Topic: cbc kelowna

15-year-old softball star has her sights set on Division 1 U.S. college ball

This summer, 15-year-old Renay Willier will compete to win national softball championships in two countries, facing off against players up to four years older than herself.

Police rescue woman robbed at gunpoint and kidnapped in Kamloops

The captive woman was found in a vehicle with firearms near Falkland, B.C., after being robbed in downtown Kamloops and held against her will as her captors travelled to Kelowna.

'I feel like I've just lost my family': Oliver pub closes as owner seeks health treatment abroad

The owner of a neighbourhood pub in Oliver has closed down her business in order to seek treatment in China for chronic pain she's experienced since a traffic accident in 2017.

South Okanagan residents call for referendum on proposed national park

A new public poll shows 76 per cent of residents surveyed in the South Okanagan-Similkameen support a local referendum to determine if a Parks Canada plan for a national park in the region should be green lit.

Man shot in the back gets disturbing Christmas card from imprisoned shooter

Oliver resident Wayne Belleville was shocked and upset to receive a card from a dangerous offender in a maximum security prison who shot him in the back in 2015.

B.C. judge who refused recusal after crying during victim statement hands down sentence

A British Columbia provincial court judge who teared up over a victim impact statement in a sex crimes trial has sentenced the perpetrator to 14 months in jail.

Some of Kelowna's homeless to get housing as winter shelter closes for good

B.C. Housing has secured an extension for the Inn from the Cold shelter in Kelowna. B.C., so that people sleeping there have a place to stay until a supportive housing building is ready to accept residents.

Few answers about what happened to Kelowna mother and daughters 1 year after alleged domestic homicide

One year after the death of Kelowna, B.C., mother Clara Forman and her daughters Karina, 7, and Yesenia, 8, neighbours and friends are searching for answers to what could have happened that led to their deaths in a quiet duplex near the end of a cul-de-sac.

Former Kamloops deputy sheriff caught in Creep Hunters sting handed 1 year conditional sentence

A former Kamloops deputy sheriff has been handed a one year conditional sentence stemming from an investigation that was launched after a vigilante group lured him into a sexualized online relationship with a person representing themself as a 14-year-old girl.

Conservation officer on mend after shooting and killing grizzly that attacked him

Matthew Corbett has been off work since a mission to kill an aggressive bear north of Cranbrook, B.C., turned into a fight for his life.

Suspension of TRU professor could violate academic freedom, faculty association says

A Canadian university faculty association is investigating the suspension of a B.C. professor as a possible violation of academic freedom.

Kelowna doctor calls for greater access to less invasive breast cancer treatment

The B.C. Cancer Agency calls Dr. Juanita Crook a leading expert in the field of brachytherapy, a relatively new way of treating cancer in which doctors implant tiny seeds of radioactive material into breast tissue at the site of the cancer.

Better than canned goods? Union donates house to Cranbrook food bank

The food bank had been using the converted house as a distribution centre, renting it from the British Columbia Government and Service Employees Union. But recently, the union gifted the entire house, worth about $112,000, to the non-profit.

'It's inhumane': B.C. Parkinson's patients frustrated with long waits for life-changing surgery

Some B.C. Parkinson's disease patients are speaking out about the lengthy wait time for a surgical procedure that can drastically reduce symptoms associated with the neurological condition, such as tremors, rigidity and slow movement.

Election brings new school trustees for North Okanagan-Shuswap after last board fired by province

After two-and-a-half years, the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District has a board of elected trustees. The previous board was dismissed en masse by the province in 2016 over what it termed financial troubles and a loss of public confidence.

Issues of housing affordability, homelessness and a botched park development dominate Penticton election

The lack of affordable housing, homelessness and outgoing city council's handling of a plan to develop part of a popular lake park are issues top of mind for voters in Penticton as they prepare to head to the polls on Oct. 20.

Kelowna mayoral candidates outline their visions for the city in all-candidate forum

Kelowna's four mayoral candidates squared off on topics of homelessness, transportation and leadership in an election debate Monday afternoon.

