Archives for January 2018
The SOSS Senior Photography exhibit: “Finding Beauty: Life in a Small Town” attracted a crowd of impressed parents and shutterbugs on Thursday January 18.
SOSS art teacher Lindsey McVicar presented her class with two major photography projects during the fall semester. One, an autumn expedition, paired senior students with kindergarteners. The seniors took portraits of their small companions, and the kindergarten keeners snapped colourful landscapes, close-ups and whimsical shots. In the winter project, the high school photography class was given a mission to find ugly, decrepit, and bleak scenes around Oliver, and by using photographic techniques such as perspective and contrast, find something beautiful they could capture in their image.
The exhibit continues at the Leza Macdonald Gallery until the middle of February.
Oliver Community Arts Council
Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association’s Festival of Trees has come and gone but its legacy continues, with the event raising $5,513.20 for the BC Children’s Hospital and an additional $1,783 for the South Okanagan Children’s Charity.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to give back and remember what the holidays are really about,” explains Executive Director, Jennifer Busmann. “This is why we hold the Festival of the Trees so close to our hearts and we’re absolutely delighted to hear how much we’ve raised for such deserving causes.”
Twenty-four trees were decorated by local businesses and displayed in three locations within the Oliver and Osoyoos communities: Nk’Mip Cellars, Watermark Beach Resort and Frank Venables Theatre Lobby. With a suggested minimum donation of $2 per person, visitors were encouraged to vote for their favorite tree. Winners of the public vote were: Oliver Community Arts Council in first place; River Stone Estate Winery in second; and Levia Wellness Spa in third.
A silent auction also took place to benefit the South Okanagan Children’s Charity’s Sunshine Fund, which helps local families with sick children experiencing financial hardship due to medical expenses.
All Festival of Trees donations go directly towards the BC Children’s Hospital’s The Excellence in Child Health Fund, which supports research, required equipment, and vital programs at BC Children’s Hospital, as well as Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Started in Vancouver 30 years ago to raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital, the Festival has since grown to include many other towns and cities across the province.
To learn more about Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country and their year round events program, visit www.oliverosoyoos.com
Folks: this is an olive branch – use it, explore it, discuss it. The feds are now committed to a plan. Only you can change the plan, modify the plan or ……. ( for the record this info here came to me Thursday )
Good discussion happening – nice to see. Keep it clean.
Creating protected areas
Canada’s network of protected areas play an important role in helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change by protecting and restoring healthy, resilient ecosystems and contributing to the recovery of species at risk. As climate change continues, it is important to take protective measures to safeguard this significant and diverse region in B.C. interior as a national park reserve.
Parks Canada will work with the Sylix/Okanagan, the BC Government, communities, conservation groups, private businesses, farmers, and tourism and municipal organizations to conserve and protect the natural and cultural heritage of this special place, and to see this national park reserve become a reality to enjoy and use for generations to come.
On October 27th, 2017, Minister McKenna announced a renewed commitment towards the establishment a new national park reserve in the South Okanagan was announced.
A national park reserve in the South Okanagan would be unique and would require innovative approaches that respect and celebrate Indigenous values and traditions, ranching culture, local communities, and the rich biodiversity and ecosystems that make this region so special.
In order to ensure that the public has access to accurate information and the details around the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan, Parks Canada has developed an expanded web section, including frequently asked questions (FAQs): http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/
Moving from a roomy home in England to a fourteen foot trailer amid the trees in the hills above Port Moody was quite a change, as you can imagine. We arrived at midnight on Halloween 1974 so the first day of November we began our new life, which was quite a change from the old.
Waking up to rain and surrounded by huge pines, dripping raindrops that sounded like small rocks on the tin roof of the trailer, was not a great start, but we took the kids out for pancakes, which was never done in England, and thought about the immediate future.
As soon as possible we would move into a house but first we had to adjust to live in the tiny trailer. After breakfast we went to the school located about a mile from the campground and enrolled the girls, they started classes the following Monday.
We also returned the rental car to the dealer and bought an old Chevy Impala for $200. It had problems but served us well for two years, by which time we could afford to invest in a big station wagon that had three rows of seats, hopefully this would end the squabbling over who’s turn it was for a window seat. It didn’t, of course, they just squabbled over something else.
