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A glimpse into the future of Kelowna’s waterfront is now available. Kelowna Yacht Club representatives revealed Wednesday the Meiklejohn Architects proposal which they believe to be the best of three designs put forward by local architects. “It’s quite unique—it has a nautical theme to it,” said Jim Kay the club’s general manager. “It’s designed to look like a large boat.” While the creative tack of the artistic architectural rendering was a hit with the club’s selection committee, Kay explained there were a number of other factors that went into the decision process, such as general functionality and the floor plan. It was the latter two reasons that led the selection committee to choose the Meiklejohn offering, and make a move contrary to the opinion of a number of the club’s members who voted for another design. Approximately 13 per cent of the 1,000-plus club members voted on the renderings and 49 per cent of the votes cast were for an alternative design. Departure from the voters’ opinion isn’t anticipated to be a problem, Kay said, as the new design will ultimately amount to a much grander version of the Kelowna Yacht Club than the current waterfront building. “We’re hoping it’s going to be a landmark piece in the community,” said Kay. “We want to maintain consistency with what’s around us and visual appeal from all four sides of the building.” The new design is also roughly three times the size of the existing building, which was built in 1945. “It’s tired and old,” he said. “The new building will be state of the art, with lots of appeal and functionality.” Also unique will be the public component added to the new clubhouse. “There’s going to be a public restaurant people can enjoy, and we are going to an open banquet and meeting spaces for the public.” The new building will be built where the Water Street Seniors Centre sits today, and the old building will be bulldozed to make way for the eventual phase 2 of Stuart Park. To see a picture go to Kelownayachtclub. com.
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Okanagan-Coquihalla voters who live in West Kelowna and Peachland had their first chance to see the six men vying to succeed long-time Conservative MP Stockwell Day together Wednesday. The candidates, who participated in an election forum in Peachland, took questions from members of the 200-strong audience, covering a myriad of topics ranging from law and order and the economy to health care and seniors issues. Dan Albas, the Conservative candidate kicked off the evening thanking popular long-time former Tory MP Stockwell Day for his public service. Albas said he planned to continue Day’s “strong” record of constituency work if elected. “I want to listen to people, take their views to government and be accountable,” he said. “And I want to remind people in government to respect the people they represent.” NDP candidate David Finnis, who lives in Summerland but has worked See Plea A6
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▼ KELOWNA GENERAL HOSPITAL
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Jennifer Smith STAFF REPORTER
If you build it, they will come is the message of the hour for new B.C. Health Minister Michael de Jong, who toured construction at Kelowna General Hospital on Wednesday with local MLA Norm Letnick. Having taken over the portfolio last month, de Jong was said to be touring the area with an eye to learning about what’s needed on the ground in the medical system. He found a warm reception in Kelowna where the new Centennial Pavilion and catheterization laboratory offered signs of new innovation in the aged hospital, even as it is undergoing its current facelift. “It’s kind of heart-
ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT THE OKANAGAN IS IT TENDS TO BE A BIT OF A MAGNET FOR ATTRACTING CLINICIANS, PROFESSIONALS. Mike de Jong, B.C. Health Minister
warming when you go through a campus like this to hear the acknowledgement, to hear the thanks and at the same time bear witness to some of the extraordinary procedural work and some of the development that is not just leading in terms of the Okanagan, it’s leading the country,” said de Jong.
