Senators have voted to pass the Liberal government’s marijuana legalization legislation, Bill C-45, at second reading.
The bill will now advance to the committee study stage in the Senate.
Senators have voted to pass the Liberal government’s marijuana legalization legislation, Bill C-45, at second reading.
The bill will now advance to the committee study stage in the Senate.
Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School is looking to collaborate with a local artist who would be available to co-create a mural outside the Pat McGibbon Memorial Library in Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary school. The library entrance has double doors, the mural would be painted on either side of those doors. See photos for examples. The mural would be to inspire a love of reading among its students and send positive messages through the title choices. The school is hoping to have the mural completed before the end of the year. Interested artists are asked to contact Marlene Kearsley at (250) 498-3415 with samples of their work. A small stipend and large amount of pride and recognition is offered.
Teacher-Librarian, ELL, LS
Thanks to Oliver Community Arts Council and President Penelope Johnson
By Joe Machial
I was very shocked and angry to learn that Town Council’s plans to incrementally increase taxes over the next 4 years has nothing to do with reducing how much we have to pay for increased RCMP costs when Oliver’s population exceeds 5000 people. When the Mayor was quoted in local media as saying:
“Council is acting very intelligently… Preparing for the increase now will result in a softer hit later.”
I assumed the increase in taxes today would go towards future policing costs so we would not need to pay a significant amount later. When a councillor was quoted saying,
“…the Town has to start putting money away in order to avoid the big hit in RCMP costs, which will jump to 70% in 2022.”
I assumed “putting money away in order to avoid the big hit in RCMP costs” meant putting money away so we would pay less in 2022. I did not think “putting money away” meant spending the money on other things today and paying more for police later.
The issue I have with increased RCMP costs is that my taxes are going up. Charging us more taxes today so we have a small tax increase from 2021 to 2022 is not reducing the financial burden on us citizens, it is adding to it.
Saying that the tax increases from 2018-2021 has to do with managing our policing costs when it is really for other projects is dishonest.
The Mayor and Council should act respectfully, stop linking these taxes to our policing costs, tell us what the tax increases are really for, and let us decide at the fall election if we support Council’s plan.
Editor’s note – Letter modified for clarity
A HOME, OUR CASTLE.
In October of 2001 we moved to our new home, a 2400 sq. foot, triple wide, manufactured home. We had looked at plans and made many changes to the original design and were delighted with the results. The open design makes everything so roomy, the huge kitchen has a big nook for our breakfast table and the seven windows in the kitchen make it so light and we have huge open views of the visiting birds and squirrels in our yard.
The whole house is light and airy, the only doors being in bedrooms and bathrooms. Dave installed a big wood burning fireplace which divides the “great room” into a family area and a more formal sitting area but, when we have get togethers we can have big groups in comfort.
The acre we subdivided from the campground was all peach trees, the campground was in the cherry orchard and we had kept the top acre as a buffer from spray drifting from nearby orchards. This acre is where we had our home situated. The peach trees were old and very neglected so, as I had the backhoe remove them I planted small shade trees in the holes the peach tree roots had vacated. Those small trees are now enormous and so beautiful.
I had an entire acre to play with and plan my new yard. We started off with big lawns and flower beds, in later years we removed large patches of grass and replaced with coloured gravel. It seemed such a waste to water an acre of grass and to try to keep it green. We still have a long patch of grass for visiting grandkids to pitch tents and enjoy but it is mainly gravel and easy to care for grasses and raised flower borders.
Landscaping the yard was pure joy and every day I thank God for giving me this lifestyle, I feel really lucky and extremely blessed. Dave built a big garage and turned one third of it into a workshop for baking and prepping for our catering events. We have it government inspected every year so we can keep our commercial licence.
For many years we took our products to the local Farmer’s Market and to craft shows, where we really sold tons of stuff. We also catered weddings, reunions and any kind of get together. However, I now feel ready to wind down from such a busy enterprise and we take on less each year.
We have been fortunate to be able to do so much travelling, some alone and much with good friends. Dave has also been to many weird and wonderful places on his own or with various groups. His one big love is watching a total eclipse of the sun and he will travel anywhere to see one. I think they are wonderful but frankly, if you have seen one……..well you know what I mean. Luckily, he is happy to go alone to the desert, to the mountains and to almost anywhere on earth and he even went with a group who chartered a plane to see one over the North Sea, in mid March. There was so much cloud expected on the ground that the only way to see it was to fly above the clouds, so I figure the four minutes of totality cost us one thousand dollars a minute!!!!! Another reason he went alone.
Dave also loves hiking in England and Scotland and frequently goes for six or eight weeks at a time, he meets up with his sister and they explore together, they love it and it is as wonderful way for them to spend time together. I stay here and play in the yard, which is probably my favourite place on earth, but two weeks by a sun drenched pool, in Mexico, is my idea of February Heaven. To leave the dark days behind for a couple of weeks refreshes my soul and gets me through winter.
We have been in Oliver for twenty eight years now and I cannot see us thinking of wanting to make changes, maybe future health issues will mean our last move but, if we stay healthy I would like to spend my final days in my garden, surrounded by the flowers I love. There really is no place like home.
