Archives for January 2017
Thursday, February 16th, is the date to mark on your calendar for the annual Grandmothers for Africa BRIDGE EVENT from 10 to 2:30 at Fairview Mountain Golf Club.
Preregistration by Feb. 14th is necessary so email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Leslie at 250 498 2282. For only $20 you get the entire bridge social including lunch and you also are contributing to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s work with unsung heroines, African grandmothers.
Recent global events have had women all over the world marching for social justice. The recognition that we are all connected as human beings is front and center. That is why women in Oliver have gathered to support the empowerment of grandmothers in Africa. The depth of love, tenacity, intelligence and hope at community level in Africa is absolutely compelling. Most African grandmothers live in under-resourced communities and face the brunt of the effect of HIV/AIDS and poverty as they bear the load of caring for families, financially, emotionally and physically. With their strong sense of responsibility they quite literally make the impossible happen. They are the greatest hope for kids growing up orphaned by the AIDS pandemic.
Grassroots support groups, funded and encouraged by the Stephen Lewis Foundation, carry particular meaning for African grandmothers. They are greeted with love, warmth and open arms and they find in their groups a place to share their life experiences and to learn new coping strategies.
When you come to play bridge on February 16th, you will have the opportunity to see and buy goods made by both African and Canadian grandmothers. It is a day to come together, have fun and support other women carrying burdens greater than our own. Don’t forget the preregistation deadline of February 14th!
Photo is of Shirley Polk, President of Oliver Grandmothers for Africa and African Grandmother, Mariam Mulindwa
Anneke Le Roux
How lucky can our little town of Oliver be!? We have a phenomenal theatre that brings incredible acts like the Montreal based Dave Brubeck Tribute concert hosted by the South Okanagan Concert Society January 27th. I could not believe my good fortune and did not stop smiling. The music the Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble brought was World Class!
The set-up was plain and simple, no gimmicks or distractions, just pure, enthralling, mind-blowing craftsmanship.
Rémi Bolduc brought together musicians that not only understand their instruments and the music of Brubeck, but that lose themselves in the dynamics of ‘telling the story’ to the audience. It is the dynamics that pull you in and make you part of this world that is pure with utter brilliance. We all know jazz is not every one’s cup of tea, but when presented to you in this way, one can not help but stand in awe. And they do this without a single piece of sheet music!
Rémi plays a 60 year old Selmer alto saxophone (the very first one he bought for himself in the 80’s) with a tone quality of velvet. His understanding and portrayal of Brubeck’s music is the exact balance of beautiful tonal themes and lightning fast arpeggios and scale dissections that leave one astounded when he lets loose. But he does not leave you behind. The audience could not agree more when the intro started to ‘Take Five’. That can only be done with years of impressive experiences.
I was a bit worried or disappointed at first when the pianist sat with his back to us because it was not just any pianist, it was François Bourassa, and I wanted to see him interact with the other musicians. He did this but now I did not see his face, but his hands. Oh those hands…! And his feet – which had a whole conversation all on their own. He made the piano sing with the lightest touch and a more controversial contemporary approach when he started “Bluesette” on the piano’s anatomy (the insides of the piano). He plucked and played together, which caused great delight in the audience.
The double bassist Fraser Hollins and drummer David Laing’s solid performances were ever impressive and not to be underestimated. They made the transitions between aTempo and double time seem effortless, and they are the reason for every foot that tapped along.
Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble is beyond fantastic! They are so aware of each other and what will happen next, they know the best ways to bring enhancement so the music stands out. What a privilege to see these professional musicians in action. They promised to return to the Okanagan, but if there’s a chance that they are near you, go! Their traveling schedule is available at www.stationbleue.com.
On this note, I have to say that so often the sound engineer is left behind. But Dave Mai (sound and lights) has done the outstanding by knowing the acoustics of the theatre so well and giving each individual instrumentalist the best balance, in order to give us the best performance. Thank you.
Frank Venables Theatre gives us another reason to be proud, and that is to anyone with an Orace Hearing System. On the 12th and 24th February, there will be two separate performances. 150 MOVES, Ballet Kelowna’s Celebration of Canadian Dance and DUO CONCERTANTE, and both performances’ sound will be paired with the Orace System. In other words, the music will be played directly in your ears!