Harangued by medical staff the day before when he visited the cramped quarters at Vernon Jubilee, de Jong appeared to have bounced back Wednesday. The new minister said he was specifically impressed by construction workers’ efforts and understood the cat lab to be a positive first step en route to a cardiac centre which should serve the needs of the entire area. The minister stressed that he understood the physical structures he toured are nothing without the people who will run them, but said recruitment is not expected to be a problem, national doctor shortage or not. “One of the great things about the Okanagan is it tends to be a bit of a magnet for attracting clin-
icians, professionals,” said de Jong. “The make-up of people who comprise our health teams now is very different than it was 25 years ago. “So doctors, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, the health science professionals, the homecare workers, I mean these are entire teams of people (we need)…and we’re training more of them.” The new UBCO medical school and the nursing program are expected to ease the recruitment burden as the government continues to try and push a rural medicine agenda, taking training outside the city centres. De Jong said he believes the multi-year construction effort on the KGH site, which is expected to wrap up by
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HEALTH MINISTER Mike de Jong (right) toured the new construction projects at Kelowna General Hospital on Wednesday with local MLA Norm Letnick. 2017, is a prime demonstration of how the province is trying to balance the needs of an aging population with taxpayers’ ability to pay. “Kelowna is an example, I believe, of how we are going to find that balance and ensure that the services are there for
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Kelowna politicians are getting an earful from area residents calling in their concerns about a looming transit strike, so Mayor Sharon Shepherd passed their messages onto the B.C. Transit representative who was in council chambers for Monday’s meeting . “We’re very worried about
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▼ OKANAGAN LAKE
Rainbow trout feeding on the kokanee I didn’t realize deer could read, but nine of them showed up in my backyard a couple of days after my last column to give me a piece of their mind about using the word venison when referring to deer. Were they ever annoyed! I’m taking a different tack with them now. I’ve fenced the vegetable garden and put out traps for the mice. I’ve also icked anything in bud that they like to eat in all the gardens but one, where instead I’ve installed a Contech ScareCrow I picked up at the opening of the new Buckerfield’s store.
nothing could freeze and break. Before we could take it back out and set it up again the first morning, three great big mulies hopped through the yard, followed by a herd of half a dozen more. I’m assuming they were does, but were they having a baby shower down by the creek or what? I imagine they’re just about ready to drop their fawns by now. So, we haven’t had a chance to test it on a fourlegged victim yet. But I’m sure hoping it works. I got a bit of sympathy from Doug Maves, who wrote to say he can’t
Judie Steeves It’s a motion-activated sprinkler that detects movement and repels it with a sudden, short burst of water. I can’t wait for the day someone forgets it’s armed and walks up to the garden to pull a weed! Anyway, we had it all set up, but it got so cold the past couple of nights that we disconnected and brought it inside so
figure out where they are during hunting season. He was also jealous of Jim Sutherland, who caught that 26-pound rainbow trout in Okanagan Lake earlier this month. He says he’s seen rainbows trying to ingest kokanee the same size as they are, and he’s also seen a foot-long kokanee come out of a big trout’s stomach. Dad always used to tell me to check out the stomach contents of a fish I caught to get an idea what to use on the line. It was fascinating. Sutherland is a really competitive angler who is always trying to outsmart
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the big one, whether it’s a kokanee or a trout, and he’s done a lot of fishing in Okanagan Lake as well as in many other lakes around the province. This week, he’s over in the Kootenays at a bull trout derby, so I wasn’t able to connect with him. However, he does say the world record rainbow is about 60 pounds, caught in a Saskatchewan lake last year. And while it was no competition with Sutherland’s catch, it was a pretty exciting day during spring break for 15-yearold Dustin Pidherny of Summerland, who caught a 14-pound rainbow trout in Okanagan Lake. There are definitely some decent-sized trout in the big lake, and the increased kokanee numbers certainly would have helped them reach such a size. Most of the shore spawning kokanee are so small, even when they mature, that most anglers return them to the water. That’s not recommended because they frequently don’t survive. But it’s the good numbers of these shore spawners that probably have contributed to growing great big trout like these. That’s another good reason it’s really important we do all we can to bring back kokanee numbers in Okanagan Lake by
