Vernon now has an option to buy a needle back.
It was not started by a social authority or health authority and it was not started by a task force or a council.
It was started by Lyle O & # 39; Sullivan: a former user of drugs who collected bottles with his grandson to finance his incentive program for the needle.
On Monday, he distributed flyers stating that he would start his program later in the week.
On Wednesday morning, O & # 39; Sullivan parked his maroon minibus on 34th Street in the center of Vernon; Dropping two dollars in the parking meter, two hand-made signs stuck to the side of the vehicle, and began collecting used needles.
The signs say "Needle Incentive Program, Used Needles, 5 cents, Mon-Wed-Fri 10-2."
Within ten minutes of setting up, a young man approached O & # 39; Sullivan with a bucket; about 200 needles were in the bucket. The young man told O & # 39; Sullivan that he had collected needles in the past few months and would like to exchange it for the stimulus of five cents.
The young man gets seven dollars.
O & # 39; Sullivan has a low threshold about him.
The young man opens up and tells Sullivan a bit about his story: The young man is a well-functioning person who uses drugs; he prefers heroin and cocaine; he lives with his mother.
O & # 39; Sullivan asks if the young man needs something. When asked, the young man replies: "You have fulfilled my need today."
He comes back when he is set up next time.
"For me it's not just a chance to get the needles off the street, so people do not get infected," said Sullivan. & # 39; But it is an opportunity to meet each other, hello, how are you? & # 39;
While people walk past O & # 39; Sullivan & # 39; s van, they offer encouragement and support.
"Well done, keep it up", a woman said. Another said: "Good idea guys, I'm impressed."
Much has been said about the desire for a needle return program in Vernon. And while the discussions around the idea continue, O & # 39; Sullivan may be the perfect person to introduce this option to the community.
O & # 39; Sullivan, who is down to the age of 12, was a person who used drugs – he believes his use of drugs is how he cures HIV and hepatitis C. He has a son and a daughter-in-law in active addiction somewhere on the streets of Vernon.
And when he comes down to find his son, he sees that the number of used needles has been thrown out on the street.
"Someone has to get on", says O & # 39; Sullivan.
He says he likes the first step, but he hopes that his actions will help to create a long-term solution.
So far he has approached a number of social services agencies and the city of Vernon, but he says he is kept at arm's length.
Some agencies have adopted a wait-and-see attitude, while other agencies say they do not support the idea of a needle buying program – the province of British Columbia is one of them.
"The BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) and the provincial health officer do not recommend using these programs because there is no evidence that they are effective and can cause unintentional damage and consequences."
The BCCDC – which distributes needles to the health authorities – and the Provincial Health Officer believe that with needles buy-back programs, there is an increased risk of injuries to prick injuries.
It was also stated: "Placing a monetary value on used needles can lead to people removing or breaking sharp containers." Creating more "medicine waste" because containers are emptied to remove the needles, which in turn "can give people the risk of a prick accident."
Concerns are also being expressed about the fact that needle purchase programs will lead to wastage of harm-reducing supplies, since "entrepreneurial individual can determine that needles can be obtained free of charge from a damage mitigation site that is removed from the package and made for profit." reduced."
Programs such as needle stimuli will be opposed with opposition, and Sullivan is willing to meet that opposition and gives the example of the young woman who stepped on a needle at Kin Beach.
"If it happens that one person, even someone who is infected by something, five cents is well spent."
O & # 39; Sullivan says that he will try the stimulation program for three months.
O & # 39; Sullivan says he will not take new needles and has set a limit of 250 per visit.
"It's not that they're out to make money with it," says Sullivan about people who use drugs. "They also want to see the street clean … and if you ask them, they do not even know why they leave it (needles)."
Alderman Dalvir Nahal has worked on developing options for dealing with incorrectly discarded needles. When asked about O & # 39; Sullivan, she said:
"I am happy to hear that someone has decided to take the initiative to start a needle deposition program, because the ultimate goal is to get the needles out of the street."
Nahal added: "However, I am worried about the time it will hold." I have spoken with many people, including NOFFS, to ensure that whatever plan we think of is long-term and sustainable. we take a proactive and sustainable approach to avoid what happened last spring when the snow melted. "
O & # 39; Sullivan has raised $ 122 via the bottle collection and if he has no money left, he says he will collect more cans and bottles.
"I think it can be included with something else," says O & # 39; Sullivan. "There must be someone who has to step on the board and have to say well, you can bring them here."
* There are options within the City of Vernon for safe removal of needles, including containers for public industrial needles, health facilities and pharmacies.
It is a mantra that is repeated over and over again every summer: do not leave your pet in the car.
One Vernon resident exposed himself to the risk of showing why it is so dangerous to leave a pet – or other living thing – in a vehicle, even when the windows are open.
David Scarlatescu sat willingly in a car in 30 degrees of heat to demonstrate how hot it is in a vehicle.
Within five minutes the temperature reached a blistering 44C. After 17 minutes it was 47C and within 30 minutes the thermometer was up to 50C.
Scarlatescu said he wanted to make the video after seeing discussions about the Vernon and Area Community Forum and Vernon Rant and Rave pages about leaving pets in a car, even for a few minutes.
"You see people saying:" I was only 10 minutes away, I was only 15 minutes away. "I wanted to prove that every minute counts in those situations," said Scarlatescu.
