Council Highlights
Jan. 20, 2014

Safety Certificate of Recognition

Council accepted certificates of recognition from the BC Municipal Safety Association on behalf of staff. The City’s Health & Safety and Return to Work program received high audit scores. This contributes to the City’s safety policy, which states “Our families have the right to expect us to all come home uninjured at the end of every workday. We all make safety our business. An injury and accident free workplace is our goal.”

Pandosy Waterfront

Council supported the public engagement process outlined by staff for the redevelopment of the Pandosy Waterfront area. Parameters of redevelopment include the incorporation of a paddle centre, park and waterfront walkway, with consideration given to pedestrian connections, riparian setbacks and parking bylaw requirements. Public engagement and rezoning are to be completed by Fall 2014.

City Park Concept Plan

Council directed staff to work with Tourism Kelowna to develop a concept plan to test the feasibility of a Visitor Centre at the base of Queensway (i.e. closest to the lake). A revision of the City Park Concept Plan incorporating feedback, excluding a Visitor Centre building, will be presented at a future Council meeting.

A fresh look at Pandosy Waterfront
City Council endorsed a public engagement process

City Council endorsed a public engagement process at today’s meeting that will see the City and the community work together to craft a new plan for Pandosy Waterfront. The redevelopment of the seven City-owned lakefront properties on Abbott Street, north of Cedar Avenue is listed as one of Council’s priorities for 2014.

“We understand there were concerns with the last version of the site plan and we are ready to take another look,” said Mayor Walter Gray. “A lot has changed since the project was last before the community in 2011. We’ve got a new Council, we’ve proposed the inclusion of a paddle centre and staff has worked with the community to come up with an agreeable engagement process.”

As part of the framework going into the engagement process, Council endorsed a set of eight project parameters or guidelines for the redevelopment. These include:

  • Paddle Centre – Accommodate Kelowna Paddle Centre within redevelopment scenarios, including up to 5,000 square feet of space.
  • Financial Viability – Complete the development with no additional tax impact and consider development options which result in a financial return to the City for further reinvestment opportunities in the community.
  • Park – Incorporate a park and waterfront walkway as an integral part of the site.
  • Pedestrian and Park Connections – Incorporate park and pedestrian connections to current and anticipated developments.
  • Parking – Design site and buildings to meet bylaw requirements for parking in future zoning.
  • Riparian Setbacks – Respect required riparian setbacks.
  • Council Policy – Adhere to or make recommendations for amendment to Council Policy 76.
  • Timing – Complete public engagement and any required rezoning by the fall of 2014.

“The engagement process will kick off next week, including a two-day charrette or urban design workshop at the end of February,” said Graham Hood, Strategic Land Development Manager. “We recognize that we need broad community involvement, so we’ll round out the process with our online engagement tool, an open house and public review sessions at the end of each charrette day.”

For more information or to find out how you can get involved in public engagement activities for the project, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

 

 

City makes safety a top priority
Commitment to safety pays dividends

City Council received a report today demonstrating how a commitment to safety pays dividends in more ways than one.

The City of Kelowna received the B.C. Municipal Safety Association Certificate of Recognition for Occupational Safety and Returning Staff to Work. Based on audits by the association, the City’s strong safety and return-to-work programs will result in WorkSafe BC premium rebates and discounts worth $510,000 in 2014.

“Equally significant are the indirect savings from avoiding lost work time and all the hidden costs of accidents,” said the City’s Risk Manager, Lance Kayfish.

Safety is an underlying consideration in much of the work done by the City of Kelowna. Regulating standards to ensure we have safe drinking water, safe buildings, safe streets and safe neighbourhoods is a big part of many jobs at the City of Kelowna.

That commitment to community safety begins with a culture of safety on the job among City of Kelowna staff.

“Building a safety culture makes everything we do safer, not only for our staff but the public, too,” said Kayfish. “It’s a way of working and thinking that is part of everything we do and that makes Kelowna a safer City to live in and visit.”

During the past two years, the City has developed safety systems to meet the standard required to attain the Certificate of Recognition. The independent audit included 81 staff interviews, more than 300 documents reviewed and seven detailed site inspections.

“The goal is to encourage and reward employers who not only meet WorkSafe BC Regulations, but exceed them, in developing strong Safety Management Systems, Return to Work Systems, and strong safety cultures within their organizations,” said Executive Director of BC Municipal Safety Association Cathy Cook, who presented the certificate to City Council today.

Kelowna is now one of only 17 local governments in B.C. to attain the certificate.

 

Tourism centre location added to agenda
Jan. 20 Council meeting

A report about a proposed new location for a Tourism Kelowna information centre has been added to Monday's Council meeting agenda.

The purpose of the report is to update Council regarding progress on Tourism Kelowna’s Visitor Centre and to support relocation of the proposed building from City Park to a new location at the west end of Queensway Avenue.

A redevelopment opportunity at the Queensway Jetty was identified as a potential location for the Visitor Centre. The location was approved in principle by Tourism Kelowna in efforts to adapt its business model to accommodate large volumes of visitors in the area, creating additional $279-million in tourist spending annually and $653-million in direct economic output Kelowna experiences today.

The foot of Queensway has been historically the Gateway welcoming visitors to Kelowna with the Sternwheeler in the early 1900s to the Westbank Kelowna Ferry Landing prior to the bridge opening in 1958. The space has always been dynamic with the movement of goods, people and vehicles.

Staff along with representatives from Tourism Kelowna will present preliminary findings and request direction from Council on next steps.

The report was going to be forwarded to Council later this month, but Information regarding this important community initiative was released to a media outlet yesterday. In order to provide fair access to information to residents and media, staff has added the Visitor Centre and City Park Concept Plan to the January 20 Council Agenda.

Visit kelowna.ca/council for details.

Society of Hope will lead development of new Pleasantvale
BC Housing News Release

KELOWNA – The Society of Hope, a non-profit that has been providing quality, affordable housing to low-income residents in the Central Okanagan since 1989, has been selected to lead the redevelopment of the Pleasantvale housing community and operate the affordable housing once complete.

Pleasantvale is a 50-unit seniors’ housing development on Richter Avenue built in the mid-1950s by the Rotary Club of Kelowna. In June 2011, the Pleasantvale Homes Society transferred ownership of the property to BC Housing and the City of Kelowna provided additional land to expand the development. In July 2013, following an extensive public process, Kelowna’s City Council approved the project.

The redevelopment will see the 50 aging units replaced and 20 affordable rental homes for families added to the site.

Construction on the seniors housing could begin as early as July 2014, with occupancy projected for the fall of 2015. During construction, current tenants will be furnished with alternate accommodations. When the building is complete, they will have the option to move back to a new unit. The family housing will be the second phase; construction will begin once the seniors’ building is complete.

Market housing will be added in the future to help offset construction costs for the 70 new affordable homes. The entire development including the market component is expected to take five to seven years to complete.

More information: http://www.bchousing.org/Initiatives/Redeveloping/Pleasantvale.

Council Highlights
Jan. 13, 2014

Rezoning at Clement & St. Paul

Council forwarded the request to change the Future Land Use designation of 1215 St. Paul and 557/567 Clement Avenue to Mixed Use (Residential / Commercial) to a Public Hearing. The proposal is for a four-storey building consisting of retail, office and residential uses.

Final Quarterly Report of 2013

Council received the fourth quarterly report of 2013 for information. Highlights include awards won by the City throughout the year, advances in online engagement and digital communications, completed projects and an update on the Bernard Avenue revitalization.

Fire Department Predictive modeling

Council approved the implementations of a Predictive Modeling and Dynamic Deployment System for the Kelowna Fire Department. The system evaluates current and historical requests for service to predict areas at higher risk for emergency situations and makes recommendations about the most efficient ways to cover the community’s risks.

Tennis courts in City Park

Council received information about the feasibility of pickleball and tennis courts in City Park and endorsed the staff recommendation to have tennis courts only.

Social Grants

Council approved the one-year agreement with the Central Okanagan Foundation to administer the City of Kelowna’s three social grants, including Community Social Development and Emergency Grants, and Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth.

Police Services Building

Council approved the Loan Authorization Bylaw to request statutory Ministry approval to begin the alternative approval (AAP) process. The AAP will seek elector approval for borrowing of $42.3 million to construct a new Police Services Building.

2014 Community grants information session
Thursday, Jan. 23 at 1:30 p.m.

In 2014, the Central Okanagan Foundation will administer $80,000 in Community Social Development Grants and $22,000 in Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth on behalf of the City of Kelowna.

The Central Okanagan Foundation encourages registered charities, non-profit organizations interested in applying for a Community Social Development grant or a Grant to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth to attend an information session on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the Pacific Safety Products Boardroom at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave.

The session will cover eligibility requirements and the application process. Program updates that could impact the application process and evaluation will be reviewed. To register, please contact Cheryl Miller, Grants Manager,Central Okanagan Foundation at cheryl@centralokanaganfoundation.org or 250-861-6160.

Community Social Development Grants fund the delivery of innovative, prevention-oriented programs designed to improve the quality of life for residents in Kelowna.

Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth funds programs that directly address sexual exploitation issues for those under 19 years of age within the City of Kelowna.

To download the application form, visit kelowna.ca/grants.

Completed applications are due at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and should be dropped off at the Central Okanagan Foundation office located at 225-1889 Springfield Rd.

It’s time to make Stuart Park Memories
Share your photos via social media

Skating at the Stuart Park Ice Rink is an increasingly popular winter pastime for Kelowna residents. This month, the City of Kelowna is urging people to share photos of fun times at the rink on Instagram for a chance to win free skate rentals and hot chocolate for a group of four at the rink.

“We noticed quite a few people sharing photos of the rink on Instagram and thought, why not have a bit of fun with it and reward people for participating,” says Tom Wilson, Communications Supervisor at the City. “This rink on the waterfront really showcases Kelowna’s four-seasons-playground appeal.”

Here’s how to enter the draw:

  • Follow @CityofKelowna on Instagram.
  • Post your photo of the Stuart Park Ice Rink to Instagram with the hashtag #StuartParkMemories.
  • Everyone is eligible to enter… as long as they’re out having fun at Stuart Park Ice Rink! The photo must be taken at the rink – participants don’t have to be skating but you have to be at the rink.
  • Participants can post as many photos as they like using the hashtag but they will only be entered once in the draw.
  • Participants’ Instagram setting should be set to public so we can see your photo with the hashtag.
  • Note: participants that do not have an Instagram account can follow the same steps above but post the photo, with the hashtag, to our Facebook page or send us a tweet to our @CityofKelowna Twitter account.

The contest runs Monday, Jan. 6 to Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. The winner of the #StuartParkMemories contest will be drawn on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, and they will be contacted via their Instagram account. Full contest details can also be found at kelowna.ca/parks.

 

KFD tree chipping service raises funds for charity
Public Service Announcement

Firefighters from the Kelowna Fire Department offer a Christmas tree chipping service to raise funds for the B.C. Burn Fund.

For a donation to the B.C. Burn Fund, firefighters will chip tinsel-free Christmas trees Jan. 4-5 at the Enterprise Way fire hall and at the DeHart Road fire hall in Kelowna. Firefighters in West Kelowna will also provide the tree chipping service Jan 4-5 at the fire station on Old Okanagan Highway.

The firefighters are being supported in this fundraiser by Cody Tree Services, 4 Less Disposal and Okanagan Portable Sign Rentals

More than 3,700 professional fire fighters in BC dedicate and donate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase the public's knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through the work the Burn Fund does with its Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention Programs.

City Reflects on 2013
Some of the highlights from 2013

As the year comes to a close, the City of Kelowna looks back at some of the highlights from 2013.

Check out the 2013 Year in Review for details on accomplishments and major projects, like the Bernard Avenue Revitalization and Downtown Pier and Marina, public engagement, cultural events, recreation opportunities, transit improvements and awards received.

From public notices to Council agendas and career postings to bidding opportunities, the City offers residents and businesses quick and timely e-updates on a number of topics throughout the year. Subscribe to e-updates at kelowna.ca and have the latest City news delivered direct to your inbox.

Council Highlights
Dec. 16, 2013

Parade float

Council received a report about the Kelowna “Spirit of the Lake” parade float and its activities over the past year. Kelowna’s float was in 22 parades and won 13 awards.

Hospital area development

Council directed staff to start Phase 1 of Hospital Transition Area Planning, which will proactively guide future development of the area surrounding Kelowna General Hospital. Phase 1 will involve engagement of property owners and residents in the area to help inform creation of the development guidelines.