DUO CONCERTANTE will be the next SOCS concert on 24 February at 7:30 at the Venables Theatre. Canadian partners in life and music, Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves perform on Violin and Piano. They have been praised by critics for over fifteen years for their ‘artistry, poetry and impeccable technique’. Tickets will be on sale at the theatre during new office hours. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10:00 – 3:00. Make sure you don’t miss any of the shows!
West Kelowna / Kelowna – RCMP continue to work closely with BC Coroners Service and WorkSafe BC in parallel and ongoing investigations, following the sinking of a commercial vessel in Okanagan Lake late Monday evening.
On January 30, 2017 at 9:21 pm, RCMP received 911 emergency calls from Tolko Industries employees, who reported a marine incident, which involved one of their commercial tug boats that had reportedly sunk near Manhattan Point off the east shores of Okanagan Lake. RCMP learned that the vessels operator was unaccounted for and quickly called on the Kelowna Fire Department, who attended the scene and conducted an extensive search of the area.
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) were also called to the scene, and with the assistance of another Tolko Industries vessel, dropped an underwater camera into the lake from above the sunken vessel and managed to confirm that the operator was still inside the vessel.
The RCMP Southeast District Underwater Recovery Team is expected to attend this scene this morning to recover the body of the individual who is believed to be the vessel operator.
Ruth Poirier has been an active member at the Oliver Seniors Centre, playing cards, dancing, and bingo.
“We are trying to raise money to help pay some of the costs of getting a medical Flight home for our very special grandma, mother, and friend. Ruth went on a holiday to visit family in Ontario from her home town in Oliver.
While in Ontario, she suffered a debilitating stroke. Being the fighter that she is, she has come through the first weeks of this emergency, and now needs and wants to get home. Even though health care in Canada is universal, it does not cover ANY of the costs of a person in this situation who is trying to get home between provinces in Canada. The funds we are trying to raise will not cover all of these expenses, but any assistance would be a really huge step toward paying for getting her home, where she will continue to get the medical care she needs. She is not well enough to travel on a commercial flight, so the costs to bring her home are very high.
Please help if you can”. : From Nadine Evans
Oliver Town Council met in a special televised session this afternoon for 1 hour and 15 minutes – a lot of time for a review of the report above with advice from Federal, Provincial and Regional elected officials.
In January 2016 a rock slide crushed the underground syphon at Gallagher Lake. It was fixed quickly for the summer irrigation season but then the work of finding a permanent solution took place. Several experts studied the situation with a report from True Consulting recommending a 8 foot pipe to be constructed along Highway 97 – to get as far a way from the rocks and possible slides at the bluff behind.
That was the option recommended by most people and council voted unanimously to buy into the idea and seek as much funding as possible.
This year’s series includes four programs, each featuring a documentary film and guest speaker. The series kicks off Saturday, February 11th with “The Ocean’s Albatross.” The featured show examines the impact of pollution on our oceans and takes a close-up look at the Great Pacific GarbagePatch, a massive collection of plastic waste brought together by swirling ocean currents. After the show, Jan Vozenilek and Ryan Cope will share their experiences working on Midway Island, a remote and barely populated atoll in the Pacific Ocean where Albatross babies are dying from ingesting everyday household items discarded by people living thousands of miles away. The presentation includes tips on what we can do to help protect the earth’s ocean and aquatic ecosystems.
The second program in the series, scheduled for March 11th, features the film Wild Ways. The documentary highlights efforts to preserve bears, elephants and other cherished species by connecting the world’s wildlife refuges. Learn about an approach called “connectivity conservation” and how initiatives like Yellowstone to Yukon are working to link protected land. After the film, researcher Brett Ford will be on hand to discuss badger populations in B.C. and his study on badger genetics and gene flow between British Columbia and the United States. On March 25th the series continues with a program exploring the fascinating world of snakes. View the documentary Sophisticated Serpents for a revealing look at these often misunderstood animals—from the lethal arsenal of rattlesnakes and cobras to the beauty of courting kingsnakes and anacondas giving birth. Following the film, snake researcher Jared Maida will be on hand to talk about local snakes and his findings from years of rattlesnake study around Osoyoos.
