Archives for May 2014
The “Wreck” nude beach of the Okanagan is gone says its owners. The beach is on the way to Naramata and is is formally known as the 3 Mile Beach. Regular swimmer attend at the southern portion of the recreational area but the nude portion is some distance away along a path.
Owners put up no trespassing signs a few days ago and hired security guards to keep watch.
Locals, who have been using the beach for years, are unhappy with the move and are unsure what their rights are, or where to go next.
Waterfront property is public property up to the high water mark. Neither the property owner or the beach goers had a clear sense of what that meant, both saying it was a visual thing “where the sand colour changes.”
However, with changing seasons and water levels, the water mark does shift throughout the year.
Files from Castanet. Pictures from Facebook
B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender told the province’s parent advisory councils on Friday that teachers do deserve a raise, as B.C.’s 41,000 teachers head into a second week of rotating-strikes.
The minister, who was addressing a meeting of the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils in Richmond, said teachers’ wage demands have to be balanced against other demands on the taxpayer dollar.
“I stand before you believing that teachers deserve a raise, teachers deserve stability,” he said, to applause from the assembled parents.
“But you know what? Communities deserve that as well, and the government has a responsibility to taxpayers and finding that balance between all of those things.”
Terry Berting, president of the PAC confederation, says his members’ patience with the escalation of the dispute is wearing thin and “the bear is stirring.”
“We’re not pleased about the walk outs.”
“We respect that it’s a legal right to strike, but we’re not dealing with car parts here, this is serious and kids are being affected.”
Report from CBC News
Spirit of Syilx Unity Run
The Spirit of Syilx Unity Run will begin June 5th in Westbank, BC and end June 8th in Omak, WA
Please Note: Everyone crossing the border on the evening of the 7th will require a VALID status card or passport.
2014 Unity Run Registration Click here Youth Worker/Chaperone Agreement
Click here All registration forms must be completed and submitted by May 31, 2014.
As we celebrate the “Day of the Honey Bee,” the Wilderness Committee is calling on the provincial government to ban a dangerous class of pesticides called neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are widely used in BC and across Canada on a variety of fruit and vegetable crops, including blueberries and corn. These pesticides have been directly implicated in the deaths of tens of millions of honey bees across the country.
“The best way BC could honour our hard-working honey bees is to ban this extremely dangerous class of pesticides,” said Gwen Barlee, Policy Director with the Wilderness Committee. “Bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat, and we simply can’t play Russian roulette with these and other wild pollinators.”
The Europe Union heavily restricted the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in December of 2013 after finding that the systemic pesticide could not only directly kill honey bees but also causes very serious sub-lethal impacts. These impacts include impaired memory and learning, disorientation, reduced resistance to disease and reduced efficiency in foraging.
In the past couple of years, overwintering losses for honey bees in BC have ranged from 18 per cent to 27 per cent – well above normal winter mortality rates of 10 to 15 per cent. According to the BC Honey Producers Association, many producers in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley reported major losses in 2013, some reaching as high as 80 per cent.
Insects attract prestigious visitors
Sterile insects are drawing a small but prestigious global group of specialists in the science of controlling insect pests to Kelowna for a week-long meeting June 2-6.
The Okanagan’s Sterile Insect Release program, headed up by general manager Cara Nelson, is hosting the group on behalf of the Canadian government. The SIR program is the attraction since it is a flagship program for controlling insect pests without spraying chemicals.
“Our 20 years of using an area-wide approach to controlling the devastating pest of apples and pears, the codling moth, is envied around the world,” she notes.
Specialists in area-wide integrated pest management and sterile insect technology will be attending from around the U.S., Europe, China, Malaysia, Chile, Tunisia and South Africa. The Okanagan SIR program helped set up a codling moth SIR program in South Africa, notes Nelson.
“The world wants to know about what we’re doing; about how we’ve been so successful at reducing the amount of pesticides used in this valley,” she explains.
The week-long visit is an official research coordination meeting on increasing the efficiency of Lepidoptera SIT by enhanced quality control, held by the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization of the International Atomic Energy Agency, based in Vienna, Austria.
The Okanagan SIR program is a co-operative effort of the tree fruit industry and the community, guided by science and funded by both growers and other taxpayers.
The codling moth larva is the proverbial ‘worm in the apple’ made famous by Greek philosopher Theophrastus in 371 B.C.
More than 20 years ago, growers controlled it by spraying numerous chemicals during the growing season, but it was becoming immune to the effects of each chemical thrown at it, and there was a growing tide of concern about the use of sprays in local orchards, so efforts were made to find an alternative that was more environmentally-friendly.
The $7 million codling moth rearing and irradiation facility was built in Osoyoos 20 years ago with federal and provincial funding and the SIR program got underway.
Data collected by the provincial environment ministry shows that the volume of pesticides formerly used per acre against the codling moth in the valley has dropped about 90 per cent since 1991 and there has been more than a 90 per cent reduction in the level of codling moths in the valley.
On average, growers apply less than one spray per season against codling moth compared to three or more prior to 1991.
Its success has drawn scientists from around the world to the Okanagan to learn more about how it works, and a few of these specialists arrived early for training in SIT techniques before their meeting.
