Someone got shot yesterday in Kelowna.
The man in his 20’s showed up at Kelowna General Hospital around 6 last night.
Police were called in and also found the victim’s vehicle – which had damage consistant with being involved in a shooting.
The guy is still in hospital being treated.
It’s believed the shooting may have happened in the Sexsmith and and Pinto Road area.
Police are saying they don’t think it’s a random attack and that they don’t believe the public is at risk.
UBC-O has received over 1 million dollars of funding for 4 projects.
The funding will support the Centre for Translational Research in Behaviour Change for People with Chronic Conditions, the Statistical Machine Learning Laboratory, the Facility for Molecular and Materials Simulation, and the Electromagnetics Testing and Characterization Laboratory.
This fund helps universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by giving them access to cutting-edge research tools.
UBC-O in Space
Keeping his feet on the ground is not Richard Federley’s strong point. With an insatiable curiosity and a passion for adventure, jumping out of planes and exploring the unknown is everyday stuff for this UBC chemistry instructor.
No wonder he caught the eye of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) recruitment team.
Federley, who teaches at UBC’s Okanagan campus, is shortlisted to be one of Canada’s next astronauts.
The CSA is searching for two and there are 72 on the list, carefully whittled down from some 3,700 hopefuls when the search began last summer.
Ice Skating Closing
When one door closes, another opens. Consistently warm temperatures have ended the outdoor skating season at Stuart Park, but that means the gate at Kasugai is set to open for the spring season.
The Stuart Park outdoor rink is now closed for the season as the ice can no longer be maintained.
Just across Water Street, the gates of Kasugai Gardens will open for the spring season today.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the gardens offer the tranquil environment of a traditional Japanese garden complete with stone lanterns, pine trees, a waterfall, pond and koi fish.
The gardens were completed in 1987 to symbolize the friendship between Kelowna and Kasugai, Japan, sister cities since 1981.
Fraud Prevention Month
According to new data from Equifax Canada…calls to set up a fraud alert increased by 28 per cent in 2016.
Equifax shared the data in support of Fraud Prevention Month, a public awareness campaign being led by the Competition Bureau, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and industry partners, which encourages people to recognize, reject and report fraud in all its forms.
Data from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre also suggests that financial fraud continues to grow, costing victims over $108 million in 2016, a 15 per cent increase from a year ago.
Identity fraud remains the most prevalent type of financial fraud, representing roughly 28 per cent of all fraud victims.
The BC Cancer Agency is unveiling new Indigenous artwork in each of its six cancer centres around the province, creating a safe, welcoming cultural space for Indigenous patients, reflecting the traditional territories on which the cancer centres sit.
This art installation is a partnership between the BC Cancer Agency, the First Nations Health Authority, the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and Métis Nation BC and is funded by a Canadian Partnership Against Cancer initiative aimed at improving cancer care for First Nations, Métis and Inuit patients in rural and remote communities.
Each of the six regional cancer centres will display two pieces of art – one by First Nations artists and one by Métis artists.
At the Kelowna centre…the First Nations art is by Les Louis (Okanagan Nation) and the Métis art by Savanna Todd.
Rural Okanagan residents and businesses will be better able to access faster Internet speeds, thanks to the B.C. government’s $185,000 investment for a new connectivity project being jointly funded by ispeed Communications.
About 31 hundred rural households and businesses will have better opportunities to learn, do business, access services and stay connected through ispeed’s technology upgrades and network coverage expansion.
Communities close to us benefitting include Lake Country, rural Kelowna, Ellison, rural West Kelowna, rural Peachland and Westside Road between Kelowna and Vernon.
As part of the #BCTECH Strategy, the provincial government recognizes the importance of improving high-speed Internet access province wide.
Life Saving Skills
If you’ve got a need to help others…you might be interested in this.
On March 13th, Learn Important Life Saving Skills.
CMHA Kelowna is running a safeTALK course on March 13th from 1:00-4:30pm in Kelowna.
safeTALK is a half-day training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.
Learn how to recognize when someone may be struggling with thoughts of suicide, to make those difficult conversations easier, and to connect with local resources who can help.
Details on where to sign up are up on our news blog.
• Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer
• Access to support from a local community resource person
• Powerful audiovisual learning aids
• The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
• Hands-on skills practice and development
Cost: $52.50 includes GST and materials.
Legislative amendments introduced today will make it easier for hunters to complete licensing, permitting and reporting activities online, and also will give wildfire investigators more time to complete their work and streamline the cost-recovery process associated with human-caused wildfires.
With the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statutes Amendment Act, 2017 (Bill 5), the B.C. government is acting on previous commitments to streamline processes and move more services online.
Specifically, the proposed amendments to the Wildlife Act would:
* Support the launch of a new online licensing system for hunters.
* Allow for the submission of required reports electronically through a new online system.
* Reduce the number of authorizations hunters are required to carry while hunting.
* Enhance compliance and enforcement by allowing conservation officers to request photo ID from all hunters, anglers and trappers.
The new online licensing system for hunters would:
* Give resident hunters the option of obtaining their hunting licences online at: www.gov.bc.ca/hunting
* Implement redesigned species licences that hunters would be required to carry at all times while hunting, allowing for more accurate tracking and improved overall management of wildlife.
* Enable certain permits and licences to be issued on the same day that the applications are submitted.
The B.C. government also intends to give the BC Wildfire Service and other government agencies more time to investigate wildfires, since those sorts of investigations can be both complex and time-consuming. The extra time will allow them to better determine whether the government should pursue the recovery of costs associated with fire suppression, fire damage, or contraventions of wildfire-related legislation.
The proposed Wildfire Act amendments reinforce the government’s commitment to public safety and dealing appropriately with people or companies that violate this legislation.
Specifically, the proposed amendments to the Wildfire Act would:
* Implement a standardized limitation period of three years to give wildfire investigators more time to complete their work and initiate any required enforcement proceedings.
* Give the government more time to recover costs associated with wildfire control, to levy penalties or to require violators to undertake remediation activities.
* Provide more time and flexibility for the government to consider charges related to damage, reforestation and remediation related to wildfire activity.