City of Penticton loses court battle with Tourism Association



Global News (Okanagan)

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has dismissed the City’s petition against the Penticton Hospitality Association for mishandling marketing money.

Global News has read the judge’s decision and confirmed it with Tim Hodgkinson, a spokesman for the Association. (T.J. Hodgkinson -Operations/ Director)

Penticton Mayor Garry Litke was caught off guard by the news. “I will have to go back to my office and take a look at it,” says Litke, saying he won’t be providing comment until seeing the documents. “But I am glad this is finally over, no matter what the decision was,” he said.

Since May, the City has spent $41,769.75 in legal fees.

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Local graduate – making moves at “Rainmaker Entertainment”

tara22Vancouver-based animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment has promoted its Director of Talent Development, Tara Kemes, to the newly created position of Vice President Culture and Talent.

Kemes, who first joined Rainmaker in 2009, will spearhead the company’s recruiting efforts while also continuing to develop the unique culture that distinguishes Rainmaker from other animation production studios as it continues to expand its creative and technical teams. Kemes reports to Rainmaker Entertainment SVP, Production and Operations, Kim Dent Wilder, who announced Kemes’ promotion today.

“The community of Rainmaker’s artists and technologists comprise a unique, inspiring environment that challenges people to aim higher and think differently about the creative process,” explained Dent Wilder. “Tara’s innate ability to connect with people, her exceptional vision in marrying personalities to projects and her thorough understanding of what is required to execute the studio’s production commitments makes her an invaluable member of Rainmaker’s leadership team. Tara has demonstrated a true passion for nurturing talent and, as Rainmaker continues to expand, we believe she’ll be a tremendous asset in both growing our team and preserving the culture that defines our company.”

First up on Kemes to-do list is leading Rainmaker’s recruitment efforts at the upcoming SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition, held in Vancouver August 10 through 14. Staffing up for its recently announced production of Bob the Builder television series for HIT Entertainment, Rainmaker will have a strong presence within the event’s Job Fair which typically attracts thousands of computer graphics and interactive technology professionals and others from art, animation, music and gaming to research, science and education.

“Vancouver offers a wealth of opportunities for creative talent and the SIGGRAPH Job Fair definitely helps us get out in front of thousands of potential team members,” added Kemes. “The challenge for us is in identifying the people who have the talent, vision and desire to make an impact on this industry and who also share Rainmaker’s desire for a sense of comradery and community among our team members. We’ve hired about 100 people since the beginning of the year and with our current production commitments will likely hire another 80 or more artists and technologists before the end of the year. And while that expansion is welcomed, it’s also extremely important to all of us at Rainmaker that we maintain the independent studio spirit that makes Rainmaker such a supportive creative environment.”

Rainmaker Entertainment currently has two films in production: its 27th Barbie DVD movie for Mattel, and a feature film based on the popular Sony PlayStation game Ratchet and Clank. The Company’s television division, Mainframe Entertainment, is in pre-production on Bob the Builder for HIT Entertainment, while developing a new version of its iconic television series ReBoot.

Passionate about nurturing talent and encouraging people to follow their dreams, Kemes has served as Rainmaker’s frontline ambassador since joining the company in 2009 as its Manager of Talent Development. Promoted to Director of Talent Development in 2010, Kemes expanded Rainmaker’s employee roster for its production of the animated feature film Escape from Planet Earth through recruitment efforts that included one-on-one relationship building, industry job fairs and visits to school campuses.

Prior to 2009, Kemes worked as recruitment manager in the video game industry for Canada’s Relic Entertainment and Nexon, among others. From 2001 through 2005, she worked with Mainframe Entertainment, the previous incarnation of Rainmaker, first as a facility production assistant and then as a member of the television animation company’s human resources department.

A graduate of the University of British Columbia with a BA in Asian Studies and Japanese, Kemes moonlights as an instructor at the Vancouver Film School.

Source: Rainmaker Entertainment

Tara is the daughter of Jim and Donna Kemes. Tara graduated SOSS in 1991.