IT WAS an exciting day on Okanagan Lake for
15-year-old Dustin Pidherney, of Summerland, when he brought in this 14-pound rainbow. improving both the shoreline habitat we’ve degraded, and by rehabilitating creek habitat so the stream spawner numbers grow as well. Incidentally, be aware that new, stricter boating exam standards became the norm last week as Transport Canada moved to standardized testing for the mandatory Pleasure Craft Operator Card. Operators of any
motorized water vessel now are required to have a PCOC, and there’s a $250 fine for anyone caught operating a boat without one. It’s all about preventing accidents, they say. Judie Steeves writes about outdoors issues for the Capital News. email@example.com
Friday, April 22, 2009 capital news
Facing the reality of death and the promise of eternity O
n Sunday, March 27, I was feeling very uncomfortable and was having difficulty breathing. I did not want to stop breathing so I went to the emergency for a checkup. It was a quiet Sunday afternoon, so I did not have to wait very long. I received prompt attention. The doctor told me I had to be admitted. I was not ready for this, but the doctor knows best. After several tests the doctors discovered I have a very weak heart and it could stop beating at any time. This was the reason for my shortness of breath. I had the privilege of being treated by two of the most outstanding cardiologists in B.C. One of those cardiologists informed me that
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Albert Baldeo there was a new medication that could help me. Unfortunately, it did not help. After my eighth day in hospital, the cardiologist informed me that he could not do anything more for me at this time so I was discharged. I want to take this opportunity to thank the staff at 2 East at KGH for their Kindness, Goodness and Hospitality…that spells KGH. The cardiologist was very candid in his comments to me: “Mr. Baldeo, you are a very sick man…and you are
dying.” Then he said, we all have to die. I replied, “Yes doctor, we are all terminally ill and some have longer terms than others.” There was once a man who thought “terminally ill” meant going to the airport to die. On my second day the doctor asked me a very pointed question. He said, “Mr. Baldeo, if you become ill at midnight and we have to treat you, would you like to be resuscitated or should we just keep you comfortable and let you go?” Without hesitation I replied, “Please let me go.” So these three letters were written on my file: DNR. I am forced to reflect on my own mortality. I officiated at over 1,712 funerals in my 50 years of
A White Road boarding house in Rutland was severely damaged by a fire that occurred at 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday. The Kelowna Fire Department dispatched three fire engines, one rescue truck and two command vehicles along with 19 firefighters to fight the blaz.
ministry work, but it seldom crossed my mind that some day I would be the one in the casket. It happens to everyone else, but not to me. Death was not a reality for me. I have been overwhelmed with the number of phone calls and prayers on my behalf. It is comforting and healing. Thank you very much! My doctor has cautioned me to keep my visiting to a minimum. I am not able to accept visitors at this time so please forgive me. I would love to see you but in due time, when I am feeling some better and feel a little stronger. My three daughters and grandchildren have visited and they sense Grandpa is not feeling well. One of them wrote me a beautiful poem.
My sister called me from Trinidad and said, “Let not your heart be troubled.” This is a simple but penetrating truth. I am not accepting this death sentence at this time. I trust that our mighty God will take me through the valley of the shadow of death. However, I am fully aware that my day to be ushered into eternity will come. But do not weep me for I have gone for my coronation where I will meet with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. My new destination is heaven, where there is no sickness, there is no Parkinson’s Disease, there are no hospitals…and there is no HST. I am ready to go to my new location. Are you? I have a room reser-
While dealing with heavy smoke, the fire department determined that no one occupied the house at the time, and that is was no longer being used as a boarding house. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimate had been given as of Wednesday afternoon.
vation. Jesus said, “I have gone to prepare a place for you.” I will see my Mom and Dad and all my dear friends. I can hardly wait for the great reunion. This is only a temporary parting. I look for-
ward to you coming to join me some day. I will have a ball in heaven. Death is not the end, it is just a bend in the road of life. Rev. Albert Baldeo is a retired United Church minister.