Chip Your Christmas Tree, Don’t Chuck It
Regional District News Release

When you take down your Christmas tree after the holidays, keep in mind you can dispose of it in an  eco-friendly manner.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says, “Your tree can have another life after the holidays. By dropping it off at any one of the convenient Chip It locations, your tree will then be chipped and  composted into GlenGrow. This nutrient-rich soil conditioner is perfect for top dressing your lawn, landscaping, mixing in your vegetable garden, or using as potting soil. It’s available at the Glenmore landfill and many landscape supply centers throughout the spring and summer.”

Before dropping your tree off for recycling, please remove all decorations and tinsel, as well as any  plastic bags or other materials used for transporting the tree.

Christmas tree drop-off locations December 26th through January 31st are:

Kelowna and Area:

At the corner of Richter and Rowcliffe.

Glenmore Landfill (Glenmore Road) Open Monday-Sunday 7:30 am – 4:45 pm. Closed Dec 25th, 26th and Jan 1st.

Westside:

Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Asquith Road) Open Friday-Monday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Lake Country:

Jack Seaton Park (1950 Camp Road).

Peachland

Compost Site (Princeton Road) Open Monday-Sunday 7 am – 3:30 pm.

For more information, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.                                                                  

Keep holiday memories safe from fire hazards
Keep safety in mind during this busy holiday season

Momentary carelessness can lead to a lifetime of regret, so keep safety in mind during preparations for this busy holiday season.

The Kelowna Fire Department has compiled a list of safety tips worth reviewing to ensure decorations and Christmas trees are tended to with appropriate care and attention.

Among the holiday safety services offered by the Kelowna Fire Department is Christmas tree chipping after the holiday. For a donation to the B.C. Burn Fund, local firefighters will chip tinsel-free Christmas trees Jan. 4-5 at the Enterprise Way fire hall and at the DeHart Road fire hall.

During the holiday season, the KFD offers this checklist of safety tips to ensure everyone has a safe and happy Christmas.

Christmas trees and decorations

  • One in three Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical failures.
  • Buy fresh trees and keep them well watered.
  • Keep trees at least three feet away from heat sources such as radiators or fireplaces.
  • Inspect holiday lights every year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets and excessive kinking or wear.
  • Use only lights approved by a testing laboratory, such as CSA, UL or ULC.
  • Do not link more than three light strands, unless directions indicate it is safe.
  • Periodically check wires – they should not be warm to touch.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Always turn off all lights before sleeping or leaving the house.

Candles and other flammables get their own category of safety tips, since half of all holiday decoration fires are caused by a heat source.

Candles and matches

  • Avoid using lit candles
  • Never put lit candles on a tree
  • Never leave candles unattended
  • Never put wrapping paper in a fireplace
  • Place menorah/kinara on a steady table and make sure all combustibles are at least three feet from the candles’ flame.
  • Avoid putting your menorah/kinara in windows or near doorways, where exits will be blocked.
  • Provide smokers with an outdoor area and a deep ashtray.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
City facility holiday closures
City Hall will be closed for the holidays

City Hall will be closed for the holidays from Wednesday, Dec. 25 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, reopening Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.

Essential services such as police, fire, water, wastewater treatment and snow removal will remain in operation.

Business licences renewal payments are due Jan. 15, 2014 and can be renewed by mail and online when there are no changes to an existing licence at kelowna.ca/onlineservices.

Parkinson Recreation Centre will be closed Dec. 25 and 26. The centre will be open on New Year's Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Glenmore Landfill will be closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1.

The Civic Operation’s call centre at 250-469-8600 will remain open during regular business hours to telephone inquiries regarding water, sewer, parks, roads and snow removal, as well as to process after hours and emergency calls.

Holiday closures are planned around a low service demand period.

Visit kelowna.ca for more information on hours of operations for City facilities over the holidays.

Council reviews provisional budget
Day long deliberations

Kelowna City Council reviewed the provisional budget submitted by staff, setting a tax increase of 2.49 per cent after a full day of deliberations.

A 2.49 per cent increase translates to a $42.07 increase for the average Kelowna homeowner (the Average Single Family Home is assessed at $451,440).

City staff submitted a provisional tax increase of 2.67 per cent to Council at Monday's Council meeting. Council sets the tax rate requirement after reviewing the 2014 Financial Plan to determine which projects to fund and which projects to defer or cancel, balancing the community’s interest in maintaining existing levels of services while planning for significant infrastructure needs.

Proposed operating expenditures for 2014 are $105 million and include adding three new RCMP members along with increasing transit service. Total capital project funding was included at $44 million. 2014 Capital project costs are 39% asset renewal (i.e. maintenance and replacement of existing City buildings and infrastructure) and 61% new capital.

The general fund capital program includes projects such as Lakeshore Bridge and the Queensway transit exchange.

Final budget, including a 5 Year Financial Plan and final taxation rates will be presented to City Council in May.

Changes to Holiday Garbage & Recycling Collection
Regional District News Release

With Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Wednesday this year, the pick-up schedule for your garbage and recycling will jump one day ahead for both of those weeks.

For example, if your regular collection day is Wednesday, your garbage will be picked up on Thursday instead. If your regular collection is Thursday, your pickup will take place on Friday, and if your regular pickup is Friday, your collection will take place on Saturday for the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s only. Monday and Tuesday collection days are not affected, only residents with collection Wednesday  through Friday are affected. All collections return to the normal Monday through Friday schedule on Monday, January 6th 2014.

Please place your garbage and recycling carts at the curb by 7 a.m. and ensure the lids are completely closed.

Recycling: 

Remember to put all wrapping paper (except foil), flattened boxes and cartons into your recycling cart for curbside pick- up, or take to your nearest recycling depot. Keep the recycling spirit going by saving all shiny and foil wrapping paper and cards, ribbons and bows for re-use.

Recycling and Landfill Operations:

  • The Glenmore Landfill and Recycling Depot, Glenmore Road (7:30am-4:45pm, closed Dec 25th, 26th, and Jan 1st)
  • The Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Asquith Road (7:30am-4:00pm Friday thru Monday)
  • Kirschner Road Recycling Depot (8am-6pm, closed Dec 25th and Jan1st)                                                                                    

For more information, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

Travel Survey nets $3100 for United Way
Distributed on behalf of municipal partners

3036 households completed the Regional Household Travel Survey, which took place over the past two-and-a-half months. With $1.00 donated to the United Way from each participating household, a donation of $3100 has been made.

“We are so grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of this gift.  We sincerely appreciate everyone who took the time to complete the survey,” Marla O’Brien, Executive Director of the United Way. “Every dollar will create positive impact for our community in the coming year.”

The United Way wasn’t the only winner from the Travel Survey, over 100 individuals from across the Okanagan who participated received prizes.  Shirley Schmidt of Kelowna was the grand prize winner of $5000.

The Cities of Kelowna and Vernon, the Districts of West Kelowna, Peachland, and Lake Country, the Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan, partnered to conduct the regional travel survey.  The information will provide a picture of how people travel in the region, allowing planners and engineers to design the best transportation system for the Okanagan.

All Okanagan residents from the participating communities were asked to complete their travel survey before it closed at the end of last month. A total of 3036 households completed their travel surveys, providing 6827 individual one-day travel diaries. While 3.3% of households participated, the smaller communities provided some of the strongest participation – 4.8% of Peachland households participated, and 3.6% of Lake Country households.

The complete survey results are currently being tabulated and analyzed.  The results are expected to be made public by April 2014.

A list of additional prize winners can be found at www.OKTravelSurvey.ca.

 

Council Highlights
Dec. 9, 2013

Properties at St. Paul and Clement

Council deferred the request for an amendment to the Official Community Plan and rezoning for the construction of a four-storey commercial building at St. Paul Street and Clement Avenue. Staff have been asked to report back about parking, neighbourhood interface and building use concerns.

Hiawatha development

Council approved the development permit for Westcorp to develop three properties on Lakeshore Road.

2014 Financial Plan

Council was presented with an overview of the 2014 provisional financial plan. Staff recommendation is for a 2.67 per cent tax increase. A full day of budget deliberations will take place on Dec. 12, 2013 and the final tax rate will be set in May 2014.

Learning Centre

Council endorsed a joint use agreement with school district 23 for a Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC) at Okanagan Mission Secondary School. Development of this NLC provides for the construction of a second gymnasium at the school and the Joint Use Agreement will provide the City access to the new gym and other school program areas.

Shaw wifi hotspots

Council approved entering into a five-year agreement with Shaw Cablesystems Limited to provide free wifi hotspots in select City parks and facilities.

Cemetery fees

Council approved a bylaw amendment to revise fees at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, resulting in a two per cent increase in fees in 2014 and the addition of non-resident fees. Several new product options have been added, some specific fees were adjusted to reflect market rates and child burial fees have been removed.

MOU with Rutland Park Society and City
Facilitates road connection & park improvements

The City of Kelowna and Rutland Centennial Park Society have joined efforts on a Memorandum of Understanding to improve Rutland Centennial Park and Community Hall, and extend Shepherd Road to Rutland Road.

“Moving forward with an agreement of this nature allows the City to help bring this historical Rutland community amenity up to standards that will serve residents for many years to come,” said Mayor Walter Gray. “This mutually beneficial exchange of assets also facilitates a much needed road connection to accommodate future transit services and improve vehicular circulation in the four corners area of Rutland.”

Under the MOU, the City would purchase the road right-of-way for market value to protect a future Shepherd Road connection to Rutland Road. The proceeds from the sale of the right-of-way would be reinvested by the society in the Rutland Centennial Hall.

The Rutland Park Society would transfer ownership of existing parkland to the City for community use. The City would also commit funding to improve the park space.

“This partnership with the City will provide an improved, beautiful park for the citizens of Kelowna in perpetuity,” said Rutland Park Society President, Todd Sanderson.  “Further, by providing a source of funding to refurbish the Hall, the agreement will ensure that the Hall remains the center point for community celebrations, events, and gatherings in the heart of Rutland for many years to come.”

While an MOU is in place, the sale of assets and planned improvements to the Centennial Hall and park are dependent on various levels of funding.

Council to review 2014 Budget
All-day public meeting Thursday, Dec. 12

Kelowna City Council will review the provisional 2014 Financial Plan during an all-day public meeting Thursday, Dec. 12. Council will receive an overview presentation of the Financial Plan at the Dec. 9 regular meeting, where staff will recommend a 2.67 per cent tax increase.

In 2014, the City will be challenged to provide new services that are in demand, while maintaining existing services levels and looking for opportunities for future growth. And all this needs to happen while working to minimize the demand from taxpayers.

“Our objective is to provide residents with the best quality of life we can afford,” says Financial Planning Manager Genelle Davidson. “Revenue from property taxes help us build the amenities people want and provide them with the services they need.”

About three-quarters of City revenue already comes from non-tax sources, including user fees, charges, grants and reserve accounts. Thanks to this sound financial strategy, Kelowna taxes continue to be among the lowest in the province.

The budget is also influenced by a number of plans:

  • The 2020 Capital Plan acts as a guide for capital infrastructure costs and ensures projects are prepared with funding sources identified over the long-term
  • The Official Community Plan (OCP) identifies issues and opportunities expected over the next 20 years
  • Additionally, the City’s 20-Year Servicing Plan and financing strategy supports the infrastructure needs called for in the OCP

The final tax rate will be set on May 5 when City Council reviews final budget requests.

Residents can take a deeper look inside the City budget process by visiting the City's website at kelowna.ca/budget, signing up for e-updates or following the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #KelownaBudget.

Santa bus delivers cheer to Central Okanagan
News Release

Residents are invited to get on board the Kelowna Regional Transit Santa Sleigh Bus and bring toys, food and monetary donations for the Salvation Army. This year marks the eleventh year of the Santa Sleigh Bus. The bus will be touring the Central Okanagan Dec. 8 to 14.

The kick-off to this year’s Santa Sleigh Bus will take place outside of City Hall (on Queensway beside the Bennett Clock and fountain) on Monday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. Kelowna’s Mayor and Council are expected to be in attendance to take part in the festivities.

“The Salvation Army is very grateful for the partnership that we have with the Santa Bus,” said Major Ron Cartmell of The Salvation Army. “Year after year, they continue to assist us in raising money and raising awareness of the needs within the community. With the help of the community, we are able to provide Christmas food and toy hampers for more than 1,000 children at Christmas time and 6,000 individuals throughout the year.”

The beautifully decorated bus will collect toys, food donations and money for the Salvation Army at schools and various locations throughout Kelowna, Peachland, West Kelowna and Lake Country.

In the previous 10 years, thanks to the generous support of residents, nearly $209,000 has been raised in toys, food and cash for this cause.

For a detailed schedule of events, view the event poster.


See also BC Transit News Advisory for a list of holiday transit hours and other transit events.

Tree of Memories at the Kelowna Cemetery
Honour a loved one this holiday season

Honour a loved one this holiday season at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, where two Tree of Memories will be available for visitors to place an ornament in remembrance of their loved ones.

