Peachland Library Crash Update
RCMP continue their investigation into the serious Peachland crash that sent 6 people to hospital Wednesday afternoon.
The 56 year old man who was directly hit by the vehicle is still in hospital after surgery and now in stable condition.
5 others, ranging in age from 65-71, have been treated and released.
The investigation continues in to the cause of the crash of the SUV in to the Peachland Library.
Healthy Kids Day
With a common goal of creating a healthy, strong generation of children, the YMCA of Okanagan is pleased to partner with Interior Savings Credit Union to make the 12th annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day possible.
This free-to-all event, being held Sunday May 7th, inside and outside the Kelowna Family YMCA, will host dozens of local organizations looking to engage children of all ages in free, active play in a festival-like setting.
Healthy Kids Day, presented by Interior Savings Credit Union, will take place from 12–4 p.m. and will include an entertainment stage, prizes, healthy barbeque from 12–3 p.m., and over 40 activity stations for kids to enjoy.
The event is free to the community, including access to the Kelowna Family Y pool and facilities.
Rock My Business Plan
The Province is contributing $100,000 to expand business training for current and potential entrepreneurs in communities throughout B.C., including Kelowna, Kamloops and Cranbrook and surrounding areas.
The funding will enable Futurpreneur Canada to offer Rock My Business Plan workshops for people between the ages of 18 and 39 in five communities throughout B.C. this year.
Kelowna, Kamloops and Cranbrook have been chosen for their close proximity to other communities, which will help ensure people throughout the interior can attend the workshops.
Rock My Business Plan helps young entrepreneurs learn how to create and hone a business plan, including how to plan for growth outside their communities, undertake market research, manage cash flow and secure financing.
Participants can ask questions of the workshop instructor, refine and practice delivering their business pitch, receive one-on-one coaching, potentially access up $45,000 in financing, and receive mentoring through Futurpreneur Canada for up to two years after the workshop.
The workshops are also a place for attendees to meet other new entrepreneurs and make invaluable connections in the local business community.
Residential sales totaled 824 across the region of Revelstoke to Peachland, generally on par with sales this time last year and a 58% increase over February.
The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board says the average price, was $475,172.74, comparable to February and just 10% over March last year.
Days on market, or the average length of time it takes to sell a home, crept down to 79 in March from 87 days in February and 96 a year ago.
Inventory, or the number of available homes for sale, remains low at 37% lower than this time last year.
With the 2017 camping season just around the corner, more than 49,000 reservations have already been booked through the Discover Camping Reservation Service.
The vast majority of reservations, 76%, have originated in British Columbia.
This is the first camping season since the Province announced improvements to the Discover Camping Reservation Service, to enhance fair access for everyone looking to book a campsite in B.C.’s world-renowned provincial parks.
Last year saw a record year of more than 187,000 reservations made through Discover Camping, with approximately 72% originating from British Columbia.
Campers will also have more opportunities to camp throughout British Columbia this camping season, with the completion of more than 350 new campsites in BC Parks and forestry recreation sites.
The changes, which took effect on Jan. 2, 2017, include:
* Eliminating the mid-March “opening day” for reservations, and extending the three month rolling window to four months.
* New measures to prevent the reselling of reservations. The public is reminded that random spot checks will take place at BC Parks to verify the identity of reservation holders.
* Restrictions around altering arrival dates to prevent the practice of overbooking days around coveted times, including long weekends.
* Implementing a pilot project in select parks to reduce the maximum length of stay to seven days during the peak camping season, to provide more camping opportunities.
* Expanding the Discover Camping call centre hours.
UBC-O Research Funding
The BC government is awarding three research universities with over $5.2 million to support a variety of innovative research projects in B.C. with the potential to save lives, solve crime, reduce green house gas emissions and improve wildlife management.
The investment, through the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF), is being allocated to UBC-O, UBC & SFU/
The BCKDF will contribute $163,000 to UBCO to support research methods for tracking large mammals and new approaches to forestry and road development that will enhance management of wildlife populations.
The research will support jobs in forestry, tourism, and hunting-outfitting; facilitate collaborative partnerships between industry and First Nations; improve food security in rural communities; and enhance safety on B.C.’s roads.
Big day downtown this morning at 10.
It’s the Grand Opening of the Okanagan Centre for Innovation.
The politicians, local officials and members of the region’s tech community for the event.
The Okanagan Centre for Innovation will provide tech entrepreneurs, start-ups and students with a low-cost space designed to foster collaboration and innovation between tech entrepreneurs.