Family says Shaun Stelkia on life support


29-year-old Oliver man Shaun Stelkia  suffered a heart attack and was found face down (unresponsive) in the waters of Wood Lake (north of Kelowna) around 7:15 p.m. Monday.

Witnesses pulled Stelkia from the shallow water and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

The Lake Country Fire Department says it took approximately 20 minutes of resuscitation until they were able to locate a pulse.

He was then transferred by ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital. He is on life support. His family is with him and asks for prayers.

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Photos from Castanet

Human remains found at Haynes Point

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Photo supplied by Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug

On April 29, 2014 the Osoyoos RCMP responded to found human remains at Haynes Point Provincial Park.  A contractor excavating for washroom upgrades located the bones between 4 and 5 feet deep.  Investigation has found these bones to be archaeological and in close proximity to other archaeological remains found in the past.  The scene is being further investigated by the Provincial Archaeological Branch and will be done in conjunction with the Osoyoos Indian band and BC Parks.

B&E/Thefts – Charges laid

The Osoyoos RCMP have arrested 32 year old Michael Scott Miller and 33 year old Angela Michelle Gauthier both of no fixed address for multiple break and enters and thefts committed in both Osoyoos and Oliver.  Miller and Gauthier went on a crime spree in which they entered the properties of businesses and residential units and stole valuables including tools, antiques and liquor.  These thefts were brazenly committed during day light hours which ultimately led to the two being identified by witnesses and later located by police while they were still in possession of many of the stolen items.  Miller and Gauthier appeared in Penticton Provincial court on April 28 where they were released on conditions while awaiting trial.  Both have a condition to remain out of Osoyoos and Oliver.

Photo supplied by police – public help needed

gangl suppliedAndrew Scott GANGL, 24 years old of Edmonton – found drowned on Okanagan River south of drop structure The investigation has revealed that GANGL was last seen walking near the Okanagan Falls Elementary school, in the area of Cedar Street in Okanagan Falls, on Thursday, April 24, 2014 shortly after 7:00 pm.

Police are now seeking public information regarding his whereabouts up until his body was discovered the following day. diver two22 diver one33

Province to train students for jobs with LNG

John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation:

“We want Aboriginal people to be part of the local, skilled labour force when it comes to filling the million job openings expected by 2022. B.C.’s Blueprint includes funding for community-based delivery of training to ensure that Aboriginal people are positioned to take advantage of those job openings.”
•By 2022, B.C. is expecting one million job openings in B.C created by retirements and our growing economy.
•More than 78% of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education, and 43% will needs skilled trades and technical workers.
•Based on a scenario with five LNG plants constructed in B.C. between 2015 and 2024, the LNG sector has the potential for $175 billion in industry investment over the next decade and up to 100,000 jobs (58,700 direct and indirect construction jobs, 23,800 permanent direct and indirect jobs for operations, and thousands more of induced jobs as a result of households having more income).
•At peak construction in 2018, the LNG sector will require 58,700 workers.

The Government of British Columbia will re-engineer B.C.’s education and apprenticeship systems.

British Columbia currently invests more than $7.5 billion annually in education and training. Re-engineering B.C.’s education and training system means targeting more of these resources to meet labour market priorities. Beginning this fiscal year, over $160 million will be allocated to re-engineering education and training in B.C. In four years, this will reach nearly $400 million annually. And over the span of the Province’s 10 Year Plan, this represents about $3 billion redirected toward training for high-demand occupations.

B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint lays out a major shift to a data-driven system where training dollars and programs are targeted to jobs in demand. This system will also be outcome focused. Success will be measured and funding and programs adjusted as the economy evolves.

The Blueprint delivers on the throne-speech promise to give young people a seamless path from school through to the workplace. Anchored by a strong emphasis on labour needs throughout the province, including those of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, B.C.’s Blueprint sets out three overarching objectives to maximize the potential of B.C.’s workforce:
1.A head-start to hands-on learning in our schools.
2.A shift in education and training to better match jobs in demand.
3.A stronger partnership with industry and labour to deliver training and apprenticeships.

