Archives for October 2020
Putting the Pieces Together
His young daughter kept asking questions as he was reading the newspaper. Irked somewhat by the interruptions, he thought of a way in which he could keep her busy for a long time. He pulled out a big page from the newspaper that contained a big map of the world and its estimated populations for each country. Then he roughly cut it into pieces and put the result into a mixed up pile. “There,” he declared. “See if you can put the world back together.”
Confident that he would now have peace for a long time, he settled back into his easy chair. A few minutes later she asked the father to come and check her work. The father was astounded to see the whole world back together without a mistake.
“How did you do that so quickly? You are too young to know anything about world geography?” asked the father.
“Well,” she replied. “On the back of this page was a big picture of Jesus because this is Easter time. I know about Jesus and when I put Him together the whole world is together too.”
Okanagan Chinook Mitigation Workshop – November 3rd
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is currently coordinating a Species at Risk Act (SARA) listing process for Okanagan Chinook.
This population was assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada as endangered in 2017 and DFO is evaluating whether or not to list the species under SARA. To inform this, DFO is working on management scenarios to determine what mitigation measures can be undertaken towards species recovery and how these measures would differ if the species is listed or not listed.
The workshop will bring together local experts and resource managers to discuss risks and identify mitigation options for freshwater threats in the Canadian Okanagan basin. Mitigation options will be considered across four categories:
stock assessment and monitoring,
habitat protection and restoration,
dams and water management, and
invasive species management.
This work is of high importance because Okanagan Chinook Salmon are the only Columbia River population in Canada and are genetically distinct from all other Canadian Chinook Salmon populations.
Okanagan Chinook are considered a “first food” and are of high importance to the Syilx Okanagan Nation. These fish were formerly the subject of an important Indigenous food fishery and commercial trade, but today few persist in the wild. The Okanagan Nation Alliance has been actively involved in the study and conservation of the fish, and are leading numerous restoration initiatives including returning channelized portions of the river to a more natural state, creating spawning beds in Penticton and Oliver, improving fish passage at dams, and hatchery production.
Source: Staff report OB water Board
“Everyone’s really tired.”
“It’s not ending, and it’s not going to end soon, and that creates its own anxiety,,,,,”
Health Minister Adrian Dix
Gatherings outside and inside
Keep gatherings small, local and within your social group this year.
Celebrate outside when you can.
Bundle up for picnics or a late season BBQ.
Considering visiting a heated, outdoor patio.
Be mindful of safety around outdoor heaters and open fires, particularly if children are involved.
If you plan for an indoor visit with people outside of your household, here are a few things you can do to make your time inside together safer.
Keep your gathering small, limit your gathering to your “stick to six” social group.
Check-in with guests before they arrive to make sure that they are feeling well and don’t have symptoms or recent contact with a confirmed case.
Visit in larger rooms where there is more space for people to sit or stand farther apart.
Choose well-ventilated spaces (spaces where there is lots of fresh air) and open windows if you can.
Limit your time indoors together (the less time you spend in a confined space together, the better). For example, consider offering “just dessert” rather than a long meal. Consider the impacts that alcohol and substance use can have on maintaining physical distancing.
If you need to pass someone in a tight space (like a hallway or on stairs) try to pass them quickly or wait until they are gone before you enter hallways or stairs.
Encourage non-contact greetings such as elbow bumps or waves to reduce physical contact.
Keep music low to reduce the need for loud talking or shouting.
Make sure you have a place for guests to wash their hands.
Graphic and info from BC Centre for Disease Control
Covid has a lot to answer for, not only the inconvenience of the mask/hand sanitizing and social distancing thing but, this year, it is making honouring our veterans impossible.
I was really saddened to hear that there will be no memorial at the cenotaph, no public laying of poppy wreaths and no service of remembrance. The sight of Legion members presenting the flags is very touching and, although I was born too late to remember the war and didn’t have family members lost in battle, I think it is important to honour the memory of those who fought.
How many of those people who are refusing to wear a mask or those who think it is a government ploy to get us to “toe the line” actually wore a uniform and left their home and family to protect those “rights” that they now insist on?
Although I believe it is everyone’s choice whether they comply with the present rules or not, I also believe those who refuse to wear a mask should stay away from those willing to comply. If you wish to call us scared, that is fine, it is your opinion. Personally, I am not scared of the virus as I know of no-one who has contacted the virus. We live in a rather safe little spot of BC and are lucky that the small outbreak on an orchard was soon dealt with.
