When a writer picks up the pen the words find meaning and a direction that brings both nods of approval and a degree of criticism. That being said lets skip stones on troubled waters. Yes we are likely facing the most serious threat to the well being of mankind since the dawn of the nuclear age. In real time we are experiencing the opening chapter of a Sci-Fi movie and we determine the ending.
No we are not all going to die, but if we ignore the information and protocols a lot of people will. First lets strip the layer of sugar coating. Why do different governments adopt different measures?
Step by step governments are am-ping up restrictions to keep the public on side above the din of prognostication.
The most important message is we are in a war with an unseen enemy and it attacks the weak and strong, old and young. It attacks the diligent as well as those foolish enough to ignore the risk. The most dangerous are those who disrespect all the rules for they spread it indiscriminately.
Before we look at my report card of governments let me say the restrictions are there for a reason and each region of the country face different circumstances. East to West where are we?
Newfoundland has invoked measures to limit social activity and have arrested one woman for repeated violations as she has tested positive.
Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick are doing a good job for the problems they face.
Quebec is clamping down on what we would best describe as civil liberties. This is not draconian government this is action required when people refuse to listen while endangering the lives of others.
When it comes to the Ontario Premier, I disagree with his party on nearly everything. During this pandemic he has stepped up to the plate and has done a tremendous job. Credit deserved where credit is due.
Brian Pallisar Manitoba Premier, is showing incredible leadership and he is not afraid to show his sincere emotion at times.
Before addressing BC I think the one guy out of step Is Jason Kenney of Alberta. Yes he is facing five dollar a barrel oil but he came to power, claiming he could fix everything including what was not broken. He cut too deep to fast.
Lets look across the fence in our own backyard. To start with I applaud the BC Liberal Party and Health Critic Norm Letnick. Government and the Opposition are doing what they can. Yes the BC Government brought in sweeping emergency powers that in many cases overrides the Municipal governance. I for one have no problem with that in the short term.
The BC and Ontario Governments have brought in measures to curb gouging and black market resale.
I agree with what the Federal and Provincial Governments are doing. It is said by health officials this is the crucial week for flattening the infection curve. If it fails to stem the flow I hope they lock down everything except food and drugstores.
Let me tell you a little bit about the virus and what the greatest danger is. It’s a respiratory infection attacking the lungs. I have personally witnessed the passing of relatives who were frankly deprived of their last breath. Some suspension of powers and overriding some municipal powers is alright with me if it spares one unfortunate soul from such a terrible fate.
As for how is BC doing? I am happy to say the government is doing a good job. I am proud to say both the government and the opposition are working together in the interest of all.
Hopefully each student and family has been contacted by a teacher, principal or school official
The BC government offers this and ODN gives this link to any student or parent interested
Our neighbour to the south is having a hard time – the biggest problem in the world – next to China, Italy, Iran and other countries.
Here are some more facts – top ten
A note to my readership:
1. This is very serious
2. Canada is blessed with a good health system and vast distances between towns, tribes, cities and groups….
3. Our job is not to gloat but to isolate as much as possible with the belief this world wide situation that YOU cannot control or I CANNOT control – will come to end…. sooner than later we should hope.
4. Walk, breathe, drive, phone, internet it, keep in contact, wave, smile, stay positive – Mother Nature is our friend – respect her.
We all know a scenic hill for this?…..
- But the project today is?……
- More interesting is the when and the who and the big story
We are not interested in speed but the best description of what is desired by ODN – then I will decide if anyone gets a bottle……
It seems to me that most people are singing the self isolation blues. The common complaint heard over the phone these days seems to be “I am so bored”. Most of us are at the ten or twelve day part of our fourteen days of staying isolated.
I agree it is really hard to find something to do to occupy us for days on end but we have to alter our thinking that we really need to be entertained to keep us happy. I think most of us spent the first few days at home by catching up on those jobs that we had been putting off for ages, the boring jobs of cleaning out closets of no longer needed items. arranging photographs in albums, doing some long awaited mending, in fact all those jobs that we put off because we have something more interesting to do.
