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Osoyoos council met with the public last night to introduce the 2019 overall Town budget
Finance Manager Jim Zakall talked to an overall total balanced budget of $28+ million with an average homeowner increase of taxes and utilities of $62 in 2019.
Council heard from 4 civic groups asking for support:
- Osoyoos Elks requesting $20 thousand for a Blues Festival in seed funding
- Cactus Jalopies Event seeking $11 thousand – general subsidy
- Dragon Boat racing asking for $5 thousand for a race director
- Lawn Bowling group requesting$25 thousand for lighting
Council will review all submissions and reconvene discussions on the budget at a later date
As a public service here is the entire budget document
ODN wishes to apologize for not publishing these reports in a timely fashion. They were sent by volunteers on time but not received by my email program which has now been fixed.
Jan 12, 2019 my son was involved in a single vehicle accident in Kamloops on his way home from work at New Gold Mine – recently hired at. My son grew up in Hedley and graduated in Keremeos. He had lived in Oliver with his fiancé Denise Lalonde and worked on the Stelkia Ranch.
Denise and Leon left Oliver in October heading for Grand Prairie. They stopped in Kamloops to visit with family for the night and ended up staying when Denise found work and Leon was just hired on at New Gold Mine in Kamloops.
On about January 3, 2019. Leon and his wife were excited to learn they were expecting their first child. Leon was thrilled with the idea of becoming a first time father. Life was beginning to look up for the couple.
5:20 pm January 12th – my son was taken from his beloved family. Denise has moved back to Oliver with her father and sister.
My son was laid to rest January 18, 2019 in Hedley. BC. The funeral procession was lead by 30 horses, my sons horse was saddled and lead with out a rider.
I am reaching out to the communities in which they lived in to help Denise through the tragic loss of Leon.
A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help. Use google www.gofundme.com and enter Leon Marchand or Denise Lalonde
Information supplied by Marty Marchand, father
Denise’s father is Frank Lalonde
Town of Oliver’s list of General Fund – Capital Projects approved:
Earle Crescent Resurfacing – Okanagan Street to Veterans Avenue to Kootenay Street $600 thousand
Veterans Avene & Church Avenues – resurfacing $148 thousand
Airport Street – Lane rehab – Skagit Avenue to Road 1 – $138K
Tuc-El-Nuit Elementary – Parking & Sidewalk – $66K
Fairview Rd & Nicola Street – Access to Rainbow Crosswalk – $22.5K
Sawmill Road – Line repainting/flexible bollards – $21.7K
In addition, new Bridge Park will be completed this year. Estimated cost has not yet been finalized however the money for this project is coming out of the Parks Development Cost Charge fund and not general taxation.
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by Carolyn Madge
at Turtle Bay
MacKinnon has closed down her business in order to seek treatment in her home country of China for the chronic pain she’s been experiencing since she was rear-ended in a traffic collision in 2017.
“I’m young. I still want to work but I can’t work,” she said. In closing the bar, MacKinnon has had to lay off six employees and say goodbye to dozens of regular customers.
“I love this small town. Our bar is just like a family. Ninety per cent of our customers come here every day. I feel like I’ve just lost my family,” MacKinnon said
MacKinnon has seen her family doctor, been to the emergency room for an X-ray, had an MRI scan and has been treated by three chiropractors, but no one has been able to properly diagnose her pain, she said. Her family doctor ordered a second MRI scan but MacKinnion has become frustrated with the waiting time and the lack of progress in treating her pain.
‘I’m done. I need to go back to China,'” she said. “When I go to China and see a doctor, the next day I can get an MRI.”
Wait times for an MRI scan in the South Okanagan range from three to six months according to Tim Rode, program director for medical imaging with the Interior Health Authority.
“It is somewhat on the high side and this can be quite a frustrating experience for someone waiting for an MRI,” Rode says.
Last year the provincial government increased funding for MRIs to allow for more scans to be conducted each year. The South Okanagan region is expected to get a new MRI machine and be up and running by this spring.
Murphy’s has pool tables, widescreen TVs playing sports highlights, a weekly special for chicken wings and a cast of regular customers who all know the staff and each other by name.
For bar manager Gabby Campbell, who has worked for MacKinnon for the past four years, the sadness she feels about Murphy’s closing is less about losing a regular paycheque, and more about the loss of community.
“I’m really down about it,” Campbell said. “I’m going to miss my customers, I’m going to miss my boss. We are all a big family here.”The sentiment is shared among a group of regulars sitting at a table in the corner of the pub.
MacKinnon feels the weight of what closing Murphy’s will mean for her customers’ and employees’ lives — but she aims to return to the community with a new venture.
“I am not sure I can come back to open the pub, but I want to open another business,” she said. “I want all my employees back to work for me.”
