Archives for March 2021
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING
Petitions And Delegations
- Jayme Friedt, Managing Director of the Osoyoos Desert Society, presented the Osoyoos Desert Centre’s 2020 year in review to Council.
- Kester Bonsu and Bruce McCaskill, Account Executives, made a presentation to Council regarding Granicus’ Host Compliance service. The purpose of the presentation was to offer cost-effective solutions to the Town’s short-term rental registration, compliance monitoring, fraud, audit, and enforcement challenges. At Council’s request Gina MacKay, Director of Planning and Development, will bring a report on short-term rental enforcement options to a future meeting.
- The Committee of the Whole recommended that the Community Service Grant requests in the amounts outlined in Director Davis’ report be moved to the Regular Meeting of Council for approval.
- Council directed staff to set the 2021 Property Tax due date for July 2, 2021 with a 5% late payment penalty on July 3rd and a 5% late payment penalty on September 1st.
PARCEL TAX ROLL REVIEW
- The Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel met to consider the Parcel Tax Roll. No complaints were received from the public and the Water Parcel Tax, Sewer Parcel Tax, Sunnyville Water Parcel Tax, Museum Parcel Tax, Lacey Point Water Parcel Tax, Lacey Point Sewer Parcel Tax, South East Sector Water Parcel Tax, and South East Sector Sewer Parcel Tax Rolls were subsequently authenticated.
REGULAR OPEN MEETING
Public And Other Hearings
- A Public Hearing was held for Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.133, 2021. If adopted this amendment would add Outdoor Recreation as a permitted use to all properties within the M-1 Zone, which would allow for the extension of the Archery Club’s lease with the Town. No correspondence was received and following the Public Hearing the amending bylaw was read for a third time.
- Council authorized the amendment to Development Variance Permit 20-04. This amendment allows for a change in location for one of the signs at the development located at 8000 Vedette Drive.
- The 5 Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1371,2021 was adopted. The Community Charter requires municipalities to prepare a Financial Plan for a period of five years, which is adopted annually by bylaw.
- Council authorized the amendment to Development Variance Permit 20-04. This amendment allows for a change in location for one of the signs at the development located at 8000 Vedette Drive.
- Museum Parcel Tax Amendment Bylaw No. 1300.06, 2021 was read for the first three times. The original bylaw enables the purchase of the museum property located at 8702 Main Street, with this proposed amendment establishing the 2021 flat charge to all taxable properties as $15.24.
- Councillor Harvey recused himself from voting on the Lacey Point and Sunnyville amendments due to a conflict of interest.
- Lacey Point Sewer System Parcel Tax Amendment Bylaw No. 1158.05, 2021 was read for the first three times. The original bylaw was established to recover costs, over a twenty year period, associated with sewer infrastructure improvements completed in 2000. With a proposed final amendment from $164.28 in 2020 to $105.46 in 2021, the debt would be paid in full this year.
- Lacey Point Water System Parcel Tax Amendment Bylaw No. 1156.02, 2021 was read for the first three times. The original bylaw was established to recover costs, over a twenty year period, associated with water infrastructure improvements completed in 2000. With a proposed final amendment from $97.02 in 2020 to $62.28 in 2021, the debt would be paid in full this year.
- Sunnyville Water System Parcel Tax Amendment Bylaw No. 1157.03, 2021 was read for the first three times. The original bylaw was established to recover costs, over a twenty year period, associated with water infrastructure improvements completed in 2000. With a proposed final amendment from $52.36 in 2020 to $33.61 in 2021, the debt would be paid in full this year.
Reports Of Committees And COTW
- Council approved the recommended applications for the 2021 Community Service Grants Program. Councillor Harvey recused himself from voting on the Lake Osoyoos Sailing Club requests and Councillor King recused himself from voting on the Rotary Club of Osoyoos request due to conflicts of interest.
JAIME MASSEY, a victim of the 2018 flood of Grand Forks, whose home was destroyed.
She was given 7 days notice to attend a Kamloops court hearing or face foreclosure, we trust you will story worth sharing, it involves a class action suit alleging over–logging, floods, mishandled relief, complex expropriation and foreclosure, by Industry, Government, the Financial and Legal systems.
Rallies for Jamie Massey and her family will be held at Kamloops Court House, Grand Forks City Hall and at the Legislature in Victoria today.
JAIME MASSEY, a resident of Grand Forks all her life and a local school trustee lost her house and her tenant because of the massive flood in Grand Forks on May, 2018, which completely destroyed her entire property.
Acting for the CANADIAN IMPERIAL BANK OF COMMERCE (CIBC), Andrew Bury, Q.C. of the law firm called GOWLING WLG (CANADA) LLP sent a letter to Jaime Massey for a court hearing in Kamloops for the foreclosure of her flooded property. She received that letter by regular mail on March 23rd giving her no time to prepare for the hearing.
Supporters of Jaime Massey and her family will be demonstrating in solidarity on Monday March 29th at the Kamloops Courthouse, Grand Forks City Hall, and the BC legislature.
On July 13, 2020, Jaime Massey and others filed notice of a class action lawsuit against Interfor, Weyerhaeuser, Tolko, Celgar Mercer Pulp, Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation, Nik’Mip Forestry Corporation, Nk’Mip Forestry LLP plus BC Timber Sales.
In that lawsuit, Jaime Massey and others allege that logging by these defendants caused the 2018 flood that destroyed her home and property. They seek damages.
The B.C. government has announced new restrictions in an attempt to cut down COVID-19 transmission.
The new public health orders are effective midnight, Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
“COVID-19 continues to create challenges for people and businesses throughout B.C., and we are grateful for the sacrifices people continue to make to keep one another safe,” Premier John Horgan said Monday.
“We know that the idea of more restrictions is not welcome news, but we are asking people to rise to the challenge with the confidence that vaccines mean better days are ahead. We are not out of the woods yet, but the provincial health officer’s orders, combined with our vaccines give us the tools we need to move out of this pandemic together.”
All food and liquor-serving premises must only provide take-out or delivery service. Dine-in service is prohibited, except for outdoor patios.
People who are dining on patios should do so with their immediate household or core bubble only.
Indoor, adult group fitness activities of any kind are now paused under the orders. Gyms and fitness centres are restricted to individual or one-on-one activities only including one-on-one personal training.
The previously announced class variance for limited indoor worship services has been suspended. This means churches will no longer be able to hold indoor events for Easter.
Outdoor worship services under the current variance may continue.
The province has not introduced any ban on travel but it continues to be limited to essential travel, work or medical reasons only. For those who have travelled outside their health region, if you or anyone in your family develops any signs of illness, you must stay home from work, school or daycare, and arrange to get tested immediately.
In a new measure, the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort is now closed through to April 19, 2021, to address and prevent community spread related to non-essential travel.
“Rising case levels, variants of concern, increased transmission and an increase in more severe cases are huge concerns,” Health Minister Adrian Dix said Monday.
“B.C. public health officials are making the tough choices now to break the chain and protect our communities.”
Public health guidance for schools has also been amended to support and encourage students down to Grade 4 to wear masks while at school.
Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization is expected to recommend today a pause in the use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine on those under the age of 55 because of safety concerns.
On Friday, 908 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths were announced.
A total of 1,449 people in B.C. have lost their lives due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
On Friday there were 294 people hospitalized due to COVID-19, 81 of whom were in intensive care.
Active cases of coronavirus are above 6,000 as of Friday, the highest they’ve been since the beginning of January
Please note this article is mainly about another jurisdiction but it should be noted injustice is universal. My father used to say , be aware , if unjust things can happen elsewhere they can happen here given the right circumstances.
I have watched with interest the backward view of lawmakers in Georgia. What’s happening there would be difficult to get away with here. In the US the States make the rules regarding how people get to vote. In Canada we have a third party Elections Canada entrusted with the rules. Provincially there is a third party as well Elections BC.
So what is going on and what is behind the changes and what might be the long term effects? The southern white population is motivated by fear a fear they themselves created. Instead of providing services and acknowledging a changing world they are in fact creating the outcome they fear. Beyond their view of twisted politics they are baptized in a religious Christianity that even Christ Himself would reject. How would one know that? Their faith has become polluted by fear that is generated by ignorance. Their leader and example was about love and enlightenment. Worshiping fear is like rejecting the message their founder brought to their ears. In Georgia the new law makes giving a person a drink of water, in a line up to vote, a crime. I rest my case. It is a version of conservative Christianity that is rejected by mainstream conservatives and that will become evident down the road.
Nearly a century ago it was the Southern Democrats that were the bigots and segregationists. Remember George Wallace, the segregationist was a Democrat. So what could happen? Building walls or instituting Jim Crow segregation laws and measures to restrict the voting rights of non whites over time does not work. Even Apartheid in South Africa was not in the end sustainable.
The 2022 election should not be about make every sacrifice and vote against Republicans who support injustice.. Once handed a monumental defeat the Republican Party can right its own ship and return to a measure of respectability. Politics and its outcomes are like a rubber band pull it right and it snaps back left. The problem for democracy is ensuring neither side is give power to excess.
In Canada we have seen versions of voter miscalculation and the results of one sided government. We have been lucky in that fanatics with oppressive intentions have not won the day.
Something as deadly for democracy has presented a problem it is called complacency. Complacency opens the door to the less desired outcomes the realm of politics can deliver. That is what we are witnessing south of our border. Recognizing it is the greatest prevention measure. To recognize it we have to pay attention to it when it happens elsewhere.
In America the Republican Party will learn soon enough bigotry, and suppression does not ensure political longevity even within their own ranks once fear is overcome.
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Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia – see pix above – Big Horn Meadows
Digby, Nova Scotia
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Saint John, New Brunswick
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Whistler, British Columbia
Osoyoos, British Columbia
La Malbaie, Quebec
Nanaimo, British Columbia
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Fernie, British Columbia
We contacted Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff over the weekend and she said she was “mighty pleased” with the publicity for her Town.
She pointed out that most of the towns and cities mentioned are vacation, resort and travel-to spots.
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Last day of operations, subject to snow conditions will be March 29th, 2021.
Scheduled to close April 5th.
Schools in District #53 Okanagan Similkameen
So the answer is yes!
circled date are holidays or days of different breaks in the year
squared off date are NON instructional days
This week – 4 days on and 4 days off.
