Archives for July 2020
Kathy arrived at the New York City women’s shelter dressed in dirty rags and holding a small paint can. Wherever this young girl went the can came with her. Meal time, shower time, counseling time, bed time – it didn’t matter, the can was always with her. When asked about what was in it, or why it was so important to her, she declined to explain.
When she was upset, hurt or angry she would find a quiet place, hold the can close and rock back and forth seemingly gaining some comfort from it. Sitting with her for breakfast one morning one of the counsellor’s won her confidence and Kathy shared her story. She had been left in a dumpster two days after she was born. The New York newspapers had reported the discovery by the police. Kathy grew up being shifted from one foster home to another, angry about her situation and resenting what her mother had done. Eventually she decided to try finding her mother. She managed to gain some information from a person who knew where she was living. But her mother wasn’t there, she was in the hospital dying of AIDS.
Kathy was able to get to the hospital and talk to her mother. During that painful but fruitful interaction her mother told Kathy she loved her. That changed the picture completely. No one had ever said that to her. That one statement was like pure gold to her. The next day her mother died. The can contained her ashes. It was the only connection she had left.
Okanagan Valley – centered in Kelowna is proving to be the province’s current hot spot for coronavirus cases.
The latest statistics from the BC Centre of Disease Control show that 107 cases were reported in the Okanagan between July 10-23.
The only other areas that came close were in the Lower Mainland, with the Fraser South region (Ladner, Delta, White Rock, Surrey, Langley) having the most at 58 cases. Vancouver was next at 49 and Fraser East at 42.
The province reported 340 new cases of COVID-19 during that two-week period, which means the Okanagan accounted for nearly a third of them.
The Ditch – 1919 – 2019
The Town of Oliver unveiled a commemorative bronze plaque to formally celebrate the centennial anniversary of the irrigation canal; often referred to as the Ditch.
Mayor Johansen and Council members met at Fairview Park, across from the secondary school, to recognize 100 years of the irrigation canal delivering water to the semi-arid desert area transforming it into the viable agricultural growing oasis it is today. An earlier unveiling was cancelled due to COVID-19 where past Alderman, Council members, Engineers, and long-term staff were invited.
“It is an amazing piece of infrastructure”, stated Mayor Johanson, “the engineering involved, using the tools that were available years ago is unbelievable. The irrigation canal has provided a sustainable and reliable water source for 100 years, and with continued maintenance and major repairs scheduled to re-route the siphon at Gallagher Lake, the canal will serve the area for many years to come”.
The unveiling postponed a week ago – media attended then
This week – council only at the unveiling – ODN checking to see if they missed an invite yesterday when we think the event took place.
No announcement but one patron was welcomed in this week.
On the OR Library site
C.C. Jentsch Cellars donating 100% of Viognier Case Sale to Charity
Today C.C. Jentsch Cellars is launching a new wine promotion that has a very positive twist. Yes, it is a great deal. Yes, it is great wine. Yes! 100% of the proceeds will be going to charity.
The chosen charity this promotion will be supporting is the Highway to Healing Support Society (H2H) located here in the South Okanagan. Their mission is simple: To compassionately assist families in our communities of Osoyoos, Oliver and Okanagan Falls, who have a child requiring medical care that is not locally available.
Because of COVID-19, H2H has not been able to execute its usual fundraising efforts. “My wife, Betty and I were trying to think of a way that we could help H2H raise money for their very worthwhile cause,” Said Chris Jentsch, owner of C.C. Jentsch Cellars. “We have allocated 100 cases of our Double Gold Winning 2016 Viognier and are selling it for an unbeatable price.”
The sale is $200 + taxes per case of 12. “It is the perfect blend of great tasting wine combined with a worthwhile cause,” said Tony Munday, Vice President of Highway to Healing. “We were ecstatic when Chris and Betty approached us with the idea. We are so thankful to them for their support.”
You can order this special promotion through the online store at www.ccjentschcellars.com. You can also call the winery at 778-439-2391. Due to COVID-19, C.C. Jentsch Cellars is not doing tastings but they are open for curbside pick-up, Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.
About Highway to Healing Support Society:
H2H’s purpose is to supplement community assistance and be prepared to provide support when travel for medical treatment is required. The Society is also a comprehensive source of information about other organizations that are ready and willing to assist. H2H has provided over $50,000 of financial assistance to 25 families on over 70 occasions since our formation.
The service area for H2H is Osoyoos, Oliver and Okanagan Falls. www.highwaytohealing.org |
Owen (Tracy) Mandau
August 26, 1955 – July 18, 2020
On Saturday, July 18, 2020, Mr. Owen (Tracy) Mandau of Oliver passed away suddenly at his home at the age of 64 years.
He was predeceased by his father Bill Mandau.
