by Pat Whalley


Is it because I am getting older and maybe more crotchety that it seems that many people do not seem to have good manners around their fellow man?

I remember when I was a child I was not supposed to speak when adults were talking and certainly not allowed to interrupt a conversation. At school the same good manners were demanded and, because English children of my generation always had school provided hot lunches, table manners were also strictly enforced. There was no such thing as finger food unless it was a sandwich, everything else was cut into small pieces and eaten with a knife and fork, no talking with your mouth full and knife and fork left in the five o’clock position, not just sprawled across the plate when you had finished. Men’s hats were always removed indoors, especially at the table, even now when I see a baseball cap, worn backwards while it’s wearer eats, I have to force myself not to knock it off into his dinner.

Children in England paid a half fair for the bus until they left school, then it went to adult price, however it was instilled in me and my peers that we always gave up our seat for an older person. If you were travelling alone and thought you could ignore the rule, because there was no parent to give you the eyeball, there was always some other adult who would jab you in the ribs and remind you. Try that nowadays and you would receive a mouthful of colourful, verbal abuse.

Not only do parents not ask their child to give up their seats for a senior but completely ignore their child standing on the seat, climbing over other people’s feet, dropping food all over the furniture and other people and making lots of noise. The attitude seems to be that “my child has every right to be here and behave exactly as he likes, if you don’t like it, then move”.

It is not just the younger generation that is lacking in manners in fact many of them are courteous and helpful. Many older people also seem to have forgotten that they do not live alone but share the planet with many other people who are just as deserving of respect as themselves.

I don’t know if it is just me but I seem to quite often walk in the opposite direction of two or three people chatting together and insist on keeping to the grouping, even if it means that I have to step into the street, to get by. This is rude and not just happened on one occasion but is a common occurrence.

How often has someone bumped into me and not had the courtesy to apologise, I am a large person, surely you see me right in front of you. The same attitude goes for reaching in front of another person to grab the cauliflower or tomatoes you want, if you wait a couple of seconds I will be gone and you will have your pick of the whole section.

This behaviour seems to reach into driving habits as well, so many people think it is just fine to overtake in a dangerous place and then, swiftly cut in front of the car they have passed, causing that driver to hit the breaks. It doesn’t seem that long ago that people gave you a small wave, or a nod, when you gave them the right of way, now it seems you get the finger if you don’t.

As a pedestrian, I feel we should acknowledge, with a smile or a nod, the driver who stops to allow us to cross, however when I lived in Port Coquitlam we had an old gentleman who went a bit too far. If you stopped to let him cross the road, he would take a few steps then turn toward your car, remove his hat and politely bow. He did this to every car spread across the four lanes of traffic and really got on every driver’s nerves. I must admit, several times I felt like just running him over, sometimes kind thoughts and courteous behaviour just goes out the window.

4th annual Presentation Tea – Women of Oliver

WOW event Chair Barb Seiler in yellow tee-shirt

Tracy MacFadden and Alisha Grimard – Highway to Healing
Top Education Award for a Woman – Rochelle Newstead

Oliver Food Bank – Jim Oullette
Bighorn Air Cadets – Amy Encina

A fun afternoon for recipients, ladies of WOW, The Mayor and his wife – and ODN – playing family feud most of the afternoon.

Other groups receiving funds but not present: Desert Sun, Maple Springs Bible Camp, SOSS bursary, Oliver Boy’s and Girls Club and Oliver Parks and Recreation Society.

Weather or not

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 16. Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Low plus 4.

Mon, 1 Apr A mix of sun and cloud. High 15.
Night Clear. Low minus 1.

Tue, 2 Apr Sunny. High 12.
Night Increasing cloudiness. Low plus 2.

Local SO politicians think a down-graded ER is a compromise

Suzan McKortoff

On Friday, Interior Health issued a confusing press release with one message. Doctors will not be on duty at SOGH from 10 pm to 6am unless called in by a nurse.

For the last few years the hospital has staffed the General Hospital with nurses and a doctor overnight.

Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff was called this morning for a reaction. Mayor McKortoff stated she knows the people want a fully staffed hospital but the reality is it cannot not be done under the present situation. That situation is that more and more physicians want to practice but not have to work in the day and overnight as well.

The Ministry of Health will not hire a doctor and will not adjust the pay scale for rurally based physicians.

McKortoff said the compromise is better than talk of closing the ER completely. The mayor said if it works that’s good it doesn’t the local community will look at it again.

Her comments mirrored those of Oliver Mayor Martin Johansen in a weekend interview with Black Press.

Johansen said he is pleased with the emergency room changes.

“I’m positive that we’re working in the right direction,” he said.

He added that the emergency room coverage is the result of discussions between municipal councils and Interior Health, in order to meet the needs of the region.

A recent poll on ODN also reflected a lack of interest in the downgrading of services at South Okanagan General Hospital.


It is located on a farm or orchard
Knowing who sent it in – I shall look for it myself

The Steele report

Lets talk about money and the governments who spend it. First the us look at what is debt and what is deficit and how both come about. We are going to keep this simple and general.

Governments going into debt for a city hall, fire department or an arena, is a planned budget item and is paid for over a number of year.

A deficit is a different animal. Deficits result from poor budget planning. Simple example the estimate or forecast on a program is one thousand dollars and it turns out to be ten thousand dollars way more.
Deficit is really borrowing money for our grand kids to pay back. Servicing the interest on deficit spending means it is more difficult to provide needed money for essential programs,
deficits increase interest rates for future borrowing for essentials because it can effect a jurisdictions credit rating.

Surprising to me when I began seeking elementary figures for this article and I sourced more than one, is this. If we balance borrowing with a ratio to the GDP or gross nation product the left actually fairs better over all. Now I am not saying every jurisdiction that is the case.

Here are some amazing examples first at the provincial level. Alberta did very well when oil was king that was the ideal scenario. Lately Alberta has had to borrow to s survive. There was a myth the NDP had a structural deficit of five billion which later proved wrong. The biggest deficit in BC was actually the government of Gordon Campbell at two billion dollars.

If you look at Saskatchewan it tells a real story Tommy Douglas and his government produced 17 balanced budgets in a row in seventeen years of governance. Allen Blakeney had 12 balanced budgets in a row. While Grant Divine’s Conservative Government produced a debt and deficit of over twenty billion in nine years.

Federally we have had two governing parties in one hundred and fifty years. I am not going to mention the present government that deficit mounts by the hour. However if we go back the mid sixties we see an increasing trend of accepting the shortfall as normal.

Lester Pearson Joe Clark Pierre Trudeau Brian Mulroney Steven Harper
18 billion 77 billion 157.2 billion 490 billion 541.9 billon

These are merely examples of a trend both parties have deficits but look where it started small. When we stampede to the polls to vote for the most efficient numbers like these attached to party labels leads us to question the sanity of them all. The truth is the reason for this is the interest mounting eating into the principle value of programs.

In BC we have had governments that were less prudent than others and some in both parties that are better than others. We also have to remember governance is an ongoing social experiment as much as it is a financial one. The question we face together, over and above party preference what are we going to do to stop the spiral? How do we address the principal well Tommy Douglas balanced his budgets and paid ten percent a year on previous debt

So where to we go from here? If we quit blaming the other guys, balance the budgets, eliminate deficits and pay ten percent a year on previous debt sometime in the next century and a half we have a chance to find a balance.

by Fred Steele

Concert review by Val Friesen

Ô-CELLI concert

The Ô-CELLI concert Friday evening, March 29th in the Venables, was the perfect endpiece to this season’s South Okanagan Concert Society’s series of concerts. Excellent choice, and it enchanted the sold-out audience! The eight cellists come from major European orchestras and chamber groups, and have toured much of the world since their formation in Belgium in 2010.

Ô-CELLI are superb musicians, and the program they put together featured much joyful music. Each piece was given a brief, relaxed introduction with a few helpful words to set the mood for a musical journey through sunny Italy, Spain, Argentina and Mexico (with hints of Cuba). The music was arranged for cello octet to highlight all the wondrous sonorities of that beloved instrument. The tonal, rhythmic and percussive possibilities were fully explored by musicians who know what they’re doing, love what they’re doing, and know how to delight, move and entertain their audience. And really, that’s why we go to concerts, isn’t it? And maybe also to hear something or someone new, a fresh interpretation, or a work or artist that touches deeply. In the case of this concert, it was all of the above, much to the joy of the listeners.

The first piece, the overture to Verdi’s opera, The Forces of Destiny, is a dramatic piece predicting the treachery and doom in the opera it introduces, so if not exactly setting the mood for a joyous evening, it did provide the octet with the opportunity to display their ensemble playing—which was precise and sensitive. And there was no doom in the wondrous music which followed.

The next three pieces brought to life the essential rhythms, melodies, and warmth and passion that is the essence of Spanish music—you could nearly smell the olives and the Mediterranean air. How the composers (de Falla and Turina, and the Frenchman Chabrier) captured this essence in their delightful compositions is part of the magic of music, but equally impressive is how Ô-CELLI gave it life.

The program continued after the intermission with Nina Rota’s famous and touching “La Strada” from Fellini’s 1954 film of the same name, followed by three pieces composed by the king of tangos, Argentina’s Astor Piazzolla. The second of those, “Milonga del Angel,” was for me a personal highlight of the evening, so soulful and beautiful, played exquisitely by the octet.

The contemporary Barcelona composer, Oriol Cruxient’s modern piece, “Fa Do,” featured some fascinating drumming on the cello itself to accompany the melodies shifting about through the various players.

The last piece, “Danzon #2” (1994) by the Mexican composer, Arturo Marquez, was performed spectacularly bringing its Cuban dance rhythms to life. Simply charming.

And yes, the standing ovation required an encore. And what a surprise! Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to cap off an absolutely unforgettable musical evening.

What a wonderful concert. Thank you, Ô-CELLI! And thanks to the members of SOCS who spend many volunteer hours to enhance life in our community, and special thanks to the sponsors who make it all so affordable. Concerts such as this truly enrich our lives.

11 days into a project – progress is made – culverts in

Have I got your attention with a snappy headline and eye-opener pix?

Secrest Hill Road – two nine foot culverts now in and the reconstruction of a safe roadway underway.

East side of road on the way to the bowl.

Water diversion sends a fair amount of run off from Park Rill system down the hill and around the project.

Praemonitus, Praemunitus –

Of MICE and men

In a recent exchange of comments attached to my op-ed about the ineffectiveness of the usual responses and the need to address root cause I expressed my opinion that the motivation of the actor in a mass shooting as defined in the previous post could be found in MICE: Money, Ideology, Coercion, and Ego.

Before we proceed, let’s take off the table any state-sponsored mass killing – when “our” state does it, it is probably good and if “their” state does it, it is probably bad. Let’s also take off the table any pure lone-wolf incidents – those where one person makes a decision to act, makes all the plans and preparations, and acts alone – because it is unlikely that anyone could predict and prevent those acts where – for example – a single individual takes a firearm to the workplace with the singular purpose of killing.

In this restricted space, we are left with violence as a result of radicalization. It is here that, I believe, we can find the majority of news-grabbing, response-demanding, do-something, mass-shooting incidents. So too does our government.

The Canadian government launched in 2017 the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (The Centre) and published in December 2018 a National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence. One would think that within this document and from this Centre you could find all of the answers. I am unconvinced.

To be clear, the Centre, the Strategy, the National Expert Committee, and the Research Portal are relatively new. They speak to an operational plan that funds and supports anti-radicalization at the local level. Yes, there is a Community Resilience Fund (since December 2016) that provides financial assistance to organizations for enhanced research capacity, increased expert knowledge and knowledge transfer, and for “empowering local communities” with a focus on funding “Youth-Led Projects … empowering young people working to counter radicalization to violence”. To apply (I summarize) you must be a not-for-profit organization, a research facility, a police service, or a “provincial, territorial, municipal, regional, [or] indigenous government”.

