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City of Kelowna seeks public’s help after ‘senseless’ tree poisonings – Okanagan
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City of Kelowna seeks public’s help after ‘senseless’ tree poisonings – Okanagan

The City of Kelowna is seeing the public’s help to solve a rash of tree vandalism — instances it believes were intentional poisoning of trees. According to the city, a large elm tree at 900 Manhattan Drive, near downtown Kelowna, had to be cut down after it died because of poisoning.It also claims an aspen tree in the Kuipers Peak neighbourhood was poisoned, and that seven nearby aspens with connected root systems also died. Read more: Central Okanagan’s crime rate up 10% in 2021 “These intentional acts of harm to our trees are really tragic and senseless,” said Tara Bergeson, an urban forestry technician with the City of Kelowna.“With all the benefits that trees provide our city, the big question when it comes to tree vandalism is ‘Why?’ The elm on Manhatta...
Kelowna, B.C. advocacy groups react to Jake Virtanen verdict – Okanagan
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Kelowna, B.C. advocacy groups react to Jake Virtanen verdict – Okanagan

Thousands of people followed the trial of Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen and the verdict on Tuesday where he was found not guilty of sexual assault. Local advocates say high-profile trials like this can make it harder for women to come forward with allegations.“If you’re looking for justice, the justice system might not be the way to get it,” said Allison Mclauchlan, executive director of the Kelowna Women’s Shelter.Mclauchlan says women who have experienced sexual violence watch how the trials play out and sometimes it discourages them to share their stories.“They’re paying attention to see what people are saying, how the lawyers are defending or prosecutor, and they’re paying close attention,” Mclauchlan said.“It will have an impact, it absolutely will.” Story c...
Cooling centres open across the Okanagan except in Kelowna – Okanagan
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Cooling centres open across the Okanagan except in Kelowna – Okanagan

As summer heats up in the Okanagan, communities are taking steps to ensure residents have the opportunity to cool down. Cooling centres have opened in Penticton, Osoyoos, and the Shuswap region, and a pop-up spray park has opened in Vernon. The exception is Kelowna, which is instead encouraging people to follow Interior Health’s guidelines.“With the forecast for the next few days, being a little higher than it typically is during the summer months, we’ve identified more of a proactive approach to provide an opportunity for the community to cool off,” said Anthony Haddad, general manager with City of Penticton’s Community Services.“Opening [Tuesday] as a result of the increased heat over the next few days, we’ve got four cooling centers that are located within our existing city fac...
Kelowna, B.C. highrise project rejected by city council – Okanagan
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Kelowna, B.C. highrise project rejected by city council – Okanagan

Kelowna city council has rejected a rezoning application that would see three highrises built on Coronation Avenue. The decision comes after city staff recommended against the development. The proposal by Safari Capital is to redevelop 16 properties on the south side of Coronation Avenue. Three towers would be constructed 33, 27 and 20 storeys in height, which also includes a podium used for above-ground parking. The buildings would contain condos, rental apartments, a hotel and commercial space.City development planning staff were not supportive of the application to redevelop the properties.“Staff recommended a negative recommendation to not move forward with further planning of the site,” said city councillor Loyal Woolridge. “Mostly because it was premature, knowing we have ot...