A comment from Alex Atamanenko MP

The Unfair Elections Act:

A Page from the Republican Dirty Tricks Book

In a recent speech at the National Action Network convention in New York City, U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the issue of voter suppression and voter ID laws.

President Obama echoed Canadian election experts who point out that voting fraud is almost non-existent and there is simply no justification for introducing new, highly restrictive voter ID laws – as Republicans have done in the States and Pierre Poilievre and the Conservatives are doing right now in Canada.

“So let’s be clear. The real voter fraud is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud.”

– President Barack Obama, April 11, 2014

Sadly, the Unfair Elections Act is doing exactly what President Obama is warning about.

Conservatives persist in making bogus arguments about voter fraud, despite the fact almost all the irregularities investigated by Elections Canada are administrative errors. As a result, they are ramming through an unfair bill that could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Canadians.

Canadians deserve a government that encourages people to vote, not the opposite.

To put it bluntly, Bill C-23 is a threat to our democracy, the latest in a series of attacks on what I would call “our Canadian way of Life”. We must not let the Conservatives get away with this unprecedented attack on our democratic process.

Our Prime Minister would have Canadians believe Elections Canada is being strengthened, when in fact, the opposite is true. The Unfair Elections Act is a thinly-veiled pursuit of a vendetta against the Chief Electoral Officer. Look no further than Bill C-23’s removal of the right of the Chief Electoral Officer to engage in democracy promotion and general public education which targets the more marginalized groups whose members are less likely to vote. Look also at how in C-23 the Chief Electoral Officer is put on the list of those expressly covered by the Conflict of Interest Act, when no other officer of Parliament is so singled out.

On now

mermaid twoAll those in Oliver and the surrounding area, I invite you to attend the OES Fine Arts Club production of ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.’. Shows are held at SOSS  – Frank Venables Theater, Wednesday and Thursday this week starting at 7:00. 35 actors, cast and crew have worked very hard, and are thrilled to be in the new theater, so come and enjoy! $10-adults,  $5-students  preschoolers are free. 

Laurena Rehbein

Isabel (Buddie) and Carleton MacNaughton plaque dedication

The Oliver Osoyoos Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society invites the public, to a plaque dedication ceremony at the Fairview Kiosk site on Sunday, May 4th at 2:30. There will be cake and coffee served. It is located near the intersection of Fairview and Willowbrook Roads, and has wonderful views to the South and East.

The plaque acknowledges the contributions of Isabel (Buddie) and Carleton MacNaughton in preserving local history and the sharing of their knowledge and love of local flora and fauna. The Fairview Kiosk site is the former location of the Fairview Presbyterian Church. It was constructed in 1899 and moved to Okanagan Falls in 1929, where it still exists as part of the United Church in that community. Carleton and Buddie were instrumental in having the Historical Society acquire this property from the Trustees of the Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery of the United Church of Canada in 1970. This was a special place for them and they devoted a tremendous amount of time and energy to improving and enjoying it. The stone cairn on the site was built by Carleton and the cross on the cairn is made from drilling steel, to reflect the heritage in the immediate area of many old mines and stamp mills.

Silence broken – help sought from public

Penticton – Police are seeking the assistance of the public in determining the activities of a 24-year-old Edmonton man prior to his body being recovered from the Okanagan River last Friday morning.

On April 25, 2014 at9:00 am, the body of a 24-year-old Edmonton man was recovered floating in the channel in OK Falls and his death was deemed to be suspicious by police. The man has since been identified as Andrew Scott GANGL. The investigation has revealed that GANGL was last seen walking near the Okanagan Falls Elementary school, in the area of Cedar Street in Okanagan Falls, on Thursday, April 24, 2014 shortly after 7:00 pm. Police are now seeking public information regarding his whereabouts up until his body was discovered the following day.

GANGL is described as:
◾Caucasian male
◾5’7″ and 140 lbs with a slim build
◾Blue eyes
◾Red-blonde Hair

When GANGL was last seen he was possibly wearing:
◾Black Chicago Blackhawks baseball hat
◾Dark coloured jacket
◾Blue Adidas runners with red stripes
◾Black backpack

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon which may provide further information to investigators regarding cause of death.

