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Jurisdiction over Aboriginals

Apr 29, 2016 / 5:04 pm
Re: Ottawa has jurisdiction over all indigenous people. We are all equal under the law - except you, and you, and you, and you ... The federal judiciary has been busy, exercising its colonial prerogatives, and has made a number of rulings over the years, creating several classes of...

What will it take?

Apr 29, 2016 / 3:32 pm
Why is it that we have to wait until countless people lose their lives before we act? Is our government so self-involved that they can’t see past their fat salaries and healthy “stipends” (a new term for “you owe me a favour”)? Distracted driving is becoming an...

Re: Out of fiscal control

Apr 29, 2016 / 3:07 pm
The recent letter by Jim Sutherland was, in my opinion, on point and probably speaks for many of us. I am certainly no political expert, but a couple things Mr. Sutherland spoke of I can definitely relate to. A couple years ago I started a weekly newsletter “The Feed Newspaper” and...

Canadian flag neglected

Apr 29, 2016 / 9:52 am
The flag that is continually raised in front of Joe Rich Firehall 51 is a mess. Anyone can see that it has been neglected, left to fly in ripped condition, discoloured and disrespected. After contacting local authorities to bring this to their attention, we found that no action has been taken to...

Security and access to parks

Apr 28, 2016 / 2:45 pm
At a time when our Okanagan population is not only aging, but mobility is becoming a challenge, has the city or the regional district proposed the notion of creating accessibility to all on the greenway in mission park and the rails to trails initiative? At this time, both parks are inadequate...

Re: Up in smoke

Apr 27, 2016 / 2:39 pm
Re: Going up in smoke I agree that having homes growing cannabis plants in densely-populated neighbourhoods isn't really the best solution, but switching over to industrial-type operations isn't ideal either. This product is best cultivated by those who know and care about it, not...

Out of fiscal control

Apr 27, 2016 / 1:48 pm
Castanet reports "Kelowna property owners could face significant tax increases over the next five years." Why this news should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who's followed the Letters to the Editor feature on Castanet over the last year would be beyond belief. Letter...
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Ogopogo classic

Apr 27, 2016 / 1:36 pm
Remember in the 80's, when Coca-cola changed its secret recipe after 100 very successful years? It was a huge disaster. Almost broke the company. The same group that came up with that idea, now work for the city Kelowna. Yes, in their wisdom, they have decided to scrap the Ogopogo! So...

Support for new centre

Apr 27, 2016 / 1:19 pm
I would like to submit my support for the new visitor centre proposed by Tourism Kelowna. As an operator of a tourism based business in Kelowna, I believe we need to move to the next level of service and amenities for our visitors, residents and their friends and family. We have a spectacular...

Going up in smoke

Apr 26, 2016 / 3:50 pm
It wasn’t all that long ago that discovering a grow-op in our city would result in police action, drug seizures, and even confiscation of cash and property of those engaging in producing this illegal drug. Now, here we are in 2016, and things have radically changed and we should be very...

Respect the covenant

Apr 26, 2016 / 2:16 pm
I question just how stupid Toursim Kelowna thinks the people of Kelowna are? The argument that the visitor centre needs to be on the lakefront to showcase the beauty of the area and entice visitors to stay and do more is pathetic. In case the folks from Tourism Kelowna haven’t noticed,...

Fintry for Tourist Centre

Apr 25, 2016 / 2:47 pm
To the Mayor and Council, The recent news of Sharon Simpson evoking the Covenant for the proposed Tourist Information Centre at the foot of Queensway has perhaps provided another opportunity for the City to consider utilizing the Fintry Queen for this purpose. An ideal location for the ship...

Re: Tourism Centre location

Apr 25, 2016 / 12:02 pm
After meeting with the CEO of Tourism Kelowna and their Board Chair, I have sent the following letter: I appreciate that your association feels a central pedestrian friendly site is more appropriate to today’s tourist who has likely already searched out, online, the various activities,...

Thanks KGH!

