The message is NOT sinking in

No open fires in the Town of Oliver


8:30 pm Saturday
Zinfandel at Meadows Drive – north side – (former Knodel Property )

3 units of Oliver Fire Department respond to a dispatch. This looks like rural agricultural land – and it is but still inside the Town of Oliver.

Tomorrow is ?

A holiday for Jack… no time off in almost 9 years…

We will give you a story on garbage and recycling changes in Oliver that take effect Monday

Will announce a contest winner

Will give you first rate photos of Osoyoos Parade and maybe a brekkie photo at the Oliver Community Centre

And……….pictures sent in – it is Canada Day !!!

Bursary winners to take a year off – before resuming studies

Ali Lantz

Congratulations to our two OCAC bursary winners for 2018. Ali enjoys photography exhibiting at a downtown art gallery and did a placement as a reporter for Oliver Daily News.

Tristan Duursma

Tristan excels in performance, where he has been cast in an SOSS stage production in each of the last four years. Pictured as the pastor in Footloose.

Both will be deferring post-secondary for a year. Good luck to both!

by Laird Smith

Wally and Auntie Kay Smith moved to Oliver during the Dirty 30’s, built a house and stayed in it for thirty plus years before building another house 100 meters away and moving again.

There are many good things to say about staying in one place. Many residents live in Oliver who were born there, schooled there, married there, and chose to stay there and live out their lives in the same community.
Some chose to operate their parents farm or business or started a business themselves, all serving the community as best as they could. Their choice spared them the disruption of moving to a new community and starting over again. Moving is expensive, mentally, physically, emotionally, and materially. By experience I know this to be true for I have moved many times, always by choice.
There is one segment of our society that has very bad judgement, and continuously puts themselves in harms way as they go in and out of jail, which means starting over every time, everywhere they go. Of course some learn and stay out of jail, but that story is for another day.
I have written the odd time or two about my move and life in Walla Walla Washington during the 1990’s. I have also mentioned, I believe, about my involvement in the City Crime Watch organisation there. It was formed to integrate civilians with the police department to cooperatively protect the City from the criminal element which is always at large.
I would have continued my active involvement with the City Crime Watch but chose to return to Canada where we settled in Red Deer, Alberta. There I became active in a civilian advisory group working with the RCMP. After ten years I moved again, this time to Edmonton.
Now I’m connected with the Edmonton Community League Block Connectors. The Community Leagues all have Block Connectors which are a link between the local neighborhoods and the Community Leagues. These groups work together to administer the City strategies for the well being of everyone.
I have been reading in ODN about the need for volunteers in Oliver to assist the RCMP in community policing. One might say, ” hire more police, I don’t want to be involved in policing! ” Well folks, police are not being trained fast enough. Alberta alone requires 230 more RCMP just to maintain standard policing numbers.
With Alberta having that need, where does that put the rest of Canada let alone li’l old Oliver? The answer for Oliver is community policing. Citizens MUST be actively involved in volunteering with the RCMP. A recent article in ODN said, ” one 4 hour shift per month is all that is required. ” That doesn’t seem to be an expectation that is impossible to meet, is it?
Think of the goal, making the community safer by putting more eyes on the street in coordination with the federally hired officials ( RCMP ) who know the law to protect you while you volunteer. Your accompaniment will give the officials comfort in numbers.
Isn’t it time to take back the streets, the pathways, and the alleys of Oliver?
With the population of Oliver at 5000, if just 1% volunteer, that number is 50  men and women. If half a % volunteer, that number is 25 men and women which is perhaps more realistic. Surely 25 people out of 5000 can step forward and commit to 4 hours a month to help protect the community of Oliver from the criminal element which seek to undermine the vulnerable. We are all vulnerable at one time or another.
During the 1970’s, Auntie Kay Smith was active in motivating the citizens of Oliver to build an arena because of the need. Look at how the citizens responded, you have an arena meeting the needs of the people.
Once again, the call is going out to the citizens of Oliver to respond to a need. Will you be willing to respond before the need reaches a crisis point?

Oliver takes it case to Victoria

On Monday June the 25th, 2018, Dr. Peter Entwistle, along with Councillor Petra Veintimilla and Aarin Frigon (left) (Project Manager for the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice) were in Victoria to make a presentation to the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues. They, along with community members from Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos, Princeton and surrounding areas, form a Community Coalition that together has spent the past 24 months working on various projects aimed at increasing sustainable healthcare practices in our rural communities.

