nothing attitude you have a 50-50 chance of getting nothing.” – Mary Polak
Final recommendations on the three proposed reserves ( the Intentions Paper 2015 ) not likely by end of the year but some interim action may take place. i.e. co-management with the Okanagan Nations Alliance on specific sites, Spotted Lake, Yellow Lake and remote areas where native petroglyphs have been discovered.
What about adding Mt. Kobau to Area 1? ( A popular revision to the Area 1-2-3 plan – “it could happen – it is certainly on the table.” says Polak.
There are two streams – the general protection of the land/the environment that is of concern to all and the specific issues brought to the table by Chiefs and native groups in the South Okanagan Similkaemeen.
Polak acknowledged her meeting Monday with Chief Kruger, Louie and Crow and the technical staff of the Okanagan Nation Alliance at the band headquarters of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band.
“Linda Larson is NOT driving this issue”
I, Mary Polak, Minister of Environment, am tasked with this file and yes Linda was with me in meeting with local chiefs this week on a broad range of issues of concern. This she says is normal government to government discussions about issues and problems.
“It is disingenuous to portray Linda Larson as the target. This file started a long time before she was elected (see CBC file below) and Linda has done much to move the question of land protection in the South Okanagan before all of us in government leadership.”
A recent report from the Wilderness Committee says the government is downplaying the wishes of most of the people who have a desire for a National Park. And that the government is suppressing information. Polak says she has made it clear to this group that the survey on the intentions paper was not designed as a way to go back into time.
No. National Park.
A bit of history in an ODN flashback (CBC report February 01 2012)
Parks Canada has abandoned its feasibility assessment, and is stepping away from plans to create a national park in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.
Saying it “respects the position of the Government of British Columbia regarding the creation of a national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Lower Similkameen Valley Parks Canada recognizes that it cannot proceed without the support of the Government of British Columbia.”
To create a national park, Parks Canada needs the support of federal, provincial and First Nations governments.
The controversial project was first pitched in 2003 and has been hotly debated ever since but in December 2111, B.C. Minister of Environment Terry Lake announced the province would not support the proposed park.
“While the feasibility study determined a national park reserve was feasible, it also recognized there was a large contingent of people opposed to the initiative,” said Lake in a letter to park proponents.
“The Province is not convinced there is enough local support to move forward with this proposal at this time.”
A public opinion poll commissioned by the Western Canada Wilderness Committee in May 2010 showed 63 per cent of the 405 people surveyed in the South Okanagan-Similkameen supported Parks Canada’s plan for a national park.
But the plan wasn’t popular with hunters and recreational ATVers, who vocally protested the idea and erected signs across the region that read “No national park.” Oliver orchardist Greg Norton says it’s more than that.
He says the park would have taken ranch land away from producers and allowed deer populations to get out of control, affect orchardists with property near the park.
“We’ve been around for over a hundred years in this valley, and have used the mountain as our place of peace, our place of recreation, our place of food. And to have it taken away, severely restricted, is something that people in the area were uncomfortable with,” said Norton.
As British Columbia experiences some of its strongest tourism growth in years, with a record number of international visitors during the first half of the year, Osoyoos is receiving $390,335 from the Province’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) to support its tourism industry.
Through the Province’s RMI, Osoyoos has received a total of $3,049,526 since 2008 in funding toward projects including (but not limited to): a trail system, signage, special events, beach cleaning, public art, boat parking, Gyro Park waterfront improvements and a marina facility enhancement.
The RMI provides $10.5 million each year to help eligible resort-oriented municipalities to develop and enhance their tourism infrastructure and amenities. RMI communities include Whistler, Fernie, Kimberley, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet and Valemount.
Since the RMI’s inception in 2006, more than $108.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 participating communities.
Sue McKortoff, mayor, Town of Osoyoos –
“Thanks to the RMI funds, the Town of Osoyoos has been able to develop world-class tourism facilities and services that enhance the visitor experience and assist the Province of B.C. in achieving its tourism and economic development goals. Ongoing funding has enabled our municipality to develop a new marina, redevelop our Gyro Park, enhance our hiking trail network, purchase a beach cleaner and provide secure boat trailer storage for our visitors. Our community volunteers are thrilled to be able to deliver all our festivals and community events in these wonderful modern facilities. We look forward to developing more facilities that enrich our community and express ‘Canada’s Warmest Welcome.”
