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Power restored in Dilworth

Update -- 7:40 a.m.

Power has now been restored to all 400 customers, according to FortisBC. They are still investigating the cause of the outage.


A number of homes and businesses in the Dilworth area of Kelowna are without power this morning.

FortisBC announced on Twitter around 6 a.m. that approximately 400 customers were without power near Dilworth and Enterprise, and the company was in the process of locating the outage.

They have recently updated their message to say about half of those people have now had their power restored.

The issue has also affected a large swath of businesses along the northside of Harvey Avenue, from Dillworth Drive to Hardy Street.

Traffic lights at Cooper Road are also out, with police on scene to direct morning commuters.



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City Park: walk, bike this way

A new City Park Concept Plan calls for a more extensive pathway system and a concentrated activity area.

The plan, which will be presented to City Council Monday, looks at nearly two dozen specific features for the park including an enhanced pathway system, separate pedestrian and bicyclist waterfront pathways, activity zone, reconstruction of Jubilee Bowl and enhanced Abbott Street frontage.

  • Separate pedestrian/bicyclist pathway - The pedestrian portion of the walkway would run along the side nearest the water. Other users would be encouraged to use the bicycle portion of the pathway.
  • Enhanced pathway system - At present, there are few designated pedestrian routes within the interior of the park. An extended all-weather pathway system would provide opportunities for individuals, particularly those with mobility restrictions that preclude movement along the grass, to experience more of the interior areas of the park.
  • Activity Zone - The majority of infrastructure intended for active recreation would be concentrated in the northeast quadrant of the park, freeing the remainder of the park for preservation of green space. The children's playground would be relocated to this area while the skateboard park and spray park would remain in the same general area. Infrastructure for adult outdoor exercise and ball hockey would also be considered.
  • Enhanced Abbott Street frontage - Several improvements are proposed including continuation of the Bernard streetscape to the Abbott/Bernard intersection, better identification of the Leon Avenue entrance, upgrading of the Rose Garden and upgrades to the north entrance to be coordinated with upgrades to Kerry Park.
  • Reconstruction of Jubilee Bowl - The facility is in poor condition and will need replacing in the foreseeable future. It is proposed that locker and shower facilities be added under the stands at such time as the structure is rebuilt. Discussions with Active Living and Culture staff recommend that the stands be re-oriented more towards the lake to take advantage of the scenic backdrop.

The report also stated that, while it is the goal of the city to save the existing trees within the park, "it might not be possible to implement some of the proposed changes without removing trees on a selective basis."

"All means would be used to preclude tree removal or other negative impacts," the report stated.

It was also suggested a number of features within the park are aging and may need to be upgraded within the next 10 years including the spray park, skateboard park, playground, basketball courts and the waterfront walkway.

The Concept Plan remains just that until such time as a budget is approved for detailed design work and construction.

Council will be asked Monday to endorse the plan as a guide to investment over the next 10 years and, pending consideration by council, staff be directed to complete an assessment of current facilities in conjunction with the next update to the 10-year Capital Plan.



Halloween safety tips

Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays for young children and adults alike, as costumes are selected and treats are consumed in bulk.

But as people go trick or treating, basic safety tips are sometimes overlooked.

RCMP in the province suggest people follow these tips:

Children:

  • Halloween is more fun when shared with friends; never go alone
  • Can you see? Are you being seen?
  • Wear reflective, bright coloured costumes and avoid masks that restrict your vision
  • Only trick or treat at houses with lights turned on
  • Never eat treats until an adult has inspected them
  • Don’t criss-cross streets or run out from between parked vehicles
  • Walk on sides of roads or sidewalks and when approaching homes, be respectful by not cutting across lawns

Motorists:

  • Slowdown; expect kids to pop out at any time
  • Be prepared to react and stay alert

Homeowners:

  • If you are participating in Halloween, keep your lights on and porch or walkway clear of debris and potential items easily tripped on

It should also be noted that fireworks are not allowed to be sold or set off in the Central Okanagan, unless authorized by local fire departments. Penalties vary depending on the local jurisdiction, but fireworks also pose a safety hazard and the potential for serious burns or injury.

Pet owners are also asked to keep their animals inside while trick or treaters are out and about. 



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Fatal stabbing on city bus

Bill Everitt

9:20 p.m. Update:

A witness has come forward and given more details about the incident to Castanet.

The witness, who wanted to remain anonymous, was two feet away from the victim when he was attacked. She says their eyes met and he looked at her with disbelief that he had been stabbed. He was holding his hand over the bleeding neck wound he'd just received in an apparent random act of violence. 

She helped another male passenger try to save the victim's life, she compressed an article of her clothing against the man's wound to try and stop him from losing more blood.