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â€˜There is an increasing gap between the rich and the poorâ€™ Plea from A1 in Westbank for the last 11 years, said he decided to run because of the lack of civility in Parliament, a state of affairs that seems to make it impossible for MPs to get things done. But he said minority parliaments can work and the NDP is willing to find common ground with other parties. Liberal candidate John Kidder, who rejected Albasâ€™s claim that this is an
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The Green Partyâ€™s Dan Bouchard, who ran in the 2008 election when he was a student and now works in the forest industry as a lumber broker, called himself a â€œmiddlemanâ€? in the business world. â€œAnd thatâ€™s what you need to be as an MP. You need to bring people together,â€? he said. The other two candidates, West Kelowna realtor Sean Upshaw, who calls himself an â€œindependent Conservative,â€? and Dietrich Wittel, a medical doctor, are both running after failing to win the Conservative nomination. Upshaw said if he wins, he plans to sit with the Tories and support them. As a result, he spent much of the night explaining what the Conservatives would do if reelected to govern. â€œIâ€™m not a conservative out of convenience but out of conviction,â€? he declared. â€œAnd that makes a difference. He claims the Conservative nomination process was rigged to give Albas, a former Penticton city councillor, the nomination. Albas, former MP Stockwell Day and the Conservative riding association have all denied the
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With questions from the audience at Wednesdayâ€™s all-candidate forum in Peachland covering everything from jail, safe-injection drug sites, the economy, health care and seniors issues, there was one question that left the two candidates claiming to be Conservatives in silence. Conservative Party candidate Dan Albas, and independent Sean Upshaw, who calls himself an independent Conservative and says he will sit with the Tories if elected, strangely had nothing to say about the controversial long-gun registry. Elimination of the registry, a lightening rod for the Tories in recent years, has been repeatedly promised by the former governments of Stephen Harper and pushed for by former Okanagan-Coquihalla Conservative MP Stockwell Day. But when given a chance to reiterate opposition to the controversial registry, Albas, and Upshaw, declined the opportunity. Their chance came and went after retired police officer George Neilson put a question to NDP candidate David Finnis. Neilson said he knew the Conservativeâ€™s position (to abolish it) and disagreed with it. He said he knew the Liberal position (to keep it). But he wanted to know Finnisâ€™s position because the last NDP caucus in Ottawa had been â€œwishy-washyâ€? on the future of the registry, a registry Neilson said is supported by every police association in Canada and all but six police chiefs in this country. Finnis said he personally supports the registry and said he was disappointed some NDP MPs did not. He said Canadians have to register their cars and boats, so they should also have to register their guns. The question was then thrown open to the other five candidates, with Liberal John Kidder and Dan Bouchard of the Green Party expressing support as well. But Albas and Upshaw remained silent despite the fact the Conservative government of Stephen Harper has repeatedly made it clear the registry will be abolished if it wins a majority.
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Jane Muskens students who actually graduated from Grade 12. Currently the number sits at 80 per cent with little change except for the male student graduation rate—it went from 77 per cent in 2005-06 to 83 per cent in 2009-10. The info sheet also looked at the percentage of Grade 12 graduates who were satisfied that their education prepared them for college or university. On average, about 72 per cent indicated their past education prepared them to transition to postsecondary. Fast fact number three showed how many high school students went directly to college or university right after gradu-
ation which currently sits at 53.6 per cent. Since 2005, across B.C. these transition rates have increased by 2.7 per cent. Transition rates in the Okanagan area grew faster at 4.7 per cent. This is the type of information I look at all the time because it gives me a pretty good idea of what to expect in regards to demand for Okanagan College programs and courses. But high school transition rates aren’t the only transition rates I look at. Fast fact number four provided information on the cumulative transition rates to college or university. These are high school graduates who took time off between high school and college. Over a period of time, this report shows how a graduating classes transition to post-secondary. For example, in B.C. 49.9 per cent of the graduating class of 2004 went
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straight to post-secondary. A year later, another 10.8 per cent of this same class enrolled, followed by another 4.6 per cent a year later. By 2009, this 49.9 per cent grew to 72.4 per cent, telling us that from this specific graduating class many had registered at a college or university. Fast-fact number five looked at the same data including the per cent of students who did not attend college or university. This information is also important because it gives college and university administrators the ability to see how young adults transition into col-
lege as they move through their 20s. B.C. data shows us that the older an individual gets the least likely they will go back to school. Another interesting fast fact was the how many of us over the age of 15 hold a high school graduation diploma and a post-secondary credential. With data from Stats Canada this chart showed a provincial comparison. B.C. rated that highest at 80 per cent followed by Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland. Next week, I’ll review the rest of the report, which looks at Aboriginal students, high achievers and some more interesting stuff. Stay tuned.
