Province provides funding to keep OSS open, but will school board take it?

Province provides funding to keep OSS open, but will school board take it?

By on June 15, 2016
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  • Following a stunning and unexpected commitment of millions of dollars in funding Wednesday to keep rural schools in B.C. open, trustees with School District 53 have been provided the funding they say wasn’t available to keep Osoyoos Secondary School open.

The provincial Liberal government announced around 1:30 p.m. it would provide more than $2.7 million in funding to try and keep nine rural schools, including OSS, open now and in the future.

To help rural schools in British Columbia stay open, Premier Christy Clark announced a new Rural Education Enhancement Fund.

Districts outside Greater Victoria, the Lower Mainland, and Kelowna will be able to apply for ongoing provincial funding that recognizes the unique challenges faced in keeping schools open in rural communities.

“Closing the only high school or elementary school in a rural community has a large impact on that local economy,” Clark said. “With Canada’s strongest economy, it’s important that we make sure the benefits are shared by rural communities throughout our province to ensure they have the infrastructure they need to grow, attract talent, and provide critical services like health care. Our rural education strategy will help us accomplish this.”

The amount of funding districts will be eligible for is to be equal to their expected savings from closing the school.

In the case of OSS, trustees who voted to close the school in late April, stated closing OSS for the 2016-17 school year would save the district around $400,000.

Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson, in a phone interview from Quesnel where she and members of the Liberal caucus had gathered for meetings, said shortly after the announcement she fully expects OSS to remain open.

Larson was officially named parliamentary secretary for rural education in the same press release that announced the funding to rural schools on Wednesday.

This new funding will be in addition to the $118,000 Larson announced to School District 53 two weeks ago as part of $25 million in administrative savings given back to school districts across the province.

The trustees with School District 53 have stated financial stresses due to declining enrolment on their annual budget as the reason for closing the school and that financial stress will be eliminated with this latest announcement, said Larson.

“The ultimate decision still lies with the school board … but having removed the biggest obstacle to keeping the school open, which is financial, it’s now up to them to come up with a different arrangement since they’ve now been given the money they need to keep the school open.”

Contrary to what many residents of Osoyoos think, Larson said she has been working diligently behind the scenes to try and keep OSS open since trustees voted to close the school on April 26.

She first presented Clark with her serious concerns about the impact closing OSS would have on local residents and the local economy more than two months ago, said Larson.

“She listened to what I had to say and saw merit in the arguments I was trying to make,” she said.

With several other school districts voting to close rural schools over the past several months, Ministry of Education staff have worked diligently over the past eight or nine weeks to formulate a financial plan designed to meet the unique financial challenges faced by schools in rural areas of this province, she said.

While Wednesday’s announcement stated the nine schools will have “to apply” for funding, Larson said the money is available and can be forwarded to affected school districts in a very short time period.

“School districts have until June 30 to submit their budgets … and this money will be available to them long before this deadline,” she said.

The decision to approve this funding came after Clark and the Ministry of Education agreed that local economies would suffer immensely if these rural schools were closed, said Larson.

“There’s no doubt that local economies would suffer immensely if these schools close,” she said. “It just made a lot of sense to ensure local economies could be sustained by providing the funding to keep those rural schools open.”

When asked why the Liberal government didn’t provide this funding five months ago when School District 53 trustees first announced they would consider closing OSS, Larson said she has been discussing the issue of funding for rural schools with her counterparts in the Ministry of Education for more than two years.

“I have been working on this issue for a very long time,” she said. “A matter of when can be debated, but the bottom line is we’ve done what needed to be done to keep these rural schools open.”

Districts would be able to apply annually for Rural Education Enhancement Funding if they meet the following criteria:

  • In a rural community or sub-community outside Greater Victoria, the Lower Mainland, and Kelowna areas with a population less than 15,000;
  • Closure would eliminate specific grades within the community;
  • Funding is used to keep the school open; and
  • Closures due to facility condition or extreme enrolment decline are not included.

While the ongoing Rural Education Enhancement Fund will help keep schools open starting this coming school year, Clark also tasked Larson and parliamentary secretary for rural development Donna Barnett to conduct a full study of rural education funding in the province to seek a long-term solution.

