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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Curling Team Antunes Grant Request –
Council supported Team Antunes with $700.00 to aid in traveling costs to attend the U18 Curling Provincials in Parksville in mid-March. Tyler Antunes from Oliver forms part of this curling team, other members are from Kelowna and Summerland. The team had requested only an amount up to $500 with a total budget of of about $2500 for jackets, accommodation and travel.
Gallagher Lake Siphon Re-Routing Project (Low-Head Siphon) –
Council was provided a detailed update on the Gallagher Lake Siphon Re-Routing (Low-Head Siphon) Project. The report outlined works completed to date and those underway highlighting on the environmental assessments and permits, the three-phases of archaeology assessments and permits, land tenures, engineering design, and lastly the projected project award and construction.
TRUE Consulting indicated that the Negotiated Request for Proposals is scheduled for May – June 2020, RFP Review and Award June – July 2020, with the project construction set for November 2020 – April 2022. TRUE Consulting will have a full-time staff member on site overseeing the project during the construction period.
Transit Future Action Plan –
Council heard that BC Transit is facilitating the implementation of the 2020 Transit Action Future Plan in collaboration with municipalities in the South Okanagan Similkameen and the RDOS. The first phase is consultation with current and potential users of the transit system and an open house will be held April 1st at the Oliver Community Centre, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
As part of Phase 2 of the consultation process an online survey will be made available. Currently, Route 40 serves the south Okanagan with two stops in Oliver at Kootenay St./Co-op Avenue… and South Okanagan General Hospital.
Water Quality Summary Report for January 2020 –
Council heard that the water system is in winter mode. Oliver had a total of 59.8 mm recorded in precipitation in the month of January, according to Environment Canada the normal precipitation (1981-2010) is 28.7 mm.
The graph below shows the total snow received January 16th.
Development Permit (with variances) – 5931 Airport Street –
Council approved the Development Permit with variances) for 5931 Airport Street to decrease the required amount of amenity and open space from 40.02 m2 per dwelling unit to 14.5 m2 per dwelling unit and to decrease the required number of parking spaces from 72 to 51. Council considered the close proximity to amenities and increased on-street parking spaces in the area for the approval of this Development Permit (with variances).
Zoning Amendment – 6422 Main Street –
A Public Hearing for this bylaw amendment was held earlier in the evening, with 15 members of the public in the gallery. Council gave Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1380.12 third reading. The applicant is seeking a site specific zoning amendment to allow an eating and drinking establishment with a drive-thru food service. The proposed project consists of a two-storey mixed-use building with a 60-seat Dairy Queen on the bottom storey and four (two-bedroom) units on the second storey. The bylaw will be directed to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval. Adoption will be scheduled for a later meeting.
Town Solar Project –
Council received information regarding potential solar projects for the Town to help reduce its carbon footprint and for future implementation of green initiatives utilizing gas tax funds. In the 2020 Capital Budget, $44,000 has been allocated including $14,000 of CARIP funds to install solar panel on the roof of the Fire Hall. Council heard that the Main Public Works building and shop is an additional building that could be considered for solar panels, with a cost of approximately $100,000. This would not make the public works
buildings net zero but would offset power consumption/costs and would translate into a 16 year pay back time from investment, and reducing GHG by 0.14 tC02/year.
Source: rain graphic and other detail Town of Oliver, photo of Tyler by Dale Dodge
“The care home has been under an incredible amount of scrutiny since its ownership was taken over by the Chinese government.
The Summerland Seniors Village is one of 21 B.C. facilities owned by Retirement Concepts, a company purchased by China’s Anbang Insurance for $1B …..
In February 2018, the Chinese government seized control of the company and jailed its CEO for fraud.” – Castanet Feb 24th
Editor’s Note – the BC government has taken over the management of this privately owned facility in Summerland because of complaints and serious concerns about the level of care.
Five of the original formation group – Ernie Dumais, Frank Stariha, Janet Shaw, Bill Barisoff and John McCarthy
The Southern Okanagan Secondary School Enrichment Fund Society is celebrating its’ 25th year. A new donor board unveiled in the school library today along with group pictures, coffee and cookies.
Scholarships in the amount of $29 thousand to be awarded in June of this year to graduating students. The fund has assisted over 400 students through the years. 29 grads will be honoured this year.