The fourth and final program, held on April 15th, shines the spotlight on Canada’s imperiled caribou. The featured documentary, Billion Dollar Caribou, follows the Little Smoky caribou herd in the foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains and includes discussions by conservation experts, aboriginal groups, researchers, government and industry about caribou conservation. After the film, biologist Daryll Hebert will talk about the challenges facing Canada’s caribou and his first-hand experience trying to preserve this iconic species. Admission to the Osoyoos Desert Society’s Winter/Spring Program Series is by donation. Programs run from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Watermark Beach Resort. For more information about the series, contact the Osoyoos Desert Society at email@example.com or 250-495-2470.
Special Open January 30 Council Meeting to be aired at 4:00 PM.]
Town of Oliver and Eastlink TV are pleased to announce that Town of Oliver Council meetings will be aired once again on Eastlink TV Channel 10 at 7:00 pm. Gallagher Lake Siphon repair options will be discussed at the January 30, 2017 Special Open Meeting at 4:00 PM. Providing access to Council meetings has been a high priority to Oliver Council and Eastlink TV resulting from the change in service provision. Once again, residents will be able to watch local government.
The Town of Oliver has launched CivicWeb, a new meeting portal where residents can access Town meetings and other information. The new portal has been designed to provide a user-friendly interface to enhance the flow of information between government and the public.
Some of the many functions include:
• A comprehensive calendar of upcoming and past Council meetings
• Easy access to agendas and minutes for a particular meeting
• A user-friendly search option for other Council records, and
• The ability to subscribe for automatic notification (e-updates) of new Council records (agendas and minutes) related to specific meeting types.
The portal also provides an advanced search engine to assist citizens to easily locate Town actions and decisions. Residents are encouraged to access the portal by going to the Town’s website, www.oliver.ca
Okanagan Basin Water Board Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Support Opportunities
The OBWB requires that all WCQI grant applications be accompanied by a resolution of support from the organization’s local government council or board (this includes projects submitted by staff of local government; all projects must receive support from their council/board). Business Plan Objective: (Tie to current RDOS Business Plan) Goal 3.3: To develop an environmentally sustainable community
The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) has announced that applications will be received until 4:00pm on February 17, 2017 for the Water Conservation and Quality Improvement (WCQI) grant program. The WCQI program supports local organizations and government by providing funds to support initiatives that are innovative, tangible, addresses water issues and enhances the sustainable use of water within the Okanagan Valley.
For the 2017/2018 program, the funding available to the three Okanagan Regional District’s, which includes the member municipalities, is $300,000. Successful grant applications chosen by the OBWB will receive between $3,000 and $30,000.
This year, the OBWB is calling for projects that focus on hydrological data collection, water use and conservation, landscaping and irrigation, habitat inventory mapping and restoration or policy planning projects. There are 10 funding categories and all eligible applications will be considered. [Read more…]
They found a piece of farmland in a neighboring community that would be suitable for expansion when the time came. The million dollar building we had just erected and moved into would not handle growth of even a 1000 more people.
One morning during church the Pastors’ presented their plan, and it was a done deal, no questions asked. The property was 27 acres and was priced at $700,000.00. It would be added to our existing mortgage.
To my knowledge, everyone was all for the idea.Thinking back, I suppose there were dissenters, because not too much later after the purchase declaration, a law came about that was to negatively affect everyone.
The Pastors, during one of the church services, declared that Bobby and Suzie XYZ, had rebelled against the authority of the church and they were unrepentant. Since that was the case, they were no longer welcome. We were told that we could say hi to them on the street but nothing more.
Our children couldn’t play with their children, we were not allowed to phone them or invite them over. They were to be cut off! The idea was to have them see the error of their ways and come back to the group and submit to the Pastors’ discipline.
In my 22 years of being affiliated with this bunch, I didn’t see anyone return. That error of thinking continues today in some of those churches. All it does is continue to divide and hurt people.
In 1978, there was abundance. Everyone was working, the economy was brisk, people from all over Canada were working in Alberta. Our church grew in numbers, many were getting married, buying houses, and starting families. The church coffers were full and overflowing.