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Photo two: CBC
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For the 2nd year in a row – Council has decided to increase taxes by nine percent exactly – in anticipation of a hefty cost for policing once the Village/Town reaches the magic marker number of 5000+ in population and becomes a CITY.
That is anticipated in the 2021 Census.
At that time Oliver will pay 70 percent of the cost of policing, cost of a RCMP building, costs of officers, cost or civilian staff etc. That cost could be more than one million dollars – tacked onto – regular spending for water, sewer, roads, general administration etc. Council was informed the cost of each officer – over $175 Thousand and the Town would require 6. Four other officers would work there as well for rural area policing and paid for by a provincial contract.
Town council met today for 4 hours to deal only with the Operating Budget for the General Fund plus capital. All water and sewer issues ( self sustaining operations ) dealt with prior to December 31st so that utility bills could be sent out after the new year.
The 9% tax plan often confuses the general public BUT is actually a good one. There is no general budget cost for policing now. So to make the ratepayers aware of a huge cost in the future the nine percent is introduced or re-introduced now and spent on capital projects and funding reserves.
Council was able to cut back about $60 thousand from the requests of staff on the operating side of things for 2019.
Council was able to determine exactly which capital projects would be funded in 2019 and future years.
Those details will come out over time.
Fairview (Bridge Park) – council decided not to include any budget figure until a cost analysis made on exactly what will be done.
Council did agree on a number of street, sidewalk, safety, paving overlays etc. Those work projects will be examined and publicized over time on ODN.
There is likely to be street speed calming measures made again on Fairview Rd.
A four way stop introduced at Spartan and Fairview in a previous year considered by many as a great success.
SOCS Third Concert – Friday, February 15th, 2019
Young, spirited and beautiful, pianists Amelie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier, have distinguished themselves with fiery four-hand interpretations, remarkable for their vitality and wit. Referring to what is happening with their quite spectacular career success under the name Duo Fortin-Poirier, they like to joke that if ten fingers are good then twenty fingers are better.
When they arrive on stage at Venables Theatre at 7:30 pm Friday, February 15th, be prepared to see one grand piano on stage with two pianist and four hands showing off the close affinity between their playing styles and a keen shared sensitivity fueling their ensemble playing.
Of special note, is a new presentation device where a camera captures the pianists fingers on the keyboard and projects it onto a screen at the back of the stage. No matter where you sit in the audience you can see every nuance on the keyboard and marvel at the speed and dexterity with which all 20 fingers create a blend of hard driving rhythm that has made waves in performance in Quebec and Canada and, more recently, internationally.
The program, entitled “Memoires” includes piano duo selections from Grieg, Dvorak, Piazzolla, Rachmaninoff and others.
Tickets are on sale at www.venablestheatre.ca or at the box office Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10 to 3 pm. Thanks to our very generous sponsors, tickets are affordable. Two or more tickets in advance cost $21/ticket. A single ticket in advance is $23. Single tickets at the door are $25. Children and youth are $2.50.
Amelie and Marie-Christine are also doing a Master Class at the Shatford Centre in Penticton and will have three local duos performing for instruction from 10 am to 12:30 on concert day. The Master Class is open to the public for auditing. Also, if you arrive at 6:15 at Venables these local duos will be entertaining on the grand piano in the theatre foyer prior to the concert.
Since their inception in 2005, Duo Fortin-Poirier have garnered many distinctions. (1st prize in the Canadian Music Competition; 2nd prize at the 2013 Concorso Pianistico Internazional Roma; finalist in 2011 Liszt 200 Chicago International Duo Piano Competition and many more). Recently the Duo have toured the Maritimes, enjoyed a Prairie debut and toured the western USA.
Do come and enjoy the beautiful new Venables theatre complete with a fine grand piano and accoustics to warm the soul.
Obituary for the late
On Friday, January 18, 2019, Mrs. Else Muller of Oliver passed away at the Penticton Regional Hospital at the age of 90 years.
She was predeceased by her parents Ludwig and Julianna; her husband Alfred and eight siblings.
Else will be fondly remembered by her loving family including son Wilfred Muller (Brenda); grandson Jeffrey (Amber) and great-grandchildren Brannon and Emily; grandson Lee (Melissa) and great-grandchild Kayden; daughter Eleanor Long; granddaughter Stephanie and great-great-granddaughter Rose; granddaughter Kelly; grandson Phillip and grandson Bryan; daughter Ingrid Rossell and granddaughter Jessica; grandson Mathew (Lia) and great-grandson Cam; son Erwin Muller; brother Erwin Irving as well as many relatives in Germany.
She worked hard in the home and on the farm looking after her family, was a good cook and also worked in the Packinghouse.
Over the years, Else and Alfred enjoyed travelling to Olympus, WA and North Dakota to visit friends as well as to Germany many times to visit with friends and family.
