Friday, November 30, 2012

Are you envious? A glance into the future!

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 Be glad you live here!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Readers write - Wolf Advocate to speak in Vernon.

Media Release: for immediate release
Vernon, November 28th, 2012    

The BC government released a draft management plan for wolves on November 14th that includes wolf kill contests and prizes for biggest kills. The plan has brought a flurry of complaints from Conservation Groups and concerned citizens. "British Columbia need to stop killing wolves and start protecting one of the last functioning predator-prey ecosystems in the world" according to wolf advocate Sadie Parr, who will speak in Vernon on Wednesday December 5th, on the role that wolves play in BC's ecosystems.

Parr has been invited by Jungyon Drake, a local conservationist. Drake believes that conservation scientist Chris Darimont from the University of Victoria is right when he says that this is giving hunters a bad name: "this is not about putting food on the table, this is about feeding the egos of small men with big guns". Drake explains that the BC government's plan is about the worst thing it could be doing because "taking out big dominant wolves in a pack leaves a bunch of disorganized teenagers who lack the skills to organize successful hunts, so they either starve or prey on livestock."

"The BC government wants to kill wolves for sport, to appease ranchers, and to save the caribou although 10 years of wolf sterilization has done nothing to increase the number of caribou. Many wolf biologists argue that wolves benefits the wider ecosystems, and have advised that the solution to saving caribou is to stop large scale deforestation and protect wild habitat. “The biggest threat to caribou and wolves, is habitat loss and fragmentation. It’s horrific we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” says Parr.

"The BC governments’ draft proposal brings us back to a time of fear-mongering." says Drake. "We invite everyone who believes in preserving BC's ecosystems and protecting wild animals from this bloodshed to attend Sadie Parr's talk so we can better understand how to help stop this madness."

Sadie Parr will speak at Vernon's Trinity Untied Church, 3300 Alexis Park Drive, on Wednesday December 5th, at 1 PM. Entrance is by donation.

for more information: Jungyon Drake
by phone - please leave voice mail at: 250-307-7442
or by email at:


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Coldstream Council meeting - November 26, 2012 - Reminder


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford removed from office - Toronto Sun

TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been punted from office, just days short of celebrating his second anniversary of being sworn in.

Justice Charles Hackland's eagerly awaited decision in a conflict-of-interest case was handed down Monday morning at a downtown courthouse.

"His actions were not done by reason of inadvertence or a good faith error of judgement," Justice Charles Hackland said.

He suspended the decision though for 14 days to allow for "administrative changes" and didn't bar Ford from running again, as he could have for up to seven years.

Ford had been accused of violating council's conflict guidelines after he spoke to and voted on whether to accept an Integrity Commissioner's report critical of how he raised funds for his football charity last February.

Integrity Commissioner Janet Leiper had ordered Ford to repay $3,000 more


Friday, November 23, 2012

Coldstream Council meeting - November 26, 2012


Aussie humour - My favorite animal

Our teacher asked what my favorite animal was, and I said, "Fried chicken." 

She said I wasn't funny, but she couldn't have been right, because everyone else laughed. 

My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favorite animal.
I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA. He said they love animals very much. 
I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal's office.
I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was. 

I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken.

She sent me back to the principal's office. He laughed, and told me not to do it again.

I don't understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn't like it when I am.

Today, my teacher asked me to tell her what famous person I admired most.

I told her, "Colonel Sanders." Guess where I am now...

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Community Sports Facility Referendum news

Due to the lack of a regulation sized track, Greater Vernon can not host the BC Summer Games or BC Senior Games. 

The proposed sports facility would enable the community to host these events, as well as provide a facility that could enable the development of elementary and high school track and field teams.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Greater Vernon residents will be going to referendum on April 6, 2013 to vote on whether they support long-term borrowing (20 years) of up to 8.5 million dollars to construct a state-of-the-art sports facility.

Project Objectives

The objectives of the project are to:
  • address the lack of a regulation sized (synthetic) track and athletics facility in Greater Vernon;
  • address the need for more sports fields and programming time;
  • and support the Polson Park Redevelopment Plan
The need for a facility like the one proposed has been identified within the ten-year Greater Vernon Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan:
  • “Upgrade or develop two to six additional fields in parks or at schools over the next ten years” (depending on artificial turf or not) (pg v.)
  • “There are several important trends occurring in soccer.  One is a move toward artificial turf, which can sustain much higher levels of play year-round and many BC communities now have or are developing such fields” (pg 27)
  • “If an artificial turf field is not developed, [Greater Vernon needs to] upgrade or develop six additional fields in the next ten years.” (pg 20)
More info


Greater Vernon Parks MOU is signed!

Greater Vernon politicians signed an "Historic Document" a Memorandum of Understanding that changes the way Greater Vernon Parks are managed and operated. Basically, there will be parks designated as sub-regional parks under the jurisdiction of the Regional District and local parks will be managed by the jurisdictions in which the parks are located.

The MOU will now be debated and, hopefully, ratified by the participating Councils before it will becomes a new bylaw.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Attention: Criminals never rest!

This vehicle was broken into Sunday afternoon at around 3:00 PM at the Red Gate parking lot on Kidston Road. A purse on the passenger seat in full view probably attracted the culprit's attention.

Keep your  valuables safely stored away out of view


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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.