Oliver Parks – reports from managers

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Katie Eaton, Recreation Program Manager

1. Events:
Free Community Movie Night (Spiderman 2)
We had a family movie night on Friday, September 26th that was a great success — approximately 250 people attended. Concept audio set up the screen and audio equipment for this event. Overall feedback from the Community was excellent.

Scareview — Our Annual Hallowe’en Event is on Friday, Oct 315t from 6:00pm-8:00pm this year. I’m very excited to announce that The Super Cooligans will be providing some great entertainment for families through the duration of the event (band performance, kids karaoke and dance along)

Oliver Light Up – will be taking place this year (Fri, Nov 28). We are looking for donations to support the fireworks.

2. Programs:

Last month we encouraged new people to join in and take part in our recreation and fitness programs that we offer at the community centre. We ran a “Try It” week from September 15-19 which brought in over 150 participants.
Sun Fun – We have received one Canada Summer Jobs grant for a leader

Fall 2014 programs are underway — Lights Camera Action, Arty Smarty, Little Chefs and Floor Hockey at Tucelnuit are all full with a waitlist.

Our Hip Hop programs were not successful this season; we hope to see kids in the next session set (Jan 2015). The Oliver Dance Studio is currently offering a variety of successful dance classes, creating less of a need in the community for those services through the Community Centre.

SD 53 Early Dismissal Days — OPRS contract staff & SOSS Link students will come together and support parents and students at Oliver Elementary School and Tucelnuit Elementary. Parents were very satisfied with the variety of recreation activities and crafts that we offered last year. We look forward to staffing 2014/2015 upcoming ED days.

Carol Sheridan, Manager of Parks and Recreation

Administration/Labour Management:
All parks staff contracts are now finished, relief hours will be available throughout the winter season for extra cleaning after hall events and support during tournaments at the arena.

Three new Skate Attendants were hired to handle skate shop duties as well as ice patrol during weekend public skating sessions and special events at the arena. The 2014/15 Skate Attendants are Colin Grant, Sukh Brar and James Wheeler.

Annual performance evaluation meetings with all office and facility staff (permanent and part time) will take place before Dec 31st.
On Oct 3 we received a certified cheque in the amount of $1000.00 from Joe Dixon. After processing this payment, $975.37 is still outstanding from the 2014 bookings and no deposit has been received for 2015. Both June 6 and June 7th 2015 races in Oliver are being marketed on the Outback Events website and registrations have already been accepted.

Emergency procedures for ammonia leak and arena evacuation have been updated to be closer to industry standard and will be provided to Facilities staff posted in the arena and the week of Oct 20. A request was made to the Oliver Fire Department to assist in a practice evacuation drill at the Oliver Arena on a Thursday night this winter.

Still in communication with service providers about our salt water/chlorination system for the Oliver Pool, as soon as I have options to present it will be on the agenda.
A meeting with fitness professionals regarding the reconfiguration of the weight room took place on Friday Sept 12. Priorities for equipment needs were identified as well as potential locations for equipment to allow maximum use of the space available.

The weight room formal hours of operation has been established and posted for all members. Members with a key can access the weight room 6:30am-10:00pm 7 days a week. Drop-in visitors are welcome to use the weight room during regular office hours. The exterior doors to the weight room are being padlocked at night and unlocked first thing in the morning by facilities staff. These hours of operation are based on staff schedules as well as the hours that the gym actually sees use by members.
Park washrooms were closed for the season on Tuesday Oct 14th. Based on requests from the community for year round washroom access at Lion’s Park, a portable toilet will be in place over the winter.

The arena operation is going very well, users are very happy with the quality of the ice and the facility overall. JP from Visual Telecom will be spending some time prior to the end of the year identifying what repairs/replacements are required to provide a better sound quality at the arena.
All of the parties involved in the major hall electrical upgrade have finally made contact and a date for work should be established by Oct 22. A letter informing user groups and program instructors was sent earlier this month warning of the potential closure of the hall, meeting rooms and weight room during the upgrade and a follow up communication will be made confirming the dates once scheduled.

Community Development:
Festival of the Grape was held at Community Park on Oct 5th and was an incredible success. The event was very well organized and in my opinion had the best physical set up of tents and vendors to date. Kudos to the organizing committee.
The official “unveiling” of the new name/sign for the building being leased by the Okanagan Portuguese Club will be taking place on Sunday, October 19th at noon. The club has been very good about opening their space to other community groups for meetings and programs and I think the new name of the building will do wonders to further how the community views the building as well as the OPC.

