The eyes of Arctic reindeer are golden-colored during the long summer and turn a deep blue in winter. David Catchpoole reports (Creation magazine, Vol.39, No. 3, 2017) that for about 12 years a group of neuroscientists tried to discover why this dramatic change takes place each year. What they found had to do with the reflective surface behind the retina, commonly known as ‘cat’s eye”. In the bright summer, where they have nearly 24 hours of light in some days, that reflective surface is golden so that most of the light is reflected back through the retina. In winter when darkness rules the blue is needed to pick up the shorter wavelengths prominent in situations with less light. Colder weather causes contractions, reducing the spacing between the collagen fibres in the reflective surface which results in picking up the blue wavelengths from the electromagnetic spectrum. This increases the reindeer’s ability to see in the darkness.
What a wonderful design feature our Creator has placed in those deer. It is fitting to marvel at such incredible genius and give Him credit for it.
Seems like there’s a sunny side to winter too.
Open Council Meeting Monday at 4pm
Town Centre Development Permit (form & character) – 6273 Station Street
A Development Permit application will be reviewed
Details of the proposal and comments of Town staff follow – no decisions have been made.
THAT Council approve Development Permit No. 2017-13.
The form and character of buildings in the Town Centre (Development Permit Area) DPA can have a significant impact on the overall image of the community, the pedestrian experience, and on the adjacent residential areas. Accordingly, Guidelines for this DPA address a number of different design features for buildings, parking and access, and landscaping and screening, and these are assessed below:
1. Siting and Massing of Buildings
Buildings must be orientated to face the street, the ground floor and second floor of a building must not be setback from the public sidewalk and any story above the second floor must be articulated in a manner that reduces the appearance of the building. Specific to this application, “open space must be maintained, and no new structures should be erected, within the area extending directly east from the ends of Bank and Veterans Avenue right of ways. This is to preserve views from Main Street to the Okanagan River Channel and beyond.” Against these criteria, staff note that the proposed building, while orientated to face the street, is to be separated from Station Street by a parking lot, has not been setback above the second story and is proposing to be sited within the area extending directly east from the end of Bank Street – potentially impeding views of the Okanagan River Channel from Main Street.
2. Open Space
The applicant has responded that “there remains plenty of open space around the hotel to preserve the views of the Okanagan River from Main Street, the hotel is only 4 stories high, and the future restaurant on the North end of the building will be single story. Shifting the building to a more North or South direction of the site does not make sense functionally or aesthetically. To the South, there is Town parkland and it would be unsightly to be presented with a structure on the border of the parkland.” With regard to the absence of a setback above the second story, the applicant has responded that “the building has architectural elements to reduce appearance of the size of the building. These include: parapets at the top of the building; three sections at the front of the building brought forward so the initial appearance is not flat and box-like; and sides of the building are multi-dimensional.”
3. Pedestrian-oriented Architecture
Buildings should be accessible by persons with disabilities, front entrances should be the focal point of the building and recessed from the main façade of the building, building entrances should be accessible directly from the public sidewalk without crossing parking areas, and awning should extend over the public sidewalk. Against these criteria, staff note that the front entrance of the hotel is to be the focal point of the building and is to be provided with a significant awning projecting out from the building. As noted above, however, access and egress to the building requires crossing a parking area. The applicant has responded that “the building is setback from the front property border and frontage street (Station Street) so that it will sit as close as possible to the Okanagan River. The River is a key piece to the overall feel of the guest experience at this hotel and by situating it close to the River we can put exterior patios off the breakfast room and restaurant so guests can dine outside along the River. We did not want to have parking between the hotel’s exterior and the River as it would detract from the peacefulness and ambiance of the River.”
4. Form and Character of Buildings
Buildings should not present blank walls to any public sidewalk. Instead they should include a regular pattern of vertically and horizontally aligned, windows on all walls that face a public sidewalk. The shape, rooflines, architectural features and exterior finish should be sufficiently varied to create interest and avoid a monotonous appearance.
