Oliver Theater. 70 year history of this iconic site. 302 seat, single screen theater has been run by the same family for 53 years. The building sits on a 0.138 acre corner lot at the north end of Main Street in the downtown.
At the back of the theater is a bright 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment and a single car garage.
There is a projection room, office, box office, concession, lobby, 2 washrooms, workshop, small stage suitable for conferences, seminars and select performances. The cinema is fully digital, 3D and there is a list of equipment included in the purchase price.
Anarchist Mountain Fire Department represented by Fire Chief Urs Grob
Headline: Local fire chief concerned that RDOS bylaw changes being rushed, consultation poor and authority misdirected.
Editor’s note – this is an important issue and the letter is controversial. In order to cover its backside ODN is publishing the complete letter. But the article is abbreviated if you wish to move on.
“Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed RDOS Bylaw 2792 which is intended to replace Bylaw 2566, 2011. The 2017 consultant review and resulting Fire Master Plan did recommend an eventual amendment to the current bylaw in order to design a more structured and standardized Fire Service.
The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department (AMFD) supports the intent of the Fire Master Plan, but there are concerns regarding the new bylaw which must be addressed prior to its approval. It is anticipated there will be a joint approach to the re-drafting of the bylaw.
There is no apparent reason for the bylaw to be rushed through the approval process with minimal consultation with the Fire Chiefs. The new Fire Safety Act has not been passed by the Legislature, so the bylaw will have to be amended as soon as the Act comes into effect. Additionally, a RDOS Fire Service governance framework must be promulgated to the Fire Departments so the command and staff, and operational and bureaucratic responsibilities, accountabilities and liabilities are clearly identified.
Below are the major elements of the bylaw which should be addressed:
1. Paragraphs 6-7 state the Designated Officer will administer, oversee and manage the Fire Service. Not stated is whether any of the liability borne by the Fire Chief will now be attributed to the Designated Officer. The Fire Chief must have the flexibility to respond to the specific needs, circumstances and public interest of his community. For example, wildfires from lightning strikes and motor vehicles are more numerous and of greater risk to the Anarchist Mountain community than structure fires, so a significant amount of the limited training time
must be allocated to interface firefighting.
2. Paragraphs 13-16 read like the justification for the establishment of an additional RDOS staff position rather than the content and intent of a bylaw. The Designated Officer’s required qualifications, job description and Terms of Reference should be promulgated soonest and certainly prior to the submission for approval of the bylaw.
3. Paragraph 17 states ‘The Fire Chief shall report to the Designated Officer…, with such frequency and containing such detail as may be considered by the Designated Officer as necessary or appropriate’. This is an imperious statement and not appropriate in a bylaw.
4. Paragraph 18 – the phrase ‘ the IC may, in his or her sole discretion’ over-rides the authority of the Fire Chief who is operationally responsible.
5. Paragraph 19 states the Fire Chief shall have operational responsibility and authority over the Fire Department, subject to the administrative direction and control of the Designated Officer. Bylaw 2792 definitions do not outline the authority and liability of ‘administrative direction and control’. Bylaw 2566, 2011 gave ‘the Fire Chief complete operational responsibility and authority … subject to the administrative direction and control of the CAO, or his designate’. There is a definite shift in accountabilities which should be clearly defined in the bylaw.
6. Paragraph 21 – the second part of the sentence after ‘RDOS’ should be removed as ‘without limitation’ is officious and redundant. [Read more…]
October 11, 2017 at 3923 Skaha Lake Rd south of the marina. Small house burns to the ground quickly spreading to large home to the north. Occupant of first house – a 94 year old woman. Her body never recovered. Fire officials stating that several searches made – the debris taken away from site. A relative stated the occupant had been seen earlier in the day. The fire began at 6pm and could be seen for miles.
A plan for 16 thousand square foot Nissan Canada building at Satik Crossing, PIB adjacent to Penticton Airport.
Announcement made July 25 2016 – large industrial/commercial park
Nissan Canada building begins construction May 2 2017 (steel and concrete block)
Inspection this Sunday showed limited security and no signage indicating a prime contractor. Viewings indicate limited work being done.
The plan at one time – the building to open summer of 2017.
The Penticton Indian Band has the largest reserve lands in British Columbia. In addition to the Satikw Crossing bridge and commercial development projects, the Band has recently completed the construction of two major state-of-the-art community facilities — Sqilx’w Community facilities and the PIB Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School — both valued at over $13 million. The new facilities are powered by geothermal energy.
Play Winery recently opened at the Band’s Skaha Hills development. The 550-acre resort-residential development overlooking Skaha Lake sold out its first phase and a majority of its second phase and will eventually see over 600 homes, vineyards, a winery, walking and cycling trails built on this exceptional parcel of land.
The Band envisions more than $100 million in capital projects taking place on its lands within 10 years.
Source: Google article dates and PIBDC
After several years in our big old house our children went, one by one, to the local school. It was with mixed feeling that I did the first trip with two toddlers, a three year old hanging off the pram handle and a very independent four year old who considered herself too grown up to hold the pram, was quite able to walk by herself and couldn’t wait to get to school. Luckily, we only had to cross one busy road and then she could run ahead along the sidewalk with lots of kids heading in the same direction.
