Archives for March 2014
Fraser Health, the health authority in B.C., says there are now an estimated 320 cases in total spread throughout Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs and Hope.
The B.C. outbreak is now entering its fourth week, and officials say it is expected to continue for another two weeks as second and third waves move through the affected communities.
Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by the measles virus. Complications and death can result from a measles infection, most commonly in infants less than 12 months old and in adults. Since the introduction of the measles vaccine, rates of measles infections have dropped greatly.
A measles outbreak occurred in British Columbia, with 82 confirmed cases after the Winter Olympic Games held in Vancouver in February 2010. Sub-optimal vaccination rates contributed to transmission during the outbreak. This was the largest measles outbreak in BC since 1997 when 247 cases were reported.
There were 10 confirmed measles cases among BC residents in 2011. This was a large decrease from 2010, when there was a measles outbreak in BC, but slightly higher than the number of cases observed between 2002 and 2009 (zero to four cases per year).
Source – CBC and the Centre for Disease Control
New riding – South Okanagan West Kootenay
Present MP NDP – Alex Atamanenko – set to retire
Nomination period for parties not known but obviously time to announce your intentions and working on a campaign team
Conservative Party – Marshall Neufeld of Penticton versus former candidate Stephen Hill of Rossland. Both have indicated they want the nod of party members.
New Democrats – Dick Canning of Penticton versus Margaret Maximenko of Christina Lake.
No sign of the Liberals yet.
Twelve people were evacuated from a chairlift at Apex Mountain Resort around noon today as a result of a fire at the top of the Triple Chair. It will be closed for the rest of the season.
There were no injuries and everyone skied the rest of the day.
According to reports, the fire broke out in the chairlift’s motor at the top of the ski lift shortly at about 12:15pm.
The lift was shut down and a dozen stranded skiers had to be lifted off the chairlift by an emergency response team.
Location: 8000 block River Rd – west side
Grass fire placed under control quickly. More smoke than fire – some potential for outbuildings being affected.
On March 24, 2014 the Oliver Detachment received the following report from an Oliver resident: For the past two years the complainant has been contacted and harassed by a person representing themselves as a representative for Microsoft. The complainant that she felt the contact was a scam, and reportedly advised the caller of the same. She went further stating that she advised Microsoft that if their contact continued she would be reporting the harassment to the Police. Recently the complainant purchased a new computer and began experiencing problems with the machine. The reputed to be Microsoft agent contacted her recently and due to the fact that she was having problems with the computer she relented and invited the rep to assist her. At this point she was requested to pay $299 to allow this rep access to her computer and to resolve the issues she had been having. The complainant made the payment to Microsoft and now she is unable to access her hard drive at all.
This is a common scam and although not a police matter, if you have received calls like this please report them to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Information on contact is available on line.
On March 24, 2014 (corrected date) Oliver RCMP responded to a report of a single vehicle collision with a cyclist on Tucelnuit Drive. While en route, members were advised the suspect driver had left the scene. Members attended and located the injured 63 year old male cyclist who had sustained injuries to his shoulder and his head (he was wearing a helmet). A witness was able to identify the driver and police investigation later confirmed that the driver was an 83 year old Oliver resident who advised that he was on his way to an appointment. The driver was ultimately charged with Drive Without Consideration under the Motor Vehicle Act.
On March 27th, 2014 a member of the Oliver RCMP Detachment was dispatched to investigate a report from Canada Post that two of their mailboxes were stolen the corner of Ryegrass Rd/Saskatoon Ave, Oliver, BC. The two mailboxes side by side were taken sometime between March 26th, 16:00 hrs & 06:00 hrs on March 27th. The only identifiable marks on the mailboxes are that they are both bright red in colour, state they are Canada Post and the #V0H1268 written on the side identifying the location they are associated to. Any information should be forwarded to the Oliver Detachment c/o file # 2014-1151.
If you see crime happen call Crime Stoppers or your nearest detachment of the RCMP
The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting has been awarded to:
Town of Oliver, British Columbia
by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its annual financial report. The Canadian Award for Financial Report program was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
A Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individuals designated as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning report.
This award will be presented to: David Svetlichny, Chief Financial Officer, Cathy Cowan, Corporate Officer and Heather Piotz, Manager of Financial Services. The annual financial report has been judged by impartial Canadian Review Committee members to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” designed to clearly communicate the municipality’s financial story and to motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving more than 17,800 government finance professionals in the United States and Canada with offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.
On March 26, 2014, our Lord called our Dad and Opa , Gerard Zandee, home into his loving arms and to be re-united with Corrie. He passed away at 8:25 pm surrounded by family and friends after courageously fighting kidney failure for over 7 years.
