Archives for March 2018
No 861 petitioners from BC
Yes 1431 petitioners from BC
Analysis – what does this mean?
Lots of people will sign a petition for a National Park in BC
Why are the figures flawed.
A vote in Prince Rupert is as valid as one from Princeton – yes ?
No – IMHO ( always been this way ) – define the area of the NP – draw a circle around the area. Have a vote. I will stand with it.
The pro and the anti forces had an opportunity to get signatories and the NO vote lost.
BUT I don’t like the rules (set by whom) and a lot other people don’t either.
1390 E – Petition for a National Park Yes
Petition to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- We thank the governments for the tri-lateral announcement on October 27, 2017, that South Okanagan Similkameen park reserve will be established;
- South Okanagan-Similkameen NPR will benefit local citizens, preserve endangered species and maintain ecosystems in perpetuity;
- Park consultation with affected communities and economic sectors has been an ongoing process since 2002;
- Our region is without a national park identified in Parks Canada’s planning policy;
- This region will benefit economically, in the form of direct National Park jobs and capital expenditures, infrastructure and jobs that will achieve their mandate;
- An independent, professional opinion poll verified 70% local park support (McAllister Opinion Research, 2015);
- The Park Reserve recognizes Indigenous rights, language and cultural practices;
- Private land will never be expropriated for the Park, and any real estate transactions will be on a willing seller-willing buyer basis;
- Parks Canada field staffing levels are 4-10 times higher than Provincial field staffing;
- Visitors to our region will increase, as a valuable economic spin-off of the Park;
- Parks Canada’s wildfire suppression and prescribed burning expertise will help stop catastrophic wildfires and enhance wildlife habitat;
- Parks Canada will improve the management of many outdoor recreation opportunities and monitor inappropriate uses; and
- The Okanagan-Similkameen is a national “hot-spot” for critically endangered wildlife and need greater protection.
What is health and wellness? Wellness is more about one’s attitude towards life. It is a positive approach to living; a mental attitude of goals towards a healthier lifestyle. Health as defined by the World Health Organization as “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Health and wellness are different but you can’t be healthy & happy without both health and wellness. Health and wellness work together.
How health & wellness is sought after by each individual varies widely. It’s hard to keep up with what’s a ‘new’ or ‘ancient’ practice. Being in the health & wellness industry, I see a wide range of what I call ‘strange’ practices. As is with the diet spectrum, false claims prey on a person’s desperation & vulnerability. There are many ways in which wellness is promoted these days. I am not naming any specifics. People need to be aware of when they are being taken advantage of. You possibly believe in some of this ‘strange’ stuff & that’s fine if you know what you’re getting into (if you really do). But those who claim that if something feels good it must be good for you… think about that.
Here’s an example of feeling good or getting relief for a brief period of time… have you ever felt so itchy you wanted to set yourself on fire? Probably not, but that is an example of an extreme situation. What if the itchy person did set themselves on fire or got someone else to set them on fire for that temporary relief? What might the end result be? Serious burns at least, that will leave permanent scarring and at the most, death.
Is temporary relief worth the possible consequences? The consequences might not be revealed immediately either such as the case with setting oneself on fire. The repercussions may not be realized for an extended period of time. There is no silver bullet for what you may be dealing with in your daily life. Maybe you feel better for a short while after a procedure of some kind, but did it cure you? Acute conditions or injuries may be healed with proper care, without going to extreme measures.
Health & wellness includes physical, mental & spiritual aspects. There are other factors included such as social, environmental etc.
When a diagnostic or therapeutic method seems ‘strange’ or mysterious, we need to pay attention. Can the one promoting such claims explain them thoroughly & satisfactorily about how it works? Is it in agreement with known facts, and do several qualified people view it as reliable? Or is the main appeal to the emotions? Claims may be that it was discovered in remote, distant lands, hidden from modern research. Do such claims prove anything or even seem reasonable? And why are secrets involved?
If self-proclaimed healers etc. could really heal, then we wouldn’t have all the issues with health & wellness that we do have. Even these ‘healers’ are sick both physically & emotionally. Why would you trust them to heal you if they can’t heal themselves, their families or friends? And you’re lining their pockets on top of it!
So if you’re looking for that quick fix or some mysterious healing (or setting yourself on fire), do yourself a favor by keeping things simple (remember that simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy) & without negative consequences. These ‘strange’ practices may prove more harmful than helpful.
