Archives for November 28, 2019
PENTICTON – Today, in Ottawa, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced that MP Richard Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay) would return as Critic for Natural Resources in the shadow cabinet. Cannings has also been appointed Deputy Critic for Transport.
“It’s a privilege to continue serving in our caucus and I’m very pleased that Jagmeet has trusted me to take on these two important roles,” said Cannings. “In terms of priorities, we want to make sure that people are set up for success in a low-carbon future. That means we need to ensure that workers aren’t left behind during necessary transitions and proper investments in re-training and job creation in clean energy sectors are being made.”
Cannings’ role as Critic for Natural Resources combined with his involvement on the Transport file uniquely positions him to be a champion for addressing climate change. Working toward innovative solutions like ensuring energy efficiency in buildings, homes, and public transit are priorities for the new NDP caucus. Forestry is also an important priority in the Natural Resources file at this difficult time for that industry, and Cannings hopes to promote value-added opportunities that would support both domestic and export markets.
“We recognize that people are worried about the climate crisis but they’re also concerned about making ends meet and looking after their families. We want to make sure that we’re helping everyone build a good life while taking care of the environment for future generations,” said Cannings. “We have a really great team and I’m confident we’ll work together to get results for Canadians.”
Cannings was first elected in 2015 and served as the Critic for Natural Resources in the previous parliament.
50+ vulnerable families; only 36 sponsors = a lot of sad kids this Christmas
With just a month to go until Christmas, kids all over town are joyfully and excitedly counting down the sleeps until the big day. The Kiwanis Club of Oliver needs your help to make sure that Oliver’s most vulnerable kids get to celebrate the season too.
For the past many years, our local Kiwanis Club has run ‘Share the Spirit’, a gift-giving program that matches sponsors (individuals, families or groups) with families in need. We’re desperately short of sponsors this year. Last year, we matched sponsors with 46 families in need. The need keeps growing: this year, we expect more than 50 families to qualify for sponsorship. So far, only 36 sponsors have stepped forward. If we can’t find more, kids from more than a dozen vulnerable families could find the Christmas season bleak and gift-less.
Who can sponsor and what’s involved?
You can be a sponsor! Or you and your family, you and some friends, you and some colleagues. Sponsoring is a meaningful way to support community, a great opportunity to think about what really matters at Christmas, and a huge learning opportunity for kids.
Sponsors are given a family-specific wish list, focused mostly on gift ideas for the children in your adopted family. The financial commitment can be whatever you feel able to offer. All gifts must be dropped off at the Air Cadet hanger on Saturday, December 14th and will be delivered by volunteer drivers to sponsored families on Sunday, December 15th.
Who can be sponsored?
All families chosen for sponsorship are carefully screened and referred by the Food Bank, Desert Sun Counselling Services, the Oliver Boys and Girls Club or a local school. Many of the sponsored families are single parents; some are physically or mentally compromised and unable to work; many are working poor making minimum wage and struggling to get by. All are sponsored anonymously.
Show us your heart, Oliver: Please volunteer today to help Share the Spirit! We are trying to confirm all sponsors by Monday, December 2nd.
For more information or to sign up, call June at 250 498 3264 or email Benita at email@example.com.
Fellow residents of Oliver,
This Christmas, the Oliver Knights of Columbus, with the help of the Food Bank, are again undertaking the Christmas Hamper Campaign. The original campaign 47 years ago provided food for 10 families. In 2018 we filled over 210 hampers, and we expect at least that again this year.
Last year the citizens and businesses of Oliver and surrounding area responded very generously with donations of non-perishable goods, as well as with monetary gifts, to enable the Knights of Columbus to provide a basket full of food to help people through the Christmas season. The Knights organize the collection of foods, purchase food, and then fill the hampers and arrange for their distribution. The Oliver Food Bank, closed over the Christmas period, provides us with a list of registered people needing assistance. After Christmas, any extra food from the Hamper program is all given to the Food Bank.
On November 14th, we will be placing food collection boxes in various businesses in Oliver. As well, the Oliver Chronicle will provide Tummy Bags and will serve as a drop off point for those same bags. The distribution of the Hampers will take place on Saturday, December 21st at Christ the King Catholic Church lower hall.
Monetary donations to the hampers are most welcome as 80% of the food in the hampers is purchased. If you decide to include us as one of the organizations you donate to, please make cheques payable to the Knights of Columbus /Hamper Project, P.O. Box 343, Oliver, B.C., V0H 1T0. Unfortunately, the Oliver Knights of Columbus is not a Registered Charitable Organization so we are unable to issue tax receipts.
I thank you in advance for your generosity, and wish you a very Merry Christmas.
Wayne Danbrook, Co-Chair
Gary Mythen, Co-Chair