He will be lovingly remembered by his family including his daughter, Lia (Bob) Pinske; granddaughters Kimberly (Licinio) & Bryenna. Son Robert (Tracy) Zandee, grandson Gavin. One brother Jan in Holland, and many nieces and nephews in Holland and Dick (Lynn) Zandee in Sooke , B.C.
Gerard was born in Biezelinge , Holland on April 20/1931 to Dignus & Cornelia Zandee. After a 3 year sojourn in the Dutch army, he and Corrie were married and in 1958 came to Canada with 14 month old Lia. On arrival they went to work on the Albert Murphy orchard, 6 miles south of Oliver. In 1962 he worked for Rotheisler Equipment and one year later he began a partnership with Tom Snoek, forming T & Z Imperial Motors where the rental centre is now. In 1973 he and Corrie formed Gerard’s Equipment Ltd. He worked there until his kidneys required dialysis and his strength waned.
Gerard was very active in Valley Congregational Church, helping to build the actual building. He participated in Bible Studies, Building committee and Maintenance committee as well as being a member of the Choir. He together with Corrie started the first Home Shows here in Oliver. He travelled extensively through Canada, United States and Europe.
He loved to talk to anyone who would listen especially his customers. His memory will live in our hearts and everyone who knew him forever. A celebration of live will celebrated on Wednesday, April 2/2014, 1:30 pm, at Valley Congregational Church on Black Sage Road. A reception hosted by the ladies will follow the service. Burial will follow the reception at the Oliver Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted to the Desert Valley Hospice Society, PO Box 1261, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
Condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Opa: We will carry on your wonderful legacy of generosity. Until me meet again. WE love you and miss you!!
Postal worker whispered to me Friday – don’t buy now wait ’til Monday.
Each stamp bought individually costs $1.00
If you buy in bulk it is 85 cents up from $0.63 – 35% increase.
Canada Post says permanent stamps, which are marked “p” will continue to be accepted even though they were bought at the lower price.
Canada Post announced the price hike in December, at the same time it also revealed plans to phase out door-to-door mail delivery to the one-third of Canadian homes that still receive it.
1931 – 2014
On March 26th our Lord called our Dad and Opa, Gerard Zandee, home into his loving arms and to be re-united with Corrie. He passed away at 8:25 pm surrounded by family and friend after courageously fighting kidney failure for over 7 years.
He will be lovingly remembered by his family including his daughter, Lia (Bob) Pinske; granddaughters Kimberly (Licinio) & Bryenna. Son Robert (Tracy) Zandee, grandson Gavin. One brother Jan in Holland, and many nieces and nephews in Holland and Dick (Lynn) Zandee in Sooke, B.C.
Gerard was born in Biezelinge , Holland on April 20, 1931 to Dignus & Cornelia Zandee. After a 3 year sojourn in the Dutch army, he and Corrie were married and in 1958 came to Canada with 14 month old Lia. On arrival they went to work on the Albert Murphy orchard, 6 miles south of Oliver. In 1962 he worked for Rotheisler Equipment and one year later he began a partnership with Tom Snoek, forming T & Z Imperial Motors where the rental centre is now. In 1973 he and Corrie formed Gerard’s Equipment Ltd. He worked there until his kidneys required dialysis and his strength waned.
Gerard was very active in Valley Congregational Church, helping to build the actual building. He participated in Bible Studies, Building committee and Maintenance committee as well as being a member of the Choir. He together with Corrie started the first Home Shows here in Oliver. He travelled extensively through Canada, United States and Europe. He loved to talk to anyone who would listen especially his customers. His memory will live in our hearts and everyone who knew him forever. A celebration of life will celebrated on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 1:30 pm, at Valley Congregational Church on Black Sage Road.
A reception hosted by the ladies will follow the service. Burial will follow the reception at the Oliver Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted to the Desert Valley Hospice Society, PO Box 1261, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
Condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunespottinger.com
Opa: We will carry on the life you so generously gave us to live, until me meet again. WE love you and miss you!!
First pictures – dancing and having a funday – early return to the School
Alison Podmorow, drama teacher says staging such a large production is a challenge as the musical will be the largest undertaken by her department, with more than 30 cast and crew members, with dozens of community members and local groups helping…
Her cast will be rehearsing after school for the next 7 or more days. This has turned out to be more work than anyone imagined but the cast is committed to putting on a show to be remembered…
The production on stage at the Frank Venables Theatre April 10-11-12 with the show playing nightly at 7 pm. There is a matinee performance on Saturday at 2 pm. Tickets on sale now at SOSS…
Canadian Health Coalition – Day of Action – March 31 against devastating federal cuts to our health care system.
