Archives for April 2020
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I made the difficult decision in the third week of March to not produce the events in Oliver this year. The utmost of concern was bringing in 1500+ athletes, families and spectators to the Oliver community and potentially overwhelming the community’s health care resources that may have already been stretched with the current situation.
With such amazing support year over year from the community with volunteers, we were concerned with the potential extra exposure that this may bring the town. Our athletes have also faced training challenges with facilities being closed, with safety at the forefront when we make decisions, we just couldn’t risk the health and safety of our host community, volunteers, athletes and crew.
The Town and Parks and Rec were notified early on and obviously understand the decision, which was reinforced not too many days after it was made by BC’s medical officer of health issuing the mandate to not allow large gatherings for the foreseeable future.
You can read our full announcement here: http://www.dynamicraceevents.com/covid-19-update/
We are already planning our return to our favourite venue in 2021!
Organizer | Owner
Roderick Flavell, 62, was released by Judge Michelle Daneliuk Thursday on a recognizance according to the BC Prosecution Service.
Flavell is accused of manslaughter in the death of his 61 year old spouse Tina Seminara.
On April 8. She was rushed to hospital after being found by RCMP severely beaten at their Osoyoos home, and died nine days later.
Conditions of Flavell’s bail include obeying a nightly curfew, restrictions on alcohol consumption and limits on possession of weapons.
Flavell is due in court again July 22.
Why do we need TFW’s (Transient Fruit Workers) and Quebecois to reap our crops?
Locals will not work in the hot sun for up to 60 hours a week with no over-time pay and paid minimum wage. Somehow, those that refuse are labeled lazy. Most jobs are self explanatory, so why don’t you, yes, you that is now reading this, go make a few extra bucks out on the farm. We, as a society, expect others to do this work so that we, who all make more money than these labourers, can purchase fruit and vegetables more cheaply and keep the farms viable.
If these workers are therefore so important to our way of life, why are they treated like crap. Hard, laborious work is worth zero, but if you invest money from the comfort of your armchair, the govt will only tax half of your profits as capital gains. WTF (Where is Tne Fruit?)!?
Work is to be an offer (wages, job to be done, etc) from the employer, and a voluntary acceptance of these conditions by the employee. Unfortunately, as wage slaves, the employees agree to these conditions due to a lack of better options. Is this then the foundation of our society? Those without an education, regardless of reasons (inferior intellect, personality incompatibility, life choices, etc), are to blame, yes blame, for their own living hell, and deserve to work in this endless loop of despair so that we may have cheap products to buy as our own wages have not kept up with inflation.
We, the working class, are all in the same boat, but the ruling class keeps us continually at each others throats so that the status quo of their life of luxury is not negatively affected. Like it or not, you too feel that you are above doing this manual labour on the farm, and voluntarily do the work of the elites to ensure that you remain one of us with options, and not on the other side of the line comprised of those without.
PS Editor’s note – are you in the “ruling class”? – do you own your own home, walk with confidence and that there is gold in the basement?
I don’t have the answer or all the answers I just think we need to talk a bit more about what what is the right direction – shall it leave it here and hope for intelligent responses.
A message is broadcast, published in a newspaper, heard on radio, seen on television. etc. etc.
You get it!
For the dozens of businesses who support ODN
For the many that do not – here is the challenge.
Try Oliver Daily News – ask for a rate card and advice on how to get the biggest bang for your buck in the days ahead when the economy starts to re-bound.
Young fellow advertising his work said today – “I asked for 3 ads – you gave me 4. After the first ad I had a lot of inquiries and business that sure paid for the ad.”
Advertising does work – if you can get someone to do it for free – all the merrier – but both newspapers and web sites competing in this market need your faith, trust and “your cheque in the mail”
It works. At Oliver Daily News – I like to say no guarantees are given. Some advertisers have been supporting ODN for ten years. They know.
It must work.
Mayor Martin Johansen – Town of Oliver
Under the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is the lead coordinating agency in the provincial government for all emergency management and business continuity activities.
EMBC is working with local governments, First Nations, federal departments, industry, non-government organizations and volunteers to provide provincial support and information in-order to ensure the province is best positioned to effectively respond to COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Town of Oliver would like to thank Emergency Management BC for the funding provided to the Town’s Emergency Operations Centre for the following activities in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Porta Potties (for domestic farm workers and vulnerable population). Funding is for 2 months (Starting May 1 – June 30). Porta potties with hand washing stations will be installed at the Town owned lot on Main Street, Visitor Information Centre and empty lot on Station Street (adjacent to the Food Bank).
