Today I remind you of the most important and under paid job in the world. A job that has no specific hours, no days off, and no set job description. This job has no sick days, no overtime and a self imposed work contract that contains more sacrifices than any other job. In many cases the position is in addition to a full time position in the workforce. When you think about it the job is in some measure a permanent boot camp for life. What are the qualifications for such a position? Let me list a few.
Guidance councilor, cook, day planner, disciplinarian, comforter, judge, cook, cleaner and bottle washer, arbitrator, first aid attendant, nurse, teacher, spiritual guide, defender and protector, taxi driver, laundry specialist, homework helper, and the one who teaches right from wrong and provides the love of a hug in good times and bad no matter how old you are.
So who would take on such a work roll with all its challenges and demands? Who would put you first without hesitation and not give it a second thought?
Your Mother that’s who. Today is the day we set aside to honor her endeavors. Today is the closet thing to a day off she gets all year. For many their mother has departed on her celestial journey and we get to whisper a thank you in honor of her memory.
For those who have the good fortune to still have your mother in your life, do something special for her and don’t forget to tell her how much you appreciate what she does every day.
And to all those beautiful ladies in the world who take up the challenge Happy Mothers Day
Not Left and Not Right
Question: Am I more right or more left?
Conclusion: How Canadian, eh?
I suggested two weeks ago that we look at the characteristics of left and right then continue the discussion in the coming weeks and in light of the up-coming election. Last week I discussed the difference between constituency (the voters) and constituency (the masters). I said that the differences among the major parties in the developed world are not obvious – on purpose. I said that the successful party will have figured out where the voters are.
Where are we? In my opinion, most of the Canadian electorate is in the middle. If you want my vote – if you want our votes – you will have to slice and dice within a narrow range. The result could go either way and, often, it does. Sure, if you sit at the left of the spectrum then everything else looks like it’s on the right and if you sit at the right of the spectrum then everything else looks like it’s on the left. In Canada, these terms are relative and not absolute.
To truly understand, read what follows in conjunction with the left-right post of two weeks ago.
I look to the past to not repeat mistakes and look to the future to prepare myself. I am egalitarian in the sense that I believe all must be treated equally but that includes the recognition of merit – you don’t get selected or promoted for any other reason than you have earned it. Same for vendors, retailers, and service companies – you need to earn my repeat business. I believe that life is not fair if there is a different set of rules for different groups of people – one set of rules for all.
I am pro free trade. Fair trade generates too many regulations with too many unintended consequences. I support employers who take care of their workers.
I value personal freedom. While ethics are a guide, I encourage morality. It’s just one more way in which I believe government should get out of the lives of people who are not criminal. I believe that parents have a responsibility to parent their children and our educational institutions have a responsibility to educate. If both are done well, we will have fulfilled, self-reliant adults.
Within the context of a level playing field (equality), everyone has the opportunity to succeed or to fail (freedom). I support positive role models and those who help themselves.
My government will not tax and spend. My government will return balanced budgets. My government will be the best ally of friends and the worst enemy of foes. My government will be small and unobtrusive and helpful. My government will stay out of my shorts.
I support diplomacy until it fails and for that eventuality I believe that a strong military is mandatory – including a significantly increased and dispersed reserve like the militia that we once had. I support national service that is a combination of the Dutch and Swiss models.
To whom do we give our vote? Each of us has to find a party or a candidate for whom to vote. We are mostly ‘centrists’ and therefore so are the choices offered to us. How does this work in context?
It means that the differences among and between parties are subtle, hard to generalize, and unlikely to satisfy. It means that we can change from party to party from election to election. It means that we can vote in and vote out in a wholesale fashion.
I am committed to voting my conscience and I seek a worthy candidate. Appeal to me not just by what you say but – most importantly – by what you do. I’m still looking.
Sounds like the bladder blew in the dry sprinkler system charging it. People said they heard what sounded like an “explosion” but it was most likely the sound of water running through the lines. Fire panel also showed sprinkler system. We did a room by room check just to be sure
Ryan McCaskill Fire Chief Town of Osoyoos
Time: 12 midnight – ODN on the scene
Location: 7310 Main Street Osoyoos – Motel row east of Bridge
ODN attended after hearing a 2nd dispatch call to this location for the Osoyoos Fire Department
No fire spotted – but people evacuated from suites. Exact problem not determined.
Firefighters did a complete sweep and brought in thermal imaging to assist.