The main fund raiser for the group is a golf tourney – April 4 and 5 – at Fairview Mountain Golf Club.
Avro Oil – ALC decision
For many years now Mr. Feeny and his companies Avro Oil, and EZ Outdoor Storage have been and still are outstanding members of our business community and good corporate citizens. During this time variances were needed as is often the case for business to meet regulations. Where these caused no damage elsewhere, fit the intent of the official community plan or could be supported as non-invasive these variances were granted. Unfortunately, the successes there created a sense of over confidence and entitlement.
As stated, Mr. Feeny is a successful business man and as such he knew that this property was within the ALR and that the ALC is very solid in not removing land from the ALR for anything other than purposes that directly support farm practices, an example being wineries which are commercial endeavor on farm land.
To claim to not be aware of this is equivalent to saying “the dog ate my homework “in short, a non-excuse.
By the argument given for this application should a winery fail and become noncompliant a developer would be able to remove the whole vineyard from the ALR and thus pave the whole property. Mismanagement happens in farm business also and that is not a reason for removal from the ALR.
As to the size of this property just south of it is a smaller piece of detached property that has been ground cropped for many years and was recently fenced for a different agricultural adventure. To the north a much smaller property was recently cleared and planted. The increasing value of farm land has made small properties increasingly attractive to farmers. Some farms now have a large number of small properties either leased or owned in their portfolios.
As for the being “tossed under the bus” I don’t believe that disagreeing with another person’s opinion is tossing them under the bus. Had I been asked prior to the building of this “shrine” my reply would still be the same; I could not support removing this property from the ALR.
The application was not supported by the APC or myself but Mr. Feeny did make a compelling enough argument at the RDOS board to get a plus one vote and that was enough to send this application to the ALC for their decision. Had the board been the final word it is conceivable that the outcome would have been different.
Too say that this was an altruistic endeavor for the good of the community is untrue. This was a for profit endeavor that was undertaken in advance of permitted use being granted.
This was a serious and costly mistake caused by a sense of overconfidence. The post mortem is an attempt to blame others for this mistake.
As to the timetable for rectification had a request been made to me for an extension, I would have supported that as I can see the difficulty in the time frame given.
Rick Knodel, Rural Area Director
RDOS Area C – Oliver
Each pickup location will pay $42 a year for at least six years.
This option puts the onus on the waste contractor to do maintenance to the system not the Town.
Recycle BC is requiring that the Town go to a pickup of recyclables without the use of plastic(Blue) bags by July 1st of 2020.
Council voted in favour with Councillor Brian Harvey voted “No” – saying recycling is an option and he didn’t think the extra fee is fair.
Source: Graphics from Town of Osoyoos and video coverage
On Thursday, February 20, a stay of proceedings was enter in BC Supreme Court….
Gregory Stanley Nield had been set to be re-tried for allegations he assaulted his psychiatrist at Penticton General Hospital 6 years ago.
Nield was set for retrial on the matter in which he confronted Dr. Rajeev Sheoran on Dec. 5, 2014, only minutes after the two were left alone in an interview room.
Following a conviction in 2017, Nield was sentenced to 30 months’ probation, conditions of which required him to complete community service hours and have no contact with Sheoran.
The retrial was order by a higher court.
Now…..B.C. Prosecution Services dropped the assault charges “after further information was received by the prosecutor (who) concluded the charge approval standard could no longer be met,” said spokesperson Dan McLaughlin. “In these circumstances a stay of proceedings is the appropriate course of action.”
Source: Court records and files from Penticton Herald
o $11,900,000.00 capital requirement to design and building new ground water treatment facility, required water system upgrades and universal water metering.
Necessary commitment from the community of approximately $5.3 million; this includes the cost of metering as well as the community’s 27% financial commitment
o Re-assignment of $400,000.00 capital planning budget
o Universal Watering Metering will be supported solely from community funds; borrowing, reserves, operating capital at a cost of $2,800,000.00 included in $11.9M project.
o Installation of water lines under Osoyoos to increase capacity for distribution and raw water systems from the east to the west at a capital cost of $1,000,000.00 (also included in the $11.9 million noted above)
Future Operating Requirements once Phase one (1) is complete
o $65,000 per year toward capital reinvestment; reserve establishment.
o $270,000.00 in annual operating expenses; two new water/wastewater operators as well as general Operating &Maintenances expenses.
