1. Steel girders to watch in the sky at SOSS
2. New locked shed near playground at OES
3. Sign taken away at TEN for refinishing
Subsequent to media reports regarding the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen’s response to an episode of salvaging at the Campbell Mountain landfill facility in 2010, the Regional District’s Chief Administrative Officer this morning released this statement:
The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is satisfied with measures taken by SSG Holdings to resolve concerns about salvaging of materials that occurred in 2010 at the Campbell Mountain landfill facility.
At the time the episode was reported, the Regional District, through its Solid Waste Facilities Coordinator, immediately made clear to SSG Holdings its position on salvaging. There have been no further reports of salvaging involving Regional District or employees of contracted service providers.
The Regional District is proud of the professional standard maintained at its landfill operations. Our landfills operate according to the best management practices for landfill operations and are routinely inspected by provincial environmental agencies.
Our Public Works team will present to the RDOS Board in early September an updated Solid Waste Management Plan that will increase waste diversion to 73% from its current 51%. This master plan also provides for increased recycling at multi-family residences and workplaces; increased reuse and recycling of construction, demolition and renovation waste; and achieving these goals in a financially sustainable manner.
Our employees consider the Okanagan-Similkameen region their home and take pride in delivering services and resources that make it a great place to live. We appreciate our partner, SSG Holdings, shares our values.
Chief Administrative Officer
Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen
House destroyed. Covered by insurance so says Joe Louie who let ODN tour the site of Tuesday’s early morning fire. Two adults and four children got out safely when fire started in a building to the west of the main house. It had no electricity and was not joined to the house – it had been built and designed to be used as a music studio for the kids. The house at 35152 Inkameep Rd off Black Sage has a tremendous view to the north and will be rebuilt once the insurance claim is settled says Louie. He and his wife Tiny pictured outside the gutted house this morning.
The couple is looking for a 4-5 bedroom house in Oliver or Osoyoos to rent for about a year. You can call 250-408-9544.
You can drop off clothing to the Osoyoos Indian Band Office/Health Centre. Furniture donations would be welcomed but not until a house is rented.
The Louie’s would like to thank Dora Stelkia and Ronnie McGuiness for all their help and many others including the Oliver Search and Rescue and Oliver Fire Department.
The family needs the help of people in the South Okanagan to find a large 4-5 bedroom house in Osoyoos or Oliver to tide them over until arrangements are made for permanent housing here.
If you can help call this number 250-498-4771 or the Osoyoos Indian Band Office
B.C. Government workers across the province will go on strike on Wednesday September 5, the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), Professional Employees Association (PEA) and Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE) Local 378 announced today.
On September 5, approximately 27,000 BCGEU, PEA and COPE 378 members who work for the B.C. government will go on strike in 153 communities and 1785 government worksites across B.C. The strike will last all day.
“We are looking for a fair and reasonable agreement, but the government is not listening. We have no choice but to send a clear message on September 5: there can be no more falling behind for all government workers.” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “We’ve not taken the decision to strike lightly. Our last strike in direct government was over 20 years ago.”
Since 2010, B.C. government workers have suffered a real wage cut of five percent. The government’s last offer, which has been withdrawn, would see pay cheques fall further behind inflation.
“Our professional members have in almost all cases chosen public service because of their commitment to serving the public”, said Scott McCannell, PEA Executive Director. “Without some protections to stop a clear trend of downsizing licensed professionals in the public service, the public interest will not be served. Our members will be taking job action for the first time in their 38 year history to send a message to the government that this issue needs to be addressed and that we need a fair settlement.”
“We’ve exhausted our other options with ICBC and the provincial government,” said COPE 378 President David Black. “Our members have spent over two years without a collective agreement doing more work for less pay.”
Essential service levels are guaranteed so the health, safety and welfare of British Columbians will not be impacted by the job action.
The BCGEU represents 25,000 direct government workers. The PEA represents over 1,200 licensed professionals employed directly in BC’s public service. COPE 378 represents about 4,600 workers at the Insurance Corporation of BC, a crown corporation.
Photo and story – BCGEU
Effective at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, the current campfire ban in the Vernon and Penticton fire zones will be rescinded due to a decreased risk of wildfires. Campfires will now be permitted throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre.
The public is reminded that campfires cannot be larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide. Anyone who lights a campfire must have a hand tool (such as a shovel) or at least eight litres of water available nearby to fully extinguish it. Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure the ashes are completely cold to the touch before leaving the area.
All other types of open burning remain prohibited within the Kamloops Fire Centre. This includes:
Anyone found in violation of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for up to $345. Anyone who causes a wildfire through arson or recklessness may be fined up to $1 million, spend up to three years in prison and be held accountable for associated firefighting costs.
The Kamloops Fire Centre extends from the northern border of Wells Gray Park north of Blue River to the U.S. border in the south, and from the Bridge River Glacier west of Goldbridge to the Monashee Mountains east of Lumby.
The open fire prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. Please check with local governments for any other restrictions before lighting a fire.
The open fire prohibition will remain in place until the public is notified that it has been rescinded.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://bcwildfire.ca
Yesterday the ORRI team received the unfortunate news that the work on VDS 13 (Vertical Drop Structure) cannot be done this year due to high flows in the Okanagan River. We had the same situation last year. In-the-river work must be done in a very narrow window and the flow cannot be be reduced adequately this year.
