Archives for November 2018
Barn Fire – this week on Greasewood Avenue
Special thanks to Kim Laramee our neighbour for calling 911, alerting us that the barn was on fire and best of all saving the life of my mare by opening the gate and letting her out and away from the fire, there are no words to truly explain my gratitude.
Huge thanks to the Oliver Fire Dept. who the inferno under control so efficiently without the aid of a fire hydrant but the water trucks kept coming, fire and hay are a challenging combination – your team work is so impressive and we all should be very proud and grateful to have these wonderful men and women who volunteer their time.
To my wonderful neighbours Lance and Laurie Stevenson for their generosity, kindness and support I am so very grateful.
Thank you to my insurance agent Jill for dealing with things so quickly, the prompt arrival of Karin the adjuster who explained everything so clearly. Thanks also to Janis at RDOS who explained the procedure for clean up as well as making many helpful suggestions.
Also thank you to all the friends for messages of support and donations of equine related equipment lost in the fire. Every one of you has made this awful event so much easier to cope with
Bob Marley sings about jam’n in reference to a few folks getting together to sing and play music without structure or direction or an audience. Just jam’n. We kind of live a big percentage of our lives in the same way, kind of just going along, not fully conscious. And that can be OK in a delightful way. We can adopt the jam’n mode of living and enjoy it all more. Jam’n drops all those stressful (euch) rules
To jam together opens up all kinds of possibility. Improvisation is welcomed and celebrated. Want to play the spoons along with that person over there playing guitar, yes, do that. Don’t feel you sing well, great, hum or clap or drum your fingers on the table. Join the jam. Jam of this type is a unique one time, in the moment, expression of feeling. Whew, the relief of release and of being constantly welcomed
The jam we put on our toast is made from fruit. Take out the bigger seeds, like in peaches, mash the fruit to a pulp, add pectin, sugar as a preservative and sweetner, a bit of ascorbic acid (lemon juice will do fine, boil a few minutes, into a jar. Done. If you want jelly, strain out any lumps or small seeds etc. Jam is a little kid memory food. The memory of jam is also therefore an adult comfort food. Yum
A jam is when something is stuck because it is not aligned, as when a drawer that needs to be opened and, drat, it fights us all the way. That drawer is jamming. To be jammed into an elevator is to be squeezed into it like sardines in a can. A jammed freeway won’t let the cars flow. Too many cars for the capacity of the freeway (or folks for the elevator). Sometimes it is good to jam in one or two more, like when pickling cukes
While in a jam it can feel like I don’t have options to get unstuck. I can be in a business jam. If it is financial the bank may be part of my jam (and no, I don’t want to be stuck in an elevator with my banker at such a time). Something a bit drastic is often needed to dislodge the jam. If it is a river jammed with ice and logs, dynamite is appropriate. Other jams are easier. People in a jam need a hand.
!!!!!Saturday December 1 – CWL craft sale – Christmas Fiesta 11 am to 2 pm – yup not Sunday _ Basement Catholic Church
Sunday December 2 – Sunkeya Farm Alpacas Open House – Willowbrook 11 am to 4pm
Saturday December 8 – Breakfast with Santa 9 to 11:30 am Oliver Community Hall
Saturday December 8 – Sage Valley Voices Concert Oliver United Church 7pm
Sunday December 9 – same as above 2:30 pm
Sunday December 16 – Oliver Christmas Dinner – Oliver Community Hall 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Saturday December 22 – Winter Wonderland on Ice – Oliver Arena 6 to 8 pm
Interior Health announces upgrades to the emergency department at South Okanagan General Hospital
Interior Health announced it is moving forward with a $970,000 upgrade to the emergency department at South Okanagan General Hospital (SOGH) which will improve patient privacy, flow, and the overall quality care provided to residents in the Oliver area.
The project is partially funded by the Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District (OSRHD), who today formally approved its share of the project. The OSRHD will contribute 40 per cent of the project, with the Province of BC contributing the remaining 60 per cent.
“Last fall I had the opportunity to travel to Oliver and to meet with members of the community, physicians and hospital staff. I heard firsthand about the great work that is happening to support healthcarein this region, but also, the challenges faced at this site,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “The health authority will now be consulting with local physicians and staff to make sure that the upgraded space best meets the needs of patients and providers.”
“By moving forward with this next step, we are closer to ensuring the emergency department continues to meet the needs of people who provide and receive care at SOGH,” said Carl Meadows, Health Service Administrator, South Okanagan, Interior Health. “We are committed to working with physicians and staff
to ensure the renovated space is efficient in terms of size and configuration and provides an improvedspace to continue to provide exemplary care to local residents.”
The emergency department will remain open during construction, which is expected to begin in winter 2018.
Oh by the way this release in the spring of this year.
