The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society will host an event in celebration of National Aboriginal Day today. To accommodate the Turtle Island Festival, Leon Avenue from Pandosy Street to Ellis Street will be closed from 6am to 8:30pm, however intersections along Leon won’t be affected. Everyone is welcome from 10-630 to check out some dancing, story-telling, music, a pow-wow and other treats. Here’s a clickable schedule of events.
The strong winds yesterday afternoon brought a tree down on some power lines along Chute Lake Road. The arcing started a small fire and knocked out power for about 2,000 customers in the lower Mission. To make matters worse, in order to make repairs, Fortis had to shut off power to about 15-hundred more customers for a while.
Air Canada was named Best Airline in North America by the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards. The Skytrax survey checked with almost 20 million air travellers and is recognized as the global benchmark of industry excellence. It’s the 6th time in 8 years Air Canada has been chosen best on the continent.
The Central Okanagan Economic Development Cooperation has launched what it calls the Connector Program. It’s a community integration program that connects newcomers and recent graduates with highly networked individuals in the workforce and helps them settle successfully in the area. There is a vetting procedure to ensure job readiness. More info at http://investkelowna.com/connector
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Okanagan College will welcome a new Dean of Business this summer with the arrival of William Gillett. He was the Dean of Business for Southern New Hampshire University where he led 180 faculty and supported more than 1,600 students in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. He says the reputation of Okanagan College is what attracted him to the institution. Dr. Heather Banham is retiring as Dean this summer after a 24-year career with the college.
Here’s a rather sobering statement. The Canadian Cancer Society says one-half of all Canadians will be affected by some type of cancer in their lifetime – and 1 in 4 will die from it. However, as diagnoses of the disease are finding it earlier, mortality rates are falling as treatments improve. In the last 30 years deaths from cancer among men have dropped 30 percent, while in women they’re down 17 percent.
Once again high winds tested the flood protection measures along the shores of Okanagan Lake yesterday. The lake measured just a few millimetres lower than the day before. Many docks are going to need to be repaired or replaced and it’s not as simple as calling a contractor. The Emergency Operation Centre has released a detailed agenda for what has to be done https://www.cordemergency.ca/node/238
The winds yesterday afternoon also played a role in a mobile home fire on Chute Lake Road. Kelowna Fire says sparks from a hedge and shed fire probably blew onto the home and started burning the roof and attic area. It was fully involved when crews arrived. The owners weren’t home at the time but fire fighters were able to grab some personal possessions. Investigators will be on scene today to try and determine how the original fire started.
Lake Country is moving ahead with a new Business Licensing Bylaw that will speed up the licensing process, reduce costs for start-ups, and improve the service for business owners. It offers a first-year free approach to fees starting next year. In 2016 Lake Country received an ‘Open for Business’ award from the Union of BC Municipalities and was acknowledged as a leader among other BC communities.
The Las Vegas Golden Knights are expected to announce a number of trades as the league goes into its big expansion draft and awards show tonight.
A few of the NHL awards were announced in Las Vegas last night. Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Folingo won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy as the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice… and he also won the Mark Messier Leadership Award.
Blue Jays played their 2nd of 4 games in Texas last night but unlike Monday night, they were on the losing end of a 6-1 score.
The PGA Tour is beefing up its anti-doping policy by adding blood testing next season. It will allow the tour to detect any use of human growth hormone, which is on the list of banned substances but cannot be detected through urine testing, which the PGA already does.