Near bathroom at Lion’s Park – secured by snake expert.
No picture of bear – sited recently near hike and bike path – west side – North of Oliver.
After 11 years with the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, executive director Janice Perrino is moving on.
Perrino will complete her tenure on July 15 to become president of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.
Walter Despot, chair of the local board, said Perrino will be missed and the organization wishes her every success in the future.
“Janice’s departure comes after a hugely successful launch to the foundation’s $20 million campaign to supply the medical equipment for the $312.5 million expansion of Penticton Regional Hospital,” said Despot. “She has done an exceptional job of raising funds for our hospital and all of the other medical facilities in the region.”
Perrino said winning government approval for the new PRH patient care tower and emergency room expansion was a great accomplishment for the region.
“This is the best project for our region’s future. What has been the most exciting for me to see, is the public’s commitment to the fundraising campaign,” she said.
“Now, a new executive director can work with the community to take us over the top, ensure the hospital has the medical equipment needed and that we are set for the future.”
Perrino led the foundation’s previous major campaigns at PRH, including those for a mobile MRI van, CT scanner, digital stereotactic mammography machine, new digital imaging equipment, student residence, along with hundreds of pieces of medical equipment for health facilities throughout the region.
Perrino is also a former mayor of Summerland.
The foundation intends to have a new executiveâ€director in place shortly.
There are three administrative transfers:
Mike Safek will be transferred to Tuc-el-nuit Elementary School as principal
Shendah Benoit will be transferred to Principal of Student Support Services as a result of the retirement of Terry Collis and
Lyle Chapman transferred to second VP at SOSS.
Superintendent of Schools
District 53 Okanagan Similkameen.
Safek has been in the educational system since 1986.
He taught in Coquitlam and did counselling work in Comox Valley.
He was principal at Okanagan Falls Elementary School, and principal at an elementary school in Kamloops.
He was the Vice Principal of Osoyoos Secondary, Principal of OES and now due to the closure of a school he is closer to home at TEN school in Oliver.
This weekend we feature the writings and interview of Brenda Shaw – local historian and writer:
INTERVIEW WITH LAWRENCE HILL
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1983 AT HIS HOME IN OSOYOOS CONDUCTED BY PENNY-LYNN GALBRAITH AND BRENDA SHAW
Lawrence Hill was great uncle to Brenda Shaw…
his sister Bessie was her grandmother.
Lawrence Hill was the youngest of ten children. By the time he came along, three of his older sisters, Bessie, Nora and Mary (Chubb), had already left home and married. Then there were Grace, Dora (who now lives at Winfield), Gertrude and Ruth, and finally Bill, Jess, and Lawrence. Their parents were William Walter Hill and Rachel Wilhemina Vieux, known as Mettie.
William was born in Wisconsin in 1861 (he died in 1933 in Penticton and is buried there). Rachel (Mettie) was born in 1870 in Eagle Point near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. She was about ten years younger than her husband, and she died in 1952 and is buried in Oliver. Mettie’s mother had a “stopping place” at Little Falls on the Chippewa River. William was on a log drive down the river, and stopped in for a meal. That’s how he met his wife. William and Mettie were married in 1885.
William’s family were railroaders, even his father. William himself was a policeman in Barnesville, Minnesota before moving to Alberta (Forestburg) in 1904 to homestead. He shipped out two head of oxen and two horses, Tom and Gerry. The family came in wagons, and lived in tents until the father got the sod house built. The livestock was shipped to Strome, the nearest railroad station. The family lived near Alliance, and knew the Fred Schumann’s.
All the Hill daughters were born in the States. The boys were born in Alberta, Lawrence in 1912, in their sod house. The house was two stories high and the walls were three feet thick. They moved into a regular wood house when Lawrence was about three.
William leased the homestead out and moved his family to Tacoma Washington, where they stayed about a year. Lawrence started school there. After that William went back to Alberta and sold the homestead, and then moved his family to Oliver as he had heard there was a new town starting. Bruce Skelton and Fitz (Hazel Dawson) had been telling the Hill’s about Oliver and the family arrived here in 1919.
William bought property on Main Street (where the Credit Union now stands) and opened a confectionary and restaurant. Mettie Hill and the girls still at home ran the restaurant. The camps were going at that time, and there were a lot people around. The family lived up on the hill at first (next to Norton’s), and then eventually built behind the restaurant. The house was later moved to Osoyoos where it still remains.
