B.C. & Saskatchewan remove barriers on local wine & craft spirits

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall agreed today to offer consumers in
both provinces greater choice and convenient access to locally
produced wine and craft spirits.

The agreement will lift barriers to consumers and enables free
trade, benefiting consumers and strengthening the Canadian wine and
craft distillers industries.

Once implemented, consumers in both provinces will be able to order
B.C. or Saskatchewan wines and craft spirits directly from
producers, and have them delivered to their doorstep.

“British Columbia is leading the way in modernizing liquor laws to
offer people more convenience and to strengthen our industry to
create jobs,” said Premier Clark. “This commitment with Saskatchewan
is a great next step that builds momentum for free trade with other

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Coquihalla Bus Accident

At this time, Interior Health has received 43 patients from today’s bus accident on the Coquihalla Highway, south of Merritt.

Of those, 10 were sent to Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) in Kamloops, 22 to Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) in Kelowna, and 11 to the Nicola Valley Hospital & Health Centre in Merritt.

Of the patients received in IH hospitals, patient conditions are as follows:

  • five are in critical condition
  • ten are in serious condition
  • 28 have non-life threatening injuries

All three Interior Health hospitals initiated a Code Orange response to this situation. Through the Code Orange response the facilities brought in additional staff and physicians to support patient care.

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More than a convenience store – drop in today

logo for wk trading22W.K. Trading Co Ltd is the exclusive seller of Karrer Orchards peaches

Call 778-439-3113

Come into the store

Place your order for Red Haven or Glow Haven Freestone Peaches

Drop in and see what else we have to offer

9001 Highway 97 – north of Oliver at Vaseux Lake – Open 9am to 9pm

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W.K. Trading Co. is more than a convenient store for a neighbourhood it will have a complete line of food and grocery items, general merchandise and specialty items.

Drop in and watch the store grow!

Opens at 9am – closes at 9pm each day

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Next week – call for appointment now

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Drop in – say hi!


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Super Valu


OPEN 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Mon. Sept. 1st

Starting Tues. Sept. 2 STORE HOURS:

8 am - 8 pm SEVEN DAYS A WEEK





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• No Name • Case of 24/85g   ( Approx. 17¢ each )

   $3.99 ( Reg: 7.12 )


• No Name Canned

 • 284 ml



reg 1.19


• Rooster Brand

• 398 ml Can





• Beef or Chicken

• 500 ml



reg 7.59


• President's Choice

• 300 g Tin






reg 13.99

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• FROZEN • 908 g. Bag





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Fri/Sat/Sun Aug. 29-31 

8:00am - 9:00pm

Mon. Labor Day 8:00am - 7:00pm




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MON.SEPT 1: LABOR DAY  Open 8:00 - 7:00

TUES.SEPT 2: FISH BURGER w/Fries & Coleslaw........5.99

WED.SEPT 3: LOADED WAFFLE FRIES..................... 4.99

THURSDAYS: CHINESE FOOD...Made in our Deli..100g.1.69

FRIDAYS: BORSCHT or CHILI.....small3.29...large 4.29

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               CHICKEN WINGS..............................5 / 2.00

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Down the aisle

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Article on wildlife paintings by artist Sandra Albo


Oliver Art Gallery


Today’s wildlife paintings are a modern genre of the earliest paintings on
cave walls done by early man. Cave men mixed red and yellow ochre with fish
oil and painted their targeted food sources. Because they butchered these
animals they had a fair concept of the anatomy and looks of each animal.
Some of these paintings were naiive symbols, some realistic, and some
expressionistic and even bordering on abstract form.

Early painted portraits of kings, queens, aristocrats and even ordinary
people were often accompanied by animals that were their hunting dogs,
horses, foxes from the hunt, pheasants, grouse and deer that they shot. Most
of these were done in expressive realism and brought notoriety to the
persons who were depicted.

Lawrence of Arabia had his portrait done sitting on a camel. Exotic women
posed with lions and leopards.

Wildlife painting is so accepted and respected that there is a North
American Center for Wildlife Painting in Jacksonhole, Wyoming that is
visited by fans of this kind of painting from all over the world. Man’s
appreciation of his natural surroundings and the animals, fish and birds
within it make this a popular art form. A former Osoyoos resident, Fran
Jenkins, has had her large sculpted stone bears
exhibited here and for sale. The stone she used was mined locally in Kettle
River country.

Many artistic approaches are used to portray wildlife -in realism like
Robert Bateman, in impressionism like Eduard Degas’ horses or in abstract
form like Picasso’s animals.

At the Oliver Art Gallery we have a talented wildlife artist, Cameron
Ogilvie and also Bianca Craig. All of this Gallery’s artists have tried
their hand at wildlife paintings to exhibit in Sept. so please join us and
vote for your favorite!