"In 15 minutes, and that's a healthy dog, they can have a heat stroke and their organs start to fail. (Video) It was for consciousness, we might think it's a quick 10 or 15 minutes harmless, but it's it's best to leave the air conditioning on or leave it at home. "
Scarlatescu said he was surprised at how quickly the car warmed up and how uncomfortable it was to be inside.
"It was definitely a lot harder than I thought," he said, adding that they opened the windows a bit, as many people do when they leave an animal in their car. "I did not think it would get so hot when the windows opened to be honest."
While cameraman Mitchell Vanlerberg captured the event and closely watched things, Scarlatescu lasted 42 minutes in the car and was in excessive demand. His goal was 45 minutes, but the circumstances were just too unbearable.
"I did not think the extra three minutes was worth it, I felt like I would pass out," he said.
A two-vehicle crash closed the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke about three hours late on Tuesday night.
Around 23.00 hours of emergency crews reacted at the scene of a collision involving a semi-pick-up truck.
The eastward tractor-trailer drove the ditch and then lost control in an attempt to return to the highway. The semi reversed on its side blocks both east and west lanes.
The pick-up in the west had to move into the ditch and hit the cabin of the semi in the process.
Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash.
Nobody was injured.
The driver of the semi, from Alberta, was accused of failing to keep the same.
Photo: Michael Cochrane
The famous businessman Michael Cochrane of Vernon died August 13.
Cochrane had been known for many years as a cyclist and owner of Vernon Lock & Cycle and had several bike shops during his career.
He was also a classic car enthusiast and could often drive around Vernon in his Ford Thunderbird from 1963.
"Ford Thunderbird cars were his biggest interest, Mike had a lot of fun in his collection of cars and a considerable collection of T-bird books and memorabilia." He enjoyed a final ride in his T-bird on July 1 of this year, "his death records.
A funeral service will be held at Pleasant Valley Dignity Funeral home, Friday at 11 o'clock in the morning.
Instead of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society can be made in his memory.
With a local council election a few months away, the city of Vernon offers a workshop to let potential politicians know what they are about.
On August 30 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, two seasoned politicians will give a workshop at Lakers Clubhouse, Cumbins Rd 7000.
The information session is free and is only intended for potential candidates because of the limited available seats.
The session is open to potential candidates in Vernon, Lumby, Coldstream and Spallumcheen.
The speakers are trivalent golden councilor Caleb Moss and former Golden Mayor Christina Benty.
Several candidates have already stated that they plan to go to the office.
A man who is not criminally found guilty of murdering and dismissing his friend will not receive absolute discharge.
In August 2010, Kenneth Barter killed and mutilated Nathan John Mayrhofer in Vernon.
Barter was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Mayrhofer, whose dismembered body was discovered in an apartment in the 2900 block of 33rd Avenue.
Barter did not plead guilty by mental disorder and the judge in the case agreed with the psychiatrist's findings in the case, finding barter trade not guilty of mental disorders.
Barter has lived in a community psychiatric institution for the past three years after four years.
On January 14, 2015, the British Columbia Review Board conditionally ordered Barter to undergo annual reviews.
Barter has recently appealed with the request for an absolute discharge, but the administration denied the request "because it considered that it remained a major threat to public security.
"The administration agreed that the extent of the accusatory thinking of the accused continued to be a cause of great concern." Such thinking leaves the accused susceptible to cognitive disturbances, as illustrated by his reasoning to postpone future plans to absolute discharge. It will probably also lead [sic] the accused to experience increased problems in responding adequately to his environment. The kind of problems that this thinking entails does not allow the defendant to see the nuances of his risk. It is a fact that the board has established that its risk is low while it is under forensic supervision. That is why he is allowed to live in the community under conditional dismissal. "
At the time of the 2018 assessment, Barter stayed in a semi-independent apartment managed by a foundation that helps people with mental illness and sees an outreach employee every week. He also sees a doctor and the forensic nurse / case manager every six to eight weeks.
The board determined that the risk of Barter is low while it is under forensic supervision.
After drinking in a bar, Barter and Mayrhofer spent the night in the Barter apartment.
Barter smashed Mayrhofer with a hammer in his head, making him unconscious. Barter then placed a plastic bag over Mayrhofer's head and dragged his body into the bathtub.
Barter left the apartment to buy some cigarettes and when he returned, he got the idea to cut Mayrhofer's body into pieces from a television show.
Barter has dismembered the body, packed the parts twice and placed the bags in a freezer and refrigerator. He cleared the apartment and his clothes and threw away the knife and the knife that he had used. The next day Barter told his parents what he had done.
File photo of a BCWS firefighter who turns a hotspot off.
The Canadian armed forces will lend themselves to the natural fire in the North Okanagan.
Fire department officer Marla Catherall says she will help clean up hotspots in the 511-acre Harris Creek fire outside Lumby.
"It is very important work," Catherall explains. "If you do not get them all, they can sleep & # 39; s winter & # 39 ;, they can go months and then appear the following year. & # 39;
Catherall says the Canadian forces will work with BC Wildfire Service crews.
"We are very grateful that they help us a little bit, resources are stretched as thin as they are now."
Catherall says that they will have an update later this morning in the fires burning in the Monashee Wildfire Complex.
At the last count, more than a dozen fires burn in the entire complex.