Alarm bells ringing – 1st dispatch 11:18 pm Friday 2nd dispatch once crews determined this was a four story building near Harbour Keys
The BBQ held to raise funds for Willowbrook mum of two, Emma Alcott, who is fighting Hodgkin Lymphoma.
The people of Oliver opened their hearts and their wallets and helped the Eastern Star raise over $600 to assist Emma with travel costs as she goes for treatment.
Many thanks to the people of Oliver for their generosity. Best wishes to the Alcott family during this difficult time.
Barbara and Rudy Kuschel – Joe and Lonny Smesovsky
Wood sculpture with a saw blade, food, yurts, people, entertainment, and yes even a lot of art in stores and outside in parking lots.
Sheryl Fossett – artist display at South Okanagan Physiotherapy on Fairview Rd
Gail Erickson – Oliver Spinners and Weavers
Ken Macrae – a happy man at 80
Thanks to the wood sculptor
Thanks to the four-some at Oliver Eats – Rudy’s Gang
Flexibility and Mobility
Most will say that flexibility and mobility are one and the same. They think that stretching enough means being mobile and ready to move. But flexibility and mobility are not the same thing. A person can be super flexible and hold some seemingly impossible poses and yet have a difficult time performing basic movements and day to day tasks.
Flexibility is the ability to stretch a muscle. Mobility is the ability to move a joint actively through a full range of motion. To stretch your shoulder, you likely are holding it in one position. To mobilize your shoulder, you are taking it through its full range of motion by moving it forward, backward, side to side and in circles. A healthy shoulder will perform these movements in full range. A lack of mobility for an example is when one isn’t able to lift their arms up in the air, which can lead to a higher risk of injury or larger movement issues later on.
* Flexibility is the ability of a muscle to stretch.
* Mobility is the ability of a joint to move.
In order to have good joint mobility, muscle flexibility is necessary. Your hamstrings have to stretch in order to touch your toes. A person can have great flexibility but still have poor mobility. Not being able to touch your toes isn’t because of poor flexibility. This goes back to my article on stability and mobility. When the stabilizing muscles aren’t doing a good job, the mover muscles try to stabilize, but since that is not their job, mobility is limited.
Again, hamstrings are a great example. Many complain of tight hamstrings (back of leg) and not being able to touch their toes. Often though it’s not because the hamstrings are inflexible, they are over active. The pelvis has to be aligned properly and if it is not, the stabilizing muscles may not be strong enough. The hamstrings are attached to the back of the pelvis, so when the back of the pelvis tilts up, it pulls on and stretches the hamstrings, which in turn end up pulling back. So you have an over active muscle that is also over stretched. When you try to touch your toes, the muscle cannot stretch any more.
That takes us back again to stability and mobility. You must train the stabilizing muscles and also perform exercises that take your joints through a full range of motion.
Try these exercises…
Bridge/Single Leg Bridge
Kneeling Thoracic Rotations/Deep Lunge Rotations
Assisted Split Squat/Unassisted
Quadruped Alternate Lifts
Practice makes Permanent
Consistency is Key
My whole life I had had a problem getting up in the morning, actually the problem isn’t actually getting up but waking up. Once awake I get up right away, I know if I linger for two minutes then I will fall asleep again, so I get up. I must admit that now I have no job to go to or children to get off to school, I will lie in bed longer on those winter mornings when the room is dull, that means no sun and no sun means I roll over for another doze.
As I age I usually wake up for an urgent trip to the bathroom or because I am have aching parts that do not let me sleep. Younger days were not so luxurious so dozing was not an option.
Early mornings are not my best time. Once roused I get up and get on with whatever needs doing, this does not mean I approach the morning with a song, quite the opposite, I need to be quiet for a half hour, usually with a cup of tea, I do not want to listen to chatter or music or anything else, just leave me alone to come round at my own pace.
I have always had to rely on someone to wake me as I can sleep through any alarm clock. For a couple of years, in my teens, I lived with an aunt and her family. They owned their own business and did not have to get up early, however my job required an early start and I had to be up and out of the house by seven.
Every morning I slept until the alarm clock ran itself down, no electric clock then so the winding mechanism only sounded an alarm for about thirty seconds. My uncle fixed me up a rather weird system, he attached a metal bar to a zinc bucket, rested the bar on the clock winder so that when it rang, the bar dropped onto the bucket and the whole thing vibrated, making a really loud alarm. However, each morning my uncle had to cone in and wake me. Everyone else in the house was awake except me. I slept right through the awful din.