Tracy will be fondly remembered by his loving family including wife Melodee of 42 years; son Ryan (Trish) and grandson Cohen; daughter Hayley (Bryden) and grandson Dominic; mother Mona Mandau of Penticton; brother Warren (Barb) of Peachland; sisters Roxanne (Ron) Fitzpatrick of Penticton and Hillary (Bob) Dacosta of Penticton; brother-in-law Kim Jorde of Osoyoos; brother-in-law Greg Jorde of Williams Lake; sister-in-law Carol (Chester) Toth of Kamloops; many nieces, nephews and extended family; Gary Venables, best friend since childhood and Gunner, who faithfully was always at Tracy’s feet.
Tracy was born at St. Martin’s Hospital in Oliver on August 26, 1955 and grew up on McCuddy Street. Lots of memories of his childhood always came up and he loved talking about the good times.
He worked for V-Line Construction for several years before starting and becoming owner/operator of White Lake Backhoe Services.
Tracy enjoyed travelling which included trips to Cuba, Las Vegas and the Dominican Republic but his favourite was the 5th wheel on Mirror Lake where his boat was steps away, moored on Kootenay Lake. He spent at least a week from May to October every month.
Over the years, Tracy played hockey and slo-pitch as well as volunteered his time on the board of directors for the Sportsmen’s Association and the Oliver Branch of Ducks Unlimited.
He enjoyed spending time at his hunting camp in the Christian Valley, fishing on Kootenay Lake, being on his boat, riding his motorcycle on the backroads, visiting with friends and quadding which included many trips with groups of friends all over the Okanagan and Kootenays.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
“Patrons should not pressure servers to pull restaurant and pub tables together for larger groups or to overlook people mixing between tables.
Spending minimal time together and keeping physical distance between people is more effective than using masks,,,, – Dr. Bonnie Henry
To those who attended mass gatherings without facemasks or any other social distancing — shame on you. We hope you enjoyed the weekend. We’re all paying the price. Without using profanity, let’s call the partiers what they are.
Selfish. – James Miller, Editor, Penticton Herald
“C’mon — you’re better than that.”
While he congratulated the majority of British Columbians on their adherence to public-health orders aimed at stemming the pandemic, he cited video footage of large gatherings in Kelowna and Vancouver with disappointment.
“We need bigger spaces and fewer faces,” “We need to make sure that we’re respecting, not just our own space, but other people’s space.”
– Premier John Horgan
ODN believes in opinions, and quality arguement.
Arguement is not a negative word – it is a debate.
For anyone to say a comment is stupid, an action is stupid belies the fact we are affected by human nature.
Let’s us argue together – it is very healthy but do it with respect that others may NOT agree with you on all issues.
Osoyoos Lake will open for recreational and commercial salmon fishing on July 31, according to a bulletin published this week by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Recreational anglers will be limited to two sockeye per day from the norther basin of the lake, which is delineated by the Highway 3 bridge, and must catch them during daylight hours using a single barbless hook. The commercial fishery is open only to the Okanagan Nation Alliance, which represents seven First Nations in the region.
The decision was made in conjunction with the Okanagan Nation Alliance, which has led efforts to restore the salmon population, and a sports fishing advisory group.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada only considers recreational openings on Osoyoos Lake – the last was in 2018 – when a minimum of 80,000 salmon are counted passing the Wells Dam on the Columbia River about 100 kilometres south in Washington State.
As of Tuesday, 190,000 sockeye had been counted passing the dam. (The count is done by members of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers by watching video recordings from cameras trained on the fish ladders at the dam.)
Wells Dam is the last of nine such hurdles Okanagan salmon must pass on the Columbia River on their 1,000-kilometre journey home from the Pacific Ocean.
Okanagan Nation Alliance fisheries manager Howie Wright said as many as 220,000 sockeye are forecast to pass Wells Dam this year, and between 60,000 and 100,000 are expected to make it to Osoyoos Lake. It’s anyone’s guess how much further north they’ll go.
“It’s dependent on temperature. So as long as it’s 22 C in the river, they’ll keep migrating,” explained Wright.
This year’s return is so far about one-third higher than expected, although in line with the 10-year average, and a vast improvement on the 2019 season, which saw just 50,000 sockeye pass Wells Dam.
Sockeye started showing up last week in the Okanagan River below the dam at Okanagan Falls, where Indigenous people are permitted to fish for sustenance.
Okanagan Nation Alliance
Just to be really clear on this – please don’t go out and spend money right now.
Tiff Macklem, the new Bank of Canada Governor addressed the House of Commons Finance Committee last month and said that “we’re in a deep hole, and it’s going to be a long way out of this hole”. He then went on to say that he has no intention of raising interest rates anytime soon.
That last part is likely all that some people heard. Interest rates are going to stay low for a while, so there’s no need to worry about over-extending on a new home purchase, right? Yes, it sounds like borrowing money will continue to be “cheap” for the foreseeable future, but this does not mean you should continue to rack up more debt.
