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In 2020 – New museum planned for Osoyoos

Picture above and fact sheet below – part of a presentation to the RDOS Board Directors next Thursday in Penticton:


WHY: The current home of the museum is a 55-year old former curling rink which is beyond repair, provides minimal environmental control, is difficult to find and sits on valuable park land which is needed for other park purposes.

WHERE: The new location is a highly-visible, solid concrete building located at 8702 Main Street, Osoyoos, across from the Town Hall and Art Gallery with ample parking.

OWNER: The building belongs to the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). After a successful public referendum in 2011, it was purchased for $1.26 million specifically as the new home for the museum and will be leased on a long-term basis to the Osoyoos Museum Society (OMS) for a museum and archives effective January 1, 2020.

PLANS: The architectural firm of Boni-Maddison, and the museum design firm, Jensen & Associates, have produced attractive, affordable plans for both the building conversion and the new exhibits.

COST: The cost for Phase One (a fully-operational main floor plus a self-contained archive room as well as open storage on the lower level) is projected at $2.5 million. Phase Two (a multipurpose room, additional washrooms and a closed storage system on the lower level as well as an urban park and outdoor performance area on the west side) will be undertaken when funding is available

WHEN: The OMS will take possession of the property on January 1, 2020 when the extended lease to the existing tenant expires.

OPENING: Based on professional estimates, the OMS is planning to open the museum and archives at the new site by mid-June of 2020.

FEATURES: The new museum will provide ample opportunities for both residents and visitors to experience, first-hand, the faces, voices, stories and events which have shaped Osoyoos and district.

The building will provide a safe, secure, two-floor space for our collection which is fully-accessible to all with a level entrance, elevator, spacious washrooms and open aisles throughout as well as being environmentally-friendly with full insulation, low-energy lighting, state-of-the-art environmental controls and extensive solar (photovoltaic) array on the entire roof to help meet electrical energy needs.

SUPPORT: There are ample opportunities to get involved and support the project by becoming a volunteer, helping with projects and events, serving on a committee or donating to help make the project a reality.


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by Pat Whalley


I am fortunate in having a large group of friends, several of which are very close to my heart.  This group of 65-80 year women covers a wide range of professions including stay home moms as well as women who worked out of the home for most of their lives.  A stay home mom is not a lady of leisure, anything but, so I include them as having a profession.

In this group of similar aged women a large percentage of them are still very active, taking part in all sorts of social groups as well as volunteering in the community and child minding of grandchildren, as the needs occur.  Very few of the women I know sit around and do nothing but twiddle their thumbs, but are active and eager to join in anything that interests them.  Only two or three of my acquaintances actually act their age and spend their days reading, napping and having tea with other friends.

Being retired means not holding a paying job any more but it doesn’t mean retiring from life!  This seems to be the difference between my generation and that of my grandma.

My grandma undoubtedly had a very hard life, she raised six children with an alcoholic husband who contributed very little to the family budget, spending most of his paycheque in the local pub.  This meant that grandma had to be resourceful and find ways to earn her own living.  She did many things to feed the family.

One of gran’s money making jobs was taking in washing.  Many people were willing to pay a few shillings to have someone else wash, dry and iron the family laundry and gran did this for many years.  All done by hand, in a washtub, then rinsed, wrung out and hauled onto long clotheslines, it must have been a very heavy job as all clothing and linens were cotton or wool.  Once dry the laundry had to be ironed, aired folded and returned to the owner, a minimum of a two day chore for each household’s service.

Grandma also made meat and potato pies for a nearby factory, over fifty individual pies or pasties made five days each week.  Of course gran’s children had to help out with all chores, my mom told me of her job delivering pies and then collecting weekly payments on pay day, her brother being stronger, was in charge of laundry delivery.  The oldest children had to take over some of the laundry chores when grandma was in bed delivering the latest of her six children.  No time off work for maternity leave, if your family needed to be fed.  She was probably overjoyed as each child left school and earned some money of their own, of course they would soon marry and go off to establish their own homes.

As gran’s life got easier, she became the drop off centre for child care as grandchildren came along.  I was the only one of the eleven grandchildren to live at grandma’s on a permanent basis but most of the grandkids ended up being looked after by gran at some time in their young lives.  One of my cousins, who was five years younger than myself, lost her mom to cancer when she was five.  She of course was packed off to grandma’s, only going home to her father on weekends.  How grandma put up with the two of us I don’t know.  As the only child at grandma’s for eight years I had been quiet and helpful and had been taught how to cook, budget, shop and clean house alongside my grandma.  When not busy I was reading, however, once my cousin moved in life changed and I had someone to play with.  Poor gran’s life must have got a whole lot noisier and hectic as we both led one another into mischief.  That is probably why I was returned to my mom’s home a few months later.  I was now eleven, about to start the “big” school and could now get myself ready for school without supervision.  My cousin started school and went back to live with her dad, relying on child minders for occasional daycare.

