Games to be played – food to be eaten – kids to be engaged –
Angel ( Julianna ) sits in for the cob-webbed clothed – Evil Witch ( thank god – only once a year!!! )
Games to be played – food to be eaten – kids to be engaged –
Angel ( Julianna ) sits in for the cob-webbed clothed – Evil Witch ( thank god – only once a year!!! )
Since its inception in 2011, the Oliver Tourism Association has worked to provide Visitor Information services to promote tourism in Oliver and Area C in order to bring more visitors to the area, support local businesses, and encourage return visits and even relocation. We have done this as a volunteer‐working board of directors and minimal paid staff with the financial support of the Town of Oliver and the Regional District of the Okanagan‐ Similkameen (RDOS). In accordance with the Fee for Service Agreement, our focus has been to:
Operate the Oliver Visitor Centre
Manage the website (winecapitalofcanada.com)
Design/publish/distribute the Oliver Experience Guide
In the past three years we have also assumed full responsibility of managing/executing the region’s signature event, the Festival of the Grape and the Sister City program. (This event expected to generate $50, 000.00 per year in profit… inserted by editor)
Through leadership and support, the Oliver Tourism Association fosters and promotes responsible authentic tourism experiences year round, motivating travellers from near and far to visit sooner, stay longer and return more often.
To become a proud four‐season destination of choice for visitors from around the world seeking inclusive, engaging and authentic experiences. In order to achieve our mission and vision, and for the benefit of our funding partners and overall community development, the Oliver Tourism Association (OTA) Board of Directors believes that there is a need to address additional tourism initiatives. Below is a list of the priority tourism initiatives and activities that the OTA would like to address in the next 1‐3 years.
Complete the work necessary to submit an application for the Municipal & Regional District Tax (MRDT) program
Increased brand presence and recognition for “Canada’s Wine Capital”
Develop a new comprehensive and user friendly website for Oliver Tourism
Maintain and promote a Special Events calendar for Oliver and Area “C” Strengthen relationships/partnerships and the development of new experiences to market with the Venables Theatre, Coast Hotel, Area 27, Mount Baldy and the Osoyoos Indian Band
Highlight existing “farm‐to‐table” culinary experiences within Oliver and Area “C” and develop new Agri‐ tourism experiences
Increase the number of year‐round experiences including outdoor adventure activities and fringe season special events
Explore opportunities to maximize the use of the space at the Visitor Centre for additional revenue generating attractions i.e. Bike rentals, Patio Café, Interpretive Salmon Walking Loop
Our current financial picture does not allow for us to address the above initiatives in earnest. Currently we could implement no more than one new item per year, primarily because we need to have an employee dedicating their time to these initiatives in addition to the Visitor Centre Coordinator and the volunteers who manage the association. Some of the initiatives listed above could prove as ways to increase the bottom line of the organization on an annual basis. We would like the Town and the RDOS to consider increasing the financial support for OTA, either through a multi‐year Fee for Service Agreement or with shorter term funding to execute some of these initiatives. We currently receive a total of $56,000 from the Town and RDOS Area C. We would like our funding partners to consider a 20% increase to the annual fee for service, plus a one‐time grant of $15,000 in 2020. This increase in funding would assist with the OTA securing a Tourism Manager that would focus on the MRDT application, website development and branding and management of all activities of the OTA.
Budget for 2020 – Progected Income $408 thousand and expenses at $411,000.
Carol Sheridan Treasurer, Oliver Tourism Association
Source: Agenda material for Monday meeting, letter and budget of OTA
The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring the tradition of Remembrance remains relevant to and supported by younger generations. We promote youth-specific education regarding Veterans and Remembrance through a range of local and national initiatives.
Education at the local level
The Legion encourages Canadian schools to promote Remembrance Day Ceremonies, and local Branches are often involved in supporting those ceremonies. Remembrance is also promoted through the Legion’s school-aged poster and literary contests. These contests see more than 100,000 students each year honour Canada’s Veterans through creative art and writing. As well, the Legion distributes Poppies and educational materials, and offers schools the opportunity to have a speaker share stories and experiences about Veterans and Remembrance with the children.