Apr 25, 2016 / 11:54 am
I had to stop everything and get this down in writing, before I forget. Today was my first day back home after spending 8 of the most excruciatingly painful days of my life as a guest of KGH. If you think I'm about to start bashing our medical system, you are wrong. I was admitted into...

Proposed new float design

Apr 25, 2016 / 11:48 am
Get rid of the Ogopogo on our float and replace it with the stunning and awe-inspiring theme of "outdoor recreation"? We could be confused with Revelstoke or Whistler, for Pete's sake. Who are these people on City staff? Sound like a bunch of whippersnappers to me. They talk about...

Kelowna will have its Centre

Apr 22, 2016 / 2:16 pm
The public's objection to the tourism centre has been focused on its location and cost. Whether or not you believe Tourism Kelowna's argument that a physical location is needed, the discussion has been exhausted. Kelowna will have its Tourism Centre as proposed. But there is yet...

Re: Why not the Bluff?

Apr 22, 2016 / 2:10 pm
Just wanted to write a quick response to the letter posted under the aforementioned title, asking why the Bluff lands are not used for uses such as the new Tourism Centre etc. It also makes mention of the unsightly billboards as well. It should be pointed out, that these lands are not operated by...

Wrong location for centre

Apr 22, 2016 / 2:06 pm
Just wondering if anyone has thought about using the old McDonald's site for a new tourism centre? That area is an eyesore and is not being used. There is plenty of parking and it is the first thing you see when you enter Kelowna from the bridge. It seems to me that there is a perfectly...

Should the bullies win?

Apr 21, 2016 / 3:36 pm
Not in my opinion. We live in a free democratic society where we have the right (if we meet certain criteria) to vote in elections and take part in any other electoral process. The City of West Kelowna has invoked the use of the Alternative Approval Process to borrow some $10.5 million to build...

Wrong location for centre

Apr 21, 2016 / 11:02 am
It's great to read the thoughtful letters regarding the obtrusive tourism building proposed for our downtown waterfront. The logic and facts presented by many make it pretty clear that this location and size is simply not necessary. What people may also not realize is that should it turn...

A couple of thoughts

Apr 21, 2016 / 10:58 am
I have a couple of thoughts here. One is about the $8,000,000 for a trail to walk on. Rip out the train tracks and make a path. The money would be better spent on a school or the homeless or the hungry, wouldn't it? That makes more sense to me anyways. Secondly, the cyclists in Kelowna...

Why not the Bluff?

Apr 20, 2016 / 3:27 pm
It’s not been mentioned in the dialogue so far, but the Bluff location just up the hill from the bridge would be a fabulous location for the Tourism/Visitor centre. There is convenient highway access, plenty of space for RV parking and the like, gorgeous panoramic views of the whole...

Saving pets up poles

Apr 20, 2016 / 2:18 pm
I would like to think that BC Hydro make enough money to look after events like this one, which does not happen too often. It would not be safe for an untrained person to go up such an electrical pole, and may even cause harm to themselves or damage to the power pole causing a power...

No better location?

Apr 20, 2016 / 2:14 pm
Is the Kelowna Council taking money under the table? I can’t think of any other explanation. I took a rare walk along the waterfront yesterday and my partner pointed out the space that has been allocated for a new tourist bureau. I was really astonished. It is right in the centre of...

Amphitheatre concerns

Apr 20, 2016 / 11:11 am
I am writing to express my concern and dissatisfaction with the plan to build an amphitheatre in the gully below the Okanagan College. It feels like such a violation to be told that this project is going ahead without a public consultation process. It will surely have an impact on the value of our...

Position on amphitheatre

Apr 20, 2016 / 10:56 am
I would like to clarify the Okanagan College Board’s position on the Okanagan Summer Festival Society’s proposal for an amphitheatre on our Vernon Campus, a topic that has generated public and media interest in recent weeks. It should be noted that this is not a College-driven...

A proud Canadian company

Apr 19, 2016 / 2:15 pm
Last week, Ms. Niemier alleged that the process of selecting a tour operator/agency was unfair and that Collette should not have been chosen due to its United States affiliation. At the time, we pointed out many inconsistencies with this letter and would like to draw attention to specific pieces of...

