The lying has to stop

Oct 21, 2016 / 11:34 am
Trudeau won the election on the promise of electoral reform, and he was willing to deliver on that promise, till he found out the people want Proportional Representation. Trudeau and Harper both hate democracy, and want a ranked, preferential, run-off ballot, to be able to continue to form...

More worries than wins

Oct 21, 2016 / 11:25 am
Open letter to Minister Steve Thomson: Wildlife group says trophy hunt report highlights more worries than wins Dear Minister Thomson, We read with great interest your recently released report, ‘Scientific Review of Grizzly Bear Harvest Management System in British Columbia.’ Our...

Daytime running tail lights

Oct 20, 2016 / 2:24 pm
I love the idea of daytime running headlights. It is far easier to see a car or motorcycle coming towards you with headlights on than off. Recently there was a short article encouraging the use of daytime headlights. What was not said, however, is when your daytime running lights are on your...

Elitist students

Oct 20, 2016 / 2:20 pm
Regarding this comment in a recent letter, "We already waste millions of tax dollars to support elitist students in private schools". How many tax dollars have been spent to build our new St. Joseph school? How much longer will it take to educate the public that private schools...

The rules of public speaking

Oct 20, 2016 / 2:11 pm
Winston Churchill’s four rules of public speaking will get a good workout Saturday in Penticton. Some of the most eloquent public speakers in the Okanagan will be competing in the Toastmasters Division K humorous and impromptu-speaking contests. Churchill was a great leader, but also...

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

Oct 19, 2016 / 4:05 pm
I would like to comment on the Worksafe BC fine issued to the School District 22 (Vernon) for asbestos related violations. Isn't this a classic example of robbing Peter to pay Paul. Who does the government think pays for all these fines? Surely they could come to some agreement without...

Black boxes in aircraft

Oct 18, 2016 / 10:47 am
The TSB is again pushing for (black boxes) in small aircraft. I admire the work of the TSB and the many worthwhile changes they have affected. Although this recommendation is well intentioned to make it much easier to determine the cause of a catastrophic aircraft accident, the reality is that...

The great water shut down

Oct 18, 2016 / 10:43 am
Most people do not realize just how much water we consume each day, so, you folks of Summerland, let's look at about how much you will need to have on hand to survive the Great Summerland Water Shut Down next March. Based on Okanagan Basin Water Board data the average indoor per person use...

A path to 'ineptocracy'

Oct 18, 2016 / 10:38 am
I am disgusted and deeply disappointed with our democratically elected provincial government firing a democratically elected school board. This is yet another step to erode and eventually destroy another facet of local control over our right to adequate public education and health. Health used...

Chalk art in Peachland

Oct 17, 2016 / 2:17 pm
I am the young lady that was drawing with chalk on the sidewalk in Peachland in front of Ashlee Hyatt’s bench. My connection to Ashlee is through her cousin and through her mom. Her cousin is such a good friend that she’s considered family in our house. I met Charrie through being...

Stealing from the taxpayers?

Oct 17, 2016 / 2:12 pm
Who stole from every tax payer in BC? I am referring to the natural gas infrastructure that the gas division of BCHydro buried years ago and paid for every hydro customer in the province. So who authorized this sale? Now that Fortis, a privately owned company, owns this utility, they...

Permissive tax exemptions

Oct 17, 2016 / 1:54 pm
Attention: Mayor & Kelowna city council On behalf of the 1,700 plus people who call Kelowna Gospel Fellowship (KGF) Church home, I want to say thank you for the contribution the City of Kelowna makes in the form of a not-for profit property tax exemption. For our church family, this means a...

Looking for a kidney donor

Oct 17, 2016 / 1:50 pm
I am very fortunate to have a wide and deep circle of family, friends and associates in my life and the time has come for me to call upon you for your consideration in assisting me with my health condition. I am being treated for kidney failure and am under the care of the renal clinics in...

Opting for natural cures

Oct 17, 2016 / 1:44 pm
Re: Opting for natural cures My hugs and praise go out to Dustin Klassen and his family. I commend you on your decision to use natural medicine. There just comes a time when traditional science just doesn't seem to work and we need to seek the alternative. I first had experience with the...

