“We’re very lucky here at the Osoyoos Indian Band with this hospital, even though it’s on our old reserve property, that it’s only minutes away from our people.
We’re all going to wind up in hospital one day. Our mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, sisters, brothers are all going to wind up in this building one of these days.
This hospital is very important to for our people here at the Osoyoos Indian Band and all the communities,” said Louie.
Louie said the land east of Okanagan River was stolen from the local natives in the ” Haynes Deal ” – where OIB Reserve #1 was cut apart. Still a large irritant to local natives.
Osoyoos Music in the Park/ Piano in the Park
Osoyoos Festival Society
Osoyoos Market on Main
Re: Community Events Concerns
We are concerned. We produce successful events in this Town which increasingly challenge our ability to deliver.
Our events are volunteer produced. We are collectively concerned that our volunteers are not only “burning out” but they are “aging out”. We need to work smarter, not harder. Cactus Jalopies is cancelled for 2020 which is a huge loss.
We do not want this to start a trend and are trying to come up with a way for this event to continue.
This not only affects the public but hotels, restaurants, wineries, etc. Once this event is cancelled for a year it is difficult to bring it back! To continue to produce our respective events, we are in need of more cooperation and more involvement from those who benefit from our events; our Town, local businesses and our citizens. We have done preliminary research on how similar events are run in comparable communities; none are strictly volunteer driven.
Therefore, we request Mayor and Council to ask key staff,
Osoyoos & District Arts Council and
Business Leaders to meet with us to problem solve this situation ASAP.
We have already discussed the issues amongst ourselves and identified some solutions. We look forward to your cooperation.
These groups meet with Osoyoos Council Monday (in committee).
Would you rather a pay increase or a pay increment? Neither say exactly how much you would gain but, to me, increment is way less than increase. So increment is a small increase and we have the word incremental. Nature is a master of the increment. The days become incrementally longer as time passes from Winter to Spring. We like this kind of increment. Inflation can incrementally erode real income
Incremental change can be welcomed and helpful or a terror. And let us be clear, everything happens by increments. Global warming has arrived and continues, by increments. Increments seem to be pointed toward some destination. They pile up and are the affecters of effects. If I pay them no mind I can find myself somewhere I don’t want to be. Consider your long term health and the increments you give to it
Increments are the stuff of lasting change. We do not quickly change the state of our country from deep inflation into prosperity. It takes many increments, consistently pointed in the same direction, toward a clear goal. Bodybuilders do not become competition winners by going to the gym one day for a few minutes. Schwarzenegger invested over six hours per day into the body building that made him famous
Snow is accumulated through increments, flakes. If we don’t shovel a path out, the accumulation could eventually block our way and in the extreme we might die. Incremental change can be the death of us or used to our benefit, be our glorious victorious life. Henry Ford reminds us that if we say we can or we say we can’t, we are right. Those thoughts fuel the kind of increments we experience and build our lives
To instantly run my first marathon was impossible. After 12 weeks of incrementally increasing my run distance, I did it. Hooray. And… in the weeks that followed, my ability to run that distance incrementally faded. That’s the thing, the incremental changes keep going. We have the option to choose the destination. When we don’t consciously, deliberately, choose the direction of the increments, oh oh can be the result.
South Okanagan General Hospital – Emergency Department – expanded facilities cost $1.25 million.
Ribbon cutting this morning at General Hospital at Oliver attended by mayors of Oliver and Osoyoos and the entire council of the Osoyoos Indian Band.
Petra Veintimilla, chair, Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District –
“This project was very important specifically for residents of Oliver and Osoyoos, but also for residents right across the Okanagan-Similkameen. We are pleased to support these renovations to SOGH to create a more patient-friendly emergency department, including space for families.”
Carey Bornn, executive director, South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation –
“We’re very excited to see this project completed at South Okanagan General Hospital. This type of bright, patient-friendly space enhances both the care of patients and working conditions for staff. We were very happy to be able to help fund this project.”
OLIVER – People in Oliver and Osoyoos will have access to improved patient care, thanks to construction upgrades completed at South Okanagan General Hospital (SOGH).
