Most of the park washrooms and water fountains, including water services at off-leash dog parks, are now closed for the winter in Kelowna. The closures are necessary to prevent pipes from freezing. Washrooms at Stuart and Gerstmar Parks stay open year-round and the ones at City Park are expected to reopen next month. West Kelowna park washrooms are still open.
Two local car dealerships, Kelowna Nissan and Kelowna Chevrolet, are being given a ‘Clean Energy Vehicle for BC Green Star Award’ for their work promoting those vehicles and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Kelowna Nissan is being recognized for Top Battery Electric Vehicle Sales while Kelowna Chevrolet is being recognized for Top Plug-in Electric Hybrid Sales.
If your fall plans include a renovation, Worksafe BC has some advice if your house was built before the 1990s. Asbestos can be found in more than 3,000 different building materials used in homes built before 1990 and is deadly when disturbed. Worksafe suggests if renovating or demolishing a pre-1990s home, talk to your contractor and budget for asbestos testing and removal. Get more info at thinkasbestos.com
Kelowna will share in infrastructure grants to 30 communities worth $282,000 announced by Victoria. The city will receive $9,500 for the Ritchie Brook Daylighting Feasibility Study for the enhancement of the creek’s storm water management capacity. The Central Okanagan Regional District gets 10K for sanitary sewer, drinking water distribution and solid waste management.
Tree fruit growers have until November 15th to apply for replant funding to get ready for next year’s growing season. The program helps growers replace fruit trees with new, high-value and high-quality fruit such as ambrosia and honeycrisp apples as well as late-season cherries. Victoria says the new varieties meet consumer demands locally and around the world.
In the wake of the wind storm a couple of days ago, BC Hydro is reminding us about a few things to make sure we’re ready for the next one. They include having an emergency kit ready which should include a flashlight, extra batteries, first-aid kit, ready-to-eat non-perishable foods and bottled water. It’s also a good idea to keep your portable electronic devices charged if there’s a chance power could go out.
A couple of chicken products from the Janes company in Canada are being recalled. Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers and Pub Style Snacks Popcorn Chicken are both being recalled for a contamination of salmonella. Both are 800 grams and the burgers have a best before date of May 12th, 2018, while the popcorn chicken is May 15th. There are pictures on the news blog.
Due to higher turbidity because of construction, a number of residents on the Falcon Ridge Water System are now on a boil water order. In addition, more than 500 customers on the Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates systems are on a water advisory because the power outages haven’t allowed the reservoirs to completely fill. You can get full details at regionaldistrict.com/water
The NDP says clearing wildfire-ravaged forests is a top priority in the months ahead. Premier John Horgan says it’s imperative crews get in quickly to lower the risk of future wildfires. He adds the province also plans to heavily promote the Southern Interior and Cariboo region to make up for lost summer tourism revenue.
Vancouver Canucks will try and make it two straight wins on the road today when they take on the Bruins in Boston at 4.
Toronto Maple Leafs fans across the country finally have their wish. Former Leafs star Dougie Gilmour has written a memoir which is now out. It’s called “Killer: My Life in Hockey.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says while it IS league policy, there will be no formal order for players to stand during the national anthem. He says as long as they respect the flag and work in the community with important issues, the league is good with that. As for the ongoing comments by the president, Goodell says they’re trying not to get into politics.
Meanwhile Thursday Night Football has the five and one Chiefs taking on the two and four Raiders in Oakland in an AFC West matchup.