The Transportation Safety Board has joined the RCMP, Coroner and WorkSafe BC in the investigation into the death of a Tolko employee Monday night. The tugboat operator died when his vessel sank in the lake. His body was recovered Tuesday. The victim’s name has appeared on various social media sites but we are respecting the Coroner’s decision to not officially release it at this time.
The current President of the BC Fruit Growers Association is hoping he will be re-elected for a fourth term at the AGM tomorrow in Penticton. Kelowna’s Fred Steele says he’s been actively campaigning and stands on his performance the last three years. Vernon grower Jeet Dukhia is believed to be the only person running against Steele, although he says he hasn’t decided yet.
Two professors at UBC Okanagan have devised a basic hand-grip test that has proven to be a reliable tool to monitor the decline of patients with Parkinson’s diseases. The Health and Exercise Sciences professors compared results from assessments of leg and arm muscles to basic physical performance tests such as gait speed, balance and hand-grip strength. They found the simple hand-grip test is an easy and conclusive way to test muscle strength decline.
A special exhibition called “From Vimy to Juno: Canada in France 1914-45” has opened at the Okanagan Military Museum on Ellis Street. It explores the connections between defining moments in Canadian history and the experiences of Canadians who fought in both world wars. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge where 36-hundred Canadians died and another 7-thousand were wounded.
SALMON ARM SHOOTING
The sister of a man who was shot by police in Salmon Arm, feels Mounties went too far trying to apprehend her brother. RCMP say they shot a suspect in an alleged theft at a car wash as he tried to escape. Tassie Winter told Global, her 22 year old brother Kaymen was shot in the head and shoulder, and may have brain damage. The Independent Investigations Office is looking into whether police acted appropriately.
Just give at least an hour of your time to the community. In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary year, Mayor Colin Basran kicked-off the 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge. It’s is a nation-wide movement led by Volunteer Ottawa and Volunteer Centres across the country. The City of Kelowna has accepted the challenge and encourages residents to give what time they have in hopes of reaching 150-thousand hours. For more info go to kelowna.ca/Canada150 .
Oscar nominee Casey Affleck will be shooting part of a film in the Okanagan this month. The “Manchester By The Sea” actor will be in the Osoyoos area for the movie “Light of My Life,” which he is also directing. The independent film is a survival drama that follows a father and daughter who are being hunted in the woods.
OC GREEN TECH
Okanagan College picked up a couple of Tommie Awards for Environmental Innovation when it comes to Green technology. The College’s new Trades Complex at the Kelowna campus landed top spot for Best Environmental Initiative at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Okanagan Chapter Awards. And the Wilden Living Lab house, which is a project between the College and four community partners, won the FortisBC Award for Building Energy Efficiency.
28 teams will be taking part in the largest ever BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, which gets underway at the Kelowna Curling Club today. The winner will represent BC at the Canadian Championships in Saskatoon. The winner from that will wear the Maple Leaf at the World Mixed Doubles Championship in Lethbridge in late April. And that event will determine the final eight-country field for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Kelowna Rockets thumped the Calgary Hitmen 8-2 at Prospera last night. Rockets are in Prince George tomorrow to take on the BC Division leading Cougars.
In Vernon last night, West Kelowna beat the Vipers 4-3 in overtime . The Warriors are in Merritt tomorrow.
The Canucks get back at it tonight following the all star break. They host San Jose at 7.