Following the meeting, a select group will remain behind to conduct an external review of the Okanagan SIR program and recommend a new strategic direction to its board. That board is made up of representatives from regional district boards throughout the Shuswap, Okanagan and Similkameen, chaired by Duane Ophus from the District of West Kelowna. Other board members include orchardists from the B.C. Fruit Growers Association, as well as non-voting staff from the Pacific Agri-food Research Centre and the provincial agriculture ministry.
The program is a victim of its own success, with surplus rearing capacity in the Osoyoos facility now that codling moth populations have dropped, yet if it is closed, the pest could re-infest the entire area again, explains Nelson.
The SIR board is investigating a number of options for using the facility, including selling irradiated insects to other jurisdictions in the world.
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2014 BACK ALLEY CONCERT SERIES!
Sound the alarm! Our 3rd annual downtown community concert series here at the “Old Firehall” on Main Street in Oliver, BC will be turning up the heat this summer! We’re bringing “craft” to whole new level this year, with one-night-only cask beers, and art displays from local artists. And since we’re in Wine Country, each concert will feature a local winery pouring its wine, along aside our fresh craft draft, freshest right at the source!
MAY 31 (SATURDAY)
Risen from the ashes of The Fighting Urges and Glockwerk Orange is a harmonious, acoustic duo featuring Dave Beaton & Peter Glockner. Dave is stylin’ out on his new acoustic guitar & well-placed back-up vocals while multi-tasker Peter Glockner is blowing a mean blues harp, banging on the bongos like a chimpanzee, and yes, even strumming an acoustic guitar to accompany his lead vocals. Join the Dave & Pete Show on their eclectic, acoustic musical tour as they work their way through a heap of great covers ranging from AC-DC to ZZ Top and all points in between with a strong nod to the Beatles, Neil Young and some obscure Rolling Stones. Strong harmonies and solid musicianship ensure that everyone will be smiling, tapping their toes, dancing and generally having a raucous time from the first note to the last. Why would you want to miss this? (facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages
GATES OPEN: 6:30pm
TICKETS: $12+GST sold in advance at the Firehall Bistro
FIREHALL BREWERY… Rescuing Maidens & Men from Bad Beer Since 2012… EXTINGUISH YOUR THIRST
BC Children’s Hospital Hotdog BBQ
Friday May 30th, 11-3 PM at Oliver Bank of Commerce
Hosted by bank staff and Oliver Celebrity Cooks
Support the kids
Our Grade 5 class at OES has worked on a project to raise funds for our local Food Bank. We organized a Party in which we planned an event for three classes including music, games, and dancing with the admission being $2 and a minimum of 2 food bank items.
Our outcome was $142 and 210 food items collected and presented to Louis Balog from the Food Bank. Party was Tuesday – 3 classes were invited – Grade 5, Grade 4/5, and Grade six.
Dancing and making a difference was so much fun!
The Penticton Chamber of Commerce say it will support the 3 day Boonstock Music and Arts Festival on the August long weekend.
The site chosen on locatee-owned land at the Penticton Indian Band, off Airport Road, north of the Skaha Meadows Golf Club.
The festival was held for the first 10 years in Gibbons (north of Edmonton) but county officials refused to renew the event for 2014 citing complaints about crime, garbage and traffic.
Festival promoter Colin Kobza :
“We’re all pretty thrilled to receive a vote of confidence from the Chamber of Commerce,” said Kobza. “I think what we’re bringing to the community is a positive thing for not only the City of Penticton but also for the PIB and the families living on locatee lands.”
Kobza believes there will be some spinoff business outside of the hotels and campgrounds.
“From what we’ve heard, the smaller motels that haven’t been filled for the last several years are starting to fill up now,” he said. (from Penticton Herald)
Stakeholds including RCMP will meet in June to review plans. Local RCMP Superintendent Kevin Hewco told RDOS board members recently – plans are well behind schedule and all of that should concern the community.
Job Fair May 29th from 4 – 6 PM at the South Okanagan Secondary School.
Employers – 11 registered and 8 tables were filled with employers seeking workers.
Picture above of the employers seeking workers and some of the organizers.
The world hosting seminar that run during the day had 12 people for training.
Organized by the SO Chamber in partnership with the Oliver Tourism Association and Open Door Group.
Job Fair designed to assist employers looking for seasonal employees and World Host training is being provided prior to the job fair.
We are expected at least 30 people to take the training and attend the job fair, as well as other job seekers. Bonnie Dancey of the SO Chamber of Commerce said attendance was light and she was a bit disappointed as she is sure many people are looking for work but maybe didn’t hear about the Job Fair
“2014 OLIVER JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAM”
REGISTRATION FOR JUNIOR TENNIS LESSONS
WHEN: SATURDAYS, JUNE 14TH – JULY 12TH
WHERE: OLIVER TENNIS COURTS
TIME: 12:30PM – 1:45PM
COST: $15.00 PER PLAYER
REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO SIXTEEN (16) PLAYERS, PLEASE REGISTER EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.
JR. TENNIS PLAYERS WILL LEARN THE BASIC FUNDEMENTALS OF TENNIS:
GROUND STROKES-FOREHAND AND BACKHAND
NET PLAY AND VOLLEYING
PROPER SCORING THROUGH SUPERVISED GAMES
THE OLIVER TENNIS CLUB WILL TRY TO ASSIST THOSE PLAYERS WHO DO NOT HAVE A RACKET.
QUESTIONS REGARDING THE JR. PROGRAM CAN BE DIRECTED TO
BRIAN BAGNALL AT firstname.lastname@example.org