Archives for September 2018
Election day is October 20th If you want to know what the candidates really think there is perhaps a solution to find out. Where I am in Kelowna there is a page showing all those who are running and there is a contact email address and phone number.
For candidates I don’t know I sent an email asking three questions of importance to me and a few friends who are seeking information. I did this Saturday afternoon and there are a lot of people running for office.
To be fair many are at events and door knocking and I don’t expect many answers until Monday. It is my intention to give all candidates a hearing of sorts before I vote. My questions are part of a job application if I were hiring someone to represent me. Tonight at the time of writing this being Saturday evening I have two responses.
The first gave a positive response to two of my questions and demonstrated they knew what they were talking about on two of the three. The last one being about longer term solutions for affordable housing they had no clue. But well done for a first time candidate. The second was a little different.
It was explained to me his issues were not my issues and he demonstrated little concern for what I thought was important. That allowed me to exclude him from consideration.
Contacting candidates in writing is helpful it is a permanent record of where a candidate is coming from and allows you to assess their ability to handle the job. This is one way to contact your prospective council member from your own home and assess their job application over a coffee without leaving home.
The subject property (Phantom Winery and Vineyards) is approximately 24 ha in area and is located on the east side of Black Sage Road approximately 9 km south of the Town of Oliver and is seen to be comprised of a winery with the lands under agricultural production (i.e. viticulture). The surrounding pattern of development is generally characterised by similar agricultural lands in the ALR and under viticulture production.
In 2011, the ALC initiated a “Winery and Cidery Policy Review” to determine the appropriateness of allowing wineries to sell other alcoholic beverages in a “winery lounge”. The Commission “determined that the current regulatory regime for wineries located in the Agricultural Land Reserve is appropriate … [and] that wineries who seek to acquire a ‘food primary’ license from the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) in order to offer additional alcohol products for sale must
continue to submit a non-farm use application to the ALC.”
At its meeting of October 3, 2013, the Planning and Development (P&D) Committee of the Board resolved that staff be directed “to draft an amendment bylaw to the Okanagan Valley Electoral Area Zoning Bylaws in order to introduce a new definition of ‘winery’ to allow for the sale of other ‘made in BC’ alcoholic beverages.”
An updated definition of “winery” was implemented on July 20, 2017following the adoption of the “Update of Agricultural Zones and Regulations Amendment Bylaw Amendment Bylaw 2728” and reads as follows: … an establishment involved in the manufacture, packaging, storing and sales of grape and fruit based wines, including a wine bar, food & beverage lounge and an eating and drinking establishment [emphasis added]. An “eating and drinking establishment” is separately defined in the zoning bylaw as meaning “a development where prepared foods and beverages are offered for sale to the public for consumption within the premises or off the site and includes … licensed restaurants …”
In considering this proposal, Administration maintains many of its concerns regarding the approval of restaurants in the ALR. Namely, full-service restaurants potentially diminish the link between the agricultural operation and the retail outlet by allowing a restaurant to exist as an independent
commercial entity. Additional concerns include:
· the erosion of the agricultural land base due to larger structures and expanded parking;
· impacts of more people, traffic, noise and trespass on adjacent farm operations (i.e. neighbour complaints);
· complaints and conflicts with other types of agriculture that may not fit with the “winery aesthetic”;
· pressure for other, non-farm related amenities (i.e. meeting facilities, hotels, spas, etc…); and
· that such uses should be directed to the Town of Oliver as the commercial hub for the area.
Nevertheless, Administration also recognises that the Board previously directed that the definition of a “winery” be amended to facilitate the development of restaurants within the ALR – subject to ALC approval – and without the need for subsequent rezoning applications to the Regional District.
Administration also notes that the Electoral Area “C” OCP Bylaw does speak to encouraging “the agricultural sector’s improvement and expansion by pursuing supportive land use policies …”, and of “encouraging secondary ‘value added’ uses” (provided they are compatible and incidental). Finally, the OCP Bylaw speaks to “maximizing productive farm activity and minimizing areas of development by clustering buildings, structures and related activities” and, in this instance, the
applicant is proposing to cluster the restaurant within the winery building already under construction.
For these reasons, Administration is recommending that this proposal be “authorised” to proceed to
the ALC for its review.
Time: 6:33 am – official dispatch time for Rescue Crews
Location: Orchard east of Hwy 97 – just north of the Rd 18 corner. Black, newish, vehicle southbound, left highway entering orchard driveway area smashing into an old shed and the car re-directed.
Driver trapped in car until rescue crews arrived. Jaws of life needed to pop open the passenger door so that paramedics could get to work.
It became apparent the male body was lifeless and was covered up. Two units of EMS on the scene. Police arriving after I left the accident location. Two units of Oliver Fire Department were call for traffic control and opening the vehicle up.
Other news reports later in the day
RCMP respond to 4300-block of Highway 97 for a report of a single vehicle collision.
The driver and only occupant, a 28 year-old from Oliver, was extricated from the vehicle by Fire Services. He had suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
A single vehicle crashed off the road in Oliver Sunday morning near Highway 97 and Road 16, resulting in the death of the driver.
Oliver fire chief Bob Graham said two trucks from the fire department responded to the incident, and found one man dead after using the jaws of life to extricate him. “I don’t think alcohol was involved,” Graham said. An ambulance on scene called the fire department to help extricate the man.
