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

SD 67 trustees drop $14K on Vancouver trip just days after closing 3 schools

Only days after closing three schools due to a projected budget shortfall, trustees with Okanagan School District 67 spent $13,564 to attend a B.C. School Trustees Association’s conference in Vancouver.

Six trustees along with superintendent Wendy Hyer and secretary-treasurer Bonnie Roller Routley attended the annual general meeting April 14-17 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Vancouver, according to information provided by the district upon request.

This came on the heels of the board’s decision April 11 to close West Bench Elementary, Trout Creek Elementary and McNicoll Park Middle School in Penticton.

Of the six trustees in attendance (Bruce Johnson was absent due to health issues), Summerland trustees Julie Planiden and board chair Linda Van Alphen claimed the most in expenses — $1,985 and $1,964, respectively, which included an additional night in a hotel.

Planiden’s expenses included $808 for hotels, $314 for travel and $242 for miscellaneous, while Van Alphen spent $808 on hotels, $318 on travel and $217 on miscellaneous.

Penticton trustee Shelley Clarke’s expense claim includes $570 for travel.

Van Alphen defended her added expense, noting she, Planiden and Ginny Manning (who had one night paid for by BCSTA because of serving on a standing committee) arrived one day earlier due to meetings on the Thursday morning.

“At times, some trustees have expense accounts that are significantly higher than others,” Van Alphen said. “I believe this would be dependent on what their specific assignments might be at the provincial level and the meeting that they have a responsibility to attend.”

It was the second of two recent BCSTA conferences for school trustees, the earlier coming in November when SD67 spent $12,937 for what was dubbed the BCSTA Academy.

Over six months, the board spent a total of $26,501 on the two conferences.

Retired teacher David Perry, a former mayor and one-term trustee with SD67, was critical of the board’s spending in a letter to the editor published April 16, suggesting only the chair needs to attend.

“Such irrelevant workshops as ‘Public Education and the Social License’ and ‘Damned Nations: Greed Guns and Armies’ are on the agenda. Nothing on ‘School Closures,’ ‘Government Underfunding,’ ‘Supporting parents of closed schools,’ etc., which are the real issues trustees have left at home,” Perry wrote.

Figures for Okanagan Similkameen School District 53 are presently unavailable but The Herald has requested them as well.

Like their counterparts to the north, SD53 closed Osoyoos Secondary School before heading to Vancouver. SD53 took six trustees plus one staff member to the convention.

“It’s unfortunate that it happened at a time when we were closing a school,” said SD53 vice-chair Sam Hancheroff. “That’s part of our job. We go to conferences to discuss with other school districts what they’re doing. We had the Education Minister there and everyone was asking him the same question everyone else was — we need more money.”

SD53 chair Marieze Tarr defended the spending, noting, “The money that is provided for (conventions) comes out of the board’s governance so it’s out of a different pot of money and that’s budgeted for every year.”

The following is a list of expenses for both conferences for Okanagan Skaha School District 67 trustees.

BCSTA annual meeting

Trustees:

Julie Planiden, $1,985

Linda Van Alphen, $1,964

Shelley Clarke, $1,869

Bill Bidlake, $1,721

Ginny Manning, $1,623

Barb Sheppard, $1,322

Staff:

Bonnie Roller Routley, $1,560

Wendy Hyer, $1,516

BCSTA Academy

Trustees:

Bruce Johnson, $1,719

Bill Bidlake, $1,634

Julie Planiden, $1,504

Barb Shepard, $1,455

Linda Van Alphen, $1,405

Shelley Clarke, $1,291

Ginny Manning, $1,249

Staff:

Bonnie Roller Routley, $1,503

Wendy Hyer, $1,173

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LSL- (Osoyoos)-A community Destroyed School District 53 Final hearing

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(OSOYOOS) School District 53 voted Thursday night to shut down the only high school in Osoyoos despite offer from the city of Osoyoos with 1 million dollar grant. Please listen in full sadly we suffered technical difficulty and could not record the Q&A because that’s where it became transparent that the decision was made way prior to hearings. Audio was recorded to back the claim up and there is more to come. Osoyoos has shown they are far from done and have shown what a community can do when it is united
Visit our website to view all the hearings that lead up to the closurehttps://localssupportinglocals.wordpr… for all the proceedings of the hearings

James Rickards | Central Banks Will Send Gold to $10,000 or Higher

Topics include:

Financial Cyberwarfare and the risk to your wealth

The current financial war between the U.S. and Russia.

The reason gold is real base money– M-sub-0

How bank account holders resemble pigs in the slaughter house

The probability of a collapse of the international monetary system

The role of the IMF after the next crisis

The chance of a new gold standard

Gold going to $10,000 per oz. or higher

Why Donald Trump poses such a risk to the establishment

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Dr. Magda Havas: WiFi in Schools is Safe. True or False?

Dr. Magda Havas: WiFi in Schools is Safe. True or False?

Is Wi-Fi in schools safe? Find out by watching this video. Learn how the Wi-Fi routers used in schools differ from those in homes; learn about studies that have documented the adverse effects of this radiation on rats, blood cells, the heart, cancer; learn about alternatives to wireless routers that are cost effective, energy efficient and that don’t emit microwave radiation.

 

Duel: Keep Vancouver’s school trustees, fire the premier instead

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Duel: Keep Vancouver’s school trustees, fire the premier instead

By Petr Pospisil

This week’s topic: Should Premier Christy Clark fire the Vancouver School Board?

After making cuts in 13 of the last 14 years, the Vancouver School Board of Education has finally had enough. Last week, its trustees refused to pass a balanced budget for the first time in 30 years.

The implications are serious. The refusal gives Premier Christy Clark’s government the power to fire the elected board and appoint a special advisor to manage the district’s finances. The wolves now have direct access to one of the largest school districts in the province.

The most effective strategy of privatization has always been to destroy the effectiveness of public services, then promote an alternative. Since their first years in office, the BC Liberals took aim at one of the world’s best public education systems. They slashed funding, and manufactured a state of chaos for parents, teachers, administration, and students. When adjusted for inflation, the Vancouver School Board budget has been leeched by over 7% since 2002. Costs — usually funded by the province — are downloaded to districts, which are already struggling to maintain basic levels of service.

Read Brent’s column here.

In contrast, the provincial government floods private schools with taxpayer funding — rising 37% above inflation since 2005. A secretary of independent schools even sits at the cabinet table.

A decade old University of B.C. study found that undergraduates from public schools outperformed those from the private system. Premier Clark has put in a lot of work since to convince parents to pay for something that used to be free — and better.

While some private schools offer their students in-house massage therapists and four-course meals, B.C.’s public school students lose educational supports, bus services, and arts programs.

As an employee of the Vancouver School Board, I followed the budget consultation closely. Instead of debating how to best serve students, the trustees were forced to decide on how to do the least harm. One could not help but feel sympathy for the nine trustees and empathy for the students and parents that lined up at the microphone to voice their outrage over the cuts to music programs, anti-racism workers, alternative schools, supports for vulnerable youth, and mentors for LGBTQ students.

The government, and maybe my Duel opponent, will cite declining enrolment and the board’s refusal to close schools as the source of the crisis. But many districts with closed schools or enrolment increases still face budget problems. Chronic underfunding, not mismanagement, causes the yearly shortfall. Instead of firing our elected trustees, let’s fire the premier and her party.

Petr Pospisil is an educator, musician, union and social organizer. He studied genetics at UBC and co-created crackshackormansion.com.

Are you eating glyphosate for breakfast? The numbers surrounding breakfast food toxicity are astounding

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Are you eating glyphosate for breakfast? The numbers surrounding breakfast food toxicity are astounding

(NaturalNews) Residues of the toxic herbicide glyphosate can be found on many popular breakfast foods, some of them in levels higher than maximums set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to an analysis conducted by the Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA).

The foods found to be tainted included breakfast cereals, eggs and bagels. Additionally, the researchers discovered evidence that glyphosate can accumulate in the human body.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, the top selling herbicide in the world. Roundup was first introduced in 1974, but its use did not explode until the introduction of the first Roundup-resistant genetically modified (GM) crops in the 1990s.

Residue on nearly half of foods tested

When it was introduced, glyphosate was touted as biodegradable and harmless to humans and the environment alike. Accepting this claim, neither the FDA Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program and the USDA Pesticide Data Program ever bothered to collect information on glyphosate or its presence in food products.

Numerous studies have in fact demonstrated dangerous effects from low-level glyphosate exposure, including hormonal disruption, organ damage and birth defects. But regulators largely ignored these risks — until in 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.

Following the IARC’s warning, the FDA announced it would begin testing for glyphosate residue on corn and soybeans — nearly all of which, in the United States, are GM. Yet according to ANH-USA, this will overlook many foods likely exposed to large amounts of Roundup. So the group contracted an independent, accredited lab to test both conventional and organic versions of 12 different breakfast foods: corn flakes, instant oatmeal, cream of wheat, flour, bread, bagels, potatoes, frozen hash browns, eggs, yogurt, and both dairy and non-dairy creamers. Of the 24 samples, 10 came back with detectable glyphosate residue. From most residue to least, these were: instant oatmeal, whole wheat bagels, whole wheat bread, cream of wheat cereal, organic eggs, organic bagels, organic whole wheat bread, organic dairy creamer, large eggs and organic soy creamer.

Half of these contained levels above the EPA’s Allowable Daily Intake (ADI) of 1.75 mg per kg of bodyweight. Even among these, there was wide variation: Organic eggs contained 179 parts per billion (ppb) of residue; bagels and bread contained 400–500 ppb; and instant oatmeal contained more than 1,300 ppb.

Any level unsafe

However, any detectable residue is likely problematic, as the EPA’s ADI has been criticized as too high for a number of reasons. The level is based on industry tests using high levels of pure glyphosate on laboratory animals, and therefore does not take into account the potential for chronic or long-term health effects from lower doses. This is a particular gap since endocrine-disrupting activity, which glyphosate demonstrates, often occurs at concentrations close to 1 ppb.

Industry tests also fail to account for potential effects caused or exacerbated by the additives (“adjuvants”) added to glyphosate to make up the final product, Roundup.

Finally, the concept of an ADI fails to take into account that widespread contamination of food and water with Roundup makes it likely that exposure will exceed safe levels even if none of the foods people consume exceed the EPA’s threshold.

Notably, the EPA’s ADI is nearly six times higher than that set by the European Union.

ANH-USA drew attention to two disturbing implications of its findings. First of all, the highest levels of glyphosate residue were found on foods that come from wheat and oats, which are not Roundup-resistant. This means that non-GM crops are also widely contaminated, likely through the practice of using Roundup as a desiccant to ensure a synchronized harvest.

Second, the presence of residue in eggs and dairy creamer suggests that glyphosate is accumulating in the bodies of animals that eat tainted crops. That means glyphosate is likely to accumulate in human bodies, as well.

The presence of high residue levels on organic grains is also cause for concern.

To learn more about contaminants in your food and what you can do to avoid them, check out Food Forensics, the new book by Mike Adams, director of CWC Labs and editor of Natural News. The book comes out July 26, but you can get a free sneak peek at the first two chapters here.

Sources for this article include:

ANH-USA.org

NaturalNews.com

NaturalNews.com

NaturalNews.com

Science.NaturalNews.com

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/053863_glyphosate_breakfast_food_Monsanto.html#ixzz47WHAi4Op

Rose Stevens from No GMO Manitoba with Dee Nicholson on GMOs and Glyphosate

Rose Stevens is in Toronto to discuss the dangers of GMOs (genetically modified food), and how glyphosate in the food industry is threatening human life at all levels. According to Rose, we are dangerously close to making it impossible for organic food to exist, with the legalization of GMO alfalfa in Ontario, which the bees (if there are any left) will unknowingly spread to other natural crops. In conversation with Hugh Reilly and Ayla Heeds on Liquid Lunch at ThatChannel.com (http://www.thatchannel.com) 2016-04a-27

LSL Interview with Summerland Solution group on saving Trout Creek and Middle bench

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Meghan Steele presented very well put together manual titled Summerland Solutions and showed the district how by keep 2 schools , Trout Creek and Westbench the Board could see a savings of over $422 000. So we discuss that as well as many other issues and concerns

Bruce motioned to take the manual and requested we apply due diligence in looking this document ovce and meet again May 9,2016

School District 53 has killed a community

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Here is a sneak peak at Friday’s editorial by James Miller, who, like usual, calls it the way he sees it.
So long farewell
Trustees with Okanagan Similkameen School District 53 closed a school and killed a community.
Any last hope of reconsideration died Wednesday evening in a hot and stuffy conference room in Oliver, the town where all Grades 8-12 pupils from Osoyoos will be bused beginning next fall. Osoyoos is now the largest community in B.C. without its own high school.
Several trustees played the victim card, one accused Osoyoos Town Council of unprofessionalism, another criticized the media. (Memo to Myrna Coates, please watch the movie Spotlight for a greater appreciation of freedom of the press and how a small group of journalists made the world a safer place for children.)
Sam Hancheroff and Robert Zandee, failed MLA and MP candidates, respectively, even got political. Sad. MLA Linda Larson was again invisible.
Most damaging is the wedge they’ve
driven between two communities.
At times the crowd in Oliver was boisterous; impartial observers might even agree with the word rude. But their kids not only got screwed, so did the entire community.
Housing prices, attracting young
families, economic spinoff, community identity and kids wearing their hometown jersey will all suffer. The Town of Oliver will reap many benefits.
Nobody from Osoyoos wants a group hug with trustees right now.
Many of the teenagers at the meeting openly wept.
Parents are most protective of their
children. If they believe their kids are
getting hurt, they will fight back. Trustee Rachel Allenbrand should understand this, she led a passionate (and successful)
campaign to save the elementary school in Oliver that her own kids attend.
Trustees didn’t do themselves any favours. This same board paid a retired
superintendent $800 to travel from Prince George to chair an information session only to cut off a 16-year-old near the end of the meeting.
When part of Southern Okanagan Secondary School in Oliver burned to the ground, classes were temporarily moved to on-site portables and not Osoyoos “because it’s important for students to go to school in their own community.”
Throughout the consultation process trustees were incapable of finding creative ways of saving money (canceling last week’s junket to Vancouver would be a start.) Sell the board office and move into empty space at OSS would be one way. The most logical is a full amalgamation with School District 67, something that should have been done years ago.
Back to Hancheroff, he has repeatedly stated the board had no other choice based on the funding they receive from the provincial government. School boards may not run deficit budgets.
That may very well be true but if the only option indeed was to close Osoyoos Secondary School the most noble thing would have been for all seven to resign and let the provincial government take over.
—James Miller

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