Some of their notable successes to date include the expansion of a successful Community Worker program from Princeton to Keremeos, and hosting community forums on Chronic Pain throughout the region. In addition to hosting community forums on Chronic Pain, coalition members including Dr. Entwistle have developed curriculum for Group Medical Visits, with the aim of sharing this knowledge province wide.

They have also been working hard on Recruitment and Retention for the whole region, as well as afterhours access and public education. Much of their effort has been focused on creating meaningful relationships with those in different facets of the local SOS healthcare region, and as a result of one of such relationships they are looking forward to the South Okanagan Similkameen being one of the first regions to take part in new Provincial initiatives that will improve interoperability of Electronic Medical Records.

The Coalition thanks the JSC, including Co-Chair Dr. Alan Ruddiman, for their support for this project and looks forward to continuing their work with the stated goal of increasing sustainable healthcare practices in our rural communities.

Write up and photo supplied by Petra Veintimilla

And the winner is

Not that many entries but high quality and difficult to separate out a winner.

Many thanks to all photographers who sent in pictures but only those that sized them correctly are in the mix for consideration.

Other pictures were published as regular main frame photos – and thanks to all


Winner will be announced tomorrow


Looking for high quality banner photos

Photo can be of anything in South Okanagan.

Requirements: 1280 by 270 pixels in a .jpg format

Many great photographers have utilized ODN to show the quality of their work – I hope that continues

Now!!! The Prize. Best choice by Publisher – One bottle of VQA Oliver based wine…..

Send photographs for publication to


Updated list of accepted entries:

Float on a Lake by Julie Martineau,

Race Day by Eileen Redding,

Birds by Les Dewar,

Mtn Goats by Dave Whalley,

Quail on a Post by Linda Anderson,

Wharf on the Lake by Jeremy Cook


As the school year winds to a close, the Tuc-el-Nuit PAC would like to give a huge high-five of thanks to the Community Foundation of the – Okanagan/Similkameen for helping keep our students fed well this past year! The Foundation’s generous support helped our school offer a nutritious and delicious breakfast program free to all kids all year, and helped subsidize lunches for some students too. Making sure kids have bellies full of quality, healthy food meant they were able to focus and engage better in class, and kept them happier and healthier too. Thank you, it really does take a community to raise our kids!

Photo caption: Tuc-el-Nuit students Cooper and Jim checking out the free breakfast program on one of the last days of the school year.

Picture and post submitted by Benita Baerg

On the Sunnyside


Remarkable Answers

On this Canada Day weekend we have a lot to be thankful for. Canada is among the best countries in the world. I also want to use this opportunity to express appreciation to all who wished us well in our move. I especially want to give credit to the Lord for having the pieces of the puzzle fall into place so neatly. I realize that some who read this would mark it down as just a coincidence, but we don’t. Here is why!

Helen and I had been searching for about two years to find a Care Facility setting that would accommodate Helen’s needs in her advancing stages of Parkinson’s. Her list of hopes, requests and prayers were very specific:

– a community of buildings that housed all 3 major levels of care,

– built and operated by a Christian society,

– near to family and friends,

– attractively landscaped and away from downtown,

– near a park or river and somewhat removed from congestion.

This amounted to a half-way house to heaven!! I thought she was asking for too much. We searched up and down the Okanagan and some Care Facilities fulfilled part of the list. We put our names on a waiting list for one of them. While we were in Chilliwack for our granddaughter’s wedding, a friend mentioned that the Elim Society was building a Village on 9.5 acres near the Vedder River that just might fit. We checked it out. It is developed and operated by the Elim Society, a Christian group that has very successfully built and operated a 20 acre Village in Surrey. The first independent living building is now ready, with buildings to follow that will house supportive and residential care levels. We both have many family members, relatives and friends in Chilliwack and Abbotsford. The only 2 bedroom units unclaimed were on the first floor. We put our claim in for a unit.

On the way back to Oliver Helen said that it would be nice if:

– we could have a corner unit instead of sandwiched between two other units,

– the windows in that unit faced east and south to combat SADS,

. that unit would be on the second or third floor for greater security and privacy.

Now she was asking for a place three quarters of the way to heaven!

