Kin Beach, Senior Care and Hurlburt Park shelter

Kin Beach, Senior Care and Hurlburt Park shelter

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Residents pen their views

I try to live and let live knowing that everyone has a right to their point of view. But I am no longer going to ride the fence on this one. Can someone tell me please why we allow people to feed the geese and ducks at this popular, city maintained swimming beach where they congregate and deposit poop by the ton. I have counted, more than once, 200+ geese and who knows how many ducks on the lake adjacent to Kinsman beach and the park. Now I really do not enjoy raining on your parade you bird feeder lovers. But you know how much goose and duck guano is present there at the feeding zone, amongst these handout addicted once wild birds. Meanwhile the aquatic weed harvester churns away offshore in an attempt to keep this swimming area pleasurable for the many folks who come here. Kids play, dig, get buried in this poop drenched sand and the the nutrients leach in to the lake and no doubt enhance weed growth, never mind the bacterial count in the lake. I would like to encourage my fellow swimmers and beach goers to say no more.

CG Lightfoot

I was just up visiting two people who are in the Polson Extended Care unit.

I was talking to a few people there and they all agree on adding a hot tub there to help people’s circulation. Even a couple of nurses thought it was a good idea.

So with a little help from the community, maybe we can make things happen. I’m sure we can get a real good hot tub added to Polson Care.

I am interested in helping people.

Art Gourley

Vernon

In the last Council meeting on March 26, a major point of discussion was the close proximity of a shelter in Hurlburt Park to the adjacent neighbours less than 10 feet away.

Councillor Cunningham wanted the shelter left where it was. Councillor Anderson wanted it removed and/or relocated to a level terrain closer to the center of the park above the beach; and Councillor Quiring wanted it removed/provided with adequate sound buffering to mitigate sound to the neighbour.

“If I could get some assurances that there would be significant landscape buffering between the picnic shelters and the neighbour’s property, then I would support it.” (Councillor Quiring)

Those assurances were then provided by the City staffer making the presentation.

At this point, it is up to those of us who believe that assurances made to City Councillors in scenarios like this are to be honoured, and if they are not, I will be one who will let people know which City staffers have failed to keep their commitments to City Councillors.

One of the main reasons that the new videotaping system will is being tried out is so that all of you can see what promises are made to City Councillors at these meetings, and who does, or does not, keep those promises.

That is what is known as transparency in government, and we are all entitled to that.

Dean Roosevelt, Vernon

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A pair of geese get dive-bombed by an osprey after they hijacked the nest near Kalamalka Lake over the weekend. (Judy Marsh photo)
Osprey dive-bombs geese who hijacked nest near Oyama

Drone footage captured near Crystal Waters shows a goose nesting higher than usual…

Photo: pixabay.com
Morning Start: Why do dogs like squeaky toys?

Your morning start for Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Jasmyn Yakura's 2004 Chevy Aveo ended up going off Cosens Bay Road Sunday, April 18, with her behind the wheel, and coming to rest down a steep cliff. Yakura suffered only minor injuries. She was helped back to the road by a friend travelling behind her when the car left the road. (RCMP photo)
Coldstream driver credits seatbelt with saving life

Jasmyn Yakura, 17, survived after car went off Cosens Bay Road over a cliff, flipping ‘five or six times or more’

The Vernon Curling Club has been selected to host the 2022 B.C. Mixed Doubles championships Feb. 9-13, and will also the 2022 B.C. Winter Games curling competitions Feb. 24-27. (Morning Star - file photo)
Local club will host B.C. Mixed Doubles and B.C. Winter Games curling in February 2022

The Vernon Curling Club is among the host sites for Curl B.C.’s… Continue reading

The Regional District of North Okanagan prepared to fine individuals $100 if caught verbally abusing landfill staff amid COVID-19. (RDNO Website)
Limit North Okanagan landfill visits to essential trips: RDNO

Regional district reminds patrons to be respectful of staff amid high-traffic pandemic times

FILE – NDP Leader John Horgan, right, and local candidate Mike Farnworth greet one another with an elbow bump during a campaign stop in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday, September 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. won’t be using random individual road stops to enforce travel rules: Safety Minister

Minister Mike Farnworth says travel checks only being considered at major highway junctions, ferry ports

FILE – Health-care workers wave to people clapping and yelling thank you to the frontline workers during the 7 p.m.-tribute outside the Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, April 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. nurses issue plea for all to follow health orders as hospitalizations spike

Nurses worried about strain COVID-19 is having on hospital capacity, care

The river channel north of Osoyoos Lake where a man and his dog were rescued on April 19. (Google Maps)
Man and dog rescued from South Okanagan river channel

The man had driven his Jeep into the river off of the dike roadway near Osoyoos Lake

University of Victoria rowing coach Barney Williams is photographed in the stands during the Greater Victoria Invitational at CARSA Performance Gym at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, November 29, 2019. The University of Victoria says Williams has resigned effective immediately. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
University of Victoria women’s rowing coach resigns by mutual agreement

Lawsuit filed last summer accused Barney Williams of verbal abuse

Former B.C. premier Christy Clark. (Black Press Media files)
Former B.C. premier to testify at money laundering hearing today

Attorney General David Eby has been added to the witness list as well

Selina Robinson is shown in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday November 17, 2017. British Columbia’s finance minister says her professional training as a family therapist helped her develop the New Democrat government’s first budget during the COVID-19 pandemic, which she will table Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. to table budget that’s expected to deal with COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

Robinson released a fiscal update last December that said the impact of the pandemic on B.C.’s economy was uncertain

Paramedic Matthew Schlatter of Victoria is living a fuller life today due to the double lung transplant he received in 2019. He encourages B.C. residents to register as an organ donor and let their families know their wishes. (Instagram/Matthew Schlatter)
B.C. man living a full, active life after double-lung transplant

Matt Schlatter encourages people to register as an organ donor to help others live

(Photo by Mojpe/Pixabay)
Canadian kids extracting record amounts from Tooth Fairy

Our neighbours in the U.S. receive slightly less from Tooth Fairy visits

Most Read