Bilingual Signage will be installed in parks, ballfields, beaches, hike & bike etc. that speaks to social distancing and where to call if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Bylaw Enforcement (park ambassadors) hired for the month of May (7 days a week, 7 hour shifts) to patrol parks providing education on social distancing, not to gather in groups and disinfecting surfaces.
In addition and in preparation for activities related to spring freshet, sandbags have been delivered to the Public Works Yard , Firehall and the Fairview Mountain Golf Course.
Public Works are monitoring creeks daily (Wolf Club Creek, Tin Horn, Hester and Testalinden) and are ready to respond as necessary. Currently Okanagan Lake has hit the targeted low pool and is now increasing about 1 cm per day. There are no concerns for Skaha Lake, Vaseaux Lake or Osoyoos Lake at this time.
Note to Town of Oliver staff
Wolf Cub Creek
are the names most familiar to local residents
Not Wolf Club Creek, or Testalinden Creek
SPECIAL OPEN MEETING
· Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1364, 2020 was read three times and adopted. The Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw 1361 was adopted by Council April 6th, which included a 2.98% increase to the municipal portion of the property taxes. At the direction of Council, the Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw 1364, 2020 was presented for Councils consideration and reflects a zero percent increase in the municipal portion of property taxes. The changes to the Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw allows for a zero percent increase in the municipal portion of property taxes and are referenced in the report from Jim Zakall, Director of Financial Services. The Order of the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General under the Emergency Program Act, Ministerial Order No. M083 states, “Despite section 135 (3) of the Community Charter, a Council may adopt a bylaw on the same day that a bylaw has been given third reading.”
· Tax Rates Bylaw 1363, 2020 was read three times and adopted. The Tax Rates Bylaw 1363, which included a 2.98% increase to the municipal portion of taxes was brought forward for Council consideration on April 20th. Council directed staff that due to the COVID crisis they wanted the municipal portion of taxes to remain consistent with the 2019 amount. The 2020 Osoyoos Tax Rates Bylaw is in line with the revised Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw 1364, 2020 and includes a 0% increase in the municipal portion of property taxes. The due date for 2020 has been set to September 30th, with a 5% late payment penalty to be charged on any outstanding current taxes after the due date and a further 5% applied on the outstanding current balance December 31st.
Kane Blake of the Okanagan Forest Task Force says “illegal dumping is on the rise at the moment and growing fast. “The task force’s goal is simple, working to keep our forests clean and to bring public awareness to the issue of illegal dumping and it’s impact on forested areas.
Blake attributes some of the new dump sites to people hiring non reputable haulers during their spring cleaning. Another possibility is because of Covid19 many more people are home doing more cleaning and the line ups the landfill are far longer then they usually are this time of year. “We have been doing more yard work recently and spent about 35 minutes in the line up just last week.” Blake says. He says “A simple Facebook search shows lots of people looking to hire people for Dump Runs but the real question is how much of it is actually making it to the landfill.”
Blake would like to tell people if there going to hire someone to take your stuff to the landfill please keep the names and conversations as well as proof of payment. This way if your information is found in a dump site you can possibly help to prove who dumped it. “We need to start holding people accountable and not let them think this is ok to do.” Blake says.
The group is hoping to get back to clean up’s even if they are just small ones “I just hate to see our beautiful forests turning into landfills from ignorant people being too lazy to go to the landfill.” Blake says. Kane and a couple members of the task force will continue to travel the back roads and document all the spots they find.
By ROY WOOD
The Loose Bay campground for itinerant farm workers will open on Friday under new leadership after the society that formerly ran the place dissolved itself and passed responsibility to the regional district and assorted fruit growers’ associations.
Boundary Similkameen MLA Linda Larson says she is happy with the new arrangement and hopeful for the future.
“Something better should have been done (years ago) for these transient workers who come every year,” Larson said in an interview this afternoon.
“I’m comfortable that the regional district will, at least this year, do the management and administration … then maybe next year some other group could step up.”
Al Patton, who has headed up the Loose Bay Society, said in an interview the group decided on Monday to fold because it doesn’t have “the resources, the time or the ability to do all this Covid-19 stuff” and because of the increased legal liability for the small band of local citizens.
