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BUS ROUTES FACING THE AXE Joe Fries
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A silver lining on the proposed reduction in Greyhound Canada trip frequencies could be the new opportunities it might create for competition in public transportation, says a local politician. The bus company has applied to the B.C. Passenger Transportation Board to eliminate one route and reduce minimum service levels on 15 of its 18 other routes in the province. On the Kelowna-Penticton run, the minimum is proposed to drop from 56 weekly trips to 28, while the minimum on the VancouverRock Creek route, which makes stops in Keremeos, Osoyoos and Penticton, could be halved from 28 to 14. In its application, the company claimed it lost $14 million on its B.C. routes last year due to increased costs for fuel and maintenance, re-
duced ridership and an “inÀexible” regulatory regime that prevents it from responding quickly to market forces. The company did not respond to requests for comment. Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton called Greyhound’s proposal “disappointing.” While he understands the company’s needs to rein in costs, he thinks it should also look at ways to increase revenue, like nicer terminals or better buses. Ashton, who also chairs the board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, said if Greyhound does reduce service, it could leave the door open for more nimble carriers to ¿ll demand on a regional basis. “In my personal opinion, I think there is a lot of room for private and public transportation,” Ashton said, citing the potential promise of Osoyoos-Vernon and Princeton-Kelowna routes. He expects both Penticton city council and
the RDOS board will discuss Greyhound’s application, in particular the impact it might have on people in outlying areas who ride buses to medical appointments, when both local governments meet next week. This week, Velma McGillivary was one of just a handful of people who caught Wednesday’s 2:40 p.m. bus out of Penticton. The retired health-care worker said she has heard of Greyhound’s proposed cutbacks, but doesn’t think they’ll affect her as she makes the round trip from Coquitlam to Penticton just twice annually to visit relatives. “It’s sure served me well,” McGillivary said. “I’ve taken it for years.” The 2:40 p.m. northbound departure is one that Greyhound has proposed to eliminate. According to its application, the route left Penticton with an average of 7.95 passengers each day between July 2011 and June 2012. Per-passenger revenue equalled $2.18 per mile, less than half
the company’s stated break-even cost of $5.69 per mile. Public comments on the proposed changes will be accepted by the Passenger Transportation Board until Oct. 17. The board tries to rule on applications within 60 to 90 days of receipt, which means a decision should come before the end of the year. Greyhound originally asked in August that its application be fast-tracked through the assessment process without a public comment period because of mounting ¿nancial losses. But the board ruled against that request because the proposed changes are “comprehensive and will affect many communities.” That ruling also states that Greyhound told the board that if its application is not approved, all of its operations in B.C. “will be at risk of discontinuance.” The full application is available online at www.greyhound.ca.
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Proposed riding changes draw ﬂak Steve Kidd Western News Staff
Residents of both the Okanagan-Coquihalla and Boundary Similkameen federal ridings made it clear Tuesday that they have some serious concerns over a proposed realignment of the riding boundaries. The major issue for many speakers was splitting Summerland and Penticton into separate ridings, and possibly cleaving the social and economic ties that join the two communities together. “Summerland and Penticton have never been divided into two federal ridings since B.C. entered Confederation,” said Jason Cox, who joined with Connie Denesiuk from Summerland to present a combined view of the chambers of commerce in both communities. “There is an almost continuous residential link between these two communities,” said Denesiuk. “The proposed changes take away from our ability to advocate as a unit and diminish the sense of community these neighbouring towns enjoy as we approach national issues together.” They were speaking to the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia, which was in Penticton to gather opinions on the proposed boundary changes, which would see Summerland as part of a riding stretching from Merritt to West Kelowna, while Penticton would join with Oliver, Osoyoos and a portion of the West Kootenay over to Castlegar. Losing the ability to act as a unit federally was a concern also expressed by Penticton Mayor Dan
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SITTING IN FRONT of a map displaying proposed riding changes, Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton explains the concerns of the city and the regional district to the three-member Federal Boundary Riding Commission.
Ashton, who was also speaking as chair of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. His concern is that splitting the two communities into separate ridings will interfere with their ability to work jointly to get federal grants. “By working together and working very cohesively together, we have been very successful in insuring those dollars do come,” said Ashton. “There is a de¿nite link between Penticton and surrounding municipalities, including the District of
Summerland and those communities in the Similkameen that are slated for adjustment.” Former Summerland councillor Carla Ohmenzetter expressed similar concerns, pointing out that the change might affect relations with the Penticton Indian Band, which has lands bordering both communities. “The new borders would eliminate that opportunity to speak with them in a venue that is formally recognized by the federal government,” said Ohmenzetter.