JUDGE J.C. HAYNES
John Carmichael Haynes left Ireland in 1858, hoping to join the police force which Chartres Brew, a friend of his uncle and chief inspector of police, expected to establish in the new colony of British Columbia.
They arrived in Victoria on Christmas Day 1858, and early in January 1859 Governor James Douglas appointed Haynes and Thomas Elwyn special constables to accompany Brew on an expedition to quell disturbances among the gold-miners at Hills Bar (site of McGowen’s war against the Spuzzum Natives). Haynes then served at Yale as a constable under Magistrate Edward Howard Sanders, and in November 1859 was promoted to acting chief constable.
The next year Governor Douglas chose Haynes to assist William Cox, the notorious justice of the peace, assistant gold commissioner, and deputy collector of customs for the gold camp of Rock Creek. In this open range country around the Kettle River, it was easy for American traders, cattlemen, and mule-drivers to ignore the border and freight south. Douglas, to divert commerce to British hands, ordered the Hope-Princeton Trail built and stationed Cox and Haynes at Rock Creek to collect the taxes. Haynes arrived there on Oct. 15, 1860. Six weeks later Cox sent him to Similkameen, the scene of another gold flurry, where he opened a customs house in December. In 1861 the Cariboo gold rush drew miners north and by November the last miner had left Rock Creek. Inland traffic into British Columbia from Washington territory now passed through the Okanagan valley and Haynes was moved to Osoyoos Lake where he assumed responsibility for the whole area of Rock Creek, Okanagan, and Similkameen. He became deputy collector of customs in March 1862, a year in which 800 men and over 9,000 cattle, horses, and mules passed through his station, and he collected more than £2,200 in revenue by charging $6 a head for stock.
Cox remained as magistrate of Rock Creek, and later in 1861 he and Haynes had to deal with an uprising of miners and Indians. It seems a miner named Cherbart had been murdered by a young native of the Colville band. Although Cox had no jurisdiction on the US side of the border, the young man was retrieved and subsequently hanged without trial. The Okanagans, led by Chief Silhitza protested the lynching by the American miners and the fact that Cox refused to charge the whites with any crime. Silhitza travelled to the Oblate Mission on Mission Creek and had the Priest write a letter to Governor Douglas outlining the out-of-control violence against Natives in the Okanagan. He writes “that is what rouses the anger of all the Okanagan tribe which has already taken up arms. I tried to quiet the insurrection by assuring them that I have recourse to your kindness, persuaded as I am that you will give Mr. Cox instructions on the subject.” When questioned by Douglas, Cox just shrugged it off, reporting that everything was “satisfactory”. Judge Haynes had the power to stop the shooting and lynching but did nothing and native life was now changed forever.
Cox and Haynes were not finished with the Okanagans having to report many more violent problems over two years. In every case the final outcome was frontier justice. Cox failed to have any effect on relations with natives and whites. Douglas finally took him away from the magistrate job and made him Assistant Commissioner of Lands and Works, answering to Colonel Moody. Moody charged him with marking out a “reserve” as defined by the Indians themselves. Cox had a lengthy interview with Silhitza which ended in a satisfactory agreement for a reserve encompassing most of the head of the lake from Swan Lake to the Kamloops trail. Cox was sent off to do the same for the other Tribes of the Okanagan Nation. Cox despised this job almost as much as he despised the Natives.
The Okanagan Nation had been taught the value of agricultural land and many were experienced stock raisers long before the mining invasion. It made sense then, when marking out a reserve, that the Bands would chose good grazing land and winter range. They valued the land for the same reasons as the newly arrived competitors, and that was to support a quality of life. And so the land they chose was the best agricultural lands at the head and foot of the lake, well suited to subsistence farming and ranching. It would have supported them well had they been allowed to retain it.
Silhitza drew up a reserve for himself in N’kwala (Nicola Valley) and moved off hoping all was well. But then disaster struck. The Okanagans were decimated by a small pox outbreak in 1862/63. The many deaths seriously affected the population and their ability to govern themselves. Haynes showed complete indifference to the devastation of the Native population and it wasn’t long before white settlers barred their teeth and began gnawing away at the reserves.
John Carmichael Haynes replaced W. G. Cox as the Queen’s representative in the Okanagan Valley in 1862. Haynes was appointed to the Legislative Council in 1864 by Governor Fredrick Seymour and commissioned as a Justice of the Peace as well as collector of Customs. From his office in New Westminster he dealt with numerous complaints from good British immigrants. They complained that the Natives of the Okanagan had garnered all the best agricultural land and weren’t using it for anything but grazing. Haynes agreed that the reserves were far too large for the diminished population and he would authorize disposal of lands with compensation. Colonial Secretary Birch stepped into the fray and ordered Haynes to dispossess the Indians without compensation as the reserves were “out of proportion”.
Haynes was given an awesome level of power to deal with all issues of government in the south interior, near lordly, somewhat medieval. Judge Haynes returned to Osoyoos via the newly completed Dewdney Trail in 1865 to meet with surveyor J. Turnbull. They met with Chief Tonasket and travelled to Penticton to see Tom Ellis a local rancher. Turnbull did his best to map out the new boundaries as instructed by Haynes and to the disgust of Chief Tonasket. Tonasket can be credited for the retention of the best bottom lands for the Bands but the reserves on the lake were reduced to a shadow of the former acreage and common grazing lands were removed completely.
Judge Haynes was not a friend to the Okanagan Nation but he did surround himself with the elite of British Colonialists. If you arrived from the British Isles and wanted a particular piece of land, or a water license or you wanted someone to go away, Judge Haynes was there to help. Haynes surrounded himself with an Irish posse that struck fear into the hearts of all they encountered.
Attendance at the 1865 and 1866 sessions of the Legislative council strengthened Haynes’s ties with government officials. These associations proved helpful: in 1865 he obtained the power to reduce the size of the two large Indian reserves at the head and foot of Okanagan Lake, thus making meadow and range lands available for white settlement. That year Haynes also supervised the construction of a new customs house at “the narrows” of Osoyoos Lake. In August 1866 during the brief gold rush at Big Bend he was appointed district court judge at French Creek, but soon returned to Osoyoos as collector of customs. In November, when the colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island were united, Haynes remained on the civil list as deputy collector of customs for the southern boundary.
Haynes rapidly expanded his land holdings after 1872. In August 1869, with his gunman and fellow Irishman, Constable William Lowe, he acquired 160 acres of land at the head of Osoyoos Lake, to which he added an adjoining 480-acre tract the following year. In 1872, Lowe suffered a severe accident when hit by a train in Ontario. He returned to BC, but completed his duties in New Westminster until his death in 1882. At this time, Haynes had to deal with Mrs. Lowe and she demanded a considerable sum of money for her interest in the Haynes ranch. It was decided to place a mortgage on the property through the British Land and Investment Company in New Westminster. Further acquisitions between 1874 and 1888 increased his holdings to 20,756 acres. He established a horse ranch but could not find a market, and turned to cattle ranching, eventually increasing his herd to 4,000 head and acquiring the title of “The Cattle-King of the South Okanagan.” With his long-time friend and fellow Irishman, Tom Ellis, he made cattle drives over the Hope Trail to New Westminster and over the Dewdney Trail to Kootenay and Calgary. With his fine house on the shores of Osoyoos Lake, it was rumoured that his properties had a value of $200,000. Doubtless all would have been well if the Judge had lived to manage his affairs.
In 1888, while returning over the Hope Trail with his two sons who had been at school in Victoria, Haynes was taken ill. He died on July 6 at the home of John Fall Allison at Princeton and was buried at Osoyoos. Judge Haynes had carried out his duties in Osoyoos and the Kootenay using a firm hand in collection of BC’s first taxes. With other Irish landed immigrants he later shared a comfortable life as a country squire in a pastoral setting and with them established cattle ranching as the first industry of the Okanagan.
After Haynes death, Mrs. Haynes and her children attempted to continue operations but failed and the mortgage was foreclosed in 1895.
Tom Ellis, with his connections in high places was able to purchase the $65,000 mortgage for the 20,000 plus acres. Within three weeks of the foreclosure, Ellis was able to secure a judgement against the estate and forced a sale of all stock, chattels and equipment.
Mrs. Haynes was devastated to say the least. She had always considered Ellis a family friend and confidant. Here he was taking her family to the cleaners. She hurried to the coast to take court action to stop the sale. She was successful in securing a stay of proceedings. As chance or circumstance will have it, the courier carrying the documents to stop the sale failed to arrive in Osoyoos on time and the sale proceeded. Ellis was successful in keeping the pending public sale from being advertised so attendance was very small. The few who attended lacked the resources to compete with Ellis. Ellis purchased the entire estate paying $17,000 for the 400 head and the horses, $2 per ton for the hay etc. etc.
Emily Haynes was able to maintain the Osoyoos home on the west side of the lake that the Judge had built in 1882. It was an impressive two storey, 10 room structure of hewn logs. She remained in it until her death. The 50 acre property was sold to D.P. Fraser in 1917, and the Fraser family lived in the structure for three generations.
When you consider that the home is nearly the same age as the Grist Mill in Keremeos, it must have tremendous heritage value, but heritage is chronically low priority in small communities. When the Fraser family sold the property in 1990, George failed to succeed in his attempt to have it set aside as the Osoyoos Museum. They opted for the curling rink that now must be vacated.
The new owners, Harbens and Harkesh Dhaliwal, have begun to dismantle the home in preparation for a winery on the property.
The ranch is still evident today in the skeletal remains of the buildings perched on a sandy dune on Road 22 in the regional district. Are any or all of the structures worth saving? Can they even be saved, and if so, for what? In 2015, Dave Mattes of the Haynes Ranch Preservation Committee stated they have efforts underway to try and save the mortise and tendon barn, possibly for wildlife habitat. Is it too little too late?
Maybe the Haynes name should fade away. I know he was the originator of Osoyoos and Oliver, and the foremost European settler. But we need to put in perspective his position as a notorious colonialist and imperialist. His relationship with local Indigenous peoples needs to live in infamy.
Brian Wilson is the Executive Director of the Okanagan Archives Trust Society and
Editor of the Archivos Magazine.
Local Okanagan historian who lives in Penticton.
We all knew the old corner shop when we were kids. Every street had a shop, usually owned by a family, where you could buy almost anything for long hours every day, except Sunday, of course. You could buy anything from a candle, during a power cut, first aid supplies for accidents and even boxes of chocolates for your sweetheart, in addition to a myriad of grocery items.
