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The Osoyoos Soroptimists came together to sort cans and bottles for re-cycling on this week with refundable containers being separated, counted and delivered to the Osoyoos Recycle Depot netting the Club more than $400.
These funds will be directed to the many Soroptimist charities in the South Okanagan,
Co-ordinator of the Project, Doris Walton thanks the members who volunteered and, the two “Soropti-misters” (member’s husbands) who provided their trucks and helped with loading and delivery.
President Kate Krist thanks the people who stored the material over the summer, for the Soroptimist’s Annual Bottle Drive in the fall.
Submitted by Doreen Janko
Summer is done and a beautiful, colourful Autumn is upon us.
The Heritage Society and the Thrift Shop have been very busy this summer. We had an excellent “end of summer” sale to thin down the summer frocks still in stock. What was left after the sale has gone into storage to be brought out next spring. There were frequent tours through the Museum, Bassett House and Kenny McLean trophy room.
In September, members of Kenny McLean family, Nancy Schmidt, Joan Thomas, Rhonda McLean and Verna Schreiber all came to polish up the trophies in the Kenny McLean room. All the display was cleaned and oiled and it all looks so nice. Thank you so much for all your help.
A grant was received from the RDOS which will help us do some much needed work in the Museum and Bassett House. Those will be this winter’s projects. Thank you so much to the RDOS for assisting us to keep the Museum and Bassett House in good order and an interesting place to visit.
The OK Falls Heritage Society will not be meeting on a regular monthly bases. All the evening meetings have been cancelled. The Executive will look after the needs of the society. In March we will have an Annual General Meeting to elect a new executive.
If you have any concerns you would like brought to the executive, you can phone Marla Wilson at 1-778-439-2275.
Resolution B-122 resolved “that the Provincial Government sign an Agreement with the Government of Canada to continue formal discussions regarding a proposed South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park.”
“My Town Council unanimously supports the establishment of the proposed National Park,” said Mayor Stu Wells. “I am so pleased that municipalities around the province have supported us. The park is a win-win situation. This is overwhelming support.”
The process to create a national park was placed on hold in 2010 when the Province of British Columbia walked away from negotiations with the federal government, citing the need to see more evidence of local support.
“With the approval of the UBCM resolution today, and similar resolutions from the BC Chamber of Commerce, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and Okanagan Nation Alliance along with numerous public opinion polls showing 2-1 support for the park, the evidence is clear and undeniable,” Wells said. “On behalf of all these groups I am calling on the Premier and Minister of the Environment to re-engage in the park establishment process.”
Nomination period begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 and ends at 4:00 pm on Friday, October 10, 2014. Fillable Nomination packages are now available on the internet or hard copies are available for pick up at the Town Office at 6150 Main Street.
The 2014 Local General Election will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Oliver Community Centre from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Advance Voting will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Oliver Community Centre.
There has been new legislation passed by the Province that has made changes to the Local Government Elections, with the two most significant ones being that the term for all positions will be for 4 years and the Campaign Financing Reporting will now be done through Elections BC.
For more information on the legislation and proceedings please go to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development website at http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/2014elections/index.htm
Cathy Cowan, Chief Elections Officer / Corporate Officer 250-485-6207 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Schultz, Deputy Chief Elections Officer / Deputy Corporate Officer 250-485-6219 or email@example.com
Referenda – Frank Venables Theatre
One Assent Voting opportunity will occur in conjunction with the General Election on November 15, 2014. Voters in Electoral Area “C” and Town of Oliver will have an opportunity to vote in a referendum regarding the Frank Venables Theatre. For enquiries regarding the Assent Voting, please contact Christy Malden, Chief Election Officer at the RDOS at 250-490-4146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
An application to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) under Section 21(2) of the Agricultural Land Commission Act (the Act) has been lodged with the Regional District in order to allow for subdivision within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).
Specifically, the applicant is proposing to subdivide one parcel into two parcels, with one proposed to be approximately 1.59 ha in size and the other parcel to be approximately 3.83 ha in size. The larger proposed parcel is located along Park Rill Creek and will be sold to a conservation organization.
The applicant has stated that the purpose of the application is to subdivide off the farmable area of the property. The applicant further states the remainder of the property is mostly marsh land and un-farmable but is high in environmental and wildlife habitat. The owner wishes to ensure that the marsh lands will be protected into the future.
