Contractor should own up to mistake

Dear Editor:

Was anyone travelling on Teather Road, Postil Road or Anderson Road. last Thursday morning, June 18? If so do they have yellow traffic-line paint on their vehicles, as I do? The centre line was painted by a contractor and there were no cones or flag people to notify the public of the wet paint.

I contacted the contracting company and they were not interested talking to me, let alone owning up to their obligation to the public. I will have my truck restored to its original condition at Boyds Auto Body at an approximate cost of $400 to $500.

Maybe the government should revisit the lucrative contracts they assign to companies on the basis that will keep them working for the good of the public.

Someone made a mistake and they should own up to it.

Robert Thompson


Apology owed to former ministers

Dear Editor:

Justin Trudeau has to stop acting like the statesman he thinks he is and get his facts straight. If he knew our history, he would know Brian Mulroney apologized to the Italian community for their detention during the Second World War on Nov. 4, 1990.

The real apology he needs to make is to Ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott for his trying to disgrace them for his interference in the SNC Lavelin scandal.

Finally,we had two ministers who were trying to do their job and do it honestly and he tried to make them out to be the villains, just to protect his big donors.

Valerie Thompson

West Kelowna

Plastics ban is the ethical course

Dear Editor:

Party discipline or personal values kept Dan Albas and other Conservative MPs from voting for middle class and business tax cuts; the Canada Child Benefit; ocean and environmental protection measures; legalization of marijuana; pensions for life for veterans; and most recently, the ban on some plastic items.

However, Conservatives would be well advised to consider thinking of ways to get behind a plastics ban — rather than fighting against it.

While I wasn’t surprised to read of Dan Albas’s skepticism toward the Liberal plan to ban certain single-use plastic products by 2021 (“From the Hill,” Courier, June 13), “party line” shouldn’t take precedence over any MP doing the right thing for future generations.

The Canadian government has a leadership role to play in fostering environmental stewardship, within Canada and internationally. For example, joining the European Union to ban single-use plastics (as early as 2021) is a responsible and ethical course of action.

There’s a slogan: “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

So as consumers, transition will be easier if we begin to make changes now. Many consumers have already switched from plastic bags to baskets and reusable shopping bags and use refillable water bottles. We can all choose quality over quantity when buying clothing, toys and household items, and donate good quality used items to local thrift or second-hand stores.

There are many types of plastic and the manufacturing process is complex and can cause pollution. Some plastics will likely be in use until suitable replacements are found.

For now, plastics are in necessary medical supplies, car parts, technological devices, and components of those items. However, given the growing volumes of plastics going into landfills, plus air, water and land ecosystems, we are challenged to produce and use plastics in a more sustainable way until they are replaced with sustainable materials.

Albas correctly points out that there are implementation details that need to be worked out; however, that’s no excuse to delay action on household items for which we already have sustainable replacements.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is adopting a science-based approach to more sustainable use of and less reliance on plastics. As a Canadian, I’m proud that the Trudeau government is leading this initiative towards a cleaner environment.

Connie Denesiuk


Folkfest has many of the originals

Dear Editor:

Folkfest will be celebrating 46 years of ethnic performances at Prospera Place this coming Canada Day, beginning at 10 a.m.

I moved to Kelowna in August 1974 from Hawaii and therefore missed the first year, but I have been performing with my group since 1975 and have not missed one Folkfest. 

Cyril Moore, who represents the Caribbean Islands, joined the first Folkfest and has not missed one either.  

Sylvia Swetitch and her husband, Fred, are two of the original directors and still overseeing the many performances and tackling all the numerous chores involved in putting on a show and event of this magnitude. 

Those who attend will have wonderful opportunities to try all sorts of ethnic foods and enjoy many ethic performances.

Our president, Susie Kaul, Linda Kovak plus others who work so tirelessly need a standing ovation.

Lita Prince

Polynesian Dance Group.

West Kelowna

Patients need quiet time hours

Dear Editor:

I had hip surgery at Kelowna General Hospital in 2006 and 2007. Quiet time was in effect then from 1-3 p.m.

