Resolving small claims disputes in B.C. just got easier
Starting June 1st, British Columbians will benefit from innovative changes by the Province when the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) begins resolving disputes up to $5,000 – combined with an increase to $35,000 in Provincial Court’s jurisdiction for small claims cases.
Small claims disputes will be resolved faster, and with less complexity and expense, through the online tribunal.
Telephone and mail services will also be available for those who can’t access the internet.
* The first phase of the implementation of small claims will start on June 1, 2017.
* At the same time as the CRT begins resolving small claims up to $5,000, the monetary jurisdiction of the Provincial Court’s Small Claims Division will be increased from $25,000 to $35,000 and the jurisdiction for simplified trials at the Robson Square and Richmond courthouses will be increased to $10,000.
* Since July 2016, more than 280 people have applied to the CRT for dispute resolution.
* People have used the Solution Explorer, the CRT’s online expert system, over 5,000 times – to get free guidance, information and self-help tools for their strata problems.
* Prior to the CRT, the 1.5 million British Columbians who own, live in, or work in strata units had to litigate disputes in the Supreme Court of B.C., where a half-day trial costs tens of thousands of dollars.
The 42nd annual Civic Award’s nominees have been announced.
The City of Kelowna’s yearly event recognizes volunteers, artists, athletes and business leaders.
The Gala is May 10th at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
2016 award finalists by category are (finalists are listed in alphabetical order):
Fred Macklin Memorial Award – Man of the Year
• Garry Benson
• Brett Millard
• Jason Picklyk
Sarah Donalda-Treadgold Memorial Award- Woman of the Year
• Shannon Christensen
• June Nicolay
• Kelly Taverner
Young Male Volunteer of the Year
• Andrew Kates
• Cassidy Murrell
• Kristian Oppenheim
Young Female Volunteer of the Year
• Megan Phillips
• Gabriela Rubio
• Gillian Smith
Central Okanagan Foundation – Volunteer Organization of the Year
• Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna Branch
• Kelowna Gospel Mission
• Project Literacy Kelowna Society
Corporate Community of the Year Award
Small /Medium Business
• Moga Moms
• Third Space Coffee
• Volinspire Community Contribution Company
• COSTCO Wholesale, Kelowna
• Home Depot Kelowna
• Winn Rentals
Honour in the Arts
• Karen Close
• Adam Meachem
• Rena Warren
Teen Honour in the Arts
• Julia Chambers
• Andrew Kates
• Andrea Sorestad
Augie Ciancone Memorial Award – Female High School Athlete of the Year
• Ashlyn Day
• Natalie Hope
• Nicola Lopes
Augie Ciancone Memorial Award – Male High School Athlete of the Year
• Taylor Knoll
• Flynn McCarthy
• Justin Peleshytyk
Bryan Couling Memorial Award – Athletic Team of the Year
• The Kelowna Mission Junior Bantam Lions Football Team
• The Kelowna Senior Secondary Owls, Senior Boys Basketball Team
• The UBC Okanagan Heat, Women’s Volleyball Team
Bob Giordano Memorial Award – Coach or Sport Administrator of the Year
• Kendall Gross
• Gord McGinnis
• Randall Wright
Male Athlete of the Year
• Trevor Stirling
• Rostam Turner
• Gareth Williams
Female Athlete of the Year
• Olivia Gran
• Taylor Ruck
• Jordyn Yendley
Champion for the Environment
• Nancy Mora Castro
• Spider Agile Technology
• Value Village, Kelowna
Tickets for the gala are now available at a cost of $25 per person. To purchase tickets, please call 250-469-8800.
For more information about the awards, visit kelowna.ca/our-community under News & events.
Hopefully the weather will be great and you can really enjoy this.
This Friday and Saturday are 7-11’s Bring Your Own Cup Day.
It’s the start of Slurpee season…and you can fill your own vessel and fill it for a buck fifty.
Previous cups have included fishbowls, trophies and fine china.
Growth in the province’s small business sector remained strong through the fourth quarter of 2016 as outlined in B.C.’s just released Small Business Quarterly Report.
During the last three months of 2016, new business incorporations increased 10.8% and business bankruptcies declined 27.7%, which is among the lowest recorded in recent years.
The number of small businesses in B.C. in December 2016, excluding people who were self-employed, was 188,057, up 1.9% from a year earlier.
With street sweeping underway, more people will be jumping on their bikes for their commute.
Residents choose to cycle for a variety of reasons: it’s a great way to get around, in fact for trips under five kilometres bikes are usually faster than cars; it’s an easy way to fit in your daily exercise and stay in shape, plus cycling boosts your mood and overall health.
