Archives for June 2018
Fly your drone:
- below 90 m above the ground
- at least 5.6 km away from aerodromes (any airport or area where aircraft take off and land)
- at least 1.9 km away from heliports or aerodromes used by helicopters
- within 500 m of yourself
- only if clearly marked with your name, address and telephone number
- these are but a few of the rules – check with Transport Canada
Transport Canada inspectors investigate reports of unsafe and illegal drone use and may involve local police if other laws (for example, the Criminal Code and privacy laws) have been broken.
You could face serious penalties, including up to $25,000 in fines and/or jail time, if you:
- put aircraft at risk
- fly where you are not allowed
- endanger anyone’s safety
Why this item at this time:
A reliable citizen reported the following – a drone was sighted flying close to the airport. Both the local airport and the RCMP are located adjacent to Airport Street.
That citizen contacted the RCMP but nothing much happened. When the drone was again spotted flying over homes on Airport Street right down to the RCMP station a second call was made to the police.
But prior to that a group of citizens tracked the drone and operator to a home on Highway 97 North of Skagit Avenue.
A second officer became involved and went to the identified home and asked the house occupant whether he had a drone. The answer was yes, it was inspected and then seized by police. One report was that the drone was an expensive model.
Police in Oliver have not confirmed nor denied the story. We don’t know whether charges will be laid, a warning given or the drone returned to its owner.
Time:6:45 pm Wednesday
Tim Horton, north of Oliver at Enterprise Way
Several trees fully involved with flames moving through grassland. Oliver Fire Department on site quickly with all units, tenders and pumpers.
Scott Schaffrick was first on scene coming home from work and attacked the fire with a shovel and received some assistance.
Fire took about 30 minutes to control and extinguish.
Wally and Auntie Kay Smith appreciated hummingbirds. Wally pointed out a hummingbird nest in one of the apple trees with two tiny eggs in it. I was a child then and it was such a thrill to see them! We put up feeders where we could observe hummingbirds from the comfort of our house. Wally even put up a white backstop so he could photograph them at the feeder. Who doesn’t like hummingbirds? I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t like the remarkable little creatures.These birds however, are in jeopardy, even though they are protected under the Migratory Bird Act.
Recently, CBC radio interviewed a man named Pepper Trail, a criminal forensic ornithologist with the US Government, who spoke of the current problems besetting our beloved humming birds. But that is part of the problem, they are too beloved! Apparently the Mayan culture once looked at the hummingbird as a love charm and that frame of mind has been resurrected with the Mexican people as well as the Spanish speaking communities throughout the United States and Canada.
People in countries south of the U.S., are paid to harvest hummingbirds by the hundreds. Border Security has intercepted packages destined for the United States of America with at least 300 dead hummingbirds in each, all neatly and individually confined, complete with a verse or poem for each hopeful lover who buys the dead hummingbird.
Yes, these dead birds are being marketed as good luck charms, just as the lucky rabbit foot has been marketed here. The companies involved in this practice are very well organized according to Mr. Trail. The question is, how do you stop a cultural practice such as this love charm operation?
There are only so many hummingbirds to go around before they become extinct along with the many different species of wild flowers that are pollinated solely by hummingbirds. Then what are the people going to do for a love charm? They will use a fake one, but by then the irreparable damage will be done.
A solution then is to flood the current market with fake, cheaper hummingbirds. When you look around at what is available for fake birds, there are many that look incredibly realistic! There are other solutions too that I don’t know of. Perhaps make another bird a popular love charm such as the Starling, and when they become extinct, there will be no tragedy abounding!
How much time is there before our hummingbirds are all gone ? Two years, five years, certainly no more than ten years. When you really think about, it is inconceivable that our hummingbirds could all die as love charms by an uneducated humanity!
My hope is that the powers that be, financial powers in particular, will take notice of a potential love charm market available in fake hummingbirds for the Spanish speaking communities throughout North America; thereby preserving the lives of hundreds of real, live hummingbirds.
Just a note of clarification. There are readers who will take this article all wrong by thinking I’m blaming this problem on the people of North and South America who speak Spanish. The Spanish speaking communities just happen to be the ones I know about; there may be others who are involved in this ignorant decimation of our hummingbird populations. No matter who is partaking in this, it must stop as soon as possible, to avert the inconceivable.
Andrew Bradley Miller is facing one count of attempted murder with a firearm and possession of a firearm for a May 28 incident, where he allegedly shot a man by name of Tyler Newton.
The charges against him were sworn on June 1.
RCMP said at May 31 they were investigating a home invasion and shooting in Oliver on May 18 and 28
Mounties said a man was dropped off at SOGH with gunshot wounds to the face on May 28. The same man was inside a home that was hit with an armed home invasion on May 18, although he and others wouldn’t cooperate with police at the time of the first incident.
Miller has a criminal record dating back to at least 2009, with convictions for kidnapping, unlawful confinement sexual assault, assault and firearms violations.