Lawrence said his mother should have had a medal. She fed many hungry workers without charge. Some of them stayed up to a week. He saw as many as fifteen people eating at a time and none of them being able to pay but most helped out with chores. Times were hard and money scarce. He said his mother could never turn away a hungry person no matter what.
The family ate most of its meals at the restaurant as well, what with the mother and the girls there all the time. Ma ran the restaurant until 1946 or so and then finally sold out because she was getting old. She retired in her new house down below. Lawrence says White’s Meat Market bought the place from his mother and opened meat lockers.
Mr. Hil always had a car. He had been on the school board and council in Alberta, but didn’t get involved in that sort of thing out here. He was of United Church background and Ma Hill was Catholic. Because her husband was not Catholic, Mrs. Hill never followed it up.
William was a plasterer by trade after he quit farming. He plastered the United Church here. He had two places (orchards), one right across from Tait’s which George Kilback bought off of him and another by Bitterman’s.
Lawrence went to school in the old red schoolhouse. Beatrice Collen (before she was Collen) was his teacher. The school had two rooms and Charlie Mitchell was principal and teacher in the other. Old Charlie was a mean son-of-a-gun. He used to lose his head and throw stuff. Once he threw a big blackboard compass at Lloyd Fairweather and just missed Lloyd’s head. The point of the compass went right through the blackboard and the hole was still there years later for anyone to see.
Another time Charlie threw a book at Arie Ripley and hit her on the arm almost breaking it. Lawrence only attended school until somewhere around grade eight. He left Oliver when he was sixteen and went up to Quesnel, where he worked driving truck for a Chinese fellow (Lee Chong Co.), delivering goods out to Barkerville. He was in Quesnel from 1929 to 1931.
Lawrence also remembers when Harry Fairweather had the Oliver Hotel brought up from New Westminster. It came up in pieces and Harry was in the process of putting it together. Harry often supplied the boys from the Reserve with liquor and one night Lawrence remembers that Harry must have run out of booze because the fellas from the Reserve were in a foul mood and began throwing large boulders into the hotel. Harry did not have the roof on yet and by morning there was quite a good supply of very large rocks sitting on the floor of the Hotel.
Lawrence had a nickname, Half-Pint. “Old Fat Johnson called me that. I never grew until I was about seventeen or eighteen. I was small for my age and could wear my sisters’ shoes. My sisters used to tell me I’d better get an education because I’d never be big enough to earn a living.”
The Japanese built the railroad into Oliver and Lawrence used to chum with Musija Mada, one of the crew.
For entertainment in Oliver there were sleigh rides and skating in winter. They went to dances at the old community hall. And horses; Lawrence always had a horse. As kids, they would walk through the siphon, entering up by the school and coming out on the Indian Reserve. “We had a lot of fun scaring one another, telling someone the water was coming.” Most of the syphon was underground and the part from the edge of the community park to the top at the Indian Reserve was above ground.
Sylvia Rose Worley, called “Dood” from the time she was little, came over from the Kootenays to work in the packing house here. She was visiting friends in town when Lawrence was home from the Cariboo and he met her. In the dirty thirties Oliver looked like the end of the world to Dood but there was a job at least.
On August 25, 1934 Lawrence and Dood went down across the line and were married in Okanogan, Washington. She wore a plain blue dress and a hat. In those days you could just go down and get married; you didn’t need a license or anything.
About four car loads of people went down for the wedding. They all stayed overnight at the hotel in Okanogan and in the morning the hotel management gave the lot of them breakfast on the house.
From 1932 to 1935 Lawrence was selling cars for the Grand Forks garage in Penticton. He bought an old 1925 Maxwell from the garage and in 1935 moved up to Barkerville. He and Dood had bought a big police dog in Oroville, Misty, and they all got in the car and went off to the Cariboo. They had 75 cents left when they got there.
Lawrence wanted to get on at the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine in Barkerville. Anyone who wanted work had to show up at the mine in the morning and hope he would be picked for work that day. There would be 200 men sitting around on a big pile of timbers, waiting to be picked to work. For a while Lawrence got a job hauling slab wood at
$2.00 and $3.00 a load, but he wanted regular work. He finally went in after the other men were gone and talked the mine manager into giving him a job.
