Archives for April 2019
Is this man going to help get money for Oliver’s damaged water supply system?
Mayor Martin Johansen says after a meeting last week in Kelowna – he thinks the idea is gaining traction and Stephen Fuhr (pictured left) has promised to raise the matter at the next caucus meeting in Ottawa.
Johansen was joined at the meeting by Water Councillor Rick Machial and CAO Cathy Cowan who set up the meeting.
Machial has stated that the Town must get political to ensure the “ask” is taken seriously for millions of dollars to fix the Gallagher Lake syphon but making many improvements to an old open ditch water system built a hundred years ago.
Both Johansen and Machial indicated they felt very positive after the meeting with MP Fuhr
Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre has announced that it will be partnering with OneSky Community Resources to deliver a new Early Years program in both Osoyoos and Oliver starting May 1st, 2019.
The Early Years program will be a drop in program for parents and their children ages 0-6 years old. The Early Years program will provide a safe, welcoming place for parents to connect and socialize and provide emotional support for each other. This program will be free for parents and their children to attend and we will offer a variety of activities: free play in the Recreation Centre in both Osoyoos and Oliver, a Community Kitchen in both communities, once a week, as well as weekly outdoor activities such as hiking, walking and exploring the outdoors in our communities.
For more information call or text Nancy Aatelma at 250-485-7499 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
GOOD NIGHT IRENE
Bill was one of twelve siblings and grew up in Northern Alberta. The family lived on a ranch farming wheat and raising cattle.
Horses were used for work and for riding to the one room schoolhouse. He started grade one there and completed grade eight. Then it was time for daily ranch chores and moving cattle around. He had rapport with horses and was an expert rider, so was often the one assigned to drive the cattle between pastures, along with one or two of their trained dogs. He enjoyed working the days, but Saturday night was the highlight of his week. That was when the community hall was opened for the weekly social and dance.
He loved dancing and excelled at it. His older sisters had taught him well. An affable sixteen year old, he was sought after by young and old as a dance partner. The waltzes and whirling continued into adulthood. He could now attend dances in the Legion hall. The band always played Good Night Irene for the last waltz. It was there where he had first met her, the one who would later become his wife. He vividly remembered the night she first came to his bed but what was her name? Ah! Annie! Where was she now? Suddenly a uniformed woman appeared and told him that she would take him to the activity centre.
Was that what they called dance halls these days? He wondered. How could he dismount strapped on the saddle like this? Where were the stirrups?
The care aide proceeded to take command of the wheelchair and push it down the hall to the activity centre. It was not a ride for an experienced horseman.
Entering the centre, he was dismayed to see he was not at a dance social. People who were not strapped into wheelchairs and asleep, sat disconsolately on couches or in the few armchairs provided, an unseeing white haired herd wearing name stickers for the benefit of the personnel. He looked for Annie. He needed her to get him out of this nightmare and take him home. A log cabin, children, dogs and his favourite horse flashed before him.
“Annie! Annie!” he called out.
And the recesses of his mind opened. He was holding her and they were waltzing.
He crooned softly in her ear, “Good night Irene, good night Irene. I’ll see you in my dreams.”
First Oliver Scouts – The annual Junkbox Derby is scheduled for May 4. Council authorized the closure of Skagit Avenue from the top of Tulameen Street to Okanagan Street, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Town will also aid in providing barricades to close roads. Scouts will be delivering notices throughout the neighborhood to advise of the event and road closure.
More council briefs
McKinney Nordic Ski Club – Council supported the request from McKinney Nordic Ski Club to flow grant funding from Farm Credit Canada through the Town. If they are successful, grant funds will be to purchase a newer grooming machine.
Oliver Community Arts Council – Council authorized the use of town-owned lots to host the Wine Capital Art Walk; specifically 6047 Station Street and 6085 Station Street.
Docks on Tuc-el-nuit Lake- the small lake in Oliver is for non-motorized recreation on the lake. City Planner Chris Garrish ask council Tuesday just how far does it want to go in regulating the size of such docks. Some municipalities on larger lakes allow 40 metres which is a bit big for Tuc-el-nuit Lake
Recently the province of BC granted a license for a dock on the lake and if it is the one in this picture in the 7100 block of Tucelnuit Drive – it appears small and professionally built.
