Schedule for 2021 Large Item Collection
April 12: Town of Oliver
April 13: Town of Osoyoos
April 16: Village of Keremeos, Areas B and G
April 19 through 23: City of Penticton (on regular day of collection)
April 26: Area C
April 27: Area A
April 28: Areas D and I
April 29: Areas E, F and Upper
Participating homes can place out a maximum of two items. Eligible items are furniture, large appliances and mattresses. Check local curbside collection calendars for more details on items collected in each community.
Common materials that will not be collected include building materials, toilets, hot water tanks, electronics, carpets, gas or battery powered equipment or other similar materials.
Residents should have items to the curb by 7 am on their designated collection day.
7181 Island Rd
Estimated time of dispatch 2:09 pm
At rear of property near hike and bike* path
Took OFD about an hour to gain access and extinguish fire
No structures involved. No injuries
The South Okanagan with its rolling native grasslands is a “hot spot” for biodiversity, hosting more at-risk species than anywhere else in BC. The Nature Trust of BC has protected this diversity for many years on the White Lake Biodiversity Ranch, a combined sustainable ranch and grassland conservation area.
We need your help to add 151 acres (61 hectares) to this complex with the Park Rill Floodplain property. Boasting natural grassy and wetland terrains, Park Rill Floodplain will increase the conservation of biodiversity and connectivity of wildlife habitats.
The property is located North and West of Willowbrook – 3km up the road to White Lake.
The property supports six sensitive ecosystems: sagebrush steppe, grassland, open coniferous woodland, seasonally flooded fields, wet meadow, and sparsely vegetated rocky outcrops. These kinds of ecosystems are a conservation priority for The Nature Trust.
Peregrine Falcons stalk through the daytime skies while Western Screech Owls hunt through the night. Brewer’s Sparrows chirp a lovely song from tree branches, next to threatened Lewis’s Woodpeckers.
Endangered American Badgers burrow in the grounds of Park Rill Floodplain, while at dawn and dusk the Nuttall’s Cottontail, a rabbit species of conservation concern, can be seen through the underbrush. Mule deer descend from higher elevations in winter and American Black Bears visit in
The property likely contains vital habitat for amphibians like the endangered Western Tiger Salamander with its striking black and yellow mottling and the threatened Great Basin Spadefoot, a frog that spends much of its time underground, along with reptiles like the threatened Great Basin Gopher Snakes and Western Rattlesnakes
England is in mourning at the announcement of the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. At the age of ninety nine, and rather frail, it was not unexpected but those of us who grew up with him as a constant personality in our lives, still feel a deep sadness at his demise.
Britain has always held the Royal Family in high regard and my family was no exception.
As a child, it was always customary in our home to stand at attention when the National Anthem was played on the radio and, rather later, on television. My grandma was always rather arthritic and it took ages for her to get up from an easy chair, but she always struggled to her feet when the first few solemn notes of the anthem were played.
As a child, I was quite used to waiting outdoors when calling on a friend to come and play. No phones in the homes of anyone I knew, so I would walk to their home and ask if they could come out to play. We always stood outdoors until our friend came out to join us, on wet days, we found somewhere to shelter while we played as being invited indoors to play was never an option in my neck of the woods.
Because of this habit, I never really got to see how other families behaved until I was well into my teens. Once I did start being invited into homes I was really surprised and rather dismayed, to find that most other families did not stand for the anthem in their home.
It was a definite no-no to try and leave a public gathering while the National Anthem was being played so, at the end of watching a film, there would be a mass exodus to leave while the closing credits were rolling up the screen because, at the end of the credits would be a picture of the Queen, on horseback and attending the Trooping of the Colours, and the anthem would be played. Once the first two notes were played, the whole assembly would freeze, so it was essential to get out of the building prior to this, if you wished to catch an early bus.
Over the years, this sign of respect has dwindled and many people now just make for the exit whilst the anthem is still playing but, back then, very few people broke protocol and I never have.
On the rare occasion, when a “Royal” would visit our area, school would be closed so all could line the sidewalks and wave at the visiting dignitary. If it was the Queen or another important Royal person, children would be given small flags to wave at the passing parade of cars. To catch a sight of the royal wave was something to celebrate.
