Archives for May 2017
9:40 AM PDT Wednesday 31 May 2017
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:
Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.
Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!
Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.
Clarification on some reports that are misinformed.
Oliver Daily News with an update on the new Hotel after a check with Town of Oliver staff.
Contrary to some misinformation out there.
INDOOR POOL included in 80 room 4 storey Coast Hotel with a small restaurant of 1200 square feet.
The pool enclosure – within the building – is listed as being 1700 square feet.
Parking spaces – there will be 110 (25 owned by the Town of Oliver) – they are the ones that exist on the property as it now.
They will be integrated.
If you have more questions – ODN will get to the bottom of it.
Further…..”the current parking spaces will not be incorporated into the design as I believe the entrance will go through that area, rather they will be providing 25 parking spaces for public use (the town will have tenure over them) within the design of their parking lot.” – Cathy Cowan, CAO Town of Oliver
SCHOOL COMMUNITY MEETINGS – SHARING OUR JOURNEY
The Framework for Enhancing Student Learning formalizes school and district planning and reporting requirements of boards of education for improving student outcomes in BC’s public school system. The School Act requires plans from public schools and from school districts as well as requires districts to establish practices for planning, reporting and capacity building at the district and school levels. The Framework formalizes the planning and reporting requirements within school districts to enhance student learning and success.
As part of School District No. 53’s annual cycle for enhancing student learning, the Board of Education will be hosting community meetings for parents, interested members of the public and other community partners to hear an update on the district’s strategic plan for learning and to hear from schools in the community as they reflect on their learning plans this year and where they are going next. We hope you can join one of these meetings:
OSS, OSES, and YouLearn sharing their plans on
Monday, June 12th 6:30 pm at Osoyoos Secondary School library
SESS and CPS sharing their plans on
Tuesday, June 13th 6:30 pm at Similkameen Elementary Secondary School library
SOSS, OES, TEN and OKF sharing their plans on
Wednesday, June 14th 6:30 pm at the School Board Annex
William, 2 with help from Grandma and Grandpa, Judy and David Pagett, is going to put his painted hand on a tile, something he will point to everytime as he looks at the mural created back in 2017
To celebrate Canada’s 150 Birthday, Oliverites were called on to created tiles for the Canada 150 Mosaic Mural project. Students grades 4 & 5 from Oliver Elementary School show off their paintings. (below)
Our finished mural of the irrigation canal, wine barrels and the Bluff on a train car will grace a wall here in town as Oliver’s contribution to the finished digital train. The mural, if ever connected would be over 365 meters wide (4 football fields) x 2.5 meters high (8 feet).
Photo and story Leza Macdonaldv
Evacuation of Properties in Olalla, BC
A State of Local Emergency and an Evacuation Order has been issued for 6 homes in the northern part of Olalla along 1st and 2nd Street. Keremeos Creek flooded its banks last week and several of the affected residents have already voluntarily evacuated themselves. Rising water has affected septic tanks, electricity and roads to the homes prompting the formal evacuation of the affected homes.
The Evacuation Order has been issued for 6 homes along Road 1 and Road 2, north of Olalla, BC:
2660 1st Street
2649 1st Street
2645 1st Street
2641 1st Street
2637 1st Street
2636 2nd Street
Any affected residents, even those staying with family or friends, are asked to register as soon as possible by calling the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-809-6561. For after-hours emergencies, please call the Provincial Emergency Program at 1-800-663-3456.
Residents are asked to shut off all gas and electrical appliances other than freezers and refrigerators. Gates should be closed but not locked. Residents should gather family members and critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, keys) only if immediately available. Take pets in kennels or on leash.
A precautionary Evacuation Alert has also been issued for an additional 11 homes in the northern part of Olalla along Keremeos Creek. The properties under an advisory Evacuation Alert are:
2661 1st Street
2657 1st Street
2653 1st Street
2648 2nd Street
2640 2nd Street
2641 2nd Street
2637 2nd Street
2633 2nd Street
2624 3rd Street
2612 3rd Street
1675 HIGHWAY 3A
We are Ellcar Ventures Ltd.
