Archives for August 2020
Damaged pictographs near Rattlesnake Point on Osoyoos Lake.
Chief Louie quoted on Global Okanagan as saying there is no evidence as to who did this.
ODN asks- did you do it? Fess up !!
A pictograph is a picture that represents a word phrase, and are our earliest forms of writing. Native Americans wrote pictographs on rocks, cave walls, and buffalo hides to tell stories of battles and communicate important warnings and messages.
Picture submitted by OIB
294 new cases being reported in a 3 day period in BC
– 4 deaths to report.
Total cases for BC 5790 with 4406 fully recovered
Remaining active cases 1107
28 people in hospital 10 of which are in ICU
New cases: for three periods
Friday to Saturday 86
Saturday to Sunday 107
Sunday to Monday 101
Crime Reporting Comes to the South Okanagan/Similkameen
The Oliver, Osoyoos and Keremeos Detachments have launched an Online Crime Reporting tool as an option for citizens to report non-violent property crimes to the police. Online reporting allows
members of the public to report incidents to the police on a 24/7 basis through a website.
The ability for residents to report less serious crimes online allows call takers and frontline staff to focus on the higher priority calls, which improves overall safety and response times in our
communities. Citizens with a valid email address can report less serious crimes where there is no suspect and there is less than $5,000 in damages or lost/stolen property.
The following types of crimes can be reported through this tool:
• Damage/mischief to property under $5,000
• Damage/mischief to a vehicle under $5,000
• Hit and run to an unoccupied vehicle or property
• Theft of bicycle under $5,000
• Theft under $5,000
• Theft from vehicle under $5,000
• Lost property
The following conditions must be met in order to report a crime through the tool:
• There are no witnesses to the crime and there are no suspects
• Item(s) stolen must not exceed $5,000 in value (combined)
• Vandalized property must not exceed $5,000 in cost to repair/replace
• None of the items stolen can be identity documents, firearms, licence plates or insurance decals
The Online Crime Reporting website can be found at the following address:
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Once you enter the site, simply select the detachment where the crime occurred and follow the prompts to report the crime.
Cpl. Brian K. EVANS
Area Commander Oliver/Keremeos RCMP
Before the pandemic hit, a large percentage of Canadian families were in dire financial situations and our consumer debt loads were well above historical highs of other developed nations. But now that our economy has been shut down and a third of our population is out of work, everything is magically ok?
Of course not!
Let me explain just how crazy this thinking is.
MNP (previously known as Meyers Norris Penny) is one of the largest full-service chartered accountancy and business advisory firms in Canada.
If we look back to March of this year when MNP released their quarterly Consumer Debt Index, consumer debt fears in Canada were at an all-time high.
But when MNP published their latest survey results, people who were previously struggling were now feeling much more optimism.
The latest poll showed that 41 per cent (up 5 points) of Canadians said they’d rate their current debt situation as “excellent” compared to pre-pandemic levels. Six per cent fewer Canadians were concerned about their current debt levels versus pre-pandemic levels as well.
So why are things looking so much better suddenly? Did we see some major foreign investments in Canada? Did our resource industry suddenly get cost-effective ways to get their products to global markets and create a few hundred thousand new jobs? Did Canada suddenly become a major manufacturing or technology exporter? Did the price of oil jump above $150 per barrel?
Last time I checked, none of the above happened and nothing else that would suddenly put our economy in a better place had. Instead, government support programs, mortgage deferrals and flexible credit arrangements have contributed to a significant decline in insolvency filings since the start of the pandemic. And at the same time, these programs have clearly given many Canadians a false sense of security.
It should be noted that the same MNP report showed that although B.C. consumer insolvency filings fell 37 per cent year-over-year, almost half of British Columbians are still within $200 of financial insolvency at the end of the month.
Hardly a rosy picture.
So why bring this all up? I don’t intend to simply share more bad news as we certainly have enough to go around already. But I do want to warn people from falling into a false sense of comfort. What happens when the current government relief measures are discontinued? And what happens when taxes go up to pay for all these relief measures?
Creditors will come calling and mortgage deferrals will not be continued. Companies with reduced revenues will be forced to lay off more staff when the wage subsidies come to an end.
If there has ever been a time to get your own financial affairs in order it is now. As things re-open, discretionary spending must be kept under control and you need to do what you can to brace for the coming storm.
Talk to a Certified Financial Planner today, who can help you take control of your situation.
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
My first child was the first grandchild in the family, she was doted on and cooed over by the grandparent and other family members.
The next grandchild, one year later, was our nephew, the first boy child and equally doted on. The first boy to carry on the family name was welcomed royally into the family.
Our second daughter was just a few days younger than her boy cousin and was kind of overshadowed by the new little boy and her one year old sister.
Move on two years and we were surprised by twin girls. This was definitely another first in the family and they were made much of by all the relatives, the arrival of twins was somewhat of a novelty.
Our second daughter never really found her place in the family unit as her older sister was very mature and liked nothing better than to sit with the adults emulate her audience. The younger daughter liked to be cuddled by mom and was a bit jealous of others claiming my attention. Once the twins came along, cuddle time was at a premium with four children in three years. The twin girls didn’t need company, they had each other so the middle child started to distance herself and got attention by being destructive and moody.