Whilst I am not scared for myself, I know that my daughters are worried that if I catch the virus, I may get really ill as I have had pneumonia twice in the last five years. At first I found social distancing hard but, as most people have adjusted to it, I have resumed lunching with friends in my bubble. Restaurants are doing their best to cope with the new rules, so I feel safe enough to go out once in a while and enjoy lunch with friends.
If we do not support our local businesses during this time, we will lose them. Another café closed this week and several stores closed their doors permanently in the past few weeks.
I believe that the Legion members will be presenting the colours and laying wreaths, on behalf of those who purchased them, on November 11th. Whether the public is invited or not, I believe it is our duty to attend, and show our gratitude to those who served to defend our freedom. The outdoors air should be cold and invigorating and not a place for germs to be lingering. I sincerely hope that others will join me there, wearing a mask and staying six feet away from me, of course.
A time change Sunday morning
A big event Saturday in the dark
Does anyone have a list of friendly – Covid-19 safe events in Oliver and/or Osoyoos?
My memory is of four brothers – each with a pillow case – doing the rounds to get as much cheap candy, peanuts, apples, suckers etc from the neighbours…. we would come home – throw it all on the front room floor – eat, suck, spit etc. until we …..p___ed.
Halloween in those days sponsored by the Canadian Dental Association
- Police-reported crime in Canada, as measured by the Crime Severity Index (CSI), increased 5% from 75.6 in 2018 to 79.5 in 2019, but the index was 9% lower in 2019 than a decade earlier in 2009. The CSI measures the volume and severity of police-reported crime in Canada, and it has a base index value of 100 for 2006.
- All measures of the CSI – the overall CSI, the Violent CSI and the Non-violent CSI – increased for the fifth consecutive year. The change in the overall CSI in 2019 was the result of increases in police-reported rates of numerous offences, both violent and non-violent, most notably fraud (+8%) and child pornography (+46%), as well as uttering threats (+20%), mischief (+8%), sexual assault (level 1) (+7%), and shoplifting of $5,000 or under (+11%). A 1% decline in the rate of breaking and entering, among other offences, partially mitigated the impact of these increases on the CSI. An increase in importation or exportation under the Cannabis Act was partially mitigated by a concomitant decrease in trafficking, production, importation or exportation of cannabis (CDSA).
- There were over 2.2 million police-reported Criminal Code incidents (excluding traffic) reported by police in 2019, about 164,700 more incidents than in 2018. At 5,874 incidents per 100,000 population, the police-reported crime rate—which measures the volume of crime—increased 7% in 2019. This rate, however, was still 9% lower than a decade earlier in 2009.
- In 2019, the overall volume and severity of violent crime, as measured by the Violent Crime Severity Index (VCSI), was 89.7, a 7% increase from 2018, but 5% lower than in 2009. The overall volume and severity of non-violent crime—as measured by the Non-violent CSI (NVCSI)—increased 4% in 2019, but was 11% lower than in 2009.
- In 2019, police reported 678 homicides, 20 more than the previous year. The national homicide rate increased 2% from 1.78 homicides per 100,000 population in 2018, to 1.80 homicides per 100,000 population in 2019. The number of firearm-related (+10) and gang-related (+6) homicides increased in 2019.
- In 2019, police reported 174 Indigenous victims of homicide, an increase from 141 in 2018. This represents a rate approximately six and a half times higher than the rate for non-Indigenous homicide victims (8.82 homicides per 100,000 compared to 1.34 per 100,000).
- The rates of violent and non-violent offences specific to firearms increased for the fifth consecutive year in 2019. The number of violent offences specific to firearms increased by 642 (from 2,861 in 2018 to 3,503 in 2019), a 21% rate increase, with increases across all three violent firearm violations: discharging a firearm with intent (+28% increase in rate, +341 incidents), pointing of a firearm (+17%, +223 incidents), and using a firearm in the commission of an indictable offence (+14%, +78 incidents). Additionally, the rate of non-violent weapons violations increased 11% to 50 incidents per 100,000 population. The vast majority (91%) of these violations were related to possession of weapons and weapons possession contrary to an order.
