Federal Election 2015 Questions #2 & #3 for the North Okanagan – Shuswap candidates …


Question #2

What are the important riding-specific issues that you will champion and how will you do so? No boilerplate party talking points please just your local thoughts on local issues

Question #3:

What is your vision for Canada?

Candidates are sent the questions a week in advance and are sent a reminder a few days before the deadline as  I understand that this is a busy time for them.  Late submissions will be posted up and noted as such – as will “no responses”. The next set of questions – for next week – has been sent to the candidates as well.

Lots of readers’ questions have been coming in but there’s still room for more. Your questions should be geared to all of the candidates and not just for one of them. Click here for the criteria and how to submit that burning question for the candidates to Aim High.

Candidate Responses are  posted in the order received: Cindy Derkaz, Chris George, Mel Arnold and Jacqui Gingras

* Note: Post updated to reflect Jacqui Gingras’ responses Continue reading

Index of Q&A’s – North Okanagan Shuswap Candidates – Federal Election 2015


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Here are the links to the previous questions and responses from the candidates …

 

#1 on Getting to know the candidates

#2 on Important riding-specific issues that you will champion

#3 on Your vision for Canada?

Celista – North Shuswap’s cultural centre by Jim Cooperman


Check out Jim’s latest full post on the evolution of Celista in the North Shuswap (Aug 21 2015) here.

Since Scotch Creek is deemed the commercial centre of the North Shuswap, then it would be best to describe Celista as the cultural centre. Home to the North Shuswap Elementary School, the North Shuswap Community Hall and St. David’s Church, Celista is where local residents often come for educational and cultural activities. It was once called Fowler’s Landing, as North Shuswap’s first settler, Harry Fowler had a floating workshop and home there.

Blind Bay trail planning-Thurs! Shuswap Trail Alliance


STA logo with blaze (horizontal) 72dpiFriends, please join us for two trail planning opportunities this Thursday, August 27th:

11 am – 1 pm: Help Us Plan the Mt Tuam Mountain Bike Pump Track Trail – Cedar Heights, Blind Bay – on Thursday, August 27th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. (Meet at the upper entry on Mt Tuam Cresent just off Cedar Drive). Join CSRD Parks and the Shuswap Trail Alliance and help plan the new Mt Tuam Mountain Bike Pump Track Trails. Trail design specialist and mountain bike expert, Sutra Brett, will be on site to lead us through a crash course on designing a trail loop for kids and young at heart to improve their trail riding skills. For more information call CSRD Parks at 250-833-5914 (or check the ShuswapTrails.com website event calendar for location map.) Everyone welcome – especially young people!

7 pm: Community Forum: Balmoral BC Timber Harvest Plans – Shuswap Estates Community Association (SECA) hosts a community forum, this Thursday, August 27th at 7 pm (at Shuswap Lake Estates) with BCTS leadership, and representatives from the Shuswap Trail Alliance, Fire Fighters, SECA, and the White Lake Residents Association to discuss the upcoming BCTS timber harvest plans in the Balmoral area. The discussion will include plans to maintain the integrity of the Balmoral trail system which the Shuswap Trail Alliance originally planned with BCTS, CSRD Parks, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, and local community leadership. All welcome.

See you out on the trails!

Ambiguous Speech


A timely limerick …

ambiguous by mephistopheles

Ambiguous speech is unclear:
Vague and artful, it tickles my ear.
This political word
Lets me think that I’ve heard
Just the message I’ve wanted to hear.

Today’s Social Media Driven College Courses


PHIL 332: Modern Social Justice and Ethical Inquiry. “A friend posts a cute cat picture on Instagram and Facebook; am I obligated to Like it on both platforms?” “If I know someone on LinkedIn but don’t think her new job is good, should I congratulate her?” Discuss problems that have engaged philosophers for minutes. This class will be graded Like/Fail

Salmon Arm All-Candidates Forum–Thursday September 17 2015


is being sponsored by the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce . The link below will get you to their question-submission process.

From the Chamber’s web site: (You need to scroll down a bit after clicking the link below.)

Click here to submit your question 

The Chamber is pleased to host an All Candidates Forum on September 17, 2015.  We invite all our community members to join us for this important event, however, due to time and program constraints we cannot accept questions from the floor. We are soliciting individual questions from our community members through the link at the top left. Questions will be categorized into common headings and our Chamber Board will review and select (or blend based on the variety of questions) questions which will be asked of the candidates.  We also encourage all our community members to contact the candidates directly to speak to your specific issues and/or questions.

