Monday news update
Drunk Driver Near UBC-O
A Thursday night out could cost a driver his licence.
Just before 10:30pm, the 29 year old lost control near UBC-O.
He took off from the crash but was found with the help of witnesses.
The driver’s blood alcohol was over twice the legal limit.
There’s a new taxi service in town…and it’s environmentally friends.
Current Taxi is BC’s first all-electric taxi fleet…and it’s locally owned and operated.
The vehicles are Tesla’s.
The company’s grand opening is this Friday at 3pm at the Best Western.
Individuals, seniors and families now have a new place to call home in Kelowna, with the official opening of an affordable apartment complex at Central Green.
Named i-spa-us ki-low-na, which means Heart of Kelowna, the four-storey complex provides 86 affordable rental apartments for people who have been priced out of the tight rental market in the Central Okanagan.
A unique feature of the building will allow studio apartments to be combined with adjacent one-bedroom units to create flex units for extended families.
The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society manages the building On Chapman Place.
For the second year in a row, government is increasing disability assistance rates by investing $199 million over three years.
This investment is in addition to the $170 million announced last year to increase disability rates. It will benefit about 107,000 people with the persons with a disability (PWD) designation.
As of April 1, 2017, disability assistance rates will rise by $50 per month, or an annual total of $600. Once the increase takes effect, a single person with the PWD designation will receive $1,033 per month in disability assistance, up from $983. A couple in which both are PWDs will receive an additional $100 per month, for a total of $1,773.
The increase in disability assistance rates complements a number of changes the Province has made over the last few years to further support people with disabilities, including:
* Raising asset levels for people with the PWD designation to the highest level in Canada (along with Alberta);
* Annualizing earnings exemptions to $9,600 per year, so people with disabilities can have more flexibility in their work schedule;
* Exempting child maintenance and federal Employment Insurance maternity and parental benefits for people receiving income or disability assistance; and
* Launching the Single Parent Employment Initiative to reduce barriers to employment for single parents on income or disability assistance. Since its launch in September 2015, more than 4,375 single parents have become involved in the initiative and more than 830 have already found employment.
The increase also supports Accessibility 2024, government’s 10-year action plan to make B.C. the most progressive jurisdiction in Canada for people with disabilities, and continues government’s ongoing efforts to remove barriers for people with disabilities.
Play On Kelowna
Play On! Canada has announced they will once again host the Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! event in Kelowna for 2017.
Play On! has become recognized as a uniquely Canadian outdoor street hockey tournament & festival attracting hundreds of thousands of Canadians annually from coast to coast.
This will be the 8th year in Kelowna outside Prospera Place.
More than two hundred teams and one thousand five hundred players from throughout BC now plan their first weekend of May around this event in Kelowna annually, enjoying the hospitality, restaurants, retail, and world class entertainment available in the area between and around their games.
The Play On! 2017 event in Kelowna will be held as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration May 6-7.
Kelowna General Hospital’s new sacred space officially opens today – offering patients, families and staff a meaningful place for worship, meditation, celebration and prayer.
Light and modern, the sacred space is located on the ground floor in the hospital campus’ Centennial building.
It welcomes patients, visitors and staff of all faiths and cultures 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The space is also designed to accommodate First Nation smudging and smoke ceremonies.
Welcome Sign Gone
The north end ‘Welcome to Kelowna’ sign has to go.
Starting tomorrow, the sign by Old Vernon Road will be dismantled during the night work occurring for the Highway 97 widening project underway by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
A new Kelowna entrance feature will be identified in the future.
January Drug Numbers
The number of illicit drug deaths in B.C. decreased slightly in January over the figures for November and December, but was still the third-highest number ever for a single month.
Provisional data from the BC Coroners Service show that a total of 116 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of January, an average of more than seven deaths every two days.
The January data show that almost 60% of the illicit drug deaths involved persons between the ages of 30 and 49 years.
Continuing the trend shown in 2016, four out of five who died were guys.