Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 Comparison Coldstream vs Vernon residential calculator

Simply plug in your land and improvements assessment in the 2 Yellow Slots and Calculator will show taxes for both a Coldstream and a Vernon Property of same Value !

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EeCm_oV5thmwiXGYPDKaC9ugw2ViU8qdyoKoXkKgZio/edit#gid=0
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2017 In my case I pay $507 more in Vernon than an  identical valued property in Coldstream.  ($451.81 was the amount  in 2016).
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Coldstream 2017 rates at  https://coldstream.civicweb.net/FileStorage/55B846E93B6F46929BD106E0EDAA3FC4-Bylaw%201695%20(Final%20Adoption).pdf

Sunday, May 21, 2017

BX Ranch generates debate

RICHARD ROLKE Morning Star Sun May 21st, 2017
A chunk of land in the BX is generating considerable discussion. Vernon officials take exception with recent comments from director Mike Macnabb that Vernon and Coldstream are forcing the Regional District of North Okanagan to sell 137 acres of the BX Ranch instead of keeping it for park. “It was agreed on by everyone, Areas B and C included,” said Akbal Mund, a city director, at RDNO Wednesday. Juliette Cunningham, a Vernon director, insists there was consensus to purchase the entire 166 acres in 2016 for $2.3 million so 36 acres could be kept as park and the remainder would be sold. “The City of Vernon pays 65 per cent of those purchase costs and I don’t agree with how this has been brought up,” she said. Macnabb, the BX-Silver Star director, has previously stated the process for the BX Ranch lands indicates the electoral areas are treated differently than municipalities because other land purchases haven’t been handled this way. On Wednesday, Macnabb wouldn’t respond to comments from Mund and Cunningham but he is hopeful all of the property can be retained for park. “We’ll talk about the next steps for the BX Ranch lands,” he said. On Wednesday, the RDNO board rezoned the 137 acres from country residential to large holding. “This would down-zone the property,” said Rob Smailes, adding that the zoning change is a condition of the Agricultural Land Commission. Under the new zoning, the lot would be agricultural and residential subdivision would not be allowed unless there was a further rezoning process considered by the regional district.

Friday, May 19, 2017

RDNO To Apply For Grant For Water Filtration

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 KISS FM Tom Mark May 19, 2017 06:17 am
The Regional District of North Okanagan is committing itself to have a filtration system installed at the Mission Hill Water Treatment Plant. RDNO Board Chair Bob Fleming says the board approved seeking a government grant for a much needed system ” there’s two treatment systems, chlorine obviously. The other is UV light. The ultimate solution to make sure that we continue to meet Interior Health guidelines would be filtration.” Fleming says senior government funding is needed to help with it. ” yeah, So that’s a combination, the Strategic Priorities Fund, I think it’s the one and it’s a joint federal-provincial funding mechanism for waste water and water treatment.”Fleming says an application will be submitted as soon as possible. A filtration system would cost about 36 million dollars.” Unless we get senior levels of government contributing to the funding in a significant way that will be deferred which is fine for the time being.”He says a filtration system is on the back burner for the Duteau plant but will be part of a review of the Master Water Plan.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Campaign targets public land- RDNO may sell off a portion of 166 acres of the BX Ranch on East Vernon Road

RICHARD ROLKE Morning Star Wed May 17th, 2017 6:00amNEWS

There is growing pressure to keep public land public. The Regional District of North Okanagan purchased 166 acres of the BX Ranch on East Vernon Road in 2016 and is currently rezoning 137 acres so it can be sold for residential development. “We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to retain a historically significant green space as an agricultural park,” said Paul Williamson, with a committee formed by the BX-Swan Lake Community Association to lobby to retain the land as public. “This piece of property is adjacent to Vernon’s East Hill neighbourhood which has one of the highest population densities in the North Okanagan and is currently under served with parks.” If the 137 acres are sold off, the remaining 36 acres would create a park between BX Ranch and Mutrie Road parks.

Mike Macnabb, BX-Swan Lake area director, wants the entire 166 acres kept. “I’d hate to see another carving up of farmland,” he said. However, Macnabb says that when RDNO purchased the 166 acres for $2.3 million, a condition from partners Vernon and Coldstream was that a portion be sold off as a way of generating revenue. Macnabb believes the process indicates that the electoral areas are treated differently than municipalities. "We haven’t done this with other purchases,” he said. The BX-Swan Lake Community Association has suggested an agricultural park for the site.
“We’re looking for partnerships with local schools, Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan, and other groups interested in preserving this rural land base,” said Williamson. A public hearing on rezoning the 166 acres from country residential to large holding will be held today at the RDNO office at 4 p.m.
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Bylaw 2742 - Rezoning https://rdno.civicweb.net/document/73419
Purpose: A bylaw to rezone a 55.5 ha property located at 4122 East Vernon Road, Electoral Area "C" and legally described as Lot 1, District Lot 51, ODYD, Plan KAP76012, Except Plan KAP83919 and located at 4122 East Vernon Road, Electoral Area “C” from the Country Residential Zone (C.R) to the Large Holding Zone (L.H). If successful, the proposed boundary adjustment subdivision would create a 14.8 ha lot for passive recreation and wildlife scenery
viewing that would link Mutrie Road Park to Black Rock Park and BX Ranch Park.
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http://www.rdno.ca/press-releases/160408_PRSRLS_BXRanchlandsPurchase.pdf

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Greater Vernon Water Boil Water Notice - RESCINDED

http://www.rdno.ca/index.php/news/media-releases/greater-vernon-water-boil-water-rescinded


GST Revenue from Carbon Tax in B.C.

