Today will probably be the end of Christy Clark’s minority government in Victoria. A non-confidence vote this afternoon on last week’s Throne Speech, supported by all opposition members would force the premier to resign. NDP leader John Horgan, who has formed an alliance with the Green’s Andrew Weaver, would then be called on to form a government.
And in what could be one if its final acts, the Liberals released a financial update that said BC finished 2016-17 with an unaudited $2.8 Billion surplus. Overall government direct operating debt decreased $3.4 Billion. Preliminary real GDP growth numbers for 2016 show that British Columbia’s economy grew by an estimated 3.7%, the strongest among the provinces.
A fun summer activity turned deadly in Penticton yesterday afternoon. RCMP say a 20 year old man died when he got tangled up in a rope from an inflatable when it hit a support of the Green Mountain Road overpass. He was with 3 other guys on two rafts that were tied together. No one was wearing a life jacket.
The Regional District of Central Okanagan and the Westbank First Nation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Protection and Conservation of Cultural Heritage Sites within Regional Parks. A number of historical First Nation archeological sites have been identified within area regional parks. Chief Roxanne Lindley says the history and culture of the syilx Okanagan people is strongly connected to the land, as it represents a link to their past.
Another good drop of more than a centimetre for Okanagan Lake, however it’s still dangerous for boaters with lots of debris floating on and under the surface. Crews have been working to clear beach protection measures, where safe, to make more areas available for the long weekend. Links to Kelowna, West Kelowna and the Regional District
The Okanagan College Foundation has a new President and Board Chair. Former Kelowna councillor Sharron Simpson, who joined the board in 2013, has agreed to take on the role. Simpson says she sees the College as an integral part of keeping communities in the valley connected and hopes to foster those relationships in her new role.
This is one of those ‘RCMP always get their man’ stories. It started with a call to a domestic assault near Big White. The suspect took off, but his car was spotted along a forest service road, but the search was called off after Kelowna, Penticton and Midway officers couldn’t find him. However, acting on a tip about a hitch hiker, the suspect was arrested on Highway 33 between Westbridge and Rock Creek yesterday. A 27 year old man faces charges.
A 62 year old man suffered serious burns after an explosion in West Kelowna. It happened at the Kelowna Ready Mix site on Dominion as gasoline was being transfered from one vehicle to another. And yesterday afternoon, West Kelowna Fire put out a hedge fire on Auburn that someone accidentally started while cooking outside their home.
Week 2 of the CFL kicks off tonight with Ottawa at Calgary. The BC Lions are on the road this week taking on the Argos tomorrow at 4.
The Kelowna Rockets have selected two players from the Czech Republic in the 2017 CHL Import Draft. They are 17 year old d-man Libor Zabransky and his 18 year old right winger teammate Marek Skvrne. Both will be at training camp in August.
At Rogers Centre last night the Blue Jays shut out the Orioles 4-0. They’ll wrap up their series later today.
The PGA Tour is at TPC Potomac in Maryland for the Quicken Loans National. Billy Hurley III is the defending champ. The Tour hasn’t been at Potomac since 2006.