Archives for July 2017
Our provincial parks are in trouble
BC Parks stewards some of North America’s most spectacular and diverse landscapes and seascapes. Our parks are at the core of our identity as British Columbians and are vital for supporting our health and economy. Our parks system is the largest provincial system in Canada, and yet it is one of the worst funded per-hectare in the country.
Adequate funding for BC Parks is essential to ensuring the integrity of our parks, including hiring enough park rangers and conservation officers to look after them, and providing visitors with a positive experience. Over the past two decades, the provincial parks system has increased in size significantly, as has the number of visitors, but the operating budget for BC Parks has remained stagnant.
BC Parks’ annual budget so far has failed to keep up with the cost of maintaining and protecting these treasured places. Currently $31M, this hasn’t changed much since 2000, despite a 4.2-million hectare expansion of our parks system in that time. Inflation and a rapidly increasing population spread this amount even thinner.
In November 2016, the provincial government released a new plan called the BC Parks Future Strategy, which broadly outlines a framework for improving the management and operation of our protected areas system. There are some promising components to the strategy, but overall it is largely lacking in details. Without many of the details about funding increases and additional rangers, among other things, it is unclear how this plan will change the current trajectory our parks system is currently following.
One thing we know for sure: without adequate funding, our parks will continue to suffer and run the risk of becoming nothing more than “paper parks” – protected in theory, but not in practice.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
An Okanagan Falls resident was charged under the Wildfire Act and fined over $1,100 for having an open fire in his backyard.
Sgt. Andrew Baylis said RCMP, the B.C. Conservation Service and Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department all responded to an open burning complaint July 18.
The fire department extinguished the fire. All open burning is banned due to the dry conditions and Baylis said contravening the act “will not be tolerated.”
Source: Black Press digital
From Nick Marty
My concerns about Fortis presentation to be made today:
In their June presentation they listed their “rate design principles” which included “fair appointment of costs among customers”, “price signals to encourage efficient use” and “avoidance of undue discrimination”. And I wrote in saying they should add impact on the environment to this list which is a clearly stated priority of the new government.
In this presentation, they don’t mention any of these principles (presumably because the two-tier system wouldn’t actually meet any of them) coming up instead with a different set of “guiding principles” including:
– 95% of customers should have bill increases no greater than 10% as compared to existing rates
– promote conservation
On that basis, Fortis rejects the flat rate option because it has “unacceptable bill impacts”. They then go on to examine some changes that might be made to the two-tier rate system including adding time-of-use rates but given their starting principles they are clearly intending to maintain a system where the minority continues to subsidize the rates of the majority.
It will be key to question Fortis hard on their “guiding principles”. What’s the basis for the 95% principle? Did they come from BCUC? From the new NDP Government? And why is this the most important principle and the basis of all their “analysis”. Why are they now ignoring the rate design principles outlined in their June presentation? Is this because the RCR doesn’t meet these principles? “Promote conservation” is very different from “price signals to encourage efficient use”. What happened to “fair appointment of costs among customers” and “avoidance of undue discrimination”? In fact, their 95% principle guarantees discriminatory rates? It would appear that Fortis’ sole guiding principle is actually to maintain the shifting of the burden of rate increases onto a minority of customers even though this is resulting in incorrect price signals not related to cost and discriminatory rates. How come there is no “environmental” principle? “Promoting conservation” of zero-emitting, renewable hydro by charging higher rates provides no social benefits but increases greenhouse gas and other air emissions (including harmful particulates from wood burning) by encouraging customers to switch to fossil fuels such as natural gas, heating oil and wood.
The Chair of the BCUC told me that BCUC would not be directing Fortis to come up with any one option (which is what happened in 2012 when Fortis was ordered to switch to two-tier rates). Which means that Fortis can no longer deflect our criticisms by pointing to someone else. So we need to demand answers to these questions. Good luck.