The Town will need to take steps that result in manganese removal in its domestic water system in the near future as Health Canada has deemed its presence in drinking water as a health concern in amounts that exceed guideline values. Manganese in drinking water has long being identified as an aesthetic concern because it can discolour drinking water, affect taste and stain laundry and plumbing fixtures and there has been an aesthetic objective value established for that too.
Manganese removal will work towards meeting or exceeding both guideline values for Osoyoos’ drinking water. The Town had been considering Osoyoos Lake as a domestic water source due to capacity constraints between the east and west sides of the community. This capacity issue made the feasibility of ground water treatment potentially economically comparable to a surface water treatment system; thus an interest in developing a surface water intake and treatment facility as an alternative emerged. With the following statement with regards to the interconnection of the east and west sides of the community water system, we can now move back toward ground water treatment as a feasible supply and treatment option. To address those capacity constraints without using lake water additional water lines interconnecting Town wells and future treatment facilities on both sides of Osoyoos Lake is required. Until very recently the necessary Provincial Crown land tenure to permit that work was not forthcoming due to a lack of support from the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB).
The OIB has indicated their approval for the necessary tenure and with that approval the use of lake water is no longer deemed necessary or desirable at this time. The OIB will be actively involved with the Town as this project progresses and any necessary archaeological investigations and permits will be obtained as required.
The Town will be looking for grant funding to assist with the capital requirements needed to design and build one of the two water treatment facilities as well as the associated water main upgrades in 2020 through 2023. The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) Green Infrastructure – Environmental Quality Program assists communities with 73.33% funding for water and wastewater related projects including projects that provide increased access to potable water.
Motion to apply for grant funding agreed to by all on council.
Clean up our world!!! Get rid of pollution!! Recycle!!
These commands seem to be the new watchwords of our society and, I think, most people are doing a little something to try and solve the problem.
Most of us do our bit at recycling. Our garbage collection encourages us to separate our discards into recyclables and garbage. Supermarkets now have to charge for plastic grocery bags, in an effort to get us to carry our own reusable shopping bags, like grandma used to do and, many of us are doing this on a regular basis.
In grandma’s day, everyone had a big basket and a big bag, one for each hand as nobody had a car to ride home from the store in. The basket was usually for potatoes and vegetables, the bag for dry goods. Worked well and everybody knew the system. It wasn’t meant as recycling it was just the way things were. Once you got the groceries home, everything went into it’s own bowl or container, where it stayed until used.
At Christmas, one of the standard presents to give to a senior or to another family was a tin of biscuits, or cookies, as called here. The tins were usually beautifully decorated with a country scene or an Olde English Thatched Cottage. The tins were treasured and kept forever.
As a child, most sweet items were home baked but biscuits were usually store bought, the only home made ones were shortbread or ginger snaps, and these were usually only made around Christmas time. Store bought biscuits were the usual and these were weighed out at the grocers, put into a paper bag and kept, at home, in a tin.
Apart from cold cereals, like corn flakes or shredded wheat, most dry goods were weighed out and put into paper bags. All our local shops used a standard one pound bag, with a little cellophane window, to show the contents. Some stores got creative and wrote the contents on the bag or even splurged on a rubber stamp.
Plastic had not been invented yet, neither had egg boxes, so eggs, like everything else, were carried home in a paper bag, carefully balanced on the top of the dry goods. Veggies were placed on top of the potatoes without wrapping and were usually kept, in the basket, in a cool place until use.
This state of affairs continued until plastics and nylon became part of our daily life. The public took to plastics with open arms. It was lightweight, unbreakable, washable and airtight, in fact a modern miracle. Not too long after came Tupperware and most housewives adored the neatness of their kitchen with all dry goods kept in matching containers. Other, cheaper plastics were made into similar containers and suddenly kitchens became neat, clean and insect proof. No nasty mites hatching out in the oatmeal!
If things had stayed this way maybe the world would still be relatively tidy and our oceans not being used as a huge garbage dump. However, gradually corner shops were replaced with supermarkets and imported food became popular. With this came the pre-wrapped goods we know today. Suddenly store shelves were filled with plastic or wax coated cartons, in an effort to extend the shelf-life of foodstuffs.