Against these criteria, staff consider that the applicant has attempted to avoid a monotonous appearance through articulation of the walls and use of varied materials and colours. The applicant has advised that “the building has several changes in dimension, with some areas brought forward and some held back, along the front and sides of the building, to create architectural interest and deter from a box-like appearance.”
In addition to the parking requirements set in the Zoning Bylaw, parking should be located to the rear, side, or below the building and may not be located between the building and a public sidewalk. Parking area entrances should be from a side street or rear lane wherever possible. Any surface parking or internal driveways or roads should be set back from the public sidewalk. Bicycle parking for visitors should be included where required to supplement on-street, public facilities. Against these criteria, staff note that the applicant is proposing to develop parking between the front of the building and the public sidewalk, and that access is to be from Station Street as there is no opportunity for access from a side street or rear laneway. Staff also recognize the desire of the applicant to place the hotel as close the river channel as possible (as mentioned above). The applicant has also advised that “there will be a bicycle rack provided at the entrance to accommodate guests and employees as the Town of Oliver is attractive for recreational enthusiasts.”
6. Screening and Landscaping
A landscaped island should be located at each end of every surface parking aisle. Outdoor storage areas, waste disposal containers, and heating and cooling equipment should be screened from view with fencing or landscaping. Site design should seek opportunities to incorporate a low impact approach to managing stormwater. Against these criteria, staff note that the applicant has submitted a landscape plan showing a landscaped island at the end of each parking aisle as well as around the front of the building. The applicant has also included a landscape estimate prepared by a registered landscape architect estimating the cost of landscape development to be approximately $90,984.00 (see Attachment No. 7). The Town’s practice is to require of an applicant a security in the amount of 125% of the estimated value of the landscaping. This equates to a security in the amount of $113,730.00.
7. Energy Conservation
The construction of buildings using advanced building technologies and industry certified programs such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and BUILT GREEN® to reduce their environmental impact, lower energy consumption, and improve longevity is encouraged, as is the use of solar panels and geothermal energy. The applicant has advised that “the construction of this building will be done by a professional company who practices a Zero Waste policy, strictly enforced in their manufacturing plant and on-site.”
In summary, staff are satisfied that the proposed hotel design meets the Town Centre DPA Guidelines.
That Council appoint Diane Vaykovich as the Chief Election Officer and Linda Schultz as the Deputy Chief Election Officer for the
2017 Councillor By-Election
Key Councillor by-election dates:
Nomination Period Begins
Tuesday, October 17
Nomination Period Ends
Tuesday, October 27
Withdraw of Candidate
Friday, November 3
Advance Voting Opportunity
Wednesday, November 22
Saturday, December 2
Oath of Office
Monday, December 11
“I see a lot of familiar faces, volunteers, present and past,” said Diane Knight, a volunteer for the non-profit organization. “But I see a lot of new faces too and I see a lot of families coming.”
Saturday’s fair featured food, live music and kids activities.
But a regular day for the organization sees food prepared and sent off to areas in need.
“(We) utilize surplus produce and fruit from the farmers in the area, and we dehydrate it and turn it into a soup mix, which various humanitarian organizations take around the world.”
Knight said since the Gleaners’ inception more than 20 years ago, soup mix from the group has been given out to about 60 countries.
The Gleaners’ general manager, Greg Masson, said in their first year, about 100,000 meals worth of food was delivered to countries in need.
In 2017 so far, he said 6.2 million meals have been donated.
The Gleaners started with their Oliver location in 1996, and now have eight locations in Canada with, a ninth on the way.
Knight estimated that a few hundred different volunteers help out annually, but said there is always a need for more.
“(The fair) is an invitation to come down and see who we are and what we do, and maybe they’d like to become involved.”
Every now and again a movie depicting the “almost” destruction of the planet comes along.
The plot is always very similar, Earth is either going to be the target of a gigantic meteor, be invaded from a distant planet, or some other life altering menace.
Whatever the plot, it always seems to be that life, as we know it, is to be either ended or changed dramatically.