Patton said all members of the society remain committed to helping out at Loose Bay as much as they can.
Responsibility has passed to the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and the BC Fruit Growers Association and some of its affiliates, Patton said.
He said Covid-19 protocols have been developed for the campsite. They include:
- Staff and bylaw officials to ensure compliance;
- Regular cleaning of washroom facilities;
- Pamphlets for campers outlining procedures;
- Measures to accommodate self-isolation; and
- Signage will be arriving soon for the site.
As well, Patton said, the kitchen and other communal areas are closed and no will be campfires permitted. “We don’t want gathering spots.”
The camp will start with the two current staffers in place and will be added to as the numbers of campers increase.
The usual pattern, said Patton, is for there to be a rush on opening day, then a levelling off followed by a gradual increase until the first cherries come in.
Larson said she has spoken with a contact in the picker community, who will try to get the word out through their networks that “the camp will be open, but there are certain rules and protocols that have to be abided by … Hopefully they will come and go into the camp and stay there.”
She added: “I hope those already here, who are drifting around … and are out in our forestry camps like Madden Lake, (will) come down to the camp. It would make everybody a lot more comfortable.”
Larson said she has sent a request to Emergency Measures BC to “step up and help out here.”
EMBC is the branch of the solicitor general’s office given responsibility for dealing with Covid-19 in the province.
I thought for a moment that my life had been one long dream.
We have reverted back in time in so many way. To start with for the moment gas is cheap. The price on the sign is less than a dollar. Yes I know that’s a liter when I started driving it was a mere twenty-five cents a gallon.
As I looked around I was intrigued to see my daughters writing out a shopping list for the store to fill the order, they would pick up. I remember my mother making a list and phoning the old general store. The clerk filled the order and dad picked it up after work.
There have been a few thicker pages of buys lately aside from Princess Auto, or Avon which are more like catalogs. Took me back to the Sears and Eatons catalogs. Most wouldn’t believe a hundred years ago you could even buy a house from the catalog. It came on the train and you assembled yourself, just like you assemble everything from the internet sites today.
Entertainment has reverted back too movie theaters were also a place to run news reels before the entertainment. Today the news channels are running entertainment specials with a variety of talented souls. They had the traveling shows for the troops, except this time the comediennes and traveling minstrels are entertaining us confined to our homes. We watch it all on large TV screens and big sound systems. There is a facebook page out of Nova Scotia featuring a virtual kitchen party. Been to a few of those in my time, the talent varies but it is the pure honesty of the event that counts.
Over the past few years change and adaptation has been reverting back to a time that did exist. Record players, I have more than one, they’re making a comeback. I have an entire record room 45 RPM, LP’s, old seventy-eight speed and I still prefer them to CD’s or even mp3.
Then there is the outdoor cloths line, we have had one for decades. They were always better than a dryer anyway.
The only things we need now are door to door milk delivery and the Saturday Evening Pose with a Norman Rockwell cover illustration. Well I suppose we won’t go that far back but we are going to revert back to a lot of practical economical solutions as part of the new normal before this virus scare is over.
Provincial Funding to OCAC
The BC Arts Council has provided the arts council with a relief package of $5000 to cover any costs related to COVID-19, including loss of revenue from event cancellations, changes to programming and facility operations, and additional administrative costs. This funding is on top of the annual operational funding of $17,000 awarded to the arts council in early 2020 for its performance the previous year.
In addition, the BC Arts Council has advanced 50% of its operational funding for 2021, an amount totalling $8500, for any emergency measures. Because we are frugal with our events and programs, and have no paid staff, we do not anticipate using this advance. Instead it will be deposited and earmarked for 2021, as would be usual.
We thank the BC Arts Council for its prompt response to the COVID crisis, and its support for this very vulnerable economic sector.
Manitoba is set to open up
This follow the Province of Saskatchewan
We hear Quebec will open day-cares and schools
BC – will keep the tough clamp down / locked order until May 12 and maybe then we will get a hint as to our fate.
Loose Bay is opening this Friday
Java, flowers and ice cream at Eastside
The streams are beginning to flow – Hester Creek is running well
The weather is getting warmer
The blossoms are glorious
The golfers are smiling
The winter long quietness of Area 27 is over
Ladies and Gents in tank tops and shorts
Dogs walking, people strolling – a picnic in a park
Grads might be able to celebrate their final year on a banner, in a magazine or even at the school they attend.
