With Okanagan Lake water levels continuing to slowly drop… about 2cm over the weekend, attention is now turning to removing flood barriers in areas that are now safe. Most of those areas are inland from the lake. http://Cordemergency.ca has a list of areas where it is okay to remove sandbags along with how and where to safely dispose of them if landowners want to do it themselves. There are about 1.7 million sandbags throughout the Central Okanagan and recovery and disposing of them appropriately will take time to complete.
The BC Cancer Foundation is kicking off a $5 million fundraising initiative to bring a PET/CT scanner to the Sindi Hawkins Cancer Centre at Kelowna General. More than 5,000 new cancer diagnoses are expected this year in the region and the Foundation says now is the time to bring this essential diagnostic tool to Kelowna instead of making patients travel to Vancouver. The Golf BC Championship helped with a cheque for 100-thousand dollars.
Abbotsford Police arrested a 20 year old man after a call from Facebook headquarters that he had made threats. After the company removed one of his posts he threatened to kill people and cause damage. Jordan Richard Stallwood has been charged with uttering threats and possession of a controlled substance. Police found 8 cellphones and 4 computers in his home.
The Canadian Food Inspection agency is recalling 1, 2 and 4 litre jugs of milk with the Natrel, Lucerne and Island Farms brands. The agency didn’t say why it initiated the recall but there is a concern about product tampering. It includes all types of dairy milk and consumers are urged to throw it out or return it to where it was bought. They have a Best Before date of July 3 and the number 4415 next to the date.
In case you missed it, Kelowna has a new fire chief. Travis Whiting, who has served as Deputy Fire Chief for the past two years and led the Emergency Management and Fire Communications branch of the KFD, replaces Jeff Carlisle who retired earlier this year. Whiting had worked in Williams Lake and Victoria before moving to Kelowna 2 years ago.
Something to keep in mind if you plan on being downtown tonight. Water Street from Doyle to north of Cawston will be closed for road resurfacing between 5:30pm and midnight. Access to the Delta Grand, Lake City Casino and Prospera Place will be maintained. They had hoped to get it finished last Thursday but got rained out and didn’t want to shut it down on a Friday night.
Tragically Hip front man Gord Downie and indigenous activist Sylvia Maracle will be appointed to the Order of Canada today. They are being recognized for their leadership in supporting indigenous issues. Downie and the other Hip members will also receive one of the country’s highest civilian honours for their contributions to Canadian music and support for social and environmental causes at a later date.
The Okanagan Centre for Innovation was the winner of the Stan Rogers Memorial Award at the Economic Development Association Summit in Victoria. It recognizes a major project that has had the most significant impact on a local economy in BC each year. Led by the Kelowna Sustainable Innovation Group, the OCI was designed to increase collaboration and boost growth in our entrepreneurial, innovation and technology sectors.
A BC Supreme Court judge has made a statement about gun violence not being tolerated in Vernon. 31 year old Jacob Lowes was given a nine year prison sentence for his part in a drug-related shootout in Polson Park in 2014. Justice Peter Rogers says a stray bullet could have easily injured or killed an innocent bystander.
The Golf BC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon was won by the guy who was leading after round 1 – Robby Shelton from Alabama. He nailed a 7-foot birdie on the 72nd hole to finish at 19-under for the tournament. Shelton takes home the Gallagher’s Gold trophy and $31,500.
The round of the tourney though had to go to Jared du Toit from Kimberley, who shot a 10 under 61 on Saturday… a course record. He finished tied for 9th in his second event as a pro. The tournament gave 50 thousand dollars to local Red Cross flood relief.
19 year old Brooke Henderson from Smith Falls, Ontario won the Meijer LPGA event in Michigan. She shot a bogey free 66 in the final round to finish 17 under and get a $300,000 cheque.
At the US Open, Brooks Koepka shot 16 under to win the major and $2.16 Million.
The Blue Jays salvaged 1 win in their weekend series with the White Sox taking yesterday’s game 7-3. Toronto’s on the road again for a week, beginning a 4 game set in Texas today at 5.
A former UFC fighter from Alberta has died after being knocked out in a fight Friday in Edmonton. Tim Hague, who went by the moniker ‘Thrashing Machine’ went down when he was hit in a boxing match by former Edmonton Eskimo Adam Braidwood.