Grade 6 boys across the province are set to get the human papillomavirus vaccine free of charge for the first time. Only girls got it before but an official with Vancouver Coastal Health says it’s about time boys got it because it helps prevent cancers. Students will be coming home with letters this week, letting parents know their children can get the HPV shot free of charge if they want.
Regional District of Central Okanagan’s Economic Development Commission was recognized with four national and international awards this month. Organizations were recognized for excellence in economic development for raising the profile of the region.
The forest practices board says licensees in the Kettle-Granby area near Grand Forks are not doing a good enough job of protecting the grizzly bear population. The independent watchdog says the province has not been paying close enough attention to the number of roads the licensees are putting in. It says the grizzly population in the area is only half of what it should be.
WHO IS THIS
RCMP are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect who allegedly lit a fire late Monday morning in Kelowna. It happened at the corner of Springfield and Burtch and the man reportedly took off east along Springfield Road and into an orchard. Police think he may be connected to other nuisance fires.
Suspect description: white male, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 180 lbs, with brown hair and a brown goatee. He was seen wearing a grey hoodie, dark coloured pants, dark running shoes and sunglasses while carrying a stick.
Over 500 residents in the Central Okanagan will learn this week they’ve been chosen to test a new Bulky Item pickup program for unwanted household items. Those chosen were determined by areas currently the greatest distance from an existing landfill. If you get picked, you’ll be able to start putting your unwanted bulky household stuff out at the curb in a few weeks.
As a province prepares its budget for next year it wants more financial information from a number of crown corporations. The NDP has hired a number of independent consultants to help it determine how much these Crown corporations actually need. It wants a more detailed review of ICBC, BC Hydro, BC Lottery Corporation and the Liquor Distribution Branch.
The Salvation Army says this year’s toy run, the 32nd annual, was a huge success. They collected hundreds of toys and more than $4,500 in donations which will be used to purchase toys and gift cards for kids. Last year the Salvation Army helped out 500 families by providing more than 1,100 toys for kids over the holidays.
If you’re looking to stock up on winter reading material a Big Book Sale to support families in El Salvador will be held on Saturday at First United Church in Kelowna. There will be a large selection of used books for sale and all the money raised is for scholarships and other projects. It goes from 9-noon at the corner of Bernard & Richter.
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The Canadian Paediatric Society says kids and teens should avoid energy drinks. The group says caffeinated energy drinks in particular can pose serious health risks and are unnecessary for most young people. The amount of caffeine in the drinks typically exceeds Health Canada’s maximum daily intake for kids and they have twice the amount as a cup of coffee.
In the BC Hockey League last night in Langley, the Rivermen beat West Kelowna 5-2. Warriors’ next game is Friday in Penticton.
Not only was he one of the WHL players of the week, Canucks’ prospect call Kole Lind of the Kelowna Rockets, has been named the player of the week for the entire CHL. He had three goals and five helpers in two wins against Kamloops on the weekend.
The Calgary Flames reduced their training camp roster, assigning Dillon Dube back to the Kelowna Rockets. He will be in the lineup on Friday night when the Rockets host the Everett Silvertips.
UBCO soccer goalie Mitch McCaw has been named one of the Canada West University stars of the week. He made 12 saves in two games against teams in Calgary on the weekend, helping UBCO to a win and a draw.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have officially signed former NFL running back Trent Richardson to the club’s roster. The Riders placed the former No. 3 overall pick on their negotiation list July 28.
On that rare occasion the national anthem is played in golf, U.S. captain Steve Stricker says his team will literally stand together at the Presidents Cup. The event begins Thursday at Liberty National Golf Club.