Not enough snow plowing on Barnhartvale streets

Letters for Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kamloops Daily News
December 20, 2012 01:00 AM

I've lived in Kamloops for most of my life and for the past 10 years I have been a resident of beautiful Barnhartvale. I am a second-year science student at Thompson Rivers University.

Beautiful, that is, until the snow comes and the roads become a dangerous commute to work, school, or just heading out for 3,685 Barnhartvale residents.

Barnhartvale receives the worst attention/service from city hall at this time of year. One of the main sand pits is located in the middle of Barnhartvale, though the roads rarely get sanded until 24 hours later.

This was a problem last year as well so several residents complained and city hall's promise to do a better job has now proven useless.

On Thursday (Dec. 13), Kamloops had its largest downfall of this current winter season. It began to snow at 4 p.m. on my way home.

Eight hours later, the main Barnhartvale road was not cleared and had compacted snow.

If you refer to the City of Kamloops website, right on the home page is a section, "Where we plow," that talks about the snow in Kamloops.

Quote: "The basic rule of thumb is this; the busier the street and the steeper it is, the higher the priority to keep it as bare as possible and return them to bare pavement within four hours after it stops snowing."

This is a false statement because Barnhartvale's main road is steep and it was eight hours later and the road still had a good four to five inches of downfall and compact snow. My street wasn't even touched by a plow and neither was my friend's street. She lives on Todd Road, the busiest street in Barnhartvale.

Today is Monday, Dec. 17, the roads are not cleared and it's stopped snowing. I really hope the City will keep its word and clean it in four hours as the website claims. I hope City council reads this and considers the fact that I am not the only one that is upset about these road conditions.



FIPA still a threat to Canadians

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, by approving Chinese state-owned CNOOC Ltd. to purchase Calgary-based petroleum producer Nexen Inc. for $15 billion, has betrayed Canadians.

What many Canadians have yet to realize is that, in a few weeks, Harper will take a further step in selling off this country when he signs the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) with Beijing.

This treaty provides CNOOC unprecedented rights to sue federal, provincial or local governments whenever these jurisdictions introduce legislation or regulations which aim to protect the environment and public. Not only is Harper handing over our resources to foreign states, with FIPA he is handing over undue power to foreign corporations who will be able to operate with impunity.

Reaction from across the political spectrum is already calling Harper's decision as a treasonous breach of his sovereign duty to our country, revealing his dogmatic allegiance to the unregulated global marketplace.

Will Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod stand up for Canada and stand up to her wrong-headed leader?



Chinese company should hire B.C. workers

I opened up my newspaper recently and learned of two very disturbing issues.

First, the Government of Canada is proposing to sell the Ridley Coal Terminal in Prince Rupert (likely to Chinese interests). The terminal was built more than 30 years ago with Canadian taxpayer dollars.

Second, a Chinese-owned B.C. coal mine has not hired a Canadian worker in more than four years. These coal resources are Canadian resources. Their extraction should benefit Canadians.

Both of these issues scream of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government's mismanagement of Canadian resources.

I urge MP Cathy McLeod to stand up for her constituents and tell Harper that enough is enough. Harper will continue the race to the bottom unless people like her show they have the courage stand up and say, "No, we are not going to do that" or "No, we are not going to sell off or encumber all of our precious resources" and "Yes, we will leave something for our future generations."



Internet changes everything for books

In response to the KDN article, No second chance for last of books.

It is a shame to see this, but one must also keep in mind that because of the Internet and today's search engines available (regarding books) the modern access to information has also put an end to the door-to-door encyclopedia salespersons.



Why not use books for insulation?

Re: your Editorial on "Toss Books"I am sure that 20,000 used books would make good building insulation mixed with fiberglass or ground up and recycled - save the landfill?



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