CSRD Expenses Brouhaha – Time to Get with the Accountability Times

expensesIt’s indeed a head-scratcher these days that elected officials publicly balk at proposed intiatives that introduce transparency into their expense claims. A few of the CSRD directors appear to be dragging their feet (they are portraying this otherwise) on senior staff proposals to introduce modern policies on expenses accountablity and on handing out grants prior to elections. Two thoughts in particular … Continue reading

City Council Hikes Remuneration for Mayor and Councillors …

remun… starting January 2015 with annual increases at the beginning of each year as of 2016 – based on the BC CPI . This was supported by all the politicos with Councillor Kentel unsuccessfully proposing a multi-year phase-in of the increases. Here’s the skinny including some adjustments that I’d suggest as well. Continue reading

ALS Fundraiser Thursday August 7th 2014

Wicked Spoon Café & Grill and Barley Station Brewpub will be participating in the 3rd annual ALS Cycle of Hope this year.

The ride goes from Kamloops to Osoyoos and they will arriving in Salmon Arm on the 7th of August. They work hard at bringing awareness to the people in the communities that they pass through.

Is anyone out there willing to help us to make this a memorable event? I’m thinking music, good food, lots of information and lots of fundraising for this event.

If interested in helping out please give Kathy a call at 250-833-7606.

Thank you in advance!

* From the FB page of my colleague and friend Gerri Kiy

The third annual ALS Cycle of Hope is August 6th-13th, 2014. It is an ALS awareness journey covering over 500km over 7 days between Kamloops and Keremeos, BC stopping in townships of Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and Osoyoos to meet the families in those communities living with ALS.

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From FB last evening

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BC Kids Are Worth $1,000 Less ?


Under the BC Libs, each and every BC student is now funded $1,000 less than the Canadian average. A few years ago, our per head funding was at the Canadian average.

This metric best exemplifies the chronic under-funding that parents, school boards and BC teachers see daily. Please contact your local MLA and demand a plan to rectify this … and keep on asking why there is still no action.

Kids & Their Parents’ Tweets

The fun thing about having 5 kids is that by the time everyone is ready to go to the beach for the day, it’s Fall.

* From the Huffington Post’s Best Parenting Tweets of the Week

“A look back at land use planning” by Jim Cooperman

Check out Jim’s latest post here over at his Shuswap Passion blog.
The 1990s was a unique decade in British Columbia, when environmental conflicts made headlines and the provincial government responded with environmental legislation and policies, along with intense land use planning processes throughout the province. The dichotomy of jobs versus the environment and parks versus logging were as much a part of the debate in the Shuswap as elsewhere. When the government led process in the form of the Okanagan Shuswap land and Resource Management Planning process (LRMP) began here in 1996, the Shuswap Environmental Action Society (SEAS) was ready.

Shuswap Weather Clearing for the Weekend


Another iconic view

Double Music Bill @ Shuswap Pie Co today

Headwater’s gig was cancelled for yesterday’s Wow due to the major storm but they’re now going to perform at 4 pm at the Shuswap Pie Co followed by the scheduled performance by Seal Skull Hammer.

Check it out!

BC Local Governments & Medical Marijuana – Taxation & Location Implications

prscripOn April 1 2014, new Canadian rules came into effect promoting a private-sector commercial marijuana production industry over what had been in place previously. There’s been ongoing confusion over what that means for licensed users for personal production as well as some dilemmas for local governments.

This post focuses on local government implications and recent developments.

In general, the issues relate to location and taxation. Some recent developments have clarified both of those issues – in a truly Canadian-style decision-making tradition. Continue reading


Canoe Beach Sunset July 12 2014

July 12 canoe beach 2014 copy

“Shuswap’s first tourist” by Jim Cooperman

Jim Cooperman’s post Shuswap’s first tourist June 28 2014 is an interesting read.

Check it out!


In the early 1880s, Kamloops was still a small cattle town with only one school and the only settlers in the Shuswap Lake area were in Chase and Enderby. The Inland Sentinel was published in Yale on an ancient press imported from California to Victoria in 1853 and it served the whole interior of the province. In October 1882, its owner/editor Michael Hagan wrote the following account of his trip on the sternwheeler, the Spallumcheen, from Savona to Fortune’s Landing (near present day Enderby) that provides a fascinating overview of the Shuswap prior to settlement:

The Heart of Salmon Arm Photo Contest

PRESS RELEASE  Immediate Release   July 11th, 2014

Get your camera ready! Downtown Salmon Arm is proud to announce the first edition of the ‘Heart of Salmon Arm Photo Contest’.

