Big White Rescue
A couple of guys spent half a day and night in the cold before being rescued at Big White.
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) were called out to help RCMP search the pair.
They two were separated from friends around 3pm Sunday while skiing Gem Lake.
Big White Fire Department contacted police around 8pm when the skier and boarder hadn’t show up.
Search & Rescue went out about 10pm and the guys in their 20’s were found around 3:15am.
Both had mild hypothermia and were taken to hospital for treatment.
Vernon Snowmobilers Rescued
Vernon Search and Rescue was called out to rescue two injured snowmobilers Sunday….one near Blue River, the other on Hunter’s Range near Enderby.
Canada’s only helicopter winch rescue unit based in Vernon was involved in both.
A man suffered a broken leg in the Blue River, the helicopter unit called by Clearwater Search and Rescue to extract him.
The other man severely injured his back on Hunter’s Range, where Vernon S & R already had a ground crew on scene to direct the winch crew to the location in very bad weather conditions.
Pete Wise from Search & Rescue says many sledders continue to fail to educate themselves operating safely in the back country.
Both men were flown out and taken to hospital for medical attention.
Good news for one house bill.
Fortis BC is keeping your natural gas prices the same.
Natural gas is currently at some of the lowest commodity rates in the last 10 years.
Angry Birds TV
How many times have you used the slingshot to wipe out those angry birds.
Bardel Entertainment Inc. (“Bardel”) of Canada, one of the world’s top animation companies and trusted brand in the industry, has partneredwith Rovio Entertainment Ltd. (“Rovio”) to produce the “Angry Birds Blues” television series.
The coolest thing about this…Bardel is a 25 year old company with 3 state of the art studios…and one of those is here in Kelowna.
Save The Whales
The Government of Canada is stepping up efforts to ensure the recovery of Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales off the west coast of BC.
The Action Plan for Resident Killer Whales on the Species at Risk Public Registry identifies priority actions for the whales’ recovery, builds on our scientific knowledge of the species and helps to focus current and future efforts while providing a way for Canadians to contribute to the whales’ recovery.
The Action complements the Oceans Protection Plan which includes important steps to address the threats to marine mammals and killer whales in particular by piloting a real-time whale detection system, increasing the number of Fishery Officers on Canada’s West Coast to help with incident response, and taking action to better understand and address the cumulative effects of shipping and noise on marine mammals.
Injured Young Worker
In 2001, When Nick Perry was 19-years-old, he landed a job at a Victoria lumberyard which he saw as the first step in gaining his independence, moving out of his mother’s house and getting his own apartment.
Just six months into the job, those plans halted when 42 loose sheets of fibre board weighing 1,200 kilograms fell on him leaving him an incomplete paraplegic.
After three weeks in the hospital and many months of rehabilitation and physiotherapy, Nick was able to walk again.
Sixteen years later, Nick has regained his independence and shares his story with young people across the province so he can help prevent workplace injuries such as the one he suffered.
WorkSafeBC continues to focus prevention efforts on young workers, concentrating on industries that pose the highest risk to youth, partnering with employer associations, organized labour, government, parents, community groups and employment centres to increase awareness of young worker health and safety issues.
Nick is speaking at Rutland and Mount Boucherie Senior Secondary Schools this week.
Over the five year period from 2011 – 2015:
• The young worker injury rate for male workers declined in 2015 but remains above the provincial average at three claims per 100 workers as compared to 2.3 for all young workers
• Sectors with the highest risk for serious injuries were: service sector (29%), construction (29%), manufacturing (17%) and trade (12%). The greatest number of time-loss claims by young workers was due to over-exertion, being struck by or against objects, and falls
Nick’s message to young workers is straightforward:
“Ask more questions, get more familiar with the job – before you start doing things by yourself,” he says. “The more you learn, the safer you are.”
Students with Habitat
Some local students are doing a great thing over their spring break.
6 Central Okanagan students are headed to Central America to help build a house in El Salvador.
They’re going with Habitat for Humanity Global Village.
They’ll be leaving for the trip tomorrow.
Boyd Gives Back
Boyd Autobody & Glass Okanagan has announced proceeds from any windshield chip repairs (both in our shops and on location) for the months of March – May 2017 will be donated to Project Literacy.
They believe a strong community starts with businesses who give back.
You can support the initiative and bring your chipped windshields to any of our Boyd Autobody & Glass locations or any of the onsite locations listed below.
