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West Kelowna Warriors bring back Community Night to support local restaurants and the food bank

Eating out for charity

The West Kelowna Warriors are teaming up with Valley First Credit Union for the 2nd annual Community Night.

Introduced last year, Community Night is a way for residents to show their support for local restaurants while at the same time helping those struggling during these difficult times through the Central Okanagan.

The promotion is scheduled to run May 20 at a dozen participating restaurants from 4 p.m. until closing time.

During that time, with all orders of $30 or more, the Warriors and Valley First Credit Union will donate $10 to the food bank.

“As we continue to see a rise in community members accessing the food bank, a 23% increase since January 2021, we are incredibly grateful for the support of the West Kelowna Community and to the West Kelowna Warriors, Valley First and local restaurants for hosting their second annual fundraiser, ” says Trevor Moss CEO of the Central Okanagan Food Bank.

“It is because of you and events like these we are able to meet the rising need and provide healthy food during this difficult time for many.”

Last year, 678 orders were placed with local restaurants, equating to a donation of $6,780.

“We are thrilled to be delivering another Community Night. It was a massive success last year and helped so many West Kelowna residents during a challenging time," said Warriors president Chris Laurie.

“We are grateful to have Valley First team up with us this year to help with the donations. They have an ongoing Feed the Valley program, so they are a fantastic fit for this initiative. Please do your part and eat-out Thursday night. Let’s give these twelve local restaurants a night to remember!”.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Lakesider Brewing Co
  • WINGS Tap & Grill
  • Original Joe’s
  • C Lovers
  • Bamboo Chopsticks
  • Kelly O’Bryan’s West Kelowna
  • Murray’s Pizza
  • Old Vines Restaurant
  • Kaiso West Kelowna
  • Pizza Moreh
  • Il Mercato Social Kitchen
  • Gasthaus on the Lake


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One hundred $500 grants available to West Kelowna residents for FireSmart work

Get up to $500 for FireSmart

West Kelowna Fire Rescue is calling on City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation residents to take FireSmart action to better protect your families and your homes in the event of a wildfire.

FireSmart homes and neighbourhoods allow firefighters to concentrate on fighting the wildfire, which ultimately saves more homes and lives.

West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation residents can apply for grants of up to $500 per property for the eligible work they do.

The FireSmart program steps are :

Download, print and complete a free, self-directed assessment at westkelownacity.ca/firesmart

Take photos before, conduct the eligible FireSmart work and take photos after

Complete your grant application, including photos and receipts, and submit to West Kelowna Fire Rescue at [email protected] or call 778-797-3200 for assistance

One hundred grants are available this year thanks to funding contributions through the B.C government, compared to 50 in 2020 and 20 in the inaugural 2019 program year.

Grants are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

FireSmart actions include:

  • Installing non-combustible roofing and siding, cleaning eaves and installing gutter guards
  • Keeping needles raked, moving bark mulch from around the house, keeping grass cut to less than 10 centimetres and properly pruning or removing hedges, shrubs and trees away from your house
  • Moving firewood, fuel and propane tanks and other combustible materials 10 to 30 metres from your home


Collision between an SUV and a motorcycle briefly closed Hwy 97 near Glenrosa

Motorcycle in collision

Emergency crews have now cleared the scene of a collision involving a motorcycle on Highway 97 near the Glenrosa exit.

The incident happened just after 12:30 p.m. and involved an SUV and a motorcycle.

Highway 97 southbound just past Hebert Rd. was closed for a half-hour but the scene has now been cleared.



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Service resumes to West Kelowna mail box that doubled as dog poop dumping location

Mail box service resumes

Canada Post has resumed delivery to a community mailbox in West Kelowna after it was paused in response to too much dog poop in the vicinity.

Residents along Broadview Road were greeted with a note slapped across their mailbox this week that announced the suspension of service “as someone continues to leave bags of dog poop on the ground at this location.”

“Delivery will resume once this new trend stops at this location. Please keep your community mailbox site clean and clear of any health and safety hazards,” the note concluded.

Canada Post confirmed Friday afternoon that delivery to the mailbox was suspended “because of a health and safety concern for our delivery agent.”

