Resident disappointed at incumbent’s lack of community involvement

Hedley resident concerned about lack of local involvment of incumbent director

To the Editor:

Last week’s all candidate meeting in Hedley was fairly decent, very well run, and now that I am aware of the strict format I would definitely have come better prepared. You may only ask a pointed question, with no introduction as to let the audience and other candidates know why the question is being asked. . It seems that this forum is more like a “Meet and Greet…The candidates get a few minutes to introduce themselves and let us know what all they have done and let us know all they will do if elected. I found it difficult to bring up my issues.

Mr. Christensen spoke of being community minded. I publicly supported Mr. Christensen three years ago and that may very well be the last time I saw him. We, (The Hedley Country Market) are neighbours to Mr. Christensen in Hedley and as RDOS director he has not once come and asked us how he could be of service to us, let alone buy anything from us or support any of the community events we put on.  He is not a supporter of any business in town that I am aware of. Community Club President for six plus years, his attempts to build the membership was, if not half hearted….  unsuccessful,  although he certainly was successful in his search for grants.  Woodlie Park is beautiful and yes, we now have a skating rink that received a $50,000 upgrade but instead of water to make ice with, there is a barren storage building with no water or power, a cement block building housing a single toilet and sink plus attached change area costing the taxpayers a combined sum of $90,000!

Maybe my feelings are hurt but these are the facts and this example of seemingly “careless public spending” is just that, an “example.” We should not think it is all right to spend “public” money just cause we can… and if you really want to be a part of your community, try spending some time there.

TJ Bratt, Hedley







Just Posted

RDOS to study sites for composting facility

Penticton and Okanagan Falls landfills will be examined

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen works to control mosquito populations

Control efforts in the region have been starting earlier each year

Reports of chaos in Penticton, involving police cruiser and possible shots fired

Residents also reported hearing shots fired at the same time as the crash

Driver held at gunpoint, car-jacked on East Side Road

Penticton RCMP are asking for the public to keep an eye out for the suspect, stolen vehicle

Penticton care aide training centre a first for the Interior

SafeCare BC Satellite Training Centre is now open in Penticton to help continuing care aides

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

Caught on Camera: Boat catches fire at Okanagan marina

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, no injuries were reported as a result of the blaze

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Okanagan hosts Mexico for soccer

The Okanagan Masters League won both matches against their Mexican counterparts

Epic overtime battle, big turnout for memorial night to late owner of Okanagan hockey team

The KIJHL’s Kelowna Chiefs hounoured Grant Sheridan with a win in the team’s home-opener

Most Read