Being well & healthy as one can be in most cases includes simple strategies such as getting enough sleep& adequate rest, drinking enough water, exercise/movement/activities regularly throughout the day, proper nutrition & for those with medical conditions, it may include necessary medications among other things such as physical therapy (which can usually be included in exercise/movement). Helping others & spending time with people who are supportive, encouraging, have similar interests & care about you will go a long way towards a persons over all well being.
Practice makes Permanent. Move more to feel better.
For more info or if you have questions, feel free to email me.
By Roy Wood
Town administration is recommending that Osoyoos council approve an agreement between its fire department and Oliver’s, under which the two groups will share each other’s training facilities.
Osoyoos fire chief Ryan McCaskill told ODN that the two departments “have worked together a lot” and it makes sense for them to use the different training options each of them offers.
The Oliver firefighters will come to Osoyoos to use the training tower at the new fire hall to practice techniques for fighting fires in multi storey buildings.
Specifically, they will work on using an existing “stand pipe” in burning buildings to avoid having to carry charged hoses into the building.
Osoyoos firefighters will have access to the “live fire container” located at the Oliver airport. Basically, stuff gets lit on fire and the crews practise extinguishing the mock blaze.
Why did there have to be a resurrection? Many people have died horrible, torturous deaths, perhaps as vicious as Jesus endured, but they weren’t resurrected. How big is the sacrifice and how necessary is His death if He comes back after 3 days? There are some good reasons.
A. Death had to be defeated. The wages of sin is death and Somebody was willing to absorb this consequence. Rom. 6:23 The physical suffering and death was not the main issue. On the cross Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the world. He was saying, “I’ll take the rap.” Rejecting that leaves a person to pay for it himself/herself. “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” 1 Cor. 15:26
Victory over sin was on the line.
B. Old Testament promises had to be kept.
Is. 53:11 “After the suffering of His soul He will see the light of life.”
Even though the prediction was an unheard of and humanly impossible feat, God declared it would happen. And it did!
The reliability of O.T. Scripture was on the line.
C. Jesus’ own predictions had to come true.
Mt. 16:21 “From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
If Jesus was making promises He could not keep, why would we trust Him with our soul?
Jesus’ integrity was on the line.
D. His intercessory work was still left to do.
1 Jn. 2:2 “But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” Did you know that Jesus is continually available to intercede for us and every believer on this planet? How could He do this if He was still dead?
Our spiritual well-being was on the line.
E. Our eternal future is at stake.
1 Cor. 15:17 “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, you are still in your sins.” If Jesus had failed in His mission there would be no hope for us either.
Our hope was on the line.
A group of women came to Jesus’ tomb just at sunrise on the first day of the week. They found that He was not there. He had risen. It’s glorious in the Sonshine!
A couple of weeks ago we had the good fortune to attend “The Four Seasons” tribute group at our wonderful Frank Venables Theatre. A rousing good show of songs that were sixties and seventies favourites and, in recent years, had had a resurgence of popularity with the stage show and film, The Jersey Boys.
We had purchased tickets in the very middle of the back row and had a perfect view. However, we were there early and watched as the theatre slowly filled to capacity. From my perch I looked down on the rest of the audience and realised I was looking at a sea of white hair, I thought it odd that all these old people had turned out on a snowy night, to watch pop music.
It then struck me like a thunderbolt, I was one of them! These old people were my peers! I have no illusions about my youth and beauty, I am nearly 73 and that is fine but, I honestly didn’t realise that the rest of the world thought of me as an old fart. All the grey heads in front of me probably didn’t feel old either, and this was proved, once the show started, by the response from the crowd to the music. We were all singing along, clapping, snapping fingers and at the end all standing to give a rousing ovation to a very enjoyable group of entertainers who had indeed taken us back to our younger years.
Thinking about it, I realised that most of the volunteers in our town are seniors. So many very active groups are mainly seniors. We have lots of time to give to our various volunteer groups and we are the mainstay of many organisations, in fact, we are very much involved in every part of the activities in and around town. The workers at the hospital thrift store raises thousands of dollars each year that is given to various medical needs.
The Kiwanis do so much to raise money for scholarships and any community project that needs help, the Elks, Lions and other service groups that are always around to lend a hand where it is needed. These groups are for all ages but it is mainly seniors who make up the membership. Those who do not belong to service groups are usually around to help out at any community event where help is needed.
Probably many events would not happen if volunteers were not around to help, events like the Half Corked Marathon, various bike races, parade days, library sale day, Scareview and concerts in the park. These are the activities that make all the difference to village life, they are the heart of the community.
