Archives for September 2013
Residents of a small town in the Similkameen valley are banding together to build a permanent roof over their outdoor ice rink, despite having a budget far short of the estimated cost of the project.
The 300 people who live in Tulameen say that winter snow ruins the natural ice, but bids to construct a new roof cost two to three times more than the $300,000 the town had for the project.
Instead of paying a contractor, the community decided to build the roof themselves with local companies, stores and families providing the labour, equipment and some materials.
“It’s just a complete community effort on this place,” says Rod Hassell, one of the organizers for the construction project.
“Everybody has just been absolutely amazing. The truckers, the equipment, the concrete guys—someone brought in dirt. Just amazing. Someone donated scaffolding. It just goes on,” says Mardi Hassell, a key organizer and Rod’s wife.
The roof is expected to be completed this week, and Mardi Hassell hopes it will enhance Tulameen as an outdoor recreation destination.
Report above on CBC today
Earlier on ODN – June 20th
Tulameen will get an ice arena steel cover at a cost of $300 thousand. Contract approved and granted to Romard Developments in the amount of $297,423.
The contract to cover an existing ice rink that is owned and managed by the RDOS in this small community west of Princeton. Most of the labour will be volunteer cutting the expected cost by $200 thousand.
Area H RDOS Director Brad Hope says “that’s the way we do it” over in the outback. Some concerns from board members on liability issues but the vote passed with assurances that the construction and the site management will be professional, on time and on budget.
Original tenders were received in the range of $564 to $955 thousand and were rejected with local people coming together to get the job done.
January 1, 1934 – September 24, 2013
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Maria Dionilde Carvalho, on September 24, 2013 at Sunnybank, with her loving family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband Gabriel Carvalho on March 24, 2010.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Oliveria Loureiro (Jack), Eulalia Moura (Daniel) and John Carvalho (Raquel). Grandchildren and great grandchildren: Matthew Loureiro, Stacy Loureiro (Colleen) and Nathan, Tony Moura (Alicia) Logan and Ronon, Christopher Carvalho and Amanda Carvalho (Shelby) and Matthew.
Maria was a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and mother-in-law. Her love for her family was unconditional. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
The family would like to thank the staff at Sunnybank for the wonderful care and support they gave our Mother throughout her residence. We wish to say a special thank you to the staff members who cared for her in those last days and for the support they gave the family during the days we were at her bedside. Thank you to Dr. Myslek who was always there for Mom and always ready to give the family her attention and support.
We thank Nunes ~Pottinger Funeral Service for their excellent help and attention to the families’ requests and needs.
Prayers will be held at Christ the King Church on Sunday September 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. with the Funeral Mass at 10:30a.m. on Monday September 30, 2013. Interment will follow at the Oliver Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association in Marias’ name would be appreciated.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.
Gregory Koturbash, provincial court judge in Penticton today sentenced Ronald Arthur Teneycke to time served plus 133 more days in Kamloops jail and detailed probation terms for a three year period – after the 51 year old Okanagan Falls man pled guilty to two charges.
On August 14, Teneycke was arrested by police after security personnel at the Lakeside Casino in Penticton informed them of an incident in the parking lot that was video taped.
That tape show a teenaged girl and Teneycke “snorting” meth. A ban on publication was ordered today on facts about the girl.
Teneycke was at the time of this incident – covered by recognisance terms which he breached on a separate issue.
So the two charges – possession of a controlled substance and breach of recognisance were the issued dealt with today.
Crown Counsel John Swanson stated during the hour long hearing that Teneycke is a predator, an untreated sexual offender with a record of violence in his assaults. Swanson stated Teneycke had been mentally assessed 6 times with all indications that he would return to his old ways.
Defence Attorney Jim Pennington told the court normally a conviction of simple drug possession would get a fine not a six month jail term. Pennington said the amount of the drug was .4 grams – not the amount stated by the Crown to the Judge.
Ronald Teneycke told the court he lived with his mother in Okanagan Falls and she has been given less than 3 months to live with a diagnosis of terminal cancer. He apologized to another court official Judge Gail Sinclair for breaching conditions given to him.
He apologized to his family as well. He said he hoped for an intermittent sentence so that he could be close to his mother and allow for him to develop a better relationship with the police.
Judge Koturbash accepted a Stay or Proceedings on an 810.2 Protection of the Public application that has never been heard – as the new probation order was deemed strong enough by the Crown.