Investigators are interested in hearing from anyone who has not yet been spoken to by police concerning any possible sightings of GANGL during the afternoon of Thursday, April 24 up until his body was discovered in the Okanagan River on Friday April 25 at approximately 9:00 am.

Investigators are also interested in hearing from anyone who was in the area of the Okanagan River, including Skaha Dam, Okanagan Falls Provincial Campground and nearby walking paths during that same time period and has not yet been spoken to by police.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the RCMP Southeast District Tip line at 1-877-987-8477 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers.

Facebook friends identified OK Falls drowning victim

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Members of the RCMP (dogs squad and diver team) scouring areas near the site where a 24 year old Alberta man was found last Friday. Three divers involved in this river search along with a dog unit and two other General Investigation section members supervising the project.

A lead homicide detective has been assigned to the case . Police have not used the word homicide in a formal release but the investigation is being supervised by Major Crimes Unit (Southeast District).

Global Okanagan: While police aren’t confirming the man’s identity – friends say the victim is Andrew Gangl of Edmonton. This info from social media where condolences have been posted on his Facebook page since Saturday.

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Victim picture from Facebook

Cst. Kelly Grant (GIS) say this is a “material” search looking for an object. No further details but there is door knocking going on in Okanagan Falls as well – trying to find out more information about the last few hours of the victim’s life.

There is no indication of where exactly the victim entered the water.

Earlier on ODN

This death has been deemed suspicious pending the results of an autopsy to be performed this,” said RCMP Constable Kris Clark.

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The body was noticed early on Friday morning and SAR rescue personnel from Oliver and Penticton called in to recover the victim after 10 o’clock.

The young male was found in the river about 2 kilometres south of the Lake Skaha out-flow dam. There are several drop structures between the dam and the location where the recovery took place. Green Lake Road can be seen in the picture above.

One RCMP officer states the death is suspicious and may be linked to another un-related incident in the Oliver area

Council Report – part two

Mayor Hovanes called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm requesting adoption of the agenda as amended with resolutions from the 4:00 pm Committee Minutes.

Chair of the Committee of the Whole, Councillor Doerr reported on the agenda amendments those being; a resolution regarding the South Okanagan Advisory Committee request for financial support to develop a shuttle service from Osoyoos to Kelowna and a resolution directing staff to work with Bob Johnson regarding proposed zoning changes to his property. (Details of both items can be found in the Committee of the Whole Report elsewhere on ODN)

Water Matters: The March 2014 Water Quality Summary Report submitted by the Town’s Engineering Technologist was received by Council. (Details can be found on the Town’s Web Site)

Mayor Hovanes asked the Town Manager, Tom Szalay P. Eng., if the Twinning Project at the north of Town was now completed. Mr. Szalay reported that other than some pavement repairs the water system is up and running.

Delegations: Oliver *Lion Joanne Bray announced the Lions Foundation of Canada Annual Purina Walk for Dog Guides. This is an opportunity for all dog lovers to get out for a healthy walk while supporting the Lion’s Foundation in their efforts to breed, raise and train 6 types of ‘Dog Guides’. These animals cost approximately $25,000.00 to train but people in need can have a dog at no charge.

You can get pledge sheets on-line at or from a Lion or Lioness and get pledges from friends. Supporters receive prizes for raising amounts over $150.00. There will also be beverages and snacks available by donation during Registration which starts at 11:15 am in Lions Park and the walk starts at 11:45 am (please note this time is 15 minutes earlier than previously announced)

The Lions Foundation longest standing program is ‘Canine Vision Canada’ for Canadians, over 12 years old, who are blind or visually impaired since 1985. There are

‘Hearing Ear Dog Guides’ are available for individuals 10 years of age and older who are deaf or hard of hearing.

‘Autism Assistance Dog Guides’ are trained for children 3 to 18 years of age to provide safety, companionship and unconditional love. These Dog Guides provide calming relief for children in high anxiety situations and reduce the stress commonly experienced in public places.

‘Service Dog Guides’ are offered to people 10 years or older with medical or physical disabilities to develop independence and a sense of safety by having the Service Dog help their handlers with everyday tasks and situations. These dogs are also trained to bark or activate and alert system when help is needed.