The first tree will be located under the dome by the Promontory Green Interment Garden, while a second tree will be displayed at the Bennett Memorial Circle in the centre of the cemetery.

“The holidays are a time of reflection and celebration,” says Norm Ryder, Cemetery Manager. “Placing an ornament on a Tree of Memories can help bring some peace to friends and family during this special time of year.”

Visitors can place an ornament on either tree daily between Saturday, Dec. 7 and Weds., Jan. 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 1991 Bernard Ave. (intersection of Bernard Avenue and Spall Road).

Ornaments from previous years are placed on the memorial trees as a perpetual memory. Those who want to keep their ornaments should retrieve them after Jan. 9 by contacting the Cemetery office at 250-862-5518.

The Trees of Memories program has been offered annually since 1998.

For more information, visit kelowna.ca/cemetery.

 

Council Highlights
Dec. 2, 2013

Fibre Strategy

Council received a report from staff about the City’s plan to develop a Fibre Optic Strategy for the installation of fibre optic cables throughout Kelowna. The strategy will focus on a business plan to outline the benefits and costs of installing fibre optic infrastructure.

Medical Marijuana

Council approved the staff recommendation to amend City zoning to permit the production of medical marijuana in industrial and heavy industrial zones only. Rezoning bylaws will be brought forward for public consideration at a future Public Hearing.

Building Department Accreditation

Council witnessed the presentation of professional accreditation for the Building Department by the International Accreditation Services. The City of Kelowna is the first municipality in Canada to receive this type of accreditation.

Civic & Community Awards

Council received information about next year’s Civic and Community Awards. The nomination period is open Dec. 2, 2013 through Feb. 14, 2014. The annual ceremony recognizes nominees’ outstanding achievements and contributions to Kelowna. Nominate today at kelowna.ca/residents.

Kelowna Police Services Building

Council received information about the proposed Police Services Building and directed staff to proceed with a public Alternative Approval Process for borrowing of the funds necessary to complete the project. Staff will also apply for a rezoning application for the location of the proposed facility.

Phase 2 of Stuart Park

Council received a report about Stuart Park Phase 2, the final phase of the park. Development tenders will be reissued in December and construction is scheduled to begin in Feb., 2014. The key design element for this final phase is the extension of the riparian shoreline and public promenade that was developed during Phase 1.

Time to recognize Kelowna’s community leaders
39th Annual Civic and Community Awards

The City of Kelowna is calling for nominations for the 39th Annual Civic and Community Awards. The awards recognize individuals, groups and organizations that have made outstanding contributions and achievements in 2013 which directly benefited the city.

“The Civic Awards is a great way to recognize deserving community members, business leaders, students and athletes who help to create a vibrant city – one that excels in arts, athletics, business and public service,” says Louise Roberts, Community and Neighbourhood Programming Manager. “This year, we are excited to introduce our online nomination process that makes it even easier for nominators to submit their nomination package, recognizing these deserving individuals and organizations.”

For the first time, nomination forms can be downloaded, filled out and submitted online or via email. Just visit the Civic & Community Awards webpage under Residents for all the information you need to make the nomination process a simple one. Hard copy nomination forms are still available at City Hall and the Parkinson Recreation Centre and completed forms can be dropped off at the Parkinson Recreation Centre to the attention of Amber Gilbert.

Nomination categories include:

  • Bob Giordano Memorial Award
  • Bryan Couling Memorial – Athletic Team of the Year
  • Champion for the Environment (individual and business)
  • Corporate Community of the Year (small/medium and large)
  • Honour in the Arts
  • Male & Female Athlete of the Year
  • Man & Woman of the Year
  • Teen Honour in the Arts
  • Volunteer Organization of the Year
  • Young Male & Female of the Year

Nominations are being accepted starting today until Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

Finalists and award recipients will be honoured on May 1, 2014 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets go on sale starting March 17.

The City of Kelowna is calling for nominations for the 39th Annual Civic and Community Awards. The awards recognize individuals, groups and organizations that have made outstanding contributions and achievements in 2013 which directly benefited the city.

“The Civic Awards is a great way to recognize deserving community members, business leaders, students and athletes who help to create a vibrant city – one that excels in arts, athletics, business and public service,” says Louise Roberts, Community and Neighbourhood Programming Manager. “This year, we are excited to introduce our online nomination process that makes it even easier for nominators to submit their nomination package, recognizing these deserving individuals and organizations.”

For the first time, nomination forms can be downloaded, filled out and submitted online or via email. Just visit the Civic & Community Awards webpage under Residents for all the information you need to make the nomination process a simple one. Hard copy nomination forms are still available at City Hall and the Parkinson Recreation Centre and completed forms can be dropped off at the Parkinson Recreation Centre to the attention of Amber Gilbert.

Nomination categories include:

  • Bob Giordano Memorial Award
  • Bryan Couling Memorial – Athletic Team of the Year
  • Champion for the Environment (individual and business)
  • Corporate Community of the Year (small/medium and large)
  • Honour in the Arts
  • Male & Female Athlete of the Year
  • Man & Woman of the Year
  • Teen Honour in the Arts
  • Volunteer Organization of the Year
  • Young Male & Female of the Year

Nominations are being accepted starting today until Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

Finalists and award recipients will be honoured on May 1, 2014 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets go on sale starting March 17.

City’s building branch achieves Canadian-first
International Accreditation Service accreditation

The City of Kelowna is the first in Canada to achieve accreditation of its building department from the International Accreditation Service.

The IAS accreditation process assessed the city’s Development Service Department Building and Permitting Branch use of best practices in its plan review, permitting and inspection services.

“We put a lot of emphasis on customer service and technical innovation in all City operations,” said Mayor Walter Gray, who accepted the accreditation certificate Wednesday at a ceremony in Vancouver. “Achieving the IAS Certificate of Accreditation is a gratifying confirmation that our staff are working at a very high standard.”

The City’s Building and Permitting Branch is responsible for permitting, plan review and inspections in accordance with the British Columbia Building Code and Kelowna’s building bylaw.

“I’m particularly impressed with the efficient workflow and communication protocols put in place within the City’s organization,” said IAS President Chuck Ramani. “These exceptional business processes translate well to external stakeholders, who described the Building and Permitting Branch as a customer-focused and solution-oriented department.”

The IAS Building Department Accreditation Program, which began in April, assessed Kelowna’s building department across four fields of enforcement: building health and life safety, natural gas, plumbing, and mechanical.

“We believe this accreditation takes Kelowna one step closer to meeting our mission to lead the development of a safe, vibrant, and sustainable city,” said Development Services Director Mo Bayat. “I am very proud to work with such a caring, dynamic and forward thinking team.”

More information about IAS is available at iasonline.org. For more information about the City of Kelowna’s Development Services, visit kelowna.ca.

Downtown lights up for the holidays
Traffic Advisory

On Saturday, Dec. 7, residents and visitors are invited to join the Downtown Kelowna Association for its annual Light Up! celebration, taking place at Kerry Park from 2 to 7 p.m.

To accommodate this celebration, which includes the tree lighting at 6 p.m., Mill Street between Bernard Avenue and Queensway will be closed from 12 to 8:30 p.m.

Mill Street and Queensway parking lots will also be closed from 12 to 8 p.m.

For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Council to consider plan for new police building
Proposed for corner of Clement Ave & Richter St

City Council will discuss a proposal Monday to build a new police services building in Kelowna.

The existing 52-year-old building no longer provides sufficient space for effective policing in our community. A new Kelowna Police Services Building is proposed for the corner of Clement Avenue and Richter Street.

“Maintaining a safe community is a priority for citizens,” says John Vos, Infrastructure Division Director for the City of Kelowna. “The City’s 2012 Citizens Survey ranked concerns about personal safety relatively low, while protective services were citizens’ top priority for community investment. That tells us people generally feel safe in Kelowna and they want to continue investing in protective services to give the RCMP the support system and efficiencies they need to keep our neighbourhoods, business areas and downtown safe.”

This project, if approved, will be more than just a new building. It will include the design and construction of a new Police Services Building, necessary roadway and intersection improvements on Clement Avenue and Richter Street, parking lot provision, landscaping and required off-site utility servicing.

The cost ceiling for the successful contractor is $36 million. That cost includes design and engineering, building construction, parking, landscaping, utility upgrades, street upgrades, sidewalk and irrigation. There are additional direct costs to the City (outside of the contract work) that equal $12 million, for a total project cost of $48 million. Those direct costs include planning, project management, development cost charges, building permit, furniture and computer networks, financing costs, design-build stipend for unsuccessful bidders and a contingency reserve.

The funding strategy Council will consider Monday proposes the City secure a municipal loan for up to $42,384,000 from the Municipal Finance Authority of BC, amortized over 30 years, with another $5.6 million to come from reserve funds and other outside funding sources.

Under the Municipal Policing Agreement, the City is required to provide adequate accommodations for the RCMP to perform their work within a set of nationally applied policing standards. Our current infrastructure does not meet those standards and poses a potential risk to effective policing in our community. Under these circumstances, the RCMP has the right to construct their own facility and bill it back to Kelowna residents. The City agrees that the facilities do not meet current and future requirements and is working toward a solution.

“It is important to remember that this facility is more complex than office space – it is part prison, part high-tech lab, part library and part armory or high-security storage facility. It is operational 24/7 and required to be built to a post-disaster standard, which means after the occurrence of a seismic event, the building needs to not only remain standing, but needs to remain fully operational.”

If approved by council, next steps will see the elector approval process for the borrowing of funds to complete the project, which is expected to be brought before council early in 2014. If approved, construction of the new building will begin in 2015, wrapping up in late 2017.

Wildfire fuel mitigation projects taking place
Public meeting to discuss wildfire fuel mitigation

The City of Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan will be holding a public meeting, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. to discuss details of the wildfire fuel mitigation projects with local residents.

The City and the RDCO will be completing wildfire fuel mitigation projects in South East Kelowna over the next several months. The objective of these projects is to reduce the wildfire threat to the community, which is noted in the City’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

While more details will be shared with residents at the Dec. 3 meeting, the projects will occur within the South East Kelowna Improvement District, on provincial Crown land and in Scenic Canyon Regional Park. The forests will be thinned, pruned and the dead or dying trees will be removed, which should leave the area with a low to moderate wildfire risk.

The treatment area boundary will be developed to create a significant fuel break, which helps with suppression efforts by minimizing potential fire behaviour and providing access in the event of a wildfire. The treatments will attempt to balance public safety with the environmental values and recreational functions of the area.

The public meeting will be begin at 7 p.m. in the Gallagher’s Canyon Activity Centre Auditorium on Dec. 3.

Ice skaters rejoice… Stuart Park rink opens soon
Stuart Park is set to open on Monday, Dec. 2

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the outdoor skating rink at Stuart Park is set to open on Monday, Dec. 2.

“It’s important to stay active during the winter months and skating is a fun, easy and affordable activity the whole family can enjoy,” says Jim Gabriel, Active Living & Culture Divisional Director. “We also want people to remember to be safe when participating in any sport or activity. So don’t forget your helmet and other gear that will keep you injury-free while on the ice.”

This year, skate rentals will be available at Stuart Park. This on-site service makes it more convenient for people who want to skate at the outdoor rink but need to rent skates. Rentals are available daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Want to know if skating is a go before you head downtown? Check out the live webcam feed on the City’s website. The image is updated every few minutes so you will know when the rink is closed for maintenance, what the ice conditions are like and how many people are at the rink.

The rink will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (ice maintenance permitting) and will be periodically monitored by security contractors. Signs posted around the rink explain the regulations for rink uses, such as no hockey games.

If it’s a little too cold outside or residents are looking for rink a little closer to home, the Capital News Centre, Memorial Arena and Rutland Arena have various public skating times. Skate rentals are also available Capital News Centre and Rutland Arena.

For more information, including public skating times, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.

 

Council Highlights
Nov. 25, 2013

Lady of the Lake Presentation

Council received a presentation from Kelowna ambassadors Miss Kelowna Lady of the Lake Leah Sorge and Kelowna Princess Elizabeth Hardy about their recent activities, including their trip to Japan.

Family YMCA update

Council received an update on the renovation of the Kelowna Family Y in Rutland. The project will repair the structural slab below the women’s change room and renovate the men’s and family change rooms.

Santa Claus touch down

Council approved Northern Air Support Ltd. to fly Santa Claus from Kelowna International Airport to Kelowna Golf & Country Club, and back, on Dec. 8 and 15, 2013. The festive flight is subject to Transport Canada approval and compliance with related flight requirements.

Sikh signage request

Council endorsed a request to the Ministry of Transportation to install way finding signage on Highway 33 for the Okanagan Sikh Temple.

City seeks public input on new parking strategy
Public Service Announcement

The City’s Parking Management Strategy is the subject of a public open house Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Parkinson Recreation Centre.

