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Archives for November 6, 2017
Below – Hotel owner Ron Mundi speaks to the assembled. Above Colleen Misner representing MLA Linda Larson, Mayor Ron Hovanes representing the Town of Oliver, Mundi, with Mundi Hotel Enterprises Inc., the building developer (Horizon North Logistics’s Rod Graham) and Coast Hotel owner Victor Komoda.
Mayor Hovanes says a ribbon cutting next June will be the end of a long wait for a full service hotel for Oliver – part of a strategic plan to upgrade the area, stimulate the community’s economy and help with the rejuvenation of the historic Oliver downtown area. Press both pictures – for a larger view.
My first foray into politics was when I was 12 years old. I was elected mayor of our playground. All the kid mayors got to sit in Chambers for a day with the Mayor of Thunder Bay and a group shot made the paper.
My dream career was in Show Biz. I started in professional theatre at age 16. That lead to classes in Toronto at Second City. John Candy was my teacher and Mike Myers and The Kids In The Hall were classmates. We didn’t all become stars, but I learned to think on my feet.
I found my way into Set Decoration in the film industry. Eventually, I was nominated twice as department chairperson. I declined both times. The third time, I decided to view it as an opportunity. It was. I chaired monthly meetings, represented the department on council, sat on many committees and interviewed prospective permitees.
Four years later, I was hired as a Roving Steward, visiting film and television productions, usually four per day. I saw to political announcements and votes, contractual issues and mediated on personality issues. We represented all of BC and Yukon with a membership just under 5000, similar to Oliver’s population. I also represented at conferences, film festivals, member funerals and took courses: labour law, union, computer, supervisory, work safety and more.
I visited Vancouver Island, Kamloops and scouted film locations from Keremeos to Coldstream.
As beautiful as it is here, I am learning of local concerns, such as high crime, traffic safety, housing, lack of public transit and invisible house numbers, making it challenging for emergency vehicles and pizza delivery.
This is a byelection. Choose me for town councillor and let me prove my worth in the coming year. I love my new home in Oliver and aspire to make it even better. I believe I can bring energy, action, ideas and humour to our Town Council.
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The Government of B.C. will work to designate distracted driving as a high-risk driving behaviour under the ICBC Driver Risk Premium program.
This means a driver with two distracted driving tickets in a three-year period will see their total financial penalties rise to as much as $2,000 ― an increase of $740 over the existing penalties. This is in addition to their regular insurance premium.
“Distracted driving continues to put people in danger and significant pressure on insurance rates for all drivers. Today, we are taking action to curb the behaviour and improve safety for all B.C. road users,” said Attorney General David Eby. “Once implemented, this change will treat distracted driving as the serious high-risk behaviour that it is; one that is on par with impaired driving and excessive speeding. Taking action to improve safety and penalize dangerous behaviours benefits all British Columbians and is another step in the right direction.”
Distracted driving is a factor in more than 25% of all car crash fatalities in B.C., killing an average of 78 people each year. Currently, there are about 12,000 drivers in British Columbia that have multiple distracted-driving offences over a three-year period.
To Dick Cannings:
- What about traditional use of the great outdoors by native and non-native people once the land is operated by Parks Canada?
- What facilities will be built by Parks Canada and for what purpose?
- You call it a National Park – the announcement says a park reserve? Is there not a distinction?
- Private land inside the boundaries can be sold to anyone or just Parks Canada?
- You say grazing will be allowed but what about other ranch operations?
- Is there an analysis of the downsides to such a venture?
- Any effects on agriculture by a lack of hunting?
- Should a referendum be held once boundaries established?
- Could you give examples of a National Park established within a few miles of densely populated areas, with a couple of major industries adjacent (wine and fruit)?
- Should your position be one that brings people together on a win-win basis or just to advocate what you want?
From Jack Bennest
Federal and provincial environment ministers and local First Nations chiefs announced last week that they will re-open talks to create a national park in the south Okanagan. This was the latest step in long process that began in 2002, when a delegation of local mayors, First Nations leaders, and other concerned citizens met with Prime Minister Jean Chretien to convince him that a national park was needed in this area.
That visit led to a federal-provincial agreement, and in 2011 a feasibility study recommended proceeding with the park proposal. The provincial government subsequently dropped out of the process, but re-entered it in 2016 with an intentions paper that eventually announced a renewed interest in a national park.
I believe that a national park would be a tremendous legacy for the valley, both in terms of conservation, the economic activity it would stimulate, and the facilities it would provide for resident and visitors alike. Scientific public opinion polls have found strong support for the park proposal in the region, however it’s understandable that many local residents have questions and concerns. I’d like to cover a few of those here, with the caveat that I can’t presume to know all the exact details of the final park proposal, since many of them will be worked out over the months and years to come.
What area is covered by the park proposal? Previous park boundaries outlined in the 2011 feasibility study and the provincial intentions paper would suggest that the park would consist of the South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area Crown Lands on the east (( should be written west))
Private lands are not included, as they would only be added to the park on a willing seller basis. There will be no change in private land use regulations in place now as the result of a new park.
Ranching: It’s important that any new park proposal should accommodate people who make their livelihoods on the Crown Lands in question, so it is heartening to hear that Parks Canada has indicated that this would be the first National Park allowing grazing exactly as it had been done under provincial regulations.
Helicopter training: HNZ Topflight is a significant economic driver in the south Okanagan. They now operate under permit with BC Parks and would have to obtain a similar permit from Parks Canada when a new park is established. I recently met with HNZ, and they have already met with Parks Canada about their concerns; they are “cautiously optimistic” that this issue will be resolved to their satisfaction.
Fishing is allowed in National Parks.
Firewood cutting is already not allowed in the provincial Protected Areas that could become part of the new National Park. Most people I’ve talked to get their firewood on the east side of the Okanagan Valley in areas not included in the previously proposed park boundaries.
If you have other concerns or comments, please email me at Richard.Cannings@parl.gc.ca