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The Province is taking a first step in what will be a two-part approach to protect British Columbians from distracted drivers on roads and highways.
First, effective Oct. 20, 2014, amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) regulations will increase the driver penalty points from zero to three for drivers who are caught talking on a handheld device while driving. This new penalty, which also covers infractions like watching a DVD, programming a phone’s GPS, and operating hand-held audio players, is being combined with the $167 fine already in place and is now consistent with the three points and $167 fine currently given to drivers for texting.
Penalty points remain on a person’s driving record for five years and can result in further penalties, including prohibitions from driving. Specifically, any driver with more than three points has to pay a penalty premium on their insurance, starting at $175, and escalating if they receive more penalty points. The penalty for anyone who receives more than one distracted driving ticket in a year is at least $634 – the equivalent of two fines and a $300 penalty premium for six points. As points accrue, the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles may also identify a driver as high risk and monitor or prohibit them under the Driver Improvement Program (DIP).
Okanagan Coast Panel Region
Gerald Zimmermann, Vice Chair
Greg Norton, Commissioner(I) (show right)
James Johnson, Commissioner*
Interior Panel Region
Gordon Gillette, Vice Chair*
Lucille Dempsey, Commissioner*
Richard Mumford, Commissioner
Kootenay Panel Region
Sharon Mielnichuk, Vice Chair
Ian Knudsen, Commissioner
Jerry Thibeault, Commissioner*
This makes six awards this year for the Syrah which won silver medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 in England, the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition 2014 in California, and the National Wine Awards of Canada 2014 in Ontario. It also won the silver and judges choice award at the World Wine Awards of Canada 2014 in Ontario as well as a bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2014 in England.
The Chase, a claret coloured five varietal Bordeaux style blend, is no stranger to winning. The 2012 The Chase won bronze from the Decanter World Wine Awards of 2014 and the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition as well as being a finalist in the BC Best of Varietal Awards for 2014.
“Our Syrah is a full bodied wine which was co-fermented with 6% Viognier,” explains Chris Jentsch, who was thrilled with the awards his wine has won. “The Chase is a mixture of Cab Sav, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot.”
Chris Jentsch grew up in the Okanagan and was a fruit farmer for most of his life. In 2002 he switched from cherries to grapes and in 2012 he turned his fruit packing warehouse into a cellar and tasting room. Their winemaker, Amber Pratt, moved to the Okanagan in 2009 and is highly knowledgeable on the grapes and conditions in the south Okanagan.
“We are honoured to be acknowledged for our work in the wine industry,” said Jentsch. “Our entire team works very hard, and it is great to see that hard work rewarded at the BC Wine Awards.
For more information and photos contact Chris Jentsch at 778-439-2091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Photos of garbage along river North of Thorp Road East off of Sawmill Road on the East side of the Okanagan River near a man bridge. Photos Taken October 3rd, 2014
WHY? Why must people dump garbage other than in the proper places it needs to go??!! I don’t understand it!
But I guess you have to be a certain kind of ignorant person.” – Dora Stelkia
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All pictures taken on the east side of the river channel north of Thorpe Bridge.
Police are very concerned for Taya Morgan GIRODAY’s health and well-being and friends and family report that it is out of character for her to be out of contact for this long.
Description of Taya Morgan GIRODAY:
•Caucasian female•32 years
•5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
•155 lbs (70 kg)
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Taya Morgan GIRODAY is urged to contact their local police, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at External link, opens in a new windowwww.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.
We need your help!
A Calgary developer has applied for a zoning variance to build 10 two story duplex units right on Tuc-el-Nuit lake within 15 meters of the shoreline (i.e. half the normal riparian setback)
Issues and Concerns:
The proposed development is not compliant with the density limitations and rules for locating duplex developments set out in the Oliver Town Plan and Town Council has not put in place the measures necessary to protect the biodiversity of the lake.
Council should be minimizing the number of people living on Tuc-el-Nuit Lake and preserving it for the use and enjoyment of all residents – not increasing the density of lakefront development – particularly now with global warming threatening to harm the lake’s fragile ecosystems.
How can you help?
Join us at the public hearing at Elks Hall on Tuesday, October 14 – 5:00 pm (open house at 4:00 pm).
Bring your family, friends and neighbours. Bring your grandchildren – this issue is critically important to their future use and enjoyment of our treasured lake.
I am a long term Oliver resident living adjacent to the proposed high intensity lakefront development.
I would be pleased to discuss this with you further and can be contacted at email@example.com or at 778 886 9356.
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What: Annual Hallowe’en “ Scareview” Event
Where: Oliver Community Centre Hall
Thursday, Oct 30th (1:00pm-4:00pm) – Helping decorate the hall and assemble carnival game booths
Friday, Oct 31st (6:00pm-8:00pm) – Running a game booth during the event
Parent and Tot Drop-in Gym time
6 and under & adult
Tots and Tykes and their caregivers are invited to come play with our toys, bikes and sports equipment. Lots of room to run, jump and play. Great chance to meet other families and make new friends.
Wed, Oct 15-Dec 10
$3.00/parent and tot
$1.00 – additional child
Indoor Kick and Run Soccer
This program is designated to introduce your child to the basics of soccer and the concept of teamwork.
Your child will participate in drills, play various games and have fun! Boys and girls are welcome. Parents are encouraged to participate with their child when required.
Participants are asked to bring a water bottle to each class.
Tues & Thurs Oct 14- Nov 13
(No class Tues, Nov 11).
Tykes Learn to Skate
Learn-to-skate lessons for preschool –aged children in a fun, recreational environment.
Skills covered will include safety and equipment, how to stand up on skates, skating forward/backwards and stopping.
Helmets are mandatory, safety padding and warm clothing including mittens are recommended.
Thurs, Nov 6 – Thurs, Dec 4
FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER –
High Intensity Interval Boot Camp is back!
Nov. 3rd- 26th
$60 must pre- register at Oliver Parks and Recreation
Hot Yoga Class
Saturday, Oct 18- Nov 22
$60 must register or drop in $15 (if space available)