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A nightmare for others

A dream for one architect, a nightmare for the over 1,000 people who have signed the petition telling the OSFS to find another location.

Mr. Chomik, maybe your god provides land in a beautiful natural setting for an amphitheatre, but my god provides that land for all living creatures to share and protect.

Kathy Pratt


Fish farms threaten salmon

Open Letter: BC Fish Farms Threaten Wild Salmon Runs: DFO Confirms Potential HSMI Disease
Dear Minister Tootoo,
The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) calls on the Government of British Columbia and Canada to recognize the extreme risk to which their promotion of the BC finfish aquaculture industry presents to not only the pristine coastal BC environment but to already critically low wild salmon runs on which many British Columbians rely.
The May 20, 2016 Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) new release, titled “Potential Diagnosis of Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation in Atlantic Salmon at BC Fish Farm”, announced that DFO’s Dr. Kristi Miller has diagnose a potential Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) in farmed Atlantic salmon samples collected from a BC aquaculture facility in 2013-14. 
Critically, the virus known to be associated with this disease, Piscine Reovirus (PRV), is widespread and often devastating to the salmon farming industry, and by proximity presents a significant threat to wild salmon populations. Salmon infected with PRV are physically stunted, with muscles so weakened that they have trouble swimming or even pumping blood. Often fatal, outbreaks of this disease have followed the aquaculture industry around the world and have now been observed in wild fish, suggesting that farmed fish are interacting with wild salmon and are infecting already-dwindling wild stocks. The potential threat of this virus to BC salmon can no longer be ignored.
In the 2015 Alexandra Morton v. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Marine Harvest Canada INC., 2015, Mr. Justice Rennie concluded that the weight of evidence conducted by international and credible scientific bodies, suggests that PRV is causally linked to HSMI, and that it would be unreasonable to not expect HSMI to appear in PRV infected BC farmed salmon. As a result, infected fish pose a significant risk to both wild and farmed salmon in BC and thus should not be placed in ocean-net pens until we reach clearer scientific understanding of the risks infected farmed salmon pose to wild salmon stocks. 
These seemingly glaring warnings have been mirrored by the principles and recommendations of the 2009 Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River, one of which concluded that a moratorium be placed on the expansion of aquaculture industry and the limitation of existing licences to a renewal period of one year pending a comprehensive scientific analysis of the impact salmon farms have on wild salmon stocks. Thereafter, if salmon farms are determined to pose more than a minimal risk of serious harm to wild salmon stocks, those farms should cease operations.
The FNLC is extremely disappointed in the previous Conservative government’s decisions; despite numerous attempts to draw government’s attention to the critical nature of these issues, DFO has made little progress in enacting the principles of Cohen, and continue to place our wild salmon stocks at extreme risk by allowing the granting of multi-year salmon farm licences in BC, in direct conflict with the recommendations of Cohen. DFO must work with First Nations in BC to enact the principles of Cohen and to effectively protect our wild salmon.
Wild salmon are integral to many First Nations’ cultures, well-being and livelihood, and the protection of our wild salmon stocks is equally integral to the economic and environmental sustainability of the province and country as a whole. 
This year, only an estimated two million sockeye have returned to the Fraser River, far short of the more than six million predicted in preseason forecasts, with an even further dramatic collapse of the pink salmon fishery, with only an estimated five million fish returning when more than 14 million have been forecast. 
Immediate action must be taken to safeguard and protect our wild salmon for the benefit of all British Columbians and Canadians. The principles of the Cohen Inquiry must be respected. A moratorium on the expansion of all finfish aquaculture ventures along the BC coast needs to be implemented until further evidence is gathered on the negative impacts these installations have on our wild salmon. 
The FNLC supports the work of DFO’s Dr. Kristi Miller and urges the Government of Canada to expand her work coast wide and further encourages the support of programs focused on ecosystem research and habitat restoration such as the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s (PSF) Salish Sea Project.
Critically First Nations need to be a part of the picture, in order to achieve certainty on the impacts salmon farms have on our communities we must develop First Nations capacity to pursue independent interval sampling to be analysed through such genomic tests as Dr. Miller’s.
The well-being of our wild salmon and the sincerity to which DFO pursues a meaningful and significant relationship with First Nations in BC, will be a significant indicator of how well the Liberal Government achieves it’s goals of a strengthened relationships with First Nations in BC.