Our mailing address is Box 2018, Oliver, B.C. V0H IT0
We are three partners in this project – Bill Miller, Penny Pendergraft and Hart Buckendahl
Phone numbers for us are in the same order, 250-490-4071, 250-498-1875 and 250-498-9603
Close to an ox-bow, the river, the hike and bike trails, bridges and a short walk to parks and downtown.
This is an infomercial – Homes being built on the “Meadows”
Homes range in size from 1500 square feet to 2200 square feet and pricing is from the mid 300’s to 450K.
All homes have ICF (insulated concrete foundations) on a crawl space. Exteriors are Hardi Board or other composite materials and there are a multitude of colours to choose from. Homes range from two bedroom, two bedroom den, three bedroom and four bedroom. We have two larger lots available for custom design homes. We expect full completion of our subdivision by mid 2018. Bring on the sunshine. Every home will have an HRV which helps drop energy costs and at the same time providing a more pleasant environment to live in by circulation fresh air into the homes several times per day
September 11, 1946 – May 20, 2017
Roger Bowering, 70, of Oliver BC, died May 20, 2017 in Penticton Regional Hospital. He passed peacefully with his wife Cathy and his daughters Wyntre, Denise and Spring, and son in law, Jay by his side.
At his request, no service will be held. A very small Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday June 17th at Fairview Mountain Golf Course from 4-6PM for Close friends and family.
Roger was born in 1946 in Oliver to Ewart and Pearl Bowering, at St Martin’s Hospital. He graduated from Southern Okanagan Secondary School, and after the usual youthful adventures, worked for 35 years at the Weyerhauser sawmill as a saw filer.
Rogers two greatest passions were his beloved Montreal Canadiens, and golfing with his long-time friends. Known as Dodge to friends and grampa Dodge to his grand-kids, Roger is survived by his wife and daughters, his son in law Jay, his step-children; Sandra, Keith and Nathan, his 8 grandchildren, his brothers and their spouses, George and Jean Bowering, and Jim and Carolyn Bowering, four nieces and one nephew, and former wife Mary Ann. He was predeceased by his father, his mother, and his sister Sally Brown.
Wonderful memories fill the empty spaces Dodge’s passing has left in our hearts, you are loved and missed so very much. May the fairways be evergreen wherever you’re playing now.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.
A performance audit of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s management of its drinking water systems found that the Regional District had some good practices in place but would benefit from taking a more systematic and proactive approach in several key areas, Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG) Gordon Ruth said today.
“The Regional District was successful in meeting some of the audit’s core expectations and had infrastructure in place to ensure quality drinking water in two of the three systems we examined,” said Mr. Ruth. “By implementing the report’s recommendations and completing work that was already underway to address issues in the Faulder water system, the Regional District would help ensure successful drinking water management into the future.”
The audit reviewed three different drinking water systems operated by the Regional District (Faulder, Naramata and Olalla) as well as the Regional District’s overall governance and activities relating to drinking water provision.
The AGLG’s comprehensive report describes the complexity of managing drinking water delivery in British Columbia, focusing on how the Regional District operated the three audited systems during the period covered by the audit, from source to tap.
Mr. Ruth said, “We were pleased to find that the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen had a sound governance structure, collaborated with stakeholders and had numerous water conservation and demand management initiatives. The Regional District could build on these strengths by developing a more strategic and cohesive approach that brings together areas such as water source protection, demand management, emergency management and business continuity. It should ensure that its plans are up-to-date, relevant and include action plans that are fully implemented.”
The report’s 24 recommendations include eight relating to the Regional District’s governance and organization-wide activities relating to drinking water. Seven recommendations touch on the protection of water sources, while another three deal with water treatment and quality management. Four relate to drinking water storage and distribution and two cover communications and public awareness.
Audit of three water systems: Naramata, Faulder and Ollala
GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE AND ACTIVITIES SUPPORTING DRINKING WATER SERVICES
1. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen should continue moving forward with those water-related initiatives identified in its regional growth strategy that arewithin its mandate and develop performance measures to assess its progress. These should be reported to the Board and the public on aregular basis.
2. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen should update its water systemgovernance transfer policy and identify actionsand timelines for processes that take place following an acquisition, such as updating legacy bylaws, reviewing existing governance nd advisory structures and others.