Trying to hug her goodbye in her classroom was a waste if time, she had seen all the treasures that awaited her first day in this new place, lots of play areas that had all sorts of wonderful stuff. A sand box on legs, a modelling plaster station, water toys and Lego. This was the first time she or I had seen Lego, maybe it had been introduced to the schools first but t was several years until it became a well known toy.
While I stood outside the window looking in, sure that there would be tears, the little traitor raced from one exciting set of toys to the next. I sadly walked home knowing that a new era had begun. The daily routine now changed into a slightly more hectic schedule of getting kids ready for outdoors and out of the house before 8.30. I sometimes didn’t get the twins dressed until I came home as it was such a rush. The three year old was sulky because her older sister was missing as she was the one with the imagination to think up new games, the young twins had their own fun which didn’t include her so she spent more time “helping” me which really slowed things down.
School in England started when children were four with full a day, nine till four was along stretch so the youngest used to lie on a mat after lunch for a nap. It also meant that picking children up on winter afternoons meant walking home in the dark. Dinner was usually had around five pm followed by a short play time then bath time and bed.
Next spring the second child started school but hated it. She has assumed that her older sister would be there to keep her company whilst away from mom, but of course this was not to be. The vast array of new toys did not make up for the loneliness of being away from her family and she cried every day when I left her. It took quite a while for her to adjust to school and she never enjoyed it until she was in 12th grade.
When they were three, I put the twins into a playgroup and started a part time job. The extra money made an enormous difference to the family budget and soon we were able to move to a newer house with all modern conveniences. The home was only a mile from the previous house, so visits to the inlaws were not a problem. What I really loved about the location was the fact that three blocks of homes formed a triangle and in this triangle was a children’s play park that only the children in the homes could access. It was a private park where the kids were really safe. Most houses had a gate opening into the play area and all moms tended to keep watch over everyone’s children.
The house was just a few years old but was owned by a couple who had had marital difficulties and had split up. Apparently the wife was very bitter about what was going on and she had done some strange things to vent her anger. Neighbours told us of her having bonfires on the front lawn where she set all her husbands clothes on fire. She had also brought in a team of contractors to decorate the home in terrible colours. The brick house had all the outdoor trim painted bright blue and gold, which in this rather quiet area of black and white trimmed homes, stood out like a sore thumb.
The interior had been done in equally glaring colours. Living room had yellow stripes on three walls which looked rather hideous with the red tartan on the fourth wall. The very small bathroom was covered in bright blue with big ducks printed all over and the stair walls were done in red and black diamonds. However, if you could look past the décor, the home was lovely and, because it was so awful, they took our offer without complaint.
I soon got busy with paper stripper and paintbrush and changed the monstrosity to fit in with it’s boring surroundings. The man next door applauded when he saw me painting the outdoor trim in traditional black and white. I would have liked to have painted the front door red, as a contrast, but was talked out of it by my conservative husband. I settled instead for painting the mail box scarlet, (OOOH)
The children moved to a nearer school and soon the twins started there as well. The middle child was still having problems she was a great speller and had lovely handwriting skills but she wrote completely backwards. If you held her work up to the mirror, it was perfect. Nobody seemed to have an answer to this problem so Dave and I struggled to show her the correct way to write and, she eventually got the hang of writing correctly. Another big problem was her reading, she could read anything you put in front of her but could not comprehend what she had read. Trying to get her to understand the plot or who was the main character, was extremely difficult.
One of the problems in schools at that time was a big influx of families from east India, this meant many non-English speaking children going into the schools. The ESL program had not yet been thought of so the poor teachers were thrown in the deep end with several children, in each class, who couldn’t speak the language. This caused the teachers to spend more time with the new children and the others had to sort of manage as best they could. Our other children soon adjusted but the middle child just started to withdraw and fall further behind.
I had learned to drive and felt like I owned the world. Our combined jobs were giving us a good income and we had enough money to take a vacation to visit family in USA.
My mom had moved to Oregon to live with her cousin and we were invited to go for a visit and also to visit with my cousin who lived near Seattle. A friend of my mom had offered use of her tent trailer so we had the chance to see some of the western part of the country. We spent six weeks touring round some of the spectacular sights of the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon, the fantasies of Disneyland, the beauty of the giant Redwoods and the twisted streets of San Francisco . We then travelled up to Canada, over to the Island and then into the Okanagan, we fell in love.
After checking out the variety of millwright jobs in the Vancouver newspapers, we bought a 14 foot travel trailer and went home to sell up and emigrate.
Needless to say, friends and family were stunned when they found out that we and our four children, all under nine, were to uproot ourselves and move across the world. However, Dave’s parents agreed to follow us out, once we had a home together, so we put the house on the market and began the process of starting a new life. It was as though it was meant to be, the first people to view our home bought it plus all the furniture, emigration was no problem in those days and within three months, we were back in Canada.