Thursday, September 17, 2015  |  SASCU Recreation Centre – Auditorium  |  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Salmon Arm Bike for Your Life Century Ride


Saturday, September 19, 2015 from Blackburn Park

SA BFL 2015_WebJoin in the fun! Register soon!

For complete Ride details and to register go to: http://www.bikeforyourlife.com/

· A limit of 600 cyclists has been set for Ride 2015. There’s still time to register and there’s no limit on the number of 10K cyclists who register.

· The $30 Adult registration fee ($50 for Family, $5 for children 18 and under) includes on route Aid Stations, a Shuswap BBQ Lunch hosted by the Shuswap Lady Striders, local Musicians, draw prizes and fun activities for young cyclists and families.

· Together we’ve raised over $13,800 for the Salmon Arm Second Harvest Food Bank.

· This year’s proceeds go to Second Harvest Food Bank and Shuswap Trail Alliance.

Cool Dad!


Kids and Their Parents’ Tweets

I bet when I’m driving a minivan, folks say, “There’s a dad” but when I’ve got my window down & elbow out, they say, “THERE’S A COOL DAD!”

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

 

“Dream Weaver” by Duncan Morris


Plagued by the Duffy trial and Nigel Wright’s  condemning testimony, the beleaguered PM soldiers on trying to stick to his twin campaign message – the economy (what is left of it) and the real and present danger of ISIS and why he is the man to champion these two causes. Interesting reading on this is provided by Jeffery Simpson of the Globe and Mail where you will read excerpts from Party President Joe Walsh’s recent letter to the party faithful on this subject such as:“ the chattering class” and “anti-Conservative media bubble” and “media pundits on the left” adorn the letter. But Mr. Walsh likes variations on the theme of “liberal media,” as in the “liberal media filter” and “liberals in the Canadian media,” people presumably working assiduously and deliberately to “risk Canada’s future to the left, far left or extreme left zealots.”
I call this cartoon “Dream Weaver”.

* For copyright purposes (of both the contributor and Aim High), Aim High Salmon Arm (salmonarm.wordpress.com) does not grant any rights for re-publication or re-use of its blog content material except in the manner described here.

 

Federal Election 2015 Question #1 for the North Okanagan – Shuswap candidates …


… is a composite of several submissions related to Getting to know the candidates.

  • What has been your biggest career success?
  • Who is a role model in your life and why?
  • How would this relate to you being our MP?

Readers’ questions have been coming in but there’s still room for more. Your questions should be geared to all of the candidates and not just for one of them. Click here for the criteria and how to submit that burning question for the candidates to Aim High.

Candidate Responses – in the order received: Cindy Derkaz, Chris George, Mel Arnold,  Jacqui Gingras  Continue reading

Panderlust …


… A craving that tends to come over politicians as they set out on the campaign trail.

…  from the Washington Post’s The Style Invitational  where they asked readers to create a new term by changing an existing word by adding a letter, subtracting a letter, substituting a letter, or transposing two letters. The original word (not necessarily the resulting word) needed to start with a letter between T and Z.

2014 Salmon Arm Revenue Sources by Category


2014 Revenue Sources by Category

Here’s where Salmon Arm’s revenue comes from. In 2014, there was a total of $29,265,559 in revenue.

User Fees and Charges involve charges “for services such as rentals, parking and transit levies, airport fuel and oil sales, water and sewer user rates, and sanitation and recycling fees, etc.

Property Taxes and User fees are really the two revenue streams that local governments have as they (we) cope with downloaded costs from higher levels of government and budget to deliver drinking water, transportation networks, public transit, recreation facilities,  sewage treatment and protection (police and fire) services  etc. This is all amidst the growing role and expectations of local governments.

Projected revenue is one part of the input that city council will review in its annual budget process this fall. I’ll forward the dates of public input and council discussion sessions down the line.

I’ll continue to include various charts and graphs snipped from the city’s latest Annual Report (2014) as we head into budget time this fall.

Check out the annual report for yourself. It’s a helpful reference document.

Kids & Their Parents’ Tweets


Me: *pretends to call on a play phone* Ring ring.

5-year-old: Hello.

Me: It’s Dad.

5-year-old: Why didn’t you just text me?

