Survey says….

A B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association survey shows more than 67 per cent of farmers have reduced fruit production as a result of uncertainties and risks created by COVID-19.

The survey paints a bleak picture of the pandemic’s impacts on an already struggling fruit industry, and the real threat to food security in B.C. as producers are forced to cut crops to stay afloat.

“We knew things would be bad coming into the growing season this year, but these numbers are extremely troubling even to those of us in the industry,” said Pinder Dhaliwal, president of the BCFGA. “These numbers should worry anyone concerned about where their food will be coming from this fall, and how much it’s going to cost.”

The fruit industry says they were already facing stiff headwinds entering the 2020 growing season with apple prices depressed for three straight years, “the cost to produce has actually been higher than the price farmers receive for their crops,” says Dhaliwal.

The BCFGA survey demonstrates that the COVID-19 pandemic now has producers facing additional costs and labour shortages this year that will magnify an already weak financial picture.

•Four in five, 81 per cent say they are concerned about being able to cover the additional costs associated with following all COVID-related public health guidelines
•Seven in eight, 87 per cent are concerned they will not have enough hired labour to bring in their crops

According to industry data, BC’s interior tree fruit industry represents 800 growers operating orchards that generate $118 million in wholesale revenue and contribute $776 million in economic activity.

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by Mike Monaghan

Red Wing Black

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Tomorrow is Canada Day

Oliver Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Oliver Fire Department are offering a free “drive-through breakfast” at the Community Centre parking lot July 1st 8:30-10:30am

Egg sandwiches, hashbrowns, juice and coffee will served while supplies last.

Attendees must stay in their vehicles at all times and staff and volunteers will be following COVID-19 safety protocols.

Prizes will be given for “best dressed” car!

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Big little announcement

ODN is about to take a bit of a summer holiday – July and August

This has been an interesting year so far – six months to go until 2021

How will this affect you?

Not much… but your expectations may be higher than I can meet at the moment

So ODN will be here today and every day – but all of the work may be done at a slower pace.

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A little sun each day

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by Pat Whalley


Those of you who have followed stories of my childhood, growing up with my grandma, have heard some of the horror stories of my gran’s cures for all ailments. In today’s world, grandma’s cures would be thought of as odd and a bit eccentric, two hundred years ago she would probably have been accused of witchcraft.

|My gran had a cure for whatever ailed you and I often felt that her philosophy was that the worst it tasted, smelled or stung, the better for the patient.

I had childhood asthma, probably because the upstairs bedrooms never got warm and always had a damp feeling. I had a permanent wheeze and when it got bad, I often had to sit up all night as I couldn’t breath lying down.

Gran treated my “weak chest” as it was called then by wrapping me in various layers of warm clothing. All English kids of my generation wore a Liberty bodice. A sort of short sleeved shirt, cotton fabric reinforced with satin vertical stripes. This would be buttoned up the front with around twenty tiny rubber buttons, they were rubber so they wouldn’t break in the big, old fashioned wringer that was an integral part of laundry day. This was only changed once a week, on bath night, which was just as well as the buttons took forever to push through the holes.

Underneath my Liberty bodice was a thick layer of goose grease, the cure-all for most chest ailments in Lancashire. Pinned to the neck of my garment was a camphor bag. Camphor is what moth balls were made of and the accompanying stink was supposed to keep me breathing freely. I know it made my eyes water with the smell that I couldn’t get away from.

A cough or cold also brought the added comfort of one of gran’s old lisle stockings, wrapped around my neck and holding in place a thick slab of fatty, raw bacon. I honestly thought nothing of all this as a child as many of my classmates wore similar home cures. Our poor teacher must have loved bending over her charges to see how their work was progressing and inhaling the various salves and potions.

Burns were treated with a liberal coating of butter and boils were treated in the cruellest way possible. Some milk would be boiled on the stove, a crust of bread soaked in it then slapped on the boil. The resulting cry and yell of the person getting treated seemed to convince gran that it was working. Luckily, I never once had a boil but my older brother, who was a bully and very nasty, was a frequent sufferer and would be brought to gran for treatment. I thought it was God’s way of punishing him for his cruelty to animals.

Gran made excellent cough syrup. She boiled together linseed, liquorish and lemons and it made a thick brown goo that tasted good. But any pleasure was soon forgotten when the cod liver oil was dispensed. It made me want to vomit but I swallowed it or the dose would be repeated. The resultant fishy taste would echo back through my digestive system for hours, it was really foul.

Friday night meant bath night. The big zinc bathtub was brought in from the yard, set in front of the fire and filled with hot water, I would have my hair washed and then could play in the bath for a while, which I loved. Gran would then dry me off and get my nightie on, it was then time for the weekly nit search.

