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Chamber applauds TPP

Oct 8, 2015 / 1:39 pm

The Kelowna Chamber applauds yesterday's announcement that Canada has successfully concluded negotiations to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as the economic benefit and jobs this trade agreement will bring our country's communities and businesses is substantial. Canada could not...

New vs experienced drivers

Oct 8, 2015 / 11:27 am

I’d like to talk about ’N’ or ‘L’ drivers. You hear so much these days about how terrible they are at driving. I have different perspective. My 16 year old daughter got her ‘L’ three months ago. She has been working hard at learning the rules of the...

Kelowna waterfront access

Oct 8, 2015 / 11:15 am

My wife and I moved to Kelowna in March 2015. We love it here. One thing that concerns us is that many homeowners and businesses along the lakefront erect fences or other barriers extending to or into the lake. This prevents walking along the waterfront in many parts of the city. Are they...

Odd flare of light last night

Oct 8, 2015 / 11:13 am

Has anyone in the South Okanagan reported a flare of bright light on the western horizon at about 1:45am? I was up for a bit at that time (couldn't sleep) and was sitting on my couch in the living room. I turned my head to the left and immediately noticed a bright flare (fairly large and spread...

Gas rates and taxes

Oct 8, 2015 / 11:10 am

Gas in Kelowna is $1.17. It's between $1.10 and $1.14 in Vancouver - a city with some of the highest gas taxes in the country. I just filled up in Abbotsford for $.95/ltr. Have a look at the attachment (below) from the Ministry of Finance's Tax Bulletin for 'Tax Rates on Fuels'...

Walking to school

Oct 7, 2015 / 11:49 am

I would love for my kids to walk to school on their own. But unfortunately, although we live only a 15 minute walk from their school, my kids don't walk because we live on Horizon Drive in West Kelowna and there isn't a sidewalk. A sidewalk would really improve our area and facilitate more...

Your vote is important

Oct 7, 2015 / 11:48 am

I saw a newspaper article the other day. The reporter went to UBCO, and asked some random students if they will be voting this Oct. 19th. I was quite surprised that many of them thought their vote wouldn't count, many others were unsure of even how to vote, and some had no idea of what each...

Here we go again

Oct 7, 2015 / 11:42 am

Let us not forget the history of Ron Cannan’s Conservative Party. In 2006 the Conservatives committed election fraud with the ‘In and Out’ scandal, funnelling millions of dollars through riding associations so they could get around the election spending limits. Stephen...

Thank you KGH

Oct 6, 2015 / 1:07 pm

Three weeks ago I had a massive heart attack. After being rushed to Emergency at KGH the team went into action immediately. I did not have much time to live once I arrived at the hospital so a trip to Vancouver would have killed me. I was rushed through Emergency triage and taken into the...

TPP poll

Oct 6, 2015 / 1:05 pm

I'm amazed and stunned by how many willfully and totally ignorant people there responding to your poll about the TPP. Even if I trusted our politicians to negotiate in the best interests of all Canadians, I would still not be in favour of such a secret deal! Until it is made fully public...

Harper not a Conservative

Oct 6, 2015 / 1:02 pm

Harper is not a Conservative, and the Conservative Party of Canada is not the party it was ten years ago. The party that evolved with the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative party does not represent Canadian democratic, social, and environmental values. The...

Extra hotel charges

Oct 6, 2015 / 12:56 pm

While touring the Craters of the Moon in Idaho, and the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, we stayed in a Salt Lake City hotel. The room was nice, the staff were helpful, and it was a pleasant stay. When we returned home and received our credit card statement, we discovered an extra $50 charge. My...

Irrigation districts

Oct 5, 2015 / 2:46 pm

I think the Mayor should be commended for raising this issue and recognizing there may be a better way of delivering water through the region at a reasonable cost to us all. I find it interesting how quickly the heads of the irrigation districts got together to try to quash any discussion of...

Cheaper gas

Oct 5, 2015 / 1:58 pm

I was in North Vancouver on the weekend. How is it that gas is cheaper (113.9) there than it is here in Kelowna (117.9) when they have a transit tax on top of their pricing? Bob Canham

Voter turnout

Oct 5, 2015 / 1:56 pm

It's a perennial complaint and on-going dilemma -- "Why is Voter turnout so low and continues to fall?" It's really not Rocket Science, though you might think so by the matter in which all the "Politicians", Bureaucrats, intelligencia and the usual know-it-alls...

Water restrictions proposed

Oct 5, 2015 / 1:52 pm

Again the city will probably spend money to study this proposal and they are exempt from this study. I walk the Rails with Trails every morning, and every morning rain or shine Lombardy sports fields are soaked with water. Why? These are baseball fields. They get used for three or four months of...

A huge thanks

Oct 5, 2015 / 12:08 pm

My family and I are new to BC. Since we have gotten here we have noticed how friendly the people are compared to the big city. Last week my boys and I went to Hardy Falls to see the sights. As we finished and were heading back to the car, my boys saw this park ranger with a dead salmon. She...

World Teachers' Day

Oct 1, 2015 / 3:08 pm

In honour of World Teachers’ Day, the Central Okanagan Board of Education is pleased to recognize the contributions of the 1500 teachers within the Central Okanagan School District. This dedicated group of professionals provides invaluable training, mentorship, and encouragement to nearly...

Taxing the rich

Oct 1, 2015 / 2:06 pm

“Taxing the rich/corporations will hurt the economy”. This was a headline in the Courier this morning (Oct.1st). This is what the Tory’s always say because they look after the rich and whoever donates to the Party, which are the people and corporations that can afford to do so....

Niqab issue

Oct 1, 2015 / 2:01 pm

As the issue of the Niqab has seemingly become a major election issue, I felt the need to step back and look at what’s really going on here. I’ll preface my following comments by saying that I do understand where people against the Niqab are coming from. At what point do immigrants to...

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