- Police-reported rates of all cannabis-related drug offences have declined every year since 2012, with precipitous declines in 2018 and 2019. Starting October 17, 2018 with the enactment of the Cannabis Act, police have reported a total of 18,097 incidents under the legislation. Following more than 14 months of enforcement, the most common types of offences under the Cannabis Act were related to importation or exportation (64% of all Cannabis Act offences), possession (13%), and sale (7%). In 2019, there was a national increase in the rates of drug offences related to opioids (+48%), cocaine (+3%) and methamphetamine (crystal meth) (+3%).
- The rate of police-reported impaired driving (alcohol, drugs and unspecified) increased 19% in 2019, to 228 incidents per 100,000 population. The increase was primarily due to increases in both alcohol-impaired (+9%) and drug-impaired driving (+43%). New impaired driving legislation, which came into force in 2018, provided police with greater authority to conduct alcohol and drug screening, which may have allowed police to detect more instances of impaired driving. Under this legislation, a relatively high number (4,618) of incidents were reported in 2019 as impaired driving caused by a combination of alcohol and drugs.
The federal government is investing $4.9 million under the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund to help British Columbia (B.C.) farmers better protect the health and safety of farm workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Everyone needs to feel safe and supported when they go to work. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting the health of all farm workers who are working hard to feed Canadians has been a top priority. With this program, British Columbia farmers will have the support they need to ensure the right measures are in place to safeguard their employees’ health and safety and limit the spread of the virus,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of agriculture and agri-food.
The federal funding will be delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia (IAF).
Applications will be accepted through IAF’s portal from Oct. 27, 2020 to Nov. 17, 2020. Contributions under the program will be cost-shared 50:50 with the applicants, up to $100,000.
“I think it’s quite clear that in the middle of a pandemic, making changes to daylight saving is not an urgent issue on people’s minds,” said B.C. Premier John Horgan in a statement this week.
“Our government is currently focused on putting in place the details of the economic recovery while taking the steps we need to protect British Columbians during this pandemic,” he said.
Editor’s note – I thought we were going to stay with DST and not make a change. So the government now wants to revert back to Standard Time – and go through the whole process again in the spring.
This is leadership? Or is it the tail wagging the dog – as we wait for the folks in Washington DC to approve a move by west coast states. Should we ask the Mexicans?
Our decision to move to the south end of Penticton is in part a result of many members asking us to have a presence in the city. Penticton is increasingly becoming a primary location for shopping, school and work. Our new location will allow us to better serve our members who spend much of their time in the city.
All changes will take place in 2021, with the Osoyoos – Oliver transition slated for February 27, 2021 and the new Penticton branch expected to open in the spring?
Source: website of ISCU
The shadows remain when it comes to the final tally of election results in BC.
The margin of victory in some riding’s shows that even uncounted ballots will not make enough of a difference to change the outcome. Opposition Leader Wilkinson saw the outcome and did the honorable thing, he resigned.
I had spoken to a number of friends that believed the NDP were toast. So what happened?
There are a myriad of factors. I remember people saying we don’t need an election. The public agreed and returned a government that is popular at the moment.
The Liberals were living in a political vacuum without solid leadership. They lacked a central message and were not in tune with what voters were looking for. At the end they threw a number of Hail Mary Passes.
One the tax reduction. We will need every tax dollar we can find. Voters have clued in, tax reduction means program cuts and that is an unpalatable choice in uncertain times.
Picking on ICBC was disingenuous. Remember when the Liberals were in power they milked the ICBC coffers to balance their budget. I think there was an unwillingness to change horses in mid stream.
The changing face of the political map is another red flag the Liberals did not see coming. The urban rural divide. The NDP has become the urban progressive party and that is where the votes are. It should be pointed out the urban middle class is pushing into areas once considered rural due to the cost of housing. The younger voters are more conscious of social issues.
The Liberals did not see far enough down the road.
The one thing that may be a problem is, the older members of the Liberal/Conservative coalition are more fiscally and socially conservative and the youth they are trying to reach, are not. If you look at the polling numbers and where the political lines are drawn it is as if the parties traded places.
The next four years are going to be interesting, to the point where it could be a fight for survival. Yes Green vote has a bearing on NDP vote but if the youth vote grows it will have a profound effect on the Liberal refit program as well.
The mix of social and fiscal issues is captured in the political pulse of the Greens and the NDP. I point out the slashing of the PST and destruction of ICBC were worthy of mention and were seen as a death rattle for a party that had little in the way of an alternative to offer.
What many still don’t understand is politics is a living entity and the BC Liberals were totally unprepared.