The Gallery is pocated at 6046 Main Street, in Oliver and open Tuesday -
Saturday from 11:00AM – 4PM.  We have two new artists that have joined the
Oliver Art Gallery. Jan Crawford from Penticton and Mina Battagin from
Come and see their paintings and all the wildlife art during September.
Look forward to the October Theme. In October we will be featuring Figures
of the human form.

Art work by Steve Staresina

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Art show – a shocker

norberto one“This is an excellent show! A real art statement! This show could hold its own in Toronto!” said RipOff Artist Enid Baker. “But I am not sure Oliver is ready for this”. The Artist “garcilazo” shows us the world through his eyes with powerful haunting paintings!

“Everybody suffers in the name of what, God, religion, money? Do we enjoy killing each other” he asks. “As the human race we are not evolving, but we sure know how to kill each other! We start young, we kill the souls of children with technology, as we separate them from nature”. If it bleeds it leads, is the media message we live in. Like a car wreck we slow down to see if we can see blood! We like violence! “garcilazo” proves this!

One painting that really hit me was a painting depicting the lynchings Billie Holiday sang about in the 50′s “Strange Fruit”.

Another the face is gone with just the yellow Jewish star on his shirt,  Marion Boyd said “That is what happens when people hate groups of people, they don’t see an individuals face”.

This is a powerful art show! It is one to make us think. I know I am. And Oliver is ready for this! Open from 3-6 Friday and the Closing Reception 4 – 7 Saturday at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. Please come down and support the Artist “garcilazo”.

Photo and story Leza Macdonald. Press image for larger

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Oliver Park – Market and Music

Brian Highley

Brian Highley

Local Musicians on stage Thursday to entertain the crowd

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Jeremy Cook, Graeme Baerg and Chad Teigen

and fun for the kids too!

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Code Orange at Kelowna and Kamloops hospitals


Police say 56 people have been injured, several critically, in a tour bus crash on the Coquihalla Highway, 30 kilometres south of Merritt, B.C.

RCMP say everyone on the bus sustained some kind of injury, ranging from cuts and scrapes to more serious injuries.

The tour bus was heading from the Okanagan to the Vancouver area when it hit a median and flipped over, RCMP say.

Ambulance reports it has sent 19 ground ambulances to the scene along with six helicopters.

The Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops and Kelowna General Hospital have both issued Code Orange alerts to bring in extra staff and resources as they prepares to receive patients.

Interior Health staff and physicians have mobilized to respond to a serious bus accident that has occurred on the Coquihalla Highway, south of Merritt.

Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) in Kamloops and Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) in Kelowna have initiated a Code Orange response in preparation of accepting patients from the crash. Additional staff members and physicians are being brought in to support critical areas such as the emergency department, lab, and diagnostics.


The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday.

According to Sgt. Norm Fleming with the Merritt RCMP, 56 people were on board the bus heading from the Okanagan to Vancouver.

“There were 35 that have suffered a minor level of injury, basically, ambulatory, non emergency…15 of them have what would be considered a more major injury, compound fractures and serious broken bones.

Six are being considered as a Code Red requiring an immediate air lift to a hospital for emergency services. Nobody is at this point a fatality.”

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Hot day – cool treat

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All for a good cause. To fight ALS disease. Challenged by co-worker Candice Rowell.

Innervisions crew takes it – the shock – in stride laughing all the way.

Joey Ness, Klaudia Deschenes, owner Monica Nemes and daughter Samantha Schopff.

Challenge issued to a whole bunch of people who will hear about it Friday.

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Public urged to stay away while equipment repairs river dyke

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Just south of VDS 13 on Okanagan River – tree removal and some excavating taking place.
ODN is checking to see what is behind this.

At least one traveler upset with the lack of communications as the east side of the dike is closed.
See previous item – Letter to the Editor

Shaun Reimer, Hydrotechnical Engineer, of MOE told us late today – some repairs to west side of river with rip rap being placed at toe of dyke to add strength.

Also, on the west of Okanagan River near the ORRI project – some holes appeared in the paved portion and a beaver dam was spotted.

MOE is doing a number of things in that area to restore safety and full function of the river.

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Sharing the wealth

telus cheque22We received a cheque from TELUS ($325) for their OPTIK promotion campaign which was $25 from each subscriber who identified Highway to Healing as the charity of their choice when they signed up for OPTIK service.

Attached is a picture of Paul Andrews – Sr. Regional Manager for Telus presenting the cheque to Ernie Dumais, Highway to Healing Support Society, president. H2H wishes to extend its thanks to those of you who chose Highway to Healing Support Society to receive the donation.

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Local teachers take to the picket line

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Letter to the editor

Re: Oliver Hike/Bike Path, NW side.