The weekend we spent exploring our immediate vicinity and the small town of Port Moody, shopped for supplies and tried to make a home. The small trailer had sleeping room for six but only one person could move about at once. The kids adapted to playing round the table and spent hours colouring or playing with paper dolls. If it was fit to play outside they were not permitted to leave the small campground as we were literally in the middle of nowhere, so they were to stay in sight of the trailer at all times. Vancouver area had a ruling that campground, that had children living permanently, had to pay school tax but, in the wilds of Anmore, it was outside city limits and kids were permitted.
We had just under ten thousand dollars from the sale of our house, from this we had to take money to pay for the trip over from England. This still left us with enough for a deposit so, while the kids were at school, and Dave working afternoon shifts, we spent our time house hunting. The best option we found was a quite spacious town house in Port Coquitlam, it was decorated rather hideously but, otherwise, a nice home. So we signed the papers and moved in before Christmas, which was terribly lonely without Dave’s parents.
This was our first experience with strata regulations and the realtor hadn’t mentioned it. I guess she thought everyone knew this was the way things are.
English townhomes are each built on their own plot and you have free reign to do whatever you like with your home. Structural alterations have to have town council approval but the neighbours cannot interfere.
About an hour after we moved in there was a thump on the door and a thick envelope was pushed through the letterbox, this was not from the Welcome Wagon but contained all the rules and regulations of the strata council. We were totally amazed at the list of do’s and don’ts, especially the rule that they only permitted one animal. We had our two dogs with us in the car when the realtor took us to look at the house, so we were very unhappy to read this.
There were also countless other frivolous rules and regulations, no laundry hung in your own yard, no kids bikes out of the yard, no bikes, canoes or other clutter to be left in carports. A couple of days later a petition was brought round by a neighbour as the strata council wanted him to take down an “unauthorized” screen door. This seemed ridiculous and, as far as we were concerned, as we had not been shown these regulations, prior to moving in, they were not enforceable. However, no point fighting, this life was not for us so four months after we moved in, we moved out.
This was a big, unexpected expense but strata living seemed to be dictated by those willing to spend the time making up rules and regulations, this did not agree with our lifestyle. I like law and order but not to the colour you wish to paint your front door.
Our new home was a detached, home on a hill with a beautiful mountain view. It had a big basement and Dave spent much of his spare time making this into a home for his parents. However, Sundays were family days and we spent them exploring. Whatever the weather we packed up a picnic and found lovely trails to walk on, beaches to enjoy, and spent so much time just enjoying our new surroundings. We bought a book called “1000 free things to do in the Vancouver area”. It was marvellous and directed us to so many places we probably would not have found without it’s guidance.
We scared ourselves silly on the wobbly suspension bridge at Lynne Canyon, only a short way from Capilano suspension bridge but free and never crowded. Trails in Stanley Park that were nearly always deserted, here you could hold out your hand and the birds would come and sit on it. Mount Seymore, no pricey gondola ride needed and so much to do up there when with or without snow. In winter. I would pack a thermos of a dozen hot dogs in boiling water and another thermos of hot chocolate, this with a bag of buns and a some veggies made a fun lunch after sledding. Sometimes we would splash out and go to McDonalds but usually it was picnics. Walking on as passengers on the ferries was a great day out, we would go to Bowen Island or even a trip round the Gulf Islands, affordable and the kids loved it. One of our eldest daughter’s new friends had never been to any one of these places and she was amazed when we took her with us. She had lived here her whole life and never gone for a picnic on the beach.
In the school holidays the kids and I would ride bikes along the dikes, collect sticks and build a fire to roast wieners and marshmallows. Less than five dollars for lunch and they were enchanted.
September and they all went back to school and I painted and prettied the basement for the October arrival of Dave’s mom and dad. They had come over the ocean on a ship then boarded a train to Port Coquitlam, where we were all assembled to welcome them to their new home.
We were a complete family again.
Special thanks to Ernie Race – who found and sent in this classic pix from the event
Come out to the Rotary Club of Oliver meeting January 23.
Talk – and eat – Cherry Pie.
Who knows, you may see yourself on BC Was Awesome someday soon!
In 1950, Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney recorded Cherry Pies Ought To Be You. In 1990, the Rotary Club of Oliver took Cherry Pies to another level.
