Sunday Fire Peak Point
West Kelowna Fire Rescue had a 2am call yesterday (Sunday).
There were reports of a single story home burning in the 11 hundred block of Peak Point Drive in Rose Valley.
The majority of the fire damage was in the kitchen and great room…but there’s lots of smoke damage.
No one was home at the time.
Vernon Suspicious Death
Reports from some local social media outlets identifies the name of the man found Thursday morning in the Silver Star Mountain area.
They credit tips they’ve received from allegedly reliable sources and not official information obtained from police.
However, at the request of the RCMP, we will be respecting the privacy of the family and will not re-broadcast the victim’s name on our social media platform.
RCMP confirm that they are dealing with a suspicious death, but continue to release no further information.
The body was found near the intersection of Wilson Jackson Road and Jordashe Road in Vernon around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday
Memorials to the deceased are showing up on Facebook posts.
BC’s school system will get a 150-million dollar funding increase after the province struck a deal with teachers to restore contract language and smaller class sizes.
Education Minister Mike Bernier says the new money is in addition to the funding in this year’s budget, bringing the total to $330 million.
It works out to about 2,600 new teachers in the province of BC.
Bernier says they are reaching out to other areas of Canada to recruit teachers.
Friday’s announcement will mean the hiring of about 1,500 new teachers, in addition to the 1,000 already announced in the budget.
Seniors Health Centre
A Seniors Health and Wellness Centre that has opened in the Central Okanagan is benefiting those with frailty and age-related medical conditions through a multi-disciplinary approach and access to specialist services.
A partnership between Interior Health and the Central Okanagan Division of Family Practice, the centre is located in Kelowna within the Cottonwoods Care Centre. Referrals may be made through family doctors or nurse practitioners.
Services include a multidisciplinary assessment, short-term therapeutic interventions and access to a geriatrician and family doctors with a special interest in geriatrics. The collaborative team, including nursing, pharmacy and allied health professionals (such as physiotherapists, dietitians, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy and social workers) provides targeted assessment and planning services. In addition to health assessment and treatments, the centre will provide education and connections to other community services to help seniors access programs promoting health and wellness, helping them live independently for as long as possible.
The centre was made possible by the work of a team of partners who came together in the Central Okanagan to identify health gaps, priority areas, and possible solutions. Called the Local Action Team, this group included representation from the Ministry of Health; Central Okanagan Division of Family Practice; Interior Health; Patient Voices Network; United Way; and Baptist Housing. Seniors care measured high on the list of priorities, and specialized services and increased collaboration were identified as important areas to focus on.
The Seniors Health and Wellness Centre model will also be introduced in Kamloops this spring as part of the Northills Centre Interior Health Primary and Community Care Services.
The new specialized services provided by Interior Health support the Ministry of Health’s strategic direction, which focuses on a more integrated system of primary and community care that better meets the needs of patients, including seniors with frailty and complex medical conditions.
For information about seniors care, visit Adult and Seniors Health under Your Health at www.interiorhealth.ca
If you participated in Earth Hour Saturday night…turning off lights and electronics…congrats.
BC powered down and saved the equivalent of turning off 1.1 LED lights.
We save 24 megawatt hours of electricity.
190 countries and territories across second continents participated.
Diners at B.C. restaurants are in for a local treat in 2017 – a month-long celebration of B.C. food and beverages from land and sea, as part of the EAT DRINK LOCAL campaign designed by the B.C. Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA).
EAT DRINK LOCAL will offer family, casual and fine dining restaurants, cafes, pubs, hotels and catering companies in B.C. the opportunity to participate in a provincewide program and promotion in which they can showcase their creativity and skill with local products and flavours.
The timing of the month long local feast will be announced shortly.
Buying That First House
More than 1 thousand British Columbians looking to purchase their first home have applied to the BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership program.
Of those, 270 applicants have entered into an unconditional contract of purchase and sale for a home and will receive a BC HOME Partnership loan on closing, representing a total value of approximately $4.1 million.
A further 561 applicants have been pre-approved, since applications opened on Jan. 16, 2017.
The BC HOME Partnership program was created to assist eligible first-time homebuyers who can afford the costs of home ownership enter the market by matching the amount they have already saved for their down payment, up to 5% of the purchase price, to a maximum of $37,500.
The 25-year loan is interest-free and payment-free for the first five years.
Final Week for Deal on Composter!
Here’s your chance to cut your garbage in half, be extra nice to your garden – and save money.
For one more week you can pre order a backyard composter, food digester, or worm cycler– at a reduced rate!
Until Friday March 31stt, the Regional Waste Reduction Office is offering subsidized backyard composters, Green Cone food digesters and worm cyclers at reduced rates.
Rae Stewart with the Regional Waste Reduction Office says backyard composting is easy, fun, and an inexpensive way to create your very own soil enhancer.
Details on how to order are on our news blog
For details on the composter sale, to place your order, view your payment options, including online, or find out more about which model is best for you, visit http://www.regionaldistrict.com/compostersale or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.
BC Golf Swing
The Province is investing $100,000 in the BC Golf Swing to help welcome top golfers and fans from around the globe to B.C.
The BC Golf Swing is part of the Mackenzie Tour portion of the PGA’s Canada tournament series.
The tour will bring 156 players to compete in three tournament locations in British Columbia.
The tournaments will bring in fans, tour officials and sponsors and are expected to generate $8 million of economic activity in B.C.
The three tour stops are:
* Vancouver at the end of May
* Victoria the first week of June
* and Kelowna – the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club – June 12th – 18th