Archives for July 2015
Photo Marc Girouard
A home on Joy Road in Penticton, as well as a gazebo and garage on the property, burned to the ground Friday. Emergency personnel were on site by 7:15 a.m. and the fire was contained. No injuries were reported, and the fire did not spread.
Fire Chief Wayne Williams said despite the fire’s potential to spread, it did not affect any other homes.
The homeowner, who was at the scene, said this is the second time he has had a fire burn a home at the same location.
“I am very devastated and asking for any help from the public if anyone saw anything suspicious going on,” he said. “I had a house burn here eight years ago, and at that time beer cans were found.”
Other neighbours described the fire as shocking and upsetting, because if one structure burns it puts the rest of the homes in the area at risk.
Sources: Skylar Noe- Vack and Castanet
Money was raised by selling mullgans, licorice, prints donated by Dave George, golf course General Manager, and scarves made by members of the club. We held a silent auction, a raffle, a card draw and even had a member, Ralph Bursey agree to shave off his mustache if we could raise over $200.00 Nicole from Uptown Hair did the honours.
Including member and non-member pledges we are pleased to announce that we have raised over $6,000.00, our largest donation to date.
Thanks to Cathy Pidduck
Utility scam targets FortisBC customers
FortisBC is warning customers about a telephone scam on the rise in B.C. in which a caller, pretending to be from a utility company, threatens to disconnect service unless the customer makes an immediate bill payment. The call can take a variety of forms, but most commonly, the customers are instructed to use a prepaid credit card.
FortisBC works closely with customers to address overdue accounts with the aim of continuing service — disconnecting service is considered only after all attempts for payment are unsuccessful. Customers receive multiple notices including bill messages, automated and personal calls and mailed notices all in an effort to continue service. FortisBC also offers a number of payment methods; customers can choose the payment method that is most convenient to them.
In addition, FortisBC will not contact customers in any way, including by email, asking for their credit card numbers, social insurance or similar personally identifiable information. If customers are asked for this information, they can be confident FortisBC is not the entity asking.
Customers can be certain they are speaking to a legitimate FortisBC customer service representative if they call us directly using a number published on their statements or on our website.
FortisBC advises both its business and residential customers that if they receive a threatening phone call about their account or are asked for payment using a specific payment method, they are likely dealing with a fraudster. If a customer receives a suspicious phone call, they are advised to gather as much information as possible, such as the caller’s name, hang up and call FortisBC using the toll-free customer service number printed on their natural gas or electricity bill statement or online at fortsbc.com/callus.
Corporate Communications Advisor
This B.C. Day, Monday, August 3, the Oliver & District Heritage Society is inviting the public to come and experience a free travelling exhibit about some of the province’s lesser-known natural wonders- the rare and vanishing animal and plant species of British Columbia.
“British Columbia’s Species at Risk: A Travelling Exhibition” is the creation of the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, and accompanies the Species at Risk Summer Day Camp which will be running in Oliver from August 4th to 7th, 2015. This free exhibit will be open August 3rd from 10 am – 4 pm, and will be located on the lawn of the Oliver & District Museum at 474 School Avenue.
This travelling exhibit offers a unique experience in that it is set outdoors and is entirely “pop-up,” meaning that the pieces are movable and can be assembled anywhere. The exhibit includes tablets for guests to explore an online learning portal, animal dioramas, information about endangered species, and a flower-shaped structure. Knowledgeable interpreters from the Royal B.C. Museum will be on hand to answer any questions and show guests around the displays.
This is a chance for individuals and families who are not attending the summer camp to learn about B.C.’s species at risk and find out how to make a difference. After exploring the exhibit, visitors can enter enjoy the Oliver & District Museum at no charge for a nature-themed film, wildlife information, and displays about local, regional, and national organizations that aid species at risk.
For more information, please call 778-439-3100 or email the Oliver & District Heritage Society at email@example.com. Information is also available on the Society’s Facebook page and on their website at www.oliverheritage.ca.
Yours, Pamela Woolner Community Heritage Manager
Oliver and District Heritage Society
Previously on ODN
July 28, 2015 09:00
Appropriate Officer of “E” Division and
Constable Amit Goyal
Federal Court Vancouver
Source: RCMP website
Goyal was suspended two years ago after reported thefts of two vehicles from his home. Other allegations were made by citizens but no criminal charges were ever laid. RCMP have remained tight lipped about this case but a hearing in Vancouver will be tough to cover for local media.
Premier Christy Clark announced the following changes in
cabinet responsibilities today:
* Peter Fassbender is now Minister of Community, Sport, Cultural
Development and Minister Responsible for Translink.
* Coralee Oakes is Minister of Small Business, Red-Tape Reduction and
Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch.
* Naomi Yamamoto is Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness, which
will now be in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
* Mike Bernier is Minister of Education.
