Archives for March 23, 2017
Landfill Fees to Rise at Penticton, Oliver, OK Falls and Keremeos Landfills
On May 1, 2017, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will be raising fees from $95 a metric tonne for regular garbage to $110 a metric tonne at the Campbell Mountain (Penticton), Oliver, Okanagan Falls and Keremeos Landfills. Additionally, the quantity of yard and wood waste that can be brought into the landfills for free will drop from 500kg to 100kg per load.
The increase in fees came from a recent lifecycle study of the Campbell Mountain Landfill. The Landfill faces significant challenges including surface water drainage onto the site, leachate leaving the site and requirements to capture methane gas. Other Regional District landfills are matching the rate of Campbell Mountain Landfill to prevent “landfill shopping” for a better price.
To view the full list of landfill charges that are in effect on May 1 please find the new Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 2771, 2017 at the following link under the ‘Corporate’ section: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/regional-government/regional-bylaws/
For more information on landfills please visit www.rdos.bc.ca, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the RDOS Solid Waste group at 250-490-4129 or toll free 1-877-610-3737.
OLIVER – Students in the Okanagan-Similkameen School District will benefit from over $1.3 million in provincial funding for school upgrade projects and classroom supplies, MLA Linda Larson announced today on behalf of Education Minister Mike Bernier.
The district will extend the life of Similkameen Elementary Secondary and Osoyoos Secondary schools with $1.2 million in School Enhancement Program funding to upgrade washrooms and install fire sprinkler systems. Every school district will receive a portion of this year’s $53-million investment, supporting 223 projects.
Under the new Student Learning Grant, the district will receive $119,600 to purchase classroom equipment and supplies such as textbooks, lab equipment and art supplies. The district will begin back-to-school planning with parents and teachers now to determine how best to use the one-time funding to reduce costs for parents and help teachers deliver B.C.’s new curriculum. This one-time grant is providing school districts with a total of $27.4 million.
As a result of B.C.’s strong economy and balanced budget, the Government of British Columbia is able to support record funding increases for students and B.C.’s education system. Budget 2017 commits an additional $740 million in operating funds over the next three years. Combined with $400 million in previously announced budget increases, this means an additional $1.1 billion in funding will benefit the K-12 system over the next three years. In addition, Budget 2017 supports $2 billion in capital spending to upgrade or build new schools over the next three years.
Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary Similkameen:
“This funding comes at an important time. Future generations need the updated facilities, supplies and equipment
One day after a billboard supporting a contentious national park plan was erected, it was destroyed.
The sign, in support of a proposed park in the South Okanagan, was erected on Friday along Highway 3 on private property according to police. It read “YES National Park.”
But, sometime overnight Saturday, RCMP say someone took a chainsaw it, causing $6,000 in damage.
“The Keremeos RCMP have gathered physical evidence from the scene for forensic testing,” said Cpl. Brian K. Evans.
The offence took place in plain view of traffic.
“Individuals have a right to express their views in support or against the park,” said Cpl. Evans. “However, this was a criminal act, and the Keremeos RCMP will be taking all steps necessary to identify the individuals responsible for this crime.”
Anyone with information is being asked to contact police at 250-499-5511.
Thanks to Castanet
The Desert Valley Hospice Society is dedicated to supporting excellence in Hospice Palliative Care and end-of-life services. Through our Volunteer Programs, we assist people nearing end-of-life and their families by providing supportive services delivered by highly trained Hospice Volunteers.
We are seeking a motivated and compassionate individual with excellent leadership skills to join our Organization as the Executive Director.
Located in the Supportive Care Centre in Osoyoos, BC, and reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Desert Valley Hospice Society’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.
The Executive Director will develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors by overseeing the day-to-day operation of the society. Along with building and maintaining relationships through formed partnerships, the selected candidate will expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations as well as support future program opportunities.
Responsibility will encompass refining all aspects of communications (from web presence to external relations) with the goal of creating a stronger brand, as well as utilizing external events, presentations and other opportunities to build a stronger local presence.
The ED will be thoroughly committed to Desert Valley Hospice Society’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.
Specific requirements include:
•Previous experience in an Executive Director role is a must (preferable in a not-for-profit society)
•Unwavering commitment to quality programs
•Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
•Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
•Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with an emphasis on grant writing
•Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
•Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
•Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
•Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
Interested parties are asked to submit a resume and cover letter to email@example.com
Deadline: March 31, 2017
On Tuesday I decided to cover a “town hall” type political forum in Ok Falls. Reporters could walk around in a gymnasiums taking video or pictures
and then sit down and continue the note taking. I wrote for about an hour before realizing I was just transcribing the “party playbook” for candidates. My metaphor was a boxing ring – no winner on points or a knock out.
On Wednesday evening, the SO Chamber of Commerce took it up a notch in a theatre venue but unfortunately not a good place for photographs or note taking. Luckily most answers were similar to those given the night before. But the presentation was more theatrical.
I could just sit back in a half empty theatre. Actually way more than half empty. Attendance about 70 a big improvement over 30 the night before.
I am not sure what is really being accomplished with the forums – they are an opportunity to get answers to questions but lack the excitement of people coming to the microphone and asking a question in person. A bit staged. Theatre. Lighting. No popcorn.
In a two party race of right of centre vs left of centre – most answers predicable and not very illuminating. A third party or candidates might have added some spice.
Both candidates, incumbent Linda Larson and challenger Colleen Ross will become better at it as time proceeds. The election more than a month away. Some people questioning why forums or public debate so early in the race.
The low turnout in large venues makes you wonder about the “excitement” of this particular election go-around.
A lot of clapping on certain issues indicated to me that one side of the National Park debate did not show and had something better to do.
One more forum in Osoyoos Thursday – in a location that has the most seating — the Sonora Centre gym.