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Homeowner grant threshold set at $1.65 million for 2018
VICTORIA – The Province is raising the 2018 homeowner grant threshold to $1.65 million, ensuring the same percentage of British Columbia homes are below the threshold as in 2017.
Eligible homeowners must apply for the homeowner grant each year. To be eligible for a grant, the home must be used as the owner’s principal residence. The homeowner grant is automatically calculated on a homeowner’s property tax notice.
The homeowner grant amounts are:
* $570 for the basic homeowner grant.
* $770 if the home is located in a northern or rural area.
* Up to $845 for homeowners who are 65 years or older, or the homeowner is a person with a disability.
* Up to $1,045 for homeowners who are 65 years or older, or the homeowner is a person with a disability if the home is in a northern or rural area.
Some low-income owners, such as seniors or people with disabilities, can apply to supplement their homeowner grant if it has been reduced or eliminated because of the high assessed value of their principal residence. Homeowners may also be eligible for property tax deferment if they are 55 years or older, or are financially supporting a dependent child.
By ROY WOOD
The town building official is expected to re-inspect the Oliver Landing project Wednesday as part of the process of lifting a stop-work order imposed on the project just before Christmas.
Wayde Bliss posted the order to stop work December 21 on two units in the 12-unit first phase of the low-to-medium cost development at Co-op Avenue and Sawmill Road.
The order cites “No insulation inspection in Unit 5 or approval in Unit 8” as the specific violation of the town’s building bylaw.
In an interview today, Oliver chief administrative officer Cathy Cowan said, “Wayde is going out to do an inspection tomorrow.”
At issue is the spray-foam insulation being used in the complex. According to Cowan, in one of the units drywall was installed over the insulation before the inspector could even look at it. In the other, there was a problem with the insulation that the builders were told to fix, but before it could be re-inspected, that was also dry-walled.
When Bliss goes in tomorrow, “(They) will have to open up some areas so that he can measure to make sure it meets the requirement,” said Cowan.
Oliver Landing senior project manager David Perehudoff was unavailable for comment today. He is apparently holidaying in Mexico.
In a telephone interview last week, Perehudoff said work would continue on the site despite the stop-work order. ‘We have no choice,” he said at the time. “As per our lawyers, we have to mitigate damage. … If we were to comply with the stop-work order it would cost us $10,000 a day.”
He indicated he would not be deterred by the fine of “fifty dollars per day.”
However, Cowan said today that as far as the town is aware, the builders are complying with the order. This morning an ODN reporter saw work proceeding on some units, but not on the ones subject to the order.
Cowan also clarified that the fine for non-compliance with such an order is $500 per day. The fifty-dollar fine is for tampering with or removing a stop work order from a building.
Cowan described the issuance of stop-work orders in Oliver as “not very common … not even (one a year).”
Oliver Landing is planned to eventually include about 130 residences in the $300,000-plus range. Units along the canal on the eastern edge of the former horse farm will be somewhat more expensive.
The company has claimed that the first 12-unit phase of the development is sold out.
By ROY WOOD
The project manager for the Oliver Landing residential development says work on the project will resume Tuesday despite a stop-work order issued last Thursday by the town building officer.
David Perehudoff said in an interview from Mexico earlier today that shutting down construction would be costly. “We have to (resume work). We have no choice. As per our lawyers, we have to mitigate damage. … If we were to comply with the stop-work order it would cost us $10,000 a day.”
He said the penalty for defying the order is “fifty dollars a day.”
The order was posted last Thursday by town building officer Wayde Bliss. According to Perehudoff, it relates to differences over the application of spray-on foam insulation being used on the project.
Town offices were closed over the Christmas week and Bliss wasn’t available for comment. Town staff indicated to ODN the order was issued because it has no verification from the developer regarding what has been done or the R-value of the foam insulation.
Work may be allowed on units where the spray foam has yet to be applied.
According to Perehudoff, the town is demanding insulation properties in excess of the provincial building code. “(Bliss) sent me an email saying we require twice what the building code is and that’s what the stop work order is for,” he said.
“We will do what’s required by the BC Building Code. And now it becomes an argument. We welcome that argument in front of council with our engineers.”
Perehudoff says the company has a professional engineer on the work site who has certified that the Accella polyurethane foam insulation as applied at Oliver Landing meets the provincial code.
Oliver Landing is a low-to-medium-cost residential development north and east of the corner of Co-op Avenue and Sawmill Road. It is projected to eventually include about 130 residences, mostly in the low $300,000 price range. Building is currently under way on the first 12-unit phase.
Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes said in an interview this morning that he is aware of the order, but doesn’t know the specifics.
“These things happen,” he said. “Our building inspection department works very hard to work with anybody involved in construction and business. (They’re) dealing with public safety and the community’s liability.”
The mayor said such orders are rare. “We don’t have a history in Oliver of having a lot of stop-work orders,” he said. “In my whole tenure in local government, about 15 years, I can only remember three or four times when it’s actually been brought to my attention.”