Else volunteered her time and talent making many pots of soup, bread and crocheted pieces at Grace Lutheran Church as well as St. Paul Lutheran Church.
She was a great gardener, sewer, knitter and crocheter.
Donations are gratefully accepted for the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation or St. Paul Lutheran Church.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 2, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oliver, BC. Interment and committal will follow at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery followed by a reception in the church hall.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
They decided to meet halfway on neutral grounds. He was driving north from his city condo and she was headed south from her country cottage. They had not seen each other since their divorce fifteen years ago. This lunch meeting was a first. He had suggested it, ostensibly over their mutual concerns regarding their son.
Their marriage had produced one child, whom they had raised together and proudly assisted through medical school. He was a doctor now with the World Health Organization and traveled the world. Communication was always erratic, but neither of them had heard from him since he went to Cape Town, South Africa, a year ago.
They were meeting at The Old Mountain Inn, which was located in the Provincial Park. It was known far and wide for its delicious food and woodsy ambience. The exterior of The Inn was made from natural cobble stones, coupled with heavy wooden fir doors for entry. It was a beautiful setting nestled in the mountains, with the meadows alive with various coloured wildflowers and the melodious songs of resident birds. The inside had cedar walls, oak floors and a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. The walls were peppered throughout with old black and white photographs. There was a piano and even a piano player. He played softly while people drank tea from bone china cups or tinkled their crystal wine glasses. A romantic setting, but they were both married to others now and somewhere along the way had lost each other.
Initially, they were separated by hundreds of miles and by distance of another kind far greater.
Still, she wondered if time could be turned back – would they? Could they? Was this type of thinking another sign of the regrets that go along with aging? All the tomorrows that one can never see and no one says a word about the sorrows they may contain.
Turning into the parking lot, she spotted a man waving to her. He was certainly older, balding and paunchy but she noted the same great long legs, still muscular and suntanned. He had been a runner when they were young and she smiled in remembrance, as she exited the car.
Watching her, he immediately flashed back to the long haired blonde, blue-eyed beauty of years ago. Today he was not seeing her as a seventy year old woman with short grey hair and wearing glasses, which blocked her vivid blue eyes. He was experiencing the reality of how much he had missed her. That smile, that humour and her wit. Suddenly their years of laughter echoed in his ears. Wasn’t it only yesterday when they were young?
They ordered their lunch and complimented themselves on how civilized this was for a meeting. How good they both looked after all the years. Their talk revolved around their common interests – books recently read, live stage plays, foreign films, works of art, plants, gardening and birds. Neither mentioned their current partner. They reminisced about favourite old times and old places. She found herself giggling at some of their early marriage mishaps. She was bemused by his still sharp wit, that half smile always hovering. Now he was laughing with her as they enjoyed seeing themselves the way they were. What and when did changes occur to separate them? With a jolt, he realized he wanted to hold her one more time. He wanted to be back in the hospital holding her and their first born child. He recalled the jubilation of that time and the deep feeling of connection. Does it only occur once in a lifetime?
Reminded of their son, he told her that an email from the WHO administrator had been received this morning, advising that their son was alive and very busy. He was working in a refugee compound with no access to communication devices. He sent his love to both of them. So, he had knowledge of their son that morning, but did not call her and cancel their lunch meeting. She was glad of this as she now admitted to herself that she had often imagined just such a reunion. The truth was she had thought about it for years. It was like old times today. She so enjoyed his company. What had happened? Where had they gone wrong?
It was time to say good-bye. A handshake, a quick hug at the door. Great seeing you again, all the polite farewell phrases. The piano player started to play a slow, sentimental tune. They looked at each other. Should they? Would a jury find them guilty?
They went back in to the tiny dance area. They waltzed slowly, looking at each other. He, with a fond half smile. She, with eyes that were still sparkling after all the years. The eyes he fell in love with the first time. Her eyes, his son’s eyes.
Was this a dance to the end of love? The music faded. They walked out holding hands.
He said, “In everything my inner spirit embraces, I’ll always see you.”
She nodded, but her throat was too constricted to respond.
She wanted to say, “I will always love you.”
Was it only by parting that they knew what they loved?
They returned to their respective vehicles. He slowly turned his car south. She turned to go north, fixating on the road ahead.
Neither one trusted themselves to look back.
Things are getting a little crazy in Oliver. In an old highways shed on Airport Street that members of community theatre troupe, SOAP Theatre, affectionately refer to as “Big Blue”, the cast and crew of Beyond Therapy are working hard putting on the finishing touches for opening night on February 1. In rehearsal since late 2018, they are almost ready to present a bold and controversial story of a strange, double love triangle.
Beyond Therapy was written by Christopher Durang in the late seventies and remains one of Durang’s most frequently-produced plays to this day. It opened off-Broadway with big names like Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Collins. The success of the off-Broadway presentation led to a second run in the late spring of 1982, where David Hyde-Pierce made his stage debut.