I used to get so stressed out about sleeping late that I would wake in the middle of the night and get ready for work, several times my uncle and aunt had not gone to bed yet and there I stood, ready for work at midnight. Of course, the morning found me sleeping like a baby and late for work again!
In the north of England, long before I was born there were no alarm clocks and many people had to be awake around five am to start work. They solved the problem by being knocked up. There would be one man in each district whose job was going from house to house with a long pole, and knocking on bedroom windows until the householder responded. This man got paid a few pennies from every customer for this service, it worked well as everyone got to work on time and he went home to sleep. Long after alarm clocks came along the term of getting knocked up, simply meant someone giving you a shake to waken you. Coming to North America and telling the locals that Lancashire people used to pay to be knocked up, caused much amusement.
My husband Dave has never had a problem with awaking early. Once we were married I learned that he was one of those hateful people who wake up happy. He couldn’t understand why his bride was groggy and unresponsive in the morning. He wanted to chat and be cheerful, I sat hunched over my tea and wanted to be left alone. However, he makes up on any lost sleep by napping constantly.
When he used to take the bus to work he would frequently fall asleep and go past his stop, he can nap in the noisiest room and even has a nano-nap at traffic lights, when he is driving. It is disconcerting to say the least but, when he wakes he is bright and cheerful and ready to go. When we were courting we went most weekends to a club with another couple. Variety clubs had two or three acts, then a stripper and the headliner for the night would do his or her act, this would be followed by dancing. Dave used to fall asleep and I didn’t wake him until the stripper had finished her act! In those days strippers were very modest and never took it all off but, even so, I was quite happy to let him sleep through her performance so the only body he had to concentrate on was mine.
Philadelphia’s philanthropist, John Wanamaker, wrote this about his mother when he was 80 years old.
“My first love was my mother, and my first home was upon her breast. My first bed was her bosom. Leaning my little arms upon her knees, I learned my first prayers. A bright lamp she lighted in my soul, that never dies down nor goes out, though the winds and waves of fourscore years haves swept over me. Sitting in my mother’s own armchair which she loved – because her first born son gave it to her forty years ago – I am writing this in the evening twilight. With the darkness falling, I seem to lose myself in the flood of sweet memories, and to feel that the arms of the chair have loosed themselves to become my very own mother’s arms around me again, drawing me to her bosom, the happiest place on earth, just as she used to do in the days and nights long gone by. I feel that touch of her little hand on my brow, and in memory I hear her voice as she smooths my hair and calls me her boy, her very own boy!”
That is a great tribute!
Loving Memories of
August 25, 1927 – May 7, 2019
On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Mrs. Alwine Hooge (nee Knippelberg) was taken home to be with her Lord and Savior. Alwine passed away peacefully in her sleep at McKinney Place at the age of 91.
Alwine was predeceased by her loving husband, Peter. They had been married for 68 years; grandson Jimmy Siemens; son-in-law Art Kriesel; three brothers, Adam, Rudy, and Adolf as well as two sisters, Karoline Klein and Mary Pohl.
Alwine was born in Alt-Oneschti, Bessarabia, moved to Canada in 1949, met Peter in Vancouver where they were married in 1950 and moved to Oliver in 1981. They had three children, son Rudy Hooge; daughter Linda Nunweiler (Ken), grandson Mike Kriesel (Nicole), granddaughter Jen Ferguson (Don); daughter Rita Siemens (Henry), grandson Tony (Stephanie); seven great-grandchildren, Devon (Juliette) Siemens and Logan Siemens, Jessa, Jake, Blake and Maya Kriesel and Ewan Ferguson.
Alwine worked at various jobs from the packinghouse in Oliver to Janitorial in Vancouver. She did volunteer work at the church with the Altar Guild, Quilting, Soup and Bunwich, baking for after church coffee time, church cleaning, was very dedicated to the Ladies Group and was very willing to do whatever there was a need for at the church.
As a couple they did a few cruises, a couple of trips to Australia and quite a few to Germany.
Alwine LOVED to cook, bake and entertain. She really enjoyed her flower garden and having a vegetable garden. Camping and fishing were great fun for her. She also crocheted, knitted and loved playing cards especially Skip-Bo. Alwine truly loved kids and totally loved her grandchildren.
A graveside urn interment will be held for family at 10:00 a.m. Saturday June 1 at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery. There will be a church service at the St. Paul Lutheran church at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception in the church hall.
