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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...
Crankworx Summer Series attracts top talent to SilverStar Mountain Resort – Okanagan
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Crankworx Summer Series attracts top talent to SilverStar Mountain Resort – Okanagan

The Crankworx Summer Series has taken over SilverStar Mountain Resort for four days of adrenaline-fueled competition. The competition brings with it Crankworx caliver racing and competitors from around the world to the Okanagan.“Crankworx is the ultimate experience in mountain biking. Born in Whistler, B.C. in 2004, Crankworx has evolved into a multi-stop international festival series. The Crankworx World Tour brings together the best mountain bike athletes to compete in elite-level competitions in a variety of disciplines,” states a press release.The Crankworx Summer Series takes competitors on a tour to Canadian tracks. This year it’s at SilverStar Bike Park as well as five different mountains in Quebec. Read more: Silver Star bike park ready for summer “R...
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...
Vernon RCMP seeking witness to suspected arson – Okanagan
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Vernon RCMP seeking witness to suspected arson – Okanagan

Police in Vernon are hoping to speak to a Good Samaritan who helped at a suspicious residential fire last week. Vernon North Okanagan RCMP say the fire happened on Monday night, July 18, at a residential building along the 4200 block of 20th Street.The fire is under investigation, with police believing it was intentionally set just before 11 p.m. Read more: Vernon townhouse fire deemed suspicious According to the RCMP, fire crews confined and extinguished the fire. A 41-year-old man was arrested the next morning. Trending Stories Hockey Canada made nine settlements totalling $7.6M from reserve fund: CFO Woman who coll...
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...