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Outstanding service

Feb 5, 2016 / 3:29 pm
From the moment we called Blair Mechanical to the moment they were finished in our home, we received the absolute best service we have had from any company in a very long time. Our furnace quit on the coldest day of this year. Not only did they come out immediately, they supplied us with space...

Downtown parking

Feb 5, 2016 / 11:51 am
An open letter to the City of Kelowna. Despite the ample downtown Kelowna parking that your website purports, the truth is very, very, different. Are you aware that there is no monthly parking available downtown, and that there are dozens of people on wait lists for such parking? Are you...

Giant Walkthrough Brain

Feb 4, 2016 / 4:21 pm
Re: The Giant Walkthrough Brain, Community Theatre (Jan. 30-31) I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual presentation of The Giant Walkthrough Brain, hosted by Jay Ingram, backed by "the world’s first science band", The Free Radicals. The brain is the most complex organ in the human...

Thank you Argo

Feb 4, 2016 / 4:18 pm
I was appalled and embarrassed by the recent articles quoting Joe Rich residents attacking and assaulting the efforts of the Argo Highway Maintenance crews. These people used the term "we, the Joe Rich residents,” and I can assure you, as a Joe Rich resident, they do not speak for me! ...

Predator sightings

Feb 4, 2016 / 4:08 pm
I live on an acreage on Glenrosa, on the way to Crystal Mountain. Occasionally our dog warns us of some critter prowling around at night by growling, whining and running up and down the hall way, trying to wake us up. Sure enough the next day, during the winter months anyways, I generally find...

Eldorado boat launch

Feb 2, 2016 / 2:57 pm
Over the last two years, the City of Kelowna has been spending taxpayer’s monies on studies, applying for permits etc. to clean the sand buildup in front of the Eldorado boat launch. Last fall the launch was shut down, apparently to dredge and remove the sand shown besides the dock. Now,...

Dog park survey

Feb 2, 2016 / 11:37 am
Dog owners and non-dog owners alike may wonder, for different reasons, about the need for the city's dog park survey, on-line questionnaire, and eventual open houses. Dog owners may ask why their years-long appeal for more dog parks in residential communities, where they are needed, and for...

To wear or not to wear

Feb 2, 2016 / 11:27 am
Re: Skiing without a helmet So you encourage everyone to wear an approved helmet. Well this is not a ‘to wear or not to wear’ a helmet argument. There are two things we learn growing up in life: 1. As our parents raise us, they teach to respect our elders. 2. That the attitude...

Skiing without a helmet

Feb 1, 2016 / 2:09 pm
Let me say first that I encourage everyone to wear an approved helmet. That said, I am pretty much fed up with the advice, comments, and the pros and cons of helmet use that I get each and every time from fellow skiers because I do not wear one. At least twice a day, sometimes more. Trust me, I...

A waste of manpower

Feb 1, 2016 / 12:12 pm
Today I finally found out one of the reasons why Fortis charges so much for their gas. Fortis advised me, some months ago, that my gas meter was too close to my neighbours driveway and they would require a metal post be placed in front of the meter to prevent it from being damaged, should my...

Stigma on mental health

Feb 1, 2016 / 12:03 pm
Re: Stigma still lingers “There is still a stigma on mental health within School District 22.” Then file a discrimination suit if that is so. No one ought tolerate that prejudice, racism or any other similar one. Harold A. Maio

Irrigation inconvenience

Jan 29, 2016 / 2:01 pm
We barely got 2 days notice that our water will be cut off for routine water main maintenance, Saturday Jan 30, 2016 from 4:00 AM to 6:00 PM. All well and fine to do routine maintenance, but on next to no notice and on a Saturday? Is BMID (Black Mountain Irrigation District) attempting to...

Record lows for natural gas

Jan 29, 2016 / 1:49 pm
Providing good customer service, as well as a safe and reliable supply of natural gas at the lowest reasonable cost, is a priority for us. On January 25, a Castanet reader raised concern in a letter about his FortisBC natural gas bill. FortisBC recognizes that the cost of delivering natural gas is...

