Hospital Opens, Grandma Grace and an important letter from Ministry of Education.

  • Posted on: 14 April 2019
  • By: Riley Gettens

As you are no doubt aware that on Friday, April 12, the new Penticton Regional Hospital was officially opened. It is a beautiful facility and one that we should all be very proud of. It was fantastic to see Mr. Kempe there, an amazing and very generous local philanthropist and community leader. Also on hand was Grandma Grace! One of our favourite memories of West Bench Elementary is Grandma Grace hugs and blessings; it was so lovely to see her again. Let me say, her humour and tell-it-like-it-is is just as I remember. She makes me smile. She makes me think.

Should we scrap the deposit system

  • Posted on: 1 August 2018
  • By: Michael Brydon

I requested a meeting with the Minstry of the Environment at the annual UBCM convention to discuss merging the deposit recycling system with the curbside recycling system.  There has been ample critical commentary (e.g., Facebook), so I thought I should take a few minutes to sketch out the issues and underlying rationale for this.

We have two recycling systems in BC:

Emergency notifications by text, email, and phone

  • Posted on: 17 May 2018
  • By: Michael Brydon

See the notice from the RDOS for information about a new emergency notification service.  You will get a text on your phone, for example, if your water system is hit with a boil water order or your property is put on evacuation alert.

A shortcut to the Area F-specific regisistration is here:


The RDOS can now send instant emergency notifications to residents directly to their email, mobile phones and landline phones!

CivicReady® Mass Notification System is now live on our website at and we encourage you to spread the word to your constituents to sign up!