Commemorative ceremonies for youth
Legion Youth Auxiliaries coordinated at the Branch level
Support for Cadets, Scouts and Guides to strengthen their leadership and growth
Partnership with Cadets to deliver Poppy campaign
Encourage youth participation in Remembrance ceremonies
Youth scholarship and bursary programs, coordinated at the Branch level
Photo and copy source: Royal Canadian Legion
Constitution, Charter, Bill
Once you have participated in an election to send a representative to the seat of government – municipal, regional, provincial, or federal – whom do you expect that representative to represent? That is, must the representative be loyal to themselves, their constituents, their party, or their country? In my opinion, local elected representatives should be loyal to local constituents and federal MPs should be loyal to our country – their decisions should be in the best interest of the country. Local government for local issues. Federal government for national issues.
In my world, we would not have provincial governments. I see no purpose for them. Move property, education, and health to the federal level. Have one driver’s licence, one set of laws, one court system, one health card, one tax office, and one school curriculum to live under the federal roof with defence, security, trade, customs and immigration, natural resources, forestry, oceans, transportation, communication, and global affairs from coast to coast to coast and around the world.
In representative democracies, the primary vehicle for holding representatives in check is the constitution. The constitution is the primary law of the country and all other laws must conform. Hand in hand with a constitution is a bill of rights to protect individuals. As long as we have both – and we do – it is simply a matter of putting the most capable people into office. By the way, of the world’s democratic nations only the UK, Israel, and New Zealand do not have a written constitution.
The problem is that our bill of rights is just a federal law and therefore not directly applicable at the provincial level. The provincial governments selfishly fought our Bill of Rights to the detriment of good government and good sense. Hence, our Charter of Rights and Freedoms was created and embedded in our Constitution. But the Charter allows exceptions and the provinces continue to take advantage.
I quote, “The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.” Therefore, we have a mechanism that allows limits to the guaranteed rights. And, it seems to me, but I could be wrong, that most of the Charter cases involve provincial laws that test this reasonable limit. Remove the provincial legislatures and remove the problem.
What are some of the limits? These are all real: A law is unconstitutionally vague – unless it is clear enough to create legal debate. Seriously? All have the right to vote – if 18 or older. Something magical happens at 18. Time between elections is five years – except in time of war, invasion, or insurrection. Some latitude there. Liberty, the freedom to act without physical restraint is guaranteed – unless lawfully imprisoned. Because of a right to the presumption of innocence, extradition is OK – unless there is the possibility of torture. One must abide by the law – except that It’s OK to break the law in perilous circumstances (an affirmation of moral involuntariness) and law enforcement (I kid you not). Both the federal parliament and provincial legislatures can pass laws that countermand some sections of the Charter – but only temporarily. Temporarily means not more than five years. Five? Why not six?
This last one is the notwithstanding clause. Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon have all used the notwithstanding clause. In fact, Quebec under the Bloc added ‘notwithstanding’ to every law on their books – every new law and every existing law. A following Quebec Liberal government reversed that. Whenever the notwithstanding clause is invoked, a court fight follows.
Enough of having differences from province to province. Enough of acting like goats who have to stand on the top of the rock. End the waste and absurdity. End the competitiveness. End the stupidity. Are we one country or not? Remove the provincial level of government and – a bonus – put lawyers out of work.
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years.
A goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.
As a partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent
since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
Photo source: contributed
On October 25, 2019 just minutes after 2:00 a.m., Princeton RCMP received a report of shots being fired outside a residence located in the 900-block of Daly Avenue in Hedley B.C. Front line officers from Keremeos, and as far away as Penticton responded alongside Police Dog Services to the scene to support the Princeton RCMP.
Although the investigation is in its infancy, police indicate that numerous rounds of ammunition were fired at the home from a nearby location, said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP Southeast District. Four adults and a small child were inside the home at the time. Miraculously no one was injured.
As a result of their investigation, police established an identity for their shooting suspect, who was taken into police custody without further incident at a secondary location.
Investigators of the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment (PSOSRD) General Investigation Section (GIS) have assumed conduct of the ongoing criminal investigation and are being supported by forensic specialists.
The suspect, a 35-year-old Hedley man, remains in police custody at this time and faces potential charges.
RCMP believe that the incident was a targeted attack, adds Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.
Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Princeton RCMP at 250-295-6911. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Vaping and Vape Awareness
School District #53 this week discussed recent correspondence received from the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia outlining an increase in youth vaping rates and requesting support for vape awareness and resources for youth.
The Board Chair, Rob Zandee, was asked by his board to author a letter to the Minister of Health urging action to be taken on this issue.