The sentence involves a curfew of 9pm to 6am, no contact with previous victims or persons under the age of 18, no alcohol or illicit drugs and no weapons
On September 27, at approximately 11:30 am, Police stopped a possible impaired driver on the 8700 block of 92nd Ave. After stopping for Police the driver of the car exited and started to walk away from the Police Officer. The man was instructed to stop by the Police and did so. The driver was found to have been consuming alcohol and was required to provide a breath sample which resulted in a “Warn” reading. The 41 year old man from Osoyoos received a 7 Day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition, a Motor Vehicle Act ticket, and the vehicle he was driving was impounded for 7 days.
On September 27th, 2013 at approximately 11:00 pm, a white Ford Tempo was observed by an RCMP officer driving erratically with no lights on at night. Police stopped the vehicle and noted a strong smell of marihuana from the inside of the car. The driver was arrested for possession of marihuana and the subsequent investigation resulted in a seizure of two ½ pound bags of marihuana. The 23 year old man from Oliver is facing charges of Possession of Drugs for the Purpose of Trafficking. The driver was also found to be under the influence of alcohol while driving and received a 3 day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition with his car being impounded for 3 days.
On September 28th, 2013, at approximately 2:00 am, an RCMP Officer on patrol observed a grey Chevrolet Camaro accelerating quickly spinning its tire’s as it turned a corner and continued accelerating west on Ponderosa Drive. The Police officer activated the Police car emergency lights and with the Police car behind it the Camaro accelerated beyond the speed limit. The driver of the car eventually pulled over and was investigated for Impaired Driving as she showed strong signs of impairment by alcohol. A second Police Officer was called to the scene as the driver was uncooperative and attempted to walk away while she was under Police Detention. The driver chose to not stop for Police and was arrested for obstruction. The driver fought with the Police Officer punching him in the ear. The 32 year old Female from Osoyoos refused to provide a breath sample as required by Law and received a 90 Day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition and her car was impounded for 30 days. She also faces criminal charges for Obstruction and Assaulting a Police Officer and is due to appear in Provincial court in November.
On September 28, 2013 Police were advised that overnight a 2013 orange/blue KTM 300XC Dirt Bike dirt bike had been stolen from the back of a pickup truck parked the Osoyoos Super 8. The bike is used for competitive riding and has aftermarket FMF pipes and has #29 on the front. If anyone has information on this stolen motorcycle or any other crime crimes please call the Osoyoos RCMP at (250) 495-7236 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
On September 29th, 2013 at approximately 1:00 am, an Osoyoos Police Officer on patrol observed a white GMC truck fail to stop at the stop sign on 83rd St at 68th Ave. The truck was pulled over and the driver was noted to display signs of impairment. The breath demand was given to the driver who provided 2 breath samples which resulted in fail readings. The 50 year old female driver from Osoyoos received a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days.
December 29, 1945 – September 26, 2013
On Thursday September 26th, long time Osoyoos resident John Manuel Garcia passed away at the age of 67, at Mariposa Gardens following a long battle with dementia.
He was predeceased by his parents Manuel and Maria Ester of Penticton.
He will be lovingly remembered by his family including Laura, his devoted wife of forty-six years; son David (Joanne) and children Reece and Ricky; daughter Lori (Brad) Forster and children Graydon and Macey; brothers Joe, niece Stephanie, and Frank (Grace), nieces Kathleen and Sandra as well as many extended family and friends.
John was born Dec 29 1945 in Terceira, Azores. The Garcia family emigrated to Canada in 1959, and settled in Penticton. John moved to Osoyoos in 1967 and married Laura and together they operated “Garcia`s Texaco and Fruit market “ for many years. Following that his careers varied from being an orchardist, an Okanagan Similkameen Packing house Field man to hosting the Call of Portugal radio program.
John was a founding member of the Osoyoos Portuguese Cultural Society and Portuguese Folk Dancers. He was also a dedicated member of St. Anne’s Church and the Knights of Columbus.
In the 60s and 70s, John assisted many new Portuguese people with matters of immigration and
translation as well as to MC at many weddings , dances and other events.
As a well respected member of the community, John received a 19 year award of service as a
director of the Osoyoos Credit Union. Over the years he enjoyed shortwave/ham radio broadcasting as well as his aviary and pets.
A heartfelt thanks to all our family and friends for their support during John`s illness, in particular the staff at Mariposa Gardens, Dr. Calder and special thank you to Tia Merces Vieira for her dedication to John’s care.
