A report from MLA Linda Larson

Healthcare, community and volunteers

This month, we celebrate the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Month. The donations collected by the Canadian Cancer Society with the sale of live Daffodils and Daffodil pins will support their work to eradicate cancer and improve awareness of the impact of cancer on diagnosed individuals and their families.

British Columbia has some of the best cancer survival rates in the world. According to the latest statistics made available by the Canadian Cancer Society, British Columbian men and women have the:

· lowest overall mortality rate for all cancers in Canada;

· lowest overall incidence rate of cancer in the country;

· lowest incidence rate for colorectal cancers; and

· among the best survival rates for breast cancer in Canada.

Government continues to invest in cancer care. To support patients, no matter where they live in the province, British Columbia now has six BC Cancer Agency centres providing assessment and diagnostic services, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and supportive care.

In addition to great care, government recognizes the importance of early detection. The BC Cancer Agency provides comprehensive cancer screening programs such as the screening mammography program, the cervical cancer screening program and the new colorectal cancer screening program.

Government will continue to invest in cancer care and screening programs and will also continue to promote healthy lifestyle choices, as we know that maintaining a healthy weight, keeping active, eating healthy foods, reducing alcohol consumption and not smoking dramatically decreases the risk of many cancers.

As part of the Healthy Families BC program, government helps to support clinical services at three integrated InspireHealth cancer centres in Victoria, Vancouver, and Kelowna, as well as an online centre.

InspireHealth centres offer support with healthy diet changes, stress reduction, counseling, decision making, exercise, immune system support, personal coaching and vitamins and supplements and works closely with each patient’s doctor and oncologist.

I am proud of the Province’s efforts on cancer prevention, management and treatment and I urge all British Columbians to help show cancer patients that they are not alone by participating in Daffodil month and wearing a bright yellow Daffodil pin.

Local Notes

April is also the time we give special recognition to the Volunteers that make our Communities such wonderful places to live. We are a Country of Volunteers with almost 50 per cent of all Canadians doing some volunteering. People under 35 volunteer more often but it is our Seniors who dedicate the most hours to volunteering- 400 hours a year.

I have had the privilege of attending Volunteer Appreciation Events in both Oliver and Osoyoos and I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the South Okanagan Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, Gagan Ganger and Brita Park from Oliver and the Splash Park Committee, the Osoyoos Sailing Club, the Special Oympics Committee and Maureen Olsen from Osoyoos. The enjoyment of our way of life has come to depend on the time given (without pay) of countless hours of Volunteering that touch all of us every day. Thank-you to all Volunteers everywhere who give so much time to your communities.

It was a special treat for me to be able to see the 232 Bighorn Air Cadets in the Legislature in Victoria. Thanks to Amy and the Leaders for making the effort to come to the Legislature for a Tour.

In the true spirit of Volunteerism and cooperation the Town of Midway, the Kettle Valley Lions Club and local, Regional and Provincial governments (grant from BC Lotteries) joined with volunteers to do phase-one in the creation of Fire Protection service for Rock Creek. Special thanks to Walter Osellame, Vlodko Barchuk, Bill Baird, Randy Kappes and the Kettle Valley Lions Club for all their hard work.

Happy spring!

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APC takes a stand on highway signage.


A number of issues dealt with Tuesday by Rural area C Area Planning Commission.

1. Bill Michaels re-elected as chair for another term (pictured centre above). Cort Larson secretary and Sara Bunge Vice-Chair. Other members: Jessica Murphy and Ed Machial. Recording secretary is Sofia Cerqueira. Also present Director Allan Patton and Alternate Bill Eggert.

2. The commission was asked to express its opinion on highway signage and will write a letter stating that the Regional District and the Ministry of Highways should continue its joint project of cleaning up the look of Hwy 97, enforce all the present laws and modify the zoning bylaw as it relates to signage if needed.

3. Two planning matters were recommended to the Regional Board:

a. Temporary Use permit for a single wide mobile home at 4315 Black Sage Rd. Applicant Harry McWatters wants this use for a temporary period to house farm labour (3 persons) on a 57 acre lot. Winery planned for the land. All TUP’s last three years.

b. Permanent zoning change to replace a Temporary Use Permit for Rosa and Darcy Griffiths property on Sawmill Rd to formalize the existence of a legally non-conforming salvage operation. If the rezoning is granted by RDOS then an OCP amendment will be proposed to have the property categorized as small holdings for future development is a sewer line is brought to that area. The property is near an oxbow and has been reshaped since a fire in May of 2010.

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Entertaining musical by OES players to hit the big stage


Playing at the Frank Venables Auditorium in Oliver

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. starts on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. for 3 days through Thursday, May 1, 2014. The 75-minute musical, designed for middle-school aged performers, is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film.

Fine arts leader and director Lori Martine stated, “Staff and students have been working very hard for the past few months preparing this entertaining musical. We are all very excited to bring this show to you, especially since it will be the Fine Arts Club first presentation in the newly built Frank Venables Auditorium. What an honour to work in such a ‘state-of-the-art’ facility!”

