Opening Day 2019! @ Baldy Mountain Resort

Congratulations! You have made it through the off-season! The lifts are ready to spin, the snow is ready to be shredded, the lodge is prepped, food is ready to go, and a whole host of smiling, happy staff are ready to help you make the 2019/2020 ski season the best yet! We’ll have free baked goods for the first folks in line. Will you get first chair of the season?


Date: December 20

Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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Baldy Mountain Resort

2680 Mount Baldy Rd Oliver, British V0H1T0 Canada + Google Map

Phone: 2504984086

An Evening with Mrs. Claus @ Osoyoos Library




Date: December 17
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Osoyoos Regional Library 8505 68th Avenue Osoyoos, Bc V0H1V0 Canada + Google Map

Phone: (250) 495-7637


Vees Annual Teddy Bear Toss

Vees Annual Teddy Bear Toss - Dan JonesDetails:

Seating Map:
Date: December 6
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Tickets go on sale:
Doors Open: 6:00 pm
Ticket Prices: Adults – $14.00* | Seniors – $12.00* | Students/Children (18 and under) – FREE courtesy of Peters Bros Construction**

Organizer: Penticton Vees



The Penticton Vees will host the West Kelowna Warriors for the Annual TEDDY BEAR TOSS on Friday, December 6th at 7:00PM, presented by Telus.

This year, Teddy Bear Toss is expanding to include pyjamas, toques, scarves, mittens, diapers and other soft items – Anything to help families in need this chilly holiday season. When the Vees score their first goal of the game, toss your items on the ice!

Telus and Petsmart will be on site selling pyjamas and teddy bears for those who weren’t able to pick something up before the game.

Please be sure that all items are soft, lightweight and don’t contain hard parts that could harm the players on the ice at the time of the toss. Clothing and stuffed animals can be new or gently used. All items will be collected by the local Salvation Army branch and delivered to families within the South Okanagan.

*Additional fees apply online.
**Does not apply to premium seating. All fans under the age of 18 who are unaccompanied by a parent/guardian are asked to enter the SOEC through Gate 1 and to present photo identification upon picking up a ticket to the game as well as arriving the day of.

Game tickets can be purchased in person at the Valley First Box Office (at the SOEC) or online at

Spas in Kelowna

Spa in Kelowna - Dan Jones

Holiday madness deserves a trip to the Spa.


Aphrodite In Me 145 Asher Rd map

Amora Day Spa 549 Lawrence Ave map

Beyond Wrapture 1171 Harvey Ave map

Creme Caramel Day Spa 1100 Lawrence Ave map

Orah 2790 Richter St map

O Spa Health & Wellness 1912 Enterprise Way map

Namaste Day Spa 855 Rowcliffe Ave map

The Delta Grand Hotel Spa 1310 Water St map

The New You Day Spa 5315 Main St map

The Wellness Spa 2402 Hwy 97N map


Talking Tree Spa 1655 Westgate Rd map

The Cove 1655 Westgate Rd map

The Ten Spot 170-525 Hwy 97S map

Visit Santa at the Mall!

Visit Santa at the Mall - Dan Jones

Christmas 2019

Is there anything more exciting than sitting on Santa’s lap, and whispering exactly what you want for Christmas? Well, we want to make to make sure that all Okanagan kids have that chance, so we’re sharing all the locations, dates and times the Jolly Old Man will be visiting our community! Drop us a line if you know if an event not in our list. And have fun!


Where: 2271 Harvey Ave KELOWNA, near Ardene

+ DEC. 1 – 23 | MON – SAT

  • 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

+ DEC. 1 – 23 | SUNDAYS

  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.


  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

FYI: Visits with Santa are free! Photo packages are available. Your little one can also sit on Mrs. Claus’ lap, if that makes them feel more comfortable.


Where: 4900 27th Street VERNON


  • 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.


The Grinch

The Grinch will be at Village Green Shopping Centre on Dec. 7, 14, 15 and 21.

The Elf on a Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf joins Santa on Dec 7, and Dec. 8.

Outdoor Gear Rentals + Sales in Kelowna

Outdoor Gear Kelowna - Dan Jones


Cyclepath 2169 Springfield Rd -map-

  • Bikes, Scooters and Skis.

  • Retail ✔

Fresh Air 555 Groves Ave & 2070 Harvey Ave -map-

  • Bikes, Running Gear and Skis.

  • Retail ✔ Service Shop ✔ Cycling Club ✔

Kelowna Cycle 2949 Pandosy St -map-

  • Bikes, Apparel and Accessories

  • Retail ✔ Service Shop ✔ Cycling Group ✔

ONE Boardshop 2330 Hwy 97N -map-

  • Surf Boards, Snow Boards, Skate Boards, Wake Boards.

  • Retail ✔ Service Shop ✔

Play It Again Sports 1778 Baron Rd -map-

  • Huge variety of new and used Sports Gear.

  • Retail ✔ Rentals ✔Service Shop ✔ Trade-ins ✔

Play Stores 1950 Harvey Ave -map-

  • Running, Hiking and Yoga gear and apparel.

