Publisher meets Dan Walton
A picture you will never see printed on pulp
Photo Dennis Knechtel
Glenn Mandziuk is the CEO of TOTA – Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association.
He pitched his rail trail strategy and got a quick and favourable response.
What is the strategy – develop high class trails from Castlegar in the Kootenays to Hope in the Fraser Valley but don’t forget the TO (Thompson Okanagan)
Mandziuk says research shows that the $$$ come from world travelers looking for a “world class” destination. That means at least 150 Km of high level cycling on a path away from traffic but close to amenities.
Myra Canyon north of Naramata to Osoyoos was mentioned as one of those corridors.
After the short presentation – All RDOS directors were enthusiastic with giving moral support to the idea. No cash was asked for…….at this time.
abandoned rail lines and corridors
In one year transit from OK Falls to Penticton and return had increased 13%
The price 2 percent less than budgeted
1750 annual hours of service
Stats from 2015 only
Area D rural Director Tom Siddon says Heritage Hills is not a willing participant in a hefty bill based on the cost of the service that they do not use.
26 percent of useage for school, 37 % for work with 73% percent of usage in OK Falls.
The stats indicate normal ridership for rural communities:
2.9 riders per hour on Route 20/21 Okanagan Falls
6.3 riders per hour in Penticton – mature city transport
4.1 riders per hour in South Okanagan
4.0 riders per hour in Summerland
Those figures similar to 100 Mile House and Kootenay Boundary Regional District.
Development Variance Permit Application
To increase allowable height of garage from 4.5 metres to 6.88 metres
To construct large RV garage
Staff recommend to deny
Owner: John Hofman 224 Circle Drive
Approved by APC with two provisos: 1. that the garage be redesigned to fit better into the neighbourhood with change of building material and 2. that the neighbours consent to the idea.
On a motion by Area C Director Terry Schafer – the permit approved by rural directors only at RDOS Board in Penticton today with one director opposed. No neighbor objected and the regulations allow a higher height if garage part of home.
To orient something is to line it up the way I want it. If I am to orient a person I tell and show them how things work here. When they are oriented they pretty much know where things are and who is who. If I capitalize the O and make it Orient, well, that is a place, generally speaking the part of the world that is at the west side of the Pacific ocean. So, an oriental person hails from the Orient
Orienteering is a group of activities where you need map and compass to get to certain spots, maybe to identify or pick up something. It is usually a kind of race done in teams and in an outdoor area that is unknown to the participants. There are many orienteering clubs across Canada. Orientation is the direction or position one places things, like the hands when singing a particular song
Did you know that in times past many churches were oriented so that their front faced east? Most people, when using a map, will orient it so that north is at the top. A new employee may experience a slate of activities to orient them to the norms and practices at the new company. Orient, in this example is to line up, align so the new employee understands the culture and the way things are done
My personal orientation can pertain to many things about me. My sexual orientation is my preference in choosing partners and how we then have sex. My religious orientation is a statement of my primary beliefs and how they affect my choices in life. Some religions call on the believers to pray facing the city of Mecca and thus the direction of orientation will depend on where they are at the time of prayer
A politician attempts to get their audience to orient with what they are offering. A well prepared politician will have learned about the general orientation of their audience so they can align better (orient more closely) with them and thus tend to be better accepted by these people. Sometimes I adjust my orientation to better align with the people I am interacting with. I think we all do a bit of that