This bad start to life always made our middle child feel resentful, especially when she started school and was compared, rather unfavourably, to her older sister. Why do teachers assume that sisters should have the same capacity to learn?
School was never a good place for this child and finding friends was not easy as she never had the confidence in herself to put herself “out there”. As she grew into her teenage years things didn’t improve and she drifted into several relationships with other girls who didn’t seem to fit in with the crowd. Her relationship in the family never improved either and she always seemed to resent the family unit and tried to distance herself from it.
Eventually she drifted into Marijuana use and became more and more distant from the family. We tried family counselling but it did no good, our daughter set herself up with her family as her enemy. As she matured into late teens she turned into a real beauty and finally got the confidence she had always lacked, for several years she enjoyed life and had a great long term relationship with a lovely guy.
I’m not sure what went wrong but she started to distance herself from her partner and drifted into another relationship with a different guy, she seemed to settle down and they had two lovely children together.
Things started to sour again and she turned to harder drugs, her partner left and the drug dealer became her new partner. In the course of three years she was reduced to a wreck, had lost her children, who now lived with their father, cut herself off almost entirely from her family and was forced into prostitution to pay for her drug habit.
This was the infant I had held in my arms and promised to protect, the little girl who was lonely at school because she didn’t fit in, the beautiful teenager who seemed to have found herself, only to lose herself again. What had we done wrong as parents to lose our daughter to this life, what could we do to get her out of it?
For several years we had been bailing her out of trouble by paying her rent and her debts, buying her food and keeping her car on the road. We decided to stop enabling her behaviour, maybe if we stopped providing money, she would come back home and get clean.
The next phone call for money, I told her we would not support her any longer, but she could come home and we would look after her. After some swearing and name calling, she hung up on me. I knelt at the side of my bed and told God that she was in his hands now as I had failed and couldn’t look after her any longer.
The next morning we were given the news that she was in hospital. Because she could not pay her debts to the drug dealing boyfriend, he had threatened her with a gun and she had jumped from a second floor window to escape. She had broken her back in several places, her arm and much internal damage.
Several months of being in a body cast, flat on her back for much of the time and being lovingly cared for by her elder sister, and she had managed to get clean of the drugs. We rejoiced in her new found life, she was living with her older sister still and had got her children back. She went back to work and eventually got herself settled into her own home. Several years later, she met and married her present partner and she seems settled.
For fifteen years my daughter has managed to stay free of narcotics, she still has issues with her family and still feels she is not wanted and is not as important to me as her sisters. No amount of being told she is loved can make her feel this is true, however she is living the best life she can manage and that is really all I can ask of God.
My daughter was into drugs before Fentanyl came along, her drugs of choice were Heroin and Cocaine. However, my heart goes out to all those mothers who have been tying purple ribbons to the downtown trees. They have lost their sons and daughters completely and no longer have a chance to get clean. God saved my daughter and, hopefully, she will live a long and healthy life, but I do know the nightmare these parents have lived and will continue living for the rest of their lives.
What starts our kids down this path to destruction? What can a parent do to change the attitude and outcome of drug addicted children? To many people it is just a recreational drug that was laced with something lethal, to others it means life and death to get their next fix.
Meanwhile parents cry themselves to sleep at night and pray for an answer. Will it ever come?
With the changing seasons in a pandemic it seems there are more problems than solutions. Knowing what we know makes every decision more complicated. At the same time there are any number of arm chair quarterbacks with instant solutions. Take the education situation for example. To send kids back to school or not is front and center.
Today lets examine some critical factors and then you be the judge. Children need peer interaction in formative years it is essential for their personal growth. Many working families cannot afford child care, and parents need to get back to work for the sake of the economy. On the other side of the ledger is the unknown health risk. It’s fine to say children are not as at risk, but what does that mean, they are still subject to unknown risk. They are also more likely to be carriers. Like the workings of ant poison they can track the virus into the home with deadly results for other.
The government says lets do it safely. Lets be serious. How will the system ensure little kids social distance, wear a mask and be aware? Government can’t get many adults to comply or take the situation seriously.
There are alternatives – home school, on line, classes outside are some configurations. There are special needs kids that need more. Many don’t have the equipment or internet. We can’t make the choice – learn or go hungry. Classes outside is a thought but winter is coming. These are just some of the issues.
So who is supposed to be at the decision table? Parents, teachers, governments and health professionals. If we end up with too many players it will end up being decided by a committee of competing interests. We will end up with a camel. You know what a camel is right? It’s a horse designed by a committee.
No matter where you are in the decision it is not easy. Here is an example. Each of us is given a ball of entangled twine it is one color but attached to different outcomes if you tug on the wrong string the ball disintegrates and unleashes a hive of killer bees. Any and all outcomes come with serious risks, either for the future well being of children, or an immediate health impact that could come back to haunt us all.
Then there is the threat of a fall and winter second wave of Covid 19 that would send us back to square one. Combine that with cold and flu season and we are in for very rough ride. So what is the magic bullet? There isn’t one except for our common sense which at times is in short supply.
In the middle of each month, Danny St. Hilaire puts on his safety vest and drives to a bridge near the Town of Oliver to collect another sample of water from the Okanagan River.
Using a rope, he lowers a tray holding nine small bottles into the rushing water three metres below the bridge. The samples he collects will be sent to a lab to determine how healthy the river is by looking at the physical and chemical components, such as metals, nitrogen and phosphorus.
“Every time we take another water sample, we essentially take a snapshot of the river in time,” said St. Hilaire, a water quality monitoring technician with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “Knowing what’s out there, what the condition of the water is over a long period of time, helps to see changes and identify any trends that might be occurring.”
With the help of First Nations communities and trained local watershed stewards, the Province and federal government jointly conduct water quality monitoring by regularly collecting samples from 42 stations located on 31 rivers throughout the province. The results have been available in technical reports, but a new user-friendly web reporting tool has been created to help people learn more about water quality and how it relates to the rivers near them.
Using an interactive map of the province, people can view 10-year water quality trends in certain rivers with data complied from the Canada-B.C. Water Quality Monitoring Program. The program has been in place since 1985. The data is also used to determine the current status of water quality, detect emerging issues that may threaten aquatic life and support the development of guidelines for water, fish and sediment.
They all have complicated systems that are sensitive to a variety of stressors, such as human development and climate change. The Chilcotin River monitoring site has seen some of the biggest changes – an increase in metal concentrations, even though there is not much development in the area.
Scientists are investigating what exactly is driving that change, but an increase in sediments due to changes in streamflow may be a factor.
“As British Columbians, we are very fortunate to have plentiful and pristine freshwater resources. However, I don’t think we should take that for granted,” said Lucie Thomson, unit head for ambient surface water quality monitoring, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
“We have over 30 years of information, which is very important for understanding current conditions, changes in our freshwater ecosystems and the potential sources of those changes. It helps form policy and is the basis for water stewardship.”
The Fraser River is the longest river in B.C., stretching 1,375 kilometres. About 50% of all arable land in B.C. falls within the Fraser River Basin.
At 580 kilometres long, the Skeena River is the second-largest river in B.C and flows southwest from the northern Interior to the Chatham Sound south of Prince Rupert.
The Kettle River, a tributary to the Columbia River, crosses the Canada-U.S. border three times, at Midway, Grand Forks and south of Christina Lake.
The Columbia River basin in BC and the western states is the size of the nation of France.
The Philosophy of Fun
How do we go about finding the freedom to enjoy life without guilt? Is there a way to identify legitimate pleasure and illegitimate pleasure? Where can we find both the guidance and the power to engage in the former and reject the latter?
Jesus promised life, abundant life. The Apostle Paul urged us to count it all joy. The psalmist declared that at God’s right hand there are pleasures forever. Obviously we are intended to experience pleasure in life, abundantly!!
Meanwhile we have been caught between the extremes of castigating pleasure as a curse like Stoics, and being tempted by the lawless Epicurean indulgence in anything that feels good.
The supposedly most gifted, wisest and talented man who ever lived, Solomon, went whole-hog for every conceivable pleasure “under the sun”, not under the Son. To quote him: “I denied myself nothing my heart desired; I refused my heart no pleasure.” This ultimately led to his statement: ”So I hated life.” (Eccles. 2)
Drawing from F. W. Boreham’s writings, Ravi Zacharias describes three fundamental principles that form a reliable philosophy of fun (Cries of the Heart, Chapt. 5).
First establish your goal, your purpose in life. Why am I here? Then, “Any pleasure that refreshes you without diminishing you, distracting you or sidetracking you from the ultimate goal is a legitimate pleasure.”
Since biblical goals place a high value on loving others the second principle is easily understood.
“Any pleasure that jeopardizes the sacred right of another is an illicit pleasure.”
We’ve all heard the adage that we can have too much of a good thing. We need balance in life. Therefore, the third principle is “Any pleasure, however good, if not kept in balance, will distort reality or destroy appetite.”
Every pleasure has a price. Legitimate pleasures require a disciplined investment beforehand. Illegitimate pleasures will result in harsh consequences afterwards. Furthermore, pleasure is a means, not an end in itself. It serves to reach a greater goal. Finally, God is the source of all good pleasure. It has been said that amusement is what people do who don’t have real pleasure.
Have real fun, (I wish I had learned this years ago.)
RDOS Large Item Collection
Residents with curbside collection in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), Town of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos and Village of Keremeos will receive large item collection this October.
Large item collection was originally planned for April but was delayed due to COVID-19 concerns.
Only furniture, mattresses, box springs and large appliances will be picked up. A maximum of two items per house will be collected, and each item cannot weigh more than 90 kg or 200 lbs.
Items that will not be collected include electronics, lawn mowers, carpet, blinds, demolition materials or plumbing fixtures.
Contact your local landfill or the Regional District for more information on recycling these items.
• Monday, October 12 (Thanksgiving Monday): Town of Oliver and Electoral Area ‘C’
• Tuesday, October 13: Town of Osoyoos and Electoral Area ‘A’
• Wednesday, October 14: Electoral Areas ‘D’ and ‘I’, comprising Okanagan Falls and Kaleden
A new WestJet policy to share passenger contact information:
“One of the most effective ways public health officials can help slow COVID-19 transmission in our communities is contact tracing.
