Friday , January 22 2021

Jackknifed semi block hwy – Kelowna News

Highway 33 is closed in both directions just south of the Big White Road exit Thursday evening after a semi-truck jackknifed across the road.

The crash took place just after noon. about five kilometers south of Big White Road.

Initial reports suggested a person was injured in the accident, but it is unclear to what extent.

The air temperature in the area is just below freezing point and the road temperature is approx. -2 ° C.

DriveBC does not have an estimated time when the highway is reopened and an assessment is under way.


Kelowna Chamber of Commerce seeks top 40 over 40.

The BDO Canada LLP is a promotional sponsor for the 2019 promotion, which is in its fifth year and will search for high achievers.

An independent assessment panel determines the final list.

"We really think it's a wonderful program that gives us as a community the chance to take a moment every week and step back and celebrate the special people in our business that drive our city economy and stimulate positive change." BDO office management partner Mike Gilmore said in a press release.

For more on this story or to nominate someone, visit the Okanagan Edge.

It can not be old history, but the past came to life at the UBC Okanagan this week when a 25-year-old time capsule was opened.

The capsule contained dozens of items that were stored 25 years ago by staff at former Okanagan University College.

Wednesday, Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton and UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor Deborah Buszard watched when the sealed lid sealed lid was removed.

In 1993, the Northern Campus opened for OUC (now UBCO).

And under the opening companies, the capsule was sealed and placed in the campus library, where it was undisturbed. The only instructions were not to open it until 2018.

Along with newspapers, ball caps, T-shirts and a penny collection from 1993 back to 1963 (the year OUC began as BC Vocational School), the magazine also contained a number of college recruitment videotapes and brochures, a Kelowna bus schedule, a calendar, keychains, mugs and two wrapped gifts.

A gift is for the 2018 board of directors, and the other is for whom the chairman of the board will be in 2043 – when a new time capsule is opened.

Hamilton laughed at technology changes, VHS tapes wave and a CD as they were revealed.

He noted the unique history of secondary education in Okanagan and the collaboration between college and UBCO.

"It's a relationship we appreciate deeply, one based on sharing knowledge, ideas and expertise," he said. "When I think of the ever-increasing number of students and alumni in both institutions and what they want to achieve in the coming decades, the overall potential for their results is too big to consider."


Whether you call it a tax or the more aesthetically pleasing tax – the average Kelowna taxpayer will pay about $ 40 this year to help the city's bridge with the infrastructure deficit.

Despite objections from Coun. Brad Sieben, that the extra hit is too difficult and too fast that the Council unanimously agreed to include 1.95 per cent. The tax within the city's preliminary budget for 2019.

With two other minor changes, that is, a total increase of 2019 in taxes of 4.43 percent or $ 88 for the owner of an average home rated at $ 682,260.

"Has been through a budget process now for the fifth time … personally I have a threshold and a tolerance for a total tax rate, which I also think our public is doing well," said Sieben, who agreed with the new tax but on a lower level.

"Overall, I was hoping to have a total tax rate of around four percent. What I would have put on the table was a 1.5 per cent infrastructure fee, which would be a .45 per cent reduction that would put us around 4 percent. "

Sieben even said with 1.95%. Rate over 10 years that would only increase 44 million. USD to the infrastructure box, which is only a small percentage of the nearly $ 500 million that the city will need over this span.

The Council passed the 500-plus-page document before tackling the infrastructure charge. Only one subject was added – storm drain modeling software that was pursued by Coun. Gail Given, at a price of $ 10,000. An RCMP position that was not labeled as Priority 2 was also added at a price of $ 34,000.

The balance of the tax increase was 2.48%. For city services, during the 2018 interest rate increase of 2.99 pct.

"If not now when?" asked Coun. Charlie Hodge of the infrastructure part of the budget.

"We have other things we have to worry about down the road … We have Parkinson Rec Center, maybe (Community) theater. We have a number of big budget items coming down the pipe.

"It will not be easier to make a hard decision next year or year after."

Mayor Colin Basran said that there will always be votes in the public who do not like what the Council has done, but he says that the budget reflects the city's economic reality.

"One third of the $ 463 million (Infrastructure) deficit is just to keep the services we have started.

"This is a real problem, and this advice rightly said that it is not one we must turn away from. We will find ways to deal with it, so this charge is today one."

Basran added that the city will look into other ways to bridge the gap, the new year comes.

Give money or give turkey – and help Central Okanagan Community Food Bank.

Students at Kelowna's Willowstone Academy will accept donations Friday morning to help fill Christmas food

Cash donations will buy more turkeys, with a goal of 200 gobblers to help put the Christmas table on the table for the less fortunate.

The kids will be fundraising from 7 to 10 a.m. at the school on Lakeshore Road.

"The core work our students do to discover who they are as an individual and who they are in common with others," says Willowstone community developer Heather Sandager.

"Hosting an event like our first annual Turkey Drive in collaboration with the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank gives our students a rewarding, practical experience of giving back to society in a way that creates a positive impact."

Castanet's evening update to Thursday, December 13, 2018 with Jon Manchester.

