Former MLA Ben Stewart wants his seat back. Stewart gave up his Kelowna-West riding in 2013 so Liberal leader Christy Clark would have a safe seat to run in after she was defeated in the Point Grey riding. The founder of Quails Gate Winery says he will run for the Liberal nomination in the by-election to fill the seat vacated by Clark as she quits politics on Friday.
With more and more people being concerned about their health and well-being UBC Okanagan is introducing a new course this fall. HEAL 100 offers an in-depth look at health studies with an emphasis on student health while focusing on education, research and their impact on a variety of student health issues. It includes physiology, nutrition, mental health and something many students don’t get enough of – sleep.
In case you’re wondering, the downtown Kelowna fireworks that were cancelled on Canada Day because of flooding, are still a go for this coming long weekend. It gets underway with entertainment and games at Jim Stuart park at 6 on Saturday night with the fireworks starting at 9:30. The fire department and the producer will make the final call.
Some sobering numbers from BC Wildfire on the damage caused by blazes in the last few weeks. More than 300 buildings, 71 of them homes, have been destroyed as of yesterday’s count and it’s far from over. The cost of just fighting the fires so far is pegged at more than 172 million dollars. There have been 840 fires since April 1st and right now, the shifting winds are the reason for the smoke in the valley.
A charge of driving without due care and attention has been approved against a member of the RCMP. A police SUV driven by Constable Megan Valenta of the Lumby detachment collided with a motorcycle on Highway 6 near Vernon. The two people on the bike, a 46-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman from Kelowna, suffered minor injuries.
BC Hydro says it’s ready for an expected jump in electricity consumption in the next few days as the heat wave continues. Hydro’s anticipating peak hourly demand between 7,500 and 7,800 megawatts – breaking the previous summer record of 7,468 set on August 11, 2014. However that’s nowhere near the record… that actually happened this past winter on January 3rd at just over 10,000 megawatts.
RCMP are reporting no major incidents at this past weekend’s Center of Gravity festival along the waterfront. Police put the number of attendees at 21,000 over the three days. The main calls to First Responders involved drugs and people being drunk.
We’ve talked about this many times before, but as we head into the hottest days of the summer people still don’t seem to be getting the message about leaving their dogs in vehicles. The BC SPCA says it has responded to almost 600 calls so far this year about dogs in distress. At least 1 has died. Remember if you see a dog in distress, you are NOT allowed to break into a vehicle. The best thing to do is call 9-1-1.
We can’t tell you how much, but be ready to pay more for some of your favourite things at Tim Horton’s today. Signs say that due to rising operational costs, there will be a slight price increase affecting some hot beverages and breakfast menu items. Timmy’s raised prices on the same things just over 2 years ago.
Blue Jays will wrap up their series with the White Sox with an 11am start today. Last night, Toronto scored an 8-4 win. Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak with home runs and Marcus Stroman picked up the win.
No local athletes were involved but BC won a number of medals yesterday at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. We start today in second place with 5 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze.
Kelowna Rockets forward Nolan Foote was among 22 players named by Hockey Canada for the Under-18 Team. They’ll represent us at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in the Czech Republic and Slovakia next week.
Kam Chancellor got his pay raise as the Seahawks signed their star safety to a multi-year contract extension. Terms were not disclosed, but it’s reportedly a three-year, $36-million extension that includes $25 million in guarantees.
Losing every game so far this year seems to be having its effect on the individual players of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Reports say a brawl broke out among a number of them during practice yesterday.