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Sale begins Friday – that means today

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Drop in this week to your Sears Hometown Store

at the Oliver Place Mall.

Contact Bonnie Hayes (250) 498-3448

5955 MAIN ST #1400

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8pm show times for Nunset Boulevard

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Friday and Saturday November 28 and 298pm 

Hilarious,wacky and unpredictable antics of the Little Sisters of Hoboken will be returning this fall when the South Okanagan Players present Dan Goggin’s musical, Nunset Boulevard.

SOAP presented the original Nunsense musical in the 1990s. This time, the five singing nuns are heading to Tinseltown. Could this be their big break? Veteran SOAP director Ray Turner will be directing the cast while Lisa Ante will be the musical director.

Tickets are available at Oliver’s Sundance Video and in Osoyoos at Your Dollar Store with More.


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In the wild

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Tonight – Beyond Bliss – on Main Street

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RDOS report

Recycling options to be re-thought for Oliver Landfill.

Directors told that municipalities are benefiting from the new system called “MMBC” (Multi Material BC) but unfortunately a number of things can no longer be recycled in the blue bag/box which has been disconcerting to many taxpayers.

RDOS recycling manager say a new “Mega Bag” system at the various landfills around the region and more contracted centres in built up areas are needed to cope with the changes.

Directors from Oliver – rural and municipal proposed today to have staff prepare a report on best way to deal with this in our area. Director Patton says the proposed system looks costly and there is some thought to having T2 Market becoming the recycling centre for all products so that citizens don’t need to go to the dump with plastic bags and Styrofoam.

A costly “Mega Bag” system at the Oliver Landfill is likely not to happen is the option above accepted.

Cameron Baughen, Supervisor of RDOS solid waste management says MMBC regulations state although mixed paper and other recyclables are permitted under the curbside blue bag program, they must be separated into different containers at landfills.

MMBC pays landfills for recycled materials to offset costs. While the process has worked well at Campbell Mountain in Penticton it becomes much less cost-effective at rural landfills.

The three smaller landfills, Keremeos, OK Falls and Oliver, all lost money under the new provincial program.

Oliver directors agreed that a local discussion needs to take place soon and that could happen as early as October 27th.

All politicians expressed an interest in having more items in the blue bag but the MMBC program was not designed like that and seems slow to adapt even though the dissatisfaction is heard around the province.

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Coming up soon – in Oliver


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High school report with Thordis Janssen

school recycling22Recycling: Last week the link crew class did the monthly recycling around the school.

All money made from the recycled bottles go towards the school dances, for decorations and drinks/foods>

The first student dance this year will be in the middle of the November, the theme is neon-bright lights.

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Thanks to the local Shriners

teda22The Desert Valley Hospice Society is pleased to accept a generous donation of $500 from the Okanagan Boundary Shrine Club.

DVHS Directors Susan Capyk and Ted Cronmiller were on hand September 29th at the new Supportive Care Centre to accept the donation from Shriner President Rob Verbaan. “We have been extremely grateful for the support we have received from the Shriners in past years, and this year is no exception. These donated funds will be used to ensure we are able continue to support community members from Osoyoos and Oliver as they near end-of-life” says DVHS President Janet Shaw. She stated “Community support is of utmost importance to our non-profit and we are humbled to have been the recipient of so much support from the Shriners and other clubs and organizations. This type of backing from our community has allowed us to continue to pursue our vision of supporting excellence in hospice palliative and end-of-life care services.”

Desert Valley Hospice Society invites all to come celebrate the Grand Opening of the Society’s Supportive Care Centre at 3 pm on October 22nd. The Centre is located at 22 Jonagold Place in Osoyoos. There will be a ribbon cutting followed by refreshments and tours of the facility. Please visit www.desertvalleyhospice.org for details.

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Large drug and weapons haul in Kelowna

On October 10, 2014, members of the Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Teams (SET) concluded a four week long drug trafficking investigation with the execution of a search warrant at a residence located on the 200 block of Mills Road, as well as a second search warrant executed simultaneously at a residence located on the 1400 block of Crawford Road. The searches yielded a significant amount of evidence to support the on-going investigation including drugs, cash, ammunition, body armour and property.