The City is asking residents to share their ideas and feedback to help shape a new city-wide Parking Management Strategy that will change regulations and rates. The strategy is focused on making more short-term parking available, continuing to pay for itself so that general taxation is not impacted, improving service options for a better customer experience and supporting a balanced transportation network to take pressure off the need for parking spaces.

The public is invited to attend an open house to review recommendations and provide feedback and ideas on this important strategy.

The information session is on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. at Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way.

City representatives and the consultant will be available to answer questions.

Visit kelowna.ca/parking for more information.

Bernard Ave Gateway sees finishing touch
Installation of banners

The final piece of the Gateway feature at the east end of Bernard Avenue was completed today with the installation of banners designed by Westbank First Nation artist Janine Lott.

The theme of the banners is “The Land is Our Culture” and celebrates the Syilx/Okanagan people and their connection to the land. In a traditional First Nations practise Lott also mentored junior artist Jordan Coble through the process of creating the banners.

“Everyone shares the land, the water and the culture of the Okanagan and we need to be considerate of that,” said Lott.

This public art collaboration between the City of Kelowna and Westbank First Nation is a first for the two organizations. The banners continue the placemaking approach used throughout the new Bernard Avenue streetscape.

“The First Nation culture of this area is connected to the natural landscape,” said Patrick McCormick, Urban Design Planner. “We’ve reflected that connection along the street by using the Syilx language on inlaid polished pavers describing local flora and fauna and on the Gateway poles where these banners are now displayed.”

Public art installations on the new Bernard Avenue streetscape are used to help create a distinctive sense of place and reinforce the design of the other elements along the street.

“Street features were chosen to be in keeping with the natural elements and history of the Okanagan, with benches and pavers made of natural stone, and light poles that, like the Downtown library building, draw their inspiration from the heavy timbers used in the Kettle Valley Railway trestles,” said McCormick.

The design theme that emerged from the community consultation process was “landscape inspired” and the execution is contemporary rather than historical in form. With the dramatic change in street configuration at Bernard Avenue and Richter Street, a gateway treatment offered an opportunity for public art to welcome visitors Downtown and mark the transition from the residential to the commercial area.

For more information about the Bernard Avenue Streetscape Plan and design standards refer to Multimedia Resources on the Bernard Avenue Revitalization page at kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

Taste of Japan a sister city fundraiser
Public Service Announcement

The Kasugai Sister City Association has a fundraiser planned for Sunday, Nov. 24.

Taste of Japan at the Parkinson Activity Centre from 1 to 4 p.m. will feature Japanese cuisine, tea, holiday bake table, the Rutland Secondary School Anime Club, Japanese games and crafts, gift baskets, raffle and live entertainment.

Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family. Tickets are available at the door or at Komatsu Japanese Market.

The funds will be used to continue to foster the Sister City relationship formed in 1981 with Kasugai, Japan.

City seeks public input on new parking strategy
Submit your feedback and ideas by December 1

The City is asking residents to share their ideas and feedback to help shape a new city-wide Parking Management Strategy that will change regulations and rates.

“We want a system that makes more short-term parking available, continues to pay for itself so that general taxation is not impacted and improves service options for a better customer experience,” said Dave Duncan, Parking Operations Coordinator with the City of Kelowna. “We are also continually working towards building a balanced transportation network that takes pressure off the need for parking spaces.”

Residents are encouraged to provide feedback and ideas through an online community engagement platform. Recommendations and supporting materials will be available at this website to generate community discussion for an interactive process that helps the project team refine the strategy.

Based on research and planning, the City has prepared a series of guiding principles that will set the tone and general direction for the parking strategy discussion and any related policy, rule, regulation, bylaw or enforcement changes moving forward. A series of related strategy recommendations will also be put forward and refined through the public process.

“As our city grows and changes, our systems need to keep up with that growth – and we need residents’ input so we can make the right changes to improve parking options,” said Duncan.

During the next three to four weeks, residents can view the preliminary recommendations and provide input by visiting the project website at kelowna.ca/parking.

“Through this public engagement initiative we hope to identify undetected issues, generate new ideas and determine if we are generally headed in the right direction with this important strategy,” said Duncan.

After feedback is collected and compiled, a draft strategy will be presented to City Council for consideration.

Bernard Avenue scheduled to reopen tonight
Anticipated to reopen to motorists by 4pm on Nov 7

Phase 3a of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna’s “Main Street” is nearing completion and Bernard Avenue is anticipated to reopen to motorists by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7.

“We are happy to see another section of Bernard Avenue completed,” said Bill Berry, Director of Design & Construction Services. “It was unfortunate to see Phase 3 split into two phases, but it has really just put the project back to the original schedule with completion for Summer 2014 and, as promised, active construction will not impact businesses during the holiday retail season.”

Remaining works may continue through November, including street furniture installation and plantings. Temporary ramps at crosswalks and along the parking pads are in place until top lift paving is completed next spring.

The truck route will be reinstated on Ellis Street until the planned improvements are made to Gordon Drive in 2014.

Motorists and bike riders will now encounter the new shared lane markings or “sharrows” on Bernard Avenue. These markings indicate that a cyclist may ride in the traffic lane and assists them in correct positioning between moving vehicles and parallel parked cars. Motorists are urged to drive carefully and be aware of all posted signage, particularly at St. Paul and Pandosy streets.

“This is actually a great time of year for residents to see and experience all the public and private investment that is happening in our downtown,” said Berry. “Walk and shop along Bernard’s widened sidewalks, check out the new public pier and marina, skate at Stuart Park and watch the development of the new yacht clubhouse expansion.”

Construction of the final phase of the Bernard Avenue revitalization is scheduled for Spring 2014, when the street will be closed to traffic from Pandosy to Ellis streets and be completed in June 2014.

The City of Kelowna thanks residents, businesses and motorists for their patience while construction was taking place.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for the most up-to-date information and to learn more about the many projects happening downtown.

Remembrance Day hours of operation
Public Service Announcement

To mark Remembrance Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, Nov. 11.

The Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Royal Canadian Legion and the Army, Navy and Air Force veterans will hold their annual Remembrance Day parades in downtown Kelowna and Rutland respectively on Monday, Nov. 11. Roads will be temporarily closed to accommodate the parades between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Council sets record straight on rail role
Position regarding the future of the CN rail line

In response to recent claims and commentary in the media, Council members wanted to set the record straight on the City of Kelowna’s position regarding the future of the CN rail line.

“We are always concerned about job losses, despite some dismissive claims to the contrary that have been broadcast and published,” said Mayor Walter Gray. “But this is a private business on a regional line that crosses three municipal boundaries – the City of Kelowna’s control over matters is limited.”

As the federally regulated process to abandon the Kelowna-Vernon section of the Canadian National rail line nears its Dec. 2 deadline, City Council remains hopeful a business proposal will be submitted to resume freight service.

The City of Kelowna’s first choice is to see freight service continue. If that doesn’t happen by Dec. 2, the City’s focus will be to work with other local and senior level governments to determine how to protect the rail corridor for future uses, which could include rail and a multi-use path.

“The reality is that if CN and Kelowna Pacific Rail couldn’t make money on this line, we don’t think it would be prudent to risk taxpayers’ money on something that is not a core city service,” said Mayor Gray.

He praised the provincial government for providing the lead on framework for businesses wanting to build a business case for the rail operation, and to MP Ron Cannan for working to bring stakeholders together.

The job-loss estimates proposed by various parties present worst-case scenario numbers. These numbers assume businesses from Kelowna to Vernon can’t find alternatives to ship and receive products.

“We’ve met with local business representatives and we heard that trucks are a more expensive option, but it looks like businesses are adjusting to the change,” said Mayor Gray. “It’s possible some businesses could close, but to assume every business that has used rail will close underestimates the resourcefulness of our local entrepreneurs.”

He said the City of Kelowna’s responsibility to taxpayers is to seek an affordable means to preserve the right-of-way’s ability to serve as a rail line in the future. Fulfilling that objective will depend on partnerships with local, provincial and federal governments.

“If no business proponent comes forward, we will continue discussions with our government partners about protecting the corridor for public use from downtown to UBCO and Kelowna International Airport,” said Mayor Gray.

Council highlights
Nov. 4, 2013

Update from UBC Okanagan

Council met with UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr. Deborah Buszard to hear about new initiatives, enrollment numbers, economic assessment and discuss areas of mutual interest.

Free parking downtown

Council approved free on-street parking in downtown Kelowna on every Saturday in December.

Ice skate opportunities

Council approved a one-year Licence of Occupation for the Bladez Skate Shop for skate rentals at the Stuart Park ice rink and a two-year lease for the Rutland Arena Skate Shop.

Traffic calming on Rio Drive

Council approved the installation of two temporary speed bumps on Rio Drive between Clear Pond Place and Clifton Road for the purpose of traffic calming. Increased traffic, high speeds, limited visibility and lack of sidewalks contributed to this recommendation for temporary traffic calming until road upgrades take place.

RCMP priorities

Council approved the 2013/2014 RCMP priorities, which include Organized Crime, Police and Community Relations, Road Safety and Family Violence Prevention. Priorities are set by Council and the RCMP through community collaboration and reported to the Office of the Auditor General.

Balcony sprinklers & fire prevention

Council received information from Development Services on proposals to improve fire protection measures in the BC Building Code for multifamily residential building balconies, including a requirement for overhead sprinklers. The Kelowna Fire Department also provided a report to Council about their approach to reduce balcony fires and the expanded public education program, including workshops for strata managers, strata councils and building owners with an emphasis on balcony fire safety.

Wildfire Fuel Mitigation Program

Council received information about staff efforts to reduce the wildfire hazard on City-owned property and direction provided to landowners to help reduce wildfire risk on private property. Projects in 2013, mainly funded by the Union of B.C. Municipalities, included 40 hectares at Bredin Farms, 10.5 hectares on Gallagher’s Canyon Crown land and 8.5 hectares in the Gallagher’s Canyon South East Kelowna Irrigation District.

Regional Community Police Office

Council approved the five-year lease and relocation of the Okanagan Mission Community Policing Office to 1450 KLO Road. A portion of the existing location at 4065 Lakeshore Road is designated as parkland in the Official Community Plan.

 

Remembrance Day road closures
Traffic Advisory

Royal Canadian Legion and the Army, Navy and Air Force veterans will hold their annual Remembrance Day parades in downtown Kelowna and Rutland respectively on Monday, Nov. 11. Roads will be temporarily closed to accommodate the parades between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Downtown road closures

  • Mill Street, from Queensway Avenue to Bernard Avenue
  • Bernard Avenue, from Mill Street to Abbott Street
  • Abbott Street, from Bernard Avenue to Lawrence Avenue
  • Lawrence Avenue, from Abbott Street to Water Street
  • Water Street, from Lawrence Avenue to Doyle Avenue

The closures on Mill Street, Bernard Avenue and Abbott Street will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. as Royal Canadian Legion veterans march to the Cenotaph in Veendam Gardens in City Park. Following the ceremony, the parade will proceed up Lawrence Avenue to Water Street between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Parking will be prohibited along all these routes.

Rutland road closures

  • Dougall Road North and South, from McIntosh Road to Gray Road
  • Gray Road, from Dougall Road South to Pemberton Road
  • Pemberton Road, from Gray Road to Rutland Lions Park

Army, Navy and Air Force veterans will walk from Unit 376 on Dougall Road North to the Cenotaph at Rutland Lions Park on Gray Road and back. Motorists can expect minor delays as veterans cross at Highway 33 and Dougall Road before and after the ceremony.

RCMP will provide traffic control along both parade routes.

Kelowna Regional Transit employees will also pay their respects with one minute of silence at 11 a.m. All transit drivers will ensure their buses are safely pulled over to the curb and parked during this period.

Expect minor transit delays in the downtown and Queensway Exchange area between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Route #2 North end and #9 Shoppers Shuttle board on main transit island during this time as stop beside City Hall will be closed during this period.

For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

 

Winter weather closes Knox Mountain Drive
Public Service Annoucement

The road leading up to the summit of Knox Mountain Park has now closed to vehicle traffic. The park will remain open to pedestrians from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Park users are asked to be cautious when walking in the park as the road and pathways will not be cleared of snow or ice.

Knox Mountain Drive closes from the lower parking lot as driving conditions become increasingly hazardous. Due to the winding nature of the road, snow and ice, the road will remain closed to public vehicles until the spring.

For more information about Knox Mountain Park and other municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Yard Waste pickup Winds Down
RDCO News Release

Another sign that winter is on the way, there’s just one month left to have your yard waste picked up at your curb.

Bi- weekly fall yard waste pickup ends Friday, November 29th.  That’s the last day in the Central Okanagan for the curbside yard waste pickup program until collection resumes again March 1st, 2014.

