Yes 86 percent
No 14 percent
31000 teachers voted – about 75 percent of the membership
Classes resume on Monday
Picture: BCTF President Jim Iker – 930 pm Thursday
Thank you for the patience that you have demonstrated as we have waited for a resolution to the provincial labour dispute. It appears that we are very close to being able to open our schools and welcome students and staff to a new school year! The purpose of this letter is to provide you with details as we know them to help you plan for the immediate future.
As has been reported in the media, the membership of the BC Teachers’ Federation will be reviewing the terms of the tentative agreement and holding a ratification vote today, Thursday, September 18th.
All sixty Boards of Education have been given until 3:00 PM on Friday, September 19th to go through the same process. If the parties vote in favour of ratifying the terms of the agreement, then we will be opening our schools on Monday, September 22.
This first day of the school year will follow the normal opening day procedures with students attending for a half day. This will give schools the opportunity to conduct enrolment counts, organize classes and adjust classes and staffing as necessary. Schools will post their opening day start and end times on their websites by the end of this week. Buses will be operating on Monday, September 22nd to align with the early dismissal.
Classes and buses will resume normal schedules Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014. (Please note that the normally scheduled early dismissal time on Wednesday, September 24 for the Team Inquiry Model has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.)
The Ministry of Education confirmed the following information with superintendents yesterday:
1. There are no plans to extend or add instructional days this year. It is their expectation that school districts will be able to deliver their educational programs and meet all learning outcomes in the curriculum within the remaining school calendar timeframe.
2. For secondary courses operating on a semester system, school districts have the option to equalize the length of the semesters and the Ministry of Education will provide a second set of provincial examination dates at the beginning of February to accommodate this option. The remainder of the 2014/2015 provincial exam schedule will stay the same.
Implications for School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen):
1. The District Calendar that was approved and is posted on our website remains in effect for the balance of the year. No changes are being made to holiday periods or other days when schools will not be in session other than the postponement of Inquiry Time as described above.
2. Some schools may wish to make adjustments to their individual school calendars that were published last spring. It is anticipated that there may need to be changes made to the dates for each term, as well as to the dates for report cards and parent-teacher interviews. If this is the case, school administrators will consult with parents and staff regarding proposed changes and publish updated information. The district calendar will also be updated as soon as dates are confirmed.
3. Elementary schools will be contacting parents of kindergarten students with information about the plan for ‘gradual entry’ of these students.
4. Secondary schools will be adjusting the dates for the end of the first and the beginning of the second semesters to balance instructional time to align with the new examination dates in February, 2015.
Further updates will be provided as new information is available. A news release will be issued on Friday, September 19th confirming the back to school plan once we know the outcome of the ratification vote. In the interim, please continue to consult the District’s website at www.sd53.bc.ca as well as the appropriate school websites and signage. We look forward to welcoming your children to school.
Superintendent of Schools
Where do you think traffic flow could really use a helping hand?- betters lights, turning lanes, or a traffic circle.
Some of these riders claim that they have the right to ride their dirt bikes and ATVs along the dike.
This sign which greets walkers and cyclists as they approach the path going north and south from Fairview Ave town bridge.
The second icon from the right suggests no motorized vehicles are allowed. The other icons have been obliterated except for the circle to the right which is anyone’s guess.
This sign states that “the trail is funded by federal, provincial, municipal governments, service clubs and individual contributors”.
So…whose responsibility is it to enforce the motorized vehicle prohibition? The town of Oliver? RDOS? Parks and Rec? Ministry of the Environment? RCMP?
If a walker, cyclist or child is injured by an unlicensed motorized vehicle racing along the hike and bike trail who is responsible?
There are numerous “no camping” signs along the path yet most mornings there are tents in Lions Park or next to the river. When the sleeping bags are gone the garbage and toilet paper remains.
Could someone from the town please clarify the bylaw situation? Do we have bylaw officers? How many? What are their hours? Who are they accountable to? How do we contact them?
We are so lucky to have this hike and bike trail. It is a shame to see it abused.
Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course Club Championship was contested last week end.
Sharon Jack is the Ladies Club Champion. With a two day total 165 it was Sharon’s 12th win in a row. Victor Baptiste is the Men’s Club Champion with a two day total of 3 under par 141 for his first win in the Men’s category.
Ladies Net Club Champion-Lynn Hoffman-147 Net
Men’s Net Club Champion-Al Carson-132 Net
Senior Ladies Club Champion-Donna Lalonde-173 Gross
Senior Men’s Club Champion-Tony Baptiste-147 Gross
Senior Ladies Net Club Champion-Helen Simpson-147 Net
Senior Men’s Net Club Champion-Al Odne-135 Net
1. Trails Corridor – Permission granted by directors to seek tenure (License of Occupation) for a four metre wide strip of former KVR land in the Road 19 (Oliver) to 296th Avenue (Osoyoos) area – adding to the RDOS trails corridor. Staff at the regional district are looking to expand on the present 258 km trail. The additions are in Area A and C. The province will be asked to turn over this land to local control.
2. Trails Equipment – Directors also gave permission for the purchase of a tractor mower and trailer for all trails maintenance. Some discussion on how this increases the capacity of a Parks division to accomplish more within a jurisdiction of Princeton to Osoyoos to Naramata.
3. Home site severance – An application for a home site severance on a parcel of land at Miller Rd and Ryegrass Rd in Oliver did not get far and was sent back to the Area C Planning Committee for review. Directors voted twice on the idea – once in the negative and once in the positive and both motions failed. The land passed on from one family member to another – owned by Andre and Maria Miller.
4. Penticton Hospital Expansion – It will take 20 million dollars just to plan and procure equipment for the new Tower. The Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District today approved their share of that – $8 million to be taken from reserves and given to Interior Health. Full speed ahead on the Tower. 3 companies will be announced in November that will be scrutinized before a contractor is announced.
5. Museum – the new Osoyoos facility will be built with joint services funding of both the Town and Rural District. The RDOS today gave the green light to the expenditures of $17,929 on two items – design development and a military collection visible display storage unit.
Orv transferred to the Summerland RCMP in 1992 as the Detachment Commander. He retirement in 2004 after 35 years of service. He has been active in the community with volunteer service and as a member of many organizations.
Councillor Peter Waterman
Peter worked for the Ministry of Agriculture & Food for 25 years until 1997. He ran his own orchard from 1989-2005. Peter has been a resident of Summerland since 1978 and in 2005 he served a term as a Summerland Councillor. He ran once before for the position of Mayor.
The Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department is rolling out the welcome mat for families on Sunday, October 19.
The fire hall is proud to host an open house from 12-4 p.m., during which time the public can have fun and meet the firefighters who serve the community.
Events include a tour of the fire hall, face painting, a “bouncy” fire truck for the kids, a barbecue and an old fashioned marshmallow roast. No doubt the kids will love to see all of the shiny trucks and maybe toot some horns. Ever thought about being a volunteer firefighter? Well, here is your chance to learn all about it. Recruiting information will be available.
Okanagan Falls firefighters are a dedicated group of people who share a common goal – to help others in times of crisis. The camaraderie they share is a special bond that is felt throughout the community. These men and women invite you to witness that firsthand on October 19 – a day of fun and learning for the whole family.
Thanks to www.okfallsdailynews.com
There was a great turnout at the South Okanagan Chamber Of Commerce’s Network Night in Osoyoos Wednesday. The event was held at Landsea Okanagan Tours & Charters in the Watermark building in Osoyoos. The next Network night takes place at Stoneboat Vineyards November 19th
Thanks to www.osoyoosdailynews.com
Vote results should be known between 2 and 3 pm (our time)
with live coverage on CBC TV
The Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707.
Having entered into a personal union with the kingdoms of England and Ireland following James VI’s succession to the English and Irish thrones in 1603, Scotland subsequently entered into a political union with England on 1 May 1707 to create a single Kingdom of Great Britain.
B.C. Teachers are voting today on the tentative agreement reached with government that could see some schools reopened as early as Monday.
