Archives for November 2011
The RCMP will continue providing police services to six provinces and three territories for the next 20 years as part of a renewed Canada-wide agreement-in-principle announced Wednesday.
British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and the three territories say they have reached a deal with Ottawa, which will soon become final.
B.C. Attorney General Shirley Bond and Attorney General Andrew Swan of Manitoba said the agreement gives the provinces more input in RCMP decision making.
“Following a committed effort by all parties, I am pleased to announce that the provinces and territories have concluded negotiations and have reached an agreement in principle that reflects the interests of all respective governments. The proposed 2012-2032 Police Services Agreement, which will take effect on April 1, 2012, addresses the key issues raised during negotiations, including governance, accountability, program sustainability and cost containment. It offers increased input into issues affecting the quality and standards of contract policing, as well as ensures a fairer sharing of the actual cost of operating a police service in each jurisdiction.
This Agreement represents a win-win situation for all jurisdictions:
— Fair and equitable sharing of costs: All legitimate and actual costs to
deliver policing services will be appropriately shared to ensure
effective, sustainable policing.
— Strengthened governance: The Agreement will provide for a balanced
approach – ensuring that the RCMP can manage and deliver its services by
engaging its contract partners on matters affecting the cost or quality
of policing before key decisions are taken at the federal level.
— Sustainability: Collaborative planning with contract partners, including
a new building management program, will ensure that police assets are
properly maintained, providing for better officer and public safety.
— RCMP Modernization: New, clear accountability mechanisms in the
Agreement will strengthen the RCMP’s relationship with its contract
partners and contribute to the broader modernization efforts of the
The next Board meeting is Wednesday, December 14, at the School Board Office. The inaugural meeting of the new Board of Education will begin at 6:30 pm with the swearing in of trustees and the election of officers. The regular meeting will begin at 7:00 pm
Report Cards: Term one report cards will be going home prior to December 2nd. These report cards are different from those going home in previous years. The labour dispute between the BCTF and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) that started on September 6th, 2011, is still ongoing. As outlined by the Labour Relations Board, during Phase 1 job action, BCTF members need not perform certain duties including preparing or distributing report cards. However, under the School Act, administrators are obliged to complete and issue report cards. Therefore, report cards going home to parents will be incomplete as far as teacher marks and comments. There is still pertinent information relating to students contained within the document including a confirmation of the names of their teachers and the courses they are taking, information regarding attendance and punctuality, and contact information for the school. Marks and comments from administrators’ classes will be included. The BCTF as well as the local SOSTU have made it clear that they are communicating to parents and can be contacted by parents. A letter to parents and guardians from the superintendent will go home with report cards to explain.
Supporting Students with Diabetes: In response to a story on CBC radio and a question of practice in our district, we wanted to follow up on this issue. School District No. 53 supports all students with diabetes in Kindergarten to grade four or five. By this time, students are usually very independent with their medical needs. At this time, we are supporting four students in the district. All students, regardless of grade in elementary schools, have an EA to go on field trips to ensure safety.
Six-Year Completion Rates: These results have recently been released by the Ministry. The six-year completion rate shows the percentage of students who graduate with a Dogwood diploma within six years of starting Grade 8 for the first time. Completion rates should not be confused with graduation rates. Graduation rates are determined by tracking the number of students enrolled in Grade 12 who graduate at the end of the school year. For School District No. 53, our 2010/2011 six-year completion rate is 73% which is up almost 3% from 2009/2010. We are working with schools to develop a further contextual analysis to account for every student and help identify which programs, strategies and interventions are most effective in contributing to student success. More information on trends will be shared in the annual Superintendent’s Report which will be presented on December 14th at the regular meeting of the Board.
BC Education Plan: The Ministry of Education has released a plan for education excellence. The plan consists of five key elements: personalized learning for every student, quality teaching and learning, flexibility and choice, high standards, and learning empowered by technology. The plan can be viewed at www.bcedplan.ca.