Simply place your yard waste directly into the cart with the green lid closed and wheel it out for pickup every other week (alternate weeks to your recycling pickup).To determine your yard waste collection week, please refer to your Living Greener Calendar, download the my-waste app, or visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says on average the curbside yard waste program sees well over 13,000 tonnes of yard waste collected at the curb, a great source of material then turned into valuable compost.

Stewart adds, “Collecting  yard waste separately not only means it can all be composted, it also saves landfill space,  cuts down on landfill traffic congestion, and offers residents a great soil enhancer in the form of GlenGrow  they can buy for their own gardens come springtime.”

You’re reminded to put your yard waste out for collection by 7 am on the morning of your regular garbage day.

Accepted items include:

  • Leaves
  • Wood chips, bark
  • Needles
  • Garden plants
  • Grass clippings
  • Fruit droppings
  • Branches and pruning’s up to 5 centimetres (2 inches) in diameter and less than one metre (3 feet) in length

NOTE: No Garbage, plastic or paper bags, flowerpots, rocks, soil, sod, or kitchen scraps please.

Remember, you can also take up to 250 kilograms of yard waste to the Glenmore landfill and Westside Residential Recycling and Disposal Center free of charge year round.

If you’re looking to upgrade your yard waste cart, up to two additional 360litre carts can be purchased from your municipality. For additional carts and collection options, contact your municipality or visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.                                                                   

Take Jack out back
RDCO News Release

After Halloween is over, instead of throwing your pumpkin in the garbage, you’re reminded to compost it instead.

“Just chop up your pumpkin into smaller pieces and toss it into your backyard composter with some fall leaves,” says Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator with the Regional District.” “Pumpkins are rich in nitrogen, an important part of your composter’s diet. Plus, they break down nicely to help make that wonderful soil amender you can use in your garden or flower beds next spring.”

It’s estimated that over 25,000 or about nine tonnes of pumpkins will be disposed of this fall.*

That’s a lot of valuable compost waiting to happen!

If you don’t backyard compost, you can put your pumpkin in your yard waste cart for your next pickup on your regular yard waste collection day. Check your Living Greener Calendar, the My-Waste app, or regionaldistrict.com/recycle for yard waste pickup schedules in your area.

You can also take your pumpkin to the Glenmore Landfill or the Westside Residential Waste Disposal facility free of charge, along with grass, leaves, pine needles, fruit droppings and pruning’s up to 20 centimeters (8”) in diameter. There’s free year round drop-off for yard waste up to 250 kilograms.

For more info on composting or yard waste collection programs, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

(* Based on half the homeowners in the Central Okanagan having one small size jack ‘o-lantern.)

 

Fire Fighters Give Lifesaving Tips for Halloween
Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters News Release

By making small adjustments to costume and decoration choices on Halloween, danger and risk to public safety is easily decreased.

“It is important for people to take basic precautions to make sure they have nothing other than a fun-filled Halloween,” says Larry Hollier, President of the Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Association 953.

According to statistics, Canadian cities see an overall increase in fires on Halloween caused by open flames, and the arson fire rate is 10 percent higher than on any other day of the year.

To ensure a safe and happy Halloween, the Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Association 953 offers the following tips:

  • Use battery operated lights, not candles, to decorate walkways. Always keep candles, matches and lighters in a place that children cannot reach. This will make it much safer for trick-or-treaters and decrease the chance of an open flame fire.
  • Keep children, costumes and decorations away from open flames and heat sources. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable.
  • Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Make sure they are certified by a recognized organization like the Underwriters’ Laboratory, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters’ Laboratory of Canada (ULC). Do not overload extension cords. Indoor and outdoor decorative lights can be fire hazards.
  • Choose costumes that are comfortable, easy to walk in and see.
  • Pick brightly coloured costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.

Please call 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire fighters in the case of a fire or emergency.

The Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Association 953 wishes you a happy and safe Halloween.

Kelowna resident wins Travel Survey early-bird prize
Okanagan Travel Survey News Release
Still more prizes in survey to help steer the future of transportation across the region

KELOWNA, BC – October 30, 2013: Have you completed your Okanagan Travel Survey? John Holland of Kelowna did — he tracked his trips for one day and won!

Mr. Holland is the early bird prize winner of a $1,000 shopping spree. Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray presented Mr. Holland with his prize on Thursday, October 30 at City Hall.

The prize is provided by Acuere Consulting, the company commissioned by the regional government partners to conduct the transportation survey.

The Cities of Kelowna and Vernon, the Districts of West Kelowna, Peachland, and Lake Country, the Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan, have partnered to conduct the regional travel survey as daily travel pattern information will help design future transportation systems and corridors.

All Okanagan residents are asked to complete their travel survey, and there is still time to do so. The more people who complete their survey, the more accurate picture of how people travel in the region, allowing planners and engineers to design the best transportation system for the Okanagan. Your input will influence the way the transportation system is planned for the future.

Residents need only to log how they get around for one day. As a bonus for completing the survey, every household is entered to win one of a number of prizes, including:

  • a grand prize of a $5,000 shopping spree,
  • three $1,000 shopping sprees,
  • $5,500 worth of gift cards,
  • a weekend for a family of four (including lift tickets, lessons, lodging, rentals, tubing, and skating) at Big White Ski Resort plus opening day lift tickets,
  • seasons tickets to West Kelowna Warriors, and,
  • 60 $25 gift certificates from Kelly O’Bryan’s Neighborhood Restaurants.

Plus, every survey submitted supports the local United Way. For every completed survey, $1 will be donated to the local United Way (up to a maximum of $5,000).

Visit www.OKTravelSurvey.ca to complete your survey today, and for more information about the study.

 

Photo: Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray and Marnie Douglas representative of the survey consultant firm Acuere Consulting, present John Holland of Kelowna a $1000 prize for completing his travel survey.

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Smoke Alarm Awareness Campaign
OMREB and Kelowna Fire Dept News Release

It will soon be time for clocks to fall back and another opportunity to remind home owners about changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.

The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) and the Kelowna Fire Department are pleased to declare November as “Smoke Alarm Awareness Month” -- a follow-up to their initial campaign in March.

“Following on the heels of a successful inaugural launch this Spring, we are delighted to announce OMREB’s ongoing partnership with the Kelowna Fire Department as we continue the collaborative public safety effort between REALTORS®, fire fighters and home owners for the month of November,” says OMREB  President Karen Singbeil.  “Working to promote the importance of functioning smoke alarms to help keep families safe in case of fire in their homes is a worthwhile community endeavor that certainly deserves repeating.”

”Once again, the Kelowna Fire Department is grateful to the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board and its membership for partnering with us to assist fire safety personnel in educating the public about smoke alarms in their homes,” says Kelowna Fire Department’s Public Educator, Rick Euper.  “With 700 REALTORS® helping toget the word out in Kelowna for the second time this year to coincide with a time change, this local program will help prevent deaths and reduce annual fatalities from residential structural fires in the city.”

The BC Fire Chiefs ’Association has launched a smoke alarm campaign with the goal to reduce the loss of life due to fire, and many fire services in the province have initiated various programs throughout the year to get this message out.  Locally, the Kelowna Fire Department is conducting door to door visits in modular home parks and they have engaged the support of a number of industries with the hope that the initiative eventually becomes a provincial level program.

Kelowna Campaign
The purpose of the Kelowna campaign is to get home owners thinking and talking about smoke alarms with the help of REALTORS® to ensure that they have functioning alarms in their homes.   The Fire Department has supplied copies of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs brochure, ”How to Stay Safe at Home”, for distribution to Kelowna real estate offices to  be included with listing documents and left with home sellers as a community service during March and November.

To download a copy, visit: http://www.omreb.com/files/SmokeAlarmBrochure.pdf

During the month of November, OMREB and the Kelowna Fire Department will also run a full-page colour ad on the back cover of the Central Okanagan editions of OMREB’s MLS® Real Estate Review publication to remind home owners to make sure all smoke alarms are working properly and have fresh batteries.

While the pilot campaign launched in March and repeated in November focuses on Kelowna, the partners hope that t can expand to West Kelowna and other communities in the Central Okanagan through partnerships with their local Fire Departments, and eventually roll out Board-wide to include the North Okanagan and Shuswap for thefull support and participation of OMREB’s 1,000 member REALTORS®.

Fall Back Sunday
With the change back to standard time happening at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday (November 3rd), the Kelowna Fire Department wants to remind residents that this is a good time to change the batteries in all of their home's smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and to ensure they are functioning.

“To stay safe, replacing batteries in all smoke alarms should be done at least once a year, and changing them while updating the time on all of your clocks serves as a great reminder,” notes  Rick Euper.  “In addition, smoke alarms should be tested once a month, and if an alarm ‘chirps’ warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.  Also check the date of manufacture.  If your smoke alarm is more than 10 years old, it should be replaced.

Smoke Alarm Facts
Research by the University of Fraser Valley revealed that almost 70% of houses that caught fire in British Columbia did not have a functioning smoke alarm.  Working smoke alarms increase your likelihood of surviving a fire by 74%.

A recent three-year campaign that reached more than 30,000 of the highest fire-risk addresses in the City of Surrey demonstrated the following:
• Rates of fires per 1,000 dwellings reduced in the visited addresses by over 60% relative to controls
• Smoke alarm activation in the event of a fire increased by almost 170%
• The frequency at which fires were contained to the object of origin increased by over 250%
• The average dollar loss incurred per fire reduced by over 40%.

“Overall, as a result of this program, there were fewer residential structure fires, and those that did occur were smaller and resulted in lower dollar loss,” Euper explains.  “In addition, residents were alerted more often by functioning smoke alarms.”

Smoke Alarm Tips
• Install one smoke alarm per floor and outside sleeping areas in your home – or inside each bedroom if your loved ones sleep with doors closed.  The new 2012 BC Building Code requires a smoke alarm be installed in each bedroom as well for any new construction.
• Never take down an alarm or remove batteries to silence a nuisance alarm caused by cooking or shower steam.
• Install smoke alarms with a “hush” button – simply push button to stay safe while you clear the air.

The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board is comprised of 1,007 member REALTORS® and 93 real estate offices in the Southern Interior of BC, and the Board area covers the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan and Shuswap – from Peachland to Revelstoke.  The Central Zone of OMREB covers an area from Peachland to Lake Country and east along Highway 33 to Westbridge (including the Christian Valley).

Council Highlights
Oct. 28, 2013

Utility billing

Council approved a 24-month extension to the City’s current utility billing provider Corix Utilities Inc in order to provide staff with time to determine how utility billing will be handled in the future. Council also approved bi-monthly utility billing, effective April 2014.

Centre of Gravity

Council received for information a report on the 2013 Centre of Gravity Festival and updates on the 2014 event, including strategies to improve the festival and address concerns of security, parking, safety and waste management moving forward. Staff will report back to Council with final details.

Social media at the City continues to grow
Launch of Instagram

With the growing popularity of the City of Kelowna’s Twitter and Facebook social media channels, the City now offers another way to connect with what’s happening around the City – Instagram.

Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that lets users to share their pictures and videos with followers. Instagram has grown rapidly in popularity since its launch in 2010, with more than 100 million active users today.

“We have seen a huge jump in residents accessing information about the City from mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets,” says Tom Wilson, Communications Supervisor at the City. “Instagram is another great way to reach our residents where they are at, which is on the go and on their phones.”

One of the first cities in Canada to use Instagram to connect with residents, the City of Kelowna created its account in August to gauge interest from residents about connecting using a photo-based platform. The uptake has been quick, and the City now has more than 150 Instagram followers, with the audience continuing to grow every day.

“We’ve noticed the tone of feedback we’re receiving on Instagram is very positive,” says Wilson. “On our other channels we get all sorts of comments, but Instagram is a place to share good news stories and it develops an audience that seems to appreciate that.”

The City of Kelowna Instagram account shares photos of various events happening around the city, from the launch of the new public pier, to Volunteer Week, to the revitalization happening on Bernard Avenue.

The City strives to keep residents up-to-date on all the issues that affect the community and there are multiple channels through to connect, get information, and provide feedback. Discover all the ways to stay informed at kelowna.ca/connect.

A Stats Canada report released Monday shows Kelowna residents to be proficient users of online technology.

The Census Metropolitan Areas with the highest rates of Internet use were Kelowna (93 per cent), Regina (90 per cent), and Victoria (90 per cent). Other major metropolitan areas such as Calgary (89 per cent) Vancouver (88 per cent), Toronto (88 per cent) and Montréal (84 per cent) all had rates of Internet use above the national average.

No-charge parking on Small Shop Saturday
October 26, 2013

The City of Kelowna will waive on-street parking charges this Saturday in support of the Downtown Kelowna Association’s Small Shop Saturday initiative.

