Archives for October 27, 2014
The team went undefeated with a 9-0 win over Coquitlam, 8-0 win over South Delta, 3-1 win over Ridge Meadows. They then posted a 3-1 win in the Semi-Finals over Coquitlam to go into the Finals and a 5-1 win over Ridge Meadows to take first place.
The Peewee Rep team Head Coach is Gord Dynneson and Assistant Coaches are Brian Zakall and Wayne Dawson.
The team’s home tournament is the weekend of Nov 14-16th.
A 68 year old well known man who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $40,000 from the Osoyoos Rural Fire Protection District has been handed a conditional sentence of 12 months, in a Penticton courtroom.
Judge Gregory Koturbash handed down the sentence to Michael Raymond McWhinnie, which includes 2 years probation, after hearing submissions from crown counsel Catherine Crockett and defence lawyer Michael Welsh.
According to the circumstances described by the judge, McWhinnie, a former schoolteacher in both Cache Creek and Osoyoos was the secretary treasurer of the local fire protection district. He admitted to writing 50 cheques to himself, in amounts ranging from $500 to a little over $1,000. The theft was discovered by another board member then reported to the RCMP and theft and fraud charges were laid.
The fraud charge was dropped once McWhinie pled guilty to theft. According to the pre sentence report, McWhinnie suffers from a number of things including depression, post traumatic stress disorder and some gambling and alcohol additions, which occurred late in life, said the judge. The mitigating factors include that he entered a guilty plea, is extremely remorseful for his actions, has an absence of a criminal record, a good family relationship, his age.
Furthermore, he made an early attempt to repair the damage by repaying the money and cooperated with the police, by making a full and frank confession. In terms of aggravating factors, there is the size of the loss from the district, the breach of trust with public money, the impact on victims: with board members being shocked and upset, and believing it reflected badly on them.
For the first six months of the sentence, McWhinnie must remain in his home except when travelling to and from work, medical or training. He needs to further pay $600, still owing to the district and complete 50 hours of community work.
McWhinnie, who lost his house in a fire in Osoyoos in June, told the court, “a lot of things I don’t understand happened to me, the car accident, my house burning down. I don’t know why this happened. If I did know why, it wouldn’t have happened. I apologize completely.”
I was recently honoured to be chosen as the NDP candidate in the new federal riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay. I thank all who took part in the nomination election process. I especially thank and congratulate my fellow candidate, Margaret Maximenko, and her team, for a tremendous campaign—a campaign that added hundreds of people to an already healthy riding membership. I also thank the many people who worked hard on my nomination campaign—your help is truly appreciated. I appreciate the guidance of Alex Atamanenko, who has ably served much of this riding as MP for the past nine years; his will be big shoes to fill.
This is a big, diverse, spectacular riding, from the vineyards and orchards of the south Okanagan through the beautiful Kettle Valley, the industries of the West Kootenay and up into the hidden beauties of the Slocan Valley and Arrow Lakes. Over the past 10 months I have travelled throughout the riding many times and have met many wonderful people. It has been a rewarding experience, and I look forward to more exploration and learning as I continue to travel the riding in the months ahead. I welcome any comments, suggestions or questions from anyone in the riding—please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NDP candidate—South Okanagan-West Kootenay
I was born 57 years ago in Oliver. Raised and schooled in Oliver. My family has been in Oliver over 65 years. Left after high school for work and returned 17 years later with my wife Brenda.
I have operated several successful businesses in Oliver and am now retired. I am running for re-election for the same reason I ran 3 years ago. Keep taxes as low as possible, while improving our town. Our current council has worked well as a team to meet both of these goals. We have completed a $1 million water, sewer and road improvement in the Hollow Street area.
We have cut commercial property taxes, passed tax incentive bylaws for new commercial development. We have held residential property increases to 1.5% average over each of the last three years. None of this is glamorous, all of it is necessary. The current council has plans for park, sidewalk, road and downtown improvements. All with no tax increase required. For these things to move forward, the town needs continuity in the council. I offer continuity for infrastructure improvement while holding the line on taxes.
In answer to the questions posed by ODN:
1. Homelessness, poverty,and low income, are they issues? what can be done?
Answer – Of course all of these are issues everywhere, including Oliver. Council can continue to provide a welcoming place for business to create jobs through low taxes and incentives. We can keep taxes as low as possible to make life more affordable for everyone. We can provide land for any developer willing to build lower rental or purchase housing.
2. A report stated Municipal employees are overpaid versus provincial employees. What can be done?
Answer – Reports are based on averages. We need to constantly work with our administration to understand and control our costs.