That was the beginning of the end. Since then, life has become one huge garbage dump of leftover packaging. Packaging has become a nightmare of several kinds of plastics wrapped round almost every item. Once we get our groceries home, most of us then repack them into containers in our fridge and cupboard, and, out go the plastic bags into the garbage.
We can purchase or make mesh bags to put our salads and veggies in, I find these helpful and can just go into the fridge with the contents safely inside. These bags go in the washing machine so are hygienic. I made myself fifteen out of a net curtain purchased for $2 at the Kiwanis market, no drawstring needed, I just fold them shut, makes plastic bags quite unnecessary.
The problem is with the goods that come already packaged and, in some cases, over packaged. If companies are going to insist that they foist all this unnecessary packaging onto the consumer, then I feel we should be able to take all the extra stuff back to the supermarket to deal with. If shops were forced to take back packaging, they would soon demand the producers to find a different way of dealing with the waste.
I honestly do not feel it is my responsibility to handle all this waste and its disposal. I am paying too much for the item in the first place, so don’t see why I should spend my time having to deal with the packaging.
We as the consumer have to try and make things change, big business is not going to spend money on improving packaging unless we demand it. Buy more simply packaged items, complain to management about over packaged goods and let them know we want to clean up our world. It starts not with the disposal of plastics but with the producers of the packaged goods.
No Charge for Love
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups and set about nailing it onto a post on the edge of the farm. As he was driving in the last nail he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy. “Mister,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.”
“Well,” said the farmer as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck. “These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”
The boy dropped his head for moment. Then, reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it out to the farmer. “I’ve got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?” “Sure,” said the farmer. With that he let out a whistle. “Here, Dolly,” he called.
Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up.
“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He’ll never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.”
With that, the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg, attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see, sir, I don’t run too well myself and he will need someone who understands.”
With tears in his eyes the farmer reached over the fence and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy. “How much?” asked the little boy. “No charge,” answered the farmer. “There’s no charge for love.” The world is full of people who need someone who understands.
Love it! (Author unknown. If you know, tell me who it was. With no name, place or date this has the marks of fiction, but even so, it’s a great story.)
The Ambrosia apples we purchased in Palm Desert, California. It was surprise to see these apples for sale in Stater Brothers, a local grocery chain. Price $1.25 USD*
There are so many Washington apples but interesting to see some B.C. ones, too!!!
Best wishes from the sunny south.
“On the road again
Like a band of Gypsies we go down the highway
We’re the best of friends
Insisting that the world keep turnin’ our way”
BACKGROUND: The South Okanagan-Similkameen Transit Future Plan was adopted by the RDOS Board in April of 2015, in consultation with several stakeholders, service groups and the public.
This plan guides and prioritizes future investment in the transit systems, sets ridership targets, identifies key transit corridors and identifies the fleet, service hours and infrastructure needed to support the transit network. Transit Future Plans support local and regional land use objectives and decision-making. Transit Future Action Plans are conducted every five years following a Transit Future Plan (TFP) to refine those transit priorities and to guide transit decision making over the next 5 years for the transit system. Given that it has now been five years since the Transit Future Plan was adopted, BC Transit is facilitating the implementation of the 2020 Transit Action Future Action Plan with the collaboration of municipalities in the South Okanagan Similkameen and the RDOS.
The project scope will include itemizing the (TFP) progress to date; identifying and prioritizing transit service and infrastructure options; and building on relevant local plans and policies. The first phase of the consultation for the plan will begin in early March with an on-board customer satisfaction survey to gather feedback directly from the users of the system. The second phase of consultation will begin in early April, which will include open houses throughout the South Okanagan Similkameen to gather input from current and potential users of the system. An open-house will be held on April 1 at the Oliver Community Centre, from 8:30am to 10:30am.
An online survey will also be included in the consultations for phase 2. A presentation of the draft Transit Future Action Plan priorities to elected officials of direct partners for endorsement (in our case to the RDOS) will be completed this summer with the Transit Future Action Plan completion scheduled for fall/winter 2020. Currently, Route 40 (Osoyoos/Penticton) runs two times a day, with pick up in Oliver at 7:35am and 12:50pm from the Kootenay/Co-Op and Oliver Hospital stops.