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A parolee from Kelowna was among eight people arrested as part of a police investigation into a group that was allegedly trafficking cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. RCMP said Tuesday the arrests all came in a 24 hour period surrounding the search of six homes and one storage locker at various locations in the Lower Mainland, conducted on April 4. As a result of the investigation, police say 20 kilograms of cocaine, one kilogram of methamphetamine, two kilograms of marijuana, two tons of a highly toxic, highly flammable, extremely corrosive chemical which could be used for the production of ecstasy and a large pill press were seized, said Const. Michael McLaughlin. Other dangerous chemicals were found stored in an East Vancouver home, near a res-
The Kelowna RCMP have asked for the public’s assistance, seeking any information leading to the arrest of individuals involved in a brazen drive-by shooting last summer. On Sept. 10, 2010, a shooting occurred in the downtown core of Kelowna on Leon and Abbott. The unknown occupants of a black 1982 Chevy Blazer fired multiple gun shots at a grey 2009 Nissan Sentra. The male driver of the Nissan Sentra received a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The Blazer was later found in West Kelowna and had been set on fire. The fact that this shooting happened in a pub-
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Change begins with just one vote The federal leadership debates have come and gone, and after several days of over analysis, the recurring theme of this year’s campaign continues to be voter apathy. But just what is apathy and why does it seem so hard to get some Canadians to understand the value of getting out to the polls? If you watched last week’s debates—even one of them —you’re probably interested enough in politics that you will
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o much attention has been put on whether youth, ethnic minorities and a litany of other groups are going to vote this election, that I’m feeling a bit left out. Where in political platforms is the pandering to disgruntled 30-somethings who still can’t boast an end to student loan debt accrued in the years when the future looked bright? Is there nothing for those who hit an upward mobility roadblock in cities where the cost of real estate has increased by 230-plus per cent in the last decade? Should our related desire to update wardrobes several times a year, instead of investing in anything that come with the words “tax write-off,”
really make us irrelevant? For the record, power people of varying political stripes, you shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss my kind. Our bout of apathy was rocked in the ’90s, so we usually vote. In fact, back to my wardrobe point, if you were to invite us to a photo-op with the proviso of wearing a costume relevant to our station in life—as the Conservatives did for ethnic minorities—we’d be enthusiastic, accessorized and ready. But you’d see right away, unfortunately, that our spring lines are a bit
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ting poorer. All this talk of a stable, strong Canada hasn’t been reflected in our bank accounts, Kathy which quite honestMichaels ly have showed a weakening balance from month-to-month for the last three years. A high likelihood of being a notch in Stats Canada’s unemployment surveys is one reason, but for those who have dodged the layoff bullet more deftly, there’s the whole issue that wages haven’t risen since the unspeakable recession rolled into town.
