VICTORIA – The Province has established a task force of experts to advise the government on eliminating Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums within four years, Finance Minister Carole James announced today.
“People know that MSP premiums are unfair and place significant burden on British Columbian families. Today, we are initiating a process that will eliminate these regressive fees,” James said. “By engaging a panel of respected experts in economics, law and public policy, we will ensure the path we take is fiscally responsible, fair and evidence-based.”
The MSP Task Force will examine the best approach to replacing the revenue from eliminating MSP premiums. Its final report is due to government by March 31, 2018. The task force’s work will include an opportunity for British Columbians, businesses, academics and other stakeholders to express their views.
Citizens encouraged to bring their ideas to this consultation process at: engage.gov.bc.ca/msptaskforce/
The Budget 2017 Update announced the government’s plans to cut MSP premiums by 50%, effective Jan. 1, 2018. This reduction will save individuals up to $450 per year, and families up to $900 per year. The budget update also raised the income threshold below which households are fully exempt from MSP premiums by $2,000.
This means senior couples with a net income up to $35,000 will pay no premiums in 2018. Single parents with two children and a net income up to $32,000 will pay no premiums.
Director Karla Kozakevich, Electoral Area “E”, Naramata was re-elected by acclamation as Chair for a second year, and Director, Manfred Bauer, Village of Keremeos was re-elected as Vice-Chair.
The Regional Board consists of elected representatives from each of the eight electoral areas and appointed representatives from six member municipalities within the Regional District.
Director Michael Brydon, Electoral Area “F”, Okanagan Lake West/West Bench was re-elected by acclamation as Chair to the Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District for a fourth year and Director Judy Sentes, City of Penticton was elected Vice-Chair for a fifth year.
Snowfall warning in effect for the Okanagan
Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected.
A significant snowfall is forecast across the southern interior today due to the presence of a low pressure system over the south coast and the passage of an arctic front. The snow will be wet or mixed with rain in some valleys before turning to all snow later today. Total snowfall amounts will range from 10 to 15 cm in the valley bottoms to 20 cm or more over higher terrain. The snow will ease to a few flurries by midnight tonight over the southwest interior and by Friday morning in the Kootenays.
Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.
Oliver Parks and Recreation is proud to say that Scareview, the annual Halloween event was a huge success. Scareview took place on Saturday the 28th of October and had over 400 children in attendance. If we were to include parents and caregivers in our visitor total, there were around 900 people that come through the hall last Saturday. Having Scareview on the Saturday before Halloween, rather than on Halloween night, allowed more families to be able to come to the event and enjoy everything we had to offer. We also saw more out of town families coming from Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls.
This year we had 11 game booths, a fortune teller, free popcorn, a photo booth, and a family dance party. Children came away from the event with a candy bag distributed from our “Boo Bank”, run by the local CIBC branch. This year, a major draw to the event was ViewIT-3D and their Virtual Reality Experience. Participants, using the gloves and goggles, were launched into a 3D interactive world where they could play a game or interact with objects around them.
This event is entirely community based. We could not have done it without the help from our amazing volunteers and the support of our local sponsors. We had over 40 volunteers help us put on this event through stuffing candy bags, set up and decorations, running the booths at the event, and tear down. Thank you to all volunteers for helping to make this event a success.
For any questions, comments, or concerns, contact Shauna Isted, Recreation Assistant at Oliver Parks & Recreation Society at 250-498-4985 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Game’s Afoot will be presented on the stage of Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver November 2 to 4, including a 2 pm matinee performance on Saturday, November 4. Regretfully, SOAP is not able to bring this play to Osoyoos because of the complex set which has been designed and constructed by cast member Craig Bjornson.
It’s December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
This play was named the “Best Mystery Play of 2012” by The Mystery Writers of America. “It is a fast-paced ensemble piece filled with great roles, and keeps everyone guessing ‘who done it?’ right up the very end of the show,” says Ted Osborne, the veteran SOAP director who is the creative force behind this latest production. SOAP Theatre patrons will likely remember the non-stop laughter when SOAP presented Lend Me A Tenor, in 2014, also by Ludwig.