We are needed and we are important. We may smell of back rub on winter days and we may walk with a limp, even walk with a cane or a walker but we are still a big part of this community. My date book has to be consulted before I can arrange anything as it has so many entries in it, much more than when I went out to work.
Seniors unite, we are a strong group and without us, the town would not be as well looked after. Brush your white hair, pull on your support stockings or your knee brace and get out there, you and I are very much needed.
The shape of a band is somewhat flat and of narrow width and it is continuous, as in a circle, though it could be another shape. A wedding band has particular meaning as it signifies a promise made between two people. A school band is an orchestra of students playing together. Sometimes, if we are lucky, the band marches while it plays. The band leader wears a really tall hat and has a baton as tall as their shoulder.
A newsstand is a kiosk that sells news papers and magazines. That does not mean that a bandstand is a place that sells bands or band accessories. There used to be a show on TV called American Bandstand which was simply half an hour of popular music that teens could dance to. I didn’t get much from it. Maybe if I had danced? The bandstand part was referring to the live band that provided the music.
A band saw moves a long narrow band of steel with saw teeth on one edge of that band, that is pulled continuously in a taught upright loop. If you pushed a piece of wood against the teeth the wood was sawn. Pretty ingenious. Also pretty dangerous to be around unless you were very careful. Because the band is quite narrow it is fairly easy to rotate the wood being sawn in order to cut shapes instead of just straight cuts.
To band together means more than just meeting. It means infusing a kind of solidarity, togetherness that includes loyalty to each other. Thus, the phrase ‘band of brothers’, suggesting that they are bounds as if brothers. We also have a banded bundle of lumber. A flat narrow metal band is pulled around the lumber and fastened to hold the bundle together. I suppose that a zip tie is a type of band.
I’ve heard a railroad track referred to as a band of steel. Ribbon, pretty, flimsy, shiny comes to us in a band. A band aid is not something to help a musical or any other kind of band, but rather a short band of pliable material with sticky on one side and a sterile gauze pad in the middle which we place and stick over a small wound. Some refer to a band aid fix meaning temporary and less that what is really needed.
By ROY WOOD
Osoyoos council will likely say “Thank you very much” at its meeting on Tuesday as it agrees to accept $397,000 from the provincial government as the town’s share of this year’s Resort Municipalities Initiative (RMI) funding.
Osoyoos is one of 14 cities, towns and villages who get a piece of the $10.5-million pie designed to support programs and projects that enhance the visitor experience.
The program began in 2006 under the Liberal government and has been extended at least for this year by the new NDP administration.
Regular ODN readers will recall the mild panic that swept Osoyoos town hall late last month when Mayor Sue McKortoff got the mistaken impression from tourism minister Lisa Beare that the program was being left out of the provincial budget, resulting in a nearly $400,000 hole in the town’s finances.
It turned out the minister was merely calling to alert the mayor that the program would not appear as a line item in the budget, but would continue to be funded out of contingency monies.
The jurisdictions who receive RMI funding are dependent to a considerable degree on tourism to provide their economic activity.
Whistler – which actually calls itself the Resort Municipality of Whistler – gobbles up the lion’s share of the program, claiming $6.7 million in 2017.
The remaining $4 million or so is divvied up among Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet and Valemont
A Local State of Emergency remains in effect for the Willowbrook area north west of Oliver, BC due to flooding along Kearns Creek affecting approximately 20 homes. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has hired a specialized hydrologist to look at options for moving water through the area. The RDOS has also received funding from Emergency Management BC to do a 2018 specific flood risk assessment based on the heavy rain received and high snow pack in the southern Interior.
The Willowbrook area is located upstream of a number of other homes along Kearns Creek. Looking at the effects of water upstream and downstream of the community will be considered before digging or pumping will be enacted.
“Before we can start trenching or pumping water we need to understand what the consequences will be,” states Paul Edmonds. “Speeding up water in one place could damage homes and property lower down. That risk needs to be understood.”
The water in Willowbrook remain stable but a concern is slowly rising ground water. Rising ground water is a concern for the entire RDOS as snows melt. Residents should check basements for water and prepare their property for any potential run off. Sand and sandbags are available across the south Okanagan for homeowners. See below for sand and sandbag locations.
