Archives for September 1, 2019
Location: East of Island Rd between Park Rill and Wheatgrass roads. North of Oliver.
Time: Sunday morning before 11:30
Police, EMS and Oliver Fire Fighters responding
No known injuries
This was an industrial agricultural setting.
Structure destroyed. In a mop up phase. Command terminated. All but one unit returned to station.
Paved parking and storage lots – even the lines are in at the Osoyoos Airport location
Company earlier stated they hoped to be complete in November to open in January.
I suspect they will open sooner. Press the picture to see it much bigger.
Dear Town of Osoyoos
We wish to make you fully aware of the unbearable smell that has increased in the last couple of years in the golf course area. As a tax payer it makes it very unpleasant to enjoy the outside environment during summer months. It is embarassing to have guests over – due to the awful smell. We know that you have been approached before by others and we hope that you come to a speedy solution.
Petition to be addressed Tuesday when council members resume duties after a long week-end
…Not a good visitor experience
…Smell is disgusting
…Can not sit outside
some of the descriptions on a petition document filed at the Town of Osoyoos.
After a great national event for Ladies Golf – this is disturbing.
Did you know? Fairview Mtn Golf Course has greens irrigated with effluent – but from several miles away.
In Osoyoos – effluent is pumped to the GC and dealt with in a closer proximity to the residents. Generally it could be said that there is limited habitation within 1/2 mile of the sewer plant in Oliver – north of the Golf Course.
BC Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston said an inquiry by BCUC found information that was “very significant” and showed that price gouging does exist in auto gas costs at the pump.
The provincial government-commissioned gas-pricing inquiry undertaken by a B.C. Utilities Commission panel found there is an unexplained difference in wholesale gas prices of 13 cents a litre in Metro Vancouver with the U.S. Pacific Northwest market that helps set prices in the province.
Continuing my search for a Federal candidate or a Party, I’m looking at defence this week.
Unlike the US, our Commander in Chief (C-in-C) is not elected. The Queen of Canada is the C-in-C of the Canadian Forces (CF) – a role that is performed by Her Governor General (GG) hence the uniforms worn by the GG. The CF cannot deploy or go to war except over the signature of the C-in-C on the advice of the Privy Council for Canada. Canada’s military is unaffected by changes in government for the most part.
The CF comprises the Regular Force, the Reserve Force, and – when necessary – the Special Force. The profession of arms in Canada is composed of military members dedicated to the defence of Canada and, historically, wars involving Canada are fought by a Special Force raised just for the duration. Unlike many nations, our Coast Guard is a special operating agency of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. It has no law enforcement authority and cannot conduct naval operations. In my world, it should be part of the CF.
The Department of National Defence (DND) exists to support the CF although the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) still lives within DND to serve all of government. The who can serve, how many, what capabilities, where to focus, what alliances, and the why of the CF and the DND is governed by the current Defence Policy and that could be a Defence Policy written by a previous government under a different Party – but the ‘how’ always belongs to the C-in-C and the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
The Trudeau-Junior Liberal Party government promulgated a new Defence Policy in 2017 called “Strong, Secure, Engaged”. Unlike other iterations of Canadian Defence Policy that I have read – and lived by – this one is significantly different in focus, format, and content. The focus is on the role of DND. The format emphasizes the DND role. The content is primarily DND and not CF.
Unlike previous Defence Policies, finding the priorities for the CF takes some digging but it is on this pointy-end content that I place my attention. The priorities for the CF appear to be a renewed NORAD, a robust commitment to NATO, the UN, and Coalitions, and better intelligence in order to anticipate threats, adapt to emerging challenges, and act decisively. The CF has always fulfilled the biggest part of the intelligence role in Canada and that is now being enhanced. The intelligence mandate remains as before but there is a significant reliance on new technology here and throughout the new Defence Policy.
The Reserve Force goes from a collection of individual part-timers to a collection of full-time mission-capable formations with part-time soldiers. That’s a huge change. The new policy envisions an updated NORAD that includes a space component and a modernized North Warning System. Cyber operations get an offensive capability. That’s both new and significant. Finally, the new policy states “Increase Special Operations Forces by 605 personnel”. That speaks volumes for future deployments.
What I take away from this new Defence Policy by our current Liberal government is an expanded intelligence capability and a shrinking operational role. In other words, listen and look everywhere, and deploy when necessary, but don’t leave home unless accompanied by friends. I quote: “To ensure Canada remains strong at home, secure in North America, and engaged in the world …”, the CF will defend Canada, defend North America (NORAD), contribute to NATO to deter and defeat adversaries, contribute to the UN and others to stabilize or bring peace, help others help themselves, assist the civil authority, and do search & rescue.
Overall, this new Defence Policy has a homeland defence imperative.
I can live with the policy, but because it relies heavily on new technology, the issue will be money. Probably, the Liberals and Conservatives would fund it, but the Greens and NDP might not – and then we would have nothing. Will the Parties make their intentions clear in the coming election campaign?
I’m still looking … at issues that are within the Federal jurisdiction. After all, it is a Federal election.
In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day – Oliver’s Town Hall will be flooded with purple lights this weekend.
The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury due to drug overdose.
Oliver joins the Canadian Mental Health Association and organizations around the world to mark International Overdose Awareness Day.
Starting Monday Sept. 2, the Harvest Hut will operate at the Kinsmen Splash Park lot off Fairview Drive – in its new hut built by inmates at the Okanagan Correctional Centre.
Inmates participating in the prison’s woodshop program spent the summer constructing the eight by 12 foot wooden structure, now ready for use.
The Harvest Hut, supported by the Town of Oliver’s Food Secure program, provides locals with a place to share any excess produce. Anyone can bring fruits or vegetables, and everyone is welcome to visit and take what they need.
The Harvest Hut launched in May and in its first 14 weeks more than 550 kilograms of produce were shared with over 850 people.
With autumn around the corner, the goods shared may change from cherries and peaches to apples, but Town of Oliver Food Action Coordinator, Caitlyn Bennett, says the accessibility will continue to grow at the new, permanent location.
“We’re excited to welcome the community to our more conveniently-located spot at the Splash Park, and thankful to the OCC for helping us build our hut,” she said.
“Having a permanent structure to work out of and in a more visible location will help the Harvest Hut continue to connect community members with fresh produce grown right in our back yards.”
The Harvest Hut takes place every Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the parking lot by the Kinsmen Splash Park off Fairview Drive.