Archives for March 2013
Oliver Community Garden
5840 Airport Street
Presented by Town of Oliver and RDOS Area C
I missed this event Saturday at the community park – do you have pictures?
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Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) instructor Andrew Frank partnered with the Coastal First Nations (CFN) to produce and launch The Sound of Silence, an oil spill awareness television advertising campaign reminding British Columbians of the threats oil tankers pose to BC’s coastal waters, wildlife, and communities.
Frank, an environmental protection and applied communications instructor, produced the campaign ad and media relations strategy through his public relations company Andrew Frank Communications. A two-minute video features the music of Paul Simon. The campaign went viral on March 24, 2013 – marking the 24th anniversary of the tragic Exxon Valdez Oil spill in Alaska. Produced on a shoe string budget, the video has produced hundreds of thousands of dollars of earned media.
“It was an honour and privilege to produce and launch this important new ad campaign with the Coastal First Nations,” said Frank. “The public and media response has been overwhelming, and angel investors have since stepped forward to expand the campaign into new media markets in BC.”
The Sound of Silence is a response to the controversial Enbridge project that is continuously working to gain public support for the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Through television and social media, The Sound of Silence has gone viral and is shaping public conversation around pipelines and tankers in British Columbia. Featured in the Globe and Mail and elsewhere as a successful public relations campaign, the campaign has appeared on CBC’s The National, Global TV, CTV, CityTV, Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, The Province, Calgary Herald, Victoria Times Colonist, Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal, Metro, 24 Hours, News 1130, CKNW and more.
“This story shows the power and importance of environmental communication in building and shaping public discussion and opinion around important issues facing our province,” said Frank. “These are the kinds of practical success stories that I like to bring into the classroom and share and analyze with my students.”
The Sound of Silence is an example of the kinds of projects and skills students enrolled in KPU’s public relations and applied communications programs learn. KPU’s public relations and applied communications courses teach students how to become adept at analyzing context, message, audience, and purpose—the foundation of effective communication. Students are exposed to technology now essential in the production of business, professional, and technical communication, from word processing to computerized slide presentations. For more information about these programs visit, kwantlen.ca/business.
Fire scene location: 5263 Highway 97S (between Roads 6 and 7) Oliver
Time: Before 11 am Friday
Garage on rented home destroyed – attached home – heavy smoke and water damage.
Police, ambulance and Oliver Fire Department attending
No known injuries, cause of fire not determined
One way traffic on Highway Southbound – northbound diverted onto Rd 7 at time of photograph
Perry says Penticton Liberal candidate Dan Ashton has become too political in criticizing the leader of the NDP and that could work against the chances of getting hospital improvements at PRH or government support in the future for many projects.
His concern is that while Ashton is a Liberal MLA candidate in the May 14th provincial election, he is still mayor of the city and chair of RDOS.
“A mayor’s position is unique as municipalities depend to a very large extent on senior levels of government for funding to help with necessary works and projects that their constituents need or want done. Every member of council is taught at some point not to bite the hand that feeds you,” Perry told Castanet.
Ashton says it’s clear that Premier Christy Clark has taken this issue head on, while Mr. Dix refuses to put forward any ideas. Dix has since visited the hospital.
“I told everybody point blank that when the writ is dropped, I will take an unpaid leave of absence,” says Ashton. “I will also be paying up to $35,000 for the mayoral by-election.”
Photo and files from Castanet
Yes there is a lot of smoke in the sky and visible for miles.
Yes it should be over shortly.
If you go back several days on this blog there are many pictures and information on controlled burns. Thanks for all the photo contributions from people who stopped along the way to get a picture.
Lovely weather, spring break, Easter time – a long weekend.
Need lots of pictures – sky is blue
Charge up the batteries and get shooting – send in to ODN
Banner displayed on Friday is artwork from Jim Kemes
BC Government agent Joan McCaughey’s last day is today. Drop by today and get a piece of cake.
Joan moved to Oliver to retire and will definitely be staying. A Rotarian, Joan will have lots to do.
Side story – This position will not be filled. No government agent for Oliver.
Cost cutting sees supervision from Penticton and the addition of a part time clerk to help with the one full time employee.
The driver of the car shown below shaken up quite badly, treated on the scene and transported to the SOGH for further examination.
Witnesses indicate a truck with canopy proceeding eastbound down the hill striking a red SUV with Nevada plates – bouncing off that vehicle and hitting a car parked on the south side of the street. Other drivers not injured badly. No life threatening injuries. Assistance given by Oliver Fire Department.
After two years of planning and discussion with adjacent landowners we are ready to begin work on phase two of the ORRI project.
Phase 2 will reconnect an oxbow below the Forsythe property with the Okanagan River. Work will begin with the removal of brush at the north and south end of the site and progress to dike building and culvert placements.
The brush is being removed in the next few days before birds begin nesting in the area. Disturbed ground and other areas will be replanted with riparian species to replace the removed brush.
The work will continue for several weeks.
If you have any questions contact: Lee McFadyen Public Relations Coordinator, Okanagan River Restoration Initiative 250 499 5404 firstname.lastname@example.org