Many teachers will be attending study sessions during the day today with union leaders where they will be able to learn more and ask questions about the deal, before they head to the polls to vote.
Most details were released by BCTF yesterday morning and can be found on Oliver Daily News.
No official word yet on the first day of school (expected to be Monday) until after results of voting that should be known prior to 10 pm tonight.
Hurricane Odile blazed a trail of destruction through Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula on Monday that levelled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels and big box stores.
‘Odile’ forced the cancellation of all commercial flights out of the international airport in Los Cabos, Mexico, some of the first Canadians to return home have landed in Vancouver.
Tourists and locals left behind have been operating in survival mode, local officials said. Electricity and water service are still out, and looters have stripped some supermarkets of food and other goods.
The storm also hit many popular businesses and resorts, prompting many tourists to try and get out of the area.
Sunwing Airlines says a flight carrying 185 adults and five infants arrived at Vancouver International Airport last night
A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was released today as the first step in selecting a qualified team to design, build, finance, and maintain the new patient care tower at Penticton Regional Hospital (PRH).
“Just a few weeks ago we announced approval of the business plan for a new patient care tower at PRH,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “And already we’ve reached the first important milestone in this exciting project in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.”
The Penticton Regional Hospital Project last go ahead announcement was July 30. The project includes two phases. Phase one is construction of the new patient care tower which will include an ambulatory care centre, surgical services centre, 84 medical/surgical inpatient beds in single patient rooms, a new medical device reprocessing unit, and space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine program. The tower will be approximately 26,700 square metres (287,500 square feet). Phase two involves the renovation of vacated areas in the current hospital, including increasing the size of the emergency department to nearly four times its current size.
“The release of the RFQ is a preliminary step towards what will be an economic surge for Penticton,” said Dan Ashton, Penticton MLA. “Not only will there be direct construction-related jobs created for the project, but the trickle-down will also positively affect sectors like retail and entertainment.”
The project is expected to create more than 1,910 direct and indirect jobs for workers over the life of the project.
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) Director Angelique Wood, along with RDOS Chief Administrative Officer, Bill Newell and Rural Projects Coordinator, Lindsay Bourque, were on hand at this weekend’s Pancake Breakfast in Hedley to answer questions regarding the proposed service for Area “G” residents that will help fund and maintain parks projects within Area “G”. We spoke with a number of residents who were interested in the options available and what would happen if the proposed bylaw does not pass.
Currently, the only Community Park within Area “G” is Woodlie Park in Hedley which the RDOS requisitions $4000 annually to help fund and maintain the park in partnership with the Woodlie Park Committee.
Woodlie Park is the only park within the RDOS to not have a dedicated budget and without this service established; the RDOS will not be able to continue to fund the park. This initiative is keeping with the RDOS’ mission to implement policies which preserve and enhance quality of life for residents in the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys in a fiscally responsible way. According to Bill Newell, “Given that it is our intent to fund [Woodlie Park] indefinitely into the future, we really should proceed with this establishment bylaw and get the authority to tax for it. It would give those people paying for it the chance to vote, whereas right now we’re taxing them to pay the grant-in-aid, but they’ve never had the opportunity to tell us if they want us to do that, or not.” To date, Woodlie Park has been funded through Grant-in-Aid which is issued only on a one-year term and there is no certainty that the Director for that Electoral Area will re-issue a grant in subsequent years, lending a certain amount of uncertainty to this much loved community asset.
KEREMEOS – A half dozen rifles stolen during a residential break-in have Keremeos RCMP concerned about public safety.
Police responded to a break-in complaint Sunday from the owner of a home on Fairview Mountain in Cawston. The six stolen rifles included a Winchester 30-30, Midland 270 bolt action, Cooey 12-gauge shotgun, Cooey .22 short bolt action, Ruger .22 long rifle with scope, and a Second World War era Lee-Enfield 303.
RCMP are asking for public assistance in locating these firearms. Anyone with information on the weapons should contact their local RCMP detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.