Sports fields overwatering

Apr 19, 2016 / 2:07 pm
To our city council: Seeing as water is apparently your top priority this year, why not cut back on the wasteful use of it on the sports fields? Try the conservative approach. Water twice a week and see how it goes instead of the daily deluge. The pitchers mounds alone could save hundreds of...

Save pets up poles?

Apr 19, 2016 / 1:42 pm
As the person who had to create a social media storm in order for BC Hydro to rescue the cat in Princeton, this video enraged me. The cat wasn't up just any pole, it was up a 60ft, 138,000 volt live electricity pole. Anyone besides trained individuals with special equipment could end up...

Bike paths

Apr 19, 2016 / 1:32 pm
I do find it a bit confusing as why bike lanes are placed in main through ways, where you know fully well that a larger vehicle can be very close to swiping or even taking you out. I would have to say that the city road planners should seriously take a better look at the bike lanes and...

Why the rush?

Apr 18, 2016 / 2:53 pm
In a recent letter to the editor, Mr. Ballingall stated that Kelowna should have a first class tourist information centre and that the proposed site for the new tourist information building was an excellent choice. While we agree that Kelowna should have a first class tourist information centre,...

Safe cyclist routes

Apr 18, 2016 / 2:45 pm
It was such an irony today for me to read the news about the cyclist who was killed in a crash. Just the past week, at UBC Okanagan, myself and fellow 3rd year management students were tasked with helping to solve the City’s major transportation problem. We were asked to solve the...

Chamber misleads members

Apr 18, 2016 / 2:26 pm
The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce needs to learn to check their facts! Whether you are a tour professional, a Chamber of Commerce employee or a consumer, it is easy to find answers on the Internet today. I did a bit of research regarding the Chamber’s claim that Collette Vacations is a...

Step in the right direction

Apr 18, 2016 / 2:04 pm
As a tourism business owner and a longtime resident of Kelowna, I fully support the relocation of the Kelowna Visitor Centre. I am excited about the proposal to relocate the centre to the Queensway Jetty downtown. This is certainly a step in the right direction and a move that needs to be made with...

We deserve BC's best

Apr 15, 2016 / 2:05 pm
I have been catching up on some letters to the editor over the last few days after celebrating Big White Ski Resort’s most successful season in history. I was interested in some of your reader’s point of views on the proposed Kelowna tourism information centre. If there is one thing...

Unfairly blamed

Apr 14, 2016 / 3:28 pm
I am deeply upset by the misinformation that is included in the story about a new born baby being hurt on a Kelowna bus. Hip dysplasia is a birth defect where the hip socket does not form properly, allowing the hip to partially or fully dislocate. A quick Google search and a little research by...

Hard drive ransom scam

Apr 14, 2016 / 12:30 pm
This morning I received a phone call that was a scam. A woman called me (I don't know how she got my phone number) to tell me that Windows 10 had a driver that runs in the background and that it stops the computer. I was not on my computer at the time of the call and she told me to...

Hockey needs change

Apr 13, 2016 / 2:07 pm
In light of the story you covered earlier this week about the appalling behaviour of some hockey parents in Osoyoos, please publish this feel good story. I would like to introduce to you a very special 9-year-old passionate hockey player, my nephew, Rex Rhyno. He and his family of 8 live in...

Help shape hall's future

Apr 12, 2016 / 3:20 pm
Re: Help shape hall's future (April 4) George Basran said "everything from electrical, to windows, even flooring is original" in the Rutland Centennial Hall. A new roof was put on just 3 years ago for $52,000. Todd Sanderson said "the building has fallen into disrepair, the...

Re: Tax assessment notice

Apr 12, 2016 / 3:06 pm
Thank you for your comments on the Parcel Tax Assessment Notice and we can appreciate your concerns. Just to let you know, we receive all the property information detail from BC Assessment which is also available to you through their E-Value website at http://evaluebc.bcassessment.ca/. Please feel...
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