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Re: Interior Health & seniors

Nov 27, 2015 / 11:03 am
Re: Interior Health and seniors There is rehab in KGH, he will have physio in KGH. He may have pre-operative physio to teach him the exercises to do post op. He can be referred to Home Care Nursing and will be able to utilize Home Supports as required. Just ask the ward to send a referral. Or...

Community support

Nov 25, 2015 / 4:01 pm
On Saturday I get to begin a journey of a lifetime ‐ going to Germany to participate in the World Tap Dance Championships. Dance, in all forms, is my passion and I was lucky enough to earn a spot on the Junior Team Canada Tap Team this year. It is truly an honour to represent Canada and...

Interior Health and seniors

Nov 24, 2015 / 12:30 pm
I just got off the telephone with a gentleman of eighty years of age. He lives alone. He is due to have a hip replacement. This man has had a heart attack, a stroke, is diabetic and has severe arthritis, particularly in his hands. The man is in agony. Yet, because Interior Health has deemed this...

Buying land for park

Nov 24, 2015 / 12:26 pm
Congratulations to all involved at the City, and all members of Kelowna City Council, for their great foresight and vision in purchasing the land on Lakeshore Road to be used as a lakefront park. This will be a priceless valuable asset for both residents and tourists for generations. Well...

Another pipe dream?

Nov 23, 2015 / 12:40 pm
Regarding the major land purchase by the City for a waterfront park, it was reported, “The city has not made a purchase of land this significant in over 40 years,” said Mayor Colin Basran. “The $12 million, 2.9 acre land purchase is funded through the Development Cost Charges...

Ministry of Social Services

Nov 23, 2015 / 12:36 pm
I had occasion to go to the Kelowna Ministry of Social Services Nov. 17th only to see a line-up of 15-18 people standing soaking wet and very cold, huddled against freezing winds and rain, outside a closed Ministry door. I was a little shocked and immediately confused. It was 1:30 pm, the doors...

Kelowna's lakeshore

Nov 23, 2015 / 12:32 pm
Would you like to be able to walk along more of Kelowna's lakeshore? Many people don't know that Okanagan Lake collectively belongs to the citizens of BC. The Province has long had laws that prohibit fences or other obstructions along most of the shoreline that's below the...

What is more terrifying?

Nov 23, 2015 / 12:25 pm
Many people in my province, city and region, appear to be deeply petrified of several thousand refugee families coming to our home land. In the wake of illogical memes, and other irrational fear-mongering behaviours, I am left in a haze of confusion. What is more terrifying? A couple hundred...

Basic customer charge

Nov 23, 2015 / 12:09 pm
On Nov. 13th, Fortis BC responded to my letter of Nov. 10th regarding the “basic customer charge” on the Fortis electricity bill. I had put my concerns in my letter to Fortis as well as writing into the paper. The heading of the response from Fortis was “FortisBC answers...

Tough decisions ahead

Nov 20, 2015 / 3:24 pm
Canada's new government has hit the ground running. The Canadian people and the media are cheered by pictures of the most inclusive Cabinet ever. The return of the long-form census was the fastest public policy reversal in Canadian history. Minister Bains must have been texting Statistics...

Thank you Patrick

Nov 19, 2015 / 10:56 am
We would like to extend a thank you to a local business for their generous donation to our store. One of our valued volunteers stopped into Choices Market on Harvery Avenue and asked if they could possibly spare a shopping cart for our store. Mr Patrick Clancy generously gave us one right on the...

What did we see?

Nov 18, 2015 / 12:20 pm
Photo: Contributed - Gary Kozub Photo: Contributed - Gary Kozub I always look at the lake to see if there is something different. One morning with about 40 kids on my bus, under clear skies, we all observed something in the lake that didn’t look right. I even stopped on the hill...

Council burns taxpayers

Nov 18, 2015 / 12:08 pm
City Council rubber stamps a user fee tax increase to raise parking fees in Kelowna. Now people like myself who use the Eldorado boat launch will have to pay $6.00 daily instead of the current $5.00. What's wrong with this picture? Not only do myself and other taxpayers have to pay...

