Hot pavement not for paws

Jul 28, 2016 / 6:11 pm
At about 3:30 this afternoon, I as waiting for a green light a Cedar Avenue and Pandosy, on the corner opposite me a man with a large black Lab-cross dog was also waiting to cross Cedar Avenue. We were going in opposite directions - he and dog south and I north. The dog could not stand on four...

Ogopogo busted

Jul 28, 2016 / 5:52 pm
I saw your article about the people who thought they saw Ogopogo from Knox Mountain. I was up there the other day and happen to glance out at the amazing view and saw the same thing. But it wasn’t a sea creature. It appeared to be as if there was an underlying current of some sort...

Marijuana safe?

Jul 28, 2016 / 5:49 pm
Why are the Liberals thinking of legalizing marijuana? Is it possible that they don’t know what’s on their own web site where Health Canada has posted serious warnings against its use (Health Canada consumer information cannabis). Is the government blind to the following detrimental...

Rats at City Hall

Jul 27, 2016 / 2:46 pm
Is this a truly a news worthy article or an attempt by the City of West Kelowna to keep their dreams of a new city hall in the fore front? Are we going to be subjected to stories of plugged plumbing or faulty electrical from now until the referendum date? The residents of West Kelowna face...

Tolko should clean up its act

Jul 27, 2016 / 2:43 pm
It is time for the citizens of Kelowna to demand Tolko Mills to clean up their act if they wish to be respected in this community. The attached letter is from 2014, when the Mayor was Walter Gray. Now we have a new Mayor and Council and it is time they stepped up. The attached picture was...

Ignore noisy vehicles?

Jul 27, 2016 / 2:31 pm
Ignore noisy vehicles? If only we could. By the very definition of the problem they are literally impossible to ignore. I wouldn't need your useless advice to ignore them if it was at all humanly possible to do so. No doubt that is the hope of the ego-challenged owners of the extremely...

Minister Dion in Laos

Jul 26, 2016 / 3:40 pm
Was very pleased to read the article regarding Minister Dion and the meetings in Laos. Having recently been there and heading back shortly to work on water projects in the jungle villages of northern Laos with other members of the Ladner Rotary club, I can appreciate the value of a Canadian...

Not always free parking

Jul 26, 2016 / 3:32 pm
Having been a past resident of Lake Country (for 18 years) and attended many outdoor events in this community, I was saddened to read this response to the wonderful District of Lake Country. I have nothing but praise for the excellent choice of venues, musicians, and parking let alone being at...

Water monsters

Jul 25, 2016 / 2:29 pm
I read on the Internet, while searching for Ogopogo, that Lake Ontario has their own sea creature. The water in that lake is extremely deep. There are a large number of them in our world, including our Ogopogo and the Loch Ness Monster creature. Donna Tournay

Benefit for Life Day

Jul 25, 2016 / 2:12 pm
September is Suicide Prevention Month. Industry leaders and the community are again coming together to show support and to benefit positive mental health at the 2nd Annual Benefit for Life Day gala on September 9th, 2016. Please join us in honour of Benefit for Life Day, World Suicide Prevention...

Ski-course destroyed

Jul 25, 2016 / 2:09 pm
My husband is not one to complain, but I think if we say nothing -- nothing changes. So,this past weekend it was witnessed by a fellow resident of Kelowna, that someone had 'anchored' their boat to my husbands ski-course. In the process they snapped the course in two and rendered it...


Jul 25, 2016 / 2:05 pm
My family used to come to Penticton every summer in the early 60s. I was always freaked out if I swam through weeds thinking he might be lurking beneath them. Now when I look at the beautiful lake, shimmering in the sun, I think of him as our local, friendly, lake urchin and still below the...

School zone time expansion

Jul 22, 2016 / 4:56 pm
To the Mayor and Council regarding school zone time expansion: I would firstly like to thank each and all of your for your work and service for the City of Kelowna. I applaud your efforts. In a position that you hold as Mayor and Council, you will never please everyone but I feel the city...