Lawrence worked in that mine until it closed in 1936. From there he went to Trail selling cars, and then got on with the railroad. He worked with the railroad until 1950. He wasn’t able to go overseas during the Second World War because his job on the railroad was frozen but he did join up with the Canadian Mounted Rifles.
In 1935, February 22, daughter Lorraine was born to Lawrence and Dood. Lorraine married Bob May and had three children: Colin, Blair and Corey-Lou. Bob and Lorraine are both deceased.
Lawrence transferred with the railroad in 1948 to Penticton. In 1950 he went back to selling cars and did that until he retired. He worked for the Pontiac dealer and was sales manager for fifteen years. When the dealership sold out to Loewen, Lawrence quit after six months and opened his own car lot. He and Dood also had a motel in Okanagan Falls – Skaha Bungalows – and he commuted to Penticton daily.
The Hills bought the motel in 1962 and sold it in 1972. They lived at the motel while Lawrence had car lots in Penticton and Oliver. After they retired they moved to a house in Osoyoos. Dood got sick and went into a Care Home where she passed away in 1995. Lawrence sold the house and moved into an apt until he became very ill and ended up in the Oliver hospital where he passed away in 1997.
Obituary for the late Catherine Megan “Meg” Lougheed
November 10, 1922 – May 18, 2016
On Wednesday May 18, 2016, Mrs. Catherine Megan “Meg” Lougheed of Oliver passed away peacefully at McKinney Place ECU at the age of 93 years.
She was predeceased by her husband Hugh; brother Nick Nichols and sister Mary Joan Ursuliak.
Meg will be fondly remembered by her loving family including children Holly (Wayne) McLean, David Lougheed, Brian (Teri) Lougheed, Neil (Marie) Lougheed, Shauna (Len) Kirkham, Allan (Lori) Lougheed, Margaret (Ron) Galloway and Samuel Lougheed; eleven grandchildren Phoenix, Seaton, Evan, Rochelle, Leigh, Adam, Nicky, Brooklyn, Morgan, Emma and Paige; two great-grandchildren Harriet and Kyle as well as many extended family and friends.
Meg is well known as a teacher at SOSS from 1958 – 1983. She was also a charter member of the Desert Sage Weavers & Spinners. Meg enjoyed reading, gardening and the fibre arts. Over the years she attended the Oliver United Church.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday May 26, 2016 at the Oliver United Church followed by a reception in the church lower hall.
The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Margaret Myslek, all the nurses with the Palliative Care program, home support and McKinney Place.
Donations are gratefully accepted for Desert Valley Hospice, PO Box 1261, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 or the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.
VANCOUVER – A report summarizing a public consultation process relating to proposed protected areas, including national park reserve (NPR) status, in the South Okanagan-Similkameen was released Thursday by the British Columbia government. The 81 day process was launched August 13, 2015 and generated 3,460 comments.
“We are really happy the report has finally been released, and we look forward to the BC government sitting down with the federal government and First Nations governments to move this process forward again,” said Gwen Barlee, National Policy Director with the Wilderness Committee. “Establishing a national park reserve is widely supported here and would be excellent news for BC from an environmental and economic perspective.”
The report, which did not identify the number of national park supporters or opponents, found themes related to the inadequacy of protection provisions in the region, the importance of connectivity between protected areas and support for a national park reserve. It also highlighted concerns related to hunting access and recreational opportunities.
Appendices showed that the creation of a national park reserve was supported by a large majority of local and provincial groups. There were 27 organizations supporting national park designation versus six groups in opposition.
The South Okanagan-Similkameen ecosystem is one of the most endangered in Canada in terms of rarity, diversity and species richness. Bobolinks, badgers and burrowing owls are just a handful of the species at risk found in the region. Thirty per cent of BC’s red-listed species, and 46 per cent of the province’s blue-listed species are found here.
The report clearly states there may be NP reserves in two areas – Vaseux Lake and area south of Hwy 3 west of Osoyoos.
The concept of a National Park for all three areas is not indicated.
Profit margins increased!
Beer shop owner ecstatic!
10 million dollars per year in economic support announced to small craft breweries.
25% reduction in the markup will result in more cash left in the till at brewers.
Sid Ruhland of Firehall Brewery in Oliver with MLA Linda Larson. Results in less than one year when an appeal made to the government for relief.
54 breweries in BC in 2010 growing to 118 in 2015
OLIVER – As British Columbia continues to grow its reputation as the craft beer capital of Canada, craft brewers in every corner of the province will now benefit from an additional $10 million per year in economic support thanks to a significant reduction in the mark-up rate for craft beer products.