Innovation / Initiatives
Secondary School Apprenticeship: the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) has placed the Agricultural Equipment Technician program on the “inactive” list. According to the ITA, Agricultural Equipment Technician is a designated Red Seal program and the expectation is that BC will maintain the current program standards as described on the program profile. However, due to low numbers of apprentices registered in this trade over the past five years, ITA, in consultation with the Transportation Career Development Association (transCDA), has concluded that there is insufficient support from industry to maintain Agricultural Equipment Technician as an active program. Once a program is designated “inactive,” ITA will not register new apprentices in the program.
This is a concern to the district as we place between one and four SSA students in this program on a yearly basis. Our Career Prep teacher Rod Kitt, the ITA, and our two main sponsors have come up with a possible solution where an apprentice student would go into the Heavy Duty Mechanic program with the ITA creating an “endorsement” to be added to that ticket. We will continue to monitor progress on this.
Dual Credit and ACE-IT: We are really excited about the number of dual credit and ACE-IT students in the district this year:
• 5 students from around the district have applied for the Okanagan College mobile welding program beginning in January in Oliver using the Munckhof Manufacturing facility;
• 1 student from SESS has applied to the Residential Construction program at Okanagan College in Penticton;
• 1 student from OSS is set to enter the Electrical Foundation program at BCIT; and
• 1 student from SOSS will be starting an Esthetics program at Okanagan Cosmetology Institute in Penticton.
These are great situations for students as the district pays the fees for the programs using tuition funding, and the students receive credits toward graduation as well as post-secondary credit. For the ACE-IT programs, the district receives another grant if the student successfully completes the program.
Daycare Expansion at Tuc-el-Nuit (TeN): Daycare services at Elementary, provided by Penticton and District Community Resources Society, will be expanding to include a toddler care program. This has been initiated by the fire at SOSS, which was to have a daycare program as part of the Neighbourhoods of Learning.
Board/Authority Authorized Courses: The list of BAA courses approved for our district can be accessed from our district website at www.sd53.bc.ca under Programs & Services. Information about courses can be accessed by clicking on the course name.
Remembrance Day Ceremonies: As in the past, our schools did outstanding jobs in observing Remembrance Day on November 10. Our thanks to administrators, staff and students for their fine work. District staff and trustees attended programs in each of our communities.
October 2011 Enrolment Report: Attached is the October 2011 enrolment report. As indicated in the report, student enrolment is 2,384.375 FTE which is an overall decrease from September 2011 of 9.125 FTE. Elementary schools have decreased by 2 FTE, secondary schools decreased by 15.375 FTE and YouLearn has increased by 6.25 FTE since September 2011.
SOSS Update: A draft Project Identification Report (PIR) was sent to the Ministry on November 15. The report contains four plans and budget options and confirms that Option 5A, as preferred by the Board, staff and consultants, is the least expensive option. This option has a total project budget of $22,673,750. Ministry staff have recommended a few changes to the report prior to submission to Treasury and also requested information on costs to date on the original project and costs incurred on the temporary school facilities. The district is waiting for confirmation on timelines and process for project approval.
Telus Contract: There may be an opportunity for districts to take advantage of a new provincial contract signed with Telus for telecommunication services. In order to access the contract, districts with 60% of the total provincial student FTE must enroll in the plan. If those numbers are attained, the district could save approximately $25,000 per year. Districts outside the Lower Mainland pay a higher rate for voice services so our savings are similar to much larger districts in the Vancouver area. The contract allows for a ‘postage stamp’ rate meaning no matter where you are, the rate is the same. Annual savings throughout the province could total $1.1 million.
The Oliver Sagebrushers Art Club are celebrating the opening of a second gallery room where they have been showing their works over the last several months. The artists’ productivity and sales have warranted this new expansion.
Join them to celebrate a Cowboy Christmas! Tour the new gallery area, stock up on gifts of art and wine, listen to some live country music, and chow down on some warm chili and hot mulled cider around the campfire. Artists will be on hand throughout the weekend to tour or answer questions.
The BC Seniors Games is an annual, multi-sport event hosted by a different BC Community each year. They are one of the largest Games organized within BC with approximately 3,500 participants, aged 55 plus from all over the Province.
The 2012 BC Seniors Games will be hosted by Burnaby from August 21 to 25, 2012.
The 2013 BC Seniors Games will be hosted by Kamloops from August 20 to 24, 2013 .