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

Shuswap Trail News – August 15


STA logo with blaze (horizontal) 72dpiHappy Roots and Blues Weekend! – be sure to stop by and say hi at the Shuswap Tourism/Shuswap Trails information tent on site at the Roots and Blues Festival this weekend to enter for a chance to win a Kayak/Stand-Up Paddle Board Rental Gift Certificates from Copper Island Diving. Also – check out the Shuswap Trail Rider tent and the Shuswap Invasive Species Society info tents – all side by side.

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Bear Attack on Larch Hills Trails include wanring for South Canoe Trails – a serious encounter with a large agressive black bear occurred this week. Check out the full story just posted on the Observer website at http://www.saobserver.net/news/321895431.html#.Vc5DUvmSKdA.gmail. Conservation officers are investigating. Please use extra care on all trails in the area including South Canoe Trails. Inform others of your plans, travel in groups, make noise, and carry bear spray.

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Lots of hard work out on Shuswap Trails this summer, as volunteers, community partners, and the Shuswap Trail Alliance trail crew finish four new trail projects this month. Be sure to plan some time to check these latest additions to the Shuswap Trail network out:

  • Evelyn Falls Trail – Anglemont, North Shuswap – the short 1.5 km meander through the forest to beautiful falls makes a lovely place to explore especially on a hot day. Developed by CSRD Parks in partnership with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, and funding support from the Shuswap Community Foundation.
  • North Fork Wild – Perry River, East Shuswap – the first 2 km upper trail loop is now open on this remarkable new CSRD Park made possible through the donation of visionary, Peter Jennings, who has dedicated his former 21 hectare property as a conservation park to perserve and educate all to the wonders of the Monashee wet-belt forest ecology. Once again, CSRD Parks partners with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, as well as volunteer support from the Shuswap Outdoor Learning Foundation and School District 83 students. Be sure to savour the varied changes in the forest ecology, including a stunning bog viewing deck and bridge.
  • Park Hill West Centre Trail – Salmon Arm – the lovely meandering trail system above Canoe Beach in Salmon Arm just got better with the addition of a new 1/2 kilometre trail linking the middle of the Sansom Trail with the lower Outer Loop Trail. The trail was originally enviosioned by trail designer, Jim Maybee, as a flowing section to enhance mountain bike use of the trails, and now – thanks to the City of Salmon Arm, the Shuswap Trail Alliance, and a whole host of volunteer support including Royal Bank of Canada staff, Muskoka Language School, and School District 83 students – the rolling trail is a reality.
  • Troll Bridge Trail – South Canoe – its officially open! Thanks to the extra-ordinary volunteer contribution of trail designer, Sutra Brett, and a whole host of volunteers and sponsors (yes- all the wood and hardware was donated! Watch for a full update and thank you coming.) Equestrian trail users can now use the new Horsin’ Around trail completed this spring, leaving the new Troll Bridge – a 46 metre gently flowing bridge deck – as the designated mountain bike route to connect to the middle Prudential Trail. (Hikers can use both routes.)

And watch for more to come – including the next phase of work on the North Fork Wild Riverside trail, upgrades to the South Canoe Middle Trails, installation of a new Mt Baldy Trail bridge, and new additions to the Larch Hills Traverse.

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PLUS! Help Us Plan the Mt Tuam Mountain Bike Pump Track Trail this Month – Cedar Heights, Blind Bay – on Thursday, August 27th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. (Meet at the upper entry on Mt Tuam Cresent just off Cedar Drive). Join CSRD Parks and the Shuswap Trail Alliance and help plan the new Mt Tuam Mountain Bike Pump Track Trails. Trail design specialist and mountain bike expert, Sutra Brett, will be on site to lead us through a crash course on designing a trail loop for kids and young at heart to improve their trail riding skills. For more information call CSRD Parks at 250-833-5914. Everyone welcome!

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Shuswap River Boating Regulations Survey – The Shuswap River Watershed Sustainability Plan Working Group have been working on some of the implementation actions for the Shuswap River Watershed Sustainability Plan.   In the various priority setting exercises undertaken during the plan development, pursuing boating regulations always came out as the highest priority.   The SRWSP Workin Group is now at a point to undertake consultation specific to the proposed regulations.