1. Paul Skelhorne
2. Paul Skelhorne
3. Tie – Paul Eby and Val Friesen
1. Rachel Allenbrand/Robert Lacasse
2. Lindsey McVicar
3. Diane Gane
1. R. Leslie Forbes
2. Marianne Parsons
3. Margaret Matthews
When Duet. 32:10 promises that God will guard us as the “apple of His eye” we would be wise to ask ourselves how that is done. We are able to guard, protect and care for the well-being of the eye with the eyelid. The eyelid consists of skin and muscle that provide the following care for our eyes.
Eyelids blink regularly during waking hours to keep the conjunctiva and cornea moist. Without that it would dry up and become useless. Our soul needs regular care too.
Eyelids close automatically if an object threatens to touch the eye. The eyelids have eyelashes that help to keep some dust and tiny particles away. The seventh cranial nerve can quickly close the eyelids and the third cranial nerve opens them. Our spiritual life is constantly the target of attack.
Eyelids spread a cleansing, lubricating and disinfecting liquid over the eye to keep it from being contaminated. The Meibomian glands provide the fluids for this, including tears. A duct at the interior corner of the eye can carry excess or used fluid into the nasal cavity which is why we often have to blow our noses when crying. Regular cleansing from wrong is vital.
Eyelids shield the eye from strong lights by covering it, allowing us to sleep better.
All of this is connected to, coordinated with and controlled by the brain. Every aspect has to work harmoniously with the rest of the body. Eyelids are a small but an amazing part of our Creator’s work. They did not come about by accident. They teach us that we also need to guard, clean and care for our spiritual life.
Thank you, Lord, for eyelids!
Fall Art Show and Sale “flows” with art
Overflowing with creativity, Oliver’s 35th annual Fall Art Show and Sale welcomes art lovers this coming weekend. The multimedia arts event includes photography, fibre art, three-dimensional art, watercolours, oils, acrylics, mixed / other media, and two categories for youth. In the competitive portion, a flood of 113 works have been entered. This year, the theme is “Go with the Flow”. In addition, three special exhibits are featured.
The Fall Art Show and Sale spans two days, Saturday September 29 (3 – 9 p.m.) and Sunday September 30 (12 – 5 p.m.), at the Oliver Community Centre, 6359 Park Drive. The event shares the same weekend at the same venue as the Cask and Keg and Festival of the Grape. Admission is by donation, with a draw to win a tempting wine fridge or a work of art.
Saturday’s visitors can vote for their favourite in each media category, and for overall “Best Interpretation of the Theme”. As excitement bubbles up for the awards show, the classy quartet Jazz Out West keeps the evening flowing smoothly. The live music and dessert reception begin at 7 p.m.
Twenty-eight winners will be presented with their quail trophies beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Honorable mentions will also recognize meritorious work.
Sunday’s admission is through a Festival of the Grape ticket only. Patrons of the grape who visit the Community Centre will discover artistic creativity flowing, not just wine. The popular wine fridge draw continues. Stroll the exhibit and find the award-winning artwork, marked with rosettes.
Many works of art are for sale both days. The show attracts participation from established professionals and gifted newcomers alike. It is also a chance to meet the artists, and learn a little about their work.
In addition to the art competition, both days also feature special displays by local artists. CreateAbility, a program dedicated to making art accessible, will exhibit work by diversely-abled adults. The RipOff Artists are ten talented artists, each working in their own medium, dedicated to “ripping off” a dead artist’s work in their own style. This year, the RipOffs recreate the colourful “Three People Singing” by indigenous Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo. A tribute to John Salsnek, a renowned Willowbrook painter who passed away last year, will also be mounted.
The Fall Art Show and Sale is an annual presentation by the Oliver Community Arts Council.
Spartan Street Light options
That Council choose one of the following lighting options;
• Option 1 for $10,000,
• Option 2 for $13,350,
• Option 3 for $26,200, or
• Budget an option for street lighting into the 2019 General Capital budget.
Staff’s recommendation is to go with Option 1 and order new lamp standard (standard poles) to use LED light heads to complete the five lighting locations on the Spartan Street project for $10,000.
A more in-depth look into street lighting options from Town Staff:
• Staff looked at all new poles and lighting (option 1) – This option would look at the Town to purchase five (5) new 8.0 m standard street light galvanized poles with five (5) new LED 39 watt (100 watt HPS equivalent) heads which we have in stock and could use.
o This option requires a FortisBC 200 amp service and electrical contractor to wire and tie in which are $5,600.
o Total estimated cost of this project is $10,000 and with a timeline installation near the end of October or early November.
• Staff looked at reusing existing downtown poles from the downtown (option 2) – We found we cannot re-use the older poles the way they are because the base bolt patterns don’t match the existing bolt pattern of the new standard concrete lamp standard bases that have already been put in but can be modified to fit.
o If we could use this option; it would require refurbishing five (5) existing (30 year old) poles by having them sand blasted and powder coated because of peeling paint (aesthetic looks) which would be $1,250. We would also have to fabricate/engineer the bottom of the poles to match bolt patterns of bases for another $1,000. The Town would also purchase five (5) LED decorative light heads (could take 6+ weeks for delivery) to match poles which are estimated to be $5,500. This option still requires a FortisBC 200 amp service and electrical contractor to wire and tie in.
o Total estimated cost of this project is $13,350 and with a timeline installation by late November.