Remains found after early morning fire at Penticton condo complex
The Penticton RCMP are participating in a joint investigation with partnering agencies into an early morning fire after the remains of two persons were located in the ruins.
Although the cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed, it does not appear to be criminal in nature.
On October 27, 2020 at 4:18 a.m., the Penticton RCMP received a request to assist the Penticton Fire Department with a large structure fire on Elm Avenue. Once the fire was out and a structural engineer deemed it was safe to go in, fire services located the bodies of two persons.
The BC Coroners Service is also conducting an independent and concurrent fact-finding investigation to determine how, where, when and by what means the decedents came to their unexpected deaths.
Pool (Aquatic Centre) for the Southern Okanagan
Area C – Oliver
Area A – Osoyoos
Plan was to find enough $$$ to fund a feasibility study – The two Towns have a working relationship but so far the OIB and the two rural areas reluctant to fund the study or the multi-million dollar cost of construction.
The Town of Oliver working on obtaining a grant. A homeless shelter could be located at the United Church.
Someone, not sure who, is pushing for back yard fires inside Town boundaries. Councillors seemed reluctant to allow anything other than propane, natural gas, briquettes in a certified appliance.
Not sure we will hear about this again.
On a complaint basis – too much work for Bylaw Officers and the Fire Chief.
A motorcycle rear ended a small car on Hwy 97 near Secrest Hill Rd.
The driver of the motorcycle suffered non-life threatening injuries. No injuries to anyone in the automobile. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash. Motor Vehicle Act offences are under investigation.
Cpl Brian Evans – Detachment Commander – Oliver
Location – just south of River Rd – corner
Time 2:45 pm Tuesday
One car apparently diverted off the road – a motorcycle may also have been involved
One person transported to hospital by EMS
No details from RCMP yet
Traffic being diverted
3:36 – all OFD units back in quarters
RCMP update – driver of garbage truck seriously injured and hospitalized.
The collision occurred Monday – late in the afternoon and involved a dump truck as well.
Officers are investigating to determine the cause and the level of blame. No word on that.
The SO Traffic Division is responsible for a media briefing soon.
Location: Hwy 97 South (just north of Rd 20)
Lots of RCMP units with assistance from Oliver Fire Department
Waste Management Garbage truck off road
OCTOBER 27, 2020 REGULAR DRAW WINNER OF $52.00 – Ticket 217 –
OCTOBER 27, 2020 REGULAR DRAW WINNER OF $100.00 – Ticket 46 –
Outgoing 2020 Oliver Ambassadors Phat Thai, Sharon Grewal, Myaia Koenig and Kael Koteles were thanked by Council for their service to the community during their term.
2021 Ambassadors Phi Thai and Anika Franzen-Brown were introduced to Council and officially sworn-in for their tenures by reciting the Oliver Ambassadors Oath of Office.
Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Grant –
Unique Heritage Funding Stream – Replacement of Town Hall siding has been identified as needing replacement for a number of years and is contained in the five year capital budget at an estimated cost of $71,000.
Council directed staff to apply for the 100% funding opportunity under the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program Grant. The Province is committing up to $90 million to support community economic resilience, tourism, heritage, and urban and rural economic development projects.
Station Street Revitalization –
Survey Results & Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program Grant Funding – The Director of Development Services presented survey and public results regarding the revitalization of Station Street. Ninety percent of respondents supported the idea of a new outdoor plaza and community hub on the Station Street site.
Council approved ‘Option B’ – a Plaza with Pavilion: Community Hub, and directed staff to apply for grant funding through the Province’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program, Community Economic Resilience Stream. The program offers 100% funding for short-term infrastructure revitalization projects. The estimated cost of the Station Street Plaza is $980,000.
Community to Community Forum –
Council directed staff to apply for UBCM Community to Community Grant funding to facilitate a meeting in 2021 between the Town of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos, OIB and RDOS areas A and C.
Office of the Premier John Horgan
Premier’s statement on Andrew Wilkinson’s resignation as Opposition leader
“I want to thank Andrew Wilkinson for his service and dedication to the people of British Columbia in his role as Opposition leader. I’ve done that job, and I’ve often said it is the toughest job in politics. Mr. Wilkinson led the official opposition through a very challenging time for our province. He ran a spirited campaign and I wish him the best in the future.
