OIB Reserve – Sub – crews dispatch to a possible structure fire
Oliver Fire Department responded with 4 units: two pumpers, one chief, one duty officer.
The Government of BC
“We are announcing an eighth case of COVID-19 in B.C. The person affected is visiting from Tehran, Iran and arrived in British Columbia earlier this week. The patient is in isolation at home with support and monitoring from public health teams. “The individual has been confirmed positive based on BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) testing. The individual is female, in her 60s and is staying with family in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. “Vancouver Coastal Health is actively investigating. Close contacts have been identified and contacted by public health officials. Those who may be at risk are now in isolation for 14 days and are being actively monitored for symptoms.
“We are pleased to report that three additional patients who previously tested positive for COVID-19 are now fully recovered, for a total of four fully recovered patients. The other individuals continue to recover in isolation at home and under the care of public health teams. The BCCDC has completed testing on 1,425 samples for 1012 individuals as of Feb. 27, 2020.
“While the risk of spread of COVID-19 within British Columbia remains low at this time, we continue to focus efforts on containing and delaying the spread of transmission, as well as preparing for the possibility of a pandemic. A pandemic is the spread of an illness to a large number of people on a global scale.
“We are asking all British Columbians to do their part to prevent the transmission of infections in our communities and in our health-care system to help protect everyone in B.C.
Life is in turmoil blockades, climate change, the threat of war a and the most serious of immediate problems, Covid 19. It has been growing steam since November. The Chinese doctor who warned us, was threatened with prison for spreading rumours and he died from the virus.
On the other side the President of the United States says there will be a miracle and it will just end in April. This demonstrates two major governments have or are about to drop the ball.
Internationally, the only reason they have not declared a pandemic is because they are afraid of destroying the world economy. So keeping that in mind what are we facing? We have the Corona virus with no means to fight back no anti bodies and nothing to stop it period. We don’t know if it will exhaust itself or mutate. We don’t know where it will strike next or how to treat it. I heard on MSNBC they are not even sure about the 14 day quarantine. The reason is some people who contracted it waited out the 14 days and in follow up, they went from negative to positive again. This is not about scaring people, it is about being aware.
Now the other side. World travel is being effected. The tourist industry in parts of the world are hit hard in areas where the virus has been detected. Airlines, cruise ship, hotels, tourist destinations, large gatherings like sports venues, conventions and even the Olympics could be effected.
This is serious because we are not prepared for such an event. There are advantages though compared to prior pandemics. We know more about science that can deal with it in a shorter time span. Still that is estimated to be twelve to eighteen months away.
The other problem is we geared our medical delivery systems to the here and now, we no one is prepared. We can only hope it does not become the equivalent to the Spanish Flu of 1918.
That was the worst pandemic in world history.
The best advice they offer is be aware. Wash your hands and for now stop shaking hands. Don’t put yourself at risk. Governments have gone from containment to managing the problem. Most important listen to trained medical people, social media concoctions are not worth the risk.
Before this is over the world may have to come together to find a solution,
It was 8:30 on a Wed. morning when the telephone rang in my office at Sevenoaks Alliance Church in Abbotsford. The voice at the other end of the line said, “Are you coming?”
“Coming where?” “To Valley Christian School. You promised to provide the devotional and the classes will be heading for the sanctuary in a few minutes. Are you coming? ”Oh, yes. I’ll be there in a few minutes.”
I put the phone down and then it hit me. Not only had I forgotten to go there, I had not done one bit of preparation. And here I just said I’d be there in a few minutes. Not only that, I was the Pastor for Christian Education in this church of over 2000 back in the late 80’s. I expected the workers to always be prepared. At its peak there were over 100 Sunday School teachers and helpers, 75 Awana leaders, 40 Pioneer Girls women volunteers, 30 men leading Christian Service Brigade, a staff of 100 for VBS in the summer, 60 persons taking turns in Children’s Church and more. And it got worse. Some of those workers had children in that school and here I was unprepared. I’m ruined! My career is finished! My life is over!
Then I remembered another bit of advice I had given them. If you are ever stuck, almost anything can be used for an object lesson. I flung open the desk drawer, grabbed an item and headed for the car. It would take about 8 minutes to get from Gladwin Rd. to the Nazarene Church on McMillan.
“Lord, You have a problem!”