Then 1980, the infamous National Energy Program kicked the Alberta economy to the curb! Some 500 oil rigs left the province. The construction industry slowed to a crawl. Trade wages dropped by $10.00 an hour and many of the companies still working went non-union.
Our Pastors saw their shortsightedness ( although they didn’t admit it ) in not allowing the members to go to university, because it was the university trained professionals who now had the incomes to support our burdensome mortgage. Those professionals though were few and far between. The Pastors were reaping what they sowed.
Every week the Pastors pleaded for money, we paid for the chairs we sat on during the church services, we gave our spare change, as well as our tithes and offerings. We didn’t ever miss a meal but we didn’t have anything extra either, everything was hand to mouth.
Our church had a Christian school. They used the Accelerated Christian Education ( ACE ) program. People from other churches enrolled their children. We had upwards of 50 students and 4 teachers including the principal. The school started shortly after we moved into the new building.
Back in 1978, we started a catering service but by 1980 it was dissolved because it was not profitable enough. We didn’t serve alcohol and that is where the most profit is.
In 1985, a lawyer came into our church, she was a new convert. Normally, the coveted position of Bible study leader is one that new converts don’t get until they have been around for a while. Within three months of arriving, she was a Bible study leader! Our suspicion was that she had a hefty tithe and the Bible study leadership position was a reward and kept her tied into our church.
That summer, the lawyer led a Bible study group of 20 or so people in a classroom in the church. The study group started getting ideas to begin ministries outside of our church. When the Pastor and his wife heard about this, they were outraged! These ideas would take the people away from the grande scheme of the huge church!
During this time a missionary from Mexico, a well known and respected man, came and preached on Saturday night that the people of the congregation were ready for ministry! The time was right to send the people out into all the world!
The very next day, Sunday morning, our Pastor preached to keep the congregation together! Division must not happen! He squashed all those lofty ideas of the Bible study group and disbanded the group promptly. I lost track of the lawyer and don’t know her response to the Pastor’s actions.
This was a turning point for our church, but our Pastor was blinded by his vision to have his huge local group. I think that he could have influenced 5000 to 10,000 people Canada wide if he had chosen to let the people go when the opportunity was there.
The people began to seek ways to get into ministry with the Pastors’ blessing. To move into ministry outside of the local church, one had to have the permission of the Pastors, then you were free to go. To get into ministry within the church was virtually impossible because the Pastor chose everyone himself and he had his own biases.
My wife and I chose to go to Walla Walla, Washington and join up with my mentor who was pastoring a church there. We got our Pastors’ blessing, arranged our affairs and documents, and moved in the fall of 1988.
….to be continued next week.
At a Special General Meeting Saturday afternoon, the Owners, Strata Corporation K-669 (aka Park Place) voted 33-0 to accept a Remediation Proposal from Greyback Construction Limited of Penticton.
Previously on ODN
Owners of Park Place will vote on a proposal from Greyback Construction for the remediation of the building. The cost about a half million dollars for 43 unit owners.
Base amount $431,350. Cash allowance if extras ordered $47,000 GST $24 thousand.
Each unit based on floor space is assigned a different levy – the average being less than $12,000.
Going back into the archives – May 13, 2013
To dispel those rumours the owners have made a point of answering questions to the media in a forthright manner.
The following written after an extensive interview today with spokesman for owners at Park Place – Stuart Syme.
Owners of Park Place became aware of some wall (dry wall) and floor cracking in 2012 and they launched an envelope inspection of the building to look into issues connected to surface water and decks. The initial study involved three things – a. how is surface water dealt with on the property b. gathering of information on the building itself and c. looking at the main floor (concrete) as part of the building envelope. Engineers were hired.
The experts hired recommended a forensic structure study based on the amount of floor space affected by cracking and the nature and movements vertical and horizontal on the concrete. Much of the floor cracking is evident in the entrance and dining room area at the western side of the building.
The studies have been quite expensive with no final determination yet to the cause. One thought was that a seismic event in 2011 may have caused the cracking. The building has been trouble free for over 25 years but maintenance costs began to spike in the last two years.
A problem with domestic water lines has been ruled out. Drilling west of the building (shown above) found no unusual moisture content and the soil mix under the building is dry and completed as recommended by engineers at the time of construction in 1987. Water flow off the building/rainfall is controlled well.