‘Seizure Response Dog Guides’ are trained to recognize the early warning signs of a seizure enabling individuals to be protected and treated proactively before a seizure incapacitates them.

‘Diabetic Alert Dog Guides’ is a new program for people 10 years and older who have Type 1 Diabetes with Hypoglycemic Unawareness. The dogs are trained to detect sudden drops in their handler’s blood sugar through scent thus alerting the person to ingest something sweet. The dogs are also trained to get help within the home and activate alert systems.

In closing Joanne mentioned two specific cases where Dog Guides have helped people live a safe and happy life; this is a great program so please come out and support the Lions on the 25th May.

Bylaws: Chief Financial Officer, David Svetlichny, presented Tax Rates Bylaw 1349 for Council’s approval and three readings. For 2014 the average Oliver residence, based on an assessed value of $282.857 will see its municipal tax increased by $11.71. The good news is that this increase will be offset by a reduction in the garbage/recycling fees of $10.00 which means the actual increase will be $1.71.

An average commercial property assessed at $192,548 will see a municipal tax increase of $34.55.

There will be other changes on your tax notice which are not controlled by the Town; these are tax increases imposed by the RDOS, the Library, the Hospital, Schools and Police. Full details of this report are available on the Town’s web site.

Councillor Bennest noted that the RDOS increase was for Capital expenditures on the Frank Venable Auditorium and in 2015 there would be a further increase for operating expenses.

It was moved by Councillor Mattes and Seconded by Councillor Schwartzenberger that First, Second and Third readings be given; the motion was carried.

Adoption of The Municipal Ticketing Amendment Bylaw 1289.03 and Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw 1321.03 was moved by Councillor Doerr, Seconded by Councillor Schwartzenberger and carried.

Adoption of Solid Waste Services Amendment Bylaw 1292.01 was moved by Councillor Doerr, Seconded by Councillor Mattes and carried.

The Civic Addressing Bylaw 1320.02 was presented for adoption; Councillor Mattes noted that there were no additional changes being made to addressing and Councillor Doerr moved adoption which was seconded by Councillor Bennest; the motion was carried.

Business: The 2013 statement of financial Information previous discussed at the 4:00 pm Committee meeting was brought forward for adoption and carried.

The agenda continued with a motion to release a Closed Resolution to the public regarding Fire Hall building expansion and purchase of a ‘Boom Truck’ to enable the department to access buildings beyond the elevation of their ground ladders. (Information is on the Web site)

The purchase of the new Dump truck was brought forward from the 4:00 pm meeting and Councillor Doerr moved and Councillor Schwartzenberger seconded the motion to increase the budget amount and award the contract to Premium Truck and Trailer Inc. The motion was carried.

There was email correspondence from Anna Warwick-Sears, Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board regarding the danger of invasive Mussels in Okanagan Lakes.

Councillor Bennest made the motion to send correspondence to Premier Clark/Minister Polak and Federal Ministers Shea/Blaney on the urgency of action to prevent invasive mussels. (Invasive Mussels reproduce very rapidly are capable of blocking water intakes and commandeering food sources normally supporting our native water species. Articles have been published detailing serious issues in the Great Lakes)

The Fire Department Monthly Report for February was received and Councillors gave their reports. Mayor Hovanes adjourned the meeting at 7:35 pm

Reporter Pat Hampson


Family says thanks

limThanks for all the Community Support.

We would like to extend our most grateful thanks to all those that donated to our family. It was one thing to lose our home, and another to experience all the generous support the community has brought our family in this time of loss. $371.55 was raised at the Nk’mip Petro-Canada.  And Funds are being collected around town for us, with  people also sending food Vouchers.

Thank-you Oliver and area. We cannot express  enough gratitude for everything,


Alice & Eddie Thomas

Limlimp Patience, Cierra, Cohen

BC Chamber rejects local initiative on legalizing marijuana use

The BC Chamber of Commerce encourages and welcomes member local chambers to submit policy resolutions to its policy process. During this process, the BC Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Review Committee reviews the policy and provides feedback to the chamber about the quality of the policy and how it can be enhanced. The Policy Review Committee also determines whether it will support or not support the resolution. Even if a resolution does not obtain Policy Review Committee support, it may go forward to a vote of the general membership, if the author chamber wishes. However the general membership will consider Policy Review Committee feedback in voting.

