The Steele report

Lets talk oil and put things in perspective.  First thing to note, the current sharp price increase has nothing to do with the carbon tax.  The price increase is part of the nudge nudge wink wink game played ever spring.  There is always an excuse.

Carbon tax about a penny price increase to sixteen cents.

Not long ago grocers were caught fixing bread prices they were charged and fined.  When all gas prices go up and down by the same amount, think it is by chance?  What we need is a real regulatory agency where there are hearings and justification.  End the wild west sticker shock at the pumps.

Now let us get serious about the use of oil based products. They will be with us long after we find alternatives to fuel.  Oil base products go into plastics, clothing, and thousands of other uses.

In order to phase out oil we have to find alternatives for thousands of products being developed.  We have a society that expects instant solution based on emotion and minus reason.  The attitude.  If we just did it – it would be fine.

Not so if we just abandoned the industry there would be chaos.

Think about it unemployment would surpass that of the Great Depression.  The car industry, all manufacturing of goods and garment manufacturers, industrial development and more would shut down.  People have to understand an entire  product revolution needs to take place just to get ready for such a change.  People who tell yo we can just end the use of oil are one of two things Naive or Disingenuous.  Yes we have a carbon problem, eliminate oil over night and we have a civilization problem. There are things that need to be done but destroy the world economy should not be one of them.

Quite frankly the world has to catch up to progress.  Our laws and regulations need to reflect where we are in terms of the technology and it’s application.

We have to change some our of attitudes socially and politically in order to sustain our level of civilization.

We are running out of time as well.  What needs to happen?

Business, the petroleum industry, environmental groups, governments and citizen groups need to stop pointing fingers and start working together to find solution.   In saying this some will say I am naive or disingenuous.  Remember the war of the woods a couple of decades back?  It ended when, the industry, and environmental groups sat down together. With the help of business, government and the union movement they negotiated sanity itself.

This whole issue is about a lot more than refining a few gallons of gas.

Fred Steele

edited for clarity

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On the Sunnyside

Pleasure Center

“Recently scientists have identified a ‘pleasure center’ in the brain which can be stimulated directly. Researchers have implanted electrodes in the hypothalamuses of rats, who are then placed in a cage in front of three levers. Pressing the first releases a piece of food, the second lever yields a drink, and the third activates electrodes that give the rats an immediate but transient feeling of pleasure. Laboratory rats quickly figure out the three levers, and in these experiments the rats chose to press only the pleasure lever, day after day, until they starve to death. Why respond to hunger and thirst when they can enjoy the pleasures associated with eating and drinking in a more convenient way?” Gift of Pain by Philip Yancy and Dr. Paul Brand p. 297
We may be inclined to ridicule those misguided rats but do we as human beings do something similar at times? Whether it is in minor ways that have small consequences or serious addictions that cause huge problems, we may keep doing the harmful things that give immediate satisfaction without considering the long term disastrous results. We know that these are extreme struggles often beyond the ability to overcome alone. We sympathize with them in their battle.

There is a bright side to all this. We can substitute a positive pursuit for this damaging one. And the Lord would love to help us do that.

I am thankful for that,

Henry Wiebe

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by Pat Whalley



One of the certainties of life is that if we want to travel we have to use some form of transport to get there.  Having just vacationed in Europe, that mode of travel had to be an aircraft, or several of them.

For the past six or seven months I have been troubled by a sore knee and am now joining that long line of people waiting for a replacement knee.  The pain has caused me to walk differently which, in turn, affects my hip so I now have a definite hiccup in my giddy-up.

Air travel is very convenient, once on the plane, but travelling through airports is getting to be a nightmare as they are so busy and gates are getting to be further and further away from the ticket counters.  As I was going for a two week stay with my cousin in Scotland, before going to Amsterdam, where I would meet up with Dave and our travelling partners, much of the journey I would be flying solo.

Because of my sore leg I had asked for travelling assistance, hoping to get a cart across the airport, however instead I was taken in a wheelchair.  This was great, although I felt a bit of a fraud to be using this method, I was whisked down long corridors, taken short cuts through security and customs and delivered to the gate in a very short time.  I did notice that when sitting in a wheelchair people treat you differently.  Airport staff were very kind and considerate but they spoke to me as if I was a bit simple, I had a sore leg but my mental faculties are Ok, well fairly OK!  I honestly thought somebody was going to pat me on the head and give me a blanket.

Most of the people pushing wheelchairs were able to push me while pulling another person as so many people need this service, seven or eight of us were moved from one place to another, left outside elevators while the assistant took us in relays to other floors, but we all got to our planes on time.

All was fine until I was returning to Glasgow for my flight home, the man who came for me walked in a strange way, in fact he looked like his feet were on the wrong legs, however he got me to the gate but then I felt really bad as he took out an inhaler and proceeded to take a few puffs.  I felt so much like a fraud that I stayed in the wheelchair even though I had planned to get out and buy a cup of coffee while I waited.  I didn’t want him to see that I could indeed walk

I travel with a cane for walking any distance but I find it a bit of a nuisance.  To travel on an escalator I have to transfer the cane to the other hand, so I can hold the handrail.  I find it very easy to trip over and I can’t even decide which side to use it as neither side seems to help me walk any better.  However, holding the cane does seem to get me a seat on a full bus.  Where do I put it when I sit down?  Lie it on the floor and someone trips on it, lean it against the table and it clatters to the floor.  Walking up and down stairs I have to tuck it under my arm as I need to pull on the handrail while I do my sideways shuffle up the stairs.

It is probably going to be a while before I crawl up the list towards surgery and my problem leg is going to get worse so I may have to use the cane for even short walks.  If you see me lumbering round the shops, tripping over my cane, try not to laugh.  This affliction is relatively new and I am still trying to condition myself to take my time.  However, the sore knee does nothing for my sense of humour and if I see you laughing at me, don’t forget I am holding a weapon and I am not afraid to poke you with it.

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Think about it with Joseph Seiler


To bend something over onto a part of itself is to fold it over. When I fold a piece of paper I may then push together where the fold begins in order to make it crease. One can fold something many times. I might fold a piece of paper into an airplane. I might be extra brilliant and make a peace dove or many other complex items. Doing those complex folds is called origami, an art originated in Japan

A fold in the land is an undulation or hollow. I guess that is where we see those temporary puddles after a rain. Who knew? We can see the natural making of folds when we place a large tablecloth on a round table. The part that hangs over the sides will naturally fold, nice soft folds, no crease. That also happens with curtains or the skirt of a dress or a flag gently moved by the wind

You could be brought into a fold, a fold of people that is. The fold is an insider group, folks bonded by something, everything from soccer Moms to GBS survivors to accordion players with a wooden leg. To be ‘in’ the fold is to belong and to be protected, cared for and honoured. A human fold like these is a safe place for those within it. To be a member of this kind of fold can be akin to a religious experience

When a business folds, it closes up and no longer operates. Usually not pleasant. When playing poker if I fold that means I stop playing, place my hand face down on the table and forfeit anything that I may have bet up to that point. It means ‘I quit’. A lot like the business example. A folding chair collapses like an accordion into a smaller size to make it more compact for storage. So too in folding a hand fan

Folding money refers to a significant sum of money. That as opposed to small change. We may fold some ingredients into the dough as we prepare a cake for baking. We fold, rather than simply mix because we want to maintain something about that which we are folding into. If the base has been whipped, it is full of air bubbles. If we mix, not fold, the air can escape and the cake may not come out fluffy

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Some people unfairly treated?

Domestic Workers fall through cracks in Employment Standards Act

Thousands of British Columbian families rely on migrant workers to provide in-home care for children, seniors, and adults with disabilities. The overwhelming majority of these workers are women who come to Canada from the Philippines, India, China, Mexico, and other developing nations, seeking to improve their lives and the lives of their families. They contribute essential labour to our society, caring for the most vulnerable and facilitating the full participation of Canadian workers in the labour market. But while here, they are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

Caregivers need and deserve the protection of British Columbia’s basic employment standards, but too often they are excluded.

The Employment Standards Act only protects “domestics”, narrowly defined as caregivers who live in their employers’ homes. This leaves live-out caregivers vulnerable to insufficient pay, excessive hours, and termination without notice.

