Osoyoos new firehall – Government approves AAP

a firehall signAlternative Approval Process (AAP) is being allowed by the BC government for the bylaw to borrow monies for a new Fire Hall in Osoyoos vs a referendum.

The question:

“Are you opposed to the borrowing of $5,962,657 for construction of a new Fire Hall on 74th Avenue? Borrowing period: 30 years.”

Loan Authorization Bylaw 1306, 2014

The cost: Increase of $46.80 for the average single family residence.

October 3 has been set as the date that all counter petitions must be received at Town Hall in Osoyoos.

There are an estimated 4740 electors in the Town. If 10 percent of that number sign a counter petition – that would force a referendum in the future.firehall one


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Created by Hutterli


Kurt Hutterli, a 3-D artist who often works with found objects, recently submitted this entry into the “ReVision: the Art of Recycling 2014 Exhibition” and was accepted by the jury. The exhibition will take place on Granville Island in Vancouver from Friday September 5th to Sunday September 7th.

Kurt explains the title of his work: “My statement: ‘A Triumphant Dictator and his Supreme Commander’ are connected with all the bad and sad news about dictators oppressing their own people and attacking other nations.”

The two objects are part of his ongoing installation project “The Museum of Unknown Civilizations”. Kurt creates art on the border between fantasy and history. By assembling his artwork from found objects such as rusted tools, appliance parts, wood, old glass, metal and plastic fragments, the result resembles an “artifact” that has been unearthed from some hitherto unknown society. Kurt then imagines what the fantastical creation may have been used for or represented within that civilization, and adds it to his collection as if it were some archaeological find.


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New Office


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Saturday September 6th

janice22OLIVER SAGEBRUSHERS are very proud to present as Feature Artist for the month of September JANICE CORNETT-CHING.

Janice has been a long time member of the Sagebrushers as well as an instructor.

The show takes place in the QUAIL’S ROOST GALLERY at Rustico Farm&Cellars Winery on Rd.16 and Highway 97 west.

A reception will be held on Saturday September 6th from 2-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Please come out and enjoy the Show, a taste of wine and an incredible vista. Many of the artists will be in attendance as well as Janice.
Janice Cornett-Ching – Artist

I was born in Scotland, lived in Southampton, England, moved to Calgary in 1952 and moved to the beautiful Okanagan Valley in 1969. I have spent most of my life drawing and painting. Portraits are my specialty, of people or animals; I was even commissioned to do a portrait of someone’s pet monkey years ago! I became an Active Status member of the Federation of Canadian in September 2000. I have Jurors’ Choice Awards as follows:

* Oct 2002 – The Autumn Show Osoyoos Art Gallery for “Wallace Island”
* Apr 2003 – ‘Spring Awakenings’ show from the Summerland Art Gallery for “Burrowing Owl Vineyard’”
* Apr 2003, ‘ Nature Walk’ show at Tumbleweed Art Gallery for “Skaha Lake”
* Apr 2004, ‘Latitudes Show’ at Osoyoos Art Gallery for “Government Camp Highway 97″
* Oct 2007, the show ‘Paint’ at Mat and Mitre Gallery for “Wallace Island” * Aug 2007, “Skaha Lake” Aug 2007.
* I also designed book cover of Poems “Of Love and Peace” by Vic Childs. I have two murals in Summerland , one in the Royal Canadian legion, and the other in the Summerland Yacht Club, and have also done others in homes.

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Deadline for entries to Fall Art Show – coming fast

The Oliver Community Arts Council welcomes submissions from all BC artists for the 31st annual Fall Art Show and Sale, held Saturday October 4 – Sunday October 5 at the Oliver Community Centre. Theme: “Dreams and Visions”. Competition awards winners across nine categories: watercolour, oil, acrylic, fibre art, 3-dimensional, photography, other media, and two categories for junior artists (by age group). Overall award for “Best Interpretation of the Theme”.

APPLICATION deadline: Saturday August 31, 4 pm.  (NOT MUCH TIME)

NOTE: This deadline is JUST for your entry form paperwork, NOT your artwork! You still have over a month to create your art! 

Artists may submit up to 2 pieces of artwork.  If you choose to sell your artwork during the show, all sales will be charged 30% commission.

Art delivery, competition, public voting, reception, and awards ceremony on Saturday October 4.  Continuing show and sales on Sunday October 5 with Oliver’s Festival of the Grape admission ticket. Admission into the Community Centre for the Art Show on both days is by donation in return for a chance on a prize draw.

A change to this year’s guidelines makes it possible for artists either to sell or only to display their entries. There are a few more changes to note in this year’s show.

Entry form, fee structure and submission guidelines available here:

FASS 2014 Entry Form

FASS 2014 Terms & Guidelines

or look under “Forms” on the black ribbon at the top of the page. Membership forms are there as well.  You can also request forms from olivercac @ gmail.com.

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Children’s Art

Children's-art-show22Curator Paige Riley, 15, right and assistant Madelyn Bjornson,14 have turned the Quail’s Nest Studio into a Children’s Art Show and Sale.

