Flights drop at Penticton – Air Canada – Flights to India curtailed

MP Richard Cannings is very disappointed Air Canada has followed its exciting announcement about the use of new Q400 aircraft on the Penticton-Vancouver route with a significant schedule change that will profoundly affect passengers using the Penticton airport.

Air Canada’s initial announcement suggested that one flight per day would be dropped, as the new planes are much larger and that even with the lost flight, more seats would be available on a daily basis.

“To my dismay, they chose to drop the late-night flight, which arrives in Penticton around 11 pm departs the following morning around 6 a.m.,” said Cannings. “These flights are always full and are essential to many travelers, including business people travelling to Vancouver for meetings and vacation travelers connecting to flights in Vancouver.”

Under the new schedule, as of May 1 travelers will not be able to leave for Vancouver until 9:35 a.m. and must return from Vancouver no later than 6 p.m.

“I am concerned that this change will result in a decrease in passenger traffic to and from Penticton rather than the increase forecast in the Q400 announcement. I believe that many people in the south Okanagan will be forced to use the Kelowna airport instead of Penticton to make their Vancouver connections and meetings. I have expressed my concerns to Air Canada and hope that they will reverse this decision,” concluded Cannings.

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After the sudden cancellation of multiple flights between Toronto and Delhi, some travellers and their families are scrambling to figure out what to do next. On Thursday, Air Canada announced its flights from Toronto and Vancouver to Delhi are back on their normal schedules, but some travellers are still struggling to rebook.

The Pakistani government closed the country’s airspace on Wednesday amid rising tensions with India, forcing many airlines, including Air Canada, to reroute flights “Canadians should know that Air Canada was advised not to fly over certain airspaces, and therefore cancelled its flight to New Delhi,” federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said.

“Until further notice I would encourage people to check with the Air Canada website if they’ve got plans to go to India, as well as travel advisories,” he added.

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by Jesse Norton

Note to Marion Boyd

I am not normally one to engage in social media argument such as this but you have touched a nerve with your recent comments that I cannot ignore.

Our town is plastered with “No National Park” signs recently because more people are starting to understand that we may lose our rights to enjoy our back yard mountain the way we and many generations before us have.  Many hunters over many years have enjoyed the views and great things that nature has to offer from atop Kobau the same as you.

Chinese interests quietly buying up acreages you say? So you would prefer to have thousands of tourists on said lands leaving their footprints and Parks Canada spending our hard earned tax dollars to buy these lands instead. There’s a lot of private land in the proposed area = hundreds of millions of tax dollars!!  In my mind that leaves nothing to discuss!
I would like to respectfully disrespect your friend John Dicks quote about the grasslands park in Saskatchewan Having “huge benefits” to the Ranching community there due to their rest-restoration grazing system.     I recently spoke with a couple different ranchers from there: there was quite a rest indeed. There was no grazing for 20 years because parks didn’t allow it until they finally realized there were negative affects to the eco system- for many reasons.      They permit grazing now but with short terms and can’t always count on it until through all of parks red tape etc. A significant problem if your a rancher!  Much more to say on that whole issue but bottom line is they have learned to live with the park but they believe the eco system and and ranching community would be better off had the park not been established.  To say that it’s been a significant economic driver in the area may be true as there are only 130 people that live there so I’d imagine it helps a bit. Not a fair comparison to our already booming tourism industry!  Also all of the ranchers that have sold their farms to parks within the park boundary have moved away from the community. Make of that what you will… good people and good farm land lost from a small community is what I make of it!

I agree with Jack on his comments of there being many generations in the future being able to enjoy the mountains around us the way they are without having a national park!
We can do more ourselves to clean up the garbage in the mountains.

A few years ago a couple of local dirt bikers organized a clean up mission around the lakes because they were bothered by the garbage spread about there. Did you respond to their ad in the paper looking for volunteers ?  Outdoor enthusiasts aren’t the ones doing that stuff. It’s the jerks that just don’t want to pay dumping fees that have no respect for the outdoors.  There are already a lot less atv / dirt bike trails in the bush around Oliver mountain due to the efforts of B.C. government. I used to ride all those trails as a kid and my father did as well.  Every time I went out my dad would tell me to “stay on the trails” and I did… most of the time. lol.

You see… kids will be kids!!  I learnt as I grew older more the importance of that. People learn things as they grow!

About those beer bottles you so despise – as a child I remember on Saturday and Sunday mornings my dad and I would get up early and go to a popular party area down the road called “the stump” to pick up empty beer bottles and cans after teenagers bush parties the night before.  I know for a fact that your children attended those parties and I did as well when I got older.  I would suspect that you did also in your days growing up here!!  A lot of fond memories for me growing up in these mountains! I would hate to see that lost. Just need to teach younger generations to respect what we have and clean up after ourselves or it will be taken. It may take time but they too will learn as they grow.
Although I don’t think that will be a problem in generations to come. There’s no wifi up there!!!

We should all be working together to solve these problems ourselves instead of butting heads like a pair of rams at Vaseux!  A National Park is the most invasive way possible to fix any of your concerns and I believe could make many things worse.

Regards! Jesse Norton

Ps. There are so many reasons why this park is a terrible idea. If anybody would like to discuss this  please give me a shout.

250-219-1566. I am dying to here a GOOD reason that can convince me from being a park supporter

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Update – FVT – new theatre manager takes charge April 1st

The Oliver Community Theatre Society and Frank Venables Theatre are pleased to announce that Leah Foreman has been hired as Theatre Manager.
With over 20 years experience working in theatres and performance venues, Ms. Foreman is familiar with everything from large performance spaces such as Roger’s Arena in downtown Vancouver, to mid-size venues such as the Arts Club and very small companies like Green Thumb Theatre. She’s worked in numerous venues with professional artists in all disciplines from children’s entertainers, contemporary dance, dramatic arts and comedy, to all forms of musical presentations. At times in her career she’s held a range of positions from stage manager and production manager, to operations manager, venue manager and promoter’s representative for major artists agencies, tours, festivals, venues, parades and even rodeos.
Tom Szalay, president of the Board of Directors of the Society said “We are extremely pleased to have Leah join our team as her love of all the arts, but especially the performing arts is very strong, and she backs that up with solid experience working in many aspects of theatre operations, production and presentation. And there’s a bonus – she’s actually from the Okanagan.”
Leah Foreman grew up in the South Okanagan and graduated from Osoyoos Secondary School before going on to get her Diploma in Stagecraft from Douglas College.
Leah is thrilled to be able to return to the Okanagan with her young family.
Her new position as Theatre Manager at the Frank Venables Theatre begins April 1.
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Fire Chief – one person taken to hospital following evening fire

“We arrived on scene to some flames coming out from an outside floorboard siding of the house,” said fire department spokesperson Rob Graham. “Our first on scene crew was able to peel apart some of the siding from the home and locate where the flames were coming from.”

Graham said these type of older buildings often have sawdust for insulation which was what was on fire, and why the fire department had to rip apart bits of the floor to get water on the flames.

“We were able to extinguish it, we did have to use a chainsaw inside to gain access to where some of the smouldering was going on, to make sure that everything was completely out,” Graham said.

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6:45 Tuesday night
West of United Church – three cabins  in the 500 block Church north of School Avenue

Katrin Paulsen: “I was only the neighbour who by accident notice(d) the fire  from my window. I went back home to bed.”

Fire – embers from a fire inside?
RCMP said they thought it might be electrical
Oliver Fire Department put out the flames
Fire Chief Bob Graham said the cause of the fire under investigation. One woman, a resident was taken to hospital for treatment.

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Teachers get just reward for saving a life

Tuesday morning Grade 11 and 12 students summoned to the school auditorium at the Southern Okanagan Secondary School for a special event.

Not everyday is Global TV filming a news story.

A full contingent of BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) drivers, paramedics and dispatchers were on hand and siting front row centre to witness the awarding of “Vital Link” Certificates to Steve Podmorrow and Mike Russo.

The Vital Link Award is presented to citizens who are involved in saving a life through successful cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) efforts.

Grade 8 student Dilshaan Dhaliwal suffered a heart attack while playing in the SOSS gym. The two teachers applied a nearby AEDevice and basically saved the
students life. Dhaliwal transported by helicopter to Children’s Hospital for treatment.

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Yard waste pickup starts Friday – Spring has been declared

Source: Town of Oliver

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Desert Sun updates council on community services

 

By ROY WOOD

As part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of her organization, Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre executive director Marieze Tarr updated Oliver council on Monday on several of the programs and resources available to the community.

Tarr was appointed last January last year, shortly after stepping away from 16 years as a school trustee, including six as board chair.

With nine full-time and nine part-time staffers and a large group of volunteers, Desert Sun provides an array of programs covering women’s and men’s counselling, affordable housing, effective parenting, seniors’ support and more. Some of the programs Tarr mentioned to council included:

Community Kitchen. Once a week in Oliver and Osoyoos. Aimed at moms but open to anyone, the program leader and the clients cook a meal in the kitchen and then eat it together. There are leftovers, which clients take home to provide another meal. There is a child minder available and a support worker to provide parenting advice for anyone who needs it.

Better at Home takes the view that seniors are often better off in their own homes than in institutions and offers supports to make life at home possible, including yard care and snow removal as well as transporting seniors to appointments and on errands.

Men’s Shed starts April 1 at Sandalwood in Oliver. It offers a meeting place for single, older men for five hours a day Monday to Friday. Social workers say that many solitary seniors can become isolated and depressed, particularly in winter. Clients will be encouraged to socialize and pursue hobbies. And there will be computer training.

Fearlessly Facing Forward was a summer camp aimed at helping children dealing with anxiety. Tarr said the group hopes to expand the program to two one-week camps, one for Osoyoos and one for Oliver.

A Youth Drop-In Centre is a project Desert Sun is working on and hopes to have running shortly. The idea is to provide youth with a place to go and positive things to in the after-school hours.

Sandalwood Court, an 18-unit apartment building on Main Street in Oliver, was recently purchased by Desert Sun as an affordable housing project. Tarr said the group inherited the current tenants, but hopes, “through attrition to meet affordable housing needs.”

Roots of Empathy is a program Tarr coordinated at the school district and has taken with her to Desert Sun. Kids from kindergarten to grade eight learn empathy and emotional intelligence through interaction with a volunteer mother and baby.

Safe Home is a program for women in abusive relationships. The program offers a crisis line and a safe place for women and children fleeing the relationships to stay.

Desert Sun partners with several organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club, United Way. School District 53, Interior Health, Osoyoos Rotary and OneSky Community Resources in Penticton.

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by Gail Prior

OUR TOWNE

I’m walking in the park feeling free and unafraid. Thinking to myself, this is how women should feel in a public space but am also aware this is not always the case. However, I’m in Oliver, a small friendly town. Various people are walking their dogs and all stop to chat and introduce their pets – Sadie, Willy, Rusty and Max – I’ll get to know them all soon and will start carrying milk bones in my pocket. Up ahead is a long wire fence dividing the park walkway from private property. I see a man with his dog talking to a large light grey horse and he is holding out an apple.

Spotting me he asks, “Did you bring anything?”

“Uh, no,” is my response.

“Well!” exclaims the man. “If you are going to walk around here, you should bring an apple or carrot to share.”

“Oh. I’m new here and didn’t know the protocol involved just circling the park,” I said.

“His name is Darryl and he will come when you call him,” said the man.

“Oh, okay, I’ll remember that,” I replied and resumed walking. A pleasant interlude.

The park pathway navigates around the Community Centre. I stop to read the window notices. There is so much going on here and something for everyone’s interest to say nothing of being surrounded by golf courses and wineries.

I wind my way over a small bridge (circa 1955) and head to the library. On the way, I step aside as tiny tots are being led that way by rope. A teacher in front and back with the pre-schoolers down the middle grasping onto the rope with tiny hands. Oh, the pleasure of seeing all their innocent faces. Once inside the library, their coats and boots are shucked off and piled in a heap. They are welcomed to lay on a large rug or sit in little chairs, while one of the teachers reads to them – it’s a lovely small town sight. No security officers needed here! I use my time to order a couple of books I’ve been looking for. Pleasant, efficient service and they will call me in a few days to pick up same. So easy.

I cross over to the drugstore to pick up a prescription. I’m greeted by name and sit down for a short wait. The pharmacist comes from around the counter and sits with me for a bit just inquiring as to how I am feeling in general. I’m impressed – one doesn’t usually get this type of caring service – nope – only in Oliver, as the saying goes. Feeling good, I head uphill to a neat, funky little coffee shop located in an old church building.

They serve good local coffee, as well as homemade muffins or scones baked right on the premises. No “trucked” in goodies sold here. Local art work covers the walls and one feels ever so comfortable relaxing in one of their arm chairs. I see friends greeting friends- there are hugs galore and I’m part of that loving feeling that fills the room.

Across the street is a “real” post office. No lining up at drugstores or wherever for stamps and parcels – they do it all right here – all so handy. One wintry icy day, as I gingerly picked my way across the road to access the post office, a young man stopped, and parking his car, got out and offered me his arm. He guided me inside and then waited to assist with my return. I was so grateful and regretted not getting his name. Had I been in a major urban city, a young man or men might have stopped just long enough to grab my purse! Nope, this is small town Oliver. A similar experience happened at one of the grocery stores, as I navigated the icy parking lot. A woman got out of her car and assisted me to the main door and even pulled out a shopping cart for me. The kindness of a stranger!

With spring comes walking beside the river on the well maintained hike and bike trail. Bird life abounds and it is a pleasure to hear the blackbirds trill amongst the bulrushes. I decide to sit on one of the stone benches provided at intervals along the way. And so I’m just resting and drinking in the greenery and watching the ducks foraging or simply paddling around. Suddenly my reverie is broken by the raucous sound of a bicycle bell. A Senior Citizen woman is pedaling towards me and is topless! As she bobs and bicycles past, she merrily sings out, “Good morning!” I am too astounded to reply to her. An elderly couple is approaching me walking arm in arm.

“Did you see that?” I question them.

“Oh yes,” replied the woman calmly.

“Didn’t do a thing for me,” he replies.

“Likely be arrested riding publicly like that elsewhere but then this IS Oliver.” I said.

The three of us share a laugh and resume our walking in opposing directions. I’m still smiling when a delicate perfume surrounds me. What is it?  Then I spot the wild roses on either side of the trail sharing their pink pastel beauty, as well as their pleasant scent. I feel honoured to be aware and accept this gift from nature.

Returning to my car, I decide to check in at the hospital lab for some previously scheduled blood tests that I had been putting off. It’s five minutes to anywhere in central Oliver, so I drive straight in to the hospital parking area and am grateful for the spaces provided and no parking charges. What a privilege! Inside service is quick and efficient at the lab.  There are no people lying on cots in hallways waiting for admission here. All is calm despite staffing issues.

We decide to go to the movie theatre one night. Unbelievable value at $5.50 each, the seniors rate. My husband enjoys the popcorn made right on site and the “real” butter gushed over all. Of course, there are no parking charges, so we enjoy a cheap evening out; as well as it’s only maybe seven minutes from home. Another evening, we have tickets for a live performance at the Venables theatre. No parking problems here either and not a bad seat in the house. Wine (of course) is served at intermission, in keeping with Oliver’s reputation as wine capital of Canada. The local theatre troupe is A-1 in all its performances. There is so much talent offered both on stage and behind the scenes.

The harvest is in! Orchards and large gardens offer food of your choosing. Drive up any side road and buy directly from farmers or pick your own at a reduced cost. Also, there are many fruit stands lining the highway, an abundance of fruits, vegetables, honey, jams and syrups. It is indeed a great privilege to live in this agricultural area of plenty.

I have lived in many places and come from far away –

But little old Oliver is where I intend to stay.

 

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Condolences to family members

Obituary for the late Dwayne Edmond Emery

August 25, 1962 – February 14, 2019

 

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden and untimely passing of Dwayne Edmond Emery in Oliver, BC on February 14, 2019 at the age of 56.

Dwayne’s passing has left a great emptiness in the lives of his parents Edmond & Norma Emery; his children Rebecca (Steven) Fields and her mother Corky & Dana (Heather) Emery and his mother Diane; grandchildren Isla & Emilia Emery; sister Shirley (John) Williams; niece Kayla Williams and younger brother Dale (Laura) Emery; nieces Nicole & Michelle Appelhoff.

Dwayne is also survived by his Uncle Albert & Aunt Barbara Emery; cousins Shelley Coxen, Stephen (Donna) Emery; his Uncle Don (Jean) Stephens; cousins Rik (Suzie), Greg, Danny (Melanie) Stephens, Tabatha Pawlyshyn & Bekki Kennedy and numerous cousins across BC and Alberta.

Dwayne’s departure also leaves a hole in his partner, Jo Tanner and her children Kim Marsh, Korry Martin, Kevin & Shelby Smith’s everyday lives.

Dwayne is predeceased by Grandparents Charlie & Donna Stephens of Oliver BC;

Lloyd & Lora Emery of Armstrong BC, Uncle Glen & June Emery, Aunt Ruby& Bill Careless and Aunt Della Smith.

Dwayne was born in Dawson Creek, BC on August 25,1962 and attended school in Aldergrove, Fernie, Westbank and Kamloops as the family traveled together following BC Hydro Construction. He made Oliver his home after graduating at SOSS in 1981.

Dwayne’s enthusiasm, strong work ethic, unique outlook on life, sense of humor, ever-readiness to help those in need and smile rewarded him with many life long friends in his employment at Chevron, OK Tire, RDOS Landfill, Rapid Transfer and Growers Supply South Valley.

Dwayne valued family, which included his Oliver Fire Department Brothers and Sister. His 20  years of volunteer service found him always ready to serve in community, emergency services and fire safety for WCRA events.  Dwayne will be missed by many in the community he served but the loss will be greatest for those family that awake to every new day without his smile.

The funeral service will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Oliver Community Center.  A reception will follow at the Oliver Fire Department Hall.

No Flowers by Request of the Family

Donations gratefully accepted to the BC Heart and Stoke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger

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Province of BC asked to help fix lake

Credit Julie Martineau

Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association Calls on Provincial Government to Act on Milfoil and Siltation Issues

The Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association Board would like to thanks the RDOS and Laratt Aquatic for the study on Vaseux Lake’s water quality, siltation and milfoil proliferation.  The study identified some good recommendations for milfoil control and highlighted the serious siltation problem at the north end of Vaseux Lake.

The Association does have one concern relating to the conclusion that milfoil growth in Vaseux Lake is the same as 40 years ago without having any kind of context relating to the record flooding in 2017 and 2018 added in the study.

It was obvious to all home owners on Vaseux Lake that there had been a major reduction in milfoil in 2017 and 2018 which was not the norm and the Association advised RDOS in early August 2017 when water levels were still at record highs at Vaseux Lake that it was not a good time to start the water study.  It was felt the flooding would impact key results especially around the milfoil proliferation and overall water quality since the lake was being flushed out twice a week and water levels had been at record highs for months. During certain points in both the spring 2018 and summer of 2017, Okanagan River broke 100 years of water flow records at the mouth of Vaseux Lake dating back to 1913.  Water levels at Vaseux Lake in the spring 2018 and summer 2017 were also broken dating back to when Vaseux Lake water level data collection started in 1991.

It is well documented that milfoil growth is very much impacted by an increase or decrease in water flow, water depth, water clarity or temperature variations and all these parameters were affected by the flooding.

The study does provide some good insight on the siltation and various water quality issues that would not have been impacted by the flooding and does make some sound recommendations.

There is no doubt that within a few years milfoil will be back in Vaseux Lake unless the rototiller is authorized.

It is more important than ever to get the rototiller in the lake in 2019 to keep the milfoil from proliferating again.  After 3 years of waiting, the Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association is calling on the Provincial Government to authorize a pilot project that has been requested by the Okanagan Basin Water Board in partnership with the Okanagan Nation Alliance to test the Rototiller in Vaseux Lake.

Finally the siltation at the North end of the Lake is getting so bad that large section of Vaseux Lake is now being lost.  The Province needs to look at dredging the mouth of Vaseux Lake and create a large sedimentary pond to slow the siltation of the lake. 

The small pond in Shuttleworth Creek is simply not large enough to contain the silt that comes down the creek every spring.

There also needs to be a more comprehensive study to determine the cause of the increase in silt flowing into Vaseux Lake and how to reduce it.

Submitted by Norm Gaumont
Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association

Ok Falls Sediment Pond Shuttleworth Creek

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National Park Reserve – in a nutshell

You can send in a consultation survey form – the period ends March 15th

Consultation with stakeholders ends Thursday of this week

There is NO opportunity for public meetings with Parks Canada

It is a top down system of seeing who Parks Canada wants to see and when

There are countless documents, websites, videos, colour paper presentations but no way to sit down and talk.

You the reader are the student – Parks Canada is the instructor, the expert

Oliver Council is asking for a referendum prior to the establishment of such a reserve in the South Okanagan

Folks

Don’t you think the decision has been made? – and all of this is just public relations, PR, and expensive flackery?

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Thank You

Article and Picture submitted by Dave Whalley

The Oliver Hospital Thrift Shop have made a $15,000.00 donation to the Masonic Cancer Car program. Your continued support of our program is a perfect example of volunteers helping volunteers. By your hard work  in raising this amount in the thrift shop, you make it possible for our volunteers to assist cancer patients from the South Okanagan in their quest to travel to and from Kelowna for their treatments.

The Cancer Car conveys patients for daily treatment to Kelowna at no cost to them or the Canadian Cancer Society. Since the inception of the program in 1998 we have been able to provide 38,000 patient trips covering more than 1,020,000 Kilometers from the South Okanagan all with volunteer drivers.

We have every intention of continuing the program so long as there is a need, which at this time there appears to be no end.

Dick Auty
Area Manager
Okanagan Cancer Car Project

Ken Robinson
Oliver Co-ordinator
Okanagan Cancer Car project

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Council adopts plan for 4-year mandate

By ROY WOOD

Oliver council this evening adopted its strategic plan for the four-year term members were elected to in November.

Council met with staff twice in January to rank and prioritize all the things that it wants to accomplish and to develop an action plan to reach the goals.

Also included are the “Mayor and Council Guiding Principles.” They are:

  1. Open for business, customer service is important.
  2. Downtown is more healthy through revitalization.
  3. Consultation and communication is important for council decision making.
  4. Cost conscious through knowing where value lies and how value can impact the operation as a whole.
  5. Council believes in downtown business momentum.
  6. Council decisions will be based on business cases.
  7. Setting the tone from the top through ethical integrity leadership.
  8. Economy of Oliver is balanced and growing.
  9. Affordable comfortable community.
  10. Tax rates supportable by the community.
  11. Community strengths:
  • The skills and talents of individual people
  • Resources offered by local associations and organizations
  • The arts, culture and heritage of the community
  1. Diversity in the economy.
  2. Innovative through continuous improvement to municipal systems and processes.

According to a report from chief administrative officer Cathy Cowan, council will receive quarterly updates on progress being made on the strategic plan.

After being approved by council tonight, the complete strategic plan will be on the town’s website soon.

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Mattes breaks tie in referendum vote

 

By ROY WOOD

As expected, Councillor Dave Mattes cast the deciding vote this evening in favour of Oliver council asking the federal government to hold a referendum on the question of a national park reserve in the South Okanagan.

The vote came after Mayor Martin Johansen used a provision of the Community Charter to bring back a motion that failed on a tie two weeks ago when Mattes was absent.

Johansen and Councillor Aimee Grice once again voted in favour, both indicating that they believe the residents of the area should have a voice in the decision.

Councillor Petra Veintimilla, who again voted against the motion, referred to the Parks Canada’s survey of public opinion on the issue: “There is a way for people to be part of the conversation.”

She added, however, that she would support a motion for a referendum if it included some timing guidelines for a referendum. Chief administrative officer Cathy Cowan pointed out that a motion up for reconsideration cannot be amended.

Councillor Larry Schwartzenberger continues to believe that council needs to remain neutral on the entire national park issue and that endorsing a referendum may be seen as taking sides.

The mayor reiterated that, “All we’re doing is saying that people should have a voice in the decision.”

The resolution reads: “That Council direct staff to prepare a letter requesting the Federal Government to undertake a referendum in the South Okanagan-Similkameen area on the creation of the National Park Reserve.”

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28 units proposed for Spillway Road site

By ROY WOOD

 

After 14 years standing empty, the fourth quadrant at the Casa Rio condo complex on Spillway Road south of the hospital may be headed toward development.

A permit request was presented to council tonight from Kelowna-based HB Land Company to build seven fourplexes over the next few years on the northeast corner of the property.

The rest of the site holds three apartment buildings containing 35 units each, which were built starting in 2005.

A fourth such block was planned and approved for the site, but the development was abandoned before it could be built. The parcel has been empty since then.

The plans that council saw this evening show a building concept markedly different in form and style from the larger apartment blocks that share the site. The structures are much smaller and more angular in design.

Developer Brook Melchin told council that the idea was to avoid another “big-block building” but to build a “softer version of modern designs” that are “not so hard-edged.”

He said plans call for a phased approach to the project, whereby the fourplexes will be built one at a time and subsequent ones started only when the inventory has sold.

Given the uncertainties inherent in real estate developments, such phasing provides a way to “de-risk the future,” he said.

Contract planner Chris Garrish explained to council several variances sought by the developer. Three of them seek easing of the parking requirements and the fourth looks for an easing of the amount of amenity and open space required.

The developer has said in support of the proposal that it is designed with an eye to increasing the pool of available rental housing.

“Many of the units are … under 700 (square feet) and will respond to demands in the affordable market category. It is expected that this will add to the rental pool as well as owner-occupied units,” he stated.

“There is a deliberate effort to have one unit per block that is larger that also includes a residential lift to encourage owner-occupied buildings and to attract a meaningful cross section of occupants.”

Council members quizzed Melchin and Garrish for about 30 minutes on various aspects before finally deciding to put off a decision on the application until the developer returns with a revised plan that includes two additional visitor parking spaces, bringing the total to 10.

About 20 residents of Casa Rio crowded the chamber to witness the discussion. One resident used the public question period at the end of the meeting to tell council that after all these years, there is still no legal, city-road access to the property.

Mayor Martin Johansen said he hadn’t been aware of that situation and promised to look into it.

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Extension on consultation

Parks Canada says it will extend the public consultation period on a proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen by two weeks.

In a news release issued late Monday, Parks Canada says the extension will allow groups an opportunity to submit views on the proposed boundary and provide input on management of the lands.

“Parks Canada will conclude meetings with stakeholders on February 28, 2019, as originally planned. However, those who have not had an opportunity to attend a presentation by Parks Canada are encouraged to view the Agency’s presentation.

Parks Canada invites Canadians to share their views through the consultation website until March 15.

Alternatively, hard copies of the consultation survey and information package can be found at local municipalities, regional district offices, and libraries.

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Greasewood Ave – fire’s aftermath

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Sought – one safe cracker

Finding answers can be difficult

What is your caption for this picture

Oliver Tourism Association runs the Visitor’s Info Centre

It was down for a spell for holidays and a bit of cleanup set to re-open February 14. CLOSED signs still posted.

This is the 25th ??

Maybe too cold

Cleanup – a slow project

Are all the staff inside?

When will it re-open?

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So you thought fresh California veggies and fruit are expensive

We were shopping at Gelson’s in Rancho Mirage, California.  Gelson’s is described as a “gourmet food market and deli”.  There was a very nice display of these apples and of course,  I had to buy a bag!!  They cost $4.99 (US) a pound.   Do you think they were picked and packed in Oliver???

Cheers,  Ted & Torrey Allen

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Update: No one home – house destroyed south of Oliver

3:00 am Monday
Greasewood Avenue at Ryegrass Rd (access Rd 18)
Mobile Home/large Trailer gone
This area the scene of a number of fires in recent months
Police first on scene followed by fire department officers, then engine/pumpers and water tenders
Followed by EMS and Fortis BC

Information given to ODN that the residents at the coast – not home at time of fire.

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2nd public meeting cancelled

The South Okanagan Similkameen Preservation Society booked the Oliver Community Centre (Feb 26th) in hopes to reschedule a meeting with Parks Canada and a group of local Stakeholders regarding the National Park Reserve. 

SOSPS has heard from the locals most affected by the proposed park, and want to have a dialogue with park staff about questions still unanswered about the proposal.  

Parks Canada said it would not attend the meeting, but that it would be a good opportunity to pass out the “survey that is part of the consultation process”. No explanation was given why they could not attend the meeting.

The SOSPS will continue requests with Parks Canada to hold a public meeting regarding the proposed park.  In addition, due to the low returns of the Parks Canada Survey (just over 1000) we have also formally petitioned that Parks Canada extend the consultation process past the Feb 28th deadline to allow for further research by locals on the subject.

submitted by the local Preservation Society

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by Robert Sieben

Northern Hawk Owl… rather hawklike in both appearance and behavior, it often hunts by day. Going from tree to tree, it flies fast and low, swinging up at the last moment to alight on the topmost twig. Rarely seen this far south.

They’re considered a medium size owl, about 16 inches long and weighing about 3/4 of a lb.

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A couple of thought for all to ponder

From – Marion Boyd

I’m sorry you took such offence at me pointing out Oliver Daily News is your blog and you have the power/right to control what is posted there.  The National Park Reserve proposal has split the community in the same way the hospital dispute split Oliver and Osoyoos back in 1968.  Rational discourse is usually the victim in these situations.

At any rate, you can take your anger out on me but please don’t make the very worthwhile organizations I volunteer for and write publicity for (Sage Valley Voices, SOCS, the United Church, Grandmothers for Africa etc) become collateral damage.  They did nothing wrong and they don’t deserve to be punished because of what I say or do.  As you know, I value and have thanked you for your help with these organizations for many years.

In the past 7 days I’ve been in the mountains for 4 days either snowshoeing, cross country skiing or helping with the school program at McKinney where young students are introduced to the fun winter outdoors.  I love the countryside that surrounds us.  Four generations, starting with my mother, have hiked between Kobau and Fairview Road here and enjoyed birds, animals, wild flowers and many species of plants.  We have often eaten our lunch while looking down into the valley and picking out our own orchard on #9 Road.

I am hoping that the area can be protected so a fifth generation of the family will enjoy it too.   Places like Madden Lake with its garbage and broken beer bottles and Oliver Mountain torn up by ATVs should not be the only future a new generation knows.

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From – Jack Bennest

I was taking picture of the bluff north of Oliver and went for lunch in Osoyoos Sunday with a friend.

I looked west and east to the mountains that surround us. Mostly virgin with no development despite a hundred or more years of pioneers, settlers, industry, wine, grapes, orchards, tourists, highways and biways in the valley bottom.

I believe many more generations of your family and mine will see the same a hundred years from now – without a National Park or NPR. I truly do believe what Joan of the BC Wildlife Federation says that outdoors-people, hunters, back-wooders, naturalists have a way of self-enforcing others that DO abuse the hills that surround us.

Something pointed out by Parks Canada – the amount of land already saved and protected – much of it financed by donations from members of the BC Wildlife Federation.

Oliver Mtn and the abuse/use of quads is disgraceful – the government of BC has acted on that.  The upper lakes – Sawmill, Madden, Ripley must be protected. More can be done by you and I and we should not always rely on government to put a band-aid on everything, babysit our children and provide income assistance until we are truly a birth to death socialist society.

A national park is not needed to solve these relatively minor problems you have highlighted. I think it sad that the vast number of NPR supporters never comment on ODN or the local paper, or the Penticton papers, or the internet because their wishes/opinions might be mis-interpreted by their neighbours.

Society goes wrong when we do not speak up. You have. I have. Many others have.

But where are the YES people. Three signs in Oliver. A couple in Penticton. Will they come and argue and discuss and sit down next to others in a community hall meeting this week?

A couple of personal notes.

Why is ODN so popular. ‘Spice’ to quote my mentor Charles Hayes. RIP.

You have to have some spice to survive. Look at the retreaded newspapers – retiring for sure. Thin fish wrapping material – not spice.

Is ODN perfect. No – flawed to beat the band. Not enough revenue. Not enough staff. But it has spice!

Great photographers. Great columnists – all working for free. Thanks you all.

Roy Wood – former managing editor of the Edmonton Journal – an old golfer from Osoyoos. Michener Foundation winner.

Jack Bennest – broadcast journalist in Vancouver CBC and CKNW – taught journalism at Langara College – an old retiree from Oliver. Charlie Edwards award winner.

Oliver Daily News the – the one you turn to. We live here.

ODN – It is not a blog Marion – it’s a hoola hoop.

 

 

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