3. Main Street and Centennial Park. Should council take action to improve?
Answer – Absolutely. We have a wonderful town and any opportunity to improve should be taken.
I have been happy to call Oliver my home for most of my life: first by my parents’ choice, and more recently by my own. After a few years away gaining some life experience overseas and off at University studying International Relations, my husband and I made the decision to return to Oliver and start a family – we are now proud parents to two very energetic little boys.
Over the past few years I have spent my time getting involved in my community and in our region by serving on the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a board on which I served two terms as President. I am on the Festival of the Grape Executive Committee, as well as an active member of the Oliver Business Association, currently in the throws of planning Oliver’s Christmas Light-Up!
Four questions: Is homelessness, poverty, low income an issue and what could a Town Council do about it?
Homelessness, poverty, and low income are issues in every community and as a fellow citizen I have nothing but empathy for people who find themselves in difficult situations for a variety of reasons. Local government is unfortunately not often in a financial situation to provide services and programs to individuals in need, however they can most certainly advocate for change when they see that change is needed. Local government has the opportunity to be a voice for those who cannot be their own voice, and could advocate for moneys to provide more affordable housing and of course offer tangible help when in the position to do so.
At least one report says employees and management in municipalities are paid more than provincial government employees on average – what would you do about it?
Oliver is fortunate to have a steady and dedicated workforce, which has no doubt been made possible in part by employees who feel that they are fairly compensated for the hard work that they do. In terms of wage, Oliver is not doing anything different than any other municipality in the Province and when it comes to contract negotiations, if we were to be offering less in terms of wage than our neighbours, we would almost certainly lose out. In order to attract and retain the best, the town must be competitive.
Main Street and Centennial Park – do you think the Town could take a leadership role in enhancing “our look” to the outside world travelling by?
We are the Wine Capital of Canada, yet driving through out downtown you would have no idea unless you read the signs at either entrance to town – more should be done to take advantage of this potentially lucrative branding. Some of our empty lots on Main Street have been that way for decades, and the time may now be right for the Town to look at ways to enhance our main corridor and perhaps become entrepreneurs in our own downtown. There are many great ideas out there, and we should have Council and community members get together and start looking at ways to freshen things up. Council and the Town should get things started and lead by example – perhaps if we take the initiative to get the ball rolling, others will follow and invest in our downtown.
What suggestions for Oliver’s future?
I would like to see us be proactive, and allocate proper funds to by-law enforcement. If we start working on a proper plan now, come next summer we will be in a position to properly educate the public and keep our Parks and Trails clean and family friendly.
I feel that we need to find a way to engage the community – there are a lot of people out there with a lot of talent, and let’s find a way to make them a part of the conversation and put their talents to good use.
Let’s look at ways to take advantage of our powerful Wine Capital of Canada brand, we should’ve shy away from all that makes us great – we should be proud of what we have and not be afraid to brag about it.
Kelowna – A 35-year-old Alberta man currently residing in Summerland faces several charges after the Kelowna International Airport received a threat to an outgoing domestic flight on Saturday afternoon.
On October 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm, the Kelowna RCMP received a report of a possible threat specific to an outbound flight set to depart from Kelowna International Airport later that afternoon. The aircraft was inbound at the time of the report and, as a precaution, was diverted to a secure location away from the terminal for the ongoing safety of the public, airport personnel, and the facility. The luggage of the outbound flight was also isolated away from the terminal building. Both the luggage and passengers were searched but nothing of concern was located.
The inbound flight was never subject to the threat and police believed the aircraft and the passengers of that flight were never in danger. It was out of an abundance of caution, and for the purposes of the investigation, that the flight was isolated and the passengers and their luggage searched.
The RCMP would like to thank the affected passengers for their patience and cooperation during this difficult situation.
Through the course of the investigation, a person of interest was identified and taken into custody.
Michael Joseph HOWELLS has since been charged with Uttering Threats, Public Mischief, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Endangering Aircraft by False Information and Mischief.
He understands and appreciates the realities of living in a rural community. Terry is committed to working toward solid and supportive relationships with the Town of Oliver, School District #53, Osoyoos Indian Band and other levels of government – together we can achieve so much more to benefit so many more of our citizens. He pledges that he will listen to his constituents and carry their concerns forward to the Regional Board.
About Your Candidate Terry Schafer
My family and I are proud residents of rural Oliver having been part of the greater community of Oliver and district for over 30 years. Because our roots are deeply planted here I am very committed to serving the needs of our people and our diverse culture.
