By ROY WOOD
After peaking late last week, the level of Osoyoos Lake receded for several days but now is creeping back up as snow melts, rain falls and the Similkameen River threatens to restrict outflows.
Osoyoos chief administrative officer Barry Romanko said in an interview this afternoon that the town is expecting the lake to reach 917 feet above sea level over the next few days.
The level reached nearly 916.5 feet last week and has since edged back to 916.3, said Romanko. “We’re looking at another five, six or seven inches … that’s why we haven’t taken off the evacuation notices.”
More than 50 homes, mostly in the Harbour Key and Solana Key areas, received evacuation orders last week because of the rising water levels. The Coast Hotel has been closed and some units at the Poplars were shut down.
The highest level ever recorded was 918.84 feet in 1894.
Janette Van Vianen, the town’s director of corporate services, told ODN that right now officials are “just watching the weather. How much rain we’re going to get … and how the rain is going to affect the Similkameen and Osoyoos Lake.”
The Similkameen flows into the Okanogan River just south of Oroville. When the level in the Similkameen gets too high, it can cause a reverse flow of the Okanogan back into the Osoyoos Lake.
After a peak on May 10, the Similkameen receded for three days, but has been rising again since May 13. Measured at Nighthawk, WA, the river has been in “flood stage” since Tuesday.
Speaking from the RDOS emergency response centre in Penticton, Van Vianen said: “People have been sandbagging in anticipation of another eight inches to a foot (in Osoyoos Lake). … As for our infrastructure, we’ve done what we can to prepare.”
One of the key areas of concern for the town, said Romanko, is the pressure on the sewer system, particularly the storage lagoons for recycled water near the golf course.
There is one empty pond and the golf course has agreed to increase its overnight watering volume to 1.3 million gallons from one million.
To help mitigate the flooding situation, the town is asking residents to follow several practices:
•Ensure that basement floor drains in areas of possible flooding are covered to prevent further water from entering the sewer system;
•Don’t run sump pumps connected to the sewer system;
•Take action to minimize use of the sewer system;
•Stay away from shoreline parks and marinas;
•Minimize travel to flooded or threatened areas;
•Secure docks and take responsibility for them if they float away;
•If on the lake, travel slowly to minimize wakes; and
•Alert the town office if you know of anyone having flood-related difficulty.
The local tourism industry is doing what it can to counter negative publicity and ensure potential visitors that “it’s business as usual in Osoyoos” this May long weekend, the traditional kickoff to the tourist season.
Destination Osoyoos executive director Kelly Glazer said in an interview there have been some cancellations of hotel and motel reservations.
“There was a large group from the half-corked run who cancelled, even though we talked to them in detail how none of what is happening would affect them,” she sad. “Our flooding is so localized that it is not a problem.”
However, it is a problem for power boats, she conceded, since all the marinas and boat launches are closed because of the high lake levels.
What’s more important than the lake levels, she said, is the weekend weather.
“If the weather is crappy, it’s going to be a crappy weekend flood or no flood.”
At this point, the outlook is promising, with a chance of a shower and a high of 22 C on Saturday, sun and cloud and 24C on Sunday, and sun and 27 C for Monday.
Top – south foot of Cottonwood- in Osoyoos -Roy Wood
Bottom – “At the the point” -provincial park -Henryka Mrzljak
* 82.3% said that drivers who are found to be at-fault in crashes should pay more.
* Written comments indicated they believe that the current system does not penalize high-risk drivers appropriately.
* 63.5% said that the option to pay back at-fault claims should be modified or eliminated entirely, while 30.7% believed it should be kept the same.
* The most popular response (41.4%) was that the option should be kept only for vehicle damage claims totalling $2,000 or less.
* 92.1% indicated that the driver – not the registered owner – should be held responsible and see their premiums increase if they cause a crash.
* 74.3% agreed that drivers with one serious conviction within a three-year period should pay higher insurance premiums.
* 58.7% agreed that drivers with two or more minor convictions in a three-year period should pay higher premiums.
* When asked about an appropriate scan period to consider convictions, responses were mixed, with 39.3% at five years, while 50.6% preferred a scan period of two (21.2%) or three (29.4%) years. Age and driving experience had a strong influence on the responses.
* 50.6% supported transition caps of 20% or more annually, to phase in rate increases for high-risk drivers, and decreases for low-risk drivers.
* Written feedback from those who chose the 20% or greater than 20% transition options suggested that higher rates for higher-risk drivers are appropriate, and lower-risk drivers deserve to receive the benefits as soon as possible.
