Archives for June 19, 2019
Who is primarily responsible for the mess we are in? It is a shared problem. People have to be responsible for their own behavior. Well there are a few exceptions which I will get to.
The biggest culprit is governments – federal and provincial. For starters, beyond lip service, the issue has as much priority as an oil slick on a glacier, it will wash away.
We are paying for past sins. Years ago the provincial governments of the day closed the mental health facilities to save money. Vulnerable people became the prey of drug dealers, pimps and god knows who else.
Governments approved and allowed opioid drugs to be prescribed like candy for pain. These drugs are worse with bigger consequences than illicit drugs. Even the war on illegal drugs has been part of the problem. Before you disagree give it a passing thought.
When something is illegal the problem is driven underground. Those addicted are afraid to come forward for help. They are at the mercy of drug dealers and a host of other who have no interest in the addicts well being.
To make matters worse there is no immediate help available for those wanting to return to the main fold of society. There is a waiting list that in some areas stretches out for a year or more. Many of those never get the help they need because they end up first homeless then dead.
It is not societies problem some will tell you. I know people that say they would not spend one dime on them. My reaction is to laugh. Why laugh? Because we together are already spending millions If not billions. Where you ask?
In hospitals, prisons, lost productivity, personal home insurance for break ins and vandalism. We are spending money providing housing in some cases even allowing addicts to live in the residence and do their illegal drugs.
The real people being shafted here are the working poor who are on the street. We provide them housing and force them to live amongst the addicted who have behavioral problems.
So what is the solution? Open the mental facilities and get the vulnerable into a safe environment. Provide the required drug treatment centers to assist those who need it. Crack down on those who prescribe addictive drugs on an ongoing basis.
If we do this instead of leaving it to the justice system alone we might have a chance of getting ahead of the curve. In the long run it will be cheaper as well.
My fear is getting people off the street into a one size fits all solution is the road to a new class of slum and doomed to failure.
This is our second story on the Men’s Shed located on Hwy 97 – just south of the Oliver Place Mall at the Sandalwood Court.
Kerry Pearle runs the one day a week program but wants to add days to the calendar when it picks up in the fall. Presently 4 to 8 persons weekly drop in at the program as the men’s workshop is equipped with all the tools and equipment to make things – wood and metal and maybe more.
Drop in any Wednesday 9 to 12 noon
Thursday this week a Grand Opening with a BBQ at noon – the public is welcome to attend.
Pearle runs an “Early Years” program – two days a week (Osoyoos Monday and Tuesday (Oliver) in cooperation with both civic parks departments and works on the crisis line as well under the auspices of Desert Sun.
Yes that the shirt of a firefighter (Oliver Fire Department)
In conversation with Marieze Tarr of Desert Sun on Monday – ODN learned of this program and many new ones in a organization that doubled its budget since Tarr took the helm.
Desert Sun now teaches inmates at the Prison two days a week for two weeks on parenting skills – A well attended course with two instructors and the full cooperation of staff at Okanagan Correctional Centre,
SOSS has added a new teen counselor, Pavan Samra who at the moment is looking after grade 8 and 9 students.
Pavan will run a day program during the summer months to occupy the time of mid teens needing some level of supervised programming.
Secure funding in place – Oliver’s Men’s Shed program is ready to go.
The Men’s Shed, a space for men from Oliver and Osoyoos to come together and work on projects, is opening at the end of April according to Desert Sun executive director Marieze Tarr (centre in picture)
“When men downsize and move into condos, they often don’t have a place to pursue their hobbies anymore and they become quite bored and isolated.
“They found these men weren’t looking after themselves and didn’t know how to cook and they hardly ever went out.
The Men’s Shed will operate at Sandalwood Court on Highway 97 in Oliver, an affordable housing complex acquired by Desert Sun in 2018.
Look for the balloons today and drop in
Fire call just before 10 am – Fairview Rd and Fairview Place. Nothing there
A second rescue team heads further up the road to Oliver Golf Course Rd. Nothing there.
Finally Oliver Fire Department told police on the scene way up Fairview near the major power lines at the crest of the Cawston to Fairview summit.
“Car hung up on a tree” Car hung up under a tree. Driver needs assistance.
Then a report the driver has extricated himself from the vehicle.
Crews return to the barn at 10:49 am. RCMP investigating accident.
Clarke Gourlay, Regional District of Nanaimo director and manager of Morningstar Farm, said the greatest issue for farming isn’t housing, it’s cost of land.
“I think what we’re missing is the Agricultural Land Reserve is not the residential land reserve, it is not a reserve for housing, for cheap housing, for family group housing, it’s a reserve for farming, for agriculture,” ……..
Gourlay added that farmland is not the place to address housing shortages, it’s a place to farm.
A thousand or so single-use water bottles will be kept out of the local waste stream thanks to an initiative by the Osoyoos Golf Club and the financial support of the town of Osoyoos.
OGC is hosting the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championships August 18-20. It expects as many as 156 competitors to be walking the fairways and greens for four days in the heat of summer.
Temperatures in the 30s will require the players to consume lots of liquid, which would normally mean lots of water consumed and plastic bottles discarded.
But it occurred to OGC general manager Doug Robb recently that refillable, insulated water cylinders would be a preferable alternative to the estimated 1,000 or more disposable bottles that would have ended up in the waste system over three days of competition and one day of practice.
The town had been looking for a way to support the championship and Robb approached council recently with the re-usable bottle idea.
At a meeting Monday, the mayor and council approved $2,000 from the economic development budget to cover the cost of about 200 insulated bottles complete with Osoyoos and Golf Canada logos.
“The town has been very supportive of the event right from the beginning,” said Robb in an interview. “It’s been very gratifying.”
He explained that there are several cold-water fountains on the golf course already and that several temporary filling stations will be set up at the scoring and pace-of-play tents during the competition.
And not only will the competitors be well watered, they’ll have a cool memento of the event and the town of Osoyoos to take home with them.