Info night for National Park opponents

Info night for National Park opponents

(File photo by Steve Arstad)


The South Okanagan Similkameen Preservation Society is providing a public information night on the national park reserve on April 23 at 6:45 p.m. at the Sonora Centre in Osoyoos.

A request was made with Parks Canada to provide a speaker to represent the Parks Canada perspective.  This request was made Thursday April 4th with a requested response deadline of Monday (end of day) April 8th.  A reply from a Parks Canada assistant in Ottawa was received by the SOSPS stating that the invitation was acknowledged.  However, no confirmation of participation from any Parks Canada representative has been provided to date.

The SOSPS is steadfast in its pursuit to present a fair and reasonable dialogue, but Parks Canada’s decision to ignore this invitation, and be inconsiderate of the other speakers who will be at the event is indicative of their “stonewalling” this topic.  Unless the discussion and narrative is fully controlled and mandated by Parks Canada, they are not interested in facts or opinions that are contrary to what have been their talking points.  For a Government that is trying to improve their presentation of transparency and accountability, this is a poor representation of those goals.


  1. Even if I will like to assist, I will not, I feel scared and I will be punish the rest of my life living in this town if I go contrary of what people think, there is no respect and this post is unfair for the rest of people who wnat a National Park, is like leave to population the faith of a healer woman in the 17 century, I think we should not allow regular population to decide what is good for the environtment and for the preservation of our lands, please I dont want my name posted I am SCARED of been finger pointed forever.

  2. I think the previous comment is far more telling than it ought to be. The No side seems not to abide by rules of society in some cases, to the detriment of us all. Instead of educated debate on the matter, we get name-calling, eloquent arguments like “No means no”, and the like. A secret ballot referendum would allow us all to state our view, without threat from dedicated parties. Question is: How many votes are needed to settle the matter? 50? 100? 1000? There are 15,000 people living south of Skaha Lake, how many should have a voice? Whenever someone wants to step up and explain, now’s a good time…….

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