To the editor:
Canadians do not want to build walls to exclude: we want to create peace to include.
What better way to announce our national commitment to peacemaking than through planting a peace pole in front of our new visitor centre.
A seven- or eight-foot tall white peace pole declaring May Peace Prevail on Earth, in four or eight languages, would express a Canadian cultural value to visitors from many countries and would fit in aesthetically with our lovely white Sails and Dolphin sculptures. What visitor would not want to be photographed beside such a symbol of welcome? What Kelowna local would not be proud to have our city remembered for its beautiful lake, vibrant downtown, outstanding vineyards, entertaining Ogopogo legend, public art work and welcoming peace pole?
Symbols matter. A wall between the U.S. and Mexico will speak of hatred, exclusion and a mean-spirited isolationism. It would be a reminder of why the U.S. ranks No. 103 on the Global Peace Index.
A peace pole in front of our new Kelowna visitor centre will speak of interdependence, inclusion and welcome. It will be a reminder of why Canada is No. 8 on the Global Peace Index.
As a total price tag of under $500 for the eight-language mode, it’s a small price to pay for priceless returns on our investment.
Pam Kemp, Kelowna