We were supposed to come back on Sept. 29 to finalize matters but it was post-poned to Oct. 6 due to circumstances beyond their control. After we met with the Elim financial representative on Oct. 6 to sign for the unit I just thought I’d ask, at the end, if any 2 bedroom units on the 2nd or 3rd floor had been relinquished. “Yes”, she said. “One just became available a few hours ago.” Helen asked, “Is it a corner unit?” Yes, it was! “Do the windows face south and east?” Yes, they did. We marvelled at the realization that every one of the 8 specific requests were answered. Had we come on the Sept. 29th date, the corner unit would not have been available.

Thank you, Lord! You’ve been good to us far beyond what we deserve, even though our biggest request, for Helen’s healing, has not been answered yet. It isn’t about what we are going through that really counts, but how we go through it. It seems that the Lord wants to teach me lessons in commitment and genuine caregiving that I haven’t yet learned. We moved in on June 20. It is a delightful place to be even though we really did not want to leave Oliver. Moving was very stressful and more difficult for Helen, but we are thankful for this lovely place.

Henry Wiebe


Werner Eigelsreiter, nature photographer

Werner Eigelsreiter installs and fixes your computers. He gets the bugs out — that’s his job. But for fun, he searches for different bugs – he hikes the Okanagan hills and valleys, photographing insects. The South Okanagan boasts one of the most varied insect faunas in Canada, and Werner is one of its superb explorers. See Werner’s wonderful photographs of insects, birds, plants and all sorts of other living things at:

Werner and I first crossed paths while I was studying a rare robber fly that I discovered at Vaseux Lake. Robber flies are voracious predators of other insects and are especially abundant in grasslands and arid habitats. I was writing the paper describing the fly and its special nature (it is now officially considered “Endangered” in Canada) when I found photos of it on BugGuide, a website where naturalists and scientists post insect photos for identification by experts. I was astonished by the beauty of the pictures and was delighted to see that they were taken near Oliver by a local resident. I immediately contacted Werner to discuss his find. On my next Okanagan field trip, Werner and I hiked into the fly’s habitat near Fairview and I was able to better document the species and see Werner in photographic action. He generously allowed me to use the photos in my publication on the fly, which I named Efferia okanagana (Okanagan Hammertail). Werner’s fine images also grace a book chapter that I produced on the robber flies of Canadian grasslands.

The Dark Saltflat Tiger Beetle (Cicindela parowana) is a beautifully marked tiger beetle, federally designated “Endangered”, like Efferia okanagana. In Canada it’s been recorded only from the Okanagan Valley, but in the last sixty years has only been found twice, both times at Oliver. One of these records is a photograph by Werner; it’s the only one of this beetle taken in Canada. Werner has a knack for finding rare insects, which must be a result of his energy, diligence, and constant searching while afield, his eyes often focussed on the small things around us.

Recently I wrote a small, laminated, fold-out field guide (Harbour Publishing), designed as an introduction to the diversity of insects in British Columbia and the adjacent United States. Such publications are nothing without excellent pictures, and Werner was happy to let me use many of his. Any success this little guide might have will be the result of Werner’s participation.

Werner’s wife, Suzanne, plays a critical role in the success of their website and the usefulness of Werner’s photographs. Insect species can be frustratingly tricky to identify, even by experts. Suzanne posts photos of unfamiliar species on BugGuide, often getting authoritative identifications for them. Sometimes she can identify them by comparing Werner’s photos to ones already named on the site. Sometimes the insects just can’t be identified, because photographs can’t show all the necessary features of the insect. Identification can be a long and tedious business, but one that is vital to the usefulness and scientific importance of the photographs. And it’s always satisfying to know what you’re looking at, what you’ve discovered, out there in the Okanagan hills.

Rob Cannings
Curator Emeritus of Entomology
Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC

Editor’s Note: Werner lives in Oliver and he fixes my computers.

Rob is a brother to Dick Cannings

Update – Oliver woman found rescued after 10 hour ordeal


Oliver RCMP were contacted by a male who advised his 66 year old wife had gone for a walk along the canal at 8:45 am and has not returned home. The canal  due to recent flooding was very high with fast moving water.

RCMP officer, Cst. Sinnett and Penticton Police Dog Services searched the area without success. Search and Rescue began a systematic grid search while Oliver RCMP contacted a Dive Team and a Helicopter.