“Throughout this pandemic, our contact tracers have had challenges reaching people who were exposed to the virus while flying – because of the limited information available on traditional flight manifests.
“While the federal government regulates the airline industry, WestJet representatives met with us to hear from us directly on how they could help.
“The decision they announced today – to collect names and contact information for each of their passengers at check-in and share it with public health if a COVID-19 case is identified on a flight – is something we discussed at that meeting and will help us immensely.
“As we continue our restart in B.C., it becomes more important to be able to connect with people and ensure those who may have been exposed to a person identified as having COVID-19 are aware of their risk. In air travel, it is still a relatively low risk, but it is a risk that we would prefer to be able to notify people of in an efficient way.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, Chief Medical Officer
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health
Mayor Martin Johansen at podium.
Johansen said “we are here to officially open Bridge Park that features a sculpture that pays homage to the Salmon Chief and the fish that sustained the Silyx people for many generations.
Recognition of the Okanagan Nation people in the South Okanagan is foremost on the minds of the council-Town of Oliver. The park was designed to provide opportunities for visitors and locals alike to rest and reflect and enjoy the quiet space off a busy roadway.”
Plaque shows old river and channelized Okanagan River. Ceremonies ended after speeches, drums and the “Okanagan Song”.
Chief Clarence Louie touched on three points addressing his small audience:
– a thank you to the Town of Oliver for inviting and including the OIB people in the ceremony and honouring the Salmon Chief
– an ask for a discussion on land rights as much land taken by the settlers of band land in the last century and before
– support with federal authorities as to fishing rights on the Okanagan River from McIntrye Dam to the border.
Ribbon about to be cut
Attending – Town of Oliver, council and staff
Osoyoos Indian Band, Chief, council and staff
Public not invited due to Covid-19 rules re the size of a gathering. Less than 50 people attended.
Grant applications open to boost treatment and recovery beds in B.C.
VICTORIA – Applications are open for grant funding to increase substance-use treatment and recovery beds and help more people living with addiction in British Columbia.
In July 2020, the B.C. government announced $13.5 million to add an estimated 50 to 70 new publicly funded treatment and recovery beds for adults throughout the province. Licensed and registered not-for-profit and private service operators providing high-quality, evidence-informed, bed-based treatment and recovery services can apply for a grant to expand their service capacity.
Applications will be accepted from Aug. 27 to Oct. 7, 2020. Decisions will be made in the fall. Funding will be awarded through the Canadian Mental Health Association, following an adjudication process that will include the B.C. government, health authorities, the Community Action Initiative and other partners.
Bed-based treatment and recovery programs are an important part of the substance-use continuum of care available to people in British Columbia. They provide safe, structured living environments where people can focus on their recovery journey.
These grants will help address gaps in the system and improve mental health and addictions services as the Province continues to build the comprehensive system of care that British Columbians deserve.
Improving treatment and recovery services is an integral part of A Pathway to Hope, B.C.’s roadmap for making mental health and addictions care better for people in British Columbia.
Implementing A Pathway to Hope is a shared priority with the BC Green Party caucus and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.
The new millennium brought the latest building upgrades that enabled the club to cement and enlarge the ice surface. International-sized ice could allow the facility to be used for practice sites for Olympians coming to B.C. The building and
downstairs washrooms became wheelchair accessible.
The Town of Oliver allowed the club to have summer rental in the downstairs area for children’s Sun Fun group organized by the Parks and Rec. This helped with the club’s maintenance costs.
From 1970-2020 (approximately) improvements to the club cost $150,00 in cash and $150,00 in sweat equity by the hard-working members.
Over 50 years, it is estimated that approximately 20,000 Men and Ladies from all parts of the interior and the coast were entertained by participating in our Men’s, Ladies and Mixed bonspiels.
In addition, for more than 20 years the Knights of Columbus, Kinsmen, Legion and Heart and Stroke organizations had annual bonspiels which entertained an additional 5,000 plus curlers. BC Tel and West Kootenay Power also had their weekend bonspiel at our club for many years.
The club had provided and estimated 10,000 persons years of winter recreation through our club leagues during the regular season.
We are immensely proud of our facility and also very thankful to all of the volunteers who have stepped up and willingly gave of their expertise and time to keep the club going year after year.
A big thank you to all!
Story written by Johanne Smith
Breakdown of all cases of Covid 19 reported in the Okanagan/Similkameen in 2020
Kelowna/Central Okanagan 209
“We have provided the latest local health area map of COVID-19 cases. The map will be updated each month and available on the BCCDC website. What the map tells us is that virtually every part of our province has been touched by the virus – communities large and small.” Health Minister Adrian Dix
Figures and map supplied by the BC Centre for Disease Control
Just reading one of my “rash” comments this morning about illicit drugs and what to do about the problem.
First I really feel for anyone who has lost a child to this addiction/affliction.
Some in our society want to legalize all drugs with conditions:
get a prescription from a Medical Doctor – have the order distributed by a pharmacy.
on the surface not a bad idea but it does not solve the addiction.
In some major centers in Canada – clean needles and supervision can be given to addicts when shooting up – not a bad idea either.
