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SCORCHED McMURRAY-Mohawk Nation News

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Mohawk Nation News

News and Articles by kahntineta, Mohawk Nation News Publisher

SCORCHED McMURRAY

 

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MNN. May 9, 2016. We love our mother and every living thing she created, the birds, animals, fish, waters and vegetation. We still follow the original instructions to survive and coexist. “Fort McMurray” was set up in the mid-1800s to protect the immigrants, kill our people and take our lands. They made treaties in bad faith. fort-mcmurray-fire-1

Why did Canada refuse to take Russian and other offers to shut down the fire? The fire is the center of tarsand operations for the world. The scorch earth policy was used to remove us in the past. Canada and the US have no legal title on great turtle island. This fire was not accidental. Mining and oil companies are stripping the boreal forests, all life and removing people to exploit our resources. Billions will be saved to rid our lands of vegetation and population. The workers were told to leave the facilities a few weeks before the fire started. They were sent home and told they would be called back. What did the oil companies know?

Albertans are fleeing and concerned about their financial losses. Fort McMurray and other towns will burn for months to clear the way for the pipelines. Then it’s heading for Saskatchewan.

Scorch McMurray is coming back.

Some say they are going back to Fort McMurray because the bankers want them to imagine that everything is going to be the same as before. In fact, they do not own their homes or cars that burnt or were left behind. They have registered ownership with the Corporation of Canada through permits, mortgages and licenses, which gives them the right to use this property for a limited time.

Our people have repeatedly warned the settlers of the coming disaster from their desecration of our mother. Russians, we have never been a part of the Corporation of Canada that’s responsible for this devastation. Thank you for your offer.

Corporatists back up.

 

Trudeau has not answered Russia. Trudeau II works for the same bankers as Trudeau I. He is in the job to finish what his father started in 1969, the “White Paper” to kill off the INDIANS for good. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1969_White_Paper eagle thanks

At the same time, Trudeau is selling weapons to Saudi Arabia to kill men, women and children!

As the prophet Jimi Hendrix is asking Trudeau,“Look at the sky turn a hell-fire red. Somebody’s house is burning down, down, down, down. Down, down down. Sisters and brothers, daddy’s mothers standing around crying. When I reached the scene, the flames were making a ghostly whine. So I stood on my horse’s back and I screamed without a crack. I said, ‘Baby, why’d you burn your brother’s house down?”

MNN Mohawk Nation News kahentinetha2@yahoo.com or more news, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go to www.mohawknationnews.com More stories at MNN Archives. thahoketoteh@ntk.com Address: Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0 or original Mohawk music visit https://soundcloud.com/thahoketoteh

 

Russian help refused by Canada.

Oil tanker abandoned South Africa.

Renaming Halifax Colonial Criminal Cornwallis placenames removed.

Lakota to start final INDIAN war.

Roger Deranger added 2 new photos.

Fort McMurray before tarsands.

 

 

 

6 May at 17:57 · Edmonton, AB ·
to us, fort mcmurray is known as “Lii dli Kui,’ in our Denesuline language, it means, where the rivers meet, it was also our gathering spot for us who traveled from the north on the athabasca river, then we would turn left on the clearwater river going east to la loche, there was many camps all along those rivers, and on the west side of the clearwater, there is another river called, ‘christina,’ many of our people had camps further up, these people also stopped at Lii dle kui, and their camps was always near the macdonald island, after when the non-natives found our oil, the didnt do anything about until the late 1960’s, then in the early 1970’s, the forcefully removed a native who had built a home there before the oil production, with guns pointed at them by the rcmp, they also bulldozed his home, then they built two high rises in the exact same spot, so why should we cry for everyone who lost their home from the forest fire when people can come to our land destroy our dwellings and the very land that provided for us, and i know many of the natives will continue to live there, so ‘lii di kui,’ will never die, long live Denesuline Nene

Fort Mac after tarsands.

 

CAN YOU TELL THESE CORPOS YOUR VIEWS ON THE ORCHESTRATED CHAOS IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THANKS:

Minister of Indian Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, minister@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

Indian Affairs Toronto, 25 St. Clair Avenue East, 8th floor
TORONTO, ON M4T 1M2
Tel.: 1-800-567-9604
Fax: 1-866-817-3977
TTY: 1-866-553-0554
Email: InfoPubs@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

Minister of National Defence, sujjan.h@gc.ca 1-866-236-4445 IDO-BDI@forces.gc.ca

U.S. President Barak Obama, president@whitehouse.gov

All Media, Pope Benedictum XVI, St. Peter’s Sq., Vatican City, Rome Italy; Canadian Center for Foreign Policy Development,press@royalcollection.org.uk(National Forum on Africa);

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau j.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

Six Nations of Grande River 519-445-2201

HCCC & HDI http://haudenosaunee.ca/2.html orhttp://www.haudenosauneeconfederacy.com/contactus.html

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Seattle Sues Monsanto for the Contamination of the Duwamish River

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Seattle Sues Monsanto for the Contamination of the Duwamish River

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Is Christy Clark punishing Vancouver public schools?

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The prestigious St. George’s private school in Point Grey, Vancouver. Photo courtesy of the St. George’s website.

Is Christy Clark punishing Vancouver public schools?

Where have all the tax dollars gone?

Fires Burn Hotter with Nano Metals in Chemtrails

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By The Truth Denied

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It is common knowledge that nano particulates are increasing the frequency of  wild fires, resulting in forest fires that have been burning hotter and spreading faster than ever before in the history of the USA  and other regions of the world. The EPA and other such agencies deny that the use of a metals are the cause, but fire fighters and elite e fighter crews will publicly disagree. What is the cause, and could it be that the aerial spraying known as chemtrails is the culprit, let’s examine this subject closer.

  • “The dangerous thing about the chemical reactions in fire is the fact that they are self-perpetuating. The heat of the flame itself keeps the fuel at the ignition temperature, so it continues to burn as long as there is fuel and oxygen around it. The flame heats any surrounding fuel so it releases gases as well. When the flame ignites the gases, the fire spreads.”

Is there such a thing as a fire burning TOO HOT you may ask? Well according to the government website  NEWTON DEP , the answer is YES.

 


Q.  I have read that water can actually fuel a fire that is “too hot”. How is this possible, and how hot is “too hot”?

A.  This is true, though only certain types of fires get this hot. One type of fuel that can do this is magnesium. Magnesium burns at 3600 F (2000 C) and at close distance is brighter than the Sun! Paper, on the other hand, burns at a measly 454 F (220 C). Since magnesium burns so very hot, it can actually split water into hydrogen and oxygen (2 H2O –> 2 H2 + O2). Then the hydrogen and oxygen undergo combustion due to the excessive heat to form water again. While you might think that this cycle would keep going, it take an incredible amount of energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen–more than you get back out when you reform the water. All of this heat is lost to the atmosphere and the fire will eventually burn itself out. A magnesium fire is so hot that it can burn a hole right through a car’s engine block (since the engine is made of aluminum/cast iron and melt at a lower temperature than magnesium burns). There are other examples, but this is by far the most common/popular type of metal fire that water will not work with. Another is called thermite, which is a combination of aluminum powder and iron oxide (rust)–this will burn just as hot as magnesium. Lithium, sodium and potassium are all metals that will burn and react with water as well. Potassium is so reactive with water that it has to be stored in oil because it will react with the moisture in the air. This is not true of magnesium or thermite, which have to be ignited with a very hot flame. 

If you have taken any type of fire extinguisher safety courses, then you will know that there are 4 classes of extinguishers, A, B, C and D. ABC extinguishers put out most fires with carbon dioxide, while class D extinguishers put out metal fires using dry powder. How do they do this? Table salt! Believe it or not, there is powdered sodium chloride (regular table salt) that comes out of a class D extinguisher and puts out the fire by smothering it! Sodium chloride will put out most types of metal fires, though those fires containing lithium, it is preferred to use copper to extinguish the fire. There are a couple of others including sodium carbonate or graphite, but those have limited uses and drawbacks. “

Aviation and retired USAF Mark McCandlish in his address to the SHASTA COUNTY BOARD:

When  materials such as  Aluminum Oxide, Barium  and  Strontium (as a Carbonate) which are  all used in explosives or pyrotechnics are combined with Sulfur and Iron Oxide in an explosive chemical reaction, these components create tremendous heat- enough to melt through a steel support girder in a fraction of a second. 