3. The Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen should continue developing an asset management framework to enable it to make informed, cost-effective asset investment decisions – including decisions related to water systems – based on known asset conditions, risk analysis, full lifecycle costing and potential sources of revenue.
4. The Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen should consider a full cost recovery approach as part of its water service planning that:
•• Ensures that funding for water systems is sufficient to sustain them indefinitely and that funds are appropriately spent
•• Promotes more efficient use of water, allowing the deferral of capacity expansions and the reduction of costs5. The Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen should improve data collection, analysis, monitoring and reporting on its water services as part of a continual improvement process. This should include:
•• A performance measurement system for its water services
•• Monitoring of progress
•• Regular reporting to the Board, seniormanagement and public on results
6. The Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen should implement information technology (it) general controls over its scadsystem and otherrelate systems and treat them as part of its it infrastructure, subject to organization-wide it policies and procedures.
7. The Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen should complete business continuity planning for its critical services – including drinking water – to ensure the continuation of service and sustainable infrastructure throughout potential disruptions.
8. The Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen should enhance its emergency and contingency planning by:
•• Ensuring that emergency response plans are regularly updated, tested, made accessible and familiar to all staff
•• Ensuring that backup power is available for all water systems
•• Providing backup pumps and motors onsite at the Faulder water facility
9. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen should develop a source water protection plan for Naramata that identifies risks and addresses the Regional District’s contributions to source water protection. It should consider enhancing the existing plans for Faulder and Olalla.
10. The Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen should take steps to mitigate risks identified in the Olalla Groundwater Protection plan to the 60-day well capture zone.
11. The Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen should consider the addition of source water protection regulations to relevant bylaws, where appropriate, as they are reviewed and updated and as new bylaws are developed.
12. The Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen should engage with relevant stakeholders and other water systems in the region to:
•• Understand regional risks related to source water
•• Improve regional conservation strategies, drought and climate change responses
•• Improve planning of drinking water supply
•• Build community support for source water protection
13. The Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen should ensure that it has feasible plans for the implementation of backup options for drinking water supplies in the case of primary water supply service disruption.
To read more go to Auditor General of Local government in google
Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking in Trail Silver City Days festivities: the pageant, the parade, and more. The people of Trail proudly celebrated their history that weekend, and that history has a distinctly Italian flavour, with a spaghetti-eating contest, grape stomp, and bocce tournament.
The local Italian community has had a truly national impact. Two of the big players in Canadian economic policy in the last few decades—Thomas d’Aquino, president of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and Ken Georgetti, former president of the Canadian Labour Congress, are from Trail. Likewise Bruno Freschi, architect of Expo 86.
And hockey players! Trail has always been a centre of excellence for hockey in Canada, the Smoke- Eaters winning world championships in 1939 and 1961, and the Italian community has supplied numerous NHL players, including Cesare Maniago, Ray Ferraro and Steve Tambellini.
The wine industry in British Columbia, now worth billions of dollars to the economy, has Italian immigrants to thank for its early successes. Cap Capozzi arrived in Canada in 1906 and worked as a railway labourer and managed the co-op store in Trail before becoming a successful merchant in Kelowna. In 1932 Capozzi teamed up with the Casorso family, who had been growing grapes for years in the Okanagan, to form Calona Wines, and by the 1960s it was the biggest winery in BC. When I was growing up on the West Bench of Penticton, one of our neighbours, Tony Biollo, helped found Casabello Wines, another successful early Okanagan winery.
I used all these points in speaking in favour of a recent House of Commons motion creating Italian Heritage Month. But I also pointed out that Canada has not always been welcoming to other cultures.
When Naramata was first settled in 1906, the advertising pamphlets declaimed that “You would not wish to find yourself surrounded with garlic eating, foreign speaking neighbours, with whom you have nothing in common socially. The class of people coming to Naramata is not of that type. They are the very best Canadian stuff.”
Italians were not welcome in Naramata a century ago. But only 10 years later Italian stonemasons were working on the Kettle Valley Railway in Naramata and their handiwork is now a point of local pride.
One Trail citizen told me that when he joined the RCMP in 1957 he was one of the first members of Italian heritage accepted into the force, almost a century after the force was founded.
