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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 affect, 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 none humans. I think that sign is doing exactly was it was designed to, make you...

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...
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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...

New City Hall needed?

Aug 16, 2016 / 2:44 pm
Does West Kelowna need a new City Hall? Perhaps? Does it need to cost 7.7 million dollars of tax payer monies. Perhaps not? Does is need to be part of a 31 million dollar deal, benefiting developers and commercial realtors or could it be built on City owned land? Perhaps? I find it...

Uncivil noise pollution

Aug 16, 2016 / 1:22 pm
On August 12, 13, and 14, 2016, people living near Prospera Place were forced to listen to extremely loud rock music from the First Annual Classic Rock Festival. The concerts at the “Prospera Place Festival Site” (more commonly known as the parking lot in front of Prospera Place)...

Tolko and City Hall

Aug 10, 2016 / 2:47 pm
I am really disappointed so far in how our City refuses to step up to the plate on this Tolko issue. In a letter to me from our Mayor the suggestion is that this is a "provincial" issue and our local neighbourhood groups should complain to the BC Government. What the hell did we...

Re: Donald the dictator

Aug 10, 2016 / 2:40 pm
Re: Donald the dictator Do you realize there are 96-million people out of work in the US? Do you realize it is the existing laws that are causing this? Donald Trump is, so far, the only one willing to try and bring the jobs back to the US from overseas (laws created by Bush, Clinton and...

Yes to our new Civic Centre

Aug 10, 2016 / 2:26 pm
West Kelowna is the “place to be” in the Okanagan. There are so many experiences to be enjoyed by both residents and visitors – our rich history, wineries, the farm loop, beaches, spectacular views, hiking trails, parks, music in the park concerts, and so much more. No wonder our...

Helicopter noise

Aug 8, 2016 / 3:00 pm
Here we go again. A few selfish people are whining about a little noise interrupting their own little world. Whoop-dee-doo. Why in the world do local politicians even listen to them? Why don't the local politicians just tell them to go home and enjoy the wealth, peace and security that...

Helicopter noise by-law?

Aug 8, 2016 / 2:55 pm
I am just writing about the City of West Kelowna stepping in again and making laws for a couple of noisy people! I can't believe that someone whining about helicopter noise is going to be addressed. The entire population of West Kelowna was built on the backs of the orchardists and now not...

Ogopogo sightings everyday

Aug 8, 2016 / 2:45 pm
Ever since my youth visits, then subsequent relocation to the Okanagan in 1995, I aimed to authenticate the existence of the fabled lake monster. After a number of years patrolling the lake both privately and for business, I have, fortunately or not, come to recognize that for whatever reason,...

Re: She said, he said

Aug 8, 2016 / 2:35 pm
Re: She said, he said Todd Sanderson's days as Rutland Park Society president are numbered. He said in the media on July 19: "Once a trustee is appointed, or a system is put in place where we could get to a AGM, I am going to stand down." But a trustee is not required. In her...

Living here is a nightmare

Aug 8, 2016 / 2:31 pm
Yes Ryan, you are right, living here is a nightmare for all people living in and around Hein Rd. I have lived in the area since 2003, and it is a bit better, but could be a whole lot better if landlords rented to better tenants. It is not the police’s responsibility to make sure there are...

Our city deserves better

Aug 4, 2016 / 11:55 am
Rather than being suspicious, I suggest Mr. Parrott make an appointment to tour City Hall facilities and see for himself, the conditions in which our city employees are working. Perhaps then he can pass on his findings. Our city deserves better. Peter Wannop

Donald the dictator

Aug 4, 2016 / 11:53 am
Donald Trump wants nothing short of a dictatorship, and he will do all and everything within his power and wallet to do so. Period. He has already said that he will re-write certain trade agreements with whomever, whatever, countries/continents/provinces that he doesn't like. Period. ...

Hot air balloon safety

Aug 3, 2016 / 12:21 pm
Every time there is a hot air balloon crash (which does not happen often) the great debate over whether they should be allowed to fly over cities commences. It’s ironic as this same weekend there was a bus crash in California that killed 5, yet nobody asks if we should ban buses. In 2014,...

Getting hosed, again

Aug 3, 2016 / 11:55 am
After reading the article in regards to gas pricing in Kelowna, I just have to laugh. The newest version of Mr. McTeague’s bunch of BS. Every single time that guy makes a comment in regards to gas pricing in Kelowna, his story changes. That Gas-Buddy outfit or whatever you want to call it...

News flash to drivers

Aug 3, 2016 / 11:45 am
News flash to Kelowna drivers. You cannot enter an intersection unless it is safe to so. If you cannot clear the intersection on a green light you cannot enter it. Blocking an intersection when the light goes red just proves you don’t know how to drive properly; so please stop...

Hot air balloons

Aug 2, 2016 / 1:44 pm
The deadly balloon crash in Texas should be a wakeup call for Canada. Our current rules allow hot air balloons to fly over cities and towns. In my opinion this is ridiculous. Balloons appear to be very unpredictable, which I suppose is why one particular one has landed in my subdivision twice...

Fear mongering

Aug 2, 2016 / 1:41 pm
Re: Fearing electoral reform Mr. Moore’s and the Fraser Institute’s contention that replacing the current electoral system with proportional representation likely would lead to more government spending and larger deficits is pure fiction. Mr. Moore and the Fraser Institute is...

No worries mate!

Aug 2, 2016 / 1:35 pm
Re: Foreign owners home tax There has been a similar system of "foreign investment home purchase" tax in Australia for years. They're trying to keep the Chinese millionaire syndrome out and to keep homes more affordable for Aussies. I applaud them. I'll let your...

Construction zone speeding

Aug 2, 2016 / 11:49 am
I have lived and worked between the central Okanagan and north Okanagan for the past 28 years. During this time I have witnessed the influx of Albertans each summer. The tourists they don’t know where they are going, they don’t obey the laws and drive recklessly. Well I have to argue...

Preserving ancestral remains

Aug 2, 2016 / 11:43 am
RE: The Okanagan Nation Alliance Chiefs’ Executive Council expresses its full support for its member community, Lower Similkameen Indian Band in the seeking protection and preservation of ancestral remains found at Cawston, BC. The Okanagan Nation Alliance (“ONA”)...

Christy Clark on B.C. Day

Jul 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
We have a lot to celebrate this long weekend. British Columbia is a province of over 4.5 million strong, leading Canada like never before. It's not just our lifestyle, the best food and drink the world has to offer, or the unparalleled natural beauty of snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and...

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...
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