What is behind all of this:
Letter to SD 53 from former cabinet minister Todd Stone of Kamloops
ATTN: Chairperson Zandee and the Board of Education School District 53
I am writing to you today to ask for your support in demanding action from the B.C. Government to address surging youth vaping rates. A new school year has begun and teen vaping is on the rise at an alarming rate. Earlier this summer, an article published by the British Medical Journal indicated that vaping among youth in Canada aged 16 to 19 is up 74 per cent since last year, and it’s estimated that 30 per cent of B.C. teens in grades 10 to 12 are vaping on a regular basis. Almost daily, we’re hearing stories about people getting sick, and in some cases, even dying, as a result of vaping. There now appears to be an indisputable link between this practice and several dangerous and harmful acute health impacts, not to mention the potential long-term health implications that are not yet known.
Our kids are being drawn in and hooked to this unhealthy practice in increasing numbers as a direct result of the efforts vape companies have made to deliberately target youth with kid-friendly e-cigarette flavours like fruit medley, gummy bear, and mango. These companies – and the tobacco companies which own substantial interests in most of them – have also targeted our kids with savvy marketing and advertising. This is especially prevalent on social media, where sleek, modern, compact drug delivery devices are promoted in alluring packaging.
On April 11, 2019, I introduced a Private Member’s Bill in the B.C. Legislature focused on taking action to combat rising levels of youth vaping here in our province. At the time, B.C.’s Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, and many other members of the government indicated that they shared my concerns about this public health issue and that they were committed to working with me to implement tough action to protect our kids from the harmful effects of vaping. Unfortunately, nearly six months later, no action has yet been taken by the B.C. government, though Mr.
Dix has suggested in recent media reports that government does intend to announce their intentions soon.
Numerous jurisdictions across North America have already said enough is enough and have taken action to curb youth vaping. Just last week, Washington State became the latest U.S. state to ban flavoured e-cigarettes via an emergency order of the governor, joining Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, which have also taken this step. Numerous other U.S. states and jurisdictions – not to mention the U.S. federal government – are moving in the same direction. I believe that the B.C. government should do the same. While I understand the B.C. government has recently indicated its desire to await further action from Health Canada, it is impractical to assume any immediate follow-up from Ottawa until the current federal election is over, a federal government has been sworn in, and federal cabinet priorities have been established. All of the above will take many months, which would mean losing almost the entire school year. We simply cannot allow that to happen.
My Private Member’s Bill would legislate the banning of flavoured vapour products, the implementation of tighter retail controls (restricting sales to vape shops, tobacco shops and pharmacies), and would ensure tougher penalties for non-compliance. I’ve also called for the B.C. government to provide the resources necessary to fund evidence-based awareness, prevention and support programs – delivered by youth for youth – in every middle and high school across B.C. There are existing programs – such as Preventure – which have been piloted in various schools to date and have demonstrated promising results as students in schools with this program were less likely to use illicit drugs, cannabis and tobacco. And finally, there needs to be tougher online retail controls implemented for the sale of vape products (including ageverification), a complete ban on all marketing and advertising of vape products (exactly as is the case today for all tobacco products), reduced nicotine concentrations and enhanced enforcement.
Students, teachers, and non profits in the Okanagan could get a $10,000 grant this fall. Reel Youth, a media empowerment project that delivers community development programming to youth and adults across Canada, and TELUS STORYHIVE have joined forces, offering 10 grants to schools, teachers and organizations that work with youth. The grant program, called Youth Community Stories, aims to inspire youth (14-24 yrs old) in the Okanagan to create their own films about digital citizenship. Projects about digital citizenship should focus on how technology and social media can create impact with topics like anti-bullying, health and inclusion. Each successful team can spend the $10,000 grant toward production funding, training or mentorship. Successful teams will also be registered for filmmaking workshops as part of their grants.
“This is a huge opportunity for schools and non-profits in the Okanagan region. It’s a simple application process and we’re giving away ten $10,000 grants. There isn’t a lot of film production funding available for schools and social service organizations to engage youth in the media arts and this program fills a much needed gap,” says Mark Vonesch, Director at REEL YOUTH. “Young people usually only dream about having a budget to make a film. Most film funding is for more established artists. Not only are we providing funding, but successful applicants will also get mentorship from start to finish as they complete their film.”