The cast seem undaunted by the very big shoes they need to fill, and the air is alive with laughter and excitement on rehearsal nights as they are closing in on opening night. The story is set in 1977 New York, when therapist Charlotte Wallace (Diane Gludovatz) has encouraged her patient Bruce (Joel Browne,) despite being in a monogamous relationship, to place a personal ad which is answered by Prudence (Jenn MacNeil). Prudence is nonplussed by Bruce’s plan to keep his current lover, Bob (Craig Bjornson), in the garage while they marry and have children. The encounter is ill-fated and ends disastrously due to the couple’s incompatibility and Bruce’s rush to seek a premature commitment from the date he just met.
Bruce’s rush to commitment isn’t the only aspect of the story where we can apply the term ‘premature’. We soon learn of the dysfunctional relationship between Prudence and her therapist, Stewart (Trevor Leigh), whose shortcomings are exacerbated by his own insecurities and deep-seated jealousy of Prudence’s attention to Bruce.
With the table set, Bruce and Prudence meet again in a strange twist of fate. Their relationship warms, but what good can come of therapy when the therapists need more help than their patients? Can Bruce learn to find balance and reconcile his two lovers? Can Prudence learn to assert herself and escape the madness, or are they all Beyond Therapy?
Things come to a head in The Restaurant where the waiter Andrew (Tristan Duursma) never seems to show up.
Five performances are scheduled at Venables Theatre at 6100 Gala Street in Oliver. Curtain time is 7:30 pm on February 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th, and a Sunday matinee will commence at 2 pm on February 3rd. Reserved tickets are available online at www.venablestheatre.ca. If you prefer to buy in person, the ticket office, located at 6100 Gala Street in Oliver, is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. You can also buy by phone at 250-498-1626 during the same office hours. Some tickets are also available at Your Dollar Store With More in Osoyoos. Purchase early for best selection and a discount from day-of-show prices.
Director of Beyond Therapy
Last night he did as he had promised to do and persisted in asking this new council to reverse a decision made in 2018 that barred Water Councillors from sitting at all local government meetings in Oliver.
A motion was made and seconded by the Water Councillor Parm Sidhu to reverse the decision and then discussed briefly before being deferred until a meeting in February.
Machial was emotional in stating that he was an adult, his fellow councillor was an adult but they were being treated like children bullied in the school yard.
Points he made:
1. Much of the decision making of council is for a large water utility and many non-water related issues are affected by the supply of water
2. The local government act allows for permission to be granted for some people to be allowed at all meetings of council
3. His investigation and discussions with water councillors in Osoyoos has determined that they are not and never have been told to leave the meeting as is the new practice in Oliver
4. The legal arguments presented last year on meeting procedures was the opinion of one lawyer and not tested in court nor consistent with the Order in Council that broke up SOLID in 1990
5. The council is wrong in discussing the issue behind closed doors when it affects governance of the water utility
6. That he felt uncomfortable being in this position and would not appreciate it for four years. Machial said it was not the atmosphere that would be conducive to cooperation on some very important and large financial decisions that require unanimous approval.
Machial did admit to making some comments over the years on non-water matters but insisted he lived in the community as well and having different opinions was good. He admitted some of the comments may have rankled some feathers but in the 28 years – no one challenged the participation of water councillors.
Other councilors reacted by saying that they were considering the statements of Machial but had not reached a decision yet. Mayor Martin Johansen stated that an answer could be made sometime in February. Councillor Dave Mattes said the discussion was in-camera as it was based on a legal opinion sought by the last council. Councillor Larry Schwartzenberger stated that it was unfinished business and he moved to defer the motion for up to 4 weeks. Councillor Petra Veintimilla said she appreciated the comments of Councillor Machial but would not agree to vote on it at the meeting Monday.
The legal decision was published in Oliver Daily News and a number of public discussions took place initiated by the incumbent water councillors Andre Miller and Machial in late 2018. Even the decision to seek a legal opinion was held in private without consulting water councillors.
It was the opinion of former Mayor Ron Hovanes that he and a number of his fellow council members had concerns about water councillors talking about issues before council that did not involve water matters.
Council (Town of Oliver) will write to Interior Health again asking for an explanation to the question – what is being done to ensure local doctors are paid well for service doing ER shifts at So General Hospital.
In a letter from Interior Health dated January 17 several assertions weremade that short term and long term solutions to this problem are being discussed and worked upon. At council, Petra Veintimilla says the communication from IH was long on known history and short on any form of detail as to what is being discussed or agreed upon
After a council meeting in December – Councillor Petra Veintimilla wrote a letter to IH expressing concerns of her peers on the Doctor – staff levels at SO General Hospital. Here is the reply (below) that will be discussed tonight at a regular session of Oliver Town Council. Local doctors had claimed there were 90 shifts per month with 1/3 of those not filled or scheduled – could or might mean closures.