Council had a long conversation about the small park set to go at the Bridge. Operations Manager Shawn Goodsell admitted staff had no recommendation on a name – but said a number of ideas “are out there”:
Centennial Park, Bridge Park, Jax Park, River Park etc. and maybe the public should be asked to get involved. Much discussion on whether to install a water feature, a statue, or to involve the Osoyoos Indian Band in some sort of joint project. Council decide to give the green light to staff to install underground services and to establish pathways, brick areas, bike stands, picnic tables along with new trees and flora. Once council has a name and made a decision on a feature that phase of the park development can proceed.
Delegation of Council Executive and Administrative Powers Bylaw – Council deferred first three readings of Delegation of Council Executive and Administrative Powers Bylaw 1385 to the May 13, 2019 Regular meeting for consideration. The bylaw provides the Committee of the Whole the authority to consider meetings items and vote upon without the need to refer to a Regular meeting. This will exclude budget items and bylaws, they will continue to be dealt with a Regular Open Meetings.
Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1380.04 – Council gave third reading of Zoning Amendment bylaw 1380.04. The amendment is to allow “cannabis production” facilities as a permitted use in the General Industrial Zone (M1). The agriculture definition is to be amended to add a new definition related to “cannabis, cannabis production and cannabis products”. The general regulations related to “home occupation” and “home industries” are to be amended in order to clarify that “cannabis production” is not a form of these uses. This does not prohibit individuals the right to grow plants.
Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1380.05 (5851 Main Street) – Council gave third reading of Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1380.06. The amendment is to replace the Service Commercial One (CS1) Zone that applies to the property at 5851 Main Street with a Highway Commercial Site Specific (C2s) Zone, with the site specific regulation allowing for the continuation of “service industry establishment, minor” uses at the property. The applicant is seeking a wider range of commercial uses than is allowed under the current zoning.
School District #53 Reclaimed Water Irrigation Modification Agreement – Council authorized the amendment of Reclaimed Wastewater Agreement with School District #53 to include Oliver Elementary School grounds. Schedule A will include additional areas to be irrigated by re-claimed water.
Economic Development Strategy – Award of Contract – Council awarded the contract for the Provision of an Actionable Economic Development Strategy to EcoPlan Consulting at a cost of $72,140. The development of the strategy will be funded through the successful grant received from Rural Dividend Fund, plus a $9,000 contribution by the Town (which includes in-kind funding).
We just discovered this “info” from the Penticton Herald…..
Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie says in an open letter there are still too many unanswered questions about the park proposal for his band or other members of the Okanagan Nation Alliance to endorse the concept.
Louie notes the feasibility study currently underway by the OIB and Lower Similkameen Indian Band is mainly REHASHING a previous study released in 2012.
Louie continues later: “I am in favour of a national park if, and a big if, the feasibility study and negotiating meetings lead to an agreement that covers off the many issues and concerns that Okanagan First Nation people have.”
Those concerns include legal protection of Aboriginal land title, hunting and fishing rights, co-management, jobs and more.
The Okanagan National Alliance, which represents seven First Nations in the region, in 2017 made a tri-partite announcement with the federal and provincial governments to confirm a renewed commitment to establishing a national park in the region.
Louie is among those expected to be present at a public meeting Tuesday evening at 6:30 at the Sonora Centre in Osoyoos organized by the South Okanagan Similkameen Preservation Society.
“An open-mic dialogue will be used to discuss a local referendum, alternative conservation plans for the area and new ideas of what’s best for environment and community,” the group said in a press release.
Parks Canada has already said it won’t send a delegate because it’s gathered all of the public input it needs.
Proposed boundaries for the park could be released this summer, but the area under discussion stretches roughly from Vaseux Lake south to the Canada-U.S. border and west to Keremeos.
Picture of Chief Louie with Environment Minister McKenna
January 22, 1941 – April 19, 2019
Sandra (Sandy) Francis Cragg (Miller) passed away at the South Okanagan General Hospital April 19th, 2019 with loved ones at her side.
