Photo Stan Marshall on Sportsman’s Bowl Rd. Monday
Archives for April 9, 2018
I cannot speak to RDOS matters as the alternate anymore.
I know that Terry at his position as Director and I both as a resident and private citizen strongly disagree with this procedure at Prather Lake (St. Andrews golf course) . (Ed comment – emptying the golf course lake into Kearns Creek system)
I do know that Terry is pushing the bypass to White lake as a plan with or without the pumping as it would take a great deal of pressure off of Kearns creek. The White Lake Bowl is absolutely enormous and could possibly take all the rest of the spring runoff. If not there is no danger of a breach. Keep in mind that without artificially draining this during the dry season this would likely be at best a two-year solution but one year should be more than enough time to reestablish proper creek bed flows and culvert size should the political and bureaucratic will exist.
I feel I must respond to the notion that I’ve been asked by the RDOS to dump my Alternate Rick Knodel. No.
And that would be egregious and certainly not my style. I’ve counted on Rick on so many occasions, not only as my liaison to Parks and Rec, but for his opinion on issues. He and I have openly talked about both running this fall and I welcome that.
In regards to the notion of using White Lake as a depository of excess headwater that option came from the dam owner Mr. Rasmussen and even he noted the improbability of it being a quick fix. Nonetheless I have asked staff to look into the logistics of such a remedy.
I have to admit I’m grasping at straws at this point as we need either a good suggestion that’s workable soon or for Mother Nature to give us some slack.
With the extra release of water from Pringle dam (or Kearns Creek dam) – flowing a little more freely through Willowbrook, that water is actively flooding Sportsmans Bowl Rd.
Adding to that is Victoria Creek’s flow, exacerbating the pressure through the 2-36″ culverts on Seacrest Rd., further threatening those living in Sportsmans Bowl.
I fear that when the freshet is in full swing next month we may see situations that sandbags aren’t going to be able to help. I certainly hope I’m wrong.
edited for clarity
We are once again at the mercy of Mother Nature. An unusually high snow pack and heavy rains have again put many of you in harm’s way. I have met with all the agencies involved who are working around the clock to try and keep your homes and property safe. It is an uphill battle. The water table remained at higher than normal levels after last year’s flooding, compounding this year’s problems. I am confident in the work that the RDOS, Highways and EMBC are doing on our behalf and receive updates several times each day. I will continue to work with these agencies and others on your behalf and pray with you every day for sunshine.
In the Legislature, we have been and continue to be, deeply involved in the budget process and the implications of new taxes on British Columbians. This is where opposition can question each Minister on their budgets line by line, but also ask questions on the reasons behind spending in certain areas.
I have concerns about many of the spending initiatives and the ability to fund them without adding multiple taxes to do so. Obviously the NDP and the Liberal governments have very different philosophies on the best way to provide services while growing the economy and helping those at the low end of the earning envelope. I’ll just mention a couple of fundamental differences.
The Carbon Tax:
Our government was a leader in environmental policy and recognized for that globally. The Carbon Tax was introduced by the Liberals, but was administered as a revenue neutral tax. For every percent of carbon tax, sales taxes and personal income taxes were lowered to offset the impact to the people of BC. The NDP government is increasing the carbon tax with no offsets. Regardless of where you are on the income scale you will be paying more for all forms of fuel. Farmers will pay more, as will the truckers who transport the produce to market and the food prices will rise to compensate. It will trickle down to all consumers. This is not making life in BC more affordable.
The upcoming tax on Assets and Capital (Speculation Tax) will affect every person who has a second home or vacation home in Vancouver, Kelowna/West Kelowna or on Vancouver Island, whether you live in BC or not. People who have been coming to BC for generations to a cabin on a lake etc., will have their property taxes jump. One property owner from Alberta who has a vacation property on Vancouver Island will see his property tax go from $3000 to $10,000. Is the purpose of this tax to punish all who have a second home and force them to sell? What about people who bought property as a retirement asset instead of buying into the stock market. They will see their asset drop by 10% each year with this punishing tax. And what about all those tourist dollars those vacationers spend while in BC? Many who come for the winter months also volunteer in our communities, and they contribute to our economy.
The clear message BC is sending to the rest of the world is that all non-residents are not welcome here because they are disrupting the real estate market. The real culprits are more likely the low interest rates, inadequate housing supply, and the strong economic growth BC experienced under the former government.