Prayers will be recited at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday October 1st, 2013 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be celebrated by Fr. Dave De Souza at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday October 2nd, 2013 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Interment and committal will follow at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted to the Alzheimer Society of B.C or the S.P.C.A.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Live Link www.jmins.com
Oliver Sagebrushers present
Nashville Rocks Rustico with “Mikie Spillett”
5pm Friday October 4th at Rustico Farm and Cellars Winery
Highway 97 and Road 16 West to 4444 Golden Mile Drive
Tickets $15.00 a person
Purchase at Rustico Winery or call Sally at 250-498-0104
Bring your favourite potluck dish and warm clothing
40 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
OCTOBER 3, 1973 – 2013
Wow! This October 3rd will mark my 40th Anniversary as Owner/Operator of Oliver SuperValu & 53 years of working in the grocery industry under the “SuperValu” banner!!! Back in 1960 my grocery career started with SuperValu as a box boy in Vancouver, at Thurlow & Davie, working after school & week-ends. Over the next 13 years I worked my way up to Store Manager, at the Victoria Dr. & Tsawwassen locations, becoming the youngest Store Manager at that time. In 1972 I had won a 2 week trip to the Canada/Russia hockey tournament in Moscow, USSR and while there met a businessman from Kelowna who strongly convinced me into buying my own store.
So in 1973 I decided to make the big move and purchased Oliver SuperValu from, Ken Forbes & John Louden. At the time Oliver SuperValu was closed on Sundays & Mondays—imagine that!! That quickly changed & we were open 7 days a week. Then in 1981 Oliver SuperValu moved from the original location (the current Double O bike store) to it’s current location in Oliver Place Mall and in 1997 an extensive store re-model was done, adding on an additional 8000 sq. feet to better serve the ever-growing needs of our community. We take great pride in being part of our community all these years; sponsoring school events, sports and charities.
My wife Terri has been by my side to assist me since 1986. My sons, Donald & Allan, were both raised in Oliver & graduated from SOSS. Donald went on to obtain a Masters Degree in Hotel Management & is the General Manager of Walnut Beach Resort in Osoyoos. Allan is our Assistant Store Manager and has worked at the store since 1992. Our Store Manager, Norm Houle, started with us as a box boy back in July 1974, and is still with us.
We wish to express our sincere appreciation to our customers for their loyal support and our staff, past & present, for their dedicated work ethic by celebrating my “40TH ANNIVERSARY” in business!!! To show our appreciation for your patronage over the years, Thursday October 3rd , 8am – 8pm, customers will be given a 10% discount on their grocery orders AND at 11am we invite you to join us for free coffee and cake (still freshly baked from scratch in our bakery ovens)!! YUM!! We look forward to seeing you in the store!!
Your Neighbourhood Grocer
THURSDAY OCTOBER 3RD
10% OFF YOUR
(Excluding select items including Tobacco)
Pictured above the Governor General speaks with Chief Clarence Louie.
Kx (Kxansuluxw) Hall introduces a song as a welcome to the traditional territory of Osoyoos Band members.
(Below) Thhe Governor General speaks with Dan Friesen in the barrel room at Culmina.
The Governor General has asked community foundations to build a smart and caring nation, The CFSO has served the area for 20 years and says it will make an even stronger commitment to communities in Princeton, Keremeos, Osoyoos, Summerland, Penticton and Oliver.
www.cfso.net for more information
Our Board hopes that everyone had a wonderful summer and that you are re-energized for the new school year. We would like to welcome back all of our employees, students and education partners. Our schools report a smooth startup, despite fluctuations in enrollment. Unfortunately our enrollment is down by 25.125 FTE from September 2012. We are still awaiting final confirmation of numbers by September 30th by which date we have to submit our student numbers to the Ministry. This final enrolment figure will determine our funding for the 2013/2014 school year.
We are very proud of our new SOSS building. We, along with about 550 members of the public, attended the “soft opening” of SOSS on September 19th. The formal opening of the school and the Frank Venables Auditorium will be on December 14. We were contacted by the publishers of the Award Magazine with regard to profiling SOSS in their December 2013 issue. This magazine is BC-based and is an award winning national architecture/design magazine. In each issue they profile significant building projects across Canada. We have given them authorization to proceed.
The District Achievement Contract is on the district website. We, along with our education partners have collaborated on the district goals. Also on our website is our brand new mission and vision graphic design. Our trustees will be sharing a copy of the design with our PAC’s and there should also be a bigger copy of this eesign in all of our schools by next week.
