Time enough to run back for free popcorn and candied apples. Everyone impressed Katie and volunteers.
Archives for October 2012
The Kiwanis Club of Oliver would like to thank our general contractor Grant Beauclair for many innovative ideas and the quality of construction in the building the Oliver Community Stage.
During construction it became evident that the building needed a security screen across the front which was not planned. The Kiwanis Club wishes to thank our suppliers who gave donations to keep this project affordable.
Tru Building Centre ~ Mike Johnson Excavating Ltd.
Linton Landscaping and Bob Cat Service ~ Oliver Readi Mix Ltd.
Interior Ready Mix Ltd ~ Barisoff Holdings
Grant Beauclair Construction ~ Oliver Rental Centre
Timber Mart – Town of Oliver – Outreach Neon Ltd.
Big thanks to Bob Grant and the Parks and Receration staff whose enthusiam made this project enjoyable to do
” Checked with staff and confirmed this application has passed through most of the required hoops.
We understand that FLNRO ( Provincial – Forests, Lands and Natural Resources) has issued its approval and that DFO ( Federal – Department or Fisheries and Oceans) has approved the aquaculture permit.
However, the waste-water discharge permit, which is issued by the Ministry of Environment’s environmental quality office, is still under consideration, in part because the applicant still needs to forward an application containing an approved aquaculture permit number.
Ministry of Forest, Lands and Resources
After extensive consultation with Novartis, and public health and regulatory officials in Italy and Switzerland, as well as its own product assessments, Health Canada has determined that there are no safety concerns with any Novartis vaccine products in Canada or British Columbia.
With this release for use, all Fluad and Agriflu products currently distributed across health authorities in B.C. will be put back into use in public influenza vaccine campaigns. That campaign is now underway throughout the province. Novartis products represent about 30 per cent of the provincial vaccine supply.
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SOAICL: South Okanagan Association for Integrated Community Living.
Bonnie and Kevin – share a pose at Sears in Oliver
Kevin and his crew transformed the mall space into an attractive, bright spot to check out appliances, mattress, TV’s and lots of household items. Picture taken inside the All ‘Round Outfitters space at Sears. Grand Opening Event at Sears –
TODAY, Saturday and Sunday – drop in and say hello.
Cpl. Jason Bayda, Second in Charge of the Osoyoos RCMP Detachment attended the South East District awards ceremony held in Vernon recently at which time he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Cpl. BAYDA received the award in recognition of his accomplishments in building relationships between the force and the community while stationed in Lytton from 2007 to 2009.
Cst Phil FRY was awarded the Queens Diamond jubilee Medal in recognition for his many years as a Police DARE Officer. He has taught this valuable drug resistance program to hundreds of youth. He was also recognized for his countless hours volunteering in Osoyoos and the Lower Mainland area for youth and charities as a trained clown.
The deadline for those wishing to submit an expression of interest to manage the historic Keremeos Grist Mill has been extended for at least two more weeks.
Copies of the Requests for Expressions of Interest package are available on the BC Bid website at: http://www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca
(Click ‘Browse’, then choose ‘by organization’, click ‘#74’, then ‘Operation and Management of the Grist Mill at Keremeos’.)
The Keremeos Grist Mill is one of 23 heritage properties owned by the Province. It is currently managed as a publicly accessible historic site museum by a third-party manager. Arrangements with the current operator expire March 31, 2013.
Contact: Brennan Clarke Public Affairs Officer
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations 250 356-5261
Many generous donations by members of the Oliver/Osoyoos Sikh Community will be used for uniforms, equipment and travel expenses, and will make field hockey participation more accessible to students and their families over the next couple of years.
The Senior Girls are Valley Champions and are gearing up for the AA High School Provincial Championships in Burnaby on November 7, 8, and 9th.
Submitted by Lesley Noftle
SOSS Field Hockey Coach
Oliver workers voted in favour of joining CUPE at the end of last month while Kaleden workers took their vote last week. Library workers at both branches will join CUPE 1123, the local which currently represents frontline staff at 17 ORL branches throughout the Okanagan.
CUPE 1123 president Rose Jurkic says that employees at the two branches felt it was the right time to join CUPE.
“Our last round of negotiations was very difficult, but employees at all ORL branches, unionized or not, saw that CUPE 1123 was committed to representing library workers in a fair and equitable manner,” says Jurkic. “We welcome our newest members to our local and look forward to continuing to provide quality public services at all our branches.”
CUPE 1123 now represents over 170 frontline workers at 19 of 29 ORL branches.
CUPE BC website release
RCMP received a call of two illegal immigrants spotted on Main Street in Osoyoos who had been denied entry into Canada the prior day at the Osoyoos Port of Entry. The males, one from Michigan and the other from New Orleans both have extensive criminal records in the United States. Members began making patrols for the two with the assistance of RCMP’s Integrated Border Enforcement Team, the RCMP Regional GIS team and Police Dog Services. Police located the two males (and a dog) on 87th Street on October 24th at 8:15 a.m. where a foot pursuit ensued as the males ran over the roofs of various property structures near 87th Street and Quince Lane.
