Archives for August 2018
It is a sad fact that not all relationships have a fairy tale ending, too often the true character of some people will only reveal itself under stress and this is sometimes expressed as abuse to the nearest person.
This can be either partner who loses control but, all too often, the female partner will find herself as the target for both mental and physical abuse.
Sometimes the abuse is repeated until it becomes a constant pattern and the only safe way to survive is to leave the home. This can be a very hard thing to do, especially when children are part of the equation. Finding a safe place to live is difficult if a supportive family is not nearby.
In the Oliver/Osoyoos area we have a “safe house”: for such situations, a sanctuary where women and their children can be protected until a permanent home can be found.
The house is operated by Desert Sun Counselling, who also offer different programs to help deal with abusive situations.
The members of the Order of the Eastern Star will be holding a hot dog sale on
Friday, August 31st at 10:30 am-1:30 pm,
outside Buy-Low Foods. Hot dogs, burgers and fried onions, by donation, profits to be given to the safe house program.
Please come and assist us to show we care for the people of our community who are living in fear. It is the neighbourly thing to do and a fun way to do it. Hope to see you on Friday.
by Pat Whalley
I have always said, you do not know the size of a solution you need, until you know the size of the problem. How many of the residents feel there is a serious problem? We got a response that was overwhelming. Officially it was said crime is on the increase, but it’s on the increase across the Province. The important message was “Crime is on the increase”!
Pretending it’s not a problem is not acceptable, was another message from the public. Even more important was the fact people didn’t just complain, many of the people had some valuable input when it came to solutions that can make a difference. We had emotion, we had an expression of fear, we had a hard line stance on crime, we had a balance in that in addition to courts and sentencing there was room to find those who could be rehabilitated.
We had suggestions as to having additional police officers. We had suggestions a court house be brought back to Oliver to relieve the pressure and crowding of the courts in Penticton. Another future problem to be addressed that will impact Oliver was the fact – Greyhound transportation ends October 31st and a present released prisoners are sent home by Greyhound. Prisoners will still get home and out of the local community, however it will still consume additional resources to get them home. This can be used as a point of leverage to make your needs a priority. In exchange for public approval, certain promises were made and now is the time to request your needs.
One of the suggestions we heard was the big drug companies should be made to pay for the problems they caused putting the highly addictive opioid s on the market. It was suggested government sue them for medical costs and Wednesday morning the Provincial Government announced they would be doing that. It was highly unlikely they were responding to us but it was a great coincidence.
The fact is people are upset, angry in some cases and scared as well. At the same time they were prepared to listen to a variety of ideas expressed. Yes some things need to be done. It comes down to resources or the lack of them. How does that improve? There is a formula for improvement in getting what you need. The recipe involves many ingredients including :
Outlining what you need, being respectful but firm
You have to go to senior governments with a detailed plan explaining why you should be a priority. All too often those in charge go with experts an and civic planners and that is essential. Today however you need more than that. Senior officials respond to face to face stories from victims as well
What is the real cost of crime not just to the but the cost and lost opportunity for the area, for local residents and ultimately lost revenue for governments when business opportunities go somewhere else.
Crime is everywhere we all heard that, crime is on the increase we heard that too. Not speaking about it delays action and when action is delayed it takes even more resources to overcome the problem.
Oliver needs a court locally to deal with local problems in the South Okanagan, that became apparent listening to the speakers. Oliver and Osoyoos need additional police to keep the staffing levels within acceptable levels that was heard as well. We heard of the difficulties facing local officials trying to manage the problems. We have also heard the expectations of the general public. There is a discrepancy between managing and expectations, but that can be resolved by listening to the priorities of the public. Why when the senior levels of government hear its a public priority it becomes a problem of numbers.
The one example that stood out from memory is the public wants more officers. It comes down to convincing senior levels of government that the South Okanagan is a priority. I think it might be helpful to form a committee made up of the municipal councils, the regional district, local citizens some of whom were excellent speakers Tuesday night and for heaven sake take Chief Louie as part of the committee.
If senior governments see a united front especially those who have not always been on the same page they are much more ready to listen, The forum was a success in that it provided ideas and it allowed victims to understand they are not alone. In addition it provided some solutions.
Now, the next step is to come together, take what you learned and put into the pot of collective action. Organize yourselves as a community, then go t o the local MLA Linda Larson. She doesn’t bite I promise I have worked with her successfully in the past.
Then approach Provincial Ministers and seek their cooperation and assistance dealing with the Federal aspects of providing a solution.
You might be surprised how successful you might be.