* Regarding the amount of a one-time penalty for a registered owner who did not list a driver who was found at-fault in a crash, 70.9% of people chose a fee option ($250, $500 or $1,000), while a 29.1% chose don’t know/no opinion.
* 38.5% selected $250 (54.3% of those who chose one of the three fee amounts).
* 46.5% of respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed that distance driven should have a greater impact on insurance rates, while 38.8% agreed or strongly agreed.
* Written comments indicated that respondents believed distance driven was a poor estimator of risk, and cited the typically longer driving distances of those who live in rural and remote areas as a reason why considering distance may be unfair.
Young woman I know travelled the highways and byways and supplied this to me
21 locations given along with prices. I have selected these from list:
Prince George 127.9
Ok Falls 140.9
The RDOS has issued an extension of properties on Evacuation Alert in Electoral Area “G” (Olalla/Hedley) due to a breach overnight of Keremeos Creek in the 2500 block of Hwy 3.
Due to the threat of flooding in the vicinity of Keremeos Creek, North and East of the Village of Keremeos in Electoral Area “G” and because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has issued an Evacuation Alert for adjacent properties to Keremeos Creek.
Some chatter on Global TV this morning at Grand Forks – hardest hit.
Now this report from Castanet
The first wave of 140 Canadian troops is arriving in British Columbia to help communities overwhelmed by flood waters.
The Canadian Armed Forces says staff from Joint Task Force Pacific and personnel from the 3rd Canadian Division based in Edmonton will arrive today at a staging area in Vernon.
From there, troops are expected to be deployed to areas such as Grand Forks, where officials in the southern Interior city say a second round of flooding is imminent.
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale says in a news release that members of the armed forces will help with evacuations, sandbagging and property protection.
Soaring temperatures over the last week caused rapid melting of extremely heavy snowpacks, swelling many rivers in B.C. to flood stage and prompting evacuation orders or alerts affecting more than 2,000 properties.
Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made the following statement about flooding in British Columbia:“I have spoken with Minister Mike Farnworth, regarding the flooding situation in British Columbia. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I have accepted his formal request for federal assistance to help communities affected by flooding.
The Government of Canada, through the Government Operations Centre (GOC), continues to monitor and assess the national flooding situation as it evolves. The GOC has staff working to coordinate the federal response to the situation in British Columbia. Officials are working closely with federal and provincial partners on planning the details of this assistance, including support from the Canadian Armed Forces. Troops are deploying to the affected areas and will provide assistance with evacuations, help protect key assets from flood damage, and bolster sandbagging efforts. British Columbians can rest assured that help will be provided as soon as possible. I strongly encourage affected residents to follow the directions and advice of law enforcement and first responders. On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to thank all of the first responders and volunteers working hard to keep everyone safe.”
By now there should a couple of answers to the question asked earlier. Okanagan Gleaners at Oliver
Large group clean cutting potatoes for the slice/machine and then in the drier – part of a soup mix,
Visitor group is the main part of our story.
The ‘Dried with Love’ Symposium this year taking place in Vernon for 9 Gleaners type groups that do the same essential job – prepare dried food for nations in need in the world. Not for profit but in the name of the Lord. For people living in poverty. This group is made up of managers of various facilities across Canada. They head to Abbbotsford to end the week after a number of days in the North Okanagan.
Groups include Okanagan Gleaners at Oliver, North Okanagan Gleaners at Lavington, Fraser Valley Gleaners at Abbotsford, SW Ontario Gleaners, Reapers of Hope at Moorefield-Ont., Ontario Christian Gleaners at Cambridge, Prairie Gleaners at Medicine Hat and Peace Country Gleaners at La Crete, Alberta.
Mission: Surplus food is donated by growers, distributors and packaging companies. Over 25 percent of vegetables grown in North America are non-saleable because of cosmetic ‘deficiencies’ of size, colour or shape or because it has reached its best before date.
This food is ploughed under in growers’ fields or ends up in a landfill site.
A volunteer labour force processes the food in a variety of ways to produce a nutritious dehydrated product that is economical to ship and easily prepared for consumption. This is primarily mixed vegetables and fruit snacks to be used as a versatile product in various cultures. The dehydrated food is donated to mission and relief organizations who ship it to the areas of need and ensure that it is utilized effectively in their relief and development efforts.
Oliver RCMP arrested a Kelowna woman Monday allegedly in possession of property stolen from nearby vehicles.
Police stopped a 21-year-old female in the early morning hours of Monday in a residential area.
The woman initially provided a false name, but the arresting officer identified her as Raven Graham.