The corner shop was always a palace of delight for children as they all had the “penny tray”. This would be a large tray or drawer filled with all sots of disgustingly sweet offerings designed to rot little teeth. Some things were two, three or four for one penny and some things one penny each.
With the patience of Job, the shopkeepers would let their littlest customers drool and paw over everything on the proffered tray. These were their future customers and their parents were regulars, so they catered to the grubby kids with pennies clutched in little dirty fingers. I used to give my four girls a few pennies each on a Saturday morning and knew that I could probably clean the whole house while they were ogling the penny tray and making their choices. Once home, they would all sit outdoors with their bounty and chomp their way through the lot.
These shops were overpriced, carried goods of dubious quality and were not always too clean, but they were reliable. You could quite often buy just one cigarette, if it was nearly payday and your purse was banging on empty. If you were out of cash altogether, you could get credit, or, as it was known in Lancashire, on tick!
“On tick” was a very common way to go in those days and the corner shop could always be relied upon to supply goods when you had no money to buy them. Because of this, the higher prices and poorer quality were forgiven. If the potatoes had a couple of sprouts growing out of them or the bread was less than fresh, at least you could make a meal when funds were short, or non existent.
Bigger stores frowned on this way of doing business so being poor meant putting up with poorer stuff but still being able to make dinner. I think that many people owed half their wages to the corner store so, once they settled their account on Friday evening, they started buying on credit again, by Monday.
Those were the days when the week always lasted longer than the wage packet as wages were low and families were quite often large. Our meals were cheap and cheerful but always filling and always followed by pudding, as dessert was called in England.
Apart from smoking, people didn’t spend much money on luxuries. Very few people went out in the evenings so Saturday was usually date night. Friday was reserved for family bathing, usually everyone in the same water, the youngest first. But Saturday morning saw hair up in curlers as chores were done and then Saturday night was the big night of the week.
Young couples usually went out dancing at the local dance hall, even small towns had a dance hall, if not one of the churches put on a dance. Mums and dads usually went to the pub or a club on Saturday night, usually the Legion or somewhere similar, where you spent the evening with the same friends week after week.
Sunday was always church followed by a big lunch, always called dinner, and then most families got together for a walk in the country usually followed by a family tea. In those days, most married children lived in the same area as their parents, so grandchildren were left “at gran’s house” if needing to be looked after. No such thing as day-care back then. Mothers usually stayed home and looked after their own children, at least until they were of school age. Nobody thought to earn extra money for a second car, in fact very few people had one car.
Cars were indeed a luxury as most people worked within walking distance of their home or, if needed, they would catch a bus. The few fortunate souls who did have a car only used it for outings. Grocery shopping was done near home and on foot as supermarkets had not yet come on the scene, so everyone shopped locally.
There was usually a rather bigger shop that had a better quality of goods and a bigger variety of options, but usually a green-grocers was used for all produce and a butcher for the family’s meat and just dry goods from the general store. These were our weekend shopping venues, but once Thursday rolled around and the money was gone, it was back to the old corner shop.
Mail from a trusty partner of mine in OsoyoosPhoned the Mayor – “yes – the location will move to Sonora Centre on ThursdayWhat does IH site say about a location in Osoyoos at the moment ?
Osoyoos Osoyoos Health Centre
4816 89th St.***Osoyoos Sonora Community Centre
COVID-19 Immunization Centrefor Sunday, April 4th, 2021 at 1:50 PM is confirmed.
Your Confirmation number is #
The Interior Health Osoyoos Sonora Community Centre
COVID-19 Immunization Centre is located at
8505 68 Ave, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0
Preparing for your appointment:
- Bring your BC Services Card/Personal Health Number and photo ID, if you have them.
- Wear clothing that allows access to your upper shoulder area.
- Wear a mask. If you don’t have a mask, we will provide you with one.
Interior Health Osoyoos
Sonora Community Centre Immunization Centre Team
March 24, 2021
Karla Kozakevich, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Dear Chair Kozakevich:
Thank you for your letter regarding funding for an incorporation study in Electoral Area ‘D’ to look at assessing costs and benefits, combining a boundary analysis report for Area ‘D’ and community engagement initiative. Further to my letter of January 22, I am now ready to share my decision on the funding request.
A municipal incorporation study process is a major endeavor. Before embarking on an incorporation study, it is preferable to have concluded analysis and public engagement that:
1. identifies the most pressing service and governance issues, and
2. explores community interests in incorporation, and
3. proposes a boundary for incorporation that optimizes for service delivery, representation, tax equity, and community vision.
After this groundwork – it is reasonable for a typical study to require more than a year for process establishment, preliminary analysis, public examination and engagement. At the conclusion of an incorporation study, time is also needed to consider whether to proceed to a vote and then plan and administer a vote. If voters support the incorporation, at least six months is needed to secure Cabinet approval, establish a municipal administration, and plan and conduct an election for the inaugural council before an inaugural council meeting can be held on the incorporation date. The optimal timing for an incorporation vote either supports election of an inaugural council concurrently with the general local election or in the third year of the local election cycle.
In light of all this, there is not enough time to complete an incorporation study process before the general local election in October 2022. If Okanagan Falls is to proceed with exploring municipal incorporation, it is my view that it should not be rushed, and we should have a clear expectation that if the community pursues a full incorporation process, it would not reach a conclusion until well into the next local term of office.
The governance and services study conducted in 2016-17 touched on issues across a much broader area, while interests in incorporation and boundary analysis were out of scope and therefore unaddressed. At this time, I am prepared to provide the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) with funding to undertake an analysis of services, with public engagement in Area ‘D’ communities on services and opinions on incorporation, as well as discussing potential boundary configurations in Electoral Area ‘D’.
I am pleased to make a commitment of $80,000 to the RDOS for this work, which would be a first phase in the restructure study process. The outcome of this work would be a recommended municipal boundary and inform a potential request to proceed with an incorporation study after the next general election. A decision on proceeding to a study that examines the detailed implications of incorporation would need to be made at that time.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs will follow up with the RDOS regarding the terms and conditions of this grant and the transfer of funds. David Van Ommen, Senior Planning Analyst, Governance and Structure Branch, Local Government Division, is the lead for this project
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine
If you were born in 1947 or earlier (74+), are an Aboriginal person born in 1966 (55+) or earlier, or are an Aboriginal Elder, you may call now to book your vaccination appointment.
Only call in when you’re eligible. You may call in any time after you become eligible. Family members or those who provide trusted support can call in to register eligible seniors for a vaccine appointment.
To register, please call 1-877-740-7747 between 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., PST, seven days a week.
Visit Immunize BC for trusted information on COVID-19 vaccines.
Oliver – Legion Hall
Osoyoos – Health Centre
Penticton – Trade and Convention Centre
Summerland – Curling Rink
Keremeos – Health Centre
Where ever you look for stats – about 1 in 10 have been vaccinated for Covid 19
There are stats for Oliver, IH, BC, Canada, US of A – da world but the percentage total is ABOUT the same.
Have you had your jab in the arm?
Did you get turned away at clinics in Osoyoos or Oliver – (Jack is fishing)
I believe I can phone Monday – shall check again on what is required etc. and will print or reprint instructions from IH – that’s the group in Kelowna that blames computers for any inconvenience and NEVER apologizes.
Quick question – how long will take to vaccinate the other 90 percent of the people?
Has BC vaccinated 100 percent of front line workers, indigenous people, vulnerable people, police, fire, ambulance, doctors, nurses, hospital staff or is there a “resistance” movement?
To meet increasing demand, two routes servicing Osoyoos and Penticton will soon see larger buses that will help improve reliability and efficiency in the South Okanagan-Similkameen Transit System.
In the coming days, medium-duty buses with an increased capacity to carry passengers will replace smaller light-duty buses that currently run on route 40 – Osoyoos/Penticton and route 41 Osoyoos local.
These larger buses will also support the current enhanced safety requirement for customers to maintain physical distancing on buses where possible. We also remind customers of our current face covering policy on buses and at bus shelters, and thank everyone for their ongoing support of this important mandate.
The schedules and bus stop locations for service along these two routes will not be impacted by this change.
Peter was born on September 26, 1937 in Kent, England. He attended UBC and worked for BC Electric (now BC Hydro)
After retirement, Peter moved to Oliver and was very involved with the Royal Canadian Legion and Oliver Elks volunteering his time on many projects.
He loved gardening and his dogs. Always ready to lend a helping hand to those around him, he will be sorely missed.
Kevin loved life, family, friends and sports. There was nothing better than Sundays with his Bears or teaching the fine art of a thorough car wash. Daily dog walks were an adventure with his beloved Abby and anyone with a dog was welcome. Kevin could fill a room with his humor like no other. He combined a sharp wit with his huge heart and made everyone around him better. Whether you were 2 or 92, Kevin would engage in a manner that made you feel important.
Kevin worked in the automotive accessory retail business for his entire career.
Board of Education Report March 10, 2021
Staff reported on the District’s positive collaboration with the Penticton Foundry. The Foundry, operated by One Sky Community Resources and supported by the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, offers a “one stop-shop” to support integrated youth services and earlier interventions. During this year, many schools in SD No. 53 have engaged with The Foundry through various means, including school “Zoom” introduction sessions. Foundry staff have also been on-site in schools leading interactive presentations on topics such as vaping and mental health.
The Women in Trades Bootcamp was a huge success. We had 16 young women from grade 10 at SOSS attend the two-day event. A huge thank you to our teachers who helped facilitate this program: Rod Kitt, Boyd Turnbull, Travis Hofman, Lukas Toth, and Ryan Baptiste and special guest assistant, John Hofman. We will be doing the Women in Trades Bootcamp atOSS in April. We are also working on the details for SESS.
The Professional Cook program started on February 1st in partnership with Camosun College. We have a full class comprised of students from all secondary schools in the District. So far, they have attended three labs, and everyone is off to a great start. Related to this, one of our graduates of the program, Siobhan Detkavich, will be competing in Top Chef Canada televised on Food Network Canada. Tune in starting April 19 to support one of our own students as she pursues her goal!
Update – I contacted two churches in Oliver – one did not reply, the one that did reply says NO decision has been made locally about an open church or Easter Celebrations.
