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Re: Jobs in Kelowna

Feb 11, 2016 / 12:25 pm
I'm writing this letter in response to the woman from Calgary who said people from Kelowna only hire friends and people from here. Absolutely contacts help in this town, as it does anywhere. To say these practices make us a small town mentality is completely naïve. The practice of...

Family Day

Feb 10, 2016 / 4:59 pm
Did it ever occur to anyone that "Family Day" should be just that. A day where family can get together. Who out there has all of their family in the town they live in? How about in the province they live in? I would love to use the long weekend to be able to travel to see my family...

Full marks for remarks

Feb 10, 2016 / 4:57 pm
Full marks to Tracy Hurst on her thoughtful response to the poll regarding changing the date of BC Family Day to coincide with that of the other Western provinces. I was pleased to see her draw attention to the issue of crowding at the local recreation sites in addition to the impact on...

Change BC's Family Day?

Feb 10, 2016 / 10:02 am
I see on Castanet poll at this moment, over 50% of respondents think Family Day should be changed to align with Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. (Not to mention the USA's President's Day.) The news articles say this is coming from the financial sector, being displeased with...

Jobs in Kelowna

Feb 10, 2016 / 9:55 am
Kelowna is definitely a horrible place to find a job – unless you are from Kelowna and you find one through your contacts. Kelowna industries do not look for the best talent. They simply hire their friends. It is a very much a small town mentality. This has nothing to do with education,...

West Kelowna City Hall

Feb 9, 2016 / 3:23 pm
Regarding the referendum on the West Kelowna City Hall. Of course these people need a work place that reflects the 21st century. They are our neighbours, and most importantly, our employees and it's our first obligation as employers to see that their working environment is as good as - or...

Who makes these decisions

Feb 9, 2016 / 3:17 pm
I was just reading about Kelowna and the poor job prospects. A friend, whom was a past president of the Canadian Manufactures Association, came to visit and remarked how beautiful the valley was. I asked him about the future of the valley. He told me that not having a railway, and that most of the...
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Walking in dark parking lots

Feb 9, 2016 / 2:36 pm
Last Friday evening, I was in the Plaza 33 mall parking lot in Rutland at around 5:30 PM. It was pitch black, wet and had just snowed heavily. I was backing out of my parking spot very slowly, looking in both mirrors for any traffic that may be behind me, when all of a sudden someone started...

Coffee thrown at a baby

Feb 9, 2016 / 2:21 pm
This letter is in response to something that happened to my family and close friend on the evening of Sunday, February 7th, as we were walking home from a friends house at around 20:30 to 21:00hrs, westward down Lanfranco Road close to the intersection of Richter St. On this particular evening...

Dog park online survey

Feb 9, 2016 / 2:12 pm
One of the Dog Park Online Feedback pages states that the Mission Recreation Off-leash Dog Park is approximately 0.4 hectares. This is incorrect. The Mission Dog Park, including large and small dog sections, is closer to 0.72 hectares. If survey respondents pick 0.4 ha as the approximate minimum...

Outstanding service

Feb 5, 2016 / 3:29 pm
From the moment we called Blair Mechanical to the moment they were finished in our home, we received the absolute best service we have had from any company in a very long time. Our furnace quit on the coldest day of this year. Not only did they come out immediately, they supplied us with space...

Downtown parking

Feb 5, 2016 / 11:51 am
An open letter to the City of Kelowna. Despite the ample downtown Kelowna parking that your website purports, the truth is very, very, different. Are you aware that there is no monthly parking available downtown, and that there are dozens of people on wait lists for such parking? Are you...

Giant Walkthrough Brain

Feb 4, 2016 / 4:21 pm
Re: The Giant Walkthrough Brain, Community Theatre (Jan. 30-31) I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual presentation of The Giant Walkthrough Brain, hosted by Jay Ingram, backed by "the world’s first science band", The Free Radicals. The brain is the most complex organ in the human...

Thank you Argo

Feb 4, 2016 / 4:18 pm
I was appalled and embarrassed by the recent articles quoting Joe Rich residents attacking and assaulting the efforts of the Argo Highway Maintenance crews. These people used the term "we, the Joe Rich residents,” and I can assure you, as a Joe Rich resident, they do not speak for me! ...