Sandy was born in Chatham, Ontario January 22nd, 1941 to George and Edith Cragg. She was predeceased by her both her parents as well as brothers Gerry (Benita) and Mike (Karen). She is survived by her loving husband William (Bill) and sons Scott and Jeff, daughter in law Denise and wonderful grandsons Hunter and Blake.
Sandy was a Registered Nurse and earned a Masters in Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University. Her thesis “Police Officers’ Responses to Assaults against Women” was published in the Canadian Mental Health Journal. She worked at the Victorian Order of Nurses, Kitchener Waterloo Hospital and Catholic Family Counselling. After retirement and moving to Oliver, BC she continued to offer counselling to the community.
Special thank you to Dr. Evans, South Okanagan General Hospital, the nursing staff in the Acute Care ward and especially to Nurse Shieva.
A celebration of life will be held at a future time and location.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Mapping of “Bridge” Park – the 4th corner of public land for the public (press image to enlarge)
Strong suggestion that this land not be called ‘Centennial Park’ – which as assembled land is gone… A hotel, a public park near the bridge and land to the north with a purpose not defined. That subject for another day – first listed for sale…. then the sign came down indicating a 2nd or 3rd set of thoughts on its use.
Back to “Bridge” Park. Too many choices offered to council indicating staff unsure of which way the wind is blowing. From my prospective a completed park with trees, a water feature, a picnic table, bike parking with locks, flowers, flora etc. Can we not just get on with it and have it finished for the summer?
It’s a feature really and not a park but it sews up the heart of Oliver – its bridge, its river, its hike and bike path (s) its generous park system.
The harvest hut would operate May to September Mondays only
• We would like to receive formal permission to host this weekly event on Town Property
• Main Street Parking Lot Adjacent to Oliver Gardens
• We would like to receive formal permission to enter onto the town’s insurance
• Our Insurance was quoted at $380 May- September
• We have created a wish-list to put into the community this includes:
A garden shed
Collapsible tables and chairs
Reusable Shopping bags
• We have talked to various community organizations to find a grant partner; the Oliver Alliance Church has agreed to partner with us while we apply for funding
• We have applied for the Community Foundations of Okanagan Similkameen Small grant
• We have applied for the Interior Savings Community Investment Fund
• We intend to launch on May 27th
• The first event will be a garden supplies swap
• We hope to line up our launch with the Edible Pathways
Oliver Edible Pathways
We would like to invite council to ‘cut the ribbon’
• Launch May 27th alongside Harvest Hut
• We will show the planters and their signage
• We will have Food Secure Oliver Print materials present
• Have applied for Gro for Good ($2,500)
• The additional 2,500 would allow us to replace the soil
• This money would also help sustain the project into and additional year
• Public works has replaced the soil and prepped the beds
• Public works has started to visit greenhouses, for quotes and plant lists
• Promotional Materials and Media materials are being written
Why is Canada turning blue you might ask. The answer is, a myriad of reasons some valid some not. If you think by voting Conservative, Liberal, NDP or even Green and there will be a marked long term improvement think again.
The feeling is, hard working people go to work and pay the taxes so others can sit about on the social safety net and do nothing. There is a bit of that but that isn’t the biggest problem. We have any number of corporations that pay no tax at all. In fact some make several billion in profit and get multimillion dollar tax refunds.
It’s not a question of how much they pay in tax it is why do they pay nothing? Should we concentrate our anger on the poor on the safety net while excusing millionaires and billionaires from contributing?
We are also victims of our own making. When many of these programs started they were for short term measures. The last three generation don’t even know about the Great Depression let alone understand it. Let us engage in a simplistic lesson to illustrate why we have social programs. The Great Depression started in 1929 and lasted up to the eve of the second world war in 1939. The truth is as bad as it was, it hit twenty five to thirty percent of the population primarily working people, the middle class, and those on the margins of society. Not everyone was hurt equally as history suggests. Rural citizens had a place to grow food and so on. They didn’t have cash. There were many with investments who went from riches or comfort to rags over night. Circumstance was different for everyone.
As a comparison to today it would be worse, due to debt accumulated.
Something like seventy percent would be effected. In the past decade several financial publications have warned how unprepared we are as a society if there was to be a prolonged crash. Lets not throw the baby out with the bath water just yet by slashing programs.
