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Archives for May 2012
Census Canada says – the number of babies being born is on the rise.
Babies are used in the schools to teach empathy amongst students of all ages. Seems like a great thing to do – a novel approach to teaching. Certainly brightens up the day.
Only young asparagus shoots are commonly eaten: once the buds start to open (“ferning out”), the shoots quickly turn woody.
Asparagus is low in calories and is very low in sodium. It is a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, rutin, niacin, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese and selenium, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. The amino acid asparagine gets its name from asparagus, as the asparagus plant is rich in this compound.
The shoots are prepared and served in a number of ways around the world, typically as an appetizer or vegetable side dish.
I was out and about the city of Jinan China where I currently live and work and I found a foriegn food and beverage market. I was looking through the wine section and I discovered a little taste of home and I thought it might interest you.
Inniskillin ice wine is selling for $184.87CAN. and Jackson Triggs ice wine is selling for $150.00CAN.
Picture and story from Gordon McKay
Time: 7:45 pm Wednesday.
Fireman called to Harfman Ranch on Sawmill Road for a fire outside the house of undetermined origin. Appeared not to be a structure fire.
Smoke seen as far away as Kipoola in Osoyoos – photo from the Hog Puller
Liberal MP Scott Brison has stepped in to offer his June 6 slot for further debate on Dan Albas’s Bill C-311. The bill could have died but will see the light of day next week.
It will be interesting to see who debates it or whether it will get all party support before going to the senate.
If the one-clause bill makes it through the Senate before the chamber rises at the end of June, it becomes law right away. That would be just in time for the summer tourism season at Canadian wineries.
But the bill leaves the rule-making up to the provinces, so the laws will vary.
See two earlier stories and comments on ODN
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Eastlink Communications Launches Faster Internet Speeds
by Bonnie Dancey, CEO – SO Chamber of Commerce
In a letter to SOCC President Petra Veintimilla:
Thank you for your letter dated April 10, regarding internet connectivity and bandwidth in Oliver and Osoyoos. We certainly appreciate the ongoing growth in internet speed demand and are keen to equip local businesses with products that help contribute to their success.
At Eastlink, we pride ourselves on our continued investment in the communities we serve. In Oliver and Osoyoos, we have made a significant investment over the past number of months towards upgrading our fibre network. This has enabled us to launch competitive telephone and deliver enhanced video services that include over 110 HD channels, Video on Demand, and a variety of new digital TV channels.
As part of these initial product upgrades, we are also preparing to launch faster internet speeds, initially up to 20 Mbps in a matter of weeks, making us the fastest internet provider in both communities.
In the coming year, the next phase of upgrades will include a further internet speed increase to 40 Mbps, followed closely thereafter by speeds of up to 200 Mbps.
Thank you again for your passionate interest in this area. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call at 780-533-3002. Regards, Nasser Sayah Regional Manager Western Operations Eastlink
1. The Conservative government is backing a proposal by a B.C. backbencher, Dan Albas to allow Canadians to buy wine outside their province and take it home.
2. NDP MP Malcolm Allen says the party has offered to let Albas trade his next private members’ business slot for one of their MPs’ time so they can get the bill passed.
It’s currently illegal, with a few exceptions, to carry alcohol over interprovincial boundaries. Tory MP Albas, who represents Okanagan-Coquihalla, introduced Bill C-311 on Oct. 3, 2011.
The bill allow people to import wine for personal use from one province to another, as long as it conforms with the laws of the province in which it ends up.
The law was created during the prohibition era when alcohol consumption was banned.
1. Gail Shea, national revenue minister, announced the government’s support for the bill on Tuesday. She said the current law stifles the growth of Canada’s wine industry.
Changing the law, Albas says, gets the federal government out of the way and allows for individual provinces to consult with their industry and consumers to set their own laws.
Right now, it’s hard for small wineries to sell to provincial liquor boards because they can’t produce enough, but they’re only able to sell within their own province. Albas pointed to a B.C. winery that does a lot of business with China because it can’t sell to Canadians outside the province.
“I think most people would say that that’s not okay,” Albas said.
The bill was debated Tuesday and will return for a vote the next time it comes up on the House agenda, likely in late September or October, after time ran out to hold a vote on it.
