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Patton Listens & Reports As Hovanes Talks

March 18, 2012
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Patton Listens & Reports As Hovanes Talks

“We kept it closed primarily because we didn’t want to cause any angst with the union negotiators. We didn’t want to make it a negotiation issue,” said Mayor Ron Hovanes. “Now that we have settled the contract, we thought we need to remove this from closed and let the community know this is the...

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In Oliver Divide And Rule Runs Rampant

March 11, 2012
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In Oliver Divide And Rule Runs Rampant

Should Oliver’s Administrators live in the Town that pays them? Oliver’s Chief Financial Officer lives in Kelowna – the Director of Development Services in Westbank and the Director of Operations in Summerland. Oliver’s Corporate Officer and Manager of Financial Services are both Pentictonians. Only Oliver’s Municipal Manager lives in Oliver, bringing new meaning to...

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The Testalinda Tsunami Tale…Tragic, Trite or Telling?

February 6, 2012
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The Testalinda Tsunami Tale…Tragic, Trite or Telling?

Loss protection purveyors preach that predictable and preventable occurrences are not “Acts of God” yet they pray for and prey on such phenomenon. Public Governments validate their own insurance by failing to indemnify that the insurers insure as presented to private policyholders. Ergo, loss protection policies are perfect until claims are filed, as evidenced...

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Public Politicos Purloin Private Party Perks

January 8, 2012
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Public Politicos Purloin Private Party Perks

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus for Particular Public Sector Politicos and Staff. Yes, Virginia, by good reason and design there ought to be myriad differences between Public Sector Servants and Private Sector Employees, even for similar work. Virginia, the public sector is any person / institution that is operated by government. The...

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Oliver, Where Canada’s Wine Capital Hosts Its Annual Banee In Osoyoos

December 28, 2011
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Oliver, Where Canada’s Wine Capital Hosts Its Annual Banee In Osoyoos

Oliver, where old is new, change is in your pocket, cosmopolitan is a magazine, the elected aren’t in charge and the mandarin’s colour is not orange. Oliver, where the streets have no permanent name, midnight madness is over at 8:30, where locals get their news from the Penticton Herald and budget pruning is postponed until...

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Baton Patton Picks A Predictable Pack Of Planners (APC)

December 18, 2011
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Baton Patton Picks A Predictable Pack Of Planners (APC)

Were Oliver’s & its District’s manager’s mandates made minor and moot by the silent majority? During your 2011 civic election the combined Oliver & District eligible voters who exercised their inalienable right to remain silent was 69 percent. Does the fact that in Oliver’s District, alone, the silent majority of almost 90 percent who...

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To An Opportunistic Mayor From Open Opine Minds

December 13, 2011
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To An Opportunistic Mayor From Open Opine Minds

Yes, we voted against the incumbent whose public rejection resulted from his inability to employ basic business sense and his acute accountability aversion. You did not mention accountability or basic business sense in your campaign handout. You did mention your serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. You did not mention the where and when...

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Oliver, “Open For Business” or “Open For Business Feasibility Studies”?

December 7, 2011
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Oliver, “Open For Business” or “Open For Business Feasibility Studies”?

When former and current Mayors & Councillors claim that Oliver has always been open for business they are as wrong as the shoulder season closings of Centennial Park. From both a psychological and a physiological point of view, the Main Street lots long empty, would be seen as symptoms of self-mutilation syndrome. Is it...

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Is Oliver Town & District Moving Forward To Its Past or Advancing To Its Rear?

November 21, 2011
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Is Oliver Town & District Moving Forward To Its Past or Advancing To Its Rear?

As Oliver’s Past Becomes Its Future, Its Citizens will once again be told from both sides of the mouths, that the “new” Mayor & Council led by the “old” Town Manager can and will “improve” Oliver’s Enduring Economic Climate. Without a “new” Town Manager and With Oliver’s “old” Punitive Prohibitive Parking Policies & Business...

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Signs Signs, Everywhere A Sign

November 13, 2011
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Signs Signs, Everywhere A Sign

B.C. Civic Election reports that to-date the Town of Oliver’s surrounding Area “C” is the only Contested Constituency With a Candidate Without Signs.  In the Oliver and surrounding Area, albeit in Clusters, the Politicos’ Signs almost outnumber the Real Estate Signs. Do the number of private real estate for sale signs on private land say...

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