In total police seized 1.515 kilograms of Cocaine, 1.038 kilograms of Methamphetamine, 64.89 grams of Ecstasy (MDMA), 224.2 grams of Heroin, 403 grams of Hashish, over $18,500 cash, approximately 500 rounds of various calibre ammunition, body armour and several vehicles including 2 newer pick-up trucks, 3 newer domestic cars, and an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) as proceeds of crime.

“The success of this operation was as a result of a combined effort between the Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Units, the Downtown Enforcement Unit (DEU) and General Duty Sections,” says Cpl. Jeff Meyers. “It is believed that the amount of drugs seized as a result of this investigation will have a profound impact on the local drug trade.”

As a result of this investigation a 30 year-old Kelowna man and a 34 year-old Kelowna man were arrested, each face four potential charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. Both were released with a court date set at December 15th

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Letter to the editor

To: BC Liberals, Alex Atamanenko, Chief Clarence Louie, Editors of Oliver Chronicle, Osoyoos Times and Oliver Daily News

I am respectfully submitting questions and facts about Haynes Point.

Recently this beautiful provincial park was closed due to the discovery of  “an ancient burial site”. I would like to know what is happening with the investigation into this incident. In May I was at the site when the digging was taking place and I observed for several days as the work progressed.  I spoke to an official working at the site. My first question was, ” how deep was the body found?” The answer was ” about 4 feet down.” My second question was, ” Were there any artifacts found with the body” The answer was “NO.”
I am wondering if any of you are aware of the transformation of Haynes Point that took place in the mid 60’s. Before this peninsula became a camp ground it had a simple dirt road on very low lying land, often inaccessible during high water. When I was a child our family used to access this area by boat as the low rutted road was often awash, and many parts of Haynes Point were also underwater during spring.  When the idea of a provincial camp ground came into being, tons and tons of fill was brought in from the Cawston area and also the gravel pit at the north end of Osoyoos lake. The entire area, the road, the campsites and the huge mound where the original pit toilets were placed, was all land fill brought in. A quick visual survey of the area easily shows that the original land  is far below the level of the current campsites and toilets. Approximately 10 feet or more of fill is piled up to create the campsites, and the land in the middle where “the body” was found was built up even higher, in order to allow for the pit toilets.

“The body”   ….oh, wait a minute, not a body at all!! Not even an entire skull but just a few bones: a lower jaw bone, and a few other bones were found just 4 feet deep. Some sources say 3 feet. By my simple calculations I believe these few bones were found in the fill that was brought in, and I am questioning how this could constitute a ” burial site”, much less an ancient burial site. This leaves me with many questions. Were the bones placed in this fill after the park was created or did they arrive with the fill? I am not in any way saying these are not ancient native bones, however, it is easy to understand how the tons of fill placed there could easily have harbored these few bones without discovery in the days it was hauled in. It was only when recent excavation began right beside this built up toilet site that these few bones were found.

I strongly believe, as do many, many others, that these bones were not originally buried on Haynes Point at all, and for the following reasons. 1) An ancient burial site would constitute a full skeletal body. 2) Ancient artifacts would be present to support the culture 3) An Ancient burial site would be in original soil, far below the level these bones were found.

I trust that a full investigation will be carried out and common sense would also prevail in this situation. Many people feel that the loss of this beautiful provincial park to the public would be a tragedy.

Sincerely, Gail Blidook

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Tickets on sale – Osoyoos and Oliver performances

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Town Chipping – starts October 27

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RDOS notice (2)

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Small business critical to the health of communities

Partnership approach essential to small business success, driving the economy

 With small businesses dominating the Interior, Small Business Week, Oct. 19-25, is a time to celebrate the invaluable contribution these organizations make to British Columbia’s economy.

Accounting for 98 per cent of all business types and more than half of all private sector jobs in B.C, small businesses are often referred to as the backbone of the local economy. Beyond that, the small business community contributes 31 per cent of the province’s gross domestic product, making them critical to the health and vitality of scores of communities across the province, says Valley First business banking expert Kevin Smith.

“Countless communities were built around and still rely on small businesses,” says Smith. “More than one million people across B.C. go to work at a small business every day. While it’s great for more people to be shining the light on small businesses, at Valley First, every week is small business week.”

