Archives for August 4, 2017
The Province of BC is under a province wide ‘State of Emergency’ due to wildfires. The current Fire Danger rating for most of the regional district is ‘Extreme’.
Due to the provincial state of emergency and extreme conditions the RDOS Board of Directors haven taken the strong stance and issued a ban on all fireworks, motorized vehicles and smoking in all public wooded, grass and brush areas within the unincorporated areas of the geographic boundaries of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.
Many other regions and Provincial agencies have already taken steps to mitigate the chance of wildfires:
Campfire and open burning bans are in place throughout the province.
Many provincial parks are currently closed due to fire danger.
Forest use restrictions are also in place in close proximity to wildfires.
While conventional human sources of ignition such as cigarettes and campfires are responsible for many fires you may not be aware of other ignition sources. A spark from a lawnmower blade, chainsaw or a horse shoe hitting a rock can all cause a fire under these extreme conditions. Even a carelessly discarded clear glass bottle can act as a magnifying glass and ignite tinder dry grasses. With no precipitation events forecasted for the immediate future, the most likely cause of any new fire will be human activity.
On Thursday August 3rd*, 2017 at 09:55 PM a single vehicle collision was reported occurring on Sawmill Lake Rd, Oliver, BC. A vehicle being driven by a local 19 yr old male drove off the road and into a ditch. At the time of the incident it is believed the male suffered serious injuries and was transported to Penticton Hospital. A RCMP Collision analyst attended the scene to provide Oliver members with assistance in determining the cause of the collision.
prepared by Sgt.Gervais Oliver Area Commander
Flooding, claims, reporting demands on the mind of directors at RDOS meeting Thursday in Penticton.
Area C Director Terry Schafer has scheduled a Town Hall type meeting for Wednesday August 23.
(6pm at the Oliver Community Centre).
Schafer wants rural residents to have a say on recent events including flooding, fires and landslides.
Representatives of the Regional District, the Province and others will be on hand to answer questions and concerns.
Josie Symonds, Ecosystem Biologist/Habitat Officer (Ministry of Forest Lands and Resources) told directors that Okanagan Lake has lowered itself to a less dangerous place but much work will be done in the months ahead to return it to normal including the removal of all sandbags and bladderbags that helped to save shoreline.
2 to 3 million sandbags were used in the Thompson-Okanagan region this spring.
Symonds says very few reports (mandatory) have come in on alterations to shorelines, creeks, rivers etc. and her ministry will be working with local government to bring that data into a central collection center for analysis
One question on the mind of directors given by Mayor Andrew Jakubeit – ” could more water have been sent down the channels from Penticton dam to lower Okanagan Lake “.
Ministry spokespeople at the meeting said a full investigation is underway on that subject with a report expected early next year.
Directors also heard about a mapping project completed in 2016 on the entire Okanagan Lake showing all docks, buildings near the water, retaining walls. Concern expressed that in one years the Lake may not be able to sustain its pristine nature – if more development, re-development is allowed to occur. Directors urged to work on a valley wide LAKE plan to guarantee more public access and use. The amount of boats centralized near built up areas seen as a problem with ‘wake’ damage and collision situations. 2 percent of the shoreline goes from wild to developed each year indicating that in the long term – the lake will become more of a concern for all of us.
Alma Faulds…A Tribute
Alma Amelia Schmidt was born January 18, 1915 in Zorra, Saskatchewan to John and Elizabeth Schmidt. Alma’s parents were both immigrants to Canada. Alma grew up in a very large family but one filled with love and laughter. Alma met an engaging young Scotsman named Alexander Faulds. Alec was born August 12, 1908 in Scotland. After a courtship, the two were married September 25, 1940.
The Schmidt’s, their children and Alma and Alex moved to Oliver, B.C. and lived down on Sawmill Road. Alma and Alex eventually had three daughters, Diane, born in 1944, Marlene, born in 1946 and Deborah born in 1950.
In Grade Two I made friends with Marlene Faulds, Alma and Alec’s second daughter. We became very good friends and I spent a considerable amount of time on Sawmill Road at the Faulds family home. I remember going on a Friday after school and getting to ride the school bus..this was rather exciting for a town kid! Alma was almost always at home and could see us coming from her kitchen window. She always had some delicious snack waiting for us after we changed into our play clothes.
Alma was an Activist..no question about it. She fought for the rights of the native children to be returned to their parents; she fought for better health care, better working conditions, better pay and better equality for women and was instrumental in organizing a union for packing house workers. Alma actually travelled to Ottawa to speak to the Minister of Indian Affairs regarding the residential school problem.
Alma belonged to the CCF/NDP which is where she embraced the philosophy of one Tommy Douglas. She lived and breathed her role as a true activist in anything she set her mind to. Alma always looked out for other people especially those who were needy and often had no resources to feed and clothe their children. Where there was a need…there was Alma and her band of helpers including my own Mother, putting food in the fridge and on the table; bringing much needed clothing and often medicine. Sometimes she dug deep into her own pocket to help someone in need.
Alma organized Christmas Dinners at the Elk’s and made sure that those who were alone or could not afford a decent Christmas were invited to share in a hot meal, a small gift and the love of their fellow neighbours.
Alma has always been my hero and I looked up to her as an example of how one should live their lives. I was always welcomed in their home and treated like one of the family. I remember the many nights that a lively and interesting conversation was carried on at the dinner table.
I learned much from Alma, her family and my own and I understood just what we should do to make a better world. Love thy neighbour; love your family and most important of all… be willing to step up and be counted. Alma, Alec and their daughter Deborah have passed away but Mrs. Alma Faulds, you live in my memory..now and forever and I try everyday to live up to your shining example.