Predator sightings

Feb 4, 2016 / 4:08 pm
I live on an acreage on Glenrosa, on the way to Crystal Mountain. Occasionally our dog warns us of some critter prowling around at night by growling, whining and running up and down the hall way, trying to wake us up. Sure enough the next day, during the winter months anyways, I generally find...

Eldorado boat launch

Feb 2, 2016 / 2:57 pm
Over the last two years, the City of Kelowna has been spending taxpayer’s monies on studies, applying for permits etc. to clean the sand buildup in front of the Eldorado boat launch. Last fall the launch was shut down, apparently to dredge and remove the sand shown besides the dock. Now,...

Dog park survey

Feb 2, 2016 / 11:37 am
Dog owners and non-dog owners alike may wonder, for different reasons, about the need for the city's dog park survey, on-line questionnaire, and eventual open houses. Dog owners may ask why their years-long appeal for more dog parks in residential communities, where they are needed, and for...

To wear or not to wear

Feb 2, 2016 / 11:27 am
Re: Skiing without a helmet So you encourage everyone to wear an approved helmet. Well this is not a ‘to wear or not to wear’ a helmet argument. There are two things we learn growing up in life: 1. As our parents raise us, they teach to respect our elders. 2. That the attitude...

Skiing without a helmet

Feb 1, 2016 / 2:09 pm
Let me say first that I encourage everyone to wear an approved helmet. That said, I am pretty much fed up with the advice, comments, and the pros and cons of helmet use that I get each and every time from fellow skiers because I do not wear one. At least twice a day, sometimes more. Trust me, I...

A waste of manpower

Feb 1, 2016 / 12:12 pm
Today I finally found out one of the reasons why Fortis charges so much for their gas. Fortis advised me, some months ago, that my gas meter was too close to my neighbours driveway and they would require a metal post be placed in front of the meter to prevent it from being damaged, should my...

Stigma on mental health

Feb 1, 2016 / 12:03 pm
Re: Stigma still lingers “There is still a stigma on mental health within School District 22.” Then file a discrimination suit if that is so. No one ought tolerate that prejudice, racism or any other similar one. Harold A. Maio

Irrigation inconvenience

Jan 29, 2016 / 2:01 pm
We barely got 2 days notice that our water will be cut off for routine water main maintenance, Saturday Jan 30, 2016 from 4:00 AM to 6:00 PM. All well and fine to do routine maintenance, but on next to no notice and on a Saturday? Is BMID (Black Mountain Irrigation District) attempting to...

Record lows for natural gas

Jan 29, 2016 / 1:49 pm
Providing good customer service, as well as a safe and reliable supply of natural gas at the lowest reasonable cost, is a priority for us. On January 25, a Castanet reader raised concern in a letter about his FortisBC natural gas bill. FortisBC recognizes that the cost of delivering natural gas is...

Killing with kindness

Jan 28, 2016 / 10:34 am
To all the kind hearted drivers in Kelowna who are stopping for pedestrians to cross the road when they are not at a crosswalk. Please stop before you kill with kindness. It has happened to me on many occasions, someone driving in the right lane will stop to let a pedestrian cross when there is...

More than just a former ferry

Jan 27, 2016 / 10:51 am
As the executive director of the Central Okanagan Heritage Society (COHS), and past chair, and current board member of Heritage BC, my life is deeply impacted by all things heritage. In December I had the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with Andy Schwab, the current owner of the...

Bureaucratic domination

Jan 26, 2016 / 3:44 pm
In response to a previous letter, “Dear BCSC” about U-Go Brands, dated January 22, 2016 to Castanet, I would like to share my experience with the BCSC and the Alberta Securities Commission, their overreaching power that involve each and every working/investing Canadian and how these...

RDCO dog control

Jan 25, 2016 / 2:23 pm
RDCO suffered a major legal setback in The Hon. Mr. Justice Skolrood's ruling of January 19, 2016. Mr. Panton's unsuccessful appeal to save the life of his dog Jake, has overshadowed the fact that in the same court on December 9th, 2015, the RDCO appealed established case laws and also...

