New boss at Desert Sun


Tamara Aspell (pictured top), who co-ordinated women’s counselling for nine years in the South Okanagan takes on a new position as Executive Director of the Desert Sun Counselling service in Osoyoos and Oliver.


Aspell replaces Roxie Van Aller  who has moved to Kelowna.roxie22

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royal lepageRoyal LePage South Country in Oliver, BC has donated over $3800 (the proceeds of our annual Royal LePage Shelter Foundation Garage Sale) to the Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Center for their local Safe Home.

Photo: Facebook (Desert Sun)

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Award winning project – Judges choice – BEST overall

“It really is a spectacular building. We are so fortunate to come to work here every day and students can come and study here,” said Principal Marcus Toneatto, who describes the SOSS building as the Cadillac of schools.”

soss oneCommercial and industrial properties from every corner of the Thompson, Okanagan and Kootenay regions are represented as finalists in the 6th Annual Southern Interior Construction Association Commercial Building Awards, held on last week in Kelowna.

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Oliver had two nominations. The second an expansion project at Burrowing Owl Winery.

The event, which annually draws the top developers, general contractors, realtors, contractors and business people to celebrate the best of the best from Kamloops to Fernie and Osoyoos to Golden.


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Alan Whitman Running For RDOS Area D Director


Alan Whitman Area D director okanagan falls news copy Elect Alan Whitman RDOS Area D Director to stop incorporation and the higher property taxes and poorer road maintenance that would result. The province does not have to hold a referendum if it decides to create Director Siddon’s proposed town of South Skaha by legislation. But you can vote on incorporation now, at this election. If elected, I will tell the Minister that preventing incorporation was the election question. For details about incorporation please see:

Upper Carmi asked for fire protection years ago. They deserve a feasibility study. In the September 30th Penticton Herald Director Siddon paternalistically suggested that Upper Carmi might be annexed by Penticton even though he has never held a meeting of Upper Carmi residents to ask their opinion on that question! I am in favour of some of the revitalization concept for downtown Okanagan Falls, but only if residential property taxes are not used to pay for it. A Wine Centre focal point is an excellent idea; but the consultant’s recommendation for a one-way couplet on 7th and 8th Avenues is premature — common sense says that you don’t make one-way streets before the traffic volume requires it.

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Home tournament in Osoyoos this weekend

amed22This is the Bantam rep team for this year and they won the first tournament of the year that they played in West Kelowna Oct 11,12, and 13th. They also have their home tournament this weekend and all games will be out of Osoyoos.

They play 2 games  friday @ 2pm and 6pm
2 games Sat @ 8am and 12 pm

And then the finals Sunday.

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The SO Chamber of Commerce and the Oliver Chronicle have now agreed to expand the program for the All Candidates meeting next week.

All three candidates for election at School District #53 (2 seats in Oliver) have been invited to participate with Regional and Municipal candidates for election.

Bravo – makes the event complete

Tuesday November 4th – 7pm Frank Venables Theatre

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Poppy campaign begins


Photo by Pat Hampson

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zenna22Obituary for the late Zena Anne Brooks 1929 – 2014

Zena Anne Brooks, 85, of Oliver wife of Richard Carl Lincoln Brooks, died on October 26th, 2014.

Born October 23rd, 1929 to William and Vera Luciak, in the tight-knit traditional Ukrainian community of Vegreville, Alberta, at the beginning of the depression.

Zena made lifelong friends during her grade school years, as she recalled that nobody was rich and nobody felt poor. Her childhood revolved around Ukrainian traditions brought from the ‘Old Country’ centred in the Church. She learned to make delicious home cooking from her Mother, as they typically ate cabbage rolls, borscht, cornmeal, perogies, cream-of-chicken, lots of vegetables, fruit, bread, pies and donuts.

