Kelowna is getting it’s very own film studio. Burnaby-based Eagle Creek Studio is set to build a full service soundstage facility in town. The studio bought the property last year and plans to be open for business sometime this year. Okanagan Film Commissioner Jon Summerland says it will create the infrastructure to bring in big productions and TV series and base them here. He adds it should also create full time employment and new business opportunities for many people.
Lake Country RCMP are hoping anyone who witnessed a fatal accident on Monday evening will come forward. A woman died when her gray 1997 Cadillac 4-door sedan went off Highway 97 about 630, down a steep embankment and ended up on Crystal Waters Road. Authorities are in the process of notifying her family and would like to hear from anyone they haven’t already spoken with.
ORDER OF BC
Nominations are now open for the highest award any BC resident can receive. The Order of BC is for people who have served with distinction or excelled in any field. One of last year’s inductees was was Vancouver broadcaster Red Robinson. Previous Order recipients include Trevor Linden and Diana Krall. Since it was established in 1989, 402 British Columbians have been recognized. More info is available at orderofbc.gov.bc.ca .
Last year, BC Transit announced it would be adding closed circuit TV to buses in Kelowna to increase the safety of passengers and drivers. Now, it’s looking to install a vehicle locator so riders will know in real time through their mobile devices, where their bus is and what time it should arrive at a given stop. Transit says the system will also allow them to push alerts to riders in case of detours, accidents or other re-routing incidents.
As those who ARE Scottish and those who wish they were celebrate Robbie Burns day today, a local resident is publishing a book about the Scottish poet’s wife. Melanie Murray is an English professor at Okanagan College and is unveiling “Should Auld Acquaintance: Discovering the Woman behind Robert Burns”. Murray has been researching the life of Jean Armour for five years. She calls in ‘creative non-fiction’. It’s available at the usual online outlets.
Ambulance Paramedics in BC want to be brought under the same umbrella as police and firefighters. That’s the one that makes them an essential service so they can’t go on strike or be locked-out. They have started a province-wide initiative which gives them 90 days to collect enough signatures that will give Victoria the option of making it happen, or putting it to a vote in BC. If you’d like to help out by canvassing or to get more info, check out yourparamedics.ca/information .
SMALL BIZ FINALISTS
A number of Kelowna businesses are finalists for the 14th annual Small Business BC Awards. They include Rambow Mechanical for Best Apprentice Training, Infuse I.T. for Best Concept, Central Kitchen for Best Employer, and Mazu for Best Innovation. This year’s winners will be announced February 23rd in Vancouver. Two Kelowna companies were winners in 2015 – Soil Mate for Best Concept and Float Space for Best Emerging Entrepreneur.
The call has gone out to local artists who would like to display their work at Kelowna International Airport. Submission cost is $30 and they can be taken to the Spirit of the Okanagan Foundation kiosk at YLW before the 31st. 20 artists will be chosen with half being Indigenous. The foundation chair says revenue to local artists in the first year was about 20-thousand dollars, with most of the sales running between 30 and 70 dollars. More info on the airport’s website under News and Events.
As the main ‘Trump’ focus is in Washington right now, a battle is brewing over Vancouver’s new Trump Tower, which hasn’t officially opened yet. The developer is suing the contractor for a number of things that it claims delayed the opening, which was originally planned for last summer. Holborn Developments claims Urban One Construction Management didn’t correct deficiencies, ensure the mechanical work was done properly and make sure the appliances were in good and working condition.