WINERIES (Above Photo: Gray Monk Estate Winery)
An Ontario-based wine company is buying three in the Okanagan in a deal worth 95 million dollars. Andrew Peller Limited is buying Tinhorn Creek and Black Hills Estate Winery in Oliver and Gray Monk in Lake Country. CEO John Peller says his grandfather started the business in the Okanagan nearly 60 years ago, and they have always been inspired by the Valley’s promise to make wines that rival the very best in the world.
Participants in the 55-Plus BC Games will start arriving in Vernon today. It will see 36-hundred participants in 27 sports, ranging from archery to track and field, at venues around the North Okanagan. Competition will start tomorrow and wrap up Saturday.
Hurricane Irma weakened as it traveled up Florida but the effects of the wind and rain will be felt for weeks. Many homes in Key Largo which took a direct hit, had their roofs ripped off. Meantime power crews from across the US and even Canada started to repair lines and restore electricity to millions of people.
Good news for hikers as a number of parks that were closed earlier this summer because of the extreme fire hazard will reopen at noon today. But officials want to remind people that the fire hazard rating is still high and there is absolutely no smoking in any of the parks and campfires are still banned.
Parks opening today:
Mt. Boucherie Trails, including Rush and Grind, Eain Lamont Park, Rose Valley Trail access on McDougall Road, Casa Palmero Park and Walkway, Davidson Creek Park, Shannon Way Park, Rock Ridge Park, Wild Horse Park, Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park, Glen Canyon Regional Park, Kalamoir Regional Park, Rose Valley Regional Park, Stephens Coyote Regional Park, Scenic Canyon Regional Park, and Mission Creek Greenway Phase 2, Paul’s Tomb and Lochview Trail, Dilworth Mtn Park and Dewdney Rd Beach Access #1.
It’s a good sign for local renters. The trend for housing starts in Kelowna moved up last month as multi-unit housing starts, particularly a large number of apartment rentals, got underway. So far in 2017, there have been a total of 1366 rental units that were started, which is the largest in any 8 month period in Kelowna’s history. The apartment vacancy rate in Kelowna has been below one percent for the past two years.
In it’s budget update the NDP government is forecasting a surplus of 246 million dollars for this fiscal year. Among the promises are 208 million dollars for about 1700 more affordable housing units, a 50% decrease in MSP premiums, and $472 million to provide an increase of $100 per month for both income and disability assistance.
There were 120 fire fighters, one helicopter and 9 pieces of heavy equipment working on the Finlay Creek fire yesterday. It is still estimated at about 2200 hectares but BC Wildfire warned that gusty winds could increase the fire action. And because there are no more evacuations in the area, after a long few months of helping us with flooding and fire info, the CORD Emergency Centre is shutting down. And our thanks to all who worked there!
Kelowna-based Flair Airlines is adding Kelowna International to its list of regular departure cities. Starting in mid-December Flair will be flying from Kelowna to Vancouver 4 times a week and to Edmonton three times a week with a connection to Toronto. Flair will be using its fleet of Boeing 737s for the trips.
A big announcement yesterday from the BC Cancer Agency and Bank of Montreal. Between now and the end of October, BMO will match donations made for the funding of a PET/CT scanner for the Sindi Hawkins Cancer Centre in Kelowna up to half a million dollars. The scanner costs a million bucks. Right now the two publicly-funded scanners in the province are in Vancouver.
Two Monday night games to wrap up week one of the NFL season. In the first, Minnesota beat New Orleans 29-19 and after that, Denver took the LA Chargers 24-21.
Because their Week 1 game was postponed by Hurricane Irma, forcing them to play 16 weeks in a row, the Miami Dolphins asked the NFL to move their week 4 game which is scheduled to be played in London, back to the States. The NFL said no.
Maybe they’re blaming the turf for the loss to Kansas City last week. Some New England Patriots players said the new turf installed in May at Gillette Field is too soft so the team is changing it. It passed all NFL & MLS tests.
They’re saying it’s not season-ending, but Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks with a bruised shoulder. Harris leads the CFL in passing yards and touchdowns.
With NHL training camp set to open this week the oddsmakers are making their predictions for the Stanley Cup. The Pittsburgh Penguins are the favorite to repeat at 7/1 followed by the Oilers at 9/1
The Canucks are picked as 100/1 favourites.
Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden says the Sedin twins aren’t going anywhere. He says there will be no movement before the trade deadline as the Sedins enter the final year of their seven million-dollar contracts. The twins say they will finish their careers in Vancouver.