Friday, September 28, 2012

WTC announces three finalists to host 2013 Ironman Canada

Today, World Triathlon Corporation (WTC, d/b/a IRONMAN) announces three finalists from the bid process to host the 2013 IRONMAN Canada:
Kelowna, British Columbia (BC); Huntsville, Ontario and Whistler, BC.

The selection of the three Canadian communities was based on criteria as stated in the bid process that closed on Sept. 24.  There were seven communities in Canada that submitted bids. As part of the next phase in the selection process, IRONMAN staff will conduct in-depth visits to each finalist community.  IRONMAN expects to announce the host for the 2013 IRONMAN Canada, as well as additional event-related details, by mid-October.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Quick note - UBCM Convention.

Just a quick note: I am participating in the UBCM convention and my laptop is not cooperating so I will report on the events once I return to home base. We are experiencing excellent weather, politicians and buerocrats are listening to our proposals and comments but results will be seen if and when action is taken on our requests.

My main issue is potential transferring of water licenses from Coldstream Creek/King Eddie Creek to Kalamalka Lake for a potential total separation of domestic and agricultural water supply. I am talking to anyone who might be influential enough to help achieving our aim.

So long for now and see you all Friday and on.



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Why I voted against the Ironman submission.

Last night's Special Council Meeting City of Vernon representatives asked for Coldstream's  "Support for the City of Vernon's Bid to Host the Ironman Canada Event".

The City asked for a recommendation as follows:


THAT the District of Coldstream supports, in principle, the City of Vernon's bid submission to host the Ironman Canada event;

AND THAT should the bid submission be successful, the District of Coldstream commits to assist with the costs and logistics involved with those portions of the swimming, cycling or running routes that are within Coldstream's jurisdiction.

My question was: "To what financial commitments would Coldstream be subjected?" The response was "We have a confidentiality clause attached to the agreement."

I could not commit Coldstream taxpayers to an agreement of unknown financial commitments, hence I voted against the final motion that would send a letter of support in principle to the City. In my opinion it is hard to support an event in principle and not come through with financial obligation if the event is approved.  Up to 89% of Coldstream's taxes are paid by homeowners.


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Special Council Meeting Agenda - September 17, 2012

Are we interested in hosting the Ironman Competition? 

What will be the cost to the taxpayers?

Debate is open to the public!


Peachland evacuees robbed

by Wayne Moore - Story: 80378
Sep 12, 2012 / 10:45 am

It would appear a family evacuated as a result of the Trepanier Creek Forest Fire have more pressing concerns.
Their truck and camper were stolen overnight from the parking lot of the Super 8 Motel on Highway 97 in Kelowna where they had been staying.

Not much information is known at this time, however, RCMP Cst. Kris Clark confirms a green Dodge Ram 3500, with a 10'2" Northern Light Camper were stolen sometime overnight.

Clark says staff at the motel may have seen the vehicle leaving about 1:30 Wednesday morning.

A Twitter posting Wednesday morning say the truck and camper did indeed belong to people evacuated from the fire zone.

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at to report.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Apple Says New iPhone 5 Feature Gives Life Meaning


SAN FRANCISCO (The Borowitz Report)

Apple rocked the gadget world today with the news that the iPhone 5 includes a new feature that gives shape and purpose to previously empty and meaningless lives. 

As Apple explained at its launch of the device, the new feature is an improved version of its personal assistant, Siri, that has been endowed with a quality missing from the previous model: empathy. 

In a demonstration before a hushed crowd of Apple enthusiasts, an app developer named Josh asked the new Siri, “Why didn’t my parents love me?”

Siri’s response, “Your parents were too self-absorbed and narcissistic to recognize your essential beauty and value as a human being,” brought many in the Yerba Buena Center audience close to tears.

Apple C.E.O. Tim Cook closed out the launch with perhaps his boldest claim to date about the company’s new phone: “We believe that the iPhone 5 will make your current relationship obsolete.” 

Wall Street rallied on the news, with tech analysts expecting millions of Apple customers to purchase an iPhone 5 to replace their existing boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse. 

But in the words of Apple devotee Tracy Klugian, who was present at today’s launch, such expectations are overdone: “Most Apple snobs I know started putting their Apple products before their relationships a long time ago.”


Sunday, September 9, 2012

B.C. wildfire evacuation orders grow

Local state of emergency declared, highway closed for several hours.

A raging wildfire in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley has forced 1,500 people from their homes, and officials are asking dozens more to be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.
Fire officials confirmed that the fast-moving blaze, which was spotted in an area called Trepannier Bench some time late Sunday afternoon, quickly whipped into a major burn by 30- to 40-kilometre per hour winds, reaching an estimated 100 hectares in size by 6 p.m. PT.
Police say a number of helicopters, a water bomber and ground crews were quickly brought in to battle the blaze. Officials say the biggest challenges are the wind and the unpredictability of the fire.
Resident Charles Kilpatrick, who spoke to CBC News from an emergency evacuation centre after being ordered out of his home by RCMP, said the fire progressed "very quickly."
"Within a matter of an hour, really, we just looked over the lake and saw the smoke and then sure enough it just spread," he said.
Residents of the following streets have been ordered to leave their homes: more


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Casino Cleared For Bomb Threat

Written by Peter McIntyre Thursday, 06 September 2012 12:51
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Customers and staff wait across the street as RCMP and Fire Rescue investigate a bomb threat at Lake City Casino (Jason Armstrong photo)A security incident at Vernon's Lake City Casino has ended.
Staff and customers of the gaming outlet on Anderson Way were evacuated around 11:20 this morning due to a bomb threat.
They were allowed back in about 90 minutes later after police, Fire Rescue and a bomb-sniffing dog checked out the building.

The casino reopened at 12:51pm.

Nearby businesses like Eastside Mario's and the TD Bank were also cleared.
This man was in the casino at the time.
He says, "(Staff) told us, 'Everyone evacuate the casino, and go as far away as possible.'"
The patrons were not told why they were being removed.
Part of Anderson Way was closed to traffic during the incident.
Staff and customers at the nearby stores were allowed back in at 12:10.
Police have not said if they have a suspect, or given any more details about the incident.


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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.