Oliver Lions support the Knights of Columbus Christmas Food Hamper program. For the past decade, the Oliver Lions have chosen to bring food items to their Christmas party rather than to exchange gifts. At their Christmas party, the collected food and funds are donated to the Knights. The company is great, the food is wonderful and the spirit is in the air.
Many thanks to Stacey, Linda, Joanne and the crew.
The Lions Club received a certificate of Merit for their spring ‘Dog Walk’ to support the Lions specially trained support dog program.
Photo and story submitted by Dale Dodge – who is in the shot.
Who did take the picture?
What happens if First Past the Post is the preferred system?
The voting system will stay the same.
What happens if a proportional representation voting system is the preferred system?
If the majority of votes support proportional representation on Question 1, the voting system with the most support on Question 2 will be adopted.
If a proportional representation voting system is adopted, government has said that after the referendum:
- a legislative committee will determine how some aspects of the new system will work
- an independent electoral boundaries commission will determine the number and boundaries of the electoral districts and regions represented in the legislature
- the total number of MLAs in the legislature will be between 87 and 95 (currently there are 87)
- no region in the province will have fewer MLAs than it does now
- another referendum will be held after two general elections to see if B.C. wants to keep the new voting system or go back to using First Past the Post
a. about 2 out of 5 eligible voters took the time to mail in a ballot
b. it appeared to be shenanigan – a major change in a tradition held sacred for hundreds of years. Not fully discussed, Not fully understood. Divisive with major chunks of the NDP leadership not in favour.
Tree huggers laughing under a branch with three MLA’s controlling the province. Sad day.
Folly if PR is chosen……. but a decision we will HAVE to live with.
Hopefully a general election soon to decide what type of governance is desired – a coalition or a strong decisive government.
If you were in the Provincial Government when do you wonder if your priority is the public’s priority?
I say this because the powers that be engaged in a hype beyond reason to promote the new voting procedure known as proportional representation. This was a mail in ballot which cost millions and very few returned them. Instead of exploring where to go from there it was decided to extend the deadline to December seventh.
I think the date is interesting in that December 7th is officially known as “The Day Of Infamy” as quoted by Franklin Roosevelt when speaking about the attack on Pearl Harbor, but I digress.
There are implications, serious implications that go with this decision. And certain rules dictated by ethics if nothing else in my opinion.
There is a problem when the public does not respond with urgency to a mail in ballot. First why is there so little response?
Do BC Residents not like mail in ballots? Or, is the voting system not important to the citizens? Was the deadline extended because there is a danger of the initiative failing?
I think there is one other issue that comes to mind. The pro PR side made such a fuss saying electoral decisions needed to be inclusive and fifty percent of voters was the magic number for a fair outcome. If that is the standard then fifty percent or more of the ballots need to be returned in order to have a fair decision on the referendum. If less than fifty percent of the ballots are returned it should be an automatic fail and we all move on.
This was an expensive exercise to convince us there had to be some other way to count ballots when the original first past the post has worked for years. This whole thing could backfire like eggs in a microwave, because some want an easy road for their ideas that they can’t convert into votes. The other implication is this – will Andrew Weaver now bring down the government because his dream of a voice from the back door failed?
Tuesday 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Oliver Community Hall
Discuss ways of slowing traffic
And a plan for a very small park at the “Bridge”
This strip of land south of new hotel primarily designed to be a brief rest stop and launch pad for those using the hike and bike trail. A needed resource for the weary and those ready for action. Could be Legacy Park, Clarence Park, Centennial South Park, Trump’s offer for a Peace Park with Canada. God only know and there will be no referendum.
Simple answer – Bridge Park, across the street from the kid’s spray park and adjacent to the river, Kiwanis Rest Stop and Old Stockers Diamond. All 4* corners in the hands of the people…. wait for it – of Oliver.
Visitors have so many places to go to and stay in.
Back to the meeting, a public forum – three staff members, one ex staff member, one ex councillor, 2 present councilors, one owner of a tree legged dog, a number of pioneers, a number of the newly arrived. Rotating out over time the room with about 10 people who pay taxes in town – Oliver.
Ultimately up to staff to recommend ideas and for the elected officials to reject. More important than both subjects on the agenda the fate of a lot of land north of the hotel – sell it or keep it.
I think the mindset has changed from sell sell sell to keep it for us. Oliver needs choices and opportunities not cash to buy up public land for profit.