I remember one visit when HRM was visiting a nearby town and arriving by train. The entire railway station was given a facelift and much fuss was made over installing new toilet facilities. Why anyone imagined that the Royal bottom would be sitting on a public convenience, is rather unbelievable but I’m sure the general public appreciated the gesture when they needed to use the facilities.
The few times I actually saw the Queen was rather disappointing as she never wore a crown, always a fancy hat. However, at her golden jubilee, in 2002, we had gone to England on vacation and actually got to see her, really close up, arriving at St. Paul’s Cathedral and, to my delight, she was wearing a tiara.
On that occasion we were standing on the very narrow sidewalk, outside the cathedral, and I had a really close-up view of HRH. She and the Duke were in the fantastically ornate gold coach, Princess Anne and her brothers were all on horseback, wearing beautiful scarlet guards’ uniforms, including the beautiful bear skin busby on each of their heads. The scene was really magnificent, truly all Pomp and Circumstance and I felt very proud to be British, even though I had actually deserted my home country in 1974.
In recent years the monarchy has really taken a beating with scandals and unflattering behaviour from many of the members. Bad behaviour is nothing new but the intense media coverage of all their actions mean that nothing is now hidden, so the truth (and sometimes fiction) of their misdeeds is made public. The more we learn of their bad behaviour, the less we put them on a pedestal.
The Duke himself had some scandals during his younger years, and his outspokenness landed him in hot water many times. Because of this he became more “human” in the eyes of the public, while the Queen has always managed to retain her dignity and regal aloofness at all times. As a wife of a man who often “puts his foot in his mouth”, I am sure she would, quite often, have liked to kick him on the shins, to remind him of his manners, however the royal reprimands were kept for a more private time.
The Duke has been an excellent consort, a very difficult position to be in, I’m sure. Always one step behind HRH in public but at her side in private, to support and encourage her difficult position. Her Majesty has lost a true and loyal friend and Britain is the loser in his passing.
RIP, your Majesty, you are much respected and missed.
New Oliver irrigation system to flow for orchards, wineries, farms
OLIVER – Work is underway to ensure Oliver-area orchards, wineries and farms have a stable irrigation system to help the region’s agriculture community continue to support B.C.’s economy and food security.
A $5-million contribution from the B.C. government will help reroute the town’s agricultural irrigation system around Gallagher Lake to serve as a dependable source of year-round irrigation water for growers for years to come.
“The new pipes will deliver more than water to the farms, orchards and vineyards in the area,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. “They will also bring the peace of mind a reliable irrigation system provides growers and their families. Our ongoing partnership with the Town of the Oliver represents the commitment, support and appreciation both governments have for the excellent fruit growers and winemakers in the region, and the impact they have on the community and province.”
The new system, expected to be complete in April 2022, will replace temporary piping that was established following a rockslide in 2016. The slide damaged infrastructure that carried irrigation water to the Town of Oliver, the Osoyoos Indian Band and farms, wineries and orchards in the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS). The temporary piping has delivered irrigation water since the slide, but at reduced capacity, and with vulnerabilities during hotter years with lower precipitation.
The provincial contribution completes the funding for the $11-million partnership with the Town of Oliver and was contingent on the town raising the remaining project funds, consulting with stakeholders and completing an environmental impact assessment and archeological review.
The new irrigation system brings stability to crop production in the area and reduces the risk of crop and financial uncertainty for growers, their employees and the larger community.
Updates on the project are available here: https://oliver.ca/gallagher-
A tour today with a good friend and fellow council member for 17 years.
This project will be cost up to 9.2 millions dollars with the present contractor in place and the work at the north end progressing nicely. The province of BC granting $5 million of project cost… with the federal government giving ZILCH to the farmers in the South Okanagan for this project that should help sustain the water supply for 100 years. For the record this is an irrigation water system. Most water supplied by the Town of Oliver for domestic consumption is a totally different system.
In 1924 – the “ditch” was one of the most publicized waters system in North America….
This is not a new ditch or a refurbished one – it is an intricate, engineered project to pipe irrigation from one side of a high running creek (Vaseux) and then elevated with less volume, down a road, across the highway, down a road, across the highway to OIB land where the water is to be dumped back in the ditch north of Mud Lake.
Once that is all done…… the Gallagher Lake syphon is gone with – a hole under the rocks slides.
