Six charges of first degree murder and five of attempted murder. That’s what 27 year old Alexandre Bissonnette faces in the wake of the attack on the mosque in Quebec City on Sunday. Witnesses told police a masked gunman walked into the mosque, while evening prayers were underway and opened fire.
WestJet is bringing back its seasonal service between Kelowna and Winnipeg. Between late May and early September they will be operating 4 non-stop flights a week. WestJet will be using a smaller 737-600 for the trips which will take just over 2 hours.
It could be some time before WorkSafe BC completes a report into a recent death in Lumby. A man working at a small sawmill died last Friday. The RCMP and Coroner are assisting in the investigation, but WorkSafe says it could take several months. No other details about what happened, or the man’s name, have been released.
A Vancouver judge has sentenced a man to 14 years in prison for his role in what the judge called ‘hundreds of fentanyl-detected deaths’ in the province. Walter James McCormick was arrested in February, 2015 and police found 27-thousand pills, cash and firearms at his home. He was released on bail but was picked up last May with more pills. The Crown had asked for an 18 year sentence.
SALMON ARM SHOOTING
A man is in hospital following a police shooting in Salmon Arm early yesterday morning. The Independent Investigations Office says a suspect in an alleged theft at a car wash was shot when he tried to escape from the RCMP. Word is that he did not have a weapon. His condition hasn’t been released.
The Central Okanagan Community Farms Society in Kelowna has received 25 thousand dollars from the province’s Grow Local Program. It will all them to begin their “50,000 Pounds – 50,000 Smiles” project. The plan is to grow 25,000 pounds of produce per year, for two years, for the social service agencies of the Central Okanagan. It will be done through a community farm, and the training of five to 12 farmers of small-lot incubator farms.
Washington State will challenge President Trump’s executive order banning immigration from some Muslim-majority states in federal court. Attorney General Bob Ferguson says Amazon.com and Expedia, both of which are based in Washington, will support the suit. Governor Jay Inslee said it was important for the Trump administration to face lawsuits from the state itself, and not just individuals caught up in the order.
It was a great weekend for Kelowna’s Gerry Austgarden, who skipped his rink to his fifth BC Wheelchair Curling title in Richmond. Also on the team were 2010 Paralympic champion Darryl Neighbour, Bob Macdonald and Janice Ing. It means another trip to nationals for Austgarden, who has been 5 previous times, winning in 2015.