Pandosy truly unique neighbourhood

Dear Editor:

We live in the Pandosy Village area. We are seniors and wanted to live in this unique area that allowed for us to live, shop, eat out, bank etc. just like a village. We knew that there would be more condos to come such as Abbott House, West Ave. Lofts, etc., as these were here when we built. We relied on the zoning that was, and is, still in place for this area.

The Groves development has now been revoted by a special request by the mayor. Three weeks earlier, a public hearing was held with 25 people speaking in opposition to the requested zoning. Council had a tie vote that night, which meant the developer could not come back for six months. During this period, the city knowing there were so many residents opposed, could have reviewed the long-term plan for the area going from Pandosy to the lake.

The four councillors opposed were either surprised that the special voting (public not allowed to speak) was held without any new information. The other was not taking a pause on this development to review the plan for the Pandosy village.

The developer never held an open meeting to show the planned project and get feedback from the neighbourhood. Just this fact should have been a reason to have an open house during this period. This development will be higher than Abbott House. This area reminds me of Vancouver’s Kitsilano, and they did this by having low density to preserve this uniqueness.

Abbott Park is a linear park that has access through an archway leading to a beach access. The long-term city plan shows the park continuing to Pandosy Avenue. This alone will make it quite special as it is currently

unknown to most residents. Putting higher-density buildings around this park will make it feel like a tunnel. The children’s playground will be impacted due to lack of sunshine and shadowing.

We are not against density for this area, but want the city to honour the current zoning and respect and listen to the feelings of the neighbourhood. If you want to preserve the Pandosy Village, please let the city know by email, mail, etc. By allowing this development, it has opened the flood gate for the rest of the area. 

Your input may make all the difference.

Marie and Peter Baigent


Trudeau's Liberals grew our economy

Dear Editor:

Andrew Scheer’s foreign policy statement announces closer ties with Donald Trump and mimics him using now tired populist rhetoric claiming “Canada’s needs a PM who stands up to media and elites.”

Scheer puts forth the old-saw; that allies and adversaries respect strength and confidence. He believes Canada’s focus on promoting international peace and presenting our middle-power global status as a respected honest-broker, doesn’t understand the changing times.

Scheer’s plan is a re-issue of Harper-era world view; of a sterner, moralizing and muscular foreign policy that picks sides. He promises to join the Americans and stand against China’s hegemony and move Canada’s embassy to Jerusalem. He will pull Canada out of the Paris Climate Accord and continues to fuel uncertainty with corrosive rhetoric about immigration.

Scheer would capitulate to American demands on NAFTA, deluding himself; concessions do not make Americans friendlier. For Trump the disrupter, political damage is a by-product. As an authoritarian, public vindication of winning is primary; respecting post war alliances and agreements are not.

This pro-American stance puts Stephen Harper’s July 2, 2018 secret White House meeting with Secretary of State John Bolton in a new light.

In 2015, Justin Trudeau chose not to cut, but to invest in Canada’s human capital. New child care benefits, lowered taxes on the middle class, increased taxes for top 1%, established carbon pricing, strengthened CPP and increased guaranteed income supplement for single seniors:

increased funding for women’s shelters and more infrastructure and innovation spending; furthered indigenous reconciliation, improved immigration and strengthened our borders; enhanced services for Veterans and increased student grants.

Revitalized Canada’s international profile, organized a new military approach that focuses on training and humanitarian aid and brought about Senate reform.

Over the last three years, the Liberal government’s investment in helping people better cope with their everyday lives has net over one million real jobs and though there are still difficult spots as work continues, overall there is steady economic growth. 

In contrast, Scheer will undo these gains and offer Harper redux; a Canada modelled on an austere threadbare British-imperialistic world view that picks sides and stands morally superior behind barriers.

 Jon Peter Christoff   

West Kelowna

Liberals caused the mess with military

Dear Editor:

Patrick MacDonald (Courier, Letters, May 15) feeds the public bafflegab with his false allegation attacking the Conservatives saying they eliminated the life-long pensions for wounded warriors.

The Liberals were the creators of this disastrous plan.

Conservatives were forced to finalize this Liberal deal when they were elected or face defeat as a minority government.

After Harper’s second (majority) government, he got things moving for retired injured and wounded veterans.

The long list of benefits you list in your letter would be wonderful if Veterans Affairs didn’t operate on an automatic denial system.

Automatic denials compounded by lost sick reports/documents result in most veterans fading away.

Civil servants are experts in the paper chase. Veterans are action-oriented people; not paper chasers and unable to cope with constant denials.

Only when the Conservatives received a majority was action taken to re-address the standard denial of veteran injuries by Veteran Affairs.

Unresolved claims go back many years across this country. One case in point: A paratrooper in an artillery regiment jumped in a night time paratroop operation; broke his back.

Today he is confined to a wheelchair plus is almost deaf from the noise of artillery shells. He was denied his claim and he was one of the veterans that faded away and is living in penury today.

The Liberals love to hate the military and they have proved it with their handling of the Veterans Affairs file over many years. (Not to mention Liberal unification of the Canadian Armed Forces in 1968)

There are 40,000 Afghan veterans suffering various stages of PTSD and they are not getting the treatment they deserve. Australia and the U.S. have recognized and helped these veterans’ needs. Yet the Liberals continue to stumble when it comes to keeping up to the responsibilities of modern warfare.

MacDonald’s letter does incredible damage to honourably retired veterans that served their country in times of war and peace. It is inconceivable that anyone would throw veterans under the bus all in the pursuit of a Liberal victory in the next election.

Shame on you, Patrick MacDonald. Your list of benefits is wonderful. Too bad you didn’t tell the real story.

Ernie Slump


Fact check before you hit send

Dear Editor:

Re: “Ships should be built here,” (Courier, May 23).

In his letter of May 23, Guy Bisonette suggests that Atlantic Canada will be the big beneficiary in the construction of new ships for the Coast Guard service. This is just not true.

It has been widely reported that “up to 16 of the ships will be constructed in a fleet renewal project anchored in Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards.”

Two ships will be built in Atlantic Canada and some possibly at a third yard.

Facts are important, sir. Please do some fact checking before writing letters.

John Bailey


Alberta forgets there could be a spill

Dear Editor:

Alberta’s pipeline and tanker plan is a “direct attack” on the integrity of our West Coast, environmentally, economically and aesthetically.

Alberta continues to ignore the environmental “elephant in the room” — a potential oil spill.

Joy Lang


Ferry ride no longer a bore

Dear Editor:

Re: “Swimming bear, then a naked woman delay B.C. Ferries long-weekend sailings,” (Courier online, May 21).

So two ferries were delayed because of a swimming bear and a driving bare. At least neither trip was a bore.

John Adlersparre


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