Archives for October 14, 2018
Interior Health announced it is moving forward with a $970,000 upgrade to the emergency department at South Okanagan General Hospital (SOGH) which will improve patient privacy, flow, and the overall quality care provided to residents in the Oliver area.
The project is partially funded by the Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District (OSRHD), who today formally approved its share of the project. The OSRHD will contribute 40 per cent of the project, with the Province of BC contributing the remaining 60 per cent.
South Okanagan General Hospital Emergency Department – Closure notification
OLIVER/OSOYOOS – Residents are advised that due to limited physician availability at South Okanagan General Hospital (SOGH), the emergency department (ED) will be closed from 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 to 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15.
Interior Health regrets this interruption to our normal emergency department services. Residents should take note of the following if they require care when the emergency department is closed:
In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Visit the emergency department at Penticton Regional Hospital (550 Carmi Avenue).
Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 (24 hour service) if you are unsure about your need to go to the emergency department.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Note to taxpayers and customers – you are not in charge. These people are.
Election day is closing in on us across the Province. In every regional district, village, town and city people are making up their mind on who they will vote for.
We all exchange our views on what the issues are and how we can change things or keep them the same. We sit for hours listening to candidates share their vision. Even for the ones elected most of those visions will never see the light of day. No they are not telling lies. Candidates are sharing a vision of what can be if we have the courage to take up the challenges of progress.
Contrast the idea of listening to their vision with the real process most are using to determine who they vote for. See as we sit and listen, often as not we are not looking for new ideas and new directions. Many go listen to all the candidates to re-enforce the reasons we are voting the way we are. This is an important point to consider and will get to that in a moment. Making a decision on how to vote really comes down to limited critical factors. Do we want security? If this is the motivation we are likely going to vote in our comfort zone. If we are looking for a change in the fiscal or social order of things we are going to vote for new ideas and take the risk of voting for a new vision. Some people vote the way they do out of fear, or anger, or protest. The most dangerous climate for political candidates is voters going to the polls in a mood of restlessness. That mood has consequences regardless of how it turns out. No political party can take confidence in a restless vote.
Here are some examples of voting moods:
Anger was the prime motivator in the last Federal Election. Trudeau was not elected so much as Harper was thrown out. If you look back Harper’s second term was granted because the electorate was comfortable with him.
There was an election where the New Brunswick Government was repudiated – the people were so disgusted. In that election the entire conservative government of Richard Hatfield lost to the incoming Premier Frank McKenna. That of course being the restless electorate.
I believe this last Provincial election in BC was based on the mood of restlessness. Many people I talked to didn’t make up their mind until they were in the polling booth.
Let us return to what is the mood for these civic elections.
In Oliver it is no different than most places. Crime, infrastructure, taxation and what will our future look like in the next five to ten years. I say, not too much different because the issues in Kelowna for example, center around crime downtown, infrastructure, and what the downtown will look like in the next decade. All communities are struggling with a lack of affordable housing, drug problems, homelessness and so on.
Now, coming to my point is where we match the election climate with the motivational mood of voters. Many are expressing, anger, fear, a lack of vision, and they are looking for the security and confidence in the candidates they are voting for.
Up until now people have gone to the forums to re-enforce their beliefs, and they are somewhat confused in many places because they are starting to listen and they are caught between security and the need for change.
The winners will be the candidates that can seize the confidence of voters, capture the imagination of those who want a plausible direction, and tempt the voter to change where they put the X. I have a strange belief the outcome of many elections may look vary different than most voters anticipate.
Oliver Daily News asked the two candidates for the position of Regional District to answer a series of questions.
A time limit was placed on responses
Here is the first reply from Rick Knodel
1. Advantages and disadvantages to a district municipality.
I have to clarify that my suggestion of a district wide municipal police force is in no way suggesting a desire to form a district municipality of Area “C” or any other agricultural area.
I see absolutely no advantages for residents of Area “C” in a district municipality.
First off all bylaws and building codes and permitting would become the domain of the town which is not at this time set up to administer to a rural agricultural area. I believe that there would be a clash between urban and rural permitting and codes especially in regards to farm practices and agricultural processing in rural properties. The cost of these “services“ would be shared with the residents of the town and in true bureaucratic form would increase for both urban and rural tax payers. In by laws and permitting the needs and wants of an urban environment seldom are compatible with the rural or agricultural needs.
The RDOS (regional district) system while far from perfect is the best model for agricultural and rural area residents.
Second and this is a big one. The maintenance of all roads inside what is now Area ”C” would be down loaded from the province and be fully funded by the town and Area “C” residents. That is bad enough on its own but if we have to upgrade roads outside of the highway in the future, for example, to accommodate extra traffic for the proposed national park. Those costs will be carried by both the town and the rural residents. If you are having trouble making ends meet now hang on for that ride.
Summerland farm and rural is an example of a district municipality but keep in mind that is a much smaller area. It would be wise to speak to some of the farmers there before even considering this.
2. Does the RDOS have too many rules, policies, regulations that hinder development? or farming practices, or use of ALC lands.
Yes most definitely ; from what I have seen there is a trend in the RDOS to promote resort based policies as the business model from Summerland to the U.S. border. The policies, regulations and promotions that come from this are unduly restrictive, expensive, complicated, and cumbersome for both the farmers and large holding non-farm residents. The economic engine that drives Area “C” is agriculture and any deviation from that will have dire consequences for both farm and non-farm residents in the near future.
There is a need to reverse this trend in policies and regulation. Director Schafer has allowed me to initiate discussions with director Boot (Summerland District) who is like minded with that goal in mind.
To that end it will be necessary to take advantage of as many of the programs that Agriculture Minister Lana Popham is offering to solidly entrench and protect Area “C” as an agricultural area.
I am happy to promote agricultural tourism as I believe we have some of the finest farmers who deserve to be recognized for their labours, but I will in no way support a Disneyland-north mindset.
3. Sign pollution during election campaigns. Should money spent on signs determine a victor? Should it not be about the candidate, his ideas and his experience?
This is a question I have been asked a lot as of late along with what are the rules governing election signage. I do not feel it would be appropriate for me to answer this until after the election.
Just a demonstration – nothing to fear
Oliver Fire Department volunteers offered to show the public their training grounds east of the airport with a series of demonstrations – involving smoke and fire. The event Saturday – the last day of Fire Prevention Week.
Below training officer Scott Schaffrick directs a team to attack the car fire shown above.