Grandma was free for the first time in her life at the age of 66.  Today mid sixties is thought of as relatively young but back then retirement age seemed to be the end of a useful life and grandma turned into a really old lady very quickly.

Laundromats had arrived in our town so once weekly grandma would take her clothing and linens down the lane in her basket on wheels.  The items were ironed the same day and the chore was done.  The rest of the week grandma seemed to do nothing.  She shunned the idea of going to most social events and spent most of her days sitting on a stool at her back door, watching the world go by.  Passing neighbours would stop and chat but mainly she sat there alone for hours.

Although gran seemed to just dream her time away she was very observant of the world around her and would issue loud, disapproving tutts if she thought someone’s laundry wasn’t white enough.  If lace curtains, which everyone owned, didn’t get changed often enough or someone’s back step had not been swept and washed recently, it would be noted and repeated to anyone willing to listen.  After I left school I went to live with an auntie in a different town so only made the bus journey to gran’s house once a week.  She would fill me in on local gossip as we drank our tea but the main topic of her conversation was the happenings of right outside her door.

Several times I arrived at gran’s house around six thirty and find her in bed, a couple of times I managed to wake her by banging on the window but, if she was soundly asleep, nothing would wake her.  She now slept downstairs and had shut off the top of the house altogether.  She had a tv set but thought it was ‘drivvel’ and not worth watching so I guess boredom drove her to bed.  She read her daily paper but she never read a book, and only had a few books in her house and I couldn’t persuade her to go to the local library, which was less than a ten minute walk from her back door.   Maybe she didn’t read well and wouldn’t admit it.

When I think now of gran’s busy life and how she never adjusted to not having to work, I feel really sad.  She never learned the joy of being her own person and not having to be responsible for someone else.  I compare her retirement to mine and wish she could have had friends to celebrate with but she never had time to make friends while she was child raising and I guess she never learned how, once she did have time.  How sad to live in your own little world, I wish I could tell her that it’s really alright to have fun and to celebrate your retirement, and it’s not necessary to always act your age.

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Kids and huge veggie fields – OES part 1

Wow 1 – cabbage ready for slaw – right now

A few pictures, a few details until we get into the meat of this.
This morning, talked to and with Principal Jason McAllister at Oliver Elementary.
Most of my interviews go on and on until a couple thing surface:

The ‘Seemless Day’ – seemed like an interesting anchor……more on that later.

A sign in McAllister’s office indicated something new – a student garden project (hatched in May) – if you see the growth you will ask what fertilizer is being used as the soil at OES/SOSS  fields which is basically gravel.

This garden ……a project of Grade 7 teacher Dean Rowland – who initiated such a project at Osoyoos Elementary prior to his arrival at OES  last fall. The area is fenced and locked. If you have the time – walk to and check it out. Quite impressive. (located at lower field  – near the grad steps). There are 18 sections, flowers, carrots and yup many other vegetables set to go to a table near you.

A number of schools locally have tried the ‘garden’ idea but failed for various reasons. Any gardener will tell you – “it needs constant care, water, good soil, fertilizer, thinning, pruning etc and it could grow like ‘Jack in the Beanstock”.

Wow 2 – note the squash high up saying : “can you see me”

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Down the aisle

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Letter to the editor

From Janette Van Vianen, Corporate Officer, Town of Osoyoos

Here is a bit of explanation about the new Route 40/41 Osoyoos to Penticton transit route.  Route 40 is Osoyoos/Penticton.  Route 41 is Osoyoos local only.

The ‘bus schedule’ previously showed one trip to Kelowna on Mondays only but that meant only one trip out of Osoyoos on that day.  From Tuesday to Friday the bus went twice daily to Penticton.

The new system will remove the direct Osoyoos to Kelowna bus but people can still connect to a Kelowna bus in Penticton.

On Mondays this will mean about a half hour layover at Cherry Lane mall before boarding the Kelowna bus.  They will then have to transfer onto a bus going to their destination at the Kelowna Queensway station (people travelling via bus to Kelowna should check the schedule for the return bus to Penticton to make sure they make it back in time to connect back to Osoyoos).

People can still connect to Kelowna via Penticton during the week taking the afternoon bus however there is about a 2 hour layover in Penticton and they should plan to stay overnight in Kelowna or find alternative ways of returning to Osoyoos as they will not be able to get back to Penticton in time to catch the last bus back to Osoyoos on those days. They should check the schedule for the exact departure time from Penticton and return times in order to connect back to Osoyoos on their return.

