33 in Ontario
25 in Quebec
To the south of us
In order to assess all opportunities to preserve critical PPE supply levels, IH’s largest acute care sites will begin the collection of used disposable N95 masks. These masks will be sterilized and stored as part of a provincial initiative for emergency backup supply to regular inventory.
The use of PPE, which includes all types of masks, is being reviewed at a provincial level to ensure we have adequate stock to ensure our staff is safe through the duration of this pandemic.
You may have heard Health Minister Adrian Dix say on the media briefing that one million surgical masks arrived yesterday and more PPE is arriving daily.
Interior Health to CBC News
Do you have a novel idea for Wednesday?
Many newspapers and media outlets like to have a bit of fun with a story or two hidden on page two but this year – maybe not a good idea….but
We do need something to brighten our days.
It is with regret that the board of H2H announces the cancellation of our ‘Drive to Provide’ fundraiser July 4 2020.
As we face this crisis together, we are hopeful that social distancing is working and that by July we will be in a different place! That being said, we couldn’t possibly ask our businesses while facing a major economic blow for financial support in terms of sponsorship and donations required to hold an event such as this.
We are grateful for the support of our communities and know you will be here for H2H in the near future!
Highway to Healing
When a writer picks up the pen the words find meaning and a direction that brings both nods of approval and a degree of criticism. That being said lets skip stones on troubled waters. Yes we are likely facing the most serious threat to the well being of mankind since the dawn of the nuclear age. In real time we are experiencing the opening chapter of a Sci-Fi movie and we determine the ending.
No we are not all going to die, but if we ignore the information and protocols a lot of people will. First lets strip the layer of sugar coating. Why do different governments adopt different measures?
Step by step governments are am-ping up restrictions to keep the public on side above the din of prognostication.
The most important message is we are in a war with an unseen enemy and it attacks the weak and strong, old and young. It attacks the diligent as well as those foolish enough to ignore the risk. The most dangerous are those who disrespect all the rules for they spread it indiscriminately.
Before we look at my report card of governments let me say the restrictions are there for a reason and each region of the country face different circumstances. East to West where are we?
Newfoundland has invoked measures to limit social activity and have arrested one woman for repeated violations as she has tested positive.
Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick are doing a good job for the problems they face.
Quebec is clamping down on what we would best describe as civil liberties. This is not draconian government this is action required when people refuse to listen while endangering the lives of others.
When it comes to the Ontario Premier, I disagree with his party on nearly everything. During this pandemic he has stepped up to the plate and has done a tremendous job. Credit deserved where credit is due.
Brian Pallisar Manitoba Premier, is showing incredible leadership and he is not afraid to show his sincere emotion at times.
Before addressing BC I think the one guy out of step Is Jason Kenney of Alberta. Yes he is facing five dollar a barrel oil but he came to power, claiming he could fix everything including what was not broken. He cut too deep to fast.
Lets look across the fence in our own backyard. To start with I applaud the BC Liberal Party and Health Critic Norm Letnick. Government and the Opposition are doing what they can. Yes the BC Government brought in sweeping emergency powers that in many cases overrides the Municipal governance. I for one have no problem with that in the short term.
The BC and Ontario Governments have brought in measures to curb gouging and black market resale.
I agree with what the Federal and Provincial Governments are doing. It is said by health officials this is the crucial week for flattening the infection curve. If it fails to stem the flow I hope they lock down everything except food and drugstores.
Let me tell you a little bit about the virus and what the greatest danger is. It’s a respiratory infection attacking the lungs. I have personally witnessed the passing of relatives who were frankly deprived of their last breath. Some suspension of powers and overriding some municipal powers is alright with me if it spares one unfortunate soul from such a terrible fate.
As for how is BC doing? I am happy to say the government is doing a good job. I am proud to say both the government and the opposition are working together in the interest of all.
Hopefully each student and family has been contacted by a teacher, principal or school official
The BC government offers this and ODN gives this link to any student or parent interested
Our neighbour to the south is having a hard time – the biggest problem in the world – next to China, Italy, Iran and other countries.
Here are some more facts – top ten
A note to my readership:
1. This is very serious
2. Canada is blessed with a good health system and vast distances between towns, tribes, cities and groups….
3. Our job is not to gloat but to isolate as much as possible with the belief this world wide situation that YOU cannot control or I CANNOT control – will come to end…. sooner than later we should hope.
4. Walk, breathe, drive, phone, internet it, keep in contact, wave, smile, stay positive – Mother Nature is our friend – respect her.
We all know a scenic hill for this?…..
We are not interested in speed but the best description of what is desired by ODN – then I will decide if anyone gets a bottle……
It seems to me that most people are singing the self isolation blues. The common complaint heard over the phone these days seems to be “I am so bored”. Most of us are at the ten or twelve day part of our fourteen days of staying isolated.
I agree it is really hard to find something to do to occupy us for days on end but we have to alter our thinking that we really need to be entertained to keep us happy. I think most of us spent the first few days at home by catching up on those jobs that we had been putting off for ages, the boring jobs of cleaning out closets of no longer needed items. arranging photographs in albums, doing some long awaited mending, in fact all those jobs that we put off because we have something more interesting to do.
