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B.C. teachers and students in grades 10 to 12 will have more time to start using the draft new curriculum and help refine it, thanks to a one-year extension of the implementation period.
“Teachers, principals and trustees asked for more time to work hands-on with the redesigned curriculum – and it’s the right thing to do to make sure that we get it right for our students,” said Education Minister Mike Bernier. “Curriculum in the high school years is more complex, is tied in to provincial exams and evaluated strictly. So it’s critical teachers have enough time to use the draft 10-12 curriculum and help shape it with their feedback.”
Many teachers started using the draft grade 10-12 curriculum this past fall, and are providing feedback on its success with students. The redesigned 10-12 curriculum will be implemented at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, based on feedback provided by teachers and educators.
“The new curriculum has been designed by teachers for teachers – and thanks to their efforts it’s been successfully brought to life in kindergarten through Grade 9,” Bernier added. “The world is changing and our new curriculum is making sure our kids learn the skills they need to succeed in that changing world.”
According to the Local Government Act, the School Act, and School District 53’s Trustee Election Bylaw #20, there were supposed to be two advanced polls. Because of this, the by-election could be declared invalid if an application is made to the BC Supreme Court because “the election was not conducted in accordance with the School Act, or applicable section of the Local Government Act or regulations, or an applicable election bylaw.”
This application can be made by a candidate in the election, the chief election officer, or at least four electors in the voting area. The School Board has decided that it will rely on the section of the Local Government Act that says that the courts can’t declare it invalid if the court is satisfied that the election was conducted in good faith, and that the irregularity did not materially affect the result of the election.
I pointed out that there is absolutely no way of knowing that not holding a second advanced poll would have affected the outcome and that it definitely could have, therefore it can’t be said that the irregularity did not materially affect the result. Since the School District made the error, I believe that they should take it upon themselves to fix it and not expect others to do it for them.
I also reminded them that the confidence that our community has in the board has been eroded over the past year and that failure to admit to and fix this error would continue to erode it.
As I said, in the end, they have decided to do nothing except send a letter to the candidates.
More than 30 people are attending the Forum. They are representing a variety of local groups, from the Food Bank, to business owners, to local growers.
Funding for the project has been provided by the Community Food Action Initiative, in cooperation with Interior Health, the Town of Oliver, and Plan H.
The group is discussing the vision, from what a food secure Oliver would look like, feel like and taste like.
Another topic discussed was, what would total success look like for this project, and for the community.
Guest speaker Gine Ironmonger, from IncrEDBLEtrail in Trail is currently on stage.
Watch for further details on Food Secure Oliver.
9:19 AM PST Thursday 24 November 2016
Snowfall warning in effect for:
- Highway 3 – Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass
A Pacific frontal system will bring snow to the mountain passes. Snowfall amounts near 10 cm are forecast for today. Heavier snow is expected tonight with an additional 15 cm possible.
Snow is forecast to end early Friday morning when the system moves to the east.
Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.
Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.
Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.
Among the new business items the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society discussed, Grant in Aid Requests came from Oliver Alliance Church, 232 Bighorn Air Cadet Squadron, Oliver Curling Club, and Shopper’s Drug Mart.
After discussion, free weight-room memberships were given to 323 Bighorn Air Cadet Squadron, Oliver Curling Club, and Shopper’s Drug Mart for their fundraising initiatives.
The Parks and Rec Society also approved the use of space to Oliver Alliance Church for their annual Christmas dinner.
Two more items came up for discussion.
“We will be adding a new router in the Community Hall so that our Wi-Fi has more range. This has kindly been donated by CanadaFit,” explained Interim Parks and Recreation Manager Natalie Alexander. “And Tony Munday of Munday Media was successful in getting our Design Services Contract for our next two leisure guides.”
The Society will meet next in January.
More than half of all children in B.C. living in single-family households are in poverty.
That’s one of several findings contained in the 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card prepared by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.
