Saturday, April 30, 2011

Obama dishes it out to Trump -- CBC News

The Associated Press
Posted: May 1, 2011 12:38 AM ET

U.S. President Barack Obama exacted his revenge Saturday after weeks of attacks from his would-be Republican challenger Donald Trump, joking that the billionaire businessman could bring change to the White House, transforming it from a stately mansion into a tacky casino with a whirlpool in the garden.

With Trump in attendance, Obama used the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner to mock the reality TV star's presidential ambitions. The president said Trump has shown the acumen of a future president, from firing Gary Busey on a recent episode of Celebrity Apprentice to focusing so much time on conspiracy theories about Obama's birthplace.

After a week when Obama released his long-form Hawaii birth certificate, he said Trump could now focus on the serious issues, from whether the moon landing actually happened to "where are Biggie and Tupac?"

"No one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than 'the Donald,'" Obama said, referring to Trump's claims the same day that he was responsible for solving the issue.

For Trump's decision to fire actor Busey instead of rock singer Meat Loaf from his TV show earlier this month, Obama quipped: "These are the types of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir."

Finally, Obama showed a screen with his vision of how Trump could bring change to the White House. "Trump" was prominently displayed in glittery letters and waitresses could be seen with cocktails on a Jacuzzi-augmented front lawn.

Obama and Trump found themselves in the same room after an intense week of attacks from Trump, who has piggybacked on the birther conspiracies and even Obama's refusal to release his university grades to raise the profile of his possible presidential bid.

And the birth certificate was clearly the key punchline for the evening, which typically offers the president a chance to show off his humorous side and a town consumed by politics and partisanship to enjoy a light-hearted affair.

Obama's presentation started after the playing of wrestler Hulk Hogan's patriotic anthem, Real American. Images of Americana from Mount Rushmore to Uncle Sam were shown on the screen, alongside the president's birth certificate. And then he offered to show his live birth video, which turned out to be a clip from the Disney film The Lion King.

On the serious side, Obama took time to thank the troops for their service overseas and noted that the people of the South, especially Alabama, have suffered heart-wrenching losses.

"The devastation is unbelievable and it is heartbreaking," the president said. He encouraged the journalists in the room to help tell the stories of those who have been hurt by the storms and saluted those who lost their lives while covering the news.


Lumby says yes to jail

by Wayne Moore - Story: 61754
Apr 30, 2011 / 9:30 pm

Lumby residents have said yes to having a provincial correctional centre build in their community.

Following Saturday's public opinion survey, Lumby residents voted 494 (56%) to 381 (44%) in favour of the correctional centre.

The numbers are preliminary.

Lumby voters were asked "“Do you support pursuing the development of a Provincial Correctional Centre within the Village of Lumby?"

Saturday's turnout worked out to 70 per cent of the 1,255 eligible voters.

The opinion poll was not a binding referendum.

Council, which will make a final decision Monday evening, is not bound by the results of Saturday's poll.

Late last year, Solicitor General, Rich Coleman announced the province would be putting a correctional facility in the Okanagan by 2015 and asked interested municipalities to step forward.

Lumby Mayor, Keith Acton immediately expressed interest which was unanimously endorsed by council.

The debate has divided the community. Some are in favour for economic reasons while others are against, worried about the types of people a correctional facility will attract to the community.


Kidston Road Multi-Use Path -- Public Information Meeting


Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary, Coldstream

Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary is hosting a Xeriscape Planting and Garden Party event this weekend and you’re invited to attend. Saturday, Apr. 30, 9am to 4pm and Sunday May 1, 11am to 4pm.

It should be enjoyable and informative with numerous Master Gardeners on-site both days to work with and learn from. We will be installing a total of over 1200 individual native plants into the new gardens. The beauty of it, in part, is that all the tough digging has already been done thanks to the many volunteers that made it out the weekend before Easter! Bbq lunch and refreshments will be served so no need to bring anything other than a pair of garden gloves and any small hand tools you might use in your own garden to plant new plants, if you have one. Feel free to invite a friend along and kids of all ages are welcome too!

For more information about the project or to see what Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary is all about visit our website:

I look forward to seeing you at the sanctuary.



Aaron M. Deans, RPBio, MScF

Biologist and Resident Caretaker

Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary

12408 Coldstream Creek Road

Coldstream, BC V1B 1G1

t: 250.542.5122



Friday, April 29, 2011

May in Your House -- Green Party video.