The subject property is approximately 5.4 ha in size and is located on the east side of Highway 97 approximately 535 m north of the Town of Oliver’s boundary and on the west side of the Park Rill Creek channel, and is within the Agricultural Land Reserve. There is a single detached dwelling, a detached garage and several accessory farm structures located on the property.
There are Watercourse Development Permit areas identified on the property for both the Park Rill Creek and the marshy area and ponds located on the eastern portion of the property. There is also an RDOS Board Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit area identified on the eastern and southeastern portion of the property. The surrounding pattern of development is primarily characterized by agricultural operations to the north, south and west, zoned as AG1. To the east, there is a portion of Crown land that buffers the Park Rill Creek channel, and further to the east is a small residential subdivision zoned as RS2.
Under the Electoral Area ‘C’ Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2452, 2008 the subject property is designated as Agricultural and under the Electoral Area ‘C’ Zoning Bylaw no. 2453, 2008, the property is zoned Agricultural One (AG1). The minimum parcel size required for an AG1 zone is 4 ha; therefore, a zoning bylaw amendment would be required if the ALR subdivision approval were granted.
The applicant has submitted confirmation from the Okanagan Region Wildlife Heritage Fund Society and Ducks Unlimited who are both interested in partnering to obtain the portion of property along Park Rill Creek.
The applicant submitted a subdivision application to Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) in 2013. MOTI responded with a Preliminary Layout Not Approved for a variety of reasons including that approval from the Agricultural Land Commission was required prior to subdivision occurring within the ALR.
The main consideration in this proposed request to subdivide within the ALR is whether or not to support fragmenting an agricultural property to create two sub-minimal parcels, one of which is a marshy area and is to be sold or donated to a conservation society.
The ALR Use, Subdivision & Procedures Regulation under Section 3.1(f), permits biodiversity conservation, passive recreation, heritage, wildlife and scenery viewing purposes, as long as the area occupied by an associated buildings and structures does not exceed 100 m2 for each parcel.
It is generally not considered good planning practice to encourage the fragmentation of viable agricultural land, and the Electoral Area ‘C’ Official Community Plan (OCP) generally seeks to discourage this type of subdivision through the objective to “preserve agricultural land with continuing value for agriculture for current and future production, and to protect this land from uses which are inconsistent with agricultural use or are incompatible with existing agricultural uses”.
The OCP also encourages the protection, preservation, enhancement and management of environmentally sensitive areas through the following methods:
by encouraging conservation organizations to purchase the areas;
by encouraging the donation of the areas to the Regional District, The Nature Trust,
What do you think ?
SMOKE-FREE, SMOKELESS TOBACCO-FREE AND ELECTRONIC SMOKING PRODUCTS-FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Board of Education acknowledges the importance of providing healthy learning and working environments for students and employees and recognizes the significant health hazard implicit in the use of tobacco and electronic smoking products. The Board encourages all efforts to eliminate and prevent the use of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes and related products by students and employees of the District.
In accordance with this belief as part of legislation and Bill 10 – 2007 Tobacco Control Act (Banning Tobacco and Smoking in Public Places and Schools) Amendment Act, 2007 effective September 2007, the Board of Education directs that as per Section 2.2.(2) “a person must not smoke or use tobacco, or electronic smoking products, or hold lighted tobacco, in or on school property.”
This means that any use of tobacco or smokeless products is prohibited on all grounds and in all buildings and vehicles owned by School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen).
WHAT: Small Appliance & Power Tool Round-Up!
Benefitting the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls
WHERE: T2 Market
5980 Sawmill Road
WHEN: Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00am – 3:00pm
This Saturday, September 27, T2 Market in Oliver will turn its attention to the recycling of small appliances and power tools through the ElectroRecycle program, with help from a special guest – Houdini, the Great Horned Owl!
The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls (SORCO) will be on location to help event participants learn about what kinds of products can be recycled for free through the ElectroRecycle program, BC’s premier, not-for-profit small appliance and power tool recycling program. SORCO will also share other easy, proven ways to support and preserve the environment that birds live in. Participants can get rid of broken or unwanted electrical clutter and support SORCO in their efforts to ensure that birds that are now on the threatened list do not make their way to the endangered list.
Please note that while the ElectroRecycle program accepts over 300 items for recycling, it does not accept electronics such as computers, televisions, cellphones or batteries. For a full list of accepted products and more program information, visit ElectroRecycle.ca.