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West Kelowna | Winfield
explains die-off of more than 1,000 fish in Okanagan
Infotel - By
Charlotte Helston August 03, 2016
OKANAGAN - After getting lab results back, the province
strongly believes a die-off of more than 1,000 kokanee
salmon washed up on the shores of Okanagan Lake last
month was part of a recurring, natural phenomenon.
Samples from more than 80 of the fish came back negative
for disease or evidence of infectious hematopoietic
necrosis virus, which affected kokanee in Kootenay Lake
in recent years, the Ministry of Natural Resource
Operations tells iNFOnews.ca.
“Biologists can’t be 100 per cent certain about the
cause of the recent die off, however it is strongly
suspected this is a recurring natural phenomenon caused
by summer time temperature inversions in the lake,”
states a spokesperson.
According to the province, there were at least three
other die-offs of this kind in the past eight years, and
this year’s event was relatively small by comparison.
Last year more than 336,500 spawning kokanee were
counted in the lake, the most in more than 20 years.
“The 2016 die-off is not severe enough to have a
significant impact on Okanagan Lake’s overall kokanee
population. Kokanee stocks in the lake have enjoyed a
strong recovery over the past several years,” the
Kokanee are a land-locked type of sockeye salmon.
Okanagan fish dying by the thousands
Kelowna Now - July 18, 2016 by Alex
Biologists are researching possible causes after over
1,000 kokanee fish washed up dead on the shores of
Okanagan Lake within four days.
Kokanee, or landlocked sockeye salmon, are second only
to rainbow trout as the most popular game fish in B.C.
The provincial government announced Monday, scientists
are considering thermal shock or a possible disease
outbreak as causes of more than 1,000 fish deaths since
Previous die-offs in Okanagan Lake have been associated
with strong winds that can send warm surface water
deeper into the lake. These sudden temperature changes
can be deadly to kokanee.
Die-offs in other lakes have been linked to the
infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV).
Currently, government staff members are analyzing
kokanee tissue samples to test for the disease.
At this point, the die-off is not severe enough to have
a significant impact on Okanagan Lake's overall kokanee
population. Last year, biologists counted more than
336,500 spawning kokanee on the lake, the most since
annual counts began in 1992.
Castanet.net - Contributed - Nov 23,
2015 | Story: 152436
Would you like to be able to walk along more of
Many people don't know that Okanagan Lake collectively
belongs to the citizens of BC.
The Province has long had laws that prohibit fences or
other obstructions along most of the shoreline that's
below the high-water line. It's up to the Province to
enforce the laws that they made. To improve our access
to our lake, they've introduced a web-site and toll-free
number so that you can confidentially report specific
blockages along the foreshore. You can also attach
photos at their web-site.
This is the phone number: 1-844-676-8477
This is the web-site:
We think this bird is a
So guess this bird is native to the area and it is not an escape
Western tanagers are major consumers of western spruce
budworms and they have been observed eating Douglas-fir tussock moth larvae.
Domestic cats also prey on western tanager.
Some images on google of the Western Tanager
Seen this really colorful bird at Valley of the Sun June 5,
2015 at 8:01pm
Don't know if it is native to the area or if this is
someone's lost bird?
The bottom photo is the same birds back. It is not as
Okanagan Lake is the source for 18 water systems in the
July 20, 1951
Source: The Penticton Herald, July 26, 1951; Evans 1986
(pp. 164-166); Evans, unpublished data.
Details: On July 20 at 6:45
p.m., a landslide caused a wave in Okanagan Lake near
Penticton. The slide in glaciolacustrine silt destroyed
a house. An immense wall of water rapidly bore down on
the house. The water receded as quickly as it had come.
A baby was rescued from the ruins of the house.
Fifteen boats were also lost
(Evans and Clague 1999). A family of four narrowly
escaped the tons of clay that slid into the lake. A
woman was wedged beneath a chaise lounge on the veranda,
which railing had kept her from being swept away. Water
had entirely filled the house, slightly south of the
Three-Mile Beach on the east side of Okanagan Lake, when
the wave crashed over it. An insurance adjuster found
silt imbedded on top of a shelf of a floor to ceiling
cupboard. Also dead fish were found on the roof.
One acre (0.4 ha) of orchard
with 33 fruit-bearing trees was gouched out of the
cliff. With a
“terrific rumbling” a solid wall of water hit the
cottage. A concrete 9-in. (22.5 cm) wall cracked “as
though it had been a piece of 2 x 4.” The thousands of
tons of earth engulfed the lakeside home at Three Mile
point and created a 12-ft. (3.6 m) wave. The wave
devastated the shore for over 0.5 mi. (800 m). A car was
hurled 200 ft. (60 m) onto the beach. The 2-ton sailboat
Marion was bodily lifted and deposited high and dry 100
ft. (30 m) from where she had been moored. A cabin
cruiser, moored short an unable to ride the crest, was
submerged. A four-cylinder marine engine was found 50
ft. (15 m) from its stand.
BC Ministry of Environment
Officials targeted over mussel risk
Vernon Morning Star - by Richard Rolke - Apr 2,
Okanagan residents are being rallied to fight invaders.
The Okanagan Basin Water Board decided Tuesday to consider ways of
allowing residents to express concerns about the risk of zebra and
quagga mussels to federal and provincial officials.
need countless correspondence from constituents,” said director Toby
Pike at a meeting in Coldstream.
