Higher-than-usual snowpack heightens flood risk
By Jennifer Rice
Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness
VICTORIA – April showers bring spring flowers, but they can also unleash floods and trigger landslides – a reality that those of us who reside along flood plains, unstable slopes and river banks know all too well.
Changing temperatures, melting snow and higher-than-normal precipitation all contribute to the threat of landslides and flooding, especially when high temperatures converge with significant rainfall and rapid snowmelt. This is a situation that created challenges for much of the Interior last spring.
In 2017, spring flooding forced more than 2,500 British Columbians from their homes, and threatened thousands more with evacuation alerts. By the time the floodwaters receded, Emergency Management BC had dispatched more than 4.4 million sandbags and deployed kilometres of temporary dike structures to the Okanagan region. Despite these and other interventions, many communities are still mopping up almost a year after the floods began.
While a high snowpack does not necessarily lead to a particularly active flood year, it’s been a long, cold winter, and the River Forecast Centre is keeping a close watch on snow melt and water levels.
Wildfire sites in the Cariboo, Central and Southeast regions of the province have been evaluated for potential hazards. This is because wildfire-charred landscapes may lead to increased run-off and put homes at risk from flooding or landslides.
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is reviewing mitigation proposals for construction of protective earthen berms, creek channelization or debris retention basins, and ensuring bridges and culverts are ready.
Emergency Management BC is committed to improving the public safety of all British Columbians. That is why we are investing heavily in flood prevention and protection.
On Feb. 2, 2018, the governments of Canada and B.C. announced funding for 30 projects, valued at approximately $12.1 million (including investments from local governments and NGOs), through the National Disaster Mitigation Program. The B.C. government contributed approximately $5 million. This amount is on top of the $60 million EMBC announced in March 2017, which is earmarked for flood mitigation projects in B.C. communities most at risk.
Prepare your home: caulk any leaks, waterproof your basement, clean clogged drains and gutters, maintain your sump pump and check your sewer lines. A flooded home can spell financial devastation. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
If you face a threatening flood, park vehicles away from streams and waterways, move electrical appliances to upper floors and make sure to anchor fuel supplies. Listen to local officials if you are asked to evacuate.
Learn to recognize warning signs if you live near a waterway. Changes in water colour or rapid changes in water levels (particularly a drop) can be symptoms of an issue upstream. Notify your local fire, police or public works department immediately if you suspect something is out of the ordinary.
If flooding occurs, stay clear of river and lake shorelines. Fast-flowing waters are fascinating to watch, but river banks can become unstable. Be extra mindful of keeping young children and pets away from the banks and flooded areas. Fifteen centimetres (six inches) of fast-moving water is enough to knock over an adult, and 61 centimetres (two feet) of rushing water can wash away most vehicles.
Friday, March 9th at Mt. Baldy
People in Motion – BC Adaptive Snowsports
An amazing guy that you should meet. Bryce Beckett is a certified adaptive ski instructor, working at Mt Baldy who donated his day and countless hours of preparation, to help make a 12 year old OK Falls girl’s dream come true.
“A twelve year old girl was lifted from her wheelchair, and placed in a sit-ski guided by Bryce. We had many runs on Magic Carpet and Sugar Lump. Her smiles and pure enjoyment made the day special for us all.” – Sandra Smith
Megan now can confidently says to her friends, “Meet me on the slopes.”
Beckett is a visionary and his motto as he told me is “Who will break your paradigm of limitations?” As a teacher we teach students and that changes our perspective but if you are lucky, you meet people like Bryce and our student Megan who change who you are. These are two incredible people you need to meet in the South Okanagan.
Megan is a wonderful student who is a quadriplegic with Cerebral Palsy who lets nothing get her down or stand in her way.
Shelley Gittel – Consulting Resource Teacher and
Karen Sinclair, Principal, OK Falls Elementary
McKinney Ski Club applied for a $5000 Grant in Aid from the Town in an effort to replaced a mechanized trail groomer. Town council agreed that the programme run by this organization benefits the community and many children.
Council authorized a grant for $2500 and urged club members to seek assistance from Area A and C of the Regional District. The programme has sponsored 300 local elementary school students (Osoyoos and Oliver) in grades 4 and 5 to try out the trails each winter for the last decade. A new to them groomer will likely cost $45 thousand dollars.
Oliver Wine Capital of Canada Triathlon & Half Iron Events: Permission sought by Joe Dixon’s June event to allow motorized boats on Tuc-el-nuit Lake for two days of racing. Power boats not allowed on the lake. Council granted permission.
Fire Chief Bob Graham appeared in person to deliver a monthly report to council members. Graham talked to council about the level of training that members of the department have acquired stating that 12 members have been trained as fire instructors ( some awaiting certification).
That 100 percent of members are trained for exterior fire approach and 50 percent trained to attack a fire inside a structure. Every two years the local fire department hosts a large training event and this year it will happen again.
May 3, 4, and 5th – fire fighters from around the province will meet and train in Oliver.
Megale property – (this is the former Trump(Efford) land on the east side of Tuc-el-nuit Lake. Zoning changes were approved by council for 3 new lots – 2 for a single family dwelling and one lot for a duplex. A public hearing on the matter scheduled for March 26th.
At a committee meeting late this afternoon Mayor Ron Hovanes attempted to set the direction of both staff and council by stating some facts –
Neither the federal or provincial governments have enacted law on the recreational sale of marijuana and therefore it is illegal and the policy of the town is that nothing illegal is authorized by municipal government.
Staff wants to hire a consultant to lead a programme of public consultation into the subject at a cost up to $15 thousand dollars but council said no.
Council also said no to enacting a restrictive bylaw prior to receiving direction on the new law and what is allowed and legal by senior levels of government.
Council generally believes that the market place will control how many retail outlets can be sustained in such a small area – with competition in the rural area, the OIB land, Penticton and Osoyoos.
Zoning laws could be used to ensure that retail outlets are not allowed near schools or public parks. Council’s hammer at the moment is a business license bylaw.
Senior staff indicated that their proposal for a consultant was to reduce the workload impact on staff during an election year. Council was more interested in an extended discussion period – possibly a working group to discuss the issues but not to go to the public until Oliver has a plan with this time “deemed” to be a bit early.
Council directed staff to post backgrounders from the federal and provincial governments on the Town’s website and FaceBook page and plan an extended time meeting in the near future.
Town staff are urging council to be pro-active and to get ahead of the game with sales expected to begin before September.
Council can control locations by zoning and bylaw enforcement. The Liquor Control Board will sale Cannabis and can license other retailers.
1. Council may wish to consider restricting cannabis sales in all zones as a temporary measure and to update the zoning, and regulatory bylaws, to reflect the wishes of the community; and further to engage a consultant to undertake a comprehensive public engagement process
2. Council may wish to consider restricting cannabis sales in all zones as a temporary measure and to update the zoning, and regulatory bylaws, to reflect the wishes of the community; and direct staff to undertake a comprehensive public engagement process (not engage a consultant)
3. Council may wish to defer to staff for additional information
That Council direct staff to restrict cannabis sales in Oliver in all zones by amending Zoning Bylaw 1350, Business License Bylaw 1368, Business Notice Enforcement Bylaw 1321 and Municipal Ticketing Bylaw 1389; and
That Council direct staff to engage a consultant to undertake a comprehensive public engagement process to determine the wishes of the community; and
That Council allocate from general reserves up to $15,000 to engage a consultant.
