Newcomer wants to quit horsing around in Area F

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (All Areas): Ronald Johnson wants to knock off incumbent director and put horses at top of agenda

  • Oct. 21, 2014 9:00 a.m.
Ronald Johnson

Ronald Johnson

I was a West Bench resident at birth.  My father was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force and was able to buy a property on the West Bench under the Veterans’ Land Act.

I attended West Bench School from Grades 1 to 7, then Princess Margaret, Pen-Hi and spent eight years at UBC earning a B.Sc.(Biochemistry) and a D.M.D.

After a two-year locum in Houston, B.C., I bought a dental practice in Penticton and have practised dentistry locally since 1988. In 1989 I bought an acreage on the West Bench from my parents and developed it into a farm.  I am still actively farming this property.

One thing that I will always remember about my youth was the yearly visit of horses which grazed on neighbouring PIB land.  I really liked those horses and used to feed them over the fence, however, today free-ranging horses are not fenced-out and roam our streets causing accidents and property damage.

I believe that the feral horse issue is the most important issue in RDOS Area F and cannot understand why feral horses are not being fenced-out like they were in the old days.