Penticton city council misses opportunity

When Penticton council heads to the Union of B.C. Municipalities next week, the hospital expansion won’t be the only axe they have to grind.

When Penticton council heads to the Union of B.C. Municipalities next week, the expansion for Penticton Regional Hospital won’t be the only axe they have to grind.

City council has also managed to get a request for the province to bring back photo radar, for use in school zones, on the list of resolutions being brought forward at the UBCM.

CIty council first came up with the proposal when Parkway Elementary parents asked the city for help purchasing a speed reader board — they had already raised about half the $8,000 cost — to help slow traffic speeding past the school.

The Parkway parents were eventually rewarded for their initiative with financial aid from the city, but not the first time round, when council decided to confuse the issue by adding their photo radar — which the province abolished in 2001 as costly and ineffective — request to the motion.

We applaud council for putting the welfare of the community’s children first, but a photo radar ticket arriving in the mail two weeks later is not going to prevent a child from being injured, or worse, by a speeder. Proactive measures like speed reader boards, education and the traffic calming measures the city is planning to install at Parkway are far more effective at making sure that child doesn’t get hurt in the first place.

It’s unfortunate that of the 156 resolutions on the UBCM agenda, photo radar is the only one brought forward by Penticton. Unfortunate, because this time could have been used more effectively than resurrecting photo radar.

A resolution urging funding to employ more RCMP reserve officers to write tickets in school zones would not only have a greater chance of provincial approval, but there is nothing that chills an inveterate speeder more than a constable leaning in the window to ask for an autograph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Behind the walls of new Penticton hospital tower

A complex undertaking to plan and construct a hospital tower in Penticton

BC Wildfire merges Mt. Eneas and Munro Lake fires

Large plume of smoke seen over the fire was a controlled event

New location for supportive housing in Penticton

B.C. Housing purchases two properties on Winnipeg Avenue

Contest: Got a cute pet? Send us a photo

Email us photos of your pets in the South Okanagan-Similkameen

Update: Ping-pong balls of fire dropped to merge Mount Eneas and Munro Creek wildfires

The merger is considered successful by BC Wildfire Services

All-Indigenous teams break new ground, making BC Games history

This is the first time there have been dedicated Indigenous teams at the BC Summer Games

Accident closes Coquihalla south of Merritt

DriveBC says a crew is en route, expect heavy delays

Ottawa fails to find alternative buyer for Trans Mountain pipeline by deadline

The feds had announced it was purchasing the $4.5 billion pipeline earlier this spring

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Most Read