A fairly strong storm system affected the province over the final weekend of March and resulted in a slight uptick in snowpack percentages for most regions. The South Interior was the least affected by the storm.
Regional snow pack levels vary from slightly below normal to above normal for April 1st, based solely on ASWS locations. The provincial average for all ASWS locations increased from 112% on March 15th to 116% for April 1st. The average for all stations within the Fraser River basin increased to 119% (March 15th: 113%). By April 1st, on average, approximately 96% of the total seasonal snow pack has accumulated.
The majority of regions stayed fairly level or measured a slight increase in average percent of median from March 15th. Northern regions experienced substantial increases in percent of median, including Upper Fraser East, Central Coast and Skeena-Nass. The South Interior remained incredibly dry and some regions experienced a slight decrease, including the Boundary and Okanagan.
La Nina conditions persisted through the winter. Typically, La Nina years result in cooler and wetter weather conditions for B.C. The cooler spring conditions could result in delayed snowmelt through April.
Dwight Gooden – Star Pitcher
Dwight Eugene “Doc” Gooden (born November 16, 1964), was an American professional baseball pitcher who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball. His statistics show that he pitched from 1984 to 1994 and from 1996 to 2000 for the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In a career spanning 430 games, he pitched 2,8002⁄3 innings and posted a win–loss record of 194–112, with a 3.51 earned run average and 2,293 strikeouts.
As a 19-year-old rookie, he earned the first of four All-Star selections, won the National League Rookie of the Year Award, and led the league in strikeouts. In 1985, he won the Cy Young Award and achieved the pitching Triple Crown by compiling a 24–4 record and a league-leading 1.53 Earned Run Average, 268 strikeouts, and 16 complete games. The following season, he helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series.
Sadly, his career was ultimately derailed by cocaine and alcohol addiction. After posting a losing record in each season from 1992 to 1994, Gooden was suspended for the 1995 season after a positive drug test while serving a prior suspension. In spite of losing performances in his last 4 years as a pitcher, Gooden was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 2010.
Gooden’s troubles with addiction continued after his retirement from baseball and resulted in several arrests. He was incarcerated for seven months in 2006 after violating the terms of his probation. Gooden’s accomplishments are enviable, but if all I have is fleeting, transient fame on earth what good will that be when I meet God? There is a permanent, rewarding and enjoyable benefit from living in harmony with God’s plan, even if we struggle to maintain that.
Mark 8:36 “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
On Friday, April 2, 2021, Mr. Christopher Carl Jentsch of Summerland passed away suddenly at the Penticton Regional Hospital at the age of 58 years.
Chris will be fondly remembered by his loving family including wife Betty Jentsch; daughters Megan, Danielle (Ricky) and Emily Jentsch; grandsons Henry and Luke and brother Dieter Jentsch (Angela) as well as many extended family and friends.
He was a long-time farmer and owner of C.C. Jentsch Cellars, winery in Oliver BC.
Chris enjoyed farming, playing with his grandsons, playing chess, collecting antiques, spending time with his family, working on projects and golfing.
A private family graveside service will be held at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
To view the private graveside service on Facebook Live, please click the following link:
Another movie being filmed on OIB lands
There will be a film company (Surprise Road Productions) filming a movie (Secrets of a Marine’s Wife) on the reserve April 5th to April 11th. They will have a few OIB members with them onsite and It will be filmed North of Area 27 and towards Manual flats.
They are filming a war movie and will be firing (BLANK) ammunition on April 5th and April 7th. Some people on the sub may hear gunshots (blanks) coming from above the ridge east of the sub-division.
Secrets of a Marine’s Wife, a Lifetime movie starring actors from Riverdale and Arrow, will be shooting in Osoyoos, Cawston and Oliver this month.
“It is exciting to have a new production company come to our region to film, it’s always good to be expanding our production company client base. And what we know is that once they come they keep coming back for all that this region has to offer: the extensive amenities, scenery, locations, weather, services and welcoming communities,” Jon Summerland, Okanagan Film Commissioner, said in a press release.
Front Street Pictures will begin production in early April for Secrets of a Marine’s Wife, which was written by the award-winning journalist and New York Times Best-Selling author Shanna Hogan, tells the true story of a young marine wife whose illicit affair ended in tragedy.
The film is based on the book of the same name written by Shanna Hogan.
We are creatures of a herd mentality believe it or not.
