Archives for November 2017
They were chosen for their decades of commitment to preserving and protecting lands, waters and the environment for future generations. They have stood up against damaging industrial development such as the Site C dam, Kinder Morgan pipeline, Ajax open-pit copper mine and the salmon farm industry, to name a few.
“Stewart and Joan are two of the hardest working environmental activists that I have ever met,” said Joe Foy, Wilderness Committee National Campaign Director. “They are constantly attending gatherings, meetings, and rallies, visiting communities and speaking to the public and the media on the environmental issues of our time. Stewart and Joan have provided invaluable direction and support to those working to protect BC from ill-conceived industrial projects.”
This year is the 25th anniversary of the award. The Wilderness Committee presents the Environmental Award each year to citizens who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to protect the environment and advocate for a better society. The award comes with a $1,000 dollar prize.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip is an Okanagan Indigenous leader who has served as president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs since 1998. Joan Phillip has served several terms as an elected member of the Penticton Indian Band Council and a lifelong advocate for Indigenous rights.
The region in which we live is the Okanagan Similkameen – with policing done by the RCMP. Mounties have detachments in each community but the management of resources and the stats coordinated in Penticton.
It is harder and harder to get info from the police these days so we are releasing some info that is given to community leaders but not provided to media in a timely fashion.
The report is authored by new regional Superintendent Ted de Jager but I am sure many members involved in its construction. Also noted Regional S/Sergeant Kirsten Marshall.
Aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding and tailgating, coupled with distracted and impaired driving are the leading cause of collisions in the region. All of these behaviours put the motoring public at risk every single day. The loss of life, injury and damage to property can be avoided though safe driving practices, attention to the task of driving and the use of designated drivers and public transportation. Significant driving incidents over the last quarter include:
15 collisions in the Oliver area, seven of which caused significant injury:
o A vehicle being driven by a male believed to be intoxicated caused a head on collision at the Vaseaux Lake corners resulting in paralysis of a passenger of the victim vehicle. The impaired driver was relatively unharmed
o Two young adult males were street racing in Oliver. One of the vehicles lost control and went off road causing serious injuries to the driver. Matter is still under investigation. A fatal collision on Hwy 3 at the Ashnola Road intersection was the result of a pickup crossing the highway and being struck on the driver’s side by an eastbound Audi TT. The driver of the pickup succumbed to his injuries
A vehicle was reported driving erratically and passing traffic on the shoulder of the highway near Keremeos. In a coordinated response with Osoyoos, the vehicle was located near Richter Pass. A male from the LMD was arrested after police determined he was on numerous conditions not to be driving. He was charged with Dangerous Driving and multiple breaches. He was held and sentenced to 60 days in jail
Community Support in a Mental Health Crisis
On July 20, a female was reported trespassing and looking through residences at the Summerland Beach and RV Campground. When police attended, she swam in to the lake. Using a civilian boat, she was assisted by residents of the campground and taken to shore where she was then taken into police custody for a mental health evaluation.
Dangerous Driving, Dangerous Actions ‐ Police were called to Hedley for a complaint about vehicle doing burn outs in the town. Prior to police arrival another complaint was received that someone had fired a shotgun at the vehicle and struck the front of it. A male was arrested and charged for Careless Use of a Firearm and his weapons seized.
Rural Patrols ‐ Police have taken several enforcement actions within the Village of Hedley this quarter. There were 85 files in the village which have resulted in 5 criminal code charges and 3 traffic related charges.
Target Prolific Offenders
Community Policing supported this anti‐theft program to help reduce the number of stolen bikes in Penticton. The start‐up cost was recouped through a $5 registration fee. Local bike stores and pawn shops have been contacted to be included. Several events have been held to increase awareness and there have been daily walk‐ins to the community police office for bicycle registration. So far, it appears that bike theft has decreased slightly since the inception of the program with just over 400 bicycles registered in the first five months.
The region is also experiencing a 19 per cent increase in auto theft.
“Auto theft is one of those crimes where they are entirely preventable, be it through an ignition cut off device or a physical barrier of putting a car in a garage,” De Jager states, noting an insurance deductible alone would pay for an immobilizer.
A male driving a motorcycle threatened Okanagan Correctional Center (OCC) staff in their parking lot and refused to stop for police. Over the next couple of weeks, multiple attempts to stop him failed. Plainclothes members who were in an unmarked police vehicle observed the male get off his motorcycle at a grocery store parking lot and apprehended him when he had no way of fleeing once again. The male has since been charged with multiple driving
offences as well as 10 Criminal Code Offences and remains in custody. He may have earned a return visit to OCC.
