Archives for January 2018
Cathy Thompson of the Oliver Curling Club has been chosen as one of 4 audience participants who have a chance to win a two year lease on a Ford vehicle in the Ford Hot Shots at the Scotties this morning. She has been matched with Team New Brunswick. The team must complete a skills competition against Team Manitoba, Team Nova Scotia and Team Alberta. The winning team will receive $15,000. Cash and the audience participant will receive the two year lease.
Good luck Cathy and Team New Brunswick.
Photo and words submitted by Cathy Pidduck
Since migrating to Canada, we had a few ups and downs but now Dave’s parents had come out to join us and we felt like a complete family again. We had all settled well into our new lifestyle, mom and dad in their new basement apartment, with their little dog and the rest of us upstairs with our two dogs and a cat.
Having left our cat in England, with neighbours, we wanted to get a new furry girl to make the family complete. I saw ads in the paper for a society that rehoused strays so I contacted them. I fell in love with our new calico baby, she was about four months old and really shy, maybe the result of being out in the streets for a while. Anyway she soon made herself at home, reminding the dogs just who was in charge and settled into life with four little girls who loved to dress her in doll clothes.
Charlie didn’t seem to mind the attention and seemed really content to lie in a doll stroller and be wheeled round the yard, wearing her bonnet. One cold spring day, while Dave was working at fixing the basement for his parent’s arrival, I decided to light a fire to cosy thing up a bit. The kids were all playing elsewhere while I laid paper and kindling in the hearth, meanwhile Charlie was rubbing round me, demanding attention. I went for matches and lit the paper, the instant that the flames shot up the chimney, I remembered the cat, who was now nowhere in sight.
I went through the whole house, my heart sinking as I thought about what I had done and went outside to call up to the roof. I heard the plaintiff wailing of Charlie on the roof and went to tell Dave that I had almost killed the cat. Without notifying the kids, we carried a ladder to the roof and Dave climbed up for the rescue. Unbelievably, the cat was not only uninjured but did not have a speck of soot on her fur, even her paws were clean. My guardian angel had not only looked after me that day but had miraculously got that cat to the roof unscathed. I guess the incentive of flames roaring up the chimney had given the cat the instinct to move like the wind.
Dave’s parents arrived on Thanksgiving Day which was very fitting as their safe arrival made our life feel complete. Dave’s mom had always been my biggest fan and was thrilled with my accomplishment of making home made buns for the meal. I only told her it was frozen dough later and, from that day on she bought and baked the dough herself.
We shared the laundry room in the basement but led separate lives, only sharing meals once a week or so. Our children were growing and getting involved with extra curricular activities, so dinner was quite often hurried to get someone transported to some activity or other. Between skating lessons, baton twirling, brownies and soccer, our girls had varied activities which kept Dave and I on the go with driving them places. We also kept on with our Sunday explorations which always meant picnic lunches.
Dave’s parents were young sixties so both get part time jobs however, having grandparents living with us meant that our four girls were very rarely in the house alone, which gave me real peace of mind. It was also a haven for the girls to go to when I was on the warpath, there was always a sympathetic ear downstairs.
Gina and I were very close and one day a week we spent the day window shopping and enjoying lunch out. She was a real clothes fiend and always spent lots of time trying new fashions on. I had less money to spend but still loved to go along with her. She would pick a few items and go in the changing room, I had to keep running for different sizes or colours of the items she was trying on.
One day we were in a store changing room and Gina stripped down to undies, ready to try on a dress. It was winter and she was wearing some knee length navy and red, diamond patterned, winter underpants, along with this she wore a pale blue undershirt and a black bra. However, she didn’t like the underwire in the bra so was wearing it over her undershirt. Combined with knee high stockings, the entire spectacle was really quite alarming. When the sales lady came to see how we were doing, I held the curtain closed so she couldn’t see the fashion faux-pas behind me. Next time we went shopping I warned her to dress appropriately for being seen by sales clerks.
Another day we were in Walmart looking through racks of clothing. Gina complained that the clothes all looked as though they were designed for old ladies, thoughtlessly I said “well you are an old lady”. The look on her face was really sad so I hugged her and told her how pretty she was and how much I loved her. I looked up and there was a woman staring at the two of us embracing. I guess the sight of two very short haired women in pants, obviously in love, gave her the wrong idea and she gave us a disgusted look. At that time being gay was not acceptable and she obviously thought we were disgusting. I was really annoyed at her attitude and blew her an air kiss before moving off.