Graduating from Calgary Nursing School in 1953, she then worked in Coronation and Edmonton. She met Richard in 1953. After six dates and three months of being engaged they were married. Their first home was a 32ft trailer in Virden, Manitoba, an oil field boom town.

In 1955, they bought a 45ft trailer to follow the drilling rig, which they did until 1961. During this time, their daughters Susan, Cathy and Edie-Mae were born as they travelled throughout Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, Northern B.C. and the Queen Charlotte Islands.

In 1961, they bought their first house in Sherwood Park, Alberta so the girls could attend school. In 1964, Richard took a job in Edmonton so he could spend more time with the family. David was born in 1965. The years from 1964 until 1969 were extremely enjoyable.

In 1969, the family moved to Port Colborne, Ontario. There was always a guest room prepared for visitors coming regularly to Ontario. She opened her house to the many friends she had made over the years. She was active in the United Church, curling and clubs, but her main social activity was daily visiting with several small social groups. Zena was always a ‘people-person’.

From the time she was married, Zena was interested in travelling and sightseeing. Her most cherished trip was a Catholic tour to many of the sacred destinations in Europe.

In 1989, they retired to Oliver, B.C. For many years, in Oliver, Zena was actively involved in the Gleaners, harvesting and processing excess crops to send overseas to the needy. The Gleaners was one of Zena’s most passionate causes. She did this until her health would not allow her to do the physical work.

In Oliver, she continued her role as hostess to out-of-town visitors, care groups and Bible studies in the Alliance Church. Once again, she preferred to be hostess rather than guest.

A highlight of her life was her 80th birthday, in 2009, when most of her immediate family attended from out-of-province and out-of-country.

Wherever Zena was in life, she surrounded herself with good friends.

She will be missed by those who knew her and by those in the world whose lives she touched.

Donations are gratefully accepted for the Okanagan Gleaners, 507 No. 3 Road, Oliver, BC V0H 1T1.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday November 1, 2014 at the Oliver Alliance Church. A reception will follow in the church reception hall.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.

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Report on Oliver Town Council – Pat Hampson

Regular Council Oct 27 2014

Delegations & Petitions:

A group of excited students, accompanied by travel Chaperone Tracy Harrington, attended the Council meeting to describe their Exchange Student trip to Oliver’s Sister City, Bandai, Japan. Each student rose to tell Council and the Channel 18 viewers about highlights of their trip. Almost without exception all the students had glowing remarks about the welcome and care provided by their host families despite the language barrier. Some comments of the highlights of their trip included:

    • “I played card games with my host family and lots of fun even though none of us could speak English or Japanese”.
    • “I really enjoyed the ice cream.”
    • “I really bonded with my host family and I want to go back.”
    • “We visited what must be the tallest building in the world the Tokyo Skytree, it was 2,080 feet high.” (There was a picture looking through the glass floor at the top!)
    • “I saw lots of interesting things but I did not like the slippers”.
    • “My host family gave me lots of food.”
    • “The way of life is so different, they have no dining rooms and sit on the floor to eat.”

It certainly appeared that these Oliver representatives had a great time judging by their comments and the slide show which Ms. Harrington presented.

Mayor Hovanes stated that he believes the exchange program for students and reciprocal visits by Bandai officials is very important; Council appeared to agree.

Dog Pound Facility Update:

The Town’s contract with a local business has expired and there is no facility for housing impounded animals. Public Works property is undergoing a rezoning to allow for a Dog Pound facility and until this legal hurdle overcome the Town must enter into a temporary agreement up to 6 months with the Osoyoos facility. The previous contract cost was $203.33 per month and $25.00 per day per dog. The cost of the Osoyoos contract will be $200 per month for licenses and an impound fee of $10.00 per dog. Council approved the staff request to enter into an agreement.

School District #53 Reclaimed Wastewater Agreement:

Some readers may have seen the new signs in some areas of SOSS advising that reclaimed waste water is being used for irrigation. This is actually not as bad as it sounds but because the water does not meet drinking water standards set by the Province residents must be notified of areas where it is used. A farmer who leases the grass-lands at the Oliver Airport has been using this water for irrigation for several years.

