International Women’s Day
Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide.
The theme for this year’s campaign is #BeBoldForChange.
And this year, March 8th also happens to be the international strike dubbed “A Day Without Women.”
If you are interested in taking part, organizers say:
Don’t work, whether your job is paid or unpaid.
Not shop – except for local small businesses and women- and minority-owned companies.
And wear the color red.
The BC Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial in a North Okanagan murder case.
Matthew Foerster of Cherryville was convicted in 2014 of the first degree murder of Taylor Van Diest in Armstrong.
The 18 year old was killed near some railway tracks on Halloween night 2011.
Foerster’s lawyers appealed the case to BC’s highest court last June, claiming errors were made by the judge in instructions to the jury.
In a ruling out today, the three judge panel unanimously agreed there were two important errors in the judge’s charge that may have misled the jury.
The appeal court ruled the errors may have affected the verdict, and ordered a new trial.
Foerster Family Reax
Relatives of a murdered Armstrong teenager say they are angry — and upset with the justice system.
Taylor’s uncle, Paul Albert, says the system seems to only care about the accused.
He says they plan to take their concerns about the system to a national level.
Albert says having to endure another trial is a slap in the face to the family, and to everyone in Canada.
The latest readings show the average snowpack in BC is 85 percent of normal.
That’s up from the 79 percent in February.
Dave Campbell from the BC River Forecast Centre says no major flooding is expected this spring, but he says that will also depend on how much rain there is.
The Okanagan’s snowpack is 86 percent of normal.
Campbell says while spring runoff forecasts are near normal for most basins, below-normal runoff is expected for the Kalamalka-Wood basin.
Campbell says the colder weather in February has led to more snow at lower elevations.
Street Sweepers West Kelowna
The street sweepers are hitting the roads of West Kelowna soon.
They’ll start on the lower elevation roads first…and move up the hills as the weather permits.
Do your best to watch for signs that they’ll be in the area…and do not park on the roads to allow for a better clean.
OC to Enactus Nationals
Thirteen students from Okanagan College’s Enactus team will be a whole lot busier this semester as they prepare to take on the rest of the country in Vancouver in May after notching three first-place finishes at the Regional Western Canada Enactus Exposition in Calgary last weekend.
The team from OC came first in Financial Education, Entrepreneurship, and Youth Empowerment, as well as third in Ecoliving Green.
The four podium finishes earned the team $5,000 in cash prizes and three berths to the National Exposition on May 9 – 11.
The four teams are made up of students from Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton.
They represent a much larger contingent of students who deliver community-based projects through Enactus Okanagan College.
The need for educated trades people seems to be growing every year.
An innovative apprenticeship program piloting at Okanagan College this month aims to help Electricians reduce time away from work and home while training.
The Electrician Apprenticeship Level I Blended Program is a new 17-week program that will deliver training through a combination of on-campus and online learning.
The online component will cut in-class training time in half. Apprentices in the blended program will spend five weeks on campus, as opposed to ten weeks in a traditional program.
TELUS Kelowna Cup
This past Saturday…Big White was teeming with teams for the 3rd annual Telus Cup.
More than 220 participants raised just over 39 thousand dollars to support amateur children’s racing through the Big White Ski Club.
Next year we are planning to add Skier Cross.
Big White’s 2016/2017 season wraps up April 17, 2017, but there’s plenty of excitement happening until then – including the Neil Edgeworth Memorial Banked Slalom, March 24 – 26, and Peak Pride, April 7 – 9.