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Governments orders removal of smart meters

The Saskatchewan government has ordered its power utility SaskPower to remove 105,000 so-called smart meters installed at homes and businesses across the province, following concerns about eight unexplained fires associated with the units.

The minister responsible for the provincial Crown corporation, Bill Boyd, announced the move Wednesday.

“The concerns about safety are paramount here,” Boyd told reporters in Regina. “The concerns are significant enough that we believe that any time that families are at risk here in Saskatchewan, actions have to be taken. That’s why we’ve directed SaskPower accordingly.”

Questions about the meters surfaced in July when SaskPower announced it was investigating a handful of cases where newly installed meters malfunctioned. In all cases, the failures only affected the outside of a home and no one was hurt.

SaskPower had put its meter replacement program on hold while it investigated the fires.

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Bill Boyd, the minister responsible for SaskPower, said safety was his primary concern in ordering the removal of previously installed meters. (Ryan Pilon/CBC)

According to officials, it will take about six to nine months to swap out the meters already installed. That is expected to cost about $90 per customer — $45 for a different meter and $45 for the work. That works out to around $9.5 million for the entire province. SaskPower also has a cache of more than 100,000 new devices in storage that will not be used.

It was not immediately clear who would pay for the costs associated with the swap.

The minister said SaskPower will also conduct an internal review to examine how the company came to select Sensus meters for its system-wide replacement program.

The smart meters, which are manufactured by Sensus Corporation, allow SaskPower to bill customers for the power they use each month rather than relying on estimates between meter readings. The utility introduced the replacement program in October 2013.

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SaskPower had been planning on replacing about 500,000 meters with new smart meters. That program has been halted and the utility has been told to remove about 105,000 devices already installed. (CBC)

The government’s move applies to customers of SaskPower throughout the province, but does not apply to parts of Saskatoon that receive service from that city’s power and light utility. According to Saskatoon officials, their meter replacement program, which uses a different supplier, has not had any problems.

SaskPower had been planning to replace a total of 500,000 meters.

Among the features of the new meters was an ability to transmit power usage data through a radio frequency, making it unnecessary for a meter reader to enter a home. That feature had not been implemented for the new meters already installed, but was part of the overall plan for the new technology.

The meters were supplied by Sensus Corporation, a multinational company servicing the utility industry with headquarters in the U.S. and operations around the world

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Building boom keeping staff busy at RDOS

June 2014 has been one of the highest construction activity months in recent history in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

Construction values for June exceeded 6.7 million up from 3.6 million in June 2013. Over the past 7 months, the Regional District has issued 199 building permits. Of those 199 permits, 32 permits were for single family dwellings. The majority of the permits issued have been for additions, repairs or plumbing. 10 permits have been issued for new commercial, industrial or institutional development.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen provides a monthly summary of building permit activity as part of its commitment to its clients and improving the stakeholder experience. Monthly reports are available online at under Building Inspection statistics.

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IHA Business plan not approved yet says Premier Clark

A new patient care tower will be built at Penticton Regional Hospital following the approval by the provincial government of a business plan submitted by Interior Health.

“As Penticton continues to grow, so does the demand on services Penticton families rely on, including the hospital. We committed to moving forward with a new patient care tower, and today we’re moving forward,” said Premier Christy Clark. “This is a crucial step in the right direction.”

Talking with Nurses at PRH renal ward Wednesday morning

Talking with Nurses at PRH

Phase one will include the construction of a new patient care tower. The tower will have a new walk-in care centre, surgical services centre, 84 medical/surgical inpatient beds in single patient rooms, a new medical device reprocessing unit, and space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine Program.

Phase two will involve the renovation of vacated areas in the current hospital to allow the expansion of the emergency department into a space almost four times the size of the current department, as well as renovations to existing support areas of pharmacy, laundry and materiel (supplies and equipment) stores. The construction of the new tower and renovations to the existing building will take about three and a half years.

The Penticton Regional Hospital Patient Care Tower will include approximately 26,700 square metres (287,500 square feet) of new health care facilities. This project will significantly improve access to services, and improve patient care through the consolidation of programs currently distributed throughout the hospital.

