Students then would have been “in a positon of being evacuees and be dropped off at emergency operations centres without supervision or accompaniment of their parents. This (would) only complicate the relief efforts of the RDOS,” Superintendent Bev Young in a letter that was sent home with kids.
Archives for May 15, 2018
2018-05-15 13:53 PDT
On May 14, 2018 at 1:40 p.m. the Osoyoos RCMP responded to an incident at a hotel located at 4200 Lakeshore Drive. A 25-year-old male was located on site suffering from suspected stab wounds and was transported to the hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
Preliminary information suggests this was a targeted event, and police do not feel public safety is at risk.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Osoyoos RCMP at 250-495-7236. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Sgt. Jay (Jason) D. Bayda
Area Commander – Osoyoos Det.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police | Gendarmerie royale du Canada
Highway 97 Both directions – Maintenance 13.5 km north of Oliver 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Tue May 15. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 19 minutes delay. Updated on Tue May 15 at 7:35 am PDT.
Source: Drive BC
Orchard Haven care home resident relocation underway
Due to ongoing flooding and increased evacuation alerts in the South Okanagan, residents at Orchard Haven residential care home are being relocated until further notice.
Orchard Haven has 36 residents, 11 have the ability to return to family in the area and 25 will be transported to alternate facilities in the South Okanagan.
Although residents of Orchard Haven are being relocated, the South Similkameen Health Centre will remain open for services unless a mandatory evacuation order is issued.
Family members and patients with questions can call 250-295-5414 for more information. As staff members work to relocate residents during this period, your patience and understanding is requested.
High lake levels and some flooding has put Osoyoos in the provincial spotlight… but
Most of the community of Osoyoos and surrounding area remains unaffected, is open for business, and looking forward to exceptional weather for the coming May long weekend. Travelers are invited to check out everything the town has to offer beyond lake activities, including numerous wineries, interpretative and culture centers, golf courses, and the upcoming Osoyoos Medieval Faire. Hotels, Resorts, Bed & Breakfasts, Campgrounds, the unique shops along Main Street, and a wide variety of restaurants are unaffected and ready to greet this season’s tourists.
In an effort to decrease damage and in the interest of public safety, sẁiẁs Provincial Park (Haynes Point), Paradise Park, and the area marinas are currently closed.
Both residents and visitors are encouraged to limit activities on the lake to paddle boarding and kayaking and to avoid impacted areas.
Source: Town of Osoyoos
With the summery weather seemingly here to stay, it’s time to haul out trowels, pull on gloves, and gleefully step back into the garden. No one is more excited to get their hands into the dirt than the kids in Samantha Dunlop’s grade one class at Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School.
“It’s so fun!” says Kayden, one of the students. “I want to stay outsides all day!”
Gardening is good for kids’ brains, their bodies, and their souls. It offers an incredible, hands-on way to expand kids’ understanding of scientific concepts, the natural world, and the miracle of life. It’s proven to help develop self-confidence, self-regulation, and an understanding of everything from consequences to caring. And, aside from the obvious body and health benefits that outside time and physical activity offer, gardening gets kids in touch with soil microbes, which new research shows can decrease everything from allergies and obesity to dementia and cancer.
“Gardening creates healthier, more well-balanced students and better learning,” says Dunlop, who spearheaded and, together with husband Grant Dunlop, built Tuc-el-Nuit’s school garden four years ago.
“Gardening is earthing. People have known for generations that being in touch with the earth creates mental well-being, but we’ve moved away from being outside and being in the soil in this generation. The Ministry of Education’s new curriculum focuses on inquiry and play-based learning, so gardening fits right in there.”
Tuesday, today, Dunlop’s class is busy weeding the garden boxes. A grade 6-7 class already has potatoes growing in one box, and a kindergarten class is days away from planting the pumpkins they’ve been nurturing indoors for the past couple weeks. Over the coming weeks, most of the rest of the school will be digging, planting, weeding … and dreaming about the delicious results of all their hard work. (See pix above)
Want to help get Tuc-el-Nuit’s school kids into the garden? Here are a couple ways:
On Wednesday May 16, Tuc-el-Nuit and Sunvalley Farms will be hosting a bedding plant sale from 2:00 – 5:00 pm in front of the school. Everyone is welcome! In addition to filling your own garden with excellent quality, locally grown annuals, you’ll be helping the school too: 40% of every dollar spent will come back to Tuc-el-Nuit. Proceeds from the sale will be split between a grade 7 school trip and the school garden. If you’d like to help even more directly, buy some plants at the sale and then donate them to the school garden! Tomatoes, kale and squash are top priorities.