The Federal-Provincial Health Accord expires Monday and the federal government has repeatedly refused to meet with the premiers to sign a new Accord. Instead, the Conservatives plan to chop $36 billion from our public health care system.
The March 31 Day of Action also marks the launch of CUPE and the Council of Canadians will target 10 Conservative MPs on public health care on March 31. At stake is our public health care system – the Conservatives are removing funding as a first step in attacking the system with increased privatization and the creation of two-tiered access for Canadians.
Kelowna – Rally at MP Ron Cannan’s office, Capri Mall, 114-1835 Gordon Dr., Kelowna, 12-12:30PM. Contact: Ken Robinson at 604-838-3844 or email@example.com
Princeton — Community rally at noon at Princeton’s Veterans Square. Show your support for public health care by bringing red umbrellas to the rally. Contact: Ed Staples, Support Our Health Care (SOHC), firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-295-0822
CUPE news release
Minister of Health
My constituents are very concerned about the future of health care in our country. They are asking the federal government to commit to a renewed Health Accord in 2014 and to work with the provinces and territories on health care innovation so Canadians can continue to receive the care they need.
Health care is a priority for Canadians. It is simply not acceptable that the existing Health Accord is being allowed to expire. Instead of negotiating a new agreement, the government is taking steps to undermine our public healthcare system by unilaterally cutting $36 billion in federal health funding to the provinces.
Downloading health costs to the provinces will lead inevitably to disparity in care standards from province to province, including longer wait times, reduced services and limited access to long-term care.
All Canadians, wherever they live, deserve equal access to affordable medications; primary care clinics with doctors, nurses and allied health professionals; and continuing care across their lifespan.
To ensure that Canadians receive the quality of health care they deserve, I respectfully urge you to work with the Premiers to develop a 2014 Health Accord and invest for the long-term in an improved universal health care system.
Alex Atamanenko, MP BC Southern Interior
March 31st – School begins again
April 4th – V-DAY on stage
April 5th – Spring Arts Faire
April 10-11-12 – Wizard of Oz at SOSS
April 11th – Hospital Auxiliary Fashion Show
April 12th – Spring Bling
April 17th – Youth Summit
April 19th – Air Cadet Spring Fling Craft Sale
April 19th – Oliver Parks Easter Egg Hunt
April 18-19-20-21 – Easter Weekend
Frank Krpan Jr. resident of Oliver, B.C. passed away peacefully with his family by his side in Penticton at the age of 80 years.
September 15, 1933 – March 23, 2014
Frank proudly worked for the NAR and CN rail at McLennan and Grande Prairie, Alberta for 34 years. Retiring in 1988 to the Okanagan to take up his new career “golfing.” Frank also put in numerous hours volunteering at the Oliver Senior Centre where he shared good times with many special friends. Frank is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jennie; children, Becky (Claude), Shelly (Curtis) and Gary (Lesley); grandchildren, Lindsay, Bradley, Dillon, Tyrel, Kyle and all his granddogs. At Dad’s request there will be no service.
Please note the FREE buttons above – some changes – more to come
FREE events – please use dated events – no commercial venues.
FREE classifieds – includes item for sale or want, lost pets/items, found pets/items, rentals and jobs. No item valued at over $999
These two categories will be refreshed weekly and some of the mess seen this weekend will be sorted out in the weeks ahead.
If you see something that should be eliminated DON’T email please just enter a comment and I will see it and act upon your instruction.
FREE helps readership. FREE means you are responsible for placing the item and advising when it should be removed.
Bylaw Enforcement – Derelict Vehicles – Contravention of Sections 6.4,
7.4.2 and 10.2.1 of Zoning Bylaw 2453, 2008 – C06526.000
THAT the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen commence legal proceedings against the owners of Lot 794, Plan 4162, DL 2450s, to bring it into compliance with Sections 7.4.2 and 10.2.1 of RDOS Zoning Bylaw No. 2453, 2008.
Section 7.4.2 of RDOS Oliver Rural Zoning Bylaw states:
“Unless otherwise specifically permitted in the Bylaw, no parcel must be used for the wrecking, salvage or storage of more than two derelict vehicles or as a salvage operation. “Derelict vehicle” includes any vehicle, except a farm vehicle, that is not displaying a current licence, pursuant to Provincial regulations, and which is not enclosed within a garage or carport.”
Section 10.2.1 of RDOS Oliver Rural Zoning Bylaw sets out uses permitted within the AG1 zone. A salvage operation is not listed as a permitted use, and as such, is not permitted as a use on the property pursuant to Section 7.42 (quoted above).