“Oh no, son. You have a problem.”
“Could we please, please make it our problem?”
“Now you’re talking, let’s see what we can do with that object.”
With one hand on the steering wheel, one hand feeling the object, my eyes on the road and my mind on a message for those students I was an accident waiting to happen.
Accident!! That’s it. A good excuse not to show up.
“None on that, son! We have an agreement.
Now think. Who would use that object?” That was an easy question. “Good. Now what would make that a useful object for a lesson? Think!”
Right. That helped. An idea came to mind and I knew a verse that would go with it. Then there was another one, complete with an appropriate verse. I struggled to think of some more. The next idea was not at the students’ level. Not good. (Oh dear, nearly didn’t see that red light.) By this time I was going through downtown Abbotsford. A few other possible points came to me but by that time I was passing Yale Secondary and McMillan Pool. Right turn on McMillan, up the hill and there’s the church. I got out of the car, looked at the church door and my heart sank into my shoes. I did not want to go in. “Move it, son. Take courage and be bold.”
I sank into the back row and could tell that the principal would be calling on me in about 30 seconds. “Be bold,” I told myself. “Make it sound like you have something very important to tell them.” Here is an abbreviated, approximate account of what I remember saying.
I strode down the aisle with a pretense of confidence, turned to the students, held up my hand and declared, “In my hand I have something that will teach you 5 of the most important things in your life!” Did I say 5? Most important? They couldn’t guess what it was. It was … a nail. A nail! What was a nail doing in my desk drawer? I have no idea how it got there, I was not in the habit of crucifying volunteer workers who did a poor job.
“Boys and girls, who uses nails?” Right, a carpenter. Did you know that Jesus grew up in the home of a carpenter?
As he got older Jesus must have helped Joseph build things. Did Jesus know that some day nails would pin Him to a cross? Yes, I think He knew. But right now you are going to pretend to be a carpenter’s helper too. Imagine putting on a carpenter’s apron. You have pockets for a ruler, pencil, hammer and chisels plus several pockets for nails. Pull out one nail because we need to nail a board onto the house we are building. What is this? This nail is bent out of shape, crooked and looks like a pretzel. Can we use a crooked nail? No. Are boys, girls and adults crooked if they steal, lie, cheat or say mean things to others? Does Jesus want us to be like that? No. We want nails that are straight. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:5-6
Get a different nail. What is this? A toothpick! Well, it is straight. Can we use that? Why not? It isn’t strong enough. None of us can always do things right by ourselves. We need help in order to be strong. The Lord wants to help. “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Eph. 6:10.
You who are close by, feel the point of this nail. How would you describe it? It’s sharp. Teachers would love you to be sharp in what you do. Some are sharp in Math, some in writing stories, some in music, in sports or in art. We can’t be good at everything but you can find out what your natural abilities are and develop them. A schools’ aim isn’t to make everyone good at everything but to help you find out what you can be good at. But one thing we all need is to study the Bible to find out what kind of a person God wants us to become. You can count on the Word of God to be “sharper than any two-edged sword “ in helping you with that. Heb. 4:12
So, what have we got so far? A nail must be straight, strong and sharp. So we can now nail the board onto the wall. Lift it into place, hold it and hammer the nail. There, it’s done. Let go of the board – oh no, it dropped to the ground! What happened? You hammered it into thin air. The nail didn’t hit the 2×4 upright. For it to hold you have to be sure to nail into something solid. In the same way our life needs to be built on a solid backing, a solid foundation. That solid base is the Lord Jesus. Live your life according to what He teaches. “Other foundation can no man lay but that which is laid which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 3:11
All right. I said there were five ideas. What might the last one be? Well, put the board back up, hold the nail so that it lines up with the 2×4 stud, and hold it, hold it – but nothing will happen unless you do what? You have to strike the nail with the hammer. Now I want to be very careful in what I say here. The Lord will lead us gently, he loves each one of us and is very kind. But if you steal a chocolate bar when the storekeeper isn’t looking, or if you lie to your parent, or if you cheat on a test, or say mean things to another student what would Jesus want you to do about it? Go back, confess to the storekeeper and pay for the chocolate bar. Is that easy? No. Does it feel like you’re getting hammered? Yes. Same with the lying, cheating and mean comments. It’s hard to ask forgiveness. You feel like you’re getting hammered, but do it anyway.