These programs were not just handed out either. They were often as not fought for in the streets. Governments feared the marches, and events like the Winnipeg Riot and others, and might in fact bring chaos to the country. The examples were evident. There was the Russian Revelation and the food riots in Germany when those economies collapsed only ten years before.
The truth is our leaders have no vision and some don’t even understand there is a problem. Society had problems when the Industrial Revelation came to be. For a short period there was mass unemployment followed by a boom as employees were trained for the jobs. Social problems soon erupted in the form of low wages and health issues. Laws were inadequate to deal with the changing society. Long term employment was created after two world wars and the great depression. Problems solved.
Enter the information age, the computer and internet age, enter the speed of technological advancement. We are overpowered by life of our own making. Food banks were created to help people over a short term mini depression, and have lived on because you and I support them and in so doing allow business to pay low wages. Combine that with part time work in sectors of the economy, part time without benefits and we devised a system where the working poor can’t afford the jobs being offered. The cry is raise the minimum wage. No if you do that the cost of goods and services rise to overcome the wages paid. What needs to happen is we as a society have to value entry level workers and take less of a profit margin. It would also mean more money for workers and less in bonuses for the top end. We have also by neglect turned the clock back to that simpler time that never existed.
There are any number of well paying jobs out there but we never took a proactive stance to retrain workers over time to do them, in turn we out priced the cost of education to the point where our own educational institutions bring in foreign students because our own young people can’t afford to go.
The advance of technology and progress has outpaced the legal system to regulate a measure of fairness. We have not taken into account the aging population issue either. We have seen entire industries go obsolete and we retrain people who are fifty or sixty years old to change a career knowing they will retire in five to seven years. We are finding children becoming adults still living at home in their thirties and longer. Why? Many are burdened with debt, even student debt. They are working two and three part time jobs with low wages and no benefits. We even have a label for them. The Working Poor.
It should be noted we were warned of this decades ago by a guy named Tommy Douglas. He introduced the ideas of medicare, pensions, family allowance, and so on. They came about when the Liberals had minority rule and we still have the programs we invested in today. The problem is collective governments spent the accrued assets on roads and infrastructure and never replaced the fund assets. The only governing body to do so was Quebec which does not have a shortfall in entitlement programs to the extent we do.
Casting blame and pointing fingers is only useful if there are better ideas for today s solutions. What if, instead of spending money retraining those about to retire by age, we instituted a guaranteed annual income pegged above the poverty line. We could stop wasting money on those on the margins of society and use the guaranteed annual income for them too.
At the same time we put training money into eager youth to be there for tomorrow’s workforce. Yes, no matter how you slice or dice it it is going to cost money. Think of it this way. If we train people who can’t be trained long term to hold the job they are training for and when they fail they go back to the safety net we have paid twice.
Go with an income. Train or retrain only those who have the capability to do the jobs of tomorrow. At the same time start to retool the social safety net for the twenty first century. It took three generations to get where we are and it will take time to fix it. Short circuiting it with draconian cuts will lead to more dysfunction more drug use ans stress people can’t cope with. The truth is we have a myriad of social problems because there was no plan to deal with the root causes and society treated the symptoms instead.
Before we take the box cutter to social programs think about the words of John F Kennedy “If we cannot help the many who are poor, we cannot save the few who are rich.”
For the first time, the Oliver Handbell Ringers and Musaic Vocal Ensemble will join forces to present a spring concert to celebrate the joy of music and the beauty of song.
Audiences will recognize both local groups for their history in our communities of high quality, enjoyable, and uplifting music.
The program will include some selections played by the handbells, some sung by the Musaic singers on their own, and several pieces for handbells and voices together. The music ranges from international folk songs, French Canadian, Tanzanian, Irish, and Scottish, to contemporary Canadian works, secular and sacred, traditional to modern.
From gentle and profound to fun and joyful, the brilliance and clarity of the bells and the depth and colour of almost forty voices will entertain, enchant and inspire you.
Oliver Handbells director Helen Wollf and Musaic director Frances Chiasson expressed their excitement at having the two groups work together… “We are so looking forward to sharing this unique evening of music with the communities of Oliver and Osoyoos.”