“This is a nerve issue for people in the valley. They really don’t
want this to happen.”
The mussels are indigenous to Europe and since arriving in North
America, they have spread across the continent, clogging water
intake pipes and boat motors. They also deplete food sources for
fish, produce toxins that contaminate drinking water and razor-sharp
shells spread across beaches.
Also on Tuesday, the OBWB board agreed to write a letter once again
reiterating the need for the federal and provincial governments to
take action on the mussels, particularly given that a boat infested
with mussels was found at the Osoyoos border crossing March 12.
disgusted with how the province and the feds are taking this so
lightly,” said director Allan Patton.
been urging the federal government to permit border guards to
inspect boats and prohibit entry of any contaminated vessels. It
also wants the provincial government to create an inspection
“We have to continue to hammer away at the province to do something
and the feds to implement regulations,” said Doug Findlater, OBWB
When contacted, Okanagan MPs have indicated that federal regulations
“They’re very vague on that end of things,” said Anna Warwick Sears,
OBWB executive director.
The other concern is that when the mussel-infested boat was stopped
in Osoyoos, the B.C. Ministry of Environment had to find a
commercial company for decontamination.
“They’re just not prepared,” said Warwick Sears of the ministry.
“There are very few resources coming down to the local level.”
Juliette Cunningham says senior officials need to act as the
possibility grows that mussels will arrive in the Okanagan.
people coming up to me and they’re freaking out about it,” she said.
Okanagan jurisdictions are also being urged to speak out.
to get every municipality to do it (write letters). That may have
some teeth,” said director Gerry Zimmermann.
This no-brainer scares me that people have to send in letters to
encourage the government to do what is right. Is the
government that stupid that they need to have people telling the
government to do what is right? People don't have time to
write thousands of letters, and the government doesn't have time to
read them all, so what is the point of writing letters? The
government doesn't listen anyway. It is the governments job to
do what is right!!! If the government can't do their job
without a thousand letters, maybe its time we disband government!!!
I don't know about you, but every day there is something that pisses
me right the "F" off! Sometimes several times per day!!!
If the OBWB can't persuade the government, who can? The
government will do whatever it wants to do no matter what people
say, and even if you do send in letters. The system is
obviously not working. Why don't we change the system so that
it does work. If we don't change the system, nothing is going
to change, and everyone will have to spend their life writing
letters and spend thousands of dollars cleaning up Okanagan Lake.
This mussel problem was brought up a long time ago by the OBWB and
its still an issue!!!!!! For all the effort protestors have to
put in to encourage change, all the protestors could use that effort
to become their own government and change the system so that it
works the way it should. Tell me, do you like Harper and
Clark, cause I sure don't. Harpers election fraud scandal,
should have been your first clue!!! How many letters after the
first one, do the OBWB need to write? The OBWB have already
written a letter, but the government needs more letters from
them???? Lets work on changing the way the system works so you
can stop writing letters for every dam thing that comes along.
How stupid does our government have to be for you to do something
about it? Do you really want to live the rest of your life
this way, writing letters or forever holding your peace?
can you believe this? Well I for one can't stand this
anymore!!! The entire system needs to change!!!
If you do
write a letter, make sure you emphasize how ignorant government is
and that you shouldn't have to write a letter about the mussel
Not only is a society’s greatness measured by how it treats its
weakest members, that treatment is probably a good indication of how it will
soon treat the rest.
It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more
dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands
of people who pay no price for being wrong.
Your ignorance is their power
What's Democracy? Democracy is the freedom to elect our own dictators!!
|Everyone use one bank, and when the other banks are out of
business, people buy the broke banks and switch to the bank they
Keep your coins, I want change.
Ronald Reagan was right “government is not the solution to our
problems, the government is the problem”
Kokanee fishing re-opens on Okanagan Lake
By Judie Steeves - Kelowna Capital News - April
A kokanee fishery in Okanagan Lake has re-opened permanently this
month, after a closure in 1995 due to a crash in populations.
The return to an open, year-round fishery for the land-locked
sockeye salmon will mean anglers may catch five fish per day.
Kokanee numbers declined dramatically in the late 1990s, when fewer
than three per cent of the number of spawning fish counted in the
1970s were found.
Fisheries stock assessment biologist Paul Askey of the natural
resource operations ministry, said the reasons for the decline were
complex and varied, but included disease issues, poor water
management, a decline in lake nutrients, competition with an
introduced shrimp and degradation of spawning habitat.
In recent years, numbers have improved and seasonal openings for
kokanee angling have been added.
A 20-year action plan to investigate and try and solve some of the
problems was instituted a dozen or so years ago. Since then, water
management improvements have reduced mortality, as well as
maintenance of spawning habitat and a mysis shrimp fishery has been
instituted to reduce their numbers.
While abundance overall is similar now to that of the early 1990s,
Askey noted that the recovery favours shore spawning stock over
Shore spawners tend to be smaller than stream spawning kokanee, so
he warns anglers to expect to catch large numbers of the smaller
kokanee in Okanagan Lake.
It would be irresponsible for anglers to release small kokanee and
keep only the big ones because survival of released kokanee is much
lower than other species of fish.
“They all taste good, so if you’re kokanee fishing, please just take
them as they come and encourage others to do the same,” he said.
jsteeves "at" kelownacapnews.com
The right to protest is the cornerstone of any democratic society. As the late
Abbie Hoffman so eloquently put it: "You measure
democracy by the freedom it gives its dissenting, not the freedom it gives its
Source: Occupy Canada
"You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders
and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance.
Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will
resist an evil system with his or her whole soul."
- Mahatma Gandhi
The country is broken because the system is fixed.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Silence = Consent
"A nation of sheep soon begets a government of wolves."
Edward R. Murrow
I always say to people. "No one earns $100 million.
You steal $100 million. "People earn $10 an hour. People earn
$40,000 a year. "Earn" means work. Okay? It doesn't mean
steal, which with these vast amounts of money, of course you steal them. - Fran
"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but
by those who watch them without doing anything." - Albert Einstein
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for
people of good conscience to remain silent - Thomas Jefferson
All levels of Government should only spend as much as the person with
the lowest income can afford.
Let the rich donate, if they want more than they
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Dish Network L.L.C. v. Rex, 2011 BCSC 1105 –
 The Court: The applicant, Richard Rex, seeks an order for
advance costs in order to fund a challenge he has brought pursuant
to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, R.S.C. 1985, App.
II, No. 44, Schedule B. Mr. Rex seeks
to strike down certain provisions of the Radiocommunication Act,
R.S.C. 1985, c. R-2 which he says effectively prohibit Canadian
consumers from purchasing encrypted television broadcast signals
from foreign broadcasters.
 The present litigation arises from Mr. Rex’s “grey market”
satellite businesses which involve the sale to Canadian residents of
subscriptions to encrypted satellite television signals provided by
two companies based in the United States, Dish Network L.L.C.
(“Dish”) and DIRECTV, Inc. (“DIRECTV”). Mr. Rex has carried on
business under the names of Can-Am Satellites (“Can-Am”),
www.smalldish.com, and Digital Valley Entertainment.
 Canadian residents have purchased decoding boxes and ancillary
equipment from Mr. Rex’s businesses and provided fictitious
addresses in the United States to Dish and DIRECTV in order to
access encrypted satellite television signals.
The grey market is unlike the “black
market”, where television programming is pirated. In the grey
market, Canadian residents pay for their subscriptions.
 Dish is incorporated in both Colorado and Texas. Its principal
place of business is in Englewood, Colorado. Dish is the plaintiff
in VA S094747.
 DIRECTV is incorporated in California, and maintains its
principal place of business in El Segundo. DIRECTV is the plaintiff
in VA S084517.
 Neither Dish nor DIRECTV are registered under any Canadian or
provincial statute to carry on business in any province in Canada.
 Bell ExpressVu Limited Partnership is a limited partnership
constituted under the Limited Partnership Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. L-16.
Bell ExpressVu, now known as “Bell TV” (“Bell”), is the general
partner of the limited partnership. It maintains its main
operational office in Toronto. Bell is the plaintiff in VA S085635.
 The Attorney General for Canada (“Canada”) is an intervenor on
Mr. Rex’s Charter challenge and on this application.
 Dish, DIRECTV, and Bell have brought separate proceedings
seeking, inter alia, injunctive relief and both statutory and common
law damages against Mr. Rex and others for facilitating access to
encrypted television broadcast signals from the United States
contrary to the Radiocommunication Act. I have been appointed the
case management judge for each of those proceedings. The quantum of
damages has yet to be specified.
 Mr. Rex’s application for advance costs is brought in all three
 Mr. Rex argues that the expressive freedom of nearly a million
Canadians has been infringed by the Radiocommunication Act. In his
submission, a prima facie case of a Charter breach has been
 The position advanced by Mr. Rex on the Charter challenge and
on this application is that certain provisions of the
Radiocommunication Act contravene s. 2(b) of the Charter, which
guarantees freedom of expression to all Canadians, because they
prohibit access by Canadian residents to expression from foreign
broadcasters who transmit satellite television programming through
encrypted broadcast signals.
 According to Mr. Rex, the issue in this case is whether that
breach can be justified under s. 1 of the Charter, applying the
analysis of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Oakes,  1
S.C.R. 103 and Alberta v. Hutterain Brethern of Wilson Colony, 2009
SCC 37. Section 1 provides:
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights
and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits
prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and
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Since 1989, Ogopogo has enjoyed protected wildlife status. It is illegal to harm
the creature in any way.  Lake Okanagan is 84 miles (135 km) long.
Angler catches big rainbow trout out of Okanagan Lake
Kelowna Capital News - By Barry Gerding - April
Local angler Jim Sutherland holds up his latest prize catch, a
rainbow trout caught last Friday afternoon in Okanagan Lake.
Kelowna angler Jim Sutherland says he wants to catch
the big fish whenever he goes fishing.
Last Friday, Sutherland was able to live up to those expectations,
reeling in a 25.5 lb. rainbow trout from Okanagan Lake.
Sutherland says it's the third largest rainbow ever caught in the
lake that was weighed on a government-certified scale.
"It had been out of the water for two hours when it was weighed, so
the actual weight when I caught it was probably closer to 27
pounds," said Sutherland.
Sutherland said he made his catch fishing in the Gellatly Bay area,
buck tail lure.
Since he posted news of his catch online, Sutherland said he has
been generating responses from as far away as England.
"It's the best fish by far that I've caught in Okanagan Lake,"
The CRTC is asking for comments about loud TV
You can make your own submission here by
filling out this form.
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Telus warns of email phishing scam
CBC News - Mar 27, 2011
warning customers to beware of a sophisticated email phishing scam.
