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Skaha Matters

Volume 12 : Issue 6 June 2020 Your FREE Monthly Community News!

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As summer approaches and our new normal evolves, we can support our communities by buying local and staying local. My focus is on getting more support to more people, more quickly. If you have questions, please reach out by calling or emailing me. Be safe and open your hearts. Richard Cannings, MP

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By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay COVID-19 has obviously changed our lives in the short term, and now there is a growing consensus that the pandemic will also bring more long-lasting changes to our society - how we value workers, how we treat our seniors, how we house the homeless, how we protect the environment, and more. One topic that is surfacing more and more often is the idea of a basic income. One of the first things we learned when the pandemic began was that Employment Insurance was completely inadequate to protect workers from lost income. Sixty percent of workers do not even qualify for EI. So, the government brought in the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, which provides $2000 per month to workers who have lost their income because of the pandemic. CERB is an essential lifeline for millions of Canadians, but there are still hundreds of thousands who fall through the cracks of the program’s qualifications and therefore can’t access it. CERB has raised some interesting questions about how we take care of vulnerable Canadians. Some people have commented to me that $2000 per month is simply not enough to survive on with dignity in Canada. But, we only provide about half that to people who are on social assistance and disability pensions, and only about 75% of that for the combination of Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. These conversations have raised the profile of a basic income in Canada. How would such a program work? Would it discourage people from working? How could we afford it? Some of those questions can be answered by looking at the

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results of pilot programs in Canada and elsewhere in the world. It turns out that a properly designed basic income program does not discourage people from working, although some parents may choose to stay at home longer with infants and young people may choose to stay in school longer. In many cases, it has given people living in poverty the hand up they need to start their own businesses and get back to meaningful work. The cost of the program obviously depends on how many receive the benefit. A universal basic income would entail every adult in Canada receiving the benefit and, while that would have been a good idea in this pandemic to temporarily support everyone who needed it quickly and with a minimum of red tape, it is unsustainable in the long term. My former colleague, Guy Caron, is an economist who has studied and promoted what he calls a Guaranteed Minimum Income, or GMI. This would simply be a guarantee that no Canadian should or would live below the poverty line. The GMI is meant to complement our social services, not to replace them, although it could be integrated with existing federal programs that are essentially forms of basic income, such as Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement, and the Canada Child Benefit. Caron calculates that a GMI would cost about $30 billion per year to implement in Canada. It may sound like a lot of money, but it would save billions in the long term. Hospital workers know that a lot of our health care expenses go to treating poverty related illnesses, not treating disease. By keeping all Canadians above the poverty line, we will have healthier citizens, youths who stay in school long enough to qualify for the good jobs of the future, young people who aren’t tempted by a life of crime to make ends meet. And, money provided to low-income Canadians circulates in the community, instead of being moved offshore or spent outside the country as a lot of corporate subsidies are. We can eliminate poverty and all the negative impacts that it has on people. It’s time to take a serious look at basic income in Canada. If you have any questions or concerns, please email richard. cannings@parl.gc.ca, or phone 250-770-4480 in Penticton.

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Monthly MLA Report By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen I will start by thanking all of you who have steadfastly followed Dr. Henry’s suggestions over the last two months to enable BC to flatten the curve of Covid-19 infection and move into Phase 2. It has been and will continue to be, a challenge to maintain what has been accomplished. We are now able to expand our contacts on a personal level to other trusted friends or family members, still keeping the number under 10 and preferably only 2 or 3 that we have close contact with. I will, like you, finally be able to see immediate family, but will try to keep some distance also. These low contact numbers will help to keep us safe over the next few weeks and months as we slowly re-open our economy. As more people move around in their communities, maintaining social distancing will be extremely important. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, then do so. If a business, to protect its employees and customers, asks you to wear a mask, then please do so gracefully. While we have stayed home, the economy of our Province has suffered. Our local businesses have had no income over the last two months and many did not qualify for any of the government programs either. Now is the time for all of us, who can, to get out and show support for our community businesses. Traditionally, Tourism has been the biggest contributor to the economy of the South Okanagan and Similkameen. Starting in May, there were Spring Wine Festivals and other Events that drew thousands of people here from all over Canada and beyond and our beautiful weather and lakes brought families here for generations to spend their summers. And, perhaps if June goes well, we will be able to invite BC Tourists to our region in July and August. While there are no laws currently prohibiting inter Provincial travel our Health Authorities are discouraging it. However, if you do see license plates from other Provinces, please be tolerant, we have no idea of why they are here and it is not our job to be the “virus police”. If you have a genuine concern for your own health and safety, you can call 1-888-COVID19. Dr. Henry’s advice every day includes the words “be kind”. This spring and summer, our businesses will be relying on all of us, as local consumers, to support them so that they can pay their staff (who are also our neighbours) and restart our local economies. We are lucky to have a wide variety of businesses in our communities and almost everything we need can be sourced locally. And, every time you go into one of our local stores, please thank them for being open. There is a shortage of labour in agriculture, and difficulty in getting the personal protective equipment needed to engage in picking, sorting and packing our fruits and vegetables. Farmers will be challenged to get the fruit off the trees and fresh produce to our fruit stands and grocery stores. Now, more than ever before, we can do our part by buying local. And, to add to this difficult time, we are now in flood season. While I have been told the possibility of a flood event like that of 2018 is very low, we are already experiencing extreme river flows and some evacuations in Grand Forks. Now, during a Pandemic, our Emergency Responders face a far more difficult challenge in keeping people safe from flooding and

the virus at the same time. I am extremely grateful to everyone working in our Emergency Response Centres, as we move through the spring freshet and then into a potentially bad fire season. The Legislature will also resume in June under very strict health and safety guidelines. We will not all be sitting in the Chamber, as social distancing protocols will be in place. We will follow the same Legislative agenda, but much will be conducted virtually and then assembled by Hansard to create a session that appears to be as normal as possible. You will be able to watch as always on the Legislative channels.

Our office will also begin a slow opening, once we have installed the required barriers and have supplies on hand to keep Staff (shown above) and Constituents safe. I will post hours as soon as we are ready. As you know, we have been working remotely during this time and continue to respond to phone messages and emails as appropriate. Emailing your concern or issue is best, as we can then direct it to the proper government department for a response.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’ Welcome to June. Happy Father’s Day! I am writing this on May 22, 2020, so things may have changed by the time you read this article. I encourage everyone to find creative ways to be respectful of physical distancing, while celebrating Father’s Day and each other. Physical distancing remains a high priority for your safety and the safety of friends, family, and others. Ron Obirek Please continue to wash your hands Director of regularly. Wearing face masks is now RDOS Area ‘D’ encouraged as a matter of public safety and also respect to each other. The highest number of receptors for the virus is in the nose. Masks help prevent the spread of the virus from the wearer of the mask to others and they may provide some benefit of preventing the virus from infecting the wearer. The science is not certain, but so far countries that have worn masks have had better outcomes than countries that have not. Physical distancing and handwashing are still critically important, even as the province reopens activities that were previously closed.

The Okanagan Falls Community Association (OFCA) has been busy working with the Economic Development Office staff on issues of importance to the community, including Main Street beautification, economic development, matters of concern in the community and focused on general community betterment and improvement. Objectives of the OFCA include community engagement, community spirit, communication and information, investment, housing and jobs growth, safety and security, stewardship, quality of life, governance, and leadership. The OFCA Board of Directors are: Matt Taylor (President), Ron Crawford (Treasurer), Karen Kruger (VP - Memberships), Jak Meyer, Matt Kenyon, Bob Daly and Jim D’Andrea. Four targeted subcommittees have been created by the OFCA: 1) Investment and Development; 2) Communication and Engagement; 3) Governance; and 4) Community Policing, Security, and Beautification. Memberships are just $5 each and payable by e-transfer to OkanaganFallsCommunity@gmail.com. Everyone is welcome! The OFCA will be putting on public meetings in the future. Watch for notices and details in Skaha Matters and elsewhere. Thank you very much to the OFCA for excellent work. Ideas for beautification and improvement include flower gardens, increased Christmas lights along the beachfront parks and trestle bridge and Main Street, murals on buildings to create beauty and interest and pride in our community.

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre has been activated Thank you to Dr. Malcolm Paterson, a local resident and retired for Covid-19 and is also monitoring the flood and fire concerns molecular oncologist. Dr. Paterson made an excellent presentation in our area. Specifically, they are monitoring Shuttleworth Creek at the RDOS Board virtual meeting held on May 21, 2020. For in Okanagan Falls. Sandbags are available at Keogan Park. If those of you who would like to watch Dr. Paterson’s presentation, anybody has concerns or questions, please contact the RDOS a recording can be seen at the RDOS website. As Dr. Paterson Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225. cautioned our community, “Don’t let your guard down ... it will The RDOS is taking steps to reconvene our Parks and Recreation come to bite you if you do!” Dr. Paterson also noted that British Commission meetings and our Advisory Planning Commission Columbia has done an excellent job in physical distancing and meetings. As we return to more activities, we need to continue to flattening the curve. The British Columbia rate of deaths per million be mindful of the public health and safety recommendations. BC population is approximately 1/10 that of the United States and is has done an excellent job flattening the curve and keeping the also approximately 1/10 the rate in the province of Québec. We transmission of Covid-19 to lower rates than we see in some other need to continue to follow the advice and recommendation of our jurisdictions. Our community has also done an excellent job and I provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. am grateful to everyone for all the efforts already made to keep us There is, however, a lot of positive success to celebrate with all safer. If anyone has concerns or worries, please contact your respect to our ability to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We need healthcare provider. Covid-19 testing is available for those who to proceed cautiously as we reopen activities. There may be a need or have concerns. The greatest risk continues to be people 2nd wave and a need for a return to more cautious approach in who do not have symptoms who are transmitting the disease. This the coming months. We will need to be flexible and adaptable. is why physical distancing continues to be so important. People Based on our success so far, we have reason to be encouraged who have no symptoms can and do spread the disease. Physical that we will get through this as we continue to work together distancing is saving lives. and be mindful of the dangers of the spread of this virus. Much work is being done around the world to develop treatments and a vaccine. Thank you again to everyone for the excellent job done in respecting the health and safety rules regarding Covid-19.

I want to encourage all to be mindful of the high risk that our healthcare providers are facing. Doctors, nurses and emergency first responders are in extremely dangerous jobs, as they help and respond to those who are sick whether they show signs of A lot is happening in our community that is very positive. I have the virus or not. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, communicated with Sgt. Bayliss of the RCMP and our new RCMP please take extra care to isolate yourself from others. If you are Superintendent Brian Hunter. Sgt. Bayliss is our RCMP liaison concerned about your symptoms, please telephone healthcare officer and we have had preliminary discussions regarding matters providers for advice. Proper physical and social distancing from of concern in our community. I hope to meet with Sgt. Bayliss and healthcare providers is also critical for the best public health and Superintendent Hunter in the near future to discuss our community safety. Over the phone instructions will be provided specific to concerns in more detail and to make arrangements for a community your circumstances. Additionally, BC CDC has provided an online public meeting in the Okanagan Falls School Gym when Covid-19 assessment tool that may assist you in determining whether you rules permit. Until then, I ask all who have concerns or issues to have symptoms of concern at www.thrive.health/covid19. please call me and if possible send me emails with specific details. I look forward to the return of the “Coffee with the Director” I will share your concerns with the RCMP. I will also communicate meetings within the community. Please watch future Skaha concerns that I am already aware of. We shall be taking steps Matters for notice of time and place. In the meantime, and as to improve the quality of police service in our community. Please always, I welcome phone calls or emails any time. watch Skaha Matters for a notice of time and date of the RCMP Yours Truly, public meeting yet to be scheduled. Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Page 6 | June 2020 | SkahaMatters.com Direct: 250.328.9800 | robirek@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca


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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Randy Perrett, Chair It’s kind of sad that as summer is just around the corner, so many of us are still in hibernation. What we are in the midst of is unprecedented and we are all coping the best we can. This means that we are still not back to normal at the Irrigation District. The office is still closed and it will be a while before you can drop in and see Kim’s smiling face. However, the latest technology is making life easier and more effective for us to operate. The electronic, and online credit card and bill payments made it much easier for everyone to square up with us. On that note, if you are finding it tough to take care of your bill during these tough times, please contact Kim and we will try to work something out. Meanwhile, the Trustees and our staff are trying to operate in a new normal. Our testing and sampling are still being performed and our flushing is just about done. We are still working with and complying with Interior Health to ensure that our water quality remains at top quality levels. On another note, the Board has an immediate opening for a Trustee for a one year term. It might be a good chance for someone to test the waters before committing to a full three year term. If you are interested in joining the Okanagan Irrigation Board of Trustees, please contact Kim during regular business hours, either by phone or email to pick up nomination papers. The closing date for filing will be 4:00 pm on Friday, June 19th. If we want to be effective, on the cutting edge and with the times, we have to get with the latest technology. Zoom has been our answer. The Trustees are an older crowd. We’ve all made a lap around the Sun at least sixty times, but have figured out how to conduct a meeting or join a webinar. Looks like old dogs can learn a thing or two. We are still checking out the possibility of getting a student summer grant to give us some help during the next few months to assist us in some of our summer tasks, hydrant maintenance, lawn cutting, and general irrigation district upkeep. We still have to see if this works out. It’s also sad that Centennial Park remains closed for organized events for the time being. Once Dr. Bonnie gives us the green light to open up, it would be nice for all of us to assemble for an Okanagan Falls get together at our park, with music, food, friends, families, and hugs! Something I’ll work on with our Okanagan Falls Community Partners Group. Please, to all of us who live here, and our visitors, contact us at any time for any questions, suggestions, or ideas that we can build on, and work together with. Not just during tough times. Water We Thinking ~ When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember the Fire Department usually uses Water! ~ Unknown

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On May 19, 2002 at 5:19 pm, a report came in of a GMC pick up on fire at the gravel pit on Eastside Road. When the firemen arrived, the vehicle was fully involved. Two fire trucks and 9 members responded. There was no one in the truck at the time. On June 14 at 3:14 pm, a 1914 Ford Model T ran into a dirt bank on Green Lake Road near Hawthorne Road. Of the 2 adults and 2 children in the vehicle, only one adult received injuries. They were going downhill at the time and the brakes failed. On July 11 at 9:04 pm, a GM Tracker rolled over with three occupants and one was ejected. The incident happened on the 300 block of Eastside Road. All three patients were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. On July 13 at 6:17 am, a MVA occurred on Weyerhauser Road between Hwy 97 and Oliver Ranch Road. The driver of the Chrysler Daytona was still in the vehicle when our firemen arrived and found the other passenger on Wallace Road with head injuries. The occupant of the Wallace Road residence also called 911 about the incident. Okanagan Falls Fire Department received a call of a structure fire on August 23 at 5:32 pm on Hwy 201. The location was at the Post Mill and Bucking Mill. Four fire trucks and 14 members responded to the call. Once the fire was out, it was found that more damage was done to the machinery than the structure. Estimated damage was $70,000. The next two incidents are a bit unusual. The first one came in on October 16 at 9:04 pm by Vaseux Lake bird tower on Hwy 97. A young couple were sleeping in their 1995 Pontiac Sunfire, when they got cold and tried to start their car for heat. The car wouldn’t start, but they could smell gas, so the driver decided to check under the hood. He lit his lighter for some light and the gas fumes ignited. He ended up receiving facial burns and smoke inhalation. By the time the firemen showed up, the car was fully involved. The second unusual incident happened on October 23 at 6:42 pm at the corner of Hwy 97 and Oliver Ranch Road. The call came in as a vehicle fire. The odd thing was that the vehicle was on a tow truck flat bed. It seems that there was gas leaking from the vehicle and somehow caught on fire. There were no injuries on that incident. On March 25, 2003 at 0:09 am, a Dodge Neon took out 2 sections of guard railing on the bridge on 9th Avenue and resulted with the vehicle ending up in the water. No occupants were around when we showed up. When the RCMP arrived, they reported to us that the vehicle was stolen. On April 28 at 10:34 pm, a Honda Civic went off the highway about 2 kms south on Hwy 97. The driver and passenger were found about 150 yards south of the vehicle. A mother and a 1.5 year old child were found by K-9. Both patients had minor injuries, except the mother was found unconscious. To be continued ... Safety Tip: June is National Safety Month. Nearly 80% of playground injuries are caused by falls. High summer temperatures are coming. Drink fluids, even if your not thirsty, wear loose, lightweight clothes and a hat, and use sunscreen to avoid Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke.

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department June 2020 Tip Summer is coming, we are encouraged to stay close to home. We have a brand new boat launch and dock, so this could mean lots of people are going to be enjoying lovely Skaha Lake. Don’t forget these boating safety rules: • Make sure your boat is water ready, BEFORE you hit the launch site. Kaleden Irrigation District News • Have enough life jackets for everyone on board - Children By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee should ALWAYS wear a life jacket and adults should have one Is Your Water Bill In The Wind ... ? All Water Bills were mailed within reach. to ratepayers by mid-May. If you have not received your bill by • Always have a spotter in the boat when water skiing, tubing the time that you are reading this, you need to contact the KID etc. Office ASAP! Payment is due June 8th, 2020 and a penalty of • Be weather-wise. Check the forecast and head to shore, if the 10% will be added if payment is not received by that date, with weather changes. an additional 10% applied if not paid by October 1st, 2020. This • Do not EVER transport your passengers to the boat dock last year, Canada Post changed the mailing addresses of many already in the boat. This is a big concern in Kaleden and a Kaledenites, and YOU need to advise KID if your mailing address practice that could lead to serious injury or death. It sounds has changed (several reminders about this were included in past like fun, but it is a very dangerous activity. KID columns, starting back in May of 2019). Last year, Water Bills were forwarded by Canada Post to new mailing addresses, but Have a fun, safe summer! that service has now stopped. At the time of writing this column in www.mountainvalleyplumbing.ca mid-May, our Administrator Cheryl Halla estimated that there were at least 100 incorrect mailing addresses on KID’s billing list, with 20 already returned by Canada Post marked “No Such Address”. Notifying KID of your correct mailing address is your responsibility, and neglecting to do so will NOT be accepted as reason to waive Michael Eyzenga penalties for late payments. 778-220-8288 34 - 8300 Gallagher Lake Frontage Road Spring Has Sprung, the Grass Has Riz ... And irrigation season Oliver, BC V0H 1T2 mountainvalleyph@gmail.com is in full flow. KID pumped 240 million liters MORE in April 2020 than in 2019; prompting this reminder summarizing the basic HONESTY ~ INTEGRITY Water Conservation Measures now in effect: • Water only 6:00 - 10:00 AM and 7:00 - 11:00 PM on your assigned watering days June FireSmart Tip • Properties south of Lakehill Road water on Tuesday and By Linda Dahl Thursday and Saturday ONLY FireSmart BC has a very informative website to check out. It will • Properties north of Lakehill water on Wednesday and Friday give you ideas and tools to get your property completely fire safe. and Sunday ONLY • No watering on Monday for anyone, except for hand watering One of the key ways to mitigate wildfire threats is to manage which can be done anytime vegetation on properties in fire-prone areas. Fuel for forest fires • Run automatic underground system only from 11 PM - 6:00 naturally builds up over time, but it doesn’t have to accumulate AM on watering days (AM) on your property if you follow the FireSmart principles. One of the • Natural or landscaped areas on agricultural properties must first, and most important areas to address, is excess vegetation follow the above measures around your home. The above measures will remain in place until further notice (and Homeowners can also take steps to find out how they can some long-range forecasters are predicting a hot dry summer, so manage vegetation on their own property. Keeping your gutters stay tuned ...). clear of leaves, cutting your grass to below 10 cm and removing Let’s Stay Safe ... Also until further notice, contact KID staff by excess branches that hang near your roof can save your home phone or email. For any matters that cannot be dealt with remotely, from the threat of wildfire. For more detailed information, the the KID Office will be opened by appointment only. And, please FireSmart Guide to Landscaping is a great resource for vegetation pay your water bills by cheque (mail or use the drop slot at the KID management and will help you protect your property where it matters most. Office) or online - no cash, please! 250.497.5407 | k.i.d@shaw.ca The Kaleden FireSmart Board thanks homeowners for continuing to do excellent work on their properties. There is, however, a build Office Hours: 9-12 Mon/Wed/Thur up of tumbleweeds along the roadways and fallen branches that 119 Ponderosa Avenue V0H 1K0 could encourage a brush fire to grow. Filling a truck full from time www.kaledenirrigation.org to time, if you are able, would help reduce these fuels. Thank you.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’

Covid times have been interesting times for RDOS and all residents, as we navigate the new world of social distancing. I would like to thank everyone for doing their part in slowing the curve in the spread of the virus, as we work through how to continue to offer the services that residents expect. Keep healthy and socially distanced, while enjoying the community. Subrina Monteith Director of The Pioneer Park boat launch and RDOS Area ‘I’ dock have been completed just in time for our summer employment. The dock was funded by Community Works Gas Tax funds. The boat launch project that past Director Siddon started has been completed with the addition of the dock. Final touches on the pathway through the park and finishing up the landscaping are the next steps to wrap up the project. The Kaleden Sewer Project will open for public consultation via website on June 5th at www.kaledensewer.ca. The service area will have a minimum of 140 homes and once assent is achieved it can begin with a $6.2 million dollar grant to complete a $9.4 million dollar project. Twin Lakes residents are calling for a fire service after a recent scare in the community. I’m collecting names of residents who are interested in more information on the potential creation of a fire service. Once we have enough volunteer interest, the review of creating a fire protection service can begin for Twin Lakes residents ending in assent to create the service. Contact me for more info and to put your name forward to potentially volunteer. Twin Lakes residents will be able to access the lake through crown land access points in the near future. RDOS has secured the licence to occupy and maintain these crown lands around the lake. One location, which is the largest of the parcels, will become a community park located at the intersection of Twin Lakes Road and Westview Road where the mail boxes are located. RDOS will be hosting community input sessions in June. Watch the Facebook group “Twin Lakes (BC) Community” for more information. The goal is to keep the area natural and allow residents a place to park and access the lake. I will take suggestions via email as well. The process moving forward will be to evaluate the land and then to make a plan. NO vegetation or trees are to be touched during this time of planning, unless RDOS staff are present. The goal will be to have volunteers in the community work on the project as it unfolds, so stay tuned for more information. A review of the allowance for shipping containers is currently being done at RDOS. At present, the Electoral Area Zoning Bylaws are silent on the use of metal storage containers, and the Regional District has interpreted containers to be “accessory structures” and as being allowed within a zone in which “accessory buildings or structures” are listed as a permitted use and provided the containers are used in association with a principal permitted use and comply with all relevant zoning provisions (i.e. setback, building height, parcel coverage, etc.). The use of metal storage containers within the Regional District, due to their versatility and ease of re-use for residential, agricultural, commercial and industrial purposes, has led to an occasional concern being expressed, including: aesthetic considerations (i.e. compatibility with residential neighbourhoods / highway commercial developments); safety concerns (i.e. targets for break-ins when being used for storage purposes); and building permit implications (i.e. confirmation the structure complies with the BC Building Code in relation to its intended re-use).

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In response to these considerations, as well as the experience of the member municipalities (as evidenced through their zoning regulations), the Regional District is proposing, amongst other things, that metal storage containers only be permitted in the Rural Zones (i.e. Resource Area, Agriculture and Large Holdings - all of which have a minimum parcel for subdivision of 4.0 ha). In the Low Density Residential zones (i.e. RS1, RS2, RD1, etc.) the placement of a metal storage container would be limited to one (1) per parcel and the container must be clad in a similar material to the principal dwelling and be provided with a pitched roof. To provide feedback, the form can be submitted electronically and found on the RDOS website at www.rdos.bc.ca/developmentservices/planning/strategic-projects/metal-storage-review/ Area ‘I’ has a new RCMP liaison officer who will be invited soon to a community gathering to answer any questions any residents have. As well, this liason officer will be working with the KOP (Kaleden on Patrol) committee. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca SkahaMatters.com | June 2020 | Page 9


Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office By Robin Irwin, Economic Development Coordinator It appears things are slowly beginning to creep back towards “normal” in our little town, and that feeling could not have come a moment sooner. “New Normal” is a term we are getting used to, although no one really seems to know exactly what that means. We have become accustom to plexi-glass separation when shopping, following the floor dots and arrows like a virtual video game, and mostly just trying desperately to learn these new rules, and find ways of being together, while simultaneously staying apart.

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It is weird ... but we will get used to it, as we have become used to staying home, homeschooling our kids, eating outside of restaurants and standing on sidewalks waiting for permission to collect the things we need. We, like many others, are navigating this re-opening process with caution, with our sights set on a welcoming space that respects the health and safety of all who visit us at the Economic Development Office, or travelers stopping in at the Visitors Centre over the course of this coming summer season. We are thrilled to have approved funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program to support one full time position in our Visitor Centre for the 2020 season. This has never happened at the Okanagan Falls Visitor Centre before, dedicated staff who will ensure the Centre is accessible 7 days a week from June to October. We applied for this funding in partnership with the Okanagan Falls Community Association to support Visitor Centre volunteers, who have generously given their time to keep the doors open for years without asking for anything in return.

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We will be posting for this position and interviewing youth aged 15-30 who are interested in gaining experience working with the public, building relationships with tourism-based businesses and RCMP Community Report assisting in marketing our area to the wider regional community. COVID-19 Cyber Threat We encourage anyone who meets that criteria and is interested in a full time job this summer to send their resumes to us here in Interpol has reported that there has been an increase of domains registered with the key words “COVID” or “Corona”, to take person or by email. No one knows our town better than those who live here, and the advantage of the growing numbers of people searching for dedicated volunteer team, along with Deb and I, will serve as information about COVID-19. Many of these are considered to be mentors to our summer staff. We will guide, educate and support developed with malicious intent. At the end of March, malicious as they learn the ins and outs of creating a welcoming and safe and 40,261 high risk newly registered domains were discovered.

According to Pala Alto Networks, cyber criminals are creating fake websites related to COVID-19 to entice victims into opening malicious attachments or clicking links, resulting in identity theft or illegal access to personal accounts. With more people working at home, criminals are exploiting vulnerabilities of systems and We are all tired, and uncertain, as to how our economy will reboot networks and applications used by businesses, governments after this long spell of inactivity and this event has shocked and schools to support staff. With more people relying on online our systems in a way we have never experienced. But here in tools, security measures put in place prior to COVID-19 are Okanagan Falls, we are ready for the challenge, as we have becoming over burdened, putting the things we do online more weathered storms before and will again. What we have going for at risk. Therefore, it is even more important to follow safe online us is resiliency, a strong community and a sense that we are all in practices and to ensure that you have proper security to protect this together. your systems and networks from attack. Don’t open unsolicited Deb and I are here, as always, to fill you in on what is available emails and click on links unless you are sure they are safe and to support businesses and individuals. We are always looking from reputable businesses. It has been said before and it is still for grants, for partnerships and opportunities to do better for our holds true, beware of anyone or anything demanding payment in community, to work together, to collaborate and to share ideas. bitcoin, gift cards or threatening that you will be arrested if you Our office is expected to re-open officially in June, allowing one don’t pay up immediately or comply. Ensure you check your credit visitor in at a time. We are looking forward to seeing you again. card and bank accounts regularly for any suspicious activity. By being vigilant, you can safely navigate the online world, which has Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook! become an even more important source for obtaining products, information and communicating during these unprecedented times. environment where accurate and up to date information will be available; directing visitors to the very best Okanagan Falls has to offer. An emphasis will be placed on providing the details on how everyone will be doing business in a post covid-19 world.

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Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association Petition Against Proposed Trailer Park By Norm Gaumont, Chair

The Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association (VLSA) and 98% of Vaseux Lake homeowners are appalled by the proposal at 3500 Highway 97. An application has been submitted requesting the exclusion from the Agricultural Land Reserve of land at 1.2 hectares of Lot 1, The Okanagan Falls Community Association is trying to do just sections 16 & 21; township 85 SDYD plan 1340 located at 3500 that by setting out a ‘Strategic Plan’ for Economic Development Highway 97 to create a large commercial trailer park with sewage, and Covid-19 Recovery in Okanagan Falls, working in partnership water and electricity. The Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association has identified the with the RDOS. Our first webinar was held on Wednesday, May 13th, and it WAS following environmental concerns, which have been articulated to a bit of a rodeo! But we persevered, had a good meeting and got the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen: lots of good input. Thank you Ron Obirek, Area ‘D’ RDOS Director, 1. A trailer park with cement pads for 35 trailers within 20 feet of the shoreline will result in destruction of the sensitive shoreline and Linda Larson, MLA, for opening and closing the meeting. ecosystem. Anywhere from 50 to over 100 individuals can And, thanks to all for taking the time and providing the insightful be expected at the trailer park year-round and they will have comments and support provided. access to the shoreline, which is presently a bird habitat. With excellent direction from the community to date - 200 survey 2. In 2009, the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen respondents, and 40+ webinar participants - we have very turned down a 12-unit complex on the same property. The effectively defined the Strengths / Weaknesses / Opportunities / Association believes a 35-pad trailer park would have an Threats, and the Barriers to Change. The next step is to identify even more serious environmental impact, especially when achievable objectives, and do-able plans and actions, that would considering sewage treatment and the dangers of sewage take the community in a positive direction. The likelihood of seeping into Vaseux Lake. getting any of these individual plans or actions funded or acted, is greatly improved by presenting them together in a Strategic Plan; 3. In both 2017 and 2018, flooding occurred on Highway 97, originating from a creek just north of where the septic field showing how the individual pieces fit, and how together they move is being planned. An independent study needs to be done the community in a positive direction. to assess how future flooding will affect any waste water The OFCA Board has received a number of suggestions for treatment system on the property. these achievable objectives and do-able plans and actions, and developed a number of others. Further suggestions are most 4. Public access onto and off Highway 97 at the property is dangerous. Entrance from the south has limited line-of-sight welcome! The OFCA Board will meet several times in the next and pulling onto Highway 97 with slow-moving vehicles towing month to review these suggestions and bring them together into trailers where some vehicles are travelling over 100 km/hr has a comprehensive ‘Strategic Plan’ for Economic Development and the potential to cause serious collisions. Covid-19 Recovery in Okanagan Falls. 5. It is the Association’s position that the property in question So, if you know ‘what we need to do’ in Okanagan Falls, please is zoned within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and send us an email to OkanaganFallsCommunity@gmail.com or that this designation is there to protect agricultural land. m-taylor403@shaw.ca. The owner as per the Electoral Area ‘D’ OCP bylaw 9.2.13 Have a great June. Stay safe. Keep Healthy. And, help us turn must provide a report by a qualified Professional Agrologist Okanagan Falls in to a real pot of gold! stating the property is incorrectly designated. As the land had orchards in the past and presently has a vineyard, the Association questions the legitimacy of this request to change the designation of the land out of the ALR. The Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association strongly believes that Vaseux Lake bird and wildlife conservation should take precedence over allowing large commercial trailer parks in a bird sanctuary For All Your Storage & RV Needs ... Think EASY! surrounded by lands protected for wildlife. The VaseuxLake.com Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30, Sat 9:30-4 & Closed Holidays website has already received over 3600 signature on our petition 1964 Oliver Ranch Road, Okanagan Falls to stop the development. If you agree, please go to Vaseuxlake. com and sign the petition. info@easylockselfstorage.com www.easylockselfstorage.com SkahaMatters.com | June 2020 | Page 11


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Animal Death Toll on White Lake Area Roads: 2,500+ Over 4 Years. Wildlife vehicle collisions are increasing and creating serious issues for all British Columbia’s wildlife, including many rare and endangered species. Between 1998 and 2007, BC Ministry of Transportation (MoT) shows 93,853 animals were killed on BC Highways. The actual total of wild animals killed from 1992 to 2002 is likely 200,508. This doesn’t include birds, small mammals, amphibians, or reptiles. There are 4 to 8 large animal vehicle collisions every hour in Canada. Speed is the greatest contributing factor in wildlifevehicle collisions. Differences in statistics of reported vs. actual deaths is due to injured animals crawling off the highway to die, scavengers taking remains, snow or vegetation cover, and larger animal remains being removed by motorists. This difference can lead to underestimates of the threat of roadkill to populations. On an average year in BC in vehicle-animal collisions, 3 people are killed, 570 motorists are injured, $700,000 is spent on highway clean-up, 6,100 animals are recorded as killed, and 18,300 animal Photo by Shiri Sobkow deaths are unrecorded. Road mortality of smaller wildlife is rarely reported as they don’t usually cause damage to vehicles or injuries to people, but can have severe impacts on the wildlife populations. Stephanie Winton, MSc, studied road mortality of reptiles, amphibians, birds and small mammals, over a 4 year period on 12 km of roads in the White Lake Basin ^. She and her colleagues counted over 2,500 animals killed by vehicles between April and October. They estimate the actual road mortality on this small stretch to be about three times that as scavengers were observed removing remains before they were recorded. Winton found one animal dying for every 100 vehicles, including blue birds, flickers, hummingbirds, robins, tree frogs, alligator lizards and at-risk wildlife species like the Western Tiger Salamander, Painted Turtle, Lark Sparrow, Western Rattlesnake, and Sage Thrasher. What can you do to reduce wildlife road mortality? Watch for and obey yellow diamond shaped Wildlife Warning signs. Reduce your speed! Drive actively - watch for wildlife, movement, or shining eyes on and beside the road. Be extra cautious between dusk and dawn. Where possible, drive in the middle lane to provide more distance from the ditch. Slow down and save lives! * https://www.wildlifecollisions.ca/Default.aspx

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Canada Day 2020 By Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator

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Life is different this summer, to put it mildly, and we are embracing a new vision for Canada Day Celebrations in our communities. We will miss the usual festivities, but the celebration will be grand nonetheless! We are really excited about the community driven Celebrate Canada Cheer Parade moving through Okanagan Falls on Saturday, June 27th (see the ad on the opposing page.) Thanks to Heather Jackson and her mom Gerrie for getting things rolling (pun intended), and to Sharon and Lorne of Okey Dokey Entertainment for offering up their lively brand of music for the ‘party feel’ of the travelling road show. This project is generously funded by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan - Neighbourhood Response Program. Parks and Recreation will be along for the drive to distribute swag bags and Canadian novelty gifts ... and warming us all up for the big day to come. On July 1st, we are co-hosting a virtual show with the City of Penticton - to stream live from the South Okanagan Events Centre. We are still in the process of finalizing the agenda, but you can expect some awesome local performances with music, dance and magic! We have also created an opportunity to showcase ‘faces and places’ of people celebrating Canada Day around the region. Our hope is that people, families and family bubbles will stage a pre-celebration picture or short video ... and then send it in so that we can pepper the show with your smiles, costumes and favourite local landmarks. This is a chance to get creative, have a little fun, and show us your red and white spirit!

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The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or Send your photos from even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well. anywhere in Area ‘D’ or Area “Move for Health Day” was the ‘Chalk of the Town’ in Kaleden ‘I’ to Janet Black at rdosrec@ and Okanagan Falls on Friday, May 8th. An initiative of RDOS rdos.bc.ca. Please send high recreation, dozens of people of all resolution jpegs, taken in ages cruised through chalk obstacle landscape orientation. Short course and created art in their videos of about 5 seconds driveways, complexes and park paths. are also welcome! Let’s share If you missed it on Global News, our community pride with the here’s the link: https://globalnews.ca/ rest of the South Okanagan video/6924366/coronavirus-regionalon Canada Day through the district-of-okanagan-similkameenlive streamed virtual show cheers-up-community-with-chalk from the SOEC.


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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner I love researching how massage is so beneficial to people’s lives. I have touched on many specific diseases that receiving regular massages helps with, such as arthritis and diabetes. As with many diseases, there are many complementary therapies for people with cancer such as massage, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, to name just a few. The purpose of a complementary therapy is to help improve your overall health and well-being. The Canadian Cancer Society states; Massage therapy is the treatment of the muscles and soft tissues in your body. It can help lower stress, ease tension in your muscles and make you feel more relaxed. Massage therapy is one of the most popular complementary therapies used by people living with cancer. There is evidence that massage therapy helps people with cancer physically and emotionally, and it can improve their quality of life. People often use massage therapy to help reduce muscle soreness and stiffness. It can also help reduce pain (such as headaches and low back pain), anxiety and stress. It improves circulation and promotes relaxation and a sense of well-being. Studies have shown that massage therapy can help reduce stress, anxiety, pain, fatigue and depression. It can also help with problems sleeping (insomnia), improve sleep quality and reduce nausea. Some people might worry that massage in the area of a tumour can increase the flow of blood and lymph fluid, causing cancer cells to break away and travel to other parts of the body. Recent evidence suggests that the speed of blood or lymph fluid circulation has nothing to do with the spread of cancer cells. Massage therapy is safe for people with cancer. It’s always important to talk to your doctor and to tell your massage provider that you have cancer. There are many different types of massage to choose from. Creative Wellness Solutions provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used.

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Keys To Living A Long Healthy Life By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health I began my career with a dream. I wanted to help people live long, joyful, healthy, meaningful lives, free from disease and stress. I wanted to be a resource and support person to those wanting to achieve optimal health and to live their own dreams. Part of this journey lead me to examine research into the “Blue Zones”. Blue Zones are areas on the planet where unique societies live on average much longer than most humans. These “zones” exist in various unrelated areas of the world geographically, and include, regions in Sardinia, Greece, Costa Rica, California, and Japan. This fascinating research has uncovered some interesting common traits of long-lived peoples. First, we know from twin studies that only about 20% of life expectancy is governed by genes. This means that environmental and lifestyle factors are responsible for about 80% of how well and how long we live. So, what are these factors that help us to age gracefully, joyfully, and well into our 90’s and 100’s? Following is a list that anyone can easily adopt and that all of these various societies have in common: 1. Move Naturally ~ These folks do not go to the gym or compete in gruelling sporting events. They live close to nature and grow much of their own food. This keeps them active, in a natural, relaxed way. 2. Have Purpose ~ This translates to “Why I wake up in the morning”. These people can answer that emphatically and feel relevant and important because of their role in the world they live in. 3. Down Shift ~ Deal with stress by routinely shedding it in healthful way. Give yourself a break daily. Relax and do things you love regularly. 4. 80% Rule ~ Stop eating when you are 80% full. Eat slowly and savour your food. These people generally eat their smallest meal late afternoon or early evening and then don’t eat after that. Eating less food less often (intermittent fasting) is very health promoting. 5. Plant Slant ~ Beans are the cornerstone of most diets of long-lived people. Meat, poultry, and eggs are often also consumed. Vegetables are a regular staple. Food is local, simple, seasonal, and flavourful. One caveat to this is that there is no one perfect diet for everyone. We all have our own unique needs in this area. Not everyone digests beans well, for instance. Some benefit with more meat than others. Looking to your ancestral diet can be helpful in determining what works best for you. Avoid processed foods and add naturally fermented foods daily. 6. Wine @ 5 ~ (Now the good news!) Most of these centenarians drink wine moderately and regularly meaning 1-2 glasses daily with friends and/or with food. Organic is best. 7. Belong ~ Most of these people belong to a faith-based community. Denomination does not seem to matter, belonging and having faith do. 8. Loved Ones First ~ Families are put first in these groups. Aging parents and grandparents are kept close or even in the home. Commitment to a life partner is important, and much time and love is invested in their children. Page 18 | June 2020 | SkahaMatters.com

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Right Tribe ~ Living in a social circle that supports healthy behaviour helps us to live longer, healthier lives. Both good and bad behaviours are contagious, so choose wisely!

In this increasingly complicated world, it may empower you to know that simple, easy, lifestyle habits exert the most control over your health and longevity. Common sense does prevail! Cooperation is more important than competition, compassion more than criticism; gratitude, and service to oneself and others - these are important values to aspire to and help us all contribute to healthy lives and communities. Just a reminder that the new clinic will be opening soon at the OK Corral in Okanagan Falls. This will occur prior to July, but the exact date is yet to be determined. In the meantime, the Natural Family Health Clinic remains open at 1040 Main St, Okanagan Falls offering safe, ethical, science-based Naturopathic Medicine to all of our South Okanagan residents. Our vitamins and supplements meet the highest standards in the industry, and our Intravenous and pain injection therapies are helping individuals improve quality of life. We wish you all optimal health and happiness and are looking forward to serving your health needs in the near future.

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Join Our CSA Program Today! By Lily Yang Community-supported agriculture (CSA model) is a system that connects the producer and consumers within the food system more closely by allowing the consumer to subscribe to the harvest of a certain farm or group of farms. In return for subscribing to a harvest, subscribers receive either a weekly or bi-weekly box of produce or other farm goods. After you sign up to our CSA program through our website at www.handlfarm.com, a list of vegetables and fruits in season will be emailed to you weekly. We will pack a box of fresh no spray vegetables according to your choice. The box can be picked up from our farm every Monday, Wednesday or Saturday between 4-6 pm from June 1st to October 24. CSA members will be given priority when it comes to crops of high demand. We will have carrots, greens, peas, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, beans, potatoes, flowers, zucchinis, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, onions, apricots, cherries, peaches, blueberries, garlic, corns, winter squashes, etc. as the season progresses. Membership fees are due by June 1, 2020. Full season box (21 weeks) is $600. Monthly regular box (4 weeks) is $120. Monthly big box (4 weeks) is $160. In June, our juicy strawberries will be ready for picking. Carrots and peas will be available too. Starting from July, all the veggies will be ready ranging from tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, beans, potatoes, zucchini, etc. We will also have peaches and apricots. Of course, later in the season, corns, squashes and nuts will be available too. We are open for strawberry and flower U-pick. And, we also have fresh farm eggs from our happy hens all year around! Please visit our website, www.handlfarm.com, for more information and timing of produce availability. Our Farm Gate Sales are open from 4-6 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday until the end of October. We are located at 1644 Highway 97 South in Okanagan Falls.

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Water Features By Michel Destimauville

Just like in nature, water features are as varied as your imagination. The typical fishpond that you see in gardening magazines is just one example of water in your outdoor space. Some folks even have water features inside their homes, but you would have to be incredibly careful and seek expert advice from someone with a building background. In this brief article, I will limit my focus to outdoor features. There are many people who like the sound and sight of moving water, but do not wish to deal with the responsibility of maintaining a pond. I will talk about the various “pondless” possibilities in a short while. Assuming you want a pond, the next step is to decide whether you want to have fish. They will make the pond a lot more interesting, but they will require more care. Many people opt for goldfish, since they are relatively easy to look after, and an added benefit is that they will take care of any mosquito larvae that makes their home in your pond. A Koi pond is a bigger commitment, because these ponds need to be deeper and they require more filtration and maintenance. In return for your efforts, Koi are more social and make more interesting pets that become part of the family. If fish are not your thing, you can have a beautiful pond with aquatic plants and peaceful water lilies. With enough plants, you can do without a filter or even a pump. Wildlife ponds are also becoming popular these days. These often have a beach area for wildlife access and will attract frogs, newts, dragon flies and all kinds of birds. A waterfall adds another dimension to your water feature by combining sound and movement. These will immediately transform the feel of your backyard space. The enchanting sounds created by falling water will also waft into your house through open windows on hot summer days (or nights) and make you feel cooler. Waterfalls are an excellent way to recirculate water back into a pond and increase oxygenation of the water. In the last ten years, it has also become fashionable to make some waterfall displays ‘pondless’, where the water at the foot of the fall, simply disappears into a bed of gravel. There is a hidden tank underneath to collect the water. Pondless systems are also easier to maintain. Streams are also another way to incorporate water into the garden and I personally love the beautiful mellow gurgling sound they can produce. If your space is restricted, there are still several ways to create sound and movement of water. You could go with a traditional fountain, a bubbling rock or any of the various features now available for fountain types of displays. These will usually be set up on top of a hidden reservoir that collects the water where it can be pumped back up to the top of the feature. There are many ways that you can incorporate water features to make your outdoor living space more relaxing. If this appeals to you, we invite you to visit us at Skaha Water Gardens. We will be happy to help you and answer any questions to bring your water dreams into reality. Booking an appointment is usually best.

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May Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair

Our teachers have continued to offer remote learning opportunities to our students, and we have seen students doing some great learning at home! THANK YOU to all the families for their support. Some May highlights: • Emily - trying to grow an avocado plant • Calvin - hanging out with a salamander • Jase - being creative in the mud • Kaylee - ‘chef in training’ baking muffins

Audiobook Reviews By Kilmeny MacMichael Blackfish City ~ Written by Sam J. Miller. Narrated by Vikas Adam. Audiobook runs 10 hours 28 minutes. Set in a dystopian floating city populated by climate refugees, governed by artificial intelligence, corrupt politicians and police, this novel follows several characters from different walks of postapocalyptic life. A mysterious plague with curious psychological symptoms is infecting the neglected of the city, while a warrior woman arrives on the back of an orca. An underground storyteller disseminates information and hope to the despairing, and the leader of a crime syndicate plots a takeover. The people of the city are a kaleidoscope of ethnicities, genders and sexualities. The world building is quite imaginative, although not always easy to follow. The pacing can be a little slow at times, the plot gets perhaps a bit silly, and I was left with some unresolved questions. Dystopia and science fiction fans will likely find this story worthwhile for the intriguing multicultural, multigendered arctic setting alone. And I Darken - The Conqueror’s Saga, Book 1 ~ Written by Kiersten White. Narrated by Fiona Hardingham. MP3 Audiobook Each week we post a Falcon Weekly Challenge on our website at Runs 13 hours 27 minutes. okf.sd53.bc.ca ... Feel free to join in! This young adult alternate history fiction follows two siblings across • Layer-Up - Payton Warnick years of the 15th Century. Born the royal children of a subjected • Jean Up - Lily Rosberg and pets state, sent to the Ottoman court as ransom by their father, a timid • #tellthemyoucare - Cole Morris Radu, and bloody minded Lada grow from children to young adults, • Ms. Rose’s Retirement - Tessa & Kooper Mason as they navigate and rise through personal, political, religious and military intrigues, becoming trusted friends, and with time, lovers, of the boy who will become the next sultan. Despite this, Lada is determined not to forget her childhood, vow to return to and free their land from Ottoman rule. Likely, better for older teens, due to “thematic elements” - explorations of sexuality, sex and some violence. River Of Teeth ~ Written by Sarah Gailey. Narrated by Peter Berkrot. MP3 runs 4 hours 4 minutes. Imagine a ‘Spaghetti Western’, if the anti-hero was bisexual and riding a hippo. No, I’m not kidding. This novella is set in an alternative late 1800s Louisiana. Very alternative. Obscenities abound. So does violence. Our hero, Winslow Houndstooth, assembles a team, which includes a fat con woman, a non-binary explosives expert, a card-cheat and a pregnant contract killer. Their task? To clear a lake of feral hippos that eat people - and to exact revenge against the man who destroyed our hero’s hippo ranch. This book is the first in a series. The narrator sounds like he’s having fun doing the various accents and voices called for here. Bizarre, but it drew me in on its super-pulp-y, silly, violent little ride. Definitely not for everyone. Page 20 | June 2020 | SkahaMatters.com


School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee “Slow and Cautious” is the approach for the return to in-class instruction for the remainder of the school year. I would like to reiterate two very important facts for all families. #1. It is entirely optional for each family to determine if a part time return to school is appropriate for them. Please remember to be kind and respectful of everyone’s individual decision. #2. British Columbia’s K-12 restart plan is a science based, expert driven process in direct collaboration, guidance and most importantly the approval of the Provincial Health Office. During the last 5 weeks in the province of British Columbia, we have over 5000 students already attending schools successfully. These include the children of essential workers and some of our most vulnerable students. To the right is a letter that was sent to all families in the district from our Superintendent Bev Young with more details regarding the K-12 restart plans. For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or jstevens@sd53.bc.ca.

Time To Get Outside By Richard Stone We have been encouraged by the Public Health Minister to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. This is so important for our wellbeing, both physically and mentally. One thing we can all do to ease this global pandemic is to get our outside spaces ready for spring. Whether you have a balcony, patio, garden or full landscaped yard, we can all prepare for the next steps to enjoy our outdoor spaces starting right away. We can keep busy and encourage our kids to help, which is just what we need. Why not learn some basic gardening skills online, or perhaps teach our children what we know. You can have your own fresh flowers for indoor displays! Growing your own fruits and vegetables is relatively easy and actually a lot of fun. All of this will help promote good mental and physical health. Fresh air, fresh scents and beautiful plants will help you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and your efforts now will be there for years to come for your enjoyment. We feel safe to remain open, due to the outdoor environment and the ability to distance ourselves appropriately from each other. We can also arrange to have your order ready for your arrival for your convenience. Stone’s Throw Nursery is located in Okanagan Falls and is open from 10am - 4pm from Thursday through Sunday. They carry an amazing selection of perennials, trees, shrubs, fruits and ornamental grasses and all at the best prices in the Okanagan. Check out their website at stonesthrownursery.com. For more information, please call 250-497-5641 or email stonesthrownursery@shaw.ca.

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Okanagan Falls PAC Annual General Meeting is on Thursday, June 4th. We could use some keen parents on the executive! Please send any nominations or requests for the Zoom link to join the meeting to okfallspac@gmail.com. All parents and guardians of children in our school are members of PAC. Reminder, all coffee orders for the Backyard Beans Fundraiser are due on Friday, June 12th. Feel free to email us, contact the school, or find us on Facebook! SkahaMatters.com | June 2020 | Page 21


Upcoming Events ~ Board of Education meetings are scheduled for May 25, 2020 and June 22,2020 at 6:30pm. In closing, the Board would like to thank the senior administration staff, school administrators, the teachers and support staff for your dedication to establishing a safe, coordinated and collaborative approach for the continuity of learning of all students. We commend Acting Superintendent Todd Manual for his exceptional leadership in the challenging time of COVID 19. Also, the Board would like to thank parents and students for your patience and understanding as we move through this together. Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@summer.com, if you have any questions regarding the above. DE

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At the May 12, 2020 Business Committee of the Whole, Eileen Sadlowski provided a budget update. The Board reviewed the actual results up to April 20, 2020 and the projected budget up to June 30, 2020. The overall projections indicate a possible surplus of $551,623 at June 30, 2020. The expected operating surplus of $551,623 is the result of revenue of $60,306,839 less operating expenses of $58,913,666 less capital assets purchases (computer upgrade and related costs) of $600, 570 less the deficit retirement (2018-2019 fiscal) of $240,980. Ms Sadlowski expressed the current operating budget due to COVID 19 is constantly changing and the actual costs at June 30, 2020 may vary significantly from the projections in either way depending on the restart of schools prior to June 30, 2020. In addition, the Board is receiving monthly budgetary updates from the Assistant Secretary Treasurer, Helen Drury. Also, the Board reviewed the survey data results from the public consultation process regarding the development of the 2020-2021 Annual Budget. The survey was posted on the District Website from April 27, 2020 to May 7, 2020. Eileen Sadlowski and senior staff from SD67 met with district partner groups such as OSTU, CUPE, and DPAC to dialogue and receive input. The main themes that came out of the survey and partner group discussions request for the following to be considered in the 2020/21 budgetary process: • A review of the senior and district staffing levels and positions • Ensure minimal reductions in special education supports and classroom instruction and supports • Work to keep arts education supports The Board would like to thank everyone who participated in the above consultation process and those who took time to respond to the district budget survey. The final 2020-2021 budget recommendations have been developed by the district leadership team using the feedback. The budget will be presented at the May 25, 2020 Board of Education meeting. Also, Ms Sadlowski presented the cost pressures that will impact the 2020-2021 annual budget. The main concern is declining enrollment. In 2019-2020, enrollment declined by 110 students. In 2020-2021 the district projects a further decline of 187.88 FTE. It is anticipated that global issues, such as COVID 19, will have a negative impact on the enrollment of our international student program. Ms Sadlowski recommends that due to declining enrollment the Board conduct a Grade Reconfiguration and Long Term Facility Review in the Fall 2020 to ensure the district is making the most efficient use of its operational resources. At the May 13, 2020 Education Committee as a Whole, Al Beckingham provided an update on the Continuity of Learning. As you are aware, the district has implemented a remote learning program for students from K-12. Chrome books were provided to students who do not have access to computers. The teachers and administrators have been working diligently to support all students. This includes delivering food hampers and education work packages to students requiring support. The Board would like to commend the SD67 staff, administration and senior management team for their commitment to student success. Also, District Principal of Student Services, Shaune Gowe reported on the Essential Services Worker Supports and Supports to Vulnerable Learners. Principal Andrea Devito and Principal Kirsten Odian presented to the board what they are doing in their schools to provide the above services and supports. Well done ladies for the fantastic work! On May 6, 2020, Premier John Hogan and the Provincial Government announced the “Restart Plan” for public and private

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schools. All districts have been asked to develop a “restart plan” to commence June 1, 2020. This includes learning for students K-12 on a voluntary, part time basis. School staff will return to their worksites on May 25, 2020 to confirm what students plan to return to school on June 1, 2020. Administrators and teachers will determine schedules that fit and comply with the mandate provided by the Provincial Health Office, Centre for Disease Control, WorkSafe and the Ministry of Education. Acting Superintendent Manual will provide ongoing information for parents and the public as plans are established and implemented.

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Kaleden Bursary By Darlene Bailey The Kaleden Bursary Committee is offering several bursaries to Kaleden and area students (V0H 1K0 postal code) who are graduating from Grade 12 this academic year (2020) and pursuing further education. If anyone would like to sponsor a bursary or donate to the Kaleden Bursary Fund, and help our students, please contact myself, Darlene Bailey. Application for these bursaries can be made by submitting a letter or email and providing the following information: • Plans for further education (university, college, technical school) and type of education being pursued. • Where you graduated from high school and the name of the school. • How long you have lived in the Kaleden area (including Twin Lakes/White Lake Road and St. Andrews by the Lake) and did you attend Kaleden Elementary School. Mailing address must be in Kaleden area (V0H 1K0). • Any Kaleden community involvement. • Hobbies, interests and volunteer/work experience. • Include your mailing address, house number, phone number and cell number, social insurance number and email address. • If you are successful in being awarded a bursary, you have two years to claim it from the date awarded. • Upon being awarded a bursary, a thank you letter must be sent to the sponsor of your bursary. The bursary funds will not be released until the thank you letter is received by the sponsor. Applications must be received by July 6, 2020 and should be submitted to: Kaleden Bursary Committee, c/o Darlene Bailey, Box 239, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0. Email to kaledenbursary@shaw. ca or darlenebailey1@shaw.ca. For further information, please call 250-497-8140.


Update From Okanagan Falls & Kaleden Branches

We know you would like to be back in your local library branches and able to check out materials, and we miss you, and are looking forward to the day we can re-open our library branches again. Until then, please visit us at www.orl.bc.ca. You can ask questions using our online chat to learn how we can serve you at this time, or just call us to say ‘hi’ at 1-844-649-8127. We’d love to talk to you. While ORL locations may be closed until further notice, we are hoping for curbside service to begin sometime in June. The management team are working on the details and as soon as we can, we will release that information. Please check your local library windows for posters of updated information, and for when our book drop will be open. These dates and times are different than before Covid-19 began and will be changing as we move forward. Please visit www.orl.bc.ca for more details. Due to the abrupt closures, the libraries still have several physical materials that have been checked out by the public during the Covid-19 pandemic. All late fees due to the pandemic will be waived, and branch re-opening will be determined on a case-bycase basis. Summer Reading Club 2020 ~ “Explore Our Universe” Summer Reading Club is for kids 5-12 years of age. This year SRC will be held virtually. Stay tuned for registration dates and information about events, contests, and more! We miss our branches and are doing our best to make our patrons able to physically have books, DVD and CD materials again. Please bear with us at this time. Wishing you all a beautiful start to summer! To the Dad’s out there, a great Father’s Day! Hoping to see you all very soon! Lynn Warfield (Okanagan Falls) and Glenda Livolsi (Kaleden)

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update

May Highlights From Kaleden Elementary School! By Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal Students are busy working from home on their Learning Opportunities supplied by their teachers. Thank you to our families for all their support!

Grade 3 & 4 students write Shape Poems while learning at home.

Our Grade 1 & 2 class are growing their own beans and they are watching chicks hatch from their teacher’s home.

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Man, it will be nice to have at least some part time in-person schooling open. I mean this whole school at home thing just isn’t working. The at-home teacher doesn’t have a clue and has to google all the answers. The at-home principal keeps yelling at the students and threatening to steal our Playstation. And, the athome janitor ... well, I don’t think he has changed his shirt for a week. But honestly parents, give yourselves a pat on the back. We are all trying our best. Also, a big round of applause for all of our teachers working hard to deliver curriculum to our homes with new and unfamiliar technology. And, give a big shout out to the kids who have found new and innovative ways to drive us all bonkers! Kudos, kiddos. A couple of business items to take care of. We want to give a huge virtual hug to everyone who supported the berry fundraiser! It was a massive success! Our “sans-lobster, sans-fest” online Lobsterfest Auction will be going ahead. Keep your eyes on your emails and social media for details. With this being our last month of school, KPAC is calling on parents to get involved for the 2020/2021 school year. The executive is always hunting for members and would love for you to just come out and share your talents! Reach out to Karen (klpenn@hotmail.com) for more information. Lastly, KPAC would like to give a huge thank you to Nancy Lomax and to wish her well in her retirement. We will miss you so very International Wishbone Day (OI-Brittle Bone Disease) is celebrated much. We also want to enthusiastically welcome Diane Haddow! on May 6th each year. Kaleden students wear yellow and share We are excited to work with her starting in September. how they celebrated this day! That is all we have for this month. Cheers, and as always, thanks SkahaMatters.com | June 2020 | Page 23 to everyone for your continued support.


South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director

UVIC Self-Management Health Coach Program ~ The SelfManagement Health Coach Program is a telephone-based coaching program to support people living with chronic conditions to become better self-managers. Health Coaches connect with participants by telephone, once a week for 30 minutes, for a period of three months. Coaching can be extended for another three months upon a mutual agreement between all parties. Through this contact, Health Coaches can support participants who would like to: • Choose goals and actions they want to take to better manage their health • Identify and problem-solve barriers to being healthier • Become more self-confident • Be motivated to initiate and maintain health-behaviour changes Health Coaches provide a dimension of support that complements and enhances professional health care; they do not provide medical or clinical advice or treatment. If you are interested in becoming a coach, or would like more information about the program, please email bramwell@uvic.ca.

Let us know if you have Virtual Volunteering skills you would like to help with. Contact info@volunteercentre. info. If you are registered as a volunteer with the SOS Volunteer Centre, you will receive updates on volunteer needs. Register on the SOSVC website at www. volunteercentre.info. Be sure to “Like Us” on the SOSVC Facebook page, as we post additional information on this page. Before volunteering, please read the “The Volunteer Checklist - Volunteering during COVID-19” on our webpage. The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is a registered Charity and part of a network of 200 National and 40 Provincial Centres that monitor Salvation Army Volunteers Wanted ~ Call 250-492-6494 for info. volunteering. For more information or to speak with a staff member, email info@ volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-5765661. Dirt Therapy Volunteers ~ The Medical Arts Health Research Group is partnering with The Salvation Army to bring “Dirt Therapy” to Penticton. In support of the Food Bank, we are looking to find members in the community who would like to receive a raised garden bed, which will be kept on their own property, which can grow fresh produce for themselves while providing fresh donations to the Food Bank. And, we are building a team to assist community members in the installation of the raised garden beds and provide all the necessary materials required to grow fresh produce. Specifically: • We are looking for 6 volunteers who would be available on call to assist us. The garden beds that we are constructing may only require about 2 volunteers to set up, but we are hoping to set up anywhere from 50-100 garden beds in Penticton. Volunteer Spotlight • The volunteers need to be people physically able to assist in the construction of the garden beds that we will be building. Meet Mike Gane We would need them to be able to transport the supplies (lumber, soil and screws) to various sites around Penticton It would be much shorter to list what in their own vehicle (trucks would be handy!) and set up for volunteer activities in Kaleden that local families. Mike Gane isn’t involved in. Here are just a few of the ways he helps to • It would be wonderful if volunteers have had experience make Kaleden a better place ... building garden beds, and training is available. • Families who may be interested in receiving a garden bed, Many a Kaleden Fun Day has been please send an email with a description of why they should enhanced with the Gane Ice Cream receive one. Machine! Mike has chaired the If you are interested in helping with this project and or receiving a Kaleden Irrigation District’s Board of Trustees for many years, and garden bed, please contact Sierra, Garden Assistant at sierra@ has never hesitated to “get his hands dirty” on his own time with various KID improvement projects. He is on the Kaleden Bursary medicalartsresearch.com. Fund Committee, and can be seen helping to fundraise by sorting bottles at the Kaleden Bottle Depot, and grilling smokies at events such as the Fire Department’s annual Yard Sale. He is a member of the Kaleden FireSmart Committee, and often the first-in and lastMOBILE LEGAL & NOTARIAL SERVICES out worker on clean-up projects to make Kaleden fire-safe. He is DELIVERING BEYOND 9-5 a member the RDOS Kaleden & Skaha Estates Sewer Expansion Available for Evening & Weekend Appointments Committee, and on the RDOS Advisory Planning Commission for E: Daniel@dklmobilelaw.ca Area “I”. This list could continue, but suffice to say that Mike has CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL LAW P: 250-770-2951 WILLS, ESTATES AND PROBATE LAW been most generous with his time and expertise whenever asked C: 778-931-0461 REAL ESTATE CONVEYANCING to help his neighbours. The old saying, “if you want a job done, W: dklmobilelaw.ca COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW A: 129 Nanaimo Ave. W, Penticton V2A 1N2 ask a busy person”, definitely describes Mike!

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By Tom Landecker It was June 1960. A small group gathered in front of the new radio telescope at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in the White Lake Basin. A Federal Minister cut the ribbon. He spoke at length, as politicians must, but the wind carried most of his words away. The words are gone, but the telescope, our “big dish”, is still there, still a forefront tool for Canadian science. The “dish” is 26 metres across (85 feet), and it can be driven to “look” in any direction in the sky. It is now the John A. Galt Telescope, named after the Observatory’s second director, a pioneer of radio astronomy in this country. How can an old telescope still be at the forefront after 60 years? The telescope is a mirror, curved to reflect incoming radio waves to a point at the focus where we intercept them with a receiver. The mirror, made of metal, works as well as it ever did, and the motors and gear boxes that drive the telescope around the sky all work well too. It’s the receiver at the focus that we change, and the computers that record and process the signals. The last major refit was fifteen years ago, and today we’re well underway on yet another major upgrade, designed to take on new challenges. The raw sensitivity of the telescope will be about ten times what it was in 1960. The width of the radio spectrum that we can examine at once will be 700 times what we could do in 1960. With computers processing the data that pours in, we can reach a sensitivity at least 20,000 times what we could do in 1960. We’re not finished yet; that trend will continue long into the future. We have also embarked on a major upgrade of our Synthesis Telescope, seven small antennas spread along a 600-metre line that runs East to West across the Observatory property (you see them as you enter the Observatory grounds). This telescope is younger: it saw its first “light” in 1972. It too has seen big changes over the years, the last around 1995. The telescope is being outfitted with brand new technology, developed at our observatory and by our partners in Canadian universities. It will serve three roles, as a cutting edge scientific instrument, as a test bed for new radio astronomy technology, and as a training ground for Canadian students in science and engineering. We are pioneering truly new ideas here that will certainly be copied around the world. For whom do we do this? Our observatory is a national facility for science. Its telescopes are available to all Canadian astronomers, mostly university scientists and their students. Our technology is finding its way into international telescopes in which Canada has a role. Here are a few helpful website addresses: •

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The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada. The Observatory is located at 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more info, call 250-497-2300.

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Keep The Bucket List Vacation Dreams By Vi Creasey When I was thinking about what to write for my article this month, my husband said, “please don’t make it depressing”. We need a glimmer of hope, so here goes. Air Canada is bringing back limited travel. Starting in June, there will be flights from Vancouver to Delhi, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Zurich, many flights to China, Japan, and starting June 24, flights to Australia. Some of the Caribbean destinations are also starting up, mainly from back east. Prices are looking good. I have also booked a Greek Islands Cruise for October 2021. This cruise has a fabulous itinerary, starting in Venice and going to five Greek Islands, Turkey and Crete. If Greece is on your Bucket List, it would be wonderful if you could join me and my husband. So far, I have two cabins booked and about 3 other couples just about ready to put down a refundable deposit. Final payment is not until July 2021, so if the world is not safe by then, we will cancel. But until then, I am dreaming of a my “bucket list” vacation. Call me for more information on this trip. Personally and professionally, I rode the wave of history’s greatest travel boom, but I believe that era - along with many of it’s benefits and costs - is over for good. I watched as airline travel went from a privilege, in the 1970s - because then it was expensive and a big event to fly - to the era of mass-flying. In the 1990’s, international tourist arrivals worldwide were 435 million, by 2018 they were 1.4 billion. Lockdown has forced an end to frenetic travel, but it has also inspired a seismic and irrevocable shift in values and attitudes in many. “When you walk in a rainforest, the slower you walk and the calmer you move, the more you see.” If you pull back from others and slow down, you will start to see things you’ve never seen before. When it is safe for us to travel again, I will be among the first ones out there ... to revisit and support the destinations I love and to explore the ones still on my list. Remember, the sand is still on the beaches and the sun is still shining, just waiting for all of us to show up! Please give one of us at Reliable Travel a call. We are here to help you plan a wonderful vacation, as soon as it is safe to travel again.

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By Marla Wilson Spring has sprung, and the garden is doing well. Peas, beans, carrots and beets are up. Tomato and lettuce plants are growing and it is looking good. Being at home this spring, I’ve been able to look after a garden again. My rhubarb plant is the size of a Volks wagon beetle!

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The Heritage Society is still on hold. Soon as the ‘OK’ is given, Jaynie Molloy BSc. Hon. CH. 110 Linden Avenue, Kaleden 250.497.8806 the Thrifty Boutique will open it’s doors for members, staff and community. Keeping everyone safe and healthy is the main priority here. New businesses are opening daily and soon we will to. Kaleden Seniors Committee Update Look for the new “Grand Opening!”, which should happen soon. By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator Keeping staff and shoppers well will be on the top of our list, so Even though we couldn’t gather in person, the Kaleden Seniors we are asking that there be no donations brought this spring. The shop is packed with clothing in stock and there is just no more Committee still had some fun in April. room for any more right now. On two occasions, the Kaleden Senior’s Committee (KSC) has Handy Guy Andrew has been busy all spring tidying up after the delivered flowers with “Thinking of You” postcards to over 85 winter. The gardens are looking lovely. Thanks to Andrew for all his homes in Kaleden and St. Andrews by the Lake. KSC wanted to hard work. There is no date set to open the Museum at this time. brighten up people’s day, create a smile, let them know they were Did ja know? Kenny McLean would have been 81 on May 13th being thought about and give them something they could plant this year. He is our local hero. He began working with horses and look at each day to remember the importance of community with his father when he was a young boy. At the age of 17, he supporting community. Below is a photo of Jaynie ready to deliver. entered his first Rodeo Competition. He won many Rodeo events in the forty plus years he was competing. He achieved “World Champion All Around Cowboy” for many years. He remains the only Canadian cowboy ever to receive the “Order of Canada”, and the first Cowboy in the BC Sports Hall of Fame. He was to rodeo what Gretsky was to hockey. There are still some records he set that have yet to be broken. Kenny passed away on July 13, 2002 at the age of 63. A life size statue in honour and memory of Kenny McLean in located next to the highway in Centennial Park.

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit By Meredith King This column is taken from the recollections of Kaleden pioneer Ron King, who was born here in September 1915, the second child born in the community. He wrote these musings about his life in Kaleden before he passed away in 2010. These are his words, his memories, his thoughts, just as he wrote them down, run-on sentences included.

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Kaleden’s pioneer families came from many and varied backgrounds, but none could match the storybook history of the Camsell family. Ned Camsell, who purchased a five acre lot in Kaleden soon after his marriage in 1910 was the oldest in a family of eleven children born to Julian and Sarah Onion in the Northwest Territories. Julian was an Englishman, born in Ceylon who earned his commission in the British Army in 1855. He served in Canada, but sold his commission in 1859 and immediately joined the Hudson Bay Company. He served with them for 41 years in various locations, finally, in 1882, was appointed Chief Factor for the entire Mackenzie River District, headquartered in Fort Simpson. In 1876, he decided to change his name, taking his mother’s maiden name of Camsell. To do this, he had to return to England and this entailed a 2500 mile walk on snowshoes from Fort Liard, NWT to Crow Wing in Minnesota, where he caught a train to New York and then a boat to England. There were no educational facilities in the north so at the age of 7 or 8 each of the 11 children was sent ‘outside’ to school. For the boys, that meant St. John’s College in Winnipeg, a boarding school operated by the Anglican Church. Since it was so far away, that meant 10 years without returning home. Most of the boys returned to serve in the north and a map of the NWT gives some idea of the impact the family had; on it we find the Camsell Mountains, Camsell River and Camsell Bend on the Mackenzie River. The original hospital in Yellowknife and the Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton were named after one of the younger brothers who, as a distinguished geologist, became Deputy Minister of Mines and Resources and Commissioner of the NWT. Ned, the oldest child, graduated in 1887 and went to work for the Hudson Bay Company, first as an accountant and later in charge of the company’s fur trading operations at Fort Chipewyan in Alberta and then at Fort St. James in BC. Following his marriage in 1910,

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he was posted to Moose Factory on James Bay where his three oldest daughters, Ethel, Connie and Gladys were born. The next two daughters, Mary and Louise were born in Southampton and the baby, Winnie was born after the family moved to Kaleden in 1919. The family had owned the 5 acre lot at the corner of Lakehill and Linden since 1910, but since it had no house on it, they lived in several homes temporarily until finally they purchased the TC Preston home and orchard on Linden Avenue. The six girls grew up here, attending school in Kaleden and Penticton and the whole family took an active part in the social life of our young community. They had the first radio in Kaleden and had one of the first Lister light plants installed in their home when most households made do with Kerosene or gas lamps. Three of the girls were drawn back to the north to work in Lower Post and Whitehorse. Ethel trained as a nurse and spent her years nursing in Kamloops and Penticton, before retiring in Penticton. Mary, after a stint in the army, joined External Affairs, and served in Australia, Saigon, Ecuador, Chile, Sweden and Iran before returning to live out her years in Penticton with her sister Ethel. What an adventurous family. Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate to the Kaleden Museum, please call Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Beverly van Uden

We are OPEN! As of May 19, we re-opened, with social distancing, and no Meat Draws just yet. Please check our Facebook page below for any up dates as they happen or call the Legion any day after 2pm at 250-497-8338 for the latest information. Monthly Flea Market ~ Saturday, June 13th from 9am - 1pm. $10 per space, bring your own table, or $20 for space with one table provided. Cancelled if raining. Please register before June 6th. Space is limited due to the coronavirus and safety protocols will be in place. Please contact Bev van Uden at 250-809-5537 for further details and to register by booking your space today.

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“Please wear a poppy”, the lady said And held one forth, but I shook my head Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there, And her face was old and lined with care; But beneath the scars the years had made There remained a smile that refused to fade.

A boy came whistling down the street, Bouncing along on care-free feet. His smile was of joyPark and fun. Music InfullThe “Lady”, said he, “may I have one?” By Grant Henderson When she’d pinned it on, he turned to say, In light of Covid-19, been turning bluetoday?” in the face holding my “WhyI’ve do we wear a poppy Come Out & Try Volunteering ... It’s Lots Of Fun! For more breath in the hopes that Music in the Park could proceed this year The lady smiled in her wistful way information, please call 250-497-8338. in Okanagan Falls. I’ve been carefully watching the news updates, And answered, “The is Remembrance Day, the cabin-fever that many people are experiencing Show Your Support & Become A Member ~ The Royal Canadian and feeling outAnd the poppy there is the symbol for up for the last couple of months. It is clear that Legion cares for those who have served their country. The Royal by being coopedThe gallant men who died in war. to get out and interact with each other, but we must Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring they receive the care people needAnd because they did, you and I are free and support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Ways maintain our distances. That’s why we wear a poppy, you see. in Okanagan Falls. For more information, call 250-497-8338. Unfortunately, while some businesses are opening back up, we “I had a boy about your size, the point where I can feel confident in presenting Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. are nowhere near With golden hair and big blue eyes. the concerts this year. According to Dr. Henry (BC’s Public Health “Where you are always welcome to join us!” He loved to play and jump and shout, Officer) mass gatherings, such as Music in the Park, are prohibited Free as a bird he would race about. for the unforeseeable future. In addition, the Okanagan Falls As the years went by, he learned and grew Irrigation District has prohibited the use of Centennial Park for And became a man - as you will, too. House Cleaning, Yard Work, Community large gatherings until further notice. In doing so, they specifically Support Worker & Massage Technician “He both was fithe ne Market and strong, with a boyish smile,in the Park indicated that in the Park and Music For more info, call Patricia at 778.889.9725 hetoseemed with us such a little while would not beBut able use their venue this year. When war broke out and he went away. Further to that, even if all restrictions on public gatherings were I still remember his face that day South Skaha Housing Society Update lifted, the corporate donations that primarily fund the event are When he smiled at me and said, ‘Goodbye, not coming in. This is understandable, given the present business By Sharon Davis, Director of Fundraising & Communications I’ll be back soon, Mom, so please don’t cry’.” environment. We sincerely appreciate their prior support. Hello Everyone. We hope you are all “But the war went on and he had to stay, to cancel their gigs left, right, and center, fairing well through Covid-19. The South Bands are having And all I could do was wait and pray. on crowds; crowds which are not presently Skaha Housing Society has been meeting because they rely His letters told of the awful fight Sadly, social restrictions have really put the ‘virtually’ on a regular basis and adapting to this new way of allowed to assemble. (I can see it still in my dreams at night), our usual festivities. communicating. We had our first meeting with the tenants outside kibosh onWith the tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire, South Skaha Place and practiced ‘social distancing’. It was lovely Therefore, it isthe withmines a heavy heart that I the must followand suit and And and bullets, bombs fire.”announce outside with views of the mountains and other greenery, as well as that the Music in the Park Summer Program for Okanagan Falls “Till at last, at last, the war was won being amongst all the beautiful landscaping that has been done. is officially CANCELLED for the year 2020. All plans have been And that’s why we wear a poppy, son.” All our partners were on board along with our tenants and it was deferred until 2021. Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe The small boy turned as if to go, good to chat to iron out any glitches that needed to be addressed. and stay well. Then said, “Thanks, lady, I’m glad to know. Many thanks to all who participated and shared their views and That sure did sound like an awful fight, knowledge. But your son - did he come back all right?”

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Our tenants have been working outside with the vegetable and flower containers provided. I’m sure we will see some excellent results, as summer is on it’s way! Locke Property Management has been following the BC Housing Guidelines for Covid-19 and the tenants have been made aware of all the cleaning and disinfecting procedures that are being done according to the rules. These are interesting times and we are learning and finding many new ways to cope with the new changes in our ‘mighty little town’. As Dr. Bonnie Henry says, “Be Patient and Be Kind”.

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A tear rolled down eachClosed faded cheek: Accepting Clean & Gently Used Temporarily Clothing & Accessories She shook head, but Place didn’t speak. Okanagan Fallsher Heritage & Museum - 1145 Main St In Person When Open Please! I slunk away in a sort of shame, And if you were me you’d have done the same; Ladies Auxiliary Branch #227 Update For our thanks,of in giving, is oft-delayed, Though our freedom was bought and thousands paid! By Denise Ashton And so when we see a poppy As the COVID situation continues, there will beworn, no general meeting uswill reflreaddress ect on the all burden borne until September.Let We activities at that time. By those who gave their very all Our Ladies Auxiliary are still planning to create a cookbook for When asked to answer their country’s call purchase in the fall. We have a least 20 recipes submitted so That we, in pease, may see the sun. far, we are still looking for more submissions of favourite recipes Please Members wear a poppy, it says: “Well done.” from LA members. of Branch #227 are also welcome to submit. Please send your submissions to the attention of Denise Ashton, via mail to the Ladies Auxiliary, phone/text 250-689-4004 for further information, or email Denise at lunarae2013@gmail. com. Submissions will be accepted up until June 30th, so we have the summer to compile, print and bind. We wish everyone to continue keeping safe and healthy.


Okanagan Falls Lions Update

Annapurna - Goddess Of The Harvests

By Bob Wilson, Past President

By Elmira Galiyeva, LIP Coordinator for South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services

Anybody else getting buckets full of emails everyday disclosing ignorance, over caution and/or disregard for all the emergency measures we are saddled with during this pandemic? I got a good one this morning ... “All those who want to go back to a more casual lifestyle raise your hand! Now, slap yourself with it!” Patience and endurance seem to be the things that are keeping us less apt to become infected - keep it up, as Dr. Bonny says - it’s not easy, but then neither is life if you’re doing it right - you gotta work at it! So, keep it going and re-adjust slowly. 1918 saw the Spanish Influenza pandemic and for those who don’t know already, the first wave took around 2 million lives in the spring. That fall, the second wave took 20-50 million lives, so be rightly cautious. They didn’t have the media capacity in those days to let everyone be aware on a daily basis of the impact of the disease. We have that advantage, so PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE! Sorry for the rant, but everyday there is some person or group of people who want to ignore the warnings and continue on with stupid behavior at everyone else’s expense. It’s not smart anymore. Not much with the Lions Club this month, until we are cleared for controlled gatherings. We are doing our bi-weekly meetings on Zoom in the meantime and are ready to continue our activities when it is safe to do so. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are June 8 & 9 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 5:30 pm (opening for the Blood Donor Clinic only). The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, thank them. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-4392275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub.

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre By Loraine Thompson

Hello everyone! Just a quick update from us to you. While things may be closed to the public, we have been busy with renovations and clean up here at the Senior Centre. Joan and her crew have taken this time to refinish the hall floors, and I might add that they’re looking pretty spiffy. We’ve also had some other renovations done this past year, thanks to a grant from the New Horizons. They include new stage curtains, updated stage lighting, and complete bathroom renovations. I hope that I haven’t missed anything. I would like to give a big shout out and thank you to the crew from our local Okanagan Falls Legion, as they had left over paint that they didn’t want to go to waste. So, they came over here one day and did a nice bright touch up to the parking lot signage. Now, we can see where we’re parking. There is a possible “mask-making” project in the works, that would go towards our re-opening sometime in the near future. If you think you might be interested in getting involved with this, please contact our president, Grethe Jensen, at 250-497-5669, or send us an email to oldys2@outlook.com. There is also more information regarding this and other opportunities through the Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants Program. Folks must apply online at www.cfso.net.

Did you know that the South Okanagan is a becoming a destination for foodies? Well, now you do. Ever tried the Nepali-Indian fusion cuisine? We’ve got that! Meet Keshab Sapkota and Ram Bhandari, amazing chefs from Nepal that made Penticton their home. Both came to the valley a few years ago and started off by cooking at various restaurants. They have been nursing a dream of creating their own, unique restaurant where they can use their culinary skills learned in their mothers’ kitchens and through years of training. When they moved to Penticton, they made a connection with the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS) to upgrade their language skills and participate in community events. Now, SOICS is one of their devoted clients. Annapurna Restaurant opened just over a year ago on Penticton’s Main Street, and since then, people who tried the amazing food keep coming back. Besides being the name of the famous mountainous range in the Himalayas boasting a peak of over 8,000 meters, in Hindu Annapurna means “the universal and timeless kitchen-goddess”, the mother who feeds everyone and protects us from starvation. The restaurant offers a delicious fusion of Nepali and Indian cuisines inspired by the blend of Tibetan, Indian and Chinese cultures present in Nepal. These complex and flavourful dishes will satisfy both vegetarians and meat lovers. Moreover, since each dish is prepared from scratch using fresh ingredients, the Annapurna team can make your meal without gluten, lactose or nuts. Here are some Nepali dishes you have to try: Momo dumplings (steamed or panfried dumplings), Sekuwa (grilled chicken or lamb with Himalayan spices) and Sherpa soup made with Himalayan bean flour, herbs and garlic. Or, how about Nepali style chow mein? Feel like good old butter chicken or lamb sag? Annapurna has it all. There is a small community of four or five Nepalese families in the valley that get together for the holidays to share food and good times. Two of Ram’s sisters own their own restaurants - one in West Kelowna called “Everest” and the other in Vernon named “The Curry Pot”, both well loved by the locals. “There are a lot of things we truly value about our life in Canada, but if we had to pick one it would be the protection of human rights allowing you to be who you want to be”, revealed Ram and Keshab. “We used to be job seekers, but now we are job creators”, shares Keshab with a smile. Two friends now employ up to five staff (depending on the season) and are proud of being able to contribute to the local economy. “Mother who feeds everyone” has two great sons that will not let you leave hungry. SkahaMatters.com | June 2020 | Page 29


Wayne Duncan Lynch

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June 6,1935 - March 25, 2020

Kaleden Community Church (KCC) - On Line!

The Kaleden Church is beginning to gather outdoors in our parking lot, located across the street from the church building, on Sunday mornings at 10 am. Please check our website at www. kaledencommunitychurch.org and our Kaleden Church Facebook Wayne is survived by his wife of 65 years, page for updates and changes. If you have any needs or questions, Elizabeth “Betty” nee Ford; son Wade (Miles you are invited to contact Pastor David Jenkins as outlined below. Turnbull). He is survived also by Grandsons, 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Jeffrey (Nicole), and John (Tavah) and Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church great grandchildren, Avery and Isabel. His www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info brothers, Edward (Lynette) and Robert, of Okanagan Falls Community Church - On Line! Okanagan Falls will also grieve their brother. He is predeceased With all the cancellations and closures due to the virus, we at by his father, Duncan Lynch (d. 1950 New Westminster), his Okanagan Falls Community Church will be coming to you live on mother, Kathleen Doyle (d. 2019 Okanagan Falls), and son, Todd Sundays with encouraging messages to help you through this time. (d. 1984 Germany). Join us Sunday mornings to hear Pastor Jon Manlove with a series Wayne Duncan Lynch died peacefully, with his wife at his side, from complications related to a stroke in Okanagan Falls, BC on March 25, 2020.

Wayne was born June 6, 1935 in Okanagan Falls, BC, where he was raised before a family move to the Lower Mainland. His early education was interrupted, when at 16 Wayne left the ninth grade to become an apprentice steam and pipe fitter to help support his widowed mother. He joined UA Local 170 of Journeyman and Apprentices of the plumbing and pipe fitting industry, and was an honoured member for over 60 years. His young life, working in remote construction sites, was enhanced by his activities as an amateur wrestler and accomplished, forprofit mender of work socks. In 1955, he married his high school sweetheart, Betty, and embarked on a career which took him and his family to construction sites all over British Columbia. As an adult, he completed his high school education, as well as many other courses, which enhanced his knowledge of his trade. Wayne loved his family and was close to his mother and brothers. Wayne always claimed that nature was his religion and spent countless hours as an outdoorsman. He was known for his great sense of humour, his wicked Boxing Day Champagne Punch, tearing-up the dance floor jiving with Betty, and for his amazing Sunday breakfasts of “Green Eggs and Ham.” Wayne has earned his rest. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no formal service. Friends and family can look forward to an informal gathering when the weather and all other factors allow.

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Please join the Okanagan Falls United Church in a Zoom service from Oasis Church in Penticton. The service is at 10:00 am. Church at home, following directions for all of us to be safe. For further information, please visit our website listed below. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service - On Hold! For local members, phone the church office for latest updates. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Dominique

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Helping Charities Affected By Covid-19 By Bruce Tawse

100 Men Who Care-Penticton meets four times a year and raises money to support charities in the South Okanagan/Similkameen region. To date, the group has donated $102,400 to charities in Princeton, Keremeos, Kaleden, Oliver, Osoyoos, Summerland, Okanagan Falls and Penticton. The group was scheduled to meet the last week of May and hear from three charitable organizations from the region; however, the current pandemic situation and the need for social distancing meant that the group cancelled the event. But, 100 Men still made a difference! Charities are a critical part of our communities and their work is essential. Like so many businesses, the charities that serve the people of the region also feel the economic impact of the pandemic. The demand for their services is greater than ever and many charities rely upon donations to keep running and providing much-needed service to the people in our communities. Normally, 100 Men would meet and hear presentations from three charities; however, this was not possible at this time. As a result, 100 Men members chose to make their May donations to the Emergency Community Support Fund, a fund set up by the Community Foundation of South Okanagan/Similkameen and designed to provide financial support to charities who might be struggling to remain operational at this time. The Community Foundation will be allocating the money from the Emergency Community Support Fund to various charities in need. Hopefully, the Fall meeting of 100 Men will be back on track and the date will be announced here and at www.100menpenticton.com.


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Flowers to all the motorists that give cyclists and runners lots of space (by moving over) along Eastside Road. ~ From Steve L. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Wyatt W. of Okanagan Falls for his Fish Heads comment in last month’s issue. That made me laugh. Or, should I do Fish Heads? Ha ha ha ~ From Terra M. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Skaha Matters. Thank you for sharing what matters to us. Great information and nice to see local ads. ~ From Suzi L. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the Kaleden Seniors Committee for distributing flowers to bring a little cheer to seniors in Kaleden during this time of “spatial isolation”. ~ From The Shepherds of Kaleden Flowers to Ken and Margaret at Linden Gardens and the Kaleden Senior’s Committee for helping us assemble the sound equipment we need for an outdoor worship service! ~ From the Kaleden Community Church Fish Heads to the individual(s) who wrote hate messages and drew negative images in chalk on the sidewalk at the point in Okanagan Falls. I was hoping the rain would wash it away before too many people saw it, but it didn’t rain hard enough, unfortunately. Flowers to the person(s) who took the sidewalk chalk that was left behind and covered the hate with flowers and happy, inspiring messages! ~ From Amanda E. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the young man driving a red VW car who barged through the people lined up for service or waiting to access their Post Box at the Kaleden Post Office. He had no idea what social distancing means. Please buddy just stop to think what you are doing. It may save a life including yours. ~ From Col (Retd) Max Alexander of The Gillespie Ranch

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