• Staff also started to look at using standard light poles with solar options (option 3) – This option is a little more complicated and may require more staff time to fully research further but here is what staff have learned to date from a supplier we contacted;
o would look at the Town to purchase five (5) new 8.0 m standard street light galvanized poles (suitable for solar installations on top w/davit arm side mount) and use five (5) existing LED (100 watt HPS equivalent) heads (like option 1). Poles are estimated at $4,200 total.
o Staff would have to mount solar panels on top of the pole & mount a box (batteries & equip.). Quotes for set up is $4,000 per lamp standard. (batteries also need to be replaced every 3 to 5 years at about $500 each)
o This option would not require a FortisBC 200 amp service but would need an electrical contractor to wire and some Town labour for installation which is estimated at $2,000.
o Total estimated cost of this project is $26,200 and with a timeline installation by early to mid November depending on delivery time.
In closing, after looking at the three options, staff concluded that Option 1 would be the cheapest option with also the shortest timeline for installation. Option 2 could not be done unless the pole bottom is fabricated to meet the bolt standards for the bases plus would end up being more expensive than option 1 and installation could be further delayed. Option 3 is an expensive option and more research needs to go into solar lighting before committing to ‘standard plus’ technology that is always improving.
Looking over a longer 5-year term of comparing costs (per light) between the three options which factors in the battery change out (each light) replacement/maintenance, initial capital costs/installations and any power consumption;
1. option 1 would cost $2,094/light,
2. option 2 would cost $2,764/light,
3. option 3 would cost $5,740/light.
To be safe, feel safety, is to be protected, unthreatened, at ease as a result. Maslow’s hierarchy of basic human needs has the safety and survival needs at the foundation. Food, warmth, without serious and present threat, those are the components of safety. When we are feeling safety we can put attention to ‘higher’ things, like mowing the lawn. Can’t do that if we have a hungry tiger roaming our backyard. Hard to concentrate
They say there is safety in numbers. Can be. Yet, many of us are feeling so alone even in a crowd. How can that be? When I go for a walk and pass people along the way I say ‘good morning’. Some cannot bring themselves to respond. Are they not feeling safe enough, not feeling part of the crowd, like they belong? What might one do? Keep offering good mornings and sure enough, one day, receiving one back
Safety can be learned. It can require courage to walk across the coals of a fire. As not at all safe as that idea can feel, people learn to do it. We can learn to respond to ‘good morning’ too. Takes about as much courage to earn the safety we seem to need. So the flip side could be that we decide what is safe. What threatens safety, in my mind, is all of it. Some of that is real and some total chimera
Safety is also about sensible precautions and staying alert. Walking alone late at night on a lowly lit street could be an invitation to get mugged (happened to me once). It is not about avoiding all things that may feel less than safe but to enter each adventure with eyes open, prepared. Running a marathon without the preparation of training is not an act of safety, and running a marathon is an exciting adventure
Safety precautions are about preserving what is valuable, life above all. Feeling safety from attack, physical, psychological. Safety leaves capacity for enjoyment of the higher levels on Maslow’s hierarchy, the arts, intellectual and spiritual growth and contribution. Contribution, giving back, is the entry point to the evolution of our species. That seems pretty important. Safety at home and at work are important.
I have lived in Oliver for all of my life. I grew up on farm and learned early that water was the life blood of our tree’s. I still remember changing long aluminum pipes by hand and was sure happy when solid set irrigation was introduced.
I went to school and graduated from S.O.S.S. I married early as most people did back then. My wife Cathy and I have three grown children two of them also call Oliver their home.
I decided early that farming was what I wanted to do. I also become involved with the political end of farming, representing Oliver as a delegate to the BCFGA for many years. I also sat on the rural APC as a member for many years and as chairman for two rural directors. Was elected to the SOLID board in my mid 20’s, when SOLID was dissolved, I ran and was elected as a water councilor and have served on council in that capacity ever since.
In my early 30’s along with my brother we started a fruit packing business called Fairview Orchards LTD. It has grown over the years and we currently employ 20 people from our community. We pack fruit for approximately 35 farmers along with our own fruit.
My focus on council has always been to insure that the views of rural residents are listened to at the council table with respect to water matters.
Accomplishment’s that I am proud to have given direction on include Canal rehabilitation in early 1990’s, Twinning of the domestic lines in the rural area to get all rural residents drinking clean potable water.
Going forward many issues require effective strong representation. The resolution to the Gallagher lake siphon issue and also the implementation of a new canal rehabilitation study are two that come to mind.
I have always had two main goals in mind; 1. insure that we have a reliable water source for irrigation. 2. Having a safe reliable source for domestic water all the while at a price that remains affordable to the users.
I have the experience and willingness to continue to represent rural residents on council and look forward to their support on voting day
Donation received earmarked for Oliver/Osoyoos safe house.
Sad to say that there are still many women in our area facing physical and mental abuse. Sometimes they have to get out of the home in a hurry to avoid facing physical harm. Many women have no family in the area and have to turn elsewhere for immediate help. This is where the local “safe house” comes into the picture. Women, quite often with children in tow, need a safe haven for several days while a more permanent solution is found.
The members of the Order of the Easter Star hold a fund raising hot dog sale each year, to assist these women. This year the men of Southern Gate Masonic Lodge also decided to put on their own hot dog sale to help the cause.
Pictured are: Chuck Guild, Worshipful Master of the lodge and Alice Mathews, Worthy Matron of the local Eastern Star chapter, with Marieze Tarr, director of Desert Sun Counselling group, who run the safe house.
Photo and article submitted by Pat Whalley
The rented and food bank beds are all tagged, but theft of produce has been a problem this summer. This is particularly disappointing for the students participating in the “Young Farmer” program. It is a “community garden”, but that does not mean help yourself.
