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Archives for October 2013
“I know how you love soft, warm socks, so it’s nice to know you can get them right in town. While you are on your photographic explorations, for new items, you need to keep your tootsies cosy.” – Pat Whalley
One item I just love are warm socks made from the wool of the alpaca.
Linda Schultz has a sub-store in Beyond Bliss – full of socks, scarves, blankets and other fine products. Just come in and feel the warmth.
Linda reminds you that on December 1st (Sunday) – Sunkeya Farms Alpaca is having a Christmas Open House 11 am to 4 pm
1264 Green Lake Rd
For the second time within a month – employees of FortisBC Electrical have turned down a back to work idea.
Recently the international union IBEW stepped into this long lock-out/labour dispute and got the company to sweeten the deal – some say by half a percent.
The employees voting in the Kootenays, Kelowna, Penticton and Oliver have turned it down
Cold winter ahead with almost 40% of year gone as far as wages.
Earlier on ODN
Provincial Mediator Vince Ready has issued a report calling for an 11 % wage hike in a 5 year agreement but members of the IBEW said no in a vote taken Thursday night.
No percentage given on the rejection vote but members say it must have been closed. The union leadership did not take a position on recommending the offer.
However Rod Russell of IBEW says the vote was overwhelmingly “NO”. He says the money was good but corporate concessions would not be appreciated by young employees.
Russell says this is an emotional time with union members without a pay cheque for 3.5 months.
One worker on the Oliver picket line said the situation is “stupid”. He said a faction of employees were unhappy with some language in the proposed contract with regard to where they might be dispatched to but many employees do want to return to work as soon as possible and are not looking forward to being out for a long time.
The terms 2% for the remainder of 2013 (no retroactive, 2% in each of 2014 and 2015, 2.5% in each of the last two years 2016 and 2017.
FortisBC has been in bargaining since early January 2013 with IBEW 213, a union representing approximately 225 company electricity employees.
FortisBC activated what is referred to as an Essential Services Order, which ensures we can maintain electricity service, safely and reliably. The services and staffing levels set out in this order were negotiated between the company and the union with the assistance of the BC Labour Relations Board.
Local 213 represents employees various generation, transmission and distribution operations, including power line technicians, electricians and system power dispatchers from Creston to the south and Central Okanagan.
FortisBC and IBEW have been without a contract since January 31, 2013.
The two parties have been bargaining since the beginning of the year. Employees were locked out – they never walked off the job.
Aaron Baptiste reads his speech thanking Ron and Tara Hovanes for having him in the “Painted Chair” programme on Sawmill Rd.
Speeches from a number of people at one of a series of openings of the “up-cycling” store.
MLA Linda Larson on hand along with two representatives of Community Living BC – a government body that authorized the “think out of the box” vocational training centre.
The second annual Creative Christmas Tree Contest is back!
It’s time to get creative, think outside the box, and create a Christmas tree! The tree will be displayed in the downtown core at the lot next to OK Photo on Friday, November 29th . Set up will be at 9:00 AM on Friday, November 29th and take down will be the same evening or the following morning at 9:00 AM on December 1st. You will be responsible for delivering and picking up your own tree.
The coveted Snowman Trophy will be presented to the winners of the best tree! It’s a fun way to take part in the Oliver Town Light Up and if you’re a business owner to promote your company !
If you don’t want to display a tree, then we’d still love you to participate and support the Oliver Christmas Light up. Possible examples include: In-house specials, display table on main street, caroling (get a group together)…the possibilities are endless!
The tree will be judged based on the following:
Creativity (no lights required)
It doesn’t cost a thing and you don’t have to be a business to participate… so come out and show us your creative side!
Creative Christmas Tree Contest!
Owner / Manager: Tom Fortune
Street: 5852 Main Street
In Oliver BC
NAPA on Main Street – New location for drop off and pick up of parcels and packages.
Every other day I find something here on ODN that makes my head twirl.
Most of us know how to spell but sometimes our eye does not catch what others see.
November is CORRECT spelling MONTH
A bottle of quality wine will be given to the reader who catches the worst:
Headline spelling error or
Story spelling error or
a comment that has deplorable English.
Have at it – as I say to most ex-teachers – I do the best I can.
“You buy a place in the ski hills, you expect the ski hill to be running,” says cabin owner Sandra Smith. In most years, Mount Baldy fans were able to buy season passes as early as mid-August. But it’s almost November, and there’s no word on when tickets will go on sale.
“The problem is, we’re just going through some financing and it’s taking a little longer than we thought it would, so consequently we’ve been delayed all the things necessary things to totally open,” explains Bob Boyle, one of the resort’s principle owners.
But Boyle says the money is coming. “I’m anticipating we will have that in place in within the next two weeks,” he says. “We’d like to say that we’re going to open on the regular date, but it may be later.”