The cannabis resolution that you mention, the Policy Review Committee (PRC) did not support the resolution. This was its determination:

“The Cannabis prohibition issue is increasingly becoming a societal issue drawing considerable debate and the PRC is concerned that the Chamber and the business community may not be well served placing themselves at the centre of this debate. The Chamber membership has been presented with this issue a number of times and has declined to push the Chamber executive into taking a leading advocacy role. The PRC consequently does not support this resolution at this time.”


At a recent Chamber Business to Business event Oliver – former president Petra Veintimilla announced that the organization has drafted a “business case” calling for the federal government to end the prohibition of cannabis in BC and Canada.

The resolution was set to be introduced at an upcoming BC Chamber meeting in Vancouver.

The proposal of the chamber suggests that businesses incur a cost of property crime, police enforcement and health care.

The Chamber believes that a drug like marijuana would not cost that much once legally produced and the population would not have to steal to find the money for a legal drug.

Locally written Cantata premiered

‘In The Beginning’, a creation cantata recently composed by a local man will be performed at a spring concert by Musaic Vocal Ensemble May 24 in the Oliver Alliance Church.

The work  in a traditional style was written by Brian Mapplebeck of Oliver.  The piece, with lyrics from the bible, is a joyful celebration of the beginnings in creation, a suitable piece as the choir honours  musically another spring season. Mr. Mapplebeck sings tenor as a member of Musaic, conducts Vintage Voices, a men’s choir in the Oliver area and plays clarinet in the Penticton Concert Band.


With two years of formal piano training, four years studying music and art, and learning musical theory through reading, he is interested in things that have sound, rhythm and emotion and has the desire to share with other.

When asked why he created “In The Beginning” Mapplebeck stated that he had dabbled in composing over the years and that he was moved to try something substantial and a little more challenging. He has several more musical projects in mind.

Tracy Stuchbery, Music Director and Conductor of Musaic says the choir will be also singing for the first time a choral arrangement of Squamish composer Joanna Schwarz’s song, ‘Mountain,Sea and Sky’, which celebrates the beauty and nature of the Squamish/Howe sound area.

The two numbers along with other selections celebrating spring will form the basis of the choir’s repertiore as they prepare  to participate in Kathaumiwx July 1-5 in Powell River. The choirs are selected to attend this bi-annual international choral festival through an audition process.

Participating choirs this year represent  Canada.US., New Zealand, Uganda,Russia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Taiwan. More than 1200 people will gather to share music culture and friendship. The festival features artists in residence,renowned soloists,orchestras and a distinguished international jury. This is the first time Musaic Vocal Ensedmble has participated in an event of this caliber and the choir is excited.

The Oliver concert will take place in the Alliance Church,Saturday May 24th at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are  $15.00 for Adults,*$5.00 for students  and are available from Sundance Video,6278 Main St. Oliver, or imperial Office Pro 8512 Main St. Osoyoos or at the door.

Aiming at your funnybone


It’s an era of evening dresses and tuxedos, sparkling champagne and even more sparkling tiaras, of romantic opera stars and their enamoured fans. In this world of luxury, chaos is about to ensue, in the style of classic 1930s screwball comedy. The South Okanagan Players bring this hilarious chaos to the stage in Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig. The production is a farce, and definitely not an opera, hitting the stage on May 23 -24 in Osoyoos and May 31-31 in Oliver.

Tito Merelli (played by Nathan Linders) is “Il Stupendo”, the Italian tenor of the title. The imposing singer arrives at his hotel suite, ready to open the Cleveland Opera’s 1934 season starring in Otello. World famous for his stupendous voice, Tito is also famous behind-the-scenes for his way with women, stage door admirers and co-stars alike. He soon attracts Maggie (Tracey Granger), an adoring fan and daughter of the Cleveland Opera’s general manager Saunders (Ted Osborne). Also vying for Tito’s attentions is his ambitious co-star Diana (Robin Stille), who aims to bed the tenor and advance her career in one fell swoop.