Photo and words by Sandra Smith
I am a 3rd generation apple/cherry farmer, whose family has been growing tree fruits in rural Oliver since my grandparents came to Canada from Portugal in the 1960s. I have been farming my parent’s, Joe and Anna Machial, 11 acre orchard for the past 15 years, but like anyone who was raised on a orchard, I have worked in the tree fruit industry my entire life.
After graduating from SOSS in 2001 (Go Hornets), I attended UBC Vancouver where I completed my Bachelor of Commerce, graduating with honours. Instead of moving to Toronto to pursue a career in market research, I chose to return to Oliver to continue the family tradition of farming, and help my Dad and Uncle Rick at their packinghouse, Fairview Orchards.
I want to be your water councillor because I think it is important to have someone on council who represents the interests and perspective of the next generation of farmers. Since I am at the beginning of my career, today’s decisions about water will have a greater impact on young farmers like me for a longer period of time. As a result, I think it is important to be part of those decisions.
However, I also believe experience is very important. As someone with a Bachelor of Commerce, I have the the skills necessary for understanding financial statements, scrutinizing budgets, and analysing capital projects.
In 2004, I was the Research Coordinator for the Oliver and District C Economic Development Society where I worked on the development of an Agricultural Area Plan for rural Oliver. Consequently, I am familiar with the challenges facing farmers at the farm level and from a regional governance perspective.
I was also a Director for the Summerland Varieties Corporation and I am currently a Director for the BC Tree Fruit Growers’ Association. I believe these experiences are especially valuable since they require sharing ideas, listening to other viewpoints, and questioning policies, in the interest of stakeholders.
If you want a young, educated farmer, with Director experience, to represent your water interests, then please vote David Machial for your Water Councillor.
“This image is called “They Are Watching” it was taken in a regenerated forest. The notches cut in the old cedar stumps for spring boards looked like eyes to me. Loggers used these to stand on while they sawed and fell the massive trees. A good friend Cheriee Weichel just sent me a quote by Graciela Iturbide that often describes my images. “I photograph and exist in the in-between: those spaces where unknown worlds, real and imagined, intersect””
Published with permission – this is copy write material
Location: just south of River Rd/Island Rd junction
Situation: ambulance crews and RCMP units on scene.
Once rescue crew from Oliver Fire Department called and arrived – car door popped and the male driver taken to hospital with some injuries not considered life threatening. Traffic impacted for a time but resumed fully within half an hour. One utility pole heavily damaged. Corner in road the scene of many accidents.
Highway to Healing Support Society announces new board of directors
New Board Members Tony Munday and Cathy Thompson bring with them diverse skills and abilities. This bring the board to 9 members.
Tony Munday is a local business man, and has been involved in many different ways in both communities of Osoyoos and Oliver. With a young family, Tony is well aware of what stresses a family might face when a child faces a serious illness or injury. “ I am aware that financial difficulties might arise when families have to travel to obtain medical care for their child, and have seen Highway to Healing succeed in relieving some of that stress. I am pleased to be part of this Society as they grow” says Munday.
Cathy Thompson has raised two children, and now enjoys being active with her own grandchildren. Involved in many volunteer activities in the area, Cathy brings with her positive energy and her skills developed over many years in her career in banking. Cathy has seen firsthand how people in a small town can together provide support when they see people in need, and says “I am a retired Grandma who loves spending time with my granddaughters and helping where I can. I am super excited to join an amazing group of people who help so many families.”
Now just 4 years old, Highway to Healing Support Society helps families with day to day expenses they incur when travelling out of town for medical care. Those needs may include fuel, parking fees, and overnight stays. Support can be one time, or may extend for many years for families whose child faces serious illness.
Initially funds were raised with much community support at the Ride to Provide; an annual bike ride held in June. This year, the Board expanded their fund raising efforts and held its First Annual Golf Tournament.
“The enormous support from local service clubs, businesses and individuals has meant the Board now serves families in all three communities; Osoyoos, Oliver and OK Falls” says Gail Bariskill, President of Highway to Healing Support Society
Board Members also include Gail Barriskill, Riley Martin, Russell Work, Ernie Dumais, Alesha Grimard, Tracy MacFadden, and Tanya Martin
ODN is one of many proud supporters of locally based charities
Well that sure went fast – 4 years have come and almost gone, and what a great first term it has been! I have had the pleasure of working along some very talented and passionate people, and have learned many invaluable lessons along the way.
Oliver is growing and changing in so many ways, and as a Town Councilor it has been exciting to be a part of this growth. I believe strongly in being proactive when it comes to planning and decision making, and beginning with the end in mind. I believe in building strong relationships; Relationships within my community, relationships with my fellow Councilors, and relationships with neighbouring communities. There is so much that we can learn from one another, and we are much stronger together than we are apart.
I am a past 2-term President of the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce and am an active member of the Oliver Business Association, working to plan our Christmas Light-Up each year for many years. I am a member of the Festival of the Grape planning committee, a board member on the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services board of directors, and am Co-Chair of the Local Immigration Partnership.
My two boys both attend Oliver Elementary School where I am Vice-Chair of the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), and I am one of the founding members of the local chapter of 100 Women Who Care. I am an active Council representative on the local Community Foundation Advisory Committee, the Food Action Advisory Committee, and the Developing Sustainable Rural Practice Communities Committee. I have long been passionate about community service, and being on Council has afforded me the opportunity to take that passion to the next level.