The Canadian consumer has been the primary supporter of the economy for quite some time now but the money they’re spending to prop the economy up is not money that they actually have. Instead, Canadians keep taking on more and more debt in order to live a lifestyle that is well above their means.
Digging our economy out of the mess that’s it is in (and has been in long before COVID came around) will take some time but it can’t be the consumer who continues to propel it along as the majority are quite simply broke. Canadian consumer debt is now a staggering 177 per cent of disposable income and that globally record setting figure is set to climb further still.
As things start to reopen and various industries put out promotional offers to lure you in to spend money, its imperative that you stop and think about what you can really afford. Due to the low interest rates, the monthly payments on that new car, financed purchase item or even a mortgage on a new home might sound “doable” in your monthly budget. But can you really afford it? And will that add to the debt load you are already carrying?
How exactly are you going to save enough for a comfortable retirement if you’re still paying off debt in the later stages of your working years?
The highest risk category is definitely Canadians in their 30s, who are taking on a first mortgage, kids, new cars, etc all at the same time. But this addiction to debt spreads across Canadians of all age brackets. Everyone needs to start spending a little less.
The downside to this is that the economy is heavily relying on consumer spending to have any hope of a quick rebound but to be quite blunt, that’s not your problem. Your responsibility needs to rest solely on your own family and providing for your future.
So, if you’re still reading at this point, and not too mad at me for ruining all your planned fun, please take a few moments before you make your next big (or small) purchase to consider what you can really afford. The interest rates are being kept at historical lows so that the economy can do its best to recover, not so that you can go on another shopping spree.
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
Community Members Needed to Monitor for Invasive Mussels and Clams
Summerland, BC – The Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS) is launching a
citizen science initiative to help monitor for zebra and quagga mussels, and Asian clams in Okanagan
The project offers two types of volunteer positions during the months of August and September that
involve community members in aquatic invasive species detection.
The first position seeks homeowners who have private docks on Kalamalka, Wood, Okanagan, Skaha,
Vaseux and Osoyoos lakes to monitor for zebra and quagga mussels. Volunteers will receive a pair of
mussel monitors to be attached to their docks and will be required to check them every two weeks.
“Our society has been checking for invasive mussels for eight years, however, this initiative will greatly expand our efforts to regions of the lakes that were previously inaccessible,” says Lisa Scott, Executive Director of OASISS.
The citizen science initiative also offers an opportunity for shoreline surveys looking for Asian clams
along Osoyoos Lake. “Asian clams are already established on the Washington side of Osoyoos Lake,” states Scott. “The shoreline surveys will allow us to monitor and protect this high risk lake from further infestations on the Canadian side.”
Invasive mussels and Asian clams are not known to occur in the Okanagan valley. If they were to arrive
they could cause irreversible damage. In regions where they are already established, invasive mussels
and Asian clams damage sensitive ecosystems, clog intake pipes and water infrastructure, affect water
quality, impact tourism and the local economy.
“We are extremely concerned about the possibility of invasive mussels or Asian clams arriving here,”
says Scott. “It’s imperative as a community to do everything in our power to protect our lakes from an
JULY 21, 2020 REGULAR DRAW WINNER OF $52.00 – Ticket 158 – Nancy Wilson
JULY 21, 2020 REGULAR DRAW WINNER OF $100 – Ticket 129 – Terry Beddome
Many stories, opinions, (facts??) discussion etc.
What has affected you the most…….could you write about it ??
More than 8 lines – better a well constructed essay with a first para, the body of talk, a conclusion.
Do you know of any one person who came down with Covid- 19?
How has the pandemic affected you?
At ODN we have access to many people, some great writers and people who like to inform accurately.
What do you think? Just ‘parroting others’ is NOT good enough
On Saturday, July 11 th , 2020 Robert Stelkia of Oliver and the Osoyoos Indian Band passed away suddenly and peacefully at his home and ranch on McKinney Road at age 56.
Robert was a loving father, dedicated grandpa, devoted son, loyal brother and wonderful friend who will be dearly missed by many.
Robert was predeceased by his father Harvey Robert Ross and sister Carol-Mae Ross.
He will be fondly remembered by his loving family including his mother Jane Stelkia; daughters Silvia, Jessica, and Jaclyn Stelkia and their mother Silvia Budavari; grandchildren Stella and
Mason Fogg, and Decker Land; brothers Bill Ross and Aaron Stelkia; sisters Marie, Sheri, and Dora Stelkia, as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Robert was born in Penticton BC on November 9 th , 1963 and grew up in OK Falls and Oliver. In his younger years Rob loved to rodeo, he was a tough bull rider and also rode saddlebronc. He was a gentle and kind cowboy who ran Wolf Creek Trail rides for 28 years. He was most recently employed by the Okanagan Correctional Centre where he passionately ran the horse program. Rob wore many hats throughout the years not only as a rancher but also working for Fortis B.C., building pipelines, owning and operating a small trucking company, working security for movie sets and for the Osoyoos Indian Band, among many other things.
