Between Rd 11 and Rd 10 – Highway 97S
Two vehicle accident. EMS, police and fire on scene
Take an alternative route
In visiting the Museum in Oliver again Sunday – I was struck by seeing a ghost.
Let me explain and I do want you to visit there and take your friends…… Halloween 1924 proceeded today with great interest and fun.
What struck me, again was two stories I told to a Cst. of the RCMP (out of uniform) with his family today.
This was the building of the BC Police – built circa 1924. In the fifties as a young teen, I babysat for RCMP Sgt. McGuire who had one daughter. That allowed the Sgt. and his wife to have some life away from the small detachment HQ and Jail,,,,,,, and yes residence.
The main display today is called ‘Deep Roots’ with a huge picture of a pretty girl in the 30’s, a boy with a rifle, and another woman ready to get on with her life. That was Helen Miller of Penticton.
The picture taken by Lumb Stocks, the subjects, Babe Stocks, Jack Stocks, and Miller. Jack Stocks, a wireless gunner in WW2 spent his early life in a POW camp in eastern Europe after being shot down. He died early at 56 YofA in Penticton after assuming control of his father’s business after the war.
Beryl Francis Stocks known to her friends as Babe – was my mother. The photographer my grandfather – the picture on McIntrye Bluff with Hatfield Island at top – visible on Lake Vaseux.
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 and the Sister City program. (This event expected to generate $50, 000.00 per year in profit… inserted by editor)
Through leadership and support, the Oliver Tourism Association fosters and promotes responsible authentic tourism experiences year round, motivating travellers from near and far to visit sooner, stay longer and return more often.
To become a proud four‐season destination of choice for visitors from around the world seeking inclusive, engaging and authentic experiences. In order to achieve our mission and vision, and for the benefit of our funding partners and overall community development, the Oliver Tourism Association (OTA) Board of Directors believes that there is a need to address additional tourism initiatives. Below is a list of the priority tourism initiatives and activities that the OTA would like to address in the next 1‐3 years.
Complete the work necessary to submit an application for the Municipal & Regional District Tax (MRDT) program
Increased brand presence and recognition for “Canada’s Wine Capital”
Develop a new comprehensive and user friendly website for Oliver Tourism
Maintain and promote a Special Events calendar for Oliver and Area “C” Strengthen relationships/partnerships and the development of new experiences to market with the Venables Theatre, Coast Hotel, Area 27, Mount Baldy and the Osoyoos Indian Band
Highlight existing “farm‐to‐table” culinary experiences within Oliver and Area “C” and develop new Agri‐ tourism experiences
Increase the number of year‐round experiences including outdoor adventure activities and fringe season special events
Explore opportunities to maximize the use of the space at the Visitor Centre for additional revenue generating attractions i.e. Bike rentals, Patio Café, Interpretive Salmon Walking Loop
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. We would like the Town and the RDOS to consider increasing the financial support for OTA, either through a multi‐year Fee for Service Agreement or with shorter term funding to execute some of these initiatives. We currently receive a total of $56,000 from the Town and RDOS Area C. We would like our funding partners to consider a 20% increase to the annual fee for service, plus a one‐time grant of $15,000 in 2020. This increase in funding would assist with the OTA securing a Tourism Manager that would focus on the MRDT application, website development and branding and management of all activities of the OTA.
Budget for 2020 – Progected Income $408 thousand and expenses at $411,000.
Carol Sheridan Treasurer, Oliver Tourism Association
Source: Agenda material for Monday meeting, letter and budget of OTA
The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring the tradition of Remembrance remains relevant to and supported by younger generations. We promote youth-specific education regarding Veterans and Remembrance through a range of local and national initiatives.
Education at the local level
The Legion encourages Canadian schools to promote Remembrance Day Ceremonies, and local Branches are often involved in supporting those ceremonies. Remembrance is also promoted through the Legion’s school-aged poster and literary contests. These contests see more than 100,000 students each year honour Canada’s Veterans through creative art and writing. As well, the Legion distributes Poppies and educational materials, and offers schools the opportunity to have a speaker share stories and experiences about Veterans and Remembrance with the children.
Commemorative ceremonies for youth
Legion Youth Auxiliaries coordinated at the Branch level
Support for Cadets, Scouts and Guides to strengthen their leadership and growth
Partnership with Cadets to deliver Poppy campaign
Encourage youth participation in Remembrance ceremonies
Youth scholarship and bursary programs, coordinated at the Branch level
Photo and copy source: Royal Canadian Legion
Constitution, Charter, Bill
Once you have participated in an election to send a representative to the seat of government – municipal, regional, provincial, or federal – whom do you expect that representative to represent? That is, must the representative be loyal to themselves, their constituents, their party, or their country? In my opinion, local elected representatives should be loyal to local constituents and federal MPs should be loyal to our country – their decisions should be in the best interest of the country. Local government for local issues. Federal government for national issues.
In my world, we would not have provincial governments. I see no purpose for them. Move property, education, and health to the federal level. Have one driver’s licence, one set of laws, one court system, one health card, one tax office, and one school curriculum to live under the federal roof with defence, security, trade, customs and immigration, natural resources, forestry, oceans, transportation, communication, and global affairs from coast to coast to coast and around the world.