Our district ran 13 Summer Read/Rhyme/Tec and Rec programs this summer. This year we received summer school funding from the Ministry of Education and this funding enabled us to extend the programs at both Osoyoos Elementary and Tuc el Nuit Elementary so that both these schools could offer Read and Tec. Early analysis of the data shows some significant results.
The District again received a $20,000 grant from ITA. This funding will support many initiatives in the Career Prep area including:
* build on our female participation in the traditional “male” trades
* continue to provide the grades 6/7 trades awareness program YES2IT
* increase the SSA and ACE IT participation and supporting transitions to post-secondary opportunities
We are working hard to ensure that students look at this valuable career path for their future.
Students at OSS are once again looking forward to developing their leadership skills and to bond at Camp Boyle. The Camp Rattler 2013 on October 1st and 2nd was approved and this trip is normally a high school highlight for grade 10 students.
We will again partner with Desert Sun to support the Mother Goose program in Oliver. StrongStart facilitator Shannon Koteles will work with Theresa Swift of Desert Sun to provide the program to families in the evening at the Oliver Hub. This will provide parents and children unable to attend StrongStart in the morning the opportunity to participate in literacy activities. A second initiative will involve CAP-C coordinator Nancy Aatelma and her clients joining our Oliver and Osoyoos StrongStarts to participate in the many activities and services available.
Ryan Schulz of Omland Heal Chartered Accountants attended the September Finance and Facilities Committee meeting to review the 2012/2013 financial statements with trustees. The board ended the 2012/2013 school year with a surplus of $1.3 million which will be allocated to items that include $372,329 to cover 2013/2014 expenses, $144,245 for a computer lease payment, $122,347 for school budgets and $402,639 for local capital.
Provincial discussions with CUPE concluded on September 18th with a two-year provincial framework agreement being recommended by the bargaining teams for ratification by local boards. The framework agreement includes a wage increase as follows:
1% – July 2013
2% – February 2014
0.5% – May 2014
Based on current staffing levels, the cost to the district for 2013/2014 is $102,000 and $189,000 for 2014/2015. The framework agreement does not include any savings from the collective agreement. Boards of Education are very supportive of a wage increase for our CUPE employees, but the Ministry of Education informed Boards at the beginning of August to come up with a district savings plan to offset the cost of this increase. This is extremely challenging for Boards as we have already set our budget for 2013/2014. The Ministry requires the savings plan not to affect core services and the plan has to be approved by the Public Sectors Employers’ Council (PSEC). After approval the board needs ratification of the Framework Agreement and the conclusion of local bargaining.
Our Board is also deeply concerned by the recent firing of the British Columbia Public Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) board by the Minister of Education. This association is the accredited bargaining agent for Boards of Education in the province and used to bargain on behalf of Boards of Education with the BCTF. We are very unsure of our role in future bargaining with teachers that will commence in October.
The Board made a motion to endorse the Community Plan for a public system of integrated early care and learning proposed by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the early childhood educations of BC.
Please be sure to try and attend our learning forums. The first learning forum will be held at the SOSS library on October 9th, and will be on Career Prep. All of our learning forums will be widely advertised in newsletters, local newspapers and ODN. We will conclude our learning forums on the 14th of May at the Osoyoos Mini Theatre and at this forum Inquiry Time will be discussed.
Should you have any questions, please contact me at 250-498-1333
Submitted by Marieze Tarr, Chairperson
School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen)
Launched at 9am PST Vandenberg Airforce Base
Canada’s newest satellite will hitch a ride aboard the West Coast’s inaugural Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, a mission that comes 51 years after that nation entered the space age with another Central Coast launch.
Blast-off a success for the Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket, which stands 222 feet tall.
What is the cargo aboard the space booster?
That cargo is the Cascade Smallsat and Ionospheric Polar Explorer, or CASSIOPE, built by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (MDA) of Canada.
CASSIOPE’s mission is to prove a new design for a Canadian satellite frame that carries a scientific experiment and a technology demonstration.
Satellite contains magnetometer designed by John Bennest of Summerland BC
What an amazing summer it has been. As we all pull out our blankets to fend off the cool fall nights, our dreams turn towards waking up to new snow and hustling out the door to catch some early morning turns. Unbelievably skiing begins at Mt. Baldy in only two and a half months. With that reality we wanted to get the ball rolling and send out an update.
