Travelling around the province is going to be tough today…
Check with www.drivebc.ca if you have to travel outside the region today.
Local roads are in pretty good shape…but hit the highway and you’ll hit closures and travel advisories.
If you to know when the City is spraying pesticide near your place…the registry opens tomorrow.
That puts you on the notification list to be contacted when certified spraying happens in your area.
The link to register online is up on our news blog.
Online registration is available at kelowna.ca/environment. Residents can provide their name, street address, postal code, phone number, email address, preference for same-day or day-before notification and reasons for registering. Residents can also register by phone by calling the Commercial Pesticide Notification Registry Hotline at 250-469-8556.
State of the City
Mayor Colin Basran says as a city, we are managing to create a place that meets the economic and lifestyle needs that people from diverse backgrounds are looking for.
In his annual “state of the city” the mayor noted the rise of homelessness and highlighted the Transitional Storage Pilot Program – which has helped 7 previously homeless people find a place to live.
More than 1000 new rental housing units were developed in 2016.
And business licences are up 6%.
The link to the full speech is up on our news blog
This Valentine’s Day, the great debate among couples rages on about whether to spend the night in – or venture out for a night on the town.
According to a Leger omnibus survey, 47 per cent of Canadians celebrating Valentine’s Day would rather stay in and share a romantic evening at home, while 45 per cent prefer going out to enjoy a nice dinner.
81 per cent of Canadians celebrate Valentine’s Day – among those, 61 per cent have a date, 32 per cent don’t and five per cent said they “have a date with pizza”
Final Landfill Closure Plan
The Regional District of Central Okanagan has prepared a proposed Final Closure Plan for the former Westside Landfill located off Asquith Road in West Kelowna.
The plan outlines the planned cover system, site grading, surface water and landfill gas management along with post-closure monitoring for approximately 25 years.
No materials have been buried at the old landfill since July 2010 when it was closed and the residential waste disposal and recycling facility began operating.
West Kelowna Budget Open House
West Kelowna City Council is hosting an Open House next week to provide information and gather input from the public on this year’s budget including plans for $15.6 million in capital projects.
It’s Wednesday, February 15th, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Westbank Library
You can review the 2017-2026 Financial Plan and find out how your tax dollars will be spent and what big ticket capital projects are in the works this year.
Council and staff will be on hand to take any questions.
Career Education Day
Young people in the area will be able to discover the skills they will need for tomorrow’s in-demand occupations, and engage in a direct dialogue with local employers and post-secondary schools about upcoming career opportunities at WorkBC’s Career Education Day.
Career Education Day will be at Mt. Boucherie Secondary today.
Career Education Day is a day where students in grades 10 to 12 can explore, experience and learn about a variety of careers through hands-on programs, business experts, post-secondary institutions and more.
This one-day event is a chance for high school students nearing graduation to learn about upcoming career opportunities available in the region.
Lake Country Budget
Lake Country will be getting a 3.23 percent tax increase for 2017.
That’s after approval of Lake Country’s 2017 Operating and Capital Budget – along with a five year financial plan.
It ends up at about a 61 dollar increase for an average single-family home.
The increase is made up of 1.5 percent for the Transportation for Tomorrow roads infrastructure program and 1.73 percent general tax increase.
The BC Assessment completed roll figures show that the 2017 tax base increased by 4.13 percent.