My “rash” idea was that treatment centers to get people off drugs should be in remote areas with a programme agreed to by addict and family.
Sorry folks whether the addiction is beer, scotch, dope of all descriptions – it is an addiction to a substance that prevents a person from a normal productive life.
Take the poll on the right and don’t quibble on the how the poll looks:
Are you in favour of legalizing illicit drugs? Yes or No (Result 116 votes 75 No 41 Yes)
Note from Publisher – once this poll is spent we will add a second one – Are you in favour of de-criminalizing street drugs. Yes or No ( 41 votes cast 21 yes adn 20 no )
Head of SOS Medical Foundation moves on
In life you should always be prepared for change. Look no closer than the recent impact and change we’ve all seen in our lives because of a virus which has swept the planet. The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation is now experiencing some change as Carey Bornn, our Executive Director, is moving on.
Bornn joined the SOS Medical Foundation four years ago when we were in the midst of the
biggest fundraising campaign in our history to provide medical equipment for the Penticton
Regional Hospital expansion. Last year we saw the completion of this campaign with more than $25 million raised and we’re very grateful for the success Carey helped us achieve.
“I have really enjoyed my time working with such wonderful people,” Bornn said. “Having
success in what I do is important, but for me it’s always about enjoying relationships. Those who know me well, know that family is everything to me. My three boys and nine grand-kids give me so much joy in life.” Bornn also pointed to what helps him achieve goals he set for work success. “When I started fundraising in 1991 I began a habit of every year setting work goals. Setting clear goals and plans sets the path for success.
I believe in an old quote by Theodore Roosevelt – ‘Believe you can and you’re halfway there.’”
Detailed plans support safe return to classroom
VICTORIA – Back to school plans for K-12 families are now posted for all 60 school districts, so parents and families can prepare to support their children for a safe return to the classroom.
“There is no better place than in-class learning. With these plans now in place, parents can feel confident about sending their children back to school and assured that strict health and safety measures are in place to protect students and staff,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “I know that some families will continue to have medical or health concerns, and my expectation is that school districts will be flexible and work with families to provide remote options that keep children connected to their school community.”
Fleming has directed school districts to contact all families in their school communities to share their safety plans and to confirm if they are planning for their child to attend school classes in September, or if they need alternative learning options.
The Ministry of Education has given school districts the flexibility and certainty to find options that work for families. This includes the authority for all school boards to offer remote options to students within their districts, as well as the tools they need to increase their existing programs to meet demand.
Teachers will return to schools Sept. 8 for two days of health and safety orientation and planning, and students return Sept. 10 for a two-day orientation of their own.
School District #53
The District has developed a set of measures and guidelines as outlined in the Exposure Control Plan for a Pandemic and follows the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer and BC Health Minister (Public Health).
Self-Assessment: Parents are responsible to assess their children daily before sending them to school. Staff are responsible for their own daily self-assessment. Those who are asymptomatic but with a household member who has cold, influenza, or COVID-19 like symptoms, can still attend school.
Symptoms: Anyone with symptoms, must not enter the school (note: those with seasonal allergies or other COVID-19 like symptoms related to an existing condition can continue to attend school but should manage their symptoms). It is expected than anyone with cold, influenza, or COVID-19 like symptoms are seeking assessment by a health-care provider.
Each site will have a plan to efficiently isolate and swiftly remove students/staff who become symptomatic while on site.
Orientation/Training: All staff and students will participate in protocol training/orientation.
Hand Hygiene: Regular hand washing will be mandatory and hand hygiene posters will be displayed. Access to hand sanitization is in place at every school/site.
Personal Protective Equipment: Two reusable masks will be provided to staff and secondary students. At secondary schools, masks are required while in high traffic areas. Outside the learning group or in situations where physical distancing is not possible, masks will be worn.
Non-medical masks are not recommended for elementary school students due to the
increased likelihood they will touch their face and eyes, as well as require assistance to properly put on and take off their mask (requiring increased close personal contact from school staff).
Physical Distancing Strategies: Physical distancing and proper hygiene etiquette continue to be the most effective strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Schools/sites have signage including floor decals and posters to ease the flow of traffic and remind students of social distancing. Sites will determine specific strategies relevant to their location
such as specified entrance/exits, designated washrooms, room capacity limits, and staggered breaks. Adults are required to physical distance from other adults. Within a learning group, limited physical contact is encouraged.
Ventilation System: Prior to school start up all mechanical system filters will be replaced, and air volume will be increased to maximum allowance of fresh air while maintaining comfort levels in all buildings.
Cleaning and Disinfecting: Our schools/sites will have a minimum of two cleaning/disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces within the school day and at least one deep cleaning/disinfecting per day.
After such a cool Spring the heat we are now experiencing is a bit of a shock and a reminder of how quickly we can move from a flooding situation to a potential deadly fire season. It is even more of a worry as so many people have taken up camping in our unregulated areas and unfortunately, not everyone treats our environment with care. Garbage left in our forests creates an additional fire hazard and a danger to the health of our wildlife. Please be extra aware of all the potential problems if you choose to go ‘ off the grid’ and be respectful of others and our environment.
