Keep an eye open for the Big Bike downtown for the next few days. The Heart and Stroke Foundation kicks off its 24th annual Big Bike Ride today thru Saturday. Participants will be riding the machine around downtown starting and ending at Kerry Park. There’ll be limited parking on the south side of Bernard Avenue near the Sails for loading and unloading.
Heads up for almost 1400 BC Hydro residents along Westside Road. Power will be out from about 6am to 6pm tomorrow for the utility to make improvements to the distribution system. Among the areas affected are parts of La Casa Resort, Fintry, Killiney Beach and some users of the Sun water system.
Canadians spent 22 BILLION dollars on booze last year. Most of it, more than 9 Billion went for beer, but wine sales weren’t far behind at 7 Billion. As for hard liquor, whiskey was the top seller followed by vodka and then rum.
Four more days of advance voting ahead of next Tuesday’s provincial election begin today. Advance polls are open from 8am to 8pm each day and their locations are on the voter registration card you should have received in the mail. If you’re not sure, check out elections.bc.ca or call 1-800-661-VOTE.
A man who spent 20 years in management at Silver Star Resort is leading a group that has bought the Apex Mountain Resort in Penticton. Mike Duggan says they’ve been working on it for about 18 months. He says the resort makes a profit and one of their first priorities will be improving the village.
A day after a number of earthquakes rolled through the area, with two of them measuring at least 6 on the Richter scale, it was still rocking yesterday. More than 100 aftershocks shook the are where BC, Yukon and Alaska meet. A couple measured just above 4. A few buildings in Whitehorse sustained cracks but were declared safe.
It’s McHappy Day today and your chance to support a couple of BC organizations. One dollar from the purchase of Big Mac, McHappy meal or hot beverage will to to Ronald McDonald House at BC Children’s Hospital and the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club. Our Sue Tyler will be doing her show from the Rutland McDonalds from 2-6 this afternoon, so stop by, say Hi and help out the charities.
It’s going to get a bit narrower on part of Gordon Drive for a while. Starting today, the southbound curb lane just past Harvey will be closed so crews can replace the existing on-street bus stop with a pull-out one. Work will go from 9-330 Monday to Friday and should be done by the middle of June.
Westjet is upping the ante when it comes to international travel. The Calgary based airline has announced orders for 10 Boeing 7-8-7 aircraft with options for 10 more. Deliveries will begin in 2 years, possibly for flights to Asia and South America.
Two games in the NHL last night. The Rangers beat the Senators 4-1. Ottawa leads the series 2-1. And in Nashville, the Predators now lead their series 3-1 after edging the Blues 2-1.
Tonight in Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby will sit out against the Caps with a concussion. And Anaheim is back in Edmonton. The Pens and Oilers lead their series 2-1.
A couple of Kelowna Rockets have been signed to amateur tryout contracts. D-man Lucas Johansen will be with the Hershey Bears, which is the Washington Capitals AHL affiliate, and Dillon Dube is going to the Stockton Heat – part of the Flames organization.
The Toronto Blue Jays were thumped 11-5 by the Yankees.