Save a city gem: Pandosy Village

Dear Editor:

Pandosy Village by the Lake is an idyllic neighbourhood like no other. It does not only belong to the surrounding residents, but draws people from all over Kelowna and area to come, shop and enjoy. It has a laid-back community vibe offering coffee shops, outdoor patios, many unique artisan shops and more. The restaurants do a thriving business and offer eclectic options

We live on West Ave. and we are asking council to not approve a height and retail variance for a new development at 454 and 464 West Ave. The public hearing will be June 4 at City Hall at 6:30 p.m..

The variance is to build two floors higher than currently zoned for and to have retail in the middle of the block between Pandosy and Abbott. This does not comply with the 2030 official community plan.

It will be a rental building which we are not opposed to having. But, we are opposed to having commercial going past what is there now. By not allowing commercial, the project could utilize all the land and have many more rentals units as a result.

This property has a back-laneway access; therefore, it could have setbacks with private ground floor access, both front and back of the building, with parking entrance entry on the east side laneway.

The zoning, if approved, would allow for no setbacks and would not blend in with the rest of the street. No setbacks mean the building can sit right up to sidewalk which makes a building look bulky.

This street to us, feels like a residential street. All the current homes and condos that are already built have setbacks with private entrances on the ground levels. This simple design has assisted in keeping the village feeling. This building could mirror the West Avenue Lofts directly across from this development and Abbott House design. They respect the small town neighbourhood feeling.

No retail would ensure ample parking for residents and visitors. Parking on this block is already a problem as the yoga studio is popular, along with all the other shops. This development should be designed to have ample resident parking as well as four to six spots for their visitors so there is ample street parking available.

If you too love Pandosy Village and want it to stay as it is, please let the city know how you feel by either mail, email or attend the June 4 public hearing. 

Marie Baigent

Kelowna

Committee asked good questions

Dear Editor:

The International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy held Tuesday in Ottawa had many of the CEOs from the technology giants as no-shows; but the committee still raised interesting and useful question for end-users.

Committee members learned social media’s toxicity is not a bug, like a cold that can be cured — it is an inherent feature of the platform.

Technology is not built in a vacuum; behavioural scientists help technology designers use the end-user’s experiences that capitalize on negative reactions, because they produce far more engagement than positive reactions. Feeding on man’s tendency to indulge his senses instead of reaching for his better angels.

We have already learned from the Cambridge Analytica affair that technology gets its power through the control of data; but the committee brought into focus that it is the character of this data which gives it potency.

This is micro-personal data. And at data at this personal level gives technology unprecedented power to influence.

Witnesses told committee “that the combination of technology and behavioural science is amazingly powerful; it is dangerous when it spreads rapidly, difficult to clean up and comes with serious consequences when improperly used.”

This is B F Skinner stuff and Pavlov’s dogs on technological steroids.

There is no privacy on social media. We now live with a constant wariness of how much personal information we release to this data-monster that continues to gobble up personal details to grind through behavioural scientist’s models to accurately predict us more times than an individual can. This accuracy is close to an omnipotent power of prediction and in immoral or nefarious hands is dangerous weapon.

Always be wary.

Jon Peter Christoff

West Kelowna

What he wants in political leader

Dear Editor:

Here are the things I’m looking for in a political leader.

Renewable energy programs to prevent the damage predicted by climate change science are simply one aspect of a broader agenda. Along with poverty reduction, these are undoubtedly the most urgent issues to address.

In my understanding, all the problems that we see carried out by the people of Canada have roots in the individual. I would like a leader who has done much to heal him/herself of things that would have them operate in unconscious, automatic, deadly serious and life/diversity destroying ways.

For more insight into this see Paul Levy’s “Dispelling Wetiko” video: (awakeninthedream.com).

I would like a leader who has done much to support and promote responsible relations towards self, other people and our natural environment including other species in their dealings with fellow Canadians.

I would like a leader who would support and/or propose a bill to have all ridings represented by a male and female pair of MPs. This would enforce equal representation by men and women at the top.

Garth Thomson

Kelowna

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