Property owners in Kelowna will see their taxes go up just under 4 percent this year. The actual increase is 3.84 percent, meaning taxes on a home worth half a Million, will be about 19-hundred bucks. Property taxes cover about two-thirds of the city’s expenses. The rest comes from things like gaming revenues and grants.
Mayor Colin Basran has proclaimed this, Mental Health Week in Kelowna. He says it’s important because it gets us talking about something that affects each and every one of us. 1 in 7 young people in our community struggle with mental health issues and less than a 30 percent of those who need help actually get it.
Sea conditions, cold water and the length of time it took for help to arrive may have all played roles in the deaths of two crew members of a catamaran on Sunday. The 8-1/2 metre vessel sank north of Tofino as the five people on board were fishing. All were eventually pulled from the water after 90 minutes. The three survivors are in satisfactory condition.
Canstruction gets underway today for another year at Orchard Park Mall and Power 104 is happy to be part of it again. The 8th Annual event has a number of teams making amazing structures in Apple Court. The creations will be there through Saturday. When it’s over, the canned food goes to the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank and The Salvation Army Food Bank.
It was a busy day for earthquakes in Northern BC, Yukon and Alaska panhandle area. The first measured 6.2 at 530am, that was followed by tremors of 4.8 at 5:50, 6.3 at 7:18, 4.8 at 8:00 and a 4.2 at 11:30am. Most were centred in remote areas however there was damage reported to some buildings in places like Whitehorse, 130 kilometres away from the largest quakes.
The Bank of Montreal’s latest provincial economic outlook predicts BC will continue to lead the country, albeit at a slower pace. GDP is forecast at 2.8 percent this year and 2.3 next after a blistering 3.7 percent in 2016. BMO says British Columbia is the only province it gives a Triple-A credit rating based on an expected 5th straight surplus despite higher borrowing requirements.
Crown Counsel will apply for a publication ban on certain aspects of the trial of those charged with the killing of Red Scorpion gangster Jonathon Bacon in Kelowna 4 years ago. It will happen in the Kelowna Courts next week and Crown will ask for a ban on anything to do with 6 witnesses including names, descriptions and identifying features. The trial for the three men charged with his death is scheduled to start May 15th.
The Union of BC Indian Chiefs has jumped into the provincial election with an “Anyone But Clark” call. Targeting the Premier’s much touted Liquified Natural Gas plans, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says a false economy based on outdated concepts of destroying the land and piping wealth to foreign companies for minimal returns no longer holds water. He says a third Liberal term would be disastrous for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples across the province.
Twitter is growing its live broadcasting business with 12 new offerings including a 24-hour Bloomberg News network and a show about gadgets. It will also include a 360-degree video of the 17th hole at the PGA’s Players Championship golf tournament this month and music-promoter Live Nation will stream some concerts.
Just one NHL playoff game last night. In Pittsburgh the Washington Capitals got a power play goal in overtime to beat Pittsburgh 3-2. The Pens lead the series 2-1.
Two games tonight – the Senators take their 2-0 series lead to the Big Apple, while the Predators will try to improve on their 2-1 at home against St. Louis.
Kelowna Rockets forward Reid Gardiner has been named the WHL Player of the Month for April. The 21 year old picked up 25 points in 12 games.
In New Orleans, the team of Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the Zurich Classic on the fourth playoff hole yesterday.