Albas says he’s disappointed it didn’t go to a vote last night, accusing the NDP of stalling the bill.
2. The NDP say there was a “miscommunication” about parliamentary procedure and that they didn’t intend to talk out the time allotted. NDP MP Malcolm Allen says the party has offered to let Albas trade his next private members’ business slot for one of their MPs’ time so they can get the bill passed. Albas says he’s only had an informal offer so far.
Allen says because liquor control falls under provincial control, federal politicians would have to talk to their counterparts before moving to repeal the whole prohibition, which now includes several exemptions.
“We’re in a sort of place where we can repeal this particular part of it and the wineries and vintners are all very supportive of that particular piece that allows them to do some selling and marketing across provincial boundaries and enhance their businesses,” he said.
“That’s satisfactory for them. So that was the whole reason to make sure that we made this first step.”
Picture supplied by wikipedia – Thanks to the CBC for their files.
The colour is spectacular and makes my mouth water.
“The photos were taken by myself, Ruby Alexis during a salmon camp at Gallagher Lake which was hosted by the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the En’owkin Centre. The first photo is of Okanagan River sockeye drying on a traditional rack. The second photo is Gary Bonneau and Chris Armstrong showing an Okanagan youth, my son-Raymond Alexis how to clean and prepare the salmon for processing. Several processing methods are being used at the camp, including drying, smoking and canning salmon. As a special note, some of the sockeye salmon being processed at the camp was harvested at Okanagan Falls, which was one of the most significant Okanagan-Syilx fisheries on this side of the international boundary.”
Thanks again Ruby Alexis
May 29th, 2012 / 5:40 p.m.
Alex Atamanenko British Columbia Southern Interior, BC
Mr. Speaker, I am happy to say a few words in support of Bill C-311. I would like to thank my colleague for Okanagan—Coquihalla for taking the initiative to introduce the bill.
I know there is pressure to fast-track the bill through Parliament, and I understand that. However, it should be noted that this issue is not new. The Canadian Vintners Association has been requesting more flexibility in our liquor laws for a number of years.
I became involved a few years ago. I wrote the minister on September 2010 and received a very favourable response. At the time, he mentioned that he was soliciting input from provinces and territories to enter into a consensus-building approach to explore the impact of the limitations in place under the act. Subsequently, we had more communication. It is my understanding that this was in the process.
To those who say that we need to go very quickly, I understand that. However, we should put this in context: this issue has been under consideration for a while. Theoretically, the government could have introduced legislation long ago and resolved the issue. That did not happen and we are here today debating this important bill.
Hopefully we can move it forward today. It would certainly be very appropriate if we could change this law before the summer tourist season.
Why is this bill important?
First, it would allow consumers to buy a reasonable quantity of wine directly for personal consumption. The quantity would be defined by each province.
Let us not forget that it is illegal for me, for example, to go to a winery in Ontario, buy a bottle of wine there and take that bottle home with me to British Columbia. It is absurd. – Alex Atamanenko
Okanagan Coquihalla Conservative MP Dan Albas says Bill C-311 has not been defeated, but it has been delayed, after amendments were requested as it came up for third reading Tuesday night.
The B.C. member of parliament says the bill, dubbed ‘free my grapes’, has now dropped to the bottom of the hearing list and most likely won’t resurface until early to mid-fall.
Albas blames New Democrats for what he calls a senseless and unfair assault on the Okanagan wine industry, arguing it will delay removal of trade barriers until at least next year’s growing cycle
Roots of Empathy is a district-wide character education and anti-bullying program that seeks to foster empathy and compassion in children and adults. At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom nine times over the school year. A trained ROE Instructor coaches students to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings. In this experiential learning, the baby is the “Teacher” and a lever that the instructor uses to help children to identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others.
We are happy to share that ROE had its beginning at all 5 elementary schools in the district in 2007 and we are proud to celebrate the contributions of 5 years of ROE programming with an event to honour our ROE Families, Babies, and Instructors on Wed. May 30 at 4:00 pm at SOSS in Oliver. We would like to especially extend an invitation to all of our alumni babies who have been involved with Roots of Empathy in our district. We are looking forward to having all alumni families/babies in attendance. Please contact Marieze Tarr at 250-498-1333 or email at email@example.com for more information.
