Recent stories

Silent during off-road meeting, environmentalists now speaking up about damage caused by ATVs
Osoyoos Times
March 25, 2015

“A handful of local environmentalists sat quietly through a recent meeting about the use of off-road vehicles on the Osoyoos West Bench. Now they’re speaking up.” Read more…
Battle to create Grasslands park pits ecologists against ranchers
The Globe and Mail
August 22nd, 2014
This article describes the passionate local support for the protection of South Okanagan-Similkameen, and sheds some light onto local contention surrounding the issue.
Fortis, US mull massive Similkameen dam; Where is BC govt 
Common Sense Canadian
July 2nd, 2014

The Similkameen River is one of BC’s few remaining transboundary waterways that has been left undeveloped for hydropower. The river runs over the border into the US, and eventually into the Columbia River. Now, a BC river is at risk too. Fortis Inc. wants to add this Canadian waterway to that list by building a dam on the Similkameen. This development would have devastating effects, potentially flooding all the way up to Cawston.

Council continues push for province to resume talks relating to South Okanagan national park
Osoyoos Times
July 15, 2014
This article was published in the Osoyoos Times on July 9th, 2014. The locals and Town of Osoyoos council continue to talk about the benefits of a national park.Read the two scanned pages of the article here: Page 1  Page 2
News Release from the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce (SOCOC)
South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce News Release
June 10, 2014
In this statement, the SOCC expresses their current stance on a national park in the South Okananagan Similkameen. This release explains how it’s establishment would bring in a local stimulus to the community through tourism and jobs, a much needed benefit at this time.
The Similkameen River is one of three most endangered waterways in BC
The Globe and Mail
May 20th, 2014
Due to the Similkameen River’s importance for habitat, human health and a looming proposal for a hydro electric dam in the Similkameen Canyon, it has been listed as one of the three most endangered rivers in BC.
Veteran rancher voices his support for South Okanagan national park
Osoyoos Times
April 16th, 2014
This article, from the Osoyoos Times, quotes local rancher Elkink and others expressing the benefits of a National Park in the Okanagan-Similkameen. “A well-known rancher says if people want to see the South Okanagan grasslands remain in their current state, the only way to make that happen is to establish a national park”. However, the Grassland Coalition and other local ranchers still aren’t convinced that cattle grazing can co-exist with a national park, even though Park Canada’s feasibility assessment of the park clearly states that ranching can continue.

MLA’s stance on bill relating to provincial parks simply isn’t acceptable, says reader
Osoyoos Times
April 16th, 2014

A local man voices his concern about Linda Larson’s “ranchers first” attitude, and her refusal to properly represent her riding on the National Park issue.

Park would boost economy, advocate tells Rotary
Osoyoos Times
April 2nd, 2014

Guests line up to discuss national park at trade show
Oliver Chronicle
March 13th, 2014

Park advocates say Larson dividing campaigns
Oliver Chronicle
January 16th, 2014

Canada reaffirms ranching could continue in local national park reserve
Boundary Creek Times
January 10th, 2014

New call for South Okanagan national park
CBC Daybreak South
February 28, 2013

Proposed Okanagan national park needs push from B.C., advocate says
Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun
February 25, 2013

First Nations Feasibility Study concludes
Mark Hume, Globe and Mail
February 24, 2013

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