Bayer offers to buy Monsanto in global agrochemicals shakeout

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Monsanto is displayed on a screen where the stock is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S. on May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

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German drugs and chemicals group Bayer has made an unsolicited takeover proposal to U.S. seeds company Monsanto, aiming to create the world’s biggest agricultural supplier and take advantage of converging pesticides and seeds markets.

Monsanto disclosed the approach on Wednesday before Bayer confirmed its move, though neither released proposed terms.

The $42 billion market capitalization of Monsanto means that the deal would be likely to eclipse ChemChina’s planned acquisition of Swiss agrichemicals company Syngenta — a target Monsanto itself pursued last year — and could face U.S. antitrust hurdles.

A Monsanto statement said that its board was reviewing the proposal, which is subject to due diligence, regulatory approvals and other conditions. There is no assurance that any transaction will take place, it added.

Bayer shares dropped more than 8 percent to a 2-1/2 year low of 88.39 euros in early Thursday trading, with some investors worried by the potential cost of a deal.

Monsanto shares were seen 7.6 percent higher at $104.50 in pre-market trades.

UBS Global Asset Management, which Reuters data shows is among Bayer’s 30 biggest investors, said it was “deeply concerned” about the burden on Bayer’s finances from a takeover, saying it would prefer the companies to agree a joint venture or a nil-premium merger.

Deutsche Bank analysts said a deal could shift Bayer’s center of gravity to agriculture, accounting for about 55 percent of core earnings, up from roughly 28 percent last year excluding the Covestro chemicals business Bayer plans to sell.

That would have a negative impact on sentiment among Bayer’s healthcare-focusedinvestor base, the bank said.

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Bayer, which has a market value of $90 billion, said the merger would create “a leading integrated agriculture business”, referring to Bayer’s push to seek more synergies from combining the development and sale of seeds and crop protection chemicals.

Most of the major agrichemical companies are aiming to genetically engineer more robust plants and custom-build chemicals to go with them, selling them together to farmers who are struggling to contend with low commodity prices.

While no takeover price was mentioned by either company, Bernstein Research analyst Jeremy Redenius estimated that it would be 41.9 billion euros ($47 billion), plus 6.7 billion euros in assumed debt. He said that Bayer might need a 27 billion euro share issue to help to fund the purchase.

Citi analysts have said that Bayer would probably need to pay 14-16 times Monsanto’s core earnings, implying a takeover price including debt of 57 billion euros to 65 billion euros.

A sale of Bayer’s stake in foam chemicals maker Covestro could raise about 4 billion euros, while its animal health business, which Bayer has said it might put on the block, could fetch up to 7 billion euros.

The proposal comes as ChemChina’s deal for Syngenta faces regulatory review in the United States over concerns about the security of U.S. food supply.

Any deal between Bayer and Monsanto, which would be Bayer’s largest by far and dwarf the 17 billion euro takeover of drugmaker Schering in 2006, could raise U.S. antitrust concerns because of an overlap in seeds business, particularly in soybeans, cotton and canola, antitrust experts have said.

The proposal comes less than three weeks after Werner Baumann took over as Bayer chief executive, a sign of the power base he built in his previous role as strategy chief.

Bayer, the inventor of aspirin and maker of Yasmin birth control pills, is far more diversified than Syngenta or Monsanto, with products including cancer drugs, flea and tick collars for pets and Coppertone sunscreen. Some analysts have said a deal with Monsanto could lead to a break up of the group.

Bayer’s crop science division has businesses in seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control, potentially complementing Monsanto’s seeds assets.

BAYER, BASF AMBITIONS

Both Bayer and German rival BASF SE have been looking to build scale in agrichemicals. Monsanto said after its failure to land Syngenta that it didn’t need to do a deal, but it has also been involved in discussions.

Monsanto approached Bayer this year to express interest in the latter’s crop science unit, in the form of an acquisition or joint venture, sources told Reuters in March.

Both Bayer and BASF had been exploring tie-ups with Monsanto for months but valuation concerns have made a deal elusive, sources have said.

Bayer is ranked No. 2 in crop chemicals, with an 18 percent market share, just behind Syngenta on 19 percent, industry data shows.

Monsanto is the leader in seeds, with a 26 percent market share, followed by DuPont with 21 percent. DuPont agreed last year to merge with Dow Chemical. Any Bayer-Monsanto deal would further reduce the number of major players in seeds and pesticides to four from six.

Morgan Stanley and Ducera Partners are financial advisers to Monsanto, the company said in its statement, while Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is legal adviser.

(Additional reporting by Ludwig Burger in Frankfurt and Victoria Bryan in Berlin)

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Health Canada Approves First GM Fish Amidst Environmental and Transparency Concerns May 19

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Health Canada Approves First GM Fish Amidst Environmental and Transparency Concerns

May 19, 2016. Ottawa. The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), Ecology Action Centre, Living Oceans Society and the Quebec network Vigilance OGM are expressing concerns over Health Canada’s approval of the world’s first genetically modified (GM) food animal, a GM Atlantic salmon, for human consumption.

“Canadians could now be faced with the world’s first GM food animal, approved with no public consultation and no labelling,” said Lucy Sharratt of CBAN.

Health Canada announced approval of the GM fish for human consumption in a conference call today.(1) The Atlantic salmon has been genetically modified to using genes from Chinook salmon and ocean pout, to grow faster. The Canadian decision follows a US government safety approval in November 2015, though there is now a US import ban on the GM fish until some form of labelling standard is established.

“At the very least, the government should immediately establish mandatory labelling of all GM foods so consumers can choose,” said Thibault Rehn of Vigilance OGM.

The latest consumer poll shows 88% of Canadians want mandatory labelling of all GM foods and 45% said they would definitely not eat the GM salmon.(2)

In November 2013, the Minister of Environment approved commercial production of the GM fish eggs and fish, triggering a court case brought forward by environmental groups Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans Society. The case is ongoing.(3)

“GM salmon production threatens the future of wild Atlantic salmon,” said Calinda Brown of the Ecology Action Centre, “Retailers can protect consumers and the environment by making sure this GM fish never makes it to grocery store shelves.”

Major retailers in the US have already pledged not to sell the GM salmon.(4)

The US company AquaBounty (now majority owned by biotechnology company Intrexon) says it initially plans to produce GM salmon eggs at its facility in Prince Edward Island in Canada, and ship the eggs to Panama for grow out and processing. However, the company has approval to raise the GM salmon in Canada.

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For more information:
Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, a project of Tides Canada, 613 809 1103
Thibault Rehn, Vigilance OGM, 514 582 1674
Calinda Brown, Ecology Action Centre, 613 371 5597
Mark Butler, Ecology Action Centre, 902 266 5401
Karen Wristen, Living Oceans Society, 604 788 5634
Sharon Labchuk, Islanders Say No to Frankenfish, 902 626 7327

Notes:
(1) With less than 24 hours notice, Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency invited stakeholders to join a conference call today May 19 2016 for an “Update on a Regulatory Decision Related to Food.” This is the first time that federal regulatory agencies have announced a GM food approval outside of just notifying the company that requested approval and later posting the decision to government websites. For information on Canadian regulation see CBAN’s report http://www.cban.ca/regulation
(2) Ipsos Reid, September 2015, Commissioned by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network http://www.cban.ca/2015poll
(3) http://www.ecologyaction.ca/gmsalmon
(4) http://www.foe.org/gefreeseafood

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Canada’s State of Emergency Canadian Politicians controlled by the Infiltrated Israeli Government?

Canadian Politicians controlled by the Infiltrated Israeli Government?

 

Pamela Palmater will give you a GREAT explanation of what is happening to CANADA

FANTASTIC SPEECH!!

 

i-ACUSE HAS THE SOLUTION FOR ALL COUNTRIES TO STAND TOGETHER.

Are Canadians and First Nations controlled by the Infiltrated Israeli Government through our Politicians?  This page and the proof through actions and not words will  provide everything you need to see through the manipulated deceptions and that they are in fact , all traitors to us and this Country and it doesn’t stop with the Federal Politicians,  they have also infiltrated the Provincial Governments .

Religions and Governments have been infiltrated for eons. People need to be aware of what has happened to CANADA and how a Religion and NOT a Race, got it’s own Country with our help to genocide many others…

HELP US TO STOP CANADIAN GOVERNMENT “POLITICAL PARTY CORRUPTION”,  Global Governance and to finally remove the ASHKENAZI GOVERNMENT PUPPET MASTERS from controlling our Politics and Governance.

So WHICH politician is more dangerous to Canadians and First Nations? They all support the TPP, CETA, and all other EU trade deals that will destroy our Natural Resources Jurisdiction in Canada.

We now know about Harper’s stance on Israel, including Mulcair, Trudeau and although Elizabeth May seems the least connected to Israel or so you may think, just look a little deeper. Elizabeth May is just as dangerous if not more than Harper and Mulcair, as she is co-chair with Maurice Strong and Gorbachev on the UN Global Governance Agenda 21’s New Earth Charter and don’t forget her connection to the Sierra Club. The information is provided in this webpage or simply go to the Green Party website to the “Meet Elizabeth May” section.

Now, let’s clear things up about Tom Mulcair’s reason for his dual Citizenship to France and his wife Catherine Pinhas Mulcair. She is a French psychologist. She was born in France to a Sephardic Jewish family of Turkish origin.

So, we no longer need to ask ourselves why they support everything that will strip away our Canadian and First Nations rights in Canada. Don’t ask yourself why Kathleen Wynne and Christy Clark are selling out Ontario and BC.


Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, can’t wait to go to Israel to be HONORED!

Rigged Elections? Certainly!

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Liberals, Senators and Conservatives

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Vickers will be honoured in the Knesset, the legislature in Israel, CTV News has learned.

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Josh Dehaas, CTVNews.ca
Published Monday, November 10, 2014 6:40PM EST

Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms who shot down a gunman inside Parliament last month, will receive yet another accolade.

Vickers will be honoured in the Knesset, the legislature in Israel, CTV News has learned.

Earlier this month, French President Francois Hollande singled-out Vickers in his address to Parliament. “I salute the courage of Kevin Vickers, who is known all across the world,” he said.

Vickers previously got an extended standing ovation from Members of Parliament when he carried in the ceremonial mace on Oct. 23 — the day after he shot Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.

Zehaf-Bibeau had been firing his weapon in the Hall of Honour of Parliament on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 22, just after he shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial.

Security officers shot Zehaf-Bibeau but he continued down the Hall, until Vickers finally stopped him.

The sergeant-at-arms has even received praise from comedian Stephen Colbert, who dedicated a segment to him during his Oct. 29 episode, in which he was compared to action star Bruce Willis.

Vickers, 58, is a veteran of the RCMP. He has been charged with safeguarding Parliament Hill and its occupants since 2005.

If you want to know where corruption is festing and who is behind the corruption:

  • LOOK at OUR LAWS and WHO they have been enforced for.
  • Unlawful LAWS have and are being created to protect those who are responsible for acts against Humanity.
  • We can not hold our Governments to accountability.
  • Why are they so afraid of their Puppet Masters?

In Canada, YOU can be JAILED for simply pointing out the TRUTH…

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To the Government of Israel, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), The International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP) and World Jewish Congress (WJC); the whole world is wrong and are conspiracy theorists when exposing the truth, when in fact, when you look at the extreme extent they have gone to since the launch of the ADL since 1913 to justify their actions and infiltration, the manipulation of sympathy and to instill FEAR of being called anti-Semites or anti-Zionists everywhere in the world, simply indicates that they are the ones propagating hate and hiding it with carefully chosen words and masterful strategies all while hiding behind the veil of deception and their own innocent people.

If anyone is propagating anything, it is the Government of Israel itself, the WJC, ICJP and the ADL, including; our very own Governments in Canada, the UK and the USA along with many other infiltrated Governments encouraging and feeding this deception with our TAX dollars. Thus far, the ADL, seems to have been setup as a FRONT to decieve given the extent of their actions and the depth of their claims to educating the puplic:  http://www.adl.org/about-adl/

Having said this, we need to make sure that people don’t lay blame where it is not deserved as many jewish people are against those manipulating everyone else.  We are are all working for justice and truth. 

We especially commend the efforts of a group of truly amazing people that represent the Independent Jewish Voices ( IJV) for their persistence and devotion for truth and doing what is right for all peoples and the many others worldwide who do the same. See their comments below in Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s section. Please visit their website and support them for their impressive efforts and continued hard work. http://ijvcanada.org/

If we are ever going to see through this mess and stop the insanity, we need to see clearly WHO are actually the ones doing WHAT to everyone else…

Only common sense can dictate the TRUTH hidden behind their actions and cover ups.

Think about it…

ACTIONS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

Published on Oct 17, 2013
About 60,000 African migrants have arrived in Israel since 2006, fleeing unrest in their home countries. But upon arrival in the ostensibly democratic country, the migrants have faced intense persecution and have been branded as “infiltrators” by right-wing politicians and activists.

Watch: Israel’s New Racism, Max Blumenthal and David Sheen’s documentary video uncovering the persecution of African Migrants in the holy land 

Whether they like it or not, every Jewish Israeli citizen is a potential recruit for the national hasbara brigade. While Tel Aviv University sends hasbara delegations to campuses across Europe and the United States, the National Union of Israeli Students offers Israeli college students $2,000 to spread propaganda “from the comfort of home.” El Al Airlines deploys its flight attendants in American cities to make the case for Israel during specially allotted paid vacation days. Meanwhile, back at Ben Gurion International Airport, large billboards posted by the Ministry of Public Diplomacy instruct Israelis to “be good diplomats” when they travel abroad. By corralling an entire population into promoting Israel as “the only democracy in the Middle East,” the state strengthens a culture that treats dissent and critical inquiry with instinctive hostility.

Read more: http://www.thenation.com/article/israel-cranks-pr-machine/

Israel to Deport Eritrean Migrants to Third African Country

State attorney claims Israel will ship thousands of migrants to unnamed African country

June 3, 2013 16:52 BST

The New York Times has rejected a documentary featuring non-Jewish African migrants in Israel despite having originally commissioned it, according to the film’s producers.

The documentary, “Israel’s new racism: the persecution of African migrants in the Holy Land” was produced by Israeli journalist David Sheen and American author and journalist Max Blumenthal.

It shows footage from the anti-African rallies of 2012 as well as exclusive interviews with Israel’s former member of the Knesset Michael Ben-Ari.

Blumenthal, known for his work about the right wing in the US and extremism in Israel, told Consortium News that the New York Times asked him to submit a documentary for the new op docs section on its website.

“They solicited a video from me, and when I didn’t produce it in time, they called me for it, saying they wanted it,” he said. “So I sent them a video I produced with my colleague, David Sheen, an Israeli journalist who is covering the situation of non-Jewish Africans in Israel more extensively than any journalist in the world.

“We put together some shocking footage of pogroms against African communities in Tel Aviv and interviews with human rights activists,” the journalist said. “We tailored it to their style, and of course it was rejected without an explanation after being solicited.”

The New York Times did not respond when contacted by IBTimes UK.

The documentary was published by The Nation magazine.

Recent statistics published by the Population, Immigration and Border Authority in Israel show that only four refugee applicants have been granted asylum status so far in 2013, out of 2,593 who submitted requests.

The High Court in the country overturned the so-called Infiltration Law which allowed Israel to jail migrants for three years, pending a review of their refugee status, and set a 90-day deadline for detainees to be released. Around 1,800 Africans are still in detention and only two have been released since the ruling.

Among the extracts filmed by Sheen and Blumenthal at an anti-African rally is a woman saying that she is “proud to be racist”.

“We’re racist because we want to preserve our lives and our sanity. So I’m proud to be a racist – and it’s our right to be racist!”

Michael Ben-Ari, a notorious anti-African right-winger, is seen saying that migrants are a threat to the Jewish identity of Israel.

“We’ll turn into a country of immigrants. We’ll bring in a million Africans, half a million Philippines, 2 or 3 million Chinese and this is the end for Israel,” he said during the interview.

“It’s threatening because this will no longer be a Jewish state. Our state is different from other countries […] Our country is a Jewish state. A Jewish and a democratic state.”

Ben-Ari is also seen joined by Likud Party politicians in the anti-Africans rally in May 2012.

Interior Committee chair Miri Rege also makes an appearance in the documentary, saying: “The Sudanese are a cancer in our body!”

The footage also shows rabbis singing decrees forbidding the rental of apartments to Africans. Rabbi Ariel Abreli is seen in 19 March 2013 saying: “We initiated a movement here to convince people not to rent them apartments.”

Read here: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/new-york-times-rejected-documentary-showing-anti-515033

To stand with the GOVERNMENT of ISRAEL, is to STAND for MURDER and GENOCIDE of innocent Children and People!

Harper's Stand With Israel Fundraiser

Review their websites, their deliberate actions and multiple manipulations are a bit much don’t you think to feel that they need to go to this extent and extreme and “Why” since many other Races have suffered and still suffer to this day…

CONNECT THE DOTS!

The constant whining and constant hunt against anyone telling the real truth about their actions and running to the governments, Police and other authorities for punishment of people for telling the truth  has gotten way out of hand and for what? When you stand back and look deeply, it’s actual Genius…

The infiltration began at the beginning of all religions and the race wars and was/is very strategic…

From their actions, these imposters, have stolen a religion and a People and  are in fact trying to control us all through SYMPATHY and imposed GUILT and if we do not feel sorry for them and accuse them of what they are committing in plain sight, call everyone including their own people who do not agree with them, Anti-Semitic or Anti- Zionists, then they want us all jailed and punished. How can moral human beings do such a thing? What is their true purpose? The truth is stranger than fiction…

They control:

  • Our Governments
  • Politicians
  • Banks
  • Courts
  • Media: News, TV, Radio, Education
  • the UN, through our various Governments

Now, these same infiltrators are in bed with the (Ashkenazi – Milano) Layola Jewish Jesuit (who never took an oath of poverty) infiltrated the “Church” now Vatican for Mount Zion against their own people’s objections and are now accepting Jesus as their messiah. Add Four Blood moons and their connection to it, and it becomes Satanic and far from Holy. Armageddon started long ago as this has always been a race and religious war at the cost of stealing the lands from the Palestinians and achieving their goal by pitting races and religions against one another to succeed. The real Jewish Peoples, the Catholics and Islam and all other peoples and races were mere paws and stepping stones in their game.

The Only answer that comes to mind, is to achieve World Domination over the RACES and to finally claim the Holy land.

It didn’t matter how long it took them…

Think about it!

If we, the PEOPLE do not take over our governance in each of our Countries, they will have succeeded.

SO, LETS ALL STAND TOGETHER and END ARMAGEDDON HERE and NOW!

Before we proceed, we must all remember who we really are and always remember this, as too many of us have forgotten: We all need to see ourselves for what we truly are; all brothers and sisters as within The true Creator of All and pure Creation, there are no chosen races.  Only a lower fallen creation would have a chosen people and pit them against all others because within the spirit world of pure creation, we are all equals…no separation, no divisions. We are simply beautiful energy spirits filled with love …

Only WE can stop feeding into these wars for our minds by finally respecting our differences and territories and coming together as the original children of Creator of All within pure creation.

ADLPLEDGE

U.S.A lawmakers forced to pledge of allegiance to Israel
What if this has happened in Canada? – Please watch the video.


See the Congressional  document here: Congressional Record – 101st Congress (1989-1990) – THOMAS (Library of Congress)

Every wonder WHY Camp David, is called “Camp David”?

These Global Governance “Government Infiltrators” all claim innocence. Yet they are evil to the core and hide behind their own innocent Jewish People who have no clue that they are being used and most don’t even agree to all that is being done in their name …

They have taken anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism to a whole new level of definition which in itself bares no common sense. There is nothing like the POT calling the Kettle black for telling the truth.

Since when did telling the truth about what is being done by them in the open as being anti-semitic or anti-zionist when they do something very wrong, yet they always get away with it? 

This sort of mentality, is what is harming their own innocent people that they are brainwashing and manipulating to hide behind world sympathy in order to achieve World Domination.

That’s what the whole purpose of using the holocaust and making people feel guilty and their manipulation of it is all about. Many of their own people know it and are trying to expose it themselves.  The hypocrisy needs to END!

EVERYONE AND ESPECIALLY THEIR OWN PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE!

One only needs to study where all of what is happening is headed because the reality is, that they themselves, are propagating hate and blaming everyone else when someone points to the truth of their own actions. Even a child could see it.

 http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/issues/combating-anti-semitism

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Seriously look at this…

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The International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP) is a global network of Jewish legislators, government ministers, and other elected officials in over 100 Countries. Its aim is to promote dialogue, the principles of democracy, the cause of human rights and the rule of law, and to combat racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, terrorism and Holocaust denial. The ICJP supports Israel and contributes to the creation of enduring peace in the Middle East.

Complete Government Infiltration and Proud!

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Ashkenazi ISRAEL- The Common Denominator and instigator of TOO many WARS…and WHY NOT? Since WE give them the MONEY to do it.

WAKE UP! Our IGNORANCE is no longer an EXCUSE.

CANADIANS MUST POWER-SHIFT

It’s time that we awaken from lies and stand together to stop Privatization and Global Governance.

See it for yourself …

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS – WHO IS THE REAL TERRORIST and WORLD SUPPRESSOR?

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Independent school in hands of town – referendum is possible By staff1 on May 18, 2016

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Following an in-camera discussion with the Osoyoos Independent School (OIS) committee on Monday, council brought forward to its regular meeting a motion saying town staff has been asked to prepare a report on the possible use of the Sonora Community Centre for the school and on providing municipal funding, including the possibility of putting the matter to a referendum.

The proposed independent community high school took a big step forward last Thursday night when the board overseeing Good Shepherd Christian School voted to pursue a partnership with the OIS, that could lead to a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school operated by Good Shepherd.

But the Voters Assembly of Grace Lutheran Church needs to be assured that the independent school has a facility and funding before the partnership can move forward with establishing the school, said Angela Westcott, principal of Good Shepherd.

Westcott also sits on the church’s Voters Assembly as well as on the OIS committee.

“The partnership is not done yet,” cautioned Brenda Dorosz, chair of OIS last week. “There are things that we have to do and one of them is (to obtain a) facility. But the great news is they did not say no. They voted to continue working with us.”

The decision was a huge relief.

“We were all on pins and needles,” she said. “It’s very, very positive.”

Dorosz said OIS met with Good Shepherd last Wednesday evening at length to discuss the business plan and to try to iron out any concerns either side had.

Westcott said she’s confident the independent school would be open in September if the funding and facility issues can be resolved.

“If those things fall into place, the support (of the Voters Assembly) was overwhelmingly supportive for this to move forward,” said Westcott.

Although Good Shepherd is a Christian School, it follows the same curriculum as public schools. The religious component would be considered an optional elective at the high school level.

At the meeting with council on Monday, OIS had 10 minutes to present its case and councillors posed questions, said Dorosz. Councillors then discussed the matter further after OIS left.

OIS hopes to use the top floor of the Sonora Community Centre for the school, but the needs of other users of the centre will have to be accommodated, Dorosz said.

OIS last week met with Gerald Davis, town director of community services, to try to work out some of those details.

OIS is also asking for shared use of the gym as well as outdoor facilities such as Desert Park and the Kinsmen field for physical education programs.

They are also seeking the same $352,000 per year that the town was willing to offer School District 53 (SD 53) over three years to keep Osoyoos Secondary School (OSS) open.

SD 53 turned down that offer saying their minds were already made up to close OSS.

“We gave them a significant ask list, so we have to wait,” said Dorosz.

Meanwhile, OIS plans a town hall meeting to update the community on May 24 at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Sonora Community Centre, she said.

Developments on the new school have been taking place daily, said Dorosz, adding there’s been one meeting or other virtually every night.

Finalizing the rental of a facility is the next big step and Dorosz said OIS had asked the town to make a decision by May 20.

But with council seeking a staff report, and with Barry Romanko, the town’s chief administrative officer, currently away it’s unlikely there will be a decision before the May 24 town hall meeting.

Dorosz noted that the upstairs capacity of the Sonora centre is 205 people. OIS has come up with a schedule to try to accommodate existing users.

“We don’t want to displace people,” said Dorosz. “So we will do everything in our power as a community school – because I think it’s going to be a true community school – to not displace.”

She added that if any displacement is required, volunteers are prepared to help with renovations to ensure the least disruption possible.

Dorosz said she plans further meetings in coming days to explore the possibility of establishing a golf academy and a soccer academy at the new school.

At the town hall on May 24, registration for the new school will be taking place. This will help to provide a better estimate the number of students who would attend the independent school.

Dorosz said OIS would also be seeking volunteers for some of the sub-committees at the meeting.

She said she’s also had talks with officials at the Ministry of Education about taking over the present OSS site, but she noted this would take too long to make it possible for the 2016-17 school year.

It is an option for down the road, she said.

This would require some kind of agreement with SD 53, which she acknowledges could be difficult in the near term.

“They’re not too happy with us right now,” she said.

Good Shepherd Christian School was established in 1990 and until now it has operated as a Kindergarten to Grade 7 elementary school.

Enrolment has fluctuated over the years, Westcott said. This year enrolment is low at just 15 students, but last year there were more than 30.

There are two full-time teachers and two educational assistants, she said.

At the elementary level, this has meant blended classrooms, but Westcott said she doesn’t anticipate there will be as much need for blended classrooms at the high school level.

“With the draft timetables that we have been working with, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be as necessary as you would think, actually,” she said, adding this depends on overall enrolment.

Dorosz said that until more precise numbers are nailed down, OIS is planning based on 100 high school students at the independent school.

She acknowledges that a number of students will choose to go to Oliver because they believe they’ll have more course options at Southern Okanagan Secondary School (SOSS) even if this isn’t necessarily the case.

But the independent school will launch a recruitment drive, she said, and this could result in some Oliver students choosing to come to Osoyoos.

She also highlighted the appeal of an independent school for special needs students, many of whom cannot ride the bus to Oliver.

Although a category 1 independent school only receives half the per-student provincial funding that public schools get, they receive the same funding, about $18,500 per child, for special needs students.

Dorosz said there are about 30 designated special needs children affected by the closure of OSS.

With the full funding the independent school would get, it will be easier to provide for special needs students at a smaller school, she pointed out.

Dorosz also anticipates the school may need to offer some courses using distributed learning, combined with local volunteer support.

There are a lot of retired teachers in Osoyoos willing to help, she points out.

The goal is to set an affordable tuition fee of $100 per month, she said, adding that will require sponsorships, donations and fundraising.

The committee is currently planning to raffle a 2001 BMW 323 vehicle valued at about $7,500, which was donated by J.F. Launier, she said.

OIS is now waiting for a gaming license before the raffle can be held.

RICHARD McGUIRE

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