It would be unwise to criticize so soon. But … I do see a focus that, in my opinion, is too constrained. The Strategy and the funding arising from the Centre speak to preventing right-wing, ideologically-driven, internet-enabled, radicalized Canadian youth from undertaking violence by creating and supporting institutional research, inter-agency communication, and multi-agency targeted responses (my words, not theirs).

The list of funded projects summarizes the Centre’s approach: John Howard Society of Ottawa Project ReSet to disengage individuals in Eastern-Ontario from extremist-based violence; UQAM produced training materials to support practitioners in health and social services; Shift (under the British Columbia Government Office of Crime Reduction) a civilian-led program to support multi-agency hubs in BC that “connect at-risk individuals with local counselling, social services, or other tools”; MediaSmarts a national survey “of up to 1000 youth in grades 9 and 10”; and Moonshot CVE to “provide alternative, positive content to vulnerable individuals searching for violent extremist material online.” This is not the entire list but it is representative.

Allow me some cynicism, please. Will this all lead to the establishment of welcoming store-front facilities staffed with paid trained experts representing the community stakeholders standing ready to receive walk-in at-risk youth who have suddenly realized that they are headed down the road to violence and want to change? Will it create technology-enabled re-directions within search engine results – like sponsored ads? That sounds about as effective as expecting that mentally-ill persons can realize that they are sick and seek treatment. Such is the Canadian model.

How did the Canadian government come to this CVE (Countering Violet Extremism) model? I believe that the answer can be found in a paper on the Centre’s Research Portal titled “Radicalization and Violent Extremism: Lessons Learned from Canada, the UK and the US” reporting the “highlights from a major conference hosted by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) of the US Department of Justice, which took place July 28 to July 30, 2015.” Attendees discussed – but did not conclude – “whether it would be more helpful to develop (1) high-level models that can be used as guides to help identify specific factors at work in a particular situation, or (2) specific models focused narrowly on types of individuals, groups, belief systems, and contexts.” Apparently, there was agreement that more research was needed.

I do not know who represented Canada at this seminal conference; however, the report does describe how “practitioners … those developing and implementing programs to counter violent extremism” want more research, more outreach, more inter-agency coordination, and more ways to make use of case studies, vignettes, videos, and podcasts “in a more user-friendly manner”.

Included within the report is a statement that it is important for government agencies to engage the entire community, to tailor outreach strategies to the different community groups, and to “take into account the stigma that can result when community members engage with the government.”

I fear that my perspective and that of our government diverge. It is my belief that there is no way to prevent groups of like-minded persons from forming, that there is no effective way to prevent their use of the internet and social media, that they are not age-restricted, and that 99 per cent of the members will never get beyond talk.

My concern is what makes that one person rise out of the flock and act.

Would money work? Yes – paid in advance to create a debt to be repaid by flesh and blood. Promissory notes are unlikely to motivate given that the agent is unlikely to survive or unlikely to have freedom if they do. The exception is a promise to support the actor’s survivors – a form of insurance if you will. If, however, you take a lesson from those institutions that recruit spies, you would find that the recruiters are instructed to not try to buy people because it isn’t necessary and in most cases does not work. From the financier’s perspective the return on investment is unsecured – they might take the money and run. From the client’s perspective the interest is exorbitant.

Case officers managing intelligence and counter-intelligence agents are encouraged to always have something for the agent to eat and drink at every meeting. Why? To stimulate the need to reciprocate. The same approach exists in almost all cultures where the sharing of food and beverage precedes or accompanies ‘getting down to business’.

Would ideology work? According to the Strategy, The Centre believes it is the singular motivation. Are there historical examples? Maybe, but I suspect that ideology alone is not enough. Take another page from the history of espionage. Of the many, there are three successful spies who attributed their motivation to ideology: Ana Belen Montes within the US DIA for Cuba; Colonel Oleg Penkovsky within the GRU for the CIA and MI6; and Harold Kim Philby within MI6 for the USSR. Montes was imprisoned before she could escape while Penkovsky and Philby escaped and were taken care of – as promised – within their chosen homes. I might put as much emphasis on the promise of being taken care of as on acting on commitment to a belief.

Would coercion work? Yes. I am personally aware of a Canadian case where an individual had something to hide and was therefore blackmailed by an ideologically driven organization to enable their violent acts. He was vulnerable, had an expertise that they required, and they pushed his buttons with threats. Take another page from the history of espionage and the use of Kompromat.

One more example: Suppose you were approached by a community organization asking you to buy a $25 ticket to a fund-raising event and – if you hesitate – the seller immediately offers a $2 chocolate bar. Do you buy it? You have been coerced.

What about ego? From the history of espionage we find that ego satisfaction is considered the most prevalent driver. There are even historical examples of agents motivated simply by the art and science and practice of tradecraft. Within the world of violent extremism, expressed in mass shootings, of course ego plays a role. Compare the resulting body count to getting – and everyone knowing – that you have the highest score on record for a particular video game.

A distasteful conclusion: if I were to attempt to motivate someone to undertake violence in the name of an ideology, I would stimulate their ego, lavish them with purchased perks, and play upon their greatest fear. I suspect that our government’s focus on countering ideology with ideology is too academic and aristocratic and not sufficiently plebeian.

I could be wrong.

Stuart Syme

Think about it with Joseph Seiler


The shape of a bowl is like a hollow sphere but cut in half. Turned so it sits with the hollow part up it is a handy device to put things into. If we add a little bit of material so it does not roll, it is a great dish to serve soup in. When we refer to a person’s rice bowl it can mean their means of supply, their livelihood, the basis of their survival. We can also refer to the rice bowl as the region where most rice is grown

Some football games are tagged as bowl games like the Rose Bowl or Orange Bowl or Gator Bowl and many more. The Rose Bowl was the first to be so tagged. Bowl games are played after the College playoffs. The shape of the football stadium is like a bowl and most are fashioned after the Yale Bowl the model for most stadiums in the USA. In Canada we have the banjo bowl between Winnipeg and Saskatchewan

To bowl is to roll a ball down a lane attempting to knock over pins standing at the end. We have 5 pin or 10 pin bowling these days. Bowling was first recorded in Egyptian history about 3200BC. In the evolution of the game, before they had perfectly spherical balls and smooth lanes the ball/object was thrown and the game was Bocce, apparently invented in Italy.. Bowling or bocce are not as easy as they may look

Bowls or lawn bowls, is played on short cut grass and the surface is not necessarily flat. Instead of trying to knock over a pin, the object is to get as close as possible, much like bocce. Sometimes the lawn is purposely convex so placing the ball is harder. This kind of bowling is much more about precision in controlling the ball. Power has little benefit when lawn bowling. Who knew?

A dust bowl is not a football game but rather an area where a swirling wind raises a great deal of dust. It is a place with little water. Thus the dust. Some people get their hair cut so that it looks like the barber put a bowl upside down on their head and cut off any hair that still showed. A bowl is like a giant cup. When I am almost finished I can hold my bowl up and slurp out the last bit of soup. Shhh

No doctor on ER duty at night! – to be implemented on April Fools Day

South Okanagan General Hospital

Oliver a physicians and local doctors will be on-call at the SOGH emergency department between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. starting Monday, with the doctor being called to the hospital for emergencies rather than remaining on location for an entire shift.

“During these night time hours, all patients will be able to access the emergency department, and will continue to be assessed by an emergency room nurse, just as they would during the day,” an Interior Health bulletin reads.“A physician on-call will be at the hospital or close by and available at all times to respond to emergency care needs.”

Interior Health says the doctor will be called to the ER for “true emergencies” and patients under the age of 17.

Those with time-sensitive but less serious conditions will be sent to the Penticton Regional Hospital emergency department by ambulance or private vehicle.

Patients whose condition can wait until the next day to be seen will be given the option of remaining in the waiting room, returning in the morning, or scheduling an appointment with their family physician.