In representative democracies, the primary vehicle for holding representatives in check is the constitution. The constitution is the primary law of the country and all other laws must conform. Hand in hand with a constitution is a bill of rights to protect individuals. As long as we have both – and we do – it is simply a matter of putting the most capable people into office. By the way, of the world’s democratic nations only the UK, Israel, and New Zealand do not have a written constitution.
The problem is that our bill of rights is just a federal law and therefore not directly applicable at the provincial level. The provincial governments selfishly fought our Bill of Rights to the detriment of good government and good sense. Hence, our Charter of Rights and Freedoms was created and embedded in our Constitution. But the Charter allows exceptions and the provinces continue to take advantage.
I quote, “The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.” Therefore, we have a mechanism that allows limits to the guaranteed rights. And, it seems to me, but I could be wrong, that most of the Charter cases involve provincial laws that test this reasonable limit. Remove the provincial legislatures and remove the problem.
What are some of the limits? These are all real: A law is unconstitutionally vague – unless it is clear enough to create legal debate. Seriously? All have the right to vote – if 18 or older. Something magical happens at 18. Time between elections is five years – except in time of war, invasion, or insurrection. Some latitude there. Liberty, the freedom to act without physical restraint is guaranteed – unless lawfully imprisoned. Because of a right to the presumption of innocence, extradition is OK – unless there is the possibility of torture. One must abide by the law – except that It’s OK to break the law in perilous circumstances (an affirmation of moral involuntariness) and law enforcement (I kid you not). Both the federal parliament and provincial legislatures can pass laws that countermand some sections of the Charter – but only temporarily. Temporarily means not more than five years. Five? Why not six?
This last one is the notwithstanding clause. Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon have all used the notwithstanding clause. In fact, Quebec under the Bloc added ‘notwithstanding’ to every law on their books – every new law and every existing law. A following Quebec Liberal government reversed that. Whenever the notwithstanding clause is invoked, a court fight follows.
Enough of having differences from province to province. Enough of acting like goats who have to stand on the top of the rock. End the waste and absurdity. End the competitiveness. End the stupidity. Are we one country or not? Remove the provincial level of government and – a bonus – put lawyers out of work.
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years.
A goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.
As a partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent
since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
Photo source: contributed
On October 25, 2019 just minutes after 2:00 a.m., Princeton RCMP received a report of shots being fired outside a residence located in the 900-block of Daly Avenue in Hedley B.C. Front line officers from Keremeos, and as far away as Penticton responded alongside Police Dog Services to the scene to support the Princeton RCMP.
Although the investigation is in its infancy, police indicate that numerous rounds of ammunition were fired at the home from a nearby location, said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP Southeast District. Four adults and a small child were inside the home at the time. Miraculously no one was injured.
As a result of their investigation, police established an identity for their shooting suspect, who was taken into police custody without further incident at a secondary location.
Investigators of the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment (PSOSRD) General Investigation Section (GIS) have assumed conduct of the ongoing criminal investigation and are being supported by forensic specialists.
The suspect, a 35-year-old Hedley man, remains in police custody at this time and faces potential charges.
RCMP believe that the incident was a targeted attack, adds Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.
Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Princeton RCMP at 250-295-6911. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Vaping and Vape Awareness
School District #53 this week discussed recent correspondence received from the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia outlining an increase in youth vaping rates and requesting support for vape awareness and resources for youth.
The Board Chair, Rob Zandee, was asked by his board to author a letter to the Minister of Health urging action to be taken on this issue.
What is behind all of this:
Letter to SD 53 from former cabinet minister Todd Stone of Kamloops
ATTN: Chairperson Zandee and the Board of Education School District 53
I am writing to you today to ask for your support in demanding action from the B.C. Government to address surging youth vaping rates. A new school year has begun and teen vaping is on the rise at an alarming rate. Earlier this summer, an article published by the British Medical Journal indicated that vaping among youth in Canada aged 16 to 19 is up 74 per cent since last year, and it’s estimated that 30 per cent of B.C. teens in grades 10 to 12 are vaping on a regular basis. Almost daily, we’re hearing stories about people getting sick, and in some cases, even dying, as a result of vaping. There now appears to be an indisputable link between this practice and several dangerous and harmful acute health impacts, not to mention the potential long-term health implications that are not yet known.
Our kids are being drawn in and hooked to this unhealthy practice in increasing numbers as a direct result of the efforts vape companies have made to deliberately target youth with kid-friendly e-cigarette flavours like fruit medley, gummy bear, and mango. These companies – and the tobacco companies which own substantial interests in most of them – have also targeted our kids with savvy marketing and advertising. This is especially prevalent on social media, where sleek, modern, compact drug delivery devices are promoted in alluring packaging.