We ask 3 notable Canadians about their most memorable meals

Once-imprisoned journalist Mohamed Fahmy tells us about the first thing he ate as a free man as part of our series, Memorable Meals.

Dig this: you can vote online for B.C.'s official fossil

The race features a mixture of ancient creatures including a type of crab, an ancient forerunner to the salmon and a large, dinosaur-like sea reptile called the elasmosaur.

Wildfire, flood evacuees in B.C. offered break on energy bills

FortisBC announced Thursday that anyone who was forced from their homes due to the disasters that gripped the province for months will not be charged for energy used while they were not at their homes.

Old Fort residents make do after northeast B.C. community cut off by landslide

The community of about 30 homes in northeastern B.C. had its only road in or out of town cut off Sunday when a landslide began to slowly tear the pavement apart.

Man pleads guilty to 7 arsons that terrorized Vernon

William Munton, 56, has pleaded guilty to seven counts of arson in a Vernon courtroom Monday on what was supposed to be the first day of his three-week trial.

Talkin' turkey: Kootenay town calls for crackdown on feeding troublesome birds

Local politicians in the Kootenay town of Edgewater are frustrated by people feeding wild turkeys and hope the province will put a stop to the behaviour.

Penticton man pleads guilty to panhandling in case that cost city more than $25,000 in legal fees

The City of Penticton and a local panhandler have reached a plea deal over eight outstanding bylaw tickets to avoid a trial in provincial court.

'Finally, It's 2018 and not 1900': Haida Gwaii village gets cell phone service

Mayor says safety will be improved with the service which is important due to a number of earthquakes and tsunami warnings in recent years.

Vernon, B.C., abandons shopping cart ban as way to discourage homelessness

City council voted to quash a proposed shopping cart ban after receiving criticism from homeless advocates suggesting such a ban would violate Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Kelowna beach walkers want a shoreline free of private docks and fences that block public access

About 100 people took to the shoreline of Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, B.C., for beach walk to protest private docks and fencing that block public access to the foreshore.

B.C. judge refuses to recuse herself for crying in court

A B.C. provincial court judge has ruled not to recuse herself from presiding over a sexual interference case after a defence lawyer accused her of not being able to deliver a fair sentence because she cried during a victim impact statement.

Lower Mainland man arrested in homicide of woman at West Kelowna hotel

The RCMP are investigating the homicide of a Lower Mainland woman at at the Best Western Hotel in West Kelowna.

City of Kelowna one step closer to regulating Airbnb-style rentals

The City of Kelowna is looking to Vancouver and Victoria as it drafts regulations around short term rentals.

City of Kelowna may keep its rare indoor surfing machine after all

City of Kelowna staff is recommending council go ahead with upgrades to its FlowRider machine which is needed to keep the indoor wave surfing machine in operation.

Clean-up planned for 'filthy' campsite left by notorious mail thieves near Peachland

A group of Peachland volunteers are cleaning up trash and refuse left behind at a campsite where a couple was living in a stolen RV.

Official urges caution after 2 cyclists hit by cars during Bike to Work Week in Kelowna

Kelowna's active transportation co-ordinator says cyclists and drivers need to be better.

Kelowna council votes to top up salaries after feds scrap tax break

The bump is a reaction to the 2018 federal budget ditching the current tax-free expense allowance for elected officials which amounts to about a third of their income being tax free.

Lack of Indigenous voices at Columbia River Treaty talks 'total slap in the face'

Indigenous people were not involved in the original treaty and some hoped the renegotiation would be different.

B.C. researchers say hearing loss contributes to seniors' isolation, loneliness

“You can just imagine not being able to catch the punchline on a joke or not hearing everything said and responding inappropriately," researcher says.

Could forest fire control be hurting B.C. deer? Study aims to find out

Researchers are going into areas hit hard by wildfire in recent years to see how the landscape affects the population and movement of mule deer.