From: Rick Knodel, Alternate Director, RDOS Area C (Oliver)
With the Kearns creek flow slowing, for now, I would personally like to thank all of the volunteers who came from not only Willow brook but the whole area. It restored my faith in humanity. We hear so much negative about the youth today but that was not the case here. There were a number of young people, teens, and preteens who worked diligently filling sandbags. I noticed one young girl (no that’s wrong I have to call her a young lady) consistently loading sandbags onto trailers, these sandbags must have been close to half her weight.These young people earned my full respect and deserve to be commended.
While Director Terry Schafer allowed me to become the media face it must be pointed out that he worked selflessly behind the curtain at hounding the various Govt. departments and reminding them of their culpability in both causing and then ignoring the problem. We know the solution and that has now been turned over to the RDOS to implement.
That now leaves Director Schafer with another bureaucracy to motivate, he will need our help.
I say this was selfless in that every repair to the flow of Kearns Creek sends that water downstream to Director Schafer’s neighborhood where he is also flooding. Every pump that can be commissioned should be put into service pumping over into the river from Island road to Road 22. Our help will also be needed there.
Were this a forest fire untold resources would be thrown at it by the province.This is no less an emergency so it falls to us the people to see to it that all govt. departments step up to the plate and start doing their part.
They can have their meetings afterward.
A Local State of Emergency remains in effect for the Willowbrook area north west of Oliver, BC. Since yesterday, water moving through the Willowbrook area in Kearns Creek has stabilized. Volunteers continue to do amazing work protecting homes, structures and property in the area.
The upstream Kearns Creek Dam has been lowered significantly overnight. Lowering the dam level has significantly reduced concerns in the area.
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen under the direction of the Interior Health Authority, will commence temporary chlorination of the Willowbrook water system. The Boil Water Notice, currently in place, will remain in effect until further notice. The groundwater level has risen over the past couple of days due to surface water flooding. This rise in the aquifer level may increase the risk of contamination of the groundwater from surface water.
Rising ground water is a concern for the entire RDOS. Residents should check basements for water and prepare their property for any potential run off. Sand and sandbags are available across the south Okanagan for homeowners. See below for sand and sandbag locations.
Our Easter Parade
Easter always brought the Gill family to visit with Jen’s Mom and Dad, Mr. and Mrs. Kelly. Ray and Jennie with their boys Gordon, Wayne and Gary from Vancouver and Ray’s Mom and Dad Mr.and Mrs. Gill from Castlegar would all arrive about the same time on Thursday night. Sometimes Ken Kelly and his wife and girls would come depending on where Ken was stationed. He was in the Air Force and moved quite often.
On Good Friday after we attended the services at the Church we would come home to find the house full of the Kelly clan planning our Sunday Easter Parade. This was no ordinary parade of fine clothes and elegant hats..no way..no how!
The one thing about the Kelly clan was they all loved to dress up and the more outlandish outfit the better! The men would dress in women’s clothes and the women in men’s and the kids in their Mom and Dad’s clothes! Mr. and Mrs. Gill were very proper English but were just full of fun and willing to do anything for a laugh. We enjoyed watching them join in the fun.
Sometimes we would be able to talk some of the neighbours into joining our parade but usually it was just the Shaw’s and the Kelly clan with the neighbourhood watching the festivities.
On Saturday we coloured all our eggs early in the morning and then Mom and Jenny would peel the potatoes and veggies for supper as we all spent Saturday night together. Grandma Pioli and Grandma Kelly were in charge of making enough pies to feed everyone! Mr. and Mrs. Gill were in charge of decorations; Dad, Ray and Bill Kelly were in charge of refreshments!! Dinner time was chaos with kids everywhere and little tables set up here and there and finally it was time to sit down and have dinner. Mr. Kelly was a hunter and our dinner was always a beautiful venison roast that was saved for this special occasion.
The evening was spent putting finishing touches on our costumes for the big parade and then the adults played cards until late into the night while we played board games until we all just collapsed and fell asleep with bodies lying at the end of our beds until it was time for them to go home!
Sunday morning, Mom, Grandma, Sandy and I (later Norma too) would be off to Church for the Easter Services and then home to our Dad’s awesome pancakes or waffles. We could barely eat as we wanted to get outside and find all our Easter goodies. We would meet the Gill boys in the back alley collecting their goodies. There was a time honoured tradition that the middle of the road was the line we did not cross so we couldn’t collect the wrong goodies!!!
Our parade was usually right after lunch and everyone would line up in the back alley dressed in their bizarre outfits. Mr. Gill made the cutest little old lady you ever saw! The rest of the adults were pretty darned funny and we had a hard time not laughing too loudly at my Dad who always had one of Mom’s pretty dresses on and his hair was curled (thank you to Sandy) and he and Ray even had lipstick on! The men all wore very fancy women’s hats that the wives had made the night before!!!