With every story there has to be at least one ‘villain’ who has plans to take over the world and make the inhabitants into mindless slaves who work tirelessly to do his bidding.
Of course, with every villain there has to be a hero, a knight in shining armour who struggles valiantly to defeat the villain and his evil ways. Usually the hero spends the first half of the movie trying to convince everyone that they are in mortal danger, but everyone scoffs at him and refuses to believe. An up to date Chicken Little.
As the story continues and the danger gets closer, the earth endures all sorts of catastrophes, water shortages, raging forest fires, floods and famine, zealots creating havoc with bombs and other assorted disasters. Exciting, but somewhat unbelievable.
At a time when world leaders should be coming together to combine their efforts to destroy the enemy, they seem instead to be working against one another, each with his own plan of ruling the world.
It is at this point in the movie when the hero starts to be heard and believed, suddenly people in power start to listen to him and by some unbelievable twist of fate, the world is saved from total destruction.
The hero and his leading lady stand in a landscape of destroyed cities, a few of the leading characters stand around in a daze, smoke is seen on the horizon and everything is quiet, no cars, no planes, no activity except a few people wandering about in the rubble of their former homes. Then the sun starts to appear over distant hills, a bird starts to sing and the hero and his girl hold hands and walk off to begin the job of building a new society.
How many times have we sat through this scenario and thought it was rubbish? Exciting and full of wonderful special effects, but basically rubbish.
However, this scenario seems to be playing itself out in front of our eyes every day. The earth is definitely in trouble. We are constantly under threat of terrorism, weather systems have changed dramatically, animals are losing habitat due to ice melting at a rapid rate and the oceans are warming which is causing whales to beach themselves and fish to move north, to find cooler water.
In our own district we have seen big changes, going straight from a flooded spring to a fiery summer.
Our world leaders seem bent on destruction as they fight against one another instead of working together. The threat of nuclear war is in the hands of very volatile people. Lots of talk, little action and nobody listening to Chicken Little.
I am not sure I want to see the end of this movie, everything seems to be heading to a climax but, as yet, there is no hero in sight.
Operational Services is seeking Council’s direction on the location and species of the Proposed Canada 150 Tree in Gyro Park
In June of 2017 Town Council asked to the Operational Services Department to research into the purchase and placement of a large coniferous tree in Gyro Park to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s confederation.
The results of the Operational Services department research is as follows:
The tree nurseries contacted suggested that either a blue spruce or a Colorado blue spruce would be the variety of tree most likely to grow and flourish in the sandy soil at Gyro Park
A 20 foot blue spruce (left) is currently available in the lower mainland for $2,200 plus shipping (estimated to be $1,000). This price does not include the planting of the tree, which would be undertaken by the Operational Services department
An 8 foot Douglas fir (which could grow to 300 feet) is available in Oliver for $89 plus delivery. This price does not include the planting of the tree, which would be undertaken by the Operational Services department.
Relocating any existing larger tree in Gyro Park is not practical since no contractor in the Okanagan Valley processes a tree spade large enough to do this work.
For one in five British Columbians, living with chronic pain is a daily experience. The experience of pain varies with each person and can be divided into two main types: acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is usually the result of tissue damage, and usually subsides within a few weeks.
If pain persists for three months or longer, it is known as chronic pain.
Whether it’s a back injury or a broken toe, everyone experiences acute pain at some point of their lives. They endure the pain with the knowledge that healing will eventually take place and the pain will disappear.
Living with chronic pain can be draining and overwhelming as the injury is not visible to the eye and it doesn’t come with an instruction manual explaining how to live your life in order to lessen the pain. People with chronic pain need long-term treatment and therapy to manage their pain. The way they feel and process pain is different from those people with acute pain because of their long experience with pain.
There is so much more we can do than ignore the pain. And ignoring isn’t usually the best long-term
plan. It is our body’s warning signal that there is damage and action is required. It is possible that pain may be amplified by certain beliefs about pain, and past experiences of pain. Therefore, it is important to treat both your body and mind.