Police are investigating after a man linked to a home invasion weeks ago showed up at SOGH Monday with a gunshot wound to the face.
The Oliver RCMP was first called to a home invasion on Harmony Cres. on May 18 at about 1 a.m.
“A male carrying a handgun and wearing a mask was witnessed leaving this residence,” Sgt. Blaine Gervais said in a news release. “Oliver RCMP members arrived and questioned the people inside who were uncooperative.”
Then on Monday, one of the men present during the home invasion was dropped off at the local hospital after being shot in the face. He was taken to Kelowna General Hospital and has since been released.
The Penticton Serious Crimes Unit has stepped in to help the local RCMP with the investigation, due to the seriousness of the offence and the history of the victim and associates. It’s believed both incidents were targeted and the public is not at risk.
This vehicle makes the trip to the Kelowna cancer lodge five days a week taking patients to and from their treatments, People diagnosed with cancer are quite often given radiation therapy as part of their treatment. This is a daily treatment that can be repeated from 21 days to over forty days, during this time patients can stay at the lodge from Monday to Friday or can travel there daily, for the duration of their treatment. This is where the Cancer Car comes in.
Donated by the Freemasons of BC, these vans are spread throughout BC to assist patients in getting to and from the various Cancer treatment centres. There is no charge for this service and all cancer patients are eligible, rides are arranged by the Cancer Lodge in Kelowna. In the Okanagan there are several of these vehicles, operating from Kamloops to Osoyoos. The total upkeep and maintenance of the vehicles is provided by the freemasons and local lodges provide the daily drivers. However there are several other drivers who are not connected to the masons, they are just happy to volunteer their services for such a worthy cause.
The Order of the Eastern Star will be holding a hot dog sale on Sunday, July 1st at By-Low foods to raise funds for this very worthwhile service, please stop by and grab a tasty lunch and help us out. Hot dog and a soft drink are by donation, the welcoming smiles of the Eastern Star volunteers are free.
submitted by Pat Whalley
Wind storm this week left many Willowbrook residents with no power for 18 hours. To add pain to that injury – the pump house and well for the domestic water system has no back up generator.
What does that mean? – No water, no flushing toilets, no baths/showers etc.
Residents have told the RDOS that taxes have risen, water utility rates have risen – and a promised power generator has not been installed.
One look at the old utility pump station indicates that a major refurbishing should be done.
EVACUATION ORDER for Nine Properties in Twin Lakes is RESCINDED
The threat of flooding in the vicinity of Twin Lakes; in Electoral Area “D”, has been reduced. The potential danger to life, health and property damage has declined. The Evacuation Order, pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, issued on May 25, 2018, has been RESCINDED.
Finally! Another season of sunshine, camping, swimming, biking, and other forms of summer playtime has arrived! That’s worth a celebration! The Firehall Brewery’s “Back Alley Concert Series” will be toasting to life in paradise once again this summer. This coming Saturday (June 30th) we’ll be firing up the Series with a Canada-Day-Weekend performance by local Country-Rock band, Rob n’ Walker!
Rob n’ Walker is a three piece band featuring Rob Robertson on lead guitar and vocals, Fritz Cronjaeger, bass guitar and Cliffe Fraser on drums. The guys play a variety of high energy country, classic rock and originals all over the South Okanagan. Tickets are $15 if bought in advance, and $18 at the gate. Our event tickets tend to go fast these days, and you know Oliverites… last minute. So we encourage folks to come in as early as possible to purchase their tickets before the rush, downstairs at the Beer Shop & Social below the “Old Firehall” on Main Street. The concert itself takes place just off the Beer Shop & Social’s patio, under colourful shade sails and a summer twilight sky, sending good ol’ rock’n’roll vibrations echoing down “Brewery Alley”, along with a bit of dust kicked up by our dancing shoes.
Each of our Back Alley Concerts also features a local artist, local winery, local cidery, local distillery, and local foodtruck. That’s a lot of local. This Saturday, we’ll have our Beer Shop walls decorated with paintings by Roxanne D; we’ll have Oliver’s new La Casa Bianca Winery pouring their family’s fine wines; we’ll have fresh cider served by Maverick Estate Winery; we’ll have the one, the only, the magnificent Mr. Grant Stevely stirring up craft cocktails with his high spirits from The Dubh Glas Distillery; and we’ll have our great friends Graeme and Vivian of Vagabond Kitchen dishing up delicious eats from their slick silver Airstream Bus, which you may have seen serving lunch at their new weekday location on Station Street. And, if there’s even a point in mentioning this, we’ll have our beer too. Freshest brews in town, including a one-night-only cask of “Real Ale,” which is a traditional style of beer served from a “cask” that has to be literally tapped with a mallet, which gives us the opportunity to experiment with some creative one-off beer recipes.
