Dave Mattes – Incumbent
Archives for October 14, 2014
1. To praise enthusiastically in public
2. To acknowledge or declare with enthusiastic approval
Ron Hovanes – Mayor of Oliver 2005-2008, 2011-2014, and beyond
No one ran against him so what does that mean? No election for Mayor – for sure – but – Ron Hovanes says this is a reflection from people that the Town of Oliver is well run by council and professional staff.
Hovanes says it appears to him that the public is generally happy with the direction set and the plans ahead. Hovanes does state that he is now free to take on an advocacy role with regard to the referendum on the Frank Venables Theatre – operating funding.
Are you planning a trip south before November 5th – you can vote at the RDOS in Penticton and if interested you should contact that office. This applies to RDOS residents in Area C and the Town as the referendum is a Regional District vote.
(IIO) Independent Investigations Office of BC:
It has been confirmed that the affected person Peter DeGroot sustained a gunshot injury during an interaction with two members of the RCMP Emergency Response Team.
In addition, a firearm was found at the scene.
45 year old DeGroot was shot yesterday afternoon at a remote cabin location near Slocan.
The incident occurred during the 5th day of a manhunt following a gun shooting incident in the West Kootenay village.
The IIO investigation is still in its early stages and investigators are expected to be in the area this week. IIO resources include a team director, three investigators and a forensic specialist. In additions to this, the IIO will provide dedicated services to assist the family of the deceased affected person.
The IIO’s goals are to conduct fair, unbiased, timely, thorough and competent investigations and ensure transparency through public reporting.
The provincial government is in the process of notifying
approximately 15,000 individuals about a data breach that occurred on
the Wildfire Management Branch’s website and associated databases.
The databases were accessed by an unauthorized user on Sept. 24,
2014. As soon as the breach was discovered, public website access to
the databases was shut down. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and
Natural Resource Operations is conducting a thorough review of the
incident in co-operation with the Office of the Chief Information
The provincial government takes the management of personal
information and the protection of privacy very seriously. The Office
of the Information and Privacy Commissioner was notified about this
incident and the ministry is working closely with that office to
resolve this issue.
This incident may have resulted in some personal information being
unlawfully accessed, including the name, gender, general contact
information, date of birth, driver’s license number and job
evaluation information of past wildfire crew firefighter job
applicants. In some cases, information that applicants entered about
their status as an Aboriginal, minority or disabled person may also
have been viewed.
The government is working hard to notify the individuals who are
affected by this incident and could be at risk of harm as a result.
People who require notification will be contacted by mail or other
Last year, the provincial government provided more than $54 million affordable housing options in the Interior – including over $19 million for 1,500 housing units for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Our homeless outreach teams operate in 10 communities across the region, connecting people with stable housing and a range of supports such as income assistance and health and addictions services. In the Interior there are more than 1,000 subsidized units specifically for the homeless and over 220 permanent year-round emergency shelter spaces. In addition, more than 250 people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness received rent supplements last year to help them find housing in the private market.
We are also working to make sure that low-income, working families have access to affordable housing. Last year, more than 1,400 Interior families receive rental assistance to keep their rent affordable. This year, in Invermere, we purchased an 18-unit apartment complex for low-income families. In Kelowna we partnered directly with the City to build three new supportive housing developments – Tutt Street Place, Willowbridge and New Gate Apartments – all of which are now open. We’ve done this because we know that affordable housing is a fundamental part of a vibrant and healthy community.
Today, more than 100,000 households across British Columbia benefit from a diverse range of provincial housing options – a 20% increase since 2006. This progress is due to the dedicated efforts of our partners, community organizations, staff and volunteers who work so hard to provide housing for those in need. Their efforts change lives, support our communities and make the Interior a better place to live – for everyone.
New minimum training standards for B.C.’s firefighters will
provide a clear and achievable means of ensuring the safety of the men
and women in the fire service.
Under the new training standards, which were crafted as part of a
Playbook with the Fire Chief’s Association of BC and is updated for the
first time in more than a decade, local governments identify the level
of service being provided and fire departments are then able to ensure
their firefighters are appropriately trained to meet that level. This
allows for an effective use of resources to meet the needs of the
community without requiring unnecessary training.
The new standards will provide more flexibility for local authorities,
provide for better local and regional efficiencies in training and
service delivery, and encourage more participation in volunteer fire
With a clear and consistent minimum standard for all, it is expected
that the fire service community-at-large will continue to share
experience, tactics and approaches with each other as they research and
develop best practices.
The new minimum training standards support eight of the 12
recommendations made to government in the 2010 Fire Service Liaison
Group (FSLG) report, which was designed to improve the provision of
fire and rescue services throughout all of British Columbia.
Okanagan Regional Library 2015 Budget
Recommended budget increase is $291,850 to total expenditures of $17,274,023. This is a 1.72% increase over 2014 budget which had total expenditures of $16,982,173
Endowment Funds – something new for the library system
The 5 endowment funds are the ORL Board initial steps into ensuring that they are in a more visible position to be considered as possible options by general public when considering leaving money in their wills to charity. By having an entry level ORL fund in each of the major regional endowment funds, those who wish can choose to leave funds to the library in which case the library would get investment proceeds and the funds could build over time through investments and additional donations of the public.