22 doctors have permission to work at SOGH but only 11 opt to work ER shifts
A request for Alternate Payment Plan was denied (APP), which would see doctors paid for their time and not per patient.
Oliver is a rural hospital and if it exceeds 20 doctors (FTE) working there it could be classified in a different category with negative results.
IH says it has reached some agreement for staffing but is not specific as to the details.
A woman presumed to have perished when a Penticton home caught fire more than a year ago was officially declared dead by a judge Monday, bringing to a close a case that baffled investigators.
Mary Ruth Esta was 92 and lived alone when her Lakeside Road home was devoured in a spectacular blaze on Oct. 11, 2017.
“It is strongly believed by the family of Mary Ruth Esta that she was in the house at the time of the said fire, although her remains were not located after the fire was extinguished, despite extensive and meticulous searching by the RCMP and the fire department,” explains an petition filed in B.C. Supreme Court filed by one of Esta’s children.
Fire Chief Larry Watkinson told the media at the time that he didn’t believe the fire burned hot enough to completely destroy any traces of human remains, and the case was then handed over to police as a missing-person case.
Thanks to Penticton Herald
Two homes totally gone in a fire that erupted about 6:00 pm on Lakeside Rd – just south of Skaha Marina. One house at 3923 Lakeside collapsed and the occupant, a 92 year old woman (Mary Esta) has not yet been found. A family spokesperson is quoted as saying her remains should have been found but both RCMP and Penticton Fire Department say there is no trace of her.
This a table inside an agenda which I cannot change.
The RDOS have re-issued some information that I will show below. Time will tell.
Total Requisition to Town of Oliver taxpayers for 2019 ( RDOS Services and Joint Services)
$1,457,735 down $47,653 from last year.
Average homeowner getting a tax bill lower than 2018 by $27.28. On one item separate from RDOS there is a saving of $31 per average resident for SIR – Sterile Insect Release (Programme)
RDOS quick to point out that the budget has not been finalized and will be by the end of March.
Whether you like him or don’t, Dan Ashton is the elected -Member of the Legislature – for Penticton. He also did considerable work as both mayor, and later MLA, to help secure funding for the long-overdue expansion of Penticton Regional Hospital.
Now, for not the first, but second time, Ashton ( shown at right) appears to be snubbed by the “communications” department with Interior Health.
You may have noticed a neat photo-op on Page 1 of Monday’s Penticton Herald where dignitaries gathered to mark the 100-day countdown to the opening of the new patient care tower.
Among the VIPs in the photo were Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki and hospital chair Petra Veintimilla, an Oliver Town councillor.
But, why no MLA when hospitals are provincially funded? I asked Interior Health this question on Tuesday morning and it took 72 hours for them to come up with an answer.
Finally, Friday at 11:57 a.m. I received this reply on my email:
“Interior Health appreciates all the work that Mr. Dan Ashton, MLA continues to do for the Penticton region as well as his ongoing support for the David E. Kampe tower. It has been a pleasure to have Mr. Ashton join us for a number of events, including the significant beam signing and topping off event marking the halfway completion mark of this tower. We look forward to the many other events we will have to recognize the substantial impact this tower will have for the Penticton community and look forward to having Mr. Ashton celebrate with us at these events as the opportunities arise…. Interior Health.”
A non-answer from a communications department that doesn’t answer a question.
That’s beyond pathetic!
Please don’t use the excuse that the NDP is now in power and Ashton is in Opposition. I expect to see member of Parliament Richard Cannings on stage Canada Day at Gyro Park even though his NDP party has been relegated to third place federally.
Ashton’s office was never sent an invitation. The first snub came Dec. 19 when the “keys” to the expanded hospital were announced.
Media wasn’t invited to that event — a press release was sent with a picture of IH senior staffers. Ashton attended … as an invited guest of major donor David Kampe. As he rolled Mr. Kampe in a wheelchair, the Liberal MLA was told politicians were not allowed in the photo. (By the way, Veintimilla, who was in the photo, is an elected official.)
Snubs and oversights of this nature should never happen because Interior Health hires professional “communications” staff. These are not volunteers. Many in communications earn six-figure salaries to go along with huge expense accounts and great benefits.
This comes at the expense of patient care.
I also reached out to Veintimilla, who agrees Ashton should have been included.
Last week’s photo-op was organized by Kevin Parnell, former sports scribe with The Capital News, a freebie paper in Kelowna, who at the same time worked for the Kelowna Rockets.
As IH never directly answered my question, I can assume one of three things:
1. Staff incompetence.
2. Somebody higher up doesn’t like Ashton.
3. A power game involving the governing NDP/Greens and BC Liberals.
Personally, I’ve never been a fan of public relations departments. This recent escapade gives me even less faith in them.