Talent show failure

Nov 18, 2015 / 12:06 pm
Has anyone else noticed how, when a contestant say on the "Voice" performs poorly, that the judges immediately give the poor souls a compliment on their looks and appearance? Just to console them. Well I'm noticing the same thing with our new PM. The CBC can't get anyone to say...

Cowardly behaviour

Nov 17, 2015 / 11:33 am
Many people should be ashamed of themselves for being so frightened of a precious few, very carefully selected, refugees who are going to come to Canada. If our history has proved anything, they will become better students and better neighbours and better citizens than the bunch of noisy whiners...

Migrant crisis indeed

Nov 17, 2015 / 11:23 am
Are we in this country going to make the same mistake that Western Europe has made, and is still making, by welcoming with open arms those whose very worldview and belief system calls for their death as infidels? Who want not to become Europeans, but who want Europe to become an Islamic...

Health care premiums

Nov 16, 2015 / 11:41 am
I have a question for Christy Clark. Why the hell are we the only province that pays a monthly premium for our health care? Why can't we be like the rest of Canada and have it hidden in taxes? Barb Radd

Canadian involvement

Nov 16, 2015 / 11:40 am
In the last few days, I've heard outrage over the bombings in France. I'm saddened and outraged too. Justin Trudeau, one of his first acts as PM was promising to withdraw Canadian bombers. Since the attacks, I've heard opposition to this. That we should stand up and bomb a target...

Open letter to Mr. Goodale

Nov 16, 2015 / 11:32 am
An open letter to Mr. Ralph Goodale Public Safety Minister Dear Sir, You publicly state that there is no way to absolutely guarantee 100% that of the 25,000 refugees coming to our country there will be no terror suspects. I have a very complicated solution for the 25,000 alleged refugees...

Syrian refugees

Nov 16, 2015 / 11:29 am
The admittance of Syrian refugees should go to referendum! New information says that Greece found Syrians had forged documents. Likely all their documents are forged so we need to stop the influx immediately! From the images I have seen, there were young, healthy males pushing their way...

A bitter lesson

Nov 16, 2015 / 11:27 am
France has just learned a bitter lesson from allowing its Muslim population to grow to five million. Canada still has time to block immigration from Muslim countries, close mosques already here and declare Islam a prohibited political organization. We should do so immediately for the physical...

FortisBC answers questions

Nov 13, 2015 / 9:39 am
FortisBC works with customers to answer questions FortisBC recognizes that the cost of electricity is an important consideration for customers. Recently, a new customer raised concerns in a letter about the initial set-up fees and his first electricity bill with us. Since we take all customer...

New Canadians

Nov 13, 2015 / 9:36 am
Re: 25,000 new Canadians How sad that such his presumably self thought “actual thinking population” as he states in his letter has truly missed the point. The influx of 25,000 so called refugees is not the problem Mr. Winter. Although one might consider: A) We have at least a...

BC Wild Salmon Runs

Nov 12, 2015 / 1:41 pm
OPEN LETTER: the Damaged State of BC Wild Salmon Runs and the Implementation of the Cohen Commission Recommendations Dear Minister Tootoo, The First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance is writing to request an urgent meeting between the DFO and the First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance (FNWSA)...


Nov 12, 2015 / 12:31 pm
I can't even begin to fathom what our veterans 'remember': We are taught to 'remember' their sacrifice. We are taught to 'remember' the lives lost. We are taught to 'remember' how they fought for our country. We are taught to 'remember' the beaches...


Nov 12, 2015 / 9:42 am
A moment of silence, A lifetime of peace, Respect that is paid To the fallen deceased. My childhood memories Of him in the parade, The "Last Post" on bugle That brought tears while being played. Today we remember Why we stand strong and free; Let's never forget how this...

25,000 new Canadians

Nov 10, 2015 / 1:03 pm
For crying out loud. What is the fuss about a welcoming a measly, almost invisible by world standards, 25K new residents? Thank the lord that sort of thinking is isolated to the 'me first' parts of Canada, much of it sadly and embarrassingly concentrated in and around the Okanagan...

