Archives for May 14, 2019
Many who made a brief appearance on the protest line – left to attend the info session inside the Frank Venables Theatre foyer to meet with Parks Canada staff. Many parked their cars and went inside the building with out seeing the protest.
To say the protest outside was small would be accurate.
Both citizens in favour or against a NP attended including many who sought more information.
Rocky Lundy and his wife Char spent an hour inside asking questions and as RL states he attracted a crowd of four staffers interested in the debate/dialogue about many subjects and questions that Rocky had. Both of the Lundy’s indicated that they got the strong impression that a park is a done deal – despite statements that NO decision has been made.
Richter Creek Fire
14 properties – on evacuation alert – wind forcing the fire west
Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing near midnight. Wind south 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low 9.
Mainly sunny. High 23. UV index 8 or very high.
Night Increasing cloudiness. A few showers beginning near midnight. Low 12
By ROY WOOD
No decision has been made on whether there will be a national park reserve in the South Okanagan and it will likely take another two years to reach an agreement to create one.
Those are two things that came out a news conference in Penticton this morning, at which Parks Canada officials continued efforts to convince area residents of its commitment to an open and consultative process.
The purpose of the news conference was to discuss a consultants’ report called What We heard, a compilation of what Parks Canada project manager Sarah Boyle describe as: “(B)road and extensive consultations with local residents, stakeholders and Canadians to hear their views on the proposed boundary for the national park reserve … and key aspects for consideration in its management.”
According to Boyle, Parks Canada hopes to finalize a boundary for the proposed park reserve by this summer.
“(But) no decision has been made on the establishment of a national park reserve,” Parks Canada director of protected area establishment Kevin McNamee told reporters as he outlined the next steps in the process that began nearly two decades ago.
Emphasizing the point later, McNamee said he couldn’t answer specific questions about park management details because “we have to earn the public’s trust (that) we don’t have this cooked up. … We will keep seeking public consultation.”
Regarding the next steps in the process, McNamee offered the following:
- There is a series of four public meetings this week, in Osoyoos, Keremeos, Oliver and Penticton to present the What We Heard report.
- The results of the report and other public consultations will be taken to the national park reserve steering committee, which includes representatives from the federal and provincial governments and area First Nations.
- Out of the steering committee is expected to come a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU), including the park boundaries. According to McNamee, the MOU would simply be an agreement to move to detailed negotiations.
- Then the negotiations among the parties would commence, possibly taking several years. McNamee took the time to emphasize that Parks Canada is specifically prohibited from using expropriation of private land in assembling a park land base. It must be a “willing seller, willing buyer” process for acquiring privately owned land, he said
- The final step would include the signing of an agreement among the parties and appropriate federal legislation under the National Parks Act.
McNamee, who said he’s been involved with these sorts of projects for more than 30 years, said his “personal estimate” is that once the MOU is signed this summer, it will likely take about two years to negotiate the final agreement.
As for specific concerns about recreational or agricultural uses of the proposed reserve, the pair would offer neither reassurances nor warnings, pointing out that such details would be part of future consultations and negotiations.
First Nations’ concerns were not addressed in the What We Heard report, said Boyle, because they are “holding self-led community engagement as a separate process with members of their Indigenous communities to determine support within the Okanagan Nation Alliance.”
However, First Nations are integral to the process, being one of the three parties on the steering committee. McNamee said Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie is in agreement with the park reserve project “as long as First nations concerns are met.”
The reason the project is referred to as a national park reserve rather than simply a national park, flows out of increased Indigenous peoples’ rights awareness in the 1970s and 80s. McNamee said park reserve is the term used when the land in question is the subject of unsettled Aboriginal land claims.
Such reserves are “managed the same as a national park,” but with cooperative management with First Nations.
Cattle ranching and grazing is a major issue in the South Okanagan proposal, with a large portion of the land in question being used for cattle. Said Boyle: “The support of ranchers is critical to moving forward. … (We are) just in the preliminary stages of what will be the management plan for grazing.”
About 10 journalists attended this morning’s news conference at the Ramada Inn in Penticton this morning.
Nature said “Let’s party!” And the invitations went out.
“I’ll dress in red, the Tulip said. It’s bound to be most arty.”
“Yellow is for me,” said Ms. Daffodil picturing herself as the life of the party.
Iris decided she would wear purple.
The Sweet Peas blushed and stood up for flight, with their varied colours, they knew they could dance all night.
The Cherry trees were ready – all perfumed and pink,
The bees were buzzing thinking about a drink!
Miss Mouse skittered about in a cloak of shiny brown,
At the party, she hoped a “Mister” would soon be found.
The sun beamed warmly to assist with the Spring ball.
The preparations were complete when The Great Gardener
smiled down on them all.
On May 10th, 2019 the power of social media combined with the actions of an astute Osoyoos business employee and Osoyoos RCMP members resulted in a stolen dog being returned to its rightful owner in Burnaby, BC.