Fortis BC is holding a “rate design consultation session” on Wed. July 26, 6:00 pm at the Watermark Beach Resort, Vineyard Room, 15 Park Place, Osoyoos.
West Kelowna – A pair of Mounties, one from West Kelowna and the other Kelowna, conducting boat patrols on Sunday say “a real tragedy was avoided” on the waters of Okanagan Lake when the officers located two youths adrift in the midst of strong gusty winds.
On July 23, 2017 at approximately 2:30 pm, officers heading south on Okanagan Lake, towards Peachland, located two youths floating across the lake on an inexpensive rubber dinghy. The pair were fishing together along the shoreline when sudden strong winds, gusting up to approximately 50 km/hr, pushed the boys into the middle of the lake, an estimated half a kilometer from the shore.
Both the 12-year-old and 13-year-old boys were safely brought on board the RCMP vessel and transported back to the beach in Peachland, where their parents were notified of the mishap.
“Our officers took the time to discuss the peril the youths had placed themselves in,” says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “Those officers wanted to remind the public to ensure they are always prepared when they venture out on the water, that they wear proper life jackets, bring a sound signalling device or other means of communication, as well as carry a means of propulsion such as a paddle or oar if at all possible.”
- Police-reported crime in Canada, as measured by the Crime Severity Index (CSI), increased for the second year in a row in 2016. The CSI measures the volume and severity of police-reported crime in Canada, and has a base index value of 100 for 2006. In 2016, the national CSI increased 1% from 70.1 in 2015 to 71.0, but remained 29% lower than a decade earlier in 2006.
- At 5,224 incidents per 100,000 population, the police-reported crime rate, which measures the volume of police-reported crime, was virtually unchanged in 2016. This rate was 28% lower than a decade earlier in 2006.
- There were almost 1.9 million police-reported Criminal Code incidents (excluding traffic) reported by police in 2016, approximately 27,700 more incidents than in 2015.
- In 2016, the overall volume and severity of violent crime, as measured by the violent CSI, was 75.3 and virtually unchanged from the previous year. In contrast, the police-reported violent crime rate, which measures the volume of violent police-reported crime, declined 1% to 1,052 per 100,000 population. That year, rates for half the violent violations decreased, with the largest decrease reported for criminal harassment (-7%).
- Although the rate of police-reported violent crime declined overall, violent violations which experienced an increase in rate were: sexual violations against children (+30%), violations causing death other than homicide (+14%), offences related to the commodification of sexual activity (+11%), aggravated sexual assault (+6%), forcible confinement or kidnapping (+4%), threatening or harassing phone calls (+3%), the use of, discharge, and pointing of firearms (+3%), assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm (+1%) and aggravated assault (+1%).
- The overall volume and severity of non-violent crime, as measured by the non-violent CSI rose to 69.3 in 2016, marking a 2% increase from the previous year. The increase was largely driven by increases in police-reported incidents of fraud.
- After notable increases in property offences in 2015, police-reported crime rates for all types of property crimes decreased or remained the same in 2016, with the exception of theft of $5,000 or under and total fraud. The rate of total fraud, which includes general fraud (+14%), identity fraud (+16%) and identity theft (+21%), was 14% higher than in 2015. Increases in total fraud were reported by all provinces and territories except the Northwest Territories (-12%) and New Brunswick (-12%).
- In 2016, seven of Canada’s thirteen provinces and territories reported decreases in their CSI and Yukon reported no change. Increases were reported by Saskatchewan (+9%), Manitoba (+8%), Newfoundland and Labrador (+6%), Nunavut (+4%) and Ontario (+4%).
- In 2016, 20 of the 33 census metropolitan areas (CMAs) reported increases in their CSI values with the largest increases recorded in the CMA’s of Winnipeg and Regina (+16% and +15%, respectively).
- Regina and Saskatoon continued to be the CMAs with the highest CSIs. Trois-Rivières reported the largest decline (-14%) and the fourth lowest CSI after the CMAs of Toronto, Barrie and Québec.