As one of your representatives on Council I have and will continue to be available for a chat any time, and to listen – to really listen. I will continue to put in my time to do the research necessary to make informed decisions, and to have our current and future community’s needs in mind at all times. I will continue to be a team player, and to work constructively with my peers for the betterment of our community as a whole, and I will continue to work on building relationships both in and outside of this beautiful slice of heaven that we call home.
I believe so strongly that by being engaged we have the ability to create the community that we want to live in; I believe in Oliver and its potential to shine, and I would love the opportunity to continue to work on your behalf to make this community the best that it can be. I am asking for your support at the polls on October 10th and October 20th as I seek my second term in office.
Richard Cannings MP (South Okanagan—West Kootenay) is holding a town hall meeting with fellow NDP MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) in Penticton on Friday, September 28th. Cannings wants to discuss the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion with constituents.
A federal court ruling recently halted construction on the expansion, citing serious concerns with the environmental impact of the pipeline and tanker expansion, and a lack of meaningful consultation with affected Indigenous groups. However, the Liberal government has already signalled they mean to press ahead with the expansion, having just spent $4.5 billion to purchase the existing pipeline from Kinder Morgan.
“I know that for many residents in Penticton and across BC, the prospect of the Liberal government spending over $10 billion of tax payer’s money to build a pipeline is deeply troubling. A seven fold increase in tanker traffic not only increases the risk of an oil spill, which would be devastating for our coastline, but poses a direct threat to the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale” said Cannings.
“But more than just the immediate risks, the rush to ship out raw, unrefined bitumen speaks to a government that is not committed to fighting climate change. Imagine what this money could do if it was invested in clean energy, electric vehicle infrastructure and incentives, and building retrofits” added Cannings. “Instead of posing a direct threat to the thousands of jobs in the marine and tourism industries here in BC, we could be helping to build a low carbon economy.”
The town hall meeting will be held at the Penticton Public Library Auditorium on Friday, September 28th from 7:00 pm.
Flood Mitigation Works – September 26 & 27, 2018
Flood mitigation works are scheduled for today Wednesday and tomorrow Thursday to allow the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure to lower water mains to install a large box culvert at Road 9.
Domestic Water Shut Off – Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Affecting homes at Highway 97 near Roads 7 – 10, Road 9 and 10
There is potential that surrounding areas may be affected
7:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Irrigation Water Shut Off – Thursday, September 27, 2018
System 6 Only (Road 5 to Road 15)
7:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Town of Oliver’s Water Utility apologizes for inconveniences to its customers. After water service is restored, air or discoloured water may be present in the piping. Running a garden hose or cold water bathtub faucet for several minutes, should eliminate both air and discoloured water problems. If you have a specialized water filtration unit within your premise, it may need to be isolated to prevent any blockage which could result from this water outage.
From: Sylvia Murray
When my husband and I first bought a house in the Okanagan just over 11 years ago, many of our neighbours and friends wondered why people of our age (early 40’s) would want to reside in Oliver, as it was considered more of a retirement community. There weren’t very many “going ons”, we had one supermarket (eventually two with Buy-Low Foods opening up in 2010), the Oliver Theatre had great movie fees and the restaurants were more “diner” style and closed their doors quite early, etc.
In the last few years I’ve noticed a change in the atmosphere in Oliver with younger families living here thanks to economic growth in the Okanagan. We still have sleepy restaurants that are closed by 8pm, we still have two supermarkets and the theatre still has great movie rates, but I noticed that we now have establishments that welcome local bands/singers to entertain with live music (most with no cover charge). We also have a lot more wineries & breweries with great offerings (restaurants, entertainment, events etc.) and I think the Frank Venables Theatre is an awesome venue for live entertainment. There are two great shows coming in October and my fear is that they will be cancelled due to lack of interest.
I grew in the Big City (Vancouver) and saw Neil Diamond in concert almost 20 years ago at GM Place (paid $100.00 per ticket). When I first saw “Nearly Neil” 17 years ago, I was in awe of how much he reminded me of the “real thing”. He put on such a fantastic show, that I have seen him live at a few other events (not a groupie, but a fan of the music). I could try to get to see the real Neil Diamond again, but that will be impossible with his recent medical condition, which is devastating to the music world.
When I heard “Nearly Neil” was coming to the Venables Theatre, I was very excited to have the opportunity to see him again (especially in the Okanagan). Please come join us all for a great night of entertainment. Whether you are young or older, I have no doubt that this show will bring back nostalgia and memories of all the great hits that Neil Diamond wrote and sang. Nearly Neil is just like the real thing, you will not be disappointed and you will definitely be singing and clapping along.
Osoyoos Indian Band, the Mountain Resorts Branch, Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC), Mt. Baldy Resort and wildfire management specialists at Davies Wildfire Management have started work on a landscape level fire management project. The project is a fuel break entailing a 350 to 400-metre-wide horseshoe shaped band surrounding Baldy Mountain Resort, the community, and the resort’s future sub-divisions. The main objective of the project is to decrease the opportunity for wildfire behaviour in the fuel break by increasing spacing between tree crowns and decreasing surface fuel loading on the forest floor so if/when a fire enters the fuel break, it is lower in intensity allowing firefighters to have a better chance at battling it successfully. The project is not a clear cutting of the stands, but rather a thinning of trees in a patch format i.e. leaving islands of trees.