The cast, who have spent most of the summer working on their lines, includes returning SOAP performers Diane Gludovatz, Jen Jensen, Nathan Linders, Craig Bjornson and Angela Stuart, joined on stage by newcomers Connie Mythen, Jim Dinwoodie and Andrea Furlan. The play is produced by Patrick Turner and Andrea Furlan, supported by a dedicated back stage team.
Advance discount tickets are now available online at www.venablestheatre.ca
There are further group discounts for those purchasing 10 or more tickets through the Venables Theatre Box Office.
But attached are the music and text of the very first edition of our SOHS school song, composed by our dear music teacher, Gar McKinley!
Some weeks ago I was at a genealogy workshop in Kelowna: and managed to meet with Arlene, Gar’s eldest daughter. I told her about our August gathering, and my leading those who knew the lyrics in our school song. Arlene was touched. She went home and managed to find this original, handwritten music and text from her father dated 1941!
Wow! Does anyone know for sure what O-T-O stood for? Oliver-Testalinda-Osoyoos? Or Oliver-Testalinda-OK Falls? Or?
Hallowe’en In a Small Town
Growing up in Oliver during the 1950’s, Hallowe’en was a safe and happy time for all of us. We never were afraid to go to all the houses in town or to eat anything that was given us. We got all dressed up and hit all the stores on Main Street first and then worked our way through neighbourhood after neighbourhood.
Every house was looked forward to and it was neat to be out in the dark on a cold October night. Times were different then and each household looked out for the well being of the kids knocking on their doors and shouting Trick or Treat!
Our curfew was the same each year…9 pm and it was off to home. Once we got home we changed into our pyjamas while Mom made hot chocolate to warm us up. Then we spread our loot on the floor and sorted our goodies. We never had any little plastic pumpkin but always a pillow case which was usually filled almost to the top.
We sorted our goodies by what was needed to be eaten soon and then peanuts went into one bowl, tootsies rolls and similar types of candy in another; We got bubble gum; jaw breakers; licorice and a wide assortment of candies that could be seen at the Friendly Corner!! Mom made popcorn balls and always saved ours for that night when we got home. They were a big hit in our neighbourhood.
Mom would give us enough to eat that night and the bowls would go into the kitchen to be doled out on a daily basis. Sandy and I always made sure that there was a big bowl of candy in the front room for Mom, Dad and Grandma which they always enjoyed.
I look back at those times and remember the fun we had. No soaping windows; no doing damage to vehicles or houses; no stealing a little kid’s candy….just good fun with our friends and enjoying the night.
I am sure that a lot of you had the same experiences that I had. Today, Hallowe’en is kind of a scary night with scary costumes and candy that has been doctored with razor blades, pins and whatever else a demented person would put in. I am glad that I grew up when I did so I can look back with happiness on our Hallowe’en nights.
We are looking for NON-Hallowe’en-y treats, so you can eat all the orange and black pumpkins and chewy zombie body parts yourself.
Candies must be commercially produced and individually wrapped, for food safety, and small enough to fit into sandwich baggies.
Email to arrange pick-up or drop-off OliverCAC@gmail.com or call 250-498-0183
June 19, 1941 – October 27, 2017
On Friday, October 27, 2017, Mr. Dennis William James Stewart of Oliver passed away suddenly at the South Okanagan General Hospital after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 76 years.
Dennis was an only child who was predeceased by his parents Wesley and Ivy Stewart; his in-laws Steve and Eunice Marrs; his loving wife Sharon Stewart on February 13, 2012, six months shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.
He was born in Deloraine, Manitoba and lived in Waskada, Manitoba. Dennis spent his school years in Calgary before returning to Waskada until he and Sharon moved to Oliver in 1968.