Jumping on your bike is also better for the environment than driving a car and fewer cars on the road means less traffic and better air quality for everyone.
People driving motor vehicles are asked to be more aware of other road users and share the road, obey posted speed limits, check blind spots before turning and look for people on bikes before opening doors to exit parked vehicles.
People on bikes have the right of way in a bike lane and drivers must yield to bikes.
Parking and driving in bike lanes throughout Kelowna is not permitted and drivers should be mindful of this so they are not putting bike riders at risk.
The City of Kelowna is currently sweeping all bike lanes and most roadways.
To make riding safer and more enjoyable, bike lanes in Kelowna are swept several times during the spring and summer.
This year, Bike to Work and School Week is May 29 to June 4 and encourages students, families, teams and individuals to ride their bikes to and from school or work.
World Spirit Awards
No surprise we love our local booze…now let’s see if the rest of the world does.
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery has been nominated in 8 categories at this year’s World Spirits Awards in Germany.
They’re competing against 300 of the world’s top distilleries.
The big event is tomorrow.
More provincial money coming our way today.
Politicians will be joining students today at 10am at Okanagan College.
There’s word of new and upgraded buildings on campuses around BC…and Kelowna being no exception.
The future of education and training for health-care professionals in the region will be benefitting from this investment.
The ministry will be holding another round of open houses to gather input and feedback from the public on the development of future transportation improvement options for the Central Okanagan and Highway 97 corridor.
There are three days coming up this month.
You can see a wide range of preliminary options for public input before the study team completes the screening and evaluation process.
Details on the open houses and some info about Okanagan transportation are up on our Power 104 news blog.
This will be the ministry’s third round of consultations with the public. Previous sessions shared and obtained input on existing and forecast future conditions on the corridor.
The public is welcome to attend the open houses scheduled for:
Monday, March 27
3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Winfield Memorial Hall
10130 Bottom Wood Lake Rd.
Tuesday, March 28
3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ramada Kelowna Hotel and Conference Centre
2170 Harvey Ave.
Thursday, March 30
3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Westbank Lions Community Centre
2466 Main St.
* By 2040, the William R. Bennett Bridge will reach capacity in its current configuration.
* The approaches on the Kelowna side will reach capacity before then.
* By 2040, a trip along the full length of the corridor (between Peachland and Lake Country) will take almost 15 minutes longer in the morning-peak hour and up to 24 minutes longer in the afternoon-peak hour.
* By 2040, almost all signalized intersections within developed areas will have significant congestion and delay.
Puppy Day & Scams
This Thursday March 23rd is National Puppy Day…and with that comes a warning…puppy scammers are after your money.
The Better Business Bureau says puppy scams continue to show up on their Scam Tracker web page.
* Scammers set up a fake website complete with pictures of beautiful, healthy dogs.
* Many of the animals appear to be given names already.
* The breeders are not located in your region and the dogs must be delivered via a pet shipping company.
More details and tips to avoid getting scammed are up on our Power 104 news blog.
* The victim is asked to pay for insurance and cage rental fees for the animal. Payment is typically made through pre-paid Visa or money transfer.
* The victim is told vaccinations have run out and the dog needs another round of shots at the airport. This is claimed to be over five thousand dollars in some cases.
* Scammers claim 95 percent of the fees and vaccination costs will be refunded once the dog is delivered.
* FYI…the dog is NEVER delivered.
BBB offers tips to avoid getting scammed:
Consider adopting or buying locally. Unless you can visit the owner or breeder before you pay and bring home your puppy personally, avoid buying puppy, bird or other pet from out of province.
Don’t be swayed by a fancy website. Remember that a flashy website is not an indication of ethics or integrity. Use a Google reverse image search to see if the same pets are advertised on other web addresses.
Make sure the price makes sense. Check the average price of a given breed. If the asking price is unusually low, that’s a red flag.
Never send, wire or use a money card to pre-pay people you have not met. Don’t fall for attempts to take more of your money with emergency requests to cover insurance, a special shipping container or vet bills.
Beware of emails with multiple misspellings and grammatical errors. Many pet scams come from overseas and scammers often do not have a firm grasp on the English language.
Research the seller and obtain references. Ask the breeder for references and contact people who have bought puppies in the past.
Ask for medical records and pedigree. Get a written account of all medical care your puppy has received, including vaccinations and antibiotics. Take the records to your vet during the first examination, which should be within a few days of bringing your puppy home.
Verify information. Remember that paperwork from a dishonest seller may not be legitimate. Report a suspected pet hoax to BBB Scam Tracker and look for clues by searching similar scams. Take your time, do your research and consider taking home a rescue pet from a local shelter.