Ken Lavigne performing Friday evening
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Ken Lavigne performing Friday evening
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We are pleased to announce that through our partnerships with Penticton and District Community Resources Society and Communities for Kids, a new 12-hour per week coordinator for the hub at Oliver Elementary has been hired. PDCRS received a grant from the Vancouver Foundation to support this position.
Melissa MacMeekin is our new coordinator; she is a member of the Oliver community and is working in the early childhood sector.
The district is in discussions with Oliver Parks and Recreation regarding a Joint Use Agreement. The goals of a Joint Use agreement are to increase the use of both district and town facilities and encourage student and community participation in healthy activities.
Please mark your calendars for May 28th. On this day we will host an inquiry sharing day at the Watermark Hotel in Osoyoos from 1:00 to 7:00 pm.
At this event schools from around the district will showcase their inquiry questions, where they are going with their learning, how they are getting there and where they are going to next. We invite all of our parents, community members, and education partners to drop in anytime from 1:00 to 7:00 pm to see what is going on around the district, and ask questions. More information will be forthcoming. Please contact your school principal for more information at this time.
We hope that resolution of class size and composition matters occurs at the provincial bargaining table and that when changes to class size and composition are required whether through negotiation, legislation or court ruling, they be phased in so as to minimize disruption to students.
We are also urging the Ministry that any costs related to changes in class size and composition be fully funded by the provincial government with no negative impact on current funding levels.
Should you have any questions, please contact me at 250-498-1333.
Submitted by Marieze Tarr, Chairperson SD #53 Okanagan-Similkameen
He is currently principal at Osoyoos Elementary School but he and his family live in the West Boundary and he has worked in School District 51 before.
image credit – Boundary Creek Times (Pat Kelly)
School District #53 administration report states:
It is with sadness that we announce that Bo Macfarlane, principal of Osoyoos Elementary School, will be leaving at the end of the school year. Bo has been the principal at Osoyoos Elementary for the last 8 years and has lead many initiatives such as the hockey school and the establishment of the 21st century learning classrooms. We would like to thank him for his dedication to the students, staff, district and community. Bo has accepted a principal position at the Boundary Central Secondary School in Midway and we wish him well in his new position.
“This is our 12th year for our Hall of Fame inductions and again it is a pleasure to announce the inductees who represent the best of the best in our sport. This year’s inductees come in the Builder, Coach, Official, Athlete and Team categories and represent a number of decades of contribution to our sport.
Spencer McKay. Spencer’s tremendous career began after high school with the University of Victoria where he was a Canada West all-star 5 consecutive years. In 3 of those years he was All Canadian. He is the U Vic all time leading scorer averaging 18’4 p/g and he played with the Canadian National team from 1985-95 representing our country in a variety of international events. Spencer finished his playing career playing for 16 years professionally in Europe, Mexico and the Far East. Spencer continues his basketball career as a coach presently the assistant coach at UBC.
McKay joins the following – as 2014 inductees:
The 1954/55 Alberni Athletics developed out of the small Vancouver Island mill team in the late 1940’s to become a dynasty in Canadian Senior Men’s basketball.
The 1954/55 Vancouver Eilers dominated senior women’s basketball in the ‘40’s and 50’s.
Larry Street has made an impact in basketball throughout the province and particularly on Vancouver Island.
Bob Burtwell played high school basketball at King George and continued his athletic career as a baseball catcher at the University of Washington.
In the Official’s category Basketball BC will be inducting Michael (Mike) Thomson.
In the coach category Basketball BC is proud to induct Bruce Enns.
Think of all the words and phrases that use the word spring in them.
One is spring break
March 14th – last day of school
March 31 – first day back at school
The first day of Spring is in 2014 on March 20. (according to the astronomical definition) It is also called the spring quinox. Spring is one of the four temperate seasons, the transition period between winter and summer. Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and broadly to ideas of rebirth, renewal and regrowth.
The specific definition of the exact timing of “spring” varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. At the spring equinox or the first day of spring, days are close to 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses.
This exciting event draws players of all skill levels from across Canada, USA and other Countries. Some come to play competitively and others just come to have fun.
This is a great family event as we have generations of families that have been attending for years. You are never too old or too young to play and enjoy the game of Crokinole.
