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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...

Thanks to Fresh Air

Sep 20, 2016 / 5:43 pm
A few days ago, my husband and I were riding our cruiser bikes along Abbott Street when my husband’s bike got a flat tire. Being unprepared for a flat tire, I started to call local bike shops and the only one open on a holiday Monday was Fresh Air Concept on Groves Ave. I called at 3:40...

Mystery

Sep 20, 2016 / 5:34 pm
Due to illness, I have not looked under the hood of our car for weeks, which was driven every day, and this is what I found beside the spark plug. A hollow large and small hazelnut and cherry pits. What kind of animal would go through all this trouble? Climbing up the tire-again and...

It takes a community

Sep 19, 2016 / 2:59 pm
I have Six children, ages 1-10. 4 of my 6 kids (2 are not old enough to attend yet) currently attend, or have attended, Okanagan Montessori Preschool on KLO. The couple who run the preschool are the most amazing people. The children who graduate from the school are so well mannered and overly...

End to safe cycling for many

Sep 14, 2016 / 10:35 am
It is a shameful day when a beautiful, safe, and accessible bicycle route is closed. Curtis Road is the safest, most direct route to the UBC campus in Kelowna with the least amount of traffic and elevation gain for cyclists from almost everywhere in Kelowna except Rutland. The BC Supreme Court,...

Our health care is broken

Sep 14, 2016 / 10:10 am
The cochlear implant program in British Columbia needs immediate attention to address the current two year surgical wait times. Imagine being outside with your family taking a walk in a park. You can hear the birds chirping and the wind rustling the leaves above you. Your children are laughing...

School traffic problems

Sep 12, 2016 / 4:01 pm
As a resident of the Upper Mission neighbourhood for 10 years, I am frustrated by the worsening traffic situation coming out of my neighbourhood on school days. When it takes over 20 minutes to drive the first 2 kilometres away from your home during the morning commute, it is a good indication that...

Balloon threat

Sep 12, 2016 / 3:52 pm
Another day and another hot air balloon traveling willy nilly above the city comes down where is wasn’t intended. The Canadian Aviation Regulations allow hot air balloons to land in other than where intended in an emergency: 602.13 (4) “A person may conduct a landing in a balloon...

Dispensaries

Sep 12, 2016 / 3:49 pm
I would like to thank Penticton city council, and other towns and cities for continuing to promote the illegal drug trade in this country. This country needs more non-tax paying citizens to run illegal grow operations in our peaceful neighbourhoods. We should be thankful that legal drugs such...

Right time, place and price

Sep 12, 2016 / 3:46 pm
I have watched with interest as the No side in the Referendum Debate have adjusted their message over the past few months. During the AAP process, they said they weren’t necessarily opposed to the City Hall but needed a Referendum. To get people to sign petitions they used outrageous claims...

It's not too late

Sep 12, 2016 / 3:39 pm
What's not too late, is for people to come together to “engage" with the City of Penticton and show the world that we people are not willing to give up any of this gem, Skaha Park, for pay-to-enter, private commercial enterprise that demolishes our wonderful greenspace and changes...

Hide your cheese

Sep 9, 2016 / 9:53 am
I agree with Dr. Rowan. Poison is an ugly way to kill rats and I would only use it as a last resort. The problem is, the rats we are trying to trap, roof rats, are very wily. They get smart to traps and other methods. With a gestation period of 28 days we have to figure it out before we are hip...

Traffic woes

Sep 9, 2016 / 8:55 am
As a resident of West Kelowna, I have witnessed the traffic increase substantially over the past year, especially at peak times. It is not unusual to wait on bridge hill for 20 minutes or more at 8am, frustrated by people cutting traffic using the side/back streets. This is why I have...

Doggie bags

Aug 31, 2016 / 10:13 am
Regarding Maureen Mores and her letter entitled "Help keep the beach clean". As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to purchase and carry with you all of the necessary accoutrement in order to care for your pet and indeed others. This of course includes poop bags. It is not the...

Both events are worthy

Aug 31, 2016 / 10:10 am
One man's music is another woman's noise, or something like that. My goodness. The “noise” was coming through the walls to disturb the Magic Flute? So sad. Not for the Magic Flute, but for an attitude that feels that a disproportionate few should over ride a much larger...

A culture of killing exists

Aug 31, 2016 / 10:06 am
Dear Minister Mary Polak, We met earlier this year to discuss the growing divide between the public and the essential first responders of the Conservation Officer Service (COS). Sadly, we are seeing the ongoing consequences of a lack of oversight of this service, and poor policy that remains...

Water quality

Aug 26, 2016 / 7:56 pm
My family and I recently moved here from Nanaimo, and one of the first things we noticed is how terrible the water quality is in West Kelowna. I realize at certain times of year boil water advisers come into effect, but it seems the water always has a smell and discolouration. Just wondering if...