There are a lot of details that go into getting a ski hill open for operations and this year is no different. We assure you that we are working hard to get “all our ducks in a row” so that we can start selling all you keeners your 2013/2014 seasons passes.
Unfortunately things don’t always go at the pace we need, or want. Now we understand that many of our past pass holders are getting nervous about pass prices and early bird opportunities at other mountains. Please know this….. Our friends at Apex Mountain Resort have promised us that all Baldy pass holders in the last 2 years can receive early bird pass pricing at Apex WITH NO DEADLINE!!!
Until we at Baldy, are able to “get our ducks in a row”. So please, have no fear and let your worries slip away with summer. When Baldy passes do go on sale they will be offered at our low summer pass rate along with your favorite “Baldy Bucks”. Your skiing will not be any more expensive just because you “held on till the last possible moment”
We all know why it’s worth waiting…….
Saturday, September 28th, Grandmothers for Africa groups from this region met in Penticton to share ideas, gain new knowledge and network to promote fund raising for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Laughter was shared and a few tears too as guest speakers, Yodit Tsegaye, Graham Coultas and Miriam Grant shared their experiences and helped deepen understanding of the situation faced by grandmothers in Africa.
We learned some astonishing facts. In the 30 years since the first AIDS diagnosis more than 25 million people have died from the disease. Sub-Saharan Africa has 69% of new infections and 60% of all people living with HIV in Africa are women. Worldwide AIDS is the leading cause of death for women in the 25 – 34 year age group. So although retroviral drugs are now available to a much larger population, underlying problems as well as immediate need must be addressed.
Yodit spoke of the many initiatives underway in the local projects. They include everything from nutritional support (kitchen gardens, better farming skills, soup kitchens) to educational support to keep kids in school, efforts to encourage treatment adherence, healthy living training, psychosocial support, vocational training and on and on.
But what does an initiative called ‘model social justice’ really look like? In Kenya, one project provided shelter and safety for girls who had been sexually abused. It became apparent the police simply did nothing when girls tried to report perpetrators so the girls could not return to their homes and communities. Shelters could not keep up with the need. So in this case, ‘social justice’ meant getting detailed statements from 150 girls with the help of free foreign lawyers who volunteered their time. “The 150 Girls Initiative” meant taking the police to Court for not carrying out their duties. The case was won. The police now arrest perpetrators. In Ghana and other African countries there is interest in taking similar action.
Yodit expertly explained the way the Stephen Lewis Foundation works as it fosters mutual respect and trust with the local grassroots organizations. There is due diligence from the onset before funding takes place. She tries to ensure the Foundation responds to real needs on the ground and the response is both rapid and flexible. A community based model is used with an emphasis on communication and partnership. It gives local people, especially grandmothers, voice. They become courageous advocates for their families and communities. Their collective voice is growing stronger – pressing for their human rights and a hopeful future. Canadian grandmothers have responded in soidarity.
The local Grandmother’s group meets the first Thursday of each month at 1 pm in the basement of Oliver United Church. New members are always welcome.
RE: Crown Land Referrals – Electoral Areas ‘F’, ‘G’ and ‘H’
“Summerland” & “Shinish Creek” Wind Power Projects
THAT the RDOS advise FrontCounter BC that the proposed “Summerland Wind Power Project” and “Shinish Creek Wind Power Project” are supported; and,
THAT a new set of General Regulations related to “height exceptions” be prepared for inclusion in Regional District Zoning Bylaws, and that this be brought forward for consideration at a future meeting of the Planning and Development Committee.
The Regional District has recently received two separate referrals for 14 wind turbines and associated structures, transmission lines and road accesses by Zero Emission Energy Developments (ZED).
These developments are formally known as the “Shinish Creek Wind Power Project”, which involves the development of 7 turbines in Electoral Areas ‘G’ and ‘H’ with an installed capacity of 15 megawatts (MW), and the “Summerland Wind Power Project”, which also involves the development of 7 turbines in Electoral Areas ‘F’, ‘G’ and ‘H’ with an installed capacity of 15 MW.
The applicant is seeking a General Area Licence of Occupation for “Windpower – Development Phase purposes” over an area of approximately 1,009 hectares (Shinish Creek Project) and 390 ha (Summerland Project) for a term of up to ten years.
FrontCounter BC is seeking input:
Does this application impact your agency’s legislated responsibilities?
If the proposal proceeds, will the proponent require approval or a permit from your agency
Is the application area zoned for the proposed purpose?
