Christmas token of appreciation to ARGO Highways

Again this year we are collecting for a token of the mountain’s appreciation of the ARGO Highway Maintenance crew. Last year, seven Tim Horton’s gift cards , in the amount of $40, were given to the Anarchist crew members and it was very well received and appreciated.
So if anyone would like to make a contribution, just phone or email us and we’ll be happy to swing by your home so that you can sign the Christmas greeting card.
 And if anyone would like to come with us to the ARGO yard, a few days before Christmas, to make the presentation, just let us know.
Happy Holidays and safe travels everyone.
Ken and Jamie Wright
1128 Bullmoose Way
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Karma Yoga Class

Karma Yoga

Everyone is invited to attend Yoga on Tuesday Dec 6, 9:30 to 10:30 am. Even if you’ve never done yoga before, feel free to try our Gentle Core Yoga Flow class.

There is no charge to attend this Dec 6 class, but please bring a donation for the local food bank. The donation can be non-perishable food, or cash. The Food Bank is able to stretch the food dollar, so cash works well.

I will then bring our donation (food and cash) to the local food bank on behalf of the Anarchist Mountain Community Society.

After class, if you have time you are welcome to stay and enjoy tea, coffee and treats. If you would like to bring some treats to share, please do!

Hope to see you there!

Class schedule

Classes will continue right through December and January, with the exception of Dec 27 and 29 (the week between Christmas and New Years). As usual, I will email the regular participants a couple of days in advance to check in and ensure we have enough people attending. If a class is cancelled for any reason, I will let the group know.

Any questions, feel free to contact me at 778-228-2380 or



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Christmas Tales performance at Osoyoos Baptist Church

Christmas Tales  takes place at Osoyoos Baptist Church on Monday, December 12th, 2016. 

Address  6210 Highway 97 

Doors Open 6:30pm

Concert Starts 7:00pm  

 Call Osoyoos Baptist Church to Reserve your Tickets: 250-495-6581

Storyteller Justyn Rees and singer/songwriter Russ Rosen join forces with multi- instrumentalist Brett Ziegler and percussionist Calum Rees to deliver the songs and stories like you’ve never heard before.

 A Great Time Will Be Had By All!

Robin Arnfield


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Live at the Summit report

The first of the season’s ‘Live at the Summit’ performance was a sold out hit on Wednesday, November 23rd. Belle Plaine, Blake Burglund and Bryce Louis put on an awesome show that ended with a standing ovation!

A great time was had by all. A big thank you for all volunteers that helped out with setting up, cleaning up and many other details. Here are some photos of the evening.

Debra Ceravolo

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Custom Charcoal Pet Portraits

De Visser Fine Arts is offering custom charcoal pet portraits.  Prices will vary according to size and number of subjects in the portraits. You can check out more examples of portraits, at Arlet’s Facebook Business Page, De Visser Fine Arts.

Arlet De Visser

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Below is a report put together by neighbours on Black Tail Road. The subject is regarding radon gas which can be found up here on Anarchist Mountain. Radon gas is a radioactive gas that is not uncommon in many parts of Canada, where rock formations exist. If this subject is of sufficient interest to residents, the Society will look into organizing a talk by a specialist on the subject.  If that is of interest to you email Mark at  .  The Company the Forresters used is Radon Environmental Management from Vancouver. They are not in the mitigation business, just specialists on radon gas.  Special thanks to Nancy & Reg for bringing this to our attention.


Mark McKenney, President, Anarchist Mountain Community Society, 1-250-495-4592

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Country Christmas Singalong


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Okanagan International Chorus

Hi there mountain neighbours.

It’s that time of year again.  The Okanagan International Chorus invites you to a free concert of Christmas music under the direction of Lloyd Fairweather.  It will be held a the Osoyoos Secondary School Mini-Theatre on Friday, December 9th at 7:00pm (please come early as it fills up fast) and on Saturday, December 10th at 7:00pm at the Oroville Free Methodist Church.  It’s always a good time so please put us into your calendar.  We will also be at the Light-Up before the Christmas parade in front of the Home Hardware on Friday, December 2nd at around 6:00pm.

