Letters to the editor
I refer to your story “Sexist Note Left For Pilot”.
What a disgrace in this day & age that such a thing should happen.
I was delighted to read that Westjet supported their pilot although in this writer’s opinion the person who was only identified as “David” clearly not brave enough to give his full name unlike the pilot, should be black listed from Westjet flights & indeed passed to other airlines so that his future travel should be by car or foot, that “he” being so competent can control.
For one moment think of the other passengers on the flight who do not want to hear such comments being made about the competency of the person in control & more than clearly capable of controlling a machine that requires a great deal of skill & ability.
Westjet have this persons details, pass it on to other airlines & have this person removed from being a passenger and then maybe he will learn some 2014 manners.
All I can write to the pilot Ms. Steacy is your response & professionalism outshine those around you & I hope you have many more years giving us grateful passengers the superb service you & your organization stand for.
As for “David” he is a disgrace to Canada as a whole.
Andrew Blake - Summerland
Many Kelowna and area grade 6 students participate in a very important drug awareness program called S.O.A.R.. Taught by teachers and R.C.M.P. constables, the program provides crucial information about substances and their devastating effects, peer pressure, and more.
Students at a S.O.A.R celebration Tuesday spoke very positively about the program, the in-depth knowledge they gained, and the effect of the program on their resolve to not use drugs. Many students were impressed that the powerful video presentation was actually developed in Surrey, BC. The video gives accounts of real people who experienced tragic, even fatal consequences from first-time experimentation or addiction, and students were clearly impacted. Each student had written an essay on what they've learned about substance misuse, avoidance strategies, the dangers of first-time use and gateway substances, and finally, a personal pledge relating to resistance. It is so incredibly meaningful to these kids!
As a parent who has seen a few of these presentations, I have learned something new each time. With the growing drug culture, it is imperative that our children have current, accurate information and strategies from reliable sources, such as the S.O.A.R. team of educators. While some people might think the material is unnecessary or too frightening for children, I would urge them to consider that not knowing the facts or ways to resist might lead to the most frightening consequences of all.
Sadly, I want to mention that the S.O.A.R. program is in danger of being cancelled.. Apparently, it will no longer be funded by the City of Kelowna. Considering the range of academic, artistic, health, and family life (ie abstinence) programs our children are taught in school, shouldn't S.O.A.R. rank as a priority? Please, let our city council know that we want the S.O.A.R. program in Kelowna. Every child that this program reaches is a child who can be empowered. Any child that is spared a life or death of substance misuse is a triumph.
Sincerely, Karen Cocar
As a car driver so very burdened down, to the cost of putting my vehicle on the road, (you know,..... constantly rising gasoline costs, insurance costs and points dollar signs, (thank God I personally have not had that in about 35 years) new car tires costs, doubled to outfit a vehicle for both spring, summer, fall, and environmental fees for both car tire and batteries, and now the new winter tire costs as per what the police say we motorists now need.
I think it high time that bicyclists be forced to pay for a, new to them, but, forced on car/truck/van/semi trucks, license plate fees, to make them pay for the previous rail road line between Vernon and Kelowna, should they want to take over that many miles of non used rail line. And the costs of making that corridor should go to the cyclists alone!
As all of you Castanet readers know, I have said this over the years, but, as my shrinking wages cannot pay to indulge you, with asphalt roads, with your bicycle, which you seem to think we need to provide to you,....I think and believe that it is time you people (cyclists) paid for your own bike lanes, and yes, all by yourselves.
I also can't understand why cyclists don't have to buy any license plates, for us vehicle drivers to report your bad driving/pedaling habits to someone like ICBC, which I, (and I am sure other vehicle drivers here in Kelowna) would love to report to the RCMP or ICBC, when cyclists don't operate their bicycle to ICBC road and lawful city conduct!
Yes, normally other cougars would attack each other in such a manner as to amputate each other's feet, it's been known to happen over thousands of years... Wow! National Geographic best get hold of that info right quick!
Actually, despite that "in depth" study on how the wounded cougar came to be, I expect that poor unfortunate and doomed animal actually had a run in with a leg-hold trap of some sorts and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out either.
BC Transit Mission Statement
To excel in the provision of safe, reliable, cost-efficient and market-focused public transportation systems that support the social, economic and environmental goals of the customers and communities we serve.
I start with this as it does not line up with my recent experience. Fifteen days ago while taking a routine bus ride with an amazing young man I support in the community, who happens to have profound autism, we were refused access to the bus for a second ride being told by the driver that after contacting control he did not have to provide joy rides.
That was Feb. 11, 2014. On Feb 14, 2014 I followed the BC Transit policy for complaints by completing the online form providing to the best of my ability all details.
Feb 17. I received a response from Bill Harding, General Manager of Kelowna Transit, letting me know they were trying to identify the driver as it was not the usual one. After hearing nothing for three days I contacted Bill again and he let me know the driver had been identified and a discussion concerning the event would follow.
Again I waited and on Feb 25th I requested an update. Bill let me know he is "confident that I won't encounter a similar issue with this driver" and continues with "however if I do please let him know and he will fix it". My response to Bill ended with "if there is not an acceptable reason don't you think an apology is warranted?”. His response "Sorry, my mistake. I thought I had apologized for the behavior of this employee".
This experience has been disappointing to say the least but my concern is the lack of responsibility taken by BC Transit. I am shocked that I had to request an apology, which would be a standard response in any conflict resolution training in customer service in my experience.
Riding the bus has been part of our routine for almost a year and in contrast the experience has been generally pleasant. The driver we usually have is Spencer and he treats every rider with the kindness, respect and humor. He greets us by name when we enter the bus and in this weather reminds us to be careful when exiting as there may be ice or snow. He has become the standard I expect.
As I have become increasingly frustrated in this process I wonder how many others have experienced discrimination from BC Transit but do not have a voice of their own or an advocate to fight for them. How do I know that I will not face another driver who can arbitrarily determine that we cannot ride his bus even though we have a pass?
What does a mission statement that states it is a system that will support social, economic and environmental goals of customers and communities we serve mean? How is that measured and evaluated? What is BC transit doing to guarantee equal access for all?
Editors's note: Let's keep the letters to 250 words please.
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