My first few days at home I did a thorough house cleaning then I sorted my winter clothes and put them to the back of the closet, bringing spring and summer clothes nearer to the front, in the hope that I would soon be wearing them. I went though drawers and took a look at swimsuits that I put away last fall, hoping they would be in good enough shape to wear for another season. I swim almost every summer day so like several suits to alternate. Many of the ‘not too bad’ items of last fall look decidedly thread bare in the spring sunlight, so out they went.
One of my favourite pastimes are crossword puzzles, but they only entertain me for so long, so I took to playing solitaire on my PC, engaging for a while but after an hour of putting a red five on to a black six, it gets boring. I love to read but keep full length books for vacations when I can read for hours and not be interrupted, well I thought, this is a kind of holiday, so settled down to a book. Trouble with reading is it makes me drowsy so it was a couple of hours of reading then a ten minute nap. I did this several times through the day and found that I didn’t need to sleep at night. Laying there, wide awake in the dark is extremely boring, so after a couple of sleepless nights, I restricted my reading times to two hours in the morning.
I still need to walk my dog and do that twice each day. Down to the hike and bike trail, walk down to a bridge, cross the river and then walk back the other direction, through the park and back home. This takes me about forty five minutes then home for coffee. After dinner it is shorter walk then back in the house in time for Jeopardy, where I pit my wits against the contestants.
This sort of routine goes on day after day and I feel rather like a hamster on a wheel. My life seems so mindless, just trying to keep busy. How did our parents manage to live this kind of lifestyle right through two world wars? One of the reasons they were never bored was because they didn’t have time to sit around. Their laundry took all day to wash and then hang outside to dry. No machines to assist with this so quite often they would have to move laundry to and from the line to avoid the rain. All clothes were of man made materials that took forever to dry and then all needed ironing. Most husbands wore white shirts with collars that had to be scrubbed before laundering, then starching and ironing. No permanent press convenience for our moms, even handkerchieves were boiled, dried and ironed, and forget disposable anything. Laundry was a major chore.
Cooking meals was also a long chore, daily shopping because nobody had refrigeration, so meat, if available, was a daily purchase. This was supplemented with huge amounts of potatoes and veggies, to disguise the fact that the meat was of such minute quantities. In those days there was nearly always a steamed pudding for dessert, so the evening meal must have taken much of the afternoon to prepare.
Women of the forties didn’t have many labour saving devices and certainly no television to watch, but evening would usually see the whole family sitting listening to the radio, listening to a comedy show or some form of light music. Kids didn’t wander off to their own rooms to entertain themselves as the only heat would be in the kitchen or living room, the family spent time together until it was time for bed.
Our parents didn’t have much of anything but didn’t have time to be bored. In Europe sleep was quite often interrupted by the air raid siren, which meant a bombing raid by the Germans. Children were taken from their beds, blankets would be grabbed and the whole street would assemble in an air raid shelter, sometimes for an hour or two, sometimes for all night. The daylight would see them emerge and go back home, but sometimes their home was gone, destroyed by a bomb.
We are also living through a war, the enemy doesn’t bomb our homes but it can destroy our spirits if we let it. This state of affairs is very likely to go on for some time as each country battles with our common enemy. Instead of the military we have an army of doctors and nurses who are fighting a real battle. Instead of griping about being bored, lets see what each one of us can do to make life better for ourselves and those around us. We will come through this war, maybe not in the next few weeks but like any battle, it will end one day, so lets hunker down and get ready for however long it takes.
“Effective immediately, businesses with liquor primary licenses, such as bars, pubs and night clubs, must close as they are unable to adequately meet the requirements of social distancing.”
BC Public Health
In view of the Covid-19 pandemic and following direction from the Provincial Health Minister, OLIVER ELKS LODGE 267 is closed until further notice.
We will send out an email and posts on the internet when it is safe to resume operations. This includes the Sunday breakfast, meat draws and all social activities.
Elks Lodge Executive
You can contact us at
OLIVER ELKS LODGE #267
OLIVER, BC V0H 1T0
New pickup procedure developed in response to the CoVic-19 guidelines.
The Oliver Food Bank will be open on April 1 during regular hours to serve those in need who live in Oliver. On April 1, the Food Bank will be distributing larger quantities of food to last for 2 weeks. Clients should come prepared to take home larger boxes and/or bags of food than normal. Clients must show their Food Bank card through the window of the entrance door and then when directed to stand behind the red line which is 6 feet from the exit door to receive their food. Ensuring the recommended social distance from all others is necessary for the safety of all clients and volunteers. Anyone who has been out of the country during the 14 days prior to April 1 or has a cough, fever or other symptoms of illness or has been in contact with someone who is ill must not come to the Food Bank for the safety of all.
The Oliver Food Bank will be closed on April 8 but is expected to be open again on April 15 and every 2 weeks after that until further notice.