An Officer with the Oliver RCMP was tasked with being an observer inside the Helicopter while searching for the missing female. It was the late afternoon and a storm had gone through the area dropping a large amount of rain in a short period. There was concern the female was being exposed to the weather elements while only wearing light clothing.

Cst. Sinnett observed the female waving at him 300 yards from where she began walking but on the other side of the canal. She described having been in the canal but was able to pull herself out onto the opposite bank. Because she was now wet, exhausted and had suffered some injuries to her legs she was unable to walk.

The Helicopter landed near the female and a member was able to assist the exhausted female into the Helicopter. The female was transported to a location where EHS could assess the female and determine if she required further treatment at the hospital.

Editor’s Note: we believe canal refers to Okanagan River but that has not been confirmed.

The information below is related we believe but not confirmed.


Missing Oliver Women
Oliver RCMP are asking for the public’s help to find 66 year old Oliver resident, Valerie GOUGH. Valerie was reported missing to Oliver RCMP on Monday June 25th, 2018 at 12:30 pm and was last seen in the Gallagher Lake area at approximately 8:30 am. Valarie was wearing a white t-shirt with “I Walk for Cancer” on the front and black pants with a purple strip down the side.

Valerie GOUGH, was located at 6:00 pm with help from RCMP Air Service and Oliver Search and Rescue

A question that needs to be answered

Cliff Gay writes:

I am confused by the above statement about no campfires. Recently heard that there are no campfire bans in BC currently.
What constitutes a campfire?

In the Town of Oliver – no open fires/burning/campfires at anytime of the year – a bbq, a charcoal burner, a propane burner are not considered open burning. No wood burning/burn barrels.

In the rural area around Oliver no open fires or burning during the summer months.

The province of BC governs what goes on in provincial campsites and CROWN land – normally thought to be outside any form of municipal or regional government.

by Pat Whalley


Every now and again the question crops up if it is time for Gt. Britain to drop the Royal Family.  The cost involved with Royal visits and all the fanfare and security they entail also the many so called “shirttail relatives” that are such a drain on the British economy.

Hailing from England, I guess I am biased in favour of the Royals.  To me, when England is mentioned I immediately think of HRH Queen Elizabeth 2nd.

There is so much more to England than the royals, my huge joy on any visit is the charm of sleepy little villages with quaint names like Ashby-de-la-zouch and Little Rippling on the Wold.  The names themselves are bigger than the villages and each little hamlet is built round the village church.

London has little appeal to me for it’s crowds, culture and diversity but the architecture is absolutely marvellous.  The old town of London is only one square mile and in that small space is packed so many wonderful buildings that are hundreds of years old.  You can spend an entire day exploring Westminster Abbey or St. Paul’s cathedral and, in between are the Houses of Parliament, with Big Ben’s tower, numerous old churches, several palaces and miles of parkland.

It is hard to walk by one of these famous buildings and not happen across some sort of pageantry going on.  Changing of the Guard is not just a public display, put on for the tourists, it is a genuine change of shift for various security men.  The fact that they happen to wear the most elaborately colourful outfits and quite often are on horseback, is just part of the British tradition.

Tradition is what the Royal family is all about.  I was eight when the coronation of Elizabeth 2nd took place.  All schools and places of work, except necessary services were closed.  Televisions were not owned by too many people but hoards of people gathered together to watch the event wherever possible.

The day of the coronation, grandma and I took the early morning bus to my mom’s home where sandwich making was being done on a huge scale.  My mother owned a second hand, eleven inch tv, bought for the event and half of the street had gathered in the small living room to watch.  TV coverage started hours before the event by showing the crowds of people on the sidewalks, they had spent all night sitting there to make sure they got a view of the Queen passing by for a few seconds.

In later years Dave and I returned to England for the Golden Jubilee, fifty years of the queen ruling England.  We managed to get a marvellous place to watch the parade just a few yards from the entrance to St. Paul’s cathedral where a ceremony was to take place.  The sidewalk at that point was very narrow so we were lucky not to have dozens of people jostling us from behind.  Stationed every few feet in front of us where different branches of the military and police personel, who stood facing the crowd, looking for troublemakers.  Luckily, that day there were only people who wanted to join in the festivities.

