Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year, 2011!

Happy New Year from the Coldstream Eagle at Kal Beach! (Photo: courtesy of Debbie Gibson, December 31, 2010).


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Water Rate Calculator for Proposed 2011 Rates

Water Rate Calculator for Proposed 2011 Rates (Courtesy of Vernon Blog)

In order to be allowed to enter your data go to bottom of Calculator page and click on edit.

This calculator allows you to put your 2010 Quarterly water amounts in the 4 areas in Red and it will display both your 2010 Water Charges and a comparison to the 3 proposed water rates that will be debated in the New Year at the GVSC.

Please simply type in your First quarter Cubic meter Quantity and hit tab. Then type in your 2nd quarter quantity and hit tab. (Etc. Etc.)
Don Quixote Note: My 2010 Quarterly Water M3 consumption was 64, 83, 73 and 62 (est) and my 2010 water bill was $396.06. In 2011 my water bill will increase by 15.69% or $62.14 under the low option, 52.20% or $206.74 under the medium option, and 91.74% or $363.34 under the high option.

Selected Articles - Morning Star News

A reader's comment on Mr Rolke's article:

Re Rolke Reborn Agri friend:


Slow-jamming the news!


Monday, December 27, 2010

Entertainment choices - chose one or chose both!

The North Okanagan is alive with the sound of music!!

There is music on Wednesday and music and a party on Friday! Attend one or attend both - your choice.

Enjoy whatever your choice is and have a wonderful New Year!!!



Attention! - Dog owners. Important reminder.

Renew your dog license before January 1, 2011 or pay a premium fee!

Dog owners are being reminded of some important changes to the Regional District of North Okangan's dog control bylaw.

Beginning January 1st, 2011 annual dog license fees will be $35.00 for an altered dog and $75.00 for an un-altered dog,

Dog owners are encouraged to save by purchasing their 2011 dog license before January 1. Until then the cost of a license for an altered dog is $20.00 and an un-altered Dog is $55.00.

Dog control services are provided through the Regional District of North Okanagan in the City of Vernon, District of Coldstream, Village of Lumby, Electoral Areas "B" and "C" and that part of Electoral Area "D" in the Lumby and District Fire Protection Area. Fees from dog licenses help fund this service.

Any dog that is at least six (6) months old and has resided in the service area for thirty (30) days or more must wear a dog license.

Dog licenses may be purchased at the offices of the Regional District of North Okanagan, City of Vernon, District of Coldstream, Village of Lumby, Total Pet, AJ's Pets and Things, Creekside Animal Clinic, Central Animal Hospital, Crescent Falls Veterinary Hospital, Sunridge Veterinary Clinic, Briteland, Classy Canine, Natural Choice Dog Grooming or through K9 Control Services.

2011 Dog Licenses Available Now - Click here for more information

Dog Control Bylaw Highlights - Click Here

Dog Control Bylaw - Click Here


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Selected Articles - Morning Star News



The Borowitz Report!

Tea Party Cancels Christmas Pageant; Could Not Find Three Wise Men

Plans to Stage Book of Revelation Instead

WASILLA (The Borowitz Report) – The Tea Party’s plans for a first annual Tea Party Christmas Pageant have been cancelled at the last minute, an organizer of the pageant confirmed today.

“We couldn’t find three wise men,” Tea Party holiday coordinator Carol Foyler told reporters. “It’s too bad, because we had plenty of sheep.”

Ms. Foyler said that the Tea Party was hoping to replace its Christmas pageant, however, with an ambitious staging of the Book of Revelation.

“We already have Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Christine O’Donnell lined up,” she said. “One more Horseman and we’re good to go.”



Okanagan Shuswap Federal NDP Riding Association - Initial Notice of Nominating Convention

Date: January 30th, 2011
Registration Opens: 2.00pm
Meeting Begins: 2.30pm
Location: Odd Fellows Hall, 3404 Wood Ave, Armstrong, BC

Purpose: Nominating a candidate to represent the Okanagan Shuswap NDP in the next general election.

Applications for Candidacy for Nomination: A member who wishes to stand for the nomination must provide written and signed notice of her or his intent and willingness to the riding association president and deposit a copy at the BC Federal Office. This notice of intent must include the written and signed consent to nomination of two (2) members in good standing of the riding association who are eligible to participate in the nominating Convention. Additional requirements for potential candidates for nomination have been set by the Provincial Executive and National Election Planning Committee. Information is available by contacting:

Nick Hodge, President
PO Box 425
Lumby, BC V0E 2G0
250 547-6202 /

The deadline to file a notice of intent to seek the nomination with all appropriate individuals is 5:00 PM on January 5, 2011.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Greater Vernon Parks tax requisition from 1997 to 2010.

Further proof that a review of the function is overdue. On a per capita basis Coldstream's contribution to the system is out of proportion percentage wise as compared to the other partners.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Selected Articles - Morning Star News


It is regrettable that the Provincial Government decided to eliminate a number of social grants, such as the above two worthwhile organizations' grants. However, it appears that the host communities still receive a hefty chunk of the gamblers' money. Would it not be reasonable then to expect these recipients of those windfall funds to share some of it with the unfortunate organizations within their jurisdictions?

The Table below illustrates the funds received by some host cities over the past ten years (Courtesy: Vernon Blog).


Coldstream Ratepayers News! All Coldstream residents are ratepayers!

The opinions expressed by "Coldstreamer" are strictly his own and do not represent the opinions of Coldstream Council!

Because I value your thoughtful opinions, I encourage you to add a comment to this discussion. Don't be offended if I edit your comments for clarity or to keep out questionable matters, however, and I may even delete off-topic comments.

Gyula Kiss;


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I have been a resident of Coldstream since 1976. I have had 15 years of experience on Council, 3 years as Mayor. As a current Councillor I am working to achieve fair water and sewer rates and to ensure that taxpayers get fair treatment. The current direction regarding water supply is unsustainable and I am doing all I can to get the most cost effective water supply possible.