Julie Van Dusen
Oliver Food Bank
When I am tempted to complain about the inconveniences and destructive consequences of the current health and economic crises, I am wise to remember the following personal encounter during the year we were in Africa.
When my wife and I were in Kijabe, Kenya on a one-year short term mission, Yusuf was a student in one of my classes at Moffat Bible College. Some students would typically invite the teacher to come to their villages for a weekend. It would include visiting and preaching. I would gladly go every time I was asked, so when Yusuf invited me I agreed to go. I might have hesitated had I known the background to his story.
At age 12 his job was to be the goat herder for his father. The Pokot tribe Yusuf was born into was a nomadic tribe in a remote area of Kenya. Life was very difficult due to poverty, semi-desert conditions and tribal conflicts. Yusuf and 6 other goat herders his age were attacked by Turkana rustlers on horseback. The boys had spears, the Turkana had guns. Yusuf managed to hide under a bush. The other 6 were killed.
Understandably, Yusuf pleaded with his father to let him go to school instead of herding goats. His father refused because school wouldn’t make him a better goat herder. Yusuf didn’t want to herd goats – also understandable – so he ran away to a school run by missionaries. The father came to haul him back home but Yusuf fled again. This time the father threatened to kill him if he ran away again. “You won’t have to,” declared Yusuf. “I’ll just commit suicide.” The mother intervened and Yusuf got to go to school when a missionary agreed to pay for it. He started school at age 12 in a language (English) that he didn’t know. He stuck it out, graduated, became a Christian and was now (1992) a student a Moffat with the goal of going back to his tribe as a pastor. By this time the father’s attitude had mellowed.
Yusuf the Pokot, Biwot the Kalenjin, Dixon the Maasai and John the Kikuyu piled into my car. After the pavement and the gravel road petered out we drove through wilderness until the acacia thorn bushes prevented further progress. We passed a gravesite where Yusuf’s grandfather was buried. He was a Pokot hero for killing 100 Maasai enemies. I have a picture of Yusuf and Dixon shaking hands over his grave. We walked until we spotted beehive-shaped huts that served as this clan’s living quarters.
I say ‘clan’ because the father had 4 wives and a large family as you see in the picture.
Each wife had her own hut that she had constructed herself, a 2-day project each time they moved unless a previously built hut was still there. A tree branch cot with a goat skin was the bed, 3 stones served as the kitchen fireplace and a few ‘tools’ and a spear hung on the wall. Some metal cups and a plastic pail told me it was the 20th century, not the 15th. At the father’s command the whole clan gathered to listen to this white man, a rare guest. Some were visibly reluctant.
The idea of a Creator is generally accepted in these tribes so I briefly traced the story from creation to the cross, with Yusuf as interpreter. The focus was on God’s loving provision and forgiveness. There followed traditional expressions of thanks to the guest.
Then Yusuf and his brother brought a goat to me and asked if it was good enough. Puzzled, I said it certainly was but Yusuf decided to get a better one. There in front of me, while one person lifted the front legs, Yusuf plunged a spear into the goat’s heart, caught the blood in a bowl, and brought the goat to the women for meal preparation.
The men and some of the boys went for a walk where I saw a pond available to cattle and wild animals. This was the better source of water. A green algae covered the brown water in a slough that was the other option. The meal was delicious except for the chai made of tea and either goat’s milk or camel’s milk. I had seen the water source but refusing hospitality was a great insult.
Within one hour after the 6 hour trip back to Kijabe I became really sick for three days. I believe it was the Lord who kept me healthy long enough to drive back. There was no other driver.
Two weeks later I went on another ministry trip with a different student. I wanted to do what I could during the one year I was there.
Missing a wheel or two?
In Osoyoos – a stay at home project
Ok Ok, enough headlines.
This is the second time Adrian Zandvliet has come to the rescue of a beaver. This time at McIntrye Dam. In preparation to get the water flowing in April – all of the ditch and its infrastructure must be given the “eye ball”.
Thanks Adrian, a water operator, he spotted the creature and built a bridge for it to exit – which it did happily – into the sunshine.
Good job old chap
Obituary for the late
Katherine (Kitty) Walsh
The family of Katherine (Kitty) Walsh is both grieved and happy to announce her passing on March 23, 2020 at Sunnybank Centre in Oliver, British Columbia. We are saddened to lose our wonderful Mother, who was the rock of our large family, at the age of 94. But we are so happy to have had her with us for so long and to have been showered by her love, compassion and acceptance.
Kitty was born on October 25, 1925 in Razvela, Croatia. She came to Canada in 1929 with her mother and brother to join her father in the Smithers, BC area where she grew up. She met the love of her life Michael Joseph Walsh (Joe) in 1947 and they moved to Williams Lake, where Joe was the district agriculturalist. In 1957 they moved to Alberta, living in Bassano, Countess and Calgary, then moved to Golden British Columbia in 1961 where they owned and ran the downtown Walsh Mercantile general store. In 1974, they moved to their farm in Oliver, where they had a market garden for many years.