By Pat Whalley
This is an ad on story – pictures coming in
Comments and letters coming in
In a brief statement a lot of people would like all orchard wood or discarded wood to be chipped and reused. There are many reasons to do so and a few that differ – without getting into the “right to farm” argument.
Smoke wherever can be harmful to many people and it does not look good generally on a awesome blue sky warm day in spring.
We have few answers:
Dry wood – hot burn
Fans to excite the fire – stay away from structures
Some that ad much crap to an orchard fire – chemicals, waste, paint, etc. (Just ask the FD)
We don’t need more police we need people who THINK
Don Hamilton in the Yellow Brick Rd area says “why is this allowed”?
Don sent more pix showing that the burn drifts into the bowls like White Lake and his home further South.
It is with great sorrow that the family of Lillian Shippit announce her passing on March 19, 2018 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Lil is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband of 53 years Don Shippit; her children and grandchildren, Dean (Tamra MacKenzie) and Tyler; Glen (Dawn) and John, Amy and Ben; Deanna (Steve) Nemeth and Dillon, Devon and Braedon; plus two great grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother Betty Davis and sisters Pam Blacklock, Kathleen (Gerald) MacDonald, Donna (Kirby) Balfour and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father John Davis.
Lil was born and raised in Oliver where she happily spent her years in her hometown. Here she met and married Don and they raised their three children together. Of all her work experience, she was most proud of her time spent as a care aid at South Okanagan General Hospital. Lil cherished her family and enjoyed time spent with friends. In later years, some of her favorite memories were travels with Don. Where they spent time camping in their motorhome Winnie with their two little dogs in tow.
The family would like to thank Dr Myslek and the staff of South Okanagan General Hospital for the loving care and support received during her final days.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Oliver Alliance Church this Saturday March 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm. A private family interment will be held at the Oliver Cemetery.
As Lil had a place in her heart for cards of special occasion, the family is asking that in place of condolences and sympathy cards, they receive an inspirational card in memory of Lil. Where they can read about a cherished memory or uplifting message; a keepsake to treasure of her time here with us all.
Donations gratefully accepted for the Hospice Palliative Care Program at SOGH.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
What do you get when you put a violinist, a cellist and a pianist together on the stage? You wouldn’t expect a night of laughing and musical entertainment, but that is exactly what The Joe Trio brought to the South Okanagan Concert Series’ season finale at the Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver on March 9th.
The Joe Trio is composed of three unique musicians. Cameron Wilson brings his beautiful mastery of the violin along with his amazing talent for arranging pieces for a string and piano trio. With his dry sense of humour and brilliant ability to mimic a beginner violin student, he brought a sense of approachability to an instrument that can feel foreign to the average music enthusiast.
Pianist Allen Stiles has excellent comedic timing and amazing technique. He knows just how long to stretch out a joke while backing it up with a polished performance – my type of pianist. Cellist Charles Inkman has played with household names like John Denver and Beach Boys Legend Brian Wilson, and now has Oliver to add to his list of venues he has graced. Not to be outshone by his Trio-mates, Charles brings an added touch of class with his background in classical performance with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
The programme for the evening included refined pieces from Joseph ‘Papa Joe’ Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn, to The Sad Story of Little Joe Who Played the Violin, a comedic spoken word accented number that follows the path of Little Joe’s musical life. Even more traditional pieces were approached with a light heart; Mendelssohn’s piece was introduced as “four movements – the first is pretty long, the second is pretty short, the third is really short, and the fourth is not as long as you think it will be or feels like it will be.” Never short of banter, each piece painted yet another beautiful colour on an enjoyable evening.
In particular, two pieces stood out. A medley of songs from West Side Story adapted to piano trio by Cameron Wilson called for audience participation and a bit of pre-performance practice by the packed house. I think we did a better job during the practice, but The Joe Trio managed to make us sound good. A second piece that required audience participation was ‘Classic TV Themes meets the Great Composers;’ a series of TV themes from the 60s and 70s arranged by Wilson to sound like classical composers, and each correct answer guessing the theme and composer by the audience was rewarded with a chocolate placed carefully on stage for retrieval by the winner at intermission.
And not to be forgotten was an adaptation of Bohemian Rhapsody (yes, the one by Queen), a beautiful arrangement by Wilson of a classic rock ballad that would have made Freddy Mercury proud, although I’m sure Freddy would have appreciated a quick wardrobe change to set the mood.
I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying concerts at the Frank Venables Theatre (old and new) off and on since I was six, and I am grateful to wonderful performers like The Joe Trio for making the trip out to Oliver to share their talent with us, and to the Southern Okanagan Concert Series members, volunteers and audience members who keep us entertained tirelessly year after year. Thank you.
The Southern Okanagan Concert Society would like to thank their generous local sponsors for the 2017-2018 season, and looks forward to another entertaining season of musical enjoyment starting in the fall. The 2018-2019 season will feature the Mark Atkinson Trio on October 12, 2018, Duo Fortin-Poirier on February 15, 2019, and O-Celli cello octet (eight cellos!) on March 29, 2019, plus a fourth concert to be announced. Look for ticket information to be released soon
Leaping Leprechauns! St. Paddy may have chased all the snakes out of Ireland but he left all the curlers in Oliver to have some fun on March 17! The Oliver Curling Club held its annual Wind-Up BBQ Dinner and Awards on St. Paddy’s Day at the Eastlink Curling Centre.