PS thank you for your participation, engagement and your civility you made being the moderator a pleasure.
From: Rick Knodel
To: The Honorable Dick Canning Member of Parliament.
Dear Sir; I have read much of your published material that is critical of the environmental stewardship of the lands on the east side of Osoyoos Lake all the way up to Oliver. I too see that with dismay but realize that the controls of those lands are not of our jurisdiction.
I am very distressed with your support for the proposed South Okanagan national park now that I have read the Osoyoos Indian Band / Syilx nations draft plans and all the feasibility studies for the south Okanagan.
I trust that you understand that these plans call for major developments inside what are currently protected lands. These development plans are to be extensive enough to accommodate and entertain numbers starting at 300,000 people in our 2 to 4 month summer period.
This will put lands that parks Canada has stated openly are now very well managed and are very delicate under extreme duress from development and human traffic.
Inside the Osoyoos Indian Band/Syilx nation drafts are plans to further expand these developments to attract even more visitors into the winter months.
This has been brought to my attention by a number of concerned citizens uncomfortable with the negative perceptions placed on those who disagree with this project.
It is concerning also that the feasibility study is demanding expansion on the west of the Okanagan valley up to Giants Head and on the east up to Rattlesnake Island. These expansions, once the seed park was established could and would be rapid and without public consultation as is allowed by Bill C-27 of the Canada Parks Act.
Having been as outspoken as you have in the past about these very issues of environmental mismanagement, of the same type on the east side of the valley; I can only conclude that your support for this project was misguided.
With these facts in mind I can only trust that you will do the honorable action of withdrawing your support for this project.
I will post this in the media as I am sure your constituents will be interested in your reply.
“I decided to photograph my honeybee work in progress shot outside for brightness. I put it in front of some of my flower pots. I plucked a single bloom from the coneflowers growing next to the patio to fill an empty spot. Just as I was taking my photos, a honeybee landed on that bloom!!”
South Okanagan – Police in Oliver are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two individuals wanted on outstanding warrants.
Police in Oliver are requesting the public’s assistance in locating both Lloyd John Baptiste, 39 years, and Timothy Clampitt. Both have outstanding warrants in relation to serious offences.
Lloyd John Baptiste is currently being sought for Breach of an Undertaking in relation to a serious assault which took place in October 2017. He is currently facing charges of Uttering Threats andAssault with a Weapon.
Timothy James Clampitt, 57 years of age, is wanted for Failing to Appear in Court as it relates to a number of Prohibited Driving offences.
Anyone who may have information on either person’s whereabouts, are encouraged to contact the Oliver RCMP, 250-498-3422 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards’ Director of Sales and Marketing Jan Nelson presents a $15,000 cheque on behalf of the winery’s Celebrate the Arts charity to Tracy Harrington, Principal, South Okanagan Secondary School, during the Lovecoast concert at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards on Saturday August 25th. The donation will be divided equally between Oliver Elementary School, Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School and South Okanagan Secondary School to support their arts programs.
“Tinhorn Creek’s Canadian Concert Series brings our community together through music, from both near and far, and celebrates local Canadian musical talent,” says Jan Nelson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards. “We love our community and we want to encourage budding artists by inspiring them through strong school arts programs. Growing up in Oliver, I gained a lot from the programs at OES and SOSS, and I hope our continued support can bring the same joy and experience that I benefited from. Arts programs bolster students’ emotional well being, self-esteem and overall balance to help them become well rounded human beings.”
Tinhorn Creek launched Celebrate the Arts in 2015 and this is their fourth cash donation to School District 53 to fund extra music, drama, dance and fine arts programming for students. Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has also committed to in-kind donations, such as the use of their outdoor amphitheatre, tasting room and barrel cellar for performances and rehearsals, and use of the guest suite for visiting performers.
Tinhorn Creek remains committed to Celebrate the Arts and has pledged proceeds from next season’s Canadian Concert Series, as well as a portion of Tinhorn Creek’s annual income, to continue to support the program.
The Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue team (OOSAR) typically undertakes two to three winter searches annually since their inception in 1975. Every year, at least one of these searches involves lost or injured snowmobilers.
OOSAR Search Manager Rob Selsing states, “Typically, it is males we end up searching for ranging in age from young adult to middle age. They seem to take more chances, generally are less prepared, and have the more powerful equipment.”
Selsing says the group is made up of women and men, presently with 30 members but looking for 10 more.
Interested in helping * 250-498-3853
Below recognition of those that help a lot
By ROY WOOD
More than 400 people crowded the main room at the Oliver Community Centre this evening to share ideas and vent frustration at what most of them see as a growing crime problem in the South Okanagan.