He will be remembered by the community for always driving around in his big red trucks with his dog by his side and enjoying a meal from Crucetti’s. He enjoyed spending time with his mother and children, teaching his grandchildren to ride, and talking to them about horses and the land. He loved to ride his horses but also more recently loved riding his motorcycle. Rob enjoyed seeing the world and the land he grew up on. He made trips overseas to Germany, enjoyed exploring the Okanagan/Okanogan territory, and most recently the Wounded Knee Memorial Motorcycle ride to South Dakota. He was a man of vast knowledge and few words, of passion and love. His strong and calm presence will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of life was held to honour his memory Saturday July, 18th , 2020 starting with a large procession from Okanagan Correctional Centre to his final resting place, his ranch and
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Correction to the RDOS Assistant Director, Terry Schafer comments on July 17, 2020.
There are 5 creeks not 3 feeding into Sportsman Bowl. No earthen dam was taken out of the Upper Twin Lake and this was not a one- time event.
On April 23, 2018 RDOS held a meeting of concern with Willowbrook and Sportsman Bowl already in flood. Horn Creek which feeds the Twin Lake waterway was just thawing so please do not blame Twin Lake and Lower Horn Creek (the overflow outlet of Twin Lake) for lower elevation flooding. The small earthen Dam on the Upper Twin Lake exists & belongs to the Nature Trust. It has been in place since 1949. The 206% of Normal Orofino Mt. snow pack was more than the waterway could handle. Horn Creek, Orofino Creek and also Myers (Park Rill) Creek each originate from different faces of Orofino Mt. & come together before Willowbrook.
Plugged, undersized culverts, sediment loading and development on flood plains exacerbated the flood. Kearns and Victoria Creek also join the 3 other creeks. There are 5 creeks feeding into the Myers Flat wetland and into Sportsman Bowl. Because the overflow outlet to Lower Horn Creek from Lower Twin Lake was closed by a rancher in 1951 and the creek bed filled in 1962, Twin Lake has a pump to release water over the so formed land bridge outlet, but it is only operated by permission from the Ministry.
There has been a historical 20 year water cycle and in the wet year cycle 1996 – 1999 there was a similar heavy snow pack but the Land Improvement District of Twin Lake (LNID) was able to divert ½ of the spring run-off water to a large hollow in the next White Lake Valley to save Twin Lake from flood. What happened down- stream?
Prior to 1996 Twin Lake management was by the rancher’s irrigation to a field called the Parc in DL 280.
With irrigation there is a 30% water loss to evaporation and a further water use for grass growth of 30%, thus decreasing the amount of water flowing to down gradient property. The flood of 2018 without restoring wetlands and a gate control outlet from Lower Twin Lake will happen again – it is definitely not a “one-off event”. Why pump away water needed in dry years to recharge the aquifer? Water should be slowed, spread and allowed to sink. Lets restore the lost wetlands.
Publisher was not at RDOS board for Terry’s comments. He was filling in for director Rick Knodel
The two most significant things to happen were the insulation (1980) and subsequent painting (1984) of the ice shed ceiling with fire retardant paint. Previously the ceiling was just truss rafters with nothing in them. Volunteer club members rolled scaffolding on plywood sheets over the sand floor with a crew of volunteers working to install the ceiling. A Gyproc firewall was installed between the lounge area and the ice surface area. It took almost a month for volunteers working evenings and weekends to complete the job. In 1981, volunteers installed insulation on the walls of the ice shed immediately after the curling season ended. Neil Seidler of Seidler Construction was then hired to install the present panelling (over the insulation) that is on the walls. A year later volunteers from the club painted the panelling.
The club’s second Eight ender was scored by June James, Leonie Soder, Ida Szmata and Jackie Kilgour in 1982.
In 1985 the Jodie Sutton team, Teresa Ziebart, Dawn Rubner and Chris Thompson won the Provincial High School Girls Championship. Jodie Sutton repeated this in 1986 with Julie Sutton, Dawn Rubner, and Michelle Surovy. The same year Jodie Sutton also won the Provincial Junior Ladies Championship with Julie Sutton, Dawn Rubner, and Chris Thompson. The Provincial Senior Ladies Championship was won by Pearl Quintal and her team comprised of Mary Skaros, Leonie Soder and June James. The 1987 Junior Girls Provincial Championships again was won by Julie Sutton and her team Judy Wood, Susan Auty and Marla Geiger.
