Header image alt text


Powered by Nawaim!

NEAR VERNON – A historic letter is getting a lot of attention after it was rediscovered during the restoration of a North Okanagan church.

The letter from a Catholic priest to Cornelius O’Keefe, found at the O’Keef Ranch, is over a hundred years old and it offers us a small peek at what life was like in the Okanagan in 1889.

ChangSha Night Net

“It gives us a glimpse of a time when things were happing on the ranch and the church, which has become the symbol of O’Keefe Ranch was being built, so it is a fascinating glimpse of history,” says the ranch’s curator emeritus Ken Mather.

The missive was discovered during restoration work at Saint Anne’s church at the ranch.

“With your kind permission I intend to say holy mass at your residence on Palm Sunday…Have the kindness to notify it to all Catholics living in your vicinity,” reads the letter, written in April of 1889.

At the time, this kind of note would have been routine.

“The priests would go up and down the valley saying mass but mostly in people’s houses because there was no churches,” explains Mather.

Mather believes they were probably building the church at the time the letter was received.

“Somehow or other it go into the flooring or between maybe a joist and a floor board because it is incredibly well preserved. It wasn’t lying on the dirt or anywhere exposed,” he says.

O’Keefe, a rancher and entrepreneur, donated the land for the church and raised money to help build it.

“I like to tell people it is probably the first fundraising drive in the Okanagan Valley. O’Keefe managed to put together enough money and he led the donations with a $150 donation,” says Mather.

When they found the letter, it was clear they had something very interesting on their hands.

“It has been there for 126 years so it is amazing that it has stayed in such great condition,” says the ranch’s general manager Glen Taylor.

More than a century after it was lost, the letter has been found, providing another look at the Okanagan’s history.

NEW YORK – A drum kit that Ringo Starr used to record some of the Beatles’ early hits has sold for $2.2 million at an auction to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Julien’s Auctions says Irsay bought the 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit Friday at a sale in Beverly Hills, California. The two-day auction includes over 800 items owned by Ringo Starr and his wife, actress Barbara Bach.

Starr used the kit in more than 200 performances between May 1963 and February 1964. He also played it on recordings including “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “She Loves You,” “All My Loving” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

The auction concludes Saturday. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the couple’s Lotus Children Foundation, which focuses on global social welfare issues.

ChangSha Night Net


  • Is Justin Bieber bigger than the Beatles? His Billboard record suggests so

    New Beatles exhibition showcases rare memorabilia

  • Underwater radio broadcasts Beatles and Buffett to hundreds in Florida

SANTIAGO, Chile – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has signed a decree that removes marijuana from the country’s list of hard drugs.

The decree also authorizes the sale of cannabis-derived medicines at pharmacies.

The document hasn’t been published officially, but a copy was obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

Planting, selling and transporting marijuana remains illegal in Chile and carries prison terms of 5-10 years. But Congress is expected to soon debate wider changes to Chile’s drug law.

Chile is joining an international trend of easing restrictions on marijuana for medical or personal use.

A Chilean municipality began planting the country’s first legal medical marijuana in October 2014 as part of a government-approved pilot program aimed at helping ease the pain endured by cancer patients.

WATCH: Gov. Gen. David Johnston announces Liberal government will legalize marijuana during throne speech

ChangSha Night Net


  • Recreational marijuana should be sold in B.C. liquor stores: BCGEU

  • Ontario reconsiders new medical marijuana vaporizing exemptions

A Saskatoon family said it’s heartbroken after the province denied funding medical treatment for their four-year-old son. Kayden Fortier-Kot has a rare digestive disorder. He’s allergic to foods like corn, wheat, soy, dairy, rice and nuts.

Before the age of one, he was throwing up more than 15 times a day.

READ MORE: Saskatoon siblings with rare genetic disease to receive treatment

“I was scared that he was going to die of poor nutrition … of malnutrition,” said Sylvie Fortier-Kot, Kayden’s mother.

Ever since, his feeding tube has become his lifeline. The frequent vomiting stunted his growth and today, the four-year-old can hardly crawl or talk.

ChangSha Night Net


  • Health Canada approves drug for rare disorder but will Ontario?

  • Dream comes true for Toronto Maple Leafs fan from Saskatchewan

  • Yellow eyes in photos could be sign of rare eye disease

More than a year ago, the family requested funding from the province for Kayden’s visits to a specialized feeding therapy clinic in Denver, Colo. The treatment could cost more than $14,000.

On Friday, the provincial government rejected the family’s request.

In a phone conversation, Saskatchewan Health Minister Dustin Duncan said, “We can’t approve everybody because they found the best treatment. We have to know what we can offer in the province has been exhausted.”

But the Saskatoon Health Region endorses the out-of-country treatment the Fortier-Kots have been fighting for. In a letter, it acknowledges that Kayden needs much more intensive care than the region can provide.

Getting the intensive care would mean more hours of therapy, a consistent therapist and a shot at being able to eat on his own and learning how to walk.

The region is now putting forth a new recommendation to get Kayden treatment in Denver.

“Minister Duncan or Premier Wall, if this was your child, what would you do? That’s my question. What would you do?” asked Fortier-Kot.

The NDP doesn’t agree with the minister and said Kayden deserves a chance.

“The Saskatoon Health Region, the entire medical team has said that this trip to Denver is the thing that he needs. This isn’t a family a family pulling something out, googling something on the internet. This is a family that’s been told they can’t receive treatment here in Saskatchewan,” said Saskatchewan NDP health critic Danielle Chartier.

A crowdfunding webpage has been set up to help with treatment costs. The family is also hosting a benefit fundraiser at the Holy Family Cathedral Hall on Jan. 23.


Deck the halls with handguns and assault rifles.

Nevada assemblywoman Michele Fiore offered a unique spin on giving holiday cheer this season as the Republican posted a Christmas card to her Facebook page – with her family, of all ages, toting firearms.

ChangSha Night Net

The name of each family member is printed on the card with the gun that each are holding. In the case of her grandson Jake, aged five, it is a Walther p22.

Along with the photo, Fiore also including a message on the post reading:

“It’s up to Americans to protect America. We’re just your ordinary American family. -With love & liberty, Michele”

While many people on Facebook wrote positive comments, a number were horrified.

“You are despicable.. what will you say when one of these precious children “Accidentally” shoot themselves or a sibling?” wrote one Facebook user.

Many on 桑拿会所 also expressed outrage over the post.

This isn’t the first time Fiore has flaunted her love of the Second Amendment. She recently posed for a pro-gun calendar and her social media accounts are filled with photos of her posing with firearms.