This will be a Ten Year (10) agreement and water will be supplied from March 15 to October 31 of each year. During this period SD 53 will pay the Town $110.23 per acre. The rates are contained within the Reclaimed Water Use Rate Bylaw #1022. In the event the SD decides to use potable water that rate will increase.

Strategic Planning:

The Chief Administrative Officer, Heidi Frank discussed the opportunity for Council to take advantage of the services of a Consultant to lead Council through a strategic planning process in the immediate future. The CAO suggested that Council would benefit from the services of Mr. Gordon McIntosh of LGL Institute. Council spent some time discussing the advantages and disadvantages of retaining a consultant and focused on the cost of up to $9,000. The Mayor reminded Council that the Town has conducted ‘in-house’ workshops and also retained facilitators who led Council in a priority setting session with good success. However in the final analysis several Councillors preferred to participate in the ‘In house’ option to save money and if that should not be successful then the option of contracting outside consultants could be revisited.

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Discussion at Committee – Town of Oliver by Pat Hampson

Committee October 27th 2014

Water Matters:

Director Electoral Area ‘C’, Allan Patton was in Chambers to discuss costs and funding of the potable water system at the ‘Loose Bay’ fruit pickers camp located beside Covert Farms; he reported that the water line and pump house is now in place thanks to the efforts of Greg Norton and the RDOS which has paid a lot of the costs. The Capital Costs are covered by Area ‘C’ Gas Tax.

The fluctuating costs for electrical power, Chlorine Injection to restore levels lost in transmission up the hill and staff time are estimated to be up to $5,000 per annum. The cost fluctuation is driven in part by the changes in rates set by Fortis BC.

It was noted by several of Council and Director Patton that the service provided to the pickers is now such that they will have washrooms, showers and drinking water thus satisfying one of the biggest complaints that causes pickers to camp along the Okanagan River within the Town. With respect to the request for the Town to waive water charges for one (1) year after project completion; Council was reluctant to make a financial decision and preferred to wait until a new Council and Rural Director have been elected.

RCMP Report:

Sgt. Ken Harrington attended Council to give his update on policing. The local detachment will be undergoing some changes with staff transfers taking place and the retirement of Sgt. Harrington. Present activities include enforcing the Motor Vehicle Act on Tuc el Nuit Drive, Black Sage Road and Fairview Road. The Sgt. noted that they have two ‘trouble’ houses under surveillance due to active drug transactions but he also advised Council that Oliver is no better or worse than many communities of similar size. This has resulted in considerable time being spent on specific criminal cases.

In closing the Sgt. told Council that the Town may see an increase in the size of the detachment building sometime between 2015 and 2017.

Councillor Doerr asked if RCMP Members could be introduced to Council and Sgt. Harrington suggested that individual Councillors could ‘Adopt’ a member and do “walk-abouts” in the community. This is especially useful for recent transferees.

Landfill & Multi Materials BC:

An RDOS Reycling coordinator Cameran Baughen was in attendance to request that Council express their options regarding using the land-fill as recycling depot. Council held a brief discussion but decided that keeping the present location at the land-fill will result in less recycling due to inconvenience both for residents and businesses. Council passed a resolution to be forwarded to the Regional District “that the RDOS move all recycling services at the land-fill to a local business downtown”.

Grant in Aid Application:

The Oliver Business Association was founded in 2010 to maximize Oliver’s potential; the OBA has successfully completed several projects since inception such as partnering with Desert Sun Counselling to raise funds, encouraging local shopping and teaming up with the Sagebrushers to beautify empty storefronts. One very important event the OBA has taken on has been ‘Christmas Light-up’ at the Town Hall coinciding with “Re-discover Downtown’ where local businesses are highlighted (5:00 to 7:00) and entertainment with fire-works at Oliver Community Center (7:00 to 8:00)

Secretary, Petra Veintimilla requested $2,000 primarily to cover loss of revenue due to the closing of some businesses in Oliver and also to allow OBA to pay its bills promptly rather than delaying payment until all membership dues are collected. Mayor Hovanes expressed his eagerness to continue with this tradition and Council agreed to a resolution to approve the funding request of $2,000 for one year and waive the reporting requirement.