Mark  McCandlish states “Imagine then, how this affects the conflagration that is a forest fire with these materials present in the environment.  I have personally spoken to a number of career CDF personnel who have told me unequivocally that fires over the last ten years have become significantly more difficult and costly to suppress.  They burned unusually hot but officials were at a loss to explain “why”…”

MacCandlish goes on to say that  “Now as if that weren’t bad enough, with Aluminum being a conductor of electricity, spraying countless microscopic-sized particles into the sky does something else you might not have considered:  It dramatically increases the electrostatic potential of the air.  That is, its ability to conduct electricity.  So those storm clouds that always seem to follow heavy chemtrailing are primed to produce many more lightning strikes.  In late July of 2010, (if memory serves) one such storm produced over 8,000 lightning strikes in our region, many of which created fires.  When it was all over a month later, California had totaled over $23M in suppression costs.  And since the chemtrailing started around 1999-2000, the amount of acreage burned and suppression costs have doubled according to NOAA figures.”
See: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/fire/2012/8

Fuels:

Let’s begin with a short description of Fuels, additives, and why we believe that Chemtrails are responsible for creating hotter forest  fires as well as longer burning forest fires, more destruction and doing it all with very little oxygen. If you know anything about the basics of fire, then this is no surprise. Fire needs oxygen because when we burn a material we actually induce a reaction of the material with oxygen. The energy that is released during this by this chemical reaction produces what we call FIRE. Essentially, fire is the side product of the reaction to oxygen.

“Burn” is really a term used to describe a chemical reaction known as “combustion”. A combustion process usually requires oxygen or some oxidizer. Thus, when we say we burn something, what we are really doing is allowing the combination of that substance with oxygen. This process usually means that a lot of energy is produced. The energy is usually released in the form of heat and light. This heat and light we call “fire”. thus, it is not so much that fire require oxygen, but rather that the process of combining oxygen with a substance (in a combustion process) produces heat and light (fire). “(Roberto Gregorius)

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Let’s take a quick  look at the different elements that contribute to fires.

Lithium metal plus fluorine gas make an abnormally strong fire.” It’s uses are :

  • About 30% of agrichemicals contain fluorine, most of them herbicides and fungicides with a few crop regulators. Fluorine substitution, usually of a single atom or at most a trifluoromethyl group, is a robust modification with effects analogous to fluorinated pharmaceuticals: increased bilogical stay time; membrane crossing; and altering molecular recognition Trifluralin is a prominent example, with large-scale use in the U.S. as a weedkillerbut it is a suspected carcinogen and has been banned in many European countries.

 

  • Twenty percent of modern pharmaceuticals contain fluorine (One of these, the cholesterol-reducer Atorvastatin (Lipitor) made more revenue than any other drug until it became generic in 2011)  Second leading drug using Fluorine are antidepressants.

 

  • TOXICITY: Elemental fluorine is highly toxic to living organisms. Its effects in humans start at concentrations lower than hydrogen cyanide’s 50 ppm and are similar to those of chlorine significant irritation of the eyes and respiratory system as well as liver and kidney damage occur above 25 ppm. Eyes and noses are seriously damaged at 100 ppm and inhalation of 1,000 ppm fluorine will cause death in minutes compared to 270 ppm for hydrogen cyanide.
  • Thermite is a pyrotechnic composition of metal powder fuel and metal oxide. When ignited by heat, thermite undergoes an exothermic oxidation-reduction reaction. Most varieties are not explosive but can create brief bursts of high temperature in a small area. Its form of action is similar to that of other fuel-oxidizer mixtures, such as black powder.
  • As you may have guessed, it is used in fuels, and included in these toxic mixtures are:  aluminium, magnesium, titanium, zinc, silicon, and boron.Aluminium is common because of its high boiling point. Oxidizers include boron(III) oxide, silicon(IV) oxide, chromium(III) oxide, manganese(IV) oxide, iron(III) oxide, iron(II,III) oxide, copper(II) oxide, and lead(II,IV) oxide.

The following are 2 declassified documents regarding Jet Fuel. Keep in mind, this document was written up in 1958. This is alarming to say the least.

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  • Thermate-TH3 (in military use)

The composition by weight of Thermate-TH3 (in military use) is 68.7% thermite, 29.0% barium nitrate, 2.0% sulfur and 0.3% binder (such as PBAN). As both thermite and thermate are notoriously difficult to ignite, initiating the reaction normally requires supervision and sometimes persistent effort.Because thermate burns at higher temperatures than ordinary thermite it has useful military applications in cutting through tank armor or other hardened military vehicles or bunkers. As with thermite, thermate’s ability to burn without an external supply of oxygen renders it useful for underwater incendiary devices.

  • Lithium fluoride is an inorganic compound with the formula LiF

Uses: Nuclear reactors, Radiation detectors, Optics, Backplane technologies for computer screens and TV’s, and you guessed it, jet fuels.

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Fuel/Air Explosive (FAE)

U.S. Fuel-Air Explosives
BLU-73 FAE I
BLU-95 500-lb (FAE-II)
BLU-96 2,000-lb (FAE-II)
CBU-55 FAE I
CBU-72 FAE I

Fuel-Air Explosives [FAE] disperse an aerosol cloud of fuel which is ignited by an embedded detonator to produce an explosion. The rapidly expanding wave front due to overpressure flattens all objects within close proximity of the epicenter of the aerosol fuel cloud, and produces debilitating damage well beyond the flattened area. The main destructive force of FAE is high overpressure, useful against soft targets such as minefields, armored vehicles, aircraft parked in the open, and bunkers.

Fuel/air explosive represent the military application of the vapor cloud explosions and dust explosions accidents that have long bedeviled a variety of industries.

  • Accidental vapor cloud explosion hazards are of great concern to the refining and chemical processing industry, and a number of catastrophic explosion accidents have had significant consequences in terms of injury, property damage, business interruption, loss of goodwill, and environmental impact.

THIS PAGE HAS NOW BEEN REMOVED <> WE DON’T KNOW WHY : A New Set of Blast Curves from Vapor Cloud Explosion M. J. Tang, Q. A. Baker Process Safety Progress Winter 1999, Vol. 18, No. 4 – Pg.235

 

Recent History of  some of the largest US Fires:

Murphy Complex Fire 2007

Spreading through the states of Idaho and Nevada, the Murphy Complex Fire burned an estimated 653,000 acres of land in 2007. The same area was subject to another fire, which spread into Mexico, in June 2011.

Summer 2008 California Wildfires

Burning land in Northern and Central California, the Summer 2008 California Wildfires included over 2,780 individual fires that occurred between May 22 and August 29, 2008. Killing 23 people and destroying over 1.15 million acres of land, the fires were believed to be caused by a combination of lightning and heat.

ARIZONA: Wallow Fire 2011

Burning from May 29, 2011, to July 8, 2011, the Wallow Fire was named after the Bear Wallow Wilderness, where the blaze in Arizona and New Mexico started. Over 538,000 acres of land, 72 buildings and 16 people perished as a result of the fire, which was believed to have been started by an abandoned campfire.

Large Map of Wild Fires in USA

CURRENT FEDERAL MAP OF NATION WIDE FIRES

 

Sources:

GAS MIXTURES: https://archive.org/details/nasa_techdoc_19660024019

Thermite: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermite

Lithium and Flourinehttp://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/chem03/chem03503.htm

Flourine:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorine

Armfield, J. M. (2007). “When Public Action Undermines Public Health: A Critical Examination of Antifluoridationist Literature”

HOW FIRE WORKS

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/fire1.htm

http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/

December 2012 DOD Alternative Fuels: Policy, Initiatives and  Legislative Activity

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R42859.pdf

http://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/dumb/fae.htm

THIS PAGE HAS NOW BEEN REMOVED <> WE DON’T KNOW WHY : A New Set of Blast Curves from Vapor Cloud Explosion M. J. Tang, Q. A. Baker Process Safety Progress Winter 1999, Vol. 18, No. 4 – Pg.235

Mark MacCandlish : http://mbeauchamp.blogs.redding.com/2014/07/this-is-not-mythology-or-pseudo-science/

 

A public notice to all Arizonans: May through October are Arizona’s hottest months. Be sure to protect yourselves from heatstroke!

Extreme Heat in Arizona TTD

EXTREME HEAT SYMPTOMS

 

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June 11th – BACK ALLEY CONCERT – My Kind of Karma

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June 11th (Saturday) – Oliver’s “Old Firehall”
BAND: My Kind of Karma (http://mykindofkarma.ca/)
FEATURES: Twisted Hills Craft Cider & Dubh Glas Distillery
ARTIST: Leza MacDonald

It’s a very exciting year for us at the Firehall Brewery, with expansions in capacity, distribution, and the opening of our new Beer Shop & Social. And just to add to the excitement, we are ecstatic to announce the launch of another Back Alley Concert Series for the upcoming Summer of 2016. The “Old Firehall” experience on Main Street in Oliver gets a bit louder and prouder for each of these community events, boasting grassroots music, local arts, partnerships with wineries, cidery, & distillery, and of course… BEER!

Tickets are $15 + tax, pre-sold at Pappa’s Firehall Bistro (www.pappasfirehallbistro.com – 250-498-4867) and available at the gate.

This is a break-even event made possible through the energy of our gracious volunteers (if you’d like to volunteer, please contact us at 778-439-2337 or info@firehallbrewery.com). Sadly, our archaic liquor laws are still prohibition-era, so minors are not allowed to join the fun. Food won’t be served at the show, but we encourage you to bring in a picnic dinner (baskets and bags will be politely searched, just to keep out glass and bad beer) or order take-out from Pappa’s Firehall Bistro on the building’s main floor. If you need somewhere to sleep it off for the night, Centennial RV Park and Campground (http://centennialrvpark.com/ – 250-498-6800) is just down Fairview Road, and there are plenty of motels and B&B’s around the region (see: www.winecapitalofcanada.com).

If you haven’t been, let’s paint you the picture. First, we brew beer with courageous flavour and alarming drinkability. Then, we narrow down the mountains of available talent until we’ve got the perfect musical groups booked. Next, we call up some friends in the wine/cider/spirits world to see who’s available to come pour their craft. And finally, we search out some local artists who’d be into dressing up our walls with their creations for the evening. We spend the whole Saturday sprucing up the back alley area with tents, stage & sound, vibrant shade sails, and the cleanest porta-potties you’ve ever laid a cheek on. We open the gates at 6pm, just in time to tap a one-of-a-kind cask of beer (single-event recipe brewed the old-fashioned way), to pour alongside our regular beer roster. Music kicks off at 7pm, and echoes up and down the back alley until 9pm. Then we wander upstairs to the Pappa’s Firehall Bistro for some after-party drinks and 2-for-1 appies, while us volunteers clean up the show as quick as possible to join the fun upstairs.

This year will be a bit different because we’ll have the new Beer Shop & Social open throughout the show, giving everyone a chance to sneak a peak at the result of our successful crowdfunding campaign earlier this year. We’re stoked to have you join the fun and savour the flavour!

SD 53 never spoke to town about $1 million offer because minds already made up – Tarr

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Trustees of School District 53 had already decided to close Osoyoos Secondary School (OSS) when they received an offer from the Town of Osoyoos of more than $1 million over three years to keep the school open.

School board chair Marieze Tarr acknowledged last Wednesday during another tense meeting between trustees and Osoyoos residents trying one last time to keep OSS open that this was the reason the school district didn’t discuss the offer with the town before rejecting it.

The admission came shortly after trustees voted 4-3 to approve third reading of a bylaw that will close OSS as of June 30.

The town announced Monday is would be going to court to fight the school board’s decision, calling into question the process followed by the school district.

“The problem is we received the letter of financial promise last week, which was after the decision was already made to close the school.” Tarr said, when asked by a member of the audience why there was no discussion with the town of its offer.

“Now we’re being honest,” interjected Osoyoos councillor Mike Campol, as others, stunned by Tarr’s response, called out that the school board had planned to close OSS all along and the “consultation” process was a waste of time.

Tarr repeatedly banged her gavel at these interjections and announced she was adjourning the meeting.

Members of Osoyoos council were present at the meeting attended by more than 120 people in the hot and stuffy annex of the school district offices in Oliver.

Before the vote, they pleaded with the board to listen to the Osoyoos community, reverse the decision made April 6 when the bylaw received two readings, and instead grant a year’s delay to find a solution.

Coun. C.J. Rhodes spoke before the board voted, telling them he was going to forego the speaking notes he usually uses.

“Tonight I’m going to talk to you from my heart,” he said, as he spoke of how the Osoyoos community came together with as many as 20 to 25 per cent of the town showing up at public meetings.

“I beg you, I implore you to change your mind,” he said. “You are empowered to change your mind tonight and make the decision that is right, to not go down in history as making that pinnacle of bad decisions.”