The witness says there did not appear to be an altercation on the bus before the man was fatally wounded by another passenger.

"He just got on the bus and before he got off he stabbed him in the neck," she says. "The driver had already stopped the bus when the guy stabbed him and ran off."

"By the time the cops got there, the guy was already dead, I could tell by his eyes."

She says the victim looked to be in his 50s and she said she had noticed him on the bus before. 

The woman did not see what the attacker looked like; others reported the man was wearing a grey hoodie.

The stabbing occurred behind Safeway on Baron Road on the 6:21 p.m. University 8 bus. There were about 20 people on the bus at the time of the incident.

RCMP say the suspect is still at large.

An earlier version of this story mistakenly said the incident occurred before 6 p.m. It occurred around 6:30 p.m.

Were you on the bus? If you've already talked to the RCMP, please send your story to [email protected]


A man was fatally stabbed on a Kelowna city bus just before 6 p.m. Thursday. 

The suspect is still at large and RCMP have cordoned off several areas on Leckie Road behind the Staples building. 

The witness told Castanet that just before 6 p.m. there was some altercation on the bus which resulted in a stabbing.

"The Kelowna RCMP were called to a report of a disturbance on a city transit bus on Baron Road behind Dilworth Centre, located at 2339 Highway 97," media relations officer Cst Kris Clark said in a release. "An unknown male passenger was rushed to hospital but he succumbed to his injuries. Efforts are underway to apprehend the suspect at this time."

There were other passengers on the bus at the time. They are currently being interviewed by the RCMP and will be transferred to another bus to complete their journeys. 

RCMP also have an area near a dumpster at 2035 Quail Place taped off. It was overheard that the suspect may have dropped something in the area, although it's currently unclear what the item might be. 

The road is blocked behind the Staples building West of Leckie and Baron. 

Anyone with any information who has yet to speak with police are asked to call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.
 

Were you on the bus? If you've already talked to the RCMP, please send your story to [email protected]

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Haunted Kelowna

It's a headless horseman kind of week.

Halloween is only a few days away and there are several spooky spectacles for kids and adults to experience in and around Kelowna.

Cam Lowther has set up a display in his yard and a ghost-pirate themed maze in his garage as a way to collect food and money for the Kelowna Food bank, all while terrifying those who dare enter.

Sysco foods donated chocolate bars for the kids and hot dogs which are available by donation. 

"Our Country Roads neighbourhood always did a food drive around Halloween for the past six years," Lowther said. "[Last year] I decided I like Halloween so why don't I do a big set up and try to do even more.

That worked out and this year we're trying to do it bigger."

He is located at 12 - 6100 Old Vernon Road and will be open on Friday night. All the proceeds will be donated to the Kelowna Food bank. 

There are also a couple of terrifying corn mazes to get lost in.

The Kelowna Corn Maze is located at 575 Valley Road near Glenmore. This is the fourth year the maze has been scaring people senseless and will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. everyday until Oct. 31.

If you're in East Kelowna, McMillan Farms also has a creepy corn maze at #1 - 3690 Berard Rd. 

Their hours are: 

  • Sunday to Tuesday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday to Saturday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Another haunted insane asylum and yard will be set up at 990 Graf Rd., located at the top of Hartman Hill. 

Be prepared to be scared, Halloween night only from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Also in the Glenmore area is the annual Kerr Rd Haunted House of Terror.

  • Located at 1812 Kerr Rd in North Glenmore
  • SPCA donation appreciated
  • Not recommended for small children
  • Turn off Glenmore/Union/Snowcell/Henkel/Kathler/Kerr
     

Have a haunted house of your own? Email [email protected] with pics and info and we will add you to the story.

 



Halloween haunts

With the scariest holiday of the year upon us, we've compiled a list of more places to check out on your ghoulish adventures...

The Asian Student Association at UBCO is hosting its second annual haunted house on Friday night from 7-10 p.m. at the EME building.
The East Kelowna Haunted Hall is running through Oct. 31 beginning at 6 p.m. each day. Admission is $5.
A home located at 589 Roanoke Avenue has set up a halloween display for the past decade. Each year it gets better. Free of charge. 
Another large display will transform the Copper Hill Road area of Winfield. This home has been decorated for the past eight years.
The Vernon Haunted House at the Okanagan Science Centre (2704 Highway 6) is not suitable for young children and has been turned into the Fear Factor for the working dead.
A home located at 36- 6100 Old Vernon Rd has quite the display and is worth the drive.
And to cap things off, the United Way has partnered with businesses along Adams Road to dispose of your pumpkins Nov. 1 between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Check out more haunted places to visit in Kelowna here.



