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The 100 million dollar winery is now almost complete

Phantom Creek Estates – Oliver

Beginning in September guests will be given a sneak preview of one of the most anticipated wineries in Canada. Be among the first to join us for an exclusive 90-minute Estate Tour & Tasting ahead of our grand opening in April 2020.

You’ll learn about historic vineyards and the transition to organic and bio-dynamic certification. From there, you’ll experience how precision in the cellar results in exceptional wines that celebrate and speak to where they are grown, culminating with a one-of-a-kind tasting.

Photo Credit – Glenn Fawcett

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Location: 339C Fairview Road – Parking off Station Street

Phone for an appointment


Sarah Woodfall, Proprietor

Thanks to all our regular customers for

your continued patronage

Gift Certificates must be used by September 30th

Sarah and Cassandra

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by Pat Whalley


Believe it or not but I used to be very shy. Anyone who has known me for any length of time realizes that I am outgoing, I appear very confident and definitely bossy. I like to believe I am organized but I also know that I carry this to the point of organizing everyone else around me too, like I said…Bossy, with a capital B.

As a child I grew very tall, very quickly and always appeared older than my actual age, my playmates were usually much smaller than myself even though we were the same age. This caused many adults to tell me to “act my age, a girl of your size should know better”, etc. This caused me to be rather shy and afraid to speak up because to do so would mean ridicule if I said something considered childish.

When I was around seventeen the fashion was to wear very high heels and I strutted around on my stilettos, feeling very glamorous. In the same era was the highly backcombed hair do’s that added to my height. I remembered one evening, getting on the local bus, to meet friends in another town. I was dolled up in all my best and feeling really on top of the world. The bus was quite full so I had to stand and I overheard one woman saying to her friend “look at that poor girl, such a shame she is so tall”. I looked round to find the unfortunate giant and realized she meant me. My ego deflated faster than a balloon hitting barbed wire, and I felt big and clumsy. How easily we let other people’s thoughtless words affect us.

Shortly after that I met Dave, all six feet three of him, even in my highest heels, he towered over me and made me feel cherished and protected. However, this big, gently guy was also rather shy and people tended to put on his good nature. As I grew to love him I felt angry when I thought he was being taken advantage of and this brought out my own protective instincts. I came out of my shell and started to speak up for the both of us.

Marriage and motherhood made me more confident and over the years, as Dave held back in making decisions and planning for the future, I took over and became the bossy person I am today. Growing up with a grandma who expected me to “get on with things” had taught me to be confident in running a household and many other things that came my way and it seemed natural when people started to ask me to take charge of this, that and the other.

While our children were small I stayed home to care for them but financial reasons forced me to work on the evenings, once Dave was home from work. I had a number of part time jobs, one of which was to sell Tupperware, which was a fast growing business at that time. Standing demonstrating the various items built my confidence and I really enjoyed selling the product, a little later I got a job going door to door arranging appointments for a sales representative to call and try to sell massage chairs. These jobs were all cash sales and really improved our income as well as my confidence.

Our daughters joined various groups and organizations and I quite often found myself heading this or that committee. I was happy to do this and my confidence grew with every new commitment.

As I aged I backed away from many of these volunteer jobs and when Dave and I moved to Oliver, and had our own business, I had less time to commit to the community. However there was another voice living inside of me that had its own opinion.

Quite often when sitting in a group of people the subject of some project or other will come up and volunteers will he asked for. I sit quietly hoping to be passed by but a voice will speak up from the group and say they are willing to do this. Looking round, to see who is speaking, I realize that people are looking at me and that my inside voice has committed me to an unwanted job. This happens time and again and my inner voice gets me into all sorts of situations I wasn’t intending taking part in.

I am trying very hard to rehearse saying “let me think about that” but the other voice has a mind of its own. There must be a need in me to be in charge, a need to be bossy, I love to be active in the community, but have the fear that this other voice will eventually have me committed to a facility for the insane. I believe that is where people eventually finish up when their inner voices completely take over. I will probably volunteer to run the basket weaving class!

Editor’s note: Thanks to Pat  Whalley and Tony Munday for standing up for their community and organizing a great parade this year.

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Praemonitus, Praemunitus –


Continuing my search for a candidate or a party, I’m looking at trade this week. In a previous post (27 April 2019) I stated that left-leaning parties support fair trade while right-leaning parties support free trade. Trade agreements signed by right-leaning governments should contain fewer pages. And that has been generally true for Canada in the past.

Theoretically, the original Canada-USA Free Trade Agreement (CUSFTA) should have been an agreement between a Canadian Conservative PM and an American Republican President. And it was. It was negotiated by Mulroney and Reagan and became effective 2 January 1988. The Canadian election in 1988 was fought, in large part, over CUSTFA. The anti-free trade Liberals and NDP split the vote and the Conservatives were returned.

Almost immediately, in 1989, Bush-Senior (Republican) and Mulroney (Conservative) began negotiations to include Mexico in a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) building on CUSTFA. Mulroney, however, was replaced by Kim Campbell as PM and the Liberals under Chretien – who campaigned on a promise to re-negotiate or abrogate NAFTA – took Parliament in 1993. Chretien and Bush re-negotiated NAFTA but Chretien added agreements on labour (the NAALC) and environment (the NAAEC). See how fair trade makes for longer documents? Bush wanted it done during his presidency but failed. Fair-trade NAFTA came into being on 1 January 1994 over the signatures of the Liberal PM Chretien and the Democrat President Clinton.

Was NAFTA good or bad? Depends who you ask. It was a net benefit to the USA and Mexico – no doubt. It was good for some parts of the Canadian economy. The seven-figure earnings of my company from 1999 through 2011 were 90% dependent upon NAFTA. Without NAFTA my company would have been restricted primarily to Canada and the UK. Our EU activities would not have been affected but there would have been no US work.

And then things got weird. Along came the former Democrat, now Republican, DJ Trump. Instead of being pro-free trade or even pro-fair trade, he is protectionist. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump stand on the same platform when it comes to trade. Trump (solitary member of the Inconsistent Party) forced negotiation of a new NAFTA with a Liberal PM who should be pro-fair trade. The result, agreed on 30 September 2018 but not yet ratified, is the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). It is not in effect and it might never be.

USMCA goes head-to-head with the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) but the TPP failed when the USA withdrew. The replacement – minus the USA and minus 22 provisions that the USA had insisted upon – is called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11). It came into effect on 30 December 2018 under Trudeau-Junior.

As important as trade is to Canada and Canadians, can I find sufficient evidence in the record to be confident that I know how any of the parties would proceed if they were to form the government?  Maybe. For sure, Liberal, NDP, and Green trade agreements are likely to be long-winded and complex, full of regulation, and at significant risk of unintended consequences.

I’m still looking.

Stuart Syme

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Sunny end to summer

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Entertainment lined up for “just one more” concert

As advertised “Sax on Stage”  jazz band entertained Thursday evening – Music in the Park

Announcement made to the crowd – another concert same place, same time Thursday August 29th featuring Cliff McIntyre and Friends

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On the Sunnyside


Oil has qualities that are instructive for our lives.

  • It reduces friction. When conflicts arise, and there is more heat than light in the discussion, someone in the group is wise to spread a bit of the oil of good cheer on the rough spots.
  •  Oil doesn’t mix with water. There are things in life that we just can’t allow to integrate with ours.
  • Some oils have healing qualities. The object lesson is self-evident.
  • Some oils spread a sweet fragrance. It’s great to have some of that around in life.
  • Certain oils can be used as a fuel for an engine. It will provide the energy to get work done. That quality in a person is valuable.

Spread a little of the oil of gladness.

Henry Wiebe

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Think about it with Joseph Seiler

Take 2

When shooting a film, we shoot a sequence and then decide whether to take it or leave it. If we take it, that part remains as part of the end result. So to take is to claim, accept, incorporate into something bigger. We can do this when engaged in discussion when we take a point that is made or reject it. If we take it, then that point, idea, becomes part of what we then support. That which is taken becomes ours.

