FIRES (Above Photo: NASA)
The fire situation in the province isn’t getting any better. The Elephant Hill fire which started off in Ashcroft and is now up by Clinton and has grown to almost 87,000 hectares and is still only 30% contained. The village of Clinton and vacation areas such as Green Lake remain evacuated. The forecast for the long weekend for most of BC calls for sunshine, high temperatures and low humidity.
Kraft Heinz is being a good corporate citizen. It’s donating over 50,000 pounds of food to the 100 Mile House Food Bank to help those recovering from, and those still out of their homes due to the wildfires. In the past year, Kraft Heinz has contributed an additional $12.4 million in food donations to food banks across Canada.
The NDP government has committed $6.2 million to go toward the replacement of livestock fencing and other Crown range infrastructure that has been destroyed in the wildfires. The deal with the BC Cattlemen’s Association support the rebuilding of fencing adjacent to provincial highways. About 100 kilometres has already been damaged or destroyed and more is expected.
One of the last water quality advisories in the area has been lifted. The Westbank First Nation says the quality is now where it should be, so the people on Reserve 9 don’t have to worry about their water anymore. Residents had been on the advisory since June 9th after the initial boil water advisory on May 5th.
The federal Competition Bureau wants municipalities to start relaxing rules regarding food trucks. They’re getting more and more popular as more people have decided to go the route of fresh-made food when they need a bite to eat. Kelowna and West Kelowna have licencing bylaws to cover things such as food quality, how long they can stay in one place and exclusion zones.
The Board of Directors at Interior Health is coming to terms with how to deal with the opiod crisis. The most recent numbers show 36 overdose deaths in Kelowna to the end of May. I-H says each community needs to have a lead group to help the fight because it can’t be the facilitator, when its role is to provide health services. The agency says an effort will be undertaken to develop a detailed profile of the crisis.
Stats Canada says changes are happening to our lives at home. According to last year’s census, the country is seeing an increase in situations where up to 3 generations of one family are living under one roof. The agency puts this down to the changing ethnic makeup of Canada and the simple case of how much housing costs in some areas.
Construction is already well underway but the new government in Victoria has decided to have a review of the Site C Dam project. The NDP is asking the BC Utilities Commission to determine if the 8.8 billion dollar project is in the best interest of British Columbians. BC Hydro says it is building the Site C project on the Peace River to meet the future energy and capacity needs.
Prince Philip – out. The 96 year old husband of Queen Elizabeth did his final solo appearance yesterday before retiring from public events. Philip spent two days in hospital in June for treatment for an infection. The queen, who celebrated her 91st birthday in April, will continue to carry out a full program of official engagements.
Toronto Blue Jays are off today is they prepare for a weekend Series in Houston. Yesterday in Chicago, Steve Pearce and Josh Donaldson hit round-trippers as the Jays beat the White Sox 5-1.
Week 7 in the CFL begins tonight in Toronto with the Argos hosting the Calgary Stampeders. Game time is 4:30. The BC Lions host Saskatchewan on Saturday afternoon at 4.
There will be fewer video replays in the CFL starting today. New commissioner Randy Ambrosie says teams will be allowed just one challenge per game, regardless if it’s successful or not. He says too many challenges and reviews are slowing the game down.
With just over a week to go, BC is in second place at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. We picked up a couple more medals yesterday for a total of 17. That includes five gold, seven silver and five bronze.
The PGA Tour stop this weekend is the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. The purse is almost ten million dollars. Dustin Johnson is the defending champion.