British Columbia goes into the long weekend with a new premier. Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon has asked NDP leader John Horgan to form a government, supported by the Green Party. Between the two, they have 44 seats while the Liberals have 43. The NDP will have to provide a Speaker after Steve Thomson resigned, which could mean 43-43 votes on legislation, where the Speaker would provide the tie-breaker. Up until this year there had previously been only 2 minority governments in BC. One in the 20s and one in the 50s. Despite a mea culpa speech, Christy Clark’s Liberals were defeated on a non-confidence vote yesterday and the Premier went to the Lieutenant Governor to turn over the keys to the big office.
CANADA DAY STUFF
Lots of things to do in the central Okanagan this Canada Day long weekend. Many of the events begin today culminating with the fireworks display at Westside Daze in West Kelowna at 10:30 tonight at Gellatly Bay. As you know Kelowna’s fireworks have been postponed until the August long weekend due to high water. Links below to activities in Kelowna West Kelowna and Peachland.
While campfires are still allowed in the Kamloops Fire District, which includes the Kelowna area, there are a few things to remember this long weekend. Never light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions… keep a fuel-free area right down to the soil and never leave a campfire unattended. So far this year BC Wildfire Service responded to 237 wildfires, 165 of which were caused by people. To report a wildfire call *5555.
WK SCHOOL DISTRICT
West Kelowna Council is asking for a greater say in what goes on in Central Okanagan Schools. Based on population growth it wants more representation on the school board. Right now there is one trustee for West Kelowna, one for combined Peachland, Westbank First Nation and Central Okanagan West…but there are four for Kelowna.
It’s a long summer weekend and the Emergency Operation Centre is hoping for no wake, low wake respectful boating in the Okanagan. It has come up with some ideas to raise awareness during high water levels to minimize the erosion of vulnerable shoreline and damage of property in Kalamalka, Okanagan, Duck and Wood lakes. There’s a link below the map. Both are clickable.
PHOTO RADAR 7/830
West Kelowna city council wants to see the return of photo radar. It will try and get the Union of BC Municipalities on board with the idea at their convention in September. It will ask that the province amend legislation so that local municipalities can implement photo radar at their own expense.
Kelowna’s REIDCO Metal Industries is a fan of Okanagan College’s welding and metal fabrication programs, having recently hired nearly a dozen graduates. The company was also a donor to OC’s Trades Training Complex. The Kelowna campus offers Welder Apprenticeship training, Multi-Alloy metal welding, and Metal Fabrication courses.
BC Lions are on the road tonight taking on the Argonauts in Toronto. The game is on TSN at 4. Last night in Calgary, it was a touchdown-fest and when it was over, Calgary beat Ottawa 43-39
TSN is reporting that former CFL lineman Randy Ambrosie will become the league’s next commissioner. Jeffrey Orridge departs after a two-year tenure that began in March 2015.
The Blue Jays begin a long weekend home series against the Boston Red Sox today. Last night against Baltimore, they lost 2-0.
At the PGA tour’s Quicken Loans National in Maryland, Sweden’s David Lingmerth has the lead going into today’s second round after shooting 5 under yesterday.