3 times as many dogs as last year
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The last treaty inked in 1964 diminished our agricultural way of life from the border all the way to Salmon Arm. Prior to the treaty there was a thriving business for all. BC and Washington produced about twelve million boxes of fruit each a year.
Today the American side produces about one hundred fifty million boxes and the Okanagan about four million on average. We gave the Americans water for hydro and flood control. They also used it for irrigation. Apples production is one example there are others. Did you know Washington produces more potato’s than Idaho?
The lead up to these talks started three or four years ago. When I was President of the BC Fruit Growers Association I pressed hard for the establishment of a trust fund to compensate tree fruit growers, BC vegetable growers and potato growers.
The BCFGA has put a lot of work into being heard and making input to government on how such compensation could be realized. Here is something to consider, its not just farmers who will benefit. It is entire communities who will see the eventual spinoff if success is achieved. I would hope the Chamber’s Of Commerce and other business interests will lend support to the BCFGA initiative and express their views to the current government.
Looking at the past it should be noted the Columbia River Trust has grown to over one hundred twenty million dollars. We don’t want some of their money as citizens of the valley we want a fund of our own.
Remember the last discussion and treaty negatively impacted you in many ways not even considered before lets make sure this treaty provides some economic benefit and the impact is positive
If you, like me, are a animal person and have wept buckets of tears over the passing of a beloved pet, you will not understand how some people think it is ridiculous to shed tears over the death of an animal.
We have always had at least one pet since the day we got married, in fact when Dave brought his yellow lab from his family home she was treated as our first child. Upon arrival of our first two legged child the dog claimed the infant as her own. When I took our first daughter home from hospital, I lay her on a blanket on the floor and Mandy sniffed her up and down then lay down next to her to love and protect the new arrival. No jealousy here, the dog took on role as nursemaid and nanny.
When daughter number two arrived twelve months later we followed the same procedure and the new child was accepted into the dogs care. However, by this time daughter number one learned to walk and the mobility of her eldest charge was a worry to Mandy, she would chase after Susan and stop her from going too far by holding the hem of her dress between her teeth. Mandy took motherhood seriously.
Several years later when our lovely furry kid passed away, a black cloud seemed to have settled over the house. A year later we adopted a poodle puppy, not Dave’s choice of dog but I wanted one that didn’t shed as by now we had four little girls to pull out stray dog hairs and trying to snack on same. The one poodle led to two and over the years five cats roamed into our lives. Only one of these babies was planned the other four were strays who wandered in and stayed. We were suckers for bedraggled, torn-eared cats who, once fed and bathed were taken to the vet for the snip. All our beauties lived long healthy lives and all were sadly mourned when they went to kitty heaven.
When the poodles passed we got a yellow lab again and had a total of three and always at least one cat. When the last of our labs went we were in our late sixties and decided that in the next twelve years or so, which is the average life of a dog, our living circumstances may change radically so opted for a smaller dog. Who knows where our next move may take us but it will definitely be a down size from our one acre lot.
Many walled communities have strange rules about only allowing up to a certain height of dog. I find this strange as little dogs are more yappy and annoying than the one big woof of a large breed and, whatever the size of dog, it needs to be cleaned up after, however, these are the rules. Our little white Bichon/shi-tzu was a good choice and found her to be a large dog personality in a small body. She is very independent, faithful and afraid of nothing. A couple of years later we got her a pal, the same mixed breed but she didn’t grow as large.
Our present cat had been with us for fifteen years but was fully grown when we adopted her so she is around eighteen years old. Some friends of ours had reluctantly taken her when their daughter moved house and couldn’t take the cat with her. Rosie settled down into being our cat immediately. On the ride home from the coast, where we picked her up, she climbed into my lap and has sat there for at least part of every day since. Although she is an old girl and sleeps much of the time, she tours her estate several times a day, loves to be among the flower beds and napping on the deck however, a few days ago a bird flew in through our open door and the sleeping cat took an enormous leap to get the bird in mid air. Unluckily for the sparrow she killed it instantly before I could retrieve it from the jaws of doom.
She quite often catches mice or birds when she is outside but very rarely does she hurt them. She brings them indoors as a gift to me. If I see her arriving with a mouthful of feathers or a dangling mouse tail, I waylay her at the door, hold her neck and she drops the gift in my hand. She then looks quite disgusted at me as I go to the end of the yard and release the victim over the fence.