Big hugs and kisses to the caring staff at McKinney Place who took care of Alwine when the family could not. You may miss this feisty lady! Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Services, you are always so helpful, wonderful and caring and so good to our family. Thank you! Lots of hugs!
In lieu of flower arrangements, donations would be gratefully accepted for the fight against Alzheimers or the St. Paul Lutheran Church – flower fund, as mom loved to set up the flower arrangements in the church for the Sunday services with flowers from her garden.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Okanagan philanthropist David E. Kampe has passed away. “He was surrounded by his loved ones and had a peaceful passing. His legacy of generosity and kindness has impacted many in profound ways,” says a statement from his family.
Kampe donated $6 million to PRH expansion and the new hospital tower bears his name.
Note the hat.
Only one person in photo you might know
Can you establish point of picture taken as in where taken – check background.
Now we move on to “who” is the cool dude with the hat? Think he is 27 and finished university and hangin’ with some travelling minstrels.
My 1947 Pontiac, me, Frank Davey, Bob Hogg, Red Lane, Harry the Hummer, Frank’s TR6.
Items for consideration Monday for Council in the Town of Oliver.
1. Oliver and District Heritage Society seeking approval to erect a new sign at the Museum. The cost of about $5000 but no charge to the Town. The sign would be 8 feet by 2 feet in size and constructed of sand blasted cedar.
2. Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue seeking support for a grant to erect a new building to store equipment. The group is seeking provincial grant monies. OOSR also seeking more land adjacent to the present location. Town staff are not recommending an expansion of land of 20 more metres in length.
The building would contain three drive through bays and be 48 by 60 feet in size.
3. Oliver Fire Department seeking permission to acquire a used “command vehicle” to be used by the Fire Chief. The fire chief attends most fires and accidents – about 180 incidents a year on average. Seeking permission to spend $25000 on a used SUV like the one pictured for a command truck and one that can be used to block and direct traffic at the scene of an incident.
To vent is to release with lots of energy. Like probably yelling and flailing about and maybe even throwing things. So this is how people vent. Machinery systems may need to vent also. If a steam locomotive does not have a way to release extra steam it could blow up. So venting and blowing off steam are siblings. They are both used and needed for safety. So next time you vent I will not be angry with you
A vent can be a passage that allows pressure equalization between two spaces. A governor is a device that uses a vent, among other things, to equalize pressure in a piece of equipment, like for instance in a distillery kettle. Another device that uses a vent is our everyday clothes dryer. Imagine the mess if we didn’t have it. So a vent facilitates an equilibrium between two containers. Oh
We can have a vent in a suit jacket. Imagine wearing such a jacket and pulling your elbows out in front of you. That stretches the back material. If the tailor/seamstress adds extra material in the center of the back that is normally folded flat, the fold will open, relieving the pressure on the cloth, and we have a vent. Tah dahhh This idea first arose as men started wearing nicer jackets when they rode a horse
I wonder if the word prevent started as a warning that something or someone was about to vent? That would make the action of venting an act of release before catastrophe – a good thing. Hmmm? When we breathe we inhale, fill up and then when the lungs are close to full, we exhale, we vent. Natural. The whale and dolphin have a vent on top of their heads so they can vent as they breath while swimming along
When a volcano erupts it is venting lava from deep within the earth. In Hawaii that process is building new islands, a bunch of them, as the new lava is vented over time. There are over 35 new islands seen to be birthing through this venting process. Every house has a bathroom and a kitchen vent to exhaust stale or toxic air to the outside. So, exhale with vigor, vent a bit while you can do so with a smile
“I was a bit nervous. The gathering was a friendly crowd. I enjoyed it.”
Daughter of Frank Venables, Yvonne Moore that walked down the highway as a young student to Road 18 to get to school in the forties at Testalinda.
Introduced by past President of the Oliver and District Heritage Society, Sue Morhun at it’s annual meeting held Wednesday at the Quail’s Next Arts Centre.
Photo – Tara Hovanes
SIMILKAMEEN CHAPTER of ORDER of the EASTERN STAR
will be holding a BBQ AND PLANT SALE
at Buy Low Foods on Saturday, May 11th, 10: 30 am until 1: 00 pm
ALL PROCEEDS TO BE DONATED TO EMMA ALCOTT
Please drop by for lunch and help us support this young mother of two in her fight to beat
BURGERS, HOT DOGS, FRIED ONIONS AND ALL THE FIXINGS, BY DONATION.