A doctor will remain on staff – during the busier daytime hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Interior Health is paying someone not to be in their clinic/office??)

This staffing measure set to improve sustained doctor coverage at ER, to improve of physicians to see patients during the day and IH promises it is working on a better model of health services.

Dry as a bone

Road 11 East
bottom end of Hester Creek

Testalinda is running
Inkameep is running
Park Rill is running
Kearns is trickling
But Reed, Tinhorn and Hester creeks are dry – despite snow melt and rain. Which IMHO means the water is being absorbed on the west hills – so far so good.

Once again thanks to MOTI and contractors for all the upgraded culverts.

Volunteers celebrated by the Oliver Curling Club

Club Volunteer of the Year Bruce Schroter with Oliver Curling Club president Dave McCombe


Winners on and off the ice were toasted at the Oliver Curling Club’s recent Windup Dinner & Awards Night. In addition to all the teams that won their leagues, many of our hardworking volunteers who do so much behind the scenes were recognized for their invaluable contributions that keep our club running.

President Dave McCombe handed out special certificates he created for:
“Down Then Back Up Award” to Mike Kelly for bouncing back after a health setback days before to be at the dinner.
“Comeback Kid” to Ron Pidduck for overcoming a serious health crisis last year that has kept him on the curling sidelines but not from helping out at almost all of our events, taking lots of photos and taking a regular shift at the bar.
“President’s Awards” to our fabulous bonspiel cooks, Ed Shugalo, Sylvia Lowe and Tony Murray.
“Elder Award” to Joyce Kuzyk for her devoted support for the club over many, many years and the wisdom and encouragement she generously shares with us.

The Johnson family (Mike Johnson, Wanda Casorso, Paul Johnson) were also recognized for their many ongoing contributions over the years (including most recently the expertly barbequed steaks for the dinner and linen tablecloths).

On behalf of the club, volunteer coordinator Gail Barriskill thanked all the volunteers for their time and hard work, including many of them who put in over 15-20 hours each. All the current board members were also saluted, and flowers and a huge “thank you” were given to each of the departing members: Pat Stephen, Polly McKay and Diane Cameron.

Each year the provincial curling association invites curling clubs to nominate a male and female club volunteer of the year to be recognized by Curl BC. Our Club Volunteers of the Year (2018-19) are Bruce Schroter and Jean Lederer.

Dave McCombe commended Bruce’s dedication in supporting our local junior curlers to develop competitively and how he could be found at the rink every Sunday coaching them as well as at many bonspiels out of town. In accepting his award, Bruce related how one our young curlers, Tyler Antunes, came to him a few years ago and asked how do you get a championship banner to hang above the ice at the club. Bruce has committed to helping them achieve that dream (that we all share for them!) and will continue to work the team as they get closer each year to reaching it.

Dave described how Jean’s background as a librarian and analytical skills have brought a different way of seeing things to the board. She has taken on the website, media and fundraising portfolios after taking up curling less than three years ago. (Although Dave noted she and partner Barry also have been at Sunday practices every week, they realistically don’t aspire to a banner.)


Jean Lederer goes up to receive her Club Volunteer of the Year award

Report submitted

“The Wall”

New to Oliver
A presentation of South Okanagan Photos & Art
Location: Downtown in Oliver at the Gallery on Main
Entrance Door just north of Oliver Shoes and Fashions

Lots of art for sale

Many like to……return home

Spencer McKay, SOSS graduate, National Team Member – basketball star, coach and mentor has returned home to the South Okanagan to do….. you guessed it.

Coach kids in basketball.

He is working in Penticton at the moment for Lake City Basketball, a private company, which has a contract with SD 67 for the use of buildings to train athletes at all ages.

“Hoops” McKay.

Born and raised in Oliver – Spencer is a former National Team member, a 16-year professional basketball player, a Basketball BC Hall of Famer, a UVIC Sports Hall of Famer & all-time scoring leader, and former Lead Assistant Coach of the UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Basketball program.

