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Archives for February 16, 2019
For a bottle of wine – always Oliver always VQA
Name these three women at the WOW show – on now – Saturday only in beautiful and snowy downtown Oliver
Folks I have to give this wine to Russell Work he has a secret machine for monitor wine contests on ODN and use his super machine in foreign countries as well.
See you when you get home Mr. Work and to the rest thank you for making my day.
Another Valentines Day came and went, nothing from the postman or even left on the kitchen table, but this is normal for us.
I am probably married to one of the most unromantic men in the world. I have absolutely no doubt that he loves me but he feels silly to express himself in a romantic way.
We met when I was 17 and he nine months older. My eighteenth birthday was just one month later and he arrived for our date carrying a box of chocolates and a birthday card, both carried in a brown bag, right from the shop. I thanked him for the chocolates and made a big fuss over opening my card, this was the first correspondence I had received from him. The card was pretty but he had not thought to write in it, it was just blank as when he bought it. Being of a rather sarcastic nature, I thanked him for it but pointed out that as it was not written on, he could maybe keep it for next year and re-use it. The sarcasm backfired when he replied that we may not still be an item, so I should keep it.
For some unknown reason I still went on the date with him and gradually I warmed up to his unromantic ways. He thought he was romantic and took every opportunity to kiss and cuddle, one date he pushed me up against a wall for some heavy breathing which earned him a smack. When I got home my beautiful red coat, that had cost me several weeks’ wages, was black at the back from whatever was on the wall.
If I make an issue of it he will actually buy me a card but then it takes all the romance out of it, so I don’t bother. This goes for birthdays and other events, it is just his way. I used to say I would like to get flowers and he replied that I should buy them while I was out shopping. He honestly didn’t see that this was not appropriate for the occasion.
While Dave’s mom was living, she would always take my girls shopping for my birthday and Christmas gifts and Dave would give her money to get something nice from him. When she passed away, he tried to pass this job onto my daughters but they refused to do it and made him shop himself. They would give him some ideas but make him the work, the uninspired gifts were always accepted with profuse thanks but I knew his heart wasn’t in it.
Mothers’ Day had always been left for his mom to deal with and I had to look for an appropriate gift for his mom, an easy chore as we knew one another so well. The first year after his mom passed, Mothers’ Day brought me nothing from his. When the girls expressed their disappointment with him, he said that I was not his mother, so why should I get a gift.
I had always bought him Fathers’ Day gifts but that year I decided to beat him at his own game. I went into the garden and collected a red brick that still had bits of dirt clinging to it. I wrapped in gold foil and put on a beautiful bow. When he sat down at the breakfast table I presented him with the gift. I mentioned that it was going to be something he had never thought he would get. He however, on a recent shopping trip, had shown me a brass Golden Retriever ornament that he really loved and this is what he thought was in the wrapping. The weight and size was about right for that and I felt a bit mean at disappointing him.
The look on his face was priceless as he unwrapped the brick. I explained that his disappointment was how I felt every time he ignored one of my special occasions. I had already bought the brass dog and gave it to him for his birthday, a few months later.
Once we moved up here we had no children to remind him of special events and I suggested that we both stop buying gifts for one another on special occasions but to treat one another any time we felt like it, this has worked well and took a lot of pressure off.
One Valentines he presented me with a rose bowl and a copy of the Love Is Patient, verses from Corinthians, it made me cry. The roses lasted several days the verse is still displayed on my fridge so I see it every morning, it is the nicest present I have ever received.
Romance comes in all forms, bouquets of flowers, champagne and chocolate, and expensive dinners for two. However, everyday love is displayed by remembering that I like raisins in my oatmeal; that I change from regular coffee, to decaf, in the afternoon, warming up the car for me when I have an early morning appointment and the hundred and one little things that make daily life warm and cosy.
Each little thought may seem insignificant but they weave themselves into a lifetime of love.
The Parliament of Canada
Video Link: https://youtu.be/onfITQScBHc
The full text is in the video
Below excepts chosen by the editor
Mr. Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by thanking the member for Saskatoon West for bringing forward this important motion on Canada’s housing crisis and what the government should be doing to deal with it.
The housing crisis is widespread and very diverse across the county. It is different in every community, city and rural area. It goes from rising homelessness to ridiculously expensive housing markets that exclude first-time buyers; to rural seniors who have nowhere to go when they want to downsize to low vacancy rates that are often exacerbated, at least in my riding, by online vacation rentals, to crowded and often mould-ridden homes in remote indigenous communities.
