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Possibly poisoned hotdog

May 20, 2016 / 12:58 pm
I have a huge concern and would like to put it out there as a warning to others in Penticton. On May 2nd, my dog found a small chunk of hotdog in our yard. It was placed under the small bit of fencing in the back. We fished it out of his mouth and called our vet thinking this could have had...

Marker words

May 20, 2016 / 12:53 pm
I was just reading on the forum that someone wants to know some “marker words” for the Okanagan area. I think this is great. For all of you that had very very negative ideas for the Okanagan area, please leave. It is people like you that give wherever you live a bad name. Go...

Fort Mac and the Red Cross

May 20, 2016 / 12:11 pm
Our federal government has pledged to match all donations give to the red cross, Ford just pledged $500 thousand, and the founding family of Tim Hortons pledged another $2 million. At this printing, with donations from other folks, the Red Cross will stand to have in excess of $60 million matched...

Gas in Kelowna

May 19, 2016 / 1:56 pm
Well here is another letter about the price of gas in Kelowna. I couldn’t believe it when I looked at the signs. I was just back from Medicine Hat and the gas there downtown was 91.4 and on the Hwy is 95.9. Here it is 114.9. Unbelievable, a 23 cent difference? Shirley Jane Keller

Behaviour of a firecracker

May 19, 2016 / 1:51 pm
It was the Prime Minister’s attempt to unduly restrain the opposition parties’ democratic prerogatives that eventually prompted the altercation on the floor of the House of Commons on Wednesday. While Trudeau was only exercising those powers Stephen Harper tenaciously and without...

No place for amphitheater

May 19, 2016 / 11:53 am
I find it interesting that Diane Bond, Spokesperson/Secretary/Treasurer, the President, Vice President and 2 other directors of the Okanagan Summer Festival Society don’t live in Coldstream or Greater Vernon or even the North Okanagan. Who knows where their entire 35 person membership reside...

Maritime beer ruling

May 18, 2016 / 10:44 am
Seriously? Dan Albas is still pushing his idea of lowering interprovincial barriers on the sale of beer and wine? Talk about missing the point. As Canadians, we pay absolutely outrageous taxes on beer, wine and liquor, regardless of which province it's from. Why doesn't Conservative...
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Conflict of interest

May 18, 2016 / 10:23 am
Recent media coverage of the proposed Tourism Kelowna building at the foot of Queensway Avenue in Kelowna has prompted me to look more closely at the Tourism Kelowna Society. I would like to make the public aware that the City of Kelowna has routinely appointed a City Councillor and a senior...

Build for the future

May 18, 2016 / 10:19 am
It is time to build a new City Centre in Westbank. We have elected a City Council, who have approved a practical and affordable complex, including a properly designed City Hall in the correct location of Westbank. It is time to move forward in West Kelowna, and quit the backward thinking,...

West Kelowna referendum

May 18, 2016 / 10:16 am
An Open Letter to the Mayor and Council of West Kelowna: Dear Mayor and Council, I am not a taxpayer that puts their feet up and lets the politicians make all of the decisions. I have learned from the history and experiences of earlier generations that if you don’t stand up and speak...

Distracted driving

May 17, 2016 / 2:28 pm
I wrote a letter a while back stating that the fines should be higher, much higher in fact, and although I am happy to see they have increased, they still don't go far enough to make any sort of a difference. Some feel differently, think it’s just a cash grab, easy pickings for police...

Tourism info centre

May 17, 2016 / 2:18 pm
We are allowed to speculate that the attempt to build on this land is nothing less than a callous attempt by a group of local business people using the proposed tourism info centre as a tool to forever destroy the Simpson Covenant, and to secure the site to build another tall commercial structure...

May long weekend

May 17, 2016 / 2:16 pm
Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. Died: January 22, 1901, Osborne House, East Cowes, United Kingdom. Children: Edward VII, Victoria, Princess Royal..... Can anyone explain to me why we as a nation still celebrate her...