Mill issues

Oct 14, 2016 / 11:27 am
Once again neighbours of Tolko mill is complaining about the mill. I get it. I wouldn't want some of the issues they have to deal with but that would be why I never bought a home next to one. That's like buying a home next to a school and complaining about the noise. Barb Radd

Recovery in BC

Oct 13, 2016 / 11:48 am
I am just disgusted with the way Mr. Campbell and Mr. Harper decided that the addicted and the disabled could just fend for themselves with the meagre pittance they dole out for the ill. Addiction is a disease - so are there various disabilities that have absolutely nothing to do with drugs and...

Mail order marijuana

Oct 13, 2016 / 11:35 am
I'm a medical marijuana patient. While I understand that there are those that don't believe in medical marijuana, there are a number of legal decisions that have determined my status, as a patient, with the right to access cannabis for medicinal use. So, that is a legal fact. No...

Yemeni funeral bombing

Oct 13, 2016 / 11:31 am
An open letter to Stephen Fuhr: Dear Mr Fuhr. I was saddened to see the horrific bombing of a Yemeni funeral service by Saudi Arabia the other day. This incident will likely lead to condemnation by the global community at large and most certainly the UN Security Council. As my MP, I am...

Pets and stratas

Oct 9, 2016 / 11:35 am
Re: Our pets are our family Couldn’t agree more. It certainly has always been true in our home. I won’t address the BSL measures being enacted in Montreal because it doesn’t matter here. What does matter is your lack of understanding of the reasoning behind animal...

United Way

Oct 9, 2016 / 11:29 am
Was reading on Castanet that the head of the United Way resigned. Third time in four years it says. I wonder why? Did she receive a severance package? I sure hope not, us peons aren't entitled. The article goes on to say that they only raised $1.25 million of a goal of $1.5 million....

Vancouver school district

Oct 7, 2016 / 2:01 pm
Dear parents of Vancouver public school students: I know many of you are concerned about what's been happening around the Vancouver school board. I am too. We are focused on making sure the VSB delivers a quality learning experience, unaffected by what is underway. Recently, the BC School...

A sad soap opera

Oct 7, 2016 / 1:36 pm
Recent letters concerning the fate of this long-awaited park (1989 – 2016) and the now obvious commercial agenda for the property sought by the city should alert us all of the very real danger of losing it! The public have been seduced into believing the 2014 rezoning to P3 means a park...

Honorable mentions

Oct 6, 2016 / 7:26 pm
Most cases of letters these days seem to be related to complaints, wrong doing's & differences of opinion. I'd like to switch things up for a minute if I can and talk about a few business' & possibly hidden gems that do an exceptional job to service our city. First up on...

Our pets are our family

Oct 6, 2016 / 7:23 pm
I’m sure everyone has seen the news the last few weeks with regards to the Breed Specific Legislation that is taking place in Montreal affecting the “Pit Bull” and “Pit Bull like” dogs. Within days the SPCA launched a legal challenge to the new bylaws and for the time...

Airsoft pistols

Oct 6, 2016 / 7:16 pm
Regarding the story of the kids shooting other kids with Airsoft pistols, I think the kids must be made aware that it could cause serious damage if it were to hit someone in the eye. Remember what our parents used to say "it's always fun until someone loses an eye!" Well, we used to...

Bus drivers deserve thanks

Oct 6, 2016 / 7:12 pm
Just a quick shout out of thanks and appreciation to our city bus drivers, especially during this time of contract unrest. I use transit on a daily basis, commuting from Rutland to downtown. My drivers have always been polite and courteous. I say hello and thank you, and am given the same. Today I...

Electoral reform

Oct 5, 2016 / 3:31 pm
The visit by the British Royalty was a subtle reminder of our Colonial status, and the many challenges we face as a nation to become a free and democratic society, with a Constitution that is written by the People. The day of Colonial rule is over, and our Colonial style of government is...