Live-out caregivers are classified as “sitters” under the ESA Regulations. Sitters are not entitled to minimum wage, overtime pay, regular biweekly paycheques, breaks, protections from excessive hours of work, minimum call-outs, or notice of termination. They don’t have access to the complaint resolution process through the Employment Standards Branch. If a sitter’s employer doesn’t pay her, she has to sue in court.

The exemption for sitters would make sense if the term only applied to casual babysitters: teenagers making extra cash looking after neighbourhood kids for a few hours at a time. However, the term includes anyone who looks after a child or disabled adult in a private home who is not a nurse or therapist and does not live in the home – no matter if they are full-time, dedicated employees, who earn their entire livelihood (and support extended family back home) through this employment.

The federal government removed the requirement for migrant caregivers to live in their employers’ homes in 2014. Though many caregivers continue to live in employers’ homes, this is no longer compulsory and is becoming less and less common, leaving more and more migrant caregivers outside the protections of the ESA.

Even where caregivers are covered by the ESA, they experience significant barriers to accessing its protections.

The first step in filing an ESA complaint is the mandatory “Self Help Kit”, requiring workers to confront their employers on their own before they can access the complaint process. Confronting an abusive employer is difficult for anyone, but especially for migrant workers who often experience language and cultural barriers as well as precarious status in Canada.

Migrant caregivers who do file complaints find that the amount of unpaid wages they can recover is limited: workers can only get the final 6 months of wages they are owed if they weren’t paid properly, no matter how much they are truly owed.

This limit doesn’t apply to any other victim of theft in the province: only workers who have had their wages stolen by their employers. Employers who have benefited from months or years of free labour get to keep that benefit for themselves, only ever paying for the final 6-month stretch.

The ESA also imposes a six-month limitation period. Other types of creditors in the province have two years to claim what they are owed through court processes. Workers who have not been paid what they worked to earn are arbitrarily restricted to six months.

The work migrant caregivers do is hard, and it is important. They care for the most vulnerable in our society. Their work is emotionally, physically, and mentally demanding. The vast majority of these workers are racialized women. There can be no justification for treating these workers as less deserving than the rest of our province’s workforce.

By Susanna Quail, Director, Migrant Workers Centre

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Be aware – recycle and collect the cash!!

 bin filled with plastic glass and metal recycling


More than one million beverage containers go “missing” every day in British Columbia.

In other words, they don’t get recycled, meaning they could end up in lakes, streams, the ocean, or simply be left as litter in the environment.

A new report by the Ocean Legacy Foundation states that every day in B.C., more than one million beverage containers and 2.3 million beverage container caps are unaccounted for.

“The world has its eye on ocean plastics, and B.C. is no different,” says executive director Chloe Dubois. “With more than eight million tonnes of plastic entering our oceans and waterways each year, and more than 40 per cent of this from single-use, disposable plastics like beverage containers, it’s time for focused and resolute action.”

British Columbia was the first jurisdiction in the world to adopt a regulated beverage container refund system 50 years ago, and the OLF is calling on the province to reclaim its environmental leadership position.

The foundation recommends five policy changes:

  • Increase the regulated deposit rate
  • Add all beverage containers to the deposit refund system
  • Require producers to collect and report on the recycling of bottle caps
  • Raise regulated targets to at least that achieved by Alberta and Saskatchewan, with long-term targets matching the European Union
  • Enforce the regulated targets in a meaningful way, such as requiring producers to pay for the clean-up of ocean plastics equal to the amount by weight that they fail to collect and recycle

Plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals every year, the OLF says

Thanks to Jon Manchester, Castanet news director

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Why buy ODN? – cheapest rates in South Okanagan!!

Per month 20 thousand unique visitors

Per day average 5000 visits

In 2018 – over 100,00 visits and pages reviewed over 350 thousand

If you like the word “hits” its over 5 million per year

But we only talk about unique visitors – traceable IP addresses and the number of recurring visits.


Note to button customers – if you have not renewed – today is the day.

And thanks to all our customers – churches, societies, charities, civic, regional and school orgs,  businesses and the retail trade in Penticton, Summerland, Oliver and Osoyoos.