'They just didn't want to come': Tourism down over May long weekend in South Okanagan

Tourists stayed away from the South Okanagan this May long weekend over concerns about flooding in the region.

Seniors face eviction from Penticton, B.C. mobile home park

Dozens of residents of the Delta Mobile Home Park in Penticton, B.C., have been ordered to leave the properties by before October 1.

New Kelowna, B.C. clinic aims to provide faster mental health, addiction treatments

Greg Cutforth, who works in primary and community care for the health authority, says the clinic aims to fill a gap between the level of care provided by family doctors and the level provided by specialized mental mental health and addictions treatment — and fill it quickly.

B.C. hot spell brings potential river spills

A spell of warm weather in B.C.'s southern Interior this week could lead to flooding across parts of the region as snow-melt flows into river basins, according to B.C.'s River Forecast Centre.

Hospitality operators in Osoyoos, B.C., propose trucking in mobile work camp for summer staff

A group of hospitality businesses in Osoyoos, B.C., wants to bring an oil field work camp to the South Okanagan because of a lack of housing for seasonal workers.

Washout closes Highway 33 east of Kelowna

Highway 33 east of Kelowna, B.C. is closed in both directions because of a washout this morning.

They called this Grade 9 girl 'disgusting' and 'ugly.' She fought back

When she was the target of hurtful graffiti, Kailey Kukkola wanted to stand up for herself. She had the graffiti printed on a T-shirt and wore it to school to show words couldn't hurt her.

Vernon business owners air frustrations over growing homeless problem

Vernon business owners shared stories of dealing with people living on the streets in the North Okanagan city's downtown at a public town hall Thursday night.

Frustrations mount over derelict Penticton, B.C. house

Frustrations are mounting over a rental property in Pentiction, B.C. that's been described as everything from derelict to "a crack house."

Revelstoke, B.C., scrambles to create staff housing amid low-vacancy crunch

The city of Revelstoke is working to create housing for businesses that can't find workers due to the city's low-vacancy rate.

90-year-old Kelowna woman attends more than 4,400 aquafit classes

Beatrice Ingram has been attending three aquafit classes a week for 37 years and has been asked to teach the classes.

Kelowna temporary homeless shelter to stay open until 2019

A Kelowna homeless shelter set up in a former A&B Sound building will remain open until at least March 31, 2019, the province announced Thursday.

Alleged voyeur peers up woman's skirt in Kelowna bookstore

Police in Kelowna are releasing surveillance photos after an unknown man allegedly looked up a woman's skirt in a Chapters bookstore.

Kelowna musician writes song protesting new busking bylaws

A Kelowna musician has written a protest song condemning new restrictions imposed on downtown buskers. City council recently approved changes to its busking and panhandling bylaws.

12-metre tree root pulled from B.C. storm drain

When a storm drain backed up in Osoyoos, B.C., over the weekend, a 12-metre tree root was the last thing crews expected to find.

Police investigate after body found in vehicle in Kelowna's Myra Canyon area

RCMP are investigating what they call the sudden death of a 54-year-old man whose body was found in a vehicle in rural Kelowna.

Deadly fall claims construction worker on the job in Penticton, B.C.

RCMP say a 59-year-old man is dead after he fell from a structure on a residential construction site in Penticton, B.C.

Local flooding prompts state of emergency in Armstrong, B.C.

A North Okanagan community has issued a state of local emergency after a night of heavy rain and flooding.

Bear-sprayed Good Samaritan incident in North Okanagan reveals mobile drug lab

RCMP say a yellow cube van that was found in a ditch along Highway 6 near Lumby, B.C., this week contained a mobile drug lab. The suspect allegedly bear-sprayed a Good Samaritan and stole his truck to get away.

Kelowna woman blames developer for 'swimming pool of water' in her house

A Kelowna, B.C., woman blames a developer who cut down 'hundreds of trees' for leaving her property at risk of spring runoff and flooding.

Kelowna dumps plan for 1,000 housing units near landfill

The City of Kelowna has voted against a large-scale housing development planned near the city's landfill saying future residents may have health and noise concerns.