Dog beach

Aug 26, 2016 / 7:51 pm
We also frequent this beach as it is the one and only dog beach. I usually take a bag full of bags that I collect from my veggies to fill these dispensers and am amazed at how quickly they go. Do people really not bring a bag when walking their dog? Do you think it won’t poop? I really...

ICBC at the public trough

Aug 26, 2016 / 7:44 pm
The BC Liberal's 2014-15 provincial budget predicted $8.9 billion in net income by 2016-17 from Crown corporations to help the Liberal government balance its books. That includes $1.23 billion in dividends from BC Hydro over the next three fiscal years, and $480 million of “excess...

Bravo Right to Life

Aug 26, 2016 / 7:40 pm
I laugh at all the people that find the right to life bill board offensive. Is it because it's true? The killing of babies is offensive. Just because they are called fetuses doesn't make them non humans. I think that sign is doing exactly was it was designed to, make you think. People...

Misleading readers?

Aug 24, 2016 / 5:31 pm
During the media Q&A session following our August 2nd council meeting, the question was raised, “Who reads the local paper at least 4 times per week?”. Out of seven individuals, I was the sole member of council without a raised hand. Conversation ensued and finally a brief article...

Canadian girls

Aug 24, 2016 / 4:50 pm
The official song for this Olympic games should be Dean Brody's “Canadian Girls”. I would like to extend a congratulations and a huge thank you to all our Canadian Olympic athletes for putting themselves out there to represent our maple leaf. For me it is not just about the...

Poor driving habits

Aug 24, 2016 / 4:46 pm
While other 'entities' [in the diversity of Kelowna] advertise and brag about the positive attributes that Kelowna has to offer a resident or visitor, I'm compelled to offer my feelings of disgust toward those drivers [foreign or domestic] who act like there's no one else on the...

Help keep the beach clean

Aug 24, 2016 / 4:39 pm
I’m writing to express my disappointment following a telephone discussion with a City Parks employee. There is but one beach access dog park in the city of Kelowna. There are dispensers for doggy poop bags mounted in the park but unfortunately they are never filled. The employee I spoke to...

Focus on our debt first

Aug 24, 2016 / 4:17 pm
I was born and have lived in Kelowna my whole life, and therefore a Canadian. I think that we need to focus on getting Canada out of debt, way before we need to bring and pay for anyone out of country. We as a country are $630+ billion in debt, but we shell out roughly $60,000 for people who...

Refugees are not immigrants

Aug 19, 2016 / 4:03 pm
Re: Who's paying for all of this? The example quoted you have not provided enough information to ascertain whether or not your assumptions are correct. However, your hypothetical scenario is correct in so far as how much each child can get in Canada Child Benefit, (you can get up to $6,400...

Zebra mussels

Aug 18, 2016 / 1:23 pm
If beagle dogs can smell drugs, termites, etc., why are we not training them to sniff out zebra mussels, that could totally ruin our lakes. The cost of training a few dogs to do due diligence, in a heart beat, would far out way the cost down the road, if our lakes were infested. Time to...

Regarding noise complaints

Aug 18, 2016 / 1:18 pm
In response to all the noise complaints regarding Rock The Lake. I was there both Saturday and Sunday. On all three days the music shut down at 10:00 pm. Both nights at 9:30 I walked around downtown and what I noticed were lots of residents on their balconies enjoying the music. I think that...

Put your issue in perspective

Aug 18, 2016 / 12:59 pm
I am just writing to address the concerns that the Kelowna Right To Life Society had in regard to their mayoral denial of their application of a proclamation. While the puppy-killing comparison is naive, even though in bad taste, the overwhelming stop-the-presses issue is with the...

Who's paying for all of this?

Aug 18, 2016 / 12:53 pm
Good job Trudeau, who’s paying for all of this? A recent Syrian family arrived in Canada as a government sponsored refugee family of 11 children between the ages of 1 and 16. They are immediately entitled to the Canada Child Tax Benefit which amounts to $5,400 annually for each child...

Rock the Lake disturbance

Aug 16, 2016 / 3:13 pm
I am writing this in frustration for the poor decision making for the location of “Rock the Lake”. I am currently performing in the orchestra in Opera Kelowna’s “Magic Flute” (I am not writing on their behalf, but as an individual). I know how hard Opera Kelowna...

Not a failed experiment

Aug 16, 2016 / 2:54 pm
Re: Agri-tourism RV parks as failed experiment. Not likely. From the very start, the City of Kelowna and the media have failed to explain the reason why the City says we are not in compliance and why I personally have retained a lawyer to represent our RV park in the City's lawsuit...

Trump vs. reality

Aug 16, 2016 / 2:47 pm
96 million out of work? So I suppose Donald Trump is going to put children and the elderly to work? I have a hard time believing that nearly 1/3 of Americans are not working without taking into account the number that shouldn't be working regardless of who is president. It is important to...
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