Fee for Penticton bike lanes?

Well, here we go raising the utility fee in Penticton.

Remember the fund the former city council raided to build the bike lanes that are never used? Remember they were just going to borrow this from that fund? For the folks who think the bike lanes are great, pay a licence fee for your right to use the bike lane.

The fee may or may not cover the cost of maintenance, snow removal repairs etc. What is wrong with a user pay system?Call it a tax or whatever, nobody rides for free.

I (predicted) this would happen in (one of my) previous letters to Castanet and it sure is going to happen.

Please, new city council, make these changes or tear out the bike lanes, as the cost of living is already driving people to the poor house. We do not need extra fees at this time.

So, please once again, do the right thing.

Brian Kettle

What about garbage liners?

I have read recently that plastic grocery bags will soon become extinct.

Could someone smarter than me please explain how purchasing "single use" kitchen garbage can liners is better for the environment than the "multi use" grocery bags which millions of people currently use to line the kitchen garbage can?

Kelly Thomas

Not on verge of extinction

Re. Blaine Fode's letter Why are birth rates down? (Castanet, Dec. 2)

Expressing concern for the drop in birth rates, a letter writer asked "Why hasn't the government addressed this alarming situation?

I don't know the answer to that question but I'd like to suggest that the world is in a state approaching anarchy.

As if wars were not enough, people worry about viruses, climate change and for many, where to find shelter and food.

This morning's news on the radio was that hundreds of thousands of species would soon be extinct. Is this a world into which to welcome an infant?

While pondering the writer's question, my thoughts drifted to the expression: "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."

As I did not know the origin of the expression, I asked Google. The name Edward Abbey popped up. He was an American environmentalist, activist and author of several books which I intend to read. Have a look in Wikipedia for a summary of Edward Abbey's life.

A drop in the birth rate does not alarm me. We humans are eight-billion strong, hardly on the verge of extinction.

Helen Schiele, Kelowna


Why are birth rates down?

Following recent data out of Europe showing a steep decline (avg. 10%) in birth rates, I decided to find out how we are faring (provincially).

Using B.C. government statistics, I found the five-year average in births and compared it to 2021 and (the first nine months of) 2022.

2021 was a normal year, with an average monthly increase of 0.13%. January 2022 saw the beginning of a substantial decline in births. From January through September, the average monthly decrease was an astonishing 5.24%.

Notably, as in Europe, this decline correlates with nine months after the vaccine rollout. Is there causation, or some other explanation?

Why hasn't the government addressed this alarming trend?

Blaine Fode

PM made wrong decision

(Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau said last week he is "serene" that he made the right decision to invoke the Emergencies Act.

Of course he is serene and of course he made the right decision, no one doubts that for a minute. But he didn't say is for whom that decision was the right one.

Obviously it was the right decision for him politically but, equally obviously, not for the country, the Canadian people or the constitution.

Lloyd Vinish, Kelowna

Where's $10/day childcare?

B.C. implemented $10-a-day child care in 2018 across the province.

Four years later, and in spite of "best efforts", only 5% of the spaces in the province carry that price tag—and that is in an economically stable province with a “hardcore” NDP government in office.

As part of his election campaign in 2021, (Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau promised that the average cost for child care will be $10 right across the country by 2025. Voters appeared to believe him.

Within a year, he has signed agreements with all 10 provinces and three territories, basically by promising he will give them bags of money in exchange for their signatures. That's his typical modus operandi, whether the topic is child care or carbon tax or health care.

If only implementation was as easy as making promises in the first place. Wouldn't that make (Trudeau’s) life so much simpler? But, as always, the devil is in the details.

We'll see if other provinces have more luck than B.C. What are the chances?

And if they don't? Is (Trudeau) going to take the money back?

Lloyd Vinish,Kelowna

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