'Thanks, but no thanks': Kelowna to fight speculation tax

Kelowna city council voted Tuesday to draft a letter to the B.C. government officially announcing its opposition to the proposed speculation tax.

South Okanagan village wants to ban camping at party spot

If the Village of Keremeos gets its way, partiers could soon face new bylaws and fines at an unofficial camping location near the Similkameen River.

Good Samaritan attacked with bear spray and robbed near Lumby, B.C.

RCMP say a 35-year-old man was bear sprayed and had his truck stolen when he pulled over to help someone on the side of the road on Highway 6.

Stolen truck creates hit-and-run carnage in Okanagan

RCMP are asking for witnesses to come forward after a stolen white Ford F-150 pickup truck was involved in a series of hit-and-run collisions in Kelowna, B.C.

Police say foul play is possible in Vernon, B.C., death

RCMP remain on the scene at a Vernon, B.C., home where a 37-year-old woman was found unresponsive on Thursday.

Weed 101: New B.C. college program teaches retail side of pot

The College of the Rockies is about to launch a new online course with a practicum component dedicated to the retail side of cannabis sales.

Speculation tax causing 'confusion and fear' in East Kootenay

Some B.C. Interior communities say they are feeling the effects of B.C.'s speculation tax, even though they are not included in the proposed housing control measure.

2017 B.C. flood response 'appropriate,' says independent review

An independent review of the province's response to unprecedented 2017 flooding in the Thompson Okanagan has concluded the ministry acted 'professionally and appropriately.'

1 dead in Kelowna house fire

One person was killed in an early morning house fire in Kelowna, B.C.

MP worries about fate of small-time pot growers

NDP MP Wayne Stetski worries that small-scale pot growers in the B.C. Interior will by crushed by large corporations once marijuana is legalized this summer.

Man killed after rock slide hits Okanagan home

An 81-year-old man is dead after a rock slide slammed into his home in Okanagan Falls, B.C.

Man charged in teen's death pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder

The man charged in connection to the 2011 killing of teenager Taylor Van Diest in Armstrong, B.C., has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Closure of school used for special programs in Creston, B.C. draws protests

A Creston Valley school now used for community programs like early childhood education, speech therapy, pregnancy outreach and distance learning is to be shut down, the school district says.

B.C. flood fears grow amid rising temperatures and above average snowpack

Forecasters are urging people be on alert for flooding in the coming days and weeks due to rising temperatures and an above average snowpack in much of B.C.

Three suspicious fires in two days in North Okanagan

RCMP in the North Okanagan are concerned about a string of fires set at garages in Armstrong, B.C., this week.

Kelowna RCMP use therapy dogs to battle stress

Kelowna RCMP officers are battling workplace stress with the help of some trained four-legged friends and UBC Okanagan.

Province reduces number of school trustees in North Okanagan-Shuswap

The B.C. government has reduced the number of school trustees in the North Okanagan-Shuswap after the previous board of nine was fired in 2016.

UBC acquires rare 1st edition of Harry Potter for roughly $47K Cdn

Staff at the UBC Library waved a magic wand and paid a few golden Galleons to obtain a very rare first U.K. edition of the original Harry Potter book.

Kelowna woman grateful for naloxone after 'harrowing moment' saving stranger's life

A Kelowna woman is urging more people to consider carrying naloxone after she came across a teenage girl overdosing in a downtown parkade.

Canadian Screen Awards 2018: CBC B.C. wins best anchor, local newscast, local reporting

CBC British Columbia had a solid showing at 2018 Canadian Screen Awards on Tuesday evening.

Burning pile of clothes sparks house fire in West Kelowna

A woman has been taken into custody after she allegedly set fire to a pile of clothes and other property outside an Okanagan home.

'A colder and wetter winter' nears its end in B.C.'s southern Interior

Warmer weather is finally on the way for much of B.C.'s southern Interior following a 'colder and wetter' winter than normal.