The Rural Education Strategy will look at rural school district budgets and the role education and schools play in communities outside the Lower Mainland, Greater Victoria, and Kelowna.

The strategy will aim to find solutions for the unique challenges facing rural school districts while recognizing the economic impact of single schools in small communities.

Details of the review will be announced in the near future.

“For students, families, and rural areas, the local school is the centre of the community and the local economy. In my time as minister I’ve seen that our education funding model doesn’t take all the unique rural factors into account,” Minister of Education Mike Bernier said. “My ministry will work with the parliamentary secretaries to take a hard look at how we can make sure the unique community and economic role of rural schools is supported in how we fund school districts.”

School District 53 board chair Marieze Tarr could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

This story will be updated on a regular basis as more information becomes available.

KEITH LACEY

Osoyoos Times

 

‘It’s been a solid process:’ SD 67 again rejects special adviser

Linda Van Aplhen

Linda Van Aplhen

Okanagan Skaha school board chairwoman Linda Van Alphen

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2016 9:09 pm

Nothing less than a personal letter from the minister of education will convince one local school trustee the B.C. government is genuine in its offer to pay for a special adviser to review the process used to close three schools in Penticton and Summerland.

“My statement says the minister of education has not made the offer to appoint and pay for a special adviser and that still has not changed to this day,” Okanagan Skaha trustee Barb Sheppard said at a board meeting Monday night.

“So, at this point, the moment School District 67 receives a written offer to appoint and pay for a special adviser form the minister of education, I will respectfully make the motion to accept his honour’s offer at the next public school district board meeting.”

An earlier version of her statement, which was sent to some parents over the weekend, was referenced in an article in the Monday edition of The Herald that suggested a letter from Penticton MLA Dan Ashton confirming the offer may have been enough to convince her to accept the special adviser’s help.

But it wasn’t, nor was separate confirmation Monday from superintendent Wendy Hyer, who told the board the deputy minister of education had indeed made the same offer to her.

Hearing that, trustee Bruce Johnson motioned to accept the deal.

“I see this as a free, outstanding offer to review the process and to get a new set of eyes on it,” said Johnson.

“It would certainly build a lot of confidence and trust with everybody at no cost. Perhaps it would turn into a win-win situation.”

However, board chairwoman Linda Van Alphen and the other five trustees stuck to their guns and voted 6-1 to pass up the offer.

“I think I have been as clear as I possibly can be from the very, very beginning with this whole process. I believe it’s been a solid process and I know there are people that don’t believe that. But you know what? That’s your prerogative,” said Van Alphen, who noted the B.C. Office of the Ombudsperson is already conducting a parallel review.

Some parents, particularly those in Trout Creek, have called for the special adviser due to concerns about the school’s late addition to the chopping block and the board’s apparent unwillingness to consider alternate measure to keep the doors open. Parents on the West Bench have expressed similar concerns.

Schools in those two communities, plus McNicoll Park in Penticton, are all due to close June 30. The board’s next scheduled public meeting is in September.

A special adviser is currently at work in the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District.

The appointment followed the resignation of three trustees there in April after the Salmon Arm-based district revealed its new $9 million office was funded in part from operating funds meant for classrooms.

The adviser’s report is complete, but has not yet been released publicly.

The City of Penticton is not following their own Bylaws

June 13, 2016.
Letter to Editor

Penticton residents must wake up or partially lose control of Skaha Park as early as September, 2016. The City of Penticton is not following their own Bylaws #2002-42, #2011-23 and #2012-5020.This past week, I met a Bylaw officer in front of Skaha Marina, as he was checking all 3 vehicles with boat trailers attached, to see if they complied with City Parking Bylaws. I pointed out the incorrect building signage and invited him to come with me to view the operation of the “Marina Restaurant” some 100 feet away and he refused. In 2015 and 2016, I submitted complaints directly to City Bylaw Supervisor, but to date they have refused to address this issue. Residents should review the” Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw No. 2012-5037, where each daily offence could have a penalty of $100.00. I can see under Appendix 1, 4, 6 and 7, several daily alleged offence penalties. These yearly penalties could be higher than the Lessee’s yearly lease however there is a maximum per yearly offence.

