LETTERS: Conservation not preservation

Like spoiled children not getting enough cake at the party they went behind our backs and left many of us with a bad taste.

Firstly, let me say that when the national proposal came out over a decade ago Parks Canada promised us a three-year process.

We obtained over 6,000 local signatures clearly stating there was no desire for a national park of any kind.  I cannot stress enough the term local, of which I do not consider those outside the proposed area.

Desire for transparency should reflect back to the Land Resource Management Planning (LRMP) committee which was a democratic process that declared what lands should be protected. Even the proponents of the national park signed and agreed to what we now call the Protected Area Strategies (PAS) and we need to keep those pieces of lands protected and spend tax dollars on those initiatives. After the LRMP, and very un-democratically, the park proponents undermined the process by initiating a national park proposal.

Like spoiled children not getting enough cake at the party they went behind our backs and left many of us with a bad taste — they seemed to have no problem convincing the federal bureaucrats to get along with the park process with much secrecy and clandestine like activities. During the last 13 years (even though three was promised)  Parks Canada continued with mistruths and secrecy.

When a promise was made to no longer pursue the park, Parks Canada worked diligently behind our backs with many of the proponents spending more of your hard earned tax dollars. I personally have never been so ashamed of a federal group like Parks Canada, they are very untrustworthy and we should hold firm by not letting them get a grip on our precious Crown Land that we hold so dear. It’s easy for people with no skin in the game to love the idea of a national park, but I would sincerely ask them that  they consider those of us that for generations have loved, worked and looked after that mountain. Yours in conservation (not preservation).

Ernie Marven

Cawston

 

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

Just Posted

Penticton Vees score a 9-1 win against Merritt Centennials

The win is their third in a row in their latest streak.

‘Lift for Wills’ community fundraiser to support Penticton boy fighting cancer

This Sunday, stop by World Gym Penticton for by-donation drop-in classes, a silent auction, more.

Petition to install safety barriers on Hwy 97 garners over 500 supporters

Yesterday a fatal collision on Hwy 97 claimed the life of one individual

Oliver Health Centre celebrates expansion of ER

Minister of Health was in Oliver for the official opening of the improved emergency department

ALERT and Penticton pilot team up to talk about Australian wildfires

Mike Bridson has been fighting the fires in Australia, and returns to help more later this month

‘Like an ATM’: World’s first biometric opioid-dispensing machine launches in B.C.

First-of-its-kind dispensing machine unveiled in the Downtown Eastside with hopes of curbing overdose deaths

Horgan cancels event in northern B.C. due to security concerns, says Fraser Lake mayor

The premier will still be visiting the city, but the location and day will not be made public

B.C. landlord sentenced to two years in jail for torching his own rental property

Wei Li was convicted of intentionally lighting his rental property on fire in October 2017

B.C. town spends $14.14 per resident for snow removal in one month

Costs of snow removal to the Town of Princeton skyrocketed in December.… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Eastern Newfoundland reeling, search underway for missing man after blizzard

More than 70 centimetres of new snow fell overnight, creating whiteout conditions

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,’ says Queen Elizabeth II

Photo reminds Salmon Arm resident of connection to former drama teacher Justin Trudeau

Prime minister remembered as being as a funny, larger-than-life person

Province says it is monitoring AIM’s road maintenance

The provincial transportation ministry is working closely with new road contractor AIM,… Continue reading

‘It’s still early’: Flu rates down so far this year at Interior Health

At Kelowna General Hosptial, there have been about 50 confirmed cases

Most Read