This furry friend is getting to the end of her long life, she is diabetic and has a thyroid problem for which she takes medication. However, she is terribly thin and will probably not be here too long. I know when she goes I will be so sorry to say goodbye, she has been a lovely friend and so happy to be with her people. When they go it is such a wrench on the heart, like losing any other old friend. At the time of a pet passing we quite often think that this love cannot be replaced by another animal, and that is quite right. The love is not replaced it is kept in our hearts and minds with all our other loving memories. They are never forgotten but the hurt decreases as years go by.
If anyone reading this thinks it is a load of nonsense to get so upset over an animal, you have missed such an important part of your life to not have felt the joy and pain that is experienced by loving a pet. I feel really sorry that you have missed out on such a loving friendship.
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada presented the Oliver-Osoyoos Winery Association with The Metro/Toronto Convention Centre ‘Event of the Year’ Award for the Half Corked Marathon.
10th year in 2018, – The Half Corked welcomes over 1,000 runners (along with family and friends) to Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country every May. The route weaves through vineyards with winery stations every kilometer, offering acclaimed wine and delicious treats to keep runners motivated.
At the finish line, the party continues with more winery stations, food trucks, live music and more.
Why Me, God?
Stunned and shocked Leola Harmon saw a huge trailer truck drift into her lane. The driver was slumped over the wheel. There was no chance to avoid a head on collision! She smashed into the windshield, slammed back against the steering wheel and then was hurled through the glass onto a snowbank in Anchorage, Alaska. Barely conscious and coming out of a daze, she heard a voice saying, “It’s alive – I saw it move!” She was an “it”, mutilated beyond recognition. Even in her shattered state, as an air force nurse at Elmendorf Hospital in Nov., 1968, she realized the implications of that statement.
At that hospital, staff stared in horror at the sight of their emaciated friend. They seemed paralyzed into inaction. Dr. J. Stallings burst into the room and took charge. “I’ll do the tracheotomy. Gary, you work on her legs. Ray, get a venocath into her – she’ll need blood and fluids. Major, tell X-ray to stand by. Nurse, call the operating room to get ready for orthopedic, obstetrics, general surgery, plastics and dental work. Round up every specialist on the base.”
Leola was 5 months pregnant, the baby was stillborn. Her husband came in with grief and pain on his face but when he saw the ‘frightening stranger’ he left without a word or a touch. In less than two years they divorced. “Give me 2 to 5 years to make you at least presentable,” the doctor told her. “God saved your life. Now it’s up to us to make the most of it. If you have the guts, I have the time and the skills.”
She lost her baby, her husband, her wellbeing and even her identity in one fell swoop. The swollen, discolored, distorted, toothless mass of tissue that was left comprised only a third of her face. It took years of plastic surgery, dental work and grafts from other parts of her body to rebuild. There were 35 operations in 7 years, including 4 innovative surgeries created by the doctor. Even after she was released from the hospital, two Girl Scouts selling cookies were so frightened when she answered the door that they dropped the cookies and fled.
Eventually returning to work she became that doctor’s research assistant and emergency nurse. Patients identified with her. When Dr. Stallings was gone for two months on an exchange appointment prior to setting up his own practice in Des Moines, Leola missed him terribly. His absence during those two months made her realize how dependent she had become on him. He wanted her to come with him as his nurse. But she decided it would not look good for a single nurse to follow a single doctor to Des Moines. She resolved to tell him when he returned that she would not be able to come. He responded by admitting to her that she was right and that he had missed her too. In a fumbling manner the doctor who was so in charge and so confident in his abilities had to muster the courage to say, “I think we should get married before we go there.” Leola became the wife of Dr. James O. Stallings and thanked God for giving her the answer to “Why Me?”
The road to recovery or success often leads through tough times.
Casting is the art of finding the right people to play the characters in a theater or film production. Sometimes Pee Wee Herman, sometimes Dwayne Johnson is best for the part. The choices for cast members can flavour the result in very significant ways. Peter O’Toole as Hamlet provides a different experience than if I play that part. To cast is to throw out, so we could cast out the casting call to invite actors to audition
To cast is to throw but in a particular way. We don’t cast a baseball. We do cast a net. To cast is more like flinging, to throw in a fan shape or like when you throw the bed sheet out over the mattress. When I imagine casting my arms are making a horizontal arc and I’m using both of them. Then we have casting the dice, which can be with one hand or two. Casting a glance does not use my hands at all
Anyone can cast a shadow, to place themselves in front of a light-source in an otherwise dark place. It can be said that a certain person casts a long shadow, meaning their reputation is known far and wide. To say she casts little is to say that she gives little out from her, maybe shy, maybe withholding, maybe entangled within herself, not generous or not approachable. What kind of shadow do you choose to cast?