- In 2016, police reported 611 homicides, 2 more than the previous year. Due to growth in Canada’s population, the homicide rate decreased 1% from 1.70 homicides per 100,000 population in 2015 to 1.68 homicides per 100,000 population in 2016. The relative stability in the national number of homicides is a result of notable declines in homicides in Alberta (-17 homicides), Quebec (-12) and British Columbia (-10) combined with the largest increases reported in Ontario (+32) and Saskatchewan (+10).
- The rate of attempted murder decreased by 1% between 2015 and 2016, yet variations were reported across the country. While New Brunswick, Alberta, Nova Scotia and British Columbia reported notable decreases in 2016, notable increases were seen in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
- Police-reported rates of cannabis-related drug offences declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2016. The rate of possession of cannabis declined 12% from 2015 with all provinces and territories reporting declines, except Prince Edward Island (+15%), New Brunswick (+7%) and Quebec which reported no change.
- The rate of impaired driving decreased by 3% in 2016 to 194 impaired driving incidents per 100,000 population, representing the fifth consecutive decline. In 2016, Prince Edward Island (+24%) and Manitoba (+19%) were the only provinces to report increases in their rates.
- In 2016, there were 3,098 incidents of police-reported drug-impaired driving, 343 more than the previous year. Overall, the rate for drug-impaired driving increased 11%. The national increase was largely driven by increases in the rates for Ontario (+38%), British Columbia (+29%) and Quebec (+10%). The rate of drug impaired driving (8.5 per 100,000 population) remained low compared with the rate of alcohol impaired driving (186 per 100,000 population).
- In 2016, the Youth Crime Severity Index (youth CSI), which measures both the volume and severity of crimes involving youth accused (both charged and not charged) declined 2%. The youth non-violent CSI also declined 8%. The rate of youth accused of drug crimes (-14%), mischief (-13%), motor vehicle theft (-13%), breaking and entering (-11%), and theft of $5000 or under (-8%) were all lower in 2016.
- In 2016, the violent youth CSI increased 5% due to higher rates of police-reported youth accused of attempted murder (+115%), sexual violations against children (+38%) and robbery (+6%).
Oliver council is in no hurry to spend money exploring options and servicing details for land north of Lions Park and east of Highway 97, but it will begin preliminary, low-cost explorations.
Monday’s decision to proceed slowly followed a request to the town from Murray Soder, the owner of a parcel at 6801 Main Street.
According to report from chief administrative officer Cathy Cowan, he is “seeking support from the town for obtaining safe highway access and assistance to facilitate the extension of water and sewer to the north end of his property.”
In a letter to council, Soder said he is in the process of “getting my property shovel ready for future development.”
He is also seeking the town’s help in dealing with flooding issues that resulted from the filling in of an old oxbow north of Lions Park and with designating and upgrading the Kettle Valley Railway right of way as the access to his property.
Accompanying Soder’s letter was a report from engineer Tom Szalay, who recommended a number of steps for the town, including:
- Work with other property owners and others on the long-term best uses for the lands in the area;
- Meet with the Ministry of Transport regarding access to the lands from Highway 97;
- Initiate the process of acquiring the KVR right-of-way;
- Engage TRUE Engineering to develop concept plans for access and municipal servicing to the area; and
- Explore options for Lions Park drainage with the Parks and Recreation Society, including possible restoration of the oxbow.
Opinions were mixed among council members over how much the town should do at this early stage in the process.
Councillor Larry Schwartzenberger suggested that the town meet with MoT officials over access issues and that staff provide council with a budget regarding other costs, including TRUE Engineering.
Councillor Jack Bennest said he doesn’t object to spending some money in planning for the future of the area. “We have to consider that the land is part of our town of the future.”
In the end, council approved Schwartzenberger’s go-slow approach.
The largely undeveloped area north of Lions Park and east of the highway has been the site of several development proposals, including a high-density tourist facility and a mall. None of them moved beyond the concept stage.