The tenor’s plans are put on hold by two immutable forces: a terrible stomach ache, and his hot-tempered wife Maria (Carrie Lyle). Concerned that his performance is in jeopardy, either from illness or conniving women, the fiery Maria orders him to rest. She wants him safely tucked up in bed – alone. In one of the farce’s funniest exchanges, Maria and Tito let their tempers flare: “Take-a you pills!” she shouts. “You wanna pills?” sneers Tito. ”OK. I take-a pills. I take–a four pills.” “Now you-a gonna be sick. You peeg!” “Shaddap!” “Shaddapa you-self!” Gulping down a handful of tranquilizers with wine, Tito passes out cold.

With Tito down for the count, the role of Otello is without a replacement. Opera house manager Saunders is justifiably worried about his sponsors, but has a cunning plan to fool the opening night audience. But is his hapless assistant Max (newcomer John Guiliano), an aspiring (albeit amateur) tenor, up for the challenge? What happens next is a whirlwind of frantic costume changes, mistaken identities, slamming doors, bed-hopping madness, hilarious sight gags, and romance.

Also featured in the cast are David Badger as a sassy singing bellhop, and Louise Szalay as Julia, a regal opera patron.

Lend Me a Tenor marks the directorial debut of Tom Szalay, a 10-year SOAP veteran. “Staging a high-energy farce such as this with eight characters is a lot of hard work and cast and crew are stepping up to play an important part in our success.” Szalay counts on the experience of stage manager Jen Jensen, producers Patrick Turner and Jennifer Mapplebeck, costume magician Bernice Myllyniemi, and set and props wizardry from Robert and Marla Wilson, among the many talented crew.

Lend Me a Tenor opens at OSS Theatre Osoyoos on the weekend of May 23 – 24 , and at Venables Theatre in Oliver, May 30 – 31. Curtain rises 8 p.m. for all shows. Tickets are available now at Sundance Video (Oliver) and Your Dollar Store with More (Osoyoos) for $18 adult, and $15 senior or student.

Photo: The hapless Max (John Guiliano) costumed as famed tenor Tito, tries to romance two of Tito’s admirers at once: Maggie (Tracey Granger, left) and Diana (Robin Stille).

Photo Credit: Penelope Johnson

Report on concert – Marion Boyd

two ladiesThe Sage Valley Voices performed for a full house on Sunday afternoon, April 27th.   “Moments to Remember” involved some of the fun of ‘Grandma’s Feather Bed’, some of the heartbreak of ‘Unchained Melody’, some of the sweetness of ‘The Rose’ and some belly laughs “With a Little Bit of Luck”.   Tamara Nunes,with husband Brad accompanying her on guitar, filled the United Church with her rich full voice in a signature rendition of “House of the Rising Sun”.  You could hear a pin drop before the audience erupted in applause.who
Ugly stepsisters, Portia and Joy, had the audience laughing at their heartfelt “Stepsisters’ Lament” from Cinderella.   You may not recognize them immediately but that is Sue James and Sue Morhun.

Info from Oliver RCMP

rcmp logoThe, “Alexa’s Team” program was developed in the wake of the
death of 4 1/2 year old Alexa Middelaer.

She was struck and killed by an impaired driver. Since her death, the men and women who police our province have been challenged to remove impaired drivers from our
roadways. In order to be named to “Alexa’s Team” you must have achieved a minimum of 20 such removals, either through an immediate roadside probation, or through Criminal Code charges.

Laurel Middelaer, Alexa’s mother, said that when the program was
first launched in 2008 she and her husband hoped, that by 2013 (when
Alexa would have turned 10) the program could achieve a 35% drop in
fatalities caused by impaired drivers. That goal has been surpassed, as
the most recent numbers indicate there has been a 46% reduction in such

On April 29th, 2014 Cst Matt ANDREASEN of the Oliver RCMP Detachment
will be recognized at a ceremony being held at the Quigley Elementary
School, Kelowna, as one of this years recipients of the Alexa’s Team for
his dedicated effort in keeping our roads safe.

During the 2013 year Cst ANDREASEN accumulated an impressive 28 alcohol related officer violator which consisted of both Immediate Roadside Prohibitions and 24
Hour Suspensions.

Well Done Matt!