A few details worth mentioning. The gates open at 6pm, and the music starts at 7pm. Music and dancing goes until about 9:30 or so, at which time everyone grabs their beer to-go for the night or heads over to Murphy’s Pub down the road for some late-night shenanigans. This is a Bring-Your-Own-Chair event; we do not have any concert seating. Baskets and bags will be politely searched at the entrance, just to keep out glass and bad beer. The dancing area is, uniquely, a bit off to the side, in clear view of the band but not directly in front of the crowd, so you don’t need to feel the pressure of everyone’s eyes on your swinging hips. That being said, no one’s judging, this is a grassroots, family-friendly, casual Alley Party, driven by and supported by community. Our sacred crew of Volunteers is what allows this community-oriented event to remain affordable. If you would like to volunteer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please never forget: plan yourself a sober ride home. We love you all, and everyone needs to get home safe!
The Friends of the Oliver Library was incorporated as a Society in 1998, following an organizational meeting called by Librarian Vicky White. Three of the charter members remain as active FOTOL members to this day.
One of the major activities of the FOTOL is to raise money for the Library. The annual book sale—to be held this year on
Saturday, July 7th at the Oliver Legion – Branch 97 RCL (9am to 2 pm)
and marks twenty years of the Friends’ major fundraiser for the Library.
The book sale is a model of community cooperation. All books sold have been donated by Oliver residents and every penny raised goes to support Library activities such as the Summer Reading Club for Children, and to enhance the Library by providing programs and furnishings not available through core funding.
Behind the scenes, the books have to be stored as they pour into the Library by generous donors. Free storage has been provided over the years by Oliver-Fairview Self Storage, where Society volunteers sort them and load them on cardboard flats donated by Buy Low and No Frills. Then the rather massive job of transport is undertaken by an army of volunteers who get them to the sales point, which is usually the Library’s parking lot.
(NOTE: This year the sale will take place at the OLIVER LEGION because of the street work being undertaken in front of the Library.)
Once on the sale site, other volunteers have arrived early to set up tables and then load the sorted books on flats into locations for paperbacks or hard covers, fiction or non-fiction, and with special areas for kids’ books, videos and CDs and a few other categories.
The sale begins at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 2:00 p.m. and active volunteers keep the tables loaded with books throughout the sales period. Then at closing time, the dismantling begins. In the last several years, all unsold books have been donated to other community organizations that also raise monies for other charitable organizations. Again this year, they will be donated to Diabetes Clothesline.
Over the years, FOTOL has raised well over $70,000 to support the Oliver Library, mostly from book sales, but also from kind donors and from membership fees. You see some of those proceeds in the Library’s enhanced furnishings, which include the main desk when you enter, rugs for the children’s area, and approximately half of the magazines and periodicals on display. The funds enhance by upgrading the quality of the furniture provided through core funding. They allow FOTOL to fund authors and speakers through the year, and for the children—magicians, drummers and other guests during the summer reading program.
FOTOL has a brochure available in the Library which outlines in more detail its activities, meeting dates, and organizational structure. Membership forms are also available at the Library. Volunteers are always needed and everyone is welcome.
Hope to see you all at the book sale!
One half of the graduating class – recipients – of $101 thousand in awards given Monday night at the Frank Venables Theatre to a crowd of over 250 people; students, parents, grand parents and those persons making presentations.
A complete list of receipients is below the pictures in this post.
Komal Dhaliwal – with Fiona Wood – Kiwanis Club of Oliver