I am sure regular users of the NW section of the Oliver Hike Bike Path have noticed detour signs along the route the last couple of days. I am told this is for trimming vegetation back and possible tree cutting; – no problem there, the safety of the public comes first.

My problem is the signage directing users away from the work area is inaccurate. Heading north from Oliver there is a detour sign along the path at the end of the park. It directs users to cross the foot bridge over the Okanagan River to the East side. For the most part, however, the sign should say ” go back “. When my wife riding her bike yesterday tried to explain to the workers that she needed to continue going north, they directed her to cross the bridge and keep heading north on the east side. They seemed to be under the illusion that you can proceed all the way to highway 97 using this trail. Obviously without, at some point, using Tuc el Nuit Road, one would have to have a very good mountain bike, and, then, be prepared to bushwack towards the end; not very practical.

This time of year, well over a hundred people use this section of the trail every day, many heading all the way to each end. Many, like my wife were trying to get home to Gallagher Lake where we live. Better signage explaining the route closure would be appreciated. While on the topic, I wonder why whoever is responsible for the work ; RDOS/Town of Oliver??, didn’t issue a public notice to inform everyone what was going on. A notification in this publication, for example would be appreciated.

Thor Manson

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Message from Linda Larson

Thoughts turn to fall as summer nears an end

August has gone by quickly as summer months seem to do. The ‘buzz’ word of the month was ‘staycation’. Many of you have been enjoying holidays in B.C. for many years but perhaps a few more British Columbians decided to look at what was available close to home but still ‘away’.

My husband and I have been going to Beaver Lake Resort for a few days each summer, only three hours from home and one of many small pieces of paradise in the Okanagan. Another hidden jewel is Big White. While many of you think of skiing when you see the name, it is truly a beautiful place for a summer vacation. Walking or hiking, amazing views, and 10 degrees cooler than the valley bottom. While we love the heat, a few days break for it is welcome.

There were many events and celebrations over the summer, but I only have space to touch on a few. The BC Wildlife Federation in partnership with the BC Freshwater Fishing Association held a fundraiser at Twin Lakes to support their ‘Anyone can Fish’ initiative and other programs to enable people of any age or circumstance to enjoy fishing. A huge thanks to Kate at Twin Lakes for her generosity and Mike Stern and his team for their work in organizing this successful event.

Did you know the town of Oliver has been recognized by the Okanagan Basin Water Board under their initiative ‘Make Water Work’ as the most water wise community in the Okanagan? Oliver residents responded to the challenge to conserve and are to be congratulated on embracing this challenge.

The BC Ambassador Program has just selected three young women to carry the banner for the next year. We are proud of Oliver’s Juliana Martine on her selection. I also want to thank Osoyoos’s Lauren Smallwood who was a BC Ambassador last year. These young women will attend many provincial events in the year as an Ambassador and are role models to all of the importance of community participation and volunteering.

While we appreciate slightly cooler evenings as we move into fall, this is not the end of our busy season. Over the next two months there are numerous fall fairs, including Rock Creek’s on Sept 13 and 14 as well as celebrations throughout the region as our world class wine industry brings in another vintage and shares their passion with multiple food and wine events. Please take time to enjoy all the great fall activities throughout Boundary, Similkameen, and the South Okanagan.

As chair of the Select Standing Committee on Health, I want to pass on to all of you our Request for Submissions. We would be pleased to hear from any of you on these subjects:

1. How government can improve health and health care services in rural B.C.? In particular what long term solutions can address the challenges of recruitment and retention of health-care professionals?

2. How can we create a cost-effective system of primary and community care built around interdisciplinary teams?

3. What best practices can be implemented to improve end-of-life care?

4. How can we enhance the effectiveness of addiction recovery programs?

For a full explanation of the submission process and goals please visit the Select Standing Committee on Health online at https://www.leg.bc.ca/cmt/health/submission.asp.

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Feature film planned

Mascot Mine

I have another large feature film looking in the Okanagan, Boundary or Similkameen regions. I need to find a large abandon mill, mine or logging camp like the examples I’ve included? Are you aware of any like these that might be a little more remote. All help is appreciated. Photographs and contacts more so.

Jon Summerland
Film Commissioner
Okanagan Film Commission

This is the description of the complex directly from the script.
The terrain is steep, the ground broken and tightly
packed with fir, spruce, birches, twisting vines and
rotting deadfall. The growth is oppressive and dark,
forcing them to wind their way through it.
They pass a beaver pond, narrow channels of cold tea colored
water that meander through the sedges — a break
in the dense woods offering open air and welcome glimpses of the sky.
At one point they pass the overgrown ruins of some long abandoned
community — most likely a saw mill — in the
process of being reclaimed by vegetation.

I look forward to any info you may be able to provide.

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Glimmer of hope

I don’t think the Education Minister put much on the table Wednesday but he has shifted the ball in the court of the BCTF.