The report, using figures from 2014, says the poverty rate among children living in single-family households, is 50.3 per cent. The vast majority of those are single-mother families.
Overall in the province, 163,260 children are living in poverty. That’s a rate of 19.8 per cent, down slightly from 20.4 per cent in 2013.
B.C. child poverty rate is slightly higher than the national average of 18.5 per cent.
“During their critical growing years, thousands of B.C. children and youth continue to be subjected to the stresses and deprivations of poverty because this province has refused to develop a comprehensive poverty reduction plan,” says First Call spokesperson Adrienne Montani.
“Where is the accountability from government to these young people?”
Areas in the province were broken out in regional districts for the report.
The Central Okanagan Regional District has the fifth lowest child poverty rate in the province, 16.4 per cent, well below the provincial number and the national average.
The South Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District rate is 18.8 per cent, while the North Okanagan rate is 20.6 per cent.
All three showed a decline from 2013.
Other findings include:
- Poor families with one or two children had median incomes between $10,000 an $12,000 below the poverty line.
- Adjusted for inflation, welfare incomes for a couple with two children decreased from $23,328 in 1989 to $21,294 in 2014
- 1,000 youth age out of government care in B.C. each year, 40 per cent of the province’s homeless youth have been in government care at some point in their lives.
- New 2014 data shows B.C. to be the most unequal of all provinces. The average income of the top 10 per cent of families was 13 times the income of the bottom 10 per cent.
“Poverty affects children’s development and robs them of their potential,” says Michael McKnight, president and CEO of the Lower Mainland United Way.
“It’s imperative for the future of 0ur province that we tackle this issue now. When we invest in our children, we are investing in our future.”
Source: United Way and Castanet
The vehicle sped away on Hwy 97 at a high rate of speed. This resulted in two other police calls being generated by motorists that observed the vehicle driving erratically on Highway 97 near Kaleden.
A RCMP member from South Okanagan Traffic Services located the vehicle travelling north on Hwy 97 into Penticton. An attempt to stop the vehicle resulted in the vehicle taking off on police and swerving dangerously into the oncoming lanes. RCMP did not pursue the vehicle for safety reasons.
Continued patrols were made for the vehicle which was located a short time later on Elm Avenue.
The driver attempted to flee on foot but was taken into custody by Penticton Traffic Services members. The 29 year old male driver from Osoyoos is facing multiple Criminal Code charges for flight from police and impaired driving.
This holiday season there will be not one, but two giant “trees” aglow at Penticton Regional Hospital.
As it has for the past 11 years, the rooftop tree at PRH will be lit for the South Okanagan Similkmaeen Medical Foundation’s Tree of Dreams fundraising campaign.
This year, with construction now underway on the hospital’s $312.5-million expansion project, the 55- metre tall construction crane working on the new six-storey tower will also soon be adorned with Christmas lights which will be switched on Nov. 29 at 4 p.m.
This marks the second consecutive year the Tree of Dreams campaign has focused on the SOS Medical Foundation’s $20-million drive to provide the medical equipment for the PRH expansion.
Carey Bornn, the Foundation’s executive director, says although the campaign is off to a fantastic start, with $12 million in donations and pledges already received, there is still a long way to go. “We have received terrific community support for the PRH tower,” he said. “Now, we hope to duplicate that success for a second year through our Tree of Dreams campaign.”
The PRH project includes 84 new single-bed rooms on the tower’s top three floors, new ambulatory care clinics, surgical operating rooms and more – to be completed by early 2019.
Phase 2 will see the Emergency Department expanded to almost four times its current size. A six-storey parkade will also be constructed immediately south of the new tower.
Tree of Dreams brochures have been mailed to residents throughout the South Okanagan- Similkameen. To donate, please mail a cheque to the SOS Medical Foundation, 550 Carmi Avenue, Penticton BC, V2A 3G6; stop by the Foundation office beside the front lobby at PRH; phone 250-492- 9027; or donate online at www.sosmedicalfoundation.com.