Canadian Junior Women Champions Julie Sutton, Judy Wood, Susan Auty, Marla Geiger
Scott Tournament of Hearts Julie Sutton, Pat Sanders, Georgina Hawkes, Melissa Soligo
Senior Mens Zone George Hagel, Bob Bourgeault, Murray Soder, Doug Weeks
History summary submitted by Joanne Smith
Picture – thanks to Oliver Chronicle
How many of my generation were scrubbed in the old tin bath? I would think many of us because here, as in England, an inside bathroom was a bit of a luxury when we were kids.
In Lancashire, Friday evening was always bath night. After dinner the copper boiler would be lit and the bathing would commence. The old zinc bathtub was kept in the back yard but on Friday night it was cleared of spiders, rinsed our with a bucket of water, then dragged into the house, in front of the fire.
Hot water would be ladled into the tub and buckets of cold water added from the kitchen sink. My grandma, like many other people we knew, had a sort of wire basket devise that had a handle attached. In this would be deposited all the slivers of soap that would be too small to hold any more. When a few of these were in the basket, it was sloshed up and down in the bathwater, till it made bubbles appear. Quite effective really.
I never heard of shampoo until I was in my teens so hair would be washed with whatever soap sat by the sink, usually red carbolic, with a very strong smell. My hair would be rinsed with clean water to which a little vinegar was added, not sure why and never thought to ask.
Once the hair washing was over I could play for a while as I was the only one to use the bathtub, however many of my friends came from large families and the whole tribe of them would be bathed in the same water, starting with the youngest.
Friday night was also collection night for various tradesmen. Window cleaner, coal delivery man, milkman and various others would call round for their weekly or by-weekly payment. Sitting in the bath while these people trooped in, were given money and then wrote out their receipt, was par for the course. I guess they got the same thing in every house they visited as people always bathed on Friday.
These callers were always invited in to receive their payment, never kept at the door, so
I never thought anything about it. However, when I was eleven and went back to live with my mother, I was acquiring some sense of dignity and wasn’t happy with the line up of voyeurs or the presence of my eighteen year old brother, so I demanded privacy. I did not like my brother, he was mean and a bully so I showed my displeasure of him by urinating in the water, which I knew he had to use after me.
If there were six in the family, they still all followed one another in the same water, with a bit more hot added each time, so |I am sure my brother was not the only person to have additives to his bathing routine.
Anyone who’s dad worked in a coal mine or had a similarly dirty job got used to seeing dad bathing in front of the fire. He would be too dirty too sit around and wait for the kids to go to bed so he would bathe in the early evening. Modesty was preserved by mother holding a towel while people got in and out of the tub.
I think it was this communal bathing habit that taught English people how to change into and out of swim gear, on a beach. It is amazing watching the performance of any English family go through the routine of putting in swimwear. Mother is usually in charge of doing screening duty, with a large towel. while underpants are removed and replaced with swim suit.
Our school used to take us to the local swim pool to teach us how to swim, there would be about thirty change rooms in a row for us to change in and two kids had to squeeze into each tiny room. Because all schools have uniforms, it was truly difficult to keep your clothes apart from the other girl. We were never given enough time to do a proper drying off job and I remember how difficult it was forcing clothes over wet skin while the teacher was shouting and complaining of the time taken.
When I first came to Canada I was truly appalled that women just stripped down at the local pool and changed clothes. I had never seem my mother or grandmother wearing anything less than a nightie or an underslip. Forty six years later, I still use a change room but now I do not share and can take my time.
I can honestly say that in my whole life, no stranger has seen me naked. Trouble is, these days, nobody wants to, it’s very sad!!!
Superintendent Brian Hunter in a report to Penticton Council – set for this week
Penticton Detachment received 5,100 calls for service during this reporting period. 4,135 of
these calls for service occurred within the municipality of Penticton.
Total reported crime events in the municipality for the period was 1,751, which is down 19% from last year (2,174). This change is driven largely by the decrease in Property Crime, which went from 1,380 to 1,055 – a decrease of 24% from the same reporting period last year.
There have been several search warrants executed and arrests of chronic offenders during this reporting period. Recidivism in the community remains a problem.
Let’s get to it.
It’s the rage – get a mask – maybe a dozen. Many want you to have one at all times.
So what does Dr. Bonnie Henry say
No need for a mask in your daily life with a few exceptions –
1. on transit
2. riding in a car with a non family member
3. in a personal service space – hair, nails, etc.
4. any hospital or care home – if requested to come in
5. in any public or private space of more than 10 people who are not family
6. Dr. Henry recognizes that many very young or elderly people would react poorly to a mask
7. in any small confined retail shop
8. above for non-medical masks – professionals have access to high end masks
9. masks should not be used during high level excising
10. Best rules – think, keep your distance, use mask where/where recommended. Read lots of opinions and
make up your own mind. Listening only to a fairy princess with a wand is not really a good idea… IMH (see title of piece)
Long parade for friends and family of Robert Stelkia
The procession formed up at the Okanagan Correctional Facility Saturday heading towards Maunuel’s Flats where many horses and riders had gathered.