Hovanes said he is confident that the interruption is temporary. “I’ve got full assurances that, at the end of the day, whatever seems to be missing or deficient … will be corrected and things will move forward.”
I call this story Devine Intervention
I was stationed in Vernon as a paramedic for the British Columbia Ambulance Service. At work and just before dark we had been watching the heavy snow falling and huddling from the cold winds. We were happy not to be on any call right then. That is when the phone rang and we were given a call for a motor vehicle accident in Westwold. In excellent road conditions about a 45 minute response time. Cautiously we set out with lights and sirens. It was snowing so hard and visibility was so poor I turned off the bright emergency lights. It felt like we were not moving in the snow. Where we were exactly on the road was difficult to see. Slow and steady with both of us straining to see any markers at the edge of the road.
Eventually we came upon a car stuck fast, up to the windshield in a big snow drift. It was not the accident we had been dispatched to. I saw the car engine was running as I approached the driver’s door. Inside were two people. Just got married that afternoon and were on the way to the Vancouver airport for a honeymoon trip. Wearing flower shirts and shorts they were scared and cold. They had called for a tow truck so I told them I was going to another accident and I was going to call the police to come get them. That they must be wary of asphyxiation from their still running motor.
We continued on to the first call and just west of Falkland we were cancelled and we were to return to the stuck car as the police couldn’t help for a few hours.
When we got back to the newlyweds the snow was now covering half of the door. We dug the snow away and found them very cold but still refused to come with us. The engine had stalled a while ago. I made a quick assessment of the situation and raising my right hand up I pronounced in the most instructive voice I had and said by the powers invested onto me by the province of British Columbia I hereby arrest you both and you must come with us. My partner looked at me with a look of disbelief but went along with my scheme and we put the two shivering sweethearts in the ambulance and took them to her parents’ home in Vernon. You know of course that at that time as a paramedic I did not have any such authority to arrest but, it worked and I got away with it.
Comment: Many people believe that ambulances can travel in any weather conditions regardless of how deep the snow is or how cold. Those brave women and men who are your paramedics deserve your extra efforts to make their responses to others in distress to be as safe as can be. Pull over and stop to allow them to pass. Thanks.
ODN continues to evolve – as it should being “current and relevant”
In 2018 we commence to cover both Osoyoos and Oliver Town councils – Roy Wood in Osoyoos, Jack Bennest in Oliver.
Our office on Main Street is now closed – a reduction in over all monthly costs.
The phone number associated with Jack Bennest and listed on older business cards is now – no longer in service.
95 percent of all business that Oliver Daily News does is conducted via email.
A small break now until Tuesday at noon. If something breaks we know you know – ODN will be there.
This is our thirtieth Christmas in retail, so we are doing something special for ourselves.
OK Photo will be closed until Tuesday morning January 2nd.
We will spend that time with family and in the community. You may see us on the ski and toboggan slopes, at the movie theatre, at the ice rink but the store doors will be closed. We hope this doesn’t inconvenience too many but we need to recharge our batteries for the new year. And enjoy our granddaughter!
Thanks for understanding and see you in 2018
(Photo by Eby)3
Air Canada 7:10 p.m. flight to Vancouver for Friday, Dec. 29 is cancelled
Air Canada has also cancelled the 6 a.m. flight on Dec. 30 leaving from Penticton to Vancouver.
Flights from Vancouver that were to arrive in Penticton on Dec. 29 at 5:55 p.m. and 11 p.m. were also cancelled.
WestJet has cancelled the 3:15 p.m. flight to Calgary on Dec. 29.
The flight from Calgary arriving in Penticton at 2:41 p.m. is also cancelled.
Source: Black Press Digital
March 7, 1925 – December 21, 2017
On Thursday, December 21, 2017, Mrs. Phyllis Elaine Collen of Oliver passed away peacefully at the South Okanagan General Hospital at the age of 92 years.
She was predeceased by her husband Bill Collen and infant son Thomas.
Phyllis will be fondly remembered by her daughter Elaine (Wayne), son Edward (Karen) and daughter Margaret (Bob); grandchildren Kirsten (Brian), Kris, Elyssa (Brian) and Jared as well as great-grandchildren Callie, Rory and Svea.
In her younger years, Phyllis worked at McGavin’s Bakery in Vancouver and the Oliver Post office.
Phyllis enjoyed travelling with Bill through Canada and the United States in their motor home.
She was a lifetime member of the Oliver Royal Purple (admitted in 1956) and volunteered with Job’s Daughters. Phyllis also bowled in a ladies bowling league in Oliver for many years.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday January 13, 2018 at the Oliver United Church followed by a reception in the church lower hall.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
What is it that turns a house into a home? Every house seems to have an atmosphere that oozes from the walls and floors, you can go into different homes and immediately feel comfortable but not all houses make you feel that way.
The humblest home can make you feel welcome and happy to stay a while. I think this is something that it has absorbed from the people living there over the years.
