$40/per child for every day school not in session

Registration opens for parent support program

VICTORIA – Starting today, parents of public school students 12 years old and under can register at http://bcparentinfo.ca/ to receive $40 per student for each day school is not in session due to the ongoing labour disruption in B.C. public schools.

The Temporary Education Support for Parents (TESP) program is intended to help parents with the added cost of learning and supervision for the duration of the labour disruption.

Parents and primary caregivers are eligible to apply. Primary caregivers can include step-parents, legal guardians, foster parents, host parents for international students, caregivers with temporary custody arrangements, and family members who normally care for the student, such as grandparents.

To register parents and primary caregivers will need to provide the name, address, date of birth, school district number and school for each eligible student.

Payment will be made by cheque in a single payment mailed to the address provided during registration. Most payments will be processed within 30 days after the month that the labour disruption ends. Payments for students attending kindergarten, and for students who are new to B.C. public schools, will also be made after the labour disruption ends, once enrolment for the current school year can be confirmed.

Eligible parents will have four months from the end of the month in which the labour disruption is settled to register for the temporary education support. No new registrations will be accepted after this date.

Skaha Bluffs – death from fall

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A Seattle man died Saturday when he fell at the popular Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park.

The man, thought to be in his 30s, waswith a group of climbers from Seattle.

He was airlifted out by helicopter.

The park is a well-known and popular rock climbing area south of Penticton.

Saturday at 4 p.m. Penticton RCMP responded to a man down call at the bluffs.

The man fell from an unconfirmed height and died from his injuries.

RCMP are not releasing any further information at this time, pending notification of next of kin.

The preliminary investigation is finished and the park was open Sunday.

Fitness – Pilates Plus – Contact Pia

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We specialize in therapeutic Pilates

We help you find the appropriate exercises for your body and particular needs. Our goal is to help people gain postural awareness, and give the tools needed to improve your physical condition. The emphasis is on postural awareness, core stability and strength, mobility (flexibility), and improved physical function.

The class sizes are small so that we can provide lots of guidance in form and alignment and keep you safe and pain free during exercise. We have specialized Pilates equipment that makes exercise easy and it can be adapted to any condition.

We offer the following programs:

  • Bone and Joint Health Classes (for people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain conditions)
  • Pilates Mat and Reformer
  • Flow Yoga and Yoga for Chronic Pain
  • Men’s Pilates Strength and Conditioning program
  • Spinning and Circuit Muscle Conditioning Classes


New classes begin Sept 8th please contact Pia at 250.462.3511 for further details. Classes run 6 weeks at the time, pre-registration is required.

Pia Jmioff is the owner of the studio, she holds a degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. She has over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry specializing in Therapeutic Pilates, Post Rehabilitation (after you see the Physio Therapist), and various types of fitness classes. Please see our website for more detail at www.pilatesplusfitness.ca.

Ice cream and fresh peaches

wk trading22 9001 Highway 97 Vaseux Lake – watch for the signs – Open 9 to 9 seven days a week logo for wk trading22

W.K. Trading Co. is more than a convenient store for a neighbourhood it will have a complete line of food and grocery items, general merchandise and specialty items.

Drop in and watch the store grow!

Regular Sunday feature

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service

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Regular Sunday Feature

Obituaries Listed:

Kathleen Thebes
Roy Smart

It’s the policy of ODN to publish some obituaries in full on the main page as we become aware of a notice ~ at the discretion of the publisher. Some families request that an obituary be published here and there is a charge for that.

As a public service ~ ODN will publish this page on Sunday with updated information. Today’s page reflects notices published on the Nunes Pottinger website August 25th to August

“Government trying to avoid the cost of court decisions” – Iker

jim iker bctfBCTF President Jim Iker:

Education Minister Peter Fassbender has said many times: “Let the courts decide.” And we agree entirely with that approach. But, in reality, what they are insisting upon at the table would undo any future court decision.

Does the government really expect that teachers would bargain away everything the BC Supreme Court has already awarded us? And what future decisions might bring?
Twice now the government has been found to have violated Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms in BC Supreme Court. And now, the BC Liberals are trying to negotiate away those court losses and any future decisions.

Once again, the BC Liberals want to keep the necessary funding that students need out of BC’s public education system.

Not only is government insisting on something they know perfectly well teachers cannot accept, they are refusing to make any compromises in their position.

There was no commitment to increase funding to support the learning needs of our students, nor was there any effort to move on salary. By refusing to increase funding for learning conditions and trying to circumvent the courts, the BC Liberals are jeopardizing the start of the school year.
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“I don’t see any quick or easy solutions” – Fassbender

P fassbenderPeter Fassbender – Minister of Education

“It is wrong and misguided for the BCTF leadership to expect a bigger
compensation package than all other public-sector workers simply because
they are willing to shut down schools.

“Their demands would plunge B.C. into deficit. No mediator can bridge
that kind of gap.

“There is also a big gulf on how to deal with learning conditions. The
British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) is
offering solutions that focus resources where they can best help
students. The union, meanwhile, continues to seek rigid class size
numbers and teacher ratios that only increase the number of teachers but
won’t necessarily address the actual learning needs of students in

“The BCTF says they want government to be ‘flexible.’ But what they
really mean is that they want us to abandon our balanced budget. We are
not going to go into debt, we are not going to raise taxes, and we are
not going to be ‘flexible’ with our commitment to be fair and even-handed
with all 300,000 B.C. public-sector workers.

“We’ve been very clear and consistent ever since BCPSEA tabled its
comprehensive offer back in June. The package on the table is fair and
reasonable – both in terms of teacher pay and on class composition – and
it is very near the limit of what we can afford.

