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Green Bay dorm fire

Firefighters in West Kelowna were quick to extinguish a fire in  dormitory within the Green Bay Bible Camp in West Kelowna.

Multiple 911 calls prompted crews to respond with three engines and about 25 firefighters and staff.

"Our crews fought a fire on the second floor. We were able to knock it down and confine it to that room," said West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund.

"We have approximately between 50 and 100 people staying in the building tonight. They are all from out of town."

Brolund said crews were trying to account for everybody. A search of the building turned up nothing.

"We believe everybody made it out safely."

Brolund said the next step is to determine the cause of the fire.

As for the area itself, with so many buildings on the property, Brolund said they erred on the side of caution.

"We have a standard plan for this type of thing and when it happens it's a matter of sticking to that plan.

"For us tonight that was having three engines and 25 or so staff."



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Man rescued from trail

Emergency crews were called out to rescue a man who fell on a trail and possibly broke his leg, Friday evening.  

The incident happened about 8:30 p.m., in West Kelowna, on a trail just 100 metres up from Westlake road.

It’s unclear if the man was walking or biking on the trail at the time.

First responders stabilized the man and safely brought him down the hill.

Castanet will have more information as it becomes available.



AAP support rolling

Naysayers may just get their way and scuttle plans for a new city hall in West Kelowna.

Council has approved the borrowing of up to $10.5 million for the project on Elliott Road, but must get voter approval in the form of an Alternate Approval Process.

Through the process, eligible voters against the bylaw have until 4 p.m. next Tuesday to sign, and return a form to city hall stating their disapproval.

Ten per cent of the 26,030 registered voters (2,603) must submit the AAP form.

To date, 441 forms have been received at city hall. However, No side spokesman Ian Graham said his group has more than 1,800 completed forms in their possession. He anticipates getting more.

They are expected to be handed in to city hall next Tuesday morning.

When asked if they have vetted the names to insure there are no resident living on WFN lands among those who have signed AAP's, Graham said he only expects a small handful of those.

The city has not yet begun the verification process.

That will be done only if more than 2,603 AAP forms show up.

If enough forms are verified, then council has two choices, scrap the project altogether or hold a referendum.

If the number is below the 2,603 threshold, the borrowing bylaw is deemed to have the necessary support of the electorate and would go ahead.



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Crash victim says thanks

Linda MacDonald is thankful to be alive.

She was a passenger on a Harley Davidson motorcycle that crashed on the Westside Sunday evening when gusty winds pushed the bike into the curb, causing the crash.

"It was very scary," she said.

MacDonald said if she and her husband, Jim, weren't wearing the proper motorcycle gear, their injuries would have been far worse. She said they were travelling about 25 km/h when they lost control.

"We're OK — we have no broken bones," she said. "If we hadn't been wearing the correct gear, we would be dead."

MacDonald, who was taken to hospital in an ambulance, said a man and woman who stopped to help after the crash were a godsend.

"The woman called 911 right away," said MacDonald. "He was an amazing young man. He would not let go of my hand. I kept trying to sit up because I was in shock and he was saying I can't do that."

"He was calm and had a very calming effect on me," she said.

MacDonald said she was thankful for all the people who stopped to help.



Missing woman found

UPDATE: April 25

The RCMP says 32-year-old Bridgette Davies was located safe and sound last night. 


ORIGINAL: April 24

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing West Kelowna woman.

Bridgette Davies was last seen Friday.

She is described as Caucasian, 32 years old, five feet four inches tall and 105 pounds, with dark brown hair.
Davies has a unique feature – she has one green eye and one blue eye.

Police are concerned for Davies' health and well-being, and friends and family say it is out of character for her to be out of contact for this long.

Davies drives a black 2008 Acura MDX with licence plate CE6 97L.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact their local police, or remain anonymous by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting CRIMES (274637) ktown.



Gellatly Road Harley crash

Emergency crews have been called to a motorcycle accident on the Westside Sunday afternoon.

Police, fire and ambulance crews responded to the crash on Gellatly Road near the CN dock.

The operator of the Harley Davidson crashed on a left-hand curve and landed in the ditch.

Witnesses said emergency crews worked on the man for 25 minutes before loading him into an ambulance and taking him to Kelowna General Hospital.