“Our government has invested in an upgraded emergency department at SOGH so that the people living in this community can receive quality health-care services when they need it,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “I saw first-hand the need to upgrade the emergency department after touring the hospital in the fall of 2017 and am pleased that health-care workers can continue to provide exemplary care to local residents in the improved space that they deserve.”
The project cost was $970,000. The provincial government contributed 60%. The Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District funded 40%. Work was bolstered by a further $280,000 commitment from the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.
Construction upgrades were done to meet staff and patient requirements as outlined in the project business plan. They included developing a new waiting and triage area, a quiet room for families and a separate emergency department entrance. The admitting and administration services were relocated. This will mean more privacy and convenience for patients.
A new team-care station will also enhance working conditions for staff. A private area for physicians enables them to consult with specialists as required.
The renovated emergency department opens to patients on Jan. 21, 2020.
One person is dead following a crash Thursday afternoon that closed Highway 97 north of Summerland for several hours.
An eyewitness said a small car lost control, spun out and crashed into an oncoming semi-truck near Callan Road.
The passenger in that car died – the driver and the driver of the truck were taken to hospital with minor injuries
I have been asked about possible damage to fruit trees and vines with the cold weather. There are a number of variables to consider. So I went exploring. I talked to farmers I know and from various parts of the valley. We are talking about a large area with interspersed micro climates.
The Central and North Okanagan have considerably more snow than the South. This is important as snow is like an insulation blanket protecting root systems from cold temperatures and the even colder dew point or ground surface temperature.
Parts of the Okanagan valley have had a blizzard and cold temperatures with high winds affecting wind chills.. Some of the old guys like me say “It has been colder than this” – and that is true but the big old Mac Trees had bigger and deeper root systems.
If you go by which crops are the most vulnerable, the first to suffer would be grape vines, followed by apricots, peaches and cherries followed by apples. For those asking, in my opinion, which is part of a collective opinion of growers up and down the Valley is we are not at the level of damage yet. If this were closer to spring by six weeks it might be a different story.
I will know more hopefully after the BC Fruit Growers Convention February 11th and 12th. Even though I am retired, as a life member of the BCFGA I am interested in the industries well being. I will have a report on it’s health later. The truth is, we won’t know whether the buds have been damaged until the warmer days of spring at the earliest mid February. I’ll keep an eye on what the verdict is and keep you posted.
January 14, 1935 – January 6, 2020
On Monday, January 6, 2020, Mrs. Martha Dores Goltz of Oliver passed away peacefully at her home at the age of 84 years.
She will be fondly remembered by her loving family and friends.
A private family service was held on January 10, 2020. Donations are gratefully accepted for the:
Canadian Down Syndrome Society, Suite 103 – 2003 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB, T2M 3N4 or cdss.ca
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Trail Advocates meet to discuss linking Trails across the Canada / US Border
The idea of connecting trail advocates on both sides of the border was born out of an observation made at the recent International Indigenous Tourism Conference in Kelowna. Arnie Marchand, First Nations Leader from Oroville, Washington stated “One of the things I noticed at the conference in Kelowna, that the people in the Okanogan down there and the people in the Okanagan here are doing the same work, they don’t even know each other. *
So I wanted to set up a face to face meeting to bring people together. So we can start communicating.” The result was a meeting held in Osoyoos on December 19th that was attended by 13 Trail advocacy groups and communities from both BC and Washington.
“There are several advantages to linking the hiking/cycling trails in the South Okanagan to those in Washington” says Trail of the Okanagans Society representative Don Gemmell. “The proposed trail is in much demand. Last year the Okanagan Rail Trail alone exceeded expectations when it blew through predictions by over 5 times in its first year of operations with almost 500,000 visits.” This mirrors experiences and trends elsewhere in the world where unused rail beds are being converted to recreational trails. The advantages to linking trails across the international border include:
- Attracting greater number of tourists to the Okanagan and Washington – particularly from Europe where cycle touring is big business. Cycle enthusiasts are looking for new destinations with great weather, amenities, history, culture, views and lengthy accessible trails, which we have in abundance.
- The trails are steeped in First Nations history. Much of the route follows thousand year old trails built by First Nations that spanned their territories. Long before the border, these trails linked their communities – this is an effort to reconnect in a tangible way.
