EDITORIAL: Fee or not, Okanagan river channel garbage problem remains

City of Penticton and the Penticton Indian Band have said they want to keep the lines of communication open, but the problem remains.

It turns out that a lot of people in Penticton don’t think an environmental levy to float down the channel is a good idea.

The decision to allow Coyote Cruises to collect the fee was overturned before a full week was up, in part due to vociferous objections from Penticton residents who wanted to see the channel float remain a free ride.

Few, though, objected to the $2 that the levy was set at, or the idea of cleaning up the channel. Concerns raised ranged from distrust that the levy would go to cleaning up the channel, making it the onus of Coyote Cruises to do it out of their existing funds, or even that it would encourage people to litter if they had to pay the levy.

Many, if not most, people float down the channel for free, not using Coyote Cruises’ services. The levy was intended to level the playing field, having everyone contribute a share of the cleanup.

Though the City of Penticton and the Penticton Indian Band have said they want to keep the lines of communication open on this issue, the problem remains.

Day by day throughout the summer, the trash builds up in the channel, along the edges, and dog feces pile up on the walking trail alongside, while the exit point — a prime tourism site — slowly decays.

Any discussions between the Penticton Indian Band and the city to deal with the problem are likely to take some time; it’s highly unlikely that anything will be resolved this year.

We suggest that Coyote Cruises install a donation box in lieu of the levy, giving concerned citizens a chance to contribute. As well, one of the parties involved, be it the Penticton Indian Band, the city or Coyote Cruises, could organize some volunteer days for folks willing to lend an hand in the cleanup, since few seem to want to pay for it.

Just Posted

A for sale sign is shown in by new homes in Beckwith, Ont., just outside Ottawa, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Thompson-Okanagan population grew despite COVID-19: report

The Chartered Professional Accountants of BC said there are 8,462 new residents in the region

Scales of Justice
Acquittal in Okanagan crash that killed vacationing dentist

Daerio Romeo, 29, was charged with dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm

Renderings of what the skating rink could look like beside City Hall between Martin and Main in downtown Penticton. (Activate Penticton image)
Penticton to get outdoor ice rink this winter

It’s hoped the rink will be ready to host 2022 BCHL’s 60th year celebration

The fate of Skaha Marina and its operations will be decided Saturday, June 19 on general election day. (File photo)
Penticton city hosted last forum before voters decide on fate of Skaha Marina

Residents share concerns about length of operations agreement, parking and control of park

Travel Penticton went to city council for support in increasing the tax on short-term stays to fund a convention bureau and affordable housing. (File photo)
Travel Penticton seeks to grow through increased hotel tax

The increased funds would go to creating a convention bureau and to affordable housing

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Orange ribbons are tied to the fence outside Vernon’s Gateway Homeless Shelter on 33rd Street. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
POLL: Low-key Canada Day in the works for Vernon

Councillor calling for Indigenous recognition for 2022

A conceptual design of Vernon’s new Active Living Centre, which will go to referendum Oct. 15, 2022. (Rendering)
Active living centre 2022 referendum planned in Vernon

City hoping to get Coldstream and Areas B and C back on board

Closure of the 2900 block of 30th Avenue will allow restaurants and other businesses to extend their patios onto the street. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Green light given to downtown Vernon road closure

Single block of 30th Avenue to close over summer months to boost business

Graduating Grade 12 student Savannah Lamb has been awarded an approximate $40,000 scholarship from the Beedie Luminaries foundation. (Contributed)
Dedicated Salmon Arm student earns scholarship to pursue post-secondary education

Savannah Lamb is graduating from Salmon Arm Secondary with a $40,000 scholarship

A provided photo of the suspect. (Kelowna RCMP/Contributed)
Kelowna RCMP investigating after business robbed

An undisclosed amount of money and merchandise were taken from the business

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Grace (left), a caribou that was born in a maternal pen north of Revelstoke, is alive and well said the province. It appears she even has a calf. Maternity pens aim to increase caribou calf survival by protecting them from predation until they are older and less vulnerable. (Contributed)
For the first time in years, caribou numbers increasing near Revelstoke

North herd growing but south herd still concerning

Most Read