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Future of rec centre?

Jan 29, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Discussions are underway to determine the future of the more than 40-year-old Parkinson Rec Centre. The future of the rec centre – described as old and tired – came up this month during council budget deliberations, specifically a budget request for funds to replace one of the...

Licensing your cat?

Jan 28, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Cat licensing is an issue that hasn't gained traction in most municipalities. But the Vernon SPCA would like to see the idea given consideration. In a presentation to city council, the SPCA identified cat licensing among several ideas it would like to see examined. The notion has been...

Balancing the provincial books?

Jan 27, 2015 / 4:44 pm

British Columbia's diverse economy is its greatest asset, and Premier Christy Clark said that's what is helping her government to present another balanced budget next month. The premier boasted that B.C. is only one of two provincial governments in Canada expected to balance its books...

Medical marijuana production?

Jan 26, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Kelowna city council rubber stamped a request from staff to alter its medical marijuana production facility bylaw. The change centres around analytical testing of medicinal pot. If the bylaw makes its way through the public hearing phase and receives final reading, analytical testing of...

Poll: Are we the 'Next Big Thing'?

Jan 25, 2015 / 10:19 am

Residents of Kelowna consider their city to be a gem and slowly the rest of the world is discovering this jewel in the heart of the Okanagan. A writer for The Aspen Times, just named Kelowna as ‘The Next Big Thing’ in travel. Amiee White Bealzey calls Kelowna the Boulder,...

Snow covered fire hydrants?

Jan 23, 2015 / 4:50 pm

As the snow slowly disappears, Kelowna residents are reminded they are responsible for digging out buried fire hydrants. Snowbanks persist in many parts of the Okanagan since the record-breaking Jan. 4 snow storm that crippled municipalities up and down the valley. At least one Kelowna...

Charged for making threats?

Jan 22, 2015 / 4:54 pm

Following a bomb threat this week at Shuswap Middle School and another in December, RCMP and school district staff held an assembly Wednesday for students, parents and community members to talk about the impact of the incident. Students were told that not only do such threats create fear and...
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Poll: What should replace Target

Jan 21, 2015 / 5:00 pm

While nothing has been confirmed for soon to be empty Target locations in Kelowna and Vernon, rumours are starting coast to coast. Goodlife Fitness released a statement it is interested in Target locations across Canada, but did not commit to specific locations. And social media is buzzing...

Solitary confinement wrong?

Jan 20, 2015 / 2:31 pm

There were times when Lee Chapelle considered running headfirst into his cell wall to knock himself unconscious, just to escape his own thoughts. The former inmate spoke solemnly about the two years he spent on and off in solitary confinement over the course of his 20-year aggregate sentence,...

Poll: Budget balancing act

Jan 19, 2015 / 9:24 pm

The sky isn’t falling. Minister of National Revenue Kerry-Lynne Findlay met with Kelowna business leaders Monday as part of a pre-budget consultation tour. Findlay and Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan discussed federal government initiatives to cut red tape for small business and...

Poll: family violence out of hand?

Jan 16, 2015 / 4:44 pm

Statistics Canada says police were made aware of 446 victims of family violence in Kelowna in 2013, for a rate of 243.3 incidents per 100,000 people. That puts Kelowna at the top of the list for family violence in the province, and the 10th highest city per capita in Canada. Those numbers are...

Poll: tax increase OK?

Jan 15, 2015 / 4:48 pm

Kelowna city council Thursday settled on a 2015 budget it says will maintain services while asking residents to pay a 'modest' tax increase. Council started the day with a proposed increase of 3.47 per cent and, after some trimming and additions, settled on an increase of 3.46 per cent....

Oil prices affect you?

Jan 14, 2015 / 5:00 pm

EDMONTON - The aftershocks of Alberta's collapsing petro-economy will shake up homes and businesses from coast to coast to coast, Premier Jim Prentice said Wednesday. "We're all in this together," Prentice told reporters on a conference call from Toronto. "It has been...

Poll: Mobile home ownership

Jan 13, 2015 / 3:23 pm

A West Kelowna couple say they are being unfairly evicted and face the total loss of the home they purchased and have lived in for eight years. Ed Schneider and Ross Arnot bought a waterfront home in the Jubilee Mobile Home park on Westbank First Nation land in 2007. The sale included a house...

HOV changes?

Jan 8, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Changes are coming to the way motorists in Kelowna use HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes along Harvey Avenue. Beginning Jan. 19, the lanes will be transitioning to time-of-day operations. They will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. All other times,...

Tax increase too much?

Jan 7, 2015 / 4:30 pm

Kelowna taxpayers are being asked to pay an additional 3.47 per cent on their 2015 tax bill. The increase is part of the city's proposed 2015 financial plan released Tuesday. It includes total taxation spending of $112.8M, an increase of $7.3M over 2014. In his budget introduction,...

Snow plowing good enough?

Jan 6, 2015 / 3:23 pm

Residents living in the suburbs will soon have the snow removed from their streets. City of Kelowna snow removal and ice control crews are now clearing priority three roads. While in Vernon, crews have plowed and sanded all main roads and are now moving into residential areas. Local roads...

Did Monday's storm affect you?

Jan 5, 2015 / 4:07 pm

With heavy snow falling over the last 24 hours and more still in the forecast, the City of Kelowna says their snow removal trucks are working non-stop to clear roads, but some will have to wait. City Roadways Operations Supervisor Stephen Bryans says residential communities that are...

Traveling for gas?

Dec 29, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Drivers of Penticton, you may want to go to Kaleden for gas. The Petro Canada station on Highway 97 near the junction with Highway 3 is selling regular fuel for 99 cents per litre. That's a solid five cent decrease from the Super Save on Green Mountain Road and a six cent savings...

Magnotta sentence takes days

Dec 23, 2014 / 4:58 pm

Luka Rocco Magnotta's high-profile trial has ended with the jury finding him guilty of first-degree murder and four other counts in the slaying of Jun Lin. The jurors deliberated for eight days before returning with the guilty verdicts. The other charges were criminally harassing Prime...
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