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Keeping families together - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:00:00 PDT
Imagine a hospital designed to keeping families together during medial treatment. That dream will soon come to life thanks to the generosity of a number of people including those at Kelowna Toyota. The KGH Foundation's Better Together campaign is building JoeAnna's House, a home away from home...
Budget, item by item - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:00:00 PDT
Kelowna city council will decide how best to spend your hard earned tax dollars during day-long budget deliberations Thursday. The annual "line-by-line" budget exercise will determine exactly how much the city will spend in 2018, on what that money will be spent on, and where those fund...
Jail for shooting face - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:24:00 PDT
A man who shot another man in the face with a sawed-off shotgun will serve another 114 days in jail, after he was sentenced to 22 months in jail on Wednesday. Police rushed to West Kelowna's Pineridge Estates trailer park in the early morning hours of Nov. 6, 2016 after several people reported so...
Watching mall parking lots - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:40:00 PDT
Volunteers have stepped up to patrol parking lots across the Central Okanagan during the holiday season. Citizens on Patrol, volunteers from Kelowna RCMP, began their seasonal crime prevention patrols of Kelowna malls and retail store parking lots on Monday. Kelowna residents will see the volu...
Buy diamonds, save lives - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:06:00 PDT
It's time to buy diamonds, and save lives. Castanet along with Premier Jewellery and Loans and are proud to offer the second annual Diamond Earring Fundraiser for the Kelowna Women's Shelter. The diamond earrings are appraised at $7,800. Bidding Starts at $500, from Wednesday Dec.13 to Wedne...
Babies to benefit from funds - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:00:00 PDT
A local children's charity received an early Christmas present from a local foundation that will help 250 babies annually. Earlier this month, East Meets West Children's Foundation, a Kelowna-based charity chaired by Kelowna City Councillor Mohini Singh, donated $5,000 to the Starbright Children'...
Big White gives back - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:43:00 PDT
Big White Ski Resort has been enjoying a great snow season so far. Wednesday they shared the wealth with the big White Fire Department, handing out season passes to members of the department's Work Experience Program. The program is in its 16th year and has helped place 85 members in fire de...
Power restored - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:49:00 PDT
UPDATE: 11:40 a.m. Fortis BC has managed to restore power to more than 2500 customers left in the dark after a vehicle struck a power pole earlier this morning on Benvoulin Road. Traffic was backed up for several hours because of the incident and customers were without power for 3 hours. ...
Calling all Scrooges - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:29:00 PDT
If you know a scrooge or two then it's time to take them to A Kelowna Christmas Carol. The performance incorporates beloved elements of Dickens's original story; Scrooge, The Cratchits and an adorable Tiny Tim, and places them in Kelowna at a pivotal period of the city's history. "Our pla...
Dusting of snow - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:00:00 PDT
Kelowna residents woke up to a light dusting of snow Wednesday morning. Total accumulations varied across the region depending on elevation, but there was an inch of snow on the ground in downtown Kelowna at 6 a.m. Highways and roadways are covered in snow and are slippery in sections. Caut...

Federal workers call on government to fix issues surrounding Phoenix payroll system - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:49:53 EST
phoenix pay system workers

On the last pay day before Christmas, federal public service workers affected by the troubled Phoenix payroll system rallied Thursday in Vancouver.

Hillary Clinton 'a tiny bit less' worried about U.S. after Alabama victory - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:38:01 EST
Canada Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton was in Vancouver Wednesday morning to promote her memoir What Happened.

Emergency assessment launched for B.C.'s steelhead salmon - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:30:33 EST
Thompson Steelhead (Joyce)

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada says recent requests from the public for an investigation into the species and mounting evidence of the steelhead decline led to the decision to take action.

Parents, wife and baby in court on behalf of cyclist killed by motorist in November 2016 - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:12:16 EST
dean baby

Family of the man killed when his cycling group was rammed by a motorist just over a year ago wants Crown counsel to explain why it didn't go with the criminal charges recommended by RCMP.

'This is BS': breaking down the verbal brawl in Vancouver's council chambers - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:56:18 EST
Vancouver council

Both Vision and NPA supporters can look at the exchange and see a winning argument in next year's election. Whether ordinary Vancouver residents are as enthralled is another matter.

New secondary school a step closer to reality in New Westminster, B.C. - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:12:44 EST
Contract awarded for new New Westminster Secondary School

It's a project that's been years in the making, but a new secondary school is now one step closer to reality in New Westminster, B.C. On Wednesday the district announced that the contract to design and build the school has been awarded to Graham Design-Builders LP with KMBR Architects Planners Inc.