He brings his knowledge and international basketball experience to the South Okanagan, where he continues teaching basketball skills through his NBN (Nothin’ But Net) Academy, and as a Youth Development Coordinator with Lake City Hoops.

McKay. an expert in talent identification and widely regarded as one of the nation’s top recruiters and skill developers.

The picture above – pointing to his father Roger McKay, grad at UBC.


Kids Matter Foundation

big bigger Bigger. Large NHL Alumni events to arrive soon in South Okanagan – Osoyoos and Penticton.

Established by Primeau Properties in Osoyoos. The key focus of the Foundation is children and giving back to the youth living in the local community. We support youth in the areas of education, music, sports and health, which includes both physical and mental health.

The biggest NHL Alumni event to hit the Okanagan in years is weeks away and organizers are busy making sure the South Okanagan Pics & Sticks Charity Event comes off without a hitch. If you’re looking for tickets to the charity hockey event or want to play alongside hockey greats on the links and listen to Canadian country music stars, you’d better get busy as well:

● Tickets to the charity hockey game — at just $16 each — can be purchased at a local participating business, through minor hockey teams
● There are sponsorship opportunities available for South Okanagan businesses and organizations. Becoming a sponsor gives you and your organization tickets to the hockey game, access to spots in the charity golf tournament and seats at the banquet
dinner and concert featuring Canadian country music stars Gord Bamford, Dallas Smith, Aaron Pritchett and Chad Brownlee.
● There are spots available for local business people and individuals to play in the charity hockey game. Be sure to check out the sponsorship packages for this opportunity.

Dave Hindmarch (20) and Kevin Primeau (21) compete in hockey action against the U.S.S.R.

Hosted by Canadian country music star Gord Bamford and Edmonton Oilers Alumni and former NHL player Kevin Primeau, now an Osoyoos realtor, the May 15-16 event will give fans the opportunity to play alongside NHL alumni like Glenn Anderson, Chris Joseph, Marty McSorley, Ron Low and country music’s Dallas Smith, Aaron Pritchett and Chad Brownlee — on the ice and on the golf course.

The event encompasses the whole South Okanagan, with much of the festivities to be held at Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip — including a golf tournament, banquet and concert featuring the country music stars — golfing at the Sonora Dunes Golf Course and the charity hockey game slated for the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton.
Proceeds raised will be returned to the South Okanagan community through local efforts undertaken by several other provincial and national charities, among them Spirit of the Game, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Make A Wish BC & Yukon and Basics for Babies.

South Okanagan Minor Hockey is also benefitting. Teams from Osoyoos to West Kelowna are selling tickets to the event — and raising money for their programs by earning $6 for each ticket sold.

One of the teams selling tickets will be invited to participate in the charity hockey game. Local minor hockey will also benefit with scholarships awarded to local youth. These scholarships will be in honor of the families who were impacted by the Humboldt tragedy.

Pix Source: Government of Canada

Praemonitus, Praemunitus – After each attack

“My neighbour is in the street with a gun.”

“What’s his name?”

“Jack Bennest.”

“He’s not in our database of authorized gun owners. He can’t have a gun.”

“It looks just like those assault rifles you see on TV.”

“Those are prohibited weapons. Could it be a shovel?”

“I don’t thinks so. Besides, everybody knows that he’s … ”

“… I cannot discuss what we know about Doctor Bennest.“

“He’s not a doctor.”

“We have spent a lot of time and money on our databases and … (click) … Hello? Hello?”

Somebody kills somebody. That’s homicide. Somebody shoots a number of somebodies. That’s a mass shooting … maybe. Depending where you live and when, and depending whether you are government, media, or academic, the ‘number of somebodies’ threshold can vary. Three, four, or five usually qualifies … sometimes including the shooter but not when the shooter is related to the victims.


After – sometimes during – each mass shooting anywhere in the world three things happen: one, the media feeds on the free lunch; two, the call is made for more gun control; and three, the question is asked: why didn’t the intelligence agencies see this coming? In many cases there is a fourth response: law-abiding citizens buy more guns.

