Letters to the editor: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 | Notice
Water scarcity in a valley of lakes
How, by any stretch of the imagination, can we in the Okanagan run out of fresh water? Is this another government scam job or just another case of local government mismanagement?
Have you ever driven from Osoyoos to Vernon? If so, no, well, allow me a little thought here.
Heading north from Osoyoos, on your right, you see Osoyoos Lake – and its duckless pond – it’s huge and teeming with, yes you guessed it, fresh water.
Continue along Route 97 towards little old Oliver and you will have Lake Tuc-el-night and Lake Gallagher. Now continue down the road for a bit and you will pass Vaseux Lake again – a large lake filled with fresh water – then a few miles down Highway 97 you will come to Okanagan Falls which is perched on the edge of a massive lake. called Lake Skaha.
Again all the fresh water.
Hey, don’t stop now that we’re on a wave, so continue along Highway 97 to Penticton – a town wedged between two huge lakes – again full of fresh water. A beach on the south side (Skaha Lake) then on the north side, another gigantic lake called Okanagan Lake and still beautiful fresh water.
But, understand, this lake takes you through communities like Summerland, Peachland, Westbank and Kelowna. The lake continues to Vernon and beyond, but not before you also pass another huge lake called Kalamalka with its glacier-fed fresh water.
Enough you say, we get the message that we have a lot of fresh water.
Well, can I ask why we are having signs of water scarcity during this heat wave?
In British Columbia, we are incredibly lucky. We have lots of everything including fresh water and don’t let the government tell you otherwise! Because, unlike the Lower Mainland, we don’t have the population densities.
Shout out to our Penticton RCMP
Hi, just wanted to send public congratulations to your local RCMP.
On July 14, my motorcycle broke down while I was driving on the Hope-Princeton Highway. It was hot, there was no cell coverage, no one would stop even though I was standing next to a motorbike, trying to take a ride. No one would even stop and say, “We’ll call you a tow truck when we reach cell coverage.”
Finally a guy stopped and I explained my situation. He said, “Go in, I’ll take you!” “
He drove me back to Chilliwack, 150 kilometers away, where I could arrange for my bike to be brought home later that evening.
He was an RCMP officer on leave from Penticton, I have his name but at the time I did not think about getting his permission to share this information. I still hope you will post this grateful letter to say “Thanks to the Penticton RCMP!” Serving the public, even outside the service!
Summerland has problems with politicians
Subject: “Little interest in serving on an advisory board” (Herald, July 14).
I don’t know much about Summerland, although I’ve been to Greyhound or driving or come to bowling or play in a play.
But, I am struck by the problems that were reported in the media there.
A divisive mayor who threw himself into provincial politics, development issues and a city council. Doug Holmes, who apparently insults his hometown newspaper, when the problem is likely with him and the council.
Com. Holmes might want to think before he speaks.
The myth of everything free
Re: “Childcare funding works well in Scandinavian countries”, by Joy Lang (Letters, July 17).
Scandinavia has a wonderful free daycare, but it is not “free”. The income tax rates are 55.9% for Denmark, 56.9% for Finland and 57.2% for Sweden and VAT (GST) adds 20-25%.
If Canadians want all of these wonderful “free” things, be prepared to pay for it, because nothing in life is free. The costs are simply passed on to “everyone” with the cost of tax collection and government administration added on top of that.
In Scandinavia, a beer costs over $ 10 and a pizza over $ 40, so be prepared to pay more for everything along with the higher taxes.
BC Housing and the parole board are confusing
Have a good trip to the Parole Board of Canada. Free Rob Thomas after a paltry jail time for a murder conviction and a history of parole and bail violations for a previous conviction. It makes sense to me.
Well done BC Housing. Continue your foolish plan to destroy the neighborhood around 3240 Skaha Lake Road by pursuing plans to build a “different form of supportive housing” and naming this facility after a derivative of the Syilx language.
My only conclusion is that this facility will house members of the aboriginal community. That being the case, why on earth wouldn’t you put this “Supportive Housing Project” on Penticton Indian Band land?
It only makes sense to me.
Nothing sustainable on the hydroelectric reservoir
Re: “LNG is not an acceptable transitional fuel, according to ex-MLA” (Letters from the Herald, July 17)
While I largely agree with the otherwise excellent letter from former MPP Jim Beattie, I must challenge his idea that “Site C (can) be used … to build an economy of truly sustainable renewable energy in BC while meeting BC’s growing clean energy needs. “
If site C is built, it will be too late for that. There is nothing sustainable, renewable or clean about a hydroelectric reservoir. It is not too late to shut down Site C, and it must be shut down, for our sustainable future.
The great cycle path by Abbott & Costello
The bike path project reminds me of a monologue by Abbott-and-Costello. It revolves around the idea of a manager not knowing what is going on.
The baseball team skit is about “Who’s First; What’s second and I don’t know is third. Apparently the council has adopted some of them in their thinking about the cycle path.
FYI, I’m not anti-cycling. However, the alleged cost of at least $ 8 million seems a bit outrageous to benefit so few people without a direct vote or referendum.
I would venture to assume that there could be 500-600 bikes (more or less) in and around town. The Council has probably not done any research to determine the number of cyclists. Of this number perhaps 100-150 are somewhat casual riders.
The way this path is set up invites disaster, better yet accidents looking for a place to happen. City councilors are busy congratulating themselves even before the big ribbon cut on August 1.
What is the reason for this debacle? What surveys have been carried out and when were they carried out? If so, have the results already been published?
I wonder if any of the following have been thought of: (keep in mind I’m not anti-bike)
• Cyclists do not pay road tax as such
• Cyclists probably don’t have insurance
• The special cyclist interest group, being in the minority, enjoys advantages that cars and their drivers do not obtain.
• Cyclists do not pay license fees
It appears the city missed a golden opportunity to interact with the Penticton Indian Band to develop the canal trail. Not only would this be a much safer route, but it would also lead to the beautification of the canal trail area for an investment of well under $ 8 million.
The whole cycle path would appear to be an exercise in subterfuge. The council, wanting to look good, pledged the bike path to a special interest group so that in the end, the council could proudly show their chest and break the straps. Usually credit is given where credit is due, but what about discredit?
Development of the cycle path; the Trio debacle and the Skaha Marina problem are prime examples of how the city council seems to be burying its head in the proverbial ostrich-style sand and is proud of itself and its accomplishments.
With a record like this, where is there any proof of pride?