Our dear Mom meant something special to each of us. She loved her family dearly and supported us all. Mom was very service-oriented and capable. The Walsh home was always open; Mom was a wonderful cook and could whip up a pie in minutes. She gave generously of her time and material resources, both to family and friends. Many people have expressed how she had an effect on them with her sweetness and acceptance. She was a long-time volunteer canvasser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She gave generously to the Food Bank and often said that she did so because she herself had never had to put a child to bed hungry. At a later date, a celebration of her life will be held and we will all share our special memories.
Kitty was predeceased by her parents, Mike and Yvonne Mesich, her brothers Tony, Emil and Steve, her dear husband of 54 years Joe, and her oldest grandson, Michael Farley Walsh. She is survived by her brother Tom Mesich; her cousin Fanika Horvatincic; her sister-in-law Ruth Mesich; her sister-in-law Mary-Lou Mesich; her children Pat (Harry), Tom (Hilary), Coleen (Neil), Tanya, Mark (Shirley), Karen and Carmen; her grandchildren Isaac (Lisa) and Zara (Andy); Isaac, Ian and Dean (Kelsey); David (Kelli); Nate and Jayna (Mark); Andrew (Bethany) and Paul (Ahriane); Michael, Jessica (Sandy), and Erin (Brent); her great-grandchildren Sean, Keira, Cedar and Oakley; Hanna; Julian; Laila; Eva, Hazel, Ryder and Ruth; her longtime friend Betty Powell.
The family wishes to thank staff at South Okanagan General Hospital, Heritage House, McKinney Place and Sunnybank Centre for all their kindnesses and loving care of Mom. The siblings who live away want to thank the family in Oliver for their care of Mom over many years, especially our sister Tanya. For those who wish, contributions in her name could be made to the Oliver Food Bank.
Condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
The world has changed significantly over the past couple of weeks as we continue to deal with the health and financial implications of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Businesses of all sizes are struggling to cope and many employees and business owners alike are understandably concerned about their ability to make it through these challenging times. While you may not be able to control your income earning potential right now, there are many things that are still under your control.
In this column, I wanted to provide eight tips to help get through this crisis as best you can:
Stop consumer spending! As much as possible, you should cut down on any discretionary spending at this time. While bored at home in isolation, it may be tempting to cruise the web for online shopping deals, but this is the absolute last thing you should be doing right now. Any discretionary income should be directed toward debt reduction and building up an emergency fund.
Review your debt from all sources. Now is a great time to consolidate higher interest debts to a lower rate and make sure you’re paying as little interest as possible.
Much like debt, do a thorough review of all recurring monthly payments that you make. Are there any that can be suspended or cancelled? Are you still paying for that monthly gym membership? Do you really need to pay for Netflix, Amazon and Disney+ at the same time? Anything you can do to cut down your monthly carrying costs should be done right away.
If you are or are expecting to have trouble making ends meet, reach out to all your creditors and request temporary relief. Most, if not all mortgage providers in Canada are offering payment deferral and other such relief measures to those that need them. Make this call now instead of waiting until things are bad.
Consider setting up a line of credit type product if you don’t have enough set aside in your emergency funds. This would likely be far better than leaving a balance on your credit card or withdrawing (taxable) money from your RRSP account. Having said that, each person’s situation is different and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professional should be consulted to determine what source of funds makes the most sense for you.
Be extra vigilant for fraud or phishing schemes. It’s sad to say but there are many scammers out there working to take advantage of this situation. Watch your credit card and bank statements extra close over these next few months and report anything unusual right away.
If additional funds are available, consider investing more into the markets while they are down. While not an option for everyone, catching the inevitable rebound of the market is important. For those that are already invested and thinking of cashing out, remember that your losses are only realized if you decide to sell while the markets are down.
When possible, help out your fellow neighbours. Check in to see if they need help picking up groceries or with any other daily living activities. We are all in this together and it is times like this when the goodness of humanity can shine.
Finally, try not to panic. Blaming doesn’t help and dwelling on poor past decisions won’t either. Focus on what you can control and try to stay positive. Do what you can to help flatten the curve and keep your family safe and healthy.
Oh yeah and wash your hands!
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.
A few notable changes today
Ontario has more deaths from Covid-19 than BC
Quebec has more cases to analyze than both Ontario and BC
The U.S. has overtaken China as the country with the most confirmed cases in the world —of Covid-19 marking a new milestone in the fight against the global pandemic.
In Canada 161,603 people tested – 145,067 proved to be negative
Cases reported in Canada – 4018
Nova Scotia 73
New Brunswick 33
Other areas 13
Repatriated travellers 13
HE GREW UP POOR, BUT HE HAD FUN…CURLING, BALL, HE LOVED TO RUN!
THE FOURTH BOY IN A FAMILY OF TEN, LEFT SASK AT 17 AND THE ADVENTURE BEGAN…
STARTED IN A DAIRY, THEN ONTO CALGARY….WHERE MARGIE TURNED HIS WORLD AROUND!
HE ATTENDED S.A.I.T. AND STUDIED ELECTRICAL…WITH TWO LITTLE KIDS, OFF TO OLIVER THEY GO!
