Archives for October 31, 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.