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Locals to Shovel Lake fire - Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:00:00 PDT
A group of Kelowna firefighters have driven north and have arrived in the Fraser Lake area near Fort St. James to assist with wildfires. The four firefighters from Kelowna, left on Tuesday and arrived Wednesday ready to battle the blazes. This comes on the same day that the province declared a...
Dropbike helmet hammer? - Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:00:00 PDT
Kelowna's Dropbike program has been a success since its launch in the spring of 2018. According to Matt Worona, Active Transportation Coordinator at City of Kelowna, "the uptake's pretty good. There are things we want to see improvement on but generally, there is a lot of adoption in the com...
24/7 Glenmore fire crew - Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:00:00 PDT
Just weeks before a fire came dangerously close to homes, a firehall around the corner finally became fully staffed and was fundamental in extinguishing the blaze. The Glenmore Firehall, which was used by volunteers and paid on-call firefighters for a number of years, was converted to a career ha...
Issues mount downtown - Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:00:00 PDT
A Kelowna woman and her husband were chased by a homeless man spouting vulgar and threatening rhetoric. A car parked on Leon Avenue was the object of a woman's rage as she "put the boots" to the front end of the vehicle. That was just Wednesday in downtown Kelowna. These come on t...
Masks are not the answer - Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:00:00 PDT
As smoke from B.C. wildfires continues to choke off much of the province, people are looking for ways to deal with the smoke. More and more, people are seen wearing masks as a way to combat the tiny particulates related to the smokey skies. There are some who are suggesting cities, or even hea...
Canuck Jersey still a hit - Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:00:00 PDT
Canuck fans have voted overwhelmingly in favour of bringing back the "Flying Skate" design to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club in 2019-2020, and one Canuck fan who helped in the design of that jersey is over the moon. In the 1980's Jeremie White a die hard Canuck fan and graph...
Still missing from YLW - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:47:00 PDT
UPDATE: 9:45 p.m. The owner of two dogs who went running from Kelowna International Airport on Wednesday say one dog is still missing. A $500 reward is being offered for anyone who finds the dog. Flurry the poodle pictured in this story is still missing and anyone who spots the dog is being...
Sentencing delays drag on - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:00:00 PDT
Almost a year and a half after a West Kelowna man pleaded guilty to possession and production of a fentanyl analogue, he has yet to be sentenced and remains out of custody on bail. Leslie McCulloch's commercial business on West Kelowna's Auburn Road and home were raided on March 2, 2016, and poli...
Smoke lingers as race nears - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:15:00 PDT
Athletes are getting prepared for the iconic Apple Triathlon in Kelowna set to start in a few days as smoke poses a threat for the race. Wildfires burning across the province has filtered smoke into the Okanagan Valley and it doesn't appear to be leaving anytime soon. The Kelowna Apple Societ...
A voice for diversity - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:41:00 PDT
The parade marshal for this year's Pride March in Kelowna had to hide his true self before coming to Canada as a Syrian refugee. The Kelowna Pride Society announced this week Anas Qartoumeh will be the marshal for Saturday's parade. As a gay Syrian refugee, Qartoumeh exemplifies Kelowna Pride ...

Burnaby RCMP make arrests during Camp Cloud eviction - Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:07:04 EDT
Burnaby RCMP

Burnaby RCMP have started the process of evicting protesters from Camp Cloud, the protest camp set up in opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Coté currently campaigning against no one - Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:08:07 EDT
New West Progressives

The only party that has formed to oppose the government is the New West Progressives, and they're deciding Thursday whether to run someone against Coté or focus solely on council and school board battles.

Forced out by B.C. wildfires, evacuees frustrated by rules preventing return to rescue pets and valuables - Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:57:22 EDT
Francois Lake

Some B.C. fire evacuees are frustrated they aren’t being allowed to return to their homes to rescue personal belongings, while others are defying the leave order and staying put as wildfires grow.

4-month-old girl pinned under truck after it crashes into Surrey home - Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:22:31 EDT

RCMP said the baby is recovering in hospital and the driver, a 57-year-old man, has been arrested.

Having to pay for your own shingles vaccine isn't ageism, tribunal rules - Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:00:00 EDT
Thomas Hasek

When Thomas Hasek decided to get immunized against shingles a few years back, he had to pay $200 for the shot. That struck him as unfair — after all, the childhood chickenpox vaccine addresses the same virus, and it's publicly funded.

Vote now for Metro Vancouver's Unofficial Ambassador: Michael J. Fox vs. Canuck the Crow - Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:51:12 EDT
Fox vs. Crow.

