Photo: Brian Highley
Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie was on hand at the Rotary Club meeting Thursday at McKia’s Restaurant.
Chief Louie talked to the group a little bit about the Area 27 project, as well as the renaming of Haynes Point and McIntyre Bluff, but focussed mainly on how the Rotary Club’s credo (which asks, in part, “Is it true? Is it fair to all concerned?”) applies to the history of First Nations people in the South Okanagan.
We’re counting down the days until beer lovers unite at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre to celebrate the 20th Annual Okanagan Fest-of-Ale. The Okanagan’s long-standing and well-loved festival celebrating everything to do with beer is quickly approaching! It runs on Friday April 10th from 4-9pm and Saturday April 11th from 12-6pm and tickets are selling quickly.
Ron Dyck, Director with the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale commented, “To celebrate our 20th Annual Okanagan Fest-of-Ale, we will have a total of 47 breweries and cideries from across the province and the Pacific Northwest. We’re pretty excited to welcome back some of our favourite breweries and cideries and we’re really stoked to have 15 great first-time breweries and cideries attending this year. There will be over 150 different beers and ciders to try including a selection of exclusive casks made for the festival.” Visit www.FestOfAle.ca to see all of the participating breweries and cideries.
There are lots of new things happening this year including the opportunity to celebrate good cheer and great beer both inside and outside! Dyck continued, “This year, we are thrilled to announce that we’ll have an outdoor section. This new outdoor area will feature food trucks, breweries and live entertainment, allowing guests an opportunity to move inside and out and take in different experiences.”
In between all the eating and beer tasting, you can shake it up on either the inside or outside dance floor. Throughout the weekend, 12 different bands including the Dungbeatles, Cosmic Brew and Great White North will rotate through both stages. Dyck explained, “Some fan favouites are back again and we’re also excited to hear some of the new entertainment that will hit the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale stages for the first time.” Check out the full entertainment line-up at www.FestOfAle.ca and plan your schedule accordingly!
Tickets are now available for sale in person at the Days Inn, at local breweries, the SOEC box office, Penticton & Wine Country Visitors Centre and online at www.ValleyFirstTix.com.
Not only does the festival host a venue for beer enthusiasts, but it also generates money for local Penticton charities. In its twenty-year history, the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Society has gifted over $500,000 in net proceeds back to the community. For more information on the 20th Annual Okanagan Fest-of-Ale, visit www.FestOfAle.ca
It is with a heavy heart that Boonstock Productions Inc would like to inform you that the Boonstock Music & Arts Festival will not be returning to Penticton, BC in 2015. We appreciate all the love and support we have received from all you BOONSTOCKERS over the last 10 years and are proud of the festival, its many volunteers, workers, sponsors and festival attendees. Our Boonstock family would like to thank you immensely for making the last 10 years possible.
Boonstock Production Inc #liveloud
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and its partners are pleased to announce the addition of 320 acres (130 hectares) to the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area in the South Okanagan Similkameen. Now spanning 3,340 acres (1,350 hectares), this conservation area is a world class refuge for many rare and endangered grassland species.
Named “Kit Carr” after the property’s original homesteader, Christopher (Kit) Donahue Carr, these lands represent the fourth parcel to be included in the growing Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area. Kit Carr adds more than just grassland habitat to Sage and Sparrow. The new acquisition enhances the ecological profile of the conservation area by contributing a 10-acre (4-hectare) lake and mature Douglas-fir forest. Lakes and their associated wetlands are precious in this dry bunchgrass steppe environment, and the forest provides habitat for flammulated owl, several species of woodpecker and other rare species. With more than 50 species at risk documented on the Sage and Sparrow lands, expanding the conservation area is seen as critical to efforts to conserve BC’s vanishing native grassland ecosystems.
Located south-west of Osoyoos, the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area sits in the middle of a migratory corridor for species moving between the desert areas of the western United States and the dry grassland interior of British Columbia.
The $750,000 expansion initiative was supported by the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, Sitka Foundation, Burrowing Owl Winery, South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club, Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society and other private donors. These funds cover project development costs, purchase price and and an endowment for the long-term care and management of the property.
“I didn’t want to see this land changed,” said George Thompson, the selling landowner. “I know the Nature Conservancy of Canada will take good care of it.”
“We are so pleased to have been able to add the Kit Carr lands to the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area,” said Barb Pryce, BC Southern Interior Program Director, Nature Conservancy of Canada. “The grasslands of the South Okanagan are an ecological treasure, containing many plants and animals that are found nowhere else in British Columbia. Conservation in this part of the province is a top priority.”
“Our Government is committed to preserving Canada’s long-term prosperity by conserving and restoring our lands and waters, and connecting Canadians to our natural and unique spaces,” said Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla. “This important investment highlights our commitments announced in the National Conservation Plan.”
- This grassland ecosystem is one of the four most endangered ecosystems in Canada.