Bit of a rant here folks – well deserved in my opinion. Oh did I miss out on the speed bumps?? Not rocket science. Slow it down. More enforcement. Yup I love a speed trap and a radar gun when it comes to sidewalks, crosswalks and downtowns with NO by-pass for truckers and speeders.
By ROY WOOD
Council readily okayed a 50-per-cent hike in the local hotel tax on Monday, but ran into a bit more trouble agreeing to allow the revenue flow directly to Destination Osoyoos (DO).
As the town’s designated tourism marketing arm, DO sought council’s approval to raise the tax on hotel rooms from two per cent to three, which will provide an additional $150,000 for its efforts.
Local approval of the increase is required by the province, which traditionally has collected the tax and sent it back to the town, which in turn passes it along to DO. Council unanimously approved the room-tax hike.
Along with the request for the tax increase, DO asked council to change the practice of receiving the money from the province and then forwarding it along to the marketing organization.
The administration recommended that council accede to the request. “Identifying DO to receive … funds directly from the province will free up town staff time for other tasks with no risk to the town,” said the report from chief administrative officer Barry Romanko.
However, Councillors CJ Rhodes and Jim King were sceptical about removing the town’s fingers from the process.
Rhodes was careful no to cast aspersions toward DO, but said he “always (has) a level of comfort when (the money) goes through the town … We have some control.”
He said his concern is not with DO as it exists, “But what happens if (it) changes? … It has to do with issues that might come up in the future.”
King, who is the town’s alternate member of the DO board, said he agrees with Rhodes. “It is prudent for us to filter it through,” he said.
Mayor Sue McKortoff and Councillor Myers Bennett pointed out that DO is required to come to council every November to report its accomplishments and its plans for the coming year. And Romanko reminded council that there is a termination clause in the agreement with DO if the town needs to enforce it.
With McKortoff and Bennett in favour of a resolution to cede control of the funds to DO and Rhodes and King opposed, Councillor Brian Harvey, who joined the meeting by phone from Ontario, was left to break the tie. “I’m in favour,” he said. “I see no reason to keep control.”
Earlier in the meeting council voted to re-new its three-year agreement with DO, which includes an annual payment of $75,000 from the town.
Whether 2017 was worse than 2018 or vice versa will depend on who you talk to and how they were impacted.
In both 2017 and 2018 Oliver/Osoyoos Search and Rescue was tasked out to do evacuation alerts and evacuation orders, within the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen.
On Sunday December 2nd while 3 members of our team were in Kamloops for regional meetings, Emergency Management BC took the opportunity to recognize the SAR teams from the Central Region who provided contributions and support during the Seasonal Hazards Response of 2017.
Every so often the government offers us a tax break and 2009 saw one with the introduction of the TFSA, starting with a $5,000 limit. But what exactly is a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) really?
The biggest thing to know about the TFSA, is that it isn’t merely a savings account. In fact, it should really be called a Tax Free Investment Account as it allows you to hold stocks, mutual funds, GIC’s and ETF’s – so that your money can grow TAX FREE.
Unlike an RRSP there is no tax deduction when you make a deposit to your TFSA, so you are using after tax dollars. However, when you withdraw money from your TFSA you are not taxed on it as is the case with redemptions from your RRSP.
You never have to pay tax on growth inside your TFSA. So if you own interest bearing investments like Bonds and GIC’s holding them in your TFSA is a great idea.
Let’s take a look at these TFSA facts:
- You can have as many TFSA’s as you like as long as accumulatively they do not exceed the maximum.
- Your balance may exceed the contribution maximum due to growth but not due to contributions.
- To date you could have contributed $57,500 to your TFSA.
- Unused contribution room accumulates
- When you withdraw money from your TFSA you have to wait until the next calendar year to put it back in. The exception would be if you had available contribution room
- There is a 1% per month penalty if you over contribute
- TFSA’s cannot be jointly held
- Available to spouses and common law partners, is the successor holder designation – which allows a spouse to assume a deceased spouse’s TFSA, even if they don’t have the room available.
- TFSA’s can be used as loan collateral
- You’re never too old to open a TFSA but
- You need to be 18 to open one and you only start accumulating contribution room then
- The 2019 TFSA limit was recently increased to $6,000.
So, is a TFSA right for you? Talk to your Certified Financial Planner who will be able to review your unique situation and discuss the options with you.
This column is written by Michelle Weisheit CFP, IG Wealth Management and presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Please contact your own advisor for specific advice about your situation.
Town raids savings to repair flood-damaged wall
Osoyoos will dip into its savings for close to three hundred thousand dollars to repair and upgrade the retaining wall near Cottonwood Park damaged by this year’s flooding.