We will be giving away cash prizes totalling over $1,600.00
We will also have Trophies, a Silent Auction Table and Raffle Prizes.
Short story about ODN.
I have made a few changes to enhance the look of ODN. You might not see them but it makes for easier use and a much cleaner look. See if you notice.
Thanks to Laurena Rehbein for her technical assistance behind the scene. This is a good time to reveal a few other secrets:
2. We have bought a store window to help keep the ODN message alive on Main Street
3. Thanks David Lynch for his web hosting magic and Carolyn Madge for her behind the curtain assistance on monitoring of the website and her service on printed materials.
4. Eleanor Moyer for her watchful eye
5. All the contributors and photographers who share their magic with us.
6. About 18 thousand unique *computers linking to us monthly and an* average of 4-5 thousand visitors each day
RCMP are asking for witnesses to come forward after a man allegedly stabbed two women, then turned the knife on himself in the town’s Dairy Queen restaurant parking lot at 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
As police arrived at the location on Tapton Avenue a man was observed holding a knife and he appeared to be cutting his own throat.
Two women were also located with stab wounds. The women have received medical attention for their injuries. The man who allegedly cut his own throat is in critical condition. All three moved to hospitals in the Okanagan for treatment, surgery and observation.
The scene was so horrific that the restaurant had to be closed so they could bring in a restoration crew for the clean-up.
RCMP Sergeant Barry Kennedy said staff at the restaurant were shocked.
“They were traumatized by seeing what they saw,” he said.
Kennedy said all three of the people involved knew each other, but did not clarify to what degree.
CBC and Castanet files
Amendments to the Strata Property Act will make it easier for strata councils to carry out their responsibilities by removing regulatory barriers for strata corporations and owners, explaining requirements and clarifying definitions within the Act.
The amendments will confirm that paying for and accruing funds to pay for a depreciation report is a legitimate operating fund expense and can be approved by a majority vote.
As well, the amendments will make it easier for strata corporations to pay for repairs recommended by their depreciation report by reducing the required approval for contingency reserve fund expenditures from three-quarters to majority vote.
The amendments will change the definition of purchasers to make it clearer that specified rights and obligations do not end when the title has changed hands.
“We’re in the business of fire prevention,” said Fire Chief Tony Trovao. “Today that prevention is providing information so other organizations don’t get burned like we did.”
From December 2003 through December 2012, the volunteer department maintained its own web presence. It allowed the domain address, which it renewed annually, to expire.
“That’s when the parasites stepped in,” explained Trovao. “After we allowed the name to lapse, they stepped in and used it to redirect traffic to another website, this one with nothing to do with the Naramata Volunteer Fire Department.”
This process is commonly known as domain drop catching or domain sniping. It is the practice of registering a domain name once registration has lapsed, usually immediately after expiry.
“This is not something a fire department — or a community of good people, for that matter — should have to deal with,” said Mark Pendergraft, Chair of the Regional District’s Board of Directors. “The Regional District is working with Chief Trovao to clear this parasitical connection and protect the integrity and reputation of the Naramata department and community.”
Saturday, March 8th
$65.00 per participant
Learn the skills necessary to care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. This course focuses on safety, dealing with emergencies and first aid basics. All materials provided. Please bring paper, pen, water bottle and healthy lunch
Must be 11 years of age to register.
Spring Break Day Camp
Monday, March 17 – Friday, March 28.
$20.00/per day $100.00/week
This Day Camp is for children aged 5-12. Two weeks of supervised activities such as sports, crafts, games, cooking and more! This program is a great way for children to make new friends and try new activities!
Please note * Your child must be currently registered in Kindergarten to attend.
VANCOUVER – The Wilderness Committee is overjoyed at the final decision issued this week by Canada’s Environment Minister, stating that Taseko Mines Ltd.’s proposed New Prosperity Mine is not authorized to proceed.
In an announcement Wednesday evening, Minister Leona Aglukkaq confirmed that the federal government had considered the report of the independent Review Panel, and concluded that “the New Prosperity Mine project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects that cannot be mitigated.”
