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Kelowna Rail Closure

Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby Cumungala » Dec 7th, 2014, 12:04 pm

http://www.facebook.com/SavetheOkanaganRailwayCorridor

I discovered this Facebook group the other day. Its a lost cause at this point, but its nice that there are others that want the actual railway to stay. I totally agree with everything on this page, but Facebook is not letting me join!
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Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby the quadguy » Dec 9th, 2014, 3:41 pm

Another attraction that we could watch from the floating grandstand would be the pretty spandex bi-cycle riders at top speed trying to avoid huge piles of horse dung(hey how come they don't have to pick it up like dog doo) , Maybe the bags would be too big.
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Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby Rwede » Dec 10th, 2014, 10:16 am

Pay up, suckas.

http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-st ... htm#128542


Love this part:
The District of Lake Country’s estimated share is $5.1 million. To minimize the current tax impact to residents the District will be seeking approval to borrow up to approximately 50 per cent of this amount.

Given the regional benefits of public ownership, the City of Kelowna has additionally agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with the District of Lake Country that would see Kelowna acquire a 50 per cent interest in the land within Lake Country boundaries on a temporary basis.

This abates the immediate cost to Lake Country until such time as the District purchases the share back from the City.

“Given that we are neighbours with shared borders, this is a mutually beneficial agreement for Kelowna and Lake Country,” says Gilchrist.

“The arrangement alleviates the debt load for the District of Lake Country’s residents, protects the opportunity of all the jurisdictions to finalize the deal with CN and preserves the corridor as a continuous route physically connecting the communities of the Central and North Okanagan with no current tax impact for Kelowna residents.”



Are people really so STUPID as to think that they will get this portion at half price, because the balance is borrowed?

What a con job!
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Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby Hassel99 » Dec 10th, 2014, 10:29 am

Rwede wrote:
Are people really so STUPID as to think that they will get this portion at half price, because the balance is borrowed?

What a con job!



The half price refers to the following:

While the original asking price of the corridor was $50 million, the negotiated cost of the corridor is a combination of $22 million in monetary consideration and land donation for which the City of Kelowna will issue CN with a charitable donation receipt.


You may want to read the full article you posted before calling others stupid...

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Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby Rwede » Dec 10th, 2014, 10:38 am

No, the part that I was referencing was the DLC move to borrow 50% of their portion, trying to con people into thinking this is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Borrowing exponentially increases the cost to the taxpayer, layering gobs of debt on future generations. But what do we expect from a left wing council and mayor?
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Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby kgcayenne » Dec 10th, 2014, 10:50 am

If the powers that be were as uber right wing as you, we'd have a society full of overweight/under-exercised people with an allergy to anything that doesn't revolve around how much money they can spend on useless crap that'll help them sit on their duffs: Pedal a bike? Hike up the switchbacks? Fk no, gimme a quad.. durrrrr.

I've heard it said that BC is the most active and fit province, and this trail is in keeping with what has produced that result.
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Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby Randall T » Dec 10th, 2014, 1:02 pm

kgcayenne wrote:I've heard it said that BC is the most active and fit province, and this trail is in keeping with what has produced that result.


Definitely. Unfortunately, fitness still seems to be a failing for so many. The benefits of a healthy populace far outweigh the costs associated to providing opportunities such as this trail. Cycling would undoubtedly be the most popular use of this corridor and, due to the mechanics of the sport, could be utilized by all age groups and types of riders. Young families and older, more physically challenged riders would benefit as well. It will not be something that is beyond the grasp of most. To say it will just be for the spandex crowd is a cheap excuse. Simply get a bike and enjoy the trail and the benefits of some exercise.

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Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby kgcayenne » Dec 11th, 2014, 9:43 am

Stockpiled money is worthless to a population that is too unhealthy to use it.
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Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby 60-YEARS-in-Ktown » Dec 11th, 2014, 10:15 am

Just think, all them crotchety old mobility scooter riders, may soon be able to go to Vernon..if the battery holds up..
I dont know of many folks that don't know anyone with a bike, that would probably use the trail.
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Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby jswiftkelowna » Dec 11th, 2014, 9:16 pm

This is going to be such a great benefit to the Okanagan. Can't wait to enjoy it with my family. It will connect our region in a safer, more enjoyable way. Considering how much gets spent on roads for cars, it's about time that our governments spend more money on pathways for people.

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Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby KL3-Something » Dec 11th, 2014, 9:24 pm

I can't wait to go for a bike ride along Kal Lake in the summer.
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Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby LTD » Dec 11th, 2014, 9:43 pm

don't count on that this summer

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Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby KL3-Something » Dec 11th, 2014, 10:12 pm

I'm not.

I know the tracks are only supposed to be lifted by the end of 2015 (pending the sale).

But one summer tends to come around each year in these parts.
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Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby LTD » Dec 11th, 2014, 10:54 pm

mite wanna keep in mind the ten years its gonna take to sort out the first nations issue lol
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Re: Kelowna Rail Closure

Postby Cumungala » Dec 11th, 2014, 10:57 pm

Its been a little bit surreal around here without the trains running, from my standpoint at least. Every time I have to cross the old tracks, I hope I might see the bright headlights of the train that will not be coming!

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