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Letters Mar 2017

Liberal spending

Mar 28, 2017 / 2:19 pm

The amount of money the BC Liberals are throwing around less than 2 months before the election just has to be record breaking. I would love to see a graph...

Wishing us all a new Gov't

Mar 28, 2017 / 2:16 pm

We must be in the midst of an ongoing, province-wide, pro-Lib letter writing frenzy, judging from just the volume of these letters being posted by Castanet...

Boat launch & visitor centre

Mar 27, 2017 / 2:08 pm

Mayor Basran seems to hold different opinions on when the public interest is best served. With regard to the deep-water boat launch he states “We believe,...

Ripped off by Fortis

Mar 27, 2017 / 2:03 pm

I too am overwhelmed with the cost of an all electric home, furnace, hot water and of course lights etc. I am a tenant living in a 830 sq foot 2 bedroom suite....

Why rates are so high

Mar 27, 2017 / 1:57 pm

I am a retired 37 year electrical engineer with substantial utility experience and moved to this province in 2015. I have several previous letters published...

Environmental thoughts

Mar 27, 2017 / 1:45 pm

Before it was fashionable, and because of the sports I was involved in, I’ve always thought of myself as an environmentalist. Equestrian Endurance Racing,...

Efficiency benefits hit home

Mar 24, 2017 / 2:23 pm

Re: A dark day this weekend Energy efficiency is about much more than saving electricity. Indeed, energy-efficient homes and buildings come with many benefits....

Mail scam

Mar 24, 2017 / 2:21 pm

We received a letter in the mail yesterday with our name and address on it. Inside we were told we were in line to inherit 3 million U.S.$. The letter was from...

Drivers beware considerate

Mar 24, 2017 / 2:17 pm

RE: Open season on cyclists I ride with my heavy chain lock in my left hand, and if I see a car coming up too close on my left, I drop the chain into view. I...

For the record

Mar 24, 2017 / 2:13 pm

Recent Castanet stories quoting Matt Hanson about the use of Mission Creek as a source of water for the City of Kelowna need to be corrected. Mr. Hanson...

Above and beyond

Mar 24, 2017 / 10:03 am

A big thank you to BC Housing and CMHA, for helping the residents that lost their rent subsides at Kiwanis Tower. In my opinion these people went above and...

Strong economy no accident

Mar 23, 2017 / 1:40 pm

Re: Sam Singla’s letter Reading Sam’s letter last Monday caused me to reflect on the reasons for today’s strong Okanagan economy. Our family...

'The cupboard is bare'

Mar 23, 2017 / 11:14 am

After the 2008 financial crisis, central banks created trillions of dollars to bail out big banks and corporations. Under Canada's Economic Action Plan, our...

Thanks to Bob and Mel

Mar 23, 2017 / 11:11 am

Finally a politician doing something for the people. I'm referring to the petition Bob launched to stop the tax on tax. First of all, who was it that...

Present scam going around

Mar 23, 2017 / 11:08 am

I received a text on my Bell cell regarding an opportunity to display advertising on my vehicle for $340 a week! I checked and it is a scam. It would be nice...

Education

Mar 23, 2017 / 11:05 am

Education is near and dear to my heart. I was educated in Alberta. In our fourth year of marriage in 1970 my wife wisely counselled me to invest in BC by buying...

Public access to lakeshore

Mar 22, 2017 / 1:53 pm

Do you want to help increase public access to Kelowna's lakeshore? PLANKelowna is a new neighbourhood association (Pandosy Lakeshore Active Neighbourhoods...

Justice system a joke

Mar 22, 2017 / 1:50 pm

Re: Free after 'barbaric' attack I was disgusted to read that yet another aboriginal has been let off the hook due to his native heritage and...

Electricity bills

Mar 22, 2017 / 1:45 pm

I do not understand why people are complaining about their electric bills. The reason I do not understand is because when the opportunity for discussion...

A letter of thanks

Mar 22, 2017 / 11:19 am

Re: Ellis St. assault - April 1, 2016 To all the amazing people out there. I am totally brought to tears for all the thoughts, prayers, help from strangers...

Visual pollution

Mar 22, 2017 / 10:44 am

I have lived in the Okanagan since 1996. I'll make a long story short. I can't believe how gross the billboards look as you come and go between Kelowna...