According to a report from operations director Jim Dinwoodie, the silt and sand under the Allan block wall adjacent to the lake edge was eroded to the point where it the wall is unstable and leaning outward toward the lake. “Concrete and asphalt walkways have sunk and the surrounding landscape has been compromised.”
Council decided to rebuild the wall with considerable improvements to make it more flood proof. Cost of the project is estimated at $518,000. A grant from the Emergency Management BC of $281,565 will mitigate the cost, but the town will still need to pull $276,435 from its general reserves to cover the cost.
The project will also see $40,000 in Resort Municipality Initiative funding pay for improvements to the lighting along the Canal Pathway.
Dinwoodie said tenders would go out soon and the work will likely start in January or February for completion by May.
Mystery benefactor grants $25K for heat system
Osoyoos council said thank you very much on Monday to an organization few of them had heard of for a grant of $24,750 to help pay for a heat and light control system at the Sonora Centre.
Earlier this year, community services director Gerald Davis applied to the Fraser Basin Council for the grant, which will help offset the $70,000 price tag for the system.
Councillor CJ Rhodes asked who the group is so that he could thank them should the opportunity present itself.
According to its website, the council is “A charitable … society that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser Basin and across BC.” Its headquarters are in Vancouver and the nearest office is in Vernon.
The project at the Sonora Centre will see automated switching of heat and light systems to optimize energy use and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Town supports museum society grant bid
Council agreed today to write a letter in support of the Osoyoos Museum’s $1.25 million grant request to the federal/provincial Community, Cultural and Recreation Program.
The Osoyoos Museum Society (OMS) is scheduled to take over the Home Building Centre on Main Street in just 13 months and begin turning it into the new home of the Osoyoos and District Museum and Archives.
In a letter to council, OMS president Mat Hassen said the proposed budget for the project is $2.5 million, including $2 million for building upgrades and $500,000 for exhibit infrastructure.
Hassen said: “Currently, the OMS has, either in hand or firm commitments for, approximately $750,000 by December 31, 2019.”
The main Street property was purchased as the future home of the museum following a 2011 referendum in the town and regional district. Home Building Centre has been leasing the property since then.
The current museum Quonset building in Gyro Park is well past its optimum life expectancy.
by Roy Wood
By ROY WOOD
Just two dissenting voices were heard this afternoon at Osoyoos council’s first public hearing over an application for a rezoning to allow a cannabis retail store.
The objections raised centred mainly on a potential shortage of parking near the outlet and the possibility of children being in the area from the elementary school, six blocks away, or taking cans and bottles to the nearby recycling centre.
The site is the building formerly occupied by Osoyoos Signs. It is at 83rd Street and 72nd Avenue, about a block west of Main Street and just north of the bottle depot.
Applicant Richard Stagg told the hearing that he plans a complete renovation of the property inside and out. “I’ll be overseeing the renovation myself. … We’re going to make it a nice place.”
Stagg, who owns the nearby Okanagan Event Rentals, said he believes there is already adequate parking but he will provide more if necessary.
As for the relatively low profile of the property, Stagg suggested that it would provide some comfort for customers who may not want others in town to know they are purchasing cannabis.
Stagg told the hearing he owns a cannabis retail store just outside Oliver in the regional district. He told ODN he has an application to the town of Oliver for a store inside the town limits as well applications in Princeton and Cawston.
Local realtor Barb Pasternak told the hearing she doesn’t agree that the location is not close to the elementary school. As well, she said, “I have seen kids taking bottles to the depot.”
Pasternak also wondered whether a location on Main Street wouldn’t be better than the subject property, which she described as “hidden.”
Karen Terrillon, who owns property nearby, told the hearing that she is concerned about parking and traffic congestion generally in the area near the site. She also objected to the hours of operation, which could go as late as 11 p.m.
Another local business owner, Richard Cooper of Heatstroke Cycle and Sport, spoke in favour of the proposed rezoning, citing the need to energize businesses in the area.
A report from town planning director Gina MacKay pointed out that there are four parking spaces on the subject property with more available on 72nd Avenue and staff parking nearby.
Her report concluded: “Staff is of the opinion that this location is suitable for the proposed land use and will enable a new business to be established in the Town of Osoyoos.”
Earlier this year, the town opted for “site specific zoning” for cannabis retailing applications. So, anyone who wants to open such a business needs to go through a re-zoning process including a pubic hearing.