Large hike in ICBC rates needed says secret report
The report by Ernst & Young, commissioned under the previous government and leakedto the media says a massive overhaul to the Insurance Corp. of B.C. must happen immediately in order to avoid steep rate hikes forecast over the next two years.
“B.C.’s auto insurance system is facing unprecedented challenges,” says the report. “The average driver in B.C. may need to pay almost $2,000 in annual total premiums for auto insurance by 2019.”
The report points to a spike in the number of car crashes and a jump in the cost of vehicle repairs and injury claims as some of the main reasons for growing financial pressure at the Crown corporation. The government has also sheltered B.C. drivers for years from necessary rate increases, it says.
“This rate protection has eroded ICBC’s financial situation to a point where such efforts are not sustainable.”
The previous Liberal government directed the board of ICBC to commission the report last year, months before the May election.
The report suggests changes that include capping payments for pain and suffering, making high-risk drivers pay more, charging higher rates for luxury vehicles and bringing back speed cameras, commonly referred to as photo radar.
By ROY WOOD
A small piece of the long-standing claim by the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) over lands in the heart of the South Okanagan came before Oliver council Monday in the form of a report on the Fortis office and substation in the town.
Council conceded, however, that there is little it can do to satisfy OIB Chief Clarence Louie’s desire to have the Fortis parcel removed from the town and added to the OIB reserve.
The site, at Tucelnuit Drive and Merlot Ave., juts into OIB reserve lands, but it is owned by Fortis.
The town has been delivering services and levying taxes on the parcel since 1990 when it was included in a general expansion of the municipal boundaries in the area.
According to a report to council from chief financial officer Devon Wannop, the OIB also began sending tax notices to Fortis in 1995 as part of the band’s property taxation program “on non-native properties contained within their boundaries.”
The resulting dispute was resolved in 2000 after negotiations among the OIB, Fortis, the province and the town.
The province agreed to pay all school taxes collected on the parcel directly to the band beginning in 2004. The agreement is still in effect and the amount the OIB collected for 2016 was about $37,000, according to Wannop.
His report also informed council that if the town were to decide to change the boundaries to remove the Fortis properties it would cost about $5,000 and require the written consent of 60 per cent of residents.
Councillor Jack Bennest, who originally directed staff to prepare the report, said the reason he brought the matter forward is, “Clarence wants the land back in the reserve.” He added, however, that Louie has not made any formal application to council regarding the land.
Mayor Ron Hovanes pointed out that the Fortis land is a small part of a claim Louie has been making for years that several thousand acres of land in the Oliver/Osoyoos area was essentially stolen from the First Nations who had occupied it for millennia.
In an interview in 2015, Louie told the Penticton Herald that 19th century settlers took the best land for themselves and left the First Nations with the remainder.
“That’s why our reserve zig-zags like this against the rocks, against the mountains. They took all the best bottom lands,” Louie said.
Coming in for particular criticism was 19th century rancher Judge John Haynes: “To non-native people, Haynes might be a hero, but to us he’s a land thief. … He stole 4,000 acres of our most prime acreage, all our bottom land, from the head of Osoyoos Lake north to Oliver.”
On Monday, council agreed to send the Wannop report to Louie along with a note saying the town is not a position to do anything about the Fortis properties at this time.
Summer concert series thinks “big”
Oliver’s Music in the Park is thinking big this summer: big bands, big voices, big sound. In celebration of Canada 150, all Music in the Park performers are larger ensembles. The Penticton Concert Band, rockers 13 Broken Bones, and the southern country Rob Robertson Band have already attracted big crowds. In tribute to the “150”, the concert series will feature special guest, the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, in August. Ladies with big voices deliver gutsy vocals in several of the concerts this summer.
Live music fans gather every Thursday evening at the Oliver Community Band Shell. Concerts kick off at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m. Admission is by donation. The evening market on site invites visitors to stroll by for bakery goods, fresh fruits and veggies, crafts, and other retail items. A food vendor offers picnic suppers.