However, shoppers are reminded that posted time restrictions remain in effect. Vehicles can park for free, but posted time limits remain in effect so that convenient parking spaces are turned over for new customers.

This is the third Small Shop Saturdays downtown this year. City Council approved the free parking days for April 6, June 22 and Oct. 26.

For more information about Small Shop Saturday, visit the Downtown Kelowna Association website, downtownkelowna.com.

Council Highlights
Oct. 21, 2013

Library Bistro

Council approved a five-year lease of the bistro space at the Library parkade on Ellis Street.

Okanagan Travel Survey

Council encourages residents to complete the regional travel survey, which will help inform what kinds of transportation infrastructure are needed in the Okanagan. The survey asks questions about your daily transportation patterns. Complete yours today at www.oktravelsurvey.ca.

Richter Street at Bernard Avenue lane closures
Traffic Advisory

The Richter Street intersection at Bernard Avenue will be resurfaced beginning Monday, Oct. 21 to Thursday, Oct. 24 between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m..

Lane closures will be in effect for north and southbound traffic with traffic pattern changes. Two-way thru traffic on Richter Street will be maintained and detours will be posted to access Bernard Avenue.

Motorists can expect delays and are encouraged to plan their commute.

For the purpose of public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and pedestrians to stay off the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. The public’s cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

Kelowna establishes 2014 budget dates
Budget deliberations will take place in December

Council deliberations for the City of Kelowna 2014 Budget will take place in December.

City Council will review the provisional 2014 Financial Plan during an all-day public meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12. The public’s first look at the proposed budget will be an overview presented at the regular council meeting on Dec. 9.

“We are committed to transparency and keeping our residents up-to-date about the budget process,” says Financial Planning Manager Genelle Davidson. “Residents can find more information on the City’s website and are invited to subscribe for email updates through the City’s e-Subscribe service.”

Residents can subscribe to receive budget e-updates, news releases, the City’s e-newsletter City Views, or other topics, including City projects and business opportunities. Currently, more than 16,000 individuals subscribe to the service.

The final tax rate will be set in May 2014, when City Council reviews final budget requests.

Residents can take a deeper look inside the City budget process by visiting the City's website at kelowna.ca/budget.

Green bike box means no right on red
The first on-street bike box in Kelowna

The first on-street bike box in Kelowna has been installed at the intersection of Richter and Sutherland. Bike boxes are used at intersections to designate a space for cyclists to wait at red lights and safely clear the intersection ahead of cars.

The bike box is indicated by a square green area and bike symbol on the pavement in front of the white vehicle stop line. The intersection of Richter and Sutherland was outfitted with these new markings this week. While these markings are new in Kelowna, they are common in other cycling communities such as Vancouver, Surrey, Edmonton and Ottawa.

“It might take people some time to learn about them and adjust to the new arrangement, but we want people to ‘get behind the box’ and help make our streets safer for cyclists and other roadway users” said Mahesh Tripathi, Traffic Engineering Technician.

The new bike boxes will change how drivers and cyclists navigate through the intersection at Richter and Sutherland Avenue. Motorists must stop behind the green bike box on red lights. Right turns on red will not be permitted at these intersections. Cyclists will move into the green bike box on a red light, providing riders with a safer position to turn left.

When the light turns green, motorists and cyclists may move through the intersection as usual, with cyclists going first. Motorists turning right on a green will follow regular traffic rules by signaling and watching for cyclists to the right, the same as with any curb-side bike lane.

Along with bike boxes, new technology is being tested on traffic signals to detect cyclists. “Our existing video detection system is only programmed to detect vehicles waiting at a red light,” says Atif Khan, Traffic Signals & Systems Supervisor. “We are testing new software that will also detect cyclists waiting at the intersection. This technology paired with the green bike boxes will make it a lot more convenient, faster and safer for cyclists to travel.”

Motorists should always drive aware and share the road with cyclists. Bike boxes significantly increase the visibility of cyclists at intersections, helping to avoid collisions and improving road safety for everyone.

"If everyone is predictable and abides by traffic rules, it significantly reduces the risk of an accident," says MaheshTripathi. "We're going to see more residents taking to the streets by bicycle as well as more pedestrians as our city and region continue to grow. When everyone is aware of others, we all make it to and from our destinations safely.”

Resources on cycling road markings and signals are available at kelowna.ca/transportation, under the cycling section. For more information on cycling initiatives in the Central Okanagan, visit smartTRIPS.ca.

Thanksgiving hours of operation at civic properties
Public Service Annoucement

To mark Thanksgiving, City Hall will be closed Monday, Oct. 14.    

The Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours Monday of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

For general information about the City and its services, please visit kelowna.ca.

Council Highlights
Oct. 7, 2013

Advisory Committee vacancy filled

Council appointed Dr. Christian Brix as the newest member of the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Gordon Property

Council authorized a development permit for the proposed two-building commercial development of properties located at 1824 and 1810 Gordon Drive.

Third Quarterly Report

Council received an update on the City’s activities over the last quarter. Council heard that July through September of 2013 was the busiest quarter for construction since 2010, Kelowna International Airport had record-breaking passenger numbers, the Bernard Avenue revitalization entered into Phase 3a and Kelowna enjoyed a number of recreation and cultural events, including artsVest, Culture Days, Park & Play and Dancing in the Park.

Complete your regional travel survey
Help steer the Okanagan’s transportation future

Have you completed your Okanagan Travel Survey? Track your trips for one day and not only will you be entered to win great prizes but you’ll also benefit the United Way.

The Cities of Kelowna and Vernon, the Districts of West Kelowna, Peachland, and Lake Country, the Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan, have partnered to conduct the regional travel survey as daily travel pattern information will help design future transportation systems and corridors.

“Each person's input is important because the more people who respond, the better the quality of resulting information,” says Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. “We’re asking residents to log their trips for one day. Please take a few minutes and complete this important survey.”

The more people who complete their survey, the more accurate picture of how people travel in the region, allowing planners and engineers to design the most appropriate transportation system for the Okanagan. Your input will influence the way the transportation system is planned for the future.

As a bonus, every household that completes the survey is entered to win one of a number of prizes, including:

  • a grand prize of a $5,000 shopping spree,
  • three $1,000 shopping sprees,
  • $7,000 worth of gift cards,
  • a weekend for a family of four (including lift tickets, lessons, lodging, rentals, tubing, and skating) at Big White Ski Resort plus opening day lift tickets,
  • seasons tickets to West Kelowna Warriors, and,
  • 60 $25 gift certificates from Kelly O’Bryan’s Neighborhood Restaurants.

Plus, every survey submitted supports the local United Way. For every completed survey, $1 will be donated to the local United Way (up to a maximum of $5,000).

“A survey of this type is key to future transportation and land-use planning decisions throughout the Okanagan. This snapshot of how people travel day-to-day will help us assess our current and future transportation needs,” says Vernon Mayor Robert Sawatzky.

Check your mail for your survey invite card. Households can also obtain an access code from www.OKTravelSurvey.ca, email (info@oktravelsurvey.ca) or by phone (1-877-778-8220).

Aircraft incident at YLW
Aircraft Veers Off Runway

At approximately 11:45 a.m., a student pilot from a local flight school flying a Cessna 172 was conducting "touch and go" training on runway 16. The aircraft veered off the runway and ended up in Mill Creek.

YLW Aircraft Rescue Firefighters are on scene. The pilot walked away from the aircraft and is receiving a medical assessment from BC Ambulance.

The runway is open and commercial flights in and out of YLW are as scheduled. Environmental measures are in place for Mill Creek located along the runway.

Media requesting photographs are requested to meet at Gate 30 which is adjacent to Nav Canada Tower along  Old Vernon Road.

 

 

Fire Prevention Week
Caution when cooking

Kelowna Fire Department is joining with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents about how easily kitchen fires can start.

During this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, Oct. 6-12, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires — most of which result from unattended cooking — and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

According to the latest research from the non-profit NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen — more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Rick Euper, Fire and Life Safety Educator for the Kelowna Fire Department. “Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson."

Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least 1 metre away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
  • Ensure your smoke alarm is working — test smoke alarms regularly and replace if more than 10 years old.

Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

Council Highlights
Sept. 30, 2013

International Children’s Games highlights

Council received a presentation of highlights from the International Children’s Summer Games in August in Windsor, Ont. Kelowna has sent 162 young athletes and coaches to IC Games in Kelowna, Scotland, South Korea, Russia, and Windsor, participating in 13 sports.

District Energy update

Council received an update from FortisBC on the proposed District Energy System in downtown Kelowna. District Energy is 20-25 percent more efficient than natural gas, therefore using less fossil fuel to heat buildings and resulting in less carbon emitted. Council also approved the Definitive Operating Agreement and Supplementary Permitting and Fee Agreement between the City and FortisBC Alternative Energy Services to establish the District Energy System in downtown Kelowna with construction anticipated for 2014.

Cultural Grants

Council received an overview of the City’s 2014 Cultural Grants program, including Operating, Project and Community Public Art Grants. Two public information workshops at the Kelowna Library are scheduled for Oct. 8 and 10, 2013 to assist with the application process. New this year, Operating Grant recipients will receive detailed feedback about their applications and may be required to demonstrate improvement by the following year. Also new this year is support for Organization Development projects which can improve an organization’s effectiveness and community impact.

Appaloosa Pre-design

Council received an update from staff on the pre-design for water, sewer and roads in the Arab/Appaloosa Road area, and directed staff to report back with more economically feasible options for residents of that area.

Downtown Kelowna Bylaw

Council adopted the Kelowna Downtown Business Improvement Area Bylaw, setting their funding for the next five years.

Carpool Month

Kelowna City Councillors committed to carpooling during October for Carpool month and have challenged residents and other cities to do the same. For more information, visit carpool.ca.

 

Government partnership improves Kelowna transit service
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Infrastructure Canada
News Release

Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, joined Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country, Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission, Walter Gray, Mayor of Kelowna, and Mike Davis, chief operating officer and vice-president operations for BC Transit to celebrate the official opening of the new Rutland Transit Exchange and welcome three new Vicinity buses.

"Investments in public transit will keep Kelowna’s residents and visitors moving, contribute to productivity, and reduce the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions across the region," said Cannan. "Our government is proud to invest in infrastructure projects, such as the Rutland Exchange, as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada."

The Rutland transit exchange is part of the frequent transit network, and provides commuters with direct access to RapidBus service. The network offers riders service at least every 15 minutes, or more frequently, during peak hours. The new exchange is also part of the City of Kelowna’s revitalization program for the area.

In addition to the new transit exchange, three new Vicinity buses will be added to Kelowna’s regional transit system beginning this week. The environmentally friendly buses are designed to meet community needs and will improve access for people with mobility challenges. They also provide long-term fuel and maintenance savings for communities. Kelowna is one of six communities in B.C. to receive the new sleek and modern buses.

"Transit service is essential to supporting families and building strong communities," said Letnick. "In addition to the recent RapidBus expansion to the Westside, these new improvements will make taking the bus easier and encourage more people to ride the bus."

The Rutland transit exchange was funded through a $1.4-million contribution from the federal Gas Tax Fund, $2 million from the Government of British Columbia and $1.1 million from the City of Kelowna, for a total of $4.5 million.

"This project is the first major component in the revitalization of the Rutland Town Centre," said Gray. "The Rutland Transit Exchange and associated roadway and pedestrian improvements have made a tremendous improvement for the Rutland community, residents and businesses."

RapidBus service, once complete in summer 2014, will provide 30 kilometres of service between University of British Columbia Okanagan and West Kelowna. This will save transit users approximately 20 minutes travel time, making it easier and faster for families and commuters.

"This exchange, the new Vicinity buses and RapidBus all add up to better transit service for Kelowna area residents," said Davis. "BC Transit is pleased to have partnered with the federal, provincial and local governments to connect people to their destinations easier and faster than ever before."

The RapidBus project costs $46 million, with the Government of Canada contributing up to $10.9 million from the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component and another $6 million from the Gas Tax Fund. The Government of B.C. is contributing $23.9 million, the City of Kelowna $5.2 million and West Kelowna is contributing land.

The federal Gas Tax Fund transfer provides long-term funding to municipalities across the country to build and revitalize their local infrastructure. The Government of Canada has now made the GTF a permanent transfer and has proposed improvements that will see the GTF grow from its current $2 billion per year, while providing increased flexibility on how the money can be used to fund local infrastructure priorities. Discussions are underway with provinces and territories to renew the GTF agreements so that these improvements can be implemented as soon as possible.

Between 2006 and 2014, British Columbia will receive more than $1.56 billion from the Gas Tax Fund transfer to improve local infrastructure. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in B.C., in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

Learn more:

For information on Kelowna RapidBus, visit: www.kelownarapidbus.ca

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure, visit: www.infrastructure.gc.ca or follow us on Twitter at @INFC_eng

For information on the Government of British Columbia’s Transit Plan, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/Transit_Plan/

For information on BC Transit, visit: www.bctransit.com/

For information on transit in the City of Kelowna, visit: kelowna.ca

Dog park signs err on the side of caution
Temporary signs have been posted

Temporary signs have been posted at local dog parks alerting pet owners to reports of chemically laced bread being left on the ground.