Since becoming a division of First West Credit Union in 2010, Valley First has experienced a significant lift in the support it has been able to provide small business members as well as a swelling business member base, says Smith. Between September 2013 and September 2014, Valley First increased loans to local businesses by 13 per cent and grew its business membership by 4.5 per cent.

“The growth we’ve seen over the last 12 to 24 months has been exceptional, particularly during a time when other financial institutions are actively removing themselves from parts of the small business sector,” says Smith. “We’re pursuing new partnerships and strengthening existing relationships to ensure we continue supporting the small business community. Our focus has never been sharper.

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Until the violence ends


V-Day Oliver Osoyoos is looking for volunteers! We are a community based group who
are going into our third year of campaigning, raising funding and creating awareness to stop violence against women and girls. On March 8th of 2015 we will be hosting an art show to celebrate One Billion Rising; in an effort to ‘show the power of art and the astonishing and political alchemy that occurs when art and activism happen simultaneously’.

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action in human history. The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. We will be sending out a call to artists with this year’s theme for the art show very soon, so keep your eyes open for that.
Then in April, we will be staging The Vagina Monologues. ‘Hailed by The New York
Times as “funny” and “poignant” and by the Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous,” The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world – from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City.’

V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos is thrilled to be making a return to this piece, after the great success we experienced in 2013. We are looking for readers to participate onstage, as well as behind the scenes crew members. The best way to find out if this is a campaign you might want to be a part of is to come out to our next meeting on Thursday, September 23 at 7 pm at the OIB Resource Center (located to the right of Sen Pok Chin). Please join us as we strive to empower women to find their collective voices and demand an end to the violence that affects one in three women around the world.

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Concert Monday – article written by Marion Boyd

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Known as the ‘Cirque du Soleil’ of classical music, Quartetto Gelato, is variously described as supremely talented, deliciously smart, endlessly creative, refreshingly funny and totalling surprising.   Joyful and polished, this high impact quartet proves once again there’s no such thing as highbrow and lowbrow music.   Their performances of classical masterworks, operatic arias, tangos, gypsy and folk songs are presented with pyrotechnics, acrobatics and whatever else inspires them to create music in new and entertaining ways.  Classical in training – eclectic by design!

They will be on stage at the new Oliver Venables Theatre Monday, October 20th at 7:30 pm to start the new concert season for the South Okanagan Concert Society.
Four admission flex pass tickets for only $70 are on sale for the series at Beyond Bliss Esthetics in Oliver,  Imperial Office Pro in Osoyoos or at the door.  The flex ticket can be used in any combination.  Four can go to one concert, snowbirds can share a ticket or one person can come to all 4 concerts.  A single entrance is $20.
Students 17 and under gain admission free and those needing a ride from Osoyoos can call Maureen at 495 7978 and arrange to come by bus.

Peter DeSotto who started the Quartetto some 20 years ago is a remarkable talent who’s chameleon like abilities allow him to perform on the violin not only as a seasoned classical violinist but also as a dazzling gypsy virtuoso.   On top of that he has a fabulous tenor voice that draws rave reviews.

Peter’s ‘best friend’ is Belarus born, Alexander Sevastian, who launched his professional career in Russia, moved to Canada in 2001 and is a four-time world accordion champion.

For this concert, cellist Lydia Munchinsky will replace Elizabeth McLellan who is expecting a baby any day.   Lydia was performing around the world before she reached her teens and had completed her ARCT in performance for both piano and cello before starting her post secondary studies.   Now living in Toronto, Lydia has premiered solo cello and chamber music works and plays also for music theatre companies.  While not making music or looking after her baby born the same day as Prince George, Lydia enjoys tennis and soccer, painting and making ice cream.

The newest member, Calgary-born Colin Maier, plays oboe, clarinet, English horn, violin, banjo, bass, piano, saxophone, flute, guitar, and mandolin.   He is a professional actor and he is an acrobat, dancer and martial arts expert.  His passion for music and theatre leads to ground breaking performances.

In 1997 Canadian astronaut, Robert Thirsk, took 2 Gelato CDS on the space shuttle Columbia.   This music is really ‘out of this world’!

And speaking of gelato. there will be an open reception for the musicians after the concert at Medici’s Gelateria just a short walk from the theatre.   Come and enjoy!