Owners are committed to finding the cause. All expenses to date in the investigation will be covered by the 43 unit owners. Remediation cannot take place until the cause is determined.
Park Place was built by June and Ernest Phillips and a company owned by the Carpenters Union which financed the project. The complex is valued at about 6 million dollars.
Stuart Syme says 51 percent of people in BC live within a strata and this is a bit of wake up call for all those in joint ownership. Many of the buildings in this area are built near the river and on old oxbow or marshy lands.
He says he hopes a definitive answer to a cause is forthcoming within a reasonable length of time.
When my Dad started Grade One in Forestburg Alberta, the teacher noticed he was left handed so she tied his hand to the desk every day and forced him to learn to write and do all his work with his right hand. Throughout his life this cruel little action was to cause him some confusion.
When he went home and told his mother, she had her own teacher’s certificate so she taught him to write with his left hand at home. She herself was left handed and knew all too well the methods that schools used.
One of the most obvious confusions for him was his sense of direction. If you told him to turn left, he would automatically turn right. This was not a lot of fun in a city the size of Vancouver when you found yourself going down a one way street the wrong way. It impacted his ability to follow directions on a map as he had to always stop and think which was left and which was right. Mom would hold up her left hand if she wanted him to turn left and the same with her right hand. After some practice, it seemed to work well and we only ended up in the wrong place a few times.
Dad would set the table on occasion and we always knew it was him because everything was set up backwards. When he washed dishes, he set up the dish tray opposite to what the rest of us did! When he used the electric stove he would have to stop and read the dials as he had the impulse to turn the dial the wrong way.
He put on all the taps inside the house on the wrong side. Hot was cold and cold was hot…I never knew the difference as we just accepted it as the norm until I went to other people’s houses and wondered why their taps were different! They also turned the opposite direction too! Every door in the house was hung on the wrong side of the door frame and with the pins in the wrong place. They all worked but on occasion caused some problems because in an emergency the pins were not readily accessible and the doorknobs were in the wrong place as well.
On the bright side, Dad learned to write with both hands. He had beautiful handwriting too! He threw a ball with both hands but preferred throwing left handed and he batted both left and right. He was comfortable with tools in either hand which helped out a great deal when building something that required a left handed approach or a right handed approach but was much faster using his left hand.
When I think about his children, Sandra, myself and Norma, it is interesting that only Norma was left handed but what about his grandchildren? Sandra and Frank’s children Angela and Dean are both left handed. Angela’s two children Sophie and Nicolas are left handed and Dean and Elena’s daughter Ali is left handed. Little Dylan is the only right handed one!!! That left handed gene must be a very strong one!
I remember something else about my Dad’s hands. They were not smooth but were the hands of a labourer. They were rough to touch and he had many scars but it didn’t matter to us…we loved just holding his hand when we were little and when we danced together I loved the feel of his hand holding mine and his other hand on my back as we danced. I miss those times and miss my Dad!
Harvest of Empire
A powerful documentary that exposes the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis the country faces today. From the territorial expansionist policies that decimated the young economies of Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire provides an unflinching look at the origins of the growing Latino presence in the United States.
“We want the labour, we just don’t want the people.”
Showing at Christ the King Catholic Church, 6044 Spartan Street, Oliver. On Sunday January 29, at 1 pm. Free admission. All are welcome.
The family of the late Agnes Sutherland want to express an incredible huge thank you to the community of friends and donors, for making this, the piano in the foyer of the Frank Venables Theatre, possible.
Saturday night event
A special thank you to the talent who tickled the ivories for its first performance.
Photo essay by Leza Macdonald
Group picture: Jeanne Crawford, Wendy Newman, Sally Franks, Aimee Grice, * Deb Martin, David Evans and Marion Trimble
Thanks to pianists shown : Top to bottom – Kelan Harty, Lisa Elgert, Mataya Leinor and Chase Alaric
It always mystifies me that whenever an opinion poll is taken there is always a faction of the people who “don’t know”.