No visitors, doors closed, lights dimmed.

It was heaven.

I also had back surgery in 2012. Quiet time was no more. I shared a room with a woman even older than me. She was very deaf. A group of people from her church came daily. They spoke very loudly and read the newspaper to her, also very loudly. She was fortunate to have friends who did that.

It was not conducive to resting and healing. Patients in hospital these days are usually very ill and in a four-bed ward, visitors can be really tiring — especially in a co-ed ward.

I couldn’t wait to get out of there and left sooner than I should. Maternity would be a totally different scenario.

Any thoughts from other former patients?

Diane Davies


Mission residents are not snobs

Dear Editor:

Re: “Move homeless to Mission,” by Jorgen Hansen (Courier letters, June 19).

How dare you say that people in the Mission are “snooty!” What an ignorant remark.

The Mission is a huge area, comprised of many socio-economic groups, including retired persons and ordinary families, who like anyone in any neighbourhood, deserve to live safe and peaceful lives. 

By the way, we do have homeless people in the Mission, going through garbage cans, begging at our shopping centres and sleeping in alleyways.

Homelessness is a serious issue in Kelowna and we should house those indigent persons who are from Kelowna and district. Those who are not should be given a one-way airline ticket back to whatever dumper-town they came from and we should make sure they get on that plane. 

It may seem expensive, but it would be less so than giving them free housing, food and drugs.

Also, Mr. Hansen, at the end of your letter where you write, “no offense meant to the Mission area...,” you just called us snobs. That’s offensive!

Sally Kelly


Most vulnerable deserve homes

Dear Editor:

I ask that MLA Norm Letnick please develop a more compassionate approach to the issue of homelessness in Kelowna and communicate this to your constituents.

I understand people’s frustration with the homeless population and the mess they leave on our streets, but wouldn’t it be to our benefit — as well as theirs — to house them so that if they must use, they can do it in their own home rather than between two parked cars in a parking lot?

The Journey Home Strategy and Housing First projects embarked upon by the city make a good start.

To solve the issues that lead to homelessness and addictions, there needs to be a multi-pronged approach including more support from the local, federal and provincial governments, to provide funding for more accessible mental health care, a guaranteed minimum wage, and more treatment centres.

Our most vulnerable citizens deserve homes. We don’t know their stories — there are many ways to end up on the street and we, as a compassionate society, have a responsibility to care for those who can’t care for themselves.

Many of us are one tragic accident away from being in dire straits ourselves.Where would you like these human beings to go?

Karen Krout


Drug users should shoot up in woods

Dear Editor:

“He’s tired of the mayor,” by Pat Mabbot (Courier letters, June 20).

If our mayor is so tired of complaints from taxpayers, I suggest perhaps he should resign.

However, there doesn’t seem to be any councillor to appropriately take his place.

I too, am very tired of our mayor and councillors rubber-stamping everything and anything the developers propose. As an example — the “faceless” housing going up at great speed, most of which include a “shoot-up” room. I suggest these individuals who must have their fix be shipped off to some remote area (in the woods somewhere) to rid themselves of their demons. Maybe take along the mayor, the councillors and developers for company as well.

Maybe they will change their minds about wet rooms in these homes.

One other item (while I’m on a rant) is the tearing up of streets to provide for bike lanes. Take a drive down Sutherland (between Richter and Pandosy) and you will see the mess the city made of that area. I would hate to be on that street if ever an emergency vehicle had to pass through.

One-third of that street has been dedicated to cyclists. Mr. Mayor and councillors, not everyone can cycle, walk, work and live downtown in highrises where parking spaces are a rarity, as you would like us to believe. How do you get to and from work? Of course, you have reserved parking at City Hall, so you’re OK.

I would be very interesting to hear about that.

Anne Stuart


Water supply came a long way

Dear Editor:

As I was filling my vehicle with gas, I couldn’t help but read the sign in front of me, offering a seasonal special on bottled water. The water is from Abitibi. We are shipping water from Quebec to B.C. in plastic bottles to sell in gas stations.

R.A. Green


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