Lucy Blu and the Blu Boys, a Kelowna band playing jazz, funk, blues, and rockabilly swing, perform Thursday July 27 at the “Feed the Valley” concert. Besides a donation for the music, audiences are invited to bring an item for the Oliver Food Bank. An initiative by Music in the Park sponsor Valley First, the goal is to encourage the public to remember and support the food bank year-round.
Children and families come out in droves whenever Nankama Drum and Dance is onstage. On August 3, Nankama’s costumed performers will beat out some catchy West African rhythms, interspersed with stories by charismatic leader Bobby Bovenzi. The audience is invited to join in on the djembe drums and rattles, move in simple, Zumba-style dances, or simply tap their toes.
On August 10, the audience “takes off into the wild blue yonder” with the Royal Canadian Air Force Band, all the way from Winnipeg. Says bandmate Sgt. Francois Godere: “For over sixty years, this professional band has been highly visible throughout the Canadian Forces, instilling national pride in Canadian audiences across the country.” The RCAF band will delight with a diverse repertoire of rock, pop, country, R&B, and disco, in addition to more traditional band tunes.
The Darlene Ketchum Quartet is back by popular demand on Thursday August 17, previously appearing in Oliver in 2015. Backed by piano, guitar and drums, Darlene belts out R&B, soul, funk, and gospel in her big soulful voice. Her powerful pipes and dynamic delivery easily fill the outdoor venue and engage the audience.
Toe-tapping party band Uncorked! entertains on Thursday August 24 with energetic lead vocalist Lisa Salting mesmerizing the crowd with her earthy voice and bass guitar riffs. Their pop rock repertoire includes Fleetwood Mac, Sheryl Crowe, the Gypsy Kings, Paul Simon, and Patsy Cline.
All concerts are rain-or-shine on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Oliver Community Stage band shell, 6359 Park Drive. Rain venue is on–site at the Oliver Community Centre. Suggested donation is $5. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Info: OliverCAC@gmail.com 250-498-0183. Presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council.
Above: Heavily wood area on steep slope towards river.
RCMP Highway Patrol in Kermeos tells ODN that no accident media-release to be issued on the incident that
caused traffic delays and a long recovery operation north of Oliver Saturday.
A 73 year old motorcyclist appeared to have suffered a medical issue and the bike went off the road, down a steep embankment and into the river. Oliver Firefighters spent over nearly two hours trying to get a line onto the 3 wheeler.
The coroner’s office in charge of the investigation. No name released at this time.Further details below
Time 2:40 Saturday afternoon
Just south of Enterprise Way near Senkulmen Industrial Park
One large three wheeler left the roadway on the river side of Highway 97 – down a steep embankment.
One of the participants in the second annual Toy Run and Poker Derby motorcycle ride died Saturday, after crashing his three-wheel motorcycle on Highway 97 north of Oliver.
The crash occurred as a group of motorcyclists were travelling south from Penticton after visiting Legion halls in the South Okanagan. The July Santa – ride was in support of the South Okanagan Women in Need Society. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.
RECOMMENDATION 1(Unweighted Rural Vote – Simple Majority)
It was Moved and Seconded
THAT the RDOS Board “authorize” the application to undertake a two lot subdivision at 2257 82nd Avenue (Lot A, DL 223, SDYD, Plan KAP92472) in Electoral Area “A” to proceed to the Agricultural Land Commission.
Opposed: Director Brydon
(Previous story on ODN – (Pendergraft, James) for Agricultural Land Commission Referral Application – Agent: Elenko, Brad
THAT the APC recommends that the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) be advised by the Regional District that the proposal to subdivide the property at 2257 82nd Avenue is NOT supported.
The subject property is approximately 16.7 ha in area and is located on the west side of Highway 3, approximately 2.2 km east of the Town of Osoyoos boundary. The property is split zoned with the northern portion of approximately 6700 m2 as AG1 and the remainder is AG2.