The rezoning will come back to council for third reading, possibly in two weeks. Then the applicant must obtain a licence from the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.
After that, the rezoning will go to council fourth and final reading and, if it’s successful, head to the licensing department to obtain a business licence.
Here we go again into another winter season, bringing inevitable snow, sleet, fog and other driving hazards.
Today a protest for the government to change the laws regarding speed on highways such as the Coquihalla, which is notorious for frequent fatal accidents. Also today, a move to change the regulations for tow truck drivers who regularly are targets for careless drivers. More lights on tow trucks will maybe catch attention of the approaching traffic. All worthy of us getting behind the move for change, but why bother?
It would appear to many of us that most drivers do not give any attention to road conditions, volume of traffic or pedestrians on the road. The attitude seems to be “I am in a hurry, get out of my way, I have places to go and do not have time or patience to deal with this inconvenience”.
I honestly believe that if driving speed were kept below 30 kph, there would still be accidents by the driver(s) in a hurry. It would appear to be pure selfishness that makes impatient drivers plough their way through traffic.
How many of us have been overtaken at a dangerous place in the road then cut off, causing us to brake hard.
The offending driver then turns off at the next intersection or driveway. How about the driver who ignores traffic line-ups and inches forward, till he is at the front of the line, then rudely cuts in. They surely cannot believe that all those other drivers are not in as big a hurry as himself, it is just selfishness that makes him think his journey is more important.
Most of us know the approximate length of time it takes to drive from point A to point B but how many of us allow an extra five minutes to allow for a bit of a hold-up? I must admit I am often guilty of not giving myself extra time but do not try to bully my way past any traffic that is holding me up.
The telephone ban is largely ignored but what about those drinking coffee or with a hamburger in one hand with the other hand on the wheel, surely they are just as much distracted. I also admit to being a coffee drinking driver and I also listen to books on tape whilst on a long journey. It passes the time but how much attention am I paying to traffic conditions while I am wrapped up in the story. My excuse is that I get drowsy if I do not have something to concentrate on and music just doesn’t keep me awake. The fact remains that I cannot have my full attention on the road if I am listening to the radio.
Several years ago I fell asleep and ran off the road as I approached Princeton, luckily I ran into a group of shrubs that brought me to a halt and no harm was done. I have never had a problem whilst listening to books on tape but is that because I am careful or am I just lucky. To resolve my problem, if my journey is really necessary, I do not drive anywhere for more than two hours in any one stretch, I then go in a motel for the night and start off fresh in the morning.
I have cut my trips down to the coast, to visit daughters, down to a bare minimum in the past five years and only go when Dave is available to drive me. I have tried the bus but this means I cannot take my dogs and have to rely on Kennels. The girls all work and have families so do not want to take the time to drive up here, but I remind them that the road is the same distance both ways and, if they want to visit we love to see them. The alternative is that I risk my own life and those of others I can endanger if I fall asleep at the wheel.
I do not feel it is worth the risk.
By ROY WOOD
Of the nearly one million job openings in BC over the next 10 years, more than a quarter will need to be filled by immigrants, an immigration support group told Osoyoos council this morning.
That’s more than 24,000 immigrants a year who will need to be welcomed, trained in a variety of ways and integrated into the society and the economy, South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS) said.
SOICS executive director Tahira Saeed and Nora Hunt-Haft of the South Okanagan-Similkameen Local Immigration Partnership (SOSLIP) made a 20-minute slide presentation, outlining their programs and seeking moral support from the town.
SOICS, which is funded by the federal immigration and citizenship ministry, offers a variety of services aimed at preparing immigrants for life and work in the South Okanagan. They include:
- General English language classes;
- Specialized business and medical language classes;
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), FoodSafe, SuperHost, Serving-It-Right and First Aid training;
- One-on-one counselling for resume preparation and job search skills;
- A Toastmasters program for public speaking;
- Help with the immigration and citizenship processes; and
- A child-minding facility for parents who are taking courses.
The programs are run primarily out of offices in Penticton and Oliver. But settlement and immigration services are offered once a week in public libraries at various locations, including Summerland, Osoyoos, Princeton and Keremeos.
Saeed said in an interview with ODN that about 1,500 people from nearly 100 countries use SOICS each year and that more than 60 per cent are in the job-seeking age range.
According to research from the provincial Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies, 903,000 jobs will be open in BC over the coming 10 years and 29 per cent of those vacancies will need to be filled by immigrants, bringing the required number of immigrant workers to about 24,000 a year.
