Gregory studied fruit business

I wish to respond to Coun. Lloyd’s Christopherson’s comments (Oct. 30) regarding the loss of Kettle Valley Dried Fruit business.

Dear Editor:

I wish to respond to Coun. Lloyd’s Christopherson’s comments (Oct. 30) regarding the loss of Kettle Valley Dried Fruit business, during my term as mayor.

When this issue first came to council, I studied it intensely.

Strangely, there was no evidence of any effort to expand  their  business on the highway.

The manager had returned to his home town, St. Catharines, Ont. The Ontario government provided the manager with a grant of $884,570 to form the Niagara Natural Fruit Snacks Company.

The company itself, Kettle Valley Dried Fruits, had been bought by U.S. based SunOpta in 2003, several years earlier.

The American federal and state governments provided grants to SunOpta to improve their Omak, Wash. operations.

Kettle Valley Dried Fruits Company was not offered any provincial grants to remain in Summerland.

Sorry, Lloyd, I didn’t buy your arguments then or now.

David Gregory

Summerland

 

Just Posted

Okanagan College unlocks time capsule

Items placed in 1993 and kept in capsule in library opened at special ceremony

Place mats given to Summerland care facility

Hand-quilted mats made by Summerland Material Girls given to Dr. Andrew Pavillion in Summerland

Bottleneck Drive raises funds for Summerland Food Bank

Money was raised during tasting events at Summerland Festival of Lights

Nature Trust of B.C. purchases property in South Okanagan

Parcel will be added to White Lake biodiversity ranch

Investigation into Naramata fire chief could wrap up before year end

An outside company has been investigating Naramata fire chief since Oct. 22 when he was suspended

Omar Khadr wants changes to bail conditions

‘My life is held in suspension’, says the former Guantanamo Bay detainee

Police across Canada probe bomb threats as U.S. authorities dismiss ‘hoax’

A police spokesman said the emails were the same as those received elsewhere in North America

France shooter killed Thursday during police operation

7 more being held by police in shooting investigation

Shootout loss for Canada West against Czech Republic

Team Canada West now looking forward to semifinal game

Ex-Trump lawyer: Hush money paid over election concerns

Michael Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison

The Tea Party lives on

The Canadian rock band will come to Kelowna in Spring

Sissons scores OT winner as Predators beat Canucks 4-3

VIDEO: Vancouver battles back to earn single point in Nashville

Lions announce seven members of coaching staff not coming back for 2019

The operational moves come two days after the Lions announced DeVone Claybrooks as the team’s new head coach

Missing man last seen in Shuswap

Red Deer RCMP would like public’s help locating elderly man with dementia last observed in Sicamous

Most Read