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m.

The lawyer who filed a complaint against a Kelowna-based social worker says he will meet with the province to determine their next step forward after the Ministry of Children and Family Development granted responsibility for the social worker's alleged theft from risky indigenous youth.

"In my view, the next step is that my office and potential class members will cooperate with the province to negotiate an appropriate process for assessing the harm done to each of the children and compensate the children for the damage caused" said Jason Gratl.

In its reply to the Civil Law Notice, the Government states that Saunders employment with the province was terminated in May.

"The province admits Mr Saunders was negligent … committed misunderstanding in public office, fraud and breach of custody duties (the children) and also allows the children to suffer a little damage as a result," the document says.

The Ministry says it has taken steps to review financial control and ensure that funds are not misappropriated and it has offered support and services, including counseling for children and young people who were hit since the allegations were made.

The government says it will answer "in due time" to separate but related court proceedings filed in Kelowna Court and that its reply on Thursday was only the specific act filed by the public prosecutor and trustee.

The lawsuit claims that Saunders "deals with the same and similar illegal and unresponsive activities compared to dozens of other children in his care, most of whom are aboriginal children."

Gratl claims that as much as $ 40,000 each was taken from children between the ages of 15 and 19 and that the fraud had taken place for at least four years.

The statements claim that Saunders moved the children in early 2016 to make them eligible for financial benefits from the ministry, and he opened common bank accounts for each youth.

They claim Saunders was aware of the vulnerability of young people and aware that he exercised custody of them over them.

The lawsuits state that Saunders exercised complete control over all aspects of the applicant's life, including where they would live, access to family members, their cultural heritage, services and financial assistance.

Interior savings helped Saunders by getting the children to sign forms that open common accounts, but did not tell them that the accounts were with Saunders, claiming claims.

– with files from The Canadian Press

ORIGINAL: 12:30 p.m.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development adopts "vicarious responsibility" for actions by a Kelowna social worker accused of stealing money from vulnerable youngsters in his care.

The Ministry filed its reply on Thursday in the Vancouver Court Registry for a court action filed by the public prosecutor and trustee involving former Kelowna social worker Robert Riley Saunders.

In its reply, the ministry also agrees that ordinary injuries and judicial interest in the applicant in one of several litigation involving more young people are appropriate.

"The province admits that Mr Saunders was negligent, dismissed and converted the applicant's funds, committed misunderstanding in the public office, fraud and breach of the fiduciary duties owed to the applicant and further admit the applicant as a result," explains the document.

It continues to inform Saunders granted for the conversion of funds in March this year, and steps were taken to ensure the immediate safety of children and young people in their case. A forensic review was initiated and the case was reported to the police.

MCFD launches a separate review of its contracts and payment processes.

"Since the accusations first came to light, the ministry has offered support and services, including counseling, to children and adolescents affected by social worker actions," the ministry said in a press release.

"MCFD will work with the applicant's advice to resolve these matters in a way that does not cause further trauma to the affected persons."

Thursday's response is only valid for the specific action by the public prosecutor and trustee.

The Ministry says they will react to each of the other litigation over time.

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m.

After a day's dream, Kelowna City Council has landed on a provisional 2019 budget.

The Council approved a budget that would include a tax demand of more than 141 million dollars. This means a tax increase of 4.43 percent for the average Kelowna taxpayer.

The increase will contain a 1.95 per cent. Infrastructure tax despite a call from Coun. Brad Sieben to lower it to 1.50 percent.

The new tax will add 2.6 million dollars to the city banks in 2019 and 5.6 million dollars by 2020 and then as the city looks for ways to raise nearly half a billion dollars to fund infrastructure projects over the next 10 years.

The final budget will be approved in the spring.

UPDATE: 2:55 p.m.

The City Council has completed its review of the budget for 2019, and with a further RCMP position, the country has a tax increase of 4.43 percent.

Before the end of a preliminary figure, the Council will now take a different look at a number of things.

If all the articles are evaluated, the overall increase will land at 4.58 percent.

UPDATE: 2:25 p.m.

The city council will discuss a planned 1.95 percent infrastructure charge.

The tax that would increase about $ 2.6 million in 2019 and double it over the following years is designed to help bridge the city's nearly half billion dollar deficit over the next 10 years.

While the Council unanimously supports the additional tax, the debate will focus on whether 1.95 is too high.

Coun. Brad Sieben suggested the new tax be lower and suggested a subsequent conversation.

Coun. Luke Stack, who agrees with the current level of tax, says that if a number of priority 2 items are added later in the day, he will propose to cut the infrastructure charge to keep the proposed total increase, where it started, 4.4 percent.

UPDATE: 1:40 p.m.

A typo error has added slightly less than $ 35,000 to the Kelowna's 2019 budget.

An RCMP request for an administrative position was inadvertently included as a priority 2 item instead of a priority 1.

Supt. Brent Mundle said the administrative position had been filled by a provincial RCMP employee from West Kelowna.

This person was returned, which necessitated a replacement.

The Council approved the amendment.

It also approved the addition of six new officers. The officers, at a price of about $ 1.5 million over the next two years, will be paid by surplus accrued through vacancies.

