An evening of fun for thousands of teens in the U-K ended with at least 22 people dead and dozens injured. Reports say a suicide bomber was responsible just as fans started to leave a concert by pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester. British Police say the explosion happened in a walkway just outside the seating area. It’s believed the blast happened near an area where concert merchandise is sold.
It appears to be only a one day event, but it has emergency officials worried about more erosion along the lake shore and possible flooding. Showers, wind and temperatures about half of what we enjoyed on the long weekend are to start tonight and last through tomorrow. With Okanagan Lake at near record levels there is also concern that creeks and streams flowing into it could start backing up. Needless to say, stay away from the flood barriers that have been put up – and we’re told they may be there until July. Your best option for staying informed is by signing up for free email updates from the Emergency Operation Centre at http://cordemergency.ca
FINAL ELEX COUNT
We might know the final results of the provincial election today. Recounts in 2 ridings did not change election night outcomes. The 9 vote lead for the NDP in Courtenay-Comox increased to 13. Elections BC staff have been counting the absentee ballots. If the overall results do not change, the Liberals would likely be asked to form a minority government. However, if they pick up just one seat, that will give Christy Clark a majority.
There will be a public hearing at West Kelowna Council tonight about updating the definition of commercial marijuana facilities to include the production, processing, storage and distribution. Also up for discussion is to make sure they are only allowed in multiple occupancies if all the businesses are commercial pot ones. It gets underway at 6.
The BC Centre for Disease Control is telling consumers about another outbreak of e-coli linked to flour. This involves Robin Hood flour bought in the 10KG package bought at Costco with the lot number MFD 17 Jan 19 C. We’ve put a link to the warning on out news blog which you can access through our social media sites. http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/news-releases/2017/bccdc-advises-british-columbians-about-a-new-outbreak-of-e-coli-o121-associated-with-flour
SEA LION KID
It was one of the top trending videos on YouTube on the long weekend. A large sea lion grabs a girl off a dock in Richmond. Signs say to not feed them but her family had been throwing it slices of bread. Right after she sat down on the edge of the dock the sea lion jumped, grabbed her dress and pulled her in. We’ve put a link to the video on our website in Top News Stories. You can also access it from our social media. https://youtu.be/pMDtibc13fc
The NHL West final Nashville doubled Anaheim 6-3 to win the series and will play the winner of the East final. Pittsburgh can punch its ticket to the Stanley Cup final with a win in Ottawa. The game’s on CBC at 5.
In case you missed it on the weekend, Canada took silver at the World Hockey Championships, losing 2-1 to Sweden in a shootout.
The Blue Jays begin a 2 game series in Milwaukee today taking on the Brewers at 430. The game’s on Sportsnet.