PLUS SALE OF PLANTS and SEEDLINGS
Pictured Marion Trimble on Station Street Thursday
The wine barrel silent auction features work by such artists as Marion Trimble, Painted Chair artists Rachel Allenbrand and Robert Lacasse, Lorraine Gibson, Tiffany Beckedorf, CreateAbility artists, Ava Grice, and Little Wonders Daycare.
The decorated barrels have been a hot commodity each year. These one-of-a-kind barrels make attractive show pieces for gardens, patios, businesses, and homes. Bids start at $150 and are accepted in person at the art walk, and has already opened online.
Bidding ends at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday May 11.
Martin Louis Gertsmar
December 12, 1938 – April 28, 2019
On Sunday, April 29, 2019, Mr. Martin Louis Gerstmar of Oliver passed away suddenly at his home at the age of 80 years.
He was predeceased by his father Martin Gerstmar Sr and his mother Mary Gerstmar.
Martin will be fondly remembered by his loving family including wife Elsie Gerstmar of 59 years; sons Charles Gerstmar (Debbie) and Richard Gerstmar (Robin); granddaughters Krista Gerstmar and Breana Gerstmar; brother Ronald Gerstmar and nephews Jason and Kevin Gerstmar.
Martin worked in forestry, ranching and was an orchardist.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horses – reining and travelled extensively.
Over the years, Martin volunteered his time with Oliver Minor Hockey and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
A celebration of life will be held July long weekend at the Gerstmar family home.
Donations are gratefully accepted for South Okanagan Minor Hockey, Po Box 122, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
White to be honoured with the ‘Outstanding in Nature’ award May 17th for her contributions in the environmental movement.
White is the Executive Director of the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program.
SOSCP is comprised of 50 partnerships between organizations working together to conserve the region’s environment and biodiversity.
“The partners work on land, wildlife, ecosystem conservation – all of the things that provide us with clean air and water,” said White. “Everything our communities rely on.”
And White’s passion has led to collaborating with local government to create the SO Conservation Fund.
Annually – $450,000 is raised by a tax levy for the fund, which then helps organizations in the region to do conservation work. The Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen gathers and administers the funds.
- low level snow has melted early
- high level snow has not
- snowpack levels generally about 70 percent of normal
- water from Okanagan Lake not being released at same rate as prior years to maintain storage
Annual snow accumulation in British Columbia usually reaches maximum levels in mid-April, therefore the May 1st survey usually provides a good snapshot of any late-season accumulation, or delays in the onset of freshet.
This year, the May 1st surveys are indicating a slight delay in the melt at upper elevation locations, unseasonably early melt for low-to-mid elevation areas, and generally below normal snow pack across most of the province.
At this stage in the season there is no elevated flood risk present in the current snowpack across the province. Close to normal seasonal flood risk is expected in the Peace, Liard, Upper Fraser and North Thompson regions. Elsewhere, snowpacks pose below-normal risk for snowmelt driven flooding.
Source: BC River Forecast Centre
Oliver Elementary Music Department
School production, ‘Broadway Beat’
7:00 p.m. at Venables Theatre
There are 50 OES children performing 11 Broadway selections using voice, and dance.
Art runs rampant during the Wine Capital Art Walk on Saturday May 11, on what is becoming Oliver’s funkiest little street. From a beatnik bistro at the Oliver Legion at the north end of Station Street, to a hip artisan market at Oliver Eats near the south end, Oliver’s arts community will be “busting out all over”.
The Wine Capital Art Walk big event is a street festival on the afternoon of Saturday May 11 from 1- 4 pm. However, the area around the Oliver Library gets a head start on the art, 10 am – 4 pm from Tuesday May 7 – Friday May 10. Visitors can view wine barrel artists at work all week long, and place their earlybird bids at the silent auction, just north of the library.
The wine barrel silent auction features work by such artists as Marion Trimble, Painted Chair artists Rachel Allenbrand and Robert Lacasse, Lorraine Gibson, Tiffany Beckedorf, CreateAbility artists, Ava Grice, and Little Wonders Daycare. The decorated barrels have been a hot commodity each year. These one-of-a-kind barrels make attractive show pieces for gardens, patios, businesses, and homes. Bids start at $150 and are accepted in person at the art walk, and has already opened online. Bidding ends at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday May 11. The wine barrel auction revs up with competitive bidding that afternoon. A capped bid of $800 can buy a barrel outright at any time. Winners will need to prepare to drive (or roll) away with their wine barrel on the Saturday.