Ye Olde Welcome Inn has just re-opened with its new owners. As a gesture of goodwill to its community, the business held a pig roast last Saturday, November 24th and asked guests to donate to Highway to Healing in lieu of charging for the meal.
Pictured: Board member Cathy Thompson (middle) receiving the donation of a hefty $705 from staff Jacquie Ellis (left) and Cindy Whittaker (right)
Board chair Gail Barriskill says “it is heartening to see the wide spread community support for the work we do. With our recent expansion to include families from Osoyoos and OK Falls as well as Oliver, we really need the support.” She goes on to say “We recognize that the small communities in which we live have many opportunities to support worthy causes, and when this new business approached us with their fundraising idea we were grateful to have been chosen.”
On behalf of The Board of Directors and the families we serve, we would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to owners and staff at the new Ye Olde Welcome Inn for their generosity and hospitality
All the residents of an Osoyoos rooming house escaped unharmed from a late morning house fire just north of the town boundary.
The fire began about 10:30 from a so-far unknown cause. The outside of the structure remained standing, but the building was clearly gutted as Osoyoos Fire Department firefighters mopped up shortly before noon.
Osoyoos RCMP commander Sergeant Jason Bayda told ODN at the scene that the home was occupied by several tenants and that all of them apparently managed to get out safely.
One of the tenants, who wouldn’t stop to talk with a reporter, was dressed in emergency personnel white coveralls, having evidently lost his clothing in the blaze.
Flames and smoke could be seen from a considerable distance from the house at 87th Street and 92nd Avenue.
Makeover eyed for aging Oliver Arena
Parks and Recreation is eyeing a complete face-lift for the aging Oliver Arena and is enlisting the town and the regional district to help get a federal grant to cover three-quarters of the multi-million-dollar project.
Parks and recreation manager Carol Sheridan told council Monday that the concrete slab and the cooling lines that go through it are failing and are in critical need of replacement.
As well, a recent life-cycle assessment of the 49-year-old building concluded that the concrete and steel structure is good for another 27 years, but lots of other stuff – like cladding, windows, doors and roofing – are getting close to their end of life.
Sheridan said the society envisions replacing the pieces that are wearing out and going further by expanding the ice surface to regulation size, replacing the boards, including an indoor walking track and providing the accessibility that s currently lacking.
Council agreed to support a grant application from the RDOS on behalf of the society.
Town will hear province’s pot pitch
Council agreed Monday to hear a proposal from the province to open a cannabis retail outlet in the town.
The town recently got a letter from the Liquor Distribution Branch – as did every other town with a liquor store – presenting an overview of what a government cannabis store would look like and an invitation to arrange a meeting to discuss it further.
Everyone agreed that a conversation would be fine, but Councillors Petra Veitimilla and Aimee Grice indicating they might lean toward supporting local small business.
“I like what’s going on in Osoyoos, where they are keeping the province out,” said Veitimilla.
Councillor Dave Mattes was a bit more gung-ho. “I’m in favour of sending a letter … telling them we’d love to have them fill a hole on Main Street,” he said.
Chief administrative officer Cathy Cowan told council that so far there has been just one inquiry about opening a cannabis store. The town earlier determined that the downtown core and along Highway 97 are the two zones in which such businesses would be allowed.
No, really, it’s an ashtray … for your pocket
When bylaw enforcement officers accost folks smoking in public next year they’ll likely be giving them a so-called “pocket ashtray” to help deter them from tossing their butts on the ground.
The device is sealable and fireproof pouch a little more than three inches square. The idea is that smokers will use it for their butts and thereby reduce litter and cut down the risk of wildfires.
Council agreed to pay $500, which is half the cost of the program to distribute 1,000 of the pouches. The Parks and Recreation Society will pay the other $500.
Parks and Rec will provide concrete receptacles where smokers will be able to deposit the contents of their pocket ashtrays.
Employee conduct code approved unchanged
Suggestions to amend the draft Employee Code of Conduct were turned back Monday and the code will be adopted as it was presented to council two weeks ago.
At the time, Councillor Dave Mattes sought changes that would have seen employees required to inform the town of any outside employment and enshrined the right of non-union employees to “representation” during disciplinary proceedings.
A report to council from chief administrative officer Cathy Cowan on Monday pointed out that “outside working hours, employees have a right to privacy and are not obligated to disclose other employment unless there is a conflict of interest in performing their job duties.”
On the issue of representation for exempt employees, the report said that while there is nothing on the subject in the individual contracts with the town, “an exempt employee does have the independent right to seek representation.”
Council voted to adopt the code as presented two weeks ago.
Weapons Call Leads to Discovery of Explosives
On November 24, 2018, at 1710 hours, Osoyoos RCMP and Penticton RCMP Dog Services responded to a report of a male who pointed a firearm and threatened a victim at a residence in the 14000 block of 97 Ave. During the investigation police conducted a search of the residence and located insecure loaded firearms as well as an improvised explosive device (IED) and charging cords.