We usually had lunch in Woodwards, however Gina had a quite light appetite and quite often took some food home for dinner. Instead of asking for a box she would wrap some leftovers in napkins and put them in her purse. A few days after one shopping trip she called me downstairs to see that her little dog had completely destroyed her purse. This was unlike the dog but, on investigation, I found the remnants of chewed up napkins that had held a piece of fish. She also like to pocket a few creamer packets and had several disasters as a result. She never got out of this habit and had to throw away several purses as a result of creamers spilling and going sour.
Life with the family was never dull, we had lots of laughs and enjoyed one another’s company. Our house was a real home.
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The engagement, launched by Attorney General David Eby on Nov. 23, 2017, invites British Columbians to learn about different voting systems and to complete a questionnaire on various aspects of the upcoming referendum. To do so, visit: engage.gov.bc.ca/howwevote/
So far, more than 31,000 British Columbians have visited the website, while more than 11,000 have completed the online questionnaire, offering input on such topics as how the 2018 referendum ballot should be designed, the question(s) it should contain, and whether organizations should receive public funding to campaign for their preferred voting system.
“This is another step government is taking to give people the power to shape our democracy,” said Eby. “I encourage everyone to make their voices heard in this engagement, and to help shape a referendum that will determine how B.C. elects its members of the legislative assembly, and how they represent you.”
A car had landed in an oxbow – east of the wooden bridge.
Rob Graham of the Oliver volunteer fire department says: “Vehicle rolled into oxbow off road 22. Two occupants of the vehicle managed to get out of the vehicle. 2 dogs and a pig were also in the vehicle. One dog was rescued before firefighters arrived on the scene. The second dog and pig perished.
No details available as to cause or injuries to occupants. They were attended to by RCMP and BCAS and transported to hospital.”
Usufruct is a olde legal term meaning that something can be used but not consumed or harmed. Renting a field is an example of a usufruct transaction. I can plant and harvest and sell the crop but am not permitted to take away the topsoil. If you lend me a tool, it is expected that it will be returned in good working order. It is lent in usufruct.
We humans have been given the earth in usufruct. Not everyone thinks so, but many do and we have groups and laws and many structures as attempts to husband the world, treat it well and pass it on in good condition. I suppose that the idea of usufruct is passed on generation to generation. By some, not so much by others. What is your thought on this?
This usufruct concept is quite weird, kind of playing on my mind. I suppose there are a bazillion examples but they are about responsibility and care and self checking. What do you think of the government acting from the principles of usufruct? Yeah, sometimes one has to wonder. If you were the government, what would you enact in order to honour usufruct?
The Fedex dude gives me my package and does not want it back. No usufruct involved. But if I send a package via Fedex and it comes back, I am expecting it to be in the original condition. I gave the package for delivery in usufruct, whether delivered to you or returned to me. Interesting that most of us have never heard this word before and, actually, not many of us care.
Sustainability is one of the results of applying an attitude of living usufruct principles. If I treat things and people with care and with the attitude that those are not mine to consume or destroy, but to nurture, then maybe I can be prouder of my legacy. The opposite of usufruct could be selfishness. Ouch. How much will usufruct guide my choices from now on?
Written from the perspective of the homeowner.
Our house was directly across the street from Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to out-patients. One summer evening a truly awful looking man came to the door. His small body was stooped and shrivelled and his face was red, raw and lopsided from swelling. His voice was pleasant as he asked for a room for the night. He said he’d been hunting for a room since noon but it must be his appearance that keeps people from letting him stay. He said that a few more treatments will change that. For a moment I hesitated but his next words convinced me. “I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus leaves early in the morning.”
I told him we’d have a bed for him and he could join us for supper. He said, “No, thanks. I have plenty in this brown paper bag.”
He told me he fished for a living to support himself, his daughter, her 5 children and her husband who was hopelessly crippled from a back injury. He was grateful that his disease was not painful. Before he left the next morning he asked if he could stay with us during future treatments. He said that the children made him feel at home and weren’t bothered by his disfigurement. We welcomed him. Each time he came he would bring a fish, or oysters or something from his garden. I thought of the neighbor’s comment after the first visit, “Did you keep that awful looking man last night? I turned him away. You can lose roomers by putting up such people.” Our family will always be grateful to have known him. He taught us to accept the bad without complaint and the good with gratitude to God.
An attitude of gratitude is a good slogan for the sunny side,
Board of Education Report January 24, 2018
Following is a brief synopsis of the items which were discussed.
In looking forward to the upcoming year, the district has shared information with schools to release to their respective parent communities regarding kindergarten registration for the fall of 2018. An advertisement will also be placed in the local publications for February 7th. Registration has been open in all schools as of Monday, January 22nd for parents to register children who will be five years old by December 31, 2018. These will be children born in 2013. Parents must bring their child’s birth certificate and medical card.
Two additional trades programs are set to run in the second semester in the district:
• Culinary Program at SOSS – in partnership with Camosun College for 6 students (2-SESS, 2-OSS, 1-SOSS, 1-YouLearn). This program ran very successfully last year, and we are pleased to offer it again.
• Gateway to Trades Program at OSS with 16 students.
There are new Career Education courses and curriculum being planned with all secondary schools, and in addition we are in conversation with Interior Health regarding offering a dual credit Health Care Assistant Program for the Spring of 2019.
School District 53 has recently partnered with the University of British Columbia to offer a community field experience in our district to a group of elementary and secondary teacher candidates who will be completing their schooling this spring. We will be hosting these student teachers in two groups for three weeks each. They will have already completed their practicums, and this is an opportunity for them to have a close look at a district, the programs and schools, as well as the innovative practices that are occurring. It also provides us with an opportunity to look at prospective hires of individuals who are familiar with our district and wish to reside here. We will be providing some in-service and assigning them to schools or multiple schools for their field experience.
Approximately 50 teachers, administrators and senior staff are attending a series of Leyton Schnellert Learning Series evening sessions in partnership with SD 67 (Okanagan-Skaha) entitled “Innovating and Inquiring Together”. We are there as school teams to further our inquiry work under the mentorship of Dr. Leyton Schneller from UBC Okanagan. The focus is on innovative practices that move schools forward. The sessions involve collaborative planning, reflection and sharing among schools and the two districts.
A field trip for OSS students was approved by the Superintendent as per Board Policy. On March 2, 2018, approximately 34 OSS Graduation Transition 12 and Leadership 12 students will travel to Langley and Vancouver. The students will travel in a charter bus and some activities include a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, and taking in a Vancouver Canucks Game. The goals of the trip include bringing all Grade 12 students together as a way to build stronger relationships among the class as well as work towards building leadership skills and community connections through fundraising and community events. The lead educator is Scott Tremblay.
Finally, BCPSEA trustee reps from around the province met at their AGM and voted on the reinstatement of the board of directors for BCPSEA as well as changes to the bylaws and constitution of the organization. BCPSEA is the bargaining arm of all 60 school boards in the province and had been under the control of a public administrator for the last 4 years after the previous board was disbanded by the previous Liberal Government. Congratulations to Alan Chell who was named as the director for our region.
Rob Zandee, Chairperson
School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen)
A stop work order on two units near Co-op Avenue and Sawmill Rd has been lifted. The Town of Oliver order was imposed December 21 when the Building Official expressed concerns.
CAO Cathy Cowan indicated that the developer was now in compliance and can proceed with construction.
by Penelope Johnson
Passionate expressions, balletic graceful arms, muscular hands, caressing fingertips, joyful energy. Something utterly magical occurred onstage at the recent South Okanagan Concert Society presentation: dancers sat down and played the piano and cello. One might be forgiven for thinking the Cheng2Duo had Russian ballet in their blood.
Silvie Cheng, 26, on piano and her brother Bryan Cheng, 20, on cello held the audience spellbound through an evening of “Russian Soul”, celebrating the music of such Slavic giants, as Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff. As Bryan revealed in a charming anecdote, he has been trained and mentored by Russian teachers, and has developed a “Moscow sound”. The Chengs have been playing together as siblings for fourteen years and touring professionally as Cheng2Duo (pronounced Cheng Squared Duo) for the last six. Do the math on that one. Among their numerous individual awards and accolades, the duo has recently been named by CBC as one of Canada’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30”.
