Archives for November 10, 2019
The Professional Log Truck Driver program is a competency-based program designed by the BC Forest Safety Council in consultation with Log Truck and Truck Harvesting advisory group members. The goal is to improve the safety performance and professionalism of log truck drivers and to train Class 1 drivers to haul logs and drive on resource roads.
Students take part in 10 weeks of theory and classroom training, followed by six weeks of hands-on, practical log truck driver training. Students will be assessed by the BC Forest Safety Council prior to the 10-week work experience component.
Be eligible for WorkBC Case Management and be referred by a WorkBC Case Manager
Have a valid driver’s licence
Oliver: Nov. 18, 2019 – May 29, 2020
For more information or to verify your eligibility for this program, contact WorkBC:
Oliver – 883-313-1026
Penticton – 833-313-0547
Princeton – 833-314-1043
For information about the program: Okanagan College
1-866-352-0103, ext. 8249
After they won the Valley Championship two weeks ago, SOSS competed at the AA Provincial Championships in Victoria this week.
The team won 3 games out of 6 and came in 11th…a very good showing!
Representing SOSS were:
Kiera Gaudet, Lauren Bjornson, Riah Podmorow, Grace Neily, Chyna Lee, Madison Boen-Shekula, Japleen Aujla, Enola Mills, Jasmeen Gill, Ashi Gill, Jassimran Sidhu, Avnit Sidhu, Navi Dhaliwal, Faryn Janzen, Dylan Faulkner, Caydnce Anderson, Phi Thai, Takdir Dhaliwal, Jasneet Sidhu, Quincy Gabriel-Baptiste and Hanna Hanekamp
Coach: Lesley Magnus
This is truly the weekend of reflection. In the past weeks we have expressed our dissatisfaction with everything from the environment to our political leaders. Today lets focus on the obvious. We have the right to be dissatisfied. It could be a lot different.
If our parents and grandparents had not made monumental sacrifices we might not even have the right to complain. Throughout our one hundred fifty-two years, Canada’s sons and daughters have been called to arms to defend civilization.
Our family like most has felt the sting of loss through the ravages of war. One killed a day after the war was over. My fathers best friend was a Sargent killed on the beach at Dieppe.
My father was wounded in the Italian Campaign a short time after advancing out of Ortona or as some called the house to house fighting there “Little Stalingrad” He went on to fight through southern France, Holland, Belgium and into Germany.
In the First World War my great uncle Dan the farmer MacDonald from Cape Breton received two medals for bravery on the opening day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. What these and many like them did, and those since is part of the reason we didn’t have to.
I wonder how many families have even one story as told by those hero’s in their time. It would be interesting to see or hear them as handed down.
Most of the eye witnesses are gone now but we honor their memory by doing our duty to stand in acknowledgment of their sacrifice on Monday.
This weekend is not for shopping it is to say thank you for your sacrifice and for those serving today thank you for your service.
Together we owe a debt of gratitude that could never be paid in full.
Lest we forget
A number of Oliver residents have contacted the Oliver RCMP this morning about calls the received regarding their Social insurance Number (SIN). Oliver RCMP want to raise awareness that this is a scam.
The callers will claim to be from one of a couple agencies of the Government of Canada (Service Canada, Canada Revenue, and others) and say that a person’s SIN has been compromised or suspended. The caller then asks for a number of personal details to verify who they are including asking for the SIN. This is a scam to gain your personal information.
Callers can be very aggressive and will threaten to involve the Oliver RCMP or other government agencies. This is also not true.
There have been a number of news stories during the month of October about this scam and how it involves the copying or “spoofing” of government phone numbers. These calls are now targeting Oliver residents.
Oliver RCMP wants to remind residents that they should never give out personal information over the phone unless they started the phone call. The Government of Canada also does not ask for payments to be made by gift cards (Like Amazon or iTunes), digital currency (bitcoin), or online money transfers (paypal or etransfer).
Residents can report deceptive telemarketing to the Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online.
Armistice and Remembrance
Armistice Day and Thanksgiving Day were both celebrated on the same day in Canada – on the Monday before 11 November each year – until Parliament, in 1931, established Remembrance Day and date as 11 November and immovable. Some now argue that calling it Remembrance Day instead of Armistice Day allows us to include remembrance of World War II, Korea, and other Canadian military actions. I don’t think that a decision in 1931 can be justified by events that had not yet happened and, since Parliament was setting the date, they could have picked a day when it was less likely to be bitterly cold or snowing. They didn’t. Therefore, I still call it Armistice Day because the essence is the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month coinciding with the cessation of hostilities in the war to end all wars.
And besides, 9 August is the official day for remembering Canadian veterans of peacekeeping.
Some folks don’t want to know that Canadians fight – have fought, are fighting, and will fight – and that they die in battle. Despite the reality. Canadian soldiers know and they are required when passing a cenotaph to halt, face the cenotaph, and pay compliments. In uniform, compliments are paid by saluting. In other dress, compliments are paid by standing at attention.
If I pass a cenotaph on foot, I halt and pay complements. Recently, a fellow observed me doing this and asked, “Is one of your relatives on that list?”
“No”, I replied, “Just my brothers.”
Two parades in my military career will never leave my memory. The first was a parade of more than 4,000 soldiers marching south from Queen’s Park in Toronto. Me and my brothers. The second was a parade of two. Me and my brother. Neither will be repeated.
During November of 1988, I was in the field for a couple of weeks to investigate the fairness of the leadership performance evaluations of officers in training. Also there, though for other reasons, was my brother George with whom I shared an office when we were in garrison.
George was the first-born son of a Dutch family. His formative years were spent under occupation. That ended when Canadians liberated his town and country. When he was old enough, his family sent him alone to Canada with the singular purpose of joining the Canadian Army to serve and thereby to express their appreciation and to repay what they saw as a debt.
George and I built a cairn of local rock and at the appointed hour, in a parade of two, we marched to our cenotaph, paid compliments, paused a minute, left our poppies there, then turned, and marched away. At the moment of our silence, amplified by the low overcast, the distant thunder of howitzers boomed into our consciousness from the official parade on the base some miles away.
I cannot forget George nor any of my brothers.
One day is Armistice Day and every day is Remembrance Day.