Prior to legalized recreational cannabis becoming law in July 2018 (or later) there is a short window of opportunity for Oliver to address key areas with regard to zoning, licensing and enforcement. It is recommended that Council begin planning now on how to manage the retail sales component and take steps to protect Oliver’s ability to manage the new requirements in a way that aligns with the priorities of the community. There is a certain level of uncertainty and pressure to establish the policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements needed to manage this new industry effectively. Oliver will need to consider zoning and where the sales and processing will be allowed, and the impact on business licensing and permit requirements. Additional consideration with regard to assessment for fire safety and how to handle enforcement of infractions. There may be a need for criminal records checks, and greater inspection and monitoring requirements to ensure the cannabis production and sales operations meet all safety requirements.
Bylaw enforcement will be impacted by problems such as odour concerns, use in parks or other areas where smoking is restricted and other complaint-based concerns from the community. There may be impacts related to social consumption and use in public places, as well as law enforcement issues related to youth cannabis use and impaired driving. All these factors impact local communities and how local governments decide to approach recreational cannabis management in the community will ideally be based on overall sentiment of the residents.
The immediate challenge to Oliver is the lack of time to complete a comprehensive consultation program, which includes a detailed plan for zoning and other regulatory changes that require due process, such as open houses and public hearings, public information on the Town’s website, online surveys, etc.
If Council chooses to engage a consultant to undertake the public consultation process resources would be taken out of general reserves to fund. This is not a budgeted item with an estimated cost of $10 to $15 thousand.
Staff time to coordinate public engagement sessions and to amend bylaws.
2018 – water will be diverted from the McIntrye Dam April 9th and be available to farmers and bulk water users April 13.
Canal cleaning is now in progress – repairs to the floor between Roads 2 and 3 are schedule and include rebar and concrete on the bottom only.
A new allotment is proposed in System 6 (in the area of Roads 14-15)
4.8 acres which used to be watered from a well will join the system
Allotment Change Approval regarding Subdivision for Mr. Jagdeep Gill (323 Road 14 & 308 Road 15) adjacent to Testalinda Creek
All the details on the link below
Shawn Goodsell told council water use is down in this system and two others indicating three things:
Better user-education by water operators is helping, crops have changed requiring less water and irrigation technology has improved efficiency.
When someone asks me what makes a perfect cup of coffee, I have to say that it depends on many variables. While it probably seems obvious that great coffee starts with great beans, there are many factors that make coffee beans great and some of those dwindle in time.
Where were was the coffee grown?
Coffee from different regions and even from different farms have their own characteristics. Here in wine country we are familiar with these defining characteristics of terroir.
What is the roast profile?
Coffee beans are roasted anywhere from very light to very dark. The different coffee roasts in turn will either highlight or mask flavours and components of the coffee bean. The lighter the coffee beans are roasted the more acidic the coffee will be. As a general rule a darker roast will produce more bitterness. Each coffee will produce different tastes depending on the roast profile, and choosing a roast along this spectrum is a matter of personal preference.
When was the coffee roasted?
When the coffee was roasted has a bearing on how well the flavour profiles will show up in the cup. Ideally one should only purchase coffee that has been freshly roasted and that they will be able to consume within two to four weeks of the roast date. Beyond this timeframe coffee will continue to deteriorate in flavour, and increasingly lose its appealing qualities.
When and how were the coffee beans ground?
Coffee will deteriorate much more quickly once it has been ground. Ideally, coffee should be ground just prior to brewing as this will ensure that the coffee retains as much of its flavour as possible. A burr grinder is ideal because it will ensure that the coffee is ground to a consistent size.
Every brewing method requires a different grind. These range from very fine almost powder like grounds for Turkish coffee to a very coarse grind for a french press or percolator.
What kind of water are you using?
The water you use is important as it has an effect on the taste of your coffee. If your tap water has a strong odour or taste you might wish to consider using bottled or filtered water.
How much coffee are you using to brew your coffee?
The ratio of coffee to water is important. As a starting point I recommend one to two tablespoons of ground coffee for every six ounces of water, then adjust to your personal taste.
How long does your coffee take to brew?
The time that the coffee and water are in contact is important. For drip coffee this should be about 5 minutes. French press should sit 5 minutes before plunging. A shot of espresso should run around 25 seconds. Cold brew should steep for 12 to 24 hours.
As a final aside, I like to encourage that you try to enjoy your coffee with as much thought as you put into the preparation. Enjoy the aroma, notice the flavours. It took many people and processes to bring it to your cup.
We are FRESH, we are LOCAL, and we DELIVER.
submitted by Teri
From Greg Norton’s Family
Memories of Saturday’s Giant Community Hug celebrating Greg’s life are etched in our hearts. Many thanks for joining us and sharing his final coffee break.
The many monetary donations for his pet project, Loose Bay Campground, will be put to good use. Bathroom repairs and renos are endless! We also plan to erect a flagpole in his honour at the gate.
Our home town and his many outlying friends and family who travelled from far and wide have rallied around us with so much love. And cookies! So very much appreciated.
We will miss you Greg Norton.
Chris, Sara, Jesse, Nita and family
Butch was one of the first in the Similkameen to enlist in the British Columbia Dragoons in 1939. It wasn’t long before his superiors recognized and exploited his talents. He scored the highest for marksmanship in the Canadian Army and was selected for duty in the Special Forces Commandos.
Two years of training in Britain was followed by three years active service at the front, first in Africa then in Europe. He held the rank of Sergeant and was field commander of a tank corp. One of his memorable acts of heroism happened during battle in Europe.
While on reconnaissance in a scout vehicle at the right side of his platoon, he noticed an enemy group advancing undetected from his side. When his attempt to alert his troops by radio failed, he made a dash over 300 yards of heavy enemy fire to warn his troops. He was in time and was credited with saving over 200 of his fellow troopsWhen he returned, he spent a year in recovery in Shaughnessy Hospital where he flirted with many careers but settled in with the Federal Government as Indian Agent in Merritt.
Butch was a proud non-status Indian and was concerned for Native people across Canada . By 1954, he was working on a sensible and economical design for reserve housing. His program was accepted over plans submitted by architects and professional planners for this housing. Tens of thousands of homes were built using his design.
By 1964, Butch was being recognized for his work in voluntary groups concerned with First Nation issues. Under his own initiative, he developed a new concept of Native employability which he called “Reach Out”. His brief soon reached the Federal Cabinet and was expanded to include other employment problems.
This was the basis of Canada Manpower’s “Outreach” program. He was soon moved into the Secretary of States office in Vancouver and for five years he brought his concepts of Native self-help and self-determination to fruition.
In 1972, Butch was transferred to Ottawa to work in the Trudeau Government under the then Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, Jean Chretien. He found this job prestigious and financially rewarding; but stifling. It was just not his usual challenge.
By 1974 Butch had taken advantage of an opportunity in Kelowna. This put him closer to his hometown and to his family. He turned his focus to the promotion of multiculturalism and the benefits of inter-racial and inter-cultural interaction. He reasoned that promoting and appreciating differences among people in a variegated mosaic would allow the fullest human expression in an individual; instead of discarding them in a homogenized mass. This would create a better society and hopefully world peace.
“The unity of Canada question will not be solved by the Constitution. It will be solved by encouraging people to understand and love one another, and to see each other as Canadians who subscribe to a unique ideology that brings them together as family.”
This single statement says more about the personal philosophy of Henry “Butch” Smitheram than any other. This Order of Canada member spent his life serving the realm of multiculturalism.
Butch took early retirement in 1978 and began working as a voluntary mediator in many BC communities where there was an escalation of racial and sectarian tension. His involvement brought calm and reason where violence was threatened.
He continued with Native economic development in the formation of the Native Construction and Development Corporation, a wholly Native owned company building pipeline projects.
Butch had always been an avid environmentalist and worked as a lobbyist with the Sierra Club in a key role in opposing Uranium Mining and Exploration in the Okanagan.
