Penticton Royal Canadian Legion members, president Ivo Jaager (left) and service officer Bill Bowen observe a moment of silence in 2017. B.C./Yukon Legion delegates will be in Penticton Sept. 26 to 29 for the bi-annual convention. (Western News file photo)

B.C./Yukon Legion convention in Penticton to focus on taxing issue

Around 300 delegates are expected to be in Penticton

“Burdensome” property taxes will be one of the hot topics for the 300 B.C./Yukon Legion delegates who will be in Penticton for the 54th bi-annual convention.

The B.C./Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion will be speaking on the topic during the convention from Sept. 26 to 29 as they meet to make decisions on the future of the Legion in B.C.

“Property taxes are one of the single highest expenses for our not-for-profit, volunteer organization. Some branches are paying close to $100,000 on property taxes every year,” said Veronica Brown, executive director of the BC/Yukon Command, in a news release.

READ MORE: Penticton Legion’s grand re-opening a success, says president

There are approximately 145 branches and, According to the executive director, property taxes frustrate the almost 145 branches in their ability to serve the community through giving.

“Our branches provide over $3.8 million annually in funds donated for veteran support, community groups, youth, individual emergency funding and hospitals. They are an integral part of the social fabric of our communities,” said Brown.

Among the various speakers at this year’s convention is Marianne Alto, Victoria City Councillor who is championing property tax exemption for Legion branches in Victoria and now, across B.C. Councillor Alto will be reporting to the Legion members on her promotion of a province-wide property tax exemption after this year’s 2019 Union of BC Municipalities meeting that also takes place this week.

According to a news release, the B.C./Yukon Command’s South Okanagan and Similkameen Zone has donated more than $100,000 to the South Okanagan and Similkameen Medical Foundation for the expansion of Penticton’s new hospital. Carey Bornn, the executive director of the foundation will be speaking to our members on their contributions.

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Flaming pumpkins are set to fly at a Summerland winery on Nov. 3

The annual Flamin’ Pumpkin Chunkin’ takes place at Saxon Estate Winery

FOODIE FRIDAY: The Black Antler’s ‘something-for-everyone’ menu offers spins on the classics

Owner Dan Prokosh called Penticton a perfect fit for their vision

Naturewise: Planting and caring for nature’s future

Stewards help preserve shrinking habitats

Cannings endorsed by David Suzuki

South Okanagan-West Kootenay NDP candidate loading up on endorsements

First aid for mental health coming to Penticton for veterans, families

The course runs Oct. 28 & 29 at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre

Spotlight on B.C.: Liberals need at least 10 B.C. ridings to take the election

Black Press Media presents a four-part series into how B.C. will affect the federal election outcome

Vernon man arrested with meat cleaver pleads not guilty to cop assault

Kyle Frances Larue allegedly assaulted RCMP with bear spray, meat cleaver

On the campaign trail: North Okanagan photographer gets up close to MP candidates

Salmon Arm’s Kristal Burgess produced photo essays for fourShuswap-North Okanagan candidates

Morning Start: The whale known as Moby Dick

Your morning start for Friday, Oct. 18

Wood pellet supply a concern for Salmon Arm business

Prices increase after Pinnacle Renewable Energy steps away from bag sales

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Canucks beat Stanley Cup champs 4-3 in a shootout

Leivo nets winner, Vancouver dumps St. Louis for fourth straight win

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

Most Read