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OIB Reserve – Sub – crews dispatch to a possible structure fire

Oliver Fire Department responded with 4 units: two pumpers, one chief, one duty officer.

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8th case determined in BC – Corona Virus COVID 19 – three tested positive fully recovered

The Government of BC

“We are announcing an eighth case of COVID-19 in B.C. The person affected is visiting from Tehran, Iran and arrived in British Columbia earlier this week. The patient is in isolation at home with support and monitoring from public health teams. “The individual has been confirmed positive based on BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) testing. The individual is female, in her 60s and is staying with family in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. “Vancouver Coastal Health is actively investigating. Close contacts have been identified and contacted by public health officials. Those who may be at risk are now in isolation for 14 days and are being actively monitored for symptoms.

“We are pleased to report that three additional patients who previously tested positive for COVID-19 are now fully recovered, for a total of four fully recovered patients. The other individuals continue to recover in isolation at home and under the care of public health teams. The BCCDC has completed testing on 1,425 samples for 1012 individuals as of Feb. 27, 2020.

“While the risk of spread of COVID-19 within British Columbia remains low at this time, we continue to focus efforts on containing and delaying the spread of transmission, as well as preparing for the possibility of a pandemic. A pandemic is the spread of an illness to a large number of people on a global scale.

“We are asking all British Columbians to do their part to prevent the transmission of infections in our communities and in our health-care system to help protect everyone in B.C.


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The Steele report

Life is in turmoil blockades, climate change, the threat of war a and the most serious of immediate problems, Covid 19. It has been growing steam since November. The Chinese doctor who warned us, was threatened with prison for spreading rumours and he died from the virus.

On the other side the President of the United States says there will be a miracle and it will just end in April. This demonstrates two major governments have or are about to drop the ball.

Internationally, the only reason they have not declared a pandemic is because they are afraid of destroying the world economy. So keeping that in mind what are we facing? We have the Corona virus with no means to fight back no anti bodies and nothing to stop it period. We don’t know if it will exhaust itself or mutate. We don’t know where it will strike next or how to treat it. I heard on MSNBC they are not even sure about the 14 day quarantine. The reason is some people who contracted it waited out the 14 days and in follow up, they went from negative to positive again. This is not about scaring people, it is about being aware.

Now the other side. World travel is being effected. The tourist industry in parts of the world are hit hard in areas where the virus has been detected. Airlines, cruise ship, hotels, tourist destinations, large gatherings like sports venues, conventions and even the Olympics could be effected.

This is serious because we are not prepared for such an event. There are advantages though compared to prior pandemics. We know more about science that can deal with it in a shorter time span. Still that is estimated to be twelve to eighteen months away.

The other problem is we geared our medical delivery systems to the here and now, we no one is prepared. We can only hope it does not become the equivalent to the Spanish Flu of 1918.
That was the worst pandemic in world history.

The best advice they offer is be aware. Wash your hands and for now stop shaking hands. Don’t put yourself at risk. Governments have gone from containment to managing the problem. Most important listen to trained medical people, social media concoctions are not worth the risk.

Before this is over the world may have to come together to find a solution,


Fred Steele

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On the Sunnyside

The Nail

It was 8:30 on a Wed. morning when the telephone rang in my office at Sevenoaks Alliance Church in Abbotsford. The voice at the other end of the line said, “Are you coming?”

“Coming where?” “To Valley Christian School. You promised to provide the devotional and the classes will be heading for the sanctuary in a few minutes. Are you coming? ”Oh, yes. I’ll be there in a few minutes.”

I put the phone down and then it hit me. Not only had I forgotten to go there, I had not done one bit of preparation. And here I just said I’d be there in a few minutes. Not only that, I was the Pastor for Christian Education in this church of over 2000 back in the late 80’s. I expected the workers to always be prepared. At its peak there were over 100 Sunday School teachers and helpers, 75 Awana leaders, 40 Pioneer Girls women volunteers, 30 men leading Christian Service Brigade, a staff of 100 for VBS in the summer, 60 persons taking turns in Children’s Church and more. And it got worse. Some of those workers had children in that school and here I was unprepared. I’m ruined! My career is finished! My life is over!

Then I remembered another bit of advice I had given them. If you are ever stuck, almost anything can be used for an object lesson. I flung open the desk drawer, grabbed an item and headed for the car. It would take about 8 minutes to get from Gladwin Rd. to the Nazarene Church on McMillan.

“Lord, You have a problem!”
“Oh no, son. You have a problem.”
“Could we please, please make it our problem?”
“Now you’re talking, let’s see what we can do with that object.”

With one hand on the steering wheel, one hand feeling the object, my eyes on the road and my mind on a message for those students I was an accident waiting to happen.

Accident!! That’s it. A good excuse not to show up.
“None on that, son! We have an agreement.

Now think. Who would use that object?” That was an easy question. “Good. Now what would make that a useful object for a lesson? Think!”