Lice seemed to be the bane of kids of my generation but, for some reason, probably the stinky camphor bag, I never got them, however, I still had the weekly check. Kneeling in front of my grandma, who had a newspaper spread on her lap, she would comb through my hair with a nit comb. This was fine toothed, metal comb that caught any lice eggs between the teeth and fished them out of the hair. Every week I silently prayed she wouldn’t find any hitch-hikers, and she never did. However, when I was about ten, another cousin came to live with us as her mom had passed away. I don’t know why but she managed to get nits, none stop.

As gran found one offender after another, my cousin would receive a smack on the side of the head and a renewed scraping with the dreaded comb, until, I’m sure her head was raw. After this torture came the shampooing with the special medicated soap, which had to be left on for a while, then rinsed off. I felt really sorry for her but was so glad not to be on the receiving end of this treatment, that I kept quiet. Some of the poor neighbour children had mums that didn’t bother with the treatments and the kids got their heads shaved. What a cruel way to be singled out as a child, in those days nobody thought kids had feelings and were greatly ignored.

Growing up was a challenge and as nobody had any money, it was always a case of neighbour helping neighbour. Grandma helped deliver babies, she also laid out the dead. These were the days of the whole village knowing our business and everyone seemed to care about everyone else. Old ladies always had neighbours to carry coal in the house, children were taught to fetch groceries for them and nobody spent Christmas Day alone. A child found crying was brought indoors and looked after, until the problem had been solved. A neighbour was just as likely to give you a smack for bad behaviour as your caregiver, but you also knew that same neighbour would loo out for you, if you were in trouble.

A different world? Yes indeed, many of us now would be thought of as interfering if we took charge of someone else’s child, without being asked but I think many of us would still like to be good neighbours and lend a hand, we are maybe just frightened of being rebuffed. Still, it wouldn’t hurt any of us to try.

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Grads 2020 – great work for 12 years

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Quest Column

A rare occurrence

It is not often that I find myself in agreement with Prime Minister Trudeau but in his decision to not get on board with a prisoner exchange involving Meng Wanzhou – he is right. To yield to what the Chinese government has now admitted to being hostage diplomacy would put every Canadian that travels anywhere outside of Canada in grave peril in the future.

Should we as a country ever have gotten involved in this: Some legal experts believe that our legal system left us no choice but that is irrelevant now. We are in this, and it will have to take its course or we undermine our legal system both at home and in the eyes of the world. To change this for political reasons now would come with a cost.

What can we do inside our legal system?

What comes to mind though is that Meng Wanzhou has been granted every courtesy that could be granted her in spite of the treatment of the two Michaels in China. Although technically incarcerated Meng Wanzhou is a bird in a highly gilded cage, granted freedoms and luxuries well in excess of what many quarantined Canadians are experiencing.

Should Canada wish, her bail could be revoked and she could be remanded in custody as the 10 million bail hardly prevents her from being a flight risk. To put it in perspective the family wealth is estimated to be 1.3 billion or more, so if you had $130,000 in the bank that would be about $1,000 of that amount, not much of a deterrent when facing serious prison time in the USA.

The result of this without a doubt would put the two Michaels at risk but considering that Meng Wanzhou’s father Ren Zhengfei is one of the most powerful and influential people in China having strong connections to China’s Communist Government. Seeing his daughter in prison orange may bring pressure to bear on the Chinese government.

Meng Wanzhou would likely have to be held in protective custody as I think general population would be a very hazardous place for her.

This would be extremely risky and could drag us into a volatile confrontation. As former ambassador Michael Kergin put it “Meng Wanzhou is almost like Royalty in China” and that would make this a difficult and precarious course of action.

It is probably a very good thing that this decision is not mine to make.

Rick Knodel

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Quote of the week

“I hope that if one of my loved ones is suicidal, it doesn’t result in a police officer — when they are in handcuffs and unresponsive — doesn’t result in the police officer pushing their head to the ground by the way of their boot.”

“Doesn’t make any sense.”

Dr. Kelly Sundberg, Calgary

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Respected hotelier in Osoyoos let go……

We have reached out to Don – at Walnut Beach

Jack – “no comment”

Basis of story – Walnut Beach Resort is a strata Hotel and according to the story – Manager discharged.

Confirmed by 3 reliable sources


Don Brogan is a director of the Destination Osoyoos board of directors.

In the past, Don has served on the BC Hotel Association Board of Directors (2008-2016), the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, The Osoyoos Chamber of Commerce, Oliver Chamber of Commerce, and the Desert Wine Country Tourism Association.

What is your personal interest in Osoyoos and Tourism?

“I have lived most of my life in the Osoyoos region and feel blessed to be able to continue living and working in the region. Tourism is the largest economical driver besides Agriculture and the three forms of government in our area. To not want to plan for and manage that economic driver that is so important to our livelihood would be a mistake. My business is all about tourism, but growing up here and having a family business operating for more than 40 tears, I know that tourism boosts many different businesses in our economy so that we all benefit from it.”

Since 2014, he has also been on the Board of Directors of TOTA – Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association.

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