It’s going to be a gong show commute with lots of fresh snow to deal with.
It’s been snowing heavily overnight and crews just haven’t been able to keep up.
Expect a slow go and poor visibility from blowing snow.
Hwy 3 is closed thru Kootenay Pass, from Elko to west of Fernie due to High Avalanche Hazard and closed in both directions at the BC/Alberta border due to heavy snowfall and low visibility in Alberta.
Eastbound traffic is being held at Sparwood until highway re-opens.
Heavy snow over the Kootenays tonight will continue through this afternoon with total snowfall accumulations of 30 to 50 cm expected.
We’ll have snow on and off until Saturday locally.
The BC Fruit Growers Associaiton has retained its current leader.
Fred Steele of Kelowna will head-up the 500 member group as president for a fourth straight year after Vernon’s Jeet Dukhia (Due-kia) didn’t run.
Steele says the entire executive stayed the same.
The group held its AGM in Penticton.
Gift Card Scam
Police and an Okanagan scam victim are trying to raise public awareness, after a Kelowna resident was defrauded out of $35,000.
The victim was contacted by an individual, who he thought was from a reputable company offering online support.
The victim gave the fraudster access to his computer, and was convinced to buy tens of thousands of dollars in iTunes cards, and then enter the information into his computer.
The scam artist also got access to the victim’s bank account and removed thousands of dollars.
RCMP say if you are asked to pay for a service or product with an iTunes gift card, don’t follow through, as it’s a scam.
Can You Hear Me?
Another scam making the rounds right now is called “Can You Hear Me”
The person on the phone tries to get you to say yes using a series of questions.
That yes is then used to sign up for an agreement for a product or service.
How the scam works:
You receive a recorded call from someone who provides an introduction to a business or agency they supposedly represent. Scam reports have indicated that the callers have represented themselves as being from various companies, such as a home security agency, a cruise line or sometimes from the government.
After the introduction, the recording will ask if you can hear the caller clearly. If you answer “yes” there’s a possibility that the scam artist behind the phone call has recorded you and will use your agreement to sign you up for a product or service and then demand payment. If you refuse, the caller may produce your recorded “yes” response to confirm your purchase agreement. There are other ways scammers might get you to say yes such as:
• Are you the homeowner?
• Are you over 18?
• Do you pay the household bills?
• Do you have a home computer?
Keep in mind, a scammer may already have gotten their hands on some of your personal information, such as credit card numbers, which they can use in tandem with your recorded affirmation to push through charges.
How to Protect Yourself:
• First and foremost, do not answer calls from numbers you do not recognize. If it’s a legitimate contact, they will leave a message. Even if a scammer leaves a message, this will give you time to think about what is being asked of you.
• If you do answer and are asked questions that seem to be fishing for a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer, do not respond and hang up immediately.
• For this scam, and all others, never give out any personal identifying information over the phone when you are not sure of the caller.
• If you believe you may have fallen for this, contact your bank and credit card companies to flag your accounts. Check your account daily – the earlier you identify unauthorized charges on your accounts, the easier it will be to recover any lost money.
• Write down the phone number of those callers violating the Do Not Call Registry and file a scam report with BBB Scam Tracker.
Trudeau Vernon Carnival
Vernon Winter Carnival got some high profile help for its kick-off this year.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a video statement to open the ten day event.
Trudeau says the festivities will be extra special as the event celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday.
Zero Emission Vehicles
Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett has announced an investment of $40 million to encourage us to make the switch to zero-emission vehicles, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support investment in made-in-B.C. green technology.
The funding for the Province’s Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program will be distributed over the next three years to support continued point-of-sale purchase incentives of up to $5,000 for battery electric vehicles and $6,000 for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.
When combined with SCRAP-IT program incentives, total savings could be up to $11,000 for a new electric vehicle.
MyHealthPortal coming to Kelowna
A new tool that gives patients access to your personal health information online will be offered to Kelowna area patients this month.
MyHealthPortal provides patients with 24 hour access to their health information via their smart phone, tablet or computer through a secure portal from the Interior Health website.
Features include the ability to view Interior Health lab results, diagnostic imaging reports, certain upcoming appointments, recent hospital visit history, and the opportunity to update address and phone number information.
The enrolment team will be at Kelowna General Hospital weekdays from today to February 24th.
To sign up, patients must present to the project team in person with legal photo identification and their Care Card or B.C. Services Card in order to verify their identity. They will be given a login username and password that they will be able to use on their own device—home computer, tablet or smart phone. Then they simply go to the MyHealthPortal page on Interior Health’s web site at www.interiorhealth.ca/MyHealthPortal to login.
Burn Awareness Week
It’s Burn Awareness Week and each year an estimated 9,000 children in Canada visit hospital emergency rooms for burns and close to 1,000 are hospitalized as a result of these injuries.
Approximately 120 children will die from their injuries each year.
Hot water scalds are the leading cause of burns to young children.
Tips on prevention are up on our news blog at Power104.fm
When using water taps, turn COLD water on first. Then add HOT water and adjust the temperature. Reverse the order when turning off the water.
Always test young children’s bath and sink water before using.
Scalds from hot tap water are severe. Children’s skin is thinner and more sensitive. Most home water heaters in Canada are set to 60°C (140°F). At this temperature, a child’s skin can burn in seconds.
For more safety tips, please visit the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund at www.burnfund.org
It was a busy foodie weekend in the city.
The Canadian Culinary Championships took over with Chef Jinlee Lee, from Foreign Concept in Calgary winning the Mystery Wine Competition; she was also the Canadian Culinary Gold winner on the Saturday competition.
This two-day event will be held in Kelowna until 2020, with proceeds given to the Canadian Olympic Foundation to support high performance athletes.
So far, over $12 million has been raised.
The Rockets beat the Cougars 3-2 Friday night on the road then beat Prince George again 5-1 Saturday.
The Warriors had a 6-2 loss to Merritt Friday then beat the Coquitlam Express 10-2 Saturday.