Archives for August 6, 2019
Phat Thai, 15, born in Kelowna has lived his whole life in Oliver. He loves math and is about to start grade 10 in the fall.
Why are you interested in being an Oliver Youth Ambassador?
Phat says I need to improve my skills at Public Speaking and looks forward to meeting new friends and the community he lives in.
Phat is 14 but turns 15 next week.
After we chatted he said: Thank you.
Sponsored by Oliver Kiwanis
Myaia Koenig, 15 in the fall, born in Penticton and has also lived her life in Oliver. Myaia will start Grade 10 in the fall and wants to be involved in the Drama class.
Why are you interested in being an Oliver Youth Ambassador?
I really look forward to the experience, meeting new people and visiting other communities
Sponsored by the Lions Club
The fire broke out Sunday night near the FortisBC substation and spread quickly. Residents of the nearby mobile home parks and Gallagher Lake Resort spent the night watching the glow and packing their bags.
On Tuesday the fire appeared to be burning up and away from the community, leading residents and guests of the park to feel much more at ease.
Source: With files from Castanet
Carol Sheridan says a great job Monday washing cars and raising funds for the Small Wheels Park
About $ 25 thousand to go. Maybe a ‘ sell a brick” project will help out.
Thanks to the washers and those with clean cars.
Have you noticed how much the advances in technology are forcing you to work for the companies for free? It is done in the name of convenience. The other words used are it saves money. Saves money for who?
Oh it saves money for one group the company investing in the technology to replace jobs. It does not save you money in the short term however once the changes are complete on a mass scale that might be a different story. In the short term those working will pay more taxes for social programs to assist displace workers. The second part of the question is who should pay. Let me explain. You noticed I said short term, you pay? If we are automating one sector we are creating future jobs in another. In some cases we are creating jobs that even five years ago didn’t exist. That requires retraining of the workforce. Governments pick up the greatest burden of training programs directly or indirectly. That means you.
So where do you fit in? Every time you use an automated teller, pump gas at a self serve, run groceries through the automated cashier you are an indirect employee working for free. So what you say? Here is another way to look at it. Would you get out of your car and start helping trades people at a construction site for free? I didn’t think so.
I am not saying we should not use new technology, my point is we should know why we are doing it, and who is really paying for it. Incidentally you are the one paying for it. When you use the automated cashier are your groceries cheaper? No. if they were there would be a massive add campaign to brag about how much. You would also pay for the add campaign. The reason you are doing the work is to enhance the companies bottom line. Knowing what is happening also allows the consumer to prepare for the future.
What will the future look like? There are any number of clues as to the future in our changing world, even within current practices. More and more consumer goods will be purchased on line, grocery stores will see cashier jobs become shopper jobs as people will and do now, submit their lists on line. The take out fast food outlets are featuring delivery to your door. The big malls will be vacant relics in the next decade save for a few survivors. Independent big box stores will be on line distribution outlets. Transit systems will improve to the point where people will rent a car for vacation travel or out of town business travel. This will reduce carbon emissions as we transition to alternate fuel sources.
What will constitute all this change? The cell phone will be a practical tool instead of a distraction. The concept of how the world does business, and how the world of work will function will depend on the cell phone. It should be noted, my original comments were not to suggest we should resist change at all cost. My point is we should make sure the changes include transparency and who pays the cost, regardless of the level of convenience.
The points cards you get for shopping at specific outlets are really a watered down version of a rebate for doing the work and once governments catch on they may be taxable in the future. Now do you see why the future of the business world has to be transparent? And to think, we are only scratching the surface of changes to come.
Wildfire smoke is a natural part of our environment but it is important to be mindful that exposure to smoke may affect your health.
People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, pregnant women
and infants, children, and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.
If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gasses which includes many chemicals that can harm your health.
Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.
Lots of smoke – lots of work to be done today
Fire has grown to 225 hectares
Cause: The incident is currently under investigation.
Aerial resources have provided more accurate information.
100 personnel have been assigned to the incident and will arrive on site throughout the day. Two water tenders are also on site Monday. Crews will be operating 24 hours a day until further notice. 20 personnel will remain on site overnight.
An Incident Management Team (IMT) has been mobilized and are due to be established on site by August 6.
A Structure Protection Specialist is on scene and will be assessing residences in the evacuation alert area. Structure Protection Units have been deployed to the incident as well.
Resources are continually challenged by the steep and rocky terrain in the area and site safety is a priority.
Eight helicopters as well as airtankers are continuing to support ground crews today. Airtankers have run a line of retardant along the east flank to limit the potential of overnight growth. Additional air support will be available throughout the day, as required.