The majority of complaints received relate to dogs at large, defecating in places that they shouldn’t, owners not picking up after their dogs, and concerns about dogs showing aggression. Complainants are concerned about their safety and the safety of their family (including their dog) and have asked for stricter regulations and fines for owners of dogs they feel are “dangerous”. This term is used often even though the dog has not been declared as “dangerous” as required under the Community Charter. Administration, if directed to prepare a new Dog Bylaw, proposes to introduce “vicious dog” as well as clarify an aggressive dog and introduce steps to effectively deal with each type: aggressive, vicious and dangerous. Should Area Directors wish to continue to regulate other animals, such as livestock, farm animals, cats or rabbits, RDOS does have the option of incorporating regulations into zoning bylaws.
Staff recommending that a “dog” only bylaw be constructed eliminating cats and livestock – as the number of complaints minimal.
Dangerous and vicious dogs – better definitions, wording and procedures needed to handle reported problems.
This discussion next week at the Penticton Board table.
Peachland – Police and the BC Coroner’s Service continue to investigate a fatal accident caught on a dash cam.
This day long trip will head to the snowshoe area up McKinney Rd. Teacher Ryan Baptiste and assistant Sonya Jensen accompany 16 students in the EPIC programme. Survival training, snow shoe-building on the agenda for six hours outside the classroom.
Earlier on ODN (June 2015)
One new exciting program we are offering for our grade 9 and 10 students is the EPIC program (Experiential, Project based, Indigenous, Community) is a one-semester program designed to provide students a new kind of experience in meeting the learning outcomes for their four courses they would normally take in one semester.
The students will work together with one teacher, Ryan Baptiste and others, and take part in project based activities, experience learning outside the walls of the classroom, and develop a strong understanding of the aboriginal culture and history of our area.
Students will help guide and develop many of the projects and will work together to gain a greater understanding of themselves as learners as well as their courses. SOSS is very excited to be introducing this program and envision other programs similar to this, being offered in the future for our senior students. Please contact administration or Ryan Baptiste if you would like to discuss the EPIC program for your son or daughter. Entrance into this program is through an application process and is open to all grade 9 and 10 students.
Also pictured – Sonya Jensen (archery coach/mentor) and Delaney Wise (athlete) – 2 of the three people going to the Winter Games in Penticton to participate and learn more about archery. Not shown – third Oliver partipant Shawn Hiibner.
The past few years we have had red winged blackbirds on our feeder, starting late January and staying around until spring. I always thought they like a marshy area and often see them sitting on reeds in swamps or edge of lakes. Is it lack of food bring them to our feeder or is this normal behaviour? Do any readers know if this is unusual behaviour for these birds? Pat Whalley
School District 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) has released a 39-slide presentation to be delivered February 9 at school closing consultation meetings in Osoyoos.
The presentation outlines the School District’s financial, declining enrolment and facility challenges and details measures the District has undertaken in previous years to respond to budget pressures. It also details opportunities and challenges for 2016/17.
It concludes with a review of two proposed recommendations:
1.Moving forward with the closing of Osoyoos Secondary School and the transfer of students to South Okanagan Secondary School in Oliver, possibly as early as June 30, 2016; and,
2.Moving forward with the closing of Osoyoos Elementary School, renovating Osoyoos Secondary to a K-9 school and transferring Grade 10 to 12 students to South Okanagan Secondary School. Osoyoos Elementary School would not be closed until renovations were completed at Osoyoos Secondary School.
The presentation suggests $387,300 in operational savings would be realized by closing Osoyoos Secondary School. Closing the school would also negate the need for up to $4.765 million in facility upgrades over the next five years.
Closing Osoyoos Elementary School would result in $397,800 in operational savings but require $600,000 in renovation costs and $74,000 to move playground equipment. The District would also save $1.83 million in facility upgrades.
Interior Health Authority:
“I am told, yes, things are back to normal at SOGH”.
Earlier on ODN
Reduced overnight emergency care at the Oliver hospital until at least the end of January.
Only patients with urgent conditions will be able to see a doctor between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. According to a release Friday from Interior Health, a shortage of doctors is to blame for the situation.
Dr. Curtis Bell said there will be no change for patients with urgent needs. But someone with symptoms like congestion or a sore throat – less urgent or non-urgent on the CTAS scale – will have to wait until morning. Bell said he has been assured that available staff “will be an augmentation of our staff” at the end of the month and that the emergency staffing levels will return to normal.
Name four things that really bug you about Oliver Daily News.
From those lists we will try to design a useful poll.
ODN tells advertisers there are 5000 people reading ODN each day based on 1.25 persons per computer times the average monthly Unique Computer number. We never brag about the 9 million hits or the 370 thousand pages viewed.
Unique Computers is a reliable figure of computers that link to ODN each day – most in Oliver, South Okanagan, BC and Canada.
Look at January 14 – Osoyoos schools decision
Look at January 24 – Major accident near Oliver