Reminder-Advance Voting Day Nov. 5, 2014

VICTORIA – British Columbians are reminded they can participate in advance voting Nov. 5, 2014, for the upcoming general local election on Nov. 15, 2014.

Advance voting will take place between from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time at designated voting places in communities throughout B.C. For specific voting place locations, British Columbians are encouraged to contact their local government.

To be eligible to vote, citizens must be:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least six months
  • living, or own property, in the jurisdiction where they intend to vote for at least 30 days
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in a local election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Eligible voters do not need to be registered to participate in advance voting. Two pieces of identification are required, showing who the individual is and where they live – one piece of identification must include a signature.

Additional voting opportunities and special voting opportunities may also be available, and individuals are encouraged to contact their local government for information.

General voting day is Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, to elect municipal, regional district, park board, school district, local community commissions and Islands Trust representatives. A list of all registered candidates is available online from CivicInfo BC at:

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Additional info sessions for Okanagan correctional officer jobs

Previously scheduled sessions held in Osoyoos, Oliver and Penticton were well-received, with 290 people attending the initial two-hour orientation sessions and just over 200 attending or registered for the more in-depth readiness sessions.

The new Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) will create more than 240 correctional officer positions in the area. With it slated for completion in 2016, these sessions will help prepare those interested for the next steps in the process.

The two-hour orientation sessions will provide an overview of correctional work, including the culture, safety and security, team work and professionalism, which are fundamental aspects of the job:

  • Nov. 10, 2014 – Frank Venables Theatre, Oliver – 6-8 p.m.
  • Nov. 22, 2014 – Justice Institute, Kelowna – 9-11 a.m.
  • Nov. 22, 2014 – Justice Institute, Kelowna – 1-3 p.m.

Those interested in attending can call 604 462-5170, or register by email at with REGISTER in the subject line. Please include your first and second session choices and contact information in the body of the email.

View the Okanagan Correctional Centre information session poster:

Quick Facts:

  • The Okanagan Correctional Centre – a 378-cell, high-security facility – will be located on a 14.5-hectare (36-acre) site site in the Osoyoos Indian Band’s Senkulmen Business Park, seven kilometres north of Oliver on Highway 97
  • Additional readiness sessions are being planned for spring 2015.
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Follow That Headless Man!


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Decked out for Halloween?

No, just some renovations going on! And a new facelift!


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Halloween Howl In Osoyoos Tonight!!!


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Come down to the Sonora Community Centre for a spooktacular night of ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night.  Pumpkin graveyard, activities and of course our popular haunted house.

Date: October 31
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Sonora Community Centre, 8505 68 Ave

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Trick o’ Treatin’ at Jojos Cafe


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Progress! Canadian Pacific Railway (Stone and Timber) Settlement Act

VICTORIA – Canadian Pacific Railway and the Province have reached an agreement regarding disputed historic interests to railway lands in the Kootenay and Okanagan regions of B.C.

The proposed Canadian Pacific Railway (Stone and Timber) Settlement Act, introduced today, will help implement the settlement agreement by extinguishing Canadian Pacific Railway interests in timber and stone reservations on 145,000 hectares of Crown land and 68,000 hectares of private land.

Under the agreement, Canadian Pacific Railway will receive $19 million in compensation for relinquishing all claims to timber and stone reservations, and to land that was transferred to the province decades ago but incorrectly remains in the title of a historic railway.

The Province granted land to three historic railways between 1892 and 1908 to subsidize railway construction. The rail companies reserved timber and stone on that land when they sold it to third parties in the early 1900s. Reservations are unusual interests that were not recognized in many subsequent land transactions. Many reservations are not registered in the modern land title system. CPR became successor to historic railways and current owner of timber and stone reservations in 1956.

Uncertainty regarding timber and stone reservations raised significant management challenges for the Province, Canadian Pacific Railway, landowners and forest tenure holders once the situation was brought to light in the early 2000s. The Province and Canadian Pacific Railway could not agree on the legal status and characteristics of reservations despite several years of analysis and negotiations.

Clarifying ownership and value of reservations on thousands of land titles through the courts would have been time-consuming and expensive. The settlement agreement and proposed legislation provide certainty for all parties.

Canadian Pacific Railway and the Province will also seek dismissal of the lawsuit that Canadian Pacific Railway filed in May 2013, seeking confirmation of its ownership of reserved timber and stone, and damages for past actions of the Province, landowners and tenure holders.

If passed, the proposed act will enable the adjustment of land titles to recognize extinguished reservations and will validate past actions of the Province. The Province and affected landowners will clearly own previously reserved timber and stone.

Affected landowners will no longer be concerned that Canadian Pacific Railway could develop reserved timber or stone on their land or seek damages for past actions. Forest tenure holders and operators will no longer be concerned that Canadian Pacific Railway could seek damages for past actions.


Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson -

“I am pleased that Canadian Pacific Railway and the Province have reached an agreement on this complex situation. This legislation will clear up uncertainty regarding the legal status of Canadian Pacific Railway reservations of timber and stone on Crown and private land.”

Quick Facts:

  • The Province retained ownership of base and precious minerals under the original Crown grants to historic railways.
  • Historic railways reserved timber and stone when they sold about 213,000 hectares of granted land to third parties in the early 1900s.
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