Trudeau's oil agenda

Gasoline is destined to go a lot higher than $2 a litre.

Instead of allowing a private sector corporation with billions of shareholder dollars to invest, at zero risk and cost to Canadian taxpayers, the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline will instead be built by our federal government, at a significantly higher cost than the projected $7.6 million.

KM already owns the right-of-way, and as an investor-owned and operated pipeline, costs to build and maintain will always be under very close and intense scrutiny, but that is not where we are going with this project.

As Justin Trudeau progressively is disconnecting from his role as our prime minister, he is also losing a grand opportunity to create and develop a comprehensive and desperately needed national energy policy.

We will instead end up with what we absolutely do not need, another Crown corporation, with an as yet undefined price tag.

This new Crown corporation will become Trudeau’s latest and a massive political screw-up, as he also is allowing a couple of rookie premiers to undermine his authority, only to try and save a couple of Liberal MPs in B.C.

This new Crown corporation will also be obliged to reimburse KM billions of dollars spent to perform environmental and engineering studies and conduct public forums, including years wasted and millions of extra dollars spent, ‘consulting’ first nations, who for some bizarre reasons have been left out of that process.

The time is also long overdue to define, in infinite detail, what is required to have ‘been consulted’, as it has become a multibillion-dollar cloud of uncertainty hovering over every single proposal to explore and extract natural resources that belong to all of us.

It’s inevitable, that Trudeau will award those first nations a significant compensation package, warranted or otherwise, for allowing this pipeline to occupy what they without any doubt will insist is ‘their’ holy lands, and that will be in the form and character of billions of dollars in royalties, they will be collecting long after this new pipeline will have delivered its last barrel of oil.

The federal government will also have to negotiate with KM to obtain what will become a very comprehensive, costly, and lifelong lease agreement to access and accommodate this government owned pipeline on KMs private and exclusive right-of-way.

A final detail remains to be resolved, and that is to find a name that is appropriate, inclusive, and relevant – PetroCan II, PetroPipe, or just plain STUPID.

Andy Thomsen, Peachland


Revenue versus reality

In its spring budget, the NDP government forecast a 2.6 per cent revenue increase to almost $2.4 billion from the property purchase tax.

On the other hand, the provincial government is working very hard to slow down the number of real estate purchases that generate that revenue. The NDP will penalize foreign buyers and a proposed speculation tax will further penalize economic investment in the province.

They have succeeded admirably in the first four months of 2018 in dampening the number of sales. From BCREA, which publishes provincial real estate numbers, we learn that the number of sales was down 11.6 per cent at the end of April, confirming projections of the previous government.

I am neither an economist nor an accountant, but the numbers don`t add up.

How can you get more revenue when you are working hard to limit the revenue generator? What will the story be to the public when revenue reality doesn't meet budget projections? Not their fault?

Real estate is one part of the engine that drives the B.C. economy, and the NDP's misguided policies are limiting its fuel.

Elden Ulrich

Follow the rules, and live

I am seeing complaints again about how cyclists behave on local roads. 

I saw a cyclist commandeer a section of Old Vernon Road where construction was going on. They didn't stay to the side of the road, they took up the whole road until moving off to the side after they passed the flagger.

I saw two more cyclists going the other way who were almost riding side by side. 

Taking up the entire vehicular lane is illegal except where the road is too narrow to otherwise safely make passage. That description allows for very few roads in the Okanagan where cyclists can legally take up an entire lane to themselves for any stretch.

There are entire groups of cyclists who commandeer road lanes as if, due to their sheer number, they have the right to take over the road. Last I checked, that's reserved for races where city permits are involved and police are on hand to ensure a safe situation. 

But I regularly see groups taking over an entire lane on local backroads from East Kelowna to Ellison.

I've seen just as many vehicular infractions as I have cyclist infractions. But the cyclists who flout the law thinking they are in the right don't have anyone to blame but themselves when they land in hospital or one of their own dies in an accident.

I have two cyclists in the household. I don't want them killed, so I expect them to know the law. More cyclists need to heed the provincial and local laws as well.

Marilynn Dawson


Few ruin it for all

I am a road cyclist, up to 500 kilometres a month on Kelowna roads, so I’ve seen it all.

A few of my fellow cyclists are absolutely ruining it for the majority. It’s true, I have seen all this bad behaviour too, and it frustrates me, as I know this causes problems for all of us.

However, the majrity of us do try to follow the rules of the road, if for no other reason than I will lose every collision I will ever get into.

The government, which regulates the roadways, sets the rules. Not Bethany, Joe Average Driver, Bicycle Dave or any others. A great resource for what the actual rules of the road are can be found at bikesense.bc.ca or in the Motor Vehicle Act.

The odd things you may see from time to time are often survival tactics. Riding side by side, although not legal in B.C., is recommended by many cycling experts as the safest technique for some roads.

World champion cyclist Chris Boardman has some great videos on why. Taking the lane is legal and recommended for many reasons. Some areas of the world even recommend a controlled rolling yield instead of a complete stop for cyclists as the safest method, but not in B.C., of course.

Despite the poor behaviour of a few bad apples on bicycles, I hope the writers of the last few letters truly didn’t intend to imply they will be willfully endangering cyclists over a mere few seconds lost while sharing the road with me.

Roads are not for car use only. And it’s not my fault that guy you saw is a jerk.

Dave Robideau

Thanks for help at crash

My daughter was in the blue Chevy Malibu that rolled over at the intersection of KLO and Benvoulin.

We are hoping to find witnessess to the accident.

In addition, we were hoping to connect with the gentleman who first stopped and helped our daughter.

She was alone and afraid. She remembers him coming to her and talking to her and helping her out of her car, as she was suspended upside down.

She was very afraid. We didn't have the chance at the accident scene to thank him for stopping. We were all in shock and just worried about our 17-year-old daughter.

If you witnessed the crash, email [email protected].

Marylou Trca

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