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The following was recently reported by the CBC:

Adrian Dix slams BC Hydro for smart meter replacements.  Replacing meters are 'routine operations', says BC Hydro, due to damage through house construction, demolition.

BC Hydro estimates that it will have to replace 40,000 of its smart meters by 2019 due to damage over time and will also pull an additional 48,000 meters for testing.

NDP critic for BC Hydro Adrian Dix said that raises "serious questions" about the lifespan of the smart meters, two million of which have already been installed.

"What it's saying is that many of those smart meters, a couple of years into operation, are failing," Dix told CBC News.

    1. Being paid off over 20 years
    2. Dix said that also makes BC Hydro's amortization period the time in which they pay off the smart meters problematic.

      BC Hydro has set the amortization period at 20 years, the same length of time as the minimum life expectancy for the smart meters.

      Dix said that, if for example a smart meter fails after just two years, then "not only are we paying for the one we've replaced, but we're paying out over the next 18 years for the smart meter that failed."

      He said that while homes are amortized over 25 years, one wouldn't amortize, or pay off, one's cellphone over 20 years, "and the smart meter has more in common with your cell phone that it does with your home."

      "If you pay for them over the next 20 years even though you've spent all the money now, it doesn't have an impact on rates, or lessen the short-term political impact on rates," Dix said.

      "The [B.C.] Liberal government has abused this to an outrageous degree at BC Hydro."

    3. 'Routine operations': BC Hydro

Steve Vanagas, chief communications officer at BC Hydro, said that the estimated 10,000 smart meters that the corporation anticipates having to replace each year for the next four years are "not faulty meters in any way, shape, or form."

"They are routine operations where we have to replace meters that are damaged as a matter of course. There might be construction going on, a house gets torn down, we have to take the meter off, a screen gets damaged, a cover gets damaged, and in those cases we simply have to replace the meter," he said.

"Equipment is going to be damaged along the way through circumstances beyond our control, and it's our responsibility to make sure that equipment is maintained."

Vanagas said they are also removing meters temporarily so that they can be tested for accuracy by Measurement Canada, a federal agency that evaluates, approves and certifies measuring devices.

"We pull the meters randomly, have them tested in an independent lab, and once they pass the test they go back into our inventory," he said.

Vanagas said that maintenance and testing were routine for the older analog meters as well.

When asked how much this would cost, Vanagas replied:

"That's part of routine maintenance, so the cost if fairly minimal, and it's been included as part of our overall business case," he said.


The following was recently reported by the CBC: 

The B.C. government quietly increased the residential tenancy dispute fee from $50 to $100.

The B.C. government is doubling the fees tenants and landlords will have to pay to have a dispute resolved by the Residential Tenancy Branch.

B.C. NDP housing critic David Eby said one of his staffers recently noticed the government quietly increased the tenancy dispute fee from $50 dollars to $100 with an order in council last month. Appeals will now cost $50 instead of $25.

Eby says the fee hike amounts to another hidden tax increase.

"When you add it together with the MSP premium increase, with the Hydro rate increases, with ICBC increase, they really start to add up for families."

While the order in council says the increase is effective Jan. 1, a spokesperson for the the Residential Tenancy Branch said they will actually go up Jan. 8.

Tenants hit hardest

While fee hike applies to both tenants and landlords equally, Eby says tenants will be hit the hardest.

"It's just government's way of hiding taxes and fee increases. This money is going to go directly into general revenue and it comes at the expense of tenants who are already so terribly stretched in this province," he said.

But the government points outs the fees will continue to be waived for low-income people and approximately one-fifth of all applicants will not pay any application fee at all.

Nevertheless Eby questions why renters are being asked to pay more for a service when the government recently moved to protect the owners of $1.2-million-homes from property tax increases.

"To double these fees in the same period of time that the province gave a property tax break to people who are buying $1.2 million homes shows that the priorities of this government are completely screwed up," he said.

The government says it's the first fee change since 1998 and the extra revenue will be used to hire new new arbitrators and reduce wait times for urgent applications.

They also point out that among the changes is an increase to the cost for landlords to apply to increase rent beyond the standard allowable amount.

"This previously cost $200 plus $5 per rental unit or site, but will now cost $300 plus $10 per rental unit or site, up to a maximum of $600," said a statement released by the branch.

The Residential Tenancy Branch has received more than 22,000 dispute applications in the past two years, meaning the revenue from the fees could jump from $550,000 to $1.1 million per year.

The dispute resolution process is used to settle disagreement between landlords and tenants.

Most hearings are conducted over the phone and a final decision, which can require the losing party to pay any fees of the winning party, is mailed out to the parties involved.


The following documentation content was presented in late October last year to RDOS and the District of Summerland, on behalf of P&DMHOA, by one of our Directors.