The Oliver Sagebrushers join Rustico Farm & Cellars Winery In presenting their Annual Cowboy Christmas.
Saturday November 26th 2- 5 pm
Saturday December 3rd 2- 5 pm
Come and enjoy hot chili, buns, warm beverages and music around the old fashioned campfire.
Family and friends are welcome. Dress warmly.
Donations go to the AGNES SUTHERLAND MEMORIAL FUND towards the purchase of a Grand Piano for the foyer of the Frank Venables Theatre for everyone in the community to enjoy.
Paintings by the late Agnes Sutherland may be purchased in the Quail’s Roost Gallery as well as other wonderful gift choices.
Rustico Farm& Cellars Winery will be open their regular hours for Winter in Wine Country Festival.
President & CEO, TINHORN CREEK VINEYARDS
BIO: It wasn’t until she landed a job at a vineyard that Sandra Oldfield discovered her passion for the wine industry. That realization led her to the University of California Davis, where she met her now-husband, Kenn Oldfield, who had just purchased Tinhorn Creek Vineyard in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and was in search of a winemaker. She became CEO in 2010, has grown production to 40,000 cases and made her mark with their premium reserve line of wines.
EARLY AND LASTING LESSONS: “If you need help, ask for it. Face issues head on. If you don’t start long-term goals now, you’ll never realize them.”
WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO INCREASE GENDER EQUALITY IN MY INDUSTRY: “More women focusing on finance and human resources would make them more valuable in the wine industry. Often, women with technical backgrounds (i.e. winemaker) will hit a ceiling.”
Source: Sunlife Financial
The South Okanagan Concert Society is very excited to announce that internationally acclaimed pianist, Nikolai Saratovsky, has flown in from Moscow to join his older brother, pianist Dr. Sergei Saratovsky, in concert Friday, December 2nd at 7:30 pm in Venables Theatre, Oliver. The accomplished brothers could fill a book with all the music awards bestowed on them. A dynamic four-hand duo, they delight audiences around the world with their virtuosity and musical interpretations.
Born into a family of musicians in Karelia, Russia, the brothers have chosen to perform popular and accessible classical music from the one piano four hand repertoire. Mozart, Tchaikovsky (Nutcracker Suite), Schubert, and Mendelssohn are on the programme as well as an arrangement of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” adapted to four hands.
Single entrance tickets for $22.50 are available on line at www.venablestheatre.ca with guaranteed seat assignments. They can also be obtained at the theatre box office on Mondays from 11 to 3 pm* or you can take your chances and try for seats at the door. Students under 17 are free. Aspiring small town kids deserve to hear the very best! Older folk in need of a bus ride from Osoyoos can arrange it by calling Maureen at 495 7978. They deserve to access fine music too.
As an extra benefit to the community, the brothers are providing a 2 hour Master Class for local musicians before Nikolai flies back to Russia. Nikolai, who has performed since age 6, has won the Russian President’s award in recognition of his musical accomplishments and his talent for educating a growing generation of young musicians in Russia, Japan and the USA. Brother, Sergei, in addition to his performing career, enjoys giving master classes and is in demand as a guest clinician and jury member of international and national competitions and festivals.
Sergei became a resident of Canada in 2002 and was granted his doctorate from the University of B.C. He too has received a reward from Russian President, Vladimir Putin, recognizing his achievements in music. He also performed for Governor General of Canada Michaelle Jean. His international awards are too numerous to detail and include an award for Best Canadian Artist from the Montreal International Musical Competition.
Sergei’s concert engagements span the world. He has performed for audiences in Russia, Portugal, Italy, France, Canada, the USA and Australia. His fascination with chamber music has recently led him to establish the four-hand duo with brother Nikolai.
These gifted siblings have already swept the Russian public off its feet. Come to Oliver on Friday, December 2nd, and discover what all the fuss is about!
Prepare to be dazzled as our lovely grand piano responds to four enormously talented hands!