Reports of contaminated buns or doughnuts and an odour of anti-freeze are unconfirmed by the City of Kelowna and Kelowna RCMP, but the temporary warning signs were posted as a precaution.

“The signs are going up just to make sure dog owners monitor their pets at all times,” said Parks Services Manager Ian Wilson. “We have investigated the reports but couldn’t confirm there was any contaminated bread left in the Glenmore or Rutland dog parks.”

Wilson says the RCMP have been made aware of the allegation and he urges pet owners to keep a lookout and to immediately report anything suspicious.

Kelowna Parks staff have followed up with a local veterinarian about a dog that was reportedly poisoned last weekend and the veterinarian indicated that testing showed no evidence of poison.

For more information about dog park locations, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

October is Carpool Month
Many prizes to be won

Commuters are encouraged to give carpooling a try during the Okanagan’s seventh Annual Carpool event in October.

Okanagan residents could win one of five $100 fuel cards by visiting carpool.ca and joining in activities such as signing up for the first time, finding carpool partners, submitting carpool stories and more.

The carpool program is part of the Central Okanagan’s smartTRIPS program, which encourages residents to use alternative forms of transportation.

“Apart from lessening our impact on the environment, carpooling makes good economic sense for motorists,” says Active Transportation Coordinator Mike Kittmer. “At a time when people are really trying to watch their pennies, carpooling is an easy way to reduce costs on fuel, parking and vehicle maintenance.”

Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray has proclaimed October 2013, Carpool Month and Okanagan communities from Vernon to Oliver participate in the event. The program is not just for people who live within city limits; in fact, approximately 20 per cent of commuters drive in from communities outside of major centres. In areas where public transit might not be readily available, carpooling makes even better sense.

There are nearly 900 registered users of carpool.ca in the Okanagan. The user-friendly system is secure and free. As more and more people register, carpooling becomes a viable transportation alternative for commuters.

“It’s important to note that carpooling doesn’t require a large commitment,” says Anne Marie Thornton, Manager of Carpool.ca. “Our desire to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions tends to be secondary to our need for convenience, so consider carpooling once or twice a week to start.”

For more information on carpooling and reducing your vehicle use, please visit smartTRIPS.ca.

Council Highlights
Sept. 23, 2013

Awards at UBCM

Mayor Walter Gray shared information about three awards presented to the City of Kelowna at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention last week. The City won the UBCM Community Excellence Award for Best Practices for its mobile service request system. It received the Open for Business Award from the B.C. Small Business Roundtable and a Community Recognition Award from WoodWORKS! B.C. for the use of wood in the new Glenmore Landfill administration building.

National Culture Days

Council was presented with a poem by local spoken word artist Rawle James to raise awareness about Culture Days in Kelowna. Running Sept. 27-29, Culture Days is a collaborative coast-to-coast-to-coast volunteer movement to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

ALR Exclusion

Council supported an exclusion from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) for the properties at 2025 Springfield Rd. and 2120 Cooper Rd., located across from Orchard Plaza, to facilitate the creation of a mixed use development.  If supported by the Agricultural Land Commission, this proposal could support residential units, as well as commercial and office space.

Collett Manor Extension

Council approved an extension for the final adoption of the rezoning of properties in the Hospital Health District proposed for a mixed-use development. The proposed Collett Manor Medical & Residential Facility would provide additional accommodation and office space in the area.

Okanagan Symphony

Council approved a five year lease to the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Society for the use of the Knowles House for office and storage space.

 

Guisachan Road reopens between Gordon & Burtch
Traffic Advisory

Today after 2 p.m., Guisachan Road from Gordon Drive east to Burtch Road will reopen to motorists.

The road improvements have now been completed as part of the City of Kelowna's 2013 pavement management program.

The City of Kelowna thanks motorists, residents and businesses for their patience.  Visit kelowna.ca\roadreport for current road construction information or to view the capital projects map.

City collects awards at UBCM convention
Best practices, open for business and use of wood

City of Kelowna representatives met with provincial officials to discuss important local issues at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Association annual convention.

“We initiated a lot of conversations that we will continue to pursue as ministers return to business and we continue to push our priorities, such as a second crossing and better cost-sharing arrangements with the provincial government,” said Mayor Walter Gray.

“We don’t get a lot of opportunities to talk with and listen to ministers and deputy ministers, so we take full advantage of the opportunity when we can.”

City of Kelowna has an excellent reputation among provincial officials as a good partner, said Mayor Gray.

“We’re a growing city and we’re a progressive, innovative partner that always has its eye on sustainable infrastructure and practices,” he said.

Mayor Gray and Councillors Luke Stack, Maxine DeHart and Gail Given collected three awards at the conference that highlight the City of Kelowna’s innovative and sustainable approach to local government.

The City of Kelowna received the Open for Business Award from the B.C. Small Business Roundtable, which comes with a $10,000 cash award to invest in business enhancement.

“We strive for a small-business-friendly community climate in two ways. Internally, staff focus on improving the economic climate through red tape reduction, strategic investments, and process and customer service improvements,” said Mayor Gray. “And externally, we take a Team Kelowna approach -- we work through partnerships to help create a fully integrated support system to nurture and grow business and investment.”

The City of Kelowna also received a UBCM Community Excellence Award for Best Practices, which recognizes the City’s development of a mobile option for public requests for a service.

The Service Request System is an online tool that directs requests from members of the public to the appropriate person for action or information. Requests can be made by phone, computer and –- introduced earlier this year -- by mobile device.

The UBCM describes the award as an opportunity to showcase municipalities that ‘lead the pack’, take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships, question established ways of doing business and pioneer new customer service practices.

The City of Kelowna’s third award was from WoodWORKS! BC.

The City’s use of wood in the new Glenmore Landfill administration building was recognized with a Community Recognition Award from the Canadian Wood Council.

The City of Kelowna has a policy of considering the use of wood products in its building projects where appropriate, in an effort to support the local economy and the people who work in the B.C. lumber industry.

Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray said receiving these awards is gratifying and an indication of Kelowna’s commitment to economic and environmental innovation.

“Best practices and industry standards are great, but the City of Kelowna also wants to show leadership where it can. The UBCM awards recognize our efforts to be innovative and customer-oriented, and the WoodWORKS! Award shows our commitment to sustainable buildings and support for the local economy.”

Complete your regional travel survey
Help steer the Okanagan’s transportation future

Whether it’s to school, work or the grocery store, Okanagan residents make thousands of “trips” every day in our growing region. The Cities of Kelowna and Vernon, the Districts of West Kelowna, Peachland, and Lake Country, the Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan, have partnered to conduct a joint regional travel survey starting Sept. 23.

The Okanagan Travel Survey is a household-based survey for all residents of the Central Okanagan and City of Vernon (more than 91,000 households). Invitation cards with unique access codes will be mailed to households, inviting residents to participate. Watch your mail over the next few weeks for the Okanagan Regional Travel Survey, or visit www.oktravelsurvey.ca to find out more.  Households that have opted out of Canada Post’s flyer distribution can register online or call 1-877-778-8220 to receive their access codes.

The survey is easy to do – once information about each household, their family members, and vehicle information is provided, a day will be assigned in which each family member simply logs all the trips they make on a single day. The information provided will be kept completely confidential and will be reported only in aggregate statistics.

“The feedback we receive will help us plan our transportation systems to better fit residents’ needs,” says Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. “Through the survey, we hope to gain a better understanding of the travel behaviours of residents in Kelowna and other participating communities and thus help determine future transportation infrastructure and services. It’s important that residents complete the survey.”

The last similar survey was completed in 2007 and will be compared to this year’s survey results to identify trends and changes. Having accurate and up-to-date information on the travel patterns of residents will help communities, the Ministry of Transportation and BC Transit to assess current transportation needs, identify trends and develop transportation strategies and improvements.

“A survey of this type is key to future transportation and land-use planning decisions throughout the Okanagan. This snapshot of how people travel day-to-day will help us assess our current and future transportation needs,” says Vernon Mayor Robert Sawatzky.

Begin your survey once you receive your invite in the mail and be entered for a chance to win one of more than 100 prizes, including a grand prize of a $5,000 shopping spree, three $1,000 mini-shopping sprees, $5,500 worth of gift cards, a weekend for a family of four (including lift tickets, lessons, lodging, rentals, tubing, and skating) at Big White Ski Resort plus opening day lift tickets, seasons and FlexPack tickets to West Kelowna Warriors, and 60 $25 gift certificates from Kelly O’Bryan’s Neighborhood Restaurants.

More than one million passengers at YLW arrive a month early
YLW Passes One Million Passengers for 2013

Kelowna International Airport (YLW) has surpassed the one millionth passenger mark, the earliest in its history.

“This year, and especially this summer, has been phenomenal for air travel through YLW,” says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. “In 2005, we reached our first millionth passenger that year around December 10, last year it was mid-September. To top that number this year in August was a surprise, but it coincides with the great tourist season felt throughout the Valley this July and August.”

At the end of August, YLW passenger numbers reached 1,001,294 which is almost three per cent more than the same period in 2012. Since January, every month was a record breaking month. July and August became the busiest summer in YLW history with more than 14,000 more passengers combined flying through YLW.

“The tourist season in the summer is typically strong,” says Nancy Cameron Tourism Kelowna CEO. “However this summer we saw our tourist numbers increase right through to the end of Labour Day weekend.”

“So far this has been a great year for YLW and air service growth,” says Samaddar. “With new flights and destinations, we are bringing a lot more people to the Okanagan and we are giving those in B.C.’s Southern Interior more destination options from YLW. As we head into what is expected to be a busy winter travel season, we are looking forward to the outcome of 2013.”

Air North Yukon’s Airline recently announced it will continue to link the Yukon and the Okanagan year-round, so it’s no longer just a beach holiday travellers may be considering this winter.

Imagine taking in a dog sledding adventure or experiencing the mystical Northern Lights as a part of the Yukon experience. Three-day travel packages from YLW to Whitehorse are now on sale until Dec. 16, which includes flight and accommodations for $595 including fees and taxes.

It is also expected many North of 60 will take advantage of the year-round service to enjoy the four seasons of the Okanagan.

“Air service between the Okanagan and Yukon was launched on June 6, 2013 as a four-month trial,” says Samaddar. “Having this service available year-round now will provide great access to both our regions. Those in the Yukon can take advantage of our milder winters, our winter daylight hours, fantastic ski hill options and even the connections from YLW to our many sun destinations.”

For those thinking about squeezing into a swimsuit and a holiday to a warmer climate this winter, non-stop flights and destination options at YLW continue to grow:

  • Year-round daily service to Los Angeles on United Airlines remains a popular flight as it celebrates one-year at YLW this December.
  • Flights to Phoenix will start again on Oct. 26 with an increase to twice a week service on Saturdays and Mondays with WestJet.
  • Try your luck in Las Vegas with non-stop flights every Thursday and Sunday on WestJet beginning Oct. 27.
  • Los Cabos, Mexico flights begin Oct. 26 every Saturday on WestJet
  • Cancun, Mexico service begins Oct. 27 with WestJet on Sundays and Wednesdays with an additional Saturday flight by Transat Holidays starting on Dec. 21
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico proves to be another popular destination with Friday service on WestJet starting Oct. 25 and Transat Holidays every Friday as of Dec. 20
  • A new Mexico destination is added this year on Thursdays by Sunwing to Ixtapa/Zihuantanejo starting Dec. 19

To learn more about the winter sun destinations at YLW attend the airport’s annual Hot Sun Event on Saturday, Oct. 19 or visit the airport’s official website at ylw.kelowna.ca.

BACKGROUND

 Airlines serving YLW& its non-stop destinations: 

Serving 1.45 million passengers, YLW offers 66 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Air North, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, WestJet and United Airlines to Vancouver, Abbotsford, Victoria, Prince George, Whitehorse, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles, plus seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun, and sun destination charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Mexico.

Click here for historical Passenger Stats at YLW & for Destinations click here

YLW Hot Sun Destination Event

Saturday October 19th 11 am – 3 pm

The annual YLW Hot Sun Travel Event will be taking place.  The public is invited to this free event for a chance to explore, ask questions and even book their next tropical vacation. Feeling lucky? Enter for a chance to win one of the four amazing prizes up for grabs; travel vouchers for two to any WestJet destination, tickets for two to Cancun with Transat Holidays, Air Canada tickets for two to Hawaii and an all-inclusive holiday package for two to Ixtapa Mexico with Sunwing Vacations! Tickets for the draws will be sold for 1 for $5, 3 for $10 and 6 for $20.  All proceeds will be provided to Arion Therapeutic Farm in SE Kelowna and its “Raise the Roof” campaign.  The prize draws will take place after the event at 3 pm.