On January 23, 2017, that World Record experience will be re-lived!
It was on July 14th, 1990, during Guinness Day in Oliver, that local Rotarians orchestrated the baking of a big Cherry Pie – so huge that it set a new Guinness Book of World Records standard.
During that hot July day, volunteers built, and baked the worlds largest Cherry Pie, with a total weight of 37,713.08 pounds, consisting of 36,800 pounds of pie filling and 913.08 pounds of pastry.
“The total weight was met and the pie filling had to be pitted and edible,” said organizer Bob Ellis in the Oliver Chronicle’s July 18, 1990 edition. “We sold 250 gallons of pie filling for people to take home. I think that proves it was edible.”
Were you an organizer? Were you part of the crowd standing around the big pit at Oliver Community Park nearly 27 years ago waiting for that cherry pie, which measured about 18 feet across, to finish, so you could dig in?
The Rotary Club of Oliver is going back down memory lane at its January 23 meeting. And the public is invited! Producer Tony Cerciello of Artaban Productions in Vancouver, along with host Bob Kronbauer, will be travelling to Oliver to tape a segment for BC Was Awesome. They produce shows on interesting historical stories from all over BC, and will be in Oliver to tape a segment on the worlds biggest cherry pie which was baked in 1990.
We will be baking pies, and we will be enjoying the opportunity to chat with the people who made this World Record happen. And who knows. Maybe the host will take a cream pie in the face to entertain everyone.
When/Where: Tuesday, Jan. 23; 4:30 pm-6:30 pm; Air Cadet Hangar, 5855 Cessna St., Oliver A meal will be served. The cost is $20 (And yes, there will be pies to eat). If you are going to attend, please let the club know by Jan. 22 so we can ensure there will be sufficient food, and pie, for everyone.
Please email Jennifer by noon, Monday, Jan. 22 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
See you at the Air Cadet Hangar January 23 and re-live Oliver’s Guinness Book of World Records Cherry Pie!
‘Mirror, mirror, on the wall…’ is a familiar line from Sleeping Beauty. The mirror, in this case, is not only showing the Queen herself, it is comparing her beauty to all others. Wow, quite a mirror. A mirror was a greatly prized object in early days as the technology to make a good one was not yet up to the task. Thus, it was said that if I broke a mirror that I would endure a seven year run of bad luck
A simple mirror reflects back the images that are in front of it. However, that means that when my head is looking in the mirror at something behind me, it is backwards. Ever notice that, for instance, an ambulance has that word on the front of its hood backwards? That is so that when you look in your rear view mirror to see what the siren is about, ‘Ambulance’ is what you will see. Neat
To mirror is a verb meaning to reflect back, and do so exactly. I can mirror your actions by standing beside you, looking the same way and copying your every move. I can also do so by looking at you and tracking your every move, but that would mean my moves would be opposite yours. If your left hand moved I’d be moving my right. There are comedy skits that so this that can be quite funny
If we are dance partners we are often, not 100%, but most of the time, mirroring each other’s movements. Mirroring another can be encouraging and light and great fun. Dancing is an example. As a Coach, I strive to be the gently relentless mirror that shows you your magnificent self. It has gotten easier to do that over the years. Doing so gives as much to me as to the one I am Coaching
I am your mirror by the look on my face and the thoughts in my heart. You can feel ‘seen’ by looking at me and feeling my intentions toward you. This is what is happening when the Grandparent looks upon and speaks gently to, a grandchild. This is Acceptance, yes with a capital A. The opposite is happening when any person looks upon another with judgement. What kind of mirror do you like to meet?
Kim Phuc, the Napalm Girl
Nine year old Phan Thi Kim Phuc and 30 others were hiding in the temple of Trang Bang, South Vietnam. It was the summer of 1972. Enemy soldiers were threatening to shoot them if they were found. Suddenly there was a new threat – bombs in canisters of napalm that would burn down the temple. Run!! As they fled one canister exploded just behind Kim, burning her clothes. With skin peeling off her back and left arm she ran down the street naked and screaming. Photographer Nick Ut’s picture of her running and screaming shocked the world. Nearby journalists poured water over her body and took her to the local hospital, where she was put into the morgue. Hopeless case. She won’t survive.
