RDOS hears plea for more resources to fight “illegal dumping”

A presentation Thursday to directors from staff member Cameron Baughen

To provide information on the Regional Illegal Dumping Service.

Background:

In 2002, the Regional District created the Illegal Dumping Education and Control Program Establishment Bylaw No. 2184. The Bylaw created a full Regional service with all rural areas and municipalities paying for the service. The bylaw is presently set up to create a public education program to combat illegal dumping and provide assistance to community efforts to clean up illegal dumpsites.

The bylaw allows a maximum of $25,000 to be recovered each year by taxation. The service has been used to fund the following activities:
· Providing gloves, bags, transportation and free disposal of waste for community groups or volunteers;
· Production and placement of No Illegal Dumping signage;
· Staff time to record or visit sites;
· Sending letters to people identified from illegal dumpsites that their garbage has been found;
· As available, contractors or Staff to assist in cleaning up sites.

RDOS Staff have consistently only provided assistance for illegal dumping clean ups of Crown Land, lands held by a conservation group or materials dumped from roads. RDOS Staff have no enforcement tools to fine residents found illegally dumping. When materials identify a person, theletter sent does not accuse them of illegally dumping. Mail and property theft are common.

Education is not presently a major focus of the program. People that illegally dump, unless suffering mental issues, are fully aware of what they are doing and that the activity is wrong. Cleaning up sites and placing appropriate signage stating that the site is under surveillance has been shown tobe more effective in reducing illegal dumping.

The Province of BC Conservation Officer Service is mandated to deal with illegal dumping on Crown Land. Residents are encouraged to contact the BC Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) Line to report illegal dumpsites. The BCWILDLIFE FEDERATION has created a Conservation App to allow anyone to report illegal dump sites by Apple iPhone or by registered users through their webpage.

Argo Road Maintenance has been responsible for cleaning up dump sites along maintained road right of ways and rest areas. The RDOS waives fees for Argo road clean ups.

Analysis:

An ongoing issue is cleaning up sites on Band Lands which do not contribute to the Illegal Dumping service but are dealing with waste from RDOS and municipal residents. The speed of cleaning illegal dumpsites is another concern raised by residents. Lack of enforcement, to punish illegal dumpers, isalso raised as an issue. Illegal dumping is of importance for local governments across BC. A recent Recycling Council of BC conference featured a session on what local governments are doing across Canada and internationally and the role of the Ministry of Environment. Price of tipping fees is not considered the major driver in illegal dumping. Many of the items found at illegal dumpsites are free of charge or subsidized at landfills. As shown in the presentations linked above, timing and access to waste disposal services and personal factors are larger drivers for illegal dumping than cost.

The current illegal dumping function does not have sufficient resources to have Staff or contractors clean up all illegal dump sites. RDOS Staff do catalogue sites and attempt to do clean ups in quieter times in the spring and fall when RDOS seasonal employees can assist in the cleanup. The current intent of the function is to assist local groups in their clean-up efforts. A Landfill Tipping Fee Waiver form is provided to those conducting the clean-up. Landfills currently waive fees rather than have the fees paid by the Illegal Dumping program.

Directors will continue a discussion on this subject next month.

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Doris is back on ODN

Wow Doris – lots of space

New location, new home, new garden

Photo by Doris Lancaster (flower child)

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High School takes to the streets for Terry Fox

The fearless leader

The students

Below – even a cat gets in the act

Photo essay by Ali Lantz

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Bags at the Library !!

You have me all wrong!!

The librarians at the ORL are all young ,  attractive, very professional…. and helpful.

I asked for and got a ladder to shoot high on the walls.

See the display today of bags for all purposes – one being – library books heading for home.

Okanagan Regional Library in Oliver.

Wait!! for information from the Friends of the Library on the way.

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Draw is Dec 9 at the Library.

Bags donated by Double O quilters and Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers as well as other members of the community.
Over 70 bags

$2.00 per ticket or 3 for $5.00.
Tickets are available from any member of Friends of the Oliver Library, and at the Festival of the Grape.
Members will sell tickets at the Library. The schedule will be posted.

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480 Bank Avenue – Town gets serious about trash

First –  a manual attempt to clear debris. This time because of some danger – a excavator brought in to handle the job. All the
debris to be off leaded in a special area at the landfill. All costs to the absentee landlord. Neighbours to be pleased when complete.

Now maybe the building could be demolished.

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Cost: $200 thousand to get out of Skaha Park deal

The City of Penticton announced the termination of the agreement with the Trio Marine Group

It was an expensive lesson for Penticton city council, that taxpayers are footing the bill for.

The City of Penticton is paying a $200,000 termination fee for abandoning a development agreement with the Trio Marine Group for the marina and restaurant at the Skaha Lake Marina.

“Maybe there is a bit of an upfront cost right now, but moving forward with a better scenario in place at Skaha over the next 29 years, I am sure we will be further ahead,” said Mayor Andrew Jakubeit.

Enacting the terms of the agreement means the end of a proposed 29-year lease with Trio Marine Group to upgrade and operate the marina beyond the 2018 season.

Though the cancellation was announced today, the decision was made earlier this summer.

“We initiated this in the late summer and agreed to announce it September so it wouldn’t impact their business operations. We are sensitive to that,” said Jakubeit. The Trio Marine Group will continue to operate the marina through to end of 2018.

The City of Penticton said the key reason for the decision began last fall when the waterslides and use of green space were removed from the development proposal.

Source: City of Penticton press release

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Oliver athletes show well at Senior Games

The Okanagan-Similkameen had a great showing at the 55-plus B.C. Games held in Vernon last week.

The zone finished second overall with 293 medals, falling just behind Fraser Valley who finished with 306 medals.

From Oliver:

Bill Ford – bronze (men 70-74 golf).

Ron Ostermeier – gold (men 63-69 compound bow archery – target and 3D).

Mary Ostermeier – silver (women 63-69 compound bow archery – target and 3D).

Gord Young – silver (men 4.5-plus singles pickleball).

John Hong/Brad Pape – gold (men 55-59 doubles competitive badminton).

Marian Nelmes/Anna Robitaille – silver (women 75-79 doubles rec badminton).

Cathy Adams/Shirley Kodyman – bronze and silver medals (whist co-ed pairs) and

Nancy Rhea/Gord Young – gold (mixed 4.5 doubles pickle ball).

Danny Stang/Gord Young – silver (men 4.5 doubles pickle ball).

Source: Black Press Digital

 

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Park Place seeks contractor

Strata Corporation seeks Contracted Services

Those interested in a contract position for maintenance management at a local apartment style strata may obtain the RFP by e-mail to ppofficeproposals@gmail.com

This role is a management role. Skills in inspection, record keeping, computer and communications are essential.

Those interested in a contract position for office support services at a local apartment style strata may obtain the RFP by e-mail to ppofficeproposals@gmail.com

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Nature in our parks

For Canada’s 150th anniversary, the goal is to celebrate Canada through ways that have meaning to us as Canadians. One of the five strategic goals of the OPRS is to “connect people to nature through our parks”. By planting trees we unify a community, providing an opportunity for community involvement and empowerment that improves the quality of life in our neighborhood, both socially and environmentally. The Oliver Parks and Recreation Society was successful in securing a grant in the amount of $4659.52 from Tree Canada to plant over 80 trees this year, primarily in the north end of Lion’s Park by the oxbow.

On the morning of Wednesday, September 27 in conjunction with National Tree Day the Oliver Has Roots ceremonial tree planting event will take place in Lion’s Park. The official ceremony begins at 9:00am. A special presentation by a Tree Canada representative of a commemorative plaque donated by CN Rail will start off the event followed by the planting of a stand of each of the 3 species. The Douglas Maple (Acer glabrum subsp. Douglasii), a truly Canadian tree, will be planted by local veterans from the Royal Canadian Legion. The Western Red Cedar (Thula plicata), representing BC, will be planted by Yvonne (Venables) Moore and Don Bousfield as representative of our homesteading families. The White Birch (Betula papyrifera), a classic tree that symbolizes our First Nations community, will be planted by students of Senpaqcin elementary school. After the planting ceremony, volunteers will assist parks staff in the planting of 75 additional trees of the same varieties in Lion’s Park between 10:30-3:00pm.

Volunteers of all ages and abilities are still wanted for the tree planting portion of the event and everyone is more than welcome to attend the ceremony. For more information or to become a volunteer please contact Carol Sheridan at carol@oliverrecreation.ca or 250-498-4985.

Source: Carol Sheridan, Oliver Parks and Recreation

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Make an appointment today

Phone Surjit for an appointment – or drop in – lots of room. 11th hair cut free. Ask for a card.

Can’t beat the price. Phone 250-408-8001. 291 Fairview Rd Oliver next to Remedy Rx

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Art in the FOG

Artists are submitting their best work into Oliver’s 34th annual multimedia competition, the Fall Art Show and Sale, including photography, fibre art, three-dimensional art, watercolours, oils, acrylics, mixed media, and two categories for teens and children. One hundred works will be on display. In addition, two special exhibits are featured, each celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. The event shares the same weekend at the same venue as the popular Cask and Keg and Festival of the Grape.

The Fall Art Show and Sale spans two days, Saturday September 30 (3 – 9 p.m.) and Sunday October 1 (12 – 5 p.m.), at the Oliver Community Centre, 6359 Park Drive. Admission is by donation, with a chance to win a wine fridge stocked with 18 different local wines.  See the participating wineries listed at right.

On Saturday, the public is invited to vote for their favourite in each media category, and for overall “Best in Show”. Lending sophistication to the evening will be a dessert reception accompanied by smooth ballads from Jazz Out West with Iris Larratt, beginning at 7 p.m.

The nail-biting ends at 8:30 p.m. when winners in all categories are presented with their awards. Local woodworker, Russell Moore, has designed the quail trophy bases, made from salvaged wood from the historic Venables Auditorium before it was destroyed by fire in 2011. Honorable mentions will recognize additional meritorious work.

On Sunday, patrons of the arts must also be patrons of the vine: Sunday’s admission is through a Festival of the Grape ticket only. The popular wine draw continues with every donation to the Fall Art Show and Sale offering a chance to win a stocked wine fridge. Stroll the competitive exhibit and find the many winners, marked with rosettes.

Many works of art are for sale.Meet the artists, and learn a little about their skill.

In addition to the one hundred works in competition, both days also feature special displays by talented local arts groups: the Exploration group and the RipOff Artists. The Exploration group, members of the Double O Quilters Guild, has mounted a display of quilts to “Celebrate Canada”. Look for colours, images, and themes that reflect Canada’s diversity. The RipOffs are ten talented artists, each working in their own medium, dedicated to “ripping off” a dead artist’s work in their own style. This year, the RipOffs cash in on Canada’s 150 celebration by reproducing the ten-dollar bill (complete with Sir John A. MacDonald) Each artist has reworked the currency in their chosen medium and in the style of a different Canadian artist, such as Maud Lewis, Tom Thomson, Ken Danby, and Emily Carr. As an added challenge to the artist and the viewer, the number “150”  appears somewhere in each piece.

Months in the planning, with well over a hundred artists, organizers, and volunteers, the Fall Art Show and Sale is the largest arts event presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council each year.

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Big Bang theory ??

3:42 am Tuesday

Big Bang in the valley – limited response.

I usually post to Facebook to see who is up

A few posts to that affect and 1 phone call.

Maybe not as loud or as big of a rumble but quite clear.

No emergency personnel dispatched.

Oliver’s little mystery. Did you hear it? Did it wake you?

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Resources for managing Chronic Pain

There are a number of websites available that you can access. Always remember to access medically approved
websites for information you can trust. Here are a few of many to explore:

Life is Now Pain Care: www.lifeisnow.ca
Support for people living with chronic pain through a free program called First 5 Steps to help you move with ease.
( http://lifeisnow.ca/pain-care-for-life/ )

Pain BC: www.painbc.ca
Find events regarding chronic pain in your area. The toolbox provides information around support groups, books to
read, videos and webinars, etc.

Live Plan B: www.liveplanbe.ca
A free online self-management tool that helps you keep track of your symptoms, develop a pain management plan
and connects you with others.

Healthlink BC: www.healthlinkbc.ca
On this BC government site of health services and information, search under “Chronic Pain” to find tips on when to
call your doctor, a sample pain diary and much more.

If you do not have access to the internet, your local librarian will be helpful in locating suitable books that you
might want to read. Also keep your health team in mind as a resource. Your physician, physiotherapist, massage
therapist, dietician and pharmacist will be invaluable to you to help lessen your pain. Whichever direction you prefer to go, know that you have a big support team ready to help you.

Are you living with chronic pain? Whether you are personally living with chronic pain, or are the caregiver of someone living with chronic pain, the following two free pain seminars will be held in the South Okanagan:

Osoyoos: Tuesday September 19th 2017, 7 pm to 9 pm at the Osoyoos Seniors’ Centre
(17 Park Place, Osoyoos)
Keremeos: Tuesday September 26th 2017, 7 pm to 9 pm at the Legion Hall
(510 Veterans Avenue, Keremeos)
Local chronic pain experts, including a physician, pharmacist and physiotherapist, will be leading the discussions
and will be available to answer any questions you may have.

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Returning to the back woods

INFORMATION BULLETIN
Off-road vehicle prohibitions rescinded throughout B.C.

KAMLOOPS – The operation of off-road vehicles will once again be permitted on Crown land throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre, effective at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

Cooler weather conditions and recent precipitation have reduced the flammability of fine fuels in these regions, which has significantly reduced the chance of a wildfire starting from a spark or a hot engine.

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Progress to completion – the “Tower”

The David E. Kampe Tower at Penticton Regional Hospital should be ready for patients by the end of April 2019.

Officials from EllisDon Infrastructure, the province’s private sector partner in the $312.5-million PRH project led a media tour of the construction site Tuesday. Reporters were shown much of the extensive operating room and ambulatory care clinical space on the first and second floors of the building.

Jason Hui, project manager for EllisDon, said construction of the six-storey tower is progressing on time and on budget.
The tower’s concrete shell will be completed within the next couple of months, with extensive work to continue throughout 2018 on the interior of the facility. A 480-stall parkade will be built next year immediately south of the tower.

Interior Health and South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation officials were also on hand for the tour.

Thanks to John Moorhouse, SOS Medical Foundation

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More support for those on low incomes

British Columbia improving supports for people on assistance

VICTORIA – Thousands of people and families on assistance will benefit from increased earnings exemptions announced in the September Budget Update.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2017, people on income assistance will be able to earn an additional $200 a month without any impact on their payment. For those on disability assistance, the annual earnings exemption will increase by $2,400 a year.

“Reducing poverty is not just about giving people money, it’s about creating opportunities,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “Higher earnings exemptions offer people a chance to increase their household income, remain connected to the workforce, and build the valuable work experience that can lead to a good-paying job. This is a change that will have a positive impact on thousands of people.”

For those on disability assistance the change will apply to the current year. If someone has already reached the current maximum, they will be reassessed under the new exemption amount.

At least 5,800 people on income assistance and 3,000 people on disability assistance will benefit from the increased earnings exemptions over the year.

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ODN’s new high school reporter

Ali Lantz

Ali is 17, a 2018 Grad to be, lives with a sister and her parents in Willowbrook. She loves photography and riding her horse. She plans on
getting a business degree once finished at high school.

Lantz asked for the work experience at a web based news site and hopes to use the opportunity to learn more.

ODN welcomes Ali and we hope to see her weekly reports until the end of January.

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On the hill – with Richard Cannings MP

A couple of weeks ago, students returned to colleges and universities across Canada after a long summer break. They have been working hard for months to earn enough to pay for their education, but these days those summer wages don’t go very far. Housing costs have been skyrocketing across the country in recent years, especially in urban centres where most post-secondary institutions are located. The other cost that has been rising relentlessly for the past 20 years is tuition.

Government funding for post-secondary education has been steadily declining, dropping from 54 percent to 49 percent in the last decade alone. Universities and colleges have made up some of the difference through donations, asset sales and commercial investments, but most of the drop in government funding has been made up by rising tuition fees charged to students.

Statistics Canada recently reported that tuition fees for undergraduate programs were up 3.1 percent this year over last, to an average of $6,571. This increase is even higher than it was last year, when tuition went up by an average 2.8 percent, a combined increase of almost $400 over the past two years.

The Liberal government pledged to bring real change to reverse the affordability crisis in higher education. Last year’s increase in grants for low income students from $2000 to $3000 gave those who qualify a temporary reprieve from rising costs, but the tuition increases alone have eaten up almost half this amount. Grants for middle income students went up by $200, so they are already behind only a year later.

These changes are going in the wrong direction. A post-secondary education is increasingly essential to getting a job and building a career. Many students have no choice but to build up a crushing debt while attending university or college; the Canadian average for student debt on graduation is over $25,000 while that in British Columbia is over $35,000. So, young Canadians already have mortgage-sized debts before they can even think about starting a family or buying a house. These debts not only dampen the dreams of our young people, they are a drag on the Canadian economy.

It is time to come up with a long-term plan to invest in post-secondary education, to invest in the youth of our country. To begin with, the federal government could immediately stop collecting interest on student loans. It makes no sense to make money off the future of young people. And the federal and provincial governments should start serious talks about how to reverse the long-term cuts to government funding of post-secondary education. At a time when knowledge is one of the most important resources in the world, we must make sure Canadians get the education they need to succeed.

I’m back in Ottawa this week as Parliament resumes sitting for the fall. If you have any issues you’d like to contact me about, my email address is richard.cannings@parl.gc.ca

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Letter to the editor

From: Nick Marty, Osoyoos

To: Residents Concerned About High Fortis Electricity Rates

Fortis is expected to file, in November, it’s first rate application since the implementation of the two-tier rate system. Fortis consulted customers during the summer but only in a few locations. Moreover, in those sessions they concealed important information about the deficiencies and negative impacts of two-tier rates. Fortis will be reporting on what “they heard” from customers to the British Columbia Utilities Commission at the upcoming rate hearing. It is therefore important that as many residents as possible provide Fortis with feedback on their consultations at fortisbc.com/electricityratedesign prior to the September 30th deadline. It will only take a couple of minutes. Under “feedback” all you need to write is: Two-tier rates are not encouraging efficient behaviour and are discriminating against customers using electricity for space and water heating. The best option is a return to a flat rate.

The Anarchist Mountain Community Society will be intervening in the upcoming rate application and, as part of that intervention, I will be presenting, as an expert in this area, a strong case for returning to a flat rate. Your feedback to Fortis would be of great assistance.

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