The accident happened at around 6:40 p.m.

There is no word on the condition of the man or the cause of the accident.

The accident scene has been cleared.



Slow moving to K-Town

If you're heading into Kelowna from the Westside, you may want to roll down the window, turn up the tunes and enjoy the solitude.

It's going to take you a while.

Castanet readers are telling us traffic is backed up all the way to Byland's and is moving very slow.

There were reports of a accident which closed one lane on the bridge, however, that has not been confirmed.



Hit pedestrian OK

A 28-year-old pedestrian from Surrey hit in West Kelowna Thursday night will be OK, says the Kelowna RCMP.

Police are investigating the collision, which happened at 7:15 p.m. at Main Street and Elliott Road.

"He reportedly sustained relatively minor non-life threatening injuries as a result of the incident," said Kelowna RCMP Const. Jesse O’Donaghey in a news release.

The driver, a 55-year-old West Kelowna woman, remained at the scene.

"The police investigation is ongoing at this time. Information provided by witnesses at the scene was not conclusive. Charges have not been laid at this time," he said.



Washed out road reopens

A portion of Glenrosa Road washed out nearly two weeks ago will reopen to traffic today.

An email from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure confirmed the section of road that was washed out by a mudslide April 10 will reopen this afternoon.

"The road will be left with a gravel surface and we will monitor the road to ensure no further settling occurs," the ministry stated in an email.

"Once this monitoring is complete we will asphalt pave the damaged area."

The section of road affected was near the Telemark ski trail parking lot.

One couple, who live in a mobile home adjacent to the parking lot, were affected by the wash out.

A temporary road was built to allow access for the couple and those people attempting to access the closed Crystal Mountain resort.



A life lived fully ends at 96

The Okanagan, and Canada, has lost an advocate for veterans, a war hero and a dedicated volunteer.

Second World War veteran Hans De Leeuw was born on November 4, 1919 in Rotterdam, Netherlands and died on April 16, 2016 in West Kelowna, at the age of 96.

He served with the Allied Forces during the Second World War - a Normandy veteran, was on the Board of Directors for Kelowna General Hospital, helped start the Brookhaven Care Centre and was involved with the Alzheimer Society, Kiwanis and the War Veterans.

“He donated a lot of time, you know, where there was a need he showed up,” said his daughter Helene Doskocil. “We’re very proud of him, of all his accomplishments.”

At a young age, De Leeuw joined the Allied Forces in the Second World War, serving throughout Europe.

After the war he wanted to move his family to Canada.

While both Doskocil’s parents were Jewish, she was raised Catholic as she says it allowed them a better chance to immigrate to Canada after the war.

“The whole family came to Canada in 1953, he was 45 years old. Three of us kids not knowing anyone and they picked Edmonton, being the oil capital of Canada,” said Doskocil.

“We got off the train, he went to a Catholic church and said ‘Please help, we don’t know anyone here’, and they helped us.”

She says he started sweeping floors at the Safeway and worked his way up to manager.

De Leeuw retired to the Okanagan in 1979, after building a life with his family in Edmonton.

“From 1979 until about six years ago, he was still volunteering,” said Doskocil.

Doskocil’s mother, Hetty, developed Alzheimers in her later years and De Leeuw fought for research for the disease during her struggle and after her death.

“He did a lot of research and doctors used to phone him for information,” said Doskocil.

She says De Leeuw learned to speak nearly 16 languages and has left a far-reaching legacy.

De Leeuw is survived by his family, daughter Helene (Jim) Doskocil of West Kelowna, sons Michael (Thelma) de Leeuw of Texas, Richard (Bromwyn) de Leeuw of Edmonton; grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family.

To pay respect to his religious affiliations before and after moving to Canada, Doskocil says De Leeuw’s service will have Catholic and Jewish elements.

“In order for us to immigrate to Canada we changed to Catholic, because no country would let us in,” said Doskocil. “So, at the funeral we will have a Catholic person and a Jewish element. There is only one God right. It will be quite the funeral with two, but they are OK with it.”

A funeral service will be held on April 28 at 10:00 a.m. at the Springfield Funeral Home. For more details click here.



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