Government photos – man on ship, below rescue of sick captain.
Archives for October 18, 2014
Edwin Duke sent a lovely picture on his recent vacation.
I am getting more, so…
Send me nice ones from trips gone by – for ONE WEEK.
Then we get back to standard rules of pictures being current and local.
Ron and Tara run a program where people with developmental disabilities are employed to up-cycle wood furniture and sell it. The outlet also sells used clothing.
The event is part of B.C.’s 16th annual Community Living Month in October – a time to recognize the many contributions that people with developmental disabilities make to our communities year-round.
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October 18, 2014
In the interests of real or perceived conflict of interest, now that your application has resulted in your appointment as a commissioner on the Agricultural Land Commission, I assume you will withdraw from further discussion about the proposed Okanagan Similkameen National Park.
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Letters to the Editor
Posters from non-profits
ODN is for the whole community and a wider area as well
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Oliver’s Grandmothers for Africa are inviting everyone to come and get a jump on their Christmas list. They will be holding a
10 am to 2 pm
It’s the perfect time to get some friends together, drop in, treat yourself to a latte or a wicked little dish of gelato and have some fun selecting gifts from a variety of handmade items from Africa and Oliver. All the proceeds from sales are donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support African grandmothers raising children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Your purchases are carried forward and do some good in a troubled world.
Sometimes there is a sense of overload as the news reports quickly move from one disaster to another. What’s happening in Haiti? Did Afghanistan drop from world view? What happened to those 200 kidnapped girls? Will they shoot the students in Hong Kong? Who killed the protesters in Mexico? And on it goes.
Submitted by Marion Boyd
British Columbians at risk of becoming homeless have more support to find homes in the private market.
The new Homeless Prevention Program will make rent supplements and support services available to four at-risk groups.
The Homeless Prevention Program (HPP) assists youth transitioning out of foster care, women who have experienced violence or are at risk of violence, individuals leaving the hospital and correctional systems, and Aboriginal people. Monthly supplements provided to participants to put towards housing costs are funded through the Canada-B.C. Investment in Affordable Housing. The Province will also contribute additional funding to support services that connect clients to community supports, helping them to maintain successful tenancies. This will help prevent vulnerable British Columbians from becoming homeless.
- The program is available in six communities around British Columbia and will grow to over 30 communities.
- Over the next five years, it is estimated that the program will provide housing and support for up to 4,000 people.
- Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), will invest approximately $2 billion annually in housing. These investments improve the quality of life for low-income Canadians and households living in existing social housing, including individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, seniors, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal people.
- 10,000 families and 17,000 seniors households receive rental supplements. Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested $4 billion to provide affordable housing for low-income people, seniors and families.
Source: Maritime Executive
The Russian general cargo/container ship Simushir adrift and laden with around 500 tons of bunker fuel and 60 tons of diesel is now under tow off the west coast of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada. The vessel is approximately 12 nautical miles northwest of Gowgaia Bay, off Moresby Island.
The Canadian Coast Guard says the ship was incapacitated in gale force winds early Friday morning. Eleven crew are onboard, and the ship’s captain is injured. He has now been evacuated by helicopter, and the US and Canadian coast guards and a number of other vessels are responding.
Winds are reportedly blowing the ship to shore in a seven to 10 metre seas, and it was expected to run aground.
However, the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Gordon Reid has now managed to secure a line and is towing the incapacitated ship away from the Haida Gwaii coast, according to officials with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria. Three more powerful vessels are on their way to assist.
The Haida Nation, had said the situation is dire. “The Haida Nation’s worst fear is coming true,” said president Peter Lantin. “Our priority is to minimize the impact on our homeland and get our people on-site to start dealing with the grounding. We’ll deal with the politics of the situation later.”
The 134m Simushir was built in 1998. It is controlled by Russia’s Sakhalin Shipping and classed by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.