Boat ramp fall out

Mar 21, 2017 / 2:34 pm

I believe it is time for Kelowna City Hall to fix the mess they have created. Let’s understand a few things... by closing the deep water haul-out, City...

Roundabouts in BC

Mar 21, 2017 / 2:29 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong, but from what I understand, a driver does not need to signal to enter a single-lane roundabout; it is only necessary to yield to...

Electricity shock

Mar 21, 2017 / 2:06 pm

As others, we just received out first Fortis electricity bill for 2017. We have had high winter bills in the past, but this one was a shocker. $1,429.39! We do...

Wait lists for childcare

Mar 21, 2017 / 2:01 pm

We've all heard the jokes about pregnant mothers looking into good schools for their children before they're even out of the womb. The reality is...

Fortis charges

Mar 21, 2017 / 1:27 pm

I am a long retired electrical contractor and was a big supporter of all electrical homes. My home is 100% dependent on electricity and because of this, I am...

Cellphone driving

Mar 20, 2017 / 11:35 am

The issue of vehicular cellphone usage continues to be a problem that refuses to go away even though a $368 fine lurks if you are caught. Doubtless there are...

Infamous West Kelowna

Mar 20, 2017 / 11:28 am

Many media outlets have reported on how West Kelowna has become the easiest place to live off taxpayers. I refer, of course, to the vagrants turning our City...

Electricity monopoly

Mar 20, 2017 / 11:21 am

Regarding your recent news article on high electrical bills, I would like to add my frustration to the conversation, as our electrical costs have skyrocketed...

Fortis electricity bills

Mar 20, 2017 / 11:18 am

Our recent Fortis Electricity bills, which cover the periods Dec 16 2016 to January 16 2017 and from January 16 to February 16 2017 are $874.16 and $698.73...

The fentanyl crisis

Mar 20, 2017 / 10:31 am

Anybody who is even a casual reader of the news is well aware of the catastrophic and devastating effects fentanyl is having on our youth, our city, our...

Church yard campers

Mar 17, 2017 / 2:47 pm

I was under the impression that churches were supposed to help those less fortunate, so when some of the said unfortunate are living in tents on the churches...

Yuppie lifestyle in Kelowna?

Mar 17, 2017 / 2:32 pm

When I graduated from Rutland Senior Secondary in 2006, I, like all young adults, had to make decisions which would define the rest of my life. I barely knew...

Roundabout navigation

Mar 17, 2017 / 2:25 pm

I love that Kelowna is putting in more roundabouts. Myth Busters has done an episode on this and proved that roundabouts are almost twice as effective as four...

Vagrants in West Kelowna

Mar 17, 2017 / 10:31 am

“Vagrant” - a person without a settled home or regular work who wanders from place to place and lives by begging; one who lives on the streets or...

Cash for access

Mar 17, 2017 / 10:27 am

BC Premier Christie Clark is frequently questioned about her party soliciting and accepting very large donations from corporations. Many citizens and...

School lunches

Mar 17, 2017 / 10:25 am

First a shout out to the many who made positive comments about shedding some light on this concern. It's nice to know some people can critically think about...

Great service

Mar 16, 2017 / 2:32 pm

I want to thank the staff and management at Kelowna Lock & Key - On Harvey Ave Between Asian Pear and Isight Optometry. The key I ordered online for my...

Would you feed kids this?

Mar 16, 2017 / 2:29 pm

Re: Would you feed kids this? I am the mother of Clara Millis and I am horrified by the negative response by some people. They all assume that we are ungrateful...

Praise for Chief Tomat

Mar 16, 2017 / 2:28 pm

I am also a parent at Chief Tomat Elementary School. I'd like to personally give praise to the principle, the teachers, the chef and all the many volunteers...

Premier's budget problems

Mar 16, 2017 / 11:57 am

Our Premier in B.C. released a budget that she hopes will make you forget everything that has happened in the 16 years since the B.C. Liberals took power. ...

Public transportation

Mar 16, 2017 / 11:40 am

Yesterday, I had the pleasure to head down to the newly redesigned Queensway Bus Exchange to attend BC Transit’s open house on the future of...

