More than 100 people are reported dead in the wake of yesterday’s earthquake in Mexico City. It struck midday when people were at work and kids were at school. Video taken during the magnitude 7.1 quake showed facades falling off buildings, and pictures after showed rescue workers digging through the rubble.
Police tape was up around a home on Mountain Drive in lower Glenmore yesterday morning. RCMP and the Coroner recovered the body of an 83 year old man from a swimming pool at the home. All police have said is that it was a sudden death.
OFF ROAD OKAY
Off-road vehicles are allowed in the backcountry as of noon today in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres. There are still some area restrictions 9on Crown Land such as near Finlay Creek. BC Wildfire says cooler weather conditions and recent precipitation have reduced the flammability of grasses and needles.
It took just 50 hours for Maria to become a Category 5 hurricane after it was named the tropical storm. After causing major damage in Dominica and Guadeloupe, it is making a direct hit on Puerto Rico today with up to 25 inches of rain. Maria comes as many islands in the Caribbean are still without water and power after being slammed by Hurricane Irma last week.
The Central Okanagan Foodbank is giving a big thank you to Kelowna and West Kelowna residents. They were for very generous with donations for the Thanksgiving Food Drive on the weekend. Five hundred volunteers were able to collect a record 94,000 pounds… more than double that of last year.
NAT GAS PRICES
Fortis BC says its natural gas prices will stay the same for at least 3 months. It had not asked for a rate increase from the BC Utilities Commission at its latest hearing, but it’s the commission that sets the rates. Fortis says it does not mark up the price of gas and the customers pay what it pays.
Something that didn’t get a lot of attention in the budget update from the NDP government was that people and families on assistance will benefit from increased earnings exemptions. Starting October 1st those people will be able to earn an additional $200 a month without any impact on their payment. That’s also the date that income and disability assistance payments go up $100 a month.
Kelowna Council will now go over a proposal for a six-storey Hyatt hotel and mixed use building at the corner of Enterprise and Spall. The developer plans to build the hotel plus an adjacent six-storey building with commercial space on the ground floor and residential units above. Council gave first reading to the proposed rezoning of the vacant lot and forwarded the project to an upcoming public hearing.
Okanagan College is billing it as the cultural event of the fall season. Everyone’s invited to join in the celebration of Indigenous Culture at the 9th Annual Youth Exhibition Powwow tomorrow in the courtyard. Dancers and drummers from across the interior will perform in a variety of dance categories. It goes from 10 to 2 and there is no charge.
West Kelowna Warriors have their first game at the BC Hockey League Bauer Showcase in Chilliwack today. They play the Coquitlam Express at 7:30.
The Vancouver Canucks are on the road in more ways than one as the pre-season continues. Half the team takes on the Flames in Calgary tonight at 6 and then tomorrow morning at 4:30 our time, the other half play the Los Angeles Kings in Shanghai, China.
New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with leukemia. The team says his condition is a form of bone marrow cancer that is treatable with medication. The 32 year-old has been away from training camp.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Mike Jones has been suspended two games for violating the CFL’s drug policy. He tested positive for an anabolic steroid. Jones says he isn’t sure how the substance got into his system, but took responsibility for it anyway.