We recently noted that the West Kelowna Fire Department implemented a campaign to test and replace smoke alarms in manufactured homes in their city, at no cost to the residents. They discovered a serious lack of working alarms, dead batteries, etc. Such an effort increases fire safety awareness and generates additional good will for the Fire Department. Manufactured home fires are usually catastrophic, with serious potential for loss of life. The Penticton & District Manufactured Home Owners Association represents a large segment of manufactured home owners and are hereby requesting that you consider implementing a similar plan through the many Volunteer Fire Departments in your jurisdiction. In the RDOS there are currently 21 manufactured home parks in the Regional District that are outside of municipal boundaries, with a total of approximately 598 homes. In the District of Summerland there are currently 4 manufactured home parks with a total of approximately 126 homes. We are not contacting the fire departments directly, as this is a program that would necessarily be budgeted by the District.

The response from the District of Summerland in late November 2015 was the following:

The District of Summerland is in full agreement with you in regards to the importance of smoke alarms in residences.  Unfortunately, the resources available to the Summerland Fire Department are limited and therefore make implementation of your proposal impractical at this time.

I have spoken with the Fire Chief and in response to your request, the Fire Department will be sending a letter and information package to the manager of each park in Summerland requesting that the information contained within be distributed to all tenants in the park.  Again, thank you for your suggestion.



  • Use basket strainers in all your sinks to catch hair -- a big problem for septic systems and guaranteed to shorten the life of your field!
  • Use liquid detergents or concentrated detergents that don't have phosphates in them.
  • Use a dry well for back flushing water softeners, instead of into your system.
  • Use a lint filter on your washing machine; lint is a major source of solids that clog drain fields, especially from the fibers from synthetic clothing which clog the pores of the soil and do not break down as natural fibers do.


  • Do not flush facial tissue, paper towels, coffee grounds tea leaves, fats or grease, cigarette butts, filters, sanitary napkins, newspaper, disposable diapers, condoms, metal or metal items.  All of these items can clog your tank and field.
  • Don't use a garburator.  It adds solids which can be flushed into your drain field.
  • Avoid disinfectants like bleach which kill beneficial bacteria in your tank.


  • Never use caustic toilet bowl cleaners and drain cleaners which are very toxic to the beneficial bacteria in your tank.  This results in sewage passing through without proper treatment.
  • Never pour chemicals like paint, solvents, thinners nail polish remover, kerosene, antifreeze, gas, or oil down drains; these can seep into ground water and poison our drinking supply.

One key to a healthy septic system is to minimize water use in order keep solid sludge well settled on the bottom of the tank.  Excessive water flowing into the septic tank, from overuse of toilets, laundry, dishwasher, showers, and baths, can cause the sludge to be disturbed and allow the solids to pass out of the tank and into your distribution box.  These solids can clog your distribution box, your drain field pipes and even your drain field.
When this happens, the liquid will not properly drain down through the gravel into the soil.  The effluent will then be forced upwards without having gone through the second soil 'friendly bacteria' treatment process, and untreated sewage may appear on the ground's surface.  Or, your septic system could back up.

  • Use low flush toilets and water saving faucets and shower heads.
  • Check your plumbing frequently for leaks -- a leaky toilet or dripping tap can double the amount of water discharged in a day.
  • Spread your laundry throughout the week.
  • Add a weight to your toilet's tank to reduce the water volume. Use a plastic bag filled with water. (Avoid bricks as they can disintegrate and clog your plumbing).
  • * Products marketed as septic tank "cleaners", "starters", or "enhancers" are unnecessary, expensive, and can potentially shorten the life of your septic field.  They do not replace the need for regular pumping.  In some areas, they're illegal!
  • The bacteria in human sewage are sufficient to provide septic action, so you do not need a starter. Nor will your solid sewage disappear because of a "miracle product". You do not want your solids to break up; you want them to settle out to the bottom of your tank.  This way you are making sure that the effluent leaving your tank into the drain field is as clear as possible. Your solids will accumulate on the bottom of the tank over time, which is why it is important to have your tank pumped out regularly.  This is the safest way to have your solid sewage removed.
  • Myths about septic systems have encouraged people to put hamburger or a dead chicken into their system to increase the presence of bacteria. Not only does this add to the solid waste in your tank, it is completely unnecessary as your system creates more than enough beneficial bacteria on its own.