Could not agree more

Jul 22, 2016 / 2:02 pm
I could not agree more with visitor Charlene Wallis. The policies regarding pets in our regional parks need to change. The latest statistics suggest that 35% of Canadian households have at least one dog. I'd wager that in an outdoor playground like the Okanagan, our rate of dog ownership is...

Dog policy

Jul 21, 2016 / 2:10 pm
We recently visited Lake Country. While our primary purpose was to visit with our son, we also wanted to spend some time in your local parks along the lake shore. After arriving, we were very disappointed about two aspects of your community. The first relates to your pet policy in the local...

Thanks for blood

Jul 20, 2016 / 4:43 pm
On behalf of Canadian Blood Services and our Territory Manager, Gayle Voyer, I would like to thank Kelowna residents who support Canadian patients by giving blood. In late April, we announced the need for 200,000 blood donations by July. Thousands of eligible donors answered the call for...

Free concert parking

Jul 18, 2016 / 3:41 pm
Being fairly new to the Lake Country, my wife and I were pleased to hear about the "free" concerts in the park held at various parks around the Lake Country, so we decided to attend our first concert this past Saturday evening, July 16, at Beasley Park. Upon arriving at the event, we...

Lost phone

Jul 18, 2016 / 3:13 pm
Just wanted to send big thank you to the two ladies who picked up my phone and turned it in. I was a tourist in your city last week and inadvertently left my phone on a bench in Mission Creek. I was unable to get your names. Thank you very much again ladies and to Telus in the...

Shared tips no good

Jul 18, 2016 / 3:10 pm
There are a few countries where tips are included, Germany is one of them and I believe the same goes for Switzerland. Why, is the question. The answer is simple. Let’s take 100 people working in restaurants. 30 of them make very good tips, 30 more make regular tips and 40 make lousy...

Thank you Dan Albas

Jul 18, 2016 / 2:52 pm
I just wanted to shout out a big thank you to Dan Albas. I was in Ottawa for the first time over the Canada Day long weekend, and was unable to secure a ticket to tour Parliament. There is no entry fee and tickets are first come first served. Resigned to missing out on seeing this iconic...

Sports fields

Jul 18, 2016 / 2:47 pm
Recent letters to the editor paint a bleak picture of people subsisting on minimum wage while searching for affordable rental housing. Children and pets are often an impediment to finding a rental home. One family in the news resorted to camping as a stop-gap measure. In a letter to the editor...

In support of Sugarplum

Jul 14, 2016 / 10:40 am
With all due respect to Mr. Stariha, his world view clashes with the direction that Kelowna is going and that many of its citizens want to take this city. Kelowna had, for many years, been represented at the federal and municipal levels by people that did not embrace the progressive and...


Jul 14, 2016 / 10:37 am
I have to be honest, Earls has never been one of my favourite places to eat. The staff have always been great but the menu just doesn’t have my kind of choices. The latest move to include a 16% tip in the bill was the final blow. I wouldn’t be surprised if the tip is on the total...

Re: Sleepless in Oyama

Jul 14, 2016 / 10:30 am
I can appreciate that living in an agricultural community where there are agricultural sounds can be quite bothersome. However, there are some logical reasons why farmers start so early.and work so late. A very simple reason is, too much work and not enough hours in the day to complete it all....

Canada Post strikes again

Jul 13, 2016 / 3:29 pm
A few years ago, Canada Post decided to move our mailbox from where we had been picking up mail for years to a different site. I have no problem with that except for one thing, they didn’t inform us beforehand and made us drive 40km roundtrip to find out which box was ours and to pick up the...

Time to grow up

Jul 13, 2016 / 3:17 pm
In response to Mayor Sugarplum. Personally, I think the people of Kelowna should be more embarrassed to be known for some of their ignorant and shallow minded residents, rather than for a mayor who is bold enough to show he is welcoming and accepting of everyone. It’s 2016. Time to grow...

Attacks on billboard

Jul 13, 2016 / 3:15 pm
Open Letter to Mayor Colin Basran: I have been a resident of Kelowna for over 40 years. I love this city. I feel privileged and blessed to have had the opportunity to go to school, live, and work here all these years. I am also the Executive Director of the Kelowna Right to Life Society, a...

Roundabout needed

Jul 13, 2016 / 11:58 am
Could the city planners please see the benefit of a roundabout at the intersection of Springfield and Rutland Road South? The traffic coming from Black Mountain area is increasing everyday as developments grow in that area. Morning commuters and daily traffic make it difficult for people trying...

Sleepless in Oyama

Jul 12, 2016 / 2:15 pm
I moved to Oyama five years ago, and understood when I moved here that there was going to be agricultural activity in my neighbourhood. One thing I didn't expect is the work day to start at 5am, 7 days a week, and not shutting off the tractors, quads and any other type machine needed to work...

Effect of mail strike

Jul 12, 2016 / 11:47 am
This will affect me slightly. However, sadly, this could have an increased adverse affect on the postal service at large, and employees in particular. Technology has become so inventive that even a short term strike could motivate very effective - and inexpensive - parcel delivery alternatives,...

Mayor Sugarplum

Jul 12, 2016 / 11:43 am
I am glad to see Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran seems to be enjoying his drag persona as Mayor Sugarplum. With all due respect, however, I might suggest this is not the image of Kelowna that most residents would care to present to the outside world, and certainly not the one they voted for two...

Boucherie Mountain parking

Jul 12, 2016 / 11:39 am
West Kelowna Council had the opportunity to include the provision of parking spaces for people accessing Boucherie Mountain. This was part of the development proposal for the Vineyard Estates site on East Boundary road. Some councillors felt five spaces were more than adequate while others felt...

Summer noise

Jul 8, 2016 / 2:31 pm
In response to the people that complained about the ungodly hour orchardists have to use their blowers/ helicopters etc. to try and save the splitting of the cherries and save their livelihood. When it rains we all know that the cherries will split. If the farmer wants to save his crop he has to...

Rental problems

Jul 8, 2016 / 9:04 am
With all the troubles that Kelowna is having with affordable rentals, why are there not any tiny houses around? A tiny house doesn't have to be on wheels and they can house a family with the right design. They don't take a lot of space. They are inexpensive. They seem to answer a lot...

Re: Lawsuit over bee killers

Jul 8, 2016 / 9:01 am
We read with interest your coverage of our recent application for a judicial review of the registration of two pesticides in Canada. We thought your readers would be interested in knowing that this is not the first time the PMRA has come under fire for its unacceptable oversight of potential risks...

New Rutland playground

Jul 7, 2016 / 1:25 pm
Re: "Rutland playground opens" (July 4) Wayne Moore reports that the first phase of improvements to Rutland Centennial Park include "a new accessibility playground, addition of a natural turf soccer field and installation of a new irrigation system." What was not clear is...

RSS grads clean up

Jul 7, 2016 / 11:39 am
My daughter graduated from Rutland Secondary School this year, and she was reading Castanet about the different schools that didn’t clean up after their “bush party.” Well, Castanet didn’t report about Rutland Secondary students cleaning up after their bush party, and...

Brent's Grist Mill

Jul 7, 2016 / 11:22 am
On behalf of all of us at the Central Okanagan Heritage Society (COHS), a big thank you to the city of Kelowna council and staff for providing the resources and a process for the recent work undertaken at Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage Park. The history and significance of the Brent’s...

The future is up to us

Jul 6, 2016 / 2:51 pm
This is a hard letter to write. It’s an emotional topic and I foresee it will be misconstrued as a lack of sympathy for victims of crime. It is really a plea for a less vengeful society. It is very troubling to read about people’s obsession with punishment in the case of the...

Very Canadian

Jul 6, 2016 / 2:46 pm
I grew up with “The Maple Leaf Forever”. Sang it in school, sports games and at social occasions. But since the '50s I only hear it from the odd pipe band, what a shame. I always thought the reason for its demise was the exclusion of the fleur de lis in the line "the...
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