Saeed and Hunt-Haft told the council committee the goal of today’s visit was three-fold: to continue an official relationship with the town; to ask to have town staff refer newcomers to SOICS; and to ask councillors to “wear the newcomer’s lens” and sometimes think about the world from their perspective.
Staff with the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen are recommending the board reject an application from a vehicle rental business seeking to operate on land within the Agricultural Land Reserve just southeast of town.
Owner Raghvir Dhaliwal is seeking permission from the regional district to use ALR land for the vehicle rental business in a 1.21-ha area on the east side of Sawmill Road.
While the property was previously occupied by Woody’s Glass, RDOS staff are concerned that business was not lawfully established on the site and was “inconsistent” with the agricultural zoning.
According to a report to the board, Dhaliwal acquired the former Woody’s Glass property for the rental business due to the fact it had “everything in place,” with plans to utilize an existing building and parking area. The business moved from a commercially-zoned lot within the Town of Oliver to the subject property in April.
RDOS planning supervisor Christopher Garrish states the proposed rental business is “inconsistent with the official community plan in Area “C” (Rural Oliver), calling the rental shop a type of “leapfrog” development which the community plan “seeks to prevent from occurring in the town of Oliver’s boundaries.”
Calling it “spot zoning” of commercial use on the land, the report continues the use of the land “may seem harmless, but will change the pattern of development and existing character of this area.”
“The regional growth strategy supports the town as the primary growth area for the community due to its existing community infrastructure, services and economic and employment opportunities,” the report states.
Industrial uses of land take place around one kilometre south, but RDOS staff note that those areas pre-date the introduction of zoning in the area in the early 1970s.
The RDOS will hear the application Thursday.
Photo by Stocks
With files from Castanet
Richard Klaas (Dick) Visser
1938 – 2018
On Monday, November 26, 2018, Mr. Richard Klaas (Dick) Visser of Oliver passed away at the at the age of 80 years. He was predeceased by his parents Klaas and Margaret.
Dick will be fondly remembered by his loving wife of 55 years, Doreen; sons Scott, Pearce (Hector), David (Kristine) daughter Kimberley; granddaughters Anna and Olivia and grandson Maxwell. His sisters Grietje, Sharon, brother John; nieces and nephews.
Dick joined the RCAF at 17, where he met his wife Doreen. From there he worked as a clothing buyer until purchasing HF Floor Covering in Sherwood Park, Alberta in 1979 and worked there till his retirement in 2004, where he and Doreen moved to the pleasant climate of Oliver.
He was an avid golfer and enjoyed fourteen years at Fairview Mtn Golf Course where he made many friends and had also marshalled the last couple of years.
Donations are gratefully accepted for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon. Celebration of Dick’s life to be held at a later date.
Condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
There’s no denying it. Christmas is on its way.
The Oliver Handbell Ringers (OHR) are ramping up and getting set to present “Under a Winter Sky” to the Okanagan Valley. Emcee Mal Bearman explains to a crowd of holiday shoppers, “Don’t be confused! We definitely have a beautiful venue to play “Under a Winter Sky” in…The Oliver Alliance Church!”
Eclectic mixes of musicians gather several times per week to work on an art that can bring joy to many, especially during this busy season. OHR members hail from both sides of the 49th parallel, and range in age from early 20’s to the members that are a bit more than 20. This troop consists of ringers and singers working under the direction of a pair of dedicated ladies, who happen to be a daughter/mother team. The dynamic duo – Helen Wollf and Sue Gay – share both their passion and talents in music with many.
When ringer, Shana Cachola, was asked about the appeal of ringing bells Cachola explained, “This craft is different than anything else I do. It takes intense practice, both together and individually. It’s REALLY hard! We work closely with one another, and the teamwork is truly something to treasure. It also makes me smile, right from my heart.”
Christmas icon that it is, the bell can instantly transport us to happy, snowy times in days gone by. With the pressures of modern life and expectations running high, the directors of the Oliver Handbell Ringers hope you can take a moment to relax and enjoy the efforts of their hard-working players. Wishes from Director Wollf, “We hope that our Christmas celebration of music is a gift to all ages!”
Performances at Oliver Alliance Church, admission is free (free-will offering will be taken)
Friday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Newly appointed to Board of Directors
CLBC – Community Living BC
– a government contract organization for peoples of special needs.
Board members provide oversight and guidance in alignment with the Province’s goal to make our province a more accessible and inclusive place for people with disabilities.