Right. That helped. An idea came to mind and I knew a verse that would go with it. Then there was another one, complete with an appropriate verse. I struggled to think of some more. The next idea was not at the students’ level. Not good. (Oh dear, nearly didn’t see that red light.) By this time I was going through downtown Abbotsford. A few other possible points came to me but by that time I was passing Yale Secondary and McMillan Pool. Right turn on McMillan, up the hill and there’s the church. I got out of the car, looked at the church door and my heart sank into my shoes. I did not want to go in. “Move it, son. Take courage and be bold.”

I sank into the back row and could tell that the principal would be calling on me in about 30 seconds. “Be bold,” I told myself. “Make it sound like you have something very important to tell them.” Here is an abbreviated, approximate account of what I remember saying.

I strode down the aisle with a pretense of confidence, turned to the students, held up my hand and declared, “In my hand I have something that will teach you 5 of the most important things in your life!” Did I say 5? Most important? They couldn’t guess what it was. It was … a nail. A nail! What was a nail doing in my desk drawer? I have no idea how it got there, I was not in the habit of crucifying volunteer workers who did a poor job.

“Boys and girls, who uses nails?” Right, a carpenter. Did you know that Jesus grew up in the home of a carpenter?

As he got older Jesus must have helped Joseph build things. Did Jesus know that some day nails would pin Him to a cross? Yes, I think He knew. But right now you are going to pretend to be a carpenter’s helper too. Imagine putting on a carpenter’s apron. You have pockets for a ruler, pencil, hammer and chisels plus several pockets for nails. Pull out one nail because we need to nail a board onto the house we are building. What is this? This nail is bent out of shape, crooked and looks like a pretzel. Can we use a crooked nail? No. Are boys, girls and adults crooked if they steal, lie, cheat or say mean things to others? Does Jesus want us to be like that? No. We want nails that are straight. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:5-6

Get a different nail. What is this? A toothpick! Well, it is straight. Can we use that? Why not? It isn’t strong enough. None of us can always do things right by ourselves. We need help in order to be strong. The Lord wants to help. “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Eph. 6:10.

You who are close by, feel the point of this nail. How would you describe it? It’s sharp. Teachers would love you to be sharp in what you do. Some are sharp in Math, some in writing stories, some in music, in sports or in art. We can’t be good at everything but you can find out what your natural abilities are and develop them. A schools’ aim isn’t to make everyone good at everything but to help you find out what you can be good at. But one thing we all need is to study the Bible to find out what kind of a person God wants us to become. You can count on the Word of God to be “sharper than any two-edged sword “ in helping you with that. Heb. 4:12

So, what have we got so far? A nail must be straight, strong and sharp. So we can now nail the board onto the wall. Lift it into place, hold it and hammer the nail. There, it’s done. Let go of the board – oh no, it dropped to the ground! What happened? You hammered it into thin air. The nail didn’t hit the 2×4 upright. For it to hold you have to be sure to nail into something solid. In the same way our life needs to be built on a solid backing, a solid foundation. That solid base is the Lord Jesus. Live your life according to what He teaches. “Other foundation can no man lay but that which is laid which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 3:11

All right. I said there were five ideas. What might the last one be? Well, put the board back up, hold the nail so that it lines up with the 2×4 stud, and hold it, hold it – but nothing will happen unless you do what? You have to strike the nail with the hammer. Now I want to be very careful in what I say here. The Lord will lead us gently, he loves each one of us and is very kind. But if you steal a chocolate bar when the storekeeper isn’t looking, or if you lie to your parent, or if you cheat on a test, or say mean things to another student what would Jesus want you to do about it? Go back, confess to the storekeeper and pay for the chocolate bar. Is that easy? No. Does it feel like you’re getting hammered? Yes. Same with the lying, cheating and mean comments. It’s hard to ask forgiveness. You feel like you’re getting hammered, but do it anyway.

So there we have it. Next time you see a nail remember that it is telling you to be straight, be strong, be sharp, stand on something solid and be willing to be struck when you do the wrong thing.

As the classes were passing me in the foyer to go to their classrooms one teacher came over and said, “That was really good. You must have prepared a long time.” I was stunned. I didn’t know what to say. I think I mumbled, “The Lord does provide.” Did I then tell all my volunteers you don’t have to prepare after all? No. I think the Lord would say, “If you do that on purpose I’ll just let you get hammered.”

The Lord is our Helper, the credit goes to Him.

Henry Wiebe

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Finally, a solution for cabin fever

Crush ‘Cabin Fever’
with Board Games at the Museum
Cold weather and quiet evenings getting you down? Crush your cabin fever by joining us at the Oliver Museum for a board games night for grown-ups!

On Wednesday, March 11th from 6 – 8 pm, bring your friends and head to the museum’s galleries to play, chat, and escape from those winter blues. Play our varied selection of board games or bring your own! Warm drinks and snacks will be provided, and gamers will also have the chance to explore our exhibits after hours. RSVP at the Oliver and District Heritage Society’s Facebook page by March 11th to attend. So, come out, test your luck, and game your winter doldrums away!

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