Nelson Meikle

Is Assisted Suicide Part of NWO Agenda?

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Is Assisted Suicide Part of NWO Agenda?

June 4, 2016

 

“The State has given life and the State has taken it away … blessed be the  State!”

 

 

The legalization of ‘medical assistance in dying’ 

is ‘New World Order’ policy. As is typical, Canada 

is on of the vanguard of the coming dystopia.

 

 

(Disclaimer: I favor medically assisted suicide but Oliver raises valid concerns.)

 

 

 

“I suppose it can’t be that difficult to euthanize a population, if you have already lobotomized them. “

 

 

by Oliver Heydorn

(henrymakow.com

 

As I write this, Canada is on the verge of legalizing both euthanasia and assisted suicide under the euphemism of “medical assistance in dying”.

 

The Supreme Court struck down the ban on assisted suicide last year as “unconstitutional” in yet another example of judicial activism and interference forcing Parliament to draft a new law. In principle, Parliament could invoke the ‘notwithstanding clause’, but, with someone of the low intellectual and moral calibre of Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, there is no prospect of being rescued by the executive branch.

 

While I think the typical arguments raised by the pro-euthanasia crowd are easy to dismiss, this development that should be of great concern.

The legalization of ‘medical assistance in dying’ is ‘New World Order’ policy. As is typical, Canada is on of the vanguard of the coming dystopia.

 

While advanced in the name of such ‘feel-good’ concepts as ‘freedom’, ‘privacy’, ‘compassion’, or other words that might cause the unthinking to salivate, legalized euthanasia is an egregious breach with the tradition of civilization and, like all such violations, is never as innocent as it is made out to be. Long-term political agendas are being served, namely the further centralization of power in the hands of a national and international oligarchy.

 

According to the proposed law, voluntary euthanasia will be made legal for competent patients who 1) ‘clearly consent to the termination of life’ and 2) ‘have a grievous and irremediable medical condition that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition’.

 

The language is so vague and the “safeguards” so low that it would be easy for doctors to kill people and then to claim afterwards that they consented to it, amongst other possible abuses.Alex Schadenberg has some good informatiom on this.

 

Incidentally, as I understand it, the “deadline” – no pun intend – that the Supreme Court has set for legalization (with or without a law) is this Monday, the sixth day, of the sixth month, of a year ending in six … surely this is not an accident.

 

WHO IS “KILLABLE”? 

 

The state has now arrogated to itself the right to divide the population into two categories: those who are ‘killable’ and those who are not ‘killable’ (because they are deemed ‘worthy of life’), and it has also assumed the right to determine whether or not its criteria are met in any particular case. The State, or, more precisely, the representatives of the State (i.e., legal officials, doctors, etc.), will now become the arbiters of life and death.

 

Since innocent post-partum human life will no longer be something of unconditional value in the eyes of the law, as something sacrosanct that is beyond the jurisdiction of the law, the parameters of “who ought to live” and “who ought to die” can, of course be changed as circumstances or political agendas change.

 

Before, not even the State could legally sanction or effect the death of an innocent human person after birth. Now, the State has the power not only to do both, but to change at will the conditions under which people might be killed or otherwise ‘suicided’.

 

In brief, legalized euthanasia sets a terrible precedent. What we are looking at here is nothing less than creeping (and creepy) Totalitarianism: “First they came for the so-called incurables, and I was not an incurable, so I did not speak out …”

 

In the meantime, the bulk of the Canadian public sleep on, like the anaesthetized automatons that our oligarchic elites think they are. I suppose it can’t be that difficult to euthanize a population, if you have already lobotomized them.

 

 

Be that as it may, I do find it incredible that people, when not indifferent to these types of ethical and legal questions, can be so easily brainwashed into acting as cheerleaders for NWO policies whose sole purpose is to disenfranchise them. They cheerfully consent to what can only be described as a metaphysical rape provided that it is sold to them in the name of “progress”, “dignity”, “freedom”, and “equality”, etc.

 

Perhaps they deserve what is coming to them after all.

 

 

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M. Oliver Heydorn, left, graduated summa cum laude with a Ph.D. in philosophy from the International Academy of Philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. The IAP is dedicated to the study and promotion of realist phenomenology and other closely related schools of continental thought. For ten years, Dr. Heydorn taught philosophy to undergraduates at three different institutions in three different countries. His articles have appeared in both scholarly and more popular media. He is the author of Social Credit Economics, The Economics of Social Credit and Catholic Social Teaching, and, more recently, Social Credit Philosophy.

 

 

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Related–  Critics on both sides of Assisted Dying Bill 

 

—————– Right on Sched- An Assisted Suicide Snuff Film 

 

 

Oliver adds: Another aspect of this issue: as our rulers increase the pressure on people and artificially build up the tension in their lives – I swear that life was much simpler in 1986! – through constant economic stresses, social engineering (trans and homosexual ideology being shoved down people’s throats, alongside feminism, multiculturalism, etc.), GMO’s, Chemtrails, vaccines, etc., Al-Qaeda ‘terrorism’ and now that of ISIS, etc., etc., legalizing things like euthanasia and assisted suicide also provides a release valve while serving another objective: depopulation.

 

The message? “Yes the world is going to hell in a hand basket, but at least now you will be able to get the doctors to out your light!” Once introduced and progressively widened, it’s conceivable that such practices will eventually become culturally normalized or even expected. The Illuminati will be quite happy to see more and more people out their lights, with or without medical help. It saves them the trouble. It’s the same modus operandi: get the people to do it to themselves and make them think it was their idea.

 

Don’t ge me wrong, I have great compassion for people who are suffering from some terrible terminal illness or condition. At the same time, I am convinced that there are many effective alternative treatments that are being suppressed or ignored by the conventional medical community. Ty Bollinger did a great job just recently with his series of documentaries dealing with effective cancer cures: https://thetruthaboutcancer.com. Also, a palliative care doctor that spoke to a group of us last week told us that with effective palliative care virtually all dying people can have their pain kept in check if not completely eliminated and that the small number (less than 5%) who might not derive the expected benefit from pain killers can be sedated if necessary. A lot of the time it is access to that palliative care that is lacking.

 

First Comment from Dan: “If anyone tells you State termination of life is going to remain voluntary, tell them they’re an idiot. “More people are killing themselves in the US, Canada and UK than ever.  Last month the CNN ran this headline; U.S. suicide rates on the rise – Do you think those people needed an appointment with a doctor to be “granted a mercy death”?

 

Listen folks.  We’re not cats and dogs.  When a human being is really ready to end their life, they do the act themselves.   The exception is people who are already flat on their back, being kept alive by doctors to begin with.   That’s how they get “State assisted suicide” accepted.  But in every State that’s made it legal within the last ten years, they’ve already moved to “allowing” perfectly healthy people who want to die.

 

BELGIUM let’s doctors kill healthy people for “unbearable psychological suffering.”   One such case was the ‘trans man’ (woman who wanted to be a man) who became depressed after “sex reassignment” surgery.   Euthanasia for emotional pain: Mercy or a “culture of death”?

 

This origin of the idea goes back a hundred years.  The Euthanasia ‘movement’ was a dream of the Fabian Society think tank, funded in the United States at Rockefeller-Carnegie funded research facility at Cold Harbor, New York.  State sterilization of certain people was legalized in several states exactly the same way as Gay ‘Marriage’ was a few years ago.   The German branch of the Eugenics movement took on the job of R&D of State “mercy death” for those “unworthy of life” during the late 1930’s.  Hitler had to cancel the T-4 Euthanasia program on August 18, 1941, due to public outcry by German Catholics, but secretly the operation was carried on in Poland.

 

First Comment from B

 

 

I worked for over 35 years in major Detroit area hospital Intensive care units.   This is absolutely nothing new but only the legalization of what we have been already doing.  White coat murder has gone public and has become fashionable.

 

Early termination of life comes under many labels including but not limited to:

 

1) Deceiving loved ones to sign a DNR directive by telling them how traumatic and cruel a CPR is “I wouldn’t want put my Mother through this……..they will break bones…………She will have pain”  this may happen even when the patient is of sound mind.

 

I ask: is pain is the worst thing that can happen to a person?????? What about Hell??!!!

 

2)  Getting (bullying, manipulation, coercion, browbeating and guilting……………………………..) the family to donate organs which most assuredly will alter the definition of death to make sure the organs are viable.

 

3)  Palliative care.

 

4)  Hospice.

 

5)  The staff overrides the family’s wishes by quietly doing what they call:  “slow codes” or “walking codes”

 

6)   A  complete redefinition of life and death to justify abortion, euthanasia, and premature organ harvesting (yes this absolutely happens).

 

Henry this has been going on for years and years and I have been retired for almost 20 years so God knows what they are doing now.

Who is the ultimate killer?  The synonym for “The thief” is Satan.

 

John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” 

– See more at: http://henrymakow.com/2016/06/Is-Assisted-Suicide-Part-of-NWO-Agenda.html

 

What happens when you push a man too far and legal recourse is tainted with corruption.

Twelve years ago today, Marvin Heemeyer and his Killdozer made history by showing what happens when you push a man too far, and when his legal recourse is tainted with corruption.

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Killdozer was a Komatsu D355A bulldozer fitted with makeshift armor plating covering the cabin, engine and parts of the tracks.

Killdozer was a Komatsu D355A bulldozer fitted with makeshift armor plating covering the cabin, engine and parts of the tracks.

In places this armor was over 1 foot (30 cm) thick, consisting of 5000-psi Quikrete concrete mix sandwiched between sheets of tool steel (acquired from an automotive dealer in Denver), to make ad-hoc composite armor. This made the machine impervious to small arms fire and resistant to explosives: indeed three external explosions and more than 200 rounds of ammunition fired at the bulldozer had no effect on it.

Marvin Heemeyer

Marvin Heemeyer

In the late 1990s the Docheff family approached Heemeyer to buy his one remaining muffler shop in order to build a concrete batch plant on the land. It was a matter of public record that Heemeyer had bought the land for $42,000. Docheff reported that they agreed to buy the land for $250,000, but the deal fell apart when Heemeyer raised the price to $375,000 and reportedly once even mentioned a million. Having grown weary of Heemeyer’s indecisiveness, the Docheffs went to the Granby City Council and sought to re-zone the land surrounding Heemeyer’s muffler shop.

Heemeyer was involved in the re-zoning process from the outset, attending town meetings to ensure that his interests were protected. Nevertheless, in 2001 the town zoning commission and trustees approved the rezoning request. Adding apparent insult to injury, the plan for the concrete plant cut off the only route to his muffler shop. The city also fined Heemeyer $2,500 for “junk cars” on his property, and for failing to have his shop hooked up to the sewer line. Hindered but not yet defeated, Heemeyer set out to remedy the situation using community action, legal maneuvering, and elbow grease. He appealed the zoning commission’s decision, and gathered signatures from the townsfolk to petition against the plant.

He attempted to obtain permission to install a sewer line under eight feet of land owned by Mountain Park Concrete, but the new owners refused. He even went so far as to buy a bulldozer to build a new road that would allow customer access to his muffler shop, but the city council declined to approve his plan. Many people suspected there were some shady dealings between the concrete plant and the members of the city council, but no actual evidence of such illegal goings-on has ever been found. Having no recourse, Heemeyer sent the city a $2,500 check to cover the fines, with the word “cowards” written ominously on the memo line. He then sold the muffler shop property to a trash company, and was given six months to vacate. Heemeyer set to work on his new project almost immediately.

The Komatsu D335A bulldozer that was meant to save his business was instead moved into the muffler shop, and Heemeyer began to make some modifications. He started by adding home-made composite armor—cement sandwiched between thick sheets of steel—to protect the cab, engine, and parts of the tracks. He installed front and rear cameras to feed images to monitors in the cab, and several gun ports were set around the control center. A stockpile of food and water was stored inside, as well as an air tank to help provide air circulation. Throughout the one-and-a-half years of construction, Heemeyer documented his progress though notes and audio tapes. “Because of your anger, because of your malice, because of your hate, you would not work with me,” he stated in his tape recordings. “I am going to sacrifice my life, my miserable future that you gave me, to show you that what you did is wrong.”

He received several visitors at his shop while working on his armored vehicle of vengeance, and none of them seemed alarmed at the weaponized armor shell atop his earth-mover. In his notes Heemeyer credited a higher power with “clouding their vision.” On one occasion he wrote, “I was always willing to be reasonable until I had to be unreasonable. Sometimes reasonable men must do unreasonable things.” 2004 was a tough year for Heemeyer.

His father passed away in March, and he broke off his engagement when he caught his betrothed with another man. The morning of Friday, the 4th of June was gray and drizzly. Heemeyer mailed his audio tapes to his brother, went to his shop, and climbed into his bulldozer with a handwritten list of targets. He used the winch controls to lower the concrete and steel shell onto the top of his vehicle. Nothing short of a crane would be able to lift the thirty-ton armor shell off the vehicle once it was in place. With that fateful metal clap, Heemeyer was sealed in a concrete and steel box that he could never escape.

At just after 3:00 PM, the makeshift tank tore through the side of his shed, and smashed into the Mountain Park Concrete plant.

Shortly thereafter, the phones at the 911 response center began ringing incessantly. A man named Cody Docheff witnessed the destruction-in-progress and attempted to use a front-end loader to intercept the rampaging bulldozer, but withdrew when he was fired upon from the gun ports of this “Killdozer.” Within minutes two buildings and multiple vehicles were eviscerated, and the Killdozer rumbled towards the highway into town.

The slow-moving bulldozer picked up a parade of emergency vehicle escorts as it approached the city limits. One police SUV was crushed when it strayed too near. Undersheriff Glen Trainor managed to climb atop the moving bulldozer, and used 37 rounds from his service pistol to try and shoot his way in. “I think the thing that drove me,” he later reported, “is that I knew that killing him behind the wheel was the only way we were going to be able to stop this thing.” When Heemeyer and his Killdozer arrived in town, the Granby police were waiting for him. Against the armored behemoth, however, the lawmen were powerless. When it became clear that the armor was impervious to bullets the police tried explosives, but they too were without effect.

Lawmen kept to the sides and tried to vacate anyone from the Killdozer’s path, and the local police utilized the reverse 911 system to call residents and warn them of the approaching danger. News helicopters filmed the unfolding violence from above. The overencumbered vehicle was obviously difficult to control, and swerved widely through the streets, but Heemeyer was still able to seek out and and hit his specific targets. The bulldozer effortlessly demolished cars and buildings, including the home of a former mayor, the office of a newspaper that had sided against him in an editorial, the businesses of a former city councilman, and the city hall. Despite the destruction of property, no people had been injured or killed.

The Granby Police requisitioned an industrial scraper to pit heavy equipment against heavy equipment,

but the Killdozer merely shoved the lighter adversary aside.

In about an hour of mayhem, the bulldozer had demolished thirteen structures and was en route to its next target: Gamble’s Hardware. The damage from small arms and the extra weight of the armor were taking a toll on the vehicle, however. The radiator had sprung a leak, and the Killdozer was losing horsepower. As the fatigued machine crashed through the wall of the hardware store the floor beneath the beast broke, and the front end of the bulldozer fell into a shallow basement. The engine struggled, but it could not power itself out of the pit. As SWAT teams surrounded the wounded Killdozer, one of the members reported hearing a single, muffled gunshot from within the cab. The vehicle didn’t move again, ending a rampage that had lasted 2 hours 7 minutes, and caused about $7 million in damage. In order to prevent rampage admirers from collecting Killdozer memorabilia, the dozer was dismantled, and its parts were scattered among many separate scrapyards. Anyone who has tried and failed to influence an uncaring government cannot help but feel a twinge of admiration for the extreme measures taken by Marvin Heemeyer. Happy Killdozer Day Imgur. cat tax: http://i.imgur.com/k5Ntzxz.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Heemeyer https://www.damninteresting.com/the-wrath-of-the-killdozer/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZbG9i1oGPA

In Skaha Park, RESTAURANT is not a permitted

June 6, 2016.

Letter to Editor

In Skaha Park, RESTAURANT is not a permitted use, but City allows the Lessee to operate one. March 16, 2015, City issued a MARINA Business Licence only. In July, I advised City that a RESTAURANT was operating without a RESTAURANT Business Licence, as City or Lessee could not produce such. August 6, 2015, City reissued Business Licence 00015313 to Trio Marine Group, to include both Marina and Restaurant, even though it was against their own City Bylaws.
On January 26, 2015, Liquor Control & Licensing received a “Food & Beverage” application from the Lessee and was granted one on June 19, 2015, even though Lessee did not have a RESTAURANT BUSINESS LICENCE, which is a requirement of the ACT. The ACT required the Kelowna based, BCLB Inspector to do due diligence, before a Permit was issued. Due to these dates, it should have been a red flag for the BCLB and no liquor Permit should have been issued. Therefore, Lessee sold liquor for well over a month without a legal liquor licence, right under the noses of City Bylaw officers and this will continue in 2016.
To date, I have yet to receive replies to my letters from four City staff, including the Mayor, in this regards.
Nelson Meikle

The Coalition of ELDER RIGHTS Defenders

SENIORS AT RISK Coalition

Seniors at Risk has joined with other advocates who are working to stop elder abuse by health care providers, government agencies and authorities.
We have just launched a new umbrella organization:  The Coalition of ELDER RIGHTS Defenders  (Elder Rights for short).
Two days ago, we sent a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding Bill C-14 Medical Assistance in Dying (attached).
We are not objecting to assisted suicide. We’re against endangering, harming and killing people in hospitals and nursing homes who are not suffering irremediable and unbearable ailments and who don’t want to die – something that is now rampant across Canada. Safeguards aren’t working now, and the safeguards proposed under Bill C-14 won’t work either.
The huge amount of attention that the proposed assisted suicide legislation is now getting across Canada is an opportunity for us to expose the growing menace of elder abuse by health care providers and other authorities. We posted our 2-page Senate submission on our new website, along with shocking case evidence of unlawful conduct by doctors and nurses against elderly people and their families.
The Senate is currently debating Bill C-14 and may vote on it as early as this comingMonday, June 6th
 
Please EMAIL senators to THIS WEEKEND to let them know your views and concerns.Your email need not be lengthy, even a few sentences will have an impact.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT:  Senators are not there to vote according to their personal views, but to reflect the views of citizens. If enough people pressure them about the dangerous and frightening treatment seniors are getting from doctors and nurses in hospitals and nursing homes now, then that may cause the Senate to think twice about rushing this poorly-thought-out legislation through. This legislation will give doctors and nurses immunity from prosecution for every death they claim is assisted suicide. This will encourage more abuse and make it virtually impossible to stop malicious acts of harm or homicide such as we profiled in our Senate submission.
Contact info for members of the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs:  http://www.parl.gc.ca/sencommitteebusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?parl=42&ses=1&Language=E&comm_id=1011
Contact info for all senators:

 

We would also appreciate your help to spread the word about The Coalition of ELDER RIGHTS Defenders, and helping us to create a lively online community (united we stand, divided we fall). We have an excellent Advisory Board working with us, see attached.
Please share our new presence far and wide. Here are the links where you can make comments on our website, make Facebook posts and tweet your support, stories, opinions and concerns:
Website:     http://www.elderrights.org  It’s brand new, so we have not had time to publish much content yet, but we plan to be adding new articles and exposing evidence from cases of wrongdoing frequently.
The direct link to Elder Rights’ submission to the Senate on Bill C-14 is:  http://elderrights.org/2016/06/02/submission-senate-standing-committee-legal-constitutional-affairs/
Thank you for your support,

 

Lois Sampson

Elder Rights Advocate
SENIORS AT RISK

PH-Press Release”Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?”(School closures)

We are sending this press release in response to the Infotel article, last evening in which Wendy Hyer has apparently already decided what to do with the funding from MLA Ashton… http://infotel.ca/newsitem/funding-inadequate-to-keep-schools-open-in-okanagan-skaha-school-district/it31202

Penticton Herald

Important Press Release

“Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?”