British Columbia will allow a limited number of indoor religious services during the next six weeks as part of a one-time variance to accommodate upcoming religious holidays, the provincial health officer said Thursday.
Indoor religious gatherings will be permitted between March 28 and May 13. Currently, religious services are only allowed to happen outdoors.
Faith leaders can choose four days within the six-week time frame to hold services. Attendance will be limited to 50 people or 10 per cent capacity, whichever is less. There will be no time limit on services, and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says she is working with faith leaders on the details.
The decision was made in consultation with a “diverse spectrum” of spiritual and faith communities in B.C., Henry said.
“This represents a first step in the gradual reopening of indoor faith and spiritual group gatherings in British Columbia,” she said.
I must commend Penticton City Council in sticking up for our city. The decision you made about closing the temporary shelter in the old Victory Church was the correct decision. But that decision had already been made, hence temporary. You were just carrying through with it. Mr Eby is wrong and a bully, in my opinion. Penticton once was a safe, fun community. It is still a great community as far as I am concerned, but we are going down a slippery slope, and fast. All the bad publicity about one of the highest amount of sheltered beds, high crime rates etc is not helping Penticton. Shame on Mr. Eby for threatening a tent city when we’ve done far more than other communities have for the homeless.
It is time for Penticton to stop offering and other municipalities to do something. It’s not passing the buck, it’s sharing the load. It is not fair to our seniors to be held captive in their homes. I know you all know that.
When a senior goes on the health region’s waiting list for a care facility and their name comes up, they can be placed wherever a bed is available. For instance if you live in Penticton, you could be placed in Princeton. If you refuse, you go to the bottom of the list.
So why is it that when we find another facility for our homeless it can be turned down? There is a 51 bed facility in Osoyoos that was closed only due to the Campbell government going into a partnership with the private sector.
It has a 20 bed secure section for people with dementia. There is also a 31 bed unit in the building. These are all individual rooms with their own bathrooms. This building is owned by Interior Health and I believe only uses 4 rooms to house offices for the health unit, which could move any where.
This building should really be utilized for the residents of McKinney Place in Oliver where they have 4 bed wards and thus caused the spread of Covid more rapidly.
But I don’t think Interior Health is going to do that.
So why not use it for the homeless? The Province can address the issue of mental health, drug and alcohol situations. Two units mental health on one side drug and alcohol on the other side. This could be a treatment center. So, no need to build another facility in Penticton, as we have one in Osoyoos.
Mr. Eby does not have to build or look further. Utilize what you have.
Erin O’Toole recently gave a major speech warning his party they either change their ways or become the resident party of the opposition. Winning in the west and rural areas alone is a losing proposition. He pointed out the party has had four leaders in five and a half years. The problems facing the party O’Toole recognizes for the most part. Without expanding their base the party cannot win. To expand the base they have to change their policy. Climate change is one example. The recent debate at their convention left them on the wrong side of history. There are two other issues he does not totally embrace one the childcare program and pharmacare. If he wants urban and suburban voters he best not say that to loud. O’Toole has one big problem.
He is supported by a strong social conservative party backbone.
They are opposed to abortion, and the LGBTO community and they do not support same sex marriage. These and issues like reproductive rights and abortion are issues for elections just like daffodils pop up in spring.
Then there is the “god knows what falls out of the closet moment.” Somehow someone says something right at the wrong time. A few years ago it was a rash of anti Muslim rhetoric or the border crossing by migrants. I equate it to the Liberal scandals vs the inappropriate gaffs of the Conservatives. Up until now Canadians have taken this for drama, but the makeup of what is a Canadian is changing. It’s a hard road if your members insult people and then ask for their vote.
Erin O’Toole claimed Trudeau is a disappointment. Yet no one can explain the latest polls that came out a week ago. The Liberals at 37% Conservatives at 28% the NDP at 20% a Picture emerges where even anger at the Liberals they are preferred in the absence of confidence in the Conservatives.
The other danger is some are giving the NDP a second look.
There are things I agree with him on one addressing the mental health issues facing the country and two doing something about the opioid crisis. These are important issues but as sure as God made little green apples social issues will be paraded out like yesterdays laundry. From abortion to immigration and believability will be measured at best.
So why the hesitation to believe O’Toole? People want firm clear answers with cross my heart hope to die firm answers. He can say he’s on the right side of these issues but will he be believed? The other problem is. if he satisfies one group the social conservatives will be upset.
Personally I think O’Toole is a genuine patriotic Canadian. The problem is he doesn’t understand the NDP, the ones he hopes to take votes from. The conservative agenda and the social democratic agenda are quite different. Both parties have one thing in common they have principals. For many voters left or right, are mere terms that vary depending on the issue. Many in the NDP believe in progressive policies but they must be tempered in sound fiscal policy. When O’Toole says he is going to get the economy on track, many voters equate that with program cuts, or opening up programs partnering with the private sector. That would not attract NDP voters.
The big problem is, If the Liberals have an issue electorally they will adopt the NDP’s pharmacare and the childcare program leaving the two opposition parties holding onto the handle of an empty bag.
Current Polling shows the Conservatives nine point behind the Liberals and now only eight points ahead of the NDP.
The two biggest problems for O’Toole the political shadow of Harper and the albatross Andrew Scheer. Then there is the social conservative wing of the party, viewed negatively by voters in the high population areas of Canada. The truth is the Conservatives have not improved their standing since O’Toole took over.
On the bright side O’Toole is the best leader the conservatives have had in more than two decades. At least he is willing to tell his own members their biggest problem has been them. So at the moment as someone he’s trying to win over as a Canadian voter what is my current perception after watching and listening?
For O’Toole his change in image and even policy is not going to sit well with the right of the right. This is either an attempted mass hoodwinking of the people or O’Toole fell off his horse on the way to Damascus. The epiphany of sorts is that the people are not in a conservative mood. Moderate policy slightly right with a strengthening of social programs might gain some traction. After a period of uncertainty people are more in tune with the social safety net. Programs enacted from previous social and economic disasters act as a security blanket.
Erin O’Toole is like a blindfolded juggler dancing an Irish Jig in a room full of jumping jacks. If he manages to survive that then anything is possible.
Figures released by the British Columbia Coroners Service identify 155 suspected illicit drug toxicity deaths in February, the 11th consecutive month in which the province has recorded more than 100 lives lost.
“The number of deaths due to toxic illicit drugs in February highlights the ongoing critical risk to public health and safety from the illicit drug market,” said Lisa Lapointe, B.C.’s chief coroner.
The total number of deaths is the largest ever recorded in the month of February and an increase of 107% over the total number of deaths recorded in February 2020. The average of 5.5 lives lost each day makes February the second consecutive month in which the average number of daily deaths was above 5. The 1,724 deaths recorded in 2020 work out to an average of 4.7 deaths a day.
Also of note, 15% of the lives lost in 2021 were people 60 years of age and older and 40% were over age 50. These increasing numbers continue a trend that has been observed in older age cohorts over the last several years.
Increased variability and toxicity in the drug supply continues to significantly contribute to the overall number of suspected deaths. Carfentanil, a more lethal analogue of fentanyl, was detected in 18 of the 155 deaths (12%), an increase from the January total of 14, the largest monthly figure recorded since April 2019.
“This data emphasizes the alarming increase in the toxicity of the illicit drug supply throughout B.C.,” Lapointe said. “Across the province, the risk of serious harm or death is very real for anyone using a substance purchased from the illicit market. Decisive action is urgently needed to ensure an accessible, regulated safe supply and to provide people with the supervised consumption, treatment and recovery services they need.”
A total of 329 illicit drug toxicity deaths were reported in the first two months of 2021.
B.C.’s total overall death rate in 2021 is 38 deaths per 100,000 individuals.
81% of the deaths in 2021 were male.
The communities experiencing the highest number of illicit drug toxicity deaths in 2021 are Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria.
By health authority in 2021, the highest number of illicit drug toxicity deaths were in Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health Authorities (116 and 90 deaths, respectively), making up 63% of all such deaths during this period.
By health authority in 2021, the highest death rates were in Northern Health (58 deaths per 100,000 individuals) and Vancouver Coastal Health (44 per 100,000 individuals).
By health service delivery area in 2021, the highest death rates were in northeast, Vancouver, northwest, northern Interior and Thompson Cariboo.
Jack Bennest with Joseph Planta
Former broadcaster Jack Bennest talked with Planta about his radio days, from taking night courses at BCIT, to CKOK in the Okanagan, to CJOR and CKNW in Vancouver.
As well, he shares some stories about knowing and working with Pat Burns, Jack Webster, Erwin Swangard, and more.
Bennest also developed an awarding winning historical website of http://www.bcradiohistory.com,
a remarkable repository of radio’s past.
Just press the link just above “Play in a new window”
Latest but not given to ODN
Interior Health computer error causes confusion at Oliver vaccination clinic
Wow – no IH to blame – blame it on a machine
See comments below
In my walk this morning – Oliver Legion (upper) not open – no peeps, no signs, no action, no communication – sorry we are on stress leave……
After three hours of waiting for a phone response, NO answer I realized IH has nothing to say – out of their control – let’s have coffee instead!
Yup – Jack Bennest
“I had an appointment yesterday at the Legion in Oliver for my vaccination. I arrived 15 minutes before my scheduled time and waited and waited only to be told they were out of vaccine and the door was closed by a Wow volunteer without any discussion or accommodation. I was told to call and book another appointment… how unfair and frustrating.
Interior Health ……….put a plan in place to accommodate change!!”
I just booked this morning and we are booked for April 16
Our friends in Kamloops booked yesterday and booked March 31
Where did the vaccine go and why ?
We have been carefully waiting for the vaccine for so long,I do not understand.
It is very unfair and extremely frustrating
WEEK 38 WINNERS
MARCH 23, 2021 SPRING SPECIAL WINNER OF $500.00 – Ticket 272 – Chris Dolbec
MARCH 23, 2021 REGULAR DRAW WINNER OF $52.00 – Ticket 251 – Diane Worth
MARCH 23, 2021 REGULAR DRAW WINNER OF $100.00 – Ticket 267 – Michael Kriesel
RDOS 498 Saddle Ridge Road Service Request –
Council authorized the connection to Town of Oliver System #2 water service for 498 Saddle Ridge Road. The connection will help facilitate the RDOS planned composting facility at the Oliver Landfill. All connection costs will be paid by the RDOS.