From August 2 to September 26, sixteen bicycles have been either reported stolen or found in Summerland. This is a dramatic increase over last year and of concern is that vehicles appear to be stolen near where bicycles are being left. The public are reminded that prolific offenders will seize any opportunity to steal an unlocked bicycle or enter an unlocked vehicle.
Target Violent Criminals
Illegal Transportation ‐ On July 1, a single vehicle MVI occurred at Rosedale and Hwy 97 at 4 AM. The occupant(s) of the vehicle fled the scene and left behind an assault rifle in the car. Illegal Withdrawal from an Illegal Dispensary A male entered a marijuana dispensary in Keremeos, produced a weapon and committed a robbery. Staff members were injured in a struggle with the male. The suspects fled toward Osoyoos and was arrested and charged with multiple offences after a coordinated response by the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment. The public is reminded that the sale and purchase of marijuana in any circumstance other than through the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations is illegal and may result in charges against staff or clients.
Reduce the Impact of Social Disorder
Watchful Citizens ‐ Police were called to Tulameen for a stolen vehicle which had just occurred. The owner of the vehicle chased after and caught the suspect and with the assistance of neighbors was holding the suspect on the ground when police arrived and arrested him as well as a female in another stolen vehicle. Stolen property was recovered from a break and enter which had also occurred in the Tulameen area. Although this was a successful outcome, the public is reminded to always call 911 for crimes in progress and to not put themselves in danger by confronting potentially dangerous individuals.
Target Illegal Drug Operations
Speeding to an Arrest ‐ On July 23, 2017, a single vehicle motorcycle collision on Hwy 97 in Summerland resulted in the recovery of drug paraphernalia and 25 rounds of ammunition. Police determined that the motorcycle and licence plate were stolen leding to multiple charges against the rider.
Source: RCMP quarterly report for the period ending September 30th but released in late November
Picture of de Jager – Black Press Digital
Picture of Marshal – Oliver Daily News
No, never, not my thing! This was my husband’s reply when I suggested a cruise about fifteen years ago. The idea of wearing a tuxedo in ninety degree weather did not appeal to him at all. We are both “rough and ready” people, we can dress up when necessary but not something we choose to do on vacation.
About twenty years ago we had been on a “Barefoot Cruise”. This was by a company who ran about ten different tall, masted ships around the islands of the Caribbean. Supplying the tall ships was a revamped ship that used to service the lighthouses round the British coast. This was to be our home for two weeks. The ship was called The Amazing Grace and this music was played every night when we set sail.
The ship only held 93 passengers plus crew and was definitely not in the luxury class, but it was a casual cruise and this appealed to both of us. We set off from Trinidad for our adventure on the ocean, visiting twelve islands during the fourteen days. We were supposed to sail overnight every night and, apart from one day totally at sea, were supposed to be on land for at least twelve hours of every day.
We were delayed from our midnight departure as two of the passengers had been robbed, in Trinidad, and had had their passports taken. It took several hours to sort this all out so our departure was not until 4.00am. This meant that instead of arriving at Grenada at 8.00am, we only got there around noon. Dave was up with the birds and went to explore the ship, he came back to the cabin exited about the marvellous breakfast buffet waiting to be eaten. I got out of bed, but as soon as my feet touched the floor, the movement of the ship set my stomach on a wild ride and I barely made it to the bathroom in time. Dave, full of sympathy went for breakfast alone while I took the waste bin back to bed, prepared for a miserable voyage. The idea of fourteen days like this was not a happy thought.
Dave woke me up later to tell me we had to go for lifeboat drill, apparently this was mandatory. The idea of the ship sinking seemed like a great idea so I told him to leave me to die in peace and refused to get up. A couple of hours later, the ship docked, the motion stopped and I was in control of my digestive system again. From that first day we always sailed on time so I slept through the motion and had a wonderful trip.
Several years later when I suggested a cruise on a big ship Dave was adamant that it wasn’t his thing, and refused to think about it. However, when a group that we belong to arranged a cruise, he thought he might enjoy it if a lot of us were going together. Of course we had a ball. We dressed for dinner every night and enjoyed putting on the Ritz, for a change. The days were casual and fun and we all had a great time.
The next spring Dave and I went for him to be fitted for a new suit, I nearly dropped dead when he informed the salesman that he also wanted a lightweight suit as in future he was going to be doing a lot of cruising. In fall we went with two friends on a cruise and it has been a yearly event ever since. We have also had several cruises on our own and, find we don’t need to go to the dressy dinners as we find the buffets great and more to our taste than too much fancy food. Because of this, we don’t take much in the way of clothing as we go mainly for the trips round various ports of call, we keep our meals casual and are happy doing this.