If you would like to join our ROE team as an Instructor or ROE Familiy with a baby born between May and Aug of this year, please contact Mrs. Tarr at 250-498-1333 or Ms. McCall 250-497-5414 for information.
Ms Lisa McCall, MA BEd
Principal Okanagan Falls Elementary School
S.D. #53 (Okanagan Similkameen)
1141 Cedar Street, O.K. Falls, B.C. V0H 1R0
Tel 250-497-5414 Cell 250-689-0524 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Remax Yard Sale for Cure on Saturday had our greatest turnout yet! –And, we served up over 300 hotdogs!
We raised just about $2000, and donations in cash are still trickling in.
Anyways, thanks a bunch, I posted a thank you on the classifieds of ODN as well to the community. Thanks to the community for its support.
Karen, Matt and the whole team.
Shane Swift and Luke Whittall, two of the Okanagan’s most gifted guitarists and vocalists, are releasing their debut recording and capping it with a concert at Medici’s on Friday night, June 1st.
Luke, a locally grown artist, has been a mainstay talent in the Oliver music scene in recent years. Shane Swift left a hot Vancouver band behind and moved his family and his music to the Okanagan several years ago. Once tuned into one another’s music, the sweet guitars riffs and folk harmonies started to flow. They like to refer to their sound as ‘Folkanagan”.
The Gala Vanters will capture your heart, fill your ears with sweet sounds and your imagination with rich tales and perspectives of this beautiful valley we live in. Friday night. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
This year marked the 60th year anniversary for the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting. This year Penticton was host to over 241 delegates over a 3 day period. One of the main highlights of the AGM included the most organized Policy Resolutions Review to date with over 41 new resolutions to be presented to the Provincial Government.
Petra Veintimilla, President of The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce presented a policy recommendation regarding Community Futures – Economic Gardening Program for over 2 million dollars in funding. This policy was accepted during the session with excellent support from other communities. Petra said, “ This funding will help ensure businesses in other areas of the province will have the opportunity to grow and prosper.” Other newsworthy policies included the continued advocacy for removing interprovincial trade barriers for shipping Canadian wines which is expected to get some positive results in the near future when reviewed by the Province. Premier Christy Clark announced the Micro Business Training Pilot Program by Premier Christy Clark at our 60th Anniversary AGM & Conference in Penticton. “This program leverages the unique ability of the Chamber of Commerce Network to deliver skills training to micro business owners in the sectors which need it most,” said John Winter, President & CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce.
The Premier gave an excellent update on the Province’s economic outlook which included major projects like LNG Canada, (Liquid Natural Gas) a multi-billion dollar project based out of Kitimat, British Columbia with 3 Asian partners and Shell. There is also an existing LNG plant launching in 2015 in Kitimat with partners Encana, Apache, and EOG resources. These two projects will position BC as one of the leading suppliers to Liquid Natural Gas. Martin Salloum, President and CEO of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce skipped the Alberta Chamber of Commerce AGM to instead attend the BC AGM in Penticton. Again, just another indication that the Province of BC is moving towards more progressive economic times. In order for the Canadian economy to stay on top there is always work to do. The Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness in BC were summarized by Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Robert Fine, Director of Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission. Barriers that were emphasized included skilled labour shortages, lack of production, out of date technology, and over regulation by government. These barriers are available for review on http://chambertop10.ca/10-barriers/ All delegates left the AGM feeling inspired and ready to put new ideas into action for their local community. Holly Plante, Vice President of the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce comments “I learned that in order to remain competitive in an already extremely competitive Western economy our local communities like Osoyoos, Oliver, and Okanagan Falls really need to make it easy and inviting for new residents to relocate and businesses to open their doors. The sunny South Okanagan is open for business!” Next year’s BC Chamber AGM will be held in Nanaimo, BC again in May 2012. For Further Information Contact: Petra Veintimilla President, South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce
Our district will be applying to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to fund our Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) program. This year our district has 18 active SSA’s with two more being signed up this week. In the past all SSA projects that met the criteria were funded, but in the future we will be receiving a re-formatted SSA Project Call for Proposals that is reflective of a competitive application process.