Oliver Airport Hangar Lease – Lorne Andras –
Council endorsed a letter of intent with Mr. Andras to construct a steel hangar for placement on the east side of the Oliver Airport. A 25 year lease agreement and land disposition notification will be brought to a future meeting for Council’s consideration.
Development Permit (With Variances) – 6047 Station Street –
Council approved Development Permit (with variances) No. 2021-04. The application is seeking approval for an Industrial Development Permit in order to construct an addition to the existing food bank at 6047 Station Street.
Development Variance Permit – 6540 Park Drive –
Council denied Development Variance Permit No. 2020-23, however Council directed staff to delay enforcement of the Zoning Bylaw for a period of six months. The application was a seeking a variance to increase the maximum floor area of a carriage home from 90m2 to 175m2 at 6540 Park Drive.
Fire Department Pumper Truck Loan Authorization Bylaw 1403 –
Council gave first, second and third readings to Fire Department Pumper Truck Loan Authorization Bylaw 1403. The Oliver Fire Department is seeking to replace a pumper truck that has reached the end of its service life. The estimated cost to the Town is approximately $400,000. Elector assent through the Alternate Approval Process will be undertaken which will enable citizens to be engaged regarding undertaking long term borrowing for the Pumper Truck.
Heritage Designation Bylaw 1400 (Town Office Building) –
Council gave third reading to Heritage Designation Bylaw 1400 following the virtual public hearing. The bylaw designates the Town Office building at 6150 Main Street as a heritage building. The proposed heritage designation of the Town Office building establishes that future renovations to the exterior façade or any structural changes must be authorized by a Heritage Alteration Permit.
General Local Government Election Amendment Bylaw 1376.01 –
The amendment bylaw was adopted. The amendments are to prepare for a potential referendum regarding the Affordable Housing project on Main Street, and to respond to voting during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The bylaw includes additional advance voting and provision for mail-in ballots.
Community Financial Support – Covid Restart Funds – Venables Theatre –
Council agreed to provide a lump sum payment of $32,000 to the Venables Theatre as outlined in the proposal submitted to the Town.
Bylaw Enforcement re: Driveways & Boulevard Landscaping/Parking –
Council directed staff to bring amendments forward to the Traffic Bylaw to prohibit RVs, utility trailers and similar vehicles from being parked in boulevard areas. The Subdivision and Development Servicing
Standards would be reviewed for potential maximum driveway widths.
Canoe in water
The Osoyoos Indian Band Youth Programs is fundraising to expand the Semxiken Canoe Program.
Our goal is to get an 8 seat Mariner Canoe and Equipment. The amount we are fundraising for is $13,000.
So far we have raised approx $9,000 through community raffles, bottle drives and grant applications. Currently we have a 13 seat Langley Canoe and this has served us well for the past 7 seasons. We have traveled to the coast for Canoe Journeys as well as paddled the waters throughout the Valley within our traditional Okanagan Territory.
This year we want to always have a canoe on the water whether we have 4 paddlers or 20, and getting the Mariner Canoe will help us achieve this. We want to provide inclusion within our program and we have had to either cancel paddles or limit our numbers with one canoe.
Our canoe family consists of youth, adults and elders from the Osoyoos Indian Band Community, it is an opportunity for youth to learn traditional teachings and share common interests with each other, building connections and a sense of belonging. We look forward to waking up or Semxiken Canoe mid-April for the season and welcoming a new addition to our family in the near future.
We are currently doing a Square Draw for a 1-night stay at Spirit Ridge in Osoyoos, to be used any time within the 2021 year, $20 a spot and the draw will be done once filled.
E-transfers can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org we have 27 spots still open to sell.
If you are interested in donating to our fundraising efforts or have any questions about our program please contact OIB Youth Coordinator, Sonya Jensen, email@example.com or 250-488-6961
March 20, 2021
Dear Mr. Newell, (Bill Newell, CAO RDOS Penticton)
It appears that Mr. Obriek (sic) Area D Director Ron Obirek wishes to spend more time regarding the concluded matter of the park name.
Of course, I am frustrated with this, so I would like the chance to revisit some of the facts and my opinions regarding the circumstances of the donation of the park /land for the consideration of you and your board members.
When my wife and I took on the development in March 2012, we were adamant that a park near or around the water retention pond would really enhance the neighborhood.
The water retention area, and the area beneath the power lines, was not best suited for development and would make a natural park-like setting.
The Heritage Hills Homeowners Association, which represents a very small fraction of the Heritage Hills community, was adamant that the park should be bigger than the approximate 2 acres that my wife and I considered donating. We were open to, and entered into discussions with the RDOS, which meant altering our development and expanding the park.
There was to be financial consideration for the purchase of land, there was a donation of land, and we leased some land to create a bigger park. We gave up approximately 4 lots (valued at approximately $350,000 each) for the expanded area. We received a tax receipt for approx. $385,000, we received approximately $400,000 in cash, and we leased some land for 20 years.
We had stipulated, as part of the agreement in 2015, that we would have the right to name the park, but the RDOS would have final say to ensure the name wasn’t vulgar.
After much consideration, we decided to honour Ted Garnett, by naming the park after him and his family. Ted Garnett was a member of the Penticton area for over 50 years. He was a strong family man that lived on East Side Road, near Heritage Hills, for over 30 years.
He had many notable achievements. He was the founder of Pacific Rim Equipment, which represents Penticton very well in Western Canada, and has since the 80’s. He also owned many other local businesses.
In particular, in AREA D:
He was President/Partner of Apex Mountain Resort from 1997 until it was sold in 2017
He owned the Penticton Speedway in the 70s
He was a partner in 1912 Restaurant in Kaleden
He helped finance the final phase of the Heritage Hills Vintage Views Developments (20 acres) which was instrumental in the development of the park
Even though there is a contract in place with the RDOS, the naming of the park had been deferred already. We then had a chance to take it to a vote, in which the park name was then adopted.
If Mr. Obriek would like to talk about respect, I wish he would respect the RDOS council vote.
Bringing this up again is hurtful to the family of the late Ted Garnett. It is unclear to me how Ron can focus on this, when there are so many other issues in our community that need consideration, especially throughout the past year during the pandemic. There are many people facing hardships – so what we need to do is focus on the positives…we have a beautiful park, accessible to locals and visitors, dog-friendly, family friendly – with beautiful views!
Moving forward, of course we want the name to stay as it has been voted on and agreed to under our contract. If Ron Obriek and Doug Lychak wish to name the park, I will gladly take a cheque from them, for the amount of the tax receipt, and they can name the park whatever they’d like.
We sacrificed four lots to expand the park…this was not a financial benefit, it’s something we felt would be good for the community. Of the four acres, there was a developable four lots, possibly even five.
We plan to be in business in the area for many years to come. This will not deter us in trying to be involved in the community moving forward…but we ask that you RESPECT the contract and the vote that has already taken place.
Let’s hope this doesn’t discourage other people from giving back to the community in the future.
Vintage Views Developments / Chadwell Place
FEBRUARY 4, 1966 – MARCH 15, 2021
Mark moved to the Okanagan in 1993 to begin the first of numerous business ventures that would expand for the next 29 years.
First with a Subway restaurant in Oliver, followed by 5 more throughout the region, a partnership in Ace Hardware in Oliver, the Hilltop Canco in Keremeos and finally to a number of heritage home restoration projects in Penticton.
What I want to discuss today is what I believe is a result of COVID but it is not about COVID per say. No it is about us before during and after this pandemic.
The battle has a chance of ebbing in humanities favor so first where are many of us, and how do we feel about the current state of affairs? For many it’s like a prolonged shock treatment coming to grips with the fact governments can’t protect us from everything, We have also come to grips with the notion we are far more vulnerable than we think. There are also no instant solutions like a TV show or a guaranteed happy ending. How did we come to believe we were immune from an attack by nature?
The truth is it started years ago. We began do distance ourselves within our family units. In many cases we didn’t even know our neighbors let alone folks in the neighborhood. We lacked community involvement. We could complain loudly about a community plan change but never bothered to go hear about the change when proposals were made. We lost basic human contact with community when we needed it most. We believed we didn’t need service clubs or the volunteers to do the work.
Consequence? There was no one there to meet community needs in many places. We had to learn from scratch like grand children learning to bake their first cake. It became apparent when they had to broadcast public service announcements saying “Check on the vulnerable the shut-ins and seniors in your neighborhood” Yes our actions not only left us unprepared it left us feeling helpless in many cases. I remember hearing it said “Someone should do something.” that someone should have been us.
Why did the government have to step in and bail us out in a financial sense? Some say they shouldn’t have. I disagree for a reason. As a society, individuals, families and even businesses were vulnerable as a consequence of following herd consumerism. Money was a piece of plastic. We never lived in a crisis, before when there wasn’t a short term fix. For twenty years society deluded itself into an economic fantasy world.
Yes we needed a bail out and a serious lesson. The lesson? The government is us. We will have to pay it back in taxes and economic sacrifices. We are going to learn how fragile our vision of mortality is. and we are going to realize the lessons progress comes when we balance reality with compassion. There are a lot of people who are finding out how close they came to joining the ranks of the poor, which is a lesson in humility itself.
We thought it was more important to have a thousand facebook friends we never met than to find out how our family and neighbors were actually coping with the feelings and loneliness. No I am not painting people with the same brush it is just that in my view society as a mindset became complacent, and this pandemic may have jolted us back into reality. So what will that reality look like perhaps?
Some of the changes coming will be in the way we work and the way we shop. Even in the way we use transportation. On line shopping is already challenging the big chains and they are adapting with their own distribution systems. People will buy their food on line and find they will save money by not impulse buying. More and more people will work from home cutting the need for daily traffic volume. It will affect small retailers in high volume office districts. Walmart for example is closing at least six locations and moving some others into repositioned locations and spending five hundred million dollars on changes.
I can see small retailers being more productive and more important. Here is why. Small shops will hire knowledgeable staff who can provide customer service when buying new technology for home use. For those banking, brick and mortar institutions will scale back. Car buying is already positioning to give dealerships competition. Even a segment of post secondary education can be done from home cutting tuition costs considerably and providing more access to learning. One of the benefactors will be those trying to access low cost housing as many office buildings and closed shopping malls will be converted to housing. That is starting to happen in parts of North America.