It was in the 1930s when a fire last moved through the area. The subsequent stand that has grown back is dense and is now prone to a large scale, catastrophic wildfire. A landscape level fuel break would serve to reduce the severity of a wildfire. FESBC grant was applied for a few years prior, which was accepted and has led to the decision to move ahead to develop the fire break.
The FESBC funded project will include these preventative measures:
•Increasing spacing of tree crowns
•Clearing of fuels along the forest floor
•6-8 weeks of removing trees followed by reducing fuels on the forest floor by hand
“FESBC is delighted to participate with Baldy Mountain Resort in reducing wildfire risk to their citizens, homes, and infrastructure such as emergency escape routes, water availability, and communication,” says FESBC Operations Manager Dave Conly. “FESBC applauds Mount Baldy for recognizing the risk of wildfire and taking action to reduce that risk.”
Ultimately, the fuel break will help protect the community of 100+ cabins as well as Baldy Mountain Resort for years to come, which is the overall goal.
Photos by Sandra Smith
Words of Sandra Smith
There has been good collaboration from all parties involved. I witnessed conversations with mill representatives and machine operators. This is an opportunity for the mills to get wood to augment their supply, and of course work for the logging contractors. (about 20 pieces of equipment on site now.) One operator estimated that his productivity is about 30% less than it would be on a conventional logging project.
It took a little time to adjust and adapt the approach of the harvest, but all parties including the loggers have had input. In the first test area, they left extra trees standing, expecting that the skidders may take a few out on their way by. That hasn’t happened, so a few more trees will be taken out of the original test block.
Roads and landings within the prescription have been added to keep the logging trucks off the village roads. The main road in from the transfer station follows an existing snow shoe trail – some of the existing corners were straightened a bit for trucking purposes, but the trail will have rehab after the logging. Yet to be determined is whether all roads will be decommissioned, or if some may be left for easier access in the event of fire.
All the larch , deciduous – and trees greater than 50cm dbh are being left standing. The main focus of removal is the pine, as it is at or near the end of it’s life span. There is good pine decked, but also some “denim” pine – from pine beetles. There are clumps being left of smaller trees where there are no trees of the desired species and size to be left.
Tree tops will go to Midway for chipping, which reduces the amount of slash.
Mr. Speaker, two years ago, a huge rock fall destroyed the South Okanagan irrigation canal, which is essential to the orchards and vineyards that are the backbone of the local economy. The B.C. government has stepped up with a pledge of $5 million to help fix this, but we need the federal government to match that amount. Unfortunately, it does not fit in with the domestic waterworks that are funded by infrastructure or the innovations that are funded by agriculture. Therefore, will the Minister of Infrastructure and the Minister of Agriculture pledge today to meet with me to find a way to get this project out of the bureaucratic crack that it has fallen into?
Mr. Speaker, I have a lot of respect for the member for South Okanagan—West Kootenay. Absolutely, I will meet with him in my office. It allows me the chance to talk about our historic investment in infrastructure in the country, more than $187 billion over 12 years, which will see our government invest across our country in green infrastructure, in public transit and social infrastructure in rural and northern communities. We are going to be the cities of tomorrow and improve the lives of Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
Source: Hansard – Friday September 21, 2018
Petition presentation above
Michael Guthrie and partner Shirley Zelinski spoke to council and presented petitions from a recent Crime Forum calling for the installation of CCTV cameras at various spots in Oliver to limit the amount of criminal activity in the area…. Mayor Hovanes thanked the Oliver couple for making the public more aware of the problem but mentioned that he had been told at the recent UBCM convention that the opoid/drug dependency/crime problem was 20 years in the making and no ‘silver bullet’ had been found to solve the underlying problems quickly. Hovanes says council has some ideas/changes that are being discussed and needs a bit more time and discussion before an action plan is announced.
Canada Geese Cull – as it has for 8 years – council will allow 6 hunting permits for the eradication of non-migratory geese at Tuc-el-nuit Lake and the Oliver Airport.
Letter received from local Rotary Club offering to assist with funding for a new park near the bridge in Oliver. The local service organization would want it named ‘Rotary Peace Park’ – discussion on the matter indicated that only part of the former Centennial Park would need to be designated with that name. Council decided to review the offer and make it part of the public discussion scheduled for later this fall. Councillor Dave Mattes told council should be careful about granting naming rights especially before the public has had a chance to weigh-in on the discussion.
Grant in Aid – Penticton and Area Access Centre requested a grant for $6250 to help increase administrative assistance for their programs so an out-reach counsellor could access the community more frequently. Town Council has agreed to a one time conditional grant of $4500. All councillors agreed it was a good service for the community but that a permanent funding grant was not possible. According to a report the Access Centre operates out of the Park Drive Church three days a week, in Osoyoos 1 day a week and visits the Similkameen on a very limited basis. Some of its funding comes from the Regional District which represents funding from Oliver as well.
Irrigation Water Use – Growers will shut off use of irrigation water October 9th. The water from the river will cease to be diverted into the canal October 30, 2018 for the season.
At the November 27, 2017 meeting Council adopted Business License Bylaw 1368. The bylaw included provisions regarding Short Term Residential Rental Licence Terms and Conditions.
Staff searched online Airbnb, VRBO, etc. sites to determine the number of short term type of businesses that are operating in Oliver and whether they currently hold a business licence. A total of 25 businesses were found online, 14 had no business licence, 6 had a business licence for a Bed & Breakfast however provide a full suite, and the remaining 5 are in compliance with Bed & Breakfast licence.