The 2014 BC Seniors Games will be hosted jointly by the City of Langley/Township of Langley from September 9 to 13, 2014.
The Society was organized in 1987 with the assistance of the Provincial Government. Sport and recreation development for seniors has a direct bearing on the quality of life for older British Columbians and for the province as a whole. Activity of both mind and body has a beneficial effect on the health and well being of older adults.
Penticton/Summerland submitted a joint bid for the 2014 games as well as Osoyoos/Oliver.
Youth Cares gathered at OES Library with sponsor Marji Basso and Trish Seidler from Gold Canyon to present cheque in the amount of $402 dollars for Nav Gill’s volunteer project in Nepal. This will be for the purchase of kitchens to feed the poor and helping the homeless.
The Youth Cares group recently did a Gold Canyon fundraiser. All profits are being sent to Nav Gill in Nepal for the humanitarian work she is doing.
Youth Cares are doing a poster sized cheque in recognition of this.
Trish Seidler, Gold Canyon
Could you post that the SOSS Hornets are hosting the 51st Annual Okana-Qen Tournament at (hopefully) SOSS New Gym on Dec 9-10th games start at 9 am on Friday with the Hornets tipping off at 1:00 pm in the the 3rd game. The games go on all day with the last game at 8:45 Friday and the final four games go on Saturday starting at 10.
Just a quick reminder the SOSS Semi-Formal Winter Dance is TONIGHT 6-9 at the Oliver community centre, with a $5 admission fee in advanced. The ticket sales will not be held at the door. This is sponsored by the SOSS Link Crew program and is a drug and alchohol free event. You must get your ticket at school TODAY.
39036 Gallagher Lake Frontage Road, Electoral Area ‘C’ – Zoning Bylaw Amendment application to rezone the subject property to allow for a Distillery with associated retail sales and residential suite. Third Reading carried.
AREA ‘C’ OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN AMENDMENT – AGRICULTURAL PLAN IMPLEMENTATION
Minor amendments to the Agricultural Plan Implementation were requested by the Ministry. The Board rescinded third reading and read the bylaw a third time with these amendments. The bylaw will now proceed to the Ministry for their approval.
On November 20, 2011 a Town of Oliver employee called to report a hit and run accident at the intersection of 364th Ave and 99th Street in Oliver. RCMP attended and spoke with the caller who advised that he was called out after a local resident noticed a fire hydrant at the corner of 364th Avenue and 99th Street had been knocked over. Tire tracks in the snow represented that a transport truck and trailer attempted to turn around and hit the fire hydrant breaking it off. Water ran down 364th onto Hwy 97 turning into ice. Later in the morning a second Town of Oliver employee located the suspect vehicle, a 2007 International Tractor unit, bearing Alberta Plates that had damage to its front bumper and yellow paint consistent with the damage to the fire hydrant. RCMP were notified and subsequently came in contact with a 40 year old male Alberta driver who ultimately confirmed that he was involved in the crash. The driver charged with Fail to remain at the scene of an accident. Speed and alcohol were not factors in this incident.
The Oliver RCMP appreciates the value of having the support of both the Community and the Town in all matters that are under investigation. This file may not have been successfully concluded if it were not for the support of the Town of Oliver employees.
On November 21, 2011 an Oliver Business reported that over the weekend several batteries, cables and scrap copper were stolen from their Business located in the 8000 Block of 347A Avenue. Approx value of stolen items was $500.
On November 26, 2011 Oliver RCMP received a report of a multiple vehicle collision in the parking lot behind the Kiwanis Market on Co-op Avenue. RCMP attended and was advised that an older male had backed his vehicle into 4 parked vehicles at a high rate of speed. A 13 year old male passenger of the suspect vehicle sustained minor soft tissue injuries and was transported to SOGH for observation. The 69 year old male Oliver resident was issued a Violation Ticket for Reverse When Unsafe. Alcohol was not an issue in this incident.
If you see crime – phone Crime Stoppers or your local RCMP detachment.
Michelle Morisset, Dave Scouten, Shirley Cade, Wayne Pedersen, and staff missing from this picture are Myrna Allison, Dayna Edis and Cindy Hannah
I have to admit I will be using this picture in the festive season that is almost upon us. I took about about twenty pictures in different lighting conditions – alas this is the best. Woe is me.
