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December 2, 2016 | Volume 12 Number 48



Carpeted competition BIWEEKLY CARPET BOWLING – Every Tuesday and Saturday morning at 10 a.m., the 55+ Seniors Activity Centre rolls out the playing surface for carpet bowling. The annual fee to play is very modest, but anybody interested is invited to come out and try for free. Pictured from the left is Dick Dickerson making his throw, being watched by his teammates Norinne Goring, Anne Slater and Donna Ginter.

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A poem for puppies VIEW STAFF Local artist Louis Fenyvesi didn’t find the signs at Peachland’s Doggy Beach to be very welcoming, but he has the tools to make his own signs – so instead of complaining he inscribed a positive message onto a plaque that he donated to the District. The plaque has been attached to a large rock that’s in the middle of the beach. It shares a poem written by Louis Sabin which Fenyvesi discovered during a visit to the Carrington Animal Hospital in West Kelowna. “A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, or small, young or old,” it reads. “He doesn’t care if you’re not smart, not popular, not a good joke-teller, not the best athlete, nor the best looking person. To your dog, you are the greatest, the smartest, the nicest human being

who was ever born. You are his friend and protector…” Throughout downtown Peachland there are several benches and symbols that have been commemorated with bronze plaques. That made Fenyvesi feel as though the Doggy Beach wasn’t being given equal treatment. “That Doggy Beach is nothing, nobody looks after it,” he said. “The whole downtown is gold plated and I was thinking, I have a dog and I love my dog and I love the doggy beach too.” Before it was installed, Fenyvesi felt nagged by the beach’s only other public messages. “Do this; don’t do that; don’t have it on a leash; pick up after your pet,” he mocked. “Let’s have this plaque mounted there for whoever loves his dog. The first time I read it I was thinking it was beautiful.”


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Tarik Sayeed representing Peachland as NDP nominee DAN WALTON EDITOR

The B.C. NDP have chosen Tarik Sayeed as their challenger to take on Liberal MLA Dan Ashton in the local riding of Penticton in next spring’s provincial election. Sayeed, who will have to step down as a Penticton city councillor to run for provincial politics, defeated popular Summerland councillor Toni Boot to win the nomination. He received 156 votes at a nomination meeting last weekend to Boot’s 137. “Peachland is very special to me,” he said. “This beautiful town was my very first stop when I visited the Okanagan. I clearly remember walking along the lake and enjoying the warm crisp air with a magnificent view. I’m looking forward to knocking on doors and meeting many of you individually on a personal level. Together, we will level the playing field between the powerful and the powerless.” In his victory speech, Sayeed spoke about his rise to politics after arriving in Canada as an immigrant from Bangladesh. “You may not know that I come from a very strong political family background,” he said. “Growing up, our dinner conversations revolved around political discussions as to how we can serve the community better. “My grandfather was a freedom fighter. My uncle wrote the constitution of our nation. And I have cousins serving their country as mayor, MLA, and MPs. They are fighting for the same ideological NDP values that we

have here.” At the direction of his parents, Sayeed first arrived in North America to study engineering, earning himself an undergraduate degree and an MBA. “I have held several leadership roles for large companies, and I have management and leadership certifications from University of Waterloo and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),” he said. “Something was still missing though.” Before he was employed in the public sector, Sayeed was working as a manager of a Credit Union bank. Then something happened to make him realize he had much more to offer the world. “This moment was at a grocery store when I was pushing my cart down the aisle,” he said. “I saw a lady, a deaf lady, who was struggling to communicate with a staff member. It was quite obvious that she was looking for something specific. After a few minutes though, she started walking towards the exit, with an empty hand, and tears rolling down her face. This moment changed my perspective in life and I wanted to help the deaf population.” Not long after, Sayeed put his notice in at Valley First and launched his own tech company. He developed technology that translates sentences communicated silently through American sign language into text and audio, using sensors to recognize gestures. “Fortunately, our work received international recognition for which I was invited to speak at a TEDx Conference,” he said. “During the same time, I became a city councillor and it

has been the most fulfilling position in my life. It is a responsibility that I take very seriously.”


became a city councillor and it has been the most fulfilling position in my life

During his time working as a councillor, Sayeed claimed several accomplishments. His efforts contributed towards construction of a new 52-unit affordable housing project in Penticton; 42 new affordable rental units for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; a new policy that requires homeless shelters to offer refuge at minus two degree Celsius instead of minus five; the launch of the Okanagan College daycare centre; and the regulation of medical cannabis. Looking ahead, Sayeed said British Columbia offers its citizens endless resources and opportunities but there are too many social shortcomings. B.C. has the worst rate of child poverty; government ministries share rosy economic outlooks while seniors are lining up at food banks; ICBC is raising rates; and a lack of educational investments has lead to chronic school closures, he said. “We need NDP candidates who can not only talk about these issues, but also someone who has the experience and the track record to offer knowledgeable and practical solutions.”

Remember last time highway was rerouted? VIEW STAFF If the province ends up deciding to reroute Highway 97 in Peachland, it won’t be the first time. “Back in the 1950s they moved it from Beach Avenue, which was Highway 97 at the time,” said local historian Richard Smith. “All the way down to deep creek. That was completed in 1961.” Smith was living in Peachland at the time and remembers photographing the heavy equipment that constructed the new highway. “Back then there was very, very little consultation. They just determined that they could no longer have the traffic run along Beach Avenue because by 1961 it couldn’t handle anymore,” he said. “Nowadays they certainly allow the public to have their say and ask anything they want.” To widen the highway where it runs along the lake, Smith said rocks that were blasted away from higher up were dumped along the shoreline. “And there were no traffic lights whatsoever, either Princeton Avenue or anywhere else.” Smith contacted the Ministry of the day to ask if the highway would be built at a higher elevation than Renfrew Road – which is far lower

than all five options to come from the Peachland Transportation Study.

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING PEACHLAND SENIORS’ SUPPORT SOCIETY Notice is hereby given that the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Peachland Senior’s Support Society will be held on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 10 am. Council Chambers, Peachland Community Centre Located at 4450 6th Street, Peachland, BC

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Since the Peachland View is only 20 pages every week, top priority has to be given to issues most important to Peachland residents when deciding content. At times it can be difficult which news items have to be left out. But in the lead up to an election cycle, like the provincial one next spring, neglecting content becomes easier as far more peachy “news” seems to be coming out of government bodies. It’s kind of expected that an incumbent government would co-ordinate their good news in time for when their jobs are on the line. In the past week, the provincial government has issued press released that brag about increased funding towards a buy-local program, growth in B.C.’s lumber market, more protection for our provincial parks and growth within tourism markets. Provincial ministries haven’t shared good news so frequently since four years ago. But sometimes politicians generate partisan news items that can’t be ignored. When the province makes a big funding announcement locally, it’s important and can’t be disregarded – even if it was a result of blatant electioneering.  Sitting politicians tend to deny the suppositions that funding announcements become more frequent in the lead up to campaign season and that they target swing ridings Unfortunately, those suppositions can’t be proven either way because there’s no method of defining whether public monies were truly spent on partisan or altruistic purposes. But it’s hard

to ignore the pattern of pandering that comes about before an election cycle. Beyond our provincial borders, there’s a leadership contest going on right now for the federal Conservative party One of their candidates has received significant media coverage by sharing extreme ideas like dismantling the CBC and heavier vetting against immigrants with anti-Canadian values. She’s often compared to President-elect Donald Trump, and pundit Rick Mercer said her ideas are a “secret language” for angry white people. Her hopeless vision has no place in the Peachland View, but she especially deserves to be ignored because she’s embracing such polarizing issues for the media coverage – her ulterior motive isn’t to encourage important discussions. Even though most of the publicity she receives is negative – since it’s so easy to call her ideas extreme and outrageous – she knows it works well as a fundraising tool, attracting the attention of potential donors who relate with far right-wing philosophies. Self-serving political announcements aren’t the only news items that are regularly ignored. So are drugs.  While it can be fascinating to learn about the dark underbelly of our communities, the Peachland View isn’t a resource for people who are exposed to the risks of illicit drug use. This audience probably won’t benefit from hearing the tired warning that heroin is being laced with fentanyl.

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Contrarily, the province seems out of touch with the realities of drug abuse. Earlier this month, Premier Christy Clarke told a group of reporters that fentanyl is now being found in marijuana. When reporters checked her facts and discovered that no fentanyl-laced marijuana had actually been reported in the province, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris conceded the mistake but doubled-down on her warning. “As we’ve all heard from the Vancouver Police Department, (Premier Christy Clark’s comments that we had a confirmed case of marijuana laced with fentanyl) was reported in error,” Morris had to admit in a press release. Then two sentences later, “We continue to warn the public that any and all drugs can be tainted with fentanyl, including marijuana.” A warning like that isn’t going to help anybody. Readers don’t need to be reminded that sprinkling a powder onto a herb exists within the realm of possibility. The noise deserves some ridicule every once in a while. But beyond all the veiled campaign efforts, ads disguised as news and sordid issues that get treated hysterically, there’s always something intriguing to report upon, be it planning the future of Highway 97, Tarik Sayeed winning the NDP nomination for our riding or finding our about local veteran Bettina Fuchs’ journey to the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto. Dan Walton Editor


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Future of Hwy 97 puts community between rock and hard place Peachlanders are between a rock and a hard place - a big rock and a very hard place. The Peachland council is asking for a tax increase (again) to support infrastructure. That’s on top of the $350/parcel annually that we all have been paying since 2008 for a water treatment plant that we don’t even see coming. Factor in that there are many seniors in our town who are on fixed income. The message is that the current tax base cannot support the town. Consistently increasing taxes is not sustainable. The solution is a larger tax base. A larger tax base comes from increasing the number of residents and business taxpayers. That’s not happening. We need residential developments that actually happen. We need vacation accommodations, attractions that will increase tourism and we need visitors that make Peachland a destination not a drive through community. We have the bare bones here with something like 10 kilometres of lakefront, some outstanding restaurants, spectacular south facing views and a few enterprising small business owners offering holiday adventures and shopping experiences. What we lack is the tax base to support our town. What the “In Place” (existing route) people miss is the probable death of Peachland should the town be thrown into several years of upheaval with highway construction. How will current tax paying businesses survive? Will new tax paying businesses come to town? Will developers be attracted during the upheaval? Will new tax paying residents arrive? The answers are “no” during construction, “no” while the Hwy. 97 controversy goes on year after year and we can forecast “no” should we have Hwy.

97 running through town. Route 97  is North America’s longest continuous north-south  highway. It extends from Weed, California to Mile Zero of the Alaska  Highway, at Dawson Creek, B.C. Hwy. 97 generates a lot of through traffic, now and forever. Think about how Hwy. 97 travelers and commercial truckers, two-thirds of whom are through traffic, will navigate Peachland during construction. Will Beach Avenue be the main detour? If so, what becomes of Peachland community events like Show & Shine, the Canada Day Parade and Celebrations, Christmas Light Up and so many other local activities? What happens to our beach front, current businesses and Beach Avenue residents? What happens to the many Peachland seniors who cannot absorb continued tax increases? Do they leave? We are not talking about a disruption of months. We are talking about a disruption of years … enough time to change the town forever. What will happen to this town? After construction, if the proposed highway is “in place”, would residential developers be attracted by available land overlooking multilane interchanges and the noise of heavy traffic? With no space between the new highway and the lake, exactly where do visitor upgrades, new businesses and tourism developments go? Take a short drive on Highway 97 south to the off ramps for the two Okanagan Provincial Parks. Look at the road objectively and critically. Is this really what you want to see running right through our town? What you see there is a highway servicing a park. We are talking about our town. There are five pro-

posed routes for a bypass. Three of the five options completely miss all current residential areas. No property owners are compromised by three of the options. There would be view space between the bypass and the lake for residential developments and visitor accommodations. Maybe there’s a developer out there who could create a golf course. Who knows? We very much need destination and residential developments and new businesses to increase our tax base so we can support the town infrastructure, maintenance and water system plant. We need land overlooking our spectacular views that must remain unspoiled by a major highway, to bring in destination and residential developers. Nowhere else in the Okanagan are such views still available. Developments just won’t happen when the view is multi-lanes of interchanges, new traffic signals, new access lanes, on-ramps, new connections, road extensions, overpasses and crossovers. Developer and development are not dirty words. They are our pathway to an economically viable future. We need these folks. We need to encourage and attract developers. We need to make Peachland appealing to them and we need to do that now. The suggested first three options for a bypass, offer uninterrupted quality of life in Peachland and sustainability of current businesses during construction. Bypass options 1, 2 and 3 create spectacular view space between a bypass route and the lake. This space would be available to and attract developers.

COUN. CUNNINGHAM AND Mayor Cindy Fortin seen speaking with Murray Tekano from the MOTI during the open house on Nov. 21.

Existing route (in place) options do not offer the economically sustainable future that all of us want for our town. In my opinion, a west side bypass starting at Peachland and dropping at the north end of Swan Lake would benefit Peachland, West Kelowna, Kelowna, Winfield and Vernon by offering through travelers and commercial trucking a Central Okanagan bypass route. Let’s not forget that twothirds of our traffic is through traffic, not visitors. Many of these folks would use a fast bypass route north. Massive cost and safety issues could be resolved by a west side bypass. Maybe we won’t need a second bridge if through traffic is diverted. As unsafe as this is, Westside Road is already used as a bypass. I’m amazed that West Kelowna, Kelowna and Vernon do not demand bypass solutions to in-city traffic challenges. But that’s just what I think. By the way, here’s a short message to councillor Pam Cun-

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ningham. The Hwy. 97 Task Force was not formed “a few years ago.” I joined the task force society as a paid member when I arrived here in 2004. The Hwy. 97 Task Force Society had been in place for many years before then. Some past members, who cared deeply for Peachland’s future and advocated a bypass, are no longer with us, including

my husband who died “a few years ago.” That’s how long the Hwy. 97 Task Force has been dedicated to Peachland’s future. There is a difference, a very big difference, between 900 paid society members and 900 people signing a petition. Anyone interested can join the Hwy. 97 Task Force Society at Make your opinion

count by completing and submitting your questionnaire on peachlandtransportationstudy. MOTI is finally listening. Do something before it’s too late. Our town is slipping away from us for the sake of a highway. We’ll never get it back. Wylli Seipp Peachland

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Basing ideals on Fox News? There is only one tolerable option This letter is in response to the Letter to the Editor of Nov 18 in the Peachland View written by Laurel Watts. I am truly sorry that your personal economic experience was so devastating under the government of President Barack Obama. I don’t know if your situation was a result of the devastation caused by the corrupt government of President George Bush, but certainly thousands, if not millions of peoples’ lives were changed as a result of the illegal transgressions that occurred under his watch and that is what President Obama inherited. You obviously have very little regard for Hillary Clinton and you are not alone. However , to compare her to the bombastic, narcissistic, divisive assaults of Donald Trump is a great example of false equivalency. Your comments to the author of the article stating that he is quote “only the second rude Canadian that you have come across” is based on what? Is it based on the fact they have an opinion that is different from yours? I have spent the best part of the past four years in the U.S. and I have found there is a pervasive

inability to engage in a respectful difference of opinion without resorting to personal insults. You also suggest the author may be uninformed. Once again I ask uninformed by whose standards? Fox News? I believe it is safe to say that you and I would have somewhat different political views, however, we should be able to advocate for the issues that are important to us as well as call out those leaders we feel are causing harm This can be done while still maintaining personal responsibility for our own civility when challenging or disagreeing with each other. To comment on the concerns that I and millions of other people have with regards to the competency of Trump as President is beyond the confines of a short letter. I, like you, hope that peoples’ lives become better as a result of his triumph, however, I must say that if the hateful, white supremacist, war hawks he is placing in powerful positions is a harbinger of what is to come, I am not feeling very optimistic. Dyan Burnell Peachland, B.C.

Constructing a bypass that invades the highland residents of Peachland is an assault. Spending millions of dollars to remove traffic from lower Peachland and then rerouting through the backyard of highland Peachland accomplishes nothing. There is no net benefit. I suspect the most logical choice is to four-lane and improve Hwy 97. It’s cheaper to build, maintenance is less, and Peachland businesses won’t suffer more than they already do. Less miles would be driven, less fuel would be used, less greenhouse gas would be emitted and there would less disturbance to wildlife. Intersection improvements and sound berms would be required and probably in the future, quieter and cleaner vehicles would also help. If the MOTI decides to four-lane Hwy 97 as per the original plan, it would not be an unreasonable choice. However, if a bypass is to be built, then it must bypass all of Peachland, not just lower Peachland. Option No. 1 is the only equitable choice for a bypass. Options 2, 3, 4 and 5 are not acceptable, and even the slightly higher elevations of

Option No. 2 and Option No. 3 still violate southwest upper Peachland. The jewel of the Peachland lowlands is being close to the lake and enjoying its beauty. The downside is the noise of the highway The people who chose to buy or build near the highway, knew the highway was there and any effects of living by the highway should come as no surprise. In contrast, the jewel of the Peachland highlands is the quiet tranquility of being removed from the highway.The downside is the distance from the lake and highlanders are obviously not expecting that to change. But they invested in tranquility and destroying this with a close bypass is an infringement and an ambush. Asking highland Peachlanders to accept a poorly located bypass is like asking lowland Peachlanders to drain the lake.Both areas should be respected. If the government decides to spend the extra money on a bypass, then Option No.1 would be the only tolerable choice. Bypass all of Peachland or forget it. Daine Garner Peachland, B.C.

No four-lane highway through existing neighbourhoods I must say that I was quite alarmed at a great many of the proposed “options” that were presented at the Hwy. 97 Open House last Monday. Peachland is an incredibly lovely town. You do not route a four-lane highway through an existing neighbourhood, yet three of the five by options and one of the “in-place” routes did exactly that. A bypass goes around, it does not go through. An in-place route expands the existing route in place and does not reroute a portion through an existing residential neighbourhood. These four options should have been discard-

ed during committee deliberations and never presented to the public as viable options. And the second “South of Princeton” option that went through the trailer parks, should have been designed to go around them. And if that means going slowly, then you reduce the speed limit. If it is to be a bypass, then only Options No. 1 and No. 2 are really options as they are the only ones that bypass Peachland. All of the others would bisect Peachland. If it is to be in place, then it must be in place. If issues exist such that the existing route

can’t be expanded in place, then it must be a bypass. If expanding it in place would necessitate slow speeds for stretches, then stretches must have slow speeds to protect the nature of the town and the safety of the residents. But in no instance should a four-lane highway be routed through an existing neighbourhood. Period. End of discussion. Rick Ingram Peachland, B.C.

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ly need only two key items: proper footwear and a day bag. Find a trail near you at http://, which features GPS and elevation data and user-generated tips from beginner to advanced trails. And if you’ve already been hiking your neighborhood trails, maybe it’s time you experienced the next level of this natural high on a daylong trek. Long-distance hikes open up a whole new world of terrain and boost your

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Our democracy can still be improved Option No. 3 will be best The recent US election, where fewer voters picked Trump than his opposition, has demonstrated the need in Canada for a more fair and representative voting process than can be achieved under our present first-past-the-post voting. Soon we will be able to change our present horse race style election where in Canada winning less than 40% of the vote can give you 100% of the power. Many voters believe that their vote does not contribute to electing a representative that reflects their personal interests, that they are throwing away their vote, or that they have to vote for someone as a tactic. But many/most countries in the world have chosen a more fair system of proportional representation, rather than continue with a first-past-the-post voting system left over from colonial days. On December first, the all-party electoral reform committee will report their recommendation to the Liberal government.

80% of the witnesses before the committee have recommended some system of proportional representation (where every vote goes toward the election of a representative in parliament), and it is expected that the committee may lean toward Mixed Member Proportional (where you elect a local representation as well as elect the proportion of the votes to a party). This is the system in operation in Germany and New Zealand and many other countries, as well as the system that the voters on Prince Edward Island recently decided was in their best interest. Soon we will be asked to complete an online survey for Canadians to indicate their preferences to the Federal Government. Change can be frustrating, and to understand a new voting system will take interest and time, but if we are to future-proof our democracy, I believe that a change in our voting system is necessary. William Stocks

District should cancel $25,000 contract Peachland pressed for a study separate from the second crossing corridor, so a separate Hwy 97 Transportation Study we got ! Two down, two more to go. Last Monday’s Open House added a good deal of new data and ideas to those presented at the first consultation. All the information seemed to engage the huge turnout of Peachlanders. Queries , answers, and suggestions filled the space with lots of sound and maybe even a bit of fury. Cost figures were promised for Open House #3. I admit that the two-year study tries my patience somewhat, but all in all, the exercise will likely benefit the community. I sense that the process , together with some important stats and data, is serving to heal the symptoms of the pro or con split over the issue.

This development was aggravated by the unanimous support for the By-Pass by the District council and administration. As one of the sponsors of the Study, surely it was incumbent on the District to be a neutral participant and withhold any preference while input from the community was being considered. Instead, council further voted to spend $25,000 of available grant money to engage Grant Lachsmuth, an Urban Systems expert on inter – government relations, presumably to lobby the Ministry to decide on the By-Pass option. In the interests of protecting the consultative validity of the Highway 97 Transportation Study. I urge the District to reverse its actions and cancel the $25,000 contract. Dora Stewart

Salute to the Scarecrow committee Dear editor:

Doris Muhs and I were honored at the Peachland Business Awards night to accept a trophy on behalf of the Scarecrow Festival Committee as the winners of the Creative Sector. We thank the Committee for all their work. We would like to point out that we were just facilitators for the creativity of others. The award belongs

to the many businesses, community groups and private individuals who built and displayed scarecrows. Without them the festival would not have been the success that it was. It was a job well done. Lets do it again next year. Eldon Kerbes Peachland, B.C.


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Dear editor: Home study was required to complete the Comment Form provided at the recent MOTI Highway Open House Of the five bypass options MOTI says that Option No. 3, long advocated by the Task Force, “stays well above most populated areas.” It remains the best bypass option. Evaluating the road connection options for the In-Place scenario requires careful study. The signal light options are clearly better. With the no signal light options, all the northbound Princeton Road traffic, including gravel and logging trucks, would funnel through Beach Avenue.. There is literally no

route from downtown or the IGA to Trepanier territory. For safety and to preserve the character of Beach Ave. the In Place scenario must retain the existing three lights and add a fourth at Trepanier Road. The only route out for northbound traffic from the south end of Peachland will be by way of Renfrew Road extended via Heighway Lane, Lipsett and Princess to Princeton Road. These are substandard roads, narrow, without shoulders or sidewalks and are totally unsuited and unsafe for heavier traffic flows. The direct impacts of In Place on Peachland’s economy and ambiance are all negative.They include reduced property val-

ues on Beach Avenue, near the highway and on connecting roads and ramps, the loss of existing amenities such as the doggy beach, boat launch park and parking for tennis and skateboarding. But traffic volumes are bound to keep increasing and property values will depreciate in concert. In the absence of revenue to improve local road standards, saturation will choke off development including any hope for new businesses. The In Place option as presently portrayed will be a sociological disaster and the start off an economic death spiral. John Abernethy Peachland, B.C.



DECEMBER 2, 2016


Community effort unwedges youngster’s hand from door DAN WALTON EDITOR

When the hand of a curious little toddler became lodged deep in the door at at Peachland Post Office, everybody in the area dropped what they were doing to help. “My sons and I had a very scary incident over at the post office today and I just wanted to express my thanks to the fellow Peachlanders that helped us!” mother Emma Webber wrote in an email. On Nov. 23, her three-year-old son Jackson’s hand became trapped in the automated exterior door and he began to scream. “His hand was firmly stuck within the frame and the door was pushing on it trying to close,” she said. “I ran to my son in a panic, a lady in the line up named Colleen came and grabbed the door and held it, another person yelled to call 9-1-1 and another ran to the pharmacy to buy baby oil to loosen his hand. Meanwhile my son is just crying in pain and fear.” That’s when Chelsea Argent and Orysya Fetterly became involved, the pharmacists and owners at Peachland Pharmacy in the same plaza. “Somebody came into the pharmacy and said there was a little boy who’s hand was stuck in the door,” Argent recalled. “’Do you have anything to loosen it up?’ he asked.” Argent brought some dish soap to the Post Office but to no avail.

“We were nervous to open door further in case is would pinch his hand more,” Argent said. There was worry that the solution would have to be unhinging the door. “(Argent) then noticed I had Samuel, my 20 month old, also with me strapped in his stroller, and she asked me if she could watch him and take care of him for me,” Emma said. “We just brought him over into the pharmacy just to keep him occupied,” Argent said. “We gave him a couple little foam balls from the store and he played with them until Emma’s friend (Dauna Hill) came and got him. He was a good kid and very calm, he just played with the balls and giggled a bit.” Over at the Post Office, Jackon’s hand finally slipped out. “Then suddenly after what felt like ten minutes his hand came free!” Emma said. “Colleen came to the ambulance and asked me if I needed anyone and if she could call anyone for me. The lovely post office lady, bless her, kept my packages for me as we were whisked away in an ambulance to the hospital to check for a broken hand.” Thankfully Jackson’s hand wasn’t seriously injured, just some bruises and swelling, Emma reported. “And a lesson learnt to not do that again I think! “I was just so taken with my fellow Peachlanders today who helped a Mum out in what could’ve been a horrible accident… I felt very grateful to all those people that offered their help, care and concern for my little family today.”

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The Corporation of the District of Peachland NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that Council will hold a Public Hearing on: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm Council Chambers in the Peachland Community Centre 4450 – 6th Street, Peachland, BC Council will hear from persons who deem their interest in property to be affected by the following bylaw amendment: Bylaw No. 2047 to amend Schedule “A” of District of Peachland Zoning Bylaw No. 1375, 1996 from A-1 Rural Agricultural zone to R-3 Multiple Residential – Low Density zone. Approval of this bylaw and consolidation of this lot with the lot located immediately to the south (already zoned R-3) will allow the proposed development of 97 residential units within 21 buildings.

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Sayeed faces tough challenge as local NDP nominee Congratulations to Penticton city councillor Tarik Sayeed on being chosen as the NDP’s nominee in the Penticton riding in the next provincial election. In a low-key nomination meeting held in Summerland that took a mere 75 minutes, Sayeed beat challenger Toni Boot in a two-way race between a Penticton councillor and Summerland councilor. Unofficially the vote count was Sayeed 156; Boot 137. Sayeed now has the enormous task of facing incumbent Dan Ashton in the May 2017 election. Ashton has been a good MLA and delivered on his promise for the patient care tower at Penticton Regional Hospital. He also found the cash to bring new life to both Trout Creek and West Bench Elementary Schools, at least for another two years. His contributions to the riding also include affordable housing units and a daycare for Okanagan

College. Although not a cabinet minister, his portfolios have all been prestigious. A nomination meeting is different than an election. Ask Marshall Neufeld. The Conservative candidate in the 2015 federal election did an amazing job securing the nomination but didn’t have the support of the electorate as a whole. Some candidates can win a nomination meeting, but not the election. Others can win an election but not a nomination. It’s strange. He who has the most friends. Every major party uses this system — which for the record I’ve always hated (see previous editorials and columns) — where candidates sell party memberships up until a cutoff date. It’s unfair when a lifelong Conservative, Liberal or NDPer works tirelessly for a party but is given the same vote as somebody who joins for one year merely to vote in a nomination meeting. It also divides party

members. On the plus side, it’s a wonderful fundraiser for the local riding association and the logic is once someone has joined the party, for whatever reason, they could stick around. My guess is with the Penticton NDP, their inner-circle wanted Boot. To be blunt, she was winnable. Sayeed is a formidable guy with a strong social conscience (you often see him out chatting with street people). Unfortunately, city council has a dismal 21 per cent approval rating (Oraclepoll), even lower than Nanaimo where you have a councillor running around telling the mayor to “bite me!” Summerand council, on the other hand, can do no wrong. Boot topped the polls for council, first of 21 candidates, and her popularity has stuck. If I were Ashton I’d say the word “waterslide” 10 times at every all-candidates forum although Sayeed could counter with the words

No condos at Turner Here we go again. Another developer coming into our beautiful little town to make a mess of our hillsides and leave. The development of Turner Park should not be allowed to go through! It was a sad sad day 10 years ago when this property came up for bid and the city was well below what it went for. Even worse than this day was when the city had the opportunity years before that to buy this property and they didn’t. Shame shame shame!!! There is no other property in the hills of Peachland where you could have a more beautiful park and what does this developer want to do? Destroy it! I’ve lived in the city for 36 years and never want to leave. I’ve seen many changes. It’s progress, you can’t stop it. Progress is good but doing it by destroying land that is used and enjoyed be so many already, is just wrong. I drive by this park every single day and every time I do, I see someone in there enjoying what Turner Park has to offer. A little park for the kids, a huge area to take your dog for a run, an outdoor rink to play basketball or hockey and in the winter, it has a great little hill for kids to slide down. My children learned to fly a kite there, learned how to ride a bike and learned how to skate on the ice there. This park gets used and is loved by many. These days we talk about how kids don’t have anything to do anymore. If this land is developed then there goes another place where our children can’t go to just be kids.

Residence of Peachland--write letters, sign petitions, go the meetings and show them how much you care about this town. I know you are all busy, and I am too but it needs to be done before it’s too late. One day, you might want to go for a walk to Turner Park to play catch, to fly a kite and you may find it’s not there anymore and it will be too late. Counsel and Mayor—I hope you listen to the citizens of Peachland because there are many out there that are not happy about this. Listen to the people that pay the taxes here and that enjoy this town and care about it. I ask you to do whatever you can to make sure that the re-zoning of this park does not go through and never gets zoned as residential. Do what you have to do to find a way to buy this property or trade some land with the developer so that Peachland residence can enjoy this park forever. There is so much the city could do with that land. A beautiful playground, a place for pickleball courts. To the developer and owner of this property – Thank you for letting the residents of Peachland continue to use Turner Park for the past ten years. We love this park and want to continue to use it. I understand this is just business for you but it means so much more to us. This is just the wrong piece of land to be developing. Michelle Fulton Peachland, B.C.

“hockey dorm.” What I do know is most of the votes were cast at the advanced poll and there was a strong representation from Penticton’s Indo-Canadian community (including teens who are eligible to vote in party nomination), surprising because they’ve traditionally been Ashton supporters. Presumably they were supporting Sayeed and traditionally vote as a block making it difficult for an opponent to win.

Nobody is unbeatable but a lot will depend on the provincial trend. People vote the party and leader first and the local candidate second. Based on the history of the riding (which also includes Summerland, Penticton and Naramata) Ashton could hold on even if the province went orange. Another factor may be whether the Greens bother to run a candidate this time. One thing we all found out from the

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Notice is hereby given that Council will hold a Public Hearing on: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm Council Chambers in the Peachland Community Centre 4450 – 6th Street, Peachland, BC Council will hear from persons who deem their interest in property to be affected by the following bylaw amendments: Bylaw No. 2147 to amend the text of the Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1600, 2001 by removing the requirement to complete an Area Sector Plan for the area described as “Upper Princeton” and to amend Schedule “A” District of Peachland Official Community Plan Map as shown below.

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Taking political positions on the approval of two new pipelines VIEW STAFF On Tuesday the federal government approved the Kinder Morgan Transmountain Project and Line 3 Pipelines while rejecting the Northern Gateway proposal. Reactions have been polarizing. “In anticipation of a federal decision, our government has been consistent in fighting for British Columbia with the five conditions for any new or expanded heavy-oil pipeline,” said MLA Mary Polak, Minister of Environment. “That remains the case today, and we will work to ensure each of our conditions are met.” The five conditions include receiving regulatory approvals; world-class marine-spill response; world-leading land-spill response; participation of Indigenous populations; and a fair share of benefits for British Columbia. “Because we have taken that clear and principled approach to stand up for our province, we have seen the proponent and the federal government take actions, including Ottawa’s recent Ocean Protection Plan to address world-leading marine spill prevention and response,” Polak said. “I have every confidence in B.C.’s environmental assessment process.” Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver is pretty dreary about the news. “In a blatant betrayal of British Columbians, Prime

Minister Trudeau just approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline,” he said in an email. “I cannot express how disturbed I am by this decision. We were promised change. We were promised a government that would put people first. And instead we see yet another federal government steamrolling a pipeline agenda over First Nations and over you. Weaver said British Columbia will be “completely and utterly unprepared” in the event of a major oil spill. Weaver also said NDP party leader John Horgan has been on both sides of the issue over the past two months. “The time for political calculation and cynical halfway promises is at an end,” Weaver said. However, Horgan maintains that he’s always been against the Kinder Morgan and said Clark should be taking a tougher stance to ensure coastal protection, rather than relying on the Prime Minister. Without making any firm commitments, Horgan said if the NDP form government next year, they will “Look at every mechanism available to us to ensure” British Columbians best interests are protected. Premier Christy Clark is optimistic about the pipeline approvals so long as the five conditions are upheld. “For the past four and a half years, we have said we would measure the project against these five clear principles, and that for the expansion of any heavy oil

movement through British Columbia, these conditions are the path to get to yes,” Clark said. The five conditions will ensure the protection and priority of British Columbians’ interests, she said. “I told Prime Minister Trudeau I look forward to him coming to British Columbia to share his thinking behind his decision, to tell British Columbians directly about the values and principles that guided him in coming to this decision. I stressed the importance of him coming to our province to talk about why this is in the national interest.” The feds also put a moratorium on tanker traffic along B.C.’s north coast which will take effect in the spring. Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau said the strikes the right balance between the economy and environment. “Canadians expect the Government of Canada to help grow the economy while protecting the environment,” said Garneau.” This tanker moratorium is another example of how this can be achieved, and shows our commitment to establishing a world-leading marine safety system that meets the unique needs of Canada from coast-to-coast-to-coast.” In Vancouver, protests against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline began just hours after the announcement was made in Ottawa. Demonstrations are expected to continue throughout the entire process.

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tag. Worse is that the roughly $32 Billion the Liberals are borrowing to use as seed money for the creation of the Investment Bank is money that could but will not be spent on building infrastructure in the very same municipalities that will not be able to participate in this expensive program. This

Infrastructure Bank in my view will be detrimental to not just our region but many regions across Canada. As it is my practice to not just oppose but also propose I have a different idea. Instead of paying lucrative returns to private global investment firms the Liberal Government could instead increase

the rate of return on Canada Savings Bonds so that everyday Canadians could benefit and at the same time lower the $100 Million project minimum so that the majority of Canadian municipalities can participate. Dan Albas can be reached at Dan.Albas@ or by calling 1-800-665-8711.

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they may find difficult to express in a rational manner. Writing allows time to reflect rather than unleash something verbally they may later regret. Yet, not communicating at all can result in a ‘Keep out’ sign on the bedroom door. Rules for the competition along with the prize awards are downloadable from our website at: peachlandarts. ca/2017-literary-competition. The topic in keeping with Cana-

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tered it as such. It is titled ‘Joey’. You can read the story here: w w w.peachlandarts. ca/prose. Well, there you have it! About two months for you to write something or prompt your child to write something for the February HeArts Festival. It can be done! How about it? The Bjorn Kriel Trio wowed a Peachland Art Gallery crowd of 50 on Saturday, November 19 with an hour of superb jazz - Bjorn Kriel on keys, Alex Argatoff, bass, and Jason Martin on drums. One of their main mentors is Craig Thomson the music instructor at Mount Boucherie Secondary School. Bjorn’s own composition, A Street of Water, inspired by an unexpected deluge he experienced in Vancouver, had the audience wanting to head for higher ground - a brilliant musical interpretation. This is a young group of dedicated musicians each indelibly in tune with their particular instrument and bound for greater heights. Let’s follow along as they move on toward university in Toronto! You can watch a slideshow of the trio playing at the Gallery here: PeachlandArtGallery/ videos. The Peachland Art Gallery’s 1st Annual Christmas Artisan Market started Tuesday the 29th in the heart of the Mary Smith Hall. You’ll be able to browse for gifts skilfully crafted by some of the finest artisans in the Valley. The market carries on simultaneously with the popular Artists of the Okanagan exhibition, Tues. to Sat. 9 to 4 pm and Sun. 10 to 4 pm until December 23. Why not view the show and perhaps complete some Christmas shopping at the same time? Peachland’s Variety Singers will vocalize Our Favourites on Sunday, December 11 at 2 pm at the 50 Plus Activity Centre on Beach Avenue. Pieces include What a Wonderful World, Flying Free and, to

honour the recent passing of Canadian poet Leonard Cohen, the international favourite, Hallelujah. Admission is by donation and refreshments will be served after the concert. In nearby Summerland the Musaic Vocal Ensemble will be offering a Christmas Concert Dreams and Visions at 2 pm on Saturday, December 10 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church. The programme accompanied by piano and saxophone, will include Hymne ā la Nuit (from the Baroque opera Hippolyte et Aricie), Hine Ma Tov (a hymn of Jewish tradition), and ‘I Dream a World.’ Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. The same programme will be performed in Penticton at the St. Saviour’s Anglican Church on Friday, December 9 at 7:30 pm. It’s the season for holiday celebration and the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO) and Creative Okanagan have joined forces to create the First Annual Creatives Holiday ART Party a unique networking event for arts professionals in the Valley. This is an opportunity for all Valley artists to get to know each other while celebrating. On Tuesday, November 29, artists of the Central Okanagan arts community were invited to Wine and Art Bistro in Kelowna for this Annual Creatives Holiday ART party. Unlike so many other industries and professions, arts professionals have very few social and networking opportunities. While having fun and celebrating the successes of 2016, attendees will be informally presented with upcoming programming insights for 2017 by arts organizations across the Okanagan. The event tickets are $15 and include your first drink, appetizers and sweet treats. Tickets can be purchased at store/?model _number=Creatives-Holiday. Bethany Handfield

is offering a Holiday Card Encaustic Workshop in Summerland creating beautiful seasonal cards using encaustic, stamps, and stickers. This workshop is perfect for beginners and everyone will go home with a set of holiday cards. Join Bethany for a fun workshop from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on Sunday, December 4 at the new Bead Trails shop on Victoria Rd North in Summerland. The cost with all supplies provided is $45. Penticton’s Front Street Gallery will be introducing new guest artist Mairead Sikkes and exhibition titled Inscape on Saturday, December 3. Born in Ireland and encouraged from a young age to pursue the arts, Sikkes is skilled in oils, acrylics and watercolor. The opening coincides with Penticton’s Santa Parade and the collective artists would like you to stop by and share some Christmas cheer between 2 and 4 pm and browse their original paintings, photography, prints, cards, and calendars. The exhibition ends Dec. 23. Crossing Lines, a collection of new works at the Tumbleweed Gallery on Penticton’s Main Street is the latest exhibition by the gallery’s collective artists now on show until June 2017. Drop by to browse for possible gifts or just to admire and chat. In keeping with the holiday spirit, here are some of the other special exhibitions that are currently or shortly being offered around the Valley that will suit the average-sized wallet. You will find all of these mentioned on the events page of the PCAC website at w w w.peachlandarts. ca/art-exhibitions. Most important seasonal events have by now been preannounced and so if you don’t mind I’ll take a December break, and, except perhaps for the occasional odd mention, I’ll hold back until January when I’ll pick up the slack once more. See you then, my arts friends. Adieu!


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Local athlete representing Team Canada at Invictus Games DAN WALTON EDITOR


Sports are becoming a more common therapy to help veterans heal their battle wounds. Just ask local Legion member Bettina Fuchs, who’s focusing her attention towards the 2017 Invictus Games. Before moving to Peachland, Fuchs toured with the Canadian military to countries in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Then shortly after retiring from the army, she was diagnosed with cancer and managed to overcome it. Now, the next mountain Fuchs is facing will be at next year’s Invictus Games. The Invictus Games were founded in 2014 by Prince Harry as an international sports tournament for athletes who became injured while serving their country. Some participants are still involved in military service though most have retired as veterans. The inaugural event took place in

London, England, this year’s happened in Orlando, Florida and the 2017 event – where Fuchs is training for – will be held in Toronto. Knowing that Team Canada will be joined by other injured soldiers from around the world, “It’s going to be amazing to learn off each other,” she said. Athletes from more than a dozen countries will gather in Toronto for the Games, which may be reminiscent of Fuchs’ time stationed in Cambodia. There, Canadian forces were working alongside 27 allied nations and the only soccer-baseball field was on Canadian turf. “Everybody used out sports field and came and played with us,” Fuchs said. “We would just have fun – there was never any political stuff in the way. When it comes to sports it brings everybody together.” Fuchs first learned about the Invictus Games through her volunteer work, which exposed her to the Canadian Forces’ Soldier On Program. Soldier

On is a non-profit that was founded in 2007 to promote healthy lifestyles among ill and injured soldiers and is sponsored by the Department of National Defence. Beyond the many physical battle wounds endured by Fuchs throughout her 24 years of service, she was also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. “The Games are about beating yourself, not to beat somebody else,” she said. “Because we’re all wounded, we’re trying to bring ourselves up.” She will be competing in three events – rowing, archers and wheelchair basketball. Rowing and archery are individual events and she will be part of a team for wheelchair basketball. “I’m kind of about basketball,” she said. “What I’ve heard

about training is that I’ll have to relearn how to shoot baskets by laying on my back.” Fuchs has experience playing basketball from her time in school and the military, but she was always allowed full use of her legs in those leagues. “And those guys are brutal on their wheelchairs – it should be called the Smash-up Olympics.” She didn’t waste any time gear up for the competition. As soon as she applied to the Games – before she was even accepted – Fuchs began training on an indoor rowing machine. With her head start, Fuchs feels most optimistic about how she’ll perform in rowing. And her schedule will intensify in April when she travels to Victoria for a training camp, then another in Toronto in June before returning again

to Toronto when the Games take place next September. Fuchs has been working with a trainer for the past year-and-a-half, and right now she’s working with a kinesiologist and trains at the gym three days per week. She spends 30 minutes each day working on cardio and an hour weight training. “My kinesiologist is looking after

my welfare and diet and guilting me into going to the gym,” Fuchs said. “I know she’s waiting for me there so I gotta go.” But no matter how well she ends up performing, Fuchs said there’s nothing more important about Invictus Games than the camaraderie. “Just the whole event of everybody being together, it’s going to be like being at the Olympics,” she

said. “I really miss that atmosphere, miss my bothers and sisters. Whether we know each other personally or not doesn’t matter – we embrace each other no matter what; we have each others backs no matter what.” The Invictus Games run from Sept. 23 to 30 and its theme in Toronto will coincide with Canada’s 150th birthday.


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