Group fighting sexual harassment on Granville Strip needs new funding to continue work - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:10:17 EST

Good Night Out Vancouver is a team of volunteers who walk the Granville strip, offering assistance to both male and female revellers on weekends but a co-founder says without new funding, they can't keep up their work.

Fentanyl test strips could lead to false sense of security, Health Canada warns - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:25:53 EST

Fentanyl test strips don't always detect the presence of the deadly opioid and could give drug users a false sense of security, Health Canada is warning.

At least 8 people infected in gastrointestinal illness outbreak at Vernon, B.C., hospital - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:25:09 EST
Vernon Jubilee Hospital

Interior Health says at least eight people have been infected in a gastrointestinal illness outbreak at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

3 women made up sex assault stories to 'ruin' fire chief, defence claims - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:40:19 EST
Kirsten Rudolph

In the closing arguments of a sexual assault trial against the former fire chief of Fort St. James, B.C., the defence lawyer focused on the character and trustworthiness of the three female complainants.

'Not the outcome I would have liked': B.C. energy minister addresses broken Site C promises - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:38:11 GMT

Michelle Mungall, now B.C.'s energy minister, tells demonstrators in 2016 that an NDP government would work work 'to stop the Site C dam.' Jaimie Kehler is a web writer, producer and broadcaster based in Kelowna, B.C. She has also worked for CBC News in Toronto and Ottawa.

Robbed, hit with golf club - Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:24:43 GMT

A Kelowna man was allegedly assaulted by two men when he confronted them as they were breaking into his vehicle on Monday early morning. The man told police he exited his residence to find at least one man breaking into his blue Dodge Caravan.

UCP house leader Jason Nixon fired woman after sex harassment complaint - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:51:29 GMT

Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre MLA Jason Nixon has been the UCP house leader since Jason Kenney became party leader in October. Premier Rachel Notley has called on UCP Leader Jason Kenney to remove his party's house leader, after it was revealed that Jason Nixon fired a woman in 2008 who complained about sexual harassment on a Kelowna worksite.

Kelowna jail guards serve strike notice - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:34:55 GMT

The strike notice puts the union in a legal strike position as of Thursday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. In a news release issued Tuesday morning, the union said it has been attempting to negotiate a first collective agreement for more than six months. "Jail guards in Kelowna work in a high stress environment and face physical violence and verbal abuse daily," CUPE National Representative and lead negotiator Harry Nott said.

Be an Angel: Girls, dad glad to be together - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:58:06 GMT

Daniel's family is among those you can help this year by donating to The Daily Courier's Be an Angel campaign. Daniel's family is among those you can help this year by donating to The Daily Courier's Be an Angel campaign.

Alternative location suggested for new fire hall in Glenmore - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:37:47 GMT

The best location for a new Kelowna fire hall is near the corner of Glenmore Road and Watson Road, city council heard Monday. That location is about five kilometres south of where the city has been planning for a station, at the corner of Glenmore Road and John Hindle Drive.

Fentanyl detected in almost 88% of Kelowna drug deaths - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:38:48 GMT

Fentanyl was detected in almost 88 per cent of all drug overdose deaths in Kelowna during the first 10 months of this year - the third highest percentage in the province. The latest BC Coroners report released Monday said fentanyl-detected drug overdose deaths accounted for 58 of a total of 66 overdose deaths from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31 in Kelowna.

West Kelowna shelter group seeks grant - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:38:47 GMT

Municipal staff recommend council award a grant in that amount to the West Kelowna Shelter Society, which says there is an urgent need to provide a cold-weather refuge for the community's homeless population. Awarding of the grant is endorsed by staff even though the society did not submit its application for a grant-in-aid prior to the Oct. 31 deadline.

Police seek suspect in sandwich-shop robbery - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:38:46 GMT

Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery at Subway in the 1100 block of Lawrence Avenue at 9:26 p.m. The suspect is described as a slender five-foot-seven Caucasian male wearing dark pants, dark shoes and a black jacket with the hood over his head. Anyone with information is asked to call Const.

Shelter to spay mother dogs when puppies surrendered - Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:23:23 GMT

Angel's Animal Rescue came up with the program idea after working with a group in Manitoba to rescue dogs. "We want to reward that family by offering a free spay to that mother dog," said Judanna Dawn of Angel's Animal Rescue Society.

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