Archives for May 13, 2019
Other teams in the tournament are: Fraser Lake, Pender Harbour, Merritt, Boundary and Hope.
The Oliver team is made up of about 22 girls. Mostly gr 8’s and gr 9’s this year with several gr 11’s.
They played in a league this year with Princess Margaret (Penticton) and Summerland and traveled to Nakusp for a tournament.
Submitted by Michel Russo
Oliver and Osoyoos Search and Rescue seeking support for a grant to erect a new building to store equipment. The group is seeking provincial grant monies. OOSR also seeking more land adjacent to the present location. Town staff are not recommending an expansion of land of 20 more metres in length.
The building would contain three drive through bays and be 48 by 60 feet in size.
Monday – council meeting as a committee agreed with the proposal over ruling a recommendation of staff.
Council will grant a 20 metre lot expansion to the north – contingent on a successful grant application for a new and large vehicle storage building.
ODD squad has requested a grant in aid for its programme in community high schools. Both Osoyoos and Oliver will grant $1500 each. About 35 people showed up to a community forum on the opioid crisis including two students.
According to Todd Kunz, the Odd Squad “are an amazing group that has a (long) history of dealing with prevention and working with youth.” He said he hopes to have them visit here in late May.
According to its website: “Odd Squad Productions Society is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization created in 1997 by seven Vancouver city police officers. Our goal is to empower youth to make positive life choices about drug use and criminal behavior through educational materials (and) documentaries.”
Kunz said the principals of both high schools are excited at the prospect of having the group make its presentation.
Oliver and District Heritage Society seeking approval to erect a new sign at the Museum. The cost of about $5000 but no charge to the Town. The sign would be 8 feet by 2 feet in size and constructed of sand blasted cedar.
Oliver Fire Department seeking permission to acquire a used “command vehicle” to be used by the Fire Chief. The fire chief attends most fires and accidents – about 180 incidents a year on average. Seeking permission to spend $25000 on a used SUV like the one pictured for a command truck and one that can be used to block and direct traffic at the scene of an incident.
DELAYED – Council requesting a report on capital reserves. Some concern expressed that this “need” not discussed at budget discussions two months ago. Decision to be made after a comprehensive report from staff and Fire Chief.
150 people served. The Elks raised over $1600 and the Eastern Star raised over $600.
The cause – Emma Alcott of Willowbrook
24-year-old mother of two young children children, ages 3 and 7, battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Emma Alcott was diagnosed in May 2018 and completed what was believed to be her last chemo session in November after six months of a heavy chemotherapy cycle. But that did not work – so we move to stem cells.
The stem cell transplant will rebuild her bone marrow, which has been wiped out by a high dose of chemotherapy, and the procedure will require up to three months of hospitalization.
She said the late-stage diagnosis may be related to why the treatments haven’t been successful. She now has a 30 to 40 per cent chance of survival
As with all iterations of Parks Canada issues, we as a public – have no idea if the facts presented are verifiable.
Parks Canada says it received so many surveys, but how are we as a community to audit their numbers in a verifiable assembly of actual numbers? It’s an arm of the Government, lobbying for more government, and adjusting the results of information collection (possibly, but unverified) to their own benefit.
It’s sounds like a classic conflict of interest, when the people making decisions have the most to gain from their own decisions. All presented in the guise of environmental protection – but given Parks Canada’s environmental track record, that too will suffer unless they drastically change their tactics as an agency.
I think you can say that for convenience, a lot of tough questions will be asked at tomorrow in Oliver. And if the locals want to hear the answers, and not have to repeat the questions over and over in small quiet little groups, this is the time to come an listen.
We are simply looking for the answers to questions that Parks Canada has never answered in a public arena.
SOS Preservation Society
There is a spectrum of opinions regarding the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. Establishing the proposed national park reserve will require ongoing efforts to reconcile differing views on the initiative.
• The public consultation process is not intended to build consensus, but to identify challenges and opportunities associated with the proposal that require ongoing efforts to address.
• Public consultation survey: concern between conserving and protecting the ecosystem versus continuing specific local interests, especially activities (e.g. off-road vehicles, hunting/trapping/gathering) that would be prohibited from the area if the national park reserve is established.
• Stakeholder meetings: concerns about the national park reserve were expressed in a more vocal manner.
1. Develop ways to engage the local community to provide advice on park issues as they pertain to local community matters and future next steps.
2. Develop and distribute regular communications materials to the public, especially those who live in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) and the Central Okanagan Regional District (CORD).
o From the stakeholder meetings, some feel the proposed national park reserve is being forced upon them, while others see the value in establishing the national park reserve, in terms of long-term sustainability of this important ecosystem, and maintaining a stable economy going forward.
3. Hold meetings with municipal and regional district planners on the interlinkages between the proposed national park reserve and municipal and regional management issues.
o Local residents want to know how adaptable the process is and if public opinion will influence the final decision. Establishing a national park reserve will require ongoing efforts to reconcile differing views on the initiative. If polls are conducted, ensure they are statistically valid for the area (RDOS and CORD).
4. Provide further communications and information to educate the community, municipalities and regional districts on First Nations rights and title.
o Examples may include information about allowable activities, clarifying First Nations uses and practices in a national park reserve and supporting the ecological benefits of ranching and grazing are among the items identified as needing clarification.