When I meet with mayors in my riding, business people and service groups, the priority they bring to me is almost always the same, which is housing. ………
When I recently talked with employment agencies in Oliver, B.C., I heard that many local businesses could not fill openings. Hotels were hiring, and senior care homes were desperate for employees. Restaurants had signs on the tables apologizing for slow service, because they only had one waiter working. The reason was that the people needed to fill these positions could not find housing and so they moved on. The most ironic story in this vein was a service agency in Penticton who received grant money to coordinate its affordable housing program. It hired someone, who arrived, but they gave up the job because they could not find housing.
This is a crisis that is hitting the Canadian economy. There are very personal impacts, but it is also hitting our economy. It is expensive to have this crisis go on for Canada as a whole.
We have heard that the federal Liberal government in 1993 abandoned the housing sector, which is a situation maintained by both Conservative and Liberal governments since then. We have heard that 1.7 million Canadians live in core-housing need.
I would like to provide a perspective from riding of South Okanagan—West Kootenay.
The South Okanagan “Vital Signs” report provides a report card on many aspects of life in the west part of my riding. The report gives housing a C- based on low vacancy rates, high rent cost and high housing debt levels. Rental vacancy rates in the area is around 1%, about half the national average. As well, 50% of renters in my hometown of Penticton are paying more than 30% of their income on rent.
I used to live in a little village called Naramata. The average house price there is $740,000. In Penticton, it is only $476,000. Who can afford that? What kind of young couple can afford to buy a house for $470,000? That is the average cost of a house……..
One of the big issues in rural areas is providing housing for seniors who want to stay in their hometowns and scale down to smaller homes, so they do not have to take care of their large acreages. ………………….
There are other success stories around my riding like that. In Okanagan Falls, the South Skaha Housing Society is building 26 units of affordable housing and similar projects have gone on in Naramata and other communities.
I would like to move now to the topic of homelessness, which is a crisis within this housing crisis. Many might associate homelessness with urban areas, but it is just as tragic a situation in smaller towns and cities. What we need is for government and community agencies to come together and simply create homes for the homeless. Penticton has become a model case for this co-operative, integrated approach. An initiative called 100 homes has brought together more than a dozen groups with a clear vision to house the homeless and the project has been very successful. They have already exceeded their goal of 100 homes, having produced 133 units as of last July. They are now in the process of setting new goals, with a view to housing all the 400 people in need in Penticton.
One of the valuable lessons that 100 homes has learned in the past months is that funding is needed for support services, as well as the housing units themselves. Given both social support and a roof over their heads, many homeless people can quickly return to normal lives. Everywhere I go in my riding, I find groups that are doing amazing work for the homeless and other disadvantaged people. ………..
We need bold action from the government now to tackle this housing crisis. We have done it before. I grew up on a Veterans’ Land Act subdivision in Penticton. I still live in the house that I grew up in. After the war, the government-built thousands and thousands of homes across this country to help the people returning from war and rebuilt this country. We can do that again. I am very happy to support this motion.
Mark Twain, the author, was approached by a man who wanted him to invest in a project he was pursuing. Twain listened for a while but then shook his head, saying, “I can’t afford to do that. I’ve been burned too often. I can’t risk putting any more money into someone else’s plan.” “But this will benefit society and change the world,” the man argued. “No, I won’t invest,” asserted Twain. As the man was walking away Mark Twain called after him, “What did you say your name was?” “Bell,” the man answered, “Alexander Graham Bell.”
Later on Twain realized that he had missed a great opportunity. However, missing an opportunity to gain a chunk of money isn’t nearly as bad as missing opportunities to encourage or build up other people who really need a positive touch. In the days ahead there will be opportunities to encourage, uplift and cheer up some people. Though we can’t be expected to respond every time, yet we may just be in the right place to do that for somebody. Can you think of a time when you were encouraged by something someone said or did? Pay it forward. Let’s not miss our opportunities.
You can bring hope to someone,
During Sarah Boyles address about the National Park Reserve (NPR) to Oliver Town Council (1:12 mark in video) on February 11th, she let a nugget of information loose that perhaps residents of the South Okanagan Similkameen would like to take a moment to consider with more scrutiny. Ms. Boyle stated that Parks Canada had received just over a 1000 feedback results for their online consultation. Consider the math of this: for the population of Oliver, Osoyoos, Rural Oliver, Keromeos and Cawston, the community is approximately 19500 people. This is a 5% return of local residents to population that are actively submitting their wish list to Parks Canada for the development of the Park. When you add to this breakdown that this consultation is open to anyone in Canada, it’s easy to presume that some or half of the consultation submissions come from out of area returns. (We have no way of knowing what the actual results are – or will be – because Parks Canada have not approved a request for a bonded 3rd party to review the results, citing privacy concerns.) So bad are the returns, and desperate for completed consultations, Vancouver based environmental groups have taken to giving out free wine in exchange for the recipients to complete the Parks Canada forms.