MacKenzie Gale (black dress) – Ruhland Family Scholarship in memory of – Carson Ruhland
Jasleen Dhillon receiving Bhavsagar Sikh Temple Bursary
Madelyn Bjornson (left) receiving an award – Dozens of those given out to 35 students in the Graduating Class
Below first name of the sponsor – next is the presenter – last name is the recipient
500.00 OK Falls Lions Club Bursary Bob Wilson Noah Anderson
1,000.00 OK Falls Senior Citizens Bursary Velva Popowich Noah Anderson
1,250.00 SOSTU Scholarship Jenn Seminoff Noah Anderson
545.00 Alex and Pat Jones Foreman Memorial Bursary Hillary Frank German Barahona
500.00 Mark Crucetti Memorial Scholarship Lauren Ibaraki Dakota Bearman
600.00 Class of 1961 Scholarship Ernie Rotheisler Madelyn Bjornson
500.00 Women of Oliver for Women Society Citizenship Award Diane Worth Madelyn Bjornson
150.00 Ross Rutledge Memorial Scholarship Connor Rutledge Madelyn Bjornson
2,500.00 South Okanagan Health Care Auxiliary Bursary Sandy Knippelberg Madelyn Bjornson
250.00 Sabyan Automotive Scholarship Kathy Sabyan Dryden Browne
500.00 Wine Country Racing Association David Sabyan Dryden Browne
750.00 Murray Family Scholarship Megan Murray Charles Cairns
150.00 Ross Rutledge Memorial Scholarship Connor Rutledge Neha Chahal
1,000.00 Medical Staff of SOGH Scholarship Dr Jacob Bellingan Neha Chahal
550.00 Nick Jones Scholarship Jan Shannon Neha Chahal
650.00 Robert McDowell Foundation Scholarshp Wende Arnett Neha Chahal
2,000.00 SD 53 Trades Scholarship Bev Young Joel Desjardins
500.00 Bonnett/Hindle Scholarship Sabra McIntyre Komal Dhaliwal
850.00 Charlotte Campbell Memorial Bursary Graeme Baerg Komal Dhaliwal
500.00 Kiwanis Club Bursary Leonard Gebhart Komal Dhaliwal
500.00 Bhavsagar Sikh Temple Bursary Parmjit Dhaliwal Jasleen Dhillon
500.00 James Laird Wight Memorial Scholarship Shiela Lange Jasleen Dhillon
650.00 Robert McDowell Foundation Scholarshp Jan Shannon Jasleen Dhillon
500.00 Kiwanis Club Bursary Larry Larson Jasleen Dhillon
300.00 Oliver Ambassador Program Award Lori Martine Jasleen Dhillon
2,500.00 South Okanagan Health Care Auxiliary Bursary Margie Soare Jasleen Dhillon
500.00 SOSS PAC Bursary Bibi Bailey Justin Dhillon
500.00 Oliver Community Arts Council Bursary Nathan Linders Tristan Duursma
500.00 OK Falls Lions Club Bursary Bob Wilson Jacob Gagnon
1,000.00 Patricia Jean Gallie Scholarship Shiela Lange Jacob Gagnon
500.00 Carson Ruhland Memorial Scholarship Jim & Joanne Ruhland MacKenzie Gale
1,000.00 OK Falls Legion #227, Ladies Auxillary Denise Ashton MacKenzie Gale
1,000.00 Rotary Club of Oliver Ann Hayes MacKenzie Gale
500.00 SOAP/Jennifer Mapplebeck Memorial Bursary Nathan Linders Mackenzie Gale
1,000.00 Oliver/Osoyoos Aktion Club Scholarship Mark Westberg Mackenzie Gale
300.00 Oliver Ambassador Program Award Lori Martine Manvir Ghadu
500.00 Bill and Pat Graham Memorial Scholarship Wende Arnett Harsh Gill
500.00 Elizabeth Ann Meadows Scholarship Shiela Lange Ishika Gill
2,000.00 SD 53 Academic Scholarship Bev Young Ishika Gill
300.00 Oliver Ambassador Program Award Lori Martine Ishika Gill
150.00 Ross Rutledge Memorial Scholarship Connor Rutledge Ishika Gill
500.00 Bonnett/Hindle Scholarship Sabra McIntyre Jeevan Gill
1,000.00 Patricia Jean Gallie Scholarship Jan Shannon Jeevan Gill
500.00 Kiwanis Club Bursary Rosemary Pritchard Jeevan Gill
300.00 Oliver Ambassador Program Award Lori Martine Jeevan Gill
1,000.00 Oliver Elks Bursary Lilly Zekanovic Jeevan Gill
400.00 Dave Wight Memorial Scholarship Shiela Lange Loveleen Gill
1,000.00 Kiwanis Club Scholarship Fiona Wood Loveleen Gill
150.00 Ross Rutledge Memorial Scholarship Connor Rutledge Loveleen Gill
500.00 Bhavsagar Sikh Temple Bursary Mohinder Singh Sahij Gill
750.00 Robert Fleming Memorial Scholarship Shiela Lange Sahij Gill
500.00 Maureen Franz Memorial Bursary Shani Laver Shan Gill
500.00 Dr George & Carolyn Cope Scholarship Rachelle Goncalves Simi Gill
2,000.00 SD 53 Academic Scholarship Marieze Tarr Simi Gill
1,000.00 Kiwanis Club Scholarship June Reynolds Simi Gill
300.00 Oliver Ambassador Program Award Lori Martine Simi Gill
1,000.00 Oliver Elks Bursary Sandra Hodgins Simi Gill
500.00 Mountain West Bursary Rod Kitt Simi Gill
500.00 Bill and Pat Graham Memorial Scholarship Jan Shannon Marshall Hagel
500.00 Oliver Women’s Institute Shiela Lange Kara Hanley
2,000.00 SD 53 Trades Scholarship Marieze Tarr Jared Hartle
300.00 Knights of Columbus Bursary Bernie Martine Glynne Hopkins
1,500.00 OK Falls Royal Canadian Legion #227 Scholarship Wayne Knight Glynne Hopkins
500.00 Oliver Senior Centre Bursary Margaret Wright Glynne Hopkins
500.00 Oliver United Church, UCW Patricia Chown Glynne Hopkins
1,000.00 Patricia Jean Gallie Scholarship Jan Shannon Maxine Houle
500.00 Order of the Eastern Star Bursary Alice Mathews Maxine Houle
500.00 Old Stockers Hockey Club Award Bernie Martine Maxine Houle
500.00 Oliver Senior Centre Bursary Margaret Wright Larissa Ingbritson-Hunt
500.00 Okanagan Correction Centre Scholarship Deputy Wardens Debby Rempel and Jason Heath Larissa Ingbritson-Hunt
250.00 Medici’s Gelateria and Coffee House Award David Badger Larissa Ingbritson-Hunt
500.00 The Dance Studio Leah Moen Larissa Ingbritson-Hunt
1,500.00 Soroptimist International of Osoyoos Shirley Corley-Rourke Paige Jamieson
500.00 SOSS Alumni Scholarship Wende Arnett Harshbir Khangura
1,000.00 OK Falls Legion #227, Ladies Auxilliary Denise Ashton Ali Lantz
500.00 Oliver Community Arts Council Bursary Nathan Linders Ali Lantz
500.00 Kiwanis Club Bursary Diane Thomas Ali Lantz
1,500.00 OK Falls Royal Canadian Legion #227 Scholarship Wayne Knight Ethan Larose
1,000.00 Oliver/Osoyoos Aktion Club Scholarship Alberto Holz Ethan Larose
1,000.00 Oliver Elks Bursary Brent Hodgins Ethan Larose
1,000.00 Riley Martin Inspirational Bursary Jared Lee & Riley Martin Kira MacFayden
500.00 K & C Silviculture Employees Bursary Harpreet Deol Kira MacFayden
500.00 The Dance Studio Leah Moen Kira MacFayden
500.00 Minnie Egerton Memorial Scholarship Wende Arnett Cobie Mackey
500.00 Rudi Guidi Memorial Scholarship Shiela Lange Cobie Mackey
500.00 Ivan Walker Memorial Scholarship Wende Arnett Caitlin Mackintosh
1,500.00 Peer Counselling Award Sara Illingworth Caitlin Mackintosh
750.00 Fairview Mountain Golf Scholarship Rob Zandee Tyson Marsel
1,500.00 Ron Powell Memorial/K & C Silviculture Bursary Manjeet Ghadu Tyson Marsel
1,000.00 Oliver Legion Branch #97 Bursary Peter McKenna Brooklyn Mason
500.00 Kiwanis Club Bursary Deb Edwards Megan Murray
150.00 Ross Rutledge Memorial Scholarship Connor Rutledge Megan Murray
150.00 Ross Rutledge Memorial Scholarship Connor Rutledge Anya Nazaroff
500.00 Principal’s Vice Principal’s Association Bursary Tracy Harrington Anya Nazaroff
750.00 SOSS Enrichment Fund Society Wende Arnett Anya Nazaroff
1,250.00 SOSTU Scholarship Steve Podmorow Anya Nazaroff
550.00 SOSTU Bursary Lindsey McVicar Trevor Paul
1,000.00 Dorothy & Ron Bonnett Memorial Scholarship Rob Bonnett Trevor Paul
750.00 SOSS Enrichment Fund Society Jan Shannon Mike Pendlington
500.00 Catholic Women’s League Bursary Tracy Veintimilla Rose Tite
650.00 Sheila Bull Memorial Scholarship Lindsey McVicar Rose Tite
500.00 Kiwanis Club Bursary Ruth Herrington Rose Tite
500.00 Jack McKay Rotary Memorial Scholarship Jan Shannon Marlysse Trampf
1,000.00 Patricia Jean Gallie Scholarship Wende Arnett Marlysse Trampf
250.00 Field Hockey Goalie Lesley Noftle Marlysse Trampf
750.00 SOSS Enrichment Fund Society Shiela Lange Tristan Ventura Becker
100.00 Bruce Porteous Bursary Rod Kitt Tristan Ventura Becker
250.00 Desert Sun Counselling Awards Marieze Tar Katelyn Wiens
550.00 SOSTU Bursary Michel Russo Katelyn Wiens
150.00 Ross Rutledge Memorial Scholarship Connor Rutledge Kaitlyn Wiens
1,000.00 Oliver Chronicle Bursary Vanessa Broadbent Ethan Williams
1,000.00 Oliver Legion Branch #97 Bursary Peter McKenna Ethan Williams
1,000.00 SOSS Anonymous Scholarship Shani Laver Dayna Zandvliet
500.00 Pat McGibbon Memorial Scholarship Cathy Gale Dayna Zandvliet
5,000.00 Francis Family Scholarships Jan Shannon Mackenzie Gale and Anya Nazaroff
Quilt Linda Hampson & Deborah Ham* – given to Dayna Zandvliet
3 x 1000 Youth Work in Trades Scholarships –2 awards Rod Kitt
10 x 1250 District Authority Scholarships — 10 awards Rachel Allenbrand & Rob Zandee
No names for the above award winners
Hydro projects in BC cited as one major concern: UNESCO inspectors visited the park in September and October. They came at the urging of First Nations, who have long expressed concern about the cumulative impacts on the Peace-Athabasca Delta of hydro projects in British Columbia, oilsands development in Alberta and climate change, which is already changing the landscape.