When you bring it to Boyd, you give back to your community!
Keep your eyes open for any of these locations!
Orchard Park Mall (Cooper): March 20th – 31st
Superstore (West Kelowna): April 3rd – 14th
IGA (Penticton): April 17th – 28th
Rexall Pharmacy (Rutland): May 1st – 12th
March Fraud Prevention
“Oops, did I send you too much money? Sorry about that, why don’t you send me back the balance after you cash my cheque?”
It sounds perfectly innocent, but the request is a classic sign of the overpayment scam where criminals send fake cheques and then cash in when you send back the extra money the scammer “accidentally” sent for their purchase.
Buyer and seller beware during fraud prevention month.
Details on how to protect your money are up on our news blog…
Whether you’re selling an item online or looking for a roommate to help pay the rent, the approach is always similar:
• The scammer will send a cheque or money order for the item, but for an amount much larger than the asking price. For example, you’re selling your item for $1,500 but the buyer/scammer sends you a cheque for $3,000.
• You will be instructed to deposit the cheque or money order into your account and then withdraw the excess money and send it to the specified third party account.
• Later, once the cheque or money order is processed, you’ll find out that the cheque was fraudulent. You won’t get any of the funds promised by the buyer, and worse, you will have handed over some of your own money right back to the scammer.
• In other cases, the scammer might claim they sent a larger cheque to cover the costs of shipping or customs fees. However, the outcome is the same; once you send back the “extra” funds, you’ll discover the cheque was fake.
“If you’re in doubt about a cheque you’ve received, or if the situation seems unusual in any way, don’t go through with the sale until you have confirmed with your bank that the cheque is authentic and has value,” says Terry Campbell, President of the Canadian Bankers Association. “Losing the sale is better than being out the item you were selling and the amount of the fraudulent cheque or money order.
It’s important to remember that a cheque or money order is a payment agreement made between a buyer and seller. The bank processes the payment but they are not involved in the agreement. Individuals are responsible for the items they deposit into their bank account. If the item is returned as fraudulent, depositors are liable for the full amount.
How to protect yourself:
• Beware of buyers who send more money than you’re asking for.
• Don’t ask for a cheque or money order; instead, request electronic payment such as an email money transfer. This way, the funds are deposited into your account and are guaranteed right away and you don’t have to wait for a cheque or money order to go through the clearing system to learn it is fraudulent.
• If you receive a cheque or money order that is more than the agreed amount of money, refuse the payment and send it back to the buyer.
• Know the personal details of your buyer, including their full name, telephone number and address.
• Remember to treat a money order like a cheque; these funds are not the same as cash and must be cleared and settled the same way that a cheque clears and settles.
Kelowna Rockets Assistant Coaches
For the Kelowna Rockets there are two rather unsung heroes that (mostly) quietly keep the ship sailing for the players.
Assistant coaches Kris Mallette and Travis Crickard are both at the end of their third regular season as assistants with the Rockets. The tandem has been coaching with the Rockets since the start of the 2014-2015 season. They won the WHL Championship that year and fell one goal short of a Memorial Cup.
Wednesday night’s battle with the Everett Silvertips will mark the pair’s 214th game as coaches of the Rockets. They passed the 200 game mark with a 5-0 win over the Giants back on February 11th in Vancouver. Rockets goaltender Brodan Salmond, a second year veteran with the club, who collected a shutout in that win against Vancouver, spoke about the importance of the two Assistant Coaches.
The players aren’t the only ones who appreciate the help. Head Coach Jason Smith says they’ve made his first season coaching in the WHL much easier.
For Crickard, Wednesday night marks his 281st game as a coach in Major Junior hockey. He spent the season prior to joining the Rockets as an Assistant Coach of the Ottawa 67’s in the OHL. He was rewarded for his time and effort by being named to the coaching staff of this year’s CIBC Canada Russia Series WHL team.
The pair now has veteran coaching experience which can only benefit the Kelowna Rockets organization.
Whether it comes from Mallette running the special teams, or Crickard doing extra work with the goalies, or Mallette giving an inspirational speech in the intermission of a game that sparks a four goal comeback, these guys put all of their time and effort into the club and they do a good job at it.
You can catch both coaches and the rest of the Rockets on Wednesday night as they take on the Everett Silvertips for the last time of the regular season.