Telus is warning B.C. and Alberta residents to be on the lookout
for a new email scam designed to get at your personal information.
Telus spokesman Shawn Hall said there has been a huge surge in
emails from scammers purporting to be from Telus, trying to trick
customers out of secure information and their Telus account login
"What really concerns us about this one is we've really seen a
dramatic increase in its volume," he said.
The emails are typical of phishing scams, where criminals send
emails that appear to be from a trusted source in order to trick
people into releasing personal information, including online banking
names and passwords.
"In one case, they're asking for you to upgrade to a new security
system, in another case to verify your account," he said.
"If you return that information, they're going to cull it and use it
probably for identity theft purposes. If you come across this type
of information, simply delete it."
Hall said the emails are fraudulent and are not from Telus. He said
the company has intercepted or responded to hundreds of these email
scams in the last week.
He said it appears to be the work of a sophisticated offshore
"The common thread in every account is they're asking you to return
with personal information," he said.
"In this particular case, we have been blocking the emails the scam
is coming from. They are moving, though, and sending the scam from
new email addresses."
Scams like this are common, Hall said, and fraudsters regularly
rotate between different regions of the world, change the names of
legitimate and well-known companies they claim to represent and
alter details in an effort to appear legitimate.
Hall advised consumers to be cautious any time they receive a phone
call or email asking for personal information. A key indication the
email or phone call is fraudulent, he said, is requests for personal
information the legitimate company would already have and should not
need to request, such as user name or account details.
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Spring. If you are bitten by a tick you could get a very nasty serious and
expensive disease called Lyme Disease. Here is a
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It is false rumour to poke a tick in the behind with a hot needle to get it to
back out of the hole it may have made in your body.
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CRTC was requesting comments about Internet
Providers charging customers based on their usage.
hold public hearing on wholesale Internet access services
OTTAWA-GATINEAU, March 11, 2011 —In response to numerous requests,
the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
today clarified the form and scope of its proceeding to review
wholesale residential high-speed Internet access services, which was
launched on February 8, 2011.
Canadians will have an opportunity to share their views at a public
hearing starting on July 11th 2011 in Gatineau, Que. The CRTC will
also hold an online consultation. Details of both the hearing and
consultation will be announced shortly.
Although the scope of the proceeding will not be limited to
reviewing usage-based billing proposals, the CRTC intends to focus
on issues such as:
usage-based charges, whether aggregated between the Small Internet
service providers (Small ISPs) or applied to each Small ISP
usage-based charges driven by peak traffic periods, and
an examination of network capacity and congestion.
The CRTC will not be expanding the
scope, as requested by several parties, to include the billing
practices for retail Internet services. There is no evidence that
market forces are not working properly in this unregulated market.
Finally, the CRTC will not review, as
was also requested by several parties, the overall regulatory
framework for wholesale high-speed Internet access services.
The overall framework was not part of the decision that is being
reviewed, and it would not be appropriate to initiate such a
wide-ranging review within the current proceeding.
CRTC Letter to parties
The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
“CRTC to review billing practices for wholesale Internet services,”
February 8, 2011
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-77
MediaRelations, Tel: 819-997-9403, Fax: 819-997-4245
Tel: 819-997-0313, TDD: 819-994-0423, Fax: 819-994-0218
Toll-free # 1-877-249-CRTC (2782)
TDD - Toll-free # 1-877-909-CRTC (2782)
Ask a question or make a complaint
These documents are available in alternative format upon request.
Letter Ottawa, 11 March
Our Reference: 8661-C12-201102350
Dear Madam or Sir:
Re: Review of billing practices for wholesale residential high-speed access
services, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-77, 8 February 2011 (Notice
2011-77) – Requests to modify the scope and terms of the proceeding
Shortly after the issuance of Notice 2011-77, the Commission received requests
to modify the scope and terms of this proceeding. The Public Interest Advocacy
Centre (PIAC), on its own behalf and as counsel to the Consumers’ Association of
Canada (CAC) (collectively, PIAC/CAC), submitted such a request on 10 February
2011 and the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC) submitted one on 11
In a letter dated 15 February 2011, Commission staff sought comments from
various parties on these requests to modify the scope and terms of the
Following the issuance of that letter, the Commission received comments from the
following parties: Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership and
Bell Canada; BC Broadband Association; the Canadian Association of Internet
Providers (CAIP); Cogeco Cable Inc., EastLink Cable Inc., Quebecor Media Inc. on
behalf of its affiliate Videotron G.P., Rogers Communications Partnership, and
Shaw Communications Inc. (collectively, the cable carriers); Mark Rubenstein;
MTS Allstream Inc. (MTS Allstream); Netflix Inc.; the Samuelson‐Glushko Canadian
Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic; Saskatchewan Telecommunications;
TELUS Communications Company; l’Union des consommateurs; and Vaxination
This letter sets out the Commission’s determinations regarding these requests.