“I look forward to working with the incoming board members. Their expertise and professional experience will help guide a renewed vision for CLBC over the next three years and I thank them for taking on this new role,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
Graduate: SOSS at Oliver BC, UBC and SFU
Executive: CAO of StarGarden – Larson, as CEO, oversees all operations in Canada, USA and New Zealand.
With over 20 years of experience in the software industry, Marnie specializes in human capital management, payroll, human resources and time and attendance solutions.
Marnie received an MBA from Simon Fraser University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of British Columbia. She has served on the boards of Simon Fraser University’s MBA Alumni Association and the Wired Woman Society.
She is the first born daughter of Larry Larson and his wife Linda.
An elderly lady was waiting to cross the street at the lighted intersection. Not being very steady on her feet, nor quick in her step, she double checked the traffic when the walk signal came on. By the time she began to step into the crosswalk the walk signal disappeared and she had to wait again. “I wish someone would help me get across the street,” was her thinking. At that point a gentleman came along and asked, “May I take your arm as we cross the street?” She willingly agreed. Partway across the street the gentleman tripped and fell. “What happened?” asked the lady. “You’d almost think you were blind not to have seen that pothole.” “I am almost blind,” responded the man. “That’s why I asked for your help. I’m trying to cope without my white cane.”
Should we choose between crying over a lost ability, laughing at the situation, get angry about an obstacle or just give in to using the cane? Maybe even all four! It’s an imaginary story but real life for some.
This man is suppose to appear for court on December 13 for trial on serious criminal charges.
But some judge released this nice man and police are searching for him. For all the investigation and work by the Crown this matter could be delayed and delayed because…… someone is on the lam.
Arrest of Oliver Resident
On February 15th Oliver RCMP were conducting pro-active patrols within the Town of Oliver. At approximately 11:00 am police pulled over a suspicious vehicle with a burnt out taillight. Upon further investigation police arrested the driver, Jeremy Hargreaves, for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Fail to Comply with a Condition of an Undertaking by being in control of a Motor Vehicle without the Owner Present.
Hargreaves is white 5 ft 11 inch and 210 pounds – brown hair blue eyes
Source: Info Tel News, JAN 20 2017
An Oliver man sentenced to 150 days in jail for possession of stolen property and three breaches will be incarcerated on property he was just evicted from.
Jeremy Leslie Hargreaves will spend jail time in the newly opened Okanagan Correctional Centre, which is located on land owned by the Osoyoos Indian Band. Hargreaves had been living on the reserve up until recently when he was evicted by the band’s council after numerous police visits to his residence.
Crown prosecutor Ann Lerechs told court on Thursday, Jan. 19, Hargreaves’ troubles with the law continued while on probation for a June 11, 2015, conviction on an assault charge.
He was identified while pawning a drill taken in a March vehicle break and enter in Penticton, and found to be in breach of conditions of his probation on the 2015 conviction, so a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Police arrested Hargreaves on June 22. He was released the same day, and on July 20 breached his curfew conditions. After being arrested and released once again, he was found in breach of curfew conditions on Nov. 22, and arrested Jan. 22 , 2017.
What is Highway to Healing
Although many groups, organizations and governmental programs provide much support for these families, including financial and residency support, there are still many costs families have to incur themselves. These costs can include fuel, meals, overnight stays before early morning appointments and many smaller expenses, such as parking, that add up over the period of an extended medical treatment.
Supporters of Highway to Healing realized the need existed to form a group under the Societies Act in 2014 and H2H is now a registered not for profit charity. With a volunteer working Board, our mission is to compassionately assist families in our community who have a child, 19 or under, requiring medical care that is not locally available. Highway to Healing’s purpose is to supplement community assistance and be prepared to provide support when travel for medical treatment is required.
The Society is also a comprehensive source of information about other organizations who are ready and willing to assist.
Our goal is to provide immediate and direct financial support to families; within 24 hours of a request we e-transfer funds. We do not require vast amounts of paperwork, and seek always to relieve the burden, not add to it. Ongoing support is provided as families complete treatment, yet must continue to travel for check ups and follow up appointments. Assistance can be one time, or ongoing over a period of time.
Fundraising includes soliciting donations from local service clubs and groups, corporate donations, an annual Ride to Provide and now an Annual fun golf tournament.
In 2017, the budget for the Society increased enough to be able to extend our service area beyond Oliver, to include families from Osoyoos and OK Falls.
Since inception, we have provided over $35,000 in support to more than 20 families.
Oliver Daily News – a proud sponsor of H2H