•In 2015, 4.9 million international visitors came to British Columbia – a 7.9% increase compared to 2014.
•From January to June this year, 2,307,624 international visitors came to B.C., a 12.4% increase (254,935 additional visitors) over the same period in 2015.
•Tourism provides a job for roughly one out of every 15 people employed in B.C.
•RMI supports the province’s tourism strategy, Gaining the Edge, and the BC Jobs Plan
Canada’s 150th Celebration Grants Available
Are you or your organization planning a project, idea, or event to mark Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017? We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to provide small grants that will support community initiatives in the South Okanagan Similkameen region.
We invite you to dream big about your community and your country and think about how you want to celebrate this historic moment in history.
Who can apply?
The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is available to qualified donees operating within Canada, with the exception of the federal, provincial, and territorial governments; the United Nations, and the Crown.
Community groups and others are welcome to work with a qualified donee to make an application to the Fund. In the case of such a collaboration, the qualified donee would submit the application and act as a fiscal agent on behalf of the collaborating parties.
What kinds of projects are eligible for funding?
Eligible projects must be based in Canada, and must work towards the Fund’s objectives, to:
•ENCOURAGE participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation;
•INSPIRE a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our country and our communities; or
•BUILD vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians, including indigenous peoples; groups that reflect our cultural diversity; youth; and official language minorities.
Eligible projects are required to match the grant requested, through in-kind or cash contributions equal to the value of the grant.
Eligible projects must commit to performing funded activities and expenditures between the date that the grant is approved and before January 31, 2018.
The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen will be accepting applications for the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th from September 19th – November 4th.
They are Town owned lights heads on lamp standards (poles) that we have power meters recording the power consumption on. We will see the best power savings on Town owned light standards because the wattage with the new LED’s are only 44 Watts per head compared to the existing 100 watt per head for the HPS lights. We have a lot of lights in Town that are on FortisBC poles but are charged a flat rate for the power consumption and won’t see the savings until a better FortisBC tariff reflects the power consumption savings from LED lights.
These new LED lights are a GE brand (Evolve LED Roadway) light was decided they were the best light overall roadway lighting for; costs, looks, efficiency and effectiveness for the few brands we looked and received quotes for. Before purchasing we received samples from each brand and installed them to see how the light dispersion, colour and overall impression was with the different lights and chose the GE brand supplied from Nedco. Staff asked some local residents what they thought of the lights for feedback as well.
We haven’t fully changed out the entire Tuc-el-nuit area but hope we can do more each year and still need to replace more before the year end. The streets you will see these new light on are; Chardonnay Avenue, Shiraz Ave., Lakeside Drive, Zinfandel Ave. and Mountain Drive. We still need to replace some lights on Cabernet Place and hope to still have room in the budget to replace more on Lakeside Dr., Mountainview Dr., and Riesling Place.
Director of Operations
I think that Acceptance is such a big thing that I use a capital A when I write/type it. An Acceptance speech is a gracious thank you after receiving something. Acceptance is a humble thing, kind of allowing that can border of being a sacred expression of thank you. I have come to believe that Acceptance is the big upgrade to olde fashioned forgiveness. Acceptances is sans judgment.
When I express Acceptance of you, you are allowed to be yourself. No requirement to do or be anything for me to continue my Acceptance of you. Wow, you can’t fall out of favour or suddenly become ‘bad’. Just be what you are and I show Acceptance. Not easy. And, think about how your thoughts and feelings would then become. To adopt an attitude of Acceptance is peace within me.
Acceptance in human psychology is a person’s assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition without attempting to change it or protest. Wikipedia Yeah it is that last bit that is the toughest part. We have this yakky little voice inside us that pushes back our satisfaction, our happiness, over the craziest made up things. Full Acceptance is the toughest and the most rewarding
To experience the Acceptance of another, well, that is to die for. That is the feeling I have when my Grandma smiles at me and touches me and speaks gentle encouragement to me. You know what I mean, don’t you? She offers me those even though I have grease on my pant leg from riding my bike, a tear in my shirt from climbing the fence and dirt all over from playing trucks with my friend. To die for.
To experience Acceptance, well yes to that. So why not give Acceptance to others? Without attempting to change or protest against my partner, my colleagues, my family, the Starbucks server, why not offer Acceptance? This, for most of us, will be a new experience. And like meditation, for instance, it will not be easy to maintain, but will be extremely satisfying for me and for them (why not be Grandma).