Correspondence was sent to all businesses advising that the Town of Oliver is aware of the short-term rental being operated at the noted property. Additionally to make them aware of the new terms and conditions that are now in place in order to operate a rental business in Oliver. A copy of the terms and conditions were included for their information.
Property owners were also advised that sewer and recycling fees may be applicable to the short term rental business. Property owners were encouraged to contact the Town of Oliver to obtain assistance in the process to obtain a licence or to assess what type of business was actually being offered by the home owner.
The Town of Oliver heard from 13 business owners with various outcomes;
they never followed through with the operation,
they are disputing the request, or
live in the residence and will send in a dispute letter.
Two operators have come into compliance with a business licence and paying the $750.00 deposit, and one applying for a business licence and is in process.
Two short-term rental operators met with Town staff and provided written correspondence suggesting that the Town may want to consider an additional bylaw provision where the short term rental exists and is an Owner Occupied dwelling. The operator suggests that the inclusion of such a provision would be fair, equitable, and recognize the work of reputable hosts that supports the tourism industry in Oliver. This provision would exclude the $750.00 deposit that is required of short term rental units that are not owner occupied.
Synopsis of these two short-term rental businesses:
1. Owner-occupied business offers a self-contained suite with no meals provided. There has been a comment made to the Town of Oliver of traffic noise from this business.
2. Owner-occupied business with a self-contained suite and provides breakfast supplies for guest use. Have a Bread and Breakfast licence. The advertisement notes that guests can check themselves into the suite. No bylaw concerns relating to this business.
The City of Vancouver recently implemented their short-term rental regulations and are encouraging local governments to follow their provisions if it works for their community. In Vancouver, operators must have a business licence and must include their licence number on all online listings and advertising, or they may be subject to fines up to $1,000 per offence.
Report submitted to Oliver council for consideration and direction.
Update: Council has asked staff for more information and a further report on how other municipalities control the growth of short term rentals (both owner occupied and those that are not really supervised well/owned by absentee landlord).
Council Monday indicated that both B and B’s and short term rental accommodation with an owner on site are preferable tourist businesses in Oliver.
Report to Council for a decision:
• To add five (5) additional lamp standards with lights and electrical for an additional $10,000 for completion in 2018, or for
• Staff to include the extra works into the General Capital budget for construction in 2019.
Staff recommend spending $10,000 to provide lighting for neighbourhood and schools for the winter. If Council does decide to find the extra money to finish the lighting off, this will put the original budget of the project over budget because of other necessary extra’s the Town followed through with and were time sensitive.
Council originally approved the project costs of $231,000 (inc. contingency of $10k, Engineering, site supervising & materials testing) over the original anticipated budget of $200,000.
Extra costs on project to date:
• Fence improvements (go to chain link) – additional $1,925,
• Street Light bases (5) – additional $6,400,
• Electrical conduit installation – $5,115,
• FortisBC Power modifications for project – $5,807.
This is a total of $19,247 in extras, adding $9,247 to the overall project costs which makes the total cost of the project approximately $240,000.
Another $10 thousand on lighting brings the project to $250,00 (19 thousand dollars over budget or because the contingency was used $29 thousand).
Staff are looking for direction whether to finish the lighting along the project parking area that would also light up portions of Spartan Street. During the project design, we neglected to think of the replacement of the existing lighting on FortisBC poles which were removed during the project. The Contractor/Engineers put in Light Standard bases, conduit and proper connections to FortisBC infrastructure otherwise it would have been extremely difficult to put in lighting at a later date. Staff originally thought that we could get part of this infrastructure in place and could budget and finish the remainder of the lighting infrastructure in 2019 for the remainder of the work; lamp standards, LED light heads, electrical wiring and FortisBC power service.
There have been concerns about some crime in the area – extra lighting along this street would make some of the residents in the neighbourhood feel safer. The Town is also creating several parking spaces and having these areas lit up in the Fall and Winter months, when it gets darker earlier, may also be a positive aspect of putting the lights in now.
Council Monday suggested that some savings could be made if existing poles could be used rather than expensive new ones. PW Manager Shawn Goodsell indicated he could present further info on that idea, LED lighting and even Solar options. Oliver Town council may convene a special meeting within a week to decide on the issue.
Last Sunday, September 23 was the 9th time around for the Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA) to play host with their annual Car Club Challenge. This Okanagan Valley-wide rumble drags the racers and fans in for a day packed full of drag racing in British Columbia’s pocket desert.
This year a newly entered gang of gear heads, called the Detonators, rumbled and roared their way to the trophy presentation.
Mason McCune (1989 Ford Mustang) was the Detonator’s champion, and proudly hauled the trophy back to Enderby. It was no easy task. Rick Hill didn’t come from Summerland, BC in his 1958 Ford pick-up to mess around. He took the Okanagan Rodtiques right up to the final round. McCune may have looked fresh-faced to the fans, and it was for good reason. This young man isn’t yet 21 years old, and is a new-comer to the sport. This marked his second drag racing day. McCune is yet to lose a race. I can only imagine the fierce competition that the 10th Challenge holds in store. McCune races with his Dad, James, and his uncle, Jason, who are also part of the Detonators Car Club.
Drag racing is definitely a family affair down at Richter Pass Motorplex.
A 2nd trophy is awarded to the Club winner in the “Fast 8” competition. The name pretty much tells you how this competition works. Fastest 8 cars, battling it out to find the one speedy champion. This year the Rodtiques’ own Tom Groot (Summerland, BC) flew past the competition in his 1967 Firebird. No doubt Kelowna Kustom’s Rand LePage will be back next year with his 1956 GMC pick-up, determined and ready to upset the story.
