Was anyone consulted?

Re: Homeless site on the move

Has anyone heard the homeless camp is moving to a new temporary location?

The plan is to plant vegetation to “hide and beautify” the camp and provide soft ground to allow the tent pegs to be hammered in easier. The rail trail entrance East side of Richter will be through the new camp or at least beside it.

Several businesses within 100 metres have lone female office staff this could be an extreme threat to their safety, not to mention a senior’s apartment overlooking the camp 20 metres away.

Most businesses in the area had NO notice, while a select few had less than 24 hours. The letter was dated April 14, 2021. Work started April 15th 2021 at 7am. There was no other prior notification or contact about the move.

The cost of the new “temporary” camp must be huge. The move involves heavy duty equipment for excavation and landscape boulders, also the planting of greenery. Not to mention the lamp stands, lights and cameras. All this to move the temporary site 100m to the new “temporary” site. The old site had NO businesses within 100m, was a more secure site and had access from 2 roads. The new site has access from 1 road and has several businesses and residences within a 100m. This seems less suitable than the old site.

The city has not defined “temporary”. With the current work being performed and the planned landscaping, it does not seem temporary.

I do see an intercity power transmission pole in the middle of the camp. Is this a safety hazard to the campers? Does the electro magnetic radiation affect the campers? The lamp standards are also under the main transmission lines. Could the high voltage spark across to the lamp stands and electrocute the campers? Does this seem like a suitable site to you? Would you camp there?

Could this spark also back feed into the grid and blow up near by heavy equipment and computers? Was Fortis consulted about this?

Was Canada post consulted? The camp borders the post office through a chain link fence where there is a couple dozen post office vans. The rural route workers and letter carriers work out of this office, most of them are women. What about the safety of these workers? Was the union notified or consulted?

It seems the city has again abandoned tax paying citizens and businesses and increased financial strain on already Covid beaten down businesses. The cost of the increase in theft and vandalism will be down loaded on the neighbouring businesses as well as the increased threat to health and safety

The stain on the reputation and safety of the rail trail tourist attraction will now continue for the foreseeable future.

Alan Ewbank

It's not rocket science

As a person on the local highways three days a week for work, I find that it seems no one is following the rules. I follow license plates from Alberta, Sask, and all the province’s from the east. And I know supposedly the borders closed to all except “essential “ the amount of plates from California, Michigan and states close to border is unbelievable.

This not commercial traffic, this is tourist, motor homes etc. This is without traffic drifting up from the Lower Mainland (dealership stickers on backs of vehicles). This is restriction is not rocket science. Obviously the government’s think it is.

Alec Thurston

Poor excuses

Re: COVID-19 in restaurants

A whopping 1.5% of cases are tied to indoor dining. Yes, you read that correctly, one point five percent, which can mostly be attributed to Whistler. And we all have to suffer the authoritarian restrictions.

Sounds to me like Dr. Bonnie and the gang are trying to justify locking down the entire Province for the bad luck, and perhaps bad behaviors, of a few pocket places. It's an absolute lame duck excuse from what I can tell.

It is medical tyranny that we're under at this point. Forcing us all to suffer the consequences when it could be handled better by region. They didn't even release data for the Interior Health region. Is it possible that there is little or none to offer?

Why should we have to suffer more strain on already struggling businesses when the businesses here aren't a problem?

The virus has a 99% recovery rate, and the median age of those who have died is 85 years old. The average life expectancy in Canada is 82.5 years old. We've had over a year to get this figured out. Enough is enough.

Time to open up! Go out. Do things. Stop living in fear.

Michelle Cartmell


When you gotta go

I have a suggestion for councils' consideration regarding public washroom facilities in urban commercial areas such as Downtown, Pandosy, Landmark, Rutland, etc.

As we are building this city, why not make it a requirement for every so many meters to put a public washroom at street level accessible directly from the side walk. They build it in at their cost and take it out of the development cost charges.

It just makes so much sense, right now as we are building some serious buildings downtown to put this into the design at the early stages, once they are done, it will be very difficult if not impossible to add in at the sidewalks at a later date. I for one don't like the idea of begging a retail merchant to use the washroom because my 9 year old needs to pee as we're downtown for a walk.

Maybe every 150 metres or just every block, I'm sure smarter people than me can figure out the details, but right now is the time to make this forward leap. How far must one walk along the new stretch of Clement before they find a place to pee when they really gotta go. When you want to get people out of their cars more, walkable neighbourhoods and aging populations and such, how can this not be on more peoples minds.

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

Jeff Frank, Kelowna

Take a step back

For me I look around my community and I see people who are having to stop and go with their work and businesses on a monthly basis, if not weekly. This causes many costs that the average person does not see, as it costs to both stop and restart each time your job or business faces interruptions. I personally have not seen enough evidence to support the continuation of travel restrictions within Canada, much less making more of them. It seems to me our health authority keeps doubling down on bad bets and at this point they are so committed to their course that they dare not admit errors in their choices or change direction. This has become a political and social reaction to covid 19 and not one based on common sense and what we are seeing on the ground. We have tried a few approaches and that has done little to nothing empirically speaking to change the numbers as they have promised all these concessions would accomplish. We have imposed in my mind a patch work of travel restrictions that have the clarity of mud and the flexibility of a stone in my view. Once they are shown to not work or to be less than effective the response is to dig a deeper hole and keep going.

Exposures are something that we just have to get used too as part of life going forwards, preventing movement hurts areas and people far more than anything so far in my mind from the virus itself. We have kept imposing more and more rules and all I have seen it do the exact opposite of what they want it to accomplish by implementing them. Let people have the individual choice of how they want to handle this and focus practical resources on elderly, care homes, and those that come into hospitals. It really seems to me we are making this into if you don't agree with the restrictions, you are somehow against common sense. I think we forget that as individuals people are pretty bright and make choices that are best for them and that work for them. People as a group are usually pretty panicky and subject to a lot of knee jerk reactions, with very little positive benefit in situations like this. So if travel makes sense for someone whatever their reasons, that is their choice. I think health authorities need to take a step back and if measures are not working, to not continue to use and ratchet them up even further.

Shawn Hathaway

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