In exchange for the loss of a direct trip to Kelowna, the Osoyoos bus will now have two trips to Penticton on Mondays leaving at the same time as the rest of the week.

The original concern was that Transit had changed the afternoon departure time from Osoyoos to Penticton from 12:30 to 1:45 which didn’t leave any time for people to do business in Penticton (approximately one hour only) if they left Osoyoos in the afternoon.  After Town of Osoyoos staff discussions with BC Transit and the RDOS, the departure time from Osoyoos to Penticton was returned to 12:30 (approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes before the 4:00 departure back to Osoyoos). There are a few changes to the pick-up and drop off times at other locations along the route and people should check the BC Transit website for the correct schedule.

Further information on the South Okanagan Transit system can be obtained by calling the RDOS as they now hold the Operating Agreement with BC Transit.  Staff in Osoyoos sit on the focus group for transit and provide input and feedback at those meetings, however the final decisions are made by BC Transit and the RDOS Board

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On the Sunnyside


Delete Button

Did you know that guilt can be erased? It would be pointless for me to think I can avoid guilt because God knows and can record every word I’ve ever said, everything I’ve ever done and even every thought I’ve ever had.

Ps. 139:1-4 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.


The good news is that an unbelievably fabulous deal is available! God has a delete button! He would love to erase it all but it is not an automatic action. It is His choice that both His love and His holiness, His compassion and His justice, must be satisfied. He therefore has arranged for Jesus to take upon Himself the whole debt load for everyone on earth by dying on the cross for us as payment. Forgiveness is available to everyone who acknowledges accountability to God, admits sinfulness as the wrong way to live and asks for mercy. The thieving tax collector in Lk. 18 prayed, “God be merciful to me sinner.” That met those basic requirements God was looking for and the tax collector went away justified, forgiven. The Pharisee who was boasting about how good he was did not leave justified.

For the repentant tax collector God pressed the delete button, for the proud Pharisee … not. We have the same choice. I can appear before God with my debt paid in full or bear the consequences myself.

Incredible opportunity!!

Henry Wiebe

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Keep fit with Kandice Davidson

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Do you want a strong core?

Many people seem to like the buzz word ‘core’ but I usually refer to the core as trunk, as it gives those who don’t understand what the core really is a more accurate picture. But I will use the core word today.

Don’t waste any more time doing sit-ups! Instead do what needs to be done; do core exercises that are safe and effective. Here are some tips…

Be sure to always warm up before starting your training.

Core training, which is usually mistaken as ab exercises, can be broken down into three types:

Isometric Tension – this means being able to brace and maintain a position.

Rotation (moving strength) – our bodies are designed to bend, ‘twist’ and throw etc., so we need to be able to maintain control while moving.

Anti-Rotation – being able to maintain a position or resist an external force while being pulled.

There is more for the core, but using these three concepts, you have unlimited movements to build on and strengthen with each variation.

Here are a few you can give a try to:

Isometric: plank.

Planking with no load will get you ready to lift loads properly & safely.

Rotation: ball rotates.

(I prefer to not use the word twist as it may give some an image of wringing out a towel… and who wants to do that to their spine?)

We want to use our core muscles to rotate rather than ‘twisting’ our back. Never rotate using your low back!

Anti-Rotation: palof press.

Pay attention to maintaining proper position so imbalances don’t increase.

Did you know that a weak core can lead to pain and injury not only for your core but for your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles? When you don’t move your core properly and move the wrong way, the shoulders, hips, knees and ankles follow along. This can lead to years of ongoing issues. Using the above exercises in your routine will help you to develop a strong core. Having a strong core will enable you to move better and prevent pain and injury. The next time you think about doing sit ups for your ab exercises, do your core a favour and work to strengthen it.

Hire a personal trainer to teach you how to do the exercises properly so you can be safe and injury free. A google search may get you into a lot of trouble!

All exercises that I suggest are for the average healthy adult. Please consult your health care provider before starting any new exercise program.

Practice makes permanent.

Consistency is key.

Kandice Davidson Fitness

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Think about it – with Joseph Seiler


Set is a god of chaos, fire, deserts, trickery, storms, envy, disorder, violence, and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion. He represents reconciled combatants of war and is the lord of the red desert. Set is a kind of in between god, not at the top like Zeus nor all that famous, like Achilles. Set is also called Seth sometimes. Seth is a strong name, suggesting strength. As gods go, he does alright.

