LOCAL NORTH WESTSIDE OF OKANAGAN LAKE COMMUNITY GOSSIP REGARDING
The Regional District of Central Okanagan
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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NAME: Art ADDRESS: COMMUNITY: Westside Road OTHERCOMMUNITY: PHONENUMBER: EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: February 19, 2008 COMMENTS Webmaster I truly cannot believe you print such garbage on your website. Your anonymous informer appears to have an axe to grind with the fire department and is using you to further their own agenda. This is not a person of integrity. They don’t have the guts to address any concerns about the fire department to the Chief. If you think the fire department made a mistake, you are badly mistaken. They did their best and you piled garbage on an already difficult situation for the community. To even suggest that the fire department did anything but their best is disgusting. Your source has been greatly misleading you. Do you not realize the community has been building a fire department that will be able to put up one heck of a fight against a forest fire? Fire is a strong force and not every fire can be put out as we saw in the Kelowna fires of 2003. If you would listen to someone when they try to tell you something you might hear that our fire department is very well equipped to handle forest fires. They have any number of ways to fight interface fires and lots of training to back it up. The new water truck was purchased to make sure Valley of the Sun and other areas without water supply would be able to get help. After such criticism of the fire department, I would be concerned about getting a quick response to any emergency at your house (okanaganlakebc.ca was concerned before the threats). It is not easy to get volunteers for the fire department. Fighting fires is hard work and dangerous so not just anyone will volunteer for such a position. The medical responders are another part of the training. The training is ongoing. Some of the fire fighters are new and taking constant training to improve their skills. These firefighters are local people who volunteer their time and effort to protect our community. Each time they are called out to a fire, road accident, medical emergency or any other emergency, those firefighters give their all to the situation at hand. They certainly cannot be faulted when they are doing their best. Anyone can be an armchair quarterback. That certainly doesn’t mean they know anything. They are entitled to their opinion. But when you put rumors and gossip on your website and call it news (we didn't call it news but called it gossip), you are way over the line. With all the rumor and gossip that is spread out here, don’t you think if the fire department was doing a bad job the Board of firefighters who govern the fire departments would hear about and investigate? (No) We aren’t a little island out here that doesn’t have rules. The fire department has rules. You don’t get promoted in the fire department if you don’t have the training or can’t do the job. There are people with far more knowledge than you and your source who have written guidelines for the management of the fire department. Any fire department must work within these guidelines and ours most certainly does. Criticizing our firefighters is certainly not the way to go. At the very least I would like to see you remove the garbage from your website and send a written letter of apology to the fire department and post that letter on your website. Thank you for your time, Art -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NAME: ADDRESS: COMMUNITY: Valley of the Sun OTHERCOMMUNITY: PHONENUMBER: EMAIL: Date: January 09, 2008 COMMENTS The new election boundaries for Central Okanagan West made the North Westside Road area (Killiney Beach area) become much larger adding the Trepanier and Brent Road areas of Peachland plus two Indian Reserves in Westbank. A new director was elected for this new area, namely Jim Edgson. Killiney Beach area did not vote Jim Edgson in, but Jim was elected by the other areas of Trepanier/Brent Road and the Indian Reserves. Now Killiney Beach has to live with the areas decision. If just Killiney Beach residents voted in the November 2007 election for director for Central Okanagan West then Dave Robertson would have been our director instead. Since the other areas didn't know Jim, that is how he was elected or he probably wouldn't be our director today. Killiney Beach electors who voted for Dave Robertson are not impressed!! Areas need to stay small so that people know who they are electing personally, and so people do not just elect someone based on campaign flyers and signs but by their personality and the way they treat their family!! If they treat their family bad then you know they probably treat you bad too!! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NAME: ADDRESS: COMMUNITY: Fintry OTHERCOMMUNITY: PHONENUMBER: EMAIL: Date: October 13, 2007 COMMENTS What galls me is that Wayne is proudly strutting around jerking Jim off with his campaign, that he makes Dave Robertson take a leave of absence, sign for it, and then ask for all his gear, saying it's a conflict of interest! Again, it's ok for Wayne to do it but no one else. Just like a few other things this man does... Dave happens to be the most dedicated firefighter he has on the dept. and he demanded that Dave leave. Why? He is scared that if Dave wins, that his little empire he built is going to come crashing down. Not to mention that Jim promised Wayne if he got elected as director, he'd make sure Wayne would remain chief out here until he retired. It's great that this is here to be able to say your peace and let your frustrations be known to everyone, but what we all need to do is GET OUT THERE AND VOTE!!! If enough of us go out and do this, we can make a difference and changes can be made. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NAME: ADDRESS: COMMUNITY: Killiney Beach OTHERCOMMUNITY: PHONENUMBER: EMAIL: Date: October 13, 2007 COMMENTS An interesting note on this full time fire chief position is that the position wasn't advertised or fairly contested in any way. It was just given to Wayne Carson on the advice of NWCA and the fire advisory committee both of which are heavily influenced by none other than Jim Edgson and Wayne Carson. How democratic is this? Word on the street is that he was the best man for the job. Of course he is when he's the only one offered the opportunity. Now we have chief Carson proudly flying the flag of Jim's campaign. Since when was it prudent for a civil servant to be so involved in a campaign like this anyway, and especially at fire practice when he is being paid to serve as a civil servant? Talk about conflict of interest and abuse of authority. As for the rescue boat. Yeah sure, maybe they should have a helicopter and a water bomber too. Perhaps an in house lawyer to take care of all these law suits as well.
I feel that the community needs to start standing up for themselves to RDCO and the North Westside Communities Association, Jim Edgson and our Fire Chief Wayne Carson. Also stand up for yourself with the new director that will soon be elected in the Central Okanagan West or previously the North Westside Road area when one is elected, don't let the director start with you, because it will be harder to take back your control later. I feel RDCO is very undemocratic. Don't let RDCO control the community anymore, its time the community took back control from RDCO and namely some of the Regional District Board Members control and especially Aaron Dinwoodie's control. It has been RDCO itself plus RDCO allowing the North Westside Communities Association to make decisions for everyone out here, when everyone out here should be making their own decisions. It hasn't exactly been just the North Westside Communities Association's fault, but it is partly the communities fault for letting it happen. I do hope this website will help the community come out of the closet and put RDCO and the North Westside Communities Association back in their place. Their place is not to tell the community what to do, but that the community tell RDCO and the NWCA what it wants. When residents did a petition for more transfer stations, RDCO and the North Westside Communities Association should have taken it more seriously instead of Aaron Dinwoodie saying that residents just signed the petition to get the person taking the petition around off their back. What kind of politician would say that when there are half a communities signatures on the petition. Obviously Aaron Dinwoodie shouldn't be in politics if he wants to talk like that! That transfer station petition as well as the North Westside Community Plan of 1999 stated that residents wanted the number of new transfer stations increased. Just have a look at RDCO's website, the North Westside Official Community Plan of 1999 on page 57 where it states that residents expressed a desire to increase the number of new transfer stations as well as RDCO's objectives were to increase the number of new transfer stations. Have a look here at this link below on page 57 where it states just that! Residents have been allowing RDCO to run their lives for far too long, propbably forever out here!! http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/bylaws/planning%20bylaws/consolidated%20ocp%20westside%20road.pdf Don't let RDCO or any government bully you. If you want a new transfer station at your subdivision then you need to demand one! Who pays the taxes RDCO, the NWCA, or you? Keep annoying the heck out of RDCO until they give in! Don't let them get away with it. Send them a new email everyday if you have to.... start another petition, ask for vote boxes for petitions and alternative approval processes. DO WHATEVER IT TAKES and don't ever give up! Show all levels of government including your MLA that you mean business, or government will just take advantage of you and everyone else that will allow them to!! Take some advice ... if you want to keep working your butt off to pay for things that are unnecessary, then do nothing, but if you would like to enjoy your life a little more than you have been, then you need to do something about this spending before it gets any worse. Its not going to get any better ignoring it, is it? There are ways government could save us millions of dollars if they would only have 1/2 a brain!
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