Suspend the strike, go to work, let’s talk with Vince Ready – is what I heard.

As long as teachers have the right to strike if no settlement is reached – they have nothing to lose by putting their best foot* forward now.

The door is open – walk through it in good faith.

You will gain the upper hand with the public.

Jack Bennest

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Federal minister touring South Okanagan

Minister Pierre Poilievre and local Conservative Candidate Marshall Neufeld meet with community and business leaders in Oliver and Penticton this week.

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Democratic Reform Minister Poilievre accompanied by Neufeld visited The Gleaners Okanagan, a volunteer group that turn discarded vegetables into dried soup mixes for shipment across the world to communities in need. “Our Government continues to support the work that this group and other local organizations do by maintaining a low-tax agenda and putting more money in the hands of Canadians to invest in their community,” said Minister Poilievre.

Minister Poilievre held a roundtable with local members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 97 to discuss the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War and how Canadians across the country can carry out a variety of commemorative initiatives to mark the tremendous sacrifices and accomplishments of all those who served during the Great Wars.

“This represents a unique opportunity for Canadians to reflect on our country’s long and proud military history,” said Minister Poilievre. “Throughout this period, the Government of Canada will be working with communities to commemorate the sacrifices of all the brave men and women that fought for our freedom and peace”.for guys and wine

Minister Poilievre and Marshall Neufeld also received a tour of Road 13 Vineyards in Oliver, one of the local wineries from B.C.’s vibrant wine industry and held a roundtable with local vintners. In his address to the group, Minister Poilievre highlighted what the Government of Canada has been doing to remove barriers to internal trade.

“Moving wine across provincial borders creates regional internal trade issues which is simply bad for business. This is an issue for wineries here because the rules allowing Canadians to import directly from out-of-province wineries are not consistently aligned across the country,” noted Marshall Neufeld.

On June 28 of 2012, Member of Parliament for Okanagan—Coquihalla, Dan Albas passed Bill C-311 “An Act to amend the Importation of intoxicating liquors Act” to allow the free trade of wine over provincial borders. However, according to the B.C. Wine Institute, British Columbia allows consumers to order for delivery 100-percent Canadian grape wine from other provinces for personal consumption, but does not receive the same treatment in return from other provinces. This is why the Government of Canada will continue to promote the opening of inter provincial trade barriers, reduce red tape and allow for Canadian businesses to grow from coast to coast to coast.

During Minister Poilievre’s tour of the South Okanagan, he and Marshall Neufeld also met with Chief Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band, Chief Kruger of the Penticton Indian Band, Tim Hodgkinson of the Penticton Hospitality Association and visited Lang Vineyards in Naramata with manager Mike Lang.

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Council support for Juliana – BC Ambassador

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RDOS notice

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Photographer John Chapman

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Notice – SOSS parents

To Parents of SOSS Students

Please be advised of the following:

As it is still uncertain as to when the labour negotiations between the BC teachers and the provincial government will be resolved, it now becomes uncertain as to whether school will start on Sept. 2nd. Counsellors are scheduled to meet with new registrations and take course change requests on the 28th and 29th of August, but these dates are also up in the air. If a settlement has not been reached by early next week, SOSS will publish a revised press release in the media and on our website as to what parents may expect for the start of the school year. Ideally there would be more information to provide at this time for parents and students but is presently all we know.

For updates and current information regarding school opening, please be sure to check media outlets,

SOSS school website ( soss.sd53.bc.ca/3/home or the

School District Website – www.sd53.bc.ca )

Link to School

The school office will be open August 18th-22nd from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. We ask that any students that may not have returned textbooks in June to please return them this week. Also, any students that may have removed locks from their lockers in June are also asked to return those locks to the office. Locks are the property of the school and are provided to students with their locker rental fee.

Students are asked to bring their fees for the first day of school. Please refer to the letter sent in July or call the school if you have any questions.

If you are a new registration to SOSS, please try to contact the office before 3:00 pm, Friday August 22nd, to arrange to meet with Mrs. Harrington.

Grads are reminded that Dogwoods, textbook refunds, grad photos and Passport to Education booklets may also be picked up at this time. Students wishing to claim their scholarships may also do this now.

Students wishing to make course changes must complete a ‘course change request form’ available in the main office.

For a ‘suggested’ supply list, please refer to our website.

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Harmless says officers


Suspicious Package Deemed Harmless

A suspicious package that was left in the parking lot today at the Osoyoos RCMP detachment has been deemed harmless by an explosives crew from Vancouver. The contents of the package are not yet being disclosed.


Suspicious Package left at Osoyoos RCMP – explosives unit enroute

An explosives unit from Vancouver is en route to examine the package.
The building has not been evacuated, and staff members inside are safe. The purpose of tape is simply to keep drivers and pedestrians away from the package.
More details as they come.


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