Manic Monday – This doesn’t even take 15 minutes!

Midnight Musings from our CEO

Parks Canada last week released a survey, available to all Canadians, enabling them to provide input into the National Park Reserve planned for an area in the South Okanagan-Similkameen region.

In a meeting in our region this past August, Federal Minister Catherine McKenna was very clear that that Park development would be moving forward, however, the government was committed to inviting Canadians to share their thoughts and ideas of what the new park reserve should look like. The attached survey is one of those opportunities.

The National Park Reserve has long been a dream for many in our region and the input process has been strongly supported by TOTA and our Board of Directors. It was very important during the recent process that the Osoyoos Indian Band, Lower Similkameen Indian Band, Provincial and Federal Governments all came together to make this Park process a priority.

Take the opportunity to participate in the process and help shape the development of this Park. The survey takes less than 15 minutes, but I can ensure you it is time well spent.

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A Few Highlights from this Week’s News Centre…

Here are a couple of great gift ideas that may be a real treat for under the tree this year; Tickets are now on sales for the first annual Pics and Sticks charity event hosted by the Gord Bamford Foundation and taking place in Penticton May 15th and 16th (read more). Another unique present for some on your list; tickets to Chef Meets BC Grape, with events happening in Calgary, Vancouver, and here in the Okanagan this spring (read more).  On a business note, a report on Canadian Tourism and its long term potential was released last Monday by McKinsey & Company will be utilized by Ottawa as the federal government prepares a new Tourism Strategy to be released by the summer of 2019 (read more)

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