Next week we will discuss strategies you could try for managing your pain. Are you living with chronic pain? Whether you are personally living with chronic pain, or are the caregiver of someone living with chronic pain, the following two free pain seminars will be held in the South Okanagan:
Osoyoos: Tuesday September 19th 2017, 7 pm to 9 pm at the Osoyoos Seniors’ Centre (17 Park Place, Osoyoos)
Keremeos: Tuesday September 26th 2017, 7 pm to 9 pm at the Legion Hall (510 Veterans Avenue, Keremeos)
Local chronic pain experts, including a physician, pharmacist and physiotherapist, will be leading the
discussions and will be available to answer any questions you may have.
For more information about these free chronic pain seminars, please contact:
Renate.Hayden@sosdivision.ca or call 778-476-1878.
Brought to you by:
South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice
Joint Standing Committee on Rural Initiatives
An envelope is a container or a holding boundary. In the usual use of the term we are talking about the paper or cardboard holder and protector for a card or letter etc. We use the envelope to cover what we are sending in the mail, for privacy and to keep the letter or what have you from becoming soiled or damaged. We can also spell it as envelop, meaning to surround and or to hold in.
The fire enveloped the forest. Not exactly the same as protection from becoming soiled or damaged, is it? What this says is that the forest was consumed, subsumed, absorbed as a rock that has been tossed into the ocean, gone. A parent or grandparent can somewhat envelop a child with love and caring support. That can be taken to a length that does not let the child experience the real world. Oh oh
Envelope as protection, that is pretty typical. The envelope of error is more like a set of bounds on what is allowed or possible or expected. It gives us some comfort to be able to predict such things. We can design an envelope for a discussion, for instance. That can be helpful in preparing our talking points and in assessing the contributions from others. We can also say the envelope is the region of interest for this or that
Enveloping is surrounding to swallow up or to protect or simply to include or maybe to invade. The electoral district envelops the downtown core. The nuclear fallout enveloped everything within 100 kilometers. Is that result within or outside of the envelope? The concept of a bell shaped curve can be an envelope for data about almost anything. The gestation envelope for a butterfly is called a cocoon
“The envelope please”, a phrase that generates anticipation of something grand, the big reveal. Something elegant, sort of refined about using an envelope, don’t you think so? The use of the paper device we call an envelope peaked in about 1920. Bet you didn’t know that, huh. Its use was at a level of about five times of that in 1800. It is now used about half of that peak and use is again increasing. Who knew?
“A good mix of my people on this side of the reserve and those who live with us on the other side of the cattle guard.”
Folks these are not my words – a statement familiar to Chief Clarence Louie and audiences that have heard him speak. A long one for sure late Friday afternoon in the foyer of the Frank Venables Theatre.
Chief Louie in a lengthy speech that even had indigenous people squirming – more than an hour – made one important point. If you want reconciliation with Canadian native Indians – talk land and the return of same.
Louie says he wants the return of about 4200 acres stolen during the period 1870 to 1920. He called the Haynes years when land was taken including IR 2 in Okanagan Falls. “I will be coming to see you both” in reference to Osoyoos and Oliver councils present at Friday’s celebration.
I may not accomplish this in my lifetime – but kids here today want to know that the land agreed to by my people and the British government of 1870 will be restored to them.
Chief Louie – the majority of his remarks on the subject of co-operation of whites and Indians and how that continues to this day on business deals that are to the benefit of both parties.
“I was raised with the Indian Act, my mother and my people raised with the Indian Act. Tough for us to change to aboriginal or indigenous” said Louie.
“I believe in race difference – we cannot be homogenized. I want my people to be proud. Despite lands stolen, residential schools, decimation of my language and way of life – we are Number One – Indians in Canada. Treat us with respect.”
“We will treat you better than we have been treated in the last 150 years.”
Editor’s Note: the word stolen. Stolen as in a treaty, an agreement, reached between the Indians and the White Government but then BROKEN by the white government when it was convenient. CL is not talking about all of the land taken in the name of the settlers. Just the land taken after agreement reached. I think ‘stolen’ is a good word that describes exactly what happened.