Three days after the raid Capt. John Plummer saw that picture in a military newspaper. He had double-checked with informed personnel to confirm that there were no villagers left who would be endangered by the bombing raid he was to order. A nightmare of guilt swept over him and stretched into nearly 24 years of regret. It cost him his marriage and drove him to drink as he kept his involvement as much a secret as he could.
Kim’s mother found her alive in the morgue and rescued her. Kim endured fourteen months of agony during 17 skin grafts. This was followed by years of painful recovery. There were times of bitter resentment. Meanwhile, Kim was pursuing a medical career where she hoped to help others as she had been helped. A casual reading of a New Testament confronted her with the claim that Jesus was the Way, the Truth and the Life. It also presented the idea that bitterness is too heavy a burden – she needed to forgive the bomber. The account of Jesus offering forgiveness to the soldiers who crucified Him convinced her to believe in Jesus. Her government sent her to Cuba for courses in pharmacology. There she met and married Bui Hay Toan. Returning from a honeymoon in Moscow, the plane landed for refueling in Gander, Newfoundland. The two of them went to the immigration officer instead of re-boarding the plane. The future looked better.
John Plummer battled depression, guilt and alcoholism until he met and married Joanne, who helped him recover from alcoholism. John became a Christian and at age 47 was ordained as a Methodist minister. But one key issue remained to be settled. He longed to meet Kim and seek forgiveness so that he could become free of recurring nightmares. How could he ever find her? Maybe she’s not even alive?
In June, 1996 Plummer spotted that picture of the napalm girl in a newscast which stated that she was now 33 and living in Toronto. She was scheduled to speak at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 11, 1996. This would be his chance. Traveling from Purcellville, Virginia, he heard her say to the crowd, “If I could talk face to face with the pilot who dropped the bombs, I could tell him we cannot change history, but we should try to do good things for the future.” He wanted to talk to her but his one chance seemed to be slipping away as Kim was being led away. John Plummer jumped the dividing rope and managed to get her attention. He could only say, “I’m sorry. I am so sorry.” Kim responded, “It’s OK. I forgive.” Kim hugged a tearful John Plummer as finally his nightmare was over.
Forgiveness moves you from the dark side to the sunny side.
On January 17, 2018 the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Targeted Enforcement Unit pulled over a vehicle on Main street in Okaganan Falls. As a result of the traffic stop, a 30 year old Okanagan Falls man was arrested and now faces charges, after officers located a loaded sawed off double barrel shot gun in the vehicle. Samuel Prescott-Perreault is facing a number of weapons related offences and is appearing in court today.
Police find this incident alarming as it is the second time in a week they have located a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
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From Joan Potter
What good news Oliver and surrounding area received from Interior Health, they are considering an upgrade to certain areas in the South Okanagan General Hospital. What a great opportunity for Oliver and district to step up to the plate and provide financial support to extend and upgrade all areas of the hospital. The hospital could become unique in a number of areas to attract Doctors and qualified specialists.
It is important to think outside the box. All employees need to be happy, enthused, dedicated and proud to work in the facility.
The amount of money being spent in business transactions in this area is beyond many peoples comprehension, and indicates financing is available. With the every growing population in the area an up to date, efficient hospital is required.
There are a number of people retired or working in this area with the experience to take a leadership role in coordinating such an project. Now is the time to strike while the iron is hot.
Happy thoughts and God Bless.
More than $440,000 granted to local charities!
The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan| Similkameen [CFSOS] has approved granting of more than $440,000 to over 60 charities in the RDOS.
The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen is dedicated to building healthy and vibrant communities throughout the region. In particular, local organizations in the South Okanagan who were approved for grants: South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls for $1,356.44, Desert Valley Hospice Society for $3,500, Osoyoos Museum for $1,400, Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre for $6,425 and Kaleden Volunteer Fire Dept. for $500.
“Grants were approved for projects from addiction recovery, repairs and renovation on social housing, to senior wellness and environmental awareness, to name just a few, said Aaron McRann, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen. “While there is always a need for short term funding priorities it is always our goal to support a broad cross section of community need through sustainable grants that often include supporting the operating needs for charities, which is often not a priority for many local funders,” said McRann. “We approved multi-year funding for two local charities which will allow them to focus on expanding their programs and services to community for three years, rather than focusing on having to find funding year after year,” added McRann.
