Archives for December 6, 2017
2 years ago Argon Electrical & Solar Services donated 2 solar panels and the electrical work needed to power the system at the Oliver Food Bank. Our plan was to have like-minded people or groups make similar donations to have enough panels to offset the electrical consumption. Essentially freeing them from an electrical bill.
That means more of every dollar donated will go directly to helping people in need.
EXTRACTED FROM THE
NOVEMBER 20, 2017
IN CAMERA MEETING
MOTION IC 172/17
Moved by Councillor King
Seconded by Councillor Rhodes
That Council not provide a location to homeless people to camp and/or locate their belongings for the following reasons:
Providing space to homeless people to camp could enable an action that could further deteriorate their health if they remains outdoors (future liability)
Expectation of services from the Town:
o Monitoring of homeless people and the area;
o Washroom facilities;
o Clean up/maintenance of the area
That Motion IC 172/17 be taken out of In-Camera (December 4, 2017)
Concern expressed Monday by Osoyoos council members about safety at the Main Bridge.
Council members discussed concerns Monday of kids jumping off the Main Street bridge into Osoyoos Lake.
Mayor Sue McKortoff:
“I remember one young man jumping off the bridge right onto a boat that was going underneath. And he was cut very badly because he jumped onto the windshield, which smashed,” she said.
Signage currently on the bridge was put up by the Ministry of Transportation, town manager Barry Romanko said.
“It’s a rite of passage for sure, but it’s also a numbers game,” Councillor Mike Campol said. “It’s just a matter of time until a boat is coming under again and that happens.”
Councillor C.J. Rhodes stated that putting in a bylaw could be counterproductive.
“When you create a bylaw, sometimes that’ll enhance the excitement of jumping off of that bridge” – noting that bylaw and RCMP officers have “a thousand other priorities” that they would look after first.
Source: Town of Osoyoos with files from Castanet
A Decade of Ringing in the South Okanagan
Ten years ago a group of musicians in Oliver decided the community was lacking a handbell choir. With nothing more than a set of borrowed bells and participants keen on seeing it fly, the Oliver Handbell Ringers (OHR) team was created. The group set out raising funds. Before long, with an enthusiastic town behind them, the group began purchasing their own equipment.
Having started from the bare roots, the ensemble has been guided by multiple directors learning handbell technique, showmanship and musical theories. Pouring in the practice time together and singularly, at home, and poring over the music has resulted in the choir we see today.
The group now gives its members a workout on three octaves of handbells, an octave of cymbells, three octaves of hand chimes and various other fun add-ons.
Director Helen Wollf has said, “Sometimes we ask the ringers to perform tasks that defy both logic and physics. This group seems to happily rise to the challenge and we always find a way to fit it all in, working together,” and adds with a chuckle, “Of course, being able to sprout an extra arm or two could be helpful in some cases!”
Excitement is rushing through the group this Christmas season. Two of its members are off to ring with the Okanagan Handbell Chorus, an ad hoc bell choir developed to accompany the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. As well, Director Wollf has been asked to be a clinician at the BC Guild of English Handbell Ringers’ “Spring Ring” conference.
In order to properly celebrate the tenth anniversary OHR has a full concert for the public’s enjoyment planned. “One Winter’s Night” will be presented on Friday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 p.m. Both performances will take place at Christ the King Catholic Church (6044 Spartan Street Oliver, BC).
Baldy Mountain Resort will open as planned this Friday.
After considering input from 48,951 British Columbians, and submissions from 141 local and Indigenous governments and a range of other interested stakeholders, the Province has announced a number of key decisions related to the anticipated legalization of non-medical cannabis in July 2018.
“Looking at the responses received, it’s clear that British Columbians support the priorities of protecting young people, health and safety, keeping the criminal element out of cannabis and keeping roads safe, which will guide the Province in developing B.C.’s regulatory framework for non-medical cannabis,” said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth.
The following policy decisions were shaped by the feedback provided by those who participated in the engagement:
- Minimum age
British Columbia will set the minimum age to possess, purchase and consume cannabis at 19 years old. A minimum age of 19 is consistent with B.C.’s minimum age for alcohol and tobacco and with the age of majority in B.C.
- Wholesale distribution of cannabis
Like other provinces, B.C. will have a government-run wholesale distribution model. The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will be the wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis in B.C.
- Retail of cannabis
The Province anticipates establishing a retail model that includes both public and private retail opportunities and will share details regarding the model in early 2018.
From Sept. 25 to Nov. 1, 2017, the public and stakeholders were asked to share their input and expertise on a range of issues related to the regulation of non-medical cannabis in B.C., including minimum age, personal possession, public consumption, drug-impaired driving, personal cultivation, wholesale distribution and retail models.
LAST CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR INPUT HEARD ON FORTIS BC TWO TIER POWER RATE
This applies to town and rural residents.
If you regularly find your power bill to be in the second tier in spite of your best efforts then this is your chance to be heard.
Your testimonials are needed by the end of December 2017.
These will be presented to the B.C. UTILITIES COMMISSION at hearings to be held in 2018.
You will need to state your name, address, and contact information along with a brief statement of what you have done to lower your costs (plastic over windows, power smart appliances, blankets and sweaters) also alternate heating methods if any (pellet stoves, wood stoves or propane space heaters).
Please send your testimonials to Mr. Nick Marty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Marty is a leading expert in electrical conservation and will be preparing the intervention on behalf of all who have been affected.
All your personal information will be kept in confidence only the location will be used in the submission.
Keep it brief and to the point.
Inserted by Rick Knodel,
Alt. Director – Area C RDOS