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Premier Clark issues statement regarding wildfire situation in West Kelowna

Premier Christy Clark . . . My thoughts and prayers are with people in the Smith Creek

Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement regarding the wildfire evacuation order issued in West Kelowna:

"My thoughts and prayers are with people in the Smith Creek area who are impacted by today's evacuation order.

"I know that first responders are working hard to first protect people's safety as well as their property.

"Our community is strong and will come together to ensure our friends and neighbours have the support they need in this difficult time.

How cool is your region? You're about to find out ...

How cool is your region? You're about to find out ...

They say confidence is key. So confidence in our region must be paramount to its success.

The Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation is trying to increase just that. The corporation just began a four-month campaign which includes the release of a metric, or fact, in the first week of every month, in the hopes of keeping the public informed and confident in our region.

Make a SPLASH at Millennium Ponds grand opening!

Make a SPLASH at Millennium Ponds grand opening!

Woo hoo! It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for – the Millennium Park Natural Swimming Ponds grand opening celebration is slated for Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a massive SPLASH party to which everyone is invited.

The $1.6-million project has been a couple of years in the making (sped somewhat by $400,000 from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development), but councilor and chair of council’s Public Works committee Dan Rye said it will be well worth the wait.

Breaking ground for the new correctional facility in Oliver

Breaking ground for the new correctional facility in Oliver

With the help of an excavator, representatives from the Province, Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB), local community and construction partners donned hard hats and officially broke ground today to celebrate the construction of the Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC).

Local policing gets financial boost

Local policing gets financial boost

Grand Forks, Greenwood, Midway and the Kootenay-Boundary Regional District are receiving over $800,000 from the Strategic Community Investment Fund to invest in local policing and community safety, services and projects, MLA Linda Larson has announced. 

Some BC roads will have 120 km/h limits

Some BC roads will have 120 km/h limits

As a result of the provincewide Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review, changes that will help improve safety and mobility are coming to B.C.’s rural highways.

This review was undertaken to assess four key aspects of road safety on rural highways, including the setting of appropriate speed limits, requirements for winter tires, keep right except to pass, and wildlife collisions.

Speed Limits: 

M.V. Columbia begins service on Upper Arrow Lake

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The M.V. Columbia, B.C.’s newest inland ferry, is now in service, replacing two 40-year-old vessels on the route between Shelter Bay and Galena Bay on Upper Arrow Lake.  

The M.V. Columbia can transport 80 vehicles and 250 passengers. The vessel has wider lanes and improved ramp transitions for faster loading and unloading. The sailing time is about 20 minutes.

Trail issues release saying boundary extension one step closer

Trail issues release saying boundary extension one step closer

The City of Trail is one step closer to extending its boundaries into Columbia Gardens (Electoral Area A). As of Wednesday, July 2, the city has officially received support from the property owners in the proposed extended region.  As directed by the province, a letter was sent to all residents who would be impacted by the extension. The city received only one response from a property owner indicating they preferred the status quo; therefore there would appear to be very strong support from the impacted property owners to proceed.   

B.C.'s new airtankers deployed to Northwest Territories

B.C.'s new airtankers deployed to Northwest Territories

Five of British Columbia’s newest firefighting aircraft were deployed to the Northwest Territories on Sunday morning to assist with wildfire suppression in the Hay River area.

The airtanker group consists of a Cessna Grand Caravan bird dog aircraft and four Air Tractor AT-802F “Fire Boss” amphibious airtankers. Given the current and forecasted provincial fire situation, sufficient personnel and resources remain in British Columbia to respond appropriately to any wildfire activity.

Can You Imagine? Toppling the Fossil Fuel Empire

Can You Imagine? Toppling the Fossil Fuel Empire

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”--Albert Einstein

As the world struggles with how to deal with the slow motion apocalypse of global climate change it becomes more and more apparent that we are trapped in “the kind of thinking” that got us here. While I don’t want to wear out Einstein’s quotability his other little piece of wisdom that we need to keep top of mind is this:

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