“CALI”, a 15 week old black, brown and white beagle / spaniel cross was reported stolen to the Burnaby RCMP earlier in the day. Her owner reported that two acquaintances had stolen Cali and were headed to Quebec in a light blue car with unknown Quebec licence plates.
Cali’s owner also posted the theft on Facebook including photos of the two suspects. That is where the alert employee of a local store read the story and recalled that two people matching the description had entered the store earlier looking for a dog leash and dog food. The employee was also aware that the pair had subsequently attended another business in search of the same items and were also enquiring about free places to camp in the Osoyoos area. The employee reached out to Cali’s owner via social media who in turn contacted the Osoyoos RCMP.
Enter Osoyoos RCMP frontline Constables RAUSCH and GREENFIELD. Acting on limited information, the two animal enthusiasts set off on a search of the Strawberry Creek Road area, eventually locating two persons in possession of Cali. Cali was subsequently seized by police and after doing some “hard time” at the Osoyoos RCMP Detachment (which included treats, water, a soft bed and lots of belly rubs), Cali was returned to her grateful owner who drove straight to Osoyoos from Burnaby.
“This is a great news story which highlights the power of social media when used for a positive purpose” said Cpl Dave SMITH of the Osoyoos RCMP.
Photos of Cali enjoying the Osoyoos RCMP Detachment.
Jim Wyse doesn’t understand why some people are pushing to have public meetings when several were hosted by the Network (?) eight years ago. (2011)
Wyse doesn’t understand why some people are pushing to have public meetings when several were hosted by the Network (South Okanagan Similkameen National Park Network) eight years ago.
“The opposition guys showed up in their camouflage outfits and were threatening and calling her (Doreen) a liar.”
Doreen Olson said the meetings she organized were open to everyone, adding that Parks Canada also hosted their own (meetings) in 2010.
“This business about they (people) haven’t had time to talk is just not true.” – she said
Below a quote from OIB Chief Clarence Louie:
“And neither I nor the Osoyoos Indian Band has received the necessary information that a proper feasibility study would provide in order to have an educated opinion on being for or against the proposed national park,” he writes.
Chief 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.”
A letter to the Oliver Chronical from Marion Boyd –
“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. (Richard retired from the Times)
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.”
2018 – 2022 Strategic Priorities, Operational Plan and Department Activities Update –
Council received the first update of the Strategic Plan adopted by Council in February. The plan outlines Council’s priorities for the next four years and the progress completed in the first quarter.
Climate Action Carbon Offsets – Council choose to terminate the practice of purchasing carbon offsets. Moving forward the Town will establish a Climate Action Reserve and the annual CARIP grant funds received from the Province will be credited to the reserve to fund eligible projects.
Delegation of Council Executive and Administrative Powers Bylaw – Council discussed the Delegation of Council Executive and Administrative Powers Bylaw at the Committee of the Whole meeting. The recommendation is to proceed with first three readings at the next Regular meeting. Council asked that the exclusion of budget items and bylaw be included in the “whereas” clause of the Bylaw. 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.
Okanagan Similkameen Inter-community Licence Amendment Bylaw 2002.02 – This bylaw was adopted and now brings the City of Merritt into the list of communities participating in the Inter-Community Business Licence Agreement.
Adoption of Zoning Amendment Bylaws:
1. 1380.05 – 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 adoption of this bylaw will allow a wider range of commercial uses on the property.
2. 1380.04 – Cannabis Production Facilities in the M1 Zone
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.
3. 1380.06 (OCP Amendment Bylaw 1370.06) – 6380 Okanagan Street
The amendment is to replace the Residential Medium Density Two (RM2) Zone, which requires a minimum density of three (3) dwelling units under one roof with Residential Low Density (RD1) Zone, which allows for “single detached dwelling” and “duplex” as permitted types of dwelling units. The applicant was seeking to build a duplex on the property as with current setbacks and parcel coverage allowed it is not feasible to build more than a duplex on this lot.
Transfer of Lease – Airport Hangar #35 – To accommodate a change in ownership, Council agreed to the transfer of Hangar #35 from Lindley to Dumoret. The lease agreement in place between hangar owners and the Town requires consent of the Landlord for ownership changes.
Conflict between Native Mussel Protection and Invasive Milfoil Control – Council agreed to write a letter of support, requested by OBWB, to Ministers of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, BC Minister of MFLNRORD. The issue is about reducing the conflict between native mussel protection and invasive milfoil control in the Okanagan.
Provincial Housing Projects Underway and Upcoming Funding Opportunities – Council will advise interested community groups in Oliver of upcoming Provincial funding opportunities for affordable housing projects.
Youth Participation at UBCM – Council will extend an invitation to youth residents in the community who may be interested in participating at the 2019 UBCM Convention this September.
Source: Info here supplied by staff of Town. Other issues covered by ODN appear elsewhere.
Oliver Daily News covers both Osoyoos and Oliver Town council matters – the fastest and most comprehensive coverage of media sources in the South Okanagan.