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Restrictions apply to all sources RICHARD ROLKE Morning Star Staff
Water regulations apply to all Greater Vernon residents no matter what source they are on. While there had been some suggestion about applying restrictions differently between the Kalamalka Lake and Duteau Creek sources, North Okanagan Regional District officials say that hasn’t occurred. “It applies to the whole system,” said Arnold Badke, engineering general manager, of the current stage three status. “There has been no discussion amongst the board about (changing) that.” GVAC chairman Wayne Lippert has wanted recognition that Kal
“We are all in it together.” — Gyula Kiss Lake serves 75 per cent of the utility’s customers and it has adequate water supply. He says the utility has the ability to differentiate between Kal Lake and Duteau Creek, which has been impacted by low snowpack and reservoir levels. “One source can be put under restrictions when another is at a different level,” he said.
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Director Gyula Kiss insists the water restrictions bylaw applies to all sources equally. “We are all in it together. We pay the same,” he said. “If it (equality) goes for payment then it should also go for the inconveniences.” Kiss is also concerned that supply in Kalamalka Lake won’t remain sustainable if the water it receives
from creeks and the ground is low. Recent rainfall has improved conditions in upland reservoirs, but it’s not known yet if restrictions will be downgraded from stage three to two. “We won’t get a reservoir reading until Tuesday,” said Badke, adding that there will have to be significant improvement before a change in stages is considered. “If there is any doubt, we will stay where we are.” Badke says the concern is about the remainder of the year and that a prolonged dry period could put significant strain on water resources. “Caution is still the word,” he said.
Any change on water restrictions now requires 36-hour public notice. Utility officials are also concerned about mudbogging and other activities in the Duteau watershed this long weekend. “It is a chargeable offence under the Forest and Range Act to do damage to the environment. Lakes, reservoirs, streams and wetlands are included,” said Renee Clark, NORD’s senior water quality technologist. “We encourage anyone that observes mud bogging or damage to the environment to call and report all poachers and polluters at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277) or *7277 on your cell.”
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A Vernon seniors residence is in the middle of a labour dispute. Members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union began picketing in front of Heritage Square on 27th Street Friday after 33 registered care aides were told to go home when they arrived for work. “They did not serve us any notice. They did not call us,” said Debra Critchley, BCGEU staff representative, of the actions taken by Kaigo Retirement Communities. “Why would our members be treated with such disrespect?” Kaigo officials say staff are being treated fairly. “They are at home with pay until the layoff notice takes effect,” said Laverne Bowe, managing director. About 40 care aids were notified in December and April that their jobs will be contracted out June 15 as Kaigo attempted to withdraw from the the Health Employers
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Surrounded by congratulations, cheers and tears, Woman of the Year 2010 Shelley Haslett made her way forward to accept the honour Thursday. â€œThere are so many mixed emotions now,â€? she said of receiving the honour from Vernon Women in Business. â€œI must congratulate the other nominees. Just being nominated is honour enough and I thank Maureen Vincent for putting together the nomination package. One of the best things is to be able to thank all the important people in your life, including my parents, who have just moved here.â€? Haslett, who is described as courageous and contagious, is a Mary Kay senior director and former RCMP member. Her community involvement over many years includes Brownie leader, Relay for Life, the Hospice Christmas home tour, Bosom Buddies and Vernon Women in Business, to mention only some. â€œThey suggested to us that we have an acceptance speech ready but I thought that was presumptuous. Iâ€™ve never been at a loss for words,â€? said Haslett, to laughter from supporters. â€œI donâ€™t feel Iâ€™ve done anything big but Iâ€™ve done lots of little things. You just live once, so do the things
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Shelly Haslett (left) receives the Woman of the Year award from Menza Bouwman at the 23rd annual Vernon Women in Business award gala Thursday at the Best Western Vernon Lodge. youâ€™re maybe afraid to do and itâ€™s surprising. Thank you, thank you, thank you.â€? Haslett will continue her community involvement as she trains to be in the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival with the Buoyant Buddies Dragon Boat team this summer. The Vernon Women of the Year
Gala was held at the Best Western Lodge with more than 250 people in attendance to support the 10 nominees, chosen for their outstanding community service and inspirational lives. The other nominees were Michelle Antonation, Daina Bull, Sharon MacKenzie, Cherie Montgomery, Samantha Plovie,
Kath Raeber, Cheryl Schmidt, Debbie Stoddard and Angela Yablonski. Past award recipients were present including Baritta Durward, who was recognized in 2009. Durward spoke about how being Woman of the Year changed her life. After an article about her appeared in a magazine, she
received an e-mail on her business website from the older brother she hadnâ€™t seen in 30 years. â€œI had been told that he had been killed in a motorcycle accident but thanks to this wonderful award, I now have my brother back,â€? she said. Vernon Women in Business started in 1981 to provide women with an opportunity for business and social networking and now has more than 160 members of women in all types of business. The Woman of the Year Award has been presented since 1988 to honour a woman in the community, who is not necessarily a member of Vernon Women in Business, for her contributions. Haslett was presented with a City of Vernon parking pass, a diamond pendant by Gregoryâ€™s Fine Jewellery, flowers by Vernon Women in Business president Shannon MacNeill and the Woman of the Year trophy by Menza Bouwman. Betty Selin, emcee for the event, concluded the evening with something for each person to think about. â€œNext spring, look around you at your friends, family and coworkers and nominate someone for Woman of the Year,â€? she said. â€œWe do need to recognize the people who make this community such an amazing place to live.â€?
Tight squeeze placed on Armstrong water customers RICHARD ROLKE
well as the Highland Park, Stardel, Silver Star and Lansdowne water districts and other A limited water supply has forced Spallumcheen residents receiving city water. Armstrong residents to cut back â€œWeâ€™re hoping residents will on use. comply,â€? said Pieper. Stage two water restrictions Under stage two, residents canhave been implemented because not use a sprinkler or irrigation spring runoff and heavy rain led system to water lawns, gardens or the city to switch from its Fortune trees or wash driveways, sidewalks, Creek source to wells. parking lots or exterior building Mayor Chris Pieper said the surfaces. restrictions are necessary to Residents can irrigate by hand ensure well supply is adequate. but only on odd-even days between Chris Pieper â€œThereâ€™s two wells and we want 7 and 11 a.m. and 7 and 11 p.m. them to supply everyone.â€? Watering newly planted trees, flowStage two rules apply to all residents of ers and vegetables can be irrigated by hand the City of Armstrong and the Pleasant during installation and for the following 24 Valley and Round Prairie specified areas, as hours.
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Fortune Creek is currently too high in turbidity and colour to be reliable as a drinking source. â€œWeâ€™re trying to meet IHA requirements for water quality,â€? said Pieper of switching over to the wells. â€œIf it clears up, we will be back to normal watering as soon as possible.â€? Because of increased turbidity or cloudiness, the City of Armstrong has initiated a water quality advisory. Itâ€™s recommended that children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and anyone seeking additional protection drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice. For those at at-risk individuals, water intended for drinking, washing fruits and
vegetables, making juice or ice or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute.
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