Our new temporary home was in the hills of Anmore, a tiny rural community in the hills above Port Moody, about thirty miles from Vancouver. We arrived on November 1st and the six of us and our two dogs squeezed into the fourteen feet of trailer space. We enrolled the children in the small country school and Dave got a job at the second placed he tried. It all went unbelievably smoothly and we began our new life with lots of hope for our future..
Most overdoses are males 20 – 49
If you are in the cohort 1/3 more likely to be of a First Nations background
13 percent of OD deaths are people living on the streets but 47 percent own their own homes
Most enter the system in Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton. Most Kootenay area facilities (Nelson, Trail and Grand Forks) see more OD’s than South Okanagan General Hospital
Why is there a crisis? Fentanyl used on recreational drugs, chronic pain and mental health issues playing a large role.
The systems approach to make it safer for first responders – do more education and outreach.
Regional District Building Permit comparison
Total number of permits in 2016 558 vs 576 in last year
But permit value way up – in 2016 value of construction 56.6 million vs 88.1 million in last year
Area C Oliver responsible for 43.6 million and Area A Osoyoos only 7.8 million – area from Naramata, West Bench, OK Falls, Keremeos and Princeton the balance of 36.7 million.
Interesting fact that the amount of revenue for Building Inspection Revenue has increased by about 1/3.
Shepherds and Sheep Dogs
A solitary shepherd and his one sheep dog cared for a large herd of sheep on a remote mountain range in Oregon. Author Virginia Paul in her book This Was Sheep Ranching Yesterday and Today states that this area was so remote that supplies were brought in every 2 weeks. The nearest sheep camp was several miles away. Arriving with supplies on one trip, the delivery person was stunned to find the shepherd dead, but the sheep well cared for. The dog had herded them out every morning and back into the fold every night. Not a single sheep was missing.
Well-trained stock dogs have been known to accomplish efficiently what several men could not equal. They can drive stock to pasture, load one sheep onto a trailer or several at a time, single out one animal from the herd, alert the shepherd to predatory danger, gather in a stray and even control a herd with just their eyes. And they will work for just food.
It’s great to have Shepherd who knows where the sunny side is.
Some say that an affirmation is a statement about what we want, phrased in the first person, present tense. For instance, if I weigh a certain amount and I wish to reduce my weight by 30 pounds, then I am instructed to ‘affirm’ that “I weigh (insert the new weight here)”. Affirmation done. The problem is that my mind knows very well that I do not weigh what the affirmation just said, so it is a lie. All that accomplishes is to make me feel worse. Not working
Some will recommend that we add a future date, a target end time for the accomplishment of the weight change. We can say, “it is June 15 2018 and my weight is _______ ” or something similar. This releases the lie, sets a target and a date. Seems pretty good and better than the first way. Better in that it feels different, better, not the in my face lie. Some might say this simply delays the lie. What say you?
The challenge in design of a powerhouse affirmation includes making it in a way that the mind can embrace it with glee. Yeah, glee! Why not? We humans resist change, even the smallest changes gets resistance. So, if we can reduce the resistance via the design of the affirmation meant to help us change, well, let’s do that. The amount of resistance is easily felt in the body. When you say your affirmation notice the feeling
I have found that, for me, when I move toward a change, decreasing weight for instance, rather than declare I have done it, which I clearly have not, the mind can at least consider it. The body can cautiously allow the idea to be inspected. Not at glee yet, but way closer. The more comfortable we are with the change the easier it is to co-exist with the idea. From there, a little here, a little there, it starts to happen
Bottom line is that an affirmation works best when I can feel encouraged by it rather than angst or being a faker. Thinking more, I am the chooser in all of this. If I choose to believe the affirmation statement, honestly, truly believe it, chances are great. How do these feel, “I am as successful as I decide to be”, or “I am daily closer to my ideal weight”, or “when I let myself, I achieve the things I choose to”. What works for you? Do that
4:22 pm Thursday – first report
Mobile home on fire, explosions heard, one unconfirmed report of death
Location: 4505 McLean Creek Rd (Peach Cliff Estates)
Crews called: Ok Falls FD with Kaleden FD to assist.
RCMP, Ambulance (EMS) and Coroner’s service responded to the fire scene
Picture source: Castanet
As part of a regulation change currently open to public feedback, the province is proposing a limit to the number of mule-deer bucks – hunters can bag in the Thompson, Kootenay, Cariboo, Skeena, Omineca, Peace and Okanagan areas.
Currently, hunters are allowed up to three bucks shot in different regions, but the province wants to limit that number to one mule-deer buck per hunter.
“This province has the most liberal mule deer hunting opportunities in all of North America and, historically, that has been considered sustainable, but the landscape is changing out there,” said Steve MacIver, a regulations and policy analyst with the fish and wildlife branch.
He says mountain pine beetle, wildfires, oil and gas development and forestry have all changed the landscape resulting in a declining mule deer population.
He also said mule deer hunting has increased particularly in the Thompson-Okanagan in the last five years.
“We expect [the proposed changes] will reduce the harvest by five to 15 per cent,” said MacIver.
pix source: wikipedia