RECOMMENDATION 2(Unweighted Rural Vote – 2/3 Majority)
It was MOVED and SECONDED
THAT Bylaw No. 2452.17, 2017, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Protection of Farming Development Permit Area Update Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw be read a third time and adopted. – CARRIED
Annual report on water – Town of Oliver
This annual water report gives the public, stakeholders and staff valuable information on the Town of Oliver’s water system. It gives a solid overview on the Town of Oliver’s; history, how the domestic and irrigation systems are run, specifications, our sampling data, consumption data, conservation and capital projects completed and slated for the future. It’s essentially a document that gives people a snapshot of what has happened within the water system over the previous year.
Highlights of the report:
• In 2016 we saw a drop in our yearly consumption (12,660,459 m3) which also brings us below the 6 year average (10% less) and 24% less than 2015. We can assume there was a correlation between the consumption and the weather which saw more precipitation and lower temperatures than 2015.
• The population of Oliver has increased over the last few years but the 2016 total consumption in water systems decreased.
• Oliver’s water systems maximum demand day was recorded on August 10, 2016 (21,395 m3).
• Oliver’s water systems minimum demand day was recorded on March 1, 2016 (2,416 m3).
• Domestic groundwater consumed 3,110,916 m3 in 2016.
• Irrigation surface water used 9,549,541 m3 in 2016.
• Make up of total water consumption:
o Residential groundwater 14.23%,
o Agriculture surface water 75.43%,
o Agriculture groundwater 4.78%,
o Industrial, commercial & institution groundwater 5.56%.
• The total 2016 groundwater consumption near the 6 year average and the surface water consumption was below average.
• Capital projects completed in 2016; Groundwater Protection Plan, Reservoir Supply Watermain Re-purposing, temporary fix for Gallagher Lake Siphon damage & Mud Lake Irrigation Control Improvements.
• Our Cross Connection Control program oversees 255 testable backflow assemblies in our water system to ensure safe drinking water.
• No Total Coliform or Ecoli hits were recorded in the domestic drinking water system for 2016.
Council in Osoyoos takes a summer break of more than a month
Town Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM for the Committee of the Whole meeting and at 2:00 PM for the Regular Open Meeting in Council Chambers, Town Hall, 8707 Main Street
Last meeting held July 17
From Ron Johnson:
Have you ever noticed that mirrors vary quite a lot? I have no idea how this is possible but it is true.
My china cabinet has a mirrored backing which reflects the china and pretty ornaments sitting on the shelves, it also reflects me in a very glamorous way. As I walk from my kitchen to the dining room I get a full length reflection of myself which knocks about thirty pounds off my ample proportions. If I proceed to the guest bathroom, the large mirror in there tells me not to kid myself, I am my normal, well rounded self.
Is it the type of glass that makes the difference in the reflection? We used to have large mirrors in our en suite which were very honest, not the best way to greet the morning when you have not even had your coffee. Because we have separate vanities that are opposite one another, standing in front of one mirror gives you an endless reflection of yourself by both mirrors reflecting on one another. What a cruel way to start the day! A renovation several years ago saw the big mirrors disappear and smaller, kinder mirrors installed.
Surely the nastiest invention ever is the magnifying mirror, obviously designed by a masochistic type of character. My cousin has very poor sight so finds the magnifying mirror a necessity in her home bathroom, so she can pretty herself up in the mornings. However, on visiting her home with its solitary bathroom, I stagger in there in the early morning and get the horrible vision of my puffy eyed, sleep wrinkled face in the magnifying monstrosity. It takes a strong will to approach the offending item and turn its face away from mine.
When travelling through Washington State, several years ago, we stayed at a motel in Yakima. A very nice room until you entered the bathroom. It was almost completely mirrored and had approximately fifty fat lightbulbs surrounding sinks and shower. What manic decorator could possible think that people want to see a reflection of themselves sitting on the commode or climbing out of the tub? There was literally no escape from your reflection on the bright, shiny mirrored walls.