To take is to remove, like I take the flower from beside the path. I can take the offer you have made to sell your motorcycle and become the new owner. Negotiations are completed and I remove the motorcycle from your place and take it to my place. To take is to become the owner. Now about that flower, who owned it in the first place and is it right to take it? A new take on that, huh

Take on or take off? To take on is to accept responsibility for, like take on the organization of the company picnic. To take on is to absorb, not a casual or temporary flash in the pan kind of thing. That picnic responsibility is mine until the last bit of clean up is done. To take off is to remove, like take off my hat. It is also to go away, as in he took off after dinner without doing the dishes. Taking off is fast, not at all modest

Take up or take down? To take up is to adopt, to carry, to lift. I can take up smiling again or join (take on) a social movement in our community. Colin Kaepernick has taken up the fight against black oppression. To take down is to dismantle as in taking down the Berlin Wall. Take down equals stop, as in taking down a drug ring or stopping Enron from doing nasty stuff. To take down is to stop the other team

Take in or take out? Taking in refugees is to welcome them to Canada, to accept some responsibility for their wellbeing. To take in a concept is to find the aha of understanding. To take out is to remove from, such as to take out the trash. It can also mean to eliminate, like taking out a paragraph when editing an article. Gone. We can take some things seriously and take some with a grain of salt.


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Clouds depart by midnight

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Election date this fall is …Monday October 21st

South Okanagan—West Kootenay


ND Party – Richard (Dick) Cannings Incumbent

Liberal Party – Connie Denesiuk – only other candidate running who ran last time
Conservative Party – Helena Konanz
Green Party – Tara Howse

Rhino Party – Jon Pelletier
People’s Party – no candidate

Closing day for nominations

Section 69: The closing day for nominations shall be Monday, the 21st day before polling day. Approx. September 30.

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Support for affordable housing to be given Monday

Council needs to give first reading to bylaw changes for the OCP and Zoning to allow for this 46 unit family and seniors 4 storey apartment complex at 5931 Airport Street. Plan calls for more than sixty parking stalls in and around the building shown below

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Seal of approval – likely

Above South Wind Mall location 5717 Main – Unit 225 BC Cannabis

Above Downtown at 6341 Main Street – Blue Water Cannabis

This two units likely to get green light on Monday and on to final step at BC Liquor and Cannabis (Government-Province of BC)

Town staff states there were 6 applicants for the non-medical (recreational) outlets
1 has dropped out

the remaining three located at 5858 Main, 6234 Main and 6276 Main remain to be cleared.

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Oliver council to debate Monday – new water supply options


THAT Council decide on the following options:

• Direct staff continue designing and moving forward with the existing option of re- routing canal with the gravity 96″ pipe along Hwy 97 at Gallagher Lake at a cost of 13.2 million dollars

• Direct staff to start designing and moving forward with a low head siphon design option, at a reduced cost of 7.9 million dollars

• Direct staff to start designing and moving forward to look into a alternate intake at Buchanan Drive at a cost of 7.2 million dollars OR

• Direct staff to provide more information an any new or previously mentioned options.


Staff feel that looking at the new pressurized ‘low head’ option with 60″ pipe may be a more
viable choice financially and with a reasonable operational cost increase.


Our Engineering consultants (TRUE) have given us two more options to consider for the Gallagher siphon fix and have provided information, with financial data, on the existing option/fix we have been looking at as well as; alternate intake at Buchanan Road and also an alternate design with a ‘low head siphon’ option.

Gallagher 96″ Option (existing) – this option continues to use the canal system and re-routing only a portion of the canal system away from the problem rockfall area. The problem with this design/construction is the size of pipe required and excavation installation complexities (larger
and deeper installation). With estimated costs now growing to $13 million range, the Town will be short on funding and be required to borrow more money than initially anticipated, especially with no federal grant available. It is also noted that this 96″ pipe is specialty pipe and increase costs for fittings and purchasing the pipe. This option only adds a minimal amount of labour costs/maintenance to future operation budgets.

New Option #1  – Alternate Intake at Buchanan Drive – overall this option will add more yearly operation costs and there are still some unknowns in regards to if or what is required for a proper intake structure in the Okanagan River. With a new pumphouse building and high horse power motors and controls, this option adds a lot of operational time and maintenance to the already higher capital construction costs. On the positive side, this option would forgo many kilometers of canal, dam diversion and fish screen for future operation and maintenance upgrades but we feel the construction costs out weigh the future benefits of less canal upgrades. and controls, this option adds a lot of operational time and maintenance to the already higher capital construction costs. On the positive side, this option would forgo many kilometers of canal, dam diversion and fish screen for future operation and maintenance upgrades but we feel the construction costs out weigh the future benefits of less canal upgrades.

