Focus on pollution not climate change

Dear Editor:

Our government hires about 40 scientists to produce “their” view of climate change. These scientists know where their paycheque comes from so they make sure their boss receives the “news” that they were hired for.

Regarding climate, the world’s climate has never been “normal,” it has always been in constant flux — changing. This is a fact. We think in one hundred years, climate has been here before millions of years and has always been in flux — changing. Three hundred years ago, we experienced a minor ice age and 10,000 years ago we had 2 km thick ice in the northern part of the world.

Our government scientists do not talk about this because it is not in the “present” and this is the focus of the government to have something to “tax” — Trudeau’s carbon tax.

Sure, climate is changing, it always is but do you really think carbon tax is going to alter this? I have lakeshore property in Rutland to sell you — no carbon tax there.

I ask Trudeau, why the focus on climate change? This is the easy way out. Try focusing on pollution if you want to be popular. With all the chemical manufacturing going on, plastics and so on, we do not have a plan to deal with pollution of water, air and soil. Most of the public does not know what pollution is produced just to make white toilet paper for their rear end comfort.

Mr. Trudeau, the focus is on the wrong end — carbon tax is not the answer — curbing pollution first.

Jorgen Hansen

Kelowna

Our cultural revolution

Dear Editor:

In the anarchy of the so called Cultural Revolution, between 1966 and 1976, the Chinese people had not merely been terrorized by their leaders, but had themselves become the agents of their own chaos. Chairman Mao revived his political fortunes on the hero worship of the young, the infamous Red Guards, on the fantasy of a society without authority.

China turned into a terrified collective madness. As one man put it: “Whatever Chairman Mao said was right, God given. Our heads were empty, Perhaps we had gone mad. We didn’t think at all”. (Thubron.) Forty years on and this period of intellectual chaos is looked upon in horror by the world and succeeding generations in China.

Is not this what is happening in our world at this time? All kinds of absurdities are now dished out to us and deafness awaits those who bring up the beauty of sacrificial love and truth in the human heart. Today’s world-wide liberal agenda places widespread divorce and abortion as institutions alongside marriage. What message are we giving to the rising generations?

The Pride flag was raised over the Irish government building last week, showing commitment to support and assist the LGBT+ community. Not a single word from this group to support traditional families while this step would really enhance their own call for understanding and a place in the world of dignity and truth. Does this world not need a humility week? Are we the viewers not being brutally treated, no longer allowed to think for ourselves?

The Chinese Cultural Revolution lasted 10 years and ended when defiant students, sickened with Mao’s cruelty towards those who had minds of their own, flooded into Tiananmen Square to raise a hill of wreaths in memory of those who stood up for freedom and truth. These martyrs were brutally suppressed but not in vain. It is now called the 1989 democracy movement.

We can learn much from the Chinese relinquishing all responsibility, all self to Mao and his Red Guards. We can begin to recognize with repentance “that modern man has allowed himself to be confined to a bunker in which there are no windows” (Pope Benedict). He gets a feed in on what to believe from the media everyday.

The bunker has been fashioned in this way way to shut out mystery. The members stumble around in the bunker wondering why it doesn’t satisfy all their questions; the surging desires inside of them are not satisfied. (Two large cities in Ireland last week had to be assured by the chief of police that law and order could be re-established there).The biggest victims are the children who are told nothing of their infinite longings and the fragility of their sexual development. The church’s great task in our time, is simply to set people free from that Bunker existence. This is the only institution capable of doing this and the forces of evil know this instinctively.

Fr. Harry Clarke

Kelowna

Concerned about noise pollution

Dear Editor:

Building massive high-density structures on one of the busiest roads in the city, at a time when motorcycles, trucks, and cars no longer are required to have mufflers installed, borders insanity.

The residents who will be living in those 168-unit, five-storey wood structures on the corner of Cooper and Benvoulin, will be required to install “deci-damps” in their ears should they ever want to sit on their balconies, that barely will be 100 feet from the centerline of Benvoulin Ave.

Higher densities are not the solution to the spiralling increases in the price for housing in BC, and insisting on adding 20,000 more people to our population will only compound the problems facing the city, while it’s struggling with a severe lack of infrastructure without a clear path to finding the money.

Treating the official community plan as a fluid document, by amending it to suit the whim of the developers every time they apply for a zoning and development permit, the city’s long-term estimates for infrastructure development is also complete fiction.

While subsidies at a glance seems attractive, they only exacerbate the issue, as they only serve to further inflate the cost of housing, as prospective home buyers are perceived to be able to pay more for those homes.

Increasing densities will also result in radical changes to the laid-back semi-rural lifestyle we have every right to, and already are paying dearly for.

Considering the average household in B.C. is about 2.5 people per housing unit, it is anticipated a total of about 420 people could be living in this tight cluster of buildings.