First Nations Leadership Council 

On behalf of the FIRST NATIONS SUMMIT:
Grand Chief Edward John
Robert Phillips
Cheryl Casimer

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
Chief Bob Chamberlin
Chief Judy Wilson

Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson

Bus stop seats

I want to write to the City of Kelowna about Graham street! We need bus stop seats. 

There are two bus stops on Graham Road when you turn off Gerstmar. I think it's unfair for the woman with children who have to sit on the ground in the dirt and go on the bus.

I also think we should have a bus stop on Graham because we need it incase if it rains or snows. 

I would like to forward this letter to the city of Kelowna and advise their attention of Graham street. We need bus seats.

I have been taking the bus for two years now, and find it helpful when we sit down, listen to music and wait for the bus. 

Ursula Fox 


Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is a program of monitored exercise, education and counselling to support recovery after a heart attack or other heart conditions. 

Approximately 1 out of 3 Canadians will die of cardiovascular disease and unfortunately, many will die before the age of 65 years. Research has found many deaths are preventable through managing cardiac risk factors.  Some of the risk factors include obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, high blood pressure and cholesterol.  Learning how to manage these risks may help reduce a second event or cardiac emergency. 

One such approach is cardiac rehabilitation, to reduce cardiac symptoms, improve health, and develop self-management skills for this chronic condition. Dr. Pistawka, Central Okanagan Association for Cardiac Health (COACH) Medical Director comments, “Your car like your body has gas lines, valves, electrical wires and pumps. Like a car, you shouldn’t just fix things when they break. You need to maintain it to prevent problems. Cardiac rehabilitation helps one learn how to maintain heart health and aims to prevent your body from ‘breaking down’ and leaving you stranded.”

Those who choose to participate receive many benefits including improved quality of life, reduced cardiac death and improved cardiac risk factors in particular in the long-term if these heart healthy behaviours are maintained. Dr. Koss, Kelowna Cardiac Exercise Society (KCES) Medical Director states, “There is no question that regular exercise improves quality of life in anyone, but especially cardiac patients.  Members of the KCES get the benefit of regular exercise in a supervised environment, but also the camaraderie of being part of a group with similar experiences and goals.”

Despite the benefits associated with CR participation, only a third of the cardiac populations choose to participate. These low participation rates are due to a number of barriers including financial concerns. Your local cardiac rehabilitation and maintenance program wants your support to help raise funds for those dealing with this disease burden and may not be able to afford the program.

Once a year we partner with the Canadian Health Foundation of Canada to raise money for our local cardiac programs, COACH as well as our maintenance program KCES. The funds raised help people access the program that otherwise would not be able to attend due to financial constraints. 

We are hosting this 2016 walk on Saturday, May 28th at the Kinsmen Field House (Gordon and Lexington). The 1-6km family fun walk will start at 10am down the Mission Park Greenway. 

Registered participants receive a heart healthy BBQ following the walk, as well as a chance to win some great draw prizes. There will also be prizes categories for those collecting pledges! 

Register online at www.coachkelowna.com or call 250-763-3433.

Jacqueline Gabelhouse

Hats off to the twelve

Hats off to the the "group of 12 seniors" that worked so diligently to garner enough votes to veto the AAP on building the new city hall in West Kelowna and forcing a referendum. Also, to the people who took the time to sign it. Good on you.

I also hope some of "the group" would consider running in the next election! Seriously!

Why hasn't it been brought to the public’s attention that this council had already signed a deal with a private developer to build the project on this site without having approval from the tax payers? The penalty for not going ahead is $18,000 a month paid to the developer! Check it out! It might never get approved! Who signed this agreement, and how much will it cost if it gets turned down?

Again, anybody who signed that petition will vote for "the group", over a council that is so conceded that it signed a deal that wasn't cleared by the tax payers. Please consider it. We need people like you.

Stan Macruger

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