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Slippery morning commute - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:51:00 PDT
Emergency crews on scene of a multi-vehicle pile-up in the 1600 block of highway 97 this morning. Traffic is stacking up around Boucherie road on the other side of the lake this morning as well....
Running for hope - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:30:00 PDT
It'll be a winter wonderland at UBCO this Friday for the 5th annual UBCO Relay For Life. Katelyn Baumbusch an organizer with UBCO's Relay For Life says "We are inviting the entire Kelowna community to make teams and register for this event since it is the ONLY Relay Kelowna has." The...
Safety = respect on mtn - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:00 PDT
Skiing and snowboarding is meant to be fun. But, recent events including the tragic death of a snowboarder when he collided with a tree at Big White, have industry insiders concerned about safety on the mountains. Big White vice-president Michael J. Ballingall says staff are starting to see so...
Accused rapist takes stand - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:30:00 PDT
The man accused of raping a woman in West Kelowna two years ago took the stand in his own defence Wednesday and painted a very different picture of the night in question than the alleged victim did last week. Last week, M, who's identity is protected under a publication ban, said she never once g...
Orchard gets added help - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:30:00 PDT
Kelowna city council took the side of agriculture in a dispute over whether 140 temporary farm workers should be allowed on an orchard in the northern portion of the city. Neighbours to the north and south of the property bordering Highway 97 and Shanks Road, just south of Lake Country, voiced co...
New tack for Right to Life - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:00:00 PDT
A Kelowna organization more well known for its sometimes controversial billboards has taken up fundraising for Kelowna General Hospital's perinatal unit. The Kelowna Right to Life Society, a high-profile anti-abortion group that regularly protests outside the hospital and along Highway 97 has lau...
Harmony Day unites all - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:00:00 PDT
Central Okanagan Public Schools continue to embrace kindness and diversity with the 11th Annual Harmony Day. Black Mountain Elementary welcomed guests at the front door with passports to tour the school and learn about their seven habits. "All of the spaces in the entire school opened up...
Jaws of Life being used - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:51:00 PDT
UPDATE: 3:51 p.m. Paramedics are assessing people at the scene of a three vehicle collision in Rutland. It is not clear if anyone was taken to hospital but witnesses from the scene said an elderly woman was "shaken up," and everyone else seemed to be OK. “It looked pretty b...
Gun flashed downtown - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:00:00 PDT
UPDATE: 3 p.m. Kelowna RCMP are still looking for a man who's believed to have flashed a gun to a woman in an alley in downtown Kelowna Tuesday night. Just before 10 p.m., police were called to the 1500 block of Water Street, where a woman was approached by a man in an alley. The man, whose fa...
New 'burden' on biz - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:49:00 PDT
Business owners are concerned they're being forced to bear the brunt of the provincial government's plan to eliminate individual Medical Services Plan premiums. The NDP's provincial budget, released Tuesday, includes a promise to eliminate MSP premiums by 2020 and pay for the lost revenue with a ...

B.C. government hopes $15 million for more sheriffs will address court delays - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:46:33 EST
Victoria courthouse

The province has set aside funding to address delays in B.C.'s courts, but some would like to see further measures put in place.

Canadians split 50/50 over pipeline debate: poll - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:01:30 EST
Transmountain Facility Kamloops 20170327

There's no shortage of opinions on whether the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project should go ahead and the role provincial governments should play. Now there's statistical evidence that proves just how split opinions are.

Farms, homes, roads, wildlife in Surrey, B.C., under threat from rising water levels - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:01:15 EST

With roughly 20 per cent of land in Surrey, B.C., sitting on a coastal floodplain threatened by climate change, the city is preparing for rising water levels that could severely damage residential neighbourhoods, businesses, natural habitats and infrastructure.

Vancouver parents denounce long kindergarten wait lists - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:19:22 EST

Hundreds of parents in Vancouver are livid this week after being told their children won't be accepted into the kindergarten in their catchment area or nearby school especially for popular programs like French immersion.

CBC Radio personality Arthur Black dead at age 74 - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:04:02 EST
Arthur Black CBC

Black died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Olympic wake-up call: Day 13 news you might have missed from the Winter Games - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:40:50 EST

Here's a quick recap of all the important Olympic news you might have missed overnight, and a look at what's still to come later today.

Convicted attempted murderer invited to reception with Trudeau in India - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:46:27 EST
Sophie Trudeau, Jaspal Atwal

Jaspal Atwal, a convicted former member of an illegal Sikh separatist group, was invited to dine with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a formal event hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner Thursday in Delhi.

Record check misses 'shocking revelations' in B.C. Children's Ministry file - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:00:00 EST
domestic abuse

A Kamloops judge is asking why a Ministry of Children and Family Development record search failed to reveal a history of domestic violence associated with a child's guardian.