At the time of his death in 1982, He sat as President of these groups: BC Affiliation of Multicultural Societies, BC Association of Indian Friendship Centres, Interior Indian Friendship Centre,
He was Vice-president of Native Economic Development Corporation and the Northern Native Construction and Development Corporation.
He sat on the boards of the BC Council for the Family, the NDP Constituency Association and the Sierra Club.
Butch Smitheram induced lasting political awareness among BC’s Métis and non-status Indians. He played the major part in founding the Native Council of Canada,
Butch died March 14, 1982 at age 64.
Source: Archivos Magazine, editor Brian Wilson – Okanagan Archive Trust Society
Charles and Margaret Hayes operated a small but classy business in little OK Falls. (1982-1996)
The South Okanagan Review. I really wish it was still published.
The one statement of Charles Hayes, I remember, “News is News but make it a bit spicy and you will attract more readers.”
This a new logo for an elderly organization in Penticton that says it works in 13 communities of the Okanagan Similkameen. The logo is really hip and says nothing.
“For over 50 years, Penticton & District Community Resources Society has been responding to everyday needs and larger social issues. We excel at bringing people and groups together to facilitate solutions, providing necessary resources and delivering programs that support people to live with greater dignity and ease.
For the people we serve, we can be the different between living with hope and falling through the cracks.
We are taking steps to be ready to meet community challenges for the next 50 years by continuing to grow in depth, breath and diversity. Our new brand better expresses who we are, what we do and where we’re going in the future.
We’re proud to reintroduce ourselves as OneSky Community Resources, and reaffirm our commitment to serve the communities of the South Okanagan/Silmilkameen for the next half century!
Lesley Dyck, Board Chair
Tanya Behardien, Executive Director”
One set of tires ??
I googled the name One Sky – could not find the new and current logo of PDCRS but found dozens of other companies and orgs using this ” clear as a bell ” logo.
I remember years ago working for Beaver Lodge – everyone knew the name. The org hired a new guy and board of directors went through a re-org to find a new hip name like – SOai4CL (South Okanagan Association 4 Integrated Community Living)
If it had been SOCIAL – I could have lived with it. I suggested Bridges – a one word description of what we did – building bridges in the community for clients.
A copy of the “draft” Rural Education Report authored by MLA Linda Larson
The NDP quietly released the report in the last few days with no fanfare.
Press the link above and read away
The report found that “stable and predictable funding is critical for education” and that funding based on enrolment does not reflect the higher costs of delivering programs and services in low enrolment and remote communities.
The report recommends a comprehensive review of the K to 12 funding allocation system “to better reflect the operational and education realities of operating schools in rural and remote communities.”
It also recommends the province assist boards of education to keep schools open “where it makes education sense to do so,” and where communities may be adversely impacted.
Source: with files from Global Okanagan
It was snowing heavily. The driver was very insecure because the visibility was so low. Remembering the following advice: ‘If you spot a snow plow during a heavy
snowfall when you’re driving in an unfamiliar place, just get behind it and follow’, the driver was relieved to spot one and moved into place behind the plow. After about 10 minutes the plow stopped and came to the car.
“Is something the matter? Are you alright?” asked the snow plow operator.
“Yes, I’m OK. Is there a problem?”
“No, but you need to know that I’ve finished the Walmart parking lot and am now going down the street to do the Safeway lot.”
Not every bit of advice you get will apply.
8pm Saturday – east of Bryson Corner
Car in ditch – appeared to have rolled. No driver. 1 ambulance, 2 police cars, two OFD supervisors and two trucks dispatched but recalled.
Below earlier this week
9:44 pm Tuesday – Smoke in apartment on 400 block Hillcrest Avenue – home vented by OFD and
4:59 pm Thursday – Dryer at Canyon Desert golf course overheated triggering an alarm
Village of Keremeos
Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrade
Village of Keremeos
Update to Asset Management Condition Rating Systems for Sanitary and Road Service Networks
City of Penticton
Building Facilities Information (GIS) Database
City of Penticton
Memorial Arena Renewal
District of Summerland
Integrated Solar Project – Engineering, Procurement and Construction
District of Summerland
Water and Road Infrastructure Integrated AM Plans
Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB)
Improving Accuracy of Hydrology Models for Long-term Planning in the Okanagan
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS)
Solids Processing at Okanagan Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Building Asset Management Capacity Building
Any funding request for Princeton, Oliver and Osoyoos not granted.