Strangely, that didn’t impact rising gas, food and everything-else prices. Worse yet, even the people we’ve traditionally sponge off are having problems, whether you believe it or not. And I know the Prime Minster, at the very least, doesn’t. I watched the debates and between witty barbs, I saw his earnest looks and heard him say all was OK. In fact we’re faring better than the US, but the apple and orange comparisons were a bit off-putting. I mean, we’re economically more sound than Cambodia too, but that’s no more a worthy measure than the US these days. That’s neither here, nor there, I suppose. Optimism reigns supreme
going forward and our dear leader has said things are getting better. There are fighter jets on the way, to prove it. Nothing speaks of a rosy financial future like making purchases without a price tag. I get it, Mr. Harper. I will have my Julia Roberts a la Pretty Woman episode one day too, as soon as my creditors get off my ass. Until then, I’ll content myself with carrying around my locally acquired new passport through all the nice new bike paths and roads the government helped fund. Maybe I haven’t been left out after all. Kathy Michaels is a staff reporter for the Kelowna Capital News. firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 22, 2009 capital news
â–ź COURT PROCESS
Procedures dissuade filing small claim To the editor: Recently, an article in your paper shed light on our court systemâ€”the Kelowna law court building in particular portrayed by smiling school children and authoritiesâ€”very entertaining. Allow me to mention a negative experience. More than two years ago I had an issue with a local repair shop. I had no choice but to involve Small Claims Court. After obtaining information, the claim was submitted, accepted and in process. Knowing the wheel of justice grinds slowly, after two months I inquired, only to be told by the chief clerk (J.P.) that the authentic sig-
nature of the postal employee, who delivered the claim to said business, was needed. This took time, coming from Ottawa, but was submitted, involving extra costs and silence. After a long interval I checked back and was told to submit the claim in triplicate, even though said claim had been accepted and not challenged. To be brief, I went through the system, tried legal aidâ€”no option; talked to a lawyer and was told a claim for legal service has to be in excess of $3,000 (my expense was $300). Then I tried MLA Ombudsman and finally wrote and sent information to the chief judge in Kelowna. The response was immediate, but only to be handed back to a lower level.
Apparently the system was required to inform the chief judge of B.C. and a letter was promptly received from Gene Jamieson, assistant of the chief judge, blaming me for not being precise enough about my intentions. I could no longer go on, signed off and sent him a get-well card, dated Jan. 18, 2011. In conclusion, I hope that you find it worthwhile to let your readers know about my problem. I am a handicapped senior on a fixed income. My initial claim was for $418.16, the actual cost to me was in excess was $800, not including time and effort wasted. John Reiter, West Kelowna
Problems downtown need real commitment To the editor: Itâ€™s been just over a year since the Kelowna city council shocked their population by voting down the CD-21 downtown revitalization plan during a fourth and final reading, a reading that was supposed to be for â€˜crossing final Ts and â€˜dotting final Iâ€™s.â€™ The Westcorp developer who was going to put our city on the map, Phil Milroy, has gone home and taken his $2.5 million â€˜R&Dâ€™ debt with him (serves him right for believing council was go-
ing to actually take the advice of their city staff, right?!). The parting words of Mayor Sharon Shepherd from that historic night still resonate through our vacant downtown streets: â€œâ€Śthere has to be a better plan out there.â€? Letâ€™s hope there is, in fact, a â€˜betterâ€™ plan out there, or any plan. Spring is in the air and the hundreds of thousands of tourists who will drive into â€œthe jewel of the B.C. Interiorâ€? from the west are going to be met with the holiday night-
mare trifecta: Countless billboards blocking the initial view of Okanagan Lake, several boarded-up businesses directly downtown on Harvey Avenue, and dozens of â€œFor Leaseâ€? signs blanketing our downtown core like wild mushrooms, representing the broken dreams of business owners who were counting on the kind of foot traffic who donâ€™t ask you for spare change every time you need to step over them. As a brief aside, Iâ€™ve been to hundreds of cities around the world and
have never seen a boarded up McDonaldâ€™s, Burger King, Tim Hortonâ€™s, Husky, or Macâ€™s, let alone all fiveâ€”that has to be some kind of record. In any case, we do acknowledge the fact that discussions are about to take place regarding (re) vitalizing downtown with what to do, how to do it, who is to do it, when, etc, and that is something, albeit perhaps akin to taking the first step in the planning journey of 1,000 miles (when the city was already at mile 999 just 13 months ago).
Letâ€™s just hope that the silent majority isnâ€™t so silent this time, and that whatever plan is finally agreed on, it has the kind of scope and tenacity required to drastically increase the number of businesses and residents into the downtown core. Skating rinks and angled parking are nice and all, but the state of our downtown core is a real problem that is going to take a real solution and a real commitment.