“Raven Graham was on court ordered conditions to abide by a curfew and to reside at a Kelowna address,” Sgt. Blaine Gervais said.
She was arrested for obstruction, searched and found in possession of identification not belonging to her, stolen from an unlocked vehicle. Graham is now being charged with six offences.
Gervais said. “A reminder to lock your vehicle and to not leave anything of value in your vehicle.”
She appeared at Penticton Court and remanded in custody until May 22.
Crowd attends opening of ” Deep Roots ” exhibit at Oliver Museum following Society’s Annual Meeting Wednesday
Below – ribbon cut by staff – largely responsible for new hands on display at Museum – check it out when you see the ‘ OPEN ‘ sign. Also in attendance – representatives of Federal, Provincial, Regional and Town governments. (Pictured: Executive director Manda Maggs, Collections manager Julianna Weisgarber along with MP Dick Cannings, Rural Director Terry Schafer, Acting Mayor Larry Schwartzenberger and Colleen Misner from the office of the MLA Linda Larson)
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Attention: Karla Kozakevich, Chair
Re: Serious and Urgent Concerns regarding Industrial Zone Update Amendment Bylaw No. 2783, 2018 and
Immediate Need for Enhanced Engagement with Osoyoos Indian Band
I write to express my serious and urgent concerns regarding the engagement process that the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (“RDOS”) has been undertaking with the Osoyoos Indian Band (“OIB”), and in particular the lack of sufficient engagement on proposed land use bylaws that have significant potential impacts to our Territory and our constitutionally-protected and unextinguished Aboriginal Title and Rights.
In view of the above, I write today to request the RDOS: 1) repeal Amendment Bylaw No. 2783; 2)refrain from issuing any development permits for the new uses incorporated by the amendments; 3) contact us immediately to plan for a Joint Council Meeting on this issue.
OIB Title and Rights
Our Territory is expansive and includes the South Okanagan region, over which we hold constitutionally protected and unextinguished Aboriginal Title and Rights. The land and resources within our Territory have considerable cultural and heritage significance to OIB and our members, and include important archaeological resources, cultural and spiritual use areas that are documented in our oral history and captikwl, hunting locations and gathering sites. What’s more, our historic Dog Lake Indian Reserve #2 encompassed significant portions of present day Okanagan Falls.
Guided by our laws, customs and traditions, and informed by our constitutionally protected Aboriginal Title and Rights, we, together with the Okanagan Nation, take an active role in seeking to protect the land and resources within our Territory for our current generation, our neighbours, and those generations to come. In doing so, we seek to engage on a Government-to-Government (“G2G”) basis with other governments, such as the RDOS, on proposed land and resource uses within our Territory, as well as land and resource laws, bylaws and policies that may impact our Aboriginal Title and Rights.
Over the past months, we have received a significant number of referrals from the RDOS, and we understand that there are a number of other major referrals to come. We appreciate that RDOS is seeking our input on these matters, but also wish to establish a more meaningful G2G working relationship with RDOS before proposed projects and amendments to zoning and other land use bylaws are sent to us in the form of referrals.
Notably, local zoning and land use bylaws shape the way in which local residents (including OIB members) interact with their surroundings, and decisions thereon have significant implications on their day-to-day lives. Concurrently, it is at the local level that governments have the greatest understanding of the effects of their decision-making on Indigenous peoples, such as OIB. Accordingly, RDOS decisions have real consequences on OIB, our members and our Aboriginal Title and Rights, and a strong G2G relationship between RDOS and OIB is therefore critical to achieving true reconciliation.
Flawed Review Process for Industrial Zone Update Amendment Bylaw No. 2783, 2018
The absence of a formal G2G engagement process between RDOS and OIB has already caused significant problems. For example, the RDOS Board recently approved Industrial Zone Update Amendment Bylaw No. 2783, 2018 (“Amendment Bylaw No. 2783”) which amendments have potential far-reaching impacts on OIB’s Aboriginal Title and Rights, including permitting new industrial activities such as cannabis production that have significant water demands and other potential environmental risks. Our local groundwater aquifers are already experiencing heavy use, and further stresses on these vulnerable water sources must be carefully considered before additional industrial uses with significant water needs are permitted.
We were notified of the proposed Amendment Bylaw No. 2783 on February 20, 2018 by way of the existing referral process. On March 8, in advance of the deadline for comments, we notified RDOS that due to internal capacity constraints we were unable to respond by RDOS’ deadline, but would provide comments within 60 days of that deadline. We never received a response to our letter of March 8, and therefore assumed – based on prior practice where we have only been notified by RDOS when an extension request has not been granted – that we could proceed with providing comments by the extended deadline. This assumption was further
supported by the fact that at a meeting between RDOS and OIB technical staff on March 14, this proposed bylaw was on the agenda but never discussed; accordingly, it was our understanding that there would be a future meeting during which OIB could raise its concerns regarding the proposed bylaw with RDOS.
