Library crash, medical emergency crash, free parking Saturday and more…
Peachland Library Crash
6 people were taken to hospital yesterday when an suv crashed into the public library in Peachland late yesterday afternoon.
Witnesses said the blue BMW X3 was moving in the parking lot, when the vehicle suddenly drove over the curb and onto the pedestrian walkway before it crashed through the wall.
Some of the people hurt were hit by the vehicle and some by flying debris.
One man is in critical condition.
The driver, a 71-year-old woman, was transported to hospital as a precaution for further medical assessment.
No word yet what specifically happened.
Power Pole Crash
Police think a medical emergency might be behind a crash in Rutland yesterday around lunch.
It happened in the 300 block of Rutland Road North.
The car crossed the centre line and head on in to a power pole.
A 55 year old Kelowna man was taken to hospital.
A passenger wasn’t hurt.
No Charge Parking
The City of Kelowna will waive on-street parking charges this Saturday in support of the Downtown Kelowna Small Shop promotion.
Vehicles can park downtown April 8 without paying, but posted time limits remain in effect so that convenient parking spaces are turned over for new customers.
All other parking restrictions (designated accessible permit stalls, yellow curbs, loading zones) remain in effect.
Road Closure Vimy
This Sunday, a parade will be held in downtown Kelowna to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
The march will start on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Armoury on Richter Avenue and travel down Lawrence Avenue to the cenotaph at Veendam Gardens.
A rolling road closure will be in place along Lawrence Avenue between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to accommodate the parade.
Following a short ceremony at Veendam Gardens, the parade will travel back to the Armory at about 2 p.m.
RCMP will be on site directing traffic for the rolling road closures.
OC Half Marathon
The Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10K and relay race will be held this Sunday.
The annual event will start at Okanagan College (KLO Campus) at 8 a.m. with about 500 people running north along Ethel Street to Birch Avenue.
They will make their way downtown along the lakefront to Knox Mountain before returning to Okanagan College along the same route.
Runners are expected to complete the race by noon.
Lane closures will be in place along Raymer Avenue between Ethel Street and Campus Road from 7:50 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
There will also be a lane closure affecting southbound traffic on Ethel Street from Raymer Avenue to Birch Avenue at the start of the race.
Motorists can also expect delays at KLO Road and Campus Road West where lights will be flashing to signify that runners are crossing.
Traffic control personnel will be visible and motorists are advised to watch for participants along the route.
First responders and military personnel struggling with mental-health challenges soon will have access to more supports, thanks to $1 million in provincial funding to expand Honour Ranch.
Honour Ranch is run by the Honour House Society and is located on the North Thompson River.
It provides new and affordable treatment options for people struggling with the psychological disorders that can result from the trauma and stress of their jobs.
Honour Ranch services are available free of charge to active or retired first responders or military personnel.
Cops For Kids Funds Room
Cops for Kids, a charitable foundation comprised of RCMP and other regional policing officers, has given a generous $25,000 gift to KGH Foundation to support the acquisition of a private, pediatric patient room at Kelowna General Hospital.
The gift was made possible by proceeds from the Annual Cops for Kids Ride, their signature fundraising event, which sees police officers from across the region come together to ride the gruelling terrain of BC’s southern interior.
The gift will allow pediatric patients recovering from surgery to rest and heal with their families in a private, comfortable setting.
More details are up on our news blog at Power 104 dot f-m
“Our goal with Cops for Kids is to support the well-being of children in the communities we serve,” says Gail Harrison, President of the Cops for Kids Charitable Foundation. “Being in hospital is such a difficult time for anyone, let alone a child. This private room will really help KGH’s littlest patients be more comfortable while they are in hospital.”
In 2015, KGH opened the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre (IHSC) and with it, expanded the hospital’s capacity to provide life-saving surgeries and execute complex medical procedures, including delicate pediatric operations. More than 500 elective and emergency pediatric surgeries are performed each year at KGH.
“Our littlest patients, like all KGH patients, deserve the best recovery environment we can give them,” says Doug Rankmore, CEO of KGH Foundation. “This gift will allow KGH to provide a quiet place for children to recover from surgery with the support of their family. We are very grateful to all the officers that sweat it out on their bikes every year to raise the funds necessary to make this gift possible.”
KGH Foundation’s Be A Lifesaver campaign successfully raised $12 million to support world-class surgical care right here in the Okanagan.
The 2017 Annual Cops for Kids Ride is taking place Sept. 8th to Sept. 17th, 2017. For more information, visit their website at https://www.copsforkids.org/the-ride/
Geese follow their own clock, so despite the long winter weather, this week marks the beginning of the annual Canada goose egg addling program—an important part of the Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program.
Egg addling involves shaking eggs or coating them with non-toxic biodegradable food-grade corn oil within 14 days of incubation to make them non-viable.
Once addled, eggs are returned to the nest. Geese continue to incubate until they realize the eggs will not hatch. By then it is generally too late in the year to produce more eggs. Adults are not harmed and will continue with their regular life cycle.
Key to the success of the program is finding new nests. The public is asked to report lone geese, pairs of geese, or nest locations on private or public land by emailing email@example.com or calling 1-877-943-3209.
The public is asked to keep away from goose nests and to avoid touching the eggs. A federal permit is required to allow crews to addle goose eggs on public and private lands with owners’ permission. In the case of private lands, an authorization form is available on the program website.
In addition to egg addling and population surveys, many geese have been marked with leg-bands. Bird-banding is the practice of applying unique markers (bands) to legs of birds. When a marked bird is observed by a birdwatcher or recovered by a hunter, data on age, survival, habitat use and migratory patterns can be retrieved and analyzed.
Information about the program is available at okanagangooseplan.com
A new smartphone and tablet-friendly website will provide interactive information about student outcomes to make it easier for parents and students, as well as school districts, to understand and use information that will enhance education for students.
The link to the website is on our news blog at Power 104 dot fm
The website is easily accessible at: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reporting/systemperformance and works on smartphones, tablets and computers of all kinds.