Pink Shirt day

pink shirtThe steps of the legislature welcomed the sounds and stories of students taking a stand against bullying as they took part in a Pink Shirt Day variety show today.

Premier Christy Clark welcomed student performers from Shoreline middle, Glenlyon Norfolk, and Reynolds secondary schools.

Performances included an aboriginal welcome, a spoken word poem that explored the relationship between introverts and the internet, and a skit promoting the importance of helpful bystanders. Travis Price, who originally established Pink Shirt Day, spoke about the importance of student safety.

“Pink Shirt Day is about standing up against bullying in our schools, communities and online,” said Premier Clark. “It takes courage to do your part to stop it, but by wearing pink, we are sending a clear message that bullying won’t be tolerated.”

Two secondary students from the ERASE Student Advisory co-emceed the show and also released social media guidelines to help students, teachers and parents use social media responsibility.

The ERASE Student Advisory is made up of 20 students from all over BC, representing public, independent and First Nations schools. They were selected to advise the Ministry of Education on bullying and student safety issues and develop social media guidelines.

“Through social media, today’s young people literally have the world at their thumbs and fingertips,” said Education Minister Peter Fassbender. “There’s no question that it is a powerful educational tool, but social media can also be easily misused. The reality is that these days, using it comes with great responsibility and I want to thank the students for these guidelines because they can be used by everyone.”

job fair

Participant companies & sponsors

Best Western , Gallagher Lake Resort , Coast Plaza , Five Wineries of Constellation Brands , Destiny Beach Resort , Holiday Inn , McDonalds , Safari Beach Resort , Spirit Ridge , Watermark Beach Resort,   Sandy Beach Resort , Cactus Tree Inn & Fitness Centre , Maple Leaf Motel Inn , A & W , Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course

SORCO loses manager

lauren meeds22I would like to inform everyone that I will be leaving my role as Executive Manager of SORCO on good terms as of February 28th to pursue other aspects of my career. I will be continuing my role with the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC in the South Okanagan. I will also still continue to collaborate with SORCO.

SORCO and I have accomplished a lot in the time we have worked together and I am so proud of my time spent there with such great people and animals.

If you want to reach me after the end of February please call me at 250-485-2314 or email me at


Thank you to everyone for your support!

Lauren Meads

The art of leather

BC-LeatherworksBC Leather Works has recently joined the Oliver Community Arts Council as a business member. Welcome!

You will get to meet them — if you haven’t already — at the Spring Arts Faire. They will selling their fine leather products as well as marketing their repair and custom services. Yes, they have belts, purses, and wallets, and yes, they do shoe repair. But did you know they also make clothing (vests, jackets, chaps, aboriginal regalia) as well as holsters, scabbards and sheaths for everything from knives to rifles to your favourite bottle of beer?

Here’s what proprietor Chris Dricos has to say about his love of leatherworking:

Dricos“As I was growing up I remember going with my dad to his shop in Kerrisdale, Vancouver as he was working I would play climbing in and around the chairs and foot stools that lined the wall for people to sit and wait for there shoes to be repaired. As years went by I went from climbing through the chairs to shinning shoes while customers were waiting and learning how to repair & dying shoes back in those days Ladies had satin shoes that they would change colours. Over the years I would work after school and on weekends working along side may dad.

” In 1969 I met Barb my wife and in 1970 got married. In the early 70’s we sold hand crafted belts to the Hudsons Bay in downtown Vancouver. In the later 70’s we moved to 100 Mile House, BC and operated a shoe repair & leather working business for a number of years.

“From there we moved to Oliver, BC not knowing what I would be doing. Just happened that there was a shoe repair that was looking for someone to do repairs. After 1 1/2 years the owner wanted to cease doing repairs and offered the equipment to us. Barb and I talked it over and Realizing what a gift My Father had passed onto me and that it was something we could do into our Golden Years Barb bought me the equipment we started the shoe repair business. I have heard Barb saying to others it is nice to hear me whistling while I work.”

Check out their link on the right side of the page under “Businesses” or here:

Photo Credit: Jack Bennest, Oliver Daily News


The Quest for Provincials!

Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, March 1st

Oliver Legion Hall

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The rep teams will be working together this Sunday to serve pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee by donation.


The South Okanagan Bantam Rep Team won! They are representing the Okanagan Region at the BC Hockey Bantam Tier 3 Provincial Championships in Port Hardy.

The Midget and Pee Wee Rep hockey teams both won their first playoff games last weekend. Both teams play again this weekend in the best of three series. The two teams are one win away from attending the BC Championships also!

•Midget Championships – Dawson Creek
•Pee Wee Championships – Kitimat
Thanks to everyone who donated to the bottle drive last weekend!

MP Alex Atamanenko rises in the house


That, in the opinion of the House: (a) the government should issue a formal, unequivocal and sincere apology to Canada’s British Home Children and Child Migrants, including their families and descendants, for the injustices suffered as a result of its participation in migration schemes between the years 1869 and 1948 thereby enabling the importation of an estimated 100,000 orphaned or destitute children from Britain to provide indentured labour for Canadian farms and households; (b) the government should express its gratitude and appreciation to the families whose ancestors were responsible for building up Canada’s agricultural industry at a critical early point in its development; (c) the government should assist in a coordinated effort with survivors and descendants to track and record their genealogies and ensure that reunification with lost family members is made possible; and (d) the government should take steps to ensure that all Canadians are informed about this important period of history in a way that makes certain it is never forgotten by present or future generations.”

Don’t burn – compost

rdos logo oneRegional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is advising residents not to burn wet leaves, thatch and brush. Smoke from burning can create serious health problems. Instead leaves and brush can be put out for yard waste collection in March, brought to a local landfill for free drop-off or composted at home.