Whether our thinking is left or right, what religion we subscribe to, it doesn’t matter. The differences we have is more about common behaviors. We engage in some positive and some just plain ridiculous behaviors with our eyes wide open.
Last year for example we had a nationwide run on toilet paper when aside from panic buying there was no shortage. People equated COVID with a flu rather than a respiratory problem
Yes we agree in the majority we are a nation of laws even though we have contempt for a measure of them. We are sometimes like a wolf pack socially as evidenced in social interaction on facebook or gatherings at demonstrations and protests. There is a compassionate side when it comes to supporting children or those in need. We attend vigils born out of tragedy, we pay final respects together with decorum and dignity. We behave differently at sporting events, where despite our collective best efforts there is a small rowdy crowd caught up in the moment. Then there are times we practice a herd mentality when it comes to our financial and social behavior. Let me give you some examples.
When prices are good farmers all plant the same thing until the market is saturated and the price tanks. When word gets out everyone jumps on a stock tip over inflating the value for a time and the secret is knowing when to bail before its worthless paper. At present we are watching a housing bubble that will soon see many especially first time buyers drown in a sea of market correction. Another two herd problems are front and center. Vaccination vaccer’s and anti-vaccers as they’ve become known. Which herd will win? Despite all the rancor and debate the vast majority will roll up their sleeve. Get vaccinated and herd numbers will lead to ending the pandemic.
So what is the most significant thing mankind has learned or not learned?
There are those who lead and those who follow, and followers and leaders change places depending on life’s circumstances. The only way to avoid some of the pitfalls is for each person to learn how to learn. That is important, it’s is top of the instruction manual for free thinking souls who don’t want to just follow the herd. Then there are times when it is most appropriate to follow. The key is knowing the difference between proactive and reactive, and which measure is required in a given set of circumstances.
April 7, 2021
RE: School Community Member Tested Positive for COVID-19
School Exposure March 31 and April 1, 2021
We are supporting Interior Health Authority as they undertake contact tracing to determine if any other members of our school community were in contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19, and if any additional steps are required. We are following the protocol established for these circumstances:
• A member of the Southern Okanagan Secondary school community has tested positive for COVID-19. They are self-isolating at home with support from local public contact tracing;
• The health authority will determine if anyone in the school community was in contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 while they were potentially infectious
• The health authority will determine if anyone in the school community is a close contact that is required to self-isolate.
Only the health authority can determine who is a close contact. If you are contacted by Interior Health Authority, please follow their advice. If you are not contacted by Interior Health Authority, it has been determined that your child is not at risk of developing COVID-19.
Superintendent of Schools
edited for brevity
CPE News (4/7/2021) – Zonda, a portfolio company of MidOcean Partners, has acquired Urban Analytics Inc., a premier Vancouver based multifamily and urban data and analytics company.
Led by Managing Principal Michael Ferreira of Osoyoos and
Principal Jon Bennest of Delta, Urban Analytics provides real estate industry stakeholders with the tools and intelligence to make better decisions.
Newport Beach, California based Zonda provides data-driven housing market solutions to the homebuilding industry. Zonda serves a diverse cross-category audience, including homebuilders, land brokers and developers, mortgage lenders, finance professionals, building product manufacturers, and many more.
Following this acquisition, Zonda plans to expand its client base into major markets across Canada, including Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, as well as add urban market coverage to its existing suite of solutions in the U.S.
In 2018, MidOcean acquired and merged Hanley Wood and Meyers Research and rebranded the combined company to Zonda in 2020.
Including Urban Analytics, Zonda has completed three add-on acquisitions and is seeking target with up to US $50 million in EBITDA.
APRIL 6, 2021 REGULAR DRAW WINNER OF $52.00 – Ticket 201 – Dennis Materi
APRIL 6, 2021 REGULAR DRAW WINNER OF $100.00 – Ticket 118 – Ray Pitt
B.C.’s online registration system for COVID-19 vaccine appointments will open to eligible adults on Tuesday morning, as the province overhauls its current program for making bookings.
The new “Get Vaccinated” system will be available at 8 a.m. PT – People who are 71 and older — those born in 1950 or earlier — and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be able to register online to book their appointment, as will Indigenous people who are 18 and older .
The launch of the province-wide portal comes as case numbers spike in B.C., with a record-high daily total on Saturday of 1,072 new infections .
