Archives for August 18, 2020
An Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC).
The RDOS EOC has placed 319 properties under Evacuation ORDER due to a wildfire at Heritage Hills and near McLean Creek Road in Electoral Area “D”.
An Evacuation ORDER has been issued to prepare residents to evacuate their premises or property.
The RDOS EOC is working with BC Wildfire to assess the situation.
Osoyoos – west of golf course on Dividend Ridge
Information that has been provided was as follows:
|Vicinity||Palmer Lake, Washington (USA)|
|Proximity||Approximately 15kms from Canada/USA Border|
Ok Falls – east of Heritage Hill south of Penticton
Both pictures taken adjacent to Black Sage Rd Oliver
Christie Mountain (K51287)
Last updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 5:59 PM
Location: 6 kilometres north of Okanagan Falls on the east side of Skaha Lake
Discovered: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Size: 250.0 hectares (estimated)
• 0% contained
Reports have indicated the fire is an active surface fire with an organized flame front. The fire is burning in difficult rocky sloped terrain with limited access points for ground crews.
Interface: Interface Fire
Evacuation Order is in effect.
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I was out on the lake yesterday and observed green algae blooms near the residences along the west side. This is green filamentous algae and it does not pose any health risk to recreational users of the lake.
Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) would be a concern however there have been no observations of this kind of algae. We continue voluntary testing of the water along the shore of the park/beach on a weekly basis through the Interior Health Beach Testing program and if any results came back that were higher than recommended levels of E Coli we would be obligated to report back to the community.
The Oliver Parks and Recreation Society manages the park and beach on Tuc El Nuit Lake, however the water/lake is not within our or the Town of Oliver’s jurisdiction of management.
The Ministry of Environment and the Okanagan Water Basin Board would be better sources of information and action if there are concerns.
Manager, Oliver Parks and Recreation
Editor’s note: That should read OBWB – Okanagan Basin Water Board. – As this is not part of a river or creek system. I doubt the Board would say it is within their jurisdiction as no powered apparatus allowed on land locked lakes like Gallagher or Tuc-el-nuit.
The B.C. government has formally extended the provincial state of emergency, allowing Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act to support the Province’s COVID-19 pandemic response.
“The vast majority of British Columbians are following Dr. Henry’s orders of seeing fewer faces in bigger spaces, but we all have to remain committed to flattening the curve,” said Premier John Horgan. “British Columbians have sacrificed a lot to keep transmission rates down, and now unsafe parties and gatherings are eroding that hard work. We’re committed to getting our province back on track and will be announcing enforcement action against those who continue to put others at risk.”
The state of emergency is extended through the end of the day on Sept. 1, 2020, to allow government to continue to take the necessary actions to keep British Columbians safe and manage immediate concerns, such as recent outbreaks in some areas of the province.
“We put these orders in place for a reason, and they are not optional,” Farnworth said. “Public health orders must be followed to ensure public safety, and I will be bringing in new measures later this week to address the actions of those who demonstrate their indifference to the health and safety of others.”
Actions taken in the previous two weeks to support British Columbians include:
- appointing Sandra Banister, QC, to conduct a review of layoff and recall rights of unionized workers in B.C.’s hotel sector as a result of COVID-19;
- working with the federal government to ensure that BC Ferries is eligible for the transit funding envelope of the Safe Restart Agreement;
- ensuring schools are ready to welcome students into classrooms by putting an orientation week in place to allow extra time to orient students and staff on the new health and safety measures in place;
- updated operational guidelines on wearing masks in schools to help ensure a consistent province wide approach to keep schools safe for all students, teachers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic;
- announcing plans to hire approximately 500 additional health professionals to increase contact tracing around B.C.,
- announcing more people in B.C. will have access to life-saving overdose prevention, treatment and supports, part of $10.5 million to accelerate the response to an increasingly toxic illicit drug supply due to COVID-19;
- giving renters until July 2021 to pay arrears per a new repayment framework for renters with outstanding rent from April to August 2020, posted to Residential Tenancy Branch website; and
- extending emergency support for vulnerable people during COVID-19 through the temporary COVID-19 Crisis Supplement. The supplement will be extended for four months and will continue to be provided to low-income seniors receiving the B.C. Senior’s Supplement and income assistance and disability recipients residing in special care facilities.
The winners for this week are:
Dave Mattes – $52.00 and
Jessica Kruger – $100.00
Today I have a great granddaughter turning one year old. It set me to thinking what kind of example am I setting for her and what will she learn from the example I Set. It opened another line of thought about how we as adults are influenced by what we saw and heard growing up. Thinking in that vain we might be able to answer the question we sometimes ask about others and how we might apply the same question to ourselves.
The question being “What makes Him or Her tick?
I am not a professional at these things but I have faced many situations where answering that question quickly was needed. Sometimes people miss an opportunity to have a real discussion. The behavior you often see is not the real person in many cases.
No, past or childhood situations don’t always mold the person in all cases but some life situations alter a persons perspective and influence decisions in some cases. Joining a cause is one example. Be it the fight against cancer, a call to a political party, or the joining of a service club.
Take the current tensions in society Canada first this time. When it comes to refugees, it has always been a negative backlash. Go back in our history. That’s only 153 years. The English did their best to ethnically cleans the Maritimes by expelling the French. At one point, Italians were the target. Then it was Irish Catholics, the Ukrainians and eastern Europeans.
The big “hissy fits” came when the Chinese, Japanese and people from India wanted to join the family. Even worse the Muslims.
Some people shout its the work of white supremacists. How can those who hate feel superior when the trigger emotion for hate is usually fear? If your are afraid you don’t feel as superior as you pretend to be.
After all this huffing and puffing, what was the result? The fact is the Muslims, nor Buddhists, Sikhs, nor Irish Catholics sought to fundamentally change the society or its laws to convert the masses to their will.
Other behaviors are influenced by what people feel facts aside. Years ago when I worked in radio before the internet, more than once I had someone on the phone being coy. From their demeanor I took no chances. We phoned the RCMP, traced the call and rescued the person committing suicide. Those three experiences influenced my thinking to ask. “What’s really going on?”
Another reaction of suspect behavior may come from depression, anxiety or fear or worse yet, the loss of a child. The latter is a club you never want to belong to. I know that all too well.
Today we have too many people with too much month and not enough money, we have people afraid to go to the store. We have too many who scoff at whatever action is being taken. The reason? In my view fear does strange things to people that create negative attitudes.
This creates division and a blame game. In Canada we haven’t been perfect it what has been done but unlike our neighbors to the south, we have done something. We have leaders who trust science and not snake oil solutions.
So what are the catalysts for all this negativity? Fear, uncertainty and a world moving to fast with too many facts to absorb, we have well meaning people who believe in conspiracies, to explain what cannot be explained. We have people who think, I am young and immune.
There are those who believe in faith alone, listening to those who have their own agenda. There are those who say science doesn’t have all the answers, and others who do not value faith. The truth is no one has all the answers or the problem would be solved. Right now Mother Nature is in charge, and she has a harsh condemnation for us all.
Our actions and misspoken words in the midst of societies troubled waters have more lessons and meaning than we realize. At present we can do something positive that takes nothing more than a bit of time. We can listen to each other, we can comfort one another and before we are quick to judge or condemn, remember the words of the old song Walk A Mile In My Shoes.
That is the first step to changing the equation that will bring us together.