“Mr. Wilkinson has made our province and our civic life stronger by offering his ideas and his vision for our province. We are all better for his contributions. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all candidates from all parties who put their names forward in the election. Our democracy requires brave people to put their hands up, no matter the result.”
Andrew Wilkinson resigned Monday afternoon, two days after B.C.’s general election.
He conceded the election to the BC NDP on Sunday after the Liberal party lost 14 seats.
“It’s clear that the NDP will be forming the next government of British Columbia,” said Wilkinson, noting that approximately 500,000 votes have yet to be counted.
“Leading the BC Liberals has been a great honour, but now it’s time for me to make room for somebody else to take over this role.”
He has asked the party to immediately begin the process of electing a successor.
“Today we begin the exciting and challenging process of rebuilding the party.”
Thanks again for your great coverage this election!
I read your analysis this morning and I think you make a lot of great points.
I do, however, take exception to one point: That I was somehow the “spoiler” in this riding or in any way “happy” to play that kind of a role.
First of all, 48% for Roly is an absolute landslide in first-past-the-post. With those numbers. the fact is Roly and the NDP would have certainly won this riding—with or without a Conservative candidate. Linda Larson, a popular incumbent, won 42% last election. Petra Veintimilla dropped only 5% from that number, consistent with a BC Liberal drop in support across the province.
There are many reasons people vote and to simply add up the Liberal, Conservative, and Wexit numbers doesn’t make sense. Here are a few reasons why:
1) There were many disgruntled BC Liberal members in the riding who were very upset about how the nomination was handled undemocratically and were not supporting the party this election.
2) There are a good number of voters who are staunchly anti-Liberal right now given Trudeau at the federal level and Wilkinson at the provincial—they certainly would not have voted Liberal.
3) There are many more who are sick of the BC Liberals after 16 years in government and were not ready to vote for them again so soon.
4) There is another category of voters, protest voters, who are against the status quo and opposed to all 3 of the main parties in BC right now.
5) There are also a large number of “true blue” conservatives in this riding who would not vote Liberal under any circumstances.
6) Of these last two categories 4) and 5), many of these voters would rather stay home than vote for either the NDP or the Liberals.
To say that voters in any of these six categories would have simply voted BC Liberal if I was not running as a Conservative in Boundary-Simikameen simply doesn’t reflect what I heard from people on the ground throughout the campaign.
I earned 13% of the vote for these reasons and more so because of the positions and perspectives I was advocating for.
I ran in this election because I believed enough voters wanted a true change and were unhappy with the status quo that the two main parties represent. I was wrong about that this time and I am willing to admit that. But in no way was I in this to act as a “spoiler” and I believe given the facts of this election that the NDP would have certainly won the riding of Boundary-Similkameen whether I was running or not.
Cheers to democracy,
Publisher: Great defense, pass the puck will ya ?
I cannot change my view – when I say you the spoiler for the Liberals it is not personal.
You know we bond lol
The truth based on my life, a bit longer than yours, is – YOU were genuine. You were someone people could vote for – vs against. But in the end – you iz as I suggest – a spoiler for the Libs – last time it was Doc P the spoiler for the NDP. It is not what I think or what you think – it is in the NUMBERS.
Through the night she awoke twice, and knew from the ambient light in her garden that it was snowing. She awoke to a new reality; a good old-fashioned snowfall. There had been earlier snows, but light ones that disappeared when the noon sun made its presence known. This was truly a blanket of white, as thick as a good duvet and as soft and perfect. She stood, looking out her bedroom’s French windows onto this new and wondrous world.
She enjoyed the sharpness of tree shadows in winter, every branch delineated in silhouette on the snow. She liked to see the trails the deer herd—she knew there were seven of them, so a herd it was—left in the snow on the lawn. She smiled at her bistro set, bravely out in the snow, the iron of the chairs so black in contrast to the white puffiness of the snow on the table and chair seats.
Then she noticed the footprints.
A man’s by the size. They crossed her patio, then came up the three steps to her French doors. Then … nothing.
There were no footprints going away from her windows. And there was no smudging of the footprint outlines, to suggest someone had stepped back into his own boot marks, in order to be funny. Or scary. Or just to be a jerk, she thought angrily. But she was frightened.
She checked the lock on the French doors. It was not a good lock. It is difficult to have a good lock on doors that both open, with no upright framing in the middle. No, she had wanted her bedroom to be fully open to her patio, so her French doors were the old fashioned type. The lock was engaged. As she knew it would be. She checked it nightly, as she checked her other doors, the ones with dead bolts.