One performance only – don’t miss it! Saturday, May 4th , 7:30 p.m. at the Oliver Alliance Church.
“It’s not fair! This is not right! There is not a single legitimate reason for this Person to be crucified. Why are they doing such a cruel thing to an innocent Man?”
Could that be what the disciple John was thinking when he watched Jesus die on the cross? Mary, the mother of Jesus, was there too. What were her feelings like?
Regardless of who we think Jesus may really be or why He was killed, the biblical story of the crucifixion is a classic example of cruel inhumanity. Not fair.
For over three years He had shown kindness to the marginalized people, compassion and healing for the sick, provision for the hungry and forgiveness for the repentant. The established religious leaders killed Him due to their envy of His popularity. He was a threat to their status.
For over three years He had taught the people what really mattered in life. The religious power base felt threatened and thought a death sentence would put an end to His influence.
For over three years He confronted the proud and self-righteous people with their hypocrisy. They resented it and therefore helped to engineer His crucifixion.
But His example of kindness did not die there, His teachings did not fizzle out and His exposure of corruption continues to reveal the truth. Furthermore, the very action that was intended to nullify His work served to fulfill it. His death provided the remedy by paying the penalty for our sin, available as a gift to everyone who is willing to acknowledge Him as Lord, admit to being a sinner and asking for forgiveness. That offer included the ones who killed Him.
Without writing a book, without an army, without wealth and without even ministering outside His country of birth, His influence has outstripped anyone else worldwide.
I, and many others, are very grateful,
…..Pictures and colour and then back to business on Monday
Have a good holiday and enjoy with family and friends – I have that planned.
NO MORE QUASI-MODO (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris)
What a sad event happened in Paris this week, Notre Dame so very badly burned and the beauty of this landmark ruined.
We had the pleasure of touring Notre Dame several years ago and found it breathtaking. The dark, severe appearance of it’s gothic architecture with it’s flying buttresses on the outside and the beautiful stained glass windows inside were marvellous to admire. It was easy to imagine Victor Hugo’s Hunchback standing amongst the statues of saints that cover the outside walls.
I have been lucky enough to do much travelling over the past fifteen years. My husband has wanderlust and the ticking off of his “Bucket List” items mean that we have seen many of the world’s natural and man made treasures. We both appreciate architecture and have ventured into many beautiful cathedrals around Europe as these are a treasure trove of beautiful artwork.
When you realize that the cathedrals of Seville, London, York, Paris and Cologne were built in the days when brute strength and crudely designed rope and pulley systems were the only method of lifting building materials, it truly was a marvel that these buildings ever came into being.
If you stand outside any cathedral and really look at the details in the masonry you will see just how intricate are the carvings of saints that are situated inside niches built into the walls, high above the ground. All the figures have different features and are not just made “assembly line” fashion but each one a piece of beautifully detailed, carved artwork.
Today’s modern architecture, while having beautifully sleek lines and cleverly balanced features, does not really appeal to me in the same way as the ancient buildings do. I used to think that London was a huge city and my couple of visits there while I was a child, had me hanging on to the hands of my adult relatives, I was terrified of getting lost. Visiting the city as an adult I realized that London town is just one square mile that can be walked around in a day. All the ancient buildings are in that one mile and anything outside of the area is quite modern and not really something I needed to spend too much time sightseeing.
Of course, to really take in the glory of the inside of these buildings takes so much longer, we used to do two landmarks in one day and still not see every intricate nook and cranny. London now has many modern buildings but not to my taste. The Shard is a very tall, glass building narrowing to a point at the top, hence it’s name. The pimple on the cheek of London is the Gherkin. This is not the name originally planned but the shape of the building resembles nothing but a big dill pickle.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so the saying goes but if any attempt to rebuild Notre Dame is made it is unlikely that it could ever be rebuilt in anything resembling its former glory.
Query the Word
Once upon a time in an office far, far away, I sat with my peers around our boss’ conference table. He had just returned from his boss’ conference table with The Word.
And The Word was: “Do More with Less.”
My peers wrote that down. I watched them. Sigh. It was going to be one of those days when I questioned The Word.