In Loving Memory of
Passed away peacefully at the age of 84 years. Predeceased by his parents Otto and Dolfi. Kurt is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Edda Rott, daughter Monica Burnett and Dan, and son Michael Rott and Yasmin, grandchildren Madelaine and Hannah, sister Elke Loeschmann and Karlheinz of Heidelberg, Germany, brother Edgar Rott and Doris of Heidelberg, Germany.
In Germany, Kurt trained in the profession of graphic arts, and worked for 2 ½ years in Sweden. He then left for Canada to join the Forest Service as a surveyor. After returning to Germany he met Edda Ohmacht and they married in 1960. Returning to Canada he went back to graphics, working first in Toronto and later in Vancouver, before starting his own successful silk-screening company out of his home in Tsawwassen. Kurt loved the outdoors; camping, hiking, kayaking, and he developed a great passion for beekeeping, raising chickens and rabbits, and especially gardening. Kurt was very creative and enjoyed working with his hands as a carpenter, building fine furniture, and general woodworking. He was an accomplished artist, photographer and videographer. In Tsawwassen he designed and built his dream house where the family lived for 16 years. At 52 he retired, and together with Edda, moved to Oliver.
His travels took him to Alaska, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Russia, and one of his highlights was the trip he took with his son and daughter traveling by raft and canoe down the Tatshenshini River from the Yukon to Alaska. Throughout his life he remained politically aware and active using his graphic arts skills to support candidates he believed in, and writing numerous letters to the local newspaper in defense of the people and the environment.
The family would like to thank the staff at Sunnybank, McKinney Place and S.O.G.H., his Dr. James Roberson, Dr. Margaret Myslek, Dr. Tarr and Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kurt’s name are gratefully accepted by the Canadian Heart and Stroke Fund. A private gathering of close friends and family will be held in Kurt’s honour in Oliver on Oct 19, 2014. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com.
Marihuana production investigation grows into two
Police seized nearly 1200 marihuana plants after neighbouring houses were searched in separate investigations just weeks apart.
On September 26, 2014 after investigating a tip, police executed a search warrant on a suspected marihuana grow operation in a residence on the 1700 block of Kloppenburg Road, Kelowna.
Police found that the basement had been converted for the production of marihuana and was otherwise unoccupied. A search of the home resulted in the seizure of 471 marihuana plants. Investigator’s attention was drawn to the neighbouring home and a second investigation was started.
On October 7th the Kelowna RCMP executed a search warrant on the second house. Investigators discovered a sophisticated marihuana grow operation in the basement and arrested a 32-year-old Summerland woman at the home. A total of 721 marihuana plants were seized as well as a significant quantity of cash, dried marihuana and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking.
The owner of the first home is an absentee landlord and was apparently unaware that his house was being used as a marihuana grow operation.
Marihuana grow operations present serious public health and safety concerns. The use of enormous amounts of electricity combined with illegal tampering with electrical system can lead to fires or electrocution. The toxic chemicals used in the production of marihuana are left to circulate inside the residence which can then sometimes mix with air that has been re-vented from the furnace and/or water heater. The presence of a grow operation increases the threat of violence to the neighbourhood.
The 32-year-old Summerland woman faces potential charges of Production of a Controlled Substance and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. She was released on a Promise to Appear for Court on January 26th next.
This week I’ve been going through Wally’s Orchard Run columns looking for material to back up my next story thought. I had one story in mind to develop when I came across another idea to pursue.
I slept on the two ideas until one came clear that it was the one headed for reprint. The chosen one is the first half of Wally’s column. It is dated January 31 1957.
“If there were any doubts about the fruit growers’ confidence in their BCFGA executive and BC Tree Fruits Ltd., those doubts were quickly dissipated at the growers’ convention last week.
Last fall when the Penticton ginger group was campaigning for a provincial royal commission, the fruit industry leaders were charged with being out of touch with and lacking the confidence of the growers.
From certain quarters came predictions that the BCFGA executive would be tossed into the street and that there would be a major shake-up in the personnel and the policies of Tree Fruits Ltd.
Last week stories appeared in the daily newspapers predicting “fireworks” and other spectacular developments when the fruit growers’ convention got under way.
It is to the credit of the fruit growers and their good, sound common sense that all these predictions failed to materialize. Right from the very first resolution it was apparent that the disgruntled element seeking the outing of President A.R. Garrish and other changes was very much in the minority.
First resolution to come up for discussion was conceived by Ellison Local as a device to “get rid of Garrish.’ Had it passed, it would have limited the president to three consecutive terms of office and would have automatically disqualified Art Garrish who has served the last six years as chair.
The resolution was defeated by a 57 to 6 vote. It was a vote of confidence in Garrish and the BCFGA executive, and it set the pattern for the whole convention.
Instead of being kicked out of office the BCFGA executive and Tree Fruits Ltd board of governors went back for another year with very few changes.”
In the words of Laird Smith, even though the polls had the current leadership going down in flames, the will of the people prevailed.
5pm Public Hearing at Elks Hall
7pm Regular Council Meeting – Council Chambers
Airport Committee – endorsement of recommendations
New Youth Ambassadors
Delegation – Dan Friesen on – round a bouts and voting opportunities
1009 Rockcliffe Rd – request for variance to create a 2nd lot
7034 Tuc-el-Nuit Drive – application to rezoning property for duplexes
Airport Hangar lease transfer
Budget matters: Sister City transfer of funds
Report from Union of BC Municipalities
Appointment of Subdivision Approving Officer
Oath of Office for elected officials