The Oliver Curling Club’s new President, Dave McCombe, was the Master of Ceremonies at the BBQ that was well attended and enjoyed by the curlers.
Two award recipients show how curling is for ALL ages: Tyler Antunes for being an enthusiastic up-and-coming member as “The Younger” and Joyce Kuzyk continuing to contribute as “The Elder” on the Board (with Gail Barriskill presenting).
The following teams won in their respective leagues:
•Day League first session – Donna Cooke/Bob Hale/Mike Kelly/Randy Gushulak and Jan Campbell
•Day League second session – Donna Cooke/Bob Hale/Diane Cameron/Murray Soder/Reg Cameron
•Ladies League first session – Diane Tetreault/Pat Batchelor/Lisa Waines/Alesha Grimard
•Ladies League second session – Sylvia Lowe/Delfina Antunes/Colleen McCombe/Jean Lederer
•Mixed League A Division– Bruce Schroter/Linda Schroter/Dave Arnold/Barb Barley
•Mixed League B Division – Wanda Casorso/Brad Thompson/Dave Casorso/Cathy Thompson
•Mixed League C Division – Bob Kozuback/Deb Ellis/Sylvia Lowe/Tony Murray
•Mixed League D Division – Ernie Casorso/Bev LeClerc/Julie Martineau/Mark Martineau
•Men’s League – Ed Shugalo/Dave Andrews/Joe Giesbrecht/Earl Zinger
Curling is done for this season and most curlers are heading to the golf courses (where they are equally as good, or bad, at golf). The Oliver Curling Club will be gearing up for another fun year of curling at the Eastlink Curling Centre in the fall—we hope you join us!
The public showing was to begin Friday March 23rd – but the erector set is engaged. Modules stored in OK Falls are being transported to Oliver, un-wrapped and set to be erected.
Louie, 50, has represented himself in court, and verbally sparred with Judge Arne Silverman stating that the court had “no jurisdiction” over him, due to his First Nation not having a treaty with the Crown.
He spoke for 40 minutes Monday on the topic, despite Silverman explaining he had already decided the argument was invalid. “He’s wasted a lot of court time,” Silverman said.
The judge said the crime was clearly premeditated. He was sentenced to three years for each of three counts and one each for two counts is to be served concurrently. Time and a half credit was given for the 412 days he has already served.
“If Senk’lip were a non-Indigenous person and all the other circumstances were the same, he would be serving a four year sentence in prison,” Silverman said.
Louie, from Oliver, will be in jail for just shy of 17 more months, at which time he will be released with a lifelong ban of possessing a restricted firearm, and a 10-year ban on possession of non-restricted weapons.
Photo credit: SO Photos
by Roy Wood
Subsidized housing lot switch OK’d
Osoyoos council has agreed to allow the developer of the so-called Richter Property portion of the Southeast Meadowlark subdivision to switch the “near market” designation from one lot to another.
But council ordered that any future such requests for switching the designation would see the town’s administrative costs passed on to the developer.
The property, behind the new firehall and west of Highway 97, will eventually include 26 new homes. Six single-family homes and one duplex are completed or under construction.
Under its contract with the town, Ellcar Construction agreed that four of the units would be sold at “near market” prices. “Near market” is a more recent term for affordable housing. In this case, the homes would sell at a 15-per-cent discount from market values.
Town financial services director Jim Zakall told council that two of the lots had been designated as “near market.” But Ellcar approached the town seeking to switch the designation from one lot to another because it has received an offer for one of them from a non-subsidized buyer.
Community grant short list gets council nod
Council has approved the $63, 391 in community grants short-listed by senior staff along with councillors Jim King and Mike Campol.
The town received more than $100,000 in grant requests this year. Campol lamented to council Monday that there wasn’t enough money available to approve them all.
The approved grants – listed on ODN last week – ranged from $1,200 to $6,500 and will be distributed among 21 local organizations.
Grants are for special events, facility rentals, tax requirements, special projects and insurance expenses. They are available only to non-profit organizations which provide a service to town residents.
The CEO of one of the province’s largest non-profit organizations and the former chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Janet Austin has reached the highest level of achievement in both the social and business sectors.
Janet has guided YWCA Metro Vancouver through a number of transitions that have put the organization at the heart of the lives of tens of thousands of British Columbians using its services and programs and supporting their physical and mental well-being at more than 40 locations.
Over the past decade, Janet has spearheaded community-focused initiatives at the YWCA, expanding its geographic and social reach in order to increase access to affordable housing for low- income single mothers and women leaving abusive relationships, supporting youth in foster care to transition to independence, and broadening services for marginalized women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
A champion of social change, Janet volunteers on several committees and boards including the Big Sisters honorary advisory board and the City of Vancouver Healthy City for All Leadership Table. She is a passionate mentor and role model for women across BC.
She received an honorary degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals.