DARK WEB CHARGES (Above Photo: RCMP)
A man and a woman face potential charges, after a sophisticated fentanyl and carfentanil trafficking operation on the Dark Web was shut down by RCMP in Kelowna. The year-long investigation involving International police agencies focused on two Kelowna residents suspected of the importation of bulk quantities of the drugs. Police say they were then trafficked throughout Canada and internationally to the United States, Australia and Europe, via the Dark Web of the internet.
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West Kelowna Fire Rescue was called to Rose Valley Regional Park yesterday afternoon to help an injured cyclist. He was suffering from what appeared to be a knee injury, but was in otherwise stable condition. Crews were able to secure him and then take him out on the trails using a rescue mobility device known as “the wheel.” He was turned over to BC Ambulance crews in the parking lot.
It will be Pomp and Ceremony this afternoon at the Westbank Lions Community Centre. The Lieutenant Governor will be in town to present the annual Bravery Awards to 23 adults and teenagers from across the province. They were all involved in either saving or trying to save the lives of other people.
And home sales in the Peachland to Revelstoke area continued a gradual cooling trend last month that started in June. The 740 sales posted to the Multiple Listing Service in September, is a 16% drop from August and this time last year. The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board says good news for sellers is the average price was up a bit to just over $496,000.
2017 proved to be the most expensive wildfire season in recent memory. According to the BC Wildfire Service, provincial suppression costs to date amount to $552 million. That’s nearly nine times the original budget of $63 million. 130 continue to burn.
And the wildfires this summer also took its toll on tourism in the province. The latest numbers from Stats Canada, show a 0.2% decrease in July compared to a year ago. The drop came mainly from short-haul travellers from the United States and potentially from Asian visitors to Seattle who may have chosen not to drive up to BC while on their trip.
The province has launched the Fair Wages Commission which has the job of coming up with a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour… eventually. Professor and economist Marjorie Griffin Cohen will act as chair along with vice-president of the BC Business Council Ken Peacock and union leader Ivan Limpright. They will also make recommendations for other wage rates under the Employment Standards Regulation.
Told you about bears being spotted on the westside a couple of weeks ago, now we can tell you that some have been spotted on Knox Mountain. The usual advice is to travel in groups when possible, make noise and be sure to keep dogs leashed and on the trails. Bears will usually make every effort to avoid you, but can be aggressive, especially when defending their food or cubs.
And Triple O’s 8th annual KidSport fundraiser scored big results for charity by raising a record-breaking $95,718. It will help 240 BC kids grow their confidence with a year of sports. 38 restaurants throughout the province took part in the event on September 29th.
The NFL’s Thursday night game in Tampa was a 19-14 win for New England.
Just one game in the CFL tonight Hamilton is at Winnipeg for a 5:30 start. The BC Lions after a week off, host Ottawa tomorrow afternoon at 4.
The Okanagan Sun have their final regular-season game tomorrow. It’s on the road, taking on the Westshore Rebels in Victoria. The winner will take first place in the league.
In the Western Hockey League, the Kelowna Rockets have games tonight and tomorrow in Prince George against the Cougars.
The WHL will play a 68 game regular season next year, down from 72 this year. That brings it in line with the Ontario and Quebec Junior Hockey leagues.
The West Kelowna Warriors host Salmon Arm at Royal LePage place Saturday night at 7.
The Vancouver Canucks open their regular season tomorrow night at Rogers Arena as the Oilers are in town for a 7 o’clock start.
At the PGA tour’s Safeway Open in Napa, there’s a 3-way tie for the lead at 7-under after the first round. Graham DeLaet was 3 under.