The residence was secured by police overnight and on November 25, 2018 the RCMP’s Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) from the lower mainland attended and removed the IED and charging cords from the residence and rendered them safe. I am very proud of my officers and the members of the EDU who unselfishly put themselves in harms way to ensure these explosives were found and disposed of properly. There is no doubt these officers saved the young children who also live in the residence from serious harm or death had the explosives detonated in their presence. The file is still under investigation.
Sgt. Jason Bayda
By ROY WOOD
Councillor Dave Mattes didn’t get the oversight of shared-service budgets he was hoping for, but he got the rest of council to agree that it should at least see the budgets before they go to the RDOS.
In a notice of motion submitted in September, Mattes sought a council policy to ensure all joint-service budgets come to Oliver council “for discussion, change (if necessary) and approval.”
At issue are the budgets of the Parks and Recreation Society, the Heritage Society and the Frank Venables Theatre, which are jointly funded between the town and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.
A report to council two weeks ago from chief administrative officer Cathy Cowan pointed out that council doesn’t have the authority to “amend other budgets.” It became clear at that meeting that Mattes didn’t have the support of other councillors for the motion and it was sent back to staff for more work.
On Monday, little had changed and Mattes seemed ready to abandon the motion altogether. But when Councillors Petra Veintimilla and Larry Schwartzenberger both indicated an appetite for some sort of part-way measure, a compromise emerged.
A motion directing staff to “communicate with shared-service organizations that the town receive budget information and presentations prior to submission to the RDOS,” was unanimously approved by council.
As part of the same discussion, Cowan told council that the bylaws of the Frank Venables Theatre Society prohibit council from appointing a member to its board. She said that in order to be eligible for gaming grants from the province the society’s board must comprise only democratically elected members.
By ROY WOOD
In an ongoing and so-far fruitless effort to ensure the long-term viability of the South Okanagan General Hospital’s (SOGH) emergency room, three physicians on Monday sought support from Oliver town council.
Drs. Madia Smallwood, Peter Entwistle and Jacob Bellingan painted a bleak picture of the current state of affairs where a burned-out group of doctors continually scramble to cover emergency room (ER) shifts. But their efforts often fall short, leaving the only emergency care facility south of Penticton shuttered.
One of the roots the problem is the way that ER doctors are paid, Bellingan said. Currently, they are paid on a fee-for-service basis. That is, they get paid for actually treating patients. If nobody shows up at the ER on a shift they don’t get paid.
That’s bad enough for local doctors who take time from their own practices to cover ER shifts. But for out-of-town physicians who come to work occasional shifts, it can be a deal killer, particularly when they have the option of working at Penticton General, where the pay is better and the medical environment is better resourced and less stressful.
The Penticton ER pays its doctors on an hourly basis under an Alternative Payment Program (APP), which SOGH has been trying to have implemented here but has been rejected by Interior Health.
“The biggest issue is that no one will take responsibility,” said Entwistle, expressing his frustration at Interior Health and the provincial Ministry of Health.
“We are facing closure,” he said. “And when it closes, it won’t open again.”
Entwistle, who ran in last year’s provincial election as an independent in an effort to make local health care an issue, told councillors they need to “step up and demand to know who is responsible.”
Council took no immediate action following the presentation, but indicated a concern and a willingness to get involved.
Bellingan told councillors that the group will a make a pitch to Osoyoos council in December.
Councillor Petra Veintimilla suggested Oliver and Osoyoos and the doctors should get together and form a “united front” in their efforts to retain emergency health service in the South Okanagan.
Heard on the news
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Following are some highlights of items discussed at the November 21 School District No. 53 Board of Education meeting.
Over the past month our students have gone on some very interesting field trips.
On November 21-22 : 39 OSE and OSS students travelled to Vancouver to participate in this year’s We Day event. The group was comprised of 15 Grades 4-7 students from OSE and 24 leadership students from Grades 9-12.
On October 15-16 : SESS took 47 Socials/Biology 11 students to Vancouver to visit a Fish Hatchery, the Tsawassen Mills, the Aquarium and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC for a cross-curricular environmental trip in conjunction with their inquiry project.
On October 25-26 : SESS took 20 French 11 students to Manning Park Resort for a French Immersion experience. The students travelled by mini bus to Manning Park, staying in 2 chalets. The students immersed themselves in French activities and focused on speaking French outside of the class.
In addition, many exciting day trips occurred around the district that do not require superintendent or board approval. Thank you to all the staff who provide these opportunities to our students.