“This new tower will form the cornerstone of the expansion of patient care services in the South Okanagan-Similkameen, and will support the province in meeting demand projections and setting the stage for excellence in affordable, public health care service delivery,” said Health Minister Terry Lake.

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will now be prepared seeking qualified companies to design, build, finance and maintain the new tower. The RFQ is expected to be released later this summer. Following evaluation of responses to the RFQ, up to three companies will be shortlisted and invited to submit responses to a Request for Proposals. A successful proponent will be selected from that process. The entire procurement process will take approximately 18 months to complete.

“This project is first and foremost about building patient care in the South Okanagan-Similkameen,” said Dan Ashton, Penticton MLA. “This project has been my top priority and I am pleased that it will be designed from a patient-focused perspective, with extensive input from clinical staff.”

The Penticton Regional Hospital Project will be constructed in two phases.
“Healthy and green buildings will enhance patient care by providing better health outcomes, a better environment for staff and patients, and maximization of energy efficiency,” said Norman Embree, Interior Health board chair.

The total budget for the project is $325 million. It will be funded jointly by the provincial government, with $122 million provided by the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Hospital District and $20 million provided by the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. It is expected to create more than 1910 jobs for workers over the life of the project.

“This is tremendous news for everyone living in the South Okanagan and Similkameen,” said RHD Chair Janice Perrino. “As partners with the Provincial Government and the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation in this vital project, we look forward to working with the communities to make the hospital expansion a reality. The day will come when we can all celebrate as a region the opening of our patient care tower which will provide excellent health-care for decades to come.”

The patient care tower will be efficiently-designed and user-friendly. It will support staff and physician recruitment by offering the opportunity for medical professionals to work in a newly-designed clinical environment that will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold-certified.

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Three Oliver men make first court appearance on kidnap charge

Gursewak Dhaliwal born in 1968
Malkit Mann born 1970
Amarjit Dhaliwal  born 1981

Each charged with four criminal code offences including;

CCC 279 1 a -kidnapping and

CCC 267 a -assault with a weapon

A fourth man was charged but was not scheduled for a court appearance today.

Previous RCMP report

Last Wednesday (July 2 2014) in the wee hours of the morning Oliver RCMP were dispatched to the South Okanagan General Hospital in response to a report of an assault with a weapon and attempted abduction of a 31 year old Oliver resident.

An investigation by officers resulted in the arrest of 4 adult males. The offence appears to be targeted and risk to the public should be considered as low.

All four males have been released on restrictive conditions and are due to appear at the Penticton Law Courts on Wednesday July 30th to answer to charges of:

Kidnapping, Assault with a weapon, Assault and Mischief Under $5,000

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Public help is needed – $5000

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PAC at Oliver Elementary is funding a replacement playground set up to replace what was taken down today.

The new unit costs almost $30,000. The group got quite a discount 40% and raise other funds for two years – including a movie night, a magic show and several cookie dough sales.

The PAC led by President Cory-Lee Mills (pictured at right) and Michelle Weisheit are looking for individuals and groups that might want to help with funding the last installment.

If you can help phone

Michelle – 250.486.4673
Cory – 250.498.0157

The Parents Advisory Committee says “We have approached all businesses in town, have organized numerous fund raisers and are planning more as soon as classes resume in September.”

This is the only playground on the west side of the highway in Oliver and will be a great addition to the community.

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Wait – they could change their minds again

Chief Jonathan Kruger said Tuesday afternoon that Boonstock promoter Colin Kobza has met with the band council and confirmed that a $200,000 bond covering extra policing costs for this weekend’s event has been paid by the festival.

Kruger said that answered council’s main concern.

“That’s the major concern of the band – the safety of the community,” he said.

The band council has therefore reinstated its previous support for Boonstock.

Despite the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch’s refusal to grant a liquor licence for the festival, Boonstock promoters say the event is still going ahead, starting Thursday night on a site on the Penticton Indian Reserve.