NOVEMBER 9, 1963 – JULY 11, 2020
On Saturday, July 11, 2020, Mr. Robert Stelkia of Oliver passed away suddenly at his home at the age of 56 years. He will be fondly remembered by his living family and friends.
Celebration of Life For Robert Stelkia Saturday July 18th, 2020
3:00 pm Procession from Okanagan Correctional Centre to Robert’s Ranch (Wolf Creek Trail Rides) 2104 McKinney Road
4:00 pm Placing of pitch post and ash burial
ODN – condolences to Jane, Marie, Aaron, and Dora and all the children and relatives of Robert – not mentioned here.
PENTICTON – As businesses and the economy start re-opening, New Democrats are calling on the government to invest in building a universal child care and early learning system that delivers the help families need to go back to work.
“Child care is essential to restarting the economy and, really, there can be no recovery without it,” said NDP MP Richard Cannings (South Okanagan –West Kootenay). “The Liberals have been promising child care since 1993 – that’s 26 years that Canadian families have waited. Now, the need for child care is even greater as many providers have reduced their capacity due to physical distancing measures and schools remain closed in most parts of the country. The government has to ensure child care is available and affordable for Canadian families in order for our economy to re-open.”
New Democrats are urging the Liberals to invest to stabilize the child care sector across the country, to help providers following health directives, and to create new affordable licensed child care spaces across the country.
“We know that the lack of affordable child care has a disproportionate effect on women. Since women make up about half of Canada’s workforce, economic recovery is mathematically impossible without women going back to work. There’s no recovery without women recovering and they cannot recover without child care,” added Cannings.
New Democrats are calling on the government to finally begin working with the provinces, territories, and Indigenous governments to establish national, affordable universal child care.
Office of Richard Cannings, MP: 250 770 4480
On Nov. 1, 2009 I made a decision to launch into a study of every significant character in the Bible, whether good or bad. I would stick with this plan, even if it took a long time to do it, keeping notes on what I found. Just over 2 years later I completed that project covering approximately 250 persons. (Recently I re-read these notes, raising the concern about how much I had actually put into practice.) On Nov. 27, 2011, I had recorded this summary statement.
“What have I learned from setting aside 2 years of morning devotions for studying significant characters of the Bible?
I have gained some information and insights into their lives that I didn’t have before. By considering passages from several books I could piece together items I hadn’t ever read as one study.
I was again reminded that choices determine destinies. Those who trust God and seek to live godly lives are blessed even if persecuted. The ungodly are in deep trouble.
I have seen that straying from faithful obedience can bring disaster upon mature believers.
These characters have demonstrated that a Christian’s goal must be to honor Christ and follow His teaching and not seek honor or followers for yourself.
I have seen that God’s Word does not hide or embellish the sins of God’s people.
I noted that God’s love and grace extend to all, but there is a limit to His patience.
I have been reminded again that pursuing fun and games, money and things, influence and control or recognition and achievement ahead of a relationship with God and people is an empty goal.”
It was a profitable exercise.
Two motorcyclists were injured after being cut-off by a pickup truck towing an rv trailer.
On July 16, 2020 at 9:35 am, police and other emergency services responded to a collision between two motorcycles and an rv trailer on Highway 97 at Fruitvale Way.
The motorcyclists were overtaking the truck and rv trailer in a 4 lane stretch of highway when the truck and trailer suddenly merged left across their lane in an attempt to make a late left turn onto Fruitvale Way. The side of the trailer struck both motorcyclist knocking them to the ground.
One motorcyclist, a 61 year old woman from Langley suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital. The other motorcyclist, a 45 year old woman from Lake Country was also transported to hospital with minor injuries.
The driver and passenger of the truck were uninjured. The driver of the truck, a 59 year old man from Calgary is facing charges of driving without due care and attention under the Motor Vehicle Act.
The Osoyoos RCMP would like to remind driver’s that during the warmer months there is an increase of motorcyclists on the road, said Sgt Jason Bayda, South Okanagan RCMP spokesperson. It is imperative driver’s know their surroundings. Look twice for motorcyclists before making turns or when changing lanes as they are smaller and much harder to see.
Honouring the volunteer work of Frank Oscar McDonald
(1897 to 1970)
McDonald was a youth member of the Penticton Corps of Baden-Powell’s Boy Scouts, one of the earliest Scout Troops in the province, when it started in 1910. At that time, each Patrol (or sub-group in the Troop) had a bugler. McDonald was one of these. He achieved much as a Boy Scout, including the King’s Scout Award, which was presented to him on October, 1912, by the Governor General of Canada, the Duke of Connaught, who also served as the Chief Scout for Canada.