A movie set is a place built to look like the scene the actors will play their parts in. It could be the main street of a town, with just the front face of buildings seen from the angle of the camera. When we toured Universal Studios we saw the back sides of many building facades held up with braces and with platforms for camera crews to work from. The set is the combination of all things that provide the setting

To set is to make firm, adjust, make final readiness changes. Jello will set from liquid to rubbery yummy stuff. We set the alarm on our click by adjusting the ‘alarm set time’. When the runners are on the blocks and the race about to begin, the starter instructs them to get ready, set (final position), go. The rules etc for a contest are set well before the judging so contestants know what to offer in order to win

A set of things go together, work together to achieve a common outcome. A set of dinner dishes is a great example. A set of twins is sort of like that, they do go together. A chess set is a collection of pieces used to play that game. A set can be extensive, like a set of sockets for tightening and loosening bolts. They can range from 1/8 of an inch diameter up to a few inches in 1/16 inch increments, or just a basic set of six

The set of the mind is the most powerful of all. When I set my mind to something, get out of the way, I’m on it, I’m going and I’m not to be stopped. Whoa, such power and sometimes the mind is set with little regard to the consequences. Neighbours have been known to live in a state of feud for long times and the source of it is but a misunderstanding. We might be well advised to take care in designing our mindset.

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Rain is good

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Federal leader of NDP in Oliver Thursday

Birding at Vaseux Lake
Credit: R. Cannings

Jagmeet Singh, Member of Parliament for Burnaby South and current leader of the party – visiting Penticton and parts of the riding held by Richard Cannings MP.

The two toured parts of the South Okanagan from Naramata to Oliver prior to an evening engagement at Kaleden.

Singh in a brief chat with ODN mentioned he is MP for Burnaby, born in Scarborough in 1979. As a toddler he spent time with his grandparents in India. After that he spent his young years in St. John’s Newfoundland and at Grand Falls-Windsor. He is a lawyer and was elected as a MPP in Ontario and sat in the legislature in Toronto as a visible minority – the first to wear a turban in the house.

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Plan on attending – October 9th

The legendary Sons of the Pioneers are the gold standard for Western music, delivering thrilling harmonies, iconic yodeling, and poetic images of the West.

Signature songs like “Cool Water,” “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” forever rooted in Western lore, are stirring new audiences of all ages.

The Pioneers are the most decorated group in Western music, winning honours such as the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Western Music Association Hall of Fame, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Texas Swing Hall of Fame, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, to name a few. The group’s renditions of “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” and “Cool Water” have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and the Smithsonian Institution has named the group one of America’s “National Treasures.”

“We are honoured to return to British Columbia,” says Tommy Nallie (lead guitar and vocals), “Canadians really know and appreciate Western music, and that makes it really fun for us, too.”

Roy Rogers Jr., “Dusty” is the son of the ‘King Of the Cowboys’- Roy Rogers Sr.  Roy Rogers Sr. founded the band in 1934 with Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer. Today “Dusty” Rogers is the M.C. for the Sons Of The Pioneers and sings middle harmony in the vocals- like his father did years ago !”

Venables Theatre October 9th – watch for the ad and link on ODN.

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Improved roads to Sawmill, Ripley and Madden?

Contacted MOTI and they indicated this is road maintenance.

Others remarked this is long overdue.

If you have further info on the project please comment

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Morning shooting

Taking pictures while driving is not a good idea. Rural road, no traffic. I stopped. Not very often a bear waddles in front of you for many feet prior to heading for cover (north of Norton’s)

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Top cop recruited from Port Alberni

Credit – Vancouver Island Free Daily

Inspector Brian Hunter

Hunter is serving presently as an Officer in Charge at the RCMP’s Port Alberni detachment, a position he’s held since 2016. Prior to that, Hunter, whose RCMP career has spanned 26 years, was the Officer in Charge at Oceanside for eight years.

Hunter has also had deployments in Shawnigan Lake, Telegraph Creek, Dease Lake, Salmon Arm and Williams Lake.

“Inspector Hunter is a seasoned leader to take on the role as the incoming Officer in Charge of Penticton and South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment,” RCMP Chief Supt. Brad Haugli, commander of the RCMP’s Southeast District, said in a press release.

“He has a vast experience in policing throughout this diverse province and certainly understands the challenges and opportunities within the region

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Resisting extinguishment

Credit: Sandra Smith

Last evening when enough light to get a reasonable picture – south flank seen from Baldy Area

Below submitted photo of small fire above the McIntrye Bluff Sub station

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$11 thousand grant received

Photo Credit: Tom Szalay

Venables Theatre awarded sizable grant

The Oliver Community Theatre Society is thrilled to announce that we have once again been awarded the Community Presenters Assistance grant. For the second year in a row the theatre has been successful in our application for funding which will help cover presentation costs for our 2019/ 2020 Season. The funds not only help pay artist fees, but also allow us to keep our ticket prices affordable.

