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

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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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PH-Letter to the Editor-Settle Skaha Park

Recently when Penticton Council sued the Lakeside Resort over an electrical dispute it was settled out of court. Why is the Skaha Park lawsuit not settled?  

Though the City has failed to come to terms with the people of Penticton over the Skaha Waterslide debacle; they have begun Parks and Recreation consultations.

Why would Council think the citizenry believes they would honor our wishes when they failed so abysmally with Skaha?

Does this council understand that citizen participation in consultations is an unspoken two-part contract: Trust by the citizenry that Council will honor and respect the wishes of taxpayers’?

The local school boards also are a good example of abuse of trust. They could have saved parents a lot of time by telling them they weren’t interested in input. Trout Creek worked hard and spent thousands of hours researching and presenting a well-thought-out case only to have it spurned.

Can we believe the results from the Parks consultations or are we facing future bafflegab from Penticton council?

Penticton council and the school board have abused our trust. Once abused; trust can only be regained when earned. Settlement of the Skaha lawsuit would be a positive first step to restoring that trust.

Why has the Skaha Park lawsuit not been settled when the electrical lawsuit was swiftly settled? Months have passed and apparently the City’s lawyers have still to respond to the Skaha group. If the City is dragging its feet and not interested in proceeding with this case then what is holding it up? 

Has this become a grudge match between two intractable parties? Is neither party willing to meet with the other? Has someone lost sight of the goal posts because they are focusing on grinding axes? Is someone abusing the mantle of power we gave them at our expense? That is the problem with secrecy and lack of communication.

For too long city council has conducted too much city business behind closed doors. But is the Skaha group any better? It is hard to fault the City on this when the Skaha group has been so uncommunicative.

Is lack of settlement the fault of the City or the Save Skaha Park group?

Give your heads a shake. The tourist season is here. People are fed up with this. It is time to move forward. Get this case settled. This impasse has carried on far too long.  

Elvena Slump

Penticton

PH-Letter to the editor- RESTAURANT is not listed as one of the PERMITTED USES for Skaha Park

Penticton Herald – Letter to the editor

Dear Editor

Penticton residents should go onto the City website and obtain a copy of Bylaw No. 2002-42 and 2011-23 to follow this flow of Skaha Park information.

Bylaw No. 2002-42, within this Bylaw # 2 – “That the following herein described property is dedicated for Public Park Land”. Schedule “G” lists Skaha Park/Beach as dedicated Public Park Land. I believe, this can only be changed by a Public Referendum.

Zoning Bylaw No. 2011-23 – Chapter 4 – Definitions: 4.2 ACCESSORY USE means a use which is – as the permitted use.

Chapter 4 – Page 4-18- PERMITTED USE  means the main or primary use of lands, buildings or structures and o others, which is provided for in the list of permitted uses in the zones of this Bylaw.

Chapter 4 – Page 4-19,  RESTAURANT means a location where food and beverage are offered for sale to the public.

Chapter 8- Specific Use Regulations – Page 8-1 Application for Specific Use. 8.1.1 – The specific use regulations shall apply to all zones unless otherwise exempted in this Chapter.

Page 13-2. 13.2 P2 Parks and Recreation – PURPOSE:

This zone provides for parks, recreation and open space.

13.2.1 – PERMITTED USES:

The permitted uses in this zone are:

1-carnival 2-community garden 3-government services 4-indoor recreation 5-marina 6-outdoor amusement, entertainment and recreation 7-outdoor market 8-public parking lot 7-accessory use, building or structure.

RESTAURANT is not listed as one of the PERMITTED USES for Skaha Park under these Bylaws and therefore cannot be located within the marina building or on Skaha Park Land.

Nelson Meikle – Penticton

Study finds organic crops boost local economies

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New Study: A Penn State study found that organic crops boost local economies, reducing poverty and increasing family incomes in rural America in areas where organics are grown. It’s just too bad that our government hasn’t seen the light and continues to subsidize GMO agriculture that enslaves farmers with expensive seed contracts, technology fees and toxic chemicals. GMO crops: Bad for the economy, bad for the planet, bad for our health.

WASHINGTON — The production of organic foods helps lower poverty and increase household incomes in rural America, according to a Penn State University study released Wednesday.

The study by agricultural economist Ted Jaenicke found that organic hot spots — counties with high levels of organic agricultural activity whose neighboring counties also have high organic activity — increased median household incomes by an average of $2,000 and reduced poverty levels by an average of 1.3 percentage points.

In Iowa, there were six counties highlighted as organic hot spots: Allamakee, Clayton, Dubuque, Howard, Johnson and Fayette. Nationwide, 225 counties were identified ashot spots, or about 7 percent of all U.S. counties. 

“I’m pretty optimistic that it might provide a new way of thinking about organic agriculture,” Jaenicke said.

He started researching organic because he was curious about the effect it had on local economies. The “strong and robust” impact of organic was much larger than he thought, Jaenicke said.

Jaenicke tabulated the results by identifying the quantity of organic farms and economic activity in the area. He then removed other factors influencing the local economy to gauge organic’s impact. He did not receive funding from the industry for his research.

While his study did not assess why organic benefited area economies, he speculated the reasons it does include the need for more labor and use of locally sourced inputs. Organic crops also typically command a significant premium compared to traditional crops, often paying the producer several times as much.

Laura Batcha, executive director of the Organic Trade Association, said the group was hopeful the data would spur policymakers, including state officials and lawmakers in Washington working on the next farm bill, to invest more in organic agriculture. She acknowledged organic isn’t the only solution to helping area economies.

We hope policymakers “will understand the role that organic can play in a portfolio,” Batcha said. “There is a useful role for organic agriculture in rural development but we’ve never to date yet had a real comprehensive look at (it).”

Organic food sales have risen by double digits annually as the public consumes more fruits, vegetables, pastas, dairy and meats raised and grown without synthetic pesticides, genetic modification or antibiotics, among other stringent requirements.

Last week, the trade group said sales of organic food hit a record of nearly $40 billion, up 11 percent from the previous year. Overall, all food sales rose 3 percent.

Contact Christopher Doering at cdoering@gannett.com or reach him at Twitter: @cdoering
READ: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2016/05/25/study-finds-organic-crops-boost-local-economies/84811864/

#GMO #organic #agriculture #food #healthy#poverty #PennState #RuralAmerica#gmofreecanada #gmofreeusa

Millennials distrustful of Canada’s food system, survey finds

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Millennials distrustful of Canada’s food system, survey finds

Millennials are less trusting of the food system in this country, according to a new study.

On Tuesday, the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity – a research group funded by the food industry – released results of a survey on public trust and food. The study reveals a shifting landscape regarding who Canadians view as trustworthy on food issues: away from traditional authorities such as government agencies and food associations, and towards family, friends and the Internet.

In general, the study found that millennials, compared to other demographics, have a lower level of trust in most of the groups who make up the food system – including farmers, grocery retailers, food companies, environmentalists and government.

For example, only 66 per cent of millennials rated farmers as “believable” when it comes to the environment – compared to 70 per cent on average. And only 48 per cent of millennials rated David Suzuki as believable – 8 per cent lower than the average.

Crystal Mackay, CEO of Farm & Food Care Canada, said the trends could be linked: that millennials’ reliance on the Internet for information could also be fuelling their distrust when it comes to food.

“Where people are going for their information: online and Google … The food associations and the government are not coming up in the top three [search result] pages,” she said.

Of the respondents, 15 per cent said their No. 1 source of information on food is the Internet, and websites. Twelve per cent said “Google.” The same number said their friends or family are their main sources.

The Canadian study is in line with survey results in the United States conducted by the Britain-based market research firm Mintel last year. That study found that 43 per cent of those between the age of 21 and 38 do not trust large food manufacturers. And 74 per cent said they wish companies were more transparent about how they manufacture food.

Over 2,100 participated in the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity survey, conducted in February and March of this year by Ipsos. The organization is the research arm of Farm & Food Care Canada, which aims to boost public trust in the food industry. The study was funded in part by Tim Hortons and the Egg Farmers of Ontario.

This was the first Centre for Food Integrity conducted in Canada, though the American chapter of the organization has done similar studies in years past.

The results revealed mixed feelings when it comes to how Canadians in general feel about their food.

Just 30 per cent of respondents said they feel that the country’s food system is heading in “the right direction.” Of the remaining respondents, 50 per cent said they were “unsure,” and 21 per cent responded by saying the system is on the “wrong track.”

One common concern cited by respondents was the use of hormones and pesticides in growing food. Over 40 per cent said they are “personally concerned” about the use of such products.

Fewer than half of respondents said they view groups such as grocery retailers, government scientists, animal-welfare groups or government scientists, in a favourable light. In fact, less than a quarter, 23 per cent, of respondents said that they trust that the government food-inspection system ensures the safety of their food.

But that skepticism does not seem to extend to the agriculture industry itself. Sixty-nine per cent view farmers favourably, and 61 per cent have a “very or somewhat positive” impression of Canadian agriculture.

Despite all of this, an overwhelming majority – 93 per cent – acknowledge that they know “little, very little or nothing” about farming practices.

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Osoyoos Secondary School will NOT close

 

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Osoyoos Secondary School will NOT close

 

An announcement from the BC Government will be made tomorrow.

Stop the transition, stop the extra bus driver ads, NOT necessary.

NO independent school needed

I was told some time ago this was the best educational decision to be made – to close the school (SD# 53 staff) – but that is gone.

An announcement from the BC Government will be made Tuesday.

It seems the government has been persuaded that in every rural area where only one high school or one elementary school exists – IT SHOULD NOT CLOSE.

Smart – politically

Dumb – maybe

This is an election year.

(No court cases, no more protests)

Maybe the government will admit – “We listen”

ODN contacted Mayor Suzan McKortoff: “I am happy, I have nothing to add. I am busy at the moment.”

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Actor Elijah Wood Blows the Whistle on Massive Hollywood Pedophile Scandal

Actor Elijah Wood Blows the Whistle on Massive Hollywood Pedophile Scandal

May 23, 2016

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It’s one of those horrible things that people who follow alternative media are well aware of, but it’s rare to hear an actor come out and admit it in the mainstream media.

Actor Elijah Wood has gone on record in a London Times interview to say that Hollywood is covering up an organized pedophile ring similar to the scandal surrounding Britain’s Jimmy Savile.

Thirty-five-year-old Wood admitted there are “parties” where innocent, naive young actors are “preyed upon” in Hollywood by a powerful elite, and that “It was all organized.”

“There is darkness in the underbelly—if you can imagine it, it’s probably happened.”

Wood goes on to say that those who attempt to speak out get “squashed” and their lives are ruined, to be expected.

The actor believes these things are going on right now and the general public has no idea: “I’ve been led down dark paths to realize that these things probably are still happening,” he said.

Well, why would they stop when there have never been any consequences?

He hedged himself in the way he discussed it, but still. At least he’s saying something. What’s more horrifying is that large portions of Hollywood and especially many more actors who started their careers at a young age totally know what’s really going on and none of them will come forward. Not a peep.

Can you imagine the power if a large number of them stood in solidarity and spoke out against this disgusting system? They really could actually bring it down.

Too bad they don’t realize the power they have… or are too worried about their careers to do the right thing, not just for themselves, but all the other current and future victims who will be harmed by this.

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Nature’s Path stays fiercely independent as organic food and farming goes mainstream

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Arran Stephens, CEO of Nature’s Path, in the Nature’s Path garden in Richmond, B.C. The family-owned business owes its organic roots to Stephens’ father, who started an organic berry farm long before organics were trendy.

Elisa Birnbaum | May 19, 2016 | Last Updated: May 20 2:25 PM ET

Way before “organic” became a rallying cry of trendsetters, Arran Stephens’ father, Rupert, ran an organic berry farm on Vancouver Island and imparted these words to his son: “Always leave the soil better than you found it.” That fuelled his worldview and the company he launched years later.

Stephens opened the first vegetarian restaurant and natural supermarket in Canada in 1967 and 1971 respectively, when less than a dozen existed across North America. “I was very idealistic,” he said of those heady days. In the world of entrepreneurship, where idealism typically holds wallflower status, it’s worth noting that Stephens wouldn’t be co-founder and chief executive of Richmond, B.C.-based Nature’s Path, Canada’s leading brand of organic snack and breakfast food, without those romantic ideals coaxing him forward. You could say idealism spurred the movement currently giving conventional players a run for their revenue.

The organic industry contributes more than $3.5 billion a year to the Canadian economy, with more than 20 million Canadians choosing organic options for their groceries each week, the Canadian Organic Trade Association claims. “It appears to be a lasting lifestyle choice as opposed to a fad,” said Helen Long, president of the Canadian Health Food Association, noting more and more Canadians are discovering organic health benefits.

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