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Following a disaster, the provincial government may declare the event eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA). Once declared, the DFA program may compensate individuals for essential uninsurable losses and/or reimburse local governments for damaged infrastructure.
Individuals should contact their local authority if they have been impacted by a disaster or emergency event.
List of events currently eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance
Disaster Financial Assistance is only available for provincial disasters after the provincial government has declared them eligible
The provincial government works closely with local governments to determine if and when an event should be eligible
Private sector damage must be from an event that is uninsurable, such as overland flooding
Insurable damages in the private sector such as snow load, wind damage, sewer or sump pit back-up, water entry from above ground (including roofs, windows or other areas of the building), are NOT eligible for DFA
Damages from certain landslides may be eligible, if it can be shown that the landslide is the direct result of heavy rainfall or other sudden catastrophic event, and not caused by pre-existing slope instability
Forms and additional information.
If you think you qualify contact your local municipal or regional government office.
The emergency room at South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver will be closed for the entire day Sunday, and overnight Monday.
Interior Health says the move is in response to “limited physician availability.”
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Ken Clarke, President of the Board of Directors, would like to announce that Donna Gordan has been hired as the new Executive Director for the Desert Valley Hospice Society effective June 7th.
Donna’s background includes working as a Fundraising Coordinator for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, extensive sales and marketing experience for magazines and newspapers, and nine years management experience with a public relations firm.
In her spare time Donna likes to keep busy making handcrafted cowgirl jewellery, script and book writing, and yoga. Caring for a family member and a co-worker has brought her a personal connection to hospice and palliative end of life care.
“I am excited to experience the energy and vision of the Desert Valley Hospice Society, the communities of Osoyoos and Oliver, and to lend my skills to an organization that gives so much back to people, their families and friends, and the communities that they call “home,” said Gordan. “I look forward to bringing my unique background to serve.
Dan Ashton and Linda Larson appeared before the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen today sitting in committee.
They spoke in unison that a different site is needed.
Ashton told directors he understands the future lies in composting but the recommended site would not be his preference. Larson was more direct saying she has made it very clear Marron Valley is out of the question.
Larson says a site high in the mountains is needed so that airflow takes the bad smell some where else then into nearby homes or built up areas.
Larson told directors a number of people will be claiming for damages and there is a government program for losses not covered by normal homeowner insurance.
One Summerland councilor ask if there would be an assessment after the area dries out as to what caused the high lake levels when the Okanagan River could have been used to flush water out earlier in the season;
Most agreed this wet year with more than normal snowpack and warm weather – all contributing to the 2017 floods.
A public review should be launched to determine if Mother Nature is solely responsible for Okanagan Lake reaching flood level this spring, a Summerland councillor urged Thursday.
“The real question is the assessment of the snowpack and soil saturation and the levels (to which) the lake was drawn down to ahead of time,” Richard Barkwill told fellow board members of the RDOS. “We’ve got 50, 75 years’ experience – and maybe that wasn’t enough experience – but I really hope there is something formal” in the way of a review
DFA – disaster funding if your loss is not insurable
AUDITIONS SET FOR SOAP THEATRE’S FALL PRODUCTION
SOAP Theatre has ended the 2016-17 on a high note and is now preparing for its next season of bringing community theatre to the South Okanagan.
At last week’s Okanagan Zone Drama Festival in Salmon Arm, SOAP’s entry Since You Left Us, directed by Trevor Leigh, was named runner up to best production. In addition, Valerie Heathman was named the best newcomer for her first-ever stage performance as an actor. Leigh was awarded for best sound design and the backstage crew was recognized with the Backstage Cooperation Award.
Moving on to next season, dates have been set for open auditions for the fall production of The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) by Ken Ludwig.
Ted Osborne has agreed to direct this play which was named the “Best Mystery Play of 2012” by The Mystery Writers of America.
The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for The Holidays) is a fast-paced ensemble piece filled with great roles, and keeps everyone guessing “who done it?” right up the very end of the show, says the veteran SOAP director. Patrons will likely remember the non-stop laughter when SOAP presented Lend Me A Tenor, also by Ludwig.
It’s December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry.
But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.
The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
Anyone interested in acting is welcome to the auditions which will be held over two days. The first session takes place on Thursday, June 8 in Room 1 of the Sonora Community Centre in Osoyoos starting at 6:30 pm. The big, blue building at Quail’s Nest Arts Centre on Airport Road in Oliver will be the venue for a second night on Sunday, June 11, also starting at 6:30 pm.
Osborne will need to cast eight characters for this farce which is built around the historical character of Gillette. Three male and five female actors will be required, ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-70s.
The producers will also be looking for people interested in working behind the scenes.
Four shows are planned at Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver Nov. 2, 3 and 4. Some rehearsals may be called during the summer period.
The Game’s Afoot will be the first in a series of three productions planned for next season. A review of the past season and discussion on the plans for the next season will be on the agenda when the South Okanagan Amateur Players Society hold its annual general meeting on June 22 at Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. Meeting time is 7 pm but will be preceded by a pot luck dinner at 6 pm.
More information on auditions, the upcoming season and the AGM can be found at www.soplayers.ca or by e-mailing email@example.com
The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is losing its emergency services supervisor while many in the region struggle with flooding.
RDOS Chief Administrative Officer Bill Newell confirmed Wednesday that they have received Dale Kronebusch’s resignation effective June 15.
Newell says they will start regular hiring procedures immediately, but in the meantime, should be well equipped.
“Dale reports through Mark Woods, our manager of community services, and Mark actually held that job before he got promoted to his current one,” Newell said
“So he’s got his emergency management certificate through the justice institute, he’s got a good team, we don’t expect any bumps along the road.”
The RDOS is currently operating an Emergency Operations Centre during daytime hours to deal with localized flooding in communities like Oliver, Twin Lakes, Olalla and Naramata.
Kronebusch began fire service in 1975 in Prince George. In 2008 he became Fire Chief to the city of Wayburn, Sk. and became Emergency Services Supervisor at the RDOS in 2009.
This is the fourth high level management position that have left in the last year including head of development services, head of engineer, CFO and one position in Corporate Services.