K COUNCIL MARRIOTT
Kelowna city council has reversed its earlier decision on a proposed hotel development at Highway 97 and Highway 33. Council had turned down a developer’s plan for a Marriott-branded hotel because it just had a big parking lot fronting the highway. Now the developer has added some greenspace out front and the 6-storey tower is moved closer to the road.
WK CITY HALL
City staff in West Kelowna are recommending council abandon the idea of building a new city hall for the time being as it is unaffordable given the funding situation. Instead, staff is suggesting council go ahead with a 5 Million dollar development of a works yard on land it owns on Bartley Road. It would allow the city to sell the space it currently uses on Elliott and Bartley roads. Council will look at the report at its regular meeting today.
Premier Christy Clark will be in town later this week and while a 5-thousand dollar-a-plate fundraising dinner on Thursday night is getting most of the attention, tickets for a cheaper event are still available to the public. The premier will be the guest of the Westside Board of Trade at a breakfast Friday morning at The Cove and tickets for that are only $28. It’s not known yet if the premier will be at any other public events during the visit to her riding.
A substantial drug bust at a home in Kelowna. An investigation by the RCMP’s Downtown Enforcement Unit lead to a search warrant at a home in the 1500 block of Elm Street. Inside, they discovered over 100 grams of suspected cocaine, a gram of suspected heroin, over 280 grams of marijuana, nearly half a gram of suspected methamphetamine and over 300 various illicit pills. A 59 year old Kelowna man faces several charges including Breach of Probation.
Two men, a 63 year old from Lake Country and a 25 year old from West Kelowna face drug possession and other charges after police raided a room at the Airport Inn in Lake Country. Cops found 5-1/2 ounces of suspected cocaine, one ounce of hash and 4-grand in cash. Lake Country RCMP, Kelowna’s Street Enforcement Unit and the Dog Squad were all involved. Both men will appear in court at a future date.
The Federal Court of Appeal says Ottawa can go ahead and issue permits for the Site C dam in the Peace River Valley. Two First Nations group asked the court to stop the development, saying the federal cabinet should have determined if it infringed on treaty rights. While dismissing the case, the court did not say whether any rights were violated by the project which will flood 55-hundred hectares of the valley.
Guests at a couple of Kelowna Hotels probably didn’t get a lot of sleep Saturday night. Police were called to the Sandman on Harvey after a man allegedly assaulted a security guard, stole a fire extinguisher and pulled the fire alarm. While RCMP were there, they got a call about a disturbance at the nearby Ramada where a man smashed windows, pulled the fire alarm and then emptied the extinguisher. Police got the guy and found drug paraphernalia on him. The 33 year old homeless man was to appear in court yesterday.
The woman dubbed “America’s Worst Mom” spent the night in Kelowna after speaking to a sold out audience at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. She’ll be heading to UBCO tonight for another public discussion. Lenore Skenazy got a lot of attention from the media in 2008 when she said she allowed her 9 year old son to ride the New York subway by himself. These days she’s a blogger and public speaker who encourages parents to let their kids do stuff without constant supervision.
As Premier Christy Clark was playing up BC’s job-creation growth yesterday, Moody Investors Service kept the province’s credit rating at Triple-A for the 12th straight year. Moodys says BC has a positive outlook and a track record of prudent fiscal planning and a diversified economy. NDP leader John Horgan said most of the job growth has been in the Lower Mainland and largely low-paying, service sector positions.