My first few days at home I did a thorough house cleaning then I sorted my winter clothes and put them to the back of the closet, bringing spring and summer clothes nearer to the front, in the hope that I would soon be wearing them. I went though drawers and took a look at swimsuits that I put away last fall, hoping they would be in good enough shape to wear for another season. I swim almost every summer day so like several suits to alternate. Many of the ‘not too bad’ items of last fall look decidedly thread bare in the spring sunlight, so out they went.
One of my favourite pastimes are crossword puzzles, but they only entertain me for so long, so I took to playing solitaire on my PC, engaging for a while but after an hour of putting a red five on to a black six, it gets boring. I love to read but keep full length books for vacations when I can read for hours and not be interrupted, well I thought, this is a kind of holiday, so settled down to a book. Trouble with reading is it makes me drowsy so it was a couple of hours of reading then a ten minute nap. I did this several times through the day and found that I didn’t need to sleep at night. Laying there, wide awake in the dark is extremely boring, so after a couple of sleepless nights, I restricted my reading times to two hours in the morning.
I still need to walk my dog and do that twice each day. Down to the hike and bike trail, walk down to a bridge, cross the river and then walk back the other direction, through the park and back home. This takes me about forty five minutes then home for coffee. After dinner it is shorter walk then back in the house in time for Jeopardy, where I pit my wits against the contestants.
This sort of routine goes on day after day and I feel rather like a hamster on a wheel. My life seems so mindless, just trying to keep busy. How did our parents manage to live this kind of lifestyle right through two world wars? One of the reasons they were never bored was because they didn’t have time to sit around. Their laundry took all day to wash and then hang outside to dry. No machines to assist with this so quite often they would have to move laundry to and from the line to avoid the rain. All clothes were of man made materials that took forever to dry and then all needed ironing. Most husbands wore white shirts with collars that had to be scrubbed before laundering, then starching and ironing. No permanent press convenience for our moms, even handkerchieves were boiled, dried and ironed, and forget disposable anything. Laundry was a major chore.
Cooking meals was also a long chore, daily shopping because nobody had refrigeration, so meat, if available, was a daily purchase. This was supplemented with huge amounts of potatoes and veggies, to disguise the fact that the meat was of such minute quantities. In those days there was nearly always a steamed pudding for dessert, so the evening meal must have taken much of the afternoon to prepare.
Women of the forties didn’t have many labour saving devices and certainly no television to watch, but evening would usually see the whole family sitting listening to the radio, listening to a comedy show or some form of light music. Kids didn’t wander off to their own rooms to entertain themselves as the only heat would be in the kitchen or living room, the family spent time together until it was time for bed.
Our parents didn’t have much of anything but didn’t have time to be bored. In Europe sleep was quite often interrupted by the air raid siren, which meant a bombing raid by the Germans. Children were taken from their beds, blankets would be grabbed and the whole street would assemble in an air raid shelter, sometimes for an hour or two, sometimes for all night. The daylight would see them emerge and go back home, but sometimes their home was gone, destroyed by a bomb.
We are also living through a war, the enemy doesn’t bomb our homes but it can destroy our spirits if we let it. This state of affairs is very likely to go on for some time as each country battles with our common enemy. Instead of the military we have an army of doctors and nurses who are fighting a real battle. Instead of griping about being bored, lets see what each one of us can do to make life better for ourselves and those around us. We will come through this war, maybe not in the next few weeks but like any battle, it will end one day, so lets hunker down and get ready for however long it takes.
“Effective immediately, businesses with liquor primary licenses, such as bars, pubs and night clubs, must close as they are unable to adequately meet the requirements of social distancing.”
BC Public Health
In view of the Covid-19 pandemic and following direction from the Provincial Health Minister, OLIVER ELKS LODGE 267 is closed until further notice.
We will send out an email and posts on the internet when it is safe to resume operations. This includes the Sunday breakfast, meat draws and all social activities.
Elks Lodge Executive
You can contact us at
OLIVER ELKS LODGE #267
OLIVER, BC V0H 1T0
New pickup procedure developed in response to the CoVic-19 guidelines.
