by Audrey MacNaughton
Thanksgiving or Complaining?
Do we have something to complain about? It has been claimed that many (not all) of our ancestors did without the following:
without sugar in many places before the 13th century;
without coal fires until the 14th century;
without buttered bread until the 15th century;
without potatoes until the 16th century;
without coffee, tea or soap until the 17th century;
without pudding until the 18th century;
without gas, matches or electricity until the 19th century; and
without canned goods until the 20th century.
Add to that all the conveniences, inventions, gadgets, electronics, vehicles and much more that we have today and are we still not content? We haven’t yet even mentioned the love of God and the wonderful creation He has made for us!
Now, what was that we were complaining about?
It is Thanksgiving weekend!
Updated info from RCMP
The crash on the bridge a was single male driver in his 80s. Contributing factors appear to be a pre-existing medical condition and the setting sun. The driver was transported to South Okanagan General Hospital as a precaution given the complete over turn of the vehicle.
Speed, alcohol, and distracted driving were all ruled OUT and are not factors. He was released from hospital after being checked out and cleared. The air ambulance at the hospital was not related to the MVA.
Damage to city property consisted of the single obstruction sign from the bridge entrance.
Oliver RCMP would like to thank the number of bystanders who immediately assisted prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. I’d also like to thank everyone for their patience with the bridge closure during the early evening crunch time. Officers cleared the scene prior to 18:00 and traffic returned to normal.
Bridge closed for more than an hour and traffic diverted.
4:45 pm small vehicle flips after hitting bridge abutment – intense light from sun going down – a factor.
Male driver (sole occupant) extricated from wreck by Oliver Firefighters and taken to hospital. Extent of injuries not known. Vehicle was proceeding west bound on Fairview at Oliver’s main bridge. RCMP investigating.
A chord is a harmonic set of multiple notes at the same time. Some music genres tend to use a certain set of chords a lot of the time. This is part of the reason that those genres seem to sound so similar. Some cultures do not use chords in their music, just single note tones. Western, Oceanic and West African music use a lot of chords. There is even a special numbering system to name the chords
In mathematics, geometry, a chord is a straight line between two points on a curve or arc. The longest straight line we can draw within a circle is the chord called the diameter. If we take a chord and extend it beyond touching the arc but out to infinity it is called a secant. Go ahead, try to naturally use the word secant three times in one day. Keep us posted on how you do and best of luck to you
A chord is a feeling or emotion, as in, the story struck a chord. What strikes a chord in me may not have any impact on you at all. The sensation seems to be connected to a memory of an emotional charged past event. The source of the stimulus can be almost anything. The way a person pronounced a particular word up to a combination of seemingly disparate actions can strike a chord for a particular person
Touching a chord within a person is a sacred thing. This kind of touching binds people together at a deeply intimate level. Some images on the news have the power of such touch. Why is that? On some level we, us humans, share values about certain things. When a value is impugned we push back, hard, instinctively. Might it be that out beyond us and them there is an us, where we all naturally stand together?
What about when a chord gets touched that is not all rainbows and puppy dog tails? Yes. And what about purposely trying to touch a chord, maybe even being rough about it, attacking? Yes, that happens. The emotional chord is the most poweful part of us. Touch it with tenderness you get love. With non-love, you get hate. Sometimes politicians use this. Well, how we touch is a choice. What is your choice?
The Town of Oliver (Town) and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (Area C) have an agreement with Oliver Tourism Association (OTA) to have local tourism association provide Visitor Information and Tourism Initiatives from the former CPR station building.
The OTA also provides management services for the Oliver Visitor Information Centre. The attached agreement outlines how OTA was to use the fees and the expectations of the funding partners for the operation of the Information Centre. The annual fee under this contract is provided through a “Basic Fee” of $28,000 which is funded solely by the Town of Oliver and a “Joint Service Fee” funds the other $28,000 through RDOS Bylaw 1978, 2000. Currently the Town of Oliver funds $43,926 and Area C funds $12,074 of the $56,000.
The contract is set to expire at the end of 2019 and OTA has approached the funding partners to request consideration of an increase in funding to meet the OTA Mission and Vision for Oliver Tourism Association.
OTA has provided the following justification for the increased funding request:
“Since its inception in 2011, the Oliver Tourism Association has worked to provide Visitor Information services to promote tourism in Oliver and Area C in order to bring more visitors to the area, support local businesses, and encourage return visits and even relocation. We have done this as a volunteer-working board of directors and minimal paid staff with the financial support of the Town of Oliver and the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). In accordance with the Fee for Service Agreement, our focus has been to: • Operate the Oliver Visitor Centre • Manage the website (winecapitalofcanada.com) • Design/publish/distribute the Oliver Experience Guide • In the past three years we have also assumed full responsibility of managing/executing the region’s signature event, the Festival of the Grape.
The local tourism Association also says:
” Our current financial picture does not allow for us to address the above initiatives in earnest. Currently we could implement no more than one new item per year, primarily because we need to have an employee dedicating their time to these initiatives in addition to the Visitor Centre Coordinator and the volunteers who manage the association. Some of the initiatives listed above could prove as ways to increase the bottom line of the organization on an annual basis.” OTA are asking to have an increase in the financial support either through a multi-year Fee for Service Agreement or with shorter term funding to execute some of their initiatives. OTA is requesting the funding partners to consider an increase to the annual fee for service of 20% to $67,200 per year. OTA would also like to request a one time grant of $15,000 in 2020 to bring the total request to $82,200. “
Analysis: The amount of building in Oliver or Osoyoos goes up year to year at different rates depending on larges projects like a new Hotel in Oliver or a new Building Supplies outlet in Osoyoos.
This brief look is for a 9 month period of 2019 in both communities on the $$ value of construction compared with same period in year previous.
Osoyoos 2019 YTD 15,774,070
Osoyoos 2018 YTD 13,830,200
Oliver 2019 YTD 5,579,887
Oliver 2018 YTD 13,978,500