These busses return later in the morning and afternoon. A PDF map has been attached showing the routing and stops. Some of the questions to be discussed during the engagement sessions are:
• should a local Oliver service be created? What would the route look like, where would the stops be, and at what frequency?
• should services be increased between Oliver and Osoyoos? • should the Route 40 bus (Osoyoos/Penticton) be increased to four trips during the week rather than two?
Should a Saturday trip be introduced?
The RDOS has approved their portion of funding to expand the two midday trips on the Route 70 Penticton/Kelowna to operate every weekday starting in September 2020, and planning work is currently underway for this expansion.
This will mean that South Okanagan Transit riders will be able to access the transfer bus to Kelowna in Penticton Monday through Friday.
Source: Report to Council – Town of Oliver
The pipeline blockade is into its second week and the signs are the demonstrators are losing momentum. There are some good reasons for that. The organizers lost control of their own agenda.
While it was a pipeline blockade that was the central issue it had cautious support in many parts of society. Then blocking the rails became the weapon of choice and the would be environmental movement went silent. It is now perceived as a bunch of lawless people without a sense of direction being disruptive.
The perfect plan would have been to have the police use a heavy hand and have the situation escalate to rail and others areas. What has happened is the escalation started without provocation.
It is not a case of the steam blowing out of the movement it is a case of people losing sight of their objective and overplaying their hand. The government didn’t pit them off against each other they have isolated themselves. As a spectator with some knowledge of how these things work, I was convinced by Wednesday they did themselves a disservice.
I remember a couple of times when a small group within the organization I represented wanted to block a bridge to protest.
My approach was to negotiate a better deal in a less confrontational manner. It proved to be far more productive.
For what its worth, yes decades ago I did spend time on a picket line. In another situation I was a general manager as well. Problems don’t get solved overnight. When things heat up both sides let the situation play out with a strike or blockade. It is far better to have a blockade than a potential violent confrontation.
The problem here is the demonstration and blockade has lost its focus and relevance and it is time to end all blockades and it is also time for the government and companies to talk to the hereditary Chiefs something they did not properly do in the first place. It should also serve as a thought provoking question. What does in the public interest really mean? How much clout should government and corporations have to bend the will of the people who are affected at ground zero when these decisions are made? I believe it was Dave Barrett who once said. Opinions vary depending on who’s ox is being gored.
Just how liquid are your investments? If you don’t know the answer to that question, it’s time to find out.
Many people evaluate their investment options by how much return or growth they can reasonably expect and don’t look at other important factors. In addition to asking how safe your investments are, you should also be asking how liquid they will be.
The definition of a liquid investment is “an asset that can be converted into cash quickly and with minimal impact to the price received”. For an asset to be considered liquid, it needs to be bought and sold in an established market with enough participants to absorb the sale without significantly impacting the price.
So why is the liquidity of your investments so important? For one, if it cannot be easily sold or if your money is “locked in” somehow, you may not be able to access it when you need it. If there is not enough volume to absorb your intended sale without impacting the price, you may be forced to either hold onto something you no longer want or alternatively sell the asset for less than it’s supposed to be worth. Either, or both of these issues, can have a significant impact on your investment portfolio’s value and your income needs.
To help illustrate how the lack of liquidity can be an issue I’m going to highlight a couple of examples:
A client had RRSP holdings in a Mortgage Investment Corporation (MIC). When the client turned 71 he had to convert his RRSP to a RRIF. Every year he receives a T4RRIF for the RRIF minimum, which he must withdraw. However, he does not actually receive the money, but instead the organization does an in-kind transfer to a non-registered account in his name.
He has repeatedly tried to cash in the investment but there is no money available to pay investors. He is left holding an investment that he can’t access, never receives an income from and has to pay taxes on.
Another example is an ill-fated development project is in the South Pandosy area of Kelowna. Several individuals “invested” $200,000 of their hard-earned money in 2011 to buy a “bond” to help finance this joint residential and commercial development. After the original developer ran out of money, a second developer took over.
While they had expected to be paid back roughly $250,000 in March of 2013, the second developer also failed to finish the project and it ended up in front of the courts. 20 months after they had expected to be repaid, the courts finally accepted a lowball offer from a third developer to take the project on.