Our Assistant Superintendent organized an elementary and a secondary meeting of teachers and administrators to talk about the district direction and focus in literacy for next year. These discussions will inform our district achievement contract and our literacy initiatives for 2012-2013.
We are very excited to expand our Read/Rhyme and Rec to SESS this year. This program is a very effective intervention/intersession reading program for Kindergaten/primary students at all schools. This year we will pilot a grade 5-7 program at SESS.
The BC Liquor stores Dry Grad Campaign raised $3 116 in the Okanagan Similkameen for our school district’s Dry Grad events.
All of our grade 10 PE students will be participating in a Defibrillator Enhancement Program thanks to a donation of $7 980 from Interior Savings Credit Union. The schools received 70 CPR mannequins, teacher and student resources and eight teachers were trained to teach CPR. This year the teachers will also be teaching their students how to use a defibrillator .
Please check your local schools newsletter if you have a child entering Kindergaten in the fall as we have “Welcome to Kindergaten” programs at all of our elementary schools during the next 2 weeks. Every student entering Kindergaten in the fall will receive a ‘book bag” full of books and other materials, parents can use at home to help their child develop Kindergaten skills. Parents and children will learn all about the Kindergaten program and the school and meet the teacher at this event.
Our annual District Elementary Track Meet will be taking place on Friday June 1st at SESS.
The Board approved a Fields trip for 37 students from OSS to the CSI@LSI(UBC Life Sciences Institute). They will be spending a day at UBC and will be introduced to the field of research and the diverse career options for a trained researcher. This trip is fully paid for by this UBC program and the students will be led through various experiments by LSI graduate students to eliminate suspects and to solve a crime. What a wonderful opportunity for our students!
On May 9th a meeting with representatives of Adopt-a-Seat, South Okanagan Concert Society, Venables Auditorium Committee, SO Amateur Players, the Town of Oliver, SOSS and the school district was held to review the plans for the building of the auditorium (RDOS and Oliver Parks & Recreation unable to attend). Robert Hamilton, Theatre Consultant, was also in attendance to discuss options for the theatre and equipment requirements. It was confirmed that the theatre will seat 400 people and will have a separate drama room for school use. A meeting will be scheduled for the fall prior to the distribution of the equipment tender. It is anticipated that the theatre will be complete in December 2013.
Lastly our Roots of Empathy program is celebrating six years of success in our district on May 30th at 4.00 pm in the atrium at South Okanagan Secondary School. We will celebrate with this year’s instructors and babies and we are also extending our invitation to all of our alumni babies.
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations plans to aerially treat up to 28,000 hectares of Douglas fir forest in the Okanagan to reduce populations of western spruce budworm.
The proposed treatment areas are located near Bear Creek, the Ellis-Carmi forest service road, Clark Creek, Inkameep, Madden Creek, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Falls, Naramata Mountain, Shingle Creek, Sheep Creek, West Kelowna and Westwold. The pest management plan and maps of treatment areas can be viewed at the Thompson Okanagan Region Forest Health Program office at 441 Columbia Street in Kamloops (or online at http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/rsi/ForestHealth/Western_Spruce_Budworm_Spray_2012.htm).
The biological agent Foray 48B will be applied by helicopter on or about June 10-15, 2012, weather permitting.
Foray 48B is a biological insecticide that is widely used in B.C. and is registered with the Organic Materials Review Institute. The active ingredient in Foray 48B is the naturally occurring bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (Btk). This spray only affects moth and butterfly larvae and can be used safely around humans and other animals. Birds, household pets, fish and beneficial insects (including honey bees) are not affected.
The western spruce budworm is an insect that is native to B.C. and the Pacific Northwest. In its larval stage, it defoliates Douglas fir, true firs, spruce and larch trees. A budworm outbreak has the potential to seriously harm or kill trees over large areas.
More information about the Western spruce budworm is available online at:
picture supplied by wikipedia
About three weeks ago – students at OES began a marathon of 6 laps each school day during outdoor PE periods. Today came the award of completion with a number of visitors and dignitaries joining them on the final 6 laps around the track. Well done students. Below a picture of Hunter Miller showing how much he is putting into this marathon.