“The Penticton Indian Band Council (“the Band”) held a special meeting today and has officially withdrawn their support and does not consent or condone the Boonstock event planned for July 31 to August 3, 2014 as a result of Boonstock not meeting the requirements of the Band.

Boonstock was informed by the Band to pursue a properly registered event in order to have their event held on Penticton Indian Reserve lands. This was to ensure that all the proper regulations were adhered to.

Councillor Kevin Gabriel, the Portfolio holder for Emergency and Safety Services, has said that the “health, safety and security of our community members must come first”. Without the deposit for the costs of the additional policing, we cannot place our community at risk. Nor should the Band be liable for the additional cost to police our community as a consequence of this “special event”.

Although the Penticton Indian Band supports business endeavours pursued by members of the community on their lands, so long as safety, security and health of the community are respected. The Penticton Indian Band has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the community members as well as to maintain the integrity of Penticton Indian Reserve lands.”


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Hopkin not to run again in Penticton

City Council 2012This message is to inform you that I will not be seeking re-election in the fall, and will instead be attending law school at the University of Toronto. As my program begins before my term is completed I will be resigning my position on Council effective August 8th. I will provide a more formal, though short, statement after my last Council meeting on August 5th. If you have any questions or wish to set up an interview please feel free to contact me. It has been a pleasure working with you all. Most of the time anyway…


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Grind pile in Oliver – Less fruit?


Thank you to the community for taking an interest in our operations. Officially we are merely clearing a backlog of old bins that are beyond repair. They have no cash value and chipping is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly disposal method. We have an ongoing bin repair program and are also updating the inventory with new bins. In reference to apple tonnage in general, after some years of decline it has stabilized and we are expecting an increase this year after two years of record high prices.

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Boonstock to remain dry – no appeal allowed

From Ray Tetzel, A/Deputy General Manager, Compliance and Enforcement Division, Liquor Control and Licensing Branch

“The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch works hard to help each festival in B.C. – major or minor – have a successful liquor application while ensuring they still have the resources in place to protect the safety of festival goers. In the case of Boonstock, our concerns about a host of issues, including the lack of safety and security planning, is why we have made the decision to not approve their application. This decision is final and is not something we will review on appeal, particularly since there is such a limited time left before the festival is set to begin.

A major part of our concern in rejecting this application is for those people who plan on attending the festival. As of Friday, Boonstock organizers were unable to provide us with proof that they have signed agreements for site security, emergency health services (ambulances), waste management, potable water, tents or firefighting. The specifics of these concerns have been communicated to organizers as well.

With a reported 8,000 people having purchased tickets to the festival, this is much more than a liquor issue. That said, it is clear to us that approving Boonstock’s liquor application would only serve to raise concerns that the safety of festival goers could be threatened.

Our understanding is that other public safety agencies are also taking precautions to prepare for any potential security or safety issues during the three-day festival. RCMP are well-aware and supportive of our decision to reject the liquor application.

Our inspectors have had numerous meetings with Boonstock over the last number of months and have communicated our concerns on multiple occasions. We were hopeful that the advice we provided to organizers during these meetings would have encouraged them to take action earlier to satisfy these concerns, not only for the sake of receiving a liquor licence, but also in order to provide a safe experience for those who plan on attending. Unfortunately this has not happened and that is why we have rejected Boonstock’s liquor application.”

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Fewer apples? End of an era?

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Council report with Pat Hampson

Committee Meeting July 28th:

307 Park Rill Road: Mr. Walsh needs additional water for the 10 acres he is farming and wants the Town to consider providing irrigation from the existing irrigation system. Staff advised that since all the properties in that area are now on the Town’s twinned irrigation/potable water system thus freeing up irrigation water in that area. Based on available supply staff recommended he be allowed to connect.

The Water Councillors had concerns regarding previous applicants and a commitment made in the past that farms on the bench lands would receive first priority. They suggested that previous applicants should be contacted to see if would like to take advantage of the water now available.

Mr. Walsh confirmed that he has explored the option of drilling a well but the results were not satisfactory for his operation. The matter was put forward to the Regular Meeting.