There continues to be concern about the uncertainty we have economically and to that end, we must focus on maintaining our assets and infrastructure rather than spending our tax dollars on new facilities unless there is a critical need for them. Smart principles and planning must be front and centre when considering our growth strategies. I am dedicated to the task of working effectively with the Town of Oliver and other levels of government as we continue to be the best example of what a rural community should be – affordable, environmentally friendly and progressive in our actions. Our many volunteer groups and citizens deserve appreciation for all they do to enhance and enrich our rural area.
We can, and must, continue to work together to build a strong foundation for future generations. I can promise you that I will be diligent and thoughtful in my approach to those issues that we all care about and that make Area “C” the special community it is.
The population of rural Oliver is almost identical to that of the Town.
We cost share in many important facilities and parks and it is extremely important that our partnership continues to flourish and grow. Representation of both of our communities at the Regional District Board level ensures that all matters affecting our greater community are shared. The Mayor of Oliver is as committed to a positive working relationship as I am and as we continue to have confidence in our collaborative relationship all citizens of our respective communities will benefit.
I’m very interested in the environment and have used geothermal heating and cooling in our home for many years . Wind and solar power are things I’ve experimented with for quite some time. I drive a Smart Car because I believe it is environmentally friendly.
Family is very important to me. My wife Robbie and I have enjoyed raising our family here because of our excellent schools and great environment. These are things I want to see preserved and enhanced so that all citizens will always be proud of the community they live in.
Served four terms on Oliver Town Council 1995 through 2007
Moderated multi-level governmental political forums
Chaired Forum on Electoral Reform
Instrumental in establishing
Restorative Justice in Oliver and district while a member of the Oliver Safe Community Group
Served on various committees including Public Works and Water, Fire Hall Design Review, Heritage Building, Agri-Spirit Pavilion, Oliver Parks and Recreation Society and was also a member of Gordon Hahn’s Advisory Planning Committee during his term as Area “C” Director
Chamber of Commerce Director
Fire Protection District Director
Mt. Baldy Ski Patrol
Founded “Music In The Park”
Founded We-Care Society during
my term as President of the Oliver
Festival of the Grape
“Food For Thought” Program helping as needed
Have cleared the clutter and looking for more OK Falls/Osoyoos/Oliver events in the coming months.
Classifieds cleared as well – starting next month we will go for a whole month prior to clearing and more items will be not get posted unless designed to the rules specified. ( two names used and contact info in the body of the ad )
Free Classifieds – the busiest feature on ODN
for pets, rentals and sale of items.
A DVD video presentation produced by Russell Work displaying many pictures of SOHS/SOSS 1948-2014 prepared for the opening of the new school.
Just a few DVD’s left to sell. DVD in colourful cover. USB sticks sold out
$20 each – Hurry
Available all this week at Beyond Bliss
If you want one contact email@example.com if out of the area.
Cost of getting this done underwritten by ODN – to recover costs of production only.
Monday – Committtee of the Whole followed by Regular Council
Tuesday – First of many budget meetings – 4pm
COW 4pm Monday Council Chambers
Discussion with Rural Director on funding of Loose Bay water supply
Update on Policing – RCMP Sgt. Ken Harrington
Discussion on MMBC – Oliver Landfill vs T2 for recycling depot
Oliver Business Association – grant request for Christmas Light Up
Regular Meeting 7pm Council Chambers
Delegation – SOSS presentation on Bandai Student Exchange
Update on Dog Pound
Agreement with School District on Reclaimed Water Use
What group is running the Frank Venables Theatre?
Answer: The Society is called the Oliver Community Theatre Society.
Who are the Society Directors and Members?
Answer: Jack Frank, Wendy Newman, Bob Park, Christine Rothwell, Carol Sheridan, and Midge Wyse.
How many Directors and Members?
Answer: If the referendum and RDOS budget approval is successful we will begin to expand the membership. Our very first AGM (and therefore the first board elections) will be in the spring of 2015 and we intend to have an expanded membership by that time.
How many salaried Members, Managers and Secretaries?
Answer: The Society Act of BC does not allow members of the board of any Society to be paid for the work they do – so all six board members are volunteers. We have hired an Interim Theatre Manager who is working part-time – 3 days per week – and is currently on contract until mid December. Theatre technicians are engaged to run sound and light — some are volunteers and a few are paid an hourly wage by the user groups. All ushers, ticket-takers etc. are volunteers.
Our Interim Theatre Manager is the only paid position. If the referendum and RDOS budget approval is successful we hope to hire one full-time Theatre Manager, who would be the only paid staff member for the Theatre.