Oimage001ur downtown is made up of more than just the buildings, roads, and the brick and concrete that surround us. It is the people that give our community its charm and character. They create the social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being of our community and are the keepers of the legacy that we leave our children and future generations.

Downtown Salmon Arm is calling on all photographers and community members to help us celebrate our beautiful downtown, Continue reading

Kids & Their Parents’ Tweets

Been with a two year old for less than 12 hours & the number of times I’ve asked “Where are your pants?” has exceeded the hours.

* From the Huffington Post’s Best Parenting Tweets of the Week

Contentious Cases and Consequences – with more than a Sprig of Control.

David Schreck has posted a helpful overview (Bargaining Working Conditions July 12 2014) of the legal background that underlies the current contract throwdown between teachers and the BC Libs. Check it out!

Practitioners and students of industrial relations will probably find the Bill 22 Decision required reading. At over 50,000 words it provides impressive examples of argument, logic and fact-finding that the government must hope few ever read. Some sections cannot be read without thinking government representatives were behaving like the Keystone Cops.

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Local NDP to Select Federal Candidate

July 11, 2014  For Immediate Release

Members of the NDP will choose their representative in the next federal election at a nomination convention in Armstrong August 23. “We have had interest from several potential candidates. One has been accepted by the party’s vetting process, and another has made an application”, said Nick Hodge, local association president.

“We have had discussions about forming a coalition of opposition parties locally for the next election. Our executive has decided that we will not be involved in restricting the choices on the ballot. While we understand the sentiment, in a democracy more choice is always better, and so we will putting forward an NDP candidate in the next election.”

Voters at the convention must have been a member of the BC NDP for at least 30 days prior to the convention. New candidates may still join the race. Those interested should be a member of the party and be prepared
to file an application with the federal NDP prior to the convention. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

* submitted by Nick Hodge
President, North Okanagan-Shuswap NDP

Salmon Arm Council Quarterly Expenses (to June 30 2014) Now Online

expensesThe initiative to post council members’ expenses publicly on an online, quarterly, itemized basis rather than the printed, 5 month after-the-year-was-over, annual aggregated basis that had been in place … is now up on the city’s website. The 2nd quarter reporting of what individual local politicos expensed is now posted. Continue reading

Public Open-Houses for Protection of Shuswap Water Quality & Safety

The “SLIPP 3-year Pilot Program” is now completed and a new Watershed Organization is being developed to Coordinate Water Quality and Safety in the Watershed.

The development is being spearheaded by the newly established “Shuswap Watershed Council” (SWC) consisting of elected leaders from Shuswap Communities, Regional Districts, First Nations, BC Govt. Agencies, Water Quality Organizations, and the Fraser Basin Council.

SWC partners agree it is very important that the public provide input into this watershed organization. SWAT Directors encourage all watershed residents to attend one of the 7 Public Open House/feedback sessions to learn what has been accomplished, what is proposed, and provide your input. We believe that affirmative and active involvement by the public is essential to protect our watershed water quality now and for the future.

The locations and dates are:

  • July 9 Chase Chase Community hall 547 Shuswap Avenue 
  • July 10 Falkland Falkland Community hall 5706 Highway 97 
  • July 15 Sicamous Sicamous & district recreation Centre 1121 Eagle Pass Way 
  • July 16 Salmon arm Shaw Centre (intermissions restaurant) 2600 10th Avenue NE 
  • July 21 N. Shuswap- Scotch Creek Com hall 3852 Squilax-Anglemont Road 
  • July 23 Sorrento/S. Shuswap Sorrento Memorial hall 1150 Passchendaele Road 
  • July 28 Enderby/upper Shuswap enderby drill hall 208 George Street

Please forward this information and invite your friends, neighbors and community organizations to attend.

For more information see the attached poster and/or go to www.shuswapwater.ca.


From the Directors of SWAT

Local Non-Profits Join Together to Benefit the Community

Canucks Like You’ve Never Thought of Them

The Macleans article 22 maps of Canada as you’ve never seen it before (June 27 2014) introduces a whole new slice to our mental maps of Canada.

Where do folks tweet more about hockey than church? ( perhaps a confirmation that northern Albertans really are trapped in cult worship); which province swears the most on Twitter? and much much more – RobFo and all.

… and you think that Salmon Arm is unique as a retirement destination?  Continue reading