Gordon was kind of the Pied Piper and led the parade playing his recorder and everyone would sing and do little dances as we went down the back alley and out onto the road..down past the Makaseff’s and around the bend and up the street all the way up to Earle Crescent..then along Earle Crescent to our street and down the hill to our house. Sometimes the neighbours would follow along so they could see the whole parade.
Gordon learned to play “Easter Parade” and a few other Irish tunes that we all knew the words to. There was much laughter and fun back and forth…and it ended up with the parade coming to a halt in front of our house. This was the highlight as Dad and Ray would do the Irish jig or step dance and poor Gordon could barely keep up!
Oh my when I remember the good times my sides hurt from laughing! I remember once many years after the Kelly’s passed away and Ray and Jen were not well enough to come to Oliver, Mom and Dad got dressed up and Norma took a movie of them doing their own parade. We mailed the movie to Ray and Jen who phoned as soon as they got it…lots of laughter and tears that day!
So my friends, I hope you enjoyed this little memory and May the Good Lord bless and keep you now and forever!
The Town of Oliver submitted a joint application with the Town of Osoyoos for the Emergency Social Services funding. The grant application was successful at the full amount of $25,000.
- The intent of this funding stream is to support eligible applicants to build local capacity to provide emergency social services through training, volunteer recruitment and retention, and the purchase of equipment.
Also the Town of Oliver submitted an Emergency Operations Centres & Training grant and was successful at full funding of $25,000.
- The intent of this funding stream is to support the purchase of equipment and supplies required to maintain or improve Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) and to enhance EOC capacity through training and exercises.
- The Town intends to purchase equipment to establish an independent EOC at the Oliver Fire Hall.
Both grants are to build capacity and was not already identified for in the current budget.
Source: Town of Oliver
Last day of concrete work – repairing the floor bottom on the canal between Road 3 and 2. Silver Springs Concrete Services is the contractor the Town hired to help with the work and Town employees prepped the floor of the ditch.
H&M Excavating assisting the Town on a mainline irrigation repair on Road 2 at Primrose lane. This is a major T – intersection in the irrigation system which involves the intersection of a 24”, 18” and 10” pipe. A ‘speciality tee’ had to be made/ shipped to us for this project to get a properly sized fitting. This project was supposed to be completed a week and half ago but the part took longer than anticipated to arrive. Work will be complete this morning.
Emergency Operations Centre Update:
Declaration of a Local State of Emergency for the community of Willowbrook in Electoral Area C.
Due to the threat of flooding and possible damage to properties in the vicinity of Kearns Creek near Willowbrook in Electoral Area C, Regional District Chair, Karla Kozakevich has declared a Local State of Emergency.
When safe access or egress to residents is threatened, the RDOS can request a Local State of Emergency be imposed to provide additional resources in the event that an evacuation of residents or emergency works in the community becomes necessary.
There has already been active sandbagging and precautionary preparedness by the community. Provincial agencies are on the ground assessing culverts and local dam infrastructure and working with the RDOS on this localized emergency response event.
The Emergency Operations Centre is continuing to remain open.
For inquiries, please call the 250-490-4225
Emergency Operations Centre: Willowbrook Shows Community Spirit
The RDOS and Willowbrook residents along Kearns Creek were advised late yesterday that the flow in Kearns Creek, which meanders through the community, would begin to rise slowly overnight and persist over the next couple of days. This was due to a ‘draw down’ order from the Province on the Kearns Creek dam near Willowbrook. Up to a 6 inch rise was cautiously predicted.
The RDOS had previously delivered 2000 sandbags and several loads of sand, but added to that after hours last evening with an additional 24 yards of sand and 4,000 more sandbags.
Last night, the community rallied together with 50 volunteers, alongside Willowbrook Fire Services to fill and deploy sandbags. This community effort was greatly assisted through mutual aid agreements sending personnel from nearby Keremeos and Oliver Fire Services. On-site Incident Command to coordinate these efforts was provided by Willowbrook Fire Services.
The RDOS Water Operations staff also worked late into the evening armouring the water system pump house and wellhead.
The RDOS Emergency Operations is in contact with the dam owner, Provincial agencies and those undertaking the draw down. The Emergency Operations Centre will keep residents informed of any additional situations as they arise.
The RDOS wishes to acknowledge the quick and helpful residents in the community and the Fire Departments for stepping up during this unexpected event.