Kelowna West on bear watch

Dear Editor:

As winter approaches, bears fatten up for hibernation. In Kelowna-West, they are likely to hibernate for four months, then return to an active life.

Our current and likely future MLA, Ben Stewart, will probably fatten up, then hibernate after the Oct. 24 provincial election.

He’s springing to life as our MLA for a month or so, then back to hibernation for three to four years. And the cycle repeats itself. Bears are, no doubt, impressed with this skill.

Voters in Kelowna-West are not impressed. We have a long list of needs that demand attention and advocacy based on engagement with citizens. Simply promoting the wine industry as a cure-all doesn’t cut it.

We need an MLA that doesn’t hibernate and isn’t distracted by other interests. We need a change.

I think Spring Hawes, the NDP candidate, could be that change. She has a vigorous track record of genuine community engagement and experience in commercial business to advance our complex interests.

And, this is the big one — what if she won this riding and the NDP formed government again? Think of the potential.

Hibernation or activation. Vote accordingly.

Steve Burke, West Kelowna

Don’t confuse your Liberals

Dear Editor:

The other day an acquaintance said to me “you must be so busy right now” to which I asked why that would be the case. She knows I’m a federal Liberal, so she assumed I’d be working for the BC Liberals for the upcoming election.

I explained nothing could be further from the truth, as the BC Liberals are the old Social Credit Party and have absolutely no affiliation whatsoever with the Liberal Party of Canada.

This made me realize there must be many people who think there’s some sort of a relationship between the two parties. The BC “Liberals” are a right-of-centre party who had 16 years in power and did nothing for the homeless situation.

They were the government that waited 10 years before raising the rates for social assistance, and while they were in power, one in five children lived in poverty.

That’s why I’m voting NDP, and urge everyone who feels Horgan’s done a good job of managing the pandemic to vote for them, too. I prefer a government that has a heart.

Moni Schiller, Kelowna

B.C. enjoying life with NDP

Dear Editor:

British Columbians are about to make their final preferences known in the election as to who is best to lead our province forward through difficult times.

Oct. 24 is the final voting day and soon after we will all know what we can expect.

After 16 years of the BC Liberals, ordinary people were dealt many difficulties.

When the NDP became the government, they had already got well into their program of helping most of us and then the pandemic hit. We were so fortunate to have a leader that had a heart and who cared about all British Columbians.

John Horgan has done more for most of us in 3 1/2 years than the Liberals did not do in 16 years. As a senior we got an almost immediate raise of $150 per month when the BC Medical premium was eliminated. The only province in Canada where the Liberals levied this fine against all citizens, rich or poor. Bridge tolls were gone, giving working people and other citizens crossing bridges immediate cash back. The homeless under an NDP government have not been treated like criminals and the addiction problem is being addressed by a sole ministry. An ongoing problem that I know will be handled in a humane way.

The Greens worked cooperatively with the NDP over the last several years, and have now copied much of our platform and ideals in one form or another. So why are they even running against the NDP? It makes little sense to me when, except for a bit of tweaking here and there they are pushing NDP principles and policies that originated long before the Green Party came into existence.

Horgan has proven he is the best person to lead this province. We are facing an ongoing pandemic and he is most certainly the most reliable person for this province and the recovery needed as we move forward. Even folks in the Okanagan should be giving a great deal of consideration to electing an honest, caring government and relinquish the idea of the same old same old. There is a better way to go.

Louise Gibson, Kelowna

Not amused by lighthouse plan

Dear editor:

Council wants to hear from West Kelowna residents on the proposed lighthouse winery attraction.

I have been fortunate over the years to have travelled across this country many times and also up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. I have seen and visited many lighthouses, including some in amusement parks and entrances to eateries. Without a doubt, the one being proposed for this West Kelowna site would be the ugliest I have ever seen. It looks more like a Thermos with a solar deck light placed on top.

Now, I understand that Saskatchewan, home of the developers, does not have a single lighthouse, but neighbouring Manitoba has 14 and there is the internet.

I would not have a problem with a 10-metre lighthouse as the northern entrance to their winery building. If it was to have a viewing area, it would have floor LED lighting, to minimize any light pollution. Also, any lighting should not illuminate any area outside their property. Otherwise, locals will refer to this site as the Light Pollution winery, and we all know how quickly a name can stick to a project.

I have not heard a single good word from my neighbours on this issue and we live down the hill from this project. So council, the next step is yours. Listen to residents or listen to the developer.

David Perron, West Kelowna