12 Students from SOSS had the opportunity to visit KF Aerospace at the Kelowna airport. In all 3 of the KF Aerospace locations, a total of 1100 people are employed, most of whom are Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. There is a huge demand for this trade and the students had a chance to observe this interesting profession. The maximum tour size was 12 students. Secondary students from other schools will have an opportunity in the next few weeks. We currently have students in dual credit programs in the Aerospace sector and it is exciting to see the opportunities that are available to these students.
We have a new initiative this year aimed at supporting parents or relatives/caregivers of Grade one students. As we know that reading and literacy are integral to student success, parents or caregivers will be invited into the school for a facilitated session on reading with their child at home as an enjoyable family event leading to becoming a lifelong reader. Parents will learn strategies and fun games. After the presentation, parents will go into their child’s class to play the reading games with a new book for their children. Parents will also leave with a kit to take home including a book, games, and word cards. We hope to get to as many elementary schools as possible.
Health promoting schools has coordinated a range of events in term one. These include, #changeyourmood in the Grade 7 classrooms at Tuc el Nuit Elementary and Okanagan Falls Elementary. This program involved 6 sessions exploring how youth can identify and manage their mental wellness. As well, Safeteen presented to all the district Grade 6 and 7 classes as well as to students at Osoyoos Secondary and Southern Okanagan Secondary. Safeteen educates our students around safety, self-esteem, and violence prevention issues.
Rob Zandee, Chairperson
School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen)
Date: Tuesday December 4th
Time: 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Place: Community Hall
Open House format – Town of Oliver
As construction of the new tower at Penticton Regional Hospital nears completion, the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s 13th annual Tree of Dreams campaign again focuses on the medical equipment required.
The SOS Medical Foundation has just over $2 million to go in its $20-million fundraising drive. Tree of Dreams brochures have been mailed to households throughout the region as the first phase of the PRH expansion enters the home stretch.
Carey Bornn, Executive Director of the SOS Medical Foundation, says the importance of the fundraising campaign can’t be understated.
“Because the final stage of any charity fundraising effort is always the toughest, our Tree of Dreams campaign takes on special significance this year,” Bornn said. “We can’t thank our donors enough for their support.”
Since the campaign’s launch in 2015, donors throughout the South Okanagan Similkameen have contributed more than $17.8 million.
Construction of the David E. Kampe Tower will be substantially completed by mid-December and will open to patients on April 29, 2019. The six-storey building will include 84 new single-bed patient rooms, a permanent MRI, five operating-surgical rooms, ambulatory care clinics, nuclear medicine suites, expanded space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine and a 480-stall parkade.
Work will begin next summer of Phase 2 of the $312-million PRH project, including a major upgrade to the Emergency Department.
Tree of Dreams donations can be made by returning the postage-paid brochure form by mail or by donating online at sosmedicalfoundation.com.
It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry, will be presented at the Elks Hall on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Osoyoos.
Rather than a play full of action, this version of Frank Capra’s classic film brings the ever-timely story of disaster, redemption and holiday magic to life on stage before your eyes and ears in the form of a radio broadcast. It’s Christmas Eve, 1946 in the Golden Age of radio. Five actors have gathered in the WBFR studios for the weekly instalment of Theatre of the Air, a live radio broadcast. The talented ensemble brings a few dozen characters to the stage to tell the memorable story.
It’s a Wonderful Life is about the life of George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has become too downcast and tired to continue living. He considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve when his guardian angel, Clarence, shows George what his town of Bedford Falls would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years. Even the cynics among us will cheer as George Bailey, standing on the brink of despair, famously learns that “no man is a failure who has friends.”
The versatility of the cast — Vance Potter, Jeff Smith, Bertie Barens, Karen Hawitt and Curtis Boomhower – will be evident, right from the opening cue from Stage Manager Ritchie Kendrick. An interesting twist and fun part of this production will be having the “Foley artist”, or sound effects technician, namely Tom Szalay, live on stage, creating the necessary sounds using props, rather than relying on recordings played from the sound booth.
Under the direction of Trevor Leigh and producer Patrick Turner all the components are coming together in the twice weekly rehearsals that started in early September. “Bringing this classic to life with this lovely and talented artistic team has been a dream,” says Leigh. “It’s a great way to bring in the Christmas season and it’s fun for all ages!”
Performances begin at 7:30 pm at the Osoyoos Elks Hall, which is another break from SOAP tradition. Three performances are scheduled at Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver the following weekend with 7:30 pm performances on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8. The popular Sunday matinee returns with a 2 pm curtain on Sunday, Dec. 9.
More information on this show and other SOAP Theatre productions this seasons is available at www.soplayers.ca. Tickets are available on the Venables Theatre website at http://venablestheatre.ca
Tickets are $23 in advance or $25 on the day of the show. Special rates are available for students and for groups of 10 or more. Contact the Venables box office for details at 250-498-1626.