Archives for May 23, 2019
“When I think about Penticton and the South Okanagan region, I think about the farm-to-table experiences. That’s definitely a priority through our fund,” Joly said. “The other thing is anything in line with rural regions can have access to this fund.”
An ongoing problem for the area is labour shortages due to the seasonality of the tourism industry. Joly said the fund will help encourage southern communities to boost their attractiveness to visitors year-round.
“We want people to think about having a career in the tourism sector,” she said. “And we need to have more seniors that want to continue to work, to not be penalized because they continue to work in the hospitality sector.”
A new Canadian tourism strategy is meant to help boost international visits to Canada during non-peak seasons by more than a million people and get visitors to see the country beyond Canada’s biggest cities.
The plan includes $58.5 million over two years to help communities create or improve tourism facilities and experiences.
The funding is supposed to back experiences that show off Canada’s strengths — and break visitors’ fixation on just a few destinations in the nicest weather.
“Just over three out of four international visitors travel only to Canada’s largest provinces, Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec, and most go to their biggest cities: Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal,” the new strategy states.
“Drawing tourists to venture beyond the big cities remains a challenge for regions that want to expand their visitor economies.”
Tourism Minister Melanie Joly said that the tourism measures are tooled to help tourism revenues grow by 25 per cent — to $128 billion –by 2025 and the government also hopes to create 54,000 new jobs directly related to tourism.
In 2018, the federal government says, Canada welcomed 21.1 million international tourists, surpassing the previous year’s record of 20.9 million.
The federal government knows that tourism helps every part of the country, Joly said, adding it has seen many examples of communities transforming and diversifying their economies by attracting visitors.
Tourism is a pillar of the Canadian economy, generating $102 billion in annual economic activity, supporting 1.8 million jobs and accounting for over two per cent of gross domestic product, the federal government said.
Joly was in the Okanagan this week unveiling the how to the gathered audiences.
Picture: Canadian Government
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A low pressure system will develop over the southwest interior tonight resulting in widespread showers with embedded thunderstorms.
Rainfall amounts will be variable across the region, with 10 to 20 mm expected through Friday afternoon.
Any areas affected by thunderstorms could see locally higher amounts in excess of 30 mm.
These higher rainfall amounts, particularly if concentrated over the same area or over unstable slopes, may generate small flash floods or landslides.
Source: Environment Canada
We are truly living in a changing world, to fast for some. I am now watching some of my younger grand kids graduate from high school. Have you considered, almost without exception none of the graduating class of 2019, ever set foot in the twentieth century. We judge today’s youth and we make generalizations, which suggest collectively we don’t know or understand them. Don’t kid yourself they know what we’re about. In so many cases they are smarter than we ever were. At the same time our life experience is the other half of the equation they need. I often hear older people say “They are not like us.” Well thank God for that.
Today the young care about the planet and they are health conscious, and they don’t seem to follow one or the other political vents. Kids today are prepared to start in level entry jobs but they are rejecting low entry level wages. People are in some quarters upset with the fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage. I have a belief that fifteen won’t excite the youth either.
Here is something society has not prepared itself for. The young are not going to work in the low wage sector, that is low with no incentive. So what do they want in the short term?
They want to be respected and earn a living wage to do entry level work. Look at the help wanted signs in store windows. Those that don’t start paying more and providing incentives won’t get the help they need. Now to be fair some companies are beginning to respond with perks and education investments in youth. It is a good start with a long way to go.
There are those who do nothing and do so at their peril in the long run. Their are enterprising young people creating their own niche in the marketplace, combine that with a changing age demographic and alternative job choices and there is going to be a crisis in the service industry. Someone asked if I would pay ten or twelve bucks for a burger. Answer, I used to pay ninety nine cents, then a buck and a half and now six to ten depending where I am. So yes if it is the going rate I am still going to eat burgers.
We need to change our thinking because we are somewhat like an outdated laptop. You know why these kids are smarter than we are? They don’t buy into the norms we imprisoned ourselves within.
I repeat, they care about our world and the future generations not even born yet. Interesting because they were born and we didn’t seem to care enough or we had the wrong priorities. Contrary to conventional thought the young people don’t need to change we do..
Here is a nagging thought for today’s business employers. While so many are cutting wages and staff to get a bigger slice of the pie, your prospective employees are buying on line and are cutting into retail brick and mortar. The big box and chain stores are already in decline. Retail alone without knowledgeable employee service, will mean business failures.
Today s kids know level entry jobs in service industries won’t be there as they are now. If the future is preparing for change why aren’t the retail operators?
Again to be fair many retailers are changing old habits.
Here is where life experience is so important to the future of opportunities and adaptations. I don’t think the young understand that some of the services offered now are from the past. Think about it, you can have someone do your shopping from an on line list, the customer says by text I’m in parking stall whatever and the groceries are brought to the car. Smaller operations are going back to home delivery. There are online food shippers that don’t include the store. Grub hub and other fast food deliveries are a remake of A&W waitresses on roller skate delivering food to the car except now its delivery to the door. These changes are not the pinnacle of innovation they are at the beginning. Today graduates are not just going to compete for what jobs there, they have to prepare for jobs that don’t even exist yet. Or they will create their own jobs.
Our place and relevance in the world will depend on how we adapt to lightning speed change.
The kids walking up to get their grad diploma are taking the first steps into adulthood while on the last step of childhood.
Personally I am proud of them. They are every bit as adaptable as we ever were. If you have someone graduating tell them how proud you are of them.
The Okanagan Valleys is well-known for its diverse habitats from the lakes, streams and sage-covered grasslands in the valley-bottom to the Ponderosa Pine and Douglas fir forests reaching up to the rugged cliffs above us. Is it any surprise that the Okanagan Valley has more species of bats living here than anywhere else in Canada? Bats that are commonly seen at night and found roosting in and around buildings are the Little Brown Bat and Yuma Bat, although other species can be encountered. The Okanagan and Similkameen region is also home to many unique bats that are at risk due to loss of habitat and lack of suitable spots for winter hibernation and summer maternal colonies.
•The large Pallid Bat hunts over grasslands below the rugged cliffs where it roosts.
•The beautiful black-and-white Spotted Bat is the only bat whose echolocation calls can be heard by humans.
•The Townsend’s Big-eared Bat has ears half the size of its body and roosts in caves, mines and buildings.
If you have bats roosting on your property, in a barn, attic, or under the siding let us know!
•Learn about the roosting habits of bats.
•Ask about health and safety concerns.
•Develop a roost conservation plan.
•Find out about bat boxes.
•Get advice on the best times and techniques for removing bats in a friendly manner.
•Help us identify and count your bats.
Okanagan Bat Program
1-855-922-2287 extension 13
A reader asked : Where do you suppose the garbage was dumped? !!
Obviously in her view looking out the kitchen window. (South of Rd 2)
Demolition material should go to a landfill in Oliver or even better Okanagan Falls which handles demolition building material: plastics, insulation, etc.
Too much agriculture land is taken up with the storage of wood, garbage, travel trailers etc.
Canadian reporter and commentator Andrew Coyne stated:
“It is quite clear now, if it was not already – this is the most serious threat to the independence of the press in this country in decades.”
Subject your tax dollars at work: Liberal Government’s controversial $595 million to subsidize media organizations.