Now shaking she stepped back. This housecoat is just not warm enough, these January mornings, she told herself.
That is when she noticed the tiny puddle of water on the floor, just inside the room, as though a piece of snow had fallen from a boot, and melted.
· Glen Harris and Robert Rausch presented an update to Council on the Osoyoos Airport Development Society’s projects. The society received a grant of $90,000.00 from the BC Air Access (BCAA) program for a 300 foot runway extension along with an apron expansion and the installation of tie down anchors. As the total costs for the project are $131,050.00 (plus GST), the society will be making an application to the BC Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) in order to fully fund that project with the addition of work to complete the security fencing at the airstrip and asked for Council’s support of that application. If the application is unsuccessful the society plans to return to Council in order to ask that the Town contribute $20,500.00 to help complete the runway extension, apron expansion, and tie down anchors project, with hopes that the remaining funds would come from other stakeholders (Osoyoos Indian Band, RDOS, Mount Baldy, Area 27, and Cascadia Air). If the application is successful the society would seek to use the BC Air Access funding on additional projects subject to approval from the funder.
REGULAR OPEN MEETING
· Council allowed the property at 19427 95th Street in the RDOS to connect to Agricultural Irrigation System #8 for domestic purposes.
· Council supported TRUE Consulting’s application on behalf of the Town for grant funding to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program for the construction of a Water Treatment and Manganese Removal facility, as well as the associated water main upgrades, in 2021 through 2024. Council also supported the project and committed to its share ($3.1 million) of the Phase 1 costs.
· Council approved the installation of fire hydrants within 1000 feet (305 metres) of every home in System #9 at an estimated cost implication of $153,000.00 for the total project.
· Council referred Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1367, 2020 back to staff in order to consider options and recommendations in regards to electronic participation in meetings.
· Council authorized the issuance of Development Variance Permit No. 20-04. This permit allows for the placement of three temporary free standing signs on the townhome development at 8000 Vedette Drive.
· Council approved the Fire Department 2021-2025 budget as amended and presented at the October 19, 2020 Regular Open Council Meeting.
· Council accepted the application for Development Variance Permit No. 20-05 and authorized staff to proceed with the notification process of Council’s intention to consider the issuance of this permit at the November 2, 2020 Regular Council Meeting. If issued this permit would allow for the construction of an accessory building with a maximum height of 5.5 metres at the rear of the property at 9117 92nd Avenue.
· Council supported the Osoyoos Airport Development Society’s application to the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) to improve the airstrip located at 10400 Highway 3.
· Council supported the Town’s application to the UBCM Active Transportation Planning program for a grant to help support work on the Town’s Official Community Plan review and update.
John Hofman, 59
In 1973, John began his journey pumping gas and fixing tires at a truck stop.
When he was 16 years old he moved to the Okanagan and worked as a mechanic at Texaco for 19 years. On September 1, 1996 John started his own company and is coming up on 20 years as owner/operator and mechanic.
John has been involved with the community for years, as he contributes to charities and donates to the search and rescue. John’s hobbies include outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, quading, and spending time with the grand child.
We wish the best to Stephanie and Big John!
Integra Tire – Oliver – sold to two couples from Calgary with strong roots in BC
Bill and Ashley Bodnar
Desert Road Industries
Lance and Loretta Geernaert
Aston Martin Calgary,
The syilx Nation — through the Penticton Indian Band — is exercising its unextinguished Indigenous rights and title to all lands and resources within syilx Territory and opposing the issuance of hunting tags for California bighorn sheep (Ovis Canadensis).
California bighorn sheep are considered a vulnerable at-risk species. They experience numerous and uncertain threats from disease (including a recent outbreak of Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae), forest development and encroachment, access development, land alienation, housing development, and grazing competition.
They are also highly vulnerable and sensitive to human disturbance from recreation, livestock grazing, resource extraction and the degradation of their range habitats by noxious weed invasion.
“The issuance of hunting licenses without our community’s free, prior and informed consent has been an ongoing issue for many years,” said Chief Greg Gabriel. “This is unacceptable; the Penticton Indian Band must be meaningfully and appropriately engaged regarding any and all decisions pertaining to the harvest of our tmixw within unceded Territorial lands.”