Hope to see you all there.

Teresa Marty

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Reminder: Nov 24 deadline for BCUC comments

For those of you who have not yet sent in your comments to the BCUC concerning BC Hydro’s and Fortis’ reports on two-tier electricity rates, this is a reminder that the deadline of November 24th is fast approaching (see my previous email copied below).

Nick Marty

The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) is “consulting” with you once again.  This time they want your comments on the two reports by BC Hydro and Fortis.  If you want to read them, you can go to BCUC’s website (, “current proceedings”, “BCUC RIB Rate Report”, “Hearing and Other Documents”).  Fortis’ report has some useful information buried in it but they just end up making a bunch of vague statements that avoid answering the Minister’s questions.  BC Hydro’s report is one big cover-up.  BC Hydro insinuates that there are no adverse impacts with statements such as “BC Hydro does not find a cross-subsidy” and “BC Hydro does not find any evidence of high bill impacts on low income customers”.  But the reason, of course, that they haven’t found any evidence is because they don’t want to — the analysis they present is completely biased and often isn’t even pertinent to the questions being asked.

My suggestion to you is to write in to the BCUC with something like the following statement: “BC Hydro’s and FortisBC’s reports are biased and are an attempt to cover up the truth about the adverse impacts of the two-tier rates.  Neither report directly answers the questions posed by the Minister.  BC Hydro’s conclusion that there is “no evidence” of cross-subsidization nor high bill impacts is unsupported by any analysis and, in fact, is directly contradicted by the many letters of comment that have been submitted to these proceedings.  Both reports are unacceptable as a response to the Minister.  Nick Marty is an outside expert on these matters and he has sent you a clear and concise report that honestly appraises the impacts of two-tier rates on customers like us.  I strongly submit that Nick Marty’s report should be the basis of your response to the Minister.”  You’re welcome to play around with the wording but it’s important that you include the sentences that I underlined.

You can find my report at the above BCUC website under “Arguments”, called “Marty Utility Report Comments”.  When you click on it, it will download into your download folder.

The deadline for letters of comment is November 24th.  This time, the number of respondents really matters and it is open to everyone (not just those without access to natural gas).  So, encourage all of your friends and neighbours to write in.  For those of you who haven’t written in before, here are some instructions.

Emails are to be sent to:

Comments are to be submitted using their letter of comment form available in Word and PDF:


letter-of-comment PDF

The form asks for:
Proceeding name: BCUC RIB Rate Report

Are you currently registered as an intervener or interested party: No (unless you are registered)

Name, City, Province, Email Address, Phone, Date & Comments

Many people have had problems with the PDF form so use the Word form if you can.  The PDF version has a “submit by email” box but don’t click on it because it rarely works.  It’s best to save these documents and then attach them to an email sent to the commission.  If you can’t use either letter of comment form, then just send the commission an email with your comments and the information requested above and state upfront that you couldn’t use their two forms.

You can later go to their website (same location as where the utility reports and my analysis are located) and you should find your letter posted under ” E Exhibits”.  They will redact the personal info contained in the letters (such as your email address etc) so you do not have to be concerned about such information becoming public.

When you send in your emails, I suggest you bcc your MLA plus the following:
In order that your email can be easily read by those that you are bcc ing, I recommend that you repeat those comments about the utility reports being unacceptable etc, in the body of the email in addition to having them in the attached letter of comment (since those that you are bcc ing may not open and read the attachment).

Send me an email if you have any questions or difficulties.

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GONE: Two 19″ Monitors

Sorry, these items are no longer available!

Dear Neighbours

I have retired two 19 inch computer monitors, for newer technology. One is a SONY the other is a VEWSONIC. They have VGA connections.  Both work perfectly. They are available for FREE to anyone that can use a monitor. I will recycle them if I don’t find a home for them within a week. (Sounds like I’m giving away a cat doesn’t it!?).  If you can use them (1 or both) let me know.

Mark McKenney  (250) 495-4592


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