IN ’77, SOLAR ELECTRIC BEGAN… CAMPING, FISHING, GUITAR MAN!
WHICH GEORGE DO YOU KNOW? THE KID’S BALL COACH? THE LOCAL ELECTRICIAN? THE GOLFER?
THE CURLER? THE BALLPLAYER? THE CHURCH CHOIR TENOR? THE CLUB PRESIDENT? THE CRIME WATCHER?
THE GARDENER? THE FRIEND? THE NEIGHBOUR HAVING WATER FIGHTS?
DON’T STOP BY…..JUST GIVE GEORGE A “HONK” THIS WEEKEND WHEN YOU DRIVE PAST!!!
LOVE YOU DAD!!
TAMMY, MIKE AND FAMILIES!!!
COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall with MLA Linda Larson and the Interior Health Authority
Date: Friday, March 27, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: (Online) Team Okanagan Website — https://teamokanagan.com/
MLA Linda Larson In consultation with Minister of Health Adrian Dix, is inviting constituents and community members to join a virtual town hall with the Interior Health Authority (IHA) on Friday, March 27th at 6:00 PM
This will be moderated by Kelowna-Lake Country MLA and Official Opposition Critic for Health Norm Letnick who has issued the following statement:
“After much discussion with my fellow MLAs and taking direction from our community, I am pleased to invite you to join us in a virtual town hall with CEO and President of the IHA, Susan Brown and Chief Medical Health Officer for the IHA, Dr. Sue Pollock, on Friday evening from 6:00-7:30pm.
“All citizens are invited to join in, ask questions of our panelists, and get answers that we hope will help you and your families through these troubled times.
“Please join us on Friday and until then – Stay Safe. Thank you.”
What if I feel ill?
If you are sick, please stay home, rest, and avoid contaminating others. You should seek medical care as you see fit, just as you would with any contagious illness, but you may be directed to stay away from Emergency Rooms.
If you have reason to believe you have been, or may have, been exposed to COVID-19, you should remain at home, call 8-1-1 for advice and be prepared to self-isolate and monitor your health. Anyone returning from outside Canada is expected (this may become must) to self-isolate for 14 days.
To the residents of Oliver –
The safety and well-being of our community, including our staff and Council members, is of utmost importance to Town of Oliver Council. The Town is mandated to take our direction from the the Province of British Columbia and the Provincial Health Officer in remaining vigilant to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). New direction comes daily, such as the announcement this morning from Premier John Horgan and Minister Farnworth.
The Province has take unprecedented steps to support the COVID-19 response and I encourage everyone to follow the Provincial direction –
In brief, the Province has coordinate the response specific to the Supply Chain, Protecting Consumers, Enforcement, Travel, Protecting the Vulnerable, and Emergency Response Coordination. The Province has also directed the Town to activate its emergency plan.
On behalf of Council, I sincerely thank our community for remaining vigilant by adhering to the Provincial Health Officer’s orders in the interest of protecting our health and for those around us. I wish to acknowledge the tremendous work of our essential services, including health care workers, first responders, grocery store staff, pharmacy staff, and the many more that I may have missed.
I want to remind our residents that misinformation and rumours are not only irresponsible, but reckless and do nothing more than to drive fear in our community. I am in daily contact with Interior Health Authority Senior Administration and Provincial Ministers, and I can assure you that if there are any developments in the COVID-19 health emergency facing Oliver, I would be one of the first to have this knowledge. In the future, should I be notified of any significant changes to the COVID-19 health emergency I will make a public service announcement in conjunction with health authorities immediately.
It is vital for our community to continue providing services; in particular essential services – water and waste water services, fire, police, waste collection, cemetery services, and day-to-day contact with our customer service staff. Business continuity plans have been developed to ensure services continue during this pandemic. Even though the Town Office is closed to the public, staff can be contacted by phone or email to assist you with your questions.
We have increased our electronic tools to stay engaged with our community through our website, social media posts, and online feedback. Stay informed through:
Just like our outstanding community members, Council and staff are doing the best we can navigating through this uncharted territory. Remaining healthy inside and out is critically important to all of us, and during times of uncertainty we are stronger together.
The Town of Oliver Bylaw Enforcement Officer on request of the Province will be patrolling the Town and visiting local businesses to ensure the Provincial Health Officer Orders are understood and being adhered to. Specifically, ensuring that business that should be closed are and those that can remain open are practicing social distancing and safety of employees. Officer’s will be educating and following up to ensure PHO Orders are continued to be followed. The Province in the future may also use Bylaw Officer’s to enforce the PHO Orders through enforcement measures.
Please, take care of yourselves and each other as we adhere to the health orders. Do not forget about your neighbor, family and friends to see if there is anyway to help them with their daily needs, while at the same time please practice your social distancing – 2 metres or 6 feet apart.
Maybe not together, as much as in-person, we remain at your service. I have been so very impressed with our staff and I expect these times to be no different. I would also like to thank our community for doing your part to protect your health and that of your loved ones.