Matt Koenig, the local general manager, acknowledges there will be a delay once the resort gets the green light to sell tickets and explains how it will affect the mountain. “Things which aren’t necessary ….won’t get done, but all those things that are mandatory and necessary will still get done,” he says.
Report from Sandra Smith
On Wednesday, November 6th Kyle Dion and his team from New Line Skateparks will be coming to Oliver to do an inspection of the Oliver Skatepark and hold a concept design workshop with park users at the Oliver Community Centre.
A pair of local youth made initial contact with His Worship Mayor Ron Hovanes at the end of the summer and set up a subsequent meeting with Parks and Recreation Manager Carol Sheridan that drew over 35 park users of all ages to the park on Sept 11. This meeting was an opportunity to walk through the park facility with the users and gain a better understanding of safety and design concerns as well as discuss the process that would need to happen in order to make any changes to the existing facility. This process was kick-started on Sept 16 when a delegation of youth presented their concerns about the Oliver Skatepark to the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society. The Society passed a resolution to instruct staff to bring in an expert in the field of skatepark facilities to do a site inspection, meet with the local users to gather feedback, and create a report including a concept design and costing formula for potential improvements to the park. This report will be reviewed by the Society in 2014.
The Oliver Skatepark was built in 2000 as a result of years of hard work and tireless efforts by a local group of caring individuals who formed the Oliver Skatepark Society, in partnership with the Town of Oliver. Funds and building materials came from in-kind donations from service clubs, local businesses as well as the Town of Oliver and a one-time grant from the “Spirit of BC”. Over the years the park has seen much use by children, youth and adults from all over the world and this subsequent “wear and tear” on the facility is showing.
The style of skateboarding and other small wheel use such as scooters has changed significantly since the park’s completion almost 15 years ago, as well as the general use of Lion’s Park where the skatepark is located. The local youth who spend time at the park regularly feel that the time has come to “revitalize” the Oliver skatepark facility to meet the changing needs and trends of small wheel sports and ensure all the features are safe for park users.
The design workshop hosted by New Line is open to the general public and will be held on Wednesday, Nov 6 at 6:00pm in Meeting Room 2 at the Oliver Community Centre. Carol Sheridan from Oliver Parks and Recreation encourages as many of the local park users as possible to come out to the meeting and provide their ideas and input.
For more information please contact Carol Sheridan at 498-4985 or email email@example.com
Police say the limited editon model was discovered Saturday morning in Surrey. No arrests yet.
The vehicle was taken Friday morning from the Huber Bannister GMC dealership on Westminster Avenue.
When RCMP officers arrived on the scene they found a showroom glass bay door smashed open and a car missing.
The silver Special Heritage Edition Grand Sport was gone but soon after the vehicle sped past on Eckhardt Avenue toward Highway 97. The chase began and detachments notified
The vehicle was not seen after it past through Trout Creek and was believed to have turned off the highway before gettting to the Okanagan Connector.
November 14, 1936 – October 5, 2013
On Saturday October 5th Percy Verreault of Oliver passed away peacefully at the South Okanagan General Hospital at the age of 76 years.
He was predeceased by his father Raoul, mother Susanna and brother Paul.
Percy will be fondly remembered by his loving family including wife Sharri, sons Dwight and Duane and seven grandchildren.
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium
The man I knew for fifteen minutes
I knew he must have been special long before I actually met him.
That was because I knew his wife. I had known Sharri for a half a decade or so, as she is the woman who is my mothers caretaker.
A very kind, practical and always ready to help kind of woman, and because of this, I knew the man who stole her heart so many years ago must have something special. During the times we would see each other , she would in passing tell stories of her history.
Little snipits, snapshots if you will, of her husband and their lives together.
None of them boastful or the kind used to impress, they were just what they were, matter of fact stories.
The tales of flying around the central BC, the days of rodeo with the McLean clan and those alike, the life time of horse chiropractoring , a rare gift and a life saver to many Man’s best friends.
I always thought, this was a man I’d like to met someday. The kind of man you imagined who could easily make one feel lacking.
It wasn’t until he fell ill a few years ago, I went to SOGH to say hello and meet him for the first time. It was like I had known him for 100 years, like he was welcoming an old friend . We spoke of his airplane days and you could see, behind our conversation the memories of long ago twinkling in his eyes.
In the fifteen minutes during which our two lives were spent together, two strangers, two men from different generations and nothing more than a casual chat , I had met an incredible, humble man of honour.
Percy Paul Verreault passed away Oct 3 2013 and the world lost another good man.
Everyone heading to work on Friday in B.C. will have to be on their best behaviour as the province’s new anti-bullying rules come into effect.
WorkSafeBC’s new occupation health and safety policies define workplace bullying and harassment and explain the duties of employers, supervisors and workers.