With the 2018 grant total reaching $440,000, CFSOS’s total granting in the history of the organization is now over $3 million. This has happened all while preserving the original capital that many people have generously donated over the years to build the endowment fund to more than $11 million. “It’s important point to understand that about half of the $440,000 that we granted this year was pre-designated by donors who have already determined who they want to support from their fund.” The other half of the grant money is distributed through the Foundation’s annual grant process.
“We received over 50 applications from local organizations through the Foundation’s annual grants, which was down from previous years, but the requests totaled more than $560,000, which was significantly higher than in previous years. “This speaks to the significant amount of funding that is needed in our region,” said McRann.
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is issuing a Boil Water Notice for the entire Sun Valley water system. Sun Valley is a subset in Okanagan Falls of some homes just off Oliver Ranch Rd.
This is in response to the January 17th power outage and loss of system pressure. The Boil Water Notice will remain in effect until further notice.
Residents may observe some discoloration or sediment in the water. If you experience dirty water, simply run your cold water taps only and/or garden hose until the water runs clear. In addition, residents should check the water quality before laundering of clothing during this time to minimize potential staining or discoloration.
All residents are advised to use a safe alternate source of water or to boil water for all drinking, infant formula preparation, brushing teeth, food preparation/cooking purposes and ice making. Water should be brought to a full boil and allowed to boil for at least 1 minute.
The RDOS would also like to remind all business owners/operators (bed and breakfasts) and public facilities operators that it is the responsibility of said establishments to notify their customers of the Boil Water Notice.
For further information, please contact the Public Works Department at (250) 490-4106 or (250) 490-4135 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Thank you for your cooperation.
There had been a recommendation to review the possibility of re-visiting the Marron Valley and Summerland possible sites.
That was deferred even though a lot of directors wanted to have a quick vote and get rid of that recommendation all together. Residents of both Summerland and Marron Valley have rejected the idea out of hand.
Summerland Mayor Peter Waterman wanted to push one thought:
We need regional thinking and a regional site must be found. But more importantly the plan should be for a state of the art facility with no smell and no leaching into the environment. Then says Waterman – some area in the RDOS will be found but communications is the key.
Michael Brydon told the board we all create waste therefore running away from a decision is not an option. Brydon says “we need the best possible system” and the least costly is a regional one rather than every area having to deal with the problem alone.
One idea introduced quietly was that the former Weyerhauser site in OK Falls is a possibility and therefore directors agreed to await the return of vacationing Director Tom Siddon.
So the ideas, the discussion will be back on the table in about a month.
A bylaw that rewrites guidelines on how rural fire departments should be run and administered regionally – barely made it out of a committee meeting today. The vote 9 in favour – 8 opposed.
The concern was language in the new bylaw that governs paid volunteers including fire chiefs and sets up a reporting system that some fire departments have balked at.
Mark Pendergraft, former RDOS chair and director for Area A Osoyoos has one fire department to supervise and that is Anarchist Mtn.
The Anarchist Mtn. Fire Chief Urs Grob wrote a strong letter to the Regional District board that seems to have woken up a few people. Pendergraft told the board this morning that the bylaw almost sets up an adversarial role and more consultation is needed before passage. Director Michael Brydon suggested that the RDOS tread lightly in dealing with volunteers.
Meanwhile, RDOS CEO Bill Newell says there is not a lot new in the bylaw but it is upgraded to be in compliance with provincial standards and guidelines. The bylaw outlines more support and assistance for new provincial requirements in firefighter training. One difference is a new position at the Regional District – a person to coordinate all fire departments under the direct control of the RDOS, Anarchist Mtn, OK Falls, Willowbrook, Kaleden, Naramata, Tulameen, and Keremeos.
That position could be interpreted to be a regional fire chief.
Larger municipal fire departments like Summerland, Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos and Princeton are not supervised by the RDOS.
The bylaw 2792 (2017) goes to a board meeting in February for final approval.
