Penticton chemtrails notice a fraud

The City of Penticton wants everyone to know that notices alleging planes are spraying chemicals over the city did not come from them.

The RCMP are investigating the fraudulent use of the  City of Penticton letterhead on this fake alert notice that is being distributed in the city.

The RCMP are investigating the fraudulent use of the City of Penticton letterhead on this fake alert notice that is being distributed in the city.

It certainly looks official enough, but the City of Penticton wants everyone to know that notices alleging planes are spraying chemicals over the city did not come from them.

“It’s totally false pretences, and fraudulent,” said Chuck Loewen, acting city manager. The notices have the city’s letterhead at the top and are signed by a Susan Smith, Environmental Department Manager and have been distributed on parked cars.

“We have no environment department, we have no Susan Smith that works for us,” said Loewen, adding that the issue has been passed on to the RCMP for their investigation.

Loewen said the city is not in the habit of issuing important notices by slipping them under windshield wipers in parking lots. With a bright red “Alert Notice” at the top, the flyer warns “unidentified planes” are leaving behind. “unusual and heavy chemical smoke called chemtrails.” It also exhorts anyone seeing one of these chemical trails to report it by emailing a picture with the time and location to Premier Christy Clarke’s office.

“This is totally false, totally fraudulent. It has nothing to do with the city. We just want to ensure that people are not alarmed by this. It is not something the city does or would do,” said Loewen, referring to the distribution of the letter. “It’s enough that it has caused alarm in some individuals, both visitors to the area and citizens of Penticton, and that is of grave concern to us.”

Loewen said the city has also received unconfirmed reports that individuals posing as city officials were asking businesses to help distribute these letters.

Sgt. Rick Dellebuur said the RCMP has not yet heard of complaints from business owners, but are investigating an incident where the letters were distributed on cars in the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot. At this point, he said, it didn’t seem likely to result in criminal charges.

“It’s certainly something we will look into and see where it takes us,” said Dellebuur, noting that there isn’t a Susan Smith at city hall, the perpetrators of the hoax weren’t impersonating anyone.

“When you are dealing with fraud, there is lots of grey areas. A lot of it hinges on the intent of the individual,” he said. “That’s what makes these things difficult to prosecute from a criminal aspect, but it still doesn’t mean we aren’t interested to put a name to who is doing this so we are, if nothing else, able to monitor the individual.”


Just Posted

People decided to tag Skaha Bluffs rocks which the Ministry has to go in and now clean up. (Facebook)
Bluffs at popular Penticton rock climbing park defaced

Ministry of Environment is going to clean it up

The City of Penticton is beginning plans to revitalize its north entrance on Highway 97. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Penticton reviewing ideas on how to make the city’s north gateway more vibrant

The city has plans to redevelop the area into a welcoming and attractive entrance

A portion of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail near Naramata will be closed temporarily for upgrade work, including paving. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Upgrades plannned for trail near Naramata

Surface improvement work will mean temporary trail closure

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Skaha Bluffs climbing spots. (Monique Tamminga)
New parking lot and picnic area coming to Penticton’s Skaha Bluffs

The city will turn the access point at Crow Place into a parking and picnic area

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

Vernon Courthouse. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Sentencing delayed in North Okanagan child pornography case

Man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography will have new sentence date fixed next week

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Phil McLachlan/(Black Press Media
Man shot at Kamloops shopping centre

The man is believed to be in stable condition

The location of the vehicle incident near Chase that currently has Highway 1 closed in both directions, according to DriveBC. (Black Press staff)
Hwy 1 closed in both directions east of Chase due to vehicle incident

Detour is in effect and drivers are encouraged to reroute to Highway 97 or Highway 97B

Most Read