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Senpacqin students raise funds with x̌ast spʔus run

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In an effort to promote mental wellbeing in students, Senpacqin Elementary School hosted a mini-unity run (called x̌ast spʔus) last week.

The run was modeled and modified after Okanagan Nation Alliance’s Unity Run. The name x̌ast spʔus is a metaphor for the interconnection of good thoughts coming together from the heart and mind.

The school invited the Ntamtqen snma?maya?tn school, sənsisyustən and Outma to join.

Students raised funds for cancer research to contribute to the Terry Fox campaign.

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Election Interview: Ron Hovanes, incumbent mayor

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Ron Hovanes (File photo)

Ron Hovanes – Incumbent Mayor

If you were given a million dollars, what would you spend it on in Oliver?

This being a one-off gift I would work to make sure it went to a capital project that would benefit the most. We have a canal repair, an arena repair needed and an ongoing capital plan that is seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to come.

If this gift could be used outside of planned improvements I would ensure that there was a level of community engagement to seek the will of the citizens.

Do you favour a national park reserve?

I am in favour of having added resources to protect our incredible environment for future generations. I am in favour of ongoing dialogue to ensure that all concerns can be heard and hopefully addressed. What I do believe after announcements about a park reserve over the last year is that it is time for people to make sure they get to the table. If something is to be created then we need to make sure that all concerns are addressed.

What is your solution to crime prevention in Oliver?

There is not a quick fix but that does not mean we should sit back and do nothing. We need to continue to lobby for added police resources, we should add to our bylaw enforcement budget to allow for possible after-hours security patrols, we need to continue to lobby senior levels of government to address addiction and treatment initiatives, and we need to continue to work as a community to share concerns and look after one another. Some of our community’s issues which are shared by many other towns and cities took decades to build to the position we are now faced with. I believe it will also take time to address them on many different levels.

Do you support the legalization of marijuana?

It is happening. I believe over time we may look back that it hasn’t really been such a big issue. The product has always been available, legalization will hopefully take away the criminal aspect. We need to ensure that it is rolled out safely, community input, children are safe and that licensing and enforcement of the rules does not fall onto the backs of the Town. It is my understanding that the province is working hard to ensure that legalization will come safely and that communities ultimately have the final say about retail sales in their communities.

What is the best asset you bring to the council table?

I have 16 years of local government experience that has taught me an incredible amount. The main thing that I have come to realize is that the people of Oliver are proud of their authentic farming community. We have a community where we know one another and we take care of one another. My biggest asset is that I recognize that those who have lived here forever or those that have moved here in recent years do not want Oliver to become another resort municipality . Like others, I want to protect what we have.

LETTER: No leaflets for victims

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(Lyonel Doherty)

Recently my wife has been attending court proceedings up in Penticton to get a feel for the “non-sense” that is going on up there relative to criminal proceedings.

The pamphlets, and there were many more available for all types of crimes, are prominently presented in the reception area of our court system. They are step-by-step instructions on how to defend yourself when you are charged with these crimes.

Each of these documents is 17 pages long. Not only do we get the right to pay for their defence attorneys but we also get stuck with the bill for making sure criminals know the process.

Do you and I get that same knowledge when we are victimized? What is the step-by-step process for recovering our property, our pride, dignity and our sense of security?

Shirley (my wife) asked the receptionist if they had anything similar for the victims of such crimes and was told “nothing.”

Once again, I can’t make this stuff up.

Michael Guthrie, Oliver

Baldy takes on new fire management project

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(Richard McGuire file photo)

Baldy Mountain Resort is thinking ahead and making sure its ready for the next wildfire season.

The resort, alongside the Osoyoos Indian Band, the Mountain Resorts Branch, Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC), and wildfire management specialists at Davies Wildfire Management have started work on a landscape level fire management project.

The project is a fuel break entailing a 350 to 400-metre-wide horseshoe shaped band surrounding Baldy Mountain Resort, the community and the resort’s future sub-divisions.

The main objective of the project is to decrease the opportunity for wildfire behaviour in the fuel break by increasing spacing between tree crowns and decreasing surface fuel loading on the forest floor so if/when a fire enters the fuel break, it is lower in intensity allowing firefighters to have a better chance at battling it successfully.

The project is not a clear cutting of the stands, but rather a thinning of trees in a patch format, leaving islands of trees.