RDOS, however, proceeded to approve Amendment Bylaw No. 2783 on April 19.
As OIB was operating on the assumption that the extension was in place, we had not yet provided comments on the proposed bylaw. As such, RDOS ultimately made its decision without having considered the impacts of the corresponding zoning amendments on our Aboriginal Title and Rights, even when it was abundantly clear – by way of our extension request and inclusion of the topic on the March 14 meeting agenda – that this was a matter that we wished and intended to engage with RDOS on before any decision was made.
You may recall that we signed a Protocol Agreement in 2013 with RDOS that recognizes our right to participate in decisions that could impact our rights and strives to establish a G2G relationship to identify, consult, and address common concerns, mutual interests and issues of importance that arise from time to time. However, our recent experience with the referral process, and the adoption of Amendment Bylaw No. 2783 without consideration of the corresponding impacts on our Aboriginal Title and Rights, indicates that the development of a strong G2G relationship between RDOS and OIB has a long way to go.
Other Concerns regarding Amendment Bylaw No. 2783
We are also concerned that the Amendment Bylaw No. 2783 is not consistent with the intent of the Official Community Plan (“OCP”), which plan serves as a policy foundation for the zoning bylaws that the new bylaw amends. For example, the OCP for Electoral Area ‘A’ includes the following broad goals regarding environmental protection and sustainable use of our waters:
• balance economic development with protection of environmental values;
• protect the quantity and quality of ground and surface water resources through positive development decisions based on sustainable use of those resources; and
• ensure that future development is compatible with the physical nature, resources and limitations of the land base and that growth is planned in a manner that ensures protection for the environment.
The OCP for Electoral Area ‘A’ also specifies objectives and goals for industrial uses that focus on permitting smaller industrial developments rather than large ones – these objectives and goals include:
• providing for small scale, light industrial activities servicing the needs of local residents; and
• ensuring that all industrial development is in scale with and appropriate to the character of the rural community and does not adversely affect the natural environment.
Finally, we note that this OCP stresses the importance of working collaboratively with OIB, while ensuring the participation of OIB in decision-making.
As indicated above, the referral process carried out to date has not ensured our participation in decision-making, including the review and approval of Amendment Bylaw No. 2783; concurrently, we are concerned that some of the new industrial uses, including cannabis uses that have considerable water and energy needs along with other environmental risks (including risks to wildlife from facility siting and light pollution), that have been permitted by way of this amendment bylaw do not align with the goals and objectives of the OCP that stress the importance of sound and sustainable management of resources and the protection of environmental values.
Recommended Next Steps
In light of the above, we strongly recommend the following:
1.Repeal Amendment Bylaw No. 2783.
a. At the next RDOS Board meeting, you, as Chair of the RDOS, should reconsider the decision to approve Amendment Bylaw No. 2783 pursuant to your authority under section 217 of the Local Government Act (“LGA”).
b. In the alternative, the RDOS Board should promptly repeal Amendment BylawNo. 2783 for:
i.failure to meaningfully engage with OIB;
ii.failure to adequately consider potential impacts of the amendment bylawon OIB’s Aboriginal Title and Rights; and
iii.failure to ensure that the amendment bylaw aligns with the existing OCPs,
by exercising its authority under section 227 of the LGA and section 137 of the Community Charter (British Columbia).
2.Refrain from issuing any development permits.
a.The RDOS should not issue any development permits for any of the new usesincorporated in the Amendment Bylaw No. 2783, including cannabis uses,without prior meaningful engagement with OIB on each such permit application.
3.Joint Council Meeting.
a.We urgently request a joint council meeting with the RDOS Board in the near future to:
i.discuss the matters outlined in this letter;
ii.begin to develop a more meaningful G2G process, including engagementbefore referrals are sent out;
iii.set the framework to negotiate a land use planning and developmentagreement as contemplated in section 4.5 of the Protocol Agreement; and
iv. begin developing a path forward for sustainable co-management of development activities, including cannabis, within our Territory.
Chief Clarence Louie
Osoyoos Indian Band
“We might like to be able to magically make the water disappear,”
Brian Symonds, International Joint Commission told a meeting in Osoyoos Tuesday.