I will continue to provide regular weekly updates to the community to ensure you are receiving accurate and relevant information regarding the Town of Oliver and our response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Concrete supplied by Oliver Readi-Mix and concrete services by Silver Springs Concrete Services.
Town staff (Canal Crew) did all the preparation work for cleaning and getting the metal reinforcing in place prior to the concrete work.
Shawn Goodsell | Director of Operations
Town of Oliver
Vancouver-Metro HA 339
Fraser HA 218
Vancouver Island 47
Interior HA 46
North HA 9
64 in hospital of those 26 in intensive car, 183 have recovered and 55 Health Care Workers reported infected
Of the 14 deaths in BC 11 from Lynn Canyon Care Centre
BC now leads the country in deaths 14
Quebec is the darkest colour on this map with the most cases 1339
Our stats are from Health Canada.
Confirmed Cases Deaths in brackets
BC 659 (14)
Ont 688 (13)
Que 1339 (6)
Alta 419 (2)
Other areas 09
Sources: BC’s Centre for Disease Control, CBC Vancouver and Health Canada
McKinney Place – Long Term Care SOGH
16:45 pm Wednesday
Unit of Oliver Fire Department called to ascertain why alarms ringing in a ceiling/attic space.
Department on scene doing a careful check of all buildings. About a half hour of checking and notification to staff and a contractor to monitor the situation – all units departed.
ODN continues to serve and I know some will say – gee Jack you seem to be doing well in time of great turmoil.
Most of the above is true – or appears so. Oliver Daily News is in the middle of a ‘normal’ button renewal programme ……….but we changed our payment format prior to Covid-19.
So far about one third of advertisers have paid or agreed to renew soon.
To the remainder – just let us know your intentions – ODN ‘may’ not survive in a savage turndown of all business activity.
If you need help – we want to hear about it.
To the many businesses that have never advertised on Oliver Daily News – now is the time to develop new customers and a new relationship to ODN – ten years in business – 5000 readers a day and yup……… those number are climbing….. not falling.
To the readers, advertisers and supporters – even the lookie loo’s .
All the best.
Dear Thespians, Music Lovers and Entertainment Enthusiasts,
We wish to begin by thanking you all for your patience during this challenging time. We have been busy working with artists and promoters to reschedule events and contacting ticket holders with schedule changes.
Beginning next week, theatre staff will be working remotely, and the theatre will be closed. We will not be here to answer the phone, but during regular box office hours (Tuesday to Thursday from 10 – 3) emails and phone messages will be responded to. Inquiries can be emailed to email@example.com or you can leave a voicemail at 250-498-1626.
If you have requested a refund for a rescheduled show, or are expecting a refund for a cancelled event, we are working through these now and you will receive an email with your receipt once yours is completed.
Please continue to visit our website and check our Facebook page for the most up to date information regarding our event schedule. We certainly look forward to getting back to business as usual and hosting great events for the residents of the South Okanagan.
Leah and Aimee
Frank Venables Theatre
Dave Hanley – Vintage Car club presents $4000 to SOS Medical Foundation (John Moorhouse) outside the hospital in Oliver. Proceeds from their swap meets.
In the two previous years $7500 had been presented to help with furnishing the new Tower at the Penticton Regional Hospital.
Vintage Car Club of South Okanagan
The money we have raised from our swap last year in Oliver from our sponsors and ticket sales.
Our club consists of approximately 110 members husbands and wives and single people. They come from Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton, Summerland, Cawston, Keremeos & Princeton.
We get together on the last Sunday of each month for a meeting in OK Falls at the Senior Center.
We go on road trips, excursions and this year is our 30th Annual Swap Meet will be held at the Oliver Community Center in April.
An increase in spring home and yard cleaning has resulted in safety issues at landfills operated by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). This past weekend, there was a large spike in the number of people visiting landfills. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents are asked to use curbside until further notice.
If you are self-isolating or displaying symptoms of COVID-19, STAY HOME.
The Campbell Mountain Landfill has been especially busy. Lineups on busy days are stretching outside the landfill and blocking traffic. This affects landfill users, and residents who live near the landfill. For the health and safety of the public and to protect staff, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is requesting the following:
• Use residential yard waste collection. Most residential homes have bi-monthly yard waste collection. Please contact your local government for information or check your curbside calendar.
• Landfill Customers are asked to bring a credit or debit card for payment. Cash will not be accepted.
• If you are self-isolating or displaying symptoms of COVID-19, follow the order from the Provincail
Health Officer and stay home. This includes anyone returning to Canada.
“We understand many people are returning from their winter homes or sitting at home in isolation,” says RDOS chair Karla Kozakevich. “But an unnecessary visit to the landfill can place staff and others at risk.
Please listen to health professionals and follow self-isolation and physical distancing procedures.” If landfill attendance and the associated risks cannot be mitigated, the RDOS will need to consider increasingly restrictive measures for managing unnecessary exposure, up to and including closing the facilities to non-commercial customers. If additional actions become necessary, advance notice will be posted on the RDOS website and shared with local media. For now, all RDOS landfills are open during regular hours.