So there we have it. Next time you see a nail remember that it is telling you to be straight, be strong, be sharp, stand on something solid and be willing to be struck when you do the wrong thing.
As the classes were passing me in the foyer to go to their classrooms one teacher came over and said, “That was really good. You must have prepared a long time.” I was stunned. I didn’t know what to say. I think I mumbled, “The Lord does provide.” Did I then tell all my volunteers you don’t have to prepare after all? No. I think the Lord would say, “If you do that on purpose I’ll just let you get hammered.”
The Lord is our Helper, the credit goes to Him.
On Wednesday, March 11th from 6 – 8 pm, bring your friends and head to the museum’s galleries to play, chat, and escape from those winter blues. Play our varied selection of board games or bring your own! Warm drinks and snacks will be provided, and gamers will also have the chance to explore our exhibits after hours. RSVP at the Oliver and District Heritage Society’s Facebook page by March 11th to attend. So, come out, test your luck, and game your winter doldrums away!
Spirit Ridge Indigenous restaurant honoured
Four Okanagan businesses have been nominated for 2020 BC Tourism Industry Awards.The winners will be honoured during the BC Tourism Industry Conference next week in Victoria
Big White Ski Resort, Wicked Wine Tour’s Gerald Lafortune, and Ogopogo Tours all cracked the final three of their respective categories, as did
The Bear, The Fish, The Root, The Berry – a restaurant at Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos, is a finalist for the Remarkable Experience Award, which recognizes a business or organization that has developed, delivered, promoted and sold a new or improved tourism product or experience that reflects the essence of B.C. and contributes to a remarkable visitor experience.
The province of BC has agreed that Surrey can be served by a municipal police force.
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Minister approves establishment of a Surrey police board
SURREY – Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has granted approval to create a municipal police board for the City of Surrey – the next stage in the plan to transition from the RCMP to a municipal police department.
Having considered the Provincial Municipal Policing Transition Study Committee’s report, as well as the recommendation of the director of police services, in line with section 3 of the Police Act, the minister is confident that the key aspects of the transition plan that required more detail have been thoroughly considered.
Chaired by Wally Oppal, the Provincial Municipal Policing Transition Study Committee included representatives from the City of Surrey, the ministry and independent consultants with specialized expertise. The committee was established in August 2019 to ensure the City of Surrey’s transition plan addressed all key issues, and its work has now concluded.
Feb. 27th, 2020
Subject: Sportsmen’s Bowl Flooding Disaster 2018
All the flooding in area C in the spring of 2018, has been corrected by large culverts other then Park Rill Creek in the Sportsmen’s Bowl area.
There has been 20 large box culverts funded by the province of BC, in the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen ( RDOS) area C,installed in 2019 in the Willowbrook area, which collects storm water to Park Rill Creek, and then flows through Sportsmen’s Bowl properties.
There has been 20 large box culverts funded by the province of BC, installed in 2019, in the RDOS area C, Road 5, Road 6, and Road 9. Why was the Sportsmen’s Bowl area ignored?
The most devastating flood was Park Rill Creek through the Sportsmen’s Bowl area, which was put into the State of Emergency and evacuated and is still under temporary water drainage.
The other areas that had the new culverts upgraded in 2019, are currently dry. Park Rill Creek in the Sportsmen’s Bowl Road, has never stopped flowing. The current water flow is presently above normal. BC River Forecast Centre has now predicted the snow is 148% above normal. The weather scientist has predicted a warm wet spring.
The residents of Sportsmen’s Bowl Road have three major concerns.
1) Are the three 22 inch culverts installed in 1953,under Highway 97, capable of taking the flood waters which are predicted for 2020 (as it failed in the flood of 2018)?
2) The waters flowing down Sportsmen’s Bowl Road to be put back in the original Park Rill Creek
3) The flood of 2018 caused a twenty to thirty foot vertical gully in Park Rill Creek between Secrest Hill Road and the South Okanagan Sportsmen’s Association access road. An increase of predicted water flow may cause this area to collapse, thus causing the waters to be dammed and another disaster.
We’ve been ignored for two years! No ministries have taken ownership. We are asking someone to acknowledge our requests. We feel we are the “forgotten area” from the flood of 2018. Will someone please take the time to acknowledge our concerns before spring freshet?