- Provides the obvious benefits to health and wellness through active transportation and commuting – and – is environmentally sustainable.
- The economic benefits are substantive as evidenced elsewhere in North America and Europe where long distance trails have been developed. Small communities in particular will benefit as new businesses are built to support trail users.
The discussion at the meeting focussed on sharing information on current projects and the economic and tourism potential and benefits of linking trail networks of the South Okanagan, the Boundary region, and Washington State. Specific suggestions were made for loop tours on linking trails across the border with an emphasis on First Nations partners and Indigenous history and experiences along the routes. Commitments were made to continue to meet and to share information with the next meeting to be held in February.
“We hope this initiative shows Okanagan communities the potential of the Trail and that they in turn help by focusing on gaps in the Trail” says Janice Liebe, director with the Trail of the Okanagans Society. “We are very close to having a fully connected trail north of Kelowna all the way to Sicamous. South of the Bennett Bridge there are approximately thirty smaller sections and some challenges due to terrain. But there is a solution and a proposed route. All it needs is more active help by all levels of government and volunteer groups to help stitch the final stretches together. ”
For further information, please contact 778-392-6536 or email@example.com
Trail of the Okanagans Society
* So not true Arnie – Arnie and I met on a joint committee of US and Canadian supporters of the Hwy 97 travel route many moons ago. Arnie old buddy so good to hear your “drum”d beat …..anytime………
Left to right: Andrea Lester (TEN School Pac), Karen Somerville (SOSS Pac), Meghan Vetsch and Jocelyn Kirs (OES Pac) and Val Allen, principal (Sen Pok Chin elementary)
Presenter and chief Cook at the Sunday Elks Breakfast Carol Bonaldo.
All cash awards granted by the BPOE Lodge 267 to a Parent Advisory Council at each school in Oliver.
Busy year for the local Oliver Fire Department with Chief Bob Graham attending the regular meeting of council Monday night to comment on the annual report issued December 31st. Graham told council 2019 one of busiest years ever with 205 calls – 89 in Town, 81 Rural and 35 on OIB Land.
Of the 205 calls – 15 structure fires, 18 Brush Fires, 9 vehicle fires, 29 Motor Vehicle Incidents and 57 alarms responded to. Graham said the Fire Department active in the summer at time when the Eagle Bluff Fire in progress to the north and east of Oliver.
There are 33 members and 7 officers – 28 of those certified for Interior Fires – a certificate authorizing a member to enter a building on fire – the highest recognition of training.
Outdoor Public Space Naming Policy – Council adopted the Outdoor Public Space Naming Policy. The policy establishes criteria for naming Town of Oliver’s outdoor public spaces such as parks, public squares or space used for community gatherings, beaches, and trails.
Proclamation Policy – Council adopted the Proclamation Policy. The policy establishes a framework for Council to consider a proclamation and fulfill the request. A proclamation provides a means for Council to recognize a particular day, week, or month, or to light up Town Hall, to acknowledge the effort and commitment of an individual, organization, or community group.
Water Quality Report for December 2019 – The water distribution system is in winter mode using ground water for domestic use only. Three bacteriological tests were conducted with all results for coliform and e.coli coming back negative. Oliver had a total of 16.8 mm of precipitation recorded in December in comparison to normal levels of 34.2 mm.
Airport Runway Extension Grant Application – Council endorsed the resolution from the Airport Advisory Committee to submit an application under the British Columbia Air Access Program (BCAAP) to extend the Oliver Airport runway. BCAAP will fund 75% of the project, which is estimated at $74,800 to extend the runway.
United Way Southern Interior BC 2020 Youth Initiative Grant opportunity – Council forwarded the grant opportunity to South Okanagan Secondary School and Oliver Parks & Recreation for their consideration. The deadline for applications is March 2, 2020.
Oliver Radio Control Model Flying Club – Council supported the Oliver Radio Control Model Flying Club (ORCMFC) request to use the Oliver Airport for flying model aircraft. The agreement provides the ORCMFC the ability to apply for liability insurance under the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Appreciation Day – Council proclaimed February 1, 2020 as “Royal Canadian Mountain Police Appreciation Day”.