Mediator steps out – sides too far apart

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Vince Ready has left talks between the B.C. teachers’ union and the provincial government in Richmond saying the sides are too far apart to come to a resolution anytime soon.

The veteran mediator had been working as a facilitator since Thursday — when talks resumed after a summer of stalled negotiations. He now says there is nothing for him to do.

3 tour bus accident victims in critical condition

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Coquihalla Bus Accident

Interior Health continues to provide treatment for individuals injured in the August 28th tour bus accident on the Coquihalla Highway.

At this time, of the 43 patients originally transported to Interior Health hospitals, 22 remain in hospital. Of these, eight are at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, and 14 at Kelowna General Hospital.

Interior Health does not provide specific information on patients, but can provide the following general condition information:

•Three are in critical condition
•Two are in serious condition
•17 have non-life threatening injuries.

Other patients injured in the accident are receiving treatment in Lower Mainland hospitals.

Set 5 at the Oliver Pool

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Strike Day Camp will run Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday for the month of September, from 8:00-5:00pm for $30.00/day.

Supervised activities such as sports, crafts, music, creative activities and swimming in the outdoor pool!

Limited space available, parents/caregivers must pre-register at Oliver Parks and Recreation Office.

Or you can register over the phone by calling 250 (498-4985).

For more information on our extended pool season, please visit our website

Cops for Kids – coming to Oliver

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Local Cops Cycle into Oliver

19 riders and 6 support people from RCMP and supporting enforcement agencies within South East District will embark from Kelowna on this year’s annual Cops for Kids Ride on Friday, September 5th. The 2014 Ride, presented by The Thomas Alan Budd Foundation, will take the team across the South Eastern corner of British Columbia to raise awareness and essential funds for children in medical, physical or traumatic crisis, and arrive into Oliver on Saturday September 6th.

The team will arrive at the Oliver Fire Department at 11:30am en route from Penticton to Grand Forks. Members of the public are encouraged to come meet with the team for lunch, and to spend time with the SUBWAY® Commit to Fit truck that’s joining the team on their journey this year promoting “Random Acts of Fitness”.

As platinum sponsors of the Cops for Kids Ride, SUBWAY® will sell lunches of a 6 inch sandwich, bag of chips & bottle of water for $5 at the Fire Hall. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Cops for Kids. Quantities are limited, and the lunch will be available at the Fire Hall from 10:30am until 1:00pm Saturday on a first come-first served basis.

“This is a great opportunity for our Subway location to directly assist local children in crisis,” said Subway owner/manager Mark Macdonald. “This team covers some grueling terrain in order to raise money for children who need it most and we’re pleased to be a part of their fundraising efforts.”

Cops for Kids provide assistance directly to children who need it most from our region. Due to the overwhelming number of grant requests, they are unable to meet the demands and have established a wait list of children needing essential medical equipment, specialized therapies, and medical travel. Cops for Kids have the unique opportunity to offer donors and sponsors the most efficient and effective way to make an immediate difference in the life of a child. They’re anticipating a funding shortfall this year, so donations are appreciated more than ever.

Letter to the editor

Would like to send a huge thank you and acknowledgement to the gentleman who was the only person to jump in & give a help to senior citizen in a wheelchair .

Today around 2:15pm I was driving home across the bridge after dropping kids at the pool. Traffic was stopped both ways. I was about 5th or 6th car driving into town.

I saw an older gentleman in a wheelchair trying to cross to the other side with some difficulty and very slowly. At this point he was almost at the sidewalk and cars were lining up.

The older gentleman was having really hard time to get off the road & onto the sidewalk. Nobody was trying to help him. I was ready to get out of my truck & walk all the way to help when suddenly the first two trucks driving towards the arena decided not to wait any longer despite the gentleman still struggling getting onto sidewalk.

My lane was still in a full stop when a gentleman in a silver newer model truck turned his emergency lights on, got out of his truck and helped the older disabled gentleman to get safely onto the sidewalk.

Bibiana Bailey

School District – unsure on start of education year

This is to advise parents and guardians we are encouraged that the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) are meeting.

However, we do not have confirmation that schools will be open on Tuesday, September 2.

Consequently, at this point we ask parents and guardians to plan other arrangements for their children effective Tuesday, September 2.
We will continue to monitor the provincial negotiations and hope for a negotiated settlement soon.

If parties reach an agreement over the long weekend, we will communicate with parents and guardians through our website at http://www.sd53.bc.ca/Home%20Page and through media.

We regret the inconvenience and difficulty this has caused. Thank you for your continued patience.

Marieze Tarr, Chair
School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen)

Unfair practice to end says Harper Government

Industry Minister James Moore says the government will introduce legislation to end what is called pay-to-pay, the practice of charging people extra for a monthly bill on paper.

“We do not believe that Canadians should pay more to receive a paper copy of their telephone or wireless bill,” Moore said in a statement Friday.

The CRTC said it wasn’t enough and called for another round of discussions, but that seems to have been overtaken by Moore’s announcement.

The minister says the practice of charging extra for paper invoices is unfair.

Moore says Canadians expect lower prices and better service from the telecoms.

“That is why our government committed to ending this unfair practice and putting the interests of Canadian consumers first,” he said.


For return of toolbox: Reward offered, no questions asked.

Taken from a 1988 blue Volvo station wagon parked beside the house at 4400 Highway 97. One PLANO contractors dark grey toolbox containing PB SWISS soft grip red handled screwdrivers and many other specialized tools related to my sewing machine repair business.

Also a pair of prescription eyeglasses.

These tools are my livelihood. Approximate value of tools is $1000 plus. I use them nearly everyday to service and repair many local quilters and sewers machines.

Wayne Pedersen 250.770.8962 cell, or email info@sewingmachineservicebywayne.com