West Kelowna RCMP and the Coroner are investigating the discovery of a man’s body in Okanagan Lake yesterday morning. It was found floating in the Casa Loma area of Lakeview Heights. His name, how long he had been in the water and cause of death have not been released.
Arts on the Avenue is happening today from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature a variety of art exhibitions and demonstrations. However to accommodate it, Bernard Avenue will be closed from Water to Pandosy, and from Pandosy to Ellis Street from 11 this morning until about midnight. The cross-street intersections along Bernard Avenue won’t be affected.
It took just 7 months for the KGH Foundation and CMHA Kelowna have to raise the funds necessary to open Foundry Kelowna. The new integrated care centre is aimed at supporting youth and families struggling with mental health and substance issues. Staff will spend the summer coordinating services and programs provided by 24 different agencies and plan to have the doors open in September.
The latest numbers seem to indicate that the economy in the Regional District of Central Okanagan is booming. For the first half of this year housing starts are up 87% compared to 2016 while the value of building permits was up 40%. The median home price was $675,000 which is higher than Calgary but much lower than Toronto and Vancouver.
Construction should begin next spring on the next highrise is downtown Kelowna. The development is called ELLA, presumably because it’s at the corner of Ellis and Lawrence. It’s to be 20 storeys with 116 condos, retail space and a green rooftop terrace.
The BC Wine Institute has kicked off its inaugural Best of BC Wine Country Awards. Everyone is invited to vote on their favourite BC wine experiences through an online survey and find the Best of BC Wine Country this wine touring season. There are a number of ‘Best Of’ categories.
LAKE COUNTRY FIRE
RCMP investigators have confirmed they are treating the July 15th wild fire that destroyed eight homes in Lake Country, as arson. They also want to speak to a group of young adults who were seen in the vicinity of where the fire started. Police are hoping the public will come forward with any cell phone or security camera video of the area.
BC FIRES 7/830
The hot dry weather has seen a flare-up of activity in the Elephant Hill Wildfire between Cache Creek and Clinton. Its size is now estimated at 61,500 hectares and remains just 30% contained. A new evacuation order was issued for a number of properties northeast of Clinton. Wind and lightning are in the forecast for many areas. Below is a link to all the evacuation orders and alerts in the province.
The NDP government says additional short-term funding from Ottawa will ensure refugees in the province can continue to access legal aid. It allows the Legal Services Society to maintain services for immigrants and refugees in need of legal aid through the middle of November. This year, LSS had an original budget of $1.7 million for immigration and refugee services.
The Blue Jays scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to steal a 3-2 win from Oakland last night. That’s Toronto’s third win in as many games the two teams will wrap up their four-game series today with a nooner at Rogers Centre which means it starts at 9:30 our time.
The Montreal Alouettes are in Winnipeg tonight to kick off week 6 in the CFL against the Blue Bombers at 5:30. Both teams have four points. The BC Lions are in Edmonton tomorrow.
The City of Kamloops and BC Lions have reached agreement on a new three year contract that will see the Lions continue to hold their training camp at Hillside Stadium through 2020.
UBC Okanagan Heat head of Athletic Therapy, Jeff Thorburn, has been selected to be one of two therapists with the national men’s hockey team. He will begin with the team beginning this August in Russia and will continue until the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.