Killing with kindness

Jan 28, 2016 / 10:34 am
To all the kind hearted drivers in Kelowna who are stopping for pedestrians to cross the road when they are not at a crosswalk. Please stop before you kill with kindness. It has happened to me on many occasions, someone driving in the right lane will stop to let a pedestrian cross when there is...

More than just a former ferry

Jan 27, 2016 / 10:51 am
As the executive director of the Central Okanagan Heritage Society (COHS), and past chair, and current board member of Heritage BC, my life is deeply impacted by all things heritage. In December I had the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with Andy Schwab, the current owner of the...

Bureaucratic domination

Jan 26, 2016 / 3:44 pm
In response to a previous letter, “Dear BCSC” about U-Go Brands, dated January 22, 2016 to Castanet, I would like to share my experience with the BCSC and the Alberta Securities Commission, their overreaching power that involve each and every working/investing Canadian and how these...

RDCO dog control

Jan 25, 2016 / 2:23 pm
RDCO suffered a major legal setback in The Hon. Mr. Justice Skolrood's ruling of January 19, 2016. Mr. Panton's unsuccessful appeal to save the life of his dog Jake, has overshadowed the fact that in the same court on December 9th, 2015, the RDCO appealed established case laws and also...

Fortis natural gas bill

Jan 25, 2016 / 2:11 pm
There has been a lot of discussion lately on the billing practices of Fortis when it comes to natural gas. Being as I have just received my natural gas bill for January, I would like to add my 2 cents. After looking closely at my bill this month, a charge of $91.66 is showing as the total from...

Downtown parking fines

Jan 25, 2016 / 1:59 pm
It seems that every time I try to visit a downtown business, I end up being chased by the ticket patrols. This last time was last Thursday. I put 30 minutes of time in the meter. After waiting in line, I returned to my car 32 minutes later to find a ticket. Ok, I'm not denying the meter ran...

The true cost of war

Jan 25, 2016 / 1:54 pm
Open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and MP Stephen Fuhr. With the announcement the day after the election of your decision to withdraw Canadian warplanes from bombing runs in Iraq and Syria, hopes were raised for a re-evaluation of Canada’s military priorities. There was talk in...


Jan 22, 2016 / 4:02 pm
Dear BCSC and its employees; I write to inform you that your boss has made a terrible choice and unfortunately many of you will suffer for it. Certainly, some of you are just as guilty in the matter between BCSC and U-GO Brands, as the many offences committed during the prosecution's...

Hit and run

Jan 22, 2016 / 10:01 am
On Tuesday, January 19th 2016, at approximately 5:20 pm on Gordon, south of Casorso, I was rear ended by a black/dark sedan, possibly a Ford (recovered emblem on scene). The driver was a male, black short hair, I only saw him briefly as I remained in my vehicle. He suggested that I go around the...

Families provide direction

Jan 22, 2016 / 9:52 am
Open letter: Families provide direction for national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Dear Ministers: We are a group of families from the traditional territories of the Indigenous peoples living in the Province of British Columbia. We are family members of loved...

Chilly theatre

Jan 21, 2016 / 3:02 pm
While attending a film last Monday evening at the Vernon Towne Theatre (hosted by the Vernon Film Society) I was surprised at how cold the theatre was. I felt like I was in sitting in a large refrigerator! Upon exiting I asked someone if the theatre is always this chilly in the winter. The...

No girls allowed

Jan 21, 2016 / 11:44 am
Talk about not seeing the diamonds for the dirt. How is a group, whose sole intent is the betterment of a local community, to be seen as being sexist? There is apparently a women's version of the same group and no one is complaining about them? My gawd! What do you have to do in order...

Highway robbery

Jan 21, 2016 / 11:40 am
A quick check of other city's in Canada shows Kelowna residents pockets are being drained by high gas prices when compared to fellow Canadians. Edmontonians are paying 63.9 cents/L for gas while Kelowna sits at 95.9? Kelowna residents are paying a 33% premium for regular gas. Now...