Update on fires under investigation

House fire on Main Street will be categorized
as undetermined cause at this point and will be continuously investigated based on information received from both the public and other sources of information.

On the Nk’Mip / McKinney Road forest fires.  The Forest Services
investigators have determined that the fires are human caused and not
likely unintentional.  Those fires will continue to be investigated
based on information received from both the public and other sources.

source: Sgt. Ken Harrington

Not to panic!

apple and oranges22The awnings are gone but there’s no need to panic!

Due to some damage to an awning, the landlord for the Oliver Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library arranged for some repairs. A miscommunication with the repair company led to all the awnings being removed. There is no timeline for the replacement of the awnings but the library is open as usual!

The Oliver Branch of the ORL offers great programming for children and adults, as well as access to ¾ of a million books, free wi-fi and much more. Please visit our website at for more information and open hours.

Michele Rule
Communications Manager
Okanagan Regional Library

Rural report with Laird Smith

Wally Smith was keen observer of all events occurring in his orchard. He was well aware of cause and effect. He watched while DDT eradicated all pests in his orchard. It wasn’t long though before he noticed that all was not well with DDT. The birds nesting in the orchard were dieing after the spray was applied. The most common birds nesting were king birds, robins, blue birds, and humming birds. As soon as Malathion came on the market during the 1950’s, Wally stopped using DDT and the birds in his orchard were better for it.

From the investigation I’ve done on DDT, the USA banned it in 1972 and Canada banned it in 1985. It took the governments a long time to catch up to Wally’s decision.

You might say that Malathion is just as bad, but it did not kill to the same degree as DDT. And why did Wally use insecticides anyway? Because people didn’t want to eat wormy and insect scarred fruit. Malathion was the best way to guarantee good quality fruit.

Have you ever eaten a cherry with half a worm in it? You know where the other half went, and it doesn’t make you feel all that good knowing that you ate a little extra protein. Did the pesticide miss that cherry or did the tree get any spray?

With cherries you could go the non pesticide route, where you destroy your crop for two years thereby eliminating the pest. But who is to say your tree won’t get re-infected? As well, how can you expect a cherry farmer with more than an acre of cherries to go without a crop for two years?

Wally used pesticides in his day, we use pesticides today, and our children will use pesticides tomorrow. If we want defect free tree fruit, pesticides are here to stay.

Geared up for a challenge

trevor 444I am geared up for the Oliver Wine Capital Triathlon On May 31st and want to shout out to all the people who have supported me over the past year as well as garner more support for a “local” at the event and in the next few weeks leading up to it. I still need a little  work on my swimming but after a life time of pleasure cycling and jogging I feel I am ready.

My original goal of “not drowning”  has been upgraded to actually showing after my recent, surprising, finishes in the Oliver 10k (44:45, 25th out of 165 or 5th in my age group) and the Vancouver Sun Run 10k (time 48:03 ~ 187 out of 1801 in my age group).

Due to my swimming reservations, I have opted to do a shorter (Olympic) course for my first tri attempt in Oliver but will be doing the Osoyoos Desert Half Ironman in July and the Half Course option of the Penticton Challenge in August saving the Oliver Half Ironman and the Penticton Full Challenge for next year. These are all part of my three year plan to go to The Hawaii “Age Groupers” Ironman in 2016.

If there are any other locals interested in having an occasional training partner or if anyone has questions about any of these events please let me know. Thanks again to all of you who have provided support for me in one way or another and the ODN forum in which to share my intentions.  Lets do this Oliver!