Better driver education

May 17, 2016 / 2:09 pm
Re: Distracted driver fines The difference is the person driving distracted isn't deliberately intending to murder you. Try not to over-react to things! The answer isn't simply more expensive fines, but prohibition from future driving. But the real answer is better driver education in...

Distracted driving fines

May 16, 2016 / 3:07 pm
Let's get realistic here. Cell phone users are simply easy targets for the police. Who can't notice a dude talking or texting. Hey, we might even be able to train police dogs in the future and have them stationed at intersections. However, generally distracted or “lost in...

The Prime Minister's wife

May 16, 2016 / 2:50 pm
What an awful, snarly bunch of selfish, jealous, mean spirited stick-in-the-mud's we live with in the Okanagan. Nothing on earth gets under their oh-so-thin skin as someone, anyone, being bright and successful and popular. "Bring'm down. Bring'm down." Well, except for their...

Tourism Centre by the lake?

May 16, 2016 / 2:28 pm
I just want to comment that I think having the tourism centre down by the lake is only going to be accessible to some of the tourists. What about the tourists coming in by RV? There is no way someone driving an RV is even going to attempt to drive downtown. In an earlier article, those...

Just the right shade

May 16, 2016 / 2:24 pm
We've been trained to feel guilty whenever a paper or plastic shopping bag is required. However, with online shopping, there is no thought to the amount of garbage created. We recently purchased a single pair of shorts online because the colour wanted was not in store. Free shipping and voila,...

A dose of accuracy

May 16, 2016 / 12:42 pm
Yes, I agree that some of us out here have been finding that the BC Liberal Government of the past 8 years or so has been less than forthright about the Province’s finances. The Premier and her helpers are always proud to trot out and wave the banner that says they've reduced our (BC)...

Distracted driver fines

May 13, 2016 / 3:48 pm
The new fines for distracted driving are way too low. If I attempt to commit murder, and am charged with attempted murder, am I just given a $500.00 fine? I think not! What is the difference? When will these idiot minded people smarten up and this fearful government get it? I guess a...

Little kids, big heart

May 13, 2016 / 11:53 am
I just read a story on Castanet 'Little kids big heart'. I thank you for your hard work and supporting Fort Mcmurray. I live in Fort Mcmurray and have worked there since 2010. What I have experienced since Tuesday of last week and what I personally went through is very hard. I...

A new tool for thieves

May 13, 2016 / 9:16 am
I live in Peachland and right now we have a rash of thefts and vandalism happening in the area. What I've finally realized today, caught it out of the corner or my eye, was that the vandals and thieves have a new tool called a drone! They scope out people's yards and driveways and when...

An ounce of prevention

May 9, 2016 / 11:46 am
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Looking at the satellite pictures of Fort McMurray is a glaring example of what can happen when fire prevention is on a collision course with the planning department and the developers. Fort McMurray is sitting on flat land surrounded with...

Re: A systemic problem

May 9, 2016 / 11:40 am
The claims made by Dermod Travis that there was a conflict of interest when BC Hydro awarded Corix the contract to install smart meters are untrue and irresponsible. His facts on the cost of our new meters are also untrue. BC Hydro’s procurement policies are structured to be fair, open and...

It wasn't just 12 seniors

May 9, 2016 / 11:34 am
A reply to the “West Kelowna AARP” letter. Twelve seniors did not band together to stop the AAP to borrow money to construct a City Hall in West Kelowna. For your information: Some of us were not seniors. Some of us were seniors who are not retired. Some of us were working...

15% slayed the dragon

May 9, 2016 / 11:01 am
My response to West Kelowna Referendum by Peter and Deirdre Wannop and their letter to the editor titled "West Kelowna can't afford to cave-in to AAP". I canvassed for signatures for those opposed to the AAP. I spent approximately 60 hours collecting signatures. I bet I have...

Paying the Premier

May 5, 2016 / 1:38 pm
Those who argue that Christy Clark's $195,000 salary is inadequate make a reasonable point. For services rendered, she should receive at least as much as any top-level CEO employed in British Columbia's energy industry, and all her wages and benefits should be provided directly by the...

