Dec 11, 2013 / 1:45 pm
At least two people have been sent to hospital following a crash in Lake Country late Wednesday morning.
According to witnesses a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Lake Hill Drive.
The driver then lost control of the vehicle which eventually rolled onto its side at the side of the road.
Two people were in the vehicle at the time.
The pedestrian, who apparently lost consciousness for a brief time, was found lying near the vehicle.
The pedestrian and at least one occupant of the vehicle were taken by ambulance to KGH with unknown injuries.
Dec 10, 2013 / 4:47 pm
RCMP officers from across BC took part in a 'Counter Attack' impaired driving blitz over the weekend, and say they were disappointed by the results.
Despite the publicity of the event and the multiple warnings sent out to media on the dangers of impaired driving, too many drivers still chose to get behind the wheel after consuming drugs or alcoholic beverages.
Over 2,000 vehicles were checked in the Okanagan:
- In Vernon, 300 vehicles were checked
- 30 90-day Immediate Road Side Prohibitions were issues and one warning
- In the City of Kelowna, 225 vehicles checked
- Three 90-day Immediate Road Side Prohibitions, two warnings and one drug charges
- In Greater Kelowna, 140 vehicles were checked
- One 90-day Immediate Road Side Prohibition and four warnings
- In Penticton, 1200 vehicles were checked
- Two 90-day Immediate Road Side Prohibitions and three warnings
- In Oliver, 150 vehicles were checked
- Two warnings issue (come with a lesser penalty of either 3, 7, or 30 day Immediate Road Side Prohibitions)
- In Osoyoos, one vehicle was checked – nothing found
- In West Kelowna, 50 vehicles were checked – nothing found
- In Lake Country, 51 vehicles were checked – nothing found
Across the province 97 RCMP detachments checked 32,877 vehicles which resulted in:
- 5 Impaired Driving charges
- 104 90-day Immediate Road Side Prohibitions
- 94 warnings that come with a lesser penalty of either 3, 7, or 30 day Immediate Road Side Prohibitions
- 17 Roadside suspensions for Drugs
“Impaired driving accidents are 100 per cent preventable. All people have to do is to plan ahead before consuming alcohol, it’s not hard- if you drink don’t drive,” says Cpl Mc Donald “E” Division Traffic Services.
The RCMP want to remind motorists once again that they will be out in force during the holidays, targeting impaired drivers.
“We want everyone to enjoy the festive season, and to police themselves when it comes to consuming alcohol, but if they can’t the police will be there to do it for them,” adds Mc Donald
Dec 10, 2013 / 1:30 pm
Castanet recently covered two stories of coyote attacks in West Kelowna, one where the pet got away and another where a beloved family dog didn't make it.
After our inbox was flooded with stories it seems this was by no means an isolated issue as several others have come forward with their terrifying coyote tales.
Some of you are claiming the coyote population is out of control and needs to be dealt with by the local government.
They are accusing them (government) of ignoring an apparent problem that will continue to escalate causing more harm to pets and maybe even small children.
Veronica Fabig agrees it is becoming a major issue that needs to be dealt with, but wants to make it clear we cannot blame wild animals for their behaviour.
"They are wild animals adapting to the loss of "home", do we have the right to expect anything different in their behavior? Let's try to remember, they were here first, long before we decided to develop the land," she writes.
"Perhaps this is not an out of control population, merely the same population pushed into residential areas."
(Map zone #4 above) Laurie Gottenbos was the first to tell us her story of a beloved family pet Sophie who was carried off by a coyote and never seen again.
“This thing did not look scared. Even when we were yelling and screaming and trying to get it to drop her, it just sort of sauntered away like nothing,” she says. “About 10 minutes later we heard the kill sound, and you know when you hear that, there’s no going back.”
(Map zone #2) Dave Leece saw this coyote (right) near Traders Cove on Westside Rd. Leece says it was walking around in the middle of the day just after noon and blended in with the grass amazingly. Showing no fear of traffic or being in the daylight.
(Map zone #1) Sukki Bining caught a pack of four coyotes munching on a freshly killed deer (graphic photos below) right outside his basement door on Commonage Road in Carr's Landing in Lake Country.
He said there was a herd of deer on his property the night before and that the coyotes could be heard howling and hunting them through the night. When he woke up early the next morning he looked out his basement window and saw the coyotes enjoying their fresh kill.
He says they were acting starving and even kept eating and staring at him even when he went outside. He knew he had to get the carcass away from the house so he made loud noises and chased the dogs away, which allowed him to drag the carcass away from his house.
Bining says he has a 17-year-old small dog that he worries about but never lets them out of his sight and only allows the dog outside for quick periods of time to take a pee.
"We are pretty worried," says Bining.
(Map zone 6) A pack of Coyotes was also heard howling late in the evening near Shannon Lake in the hilly area above Upper Sundance Dr. a couple of weeks ago, their paw print marks left behind.
(Map zone #5) Another man wrote to Castanet, but wished to remain anonymous, who lives in Westbank and says his neighbours dog was snatched from right beside him while they sat a foot away in a hot tub.
(Map zone #4) Cynthia Jarvis told us her story about her pup Winston who was just able to get away from the coyote's jaws.
“When will the city, Westbank First Nations and the Regional Districts realize this is an out of control coyote population that is becoming increasingly aggressive?” asks Jarvis. “How much of a threat must this become? What will the attack be next time, a small child?”
