Archives for March 16, 2017
Lyla Francis Kilback (nee Thompson), 99, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2017, with her family by her side. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Lyla will be remembered and sadly missed by many.
Lyla was born in Star City, Saskatchewan, on October 28th, 1917. She moved to Osoyoos in 1939, and met and then married her soulmate John Kilback in November of 1942. Together they raised 5 children and provided a part time home for many others.
Lyla and John lead a very busy, adventurous, and exciting life, always cherishing time spent with family and friends. Her home always smelled of baking and when the work was done they knew how to have fun. Dancing, playing the piano and playing Schmier were some of the favorites. John and Lyla owned and operated a variety of businesses including Johnnie’s Café in Oliver and Walker’s Coffee Shop and two nursing homes at the coast. In the 1960’s they moved back to Oliver and became orchardists until they retired. After travelling the USA extensively, they realized they were tired of being retired so they moved back to Vancouver to manage an apartment block. In 1978 they returned to Okanagan and settled in Okanagan Falls where Lyla and John lived until his death in 1979. Lyla spent her remaining years living in the Abbott Towers in Penticton.
Lyla was an active and outgoing member in the community of Penticton who volunteered at the Recreation Centre, Ladies Aid, Concordia Lutheran Church, Senior Centre and Ironman. She enjoyed serving coffee to the ‘old people’ at the retirement center, most of whom were younger than her. Lyla was known for her upbeat outlook on life and for her Granny Quotes: “Life is what you make it!” “Where does the time go?” “Nobody likes you when you’re cranky, so get on with it.” She put many a young family members to bed with the old prayer: Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.
Lyla is survived by her sons Ken and Barry Kilback and their wives Linda and Helen and daughters Edna Marler, Beatrice Siddell and Lorraine Tysoe. Her sister Elaine Moore and 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Myslek and the staff at Sunnybank Retirement Centre in Oliver for the care they gave to Lyla and for their support and kindness. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity Lyla supported, BC Children’s Hospital.
Funeral service will be held on March 18th at 2:00 p.m. at the Concordia Lutheran Church, 2800 South Main Street, Penticton. Please join us for refreshments after the service.
Viewing at the Church will be held from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.providencefuneralhomes.com. 250-493-1774
Alternate Directior (Area C) RDOS Rick Knodel
Notice of Motion given to Board:
I cannot speak for any of the other regional directors or municipal politicians but I do believe that they are experiencing the same level of complaints regarding the pricing of electricity.
It would be easy to vilify Fortis or B.C. Hydro for this but the truth is the provincial Government controls the rate of price increases through the B.C. Utilities commission.
This does not absolve Fortis B.C. from the callus use of disconnect notices. It has no consequence for a corporation that has no need to build customer loyalty because it works inside a monopoly environment. If forced to conduct business in a competitive environment where customer satisfaction was a factor in corporate survival I am sure that the attitudes would be much gentler if not proactive given the drawn out severity of this past winter.
In recent years there has been a push to lower power consumption by increasing the price and the introduction of a punishing two tiered pricing model.
This has led to questionable practices, such as the balancing of provincial spending by pulling large dividends from crown corporations, and the supporting of unreasonable ventures by forcing the purchase of outrageously priced power from private utilities.
This is nothing less than taxation without representation.
It was not that many years ago that the provincial Gov’t was encouraging residents to switch toelectric heat as it was a clean energy source that was abundant and would be very low cost into the future.
These price increasing policies are proving to have a devastating social cost as recently witnessed in Ontario. The most severely affected of course are the disabled and retired on fixed income, lower income families, (adding to child poverty and the upswing in foodbank use also the forcing of some from their homes into social housing,) the outcries have up to now been falling on deaf ears. I believe that as this is an election year and the problem is wide spread it makes now a good time to propose a solution.
The most prudent Course of action would be to remove or at minimum increase the second tier kick in point to at least 4800 kwh, and termination of any further rate increases.