As a citizen in the community and a solid supporter of the Penticton hospital expansion since Day 1, I’m offended.
Posted with permission of Penticton Herald editor Joe Fries
James Miller is valley editor for Okanagan Newspaper Group. To contact the writer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joys and woes of the Personal Computer ( PC)
The PC is as much a part of our daily life as a cup of coffee. It has more or less replaced the morning newspaper, which is a shame, but the pc (and ODN) gives us all the up to date news we need. What is more we can search the net without getting newsprint on our fingers!
The problem with the pc is the idiot that uses mine. I manage to screw up the simplest thing without seeming to touch a single key. Items I have been working on magically disappear without trace. It is very annoying is to have a letter that I am writing suddenly send itself to the recipient, in mid sentence. I am sure that many of my correspondents think I am nuts when they get half a letter. Too bad, they think, she is starting to lose it. I sometimes have to agree with them.
The internet and email is a marvelous thing when you have your wits about you but can be a minefield of scams and devious ways to relieve you of your hard earned money. So many of these so called businesses that want me “to update your information with us” and hint at loss of service if the request is not answered, are a scam. A couple of days ago I got one from Telus. It looked genuine, the logo was right and the format looked genuine but why would Telus need me to update my information? I ignored it and thought I would call customer service to enquire about it.
Of course, I forgot but yesterday I had lunch with a friend who mentioned she had just had upgrade work done by Telus and had received the request for an update of her information. She had assumed that the request was connected to the previous days work, so had completed the questionnaire, including SIN and drivers licence.
I told her that she may have been scammed, which turned out to be correct.
She spent the rest of the day cancelling accounts and running around town talking to all the businesses that she had to notify. She is now in the no-mans land between credit cards being cancelled and new ones being issued, whilst waiting to see if any fraud has been committed with her identity.
Of course she is really annoyed to have fallen for the scam but, seeing that she had work done the previous day, it seemed logical. It seems that there is someone ready to jump at any opportunity to make money by fraud, we are automatically a trusting nation and find the idea that people are ready to prey on us repulsive. However this is not the era of all people working for an honest living.
Of course there has always been people ready to cheat and rob others but in the days of old, when a bandit tried to rob the stagecoach, you knew he was a bandit and he wanted your money. Nowadays the bandit does not carry a gun, he knocks politely on the door and offers you coffee and a blanket whilst gently picking your pocket, so much more civilized but the result is the same…
…you have been well and truly screwed!
Editor’s note – Me thinks she protests to much – Pat knows her cooking and her writing. She is a force to be reckoned with.
This is an overview of some items for deliberation Tuesday and Wednesday in Council Chambers
This report involves capital items and the operational increases requested.
Two major capital projects on the burner – but council can make other choices based on priorities.
Recommendations – Discussions, Decisions
Entire Budget Document for those that like to see into the other side
But I Meant Well!
Have you ever said something that conveyed a second meaning very different from what you intended? Was it embarrassing? Were you able to ‘rescue’ yourself?
A business man found it necessary to travel to other cities several times a year because of the nature of his business. On one short trip he decided to drive home rather than stay another night in the motel as had been planned. During the last hour before arriving at home a thunderstorm broke out. The driving rain, the flashes of lightning and the peals of thunder made it more difficult but he arrived home safely after midnight. Since the family was not expecting him yet, he decided to tiptoe softly to the bedroom. Just as he reached the slightly ajar bedroom door, a flash of lightening allowed him to see that his two young daughters were in the bed with his wife. Not willing to awaken them he retreated to the living room and settled down on the couch.
In the morning the surprised family was delighted to see him but sad that he had missed out on a good sleep. He told the girls that he understood why they went to where mommy was. It was a scary night. But he expressed the hope that they would soon become brave enough to cope on their own.
The next trip was by airplane, and the family was waiting for him in the airport for his arrival home. As soon as the 7 year old daughter saw him she ran to him and shouted, “Daddy, daddy! I have good news.” Even the crowd paused to listen to this girl’s exciting news. “What is it, dear,” asked the dad. The girl declared, “No one slept with mommy while you were away.”
Some laughed, others tried to stifle a chuckle. The mother turned red with embarrassment and the father was stunned to silence. Having no clue as to why people were reacting like that the girl was on the verge of tears. A wise man stepped up to her and said, “Little girl, do you mean that you were brave enough to stay in your own bed even if you were scared of the dark? You are a very special girl.” The girl did not need correction, just affirmation of her good intentions.
The crowd applauded and cheered. His presence of mind rescued the girl. It takes a special insight to know what to say to a person who meant well, but didn’t realize what the other implications were.
Look for the sunny side,
This week the editor of this fine publication asked me to do a short biography. It’s something I never thought too much about actually. I regard the stages of life personally as individual life times.