Shaun Reimer, the B.C. official who oversees operation of river flow on the Canadian side of the border, includes dams where water exits Okanagan and Skaha Lakes and McIntrye Dam in Oliver.
Just a note – Symonds had Reimer’s job a few years ago.
Thanks to Osoyoos Times and Richard McGuire
Barry Romanko, CAO for the Town of Osoyoos provided and update on the Town’s infrastructure. Currently, the Town’s sewer system is manageable however residents are asked to reduce sewer disposal from their residences by reducing amount of laundry, taking shorter showers, flush less, and above all do not pump water into the sewer system.
Brian Symonds from the International Joint Commission provided a power point presentation showing how the levels and flows of the Similkameen River affect Osoyoos Lake.
Zosel Dam in Oroville has been wide open since March 28 when the lake level was 910.5. When the flows of the Similkameen River increase it creates a backflow effect and it starts to back up into Osoyoos Lake. There is no controls able to stop this from happening. He estimates Osoyoos Lake could potentially rise to the 917 foot level or more before it peaks.
Shaun Reimer from Water Stewardship Branch at FLNRO, provided information regarding the flows from Okanagan River into Osoyoos Lake.
The water is being held back at Okanagan Lake to 40 cubic metres per second. The last control area is at Okanagan Falls. After that the river is being fed from tributaries between Okanagan Falls and Osoyoos which is causing the Okanagan River to run at 100 cubic metres per second at Oliver.
Willow Beach – evacuation order in effect
Along the Lake to the south of Willow – some homes (older type) flooded. Newer ones on higher ground but many taking protective measures. One neighbor told me – the lake was up, now it’s down but anything is possible so locals doing as much as possible to prevent damage.
Okanagan Lake has risen in the past week – 48.5 centimetres to 342.31 metres. This is 17 cm below full pool
With a 30 per cent chance of precipitation Wednesday night, it is likely that by Friday the lake will reach full pool at 342.48 metres and exceed this level by the weekend.
Source: Black Press Digital
PRESIDENT nominees Darren Baptiste and Brent Hodgins were tied at 7 votes each and the outgoing President broke the tie after each gave a brief presentation.
The new PRESIDENT of Oliver Elks Lodge #267 is Brent Hodgins
1st VICE-PRESIDENT – Mike Brewer
2nd VICE-PRESIDENT – Frieda Stratton
3rd VICE-PRESIDENT – Carol Bonaldo
SECRETARY – Lilly Zekanovic
TREASURER – Sandra Hodgins
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR – Earl Krushelnicki
Sgt-At-Arms – Scott Hesselgrave
CHAPLAIN – Karen Nelson
Thanks to outgoing leaders Ron Ethier and Veronica Eadie
Only 16 people attended the annual meeting.
Wednesday May 16th, JOB FAIR in Oliver
2 – 5 pm at the Sen Pok Chin School.
Approximately 20 employers to attend, and these employers are looking to hire!
Bring your resumes, find out about the opportunities for employment.
Special guest Canadian actor Nathaniel Arcand will be there. Find out about opportunities in the film industry first hand. Hope to see you there!
Students then would have been “in a positon of being evacuees and be dropped off at emergency operations centres without supervision or accompaniment of their parents. This (would) only complicate the relief efforts of the RDOS,” Superintendent Bev Young in a letter that was sent home with kids.
2018-05-15 13:53 PDT
On May 14, 2018 at 1:40 p.m. the Osoyoos RCMP responded to an incident at a hotel located at 4200 Lakeshore Drive. A 25-year-old male was located on site suffering from suspected stab wounds and was transported to the hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
Preliminary information suggests this was a targeted event, and police do not feel public safety is at risk.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Osoyoos RCMP at 250-495-7236. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Sgt. Jay (Jason) D. Bayda
Area Commander – Osoyoos Det.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police | Gendarmerie royale du Canada
Highway 97 Both directions – Maintenance 13.5 km north of Oliver 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Tue May 15. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 19 minutes delay. Updated on Tue May 15 at 7:35 am PDT.
Source: Drive BC
Orchard Haven care home resident relocation underway
Due to ongoing flooding and increased evacuation alerts in the South Okanagan, residents at Orchard Haven residential care home are being relocated until further notice.
Orchard Haven has 36 residents, 11 have the ability to return to family in the area and 25 will be transported to alternate facilities in the South Okanagan.
Although residents of Orchard Haven are being relocated, the South Similkameen Health Centre will remain open for services unless a mandatory evacuation order is issued.
Family members and patients with questions can call 250-295-5414 for more information. As staff members work to relocate residents during this period, your patience and understanding is requested.