Over the past 15 years, Reel Youth has produced 2,000+ films seen by millions of people. Over 5,000 young people have participated in their programs in BC and across Canada, as well in Vietnam, India, Morocco, USA, and Nepal. “The Youth Community Stories program is an amazing opportunity for teachers and students to learn together and gain fun, relevant, creative skills in filmmaking provided by expert filmmakers from Reel Youth,” says Elfred Matining, Manager, Training and Education at STORYHIVE. The program, he notes, is a great way for first-time filmmakers to gain experience and training.
Details about the program and the simple application form can be found here: https://www.storyhive.com/youth
6:30 am Saturday
Just south of Rd 2 west side
Small car went off roadway and clipped a telephone pole
EMS and Oliver Fire Department – first in response – a RCMP member took command
Telus requested to attend
Search for driver failed to find one.
William Cowper was frequently troubled by feelings of despair and grief. In his deep depression one day he summoned a horse-drawn carriage (this was in the mid to later 1700’s) to take him to one of the London bridges. His intention was to take a suicidal jump into the Thames. But just at that time one of the densest fogs ever blanketed the city. In the confusion the driver got lost and drove around for an hour trying to find the bridge. Disgusted, William decided to stop the ‘taxi’, get out and walk. When he got off he found himself to be back at his own house. The driver had travelled in a circle. Totally overwhelmed by this sudden surprise, he took it as an act of the restraining hand of God. Needless to say, he did not try suicide again. Instead he decided then and there to cast his burden on the Lord for resolution. He immediately sat down and penned the words to a hymn that still appears in many hymnals. The first two verses say:
God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.
Ye fearful saints fresh courage take; the clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break in blessings on your head.
That kind of care and compassion from God still operates today.
“Wires on roadway 7700 block Tuc-el-nuit Drive – in the loop
Big tree down on the road on tuc-el-nuit near the prison but on the opposite side of the road. A semi swerved to miss it but its on a corner and he almost had a head on collision with a car. I contacted the fire department but just be safe out there today very windy!”
Also trees on highway near Island Rd. – Oliver Fire Department removed what they could
Small sage brush fire on Ryegrass Rd – causing a medical emergency – Oliver Fire Department on scene to ensure fire was out
Town of Oliver crews worried about old dead tree leaning onto power lines on Skagit Avenue between Hwy 97 and Okanagan Street. ( pix above ) and one cut down on McKinney just west of Park Drive.
If you see trees down or damage from the storm send pix or info to email@example.com
THE SEVEN CENT CHEQUE
It was quite a while, many years in fact that I used my American Express card. I probably got it when I first became a member of Costco, or as it used to be called, Price Club.
So for the past, I don’t know how many years, I have received a statement by mail, every three months. The statement always says the same thing, credit balance $0.07!
So, about a month ago I decided that enough is enough, I don’t use the card, it is time to cancel.
I phoned the Customer Service 800 number and spoke to a nice lady. ‘Hello, I would like to cancel my card, I haven’t used it in years and have no intentions of using it again’
‘Certainly sir, can I have your name and I want to confirm your mailing address’
‘Well I think you have my correct address as you are sending me statements every 3 months’
‘But I still have to confirm it’ she said.
‘And now I need your card number’ , I gave it to her and I was greeted with: ‘Oh, you have a credit of seven cents, we have to send it to you’
I hesitated for a moment and said ‘Keep it’,
‘Oh, we can’t’ she said’ We have to send it back to you’
‘I don’t want it, keep it’ I said
‘Oh no, we will send you a cheque Sir’
Is she for real, she is going to send me a cheque for seven cents, I don’t believe it!
A week or so later, a letter arrived in the mail, it was from American Express. With trembling hands, I carefully opened it and there for all to see was a cheque for seven cents.
There it was, cheque number 52012286, sequence number 012286. Gross amount 0.07, discount amount 0.00, complete with two signatures!
It came in an envelope with a printed 85 cent stamp!
I posted it on Facebook asking what I should do with it.
‘Frame it’ many people said
‘Send it back’ someone else said.
‘Yup, frame it as a reminder of the smartest thing anyone can do with an Amex card’
‘Don’t spend it all at once’
‘Penny for your thoughts’
‘Don’t deposit, …it may bounce and your bank will charge a $75 NSF fee’
‘Leave it for the kids’
‘Frame it as a monument to the monumental idiocy of bureaucracy’ said Lorraine.
So now the cheque is pinned to the wall behind my computer monitor waiting for a decision on it’s fate.
