While Osoyoos’s population and the rate of inflation in B.C. only grew by 32.8 per cent between 2000 and 2008, the Town’s operational spending increased by 102.1 per cent in the same time period, according to a new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
The report, titled BC Municipal Spending Watch, compared the growth of municipal spending from 2000 to 2008, the last year for which government spending data is available, with increases in population and inflation. [...more]
Instead of complaining about the possibility of losing their school, teachers from Osoyoos Secondary School (OSS) turned a recent meeting with their union representative into a “problem-solving session” to explore ideas on how to keep the school open.
Ronald Rachinski, president of the South Okanagan-Similkameen Teachers Union, said he met with teachers from the school on Dec. 1 to discuss an option included in School District 53’s new five-year capital plan report that OSS be closed to save $725,088. [...more]
A home on 95th Street near the head of Osoyoos Lake has been recognized with a prestigious design award for its unique architecture.
Nick Bevanda of Bevanda Architecture, a Penticton firm that recently merged with Kelowna-based CEI Architecture Planning Interiors last month, was presented with a Design Exchange Architectural-Residential award in November for his design of the two-storey, single-family lakeshore residence. [...more]
Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan has tabled a motion in the House of Commons to legalize the transport of wines across provincial borders - an idea that has some in the wine industry hoping for change and liquor boards across the country warning of larger international implications.
“I’m crossing my fingers,” said Manfred Freese, the president of the B.C. Grape Growers Association. [...more]
Editor: This year my Christmas wish is that children and adults understand the meaning of Christmas. It is not about shopping or getting the biggest, best, newest gadget. It is about giving, caring, sharing and empathy for our fellow man. It is so much more than shopping for expensive gifts that we don’t really need. [...] [...more]