  • Retail ✔

Sports Excellence 310 Banks Rd -map-

  • Hockey, Football, Baseball, Soccer, Lacrosse and Ringette gear.

  • Retail ✔ Skate Sharpening ✔

Stay Tuned Sports 1735 Dolphin Ave -map-

  • Skis

  • Retail ✔ Service Shop ✔

Trout Waters Fly & Tackle 2340 Hwy 97N -map- 

  • Fly Fishing gear

  • Retail ✔ Guided Trips ✔

Preparing For Your Open House

Open House - Dan Jones








First impressions count when selling your home – especially during an Open House. Your REALTOR® will help you prepare for your open house by suggesting many ways you can present your home in its best light and increase its saleability factor.

An open house is just one aspect of an effective marketing plan your REALTOR® will develop to sell your home and one of the many services a REALTOR® provides.

Tips and advice on how to get to your house ready for sale are also part of a REALTORS® expertise.

He or she will advise you about things like de-cluttering and de-personalizing your home as well as minor improvements such as painting and rearranging furniture. Obviously, you will want to ensure your home is squeaky clean for your open house and there are other simple touches that can make your home even more appealing.

Fresh flowers are an easy way to give your home a cheery and well-looked-after feeling. Invest in enough flowers to place one large bouquet for impact either in the foyer or the living room and a few smaller ones throughout the house. The scent of fresh-brewed coffee, home-made bread or cookies can also be very welcoming. See the list below for more Open House preparation tips.

REALTOR® Open House

Your REALTOR® may suggest you first hold an open house for REALTORS®. Other REALTORS® are already working with buyers who may be interested in your property and will inspect your home with their buyers in mind. An open house for REALTORS® is also more convenient for you, eliminating many of the single inspections that would be otherwise necessary.

Your REALTOR® will likely recommend you hold at least one or more open houses for the general public as well. This type of open house tends to attract many browsers. But if your home is clean, attractive, in good repair and well-priced, it may just turn a “browser” into a buyer. Also, many purchasers want to get the ‘feel’ of several neighborhoods before they begin working with a REALTOR®. An open house often attracts these buyers.

Chances are your open house for the public will be held on a Saturday or Sunday since that’s when most people are likely to have free time for cruising around the neighborhoods they are interested in.

Although you may be curious, it’s a good idea for you and your family to leave the home during an open house. Your presence could be distracting and potential buyers may rush their visit to avoid disturbing you. They may be hesitant to comment on your home while you’re there and, generally, feel more relaxed if the owner is not present.

Your REALTOR® may also suggest you temporarily remove your dog, cat or other family pets from the property since their presence could also be distracting.

Here are some tips to help ensure a successful Open House:

  • Remove or lock away valuables such as jewelry, cameras, compact discs, valuable coins and currency;
  • Attend to potential hazards – electrical wires crossing open areas, sharp table or counter top corners, slippery stairs and walkways, fragile items that can be easily damaged;
  • In poor weather, provide a place at the front door for overshoes, boots, umbrellas, and coats;
  • Avoid cooking food that would leave strong odors behind;
  • A warm fire on a cold day can be a nice touch, but ask your REALTOR® first since he or she will have to tend to the fire in your absence.

Spruce it up!

Often the smallest defect can be a turn-off to some potential buyers. Use this handy check list to assess what needs cleaning, mending, or changing before the big day:

Floor Coverings (includes carpeting, tile, linoleum, hardwood, etc.)

  • Dirty or stained?
  • Worn or damaged?
  • Is there hardwood under carpeting that can be restored?
  • Walls, ceilings, baseboards:
    • Any fingerprints or stains?
    • Any holes, nails, tape residue?
    • Are they all neutral or complimentary colors?


  • Do they squeak?
  • Are the handles secure and working properly?
  • Any stains or other damage?
  • Windows:
    • Are they clean and crack free?
    • Do they open easily?
    • Are the coverings clean and also easy to open?


  • Is there sufficient light?
  • Any broken switches; exposed wiring?

Pet Areas

  • Are these clean, organized and odor free?

Kitchen and Bathrooms

  • Are countertops organized?
  • Are all sinks and faucets working properly?

Other Rooms

  • Have all areas been thoroughly vacuumed and dusted?
  • Has all clutter, including excess furniture, been collected and removed?
  • Are books, toys, clothes all neatly stored?
  • Do mirrors look clean?
  • Are window coverings open?

Outside the home

  • Are all exterior surfaces, including decks, pools, walkways and driveways clean, clear of clutter and in good condition?
  • Do fence and other gates open easily?
  • Are the lawns mowed, walkways clear of snow, leaves removed, trees pruned, garden weeded, hedges trimmed?

Okanagan ChristmasFest

  • Thursday, December 12, 20195:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 14, 201910:00 PM
  • Kanata Kelowna Hotel and Conference Centre2429 Highway 97 NorthKelowna, BC, V1X 6G3 Canada

* Please double check date, time and location with the host, as this information is subject to change *

Take part in the Holiday Spirit! And enjoy our European inspired Christmas Market!

