It took plain clothes and uniformed RCMP officers from both Kelowna and Lake Country, supported by RCMP Air Services to help a team with the Kelowna RCMP Police Dog Services to track down an auto theft suspect Wednesday morning.
On Wednesday morning, police got a stolen vehicle report.
Officers spotted the vehicle quickly but didn’t follow because of safety issues.
A plain clothes officer, in an unmarked police vehicle, then saw the vehicle by the airport and followed it to a residential area north of Duck Lake.
An area of containment was set up, Police dog Fitz brought in and a suspect found hiding in a plastic storage bin.
The suspect, a 17-year-old from Kelowna is facing.
Bus Assault Suspect Ideed
Police have now identified a suspect who allegedly assaulted a BC Transit bus driver on Monday February 13th in West Kelowna.
Around 12:30pm, police were called to a bus stop at the Highway 97 South and Hudson Road bus exchange.
Police got video surveillance footage.
The suspect is a 17 year old from Kelowna.
Charges are pending.
In Case of Emergency
The best time to create or revisit your family emergency plan is when there’s no emergency.
As we move into spring, it is a good time to start planning ahead.
The region has many areas subject to localized spring flooding and, each summer, we deal with interface wildfires that range from minor to major.
Both these types of events can effect large numbers of homes and lead to people unexpectedly having to leave on short notice.
Before flood and fire season is the perfect opportunity to review how your family would handle a potential evacuation.
More details and plan ideas are up on our news blog.
Take the time to consider questions like:
o Where are important documents?
o What special medication will you need?
o What will you do with your pets?
o How will you communicate or meet should family members be separated?
o What basic supplies will you require to be self-sustaining for at least 72 hours?
And it doesn’t take long to prepare or update your family emergency plan. Visit the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website cordemergency.ca under Be prepared to access resources including:
o information on how to assess potential emergency risks
o how to make a plan
o how to prepare a family emergency kit that’s ready to ‘grab and go’ if needed
If you’ve already prepared an emergency kit, this is a good time of year to check everything inside. Remember to replace any water, food or medications that may have expired, and ensure everything you’ll need for your family is in place.
Be prepared for flooding
Now is also a great time for property owners who have had issues with flooding in the past, (i.e. properties next to creeks and streams or lakefront), to review and update their plan to prepare and protect their property from potential damage should water levels rise.
Local governments and the Province monitor water levels and weather conditions in advance of the annual spring runoff. If needed, the River Forecast Centre will issue advisories, watches and warnings.
Information on flood preparedness, including a recommended method for sandbag diking, is available from the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road), the main City of Kelowna fire hall on Enterprise Way, and on the Government of Canada’s Get Prepared website.
Later in the spring, sandbags will be available at local fire halls throughout the Central Okanagan. Property owners are responsible for providing their own sand to fill the bags.
Award for Mission Creek Restoration
Congrats to the City of Kelowna.
We’ve just received an award for the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative.
It’s the Species and Ecosystems at Risk Local Government Working Group award.
The Group is a collection of 160 municipal, regional and provincial governments interested in joining conservation efforts to protect plants and animals and their habitats.
Completed in 2016, the first phase of the MCRI has re-naturalized floodplain function by realigning a 500-metre section of dike on the south side of the creek between Casorso Road and Gordon Drive.
Fish and wildlife habitats have also increased by restoring important habitat features including meanders, pools, and overhead cover by enhancing habitat within the expanded floodplain.
As well as restoring fish habitat over time, the dike realignment and resulting floodplain expansion is expected to provide other benefits such as:
· Reduced erosion and flood risks
· Enhanced wildlife migration corridors
· Improved water quality
· Recharged groundwater supplies
· Expanded recreational opportunities
· Increased economic impacts
AC to Toronto
So earlier this week WestJet announced a non-stop red eye to Toronto…now Air Canada is upping their game.
Air Canada has announced it will begin Spring shoulder service to Toronto Pearson International Airport between April 22 to May 28.
Flying twice weekly on Saturdays and Sundays, the new service means year-round Air Canada Rouge service from Kelowna International Airport (YLW) to Toronto.
Imagine shaping the future of Kelowna
The City of Kelowna invites citizens to join a community forum to help shape the vision and priorities for future generations as part of Imagine Kelowna, a new community vision initiative.
On Saturday, April 8th, there’s a full-day mini-conference style event at the Kelowna Yacht Club.
An interactive day of guest speakers, subject matter experts and facilitated discussions is planned.
Details on how to get involved are up on our news blog.
A wide range of interests, ages and backgrounds is being sought to reflect the community as a whole. Interested community members ages 16 and up are encouraged to complete an expression of interest to participate by visiting imagine.kelowna.ca.
The expression of interest will close March 27 with notification to randomly selected participants by March 30. A limit of 180 participants has been established.
A free day camp for children 6 to 12 years of age will be available at Parkinson Recreation Centre for those with families who would like to participate in the community forum.
Visit imagine.kelowna.ca to register or subscribe to e-updates to keep informed on the latest information and opportunities to participate.
Another big spending announcement from BC’s Liberal government.
They are promising to invest $500 million dollars over the next four years to improve care for seniors, including more direct services at residential care facilities.
The plan includes hiring 15-hundred additional staff including health-care assistants, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.
The NDP says the funding comes after 16 years of Liberal neglect for seniors.