Kids art does not get any better than this collection! Collect the works of local children, give them a  sense of accomplishment that will stay with them for years and who knows where that young artist will be in the future. Children’s art is fun to have in your home and is a great conversation piece. Bring your children to see the work, to be inspired and to know that they too can be in an Art Show even at such a young age.

The Children’s Art Show is Paige’s summer school project. Paige designed the poster, did the advertising, decorated the studio, hung the work and is on hand to answer all your questions, take some time to meet this emerging Artist!

Paige is standing next to her piece on her right and Lilly Eggert’s painting to her left. Please get out and support the young people of this community! Show hours are Monday and Tuesday 9 – 4 and Wednesday 9 – 2 with a wrap party at 12 noon on Wednesday! Great job Ladies.

Story and picture – Leza Macdonald – Press image for larger

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New hospice centre to open in October – but no 24 hour care

shaw22A new facility at 22 Jonagold Place in Osoyoos will likely open in October for administration of the Desert Valley Hospice Society and for programs – but it will not be a round the clock care facility.

The facility will be used as a Supportive Care Centre which the Society will utilize as their administrative office, as education and training space for Hospice Volunteers and as a place from which to deliver current and future programs.
DVHS president Janet Shaw says the Society, which serves the communities of Oliver and Osoyoos,  is currently developing new programming to enhance existing services. “We are developing programs which will assist community members in making an Advance Care Plan, and we will soon be able to offer Bereavement Support for our clients’ loved ones. The new space will enable us to further develop our programming, and we envision providing caregiver support, respite care and hopefully palliative day programs as we phase in our planned use for the building in Osoyoos. We also hope to create partnerships with other organizations that provide support to people in need. ”
Although the Society does not have the financial capacity to provide full time hospice care to clients at this point, Shaw states “We recognize the need to work cooperatively with our health authority and government toward our common goals. We will continue to advocate for the best possible hospice palliative care and end-of-life services for our community members. Helping individuals to accept death as a natural part of life and to be able to die with dignity, pain free and in a setting of one’s choice surrounded by loved ones is at the heart of what we endeavour to do. ”

Earlier on ODN – August 18

Province to help with development of hospice

To address the growing need for supportive care for seniors, Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson has announced that the Province of B.C. has signed a three-year agreement with the Desert Valley Hospice Society to help develop a hospice centre in Osoyoos. … Continue reading

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Letter to parents

August 25, 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Re: Update on the Provincial Labour Dispute

Unfortunately, the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) have not been able to make significant progress over the summer months and as a result, the possibility of school opening as usual following the Labour Day weekend is uncertain.

While we wish to be hopeful that the two parties will reach a negotiated settlement before schools are due to open on September 2nd, a decision on school opening will likely not be made until Friday, August 29th.

This will allow both parties the maximum amount of time to reach a settlement.

We encourage all parents to consult our website at www.sd53.bc.ca for further updates and to keep up to date through local media, especially over the long weekend.
It is unfortunate that the normally exciting beginning to a new school year has been reduced to this level of uncertainty.

This is a frustrating, disappointing and worrisome time for everyone. I am most concerned about the effect that this continued labour dispute has on our students and hope that the impasse between the parties is resolved quickly at the bargaining table and that our schools can return to normal operation and begin the school year on a positive note.

Bev Young
Superintendent of Schools
School District 53

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Oliver Shoes Ad V2

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Council today – Town of Oliver

4pm Committee of the Whole

1. Quarterly Financial Report – 2nd quarter – YTD June 30th

2. Airport Clubhouse – draft agreement

3. Buchanan Rd Source Development – Engineer’s report

4. Toasted Oak – water sewer replacement in alley

Public Hearings 7pm

7034 Tucelnuit Drive

6967 Meadows Drive

Regular Council Meetings – following public hearings

1. Delegations

Juliana Martine – BC Ambassador

New Oliver Youth Ambassadors

2. Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1350.01 – 6967 Meadows Drive

3. Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1350.02 – 7034 Tucelnuit Drive

4. Tax Exemption Bylaw 1354

5. Revitalization Tax Exemption Amendment Bylaw 1328.01

6. Amended Signing Authority Policy

7.  Do*g Pound Facility update

8. Election cost sharing agreements

9. Contract award on Buchanan Rd water source development

10. Alley Behind Toasted Oak

11. 7000 Tucelnuit Drive – development variance permit

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Down the aisle

down the aisle aug 25

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Rural report with Laird Smith

Do you remember how excited you were as a student to go back to school? Remember the smell of the new school supplies which brought a tingle of excitement mixed with the fear of going into a new grade and what that would bring?

You would get a different teacher for home room and see many teachers from last year too. There might even be some new  teachers on staff to get to know.

Yes, I remember the excitement well. There was some sadness that the summer was ending, but with that sadness came the expectation that in the not to distant future the apple harvest was going to start.

With the harvest came the scent of autumn which in it’s fullness would bring out all it’s colors. The harvest was also time to get into the apple trees and make some more money to spend on new clothes for school.