Using a generally accepted standard of 30 square meters of green space per resident, an additional 3.0 acres in addition to the existing 3.3 acres, will be required to provide an acceptable amount of green space for this development.

The buildings are also far too close together to provide residents with any element of privacy, and those skinny green strips wrapped around them do not qualify as play or recreational areas.

Like the Central Green development on the corner of Richter St. and Harvey Ave., this is another high-density big city slum-style development that is totally out of character with our beautiful city.

It’s also disturbing to see developers breaking ground on agricultural lands and installing temporary power supply while city council is still considering the application for re-zoning that land.

 The message is obvious, the developer already knows he will get the zoning change, and public meetings have become irrelevant – to this city council.

Andy Thomsen

Kelowna

Problem is location and not the concept

Dear Editor:

Judging from the many heated conversations going on now about supportive housing in Kelowna, two things seem clear.  Most citizens don't want housing in residential neighbourhoods for the homeless who also happen to be addicts and/or mentally ill. Most residents are OK with housing near them for those who don't have those issues, who simply can't afford accommodations in our expensive city.

So, the problem appears to be about the location, not the concept. 

Here’s a possible solution.

A few months ago the city bought a large parcel of land near UBCO and the Glenmore landfill, for nearly $12 million.  An friend of Mayor Colin Basran was planning to build a large housing development there before the real estate market cooled. 

We already own the land. 

It’s close to an existing bus route to downtown, for specialized services. There’s no nearby neighbours. It’s large enough to build an on-site treatment centre and even a skills-training building.

If you think this would be a good idea for Kelowna, please email your thoughts to: mayorandcouncil@kelowna.ca

Al Janusas

Kelowna

Playground near drug rehab facility

Dear Editor:

Recently Mayor Colin Basran remarked that no child has ever been killed by a resident of a low-barrier, harm-reduction housing development.

Five months ago, mayor and council unanimously approved a low-barrier housing development (wet facility) at 2025 Agassiz Road which we understand will house 52 male active drug users. All within 30-300 metres of over 700 mostly senior residents.

Then, just recently, the mayor confirmed that a $300,000 children’s playground will soon be built directly across the street and only 30 metres from this wet facility.

Only 30 metres separating active drug users and children. Does this make sense to anyone other than our mayor and council?

Susan Herwig

Kelowna

No enforcement on bad cyclists

Dear Editor:

I have some grave concerns that Mayor Colin Basran has not addressed.

He has all these wonderful taxpayer-paid bike lanes. However, he has not addressed the traffic laws for bicycles. They have the same rules of the road as cars.

However, every day I see no helmets, no reflectors and no lights on bikes that are moving around the city. Also, they ride on the wrong side of the road.

They do not use turn signals and ride all over the sidewalks. We have some very polite bike riders in this city that follow the traffic rules and laws. However, we have a lot more bike riders that have no thoughts of the rules of the road or the laws.

I walk between Raymer Ave. and the Guisichan Shopping Center on the sidewalk. Just this year, I have been just about been mowed down by bike riders riding on the sidewalk and do not pay attention to those walking. I have just about been mowed down these riders 10 to 15 times since January. Just last Monday, a bike rider was riding on the sidewalk doing around 20 km on the sidewalk and would not move.

I had to move or be knocked down and sent flying. I was the one expected to move.

When driving around town, you now have to look for bike riders going the wrong way (which most people do not look for) as they are supposed to have and obey the same rules of the road as cars. They are also riding without helmets, which is against the law.

Why is nothing being done about these riders who are breaking the law? Does the mayor care?

We as pedestrians should not have to worry about bike riders knocking us down as we are walking on the sidewalk. Also, we should not have to pay the medical bills of those bikers who get hurt because they are not wearing helps or riding on the wrong side of the street. I am becoming very tired of these people flaunting the laws and ignoring the laws and rules of the road.

I am expecting an answer from the mayor to all the questions that I have asked and hope that the proper channels are taken to address cyclists who are breaking the law.

The sidewalks and roads need to be safe for everyone.

Joanne Swain

Kelowna

Sensible alternatives to fireworks displays

Dear Editor:

I am asking that municipalities ban actual fireworks for the July 1 Canada Day and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

I have long believed fireworks to be idiotic and harmful. They hurt people, animals, birds and the water/land in our environment.

A recent Globe and Mail article titled “Ka-boom: Fireworks are awful,” quoted above lists with many detailed examples of that harm.

And the last information I had was that it cost over $75,000 for the July 1 and December 31 fireworks in Penticton, a couple of years ago. What a waste of money on a one-time performance.

There are alternatives to invest in instead: concert-style pyrotechnical displays have been used in Banff. Vancouver uses a light show in its summer musical programs on the water. Choreographed illuminated drones were used in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Please use sense when investing those cents.

Deborah Webb

Penticton

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