Question: who is having a birthday?
1. Final adoption of a zoning bylaw at the request of Adam Sabyan for his corner lot at 350th and Highway 97 was granted. This change to zoning will allow the greatest number of commercial uses for the land and could result in a quicker sale.
2. Development Permit application was granted for a duplex to be built at 36446 – 79th Avenue. This lot used to have an older small home on it. The DP granted will allow much more square footage to be constructed.
3. All Water and Sewer rate bylaws were adopted by council setting the way for billing in 2012.
4. A water bill not paid by Oliver Parks ad Recreation Society will result in a fine of about $1200. An appeal by the Society for relief failed to get recognition. The Society is funded by both Regional District and Town. Councillors felt it would look strange if this customer received a break and not others in the system.
5. Council authorized staff to seek funding from the province to pave a path on the east side of the river at 350th. Staff also authorized to consult with Oliver Parks and Recreation Society prior to doing so. The grant to be sought in the amount of $190 thousand.
A public hearing at Oliver Town Council heard many speakers (15) and most supported the owner of 14 lots in the Industrial Area who wanted to sell land to a gravel crushing operation/ portable asphalt plant.
( Land in question is owned by Chris Jentsch but 50 lots in the industrial zone are affected and many other owners concerned. )
Bylaw 1307, if passed would have amended the Zoning Bylaw to exclude those business operations.
At the conclusion of the Public Hearing – Council abandoned the bylaw prior to third reading and said it would be up to the new council to make any further changes to the Zoning Bylaw which is currently under review by Urban Systems.
The present Zoning Bylaw is 18 years old and needs to be brought up to date.
Pictures captured by camera of Terry Schafer
All made speeches about their departures and those can be seen on Eastlink Channel 18 this week. Marji Basso became quite emotional speaking to the challenges and accomplishments of six years on Council.
Picture below shows Betty Lou Trimmer-Bahnsen and Beth Garrish of Communities in Bloom making presentation to the town and Regional District at the conclusion of two years of this project.
VICTORIA – British Columbia is feeling the effect of continued global economic uncertainty, and the Province will need to exercise continued fiscal discipline in order to balance the budget by 2013-14, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon said Monday with the release of the Second Quarterly Report.
The Province’s projected deficit for 2011-12 has deteriorated by $313 million since the First Quarterly Report, rising to $3.1 billion.
B.C. will continue to maintain a forecast allowance of $350 million as a buffer against future economic and fiscal risks.
The forecast reflects a $303-million decrease in revenue, mainly due to lower corporate income tax revenues, the impact of lower commodity prices on natural resource revenue, and reduced net income projections from commercial Crown corporations.
The Province’s projected spending in 2011-12 includes $30 million in additional statutory emergency program flood-related costs, partially offset by a net $20 million reduction in operating expenses. Government continues to face significant spending pressures that ministries and agencies will work to manage within existing budgets, with additional funding from contingencies if necessary.
Town works crew did a quick job of replacing a fire hydrant on 99th Street (Kootenay) at 364th. It would appear that a truck and trailer knocked it over in the middle of the night and all the water from a large pipe flowed down the hill to the highway bringing much dirt, gravel and debris with it.
Crews had to be called out to shut off the tap, put up warning signs etc. How much will something like this cost? The picture indicates that paving is in order.
2011-11-20 at 23:04
An Oliver resident called the RCMP to report a hit and run accident at the intersection of 364th Ave and 99th Street in Oliver. Police attended and confirmed that a fire hydrant had been knocked over. Tire tracks in the snow indicate a transport truck and trailer attempted to turn around and hit the fire hydrant breaking it off. Water ran down 364th onto Hwy 97 turning into ice. RCMP officers are interested in speaking with the driver of the vehicle or witnesses to this incident.
Call Crimestoppers or your local RCMP detachment
Fred says he was born in Penticton but raised by the Stelkia family in Oliver before leaving the reserve to work elsewhere in Canada. At retirement he said he wanted to return to the area he calls home. He says he has been taught about art by many great artists.