Upcoming election

Mar 16, 2017 / 11:21 am

While reading the recent letter, “Upcoming BC Election” I was so stunned by the inaccuracy I just felt compelled to put pen to paper (or should I...

BC water making Fortis rich

Mar 15, 2017 / 2:12 pm

BC needs to drain the swamp and take back our resources. I am sick of continuous gouging. FortisBC says they need to increase rates for maintenance and cost of...

School lunches

Mar 15, 2017 / 2:06 pm

I can appreciate the parents' concern over the quality of the lunches that their girl is getting. However, I would like to know why the parents don't...

FortisBC on higher bills

Mar 15, 2017 / 11:32 am

As our customers know, the winter season brings higher electricity bills given the home heating energy requirements compared to the rest of the year. During the...

Re: Upcoming BC Election

Mar 15, 2017 / 11:29 am

On March 14 there was a letter published with this title. I wholeheartedly agree that voters should take some important items into consideration. First, anyone...

To my children

Mar 15, 2017 / 10:01 am

To my children, who will soon be travellers: When I see the excitement your trip to Europe is creating in you, I think of many things. The wanderlust of the...

More on Waldorf

Mar 15, 2017 / 9:26 am

In a Castanet article dated February 18, 2017, Kelowna’s Waldorf School came under the light when a “mass exodus” occurred resulting in the...

Gas prices in Kelowna

Mar 14, 2017 / 3:12 pm

Why do we keep on getting screwed with spikes in gas prices for no apparent reason? A prime example, over the past week the price of oil has dropped over...

Upcoming B.C. election

Mar 14, 2017 / 3:10 pm

For the upcoming May B.C. election, I would recommend voters take some important items into consideration. There has been substantial progress made in job...

Revenue Canada backlog

Mar 14, 2017 / 11:50 am

Why is it that Revenue Canada is taking forever to process income tax refunds this year? On their website it states that if you e-file you will get your return...

Two-tier electrical rates

Mar 14, 2017 / 11:42 am

The government and utility companies did an abysmal job of educating people about the two-tier electrical rates. I’ve heard that many who have gas heat or...

Re: Carbon Tax

Mar 14, 2017 / 11:25 am

In the letter “Just a little on Carbon Tax,” Roger von Dach mistakenly asserts that Canada absorbs more carbon than it emits. Forests in Canada...

Some good, some bad

Mar 13, 2017 / 3:40 pm

There are good neighbours and then others, not so much. A big “thank you” to the people or person who gathered up all the junk left behind on the...

Shelter committed to safety

Mar 13, 2017 / 11:51 am

There has been much discussion recently sparked by media coverage of a local shelter facility run by NOW (New Opportunities for Women) Canada offering refuge to...

Just a little on Carbon Tax

Mar 13, 2017 / 11:51 am

I have an article here that was in the Edmonton Sun paper not too long ago and it states the following: According to Canadian sources, Canada has 990 million...

Discrimination

Mar 13, 2017 / 11:50 am

Discrimination has a long lurid history in Canada let alone British Columbia. Space does not permit all the details, but as far back as the 1880’s then...

NOW Canada

Mar 13, 2017 / 11:50 am

A recent newscast carried the story of the women's shelter “NOW Canada” kicking out one of its residents because she went to the press to voice...

Carbon tax hoax

Mar 10, 2017 / 2:37 pm

Here’s statistical proof that the Federal Liberal “Carbon Tax” and the other Provincial “Carbon Taxes” are nothing more than a...

My life is valuable

Mar 10, 2017 / 2:19 pm

To the Man driving the Northern Maintenance Services truck hauling a Subaru on a flat deck… I drove beside you all the way down bridge hill into Kelowna...

Support for Carrington Ridge

Mar 10, 2017 / 2:17 pm

An open letter to West Kelowna’s Mayor and Council: I have been a resident of West Kelowna for over 25 years and have always felt that it’s...

Spending misunderstandings

Mar 10, 2017 / 2:13 pm

I would like to quickly address some of the misunderstandings regarding the allocation of funds by the Canadian government. In regards to the $650M going...

Gas prices

Mar 10, 2017 / 2:08 pm

Having moved to Kelowna for the great climate (not so much recently), I knew that BC stood for ‘Bring Cash’ in slang terms. I really must admit that...