While there was little by way of hard numbers or crime statistics, there was an obvious consensus that crime, particularly drug-related property crime, is on the rise and the understaffed local RCMP detachment is hard pressed to cope.
The revolving-door court system, too-soft Criminal Code and crafty defence lawyers came in for some abuse, as attendees attempted to put fingers on causes and grapple for solutions.
The loudest applause of the evening went to Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie, who advocated for tougher sentences and for modernized drug treatment centres to deal with opioids and Fentanyl addictions.
“It’s the damn courts,” he said. “They’re too easy on crime. … If you do the crime you should do the time.”
As well, said Louie, the laws around youth offenders are too lenient. He advocated publishing the names of young offenders. “Shaming is part of rehabilitation,” he said.
Most of the crime “on the res” and elsewhere, he said, is drug-related. He advocated for more and better drug treatment facilities to help those willing to overcome their addictions.
Fern Gould, who said she first visited Oliver in 1953 and retired here 20 years ago, described the recent daytime theft of her husband’s truck. She said the experience has left both of them traumatized and frightened.
“(But) I bought a baseball bat. If anyone comes into my house that I don’t know, I’m going to kill him,” she said to hearty applause.
Local realtor Brian Amos indicated there could be a financial price to any increase in crime. If the local area becomes known for crime, he said, “We will become stigmatized and real estate values will go down.”
Amos described himself as a “No National Park Reserve guy.” He warned that the estimated 300,000 annual visitors to a South Okanagan park will present a “target-rich environment” to would be thieves.
Rick Knodel, who mentioned he is running for the RDOS board in October’s election, said the court system is “letting the police forces down” and it’s up to citizens speak up for changes in legislation.
He said he would like to see longer sentences for repeat offenders. “Not all criminals are rehabilitate-able.”
Former lawyer and Vancouver downtown east-side employment counsellor Gail Owen suggested that part of the local problem is that RCMP members spend too much time going to court in Penticton. “Why don’t we have a court here?” she suggested.
On the prescriptive side, Christine Kirby of ICBC described most thieves as not very hard-working. She said that locking your car and keeping valuables in your car out of sight is a quick and easy way of convincing criminals to pass you up as a victim.
RCMP Corporal Christina Tarasoff, who said she was not at the meeting in an official capacity, but just “showing our support,” did not bring up-to-date crime statistics with her.
But, she said, a recent meeting with senior officers from Penticton indicated that crime in the South Okanagan is not increasing any faster than in other jurisdictions in the province. Crime levels in Oliver are “not out of line,” she said.
The warden of the Okanagan Correctional Centre in Oliver was at the meeting to answer questions.
On the issue of rehabilitation, Steve Dicastri said that every sentenced inmate has a “sentence plan” and is required to work every day. There are several shops where the inmates learn trades to help them on their release.
As for potential threats from released inmates, Dicastri assured the audience that inmates are never simply released into Oliver, unless that is their home. Released inmates are always taken home to their “courts of origin.” If there are no buses available, OCC staff will sometimes drive the inmate home upon release, he said.
The event was organized by the recently formed South Okanagan Crime for Change. Emcee for the evening was ODN columnist and former BC Fruit Growers Association president Fred Steele.
News is in the turnout – 400 plus according to organizer Michael Guthrie
Police, prison officials, elected officials and a whole lot of concerned people from Osoyoos, Oliver and OK Falls.
A the outset of meeting moderator Fred Steele asked how many of you have been directly affected by crime. It seemed that half of the house put up their hands.
ODN reporter Roy Wood is at the meeting and will give a full account of who said what and any community decisions made.
Dick Cannings is not a coward – he knows what happens when you walk into a swarm of hornets. The local MP made it known he was coming to Oliver and the “No Park” folk made full use of the opportunity to have an open-forum outside of a local café on Fairview Rd.
Estimate of crowd plus 60.
The encounter started with a formation of signs, small, large, some made at home – other the professional kind – then the MP arrived riding his cycle on a tour of his riding – but honestly no one really seemed to be listening.
Couple of points I heard clearly. One woman said she had attended a recent meeting with the Federal Minister Catherine McKenna who stated to her “the decision has been made – get used to it”. MP Cannings said a National Park will bring more resources to the valley to help with conservation but his arguments fell on deaf ears because the local message was – people from outside are planning on tampering with our land at our expense. Cannings also stated he was not the type to change his mind – he wants a park and says the benefits far outweigh the downside.