This is reasonable as the cost of production is calculated in Canada at $0.03 to $0.05 per kwh
depending on geographic area. For reference the U.S. calculates the cost of hydroelectric power at $0.0085 to $0.02 per kwh.
I make motion that the RDOS draft a letter supporting this action to be sent to the Premier, the
minister of natural resources, the minister of mines and energy, B.C. Utilities commission and the two official opposition parties.
Rick Knodel Alternate Director
Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Thursday unveiled restrictions to curb the number of incidents in which recreational drones have come too close to planes, which has more than tripled since 2014.
Garneau says the government wanted to make the changes before a drone hits an airplane and causes a catastrophe.
“That’s the kind of nightmare scenario that keeps me awake at night as your transport minister,” Garneau said at Toronto’s Billy Bishop airport, where he was accompanied by law enforcement officials and representatives from airlines, airports and pilot associations.
Garneau said that until now, Transport Canada had only provided guidelines on drone use without any penalties or regulations attached. Garneau said the new rules that come into effect today are an interim measure until formal regulations are enacted, likely in June.
“If you are a pilot, you have very strict rules that you have to work by, so it is also important that we establish strict rules for other unmanned objects that are going to go into the airspace, because they are going to be sharing the airspace,” Garneau said.
Picture above taken by a drone.
OLIVER – Skilled trades students in the Okanagan-Similkameen and Boundary school districts will benefit from a three-year, $15-million investment by the B.C. government to support youth trades programs with the purchase of new trades training equipment.
* School District 51 (Boundary) is receiving $122,429 over the next three years for the purchase of equipment including a metal melting furnace, air compressors and table saws.
* School District 53 (Okanagan-Similkameen) is receiving $174,443 over the next three years to purchase equipment including table saws, band saws and routers.
The Youth Trades Capital Equipment Program will see $7.5 million dispersed during the current school year. The remaining $7.5 million will be distributed in 2017-18 ($4 million) and 2018-19 ($3.5 million).
Of the $7.5 million being distributed this year, more than $5 million is going to school districts in rural B.C. Over the program’s three years, more than $9 million of the $15-million total will be distributed to rural school districts.
This investment in rural communities supports the recently announced “Building on our Rural Advantages: B.C.’s Rural Economic Development Strategy”. The strategy outlines the Province’s long-term vision to ensure British Columbians in all regions have the opportunity for well-paying jobs and a high quality of life in their community.
Fifty-nine B.C. school districts are receiving youth trades capital funding over the next three years, 42 of which are in rural B.C.
The Youth Trades Capital Equipment Program is designed to:
* Increase participation and successful completion of youth trades programs and the number of students that continue on to further trades training programs;
* Ensure school districts have safe and appropriate modern trades equipment to support the delivery of trades training programs;
* Gain a better understanding of current inventory and future need for youth trades equipment in each district.
The Oliver Parks and Recreation Society is preparing for the annual Oliver Wine Capital of Canada 10K run taking place on Sunday, April 9. The Oliver event is Road Race #3 in the Canadian Tire Interior Running Association series and normally draws between 100-200 runners from all over the Okanagan and Lower Mainland. There will also be a smaller 3K race during this day for those who are new to running.
The 3K race begins at 9:15am and the 10K race starts at 10:00am. The race will be a flat, scenic 10K loop along the Okanagan River channel with a finishing lap around Community Park, making it a great event for those experienced runners wanting to challenge their personal best times as well as beginners looking to participate in their first race. There are aid stations on the course and first aid support on site. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome.
Refreshments and draw prizes will be available for all participants following the race, and a bottle of wine provided by Jackson Triggs will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age category. Spectators are encouraged to cheer on the participants and volunteers are still needed to assist at the aid stations and at the finish line.
The event is sponsored proudly by Jackson Triggs, Peach City Runners and Oliver Parks and Recreation.
For more information contact Shauna Isted, Recreation Assistant, Oliver Parks & Recreation Society at 250-498-4985 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To register for the event please visit the Recreation Office at 6359 Park Drive between 8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday or register online at www.zone4.ca