“This decision comes as an incredible relief to all those who have wanted to see Fish Lake and the surrounding Tsilhqot’in Nation territory protected from this proposed mine project,” said Joe Foy, the Wilderness Committee’s National Campaign Director.
VANCOUVER — Hearings are set to continue Thursday in a case to determine whether the government of British Columbia is bound by law to protect the province’s endangered old-growth Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystem.
“This ecosystem has been nearly wiped out by logging practices and now the province has a legal obligation to preserve what little is left,” said Devon Page, Ecojustice Executive Director. “We’re here to make sure B.C.’s forestry laws are upheld, for the sake of the forest and the many wildlife species that rely on it.”
Ecojustice lawyers are representing the Wilderness Committee and ForestEthics Solutions in this lawsuit, filed in B.C. Supreme Court in May 2013. The Coastal Douglas-fir forest once dominated an area covering approximately 2,600 square kilometres. But after decades of logging, the B.C. Forest Practices Board estimates that only 1,600 square kms still remain. And according to government data, only about 2.75 square kilometres — an area smaller than Stanley Park — remain in old-growth condition.
The End Of Medicare?
Representatives from the BC Retired Teachers Association and the reps for other Seniors’ groups meeting with MPs Alex Atamanenko and Dan Albas about the threats to Medicare Monday and Tuesday of last week. By asking for these meetings we were standing up for our health care system; not just for seniors but for all Canadian citizens. Such meetings (with MPs) have occurred and are happening in most parts of BC.
We told our MPs Alex Atamanenko and Dan Albas that we were worried about the expiration of the current 10 year Canada Health Accord which is set to happen on March 31st. We said that we were wondering how the end of the Canada Health Accord was going to effect us and that some organizations such as the Canada Health Coalition have been telling us that “…it will basically be the end of national Medicare. ” as we know it.
Source: http://m.the globeandmail.com/news/politics/advocates-decry-ottawas-decision-to-stop-funding-health-council-of-canada/article11287924/?service=mobile
On December 19, 2011 The Globe and Mail reported that: “The Conservative government has surprised the provinces by unveiling its long-term funding plan for health and social transfers, presenting finance ministers with a multi-billion spending plan that runs until the year 2024.” Finance Minister Flaherty announced that the current Canada Health and Social Transfer Accord, which expires at the end of March this year, would not be re-negotiated and renewed. Instead, as of 2017, the Canada Health transfer guarantees would be reduced by 50%. The provinces and territories stand to lose $36 billion in health care support by 2024.
Atamanenko said that without a new accord there will be 14 different standards of health care in the provinces and territories. Health care services provided in BC could be very different from those offered in Newfoundland or Alberta. He also said that medicare as we know it will definitely be very different if private health care is brought in; that it will mean two levels of care with one for the rich and one for the rest of us
He went on to say that there was no consultation, no input from the provinces and territories, no parliamentary debate! He said that he was shocked and dismayed but not surprised by this Government’s unilateral decision.
When asked about the expiry of the Canada Health Accord the MP for Okanagan—Coquihalla (Penticton, north) Dan Albas said that the new arrangement will allow the Federal Government to withdraw from its role as the protector and reinforcer of the public health system. It will allow the provincial and territorial governments to allocate their health care funding and resources in ways that they believe are right for their citizens in each of the individual provinces and territories.
Dan Albas said that he did not believe that it is the Federal Government’s responsibility to dictate how the provinces and territories organize their individual health care systems. He said that there are different ways to deliver health care; he thinks that it is a good idea for each province and territory to try alternatives and that if these different methods work they can be copied and put in place if other provinces approve of them. He also said that if a province tries something that is a failure, the other provinces will learn from that province’s mistakes. MP Dan Albas pointed out that the current Conservative government has brought about improvements to such things as “reducing waiting time” for some high demand surgical needs such as cataract surgeries and hip and knee replacements. He also reminded us that the current Conservative government has increased funding for health care to record levels.
When Dan Albas was asked if the end of the Canada Health Care Accord on March 31, 2014 will undermine public health care because of the 50% reduction in the funding commitment, he responded by saying that the new arrangements should allow for some improvements because future funding would be tied to each area’s economic growth or decline, change in population and health care needs. He also said that health care should be a provincial matter; that we should take our concerns to our MLAs.
