Time for change

Civic Elections will soon be upon us, hopefully numerous of the incumbents will be replaced. It would be refreshing to have a Mayor and Council devoted to the Majority. 

Kelowna is a great place if you ride a bike, take the bus, or make campaign contributions to further your agenda. Obviously Costco does not fall into these categories as unlike other developments where zoning and planning are set aside they have received nothing but roadblocks in there attempts to relocate. What is wrong with this picture?

Grid lock is not coming to Kelowna it is here. We now have John Hindle Drive but there is no mention of any four lane expansion of Glenmore Road. We have spent thousands on lights for the rail trail (we now have 2 at the base of Dilworth) to further impede the flow of traffic. Whatever has happened to the North End connector? It should have been completed ahead of the rail trail.

Current Council would have us walk, cycle or bus, these are great alternatives but don’t work for many of us.  We can’t all live in downtown Kelowna. I can’t get my ice cream and frozen foods home on the bus. While many people may have more than one vehicle we can still drive only one at a time.
My vote will be going to those who will improve our overgrown road infrastructure. Where do our civic candidates stand on these issues?

Bruce Williams


A form of defense

When we on the motorcycles ride/commute through our city of congestion, the no look lane changes by almost of the cars and tucks out there Is a constant battle. It’s our right to have a form of self defense that we rely on hourly to stay alive!

Everyone would start complaining that we are starting to use our horns more if we didn’t have loud pipes.

Loud pipes saves lives!

James fowler

Protest was not for cause

The protesters at the Ribfest event we not there to protest fundraising for JoeAnna’s house in anyway shape or form. In fact, in a video posted by the protesters they clearly state that they are not there to protest that.

What they were protesting is the unimaginable abuse and suffering of the animals that were murdered for that event. They were protesting the irony that its was raising money to help people, or earthlings which we all are, who are suffering and in pain. Wouldn’t you agree that it’s ironic to raise money for one creature who is suffering and in pain while murdering another creature.

They were also protesting the ironic fact that it was raising money for children who suffer from health problems by selling a product that the World Health Organization classifies as a group 1 and 2 cancer causing  carcinogenic

There are ethical ways to raise money for very worth while causes, like the JoeAnna’s house, but killing and cooking animals just isn’t one of them.

Stephen Caddy


ICBC responds to column

Re: “Focus on your recovery,” Sept. 4

Mr. Hergott’s most recent column points out the current limitations of ICBC’s accident benefits program.

But, what he fails to acknowledge is those issues will no longer be a problem with the changes we are introducing at ICBC – changes that will ensure those injured in a crash will be able to truly focus on their rehabilitation and recovery.

First off, the overall limit for medical care and recovery expenses recently increased to $300,000 up from $150,000. These additional funds will now benefit anyone who has been seriously injured as of Jan. 1, 2018.

And more improvements are on their way. Starting April of next year, ICBC will pay more per treatment so customers aren’t left out of pocket. More types of services will be covered, such as kinesiology, acupuncture, counselling and massage therapy. Also, we are consulting with healthcare providers to determine the appropriate amount of pre-authorized treatments so that customers have quick access to the care they need. Other benefits such as wage loss supplements, home support and alternative therapy will also increase significantly. 

But, most importantly, the decisions around which medical providers and the types of treatments used will continue to be made by the customer, and the decisions around that care and number of treatments required will be determined by a medical provider – not by ICBC.

Our new model is focused squarely on our customers and working with them to get the care they need throughout their road to recovery. We are working very hard, including consulting with the medical community, to ensure we meet that expectation by April 2019.

Joanna Linsangan

Media Relations, ICBC

Memories across the miles

I am following up a connection between our two countries regarding acts of kindness by Canadian citizens to families in England during the Second World War.

My grandfather died at a very early age as a result of lung disease incurred in his trade as a French polisher, leaving my grandmother a young widow with two daughters aged 10 and six.  

He died shortly after the outbreak of the war.  

My grandmother received parcels from a woman who lived in Kelowna. She and this lady also corresponded, sharing photographs.

I had heard these stories from my mother while I was growing up, and since my mother died in November last year, I have discovered the pictures in an album, complete with a postcard of Kelowna.

I am hoping a descendant of this kind lady might  make contact.

My grandmother lived in High Wycombe in England.

Anna Phillips, U.K.

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