42 students participate in the Oliver Elementary School Fine Arts Club cast.

This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Academy Award® winning animated feature film as well as three new songs from the Broadway show. THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice.

Admission is $10 for Adults, $5 for Students, and Preschoolers, no charge. Tickets are available in the Oliver Elementary School office and at the door.

For more information about licensing THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. or other Disney shows, please visit www.DisneyMusicals.com.

OLIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FINE ARTS CLUB, under the direction of Lori Martine, has been in existence since 1992. Various productions including: Annie Jr., Once on This Island Jr., Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., and Aladdin Jr. have delighted the town of Oliver since 2004. The group has produced many choral revues as well, featuring students in Grades 4 – 7 with the most recent being Rock On! presented in April, 2013.

This year contributing staff members supporting Mrs. Martine are Marji Basso, Melia Dirk, Narinder Basanti, Trishia Drought and Jacqueline Khodarahmi. Principal Barton Tumlinson along with the office, teaching and support staff of Oliver Elementary, as well as the parents of the young actors have all proven to be integral in pulling the production up and into shape.

Article by Shana Cachola – Photograph by Lori Martine

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Notice – 2014 Spring Chipping

may chipping

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Up close on Nk’Mip Rd fire

barb derksen photoPhoto by Barb Derksen

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193 million dollar project take further step towards reality

antonSuzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister of Justice -

“Reaching a final agreement with Plenary Justice to deliver the Okanagan Correctional Centre project is a catalyst for positive economic spinoffs and the creation of 1,000 direct and indirect jobs for the South Okanagan region. The construction schedule for this modern, high-security correctional centre remains on track, reflecting our government’s pledge to ease capacity pressures and build safer, stronger communities.”

Quick Facts:
•Plenary Justice was announced as the preferred proponent for this project on Jan. 10, 2014, following an extensive evaluation of three teams that were shortlisted and invited to submit proposals.
•The OCC will be designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification – an international recognition of efficient, sustainable building strategies and practices.
•The B.C. government selected the 14.5-hectare (36-acre) site in the Senkulmen Business Park on OIB land as the best location for the new facility after a thorough evaluation of sites proposed by two communities and two bands. The site is located seven kilometres north of Oliver on Highway 97.
•The partnership to build the new correctional centre on OIB land is the first such partnership between BC Corrections and a First Nation in British Columbia.

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Sod turning set for May 23rd on Okanagan Correctional Centre

The B.C. government and Plenary Justice, the private partner for the OCC project, have signed a $192.9-million fixed-price, performance-based agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, Plenary Justice will design, build and partially finance the construction, and provide facilities management services for the OCC for the next 30 years.

Now that the contract is in place, boots are on the ground to prepare the land for the OCC’s construction activities. Workers are removing the top layer of earth from the future construction zone, erecting fencing and ensuring environmental protections are in place for the local habitat and wildlife. Blueprints of the OCC building are in the final stages of design.

Construction is on schedule for this state-of-the-art correctional facility. Major construction activities are expected to begin in August, with completion anticipated in fall 2016.

The Province also has worked in partnership with the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) to expand and realign roads and services such as water, sewage, gas and geothermal, for the Senkulmen Business Park project site in order to accommodate the new correctional centre. This work stems from a contract signed with the OIB last February, which lays out the details of the land lease and utilities service for a 60-year period, plus an option for an additional 20 years.

The OCC will provide a boost to the local economy and create family-supporting jobs, generating approximately 1,000 indirect and direct jobs during construction. Following the project’s completion, over 240 new, full-time correctional positions will open up in B.C.’s Interior.

The high-security, 378-cell OCC will serve as the flagship of the second phase of government’s historic capital expansion plan for BC Corrections. The $185-million first phase of the plan, which is now complete, added 340 cells to B.C.’s capacity, delivering on government’s commitment to reduce correctional capacity pressures and enhance public safety.

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NAPA to close May 15


Tom Fortune, owner of the Oliver NAPA store is closing his business for health reasons.
Four employees are being laid off, stock will be cleared and the doors will close in about a month.

Greyhound and Purolator which use the NAPA store for their business have been given 30 days notice of the change.

Those are the cold hard facts.

There is another side to the story that needs to be told.

It’s no secret but Tom has a relatively rare condition – scleroderma.

Diffuse scleroderma is rapidly progressing and can affect one or more internal organs, frequently the kidneys, esophagus, heart and/or lungs. This form of scleroderma can be quite disabling. In Tom’s case it is in his lungs.

Five years ago while playing hockey Tom Fortune noticed that his breathing was weak. Doctors found the problem with a diagnosis of scleroderma.

Life for Tom has been up and down for that five years. Time to act.

The business is closing for a positive reason actually. To relieve the strain and to help with the next step in life’s journey. That step is getting qualified for a lung transplant and being able at the drop of a hat to get to Vancouver. Tom also has a rare blood type which makes it even more difficult to find a donor.

He says once he is qualified and on the list he must be prepared to move quickly and even after a transplant he would have to stay in Vancouver for up to six months.