There is an impact to the economy of BC with the increase in minimum wage despite the positive spin put on it by the NDP government. Raising the minimum wage has been sold to British Columbians as a solution to poverty. A recent article in the Province by Lamman and MacIntyre shows that statistically, minimum wage does a poor job of targeting the people we really want to help. According to Stats Canada, the vast majority of minimum wage earners don’t live in poverty. In fact 89% aren’t part of a low income family. The overwhelming majority of minimum wage earners aren’t the primary or sole wage earner in their household. They are mostly teens or young adults working their first unskilled job or working part time while in school. In BC 54% of minimum wage earners are under twenty-five with the vast majority living at home or with relatives. This is not a tragedy- l started into the workforce that way as did my children and now my grandchildren. The image of a single parent struggling to get by on minimum wage is rare – only 2.1 % of minimum wage earners are single parents. Canadian research finds that past hikes in minimum wage have failed to reduce poverty. 70% of the income gains go to non-poor households. One study according to the article found that raising the minimum wage can actually increase poverty.
Job losses associated with a higher minimum wage are disproportionally felt by the poor. Raising the minimum wage also makes it harder for less skilled workers to find jobs and employers will cut back on the number of people they employ, as well as benefits and training. And in many cases the higher wage costs are passed along to the consumer through higher costs of goods and services.
I will continue to do my job in Victoria representing the interests of the people of the Boundary- Similkameen and be your voice on any issues that present themselves.
Linda Larson, MLA Boundary – Similkameen
I thought I would share my experiences with the readers on the consequences of not being vaccinated for measles as they are still a threat to your children.
I was four years old when I got measles and within four days, they had gone into my right ear canal and ruptured my eardrum. I was rushed to the hospital where I spent one month recovering from the side effects of having measles. This was 1950 and there was no vaccine for measles at the time. When I was well enough, my Mom and Dad took me to Vancouver to the Children’s Hospital where they did tests. They discovered a great deal of scar tissue in the middle and inner ear. I was to spend every year being examined at Children’s Hospital until I was 18 years old.
I was permanently deaf (90% hearing loss) in my right ear. The consequences for me having the measles were that I could not go swimming and if I did, could not put my head under water; my parents had to be very careful washing my hair; I had numerous (too many to count) ear infections that sent me back to the hospital for extended stays. I had to have cotton batten in my ear and wear a hat even in spring to ward off any infection. I suffered from vertigo and also had a problem with a lack of balance.
When I was 20 yrs old, I had my first eardrum transplant taken from live tissue inside my ear canal. My surgery was performed by Dr. Lockhart at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. For what was to be a two day visit, I was there 21 days unable to walk from the dizziness and I lost 21 pounds because I could not sit up to eat. Finally I was sent home and it wasn’t until we got to the Allison Pass summit that my eardrum popped and I could hear again. My hearing lasted for a few years but then I gradually started to lose more and more. Ten years later, in Kelowna, B.C., my eardrum tore and I had a second surgery of manmade material. I went through the same thing of having vertigo for a few weeks until it finally passed. All my life I have suffered from ear infections and dizziness and obvious loss of hearing. Today, I am totally deaf in my right ear and suffer nausea with the vertigo and suffer from being off balance. I feel like I am on a moving ship when I am off balanced especially during rainy or wet weather.
In 1952, my mother contracted German measles when she was pregnant with her third child. She was told that there might be a chance that the baby would be born stillborn. When the baby was born August 16, 1952 it was apparent that something was wrong and arrangements were made for her and a nurse to be flown to Children’s Hospital and so on the 13th day of her life she was in an airplane equipped with an incubator. Over Chilliwack, B.C. she suddenly died. The plane landed at Chilliwack; she was seen by a Doctor who came on board the plane and then her body was flown back to Oliver. An autopsy was performed and it was determined that she died from a deformed heart valve caused by the measles turning inward.
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate….it is your choice but I hope my story helps you make an informed decision.
Substantially completing infrastructure upgrades on Fairview Road is not progressing as originally planned due to the high water table. The construction contractors introduced the use of dewatering equipment to reduce the amount of water at the excavation site. Unfortunately backfilling and excavating the wet fill at the site each day has slowed construction progress on Fairview Road. It has been observed that the volume of water flowing in the river channel increased significantly over the weekend.
Effective April 7, 2018 the excavation site on Fairview Road will be left open 24 hours which will reduce Fairview Road at Station Street to single lane traffic only. Temporary traffic lights will be put in place on either side of the construction area to control traffic flow. To ensure public safety, concrete roadside barriers and fencing along the sidewalk will be installed along the construction site.
We thank residents for their patience during this infrastructure improvement project. Please plan for delays when traveling north/south at Fairview Road, and help support the local businesses during this project.