Stewardship of the unceded territory is very important to the syilx people. “The people of snpink’tn have a right and responsibility to take care of their tmixw relatives including yilíkʷlxkn (male bighorn sheep) and scmíłc̓aʔ (female bighorn sheep),” said PIB Natural Resource Department director James Pepper.
Picture credit – PIB
On the phone this morning with Roly Russell, – he stating he is feeling good about the voting results from Saturday – but out of respect for all those that chose a mail-in ballot or absentee voters – he wants to wait until the final numbers are in.
The major tv networks and Canadian Press declared a majority government early Saturday night with a percentage of the popular vote at close to 50 percent.
The same for Boundary Similkameen as the only riding in the centre of the province to go ORANGE.
Russell says he has thanked Linda Larson for her service and states that fellow candidates ran a clean campaign which he really appreciated.
He states the NDP has to do a better job of representing the Interior. He agrees that Boundary Similkameen is a vast territory but said he can drive it all in one day.
And with email, contact with government is much better than in the distant past and that Covid-19 has proven government can use technology to overcome distance.
Most people in the South Okanagan may not be aware of just how vast the riding of Boundary Similkameen is.
From just south of Kelowna on the back road to Rock Creek, from Big White to Baldy, from Grand Forks to Princeton to the city limits of Penticton through Heritage Hills, Skaha Estates, The Falls, Vaseux – south to the border including Oliver and Osoyoos. Vast for sure – ask Linda Larson – looking after affairs for the last 7 years. Before her John Slater and Bill Barisoff. Those are all down by the river valley names.
Now Roly Russell of Grand Forks – picked as #1 in a winning government – NEW democrats.
For the record this is my opinion and I shall sign my name at the bottom.
Why has a traditional Liberal/Socred riding gone back to the Bill Barlee days several decades ago.
I will not say there are any losers here – The conservative candidate is very happy with his numbers – being the spoiler for the Liberals allowing the NDP to rise above.
Are there other reasons why the Liberals did poorly?
1. Leader of Party not known well
2. Campaign during Covid difficult
3. Selection/Election of candidate flawed
4. National Park issue helped Conservative candidate to bleed red
5. If you add the right of centre vote it is higher than NDP – called the split!
I remember well in 1972 when NDP first elected – the right wing centered in Vancouver said – lets get organized with Grace McCarthy recruiting Bill junior Bennett and by 1975 – NDP turfed.
Things have changed – the fear of socialism and the NDP is no longer evident – just another party on the political spectrum with the Green Party rising – very slowly but in a time of world politics on climate change – watch that over time.
Can the Liberals find a charismatic leader? Well I saw CC Christy Clark on the tube Saturday and wow is she looking good ( I will now be called a sexist for remarking on her beauty and charm ) others will say Jack are you ever bent… even switching teams if you know what I mean. When I met CC she was one of the most likeable persons I had ever met in the world of MALE dominated politics.
John and the ‘Horganites’ have four years to recover from Covid 19 and bring in a balanced budget.
This time period – a ‘space’ for the Liberals and Greens to reflect, sharpen their swords and get ready to battle again. I believe they will have fodder for the cannon.
To Darryl, to Petra – all say signs signs signs – but in the end it is the confidence and comfort of an MLA in government that sees us represented by a NDP choice.
Roly as one who has slayed the dragon – a cabinet post – Forestry, Agriculture, Municipal Affairs. ??
This is called the ‘initial’ count – battle not over until the final mail in ballot counted
|Electoral District||Candidate’s Ballot Name||Affiliation||Total Valid Votes||% of Popular Vote|
|Roly Russell||BC NDP||7, 772||48.22%|
|Darryl Seres||Conservative||2, 011||12.48%|
|Petra Veintimilla||BC Liberal Party||5, 913||36.68%|
|All ballot boxes reported||16119|
Final figures will be announced in November when mail in ballots counted
Pundits declared Roly Russell of Grand Forks the winner as the gap in popular vote is wide.
Source for figures – Elections BC
The NDP will form a historic majority government in British Columbia for the first time in more than 20 years, CBC News projects, as voters opted to stay the course in a tumultuous year and send Leader John Horgan back to the legislature as the only consecutive two-term premier in his party’s history.
Horgan and the party are projected to take 55 of B.C.’s 87 ridings as of 11:30 p.m PT on Saturday, compared to 29 for the Liberals and three for the Green Party.
It will be the first NDP majority since 1996.