“We have a long history of working together as the two communities. I think we have bene¿ted extremely well, we work very hard together and because of that, we are seeing some great progress.” Ohmenzetter and others listed a long range of services and other factors shared by the two communities, including courts, shopping and even a common school district. The number of people expressing concerns about the division of Penticton and Summerland provoked a comment from Oliver resi-
dent Allan Mathieson. “Listening to the people here talking about Penticton and Summerland, I felt you people had a romance going,” said Mathieson. However, he had concerns about stretching a new riding to include the West Kootenay, pointing to the strong north-south bias of the valley. “I live in Oliver and I golf in Osoyoos and my wife and I always have our operations done in Penticton,” Mathieson joked. He feels there was little connection to the eastern side of the proposed new riding. “I can’t remember the names of those places, because I have never gone to them,” he said. “You have to go over three mountain ranges to get to Castlegar.” Arlene Arlow, of Keremeos, approved of the inclusion of Penticton into a new South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding. Including a major government and trading centre, she said, would help avoid the problem of the western side of the riding being overlooked, as she felt happened in the current Boundary Similkameen riding, with the major population centres on the Kootenay side. However, cutting the Similkameen Valley in half, along Highway 3, did not make sense. “It is logical to maintain the trade and commerce relationships that exist along Highway 3,” she said, also noting that the new boundary would split apart lands of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band. “The communities of the LSIB — west and east of Keremeos — are served by their band of¿ce in Keremeos.”
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Concepts for Penticton waterfront put to public Steve Kidd Western News Staff
Despite vocal opposition to the ¿rst two proposals for revitalizing the Okanagan Lake waterfront, they will be presented as options during a public forum next week, when the public will get a chance to review two new proposals. Council got its ¿rst look at two new concepts generated by the Waterfront Enhancement Select Committee at a special council meeting Wednesday. Both concepts are much more conservative than the two proposals brought forward in August, with concept 3 doing little more than repairing the infrastructure problems. Concept 4 makes some minor enhancements to create a wider walking path along
the waterfront. Both, however, include greater accessibility to allow handicapped access to the beach and water at various points. The cost is considerably lower as well. If all aspects of the ¿rst two concepts had been implemented, the costs would have been in the range of $7 million, over and above the $1.2 million in gas tax grants the city has set aside for the project. In contrast, concept 3 would cost about $75,000 while concept 4 would be about $550,000, in addition to the $1.2 million. Mayor Dan Ashton said the ¿rst two concepts would have been too costly to implement in full. “The city doesn’t have $7 million,” said Ashton. But both remain on the table, he said, for continuing public input. All the plans were developed, he said, with
input from the public on what they desired for the waterfront and it is up to the public to say what parts they support. “It is important to hear what the community has to say before any decision is made,” said Ashton. “Any combination thereof or new additions to put into it.” Ashton and other councillors also made the point that they have not come to any decision about which they prefer and are instead wanting more public input. “These are concepts, this was input from people and citizens of Penticton,” said Ashton. “Council has heard loud and clear about the concerns over concepts 1 and 2.” The ¿rst two concepts met with strong opposition over changes in the traf¿c pattern along Lakeshore Drive and the replacement of the current angle parking with parallel.
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For an hour on Wednesday morning, the world was a slightly nicer place as Leadership 9 students from Penticton Secondary performed random acts of kindness at school and in the community. Don Tape, who owns Green Beanz Cafe, was “somewhat taken aback” when two of those students walked into his shop around 8 a.m. and handed him an apple and a small strip of paper with an inspirational quote printed on it. “Spreading goodwill is a nice thing,” said Tape, who likes the idea of the Leadership class. “It gets them out seeing how businesses operate and (gives them) a little taste of the real world, that’s it’s not so big, bad and scary out there.” He also said seeing teenagers perform random acts of kindness could help others see youth in a better light. “I know lots of good kids; I just raised a daughter who’s 20 now,” Tape said. “But it’s good to see the attitude that they’re showing ... and it’s good to see kids doing things and showing
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GREEN BEANZ CAFE owner Don Tape was on the receiving end of a random act of kindness provided by Penticton Secondary students Kamryn Corsi and Emma Brown.