Two weeks later!
A statement arrived in the mail! American Express!
Previous balance -0.07
New balance $0.00
Your account is cancelled. Please pay the minimum due by the payment due date. Thank you.
Then two days later!
Important notice of changes to the American Express Air Miles credit card.
You are receiving this notice because our records indicate that you recently cancelled your American Express Card. We are notifying you of changes being made to the card if you have an outstanding balance, or if you request and if we approve reinstatement of the card.
From – preferred rate for purchases 19.99%
To preferred rate for purchases20.99%
Effective February, 25, 2020
Please contact us if you have any questions!
I wait in anticipation for the next letter from AMEX
I want to use this opportunity to talk about what a Small Business really is and how significant they are to each of our Rural Communities and to the economy of BC. The definition of a Small Business is a business with less than 50 employees, or, as the case is for most of the Riding of Boundary/Similkameen, a business with less than 5 employees or one with a sole owner/ operator. Nearly 1.1 million British Columbians worked in small businesses in 2017, accounting for 54% of private-sector employment and the number of small businesses continues to grow, specifically in construction and utilities like plumbing and electrical. Small business payrolls in BC account for 32% of all wages paid to workers. Self-employed women account for 38% of those small businesses, more than any other Province in Canada.
I depend on my local small businesses for most of my consumer needs as do many of you. Groceries, dry goods, hardware and basic services are all close by but we, as consumers, must continue to support our local businesses or they will cease to exist. We often take for granted that there is a local business where we can get something as simple as milk and bread, but what if you had to travel 40km to the next community for even those basics, and what if you didn’t have a vehicle or someone to drive you to get your basics.
There are many places in BC where there isn’t a store close by. Let’s not let that happen to us, please support the Small Businesses in your Communities all year, they are owned and operated by your friends and neighbours.
The clothes of my youth were bought to last.
If you were lucky enough to be the eldest child in the family, you quite often were the only one to ever wear new clothes, when you grew out of them, they were handed down to the rest of your siblings. However, before you grew out of them, you were truly sick and tired of appearing in the same old outfit.
My grandma usually made my dresses, knitted cardigans and sweaters and even hats, scarves and gloves, however, some items were outside my gran’s line of expertise and these she had to buy.
A new coat was a huge expenditure so it was bought to last. It would be at least two or even three sizes too big which meant the hem was turned up twice, so it was the right length but weighed a ton because of the amount of fabric hanging on the bottom. Sleeves were also turned up several times, making them quite stiff and uncomfortable. The lapels would hang too low so a pin would be needed to keep the gap closed and the pockets would be half way to your knees.
The following year all hems would be dropped one turn, making the coat fit better but creating a dark line that showed where it had previously been turned up, the next year the hems would come down yet again, so you now had a coat that was getting rather shabby, but at least fit properly. It now had two distinct lines showing previous lengths.
By the time I had grown out of the coat completely, it was short enough to show a couple of inches of the underlying dress but, never fear, I would soon be getting a new coat and the process of turning up hems would start all over again. My old coat would go to the next cousin in line who would then go through the whole procedure of wearing the same coat for several years.
Almost everything I wore was handed down to the next girl in line, thank goodness I was the oldest girl and got new stuff every time, how blessed was I?
English children had to wear a liberty bodice until the girls developed and these instruments of torture would no longer fit her figure. A liberty bodice was a sort of undershirt made of extremely strong cotton, with additional strips of satin stitched on to give it a ribbed effect. This made the garment extremely strong. It fastened at the front, like a vest, with fifteen or sixteen tiny rubber buttons. These little buttons were terrible to fasten and had to be forced through the button holes, they were made of rubber so they could go through the clothes wringer and not crack or break off.
In those days we only had a bath once a week so the liberty bodice would be worn night and day, for the entire week. I had childhood asthma and was permanently wheezy so I had grandma’s potion for easier breathing as a permanent companion. This was a camphor bag that would be pinned inside the liberty bodice, so I inhaled the foul odour all day and night. I must have smelled delightful but, in those days, most kids had some sort of home made remedy attached to their clothing to ward off one thing or another. The classrooms of the fifties must have been rank with the combined scents of various cures.