The volume of visitors we are experiencing is a mixed blessing for the entire Okanagan, Boundary and Similkameen. Our Tourism Industry desperately needs the numbers of visitors that are here just to continue to survive as businesses, and also, to continue to employ the large numbers of local people who depend on those jobs. With the extra visitors around I have made it a habit to wear a mask whenever I am inside where there are people not in my bubble, and I continue to social distance where possible and wash my hands.
And yet we are all concerned at the rising numbers of Covid cases and the impact another lock down would have on our economy and our mental health. It is extremely unfortunate that our population under the age of 40 does not understand the seriousness of this virus. This group is used to socializing in larger numbers with many people who are not close friends but are part of a larger collective that meet at bars and other social gathering places as part of their normal lifestyle. I think we all can understand the difficulty in changing these patterns but it is extremely important to the health of our entire community that everyone make an effort to social distance and follow all the health guidelines.
The Legislature completed a six week hybrid sitting on Aug 14th with the Premiers Estimates which is really an opportunity for the Leader of the Opposition to question the Premier directly on issues of concern to all British Columbians. There are always lots of questions and traditionally not a lot of answers, this year was no different. Topics such as an Economic Recovery Plan ( which other Provinces have but BC doesn’t) , the escalating OPIOD crisis, the warehousing of the homeless in motels without supports that is destroying the surrounding Businesses, the costs of strata and ICBC insurance, and the uncertainty of just what School is going to look like for the fall, just to name a few.
I have a daughter who is trying to work and yet has two young children who need an education also. How do parents hold down a job when they have no idea of whether there will be only one day, or two days,or five days a week, that kids will be in School. The Minister of Education is now leaving all the decisions up to each individual School District to come up with a plan, and I am sure no two districts will be the same. The BC Government continues to hide behind Dr. Henry to make all the decisions as it relates to every aspect of our economic recovery while in every other Province the elected government is taking responsibility and putting out concrete plans to move forward to reboot their economies. And Daycare is still an issue for many parents trying to get back to work. It will be a difficult and uncertain September, not just for the parents but also for our hard working School Trustees, Teachers, School District Staff and all the people who work inside our school system. Please be patient.
Another aspect of concern for this Riding is staffing our Ski Resorts this winter. Big White normally hires 1200 workers for the season, many who normally come from Australia and New Zealand and with the resurgence of Covid 19 “down under” this is another very serious economic issue facing our Communities. Apex and Mt Baldy as well as numerous other Ski Hills around our Province are also caught in this situation – where are the employees going to come from this winter?
Over the next few weeks I will be on the road in my Riding trying to catch up with Communities on issues that have had to take a back seat to Covid for the last 6 months. UBCM is traditionally held the last two weeks in Sept but like most organizations the Executive will be working on plans to help Municipal and Regional Governments connect to the Ministries with their concerns. It will be virtual and unfortunately will not have the same success rate on resolving issues as meeting face to face has done in the past. We will all make the best of it.
My Office is open to the Public, Tues, Wed and Thursday from 10-2. If you cannot connect with us during that time please phone 250-498-5122 and we will return your call and arrange a face to face meeting if necessary.
Winners this week are
AUGUST 25, 2020 REGULAR DRAW WINNER OF $52.00 – Ticket 338 – Frank Silveira
AUGUST 25, 2020 REGULAR DRAW WINNER OF $100 – Ticket 310 – Dave Shaw
Monday night, loving mothers & friends met at Medicis in Oliver to honour their children lost to drug harms and to create purple ribbons to place around the town for International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st.
By drawing specific attention to Overdose Awareness the mothers hope to reduce drug stigma and shame. In addition the town will display purple lights on various buildings around town: The Legion, Movie Theatre, Town Hall etc.
Local businesses will tie purple ribbons. This is part of a Canada wide initiative to draw attention to the grim Canadian overdose crisis. The Overdose pandemic has impacted more Canadians than all Covid deaths.
176 deaths in B.C. in the month of July alone from illicit drug overdoses.
This is a mental health crisis not a criminal statistic!
Picture and article submitted by Joanne Ruhland
Last night – a black bear entered a liquor store in downtown Revelstoke
“I think he came in for a stroll” – the store door was ajar…..
One customer ….only one in store – “The customer just stood there. Shocked. I think he held his breath,”
“And he was only five feet away”
The bear left the store and ran across the street and climbed a tree…then left downtown, crossed the railway tracks and retreated into the woods.
“He didn’t have ID, so I couldn’t serve him”
Owner of store – Claudio Brunetti
(with thanks to Black Press)
Some alerts still exist
All orders have been cancelled and residents have returned to their homes
“The number of people dying in B.C. due to an unsafe drug supply continues to surpass deaths due to homicides, motor vehicle incidents, suicides and COVID-19 combined,”
“This health emergency continues to take a tragic toll on people from all walks of life and in all communities of the province. Access to key harm reduction services in the midst of a dual health emergency has been a challenge, and the extreme concentration of the illicit fentanyl being trafficked is resulting in deaths within moments of use”
Lisa Lapointe, BC chief coroner
UPDATE on IH numbers:
- A total of eight (8) new COVID-19 cases were reported in Interior Health since Friday, bringing the total number of cases in IH since the start of the pandemic to 425.
