The RCMP, Coroner and WorkSafe BC are all involved In the investigation of a tugboat sinking at the Tolko dock in Kelowna Monday night. After a water search by the fire department, Central Okanagan Search and Rescue along with another Tolko boat put a camera into the water. They were able to confirm the operator was still inside. His body was recovered yesterday. Why it sank will be part of the investigation. The employee’s name hasn’t officially been released.
Hundreds of Kelowna residents braved the cold last night to remember the victims of Sunday night’s shooting that killed six men at Quebec City mosque. Kelowna Now reports those who met at the Islamic Centre lit candles and listened to speakers including Mayor Colin Basran. One man said it was extremely heartwarming to see how compassionate the local community has been.
A multi-denominational service was held in Quebec City last night to honour the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting at a mosque. It was held at a Catholic church as a sign of solidarity with the Muslim community. Six men were killed in the attack. Two others remain in critical condition but are expected to survive.
The Principal at Mar Jok Elementary School in West Kelowna has been recognized, as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals by The Learning Partnership. Alida Privett leads a team where flexible learning spaces and technology converge to help students reach their full potential. Innovative programs include a Learning in Depth program for students with autism, and monthly Student Advisory Meetings that focus on students who are experiencing challenges.
OC JOB FAIR
The Okanagan College School of Business is hosting its annual Business Expo and Employment Fair today. More than 50 businesses from the Okanagan Valley and beyond will be there and we’re told many are looking to hire. It takes place in the atrium of the Centre of Learning building from 10 to 3 and gives students and community members the chance to speak to and network with employers about possible career opportunities.
Before their causes of death have been revealed, the BC Federation of Labour is calling on Victoria to do more to make workplaces safer. A worker died in an accident at a log sorting facility in Lumby last week and the tugboat operator died when his vessel sank at the Tolko operation in Kelowna on Monday. The BC Fed is calling for more stringent laws and rules, workplace safety inspections and more stringent penalties for employers who commit violations.
Okanagan College will be increasing its tuition for domestic students by two per cent in the coming year. International student tuition will increase by five per cent. That means a university transfer arts student taking a full load of lecture courses, will pay $3,342… about 65 bucks more. For a student taking a six-month) electrical foundation program, tuition would increase by 52 dollars to $2,638.
The BC Centre for Palliative Care has distributed $90,000 to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association toward three newly-designated hospice beds at Brookhaven Care Centre in Kelowna. There are in addition to the the 24 community hospice beds at Central Okanagan Hospice House. The province says the beds will help ensure that people receive the necessary and compassionate care at a difficult time. They should be open sometime in March.