Archives for September 2017
Operational Services is seeking Council’s direction on the location and species of the Proposed Canada 150 Tree in Gyro Park
In June of 2017 Town Council asked to the Operational Services Department to research into the purchase and placement of a large coniferous tree in Gyro Park to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s confederation.
The results of the Operational Services department research is as follows:
The tree nurseries contacted suggested that either a blue spruce or a Colorado blue spruce would be the variety of tree most likely to grow and flourish in the sandy soil at Gyro Park
A 20 foot blue spruce (left) is currently available in the lower mainland for $2,200 plus shipping (estimated to be $1,000). This price does not include the planting of the tree, which would be undertaken by the Operational Services department
An 8 foot Douglas fir (which could grow to 300 feet) is available in Oliver for $89 plus delivery. This price does not include the planting of the tree, which would be undertaken by the Operational Services department.
Relocating any existing larger tree in Gyro Park is not practical since no contractor in the Okanagan Valley processes a tree spade large enough to do this work.
For one in five British Columbians, living with chronic pain is a daily experience. The experience of pain varies with each person and can be divided into two main types: acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is usually the result of tissue damage, and usually subsides within a few weeks.
If pain persists for three months or longer, it is known as chronic pain.
Whether it’s a back injury or a broken toe, everyone experiences acute pain at some point of their lives. They endure the pain with the knowledge that healing will eventually take place and the pain will disappear.
Living with chronic pain can be draining and overwhelming as the injury is not visible to the eye and it doesn’t come with an instruction manual explaining how to live your life in order to lessen the pain. People with chronic pain need long-term treatment and therapy to manage their pain. The way they feel and process pain is different from those people with acute pain because of their long experience with pain.
There is so much more we can do than ignore the pain. And ignoring isn’t usually the best long-term
plan. It is our body’s warning signal that there is damage and action is required. It is possible that pain may be amplified by certain beliefs about pain, and past experiences of pain. Therefore, it is important to treat both your body and mind.
Next week we will discuss strategies you could try for managing your pain. Are you living with chronic pain? Whether you are personally living with chronic pain, or are the caregiver of someone living with chronic pain, the following two free pain seminars will be held in the South Okanagan:
Osoyoos: Tuesday September 19th 2017, 7 pm to 9 pm at the Osoyoos Seniors’ Centre (17 Park Place, Osoyoos)
Keremeos: Tuesday September 26th 2017, 7 pm to 9 pm at the Legion Hall (510 Veterans Avenue, Keremeos)
Local chronic pain experts, including a physician, pharmacist and physiotherapist, will be leading the
discussions and will be available to answer any questions you may have.
For more information about these free chronic pain seminars, please contact:
Renate.Hayden@sosdivision.ca or call 778-476-1878.
Brought to you by:
South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice
Joint Standing Committee on Rural Initiatives
An envelope is a container or a holding boundary. In the usual use of the term we are talking about the paper or cardboard holder and protector for a card or letter etc. We use the envelope to cover what we are sending in the mail, for privacy and to keep the letter or what have you from becoming soiled or damaged. We can also spell it as envelop, meaning to surround and or to hold in.
The fire enveloped the forest. Not exactly the same as protection from becoming soiled or damaged, is it? What this says is that the forest was consumed, subsumed, absorbed as a rock that has been tossed into the ocean, gone. A parent or grandparent can somewhat envelop a child with love and caring support. That can be taken to a length that does not let the child experience the real world. Oh oh
Envelope as protection, that is pretty typical. The envelope of error is more like a set of bounds on what is allowed or possible or expected. It gives us some comfort to be able to predict such things. We can design an envelope for a discussion, for instance. That can be helpful in preparing our talking points and in assessing the contributions from others. We can also say the envelope is the region of interest for this or that
Enveloping is surrounding to swallow up or to protect or simply to include or maybe to invade. The electoral district envelops the downtown core. The nuclear fallout enveloped everything within 100 kilometers. Is that result within or outside of the envelope? The concept of a bell shaped curve can be an envelope for data about almost anything. The gestation envelope for a butterfly is called a cocoon
“The envelope please”, a phrase that generates anticipation of something grand, the big reveal. Something elegant, sort of refined about using an envelope, don’t you think so? The use of the paper device we call an envelope peaked in about 1920. Bet you didn’t know that, huh. Its use was at a level of about five times of that in 1800. It is now used about half of that peak and use is again increasing. Who knew?
