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East of Country Pines Manufactured Home Park adjacent to Town of Oliver canal (ditch) at Gallagher Lake
A number of residents concern edand have contacted Ministry of Energy/Mines because of on going aggregate mining.
One resident quoted as saying – ” On Mother’s Day, a Sunday – crews using heavy equipment creating a dust storm.”
Teacher Kim Moffat is a “champion for inclusion” at Senpaq’cin (SenPokChin) Elementary School in Oliver and one of two award winners for Inclusive Teaching.
Moffat teaches Grade 5 and works with the entire class to ensure that every student is included, welcomed, and respected in class activities.
“Kim has nurtured an environment of compassion and understanding, where classmates look out for each other and care for each other,” says school principal, Val Allen.
Six B.C. educators have been named as recipients of the 2019 National Inclusive Education Awards. The awards are held annually and hosted by Inclusion BC, the Family Support Institute of BC and Inclusive Education Canada. The awards honour teachers, support staff and educational leaders who are doing amazing things to ensure that all students, especially those with special needs, are given full access to education and included in all aspects of school life.
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the board decided to deal with the pressing problem of the almost-full Oliver landfill, attempting to address the issue by applying for a $1.2 million grant through the B.C. Organics Infrastructure Program.
“The need for Oliver has increased quite substantively, over the last little while, in terms of agricultural waste,” Reeder said. “What’s happened in Oliver is the feedlot closed next door and we’re seeing quite a bit of materials that we typically haven’t seen in our agricultural group.”
Reeder explained that compost programs have been shown to work in communities as large as Vancouver and as small as Grand Forks, which has recently managed to cut its garbage down to significantly less than its compostable waste materials.
The board passed the motion supporting an application for the grant, with a further $400,000 from the Oliver Landfill Reserves, contingent on the grant being approved.
Members and Media Muzzled
Late Thursday, I received a copy of an email written by David Seymour, MP in the New Zealand parliament, and meant to be distributed widely.
In essence, Seymour had responded to a fellow MP who had said, “it is vital that the public is involved in a conversation about what speech meets the threshold for being regulated, and what mix of enforcement tools should be used.” Seymour said that he thought his fellow MP was a “menace to freedom”.
In consequence, Seymour has been beaten up by the Speaker, other MP’s, establishment figures, activist groups, and the media. He quotes from the movie Thank You for Smoking, that “Let it be known, the public beating has not gone out of fashion.”
Seymour adds, “Imagine if the state had even greater powers to punish speech at its disposal.” – meaning more restrictions and enforcement tools than it already has.
At the same time, on the other side of the world, the Trump administration acted to limit the freedom of the press. In the USA, the First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and the historical record reveals unquestioned, unassailable protection for those who speak. For example, no American media outlet has ever been prosecuted for publishing secret government documents given to them. The charges have always been against the person who provided the documents.
Julian Assange, an Australian journalist who founded WikiLeaks, was recently expelled from his exile at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, England, and arrested. The UK quickly sentenced him to 50 weeks for a bail violation, but the real story is American.
The Americans had commenced extradition proceedings some time ago. They wanted Assange for helping Chelsea Manning hack into US government systems to steal secrets which were later given to WikiLeaks and published online – ironically, to support the Trump presidential campaign. As of Thursday, the Justice Department of the Trump administration has added 17 additional charges under their espionage laws because WikiLeaks published the secrets – and also because the UK was unlikely to extradite Assange for hacking.
This is the first such case in US history where a media outlet has been charged for ‘speaking’. This is a direct assault on the First Amendment. Trump has called the media an enemy of the people and has now taken extraordinary formal steps to silence them – today Assange, tomorrow the New York Times, next week the ODN.
Shouldn’t happen here, should it? Couldn’t happen here, could it?
May 22, 2019
To: Government of BC ( Minister Responsible – Doug Donaldson )
From: Union of BC Municipalities ( President – Arjun Singh )
Re: Shift in Provincial Policy on Cannabis Production in the ALR
In June 2018, the president of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) met with you to discuss emerging concerns about the production of cannabis in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). At that time Minister Popham had declared a conflict of interest in relation to cannabis production.
Although UBCM was pleased with the outcomes of that meeting, we now have concerns about the position that the provincial government has recently taken on this file.
Specifically, UBCM is concerned with the legislative and regulatory amendments that were made in February 2019 and which shifted provincial policy on cannabis production in the ALR.