“Today’s changes are about making sure British Columbians in every
region benefit from our plan to create jobs by growing our strong and
diverse economy,” said Premier Clark. “We have the opportunity now to
build on a record of student achievement with long-term labour peace in
place, to strengthen our support for small business, which is the
backbone of our economy, to work together with communities to prepare
for the future, and to put in place a plan to prevent and manage
emergencies or natural disasters so that our province can recover with
our future secured.”
As well, Premier Clark has made the following changes to parliamentary
Jordan Sturdy is now Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Literacy and
the Environment for Minister of Environment Mary Polak. Sturdy also
will chair the Climate Leadership Panel.
The good news in today’s regional trail system announcement is that a new spur line is to be created on old KVR right of way from Rd 22 to Road 9 in the north. The existing hike and bike trail runs on the west side of the river channel (Okanagan River) from McAlpine Bridge to Road 22 near the head of the lake.
The Ministry of Environment says the RDOS has no tenure from Road 9 to Road 22 – so part of the plan is get tenure on the provincially owned KVR bed. Some day we might have a path on both the river and the KVR says Mark Wood of the RDOS. Today’s announcement allows for funding to plan to connect with the trail system closer to Osoyoos and a north link to Rd. 21 where the KVR can be seen in the pictures.
Below Area C Director Terry Schafer, RDOS CAO Bill Newell, MP Dan Albas and Area A Director Mark Pendergraft at announcement this morning of a $124,600 grant to assist in one small part of a larger master plan for connecting hike and bike paths around the north end of Osoyoos Lake and connecting with old KVR right of way.
Pendergraft, Chair of the Regional Board said the funding would help create a critical link in our regional trail system that will allow the history of Kettle Valley Railway line to be highlighted.
Mayor Ron Hovanes, Town of Oliver PW water operator Adrian Zandvliet and MP Dan Albas.
The pump is on top of a 16 inch diameter well head pumping 1000 USGM – domestic
A second well for irrigation is 10 inch pumping half of the domestic capacity.
This new well put in operation in June feeds system #1 – rural north of Oliver, McGowan Subdivision but is totally linked in with the cores water services in the village area. The work included a line under the river to the western part of the system.
The Board of Directors of Osoyoos Credit Union announces that Greg Sol has been named General Manager effective August 4, 2015. His appointment comes with the retirement of Bill Collins who has been the General Manager for the past eleven years.
Greg is a resident of Vernon and brings to Osoyoos Credit Union over 18 years financial services experience, most recently as Branch Manager with Vantage One Credit Union in Vernon, B.C.
Prior to that, Mr. Sol held the role of Senior Account Manager III at Interior Savings Credit Union. Mr. Sol accomplishments at Vantage One include leading their new sales and service approach; proving this opportunity through growth for the credit union. He has also successfully led centralized administration and the call centre departments. Mr. Sol is well respected and highly recommended by his peers and we look forward to welcoming him and his family to Osoyoos.
Police-reported sexual violations against children continued to increase in 2014
While children or youth can be victims of sexual assaults (levels 1, 2 and 3), there are also a number of sexual violations within the Criminal Code that, by definition, apply only to victims under the age of 18. These specific sexual violations are categorized within the UCR Survey as “sexual violations against children”, and include: luring a child via a computer or the agreement/arrangement by means of telecommunication to commit a sexual offence against a child; sexual exploitation; sexual interference; invitation to sexual touching; and, making sexually explicit material available to a child.
The number of police-reported sexual violations against children continued to rise in 2014, representing one of the few categories of violent violations to increase from the previous year. In total, there were approximately 4,500 police-reported sexual violations against children in 2014, about 300 more than in 2013 and resulting in a rate increase of 6%. This was primarily the result of incidents of luring a child via a computer (including the agreement or arrangement to commit a sexual offence against a child), which increased from 850 incidents in 2013 to 1,190 incidents in 2014. While the violations of making sexually explicit material available to a child and sexual exploitation recorded slight increases in the number of incidents between 2013 and 2014, the number of incidents related to sexual interference or invitation to sexual touching declined over the same period.
It is important to note that for the violations included in “sexual violations against children”, differences in police-reported statistics between geographic areas or across time may be influenced by levels of reporting to police, as well as by single incidents that include several victims. In addition, certain police services dedicate special units to investigate these types of crime, which can also impact differences by geographic areas or changes over time. Similar to sexual assaults in general, the number of sexual violations against children is also expected to be an underestimate due to compounding factors that are likely to impact reporting, such as reliance on an adult to bring the incident to the attention of police.
In addition to sexual violations against children, in which information on the victim is available, the UCR Survey also collects data on accessing, possessing, making, printing or distributing child pornography. In 2014, the number and rate of child pornography incidents continued to rise, up from approximately 2,800 incidents in 2013 to about 4,000 incidents in 2014.
As a result, the rate increased by 41%, up from 8 incidents per 100,000 population in 2013 to 11 incidents per 100,000 population in 2014. Part of this increase, however, can be attributed to a proactive project initiated by the British Columbia Integrated Child Exploitation Unit which recorded Internet Protocol (IP) addresses that were in possession of, and possibly sharing child pornography.