As stated here before – this area will never be Banff or Jasper but no one really can describe just what will happen once the signs go up – “NEW National Park”.
A mistrust of many governments levels on the mind of the crowd.
2018 receipant of the Governor General’s Bronze Medal for all round secondary school student in her class with a very high academic standing. Simi was a Youth Ambassador 2016-2017. She plans on attending in-residence at UBC Vancouver to obtain a B.Sc. Degree specializing in micro-biology.
Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation, created the Academic Medals in 1873 to encourage academic excellence across the nation. Over the years, they have become the most prestigious award that students in Canadian schools can receive.
For more than 140 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada.
They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, as well as from approved college or university programs. Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are just some of the more than 50 000 people who have received the Governor General’s Academic Medal as the start of a life of accomplishment.
Today, the Governor General’s Academic Medals are awarded at four distinct levels: Bronze at the secondary school level; Collegiate Bronze at the post-secondary, diploma level; Silver at the undergraduate level; and Gold at the graduate level. Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General.
There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.
Governor General David Johnston and Sharon Johnston along with his coat of arms
Now the Okanagan Falls area rancher is donating $30,000 in memory of his late wife Sharon to Penticton Regional Hospital.
Both Tony and Sharon have direct family links to the South Okanagan of the late 1800s. Tony was born on the family’s Garrison Ranch on Hester Creek, just south of Oliver.
“Hester Creek was named after my great-aunt Hester Haynes,” he said. “She was the oldest daughter of Judge (J.C.) Haynes.” Hester married Dr. R.B. White – Penticton’s first doctor who opened his medical practice around 1900, often making house calls on horseback.
Tony’s grandfather, Val Haynes was born in 1875 in Osoyoos – the first white child born in the community.
“We grew up on the 69 Ranch – my grandfather’s ranch which was part of the old Judge Haynes’ holdings. That was just about all the property from Osoyoos to Penticton,” he said.
Val Haynes had become a major rancher in the South Okanagan. At one point, he ran about 10,000 acres of ranch land throughout the Valley. For a few years he also operated a pack team serving the various mines in the area.
Tony’s father Louis Thompson grew up in Sprague, Wash. southwest of Spokane. His mother, Alice Haynes Thompson was born in 1911 in the tiny Oroville area community of Dry Gulch, Wash., where a midwife was available.
Alice went to a Catholic school in Sprague where she met Louis, the son of the local sheriff. They later both moved to the South Okanagan and got married in the mid-1930s in Oliver, where they raised their family. Tony and his older brother worked with their grandfather Val on the 69 Ranch throughout much of their youth.
“I left home when I was 17 and went out on my own. I worked up on the Alaska Highway, driving dump truck for different construction companies.”
Tony went on to spend much of his life behind the wheel, driving truck for Canadian Motorways for 29 years. “When they shut down I started my own small trucking company. I had seven rigs and we’d run down through the western states all the way to Texas.”
Sharon was born in Penticton at the former hospital on Haven Hill in 1937 but moved with her parents to Washington state when she was a young girl. Growing up in Tonasket, Sharon would often accompany her father, Donald “Buster” Mallory who would take his race horses to various county fairs around the Pacific Northwest.
Tony met Sharon through mutual friends in 1957 shortly after she and her family had moved back to the South Okanagan. They married in 1959 and operated a small 30-acre ranch in OK Falls.
While Tony was out of town driving truck, Sharon would run the ranch and help out with the trucking business.
“When I was out on the road, my wife was running the dispatch and taking care of things at home,” he said. “She worked her butt off and I did too.”
Tony retired from trucking in 2010 and has since sold part of their ranch. Sharon died of spinal cancer on July 14, 2016.
Their son Kevin died at age 57 of complications from cancer of the esophagus in 2017, less than a year after Sharon had passed away. Their other son Wade lives in OK Falls.
Tony Thompson’s donation to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation will help provide medical equipment for the $312-million PRH expansion. The new hospital tower is set to open in April 2019.
Eight residents appeared before council with a petition signed by 153 people indicating that four large lots on Chardonnay Ave (zoned RH1 – Multi-Family) seem to be a threat to their way of life in the neighbourhood.
The zoning has been in place since 1994 when the whole area came out of the ALR for development and the Land Commission asked for some higher densities in the area. The four lots are sizeable and have not sold in 24 years while most of the Single Family lots have sold and been developed. The fear is that a three story type development could be built which could bring renters to the area.
Town staff have yet to reply to the petition but will in the weeks ahead explaining the history of the area. Residents says they were told that duplexes might be built but did not indicate who told them that.