Our presentation slate has expanded this year and includes a wide variety of performances. Venables Theatre will be presenting Red Sky Performance, an Indigenous dance company who are bringing their newest work “Trace”, as well as Canada’s Ballet Jorgen’s “Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet™. Three other exciting and diverse shows coming this spring will be announced in the next few months.

The support received from the Community Presenters Assistance Grant is especially important for our Family ShowTime series. This year we were able to increase the series from four shows to five shows. This season’s performers are Charlotte Diamond with Matt Diamond, A Christmas Carol by DuffleBag Theatre, Samajam, Will’s Jams and Uzume Taiko.

The Oliver Community Theatre Society wishes to thank The BC Arts Council, The Province of British Columbia and the BC Touring Council for their continued support.

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Principal at TEN school happy with civic road and safety issues

Wednesday – five days to go before classes begin at Tucelnuit Elementary School.

Pictured Patsy-Anne Takacs at a point in time – finished first year in her new post and confirmed in it fairly recently.

Roadwork and safety – Takacs pleased with a high raised platform that hopefully will stop speeders on Park Drive as they pass the school. New sidewalks on the east side of the road and new paved parking lanes will afford parents a safer pick up and delivery system for students.


Size of school – expecting 255 students – should have 33 in grade 6 and 31 in grade 7. Most classes limited to 26 students as per BCTF contract.

Takacs has roots in the Creston area – serving as principal of Canyon/Lister School after 27 years of teaching. She was hired on in the district as Vice-Principal at Osoyoos Elementary but before that could happen she was Principal at TEN School in Oliver. One of her many ambitions is to teach in each classroom at her school relieving a teacher in an effort to give herself first hand knowledge of all classes and the students attending.

Program – French Immersion

In 2015 School District 53 quietly started a brand new late entry (grade 6 & 7) French Immersion program at Tuc-el-Nuit School.

This fall with the demand for this program – two teachers are needed but that is difficult to attain. Deidre Simpson runs the program. Takacs says the French program will likely utilize an English speaking teacher to help with all the classes needed for the two grades and the 41 students in FI.

Program – Indigenous Studies – the sector headed by teacher Helen Gallagher.

‘Enhancing students’ pride and success through traditional Okanagan and Similkameen people`s ways of learning.’ We are dedicated to enhancing and increasing school success for our Indigenous learners. The Indigenous Education Advisory Council represents interests in the design, implementation and assessment of programs and services to improve the school experience and academic achievement of Indigenous students.

Tuc-el-nuit is a small school – but the course options immense for grades 1-7.

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OBWB message – to municipal governments

Here is the message the Okanagan Basin Water Board wants local government to take to the Provincial Government in September

Invasive Milfoil Control and the Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel in the Okanagan

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) has been controlling invasive Eurasian water milfoil in the Okanagan since the 1970s. The program was developed by the B.C. Ministry of Environment after more than 17 years of scientific testing of control methods. Two methods – rototilling and harvesting – were selected as the most effective at reducing weed density and keeping public areas clear for beach users.

Rototilling removes milfoil roots from the lake bottom during the winter while the plant is dormant and reduces stem density by up to 90% in a single treatment. This prevents the plant from growing during the summer, and promotes healthier water quality and better habitat for native plant and animal species.

Harvesting is used during the summer to cut the top portion of the milfoil plants and remove the cut sections from the water. Harvesting has no long-term effect on milfoil growth and is a purely aesthetic treatment for public-use areas where rototilling is unfeasible or not permitted. Harvesting is not a substitute for rototilling.

Today, milfoil operators have on-board computers, loaded with up-to-date maps of all environmental
work-windows and restrictions. Treatment areas are pre-approved through provincial and federal
permitting processes, and all operations are GPS tracked and reported to the province annually. OBWB’s operations are monitored by a Qualified Environmental Professional who has the authority to halt operations over any environmental concerns.

In 2018, the province introduced new regulations, intended to protect the native Rocky Mountain
Ridged Mussel (RMRM). These regulations established a 100-meter buffer zone, prohibiting milfoil
control anywhere an individual RMRM, or an RMRM shell fragment is found. This approach is based
on Section 38 of the Species At Risk Act which says that “…cost effective measures to prevent the
reduction or loss of the species should not be postponed for a lack of full scientific certainty.”
However, scientific studies form other regions have shown that uncontrolled milfoil growth leads to
decreased water quality and direct harm to a number of native species of plants and animals,
including other species of freshwater mussels.