My grandma should have been burned as a witch as she always had some foul potion or other bubbling away on the back of the stove. Her recipe for coughs was one of the best, it was a concoction of linseed, liquorish and lemon, which was simmered until it was thick and then doled out three or four times a day. I also got cod liver oil and malt every morning, which was supposed to be some sort of tonic. The nice taste of the malt couldn’t really mask the horrible fishy taste of the cod liver oil, but there was no arguing with my gran, she held out the spoon and you licked it clean.
Sore throats were treated with another of gran’s remedys, this was a piece of very fatty bacon, wrapped inside an old lisle stocking, wrapped round my neck and held in place with a safety pin. As I used to have lots of sore throats as a child, the bacon and the camphor bag were constant companions, so I must have travelled in my own fog of stinky vapors! If all else failed, there was goose grease that could be smeared on my chest. Burns were treated with a smear of butter and cuts got a smear of Vaseline to keep out infection. I bet the weekly bath water clogged the drain with all the nasty stuff that was washed off my skin.
I guess gran’s potions and cures for all my various ailments were designed to make my body last as long as my clothes. I could do with some of gran’s handiwork at the moment, my wrinkles are getting to the point where they need the hem turning up, so my skin fits better.
Northbound Honda Pilot went off-road right into the rock face near Vaseux Lake.
The male driver, 75 years old from Penticton, was deceased on scene.
BC Coroner services, fire, EHS, MOTI, Oliver RCMP and South Okanagan Traffic Services all attended.
A boxer is one who competes in a fight using gloved hands. Two boxers compete boxed within the confines of a ring made of three horizontal ropes strung between four corner posts. It is sometimes called a squared circle. The boxer wears the gloves, a pair of shorts (loose fitting and short) and high ankle boots. Boxer style shorts are popular as underwear. Men or women can be boxers and either can wear boxer shorts
A box canyon has only one way in and out plus is surrounded by steep walls almost like a well with a side entrance. Back in the days, when the tribe wanted to have mammoth for dinner, they would make noise, throw rocks, badger and poke the mammoth at the edge of the herd and get it to run into a narrow box canyon. In that small space the mammoth couldn’t really fight so they all had mammoth burgers that day
A box is a hollow container which protects its contents, is closed but opens, usually on the top, to put things into and take things out of. Many products are sold ‘in a box’ as a complete set. For instance, we can purchase a ‘boyfriend in a box’. Yes, really. A boxed set is a special group of items and the boxes that house them are fancy. Cardboard is used for the majority of boxes. Ask Amazon
A box wrench is one that has a closed structure at both ends, sometimes slightly higher or lower than the handle to let it grip recessed nuts without rounding the edges when I apply force. I have, and often use, a 1/2 inch on one end, and, 9/16 inch on the other, wrench that is older than I am. Yeah, olde. The idea is that the tool completely (box in) encloses the nut to be tightened or loosened. Love it
Boxes can evolve. The steamer trunk, for personal belongings when travelling, was strapped onto the rear bumper of early cars. It was so handy that cars then evolved to have a ‘trunk’ compartment as part of the body. That trunk evolved into the suitcase. A box is a container. You can box me in with your logic. A box can provide protection or restriction. The box step in dance is easy to do and enjoyable to experience.
A cold front associated with a low pressure centre will sweep across the southern interior this morning reaching Washington State this afternoon.
Strong southerly winds have developed ahead of the front. Winds will shift to west or northwest this morning.
The B.C. government’s promised legislation on Indigenous rights is expected to be tabled Thursday and, if passed, would make the province the first in Canada to legally implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
In the months since Premier John Horgan committed to the legislation a team from the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation has been working with the First Nations Leadership Council to draft the historic bill.
Indigenous leaders from across the province are expected to be at the B.C. Legislature today, on what is being called a historic day.
The legislation is meant to provide a framework for the province to align its laws with the standards of the UN declaration — something Indigenous groups have long been advocating for in B.C. and across the country.
Jody Wilson-Raybould, the newly elected Independent MP and former Liberal cabinet minister, said the country needs to create mechanisms to enable Indigenous people to be self-determining, something she will push for when she returns to her Ottawa work.
“I’m going to continue to be a strong voice, to advocate for rights recognition in the country much like the province of British Columbia is doing today,” Wilson-Raybould said in a phone interview on CBC’s The Early Edition Thursday.
In B.C., Horgan campaigned on a promise to legislate UNDRIP, and his throne speech reiterated the government’s commitment.
“We need to address reconciliation in British Columbia, not just for social justice … but for economic equality for all citizens, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.”