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Weâ€™re the ones who pay â€˜corporate taxesâ€™ To the editor: Who pays corporate taxes? You do! Many people like corporate taxes because it seems a cost-free way to finance government programs. It isnâ€™t. No corporation has ever paid a tax nor can they. Corporations are simply legal fictions that facilitate workers, investors and customers in producing and consuming goods and services. When a corporation is taxed, the money comes out of the pockets of one or more of these three groups. If a corporation is in a monopoly or semi-monopoly position, its customers pay the tax through higher prices. Those who work for corporations may pay corporate taxes through lower wages.
Finally, the real targets of the advocates of higher corporate taxes, investors (including your pension plan or RRSP), might pay through reduced profits or dividends. Of the three, investors are the least likely to pay because multinational corporations can easily move profits from high tax jurisdictions to low tax ones. In Canada, we benefit from the taxes collected on profits moved to their subsidiaries here by corporations in high tax jurisdictions such as the US. Who pays then? A C.D. Howe Institute study shows that, for the most part, a corporationâ€™s employees pay corporate taxes through lower wages dir-
ectly and also through lowered productivity caused by reductions in productivity enhancing investments. So, why do Mr. Ignatieff and Mr. Layton want to raise corporate taxes? Because you donâ€™t know youâ€™re paying them. After all, you wonâ€™t be seeing a deduction from your wages on your T4 for corporate taxes. Your utility bill wonâ€™t show how much lower your rates would be were it not for corporate taxes. Mr. Ignatieff wants to finance his promises by lowering your wages and raising your utility bills by an amount you wonâ€™t be told. Peter Neville, Kelowna
Harper continues to use Express yourself minority government as a threat To the editor: During the English language leaders debate Mr. Harper stated that we will likely have another election soon, if he is not given a majority government. This can be perceived as a threat from him to the Canadian public. It also illustrates his unwillingness to negotiate with other parties.
If Mr. Harper is elected with a majority government it is highly unlikely that it will be by a majority of the popular voteâ€” Conservative popular vote was 38 per cent in the 2008 election. If a majority government is formed with a minority of the votes, no one will gain. The will of a minority imposed upon the majority will only de-
stabilize an already bad situation. Canada is a country with a great diversity of views and opinions. Our diversity is our strength and through reasoned discussion and debate we can arrive at a direction for Canada that respects all Canadians. Dave Carter, Castlegar
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Key to weight loss is to stay away from boxed foods B ‘‘ eing a practitioner that is dedicated to wellness, one of the most common questions I get asked is, “How do I lose weight and keep it off?” Let me separate the hype from the science and give you a simple and doable formula for success. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a safe “quick weight loss” program. But I assure you, that if you persevere with this plan, I guarantee you lose the weight you want to. The World Health Organization has deemed obesity as an epidemic here in North America. This is due to one sin-
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Protecting and respecting valuable resource The Capital News starts a new monthly series today about how to be water wise in the Okanagan, an initiative coordinated by the Okanagan Basin Water Board. Toby Pike CONTRIBUTOR
May 1 to 7 is Drinking Water Week in B.C. In recognition of that, the Okanagan Basin Water Board has proclaimed Drinking Water Week in the Okanagan, encouraging people to “Get to know your H2O.” As residents of the Okanagan, it’s important we recognize its beauty and value and help conserve and protect it. We all share the same water in the Okanagan. All the waters of the Okanagan Basin—from the creeks and lakes, to the hidden waters underground—are connected, from Armstrong to Osoyoos. Unlike Vancouver and Victoria, the Okanagan doesn’t close off areas around its drinking water supplies. Instead, we are allowed to use the areas for recreation. This includes our big lakes in the valley bottom and the small ones up in the hills. So it’s important to understand that anytime we’re near water in the Okanagan, we are near someone’s drinking water and we need to be careful. One of the biggest problems facing our drinking water is recreation, whether it’s motor boats, houseboats, or other motorized vehicles. The waters are vulnerable to gas spills and leaks, and sewage spills. Smaller, shallower
