Water source switched

Greater Vernon Water (GVW) is switching its water source to conduct some planned maintenance.

The Duteau Creek water source will be turned off the week of March 27 for planned maintenance work. GVW will be providing water to all customers from the Mission Hill Water Treatment Plant supplied by Kalamalka Lake.

Customers regularly receiving Duteau water could notice a change in their water as Kalamalka Lake water is harder and more alkaline.

This may be of interest to customers who have in-home water treatment systems or aquariums.

As an emergency backup supply, the Antwerp Deep Well and Ranch Well No. 1 have are on standby and will only be used if needed. Both the Antwerp Deep Well and Ranch Well No. 1 are approved by Interior Health as emergency potable water use backups and are considered safe as drinking water sources.

The Antwerp Shallow Well that was contaminated in 2010 has been permanently taken off-line and will not be used by GVW as a potable water source.

If the Antwerp Deep Well is used, road signs will be posted in affected areas and the RDNO website will have a map a map outlining impacted customers.

It is anticipated that the work will be completed by March 31, but could be extended if required.

City CFO moving on

After 15 years with the city, Kevin Bertles is moving on.

The City of Vernon director of financial services and chief financial officer (CFO) submitted a letter of retirement effective March 23. 

During his time as director of financial services, Bertles and his staff were recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award four years in a row, and the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting six years in a row.

Bertles was also recognized by GFOA for leading the budgeting and financial reporting processes.

“On behalf of the City, we wish Mr. Bertles success in the next phase of his career,” said Mayor Akbal Mund.

Debra Law has been appointed as Acting Director and CFO for the city.

Police action in Vernon

Vernon RCMP have blocked off Wilson Jackson Road on Silver Star Mountain.

Three police vehicles and an ambulance were at the scene and several evidence markers were seen on the ground.

There are no homes in the immediate area.

Wilson Jackson Road connects to Keddleston Road which leads off of Silver Star Road. The road was closed several kilometres from the T-intersection with Melford Road.

Police have not released any details on the situation at this time.

Castanet will have more information as it becomes available.


Cash for school district

The money just keeps on coming from the provincial Liberals.

The latest in a flurry of funding announcements has $1.6 million flowing into area schools.

Students in the Vernon school district will benefit with a school upgrade project, classroom supplies and a new school bus.

Clarence Fulton Secondary school will get more than $1 million in school enhancement program funding to upgrade the roof.

Under the new student learning grant, the district will receive $420,041 to purchase classroom equipment and supplies such as textbooks, lab equipment and art supplies.

The district will begin back-to-school planning with parents and teachers now to determine how best to use the one-time funding to reduce costs for parents and help teachers deliver B.C.'s new curriculum.

Students in the district will also benefit from a new 76-passenger school bus from $130,629 worth of funding from the school bus replacement program.

Every school district will receive a portion of this year's $53-million investment, supporting 223 projects.

Getting ready for games

Luiz Araujo has been hired to lead the city into the 2017 55+ BC Games.

The Vernon & Area 2017 55+ BC Games Host Society announced the hiring of the operations manager for an eight-month period.

Araujo has plenty of experience, having been a senior manager of the security integration team for the Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan Am Games, the largest multi-sport games ever held in Canada, and the third largest games in the world.

Araujo also served 35 years with the Canadian Forces in numerous positions including defence attache to Brazil and other prominent international postings around the globe.

“Last year, I decided to retire and my wife and I moved to Vernon to enjoy the wonderful Okanagan lifestyle. However, when the opportunity arose to work with the Vernon & Area 55+ BC Games in such a key role, I decided to postpone retirement for just a little while longer. It is great to be part of such a dedicated team and, at the same time, to be able to help my new community as it prepares to host 3,500 participants, officials, and spectators from all across B.C. I look forward to working with all of the volunteers that will make this year’s Games the best ever,” said Araujo.

And to make the games a success, volunteers are needed – lots of them.

Some 1,200 volunteers are required to make the sporting event a success. All backgrounds and interests are welcome for the many available positions and opportunities throughout the games. To date, just under 200 have been secured, on par with previous games history.

Volunteers are asked to go to the volunteer registration link on the games website for more information.

The society has also rented office space at 101-4007 27th St., 250-260-7869.

The games' website remains the source for all 2017 55+ BC Games-related information. The site is updated regularly with information specific to Vernon and area activities, volunteering opportunities, list of the sport venues and schedules, accommodations and many other helpful links/facts including local area maps.

So, you need a job?

For anyone looking for work, this is the place to be.

More than 35 employers will participate in the second annual Vernon Job Fair.

Organized by NexusBC Community Resource Centre, the event is scheduled for March 30 at the Vernon Lodge, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We have a large amount and good variety of employers coming for both permanent and seasonal jobs,” said Lee Brinkman, marketing co-ordinator with NexusBC. “So, whether you’re interested in working in hospitality, construction, manufacturing, food and beverage, customer service, work at home or abroad, there is something for everyone.”

Brinkman recommends job seekers dress appropriately, bring plenty of resumes and be prepared to sign up for interviews. Job seekers are also advised to research the companies they wish to apply to and practise a 30-second pitch of their background.

“Be prepared for the question – tell me a bit about yourself – and practise your response,” she said.

A full list of employers can be found here.

Local MP backs O'Toole

Erin O'Toole may be younger than the current prime minister, but he is the right man to lead the national Conservative Party in the next election.

That from Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold who is endorsing O'Toole to take the party helm.

“He's a year younger than Trudeau, but he has a well-rounded background,” said Arnold, noting O'Toole is the former veterans affairs minister who represents Durham in Ontario.

“He has good support right across the country,” said Arnold, adding numerous Tory MPs are also backing O'Toole.

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