Letters: No need for national park

No need for national park

I would like to comment from a rancher’s perspective of the hotly debated topic of a national park in the South Okanagan. Our family has been ranching here for more than six decades and have lived in harmony with all of nature during this time.

We are good stewards of the land. A quick and conservative tally of conservation land from Penticton south to the US border is approximately 10,000 acres. I feel this is enough land under conservation.

We do not need a national park in this area. Ranchers were not included in the feasibility study about the park until it was almost over and even then, we were not given any concrete answers to any questions we asked Parks Canada.

Many park supporters make it sound like everyone is on side and this could not be further from the truth. Ranchers need land for cattle grazing without more regulations and additional costs of moving cattle to different pastures, worrying about gates being left open, etc.

Tourism will continue to grow as we have many attractions including nice weather and the warmest lake in Canada. We have endured more than a decade of uncertainty of whether or not we will be able to continue ranching in this area. Our livelihood is at stake here and we are very thankful to Linda Larsen and the rest of the provincial government for their foresight on this matter.

Hazel Pendergraft



Help Canadians first

Once again our fine prime minister is doling out the big bucks to foreign countries.

This time it is $66 million to Palestine and we have people in Canada that need help.

People can not even afford to pay their hydro bills or a senior needs some more money just to pay the rent.

We have our own children going to school with no breakfast in the morning and he just keeps giving the money to other countries.

Does he not like the people of Canada who first that elected him.

Where is this money coming from?

No wonder we will never have a balanced budget, he is too busy trying to pretend that Canada  has a money tree and he is trying to strip it and see how fast he can help everyone else except the people of Canada.

Time we had a new government when the next election rolls around ... one that cares about the people of Canada.

Doris de Grood



Tourism board illegal

I was going to post this as a letter to the editor, but I think you may find it better as an editorial or article done by yourself.

I’ve been doing some societies research for a group, and found the current Tourism board of which Miranda Halladay just resigned from, may not have been legally elected at the last AGM.

Under the Society Act there are some things you can’t change, such as voting electronically, it’s just not allowed.

Proxies - (63)  A permanent proxy or proxy entitling a person or member to vote at other than one meeting and any adjournment is void.

B -  Voting must be by show of hands, unless by secret ballot, to be decided at the meeting by those members present.

The voting was also done over a period of a week via email. Anyone could have logged on to a computer and voted.

The reason I bring this up is the current TP board was elected using these methods, and they didn’t keep any records of who voted, or if they were authorized to vote.

This means that if they violated the act and or the TP bylaws, all decisions made, monies spent that was approved by the board, or changes to their bylaws since would be null and void.

I have read the TP bylaws and there is proxy votes, but not of which kind.

There is no mention at all of electronic voting in the TP bylaws. So they can’t do it, and even if it were in the bylaws, the registry strongly advises to remove it because of the inability to insure who is casting the vote.

Keith Bevan



Canadians say enough

Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in Israel with a contingent of 207 people, all travelling on the taxpayers’ dime, including 21 Jewish rabbis.

Why are 21 religious leaders of the same faith required on a trade mission? Given his destination, I could see a handful of rabbis going, not 21. This is a vote-buyer for Harper.

The Jewish vote in Toronto and Montreal is courted by all parties and Harper just happens to be in a position to provide an all-expenses-paid pilgrimage to 21 gentlemen who have influence in their communities.

Harper has a long history of using taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars to further the interests of the Conservative Party, as opposed to the interests of the government of Canada which is supposed to represent all Canadians.

Diane McLeod





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