Let us get back to the first day of school. We rural students had to take the school bus. The bus driver was usually the same. We had Mr. Dawson but once in a while Mrs. Emerick drove too. She always chewed gum and wore a captain’s hat. Everybody respected the drivers.

When you got on the bus everybody looked fresh and there was a buzz of excitement in the air. You would find a seat and watch all the next people get on the bus. The drive on the first day always seemed to take forever getting to school.

Eventually we arrived at school and exited the bus. The big school doors were daunting, but through them we would go. The school then always smelled new and fresh, the floors were shiny, the walls were clean. The air had a feeling of excitement and expectation.

The first tasks were to find home room and meet up with all your old friends, greet your teacher, get a locker, text books, and your class schedule.

Once everything was in order then learning began in earnest. So it was, the first day melted into the second and thus began the year.
email: ruralreportwithlairdsmith@gmail.com

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New school appointment

School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jason McAllister to the position of vice principal at Osoyoos Elementary School effective immediately. Mr. McAllister is a former School District No. 53 teacher and most recently worked in School District No. 58 Nicola-Similkameen as their technology coordinator.

He holds a Master of Educational Technology degree from the University of British Columbia and brings valuable leadership experience to his new role.


Marieze Tarr, Chair

School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen)

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First trailer for workers arrives at prison site


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No teacher pickets seen in Oliver

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Standing in the sun above in Penticton at School District 67* Okanagan Skaha

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24 year old gets probation for his part in bombing

Eric Daoust of Oliver was sentenced today in BC Supreme Court to time served, plus two years of probation including mandatory psychologi​cal counselling after changing a plea to guilty of mischief for an incident in the South Okanagan August 11th last year.

Eric and his younger brother were involved in the manufacture of a bomb and placing same under the car of Jesse Wilson – someone – the court was told was not well liked by either sibling.

Late at night the two, on a summer evening in 2013, arranged to place the pipe bomb under a small white car and lit the fuse. Eric Daoust drove the car to the scene and his brother Stephan put the bomb under the car. It exploded during a thunder storm – neighbours alerted to it in the morning when shrapnel was found across the alley in a garage and the bomb remnants found by a tow truck driver and later analyzed by the RCMP bomb squad.

The sentence handed down by Justice Catherine J. Bruce based on a plea agreement but the Judge noted there was no order for counselling and decided it was prudent to give such an order in her findings.

The sentenced included 30 days of jail time but Daoust had already served more than that in custody previously so no further incarceration required.

Defense lawyer Don Campbell of Kamloops admitted that Daoust made a terribly immature decision by sticking his neck out to help his brother. It was a serious breach of judgment but went on to say that the elder Daoust had worked very hard and has achieved his first year apprenticeship as an electrician.

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Sweet 16

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Looking great Brittany Michaud

Pictures supplied by happy mother

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New Ambassadors for Oliver

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Anatasia Levant, Simi Mand and Kaylee Lesmeister

Photos by Pat Hampson

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Lori and the 2014 buddies


A report and picture by Pat Hampson

Why should a young person consider being an Oliver Ambassador?

I recently talked with Lori Martine, coordinator of Oliver’s Ambassador Program regarding the personal development potential for all the candidates and the importance of having a selection of young people in order to run a successful program each year. Lori offered these comments via email.

“As coordinator of the Oliver Ambassador Program here in Oliver, I am proud to work with the youth in our community. Each year we recruit students in Grades 9-11 to participate in our Candidacy program and provide leadership in public speaking, interview skills, personal deportment, and provide opportunities to volunteer within the community. This year has been a challenge due to the small number of participants. It is easier to work as a volunteers when you have a larger pool of workers to pull from, and the activities and training sessions are more enjoyable with a bigger group. Fund-Raising efforts are also diminished with fewer candidates! It is the committee’s sincere hope that we will be able to encourage more youth to join us next year. Please keep in mind that this experience is great for people skills, and is definitely ‘Resume’ worthy”.

So there you have it! – Being involved as an Ambassador is not just about competing for a position, it is all about opportunities to be involved in our community, learning new skills and having fun as well. A very important spin-off will be the opportunity to develop a resume listing your participation which give a prospective employers tangible evidence of your value as an employee.

Recruitment starts just before Spring Break, the program starts in March and the Pageant is in August.

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Legion Car Show – OK Falls

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This Buick Super first rolled off the line in Flint, Michigan in 1947. Today it has made its way to Okanagan Falls for the Show & Shine as part of the Legion Days celebration.

Elvis in Okanagan Falls

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This 1928 Ford is on display this afternoon at Centennial Park in Okanagan Falls

thanks to www.okfallsdailynews.com

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Odds – on the ridge

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Photographer Mike Beaulieu

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Light on the lake was photo worthy tonight..

Press image for larger “Art on the water”

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Photographer Ed Dukes

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Winged flyers invade “the house”

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Friday Farewell


farewell22Friday was Mitch Van Aller’s last day with School District #53.

The Maintenance Department wishes Mitch all the best in his new job in Kelowna.

Sean Harris
Unit Chair SD 53
CUPE Local 523

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