Two BC Transit passengers got some minor injuries Friday morning in Kelowna.
The bus stopped suddenly to avoid a more serious crash…which pitched some people forward in the bus.
The bus had been merging in to the road and an suv driver pulled in front.
The suv driver, a woman in her 40’s, was given a ticket.
And a reminder from police, left hand turn lanes are not passing lanes.
Rock Creek Drug Lab
A suspected meth lab operating near Rock Creek has been shut down and dismantled following a RCMP investigation.
On March 1st, members of the RCMP Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team (CLEAR) with the support of other RCMP Federal and Serious Organized Crime teams and regional detachments executed a search warrant on the rural property, seizing a significant quantity of illicit drugs, numerous weapons and arresting two men.
While at the scene investigators saw signs of the dumping of hazardous waste created during the production of illegal drugs and contacted the Emergency Management BC to advise them of the potential health impacts and environmental damage.
As a precautionary measure a 3 kilometre do not use radius has been established around the site by Interior Health.
Less than four months after the BC Teachers’ Federation won at the Supreme Court of Canada, a tentative agreement with the employer and government has been reached.
The agreement fully restores all of the substantive collective agreement language that was stripped in 2002 by then-Education Minister Christy Clark.
BCTF President Glen Hansman says the tentative agreement, if ratified, will allow the next school year to start with thousands more teachers, smaller class sizes, better class composition, and specialist-teacher ratios.
The tentative agreement is still subject to a province-wide vote of BCTF members, as well as the BC Public School Employers’ Association’s process.
BCTF members will vote March 8th – 10th.
West Kelowna Rec Guide
Longer spring days mean more time to play in West Kelowna.
Whether you’re looking for events like the Annual Easter Egg Scramble at Memorial Park, programs like Family Gym Night at Mar Jok Elementary, or your own free activities like hiking the popular Mount Boucherie Rush Trail, the 2017 Spring Recreation Guide is the place to start.
The guide offers hundreds of programs at municipal facilities and public schools…plus lots of free suggestions an outdoors activities.
You can find it online or in a paper copy.
Those links are on our news blog.
Go to www.westkelownacity.ca/recguide to browse and register for hundreds of programs being offered at municipal facilities and at public schools in partnership with School District 23. The guide also offers great suggestions for free, outdoor activities to take advantage of warmer spring days at numerous municipal and regional parks and trails throughout the City of West Kelowna.
Check out new programs like piano lessons at Mar Jok Elementary or drop in gym sports for kids and teens at George Pringle Elementary. Try your hand at pickleball at the new courts at Mount Boucherie Sports Fields. Or drop in at favourite programs like Stick and Puck and Ring at Jim Lind Arena or Twoonie Swims at Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre.
Paper copies of the guide can also be found at:
· Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre, 3737 Old Okanagan Highway
· Mount Boucherie Community Centre, 2760 Cameron Road
· Webber Road Community Centre, 2829 Inverness Road
· Westbank Library Branch, Westridge Mall, 31 – 2484 Main Street (Highway 97)
· West Kelowna Visitors’ Centre, 2376 Dobbin Road (Highway 97)
· Westside Seniors’ Centre, 3661 Old Okanagan Highway
· Westside Weekly’s Friday, March 3 edition
· Westside Youth Centre at Westbank Lions Hall, 2466 Main Street (Highway 97)
Tourism In Kelowna
New economic impact figures show that tourism is a billion-dollar contributor to the Central Okanagan economy, and an industry that continues to grow at a steady rate.
With over 1.9 million visitors to Kelowna annually, the tourism industry contributes over $1.25 billion in total economic output.
The tourism industry also generates $142 million in tax revenues.
Visitor Spending is up 20.8% over 2011.
Tourism is the third largest employer behind health care and construction.
Tax revenues are up 47.9% over 2011.
West Kelowna Warriors
The West Kelowna Warriors Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club have announced that the team will be staying in West Kelowna.
Owner Mark Cheyne had been working to find a group of local investors to keep the team in the City of West Kelowna.
Full details on the new restructured ownership group will be announced soon.
The Warriors have been in West Kelowna since the 2006/07 season.
The search for a missing snowboarder at Sun Peaks has ended on a good note.
RCMP got a report of a missing 19-year-old man Alberta man just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday night.
He’d been missing for over 6 hours.
Resort staff who found the man uninjured at the bottom of the mountain just after 9 p.m.
Meanwhile…a 40 year old Surrey man who went missing while snowboard on Cypress in the lower mainland was found dead.
A Vancouver skier died Saturday after being caught in an avalanche at Callahan Valley near Whistler.
And another back country skier survived and was rescued Saturday in Cypress Provincial Park after being caught in an avalanche.