- 21 cases are active and in isolation.
- No one is in hospital.
- Within IH, the cases linked to Kelowna since June 26 rose to 170 over the weekend. Six are active and in isolation.
- The outbreak at Okanagan Correctional Centre remains at seven (7) cases (all staff). Four are active.
- Source – Interior Health Authority
Provincially – 269 new cases reported over the weekend in a three day list
Friday – 109
Saturday – 81
Sunday – 79
1 new death
Source: BC CDC
Hester Creek Spillway Pipe Relining Award –
Council awarded the Hester Creek Spillway Pipe Relining Project to H & M Excavating Ltd. in the amount of $107,887.50. This project is to repair the culvert system which was damaged due to flooding and debris flows in the spring of 2017 and 2018.
Water Quality Summary Report for July 2020 –
The water distribution system is now in Summer Mode, using surface water for irrigation use, along with some ground water in System 2. Oliver had a total of 7.9 mm recorded in precipitation in the month of July. According to Environment Canada the normal July precipitation for Oliver from 1981-2010, is 25.5 mm. On July 1, 1924 an extreme rainfall of 44.55 mm was recorded.
Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1380.15 – 380 and 389 Chardonnay Ave –
Council gave third reading of Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1380.15. The subject properties are rezoning from RH1 (Residential High Density One) to RS1 (Residential Low Density One) to facilitate a two-lot subdivision on each of the two subject properties. The proposed zoning is in alignment with the Official Community Plan and Council waived the holding of a public hearing at a prior meeting.
2019 Annual Report –
Council endorsed the 2019 Annual Report. The Annual Report is on the Town of Oliver website.
Transfer of Lease Oliver Airport Hangar –
Council consented to assigning Hangar #2 contained within the three-bay hangar from 3-Bar Construction to Tanya Lindley. The terms remain the same except for a reduction in the term to 23 years; August 2020 to May 2043.
Request to House Domestic Ducks –
Council directed staff to amend the Animal Control Bylaw 1224 to permit domestic ducks within the municipality. The amendments to the bylaw will place various restrictions and requirements for the keeping of ducks within Town.
Lake Country Artwalk 2020 –
Council agreed to participate in Lake Country’s Artwalk 2020 for the installation of art Muskoka/Adirondack style chairs in Oliver. Each chair will be a work of art with short positive messaging incorporated. Positive messaging include “kindness matters”,
“be creative”, “smile”, etc., with the intent to offer positive artwork during a difficult time.
International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) –
Council supported lighting up Town Hall and allowing the placement of purple ribbons on Main Street and the Bridge on August 31st to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day.
Affordable Housing Project Letter of Support –
To support Osoyoos Indian Band’s affordable housing project, Council will provide a letter of support. This project will provide homes for Indigenous people both band and non-band members as well as for people in the community of Oliver. Target populations are families, seniors and persons with disability, youth leaving care, and women with children who have experienced or are at risk of violence.
Report supplied by Town Staff
BC Community Housing Fund –
Council approved a $40,000 budget amendment from the General Capital Reserve to apply for a grant to the BC Community Housing Fund for a mixed use development on town-owned lots on Main Street. The development will comprise approximately 20 units of affordable housing, commercial space and a new Town Hall and Council Chambers.
The Downtown Revitalization Action Plan speaks to leveraging town-owned lots for development and/or collaborating with a developer for a Main Street development project.
*Former site of Collen’s Department Store now owned by the Town.
What is Influenza?
Influenza is a respiratory infection caused by viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae.
These viruses contain a lipid envelope. It can be distinguished from the common cold (which is also caused by viruses) because it generally results in a more severe illness, with a sudden onset of headache, chills and cough followed rapidly by a fever, appetite loss, muscle aches, and tiredness.
Cold symptoms, on the other hand, generally involve the upper respiratory tract with runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and throat irritation, and disappear in a few days.
Influenza typically lasts a week to 10 days.
The incubation period for influenza is 24 to 72 hours. Adults with influenza remain infectious for 3 to 5 days after onset of symptoms, and children may remain infectious for up to a week after onset.
In some people, especially young children and those over 65 years of age or people with other systemic illnesses (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, cancer, respiratory illnesses) influenza can be very severe, requiring hospitalization. People with these risk factors should receive immunization against influenza each year.
The death rate for influenza in Canada is 500 to 1500 cases per year. The combined, influenza and pneumonia which is a common complication of influenza, kills more than 8,000 people a year.
Reference Point – above graph does not include Pandemic Covid 19 figures
There have been 23 million infections of Covid 19 in the world since January
There have been 800 thousand deaths due to Covid 19 in the world since January
It is recognized that most or a very high percentage of those infected survive and that most of the deaths are in an age cohort of 70 years plus.
EOC Update: Evacuation Order and Alert remains in effect for RDOS
An EVACUATION ORDER remains in effect for 319 properties in the Heritage Hills area south of Penticton in Electoral Area “D” in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Christie Mountain Wildfire.
An EVACUATION ALERT remains in effect for 116 properties in the Upper Carmi area and Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park in Electoral Area “D”.
The City of Penticton has lifted its alert on the recommendation of BC Wildfire Service.
