Monday, September 30, 2013

Photo Gallery - Rescue of a Hawk - Debbie

This young Sharp-Shinned Hawk was hunting sparrows in the yard today and couldn't figure out how to get back over the fence so I had to rescue him in my jacket for re-direction.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Amalgamation - dialogue with politicians - and a response

Mr Moore has a telephone and he himself could approach those politicians if he wanted to talk to them. I, personally, have never refused to talk to any citizen who called me for a discussion. Mr Moore, my phone number is 250 545-8772. You may call me and we can talk.

However, it would have been better to discuss the petition plan prior to launching the petition so the organizers could have garnered some information to relay to potential petitioners. It is obvious from some of the comments that some respondents don't know very much of the history of the area (i.e. Petitioner  957.... Comments: “it should have never happened to begin with!"). 

They could have learned that the former Mayor of Vernon has had a major push to do exactly what this petition is trying to do. They could have also explained to would be petitioners what potential negative consequences amalgamation could have on all jurisdictions, including on the taxpayers of Vernon. Not long ago Kelowna and Westbank had a major study to determine if Westbank should join Kelowna or form their own municipality. The decision speaks for itself: West Kelowna is a separate municipality.

 As an elected Councillor I would strive for the best deal for the taxpayers who elected me. Amalgamation was never part of my election platform. I don't think I would have been elected if it were. Nevertheless, if a large number of Coldstream taxpayers demanded an amalgamation review and the majority of Council would favour it, by all means, let’s have a review. So far I have not encountered such demand.

Below I present some news clips from the Morning Star relating to the 2008 amalgamation debates. That is some of the information an organization wishing to initiate an amalgamation petition should provide to the “Citizens of Greater Vernon” so they could make a more informed decision before they put their name to an amalgamation petition.

Gyula Kiss




Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

NORD loses water decision

VERNON – More than 3.5 years ago, a well in Lavington was contaminated resulting in a strict water ban.
The incident lead to quasi-criminal charges against a local dairy farmer, the District of Coldstream and the Regional District of the North Okanagan.
The farmer and the District of Coldstream pleaded guilty but the RDNO wanted its day in court and on Wednesday it was found guilty.
In finding the RDNO guilty, the judge noted the district had been aware of the risks that the water system could become contaminated for a decade before it happened, but it failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the problem.
The district has not decided whether it will appeal the decision — a decision that would add to their taxpayers legal fees estimated at $70,000.
The water system was operated by Coldstream and owned by the Regional District.


Morning Star News Clips - in case you have not seen them.


Water Advisory - Coldstream Residents.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Many thanks to our hard working MLA, Eric Foster.

During the UBCM Convention delegations from many communities had appointments with various Ministers. I watched delegations after delegations walking into the appointments without their local MLA's. We were very fortunate that our MLA accompanied us to these appointments providing moral support to our causes. On behalf of Council I wish to thank publicly the invaluable support our MLA, Eric Foster provided to us last week in Vancouver. Thank you very much Eric for your excellent efforts.

Gyula Kiss


Friday, September 20, 2013


HAVE YOU SEEN THIS DOG with or without people?  If so, please phone Constable Taylor at Vernon RCMP  250-545-7171 or Debbie 250-545-8772. 


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Lost Puppy.

Debbie informs me that her little black Pomeranian named Desi has disappeared from our yard this afternoon . If  anyone finds the dog please call her at 545-8772 (I am still in Vancouver). A photo of Desi in Debbie's arm is attached. Thank you in advance.  Gyula


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The opinions expressed by "Coldstreamer" are strictly his own and do not represent the opinions of Coldstream Council!

Because I value your thoughtful opinions, I encourage you to add a comment to this discussion. Don't be offended if I edit your comments for clarity or to keep out questionable matters, however, and I may even delete off-topic comments.

Gyula Kiss;


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I have been a resident of Coldstream since 1976. I have had 15 years of experience on Council, 3 years as Mayor. As a current Councillor I am working to achieve fair water and sewer rates and to ensure that taxpayers get fair treatment. The current direction regarding water supply is unsustainable and I am doing all I can to get the most cost effective water supply possible.