Service Canada issues

Mar 9, 2017 / 3:41 pm

In the past two years, I have had to contact the Government of Canada with regards to issues. Each time I have found that it was very difficult to find a human...

Canada's debt

Mar 9, 2017 / 3:36 pm

I totally agree with the letter “Time to put Canadians first.” When is this insane spending going to stop? Just in the last couple of months, our...

Thank you

Mar 9, 2017 / 3:31 pm

On Wednesday, March 8th at about 1:30 in the afternoon, my husband fell in the proximity of 2058 Harvey Avenue. Many people immediately came to help in any way...

Deportation 'heartless'

Mar 9, 2017 / 3:29 pm

Excuse me, the man has been here his whole life, where do you plan to send him? There are people crossing our borders everyday from the US and you find places...

Unease over shelter guest

Mar 9, 2017 / 3:24 pm

Can someone explain where our political correctness leads? To lots of BS! I was a victim of a horrible abuse by man too and if someone would force me to lose...

Time change

Mar 9, 2017 / 3:10 pm

I'm in my 70s and seems to get more difficult to adjust to the time change each year. I would prefer that it stays at DST all year round. Then at least we...

Big horn sheep

Mar 9, 2017 / 2:44 pm

Wangari Maathai was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. She authored four books: The Green Belt Movement; Unbowed: A...

Close call with semi

Mar 9, 2017 / 2:38 pm

In response to the close call with the semi, I drive truck and on a weekly basis maybe even twice a week I see that happen. Guys who drive trucks like that are...

Truth in advertising

Mar 9, 2017 / 11:18 am

We hear about the Standards Council of Canada and truth in advertising. What about in this province of BC? The government is doing so much pre-election...

More care needed at home

Mar 9, 2017 / 11:12 am

I just had the profound experience of caring for someone who wished to pass at home. We had the most outstanding team of nurses who took care of my wife,...

Great ideas after all

Mar 9, 2017 / 10:47 am

In 1970 my wife and I had been married for four years, had two children and a good paying job. We made a decision – work hard to pay down our many debts...

Time to put Canadians first

Mar 9, 2017 / 10:30 am

So our Prime Minister is offering $650 million overseas for International Women's Health? Canada is already so overwhelmingly in debt and this money does...

Beluga captivity

Mar 9, 2017 / 10:09 am

The Vancouver Public Aquarium is debating whether to continue keeping belugas in captivity. They offer two main advantages to doing this: - They increase ticket...

Energy poverty in BC

Mar 8, 2017 / 2:26 pm

I’m writing in regard to a letter published on March 2, 2017 “Bills causing energy poverty”. I also live in the country and have a wood stove...

Free transit?

Mar 8, 2017 / 11:28 am

Here is an idea that doubtless will never fly, but an idea none the less. Make all public transit free, paid for through taxes. Not only would this...

End of cetacean captivity?

Mar 8, 2017 / 11:25 am

In 1996, Lifeforce campaigned for the Cetacean Bylaw that was supposed to have phase out the captivity of cetaceans. However, in later years, the Vancouver...

Racism

Mar 8, 2017 / 11:20 am

I am really very upset about the way that the word ‘racism’ is being portrayed. It is a horrible word and it is a very horrible reality that no one...

Carrington Ridge

Mar 8, 2017 / 11:11 am

Regarding West Kelowna Development Permit DP 16-29 Highstreet Ventures is proposing to build an apartment complex in the Witt/Majoros Rd neighbourhood of West...

Glenrosa Elementary kudos

Mar 7, 2017 / 1:44 pm

I’d like it to be known that the principal at Glenrosa Elementary is so amazingly on point. From the beginning of the year she takes time every day to...

BC Hydro power smart ad

Mar 7, 2017 / 12:09 pm

I'm referring to the TV commercial that shows a series of quick clips how a house wife can save electricity costs and slow down the water needed to generate...

Provincial election

Mar 7, 2017 / 12:07 pm

Who will win? NDP most likely, who else? I have lived in BC since 1979 and nothing has changed since then. I believe that the NDP was in charge at that time...

Council is not responsive

Mar 7, 2017 / 11:53 am

Once again this Mayor and Council thinks big when spending taxpayers’ money on favourite projects! $31.5 million dollars will be spent on Gellatly Road,...

