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Residents at OK Falls have demanded the provincial government address the issue of traffic safety on the corner of Highway 97 and Cedar Street.
1,200 signatures on a petition and 50 demonstrators protested along the sidewalks on Wednesday.
The petition was presented to Boundary Similkameen MLA Linda Larson during the rally.
MP Richard Cannings with SO Chamber Manager Denise Blashko and Outreach Neon owner Dennis Knechtel.
The tour included a private packinghouse in Osoyoos and gin distillery north of Oliver.
“Chambers have been around for a VERY long time – we have had chambers in our South Okanagan area for 70 years. Business, communities, technology and trends are continuously evolving and chambers are an important player in the mix of healthy, sustainable and thriving communities. The South Okanagan Chamber wants to be an important player in our communities for MANY more years to come. As things around us change – the Chamber is also changing to keep up with business and industry trends and to keep current.” – new chamber website
Pictures show the art of working metal “green support post”, circle sign, and neon table where lettering in light is assembled. Knechtel revealed that over 50 percent of his business is orders from other sign companies for the larger jobs the Outreach is capable of completing.
The provincial government announced this week greater flexibility in hosting weddings, concerts and other non-agricultural events on Agricultural Land Reserve properties.
“Our job is to protect agriculture land not just for today but for future generations. But it’s also to help farmers gain more income on their farms so they can be more sustainable.” said B.C. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick.
Before the changes were put in place, farm owners said they had unclear rules of what non-farming activities could take place on ALR land.
Under the new rules, no new permanent structures can be built for the event, parking must be on the farm and can’t interfere with farming activities, and the number of guests must be capped at 150 or less.
Also, the farm can only host a maximum of 10 events in a calendar year.
“This is the compromise,” said Letnick.
“The challenge is finding that balance. There are some people that don’t want to see any activity on farm land, but there are others who want to open it right up.”
Farmers hosting weddings for their own family and friends, for free, are still exempt from applying for the permit.
The ALC started a crackdown on farms last summer that irked brides and grooms forced to find new venues weeks before their big day.
One of the main concerns brought forward by land owners during the public consultation was the amount of noise and traffic these events could create.
To deal with those concerns, the province has put in very specific rules about where vehicles must be parked, including off local roads. But the rules also state farm owners cannot build permanent event parking on farm land.
Source: Government of BC/CBC