The online portal and single provincial call centre will replace the five regional call centres currently being used to register patients and book vaccine appointments .
Time of dispatch 1:45 am Saturday
Oliver firefighters had to use the paved hike and bike path to bring in various units – tender, bush truck, pumper and several supervisors
The fire on the west side of Okanagan River but east of Hike and Bike pavement
Fire reported by an ambulance crew driving southbound to Oliver.
Cause of fire unknown. – Some evidence of chainsaw cutting of large trees.
Command terminated at 3:39 am
EASTER’S LONG PAST
I love Easter, it is a time of hope and new beginnings. Although Christmas is thought of as the “season of joy” to me Easter is the time for rejoicing. The winter weather is usually a thing of the past and, although there will still be odd reminders of winter weather, they are usually short lived and the warmth of the sun is there to make us smile.
Growing up in Northern England meant winters were wet, windy and grey but come Easter time and a miracle occurred on the windswept hills. As Wordsworth put it so eloquently, “A host of golden daffodils” appeared, as if by magic.
There is honestly nothing as heart lifting or inspiring as coming across huge patches of daffodils, their golden heads really do dance in the wind, as though trying to get free of their roots and fly away. As a mere mortal, I feel my heart trying to free itself and dance away with them.
Easter, in my childhood, didn’t have an Easter bunny, I never heard of him until we came over to Canada. I never hunted for coloured eggs, but instead we were given large chocolate eggs, quite often several of them from various relatives.
In the area where I grew up, it was a long standing tradition to hike up a local hill on Good Friday. I’m not sure if this went on in other parts of England but people came from miles around to walk up Rivington Pike. I was lucky enough to live within walking distance to the base of the hill but hundreds of people arrived by bus, bicycle and cars.
The climb up the hill was quite a trek but people of all ages made the attempt. At the very top was a small tower or “pike”. These were built to be used as warning beacons during ancient wars. Fires were lit in these pikes, all located on the highest hill in the area, the fires could be seen from miles away and warned of the attack of invaders, by sea. I think our local pike was built rather later, as a decorative item, but the climb to the tower was a yearly ritual for thousands of people from nearby towns.
My mother’s family had gone there as children and, in those days, they actually carried hard boiled eggs and rolled them down the hill. I don’t know what this signified, by the time I came along, this practice was no longer observed, but the Good Friday trek up the hill continued.
As I grew older and more commercialism came into play, vendors drove up the lower levels of the hill, to a plateau, and set up sales of food and novelties, even small fairground rides, very popular with many people. My family chose the steeper route to the top, where vehicles couldn’t go, a much more satisfying climb. The view from the top was quite spectacular and, even in those days of smoky factories, you could see over thirty miles to the west coast. There we would enjoy our picnic lunch, before the tricky downhill climb.
Easter Saturday usually saw the arrival of one of my aunts, who had never married and spent all her vacations with my grandma. Aunt Alice, the oldest of her siblings had “gone into service” at the age of fourteen. This meant she became the live-in housekeeper for a fairly wealthy couple, who owned a large home. She had her own small apartment and seemed very happy with her life but was on duty six days a week and only visited her family on holidays.
She usually arrived at Easter with a huge chocolate egg for me, but this was never opened until after church on Sunday. This auntie was a mine of information on wild flowers and she inspired me to really appreciate all nature’s gifts. She taught me how to look in hedgerows to discover bird nests and discover the wonderfully soft fluff and grasses the birds had managed to find to line their nests. She saw God in all nature and instilled this discovery in my young heart and mind.
After our big Easter Sunday meal of ham, I would get to open my chocolate egg. The egg usually came in an elaborately decorated, cardboard box. It could usually be separated into two halves and the contents of small, filled chocolates could be discovered inside. Pure luxury!
My usual source of candy was the penny tray at the local store, which was a nasty, tooth rotting collection of sugared treats enjoyed by all children, but, usually recognised as rubbish. So the smooth, luxurious taste of quality chocolate, filled with flavourful creams, nougat or caramel was truly a treat. Because of my rather strict upbringing, I offered the treats to grandma, my aunt and my mom, but they were usually very kind and let me have the bounty all to myself. They usually had treats of their own to enjoy, but letting me have my entire collection of goodies was unusual and I made the most of it.