Onward and sideways

Oct 5, 2016 / 3:28 pm
The success of the Kelowna Paddle Centre on Abbot Street is a great example of the growing demand for enjoyment along our lakefront. Meanwhile, thousands of other residents who walk, run or bike along the Abbott/Walnut street waterfront must compete with cars and congestion. The lake view and...

Woodhaven Park

Oct 5, 2016 / 3:23 pm
Open letter to the Board of Directors of RDCO Re: Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Park I wish to protest most strongly about the possible demolition of the caretaker’s cabin and the eviction of caretaker Lorie Mairs. I expect you have had many such objections, but please read on rather...

Wine is too expensive in BC

Sep 30, 2016 / 9:18 am
I think wine is too expensive in British Columbia, so anyone from out of province that wants to buy our wine should pay extra. That should bring the prices down so British Columbians can afford it. I also think that people that do buy our wine, and don't drink it right away, should pay...

RDCO has gone too far

Sep 30, 2016 / 9:16 am
RDCO has gone too far in regards to cancelling on site care takers of our parks. That's right, our parks. First of all, how can the RDCO save money by paying someone to do a job that is being done for free? Quote from one of the caretakers affected by the decision. I can tell you right...

3 day water shutdown

Sep 30, 2016 / 9:13 am
Mayor and Summerland District Council: Have you all thought this through? Not only the hardship this will put on the elderly, the cost to business of which many will have to shut down, but the question of three days of human waste that will accumulate and have to be dealt with, just for...

The Royal visit to Kelowna

Sep 29, 2016 / 4:47 pm
Well the royals have come and gone to our amazing Okanagan Valley. I see that we are on CNN and BBC news sites. Fantastic. My daughter and I stood for 5 1/2 hours to have primo viewing of the royal visit on Tuesday. We were right near the stage surrounded by other royal fanatics. It was a great...

Cedar Avenue Park

Sep 29, 2016 / 4:41 pm
Richard Drinnan's recent letter to the Editor gave a very thorough and accurate chronological accounting of the events that have taken place to date regarding the City-owned lakefront properties at the foot of Cedar Avenue in South Pandosy Village. There are 13 waterfront lots on this...

Dog beach site on hold

Sep 29, 2016 / 4:39 pm
Neither a paddle club nor a dog beach was in the plans when the city purchased 11 properties for a future Cedar Avenue Park. Whatever the plans were during the acquisition period - 1989 to 1997, Kelowna has become a vibrant tourist resort in the Central Okanagan. Kelowna's new image called...

Feds monitoring economy

Sep 29, 2016 / 4:37 pm
Our Bank of Canada does not have vaults filled with electronic cash. As remarkable as it may seem, the Bank (owned 100% by the federal government) simply creates money whenever needed by computer entry. It follows that the federal government can never run out of Canadian dollars. This explains how...

An expanding city

Sep 23, 2016 / 9:26 am
I have lived in Westbank for 15 of the past 17 years, and the West Kelowna we see today is not the Westbank when I first moved here. Far from it. The city is expanding, in some ways, where the municipal government cant keep up. And that is where I believe we need a proper town hall. I would...

Time for change?

Sep 20, 2016 / 6:18 pm
As of today it appears the ‘no’ side has defeated the referendum to borrow funds for a new City Hall in West Kelowna. The mayor and council have voiced their disappointment in the results of a recognized political process. Now we are hearing from Mr. Rob Moyor, managing partner of...

Sad, bad driver

Sep 20, 2016 / 6:01 pm
Sadly, another example of Kelowna losing its innocence. When I stopped at a yellow left turn arrow on the highway today, the neanderthal behind me lost it. It was obvious he fully intended to follow me through the yellow light. After words were exchanged, his reaction was to have a fist...

Faith in people restored

Sep 20, 2016 / 5:46 pm
Our son left his wallet on the roof of his car in Kelowna and drove away. After stopping for gas he realized he what had happened. He was at the bank when a young blond man in a white shirt and tie, driving a white car returned his wallet. He noticed it on Sutherland as people were driving...
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