Mayor due an apology

Jan 21, 2016 / 11:30 am
After reading the response to my letter, "Why the apology?", I decided to back-check and review various articles regarding the subject matter -- and as it turns out I owe the Mayor of Vancouver an apology. It seems that not only the Mayor (of Vancouver), the Vancouver Police Chief, as...

Electoral reform debate

Jan 21, 2016 / 11:20 am
I enjoyed the letters from David Winter and Andy Thomsen on electoral systems and the merits of changing our electoral system. As a former member of the Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform, my interest in this topic is always keen. As a member of the Assembly a decade ago I spent a year with...

Kevin for Prime Minister

Jan 20, 2016 / 11:51 am
About the poll concerning Kevin O'Leary running for the conservative leader, I support this all the way. The man is not some cuddly loveable character, we have all heard how his love is for his money. This man loves his money more then just about anything else. Now if the majority of his...


Jan 19, 2016 / 3:27 pm
Just a short note regarding Tim Schewe’s article “Nothing But a Tax Grab” (Jan 19). Way to call it, dude! I’m so sick and tired of people whining and not taking responsibility for their own choices that I have to pass along my kudos for someone who is willing to stand up...

Why apology was needed

Jan 19, 2016 / 3:21 pm
I'll tell you why there was a critical need for a very prompt and sincere apology to anyone accused of having ulterior motives in taking photographs from a public place: There is absolutely nothing whatsoever to ever be gained (in a useful or positive way) from such accusations! First off...

Preferential vs. proportional

Jan 19, 2016 / 3:19 pm
David Winter letter, Re: proportional ballot, Jan 14, 2016 is a good example of why we need to explore, and explain the pros and cons to the different electoral systems. Mr. Winter states ‘it empowers people to parliament who were not elected in my riding’. Well, only one candidate...

The Fintry Queen saga

Jan 19, 2016 / 10:02 am
Seven years ago, I moved to Kelowna from the United States and got involved with a syndicate of investors and businessmen with a view to investing in Kelowna and creating employment. One of the investments we looked at in great detail was the Fintry Queen, which we were going to buy and completely...

Grazing critical to ecology

Jan 19, 2016 / 9:55 am
Grassland farming is not only the basis of organic farming, but the basis of all farming, and hence the basis of civilization itself. The reason for this bold proclamation is, first of all, based on the fact that there is far more land across North America (and throughout the world) that is...

In the end, a happy ending

Jan 18, 2016 / 1:45 pm
While picking up my son from the Monster X event, my daughter and I were part of an incident that no parent wants to experience. While people were making their mass exodus from the arena, suddenly, security slams shut the doors and blocks all inside from exiting. The people outside had no idea...

Why the apology?

Jan 18, 2016 / 1:37 pm
In reference to the story: '"Suspects" get apology'. Why the heck is the Mayor of Vancouver apologizing for our Security Services doing their job? If, six months or so, down the road a small band of armed fanatics -- who were of middle-eastern descent while having been born...

0% tax increase a joke

Jan 18, 2016 / 12:41 pm
The District of Lake Country and Mayor Baker must think we are all stupid. For Baker to come out and pat himself and the rest of council on the back for keeping taxes to 0%, I find it totally deplorable and insulting. What they have actually done is increase the taxes on the lower cost housing...

Status of the Fintry Queen

Jan 18, 2016 / 12:32 pm
I have been watching the plight of the Fintry Queen for the past few years, and now the owner is saying one last chance before it is scraped. This saddens me that the people of the valley are going to let another piece of history fall thru the cracks. Look back over time, at all the things...

Tax dollars wasted

Jan 18, 2016 / 12:25 pm
Walking along Lakeshore yesterday I got my first opportunity to see the upgrades that have been put in place in the vicinity of Lakeshore and Dehart. The new light standards are definitely attractive, however, without replacing the existing lighting on the telephone poles by removing the poles and...

Service Canada frustrations

Jan 14, 2016 / 3:17 pm
I look after my sister who is 57 and has Downs Syndrome and Dementia. I can't tell you the frustrating things I run into in trying to help her with with day to day living. My beef is with Service Canada. I have been trying to get a Statement of Contributions, which is needed to...
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