The tradition of the climb to the top of Rivington Pike is still an Easter tradition in my hometown but, as far as I know, the Easter bunny is not a visitor. That hill still means a lot to me and can be seen for miles around the area, visits to England are never complete without at least one sighting of the “Pike”.
To this day, the sight of daffodils gives me a lift and, even though I want no fancy funeral service and no burial, I would like my ashes to be spread where daffodils grow so my soul can dance with them throughout eternity.
Cst. Shawn Ingham loves his job.
Ingham, the newest member of the RCMP detachment in Oliver, welcomed a transfer here after spending the first 16 years of his career in northern B.C. — first in Fort St. John and later his hometown of Prince George.
Since arriving in the Okanagan in December, he’s made an immediate impact on the community.
“It’s been a beautiful — well you guys call it winter, I call it fall,” he joked in reference to the Okanagan’s weather.
“You don’t have to look too far out the window. It’s a beautiful area. I’ve been in the north my whole life and this is a nice change of pace. Small-town policing is great because you get to know people right away. It’s a tight-knit community with everyone looking out for everyone.”
During his youth, he played in a minor hockey tournament in Osoyoos several times over the years and his family would often return in the summer for a vacation.
Ingham is a general duty constable and is also trained as a crisis negotiator.
One of the perks of being a Mountie compared with a member of a municipal force is the ability to move around the country.
Growing up, he played lacrosse, football and hockey and dabbled in high school volleyball. Many of his hours after school were spent at the boxing gym where he had an amateur career and later coached.
It was here that he learned teamwork, something that’s essential in policing.
“Even the guys I fought against in boxing, there was a mutual respect and we’d go hard, but hang out afterwards,” he recalls.
He looks forward to when his son — who soon turns seven — starts playing lacrosse.
Ingham began his professional life as a machinist before moving to corrections. He did his police training at the DEPOT division in Regina, an intensive 24-week program.
His father encouraged him to learn a trade because it’s always something you can fall back on. But becoming a police officer was always something he wanted to do.
“Even way back in kindergarten, I remember we were asked to fill out what we wanted to do (as a career). I said I wanted to be a please-man,” he chuckles.
While mainstream media generally reports the negative aspects of policing, Ingham focuses on what’s good.
“I love my job,” he said. “The good parts are putting smiles on people’s faces, making them happy. Just the relief some people feel and the calmness when a police officer shows up. Whether it’s helping locate their missing child or finding a lost dog, it’s great being able to help people.
“There are bad parts, but I try to outweigh the good parts with the bad. Often people will focus on the 10% of what’s bad about a job. I always try and focus on the 90% of the good things.”
He also enjoys the PR aspect of his job. He agreed to this interview because it was an opportunity to promote the positive work Mounties do at a time when they’re often lambasted in mainstream media.
While in the north, Ingham was a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer and also helped with a bike program for children.
Sgt. Don Wrigglesworth, the detachment commander in Oliver, said he was instantly impressed with Ingham’s positive attitude describing him as “an excellent addition to our detachment.
Special thanks to the Penticton Herald and Editor James Miller
- Product: Face masks labelled to contain graphene or biomass graphene.
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- What to do: Do not use these face masks. Report any health product adverse events or complaints to Health Canada.
How much pain and suffering would you be willing to endure for a dear friend?
Oliver Cromwell sentenced a soldier to capital punishment. He was to be brought before the firing squad and shot at the evening curfew bell. The riflemen assembled as they were ordered to do and waited. They waited for the bell to ring, waited and waited but it didn’t ring. The soldier’s fiancé had climbed into the bell on the belfry and clung to the clapper so it couldn’t ring. The bell swung back and forth, causing the girl to be hammered against the bell’s wall repeatedly, but she endured it. Brought down to face the general she tearfully showed her bruises and bleeding hands to Cromwell. At that the general responded, “Your lover shall live because of your sacrifice. Curfew shall not ring tonight.”
We have Someone who did even more than that for you and me. This is the weekend in the calendar when we are urged to think about Jesus on the cross. He didn’t just cling to the cross for a while, He hung there for hours until He died. It was love, not the nails, that kept Him there.
Thank you, Lord,
“Today, we are reporting 832 new cases, for a total of 100,880 cases in British Columbia.