Fortis natural gas bill

Jan 25, 2016 / 2:11 pm
There has been a lot of discussion lately on the billing practices of Fortis when it comes to natural gas. Being as I have just received my natural gas bill for January, I would like to add my 2 cents. After looking closely at my bill this month, a charge of $91.66 is showing as the total from...

Downtown parking fines

Jan 25, 2016 / 1:59 pm
It seems that every time I try to visit a downtown business, I end up being chased by the ticket patrols. This last time was last Thursday. I put 30 minutes of time in the meter. After waiting in line, I returned to my car 32 minutes later to find a ticket. Ok, I'm not denying the meter ran...

The true cost of war

Jan 25, 2016 / 1:54 pm
Open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and MP Stephen Fuhr. With the announcement the day after the election of your decision to withdraw Canadian warplanes from bombing runs in Iraq and Syria, hopes were raised for a re-evaluation of Canada’s military priorities. There was talk in...

Dear BCSC

Jan 22, 2016 / 4:02 pm
Dear BCSC and its employees; I write to inform you that your boss has made a terrible choice and unfortunately many of you will suffer for it. Certainly, some of you are just as guilty in the matter between BCSC and U-GO Brands, as the many offences committed during the prosecution's...

Hit and run

Jan 22, 2016 / 10:01 am
On Tuesday, January 19th 2016, at approximately 5:20 pm on Gordon, south of Casorso, I was rear ended by a black/dark sedan, possibly a Ford (recovered emblem on scene). The driver was a male, black short hair, I only saw him briefly as I remained in my vehicle. He suggested that I go around the...

Families provide direction

Jan 22, 2016 / 9:52 am
Open letter: Families provide direction for national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Dear Ministers: We are a group of families from the traditional territories of the Indigenous peoples living in the Province of British Columbia. We are family members of loved...

Chilly theatre

Jan 21, 2016 / 3:02 pm
While attending a film last Monday evening at the Vernon Towne Theatre (hosted by the Vernon Film Society) I was surprised at how cold the theatre was. I felt like I was in sitting in a large refrigerator! Upon exiting I asked someone if the theatre is always this chilly in the winter. The...

No girls allowed

Jan 21, 2016 / 11:44 am
Talk about not seeing the diamonds for the dirt. How is a group, whose sole intent is the betterment of a local community, to be seen as being sexist? There is apparently a women's version of the same group and no one is complaining about them? My gawd! What do you have to do in order...

Highway robbery

Jan 21, 2016 / 11:40 am
A quick check of other city's in Canada shows Kelowna residents pockets are being drained by high gas prices when compared to fellow Canadians. Edmontonians are paying 63.9 cents/L for gas while Kelowna sits at 95.9? Kelowna residents are paying a 33% premium for regular gas. Now...

Mayor due an apology

Jan 21, 2016 / 11:30 am
After reading the response to my letter, "Why the apology?", I decided to back-check and review various articles regarding the subject matter -- and as it turns out I owe the Mayor of Vancouver an apology. It seems that not only the Mayor (of Vancouver), the Vancouver Police Chief, as...

Electoral reform debate

Jan 21, 2016 / 11:20 am
I enjoyed the letters from David Winter and Andy Thomsen on electoral systems and the merits of changing our electoral system. As a former member of the Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform, my interest in this topic is always keen. As a member of the Assembly a decade ago I spent a year with...

Kevin for Prime Minister

Jan 20, 2016 / 11:51 am
About the poll concerning Kevin O'Leary running for the conservative leader, I support this all the way. The man is not some cuddly loveable character, we have all heard how his love is for his money. This man loves his money more then just about anything else. Now if the majority of his...

Kudos

Jan 19, 2016 / 3:27 pm
Just a short note regarding Tim Schewe’s article “Nothing But a Tax Grab” (Jan 19). Way to call it, dude! I’m so sick and tired of people whining and not taking responsibility for their own choices that I have to pass along my kudos for someone who is willing to stand up...
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