an interest in things other than themselves.” Tape’s good tidings were delivered by Emma Brown and Kamryn Corsi, both of whom are 14 and pleased with the results of their efforts. “I liked the fact that someone told us we made their day,” said Brown, who also thinks the exercise will help her become more outgoing. “Usually I don’t go up and talk to people I don’t know, because I used to think it was, like, scary or something. But I think I’m going to be a lot better at socializing
after this.” Corsi said her early morning visit to the city centre provided a different view of it than the one to which she is accustomed. “You get to see different sides of people, people who are at work, and maybe you run into someone you don’t normally see, like Don at the coffee shop,” Corsi said. “And it was nice to make people’s days, to see a smile that early in the morning. That makes me feel good, too.” That was one of the aims of the exercise,
con¿rmed Karen Boyd, who teaches the elective Leadership class, which meets once a week before the regular school day. “That’s certainly part and parcel of what we’re trying to do: Let them see that in doing good for others it makes us feel strong and enabled,” Boyd said. But she’s also trying to help the students learn about “selÀessness” and “that the world doesn’t owe them everything. That it’s time also to offer up something to the world.”
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IRRIGATION SYSTEM SHUT DOWN Please be advised that the City of Penticton will turn off and start draining the Penticton Creek Irrigation System and the Ellis Creek Irrigation Systems Monday, October 22, 2012. Orchardists and others with irrigation connections from these systems should take whatever precautions considered necessary to protect their irrigation systems for the winter. Public Works Department – 250-4902500
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Cigarette sparks knife attack Kristi Patton Western News Staff
A “dangerous” and “violent” man is how a witness described a Penticton man accused of an assault in 2011. “I remember seeing the blade poking into Kenny’s stomach in his left side, there was a hole. I saw where he stabbed him,” recalled Christine McDonald while on the stand at the Penticton courthouse on Tuesday. “He just went mental and attacked Kenny.” She was speaking of Kevin Woods, who was arrested and charged with the assault of Kenny Robertson along with charges of assault causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose on July 13, 2011. RCMP were called to the apartment complex on 130 Skaha Pl. because of an altercation between two residents that left Robertson with a knife wound and bruises. McDonald, who lived across the hallway from Woods in the apartment building, said she had called 911 that day. It was from inside her apartment that she initially heard her friend Robertson, who she has known for more than a decade, talking in the hallway. “I heard noises and Kenny in the hallway talking about a cigarette and asking Kevin for one. Then I heard Kenny say leave my little sister alone,” she testi¿ed, later adding Robertson often referred to her as his little sister. McDonald looked out her peephole before opening her apartment door and said she saw Woods “lunge” towards Robertson and stab him in the abdomen. She said Woods laughed as he trailed the knife along the hallway wall leaving a scratch mark that was later documented by RCMP. McDonald said Woods then began beating Robertson, who had fallen to the Àoor in a fetal position,
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with a foot-long piece of rebar on his back and legs. “It was nuts. I have never seen anything like it in my life,” said McDonald, who recalled Robertson being hit at least four times with the rebar. “I was scared. I was horri¿ed.” Next she said Woods ran down the hall towards the elevator and eventually Robertson left towards another exit. McDonald said Woods then returned to his apartment before he was arrested by RCMP. On cross-examination by defence counsel Andrew Vandersluys, McDonald told the court that Robertson had a no-contact order with her since last summer because of an incident of him being violent towards her, even though she earlier testi¿ed she had not spoke with Robertson since the assault. Robertson took the stand late Tuesday and again on Wednesday morning, stating he was drinking that day but was not “blasted” and did not know what sparked the assault. Vandersluys suggested to Robertson that he had a knife and was the one that initiated a confrontation with Woods to defend his “little sister’s” honour. Robertson
said he had gone to the second Àoor to simply buy a cigarette off a friend down the hall. “I had nothing to do with no knife ... that is a lie, a total lie. I had no weapons,” said Robertson, who added he has also been clean of drugs for about two years. Vandersluys also questioned the man about the statement he made to RCMP after the incident where he claimed to have a second-degree black belt and that Woods was “lucky I was drinking at the time. I would have ripped his head off.” Robertson said the claim he held a black belt was exaggerated, but he did put his arm around the neck of Woods at one point during the scufÀe. “I grabbed him and threw him down. I was trying to save my bacon, which I think anyone in that situation would,” said Robertson. Woods was excused by his counsel early on Wednesday morning because he was feeling ill. Judge Meg Shaw adjourned the trial for a one-day continuation with three witnesses remaining to be questioned. No date has been set for the continuation.