Mayor Sue McKortoff told the board that the town’s offer of more than $1 million would have addressed the school district’s budget problem. She pointed out that, contrary to the belief of trustees, it was not contingent on a referendum if the town delayed other projects and used funding that was already allocated in the budget.

“We are asking for a one-year delay on your decision allowing more time to consider district plans,” she said. “Residents need more time to make decisions about the future of their children’s education. Our community is engaged and prepared to work with you for the betterment of all.”

She noted that projected net savings to the district by closing OSS would be $387,300 based on SD 53’s projection of increased busing costs at $67,400.

“We are prepared to refute that figure as our transportation experts believe that the (busing) figure could easily be double that amount,” McKortoff said. “The savings to close OSS could possibly be $275,000, which is a small hurdle to overcome as compared to the social and economic damage that closing the school will cause to our community.”

If the board voted to close OSS, McKortoff warned the town would have no other option “but to initiate what we feel is the worst option” – going to court.

“Legal proceedings are in draft form right now,” she said, holding up a still-unsigned affidavit from an Osoyoos parent. “We are prepared to stop or start this process tonight.”

The town is considering seeking an injunction, which would temporarily halt the closure, and possibly a judicial review of the process used by the school district to close OSS or other legal action.

Despite the pleas from parents, PAC (Parent Advisory Council) representatives, council members, a retired superintendent of schools from West Vancouver, and NDP Education Critic Rob Fleming, the vote was a repeat of the ones on April 6.

The two Oliver trustees – Rob Zandee and Rachel Allenbrand – were joined by Debbie Marten of Cawston-Keremeos and Sam Hancheroff of Okanagan Falls in voting to close the school.

Those voting against were the two Osoyoos trustees, June Harrington and Tarr, as well as Cawston-Keremeos trustee Myrna Coates.

Speeches by the trustees covered the same points as the April 6 meeting. They argued the board faced funding pressures with declining enrolment and downloaded cost pressures from the province, that students will be better off in a larger school with more course choices and larger class sizes.

Several trustees also took exception to the criticism trustees have faced on social media, through letters and verbal comments and in the media.

Throughout their speeches (see video on OsoyoosTimes.com), trustees faced interjections and jeers from the audience, often from Campol.

When Zandee talked about what trustees have faced, Campol interjected: “We get it Rob, you’re the victim.”

An angry Zandee responded: “This is exactly what I’m talking about.”

After the meeting, Campol expressed surprise that the board never discussed the fact that they didn’t need to close the school because the town was offering to fund it.

He thinks this is because the idea conflicted with what the board wanted the end result to be – the closure of OSS.

“If a suggestion or an idea doesn’t fit the narrative of closing the school, it’s not worth debating (by the board),” he said.

The community and council came up with good cost-saving ideas, he said, but time was an obstacle to implementing them.

“We literally bought the time to explore those options over a year, two years, three years. So there was no reason to close the school except that they wanted it to be closed. It had nothing to do with budget and they proved that tonight.”

Campol said the process was disingenuous and it is now up to the courts to decide.

Coun. Rhodes said he was disappointed the town’s financial offer wasn’t properly discussed, even though a letter from Tarr stating reasons for the rejection appeared to have been thought out.

“It’s important for everyone to know that there was no interaction with council of any kind,” Rhodes said after the meeting. “There was not a telephone call, there was not an attempt of any kind to interact regarding that subject in any way, shape or form.”

Coun. Carol Youngberg pointed out that a discussion of the board’s budget the night before, in which members of the community participated, identified $901,000 in possible savings.

She thinks the decision to close OSS was made prior to the Jan. 13 meeting when the board voted to begin “public consultations.”

Brenda Dorosz, chair of the Save Our Schools (SOS) committee, was subdued and conciliatory in her comments to the board before the vote.

“I didn’t have anything else to say,” she explained after the meeting. “I’ve said enough in the last three months and I felt they weren’t going to listen to us, so I just stood up and didn’t want to get angry. Our kids matter and education should be first. It was a done deal and it’s just not fair to our kids.”

Now, she said, efforts will move full-speed ahead to establish an independent school in Osoyoos.

Harrington, the only trustee to have consistently opposed closure of OSS, said she was devastated by the board’s decision.

“I just so wanted for kids to be able to go to school in their own community,” she said. “I just wish I could have convinced the others, but somehow minds are made up.”

Asked how it’s been for her personally to be outnumbered on the board, she replied: “Very tough. I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights.”

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times