North Westside

Resident frustrated with governance from the Regional District of Central Okanagan

Community Development Minister Peter Fassbender, as a resident of the North Westside, I am appalled by the attitude and behaviour of the Regional District of Central Okanagan staff and board members towards residents on the North Westside.

This is particularly evident in the attitude taken by the board in relation to regional director Wayne Carson, our representative and our communities’ request for a governance study.

It is not only that our tax dollars seem to go to benefit elsewhere but also, the attitude inflicted on residents when bylaw response is needed, building code infractions are clear and requests for information are excused.

As simple as it is, if the RDCO makes an error in accounting for your dog license the response is a vicious letter outlining the fines you will incur immediately (this happened to me. They lost my payment).

An example of the general attitude is reflected in the report of your meeting with regional directors, chairperson Gail Given, and chief administrative officer Brian Reardon at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention this fall.

The RDCO is non-democratic and self-serving.

We are controlled by the regional district bureaucracy and Kelowna directors in a manner that can only be seen as contemptuous and manipulative.

On behalf of my friends and neighbours at Fintry Delta, one of the many North Westside communities, anything the province can do to remove our communities from RDCO control would be much appreciated.

It is a toxic relationship that shows no hope of improvement.

The “civil” in civil service is long gone if it was ever present in the first place.

Judy Paterson

North Westside


Vernon Morning Star