In early May the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) released their “Revised Information Bulletin 04 – Cannabis Production in the ALR.” At that time UBCM became aware that, effective February 22, 2019, the Agricultural Land Commission Act and the ALR Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation (now the ALR General Regulation) were amended, and the ALR Use Regulation was created.
Within these amendments, the provincial policy on cannabis production in the ALR shifted in order to recast all cannabis production in the ALR as farm use – meaning that applications to the ALC are no longer required for any form of cannabis production.
The UBCM Executive discussed this issue at their May 2019 meeting and would like to identify our key concerns as well as a number of questions that we have.
Lack of Consultation
UBCM was not consulted on the legislative and regulatory changes that have changed the characterization of cannabis production in the ALR. We understand that the changes did not directly impact the Local Government Act, but we strongly believe that the amendments have significant impacts on our members and that UBCM should have been consulted.
Based on this, we would like clarification on:
• The rationale for the changes to consider all cannabis production in the ALR as farm use
• The reason that UBCM and/or local governments were not consulted in advance of the amendments
In addition, the Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Revitalization of the ALC and ALR conducted a consultation process to gain local government and other stakeholder feedback. Based on this, the committee recommended in its December 2018 final report that an immediate moratorium on non-soil bound production be established and that the ALC be provided with the authority to consider all cannabis-related applications. We understand from discussions with Ministry of Agriculture staff why a moratorium was not considered, but we could like clarification as to:
• Why the Committee’s recommendation to provide the ALC with the authority to consider all cannabis-related applications was not pursued
Delay in Informing Local Governments
As it appears that many local governments were unaware of the change to consider all cannabis production as farm use, and that consequently the ALC would no longer be considering applications for cannabis production, the amendments have had the effect of creating a 3-month gap in which some forms of cannabis production may have been unregulated in terms of ALC oversight and/or local government land use regulation.
Given the requirements for creating or amending local government bylaws, it is foreseeable that this gap could continue to exist for many more months. Based on this, we would like clarification on:
• Why the change was not immediately communicated to local governments
• The general status of applications that may have been made to the ALC for nonfarm
use cannabis production since February
Monitoring & Enforcement
As the ALC no longer has a vetting role in proposals for cannabis production on the ALR, it is implied that monitoring and enforcement of allowable land use will increasingly be a local government responsibility.
Based on this, we would like clarification on:
• The extent to which local governments are now expected to provide monitoring and enforcement of allowable ALR land use in relation to cannabis production
• How the Minister’s Bylaw Standards, or other guidance documents, will be revised or developed to support local governments in this role
Please note that separate correspondence is being prepared for Minister Popham in regards to the impacts of Bill 15 on our members, and the lack of consultation on that file.
UBCM supports collaboration as the best means to develop policy solutions to address concerns. As such, we look forward to your response to the concerns we have raised and the specific issues that we have asked for clarification on.
To shuffle my feet I move them with the sole touching the floor/ground. The jive dance step includes ‘shuffle step’ and of course, ‘rock, rock’. To simply shuffle while walking might indicate a leg injury where the person can’t fully lift their foot. It could also indicate a happy lazy walk of a daydreamer. A group of people might shuffle along together through a narrow part of their path (short steps close to the the ground)
Shuffle board is a game that is played sliding hand sized semi-heavy discs down a long narrow table. I send my disc down and you try to knock it off or place yours closer to the end of the table. Disc positions are shuffled. The game was originally (even by King Henry VIII) played on the floor using bigger discs and a stick to launch them. The position of the discs is shuffled by other discs hitting them
To shuffle things is to mix them up, make randomness versus order. We do this with the cards of a deck before we deal the cards out. Why? To give the players an unknown hand as a challenge to playing the game. When I shuffle the papers on your desk, I am not helping. Shuffling the papers on my desk could be to find something or put them into a new order or to clear for a new effort. Shuffling can be helpful, or not
Shuffling can be many things. One is that it can be really helpful in normalizing, leveling, diluting favouritism for instance. Remember when the teacher let two team captains pick who they wanted on their team? Euch for almost everyone. Shuffling who was next onto each team could improve that a lot. The office Christmas present ritual is sometimes made more fun by shuffling who gets which present
Shuffle to the left, shuffle to the right, stand up, sit down, fight fight fight, gooooo team! Yes, shuffling at the High School game. Shuffling can keep things fresh or confuse the heck out of all of us. Take for instance, the Cabinet shuffle, the one where the Ministers in Government play musical chairs and almost everyone we thought we knew, is off on another portfolio. Sometimes great, sometimes, well …