5. Consider clarifying which activities are permitted or not permitted within the national park reserve.
6. Provide further clarity on maps to delineate private land outside of national park reserve jurisdiction, municipal boundary lines and make Agricultural Land Reserve areas more visible. (see map on last page).
7. Provide additional information on process and timelines.
Consultation – third party hired by Parks Canada
NRG Research Group is a Canadian-owned, private company incorporated in June 2005.
Our team is lead by our CEO and Chairman Dr. Brian Owen, and our President, Andrew Enns. We have offices in Vancouver, Calgary, and Winnipeg, serving local and international clients. NRG’s approach ensures that you always work with senior level expertise and guidance. Project leads are supported by our professional research, data, and field staff at every step.
“we cannot assign a margin of error to the results and any projections and interpretations to the overall population must be considered directional only and used with caution. For comparison purposes, a probability sample of a survey size of 2,848 cases would carry a margin of error of approximately +/- 1.8 percent, 19 times out of 20 for the total sample.”
o Princeton ATV Club, Summerland ATV Club, Valley Trail Riders ATV Club, Similkameen Valley Riders
o BC Agriculture Council (Horticultural)
o BC Ministry Forest, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development – Penticton
o BC Ministry Forest, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development – Vernon
o BC Tree Fruit Growers Association
o Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations
(Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society,
BC Conservation Data Centre,
The Nature Trust (BC),
Nature Conservancy of Canada),
South Okanagan – Similkameen Conservation Program
o First Things First Okanagan,
South Okanagan Naturalist Club,
The Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society
Oliver Osoyoos Naturalists Club
o Grasslands Coalition
o Grasslands Conservation Council
o Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada
o HNZ Topflight
o Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department
o Kilpoola Estates Residents
o Local Ranchers
o Lower Similkameen Indian Band – Ranchers
o Mount Kobau Astronomical Society
o National Research Council – Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO)
o Oliver and District Heritage Society
o Oliver Riding Club
o Orchard Hill Cidery
o Osoyoos Oliver Wine Association
o Osoyoos Tourism Association
o Osoyoos Wildlife Federation
o Penticton and Summerland Fire Departments
o Penticton Historical Society
o Regional District of Okanagan and Similkameen
o Rotary Club – Osoyoos
o South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce
o South Okanagan Similkameen Preservation Society,
BC Wildlife Federation
o South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Network
o Southern Interior Stockmen’s Association
o Sun Hills Riding Center
o Sunrise – Rotary Club of Penticton
o Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
o Town of Oliver
o Town of Osoyoos
o University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO)
o Village of Keremeos
o Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department
Parks Canada will release the information gathered from the public in the past few months. That should be today sometime…….
Dated May 9th and released overnight
May 14 Tuesday – a press conference in Penticton – will see what banner headlines come from that.
May 14 Tuesday – 12noon to 8p.m. – show and tell at the Frank Venables Theatre. Parks Canada says their staff will be available to answer questions.
These PR meetings will be repeated in Osoyoos, Keremeos on Wednesday and Penticton on 16th.
“Parks Canada undertook broad and extensive consultations with local residents, stakeholders, and all Canadians to hear their views on the proposed boundary for the proposed national park reserve and key aspects for consideration in the management of the lands.
The consultation period ended March 15 and developed into a report by a third party consultant – NPR Research.
The valuable input of all will be taken into consideration in the assessment of the establishment of the proposed national park reserve,” – “Input from the public consultations will be published in the “What We Heard” report on the Let’s Talk South Okanagan-Similkameen web site on May 13.”
“What we Heard” report – insert here.
“The goal is to have an agreement on a final boundary for the proposed national park reserve by this summer,” – “Afterwards, steps would be undertaken towards the formal establishment of a national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.
“A reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen would protect one of the most endangered natural regions in Canada and enable this inspiring landscape to be shared with Canadians and visitors from around the world for generations to come.”
Fait de complete
Injectable opioid agonist treatment, or OAT, is now available through a clinic in Kelowna’s Community Health Services Centre on Doyle Avenue.
Oral OAT is an evidence-based treatment that uses medications like methadone and suboxone to manage withdrawal symptoms.
It helps with cravings and prevents overdoses. It also provides a regular connection with a health-care team, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and social program officers, which can help with overall stabilization.
While oral OAT is an effective treatment for many people with opioid use disorder, it does not work for everyone, according to IH.
Injectable OAT offers an alternative that has been recognized as a successful second line of treatment. It has been available in Vancouver since 2012 and from Fraser Health since 2018.
“Everyone deserves to be supported in finding their own unique pathway to hope and a pathway to healing says Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy.
“Adding this life-saving treatment option in Kelowna, means more people will be able to find the help they need when they need it.”
One client who has attended the clinic every day since it opened says that after one month, he has discovered “hope for the future.”
“I am able to walk down the street with less anxiety, and what is bigger is that I look back at my life and have empathy for the people that have struggled and experienced pain.
Unique antique 4 piece Mahogany Parlour set, consisting of a Setee, large Armchair and two Standard chairs with original casters on front legs.
We purchased the set in 1974, had it professionally refinished and re-upholstered as close as possible to the original colour and material.
It has not been used very much since. Mostly a show piece. Due to our necessity to downsize we have reluctantly decided to part with it. It has been valued in excess of $3000 but we are open to offers.
Can be viewed by appointment.
Please call 250-498-2769 or
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