Netherlands Orchestra Holds
30 - 9:17 am)
“Winkler Prins Harmonie” is the orchestra of “Winkler Prins” in Veendam, a large comprehensive school with tradition for culture. The orchestra consist of about 60 (former) pupils, teachers and (ex-) staff members of the school. The conductor is Jack Horst, a former pupil of the school. He has been part of the orchestra since its foundation in 1977. In 2002 WPH celebrated its 25th anniversary by going to Canada for a concert tour.
Carrs Landing Fire (September
29 - 8:49 am)
Fire Near Westbank Yacht
28 - 5:00 pm)
Keremeos Housefire (September
28 - 5:00 pm)
Kelowna and Area Okanagan Fire Recovery
Society Update (September
28 - 5:00 pm)
The society was formed in order to receive donations which were being made for the purpose of assisting in the recovery of the City of Kelowna and surrounding areas, arising out of the impact of the recent Okanagan Mountain Park forest fire.
To date, the society has received direct donations of approximately $160,000. In addition, it is expected that the society will receive the net sale proceeds of the T-shirt sales undertaken by the Kelowna volunteer fire department.
Although it is not yet known for certain, it is expected that total donations available for the society to distribute will be in the range of $400,000 to $500,000.
In addition, you should know that our society has received no funding from the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Yellow Ribbon Campaign or any other fire relief funds that may have been established to assist fire victims. In addition, we have no role in directing the distribution of funds from other agencies.
In addition to direct donations, the society met with and is co-ordinating its efforts with the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Canada which, as you know, has distributed some funds directly to certain families that have been identified at this stage as having needs that are not met through other sources. These efforts have been done in conjunction with the society and in a process that was suggested as a result of meetings that have occurred between our respective societies.
Although $500,000 may seem to be a substantial amount of money, the society is very concerned that it ensure the relatively limited amount of funds available are used for the best possible purposes. Accordingly, we are undertaking a process designed to determine the needs of the community and will, upon conclusion of this review, decide, as a board, the specifics of the distribution of funds. The process of considering the needs is not yet complete and no decisions have yet been made. The society is working in conjunction with the City of Kelowna Recovery Centre, which is undertaking an unmet needs assessment. The preliminary results of that assessment have been provided to the society. In addition, the society has formed a sub-committee for the purpose of preparing a list of other possible recipients of the funds. We have also met with the Friends of the South Slopes, the Okanagan Mission Residents Association and others involved with efforts to rebuild the Myra Canyon trestles.
The society has also had a number of very useful discussions with the Central Okanagan Foundation, which also has funds to distribute, and we fully expect that our two societies will work co-operatively.
The society board is made up of 14 individuals that represent a broad spectrum of our community. We are fully mindful of our responsibility to fairly and equitably distribute these funds.
However, we expect that requests for funding will far outstrip the limited funds that we have available to us. As such, we expect there will be a number of difficult decisions that will have to be made.
Although the society is mindful that there
is a desire that funds be distributed as soon as possible, it is very
important that the relatively limited amount of money that is available to
the society be distributed in a manner that does the greatest good.
David Rush, chairman,
Kelowna Concert Connection (September
28 - 8:49 am)
Forest Fire Review (September
28 - 8:49 am)
Traffic Request - Please Avoid Fire Impacted Areas
25 - 5:00 pm)
There are a number of additional vehicles in these areas as a result of the fire and recovery/rehabilitation efforts that are now underway. In addition people travelling slowly as they view the fire's impact are adding to the traffic volume and causing delays. Many of the subdivisions have winding roads and limited passing opportunities which exacerbates the problem.
As a courtesy to those in the fire impacted areas, the City requests that those without business in the immediate vicinity remain away. The public's co-operation is appreciated.
Wood Waste Disposal Options in Fire Impacted Areas
25 - 5:00 pm)
Okanagan Mountain Park Fire 100% Contained (September 20 - 8:21 am)
Ministry of Forestry – The Okanagan Mountain Park fire is now 100 per cent contained. Fire size as determined by Global Positioning System is estimated to be 25,912 hectares. The fire perimeter is 197 kilometers.
Fire fighters have made good progress in the
mopping up of hot spots, infra red scanning technology is helping firefighters
detect any residual hot spots that are not clearly visible. Mop up and patrol
will continue for the next few weeks and possibly until late fall. Smoke may
continue to be visible within the fir perimeter and will be monitored.
Even though we’ve had some rain, ground conditions are still dry. Residents using any park are asked to use extreme caution and they should stay on trails. Please don’t smoke in natural areas and if you do smoke, please ensure all smoking materials have been completely extinguished and safely discarded.
Parks staff is assessing the damage sustained in two parks by the Okanagan Mountain Park fire. As a result, both Bertram Creek and Cedar Mountain remain closed as they contain many hazards and are not safe.
With the start of the Kokanee-salmon spawning season, there have been many bear sightings, particularly along the creeks in Mission Creek Regional Park and Hardy Falls Regional Park. Park users can reduce potential conflicts by staying well away when a bear is spotted, traveling in a group, making noise or carrying something that makes noise (like a bell) while on hiking trails or along paths near any creek where fish are spawning. Full press release.
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