During my life I have lived in a variety of houses but not all of them have felt like home. My first home, my mother’s house was kept immaculately clean, it smelled of furniture polish and there was never a hair out of place. The “front” room, as it was called was kept for “best” but I honestly never remember it being used as it was always cold. Like most English homes of that time period, it was heated by individual fireplaces in different rooms, even all the bedrooms. However, I never saw a fire lit in any of the rooms except the family room, so this is where all the action took place.
It was a fairly small room with a dining table and two chairs plus two big comfortable arm chairs. My mother and older brother lived there. I lived a couple of miles away with my grandma. My parents had separated when I was two so my mom had to go out to work. My brother was seven years older than me so he stayed with my mom and got himself ready for school. I was packed off to grandma’s as I needed care and stayed there until I was eleven. This situation meant that I hardly ever saw my brother and we both grew up as an ‘only’ child. He was a bully and used his fists on both me and my mom so we never became close. As we aged he and his wife never had children and were not particularly fond of our noisy four, so visits were kept to a minimum. My family came to Canada when I was twenty nine so we never really got to know one another. He passed away several years ago but, sadly, it didn’t leave any hole in my life.
On weekends Grandma and I would take the bus to my mom’s house and stay there till Sunday night. On Saturdays mom and I cleaned the house. She would apply furniture polish to everything that wasn’t covered in fabric and my job would be to buff it all to shining glory. I asked my mom why all this was done weekly when nobody ever sat in the best room of the house, she had no answer for this so we just kept cleaning it. Grandma took care of making the big Sunday meal while my mom and I went to church. Sunday afternoons were spent reading or playing Monopoly, probably the only time my mom had money in her hands. I was always glad to get back to the easy going atmosphere of Gran’s place.
In summer the big Sunday meal did not happen, instead gran’s entire family met at grandma’s house at 1.00pm for “the walk”. Between the four brothers and sisters present were at least a dozen kids, I was the eldest as my brother never came to these events.. Two other sisters lived in different parts of England but if they happened to be visiting they joined us on the walk.
Gran’s home was about a three mile walk from The Barn. This was an old Saxon barn with a manor house situated in what had once been fabulous grounds. The grounds had long since been returned to their natural state but peacocks still remained strutting around. The old barn had been made into a tea room and was a very popular place for families to go together. Mom would get a huge jug of tea and a cup for everyone and we would eat our sandwiches from home. Each family would contribute something, a home made cake or cookies and it was nice to spend the afternoon playing games.
However, it seemed to be a tradition that one of the sisters or sisters-in-law would be out of favour so she or sometimes her whole family would not be present that week. I never thought about it then but what an awful way to be. My mum was always in attendance so I think that maybe she was the instigator of who was to be picked on that week. I was always a bit of a dreamer so didn’t think to ask why auntie so and so was missing. Grandma didn’t seem to get dragged in to whatever feud was going on but I don’t know why she put up with her family being in constant turmoil.
Grandma’s house was a treasure trove, she also lived in the family room with the big fire that always had a huge soup pot on one of the hobs and a big kettle simmered constantly on the other hob. Within minutes if going into grandma’s home, the visitor had a cup of tea. It was a welcoming home but had lots of space and drawers full of wonderfully mysterious treasures that made life interesting for a small child. The house had become a repository for all the left-overs from each of her six children’s lives and, sometimes, grandma would remove some of them and tell me the stories that each article had been involved with.
Grandma was not a person to be fooled with, she handed out swift, harsh punishments when she felt they were needed but she forgave just as quickly. Her house seemed to have warmth and love oozing from every pore.
It was my sanctuary and I always felt loved and secure. Sitting with gran, by the fireside, with a cup of cocoa and some fire browned toast is one of the warmest memories if my young life.
When I married Dave we moved into our first home, a run down terraced cottage with no indoor plumbing except from a cold water tap in the kitchen. This was what I had grown up with so no big deal to me but Dave’s parents home had a bathroom and instant hit water. He soon adapted to the lack of amenities and the trek to the outdoor toilet was no big deal for him. While he felt it was inconvenient, I found it downright scary and wouldn’t go there after dark unless Dave came too. The first flush of married love soon waned when he had to stand at the back door and talk to me while I performed my bodily functions.
However, we both worked on making our little home into a bright and cheerful place to live. I inherited an old treadle sewing machine which I soon learned to use. A nearby cotton mill sold fents. These were end pieces of woven fabrics, sometimes towelling and sometimes a fabric called candlewick, which was used for bed covers. It was cotton with rows of yarn stitched to one side. You cut between the yarn and it made little fluffy tufts stick up. I would dye it various pastel shades but the yarn stayed white giving a lovely contrast to the coloured background. When this was hemmed it made beautiful bed covers which I used for the baby cribs then, as the children grew, single beds. The towels just needed hemming and they were good to go. These fabrics were acquired for mere pennies but made our home look warm and cosy.
I honestly do not think that it takes much money to build a home, it takes hard work and lots of love. Money can buy all sorts of beautiful things but a home is not represented by antique furniture of quality paintings hanging on the wall, it is the atmosphere that gives it character and this cannot be bought.