(Map zone #3) Another anonymous email came from a family on Bartley Road in West Kelowna who shared their story of an afternoon attack.
"Our dog Bleue got attacked by two coyotes, she got bites on her front shoulder, thighs, abdomen and tail. I ran behind them, yelling making lots of noise and and as I reached the top, Bleue came up the other side of the embankment. It was our lucky day, but she was pretty bitten up. West Kelowna needs to deal with these attacks before a small child becomes the next victim."
(Map zone 7) Kandis Pitre shares her story of their Jack Russel being attacked by a coyote this past summer. She says the coyote bit her dog ( right) and then chased her 5-year-old daughter.
"Shortly after my dog got away my daughter was out playing in the yard and she was chased by a coyote. I have never heard a child scream so badly and run as fast as she did. The coyotes are very hungry and aggressive."
She said she called authorities several times and all she was told was to shoot the wild dog.
"It seems as though no one cares that these coyotes are a big problem. It almost got a hold of my child and it still wasn't/isn't enough."
Another reader's dog could not get away.
(Map zone #5) "The coyote problem is out of control, I too lost a dog of 13 years to a coyote beside my house on Ridge Estate Drive. My girl Winny did not survive an I had the horrible experience of carrying her half eaten body into the yard for burial."
Mike Urban shares this sentiment wondering when the local government will step in.
"Why is no one in the animal control doing anything about these wild dogs? A bear who doesn't hurt anyone but gets into someones garbage is hunted down and shot... yet with all the attacks from coyotes injuring and killing members of peoples' families nothing is being done. As a West Kelowna resident that backs onto Boucherie Mountain, it's time for residents to take matters into their own hands."
According to Frank Ritcey of Wildsafe BC, in the entire province, Conservation BC received around 880 calls for service regarding coyotes from April to September of 2013, that is a 25 per cent increase over last year, with 250 calls being reported for pet related incidents.
"It is not that there is that many more coyotes perhaps, it just may be that more people are aware of coyotes. If there is a high profile case more people call conservation, so after this story runs we may see a spike in calls as well because coyotes are on people's mind."
Ritcey says coyotes are opportunistic hunters and will hunt at any time of day, although they prefer to stalk their prey at night or in the early morning or at dusk.
Because coyotes don't hibernate Ritcey suggests pet owners be vigilant at all times of the year. He suggests the following to keep pets safe:
- Take pets in at night
- Keep the yard free of attractants, such as pet food or garbage
- Don't feed wildlife, especially coyotes who've been known to bite humans when they no longer fear them and have been fed by them
"The coyote has adapted and expended their hunting range and are well known for their ability to live in urban settings," says Ritcey.
--With files from Jen Zielinski
Dec 10, 2013 / 11:33 am
Photo: Contributed - RDCO
Photo: Contributed - RDCO
Unlicensed dog owners can expect to pay three times the current fine if their animals are found without a tag in 2014.
The fines will triple starting Jan. 1, from a $100 fine for any dogs found or impounded without a licence, to $300 and is designed to hold those dog owners accountable who choose to violate the bylaw.
“For months now we have been telling owners of unlicensed dogs to be prepared for a substantially higher penalty for choosing not to license their dog,” says communication officer Bruce Smith, who adds the RDCO is adopting a zero tolerance policy.
“Knowing that a higher fine was in the offing, we also gave unlicensed dog owners an opportunity to make their dog legal. During October, we provided more than 3,600 free 2013 dog licenses to previously unlicensed dog owners through the ‘Are You Harbouring a Fugitive’ month long amnesty. That hugely successful program alone saw the number of dogs licensed increase by almost 30 per cent.
Smith says the good news is there is still time to register your dog before the new year and avoid the higher fine. Residents can purchase a permanent dog tag for $20 if the dog has been spayed or neutered, $60 if not, at the RDCO’s office at 1450 KLO Road or the Regional Dog Pound at 890 Weddell Place in Kelowna.
It’s expected the board will be asked to consider a new bylaw to further encourage compliance at an RDCO meeting Jan. 16, at which time an online survey will also be taken for community support.
Dec 9, 2013 / 1:08 pm
The North Westside Fire Rescue department has a new place on the water to call home, with construction of their new waterfront boathouse.
The facility, located on Killiney Beach, houses the departments 8.4-metre Marine Mobile Water Supply and Fireboat and includes the building, dock, and marine lift.
“This facility means our community’s fire boat and Marine Mobile Water Supply will be easily accessible for trained members of our department in the event it’s dispatched for firefighting and protection along the waterfront, as a water supply or for marine rescue,” says North Westside Fire Chief Doug Gardiner.
The boathouse required extensive environmental approvals from the province and was built at a cost of $78,000. Construction was completed earlier this fall and includes a two-year warranty on all materials and labour used to build the structures.
The North Westside Firefighter Society contributed $20,100 to the project.
Read more Central Okanagan articles
City of Kelowna
Kelowna Discussion Forum
Kelowna's Cultural District
Kelowna Road Closures
William R. Bennett Bridge
Central Okanagan Regional District
District of Peachland
District of Lake Country
School District 23
Okanagan Regional Library
- Cram the cruiser event a big success Dec 8
- Steady trends in the housing market Dec 5
- Rail trail falls on friendly ears Dec 4
- Crash! 19 accidents in a few hours Dec 3
- Okanagan icy roads - viewer videos Dec 3