The Cheng Squared program alternated between dramatic sonatas and short romantic pieces. The duo opened with a piece perfectly suited to their sibling relationship: Prokofiev’s Sonata in C Major. As Sylvie described in their introduction, the music is a “witty and mischievous conversation” between the two instruments. Like a watchful older sister, the piano took the lead in tempo and musical theme. Then like an irrepressible younger brother, the impish cello broke in with virtuosic brilliance.
Those tempted to close their eyes to listen missed the reason why nothing matches a live concert. The concert was as much about the athletic as the aural. Commanding centre stage, Bryan Cheng gave a riveting performance, pouring his energy into the bow and strings. His long lithe bowing released deep tones like golden honey. Then, moods shifting like sun and cloud on his face, he would bend to passionately “pizz” (pluck) the strings, tossing his head rhythmically with every note. On lush pieces by Scriabin (Romance), Arensky (Petit Ballade), Glazunov (Chant Du Menestrel) and Faure (Apres un reve), he lovingly massaged every vibrato, with his audience scarcely daring to breathe until even the shadow of a final note had died away. His artistry was as much a pas de deux with his cello as it was a musical performance.
Like a ballerina en pointe, Sylvie Cheng was precise, agile, but never lightweight. Dancing over the keys, her playing appeared so like delicate raindrops of sound, it needed a close look to see her fingers were actually touching the keyboard. And yet in the final movement of Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in Gm, with its rippling virtuosic passages for piano, Sylvie’s athletic playing received enthusiastic applause that brought the audience to its feet, demanding an encore.
The magic of live music returns to the Frank Venables Theatre on Friday February 9 when Cari Burdett’s rich mezzo voice stirs the heart with an evening of dramatic cabaret-style song. Cari and her ensemble shift seamlessly between gypsy jazz, folk, musical theatre, light opera, and world music. This sensual performance, presented by the South Okanagan Concert Society, is perfect for a Valentine gift. Tickets available online at www.venablestheatre.ca or Tuesdays to Thursdays from the Venables box office (250) 498-1626.
No 24 hr a day Health Care Centre in Osoyoos – staffed with nurses/doctors
The Town of Osoyoos is seeking competitive proposals from qualified consultants to prepare a feasibility study relating to the development of a community health centre that will provide facilities for the delivery of health care services to the Osoyoos area and visitors. The Town of Osoyoos is a resort municipality with a 5,000 resident population and a “community “population nearing 7,000.
The popularity of the community as a resort community sees the summer population swell to numbers near 20,000. The winter resident population is enhanced by approximately 1200 “snowbirds” that take residency for 2-6 months.
The current local health care service are delivered through the following resources:
• Family practitioners operating in 2 medical clinics. One clinic is under doctor ownership and lease to other doctors and the clinic functions from leased office space. Both clinics have daytime operating hours:
• A Public Health Unit operated by Interior Health;
• Hospital services and emergency care are provided in Oliver, 20 KM from Osoyoos;
• Private practice- dentist, physio, chiropractic and massage clinics.
• Mental Health- private and public
• Medical laboratory
• Natural health practitioners
For purposes of this study “community” is defined as the geographic areas including the Town of Osoyoos, Area “A” of the Regional District and local portions of the Osoyoos Indian Band.
For purposes of this Study the “population” is defined as the community population plus the population that needs to be serviced as a result of tourism activities and winter snow birds.
1. To complete a health services gap analysis in our community’s current health delivery system.
2. To determine if and/or how a centralized medical centre delivering multidisciplinary services will assist addressing service gaps or increasing the efficiency of the current system.
3. To determine the potential services and service delivery participants interest in participating in a central health service delivery model.
4. To determine the feasibility of a central health services centre including the physical make-up of the facility, construction costs and the operating costs.
5. To determine if a project of this nature can attract private sector investment for construction and operation or it must be developed by public funding with a cost recovery period identified or a 3P model.
6. To explore current health care funding programs that may assist in facility development
Deliverables of the Study will include the following:
1. Inventory current issues affecting health care service delivery in the community.
2. Inventory and assessment of the community’s current health care service delivery model’s ability to meet current and future needs.