Effective July 3, 2016, the mark-up rate for small and regional breweries will be reduced by approximately 25 per cent, ensuring craft breweries will have increased financial capacity to grow and expand. These changes further improve mark-up rates for craft beer that were announced last year when government introduced the new wholesale pricing model, and will enable craft breweries to increase production and create jobs, while increasing the availability of high-quality, made-in-B.C. products.
As part of these new changes, craft breweries will also no longer be required to remit the supplier price of their products to the Liquor Distribution Branch, which will improve the companies’ cash flow.
This announcement has a positive impact on Firehall Brewery in Oliver and four craft breweries in Penticton.
“Craft brewers like our own Firehall Brewery, along with consumers, are the main beneficiaries of these changes,” Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson said. “This announcement supports the growth of the craft beer sector in the South Okanagan and throughout B.C. by giving breweries like Firehall more resources to create jobs, while giving consumers more choices of high-quality, locally made products.”
The Rotary Club of Oliver presents sponsorship cheque in the amount of $2500 to Managers at Oliver Parks and Recreation Society. Oliver’s Sunshine Festival organized and coordinated by the Parks Society.
Rotary presenter – President-elect Jennifer Roussel
OPRS Interim Manager Natalie Korsovetski
and Parks Interim Program Manager Kyle Fossett
Phone interview 8am
1. What happens if Ottawa does not want two separate zones – a. Osoyoos area and b. Vaseux area?
“hose areas would likely become Class A Provincial Parks”
2. How long is the process going to go on? “he province should know its intentions prior to the election”
3. What about Linda Larson’s role so far? “I am concerned and frustrated that so much has been dumped on Linda when this process began so many years before and the controversy was there well before her election
4. Could the province do a better job of managing the resources in our area? “Yes but I could say that about all of the province and all of our responsibilities. There never is enough money to go around”
5. What about Ottawa and the National Park system doing a better job? “There is no evidence to that effect”
6. What really next? “My staff will now get to the job of drafting recommendations on the issue before going to cabinet for permission to proceed”
7. Native organization involvement? “Our consultation process with the ONA and local chiefs is very important and much progress has been made with co-management and there is more to come”
8. Did you like this consultation process? “It was fairly quickly done and the review taking a bit long but was measured and thoroughly analyzed. This was to be a consultation with local people on the ground in the South Okanagan. The bulk of the input came from organizations and agencies – many from outside the region”
9. What about Zone 2 (West of Oliver) Oliver Mountain?”This will be a conservancy and much can be done without any legislation so look for fairly quick action once consultation with the ONA is complete”
10. About the heat of controversy?”I think our process has cooled down the issue with a plan outlined that needs some refinement but is a step in the right direction. Polak says being positive will help making good decisions possible.”
Annual STRAWBERRY TEA hosted by the members of
Order of Eastern Star
When…………Saturday JUNE 25th
Where………..Oliver Elk’s Hall
Enjoy being served by our gentlemen in tuxedos and
serenaded by the Soggy Bottom Boys
Only 125 tickets to be sold and we usually sell out – so order now
Tickets at Beyond Bliss
Profits go to Cancer Projects or to the Community
Thank you to the people of Oliver, for allowing us to host an event that saw 355 firefighters from 76 departments in British Columbia come train, learn valuable skills and interact with fellow firefighters from our great province.
We want to say thank you to the motels, bed & breakfasts, and campgrounds that may have provided lodging for everyone. To the many businesses that provided food, water, donated items and allowed many of our own firefighters to take time away from work to help with this event. We thank you.
Thank you to the people of Oliver who may have been inconvenienced with all the traffic on our streets or by not being able to use the community parks while we were hosting our event. We appreciate everything everyone has done to support us and we want to let you know that it does not go unrecognized.
We want to say a special thank you to our families without whom none of this would be possible. The time that you have spent to make sure that this event succeeds is beyond words. We know that it can be difficult for us to be away or that you will see very little of us while we spend late nights setting up events or being out at the early hours of the morning. For this we love and appreciate you.
The Oliver Fire Department looks forward to once again hosting the B.C Volunteer Firefighters Spring Seminar in 2018, and we look forward to your help and support when we host once again. Your support is what makes this town one of the best in British Columbia to serve and be a part of.
