School zone time expansion

To the Mayor and Council regarding school zone time expansion:
I would firstly like to thank each and all of your for your work and service for the City of Kelowna. I applaud your efforts.
In a position that you hold as Mayor and Council, you will never please everyone but I feel the city is moving to a positive direction. Now to the reason for my correspondence.
The recent passing of the bylaw to expand the school zones to 7:30 am concerns me. In theory, no one should disagree that the safety of children is paramount. I could only imagine the pain from injury a child with a vehicle. That being said, I don't believe that this change is for the better. It may create more harm than good by enacting this law for the following reasons:
1) At most schools, children are not supervised or officially welcomed until 8 am (I know there are exceptions) so why do we want to add this change?
2) Coming from the Upper Mission area, it becomes mission critical for working parents to do whatever is possible to get through the zones such as Anne Mclymont and OKM before 8 am or your time in traffic is greatly extended. This rule change will worsen this situation.
3) I believe this change will result in the following:
-more idling as traffic is snarled up the hill and thus more pollution
-a greater push to the use of side streets which could result in more accidents and safety issues
-greater frustration and the resulting effects
In fact, with school being finished at 2:30 pm, I believe that the times should in fact be shortened to 4 pm since that gives 90 minutes for everyone to leave the school zone. I am aware of after school activities such as soccer but those times can be 5 pm, 6 pm or 7 pm and have no relevance.
In sum, please consider repealing this change so that we can continue to use common sense by slowing down around children but instead of unnecessarily creating frustration to drivers.

I generally cycle to work but am afraid that these changes will make the roads less safe instead of safer for all of us.

Chuck Droppo


Could not agree more

I could not agree more with visitor Charlene Wallis. The policies regarding pets in our regional parks need to change.

The latest statistics suggest that 35% of Canadian households have at least one dog. I'd wager that in an outdoor playground like the Okanagan, our rate of dog ownership is even higher than the national average.

I understand that the City of Kelowna has made an effort to provide accessible dog parks throughout the city, and I commend that effort. However, there are absolutely no spaces in the area accommodate both humans and dogs. I can't go for a picnic in a dog park, and my dog is not allowed to come with me to the beach, even while leashed.

I don't expect the city to create an off-leash free-for-all out of any of our popular beaches, but it would be nice if we could bring the whole family with us on our outings, even if one of them has to be leashed. After all, our pooches want nothing more than to simply be with us.

Given the rate of dog-ownership, it's about time that the regional district creates a space for dog owners. After all, we do account for over one-third of the tax-paying population, so why shouldn't we be accommodated?

Ally Turner

Dog policy

We recently visited Lake Country. While our primary purpose was to visit with our son, we also wanted to spend some time in your local parks along the lake shore. After arriving, we were very disappointed about two aspects of your community.

The first relates to your pet policy in the local parks. We had planned to spend the day at Kayola Park, boating, and picnicking with a group of friends.  When we arrived, we were very disappointed to find out that dogs are not welcome in any of your regional parks. (We checked with the parks keepers who were on site). As a tourist, I travel with my old dog.

We are respectful pet owners, and have our dog under our control at all times. We were concerned that we would have to leave our dog in the car as a result of your pet policy. It was particularly frustrating noting that the goose poop in the park was far worse than any dog or owner would ever leave behind.
Secondly, we were also disappointed to find out that there is only one public boat launch in the vicinity. Being that you have 4 surrounding lakes, doesn’t it make sense to have at least a couple of public accessible boat launches? In the end, we had to launch off the beach on the Oyama side of Wood Lake. This was not ideal, as the water is very shallow, and I’m sure that it is not an environmentally sustainable proposition launching off the beach.
Lake Country is a beautiful area, but our experience was less than desirable with the issues we encountered.

Charlene Wallis

Thanks for blood

On behalf of Canadian Blood Services and our Territory Manager, Gayle Voyer, I would like to thank Kelowna residents who support Canadian patients by giving blood.
In late April, we announced the need for 200,000 blood donations by July. Thousands of eligible donors answered the call for support and helped us collect more than 193,000 donations. Approximately 2,700 donations were collected in Kelowna, which helped us meet hospital demand. 
As some of our regular donors are busy with vacation and family time in the warm summer months, we always welcome new donors. To book an appointment for any upcoming Kelowna clinics, download the GiveBlood app, visit blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283).
We can’t thank you enough for the valuable gift you and other gracious donors provide to those in need. Please know that your time, selflessness and spirit of giving in Kelowna are appreciated. Somewhere in Canada, a patient will be thankful.

David Patterson  
Director, Donor Relations, B.C. and Yukon 
Canadian Blood Services

Free concert parking

Being fairly new to the Lake Country, my wife and I were pleased to hear about the "free" concerts in the park held at various parks around the Lake Country. So we decided to attend our first concert this past Saturday evening, July 16, at Beasley Park. Upon arriving at the event we found there was almost no parking left anywhere. But we finally found one spot left on Woodsdale Road and yes chose to park there. We did see a sign saying no parking, but with about 20 or 30 cars also parked along this section, thought that maybe for the "free" concert and that it was evening the bylaw might be relaxed.

However, I should have saw the warning, when my wife and I were walking into the park, I saw the vulture (bylaw officer) circling the parking lot. I thought they were looking for people blocking exits, I was wrong. At the end of the concert, when we returned to our vehicle we discovered that all the vehicles on that section of the street had a ticket on their windows. That bylaw officer sure must have been busy writing out tickets, (I wonder if they exceeded their quota that night). Know we know how Lake Country pays for those concerts.

Although we were wrong to park in that spot, we will think twice about attending any other "free" concerts in any of the parks. My warning to others is if there looks like there is no parking available at any of the venues go home or that "free" concert could cost you a minimum of $40.00.

Lake Country could have taken a different tact and had some traffic control and guide people to where they could park, rather than be quick to hand out tickets.

The District of Lake Country has not left a good impression on us or I suspect many others who visited their park. We will avoid visiting any more free concerts as to limited parking.

Anyway, my two cents.

Phillip Camire

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