One of the biggest changes will see light manufacturing return. Essential goods will be produced at home for domestic use. And one other aspect of society will return brought about by the pandemic. A return to citizens being involved in community and the reason is our change in habits will require more people interaction in a different venue.
We are being taught a lesson about things we already knew and ignored. If government did not provide a bailout, it would have taken years to get to where the opportunities are. Yes the idea there are positive opportunities might sound foreign but a wave of new ideas is about to land on societies shores. Don’t think so? Think of how different things are and all the inventions since WWII. From that tragedy we forged a different world and a new day is coming. The question is are we ready for change?
Well statistics show (from RCMP) that crime comes in many forms:
Guns shooting at persons
Violence against women, domestic violence
Robberies and B & E, Stolen property, trespass
and other lesser offences – impaired driving, speeding, careless use of a vehicle
Recently our local newspaper said there was an “epidemic” of crime locally – and I just don’t see it.
We have recorded in the last ten years a number of vicious gang like attacks on people known to police and many unsolved deaths.
We have had spats of drug raids, break ins and theft. BUT
Look at the NEWS – rather peaceful with the crooks living and working their trade in OK Falls, Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon.
Not much to report in Keremeos, Summerland, Osoyoos or Oliver – yet!! or lately!!
Remembering Eric Shannon
Eric Shannon was one of thousands in the Canadian Army who landed in Normandy in June, 1944, fought through France, Belgium, Holland, and into Germany. He participated in many major battles: Caen, Calais, Falaise, The Scheldt River Estuary, Leopold Canal, Breskens Pocket, Rhineland, Moyland Wood (Slaughter Hill), Emmeric-Hoch Elten, and Deventer. Eric was officially wounded twice, on Oct. 13, 1944 and April 21, 1945.
Born in East Vancouver in 1921 Eric Shannon lived with his father and three brothers in the Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood. His mother Annie McLeod-Shannon (1883-1931) died when he was a boy. His father Robert Shannon (1886-1959) was a building contractor but there was not much work and little money available, a common situation for most families during the tough 1930s. As there were many children in the neighbourhood, there were always lots of activities for Shannon boys. In 1939 before the Hope-Princeton Highway, Eric, age 18, rode his bicycle from Vancouver, through Spence’s Bridge and Merritt, south to Princeton and east to Oliver where his brother Bob was teaching school. While working in Oliver, Eric met the charming Elaine Curbishley.
In November 1939 (on a dare) Eric Shannon joined the Merchant Marine in Vancouver; his first ship was the M.V. TREVALGAN. Sailing the globe with Canadian, Dutch and British Merchant fleets, Eric experienced numerous salty merchantman adventures. On one trip Eric contracted malaria and had a very high fever for several weeks. His captain did not expect Eric to survive. On another occasion, in Kingston, Jamaica, loading cargo working alongside a local longshoreman, Eric commented on the way that local was not doing his job. The Jamaican pulled a knife and attacked Eric. It happened very quickly and ended with the longshoreman in the harbor. Eric said it could have easily ended very badly for him. In Liverpool during an air raid, a large bomb landed on the street in front of a building (pub?) Eric was in. Fortunately the bomb did not detonate. If the bomb had exploded, chances are, he would have been killed. In May 1941 his convoy was attacked by German submarines. When oil tankers were hit they went up in flames very quickly. The crew on those boats had a small chance of survival. Eric was serving on SS COCKAPONSET which carried 225 tons of TNT with other type’s cargo. The COCKAPONSET’s hull was lined with thick bags of some kind of “carbon black” powder to protect the explosive freight from the torpedoes. Eric’s ship was hit; they had to abandon the ship. All the crew, 41 in total, made it to life boats, spent one night floating in the North Atlantic, were rescued the next day by the SS HONTESTROOM and taken to Reykjavik, Iceland. A few days later these survivors were placed on a vessel which was to steam to Scotland. On route, this ship was attacked by German aircraft. Eric was shot several times in the leg by a plane strafing the deck (2 June’41). The ship had its pumps going full speed just to stay afloat. Sea-going tugs were sent out and assisted the damaged ship to Glasgow. Eric remembered that as the damaged ship was helped up the River Clyde to a berth, the other ships in the harbor blew their whistles and people working around the harbor cheered as their rescued ship passed by. Eric was hospitalized for several months in Glasgow while his leg healed and became good friends with the extended family of one of the hospital staff, whom he referred to as “Ma Wylie.” Eric maintained contact with this family for the rest of his life.
The SS BLOMMERSDYK of the Holland America Line was Eric Shannon’s last ship; he sailed on her from April 7, 1942 to Oct. 31, 1942. He left ship in New York with the intention of returning to Vancouver by bus, but severe snowstorms on the East Coast of North America shut down the normal transportation routes and Eric ended up traveling through Houston Texas. A Canadian sailor traveling from New York to Vancouver via Houston aroused suspicion with American Immigration Officials. The fact that Eric was missing some identification papers that he maintained had not been returned to him by the New York Immigration Department was undoubtedly a contributing factor. Consequently Eric Shannon was jailed as an illegal immigrant along with a large number of Mexicans until he could present his case at a ‘formal hearing’. Eventually his situation was straightened out and Eric arrived in Vancouver just before Christmas, 1942.
Eric Shannon enlisted in the Canadian Army on June 7, 1943, trained in Vernon B.C. and Dundurn Sask. and was posted to Aldershot England (March 31, 1944) where he joined the Canadian Scottish Regiment  to wait for the invasion.Shannon was one of thousands in the Canadian Army who landed on the shores of Normandy in June of 1944, and fought his way through France, Belgium, Holland, and into Germany.
“Ready For The Fray, A History of the Canadian Scottish Regiment”, describes the tough going near Caen, one and a half months and three major battles after the June invasion, “…This shelling and bombing caused a constant trickle of casualties. Men were hit as they ate, slept or went from one place to another. Reinforcements coming to the battalion were sometimes killed or wounded before they even reached the company to which they were being posted. The “old timers” were cut down in ones or twos every day. The initials “PBC” (Psychiatric Battle Casualty) appearing after a man’s name on the casualty list, if not common was no longer unique.” 
Securing the Leopold Canal was a difficult task, the advancing Canadians on one side and the ‘dug-in German defenders on the other. . Two hours before midnight, therefore, after a mortar and artillery barrage, the two companies went over the top, scrambling to take advantage of their own “grenade barrage” at H hour. The men fought their way forward for a distance of about 50 yards, overrunning many enemy positions on the way. “C” Company like all the other companies were considerably under strength owing to casualties, but even so this company alone took about 65 prisoners during the attack. No. 13 platoon, commanded by Sgt. Byron, captured about 30 prisoners although there were only 14 men in the entire platoon. Shortly after this engagement the company commander wrote:
Men who were particularly outstanding in this show were Cpl. A. Palmer who took command when Sgt. Byron was wounded, Pte. P. Coleman… who took charge of a section and did very good work in ‘clearing’ the Germans from the dyke, and Pte. E.G. Shannon who carried on until the fight was over despite being wounded in both arms. These are men who were mentioned to me, but there were many more and every man did an excellent job.
One story Eric told was capturing a German soldier who basically surrendered. This prisoner had lived in Vancouver before the War and spoke English. Eric escorted him to an officer who took him back to regimental headquarters where the prisoner willingly disclosed useful information on German defensive positions. The officer later told Eric that he received a medal as a direct result of this information this prisoner disclosed.
Not all the battles were successful. On Feb. 18, 1945 the Canadian Scottish Regiment was in a very tough battle at Heseler Feld / Moyland Wood, in Germany. A, B, and D were finding it very tough going. C Company was been pinned in a very uncomfortable position and was ordered to attack a well-defended German position. C Company at that time consisted of three under strength platoons, a major, two lieutenants, a company sergeant major, two sergeants, seven corporals and approximately 55 infantrymen. Many battle-wise Canadians, including Eric, knew it was a hopeless task but orders were orders. The attack proceeded and was a disaster. Eric was one of only seven members of C Company that was not killed or captured.
The entire action from the time the company crossed the start-line until it was surrounded and either shot up or captured, lasted little more than an hour. It was a terrible blow to the battalion, one which it half expected from the outset since the task set for the unit …..,meant that almost every principle of war had to be ignored. The admirable spirit and dash of the men compared to the almost impossible action it was called on to perform brings to mind the words of a French observer watching the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War some ninety years previously: “C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre”. It is little wonder that Heseler Field was nicknamed slaughter Hill by the men in the Canadian Scottish.
After this battle Eric ended up with support troops behind the lines. Several days later, when Eric rejoined his regiment, he learned he had been reported as killed in action. Eric had become a buddy of Percy Coleman and often fought beside him. Eric had written a letter to Elaine Curbishley of Oliver. This letter was given to Percy Coleman, to mail, if Eric was killed in action. Eric was fighting beside Percy in this battle when Percy was killed. When the bodies were recovered, they found the letter from Eric, on Percy’s body, and assumed Eric that had been killed. They were able to stop the message before it was sent back to Vancouver.
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles were brought in and with Typhoon air support (something the Canadian Scottish could have used) the Germans were eventually pushed out of their strong defensive position.
There was a constant turnover in the Company. Men were killed, taken prisoner or seriously wounded in action, and replacements were arriving. These types of experiences must have had short and long term effects on many young men. 
Eric was impressed with the gratitude and happiness shown by the Dutch, as their towns and country were liberated by the Canadians.
Near war’s end Eric was transferred to Head Quarters Company, assigned a Harley Davidson motorcycle and became a courier. Two experiences he described about this assignment were a.) the Harley was very difficult ride in the mud b.) when he unknowingly rode into a German position and was fired upon. Eric made a hasty and successful retreat. Who knows, perhaps a German soldier, tired of all the senseless killing decided to just fire some warning shots and let the lone Canadian live another day. Eric never rode a motorcycle after the War.
Discharged in Vancouver on Aug. 8, 1945, Eric returned to Oliver purchased land through the V.L.A. (1947), built a house and married his sweetheart Elaine Curbishley (1948). Eric planted an orchard in 1948 and continued working out, first as a carpenter, then as a surveyor with the Ministry of Highways and the Southern Okanagan Lands Project, in the straightening of the Okanagan River channel. In 1959 Eric purchased a second orchard and became a full time orchardist. In 1964 He purchased a third orchard. The orchards he purchased were from the pioneer Boone and Deighton families. They became good family friends. During these years Eric and Elaine raised a family of four children.