Eugenics versus epigenetics

Mar 7, 2017 / 11:01 am

The rise and fall of political leaders parallel to a biology term: nature versus nurture or more precisely eugenics versus epigenetics, as well as ostracizing a...

Benefits for the Shuswap

Mar 6, 2017 / 3:04 pm

When our government released this year’s provincial budget, I was excited for seniors and families in the Shuswap to experience its benefits. Balanced...

Fog and dividing lines

Mar 6, 2017 / 10:48 am

What's up with the fog and dividing lines on the highways around Vernon? They seem to have gotten narrower and nonexistent at intersections, and are...

Distracted driving

Mar 6, 2017 / 10:44 am

On March 03, 2017, you had the most interesting and morally impacting video that had been taken by a concerned (and justifiably so) “caring gal called...

Our "billion-dollar industry"

Mar 6, 2017 / 10:35 am

According to a report on Castanet, tourism in the Central Okanagan is a billion-dollar industry. This is understandable as the Okanagan is a four season...

The people undivided

Mar 6, 2017 / 9:57 am

It’s happened twice, now. People at public forums have been busy talking about the problem of the park takeover, and they’ve seamlessly slipped into...

Reject Steelhead LNG

Mar 6, 2017 / 9:53 am

Open letter: UBCIC calls on BC and Canada to reject the Steelhead LNG Project Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Premier Christy Clark and Ministers Polak and...

Our deep water pull-out

Mar 3, 2017 / 11:57 am

It is about time... stop the insanity. It makes no sense to destroy a tourist facility to build a tourist facility telling tourists where the tourist...

Miles away from metric?

Mar 3, 2017 / 11:51 am

So, how can anyone possibly take your "metric" survey results as meaningful when you left out one of the most commonly used measurements with both...

Tired of waiting

Mar 3, 2017 / 11:35 am

Open letter to the Salmon Arm RCMP: Our sister Deanna went missing last summer in the middle of the night with no trace as to where or how. Since the extensive...

$20,000,000 to abortion

Mar 3, 2017 / 11:02 am

Trump is defunding International Abortion Related Projects, so now our Federal Government (Justin Trudeau) has committed another $20 million towards Abortion...

Don't like it? Work harder

Mar 2, 2017 / 11:10 am

I went to college as a single mother and now work in healthcare. Any raise, never mind a whole 50 cents, is unheard of. I'm now back in college to once...

No danger to the public?

Mar 2, 2017 / 11:05 am

Re: Jeep shot up on Sexsmith – But no danger to the public! The police say they believe this was a targeted “hit” and the public is not in...

No smoking not enforced?

Mar 2, 2017 / 10:51 am

In November 2016, I had an appointment at KGH and there were smokers sitting on the front benches in front of the entry to building. I kindly told them,...

Bills causing energy poverty

Mar 2, 2017 / 10:04 am

Open letter to Norm Letnick, MLA: We are sending you a copy of our latest electricity bill that is outrageous! So outrageous that we are now living in a very...

Time for a real change

Mar 2, 2017 / 9:36 am

I have never voted for NDP in my life - their history of failures in this country leads me to believe that has been (mostly) a smart idea. But the BC...

Council notification period

Mar 1, 2017 / 2:26 pm

The explanation given by Kelowna’s City Clerk as to why the many, many letters and representations made by Kelowna citizens against the proposed location...

Minimum wage

Mar 1, 2017 / 2:23 pm

It's a joke what the minimum wage is in BC. Most jobs that are held by people that get paid minimum wage work for big companies that make millions. This is...

Happy ending for Mitzu

Mar 1, 2017 / 12:19 pm

After 5 days of searching, with volunteers through Paws it Forward, and many more who saw the news story; Mitzu has been found! Day after day, the sightings...

Licensing dog, cat breeders

Mar 1, 2017 / 10:46 am

No matter what the law states there are those who will choose to ignore it. The same thing will happen with the requirement for dog and cat breeders to have a...

How far we've come

Mar 1, 2017 / 9:27 am

Inspiring advances in FASD research in Canada: This week UBC is hosting the world’s largest FASD research conference. The 7th International Conference on...

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