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The Highway 33 is closed in both directions, south of the Big White Road breakthrough, on Thursday evening after a semicircle that rode across the street along the road.

The accident occurred only after 8 hours. about five miles south of Big White Road.

In the initial reports, it was suggested that one person was injured in an accident, but it is not clear to what extent.

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

DriveBC does not have a scheduled time when the highway will reopen, and the rating is currently underway.


Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is looking for the top 40 among the 40.

BDO Canada LLP is a promotional promotional campaign 2019, which is already in the fifth year and will seek high achievements.

The final list will be determined by an independent evaluation panel.

"We truly believe that this is a wonderful program that allows us to take a moment to take a moment and take a step back and celebrate those special individuals in our business community driving our economy and promoting positive change," BDO's Managing Partner Mike Gilmore he said in a press release.

For more on this story or for someone's nomination, visit Okanagan Edge.

It may not be ancient history, but this week the UBC Okanagan revived the past when a 25-year time capsule was opened.

The capsule contained dozens of items sent by staff to the former Okanagan University College 25 years ago.

On Wednesday, Okanagan College chairman Jim Hamilton and deputy chairman of UBC Okanagan Deborah Buszard observed that the closed lid was removed from the time capsule.

In 1993, he opened the northern campus OUC (now UBCO).

During the opening ceremony, the capsule was sealed and placed in a library in the campus, where it was sitting smoothly. The only instructions were not open until 2018.

Together with news, ball caps, t-shirts and a penny collection from 1993 back to 1963 (the year OUC began as BC Vocational School), the time capsule also included a number of collective recruiting videocassettes and brochures, Kelowna bus program, calendar, key chains , mugs and two wrapped gifts.

One is present for the presidential table 2018, the second for whom will be the chairman of the board in 2043 – when a new time capsule will be opened.

Hamilton smiled at the changes in technology, waving with VHS cassettes and CDs as they were revealed.

He noted that he has a unique historical college education in Okanagan and a collaboration between the college and UBCO.

"This is a relationship that is deeply appreciated, based on the exchange of knowledge, ideas and expertise," he said. "When I think about the growing number of students and graduates of both institutions and what they will achieve in the coming decades, the total potential of their achievements is too huge to even take into account."


Regardless of whether you call it tax, or a more aesthetically pleasing contribution – the average taxpayer Kelowne will pay around $ 40 this year to help the site bridge the infrastructure shortfall.

Despite objections from Coun. Brad Sieben, that the extra hit was too fast and too fast, the council unanimously agreed to include a 1.95% tax in the city's temporary budget in 2019.

With two other minor changes, this means a total tax increase of 4.43 percent in 2019 or 88 euros for the owner of an average home, estimated at $ 682,260.

"For the fifth time since the budgetary procedure … I personally have a threshold and a tolerance for the general tax rate, because I think that our public, too," said Sieben, who agreed with the new tax, but at a lower level.

"In general, I hoped that the overall tax rate would be around four percent. I wanted to use a 1.5 percent charge for infrastructure at the table, which would mean a 45 percent reduction, which would make us 4 percent."

Sieben said that even with a 1.95% rate in ten years, this would only add about $ 44 million to infrastructure coffers, which is only a small percentage of nearly $ 500 million that the city will need over this range.

The Council has undertaken a full page document with 500 pages before it began to tax on infrastructure. Only one product was added – a program for modeling drainage channels, advocated by Coun. Gail Given, at a price of $ 10,000. The position of the RCMP, marked as an element of priority point 2, was also added at a cost of $ 34,000.

The tax increase was 2.48% for urban services, below the rate of 2.99% below 2018.

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

"We have other things that we need to take care of the road … we have Parkinson Rec Center, maybe theater (Community). There are some big budget lines in the pipe.

"It will not be easier to make a firm decision next year or a year later."

Mayor Colin Basran said that there will always be voices in the public that will not like what the world has done, but says the budget reflects the financial reality of the city.

"One-third of this deficit of $ 463 million (infrastructure) is just to maintain the services we have now.

"This is a real problem, and this world has rightly said that we will not be discouraged. We want to find ways to resolve this issue, so this charge is today one."

Basran added that the city will look at other ways to bridge this gap, which is the new year.

Give money or give turkeys – and help the food bank of Okanagan Central Community.

Students at the Willowstone Academy Kelowna Academy will receive grants on Friday morning to help fill Christmas food

The money will get more turkeys, with the goal of 200 gobblers to help the Christmas dinner on the table for less fortunate.

Children will collect funds from 7:00 to 10:00 in school at Lakeshore Road.

"The focus on the strict academic learning that is going on in our school is the inner work our students are doing to discover who they are as individuals and who are in community with others," says Willowstone community developer Heather Sandager.

"Hosting an event, such as our first annual Turkish train in collaboration with the central Okanagan food for food, offers our students an award-winning and practical experience of returning the community in a way that produces a positive effect."

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

UPDATE: 4:45 pm

The lawyer who has filed a lawsuit against a family worker in Kelowna says he will meet with the province to determine his next steps after the Ministry of Child and Family Development has taken responsibility for the alleged theft of a social worker out of an endangered indigenous youth.

"In my opinion, the next step is that my office and potential associates cooperate with the province in order to negotiate a proper procedure for assessing the damage done to each of the children and to the children in accordance with the damage caused," said Jason Gratl.

In its response to the civil claim, the Government asserts that Saunders' employment was completed in the May of May.

"The Province acknowledges that Mr Saunders is negligent … he has committed misconduct in public places, fraud, and has violated the duties of fiduciary duties (children) and still admits that (children) suffered harm as a result," the document says.

The ministry says that it has taken steps to review financial supervision and to ensure that the funds are not abused and offer support and services, including counseling for children and adolescents who have been subjected to accusations.

The government says it will respond "in a timely manner" to divide the related lawsuits filed at the Kelowna Court, and that its response on Thursday was merely a concrete application by the public trustee and guardian.

The claims claim that Saunders "was dealing with the same and similar illegal and unreasonable activities in relation to the ten children in his care, most of whom are children from the Aborigines."

Gratl claims that as much as $ 40,000 was taken from children aged 15 to 19, and that fraud lasted for at least four years.

Statements of assertion argue that Saunders moved children in early 2016 to be eligible for financial benefits from the ministry and opened up joint bank accounts for each youth.

They claim that Saunders knew of the vulnerability of young people and was aware that he had exercised parental control over them.

Complaints state that Saunders exercised full control over all aspects of the life of the plaintiffs, including their lives, access to family members, their cultural heritage, services and financial assistance.

Internal savings helped Saunders because the children signed the forms to open up joint accounts but did not tell them that the Saunders accounts had been claimed by the lawsuit.

– with files from Canadian Press

ORIGINAL: 12:30 s.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development recognizes "responsibility" for the actions of Kelowna social worker, accused of theft of money for vulnerable young people in his care.

On Thursday, the ministry filed a response in a court register in Vancouver in a lawsuit filed by a public trustee and guardian involving Kelowna's former social worker Robert Riley Saunders.

In its response, the Ministry also agrees that general compensation and judicial interest for the plaintiff are appropriate in one of several lawsuits involving several young people.

"The Province acknowledges that Mr Saunders is negligent, defamatory and has turned the plaintiff's money into a wrong function in public office, fraud and violated fiduciary duties against the claimant, and further admits that the applicant suffered damage as a consequence," the document says.

Furthermore, Saunders admitted that he had been shifted to funds in March, and measures were taken to ensure the immediate safety of children and youth in his case. A forensic judgment began, which was reported to the police.

The MCFD will start a separate review of its contract and payment procedures.

"Since the accusations were first established, the ministry offered support and services, including counseling, children and adolescents affected by social workers," the ministry said.

"The MCFD will cooperate with a plaintiff's lawyer to deal with these matters in such a way as not to cause further injury to affected individuals".

Thursday's reactions apply only to a specific lawsuit filed by public administrators and custodians.

The ministry says it will respond in a timely manner to all other legal acts.

UPDATE: 3:45 pm

After the daily debate, Kelowna City Council agreed to the previous budget 2019.

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

The increase will include a 1.95 percent infrastructure tax, despite the call from Coun. Brad Sieben to reduce it to 1.50 percent.

The new tax will add $ 2.6 million to the city's treasuries in 2019 and $ 5.6 million in 2020 and beyond, as the city is looking for ways to collect nearly half a billion dollars to finance infrastructure projects over the next 10 years.

The final budget will be approved in the spring.

UPDATE: 2:55 pm

The City Council completed its review of the 2019 budget and landed an increase of taxes by 4.43 percent with the addition of one additional RCMP point.

Before finalizing the previous issue, the world will now look at more points.

If all the elements for review are added, the total increase would be 4.58%.

UPDATE: 2:25 pm

The city council will have a full debate on the planned infrastructure tax rate of 1.95 percent.

The tax, which would increase approximately $ 2.6 million in 2019 and twice as much in the coming years, was designed to help bridge the infrastructure deficit of nearly $ 5 billion in the next 10 years.

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

Coun. Brad Sieben suggested that the new tax be lower, and suggested a later conversation.

Coun. Luke Stack, who agrees with the current level of tax, says that if several items of Priority Point 2 are added later in the day, then he proposes a reduction in infrastructure tax, so that the proposed overall increase, where it will start, will be 4.4 percent.

UPDATE: 1:40 s.m.

Office error added just under $ 35,000 to the Kelowna budget for 2019.

The RCMP's request for an administrative position was unintentionally included as a priority point instead of Priority 1.

Supt. Brent Mundle said that the administrative position was filled by a provincial employee of RCMP from West Kelowna.