Waiting for a quick response,
Spokesperson for Sportsmen’s Bowl area
Recipe: Add volume of water from two 9 foot culverts way up high at Secrest and then expect three small culverts at Highway 97 below the falls to handle the outfall. Potential disaster and possible debris-torrent.
Add in a reluctance by RDOS to take the matter seriously along with Ministries of the BC government who are still shaking their heads over the enigma.
Dennis Tomlin showing in both pictures take by wife Jeannie. The couple live adjacent to the highway and are concerned as are other local residents as to the response of all levels of government.
An engineering study conducted by Ecora recommends the creek bed (Park Rill) be re-instated at the foot of a sand hill north of Sportsman’s Bowl Rd at an estimated price of $1.8 million even tho independent quotes range from 200 to 500 hundred thousand dollars to do the work.
The Tomlins along with a petition of neighbours have written to the BC Ombudsperson to help solve the problem or lack of action and the main part of that brief is the amount of work done by highways to protect roads but not homes south of Oliver, in Willowbrook and in many rural areas…… but not Sportsman’s Bowl – where a hodge podge of remedial work includes a cattle guard, an amateur looking culvert cutting into two sides of a poorly constructed roadway with inadequate capacity of water to get to the river…. completed by government ministries.
The plea does anyone out there care?
I know the last two months have been unpredictable from a weather perspective. We have had moments of incredible volumes of snow in short periods of time only to see it disappear just as quickly and then a couple of weeks later repeat the process. Once again flooding in some areas is a possibility and I am meeting with the appropriate Ministries to ensure they have action plans where issues could arise.
The unpredictability of the intense snowstorms created challenges for our snow removal company, AIMS. Extreme challenges. Their first priority is always the major highways, rural bus routes and lastly, rural roads in general. And with the size of our area that rural road system is extremely large. All of your concerns expressed to my office through phone calls, emails and letters have been passed on to the Highways Ministry and they will follow up.
Another issue that has occurred affecting 700 patients in the South Okanagan is the loss of one of the Oliver Doctors as of April 1st. Despite months of trying to recruit a replacement there was no luck and patients were notified by letter.
I was one of those patients and after going to the same clinic for 30 years I was understandably shocked, at my age, to suddenly, be without a family doctor.
I have now gone through the online registration process with Interior Health and am on the waiting list for a new doctor along with everyone else affected by this change and everyone new who has moved to the South Okanagan.
The info for you to register was included in your notification letter. If you are having any difficulty in registering, please contact Patt in my office. Unfortunately, the doctor shortage is across the entire Province and not unique to the Okanagan and training new doctors is a long expensive process. Interior Health is developing a system of Primary Care Clinics that will provide a new way for people to access care by utilizing other Health Care Professionals such as Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses to provide care when appropriate.
The Legislature has resumed again in Victoria with the return of everyone to Victoria for the Spring Session. Unfortunately, the traditions we have come to depend on for stability in our Democracy are being undermined and challenged by groups of protestors who have no respect for the lives or livelihood of the rest of the people of BC. I have been in various positions politically for almost 18 years and this was first time I have been concerned for my safety.
Legislature Security is the responsibility of the Speaker. They were understaffed and unprepared for the protest even though it was a planned event. They did an exceptional job but help from the Victoria Police should have been requested sooner. My hope is that none of the people who work here at the Legislature will ever have to experience that kind of disrespect and threats to their safety ever again.
The Speech from the Throne was mostly a repeat of the Speech from the last two years. The Budget Speech also, did not address the need for targeted programs to support BC’s most important industries throughout the Province. I will convey any relevant details of the Budget to you as it gets sorted out.
Finally, a comment on ICBC. The proposed no fault insurance is not they answer to the problems being faced by ICBC and British Columbians. My Liberal Caucus has been advocating that more options should be made available for insurance in BC, not less, as the government has continued to raise the rates. It is true that a few of you have seen your rates go down but at the expense of our young drivers, and others, who have not had accidents but are being charged excessive rates, virtually making it impossible for them to afford insurance at all. The changes proposed will not take effect until 2021 and any monies promised to come back to drivers will not compensate for the increases they will have paid between now and then. I know there are a lot of opinions about ICBC but I believe there should be more insurance options for the drivers of B.C.