Truth and Reconciliation encompasses the word Truth – find the facts, respect them – address them and maybe then reconciliation.
•The percentage of employees earning minimum wage declined from 7.5% in 2012 to 4.8% in 2016.
•The number of B.C. employees earning minimum wage in 2016 was 93,800 out of a total of 1,958,600 paid employees (excluding self-employed).
•The national average for people earning minimum wage is 6.9%
the B.C. government will increase the minimum wage by 50 cents to $11.35 an hour, effective today, to better reflect the province’s overall economic growth and ensure all workers benefit from B.C.’s thriving job market.
The new rate includes a 20-cent increase based on the BC 2016 Consumer Price Index (CPI), plus an additional 30 cents. There will also be an identical increase of 50 cents per hour to the liquor server minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
The bridge is the crossing point of the Pacific Crest Trail which goes from the Mexican border to the Canadian border at Manning Park
This bridge is Cantilever Truss constuction and was built in 1926, the current toll is $2.00USD
Currently, The nearby interstate freeway in the gorge is closed due to a wildfire, supposedly caused by kids with fireworks, now thousands of burned trees need removing and slope stabilization to be carried out before the road can reopen
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2014
Cassini Cellars The Aristocrat Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Castoro de Oro Estate Winery Crimson Rhapsody 2014
Maverick Estate Winery Bush Vine Syrah 2014
All wineries in British Columbia were invited to submit their wines for blind judging by a panel of wine industry professionals. Wines submitted had to be from 100% British Columbian grown grapes and produced in province to be eligible. This year, 486 wines were submitted by 132 wineries for judging.
12 winners selected – all in the Okanagan – 4 in Oliver
Grey Monk Estate Winery Odyssey White Brut 2014 – Lake Country
The Hatch Crown + Thieves “The Broken Barrel” Syrah 2013 – Penticton
Howling Bluff Estate Winery Century Block Pinot Noir 2013 – Penticton
Kitsch Wines Riesling 2015 – Kelowna
Noble Ridge Vineyards and Winery “The One” Sparkling 2012 – OK Falls
Perseus Winery Invictus 2013 – Penticton
Upper Bench Estate Winery Estate Chardonnay 2015 – Penticton
Food bank and museum OK’d for grant money
By ROY WOOD
Oliver council opened the grant-in-aid chequebook on Monday to two local non-profits looking for help.
The Oliver Food Bank sought $3,000 to complete a solar panel project, which will see the operation become electrically self-sufficient and save about $500 a month in power bills.
The grant would cover the last three units of a 20-panel solar installation. The other 17 panels, which are already in place, were obtained through various donations.
Councillor Larry Schwartzenberger pointed out that the grant would enable the food bank to put even more money back into the community. Council unanimously approved the grant.
Oliver and district Heritage Society executive director Manda Maggs told council that when a group of volunteers was working recently on a landscaping project they discovered a problem with the sewer line. The cost of repair is estimated at $1,200 and the society asked the town for $600 to cover half.
Mayor Ron Hovanes said he had spoken with RDOS Area C director Terry Shafer, who informally agreed to pay for half of the $600. So council agreed to contribute $300.
Meanwhile, council voted to spend $12,500 for a consultant’s conceptual plans for roads and services north of the town boundaries. The affected area is on the east side of Highway 95 immediately north of town.
CAO Cathy Cowan told council the report would provide the town with a better plan for road and infrastructure when developers begin to show interest in the properties.
The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive is a province-wide initiative that is annually organized and “run” (literally) by local volunteers who travel our community on foot to distribute donation bags and pick up food donations. You might not think a few cans and boxes of food collected on each street would add up to much, but last year our community’s generosity resulted in the Oliver BC Thanksgiving Food Drive collecting nearly 7000 lbs of food. Oliver residents’ generosity over the last 6 years in placing bags of food on their doorsteps has meant that our Oliver Food Bank has fed many people in need.
Food drive volunteers have delivered food donation bags all this week to many Oliver homes for the 7th Annual BC Thanksgiving Food Drive. The donations in support of the Oliver Food Bank will be picked up on Saturday, September 16th.