“A good mix of my people on this side of the reserve and those who live with us on the other side of the cattle guard.”
Folks these are not my words – a statement familiar to Chief Clarence Louie and audiences that have heard him speak. A long one for sure late Friday afternoon in the foyer of the Frank Venables Theatre.
Chief Louie in a lengthy speech that even had indigenous people squirming – more than an hour – made one important point. If you want reconciliation with Canadian native Indians – talk land and the return of same.
Louie says he wants the return of about 4200 acres stolen during the period 1870 to 1920. He called the Haynes years when land was taken including IR 2 in Okanagan Falls. “I will be coming to see you both” in reference to Osoyoos and Oliver councils present at Friday’s celebration.
I may not accomplish this in my lifetime – but kids here today want to know that the land agreed to by my people and the British government of 1870 will be restored to them.
Chief Louie – the majority of his remarks on the subject of co-operation of whites and Indians and how that continues to this day on business deals that are to the benefit of both parties.
“I was raised with the Indian Act, my mother and my people raised with the Indian Act. Tough for us to change to aboriginal or indigenous” said Louie.
“I believe in race difference – we cannot be homogenized. I want my people to be proud. Despite lands stolen, residential schools, decimation of my language and way of life – we are Number One – Indians in Canada. Treat us with respect.”
“We will treat you better than we have been treated in the last 150 years.”
Editor’s Note: the word stolen. Stolen as in a treaty, an agreement, reached between the Indians and the White Government but then BROKEN by the white government when it was convenient. CL is not talking about all of the land taken in the name of the settlers. Just the land taken after agreement reached. I think ‘stolen’ is a good word that describes exactly what happened.
Truth and Reconciliation encompasses the word Truth – find the facts, respect them – address them and maybe then reconciliation.
•The percentage of employees earning minimum wage declined from 7.5% in 2012 to 4.8% in 2016.
•The number of B.C. employees earning minimum wage in 2016 was 93,800 out of a total of 1,958,600 paid employees (excluding self-employed).
•The national average for people earning minimum wage is 6.9%
the B.C. government will increase the minimum wage by 50 cents to $11.35 an hour, effective today, to better reflect the province’s overall economic growth and ensure all workers benefit from B.C.’s thriving job market.
The new rate includes a 20-cent increase based on the BC 2016 Consumer Price Index (CPI), plus an additional 30 cents. There will also be an identical increase of 50 cents per hour to the liquor server minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
The bridge is the crossing point of the Pacific Crest Trail which goes from the Mexican border to the Canadian border at Manning Park
This bridge is Cantilever Truss constuction and was built in 1926, the current toll is $2.00USD
Currently, The nearby interstate freeway in the gorge is closed due to a wildfire, supposedly caused by kids with fireworks, now thousands of burned trees need removing and slope stabilization to be carried out before the road can reopen
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2014
Cassini Cellars The Aristocrat Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Castoro de Oro Estate Winery Crimson Rhapsody 2014
Maverick Estate Winery Bush Vine Syrah 2014
All wineries in British Columbia were invited to submit their wines for blind judging by a panel of wine industry professionals. Wines submitted had to be from 100% British Columbian grown grapes and produced in province to be eligible. This year, 486 wines were submitted by 132 wineries for judging.
12 winners selected – all in the Okanagan – 4 in Oliver
Grey Monk Estate Winery Odyssey White Brut 2014 – Lake Country
The Hatch Crown + Thieves “The Broken Barrel” Syrah 2013 – Penticton
Howling Bluff Estate Winery Century Block Pinot Noir 2013 – Penticton
Kitsch Wines Riesling 2015 – Kelowna
Noble Ridge Vineyards and Winery “The One” Sparkling 2012 – OK Falls
Perseus Winery Invictus 2013 – Penticton
Upper Bench Estate Winery Estate Chardonnay 2015 – Penticton
Food bank and museum OK’d for grant money
By ROY WOOD
Oliver council opened the grant-in-aid chequebook on Monday to two local non-profits looking for help.
The Oliver Food Bank sought $3,000 to complete a solar panel project, which will see the operation become electrically self-sufficient and save about $500 a month in power bills.