lakes are even more sensitive, because there is less water to dilute any pollution. Cattle, horses, and even pets that relieve themselves in or near our water sources can also cause harmful bacteria growth that gets into our drinking waters. Motorized trail riding through creeks and streams and on the shores of small lakes stirs up dirt, and can take animal waste into the water which, again, affects the quality of someone’s drinking water. Another issue in the large lakes is stormwater pollution. Almost everything that enters storm sewers, including chemicals, dirt, cigarette butts, and other debris, goes directly into our creeks and lakes. This can hurt fish and other creatures that call these waters home, as well as our drinking water. There is only one water in the Okanagan. We swim in it, we play in it, we depend on it for our food production, and we drink it. Protecting our lakes and streams is good for our environment, but it also reduces the cost of treating our drinking water. We all share one valley and one water. It is up to each of us to do our part to protect this most precious resource, today and for future gener-
ations. A number of Okanagan communities are holding Drinking Water Week events, including open houses at their water treatment plants. Celebrate with us! Learn more at www.okwaterwise.ca.
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In nature… • When enjoying the back country, by foot, on horseback or ATV, stick to maintained trails in approved areas, and avoid going near or through streams and creeks. • Avoid using soap in the backcountry (even biodegradable ones). The chemicals can harm fish and aquatic plants and cause algae blooms. If you use soap for camping dishes, dump the soapy water far from any waterway. The ground will filter the soap before the dishwater makes its way back into our water system. • Keep pets away from streams to prevent animal waste and silt from polluting the water. • Leave no trace behind. Take out what you take in. In your yard… • Wash vehicles at a car wash that recycles its water. If you must wash at home, use a trigger nozzle to not waste water and wash the car over grass. Your lawn will remove most chemicals before the water makes its way back
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Hands On My Ride is a charity fundraiser event co-sponsored by Auction World and K96.3 in support of BrainTrust Canada’s brain injury prevention and education programs in the Okanagan. The premise is that 20
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A18 capital news Friday, April 22, 2009
UBCO engineering student earns $5,000 scholarship Third-year engineering student Audrey Siebert-Timmer is one of five women across Canada who will receive a $5,000
scholarship from the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation. Siebert-Timmer will travel to Halifax in May
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to receive her $5,000 and meet the other award winners. She will also serve as an ambassador of CEMF and present to youth at Okanagan high schools with the intent of promoting engineering as a viable career for both boys and girls. Closely tied to the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, the CEMF seeks to recognize and promote exceptional women in engineering. Winners are chosen for their leadership activ-
ities, community and volunteer work, and a proven track record of mentorship and serving as a role model to others. “There are so many amazing women in engineering who are making a difference in their profession and I feel honoured and humbled to be selected for this award,” said Siebert-Timmer. “I’m really looking forward to travelling to Halifax and meeting the other award recipients. “I love talking to people and can’t wait to hear
about how the other girls have excelled in their programs, as well as share some of my experiences with them.” This summer, SiebertTimmer will return to the UBCO campus and work as a research assistant under the direction of engineering professor Lukas Bichler. Her work on the development of ceramic materials for the nuclear industry will be supported by an Undergraduate Student Research Award. “Audrey is one of the
rising stars at the School of Engineering at UBC,” said Bichler. “Aside from maintaining a high level of academic performance, she consistently reminds us that the true calling of an engineer is to make a difference in the lives of our peers, our community, and for all Canadians. “With her calm and humble personality, Audrey is a role model for many of her peers.” Siebert-Timmer’s volunteer activities include serving as an ambassador
for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, through which she volunteers at basketball camps for middle-school girls who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education. She is also volunteering this year with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. (Kelowna branch), serving on the executive board. As well, Siebert-Timmer is a senior player with the Okanagan Heat varsity women’s basketball team.
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