Council pointed out that the upgraded Official Community Plan calls for a lowering of the density but based on past practice wait for an owner to ask for that – rather than making any hostile rezoning. The area is also covered as a Development Permit Area which allows council to be restrictive on form and character, amenities on the lots – like buffering, parking, building exterior material and colours, articulation etc.
Even though a bylaw is in place allowing for a tax exemption in certain zones of the Town to act as an incentive for development – Council had to vote the individual exemption for 10 years for the new Coast Hotel.
The tax exemption is for municipal purposes only and does not exempt the owner from water and sewer fees, school taxes, RDOS services and a number of other fees like police and library services.
The exemption is for improvements – 9 million dollars in construction but owners still pay municipal taxes on the land.
Oliver Town Council has decided to opt out of a process where it can/might/should comment on one particular liquor license application. The application in question – the Frank Venables Theatre complex at 6100 Gala Street.
If council were to state emphatically they are in favour – it triggers one kind of process at the Liquor Control Board. Mayor Ron Hovanes says in several years of operating with one occasion only licenses there has never been a problem or complaint from police or the neighbourhood.
Therefore the Town has no objection but cannot state that clearly on an official document without triggering more paperwork, public hearings and signage.
- Tuesday September 4, 2018 to September 14, 2018 – Nomination Period
- September 22, 2018 to October 20, 2018 – Campaign Period
- Wednesday October 10, 2018 – Advanced Voting Day
- Saturday October 20, 2018 – Election Day
Despite smoky skies, Oliver’s annual Sunshine Festival was a huge success, says Oliver Parks and Recreation’s manager Carol Sheridan.
“We didn’t get the blue skies and sunshine this year but Oliver residents didn’t let the smoke get them down. The Roots and Fruits Expo was a great success and I was proud of our community for coming together in such big numbers to celebrate what makes our town special.”
Sunshine Festival started Thursday, August 16th, with Music and Market in the Park featuring the Steve Jones Band August 16th. Despite being pushed indoors because of smoke, the audience enjoying a rocking good show.
On Friday, August 17th, a sell-out crowd took in the Oliver’s first ever Rock and Roll Picnic, relaxing to the sweet ragtime blues sounds of The Burying Ground and then kicking it up with AC/DC tribute band, High Voltage. Among the best moments of the night was the youngest and oldest in the crowd singing their hearts out together to AC/DC’s iconic “Thunderstruck”.
Congratulations to The Wienery’s Chef Campbell Kearns for winning the coveted people’s choice ‘Golden Wienie’ trophy and the title of ‘2018 Top Dog’ at the Rock and Roll Picnic’s gourmet hotdog competition. His ‘Elvis’ dog, a peanut-butter-and-maple-bacon flavoured masterpiece, just slightly edged out a gorgeous chili-dog from Mica’s Chef Nick Atkins and an incredible deli-dog by Oliver Eats Ltd’s Derek Uhlemann.
The Oliver Parade and Oliver Roots and Fruits Expo rounded out Sunshine Festival on Saturday. With tons of activities and more interactive exhibits than ever before, the Roots and Fruits Expo kept locals and tourists entertained all day. Organizers were disappointed that the dense smoke thinned the evening crowd but estimate that over 1800 people still took part in the parade and visited the Expo. Congratulations to Emerrit Knechtel for building the fastest zucchini car, and thanks to the many volunteers, exhibitors and entertainers that made Roots and Fruits such a success!
Given that it takes the commitment of a whole community to put on great events, enormous thanks to the many sponsors and supporters who helped make Sunshine Festival happen! Special thanks to Oliver BuyLow and the Rotary Club of Oliver for their main stage sponsorship, allowing organizers to offer free live entertainment all day long.
Thanks also to the many other Roots and Fruits supporters: Casorso and Company, CIBC, the Dressmaker Dianne Gibson, EZ Rock, Fun4Life, Gerard’s Equipment Co, Growers Supply Co., Interior Savings Credit Union, John DiBernardo of ReMax – Wine Capital Properties, Michelle Weisheit of Investors Group, Munckhof Manufacturing, New Country Radio, NK’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Oliver Chronicle, Oliver Coast Hotel, Oliver Daily News, Oliver Dance Studio, Oliver District Heritage Society, Oliver Online’s Leza MacDonald, Oliver and Osoyoos Winery Association, Pacific Silica, Parties and Pies, the Sagebrushers, SunFM, Valley First Credit Union, Walnut Beach Resort, and Women of Oliver for Women (WOW).
Mark your calendars for August 15-17, 2019. It’s going to be even bigger and better next year!