IRMA (Irma Photos: @northlandfox)
The president of Antigua and Barbuda calls the damage brought by Hurricane Irma “absolute devastation”. Gaston Browne says 90% of the homes were leveled and it will take years to rebuild. There are reports of at least two deaths on Barbuda, which itself is only a quarter of the size of the storm.
The battle against the Finlay Creek Wildfire continued yesterday from the ground and the air. BC Wildfire says there were 47 firefighters, 10 aircraft and 23 pieces of heavy equipment involved. There have been reports of structures burned in the fire, but Wildfire speculates they were small out-buildings right in the area where the fire started. It continues to be pegged at 1000 hectares.
An area restriction for all Crown land in the vicinity of the Finlay Creek wildfire is now in effect. It applies to the area within the geographic boundaries as outlined on the map that we have linked to in the news pages on our social media. No one is allowed in the area without permission. It includes Darke Lake Provincial Park, Garnet Lake and Munro Lake Forest Service Road.
LIQUOR STORES FIRES
BC Liquor Stores’ customers donated a record-breaking $417,000 to the Red Cross BC Fire Appeal to help people affected by the wildfires burning throughout the province. The funds from the 8 week program will support the immediate needs of evacuees with emergency food, water and shelter. One of the biggest donations came from the liquor store at Orchard Park which collected just over $14,000.
A respected IT professional with a unique blend of private and public sector experience will join Okanagan College this month. Jordan Perrey has been named Director of Information Technology Services. He comes from the Okanagan technology sector where he most recently led innovation as the Vice President of Operations at Mazu in Kelowna.
The Kelowna Fire department was called to help BC ambulance in a rescue on the 5th trestle in Myra Canyon yesterday. A cyclist had taken a tumble and paramedics needed to be taken in on KFD’s Gator. They stabilized the patient who was then taken out to the ambulance and transported to hospital.
A big surprise for 64 new Canadians yesterday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau crashed their swearing-in ceremony in Kelowna. That was one of his stops as the federal Liberal caucus met in Kelowna. In the evening, Trudeau held a town hall meeting at UBC Okanagan where he fielded questions about many things including a new tax plan for small businesses in Canada.
You can expect to pay more for variable-rate loans and mortgages that are tied to the Bank of Canada’s trend-setting rate. The Central Bank increased its overnight lending rate another 25 basis points yesterday to an even 1%. It’s the second increase since July, but not too surprising as the Canadian economy grew four and a half percent in the second quarter.
WK FIRE HALL
The City of West Kelowna has to decide what to do with its fire hall in Lakeview Heights. It has had an offer from a nearby resident to purchase the property of the number 32 Hall for a residential development. The city has known for a while that it has to build a larger hall on site, or move it to a different location.
The NFL season gets underway tonight with one game. Kansas City Chiefs take on the Patriots in New England in a 5:30 kickoff. The Chiefs have never won at Gillette Stadium.
No Thursday Night Football in the CFL because of all the Labour Day long weekend games. Week 12 begins tomorrow with the BC Lions hosting the Montreal Alouettes at BC Place at 7.
The West Kelowna Warriors have rounded out their leadership group for the season. Joining captain Jared Marino will be defensemen Jake Harrison. Stephen Kleysen and forward Cavin Tilsley will be alternate captains. Their first game is tomorrow night in Trail.
The Blue Jays are off today before they host Detroit for a weekend series. Last night at Fenway, Boston dumped Toronto 6-1.
While the pay-per-view numbers are still to come, the fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather fell well short of breaking the gate revenue record set by Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather in 2015. The August 26 boxing match made $55.4 Million in ticket sales at T-Mobile Arena in Vegas. That compares to Pacquiao-Mayweather’s $72 Million.