The area under application is seen to be comprised of un-surveyed Crown land approximately 10 kilometers (km) south-east of Osprey Lake and 32 km west of the District of Summerland. Also included in the Licence of Occupation application is an access corridor via a forestry road from Osprey Lake as well as a transmission line corridor linking to the main BC Hydro transmission line located near the western boundary of Electoral Area ‘H’ (which will cross the Princeton Summerland Road).
BC Hydro currently offers what it refers to as its Standing Offer Program (SOP), which encourages the development of clean or renewable power projects of no more than 15 MW throughout British Columbia.
The benefits of participating in the program is that the process for small developers selling electricity to BC Hydro is streamlined, contracts are simplified, transaction costs are decreased, and the program supports the principles and policies set out in the BC Energy Plan (2007) and the Clean Energy Act.
The Board is asked to be aware that as a facility intended to provide electrical power into the provincial grid, Administration has received legal advice that the proposed wind power project constitutes a “utility use” under the various RDOS zoning bylaws and, therefore, a use permitted in all zones in all Electoral Areas.
Nevertheless, the proposed development must still comply with any relevant development controls, such as maximum height regulations, and while there is no height restriction in the WRA Zone, the RA Zone limits the height of structures to 8.0 metres.
As the applicant has indicated that “the current wind farm design utilizes seven Vesta V100 wind turbines with a rated capacity of 2.0 MW and hub height of 95m. Each turbine has three blades each at 50 metres in length … [and] the total height of the turbine measure to the tip of the blade is 145m”, a variance for the turbine to be situated within Electoral Area ‘F’ will be required (at that FrontCounter BC be advised accordingly).
This raises an interesting scenario as (BC Hydro) power projects in British Columbia have historically been exempt from local government bylaws, so issues surrounding permitted uses, building envelopes and Development Permit Areas have not traditionally been applied.
That BC Hydro is now requiring independent power producers to be in compliance with local government land use bylaws in order to qualify for consideration under the Standing Offer Program appears to provide the Regional District with a prospective veto over these projects as it is imagined that requiring compliance with the 8.0 metre maximum height restriction would render the proposed wind turbine impracticable.
This issue has also highlighted a potential shortcoming in the Regional District’s various Zoning Bylaws as they relate to structures that typically exceed the maximum height restrictions in a zone, such as antennas, church spires, flagpoles, transmission towers, chimneys and utility poles, and the potential need for Board approval.
Administration notes that both the North Okanagan and Central Okanagan Regional District Zoning Bylaws contain general exemptions for transmission lines and utility poles, as do the Zoning Bylaws of all the member municipalities (i.e. Penticton, Summerland, Osoyoos, Oliver, Princeton and Keremeos). These exemptions, however, do not appear to be applied to wind turbines, likely due to the relative recency of turbines as a feasible source of power generation in British Columbia.
Alternatively, it is also recognised that the introduction of wind turbines in communities elsewhere has, on occasion, been contentious and that concerns associated with the operation of wind turbines (i.e. shadow flicker, noise, visual impact, impact on migratory bird and bat populations, etc.) have been expressed. In response, some local governments have introduced regulations addressing these concerns through siting requirements (i.e. setbacks of four times the tower height from any residence) and maximum noise levels.
In response, Administration considers that there are a number of options available to the Board with regard to wind turbine developments participating in BC Hydro’s Standing Offer Program:
Given the separate provincial approval process and requirements associated with the development of wind turbines, Administration favours reducing duplication between provincial processes and Regional District processes by introducing an exemption for wind turbines in the Resource Area and Watershed Resource Area Zones from maximum height requirements (Option 2 – Sub-Option ‘A’).
For these reasons, the introduction of regulations related to the siting of wind turbines is not favoured at this time, nor is the exclusion of wind turbines from the definition of “utility uses”. Administration considers that the expertise to assess these types of proposals on Crown land properly resides with the relevant provincial ministries.
RDOS document for discussion October 3rd – report has been edited
These kids come every year from a high school in Abbotsford, “Mennonite Educational Institute”.
They are enrolled in a Grade 12 class called “Missions 12” and they spend time volunteering with the Gleaners here in town. When they need a break from chopping onions, they wander the streets of Oliver doing random acts of kindness including handing out flowers and washing the windows of the businesses downtown.
I don’t know how many years they have been coming but they are always a lovely group of teens and it is a pleasure to meet them.
O.K. Photo Lab