Archives for June 4, 2021
“Today, we are reporting that 72.4% of all adults in B.C. and 69.6% of those 12 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In total, 3,488,884 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 256,725 of which are second doses.
“We have had 183 new cases of COVID-19
“Of the new cases, 40 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 101 are in the Fraser Health region, three are in the Island Health region, 30 are in the Interior Health region and nine are in the Northern Health region. There are no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
“There are currently 2,453 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and a further 140,835 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 224 individuals are currently hospitalized, 59 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
“There has been one new COVID-19 related death, for a total of 1,710 deaths in British Columbia.
Four anchors are available to keep the ship of life from being wrecked on the rocks when the storms come.
In review, the first anchor is solidly grounded in the fact that God is the loving Creator of all that exists. Label it The Creator’s Love.
The second anchor prevents us from making the mistake of thinking we can avoid the rocks and remedy the problem of sin ourselves. Label it The Sinner’s Predicament.
The third anchor outlines God’s plan for a solution, a rescue. Jesus pays the price for rescue! More than that, He stays with us to advocate for us and keep us on a sound track. What a great plan! Label it The Savior’s Solution.
Now what should our life be like? Lest we think that now we are free to do whatever we want, read this verse. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “You are not your own, you were bought at a price, Therefore honor God with your body.” We now belong to the Lord in a new way. The fourth anchor calls us to recognize and appreciate that gift of grace by living for Him in His way, not for ourselves. Label it The Believer’s Commitment.
The idea that we could now just go back to our life of sin is preposterous. We have just agreed that God’s way is right and our way doesn’t cut it. How can we want go back to that? He is Lord, not just Savior. Will we now be able to live without sinning? NO! But with the Spirit of God planted within us we can now grow in bearing the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
There will be huge opposition from our own sinful nature, from people who reject God and from Satan and his demons. The devil is for real, we are in a war zone but he would like us believe he isn’t there. Temptations will come that seek to distract us with the pleasures, possessions, power and prestige we can gain in this life. We need some of each of these in life but if even one of them becomes more important than our relationship with God we are straying severely. Furthermore, since God has freely forgiven us we need to both forgive others and seek forgiveness from others where we can. If we don’t it will weigh us down and keep spoiling relationships.
To summarize, the fourth anchor is based on the idea that we will honor God, seek to love His ways as we learn from the Scriptures and fellow believers.
When storms in life come, and they will, these anchors will avert disaster. Heb_6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Then when our trip is over the Pilot will get us into a safe harbor.
P.S. Since we are approaching the final submissions to Oliver Daily News for On the Sunny Side, these four anchors summarize all that I’ve tried to convey in the last 6 years.
Thank you, Jack, for including my column in this on-line newspaper. We appreciate what you have done!
Letter to the editor
Regarding the Backyard Chef Issue
If you don’t know of the Backyard Chef issue it is because you never read a newspaper, upload a blog, or listen to local news. The couple who run a food business from a one acre farm, half way between Oliver and Osoyoos, wish to be allowed to be licensed as a restaurant.
This usage is not allowed on a residential property!
So, Mr. Chris Hoodyonk, on behalf of the owners of the property, is applying for a (TUP) Temporary Use Permit, which is a function of the RDOS but which takes some time.
This applicant has already been afforded an ‘emergency’ meeting of the local Advisory Planning Commission. The emergency was that the business had been ‘shut down’ by the RDOS which issued a Stop Work Order on the construction of a patio on the site.
Now the truth. The applicant has run a business from the premises for over seven years, without a valid restaurant license or a liquor license. (Yes, I know, I read all those travel writers’ columns about this.)
At Backyard Chef they do not sell wine; they allow patrons to bring their own and consume it on the
premises. This is a violation of the Liquor Control and Licensing Act. I do not know the intricacies of the
licensing provisions for restaurants, but this business is not licenced under those provisions either.
Mr. Hoodyonk applied to the RDOS for a building permit to allow the construction of a patio to allow
food service, at his premises, during the COVID-19 crisis. (Yes, the restriction on inside dining is now lifted, so the question is moot.)
The RDOS refused to grant a building permit because the patio could not be constructed as an adjunct to a restaurant, because in fact – no restaurant officially ‘exists’ on that property. Hence a Stop Work Order being issued on the patio construction.
Now is when the issue gets real.
Mr. Hoodyonk has given media interviews wherein he states that his business has been closed by the RDOS, and he and his wife cannot make a living on their farm, and can’t employ staff, and can’t buy fresh ‘ve’g from local farms, and and, and……. This is not true.
The RDOS stopped the building of an illegal patio. (The business no longer needs a patio to carry on the same business it has carried on for seven years. Inside dining only.) They have not been stopped from pursuing their livelihood, in any way, by the RDOS.
This is not a case of ‘Big Bureaucracy’ being mean to the little guy.
This is a case of the little guy flaunting the rules then getting whiny and snivelling when his inaccuracies about his business caught up with him.
Whiny and snivelling is never a good look.
We spell wine, in this area, without the H.
Jessica Murphy is the senior member of the Area C – Planning Commission, a former lawyer, from a pioneer family. A respected member of the community.