I grew up in what is now Lake Country on what was called rainbow hill. My father and Uncle had a farm up there for a few years and my dad was a carpenter to support it. Where have we heard that before? Eventually my father became a cold storage foreman in the packinghouse and later operated a motel and small farm in Oyama.
Like so many others in their first brush with adulthood I headed for the city. Radio obsessed I was. Sacrifice was the order of the day. Radio was a close community and getting in was dependent on perseverance. I got a side voice job advertising the shows at the Skyway Drive In Theater.
The Program Director of the radio station asked the Theater Manager who I was and I opened a new life chapter.
Getting ahead required moving a lot. Peace River Alberta, Salmon Arm, Red Deer, Penticton. Kelowna, and pulled back from the industry working part time in Radio and full time managing Night Clubs. I had my own audience it seemed as many referred to me as Stainless Steele and eventually as Doctor Stainless (The Doctor of good times). Incidentally I have the mounted belt buckle and name plate on my wall.
In the mid eighties the radio bug was infectious and it was off to CFCW – an Edmonton Station that operated out of Camrose Alberta. A year or two later I was back at CKOV in Kelowna and back in Nightclub management.
In the transient world of broadcasting it was time to move on. CKAL and later renamed CICF was looking for a person with specific skills. It was a different world with some of the most eccentric people I ever worked with and that was saying something. Consider for a moment in Red Deer Alberta at CKRD I was a rock and roll jock spinning records upstairs above a funeral home.
I liken the whole adventure to being part of a gold rush, when the glitter is gone. I decided to work on my own at my own pace and went farming. I had started and finished my broadcast career in the same city at the end of a thirty year adventure. Now I was going to farm, just like the years I grew up in the orchard. Life became a giant wheel there seemed to be no beginning nor end.
Quiet peace and tranquility were not to be. While farming I was persuaded to enter agricultural politics and was elected to the BCFGA as Vice President. In 2012-13 – I lost the elections for President. 2014-17 – I served as president of the BCFGA before retiring last year to provide full time care for my ailing wife who passed away this month.
Now I write poetry, I am working on a novel and recently co-wrote an album with a musician friend of mine. It has been like participating in several interesting life experiences.
To stir is to gently mix a liquid/substance by moving an implement like a spoon around in it. To stir will blend the ingredients of the liquid. One of the interesting things about stirring things is that we stir them together and it is almost impossible to then get the ingredients apart again. I really don’t know how we could get the milk out of the cake dough or the milk out of the coffee, once stirred. So stirring is a powerful combiner
To stir things up is also to do the opposite of combine. A group of people are meeting/talking and someone loudly says something that is highly controversial. That can stir up the group and get people to taking up sides on the topic, maybe even fighting. That is not combining. This kind of stirring also mixes things up in a way that can be very hard to un-mix. What is it like to have someone stir you in this way?
There can be positive and negative stirring. To be stirred into action on human rights can be a positive thing. Could also be negative if it includes violence etc. This stirring thing, me thinks it is in the mind. I am prodded by something and decide to act, to move. That moving is the result of a thought and it is the thought that was the stirring instrument. I can stir folks sometimes, so can you. Which way do you like to stir?
Emile Waldteufel was stirred to write a waltz by watching figure skaters gliding across the ice. Now, when we listen to his music we are stirred to feel and envision skaters. His symphonic music piece is a classic called the Skater’s Waltz. The skaters stirred his imagination and musical muse. From that he wrote the music that now stirs all of us. So, sometimes one stir begets a return stir. Fun
We respond to being stirred with an emotion. I can feel a stir to write a poem, and I do write about crocus every Spring. Those lovely early splashes of colour stir me into action. I send my poem to many, many people and most are in turn stirred into a happier view of the rest of winter. The arrival of the crocus stir me to write. Others read and are stirred to smile a little bit more. “Stir on!”, I say. It seems a good thing.
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March 15, 1953 – January 17, 2019
It is with great sadness the family announce the passing of Leonard Havig at the age of 65.
Havig is survived by his children, Tara (Alex) Havig, Sherri (Mike) Havig, Kerri Havig, Sarah (Brent) Havig, Leonard Havig;
grandchildren, Annabell Rae, Isaiah, Cody, Rosalie, Ariana, Alexander , Jamison, Aubrielle, and Keaton; siblings, Greg Havig, Sandra Havig, Helen Holmes;
as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He loved painting, his grandchildren, his kids, gardening and sitting in the sunshine in the summer soaking up the rays.
He was the one who made everyone laugh with his jokes and shenanigans. He loved country music, especially the classic oldies.
He loved doing research for family history and telling stories of the good old days. He was always playing tricks on the grand kids to get them wound up and laughing.
A Celebration of Life will take place April 20 2019 in Oliver, British Columbia.
