Motorcycle Accident Near Osoyoos Lookout

rcmp-logoOn April 18, 2015 the Osoyoos RCMP responded to a single motorcycle collision on Highway 3 near the Osoyoos lookout.  The 23 year old rider from West Kelowna was driving a 1999 Harley Davidson when he failed to negotiate the sharp turn and collided with the center meridian.  The rider was assessed for a possible hand fracture.

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Osoyoos Oyster Fest

DSCF0600The Osoyoos Oyster Fest has been in full swing all week, culminating in the soldout Gala to be held later tonight. The event has attracted many guests from out-of-town, with wineries from the local area serving up pairings with the variety of oyster dishes. Shown here is the afternoon garden party at Walnut Beach Resort in Osoyoos.

Photo by Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug

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Western Canada Region Conference — Soroptimists in Osoyoos

Conference Prep Work 2‘Details, details’ – that’s the word with the Osoyoos Soroptimists this week, as they make the final preparations for hosting the Western Canada Region Soroptimist Conference in Osoyoos, April 30, May 1,2, and 3.

More than one hundred delegates and guests representing 18 Soroptimist Clubs from across Western Canada have registered for the Conference at Spirit Ridge Resort.

Soroptimist members and delegates will begin arriving on Thursday, April 30th.  Friday will see them get down to business, with information from the Western Region and a report on international projects, from Federation of the America’s president-elect Susan Buchenau.

On Saturday, May 2nd,  the Soroptimists will welcome three speakers, beginning with Joy Smith, of the Joy Smith Foundation.  As an Ottawa MP from Winnipeg, Smith has been instrumental in introducing legislation, and creating public awareness for the victims of human trafficking.   Joining her is Cpl Edward Riglin, of the RCMP.  As a member of the Integrated Child Exploitation Unit, Riglin has worked in the rescue of victims of human trafficking.

“Osoyoos Soroptimists are very proud to bring Joy Smith and Corporal Riglin to Osoyoos, with their important and timely message,” says Club President Kate Krist.   Smith and Riglin will speak on Saturday at 10:15 am, in the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre Theatre at Spirit Ridge.

G.E.M. Munro, of the Amarok Society will take over the Cultural Centre Theatre at  2:00 pm on Saturday, with a presentation on how the Amarok Society, a Canadian organization, works to bring education to the women in the poorest of third-world countries.

The Amarok slogan, “Teach a Mother, Change the World” is the basis for their powerful program that uses education as a path to  progress and peace.  Munro says, “If  you teach a mother, you teach a family.  If you teach 5 mothers, you teach a neighborhood.”

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Boat Fire on Osoyoos Lake

rcmp-logoOn April 19, 2015 the Osoyoos RCMP responded to a boat fire on Osoyoos Lake.  The vessel as well as a second smaller vessel were tied together and unoccupied in an area that moorage is not permitted.  The larger vessel has been the subject of many complaints due to it frequently mooring in front of the public beach or in front of private residences.  The vessels were fully engulfed by the time fire crews arrived on scene.  They could not be salvaged.  Although the vessel has been subject of numerous complaints there is no clear cause to suggest how the fire started but appears to be a result of flammables not being stored properly onboard.

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