The Oliver Food Bank will be open on April 1 during regular hours to serve those in need who live in Oliver. On April 1, the Food Bank will be distributing larger quantities of food to last for 2 weeks. Clients should come prepared to take home larger boxes and/or bags of food than normal. Clients must show their Food Bank card through the window of the entrance door and then when directed to stand behind the red line which is 6 feet from the exit door to receive their food. Ensuring the recommended social distance from all others is necessary for the safety of all clients and volunteers. Anyone who has been out of the country during the 14 days prior to April 1 or has a cough, fever or other symptoms of illness or has been in contact with someone who is ill must not come to the Food Bank for the safety of all.
The Oliver Food Bank will be closed on April 8 but is expected to be open again on April 15 and every 2 weeks after that until further notice.
Julie Van Dusen
Oliver Food Bank
When I am tempted to complain about the inconveniences and destructive consequences of the current health and economic crises, I am wise to remember the following personal encounter during the year we were in Africa.
When my wife and I were in Kijabe, Kenya on a one-year short term mission, Yusuf was a student in one of my classes at Moffat Bible College. Some students would typically invite the teacher to come to their villages for a weekend. It would include visiting and preaching. I would gladly go every time I was asked, so when Yusuf invited me I agreed to go. I might have hesitated had I known the background to his story.
At age 12 his job was to be the goat herder for his father. The Pokot tribe Yusuf was born into was a nomadic tribe in a remote area of Kenya. Life was very difficult due to poverty, semi-desert conditions and tribal conflicts. Yusuf and 6 other goat herders his age were attacked by Turkana rustlers on horseback. The boys had spears, the Turkana had guns. Yusuf managed to hide under a bush. The other 6 were killed.
Understandably, Yusuf pleaded with his father to let him go to school instead of herding goats. His father refused because school wouldn’t make him a better goat herder. Yusuf didn’t want to herd goats – also understandable – so he ran away to a school run by missionaries. The father came to haul him back home but Yusuf fled again. This time the father threatened to kill him if he ran away again. “You won’t have to,” declared Yusuf. “I’ll just commit suicide.” The mother intervened and Yusuf got to go to school when a missionary agreed to pay for it. He started school at age 12 in a language (English) that he didn’t know. He stuck it out, graduated, became a Christian and was now (1992) a student a Moffat with the goal of going back to his tribe as a pastor. By this time the father’s attitude had mellowed.
Yusuf the Pokot, Biwot the Kalenjin, Dixon the Maasai and John the Kikuyu piled into my car. After the pavement and the gravel road petered out we drove through wilderness until the acacia thorn bushes prevented further progress. We passed a gravesite where Yusuf’s grandfather was buried. He was a Pokot hero for killing 100 Maasai enemies. I have a picture of Yusuf and Dixon shaking hands over his grave. We walked until we spotted beehive-shaped huts that served as this clan’s living quarters.
I say ‘clan’ because the father had 4 wives and a large family as you see in the picture.
Each wife had her own hut that she had constructed herself, a 2-day project each time they moved unless a previously built hut was still there. A tree branch cot with a goat skin was the bed, 3 stones served as the kitchen fireplace and a few ‘tools’ and a spear hung on the wall. Some metal cups and a plastic pail told me it was the 20th century, not the 15th. At the father’s command the whole clan gathered to listen to this white man, a rare guest. Some were visibly reluctant.
The idea of a Creator is generally accepted in these tribes so I briefly traced the story from creation to the cross, with Yusuf as interpreter. The focus was on God’s loving provision and forgiveness. There followed traditional expressions of thanks to the guest.
Then Yusuf and his brother brought a goat to me and asked if it was good enough. Puzzled, I said it certainly was but Yusuf decided to get a better one. There in front of me, while one person lifted the front legs, Yusuf plunged a spear into the goat’s heart, caught the blood in a bowl, and brought the goat to the women for meal preparation.
The men and some of the boys went for a walk where I saw a pond available to cattle and wild animals. This was the better source of water. A green algae covered the brown water in a slough that was the other option. The meal was delicious except for the chai made of tea and either goat’s milk or camel’s milk. I had seen the water source but refusing hospitality was a great insult.