Browse the Outdoor Christmas Market,
Enjoy Tunes of the Season, Sip and Savour hot beverages and Holiday Treats Visit our indoor Christmas Tree Walk in support of the Central Okanagan Food Bank.

Okanagan ChristmasFest presented by The Kanata Kelowna Hotel & Conference Centre is proud to partner with the Central Okanagan Food bank and committed to support those who rely on the generosity of our community.

Let’s all embrace the Holiday Spirit!

Dec 12th Thurs 5pm to 9pm
Dec 13th Fri 5pm to 10pm
Dec 14th Sat 4pm to 10pm

Cost: $5, Kids 12 and under FREE

When Cooperatives Become Uncooperative

When we think of residential occupation, our minds turn to fee simple ownership, strata property ownership or maybe rental occupation. A lesser known but growing form of housing is cooperative housing under the Cooperative Association Act SBC 1999 c.28 (“Act”).

Unlike strata ownership, members of a cooperative do not own a specific unit. Members of the cooperative own shares in the association, and the association in turn owns the housing units occupied by its members. The allocation and occupation of the various units is determined through application of the cooperative’s rules and policies, which are adopted by the members and administrated by the board.

But what happens when one member of the cooperative is unhappy with the rules and policies adopted by their fellow members?

In a recent case1 a Vancouver cooperative owned a number of units spread across thirteen buildings in six locations. The thirty-nine units ranged from bachelor suites to four-bedroom units. Housing allocation was determined by need, based upon the number of persons in a member’s household and the presumption that each person in a member’s household required one bedroom.

Of course, household size naturally grew and shrunk over time creating a tension between growing families needing more bedrooms (“under-housed families”) and shrinking families needing fewer bedrooms (“over-housed families”). The policies generally stated that over-housed families were required to self-report as people moved out and relocate to smaller accommodations, freeing up the larger units for under-housed members. Not surprisingly, some over-housed members had grown attached to their units and were reluctant to relocate. The board of the cooperative had been less than aggressive in enforcing their policies against over-housed members. Evidence indicated that attempts over the years to modify the existing policies regarding under-housed and over-housed families had been contentious and unsuccessful.

Two under-housed members, who had been waiting for a larger unit for seven years, had been unsuccessfully trying to initiate changes to the policies for some time. They eventually commenced a petition under section 156 of the Act claiming that the cooperative association was conducting itself in a manner which was oppressive or unfairly prejudicial to one or more of the members. As part of those proceedings the court ordered that they be allowed to submit a revised policy for consideration by the members. At the same time the directors submitted revisions to the policies which arguably further advantaged over-housed families to the detriment of under-housed families. The claimants’ policy revisions were rejected, and the directors’ policy changes were adopted by a vote of 75% of the members.

In assessing the petition, the Court set out a two-stage test for establishing oppression under the Act:

1. Does the evidence support a reasonable expectation by the claimant as to how they would be treated, and

2. does the evidence establish that the reasonable expectation was violated by conduct falling within the terms “oppression,” “unfair prejudice” or “unfair disregard”?

The cooperative opposed the petition claiming that the court should give deference to the will of the members who had overwhelmingly adopted the revised policies. The court distinguished the oppression remedy thusly: “Nor can the democratic nature of the decision be given the same weight as it is in other contexts. The democratic process is fundamentally majoritarian. The oppression remedy exists in part to protect minorities from certain kinds of democratic decisions even though those decisions are approved by a majority of directors or members.”2 The judge relied upon a BC Court of Appeal decision dealing with the oppression remedy in the Strata Property Act where the court said, “The view that significantly unfair decisions reached through a fair process are insulated from judicial intervention would rob the section of any meaningful purpose.”3

The Court in this case determined that the rules and policies of the cooperative oppressed the claimants specifically and under-housed families in general, and ordered wholesale changes to the rules and policies contrary to the wishes of the majority of members.

This case is instructive for both prospective and existing members of cooperatives. The former must carefully read and understand the rules and policies of the cooperative before joining, as change may be difficult, and existing members must appreciate that simply having a majority of members in agreement may not be enough where a court finds the rules and policies oppressive.

1. Potter v. Vancouver East Cooperative Housing Association, 2019 BCSC 871.
2. Potter v Vancouver East Cooperative Housing Association, 2019 BCSC 871 para 118.
3. Dollan v The Owners, Strata Plan BCS 1589, BCCA 44 para 64.

Posted by: Brian Taylor
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Holiday Wreath Workshop


Get into the holiday spirit with an evening of fun and creativity. Students will choose from a lush variety of fresh seasonal foliage and decorating accessories. Taken step-by-step on the construction and designing techniques of your own wreath, plus learn the basic horticulture of the materials used and how to maintain the longevity of your wreath all season long.

Tickets are a $50 investment and include all supplies, use of tools, instructions and a light drink and snack

For more information or to book a private party please text message or call 250-826-0438


Date: December 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Cost: $50