The grant would cover the last three units of a 20-panel solar installation. The other 17 panels, which are already in place, were obtained through various donations.
Councillor Larry Schwartzenberger pointed out that the grant would enable the food bank to put even more money back into the community. Council unanimously approved the grant.
Oliver and district Heritage Society executive director Manda Maggs told council that when a group of volunteers was working recently on a landscaping project they discovered a problem with the sewer line. The cost of repair is estimated at $1,200 and the society asked the town for $600 to cover half.
Mayor Ron Hovanes said he had spoken with RDOS Area C director Terry Shafer, who informally agreed to pay for half of the $600. So council agreed to contribute $300.
Meanwhile, council voted to spend $12,500 for a consultant’s conceptual plans for roads and services north of the town boundaries. The affected area is on the east side of Highway 95 immediately north of town.
CAO Cathy Cowan told council the report would provide the town with a better plan for road and infrastructure when developers begin to show interest in the properties.
The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive is a province-wide initiative that is annually organized and “run” (literally) by local volunteers who travel our community on foot to distribute donation bags and pick up food donations. You might not think a few cans and boxes of food collected on each street would add up to much, but last year our community’s generosity resulted in the Oliver BC Thanksgiving Food Drive collecting nearly 7000 lbs of food. Oliver residents’ generosity over the last 6 years in placing bags of food on their doorsteps has meant that our Oliver Food Bank has fed many people in need.
Food drive volunteers have delivered food donation bags all this week to many Oliver homes for the 7th Annual BC Thanksgiving Food Drive. The donations in support of the Oliver Food Bank will be picked up on Saturday, September 16th.
Those who do not receive a bag can drop off non-perishable food donations at the Oliver Food Bank (6047 Station St.) between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on collection day: September 16th, 2017.
For more information please visit www.bctfooddrive.org or contact Jordan Noftle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Has applied to the Passenger Transportation Board ( BC)
Public has until October 13th to comment
Reduction in service would affect Similkameen and Okanagan points and routes.
Eliminate the routes listed below:
• I1: Dawson Creek – Fort Nelson
• I2: Fort Nelson – Yukon Border & Highway 97
• J: Dawson Creek – Prince George
• K: Prince George – Fort St James
• L1: Prince Rupert – Prince George
• L2: Prince George – Albert Border & Highway 16
• S2: University Endowment Lands (UBC) – Whistler
• T: Victoria – Nanaimo
• Y: Victoria – Vancouver
On all other routes – reduce minimum route frequency to two trips weekly in each direction and eliminate some route points:
• A: Alberta Border – Vancouver
• B1: Kamloops – Kelowna
• B2: Kelowna – Penticton
• C: Vancouver – Osoyoos
• D: Kelowna – Alberta Border & Highway 3
• E: Prince George – Vancouver
• G: Alberta Border & Highway 2 – Dawson Creek
• N: Alberta Border & Highway 16 – Vancouver
• P: Kelowna – Vancouver
• S1: Vancouver – Pemberton / Mt. Currie
The film is called “Out of the Interior: Survival of the Small-town Cinema in British Columbia” and was made by Curtis & Silmara Emde.
The Oliver Theatre is featured in the documentary
The documentary’s website reads: “Out of the Interior: Survival of the Small-town Cinema in British Columbia is a full-length exploration of classic movie theaters in BC’s southern interior, from Vernon’s Towne Cinema to Creston’s Tivioli; from Grand Forks’ GEM to Revelstoke’s Roxy – and every stop along the way.
The filmmakers delve into the history of public film exhibition in our province, celebrate the communal moviegoing experience in the present – and offer a glimpse of the movie house’s future in the digital age.
The documentary is also a tribute to the hard-working men and women of the region who keep the popcorn hot and the movies flickering on our screens.”
Tickets are $7 at the door. Celebrate the Oliver Theatre’s place in our local history.
to share why solar is
a wise investment
Residents of Oliver and Osoyoos will have an opportunity to learn about home solar power systems at an upcoming free education session.
Terratek Energy is hosting Going Solar in Oliver-Osoyoos: An Introduction to Home Solar, Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 am to 12 pm at Sonora Community Centre 8505 68 Avenue in Osoyoos.
The session will provide a broad overview of solar power – from how solar panels work to understanding net metering and product and inverter options.
