All kinds of vehicles race the track
Press images for larger – Thanks to Shan Robertson
Next event Sunday October 12
Has the $250 thousand policing bill for Boonstock be paid?
S/Sgt. Kurt LOZINSKI says “The organizer has asked for further breakdown / clarity as to the policing costs which are attached to the invoice. This has been sent to Policing Security branch (Government branch) who is the gate keeper of this and monitoring the expenses. We do not deal directly with the stake holders.
Are you meeting with organizers about a 2015 event?
S/Sgt. Kurt LOZINSKI says “We have not been contacted by the organizer to commence discussions for any upcoming event. We do not chase these as it is their event not ours. I would hope that lessons were learnt from the previous year and should this event take place next year that planning commences significantly earlier than last year.
“Though we had a dedicated group of police officers assigned to the event, additional resources were called in to help deal with the demands,” says Superintendent Kevin Hewco, Regional Commander-RCMP.
“Public safety was our priority and, by working closely with the BC Ambulance Service and local Health Authority, we were able to create an effective team.”
RCMP were extremely busy over the past few days considering the BC Day long weekend is historically the busiest of the year, even without a major music festival in town. With the addition of “Boonstock”, the pressure on emergency services was taken to unprecedented levels in the South Okanagan.
Inspector Barbara Leslie – top Conservation Officer in the region came to the RDOS today to talk Bear Aware but got into the thick of it on a number of fronts:
1. Princeton is without a conservation officers upsetting locals
2. Rural Penticton is having a problem with feral horses and the conservation branch is not allowed to deal with that problem
3. Rural Naramata was having a problem with sick muskrats near children and the lake and the conservation branch balked at helping with the local director trapping and disposing of such carcasses.
4. Osoyoos police reporting wandering cougars
5. Bears ( seen above ) attracted by garbage
6. City of Penticton – major problem with aggressive deer and slow response by CO.
Inspector Leslie says her resources are limited. 5 Officers and a Sgt. in the North Okanagan and the same in the south. Priority being threats to life.
Bear Aware programme designed to communicate with public about feeding bear inadvertently. All garbage in rural areas should be put out in the morning and not the night before. If there are no food sources in habituated areas – bears will retreat back to nature. Some recommendations on wildlife: remove food sources in your backyards or lots. Fruit trees not needed for commercial sale should be removed.
The owners of farm property at 7177 Highay 97 North of Oliver seek to sell/gift about half of their property to the Nature’s Trust as it lies in the bottom of the valley in a bog. The RDOS agreed to send the application on to the Agricultural Land Commission with a positive response. Regional Area Director Allan Patton says he approves but the matter would come back for rezoning with the land having a covenant for no buildings and it should be rezoned CA (Conservation Area).
Okanagan Falls Hotel owners sought permission to remove landscaping features in parking lot so that more room was allowed for large beer trucks.
The Regional District board sided with area director Tom Siddon in not granting this concept but to have it go to an area planning commission meeting so that alternatives can be found.
The picture notes limited landscaping based on a 2010 permit for hotel modifications.
Alternatives like boardwalk plantings – or assistance to neighbouring properties were mentioned as directors indicated that no property owner should be left totally off the hook after agreeing to take an action via permit.
The Air Cadet Gliding Program runs in the fall and spring seasons, taking Air Cadets for rides in the Schweitzer 2-33A glider and Cessna 182 aircraft.
The cadets spend the day on the airfield participating in gliding operation where they learn airfield operations, circuit procedures, and theory of flight.
“The highlight of the day is when they set foot in the aircraft and get to experience aviation firsthand,” said Capt. Tyler Willis in a release.
In addition to the glider familiarization program, which is available to every air cadet in the program, cadets aged 16 and older have an opportunity to apply for a scholarship course where they will earn a Transport Canada glider pilot license.
“The interest for this course is very high and competition is steep, but the most successful air cadets will travel to Canadian Forces Base Comox to earn their wings each and every summer,” Willis said.
When air cadets turn 17 they will have the opportunity to apply for the Power Pilot Scholarship where the successful candidates will earn their Transport Canada private pilot license.
The Air Cadet League of Canada in partnership with the Department of National Defence are in the final stages of purchasing new tow aircraft to sustain the gliding program for years to come.
The Cessna 182 aircraft that have been purchased are completely stripped down and rebuilt from the frame up.
Thanks to Castanet
Okanagan Regional Library to address imbalances between communities
The Okanagan Regional Library is working through a series of changes to restore fiscal balance between its member communities. The ORL Board periodically conducts targeted reviews of different aspects of the library operation, and, in 2013, the board contracted the auditing firm Grant Thornton to take a look at expenditures versus revenue for each individual member community across the ORL. The report found that spending in some communities was out of alignment with tax revenue received, and the board directed management to create a plan to address this.
CEO Stephanie Hall drafted a staffing level plan for branches where spending needed to be reduced, and has created a process where both unions and individual branches can provide input into the plan. In many cases, this input will result in modifications to the plan. Once this work is complete, a finalized plan for each of those communities will be shared with local government, a press release issued, and then the ORL will be hoping to hear from all interested parties about their views and library service needs.
Changes in staffing level under the plan would be implemented over multiple years, as opportunities arise. In addition to local and centralized staffing, ORL is also reviewing other spending areas, including facilities costs and centralized services.
Hall acknowledges that this is a difficult process. “There is no doubt that these are tough questions. Public libraries and our incredible staff are hugely valued in communities. With over a hundred and fifty thousand library members, our service is one of the most-used public services communities offer. At the same time, the ORL is committed to fiscal transparency and fairness, and by moving pro-actively to align costs with revenue across communities, we’re living up to our commitments to local government, who are our major funders.”
The Okanagan Regional Library stretches from Golden to Osoyoos, serving 25 member jurisdictions at 29 service locations. Membership in the Okanagan Regional Library provides access to over 750,000 items and a robust array of online and in person services.
Public interest in library offerings appears to be on the rise, with the ORL noting a 12% increase in program attendance and a 56% increase in free downloads of ebooks, audiobooks, music and magazines in 2013.
The original Grant Thornton ‘Financial Allocation Model Analysis” (FAMA) report can be found at www.orl.bc.ca/about-us.