Just 50 seats would constitute a decisive victory in any B.C. election, as it only takes 44 to form government. Fifty-five seats for the NDP would break the previous party record of 51 seats in 1991.
Source: CBC Vancouver
Update from Elections BC
– “Initial count is not complete in the following districts: Boundary-Similkameen and Kootenay West. Initial count will resume on Sunday, October 25 and results will be updated when initial count is complete.”
Well, it’s done! I told myself that I wouldn’t do it, thought it a waste of time and it probably was, however my conscience made me comply. I got my act together, thought long and hard to make a decision and finally did it. I voted!
Does it make much difference who gets elected? Probably not but if we don’t like the present system then we have to try to change things and that means voting, if we don’t bother then we can’t blame anyone but ourselves.
Politicians probably go into their fight with the very best of intentions, they really want to effect change and make their part of the world a better place, however they soon realize that they are fighting an uphill battle that their best intentions are too hard to achieve and they have to just accept the fact that they are a tiny part of a huge machine that just keeps on turning the same way.
Listening to debates and long rambling promises and speeches really seems like a waste of time as, once a party is elected, nothing much seems to change. Each party inherits mistakes and debts from not just the last party in power but the past ten or twelve governments. The debts may accumulate and ideas may seem different but, really how much change can be effected in just a few years.
To get any party to really effect change, they should be in power for three or four terms as that time is needed to remedy past mistakes and get things moving in different directions, however, long before that happens, we vote them out in favour of promised better ideas.
The fact that our grandmothers and great grandmothers risked ridicule and social disgrace to chain themselves to railings and make big scenes, and in some cases risked life itself to make their voices heard, should be the fire that lights our own soul for social change. Men’s votes always counted but women were lesser beings, the weaker sex and, obviously, not sensible enough to be given the vote.
How disheartened those ladies would be if they knew that women of today didn’t care which party got in. The right to vote was won with much difficulty and we would be betraying those women of old if we didn’t get our act together and mark our cross on the slip of paper.
One vote doesn’t seem to make much difference so why should we bother? However, one vote can make the difference and we owe it to our ancestors and ourselves to make the effort to do it.
During my adult years I have really liked several politicians and have thought their views admirable and their conduct dignified. It is really sad to see them try to get their point across in a debate with someone from an opposing party, just to be faced with ridicule and not able to get their opinion heard because the behaviour of their opponent is appalling and overbearing. If a candidate will not let the person in opposition speak then what chance has anyone else to try and make their voice heard?
The first debate between Trump and Biden would have been laughable, if it hadn’t been so unbelievably awful. Luckily we do not have a part in the debacle that is American politics but do we have much better behaviour here? We, as voters are the only ones who can insist on making our politicians act in a responsible manner. If we can’t be bothered to mark our cross, we should not complain at the outcome.
We hear any number of public figures, family members and other apologize for one thing or another by saying they are sorry and claiming circumstance overpowered them, it’s sort of like the old TV Series the Jefferson’s when he used to say ”The Devil made me do it”
So what should a good apology consist of? Well that is a good question and while you ponder that lets beat around the bush a bit. We have all had to apologize for something and I personally have made many. Sometimes not fast enough and they are the ones to remember forever. Let me tell you a story.
About twenty-five years ago my late wife and I argued about something. I can’t even remember what it was about but I remember I was wrong. Then again most of the time I was wrong. Anyway I would not apologize. At the time my attitude was “Hell will freeze over first.” Two days passed, I went to work, Joan went shopping. I was having my afternoon coffee when she passed by the fridge door, she placed a fridge magnet on it and quietly kept walking. No it is not the end it is the beginning.
The verse on the magnet read: “We’ve been through a lot together and most of it was your fault.”
There was nothing more to do except to say I am sorry and share a good laugh.
That fridge magnet is still there as a reminder of how important an apology is and that it should be made in a timely manner.
So what constitutes a real apology? Sometimes people say they are sorry when they are not, just to end being in the spotlight of the embarrassment of being wrong. There are apologies that qualify what one is sorry for. They are genuine but miss the point.
The fact is an apology is simple no matter how hard it is if you are in the wrong. There is no need to explain your actions the aggrieved person already knows. Explanations don’t exonerate behavior they just shine another light on the original transgression and there is no excuse for bad behavior and its the reason one is apologizing.
So how simple and heartfelt is a genuine apology? Two simple words “I’m Sorry”