Bears need upwards of 15,000 calories a day.  Bears are like stomachs with super sensitive noses.  They remember where tasty food was and return.
Look for these bear attractants on your property:
Garbage - The biggest attractant for bears (also attracts skunks and raccoons) in our communities is garbage.  Properly secure your garbage in containers with tight fitting lids and keep it indoors or in a garage or shed until pick-up.  Don't put it out before the morning of pick-up.
Compost - Use finished compost, leaves, grass or wood chips to cover up fruit or other food waste in your composter.  Do not put in anything that would attract pests.  Meat, bones, greasy food, oils, grain products, cooked food scraps, dog or cat feces.  Properly care for your compost by turning it regularly and layering it appropriately to reduce odors.
Fruit trees and grapes - Make sure to harvest fruit immediately.  Remove all windfall fruit.  Don't lave fruit outside on a porch etc.
Pet food, Bird feeders and Gardens - Are all attractants for bears.  Keep your pet food securely stored indoors.  Bring your bird feeders in for the summer, supplementing them with natural flowers and bird baths.  If you put bird feeders out April through end of November, they must be up high and bring them in overnight.
Barbeques - Everyone loves the smell of a good barbeque, bears included!  To keep your barbeques safe, make sure that they are properly cleaned, covered and don't leave utensils out overnight.

Item 3:  DEER TIPS
Fruit trees and Grapes - Make sure to harvest fruit immediately.  Remove all windfall fruit.  Don't leave fruit outside on a porch or in a carport etc.
Bird Feeders - Are all attractants for deer.  If you put bird feeders out they must be up high and bring them in overnight.  Some Parks have a rule and do not allow Bird Feeders, April through the end of November.
Gardens - Are a major attraction for deer.  They love to eat a wide variety of trees, shrubs and flowers.  Nurseries can advise you of varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers they don't eat and some are a deterrent, as are commercial repellants, and motion-sensing devices.  Homemade repellents can also be effective, bars of soap, tin pie plates, old CDs hung in branches.  Blood meal, hot sauces, human hair work too.  The most effective protection is wire fencing and chicken wire around the things the deer love in your garden.

Item 4
To; All South Okanagan / Similkameen Realtors.
From; Penticton & District Manufactured Home Owners Assoc.
The new Contract of Purchase and Sale of a Manufactured Home form, is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately section 5 of the form, Park Owners Consent to Assign the Pad Location and Tenancy Agreement from the Seller to Buyer, does not always work. A recent $96,000. offer to purchase was withdrawn because the Landlord's Agent did not approve the assignment . This should never have been allowed to happen. Not only did the Landlord fail to return the RTB-10 form to the Tenant within 10 days as required, in the Act but the stated reason to deny assignment was a complete fabrication. We have attached a copy of the RTB-10 " Request to Assign a Tenancy Agreement " form to this letter. Please take the time to familiarize yourselves with it. It contains all of the information needed to conduct a successful assignment, including an information page for the Tenant and Landlord. This page lists the only reasons that assignment may be denied, as stated in section 7-48 of the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Regulations. If a Tenant pays rent, and a Landlord accepts that rent, a Tenancy exists. In the absence of a written Tenancy Agreement, the Standard Terms are a part of every Tenancy, whether or not the tenancy agreement is in writing, per Part 2, Division 12-B of the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act. Our Association website, has direct links to the Residential Tenancy Office, The Tenancy Act, Tenancy Regulations and other useful sites.

Item 5
The following is an update from Tradewinds Estates as of October 12, 2010.  This was reported by Tradewinds Park Rep Hazel Randolph.  She said:  " As you know our landlord has rescinded the 30 eviction notices given to residents in units 1 through 30 this past April.  While the Tradewinds Park Homeowners Association lawyer was prepared to continue negotiations with Mr. Kirsch's lawyer, the landlord has decided 'he is not interested in continuing negotiations at this time.'

If, in the future, Mr. Kirsch decides he would like to resume negotiations from the point we left off we will be pleased to do so.  As an executive we are confident that all the information we have gathered during the past several months will serve us well in the future.  the time and expense has not been wasted and we continue to be hopeful that eventually a negotiated settlement can be reached."

Item 6
On June 12, 2010 the District of Summerland passed a Manufactured Housing Community Redevelopment Policy.

This concludes a process we began in 2006 to encourage Municipal Governments to establish some kind of protection for Tenants living in Manufactured Home Parks in the South Okanagan that may be at risk of redevelopment.

Redevelopment Policies are now in place in,

Osoyoos (By-Law)
Regional District, Okanagan/Similkameen
Regional District, Central Okanagan
Lake Country
and 9 other Communities throughout BC that we are aware of.

Since 2005, 35 Parks in BC have been closed for redevelopment, displacing 875 families.  There are now 19 Redevelopment Policies, that we know of, in place across BC in Communities that are subject to development pressures, and they are working.  Park closures and the resulting loss of affordable housing in Communities with Policies in place have almost stopped.  Some developers are working within the policies to the satisfaction of Tenants and local Government.  The Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act requires that Developers have their re-zoning in place before evicting the Tenants.  Some Park Owners are attempting to ignore this requirement.  Be vigilant!  These Policies are only workable in situations where the subject Property requires re-zoning prior to development, giving local Governments some leverage to require Developers to consider the effects on their Tenants.  


Modified  01/30/2016

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