A fire last moved through the area in the 1930s and the subsequent stand that has grown back is dense and is now prone to a large scale, catastrophic wildfire. A landscape level fuel break would serve to reduce the severity of a wildfire.

Baldy Mountain Resort applied for a FESBC grant a few years prior, which was accepted and has led to the decision to move ahead to develop the fire break.

“We at Baldy Mountain Resort are happy that work is commencing to protect the Baldy community and the resort which supports our local area,” said Andy Foster, General Manager of the Resort.

“Collectively, our team in collaboration with our project partners, have done a lot of work to get to this point and we are looking forward to seeing the prescribed area in the future after a few years of settling down and regrowth. We have also realized there may be opportunity for recreational use of the area where the work is being done, which is exciting for the resort.”

The FESBC funded project will increase spacing of tree crowns, clear fuels along the forest floor and removing tree for six to eight weeks followed by reducing fuels on the forest floor by hand.

“FESBC is delighted to participate with Baldy Mountain Resort in reducing wildfire risk to their citizens, homes, and infrastructure such as emergency escape routes, water availability, and communication,” said FESBC Operations Manager Dave Conly. “FESBC applauds Mount Baldy for recognizing the risk of wildfire and taking action to reduce that risk.”

Mount Baldy Resort attained its funding in the first year of FESBC making grants available.

“Although other resorts have done similar work, we at Baldy are aiming to set a benchmark for how to successfully complete the prescription while leaving the best possible, atheistically pleasing environment,” said Foster.

“Ultimately, the fuel break will help protect the community of 100+ cabins as well as Baldy Mountain Resort for years to come, which is the overall goal.”

Election Interview: Dermott Hutton, council candidate

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Dermott Hutton (Contributed photo)

Dermott Hutton – Council Candidate

If you were given a million dollars, what would you use it for in Oliver?

Creating a unified appearance for the downtown core to promote the revitalization of Oliver

Do you favour a national park reserve? Why or why not?

I understand that there are good arguments on both sides. I grew up in Banff National Park and I saw the positive aspects of the park and the negative. I look forward to sharing my experiences in discussing the potential of the national park in our town.

What is your solution to crime prevention in Oliver?

There is never a steadfast solution to crime prevention. It is a multi faceted problem that needs multiple solutions. We need to keep in mind the connection between addiction/mental health issues and crime. Crimes of opportunity and community education also need focus. We need to work together, the police force, the citizens of Oliver and the government (both local and provincial) to come up with solutions. To start, we need to have more officers that can spend more time with the citizens of Oliver to keep our streets safer.

Do you support the legalization of marijuana? Why or why not?

I do support the legalization of marijuana. It will help to protect the health and safety of our population with regulation

It will help our youth by creating a barrier to purchase.

It will help to stop the illegal growth and sale of marijuana. Which in turn will help to reduce the tentacles of organized crime

From a taxation perspective we can potentially see an increase that could benefit education, youth programs and health care.

What is the best asset you can offer the town as councillor?

You can expect me to always listen without judgment. I will pursue the growth and development of Oliver in a responsible way by continuing to forge strong relationships within our community and with local and federal governments. I will always keep the well-being of our locals and families my number one priority.

Election Interview: Dave Mattes, council candidate

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Dave Mattes (Submitted photo)

Dave Mattes – Incumbent

If you were given a million dollars, what would you use it for in Oliver?

I would use part of the million dollars to bring back a campground and sani-dump to the north end of Station Street. Our downtown businesses can use all the customers they can get.

I would use the balance toward the repair of the water siphon at Gallagher Lake. Agriculture is still the lifeblood of our community and the risk of losing our water is too high.

Do you favour a national park reserve? Why or why not?

As a council we have not been asked by any of the other three governments for an opinion one way or the other. I do favour a level of protection for the area, but not a national park reserve. As a councillor, I am concerned with the stress on our town’s resources if 300,000 visitors per year show up as promised. The increased traffic would further stress the areas we want to preserve. There are about 300,000 people that presently live in the area from Vernon to the border. Can our highways handle a doubling of traffic for a park?

What is your solution to crime prevention in Oliver?

At the municipal level we are not authorized to increase the RCMP presence, but we will continue to push for the promised two additional RCMP officers. I would support more bylaw enforcement, financial support for Crime Watch, selective CCTV cameras to assist police and the hiring of assistance to give residents advice on the safeguarding of their property. I have taken the time to analyze our budget and there is money available for these initiatives.

Do you support the legalization of marijuana? Why or why not?

Although it has already been decided by the federal government and is not a council issue, I do support the legalization of cannabis. I support any initiatives that will lead to harm reduction from addictions of any type.

What is the best asset you can offer the town as councillor?

I bring experience both in business and on council. I have an innovative approach and a questioning perspective to the problems we face. I listen to and respond to people’s concerns, keeping them in mind when making decisions at council.

Election Interview: Rick Knodel, Area C candidate

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Rick Knodel (Lyonel Doherty photo)

Rick Knodel – Area C candidate

Do you support a national park reserve? Why or why not?

The original purpose for this park was stated to be protection of a delicate and very sensitive ecosystem. Careful reflection of the numerous proposals and studies reveals that the opposite will result if this park is created. National parks have a mandate to promote ever increasing attendances in the manner of a commercial operation. Parks Canada stated that this proposed park would be put in rotation with Mount Revelstoke, Glacier National park (787,968 attendance 2017-2018), and Kootenay National Park (531,009 attendance 2017-2018). These numbers would indicate a substantial attendance at this very small proposed park. Numerous environmental groups are becoming alarmed with the severe damages being caused by these large ever-increasing numbers of attending people. Much of this area is currently a provincial grassland protected area and is further protected by being remote with rustic access making only enthusiastic, dedicated hikers likely to visit. This protection would be removed by Parks Canada’s planned $10 million in development to provide access and entertainment for the new attendees.

This proposed national park will engulf or border on a considerable amount of private farmland and leased grazing lands. Canadian national parks have considerable influence over adjacent lands through the Endangered Species Act or SARA Species at Risk Act and legislations. Despite verbal assurances it is unclear how disruptive an at-distance bureaucracy given these extensive powers will be to our delicate farming and ranching industries, but if Grasslands National Park is the standard then the effects will be considerable.

Should this park become a reality I will stand ready to negotiate the best possible protections for our farmers and ranchers as these industries are the lifeblood of our area.

What is your solution to crime prevention?

We need an increase in boots on the ground and I believe we are beyond the ability of two extra officers to make a meaningful difference now. What forces could be mustered would have to be predominant in patrolling between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. Only in this manner would citizens on patrol or auxiliary police be effectual. Further to this matter anyone who thinks the proposal to abandon the police stations in Oliver and Osoyoos in favour of creating a central hub 45 minutes away in Penticton will make policing better is being lied to

Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie is absolutely correct in his statements. Penalties for criminal activities need to increase in severity to once again become a real deterrence. The Young Offenders Act needs to name names and make shaming part of the corrections system. Prolific offenders need to face and ever-escalating non-negotiable sentencing system where every additional offence adds a set amount to each sentence that cannot be bargained away or run concurrent. Drug dealers also must be dealt with in the severest of manners.

There is a desperate need to increase the access and availability to both drug rehabilitation programs and mental health resources. I believe success here would have a profound effect on decreasing repeat offenders or even preventing first time offenders.

What would you do to make farming in Area C more viable and successful?

As farming output increases in Area “C“ it is becoming necessary to support the orderly expansion of current packinghouses for both fruit and vegetables to meet the needs.

One of the more pressing issues is accommodations for migrant workers. This is approaching a scale of necessity that is going to require a more cooperative direction. As with Loose Bay, a suitable site would have to be located and then units that meet the standards set by the Mexican government would need to be installed. With input from local farmers, provincial government and local government this should be attainable with substantial saving to the local farmers and would also open that labour pool to farmers currently not able to meet the accommodation requirements. As an added benefit some of the currently used accommodations would likely find their way back into the long-term rental market giving relief to a desperate situation there and adding a revenue stream to some of the farmers.

Local government has an obligation to promote the recently announced land-matching program that put together young farmers looking for farmland with landowners wishing to lease agricultural lands. It is also time to encourage our educators to more vigorously promote farming and agriculture. I believe that more than any other time in human history farming has become one of the most important careers imaginable.

How would you be proactive in preventing more flood damage in Area C?

The only way to provide a proactive stance on flood prevention is to keep the pressure on the various ministries to complete or establish the following remedies:

Currently a number of projects are underway or under review; these need to be expedited to be completed before next spring. These projects, like the proper drainage out of Park Rill Creek into the river system or the re-establishment of the original creek bed depth south of Gold Tau Road in Meyers Flats, are mired in bureaucratic red tape and need to be accelerated in order to be completed before the spring runoff.

In the future the maintenance of creeks on private property should be changed from the permitting system, which has proven to be time consuming, cumbersome and expensive, to regulation that requires no permits.

On the valley floor the river needs to be restored to its original bed elevation and a maintenance schedule established.

The provincial government is currently attempting to download the maintenance of creeks running through forestry Crown lands onto the regional districts. This would require the establishment of service areas and result in exorbitant increases in taxation to small areas of population. In my opinion this is unacceptable. These lands have been the responsibility of B.C. Forestry and the province receives the revenues from these lands in the form of timber rights, mining rights, grazing licences, and hunting and fishing licenses, etc. Flood mitigation should be treated no different than forest firefighting or prevention and be funded by the province as a whole.

What is your biggest asset in representing rural Oliver?

I believe that having lived in this area all my life combined with my four years as alternate director give me both the intimate knowledge of the needs of the area and the experience of working with the regional district to effect meaningful representation for the residents. This along with my 30 years of construction management experience makes me the right choice for this job.

Culvert installation to leave rural Oliver without water

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Homes on Roads 9 and 10 can expect to be without water for two days this week.

Flood mitigation works are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday to allow the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure to lower water mains to install a large box culvert at Road 9.

Both domestic and irrigation water will be shut off for water users.

Domestic water will be shut off on Wednesday, September 26, on Highway 97 from Road 7 to 10, and Road 9 and 10 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Irrigation water will be shut off on Thursday, September 27, for System 6 Only (Road 5 to Road 15) from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

There is potential that surrounding areas may be affected as well.

After water service is restored, air or discoloured water may be present in the piping. Running a garden hose or cold water bathtub faucet for several minutes, should eliminate both air and discoloured water problems.

If you have a specialized water filtration unit within your premise, it may need to be isolated to prevent any blockage which could result from this water outage.

MP Richard Cannings hosts town hall meeting to discuss pipeline

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South Okanagan - West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings is hosting a town hall meeting on September 28 to discuss the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. (Richard McGuire photo)

MP Richard Cannings doesn’t support the Liberal government’s investment in the Trans-Mountain Pipeline and he wants to bring his constituents together to talk about it.

Cannings is holding a town hall meeting with fellow NDP MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) in Penticton on Friday, September 28 to talk with constituents about the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion.

A federal court ruling recently halted construction on the expansion, citing serious concerns with the environmental impact of the pipeline and tanker expansion, and a lack of meaningful consultation with affected indigenous groups.

However, the Liberal government has already signalled they mean to press ahead with the expansion, having just spent $4.5 billion to purchase the existing pipeline from Kinder Morgan.

MP Cannings said that many residents in his jurisdiction, and across the province, find the Liberal government’s plan to expand the pipeline “troubling.”

“A seven fold increase in tanker traffic not only increases the risk of an oil spill, which would be devastating for our coastline, but poses a direct threat to the survival of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale,” Cannings said.

“But more than just the immediate risks, the rush to ship out raw, unrefined bitumen speaks to a government that is not committed to fighting climate change. Imagine what this money could do if it was invested in clean energy sectors. Instead of posing a direct threat to the thousands of jobs in the marine and tourism industries here in B.C., we could be helping to build a new carbon free economy.”

The expansion of the Trans-Mountain pipeline is opposed by a broad range of groups, including indigenous communities concerned with the threat to the water and resources of their traditional land, and environmentalists opposed to government subsidizing fossil fuel industries that make it impossible to meet Canada’s global carbon reduction targets.

Cannings hopes that by bringing together a broad range of concerns to listen and engage, the townhall will help unite opposition to the expansion and prevent the Liberal government from spending more public money by challenging the court ruling that halted construction.

“I look forward to hearing from residents, and I hope that by showing up in large numbers we can send a clear signal to Prime Minister Trudeau that British Columbians are united in their opposition to this reckless expansion,” Cannings said.

“We want to make it clear that being truly committed to fighting climate change, and reaching reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, is not achieved by spending billions on a pipeline.”

The town hall meeting will be held at the Penticton Public Library Auditorium on Friday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Photos: Freak’n Farmer race

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(Vanessa Broadbent photo)

Things got muddy at Covert Farms today, where crowds flocked to compete in the annual Freak’n Farmer obstacle race. Runners could choose between a 5 km, 12 km and 20 km course, with between 10 to 23 obstacles.

Meningitis case in Oliver low risk, says Interior Health

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A recent case of pneumococcal disease with associated meningitis was recently discovered in Oliver.

However, Interior Health says there is no identified risk to the public or health care workers at this time.

In a news release, Interior Health stated they have worked closely with the BC Centre for Disease Control and through testing has determined that this is an isolated case that is not connected to the Okanagan meningococcal outbreak last year.

Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by bacteria and can result in many types of illnesses, including: ear infections, sinus infections, pneumonia and meningitis in severe cases.

Pneumococcal disease is generally not severe, and is most common in children under 5, individuals who are immunocompromised or individuals over 65.

At this time, Interior Health says vaccines and antibiotics are not required for those who may have been in contact with this case.

The best way to prevent the spread of bacteria is to wash your hands frequently throughout the day, especially after coughing or sneezing, cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and to seek medical attention if you are feeling unwell.

If you experience symptoms that you are concerned about – including fever, headache, stiff neck, or vomiting – call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 to speak with a registered nurse, visit your doctor or nurse practitioner or visit a walk-in clinic. If symptoms are severe, visit your local emergency department.

Family, friends support accused murderer in court

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Sean McKenzie has been charged with murdering 28-year-old Amelie Sakkalis. (Submitted photo)

By Lyonel Doherty

Oliver Chronicle

The family and friends of an Oliver man charged with first-degree murder offered much support during his first court appearance this week.

Sean McKenzie, 27, appeared briefly in Chilliwack court on Wednesday. He is accused of murdering 28-year-old Belgian tourist Amelie Sakkalis, whose body was found near Boston Bar off Highway 1 on August 22.

McKenzie’s family and friends sat in the courtroom to offer their support. At times it was very emotional as some people were crying. His next court appearance is Oct. 19.

According to the RCMP, they collected significant evidence against McKenzie, who is the primary suspect.

Media relations officer Cpl. Frank Jang confirmed to the Chronicle that police believe McKenzie and Sakkalis met earlier the same day she was found dead.

A white van was located near where her body was found.

Jang said McKenzie was initially arrested but later released, only to be arrested again in Oliver.

According to Jang, McKenzie drove extensively throughout the province for work. Police believe McKenzie picked up the victim while she was hitchhiking.

Jang said it was his understanding (from the media) that Sakkalis frequented Facebook pages in order to arrange rides.

Police are ‘making progress’ tackling crime: Superintendent

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Superintendent Ted de Jager said police are making progress tackling crime at Thursday’s regional district meeting in Penticton, where he delivered his quarterly report (from April-September 2018). (Vanessa Broadbent photo)

By Lyonel Doherty

Oliver Chronicle

While Oliver has seen a significant jump in property crime over the past year, the South Okanagan’s top cop says police are “making progress” in tackling the problem.

Superintendent Ted de Jager said this at Thursday’s regional district meeting in Penticton, where he delivered his quarterly report (from April-September 2018).

“But as always, we need your (the public’s) help to be our eyes and ears and to look after your hard earned property.”

De Jager said they have deployed a Target Enforcement Unit in Oliver to deal with property crime.

Theft from vehicles jumped 327 per cent from the first quarter of 2018 (15) to the second quarter (64). In July and August of this year, there were nearly 40 thefts from vehicles, compared to 12 in July and August of 2017.

Residential break and enters, auto theft and violent crime also saw increases.

Although property crime leads RCMP calls for service in terms of sheer numbers, the prevention and prosecution of violent crime must remain a priority, de Jager said.

“The good news is that by targeting prolific offenders, violent crime has again been reduced in our communities. In that regard, we need to address perceptions that the South Okanagan is a dangerous place or that crime is out of control.”

Although there are a few examples of random violence, the reality is that almost all of the violent crime is committed by an offender known to the victim or is the result of a certain lifestyle, de Jager pointed out.

Theft from auto is still the single highest crime type over last year and is growing, he added.

“We continue to respond to these types of crimes despite inaccurate reports to the contrary, however, you can stop them in their tracks by locking your doors and removing valuables from your vehicles.”

The superintendent noted that fraud has also gone up significantly due in part to theft of credit cards and identification from wallets left in vehicles.

De Jager said the vast majority of crime in the South Okanagan is committed by a small group of prolific offenders. But dedicated targeting has led to a significant reduction in property crime in certain areas, he stated.

The officer reiterated that over 60 percent of their calls for service do not involve charges or a solution by the RCMP. That’s why a special program was created to connect at-risk individuals with service providers that can help them deal with their mental health or addiction problems.

The Community Active Support Table (CAST) is a response model that identifies risks before incidents occur. Training began in June and already several referrals have been made to connect people at elevated risk.

“Many of these people are the very same that you see in the downtown core (Penticton) or suffering from illnesses or addictions,” de Jager said.

He explained that, in many communities, this model has been instrumental in reducing child protection cases, violent crimes and emergency room admissions.

Developed in Penticton, this program will ultimately provide service throughout the South Okanagan.

De Jager said housing is a significant part of the success of CAST.

“It is great news that housing initiatives are moving forward, which will have a large impact on the perception of homelessness and vulnerable populations.”

The officer encouraged people to look out for each other through programs such as Block Watch and volunteer patrols.

“I implore you all to call in crime or suspicious occurrences when they are happening.”

De Jager said he often hears statements such as “crime is getting out of hand in our neighbourhood.” But when police check that area, they often see no significant increase, he pointed out. He added that calls result in police targeting the area.

“To be frank, if several neighbourhoods are experiencing issues, it is the one which calls the police that will trigger a stronger police response. Call us. We will come as quickly as possible.”

LETTER: It’s all our damn fault

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Yes, it’s all our fault. It’s our fault that we forgot to lock our car. By doing so, we created a situation where these poor thieves just couldn’t resist the temptation and had to rifle through it. 

It’s our fault that we forgot to shut our garage door when we left. Those poor thieves.  We really shouldn’t tempt them this way.  They just couldn’t resist taking that car sitting there.

It’s our fault that we forgot to lock our back door before going to bed.  These thieves had no choice.  They had to come in and take the purse that was left on the counter. 

It’s also our fault that we all left a bag full of food outside our doors. It was meant for the food bank but how silly of us. Again, we gave these thieves no choice. One woman had to come through with her cart and fill it. The poor thing couldn’t fit all the bags in her little cart. Another trio of thieves had to come through with their car to get the rest. We really shouldn’t make these thieves work so hard. 

Yes, we do need to secure our property. But I am sick and tired of being blamed when we get robbed. We are aging, we are forgetful and vulnerable.

The thieves have to take some of the blame. They are the reason we live in fear.

Annette Albert, Oliver

Food drive comes up with 7,200 pounds

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The annual BC Thanksgiving Food Drive collected about 7,200 pounds of food in Oliver on Sept. 15. Shown here is a group of young volunteers with bags of donated food in a local neighbourhood. (Photo contributed)

By Jordan Noftle

Special to the Chronicle

Oliver’s 8th annual BC Thanksgiving Food Drive, held Saturday, Sept. 15, was a huge success, as together we donated and delivered 7,200 pounds of food to the Oliver Food Bank. 

After a day with so much giving, much gratitude is in order.  Thank you to every person who supported the Oliver Food Bank with donations. 

Thank you to the individuals, families, businesses and organizations that volunteered for and sponsored the food drive. We really appreciate it! And thank you to everyone who could not donate on Saturday, but would have liked to. There’s always next year. 

And while our volunteers are extraordinary, they are not perfect. If we missed a donation bag that you put out this past weekend, call 250-809-4864 for a pickup.

The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive is a B.C.-wide project to support local food banks in their mission to feed the hungry. The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive is a non-denominational, community-focused project open to all interested individuals, groups, and businesses that wish to lend a hand.

If you as a business, community group or individual are interested in helping out in next year’s food drive, please don’t hesitate to contact me at jordannoftle@hotmail.com. To see province-wide information please go to www.bctfooddrive.org.

(Contributed photo)