The event will also hear from Oliver resident Maurice Nunas, who installed a 7.28 kilowatt system to offset power from his all-electric home.
Nunas says he was motivated to install solar because it was the right thing to do environmentally. However, the decision was finalized once he viewed solar from the perspective of a return on investment.
For Nunas, buying solar panels and offsetting his electricity bills turns out to be a better return than keeping his money in the bank.
Nunas says he is often in Fortis BC’s Tier 2 rate. With his solar system that he’s had since April, his bills are virtually zero, and he’s earning credits for the excess power he’s generating.
“We’re getting a 5 per cent return (on our money) that’s guaranteed to go up in the future,” says Nunas. “Every year there is a rate hike, our ROI goes up.”
Nunas’ home is highly visible from the Okanagan River trail and he says he’s often asked about his panels but the question always centres on the payback for solar.
He says this is a very difficult question as no-one can predict what the cost of electricity will be in five years. Adding to this, calculating solar from a payback perspective fails to account for the continued benefits of the panels, which last for 25 years and even longer.
Registration to attend the event can be found at tiny.cc/solarosoyoos or by calling 250.899.1470.
Bit of a slow period of the month – latter part of the week
Time to post FREE events, FREE classified.
How about a picture for publication?
Anything going on we all should know about?
By ROY WOOD
Despite a last minute-plea from a local dog owner, Oliver council went ahead Monday with closure of the off-leash area at the town ball diamonds except for early morning hours.
The amendment to the town’s animal control bylaw will see the creation of a new off-leash area at the north end of Lions Park. Access to the ball diamond dog park will be restricted to between 6 and 9 a.m.
Council agreed to the new arrangement last month after Parks and Rec manager Carol Sheridan outlined the plan and said work would begin this month at the Lions Park site. Council gave the first three readings to the bylaw amendment at the August 14 meeting.
Dog owner Dave Evenson appeared before a Monday afternoon council committee meeting, suggesting that members of council may not have had all the facts council.
He told councillors that many dog owners are unable to take advantage of the early morning access to the ball diamond area because of health or other personal issues.
He also pointed out that many owners, particularly seniors, would be uncomfortable with the Lions Park location, which is a spring and summer gathering spot for seasonal agricultural workers. “I’m sure that (the pickers) would just put their dogs in the fenced area and leave them there.”
Evenson added that reports of problems at the ball diamond site, — owners not cleaning up dog feces and the dogs digging holes – are “grossly exaggerated.”
Several members of council mentioned that the town has a liberal animal control policy that allows dogs off leash at the ends of roads that terminate at Tuc el Nuit Lake, the hike and bike trail south of Fairview Road as well as the ball diamonds in the early morning.
In the end, council voted unanimously to pass the bylaw amendment.
Contacted after the vote, Evenson said, “I guess I could see that one coming.”
He said his concern is as much with the process as the result.
He said that if council had is council had taken a little more time and passed the three readings of the amendment at consecutive meetings rather than all at once, dog owners would have had a chance to respond.
As well, Evenson pointed out, the entire process took place while the ball diamond off-leash area was closed to dogs because of the annual rental of the diamond complex to a baseball camp. As a result, dog owners were not able to discuss the issue and share information among themselves.
“It was ideal timing (by council) for not getting feedback from the people,” he said.
The only bank in Keremeos, CIBC, will be shutting its doors on Mar. 18th, 2018.
Residents of the village who are clients of CIBC will have their accounts transferred to the branch in Osoyoos. After the closure, Valley First Credit Union will be the only storefront offering financial services in Keremeos.
“As more and more Canadians in both rural and urban areas are choosing to do their banking outside of traditional banking centres, we’ve needed to make some adjustments to our network,” Susan Kirwin said, CIBC public relations consultant.
According to the company, those employed at the bank in Keremeos will be able to find employment at another location if they will be looking to do so.
Mayor Manfred Bauer said
“I don’t appreciate it, obviously, because it’s another business closing on Main Street,” Bauer said. “But it’s also certainly inconveniencing a lot of CIBC members. No notice was given to him or the Village.”
South Okanagan Immigrant Community Services
SOICS is dedicated to building a welcoming and inclusive community by promoting cultural harmony and diversity based on the mutual respect and full participation of people from all backgrounds.
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