- The area is home to a diverse range of amphibian, reptile, bird and mammal species, some of which are not found anywhere else in Canada, nor in the world.
- This landscape is a crucial migratory corridor for species moving between the desert areas of the western United States and the dry grasslands of interior British Columbia.
- Kit Carr’s mature Douglas-fir forests are important for flammulated owl, various woodpeckers and more.
- Kit Carr Lake is a rare and important feature in this dry region, providing critical habitat for waterfowl and at-risk species such as Great Basin spadefoot, western painted turtle and western tiger salamander.
- This project was funded as part of the Government of Canada’s National Conservation Plan. The Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership led and managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). To date, $245 million has been invested in the NACP by the Government of Canada, with more than $400 million in matching contributions raised by NCC and its partners to secure our natural heritage. An additional $100 million was announced in May 2014 under the National Conservation Plan for NCC to continue this program.
CBC News general manager and editor in chief Jennifer McGuire said the public broadcaster plans to improve content on the internet and mobile platforms by adding 80 jobs.
“Where we’re going with our local services is really prioritizing towards digital,” said McGuire. “That’s in recognition of where the audience is going – they’re migrating to digital, as we know in the news business.”
McGuire said that because of factors such as vacancies and unexpected retirements, it’s not yet clear how many people will be affected by the 144 job cuts. That will be determined in the next few months through a workplace adjustment process.
Oliver joins National Day of Action for a new Health Accord on Tuesday, March 31st
The Canadian Health Coalition is organizing a rally in Oliver. It will be outside Alex Atamanenko’s Office (opposite the Canada Post Office) at Noon on Tuesday, March 31st. This is part of the National Day of Action for a new Health Accord to protect and strengthen public health care. The rally is in opposition to the Harper government’s failure to negotiate a new Health Accord and, instead, the implementation of health care cuts.
The 2004 accord expired a almost a year ago which means Canada is no longer ensuring national health care standards across the country. According to Canadian Health Coalition National Coordinator Melissa Newitt “We are deeply concerned that failing to negotiate a new Health Accord is leading to a fragmentation of our national health care system, meaning access to care will depend on where you live and your ability to pay.”
She goes on to say that:
“Canadians across the country depend on public health care each and every day and we all expect that quality care be provided to every person regardless of location or ability to pay. Without a Health Accord we have lost this guarantee.”
We’re holding this National Day of Action ahead of the federal election as a wake-up call. We must have strong federal leadership on health care.”
” Cuts to health care funding create a pretext for mass privatization. It’s time for our political leaders to take a strong stand and say no to the denial of access to public health care. Access to public health care should not depend on where you live and your ability to pay.”
The Penticton Hospital Auxiliary and the Gift Shop at Penticton Regional Hospital have pledged a combined $400,000 over five years to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation for its Patient Care Tower campaign.
The Auxiliary has agreed to donate $250,000 with a further $150,000 from the Gift Shop, located in the front lobby at PRH. They have become the latest donors for the Foundation’s $20-million fundraising campaign for medical equipment for the upcoming hospital expansion.
June Revell-Quevillon, president of the Auxiliary and Gift Shop, said the pledges reflect what the two organizations are all about.
“The mandate for both is patient comfort and care. Most of our funds go to medical equipment anyway, so it fits within that mandate,” she said.
Revell-Quevillon said it’s hoped the two pledges will help spur other groups, companies and individuals in the community to donate to the PRH campaign as well.
“It doesn’t have to be a big pledge. This is your hospital. You know you’re probably going to have to use this equipment at some point,” she said.
The Hospital Auxiliary has 26 members who generate funds through various fundraisers and The Care Closet thrift store at 574 Main St., Penticton. The hospital Gift Shop involves 30 volunteers, some of whom are also Auxiliary members.
“I think our members are quite excited to have a bigger goal,” Revell-Quevillon said. “It gives a little more incentive and a little more oomph.”
Janice Perrino, executive-director of the Medical Foundation, said she is delighted by the support shown by the two organizations.
SALTS – Sailing and Life Training Society
March 31st, Tuesday
SOSS Atrium (cafeteria)
$5 – Spaghetti Dinner
Prizes – loonie auction
Fundraiser so that a group of kids can go on a life changing trip-learning to sail a tall ship through coastal waters.
The Oliver and District Heritage Society is looking for 2 fantastic Summer Assistants. The successful candidate, supported by the Community Heritage Manager, will develop practical skills through hands-on experience performing daily tasks and working on special projects. There will be an emphasis on collections, exhibits, and programming.
Please note that these positions are conditional on the approval of a grant application submitted to the Young Canada Works program. The jobs will run from May/June to August 2015, dependent upon the funding provided. For more information visit our website at www.oliverheritage.ca or call 250-498-4027.
Pamela Woolner, Community Heritage Manager
Oliver and District Heritage Society
Box 847, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0