ANOTHER FIRE IN WEST KELOWNA
There was another fire in Glen Canyon Regional Park yesterday evening, very close to where the one on Wednesday evening started. But thankfully once again West Kelowna Fire Rescue was up to the task and had it out in short order before it could spread up the hill to neighbouring homes. The trail that goes through the area is closed because of the extremely dry conditions but some people are still doing the hike down to Gellatly Bay.
As we head into another hot and dry summer weekend, BC Wildfire is again reminding us to be very careful when we’re outside no matter where we are. A reminder that there are no campfires allowed virtually anywhere in BC and locally many parks remain closed and smoking is not permitted in any parks that are open. If you see smoke like people in West Kelowna have done the last two nights, call 9-1-1 or * 5555 right away.
The Okanagan Innovation Center has officially opened. The state-of-the-art 105,000 square foot building is at the corner of Doyle and Ellis and is equipped to house everything from two-person start-ups to large technology and innovation firms. The goal of the OIC is to help build Canada’s most innovative, creative, and entrepreneurial technology community.
As Pride Week continues in the Okanagan, the big parade goes tomorrow in Kelowna. Federal Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault, who’s Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues, will serve as Grand Marshal. It kicks off about 10:30 at Stuart Park and will go along the beach walk to Waterfront Park around 11 for the day-long Festival in the Park. Everyone is encouraged to wear bright colors from the rainbow.
Looks like some more provincial funding will be coming to Okanagan College. The Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister will be at the KLO campus this morning. Melanie Mark will be joined by O-C students, staff and faculty for an announcement about expanding access to trades training in the region at 11:30.
The CEO of Interior Health has given a shout-out to all those involved in fighting and treating those affected by the wildfires this summer. Chris Mazurkewich says the response by their staff along with First Responders, social services, First Nations and ordinary citizens, among many others, has been outstanding. He says they know health repercussions will continue in the months ahead and their primary focus will be the health and safety of residents, as well as that of their staff and physicians.
If you use your PC Financial debit card to collect points when you shop at Superstore, that will end November 1st. Loblaw has sold it’s Financial Services arm to CIBC, which will rebrand it Simplii. While customers will receive newly-branded debit cards, we’re told the PC Financial Mastercard will stay and be points-eligible.
The hacker collective Anonymous has picked today to attack white supremacist and alt-right websites in the wake of the racist violence in Charlottesville. It is what it calls ‘Denouncement Day’, it’s urging followers to dismantle remaining Confederate symbols still standing in the U-S. Anonymous said it finds it a sad state of affairs when in the year 2017, there are Nazi Party flags flying high, and terrorists still killing for the Nazi cause.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s terrorist attack in Spain. At least 13 people were killed and upwards of 100 injured when a van mowed down pedestrians in a busy outdoor tourist and shopping area. As of last night the van driver was still on the loose and five alleged terrorists were killed by police in a town south of Barcelona.
Week 9 in the CFL kicked off last night in Winnipeg where the Blue Bombers moved into second place in the west with a 33-26 upset of the division leading Eskimos.
Two games today – east basement dwellers Ottawa and Hamilton play at 430, then the BC Lions host Calgary at 7:30 at BC Place.
The Okanagan Sun will try and go 4 & 0 this season when they host the Valley Huskers tomorrow night at 7 at the Apple Bowl.
The PGA Tour stop this weekend is the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro North Carolina. Matt Every shot a 9-under 61 to take the lead after the first round.
The Blue Jays begin a weekend series in Chicago against the Cubs this morning with an 11:20 start. Yesterday they beat Tampa 5-3 to take 3 of their 4 games.