Wet leaves, thatch and green brush are potent sources of smoke when burnt. Thick bellowing smoke contains soot, dust and fine particulates that can cause serious health problems for children, seniors and people with respiratory issues. Fine particulates in smoke have been linked to increases in heart and lung disease and cancer. The Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys can trap smoke causing a buildup of particulates.

Residents have a number of ways to dispose of leaves, thatch and green brush. In March, homes in most of the RDOS will receive yard waste collections. Residents receiving curbside collection can place out an unlimited amount of leaves and brush in paper yard waste bags or reusable containers like garbage cans. Home owners can check for the dates of yard waste collections by contacting their local government. All landfills within the RDOS can also take, free of charge, up to 500 kg of compostable yard waste per trip.

Leaves can also be composted beautifully at home. Leaves are designed to break down quickly creating nutrient rich compost that can be applied to lawns or gardens. From March 1st to 23rd, businesses and local governments across the RDOS will be pre-selling residential compost bins at wholesale prices. For details on the compost bin sale or for tips on how to compost contact the RDOS at or call 250-490-4129.

First real challenge in new job – Aspell

Many agencies in BC that work on preventing violence against women and children are feeling the crunch of less funding.

ODN was alerted to this by the End Violence Association (EVA) which represents 230 small organizations in BC – counselling services and safe house programs

We have not been able to get to the crux of the problem yet but sources indicate government has changed the paradym. At one time funding was based on submissions of need and estimates of what a service would cost for the services performed.

That model now thrown out of the window and funding to be supplied based on numbers given by RCMP as to actual reported incidents of domestic violence.

EVA reps say much is not reported to police and the stats do not reflect the actual problems on the ground.

tamara22We went to Tamara Aspell, executive director of Desert Sun, which runs local programs.

The nine-year veteran at Desert Sun says this is her first real challenge – funding certain programs where government monies are or will be reduced in the very near future.

Aspell came to this area almost ten years ago with two small children following her husband who was to begin work on a construction project in Osoyoos. They hailed from Chilliwack where Tamara worked as a Residential Care aide in a day program.

The South Okanagan suited their fancy and they both got long term jobs – she with Desert Sun Counselling.

Desert Sun operates 11 programs, including men’s counselling services and a “safe home” for a family of up to 3. She says the rent on the safe house is paid for by BC Housing a standard practice around BC but the staff component is through a Ministry of Justice funding programme.

Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Society
Organization is EVA BC Member
Stopping the Violence Counselling Program

EVA (End Violence Association

mandate includes:

•Providing support and training
•Undertaking research
•Developing and distributing resources and tools
•Educating the public and government bodies on the needs of victims of violence
•Developing and maintaining service standards
•Fostering cross-sectoral coordination and collaboration

Our membership is comprised of:

•Community-Based Victim Services Programs
•Stopping the Violence Counselling Programs
•Stopping the Violence / Multicultural Outreach Programs
•Sexual Assault / Woman Assault Centres

Bad accident near Skaha Ford

skyler no vakSkylar Noe-Vack report and picture

Tuesday in Penticton around 1:10 pm a 4 vehicle MVA happened in front of Penticton Skaha Ford.

One person had to be extricated and taken to PRH. 2 fire engines, 3 ambulances, 4 tow trucks, 5 RCMP 2 integrated road safety and also CVSE-Canadian vehicle safety enforcement where among the units on scene of the accident. The 4 lane parkway was reduced to 1 lane going northbound all south bound lanes where closed.

ODN encountered the accident scene about 2:15pm

Report from Elections BC

RDOS election – Area C

Terry Schafer spent $1613.41 received one donation of $500 – from Jim Wyse
Joel Malcolm spent $1101.63 of his own money
Rick Knodel spent $697.99 but received $800 in donations from 7 people: Bud, Monica and Mike Hoover, Frank Barnay, Ray Deblasi, James Filson and Geoff Koganow

For Town councilor – Oliver

Petra Veintimilla spent $2430.85 with Tracy and Alberto Veintimilla donating $2000 and Jim Wyse contributing $500
Maureen Doer spent $908.84 with one donation of $300 from Paul Johnson
Larry Schwartzenberger spent $1110.91 of his money
Jack Bennest spent $1041.68 of his money
Dave Mattes spent $231.00 of his money
Lilly Zekanovic spent $835.83 with donations of $500 from SO Labour Council and contributions from A. Evans and A. Atamanenko
Jeff Ashe spent $235 of his money

Winning design

fest mike22Mike Szalay designed this logo replacing one that had been in place since 1996.

Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Director, John Devitt announced the winner of the logo design contest this afternoon and unveiled the new logo. “With Fest-of-Ale celebrating 20 years this year, the Board felt this major milestone marked the perfect opportunity to create a fresh new look to represent the festival. A new look that reflects the creative undertakings of the brewers and the sun-drenched, waterfront City of Penticton that has hosted Fest-of-Ale for 20 years,” explained Devitt.

About 50 logo entries were entered in the contest. The winner of the logo design contest, Oliver-based Mike Szalay, a carpenter with a creative eye, was on hand to help Devitt unveil the new logo. Devitt continued, “In addition to bragging rights, Mike also won a $500 prize package that includes $250 cash; 4 tickets to this years Fest-of-Ale and 2 tickets to each of the next 4 Fest-of-Ale events.”

“Our Board of Directors love Mike’s new logo design. It begins with a bold, balanced, geometric design that features three distinct colour palettes. Each colour represents a colour of the finest ales: A dark shade of brown represents the heavy stouts, a deep burgundy for the amber ales, and a vibrant yellow for the full-bodied lagers and blonde ales. We also love that the colours reflect the beautiful colours of our Okanagan Valley sunshine, splashed across a symmetrical crest-style logo and stamped with sun rays and barley stalks,” explained Devitt.