In 2019, OBWB wrote a detailed letter to the Species at Risk Program of Fisheries and Oceans Canada recommending that RMRM not be up-listed to ‘endangered’ under the Species at Risk Act. The letter cited significant scientific and economic evidence to support ongoing milfoil rototilling in the Okanagan to protect water quality, other native species of both plants and animals, and the economy.

In August 2019, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada acknowledged that local communities raised “a number of important concerns… with respect to the possible unintended impacts on the ability to effectively control the Eurasian Watermilfoil in the same habitat as these mussels.” RMRM remains listed as a ‘species of special concern.’

Currently, provincial regulations mean that each new RMRM individual found in a rototilling area will
cause the restrictions on milfoil rototilling to expand, leading to an increase in this invasive lake
weed. OBWB believes a more balanced, evidence-based approach is needed, taking into account social and economic factors as well as the need to maintain adequate protection for the mussels and other native species.

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Saturday is Opioid Overdose Awareness Day

If you see the Town Hall illuminated with purple flood lights, you’ll know it’s International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31.

In July council directed staff to embark on a social media campaign to promote the awareness and erect lighting to signify the event.

Getting “clean.”
“Dirty” needles.

The language we use to refer to people with substance use disorders can elicit many negative stereotypes.

The overdose crisis continues – in 2018, one life was lost every two hours in Canada. It can happen to anyone.

It’s important that we reduce stigma around people who use drugs and ensure that everyone has access to the health-care services they need, where and when they need them.

Source: Town of Oliver, Interior Health

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The Steele report

There is a saying, no good deed goes unpunished and once again it comes true.  The government legalized marijuana on the road to expunging all those with criminal records for simple possession.   In so doing we have made one major mistake I doubt society can fix.  This is not the time for I told you so.  It is bigger than that.  There were promises made that will go unfulfilled.

First we heard the song and dance about keeping pot away from kids.  We didn’t.  The promise of driving illegal production of pot and illegal dealers out of business is not going to happen either.  The promise of a fair market, with safe product is only marginally true.  The only promise valid is it will be a government revenue stream.

The government set the rules to favor large and corporate interests.  Local governments set the business cost and conditions to favor the large operators by virtue of the cost to play.

Here is a couple of points that will be controversial.  First those under age can’t buy pot legally.  The result they are buying it illegally as they always have.  In fact they are buying the most potent of the supply with no guarantee of purity or what’s been added.

Here is the grand twist of hypocrisy.  About a week ago a valley community was debating whether or not a pot shop application was too close to a school.  For a reason I am about to make clear it does not matter.

We have legal pot shops with government citified product that is considered by pot standards to be safe.

All adult pot users have access to safe product.  However all those under age are smoking illegal product that is more potent and god knows what additives are in it.  I can hear the chorus singing.  “It is illegal for under age kids buying illegal product.  I have Breaking News,  Kids are going to get access, they are going to buy it and smoke it.  The only thing we have done is get them closer to their illegal dealer.   Surely we are not naive enough to think because it is illegal the under age crowd will abstain.

This being the case we are expunging the criminal records of adults and filling the criminal files for procession with the names and mugshots of the youth.  I am not condoning the use of pot by the young I am merely pointing out the reality of life.

There is one more thing to draw to your attention.  It is a personal and a litmus test.  Introducing mirror mirror on the wall asking this question above them all.  At the teenage stage did I smoke, drink or toke?  Don’t say NO if you can still taste the whiskey in the Dixie Cup when you drank out back of the dance hall.  Did you even toke up once in someone’s basement when their parents were away?  So when we heard it is illegal, we in many cases didn’t listen either.

So how is it with best intentions of protecting the children, we provide government so called safe product to adults and parents while leaving our kids buying the black market unsafe product?   Is there something wrong with this picture? Just asking.

Fred Steele

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Obituary for the late Linda Benko 

February 4, 1926 – August 24, 2019


The family of Linda Benko sadly announces her passing on August 24, 2019 at McKinney Place Extended.

She was predeceased by her husband Joe Benko in March 1999.

Linda is survived by her siblings Walter Krause, Jean Boisclair and Connie Davies (John); daughter Charlaine Lundy (Rocky); son Darrell Benko (Judy); grandsons Tyler, Zak and Brian (Megan); granddaughters Roxanne (Adrian), Jada, and Cheyanne; great-granddaughters Kirsten (Shane), Terese, Dayna and Sophy; great-grandsons Ethan, Evan and Ryley as well as great-great-granddaughter Paisley.