The media is going to continue to report the news and, although they are less likely now to give notoriety to the shooter, they are self-regulating. It is unlikely that very many governments will seek to censor the media. The print, radio, TV, or on-line outlet is motivated by simple economics and will strive to maintain their audience.

Reporting news makes money.

In several countries, the ownership of firearms by otherwise law-abiding people has been made more difficult. Licencing, registration, storage, and pre-purchase scrutiny have been the primary legislative tools. In recent years, the focus has turned to the features of the firearms themselves such as magazine capacity, rate of fire, and concealability. Firearms are often banned by type and sometimes by appearance.

Bureaucracy and bans are about as effective as hiding tobacco products behind curtains and prohibiting the sale of alcohol.

In some countries, intelligence agencies have increased their surveillance even though, when it comes to domestic surveillance, most legislators are reluctant to mandate broader and deeper data gathering. They recognize that the vast majority of us are law-abiding and that we don’t particularly like being monitored. Politicians are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to increasing surveillance of their electorate.

Besides, intelligence work is expensive and prone to error.

I would rather that we and our governments do nothing than continue with responses that are ineffective, intrusive, and unnecessarily expensive.

Let’s all address the underlying cause.

The one that got away

Watch your burn piles carefully – or they just might get away from you.

At Martin’s Menagerie  – east of Rd 7 (Sumac entrance) to Highway 97 – Time: 6pm

Rob Graham: Oliver Volunteer Fire Department:


“Fire in some orchard grass still fairly dry. Did burn it’s self out. We laid down some wet guard as a precaution. Put out most of and surround are of burn pile as a precaution as well. Time on scene hour and a half

Equipment: Tender. Pumper and forestry truck. ”

The Steele report

I have been watching the verbal joust -pro and con- with regard to the proposed National Park.

When it is all said and done it will take a lot more than a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down.

One side sights all the benefits of having a park. And for some if not many the benefits are not positive or vague.

The other side for the most part just say what part of NO do you not understand. The problem is no one is getting the message through about why they are saying NO.

The yes side can’t believe there are people opposed.

The end result will be no one happy with the end result.

The discussion needs to evolve or the government bureaucrats will simply impose their will.. Where does the discussion need to go?

The yes side needs to understand the people of the region had a life before there was a Canada. They have a park in their own sense of the word in that they have hunted, fished and utilized the land base including the water for over a century. Those who love the land claim they are doing it for sound reasons and that may be true. The concept of opening an area up to everyone and changing all the rules comes with push back. It is like saying we are going to welcome strangers into our house only to find the visitors have taken over the remote control on the TV and changed the dinner menu. Oh but the purest of intentions are being put in place to ensure everyone is heard.

My answer to that is, condominium housing was originally set up to serve the interests of all. The the housing council opened the discussion. It was not long before what is termed the, Condo Nazis showed up and now no one is happy. It should never be assumed because we have good intentions we have a good idea.

The no side has to get past we can just say no, and no means no. The no side is not going on a date, they are discussing the future of their surroundings and its implications forever.

From what I sense in the mood of the discussion there is going to be a Park. Instead of a one word answer the no side has to move. In so doing they can concentrate on safeguarding most of their culture. Before we go further, I am not taking sides I am informing you of what I see happening from outside the circle as it were.

Start with strangers will come, use the park and crime will go up. This is a hollow argument. Park visitors will be tourists and the area receives thousands of tourists every year. Read the local news and follow Oliver Daily News stories. From what I see most crimes are committed by residents with local street addresses. Instead of pedaling fear and discontent tell the real story about agriculture and water and how people will be impacted by the loss of recreational pursuits you currently enjoy, such as hunting. A story of negative impact and measurable consequences is easy to understand and make accommodation for. The word NO has no traction anymore.

Both sides have to figure out what they want and how to fit it into a world that is changing around us. Both side of the issue have merit. Not everyone is going to be happy but a lack of give and take and no cooperation will ensure no one is happy.

Fred Steele