On April 11, 2019, I introduced a Private Member’s Bill in the B.C. Legislature focused on taking action to combat rising levels of youth vaping here in our province. At the time, B.C.’s Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, and many other members of the government indicated that they shared my concerns about this public health issue and that they were committed to working with me to implement tough action to protect our kids from the harmful effects of vaping. Unfortunately, nearly six months later, no action has yet been taken by the B.C. government, though Mr.
Dix has suggested in recent media reports that government does intend to announce their intentions soon.
Numerous jurisdictions across North America have already said enough is enough and have taken action to curb youth vaping. Just last week, Washington State became the latest U.S. state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes via an emergency order of the governor, joining Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, which have also taken this step. Numerous other U.S. states and jurisdictions – not to mention the U.S. federal government – are moving in the same direction. I believe that the B.C. government should do the same. While I understand the B.C. government has recently indicated its desire to await further action from Health Canada, it is impractical to assume any immediate follow-up from Ottawa until the current federal election is over, a federal government has been sworn in, and federal cabinet priorities have been established. All of the above will take many months, which would mean losing almost the entire school year. We simply cannot allow that to happen.
My Private Member’s Bill would legislate the banning of flavoured vapour products, the implementation of tighter retail controls (restricting sales to vape shops, tobacco shops and pharmacies), and would ensure tougher penalties for non-compliance. I’ve also called for the B.C. government to provide the resources necessary to fund evidence-based awareness, prevention and support programs – delivered by youth for youth – in every middle and high school across B.C. There are existing programs – such as Preventure – which have been piloted in various schools to date and have demonstrated promising results as students in schools with this program were less likely to use illicit drugs, cannabis and tobacco. And finally, there needs to be tougher online retail controls implemented for the sale of vape products (including ageverification), a complete ban on all marketing and advertising of vape products (exactly as is the case today for all tobacco products), reduced nicotine concentrations and enhanced enforcement.
Students, teachers, and non profits in the Okanagan could get a $10,000 grant this fall. Reel Youth, a media empowerment project that delivers community development programming to youth and adults across Canada, and TELUS STORYHIVE have joined forces, offering 10 grants to schools, teachers and organizations that work with youth. The grant program, called Youth Community Stories, aims to inspire youth (14-24 yrs old) in the Okanagan to create their own films about digital citizenship. Projects about digital citizenship should focus on how technology and social media can create impact with topics like anti-bullying, health and inclusion. Each successful team can spend the $10,000 grant toward production funding, training or mentorship. Successful teams will also be registered for filmmaking workshops as part of their grants.
“This is a huge opportunity for schools and non-profits in the Okanagan region. It’s a simple application process and we’re giving away ten $10,000 grants. There isn’t a lot of film production funding available for schools and social service organizations to engage youth in the media arts and this program fills a much needed gap,” says Mark Vonesch, Director at REEL YOUTH. “Young people usually only dream about having a budget to make a film. Most film funding is for more established artists. Not only are we providing funding, but successful applicants will also get mentorship from start to finish as they complete their film.”
Over the past 15 years, Reel Youth has produced 2,000+ films seen by millions of people. Over 5,000 young people have participated in their programs in BC and across Canada, as well in Vietnam, India, Morocco, USA, and Nepal. “The Youth Community Stories program is an amazing opportunity for teachers and students to learn together and gain fun, relevant, creative skills in filmmaking provided by expert filmmakers from Reel Youth,” says Elfred Matining, Manager, Training and Education at STORYHIVE. The program, he notes, is a great way for first-time filmmakers to gain experience and training.
Details about the program and the simple application form can be found here: https://www.storyhive.com/youth
William Cowper was frequently troubled by feelings of despair and grief. In his deep depression one day he summoned a horse-drawn carriage (this was in the mid to later 1700’s) to take him to one of the London bridges. His intention was to take a suicidal jump into the Thames. But just at that time one of the densest fogs ever blanketed the city. In the confusion the driver got lost and drove around for an hour trying to find the bridge. Disgusted, William decided to stop the ‘taxi’, get out and walk. When he got off he found himself to be back at his own house. The driver had travelled in a circle. Totally overwhelmed by this sudden surprise, he took it as an act of the restraining hand of God. Needless to say, he did not try suicide again. Instead he decided then and there to cast his burden on the Lord for resolution. He immediately sat down and penned the words to a hymn that still appears in many hymnals. The first two verses say:
God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.
Ye fearful saints fresh courage take; the clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break in blessings on your head.
That kind of care and compassion from God still operates today.
“Wires on roadway 7700 block Tuc-el-nuit Drive – in the loop
Big tree down on the road on tuc-el-nuit near the prison but on the opposite side of the road. A semi swerved to miss it but its on a corner and he almost had a head on collision with a car. I contacted the fire department but just be safe out there today very windy!”
Also trees on highway near Island Rd. – Oliver Fire Department removed what they could
Small sage brush fire on Ryegrass Rd – causing a medical emergency – Oliver Fire Department on scene to ensure fire was out
Town of Oliver crews worried about old dead tree leaning onto power lines on Skagit Avenue between Hwy 97 and Okanagan Street. ( pix above ) and one cut down on McKinney just west of Park Drive.
If you see trees down or damage from the storm send pix or info to firstname.lastname@example.org