“We contacted the city maintenance team and they cleaned up the community mailbox site and removed the waste bin today. Unfortunately, this location is close to a path that sees many dog walkers pass by and use the waste bin to throw-out their dog waste, and it doesn’t always make it into the container,” Canada Post continued. “This has been resolved today and regular mail delivery has resumed.”

“We appreciate our customers’ patience while we ensured the health of safety of our employee,” said the Crown corporation.



Kelly Quinn is battling cancer and the Okanagan is rallying to help

Concern for 'Captain Kelly'

The Okanagan is rallying for a man known as "Captain Kelly."

Kelly Quinn is well known for his work with Kelowna Cruises, as a cleaner at Glenrosa Middle School and as a bus driver in Peachland.

Quinn had to leave all of his jobs and friends behind after he was diagnosed with Stage 3 lung and lymphatic cancer.

His abrupt departure sparked surprise and then concern, now the community has sprung into action to help him with his battle with cancer.

A GoFundMe has been started for Quinn with a goal of $10,000.

"Our goal is to supplement his lost income by providing him with monthly payments from your generous donations for the foreseeable future," says the organizer of the fundraiser, Michelle Parsons.

Parsons also says Kelly has been hospitalized twice since his diagnosis in early April and is facing six to eight weeks of radiation, five days a week starting May 17, along with chemotherapy once a week.

Parsons says, "the students who were on Captain Kelly’s bus and the staff he worked with are feeling a huge loss as he made such a positive impact on their lives. Captain Kelly took special care of his riders. He fought for them, rewarded them, and ran a tight ship (pun intended)."

Parsons is hopeful the fundraiser will allow Kelly to focus on his fight by helping to alleviate Kelly and his family’s financial burden.



At least one vehicle involved in crash on Highway 97 South in West Kelowna Friday

Crash sends van into ditch

Emergency crews have nearly cleared the scene of a crash on Highway 97 in West Kelowna late Friday afternoon.

At least one vehicle was involved in the crash that sent an eastbound van off the road, down an embankment and into a ditch.

A light standard was also knocked over from the force of the collision.

Witnesses at the scene indicated there may have been injuries resulting from the crash.

No word on the extent of those injuries, or what caused the crash.

Traffic heading into Kelowna from the Westside was backed up as crews tended to the scene.



Water quality advisory issued for West Kelowna Estates system

Water advisory issued

The City of West Kelowna has issued a water quality advisory for the West Kelowna Estates Service Area due to elevated turbidity at the Okanagan Lake intake.

The increased turbidity due to the spring melt can impact the chlorine disinfection process because bacteria, protozoa, viruses and other microorganisms can attach themselves to suspended particles in the turbid water.

Under a water quality advisory, children, the elderly and those with weakened immunity must use water brought to a rolling boil for one minute or more, or seek an alternative safe source, for brushing teeth, drinking, making baby formula and ice, preparing food and beverages and washing fruits and vegetables.

View a map at westkelownacity.ca/waterquality to confirm if your property is in the service area.

The bulk filling station at Shannon Lake and Asquith Roads provides a safe, alternative source of drinking water from the state of the art Powers Creek Water Filtration Plant that uses multiple methods of treatment, which the City will replicate at the Rose Valley treatment facility when completed in 2022.



Developer suing City of West Kelowna over infrastructure charges

Developer suing city

A developer is taking the City of West Kelowna to court over $750,000 in infrastructure charges the municipality forced upon the builder.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in BC Supreme Court, Ironclad Developments alleged the city did not follow policy when finalizing a latecomer agreement to fund the construction of Gosset Road between Eilliot and Brown roads

Latecomer agreements are used by municipalities to fund infrastructure required to support development. An initial developer pays for the costs of infrastructure improvements up front and subsequent developers who benefit from that work within 15 years must pay for a portion of the work in the form of latecomer fees.

In the case now before the courts, Ironclad Developments is disputing the $749,000 latecomer fee imposed by the city in relation to its four-building, 193-unit apartment project at 3623 Elliott Road.

The lawsuit alleges the fee was originally estimated to be $397,000, but it dramatically increased after cost increases associated with the construction of Gosset Road.

Ironclad claims the city did not give the company the chance to provide feedback on the costs associated with the new road, as outlined in city policy.

“Instead, after months of ignoring Ironclad’s requests to review relevant information and to make submissions, the city simply gave notice to Ironclad that it had delegated the matter to a quantity surveyor,” the lawsuit says.

The city would accept that surveyor’s conclusions and imposed the fee on Ironclad while tying its payment to the occupancy permit for the project’s first building.

On Nov. 20, 2020, the city told Ironclad that the fee amount was final and invited the company to go to court if it wanted to dispute it further. The company paid the fee, under protest, 10 days later.

“Ironclad submits that the process by which the city made the decision — including without input from the only latecomer and in absence of review by an independent third party engineer — was unreasonable,” the lawsuit claims.

The company is seeking an order that the $749,000 latecomer fee be returned and that the city reconsider the charge and explain its decision in writing with documentation.

None of the allegations contained in the lawsuit have been proven and the City of West Kelowna has not filed a response in court.



Scammer tries to ransom West Kelowna family's missing dog

Desperate family targeted

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A West Kelowna family is heartbroken after their 10-year-old Samoyed Nanook went missing on May 2 along Scharf Road and has yet to be found.

Amanda Bos says she has spent days and nights searching for her beloved dog.

The family has posted Nanook's photo across the city and all over social media and says they will offer a cash reward for the person that finds him.

But on Mothers Day, Bos says she received the phone call she had been hoping for.

“We had a phone call from a guy stating he had the dog. So we were super excited and then he mentioned the reward so we were happy to hand that over. He requested an e-transfer so we wanted proof of the dog. When we asked for that he got quite angry at us and said that he would string up our dog or shoot him.”

Bos says she was able to trace the phone number and contacted RCMP.

RCMP pinged the phone number to Calgary. Police then went out to the home.

“The guy has a lot of fraud charges and there was no sign of Nanook there.”

The family once again devastated, along with their other samoyed dog, Kaysha, who Bos says is always looking for Nanook waiting for him to return.

The family is still hopeful a reward will help bring their boy home.

“If someone has him or anything like that, he is 10 years old, he is supposed to be screened for cancer right now we would give $1,000, no questions asked, no names need to be given.”



West Kelowna will investigate the feasibility of a self-promoting electronic sign on Highway 97

City to investigate hwy sign

There are so many billboards and signs along Highway 97 through West Kelowna, what's one more, right?

The answer depends on who asked the question.

That question was asked of West Kelowna council Tuesday by the president of the West Kelowna Warriors hockey team.

In a virtual presentation before council, Chris Laurie suggested the the city erect an electronic sign at Bartley Road and Highway 97 as a way to promote Warrior hockey games, events in general at Royal LePage Place and events community-related or otherwise deemed appropriate by the City of West Kelowna.

"It would be a benefit for the city as well...the city would own it," said Laurie in his presentation.

"Promote Westside Daze, Remembrance Day ceremonies and other events at the arena."

Laurie says it would also be a way to promote the arena itself, since he believes some residents are still unaware of its location.

And, at an estimate cost of between $60,000 and $75,000, Laurie says it's a cost the hockey club would be willing to share.

"I think this is a good idea. It's come up before and there has been a bit of pushback because of the number of billboards on the Highway 97 corridor," said Coun. Doug Findlater.

"I think we have to make the case that this is a city facility. We have editorial control. It need not be all about the Warriors. It's something to help promote events."

"The suggestion is a good one, it makes a lot of sense," said Coun. Rick de Jong.

"Quite frankly, there are so many signs, what's one more, and this one has a huge benefit for the residents and our team."

"I'm not willing to give preliminary approval, but I am willing to consider it," said Coun. Carol Zanon.

"I'm conscious of protests our community has had over the billboards. There are groups in the community who view these billboards as a form of visual pollution."

Zanon added she was not a fan of the illustration provided, saying any billboard would have to be tastefully done.

Council did vote unanimously to direct to meet with key stakeholders including the Warriors regarding design and installation of a highway sign and report back to council.



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