Monday, May 29, 2017

Polson Park No Longer Family Friendly

Unintended consequences!

We heard yesterday of a young mother who took her 3-year old son to Polson so that he could ride his new bike and learn about traffic safety from his Mom.

"...Can you imagine how bad it'll be
when they legalize (pot).
  Holy cow, I'll never want to be
in public again with my young son."

Mom reported:  "He did so well...learned all about traffic.  And trafficking!  God, the 'low-lifes' down could smell pot wafting across the playground.  Can you imagine how bad it'll be when they legalize (it).  Holy cow, I'll never want to be in public again with my young son."

What she was referring to, of course, is that homeless camps can take up residence in public parks.  If other options don't exist, that is.

Vernon Council voted 6-1 Tuesday to suspend the parks and public places bylaw, according to the Morning Star on May 26th, "when shelter space is not available and homeless individuals turn to parks temporarily."

But Councillor Juliette Cunningham said "I go to the park and it's a big park.  There's lots of places where you can go and feel safe."

Yeah, sure, Juliette!

"The Park will be family friendly during winter," Kia would've said.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lavington May Day Committee

...honoured Highlands Golf today with a visit to have their group photos taken.

Cute kids, cute costumes.
Nice adults.

The group went up to the irrigation pond...which is nearly overflowing from recent rains.

Thank you, Nicole with the Lavington May Day Committee for selecting Highlands for your photo shoot!

Give Bureaucrats a Window

...and maybe a thermometer too.

Received this letter, dated May 1st, 2017 from RDNO.
The letter was written 17 days ago, during one of the coldest--and wettest--six weeks of "Spring" in recent memory.

(click to enlarge)

Yes, our last backflow test was conducted on April 28th of 2016.
But this year?  Holy moly, it was probably snowing that day...

We still haven't turned our irrigation water on.

I phoned the Cross Connection Control Officer and left a message on voicemail (to which--by the way--there was no confirmation of receiving it) to state that our irrigation water isn't turned on yet and that we would attempt to make their "completion by May 31, 2017" deadline, there is no assurance that date will be met.

We haven't even heard from the tester fellow yet...

"He's probably still placing sandbags at his foundation," Kia would've said, "to prevent floodwaters due to heavy rains from entering his house."

Bureaucrats might be bailing water from their homes too...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Truth Eventually Surfaces

...if you wait long enough.

Anyone in the public gallery during the Stakeholders' Advisory Committee Meetings, as well as SAC-appointed members and elected officials, have heard ad nauseum consultants and Greater Vernon Water bureaucrats state that "agricultural water use isn't expected to increase appreciably" (or something to that effect).

"...shows a six per cent increase in tree fruit acreage..."
Fred Steele

The denial that ag water use will increase is even contained within the technical memoranda (TMs 1 through 9) for those meetings, as well as hearing consultants state it during their summaries to the SAC committee.

Yet today on page A21 of the Morning Star, here's an interesting short article that quotes B.C. Tree Fruit Association President, Fred Steele:

"Tree fruits growing:
The latest statistics are fuelling optimism within the tree fruit sector.
The 2016 agriculture census shows a six per cent increase in tree fruit acreage in the past five years and a 51 per cent increase in revenue.

'The census shows why we are optimistic about the tree fruit sector's future,' said Steele...who believes there are a number of reasons for the industry's growth.

'We have benefitted from a strong Buy Local campaign, and our introduction of new varieties of cherries and applies is attracting premium prices and expanding export markets for our product,' he said.

'In terms of production, new horticultural practices that are more productive and environmentally friendly, as well as the introduction of the seasonal agricultural worker program (Mexico and Caribbean workers), have removed barriers to growth.'

The B.C. Fruit Growers' Association represents 520 family operated farms."

What's the big deal about ag water increases?
Why do people care?

Well, for one thing, residents are fed up with paying for agricultural water use (as the segment only contributes slightly over 4 per cent toward Greater Vernon Water's annual budget).  Especially since chlorinated water is being applied to crops at huge cost.

And secondly because of bureaucrats' lies.
Lying that the ag sector's water use isn't expected to increase in the next few years.

Residents aren't blind...they've noticed previously-fallow acreages planted to fruit incredible numbers.  Certainly some acreages did already have water allocations...but the pages of "new requests" found in RDNO agendas proves an upswell of ag water requests.
Because not every parcel had allocations to sell.

Proof is the thousand-plus pages of GVAC agendas (generally about 140 pages for each monthly meeting) in which requests for agricultural water allocation are made.
"Expensive chlorinated--and maybe soon filtered--water will continue to be applied to farmland," Kia would've said "despite our neighbouring community to the south focusing on separating water lines."

If I had no life at all, I'd research those pages and total all the new (requested) water acreage allocations.
But my life doesn't allow for that!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Water, Water

The Boil Water Advisory that encompassed the entire North Okanagan's GVW water base has now been rescinded.

The following clubhouse sign will now be removed.

One complaint was that the alternative didn't taste good for brushing one's teeth during the advisory...G R I N !

Wonder what the water "depth" indicators would look like today (versus this March 1st reading).

Turn Off the Taps, Mildred!

Wow...and they say el Nino brings a lot of rain!

It seems la Nina packs a big bucket of it too!
Cold and wet since early April...unusual for the Okanagan.
We can count on one hand the number of sunny and warm days.

Flooding in low-lying areas, streams overflowing, fish 'n ducks on the road beside London Drugs.
Even Highlands Golf has water coming out of the ground in the strangest places...luckily no damage other than wet golf shoes.

Some pics:

48th and Hwy 97 (at the Toyota dealership), with a similar amount of water on the other side at the Fairfield Inn.

Boots for the grandson to do some putting...
No wonder this golfing family was wasn't raining!  And they were celebrating a birthday...

And this photo from the internet aptly explains the Okanagan's water woes...

So, turn off the taps, Mildred!

It's golf season...we hope.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Birthday Girls, and a Daredevil

Dara, Holly, Alicia and Melissa...a great bunch of ladies!

They're not giving up their dayjobs...

And a weekend treat in this valley, our "daredevil" is back...a sure sign of spring!

What an accomplished pilot this individual is!

Love to see ... and hear it.
So do golfers on the course.

Recycling Survey Disappoints

In today's Morning Star, regional district segment, there's an appeal for the public to take part in a "general recycling survey", as they call it.

Residents have been angry for years since the "new" MMBC recycling program was pushed down their throats, so it was with anticipation I entered the URL into my browser.

There is a "grey box on the right" at this URL.
After clicking on RECYCLING on the engineering page disappointment was soon felt.

After completing several questions, I was disappointed that the survey was merely another way to "educate" the public, rather than truly obtaining their opinions on recycling changes' failures.
And asking for household income--as though to gauge whether rich--or poor--people tend to recycle frankly, none of their business.
So I "x'd" out of it.

See for yourself here.

By the way, Multi Material BC is now renamed Recycle B.C.
We called it Mini Material BC.

"Because nothing beats the system we used to have...the blue bags at the curb, which were easy to haul down an icy driveway or stairs or an apartment elevator," Kia would've said.

Unlike some communities, we didn't even get the bins with the lids and wheels.
But the blue bags were the best.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Really, GVW?

Imagine residents' utter surprise--after what seems like three days of torrential downpours (monsoons, according to some folks)--when they saw this sign at the base of Coldstream Estates:

There's even an evacuation alert for two homes along Duteau Creek's spillway.

And there's more.  Flooding in Vernon,  Armstrong, plus naturally, Lumby is very concerned.
Basically, anyone living in low-lying areas.

"Three days?" questioned a golfer this morning, adding "it's been raining on and off for 6 weeks."

Yup, it has.

Here are photos of Coldstream Ranch's "lake" taken this morning just south of the golf course...note the flooded creek (along the cottonwood/willow trees, and the field beyond that...toward Highway 6.

The latest round of thunderstorms arrived last night, looking very ominous indeed:

"Strange to hear the quacking of ducks in this dry valley," Kia would've said.

Even more strange to see the GVW sign.