Linda was born in Gravelbourg, SK on February 4, 1926 and moved with family to Oliver in 1937. After her marriage to Joe, they moved back to Saskatchewan to farm, but the grasshoppers on the clothes line made up her mind to return to Vancouver, BC where they lived for fourteen years. They moved back to the Okanagan and Oliver in 1963.

Her working career saw her in a variety of the local packing houses. Linda was a great seamstress and knitter, most of which went to various family members. She loved her family very much and enjoyed any and all family gatherings. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

A private family graveside service will be held.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

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BC Transit “fixes” route schedules – Osoyoos to Kelowna

I will ask readers to determine how these “revised” schedules work out for them.




Return heading SOUTH

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Council Briefs – Town of Oliver

Gallagher Lake Siphon Repair – Oliver’s contracted engineering firm (TRUE) provided Council with additional information on the existing re-routing option and discussed alternative options regarding the siphon repair at Gallagher Lake. The design of a new pressurized “low head” option with 5 foot pipe may be a more viable choice financially and with a reasonable operational increase.

Staff will bring back additional information relating to new and previously discussed options.

Discussion on this issue centered in on:

1. Current Re-routing Option: to continue to use the canal system and re-route only a portion of the canal system away from the problem rockfall area. The size of the 96” pipe and excavation installation complexities is increasing the estimated cost to $13 million. This option adds a minimal amount of labour costs/maintenance to future operating budgets.

2. Alternate Intake at Buchanan Drive: this option adds additional yearly operating costs with a new pumphouse building and high horse power motors and controls. Many kilometres of canal, dam diversion and fish screens will be foregone reducing future operating and maintenance upgrades. The construction costs outweigh the future benefits of less canal upgrades. Estimate $7.2 million but high annual maintenance.

3. Low Head Siphon: this option adds annual maintenance costs; far less than the Buchanan Intake Option, and could be deemed reasonable with the addition of a new pumping station on the canal. Pipe is reduced to 60 inch which is a more common size for repair or replacement. Cost $7.9 millon with only a small annual cost for a pump that would be designed to raise the “head” by two feet.



Vacation Rental Survey Results and Policy Recommendations – Council received a summary of the public feedback received from the short-term vacation rental survey. Results are now available on the website under “What’s Happening”. Staff will bring forward the proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw, Official Community Plan, and Business Licence Bylaw that would permit Vacation Rentals in all residential zones, Town Centre zone, and rural zones. The Business Licence Bylaw will be amended to remove the $750 deposit for security however if the property is deemed a nuisance the deposit will be required at the renewal of the business licence. The licencing fee was proposed to increase from $75.00 to $200.00 which is on par with a hotel or motel business licence fee and will be brought back for Council’s consideration.



Affordable Housing Development – 5931 Airport Street – Council gave 2nd reading to amend the Zoning and Official Community Plan Bylaws to allow for the development of a 46-unit affordable housing development designed for families and seniors. To facilitate the development amendments to the Official Community Plan Schedule ‘B’ Map from Commercial Highway (CH) to High Density Residential (HR), and Schedule ‘F’ (Form and Character Permit Areas Map) amend from Commercial to Multiple Family; and further the Zoning Bylaw Map from Highway Commercial Site Specific (C2s) to Residential High Density One Site Specific (RH1s). The site specific regulation is proposing to carry forward the current building height limitation of 14.7 metres above 301.85 m (GSC datum) which relate to the operation of the Oliver Airport.

A Public Hearing is scheduled for September 9, 2019, 7:00 pm.


Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Licences – Council supported both the Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Stores at 6341 Main Street (Bluewater Cannabis) and 225, 5717 Main Street (BC Cannabis), and directed staff to send a recommendation of support to BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch. The public process for each location received one letter of support with 41 signatures from local residents and nearby communities relating to Bluewater Cannabis. Four feedback forms were submitted, two in support and two against the application feeling the location could negatively impact nearby residential areas and further that the store is unappealing and unattractive for Main Street. No letters of support or feedback was received for the BC Cannabis store.


Sister City Program Initiatives – Council authorized the entering into a new Sister City Initiatives Agreement with Oliver Tourism Association for the balance of 2019. During budget deliberations Council will consider the additional $1,000 increase request in the agreement to support Bandai Town. If approved, at budgeting, staff will amend the agreement with the increased resources and the term for an additional four years.

Source: Town of Oliver

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This is wrong

Location Salamander Avenue at Meadows Drive.

I have been watching a bit of a drama unfold at this corner recently with at least 1 person (kind hearted she thinks) bringing apples and water for the local deer.