This way of travelling means we can both just take a small case so do not have to hump lots of luggage around. When we check in for the boarding we stand with couples who have five or six huge pieces of luggage and they look at us in disbelief. We have had some marvellous vacations going to such places as Australia, South America, the Baltic and of course Panama and the Caribbean. Our latest voyage took us on a wonderful trip to the New England and Maritime Provinces, so great to explore the beauty of our own country. We have also enjoyed several trips to Europe going on the river boats for glorious cruises on the Danube and the Rhone, while discovering the wonderful historic places of Europe.
Cruising means you get the opportunity to travel to many places of interest and only need to unpack your suitcase one time. There is something on board to keep everyone interested, Dave loves going to the scientific and travel lectures but I am happy to sit by the pool and catch up on my reading, cooling off with a swim when I get too hot.
The cost up front for a cruise seems expensive but, all food and accommodation is covered so there is virtually nothing else to pay. Yes, my husband is a convert and so am I, life on the ocean waves is marvellous, especially on large ships with a wonderful stabilizer system that doesn’t play havoc with my stomach.
The surface of the lake was like a glass mirror. Not a ripple was to be seen anywhere. A loon emerged from a fishing foray under water and decided to leave the lake, perhaps to a better fishing spot. There was much flapping of wings and churning of the water as the loon tried to take off. The loon’s body was just too heavy and the wings were unable to create enough lift. What was needed was a headwind to race into and create the lift as the air rushed over the wings. No amount of repeated, exhausting attempts without a breeze, allowed the loon to take off. Eventually a wind did come and the loon successfully soared away. Perhaps there are times when adversity provides the impetus for us to rise to the occasion. Maybe contrary winds are actually just what we needed in certain circumstances.
Turn adversity into a teacher instead of a destroyer.
Osoyoos – The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, BC Transit and their local government partners are making it more convenient for transit riders in the South Okanagan to get to Penticton by offering additional service on Fridays in December.
On December 1, 8, 15 and 22, route 40 Osoyoos/Penticton will be adding a morning trip, which will leave Osoyoos at 8:30 a.m.
The bus will follow its usual route through Oliver, Okanagan Falls and Kaleden, arriving at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre in Penticton at approximately 9:45 a.m.
An afternoon return trip will be available, leaving the mall at 1:30 p.m.
During the light up festivities at Town Hall – the local fire department got a dispatch that a large fire spotted burning across the bridge.
It was the bonfire that had been lit earlier on the lawn next to the Community Hall.
All in a days work.
Several RCMP officers dealing with a situation that started about 4pm on Park Drive just north of McKinney Rd.
A man decided to stop traffic and not move. RCMP called. The man did not have much clothing on and was not willing to move. Traffic is being re-routed.
The situation will most likely be resolved under the Mental Health Act.
Vahdah Kathryn DePLONTY
Vahdah Kathryn DePlonty went to be with the Lord on November 18, 2017 at the age of 91. She is survived by her loving family: daughters: Colleen J Dyson (Barry Clark) of Kelowna, BC, Shirley DePlonty of Vernon, BC, Genevieve of Kelowna, BC; sons: Gordon (Theresa) of Chilliwack, BC, D’Arcy (Sandy) of Vernon, BC, Tim (Genie) of Lake Country, BC; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; brother Gary Stump of Keremeos, BC; many nieces, nephews and huge extended family including special sister-in-law Doreen Stump of Oliver, BC. She was predeceased by her husband Bill DePlonty in 1979 and son Stanley in 1990.
Born August 25, 1926 at Craik, SK, the second youngest child born to Jesse Stump and Myrtle Tighe. As a small child, the family moved to Turtle Lake, then on to Peachland, BC when she was nine. She attended the Peachland School, walking 7 miles to and from each day. She had many stories about the resident bear in the orchard and the cougar hiding near the wood pile as she passed by. She finished school as the war was ending and managed to stay in touch with many of her school friends through life. After working at the cannery in Kelowna, she met and married Bill DePlonty and raised seven children. Her new life started in 1980 after losing Bill in 1979. She discovered pattern dancing with her new friends at the Senior Centre, attending many events with them over the years. She will be missed by family, friend David, special friend Ramona and staff at Sun Pointe.
A Graveside Service will be held at a later date. Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the BC Children’s Hospital, www.bcchf.ca/donate-now
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com 250-860-7077.