From all of us
The Oliver Fire Department
“I can confirm that the 60 yr old male driver and 40 yr old female passenger that were involved in the May 12th collision in Ollala, were off duty RCMP officers.
Out of respect for their privacy, the RCMP will not speak to specific injuries or identify the officer or their detachment location. Our thoughts and prayers are with the officers and their families during this most difficult time and throughout their recovery period.”
Cpl. Dan Moskaluk
Earlier on ODN
A 2 vehicle collision on Highway 3A in Ollala closed the highway for several hours Thursday May 12 at about 1 pm.
Preliminary investigation reveals a vehicle crossed the centre line in an apparent left hand turn, across the path of a second vehicle. The driver of the first vehicle, and passenger of the second vehicle were taken by ambulance to hospital. The driver of the second vehicle, a Corvette was airlifted to hospital with critical injuries.
Conclusions and Next Steps
The 81 day public comment period that was associated with the Ministry of Environment’s release of the Intentions Paper generated 3,460 responses. While a small percentage of the respondents (members of the public, organizations, affiliations, business interests etc.) chose to submit comments via the online form, a much larger percentage utilized different mediums (e.g., post cards, direct emails, formal letters) in which to convey their interests/recommendations for enhanced protection in the South Okanagan. The comments received varied in detail and presentation, and, while some respondents directly followed the seven question format outlined in the Intentions Paper, the majority of submissions used the release of the Intentions Paper as a platform to reinforce perspectives on the question of whether the South Okanagan was a suitable candidate for a national park reserve.
While all responses were appreciated, the purpose of the Intentions Paper was to solicit public feedback regarding the protected area framework proposal within the paper, one which is intended to reflect as best as possible the wide ranging interests of all interested groups and individuals; the original 2010 national park reserve proposal is not being reconsidered. Given the purpose of the Intentions Paper, submissions focused on the 2010 proposal (either supporting or opposing) weighed far less in the analysis process than responses focused on the questions in the Intentions Paper. In addition, the quantity of responses was factored less in the analysis than the quality of the information, concerns, suggestions and ideas raised in the context of the seven questions.
The questions posed within the Intentions Paper respecting the protected area concept were drafted to seek qualitative information to help the Province consider impacts (positive and negative) of protected area designations and to identify the types of issues that enhanced protection measures would need to consider before implementation. As the process was open-ended for responses, there were no appropriate controls in place, nor was the framework designed to determine overall support or opposition, and therefore the input cannot be considered as a poll.
Despite the deviation from what the Intentions Paper was originally designed to present and elicit, the feedback revealed many common themes and geographical areas of concern that greatly aided the Ministry of Environment in better understanding the interests of those passionate about protection in the South Okanagan. Numerous areas were suggested as requiring some form of enhanced protection and many of those sites were focused in the Vaseux Lake area, areas bordering existing sites of the South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area, and within the White Lake Basin. While other sites were presented as having a strong historical connection to the South Okanagan, such as the Haynes Ranch buildings (east of the Okanagan River), the Grist Mill near Keremeos and the iconic Fairview town site at the base of Oliver Mountain.
The Okanagan Shuswap Land and Resource Management Plan (OSLRMP) factored heavily in many responses, with comments focussed on respecting existing land use commitments (such as access, recreational activities, commercial tenures) and pointing out that there remain outstanding recommendations from the OSLRMP that government should consider for implementation (e.g., Goal 2 park establishment). The decision to create a proposed conservancy designation for Area 2 as presented in the Intentions Paper was influenced by these previous land use commitments.
The Province has been, and will continue to be, in discussions with member bands from the Okanagan Nation Alliance (in particular, the Penticton Indian Band, the Osoyoos Indian Band and the Lower Similkameen Indian Band) on potential protection measures and land management that is collaborative and respects First Nation interests and values in the area. The Province will continue to engage with First Nations to better understand their interests prior to any final decisions.
Continuing engagement with member bands of the Okanagan Nation Alliance to further understand First Nation values and interests in the area. Discussions will include how collaborative management can be accomplished.
Identifying any interim protection measures that should be considered in the short to medium term.
The Ministry of Environment has analysed thousands of submissions received from British Columbians in response to the Intentions Paper on a Protected Areas Framework for British Columbia’s South Okanagan.
The 81-day public comment period, following the release of the intentions paper in August 2015 seeking feedback on land protection measures in the South Okanagan, generated 3,460 responses.