Sockeye are holding in Osoyoos Lake and as soon as the river temperature drops after a cold night or two, they will make their way up to spawn. Should be quite a spectacle.
We are thinking of have a celebratory day with guided tours during the spawning peak. I will keep in touch if this does actually happen.
ORRI held a public meeting Tuesday to talk about the project with about 14 people attending. No contentious issues.
Lee McFadyen – ORRI project spokesperson
Brian Douglas Louie, 33 of Oliver will stand trial in a provincial court in Penticton December 5 of this year.
He remains in custody and will appear October 31st for a trial confirmation hearing on five criminal code charges laid after an incident with the mother of his child on OIB land last May.
Louie is charged with offences including aggravated assault in connection with a domestic violence incident.
He pled not guilty to all five charges and his lawyer Jim Pennington says the accused wants trial before a provincial court judge.
The Crown will call 13 witnesses in total: 6 police officers, 6 civilians and 1 expert medical witness. The trial could last 2 to 3 days.
1. The number of funded acute care beds remains stable and expected not to be reduced
2. ER Emergency Room remains very busy with 18 thousand visits a year
3. Increased specialization has resulted in the regionalization of maternity, pediatrics and surgery
4. Hospital serves Osoyoos and Oliver and wants to provide the right care at the right time and place
5. Fortunate to be available to recruit medical and nursing staff
6. Recognition that parts of SOGH are a little dated and designed to meet standards of another era and the staff do the best job possible under those circumstances.
7. Hoping to be appointed as a pilot for enhanced rural health care – the hospital is known for its implementation of IT in health care and the skills of dietitians, respiratory therapist and nurses to help with chronic conditions like heart and lung disease and diabetes.
8. Substantial upgrades to the existing facilities are needed especially the ER
Dozens of salmon have washed up on the Osoyoos beaches on Lakeshore Drive and near Haynes Point.
It appears to be part of the natural process the fish undergo as they migrate on their way to spawn, but the sight of so many dead fish is an unfamiliar one to many because salmon numbers have been lower in recent years.
Howie Wright, the fisheries manager for the Okanagan Nation Alliance, says warm waters in shallow parts of the lake don’t provide enough oxygen for some fish.
“We do know that mortality occurs each year,” he said. “What we don’t know is when that happens or the magnitude of that mortality. And right now, in our harvest plans, we do include an en route mortality factor.”
Report and picture from CBC
Lot of inquiries this week about this – took a drive last night to Osoyoos no sign of the problem
Education by the numbers
VICTORIA – The following facts provide a snapshot of British Columbia’s public education system:
Enrolment for the 2012-13 school year
BC Ministry of Education
Picture from Linda Anderson
Fire Department called at 1:16 am to Inkameep Rd subdivision just off Black Sage Rd. Spencer Tribbick of the OFD says 23 men fought the fire with 5 pieces of equipment. Tribbick says most of the house is gutted but the basement appeared okay with some roof damage and the fire was concentrated on the main floor.
Family is needing clothes, food and provisions. If you can help call the Osoyoos Indian Band office.
Mayor Hovanes has agreed to work with the Communities in Bloom committee members in finding a new location for a marker near the cenotaph. Some concern expressed that the present location was inappropriate and council has decided it should be moved to another location in the same civic garden area or across the street in Triangle Park.
Council has authorized staff to bring forward drawings for selection of a space near the Fairview Bridge for a fourth corner public park. This would be an area across from the spray park that would add to parkland in perpetuity coupled with all other parkland near the river. (Previously – the land at Centennial Park has been zoned commercial and is up for sale.)
This move by council will see a separate legal entity and zoning in the future. The immediate decision is to the size the property and get a legal survey paid for by land reserve funds.
Council will write to MP Alex Atamanenko stating the new changes adding Penticton to the federal riding could be beneficial to the local area and Oliver would support the changes.
One amendment to the Official Community Plan has been given first and second reading and heading to a public hearing sometime this fall. Desert Hills area was brought into the town in past years and now the owners want to move forward with their development on the side of the hill west of the cemetery. Council will move forward with this change, rezoning the land but all residents of the Rockcliffe area will be notified of public consultation by mail. Desert Hills plans about 150 housing units and a commercial area once all approvals are in place.
2 trees vandalized Thursday night on Sparatan street by the high school. Both of these trees were planted this spring. One tree we replanted hoping it will take – this year the other one was damaged too bad to replant. The local RCMP have been made aware of this.
Public Works Foreman
Town of Oliver
Last night at the volunteer’s appreciation dinner in Penticton, the Rotary Club of Oliver was awarded the Founder’s cup and plaque for “growing” the Penticton Ironman. The club was cited for its 30 year commitment to the event with its manning the bike aid station in Oliver. “You have been there from the beginning and have helped grow this event from the 23 original competitors in 1982 to the over 2600 in this final year of the Ironman Canada event”, were the words of Judy Sentes. Captain of the aid station, Ron Worth accepted the cup and plaque, while members in attendance were applauded when they took to the stage. This is the last year of the Subaru Ironman event. New sponsorship will see the event continue next year.