The representatives of the BC Retired Teachers’ Association did voice concerns such as those put forward by the BC Health Coalition which has stated that “The Federal Government is turning its back on public health at a time when we need our elected leaders to help build a caring future for Canada.” We pointed out that the approaching tsunami of elders and senior citizens we are guaranteed to have in the next two decades is going to require a strong, universal publicly funded health care system that Canadians are proud to say that they have had in place since 1966.
We ended our meetings by asking our two MPs to please consider our requests for:
•a Canada-wide, universal, publicly funded health care system.
•a Canada-wide pharmaceutical program so that all the provinces and territories can negotiate better “bulk-buying” deals with the companies that provide us with medications.
•a health care system that better integrates home-care with hospitals, long term care facilities and palliative care
President, Wine Country Retired Teachers’ Association
A branch of the BC Retired Teachers’ Association
Hub at Oliver: We are pleased to announce that through our partnerships with Penticton and District Community Resources Society and Communities for Kids, a new 12-hour per week coordinator for the hub at Oliver Elementary has been hired. PDCRS received a grant from the Vancouver Foundation to support this position. The new coordinator is Melissa MacMeekin. Melissa is a member of our Oliver community, working in the early childhood sector.
Primary Assessments Review: As part of our district literacy plan, teacher representatives from each school and school administrators are in the process of reviewing our primary assessments. The review started with a survey of all primary teachers and learning support teachers. This information was then reviewed and discussed by the group. There is strong support of the assessments and the assessments are generally doing what they were intended to do. However, there will be some “tweaking” of our practice. At this time, we are gathering further input from teachers and will complete our review in early April.
District Innovation / Initiatives:
Pow wow: Our sixth annual pow wow is on April 25 and 26 at Southern Okanagan Secondary School. We look forward to the dancing and the food. Grade 4’s and other Aboriginal students from across the district will participate on the Friday. We invite all members of our communities to join us for the dance, food, and social engagement. More details will be provided in March.
Aboriginal Education Advisory Council: On February 18th, 25 members and guests of the district’s AEAC met to review progress on our Enhancement Agreement goals for the past year. It was a good meeting with a lot of good dialogue around the work being done and future direction. We are proud of the gains made by our students but not satisfied as we have still some distance to go!
District Calendar: The consultation period for the 2014/15 school calendar closes on February 28, 2014. Details and response forms are available from schools or on our website at http://www.sd53.bc.ca/districtinfo. The Board of Education must declare their calendar by the end of March.
Pink Shirt Day: On February 26th schools participate in “Pink Shirt Day”. In our area, this event is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club and people are asked to wear pink to make a statement against bullying.
SOSS Grand Opening: This event was a huge success with more than 1000 community guests attending and touring the school as well as the Neighbourhoods of Learning. We were proud to showcase the new school, host parents and community members for tours and hear the many stories of history and fond memories from previous grads, teachers and administrators.
Rebuilding Shop Classes in British Columbia: The Construction Foundation of BC is taking action to rebuild shop classes in BC in order to encourage young British Columbians to pursue a career in the trades. We hope to hear whether we have been successful in our grant application, which is to be announced on February 20th.
YES-2-IT: Our second YES-2-IT Trades Exploration Day was a great success. This year, the hands-on program for grades 6 and 7 students focused on the culinary industry. We once again received a $4,000 grant from the Industry Training Association to support this.
The satisfaction of watching students learning new skills and trying new things could only be measured by the smiles on the students’ faces and how they gobbled up their creations. Thanks for the help and support that allowed 320 students to meet 11 tradespeople and experience 3 trades. This exciting week would not have been possible without the group effort. Thank you to:
– Boyd Turnbull for coordinating the event, and in a pinch demonstrating his skills as a pastry chef;
– the grades 6 and 7 classroom teachers – these students were great and the tradespeople involved all mentioned how polite and thankful the students were;
– the Home Economic teachers: Nicola Haamers, Philomena Lang and Nicole Johnston for helping out and allowing us to use their classrooms;
– the secondary school administrators for allowing us to hold the programs during exam time; and – the elementary administrators for supporting the program throughout.
We would also like to thank the following tradespeople. Please thank them and support their businesses.