The South Okanagan Boy Scout movement is celebrating its 110th Anniversary this year. Scout Troops were first established in Summerland and Penticton by 1910, with Naramata following in 1912. During the years of the 1st World War, Troops appeared in Hedley and Keremeos, with Cawston not far behind.
The first Troop in Osoyoos was shortlived from 1922 to 1923, organized by the Reverend Elliot. Although there is limited photographic evidence that a Troop existed in Oliver in the mid 1920s, no documents have yet been found to supply further details.
In late 1931 the “Oliver Boy Scout Association” was created, with support from the community, churches and service organizations. The McNaughton and Ritchie families were heavily involved with this. That first year saw both a Wolf Cub Pack, under the guidance of Akela T.R. Joel-Taylor, and a Scout Troop consisting of 40 youths under the Leadership of P.C. Coates and Bob Hall.
While we have been able to locate and archive many documents and artifacts from the years leading up to 1972, there are still vast gaps in our knowledge. The towns south of Penticton were loosely grouped in a District known as Kobau or Okanagan Boundary. Very few written records are available, such as Minutes of District Council Meetings. In 1972, the Okanagan Boundary area was merged into South Okanagan District, stretching north to Summerland and Naramata. Extensive records of District meetings dating back to 1945 are in the Penticton Museum and Archives, and this includes Oliver, but only after 1972.
The late James Harper Mitchell first emerged as District Commissioner for Scouting in 1932. In 1935 he got further involved when he took on the additional role of Scoutmaster, with Carleton McNaughton and Ken Thompson assisting. And thus began decades of highly successful Scouting in the area. McNaughton took over the Scout Troop two years later, and would have a strong influence on the lives of countless boys not only in Oliver, but throughout the entire southern Okanagan.
In 1948, a former Oliver Boy Scout, Cyril Overton, stepped in to assist McNaughton. Two years later he became Scoutmaster, freeing up McNaughton to work on a larger stage.
Researching history can lead one in many directions. Study a picture, document or artifact long enough and often a story emerges. Sometimes we have been able to “repatriate” local items of significance that had vanished. In the early years of Scouting, as now, a Troop is divided into small groups, known as Patrols. At one time, each Patrol would have a Bugler, and Oliver was no exception.
Wesley Overton had a bugle upon his return from the 1st World War. It was played many times on Remembrance Day and at Scout Camps, and then it disappeared. Two years ago it showed up in Summerland, where it had been hiding in plain sight for forty years or more with no one aware of its historic significance. Scratched on the bugle is the following: W Overton World War I 1914 1918. On the opposite side the following is scratched into the bugle: Boy Scouts 1st Okanagan Falls. It was a well-travelled bugle, and its full story is not known. It has, however, found its true home in the Museum at the Oliver and District Heritage Society.
Gerry Lamb is the Interim Chair of a group of mostly retired adult Scouters who have spent nearly nine years preserving the history of Scouting in our municipal museums.
Photo by Lamb
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When it comes to confronting the Covid-19 crisis our society is facing it struck me today how the responses are exactly the same only different. Yes the above sentence makes sense. Think about it for a second.
During the Great Depression and WWII, our newsreel coverage was transmitted on reels in movie theaters. We had the news, the movies and even cartoons, while we ate our popcorn and drank soda pop. Today we have Netflix for movies, cartoon and news channels at home without going anywhere.
A couple of times in the past year I did features on the sad state of volunteerism. It was a sad commentary on how the ranks of community advocates were depleted. We still have a problem but there is an awakening of helpful hands. At present it is not well organized but the soul of grassroots movements are springing up. It is said in times of challenge and crisis it brings out the worst and best in people.
This again has proven to be true. Without a doubt several rolls of toilet paper ended up in the wrong greedy hands. Overwhelmingly the best of people has shone through.
In so many cases, the kids we have been critical of, are the ones doing the volunteering. In the east where it’s still winter they are shoveling the walks for seniors and keeping contact with those who are alone. I am hopeful that when this is over we will be more considerate of each other. We are learning money is important but money is not everything. Even politicians are doing their best to get along.
I believe people are beginning to understand the pace and practices we adhered to were unsustainable. What is scaring us into change, is mankind is beginning to understand just how fragile we are when confronted by the unseen powers of nature. Even with all the science we have we do not yet have an answer. The positive message is we will get through this together.
Testing in Canada
98,844 people tested and 86,800 showed no result
only 1377 proved positive
Deaths in Canada – 24
13 in BC – Most in one care facility
6 in Ontario
4 in Quebec
1 in Alberta
Number of Case files – 1646
Nova Scotia 41
Repatriated Canadians 13
World Deaths – selected results shown
Eerie feeling in near-empty chamber
Monday’s meeting had an eerie air to it, with only three council members seated at the table meant for seven.
Mayor Martin Johansen, Councillor Dave Mattes and Water Councillor Rick Machial were present in the chamber. Councillors Aimee Grice, Petra Veintimilla and Larry Schwartzenberger and Water Councillor Parminder Sidhu joined the meeting by telephone.