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Almost May – weatherpersons warn of snow up the in the hills

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Two what are they’s for you

by Audrey MacNaughton


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Quote of the week

“I’m dismayed at the way Parks Canada has presented this whole proposal. I think we should be telling Parks Canada and they should be listening what kind of protection we want in this valley, what kind of park we want.” …….

MP Richard (Dick)  Cannings


Source: Osoyoos Times

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62 years at the Chronicle – Richard Schaffrick passes

Richard Schaffrick, 81, passed away April 21, 2019. He was born December 15, 1937 in Januschew, Poland.

Richard was known by his family and friends for his easy-going, cheerful personality and friendly attitude towards everyone he met.

When Eastern armies invaded Poland, the family fled along with millions of other Eastern Europeans to the West. They were soon relieved of their possessions by the invaders and spent part of 1945-46 in two refugee camps near the Polish-German border. The family was resettled in northern Germany in a small village (Ruehle) near Hameln in 1946. They immigrated to Canada in the early 1950s and stayed in the Edmonton area. In April of 1956 the family moved to Oliver.

Richard was a typesetter for the Oliver Chronicle starting December 1957 and retired September 2007 – which lasted one month – and he returned to the newspaper part time doing various duties until March 2019.

Richard was a member of the Oliver Lions Club for many years and enjoyed his mornings volunteering at the Okanagan Gleaners. When he wasn’t volunteering, his time was filled helping in his family’s orchards, swimming at the Oliver pool, and enjoying time with his five grandkids.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years – Linda; Son Dean and daughter Barbara (Kevin) Nightingale, grandchildren Dallas, Amanda, Alicia, Kaitlyn and Mary; brothers: Alfred (Jill) – Oliver; Harry (Janice) – Costa Rica; sisters: Margret Lewis – Newcastle-Warner’s Bay, NSW. Australia; Hanna (Larry) Seguin – Osoyoos; Trudy (John) Singleton – Bowen, Queensland, Australia; Ursula (Leo) Degenhardt – Oliver and brother-in-law Donald (Fran) Woodruff of Lompoc, Cal; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Otto and Alice Schaffrick and brother Erwin.

Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, April 29, 2019 at the Oliver United Church followed by a reception at the Oliver Elks Hall.

No flowers by request – donations to Camp Winfield, Lions Foundation of Canada; Cops for Kids; Okanagan Gleaners or a charity of choice.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

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Scam warning

A call is received (from 604-800-9094, Burnaby ? or sometimes a cell # starting in 778). A man says that they are conducting a ‘water quality survey’, and infers that it is locally authorized by Town of Oliver. (Not true).

He then asks several questions, and offers to send a ‘team member’ in the area to take a water sample for free immediately. If you decline the offer, the man gets louder and argues that you could become seriously ill or have dental problems if you do not test your drinking water. He seems to try to find out in what age bracket you are.

If you still say NO, he uses inappropriate language with women, and becomes bullying and threatening. If you hang up, he calls back, in one case four times.

He says the company he calls for is named Aqua Green, but will not confirm its location. He says they have a triple A rating with the Better Business Bureau. (Not true, they are not listed with BBB anywhere, nor does BBB have a ‘triple A’ rating for any business). He will not provide the name of the owner or manager. Be cautious, as this sounds highly suspicious, and they may be trying to get a look inside your house or at the very least, scam you.

Trusted Source – facts here not verified by RCMP or Town of Oliver
Caveat Emptor – buyer beware
Rule one – don’t talk to anyone you do not know on the phone. Just hang up. No one from an important agency phones you and makes a sales pitch.
Age is no excuse – No matter your age – if you have a telephone – you have to know about this tool and how to use it. Just hang up.

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Significant contribution made – just days before opening of Penticton Tower

Dr. Paul Cobbin and his family – including his mother Marguerite (centre) and partner Kimberly Pflieger – have made a major donation to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign to provide medical equipment for the Penticton Regional Hospital expansion.

Dr. Paul Cobbin has been practicing medicine in Penticton for the past 30 years.
During that time, his family has experienced more than its share of health-related tragedies. Yet remarkably, Paul has maintained his love of medicine, helping others, and his love of life.
Paul knew he wanted to be a doctor from a very young age and he also knew that nothing would deter him from reaching that goal. His mother, Marguerite, a nurse, and his father, Jack, a social worker, applauded and encouraged Paul’s decision to become a doctor, and after two unsuccessful attempts at getting into medical school, Paul finally succeeded, and has never looked back.
Paul obtained his medical degree from UBC in 1985. By 1988, he had moved to Penticton and opened his practice as a General Practitioner – and his medical career took off. Since then, not only did Paul deliver hundreds of babies and perform surgical assists, he also became head of the PRH Emergency Department for several years. Then, in the early 1990s, Paul helped to establish Penticton’s first walk-in medical clinic.

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A wonderful – professional job on the reconstruction of Vaseux Creek at Deer Park – including restoration of land, curb and roadway in the MHP.

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One station – breaking the price fix

All prices in Oliver 4 stations at 137.9

Gulf  – north of Oliver – taking the lead on lowering the price a bit

Concerned? Do not think so based on the reaction here

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Locals gather to oppose national park


About 250 people rallied at the Sonora Centre in Osoyoos this evening intent on reminding each other why the national park proposed for the South Okanagan is a bad idea.

Parks Canada has proposed a national park reserve in the area. Although the final boundaries are not set, such a park would likely include much of the area in the triangle formed by Osoyoos, Keremeos and Oliver.

A head table of “stakeholders” kicked things off with mostly scripted remarks. They were followed by a series of about 25 locals who expressed concern about the potential impact of a park, general contempt for Parks Canada and the need for a local referendum on the issue.

Osoyoos Indian Band member Dora Stelkia read aloud a letter from her 89-year-old mother, Jane, who wrote that she enjoys taking her children and grandchildren into the countryside aboard an all-terrain vehicle and fears such access will be denied if a national park is declared.

As well, she wrote, an end to hunting will lead to an explosion of the deer population in the Okanagan Valley and more visitors will mean the highways in the area will have to be expanded.

Dora Stelkia

Lionel Trudel of the South Okanagan Similkameen Preservation Society (SOSPS) told the rally that public opinion has shifted on the idea of a national park and that a referendum is needed.

Oliver council recently voted in favour of supporting such a referendum. Osoyoos council voted against the idea.

Trudel said a recent a telephone survey showed that 76 per cent of residents in the area potentially affected by the park would like to see a referendum. As well, he said, 35 per cent are strongly opposed to a park and just 27 per cent strongly in favour.

The sole dissenting voice of the evening was that of local MP Richard Cannings, who was asked directly near the end of the gathering for his thoughts on a referendum.

While admitting to being “on the yes side,” Cannings said, “I didn’t come here to defend Parks Canada … I came here to listen.”

However, he said Parks Canada has never included referenda as part of the process for making a decision on national parks and that all such a vote would accomplish in this case is to “make half the people in the valley unhappy.” As well, he said, a referendum makes no sense at this point because of a lack of “a good idea of what the park will look like.”

Trudel said the position of the SOSPS is that a combination of the provincial parks department, First Nations and local people can do a better job than Parks Canada of preserving the environment and providing access to wilderness areas.

RDOC Area C Director Rick Knodel said his main fear is for the future of the agricultural industry in the valley and that a major feasibility study is needed. “I’m not against a park per se,” he said, “but we need to know what we’re getting. … We haven’t been engaged and we need to be engaged.”

Tony Acland of the Grassland Park Review Coalition outlined a litany of concerns, including: loss of recreational access for local citizens; potential loss of a major helicopter training school, which overflies the park area; destruction of the cattle ranching industry; more deer in the valley bottom because of reduced hunting; and fire danger to homes because of the replacement of grazing land with forest.

As well, he said, Parks Canada tends to put the interest of the tourism industry ahead of other economic interests, to the detriment of the local economy.

A member of the audience asked what individual can do to try to stop the park. Trudel encouraged him to write to his MP and MLA and the local media. He also suggested going to the June 17 town of Osoyoos annual general meeting and “give (Mayor Sue McKortoff) a piece of your mind.”

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“gaining some traction” says Oliver Mayor

Stephen Fuhr – MP for Kelowna – member of the Liberal Caucus

Is this man going to help get money for Oliver’s damaged water supply system?

Mayor Martin Johansen says after a meeting last week in Kelowna – he thinks the idea is gaining traction and Stephen Fuhr (pictured left) has promised to raise the matter at the next caucus meeting in Ottawa.

Johansen was joined at the meeting by Water Councillor Rick Machial and CAO Cathy Cowan who set up the meeting.

Machial has stated that the Town must get political to ensure the “ask” is taken seriously for millions of dollars to fix the Gallagher Lake syphon but making many improvements to an old open ditch water system built a hundred years ago.

Both Johansen and Machial indicated they felt very positive after the meeting with MP Fuhr

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The early years – pre-school program offered free

Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre has announced that it will be partnering with OneSky Community Resources to deliver a new Early Years program in both Osoyoos and Oliver starting May 1st, 2019.

The Early Years program will be a drop in program for parents and their children ages 0-6 years old. The Early Years program will provide a safe, welcoming place for parents to connect and socialize and provide emotional support for each other. This program will be free for parents and their children to attend and we will offer a variety of activities: free play in the Recreation Centre in both Osoyoos and Oliver, a Community Kitchen in both communities, once a week, as well as weekly outdoor activities such as hiking, walking and exploring the outdoors in our communities.

For more information call or text Nancy Aatelma at 250-485-7499 or email at

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by Gail Prior


Bill was one of twelve siblings and grew up in Northern Alberta. The family lived on a ranch farming wheat and raising cattle.

Horses were used for work and for riding to the one room schoolhouse. He started grade one there and completed grade eight. Then it was time for daily ranch chores and moving cattle around. He had rapport with horses and was an expert rider, so was often the one assigned to drive the cattle between pastures, along with one or two of their trained dogs. He enjoyed working the days, but Saturday night was the highlight of his week. That was when the community hall was opened for the weekly social and dance.

He loved dancing and excelled at it. His older sisters had taught him well. An affable sixteen year old, he was sought after by young and old as a dance partner. The waltzes and whirling continued into adulthood. He could now attend dances in the Legion hall. The band always played Good Night Irene for the last waltz. It was there where he had first met her, the one who would later become his wife. He vividly remembered the night she first came to his bed but what was her name? Ah! Annie! Where was she now? Suddenly a uniformed woman appeared and told him that she would take him to the activity centre.

Was that what they called dance halls these days? He wondered. How could he dismount strapped on the saddle like this? Where were the stirrups?

The care aide proceeded to take command of the wheelchair and push it down the hall to the activity centre. It was not a ride for an experienced horseman.

Entering the centre, he was dismayed to see he was not at a dance social. People who were not strapped into wheelchairs and asleep, sat disconsolately on couches or in the few armchairs provided, an unseeing white haired herd wearing name stickers for the benefit of the personnel. He looked for Annie. He needed her to get him out of this nightmare and take him home. A log cabin, children, dogs and his favourite horse flashed before him.

“Annie! Annie!” he called out.

And the recesses of his mind opened. He was holding her and they were waltzing.

He crooned softly in her ear, “Good night Irene, good night Irene. I’ll see you in my dreams.”

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Fun to do – fun to watch

First Oliver Scouts – The annual Junkbox Derby is scheduled for May 4. Council authorized the closure of Skagit Avenue from the top of Tulameen Street to Okanagan Street, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Town will also aid in providing barricades to close roads. Scouts will be delivering notices throughout the neighborhood to advise of the event and road closure.

More council briefs

McKinney Nordic Ski Club – Council supported the request from McKinney Nordic Ski Club to flow grant funding from Farm Credit Canada through the Town. If they are successful, grant funds will be to purchase a newer grooming machine.

Oliver Community Arts Council – Council authorized the use of town-owned lots to host the Wine Capital Art Walk; specifically 6047 Station Street and 6085 Station Street.

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Town of Oliver – council briefs

Docks on Tuc-el-nuit Lake- the small lake in Oliver is for non-motorized recreation on the lake. City Planner Chris Garrish ask council Tuesday just how far does it want to go in regulating the size of such docks. Some municipalities on larger lakes allow 40 metres which is a bit big for Tuc-el-nuit Lake

Recently the province of BC granted a license for a dock on the lake and if it is the one in this picture in the 7100 block of Tucelnuit Drive – it appears small and professionally built.