Eric Shannon was active in his community, including serving a term as President of Oliver Branch 97 Royal Canadian Legion in 1956. Having learned how to play bridge as a children, Eric and Elaine enjoyed social bridge. When the orchards allowed and their family was older, Eric and Elaine enjoyed traveling with friends, in their trucks and campers in southern British Columbia and Washington State. Eric and Elaine also made trips to Europe and Asia. He maintained friendships with many ‘Can-Scots’, and regularly attended Canadian Scottish Regimental reunions. Eric and Elaine traveled to France for the 40thanniversary of D Day celebrations, with other Canadian Scottish veterans. Eric passed away peacefully in 1996. Elaine continued to live in the family home until she moved to Sunnybank Centre where she passed away in 2018.
Thank you Eric’s son, Larry, for your labour on this biography.
1.Son of a prominent builder and contractor in Belfast, circa 1879,Robert Shannon ( Sr.) born June 16,1886, came to B.C. in 1907 and worked on the construction of many of the original buildings in Abbotsford and Mission. Robert died in Victoria on October 26, 1959
Eric’s mother Anne McLeod, a teacher and school principal born on Prince Edward Island, traced her PEI roots from Scotland as part of a group of Lord Selkirk’s Settlers in 1803. Eric was nine when this accomplished lady died in Vancouver in 1931.
Robert James Shannon, 1913-2000, the oldest Shannon brother & long time Oliver teacher, served as a RCAF navigator in WW II., retiring as Principal of SOSS in 1974.
2. Said bicycle did have hand brakes but did not have coaster brakes (when the rear wheel turned so too the pedals). Eric had steel caps attached to the toes of his shoes which he would drag on the ground when he required extra braking power. This bicycle is still in the family.
Eric found a job working for Alan MacDonald on an orchard in West Lateral neighbourhood of Oliver. Alan was a bachelor and when he realized Eric knew how to play bridge, Alan took advantage of the circumstances. Alan let it be known they were available to play bridge with other couples, and this usually lead to dinner invitations as well. One evening Alan and Eric were invited for dinner and bridge by orchard neighbours, George and Phyllis Curbishley. It was here that he first met his future wife Elaine, their seventeen year old daughter.
3. Charlie Adams and Bill Gawne of Naramata, were other CanScots from the Okanagan-Valley.The Canadian Scottish Regiment was part of the 7thBrigade, Canadian Army’s 3rdInfantry Division ( with The Regina Rifle Regiment & the Royal Winnipeg Rifles-also in the 7thBrigade.) The Canadian Scottish had five Companies (A, B, C, D and HQ Companies.) Each company had three platoons and the platoons were divided into sections. In theory a platoon comprised of 45 men.
4. C Company Can Scots hit the beach on 6 June without Eric Shannon. By early June of 1944, the Canadian soldiers suspected the invasion was imminent. Some of them had been waiting and training in England for three years. Eric decided to take a leave for a few days and visit his old friends in Glasgow, perhaps for the last time. When the invasion was launched on June 6th, , ‘Charlie Coy’s Pte. Shannon ‘missed’ Juneau Beach landing. He crossed the channel a few days later.
5. This fray near Caen, two months- after D Day these soldiers were already being described as “old timers.” Ready for the Fray p.269. Roy discusses how the German snipers were quite effective and demoralizing for the Canadian troops. Eric remembered one occasion when he and two other soldiers, thought they were safe and were having some food when German snipers shot the men on either side of him. Eric who was not injured.
6. A platoon full strength had 45 men plus an officer. Ready For the Fray, p. 339.
7. Roy mentions a similar incident in Ready for the Fray, p.258. It may or may not be the one Eric was part of.
8. This battle has been documented several times. Ralph Pearcey, a new Lt. assigned to Charlie Company describes the hopelessness of this situation in the Legion Magazine Jan/Feb. 1997. Pearcey spent the rest of the War as a P.O.W. This was his only action. Also see Roy’s Ready for the Fray p. 380-81.
9. Many years later, a friend said that Eric was a fatalist. Eric had told him that he never worried about dying, because when your time is up, there is nothing you can do about it. Post war, Eric Shannon appreciated that he had been very lucky and that the rest of his life was a bonus. As a teen Larry once complained to his Dad that “All my friend’s fathers take them hunting, why won’t you take me hunting?” Eric replied “I did enough shooting during the War; I don’t ever want to shoot a gun again.”
10. Eric and Elaine’s children are: Larry, b.’50; Patti, b.’51; Gordon, b.’53; and Norman b.’’60. Larry Shannon lives on the original Shannon orchard property in Oliver, B.C.
Written by David Snyder of Penticton and edited by Larry Shannon
This is the last in a series
That Town of Oliver staff be directed to bring an amendment forward to the Traffic Bylaw to prohibit recreational vehicles, utility trailers and similar vehicles from being parked in boulevard areas;
That Staff be directed to amend to the Subdivision and Development Servicing Standards to
include maximum driveway widths;
That Staff be directed to implement a driveway permitting process, including bringing forth an
amendment to the Fees and Charges Bylaw;
That Staff be directed to research options for implementing grants for boulevard
Boulevard landscaping has also not been enforced in recent years, leading to the unauthorized paving and installation of landscape rock or boulders. Part of the reason why residents have done so is due to the costs associated with irrigating these areas. That being said, many residents have taken the initiative to landscape these areas according to the bylaw, either with grass or xeriscaping with plants and shrubs.
Many of the boulevards in the Town are utilized for parking, whether or not a curb exists, and whether or not there is sufficient width to park a vehicle safety off the roadway. Many of the boulevards are used as a place to store recreational vehicles or utility trailers. Many of the boulevards are also neglected, not landscaped, and a place for puncturevine and weeds to grow. It is possible that residents are not aware of the bylaw requirements or may not be aware that they are permitted to install grass, plants and flowers along the boulevard as it is outside of their property boundary.
Source: Town of Oliver staff report
The Town of Osoyoos, Town of Oliver and Osoyoos Indian Band wish to undertake a process to
assess the feasibility of building and operating a regional aquatic centre. Volunteers needed to sit on citizen advisory committee.
The Town of Oliver is seeking one member of the public to serve on the South Okanagan Aquatic Centre Advisory Committee. Interested persons must live within the Town of Oliver limits and will be working with representatives of the Town of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos and the Osoyoos Indian Band. The Committee will act in an advisory and leadership role to facilitate the process of completing a South Okanagan Aquatic Centre feasibility study.
The Service Area Participants’ communities have long expressed a desire for a year-round indoor
aquatic facility to enhance quality of life, provide leisure and fitness activities, attract amenity
migrants to the region, promote economic development and serve the visitor population including a
growing winter season ‘snowbird’ population.
For some years now, there has been interest in the communities of the Service Area Participants to
explore opportunities regarding the development of a public aquatic centre for the region. It is
recognized that development of an aquatic centre would assist in the social and economic growth of
the region’s residents, however there are many planning, asset and financial factors that need to be
understood. The Service Area Participants are now ready to approach these discussions in a more
formal regional setting, commencing with a feasibility study for a South Okanagan Aquatic Centre.
The primary objective of the effort is to deliver an Aquatic Centre Feasibility Study which identifies;
potential key features of the aquatic centre, assessed locations, initial servicing and cost estimates,
public input, and key data/ analysis, in order to determine if there is sufficient community support
for the Service Area Participants to proceed with the project. Proceeding with the project could
include: gaining elector consent and commencing schematic/concept design phase services.
The process will build upon previous efforts to assess the feasibility of developing aquatic centres in
Osoyoos and Oliver such as that undertaken in the:
• Oliver and District Parks and Recreation Society Aquatic Centre Feasibility Study -May 2006;
• Osoyoos Aquatic Centre Feasibility Study – November 2007
November 13th, 2020
TO: Chair and Directors of the RDOS Board
RE: Park naming and signage at the Heritage Hills Park
That the Parks & Recreation Commission rejects the proposed Garnett Family Park signage.
That the Parks & Recreation Commission rejects the Garnett Family Park name for the park in Heritage Hills.
SUBJECT: At the November 12th, 2020 Okanagan Falls (Area “D”) Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, RDOS staff presented signage options for the park at Heritage Hills. The staff showed the Commission members pictures of the proposed sign, with the name “Garnett Family Park” and explained that the name Garnett was there because of the donation made by this family to create the park. It was pointed out by a Commission member that the Garnett family had donated nothing and contributed nothing to create the park in Heritage Hills. The Garnett family only financed the Chadwell Place subdivision. During ensuing discussion of the signage, Commission members commented that the signage was “distasteful and inappropriate”.
BACKGROUND: A discussion followed regarding the history of the park at Heritage Hills, as follows:
In 1990, 100+ residential lots were created as “Heritage Hills” subdivision and sold for over $100K each, $10 million+ in revenue; the area covered over 100 acres. The developer promised and committed in printed material to provide a park in the subdivision. The developer, under Provincial Legislation, was obliged to give either 5% of the land or 5% of the cash value of the lots for parkland; No park was provided; The RDOS took no land for parkland; The RDOS allegedly received approximately $40,000.00 in cash-in-lieu of land. (The records are inconsistent and vague).
The original developer’s agent gave the RDOS staff a memo stating that no additional land or financial contribution for parkland would be required on future phases of this development. (There are no Board minutes or staff reports in existence to confirm this assertion.)
On all future phases of this development, following the assertion of the developer’s agent, staff advised the Provincial Subdivision Approving Officer, beginning in 1993 that parkland dedication had been satisfied. (Notwithstanding land had not been provided and it is questionable the funds received were in order)
Over 100 additional residential lots (Heritage Hills, Vintage Views, Chadwell Place) were created in the development without any parkland contribution (land or money).
In 2010, the Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands Community Association was created as a non-profit society under the BC Society Act;
A key objective of the Community Association was to secure the park which had been promised to the community and to which it had a right. The Community Association facilitated negotiations with the developer of Chadwell Place for the purpose of acquiring land for a park, which later occurred.
Area “D” Director, Tom Siddon, secured funding through a referendum and Park Reserve Account to assist in the acquisition of the parkland the community had identified.