Mel Arnold Introduces GST Carbon Tax Petition
Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 KISS FM Tom Mark May 16, 2017 10:39 am
North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold has introduced a petition in the House of Commons calling for an end to the GST being applied to carbon taxes. The petition was started by Vernon City Councillor Bob Spiers. Arnold agrees with Spiers it’s a tax on a tax and isn’t fair to families. ” So far it’s been almost half a billion dollars from BC that has gone to Ottawa into general revenue. We don’t necessarily see it coming back to the provinces.” The government has 45 days to respond to the petition. Langley MP Mark Warawa has also introduced a bill calling for the tax-on-tax to end. Arnold says the government has to act ” Either the Prime Minister is going to have to change what he stated about the tax revenues from carbon taxes being revenue neutral in the provinces or they will have to make a change on the GST being charged.” Arnold says “Taxing a tax is not the solution nor is it fair to Canadians and I will continue to work with citizens and colleagues to oppose and end this scheme.”
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Don Quixote Note:
From the tables below you can see that the GST on Carbon Tax in the 2016 fiscal year was $61.7 million on Carbon Tax Revenue of $1,234 million. (I billion, 234 million)

From July 1, 2008 when Carbon Tax was introduced the total Carbon Tax Revenue to end of 2016 Fiscal was $8,538,000,000 (8.538 Billion) and the GST extracted  (Tax on a Tax) was $426,900,000.  (almost $429 million)

By the end of this fiscal year 2017 the GST shipped off to Ottawa will approach $1/2 billion.

https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/examining-the-revenue-neutrality-of-bcs-carbon-tax.pdf



Monday, May 15, 2017

Tax on Tax Petition tabled in House of Commons Today.


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Stop 'tax-on-tax scheme'
by Darren Handschuh - May 15, 2017 / 3:46 pm CASTANET
Mel Arnold has asked his colleagues to get rid of a tax on a tax. Last year, Vernon city Coun. Bob Spiers launched an e-petition asking the federal government to eliminate what was essentially a tax on the carbon tax. The feds are applying the GST to the carbon tax, but on Monday the Okanagan-Shuswap Conservative MP tabled the petition in the House of Commons to get rid of the double tax. The online e-petition garnered 1,596 signatures from across Canada between January and May. It will now be assessed by the federal government which has to issue a formal written response within 45 days. “Now that the federal government has mandated that all provinces and territories establish a carbon tax regime by 2018, all Canadians will soon be subjected to this tax-on-tax scheme,” said Arnold. “I commend councillor Spiers for stepping forward with this important proposal and I will continue to fight this unfair tax scheme.” Spiers said he appreciates Arnold taking the matter to the highest government in the land. The 2016 federal budget projected GST revenue to increase by 21 per cent over five years while Budget 2017’s projection shows the federal government expects to grow its GST revenues by 24 per cent by 2021.A large portion of this increase in federal revenue is expected to result from charging GST on new provincial and territorial carbon taxes.
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Did you know you are being Taxed on Tax? Sign electronic petition e-713 and send support for Private Members Bill C-342. Let the Prime Minister know that Tax on Tax is not acceptable.



Winners of the 2017 RCMP Name the Puppy contest have been chosen

 May 11, 2017   Innisfail, Alberta
The RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) received close to 21,000 entries to this year's Name the Puppy contest. The names of the first 13 puppies to be born at the PDSTC in Innisfail, Alberta, have now been chosen. They have been suggested by boys and girls representing every province and territory in Canada.
All names had to start with the letter K. For multiple entries of the same name, a draw determined the winning entry.
The winning entries are:

Kage – Andrew Chin from Richmond, B.C.
Kai – Lexi Blandford from Yellowknife, N.W.T.
Kammo – Mia Sharpe from Leduc, Alta.
Kaos – Evan Bambury from St. John's, N.L.
Karma – Layla Crouse from Lunenburg, N.S.
Kate – Joey Argento from Montreal, Que.
Kato – Joseph Knutson from Prince Albert, Sask.
Kaya – Audrey LeBlanc from Beresford, N.B.
Kayla – Kally Penner from Winnipegosis, Man.
Kazoo – Stefano Giordano from Toronto, Ont.
Knight – Aiden Murnaghan from Donagh, P.E.I.
Koda – Rorie Bundt from Dawson City, Yukon
Kullu – Nallinniq Kiguktak from Grise Fiord, Nunavut


The 13 winners will each receive a laminated 8×10-inch laminated photo of the puppy they named, a plush dog called Justice and an official RCMP baseball cap.

RCMP police service dog teams are an important part of front line policing. They search for missing or lost people, track and apprehend criminals, remove illicit drugs from the streets, detect explosives and search for evidence used in crimes. The RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre is the training centre for all RCMP police dog teams in Canada. Ninety-four percent (94%) of the German shepherds working today as RCMP service dogs were born at the PDSTC as part of the RCMP Police Dog Breeding Program.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Conservatives rebuild

Fri May 12th, 2017 8:00amNEWS Morning Star
The B.C. Conservative Party will hold meetings in May and June in the North Okanagan. The goal is to rebuild the party’s grassroots organization. “If the results of the recent election hold through recounts and absentee ballot counts, there will very probably be another election within the next two years,” said Scott Anderson, party official, of a likely minority government. “The B.C. Conservatives intend to be ready with a full slate of candidates when that happens.” The B.C. Conservatives ran 56 candidates in 2013, and 10 candidates in 2017.