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Agur Lake Camp seeks removal from ALR Joe Fries Western News Staff
As a special camp for disabled children inches its way towards completion, regulatory work continues behind the scenes. The Agur Lake Camp Society, which is building a barrier-free, outdoor paradise in the wilderness near Summerland, has applied to have its main leased property excluded from the Agricultural Land Reserve. That application was sent to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board last week for comments. A smaller, adjacent property that is under lease from Robin Agur was removed from the ALR in 2005 because of what the commission considered its limited potential for agricultural use due to its rough topography and high altitude. Allan Patton, the RDOS director for rural Oliver, said he was concerned that the 11.6 hectares of Crown land under the camp and subject to the most recent exclusion application is improperly zoned as a resource area. “Resource area means there’s lot of allowable uses other than this camp, and I would like this area to be speci¿c to this camp,” said Patton, who also worried that once the 99-year lease on the land expires, it could be put to some other use. RDOS Director Michael Brydon, whose area includes Agur Lake, told the board that the resource desig-
nation is fairly restrictive. Other allowed uses, he noted, include a golf course, animal hospital and one singlefamily dwelling. “There’s nothing really here that ... raised any red Àags to me,” Brydon said. Patton concluded there are different allowable uses for resources areas in different parts of the RDOS and dropped his objection. “I’m totally in favour of this whole operation... I’m just saying I’d like to have the zoning reÀect what the use is,” he said. Brydon asked the board to refer the application to his area’s advisory planning commission, which will study the matter and then make a recommendation to the board and the ALC. “I think (the committee) will look upon it favourably and it will be one more piece of community input going to the ALC to move this along,” Brydon said. After the meeting, he explained that the camp society previously applied to have the site designated for nonfarm use as a stop-gap measure to allow work to begin on the cabins. “But full exclusion from the ALR is a preferred outcome since it reÀects the actual use of the land and will signi¿cantly reduce the administrative burden on the (volunteer) society as they work towards their vision for the facility,” said Brydon, who noted that there is a risk the ALC will not approve the application.
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Proposed riding shift ignores regional ties
he political battle lines in the Okanagan could undergo a major shift before the next federal election. But it won’t be happening without a ¿ght if a meeting Tuesday night in Penticton is any indication. The B.C. Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission met near-unanimous opposition from those on hand for Tuesday’s hearing in Penticton. The commission is looking at changes to provincial ridings after it was determined that B.C. should receive six new seats. While those additional ridings will be primarily situated in the Lower Mainland, with one on Vancouver Island, the commission is also recommending redrawing some federal boundaries. The plan put forward would shave Penticton off of the Okanagan-Coquihalla and tack it onto a new riding called South Okanagan-West Kootenay. That riding would be similar to the current Southern Interior riding, with Penticton added and Nelson shufÀed to an adjacent riding. And it’s here where the proposed changes seem to lose grasp of the geographic realities. The move would separate the closely linked communities of Penticton and Summerland, and cut off Keremeos from its western neighbours. The proposed riding shift would also break up the Kootenays’ Tri-Cities, splitting Nelson from Castlegar and Trail. The inconsistencies in the proposed riding changes leads one to believe the map was drawn up in Vancouver or Ottawa, without any thought given to the shared relationship between communities that help make up the fabric of a region. Or, cast in a more cynical light, it could appear the Conservative stronghold of Penticton is being used to tilt the scales in a riding that has swung for the NDP in recent years. We can only hope that the commission will give careful thought to the input it received Tuesday night, and take a closer look at the shared relationship of a region’s communities that go beyond the lines drawn on a map.
