Archives for February 5, 2019
Oliver Arena* – 50th Anniversary Hockey Game
The Oliver and District Arena, one of the first recreation facilities built in the South Okanagan, is 50 years old.
To celebrate the anniversary of the grand opening back in February 1969 and kick off a year-long celebration of this special milestone, Oliver Parks and Recreation is hosting the Montreal Canadiens Alumni Tour for a special Charity Hockey Game this Friday, Feb 8, 2019.
Following a special opening ceremony and puck drop involving local dignitaries, surviving members of the original Building Committee and the singing of our national anthem by 13 year old Kyah Allen, the Montreal Canadiens Alumni will face off against the Oliver Big Horns for 3 periods of Canada’s favourite game. The local team name was chosen to pay homage to the players who proudly wore the Big Horns jersey for many years at the Oliver Arena, even representing Oliver on an international tour to Sweden and Finland in 1984.
Five of the players who will take the ice on Friday against the Habs were a part of this original team: Mike “Johnsy” Johnson, Jim “Chicken Jim” Stanley, Bryan “Brimy” Brimacomb, Larry “Dusty” MacFadden and Tom “Fortchy” Fortune.
They will be joined by 13 local hockey players and 2 coaches representing a wide range of ages and hockey experience, all with one thing in common: a love for both the game of hockey and the Oliver Arena. These players all contributed financially for the experience of playing against the ex-NHL greats and Oliver Parks and Recreation is grateful for their support.
Game-goers can also expect souvenir sales, intermission contests and activities, beverage sales featuring Firehall Brewery craft beer, the famous poutine and other treats from the Lion’s Club concession and memorabilia displays from many years of sport at the arena.
South Okanagan Minor Hockey pre-novice players will be taking the ice immediately following the first period for a special skate with the Canadiens.
Oliver Parks and Recreation is grateful for the generous support they received from the local business community to help to cover the costs of bringing the Montreal Canadiens Alumni tour to Oliver and throwing a 50th anniversary party worthy of the experiences and benefits the ‘Arena’ has provided the community since 1969.
Kudos to SunFM/EZ Rock, Munday Media & Design, Coast Hotel Oliver, Lion’s/Lioness Club of Oliver, Argon Electric & Solar; South Okanagan Minor Hockey, Okanagan Paradise Resorts, Sherwood Trophies, Fortis BC, MJE Contracting and Canadian Tire for making the event happen.
Thanks also to the advertisers in the game programme.
Another 3 local hockey players purchased a “Thrill of a Lifetime” experience to play alongside the Montreal Canadiens Alumni team for the game on Friday. Ron Doucette, Derek Ruck and Dean Maynard will don Canadiens jerseys for the game and face off against their peers, supporting the event and the future of the Oliver Arena at the same time.
Advance General Admission and VIP tickets sold out back on January 11, and event organizers are excited to welcome a packed house on Friday. “I’m not sure when the last time the Oliver arena reached the kind of capacity that we expect,” says organizer Carol Sheridan, “but Oliver sure came through on selling out this event and it will be a really special celebration of just how much this facility means to the community”.
Sheridan has a few reminders for ticket holders attending the game. “Bring your tickets with you. General Admission tickets will be required for anyone over the age of 3 and because the facility is licensed for the game we are asking adults over the age of 19 to bring photo ID with them”. Doors open at the arena at 5:30pm, and spectators can fill the stands and the standing areas at either end of the rink. Those patrons that will require assistance getting to the seating areas are asked to identify themselves to the volunteers at the entrance upon arrival. The players and officials will warm up at 6:00pm and the opening ceremonies will immediately follow around 6:20pm. Event-goers are reminded to dress warmly as the heaters will not be running and are encouraged to dress in their favourite jersey, jacket or hat that represents experiences at the Oliver Arena. No outside food or drink will be permitted and all food, beverage and souvenir sales will be cash only. There is an ATM machine available at the Oliver Community Hall or at the Petro Can station at Tuc-El-Nuit Drive and McKinney Rd. intersection.
The Oliver Arena is a smoke-free facility.
Any proceeds from the event will go towards much-needed capital improvements to the Oliver Arena. Although the building structure itself has at least 25 years of life remaining, the brine lines and concrete slab that make up the secondary cooling system and ice surface have reached end of life and are prematurely failing. The arena washrooms, dressing rooms and public spaces lack accessibility and need updating, plus the original wood bleachers, stairs and hand rails up to the mezzanine level present concerns that need to be addressed. A concept design and budget to address these concerns as well as other potential improvements to the facility are currently being developed and will be on display throughout the year for the community to review.
*The OLIVER arena is a joint function of the RDOS Area ‘C’ and the Town of Oliver – managed by the Oliver Parks and Recreation Society
BC inked another interesting chapter in BC politics with the bi-election on Wednesday. To hear the hype you would think John Horgan would be hiding under his bed, well he wasn’t.
The NDP had a candidate with presence in the riding as a federal MP. The riding itself leans to the left as a natural course and the Liberals failed to see some of their own short comings in the tea leaves. All they saw was they had a 13% lead. So what happened? I don’t really know for sure but I have been around BC politics for a long time. I have friends on all sides of the isle.
To start with the leader of the opposition is not an inspiration to anyone. This image will kill a parties hopes early. Think about it, as a rule a bi-election is a show of discontent and goes to the opposition most times. The leader of the Liberal Party is not a leader as this outing was a testament too.
At present people are still angry about the last sixteen years in some regions of the province. People are currently on the side of strengthening social legislation and affordable housing and healthcare top the list. The biggest problem for the Liberals is the fact they have lost the pulse of urban BC. The NDP have captured those places and now threaten to make gains in the medium sized cities. Nanaimo was a case in point.
The Liberal candidate didn’t help them either. Tony Harris proved he was not a wise man fit for the job.
His minor mistake spoke volumes of what people didn’t want. They didn’t want a swash buckler type who came to town wearing a Trump Make America Great Again Hat. Whose idea was that? Wearing a hat representing a politician of ill repute in America. This especially in a riding that leans left.
Meanwhile he was up against a woman with a proven track record serving the community. She stuck to her message and brought a positive progressive set of ideas to the discussion.
The image true or not is like pitting Mother Teresa against Attila the Hun.
You get the picture.
The most striking thing was the percentage of the vote distribution. All polls were saying the Liberals had a 13% lead.
The result was different the NDP just over 49% to the Liberals 40%. if the Liberals plan to bring the government down they do so at their peril.
Before anyone gets too happy about the Green Vote collapse don’t read a lot into it as a window into the future. If the NDP vote holds anything near 45% it would spell trouble for the Liberals this time. Why? More and more business people are in the transition to new technology and many see the Green Party as a vehicle to invoke meaningful change. So what did the bye election prove? All it proved is politically we live in interesting times
Hiring a fire chief for up to $130 thousand
Purchasing a new fire truck
A new fire truck with aerial capabilities could be cost $1 million dollars.
Ensuring compliance with new provincial training standards
Complete review of volunteer vs paid part time work for the majority of Osoyoos Firefighters
Mayor Sue McKortoff says the plan will not be instituted in the first year as it is designed to be acted upon in a five year period.
The Master Plan states a new full pay fire chief position is essential to the success of the plan.
The Town of Osoyoos will charge any new Cannabis Store a $500 business license. This on a split vote Monday with the decision called punitive according to Councillor Brian Harvey.
Two weeks one of the councilors was on vacation and could not phone into a regular meeting – so in that case the same issue came up and two motions were defeated.
1. One for a fee of $500 and a second motion for $300.
2. Councillor Harvey was supported in his motion by Councillor CJ Rhodes who stated it appears that Osoyoos was not welcoming these new businesses.
Planner Gina MacKay stated that time was of the essence in that the provincial government could approve the first business within a month and the amendment bylaw needs three readings and adoption over the course of several regular meetings.
MacKay also stated that all business license fees will be reviewed in the near future. CAO Barry Romanko told council that there was one distinction between a drug store and a cannabis store. Romanko says drug stores issued prescribed drugs not recreational drugs.
Motions passed Monday
1. Osoyoos Town Council approves the improvements to the Child Care as noted in the grant application to the 2019 Community Child Care Space Creation Program, as needed to meet
the obligation noted in Article 4(c) of the Lease between the Town and the Center.
2. Osoyoos Town Council approves providing support for the planned improvements being made to the Child Care Center noted in the 2019 Community Child Care Space Creation Program
Grant application and further agrees to provide overall grant management for the approved funds.
The Center is applying to the BC Government for a grant to enable an addition to the facility. The grant is a 100% funded to a maximum of a million dollars, which enables the creation of additional child care spaces. Currently there is waitlist to enroll a child in the Center’s program.
The Center’s grant application would enable the following improvements to the building:
For $900 Thousand to add 3,200 sq.ft of space over 2 floors
For the Community
The Center is providing a needed service in the community and currently has a wait list of persons looking to have their children enrolled in the Center’s services. The addition will create additional spaces, enable more children to enroll and make the community a more attractive
place to reside for young families.
For the Organization
The Town must make the application and agree to grant management.