One can cast doubt about another. How do we do that? To cast is a verb and casting a pair of dice is definitely a physical act, but casting doubt? You can cast doubt about someone by innuendo all the way up to an out loud accusation. If I become suspicious of another the doubt has been cast, whether by me or by you. Once doubt has been cast, oh oh, the relationship is impaired, what was solid and true before is not so any longer
A casting is a mold that is used to make things, like out of molten metal or liquid plastic or even play doh. Making tools out of iron was primarily done use a casting, a reverse shape of the thing to be made, like maybe a frying pan or a cannon. The casting is the vessel into which the molten material is poured. If you and I were castings, what could we be making more of in the world? What are we making?
Evacuation Order Rescinded for 15 Properties, Evacuation Alert Rescinded for 80 Homes on 67 Properties in Osoyoos
The Town of Osoyoos has rescinded mandatory Evacuation Orders for 15 properties affected by the rise of Osoyoos Lake this spring. As well an additional 80 homes on 67 properties have been taken off Evacuation Alert.
Other select properties in the Town of Osoyoos remain under Evacuation Order and Alert. The Town of Osoyoos continues to conduct Rapid Damage Assessment of evacuated properties to determine if homes or structures are safe as lake levels continue to drop.
Due to lowered lake levels in Osoyoos Lake, the EVACUATION ORDER, pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, issued by Town of Osoyoos in the vicinity of the Osoyoos Lake; in The Town of Osoyoos, issued on May 10 and 11, 2018, is RESCINDED for the following properties:
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A new Alert, or Order, may need to be reissued; however, if that is deemed necessary, the process will re-commence.
Obituary for the late
Michael David Osland July 4, 1971 – May 15, 2018
On the afternoon of May 15, a hole was ripped out of the hearts of many. A void was created that will never be filled when Michael, aka Mike or Misty, passed away at the home he was raised in with family at his side. He was a very active child, always kicking a soccer ball against any wall he could find, or practicing juggling it. There was no soccer in the South Okanagan, so his father, Norm, started the South Okanagan Soccer league. This league started small, but grew to what it is today – a legacy that Norm and Michael leave behind. Michael played for the Pinnacles until a severe injury prevented him from playing at that high caliber. During his adult years, he was still loving and playing the game. He loved golf and would go out and play with family and friends, helping them with great patience, and maybe a bit of ridicule. He loved being with his family, skiing in the winter and camping and being at the lake in the summer. He organized many barbecues in the summer for large groups of family and friends. These get-togethers will be greatly missed. His wife, Christine, and boys, Braelin and Colton, were the light of his life. We will miss his sarcastic wit and smile, his kindness and thoughtfulness, but will never forget.
The broken hearts are too many to list – Christine (wife), Braelin and Colton (sons), Trish (mother), Norm (father, predeceased). He was close to many aunts and uncles, cousins, his in-laws, as well as friends that were like family, his workmates at Summerland RV Centre and his soccer teammates. A special thanks to Aunt Brenda and Uncle Don, Uncle Denis and Aunt Kim. Their help was invaluable this last month.
A private celebration of life will be held.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Main residential area at shoreline – North of Lower Nipit. One media report this week states that the “kettle lake” is 9 feet higher since the ice melted just a few months ago. This has not been verified and pictures seem to show that to be impossible.
Below water shooting from a ground hole must likely fueled by a pump. Some water is flowing into Park Rill at Twin Lakes but the amount is restricted at the moment.
“Highway to Healing”, Our mission is simple, to financially assist families from the Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls area that have children who need medical treatment that is not provided locally. We are in our 5th year and thanks to our local businesses, sponsors and community members we as a community have successfully assisted 17 families reach medical treatment outside our community….your generosity has provided over $33,000.00 to these families to cover their travel expenses over the last 5 Years….please continue to support this registered charity, there is a need in our communities for this service, to relieve families of some of the financial burden an illness or accident can cause is a lifeline a family can grab onto in a very difficult and stressful time.
Please join us on Sunday June 10, 2018 for our 4th Annual “Ride to Provide” family event, beginning at the South end of Lions Park, you can register online at highwaytohealing.org, help us by raising pledges so we can continue to help “families get there!”
Gail Barriskill, President
Highway to Healing Support Society
Mr. Cannings is the recipient of the Forest Community Champion Award for his work in tabling and advancing Bill C-354, a private member’s bill that would require the federal government to consider the use of wood in federal infrastructure projects, taking into account the associated costs and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by using wood products.