Quite a lot to handle on top of regular family duties of being a husband, father, running a business and being active in his community.

We wish him well.

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Wednesday at 7pm

Oliver and District Heritage Society


Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 7 pm

Quail’s Nest Arts Centre, 5840 Airport St., Oliver

Join us to learn about the progress and victories of 2013, meet our new Community Heritage Manager, and learn about the history of “The Ditch” through the eyes of the Norton family. Greg Norton, a 5th generation resident whose family was instrumental in building “The Ditch” and shaping our community, will tell the ‘real stories’ of what happened in those early years – as recalled by his family.

Only Heritage Society Members in good standing may vote at the AGM. To become a Heritage Society member please drop by the Archives, 430 Fairview Road, on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday between 9am and 4pm or at the Museum, 474 School Avenue, on Wednesdays between 9am and 4pm, to renew or purchase a membership.

For more information please call us at 250-498-4027, e-mail info@oliverheritage.ca or

visit our website at www.oliverheritage.ca

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Opening Reception – Saturday

art at the owl

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Sunday May 4th – Hike for Hospice


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marion  trio22This Spring the Sage Valley Voices bring you “Moments to Remember”, a programme of past favourites sure to warm you heart.   Mark Saturday, April 26th at 7 pm or Sunday, April 27th at 2:30 pm on your calendar and join us at the Oliver United Church for some great entertainment.   Tickets available at the door for $10 include a social following the concert where you can meet with friends and chat with members of the choir.

Alice DeRoche is back to lead numbers that include “Come Follow the Band”, “Do Wah Days”, “Shenandoah”, “Bring Him Home” and a medley from Fiddler on the Roof and another from Hair.   Alice loves entertaining and she loves costumes.   This time she is creating a Spring flower theme with women  wearing a rainbow of colour and men sporting new vests and shirts in bright hues.

Pianist, Sandy Andres, brings her exceptional talent to this 35 voice community choir.   When she arrives to accompany, she is frequently cheered.   She has a way of making us sound better than we are and she can exorcise errant notes when they appear.   Basses and Baritones pay attention and Sandy gives them the little cues that make all the difference.

Recently I read a Globe and Mail article about choirs.  It asked,  “What is it about singing in harmony with other humans that changes the way we feel and think?”

Apparently British scientists have found that choirs boost the mental and physical health of their members.   Researchers studied 375 people who sang alone, sang in choirs and played team sports and found the choristers experienced the greatest benefits by far.   One study even found that choral singers unconsciously synchronize their heartbeats with other choir members.   Our group is wondering if pacemakers help!?

“We’re always encouraged to sing as children,” said one member, “and then you grow up and unless you go to church, when do you sing?”   Singing in a group gives us something we have lost as a society.  In Oliver we sing twice a week preparing for the concerts and pursue harmony with those around us.   We sing together, laugh together, and entertain together.   New members are always welcome.   Those who regularly attend our concerts know the fun of lifting their voices and joining in for some finale numbers.   Together we create community!    Come and enjoy!

Thanks to Marion Boyd

Pictured:  Wenda Palmer, Bob Wilson and Cindy Gilbert

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Osoyoos police report

On April 8th at approximately 5:50 pm, the Osoyoos RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver.  A helpful citizen followed the 2011 GMC Truck suspect vehicle which was swerving on the roadway and then as the truck hit a pole at 7308 Main St, Osoyoos. The suspect truck fled the scene prior to the Police arriving and another helpful citizen directed the Police to the Falcon Motel parking lot where the truck had pulled into.  The Police located the suspect vehicle and arrested the driver.  The driver a 35 year old man from Chilliwack faces charges for failing to remain at the scene of an accident and his truck was impounded

On April 9th Police were advised that at about 5:00 am, an unknown male was found in a backyard of a residence on the 9700 block of 134th Ave.  The property owner challenged the man who said he was lost.  A few hours later the owner noticed his garage door open and he found his father’s 1994 red Dodge Dakota truck and many items including BC License plates 159RDX and G03387 stolen.

On April 11th at 5:44 am, the Osoyoos Fire Department and RCMP responded to a break in and arson at Local Charlie’s restaurant on 9913 Main Street Osoyoos. Thieves broke into the restaurant and stole alcohol and food before setting a table on fire in the dining room area. The Osoyoos Fire Department extinguished the fire and a Police forensic specialist examined the scene. This arson is under investigation by the Osoyoos RCMP.

After an ongoing investigations into multiple break and enters in the Osoyoos area the Osoyoos RCMP obtained an arrest warrant on April 11th for Scott Paquette age 47 of no fixed address.  DNA evidence linked him to a break in of a fifth wheel trailer located on Lakeshore Drive which occurred in late January.  On April 13th, the Osoyoos RCMP and South Okanagan Traffic Services located and arrested Paquette in Osoyoos.  Paquette was held in custody and appeared in court the following day where he pled guilty and received a 90 day jail sentence.

If anyone has information on crimes please call the Osoyoos RCMP at (250) 495-7236 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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