Archives for March 20, 2018
The public showing was to begin Friday March 23rd – but the erector set is engaged. Modules stored in OK Falls are being transported to Oliver, un-wrapped and set to be erected.
Louie, 50, has represented himself in court, and verbally sparred with Judge Arne Silverman stating that the court had “no jurisdiction” over him, due to his First Nation not having a treaty with the Crown.
He spoke for 40 minutes Monday on the topic, despite Silverman explaining he had already decided the argument was invalid. “He’s wasted a lot of court time,” Silverman said.
The judge said the crime was clearly premeditated. He was sentenced to three years for each of three counts and one each for two counts is to be served concurrently. Time and a half credit was given for the 412 days he has already served.
“If Senk’lip were a non-Indigenous person and all the other circumstances were the same, he would be serving a four year sentence in prison,” Silverman said.
Louie, from Oliver, will be in jail for just shy of 17 more months, at which time he will be released with a lifelong ban of possessing a restricted firearm, and a 10-year ban on possession of non-restricted weapons.
Photo credit: SO Photos
by Roy Wood
Subsidized housing lot switch OK’d
Osoyoos council has agreed to allow the developer of the so-called Richter Property portion of the Southeast Meadowlark subdivision to switch the “near market” designation from one lot to another.
But council ordered that any future such requests for switching the designation would see the town’s administrative costs passed on to the developer.
The property, behind the new firehall and west of Highway 97, will eventually include 26 new homes. Six single-family homes and one duplex are completed or under construction.
Under its contract with the town, Ellcar Construction agreed that four of the units would be sold at “near market” prices. “Near market” is a more recent term for affordable housing. In this case, the homes would sell at a 15-per-cent discount from market values.
Town financial services director Jim Zakall told council that two of the lots had been designated as “near market.” But Ellcar approached the town seeking to switch the designation from one lot to another because it has received an offer for one of them from a non-subsidized buyer.
Community grant short list gets council nod
Council has approved the $63, 391 in community grants short-listed by senior staff along with councillors Jim King and Mike Campol.
The town received more than $100,000 in grant requests this year. Campol lamented to council Monday that there wasn’t enough money available to approve them all.
The approved grants – listed on ODN last week – ranged from $1,200 to $6,500 and will be distributed among 21 local organizations.
Grants are for special events, facility rentals, tax requirements, special projects and insurance expenses. They are available only to non-profit organizations which provide a service to town residents.
The CEO of one of the province’s largest non-profit organizations and the former chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Janet Austin has reached the highest level of achievement in both the social and business sectors.
Janet has guided YWCA Metro Vancouver through a number of transitions that have put the organization at the heart of the lives of tens of thousands of British Columbians using its services and programs and supporting their physical and mental well-being at more than 40 locations.
Over the past decade, Janet has spearheaded community-focused initiatives at the YWCA, expanding its geographic and social reach in order to increase access to affordable housing for low- income single mothers and women leaving abusive relationships, supporting youth in foster care to transition to independence, and broadening services for marginalized women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
A champion of social change, Janet volunteers on several committees and boards including the Big Sisters honorary advisory board and the City of Vancouver Healthy City for All Leadership Table. She is a passionate mentor and role model for women across BC.
She received an honorary degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals.