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Recluse spider debunked

Sep 29, 2014 / 7:03 am

I did what Elicia L. suggested and researched brown recluse spiders. I could't find any reputable source that states these spiders are in BC. However, within the top Google search results, I found an interesting article from an expert at the Royal BC Museum. Dr Bennett writes, "Over the...

Chem trails

Sep 29, 2014 / 6:55 am

Re chem trails? After finally stopping laughing at this silly notion and going to change my shorts (I am still laughing even now 20 minutes later). I must say that the trails these people see are the vapor trails given off by the very hot engine exhaust and not some silly notion that various...


Sep 26, 2014 / 4:22 pm

The article posted regarding spiders and their reputation to hurt, being debunked, is a fallacy. Yes, I agree that spiders should be given a lot more credit for what they do (I, myself, find that I need to fear these creatures less, as my 3 year old is extremely intrigued by them - but is...

Cellphone tower of power

Sep 26, 2014 / 4:19 pm

You know what can drop property values? An absence of working cellular service. There are far more studies (by actual credible scientists) That show how it is physically impossible for cell towers to adversely affect people. Anyone claiming that cell towers cause cancer are 100% wrong, and will...

School fees?

Sep 26, 2014 / 4:16 pm

I received a letter home today from my child's school asking for money to cover fees. We have a lot of supplies left over from previous years (reuse, recycle) so I thought that I would call the school and ask for a list of the needed supplies. The person that answered the phone said that...

Tower of a problem

Sep 23, 2014 / 11:14 pm

I am very concerned with the proposed cell tower being built in West Kelowna. Residents in the neighbourhood have every right to be consulted prior to a cell tower being built. Besides this negatively affecting property values, there are many research studies that show how dangerous radiation...

Rogers' tower

Sep 23, 2014 / 11:05 pm

According to Rogers' documents: "Due to increased demand for improved wireless service, Rogers is required to locate an appropriate site within the District of West Kelowna to improve service in the community." Cavalier Land Ltd., as agents for Rogers Communications Inc. has...

School zones

Sep 23, 2014 / 10:53 pm

I, like the majority of drivers, have no problem doing 30 km in a School Zone. I do have another problem though. I live in the North BX and use East Vernon Road to Silver Star Road to get to town. Anytime between 8 and 9 a.m., a person will have trouble driving at any speed to get through the...

Eye see you

Sep 19, 2014 / 3:28 pm

“City has eyes on you” When Britain introduced CCTV cameras to the streets of London the crime rate went down by 60 per cent, and it’s been dropping ever since. The cost of policing with CCTV is a fraction of what it cost to put police on the street. We should have done...

Dividers save lives

Sep 19, 2014 / 3:23 pm

Thank you! That’s what I want to say to all those workers who are laying down the cement dividers on Hwy 97 North. I commute to work every day and use that highway twice a day - and to say I feel safer with those cement dividers would be an understatement. It has given me such a sense...

Bank draft fraud

Sep 19, 2014 / 3:18 pm

Dear Castanet (and readers) I work at a prominent Financial Institution as a bank teller. I can say with authority that fraudulent bank drafts and money orders are not as rare as was expressed in the news report "Bank Draft Fraud', but also not common enough to strike fear into a...

Harper and FIPA

Sep 18, 2014 / 3:38 pm

This past Friday a secret trade agreement was ratified by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, known as FIPA, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement. This deal will allow China's corporations and government to to sue Canadian government in secret tribunals if we make decisions that...

BC Libs are not evil

Sep 18, 2014 / 1:15 pm

I think a crucial point to stress in the current teachers' contract dispute is that the Liberals are not "wrong" in the sense in which the pass laws in apartheid South Africa were wrong. Those laws were wrong in the sense of being evil. No, the BC Liberals are wrong only in the...

Used students

Sep 12, 2014 / 9:53 am

Dear students, So how does it feel to used? Used by the province and used by the union of teachers. You, the silent majority that is a pawn in all the negotiations. Doesn’t it rile you, that this establishment is blaming, leveraging and trying to control you? Break the mold....

Have we lost our minds?

Sep 12, 2014 / 9:48 am

I am a parent and I am embarrassed for the situation that we have put the teachers. This has become some petty drama between Christy Clark and her ego. We are so proud of the dedication and commitment of the teachers as they help to mold the future of our children and in essence the future of...

Blame game

Sep 11, 2014 / 3:23 pm

It doesn’t matter anymore who is or is not to blame for this ongoing strike, it really does not. But what should matter, or be a priority above all priorities, is every adult involved in this hold out, on both sides, should feel far more accountable, ashamed and guilt ridden even, to the...

Students need to step up

Sep 11, 2014 / 3:21 pm

With all the access to the Internet, why are the students not accessing it, to further their own education instead of blaming it all on the teachers? Future employers want problem solvers, not dead enders because of someone else's capabilities, or lack of interest. Catherine Knox

Downtown revitalization

Sep 10, 2014 / 7:25 am

Regarding downtown revitalization: It all looks nice but very impractical. The bike lane is too narrow and the sidewalk is too wide, the bike lane is not being used and cyclist use the sidewalk at a high rate of speed which make it very uncomfortable for pedestrians. I don't like...

Highway mayhem

Sep 10, 2014 / 7:23 am

Every day someone is killed or injured on our highways. If even one life was saved by having lower speed limits it would be worthwhile (just ask the relative of a lost one). I often drive the highway and set my cruise control to the speed limit. It goes without saying that I am continually passed...

Children at risk

Sep 10, 2014 / 7:22 am

This strike is not an inconvenience. It is criminal, and it is putting many children at risk. The Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC) have just put out a press release with their concern about children being put into unsafe environments as a result of this strike. They state:...

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