McDonald’s wartime years were spent overseas, including a period with the Royal Flying Corps, which involved a brief posting to France. When he returned he spent time in New Westminster, Penticton and Oliver. His volunteer work with the Scouting movement began around this time with the Penticton Troop, mostly at the executive level on the Group Committee. His record indicates that he was perfectly comfortable in a leadership role and as someone in the background who assisted with whatever needed to be done.
In 1939 McDonald served briefly as Assistant Scoutmaster in Penticton. In 1955, even though he lived in Oliver at the time, and in keeping with his track record of helping whenever needed, he briefly became Chair of the 1st Penticton Scouting Group Committee, serving until local businessman Len Hill took on this responsibility
He lived and worked for many years in Oliver, where he served as President of the Okanagan-Boundary Scouting District. In this executive role he actively supported the Scouting Groups in Osoyoos, Oliver and Okanagan Falls while serving as their liaison with the B.C./Yukon Council. When there was a need for a second Group in Oliver, he helped assemble an impressive list of community leaders, with significant input from experienced Scouters in Penticton, to bring the 2nd Oliver Scouting Group to life.
In the 1950s McDonald felt there might be a better way for the Provincial Council to service the needs of Scouting volunteers outside the Vancouver area. He actively advocated for a regional structure (his convincing proposal is preserved in the Penticton Museum Archives). The “Interior Region” was created in 1960, servicing six Scouting Districts in the area, with McDonald as its first President. He continued to serve in other roles at the regional level until his passing in 1970.
In 1967 McDonald was honoured with accolades and a lifetime membership in Scouting for his fifty years of service and his active role in reorganizing the structure of Scouting in the province.
Thank you, Frank!
Writen and submitted by Gerry Lamb
Picture from the Penticton Museum
That doctor is Dr. Faheen Younus, the Chief of Infectious Diseases, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. The list actually has its roots in the multiple tweets Dr. Younus shared into May on his personal Twitter feed.
There is a Tsunami coming to mountain villages, inland deserts and seashore cities. This will be a different kind of tsunami it won’t have a single drop of water except for lamentable tears.
It is an economic tsunami, pushing up a swell of debt and broken dreams it will unleash upon our shores.
I know the governments repeat we’ re in this together. The truth is some are deeper in the water than others. The truth is small business and the most economically vulnerable can’t be supported indefinitely or the economic framework of society will collapse. There is one alternative to consider, what if we change the system? What might that look like? I am not proposing we run off madly in all directions but we must prepare for a future that will be different.
The key words will be “Economic sustainability and self sufficiency. For one thing we would need to start producing our own raw materials into finished goods to provide jobs. We would see so called free trade deals scaled back. We might see corporate tax structures change to reward companies that create jobs at home. Free trade blocks would become fair trade blocks where starvation wages and unsafe conditions would be eliminated. The current system which came with catch phrases and promises turned out to be a race to the bottom. The alternative is to raise the standards and buying power in the third world they could afford to buy what we produce. Change is not automatic nor does it come with a measure of certainty. If we are going to adapt we have to start exploring our options in a world that will soon look vastly different.
Consider this, prior to The Great Depression and WWII society was completely different. Today, circumstance and Mother Natures pandemic are forcing change, and opening the door to new ideas.
If you read your history, during the lean times of the twentieth century, twenty-five percent were unemployed. The result was chaos and turmoil. For the rich it was inconvenient but not a catastrophic. The difference this time is, the death toll could trigger a closure causing a depression the like we have never seen, effecting food, energy, and manufacturing and distribution of same.
Should the worst case happen without a plan we are in serious danger. Life is going to change, some say twenty-five to thirty percent of businesses will not survive. One of the leading authorities at the Center for Disease Control said Corona may well be with us until 2022. If that is true we need to rethink our living arrangement with Mother Nature.
The dinosaurs were not capable of change. It is said they had a brain the size of a pea. If that is true what will be our excuse?
We can’t even get everyone to wear a mask.
Some serious things to think about while we wait for a solution.
On July 12, 2020 Ed passed away at the South Okanagan General Hospital, after a brave fight against pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his family.
Ed was predeceased by his father, William Huffman, and step-father Tom Woolridge. He will be fondly remembered by his mother; Sonia Shaw, his loving wife; Vickie-Lynne, three children; Daiya (Blake), Phia (Mike), and Jacob, grandchildren; Jordan, Jaxon and Octavia, along with his siblings; Ken, Linda and Glen, and many other nieces and nephews.
Ed was a loving husband, dedicated father, passionate Grandpa, devoted son, and loyal brother. He lived in Oliver for over 40 years, working in various roles within the fruit industry and as a paramedic for 15 years.