In a promising announcement on Tuesday morning, MLA Dan Ashton stated that the Ministry expected School District 67 to use funding provided to prevent the closures of local elementary schools. The message was loud and clear as Ashton spoke in front of the school board office building. He specifically referenced reversing the closure of Trout Creek School, due to strong neighborhood growth. He praised the work of parents and the multitude of financial alternatives to school closures presented by qualified citizens (CPAs, Auditors, Managers) during the consultation process. The Board did not implement a single suggestion. Ashton formally joined citizens requesting a third party review of the closure process and he wants that review done by a Special Adviser that the Ministry is willing to provide. The school board must agree to accept the offer before an appointment can be made.

With these pending decisions to rescind the closures, it is more important than ever to ask, “Who is running the School Board?”. It appears to be Superintendent Wendy Hyer. In a news article released less than 7 hours after the funding announcement, Hyer has already allocated the quarter million dollars to fit her own agenda, “this additional $266,000 allows us to balance our budget without adding to the structural deficit,” she said. Since she was seen conversing with Secretary Treasurer Roller-Routley during MLA Ashton’s speech, perhaps she missed a very important message. Due to the research and efforts of the citizens, the Ministry has listened and acknowledges the important role of the two neighborhood elementary schools, requesting they remain open to spare the impact on both students & their communities.  “I am very pleased to deliver more than $266,000 in funding to help the cause. It is now time for the school district to respond and reopen at least one of these schools, if not both,” said Ashton.

This is not the first time that Hyer has appeared to be the “Tail Wagging the Dog”. In emails accidentally cc’d to a parent, Hyer appears to give an administrative directive to the Trustees not to respond to questions and to seek legal advice after a failed attempt at rescinding an email. Hyer wrote,“Would not support this request. Please refer to our advice from legal counsel…in fact, Bonnie may want to seek advice from council”. The Ombudsmen has been asked to review this matter, since a School Board should be directing its administration, not the other way around.

It is fundamentally important that a Board of elected officials acts as a political entity responsive to the electorate, not an administrative body responsible to the Superintendent. The School Board is mandated to make decisions based on educational objectives that are in the best interests of the students, not the sole interest of Superintendent Hyer’s agenda. The BCSTA defines the role of school boards, “Trustees engage their communities in building and maintaining a school system that reflects local priorities, values and expectations. School trustees listen to their communities; boards are directly accountable to the people they serve.” 

The largest flaw in the decision making process by School District 67 has been the sham of public consultation. It obviously never truly existed. Since 2002, school boards have complete autonomy, operating free and clear of any checks and balances, or any financial oversight. If SD67 appears to be run solely by an administrator, it is in a precarious situation that can easily fall into “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. With no accountability, salary raises were given to the Trustees, administration, & Hyer herself ($17,000 – her total compensation now exceeds the salary of the Premier) …all during a year in which SD67 is the ONLY district in the province slated to close 3 schools.

In light of this, it seems likely that the abundance of meetings that were in-camera & closed to the public during the process were to deprive the public of it basic rights of observation & questioning, and move forward the decisions of the Superintendent…and perhaps the “Tail Wagging the Dog” is just another “Whoopsie” to add to the list??

John Horgan statement regarding B.C. education announcement

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John_Horgan_2015_crop_169X238VICTORIA— John Horgan, leader of the New Democrats, issued the following statement in response to the Christy Clark government’s education announcement on Tuesday:

“This is not about Christy Clark doing what’s right for parents and kids, this is all about Christy Clark trying to make bad headlines go away until after the election.

“This is the least that Christy Clark could do. The least. This is not new funding and I think that parents and students will see through this cynical election ploy.

“There are no cheques going to local school boards. All that the B.C. Liberals are saying is that they won’t be clawing back the $25 million that they were originally demanding from schools across B.C.

“Barely a month ago, Christy Clark’s education minister was dismissing the concerns of thousands of parents across B.C. as ‘just a few vocal groups’ and standing in the legislature defending his government’s cuts to public education.

“I’m so disappointed that this is what it takes to get Christy Clark to listen – that parents and kids have to mount public campaigns and embarrass the B.C. Liberals to be heard.

“This funding flip-flop shows that Christy Clark’s claim that she has no control over local decisions about school closures and education cutbacks is false.

“Christy Clark has neglected and underfunded public education in B.C. for far too long, and parents and kids deserve better. What could be more important than public education?”

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