Quarterly Financial Report – Third Quarter 2014

Chief Financial Officer, David Svetlichny presented Council with the Third Quarter Report. The report is very detailed and contains three pages explaining the present status of Town monies and six pages of Spread Sheets with respect to the Sewer Fund, Water Fund, and General Fund. However Mr. Svetlichny did not provide a summary paragraph which could be detailed here so it is recommended that readers connect to the Town’s Website using the following link which will take you to the Web page where you can select the Committee Agenda for the 27th October.

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It’s free


Some words we do not get to hear all that often.

This coming Saturday Nov. 1st  we will be having our annual Improvement Clinic at the Eastlink Curling Centre.

This is a great chance for anyone who would like to come out and throw some of our newly finished rocks that everyone has been hearing about. There will be coaches on hand for those who would like some extra instructions, or anyone who would just like to try out curling and see what the sport is all about.

With over half of our day league curlers being stick curlers we will also be offering coaching for this as well. The innovation of stick curling has made curling life time sport, so if your knees or back are bothering you, give this a try.

Plus, coffee and donuts will be there.

The best part?  It is all free! Saturday.

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Poppy campaign launched

a a poppyAs Remembrance Day approaches, British Columbians and people all around the globe wear a red felt poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those who gave their lives in the defence of freedom and to show respect to our veterans.

This year, Remembrance Day is especially poignant, as 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War. As time passes and fewer veterans are with us, it becomes increasingly important to show that we remember their sacrifice. It’s also a time to show respect for those who continue to fight in wars around the world.

Canadians have a long-standing tradition of donning a red poppy during the remembrance period from the last Friday in October until the end of the day on Nov. 11. The poppy is the international symbol of remembrance, and when you wear a poppy, you honour the war dead and help veterans and their families.


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Time change

clock222Sunday, November 2, 2014

2:00 AM back to 1:00 AM

(do it Saturday night before you retire for the evening)


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Marine pilot Stan Marshall lives in Oliver – now on the high seas

a ship two22The MV Simushir is heading to Russia from Prince Rupert and the voyage could take nine days.

The Captain received severe facial damage when he was thrown from his chair across the bridge of the ship and he landed face first into a the edge of a bolted table, he was air lifted by a rescue helicopter and flown to Vancouver to do reconstructive surgery.

The seas were seven to nine meters on this tiny container ship as the ship rolled fifty degrees they laid helpless until the CCG Gordon Reid showed up and after two failed attempts at towing them they finally secured a line and towed them for 14 hours until that towline snapped.

The US tug Barbra Foss arrived and towed them to Triple Island until a Canadian Marine pilot boarded them and two Smit tugs escorted the 135 meter dead ship safely into Prince Rupert Fairview Terminal.

With clearance by a marine surveyor and Transport Canada it safely left Prince Rupert Monday and with a very happy crew and new Captain,they are anxious to go home. The estimated cost is around 700,000 dollars.

Regards, Captain Stan Marshall – BC Coast Pilot Press images for larger a ship one22

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It approaches…..spooky

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Linda Nunweiler and friends

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Ist place in tournament at Coquitlam

peewee-rep-osoyoos-newsSouth Okanagan Minor Hockey Association (SOMHA) Peewee Rep team placed 1st in tournament play in Coquitlam this past weekend.

The team went undefeated with a 9-0 win over Coquitlam, 8-0 win over South Delta, 3-1 win over Ridge Meadows.  They then posted a 3-1 win in the Semi-Finals over Coquitlam to go into the Finals and a 5-1 win over Ridge Meadows to take first place.