The parade arrived with hundreds of different guardsmen in their gorgeous black busbies, as the bear pelt hats are called.  Many on horseback, and many more marching.  Quite a spectacle with the Royal Navy and Marine bands playing.  Then came members of the Royal family also wearing guard uniforms, Princess Anne and Prince Charles leading them.  Right behind came the Gold Coach with HRH and Prince Philip waving.  The gold coach is so opulent it is almost ugly, with  cherubs on each of the four huge springs that hold the coach, two footmen stand both front and back.

Dozens more horses and guards followed the coach and then the plainer, black coaches with various other royals and dignitaries waving.

This to me is England, an old country with old traditions.  Although I think there are far too many “shirttail” royals, I truly feel that the Queen has earned the respect of her citizens.  During her reign she has had to deal with divorces, two spectacularly out of step daughters-in-law.  Fergie with her free spirit that could not adapt to the tradition of a stiff upper lip and Diane who captured the hearts of the nation but couldn’t handle  the fact that she hadn’t captured the heart of her husband.

I personally believe that HRH has handled all troubles and misfortunes with diplomacy and a forced smile.  This is what she was trained to do from a very early age.  Whatever falls in her path is handled with delicacy and elegance, she meets and greets heads of state that she probably disagrees with, but puts them at ease and makes them feel welcome.  A person of her age should be enjoying a quiet retirement but she puts on that smile, gets her purse and fancy hat and faces whatever is put in front of her.

Whatever you think of the Royals, that is one lady who has earned my undying love and respect, long may she reign!

Updated: Late Fall or early Winter for Nomination Meeting

Marshall Neufeld is a realtor in Penticton – first to announce  – ran in the riding once before

Penticton city Councillor Helena Konanz is a former professional tennis player – endorsed Thursday by Dan Albas, Rick Thorpe and Tom Siddon


In late 2013 Konanz announced she would run for the nomination as a Tory but quickly reversed her decision. She has served three terms on city council.

2015 election, Dick Cannings-NDP won the riding with 24,823 votes (37.3 per cent), Conservative-Neufeld was second at 19,871 (29.8) and Liberal Connie Densiuk a close third with 18,732 (28.1).

Two well known Penticton people seek the Tory Nomination – election of MP for SO – West Kootenay

Town quick to respond

Two complaints Thursday made to ODN by readers rather than to the Town office.

Canada Flag badly damaged by wind ? Canada Day on Sunday

Replaced quickly – BC flag needs help – yes?


2nd complaint involved a mess of plastic sheeting on either side of the gate near the Fire Department Training Grounds (Cessna and Maple)

Below all fixed – now how about some noxious weed control.

Town staff are quick to point out there is a process for complaints – Drop into the Town Office or call them on the phone.

Police called to assist Oliver firefighters

9pm Thursday
Primrose Lane between Rd 2 and Rd 3

Fire department dispatched on a report of a pole burning. Turned out to be a campfire (not legal) in front of a home.  The campfire put out quickly but one of the party-goers was a bit aggressive and started to shove at least one of the crew dousing the fire.

RCMP called and one rather intoxicated individual taken away by police.

Fire Chief Bob Graham reminds the public – no campfires or open burning allowed in town and in the rural area during the summer months.

Harty kids

A lady I know well sent me a picture of a fallen tree – came in a few days after the big wind so I ignored it……..But

You know she put a second picture into the mix as well.

Two of my fave people – Laura and Kelan

I wish you all the best – the tree needed a rest.

Former premier surprises many


Former British Columbia premier Ujjal Dosanjh is urging voters to say No to a referendum on proportional representation because he believes it will usher in extremist parties like those in some European countries.

Dosanjh says Germany, the Netherlands and Hungary require very low percentages of people to vote in candidates with racist views, and that has changed their political landscape in a negative way.

The former New Democrat premier says the party he once led is proposing a proportional representation system that would allow five per cent of voters to elect extremist members of the legislature.

B.C. voters will be asked if they want to switch to proportional representation and if they do, they will be required to rank one of three systems, two of which have never been tried anywhere.

Dosanjh is backing a group vying for funding to campaign against proportional representation before a referendum to be conducted by mail-in ballot between Oct. 22 and Nov. 30.

He says the current first-past-the-post system is simple, as opposed to the proposed system, which he calls confusing and complicated.

Files from Castanet

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