Archives for January 17, 2020
“We’re very lucky here at the Osoyoos Indian Band with this hospital, even though it’s on our old reserve property, that it’s only minutes away from our people.
We’re all going to wind up in hospital one day. Our mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, sisters, brothers are all going to wind up in this building one of these days.
This hospital is very important to for our people here at the Osoyoos Indian Band and all the communities,” said Louie.
Louie said the land east of Okanagan River was stolen from the local natives in the ” Haynes Deal ” – where OIB Reserve #1 was cut apart. Still a large irritant to local natives.
Osoyoos Music in the Park/ Piano in the Park
Osoyoos Festival Society
Osoyoos Market on Main
Re: Community Events Concerns
We are concerned. We produce successful events in this Town which increasingly challenge our ability to deliver.
Our events are volunteer produced. We are collectively concerned that our volunteers are not only “burning out” but they are “aging out”. We need to work smarter, not harder. Cactus Jalopies is cancelled for 2020 which is a huge loss.
We do not want this to start a trend and are trying to come up with a way for this event to continue.
This not only affects the public but hotels, restaurants, wineries, etc. Once this event is cancelled for a year it is difficult to bring it back! To continue to produce our respective events, we are in need of more cooperation and more involvement from those who benefit from our events; our Town, local businesses and our citizens. We have done preliminary research on how similar events are run in comparable communities; none are strictly volunteer driven.
Therefore, we request Mayor and Council to ask key staff,
Osoyoos & District Arts Council and
Business Leaders to meet with us to problem solve this situation ASAP.
We have already discussed the issues amongst ourselves and identified some solutions. We look forward to your cooperation.
These groups meet with Osoyoos Council Monday (in committee).
Would you rather a pay increase or a pay increment? Neither say exactly how much you would gain but, to me, increment is way less than increase. So increment is a small increase and we have the word incremental. Nature is a master of the increment. The days become incrementally longer as time passes from Winter to Spring. We like this kind of increment. Inflation can incrementally erode real income
Incremental change can be welcomed and helpful or a terror. And let us be clear, everything happens by increments. Global warming has arrived and continues, by increments. Increments seem to be pointed toward some destination. They pile up and are the affecters of effects. If I pay them no mind I can find myself somewhere I don’t want to be. Consider your long term health and the increments you give to it
Increments are the stuff of lasting change. We do not quickly change the state of our country from deep inflation into prosperity. It takes many increments, consistently pointed in the same direction, toward a clear goal. Bodybuilders do not become competition winners by going to the gym one day for a few minutes. Schwarzenegger invested over six hours per day into the body building that made him famous
Snow is accumulated through increments, flakes. If we don’t shovel a path out, the accumulation could eventually block our way and in the extreme we might die. Incremental change can be the death of us or used to our benefit, be our glorious victorious life. Henry Ford reminds us that if we say we can or we say we can’t, we are right. Those thoughts fuel the kind of increments we experience and build our lives
To instantly run my first marathon was impossible. After 12 weeks of incrementally increasing my run distance, I did it. Hooray. And… in the weeks that followed, my ability to run that distance incrementally faded. That’s the thing, the incremental changes keep going. We have the option to choose the destination. When we don’t consciously, deliberately, choose the direction of the increments, oh oh can be the result.
South Okanagan General Hospital – Emergency Department – expanded facilities cost $1.25 million.
Ribbon cutting this morning at General Hospital at Oliver attended by mayors of Oliver and Osoyoos and the entire council of the Osoyoos Indian Band.
Petra Veintimilla, chair, Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District –
“This project was very important specifically for residents of Oliver and Osoyoos, but also for residents right across the Okanagan-Similkameen. We are pleased to support these renovations to SOGH to create a more patient-friendly emergency department, including space for families.”
Carey Bornn, executive director, South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation –
“We’re very excited to see this project completed at South Okanagan General Hospital. This type of bright, patient-friendly space enhances both the care of patients and working conditions for staff. We were very happy to be able to help fund this project.”
OLIVER – People in Oliver and Osoyoos will have access to improved patient care, thanks to construction upgrades completed at South Okanagan General Hospital (SOGH).
“Our government has invested in an upgraded emergency department at SOGH so that the people living in this community can receive quality health-care services when they need it,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “I saw first-hand the need to upgrade the emergency department after touring the hospital in the fall of 2017 and am pleased that health-care workers can continue to provide exemplary care to local residents in the improved space that they deserve.”
The project cost was $970,000. The provincial government contributed 60%. The Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District funded 40%. Work was bolstered by a further $280,000 commitment from the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.
Construction upgrades were done to meet staff and patient requirements as outlined in the project business plan. They included developing a new waiting and triage area, a quiet room for families and a separate emergency department entrance. The admitting and administration services were relocated. This will mean more privacy and convenience for patients.
A new team-care station will also enhance working conditions for staff. A private area for physicians enables them to consult with specialists as required.
The renovated emergency department opens to patients on Jan. 21, 2020.
One person is dead following a crash Thursday afternoon that closed Highway 97 north of Summerland for several hours.
An eyewitness said a small car lost control, spun out and crashed into an oncoming semi-truck near Callan Road.
The passenger in that car died – the driver and the driver of the truck were taken to hospital with minor injuries
I have been asked about possible damage to fruit trees and vines with the cold weather. There are a number of variables to consider. So I went exploring. I talked to farmers I know and from various parts of the valley. We are talking about a large area with interspersed micro climates.
The Central and North Okanagan have considerably more snow than the South. This is important as snow is like an insulation blanket protecting root systems from cold temperatures and the even colder dew point or ground surface temperature.
Parts of the Okanagan valley have had a blizzard and cold temperatures with high winds affecting wind chills.. Some of the old guys like me say “It has been colder than this” – and that is true but the big old Mac Trees had bigger and deeper root systems.
If you go by which crops are the most vulnerable, the first to suffer would be grape vines, followed by apricots, peaches and cherries followed by apples. For those asking, in my opinion, which is part of a collective opinion of growers up and down the Valley is we are not at the level of damage yet. If this were closer to spring by six weeks it might be a different story.
I will know more hopefully after the BC Fruit Growers Convention February 11th and 12th. Even though I am retired, as a life member of the BCFGA I am interested in the industries well being. I will have a report on it’s health later. The truth is, we won’t know whether the buds have been damaged until the warmer days of spring at the earliest mid February. I’ll keep an eye on what the verdict is and keep you posted.
January 14, 1935 – January 6, 2020
On Monday, January 6, 2020, Mrs. Martha Dores Goltz of Oliver passed away peacefully at her home at the age of 84 years.
She will be fondly remembered by her loving family and friends.
A private family service was held on January 10, 2020. Donations are gratefully accepted for the:
Canadian Down Syndrome Society, Suite 103 – 2003 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB, T2M 3N4 or cdss.ca
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com