UPDATE: 12:05 p.m.

The Council has held discussions on the capital budget for 2019 and has moved to the operational side.

There were no surprises during the morning of the budget discussion – the proposed 4.4 percent tax increase has not moved in any way.

However, more articles that are not included in the budget will be discussed at the end of today's debate. If placed in the budget, they can add $ 194,600.

The council has taken a break for lunch.

The prospect of a 1.95 percent infrastructure fee has not yet hit the table.

UPDATE: 11:20 a.m.

The city council will discuss the possible addition of as much as $ 115,000 to its 2019 storm drag capital budget.

Coun. Gail Given was concerned that two items that are part of the 10-year capital plan have been placed as priority 2 projects.

These include replacement of containment devices and a storm drain project in the Lower Mission.

The Council agreed to put the issues aside and discuss them at the end of the budget's consideration.

If approved, it will add approx. 0.10 pct. To the budget.

UPDATE: 10:15 a.m.

The Council has moved some money to allow the city to apply for senior state aid for improvements to City Park.

Earlier in December, the Council had granted staff approval to apply for grants of up to 6.5 million. USD for improvements to the park's promenade and sea water. To do that, the city had to spend its share of the $ 9 million cost in the 2019 budget.

To do that, it reallocated $ 1.2 million from the Glenmore Recreation Park project.

If the city fails to get the grant, the money will return to the Glenmore Park project.

The change of money had no influence on the current tax burden.

UPDATE: 10 a.m.

The Council will look into a purchase request for housing at affordable prices.

During Thursday's budget discussions, Coun. Brad Sieben questioned whether a request for $ 750,000 from the city's reserve fund was enough for 2019.

According to the budget document, the city currently does not have sufficient funds in its housing reserve fund to acquire land for affordable housing opportunities.

The Council is discussing the budget application at the end of the day Thursday.

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m.

City Council has approved the addition of eight four firemen. These firemen will be landed over the next two years, four in 2019 and four by 2020.

"It was very wise," said Coun. Luke Stack.

"We had committed ourselves to the eight firefighters, but it is a big hit. In this way we commit to the eight firemen, but in two phases, completing the extension of the Glenmore Fire Department.

Expenditure to taxpayers is $ 231,000 in 2019 and rises to $ 758,000 in 2021.

Item as part of the preliminary budget.


New city manager Doug Gilchrist calls Kelowna's 2019 budget document both "bold and creative."

Gilchrist, who monitors his first city budget, said it took discipline of all city departments and senior management to get there.

"I often say the most important thing we do when a city is responsible for the money of other people," Gilchrist said in resigning the daily debate.

"I am convinced that fiscal responsibility is characteristic of any big city. It is critical that we look into the existing services we provide and the question of whether they are necessary if they are of high value and if they are delivered as efficiently as possible. "

Gilchrist says the city will continue to review its basic services while looking for ways to save money.

Doug Gilchrist will be in the driver's seat as city council begins a line-by-line debate on the Kelowna's 2019 budget.

The 546-sided document will be the first Gilchrist has watched since the acquisition of the city's manager's post from Ron Mattiussi in June.

The budget for 2019 includes expenses across the board of $ 402 million and a tax commitment of $ 141.8 million.

This would represent a total tax increase of 4.4%. During 2018. It includes an increase of 2.45 per cent. For general operations and a proposed 1.95% Infrastructure charging.

These numbers may change during the day.

Castanet Town Hall reporter Wayne Moore will be in the chambers and will update the numbers as the day goes on. Castanet also delivers a live video stream of budget discussion.

A crash lowers traffic at Cooper Road entrance to the Orchard Park Shopping Center in Kelowna.

A compact drive car and at least one other vehicle seem to be involved in the collision.

The front end is scattered over the road and the vehicle cools coolant.

There seem to be two young female residents on the station wagon, none of which seems sore.

UPDATE: 11:52 a.m.

The owner of Kelowna Chrysler Jeep Dodge has bought the Greyhound Canada building on Leckie Avenue.

General Manager Michael Melenchuk was unable to disclose sales information and said that there are still conditions to be met. Kelowna Chrysler Jeep Dodge is across Enterprise Way from the former Greyhound property.

HM Commercial Group partner Jeff Hudson said his group received four offers for the property.

ORIGINAL: 10:55 a.m.

Less than two months after it's closed, Kelowna's Greyhound website has sold to an unannounced buyer for 5.25 million. USD.

The property has a 9,228 square foot building on two acres and is "perfectly prepared for rebuilding / thickening", according to HM Commercial Group.

The site is located on the corner of Enterprise Way and Leckie Road, located in the heart of Kelowna's shopping area. It is surrounded by shops like Walmart, Home Depot, Mark's Work Warehouse, Michael's Home Outfitters, Canadian Tire, Safeway, Superstore, and is just one block from Orchard Park Mall.

Greyhound ceased operating in Western Canada on October 31st. The last bus pulled out of Kelownas Greyhound station at. 5:30 at halloween

HM Commercial Group is licensed by Macdonald Realty Kelowna.

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