New Option #2 – Low Head Siphon – although this option adds some annual maintenance costs, it is far less than the Buchanan intake option and can be deemed reasonable since we would be adding a new pumping station on the canal. This option is best overall if we have to finance some of the capital costs of any three options. This options would follow the existing 96″ siphon routing but saves the Town in pipe and construction costs reducing to 60″ pipe. Staff have been told that 60″ pipe is a more common size for repair or replacement where 96″ pipe is a specialty size and fittings are very expensive as well, in North America.


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Rest in peace Brenda

Brenda Marie Shaw

Born September 9, 1946

Died August 16, 2019

Brenda Shaw passed away at the South Okanagan General Hospital at the age of 72 years last Friday

Condolences to the family

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Mixed bag – cooler temps, showers, clouds and SUN

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Struggling with

A couple of notes

The publisher is struggling with the relevance of a couple of items seen countless times recently……

a. Federal Election – boring to me – wish we could bypass the campaigning and proceed to the vote. I believe most people have made up their mind. Should we attempt to cover a myriad of visits of leaders and candidates to local coffee shops to hear the same old story……….over and over again. To have balanced cover of 4 or 5 candidates and their parties and their leaders is impossible for a one man band.

b. Coverage of Ronald Teneycke –  who has a history associated with Oliver is fodder for the news cannon – he was given the designation of  “dangerous offender ” and really any sentencing beyond that is irrelevant but each time he appears in a court room via a video the media reports the same old story …….over and over again. There is no or limited news value to it.

If you don’t see a lot of stories about the above – it is because other stories are more current and relevant.

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Breaking camp

Ok – where did tents go, where do we sleep. Firefighters below cleaning up patch of land used for tent city in the last three weeks.

Resources: 27 firefighters and 1 helicopter have been assigned to this incident. The incident management team on site is in the process of turning the incident back over to the Penticton Fire Zone.  Eagle Bluff now classified as held – allowed to burn within current boundaries. Mop up stage.

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Credit: BC Wildfire Service

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Explaining transit changes

After giving out info recently a discussion in comments has clarified parts of the changes. Thanks to George Fraser for digging deeper for ODN Readers.

“The new scheduling is available in the Reader’s Guide. But trying to figure out Osoyoos/Kelowna is time consuming! From what I can calculate, and anyone please correct me if I’m wrong, there will at best a 43 minute layover in Penticton on the way north, and a 40 minute layover on the way south. On the present schedule, no layovers…” George Fraser

Even though on the old schedule Monday Only – there was no layover – there are more “day options” – Monday to Friday – but…. with layovers.

The Osoyoos bus picks up at Kootenay Street stop and Hospital stop while going through Oliver.

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by Klaudia Deschenes


Along the hike and bike

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Ontario golfer takes top title in Osoyoos

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Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill, Ontario captured the bulk of the silverware Tuesday afternoon as the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship wrapped up at the Osoyoos Golf Club.

Members at OGC were delighted to host the national event, as evidenced by the unprecedented volunteer participation. But they’re happy to have their Park Meadows course back after lending it to Golf Canada for four days.

Five golfers from the Oliver/Osoyoos area entered the event. One of them, Christine Jurgenson, a former club champion at Osoyoos, made the Monday cut on the number and turned in a respectable 84 in today’s final round.

Claudia Wood, another former OGC club champion, missed the cut by just three shots. Mary Lou Harkness from Fairview Mountain, Judy Hill of Nk’Mip Canyon and Wendy Kamrudin of OGC finished further back.

Kyrinis finished two under par for the three days over the 5,800-yard par-73 Park Meadows course. She captured the mid-amateur (over 25), mid-master (over 40) and senior (over 50) trophies. Jackie Little, formerly of Vernon and now living in Proctor, BC, took home the super-senior (over 60) title with an 11-over-par 230 for the three days.