A couple of weeks ago the same person was seen cutting saplings from trees to make it easier for deer to forage.

Some people call me the ” old grump ” because I call like I see it. This is wrong.

Deer have their habitat and we have built our homes, condos, apartments and senior’s home on their territory. But deer and other wildlife know how to survive – and not by relying on humans.

Deer move to the river for water, deer move to greener pastures when one spot is no longer useful.

Interference in this cycle can bring in cougars looking for young food. Even rats can be attracted.

If I am wrong – hunters and conservationists will tell me.

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Are you passing on Free Money?

A surprisingly high number of Canadians are giving up free money. Not just a little bit of free money either, we’re talking billions of dollars per year.

These individuals are ones that are either not fully contributing or not contributing at all to their company’s defined-contribution (DC) pension plan. By not contributing, they’re passing up matching contributions from their employer

DC pension plans (as well as group RRSP plans) are typically funded by a combination of employer and employee contributions. Most plans provide “dollar for dollar” matching up to a prescribed limit. For example, an employer may provide an employee even matching up to $10,000 per year or eight per cent of their annual salary.

So take a second to think about the math here – if you put $10,000 into your plan each year, your employer puts an additional $10,000 in, that means you get a 100% return on your investments. Yet there are still far too many people passing up on this benefit.

Insurance company Sun Life Financial, the largest provider of group retirement services in Canada, administers more than 7,900 group plans that cover 980,000 members. They recently took a look at the DC pension plans they administer to see just how much money is being passed up on and estimated the total to be somewhere between $3- and $4-billion per year.

If we could total up the amount of money being passed up on annually from all of the other DC plan providers nationwide it would be a far more staggering sum.

Participation rates in group savings plans tend to be in the 60% range and 20 to 25% of those who do take part are not making their maximum allowable contributions.

Many people not contributing will cite the lack of cash flow at the end of each month as their primary reason for not participating and they can’t stand the thought of any more money being deducted from their monthly paycheques. But are they really stopping to think about the alternative? Reaching retirement age without enough money saved up is a fate that is becoming more and more common.

If you find yourself not fully participating in your own company’s DC or group RRSP plan, consider sitting down with a Certified Financial Planner professional to re-evaluate your monthly cash flow and find a way to make it work.

Still not convinced? Then consider your company’s contribution matching as a raise to your salary – would you really say no to a raise?

This column is written 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.

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The bank manager walked in. A tall handsome man in a stylish suit, he was quite admired by the female employees.

“Good morning, Mr. McGrath,” the four tellers said in unison.
He acknowledged their greeting with a nod and headed straight to his office.

Madge worked hard striving for his undivided attention, sometimes giving up her lunch time. He generally walked by seemingly oblivious to her toils. Then one day, his secretary summoned her to his office. Madge was apprehensive wondering what was wrong, was there cash missing? Was she being transferred or fired? Mr. McGrath stood and motioned her to the chair across from his desk. Madge sat timidly on the edge of the seat.

“Well now,” said Mr. McGrath. “I have noted your work diligence and loyalty to the bank. Therefore, I am promoting you to head teller with a subsequent pay raise.”
Madge managed to say, “Thank you so much. I won’t let you down.  You can count on me.”
Mr. McGrath extended his hand and offering hers she felt hot tremors right up to her shoulder.
Her career and the years slipped by.

This morning, Madge had the attendant dress her in the white blouse and navy slacks. There was only one outfit available in the small cupboard but it had been recently washed and would have to do. She pointed out the beige, serviceable nylon, knee high stockings, as well her only pair of shoes.

No slippers or housecoat today. The attendant co-operated with washing and dressing her, as she had done many times. Madge then retrieved an old purse from the bottom drawer of the small dresser. It was the one she had arrived with many years ago. Smiling at the care aide, she told her she was going home today and would be back at her old job soon. The care aide guided her to the sun room.

She sat down with her purse beside her to wait for the bus. When was it coming? She was going to be late for work. The bank employed a lot of people but she was valued as the head teller. She didn’t want to lose the position or suffer a reprimand from the manager because the bus was not on schedule. She continued waiting … and waiting.

The care aide gently shook her shoulder. Awakening, she was confused and wondered where she was.
“Time for lunch,” said the aide.

She helped Madge up and they walked together to the dining room. When she was seated, the aide held a spoon to her lips. Madge opened her mouth like a bird to receive the pulverized food.
The bus would not be coming today.

written by Gail Prior

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Scenes in passing

Road 9 – a confluence of Tinhorn and Reed Creeks before entering the river – just completed

Large Format – shot to Eagle Bluff

Below ’tis the season

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