Richard Cannings is a renowned biologist who has authored a dozen award winning books on the natural history of British Columbia. He was elected in 2015 as Member of Parliament for South Okanagan-West Kootenay. Mr. Cannings served for more than a decade on BC’s Environmental Appeal Board and eight years as co-chair on the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Prior to being elected, he served as a director on the board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and worked with Bird Studies Canada, coordinating surveys on the status of Canada’s bird populations. Cannings was named BC’s Biologist of the Year by the Association of Professional Biologists in 1996. In 2008, he was named an Honourary Fellow at Okanagan College.
MOTORCYCLE RIDERS SUPPORT THE OS Neurological Society
Okanagan Motorcycle Riders Association (OMRA) are once again supporting the Child and Youth Development Centre in raffling a brand new 2018 Harley Davidson Heritage Softtail. Money raised from this raffle goes to support the development programs offered by the OSNS to children throughout the South Okanagan and Similkameen.
The raffle bike will be available for viewing and to purchase tickets at the Oliver Canadian tire Friday Saturday and Sunday, May 25, 26 and 27 The raffle draw will be June 24. One of their most popular fundraising projects is the raffle of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, supported by OMRA.
OMRA is a group of motorcycle enthusiast who have consistently supported the OSNS with the Harley Motorcycle Raffle.
The weeks of flooding stories and media are starting to make us wonder if it will ever end. For almost two months, we have watched neighborhoods and residents try to manage what, for some, has been a repeat performance of last year, and for others, a new and totally devastating experience.
Throughout all this time an incredibly knowledgeable and hardworking staff from several government agencies and ministries have been working around the clock to support residents and mitigate damage.
In the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen getting an Emergency Operations Centre up and running was done quickly and efficiently as many involved had experience from last year’s flooding. Emergency Management BC (EMBC), the Ministry of Highways, Environment, Forests and Lands and First Nations were all brought into the operation very quickly. Paul Edmonds has done an excellent job managing Emergency Operations out of the Penticton RDOS.
When possible, I have met those impacted by the flood and toured most of the areas affected. As the Legislature is sitting in Victoria, I have also been able to meet with all Ministry Staff on a regular basis and forward requests for assistance to the appropriate Ministries. I will continue to do so as we all work through a recovery and rebuild process.
We are all very grateful for the men and women of the BC Forest Fire Services who were here very quickly supplying the much needed bodies to help with all aspects of flood control. And now the Canadian Military has been deployed around our region and all of BC as flooding continues, allowing many of the Forest Service’s personnel to leave and prepare to fight fires already starting around the Province.
Flood water is “nonpartisan”. It goes where ever it wants, whenever it wants. Starting in Willowbrook weeks ago, it has continued to damage properties and infrastructure. Local champions like Michelle Weisheit continue to raise issues that need to be addressed by all levels of governments looking to the future of flood control. Coral Brown and her volunteers at Twin Lakes have lobbied for years for a better storage and flood management plan for their Watershed.
The water has been unforgiving- taking the path of least resistance- as the people of Sportsman’s Bowl can attest to and those in Park Rill, as the water made its way to the river. Every community in my riding of Boundary-Similkameen has been under a state of emergency and continues to be until the snow pack is gone. Okanagan Falls residents along Shuttleworth Creek were forced to a hasty retreat, and while it was only temporary, the damage had been done.
In Princeton, the rising Tulameen River forced many evacuations and from Princeton to Hedley, Keremeos, Cawston and the Lower Similkameen First Nations, the unpredictable Similkameen River and incredibly high ground water continues to be a major concern.
And all that water ends up in Osoyoos Lake. A “ thumbs up “ to Mayor Sue McKortoff who not only filled sandbags on Mother’s Day, but made sure the press put out a good news story about the Tourist Attractions not impacted by flood waters in Osoyoos for the May Holiday weekend.
Special thanks to the Keremeos Elks who put on a great rodeo and parade, in spite of the ongoing flood issues.
We have for years allowed people and whole communities to develop and build on what is traditionally a “flood plain”. This is the second year that flooding has occurred in these areas and going forward there does not appear to be an end in sight. The ground water continued to remain above the old norms last year even after a long hot summer- starting this year’s flood season with the ground already saturated. Will it be any different next year?
There will be several meetings when this flood season is over and I know it is important for all of you to be involved in the talks going forward. It is time to draw on the “local knowledge” to ensure a flood mitigation plan that will have positive results.
Please stay away from our very dangerous rivers for the next several weeks and thank you to all who stepped up to help out your neighbour’s over the past several weeks.
MLA Linda Larson