Unfortunately, there is yet another insurance issue that I would like you to email me about. I understand that affordable options for Condo/Strata Insurance is becoming almost impossible to obtain. If you are part of a Strata that is experiencing a considerable jump in costs or having difficulty in even obtaining insurance, please let my office know by email and we will follow up..
Finally, I hope you participated in one of the many Family Day Events throughout the beautiful South Okanagan/ Boundary/Similkameen.
The Oliver Curling Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020. We’re looking for a new logo that can be used for all sorts of cool stuff like hats, t-shirts, pins, in-ice logos, ads, and more. So we’re holding a contest to see who can “rock” the best logo!
Logos need to represent curling in Oliver and our 50th anniversary in some way. They should contain these words:
It can be a rough sketch or mockup. A logo company will make it into a final version for production.
Please send your logo design to email@example.com by Monday, March 2.
Curlers of the Oliver Curling Club will vote for the winning design, and the winner will receive a $50 gift card from Buy-Low and Foods … and fame for creating our new logo!
The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 14.
So, sharpen your pencils or crayons and “hurry hard” to get your ideas in!
The former treasurer of the Oliver Elementary School PAC plead guilty Monday to stealing from the Parents Advisory Commitee’s bank accounts.
Belinda Yorke admitted in B.C. Supreme Court in Penticton to a single count of theft over $5,000 between June 1, 2016, and June 11, 2018.
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She was charged in September 2019 following a lengthy investigation that police at the time said was triggered by a complaint that Yorke had misappropriated funds from the PAC’s bank account.
The probe involved the B.C. Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch.
Yorke is due back in court April 27 after completion of a pre-sentence report.
Source: Court records online and files from Penticton Herald
Deborah (Debbie) Charlotte Au
October 28, 1956 – February 20, 2020
On Thursday February 20, 2020, Deborah Charlotte Au of Oliver passed away peacefully at the Penticton Regional Hospital after a long battle with mental health and a short battle with cancer at the age of 63.
She was predeceased by her stepfather Henrik Hirschsprung.
Debbie will be fondly remembered by her loving family including mother Margaret Hirschsprung; her son Warren Au; daughter Chantel Au; grandson Micah; and friend David Lyon.
Debbie worked as a property manager and realtor in Alberta prior to her health issues. She was very involved in her community over her 29 years of living in Oliver. She volunteered at several organizations including Bateman house, Oliver Women’s Institute, and as an activity volunteer at McKinney Place.
Debbie enjoyed drawing, painting, writing lyrics, spending time with family and hosting Sunday dinners with her friends. She had a great sense of humour and loved to laugh.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm, Sunday March 1, 2020 at the Oliver United Church followed by a reception in the church lower hall.
Condolences & Tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Southern Okanagan – Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee (CSCP) based in Oliver
Recommendation: That the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee recommend Oliver Council to access supportive funding provided through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General to establish a Hub Table (CAST) for the south Okanagan.
February 24 – Town of Oliver councilors agreed with recommendation and asked staff to proceed with implementation
What is CAST? – Community Action Support Table – a multi-discipline concept of assisting people needing assistance in the community. Initial contact may be by first responders but quickly moves to a team approach.
Are there downsides to the CAST table? All positive, the table members need to be mindful of privacy to ensure confidentiality of the individual. Once the situation is determined to be an acutely elevated risk then all respective agencies meet and the individual’s personal information remains generic.
Do you see a table being brought to the south Okanagan or partnering with CAST in Penticton? CAST would be able to support a south Okanagan table at any time, does not see it as a challenge. Key agencies include IHA, School District, Ministry of Child Development, RCMP.
How long did it take for CAST to form in Penticton?
How could this committee keep the momentum moving forward and establish in the south Okanagan?
The CAST table received two-days of training and it does take a bit of effort to establish and for table members to be comfortable. The list of agencies involved will be forwarded to the Town of Oliver. It may be better for the south Okanagan to have their own table; sensing that the area is large enough to support. An invitation was extended to CSCP Committee to attend a CAST table meeting.
If establishing a south Okanagan table you may be able to bring agencies in by speaker phone if there is no local representative. CAST is committed to assisting in establishing a south Okanagan table. Expect that Penticton agencies would endorse south Okanagan agencies to participate in a local table.