Federal documents echo earlier concerns that Canada’s largest national park faces long-term threats that have placed it on a list of endangered world heritage sites.
An environmental assessment provided to UNESCO says oilsands activity, climate change and hydro development are fundamentally changing the environment of Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta.
The report’s executive summary suggests things are getting worse in the Peace-Athabasca Delta.
“Desired outcomes for the world heritage values are not being met,” it says.
Wood Buffalo covers almost 45,000 square kilometres of grasslands, wetlands and waterways — one of the world’s largest inland deltas. Billions of migratory birds from four continental flyways converge there to breed.
It is the world’s only breeding ground for endangered whooping cranes and home to the largest herd of free-ranging wood buffalo left anywhere. First Nations have depended on the area for generations for cultural and physical sustenance.
It became a World Heritage Site in 1983.
The calendar is ever closer to October seventeenth and the legalization of Marijuana in Canada. Last week we looked at the history of how it became illegal and now we look to the future to see where we go from here.
The present is always steeped in history that some read about and some of us lived. Today the law can’t open the door and say anything goes. Laws change with societal attitudes. Governments walk a fine line of approval and opposition to change.
The present law will limit the purchase locations and the amount for personal use. There will be restrictions on purchase and packaging and where the product can be consumed. The full extent of the changes will likely take decades. What do I base this statement on?
After prohibition ended the regulation and control was tightly administered. You had to line in a cue and the liquor and wine was on shelves in the back. You stated what you wanted and the clerk went and got is and put it in a bag. From there you cued up to pay for it. All consumers had to have ID. You had to transport it in the trunk and take it home for consumption. There will be punitive laws undoubtedly for a very good reason Governments Fear Backlash from opposing groups.
There will be a different focus and a new evolving message from conflicting groups and governments across the board. There is one thing that is positive and reflective of our changing society. At present there are claims of how terrible pot is and its a gateway drug. It leads to social ills and violence. Contrast that with those who claim its a natural product and has enormous health benefits.
The problem is the answers to the proclamations may or may not be true. The correct answer is, we don’t know. The positive? Now that it will be legal we will see more research money spent to find answers as to what the truth is.
One of the great problems to be faced is for Marijuana to overcome its image in the minority view of the product. When alcohol became legal again people in the minority found some of their fears were found to be true. Many were not. Within three decades things returned to normal, whatever normal means in relation to our dysfunctional society.
The pot is going to boil for some time before acceptance is achievers in the mainstream. What many do not understand is, there is a difference between saying Yes to something and actually accepting it as a normal practice.
There is another huge social issue to be sorted out and debated and criticized. For decades we have declared Marijuana dangerous, and a criminal act to even possess it. We foolishly spent billions trying to stop people using it. The legal system spent billions more warehousing people in prisons and giving them criminal records that limited their ability to participate fully with their talents contributing to the future of the country. Now we are changing course. What was a crime a day ago is now a Friday Night out and perfectly legal. How do we square that with those we imprisoned, fined and ostracized?
We must ask ourselves going forward what if we had taken all that money we wasted trying to control a social activity and spent it on positive research to develop medical cures? What if spent those billions of dollars on education, hospitals, environmental enhancement projects and a lot of other things.
Today we are engaging in discussion about rights. Well the truth is there were people who engaged in an illegal activity and paid a price. Not going to argue. Where I do argue is the fact that society and the legal system by
reversing the law is admitting society was wrong. That in itself says “Society was wrong” which begs the question, should these so called offenders have been charged in the first place?
The ramifications of keeping the present law or changing it will see controversy for a long time to come and we will revisit the topic as often as necessary to keep you informed.
No matter how much we huff and puff Pot will be legal on October 17th. Some restrictions apply.
$$$ to fix The Ditch high on UBCM to-do list
By ROY WOOD
Oliver council will pull out all the stops trying to get help from the province with the permanent repair of the irrigation canal that was badly damaged more than two years ago.
This year’s Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention is slated for September in Whistler. It’s the annual event at which provincial cabinet ministers are available for municipal officials to plead their cases for whatever is on their wish lists.
At Monday’s committee meeting, members of council discussed which topics they’d like to bring up to provincial ministers.
Topping the list, said Mayor Ron Hovanes, is a “permanent fix to the irrigation canal.”
The Gallagher Lake siphon section of the canal was damaged by a rock slide in January 2016. Since then a temporary repair has allowed irrigation water to flow to the farms, orchards and vineyards in the southern Okanagan Valley. But a more permanent repair or replacement is needed.
The town had a commitment of help from the previous Liberal government in Victoria. But, said Hovanes, the “current coalition government” has not been able “to find a mechanism” to help pay for the multi-million-dollar project.
He said the town needs to target multiple provincial ministries plus the premier’s office with requests for funding. He also suggested inviting Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie to any meeting the town is able to arrange with Premier John Horgan.