Donations are gratefully accepted to Diabetes Canada.
Let’s face it, emergency funds are a lot like plungers. They are not glamorous and hopefully you don’t use them very often – but when you need it you’ll be glad you have it.
An emergency fund is money you have set aside for use when life goes sideways, as it has a tendency to do from time to time. It can range from a dryer repair to a medical emergency. Regardless of the severity, these situations have you shelling out money – unexpectedly.
Unfortunately, most Canadians do not have money put away for these unexpected events. Recent statistics show that less than 44% of Canadians have less than $5,000 saved for emergencies and a quarter of Canadians live paycheque to paycheque with no emergency cash at all.
If this sounds like you don’t despair, building an emergency fund is not an impossible task. Here’s how to do it:
How much? – Ideally you want your emergency fund to be 3 to 6 times your monthly take home pay, but at the very least you will want it to cover your basic needs, like food and household bills
How to? – Building an emergency fund if more of a marathon than a sprint. Commit to building it steadily over time.
•Determine how much you need and how much you can save towards it on a monthly or bi-weekly basis.
•Automate your contributions. Have your savings come straight out of your bank account, this ensures you don’t miss a planned contribution.
•Trim unnecessary spending like eating out less, reducing cell phone or TV packages or arranging car-pooling if possible.
•If you get a bonus or unexpected refund don’t blow it all. Save a portion for your emergency fund and a portion for fun.
Even if you have a line of credit, it’s still recommended that you save to an emergency fund. Drawing on a line of credit increases your debt and you incur interest charges. Also, getting comfortable with one type of debt can snowball into other types of debt.
Most importantly, don’t be tempted to use the emergency funds you saved. It really is for “Real Emergencies”
How to make it grow? – Turn your savings into an investment. Work with your Certified Financial Planner to assess your risk tolerance and help you select the right investment. You’ll want to ensure that the money is quickly accessible to you, preferably with no redemption costs.
Emergencies are a fact of life, but you can cushion the effect when you are financially prepared. Keep your financial life in order and your stress level down. Talk to your Certified Financial Planner about getting your emergency savings started.
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.
RCMP officers attempted to stop a stolen vehicle Tuesday west of Kaleden resulting in the driver ramming several police vehicles and attempting to escape on foot.
Around noon January 22nd, Members with the “Targeted Enforcement Unit” (TEU) observed a stolen vehicle being driven by 43 year old Ronald Stewart accompanied by a female passenger. Officers attempted to arrest the occupants when the truck was parked in a Penticton motel lot.
When Stewart saw Police moving in, he reversed the stolen truck into a Police vehicle.
Officers, with the assistance of a police dog, located the vehicle near the Twin Lakes gas station.
Once again – Stewart saw officers moving in, got back into the vehicle, put it into gear, and violently rammed into one of the Police vehicles. Stewart was able to drive out of the gas station, and onto the Highway, where he lost control, enabling Officers to nudge it safely into a ditch.
Both Stewart and the female passenger, left the truck and ran off, however, the Police dog subdued them.
Stewart is charged with assaulting a Police Officer with a weapon, possessing stolen property, and dangerous driving.
“Criminals using vehicles to ram Police vehicles are becoming increasingly common. “This type of despicable behaviour will not be tolerated”, stresses Cpl. Van Every.
Picture submitted by RCMP – not clear whether a stolen truck or a police vehicle
Obituary for the late
Barbara Sutcliffe Race
May 6, 1939 – January 21, 2019
On Monday, January 21, 2019, Mrs. Barbara Sutcliffe Race of Oliver passed away peacefully at Sunnybank Centre after a long illness at the age of 79 years.
She was predeceased by her parents Tom and Agnes Roe and brother Matt Roe.
Barb will be fondly remembered by her loving family including husband Ernie Race of 58 years; sons Jon Race and Phil Race (Jan) as well as grandchildren Franki and Brett.
Barb trained in England as a school teacher before coming to Canada in 1960 and taught in the NWT, Yukon and other parts of BC before settling in Oliver in 1977 where Barb and Ernie ran a couple of businesses.
Barb and Ernie spent their first seventeen years (1960 – 1977) in Canada living in seven different mining towns in the NWT, Yukon and BC. While on a family vacation travelling through the Okanagan in 1970, Barb and Ernie decided Oliver was where they wanted to end up. Seven years later they arrived for good, spending the next 42 years here.
Over the years, Barb volunteered with the Lady Lions, the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift shop, hosted Japanese exchange students, loved knitting hats, toques, scarfs and mittens for church groups to distribute to children in need and volunteered in Mexico feeding the needy.
Barb enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, curling, travelling and golf, including the ever elusive hole-in-one that is still eluding Ernie.
Donations are gratefully accepted for Freemasons’ Cancer Car Program.
A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday February 2, 2019 at the Oliver Elks Hall.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com