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Letter to the editor

I would ask each of the candidates running for Council to comment on whether or not they would pursue and implement a system of proactive bylaw enforcement rather than the existing complaint driven method now used. Also, would you support adequate funding to follow up and enforce the bylaws as necessary.

I believe that there are many properties in violation of bylaws that don’t go unnoticed by residents and visitors alike, however, there is no enforcement simply because we generally don’t like to make official complaints. Also, current policy is quite restrictive in terms of who is eligible to complain. ie: You must be a neighbour.

Lets get some of these eyesores cleaned up!

Bruce Hamilton

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Way to vote early on referendum in Oliver

Residents of the Town of Oliver who meet the criteria listed below, can go to the RDOS website to pull off the Application for Mail-In Voting form customised for residents of the Town of Oliver.  The form provides for mail-in ballot option for the assent voting (referendum) question only, which is whether or not to adopt Bylaw No. 2660.  It does not provide for mail-in voting for Mayor/Council.   Once the application is accepted, we will forward qualified electors a ballot enabling them to vote on the assent voting question only.

Residents of Electoral Area “C” meeting the criteria below will pull up a different form on the website which enables them to apply for Mail-In Voting ballot for the assent voting question and for their choice for Electoral Area Director.

Electors are eligible to vote using a mail-in ballot if they meet the following criteria:

– Have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity, or

– If voters expect to be absent from the Regional District on voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities, or

– Voters who reside in East Gate Manning Park of Electoral Area “H” are eligible to use mail-in ballot, without meeting the above two requirements, as it is remote from the voting places.

The reason for the different methods is as follows:

The Town of Oliver does not have an election bylaw with provisions for mail-in voting; however, electors within the Town of Oliver may vote via mail-in ballot on this question (providing they meet the criteria) because the service that is proposed in the assent voting question is a Regional District service.  The Board of Directors, at their July 3 meeting, resolved that participating area approval of Bylaw No. 2660 be obtained by the Regional District for the entire proposed service area (both Electoral Area “C” and Town of Oliver).  Once that resolution is passed, the Regional District election bylaw applies to the entire service area for the purposes of voting for that specific matter only.

Christy Malden
Manager of Legislative Services
Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

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Ladies know talent when they see it

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Forum on highway signage cancelled

rdos logo twoStaff at the RDOS have decided to hold off on these meetings in Penticton and Oliver for a number of reasons:

1. Upcoming election November 15th

2. Area directors not available

3. All details for the meetings not yet ready.

Chris Garrish, RDOS planner says this was a staff decision but the input of Directors Brydon of West Bench and Patton of Rural C were taken into consideration.

Some advertising had taken place to inform the public but cancellation notices have been published.

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Good turnout for Forum and Hearing on Tucelnuit project

meeting22Public Hearing October 14 held at Oliver Elks Hall

Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1350.02 – concerning 7034 Tuc-el-nuit Drive

The hearing was convened at 5:00 pm with the Mayor reading the mandatory Statement of the Chair.

For the purpose of answering questions prior to the formal presentations, the Town’s contract planner, Chris Garrish, advised the audience that a riparian setback of 30 meters on the West side of the lake is not necessarily applicable to other areas on the lake-front. However he stated that a Registered Professional will be assessing the area to establish a final set-back. In response to a question regarding infrastructure he stated that staff have assessed potential impact and have no concerns. In response to questions regarding the possibility of renters, noise, and undesirable condition of properties and parking, Mr. Garrish added;

  • No short term rentals were allowed.
  • There will be zoning regulations regarding parking.
  • Trees in the Riparian Zone are protected.
  • In the event there was evidence that trees outside the Riparian Zone offered shade then these could be retained based on recommendations from a registered professional.
  • A Registered Professional has recommended the Riparian Setback be 15 meters.
  • The development will be 5 duplexes totaling 10 units.

In all, 5 people spoke against the proposal and one spoke in favor. The objections were similar to those which were reported in ODN at the August 25th public hearing on this issue and as previously reported – one person at that hearing had expressed support; however during this hearing there was a greater focus on riparian setback from the lake front. A Registered professional was in attendance and explained to the audience how a setback is calculated.

Property owner, Jim Wyse spoke and advised Council of his Aug 25th petition which originally contained 23 names; he then spoke of his concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety if no sidewalk was constructed.