Bylaw 2792 is designed to replace bylaw 2566 and all bylaws allowing for 7 rural fire departments
Building Earthquake Resistant Homes in Nepal
One of the delays to our toilet projects in Nepal was that the 2015 earthquake had destroyed numerous homes and there was no point in building toilets if the homes had not been rebuilt yet. Due to international generosity there was money to rebuild, however, that was severely delayed as the Nepalese government wanted to ensure the new homes could withstand another earthquake, so they put out a call for earthquake resistant designs for the new homes. Traditionally, homes are built of brick and mud which is inexpensive, but not earthquake resistant.
New house construction started in Jyamirbote. Note cement footings, and temporary living quarters
Building is now underway. The government has a plan in which villagers will get an initial amount of money to start building a government certified, earthquake resistant structure. If the villager plans to simply build another brick and mud structure, there is no funding.
There are two types of structures allowed which qualify for funding. If the structure is one story, then there will be a cement floor and foundation, followed by walls that can be made of brick and mud to a height of about 24 inches. This short wall is then covered either with a layer of wood or a layer of concrete about 3 inches thick – a slip layer. The wall is then built another 24 inches with brick and another slip panel is added. The walls look to be about 6 feet high in total, with another slip panel on the top of the wall. And the roof is corrugated, usually blue, metal – much lighter than the slate that was used before.
If the planned building is more than one storey, then the whole building must be built of cement or cement block, with rebar on the corners and in the walls.
After a certain amount of construction, an inspector will give the ok for the villager to then get another installment of his funding, and a final installment is given upon completion.
When one sees the extent of the damage due to the earthquake, it is safe to assume that the rebuilding will take years. But is has started, and there is a plan, and the end result looks to be much better than what was there before.
A World Neighbours Canada project.
The New Year is a time to look ahead and plan for the future. My wife and I have been talking about pensions lately. She’s debating whether to start her Canada Pension Plan payments. We were self-employed for much of our careers, so she doesn’t have a company pension to draw on, but we have tried to build up our RRSPs over the years.
Pensions are important to all of us. Canadian seniors shouldn’t have to live in poverty after working hard all their lives. But even after recent modest increases to Old Age Security and announced changes to the CPP, many seniors have barely enough to survive each month.
Those Canadians who have had good jobs with pensions are more fortunate—or so they hope. However, we often hear of big companies that fail, and after bankruptcy payouts are made to banks, creditors and shareholders, there is often nothing left for employees and pensioners who were guaranteed benefits when they retired. These pensions are not a gift from employers; they are deferred wages that were bargained for, the workers often giving up wage increases to guarantee themselves a dignified retirement.
The law could easily be changed to correct this, and my NDP colleague Scott Duvall from Hamilton has proposed to do just that. In November he introduced Bill C-384, which if passed would fix our bankruptcy laws to stop corporations from putting shareholders, banks and creditors ahead of their employees and pensioners when they file for bankruptcy protection. Canadian pension laws lag far behind European countries and the USA. There is no reason for Canadian workers to lose the pensions they’ve paid into their whole careers, and this NDP proposal is one way that we can protect those pensions so that they are there when we need them.
In the recent Sears bankruptcy, thousands of employees and retirees face an uncertain future. They were lucky in that their pension funds were held separately from other company assets, but like many Canadian companies, Sears hasn’t been putting enough money in those accounts to ensure full pension benefits. So, pensioners are losing medical benefits that they fought for over the years, and laid-off employees might only get 70 percent of what they were promised in pensions. The big bonuses Sears executives received during bankruptcy proceedings only added salt to these wounds.
Canadian veterans are also fighting a long battle for fair pensions. The previous Conservative government made major changes to veterans’ pensions that had disastrous effects. So, during the last election campaign, the Liberals promised to fix this, promising to bring back lifetime pensions for disabled veterans. But a December 20th announcement from the Veterans Affairs Minister outlines a plan that falls well short of that promise.
Under the Liberal plan, injured veterans would have to wait almost two more years to receive any “new” benefits. The plan itself replaces and repackages existing awards and it is unclear at this point if there is any new money for disabled veterans.
Mark Campbell, a disabled veteran who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan, was quoted in the Canadian Press and sums up the confusing plan this way: “So we still have this ludicrous situation where you can have two guys with the same injuries from the same war but at different times and getting different compensation… That’s fundamentally wrong, and it has not been addressed.”