Within one hour after the 6 hour trip back to Kijabe I became really sick for three days. I believe it was the Lord who kept me healthy long enough to drive back. There was no other driver.
Two weeks later I went on another ministry trip with a different student. I wanted to do what I could during the one year I was there.
Missing a wheel or two?
In Osoyoos – a stay at home project
Ok Ok, enough headlines.
This is the second time Adrian Zandvliet has come to the rescue of a beaver. This time at McIntrye Dam. In preparation to get the water flowing in April – all of the ditch and its infrastructure must be given the “eye ball”.
Thanks Adrian, a water operator, he spotted the creature and built a bridge for it to exit – which it did happily – into the sunshine.
Good job old chap
Obituary for the late
Katherine (Kitty) Walsh
The family of Katherine (Kitty) Walsh is both grieved and happy to announce her passing on March 23, 2020 at Sunnybank Centre in Oliver, British Columbia. We are saddened to lose our wonderful Mother, who was the rock of our large family, at the age of 94. But we are so happy to have had her with us for so long and to have been showered by her love, compassion and acceptance.
Kitty was born on October 25, 1925 in Razvela, Croatia. She came to Canada in 1929 with her mother and brother to join her father in the Smithers, BC area where she grew up. She met the love of her life Michael Joseph Walsh (Joe) in 1947 and they moved to Williams Lake, where Joe was the district agriculturalist. In 1957 they moved to Alberta, living in Bassano, Countess and Calgary, then moved to Golden British Columbia in 1961 where they owned and ran the downtown Walsh Mercantile general store. In 1974, they moved to their farm in Oliver, where they had a market garden for many years.
Our dear Mom meant something special to each of us. She loved her family dearly and supported us all. Mom was very service-oriented and capable. The Walsh home was always open; Mom was a wonderful cook and could whip up a pie in minutes. She gave generously of her time and material resources, both to family and friends. Many people have expressed how she had an effect on them with her sweetness and acceptance. She was a long-time volunteer canvasser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She gave generously to the Food Bank and often said that she did so because she herself had never had to put a child to bed hungry. At a later date, a celebration of her life will be held and we will all share our special memories.
Kitty was predeceased by her parents, Mike and Yvonne Mesich, her brothers Tony, Emil and Steve, her dear husband of 54 years Joe, and her oldest grandson, Michael Farley Walsh. She is survived by her brother Tom Mesich; her cousin Fanika Horvatincic; her sister-in-law Ruth Mesich; her sister-in-law Mary-Lou Mesich; her children Pat (Harry), Tom (Hilary), Coleen (Neil), Tanya, Mark (Shirley), Karen and Carmen; her grandchildren Isaac (Lisa) and Zara (Andy); Isaac, Ian and Dean (Kelsey); David (Kelli); Nate and Jayna (Mark); Andrew (Bethany) and Paul (Ahriane); Michael, Jessica (Sandy), and Erin (Brent); her great-grandchildren Sean, Keira, Cedar and Oakley; Hanna; Julian; Laila; Eva, Hazel, Ryder and Ruth; her longtime friend Betty Powell.
The family wishes to thank staff at South Okanagan General Hospital, Heritage House, McKinney Place and Sunnybank Centre for all their kindnesses and loving care of Mom. The siblings who live away want to thank the family in Oliver for their care of Mom over many years, especially our sister Tanya. For those who wish, contributions in her name could be made to the Oliver Food Bank.
Condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
The world has changed significantly over the past couple of weeks as we continue to deal with the health and financial implications of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Businesses of all sizes are struggling to cope and many employees and business owners alike are understandably concerned about their ability to make it through these challenging times. While you may not be able to control your income earning potential right now, there are many things that are still under your control.
In this column, I wanted to provide eight tips to help get through this crisis as best you can:
Stop consumer spending! As much as possible, you should cut down on any discretionary spending at this time. While bored at home in isolation, it may be tempting to cruise the web for online shopping deals, but this is the absolute last thing you should be doing right now. Any discretionary income should be directed toward debt reduction and building up an emergency fund.
