The Independent Investigation Office will be investigating a shooting that involved an RCMP officer on Duck Lake Road yesterday afternoon. Police say the officer was sent to help a Kelowna bylaw officer deal with a man at homeless camp. The man is said to have produced a knife and move towards the officers at which point the Kelowna RCMP officer fired. The suspect was arrested and is being treated in hospital for serious injuries.
Let’s hope that everyone plays it smart when they’re outside this long weekend. If a large wildfire was to break out around here, BC Wildfire would have a fast response but could be hard-pressed to have enough personnel on the lines for multiple fires. With hundreds of firefighters from across Canada and many from the U-S and Mexico helping out, it’s getting harder to find more crews as the summer heats up elsewhere. So remember; no campfires, no smoking in parks and keep the cigarettes in the car. If you do spot a fire call *5555.
It’s only been 3 weeks but British Columbians have donated more than $340,000 at liquor stores to go to the Red Cross for Fire Relief in BC. Local liquor companies also have shown their support by donating directly to the Red Cross up to $2 from select products. Through that, an additional $69,000 has been raised for the Red Cross.
As for the wildfires we could be about to set records for the most hectares burned in history. BC Wildfire says almost 500,000 hectares have burned in the forests as of yesterday. The record goes back to 1958 when 856,000 hectares were burned. So far just over 200 Million dollars has been spent fighting them and about 38-hundred people are on the lines and acting in a support capacity.
Monday may be a holiday, but a few public areas will still be open. The beaches go without saying, but the Parkinson Rec Centre will have its doors open from 10-3 and if yard work is on your to-do list, the Glenmore landfill is operating from 730-445. And the fireworks are still a ‘go’ by Stuart Park for tomorrow at 930. If there’s a change, it will be on the Festivals Kelowna website.
If your long weekend plans include being out on the lake, you’ll have some company. RCMP will be out making sure that everybody is complying with the regulations. Operators need to have their certificate and proof of insurance and ownership of the boat and there needs to be enough floatation devices on board for everyone.
Here’s something to put on your lookahead calendar. The 2017 RE/MAX Mobility Cup has more than registrants so far for this first time sailing event for Kelowna. It’s hosted by the Disabled Sailing Association of BC – Okanagan Branch and will see top racers coming from across North America September 11-15. It’s the first time the Mobility Cup is being held in the Okanagan.
FIRST NATIONS OPIOIDS
Details are coming out how the opioid crisis in BC is affecting First Nations Communities. The data so far covers from January of 2015 to November last year, but shows that while First Nations people make up about 3.4 per cent of BC’s population, 14% of recorded overdose events were from that community.
Another sample from the data released by StatsCan from the 2016 census. People 65 and over now outnumber those 14 and under for the first time. But when it comes to turning over the keys to the car, what the family thinks isn’t the deciding factor. 94 percent said advice from a doctor would sway them the most. Back in February when the first Census Data was released, we were told there were just over 35 million people in Canada
Medals for local athletes at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. Brock Hoel from West Kelowna was part of the triathlon relay team that won Gold Medal yesterday. And Jerome Blake from Kelowna took Silver in the 100 metres. Kelowna’s Kiana Bekar was 15th in Triple Jump. BC is in second place with 33 medals. Ontario has 48.
Week 7 in the CFL kicked off in Toronto with the Calgary Stampeders dominated the Argos 41-24.
Two games today. At 4, Winnipeg is in Ottawa, then at 6:30 Edmonton hosts Hamilton. The BC Lions host Saskatchewan tomorrow afternoon at 4.
It’s almost NFL time. The Hall of Fame game was played last night in Canton, Ohio which saw Dallas beat Arizona 20-18. And while the preseason begins Wednesday, the Seahawks don’t play until Sunday when they take on the L-A Chargers.
At the Bridgestone Invitational, Rory McIlroy looked pretty smart after dropping his caddy of 9 years for his best friend, Harry Diamond. McIlroy carded a 3-under 67 to sit 2 back of first round leader Thomas Pieters of Belgium. Canadian Adam Hadwin is two under.
Blue Jays begin a weekend Series in Houston against the AL west-leading Astros today. Game starts at 5.