House Fire Sutherland
Kelowna Fire crews had another early morning call out.
Just before 1:30 this morning there were reports of a fire coming from the rear of a single family residence on Surtherland Ave.
On arrival Kelowna Fire Department, crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the back of this home.
The fire was quickly extinguished but not before causing considerable damage.
No one was home at the time.
Old KSS Fire
One person suffered burns and smoke inhalation in that fire downtown yesterday morning was from a burn at the old KSS site at Hwy 97 and Richter.
He’s been taken to the Lower Mainland for further treatment.
Kelowna firefighters got the call around 7:15…to a 3 story building under construction.
They found fire in the attic space and it was held to two units.
The man had to be rescue by ladder truck from the 3rd floor.
He was taken to hospital for treatment.
Last Friday…RCMP teamed up with ICBC for some road watching.
Volunteers held up signs to drivers, asking them to leave cell phones alone.
A little ways away…RCMP had three enforcement locations to tickets those ignoring the message.
In 6 hours, there were 103 cell phone violation tickets handed out, 31 tickets for other offences – like vehicle defects and no insurance and 39 warnings handed out.
Families with low-to moderate-incomes will benefit from 20 units of affordable rental housing, thanks to a new agreement between the B.C. government and the City of Kelowna.
Located at 170 Drysdale Blvd., the project will include two and three bedroom town-home units of affordable-rental housing for families.
Construction is expected to begin in fall 2017, with completion anticipated for fall 2018.
BC Housing will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for qualified non-profit organizations and co-operatives to submit proposals to design, construct and operate the affordable-rental housing project.
Food Bank Funding
Food banks in the Okanagan will receive a nutritious boost that will benefit low-income families, thanks to new provincial funding announement.
The overall funding announcement supports the Okanagan region’s 10 food banks by providing funding that will allow them to provide fresh, healthy food to those in need.
In total, $10 million is being provided to Food Banks BC to help the organization’s 100 food banks throughout the province by ensuring they have the proper refrigeration capacity to receive these fresh products and provide them to families.
Food Banks BC will invest $6.5 million for transporting nutritious food from farms, grocery stores and restaurants and $3.5 million for refrigeration at food bank facilities to store and distribute the food.
The planning for a new middle school for Rutland just got the green light and a new middle school for Lake Country is in the final stages of planning.
The recent B.C. budget earmarked $2 billion in capital upgrades for the Ministry of Education.
The final project definition report for the expansion and reconfiguration of Rutland Middle School will go to the Ministry of Education by September of this year to enter the next stages of approval.
The project report for Lake Country Junior Middle School was submitted last year, and is currently under review to advance to final funding decisions in the coming months.
Need a tree for your place in Kelowna?
The City’s annual NeighbourWoods program is back this year with even more tree varieties for residents to choose from.
The program is intended to grow our urban canopy by offering trees to Kelowna residents at a discounted rate.
Starting this coming Monday, you can select one of six varieties of trees at a cost of $40 + GST.
The links and details on how to order are on our news blog.
Ordering a NeighbourWoods tree is as easy as one, two, tree:
“View the six tree descriptions online at kelowna.ca/parks under NeighbourWoods.
“Order the tree of choice starting Monday, March 27 at 8:30 a.m. online at kelowna.ca/parks under NeighbourWoods or by calling 250-469-8800 to pay by credit card, or by visiting the friendly staff at Parkinson Recreation Centre (1800 Parkinson Way) where cash, debit or credit is accepted.
“Pick up the tree at the NeighbourWoods event on Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day) at the Mission Recreation Park Arboretum, 4105 Gordon Drive between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Residents must bring ID or proof of Kelowna residency and a vehicle that’s appropriate for transporting a tree.
To register online, residents must have an online account through Active Living and Culture (Rec-Connect) or can set one up in advance by calling 250-469-8800. There is a limited number of each tree species. A total of 500 trees will be available for purchase until sold out.
The program is restricted to Kelowna residents and is limited to one tree per household. Since 2010, residents have purchased approximately 3,000 discounted trees to plant on their properties.
For more information about Urban Forestry and the NeighbourWoods program, visit kelowna.ca/parks under NeighbourWoods.
As part of the Province’s long-standing commitment to healthy wildlife populations, all hunting licence revenue will be re-invested to enhance wildlife management activities.
Based on input from stakeholders over the last few years, the government will form a new agency in fall 2017 with startup funds of $5 million.
The agency would then be supported by hunting licence revenues of $9 million to $10 million each year.
Currently, hunting licence revenues support a number of government activities.
Hunting licence surcharges totalling more than $2.6 million annually would still be dedicated to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation for its conservation projects.
BC Tourism numbers continue to be strong.
January 2017 shows a 9.2% increase over the same month in 2016.
The three biggest countries delivering people here to spend their money are China, Australia and Mexico.
Direct flights seem to be having a big impact on international visitor arrivals.
Congrats to Okanagan Spirits…winning 8 World Spirits Awards this week in Germany.
They got 5 gold, one silver and two bronze…including a repeat gold on the exclusive Laird of Fintry Single Malt.
Along with the Laird of Fintry Single Malt Whisky (92.3pts), Gold winners included Taboo Absinthe (90pts), Aquavit (91pts), Blackcurrant Liqueur (92pts) and Haskap Liqueur (93.7pts). Silver was awarded to newest liqueur member Rhubarb (87pts) and Bronze to the Family Reserve Vodka and Gin de Mononcle, a Gin created with renowned chef Martin Picard last summer.
So what is next for Okanagan Spirits?
BRBN Bourbon-Style Corn whisky will be making a return on the 30th and 31st of March through a special Prohibition-themed dinner in Kelowna and speakeasy party in Vernon where guests can purchase it before its release to the public on April 1st.