The level of Okanagan Lake is one thing to worry about, but an increasing concern is the water table under our streets and homes. It is rising too and emergency officials are telling residents within a few blocks of the lake and water ways such as Mission and Mill Creeks to check their basements and crawlspaces. We’ve put a link to a series of new water-related maps on our Facebook page. Premier Christy Clark visited the area including her Kelowna-West riding yesterday to meet with emergency responders and those impacted by the flooding. Even as there was no significant change in the level yesterday, Kelowna has had to close a few more areas in City Park due to groundwater seepage from the lake. This includes the pathway along Hot Sands Beach and the tunnel access under the bridge linking City Park to the beach access at Lake Avenue, which is also closed due to flooding. They’re having to keep the lights along the promenade turned off now as well, which means City Park will close at dusk instead of 11pm.
There’s a public information meeting this afternoon to review details for a new roundabout planned for the intersection of Lakeshore Road and Collette Road in Kelowna. The $800,000 project also includes a watermain replacement on Lakeshore Road and repairs to the Bellevue Creek Bridge. It starts at 4 at St. Andrews Church which is right by Lakeshore and Collette.
CLEAN AIR DAY
Just in time for today being Clean Air Day, the province has launched a website that has tips and info to help stay informed about our air. You can get information like air quality advisories and data, which will tell you what it’s like around here. And when permitted, it will also give the ventilation index for outdoor burning. http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air
As UBC’s Okanagan campus recognizes the accomplishments of its students during convocation this week it is also celebrating the unique work of Canadian artist Alex Janvier. He is one of Canada’s most iconic Aboriginal artists and will be presented with an honorary degree tomorrow at the 1:30 ceremony. Janvier is well known on the Okanagan campus as he was the artist-in-residence within the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies in 2014.
The Postill Lake Road continues to be a dumping ground for those who don’t care. The latest cleanup by volunteers brought the group’s 10-month total to 111,000 pounds of waste that they ended up taking to the landfill. It included scrap metal, nails, garbage and pollutants that selfish people either left behind or just dumped in the woods.
The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission is now releasing a slew of numbers every quarter on what’s going on around here. They include a 4.5% increase in the labour force and a drop in the unemployment rate to 7.1% from 8.3. The highest demand for workers were in the healthcare, manufacturing and retail trade sectors.
After a weekend that saw another 75-thousand dollar donation and a pledge to match another 75-K, the Okanagan Rail Trail is expecting another funding injection today. TD Bank will be making one of those big cheque presentations at 5pm where the tracks meet Leckie Road. It’s part of the 150 community gifts from the bank as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration.
If you want to get an eyeful of what Kelowna’s tallest buildings will look like, be at the Laurel Packing House later today. The two developers behind the One Water Street project across from Prospera Place, are hosting an open house to answer questions and show diagrams of what it will look like. One of the towers will have 29 storeys while the other will be 36. It runs from 5-7pm.
CFL pre-season got underway last night in Calgary. BC made it close in the 4th quarter but lost 23-18 to the Stampeders. There are 2 games tomorrow – Hamilton takes on the defending Grey Cup champs in Ottawa and Toronto hosts Montreal.
Another night without Stanley Cup hockey as the teams will practice today, for tomorrow night’s game in Pittsburgh. The Penguins and Nashville have 2 wins each.
More than 2,200 students from 34 schools will be at the Apple Bowl today and tomorrow for the annual school district track and field meet. The public’s welcome with events getting uderway around 8am and running until 3.
And in case you keep track of such things, Dustin Johnson is still the number 1 ranked golfer in the world. Tiger Woods has plummeted to 899th. He’s just behind Niclas Fasth and ahead of Oscar Fraustro.