One male was arrested a short time later on top of a roof and escorted down. The dog was also secured with the assistance of the property owner. The second male was able to elude police. Several calls were received by Osoyoos residents as they spotted the second male crawling through their yards however he still proved difficult to locate. Again further assistance from the public was received after the male was spotted running north bound on the beach off of Spartan Drive. Subsequently the male was apprehended on 104th Street. Both males admitted to crossing into Canada illegally through the mountains just west of Osoyoos. They crossed on October 23 approximately 2 hours after being denied entry. After crossing illegally neither reported to Canada Customs. Both claimed they were coming to Osoyoos to meet up with a friend who they then planned to attempt to smuggle into the US. Both males were subject to an Immigration hearing at which time they were issued Exclusion Orders and returned to the United States.
The Osoyoos RCMP would like to thank those that helped by calling in the suspects location. Without this assistance the male likely would have eluded capture.
Thursday will see Tara White, Senior Fisheries Biologist – Forest Lands and Natural Resources speaking as a delegation to an RDOS Meeting. Ms. White will discuss details of the proposed aquaculture facility on Gary Klassen’s property from a fish habitat perspective.
ODN had asked the ministry two questions: Has any form of license or permit being issued by DFO/Ottawa or MFLNRO/Victoria for this plant? Will the owner treat water and allow it to go onto the land surface or will the dike be breached to allow some form of waste-water into the river?
The answer to both questions would appear to be NO. The BC government is reviewing the application with a joint committee and the federal Department of Fisheries has the final say on a aquaculture permit.
Brennan Clarke Public Affairs Officer – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations sent along the following information on Fish Farming, requirements of water quality etc on any discharge from a fish farm:
“The aquaculture application you asked about would require several layers of approval including:
· A permit under Section 9 of the water act allowing the applicant to conduct “works in an around a stream.” (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is the lead)
· A permit allowing him to discharge waste-water into the Okanagan River (Ministry of Environment is the lead)
· An environmental protection permit (also Ministry of Environment) to safeguard the quality of water discharged into the Okanagan River system. Water quality concerns include temperatures, disease and the level of oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorous, pharmaceuticals and other aquaculture by-products.
· An aquaculture permit approved by both the province and the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. This permit has gone through the preliminary stages and is now under review by a joint committee made up of staff from DFO, the provincial Ministry of Environment and the provincial ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations. A final decision on this application is not anticipated until all of the other permitting requirements have been addressed. DFO has the final say on the aquaculture permit.
· The applicant would not need a permit to fill his tanks with well water as ground water is not regulated by the province.
· The Okanagan River system is considered highly sensitive and the B.C. government is committed to ensuring this application has no impact on water quality or downstream fish habitat.” says Clarke.
Cpl Mike FIELD (pictured at right) received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for his outstanding community contribution to the Scouting Program in Oliver over the last 7 years. Left – RCMP Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens Commanding Officer of
Cpl FIELD’s volunteer efforts with the scouting program has had a positive influence on dozens of community youth and has allowed this important community based program to continue and flourish in Oliver.
On October 26, 2012 the Osoyoos RCMP received a call of a theft of vehicle from the Buy Low Foods parking lot in Osoyoos. The registered owner had parked his 1973 Chevrolet Camaro in the parking lot and briefly went inside to shop. Approximately 8 minutes later when done shopping the car was gone. The car is grey in colour and at the time had BC licence plate 966RSG attached.
On October 26, 2012 the Osoyoos RCMP received a call of a theft of two puppies from an address on Meadowlark Drive in Osoyoos. Both puppies, one an Australian Shepherd and the other a Bernese Mountain Dog are 5 weeks old. Both dogs went missing from the fenced property sometime overnight. The dogs were suspiciously returned during the evening of October 29, 2012 and left in a box outside of the owners house.
On October 26, 2012 the Osoyoos RCMP received a call of a mischief to a vehicle on 26th Avenue in Osoyoos. The vehicle windows had been smashed and an accusatory message was written on the vehicle which leads police to believe this was a targeted attack on the home owner.
On October 27, 2012 the Osoyoos RCMP responded to a two vehicle collision on Main Street near 45th Street. An east bound vehicle towing a 5th wheel trailer was turning left from Main Street onto 45th Street when a 2005 Mazda 3 attempted to over take the truck and trailer colliding with the trucks driver’s side door. There were no injuries reported and only minor damage to each vehicle.
Reminder to drivers to be extra vigilante and watch for children as they trick or treat throughout the Town of Osoyoos and the Regional District. As well, a reminder to those trick or treating to be safe. Carry lights or reflectors and watch for traffic before running out into the street.
On October 29th (Monday) at approximately 11:00 PM a 30 year old male, temporarily a resident of Osoyoos, attended to the Oliver 7-11 for a pre-arranged meeting. On arrival the victim was approached by two males described as:
- 6′ tall, 200 lbs, Caucasian, French speaking
- both wearing dark hooded sweaters with scarves covering their faces.
The two suspects demanded money from the victim and brandished a small bat and a mag light style flashlight in an effort to intimidate and motivate the victim to provide cash. The victim was able to escape his attackers and the attackers fled the scene. Oliver RCMP are investigating with the assistance of the South Okanagan & Similkameen Regional GIS Unit.
Any witnesses to this even are invited to contact the Oliver Detachment re. File # 2104 2012-5868.
If you see crime happen call Crime Stoppers or your location detachment of the RCMP