Mark Friday, January 31st on your calendar and don’t miss Lizzy Hoyt in concert at Venables Theatre, Oliver. Arriving under the auspices of the South Okanagan Concert Society, Lizzy has a crystalline voice of rare beauty. Acclaimed as a songwriter and a multi instrumentalist on fiddle, guitar and Celtic harp, she delivers soaring melodies rooted in Celtic and folk traditions.
Lizzy is known for bringing stories and history to life with themes of home, war, immigration and love. She is able to poignantly connect with our deepest memories and feelings. In 2013 the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal was awarded to Lizzy for her work commemorating Canadian veterans and Vimy Ridge history through music. The program for the Oliver concert includes some of these songs as well as traditional jigs, the Irish “Star of County Down” and pieces from her newest album “New Lady on the Prairie” that blend Celtic influences with bluegrass and folk traditions. Her songs are touching, poignant and lyrically rich.
Keith Rempel, an Edmonton bassist, has been working with Lizzy as both bassist and harmony singer since 2009. Chris Tabbert, guitarist and accomplished mandolin player, singer and songwriter joined to form a trio in 2010 . The three tour across the country and will be at Venables Theatre together.
Tickets for the 7:30 pm concert are available on line at or at the theatre box office Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 to 3 pm. Generous sponsors make ticket prices exceptionally affordable. Two or more tickets in advance are only $21/ticket. Single tickets in advance are $23 and at the door $25. Youth are ‘almost free’ at $2.50 so they have opportunity to experience fine live music.
While many folk artists concentrate mainly on their songwriting, Lizzy Hoyt places equal emphasis on her musicianship and plays and sings with clarity and precision. Music runs in her family for a number of generations. Her parents are both professional classical musicians. Lizzy graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta and she has become a sought-after instrumentalist and adjudicator for music festivals as well as the recipient of many awards. Her distinct combination of lyricism, gentleness and passion place her among Canada’s best.
Janet Marcotte, President of the SOCS, invites the audience to come early to Venables Theatre prior to the concert. There will be several students of the South Okanagan Branch of the Registered Music Teachers’ Association playing. This is part of the Canadian Federations ‘Branching Out’ initiative. It is called “Music on the Move” and encourages students to perform in the community more. Come and enjoy some young talent.
ODN is paid to post obituaries
Sometimes family members are given the option of what is published where.
In this instance the family of Martha ……….chose to utilize Oliver Daily News… but that is not what this all about.
Martha was a part of our team at Riverside Villas …. I had moved here in 2003, Martha was the President of the strata council and soon I served as Treasurer with her.
When I sought a Town council aldermanic seat – I walked across the narrow street and said to Nick and Martha – can you sign this document. 12 years later I cannot remember a time when Martha was asked and did not do the following… sign a document she wanted to send. A letter to the strata council or whatever.
Martha was a great gal, a grandmother, a mother, a wife and a friend to many – especially here at Riverside Villas and they know who they are.
To Linda, Marge and the Lutheran ladies – thank you.
To all the family members this has been a tough time for all. But I know one thing – Martha acknowledged the tough times in her life and was fierce in her conviction to her religion, to her family and to her friends.
To Robert, Kevin and Lloyd – what a great mom you had.
Canada Weather (Environment Canada) was predicting a Tuesday temperature of minus 26 Celsius.
I was raised as a teen on an orchard but profess no knowledge about root stock, buds, or damage to wood during a deep freeze.
So two things
I consulted a long standing orchardist and packinghouse operator
ODN wants this story to generate some interest from ALL farmers, orchardists and vineyard owners in the South Okanagan.
Research and historical records most likely hide inside the “dark” web or in files at BCTF or the Research Station at Summerland… I just do not know.
Here is the scoop – if temperatures in the next couple of nights dips to minus 28 Celsius or a larger number there could be serious damage to all wood stock – meaning
buds, vine, trees, and roots.
Most orchardist will cross their fingers and hope the temperature stays in the -15 to minus 20 range with limited wind.
Wait to hear the fans, the wind machines. In my day – fruit growers would burn hot pots in the orchards in a vain attempt to warm things up.
Couple of questions?
Are you worried?
What can you do and will you do it?
What do you know that will expand this story beyond my memories of orchard life in the 50’s