Local kids compete on Disney

Disney hosted an open casting call at various locations across the country this summer, looking for eight kids to compete in their new Survivor type adventure show.

Thousands answered the call, all vying to form teams of two to compete in the Grizzly Cup – but only one group from Western Canada was selected.

Mia, 13, and Tobin, 11, hail from Kelowna and are siblings on Team Red. They competed last month against two other teams from Ontario and one from Manitoba.

The show pits the teams against each other in outdoor athletic competitions. Their father, Michael Woodworth, says the kids had a great time during the shooting of the show in Muskoka, Ontario.

“They absolutely loved it,” says Woodworth, adding it was something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.

“They’re still in contact with the other teams, I mean literally there were tears. Regardless if teams were out or not, all the parents and everyone was there the entire time.”

Woodworth is not allowed to say how his children fared in the competition, but says he was surprised to even find out they had been chosen in the first place.

“They went through a kind of timed race, with different obstacles and challenges, and then they were interviewed on camera for a few minutes,” he says.

“I guess there’s ten locations across Canada and around 2,000 teams tried out…  and we kind of heard some of those details after the fact and pretty much just forgot about it.”

But the kids were chosen, and both say it was a great experience traveling to Ontario where all of the participants soon became friends.

"At the beginning we didn’t really know each other, and then towards it was like we were family," says Mia.

“If (the other teams) won the challenges, or whatever the outcome was, we were all happy for each other."

They are not allowed to say what types of challenges or tasks they had to complete, but Tobin says he was acquainted with most of them.

“We travel a lot and like to do lots of activities, so some of the stuff was familiar, but lots of it was new.”

The brother and sister duo were also forced to camp outside during the filming of the show, which added to the wilderness aspect of the series.

And both kids say they'll be watching when the show premiers Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. PST.



Wounded deer worries residents

Update: 3:45 p.m.

Residents of Silver Place contacted Castanet to report the deer's condition had worsened and the wound from the arrow had caused significant damage to the animal, contrary to what was previously thought.

Conservation was called in to euthanize the deer, although they have not returned calls to confirm.


Residents of Silver Place are worried about the well-being of a furry, four legged visitor.

A deer wandering behind the homes of Orchard Terrace on Dilworth Mountain, appeared to be wounded after what looked like an arrow was sticking out of its hind leg.

Ray Putnam says he and his wife watched the deer at the back of their home Thursday morning, and the animal was limping.

“I called conservation and they said they would be looking into the matter. He looks to be hurt and isn’t moving very fast.”

However Conservation Officer Terry Myroniuk says this is not the first time he has seen a deer with an arrow shot through its body.

“The wound appears to be superficial and is not penetrating a major artery, we will be monitoring the deer to see how it improves or deteriorates.”

Myroniuk says in a situation such as this the arrow will usually push out of the animal's skin and the lesion will scab over.

Although conservation did not attend the area, Myroniuk says the animal was described to be eating, wandering behind homes and did not appear to have elevated breathing.

“We want to give this guy a chance. It sounds like he will pull through. We don’t want to attend and have to put him down if there is no need to.”

As far as where the animal was shot, Myroniuk says it is open hunting season and there are several parcels of crown and private land within city limits that are legal to hunt on.

“If this animal was shot within city limits by someone without a license or in a non-designated hunting area then we would certainly like to know about it,” he explains.

If you know of someone targeting animals without a proper license or outside a designated hunting area who may have shot this deer with an arrow please call 1-877-952-7277

Residents in the Silver Place, Dilworth Mountain area are asked to keep an eye out for the wounded deer and call conservation if the animal’s condition worsens.



Missing 15-year-old

Kelowna RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen.

Jasmine Jobin was last seen Sunday, Oct. 26. Police have since followed up on several leads and possible sightings, but have been unable to speak with her.

She is described as:

  • First Nations female
  • 15 years
  • 5 ft 3 in
  • 111 lbs
  • brown hair
  • brown eyes

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call their local police, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).



Work underway on Pandosy

Construction crews have begun the process of ripping up the pavement around the intersection of Pandosy Street and Leon Avenue in downtown Kelowna.

The work is in preparation for a new intersection configuration.

This project includes construction of traffic calming curb bulbs, new traffic and pedestrian signals and new sidewalks, as well as drainage, water and sanitary sewer improvements.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 3, Pandosy will be closed between the laneway in the Lawrence-Leon Avenue block and the laneway in the Leon-Harvey Avenue block.

The laneways will remain open and motorists can detour by using either Water or Ellis streets.

Access to businesses will remain open as usual and businesses appreciate customers’ continued support.

The project is expected to be complete by the beginning of December.

These improvements will be extended to the Lawrence/Pandosy intersection next spring pending budget approval.



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