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Crisis won’t topple Iranian regime Iran’s currency virtually collapsed last week, and the public protests that followed in Tehran stirred memories of the massive anti-regime protests of 2009. This has caused excited speculation in the United States and its allies about the imminent fall of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the abandonment of Iran’s uranium enrichment program, or even the end of the whole Islamic regime. Don’t hold your breath. Ahmadinejad blamed the currency crisis on the foreign sanctions that are crippling Iran’s trade, of course. His critics at home just blamed him: “The smaller part of the problem relates to sanctions while 80 per cent of the problem is rooted in the government’s mistaken policies,” said Ali Larijani, the speaker of the Iranian parliament. But he would say that, wouldn’t he? It’s true that Ahmadinejad has used the country’s large oil revenues to paper over some serious mistakes in running Iran’s economy, but the current crisis was caused by a steep fall in those revenues — which is directly due to the sanctions. Four rounds of United Nations-backed trade sanctions, ostensibly meant to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, had already cut the country’s oil exports from 2.5 million barrels a day to 1.5 million b/d by early this year. Then came new American
Dyer Straits sanctions that blocked any international bank doing business in Iran from access to the immense U.S. market — so most of them ended their dealings with Iran. In July came new European Union sanctions banning oil imports from Iran entirely. Since Europe was taking one-¿fth of Iran’s remaining oil exports, that blow was enough to send the Iranian rial into free-fall. Until 2009, the rate of exchange was fairly stable at about 10,000 rials to the dollar. Then it started to fall slowly, and then faster — and in a hectic few days last week, it tumbled a further 40 per cent to a low of 35,000 rials to the dollar. That was when the protests began in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, whose merchants were amongst the strongest supporters of the revolution in 1979. The protests were contained without any deaths, and the shops
in the bazaar are now open again. The rial has recovered slightly, stabilizing at around 28,000 to the dollar. But that is one-third of what it was worth three years ago, and the effects are being felt in almost every household in the country. Formerly comfortable middle-class families are scrambling to put food on the table, and the poor are really suffering. So the sanctions are working, in the sense that they are hurting people. But what are they accomplishing in terms of their stated purpose of forcing Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program? More importantly, perhaps, what are they achieving in terms of their unstated purpose: triggering an uprising that overthrows the whole Islamic regime? First of all, Iran doesn’t have a nuclear weapons program. The International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.S. and Israeli intelligence service are all agreed on that, although the public debate on the issue generally assumes the contrary. Iran says it is developing its ability to enrich uranium fuel for use in reactors, which is perfectly legal under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israel’s current government has talked itself into a state of existential panic over Iran’s uranium enrichment program, but the U.S. government certainly doesn’t believe that Iran has any immediate plans to build nuclear weapons. So what are these sanc-
tions really about? Overthrowing the Iranian regime, of course. American sanctions against Iran long predate any concerns about Iranian nuclear weapons, and would not be ended even if Iran stopped all work on uranium enrichment tomorrow. The U.S. legislation that imposes the sanctions makes that very clear. Before sanctions are lifted, the president must certify to Congress that Iran has “released all political prisoners and detainees; ceased its ... violence and abuse of Iranian citizens engaging in peaceful political activity; investigated the killings and abuse of peaceful political activists ... and prosecuted those responsible; and made progress toward establishing an independent judiciary.” In other words, it must dismantle the regime. Since stopping the enrichment program would not end the sanctions, why would the Iranian government even consider doing so? And will the Iranian people rise up and overthrow the regime because sanctions are making their daily lives very dif¿cult? Even anti-regime Iranians are proud and patriotic people, and the likelihood that they will yield to foreign pressures in that way is approximately zero. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.
