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The highway is not deadly

Does nobody realize that it is not the Highway that kills but the people SPEEDING or driving impaired on said Highway.

The posted limit is somewhere between 90 and now 120. If you do 90 you get run over by almost everybody else on said highway because they are doing somewhere between 10 and 50 km faster than the posted! 

Nobody has taken into account that at higher speeds it takes shorter reaction times for things to go wrong. 

I find it hard to read Killer Highway when its not the highway but the idiots that drive the highway impaired or just refuse to slow down and pay attention!

Carla Calhoun


Disheartened by government

It's extremely disheartening to see our government undervalue education, placing greater strain on educators and limiting students' access to adequate supports.  

With districts scrambling to balance budgets, cuts to necessary services have to be made:  tough decisions that often leave our most vulnerable students adversely affected.  

However, the government defends this paradigm, pointing to PISA scores that show our students excelling on standardized tests.  

However, this is an extremely narrow lens, and while our students may be showing proficiency in the skills assessed on these international tests, the less measurable aspects are being ignored.  

Each day, I do my best to empower my students; I help students with low self-esteem find their own self-worth, I provide suitable boundaries and expectations for students who may not receive that kind of support at home, and I teach students how to think their way through an ever-changing world, hopefully equipping them to meet the challenges of an emergent reality in the 21st century.  

I'm not alone in this pursuit, either – this is what teachers do.  

These parts of our profession matter, but they've been made more difficult over the years as larger class sizes and more challenging classroom compositions keep us from being able to pursue these meaningful aspects as fully as we'd like. 

Ultimately, this fight is about values. It's about valuing education, it's about valuing the nurturing of our students, and it's about valuing the importance of BC's educators. 

However, the Liberal government values the bottom line, in which budgets trump our children's overall well-being. 

The Liberal message is simple: there is money, just not for our students.  

Plainly put, our kids deserve better.


Adrian Zuyderduyn

Teacher – Mount Boucherie Secondary School

Accidents on Hwy 97 North

I am very sad for the victims of the crash on Saturday! I hope family has now come to them for support.
The five hour delay to re-open the road has got me, (and I'm sure others) believing it is high time to open the back road from the industrial park along Jim Bailey road through to Flightcraft!
As a taxpayer at the furthest north end of Kelowna, I am so sick of us being so put on the back, back, or far, far north boundary of federal, provincial, and municipal monies (and a reminder again that all those levels of paws are still paid for by one taxpayer), output!
Yes, we have the new highway to Vernon, but that was more than just me wanting it, and it was years in the making and it was to facilitate commerce into the areas.
Yes, we finally got the left hand turn signals at the top of Beaverlake Road, but that was years and years in the making, (also leaving the bottle neck at the top of the road for those who wish to turn from the north bound lane, right, and down the hill, a need of which would be lessen if a back road was put in from Flightcraft to our industrial site)!
Christy, perhaps you have a few moments of time to investigate and push for the back road. We all know how busy you are pushing for a second crossing, and sprucing up of Kelowna's downtown, and West Kelowna's areas, but you are getting a hell of a lot of money from the rest of us! Perhaps if you were sitting in that traffic for the whole 5 hours, you would have time to consider it!
Catherine Knox


Burning issue with wildfires

B.C. should fight its own wildfires

Anyone else find it embarrassing and worrying that B.C. doesn’t fight its own large wildfires anymore? 

During busy wildfire seasons, the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch out sources wildfire management to people who have never worked in B.C.’s forests.  Individuals from across the world are brought in, at huge expense, to manage our wildfires.  At the same time, the WMB refuses the assistance of highly skilled and knowledgeable B.C. forest professionals with decades of local experience. 

Our unique forest ecosystems and combination of extreme fire weather, rough topography, diverse forest fuels (dead pine) and forest communities pose some of the most difficult wildfire suppression challenges in the world.  Importing people to manage our wildfires with no local knowledge and no experience with B.C. wildfire suppression tactics leads to inefficient wildfire suppression, increased suppression costs and increased area burned. 

The WMB does some things well.  Their Initial Attack Crews and Unit Crews are the best in Canada.  They have a very dedicated, hardworking field staff.  Their Air Tanker program is world class.  But the wheels come off when it has to manage larger wildfires. B.C. has a world class forestry industry full of people with decades of local forestry and wildfire suppression experience, who are cost effective, efficient and accountable, but are not welcome on wildfire management teams in their own province. 

The WMB prefers to spend millions of B.C. taxpayers dollars unnecessarily on more costly, far less qualified and experienced individuals from outside the province.  No disrespect to the incoming individuals, but B.C. can and should be managing its own wildfires whenever possible.  The Wildfire Management Branch prefers not to do so.

B.C. might on occasion need to call on other jurisdictions to assist with our wildfire suppression management, but only as a last option once all qualified B.C. people are involved, not as a first choice.  We need a strong Wildfire Management Branch in B.C.  It can only be strong and effective if teamed with the skilled, experienced professionals found in B.C.’s forest industry.  Outsourcing our wildfire management is incredibly expensive, inefficient and decreases our capacity to manage our own forests.  We can do better.

Bruce Morrow

Registered Professional Forester

Sure, keep marijuana illegal

I totally agree – we need to keep marijuana illegal.

Think about the kids! Nowadays, a friendly drug dealer will sell marijuana to anyone who has the cash, no matter how young.

Imagine if some poor 12 year old has to go into a store to buy marijuana, and gets asked for ID. How on earth are little kids supposed to buy marijuana if we make it legal?

And what about violent gangs and organized crime? They depend on the income from marijuana to buy weapons, fancy cars etc, as well as to fund fun activities around our communities, such as shooting each other as well as bystanders.

If marijuana were made legal, violent gangs and organized crime would lose millions of dollars of income. Plus the RCMP would have a lot more time and money to go after their other community-friendly activities, such as meth labs and home invasions. So, let’s keep marijuana available for children, and help support your local violent gangs and organized crime – keep marijuana illegal!

!Don Fletcher

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