Dennis will be fondly remembered by his loving family including son Jim (Shelly) and grandchildren Susan, Stephanie, Jon, Zachary, Colin and Laura; daughter Cindy and grandson Phillip; son Kevin and grandsons Corey (Kendra), Wesley, Brady (AJ); great-grandsons Sean, Logan and Dominic. Also left to mourn his passing are his brothers and sisters-in-law; many nieces, nephews and his little dog Collette.
Dennis was a very talented carpenter and handyman who was up to any challenge thrown at him but he was truly at home under the hood of vehicles. He eventually built a garage at his home and opened his own shop. He spent many years happily fixing vehicles until he retired.
Dennis was very proud to be a veteran of the Canadian Army and member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
He loved travelling, camping and fishing with Sharon and if at all possible, there was a side trip to many different casinos to try out their luck along the way. Dennis also enjoyed dancing, music and had a wonderful voice.
He was also an avid Vancouver Canucks fan who never lost his faith that this was the year they would win the Stanley Cup. In 2015, Cindy took Dennis to his first NHL game. He was so happy to see “his boys” play even though they lost that game.
Dennis had a fantastic sense of humour and a smile that could light up a room. He was a kind and quiet gentleman who spent 2083 days waiting patiently to be with Sharon, the love of his life. They are finally together again.
To the staff at Sunnybank Centre, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your love, care and compassion that you have given our Dad, it shall never be forgotten.
Donations are gratefully accepted to the SOGH Palliative Care program or the Canadian Cancer Society in his memory.
No service by request.
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.
For Town Councillor – 1 position – Election December 2nd
Fiona Wood decided to step out of the race because of an illness in the family.
Order of the ballot – drawn by lot.
On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
7 Swans* a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree
*Adult Trumpeter Swans Cygnus buccinator are large birds with white feathers and black legs and feet. The feathers of the head and the upper part of the neck often become stained orange as a result of feeding in areas rich in iron salts. The lack of colour anywhere on the swans’ bodies distinguishes them from other white species of waterfowl, such as snow geese, which have black wing tips. The male swan, or cob, weighs an average of 12 kg. The female, or pen, is slightly smaller, averaging 10 kg. Wings may span 3 m.
Alex Louie, also known as Senk’lip, was found guilty of nine counts at the Penticton courthouse in connection to an incident on Feb. 1, 2017 at the Osoyoos border crossing. Guards caught him with a pair of CF380 Hi Point handguns wrapped in plastic bags and wired to the bottom of his vehicle.
During the trial last week, the court heard the border guards had received a tip that day that led them to search every vehicle that came through the crossing. An initial search turned up a handgun magazine in the trunk of the car and trigger locks under the dash, which led to a more thorough search.
Louie — who was self represented — attempted to argue that because of the lack of treaty between his First Nation and the Crown, the court held no jurisdiction over him and he should have been allowed free passage through the border.
Source: Pix by ODN, files from Castanet
The South Okanagan Similkameen Restorative Justice Program provides a constructive and meaningful response to crime and conflict, and encourages opportunities for accountability, understanding, problem solving and healing for all individuals involved in an incident. Referrals are accepted primarily from police, but opportunities are available for other circumstances from various organizations within the community. The program offers both the Community Justice Forum and Community Accountability Panel models to assist with the resolution of the conflict at issue. The programs’ trained facilitators are able to assist with both youth and adult referrals for both indigenous and non-indigenous participants. By providing timely and professional services, the program aims to assist all participants in moving forward from an incident in a positive manner.
Over the past 10 years, the program processes approximately 30 files a year on average. Every file involves at least one person harmed, and one person who caused harm, and draws on their respective networks to include a person of support. Many files are more complex in nature, and may involve more than one person harmed, or more than one person who caused harm.
Mark PROVENCAL, Community Policing Coordinator: Restorative Justice and Community Partnerships