Dunlop is also putting out a plea to Oliver gardeners to donate raspberry plants: “The kids are hoping to get to eat lots and lots of raspberries, so we need lots and lots of raspberry plants!” she says. If you have some raspberry canes you’d like to share, contact Dunlop at email@example.com.
Sumitted by Benita Baerg
“Oliver & District Heritage Society announces that their AGM will be held Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the Town of Oliver Council Chambers.
For meeting documents and more information visit http://oliverheritage.ca/agm “
Oliver and District Heritage Society Museum and Archives
www.oliverheritage.ca l 250.498.4027 l 430 Fairview Rd, Oliver BC
Changing wording or adjusting qualifications for awards at Spirit of Oliver
‘Heritage Award or Pioneer Family Award’ – goes to the Spirit of Oliver Committee for a recommendation to council. Suggested by Sue Morhun that Pioneer has a meaning different from that of Heritage in which people could/can be recognized for a contribution to the community.
Definition of Pioneer: a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area.
New Branding for Oliver – “Oliver – Canada’s Wine Capital” – Logo not really changed much but more defined and a change in the message – that Oliver is about family, farming, history and multiculture. The official launch of new branding will come in mid June says consultant Tony Munday.
Walk for Dog Guides – a walk in the Park – Sunday May 27 – each dog costs $25 thousand to train and no one in Oliver utilizes the free service according Lion’s spokesperson Joanne Bray. She urged council to support the event in its 12th year in Oliver.
Bray made a presentation to council on what exactly Guide Dogs are trained to assist with those with impaired vision, hearing loss, those prone to seizures, including assistance to those with diabetes and epilepsy.
This year the event will be much bigger coupling along with Woof Stock, official opening of the Dog Park and plans for the Small wheels (skateboard) Park. That day will see Food, Music, entertainment in an effort to bring out the public, more dog lovers etc. Bray said only 9 dogs and owners appeared last year.
Code of Conduct policy for the Oliver Volunteer Fire Department voted on and adopted with the – acceptance of Council, Town staff, Fire Chief, Officers and OFD volunteers.
May 14 – Council still not satisfied with all the wording of this important policy direction and a bylaw that is needed to stop all smoking in public. It would cover tobacco and cannabis products. The bylaw likely will see no smoking allowed unless a large gathering has a permit and a segregated area. There likely would not
be segregated spots at bars in Oliver.
Fines could range from $50 to $400 depending on how many times it is applied to a person or business. Staff pointed out that there can be no enforcement unless there is a bylaw that sets out the rules and the fines. The matter is likely to be settled May 28th when council returns to the table. Most of the concerns raised on the list below taken care of by wording changes but * items discussed in detail Monday evening.
Previously on ODN
April 23 – First kick at the can for his issue
A no smoking bylaw for Oliver discussed today in a Committee meeting
Staff directed to re-think some of the provisions in a proposed bylaw. Council concerns included:
Vehicles mentioned in the bylaw – that should be clarified:
Special Events – a smoking area can be allowed
What about bars that have smoking areas outside an establishment *
Regulations for tobacco cigs should be the same as for marijuana cigs
The phrase “responsible person” mentioned in the bylaw for public events needs to be looked at
Fines have not been discussed yet *
Who will be responsible for enforcement
May 14 – Based on a question from a reporter at the end of a long meeting of Oliver Council – the issue of a variance requested by builder Mark Pankratz – rejected in a 3 to 1 vote – will likely be brought back for reconsideration May 28th. No explanation was offered by the Town staff or council. Acting Mayor Dave Mattes pointed out that under the community charter a Mayor may ask council to reconsider a decision made earlier.
Previously – April 23
The building inspector said ok – permit for the home issued. (6965 Mountainview Drive at Lakeside)
Home with Deck built but a variance needed – no stop work order every issued and the Town’s planner recommends the variance to members of council.
Council says no based on arguments presented by Councillor Dave Mattes. “Build first – ask permission second too much of that going on in the home construction
sector”- he said.
Mattes also pointed out the width of projection from the wall and the length of a deck allowed in this case. He stated that 3 variances should have been asked for in this situation.
A variance for a setback was requested and those details very complicated.
Developer Mark Pankratz says the house had been planned in such a way but once footings needed to go in – a problem surfaced with the adjacent house so it was moved forward in the lot – affecting setbacks.
Ultimately – the situation came down to some confusion with Town staff.
Pankratz says he is not willing to give up and will do more research on exactly what is the difference between a balcony and a dec*k and how are the definitions being used to hinder the project. Based on the decision at council – most of the built deck will have to be taken down – shaped (much smaller) to conform with the Town bylaws that indicate set backs and the size of a deck projecting out from the building.
Council vote: To deny – Mattes, Schwartzenberger and Hovanes. To approve – Doerr. Absent Veintimilla