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A Penticton winery owner who founded a medical marijuana company says he plans to open the largest medical cannabis production facility in B.C. near Oliver on Osoyoos Indian Band land.
Poplar Grove Winery owner Tony Holler founded Sunniva Inc. four years ago as he saw a business opportunity in the burgeoning cannabis industry. “It’s a high growth industry, it’s an exciting industry, and it’s an industry of the future,” Holler said on Tuesday. Holler said the 700,000-square-foot purpose-built greenhouse facilities will use state-of-the-art Dutch technologies.
The total Sunniva Canada Campus is expected to produce 125,000 kg of premium medical cannabis a year and over 35,000 kg of trim used for extraction. If all goes as planned, it will be located on a 39-acre parcel of land in the industrial park north of Oliver. “That industrial park has all of the infrastructure there,” Holler said.
The $100-million facility will be constructed in two phases and would create up to 200 jobs. Holler says odour mitigation will prevent the smell of cannabis from spreading beyond the facility and it will include high-level security.
“It involves cameras, physical security, security guards, all of those sorts of things,” he said. Sunniva Medical Inc., a subsidiary of Sunniva Inc., has a current application for a medical cannabis production licence for the facility to become a licensed producer under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations in Canada.
Source: Global Okanagan
December 1, 1935 – January 11, 2018
On Thursday, January 11, 2018, Mr. James (Jim) Grant Johnstone of Oliver passed away peacefully with his wife and daughter by his side at the South Okanagan General Hospital after a two year battle with cancer.
He was predeceased by his sister, mother and father.
Jim will be fondly remembered by his loving family including wife Sheila of 59 years; son Keith (Eva); daughter Janet Stein; grandchildren Megan Johnstone, Adam Stein and Carly Stein; sister Dora Browne (Randy); great-grandchildren Jacob and Mason; brother and sister-in-law Brian and Lorraine Murdoch; nieces Laurie Murdoch and Linda Haddleton and nephew Brent (Margo) Murdoch.
Jim worked for Chrysler of Canada for over 45 years as a mechanic, service manager at Brentwood Dodge in Burnaby and service writer at Parker Motors in Penticton for 17 years.
Over the years Jim and Sheila took many vacations travelling in their RV, camping and sightseeing around BC and the USA. He enjoyed square dancing which is where he met his wife in 1954. Jim also could be found sailing his Hobie Cat on Gallagher Lake and camping with the Good Sam Triple “O” group. He also spent the last few years as a member of Crime Watch.
In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted for the Penticton Regional Hospital Oncology Department or the South Okanagan General Hospital Palliative Care Unit.
The family would like to express their deep appreciation to friends, neighbours and family for their visits, support, love and prayers. Also to Dr. Shaw, Dr. Smallwood and the palliative care team at the Oliver Hospital.
A celebration of life will be held in the spring.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
The Bank of Canada raised its key lending rate by a quarter percentage point to 1.25 per cent Wednesday, the third time it has moved its benchmark rate from once-record lows last summer.
The bank’s rate has an impact on rates that Canadians get from retail banks for things like mortgages, savings accounts and GICs. The move means borrowers can expect to pay more, but savers can expect to earn more, too.
It is with great sadness we announce that Len Cooke rode off into his final sunset in Oliver, British Columbia, on Friday, January 12th 2018 at the age of 75. Len fought a hard battle for 10 months against Glioblastoma brain cancer. In the end, he passed peacefully at home on his ranch with his wife and son by his side. Len will be lovingly remembered by his best friend and his wife of 49 years, Donna, and his son, Loren (David), and his brother, Wayne (Pat), brother-in-law, Joe Trotz (Joanne), and sister-in-law, Dixie Edge (Marty), and many nieces, and nephews and close friends.