Kelowna mayor says B.C.'s speculation tax could have 'dire unintended consequences'

Colin Basran says the tax is actually an empty homes tax that could drive away investment in his community.

Federal employees in B.C. rally against Phoenix pay system

Federal government employees in B.C. took to the streets Wednesday to protest the troubled Phoenix pay system.

An unlikely Portuguese Olympian hails from B.C. Interior

It turns out literally half of Portugal's Olympians in the Pyeongchang Olympics are from British Columbia. That's because it's only a team of two and Vernon's Kequyen Lam is one of them.

Break-and-enter suspect wanted on Canada-wide warrant arrested in West Kelowna

RCMP say a 31-year-old man wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant for theft has been arrested in West Kelowna following a string of break and enters.

Snowboarder killed in crash at Big White Ski Resort

RCMP say a 21-year-old Kelowna man died of a head injury after he crashed into a tree while snowboarding at Big White Ski Resort.

Bakery behind 'world's first sourdough pasta' gets government funding to research health benefits

A Kootenay bakery has received $75,000 from the federal and provincial governments to research possible benefits of a pasta created using ancient fermentation techniques.

B.C. creator of non-browning Arctic apple plans 'aggressive expansion' after positive U.S. test run

The company behind the non-browning Arctic apple created in Summerland, B.C., is making aggressive expansion plans following a successful U.S. test run. But the apples won't be sold in Canada for at least two more years.

Regional politicians demand answers about East Kootenay highway maintenance

As questions continue following a deadly crash on Highway 3 earlier this month, regional officials are demanding answers from the province about private highway maintenance contracts.

Elderly woman escapes aggressive Kelowna house fire

The large volume of belongings in the house may have fuelled the fire, which spread to a neighbouring property according to firefighters.

B.C. municipalities want at least half the money province makes on pot sales

B.C. municipalities want 50 per cent — or more — of the money the province makes on legal cannabis sales in order to offset the increased costs they say they will face to regulate the industry.

Interior Health declares end to meningococcal disease outbreak

Interior Health has declared an end to the meningococcal disease outbreak in the Okanagan Valley that resulted in 12 confirmed cases and one death.

Higher than average snowpack leads to flooding concerns in Okanagan Valley

Provincial officials are already drawing down water levels in Okanagan Lake due to 'concerning' snowpack levels in the B.C. Interior.

Cranbrook, B.C., hospital cancels surgeries amid anesthesiologist shortage

The East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook, B.C. is cancelling dozens of surgeries this week due to a 'critical' shortage of anesthesiologists.

Okanagan inmates care for therapy horses at Oliver, B.C., jail

Inmates at the Okanagan Correctional Centre near Oliver, B.C., are learning to care for horses as part of a new therapy and training program.

Privacy watchdog questions legality of surveillance cameras in Kelowna, B.C.

B.C.'s privacy commissioner is raising concerns about plans to implement surveillance cameras in a number of B.C. communities, including Kelowna, B.C.

Deadly crash raises questions about Highway 3 road maintenance

Angry residents in the East Kootenay are demanding answers about privately contracted highway maintenance along Highway 3 after three people died in a crash on Saturday.

B.C. supplier of official Calgary Flames wine fears impact of Alberta ban

An Okanagan winery that supplies all the vintages served at Calgary Flames home games is worried about how Alberta's boycott of B.C. wine will affect its partnership with the hockey team.

Meet B.C.'s snow-shovelling, beer-fetching, vacuuming dog

A 125-pound Newfoundland dog in B.C.'s Shuswap region can operate a snow blower and roast hotdogs over an open fire, among other things.

As teacher shortage bites, B.C. school district hires non-certified 'replacements'

The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District is hoping to hire non-certified teacher 'replacements' to supervise and instruct classes due to a shortage of certified on-call teaching staff.

Man faces numerous charges after 15-hour Okanagan standoff

RCMP in the North Okanagan say a 33-year-old man could face numerous charges following a 15-hour standoff with police that ended peacefully in Coldstream, B.C., Monday.