It’s a decision folks. Do it on Canada Day, have fireworks, a free swim at a pool or lake.
Let us get out of this tight grip as soon as possible!
BC government will support the establishment in the 2020 fruit season a picker’s campsite at Loose Bay.
Alan Patton told ODN this morning that the small organization – Loose Bay Society has dissolved and the head lease holder – the Regional District will work with many interested parties and stakeholder to ensure the camp is healthy and safe.
Oliver Daily News hopes to have expanded coverage of this development in the days ahead.
The interested parties include, the BC Fruit Growers Association, provincial government departments, the RDOS and the Town of Oliver.
Friday is May 1st and the management and staff at Loose Bay will open the gates to visitors.
VICTORIA – Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, has issued the following statement on the Province’s ongoing support for women and children experiencing violence during the COVID-19 pandemic:
“Home should be a safe place for everyone, but for many, that is not the case. Women, children and non-binary people are often at a higher risk of domestic and targeted violence, and this danger has only increased during this stressful time. As this pandemic requires us to stay home and keep our distance from friends and extended family, people facing violence or abuse – many with children – need our help more than ever to find a safe place to stay.
“As of today, the Province has secured nearly 300 additional spaces in communities throughout B.C. for people leaving violent or unstable situations, with more spaces to come. These are in addition to more than 100 transition houses and safe homes that the Province funds on an ongoing basis.
“Domestic and sexual abuse is not a private matter to be kept behind closed doors.
Violence should never be tolerated – not during this pandemic and not ever.
It’s wrong, and we will be there for people who need our help and a safe place to go, day or night.”
Oliver, BC – With kids at home and the Museum and Archives closed, the Oliver & District Heritage Society has launched a brand new online learning webpage and a virtual tour to help kids, teens and adults learn while staving off boredom.
Both the new Learning Activities webpage and the virtual tour are available under the Resources section of the Oliver & District Heritage Society website. The virtual tour showcases the Museum’s “Deep Roots” exhibit and provides a deep dive into Oliver’s history. This tour is best-suited to teen and adult visitors who want to learn more about Oliver, and is available on YouTube as well as on the Heritage Society website.
The Learning Activities page features information and activities such as “I Spy” games, word searches, at-home science experiments, and photos and artifacts from the Museum and Archives collections. Topics cover the town of Fairview, water in the local environment, building a museum exhibit, and more! And while the site is still under construction, staff will be adding new content for a variety of ages over the coming months.
The ODHS is also using this temporary closure to offer free help for teachers and provide more activities on its Facebook and Instagram pages. Followers enjoy content such as craft videos, featured artifacts, a journal project, behind the scenes videos with staff, and more.
You can visit the new Learning Activities website at https://www.oliverheritage.ca/learning-activities or enjoy the virtual museum tour at https://www.oliverheritage.ca/virtual-tour.
“The Board would like to once again recognize the quick and empathetic actions district and school staff have made to respond quickly to redesigned learning during this pandemic. Staff continues to make equity a top priority and minimize as much as possible any disadvantages where we can. Education is a great equalizer and our communities and families rely on school services. Food security was a significant priority week one after spring break concluded. Supporting students and families without technology or connectivity was also a top priority so that students could engage and stay connected to their teachers remotely. Teachers, administrators, and support staff have made student connections, relationships, and reducing anxiety their first task after spring break.
Some highlights on the continuity of supports to students in the district include:
1. 191 students are regularly provided with meal gift cards or meals. This is in addition to the donations made to each community food bank by the Board of Education.
2. 197 technology devices have been sent home to students and families.
3. 36 students/families have been provided with Wi-Fi.
We have maintained partnerships with the Osoyoos Rotary Backpack Program, the Oliver Starfish Program and Desert Sun who all contribute to food security for families. Desert Sun Counselling Services is preparing meals for families in need every Thursday.
Learning packages, school supplies and other needed resources have been delivered to students and families.
Teachers and support staff are reaching out one-on-one to provide additional clarification and support.
Continued Counselling supports for students: Service through phone calls to students, phone calls to parents so they can better support their children, and video sessions. In addition, high school students are also receiving support from outside partner agencies.
Even with these supports in place, there are still students who are struggling to work and learn remotely. Schools are looking at students with the greatest needs and are considering bringing them into the schools for at least some time in a consistent way while maintaining social distancing to offer support with academic and social-emotional learning.
Rob Zandee, Chairperson
Board of Education