Our cowboy, Len, was born on April 8th, 1942 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. To say horses and animals were Len’s passion would be a great understatement. Len grew up in and around Calgary, Alberta and began riding horses at an early age. He was training and showing horses by the time he was twelve. After graduating from Springbank high school in Calgary he accepted a job with professional horse trainer, Bill Collins, in Edmonton, launching his professional equestrian career. For several years following his work with Mr. Collins he worked with numerous trainers throughout Alberta and the US learning from each, and eventually molding his own training techniques into what many of his students and clients deemed “The Cooke Experience”. It was Len’s passion in life to help riders experience and understand how a horse thinks and feels which helped to create a positive interaction and stronger bond between horse and rider. Throughout his 40 years as a professional horse trainer Len trained and showed 100’s of horses and participated in the Canadian and United States quarter horse show circuits, reining events, and top cutting horse competitions. Len also hosted and presented 100’s of horse clinics, and seminars at his ranch in Oliver, British Columbia and all throughout Canada and the United States and was coach and mentor to 1,000’s of students, and their horses in the process.
Len was one of the founders of the Canadian Equestrian Federation’s national western coaching program and a national examiner and course conductor. He was recognized for his efforts with this program with an Award of Merit from the Canadian Equestrian Federation and the 3M Coach Recognition Award from the Coaching Association of Canada and Horse Council of British Columbia. Len was also an honorary lifetime member of the Interior Cutting Horse Association.
He called Oliver, British Columbia and the Okanagan Valley home since 1973 when he and his brother Wayne, his wife Pat and their 3 children started the KOA Campground and Country Pines Mobile Home Park at Gallagher Lake. In 1980, they sold their successful business and Len, his wife Donna and their son Loren moved to Willowbrook outside of Oliver and established Dry Creek Ranch where he resided until his passing. Len loved the outdoors and loved camping, fly fishing, and hunting and despite his love for the Okanagan Valley he also had a special place in his heart for the Crowsnest Pass in Alberta where he met his wife. Anyone who ever met Len knew he was a true cowboy, and loved and represented the cowboy way of life. He was a true country gentleman and would stop and help anyone that needed a hand without hesitation. He simply adored and worshiped his wife Donna. He loved to take her dancing and quite often they were told their love for each other glowed when those long legs of his were guiding her across the floor, snuggled up to a good old country waltz.
Len’s kind, gentle, and loving nature touched so many lives and horses throughout the years, it is without doubt his legacy will live on in our hearts for years to come.
“You ask me what a cowboy knows, Not much of some things, I suppose,
He’s just a man of life and limb, But we sure could use more, like him”
The family would like to thank the unconditional and loving support of our community of friends, family and Len’s palliative support team as well as Dr. Lorraine Kane and the palliative nursing team at South Okanagan General Hospital (SOGH). A celebration of Len’s life will be held in the spring in Oliver, British Columbia on a date to be announced later this month. In lieu of flowers the family would recommend contributions be made to SOGH Acute Care – SOGH Palliative Care Unit or a charity of your choice.
Mail To: SOGH Palliative Care Unit
911 McKinney Road
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.
In the fruit industry all lifting was done by human power. The fruit was picked into small, so called “orchard boxes”, when full, they weighed about 30 lbs. There were millions of these boxes. Their design was such, that when empty, three of them made a nice smooth package, this is how they were delivered to the orchards. After they got filled with fruit, the grower collected and delivered them to a designated area of the orchard. Many growers built wooden or cement platforms at truck deck heights, this is where he stacked up the boxes six box high.
The Oliver Co-Op had their own trucking fleet, provided their services to the growers that shipped to them, other growers who shipped to other plants, used commercial truckers like Caughlin Trucking or Barisoff’s Trucking.
When the driver pulled beside these platforms, he put his gangplank, which was a 2’ x 5’ either aluminum or steel plate, this served as a smooth connector between the truck deck and the platform. Now he could use his “hand truck” to load the boxes six at a time on the truck. This sounds easy, but took a lot of practice to learn how to balance it, so he didn’t have to carry the weight of all the boxes. It was a much faster way to load than without platforms, where they handed the boxes up one by one.
A truck load was usually 384 boxes. The driver took these to the packing plants where they were unloaded and put into cold storages. At the Co-Op, there was a scale built into the receiving platform. From the truck the boxes were hand trucked on this scale, weighed, ticketed and hand trucked into the storages, where to save place
they were stacked 8 or sometimes 10 boxes high. It involved a lot of lifting. Work hours were 9 hours per day, 6 days a week, the hourly rate was 90 cents- 1.10.
OLIVER HOSPITAL THRIFT SHOP
We have RE-OPENED on Tuesdays
Hours of operation are now:
Tuesday to Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm