Saturday, October 29, 2011

Photo Gallery - Back at home! - Courtesy: Debbie Gibson.

We and the dogs are back at home now after ten months and so is our new aquarium with the Cyclids which were rescued from the fire by Okanagan Restoration Services.



Halloween tips for safety!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Popular summer camp into round two of contest

A camp that has opened its doors to generations of children continues to seek community support. Camp Hurlburt in Vernon finished 15th in round one of the Aviva Community Fund initiative, and the camp is now trying again in round two to finish in the top 10 ideas before Nov. 9.  The goal is to raise $149,000 to redevelop the waterfront property.  “We hope that all of you who have been voting, will continue to vote in round two,” said Jennifer Yeo, with the Camp Hurlburt Association. “Those of you who have not yet registered as a voter, please go to to register. You get 15 votes, one vote per day. Please vote every day. Rebuild Camp Hurlburt is idea ACF10943.”
Don Quixote Note: I have been voting throughout the first round and am now voting daily to try get this idea through to the next round. Signup is very easy and this idea deserves community support. In the picture below as of this morning at 9:53 AM Camp Hurlburt is in 10th place (but only 13 votes behind 7th place).  There are still 14 days in this round and you and your friends would have 14 votes that may push CAMP HURLBURT over the top. PLEASE SIGN UP AND VOTE and Tell your friends.

Coldstream Open House!!!

This is just a friendly reminder of the Mechanical Shop Open House tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 to be held in Council Chambers.

See you all there!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Notice to anonymous commentators!

Some Anonymous commentators are attempting to use this blog to make derogatory comments on some Council members and Candidates. No questionable and potentially libelous Anonymous comments will be published on this blog. Those wishing to spout venomous comments should find another venue. If you feel strongly about your comments, put your name to it!
Keep in mind the policy stated on the title page of the blog:
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.
If you don't like the policy I'll cheerfully refund your money!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

If you don't vote don't complain!

Electors have a choice of voting UP TO 6 candidates for Council

Do I have to vote for all 6 Councillor positions on the ballot?  No.   The ballot contains all the candidates running for office.  Electors have a choice of voting UP TO 6 candidates and are not required to vote for 6.  In other words, if you only have 4 candidates you wish to vote for, you may do so.

Readers write - Coldstream's first winter farmers' market.

Coldstream's first winter farmers' market was held this week. The above photos show some of the merchants, customers and products presented at the market. Enjoy! 


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hey Mr tally man, wake up!



Flu clinics schedule.


All Candidate's Forum!


The Coldstream Ratepayers Association wishes to announce its forthcoming All-Candidates Meetings in anticipation of the upcoming municipal election on November 19. These meetings will give the Coldstream public an opportunity to question all candidates for both Mayor and Council positions in Coldstream. The All-Candidates Meetings will be non-partisan and will be moderated to ensure all candidates have a chance to present their views to the public. Questions for the candidates will be encouraged but will be in a written form (on 3x5 cards) in order to prevent speech-making from the audience and give order to the proceedings.

The dates and times are as follows:

1) Thursday, October 27, from 7-9 PM at the Lavington Elementary School.
2) Tuesday, November 1, from 7-9 PM at the Coldstream Elementary School.
3) Monday, November 7, from 7-9:45 PM at the OK College Lecture Theatre (Room D310).

The Coldstream public is invited to attend and "meet and greet" the candidates just prior to the forums themselves at 6:30 PM on the dates specified.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Selected News Clips, Morning Star, October 19, 2011


ACT Releases ‘Climate Change Adaptation and Water Governance’ report

Climate Change Threatens Canada’s Water: Report

Coordinated national and regional water conservation guidelines are required to address the detrimental impact climate change is having on Canada’s water system, according to Simon Fraser University’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT).
“The days when Canadians take an endless abundance of fresh water for granted are numbered,” warns Bob Sandford, lead author of ACT’s new report Climate Change Adaptation and Water Governance.  “Increasing average temperatures, climate change impacts on weather patterns and extensive changes in land use are seriously affecting the way water moves through the hydrological cycle in many parts of Canada, which is seriously impacting water quantity and quality.”
“If Canada doesn’t become a water conservation society, water security in many parts of this country will be compromised.” Read more


Readers write - Going for the kill!

This is awesome. Watch on full screen. Only takes a few seconds.
Click on link below. Eagle Owl coming in for the kill -- right at the camera. Interesting to watch the corrections in the flight path as the bird comes in.

Thanks for the tip Lilly!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Readers write - Farmers Market in Coldstream!

Hear ye!   Hear Ye!

This is a reminder about the Weekly Winter Farmers Market starting this Wednesday October 19 and continuing till April 2012.
Every Wednesday between 2:00 and 6:00pm a Farmer's Market will be held in the Women's Institute Hall across from Coldstream Elementary school.

The Vendors will include certified Organic and natural products ... Cheese, meat, vegetables, fruit, grains, baked goods, coffee, honey, jams and jellies and samosas.

Please Pass this message on to your friends and family and thank you for your support.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Libyan Government Warns NYPD to Exercise Restraint

TRIPOLI (The Borowitz Report) – As arrests mounted in the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City, Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) issued a stern statement today warning the NYPD to exercise restraint.

“The Libyan transitional government regards any attempt to infringe upon the American protesters’ right to express themselves as a violation of international standards of free speech and liberty,” the Libyan statement read. “We will not sit idly by and watch this happen.”

Libyan government officials also hinted that if the arrests continue, it would consider forming a NATO coalition “to ensure the safety and security of the American people.”

While it did not state it as an explicit goal, insiders believe that if the arrests continue Libya may seek the ouster of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose whereabouts remain unknown.

Perhaps in response to the Libyan statement, the U.S. State Department today responded with a statement of its own: “The United States is one hundred percent opposed to the suppression of popular uprisings as long as they aren’t happening here.”

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Municipal nominations close

Written by Ron Manz Friday, 14 October 2011 16:42
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Nominations closed this afternoon (Friday) for the Nov. 19th municipal election.

Wayne Lippert is trying for a third term as mayor in our city...but will be challenged by Rob Sawatzky and Patrick Davies
A total of 15 people filed papers for the six council spots in Vernon, including 5 current coucillors...Gilroy, O'Keefe, Lee, Spiers and Nicol.

A 3-person race for mayor will also take place over in Lumby with Kevin Acton up against Janet Green and Jim McEwan.

Jim Garlick is seeking a second term in Coldstream...but Dave Hrabchuk is making that a 2-man race.

9 people filed for council...including all six current Coldstream councillors.

The open mayors chair in Spallumcheen will see Janice Brown and Dave Brew vying to fill it.

In Enderby, incumbant mayor Dee Wejr is being challenged by Howie Cyr.

Chris Pieper was the only person filing nomination papers for mayor in Armstrong, meaning he will be acclaimed....8 people are running for council, including all six current members.

Sharon Shepherd and former mayor Walter Gray are among 5 people running for mayor in Kelowna....but the story there is at least 35 people running for the 8 council seats, including all 8 current councillors.

Dan Ashton hopes to return as mayor in Penticton, but is being challenged by Julius Bloomfield and Katie Robinson.

Unofficial list of candidates for District of Coldstream council
2 Mayoralty candidates
Jim Garlick - Incumbent
David Hrabchuk

9 Councillor candidates
Maria Besso - Incumbent
Pat Cochrane - Incumbent
Doug Dirk - Incumbent  
Richard Enns - Incumbent
Bill Firman - Incumbent
John Hegler
Gyula Kiss - Incumbent
Peter McClean - Served prior to 2008
Glen Taylor - Served prior to 2008


Friday, October 14, 2011

Creative Collaboration - The Falcon's Trumpet


The seven biggest economic lies


Selected News Clips, Morning Star, October 14, 2011


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.

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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.