The Peewee Rep team Head Coach is Gord Dynneson and Assistant Coaches are Brian Zakall and Wayne Dawson.

The team’s home tournament is the weekend of Nov 14-16th.

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Request granted – Glorious sky

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Community volunteer/ex-teacher sentenced to house arrest

A 68 year old well known man who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $40,000 from the Osoyoos Rural Fire Protection District has been handed a conditional sentence of 12 months, in a Penticton courtroom.

Judge Gregory Koturbash handed down the sentence to Michael Raymond McWhinnie, which includes 2 years probation, after hearing submissions from crown counsel Catherine Crockett and defence lawyer Michael Welsh.

According to the circumstances described by the judge, McWhinnie, a former schoolteacher in both Cache Creek and Osoyoos was the secretary treasurer of the local fire protection district. He admitted to writing 50 cheques to himself, in amounts ranging from $500 to a little over $1,000. The theft was  discovered by another board member then reported to the RCMP and theft and fraud charges were laid.

The fraud charge was dropped once McWhinie pled guilty to theft. According to the pre sentence report, McWhinnie suffers from a number of things including depression, post traumatic stress disorder and some gambling and alcohol additions, which occurred late in life, said the judge. The mitigating factors include that he entered a guilty plea, is extremely remorseful for his actions, has an absence of a criminal record, a good family relationship, his age.

Furthermore, he made an early attempt to repair the damage by repaying the money and cooperated with the police, by making a full and frank confession. In terms of aggravating factors, there is the size of the loss from the district, the breach of trust with public money, the impact on victims: with board members being shocked and upset, and believing it reflected badly on them.

For the first six months of the sentence, McWhinnie must remain in his home except when travelling to and from work, medical or training. He needs to further pay $600, still owing to the district and complete 50 hours of community work.

McWhinnie, who lost his house in a fire in Osoyoos in June, told the court, “a lot of things I don’t understand happened to me, the car accident, my house burning down. I don’t know why this happened. If I did know why, it wouldn’t have happened. I apologize completely.”

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A note from Dick Cannings

I was recently honoured to be chosen as the NDP candidate in the new federal riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay.  I thank all who took part in the nomination election process.  I especially thank and congratulate my fellow candidate, Margaret Maximenko, and her team, for a tremendous campaign—a campaign that added hundreds of people to an already healthy riding membership.  I also thank the many people who worked hard on my nomination campaign—your help is truly appreciated.  I appreciate the guidance of Alex Atamanenko, who has ably served much of this riding as MP for the past nine years; his will be big shoes to fill.

This is a big, diverse, spectacular riding, from the vineyards and orchards of the south Okanagan through the beautiful Kettle Valley, the industries of the West Kootenay and up into the hidden beauties of the Slocan Valley and Arrow Lakes.  Over the past 10 months I have travelled throughout the riding many times and have met many wonderful people.  It has been a rewarding experience, and I look forward to more exploration and learning as I continue to travel the riding in the months ahead.  I welcome any comments, suggestions or questions from anyone in the riding—please contact me at

Thank you!

Richard Cannings

Penticton, BC

NDP candidate—South Okanagan-West Kootenay

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Dave Mattes – seeks re-election as Town Councillor

mattes11My name is Dave Mattes, and firstly I would like to thank you for your support and encouragement over the last three years.

I was born 57 years ago in Oliver. Raised and schooled in Oliver. My family has been in Oliver over 65 years. Left after high school for work and returned 17 years later with my wife Brenda.

I have operated several successful businesses in Oliver and am now retired. I am running for re-election for the same reason I ran 3 years ago. Keep taxes as low as possible, while improving our town. Our current council has worked well as a team to meet both of these goals. We have completed a $1 million  water, sewer and road improvement in the Hollow Street area.