The RDOS has not received the same recommendation from BC Wildfire Service and is keeping the evacuation order and alert in place due to public safety concerns within the area.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time
Masks will be mandatory in No Frills and Real Canadian Superstores effective Saturday August 29
Other store with same policy announcing earlier
Marshall Stores – Winners and Home Sense
BC Transit, BC Ferries and all airlines
FROM: Randy Houle, Director of Development Services
RE: Request to house domestic ducks
The purpose of this report is to provide further information to Council regarding permitting domestic ducks within the Municipality, as per a request from a property owner who is subject to bylaw enforcement.
1. That Council direct staff to bring forth the required amendments to Animal Control Bylaw 1224 to a future Council meeting to permit domestic ducks within the municipality.
2. That Council receive and file the letter and direct Staff to provide a response to the inquirer.
3. That Council requires additional information from Staff.
Oliver Council to review report Monday, discuss and decide outcome of a previous application for permission to raise ducks…..
Staff have conducted further research on domestic ducks and can provide the following
As per William F. Dean, Ph.D., and Tirath S. Sandhu, DVM, Ph.D of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine:
• the majority of breeds are a descendant of the Mallard, with the exception of the
• are a source of meat, eggs and down-feathers. Good dietary sources of high quality
protein, energy and vitamins and minerals.
• are larger and heavier than wild breads.
• typically have a higher rate of egg laying than wild breeds.
• wings are typically shorter than the wild breeds.
• have lost their ability to fly.
• the three most common forms of domestic ducks are described below:
o grow rapidly, reach approximately 90% of their adult weight at 7 weeks.
o Large white duck with bright yellow bill, average 2.5ft in length and weigh
about 7 pounds.
o genetically different than other domestic ducks.
o Dark brown, mixed with white.
o do not quack.
o Cayuga: (this is the type of ducks that the subject property owner has)
o black iridescent feathers, black bills and black feet.
o medium heavy bread that is slow growing.
o calm disposition, generally quiet.
• Other domestic duck species include the Asylesbury, Rouen, Call, Indian runner, Khaki
Campbell, Albio, Maya and Tsaiya. The subject property owner has Cayuga ducks.
• weigh less and have longer wings than domestic ducks.
• ex: Mallard (weighs 2.5 pounds and a wingspan of under 3 feet).
Appropriate Housing of Ducks:
• simple structure, such as a partially-enclosed shed, inexpensive fencing, a feed hopper
or trough made of wood and a simply constructed watering advice.
• Shelter should be located on a high, well-drained area of the yard. Sandy soil is
preferred as it drains quickly after rain.
• earth area should be bedded with straw, shavings or other dry absorbent material.
• Low fencing is satisfactory for Pekins as they don’t fly, but not for Muscovies which are adept to becoming airborn.
• The open areas of the shed may have to be covered with netting or mesh to protect the
ducks from predators at night.
• Ducks drink and excrete more water than chickens or turkeys. Their droppings contain
over 90% moisture. It is therefore necessary to take extra measures to maintain litter
floors inside sheltered areas in a dry condition. This will require regular addition of fresh bedding, on top of the bedding that has become soiled or wet, and when necessary,
cleaning out the old litter and replacing it with fresh litter. Under semi-confinement
growing, in which case ducklings spend most of their time outdoors during the day
(after the first 3 weeks), waterers should be located outside, as far away from the house
as possible. This will reducing tracking water to the litter. During periods when
temperatures drop below freezing, water must be provided indoors. Duck yards should
be maintained in a clean condition by removing the upper few inches of soil and
replacing it with clean soil (preferably sand) whenever necessary.
Staff have consulted the City of Nanaimo which provided the following comments in relation to ducks being permitted within their municipality:
• one or two complaints in the past 5 years related to a duck escaping from a property.
• complaints are limited since there is a requirement to maintain a setback from a
property line with the coop.
• ducks are a bit dirtier than chickens.
• there has not been any cases where a bylaw officer had to interpret the difference
between a wild or domestic duck.
• they have far more dog complaints than duck complaints.
Staff believe that if Council directs Staff to bring forth amendments to the animal control bylaw to permit ducks, guidelines should be put in place such as placing a maximum number based on the size of the property, and requiring that the coop be located a minimum of 10 feet from the neighbouring property.
At the July 27th Regular Open Council Meeting, the following resolution was passed:
R-222/2020 MOVED and SECONDED
• That Council direct Staff to provide additional information on domestic ducks within the
The Staff report has been attached to this report for Council’s information.
BCWS reports 200 personnel on the ground at the Mt. Christie Fire
BCWS reports fire zone has grown to 2035 hectares in size
Stateside – Palmer Lake fire grows to 17,1227 acres
Fire is 7 miles southwest of Oroville
“Since the start of the pandemic, there have been
1,569 cases of COVID-19 in Vancouver Coastal Health region,
2,572 in Fraser Health region,
160 in Island Health region,
417 in Interior Health region,
122 in the Northern Health region and
75 cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
Astounding actually… IHA 25% the number of cases in Vancouver Coastal but similarly – add all regions and stats outside lower mainland – they do not match the Vancouver Coastal figure and if you add all cases but Fraser Health they do not match the case load of 2572 for FHA.