“There are 7,571 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 11,608 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 91,732 people who tested positive have recovered. Please note, these numbers are provisional due to a delayed data refresh and will be verified once confirmed.
“Of the active cases, 296 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 79 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
“Since we last reported, we have had 310 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 388 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 53 in the Island Health region, 42 in the Interior Health region, 39 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
“There have been 90 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province, for a total of 2,643 cases. Of the total cases, 192 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 2,214 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 50 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 379 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.
“There have been five new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,463 deaths in British Columbia.
“To date, 787,549 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,394 of which are second doses.
“Starting today, long-term care and assisted-living residents across the province can see their family and friends and can leave their home without needing to self-isolate on their return. We recognize and thank you for the sacrifices you and your families have made over the past year.
“Thursday, we are reporting 1,013 new cases, including six epi-linked cases, for a total of 100,048 cases in British Columbia.
“There are 7,405 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 11,468 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 91,066 people who tested positive have recovered.
“Of the active cases, 301 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 80 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
“Since we last reported, we have had 385 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 458 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 47 in the Island Health region, 64 in the Interior Health region, 60 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
“There was a delay in the sequencing analysis for variants of concern. As a result, the new cases for the last 24 hours are unavailable.
“There have been three new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,458 deaths in British Columbia.
“There has been one new outbreak at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. The outbreak at Mission Memorial Hospital is now over.
“To date, 756,080 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,351 of which are second doses.
Director’s Motion – Director Ron Obirek-Area D
(Unweighted Corporate Vote – Simple Majority)
THAT the matter of discussion on a proposed name change for the Garnett Family Park be postponed to the next Board Meeting April 1st – CARRIED
When the motion came up Thursday to change the name of the Park at Heritage Hills – it failed on a vote of 13 to 6. There are 19 directors on the RDOS Board.
MARCH 30, 2021 REGULAR DRAW WINNER OF $52.00 – Ticket 223 – Gail Erickson
MARCH 30, 2021 REGULAR DRAW WINNER OF $100.00 – Ticket 38 – Dave Mattes
Title: Firearm pulled on business employee after break in
Penticton RCMP and the RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team converged on a vehicle used in a business break in after a firearm was pointed at one of the businesses employees.
On April 1, 2021 at 5:07 a.m., police were alerted to a break in and theft at a business in the 4300 block of Weyerhauser Road, Okanagan Falls.
Shortly later an employee with the business observed a black truck with their property parked at a cabin on the 201 Forest Service Road. The employee was approaching the truck when a man and woman came out from behind the cabin and the man pointed a firearm at the employee. The man then fled in the truck, leaving the woman behind.
Officers located the woman, a 29 year-old of Okanagan Falls and took her into custody. Officers later located the unoccupied truck at a residence well known to them at Cedar Court. The truck was previously stolen from Armstrong, BC.
The man has not yet been located. He is described as Caucasian in his 40’s, wearing a black hat and brown jacket.
Penticton RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance for any information into this incident. If you were in the area of 4300 Weyerhauser Road, the 201 FSR or Cedar Court on April 1, 2021 between 4:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. and witnessed a black truck or you have a dash camera, police would like to speak to you. You can contact the Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477
Title: RCMP and BC Coroners Service investigating found human remains
The Penticton RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are investigating after the remains of an adult person were discovered on Tuesday afternoon.
On March 30, 2021 at 3:15 p.m., the Penticton RCMP received a report of a deceased person under the Causeway Bridge near Skaha Beach, Penticton, by a person jogging in the area.
“The Penticton RCMP is working to determine the decedents identity,” states Sgt. Scott Hanry of the Penticton RCMP.
The BC Coroners Service is conducting its own, parallel fact-finding investigation into the death with no further details available at this time.
Unless it is required to further the investigation, the RCMP will not be publicly identifying the individual.
by Jessica Murphy
In defence of John Carmichael Haynes
I do not make a habit of commenting on the writing of others, but I do believe that Mr. Brian Wilson’s ‘history’ of Judge John Carmichael Haynes, requires a rebuttal, or, at the very least, a questioning review.
In the fourth paragraph, Mr. Wilson describes the 1861 lynching of a Colville band member. He writes: ‘Although Cox had no jurisdiction on the US side of the border the young man was retrieved and subsequently hanged without trial. The Okanagans, led by Chief Silhitza protested the lynching by the American miners, and the fact that Cox refused to charge the whites with any crime…..Judge Haynes had the power to stop the shooting and lynching but did nothing….’