The annual Parkinson SuperWalk was held at the Oliver Community Center Sunday, September 11, 2016, attracting participants from Vernon, Penticton, Oliver, and Osoyoos. Thanks to all the volunteers and walkers who together raised $2,965.00. The money raised for Parkinson’s goes towards education, training, clinics, support groups and research.
Picture and article submitted
Finance Committee Chair Lori Mindnich, the ORL rep from Lumby Council, presented a budget for the coming year that would include a 1.98% increase to the 2016 operating budget of $18.3 million, consisting primarily of inflationary expenses (1.6%), with roughly $70,000 (or 0.38%) of new initiatives.
Mindnich explained that the goals of the Finance Committee were to continue to keep the overall budget affordable with current inflation levels, while focusing any changes on strategic items outlined in the ORL’s Strategic Plan and maintaining critical core services. New dollars target the increasing demand for library programming, learning initiatives, and outreach, and training for staff to assist the public with the sweeping technology changes present today. In 2015, the ORL saw a 20% increase in attendance at classes and programs, with adult attendance doubling. The Board will vote on the 2017 budget at their November meeting.
ORL staff also reported on implementation of the newly-adopted Strategic Plan which is focused on transforming the library to meet the changing learning needs of Southern Interior residents. Highlighted reports included a review of the ORL’s Information Technology infrastructure, which is facing a number of challenges. Demand for bandwidth and Wi-Fi access continues to increase, with free hours used at 57 Wi-Fi hotspots increasing from 160,000 hours in 2014 to 341,000 hours in 2015. Also highlighted were the Master Plan for the downtown Kelowna branch’s revitalization and new targeted services available to members with print disabilities. The ORL can provide free home delivery and download of materials for the blind, for people with learning disabilities, and for those who can’t physically contend with standard print materials. In addition, with the help of the Central Okanagan Foundation, the ORL recently launched a pilot to loan out tablets preloaded with these special materials. It is estimated that 10% of the Canadian population has impairments reading traditional print formats and many in the public aren’t aware of free services available to them through the library.
The final Board meeting for the year is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16.
Structure fire east of Tuc el nuit Drive (7300 block)
Between Bulrush Avenue and Buchanan Drive
Neighbours says building on former ‘Turkey Farm’ property was recently sold.
The building fully involved. No one believed to be at the unit at the time of the fire.
Two police cars attended at one point in the morning.
According to the RCMP, it was an unoccupied outbuilding that burned on an Oliver property
Cpl. Christina Tarasoff said the fire was caused by electrical issues and not thought to be suspicious.
and OFD spokesman Rob Graham:
Got call about report of a structure fire, first officer/trucks on scene did report a fully involved building.
Once more trucks arrived on scene we did get most of the fire contained to the front half of the structure itself.
It was a building that was being renovated to serve as living quarters — front half and back half of building turned into a couple of rooms.
Vacant no one inside.
No one hurt.
Building is a complete write off.
We’re looking at electrical issues – arson is ruled out.
Lot’s of flames and smoke when we got there.
The 81-day public comment period, following the release of the intentions paper in August 2015 seeking feedback on land protection measures in the South Okanagan, generated
The feedback shows the public is very interested and passionate about issues of environmental protection, First Nations cultural values, tourism and recreation opportunities in the South Okanagan.
Themes identified throughout the submissions included the need to ensure connectivity between areas, to preserve and protect the remaining biodiversity of the South Okanagan, and to recognize the importance of hunting, fishing, tourism, ranching and recreation in the area.
Several additional areas were suggested as requiring protection, including areas around Vaseux Lake and the South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area. Comments also focused heavily on respecting existing land use commitments, such as access and recreational activities in regards to the Okanagan Shuswap Land and Resource Management Plan.
The provincial government will consider all feedback when developing the final recommendations, and continue to engage with First Nations to better understand their interests prior to any final decisions. The Province is expected to move forward on a decision later this year.
Please find the full report available here:
Mary Polak, Minister of Environment –
“Thank you to everyone who submitted comments about the South Okanagan. Your feedback is invaluable to help us satisfy the varying interests in this special and unique region. Our intent with the final recommendations is to protect significant geographic and cultural values, while providing recreation and tourism opportunities for future generations to enjoy.”