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Area in need of ﬁre protection This is an open letter to Penticton’s mayor and council. On July 1 of this year, a house on Spiller Road caught ¿re and was a total loss. Spiller Road is in the Penticton city limits, but is without ¿re hydrant protection. The area is rural and a forest environment. Had the weekend been the type of weather that we had all wished for, the situation could have been one of a catastrophe. However, it had rained for the entire week prior. No one has forgotten the Garnet ¿re of ‘94, nor the devastation for Kelowna in ‘03, and there but for God’s grace could have been something of equal magnitude. I have been told that the amount of water to deal with a ¿re for the size of building that is the Red Rooster on Naramata Road is 32,000 gallons. Here on Spiller Road, we are currently protected by the amount of water that can be hauled by truck, and at that
Options affect us all
I wish to comment on statements made in a letter by Alena Zamorano regarding the upcoming plans to change the face of Lakeshore Drive. First, whether taxpayers are “discounted” or pay “full” property taxes, as you put it, has no bearing on having an opinion of what should be a decision on whether it is appropriate to spend $7,100,000 to change Lakeshore Drive. I am one of those letter writers who is ¿ghting for the right plan to keep Lakeshore as is. Option 3 is my choice. And I am a “full” property taxpayer as are several business owners and residents who support not letting our city planners and council change what is one of the best cruise strips in Canada. Discriminating against our senior population and “discounted” property taxpayers is a low blow to those that built Penticton to the city it is today. Cliff Martin is the driving force for Option 3 and he is raising a young family, so we are not a bunch of archaic people in old cars that are afraid of change. We are, in fact, concerned that if we don’t curve the spending of our city managers, we will lose more businesses in our city and those who will not be able to afford the property taxes that will occur. You also have to realize that one-way traf¿c will heavily impact Churchill and Alexander streets. If you lived on one of those streets you would be ¿ghting for your rights too. Had you attended the rally we organized you would have met young families as well as seniors and seen that it is more than a bunch of people afraid of change. This is a time of economic turmoil. It’s more important to encourage new business and increase employment in our city. The tourists already love com-
speed. As citizens of Penticton, the families on Spiller Road need the same level of ¿re protection that the rest of Penticton enjoys and sleeps with every night. Fire hydrants that are needed now here on Spiller Road are in the best interest of the 14 families who live here, and almost everyone else from Macmillan Road to the residences of Naramata. A ¿re the same as the one of July 1 could have easily spread into the community and caused untold devastation. This is not new information, as it has been discussed before. Please, let’s not wait for the next time to discuss this again. Place ¿re hydrants on Spiller Road. I am asking council to approve funds for the research and investigation into the cost of placing non-potable water in the vicinity of Spiller Road for ¿re protection and for control of ¿re from interface as result of a
ing to where we are so lucky to be living. Option 3 is the most logical choice for Lakeshore Drive. Option 1 and 2 have a price tag of over $7,100,000. Option 3 says let’s just ¿x what needs to be ¿xed and leave it alone. Option 4 comes with a cost of losing some sandy beach and widening sidewalks. We spend our summers on Lakeshore Drive, and the sidewalks are never crowded, so why change what is working. Just ¿x what needs to be ¿xed. Everyone has a say in what should occur on one of the best beach strips in Canada. I hope logic plays an important role in deciding the end result to what will happen to Lakeshore Drive. Lou Sloboda Penticton
To all hockey referees and linesmen: What a thankless job you each have. I have attended a few of the Vees’ hockey games. You poor guys are constantly screamed and yelled at. Well, I think you all do a super job and I would love to see some of these foolish spectators do your job just for one game, and maybe just maybe their childish behaviour would change for the better. Hats off to all of you for your endless efforts, which I personally respect. Lenore Bilinsky Penticton
The week of Oct. 14-20, 2012 has been proclaimed National IODE Week in Canada. On Feb. 13, 1900, Margaret Polson Murray presented a charter and constitution, and the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire was born. The ¿rst chapter was formed in Fredericton, N.B. On Oct 12, 1927, the Dia-
house ¿re where control was either lost or unable to have been established, such as the July 1 Spiller Road ¿re. There are currently two papers being written regarding ¿re protection in Penticton — by Valhalla Environment Consultants and Behr Consultants. Valhalla Environment Consultants are to review property owned by the city, and property only owned by the city, with regard to fuel management and thus would not investigate the circumstance of the Spiller Road ¿re. The people of Behr Consultants are generating a report on response assessment, which I am told that Spiller Road will be a part of. However, it still will not be dealing with the aspect of ¿re hydrants. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter
mond Jubilee Chapter received its charter in Penticton. Members work with and for the people of Penticton with a focus on citizenship, education and social services. Through funds raised at the thrift shop at 464 Main St., $12,000 has been given this year to the community in the form of scholarships to both high schools and Okanagan College, Academy of Music, registered music teachers, Okanagan School of Dance, Kiwanis bursaries, South Okanagan Brain Injury Society, visually impaired books at the library, children’s program at the Atkinson Museum and monetary assistance to students attending Encounters with Canada in Ottawa. Support also goes to Christmas hampers, shut-ins at local nursing homes who have no families, Girl Guide and Boy Scout camps and Air Cadets. The local Rose Garden was established by the Diamond Jubilee Chapter and Golden Anniversary Chapter and continues to be funded annually. Denise Kadatz Penticton IODE
Riots about basic rights
The Arab riots are about a lot more than a video, it’s about people’s basic human rights, including the right to choose lifestyle, career and who to live with. It’s a ¿ght by Muslim men to retain what they insist is their right to undisputed control over their families. Through the centuries they have been using religion and claims about preservation of honour as a means to force their will on women and children. The Islamist Muslims are concerned about the liberal lifestyles practiced by western societies, and they are afraid that Muslim women and children will persist in adopting those lifestyles.