In Notice 2011-77, the Commission set out an approach to review billing
practices regarding mandated wholesale residential high-speed access services
based on the following two principles:
Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and Consumers’ Association of Canada
(CAC) requested that principle (a) noted above should be removed from Notice
2011-77. Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP)
requested that the Commission remove both principles noted above from Notice
2011-77. Both parties indicated that these principles prejudge a rate
structure for billing practices regarding mandated wholesale residential
high-speed access services and that they should be replaced with broader
questions in order to determine the proper principles applicable to mandated
The Commission considers that the two principles stated above and in Notice
2011-77 are intended to create a fair wholesale regime that (1) protects the
interests of consumers and Small ISPs, and (2) does not create an unintended
advantage for any particular service provider or user. In addition, the
principles stated above do not prejudge in any way the outcome of this
proceeding. In reviewing the billing practices for mandated wholesale
residential high-speed access services in this proceeding,
Commission is inviting comments on proposals for billing practices that
implement these two principles, and is not limited to examining only
usage-based billing (UBB).
example, the scope of the proceeding does not preclude proposals for billing
practices that incorporate usage-based charges aggregated on a per-ISP basis
or that are driven by peak period traffic, as indicated by some parties in
their comments. The scope of the proceeding also does not preclude comments
on the effectiveness of any billing practice as an Internet traffic
In light of the above, the Commission denies PIAC/CAC’s and CAIP’s requests.
Expansion of proceeding
PIAC/CAC also requested that the Commission expand the scope of the
proceeding to allow parties to comment on the use of UBB in the retail
The Commission notes that it has forborne from the regulation of retail
Internet services on the basis that there is sufficient competition in the
retail market. The Commission also notes that no parties provided evidence
to justify a re-examination of this forbearance directive. Accordingly, the
Commission denies PIAC/CAC’s request for expansion of the scope of the
proceeding to allow comments regarding the use of UBB in the retail Internet
CNOC submitted that the current regulatory framework for wholesale
high-speed access services is outdated and needs to be replaced. CNOC argued
that the current framework is based on the assumption that these services
are only used by competitors to deliver Internet services to their end-users
and that competitors are mere resellers of incumbent retail Internet access
services. CNOC requested that the Commission expand the scope of the
proceeding to include a review of the regulatory framework for wholesale
high-speed access services.
The Commission notes that the current proceeding deals with the narrow issue
of billing practices for mandated wholesale residential high-speed access
services. The Commission also notes that many of the issues raised by CNOC
regarding wholesale high-speed access services were addressed in a recent
Commission decision. The Commission considers that it would not be
appropriate to include in the current proceeding a broad review of the
regulatory framework for wholesale high-speed access services, as suggested
by CNOC. Accordingly, the Commission denies CNOC’s request to modify the
scope of the Notice 2011-77 proceeding.
MTS Allstream requested that the Notice 2011-77 proceeding be revised to
include additional questions regarding such issues as network congestion and
The Commission considers that the above noted issues raised by MTS Allstream
can be addressed in the context of this proceeding.
Several parties requested that the procedure set out in Notice 2011-77 be
modified to include an interrogatory process. Several parties also requested
clarification on whether this proceeding would include an oral hearing and
an online consultation.
The Commission will issue an amendment to Notice 2011-77 shortly to revise
the procedure to include an interrogatory process, an oral hearing, and an
online consultation. The oral public hearing
will begin on 11 July 2011. Details will be provided in the amendment to
Original signed by:
Robert A. Morin
Wholesale high-speed access services proceeding, Telecom Regulatory Policy
CRTC 2010-632, 30 August 2010
an email from Minister of Industry Tony Clement about Internet Usage based
billing we received March 25, 2011.
Dear Sir or Madam:
Thank you for expressing your concerns regarding usage-based billing (UBB) for
Internet services. It is essential that I hear the views of Canadians on the
issues that matter. Prime Minister Harper and I have been
clear that we cannot support imposing a UBB business model on wholesale Internet
Our government recognizes that the Internet and digital technologies are an
increasingly important part of everyday life including driving innovation,
commerce and social interaction. As the government develops Canadas first
comprehensive Digital Economy Strategy, we need to look carefully at how issues
like UBB affect the big picture. We will be guided by our long-standing policies
of encouraging competition and investment, increasing consumer choice,
minimizing regulation and allowing market forces to prevail.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has
chosen to examine these concerns that the government shares with a large number
of Canadians. Details of the CRTC consultation are available at
When the CRTC reaches a final decision following its consultations, the
government will carefully assess the CRTC position to ensure that it is in line
with the best interests of Canadian consumers and encourages competition among
internet service providers. I will be recommending that
any decision counter to these foundational principles be reversed.
can find the latest news on the governments Digital Economy Strategy and related
Once again, thank you for writing. I trust that this information is
Here is the
CRTC's decision about UBB internet
Free to use this graphic anywhere.... we made it and want everyone to share it!
Water board says public left out
Kelowna Capital News - By Judie Steeves - February
The province’s process for bringing in new
legislation to replace the century-old water act is flawed,
according to the Okanagan Basin Water Board.
Instead of calling for feedback once a draft of the legislation is
available to comment on,
province’s plan is to go directly from public feedback to drafting
legislation, then to taking it to the legislature for
approval. Currently, the process is at the Water Sustainability Act
policy proposal stage, having already gone through a public input
process that resulted in draft options which aren’t specific.
The next four steps to introduction
of legislation are all at the government level, with no public
OBWB director Graeme James said the City of Kelowna believed there
would be time for its input on the draft legislation, and director
James Baker agreed, saying they need details on which to comment,
rather than just vague policy directions.
Director Toby Pike recalled that the Parliamentary Secretary for
Water Stewardship to the Minister of Environment, John Slater, who
also used to head up the OBWB, committed to make time for feedback
after the legislation was drafted. For instance, at this point,
there’s no definition of what’s meant by such terms as “conservation
flows,” noted Pike.