OTTAWA 4/28/2011 - On May 1, the Green Party of Canada presents its vision to Canadian voters with the world premiere of the half-hour television show: "May in Your House." For the first time in this election, voters will have a chance to hear about the Green Party's leader, history and platform. “May in Your House” airs Sunday, May 1 at 9:00pm EST/6:00pm PST on Business News Network (BNN) & CHEK-TV at 6:30-7pm PST, Victoria. A sneak preview is available at

"Instead of a 30-second attack ad, we have produced a 30-minute exploration of a real alternative to the traditional parties," said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada. “May in Your House” explores the practical, realistic Green Party approaches to real problems faced by Canadians: climate change, jobs, health care, education, pensions, youth unemployment and more.

"Our approach has been ignored by the media that excluded us from the debate, so we have produced our own story," said Ms. May. On Sunday, May 1, just one day prior to the general election, all Canadians will have the opportunity to view this engaging half-hour documentary focusing on the Green Party of Canada and Ms. May, the party’s vibrant, charismatic leader and 2011 Federal Election candidate for the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands. This absorbing, fast-paced program will highlight the Green Party’s unique vision of a new Canada, one devoted to positive solutions and a bold, bright future.

They’ll discover Vision Green, the party’s practical, ground-breaking platform dedicated to creating a Smart Economy, Strong Communities, and True Democracy. And they’ll get real, honest answers to the myriad of questions they’ve been asking in this election campaign, from a party that delivers a fresh new approach Canadians have been searching for.

If you’re one of the millions of Canadians who is feeling disaffected this election, who has lost confidence in government, and who is looking for vibrant, fresh ideas for fixing our country’s problems, this is your opportunity to find out more about this exciting party and its bold, visionary leader, Elizabeth May.

Make plans to watch “May in Your House,” Sunday, May 1 at 9:00pm EST/6:00pm PST on BNN & CHEK-TV at 6:30pm PST. A sneak preview is available at

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Photo Gallery - Kestrals - the smallest and most brightly coloured of the hawks! - Courtesy: Debbie Gibson.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Comments from the sideline.

The above articles by the Morning Star deserve further comments.

The proper procedure for potential customers requiring municipal services is to petition the appropriate authorities to provide the service. They need the approval of 50% plus one of the affected home owners. Once this is done staff evaluates the feasibility of providing the service which includes evaluation of the service provider's ability to provide the service (hydrants in this case, capacity of tanker truck, etc.) and the cost of such service. Upon completing the studies the petitioners are notified of the cost of the required service. They can, then, decide to go ahead with the service or decline it.

Blaming the staff by politicians for following the proper procedures is unwarranted and unfair.

Blaming the politicians by the media for debating the issues is equally unwarranted and unfair.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Trump Dogged By Rumors His Hair is Not From U.S. -- So-called ‘Balders’ Movement Gathers Steam

April 25, 2011

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – A threat to the fledgling presidential campaign of Donald Trump emerged today, as a group of activists charged that Mr. Trump is not eligible to hold the nation’s highest office because his hair does not originate from the U.S.

The group, who call themselves “Balders,” claim that the hair-like substance that crowns Mr. Trump’s head is from a foreign country, which would mean that the candidate is less than one hundred percent American.

“Time and time again, Donald Trump has refused to produce a certificate of authenticity for his hair,” said Leeann Selwyn, a leading Balder. “This is tantamount to a comb-over of the truth.”

But if in fact Mr. Trump’s distinctive mane turns out to be of foreign origin, such a revelation need not be fatal to his presidential hopes, says Professor Davis Logsdon, who has studied the history of presidential hair at the University of Minnesota.

“Remember, several of our greatest early presidents, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, had hair that originated elsewhere,” Mr. Logsdon says. “The only thing that could kill Trump politically is if his hair turns out to be from France.”

At a GOP event in Iowa, Mr. Trump made no reference to the Balders controversy, and instead sounded an upbeat theme: “If I am given the chance to do the same magic I did for NBC, America will be the number four country in the world.”

In a piece of good news for Mr. Trump, a new poll showed a majority of likely voters agreeing with the statement, “Donald Trump being sworn in as President would be a great last scene in a Planet of the Apes remake.”


Council Meeting Agenda -- April 26, 2011



Friday, April 22, 2011

Photo Gallery - HAPPY EARTH DAY! - Courtesy: Debbie Gibson.


Attention! -- East Kal water customers.

Note that customers of East Kalamalka Lake water source are converted to the Duteau Creek water supply as of April 29, 2011!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Codstream Public Information Meeting -- May 3, 2011.

Advanced notice.

A Public Information Meeting will be held by Coldstream on May 3, 2011 regarding the Kidston Road Multi-Use Pathway. All interested residents are encouraged to attend.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Coldstream Technical Advisory Committee Meeting -- April 18, 2011

Preliminary discussions on Coldstream Meadows application to rezone additional parcels for expanding the Senior Residential facilities . Committee meetings are open to the public.


SPrKL News -- Thank you all.

Thank you so much everyone for your generous contributions to the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake! We were overwhelmed with the number and quality of items donated, the willingness of members, friends and neighbours to help out with the sale, and the number of people who attended and paid generously to help support SPrKL’s mission. Please fwd SPrKL’s appreciation to others that you spread the word to, whose emails I do not have.

Thank you also, to Edith Thoreson and the Lavington Community Association for putting SPrKL’s Garage Sale on their map, along with Lavington’s, in their 17th Community-Wide Garage Sale Event.

Special thanks go to Doug, Christine and Jim Cookson, not only for providing the Log House venue and hosting the Garage Sale, but also for doing the lion’s share of the setting-up and organizing, as well as providing lunch for the on-site “worker bees”!
The result of this community effort amounted to $1012.25! This money will go toward purchasing riparian plants for SPrKL’s Earth Day Kalavista Lagoon Restoration And Education Project to take place on Thursday, April 21st at the Lagoon and Log House. (More about the project later) We are hoping for some volunteers to help with digging holes, fencing, and clean-up. If you are interested and willing, to take part, please contact:

Louise Christie or 250 542-9109


Friday, April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Exporting democracy leaves US short!

April 14, 2011

Exporting Democracy Has Led to Shortages of it in U.S.,
Experts Say
Wisconsin, Florida Hardest Hit

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – The U.S. policy of exporting democracy abroad has meant that there is very little of it left at home.

That is the grim assessment of a new study commissioned by the University of Minnesota, which predicts that if the U.S. continues to export democracy at its current pace it may completely run out of it at home by the year 2015.

“We have been exporting democracy to Afghanistan and Iraq while there are severe shortages of it in Wisconsin and Florida,” said Professor Davis Logsdon, who supervised the study. “This is madness.”

Citing the study, Speaker of the House John Boehner said today, “It has been clear to me for some time that we must explore alternative forms of government, such as oligarchy or plutocracy.”

Noting that democracy originated in Greece, Mr. Boehner added, “We must reduce our dependence on foreign sources of government.”

The University of Minnesota study contains several proposals, such as outsourcing the U.S. government to the world’s largest democracy, India.

“The work done by Congress could be accomplished much more efficiently by a series of electronic phone prompts,” the study recommends.

But Mr. Boehner warned that eliminating Congress entirely would have disastrous effects: “That would destroy entire sectors of our economy, especially the prostitution industry.”

Speaking from one of the states hardest hit by the democracy shortage, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker downplayed the seriousness of the problem, calling democracy “overrated.”

“Teachers may teach our children that democracy is important,” he said, “but the solution is to get rid of the teachers.”


Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary, Coldstream


I thought I'd forward this along to you in the event that you or any other
friends/colleagues of yours were interested to assist us on-site at Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary or to help spread the word off-site, you could forward and/or print and post the attached advertisements on our behalf.

Best Regards,


Aaron M. Deans, RPBio, MScF
Biologist and Resident Caretaker
Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary
12408 Coldstream Creek Road
Coldstream, BC V1B 1G1
t: 250.542.5122


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Readers Write -- VJH-Purple-Ribbon-Campaign.

Hi Gyula,

Some of your bloggers with facebook accounts might be interested in this;
All the Best



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Green Party news -- For immediate Release VERNON -

12 April 2011 -

A group of about 30 people gathered on the steps of Vernon's courthouse yesterday to hear Greig Crockett, Green party candidate, speak out against the exclusion of Elizabeth May and demand democratic debates. Crockett was joined by Vernon's well known actor Christine Pilgrim, who specializes in history based theatre, impersonated Elizabeth May, as she was being silenced by faceless media moguls.

"One million Canadians deserve to have a voice" claimed Crockett. "Elizabeth May represents values Canadians deserve to hear and solutions that work. Excluding her means there will be no debate on Climate Change or on corporate media concentration and how it damages our democracy. Excluding Elizabeth May from televised debates means that Canadians will now only hear what the major parties want them to hear, not the fresh ideas supported by more and more Canadians."

Crockett was joined by supporters of all ages holding signs demanding to have Elizabeth heard. "Elizabeth May is the clear voice of reason in a political world that is ignoring serious issues at its own peril" added Crockett. "Excluding her from debates means silencing all Canadians who want to see a real alternative to the Conservative."


For more information please contact:
Greig Crockett, candidate, Okanagan Shuswap Green Party


Huguette Allen
press secretary


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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.

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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.