This person was returned, which required replacement.

The Council confirmed the amendment.

He also added the addition of six new officers. Those police officers who will cost around $ 1.5 million over the next two years will be paid from surplus earned by vacant posts.

UPDATE: 12.05.

The Council closed the debate on the capital budget for 2019 and moved to the operational site.

During the morning part of the budget debate there were no surprises – the proposed 4.4% increase in taxes was not moved.

However, at the end of the debate, several points that are not currently included in the budget will be discussed. If they were included in the budget, they could add $ 194,600.

The world lay down for lunch.

The option of a 1.85% infrastructure charge has not yet reached the table.

UPDATE: 11:20 m.m.

The city council will discuss a possible addition of as much as $ 115,000 for its storm drainage budget in 2019.

Coun. Gail Given referred to two items that are part of the 10-year capital plan set up as Priority 2 projects.

These include the replacement of containment facilities and a breeze project in the lower mission.

The Council agreed to discuss and discuss the items at the end of budgetary consultations.

If it were approved, I would add about 0.10 percent to the budget.

UPDATE: 10:15 hours

The Council has brought some money in order for the city to apply for higher state subsidies in order to improve City Park.

Prior to this, in December the Council approved staff who applied for donations of up to $ 6.5 million for improvements to the park and sea promenade. In order to do so, the site in the 2019 budget had to relinquish its share of the cost of $ 9 million.

For this, he redeployed $ 1.2 million from the Glenmore Recreational Park project.

If the city failed to get a grant, the money would be returned to the Glenmore Park project.

Moving money did not affect the current tax burden.

UPDATE: 10 min.

The Council will examine in detail the request for the acquisition of land for an accessible housing.

During quarterly budgetary discussions, Coun. Brad Sieben wondered if the request for $ 750,000 from the City Reserve Fund was sufficient for 2019.

According to the budget document, the current place in its resident fund for housing opportunities currently does not have sufficient resources to acquire land for affordable housing opportunities.

On Thursday, the Council will discuss the budget request at the end of the day.

UPDATE: 9:30 am

The city council approved the addition of eight additional firefighters. These firefighters will be in the next two years, four in 2019 and four in 2020.

"That was very smart," said Coun. Luke Stack.

"We have committed ourselves to the eighth firefighter, but this is a big hit. In this way, we commit ourselves to eight firefighters, but in two phases, which complement the expansion of the Glenmore fire room.

Costs for taxpayers are $ 231,000 in 2019 and increase to $ 758,000 in 2021.

Item as part of the provisional budget.

UPDATE 9:10 m.m.

New City Director Doug Gilchrist calls the Kelowna budget document for 2019 so "daring and creative".

Gilchrist, who oversaw his first city budget, said that all city departments and senior management accepted discipline.

"I often say that the most important thing we do is that the city manages the money of other people responsibly," Gilchrist said when he discussed the daily debate.

"I firmly believe that fiscal responsibility is a sign of no big city. It is essential that we carefully examine the existing services we provide and ask whether they are needed, whether they are very important or if they are delivered as effectively as possible."

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

Doug Gilchrist will be at the driver's seat, as the city council starts a unified debate on the Kelowna budget for 2019.

The 546-page document will be the first to be monitored by Gilchrist since assuming the post of director Ron Mattiussi in June.

The 2019 budget includes consumption in the total amount of $ 402 million and a tax requirement of $ 141.8 million.

This would allow a general tax increase of 4.4 percent in 2018. It includes an increase of 2.45 percent for general operations and a proposed 1.95 percent infrastructure tax.

These numbers can be changed all day.

Castanet's Wayne Moore City Council Rapporteur will be in the world and will update the numbers when the day runs. Castanet also provides a live video stream of budget debate.

Crash slows traffic at the entrance of Cooper Road to the Orchard Park Shopping Center in Kelowna.

It seems that a compact wagon and at least one other vehicle are involved in the collision.

The front parts are dispersed across the road and the vehicle leaves the refrigerant.

It seems that there are two young, female residents in a wagon that no one seems to be injured.

UPDATE: 11:52 m.m.

Owner of the Kelowne Chrysler Jeep Dodge bought the Greyhound Canada building at Avenue Leckie.

Director General Michael Melenchuk could not disclose any sales information, he said that there are still conditions to be met. Kelowna Chrysler Jeep Dodge is via Enterprise Way from the former property of Greyhound.

Partner HM Commercial Group Jeff Hudson said that his group received four offers for real estate.


Less than two months after it was closed, Kelowna Greyhound's side was sold to an undisclosed buyer for $ 5.25 million.

The property has a building of 9,228 square feet on two hectares and is "completely ready for renovation / thickening," says HM Commercial Group.

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

Greyhound ceased to function in western Canada on October 31st. The last bus was from the Greyhound station in Kelowna at 5.30. on Halloween.

HM Commercial Group is licensed by Macdonald Realty Kelowna.

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