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Regarding the referendum on the West Kelowna City Hall
Of course these people need a work place that reflects the 21st century.  They are our neighbours, and most importantly, our employees and it's our first obligation as employers to see that their working environment is as good as - or better than - we would have for ourselves.  I get very upset when people, the bosses if you like - suggest their workers should have anything but the best. "It's good enough for 'them' is heard all to often from people who obviously never had an employee them selves.
On the other hand, the proposed City hall is as ugly as sin.  I stayed in better looking barrack blocks in the Air Force and they were over 60 years old,  condemned, and ready to be torn down.  Haven't the people in West Kelowna any pride at all?  This is the place that represents you on the world stage.  This is your living room.  This is what you show off?  Maybe you don't care that you live in a dirt coloured box that's that so prevalent in the Okanagan. No one ever posts a picture of any of our buildings, public or privet, but it's 2016 folks.  Build something to be proud of.  If you can't put your city hall on a post card or on the cover of a tourist publication then it's just ugly.  Pure and simple.  Unsightly and unworthy and something to be shunned.
Yes.  Build these people a fine place to work.  Not a palace.  Just a fine, healthy, efficient place to work - at whatever cost.  But build a structure that we all can be proud of for God's sake.  A structure that reflects the best of our hopes and dreams.  To suggest that a real eye catcher costs a lot more money is a down right fallacy.  For not so much as a dime more, West Kelowna could have a real City Hall.  Not a glass and concrete brick with 1/2 the eye appeal of a Wal-Mart and 1/2 the colour of a Dollar Store.
Do it right for crying out loud.

Dave Winter

Who makes these decisions

I was just reading about Kelowna and the poor job prospects. A friend, whom was a past president of the Canadian Manufactures Association, came to visit and remarked how beautiful the valley was. I asked him about the future of the valley. He told me that not having a railway, and that most of the available commercial property is on side of huge hills, these are serious problems for business development. He told me that no manufacture was interested in hauling raw materials up a hill and having to truck product out by highway in the mountains to find a railway line.  

He made these statements 25 year ago, and as I watch the tearing up of our last connection with rail mainlines, I wonder who makes these decisions.

John W Crerar

Walking in dark parking lots

Last Friday evening, I was in the Plaza 33 mall parking lot in Rutland at around 5:30 PM. It was pitch black, wet and had just snowed heavily.
I was backing out of my parking spot very slowly, looking in both mirrors for any traffic that may be behind me, when all of a sudden someone started banging on my vehicle. I thought it may be someone who knew me but it turned to be someone walking behind my vehicle that was nearly hit as I backed out. I do know that it is my responsibility to watch for objects and people as I reverse, but there is also a responsibility for those walking to understand that in the dark it is very hard to see an unlit object behind you. I asked the individual why he was banging on my van and all I got was a very rude lecture on backing up and abusive language. I explained to him that I was well aware of the rules of the road, but if you walk in the dark behind vehicles, you have to be aware of your surroundings and take heed. If you walk like grazing cattle and think you are safe, you are a fool. I watched to see where this individual was going and it turns out his vehicle was nearly at the other end of the parking lot, in an unlit area as well. He should have walked along the front area that was lit and then crossed down to his vehicle.
In a nutshell, it takes both parties to reduce the risk of an accident, especially in dark, poorly lit, wet parking lots.
As a driver, I did as best possible to check behind me, but you who choose to walk behind must do your part as well.
My apologies to this individual should he be reading this, but it is tough to avoid what can’t be seen. If you choose to walk behind a vehicle in the dark wearing dark clothing, you need to pay attention at all times. If you walk, show some courtesy to the vehicle backing out and stop for a moment to allow it to move out of your path… common sense?

John Rae

Coffee thrown at a baby

This letter is in response to something that happened to my family and close friend on the evening of Sunday, February 7th, as we were walking home from a friends house at around 20:30 to 21:00hrs, westward down Lanfranco Road close to the intersection of Richter St. On this particular evening myself, my wife, our 10-month old son, and our friend and her 9-month old son attended a dinner party at another friends house. Being such unusually nice weather for this time of year, we chose to walk instead of drive. After enjoying a very nice evening, we were on our way home, walking single file on the sidewalk, me at the back, and my wife and our friend in front, each pushing our baby carriages containing our precious cargo.
From our left, approaching us from behind, came what I believe was possibly an older model Ford F-150 pickup, though it was dark by this time and I cannot be sure. As the vehicle passed, a full coffee in a disposable cup was thrown out the window at us deliberately, narrowly missing myself and striking the ground between my wife and I, thus showering ourselves, and our baby's carriage with coffee.  Initially, I was confused as to what had happened, but after stopping and taking stock of things, realization dawned on me and my confusion turned to anger and disappointment.  Anger because had the timing been only slightly better (or worse for us, for that matter) the container would have would have directly landed in the open stroller that held my son.  Disappointment because this is really an immature and ridiculous thing for someone to do. The fact that it was perpetrated against such inappropriate victims as my young family and two infant children boggles my mind and makes me very, very sad.  
Thankfully, nobody was physically injured here, although it scares me to think of what could have happened if that full coffee thrown from a speeding vehicle had struck my son in the face. It saddens me to think that people who believe this is funny are out there, engaging in activities as immature and careless as this.  To see a family pushing a baby carriage, and then to make the conscious decision to act the way they did is inappropriate in so many ways.  I sincerely hope this letter reaches you, and you make the decision to apologize and make better choices in the future.  It is in my opinion that this world needs all the help it can get at times, and I for one thank you, for providing my son with an example of how not to behave. I'm sure your parents, whoever they are, would be deeply ashamed of your callous acts. 
Oh yes, one more thing: in your idiotic excitement that night, you also threw out a rather nice blue and white baseball hat at us as well.  It is a NewEra Toronto Blue Jays hat, size 7 & 3/8, with the number 19 sewn in the side with a player signature.  I will take good care of it until such time as you make a sincere face to face apology to us (which I don't hold out much hope for). Then you are absolutely welcome to have it back. I'd like for you to have it, so that you are reminded of your behaviour every time you look at it.  Finally, I hope you will make better choices in the future, so that the residents of this town can concentrate on more important things than worrying about imbeciles like yourself.

Matt Wilson 
A disappointed young family

Dog park online survey

One of the Dog Park Online Feedback pages states that the Mission Recreation Off-leash Dog Park is approximately 0.4 hectares.  This is incorrect. The Mission Dog Park, including large and small dog sections, is closer to 0.72 hectares.  If survey respondents pick 0.4 ha as the approximate minimum size for an off-leash dog park, then their choice may be based on the error.  Respondents might instead choose "Other" and say they would prefer a 0.72 ha park if they wanted a park the size of Mission Dog Park.
People who have responded to the survey believing that Mission Dog park is 0.40 ha in size may still be able to change their replies on line.
A visual comparison of Mission Dog Park to say, Abbott Park's .42ha at 2955 Abbott St.,  Barlee Park's .37ha at 1898 Barlee Rd., or Sumac Park 's .41 ha at 372 Phipps Crescent are just a few examples of parks that are about .40 ha in size.

Helen Schiele

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