– Nicola Haamers (cook)
– Valu Plus: cooked all the pastries and provided the following tradespeople
Theo Walta (baker)
Randy Watson (meat cutter)
Cody Winser (meat cutter)
– Yvonne Gaudet of Fairview Golf Course (cook)
– Dave Shmyr from Super Valu (meat cutter)
– Wayne Jones from Oliver’s Bakery and Deli (baker)
– Bruce Mikulecky from Family Foods (meat cutter)
– Troy Bratton of TDC Catering (cook)
– Holly from Ella’s Restaurant (baker and cook)
– Shannon Peltier of Lake City Bakery (baker and cook)
Gateway to the Trades: began for 16 students at Southern Okanagan Secondary School on February 11th. This joint program with Okanagan College is designed to give secondary students the opportunity to explore potential careers in the trades. Successful students will receive credit for four high school graduation courses (16 credits), develop documented skills that will support employment in a trades related occupation, and be eligible to participate in a Trades Apprenticeship Foundation Program either as a secondary student through the ACE IT initiative or direct entry at the Okanagan College. It runs full-time, Monday to Friday for 12 weeks. It will be taught in the wood shop by Daryl, a fully qualified Okanagan College instructor. Students from Osoyoos Secondary, Southern Okanagan Secondary and YouLearn.ca are enrolled.
Work Experience, SSA, ACE IT and Dual Credit Update:
• Over 200 students have enrolled in work experience thus far this year, with 116 registered this semester.
• Presently, 8 SSA students are registered with 3 more pending.
• 8 students are enrolled or have completed ACE IT programs.
• 6 students enrolled or have completed dual credit courses (these are in addition to the 16 in Gateway!).
• On February 9 to 12, Alyssa Hait, music teacher at SESS, took 17 grades 11 and 12 students to Seattle to participate in the “Experience Music Project” and attend high school performances at the University of Washington.
• On March 12 and 13, Lori Martine will lead a contingent of 50 grades 4 to 7 students and 10 parent chaperones to a Fine Arts field trip in Seattle. They will attend the “Lion King” play at the Paramount Theatre and other fine art venues in Seattle.
December 2013 Enrolment: As indicated in the attached report, student enrolment is 2,359.5625 which is an overall decrease from September 2013 of 7.5625 FTE. Elementary school enrolment decreased by 3.0 FTE, secondary school enrolment decreased by 32.1875 FTE and YouLearn enrolment increased by 27.625 FTE.
YouLearn also provides service to students in the Yukon as per the district’s agreement with Yukon Department of Education. This partnership has generated an additional 12.375 FTE students or $74,320 in student revenue.
Secondary School Apprenticeship Program: The district recently signed a Letter of Understanding with CUPE Local 523 that facilitates secondary students working with red seal employees in order to gain apprenticeship hours. As a result, Osoyoos Secondary school grade 12 student, Zac Beaudoin is working with Kham Douangpanya, district mechanic, for the next few months. This is an exciting opportunity for Zac and a big thank you to Kham for sharing his knowledge and experience with students. Zac is working towards certification for heavy duty mechanics.
Joint Use Agreement with Oliver Parks and Recreation: The district is in discussions with Oliver Parks and Recreation regarding a Joint Use Agreement. The goals of a Joint Use agreement are to increase the use of both district and town facilities and encourage student and community participation in healthy activities. Staff is reviewing successful agreements used by other municipalities and school districts and plans to bring a draft agreement to trustees in April for their review.
2013/14 Amended Annual Budget: The Board’s 2013/14 Amended Annual Budget Bylaw anticipated estimated revenue and expenses of $27,719,376, an increase from the Annual Budget of $509,013. The increase is mainly from increased revenue and expenses due to higher enrolment than projected. The bylaw shows the following:
• operating expenses of $24 million
• capital asset purchases from operating funds of $38,000
• special Purpose fund expenses of $1.5 million
• capital asset purchases from Special Purpose Funds of $191,471
• capital fund expenses of $1.8 million
Based on projected revenues and expenses, the Board anticipates a small surplus from 2013/14 revenue of $33,000. If this surplus is realized, the Board would end the year with an accumulated surplus of $1.36 million.