Review your debt from all sources. Now is a great time to consolidate higher interest debts to a lower rate and make sure you’re paying as little interest as possible.
Much like debt, do a thorough review of all recurring monthly payments that you make. Are there any that can be suspended or cancelled? Are you still paying for that monthly gym membership? Do you really need to pay for Netflix, Amazon and Disney+ at the same time? Anything you can do to cut down your monthly carrying costs should be done right away.
If you are or are expecting to have trouble making ends meet, reach out to all your creditors and request temporary relief. Most, if not all mortgage providers in Canada are offering payment deferral and other such relief measures to those that need them. Make this call now instead of waiting until things are bad.
Consider setting up a line of credit type product if you don’t have enough set aside in your emergency funds. This would likely be far better than leaving a balance on your credit card or withdrawing (taxable) money from your RRSP account. Having said that, each person’s situation is different and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professional should be consulted to determine what source of funds makes the most sense for you.
Be extra vigilant for fraud or phishing schemes. It’s sad to say but there are many scammers out there working to take advantage of this situation. Watch your credit card and bank statements extra close over these next few months and report anything unusual right away.
If additional funds are available, consider investing more into the markets while they are down. While not an option for everyone, catching the inevitable rebound of the market is important. For those that are already invested and thinking of cashing out, remember that your losses are only realized if you decide to sell while the markets are down.
When possible, help out your fellow neighbours. Check in to see if they need help picking up groceries or with any other daily living activities. We are all in this together and it is times like this when the goodness of humanity can shine.
Finally, try not to panic. Blaming doesn’t help and dwelling on poor past decisions won’t either. Focus on what you can control and try to stay positive. Do what you can to help flatten the curve and keep your family safe and healthy.
Oh yeah and wash your hands!
This column is brought to you by Michelle Weisheit CFP, IG Wealth Management and presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Please contact your own advisor for specific advice about your situation.
A few notable changes today
Ontario has more deaths from Covid-19 than BC
Quebec has more cases to analyze than both Ontario and BC
The U.S. has overtaken China as the country with the most confirmed cases in the world —of Covid-19 marking a new milestone in the fight against the global pandemic.
In Canada 161,603 people tested – 145,067 proved to be negative
Cases reported in Canada – 4018
Nova Scotia 73
New Brunswick 33
Other areas 13
Repatriated travellers 13
HE GREW UP POOR, BUT HE HAD FUN…CURLING, BALL, HE LOVED TO RUN!
THE FOURTH BOY IN A FAMILY OF TEN, LEFT SASK AT 17 AND THE ADVENTURE BEGAN…
STARTED IN A DAIRY, THEN ONTO CALGARY….WHERE MARGIE TURNED HIS WORLD AROUND!
HE ATTENDED S.A.I.T. AND STUDIED ELECTRICAL…WITH TWO LITTLE KIDS, OFF TO OLIVER THEY GO!
IN ’77, SOLAR ELECTRIC BEGAN… CAMPING, FISHING, GUITAR MAN!
WHICH GEORGE DO YOU KNOW? THE KID’S BALL COACH? THE LOCAL ELECTRICIAN? THE GOLFER?
THE CURLER? THE BALLPLAYER? THE CHURCH CHOIR TENOR? THE CLUB PRESIDENT? THE CRIME WATCHER?
THE GARDENER? THE FRIEND? THE NEIGHBOUR HAVING WATER FIGHTS?
DON’T STOP BY…..JUST GIVE GEORGE A “HONK” THIS WEEKEND WHEN YOU DRIVE PAST!!!
LOVE YOU DAD!!
TAMMY, MIKE AND FAMILIES!!!
COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall with MLA Linda Larson and the Interior Health Authority
Date: Friday, March 27, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: (Online) Team Okanagan Website — https://teamokanagan.com/
MLA Linda Larson In consultation with Minister of Health Adrian Dix, is inviting constituents and community members to join a virtual town hall with the Interior Health Authority (IHA) on Friday, March 27th at 6:00 PM
This will be moderated by Kelowna-Lake Country MLA and Official Opposition Critic for Health Norm Letnick who has issued the following statement:
“After much discussion with my fellow MLAs and taking direction from our community, I am pleased to invite you to join us in a virtual town hall with CEO and President of the IHA, Susan Brown and Chief Medical Health Officer for the IHA, Dr. Sue Pollock, on Friday evening from 6:00-7:30pm.