The developer of Chadwell Place Subdivision eventually agreed to the financial benefit that the RDOS offered and sold two un-serviced half-acre lots for $200K each and donated an un-serviced, undevelopable lot of 3 acres for a tax receipt of $385,000.00, well in excess of the actual value of the 3 acres of land; the RDOS rents a fourth half-acre lot and has an option to purchase it in 20 years. This lot was recently appraised at $175,000.00 in value. The developer saved in excess of $350,000.00 by not having to service these four lots.
The Community Association has raised $210,000.00 in Provincial Gaming Commission grants, has raised $10,000.00 from Fortis BC and this money has been matched by Federal Gas Tax Funds via the previous and current Directors of Area “D”, Tom Siddon and Ron Obirek, in excess of $460,000.00. All of this money has been used to develop the park as it now stands.
The Community Association continues to apply for grants for further park development and enhancement.
Thousands of hours of volunteer time and expertise have been donated by the Community Association members to designate the park area, acquire the land, design the park and have the park developed.
SUMMARY: The issue of naming the park was raised by RDOS staff in October of 2018 at an RDOS Board Meeting. Area “D” Director Siddon made a Motion, carried by the RDOS Board, referring the naming back to the Parks & Recreation Commission and the community to carry out a consultation process in their community to recommend an appropriate name for the Heritage Hills Park. The Association Executive developed a survey and comprehensive process and reviewed the process with the Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation Commission. The Commission congratulated the community on the process and endorsed it. The consultation process resulted in the name “Skaha Vista Park at Heritage Hills”. The name was submitted to the Parks & Recreation Commission and Director Siddon. The Parks & Recreation Commission unanimously moved adoption of the name and forwarded that motion to the RDOS Board.
The recommendation reached the RDOS Board in June of 2019 and was deferred because of a conflict with the developer’s proposed park name. The deferral was for a one-year period to provide for a consultation between the community and the developer. The item was inappropriately returned to the RDOS Board agenda in September of 2019, three months into the one-year deferral period. There was no significant change in the name recommended by the developer. It is alleged that the return of this matter to the RDOS Board was in contravention of the Policies and Procedures of the RDOS Board.
In September of 2019 the RDOS Board approved the name “Garnett Family Park” for the park in Heritage Hills. There is clearly a misunderstanding amongst some Board Members with regard to the contract language between the RDOS and the developer. The contract allows for an “agreement on a name between the two parties”. It does not provide the developer with the exclusive right to choose a name. The RDOS Board ignored the process to name the park that it had initiated by motion in October, 2018.
The naming is in contravention of 14 (c) of the Donation Policy -”person who significantly contributed to a specific project or community at large”. No contribution was ever made to the park project by the Garnett family and no contribution to the community of Heritage Hills was ever made by the Garnett family. (This community does not fall within the Apex or Penticton areas. Perhaps a review of the Donation/Naming Policy is required and the Garnett Family name could be more appropriately recognized elsewhere in the RDOS).
There is a question as to whether the developer of the land should have been accepted as a “donor” under the terms of the RDOS Donation Policy. The donation of the land for the park in Heritage Hills is in contravention of the RDOS Donation policy 5 (j). The donor has had ongoing violations to the Zoning Bylaw, Temporary Use Permit and ongoing and current violations of Provincial Regulations in relation to various operations the developer owns.
The Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands Community Association members have contributed thousands of hours of time, expertise and money to the development of the park in Heritage Hills. According to the RDOS Donation/Naming Policy, Section 14(b) provides that “where multiple donors are involved, donors are encouraged to reach a consensus (on the name) among the donating parties prior to forwarding their input to the RDOS”. Certainly, the Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands Community Association is a “donating party” to the park.
In the Contract between the developer and the RDOS, it states that the donor (developer) may install a park bench as a memorial on the land donated. There is no mention of a sign.
CONCLUSION: The Parks & Recreation Commission reviewed the naming of the park at Heritage Hills at its November 12th meeting, and unanimously approved the following Motion to go to the RDOS Board:
That the Parks & Recreation Commission rejects the proposed Garnett Family Park signage.
That the Parks & Recreation Commission rejects the Garnett Family Park name.
The Parks & Recreation Commission also seeks an explanation as to why the recommended name “Skaha Vista Park at Heritage Hills” was rejected, and consultation with the Parks & Recreation Commission and the community was never initiated by the RDOS Board before approving the name “Garnett Family Park”.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Parks & Recreation Commission
Kelvin Hall, Chair,
Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation Commission
This matter delayed for some time will be debated at the next regular RDOS meeting, Thursday April 1st.
The matter is a new notice of motion from Area D Director Ron Obirek – with this quote
““The issue here is really about respect,” said Obirek.
Obirek filed a notice of motion that calls for the matter to be referred to a board committee to discuss a possible name change.
Thanks to the RDOS for supply of the letter and to the Penticton Herald
7 June 2016 marked the 100 anniversary of the birth of R.A. Barton Okanagan Valley’s most decorated Air Force officer in World War Two. Born in Kamloops, his civil engineer father and Scottish mother lived in Penticton.
Schooled initially at the Vernon Prep School, young Robert traveled home at holiday time, to and from Vernon to Penticton on the SS Sicamous; he completed his education at Shawnigan Lake Boys School. 
In January 1936, Barton traveled to England, took a short service RAF commission and after pilot training was attached to NO. 41 Squadron equipped with biplane fighters. Following the outbreak of war he joined the newly reformed NO 249 Squadron in Yorkshire. Transferred south to Boscombe-Down in August 14, 1940 Barton was in action the following day, downing one Messerschmidt and damaging another. Over the next three weeks, Barton’s successes mounted.
On September 3, flying from North Weald in Essex, his Hurricane was hit by return fire from a Dormier and Barton was forced to bale. Later upon returning to his squadron he was’ ribbed’ by his wing-mates for allowing himself to be shot down by a bomber.
Days later, during the intense phase of the Luftwatte’s onslaught, his CO was wounded and Barton led the squadron into battle, flying sometimes four missions daily. On September 15, the day of the greatest air battle, the acting S/L shot down a Dormier over the Thames Estuary and damaged a second. By the end of October Bob Barton, aka ‘Butch’  had ‘chalked up’ two more enemy fighters, as well as damaging another two, landing a DFC for “outstanding leadership.”
“On the afternoon of October 29 Barton faught what was perhaps the most remarkable action of his career. The squadron was taking off from North Weald when a pack of Bf 109’s dive bombed the field. He caught up with the German ‘tail-end Charlie’ and let fly. The enemy plane began streaming glycol, but before Barton could finish off his victim the other ‘109’ throttled back and it appeared that he would be swallowed up by the German formation. One by one Barton engaged them, firing at six in all. One of them was hit and damaged, while another, taking a burst in the petrol tank, began trailing a plume of fire.The German pilot, Oberstleunant Otto Hintze, bailed out safely and was taken prisoner. Hintze was a price in himself; he was one of the Luftwaffe’s top-notch fighter-bomber pilots and had been recommeded for the Knight’s Cross.” 
In December, 1940 Barton was CO of the Squadron with another two enemy fighters to his credit.
In 1941 his squadron was ordered to Malta, embarking for Gibraltar on 19 May on the aircraft carrier HMS Furious then transferred to HMS ARK ROYAL as part of the fighter defenses. Barton accounted for the squadron’s first victory over the island of Malta shooting down an Italian bomber. Five days later he destroyed another bomber, this time at night. At first light, he returned to the scene to search for the Italian crew. The enemy men were found and rescued. Under Barton’s leadership 249 Squadron was one of the most successful fighter squadrons on the island of Malta.
On July 31 S/L Barton survived a plane crash. His injuries included second-degree burns. In September Bob was back with his squadron and battling Italian fighters credited with destroying one, damaging another.
“I was very conscious of the squadron’s debt to him, small and slight in stature…unassuming almost to a fault, he was a wonderful leader and one of the best fighter pilots it would be my good fortune to meet” Tom Neil, his deputy, wrote.  The bar of Barton’s DFC citation states: “His excellent leadership inspires the pilots under his command.”
Following a respite as chief instructor at a fighter training unit Barton took command of an airfield in the Orkneys. Later he commanded North Weald. In June 1945 W/C Barton was appointed OBE.
In August, 1945 Wing Commander R.A.Barton was posted to India and for two years to help in the creation of the Pakistan Air Force. After a number of post war fighter station postings as well the Air Ministry he retired in 1959.
The Bartons returned to Canada and lived a quiet life in Hedley BC. Married for fifty years, he was predeceased by his wife of Gwen Cranswick in 1988. Butch Barton (Wing Commander, RAF retired) died on 2 September, 2010 ; his ashes were scattered on his favorite lake on 15 September, Battle of Britain Day, 2010. Barton is survived by a son who resides in Britain.
1. Situated in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, founded in 1916 modeled on independent ‘public’ schools, Shawnigan Lake School was the educational launch for two other well known ‘Old Boys’ the late Nigel Taylor CD, BCD Major retired and Rear Admiral Dick Leir CD 1920-2015.
2. Equipped with Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain. The only VC awarded to RAF Fighter Command pilot (during this battle) was won by James Brindley Nicholson while serving with 249 Sqn.. ( On August 16, F/L J.B. Nicolson was attacked and his Hurrican caught fire. Despite suffering burns, Nicolson immediately attacked another German fighter before bailing out.) One day in September, 1940 the Sqn. destroyed 20 enemy aircraft. In February, 1942, NO. 249 Sqn. converted to Spitfires in Malta. Canada’s most successful Fighter pilot in WW II, George Frederick ‘Buzz’ Beurling, DSO, DFC, DFM flew with 294 Sqn. n Malta. It is likely S/L Barton recommended “Buzz” Beurling for the DFM the decoration he most treasured.
3. Today the nickname ‘Butch’ causes raised eyebrows; a synonym for a boy ruffian, Barton called himself Bob.
4. See Hugh Halliday’s The Tumbling Sky. p.42 5. W/C Thomas F. ‘Ginger’ Neil DFC AFC AE is one of the last surviving RAF Battle of Britain Pilots -Google- 2015 interview. The 1940 Spitfire had 14.7 seconds of ammo; the 109 had 55 seconds. Which had the advantage?
6. R.A. ‘Butch’ Barton was recognized in Penticton Remembers Vol I (2008) For further reading , see, Hugh Halliday’s The Tumbling Sky , p. 37-43.