I agree that it is not always easy to decide the issue, for example at election time is not always easy to decide who has the better platform. Sometimes there is no candidate that stands out as the right person for the job. Take the recent USA election for President. Not the easiest of decisions when there are only two names on the slate and neither seems to be right for the job. Sometimes you really need to have a box to tick for “none of the above” but that is not usually an option.
Some people are frightened of making the wrong decision and don’t want their answer to sway the vote in what is maybe the wrong direction. However even the simplest polls have many ditherers who cannot make up their minds. For example……… Q. do you prefer butter or margarine? Answer I don’t know. Or Q. Do you feel comfortable driving in the dark? Answer I don’t know.
Why don’t they know? Are they frightened of putting the wrong answer and appearing foolish? There is no right or wrong answer, it is simply your opinion.
You will not offend anyone if you choose butter over margarine, coffee over tea or, a real biggie, Coke over Pepsi.
I must admit that I have quite often changed my mind when I have heard both sides of the argument and all the facts are taken into account. A one sided argument leaves you uninformed about some of the facts and it is necessary to weigh both sides of the situation to form a valid opinion.
At the moment I am really torn between the argument for and against the oil pipeline to the coast. Whatever promises are made by the government and the oil companies it is almost certain that there will be a big oil spill along our beautiful coast. To me the threat of this disaster outweighs the economic reasons for this installation. However, I am getting to the latter end of my lifespan, the economy of the province and, indeed, the country will probably not affect my way of life. Should I then have a say in the future of the province?
Should there be legalised marijuana? The idea of encouraging youth to start on what can be a very real downward spiral into despair really sickens me. However, to the hundreds of people who can be relieved of pain and suffering by the use of this drug, should they be denied the benefits? There is a little girl in Summerland who has hundreds of seizures every day. A few drops of marijuana oil reduce her seizures to two or three. Who would ever want a child, or an adult, to suffer like this if there is help available in the form of a drug?
Definitely two sides to every story, which is the right way to go, the correct decision to make? Oh Lord, does that make me one of those dithering idiots, a Don’t Know?
A report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is slamming Parks Canada for focusing too much on tourism and not enough on conservation.
It could lead to further destruction of our wildlife, CPAWS national executive director Éric Hébert-Daly explained.
“We’ve seen a dramatic shift in how Parks Canada is managing our parks over the past decade,” Hébert-Daly said in an email to Global news.
The report says developments like a bike path in Jasper or an expansion of the Lake Louise ski resort, are damaging legally protected wilderness.
It also says that, in response to budget cuts, Parks Canada slashed the conservation and science side in 2012, while double the dollar amount went to tourism and development.
“As of 2015/16, only 13 per cent of Parks Canada’s spending on national parks was dedicated to conservation,” he said
Last July, CPAWS released a report documenting a troubling shift in how Parks Canada is managing our national parks, away from nature conservation and towards marketing, tourism and infrastructure development. The report documented significant cuts to Parks Canada’s conservation capacity, shifting program objectives, and a major decline in public participation opportunities as being particularly problematic. This contradicts the Agency’s legal requirement to focus on maintaining and restoring healthy ecosystems as the first priority in all aspects of park management.
“We have a responsibility to pass these special places on unimpaired to future generations of Canadians. Unless there is a shift in focus within Parks Canada, this legacy is at risk,” said Hébert-Daly.
The federal government has committed to limit development in national parks, re-invest in science-based management of our parks, and restore more open, transparent decision-making. They have also committed to expanding our national parks and other protected areas.
“We have seen some early encouraging signs, like the halt to the Mother Canada statue in Cape Breton, and the launch of this public consultation. But there is much more that needs to be done to implement these commitments to protect park wildlife and ecosystems, as well as to expand the system of parks and marine conservation areas,” said Hébert-Daly
On January 24th an autopsy was conducted and the pathologist confirmed the cause of Gillette’s death, was a gunshot wound.
The investigation into Gillette’s death remains active and ongoing. See below – Crime scene abandoned.
The RCMP also continue to look into a truck fire on Highway 3A the night before and any connection that incident has to Gillette’s murder.
Gillette was the target of this homicide. No arrests have been made.
Investigators are working to determine Gillette’s movements the evening prior to, and the morning leading up to the time his body was discovered on Tuesday January 17th.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.