Archives for August 31, 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