Saturday’s festival features more than a dozen artists displaying their artwork in many media — photography, jewelry, wood carving, fibre arts, 3-D, acrylics and oils. Follow the chalk footprints into Maker Place, Oliver Library, Beyond Bliss, Oliver Laundromat, S.O Physiotherapy Centre, and Oliver Eats. A chainsaw sculpting demonstration takes place next to the Oliver Food Bank, which will open to receive food donations. Chat with some fascinating artisans, and do a little shopping. Pick up a “Passport to Art” at participating locations, have artists initial it, and enter the completed passport into the draw for a wine-and-theatre gift basket or a children’s art bag.
Children join in on the creativity at the Kids’ Art station beside Maker Place: cork crafts transform the humble bottle stopper into brooches, tie pins, key rings, and other make-and-take projects. Across the street at the library, high school students exhibit their latest SOSS art projects.
Live dance music by Diane Ball and Cindy Doucette will have patrons swaying to the beat in the parking lots at Beyond Bliss and Oliver Library. The Dance Studio in Oliver is preparing a colourful routine for audiences who prefer to leave dancing to the truly talented.
There will be no shortage of food and drink at the Wine Capital Art Walk. Wine tastings are served at Maker Place and S.O Physiotherapy; and the Firehall Brewery pours at Beyond Bliss. For big appetites, Oliver Eats will serve up lunch fare, and food trucks will park at both ends of Station Street. The Oliver Legion Hall (Main St entrance) opens its doors to all ages from 3 – 5 p.m. for appetizers and arts-inspired cocktails. Sip Van Gogh’s Vodka Sunset or the non-alcoholic Picasso’s Punch.
An information booth at the corner of Station and Fairview will issue Passports to Art, answer questions about art walk activities, and advertise upcoming arts events.
As the art walk winds down at 4 p.m. the Wine’d Up Party cranks up the energy. From 4 – 5 p.m. at the Oliver Legion Hall, participants enjoy light refreshments and cheer the winners of the barrels and passport draws.
The Wine Capital Art Walk is presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council, with the sponsorship of Kiwanis Club of Oliver, the Town of Oliver, Oliver Parks and Recreation and the Oliver-Osoyoos Winery Association, and the support of Station Street businesses.
Proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen – “What We Heard” Report – Public Information Sessions
In support of its commitment to openness and transparency, Parks Canada will be hosting public information sessions to share feedback received during the public consultations on the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.
Parks Canada undertook broad and extensive consultations with local residents, stakeholders, and all Canadians to hear their views on the proposed boundary for the proposed national park reserve and key aspects for consideration in the management of the lands. The valuable input of all will be taken into consideration in the assessment of the establishment of the proposed national park reserve.
Input from the public consultations will be published in the “What We Heard” report–developed by a third-party consultant–on the Let’s Talk South Okanagan-Similkameen web site on May 13.
The public information sessions will take place as follows:
Tuesday, May 14
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Venables Theatre, 6100 Gala Street
Wednesday, May 15
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sonora Community Centre, 8505 68th Ave
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Keremeos Victory Hall, 427-7th Avenue/Hwy 3
Thursday May 16
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Shatford Centre, 760 Main Street
Parks Canada staff will be on site to answer questions.
For media: Parks Canada’s Sarah Boyle, Project Manager, and Kevin McNamee, Director, Protected Areas Establishment, will be available for in-person media interviews prior to the first public information session. Details will be provided in the coming days.
The goal is to have an agreement on a final boundary for the proposed national park reserve by summer 2019. Afterwards, steps would be undertaken towards the formal establishment of a national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.
A new national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen would protect one of the most endangered natural regions in Canada and enable this inspiring landscape to be shared with Canadians and visitors from around the world for generations to come.
Chef des relations avec les médias Agence – Parcs Canada
Parks Canada Agency
30 rue Victoria
Note to Parcs Can a da !! – this is British Columbia
Canada – 1867 and it took you this long to find the Okanagan. After 150 years of mining, farming, residential, tourism, now cannabis, now wineries – someone in Ottawa thinks we should be a park ???
Is this crown land or privately owned?
This road down hillside scaring the view observed recently with questions in mind.
Do you know?
” ……I’m not sure it’s that helpful because if the names of victims aren’t made public then it’s really neighbourhood gossip and social media that might fill in some erroneous information and I don’t think that’s really what the public needs”…
New RCMP privacy (publication of names) policy affects small communities the most
In small communities where tragedies tend to have the most impact, people are trying to figure out what’s at stake.