West Kelowna referendum

May 4, 2016 / 2:31 pm
Dear Mayor and Council, We understand that the “AAP” group has rallied and may have enough names to force a decision on council, to either go ahead or cancel a referendum. We strongly urge you to proceed with the referendum as planned. We need a new City Hall and complex...

Re: Deterioration of services

May 4, 2016 / 2:27 pm
I appreciate the concerns expressed by the writer of the May 2 letter published under the headline “Deterioration of services,” however there is one point I would like to clarify for your readers, and our patients. While it’s been suggested patients requiring services of an...

Thanks to the 12 seniors

May 4, 2016 / 1:35 pm
As an opposing view to the Brad Miller's letter in the May 3, 2016 Castanet, I offer the following; I thank the 12 seniors who got together to stop the AAP for the New City Hall in West Kelowna. I too spoke with several of them. There was no pushing, no coercion and no bulling in any way,...

Migrant issues

May 4, 2016 / 12:52 pm
Is any one in our Government Immigrant Officials Office vetting the people who are sponsoring these migrants? Just recently, I was reading in the paper that food banks are being stripped of food by migrants whose sponsors have no money to feed them. And many of them, who sponsored these...

Biology lesson needed

May 3, 2016 / 2:34 pm
I always find it interesting how people on the left often accuse those on the right of being "anti-science," and then a letter like the one written by Yvonne Callihan opposing the pro-life position appears. Sounds like Ms. Callihan could use a quick refresher Biology 101 course, so...

Billboard depicts the truth

May 3, 2016 / 2:29 pm
The Right to Life campaign is supporting all unborn children who, on their own, cannot exercise their right to live. A Fetus is simply the stage of life the child is in, a prenatal human growing in the mother's womb until birth. To say that a Fetus is not considered alive because it cannot...

West Kelowna AARP

May 3, 2016 / 12:44 pm
It appears that 12 seniors have banded together to stop the AARP for the new City Hall in West Kelowna. I know one of them very well and met briefly with another to discuss why they were against a new City Hall. Neither of them are against constructing a new City Hall. One was mad at the AARP...

Feedback on billboard

May 3, 2016 / 12:34 pm
Re: Offensive billboard As director of the organization that designed the billboard Ms. Callihan finds so offensive I feel compelled to provide an explanation to hopefully ease her anxiety. Her description of the billboard is accurate but, if in fact the fetus is nothing more that a...

Deterioration of services

May 2, 2016 / 3:09 pm
Interior Health can find 15 million dollars for a building in downtown Kelowna. Yet, because of a lack of money, patients in Kelowna and the surrounding areas are losing the only endocrinologist. Dr. H. H. Chirayath, announcing that his service would no longer be available as a result of a lack...

Offensive billboard

May 2, 2016 / 1:55 pm
I was very disturbed by the latest advertisement by the Right to Life, Kelowna brigade, which is on the highway in West Kelowna. The add depicts a beautiful little dog on one side of the billboard and an unborn fetus on the other. It asks the question why killing an animal is considered cruelty...

Response to neglected flag

May 2, 2016 / 1:29 pm
When I look at that flag, it's clear as day that it is a Canadian flag. Is it a little worse for wear? Yes. Would it be nice to have a brand new flag waving in the wind to represent our beautiful country? Absolutely. However, if buying a new flag comes out of the same budget that is...

Jurisdiction over Aboriginals

Apr 29, 2016 / 5:04 pm
Re: Ottawa has jurisdiction over all indigenous people. We are all equal under the law - except you, and you, and you, and you ... The federal judiciary has been busy, exercising its colonial prerogatives, and has made a number of rulings over the years, creating several classes of...

What will it take?

Apr 29, 2016 / 3:32 pm
Why is it that we have to wait until countless people lose their lives before we act? Is our government so self-involved that they can’t see past their fat salaries and healthy “stipends” (a new term for “you owe me a favour”)? Distracted driving is becoming an...
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