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Skaha Matters

Volume 12 : Issue 5 May 2020 Your FREE Monthly Community News!

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From The Hill

By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay On Friday, April 17th, the federal government rolled out its long-awaited initiative to support the oil and gas sector, a sector hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the world-wide lockdowns that have ensued. Oil prices, already low at $50 per barrel, plunged as demand dropped. Within weeks, a barrel of Western Canada Select was cheaper than a Starbucks latte. In mid-March, the federal government hinted at a $15 billion package for the oil industry. On March 20th, I wrote to Seamus O’Regan, the Minister of Natural Resources, asking that the government focus any support package on oil patch workers, not big companies. I didn’t want to see a repeat of previous government bailouts that threw money at failing corporations (think Bombardier or GM), only to see those funds disappear into shareholder dividends and executive bonuses without any longterm job security for workers. In that letter, and in a subsequent phone call to Minister O’Regan, I suggested that the government provide support for the industry by investing significantly in the clean-up of oil and gas wells abandoned by bankrupt companies. There are over such 3400 orphaned wells scattered across Alberta, and hundreds more in BC and Saskatchewan. They are not only environmentally hazardous, but are a real problem for the landowners who no longer receive income from the wells, yet still can’t farm the land around them. A recent study estimated the cost to clean up these and other inactive wells (those still owned by viable companies) as up to $70 billion. Clearly this is a problem that needs to be tackled, and that effort would provide work for thousands of oil sector workers that have lost their jobs in the recent downturn. It’s an issue I’ve been

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pressing the government on for several years. Other groups offered their suggestions to the federal government for a support package. The Alberta UCP government asked the federal government to buy shares in distressed oil companies. A group of 15 oil company CEOs asked the federal government to buy their accounts receivable. A group of 254 academics many of them from Alberta - countered by saying the government “should pursue the retraining of fossil fuel workers, and public ownership of Canada’s renewable energy sector, where government coordination and large scale investment are needed in the short term and where investments will be repaid. Funding is also urgently needed to support energy and water conservation, public transportation, regenerative agriculture and other areas of mitigation and adaptation to global warming.” Friday’s announcement stated that the government will put $1.7 billion into cleaning up orphaned wells, providing jobs for 5200 oil workers. A separate fund will provide $175 million to help companies reduce emissions, focussed on methane pollution. Methane is one of the most potent of greenhouse gases - 80 times more damaging than carbon dioxide - and most of the world’s methane emissions come from the oil and gas industry. The emissions reduction fund is an important step. A few years ago, the Liberals came up with a plan to require industry to reduce methane emissions, but quickly backed down after pressure from the private sector. This new initiative will revive those measures, ensuring that companies comply with the reductions while providing funds to make sure the work gets done. I am encouraged by this economic support package for the oil and gas industry. It provides immediate relief for thousands of workers and is a step in the right direction to address two of the major environmental impacts of the sector. I hope the government continues in this direction, diversifying our economy through stimulus funding for renewable energy, energy efficiency retrofits and other initiatives that will help us out of this crisis and into a cleaner, more resilient economy. 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 want to start by thanking all of you who are steadfastly following Dr. Bonnie Henry’s recommendations about social distancing and washing your hands. For most of us, this has been and continues to be a difficult time. Like many of you, I haven’t seen my children or grandchildren for weeks, except to wave at them through a window. I have missed special birthdays and Easter celebrations with family and friends. For most of us, the old “normal” was just the everyday freedoms that we have enjoyed without conscious thought. Going where we want, when we want and with whoever we want. It will be many weeks/months before we return to the total freedoms we were used to and that will only happen if we continue to self isolate and follow the health recommendations. I know how frustrating it is to see a small percentage of people not following the rules. I understand the fear for our own health that happens when people get too close to each other or gather in groups. Don’t pre-judge, we do have several large families that all live in the same household and are free to go out for walks, etc., as long as they do not get into your personal space. There is a reason Dr. Henry ends every day with the words “Be Kind”. Our communities no longer have activities which generate energy and support for our local businesses. Our grocery, pharmacies and liquor stores are well supported. But, our restaurants, coffee shops, and take-out food businesses need our support. Many of them are totally closed, but some are keeping staff working by turning to different models of food service and delivery. They need your support. Even with all the government supports out there, they still have bills to pay. Please make every effort to support them. The return of small business to our communities will depend on all of us and what we do now during these difficult times.

you have time and calls have increased for accidental disruptions. Please “Call Before You Dig”, as there has been an increase in citizens digging up their own gas lines or knocking down a power line by accident.

Many of you have demonstrated the kindness and generosity of Canadians in helping out those in isolation in our communities by doing shopping and other errands to keep people safe. Special thanks to Denise and the Board of the South Okanagan Organizations have been reaching out to their members to check Chamber of Commerce for their reach out to all the businesses in on their general well-being and many, like our Sikh Community, our communities and for including me in their Zoom calls despite are offering food and delivering meals to those that need it the my technical glitches. most. Other services that are still working for us are our utilities, like For seniors, there is now a simple number -211- that will connect Fortis and Eastlink who are doing their best to ensure we have them with any and all community supports they may need and power and can communicate for business or connect to family answer questions or concerns. while keeping our distance. My CA’s, Patt and Everett, continue to work from home and check It has been brought to my attention by our utility companies that our answering machine for messages every day and try to answer many of you are working on some of those yard projects now that emails appropriately. My office is now my kitchen counter and I seem to drink a lot more coffee than I used to with the coffee pot being so close at hand. I no longer have children at home, but I understand fully what parents of school age children are going through as one of my daughters keeps me in the loop every day. She is working from home and also trying to home school my grandchildren who are 7 and 10 years old. I applaud all the Moms and Dads coping with this new reality. I know everyone is trying to put their ‘best foot forward’ and stay positive, but we are all starting to get a bit grumpy. If my staff and I can help, we will help, but we are operating in the same environment as you are and access to information other than what is directly related to Covid-19 is difficult to acquire. Page 6 | May 2020 | SkahaMatters.com

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RCMP Community Report

FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’

Keeping Secure and Safe During COVID-19 At the time I am writing this, we are still social distancing and staying at home. If you are looking for something to do, how about doing an inventory of your valuables. Make a list on paper or on your computer and include the make, serial number, cost and take pictures. Remember ... “Log It, Lock It or Lose It!” Consider marking tools and larger items with your BC Driver’s License number to help identify them in the event they are lost or stolen. If you own a business, it is also a good time to review your security and do an inventory of your valuables. Record, mark and photograph as many as possible for identification. A lot of companies that are shut down have their vehicles parked at their place of business. Thieves have been targeting parked company vehicles and trailers, especially earlier 2000 era Ford 250 and 350 pickups. A number of years ago these trucks were the top targets for thieves and again we are seeing a spike in the theft of these vehicles. These trucks were, for the most part, designed as a work truck and did not come with any type of theft deterrent, unlike their little brothers the F150, which were more for the average consumer. However, for around $180, you can get an immobilizer installed, which will prevent thieves from being able to start your vehicle. If unable to do this, ensure that vehicles are parked in such a way as to make it hard for thieves to remove them. This applies to trailers as well. Make them hard, if not impossible to take. Consider coupler and/or wheel locks for your parked trailers. You can even remove fuses and such from your parked trucks and equipment or install an electric fuel shut off with a hidden switch, so thieves cannot start them. Again, serial numbers and photographs of your equipment makes it easier for police to locate and recover it in the event it is taken. If you have any questions or concerns about business or home security, you can contact me at rick@sostips.ca. Stay safe and healthy. Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

I would like to thank everyone for following the social distancing recommendations that are being suggested by all levels of government. British Columbia has been very lucky so far compared to what we could be experiencing. Subrina Monteith Director of RDOS Area ‘I’

I appreciate the community’s desire to return to normal and patience while RDOS works through how services will be provided at this time.

Some information to share is that Campbell Mountain Landfill is open, but is experiencing an increase in use which reflects on wait times. Yard waste drop off now has a direct route in and out to ease flow of use. Unfortunately, the large item pick up had to be cancelled until we can establish a safe way to offer the service while protecting staff. Stay tuned for a new date in the future. The Boat Launch project at Pioneer Park will be completed with the use of Gas Tax funds to purchase and install a dock off the ramp. This will allow for passengers to enter boats dry and safely. The installation of the dock will be completed in May with the paving of the road, leaving landscaping to be the final stage of the project at Pioneer Park. There will also be modifications done at the exit of the boat parking lot to make turning left to return to the launch more functional. A new floating swim platform will be installed and the two existing platforms will be combined to create a “Franken” dock until 2021 when it too will be replaced. Kaleden Parks and Recreation (Kal-Rec) is an advisory committee that works with staff on community projects at Pioneer Park, recreation programs, KVR Trail and at the Kaleden Community Hall with the Kaleden Community Association (KCA). Kal-Rec is seeking new members for the committee. The committee meets monthly to give feedback and receive Staff and Director updates. Please consider getting involved to be part of the planning of the service for your community. Contact me for more information. Stay safe, keep healthy and hope to see you all very soon. 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 | May 2020 | Page 7


FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’

Ron Obirek

Director of RDOS Area ‘D’

very fortunate to have excellent technologies available in both the healthcare and communications industries. Stay in touch with family and friends through telephone, Facetime, Zoom and Welcome to May. Mother’s Day and Skype. Reliable information is available on the following websites: Victoria Day weekend are coming. I COVID-19.BCCDC.ca; interiorhealth.ca; and, who.int. encourage everyone to find creative The RDOS has taken action closing down all public meetings and ways to be respectful of physical focusing resources on essential services and matters requiring distancing while celebrating Mother’s urgent attention. RDOS staff are to be commended on the excellent Day and creating memories together. job they are doing. The Public Safety is their prime concern. The Last month, I speculated that much RDOS Emergency Operations Centre has been activated. The might change before you read my RDOS website has information (rdos.bc.ca). All interested can article and I suspect the same is again join CivicReady. Google “RDOS CivicReady” for step-by-step true (I am writing this on April 22). A lot instructions on how to join. has changed since last month and a lot of the change is very positive.

We can all be grateful that each level of government is positively engaged in helping all of us work together and be successful We need to stay the course. We need to continue to be mindful during this difficult time. Unprecedented assistance and attention of the public health and safety recommendations. I think BC is being brought to this issue by every level of government. Please has done an excellent job ‘flattening the curve’ and keeping the do all you can to follow recommendations to avoid contact with transmission of COVID-19 to lower rates than we see in some others. The virus can be transmitted by people who do not have other jurisdictions. BC is doing a good job increasing the amount symptoms. Testing is being done as fast as possible. In time, of testing and broadening the criteria for testing. Anyone who has things will get better. concerns regarding testing should contact your local healthcare I want to encourage all to be mindful of the high risk that our providers for advice and assistance. The greatest risk continues healthcare providers are facing. Doctors, nurses and emergency to be people who do not have symptoms who are transmitting first responders are in extremely dangerous jobs as they help the disease. This is why physical distancing continues to be so and respond to those who are sick, whether they show signs of important. People who have no symptoms can and do spread the the virus or not. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, disease. Physical distancing is saving lives. We are fortunate that please take extra care to isolate yourself from others. If you are we have excellent information coming to us on the TV and through concerned about your symptoms, please telephone healthcare the Internet. We also (most of us) have excellent phone service and providers for advice. Proper physical and social distancing from can stay in touch with family and friends. I encourage everybody healthcare providers is also critical for the best public health and to be thoughtful and considerate of others you know who may be safety. Over the phone instructions will be provided specific to alone who you can share some time with on the telephone. Some your circumstances. Additionally, BC CDC has provided an online people might be feeling isolated and many of us miss the normal assessment tool that may assist you in determining whether you activities that we all took for granted only a short time ago. have symptoms of concern at www.thrive.health/covid19. COVID 19 continues to be a serious health emergency. Every level of government continues action to slow down the spread of the virus. The immediate priority is to lessen transmission and thereby save lives. Action has been taken to achieve this goal. Every one of us must do our part contributing what we can to slow down the spread of the virus. The virus spreads through contact with others. Every one of us can help ourselves and our community stay healthier by actively participating in physical distancing practices. This is important, because our health care resources and capacities are limited. If the virus spreads more quickly and more people become sick, our healthcare capacity can be exceeded and then people who are seriously ill may not receive lifesaving care. This has happened in other countries and could still happen here. Additionally, if our hospitals and healthcare services are overloaded by the COVID-19 cases, then necessary healthcare services for other serious health concerns, like heart attacks and strokes and car crashes, will be less available and preventable deaths could result.

Recommended behaviours that can reduce the transmission of the virus include: regular handwashing with soap for at least 20 seconds; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects like door handles and hard surfaces at home, in your car, and out in the community shopping or at work; cough and sneeze into a tissue or crook of your elbow; avoid touching your mouth eyes or nose; self isolate if symptomatic with any illness for 14 days; social distancing of 6 feet minimum in all circumstances; contact healthcare providers by telephone as needed; follow strict hygiene principles when caring for ill family or anyone diagnosed positive with the virus; and stay informed and up-to-date the best you can as new information and recommendations are being shared.

Since last month, we can see there has been success in BC and the rate of spread of the disease has slowed down. This is very positive and good news. Testing capacities are increasing. This is also positive good news. Work is being done internationally seeking a vaccine to prevent infection and better treatment protocols for those who are sick.

I am very impressed with the good job we are doing in our community keeping each other safe with good compliance to the public health and safety rules regarding physical distancing.

We will get through this pandemic. The economic challenges and other uncertainties will resolve in time. Testing and treatment protocols are improving. Action we take now will save us all more suffering and more cost in the future.

Special thanks to the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department and all members thereof for the excellent work they are doing in preparedness and response capabilities during this difficult time. Chief Oliver and all the members of the OK Falls Fire Department are doing an excellent job taking extra precautions and paying specific attention to the new dangers provided by the virus.

Get creative. Stay positive. Be happy. Don’t worry. We will get through this together. I have cancelled all future “Meet the Director” coffee meetings with myself until future notice. As always, I welcome phone calls or emails any time.

Yours Truly, We all need to be patient and obtain the best information we Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ can. This will be exhausting and at times frustrating. We are Direct: 250.328.9800 | robirek@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca


Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office By Robin Irwin, Economic Development Coordinator “The greater the crisis it seems, the swifter the evolution”. This is a quote from a book I just finished, as the Covid-19 crisis was unravelling here for us in early March. The words have revisited me over and over, as I have witnessed the most brilliant innovation and resilience during these past 6 weeks. Church service has gone online, businesses have adapted to web purchases with street side pick-up and wineries and distilleries have developed hand sanitizers to support supply shortfalls that never could have been anticipated. Web meetings were an occasional necessity in the years before covid, now we are crashing servers with our online needs. New software is being developed and released almost weekly to serve this new administrative requirement. Although the learning curve can be steep, we can see how swiftly business can evolve when it is required of us. What I have found really inspiring in this field of work is the way that organizations have come together. I’m hearing the words cooperative, consortium and collective on a very regular basis. Although we are very much still in the “response” phase of this crisis, I can tell you for sure that there are thousands of people in all industries who are working tirelessly already on recovery. And perhaps for the first time in recent history, the word competition has nearly disappeared from conversation. Recovery, it will be long. Tourism is going to be effected in a way that maybe we have not seen in recent history. Our local businesses are going to need our support. Events will need to be modified with attendance reduced and spacial awareness being a new top priority. We have an invisible, but controllable threat, and every day we will learn the best techniques to survive and adapt as management becomes the highest priority. In Okanagan Falls, we will continue to show up, we will continue to reach out and we will continue to identify the needs specific to those in our area, and find the resources businesses need. We are working cooperatively with every local, regional, provincial, and federal organization to find the support our community needs during both the crisis phase, right through to recovery.

Breaking News! By Brian Moen I have retired from the wonderful world of Real Estate. After working for almost 16 years as a Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West Realty in Okanagan Falls, I have decided that my golf game needed some improvement, so that is my next project.

We encourage anyone who has needs, or questions about support I would like to thank all of my past and present clients, as well as or access to resources to contact our office. We have developed all the great people of Okanagan Falls that I have met over the up to date lists of the programs and the contacts to get the years for all of your support and friendship. I will miss you all! answers you need. Volunteer opportunities are coming up as well, organizations locally are working to provide food to those who BUS: (250) 497-5541 Brian PENTICTON: (250) 493-2244 24 HR. PAGER need it, and providing the emotional support by phone to people FAX: (250) 497-8449 Moen who are struggling with isolation. We know for sure that people are experiencing stress and fear, children are looking to the adults for some certainty, and our elders have never before needed our support and understanding to such a degree. This is truly a moment in history that we won’t soon forget. Our behaviours and reactions will be a memory of pride, as we handle this global event with compassion, kindness and understanding.

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department By Randy Perrett, Chair Welcome to May. Spring showers, new flowers, and water restrictions, which are now in place. These are the rules. Between May 1st and September 30th, we implement our water restrictions. The rules are simple. If you have an irrigation system, only run it between midnight and 6:00 am on your day. No watering at all between the hours of Noon and 7:00 pm any day. Hand watering is allowed after 7:00 pm every day. Even houses on even days, odd ones on odd. Where it gets tricky is with stratas. Your watering day is not based on the number of your unit, but for the entire strata. For example if you live at Unit # 1 at 4000 Main Street your watering day is on an even day. Evens and odds don’t apply inside stratas. Everyone in your strata should be on the same page. It’s the time to plant. This might be a good time to think about some changes in your garden that could save on water, and also help out at the dinner table. Maybe this year try and grow some fruits and veggies. Strawberries in a container, or lettuce, tomatoes or herbs in the garden. You might explore Xeriscape gardening. It’s a Greek name for desert gardening, which changes our yards into drought tolerant landscaping. It doesn’t mean that we start to grow cactus and sage brush, but there are a lot of plants that work here with little water. Many of us moved here from places that grew gardens that don’t do so well here. The Okanagan Xeriscape Association can give you some ideas that might surprise, change the look of your lot, and save us all a drop or two. In other business. Marj Bracconier and Ted Lynch have been reelected by acclimation. Each to new three year terms on the Irrigation board. Nice to have you both back. While the usual meetings, reports and regulations have all had to be tweeked and adjusted, we are complying with all Interior Health rules, guidelines, and testing protocols. We have provided the Ministry with our up to date financial situation. We will hold an AGM when all is well. In the meantime, rest assured that the Okanagan Irrigation District is making sure that our ratepayers, visitors and friends, are being taken care of to the best of our ability in difficult times by all our staff and the trustees. Water We Thinking ~ We are all working our way through strange days indeed. So, today let’s end on a brighter note. Monday is “Star Wars Day” ... May the 4th be with you! Stay safe and take care.

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In 2001, the year started off with an MVA at the corner of Hwy 97 and Weyerhaeuser Road in January. A Dodge 1/2 ton vs. a Semi flat bed truck. One person was trapped and had to be extricated and transported with serious injuries. In July, a man fell off of a cliff on Dutton Creek Road, 7 kms up Hwy 201. Okanagan Falls Firemen, S&R, EHS and RCMP were called in with the man being carried out by stretcher then flown out by helicopter. Reports said he left his camp at 4:30 am. Also in July, a structure fire on Conifer Drive was believed to have started by a candle on the deck by the hot tub. The fire was serious enough that the neighbour thought it was going to spread to his home. Four fire trucks responded with 12 firemen. Two days later, we had to return for smoke coming from the deck. In September, a yellow Mustang had an accident at the sharp curve at Vaseux Lake. Okanagan Falls Firemen had to use the “jaws of life” to get the occupant out of the vehicle. The highway was closed for several hours. On Waterman’s Hill in October, a Ford 1/4 truck was fully engulfed upon our arrival. Once the fire was out, the truck looked like a deformed chunk of metal. On October 24th, the owner of the Christmas Store on 9th Avenue received a suspicious package that was left on the front steps. The RCMP requested the Okanagan Falls Firemen to investigate. The firemen, with full gear on, inspected the parcel. Inside there was a knife and white powder. The police thought that the white powder was anthrax, which later was found to be a hoax. A November morning at 1:35 am, a structure fire at 1728 Oliver Ranch Road was fully involved. One person with minor burns went to the hospital. Four fire trucks and 16 members responded. The home was not saved. On December 12th, we saw 3 separate MVA’s south of Okanagan Falls within a few hours. All were on Hwy 97 with minor injuries. On December 21st, a semi tractor trailer collided with a Ford Bronco by the Vaseux Lake campground. Extrication was used to remove a patient with serious injuries that resulted in one of the firemen going with the ambulance to the hospital. In 2001, we attended 152 incidents with 26 members on hand. On February 28, 2002, a Kenworth semi flipped over at the sharp curve at Vaseux Lake, spilling a few apples. There were no injuries, but the highway was closed for a couple of hours. On March 16th, five kilometers south from Okanagan Falls, a Pontiac Grand Prix caused a single vehicle rollover with 2 individuals to be ejected from the car. Luckily, there were no serious injuries. The car made an attempt to pass another vehicle, but with the snow and slippery conditions, the Grand Prix lost control and hit the ditch, causing the car to shoot up the bank which resulted in ending up on it’s side resulting in significant damage. Another accident on Waterman’s Hill an hour later caused the highway to be shut down again, but it wasn’t serious. Waterman’s Hill was closed to traffic that morning, due to the weather conditions. On April 30th, a three vehicle accident at Green Lake Road and Hwy 97 was serious enough to send 5 people to the hospital with injuries. The 3 vehicles involved was an Oldsmobile, Chev Malibu and a GMC van. To be continued ... Safety Tip: Yard cleaning. Now is the time to clean up any rubbish, dead bushes and excess growth. Forecasts call for very dry conditions this year.

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#OK We Got This - Launched by Okanagan’s Largest Business Network Chambers of Commerce from the US border in the south to Enderby in the north have launched #OKwegotthis - a multi-faceted program aimed at providing an Okanagan-wide approach to helping businesses across the valley access information, share stories of business leaders who have responded to the crisis, and ensure a unified voice in promoting the value of shopping and investing local. “This is our expertise,” says Jeffrey Robinson, President of the Kelowna Chamber. “While governments play a key role, chambers are singularly positioned to drive local economic recovery: we know how to do this, we’ve got the structure, and the people.” Chambers have been doing this work for over a hundred years in the Okanagan Valley and are uniquely qualified to help local businesses recover from this unprecedented challenge, a fact that was recognized by the World Health Organization and the International Chamber of Commerce. The WHO stressed that “chambers of commerce will be ‘essential partners’ as communities chart pathways out of the crisis.” Chambers are playing a critical support role for local communities, businesses and not-for-profits now and well into the future. Our thousandsstrong Chamber network is working diligently with provincial and federal decision-makers right now - and we have a vital role to play in each of our communities. Led by business leaders who have their feet on the ground, fighting for survival and eventual recovery, chamber organizations are the largest network representing small business in Canada and locally, have teams on the ground in ten different cities and towns in the Okanagan Valley. It is hoped that government leaders along with other agencies overseeing economic development in their local areas in the valley will join this broad coalition to build the collaborative approach under the rallying cry of OK, we got this.

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Okanagan Falls Community Association Update By Matt Taylor, President As with every other person and every other organization, Covid-19 ‘significantly altered’ all plans of the OFCA! Like so many others, we are ‘adjusting to the new normal’ ... life with masks, work from home, and webinar meetings!

Responses from various parts of the community have been impressive, and we’ve appreciated the opportunity to participate in a number of calls. RDOS staff at the Okanagan Falls Office for one, have really reached out to all parts of the community. Community Futures and the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce are just The concept behind this inclusive approach was based on both two of many organizations that have worked hard to identify needs. the need for, and the realization that, we are in this together; and And, our elected officials at all levels have certainly listened and collaboration, innovation and cooperation will see us through to championed the needs of the region. better days. Our health professionals and first responders are All that said and looking more closely to what we can accomplish doing their part; now it is up to the rest of us in the Okanagan to within the community, we ‘hit the restart button’ on an Economic say “OK, we got this”. Development Strategic Plan for Okanagan Falls. In this regard, It’s time that we individually and collectively display the we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with RDOS. Targeted entrepreneurial spirit that has built this great region of the province. completion date is June 30th, at which time we will look for That means building on new ideas and not being critical. It means acceptance by OFCA and adoption by RDOS. understanding that we all have a role in helping our neighbours and our economy stay healthy and strong. And, that we plan now for recovery and offer support to all our regional businesses and entrepreneurs as they emerge from this multi-faceted crisis. With more than 4,000 business members from Osoyoos to Enderby, representing more than 25,000 employees in times of full employment, Valley Chambers are well-positioned to promote local connections, receive business intel and advocate for those interests, as well as make the fast pivots which are required to help all communities in the Valley get through this crisis and come out of it stronger. We have adopted the mind-set that “we got this”. An example of how the coordinated approach will work can be seen at okwegotthis.kelownachamber.org or check the campaign’s Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/OKwegotthis/

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The Plan will set out economic development goals and plans for staff in the local RDOS Office, as well as the community at large. Our intent is to prepare a Plan that will guide the economic development efforts of local RDOS staff and community initiatives, and enable access to ongoing economic development funding programs, as well the numerous Covid-19 Recovery funding opportunities that we expect to appear later this year. The Plan should better position the community to achieve reasonable objectives that enhance the community.

Despite the current challenges for community engagement and consultation, look for opportunities to contribute through the Skaha Matters Weekly eCalendar. (Sign up online at SkahaMatters.com.) Plenty of green shoots showing this spring! Boat launch in and near completion, additional garbage bins added to the KVR, and other exciting improvements anticipated in our waterfront parks and trails. Thank you RDOS and Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission. And, glory be, the remaining portion of the Flea Market property has sold. Isn’t Okanagan Falls a great community? SkahaMatters.com | May 2020 | Page 11


Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee To Sprinkle or Not to Sprinkle, That is the Question ... And here’s the answer:

Water Conservation Measures for 2020 STAGE ONE: (now in effect and until further notice) A) Irrigation season is April 15th to October 15th. No watering outside of these dates. B) All properties to the south of Lakehill Road water only on Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday. C) All properties to the north of Lakehill Road water only on Wednesday and Friday and Sunday. D) Water only from 6:00 - 10:00 am and from 7:00 - 11:00 pm on your assigned watering days. E) Hand watering, or use of micro-irrigation or drip irrigation systems (with individual drip emitters using no more than 0.5 gal/ hr or 2 L/hr), can be done at any day and time. F) Run automatic underground system only from 11 pm - to 6 am and only on your watering days. G) No watering on Monday for anyone! H) Agricultural properties - natural or landscaped areas must follow the above conservation measures. If you have a district irrigation connection and flow restrictor and have “farm status designation” through BC Assessment Authority, you are exempt from the above restrictions for watering crops only. I) New lawns (seeded lawns or installed turf) can be watered any day at any time using any method for the first 49 days (7 weeks) after planting, but ratepayers must complete an application form available from KID before planting. Stage One conservation measures, if in force, will apply after 49 days. STAGE TWO: (when deemed necessary by Trustees and in addition to Stage One) A) All properties to the south of Lakehill Road water only on Tuesday and Saturday. B) All properties to the north of Lakehill Road water only on Wednesday and Sunday. D) Automatic underground irrigation systems are included in the above restrictions. E) No watering on Monday, Thursday, or Friday! F) No use of water to fill swimming pools, hot tubs, and ponds, and wash vehicles or boats. G) Agricultural properties as defined in Stage One (H) to the left, remain exempt from the above restrictions for watering crops only; natural or landscaped areas must follow the above conservation measures. H) Additional watering of new lawns [as outlined above in Stage One (I)] suspended. STAGE THREE: (when deemed necessary by Trustees) A) NO outside watering permitted! B) Depending on severity of drought, exemption for agricultural properties may be subject to review.

Until Further Notice ... We all must shelter in place. For KID, that means the Annual General Meeting is postponed. KID staff can still be contacted by phoning or emailing the KID Office. For any matters that cannot be dealt with remotely, the KID Office will be opened by appointment only. And, please pay your water bills by cheque or online - no cash, please! Let’s keep KID staff healthy and able to continue to provide safe water for all.

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department May 2020 Tip It is appreciated that the public is continuing with safe practices that have resulted in limited fire department call outs. Driving less on the roadways and limiting risky behaviors keeps everyone safe. Wildfire season will soon be upon us. Please follow all burning bylaws and listen for updates on campfire rules as they are released. We hope that our ever popular Annual Yard Sale can be rescheduled later this year. Please keep your items for donation handy, as they will be greatly appreciated when the time comes.

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It has been heartening to see so many people continuing to work on their properties during this time of isolating at home. Curb side Please Note: Watering restrictions are relaxed for new lawns, IF yard waste removal pick-ups are abundant and lots of burnable you apply to KID first! debris is being hauled to the landfill.

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Kaleden Community Association Update By Glenda Livolsi

Mother’s Day is a celebration to honour the “Mother” of the family. Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely ladies who have this “important title” among their families and friends. We are sorry to see that the Spring Dance was postponed, due to the social distancing surrounding COVID-19. For cash reimbursements of tickets sold, please contact Sheila Sandberg at 250-460-1182 for more information. While I was enjoying a beautiful, sunny morning outside doing yard work, I had the pleasure of seeing the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department drive through our community. This parade was a big hit to all the children seeing the lights, hearing the sirens, and waving to all in the people in the streets. If you didn’t attend the dance show of the “3 Little Humans” you missed out on some talented dancers on Arylane. Neighbours and friends gathered round to see some impressive dance moves and look forward to another performance in the summer. Not everything is cancelled or postponed! The Kaleden Community Association is still selling tickets for the ART RAFFLE. Please email kaledencommunity@gmail.com for more information on how to purchase tickets. I know you have heard this many times from Dr. Bonnie Henry ... “stay home, stay safe and be kind” ... maybe get caught up on yard work, house work, or climb into a comfy lawn chair and read a good book, as we know there are no bad books! Thank you.

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New Boat Launch In Okanagan Falls!

In early April, crews completed the installation of a new boat launch and dock in Okanagan Falls. Minor additional work at the site is scheduled to be completed later this spring, including signage and asphalt patching. The project was requested by the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission and completed by RDOS. Thank you to all involved in working on this much needed project for the community. What a great asset for this coming summer!

“Building Community Spirit” The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well. In the April 2020 Skaha Matters, RDOS Recreation put a call out for a Community Challenge. This was specifically for kids to do “Backyard Shenanigans”, as a way to get outside, stay active and stay connected. The kids were to take photos of their backyard shenanigans and send them to Janet Black, RDOS Recreation Coordinator. Below are the two winners!

Congratulations to Ayla (on left) walking her cat on a leash, and to Georgia and Willow (on right) taking an early April dip in their pool.

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Next month, we will follow up on some more Community Challenges. Keep you eyes open for them in the Skaha Matters Weekly eCalenadar. (Sign up online at www.SkahaMatters.com.)

If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this “Building Community Spirit” column, please call 250-497-8188 or In the face of these uncertain times, many of us are concerned email to rdosrec@rdos.bc.ca. about how our livelihoods will fare: between oil plummeting to under $5 and our local, community-owned shops closing for an Floor Hockey For All ~ A Success! indefinite period, we all share the concern of how long this will By Eryn Wiedner continue and what will we be facing when it’s over. By Tara Howse and Len Ingram

Despite the various federal and provincial relief packages that have been announced, many of us still have questions; will I be able to afford my rent or mortgage? Will my job still exist? Will our economy recover? There are no guarantees right now and it’s scary. However, there is an opportunity here - for British Columbians and Canadians - to take this period and begin the shift off fossil fuels, LNG, and the mega-corporation. Right now is our chance to begin that transition. Canada is already behind many other countries (well behind the U.S., who leads the world with installed geothermal energy) in investing in alternative forms. Instead of oil patch workers experiencing layoffs, we could be promoting skills training to geothermal exploration and drilling. Instead of continuing with large construction camps, that are exacerbating the public safety risk, we can stimulate the economy by supporting locally-sourced energy products. Instead of destroying more lands by clear-cutting for timber or new roads, workers could be involved in remediation work. Micro-hydro, wind, solar, and geothermal opportunities are plentiful in Canada and can well meet our energy demands. Additionally, our construction labourers have decades of work in basic retrofitting. Well-paying jobs exist. The unravelling of the fossil fuel industry had already started a decade before COVID19 hit us. It’s time to question how secure this industry - which includes LNG - truly is and how much longer those jobs will be here. It’s time to start building opportunities for new, sustainable jobs. For more information on the Citizen’s Climate Lobby Canada Okanagan Chapter, please email CCL.Okanagan@gmail.com.

The Penticton Minor Hockey Association (PMHA) and Dragonfly Pond held “Floor Hockey For All” at the Kaleden Community Hall for 6 weeks on Mondays from January 27th through March 2nd. The Bantam (U15) recreation hockey team, who regularly get to play weekly, wanted to give the opportunity to other kids who needed a little assistance to “strap on the pads” and shoot one “top shelf where mama keeps the cookies”. This is a great story of kids helping kids! 5 members of the PMHA Bantam Rec Team live in Kaleden and at least one participant from Dragon Pond, as well. This event was free of charge with special thanks to the generously donated facility by Kal-Rec, along with organizational support by PMHA and Dragonfly Pond.


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FRIDAY, MAY 8th It’s the ‘chalk’ of the town! Create, Participate, Celebrate ... Explore your community to discover a maze of chalk art, games and obstacle courses. Design your own chalk activities for your friends and neighbours to find. Need inspiration? Check out: activeforlife.com/8-active-chalk-games/

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Maintaining A Strong Immune System: The Key To Fighting Infections By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health This is a time we all need to refocus our efforts towards boosting our immune system to protect ourselves from viral and other infections. With a strong immune system, infections don’t have much of a chance to take hold. Certain diets, vitamins, herbs, and minerals have immune stimulating and anti-viral effects, making them extremely useful for cold and flu prevention and treatment. Population studies show that most people are deficient in particular vital nutrients required to stave off viral respiratory illnesses, such as colds, flu, pharyngitis, laryngitis, and even pneumonia. These deficiencies are generally more severe in the winter and spring months, due to a lowered exposure to sunlight, as well as other factors which may include lower mood and activity levels and perhaps less consumption of fresh foods. Some simple things everyone can accomplish to keep their immune system strong during this time are as follows: Supplement daily with: • Vitamin D3: Vitamin D deficiency may be the greatest cause of seasonal colds and flu. During the colder seasons and at higher latitudes, our bodies produce much less Vitamin D, because of lowered skin exposure to direct sunlight. A large study involving 19,000 Americans showed that those individuals with the lowest Vitamin D levels reported having significantly more cold and flu episodes. The risk was even greater in those with chronic respiratory disorders, such as Asthma or COPD. It is now known that adults can safely consume 5000 IU daily from September through June, and about 2000 IU during the summer, depending on sun exposure. (Arch Intern Med. 2009 Feb 23;169(4):384-90. • Association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level and upper respiratory tract infection in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) •

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic agent. Oral Vitamin C helps protect the body from developing infections, and high-dose intravenous Vitamin C is an even more effective method of destroying and removing pathogenic microbes. Intravenous Vitamin C • has cured viral infections which can be debilitating and even life threatening, such as swine flu, measles, mumps, viral encephalitis, chicken pox, shingles, herpes, viral pneumonia, colds, and flu. Orally, adults should consider taking 2000 mg daily as a minimum for prevention and increase this to 3 times daily at the onset of any symptoms. Citrus or berry bioflavonoid compounds have added benefit towards immune stimulation and symptom prevention. • Special note for severe respiratory viral illness: Increase your dose to 1000 mg every 30 minutes for • 4 hours then hourly after that during waking hours for 4 days, then you should feel better and be able to resume the regular dose. This will likely cause some loose bowels or diarrhea, which means you are at your optimal dose. If this develops, take a lower dose. Zinc: Taking supplemental Zinc at the first signs of a cold or flu can cut down the time of the illness significantly, as well as reduce the severity of symptoms. Take 75 mg daily in a

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lozenge form once symptoms have started, or 30 mg daily preventively. (Cochrane database review of 15 randomized control trials with 1360 participants: http://summaries. cochrane.org/CD001364/ARI_zinc-for-the-common-cold) Vitamin A: This vitamin also shows promise as an anti-viral agent. It inactivates viruses, stimulates the immune system, and protects the mucus membranes of the respiratory track from viral invasion. 10,000 IU daily is safe and effective. Single treatments with much higher doses (100,000-200,000 IU) have shown benefit in treating upper respiratory viral illnesses and childhood viral illnesses such as Chicken Pox and Measles. Probiotics (and avoiding excessive use of antibiotics): Ensuring a healthy population of intestinal bacteria is one of the best ways to keep the immune system strong and functional. We now know that about 80% of our immune function stems from these healthy bacteria. Overall less inflammation and infection are observed in people with healthy bowel flora. Antibiotics can destroy the healthy balance of microbes and it is therefore recommended that with any course of antibiotics, probiotics be administered concurrently and for several weeks afterwards. Melatonin: Evidence shows that melatonin has anti-viral properties and is a hormone that our body produces less and less of as we age. It increases in the dark hours and puts us to sleep. Sleep is very important for immune health! If you develop an upper respiratory illness with one or more of these symptoms: cough, fever, fatigue, and/or trouble breathing, consider taking melatonin 1-10 mg before bed each night. It is interesting to note that children have the highest levels of melatonin production, leading to better sleep and stronger immune systems for fighting viruses.


In addition to the nutrients mentioned, the following herbs also help to prevent and treat colds and flu: Garlic, Echinacea, Astragalus, Elderberry Syrup, and Oregano Oil. These can be taken as directed on the labels. And finally, the food we eat contributes greatly to immune health. The most significant dietary contributor to seasonal viral infections is sugar. By reducing sugar (and grain carbohydrates that convert to sugar), the immune system is much more likely to remain robust and highly functioning. Studies clearly show that refined sugar lowers levels of immune cells in the blood stream. And of course, as always, ramp up your consumption of fresh, raw or lightly cooked dark leafy green and cruciferous vegetables, natural healthy oils, and healthy protein. Home made bone broth (think Grandma’s chicken soup), naturally fermented foods, and staying well hydrated also keep the immune system strong. Eating less often and incorporating intermittent fasting by condensing food consumption to 10 or fewer hours/day, also shows great health benefits. For more information on this and other natural prevention tips, contact Dr. Tamara Browne at the Natural Family Health Clinic in Okanagan Falls at 250 497-6681. www.drtamarabrowne.ca. The Natural Family Health Clinic is moving to a newer, larger location! As of June 1st, 2020, we will be relocated in the OK Corral beside the Dentist Office. We look forward to serving your health needs from this new, improved office. In the meantime, we are open to support your health and wellness in a safe, caring environment. Nuvo Renovations is your solution to: • Standard Renovation Services • Demolition • House Layout Alterations • Windows and Doors • Soffit, Fences and Wood Decks

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Staying Well And Keeping Our Community Safe By Angi Lobos-Taylor, Retired Medical Doctor and Community Health Educator What about wearing masks (all of us) when we go out? To go shopping, to take a bus or cab, or to go for a walk. That way we can add an extra barrier to the spread of COVID-19 and we can have a little fun showing off our creations! Our beautiful community and mild weather started to bring an influx of visitors that congregate on the KVR for walks, runs, biking and fishing, and that will only increase. We have been lucky so far that COVID-19 spared us until now. However, as the summer grows near, the likelihood that asymptomatic carriers of the virus will be amongst us in the parks, grocery stores, streets is very high. Therefore, the inevitable consequences of contracting the virus could be very, very high. Aerosol scientists have explained to us how we eject millions of micro particles with our saliva when we speak and they linger in the air for hours. And when we sneeze, we release micro-droplets that travel for over 6 meters. So, if we want to keep our community, our family, ourselves safer from the virus, beside the distancing, staying at home as much as we can and washing hands often; adding a facemask, sunglasses and a baseball cap will put a strong extra barrier to the spread, but only if we all wear them. They should be mandatory in the stores and public places. Children in Taiwan are already back to school, their parents back to work, wearing facemasks and with strict hygiene routines. There are many tutorials on the internet on how to make an effective facemask at home. Your children can decorate theirs with permanent markers. You can make a personalized beautiful facemask for yourself and your loved ones. Preparedness and prevention are crucial to deal with this pandemic. Make sure to remove your facemask from the elastic, put it in a plastic bag and when you get home, wash it with warm water and soap while you wash your hands for twenty seconds, then hang to dry (the facemask not your hands!). More barriers = less spread = less casualties = less work for our overwhelmed health care workers. You sew? Make facemasks please! Don’t sew? Maybe we create a matching network through Skaha Matters, Kijiji and Castanet. Any questions in how to make one? Send me an email at alobostaylor@shaw.ca. Stay well and keep our community healthy. By doing this, we can show how a small community can be proactive and become a model for others to follow.

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NEW Farm Gate Sales! By Lily Yang We are a small family run farm on the south end of Okanagan Falls. You normally could find our produce at the Penticton Farmer’s Market and the Okanagan Falls Market in the Park during the summer. Unfortunately, the markets have been cancelled, due to the coronavirus. So, we decide to take this opportunity to explore the option of “farm gate sales” directly on our farm. We welcome everyone who cares about where your food is from and how your food is produced to visit our farm. We are so excited to share our passion for farming in a sustainable way with everyone. Our Farm Gate Sales start on Saturday, May 2nd and will run until the end of October. We are located at 1644 Highway 97 South in Okanagan Falls. We will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am - 6 pm. In May, we will have various heirloom veggie seedlings (more than 30 varieties of tomato) for sale, as well as some leafy greens. 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.

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Make BC A Safer Place For Cats And Birds Submitted by the Greater Twin Lake Area Stewardship Society Feral and unsupervised house cats face risks outdoors and threaten native wildlife, as well as becoming prey of wildlife. Of particular concern is their impact on birds. On average, North American bird populations have decreased by 29% or 3 billion birds since 1970! After habitat loss, roaming cats are the #1 source of wild bird mortality. In Canada alone, cats kill between 100 and 350 million birds per year. As well, unsupervised roaming cats face dangers outside, including trauma and death from vehicles and wildlife, unwanted pregnancy, injury from cat fights, getting lost, ingesting toxins, diseases and parasites passed on from wildlife. To protect birds from cat predation and cats from outdoor dangers including wildlife, Stewardship Centre for BC recommends keeping your feline companions indoors or supervised outdoors by training cats to walk on a leash, building a catio, cat-proofing your backyard, and limiting time cats spend outside unsupervised. Spring, this period of physical distancing, is a great time for projects like building a cat enclosure to keep your feline friend, and the songbirds we all love, safe, happy and healthy! There are lots of great designs for outdoor cat enclosures, which you can adapt to your home area. You will need a pre-made cat door, which can be attached to plywood fit to a window, 2x4s, netting or chicken wire to wrap around the bottom, sides, ends and top, and plywood for ledges. Be sure that there is a locking door, so you can get into the enclosure to clean it, make repairs, and chase your cat inside if needed. Ensure that there is some sun protection, perhaps by building it around a tree. Here are some great resources: www.communityconcernforcats.org/resources/enclosuresfor-cats/; www.instructables.com/id/Build-an-All-Season-Outdoor-Cat-Habitat/ ; and www.easyologypets.com/blogs/news/how-to-buildoutdoor-cat-enclosures. To find out more, browse through free resources on the Stewardship Centre for BC web: www.stewardshipcentrebc.ca/cats-and-birds/; Facebook @StewardshipCentreforBC; and Twitter @StewardshipBC. If you have questions, suggestions or would like to share your way of keeping cats and birds safe, you can email Cats and Birds Coordinator, Anna Skurikhina, at coordinator@ stewardshipcentrebc.ca.


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Wishing Away The Covid-19 Blues By Michel Destimauville

We are so fortunate to live in the Okanagan Falls area where there is so much space. If you are overwhelmed (or bored) with Covid-19 news, take a deep breath and look out your window. We are surrounded by amazing scenery.

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

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING IDEAS Let us know if you have any of the following skills, and/or any other skills you would like to donate virtually. Contact info@ Take the time to step outside into the yard. The close contact with volunteercentre.info today! nature will bring you a sense of peace. Even if it is a little cold yet, Tele-Friendly Volunteer ~ Use your phone to connect with just dress as if it were winter and I guarantee that you will be cozy • an isolated senior or adult with a disability and bring some warm. If you have a yard you can sit and enjoy, the spring energy light to their day! is all around, as the new buds swell and deploy their fresh leaves Public Relations Specialist ~ Are you a communicator who or spring flowers. The sky is so clear these days and it is so quiet • is interested in volunteering where you’ll enjoy flexibility in out there with the reduced traffic. setting your own schedule and freedom to contribute your The sound of moving water easily fills the empty space with an ideas? Your role will be to help support communication efforts element of magic. The fish look so relaxed as they wavily drift and contribute to the development of a media relations, about, without the slightest hint of concerns around pandemics. influence engagement and social communications strategy. It is so easy to enjoy this peaceful moment with the mind chatter • Writer ~ Assist with writing marketing and communication on pause. documents such as newsletters, request letters, website If you are inspired by the idea of a water feature in your own content, and more. garden and with extra time on your hands, this may be the perfect • Grant research and writing ~ Assist with finding grants that opportunity to consider initiating such a project. It will focus your match charity programs and write the proposal description. thoughts, entice you out of the house and the exercise can only • Volunteer Social Media Specialist ~ Join an organization’s be good. Right now, Skaha Water Gardens has many deeply marketing team to produce and implement social media discounted pond supplies, which would help fit such a project into strategies. You could manage, maintain and grow an your budget. We encourage you to come and see us to explore organization’s social media presence on Twitter, Instagram the possibilities. There are many different kinds of water features and Facebook. to enhance your space. We can help you with design ideas and suggestions tailored to your needs. • Book Buddies ~ Schools often have volunteers read stories or listen to stories of students. Become an online Book Buddy. These slow times won’t last. Soon many of us will return to our Set a specific time of day, and time limit for the event. Have regular business in the fast lane and I cannot help but think that and help a child read a book via Skype, Zoom, Facebook some will look back with hints of nostalgia at these quieter times. Video Messenger, or Facetime. Allow enough time for a short Go out there and breathe in the fresh spring air and be grateful that visit and repeat regularly. we live in this beautiful country. 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. Like us on Open 10-5 Wednesday to Sunday Facebook under SOSVC, as we post additional information there. or call 250.497.5658 for an appointment www.SkahaWaterGardens.com Before volunteering, 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 volunteering. For more information or to talk with a staff member, email info@ volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661.

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A Spark Of Hope On Earth Day And Every Day

By Margaret Kyle and Laura Sacks - CCL.Okanagan@gmail.com April 22 was the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (www.earthday. org). We could not gather together to celebrate, but we could spend some time considering our relationship with the natural world. A deeper understanding of our interconnectedness can help build a better post-COVID world. Our world is interconnected, whether in the spread of this virus, or in the greenhouse gases that we put in our shared atmosphere. Our response to the COVID outbreak illustrates that collective and government actions matter, locally, nationally and globally. Inaction is not an option, when faced with a crisis. During these past challenging weeks, many of us have been reflecting on what really matters to us, as individuals and as a community. How can we take what we’ve learned about the pandemic and apply that to our urgent climate and ecological crises? We have been humbled by our vulnerability to this virus and to precarious global supply chains. We see the importance of building local resilience. This is ever more important as we face our growing climate crisis. We need to be prepared for uncertainty and be nimble in our response. Re-localization of food, energy systems and basic manufacturing means we can better respond to future crises. How can we help local farmers earn a decent living, so that local food can be a more significant part of our diets? We appreciate our local businesses now more than ever before. How can we support them as we recover? We need stimulus dollars going to our communities to support local and sustainable jobs. We do not need more money going to sunset industries like oil and gas, that already receive enormous subsidies. When we invest in climate solutions like renewable energy and energy efficiency, we create considerably more jobs per dollar invested than in the fossil fuel sector. This pandemic has exposed the vast inequities in our culture. Low wage workers in our care homes, cleaning services, and food systems keep our community safe and cared for in this pandemic, as well as in ordinary times. Poor communities around the world are being hit the hardest by this pandemic. Similarly, climate change impacts the poor and vulnerable the most, although no one is spared from its impacts. As we recover and rebuild, let’s be sure solutions improve the lives of the most vulnerable, and consider non-human life as well.

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School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, School Trustee I feel it is prudent to start my update with the ubiquitous phase, “As at Press time”, due to the ever changing face of COVID-19. We are now well into the new normal of remote learning with most teachers and students settling into some type of routine. At the board, we have been exceptionally impressed with the dedication, and commitment of the administration and teachers to reach and connect in a meaningful way to all their students. Technology and various devices have been delivered to many families. We are hearing inspirational stories of support for students and families, risk taking and innovation. Classes are meeting online, collaborating in a virtual world, and trying new tools and techniques. We are also aware that schools provide more than just education to many students in our district. It also provides safety and some degree of food security. With that in mind, in early April, the district had donated $2,000 to each Food Bank Organization in all our communities. The approach is a little different for each school. Some are delivering gift cards, groceries and meals to families. Here in Okanagan Falls, we are working with Helping Hands. If any families are in need, please do not hesitate to contact Karen Sinclair, Principal at Okanagan Falls Elementary. Karen, along with her amazing staff, will ensure that the needs of all our families have been met. At this point in time, we are just starting to hear about the potential of some return to schools. Any changes to the current delivery of education with be directed by and in collaboration with the Provincial Health Office. I do know that the work of the school district will continue to be guided by a set of principles as set by the Ministry of Education. • Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students, families and employees • Provide service to support children of essential service workers • Support vulnerable students who may need special assistance • Provide a continuity of educational opportunities for all students If parents or families have any questions about how these principles relate to the education of their child, please contact your child’s principal. We also encourage families to check the district website regularly for all up to date information, frequently asked questions, and resources. www.sd53.bc.ca As trustees, we wish to do our part to support staying at home and physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, all regular Board meetings will be conducted on a Zoom platform until further notice. Please email general@sd53.bc.ca, if you would like a meeting link emailed to you. Agendas will be posted as usual on the Board of Education section of the district website. Lastly, I would like to commend all staff members including the senior management team, school administrators, teachers, support staff, custodians and maintenance crews for supporting the safety of students and staff and redesigning everything they normally do in a matter of days. We are all in this together and we thank you for your patience. In the wise words of Dr. Bonnie Henry, “be calm, be kind and be safe!” For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or jstevens@sd53.bc.ca.

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April Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair

Our classes are offering remote learning opportunities to students, and we’d like to send a huge THANK YOU to all the families for their support during this unprecedented time. We are so proud of all our Falcon families! Some April highlights: • Division 4 Zoom meeting • Ms. Sam hosts “Online Story Time” • Mrs. Eddison, Out of the Box - on YouTube Each week, we post a Falcon Weekly Challenge on our website at okf.sd53.bc.ca ... Please feel free to join in! • Kitchen Cutlery Challenge - Rowan Rivest • Easter Bunny Challenge - Reid Olsen • Earth Week Challenge - Hania Blades (hidden by containers) We miss everyone! Take care and stay safe!


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All are 9 Hole Rounds. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, all Okanagan Regional Library locations are currently closed and book drops are locked. For the month of May, Flex Passes will Please enjoy the library materials you have out right now. Don’t be at last year’s sale prices! worry, as you won’t be charged fines or penalties. Upon play, a waiver will need Have questions? Email us at help@orl.bc.ca or chat with library to be signed. staff right from our website. Chat hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm; or Tuesday and Thursday 250.497.5648 standrewsdirectorofgolf@shaw.ca from 9 am - 7 pm. www.standrewsbythelake.com All of our online resources will still be available 24/7 and can be accessed remotely using your library pass. Please visit orl.bc.ca We Appreciate Your Support! for a full list of available resources. As you know, this is a constantly evolving situation. We will continue to work closely with health officials and are committed to keeping you up-to-date as events evolve and change. Thank you for your support, understanding and patience during Audiobook Reviews this difficult time. Now is a critical moment when we must all work together to ensure the well-being of our communities and mitigate By Kilmeny MacMichael the spread of COVID-19. The Woman in the Water - Prequel to the Charles Lenox Thank you. Mystery Series ~ Written by Charles Finch. Narrated by James Lynn Warfield (Okanagan Falls) and Glenda Livolsi (Kaleden) Langton. MP3 audiobook runs 8 hours 48 minutes. H&M Thrifty Boutique

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President Not sure who are the ones learning the most lately, us adults or the kids. The kids have been rock stars adapting to this new normal we find ourselves in, with the teachers as the amazing stage managers, and us parents fumbling through as the second-rate backup band. By rock stars, I of course mean they are entertaining, creative, and have weird demands and/or costumes at times. All of PAC would like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to all the teachers and support staff that have really stepped up to keep the show going through it all! And, speaking of being at home with your kids 24/7 ... Are getting down in your coffee supplies? Do not panic, as PAC is selling Backyard Beans coffee again for June! Order forms will be available on the PAC Facebook page, the Okanagan Falls Elementary website, or contact Robyn Verge through text (250219-3017) or email (robyn.holm@live.com). Orders are due by Monday, June 15th. PAC tried something new to get with the social distancing times. PAC attempted an online meeting in April and it worked! Some bought groceries, some folded laundry, some drank a glass of wine during the meeting ... but we all were able to keep the ideas and plans going for how to support our school, students, and teachers. WELL DONE GANG! If you would like to be sent the invite to join in the next PAC meeting (open to all parents and caregivers of students in our school), please send an email to okfallspac@ gmail.com or a message to the Facebook group “Okanagan Falls Elementary PAC”. The Facebook page is also a great place to catch videos of Ms. Sinclair’s fun Falcon Friday Challenges! Our next virtual PAC meeting is set for Thursday, May 7th.

American author Charles Finch tells a somewhat Sherlockian tale of a young gentleman in London, England, who, during Queen Victoria’s reign, finds himself investigating two intriguing murders with the very capable assistance of his valet, despite the approbation of his class peers. He also learns that his father is gravely ill, and struggles to know what to do about the woman he loves - she has married another. With high manners and murder, this is a prologue to a best-selling series with which I am unacquainted. This story might be a bit padded - missing approximately half an hour of this book while falling asleep listening one warm afternoon made no serious dent in my understanding of the mystery. Recommended for those who enjoy plenty of tea alongside their fictional detections. The Darkness ~ Written by Ragnar Jonasson. Narrated by Amanda Redman. MP3 audiobook runs 5 hours 23 minutes. Narrator speaks a bit quickly, although this may in part be for effect. From Iceland, we are given a female police detective, close to an unwanted retirement, who decides to investigate the death of a young asylum seeker, a death that many believe was not the result of a crime. Told from alternating view points which jump around in time, this is a quick twisty entry in the Nordic crime genre. Some use of obscenities, and it does get dark. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ~ Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Narrated by Ralph Cosham. MP3 audiobook runs 9 hours 7 minutes. There are numerous collections of Sherlock Holmes stories available through the library presented in various formats. The audio collection I sampled came with twelve Sherlock tales as presented by award-winning narrator Ralph Cosham. The download was helpfully divided as one story to each part - so if you have read a story already and remember too well how it is solved, you can skip simply to the next. And, if you have never read or listened or viewed a Sherlock Holmes story, this audiobook collection will serve as a solid introduction to the famous fictional sleuth and his friend Watson. SkahaMatters.com | May 2020 | Page 23

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School Trustee Report For SD67

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update

By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee

By Brad Nunes

The following is a brief summary of items discussed at the March 9, 2020 School Board Meeting: SD67 Budget Update: The Board adopted the Amended Annual Budget for 2019-2020 in a 3rd and final reading at the March 9, 2020 School Board Meeting. Joan Axford was hired by the Board to conduct a review of the financial position of SD67 from 2018-2019 to current. Ms. Axford presented the findings of the review to the Board on March 9, 2020. She provided 12 recommendations to the Board. This included providing details explaining the 2018-2019 budget shortfall at June 30, 2019 and the financial position of SD67 going forward in 20192020. Ms. Axford went over the effect of declining enrolment in 2019-2020 and she provided strategies to remedy any potential budgetary shortfalls up to June 30, 2020. In addition, Ms. Axford provided a Forecasted Income Statement to June 30, 2020 and she expressed that the actual will be very close to the amended budget. She indicated that the forecasted statement will be done each month for the Board. For more information, please go to the SD67.bc.ca website to review the documents prepared by Ms. Axford as presented to the Board on March 9, 2020. 2020-2021 Budget Process: Eileen Sadlowski is a financial consultant with extensive experience working as a Secretary Treasure for schools in BC. She retired from SD23 and is now working as a financial consultant. On April 20, 2020 the Board is participating in a Financial Literacy Workshop with Eileen Sadlowski. Ms. Sadlowski who has been contracted by the Board to assist with the 2020-2021 Budget Process. COVID-19 Update: SD67 schools are working diligently to ensure ongoing student learning opportunities due to COVID-19. SD67 has provided digital devices to any families identified as needing support as determined via the District COVID-19 Survey that was recently completed by parents. Students who learn better with paper based resources will have the option to have their school assignments provided in paper based packages. SD67 Food Programs will continue for any families who were participating in school food programs prior to COVID-19. Weekly food hampers will be delivered to support families identified. This includes families who participate in the Star Fish Program. SD67 is accepting cash donations via e-transfers to anyone who is interested in supporting this initiative. Donations can be made to accountsreceivable@summer.com. The next School Board Meeting is scheduled for April 27, 2020. Agenda items include the Final Budget and recommendation for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@summer.com, if you have any questions regarding the above.

Mmhmph mmhmph ffuufft mmmhumm ...Oh sorry, I forgot to take my mask off. I’ve been writing moistly all morning and was worried about my keyboard. Well, despite the schools being physically closed, it has been wonderful interacting online with teachers and classmates. The big bonus is I haven’t walked by an open Zoom meeting without pants on. I consider that our biggest win. Also, my boys claim they are learning lots about physics by playing Fortnite, but I have my doubts ... Anyway, sadly we have had to cancel Lobsterfest. While the crustaceans may be happy, the rest of us are pretty bummed. We do have a bunch of items that were already donated, so we will be hosting the second annual KPAC Online Auction! Please stay tuned for full details on Facebook and in next month’s Skaha Matters. KPAC is selling blueberry plants again this year. If you are interested, please email Jess at jesstw11@gmail.com ASAP. There will be shovels in the ground for the new playground equipment any time now! You did this! All of you! Thank you so much for supporting our fundraisers! Walk or drive by to watch the progress and give yourselves a socially distant pat on the back. KPAC hopes you are all staying happy and healthy through all this. And while we are not at the school, the students, staff, and parents do feel all your love. Our love goes out to you as well. Happy May everyone!

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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.


Call Us For “Reliable Travel” Advice By Vi Creasey We, at Reliable Travel, hope that you are all healthy and safe. These times are awkward and watching the news too much can make us depressed. However, with luck, we do have wonderful memories of family and travel, that we can concentrate on. Now is the time to dream, not the time to travel. WE WILL TRAVEL AGAIN! Do you remember 911? That is close to the time that I entered the travel industry. At that time, the general feeling was … “I will never set foot in an airplane again”. However, after some time, the travel industry did rebound and it will again after COVID-19. Times are very interesting right now with many cancelled trips. The travel industry has taken a big hit. People who have had their trips cancelled are either looking forward to their next trip, using a “Future Travel Voucher”, or are angry because they want their money back and are finding out that getting money back is not happening, or at least not happening easily. One of the ways to have gotten your money refunded is to have bought “Cancellation and Interruption” Insurance, which would have given you the choice of either receiving your money back or taking the Future Travel Voucher. Right now, many of the tour companies and cruise lines are giving you more than the original dollars spent, with some giving you up to 125% of the money you spent. That makes the Future Travel Voucher look appealing. Booking with a Licensed BC Travel Agent also has perks, as these agents must contribute to a Government fund that helps you recoup money that you’ve lost if your travel supplier goes out of business. I’ve received calls from people who booked with online travel agencies that have vanished now that the world is in a crisis. Many of these companies have disconnected their phone and their websites no longer exist. You can probably write off those dollars spent! It is sad when you hear that someone has paid $12,000 for a holiday, and when they go to check out of the resort, they are not allowed to leave without paying an additional $10,000. If the resort was not paid by the online travel agency, the resort still wants their money. Scenarios like that do not happen if you book with a Licensed BC Travel Agent. Recently, many people purchased another airline ticket to get home from wherever they were in the world. All the tickets that were purchased with Reliable Travel have been changed with no cost to the customer. Cancellation and interruption insurance will cover the cost of any new ticket purchased, and also the cost of the “unused” portion of your vacation. There are horror stories that we’ve listened to where people had to purchase three different tickets to get home, with the airlines cancelling the flights the day after they booked. If you had used Reliable Travel, we would take care of all these issues. We are only one phone call away, and unlike airlines and tour operators, you don’t need to wait “on hold”. Please remember that we at Reliable Travel are local and we have helped sort out many issues in the last month, even for customers that we did not originally book. Please remember that “we are all in this together”. Please shop local and call us at anytime to discuss your future dream vacation.

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Random Thoughts While Working at Home By Tom Landecker We’re all working at home, but it’s been done before. The year was 1665. The bubonic plague was sweeping through England. The response now sounds familiar to us, institutions closed and isolation became the norm, for those who could do it. The university at Cambridge closed, and sent the students home to continue their studies. One of them, Isaac Newton, used that time very well. He had not been a particularly distinguished student. But after a year working at home, he had developed ideas that revolutionized mathematics and physics. In that year, he invented calculus, developed the theory of gravitation, and made great strides in the study of optics, inventing the reflecting telescope that is now the mainstay of optical astronomy. Newton went back to Cambridge University, and within two years he was made a professor. Not bad for a young man of 27. There is an interesting sidebar to this story. It was Newton who gave the word “gravity” its modern meaning. We know gravity as the force that holds us on the surface of the Earth, the force we have to overcome when we climb a ladder or climb a hill. But in Newton’s time, “gravity” was used to describe serious matters, and its opposite, “levity”, to denote mirth or having fun. Until Newton, “gravity” did not have a scientific meaning. Today, we use the Latin root, “gravitas”, to describe a person. We do not use it to say that they are overweight, we use it to describe their behaviour. The dictionary definition of gravitas is “dignity, seriousness, solemnity of manner”. Which brings me to the origin of another term that is very much in use today. The Universe is expanding. If we trace back in time, all the matter in the Universe must have been concentrated in one tiny point. Expansion of that point into today’s Universe began in the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago. Where did this phrase come from? The words “Big Bang” were first spoken by Fred Hoyle (also a professor at Cambridge University) in 1949 in a radio talk. He was promoting his alternative theory of the history of the Universe, the Steady State theory. He said, of the opposition, “…. they expect us to believe in that silly Big Bang …”. He was trying to knock down a theory he didn’t think was right, but the name stuck. And today, the Big Bang is considered the correct description of the beginning of the Universe, and there are a lot of observations to back that up. The Steady State theory has been discarded on the heap of theories that didn’t match up to the data. Here are a few helpful website addresses: • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/facilities/drao.html • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/publications/nrc_pubs/tapping/ • https://chime-experiment.ca 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. SkahaMatters.com | May 2020 | Page 25


Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit

Kaleden Seniors Committee Update

By Meredith King

By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator

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.

We miss seeing everyone’s smiling faces at events around Kaleden and know that social isolation isn’t easy for many of us. If you could use a phone call or a socially distant front porch visit, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can reach the Kaleden Seniors Committee anytime at kaledenseniors@gmail.com. We’ve cancelled our events for now, but please keep an eye out for when we resume. Our May event is scheduled for outdoors and is dependent on provincial recommendations, which we are watching closely. We have a fun Kaleden crossword to share with you and there is a PRIZE! From all of the submissions, we will draw one name to win a bottle of wine, courtesy of the Seniors Committee. Please check the Kaleden Community Association website at kaledencommunity.com on May 1st to Puzzle at kaledencommunity.com try the crossword ... it’s a fun one!

He had three loves; flowers, music and books. His garden was a source of pride, not only for Harry, but for the whole community and many visitors were shown through the immaculate grounds. He was an enthusiastic member of any musical group which was formed and although a staunch Anglican, he acted as organist and choir director in our local Baptist Church. He also took part in a series of musicals that enlivened the winter months. I have vague memories of hearing practices, but don’t think I ever got to attend any local productions. After living over thirty years in the community as a confirmed and very independent bachelor he surprised the village when, in 1941, he married widow Agnes Smith of Penticton. They lived in his Kaleden home until 1945 and then moved to Penticton. Harry Whitaker died on May 7, 1953 at the age of 82. Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. DE

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Write Your Life Story ... While Connecting & Building Resilience By Kim Palmer, Executive Director

The Okanagan School of the Arts (OSA) is offering this special online course that will help you feel connected in this time of isolation. It will also raise much-needed funds for our organization. The Guided Autobiography course starts on Wednesday, May 6, and it is an ideal way to use this time productively to start writing your life story, while helping you connect and create resilience at a time of isolation and uncertainty. Certified Guided Autobiography instructor Leigh Morrow will provide an inspiring and supportive environment for online participants, using proven engaging exercises, priming questions and themes to spark creativity, self-awareness and memory recall to start writing your autobiography. The class will be online using a Zoom meeting room. The six-week course will take place Wednesday mornings, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Each week, participants will explore different themes and common experiences to help create a collection of stories focusing on major life events. No previous writing experience is needed, but most participants do find their writing skills improve! Pre-registration is required by visiting https://www.shatfordcentre. com/product/guided-autobiography-course-april-may-tuesdaymornings/ What Participants Say ~ “Thanks so much. It was a fabulous course, and exactly what I needed to help me focus on something like writing when it is so easy to sleep the day away or veg out on TV or Netflix. I feel like I have something to show for these weeks, especially after being isolated for a month. Your offering is a Godsend to me, and I am very grateful.” - Betsy H., Regina About Us ~ Established in 1960, the Okanagan School of the Arts (OSA) is one of the longest-running schools of its kind in Canada. The OSA offers a variety of performing and visual arts courses for students of all ages and stages of development, and hosts periodic visual art exhibitions.

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Okanagan Falls “Market In The Park” Share The Fruits Of Your Labour! By Vivian Botting

Although at the time of going to press there has been no official ruling, we are hopeful that the 2020 Okanagan Falls “Market in the Park” may be allowed to go ahead. But, limited to the sale of fresh produce and home baking. As a result of the lack of fresh produce available locally in Okanagan Falls, this would benefit the community greatly, especially those who have been spending many beneficial hours working in their gardens or confined to their kitchens. The market provides a great way of getting out of doors and selling the “fruits of our labour”! The time is just right, so start gardening! For more information on joining the Market in the Park, when it returns, please phone or text Vivian at 250-462-7579 or email vbotting44@gmail.com.

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Music In The Park By Grant Henderson Things are not looking very good for this year’s summer program. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world as we know it into a new “norm” for our society. Isolation and social distancing are the new watchwords until such time as a vaccine is discovered and this virus is eradicated.

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson The members and staff of the Heritage Society have all been following the instructions provided by the experts in the medical profession about staying healthy during this time. We have no set time for opening the facilities at the Museum. The most important factor about all this is the health and well being of our membership, staff, customers and friends. I just keep saying over and over, “This too will pass” and I am sure it will. Did ja know? The property that is the home of the Heritage and Museum Society at one time was a summer campground. The building that now houses the Museum was the wash room for the customers, providing showers and laundry facilities. The apartment upstairs was the home for the manager and family. All this took place in the ‘60s and in the ‘80s the property was purchased by the Heritage and Museum Society and was being developed as our Community Museum. The Bassett House was set in the amusement park where Tickleberry’s sits today and used as a doll museum. The Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute purchased the house from the amusement park when it was closing and moved it by truck and trailer north, across the Shuttleworth Bridge. All this took place in the early 1980’s. The building that houses the Thrifty Boutique was where customers purchased tickets for the amusement park. A few years later, the Log House was added. It had been a tourist information kiosk on the highway south of Okanagan Falls. That room was outfitted and developed as the Kenny McLean Room in the early 2000’s. Many thanks to all those people who provided all that hard work to provide the beautiful Museum we have today. Stay healthy and so will we!

As far as the “Music in the Park” program is concerned, securing entertainers has never been the problem. Our program is so popular among musicians that they are falling all over themselves to get on board. The current hindrance to this year’s summer program is the social distancing restrictions that are in place to avoid further spread of the virus. As it stands right now, we are prohibited from such a gathering. Naturally, I am disappointed to see my first year as Event Coordinator crumble to the ground through no fault of our own. I was so excited about presenting “The Year of the Recording Artists”, as my entire entertainment line-up this year included musicians and singers who have previously recorded tracks in a studio. It was a hot line-up this year. But, alas ... Such is the way of the world for the next several months, I suppose. Perhaps longer. It is a reality in which we must live, whether we like it, or not. I wish to offer my heartfelt thanks to those on the front line of this pandemic. Their dedication to serve those in distress far exceeds their fear of exposing themselves to significant risk. These people are angels in this time of uncertainty. I believe that this is an opportune time for everyone to open our hearts and minds to the idea (reality) that we are all in this boat together. We are one. We are all made of the same stuff. The pandemic has proven without a doubt that it has no preference or prejudice as to who it infects. Absolutely everyone is potentially susceptible. I am concerned for all people as we move through this present crisis. I urge everyone to take appropriate precautions. Please stay home, stay safe, and minimize your contact with others until the health authorities have a solid handle on Covid-19. Save yourself; and in doing so, you will save others. God bless us, everyone! Charles Dickens SkahaMatters.com | May 2020 | Page 27


The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227

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As we all wait for what will happen ... If we get the go ahead to open in May, we will have our Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 17th from 8-11 am. Plus, our Meat Draws and 50/50 Draws will return on Fridays and Saturdays once we are open again. Be safe! If anyone needs help, please call the branch at 250-497-8338. Below is some history of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 from 1948-1997. The Legion stands on the corner of Highway 97 and 12th Avenue in Okanagan Falls. There is a Cenotaph out front, commemorating those who gave their all, so that our future generation could taste freedom. November 12, 1947 ~ Branch #227 Royal Canadian Legion received its Charter. There were 15 members. Bill Edge was President. The first meetings were held in the Elementary School building. Eventually, property was bought at the north end of Cedar Street in the early 50’s. Members took out Bonds to help with expenditures, and volunteers provided the labour. 1948 ~ Okanagan Falls Legion Ladies Auxiliary was formed. 1963 ~ Building and property was sold and a new building erected on Highway 97 and 12th Avenue. While being constructed, meetings were held in the Women’s Institute Community Hall. Workers received $1.50 per hour. April 1964 ~ First regular meeting of Branch #227 was held in the new building. Ray Craney was President. June 1964 ~ First dance was held. Drinks were 3/$1. Admission was .50 cents per person. December 1964 ~ First New Years Eve Party. Catering was done by Ladies Auxiliary. Tickets were $1.50 per person. 1966 ~ The Branch held the first BBQ. Otto Hansen supplied 80lbs of beef. 1967 ~ The Branch had some serious financial difficulties over the years. There was a possibility that the Pacific Command would revoke their charter and sell the building. The Branch arranged for a mortgage to pay for all outstanding debts. 1968 ~ First presentation of Trophy Awards for Sportsmanship presented to an Okanagan Falls Elementary School student. Steve Rowe was the winner. At that, time the Branch gave 2 bursaries to Okanagan Falls Graduates at SOSS. Originally they were for $200 each, and in 1997 $450 each. Now 2020, they are $1,500 each. January 1969 ~ Bill Edge, the first Branch Present, passed away. November 1970 ~ Mortgage burning held. 1972 ~ The Branch furnished a ward in the new Oliver Hospital at a cost of $861. 1973 ~ The Branch applied for a grant to extend the Legion building through the Federal Government Local Initiatives program. Official opening ceremony for the two story extension was held in September. April 1974 ~ Lounge licensed premises opened. 1981 ~ The Branch donated $1,500 to furnish a room at the Osoyoos Sage Brush Lodge. 1982 ~ The Branch donated $40.000 from the Bingo Trust Fund to the Seniors Citizen’s Branch to help furnish Shuttleworth place. 1987 ~ Main floor of the Branch was remodelled as a sports floor. October 1988 ~ A new Cenotaph was erected in front of the Legion and dedicated by Branch Padre, Reverend Derek Salter.

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November 11, 1990 ~ Renovations to the washrooms and the plumbing system through three grants GO BC. In order to make room for the handicapped washrooms, the lounge was extended. Leo Martin became the first associate member to be given a Life Membership. 1991 ~ The Legion hosted the Provincial Dart Tournament. 1994 ~ The property on the east side of the building, became the site of the Memorial Rose Garden. May 1995 ~ President Ed Findlater and Secretary Mary Findlater were authorized to negotiate a loan to pave the parking lot and upgrade the air conditioner. The loan was paid off in May 1997. 1996 ~ 100 Cedars for planting along the creek bank. All chairs in the lounge were reupholstered. As a 50th Anniversary project, past presidents pictures were hung in the lounge. June 1997 ~ Conrad Ed Findlater was the first member elected to the Pacific Command as Vice Chairperson. November 1997 ~ Branch #227 celebrating 50 years of service within the community. Donations were generously given to the Kiwanis Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween and Christmas Parties. It also supports 232 Big Horn Air Cadets Squadron, as well as helping Brownies, Guides, Cubs, Beavers, OK Mini School, Helping Hand and Citizens on Patrol. Past Presidents from 1948-1997: Bill Edge - 1948,1951, 1953-54; Carlton Mallory - 1949; Jimmy Sloan - 1950; Roy Jakins - 1952, 1961; Ted Giroux - 1955-56; Emery Scott - 1957; Harry Webster - 1958; Ray Edmonds - 1959; Ray Craney - 1960, 1962-65, 1967-69, 1976, 1979, 1981-83; Fred Steeves - 1966; Andrew McLean - 1969; Art Gladish - 1970-71; Cec Mitchell - 1972; Jack Hill 1973; August Duncan - 1974; Lawrie Hadley - 1975; Al Rowe - 1977-78; Geordie Willson - 1980; Leo Martin - 1984, 1993; Jack Childs - 1985-87; Ed Findlater 1988-90, 1994-96; Bill Stokes - 1991-92; and Leo Martin - 1993, 1997. Come Out & Try Volunteering ... It’s Lots Of Fun! For more information, please call 250-497-8338. Show Your Support & Become A Member ~ The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served their country. The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Ways in Okanagan Falls. For more information, call 250-497-8338. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton Our Ladies Auxiliary wishes everyone to stay safe and healthy, as the COVID situation continues. We will readdress activities, when we are able to do so. We hope this will be soon. Our Ladies Auxiliary are planning to create a Cookbook for purchase in the fall. We are now looking for submissions of favourite recipes from Ladies Auxiliary Members. Members of Branch #227 are also welcome to submit. Please send your submissions to the attention of Denise Ashton, via mail to Ladies Auxiliary, phone or text 250689-4004 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.


Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President

Like the doctor who told his patient with the gall stones, “this too shall pass”, but not without some discomfort. Here we still remain masked and isolated. This doesn’t mean we still can’t interact with our friends and neighbours with the proper precautions and especially remember the handshakes and hugs we all miss - this too will pass hopefully, but we may remain somewhat socially changed for a while. There is a Latin saying, “Dum spiro, spero” - where there is breath, there is hope! Don’t give up ... that’s defeatist! Stay home, stay healthy and laugh every day. The Lions Club met last Tuesday on Zoom, well some of us did, and the rest will be along soon after some software tweaks. Feelings are positive, even with our actions restricted, but we are all still here with our continued wish for all endeavors to continue when we are able. A friend emailed me today with the following thought: “Happiness comes through doors you didn’t even remember leaving open.” All the Lions meetings and activities are on hold across our region due to the restrictions, but we are still here. Everyone be safe and we will see you just as soon as we can. 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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From A Swimming Champion To A Successful Entrepreneur By Elmira Galiyeva, LIP Coordinator for South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services Hamza was a swimming champion and coach in his hometown, Tiznit, a beautiful town in the south of Morocco. Tiznit is known for its silver handicraft, active and civically engaged community, magnificent historic sites and a number of public facilities, including an Olympic Swimming Pool. That’s where Hamza spent a lot of time practicing. Outside of his swimming career, Hamza was an auto mechanic. He was passionate about both but wanted to explore a new path - life in Canada. His destination was Osoyoos. Soon after he arrived, he started working in the housekeeping department at one of the best resorts in Osoyoos. That’s where he met his friend and business partner Magali. Magali grew up in Uruguay, in a small resort town - Punta del Este. When her father passed away, all the children - two boys and two girls - began to help their mother run a complex family business - a bakery, a pasta factory and a rotisserie. “I always wanted to be independent - travel the world and work in the hospitality field. My mother brought me some information about the ‘work and travel’ program, and I ended up in the U.S.”, shares Magali. Before making Osoyoos her home, she studied hospitality and worked at a prestigious hotel in Florida, then in Whistler and Vancouver. Hamza was looking for opportunities to get back into his field and decided to seek help from the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS) that offer free services to all immigrants. “I am so grateful to Martina, the Employment Facilitator with SOICS, who helped me find a job in my field; it wasn’t easy”, says Hamza. He was very happy at the new workplace, Penticton General Motors, but kept working on his business idea that was becoming more and more real day after day. His dream was to bring a piece of his home to Canada - argan oil. “Argan trees only grow in the south of Morocco - my home, and I thought it would be great to share the purest argan oil with my new community”, Hamza shares. He did marketing research and together with his friend opened a manufacturing site in Morocco that started to produce pure organic argan oil. SOICS helped him access small start-up funding to kick-start his business, and Magali was his first client. Hamza’s dream came true. He is now the owner and CEO of the Alia Collection Inc. “Alia” means “precious”. He named the company after his mom. Hamza’s online business is doing great. He is exploring international markets, and is looking into opening a store in the South Okanagan. Magali is by his side - supporting him and encouraging him to follow his heart. (Photo by Mike Biden)


Margaret Clarissa Hirschsprung May 23, 1929 - March 30, 2020

On Monday, March 30, 2020, Margaret Clarissa Hirschsprung of Okanagan Falls passed away peacefully at Westview Place at the age of 90. She was predeceased by her husband Henrik Hirschsprung, parents Eva and Wellington Harris, daughter Deborah Au, sister Evelyn, and brother Bert. She is survived by her granddaughter Chantel (Jeremy) and greatgrandson Micah, and grandson Warren. Margaret was born in Comox, British Columbia and grew up on a small farm in Dove Creek. She fondly recalled her childhood and loving parents. She went on to do nursing school in Victoria, but changed directions and did hairdressing as a career instead. She opened her own beauty shop “Artistique” in Courtenay and raised her daughter as a single mother. In 1972, she married the love of her life Henry. During their 40 years marriage, they loved to dance, go sailing, garden, and they renovated houses for a while. They moved to Oliver in 1991 and retired in Okanagan Falls in their first brand new home. Margaret had a great sense of humour and loved being surrounded by laughter amongst family and friends. She was a very generous soul, always willing to offer her time, energy, and resources to lend a helping hand. She loved having coffee dates, gardening and big Danish Christmas parties in her home. We will all miss her peanut butter cookies. The family wishes to thank Dr. Robertson(s), and the entire staff at Westview Place for taking such loving care of Mama. For those who wish, contributions in her name could be made to any local Food Bank. To send the family online condolences, share memories and photos, please visit www.firstmemorialfuneralkelwona.com.

LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC) - On Line!

Our website, www.kaledencommunitychurch.org, will have new reflections and songs posted every weekend in our “Sermons & Stories” section. The current theme is “Hope.” If you have any needs or questions, please contact Pastor David Jenkins. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church - On Line!

With all the cancellations and closures due to the virus, we at Okanagan Falls Community Church will be coming to you live on Sundays with encouraging messages to help you through this time. Join us Sunday mornings to hear Pastor Jon Manlove with a series of messages from the Book of Philippians - Finding Joy in the Tough Times. On Facebook & YouTube under Church Name. 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131

Okanagan Falls United Church - On Line!

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church - On Line!

Sunday Services and Daily Evening Prayer now on Facebook! Ask a local member for the Facebook page, if you’d like to join in. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rt. Rev. David Irving - 250-767-1842

CatMatch Meet Captain Black Captain is currently residing at Pet Smart in Penticton. He came to us when he was left behind after his owners moved. He is very shy, but once he feels safe and secure, he opens up and loves his pets and his treats! If you have the patience to give this guy the time and space to blossom, please consider visiting him and see if he will be a good CATMatch for your family! www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org

Jardin Estate Jewelry & Antiques Recycling the Elegance of the Past 5221 Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls

250.497.6733

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Fresh BC Talent - Season 8 The following events ALL Postponed: Peachfest Talent FINALS Competition Teen Coffeehouse at BLENZ COFFEE Performers Music Workshops For Show Updates: www.cmeliveproductions.com

Meadowlark Nature Festival Update By Jayme Friedt, Festival Coordinator After careful consideration, it is with heavy hearts that Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance and the Meadowlark Nature Festival team announce the postponement of the 2020 Meadowlark Nature Festival that was scheduled for May 14th to 18th. This decision was made with the health, well-being and best interests of our volunteers, tour leaders, supporters and participants being paramount. Following the directives from our governments and public health agencies stressing the need for social distancing, we are committed to doing our part to ensure our communities remain safe and viable. It is our sincere hope that we can present the Festival in the Fall, but as of now, like many, we must wait out this time of uncertainty over the next few months. We will keep you informed about future plans for the Festival as they unfold. In the meantime, take good care of yourselves and each other!


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Flowers to the huge white heart on Waterman’s Hill in Okanagan Falls. It’s so encouraging to see ‘huge’ support for our health care workers. Much appreciated! ~ From Lee K. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to friends and neighbors, and a special thanks to Gerry, who shopped for and supported us during our quarantine. I am so grateful to live in this little community. ~ From Elaine C., one of the 3 amigas of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Mother’s Day on May 10. This is a celebration honouring the Mother of the families. THANK YOU to all our mother figures (mothers, step moms, mother-in-laws, aunties, and favorite friends) who took the time to care for us and guide us through life’s challenges. ~ From Glenda L. of Kaleden

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Credible Cremation Services is available to serve families in need 24 hours. At the moment and for the next few weeks, Lesley will not be arranging with families face to face. In light of the Corona Virus, Arrangements will be handled via email and telephone only. This also applies to those who wish to make Flowers to our first responders in Okanagan Falls. Professional, their pre-arrangements. We realize that this is inconvenient for compassionate care is always practiced by these volunteers. The everyone, but in order to protect the families that we serve and Okanagan Falls community is astounding in its response to a to protect our funeral directors and transfer teams, we have no family in need. Family, friends, neighbours, acquaintances, have choice but to implement these measures. all responded in many ways to ease the stressful time. This was done by many bowls of delicious soup, baking, flowers, shopping In the meantime, we can only stress the necessity for everyone to for groceries, and many kind, compassionate telephone calls. All take the recommended precautions. Wash your hands frequently, of this, while respecting the current restrictions. Virtual hugs to all, wear a mask while out in public, try to stay away from crowds. Do being the order of this time. ~ From Betty L. of Okanagan Falls not hoard, but shop only when necessary. Stay safe and healthy, and we should all come to the other side of this virus soon. Flowers to the Okanagan Falls residents for all their donations of stuffed animals for our stuffy tree for the last 8 years. We’ve had the If you have any questions, feel free to call Lesley of Credible opportunity to meet a great number of locals and tourists. We have Cremation Services at 250-493-3912 (24 hours) or contact her now moved from Okanagan Falls to pursue our next adventure. by email to crediblecremations@shaw.ca. Thanks! ~ From Wanda and Eric B. formerly of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the community of Okanagan Falls. The OK Mini School wishes to thank our wonderful community for their generous support of our preschool through fundraising and donations. ~ From Laura S. of OK Mini School Flowers to Alan Dickinson and family for the huge effort cleaning up the terrible littering left at the Gold Fish Pond. ~ From Janet B. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the regulars in this column who regularly write about dog poo in their yard, but didn’t submit an entry last month. This was the one section of Skaha Matters that I actually read, and without your childish complaining, I no longer have any joy in my life. Shame on you! You’re in self isolation for Pete’s sake! What else are you doing? If you wish to no longer receive these scathing “Fish Heads”, please write more stuff in here about the “irresponsible dog owners.” Thank you. ~ From Wyatt W. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the person or persons who continually throw their Bud Lite cans to side of the road on McLean Creek Road and Allendale Road and in the Conservation Area. Please keep them in your car, use a trash bag, and recycle your waste in a respectful and proper manner. ~ From Pete B. of Okanagan Falls

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Happy 100th Birthday Kazimierz!

On May 1, 2020, Kazimierz Opalka of Skaha Estates, turns 100 years old! Many locals see Kazimeirz out walking along Eastside Road with his walker, usually numerous times throughout the day. If you see him on May 1st, be sure to wave and say “Happy Birthday”! Published by Okanagan Matters Publications skahamatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 www.SkahaMatters.com Quick Facts: Skaha Matters is published every month. All residents and Up To Date businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, Weekly St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the eCalendar! last business day of each month. Limited locations also carry copies. Sign Up Online For full advertising details, please visit www.SkahaMatters.com. Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be received to be published. © 2020 Okanagan Matters Publications.


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