We have cut commercial property taxes, passed tax incentive bylaws for new commercial development. We have held residential property increases to 1.5% average over each of the last three years. None of this is glamorous, all of it is necessary. The current council has plans for park, sidewalk, road and downtown improvements. All with no tax increase required. For these things to move forward, the town needs continuity in the council. I offer continuity for infrastructure improvement while holding the line on taxes.

In answer to the questions posed by ODN:

1. Homelessness, poverty,and low income, are they issues? what can be done?

Answer – Of course all of these are issues everywhere, including Oliver. Council can continue to provide a welcoming place for business to create jobs through low taxes and incentives. We can keep taxes as low as possible to make life more affordable for everyone. We can provide land for any developer willing to build lower rental or purchase housing.

2.  A report stated Municipal employees are overpaid versus provincial employees. What can be done?

Answer –  Reports are based on averages. We need to constantly work with our administration to understand and control our costs.

3. Main Street and Centennial Park. Should council take action to improve?

Answer – Absolutely. We have a wonderful town and any opportunity to improve should be taken.

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Petra Veintimilla – candidate for councillor – Town of Oliver

petra sent22I have been happy to call Oliver my home for most of my life: first by my parents’ choice, and more recently by my own. After a few years away gaining some life experience overseas and off at University studying International Relations, my husband and I made the decision to return to Oliver and start a family – we are now proud parents to two very energetic little boys.

Over the past few years I have spent my time getting involved in my community and in our region by serving on the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a board on which I served two terms as President. I am on the Festival of the Grape Executive Committee, as well as an active member of the Oliver Business Association, currently in the throws of planning Oliver’s Christmas Light-Up!

Four questions: Is homelessness, poverty, low income an issue and what could a Town Council do about it?

Homelessness, poverty, and low income are issues in every community and as a fellow citizen I have nothing but empathy for people who find themselves in difficult situations for a variety of reasons. Local government is unfortunately not often in a financial situation to provide services and programs to individuals in need, however they can most certainly advocate for change when they see that change is needed. Local government has the opportunity to be a voice for those who cannot be their own voice, and could advocate for moneys to provide more affordable housing and of course offer tangible help when in the position to do so.

At least one report says employees and management in municipalities are paid more than provincial government employees on average – what would you do about it?

Oliver is fortunate to have a steady and dedicated workforce, which has no doubt been made possible in part by employees who feel that they are fairly compensated for the hard work that they do. In terms of wage, Oliver is not doing anything different than any other municipality in the Province and when it comes to contract negotiations, if we were to be offering less in terms of wage than our neighbours, we would almost certainly lose out. In order to attract and retain the best, the town must be competitive.

Main Street and Centennial Park – do you think the Town could take a leadership role in enhancing “our look” to the outside world travelling by?

We are the Wine Capital of Canada, yet driving through out downtown you would have no idea unless you read the signs at either entrance to town – more should be done to take advantage of this potentially lucrative branding. Some of our empty lots on Main Street have been that way for decades, and the time may now be right for the Town to look at ways to enhance our main corridor and perhaps become entrepreneurs in our own downtown. There are many great ideas out there, and we should have Council and community members get together and start looking at ways to freshen things up. Council and the Town should get things started and lead by example – perhaps if we take the initiative to get the ball rolling, others will follow and invest in our downtown.

What suggestions for Oliver’s future?

I would like to see us be proactive, and allocate proper funds to by-law enforcement. If we start working on a proper plan now, come next summer we will be in a position to properly educate the public and keep our Parks and Trails clean and family friendly.

I feel that we need to find a way to engage the community – there are a lot of people out there with a lot of talent, and let’s find a way to make them a part of the conversation and put their talents to good use.

Let’s look at ways to take advantage of our powerful Wine Capital of Canada brand, we should’ve shy away from all that makes us great – we should be proud of what we have and not be afraid to brag about it.

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Notice of election – SD #53

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