6967 Meadows Drive: the owner has applied to rezone the property from Agricultural to Residential 2 which would maximize the possibility of selling the land for development of up to two single family homes. Apparently connecting to the sewer system could prove a stumbling block. This item was forwarded to Regular Council.

The Fairview/Gala Linear Park: Staff reported that they have received favorable comments on the proposed park presented at the July 14th meeting. The biggest concern is water run-off. According to staff, the project could get underway in the spring of 2015 subject to Council approval. The matter was referred to the Regular Meeting.

Transwest Helicopters: Transwest now employ 48 staff and are looking to Council for approval of their hangar addition. It was noted that once the hangar is built, that the machinery which has caused some concern to the residents on Airport Street will be gone once the structure is complete. Council noted that the Airport Committee supports the construction and will vote on this at the regular meeting.

Permissive Tax Exemptions: The Chief Financial Officer, David Svetlichny, advised Council that a recent application by the Portuguese Club for an exemption revealed that there are no specific criteria on file for classifying which organizations qualify for exemption. It appears that past decisions have been made relying on previous examples for guidance. Staff are requesting that Council give staff direction on what they consider as fair criteria so that all applications can be processed in a fair and equitable manner. A decision on the Portuguese Club application will be made at the regular meeting.

Promotional Video? Is a promotional video of Oliver worth the cost in relation to the value of advertising? New-comers who are looking to settle here need to know what a great place Oliver is. It appears a video would cost $1,000 per minute and that anything over 2 ½ minutes will likely results in loss of interest but creating a Town website link and possibly using ‘You Tube’ could get us great exposure. Council will discuss it during their annual Prioritization and Budgeting workshops.

Regular Council Meeting July 28th:

307 Park Rill Road: Based on earlier discussions in Committee, Council wants more information before making a decision on this application. Mr. Walsh stated earlier that he was not sure if he would plant again this year so Council decided that they wish staff to investigate who has applied in the past from the bench land area and take this into consideration before final approval. The thought was provided there is enough residual capacity in the irrigation system then it would be a financial benefit to approve those and Mr. Walsh’s applications. Staff will report back.

6967 Meadows Drive: Based on discussions at the afternoon committee meeting Council gave First and Second to the proposed Bylaw amendment which would see this property zoning changed from Agricultural to Residential 2. It was noted earlier that the property should have the same zoning as neighboring land and that Residential 2 enables an owner to build two homes on the existing lot. This decision is consistent with previous suggestions for this area made by the Agricultural Land Commission. The next step will be a Public Hearing.

7034 Tuc el Nuit Drive: 10 duplexes are proposed on this property situated between Tuc el Nuit Lake and Drive and adjacent to Pelican Place. Some long-time residents will remember this as the ‘Efford’ property. First and second readings have been given and a Public Hearing will be advertised for August 25th. The Staff report noted that the Province has advised that no archeological information is on record but in the event any evidence of archeological artifacts are discovered during any land alterations then the Heritage Conservation Act will apply and all work must stop. The province advised that the owners should be made aware of this possibility.

The owner of 627 Veterans Drive had a request to build a six foot fence turned down by Council based on line of sight concerns and visual impact.

The Fairview/Gala Linear Park was brought forward and approval given for staff to start design and tendering documents. Council reinforced the need to consider drainage so that adjacent properties are not compromised by water run-off.

The recent survey of Rockcliffe residents regarding traffic speed produced no conclusive results but 65% of the 71 respondents were not willing to pay for any speed control measures should the Town proceed. Council received and filed the survey.

Hike & Bike Trail South to Drop Structure 11: This will soon be part of the Town’s responsibility and work will start on paving and a ramp structure at DS 11 to give everyone access across the river. The province will have to approve the ramp design before that can be built.

The TELUS Application to erect power poles west of Leighton Crescent has been criticized by the Town. Residential land in Oliver is scarce and this is one of the few remaining pieces available for housing.

The August 11th Council meetings are cancelled; the next meeting will be August 25th.


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