Don’t be mistaken into thinking that the Car Club Challenge was the only thing shaking up the track last weekend. A group of racers from Kelowna, known as the Kelowna Outlaws, made an appearance. This club rolls up in their cars…no trailers here. These super fast street legal vehicles are required to make passes at drag tracks throughout the province and had a minimum number of passes they had to make. Their vehicles then had to get them all the way back to the BBQ in Kelowna, in order for them to get credit in their club’s standings and remain in the competition. It’s not too much to say that these were some impressive rides.
Let us not forget all the “regular ol’” drag racing that went down. WCRA can now boast that this last weekend was a record breaker in car count. 123 registered drivers signed their names and pushed their cars to the limit, all in the name of a good time.
The results of standard brackets follow:
Stuart Eckley (Osoyoos, BC), riding his 2002 Kawasaki 2X9 beat out Sonny Plamondon (Grand Forks, BC) and his 1986 Suzuki GS550.
Jim Behnke (Mission, BC) brought his 1973 Plymouth Scamp a long way to beat out hometown guy Blake Ogilvy (Osoyoos, BC). Ogilvy raced the track in his 1981 Chevy pick-up this weekend.
Chris Kroening (West Kelowna, BC) took his 1969 Chevy Beaumont to trophy lane by beating Robin Redding (Merrit, BC) and his 1927 model T.
Kayle Shaw (Penticton, BC) was ripping it up in the Boult Automotive propane powered, 1973 Vega. Shaw outdid Brad Baxendale (Osoyoos, BC) and his 1969 Chevy Beaumont.
Riley Ward (Kelowna, BC) moved his 2000 Dodge Dakota off the line for the best reaction time this weekend with a super fast .502 starting light. Remember .500 is perfection.
WCRA has one event left this season. 2018 winds up on Thanksgiving weekend, October 7. Nothing pairs with turkey quite like drag racing.
Gates will open in two weeks at 9 a.m. $10 gate fee applies to all over 12 (kids must be accompanied by an adult.). Concessions are available on site.
Risk – Figuring out the right one for you!
Every investor knows that risk and return go together but when it comes to risk tolerance, everyone is different. How much you can endure depends on several factors.
Risk tolerance is subjective and varies from person to person. For some people seeing their investment go down a few thousand dollars is no big deal and for others a decline of a hundred dollars will cause sleepless nights. Risk is both financial and emotional. Financially, it’s about attaining the returns you need in order to achieve your financial plan and emotionally, it’s about choosing investments that don’t stress you out and contribute to insomnia.
So how do you figure risk out and choose investments that match your risk profile?
Start with your goals – You need to know what you are trying to achieve. Once you have your financial plan completed you will have a better idea of the rate of return required for it to be successful. If you only require a 3% rate or return to meet your goals, why expose yourself to more risk by chasing higher returns?
Understand the real market risk – We all feel “riskier” when the markets are doing well – but during market volatility you might just realize you’re not as risky as you thought.
Define your time horizon – Over the long term markets rise – if you don’t plan on touching your investments for many years you can probably afford to be a little riskier with them, however, short term money or emergency funds might not be suited to high risk options.
Be aware of what you can lose – try not to think in percentages. If you invest $25,000, think about your possible loss as $2,500 rather than 10%. It tends to make it more real.
It’s not all doom and gloom – there are ways to maximise the potential for higher returns and manage risk at the same time. By establishing your expectations and managing your risk tolerance from day one, you won’t panic with the inevitable market volatility.
Your Certified Financial Planner will have a questionnaire to help you determine the correct risk tolerance and asset mix for your individual situation. Talk to them about your plan and understanding your risk tolerance.
This column is written by Michelle Weisheit CFP, IG Wealth Management and presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments.
Please contact your own advisor for specific advice about your situation.
I have decided to run in this election because I believe I can continue to help council move Oliver forward. We are facing many challenges in the near future, planning and action need to be taken now. My experience as a a Councillor means there is no learning curve. I can go to work with Council immediately
There are several challenges facing Oliver right now. Increasing crime continues to plague Oliver. There are no magic solutions to the underlying causes, but there are things council can initiate to help lower crime in Oliver. Increased patrols by Crime Watch and Bylaw enforcement. Selective placement of cameras to assist police in enforcement. Assistance through inspection to help Oliverites to safeguard their property. After analysis, there is money in our current budget to pay for these initiatives without increasing taxes.
We have finally gotten a hotel. In the process we lost a campground and a sani-dump. It would be nice to get back something to replace them. A hotel and a campground both bring positive benefits to our downtown business. We need to create reasons for locals and tourists alike to stop in our town and visit our businesses.
On Council I have a reputation for working to keep taxes lower, keeping Oliver affordable and attractive for seniors and newcomers alike. We also have aging services that continue to need to be replaced or upgraded. This will require innovative thinking and a strong financial background. I believe I bring both of these to Council.
All this being said, I love Oliver. I was born in Oliver in 1957 and have lived here most of my life. We offer an Okanagan lifestyle that is different from every other town in the valley. We have outstanding recreation facilities and opportunities. We have a huge community of volunteers and service clubs that make us the envy of many places. I believe it is the role of Council to look after what has been built, to help the people of Oliver define our future and assist those that are willing to build that future.
On October 10th and October 20th I am asking for your support in keeping and making Oliver a great place to live.