A family of eight in West Kelowna will soon be without a home.
Debbie Hook and her family received a note from their landlord a few months ago to vacate the property as he is moving back into the home on June 1.
Hook says her family is falling through the cracks. Not poor enough to receive government aid, not wealthy enough to afford to live in separate homes or buy property.
And because her adult children moved back in to help share costs, no one wants to rent to the large group.
"We have applied for a mortgage, applied for rent to own, and applied to get land, and we have been turned down," said Hook.
"We unfortunately fall into the area where we make the money, we have maintained the mortgage, but nobody will give us a chance because according to the stress test we don't have at least $100,000 combined family income, or $80,000 down, she added."
The family was interested in renting a six-bedroom house, but was denied because the owner said they were only looking for a couple.
The family was also told they couldn't rent a home because of their children. "We were told young ones are very disruptive. They asked us if we could send our younger ones off with other families. If we complied, then they may have let us rent with the three older ones," Hook said.
"We are just trying to put a roof over our heads. We are not asking for a handout, we are asking for a hand up," she added.
A Surrey man pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges in the United States Tuesday, nine months after a key witness in the trial was shot eight times in West Kelowna in a brazen drive-by bicycle shooting.
Kevin Kerfoot, 53, pleaded guilty in a Seattle court on Tuesday to organizing a plot to smuggle cocaine into Canada in 2005, according to U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes.
Kerfoot had fought extradition from Canada to the U.S. for several years, but the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed his case last December.
Police stopped a car on a Washington State highway in October 2005 after noticing it was driving erratically. A police dog discovered 41 kilograms of cocaine in the vehicle.
Several members of a smuggling ring were arrested, and Kerfoot was identified as the head of the operation.
On Aug. 2, 2016, Reginald Purdom was shot eight times in his chest, leg and hand by a man riding a bicycle, while driving near Highway 97 and Hudson Road. He survived the shooting.
Purdom, who pleaded guilty in 2006 in Washington state to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and ecstasy, was listed as a key witness for the U.S. government in Kerfoot's smuggling case.
Purdom had identified Kerfoot as the head of the smuggling operation to investigators after he was caught bringing 24,000 ecstasy pills across the Canada-U.S. border by boat, to trade for the 41 kg of cocaine.
He served 54 months in jail after pleading guilty in 2006.
The West Kelowna shooting took place two weeks after Kerfoot lost his B.C. Court of Appeal bid to halt his extradition.
Tyrone McGee, 29, faces several charges from the shooting, including attempted murder. A three-day preliminary inquiry for McGee is scheduled to begin on June 19 in Kelowna court.
Kerfoot, meanwhile, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison for his role in the cocaine smuggling plot.
Other members of the smuggling ring were handed sentences between three and six and a half years. All have been released since serving their sentences.
- With files from The Canadian Press and The Vancouver Sun
The young man killed in a dirt bike accident above Bear Creek last week is being remembered as a man who loved the great outdoors.
The body of Dylan James Gordon Smith, 23, a native of Regina, was discovered last Thursday about seven kilometres into the bush by two other dirt bikers.
Smith is being described as a man who "fell in love with the outdoors at a young age."
"His favourite activities were mountain biking, dirt biking, travelling the world, and sleeping under the stars in his 'Hennessy Hammock.'
"His truck, 'Earl' took him anywhere he wanted to go. This allowed Dylan to spend his time building and fixing trails to ride, and allow other riders to enjoy. His salt of the earth attitude and genuine demeanour was appreciated by anyone that met him."
His obituary says his greatest wish for his grieving family and friends would be to find solace in nature wherever, and whenever you can.
Dylan Smith was found lying face up by himself in a mud bog with a creek running through it. His bike had him pinned to the ground.
The family expressed their appreciation for the assistance of first responders, the West Kelowna RCMP and volunteers and operators of the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, who respectfully and painstakingly recovered Dylan.
A West Kelowna resident is disgusted over the garbage that has been left along Glenrosa Road.
Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel was travelling on what used to be a scenic drive but the mess she saw was worse than anything she’s seen.
“I saw a car seat thrown into the ditch to my left, and a roof rack to my right, along with trees deliberately cut down,” she said.
“The vandals left an empty Tim Horton's cup nearby. Further up the road, near the Water Shed, NW of the abandoned Crystal Mountain Resort, I found some wooden fencing torn apart, along with a vandalized hunting shack.”
The garbage was just past the Telemark Cross Country Ski Resort according to Zyderveld-Hagel.
Just a few months ago she found beer cans and an extinguished camp fire with a gas can in it.
Zyderveld-Hagel said she's been eager to explore the backwoods near her home on Upper Glenrosa but the deplorable state the once lovely forest is in is ruining it for her.
She suggested placing a video surveillance camera to try to find who is creating the mess.
But in the meantime, said she will clean up the mess.
“I am willing to clean up the mess with some help of other volunteers,” she said. “If anyone would be willing to help that would be great.”