Thunder rumbled in the distance.
At the time, I was at the head of an organization with domestic and international missions, an R&D mandate, and a number of projects. Doing what we had to do with what we had to do it was tough enough.
I asked softly without emotion, “What does that mean, Sir?” He peered but did not speak. I waited. But no one spoke.
To ensure that we wouldn’t be there through lunch, I spoke again, “I can do less with less. I can do more with more. I refuse to do less with more. But I don’t understand how I can do more with less.”
More thunder – closer now.
In for a penny, in for a pound. “I suppose, if I had the funds, I could make a capital investment in more efficient tools or processes, and then one could compare as-is to to-be and conclude that I was doing more with less.”
The Word continued. “Next item. Prepare your budgets for next year at ten per cent less than this year.”
Lightning flashed and brought light into that room. Thunder rattled the windows.
My peers all spoke at once, ‘Do the same with less? Seriously?’ I said nothing. We were there through lunch.
My point: Stand up to platitudes and fads and quips and clichés. Look into them. Demand meaning. Stand on a foundation of knowledge. Let there be light.
Particularly during the upcoming election when a candidate gives you The Word.
by Stuart Syme
The dumbbell originated as an object used for exercising the muscles that had the shape of the tool used to ring a church bell. So it is not a bell at all. Since there is no bell, the reference to being dumb, silent. That word came into use in the early 1700s. The dumbbell evolved from halteres, used in ancient Greece as an exercise weight. A club shaped weight, called a nal, was used in India for over a millennium
Athletes in ancient Greece used halteres (original dumbbells) to enhance their long jump. They would swing the weights as they ran toward the long jump start, leap as they swung the weights forward and swing back, letting go as they were at the peak of their jump. Done well the extra momentum gained from those swinging weights lengthened their jump. A great bit of trivia here for you
The dumb in dumbbell refers to absence of sound. A dumb bell cannot ring. The transfer to labelling a person as a dumbbell infers that this person does not know about something or other and thus is silent, dumb. That grew into a generalization about not being smart at all, knowing virtually nothing. Calling someone a dumbbell is an extremely harsh accusation. Yet, some do label others as such
Pool dumbbells are used for strength training where muscles are used to work against buoyancy. So a pool noodle or any floating item can be a dumbbell. One popular variation is a pull buoy, a float attached to the leg, used to strengthen swimming. Hmmmm, I just never thought of a floatie as an exercise tool. Did you? Maybe these dumbbells aren’t so dumb after all. Fun
A variation of the dumbbell is the barbell, a long bar with weights at each end. A barbell is meant to be used with both hands lifting and releasing it. A dumbbell is meant to be used with one hand, though it is often used in pairs, one in each hand. Using a barbell is more likely to produce muscle growth that is balanced, same on both sides of the body. That kind of symmetry is prized by body builders.
Wanda Casorso – half dozen of the world famous Corinne Tomlin muffins – plus coffee for two – anything you desire from Karen at her Express Bar at Hair Friends
Sarah Poirier – 2nd Prize – two specialty coffee drinks from Karen
Julie – you get a smile when I get my next cheque
Shawna and Bernie – couple of the year – a bottle of wine – will contact you today
Thanks to all who got involved. You will get an official email from the publisher shortly
This has been an ODN promotion with the co-operation of Corinne Tomlin and Karen Skaros
Location shown on Hwy 97 as you enter the Falls from the north – behind the Barber Shop – that site was hit by fire recently
The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is cracking down on building and property bylaw infractions, partly due to an increase in staff that has allowed them more time to investigate.
Laura Miller, manager of building enforcement services with the RDOS says the move –
“It’s due to an extra staff member that was hired last spring, and it’s allowed our existing staff member to focus on the building infractions,” Miller said.
“We issue about 500 permits a year, and the permits are good for two years, and if they’re expired we have to take them to the board for enforcement action.”
The untidy and unsightly premises bylaw allows the RDOS to step in when a property is not being taken care of. A messy property in Okanagan Falls at 5208 9th Avenue was determined by the board Thursday to be violating that bylaw, and they voted to order the debris cleaned up at the owner’s expense.
with files from Castanet
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