Sage Mesa

April 13, 2010 public meeting

Here are some links relevant to the April 12th, 2010, public meeting regarding the KVR:

  • The announcement for the public meeting was sent out in a newsletter: link here
  • The Penticton Western News has added notice of the meeting to their website: link here
  • My draft slides for the presentation (subject to change) are available: link here
  • Federal Additions to Reserve (ATR) policy: link here
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April 2010 Rural Penticton Newsletter

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A newsletter regarding the KVR trail (plus a horse and Mariposa Park update) has been mailed to residents in the "rural Penticton" part of Area F (West Bench, Sage Mesa, Red Wing, Westwood Properties, and Husula Highlands).  You can view an electronic copy by clicking on the picture on the left.

Please note that there will be a town hall meeting regarding the KVR trail:
Tuesday April 13, 2010
7:00 pm
West Bench Elementary School Gymnasium

For more information on the KVR issue, please see the KVR page on this site.

Band closes in on deal for KVR land

An agreement in principle to transfer portions of the Kettle Valley Railway trail from CPR ownership to the Penticton Indian Band is likely a done deal, according to the Okanagan Coquihalla MP. “Basically, they are close to coming to a settlement whereby CPR is prepared to transfer the land to the Penticton Indian Band,” said MP Stockwell Day.

“There are court details that they are still working out. But every indication I have, talking to both sides, is that a final official agreement is very close.”

KVR

There is apparently much concern and confusion regarding the transfer of the KVR lands to the Penticton Indian Reserve.  My original blog posting on the topic attracted many hits and some comments. In addition, there have been a few exchanges (not always cordial) in the local newspapers.  What follows is a summary of my current understanding of the situation. As always, your questions and comments are welcome.

Update 17 Oct 2010: I have added a much shorter and cleaner summary here.

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City and band square off over KVR Trail

The Penticton Indian Band is in a struggle with the city over control of portions of the Kettle Valley Railway trail that pass through the band’s land. Penticton Council voted 4-2 Monday to write a letter to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada stating that it is the city’s position that the roughly 139 acres of land, six parcels in all, should be maintained in its current ownership by the citizens of Canada. The letter is a response to an INAC request for any comments or concerns regarding a PIB application to have the land added to Penticton Indian Reserve.

What would a horse fence cost?

As noted in a previous posting, we are having a light year for horses on the West Bench.  Some residents have therefore posed a reasonable question: Why would we build an expensive fence if the horse problem is solved?

Ultimately this will go to some kind of voter assent process (likely a referendum) so you will be asked to decide this question for yourself.  But a couple of things to consider:

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Horse update: February 2010

This seems to be shaping up to be a light year for horses on the West Bench.  Unfortunately, a herd is now vandalizing Red Wing (thanks to Don Kelly for the photo below).  This is a problem because the horses are using Highway 97 to get there (witness the droppings along the highway). The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (contact info) has been notified about this serious highway hazard.  I am not sure what they will do about it.

 

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Reacquisition of the KVR by the Penticton Indian Band

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[Update 22 March, 2010: I have posted a more detailed summary of this issue here]

The Penticton Indian Band (PIB) has recently made a request to the federal government (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada—INAC) to reacquire the rail bed granted to the Kettle Valley Railroad (and subsequently the Canadian Pacific Railroad).  As you are no doubt aware, this land runs through Sage Mesa and the West Bench.

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