Steve Boultbee Penticton
Burning the American Àag will change nothing. The real culprit is ‘mass media’ — the evolution and proliferation of YouTube, Facebook, television, cellphones and all those tablets. People around the world are being ‘connected’ like never before. There are no more secrets. Sharia is nothing more than a religious moral code, and just because Muslims commit to serve their God does not obligate anybody else to do the same. It is everybody’s basic human right to choose whether or not they want to believe in a God. Fighting the in¿del is the wrong battle. Instead, they need to declare war on poverty, separate from their tyrannical culture of hate and suppression, and embrace a future that includes education and employment. Andy Thomsen Summerland
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Keeping your home safe from ﬁre Each year, the Penticton Fire Department puts together a schedule of activities for Fire Prevention Week, which is designed to heighten awareness about what everyday people can do to reduce their ¿re risk hazard. Each community across North America does similar things as part of this long-standing tradition. But when did the tradition begin? Fire Prevention Week was established to mark the Great Chicago Fire, which began on Oct. 8, 1871, and continued through to Oct. 9, when it did most of its damage. More than 17,400 structures were destroyed and the ¿re burned more than 2,000 acres. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, the ¿re broke out after a cow belonging to Mrs. Catherine O’Leary kicked over a lamp, setting the barn on ¿re, which then spread to the whole city. There are a lot of myths surrounding what actually happened — if Mrs. O’Leary was even in the barn at the time of the ¿re, and whether a jumpy cow knocked over the lamp or rebellious neighbourhood children sneaking cigarettes sparked the blaze. Like any good story, the “case of the cow” has some truth to it. The great ¿re almost certainly started near the barn where Mrs. O’Leary kept her ¿ve milking cows. Regardless of how it started, the devastating ¿re scarred the community of Chicago: more than 250 people were killed and
100,000 were left homeless. Those who survived the Chicago ¿re never forgot what they’d been through, and tales of bravery and heroism were recounted for years after. But the ¿res also changed the way that ¿re¿ghters and public of¿cials thought about ¿re safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should be observed in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of ¿re prevention. This has grown into a worldwide education campaign. From Oct. 7 to 13, the Penticton Fire Department is marking Fire Prevention Week by educating the younger generation about the importance of ¿re safety. We’re talking to them about not only the importance of having a smoke alarm, but maintaining it regularly. We are encouraging families to involve their children in developing home escape plans, and considering two safe ways out of every room in the event of a ¿re. This week we hope everyone plays an active role in ¿re prevention, because ¿re impacts our entire community. For information about Fire Prevention Week, visit www.penticton.ca. Wayne Williams Penticton ﬁre chief
Policy should be made in Canada
I read with interest the comments made by Penticton’s mayor regarding the decriminalization of marijuana, and although I am sure not all readers would agree with making it legal, I do wonder why we need to consult the U.S. of A. when it comes to these matters. I would think that we possess the necessary intelligence to make decisions in Canada without running to the States for permission whenever we come up against something they may ¿nd displeasing. It seems that more and more of our politicians at every level seem to believe that we must take into account what the Americans think. Hello, this is Canada. Whether you agree with the laws of this land or want to see them revamped, let’s leave the decision up to Canadians and forget what the boys and girls south of the border think. So far they haven’t proved to me or many others that they are any smarter than us great Canucks, eh. Tim Shewan Penticton
Resolution motivated by money
As noble as it sounds that the UBCM wants to ¿ght what the mayor of Metchosin calls the “enormous costs of enforcing a thoroughly discredited policy,” I’m afraid it has more to do with ¿ghting organized crime
for the $2.7 billion in annual cannabis revenue than it does ¿ghting organized crime. The Canadian justice system is a $13 billion a year industry (that doesn’t include the money spent on defence lawyers), and of that $13 billion, only $200 million is spent on police, courts and corrections costs involving marijuana. If the UBCM is really concerned with enforcement costs, a good place to start would be the 16 per cent of all guilty cases in Canada that involve drinking and driving, most of which could easily be handled in traf¿c court. I agree we need a more rational approach toward cannabis — licensing users works for me — but the UBCM’s resolution to decriminalize marijuana isn’t motivated by some noble attempt to stand up for ef¿ciency and public safety, it’s just the latest funding formula that conveniently preserves government’s prerogative for pandering legislation. What we need is a de¿nition of crime that prevents the production of a laterto-be-discredited policy, not a money grab that discredits the politicians who make the policy. (The source for the $13 billion ¿gure is the University of Ottawa, $200 million ¿gure the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, 16 per cent ¿gure Maclean’s Sept. 10, 2012 edition.) Scott Robinson Penticton