The event started with a practice round on Saturday and attracted top women amateur golfers from across Canada and the US. Defending champion Sue Wooster of Australia was unsuccessful in her title defence, finishing at two over par.

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The Steele report

Politicians everywhere are scrambling to find a solution to gun violence.  Gun violence can’t be packaged into one solution.  Before you say this doesn’t concern me, think again.

In the last week or so they have taken alive shooters or would be shooters.  A couple repeated the hate race violent mantra but a couple have given us new insight into just where their heads are at.  What is so disturbing is it does not concern racial hatred or any other category of complaint.

Two, twenty somethings in different parts of America basically said this.

“I was looking to set a world record for the most number of kills in the shortest amount of time.”  If this doesn’t concern you it should.  It means we are all targets of people wanting to set a dubious world record for killing people anytime anywhere.

Increasingly we are facing a less polarized world and embracing a fragmented world.  It reminds me of the title of the old song, ‘Blinded by the Light’.

We are not engaging in discussion we as a society are blinded by the light of our own reality.  There is no tolerance for the thought someone else has an acceptable view.

It can be politics, religion, racial hatred, even sports.  We hear people shooting up night clubs because they were thrown out for bad behavior.  We have people killed because Satan was whispering in the shooters ear.  There are those who hate based on race.  Religion is another factor, but worse now is killing could become one size fits all.  There is a term for this by the way.  A Moral killing.

Some say that is in America and they are nuts.  Well a couple of weeks ago we had two mass killings in twenty-four hours.

Yes terrible.

Here is the kicker, while we all watched that in horror there were at least eleven shot and wounded in Toronto.  A friend told me that was gang violence.  It was, and people were lucky.  Shots were being fired.  Anyone can be a victim even ordinary people coming out of a cafe, a church or a liquor store.

We are all coming from different corners when it comes to the solution.  Keep guns away from those with mental issues, or the criminal element or those who play video games and the list goes on.

Well I’m afraid to say it goes deeper than that.  We have to examine our society.  We have to be an example to the young.  If we bad mouth them how do we get them to listen?  We are paying for a lack of parenting over the years and then blaming the kids in many cases.  The problem we are having is not with kids it is with adults.

So where to begin?  Conclude Liberal minded people are not bad, Conservative minded people are not bad, someones religion different from yours does not make them scary.   We have to stop pointing fingers at each other and stop looking for scapegoats.  These are all part of the shadows of ignorance and negativity that eats away at the foundation of society.  Frankly we are better than that.  When we start curing the ills of our society we will reduce the number of people who are at risk.  No we will not totally eliminate violence, but at least we can make it a rare occurrence instead of what it is now.

Fred Steele

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Confused about transit changes – I confess I am


Here are the new service changes for South Okanagan-Similkameen, effective September 3:

  • NEW Route 70 Penticton/Kelowna:
    • Two round trips at commuter times every weekday with two additional midday trips on Mondays.
    • Fares: $5 per trip. Monthly passes available.
  • 60 Kelowna/Osoyoos – Discontinued and replaced with route 70.
  • 50 Penticton/Princeton – Trips to better connect with new route 70.
  • 40 Osoyoos/Penticton – Two round trips added on Mondays. Fixed routing in Penticton and Oliver. Bus stop moved to Kaleden Fire Hall
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Sales moving up – prices moving up

The number of homes sold by SO Realtors totaled 210 units in July 2019. This was an increase of 14.1% from July 2018.

The total value of all properties sold was $113.4 million, rising 11.9% from July 2018.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 1,072 units over the first seven months of the year, still down 17.6% from the same period in 2018.

“Home sales are picking up steam heading into the second half of 2019 following a sluggish second half of 2018 and first half of 2019,” said Dori Lionello, President of the South Okanagan Real Estate Board.

The dollar value of all home sales in July 2019 was $99.6 million, surging 28.9% from the same month in 2018. This just missed tying the July record set two years ago.

Months of inventory numbered 6.9 at the end of July 2019, little changed from the 6.7 months recorded at the end of July 2018 and below the long-run average of 8.8 months for this time of year. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.

Source: SO Real Estate Board

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