Council had a long conversation about the small park set to go at the Bridge. Operations Manager Shawn Goodsell admitted staff had no recommendation on a name – but said a number of ideas “are out there”:
Centennial Park, Bridge Park, Jax Park, River Park etc. and maybe the public should be asked to get involved. Much discussion on whether to install a water feature, a statue, or to involve the Osoyoos Indian Band in some sort of joint project. Council decide to give the green light to staff to install underground services and to establish pathways, brick areas, bike stands, picnic tables along with new trees and flora. Once council has a name and made a decision on a feature that phase of the park development can proceed.

Delegation of Council Executive and Administrative Powers Bylaw – Council deferred first three readings of Delegation of Council Executive and Administrative Powers Bylaw 1385 to the May 13, 2019 Regular meeting for consideration. The bylaw provides the Committee of the Whole the authority to consider meetings items and vote upon without the need to refer to a Regular meeting. This will exclude budget items and bylaws, they will continue to be dealt with a Regular Open Meetings.

Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1380.04 – Council gave third reading of Zoning Amendment bylaw 1380.04. The amendment is to allow “cannabis production” facilities as a permitted use in the General Industrial Zone (M1). The agriculture definition is to be amended to add a new definition related to “cannabis, cannabis production and cannabis products”. The general regulations related to “home occupation” and “home industries” are to be amended in order to clarify that “cannabis production” is not a form of these uses. This does not prohibit individuals the right to grow plants.

Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1380.05 (5851 Main Street) – Council gave third reading of Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1380.06. The amendment is to replace the Service Commercial One (CS1) Zone that applies to the property at 5851 Main Street with a Highway Commercial Site Specific (C2s) Zone, with the site specific regulation allowing for the continuation of “service industry establishment, minor” uses at the property. The applicant is seeking a wider range of commercial uses than is allowed under the current zoning.

School District #53 Reclaimed Water Irrigation Modification Agreement – Council authorized the amendment of Reclaimed Wastewater Agreement with School District #53 to include Oliver Elementary School grounds. Schedule A will include additional areas to be irrigated by re-claimed water.

Economic Development Strategy – Award of Contract – Council awarded the contract for the Provision of an Actionable Economic Development Strategy to EcoPlan Consulting at a cost of $72,140. The development of the strategy will be funded through the successful grant received from Rural Dividend Fund, plus a $9,000 contribution by the Town (which includes in-kind funding).

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What does Clarence mean?

Earlier this week we published a letter penned by Chief Clarence Louie – Osoyoos Indian Band re a National Park Reserve.

We just discovered this “info” from the Penticton Herald…..

On the eve of a crucial meeting of opponents of the proposed South Okanagan-Similkameen national park, one of the project’s key backers has warned he’s not yet SOLD on the idea.

Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie says in an open letter there are still too many unanswered questions about the park proposal for his band or other members of the Okanagan Nation Alliance to endorse the concept.

Louie notes the feasibility study currently underway by the OIB and Lower Similkameen Indian Band is mainly REHASHING a previous study released in 2012.

Louie continues later: “I am in favour of a national park if, and a big if, the feasibility study and negotiating meetings lead to an agreement that covers off the many issues and concerns that Okanagan First Nation people have.”

Those concerns include legal protection of Aboriginal land title, hunting and fishing rights, co-management, jobs and more.

The Okanagan National Alliance, which represents seven First Nations in the region, in 2017 made a tri-partite announcement with the federal and provincial governments to confirm a renewed commitment to establishing a national park in the region.

Louie is among those expected to be present at a public meeting Tuesday evening at 6:30 at the Sonora Centre in Osoyoos organized by the South Okanagan Similkameen Preservation Society.

“An open-mic dialogue will be used to discuss a local referendum, alternative conservation plans for the area and new ideas of what’s best for environment and community,” the group said in a press release.

Parks Canada has already said it won’t send a delegate because it’s gathered all of the public input it needs.

Proposed boundaries for the park could be released this summer, but the area under discussion stretches roughly from Vaseux Lake south to the Canada-U.S. border and west to Keremeos.

Picture of Chief Louie with Environment Minister McKenna


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