MP Dick Cannings:
“I called Parks Canada today to try to get an update on what’s exactly going on, and I left a message,,,,, they didn’t call back”
“I think the federal government is open to different kinds of national park, whether it’ll be more of an Indigenous Park or more of a park that celebrates the Ranching Community type of thing.”
“So it won’t be a park like Banff or Jasper.”
source Black Press Digital
Another day in court for Brian Louie, 39, who has been charged this year with a number of serious offences but wants to get out of jail.
Louie, of Oliver is charged in two separate incidents : assaulting police officers and entering a home near his and assaulting the residents.
January 5th – two counts of assaulting a police offer (45396)
February 24th – counts of assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, and a break and enter (45640)
Louie appeared in court via video from the Okanagan Correctional Centre at Oliver. Louie stated he has some problems and say he is willing to take treatment in a facility designed for *Indigenous Offenders.
Louie’s lawyer Nelson Selamaj admitted to this reporter before the hearing that the alibi defense was going no where with the RCMP not taking the statement of one witness who said she was with Louie at the time of the home invasion.
In the courtroom today Selamaj, attempted to persuade Provincial court Judge Greg Koturbash that his client should be released on strict conditions and a surety to be posted by the family. Selamaj submitted “text messages” from a number of people saying Louie was with them the day of the home invasion incident.
Judge Koturbash said no to releasing Louie from custody – based on the family’s contention that the accused has mental health issues and a possible drug problem. The judge referred to Louie’s history of violent criminal offences and a lack of compliance with court orders.
Next court date is March 14th – a remand.
March 28th – Louie and his co-accused, Dean Curtis Gallagher, 26, are scheduled to make an appearance together in provincial court in Penticton. Gallagher was quoted in court as saying “We don’t hang together” – but the Judge discounted any admission made by a co-accused.
*Round Lake Treatment Centre
A dental plate is what holds a set of false teeth. So we can have a lower plate and/or an upper plate. A face plate is a covering installed over the front of a machine. It is usually adorned with symbols and instructions on how to use the machine. It often has dials and knobs to show what is happening and to allow adjustments. To plate something is to cover it with a thin layer of durable material, as in chrome plating
Home plate is the location that must be crossed/touched in order to complete a run in baseball. A sill plate is the bigger piece of wood at the bottom/top of a window hole in the wall, before putting the actual window in there. Plating something could be putting it on a plate as in liver and onions or it can be covering something less precious (base metal) with something more precious (gold) to make it appear more valuable
Tectonic plates are large sections of the crust of the earth and are a part of what is called the lithosphere. The center of the earth is molten and hot. As we get further away it gets cooler and eventually the crust forms, and that is solid. As the earth’s core continues to cool it shrinks a tiny bit and the crust, which is in about 7 or 8 extremely large plates, moves to reposition. That is tectonic plate movement
A printing plate is a master engraving of something that is to be copied many times, like a newspaper, a postage stamp or a limited number of copies of a work of art (a lithography). Once we have the image engraved we can roll on some ink and then roll a piece of paper over that in order to get a copy of the image. The engraving must be the reverse of the image we want. All copies are identical
A base plate is a rigid foundation to build upon. A base plate could also be that which is designated as first or second or third base. A switch plate is a plastic cover for the electrical wiring associated with a light switch. A piece of metal plate can be engraved and used to print counterfeit money. A plate that is plated with silver or gold and engraved can be a trophy given to the winner of a competition, like the Queen’s Plate
This appears to be a post card – original black and white available with more detail at Okanagan Archive Trust Society