Where did this leave the investors who’d each put in $200,000? You guessed it; they were too far down the list of those owed money and ended up with $0.
If an investment looks too good to be true it probably is. Think of a MIC invested in mortgages that pays the investor 10 per cent per year and claims to be in “safe mortgages just like yours”. What do you pay in interest on your mortgage, maybe three per cent? The math just doesn’t add up…
So, what should you learn from all this? In addition to researching what type of returns you might earn and how risky an investment is, make sure to also ask how liquid it will be. Your hard-earned money needs to be safe, secure and accessible when you need it – and there is no reason why you should accept anything less!
This column is brought to you by Michelle Weisheit CFP, IG Wealth Management and presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Please contact your own advisor for specific advice about your situation.
Application Type: Conduct a Non-Farm Use activity within the ALR – 3 legal lots 2.5 hectares
Refused – Recently ALC said all of the land must be restored with soil taken away and that the land cannot be used for storage and the owner had until the end of this month to clear it.
The ALC has now extended that date till June.
What is the purpose of the proposal?
To have an outdoor storage facility on this small highway frontage property.
The entire property is ALR
Does the proposal support agriculture in the short or long term?
This is a very small piece of property located in primary residential area. There is a need for outdoor storage in our area.
Land Use of Parcel(s) under application
Quantify and describe in detail all agriculture that currently takes place on the parcel(s).
The property housed a mechanical shop and single residence for years. Prior to that a convenience store.
Quantify and describe in detail all agricultural improvements made to the parcel(s).
No agricultural improvements have been made. There isn’t water to the property.
Quantify and describe all non-agricultural uses that currently takes place on the parcel(s).
Letter to Publisher:
Noticing by showing
Boughb is an odd duck. He notices that the sound of ‘bough’ in the word bought sounds like the middle of his name, Bob. So he starts spelling his name Boughb. Yes, an odd duck for sure thought Mary. Mary started to bug him about that and would spell his name Boughbb to represent Bobby. Not well received. And not to be outdone, he came back with Boughb Beigh. Mary admitted that was a gotcha
Boughb says he is a pro at noticing. That is another way to say that he is a present moment person. Mary says that Boughb does not notice everything. That would be impossible. He chooses what to apply his attention to and is then vigilant about it. That is what Mary noticed. Paying attention to noticing one thing almost shuts down all noticing of other things. That was a gotcha for Mary. Boughb just said ‘oh…’
Boughb was growling around the kitchen. “What’s going on?” asked Mary. “I thought my car was so awesome and so unique and since I picked it up yesterday I have started seeing the exact same car, even the same colour, everywhere. Ahhhhhh!”. Mary nodded, waited a bit, and then explained, “that is your Reticular Activating System doing that.” “Wha…?”, was all Boughb could manage in response
Mary was tired of being just Mary. She wanted a fancied up version like Baughb. So she decided to start noticing the sounds of syllables, something that most people would not put attention toward. “I like the word ‘fair’ and how that sounds like the first part of Mary”, she said out loud. Lots of syllables sound like ‘e’ and Boughb had taken the sound of Leigh. What about in the first syllable of Beatrice. Ha!
Mairea was delighted to spell her new name out loud every chance she could. So it might be true that ‘noticing’ can find us anything we want? It birthed Mairea for Mary. Very exciting. Those syllables were not manufactured by the Universe because of her noticing quest. They have always been available but Mairea had never given effort to noticing them. Her world was brand new by just noticing.
Time 11:20 pm Thursday
Location: Black Sage Rd (bottom of the hill – Louie Corner)
What: Discovered by a security company driving by – wood pole barriers on fire at the former entrance to back road at river. Report of gasoline or some type of liquid accelerant used to promote the fire.
Police requested to attend, Oliver Fire Department cleared the scene 37 minutes later.
No injuries, damage limited.
Vandalism? or something else.
EMS, police and fire department on scene
Southbound traffic being diverted at Tucelnuit Drive and Leighton (Update full traffic restored at 3:15)
Those in vehicle not thought to be seriously injured
Vehicle apparently northbound went off the road at a wide bend shearing off pole and proceeded north again but ending with front facing south as seen in pictures