Community newspapers arguably have the most to lose.
“While I do understand that privacy laws have to be followed, I’m not sure it’s that helpful because if the names of victims aren’t made public then it’s really neighbourhood gossip and social media that might fill in some erroneous information and I don’t think that’s really what the public needs at a time like this,” said Dave Stephens, news director at Lighthouse Now.
“They need to know who has been involved, what family members might need their support and it’s unfortunate that information isn’t made available in a timely manner.”
The privacy act has been in place for some time and only in recent months was the privacy act used as the excuse for not releasing names.
By ROY WOOD
Osoyoos will lobby Ottawa and Victoria for the right to continue uprooting Eurasian milfoil despite fears for the future of an at-risk native freshwater mollusc called the Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel (RMRM).
Responding to a request from the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB), council this afternoon agreed to send letters to the appropriate federal and provincial ministers supporting the board’s request to allow the milfoil “de-rooting” program to continue.
In urging members of council to agree to send a letter in support, Mayor Sue McKortoff, who sits on the OBWB, said: “I can’t emphasize enough how important this is.”
At issue is the possibility that the RMRM will move up the Species at Risk Act hierarchy from “at risk” to “endangered.” Such an upgrade brings with it the danger that milfoil eradication in the valley’s large lakes – Okanagan, Kalamalka, Wood, Skaha and Osoyoos — could be more severely restricted because of its negative effects on the mussels’ habitat.
In a lengthy letter to the to the senior levels of government, OBWB executive director Anna Warwick Sears outlined the dangers posed by unfettered growth of milfoil in the lakes, including:
Negative effects on native plant and animal species, including salmon and other fish.
Warwick Sears points out that the summer harvesting method of milfoil control, which is employed in some areas where de-rooting is restricted or impractical, is less effective than de-rooting.
As well, she writes, “Harvesting … creates a danger to public safety through increased weed growth in swimming areas, as the machines enter the swimming areas during beach use and operate in peak boating season.”
She asks that the federal fisheries and provincial forests, lands and natural resources ministries to agree to:
Review the literature and conduct field research on the effects of uncontrolled milfoil growth; and/or
Allocate funds for an up-to-date survey of RMRM habitat in the Okanagan’s large lakes.
Warwick Sears also asks: “Until an evidence-based decision can be made” that milfoil de-rooting be allowed to continue in areas where it has historically been used and in “high public-use areas.”
The OBWB has been conducting de-rooting for four decades, according to Warwick Sears, using an annual budget of $825,000.
“Our annual treatment areas,” she wrote, “represent a small fraction of the lakeshore focusing on public beaches and boating areas.”
She wrote federal and provincial ministry staff have increased restrictions on de-rooting “based on the assumption that milfoil de-rooting has a negative effect on RMRM … but does not consider the negative effects of the milfoil itself on RMRM, other species, or their habitat.”
McKortoff told council she will attend an OBWB meeting on Tuesday and will report council’s decision to support the board’s efforts
By ROY WOOD
Osoyoos adopted its tax rates bylaw this afternoon, making official the 2.93%-per-cent increase in property taxes over last year.
The deadline for the approval, set by the provincial government, is May 15.
The average assessment for a single-family residential property in Osoyoos is $429,687, on which the owner will pay a municipal tax bill of $972.39.
The largest portion — $2.6 million — of the taxes collected will go to general municipal services, including roads, sewer, water and the like. Other claims on the municipal tax pot include:
- $34,800 for general debt;
- $305,210 for fire protection, including the soon-to-be hired full-time fire chief;
- $188,503 for the debt to build the $6.5-million firehall;
- $953,450 for the newly-increased 70-per-cent share of RCMP policing costs.
Of course, the municipal portion is only part of the of the tax bill homeowners will get this summer. The town also collects the taxes for other authorities, including:
- Schools – this year’s total hasn’t been sent to the town yet, but last year it was $3,730,533;
- Hospital — $524,154;
- Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen — $839,268;
- Okanagan Regional Library — $254,205;
- BC Assessment Authority — $82,188; and
- Municipal Finance Authority — $400.
Adoption is the final step in the budget process that began in the fall. According to today’s report from finance director Jim Zakall, “These numbers have been discussed thoroughly with council and are included in the town’s five-year financial plan that was adopted earlier this year.”
$13K approved for fence at Cottonwood Beach
It will cost about $13,000 to protect the public from the failing Allan-Block retaining wall at Cottonwood Beach this summer. But the price could have been considerably higher.