How many people in the membership?
Answer: As a new Society, incorporated in April of this year, we followed the Society Act on the process of our formation. This means that the six founding members of the Society become the Board of Directors. None were “appointed” by any other agency, though the current Regional Director, Mayor and Council and School District Superintendent and Secretary Treasurer suggested names and all vetted the list of individuals proposed.
Looking for up to eight individuals with a mix of the following skills, experiences and expertise:
Expressed interest/passion for the performing arts as an artist and/or audience member
Experience with not-for-profit organizations as an active volunteer, director, or member of staff
Background in marketing, business, entrepreneurship, legal, financial, or arts and entertainment which would contribute to the leadership team needed to animate and operate a vibrant community theatre
Familiarity with communities in the South Okanagan, especially the Town and District of Oliver
Knowledge of local affairs, especially school/School Board/Town/RDOS relationships
Demonstrated financial development and leadership skills
Willingness to volunteer
How many of the Society Members live in or represent the Rural Area C and how many live in or represent the Town?
Answer: Three live in the Rural Area C, two live in Town and one lives in Osoyoos.
Does the manager live in the Town, Area C or neither?
Answer: Our Interim Manager is from Penticton. If the referendum and RDOS budget approval is successful and the Society is in the financial position to hire a full-time theatre manager in 2015, we would certainly hope that they lived in the Town or Area C.
Will the Area C RDOS Director and Town Mayor be automatic ex-officio members?
Answer: No. There are no ex-officio members in the Society’s bylaws.
What is the society membership criteria or can anybody join?
If the Society is in the position to continue to manage the Theatre we would open up the membership. Though we have yet to set down the criteria, it would likely be something like anybody living within the Town, RDOS Area C and the boundaries of School District #53 could join. We have not yet set a membership fee.
Do many or any current members have any proven Community business management experience and what is the projected annual budget?
Answer: The members of the Board have a mix of backgrounds – there is a lawyer, a businesswoman, a recreation manager, an arts manager along with two teachers — one teaches drama the other taught band.
The projected budget for 2014 (a partial year) is $68,000 and for 2015 the budget is close to $140.000. FYI, our request to the RDOS for the Theatre Service for 2015 is anticipated to be $100,000, but obviously that depends on a successful referendum.
If you have other questions – this is a good time to ask. ODN will supply as much information to the public as possible.
Large crowd to hear Westjet president and various politicos say good things.
Photo and submission from Ernie Race
WestJet touched down in Penticton for the first time Sunday afternoon.
The Calgary-based airliner began daily non-stop service between Penticton and Calgary after a multi-year campaign to bring the airline to the city.
More than 100 people filled the airport building to see the Q400 plane land 16 minutes ahead of schedule. The atmosphere was festive and people also lined the fence outside the terminal building to catch a glimpse of the inaugural flight.
“Penticton just makes complete sense,” WestJet president Ferio Pugliese said. “Our role is to go into communities like this and lower airfares.”
I guess I was about 15 years of age and Halloween must have fallen on the weekend that year, for I had gone to town to see what was happening and wouldn’t have done so on a school night. Being 15 meant I was too old to go Trick or Treating and too young to go to a dance, so we just hung out standing on the sidewalk and watched cars pass by.
Someone came along and said one of the local egg farmers was in the bar in the Oliver Hotel and his car was parked on the street with the back of it full of trays of eggs. Someone got him out of the bar and we all bought a tray of eggs from him.
To set the scene correctly, there was a car wash on either end of town. We began to throw the eggs at the local police force car as it drove past. The officers drove through the car wash and came back for another run through the gauntlet. We gave them our offering and they drove down to the other car wash for another cleaning.
This happened half a dozen times and we never did clue in about the car washes until later.
We bought more ammo from the egg man.
At one point we were waiting for the men in uniform to drive by, when a couple of cowboys decided to run the gauntlet. We gave them a sample of our goods and they came screeching to a stop, jumped out of the truck and began to chase us. We scattered like sparrows. It was difficult running and coddling a tray of eggs but we all managed to salvage some.
The cowboys caught one fellow and broke all his eggs on him. They then returned to their truck and headed for the car wash.
The egg man sold all his eggs to us and since he hadn’t any cartons left for us we carried them in our pockets, many of us had scrambled eggs to deal with.
The only one to get into trouble for that night was the egg man. The profit he made from us went to the fine he had to pay for what ever the fine was. It seemed like the officers of the law were not amused with his contribution to our prankish night.