Earlier in the story Mr. Wilson has stated that in 1860 Haynes was appointed to assist Cox. Difficult to see how he had the power—one short year later—to countermand Cox, who was still his superior. At this part of the bio Mr. Wilson refers to Haynes as Judge Haynes. Don’t think so. He was a customs officer. His first judgeship came a few years later and not in the Rock Creek—Osoyoos area. If the story is historically accurate.
I also have some trouble with the description of the lynching. Was the young Native Person lynched in Canada? By Americans? Or in Washington state, where Cox had no jurisdiction, by men who then presumably rode back to Canada, where they had—ostensibly—not committed a crime? I am not sure.
In any case, Chief Silhitza complained about this treatment to Governor Douglas. Douglas asked Cox about the situation, was told all was fine, but within one year fired Cox from his magisterial duties, demoting him to land agent. So, Chief Silhitza’s letter was, in fact, considered and acted upon. Did Haynes provide information to the governor to help bring about this change? I don’t know. I am not a historian. But I bet a letter to that effect exists.
Mr. Wilson refers to Haynes and his ‘fellow Irishman and gunman Constable Lowe’. Pretty prejudiced, I think. Any constable would have been armed, at that time. (Haynes probably was too. Who would not be?) In the next paragraphs Mr. Wilson depicts Haynes and Lowe as notorious acquirers of land. Was anyone cheated? Of course, who you knew was important in the 1800s; it still is today. If that was a crime we would have no politicians walking around free. (Sorry, my prejudice is showing.)
Then Haynes has to deal with Mrs. Lowe, presumably after her husband’s death. Lowe lived for ten years after the accident that removed him from policing duties in the southern interior. During all that time did he not ask his ‘partner’ for some equity? And how did an Irish constable have any money to invest, in any case? Constable Lowe might have helped Haynes acquire land, cattle, whatever in 1872. And it may not have all been legal. But, an interest in the properties Haynes had acquired? No. Perhaps Haynes genuinely wanted to see his erstwhile friend’s widow well looked after, or, more likely, she had some damning information. (Now, that would be a treasure trove of historical minutiae.) In any case, Haynes paid her out. If he was such a bad guy why not just ‘remove’ her? She no longer had the protection of her husband.
I have no doubt that through the 1870s Haynes manipulated maps, surveyors, and land agents, to acquire the lands—including reserve lands– that he wanted. But he was never charged with a crime. That sort of thing was considered okay. And he did pay for the land—or, at least, most of it. How else would he have generated a mortgage debt of $65,000.00? In 2021 dollars that amount is in excess of $2,000,000.00. So he was not land grabbing, all the time.
I feel I should defend Tom Ellis from Mr. Wilson’s suggestion that he ‘took the Haynes’ family to the cleaners.’ But that can wait for another day—after Mr. Wilson has given us a history of Mr. Ellis. Suffice it to say, that in 1895 very few men in the southern interior had the money needed to pay off Haynes’ mortgage debt. Any fewer still would have left the widow and her family with the lakeside property she continued to own and live in, for the rest of her life.
In his closing paragraph Mr. Wilson states: ‘But we need to put in perspective his (Haynes) position as a notorious colonialist and imperialist. His relationship with the local Indigenous peoples needs to live in infamy.’
The Judge’s middle son, the famous Val Haynes, married a member of the Colville Band. And after her crippling riding injury continued to care for her, in their home at Road 22. Perhaps his father had not inculcated racism against the local indigenous peoples in his son.
Would it help us to know that John Carmichael Haynes, born in 1831, was a child during the ugly years of the Great Irish Famine, from 1845 to 1849? That he might have suffered starvation, or, certainly and at the very least, seen the ravages of starvation in the faces of his fellow Irish? Seen dead emaciated bodies on the streets of Cork? We had no understanding or knowledge of PTSD only short decades ago. Can we not forgive a child who suffered through the famine, wanting to do so well in ‘the colonies’ that his family would never suffer such deprivation again?
I am not sure. But I do know I will not be casting the first stone.
Do we erase the name Haynes from our landmarks, as has been suggested?
If we bury our history in denial, we are certain to forget it.
History is not a day in the past—it is every past day.