My daughter, Julia, works in an immigrant services centre in Penticton, teaching English to Syrian refugees and other immigrants. She is named after her grandmother, Julia Mazzocchi. And true to her Italian heritage, Julia works half time in the burgeoning Okanagan wine industry. Like many others who work for immigrant services, she needs that half time job because federal funding for immigrant services has been cut significantly.
If we choose to celebrate the cultures that make up Canada, we must also ensure that we provide new arrivals with the help they need—language classes, employment counselling, and driver training—so that they can quickly become productive and proud citizens of our country.
“In recent days, we have made every effort to reach a governing agreement, while standing firm on our core beliefs. It’s vitally important that British Columbians see the specific details of the agreement announced today by the BC NDP and Green Party leaders, which could have far-reaching consequences for our province’s future.
“As the incumbent government, and the party with the most seats in the legislature, we have a responsibility to carefully consider our next steps. I will consult on those steps with the newly elected BC Liberal caucus, and have more to say tomorrow.”
Oliver Parks and Recreation has regrettably had to cancel the Junior Triathlon this year. We unfortunately didn’t see the registrations needed in order to run the event this Saturday, June 3rd. We are hoping to restructure the Junior Triathlon next year and hope that we see more registrations in the future. This event has been a fun non-competitive swim – bike – run for the younger athletes in town, and we hope to see it make a reappearance in some form in the near future.
The Beauty Of Rust
In the back of the barn
Behind old washing machines,
As hidden as memories,
That nobody sees,
Condemned to her silence
amid the droning of bees.
You can smell the old barn wood,
There’s used leather in there
Ragged and twisted
And a lot worse for wear.
Over the boxes, a seat for the truck
I stand in the clearing,
Amid generations of junk
She leans on her stand,
In the beauty of rust,
With glimpses of chrome
Is a layer of times dust.
The roads she once ventured
Come back into view,
The memories of time
And all that I knew.
Will she ride with the wind
Through a dream just once more
Or will she remain in the dark
On the old barn wood floor.
Where she leans on her stand
In the beauty of rust
With glimpses of chrome
In the layers of times dust.
Fred Steele © 2017
Road Scribes of America ™ 2012
Fred, a former radio voice and now the president of BC Fruit Growers
BC Green leader Andrew Weaver and BC New Democrat leader John Horgan have reached an agreement that would see the Greens’ three MLAs support an NDP government.
“We can have a stable minority government for four years with the support of BC Green MLAs on confidence and supply matters,” Weaver said at a 2 p.m. press conference. “After taking the time to engage in good faith discussions with both parties, our caucus has concluded that it is in the best interests of British Columbians for new ideas and new approaches to be brought to the B.C. legislature.
Weaver said the top priority of the Green caucus will be to “collaborate across party lines with both other parties to advance good public policy that puts the people of British Columbia first.”
From SOAP newsletter
Just about everyone knows we took our spring show, Since You Left Us to the 2017 O-Zone Festival this year. What you might not know is that Since You Left Us is now officially an award winning play!
As producer I pulled some strings and managed to tag along on this first-ever SOAP experience as sound operator and general toil expert and I can share first hand that we had a terrific time! The play was very well received, and we took home FOUR AWARDS.
We won in the following categories:
Runner Up To Best Production
Which speaks for itself! We came in runner up, edging out several seriously excellent presentations.
Valerie Heathman blew us away in her first-ever stage performance as an actor!
Best Sound Design
Trevor Leigh’s sound design skills were rewarded with this trophy.
Backstage Cooperation Award
Now Festival knows what I have known since joining in 2013: SOAP sets the standard for teamwork!
Please join me in thanking and congratulating Trevor Leigh and his creative team, the cast and crew and everyone whose hard work made this possible.
Submitted by Aimee Grice
What’s this story about? Junk and garbage deposited at the Kiwanis Market by people who don’t want to go to the dump and pay fees.
Well it means the Kiwanis must pay, transport the material and less money goes to charity.
If someone offers to help clear your house of junk – get some assurance that it is going to the dump, NOT put on a hiking trail, a rural roadside or at the Kiwanis Market.