Nearing the end of the NPR consultation period at the end of February, it’s likely that the establishment of the park may proceed with 1 – 5 % of the local population that have engaged in the discussion. This will be presented to a steering committee that contains no local residents input, no elected local representative, operated by a Federal organization based in Quebec. Contrast the previous numbers with the South Okanagan Similkameen Preservation Society (SOSPS) Dec 2018 Poll which empirically states that 59% think the Government has done a poor job of local consultation, and 76% of respondents who want a local referendum at the next Federal election.
When you do the math, it adds up to this: Locals don’t have enough faith in Parks Canada to answer their skewed consultation process. It’s a very bad beginning with a new neighbour in a rural community. Locals the SOSPS talk to say Parks Canada has no respect for what residents want to say. Given the results of cancelled meetings on Feb 12/13, Parks Canada will also impede meetings with the public if it does not work to their favour.
Locals are being dictated to by Parks Canada, who is limiting the debate, controlling the sharing of information and the means to have any dialogue. Is this what’s done when a National Park Reserve is such a good idea?
Board of Directors
South Okanagan Similkameen Preseration Society
Letter from Marion Boyd to Oliver Chronicle with a copy to Jack Bennest
Why would you do an editorial calling for a referendum in the same paper where you report that our elected Council decided not to pursue such a thing? Why would you not publish one word that Ian Hunt said in his presentation to Council that persuaded the Council to make their decision? Why would you publish Sarah Boyle’s presentation to Council and intersperse it with one negative interpretation after another and not one positive comment.
Without Richard McGuire’s investigative reporting we have no credible source of information in the South Okanagan to help us make evidence based decisions. Jack Bennest’s personal blog, Oliver Daily News, has never reported one thing from the 5 years of informative public meetings to discuss Park issues. The Oliver Chronicle appears clearly anti-Park and today suddenly the Osoyoos Times (owned by the same company as the Chronicle) is following that lead despite the fact the Mayor of Osoyoos is vocal about her support of the Park proposal and is positioning Osoyoos to get the economic benefits of a Park. Oliver seems to be determined to retain its status as the little prison town north of Osoyoos. We need to do better.
Our town is plastered with ‘No Park’ signs recently. Don’t you wonder why there is such strong support for the Park here yet there are hardly any Yes signs? I can tell you my own experience. I was vandalized twice when I put up Yes signs. Those of us who have taken the time to keep informed over the past 5 years recognize that the time of ‘yes’ and ‘no’ is past and we need to concern ourselves with the ‘how’ of the Park before the Chinese interests that are quietly buying up huge acreage here leave us nothing to discuss.
My friend, John Dick, MSc, worked as a habitat management coordinator in the 1970s that successfully turned the “Haynes Lease” at Osoyoos into an EcoReserve. John’s career has taken him around the world with World Bank projects. I asked him his opinion of the present situation in the South Okanagan. His response: “The whole public debate has been a repeat of what occurred in the creation of Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan – incredibly negative reactions in the beginning and now recognition that the Park has had huge benefits to the ranching community because it’s allowed the introduction of a rest-rotation grazing system that has greatly improved range condition and productivity. Tourism associated with the Park is a significant economic driver in the area. The proposed Nation Park Reserve in the South Okanagan is too important to be scuttled by a few narrow ranching and back country recreation interests.”
A couple of comments – Sarah Boyle did say all submissions will be marked with a postal code. So to be fair – we should get a list/a breakdown of persons commenting from around our area, the province and Canada.
To Marion – I am deeply hurt that you think so little of lil ole ODN – the “personal blog” that has supported your charity and the arts community for almost ten years. Oliver Daily News is a respected news website and source of more SO news than printed sources. It uses the pictures of many, the reviews and stories of many others, hires a professional reporter to assist in the production of quality news coverage. It is respected by other news outlets in the SO which use pictures and tips to develop stories of their own.
To Marion – To say that ODN has not covered the National Park story in the last five year is an absolute misstatement.
To say the Osoyoos Times did investigative reporting belies the fact that the content of such stories were fed by insiders and always appeared slanted in my mind. If the stories had been slanted to the NO side I wonder what you would say to that.
To the question of the signs – no one likes them. Yes or No. But a referendum – something that richly honours our tradition of openness would surely get rid of them. Do not you think?