Director Bernie Bauer suggested the board send a letter expressing
strong support for the policy proposal, but expressing concern about
the details of the actual legislation. The letter will request that
a period for public feedback on the draft legislation be allowed
before it goes to the legislature for approval.
The province is calling for
public feedback now on its blog on proposals for the new act at
Telus as overpriced as any other in
As the above poster noted, Canadians are overcharged for their
highspeed internet services, and, unlike many other countries, most
Canadians have a cap on the amount they can download. Canada also
has slower speeds than many other countries as well. CBC did a story
on this, you can read it here
I'm not sure if this is still the case but South Korea and many
other Asian countries had the lowest highspeed internet prices and I
think most, if not all, did not have download caps. Ultimately it's
just all about money. Canada has maybe 1 or 2 service providers in a
given area, and smaller providers, if any, are basically only
resellers as they rely on access to lines of the bigger providers.
Basically, internet service is monopolized and thus providers charge
whatever they want, under whatever conditions they want (ie.
download and speed limits, lack of customer service, etc). Not that
the public actually cares. This is a
country of people that quitely still paid the higher exchange rate
price even when the Canadian dollar was on par with, or higher than,
the US dollar, and, when asked if it bothered them, said "no, what
can you do?"
BE LEARY OF SOMEONE CALLING YOU FROM THE
SISTER GOT A CALL SAYING SHE HAD MAIL ADDRESSED TO HER OLD ADDRESS FROM A VERY
LONG TIME AGO. SHE ASKED FOR THEIR NUMBER TO CALL THEM BACK OR IT WAS ON
CALL DISPLAY ONE OR THE OTHER, AND THEN SHE TOLD THEM TO KEEP THE MAIL.
SHE TRIED TO CALL THE NUMBER SHE WAS GIVEN OR SHE HAD, AND IT WAS OUT OF
SERVICE. THEN RIGHT AFTER THAT MY MOM GOT A CALL FROM THE MAIL ROOM TOO...
JUST SO HAPPENS MY SISTER HAD HER CALLS FORWARDED TO HER CELL AND SHE WAS AT MY
MOMS WHEN THE PERSON CALLED. THEY WOULDN'T CALL MY MOM TRYING TO FIND MY
SISTER BECAUSE THEY HAD JUST TALKED TO MY SISTER AND SHE TOLD THEM TO KEEP THE
MAIL. THE WOMAN FROM THE MAIL ROOM SAID SHE WAS IN ONTARIO. BET SHE
WAS TRYING TO GET MONEY TO SEND THE PACKAGE OR SOMETHING... DON'T KNOW WHAT THE
STORY IS THERE BUT ITS SURE SUSPICIOUS
Are you religious?
Think about it, not everyone believes in the same
belief (religion), and there are so many religions I can't count
them all. And you know how people like to be forced into a religion
they don't believe in. Well I think some people may believe they are
atheist, but they don't act like it. Everyone believes in the
biggest religion of them all.... government. There are more people
that believe in government than any other religion. People are more
than willing to hand over a portion of each pay cheque to their
government (god). People believe if there was no government (god)
that they would go to hell. Well I don't know about you, but I don't
think I would go to hell. I truly believe I am not religious and I
don't believe in being governed. So why is this biggest religion
(government) being shoved down my throat? If I don't want to belong
to this biggest religion (government) I will go straight to hell
(jail). Anyone have a solution?
Pass this around if you believe like I do.
HERE YOU CAN CHECK A WEBSITE TO SEE IF IT IS SUSPICIOUS
McAfee Site Advisor
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You should see some of the
comments people made about the Freedumb of
Canadian Taxpayers Federation Submission
The CTF recommends any organization receiving tax dollars be subject
to the FOIPP Act with regard to how those dollars are spent.
D. Babcock said, "As a taxpayer it is our money and we have right
and an interest to know what our elected representatives did with
our money. They are working for us not the other way around!
C.M. Belanger said, "The current government has made freedom of
information impossible for real people! Charging huge amounts and
imposing their ridiculously long wait time (an added and deliberate
obstacle). When the request finally is committed the information is
mostly BLACKED OUT!"
D. Schreck said, "Changes to the Act are important, but no changes
can replace the need for a commitment throughout government to an
attitude that the public has a right to know what is going on in
B. Skakun said, "This Privacy Act is in my opinion designed to
protect governments at all levels putting the onus on the applicant
to fight government for information that is" Clearly in the Public
okanaganlakebc.ca's sentiments exactly!
By reading every submission, okanaganlakebc.ca has come to the conclusion that
people want access to information about BC Ferries, BC Rail, ICBC, Native Bands,
but are having a hard time getting information, plus they don't like the long
waits sometimes a year or more for the information.
HOW FAR WILL REGIONAL DISTRICT OF
CENTRAL OKANAGAN GO?
WE CAN'T SHOW EMOTION??
6.2 Those in attendance will
refrain from applause, cheering, heckling, booing,
inappropriate language, other expressions of
emotion, outbursts or criticisms aimed
at individuals or groups whether in favor of, or opposition to,
any particular application or argument. Placards, posters, signs and
other distracting material are not permitted.
Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Procedure Bylaw
No. 1278, 2010 - from page 9
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY ACT
[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 165
Protection of public body
from legal suit
73 No action lies and no proceeding may be brought against the
government, a public body, the head of a public body, an elected
official of a public body or any person acting on behalf of or under
the direction of the head of a public body for damages resulting
(a) the disclosure, or failure to disclose, in good faith of all or
part of a record under this Act or any consequences of that
disclosure or failure to disclose, or
(b) the failure to give any notice required under this Act if
reasonable care is taken to give the required notice.
The Internet As You Know It Is
Slated for Death by 2012
According to information readily accessible on the internet, the
effort is underway to charge per site
fees on most internet sites. The plan will convert the
internet into a cable-like system in which customers will sign up
and pay for access to specific web sites and then pay al a carte to
visit any sites beyond the package they have bought. It's modeled on
the manner in which cable TV subscribers buy prepackaged service,
leaving them open to purchase extra services on a per view basis.
Many sites not popular enough to be bundled would disappear. Costs
for the average internet user would soar.
FCC regulations have already allowed the phone and cable giants to
gain greater control over broadband and eliminate longstanding
regularoty safeguards. Companies providing internet access are not
required to operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. It has been
governmental regulation of phone lines that has helped make the
internet the open, accessible and vibrant medium it is today. But
now the effort is underway to privatize these networks and the
government is slowly allowing this to happen.
"The commissioners were especially outraged by Comcast's lies and
deception. When it first got caught
blocking the Internet, the cable giant "misleadingly
disclaimed any responsibility for its customers' problems,"
according to the FCC order, followed by "at best misdirection and
obfuscation." Contrary to the spin of Comcast's lawyers, the FCC can
protect the rights of Internet users, and promote openness, free
speech and competition on the Web.
be strong -stand up for what
you believe in
Join the Okanagan Health Coalition
we are looking for members
Okanagan Health Coalition
IS NOT THE
BC Health Coalition. Our
coalition will represent the whole valley unless we get interest in forming
smaller geographical committees.
Find more information we were sent about the Okanagan Health Coalition
|School Fees Reimbursement Class Action Lawsuit
reported in the news, Merchant Law Group is launching class actions
against various school boards in Canada for ancillary school fees
charged to parents or students who attended public and separate
schools. The lawsuits assert that these fees are inappropriate and
that they must be repaid to the parents and students who paid them.
If you or a family member was enrolled in any primary or secondary
school in the past 15 years and was charged any class fees or costs,
please complete the form below. These lawsuits are being pursued
against individual school boards when appropriate students and
parents contact our law firm.
BC Lottery Corp. (Scratch 'n' Win) tickets lawsuit
Facebook Breach of Privacy Class Action
A SETTLEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED
of TELUS HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET STICK
out more how Telus treats its customers click here.
Fintry area of Westside Road BC is infected with the
Western Spruce Budworm.
One of British Columbia's worst fires, the Salmon Arm fire occurred
in 1998. It damaged over 6,000 hectares, caused the
evacuation of approximately 7,000 people, destroyed 40 buildings,
and cost over $10 million to extinguish.
On June 13, 1886, fire destroyed most of Vancouver, which had only
been incorporated three months earlier. A clearing fire blazed out
of control and in one hour only two of the 400 original buildings
were left standing. Due to the fire it was decided that replacement
construction should be of brick stone or cast iron.
Websites hosted by
know Janey Canuck?
REAL JANEY CANUCK
In 1929, these women won a judgment from the British Privy Council that declared
women were indeed persons under the British North America Act, and therefore
entitled to sit in the Senate. They had proved the truth of Emily's credo: "The
world loves a peaceful man, but gives way to a strenuous kicker."
1926 The Daily Province Reported
Devices designed to repel the attacks of Mr. Ogopogo and family will be
installed aboard the modern ferry to be operated by the Government from Kelowna,
it was reported today at the Parliament Buildings.
Ogopogo is known to the Indians as N'Haatik, the Demon of the Lake.
The name Ogopogo evolved from a popular music hall song:
I'm looking for the Ogopogo, the funny little Ogopogo.
His Mother was an Earwig and his Father was a whale.
I'm going to put a little bit of salt on his tail.
"The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open"
Did you know that the strongest muscle in the body is the tongue?
As Marc Emery the "Prince of Pot" puts it:
"One person can undo the evil of several thousand people"
photos up Terrace Mountain June 6, 2010
This is a photo taken of the Terrace Mountain Wildfire in August 2009
July 19, 2010 - The
Kamloops Fire Centre has responded to 99 wildfires this season, of which 77 have
been caused by people.
Cool pic .... Okanagan Lake BC fogged in Feb 3, 2010
click for larger photo
|Mr. Premier -
I just wanted to express my thanks to you for your introduction of
the HST for British Columbians.
Until yesterday I actually thought I would have some small stipend
left in my budget to spend on minor things such as food and heat and
light and lodging. But thankfully you have now taken that difficult
decision of where I should now spend that money.
Your government has been so good at reducing the decision options
for B.C. Citizens, particularly Old Age Pensioners ever since you
You started off by introducing the Unfair Pharmacare Program, you of
course called it Fair Pharmacare, and I guess as it left us with
less money in our pockets and more in yours, I can see your point.
Then you introduced increased fees for hunting and fishing licences
and park use fees. Of course you did promise that these monies would
all go back into the resource. You lied of course. But again thanks
to you we now had less money to worry about.
