Demonstrators need investigating

Dear Editor:

Want to support our security agency CSIS? Looking into the pipeline demonstrators is what they should be doing. Also follow any suspicious money transfers. Wish we had a law that only federal and provincial taxpayers can demonstrate.

Mike Polvere

Peachland

Property on the lakeshore available

Dear Editor:

There’s only one major barrier to people trying to walk the lakeshore between Gyro and Rotary — two of Kelowna’s most popular beaches. It’s the broken-stone break-walls at three consecutive properties just north of Rotary Beach.

The great news is that all three of these parcels are currently available. The real estate market has cooled, so they’re relatively affordable, for now. The city has stated that it would buy properties like these, keep ownership of a narrow strip of land along the shore, then resell the remainder.

This sliver of public land would have a boardwalk installed to link the existing lakefront parks and beaches together.

The bad news is that, so far, the city has refused to take advantage of this very rare opportunity. City council has said it would open up our shore using this process. Time for them to put words into action.

If you support this cost-effective way to increase public access to our lakefront, please email your thoughts to our mayor at: cbasran@kelowna.ca

Al Janusas

PLANKelowna

Scheer has better climate policies

Dear editor:

Re: “The best way to beat addiction,” Courier letter, July 5).

Curt Eaton’s letter is pure malarkey. Let me paraphrase it for readers.

It’s no secret that economists and politicians are addicted to the most recent preachings on climate science. They’ll stand on their pulpits and create images surrounding tobacco and other addictions.

As much as we’ve made huge progress in the last 40 years on environmental regulation, I don’t know and have never met a person that says an economist or politician knows how to spend our money as well as we do.

They trot out tools like supply-and- demand theory, tell us that an apocalypse is imminent and say they’re being careful to analyze data. Will people smoke less if they have to pay double for cigarettes? Perhaps. They’ll also buy less apples, visit farmers markets less frequently and so on if they have less money because of a tax.

It’s common sense.

Collectively, people like Eaton fail to identify the root cause of the problem and hope to win the war on climate change and reduce our carbon footprints. The truth is, the politicians, climate change and taxation advocates and a lot of scientists are more addicted to our cash than we are on fossil fuels.

They want to make it more expensive for us to consume everything and narrowly focus on simple things like fossil fuel.

A carbon tax does this very nicely.

Andrew Scheer has a far more responsible approach based on common sense. As Eaton pointed out on a quote from Scheer: “The carbon tax isn’t simply another Liberal tax grab.

It is ... a classic Liberal bait and switch, promising Canadians a plan to lower emissions and protect the environment and instead delivering nothing but a tax to punish tax payers and pad government revenues.”

Saying federal carbon taxes are returned to the taxpayers in the four affected provinces as a rebate on their tax returns is as stupid as saying let’s create a new tax and the balance is returned to the provinces themselves.

Whether it’s added to a refund from the Canada Revenue Agency or subtracted from the taxes owed, it is money taken from taxpayer pockets that never should have been so taxpayers can spend it on whatever taxpayers choose.

Wayne Llewellyn

Penticton

Disagrees with wet room policy

Dear Editor:

I have just visited someone who lives in an apartment on Agassiz Road in Kelowna.  I see that the land is being prepared for the building to house the homeless. While I am not against this specifically, I do think it is the wrong place for such a building.

I do not agree with supplying “wet rooms” for these addicts to shoot up in.  They are exactly that, addicts and there should be more help for them rather than supplying them with a place to use their drugs.  

It’s my understanding it’s illegal to use these drugs and yet the powers that be are allowing it to happen with no consequences — in fact they are condoning it by building accommodations with wet rooms, which is what the building on Agassiz is going to accommodate.

Also, I couldn’t help but think what a lovely park that piece of land would make for the people in the area. Kelowna is growing too fast and too rampant because the council is allowing all these developers to come in and rape our town.

I have lived here since 1957, got married here, my husband was born here, we had our children here and what I see happening to this town is very upsetting.

I originally came from England where, like all of Europe, there is lots of green space and parks in their communities because they planned wisely in the first place. 

I am very disappointed with Kelowna council and will not be voting for this current mayor or some of the council members again. We need a council that will put more thought into how to develop a community and to listen more to the people who pay taxes and our public servant’s wages.  

It seems to me that everything gets rammed through and decisions are made ahead of council meetings, of which I have been to many. No one listens to the folks of Kelowna, their input means nothing and then the mayor has the audacity to say he is “fed up with people complaining.” 

What an arrogant remark to make.

Just heard on the local news that the old RCMP property is up for sale. Here we go again methinks, another developer rubbing his hands together. I think that area would be a good place to build a homeless shelter as all the amenities would be available for them to push their carts around, in front of city hall.

God help the people on Agassiz Road and what they are going to have to put up with.

Judith Wagner

Kelowna

Taco Time over another Starbucks

Dear editor:

To Kelowna city councillors, I’m confused by all of you.

Over the past several weeks there has been discussion by council regarding a few different issues in our city.

You debate at length regarding drive-thrus in Kelowna businesses and publicly say, collectively, to hold back on having more of them. Then you vote for a new Starbucks in the Dilworth Plaza and a drive-thru that can handle more cars than what can go through the Taco Time drive-thru.

What makes this even more distasteful is you support this change, accept an out-of- country run coffee company that gives nothing back to the community and won’t support a local Canadian company who has been in the location for over 30 years and supports local kids sports and events.

Did your read that — local Canadian company that supports or city and the kids in it?

For what? What makes this a good idea? We really need another coffee store with a Tim Hortons already breaking ground less than a block away?

You, council, need to listen to the people who put you there.

The wet supportive housing is another issue that you need to listen to the people. Creating this location, with this much opposition is an issue that may be the beginning of people taking things into their own hands when their property and family is disrespected by the people that are supposedly there to be helped.

One last comment. With all the conversation you have regarding downtown and the homeless issues, how many of you have actually gone downtown and observed what is happening on a personal visit basis? Have you gone on a walk with the RCMP or the bylaw folks to actually see what they are dealing with?

A small rant by a citizen who cares.

Dave McClellan

Kelowna

History and joys of horse racing

Dear Editor:

Kissed by sunlight and embraced by a field of 14 thoroughbreds, the 160th edition of North America’s oldest, continuously run horse race, Toronto’s Queen’s Plate, was run on June 29.

A black, ridgeling, One Bad Boy, led from start to finish for his California owners, to pot the winner’s share of the $1 million and the Silver Plate valued at 50 guineas from Queen Elizabeth II.

The all-weather, synthetic Woodbine track was used and the race was nationally shown on CTV with Lloyd Robertson and  Hall of Fame analyst Jim Bannon.

For the past two years, fillies have won the Plate. In 2019, the filly Desert Ride and her co-favourite, Skywire were also-rans.  The winter-book favourite, Avie’s Flatter finished second.

The Queen’s Plate wasn’t always open to all Canadian-bred three-year-olds. From its start, in 1860, the race was only open to horse foaled in Upper Canada.

My Dad’s horse, Joey was bred in the dinosaur’s land around Drumheller. As a two-year-old, Joey won four of his six races, along with a second and a third, while capturing the coveted Winnipeg Futurity.

Despite the recommendation of Jim Speers, manager of the Prairie Thoroughbred Breeder’s and Racing Association, to accept Joey into the, then King’s Plate, his entry was turned down.

From 1930 to 1940, Joey won more money than any other Canadian-bred racehorse and his significance helped raise $58,500 for our Allies’ World War II Victory Bonds. 

In 1940, Joey was voted the most popular horse in B.C. Joey had charisma, courage and heart. His tiny and slim, 650 pound, black-body is buried in Stampede Park’s infield.

In 1944, a Western Canadian-bred colt, Cum Laude, owned by B.C.’s Dr. L. H. Appleby, ran in the King’s Plate and finished fifth It wasn’t until 1965, that a Western Canadian bred won the Plate. His name was Whistling Sea and his dam, B. Fast had been a stablemate of my Dad’s horse, Fay’s Hope. 

My Dad died in 1950 and I promised him to write Joey’s book. With my late, wife Sue’s help, I wrote “JOEY, Calgary’s Horse and Racing’s Hall of Famers.” 

I have five copies of the book and if anyone is interested in buying one, please phone me at 250-862-2671.

Leo “Puckshot” Jacques

Kelowna

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