The feedback shows the public is very interested and passionate about issues of environmental protection, First Nations cultural values, tourism and recreation opportunities in the South Okanagan.
Themes identified throughout the submissions included the need to ensure connectivity between areas, to preserve and protect the remaining biodiversity of the South Okanagan, and to recognize the importance of hunting, fishing, tourism, ranching and recreation in the area.
Several additional areas were suggested as requiring protection, including areas around Vaseux Lake and the South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area. Comments also focused heavily on respecting existing land use commitments, such as access and recreational activities in regards to the Okanagan Shuswap Land and Resource Management Plan.
The provincial government will consider all feedback when developing the final recommendations, and continue to engage with First Nations to better understand their interests prior to any final decisions. The Province is expected to move forward on a decision later this year.
Please find the full report available here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/planning/pdfs/consultation-summary-so-ip.pdf
Mary Polak, Minister of Environment –
“Thank you to everyone who submitted comments about the South Okanagan. Your feedback is invaluable to help us satisfy the varying interests in this special and unique region. Our intent with the final recommendations is to protect significant geographic and cultural values, while providing recreation and tourism opportunities for future generations to enjoy.”
We just spoke with the Minister of the Environment at 3:45 pm today.
Mary Polak: happy with it, good information – ODN will be briefed shortly
The Minister says on a separate matter that BC’s five conditions on Kinder Morgan are in the stipulations granted by the National Energy Board. BC was not surprised in any way by the decision and has its own process to go through with proper first nations involvement.
The provincial government is responsible for requisitioning in the rural areas of BC. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) does not directly requisition taxpayers. The RDOS uses the funds collected from property owners to support services that benefit all residents using that service. Services such as water distribution, sewage collection, recreation, fire protection and 911 emergency call services just to name a few.
Rural Property tax payments are NOT accepted at the RDOS office.
Rural Property Taxes must be paid at a Service BC office (Agent for the Province of BC).
Oliver Service BC office
583 Fairview Rd., Oliver
Hours: Monday to Friday (excluding stat holidays)
8:30am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Ensure you pay your property taxes by the date noted on your rural tax notice.
Province invests $1.39 million to extend the life of a school in Keremeos
KEREMEOS – Students, parents and teachers at Similkameen Elementary School in Keremeos will see a revamped and refreshed school thanks to $1.39 million going to the district under the province’s School Enhancement Program.
The project is a mechanical upgrade to replace the existing gas-fired roof-top unit with dual fuel air source heat pumps. Along with the provincial government’s $1.39-million contribution, School District 53 is providing $100,000.
The School Enhancement Program is improving 80 schools across every district this year. Districts applied to the Ministry of Education this spring and successful projects were chosen based on need and priority.
As a result of B.C.’s fiscal discipline and its balanced budget, the government is able to support key investments like the School Enhancement Program.
“Through the School Enhancement Program, Similkameen Elementary School will receive much-needed improvements that will benefit students, teachers and staff,” Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson said. “This is another example of how schools continue to benefit from B.C.’s balanced budget.”
The projects have to be substantially complete by March 31, 2017.
This year’s $40-million School Enhancement Program builds on last year’s $35-million Routine Capital Program investment, which supported 109 school improvement projects throughout the province.
Budget 2016 provides $1.7 billion in capital funding over three years to replace aging facilities, build more student spaces in growing communities and improve seismic safety.
The National Energy Board has recommended that the federal government approve the contentious $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion with 157 conditions.
The federal regulator has issued its long-awaited report on the project after a two-year debate that cost millions, galvanized aboriginal and environmental protests and prompted mass arrests.
A three-member review panel recommended Ottawa approve Kinder Morgan Canada’s proposal to triple the capacity of the pipeline, which carries crude from oilsands near Edmonton to Burnaby.
But Kinder Morgan will first have to address 157 engineering, safety, environmental and emergency preparedness conditions.
The positive recommendation has cleared a major hurdle for the project, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet set to make a final decision by the end of the year.
There was fierce opposition to the project and the process throughout the energy board’s hearing, with the British Columbia government and cities of Vancouver and Burnaby opposing the expansion.
VANCOUVER – Wilderness Committee is outraged but not surprised the National Energy Board (NEB) approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline today despite overwhelming opposition in British Columbia.