“All citizens are invited to join in, ask questions of our panelists, and get answers that we hope will help you and your families through these troubled times.
“Please join us on Friday and until then – Stay Safe. Thank you.”
What if I feel ill?
If you are sick, please stay home, rest, and avoid contaminating others. You should seek medical care as you see fit, just as you would with any contagious illness, but you may be directed to stay away from Emergency Rooms.
If you have reason to believe you have been, or may have, been exposed to COVID-19, you should remain at home, call 8-1-1 for advice and be prepared to self-isolate and monitor your health. Anyone returning from outside Canada is expected (this may become must) to self-isolate for 14 days.
To the residents of Oliver –
The safety and well-being of our community, including our staff and Council members, is of utmost importance to Town of Oliver Council. The Town is mandated to take our direction from the the Province of British Columbia and the Provincial Health Officer in remaining vigilant to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). New direction comes daily, such as the announcement this morning from Premier John Horgan and Minister Farnworth.
The Province has take unprecedented steps to support the COVID-19 response and I encourage everyone to follow the Provincial direction –
In brief, the Province has coordinate the response specific to the Supply Chain, Protecting Consumers, Enforcement, Travel, Protecting the Vulnerable, and Emergency Response Coordination. The Province has also directed the Town to activate its emergency plan.
On behalf of Council, I sincerely thank our community for remaining vigilant by adhering to the Provincial Health Officer’s orders in the interest of protecting our health and for those around us. I wish to acknowledge the tremendous work of our essential services, including health care workers, first responders, grocery store staff, pharmacy staff, and the many more that I may have missed.
I want to remind our residents that misinformation and rumours are not only irresponsible, but reckless and do nothing more than to drive fear in our community. I am in daily contact with Interior Health Authority Senior Administration and Provincial Ministers, and I can assure you that if there are any developments in the COVID-19 health emergency facing Oliver, I would be one of the first to have this knowledge. In the future, should I be notified of any significant changes to the COVID-19 health emergency I will make a public service announcement in conjunction with health authorities immediately.
It is vital for our community to continue providing services; in particular essential services – water and waste water services, fire, police, waste collection, cemetery services, and day-to-day contact with our customer service staff. Business continuity plans have been developed to ensure services continue during this pandemic. Even though the Town Office is closed to the public, staff can be contacted by phone or email to assist you with your questions.
We have increased our electronic tools to stay engaged with our community through our website, social media posts, and online feedback. Stay informed through:
Just like our outstanding community members, Council and staff are doing the best we can navigating through this uncharted territory. Remaining healthy inside and out is critically important to all of us, and during times of uncertainty we are stronger together.
The Town of Oliver Bylaw Enforcement Officer on request of the Province will be patrolling the Town and visiting local businesses to ensure the Provincial Health Officer Orders are understood and being adhered to. Specifically, ensuring that business that should be closed are and those that can remain open are practicing social distancing and safety of employees. Officer’s will be educating and following up to ensure PHO Orders are continued to be followed. The Province in the future may also use Bylaw Officer’s to enforce the PHO Orders through enforcement measures.
Please, take care of yourselves and each other as we adhere to the health orders. Do not forget about your neighbor, family and friends to see if there is anyway to help them with their daily needs, while at the same time please practice your social distancing – 2 metres or 6 feet apart.
Maybe not together, as much as in-person, we remain at your service. I have been so very impressed with our staff and I expect these times to be no different. I would also like to thank our community for doing your part to protect your health and that of your loved ones.
I will continue to provide regular weekly updates to the community to ensure you are receiving accurate and relevant information regarding the Town of Oliver and our response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Concrete supplied by Oliver Readi-Mix and concrete services by Silver Springs Concrete Services.
Town staff (Canal Crew) did all the preparation work for cleaning and getting the metal reinforcing in place prior to the concrete work.
Shawn Goodsell | Director of Operations
Town of Oliver