Letters: Litke makes case for deer capture

Relocating deer is creative strategy to an ongoing problem

Penticton city council has approved a pilot relocation program in partnership with the Penticton Indian Band as part of its urban deer management strategy.

The problem of urban deer has continued, with over 200 complaints received at City Hall.

Action on deer management was suspended in 2012 because of a court case involving the District of Invermere and the Invermere Deer Protection Society.

However, the recent court ruling now allows communities to continue with their respective urban deer management strategies.

The Penticton project is unique in British Columbia. Instead of a cull, which was originally contemplated by council in 2011, relocation will employ a humane capture and transportation method to relocate deer 10 kilometres up Green Mountain Road on PIB land where an adequate food supply exists.  No tranquilizers will be used.

Deer will be tagged to determine if any of them return to Penticton, and the pilot program budget has been capped at $15,000.

This method has been successful in Republic, Wash., where urban deer were relocated to the Colville Indian Reservation.

A qualified contractor, approved by the Ministry of Environment and experienced with deer management techniques, will be commissioned to undertake the pilot program.

This individual will also train Penticton Indian Band members so they can do relocation work in the future if needed.

It is creative solutions and innovative partnerships like these that will make our community a safer place for everyone.

Garry Litke

Mayor, Penticton


Liberal Senate move a good first step

I’ve heard so much about this move on Justin Trudeau’s part regarding senate reform, and I’d like to give my opinion on this issue.

I hear the government side saying that it means nothing and that all that happens is that the senators who are Liberal get to sleep in one day a week.

That’s hardly the point.  That one day a week is a caucus meeting where the senators get inside information from the party and that’s hardly at arm’s length.

Senators who are Liberal are no longer supposed to raise money for their party and that is a good thing.  Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin were touted as the best fundraisers for the Conservatives.

They travelled all over the country (on our dollar) not for the good of the country but for the good of the Conservative Party.

I’ve also heard commentators say that no other party has made a move on this issue.  That is a falsehood.

The NDP put forward a motion asking for the same thing – arm’s length from the government – and Trudeau voted against it as did the Conservatives.

Little mention is made that the NDP have never been in power federally and have no senators, so their hands are tied as far as actually doing anything.

I think it’s a good first move on Justin Trudeau’s part and I’m looking forward to the next step – the abolition of an appointed senate that can strike down an environmental bill that was passed by the elected MPs.

Donna Stocker



Air cadets speak out

259 Penticton Panther Air Cadets hosted this year’s Okanagan Wing Effective Speaking Competition.

The top cadet from each Wing of the B.C. Air Cadets then goes to the provincial competition held in Richmond, B.C. on April 27.

Cadets deliver  a speech with a five-minute time limit.

Then they are given an impromptu topic for which they are given three minutes to prepare a speech and then present this speech within a two minute period.

This year’s Okanagan Wing Winners are: AC Lily Eggert, silver, from 902 Summerland Squadron, WO2 Savannah Groot, gold, from 259 Penticton Squadron and Cpl Donna Mbamy, bronze, from 259 Penticton Squadron

The judges were Ms. Francine Greenslade, English professor, Okanagan College, Mr. Ryan Ranson, physics professor, Okanagan College and James Miller, editor, Penticton Herald.

Linda Leibel



Flavoured cigarettes not an option

We are third year nursing students at UBC-Okanagan and are writing in regard to the growing amount of flavoured tobacco products available today.

It is important to address this concern because of how these products are marketed towards youth.

When you hear the flavours cherry, pear, apple, chocolate, etc., tobacco products probably don’t immediately come to mind, but nowadays these flavours and many more are available in a wide variety of tobacco products.

Flavours help to mask the taste of tobacco and to make smoking more appealing. Youth are more likely to try smoking if something tastes like, say, a candy apple.

Statistics show that 61 per cent of all youth age 15-19 who smoke are using flavoured tobacco such as menthols, smokeless tobacco, or little cigars known as cigarillos.

As nursing students this is extremely concerning. We see the devastating effects smoking has on people. Lung cancer alone causes more deaths than breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer combined as approximately 50 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer will die from it.

We would like to see a ban on all flavoured tobacco products. Tobacco companies are targeting youth, capitalizing on their susceptibility to peer pressure, and using flavoured, dynamic products to make them more appealing and trendy. We feel our government has a responsibility to protect the health of our youth and ban these flavoured products.

Heather deMedeiros

Katelyn Roberts



Music at Vees too loud

I am a Vees season ticket holder and have followed the Vees for the last few years.

I want to add my name to the list of fans who complain about the loudness of the music between plays and periods.

I complained at the game of Dec. 11, 2013 (vs. Trail) along with two other people at the same time – the music was noise. I was starting to get a headache, it was so loud. The lady at the Valley First guest services listened to my complaint, took my name and phone number and said someone would call me.

Well, we are will into 2014 and I have not heard from anyone.

The loudness and the genre of music played are annoying. The person appears to be playing music for the younger crowd who are in the minority at the games.

The DJ should take his earphones off, sit in a seat where the fans sit and listen to the loudness.

Should things not improve, I will have to reconsider being a season ticket holder next season. I trust that the Vees management or whoever hired DJ Shakes/Non-Stop Productions, will do something about this problem.

Don Wilson




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