“I shouldn’t be surprised, but this is an outrageous decision. The NEB has ignored and wasted the time of countless communities, First Nations and individuals who have stood up to oppose this irresponsible pipeline proposal,” said Peter McCartney, Climate Campaigner with the Wilderness Committee. “Kinder Morgan’s project has no social licence and this pipeline will not be built.”
Widespread criticism of flaws in the NEB process meant the decision was a foregone conclusion.
“Nobody had much hope the NEB would act in the public interest and reject this project,” said McCartney. “Now the ball is in Trudeau’s court to do the right thing — protect our coast and our climate.”
A member of a long-established Penticton family is celebrating his love of vintage vehicles with a generous donation towards Penticton Regional Hospital.
Jim Leir recently sold a restored 1918 Mack AC “Bulldog” truck which his father, Hugh Leir purchased after the First World War for use at the family’s sawmill in Penticton.
The $30,000 in proceeds are being donated to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign to provide medical equipment for the new patient care tower at PRH.
“It’s a bit of a family heirloom. It is a very rare vehicle,” he said. “They were war assets and my Dad bought two of them. This was the only one left.”
The Mack was one of several hard rubber-tired trucks working at the mill at the time, hauling lumber and shunting freight cars in the yards.
“My brothers and I learned to drive it when I was a kid,” Jim recalled. “It had to be cranked to start it and the radiator often boiled over, throwing scalding water onto our laps.”
It took Leir about five years to restore the truck some 25 years ago.
“When my father sold the sawmill in 1966, I rescued what remained of the truck and stored it until I began the restoration in 1981.”
Leir took it to several classic truck shows throughout Western Canada and the U.S., including the Peach City Beach Cruise in Penticton. He recently sold it to a friend in Kelowna who also collects vintage vehicles.
“I wanted it to stay in the Valley, being a vintage piece. It’s gone to a great home.”
Leir still owns a number of other antique vehicles kept on his current property in Summerland, including a 1913 KisselKar. Despite the German-sounding name of the company’s founding family, these cars were made in Wisconsin. Other vehicles remaining in his collection include a 1935 Ford pickup truck and 1948 International 10-ton flatdeck.
Jim Leir was born in 1928, one of 11 children who lived at their family’s distinctive stone house, now home to the Leir House Cultural Centre. His oldest sister Marjorie, turned 100 last year, although two brothers and two sisters have passed away.
The Leir home in the 1930s and ‘40s was situated in what at that time was considered the outskirts of Penticton. “It was in the centre of 10 acres of cactus, rocks and trees. It was a great place to grow up, we didn’t have to go out of the yard,” he said.
The current Penticton Regional Hospital property was the site of a “hobo jungle” during the Depression Years, as many jobless men camped out next to Ellis Creek.
“We knew all these guys,” Leir said. “They used to go by our place on the way into town.”
Now Leir is happy to see the money from the sale of the 98-year-old Mack truck help out the Foundation’s PRH tower campaign, noting his family’s long-held ties to the community and the hospital.
“I’m very pleased to be able to do it,” he said. “It’s a good place to put the money.”
Construction of the $312.5-million PRH project starts later this spring.
Nothing says “Gear Head” like back-to-back weekends of drag racing at the Osoyoos airport.
Sunday May 29 and Sunday June 5 give fans and drivers ample opportunity to watch their favourites rip down the 1/8 mile drag strip.
Local car enthusiast, drag racer and volunteer of Wine Country Racing Association (WCRA), Clint Peterman says, “In my eyes the only thing better than racing two weekends in a row, is coupling with the Cactus Jalopies’ (Osoyoos, BC) car show on Saturday June 4.”
For the past several years the two car clubs have staged events on the same weekend, to ensure the maximum dosage of adrenaline is being administered to locals and visitors alike. Whether you love the classics or souped-up modern imports you can get your fill. Fans can spot Peterman in his red ’79 Chevrolet Camaro on race day.
The gates at Richter Pass Motorplex open on race days at 9 a.m. Any driver who wants to sign up to drop the peddle at the starting line needs to show up early, to pass through technical inspection. Time trials begin around 10 a.m. Elimination round starts at 1 p.m.
Fans can bring a lawn chair or fill up the grand stands. Concessions available on site. $10 gets anyone over 12 through the gate for a day of fun. (12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.)
Go to www.winecountryracing.ca for more information. Now, get those thumbs-up ready for your favourite drivers. They love them!