After examining all possible solutions, the Sustainability Plan calls for restricting power boat activity on portions of the River.
These restrictions are intended to:
1)      reduce the negative impacts of power boats on the natural environment including fish and wildlife,
2)      increase safety for all users,
3)      protect water quality,
4)      reduce erosion of private land, and,
5)      promote the benefits of non-motorized recreation.

For an ouline on the proposed regulations, including maps of the proposed boating regulation zones and a survey for your input, visit www.rdno.ca/boating.

This is an important initiative toward improving how we live and manage ourselves more sustainably in the region, including how we move and recreate on greenways and blueways. Please participate.

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Accessible Trails for Everyone: Book the TrailRider – two Trail Riders are available for booking out to use on trails throughout the Shuswap (minimal donation of $10). They’re a great way to get out on trails with friends who need mobility assistance. Visit: http://shuswaptrailrider.com/

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Trail Report Hotline – don’t forget to send trail issues and reports to trailreport@shuswaptrails.com.

Orca killer whales playing in Active Pass, Galiano Island, British Columbia, Canada – a week ago


Amazing! Always be on the lookout going through Active Pass.

An excellent show of J and L pods of the southern resident orcas playing and enjoying themselves in their natural habitat in Active Pass off of Galiano Island. One of the new babies can be seen doing multiple breaches while other adults were doing synchronized mini breaching and back to back sideways swimming. The video was shot from the shore of Galiano Island off the southern coast of British Columbia, Canada.

North Okanagan-Shuswap Candidates Ready to Answer Your Questions – Grab the Chance


question markThe 2015 federal election is full-on now and here’s perhaps your only chance to ask questions of all of the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding candidates who are vying to represent us.

Aim High’s intent is to extend the political discourse by having our local politicos respond to questions from the readership.

All four major candidates have agreed to do that! A big thanks to them for engaging the electorate in this way.

In alphabetical order, the candidates are Mel Arnold (CP), Cindy Derkaz (LP), Chris George (GP) and Jacqui Gingras (NDP). I’ll also include any independent candidates who may register with Elections Canada.

The faster that you get your burning question in to Aim High, the sooner that it goes into the hopper and out to the candidates. I’m hoping to have the first responses online prior to Labour Day but that all depends on the readership.

Submit your question via the Contact form here.

Aim High will collate your questions and submit one or two of them weekly for responses from the candidates.

Here are the straight-forward criteria:

  • Your question must be geared to all of the candidates and not just for one of them.
  • Your personal information won’t be linked in any way to  the actual questions submitted to the candidates or in Aim High’s blog postings.
  • However, you do need to include your name and a contact number when you submit your question to Aim High so that I can verify that you are a resident of the riding and …. a real person. I’ll do that by personally contacting you.
  • Aim High neither collates nor distributes personal information of its readership. Period.
  • Commenting on the responses is encouraged. All comments will be moderated for civil language.  Aim High’s general Commenting policy is here.

Web contact information for the declared  North Okanagan-Shuswap candidates is available here.

Here’s how the overall process will work: Continue reading

Parsing Your Residential Property Tax Bill


It’s been a month now that city property taxes were due.

One overall fact that often gets lost in the mix – especially at that time of the year – is that a substantial part of the “bill” actually involves the city collecting taxes for others. For 2014, 36% of your tax bill involved collections for other bodies.

Residential Property Tax  Bill

53% of the 2014 tax bill funded the city’s annual budget with another 11%funding utilities (water and waste) and transportation .

I’ll be including various charts and graphs snipped from the city’s latest Annual Report (2014) as we head into budget time this fall. Check out the annual report for yourself. It’s a helpful reference document.

Pharmesan …


… Cheese made from hormone-fed cows

*from the Washington Post’s The Style Invitational where they asked readers for neologisms that include the letters S, H, A, R and P.

Airport Development Plan – Shuswap Regional Airport


There was a good discussion at Salmon Arm’s Planning and Development Services meeting this morning on the importance of our airport as well as the proposed plan to phase in improvements.

Airport Development

 

See pages 20 – 48  here of the Shuswap Regional Airport, Airport Development Plan report including the six proposed phases.

The primary goal of the Plan was to identify and preserve the land for aviation and non-aviation related activities and to guide for future development in an efficient and cost effective manner, while recognizing the airport’s operational and business objectives. The following areas of development were of specific interest: 1. Runway 2. Taxiway 3. Apron 4. General Aviation Development 5. Commercial Development 6. Airport Maintenance 7. Winter Operations