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New council votes unanimously in favour of borrowing bylaw JOANNE LAYH At their first regular meeting, the newly elected Peachland council voted unanimously in favour of adopting a bylaw that will allow borrowing for a new fire hall to go ahead. In last month’s referendum 74 per cent of residents voted in favour of the bylaw that will allow the town to borrow up to $17.5 million for a protective services building. Back in June the previous council unanimously gave third reading to the bylaw so the referendum could take place in conjunction with the municipal election; it later received approval from the Inspector of Municipalities in August. Next, the town’s corporate officer will issue a certificate, then it will go back to the Inspector of Municipalities for review and approval. Coun. Terry Condon was quick to point out that there is still a long way to go before the town has a new fire

hall. “This is the first in what’s going to be a fairly long process,” said Coun. Condon. “This just sets in motion the kinds of things that we need to do as we move towards the creation and erection of a protective services building. All of the planning details have yet to occur. This only confirms that the town has the ability to borrow the money.” Detailed information about the project is expected to come before council during budget deliberations. Currently the fire department is located on 3rd St but the plan is to construct a new building on a lot the district owns at San Clemente Ave and 13th St. The municipality says improved community safety is the number one reason for relocating the fire department to a larger, more centralized location. Relocating next to the highway would improve emergency response times as currently paid-on-call firefighters must trav-

el through traffic-calmed Beach Ave to get to the fire

be a fire hall. Originally it housed the public works

This just sets in motion the kinds of things that we need to do as we move towards the creation and erection of a protective services building. All of the planning details have yet to occur. This only confirms that the town has the ability to borrow the money.” - councillor terry condon

hall and once they’ve found a parking spot, fire trucks must also leave through Beach Ave, where the speed limit is just 30 km/h. The fire department’s current building, Station 21, is about 60 years old and was never designed to

department and later morphed into a fire station. There are building code and work safe violations in the hall and bringing it up to code just isn’t possible, says Peachland fire chief Dennis Craig. The hall is extremely

small and there is no way to fit an aerial ladder inside, which will be a requirement sometime down the road. It also lacks a decontamination area so after a structure fire paid on call firefighters and their families are exposed to carcinogens due to cross contamination in their vehicles and homes, said Craig. He estimates the advantages of the new location would improve response times by two to three minutes. Getting out of the fire hall two minutes faster can mean the difference of holding a fire and losing a fire, he’s said. A new building for the fire department is estimated to cost about $20 million, although a significant percentage of that cost is contingency. The town is looking to borrow up to $17.5 million, which will have a maximum parcel tax impact of $125 per household per year. Director of finance Garry Filafilo has said the parcel tax for the building would

be phased in. He also has said that the town could look at selling assets they don’t need to help with the cost. At the first open house event held earlier this summer, the information presented to the public at that time was that the maximum estimated cost per household would be $401 annually, which would be a net increase of about $200 after some existing parcel taxes expire next year. However, since then some rejigging has taken place and in September the previous council passed a resolution to ensure the new parcel tax will be not more than $125 per household per year above the current parcel taxes. The parcel tax is expected to remain in place for 30 years, at an assumed rate of 4.3 per cent. That estimate is based on the current number of properties within the district so costs will decrease with an increase of households and development.


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An earlier Council to discuss Beach Avenue start to neighbourhood building height and setbacks council meetings? JOANNE LAYH

JOANNE LAYH Peachland’s new mayor and council would like to begin their regular meetings an hour earlier than has traditionally been the case. At their first regular meeting, a recommendation to revise the start time of all regular meetings to 6 p.m. from 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings received unanimous council support. As a result, administration were directed to bring forward an amendment to the council procedure bylaw reflecting the revision. “I agree with it personally,” said Coun. Keith Thom. “I’m just wondering if, not that we have great attendance at council meetings, but whether that would preclude some of our younger people that get home from work and have supper with their family?” That sentiment was echoed by Coun. Terry Condon. “Have we canvassed the residents to find whether or not the nine people that watch this broadcast can still manage to get to it in time?” asked Coun. Condon. According to the community charter council must advertise any changes to their procedure bylaw, said director of corporate services Jennifer Sawatzky. She said once those changes come forward, council will give the bylaw first reading and then the public will have an opportunity to respond to council before the bylaw has been adopted.

In the coming weeks, Peachland council will discuss building height and setbacks in the Beach Ave neighbourhood, a subject that has been a contentious issue in recent municipal elections. Mayor Patrick Van Minsel drafted the following notice of motion that will be brought forward at the Nov. 22 regular council meeting: “That council direct staff to prepare for discussion at the Dec. 6 council meeting potential options for new zoning regulations for the frontage of the Beach Avenue neighbourhood to address building height and setbacks, and specifically to limit building height to three storeys; and that discussion include consideration to amend the CR1 and CR2 zones to clarify the use and location of these zones in the Beach Avenue neighbourhood.” “I support the idea,” said Coun. Terry Condon.

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“I’m looking for a little clarification on how far is this going to go? Is this intended to be a temporary revision pending a full review of the OCP with community consultation and all that goes with it? Or is this to be standalone?” Coun. Rick Ingram noted he’d like to have to have some clarification about the boundaries of the Beach Ave neighbourhood this would apply to. “Thank you for putting this on the table,” said Coun. Randey Brophy. “It resolves a longstanding issue in Peachland that we’re all aware of. Thank you for that. The question I have that I’m sure will be clarified at the next meeting I’m sure, is how tall is three storeys?” Mayor Van Minsel answered by saying they would discuss these questions at the next meeting.

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Where will Canada house 500,000 immigrants? Our current Trudeau government wants to increase immigration to 500,000 annually by 2025. Whether you are for or against this initiative there is a stark reality. Canada cannot provide affordable housing for many current citizens. How will we be able to provide affordable housing for an additional 500,000 every year? Canada has a points system to screen potential immigrants. Some may be well off or well educated. They may be able to afford housing in Canada. Let’s assume 10 per cent can do that. That’s leaves 450,000 that need affordable housing, every

year. Some suggest that immigrants can be encouraged to more affordable rural communities. Reality suggests most immigrants will gravitate to our cities regardless of encouragement. Residing in Canadian cities is expensive. Affordable housing is in scant supply. Initiatives to increase the supply of affordable housing are long on goals and short on delivery. I can’t see how this will go well. Steve Burke, West Kelowna

Shortage of children’s pain relief medicine DAN ALBAS MP I have been increasingly hearing about from parents with young children concerned about a serious shortage of children’s pain relief medicine at local pharmacies and grocery stores. Recently a citizen from Kelowna, returning from a trip to Washington State, sent me pictures from some USA based grocery stores and asked why the same problem was not occurring in the United States. He asked what Prime Minister Trudeau was doing to resolve this problem. While it is true that the United States does not have this problem to the same extent than Canada, it is less clear as to the reasons why. Fortunately, early this week,

Health Canada issued a statement that may help resolve this critical shortage. Health Canada indicated that the agency has “secured foreign supply of children’s acetaminophen that will be available in retail stores and pharmacies in the coming weeks.” Now the reason why I suggest this may help resolve this critical shortage is because Health Canada is refusing to reveal precisely how much supply they have “secured” nor will they reveal exactly where in Canada it will be distributed. After two years of very detailed drug procurement and distribution information from Health Canada during the pandemic, this sudden refusal to disclose these same

basic details and the lack of transparency raises serious questions and concerns. Why would this information be withheld from Canadians? On an unrelated note, this week a continued investigation into how the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) managed to spend $54 million on the “ArriveCan app” after it was originally budgeted to cost $80,000. The ArriveCan app is no longer mandatory for those travelling into Canada. CBSA was to turn over documentation related to this boondoggle to the House of Commons standing committee on government operations and estimates this week, to meet a pre-established production order and deadline. So far CBSA has declined

to reveal exactly where the money went and who ended up with it. When a committee or the House itself passes a production order- as was the case here - that order is equivalent to a court order, and government, elected to serve the House, must respond. While these two situations are not directly related, they do point to a disturbing pattern. Citizens elect Members of Parliament to represent them at the federal government level in Ottawa. Parents wondering about what actions are being taken to rectify the critical shortage of children’s pain medication deserve to know what is being done, with significant details. Likewise, when a federal department somehow

manages to spend $54 million on an app, Canadians deserve to know where that money went and who profited from it. These should not be considered partisan questions and Canadians deserve to have answers to these questions. Instead, we see stonewalling, excuses, and a complete and total disregard for Canadians right to know basic information on how and where their money is being spent. My question this week: Are you concerned by this growing lack of transparency, or do you view this as the official opposition sweating what you consider small and insignificant details? I can be reached at or call toll free 800 665 8711.

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New Regional District of Central Okanagan board sworn in PEACHLAND VIEW The Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) board directors took their oath of office to begin their fouryear term serving the residents of Central Okanagan. On Nov. 10 directors acclaimed City of Kelowna Councillor Loyal Wooldridge to serve a second year as chair and West Kelowna Mayor Gord Milsom as vice-chair for a fifth year. Representing the two electoral areas are Kevin Kraft (Central Okanagan East Electoral Area) and Wayne Carson (Central Okanagan West Electoral Area). The remaining appointed members of the regional board for 2022-2026 are: • Tom Dyas - Mayor, City of Kelowna; • Blair Ireland - Mayor, District of Lake Country; • Patrick Van Minsel - Mayor, District of Peachland; • Ron Cannan - Councillor, City of Kelowna; • Charlie Hodge - Councillor, City of Kelowna;

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Waldo Way from 4th-6th street. November 26, 8:30 am-3:30 pm

• Gord Lovegrove - Councillor, City of Kelowna; • Mohini Singh - Councillor, City of Kelowna; • Stephen Johnston - Councillor, City of West Kelowna; and • Jordan Coble – Councillor, Westbank First Nation (non-voting).

The number of directors and voting strength of each is based on population. The provincial government approved an increase in the voting unit from 4,000 to 5,500 people; as a result, the City of Kelowna now appoints six of the 12 voting directors.


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LOCAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES TRIVIA NIGHT at the Peachland Legion on Nov. 18 from 7 pm - 9 pm. GREY CUP PARTY at the Peachland Legion on Nov. 20 from 2 pm - 8 pm.

from 9 am - 3 pm. at the Peachland Community Centre with over 50 crafters and artisans taking part. Coffee and lunch for purchase from the Peachland Ambassadors. Entrance to this event is by donation.

JUST THIRSTY BAND at the Peachland Legion on Nov. 26 from 5:30 pm - 9 pm.

ARTISTS OF THE OKANAGAN runs from Nov. 26 – Dec. 23 and reopens Jan. 7 – Jan. 22 at the Peachland Art Gallery. Returning for its eighth year this everANNUAL CHRISTMAS MARKET DAY coincides with PEACHLAND UNITED CHURCH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS popular exhibition features local artists feat. a variety the annual Christmas Craft Fair on Nov 26. Take a walk EXTRAVANGANZA featuring gently used quality of mediums. down Candy Cane Lane and Gingerbread Street to Christmas items plus vintage jewelry and collectibles several other venues from the 50+ Activity Centre, to THE PEACHLAND VARIETY SINGERS CHRISTMAS takes place Nov. 26 from 9 am - 3 pm. the visitor centre and community centre and on to the CONCERT takes place at the 50 Plus Activity Centre. ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR hostrd by the Little School House and the Peachland United Church. on Dec 11 at 2 pm. Peachland Wellness Centre takes place on Nov 26 A great start to the Christmas season.

MONDAYS FITNESS ROOM 5 am - 10 pm Peachland Community Centre INDOOR WALKING 8 am - 9 am Peachland Community Centre 50+ FITNESS 8 am - 9 am ($5 Drop In) 50 Plus Activity Centre ADULT DAY SERVICE 9 am - 3 pm Residences on 6th PICKLEBALL LEVEL 3.0-3.5 9:05 am - 11 am Peachland Community Centre FITNESS FUSION 9:30 am - 10:45 am Peachland Community Centre PICKLEBALL LEVEL 1.0-2.5 11 am - 1 pm Peachland Community Centre PICKLEBALL LEVEL 1.0-2.5 1 pm - 3 pm Peachland Community Centre BRIDGE 1 pm – 4 pm 50 Plus Activity Centre BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE ACRYLIC WORKSHOP 1 pm – 4 pm Peachland Little Schoolhouse CHAIR YOGA 2 pm - 3 pm 50 Plus Activity Centre SPIN, CORE & STRETCH 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Peachland Community Centre

ZUMBA 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Peachland Community Centre WOODCARVERS 7 pm 50 Plus Activity Centre

TUESDAYS FITNESS ROOM 5 am - 10 pm Peachland Community Centre YOGA 8:30 am - 9:30 am 50 Plus Activity Centre FLOW YOGA 9 am - 10 am Peachland Community Centre CARPET BOWLING 10 am - 12 pm 50 Plus Activity Centre THERAPEUTIC YOGA 10:30 am – 11:45 am Peachland Community Centre AA 12 pm 50 Plus Activity Centre PICKLEBALL LEVEL 3.75+ 1 pm - 3 pm Peachland Community Centre PASSION 4 ART 1 pm - 4 pm 50 Plus Activity Centre MAH JONG 1 pm – 4 pm 50 Plus Activity Centre MEN’S COFFEE & CARDS 1 pm PWC (downstairs)

YOGA FOR YOUR BACK 3:15pm - 4:30 pm Peachland Community Centre PEACHLAND HUB NIGHT MARKET 4 pm – 9 pm Cousins Park LINE DANCING 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm 50 Plus Activity Centre POUND 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm 50 Plus Activity Centre PEACHLAND LEGION DART LEAGUE 7 pm - 11 pm Royal Canadian Legion #69 COMPUTER LITERACY By Appointment Call 250 767 0141 Peachland Wellness Centre

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PICKLEBALL - DROP-IN LEVEL 3.0 11 am - 1 pm Peachland Community Centre BARGAIN BIN 12 pm - 3 pm Peachland United Church PICKLEBALL LEVEL 3.0-3.5 1 pm - 3 pm Peachland Community Centre BRIDGE 1 pm – 4 pm 50 Plus Activity Centre WE ART HERE 12 pm - 4 pm 50 Plus Activity Centre LEGION KARAOKE 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm Royal Canadian Legion #69 MINI KICKERS SOCCER 5 pm - 6 pm Peachland Community Centre HATHA YOGA 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Peachland Community Centre SPIN, CORE AND STRETCH 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Peachland Community Centre CENTRAL OKANAGAN MODEL RAILWAY CO. Train modellers + visitors meet 7 pm Peachland Musum

THURSDAYS FITNESS ROOM 5 am - 10 pm Peachland Community Centre YOGA 8:30 am - 9:30 am 50 Plus Activity Centre

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DINNER the Peachland Wellness Centre wants to ensure no one is alone or goes without a Christmas dinner. Doors open at 11:30 am, dinner served at 12:30 pm at the 50 Plus Activity Centre. Save your space by calling 250 767 0141.. NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT FEAT. MARTY EDWARDS includes a salute to the music of Tom Jones, Engelbert, Michael Buble and Elvis plus soft rock, country and rock ‘n’ roll hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and more. Dec 31 at the 50 Plus Activity Centre. Tickets at Peachland Pharmacy or

YOGA FOR YOUR BACK 9:30 am - 10:45 am Peachland Community Centre BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT 10 am-11:45 am Peachland Wellness Centre PICKLEBALL LEVEL 3.5 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Peachland Community Centre IRON AND SILK FIT 11 am - 12 pm 50 Plus Activity Centre BARGAIN BIN 12 pm - 3 pm Peachland United Church PICKLEBALL LEVEL 3.75+ 1 pm - 3 pm Peachland Community Centre PASSION 4 ART 1 pm – 4 pm 50 Plus Activity Centre BEGINNER UKULELE 230 pm - 330 pm 50 Plus Activity Centre MEAT DRAW 3 pm-5 pm Royal Canadian Legion #69 BINGO 5:30 pm (EOW) 50 Plus Activity Centre

FRIDAYS FITNESS ROOM 5 am - 10 pm Peachland Community Centre INDOOR WALKING 8 am - 9 am Peachland Community Centre FLOW YOGA 9 am - 10 am Peachland Community Centre 50+ FITNESS 9 am - 10 am ($5 Drop In) 50 Plus Activity Centre

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Microplastics are an Okanagan problem too DON URQUHART You’ve probably heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - a 1.6 million square kilometre patch of plastic and floating trash in the Pacific Ocean - but here in the waterways of the Okanagan we have our own plastic problem - microplastics. In a first ever study in the Okanagan water basin, a small team embarked in 2021 on a “scoping study” to gain a better understanding if microplastics are present in Okanagan Lake and Kelowna’s municipal wastewater. Spoiler alert: microplastics were found at every sampling location. Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic less than 5mm in diameter, sometimes invisible to the human eye, mistaken for organic debris or even food for aquatic organisms from invertebrates such as zooplankton, to fish and birds. They can either be purpose-built microplastics like microbeads or they can be particles from larger macroplastics that break down into either fragments, films or fibres. “When we hear about plastic pollution we sometimes associate it with a problem that is far away,” like the garbage patch or some other headline grabbing ocean pollution, says Ryan Cope, project manager for Microplastics Okanagan, the organization behind the study. Cope was presenting the results of what she’s calling the “first phase” at the recent 2022 Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum in Osoyoos. This land-based plastic, if not captured properly, runs off into storm drains, creeks, and rivers, which ultimately flows into the ocean. “The problem is not far away from us in the oceans, it’s right here in our backyard,” she says. With funding from the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program the group partnered with the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA), the City of Kelowna and Okanagan College among others, with Cope adding

it’s a very collaborative effort. “Last year, we embarked on a simple scoping study to quantify and possibly qualify the presence or absence of microplastics in Okanagan Lake, and Kelowna’s municipal wastewater. More importantly, we wanted to catalyze partnerships and community engagement,” she adds. With the ONA supporting the project with a boat and two staff, the Water Engineering Technology Program at Okanagan College took on the analysis portion of the project. The project involved collecting water samples at five locations near Kelowna including the Okanagan Lake bridge-crossing, near the Mission Creek outlet, central lake at its widest point north and south of the bridge, and downstream from the Kelowna Wastewater Treatment plant near the outflow pipe. All told the team filtered approximately 155,000 litres of water from the lake. At the wastewater treatment facility city staff working with students collected two different types of waste water: influent, which is pre-treatment, and affluent, which is post treatment captured just before it was discharged from the facility. “Unsurprisingly,” Cope says, “microplastics were found in all freshwater and wastewater samples.” But here perhaps, is the good news. Relative to other freshwater bodies that have been heavily researched

such as the Great Lakes, Cope says the amount of microplastics found was “quite low” and that finding also extends to a Pacific Ocean comparison. “They were quite low, which we were encouraged by,” she said, cautioning that this is only a preliminary scoping study. “We had very few sample sites and more work is needed,”

You can also see some black particles, which could be tire particles and possibly, but unlikely, forest fire ash,” Cope says. Meanwhile, over at the Kelowna Wastewater Treatment Facility, microplastics were discovered in both the influent and effluent samples but Cope notes there could have been some contamination of the samples.

the data can be collected in a meaningful way in order to create long-term data sets to create a better understanding of the state of microplastics in the lake. “Refine the protocols and make them more substantial, so that year-after-year we can do the same sort of study and build a data set that we can actually do something with.”


to expand the study she said. The freshwater team discovered microplastics were present at all five of the sample sites amounting to a total of about 2.75 grams of plastic with the biggest concentration of about 1.1 grams collected at the William R. Bennett Bridge site. “All these pieces are millimetres in size and in a couple different forms: fragments, fibres and films.

Nonetheless researchers found clear evidence of microfibres which is “not surprising when you consider how often we wash our clothes and how most of our clothes are plastic.” Phase two of the project will again involve working with Okanagan College to establish the best sampling protocols for both fresh and wastewater. This is important, Cope says, in order to ensure that

Cope is very clear on one aspect of microplastics. “It is precisely because we don’t know much about the state of microplastics in Okanagan Lake that we must continue to monitor and measure.” As she notes the water quality of Okanagan Lake directly impacts the quality in all lakes and rivers downstream, including Osoyoos Lake, the Columbia Riv-

er and ultimately Astoria, Oregon where this mighty river spills out into the Pacific Ocean. Expanding the study is also on the organization’s wishlist to cover from Vernon down to Penticton to see how the situation varies. She’s also passionate about prevention, urging action before it’s too late. “We have a real opportunity here in the Okanagan to get our hands on this before it is even an issue.” Cope also cited the Indigenous tradition and belief system where water is not an entity above or below humans, it is a member of the family. “When we view nature in this way, it becomes harder to justify polluting, particularly water that is life-giving and life-sustaining,” she said. Because of the relative “newness” of microplastic research in inland fresh water systems it’s not known how far microplastics will travel from Okanagan Lake for example. “We don’t know if microplastics are settling out in the water column,” Cope says in reference to the fact that the lakes in the Okanagan cool at some point in the late fall causing the water to stratify, or become layered in different temperatures. She says it’s not known whether microplastic remains because of this, or makes it way down the chain due to the fact water continues to move. “It’s important to think about microplastics as we’re considering our day-to-day activities, even if we don’t know the impact of microplastics on our bodies, and our ecosystems, it’s still important that we reduce plastic use where we can, and reconsider how we approach plastics like in our clothing.” The impacts of microplastics are still being researched and while many studies indicate microplastics are in a lot of places, “what we don’t know is what the actual impact is,” she says. “That’s the big question right now.” More information on microplastics and the Okanagan Lake project visit microplasticsokanagan. com.




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Mayor Patrick Van Minsel recalled growing up in Belgium near the city of Leuven, Flanders. He also delivered a reading of In Flanders Fields.

Four RCMP members participated in Fr

Peachland’s CAO, mayor and council laid wreaths at the cenotaph, including Councillors Randey Brophy and Dave Collins, shown above.

Members of Peachland Fire and Rescue Service laid wreaths on behalf of numerous local businesses.

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riday’s Remembrance Day ceremony.

A bagpiper played The Lament.

Citizens queued to lay a poppy at the cenotaph.

Peachland’s Remembrance Day service was followed by a gathering at the Legion.



With a new Council term beginning, the District of Peachland is looking for advisory committee members. If you are interested in participating in any of the following committees, please submit a letter of interest including your background and contact information.

• Tourism and Economic Development Committee

Purpose: To act as a tourism and economic development Task Force.

• Mayor’s Task Force on Climate Change

Purpose: To support the District of Peachland’s efforts to achieve its commitments under the BC Climate Action Charter, inspire community action to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and conserve natural resources, offer leadership and expertise to identify and achieve Peachland’s climate action goals, and to provide information and sponsor projects which support Peachland’s climate action goals.


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• Healthy Watersheds Committee

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Purpose: To provide advice and support to Council and staff on matters affecting the water quality and quantity in the Peachland Creek and Trepanier Creek watersheds.

• Public Art Committee

Purpose: To establish a standardized and transparent process for the acquisition, selection, installation, maintenance and deaccessioning of all public art located on District owned public property. Please submit applications to Corporate Services 5806 Beach Avenue, Peachland, B.C. V0H-1X7 or email to by 4:00 pm November 25, 2022. For details on the Committee’s terms of reference, please see the website at

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Meets Monday at 7 p.m. (closed meeting) and Friday at 7 p.m. (open meeting). Call 250-763-5555 for more info.



COIN COLLECTOR – looking to purchase Coin Collections. Gold & Silver coins, Bullion, Bars, Maple Leafs etc. Any amount! Call Chad 250-8633082

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3466 CARRINGTON RD #102, WEST KELOWNA • 250-707-5683

WANTED SASQUATCH SKULL - Also purchasing SILVER & GOLD coins, bars, jewelry, scrap, nuggets, sterling, 999+ BULLION, maple leafs, bulk silver, pre-1969 coins. Coin collector BUYING ENTIRE COIN COLLECTIONS, old $ & Royal Canadian Mint coins. TODD 250864-3521.




Places of Faith

St. Margaret’s

Anglican Church

4464-4 St, Peachland, BC V0H 1X6 • 250-767-3131 stmargaretspeachland106/

Sunday Church Service at 10:00 am. Zoom service on request Email or Call for Link Come Join Us! All are Welcome. Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

Peachland United Church


4421 4th Street

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to be included in this special section that will highlight your celebration or let the community know of the passing of a loved one.

Call Joanne For Rates

250 767 7771


“Let Us Worship Together”


Pastor: Ian McLean

all are

welcome For 10:00am online Zoom service visit

Lake Ave at 13th St 250-767-9237 Sunday Morning Service 10:30 am PASTOR

Lyle Wahl There is a sermon audio available on our website each week.



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IS 2023 YOUR YEAR TO MOVE? Activity will pick up next spring when interest rates stabilize. Buyers will continue to favour Peachland in 2023.

Contact Dave for a free market evaluation of your property plus tips to maximize your sale price.

Now is a great time to plan for next year’s busy spring market

Buying or Selling a Home?

$899,900 5972 Princess Street

Incredible Lake Okanagan views! This house is located on a beautiful lot in a quiet neighbourhood within walking distance to the nice beaches and wonderful restaurants of downtown Peachland. You are going to love the open concept and vaulted ceilings of the main living area. MLS 10263792


$799,900 6034 Garraway Place

A wonderful 3 bedroom 2 bath ranch style home on large flat lot with RV parking in beautiful Peachland BC! You are going to absolutely love this one level home located on a quiet cul du sac in a beautiful neighbourhood just minutes to parks and amazing back country adventure. MLS 10253608


13244 Victoria Rd N Summerland BC








4149 97 Highway

Opportunity knocks.. build your dream home in the heart of Peachland on this private 2 acre parcel. Lake views, level plateaus, walking distance to the lake, shopping, restaurants, recreation, transit and schools. Zoning is RR1 – rural residential with possibilities such as bed and breakfast, home based business, house with carriage house. Highway frontage. The OCP supports low density residential, mixed use of commercial/residential, tourist accommodation, retail/ commercial in this area so this is also an MLS®10264894 excellent holding property with its central location! Trusted Agents Since 1999

Dave Collins 250-870-1444

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208-4340B Beach Ave

320-3996 Beach Ave - Enjoy the Okanagan Life-style in this PRISTINE TOP FLOOR SEMI-WATERFRONT 2 Bed / 2 Bath condo located in the sought after Lakeshore Gardens complex. This TURNKEY condo overlooks the heated pool and offers LAKEVIEWS! Walk across the street and you will find Okanagan Lake to enjoy the beaches, walking paths and more! Perfect place for a summer get away or a full time MLS® 10259747 residence. Why settle for anything less!

New Listing

Never Lived In

4 Bed 3 Bath 2,645 sq.ft

MLS #10265182


6038 Gerrie Road

limitless views chef inspired kitchen quiet street next to hiking trails price includes GST



Perfect location just steps to the Beach and a short walk to everything downtown Peachland has to offer. This fantastic 1244 sq/ft, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2nd floor unit on the quiet side of this semi waterfront 45+ adult complex is a real gem. Great outdoor deck with lake view with bbq hook up, brand new carpet in the spacious bedrooms – primary with full en-suite & walk in closet, full size dining area and great living area with gas fire place. MLS® 10258798

Chad Rogers Peachland Resident

rachel morrison Realtor


250 280 8070


250 808 8143

14-1470 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna

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