3. Comparison of the current service levels against any available provincial and/or national service benchmarks.
4. Provide assessment of the value-added of central health care services building in medical services delivery and its impacts or relationship to the South Okanagan Health Centre services.
5. Provide examples of working models of centralized health care facilities in communities.
6. Determine working space, administrative areas and related amenities required to service current practitioners, service gaps and potential service amalgamations.
7. Identify how a central health care centre can address the business startup needs of new health care practitioners.
8. Develop preliminary floors plans, ideal location site criteria, identify potential development sites and “D” class construction and operating estimates for a multiservice community health facility that will house services identified in #6 above.
9. Identify housing development opportunities that can be integrated on second and third stories of the building.
10. Provide a summary of public funding sources for this project and an analysis of private sector investment potential or public investment with cost recovery schedule.
11. Using current leasing charges and rental unit charges determine a cost recovery model based on the D class estimates.
All contractor and client communications will be
through the Project Manager,
Barry Romanko,CAO Town of Osoyoos
The consultant will initially meet once with the Health Services Feasibility Study Committee (Committee) for an initial orientation to the project and the health services delivery system. It is intended that the consultants will provide one public consultation session relating to issues identification and develop and implement a consultation strategy with local practitioners and the Interior Health Authority to determine service opportunities from a central facility.
A draft Study will be made available for Committee comment. Final Study results will be presented to Council members and interested members of the public.
Our budget for the contract is limited and in responding to this RFP, consultants should carefully and selectively optimize use of their resources. Interested proponents need to target their methodology and budget to a maximum of $110,000.00.
The Town will provide all meeting sites and advertising.
Wish I could give this to you larger but its a print from negative.
Thank you John Kiss
Those white lines could be the windows of plane. If this is circa 1963 then we see Earle Crescent, the new Kootenay Ave. – Okanagan Ave. – down 4th into Acre Lots.
I did not know that many trees/bushes existed east of Primary School (1929)
Do not remember. Do you ??
All hills in the valley got a lot of snow this week. Maybe more. The wet and snowy drought continues.
What kind of tax increase is suitable based on the demands for a police service cost reserve, general operating and capital spending.
They went through the general budget with a fine tooth comb – did a lot of discussing and heard different scenarios of how to play with the money.
CFO Devon Wannop suggested he would not be doing his job without recommending a 10 percent increase in taxation to create what he called “sustainability” of financial planning for the next five years.
One idea that caught the imagination of staff and council is to allow the growth of new home construction to fuel any increases in the operating budget allowing for the same taxes as last year BUT……… to increase the taxation by 9 percent to create a police service cost reserve and here’s the kicker to use that money for five years on a sizeable street and sidewalk plan.
At the end of the five years – the taxation would be in place for any hefty increase for RCMP services. That plan proposed by new-again Councillor Dave Mattes.
The meeting was adjourned until 5pm Thursday when it will reconvene in Council Chambers.
Most of the money to run the Town of Oliver corporation runs through two separate budgets (water and sewer) both self -sustaining based on rates – not taxation. Both of those budgets already approved and implemented.
The general budget amounts to only about $1.4 million. That will fund : staff, buildings, public works in parks and roads, cemetery, fire department, airport, tourism and economic development – etc.
Parks and Recreation, Museum and Archives are joint services of the RDOS and not covered in the General Budget.
The budget will have to handle one general election, crack sealing airport runways, asset management plan, increase in building inspection costs due to volume of work and a first ever sprinkler system for old CPR building ( Home of Oliver Tourism ). That is just a few of many capital items – not all listed here. See PDF published by ODN previously for all the small detail.
Council wrestled with various methods of funding road construction with no fixed money source like water and sewer rates for such work.
Council hopes to institute the cart system for solid waste pickup (garbage and recyling) with no increase in cost to home-owners.
Thursday’s task is to review all possible capital expenditures and to plan and …..possibly cut back or delay some projects.
We should know more before the close of business tomorrow.
Here some of the OES members present a cheque to Jim Oullette, manager of the food bank. The organization hopes to make this an annual event in support of this very necessary service.
Many thanks to the Oliver residents who came out to enjoy lunch and support the event. Winner of the 50/50 raffle was Mary Roberts.
submitted by Pat Whalley