I won't go into the Olympics because it certainly makes sense to me
that my money is far better spent by you on million dollar parties
and brownnosing the hoi faloy by you and your compatriots in crime
rather than my using that money for silly things like keeping warm
and or eating. But hey, you have my best interests at heart I know.
Now you have taken or are taking some $800 million from B.C. Hydro
to pay for the big party, and so naturally and rationally B.C.
Hydro, which needed the $800 million to upgrade and maintain our
decaying and crumbling power facilities to ensure we have heat and
light in the future, why they just increased our electrical rates by
9%, a very tricky back door tax on your part, sneaky aren't you!
But hey, I understand that keeping you in the style to which you and
your developer friends have become accustomed to is of paramount
Then of course you are taking another almost $800 million from ICBC
which over time will result in increased insurance fees, another
back door tax.
But hey on this one you really solved our problem because with your
new tax and the ongoing smoke and mirrors, "Carbon Tax" you are
ensuring we cannot afford to drive our cars so we don't have to
worry about car insurance do we? Clever guy.
Oh. by the way, what have you been doing with the millions you have
raked in on the Carbon Tax? Just a thought, maybe people would like
to know where the money goes other than parties and to massively
overpaid minions you keep hiring in our health and education
And now of course you have solved all our money problems with the
grand old HST. I never would have thought of it, no money, no
I am looking into having the Federal Government just sending my
pension cheque directly to your account and thereby saving us all
the middle men and accounting issues.
Really appreciate all you have done and are doing to keep us from
having to wonder what we will do with all our money in the future.
I will be however, working with Bill Vander Zalm as hard as I can
just to show my full appreciation for your efforts.
After Thought :
Oh, by the way, You forgot the "Inheritance tax" - although there
probably won't be anything for the next generation to inherit - but
hey, you'll think of a way to tax that too; just mark my words
Not sure who is the author of this cartoon is, but its going around by email and
we thought it was a good one LOL.
All protest signs on okanaganlakebc.ca are
NOT copyright protected and you are free to use them however you wish.
Citizens Fight Back In Proposed Class Action Against Minister Of National
Revenue For Abuse by CRA March 2009
How to get your neighbor to clean up his or her dead pine beetle trees, section
522 of the Local Government Act
(b) require the owners or occupiers of real
property to remove from a building or yard anything that, in the opinion of the
fire chief, is a fire hazard or increases the danger of fire;
You can also use
RDCO Fire Prevention and Regulations Bylaw 1066 to have your neighbor clean
up his or her yard
c) The owner or occupant of real property shall
keep their buildings and yards clear of anything that may unduly increase the
probability or danger of fire.
A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT - there are lots of them
The Offence Act
92 (4) If, after hearing the evidence of a physician who has
examined the person and any other evidence of the person's addiction
to, or use of, alcohol, and any evidence of the person concerned,
the justice is satisfied that the person concerned is in need of
treatment and rehabilitation as provided for chronic alcoholics, and
that no firm arrangements have been made for the voluntary treatment
of the person or, if made, are not likely to be adhered to by the
person, the justice may make an order that,
for an indeterminate term not exceeding 12 months, the person attend
at, or be detained in, an institution where treatment is provided
for chronic alcoholics.
Kelowna, B.C. - Black Widow Spider - YouTube Video
story by Vernon BC Landfill - YouTube Video
UFO Orbs in Canada - YouTube Video
The Status of Property Rights in Canada
$167 fine and 3 points on your license if you are caught
driving while HOLDING your cell phone!!!
Did you know you can
register to be an organ donor online here?
Go Public is an investigative news segment on CBC
TV, radio and the web.
We expose waste, incompetence and wrongdoing and
hold the powers that be accountable.
If you are looking for the local North Westside Road website
you may have paid $1,000 for, that would be the
North Westside Communities Association website which is no longer in service
sometime early 2011.
Item 8.3 Regional Grant In Aid Policy.pdf
Item 8.2 Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Grant in Aid.pdf
Please don't get confused, as none of your tax dollars went to pay for this
|It use to be that a person on assistance was eligible for
free tooth extractions, but not anymore. It could cost
between $38 - $100 or maybe even more.
If the homeless need
low cost dental, there is a 7 month wait at
Kelowna's Gospel Mission which is the only low cost dental
clinic in the Kelowna / Vernon BC area, plus
Kelowna's Gospel Mission is not taking new referrals.
And if the homeless needed dental care between Christmas and
New Years and they didn't have the $200 because it is during the
holidays, they were out of luck and had to live with the puss
seeping from their gums and being poisoned.
That is just how well paying a government works. You
get nothing in return but pain!
Ministry pays 72% on dental work for
kids and the disabled. Warning though, these kids
and the disabled may be charged more if the dentist charges more
than the fee as recommended in the non-mandatory BC
Dental Associations fee guide that is not published online, but
may be located at a large municipal library.
The ministry's fee schedule for dental services for eligible
people on income and disability assistance and children served
through the BC Healthy Kids Program is
72 per cent of the BC Dental Association's 2007 fee guide.
B.C. homeless win right to camp in parks
CBC News - December 9, 2009
Homeless people can camp temporarily in public parks if
municipalities can't provide them with sufficient alternative
shelter, British Columbia's highest court ruled Wednesday.
Have you ever given thought to why in Canada so many people are forced to
rent and can't afford to buy a home? Wouldn't you call renting,
"For those with their eyes shut, no explanation will suffice;
For those with their eyes open, no explanation is necessary."
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