Greyhound to stop serving B.C.'s Highway of Tears, Yukon and Vancouver Island - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:20:05 EST

B.C. Passenger Transportation Board has given Greyhound Canada permission to stop serving northern British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

Real estate industry casts doubt on B.C.'s housing affordability plan - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:00:00 EST
Richmond recommends 11,000 sq. ft. farm home restrictions

Groups representing B.C.'s developers and realtors are critical of the new housing taxes announced in the budget this week. It's left many in the real estate industry skeptical that the province's 30-point plan will realistically improve affordability.

Mixed messages on B.C.'s efforts to cool the hot housing market - Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:04:34 GMT

Real estate experts say the British Columbia government started to build a strong foundation for more affordable housing in Tuesday's budget, but opinion varies on the expected outcomes. Finance Minister Carole James is trying to ease the province's housing crisis by introducing a new tax on property speculators, expanding and increasing a tax on foreign homebuyers and spending $6 billion to build affordable housing over the next decade.

B.C. Wine Institute launches court challenge of Alberta wine-import ban - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:32:11 GMT

The organization says the ban must be lifted because it risks the livelihoods of more than 12,000 people employed in the industry. KELOWNA, B.C. - The B.C. Wine Institute says it is moving to protect its industry and farmers with a court challenge of Alberta's ban on the import of its wines.

Rockets cling to victory - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:06:42 GMT

The Kelowna Rockets withstood a third period barrage, hanging on for a 6-5 victory over the visiting Prince George Cougars Tuesday night. The Rockets built up what appeared to be a comfortable 6-2 lead after 40 minutes, but the Cougars clawed their way back in the third.

Enhanced road tests for seniors in B.C. to include cognitive, memory assessment - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:31:16 GMT

Sometimes even those who have had a drivers licence for years must take a road test, and now those tests are taking a new turn. "The road test is going to be a longer test, where not only are they going to be marking the same things that they'll mark on a Class 5 road test, but they're going to also add in some cognitive stuff as well," Calum Macmillan, Young Drivers Kelowna's owner, said.

From Ghana to Kelowna: Top 40 profile of Kwame Boateng - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:39:13 GMT

Kwame Boateng, 25, an associate portfolio manager at Odlum Brown Investments, is the 25th of 40 honourees for this season of Kelowna Top Forty Under 40. Editor's note: Every week in this space with we profile a businessperson under the age of 40 who is finding success in their career and making a difference. Kwame Boateng, 25, an associate portfolio manager at Odlum Brown Investments, is the 25th of 40 honourees for this season of Kelowna Top Forty Under 40. Editor's note: Every week in this space with we profile a businessperson under the age of 40 who is finding success in their career and making a difference.

Budget taxes worry Kelowna business leader - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:25:09 GMT

The expansion of the foreign buyers tax into the Central Okanagan and the introduction of a property speculation tax concern Kelowna Chamber of Commerce president Tom Dyas, who said the taxes may cause the housing market to slow down. In its budget released Tuesday, the provincial NDP government announced it would be increasing the tax on foreign home buyers by $5,000 to $20,000 and expanding it beyond Metro Vancouver to areas around the province, including the Central Okanagan, effective today.

Surviving on the cold streets of Kelowna - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 02:45:32 GMT

It dipped down to nearly -18 C at the Kelowna airport Monday night, just a couple of degrees off the record set in 1986 when it hit -21 C. Randy Benson from Kelowna's Gospel Mission said they were at near capacity Monday night because of the cold snap. The Gospel Mission can handle up to 90 people.

B.C. unveils 'bold' housing, child care plans, hikes employer, real estate taxes - Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:06:30 GMT

British Columbia moved to ease the province's housing crisis Tuesday with a new tax on property speculators and higher taxes on foreign homebuyers with a budget that plans to create 114,000 affordable housing units over the next decade. Finance Minister Carole James said the tax measures are part of the government's aim to improve housing affordability in markets where some seniors are forced to live in their vehicles and young professionals are refusing to take jobs in B.C. because they can't find a place to live.

Our very own accent? Language study calls for Okanaganites - Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:25:47 GMT

Two UBC researchers believe there may be such as a thing as an accent unique to Kelowna and the Okanagan, and are looking for participants in an online study to help them prove it. Two UBC researchers believe there may be such as a thing as an accent unique to Kelowna and the Okanagan, and are looking for participants in an online study to help them prove it.

Record or not? - Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:42:11 GMT

According to Environment Canada's web site the temperature in Kelowna was a modern-day record but according to meteorologist Cindy Yu the records change and are more difficult track the further back you go. The climate stations and meteorologists have moved over the years, "the daily minimum for Vernon today is minus 22.2 and for Kelowna, it's minus 19.4." Yu says Kelowna got down to minus 17.5 at the "official" weather station, which is not listed on their website.

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