Trevor Lewthwaite

As reported by Pat Hampson – Oliver Town council meeting

Town of Oliver

Report on Committee of the Whole meeting

April 28th 2014

Business Arising from previous minutes: a previous presentation by a representative for the South Okanagan Transportation Advisory Committee, was brought forward for discussion. SOTAC representative, Robert Lintell, had advised Council the proposed shuttle service from Osoyoos to Kelowna would benefit from the financial support of Oliver and Osoyoos and further that Osoyoos had committed to $2,500.00 in support of the proposal. Councillor Mattes stated that he was not interested in committing to support merely because Osoyoos had. He expressed his concern that the Town could be using tax money to sponsor private enterprise. It was clarified that the money would actually be given to the SOTAC. Councillor Bennest stated that he supported the concept which he believed satisfied the Towns’ Conditional Grant in Aid criteria. He further stated that this would be a positive step for the South Okanagan, good for our residents and was of sufficient commercial value to Air Canada that they had expressed excitement. Councillor Schwartzenberger felt himself to be somewhat torn in the middle and while he had similar concerns to Councillor Mattes he also believed it was a good concept. There was further discussion regarding money being tied up with no ‘sun-set’ clause so Mayor Hovanes made a motion that Council offer a one-time Grant in Aid of $2,500.00 to the South Okanagan transportation Advisory Committee subject to a contract being awarded by July 1st 2014. The motion was passed with Councillor Mattes opposed.

Delegation: Bylaw Enforcement Issue – Wendy Cassel notified Town of her choice of not appearing before council.

Delegation: Bob Johnson owner of 5801 Sawmill Road appeared to speak against the Town’s proposed change of his zoning from Industrial Three (I3) to Service Commercial Two (CS2). There has been a business at that address since the 1920s. NOTE (The Area ‘C’ properties which were consolidated within Town boundaries in 2008 have different classifications and numbers and the Town wishes to have consistency in draft Zoning Bylaw 1350). In Mr. Johnson’s opinion the proposed change is not necessary and will be a serious hindrance to efforts to restart his Abattoir operation. He stated that there was a Mobile Abattoir Pilot Program underway in the Interior and a unit could be used periodically in Oliver which would enable him to revitalize his custom meat cutting operation for local livestock owners. He stressed that should there be another outbreak of ‘Mad Cow Disease’, it would be impossible, under present conditions, to slaughter cattle locally thus all livestock owners affected would have to travel to the Kootenays to have their livestock disposed of and suffer additional financial loss. (He noted in a subsequent discussion with ODN, that after he was obliged to stop butchering meat, most of the local livestock owners stopped raising cattle, pigs and lambs). After considerable discussion, staff were directed to work closely with Mr. Johnson and develop an acceptable compromise. Mr. Johnson asked that the Town come forward with a change which would allow him to operate his business

Business: Chief Financial Officer David Svetlichny CA, introduced Rob Collins of Grant Thornton LLP who presented an Independent auditors’ report. Mr. Collins reviewed the audit’s contents which can be reviewed in detail on the Town’s Web Site:


The audit concluded that: “In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Town of Oliver as at December 31st, 2013, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian public sector accounting standards”.

Purchase of Dump Truck: Director of Operations Shawn Goodsell requested Council’s approval for an increase of $18,000.00 in the dump truck replacement budget and to award the contract to Premium Truck & trailer for $182,911.00 (excluding GST) The increase in cost is due in part to a 10% increase in the US exchange rate, additional money for a front snow plow balance system and an extended warranty of 5 years/80,000 Km. Councillor Mattes commented on the $10,000.00 value of the old unit and Councillor Bennest stated that it would be nice if the Town could find a 3 year old unit and pay less. Mr. Goodsell advised that it is possible that the old unit will sell for more and whatever the proceeds are, the money will be put in the vehicle replacement fund. He also noted that the old unit has been in use for 20 years. It was moved by Councillor Mattes, seconded by Mayor Hovanes and approved, that the request be moved to the regular meeting for adoption.

1st Oliver cubs thank community


1st Oliver Cubs would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their support of our 1st Annual Junkbox Derby held April 26th, 2014!

232 Big Horn Squadron Air Cadets
Big Blue Septic
Buy-Low Foods
Integra Tire
OK Tire
Oliver Daily News
Oliver Chronicle
Oliver Elementary School
Oliver RCMP
Oliver Speedwatch
Outreach Neon
Sabyan Automotive
South OK Equipment
Super Valu
The Altrows Family
The Kirs Family
The McCollum/Simard Family
Town of Oliver
Oliver Parks and Recreation Society
Town of Oliver: Public Works
Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School
Visual Telecoms Solutions
YWAM (Youth with a Mission)

And, a Big thankyou to the residents of Skagit Avenue for your support.

For information on Local Scout Programs contact Brenda at (250) 689-1507