Premier Christy Clark arrives in Kelowna today for a couple of food-related speaking engagements. The big one is tonight – a $5,000 a plate private fundraiser for the BC Liberals. Tomorrow morning Clark will be guest speaker at the Westside Board of Trade’s breakfast at The Cove. No word from the government if Clark will be making any general public appearances.
If the West Kelowna Warriors pack up and move to North Delta as expected, the city won’t take a big financial hit. Mayor Doug Findlater says that some suppliers and of course the fans will be affected, but the 52-grand a year the city gets from the team for using Royal LePage Place would be recouped through other bookings. The BC Hockey League could approve the move next week.
GOOGLE FAKE NEWS
Google is continuing a crackdown on fake news sites after it pulled the plug on more than 300 of them last year. Don’t look for the web giant to call it ‘fake news’ though… it prefers ‘misrepresentative content’. Apparently ‘alternative facts’ was already taken. Both Google and Facebook say Canada is one of the places where they will be using online tools to help users flag bad information.
The Solicitor General says the shooting deaths of two men in Prince George yesterday morning, is a risk that comes with living life in a gang. Mike Morris says it was a targeted shooting. RCMP got calls about gunfire and found three people in a car. Two were dead, while the third is expected to survive. Police haven’t confirmed it was gang or drug related, but say similar violence in the past, has often had ties to the drug world.
Just days after announcing she would no longer accept a 50-thousand dollar a year stipend from the BC Liberal party, a BC Supreme Court judge has basically said there is nothing ethically wrong with Premier Christy Clark receiving it. Democracy Watch had challenged an earlier decision by the Conflict Commissioner that the money and Clark’s attendance at fundraisers was okay. The court says the commissioner’s decisions are protected by ‘legislative privilege’ and are unreviewable.
If a visit to Butchart Gardens in Victoria is in your plans, leave the Superman costume and selfie stick at home. Any type of costume or period dress have been banned from the tourist attraction because they are too much of a distraction. And now Butchart Gardens has taken a page out of the Disneyland ‘do and don’t’ book by not allowing selfie sticks because the paths are too narrow and they don’t want guests getting clobbered.
Cardiac patients and staff have settled into a new, renovated inpatient unit in Kelowna General Hospital’s Strathcona building. The space on the second floor used to house nine older operating rooms. As a result of a larger $34 million project to renovate the entire second floor, the space has been turned into a new inpatient unit for cardiac surgery patients, complete with private rooms. The operating rooms were relocated to the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre building.
A coroner’s inquest jury has issued 21 recommendations to try to reduce the toll from illicit drug deaths in BC. They focus on improved treatment options for those struggling with drug dependency issues, including better access to opioid replacement therapy, expansion of treatment programs and improved standards for centres providing treatment. The jury was investigating the death of a man who died in a Powell River treatment centre last year.