But the agency dedicated to protecting the safety of about 2.2 million workers in British Columbia is not going to bully the province’s employers into implementing new rules that deal with workplace harassment, says a senior executive.
Instead of taking a “heavy-handed approach” to enforcement, WorkSafeBC will consult with employers to ensure they follow changes to the Workers Compensation Act that take effect Friday, said Al Johnson, vice-president of prevention services.
The new occupational health and safety policies, which were approved by the agency’s board in March, define workplace bullying and harassment and explain the duties of employers, supervisors and workers.
“Out of the gate here, we recognize that the level of understanding, if you will, or maybe sophistication around bullying and harassment, people need to get their heads around it and understand it and have some time to put their programs into place,” said Johnson.
John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Policy Reform –
“I’ve heard strong support for liquor sales in grocery stores and the added convenience it would afford B.C. families. There’s no doubt this would be a big shift in our province – so we will be taking a thoughtful approach and carefully considering which model could work best for B.C., while taking into account all the concerns we’ve heard about the dangers of increased access to minors. We must also balance health and public safety with any improvement to convenience, should we proceed in this direction.”
There have been more than 800 comments (including blog comments, emails and tweets) to the B.C. Liquor Policy Review blog that discuss liquor in grocery stores.
- Carry on the conversation about modernizing B.C.’s liquor laws on Twitter with the #bcliquor hashtag, which has been used more than 4,200 times since the review was launched.
- The last major review of B.C.’s liquor laws was completed in 1999, but did not include a public-consultation component.
Contribute your ideas on the B.C. Liquor Policy Review website: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/liquorpolicyreview/
Okanagan Falls Elementary School Parent Advisory Council $2,400.00
B.C. Seniors Games Society – Zone 5 Community Gaming Grant $25,470.00
Oliver McKinney Nordic Ski Club Sports for Youth $1,800.00
Oliver Curling Club Community Gaming Grant Sports for Youth $5,000.00
Oliver Elementary School Parent Advisory Council $6,000.00
Southern Okanagan Secondary School Parent Advisory Council $9,400.00
Oliver Tuc El Nuit Parent Advisory Council $4,000.00
Oliver YouLearn.ca Parent Advisory Council $3,880.00
Osoyoos International Curling Club Community Gaming Grant $4,500.00
Osoyoos Elementary School Parent Advisory Council $6,380.00
Osoyoos Festival Society Arts and Culture Fairs, Festivals, Museums $4,800.00
Osoyoos Museum Society Arts and Culture Fairs, Festivals, Museums $18,000.00
Osoyoos Secondary School Parent Advisory Council $5,540.00
Osoyoos Sun Bowl Figure Skating Club Sports Grant for Youth $9,625.00
The 2014 Indspire Award for Politics
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip,
First Nation: Penticton Indian Band
The 21st Annual Indspire Awards national gala will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg.
The awards to individuals reflect the broad range of skills and innovation in Indigenous communities across Canada. The Indspire Awards shine a national spotlight on the success and contributions of our country’s Indigenous peoples, and we join with all Canadians in congratulating this year’s recipients.”
Formerly called the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, the Indspire Awards have celebrated the significant contributions of Indigenous people in Canada for 21 years.
The SOSS Senior Girls Field Hockey team hosted the AA Okanagan High School Field Hockey tournament in Oliver on Monday, and won! They beat Summerland Secondary and Princess Margaret Secondary to claim a berth in the AA Provincial Championships being held next week in West Vancouver.
SOSS has big talent and has worked very hard again this year, and hopes to be a hard team to take down at the private-school-dominated AA provincials.
This year’s team is, from left:
Coach Noftle, Cheryce Martine, Savanna Rowe, Aleena McLean, Netu Dhaliwal, Jasmin McCarthy, Jessica Monteiro, Manisha Toor, Kenzie Ekelund, Jenna Bower, Kenzie Harrington, Tatum Brogan, Carmen Abellan, Brianna Agostinho, Kalli Marsel, Brooke Jesus, Hanna Ellis and goalie Sierra Callander.
Congratulations to the team and thanks to Coach Noftle for the info and pictures.
ATAMANENKO ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM POLITICS
BC Southern Interior MP will not run in next election
OTTAWA – After 3 terms in office, NDP MP Alex Atamanenko has announced that he will not be running in the next election.
“I’ve been proud to serve the people of BC Southern Interior,” said Atamanenko. “As I look ahead to retirement in two years, I’d like to thank my constituents for electing me to represent their interests in Ottawa. “
Atamanenko has served the people of BC Southern Interior since his election in 2006. In that time, he has held several critic portfolios, including Food Security, Rural Affairs, and Agriculture.
“I’d like to thank Alex for his contributions to our caucus and our movement,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. “He has been a great representative for BC Southern Interior.”
The next election is expected in 2015.