The house I grew up in had mirrored dressers, in each bedroom but only one mirror in the downstairs part of the house, this was located over the fireplace. Those were the days when I used to enjoy looking at myself as I had clear, smooth skin with an “English Rose” complexion. I also had pretty, bouncy blonde hair that I was proud of. Several times I almost set fire to my dress by leaning into the mirror. How come that now we have mirrors in every part of the house, I no longer have the reflection that I wish to see. The blonde hair is now almost pure white and doesn’t bounce it just sits there or stands on end. The once smooth complexion is wrinkled and a bit dry, calling the deep furrows laughter lines is very kind but, let’s be honest, they are wrinkles and really do not need to be magnified to be seen.
The white, strawlike heap on top of my head and the wrinkles below were all well earned due to the, sometimes, hair raising experience of bringing up four teenage daughters. Every wrinkle has been the result of experience and it is a long time since a salesman called me “miss”.
Yes I admit I am getting old however, at 72 I still feel I have lots of energy, do lots with my life and I certainly do not need any reminders that I am aging. I think it is time to cover all the mirrors in the house except for the china cabinet which builds my ego, like any good friend.
Grandma Pioli’s Meat Pie…A Wonderful String of Connections
This has been a story in the making for many years partly because I could not confirm what I had been told until yesterday.
My grandmother was born in Fucecchio, Italy (near Florence) and at the age of 16 she travelled to Marseille, France to stay with family and then to attend the Cordon Bleu School of Cooking in Paris. She graduated with two degrees…Master Chef and Pastry Chef.
In 1913 she married my grandfather Angelo Pioli and came to live in Kelowna, B.C. My grandfather had already bought land and built a house on Coronation Avenue.
Grandma would come to Oliver on occasion and when she did, Mom and Dad would take her to Tuck’s Café for dinner and to have a visit with Rose and Phil Crucetti.
Through conversation, Phil found out that Grandma had a fabulous meat pie recipe. Grandma had no problems sharing it with him and to this day, Crucetti’s Restaurant still serves that very special meat pie.
What I could not confirm was the next part of the story but thanks to Marie Crucetti, I now know that what I had been told was the truth.
Nick Szmata became the Chef at S.O.S.S. and made some pretty fabulous meals. One day he was in Tuck’s and discovered the meat pie and asked Phil if he could get the recipe. Phil knew Grandma would not mind and gave it to him.
Nick made the meat pie in long pans as he had a lot of little mouths to feed. I remember helping him with the pans one day and he told me that he got the recipe from Phil Crucetti who got it from an Italian lady from Kelowna. Being a teenager, I never thought any more about it but always looked forward to meat pie day as it was delicious and exactly like my Grandma’s. I often wondered if it was from my grandmother.
In a separate conversation on facebook, a group was talking about the meat pie and Marie Crucetti confirmed that the recipe came from my grandmother and Phil did indeed give the recipe to Nick which he used in the Cafeteria
What a wonderful feeling to have this information confirmed. It is a small part of the history of Tuck’s, Crucetti’s, S.O.S.S. and Nick. Thank you Grandma for sharing. Thank you Phil, George, Mark and now Danny Crucetti for continuing to make this special meat pie on Thursdays just like the old days. I understand that only the men in the family have the recipe!!! I Thank you Nick for giving us great meals at our school cafeteria. Where else but in a small town would you find some pretty great connections.
In the continuing saga of curbside garbage pickup – we wanted to have clarification on what areas are IN and what areas are NOT.
The only confusion was the District of Summerland.
We talked to Mayor Peter Waterman and Councillor Toni Boot (both RDOS directors) so the issue can be put to rest.
Automated cart pickup at the curb July 1st next year:
Penticton and Oliver YES
Summerland, Osoyoos, Keremeos and all rural areas saying NO
Below is the resolution passed in Summerland with further explanation by Councillor Boot on some of the reasoning.