Those who do not receive a bag can drop off non-perishable food donations at the Oliver Food Bank (6047 Station St.) between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on collection day: September 16th, 2017.
For more information please visit www.bctfooddrive.org or contact Jordan Noftle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Has applied to the Passenger Transportation Board ( BC)
Public has until October 13th to comment
Reduction in service would affect Similkameen and Okanagan points and routes.
Eliminate the routes listed below:
• I1: Dawson Creek – Fort Nelson
• I2: Fort Nelson – Yukon Border & Highway 97
• J: Dawson Creek – Prince George
• K: Prince George – Fort St James
• L1: Prince Rupert – Prince George
• L2: Prince George – Albert Border & Highway 16
• S2: University Endowment Lands (UBC) – Whistler
• T: Victoria – Nanaimo
• Y: Victoria – Vancouver
On all other routes – reduce minimum route frequency to two trips weekly in each direction and eliminate some route points:
• A: Alberta Border – Vancouver
• B1: Kamloops – Kelowna
• B2: Kelowna – Penticton
• C: Vancouver – Osoyoos
• D: Kelowna – Alberta Border & Highway 3
• E: Prince George – Vancouver
• G: Alberta Border & Highway 2 – Dawson Creek
• N: Alberta Border & Highway 16 – Vancouver
• P: Kelowna – Vancouver
• S1: Vancouver – Pemberton / Mt. Currie
The film is called “Out of the Interior: Survival of the Small-town Cinema in British Columbia” and was made by Curtis & Silmara Emde.
The Oliver Theatre is featured in the documentary
The documentary’s website reads: “Out of the Interior: Survival of the Small-town Cinema in British Columbia is a full-length exploration of classic movie theaters in BC’s southern interior, from Vernon’s Towne Cinema to Creston’s Tivioli; from Grand Forks’ GEM to Revelstoke’s Roxy – and every stop along the way.
The filmmakers delve into the history of public film exhibition in our province, celebrate the communal moviegoing experience in the present – and offer a glimpse of the movie house’s future in the digital age.
The documentary is also a tribute to the hard-working men and women of the region who keep the popcorn hot and the movies flickering on our screens.”
Tickets are $7 at the door. Celebrate the Oliver Theatre’s place in our local history.
to share why solar is
a wise investment
Residents of Oliver and Osoyoos will have an opportunity to learn about home solar power systems at an upcoming free education session.
Terratek Energy is hosting Going Solar in Oliver-Osoyoos: An Introduction to Home Solar, Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 am to 12 pm at Sonora Community Centre 8505 68 Avenue in Osoyoos.
The session will provide a broad overview of solar power – from how solar panels work to understanding net metering and product and inverter options.
The event will also hear from Oliver resident Maurice Nunas, who installed a 7.28 kilowatt system to offset power from his all-electric home.
Nunas says he was motivated to install solar because it was the right thing to do environmentally. However, the decision was finalized once he viewed solar from the perspective of a return on investment.
For Nunas, buying solar panels and offsetting his electricity bills turns out to be a better return than keeping his money in the bank.
Nunas says he is often in Fortis BC’s Tier 2 rate. With his solar system that he’s had since April, his bills are virtually zero, and he’s earning credits for the excess power he’s generating.
“We’re getting a 5 per cent return (on our money) that’s guaranteed to go up in the future,” says Nunas. “Every year there is a rate hike, our ROI goes up.”
Nunas’ home is highly visible from the Okanagan River trail and he says he’s often asked about his panels but the question always centres on the payback for solar.
He says this is a very difficult question as no-one can predict what the cost of electricity will be in five years. Adding to this, calculating solar from a payback perspective fails to account for the continued benefits of the panels, which last for 25 years and even longer.
Registration to attend the event can be found at tiny.cc/solarosoyoos or by calling 250.899.1470.
Bit of a slow period of the month – latter part of the week
Time to post FREE events, FREE classified.
How about a picture for publication?
Anything going on we all should know about?