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Marion (Mugs) McConnell went from an inquisitive teen wondering about meditation to spreading the joys of yoga worldwide. With over 40 years of selÀess dedication to learning and teaching yoga, McConnell’s tireless effort is one of the primary reasons the South Okanagan enjoys such a vibrant and healthy yoga community. On Tuesday, she was given the Diamond Jubilee Medal. “I’m humbled very much by this and it is pretty overwhelming,” said McConnell, who moved to Naramata in 1971 as a teen and lived in the area for over 30 years. In recognition to outstanding contributions to the Okanagan region, McConnell, along with ¿ve other people, were presented with the Diamond Jubilee Medal. It was created in honour of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne. McConnell was introduced to yoga in 1973 and instantly fell in love with it. Five years later she trained to become an instructor in the Bahamas and returned to Penticton to teach. She believes she has trained over 300 people worldwide to be instructors from as far as Norway by distance education to those right in the South Okanagan. “I want people to meditate and understand the gifts yoga has other than just the physical body part. I feel really blessed people are wanting to learn that,” she said. This week, Okanagan Coquihalla MP Dan Albas also presented the medals to South Okanagan residents from all walks of life who are being recognized for their signi¿cant contributions to communities or their achievements abroad that brought credit to Canada. Nikos Theodosakis was one of those recognized as he works to improve the lives of others and inspire youths through the OliveUs Education Society. He has been involved in many different trades including musician, ¿lmmaker, educator, speaker and entrepreneur. His passionate approach and take on education
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has touched the lives of children all over the world. As the ¿nance of¿cer for the Penticton Kiwanis Housing Society, Ernie Schneider has positively affected many seniors in need and was honoured with the medal. The society has provided low-cost affordable housing for seniors for the last 50 years. Sandra Henderson is another recipient who has positively impacted the community for years, donating her time to a variety of meaningful causes including Meals on Wheels. For his achievements in public of¿ce and within the community, Gus Boersma was given the medal. He served as a mayor and alderman for the city of Fernie, councillor for Penticton, provincial president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the Lifetime Honourary Membership from the Penticton Chamber of Commerce. Also given the medal is Deb Silk, the founder of CritterAid. Since 1992, the organization in Summerland has been a refuge for abused, unwanted and abandoned animals in the South Okanagan.
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MARION (MUGS) MCCONNELL holds her Diamond Jubilee medal at the Penticton Japanese Gardens Tuesday after receiving it from MP Dan Albas. She was one of six South Okanagan residents to be awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal.
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Flu and cold season is coming what can I do to protect myself?
With cooler weather and kids back in school comes an increase in colds and flu. Every day we encounter germs and viruses but it all depends on Bobbi the strength of our immune system whether we will become sick or not. Many may already know when they are at risk for becoming ill, as it is usually occurs after being run down with stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy eating, etc. The good news is you can give your immune system a boost to avoid being susceptible. Here are a few tips to boost your immune system: sTake a good multi vitamin. Getting the proper nutrients on a daily basis helps the body ward off viruses sSupplement with probiotics. Probiotics are healthy bacteria naturally found in our intestinal tract which are essential for proper immune function. Probiotics found in yogurt are not sufficient; take a multi strain probiotic in capsule form to ensure optimal performance. sTake 1000-2000mg of vitamin C daily. Vitamin C is great for prevention and proven effectiveness at shortening the duration of infection. sOregano oil- helps to kill viruses and bad bacteria. Great for many ailments and sore throats too! s4RY A HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY SUCH AS Oscillococcinum as prevention or at the first sign of the flu. Homeopathics are safe and effective for the whole family. sAnti Viral- a powerful product derived from Echinacea and other herbs to ward off viruses and shorten duration of flu’s and colds.
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