He particularly loved to spend time with his grandkids, travel with Vickie, golf, ride his motorbike, and drive his backhoe. His quick wit, and strong presence will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A private service is being held by his family. A larger celebration of life will be held at a later date. If you are interested in attending the celebration of life, please contact the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the BC Cancer Foundation, in support of Pancreatic Cancer Research.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
The South Spur of the KVR is a highly desired trail connection in the region that when completed, would connect Penticton to Osoyoos through the communities of the South Okanagan. If approved,
the requested application area would provide the RDOS the opportunity to fund capital improvements and maintain the longest contiguous section of the KVR South Spur Trail, from Osoyoos Lake.
As identified in the 2011 Regional Trails Master Plan, securing former rail corridors have been the primary goal to develop a safe and enjoyable “off highway” trail network. Due to land management and infrastructure issues, connecting the trail in the South Okanagan has been challenging. Of the 66km of potential South Spur trail route, the RDOS is actively managing approximately 14km in two isolated sections:
· Kaleden through OK Falls 10km
· North Osoyoos Lake 4km.
Although not the former rail corridor, the west side of the Okanagan river channel dike through this area is a suitable alternative to the KVR. The alignment runs parallel to the KVR right of way and is actively used as a trail – known as the International Hike and Bike Trail. The existing trail along the river dike is currently not maintained as a trail, as the mandate of the Provincial ministry responsible is the management of the Okanagan Valley watershed and associated flood control infrastructure.
The RDOS currently has a limited scope contract with the Province to mow the edge of the trail for the northern most 11 km of the 18.5km application which was paved nearly thirty years ago and is falling in to disrepair. This contract allows the RDOS to modestly enhance the user experience but does not allow resources and funding for capital improvements, repairs or increase operational service levels which could include resurfacing, signage, access controls and increased vegetation
An extensive trail network in the region provides benefits to the health, social, tourism and economic sectors by connecting people and communities through linear corridors for commuting or recreational uses. Adding 18.5km of RDOS managed trail will create over 20km of continuous trail connecting from the north end of Osoyoos Lake through Oliver to Gallagher Lake. RDOS staff will
continue to work with First Nations, communities, provincial and federal agencies to connect the South Spur of the KVR Trail:
· Road Route – Osoyoos – 7.5km
· KVR – Road 18 to Road 22 – 3km
· KVR – Deer Park (Osoyoos Indian Band) – 4km
· KVR – Gallagher Lake to Okanagan Falls (via Vaseux Lake) – 11km
· Road Route – Okanagan Falls – 2.5km
· KVR – Kaleden to Penticton (Penticton Indian Band) – 6km
RDOS directors will debate Thursday whether to go again on a two tenure licenses from the province of BC – use and tenure of the Hike and Bike Trail on the Okanagan River Channel – Rd 18 to McAlpine Bridge north of Oliver and
3 km strip of former railway bed from Rd 21 to Rd 18 heading north from existing pathway shown in top picture.
Draw Winners for July 14 – 400 Club
$52.00 Jan Schorn Ticket #78
$100.00 Bob Wylant Ticket #59
· Council received the COVID-19 Safety Plan 2020 from the Director of Community Services. The plan addresses Employer Responsibilities, Risk Assessments, Safety Controls, Facility/Department overview and the next steps to re-opening our facilities.
· Council approved the COVID-19 Safety Plan 2020 for the reopening of the facilities in the Town of Osoyoos. This safety plan address the employer responsibilities, risk assessments, safety controls, facility/department overview.
· Council authorized staff to move forward with the design and costing for the rehabilitation of the sidewalk on the west-side of Main Street between Park Place and Kingfisher Drive. There have been ongoing concerns from stakeholders in the community with regards to the condition and usability of the section of sidewalk from Park Place to Kingfisher Dr. on the west side of Main street. This section is narrow, uneven and needs to be rehabilitated.
· Council approved the Work from Home Policy (HR-034) by removing references of COVID-19 and replace with infectious disease outbreaks or illness and change the title of the policy to Work from Home Policy (HR-034). The policy allows directors to allow employees to work from home under certain conditions.
· Council received the 2019-2021 Resort Development Strategy update and that $50,000 of unallocated funds in the Resort Development Strategy be designated for the purchase of a flat deck trailer and that an additional $14,000 be designate for expenses associated with beach cleaning services.
· Council approved the Anti-Racial Discrimination and Anti-Racism Policy (HR-009). With the events happening all around the world regarding racism and specifically in Canada, it is being proposed that Council adopts an Anti-Racial Discrimination and Anti-Racism Policy. This policy was written by the Town’s law firm and it was suggested that Council adopt it as it will complement the Respectful Workplace policy.
· Off-street Public Parking Regulation Amendment Bylaw No. 1274.05, 2020 was read for a first, second and third time. The Town leases property at 6901 Main Street for boat trailer parking. This parking lot provides an area in the community for out of town residents or visitors to park their boats and trailers which eases the parking burden on Town roadways. The amending bylaw will amend the lot open and close times, possibly extend the operating season and review the current fees charged and what the administrative costs are associated to the boat trailer parking lot.