We want you to determine who the region's favourite representative is.

Wooden Horsemen brings a twist to CBC Musical Nooners Aug. 16 - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:51:54 EDT
Wooden Horsemen

Neo-swamp folk rock band Wooden Horsemen returns to the CBC Musical Nooners stage for another concert on Aug 16.

Andrew Weaver wants B.C. to follow New Zealand ban on foreign homebuyers - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:41:56 EDT
ElxnBC 20170526

The B.C. Green Party leader says restricting foreign buyers is a widely used approach globally and could make home ownership more attainable for priced-out residents.

Here's what British Columbians are facing under a blanket of smoke and blazing wildfires - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:52:51 EDT
Williams Lake wildfires

Dozens of evacuation orders and alerts are in effect in the north and central regions of B.C., impacting more than 20,000 people.

Victoria police seeking more victims after 71-year-old charged with multiple counts of sexual assault - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:47:15 EDT
Victoria Police

A 71-year-old Esquimalt man is in custody and facing four charges of "historical" sexual assaults involving four women.

Vernon outsourcing fire dispatch to Kelowna - Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:07:04 GMT

Watch Above: When a fire is reported in Vernon, soon, the person dispatching the firefighters will be in Kelowna. The city hopes outsourcing dispatch services will allow them to hire more firefighters.

Wildfire emergency spurs WestJet, Air Canada to offer 'flexible'... - Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:07:03 GMT

Air Canada and WestJet customers who are scheduled to fly in and out of some cities in British Columbia are being offered flexible flight options, after B.C. issued a province-wide state of emergency due to wildfires. The state of emergency is in place for 14 days, the government of B.C. said, but could be extended or shortened if needed.

British Columbia burns: With 566 fires, province declares state of emergency - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:49:10 GMT

A wildfire burns south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, near Highway 63 on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Canadian officials hoped to complete the mass evacuation of work camps north of Alberta's main oil sands city of Fort McMurray on Saturday, fearing the growing wildfire could double in size and reach a major oil sands mine and even the neighboring province of Saskatchewan.

Short-cutting truckers targeted in West Kelowna - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:21:28 GMT

A City of West Kelowna proposal last year to designate Gellatly Road South a truck route was of concern to Evan Gutherie, left, and John Appleby, show in this 2017 file photo. This week, council agreed to a new plan that designates only Highway 97 and Westside Road as truck routes.

Kelowna's Apple Triathlon returns after one-year hiatus - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:21:27 GMT

Kelowna's iconic Apple Triathlon is returning this weekend after a one-year hiatus, and the race is going back to its roots. "We are actually going back to the original venue of the first race in 1983," said race director Susie Ernsting.

Peachland's ban on pot shops to be reviewed with legalization - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:49:56 GMT

The town of 5,200 people currently has a bylaw against all pot shops, either privately owned or government controlled, that was approved unanimously on Feb. 13. "It will come back for council discussion," Mayor Cindy Fortin said Tuesday. "We just wanted to wait until the federal and provincial governments had fleshed out all the details on this issue."

If they build it, you will drive - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:30:44 GMT

A city produced paper on transportation challenges and opportunities within the city suggests the only way to alleviate congestion is alternate modes of transportation. Presently, people in Kelowna own more vehicles per capital than any other city in Canada, collectively drive to the moon and back twice every weekday, and utilize about 340,000 parking spaces each day.

Vernon woman's death not a criminal matter: RCMP - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 04:54:44 GMT

"The investigation is in its early stages, and an autopsy is required to determine a cause of death for Miss Kitchener," Cpl. Meghan Foster said on June 29. Police released her name and the general location of the home she was found dead in, the 1300-block of Ponderosa Road, to help further their investigation into the 29-year-old Vernon woman's death.

Long-awaited John Hindle Drive in Kelowna just weeks away from completion - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 04:54:43 GMT

According to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, completion of the third and final phase of the John Hindle Drive project , a road that will connect Glenmore Road to the Highway 97 at the UBC Okanagan campus and near Kelowna's airport, is expected to be complete by the end of the month. "The contractor is on track to have the majority of the work completed before the start of the school year , and we anticipate that only minor work off the roadway will be remaining," said the ministry Tuesday.

Blasting begins at Beachview Drive in West Kelowna - Wed, 15 Aug 2018 02:40:37 GMT

Blasting is beginning this week as part of residential development at 3954 Beachview Drive, above Angus Drive, to establish lot grading. Activity will occur between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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