Archives for February 9, 2021
“Today, we are reporting 435 new cases, including 13 epi-linked cases, for a total of 71,387 cases in British Columbia.
“There are 4,393 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. There are 241 individuals currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 68 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
“Currently, 6,879 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 65,618 people who tested positive have recovered.
“Since we last reported, we have had 107 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 221 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 23 in the Island Health region, 47 in the Interior Health region, 37 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
“To date, 155,585 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 12,802 of which are second doses. Immunization data is available on the COVID-19 dashboard: www.bccdc.ca
“There have been four new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,263 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones to COVID-19.
The Seventh Day Adventist Church is opening its doors in Oliver and Osoyoos as an extreme cold weather shelter to bring people experiencing homelessness in from the frigid cold temperatures that have hit the south Okanagan.
The temperature is predicted to dip down to -12 C tonight and as low as -21 C on Thursday. The weather is predicted to warm in the coming week.
Mr. Greg Thorpe, from the Seventh Day Adventist Church, indicates that individuals or agencies who are without shelter this week to contact him at 250 485 2515 and the Church will open its doors immediately in both Oliver and Osoyoos. The Church will provide hot drinks and cookies and allowing people to stay inside overnight. Volunteer church members will be on hand to assist.
The Church locations are 748 Similkameen Avenue, Oliver; and 10109 – 62nd Avenue, Osoyoos.
At this time this temporary shelter will open for the current cold weather snap
HOW ARE YOU TODAY?
A very loaded question,
“How are you today?”
When I know full well the answer
they expect is, “I’m O.K.”
They don’t want to hear
that my left breast has two lumps.
They don’t want to hear
that all my children have the mumps.
Not for them the news
that my mortgage is now due.
And that this time the bank
probably won’t renew.
I cannot tell them
that all week long I’ve cried.
For it’s a year ago today
that my loved father died.
They want me to be happy,
put a smile upon my face,
while inside I’m grieving,
and the smile’s out of place.
My husband lost his job
and our marriage has gone bust.
After his affair,
I can no longer trust.
All he does these days
is lay around and drink
while I chase kids and cats and dogs.
It really makes me think.
And yes, I know full well
some folks are in denial.
And God, I’d like to go there
and rest up for awhile.
Forget the cares and troubles
that stare me in the face.
Forget this hell I’m living.
Forget the human race.
And I hope you’re not the next person
to ask me how I am,
for my answer just may be,
“Do you really give a damn?”
Update from T of O CAO Cathy Cowan: They…..Council have postponed consideration of the motion to allow the Cold Weather Shelter committee to undertake the development of a plan and implement policies and procedures. They have requested that the Committee (formed aftera public forum meeting) – continue to look for possible alternative sites as well.
Cold Weather Shelter Feedback and Location Query Follow-Up –
Council received the feedback regarding the proposed three-year temporary use permit to operate a cold-weather shelter at
511 Church Avenue. Council was also provided an update on other locations in Oliver to house the Cold-Weather Shelter; i.e. Oliver Elks Club, Oliver Legion and property owners at 6239
Station Street and 6018 Main Street. The Station Street property owner is open to further discussion, with the Elks and Legion unable to provide the service and no contact was possible with the Main Street property owner.
Zoning Bylaw 1380 Proposed Housekeeping Amendments –
Council directed staff to prepare the proposed bylaw amendments and bring back to a future meeting. Amendments include changes to definitions, use of recreational vehicles, use of mobile vending units, height exemptions, floor area changes to secondary suites and carriage homes, required parking spaces, parcel line setbacks, permitted uses in the RM1s zone, adding bulk petroleum sales and storage, and permitting a café in the Oliver Tourism Association building.
RDOS/OSRHD Budget Presentation – Jim Zaffino, Manager of Finance and John Cote, Accountant, presented the RDOS/OSRHD budgets providing highlights and the impacts on the tax requisition for the Town of Oliver. The impact per Average Residential Property in Oliver is $480.14 or an additional $13.28 over last years’ RDOS budget, and $96.80 for the OSRHD budget which is an additional $3.35 over 2020.
105 Park Rill Road – Water Service –
Council approved adding 105 Park Rill Road as a new property to the water system. Adding the property will have no impact on the capacity of Domestic Water System #1.
Water Quality Summary Report for January 2021 – The water distribution system remains in Winter Mode, using ground water for domestic use only. Oliver had a total of 43.3 mm recorded in precipitation in the month of January. According to Environment Canada the normal precipitation for Oliver from 1981-2010, is 28.7 mm.
Council Procedure Bylaw –
Council gave third reading to Council Procedure Amendment Bylaw, public notification occurred on January 20 and 27, 2021. The amendments introduces “Consent
Agendas” under the Order of Proceedings, and with the addition of a provision under Electronic Meetings to enable committee members to attend a meeting by electronic means. Station Street Road Closure Bylaw 1399 – Council adopted the Station Street Road Closure Bylaw in preparation for future development and the proposed Station Street Plaza project.
As part of Council’s 2020 Policy Review, the following policies were presented to Council for amendments or rescinding:
1. Recognition and Gift Policy (Employees and Council Members) – Council adopted the new policy and rescinded the Gift Policy, Staff Service Recognition Policy and Staff Retirement Policy.
2. Webcast and Local Programming Council Meetings Policy – Council adopted the new Webcast and Local Programming Council Meetings Policy rescinding the Video Taping Council Meetings Policy.
Building Permit Activity for January – resulted in the issuance of 10 permits with a projected value of $11,600,328 and permit fees of $87,454.00.
Oliver Volunteer Fire Department – attended to 20 calls throughout the service area in the first month of 2021.