Today marks the start of the month long Distracted Drivers and Occupant Restraint Campaign throughout the province of British Columbia. That means buckle up and leave your phone alone. All month police will be out targeting drivers who don’t have their seat belts on and who are distracted. It’s especially important with school going back next week.
With high and extreme fire danger ratings and above-seasonal temperatures expected in the region over the long weekend, the BC Wildfire Service is urging us to use extreme caution when spending time outdoors. All open burning campfires are prohibited but portable campfire apparatuses that are CSA or ULC-approved may be used, provided the flame height does not exceed 15 centimetres. And don’t forget that many regional parks around here are still closed and smoking is not allowed in any park.
The Philpott Road fire is now estimated at 30% containment and the evacuation alert has been rescinded for a few properties. However the properties along Philpott road that have been on evacuation notice since day one remain that way. Residents on the Falcon Ridge Water System returning home should know that they are on a Boil Water Notice and stage two watering restrictions.
LAKE COUNTRY FIRE
Lake Country Fire and RCMP investigators are trying to determine if a deliberately set fire on Wednesday evening could be related to other fires in the area. It started in a gully in The Lakes subdivision and was difficult to get to. Anyone who thinks they might have information is asked to contact Lake Country RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
The Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre’s pool in West Kelowna will be shut down beginning tomorrow through September 17 for annual maintenance. Other areas of the pool will be open at various times so best to check before you head over. You can also get more info on West Kelowna’s website.
The NDP government is pumping another six million dollars a year into the BC Healthy Kids Program, bringing the investment in the program to almost $30 million a year. It helps low-income families with the cost of dental and vision care for their children. The funding will increase the limit for children’s dental services from $1,400 to $2,000 every two years.
It looks like UBC Okanagan is on track for its largest class of students since the doors opened in 2005. They anticipate having more than 3,300 students starting new programs this year and about 9,000 on campus. Of the first-year students, 450 are international, coming from 98 countries.
The province has given ICBC an extra two weeks to figure out how much money it needs to continue. David Eby, the minister responsible for ICBC, expects to announce short-term measures that will help solve the concerns and get the organization back on firmer financial footing. After that, they’ll tell us how much our basic rates will probably go up.
About 100,000 homes have been affected by the flooding brought on by Harvey in parts of Texas and Louisiana. Firefighters are now going door-to-door searching for survivors and even bodies. There are estimates that could take a few weeks. The US has asked Canada to help supply things like Hygiene kits and baby supplies.
PGA Tour stop this week is the Dell Technologies championship at TPC Boston. Rory McIlroy is the defending champion. This year’s winner takes home 1.5 Million dollars. It begins today and wraps up Labour Day.
In the CFL last night, it was no contest as Ottawa thrashed Montreal 32 to 4.
No games tonight or tomorrow. The usual Labour Day Classics go Sunday and Monday in Regina Calgary and Hamilton.
There’s a report the Cleveland Browns are interested in Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, who is reportedly on the trading block. After a disappointing 2016 season and the presence of Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett, Seattle could view the veteran as expendable.
ESPN says he Houston Texans will sign star DeAndre Hopkins to a five-year contract extension that includes the largest amount of guaranteed money for an NFL receiver. The contract is worth $81 million over the five years with $49 million guaranteed.
The Kelowna Rockets have their first preseason game of the season tomorrow when they host Victoria at 7 at Prospera Place. The players will be skating today from 11-12:30.
The West Kelowna Warriors are on the road tonight taking on the Silverbacks in Salmon Arm at 7 in another exhibition game.
The Blue Jays kicked off a weekend series in Baltimore last night with an 11-8 win. The Mariners had the night off.