Osoyoos council this afternoon opted for the cheapest of three “temporary remedial actions” proposed in a report from operations director Jim Dinwoodie.
It involves a simple eight-foot-high construction fence that will surround the wall, which was undermined during last summer’s flooding and is slated for replacement this fall. The $12,842 price quoted by True Consulting does not include the cost of removal.
Two other options presented by Dinwoodie involved supporting the existing wall with beach sand or rip-rap. The options ranged in price from $$68,557 to $71,825.
At a council meeting three weeks ago, council rejected a suggestion from Dinwoodie to simply close the beach until the wall is replaced beginning just after Labour Day.
The friendly face of bylaw enforcement
When the bylaw enforcement crew takes to the streets in June, you won’t be able to tell who’s in charge, but at least they won’t look “paramilitary.”
During what seemed like a routine discussion about the look of identifying badges for the bylaw team, council was perusing options for arm badges for officers and shoulder-mounted epaulettes for supervisors.
Mayor Sue McKortoff went around the council table seeking opinions of councillors. When it came to Councillor Brian Harvey, he objected to any epaulette because they “have the look of paramilitary.”
McKortoff said she thinks identifying the supervisors is important for members of the public who might say to an officer, “You’re just a flunky. You’re not the boss.”
Chief administrative officer Barry Romanko argued that epaulettes are appropriate: “It’s a law enforcement agency. The look is important.”
In the end, Harvey convinced Councillors CJ Rhodes and Myers Bennett to vote with him and epaulettes were rejected in a three-two vote.
As for the arm patches, council decided on the rainbow-coloured version to be worn on a pale blue shirt.
Drug prevention project gets $1,500 boost
Osoyoos will donate $1,500 to a project by the community paramedic to bring to the South Okanagan a drug-use prevention program created by a group of Vancouver police officers.
Todd Kunz is hoping to raise $6,000 to bring the Odd Squad up from Vancouver to provide two presentations to each of Osoyoos Secondary and Southern Okanagan Secondary.
According to Kunz, the Odd Squad “are an amazing group that has a (long) history of dealing with prevention and working with youth.” He said he hopes to have them visit here in late May.
According to its website: “Odd Squad Productions Society is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization created in 1997 by seven Vancouver city police officers. Our goal is to empower youth to make positive life choices about drug use and criminal behavior through educational materials (and) documentaries.”
Kunz said the principals of both high schools are excited at the prospect of having the group make its presentation.
He is also approaching Rotary, Kiwanis, Dorca and the Osoyoos Indian Band for support. Mayor Sue McKortoff said the town of Oliver has pledged $1,000.
2019-05-06 14:07 PDT
File # 2019-2076
On April 30th, 2019 at approximately 8:40 a.m. Oliver RCMP were called to a remote location East of Oliver where a recently burned truck was located.
Upon examination of burnt vehicle, human remains were identified amongst fire debris.
( A older model Ford cab truck reported by police as possibly stolen from Penticton )
The identity of the deceased person in the vehicle will not be released.
At this time the origin of the fire is not deemed suspicious and criminality has been ruled out.
If you have any information regarding this investigation, or others, please contact your nearest Police Agency or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477
Sgt. Blaine GERVAIS
Oliver Detachment RCMP
The community of Oliver in which the individual has been living has been identified on Facebook by his friends and associates. ODN has never identified any person who has died without official information from police, the coroner or the family.
Municipal and Regional governments are being asked this week to campaign on an issue that needs support in the Okanagan watershed – the control of milfoil in a number of lakes with beaches and high end recreational value.
Okanagan Basin Water Board( OBWB) – is a body funded by government but mainly by three regional districts including many, villages, towns and cities in the Okanagan.
The OBWB has sent a detailed letter to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and to the B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development asking them to grant an authorization under the federal Fisheries Act for the milfoil control program to continue.
We strongly believe that a more evidence-based and balanced approach is needed before prohibiting milfoil de-rooting and allowing this invasive weed to thrive in our lakes.
Both provincial and federal governments appear to be holding up – the control of milfoil to protect one mussel species that thrives in Okanagan Lake.
OBWB is also requesting that your local government consider providing a letter of support for our request to the ministers, authorizing the milfoil de-rooting program to continue. We have provided extensive information in the letter to the ministers including:
Effects of invasive Eurasian watermilfoil – Environmental, Social and Economic
Methods of Milfoil Control