There were no members of the public the press in the gallery.
The distance meeting was part of the town’s response to the Covid-19 crisis, as was the scheduling of the meeting at 1:30 in the afternoon rather than the usual 7 pm.
Chief Administrative Officer Cathy Cowan told the webcast audience for the meeting that while the town hall remains closed, the town is open for business through telephone, email and regular mail.
Public input sought on closing Packing House Lane
The town will seek public input through its website and social media around the options for traffic patterns in the area between Oliver Place Mall and the BC Tree Fruits packing house.
Two main issues are on the table:
Several options were presented to council Monday, but a consensus arose that doing something as drastic as closing a roadway shouldn’t happen without public consultation.
The decision to at least begin the consultation on line was based on the social distancing regime necessitated by the Covid-19 crisis.
Whatever the decision eventually is, it appears the cost of the redesign project will be in the area of $1 million.
Planning begins for Oliver’s 100th anniversary
The town will donate $5,000 from its grant-in-aid budget to the Parks and Recreation Society to help fund planning for the 100th anniversary of Oliver becoming a municipality.
A letter from Parks and Rec quotes former Heritage Society executive director Manda Maggs: “The reason 1921 is significant and considered a milestone is because that is the year the post office opened, which officially designates it as a municipality for the purpose of the federal census.”
The $5,000 will fund 100 hours of the society’s events coordinator, which will be “required for engagement and coordination. … and (to) support the development of 2021 branding materials.”
The motion to grant the funding passed easily, with only Councillor Dave Mattes objecting that the society did not attach a budget along with its request letter.
By ROY WOOD
In the interests of protection against earthquake damage, Oliver council will invest over $150,000 to reinforce the structure of so-called “Flume 3,” which is part of the irrigation system.
Council heard today that a 2018 engineering evaluation found that “the flume was is good condition but would not withstand a seismic event when it was loaded with water and (was) rated as ‘seriously deficient’ in that category.”
According to a report to council from operations director Shawn Goodsell, the amount budgeted for the repairs turned out to be about $51,000 short of the eventual lowest bid — $158,240 — mainly because of unanticipated safety concerns and higher than expected materials costs.
He added that money is available in reserve funds to cover the shortfall.
Goodsell predicted that once the current Covid-19 crisis passes there will be a “mad rush” to get municipal projects underway and that it “would be prudent to do it now while the price is low.”
He added that in discussions with Greyback Construction, the low bidder, the firm indicated that if a re-tender were undertaken their bid would likely be higher.
Council voted to award the contract to Greyback for the “structural remediation” of the flume.
A flume is a human-made channel for water. Flume 3 is located on the Osoyoos Indian Band reserve just south of the industrial park.
By ROY WOOD
The folks in town works town departments will have to wait a while to get their hands on a half-million-dollar piece of high-utility equipment that does all manner of jobs in the water, sewer and public works areas.
According to a report to Oliver council from chief financial officer Doug Leahy, “Staff have highly prioritized the need for a Vactor truck to perform various tasks critical for efficient and effective operations of the public works department.”
Leahy assured council this afternoon that the needed $525,000 is available in various reserve funds and revenue from the provincial gas tax.
There was general consensus among councillors in favour of the Vactor truck purchase. But because of the financial and general uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 crisis, council voted to defer consideration of the purchase until later in the year.
Mayor Martin Johansen said the truck is “piece of equipment we should get or the town.”
He added, however, that the priority now is making sure the town has “the financial resources to deal with whatever we have to deal with resulting from Covid-19.”
“Being cautious is the best way to go right now,” echoed Councillor Petra Veintimilla.
According to Leahy’s report, a Vactor truck is a “specialized piece of equipment that has revolutionized the way public works is allowed to carry out routine maintenance of the town’s infrastructure.”
Some of the tasks a Vector truck can do include:
According to the report, the province offers a financing program that could be used rather than paying for truck in one fiscal year.
The Municipal Finance Authority program offers low interest rates and the ability to finance the purchase over up to five years.
Wayde, Lynda and Aiden received a message at 4:00am from the Canadian Embassy notifying them that they are coordinating flights with Air Canada and planes will be arriving in the coming days. Praying they get on one of them! – Gail Bariskill
Wayde Bliss, local resident, along with his wife and grandson stuck in Quito, Ecuador. When Marshall Law was declared there, though they were at airport with booked flight home, the airport was shut down leaving them stranded. Some private planes were taking Americans back to the States, and the cost per person was just under $10,000. He had asked for friends and coworkers to reach out to our MP to ensure their situation was captured. As of this morning, our PM is working on getting planes to South America. Between Monday and Wednesday, West Jet is doing 34 flights, but not exactly sure where. Please send your thoughts that they can be brought home sooner than later.
– Nancy Boutin
Picture of Wayde with Mayor Martin Johansen
“The gravity of the situation cannot be overstated, and everyone must do all they can to support our efforts – to break the chain of transmission and flatten the outbreak curve.”
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health
March 23, 2020