District of Summerland
2018 to 2025
Collection of Garbage, Recycling, Compostable Materials and Large Items – RFP Results & Contract Award
THAT Staff be authorized to negotiate with Waste Connections of Canada based on their proposal for the provision of the Collection of Garbage, Recycling, Compostable Materials and Large Items for the District of Summerland for the term of seven (7) years with the potential of a one year extension, commencing July 1, 2018.
AND THAT the contract negotiations be based on the current system of customer supplied containers at an estimated annual cost of $397,714.55.
AND THAT Staff investigate the option to transition to an automated collection system with contractor supplied carts and report back to Council
Toni Boot: “Council voted to direct staff to proceed with negotiating a 7-year contract (with option to extend for an additional year) with the existing collection system.
Summerland is not going with the automated curbside pickup at this time; staff has be directed to look into this moving to this option in future. RDOS did the research and presented to the board and to individual municipalities.
The decision for electoral areas was separate from those for the municipalities. It was not financially feasible for Summerland to change to an automated system at this time.
The Kaleden couple have mirrored their lengthy support of non-profit organizations by donating $30,000 to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign to provide medical equipment for the Penticton Regional Hospital expansion.
Sue worked for 32 years as a financial planner with Investors Group before retiring last year. Tom enjoyed a successful business career, being a co-owner of the former Canwood Furniture plant and then Timmins Street Storage in Penticton.
“We’ve both built our businesses here, so we like to give back to the community,” Sue said. “Both our boys were born at PRH and their grandmother passed away there.
“We are grateful to have a good hospital here, particularly at life’s most important moments. The Medical Foundation has been great to work with, enabling us to gift our donation over three years.”
Photo credit to Owen Bruce
West Nile virus risk increases as summer heats up
As summer temperatures increase, so does the risk of West Nile virus. The risk of getting West Nile virus is highest from the end of July through August. There are some important measures people can take to reduce their risk of infection.
West Nile virus is a disease that is spread from infected corvid birds (crows, ravens, magpies, and jays) to humans through mosquito bites. It was first detected in B.C. in the South Okanagan during the summer of 2009. Since then there have been four human cases – all in the Okanagan. Last year the virus was detected in horses and birds in the Kootenays, confirming the virus is present there as well. Several parts of Canada and the U.S. continue to report West Nile virus activity.
The risk of becoming seriously ill from West Nile virus infection is low for most people. However, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk. There are things everyone can do both at home and while travelling to reduce the risk of infection. Any activity that prevents mosquitoes from biting or breeding can help to reduce the risk of becoming infected with West Nile virus.
•Prevent mosquito breeding around your home. It doesn’t take much time or water for mosquitoes to develop from eggs into adults. Anything that can hold water can be a mosquito breeding area. Identify and remove potential breeding areas on your property – empty saucers under flowerpots; change water in bird baths twice a week; unclog rain gutters; drain tarps, tires, and other debris where rain water may collect; and install a pump in ornamental ponds or stock them with fish. Stagnant backyard pools can be a big source of mosquitoes and should be maintained regularly to prevent mosquito growth.
•Install screens on windows. Screens will help prevent mosquitoes from coming indoors.
•Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn. This is the time of day mosquitoes that can carry the virus are most active.
•Wear protective clothing. If you are in an area with many mosquitoes, wear loose fitting, light coloured, full-length pants, and a long-sleeved shirt.
•Use mosquito repellent. Apply mosquito repellent to areas of exposed skin. Check the product label for instructions on proper use. Repellents containing DEET are safe for those over six months of age when used according to the directions on the label. View the HealthLinkBC file on DEET (http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile96.stm) for guidelines on how frequently to apply repellent. DEET-free products (such as those containing icardin, p-menthane-3, 8-diol /lemon-eucalyptus oil, or soybean oil) are also available, but may not provide as long-lasting protection.