Also high on the list of things Oliver officials will plump ministers for is the promised two-member increase to the local RCMP detachment. “We still haven’t received the additional two members,” said Hovanes, “and the detachment is taking calls at the prison.”
The pledge of two additional officers in Oliver followed the opening of the Okanagan Correctional Centre, which all parties agree has increased the demands on the Oliver detachment.
Council members are also looking forward to the discussions about the impending legalization of recreational use of marijuana.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week that October 17 will be the effective date. But administration of the rules around distribution and possession falls to the provinces and many of the headaches will be further passed to municipalities.
The September 10-14 gabfest will be the second for Horgan’s government, which was elected in May 2017.
Christensen was nearing the end of his second term as the rural Area G representative for the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.
“Elef was well known in the community for his generosity,” says RDOS Chair Karla Kozakevich. “His commitment to public service is a great illustration of his untiring willingness to helping friends, neighbours and the community he called home.”
RDOS CAO Bill Newell says he will remember Christensen’s generous spirit. “Elef would often drive rural residents into Penticton for appointments, or to catch the Greyhound bus,” says Newell. “Elef will be missed in the community.”
“He was a very dedicated and conscientious guy that really took his job seriously,” said Roger Mayer, friend of Christensen and Area “G” alternate director. Mayer is a former chair of the Board.
“He called me many times and really poured over the details on budget items to make sure not any more money was spent than was needed.”
Mayer said Christensen had lived in Hedley for decades and was dedicated to the community. A recent project saw him trying to find funding for the town’s water systems. He was instrumental in obtaining nearly $500,000 to upgrade the Olalla water system in 2017.
“He was always looking for someone else’s money than his own taxpayers’,” Mayer said, adding the local media often – “dwelled” on his expenses — which were routinely the highest on the board due to his travel to various conferences.
Mayer will be filling in as the local RDOS representative until October’s local elections
* Elef would often dress as Santa and come to the last board meeting of the year dressed as St. Nick
He will be missed. He had walked with a cane for some time and was known to be not overly well. He had served twice on the RDOS Board separated by one term in which another person took his place.
Source: Files from Castanet, photo from RDOS
A report of large tree down on Rockcliffe Rd – Damage more severe at Fairview Mtn Golf Course – tall poles on the driving range fell over or pulled over by guide wires connecting the nets. 4 poles damaged including one from a previous incident in which top was knocked off.
Other reports of lines down on Rd 6, a haybarn in Willowbrook heavily damaged. A lot of debris caused by wind on rural roads.
The Secrest Camp fire came back to life about 11am – Willowbrook and Oliver Fire responding. No threat apparently. The fire was inside the Scout compound at such a distance from the road – nothing could be seen.
2:30 to 4:30 am – If you were up you would be treated to a light show. Mostly sheet lightening, lots of wind but thunder not that pronounced.
Oliver Volunteers called to Fairview Rd and Willowbrook Rd – nothing found on a call on wires down and a tree ‘fully involved’. These pictures are of several poles down on either side of the entrance gates to Fairview Mtn Golf course.
The top picture is a pole for the fish net at the driving range effectively shutting down the Old Golf Course Rd in either direction north of the entrance. The bottom picture does involve a small pole and a tree – but no power lines or fire detected.
To the north one call of a fire spotted at or near the Secrest Scout Camp. This was handled by the Willowbrook Volunteers. The rain effective at keeping fire spread to a minimum. One wire down to be handled by Fortis BC.
As to a poll earlier – the largest vote for ‘ODN to stay in bed’ – however that was not possible.
Saturday – Lion’s Park
Thanks to all the volunteers – Oliver Parks and Recreation
Happy Birthday Barb.
“In the summertime, when the weather is fine”, Oliver has music on their mind. And the Music in the Park concert series, courtesy of the Oliver Community Arts Council, has it all lined up.
Live music fans gather every Thursday evening at the Oliver Community Band Shell. Concerts kick off at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m. Admission is by donation. The evening market on site invites visitors to stroll by for bakery goods, fresh fruits and veggies, crafts, and other retail items. A food vendor offers picnic suppers each evening.
Award-winning classic rock band Timbre Wolves, lifts the roof off summer on Thursday July 5. Jill Fai’s powerhouse vocals have been compared to Heart’s Ann Wilson or Amanda Marshall. Appearing as a duo at Music in the Park a couple of years ago, they are back with a full rock band sound. Audiences can expect hits from the 60s to 90s, including the ladies of rock, Pat Benatar and Blondie, to the Beatles and the Doors.
The sound gets bigger the following Thursday July 12 when the South Okanagan Big Band performs swing and jazz hits from the 30s to 60s and familiar pop tunes guaranteed to please.