CPP delays continue

Nov 10, 2015 / 12:55 pm
For over 3 years the Conservative government denied my CPP Disability benefits (no thanks to Mr. Cannan’s office). By September this year, and multiple denials, my appeal was allowed. In mid-Sept. I was told, "in 3 months or less you will receive…”. Now I'm being told...

Don Cherry

Nov 10, 2015 / 12:39 pm
You know folks, I do not always agree with Don Cherry, his opinions and his comments, but today I give him 1000% on his opinions and comments on what our poppy represents. It represents the freedom of our culture, our life style and our faith. It is what our brave Canadian warriors fought and died...

My first Fortis bill

Nov 9, 2015 / 12:25 pm
I have just received my first Fortis electric bill after moving to Kelowna 2 months ago. I was surprised that BC Hydro did not expand to this area & was told that Fortis is where I need to apply for my electricity, of course with a $15. Connection fee, even though I was with BC Hydro for over...

A lesson on herding cats

Nov 9, 2015 / 11:54 am
I clearly recognize that Justin and Sophie have just started their second honeymoon. This one not quite as romantic. The newly minted Prime Minister has told his new Cabinet Ministers that they will have the freedom to manage their portfolios. What the Prime Minister hasn't recognized is...

Homelessness 2015

Nov 9, 2015 / 11:48 am
Homelessness is not a new phenomenon to our region. In 2005 a 4 Pillar Coalition identified 28 goals in a Drug and Alcohol plan. The call for action identified enforcement, treatment, prevention and harm reduction. Kelowna put a roadmap in place. A drug coordinator was hired. Cardington...

Ending homelessness

Nov 9, 2015 / 11:40 am
If they are planning to end homelessness, don't you think it time to raise welfare so you don't get more people on the streets and the people that are on the streets can afford rent, food, etc.? Leonard Leadley

Temporary spike in jobs

Nov 9, 2015 / 11:10 am
Re: Canada's labour force enjoys temporary spike in jobs, likely election work: Statcan, Andy Blatchford, 11.05.2015 Canada's labour force ballooned last month thanks to a surge in temporary public-administration work likely generated by the federal election. Economists have have...

Thank you Mr. Cannan

Nov 6, 2015 / 3:39 pm
Being new residents to Kelowna, our first encounter with our Member of Parliament, Ron Cannan, was during a visit to Ottawa this spring. In very short order, we realized how fortunate our area was to have such a hard-working man as our representative in the capital. He is an honourable, honest,...

Legal dog swim?

Nov 4, 2015 / 1:57 pm
Guess which photo is of a legal dog swim in Okanagan lake? It would be the one with my grand-daughter Carrie at Cedar Creek off-leash Dog Beach. We had many fun times swimming at the Cedar Creek beach. And, almost year round swimming for Mickey. I don't believe this has been used as a nude...

Warriors create community

Nov 3, 2015 / 4:30 pm
I have a 7 year-old son, Brendan, with a progressive, ultimately fatal disease. We found out back on 12/12/12 and since that time Brendan has been stable, however, not without its set of challenges. He has a rare disease called Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension which causes not only his life...

Further action needed

Nov 3, 2015 / 2:02 pm
OPEN LETTER: Further Action Needed by Province in Response to RCY Report “Paige’s Story” Dear Premier Clark and Minister Cadieux, We are writing with respect to the Government response from October 19, 2015, to the Representative for Children and Youth’s report...


Nov 3, 2015 / 11:35 am
I have no problems whatsoever with paying my taxes, my problem is how they are being used. How can any sane person justify bringing in 25,000 migrants, keep them, house them, feed them, free dental, free medical, instant pensions, schooling, teaching them to join our work force and tutoring...

Actually, no, DST must go

Nov 3, 2015 / 11:27 am
To be fair with everyone, especially in these months of less than sufficient daylight hours, we really should switch permanently to Pacific Standard Time, i.e. the timezone closest to the centre of the ideal timezone for our fair province. As you can see from any solar noon calculator, for...
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