Property owner Dan Friesen rose to speak in favor of the development and during his two presentations he reminded the audience that the task of Staff and Council is a thankless one when trying to please everyone. He commented that the developer is complying with the OCP and reminded the audience of the fact that change is inevitable. He referred to a previous comment regarding a “Duplex Ghetto” and suggested that all present should consider that his daughter lives in a ‘high-end’ cost duplex in Whistler immediately adjacent to a $1,000,000 home and neither she nor him consider her accommodation as being ‘Ghetto’ accommodation.

Property owner, Al Hudec, rose and presented his revised sheet on what residents need to know regarding the hearing and what he considers to be issues the Town is ignoring. For brevity the following were his items;

  • Inadequate notice which does not include everyone on the lake.
  • Non-compliance with the Town Plan.
  • Density Limitations being exceeded.
  • Non-compliance with Provincial Law.
  • Reducing the Riparian set back previously imposed on other homes.
  • Lack of lake protection by Council.
  • Inclusion of the subject property in the T.E.N. Mixed Use Zone.

The developer, Michael Megale, rose and spoke of his compliance with the Town’s regulations; his Power Point presentation detailed that there have been two distortions of his proposed development;

One being the suggestion that 25 units per hectare as being High Density when in fact the OCP describes this number as being Low Density.

The second being a reference to the OCP requiring that duplexes be located beside similar developments and commercial areas when in fact the OCP also states that ‘residential areas undergoing development’ shall be considered.

It further states that ‘proposed duplexes shall have high aesthetic value.’ Mr. Megale has previously stated that his development will be high end. He went on to comment on the fact that he has not requested a reduction in set-back and the Riparian Report has been completely misunderstood.

The final speaker was Marion Boyd who owns property on the west side of the lake. She told Council that all sorts of promises about developments are made and the Town does not ensure they are fulfilled. She commented on the new mall at the south end of Town as originally offering to develop a ‘Wine Country’ theme which never evolved.

It should be noted that all letters and documents presented at a Public Hearing are in the “Public Domain’ and can be accessed on the Town Website.

Subsequent to this hearing – council voted 3 to 2 in favour of the zoning change with Mayor Hovanes, Councillors Mattes/Doerr voting in the affirmative and Councillors Schwartzenberger/ and Bennest opposed.

Photos and stories by Pat Hampson

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Council report – Pat Hampson


Regular Council convened at 7:00 pm with a presentation our new Oliver Ambassadors.

Kaylee Lesmeister, Anastasia Levant and Simi Mand thanked the Council for their continued support of the program; they expressed their eagerness to tackle a year of service to the Town of Oliver.

Recently retired 2013-2014 Ambassador Cheryce Martine also brought thanks for the opportunity to become more involved in her community. She was also; “very proud to represent Oliver during her travels throughout BC.”

Presentation by Dan Friesen

Mr. Friesen spoke about the need to reconsider relocating the proposed Roundabout for Fairview Road and Spartan/Similkameen (adjacent to SOSS) to a busier location Fairview Road and Station Street. He noted that it very time consuming and difficult to access the continuation of Station Street or to make left turns onto Fairview from Station Street. The Mayor noted that the proposed Roundabout is intended to slow traffic coming into the school zone at SOSS.

Oliver has many residents who leave for a Snowbird vacation in October/November; he would like to see the Town make provision for these vacationers to vote at an earlier advance poll so they can participate in municipal elections. Mr. Friesen stated that he had discussed this and the proposed Roundabout location with incumbent Councillors three years ago.

Development Variance Permit 1009 Rockcliffe Road

Council approved the application to reduce the interior side parcel line set-back which will allow a panhandle to be created to access a proposed second which can be legally created within the primary property line.

Firearms and Explosives Amendment Bylaw 644.01

Council read the amendment and directed that it be brought forward to the October 27th meeting for adoption.

Elected Officials Oath of Office Bylaw 1355

Some members of Council are not in favor of the recommended changes and it was voted to defer the readings and decision until after the up-coming municipal election. (This document is available at the Town Office for interested residents)

Municipal Ticketing Amendment Bylaw 1289.04 and Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw 1321.04

Council was requested by staff to give three readings to these amendments and bring adoption forward to the October 27th Meeting. Due to the complexity of the document and the proposed amendments to the Water regulation Bylaw which include a significant increase in fines for violation of the ‘Cross Connection Regulations, it is suggested by this author that interested residents or persons who may be affected should attend at the Town Office and request a copy.

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