The recommendation for legal action is based on:
• derelict vehicles are not permitted to be stored on the property;
• a salvage operation is not listed as a permitted use within the AG1 zone and as such, is not permitted
• the owners have worked towards compliance but it has been slow and intermittent;
• the property owners can bring the property into compliance if removal is consistent and no further vehicles are brought onto the property;
• additional fines and the probability of court action, together with incurred legal costs, is
considered to be an appropriate motivator to achieve compliance in a timely manner.
A complaint was received and enforcement of zoning regulations commenced in May of 2008. The owners started removing the vehicles once fines were initiated, however, work has been intermittent and progress has been slow. Although more than 1/2 of the derelict vehicles have been removed, the property remains in contravention with 21 derelict vehicles still being stored on the property. In addition, it appears that there may be a vehicle salvage or repair service being conducted on the property
The subject 1.2ha (3.23 acre) property is located approximately 250m (820’) north of the Town of Oliver boundary on Tucelnuit Drive and is predominantly surrounded by private residential use or hobby farming. The East property line borders the Osoyoos Indian Band lands. The property is designated Agriculture One Zone (AG1) within the RDOS Oliver Rural Zoning Bylaw No. 2453. It is located within the Provincial Agricultural Land Reserve and is subject to the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission Act as it is larger than 2 acres. On May 13, 2008, a complaint was lodged stating that there were many derelict vehicles located behind the house. The owners were contacted and RDOS was advised that the long term plans for the property was to plant grapes and that the vehicles would be removed over the course of the summer.
On August 1, 2013, an Adjudication Hearing was held in Penticton wherein one property owner, Mr. Crucetti, was in attendance together with an advocate. The Adjudicator was unable to proceed, due to the conduct of Mr. Crucetti and his advocate. The Hearing was adjourned to September 5th, 2013 but was cancelled as all fines were subsequently paid by the secondary owner negating the need for a further Hearing.
The latest inspection was conducted on February 24, 2014, and indicated that there were still 21 derelict vehicles on the property (Attachment 2). Comparison with the inventory taken on previous inspections with the one taken on this inspection confirmed that vehicles have been removed but were replaced with other vehicles. It became apparent that there may be a salvage or repair operation being conducted in addition to storing derelict vehicles.
Source RDOS report
Pamela Woolner of Thornbury, Ontario new Community Heritage Manager for the Oliver and District Heritage Society.
On the job in Oliver. Pam is looking forward to the upcoming annual general meeting April 16th as a way of meeting the members and volunteers.
Woolner says she is here to accomplish the goals of the organization and is thankful for the many volunteers that have come forward to help with projects. She says she is settling into a new home and a new area and that is a task in itself.
New summer public hours for the Museum will be announced shortly. The society operates two buildings: an Archive/office and the Museum/project working area.
Society Chair, Sue Morhun says “We’re really looking forward to having Pam with us. She has a wealth of experience and training in terms of museums, archives and the built heritage and is ideally positioned to build on the strong base our former Manager Tracy Johnson began nearly two years with the help of Collections Manager Bryonie Mahe”.
Armed with Bachelor degrees in both the Arts and Education, Pam has also earned credentials in community arts development, museum studies and cultural resource management over the course of a ten year career.
Cards are from members of the Oliver/Osoyoos Aktion Club, Kiwanis Club of Oliver members and some Osoyoos folks.
We spent our morning opening a package full of cards from Oliver BC, Osoyoos BC & Aktion Club. Thank you all so much.
Jeaden Paquette has one wish to have a birthday party with a lot of people.
Jeaden is a 11 year old boy who struggles socially, making it hard for him to make and keep friends. 10 days before his 11th birthday Jeaden was diagnosed with Autism along with secondary diagnoses. Every year he asks me to throw him a Birthday party and every year I witness his look of disappointment when not many show up, minus his 5th and 10th birthdays that actually turned out alright. Jeaden has two younger brothers who are fine and do not have autism or any other disabilities. So Jeaden has seen first hand the difference between his birthday parties and his brothers. We have resorted to their dad throwing party so that Jeaden does not have to see the turn outs and compare. With Jeaden turning 12 this year I am afraid that there wont be many parties left to throw for him. I asked him what he wanted for his birthday this year and all he wants is a party with a lot of people. This is a pretty simple wish that I am trying to make possible for him. I was able to rent the Prince George BC Roller Dome for March 29 @ 11:30am-1:30pm I am asking my friends and family and anyone else to help me make his wish come true.
Thank you all in advance for the support in helping me make my sons wish come true.
Jolene Paquette General Delivery Prince George BC, Canada V2L 4R8