Crowd favourites Rob ‘n’ Walker return for a second year in a row on Thursday July 19. Previously appearing as The Rob Robertson Band, the trio has a new name but the same great country rock and Americana sound. Lead singer Rob, with street cred as a Nashville musician, has been on a killer song-writing streak of late, so audiences can expect a few originals tossed in. Rob ‘n’ Walker play as the sponsored Feed the Valley concert. Besides a donation for the music, audiences are invited to bring an item for the Oliver Food Bank. An initiative by Music in the Park sponsor Valley First, the goal is to encourage the public to remember and support the food bank year-round.
Acoustic duo, That Girl and Earl plays 50s pop, rock, and country on Thursday July 26. Diane Strom (“that girl”) and Earl Staten have been performing together for 12 years through the Kootenays, and are now driving their talent westward.
Sabrina Weeks brings her sultry blues voice to town on Thursday August 2, backed by blues guitarist Mike Hilliard. This duo is recognized nationally, having won the Maple Blues Award in 2011, and has been racking up the accolades while gigging from Toronto to L.A. Sabrina’s singing style has been described as “sassy”, “more energy than the battery bunny” and “sizzling, scintillating, swinging, soulful”. Hilliard’s blues guitar has earned him comparisons to Colin James.
Audiences will want to stand up and salute the music of the Naden Band (Royal Canadian Navy) on Thursday August 9. One of the most popular – and repeat – performers at Music in the Park, this brass and wind ensemble will blow out a diverse repertoire from classic marches to the pops.
After too many years away, the Steve Jones Band rocks the Oliver park again on Thursday August 16. Hailing from just up the road at Vaseux Lake, Steve fronts the band with a big confident voice, lead guitar, and crowd-pleasing charm. Their secret ingredient? Ryan Schick’s talented fingers on piano, channelling The Door’s Ray Manzarek.
Multi-talented sisters Diane Ball and Joanne Fauteux entertain as Sister Soul on Thursday August 23 with toe-tapping dance and pop favourites. Diane Ball, often described as “Osoyoos’ wedding singer and one-woman band” knows her way around a song, and an audience. She will double the musical fun with sister Joanne adding her vocals and guitar.
All concerts are rain-or-shine on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Oliver Community Stage band shell, 6359 Park Drive. Rain venue is on–site at the Oliver Community Centre. Suggested donation is $5. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Info: OliverCAC@gmail.com 250-498-0183.
Presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council.
THE BRAIN THAT LIVES ON THE SHELF
How well I remember being dragged, screaming and kicking, into the world of computers. The year was 1982, I was in my mid 30’s and had a fear of computers taking over our lives.
Most of us have at least one computer in our home and use them for emailing, word processing and many other functions. However in those early days I was suspicious of the workings of computers. I had read sci-fi novels and seen movies where they were portrayed as machines with brains, capable of changing the course of mankind’s future.
I was right of course, maybe not in the scary, brain controlling way that I thought, but the world now completely depends on computers for virtually every single thing we do. We have put so much of our information into computers that the business world plus medical, travel and any other thing you can think of cannot function without them.
The scariest words in the world are “the computer is down”. How often have you heard that when trying to book an appointment, complain about any particular service or ask questions about a utility account? Without computers business just cannot function.
Remember the dreaded approach to the year 2000? It was almost like approaching the end of the world as millions of people worried that the business world would no longer function.
During the last part of my schooling I applied for a weekend job in the local Woolworth’s store. I was taken into an office given pencil and paper and had to do a list of additions and subtractions. This basic knowledge and a pleasant attitude were the only requirements needed for the job of being in charge of my particular counter.
Nowadays, you cannot buy a box of matches if the computer is down and sales clerks are no longer able to do this simple transaction. Even the smallest purchase has to be done through the computer as the information keyed in not only gives the correct change but alerts the store that one box of matches has been removed from stock. This constant stocktaking is the reason that shelves very rarely are seen empty, the computer keeps tabs on what is needed to be reordered.
My first introduction to a computer was a very simple one called a Vic 20, not a PC as we know them to day but a machine that executed all sorts of patterns and simple games if you typed in the instructions. I remember spending hours typing in two or three pages of letters, numbers and symbols and the result would be an array of stars or some sort of pattern that would dance up the screen of the small tv set the machine was hooked up to. Today’s nine year old would be disgusted with what we thought was marvellous in 1982.
We then moved up to an Atari ST which played great adventure games. I would sit up till 3.00am playing King’s Quest or Leisure Suit Larry, the graphics were so childish compared to today’s games but they were bang up to date at that time and I loved playing. I have always had a competitive nature so loved trying to do better each time I sat at the machine.
I now use my lap top mainly for word processing. It is a wonderful way to keep all my various interests and business ventures sorted into various categories all reachable at the touch of a button. With four daughters and many friends I find that emailing is the way to go, I think nothing of sending off just a couple of sentences to one of my girls where I would not bother taking the time to phone with the short message I have to impart.
When they are working they are man’s best friend but, they can be the most frustrating machine ever invented when you press a wrong button and you lose a couple of hours work to the great void where emails and accounts go to hide.