Council Highlights
Sept. 9, 2013

Superstore development

Council authorized a development permit for the expansion of retail space and parking at the current Superstore location. The development will include three new buildings, including a Keg restaurant.

Housing Agreements

Council directed staff to proceed with next steps to rescind all ownership Housing Agreements Authorization Bylaws. Given the current housing market, it is no longer difficult to find a re-sale stratified home at or below the City’s starter home price of $209,902.

Development Application Notification

Council endorsed a new policy to reduce the area for statutory development application notification, in exchange for a more reader-friendly “Get Connected” informational notice that would be distributed to a larger area.

Connecting Canadians Through Canada's Democracy Week
Elections Canada news release

Elections Canada is inviting Canadians to participate in Canada's Democracy Week from September 16 to 23, 2013. The week will include events and activities across the country.

This year, Canadians are being asked to celebrate the theme Connect with democracy. "Democracy works best when people feel an active sense of ownership," says Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Marc Mayrand. "Youth have proven to be perceptive and engaged citizens. Canada's Democracy Week is about celebrating what youth are doing to promote democracy in their communities."

Here are some highlights of this year's Canada's Democracy Week:

  • The National Democracy Challenge is back. The contest invites Canadian youth, aged 14 to 30, to submit a video, image or piece of writing that showcases democracy in action. Entries will be judged by the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Rick Mercer and George Stroumboulopoulos, and the winners will receive prizes.
  • Events will be held with the University of British Columbia, the University of Manitoba, the University of Ottawa and Dalhousie University, where students and panelists will exchange ideas about the importance of democracy and voting.
  • A public roundtable discussion featuring leaders in democratic engagement will be co-hosted by Institut du Nouveau Monde in Montréal.
  • Rep Day is being coordinated by CIVIX in several high schools. Elected representatives will visit classrooms to discuss current political issues with students.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is launching a democracy module as part of its Keystone youth leadership program, and the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Education is launching a youth civic education module to be delivered by future teachers at the Encounters with Canada program.
  • Following Canada's Democracy Week, on September 28, Mr. Mayrand will be speaking at the Power of the Arts National Forum hosted by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Carleton University, where he will discuss the importance of civic engagement.

Canada's Democracy Week is an Elections Canada civic education initiative that was first launched in September 2011. It is built around the United Nations' International Day of Democracy, celebrated worldwide on September 15.

Road closure on Guisachan Road for reconstruction
Traffic Advisory

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6 a.m., Guisachan Road from Gordon Drive east to Burtch Road will be closed to thru traffic and a detour will be in effect to accommodate road and sidewalk improvements.

The road is scheduled to open Friday, Sept. 27, weather permitting.

Access to businesses and residences on Guisachan Road without alternate access will be maintained. Motorists are encouraged to plan their commute.

For the purpose of public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and local residents to stay off the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. The public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

This work is part of the City of Kelowna's 2013 pavement management program which will re-surface approximately 19 kilometres involving nine different road segments.

The City of Kelowna thanks motorists, residents and businesses for their patience.  Visit kelowna.ca\roadreport for current road construction information or to view the capital projects map.

Bernard Ave revitalization to see additional phase
Revising the schedule for Phase 3

The City of Kelowna is revising the schedule for Phase 3 of the Bernard Avenue Revitalization due to the current labour dispute at FortisBC.

The third phase of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna’s “Main Street” began on Sept. 3 as scheduled, however only the area from St. Paul to Ellis streets including the Ellis intersection, is not affected by electrical utility works and will be completed this fall.

"It’s a regrettable situation, but to mitigate impact to businesses only the area where we know the work can be completed will be started,” said Bill Berry, Director of Design & Construction Services.

Completion of Phase 3a is scheduled for the end of November with the remaining section, from Pandosy to Ellis streets, to begin in early spring with Bernard Avenue completed in its entirety by June 2014.

The City of Kelowna thanks residents, businesses and motorists for their patience.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for the most up-to-date information and to learn more about the many projects happening downtown.

Bernard Avenue road closures
Traffic Advisory

Beginning Tuesday, September 3, at 5 a.m. Bernard Avenue from St. Paul to Ellis Streets will be closed to motorists to accommodate the utility replacement and streetscaping as part of the revitalization of Bernard Avenue.

The Ellis Street intersection will be closed to motorists and the truck route will be rerouted temporarily to Gordon Drive. Detour routes will be clearly marked and traffic safety personnel will be on site directing traffic.

Access to businesses and pedestrian walkways is a priority and will be maintained. Pedestrian crossings located at St. Paul and on the west side of Ellis streets will be permitted when safe.

All transit routes into and out of the Queensway transit station will continue as usual, routes serving downtown may experience delays due to construction. Visit bctransit.com/regions/kel for schedules and plan travel accordingly.

An amendment to the noise bylaw was granted by Council to allow extended construction hours of 6 a.m. to midnight. Occasional work may also occur outside of these times to minimize impacts on businesses and limit the time of active construction in the area.

Completion of the third phase of construction is anticipated at the end of November.

The City of Kelowna appreciates the patience of residents, businesses and motorists while construction is taking place. Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects to learn more about the project.

Kelowna firefighters wear pink for the cure
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This September, the Kelowna Fire Department will swap their typical uniforms for something a little more colourful.

Throughout September, all members of the Fire Department will be wearing pink t-shirts while on duty to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure.

“The Kelowna Professional Firefighter's Association is once again excited to partner with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research,” says Jason Picklyk, Kelowna Firefighter. “We are selling the pink shirts at Station 1 on Enterprise Way to raise money and awareness for this great cause. The shirts are of course pink and include the phrase Brave enough to wear pink, because we care.”

A minimum donation of $20 is being requested for a pink shirt. Anyone interested in purchasing a shirt can contact Jason Picklyk at 250-859-1517. All sale proceeds will support the Kelowna Professional Firefighter's Charitable Society's donation to this year's CIBC Run for the Cure.

The 22nd annual CIBC Run for the Cure takes place on Sunday October 6, at City Park in Kelowna. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest single-day, volunteer-led fundraising event for breast cancer in Canada. For more information, visit www.cbcf.org.

 

Labour Day hours of operation at civic properties
Public Service Announcement

To mark Labour Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, September 2.    

The Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. giving you time to pick up your fall OgoGrow or GlenGrow - available at the Glenmore Landfill or the Commonage Road Compost Facility until 4 p.m.

Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. however the aquatic area will be temporarily closed from until September 7 for annual general maintenance. This closure will affect the main pool, children’s play pool, whirlpool and steam room. The aquatic area is scheduled to reopen on Sunday, September 8.

For general information about the City and its services, please visit kelowna.ca.

Council Highlights
Aug. 26, 2013

Energy Diet

Council agreed to support FortisBC’s Okanagan Energy Diet and provide $25 per home, for up to 1,000 Kelowna homes that take part. The program contributes to the City’s commitment to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings by reducing energy consumption. For more information about the ener-vention, go to FortisBC.com/energydiet.

Airport Fees

Council approved amendments to the Airport Fees and Charges Bylaw that will allow the City’s Marketing and Advertising Agency of Record to sell ad space on the Airport’s behalf. Seventy per cent of the ad revenue will be paid to the airport.

Draft City Park Concept Plan

Council directed staff to work with Tourism Kelowna to explore ways to reduce the size of the proposed building, as well as its associated impacts and to report back to Council.

New affordable rental options coming to Kelowna
BC Housing news release

KELOWNA - Families and individuals with low to modest incomes will benefit from new affordable rental options, thanks to a new agreement between the B.C. government and City of Kelowna.

The development, which will create up to 90 apartments, is located at 1700 Chapman Place and will be part of the larger city-owned Central Green site in Kelowna.

"This development will give people a safe, affordable place to call home," said Premier Christy Clark. "I look forward to breaking ground, seeing construction begin, and making progress towards meeting Kelowna's housing needs."

A formal proposal call for a non-profit housing provider to build and operate the affordable housing stock on the site will be issued in late summer, with the successful proponent expected to be announced in fall 2013.

"The Central Green redevelopment presented a great opportunity for the province and city to work together again to deliver new affordable housing in Kelowna," said Rich Coleman, Minister Responsible for Housing. "This project builds on a number of successful partnerships we have had with the city."

"This project will support low to modest income families and individuals in our community, added Walter Gray, City of Kelowna mayor. "The need to incorporate affordable housing on the Central Green site was recognized as a priority when plans for the new neighbourhood were developed in consultation with Kelowna citizens."

The Province will work with the city and project partners to determine funding details once the project moves into the later stages of development. The City of Kelowna will contribute the land.

The new agreement between the Province and City builds upon an already successful partnership. The first partnership of this kind was an agreement in 2004 for construction of 36 supportive housing units. Another agreement in 2008 created 128 units at three new supportive housing developments for those most in need in Kelowna.

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested $3.6 billion to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals, seniors and families. This year, more than 98,000 B.C. households will benefit from provincial housing programs and services.
  • In 2012-13, the B.C. government invested over $10.7 million to provide subsidized housing and rent supplements for more than 3,000 Kelowna households.

    About Central Green
  • The Central Green development is the old Kelowna Senior Secondary School site, at Harvey Avenue & Richter Street and is owned by the City of Kelowna. The site is vacant following the demolition of the old high school and is approximately five hectares in size.
  • The development will have multi-family developments, retail spaces, and commercial areas that will complement the existing downtown business sector.
  • There are six parcels available for development, a community park and one lot reserved for the affordable housing development which will have up to 90 units in one building.

Learn More:

To learn more about affordable housing in B.C., visit: www.bchousing.org

To learn more about Central Green, visit: www.kelowna.ca/cityprojects

City of Kelowna joins FortisBC PowerSense for an ener-vention
Kelowna residents get the skinny on energy savings

City Council is committed to helping Kelowna residents get the skinny on energy savings. At today’s meeting they agreed to support FortisBC’s Okanagan Energy Diet and provide $25 per home, for up to 1000 Kelowna homes that take part in the program.

FortisBC will provide Okanagan Energy Diet participants with a discounted energy assessment, energy saving products installed directly in their home, hands-on help applying for up to $6,000 worth of rebates, and if eligible, financing options to make energy efficient improvements to their home.

“The City is proud to be a municipal partner in the Okanagan Energy Diet,” said Kelowna Mayor, Walter Gray. “The program helps meet our community goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020 and also helps residents save energy dollars in their homes.”

Research for Kelowna’s 2012 Community Climate Action Plan identified that for 32 per cent of residents, the cost of making energy efficiency home upgrades is a barrier to reducing home energy use. This program provides, at a reduced cost, a step by step process for residents to take advantage of residential rebates for home upgrades that will result in long term energy savings.

“These energy diets have proven to be a very effective way to help customers make energy saving upgrades to their homes.” said Tom Loski, vice-president of customer service for FortisBC. “In fact, during our Rossland Energy Diet many participants reduced their energy use by 50 per cent or more.”

FortisBC’s Energy Diet specifically supports two goals as outlined in Kelowna’s Community Climate Action Plan. These include partnering with utility companies to implement community-based social marketing programs to encourage energy efficient upgrades, and reducing natural gas and electrical energy consumption in existing buildings by 3 per cent below 2007 levels.

The City of Kelowna joins other Okanagan communities such as Penticton, Keremeos and Osoyoos that will partner with FortisBC to provide residents with direct support in making home energy upgrades.

Quick Facts:

  • Participants will receive a home energy assessment and installation of energy efficiency products, such as: outlet insulation, a low flow shower head, and kitchen tap aerators, for $35- about 90 per cent off the regular price of $400. They can also use the FortisBC energy calculator (fortisbc.com/energycalculator) to compare the costs of different home heating energy sources and individual appliance energy costs.
  • A local energy coach will help customers through the process and offer energy-saving tips along the way.
  • Participants can access up to $4,000 in rebates from LiveSmart BC and up to $2,000 in rebates from FortisBC.
  • Some participants may qualify for loans for completing their energy upgrades. These will show up on their electricity bills, making re-payment simple.
  • Since it was founded in 1989, FortisBC’s PowerSense program has helped Southern Interior electricity customers save more than 445 gigawatt hours. That’s enough electricity to power 35,000 homes every year for twenty four years.

To learn more about the Okanagan Energy Diet and for details about the Kelowna ener-vention event on September 9, visit fortisbc.com/energydiet or call 1-866-436-7847. For more information on the City of Kelowna’s Community Climate Action Plan, visit kelowna.ca/environment.

Vote for Bernard Avenue as a ‘Best Place’ in Canada
Contest runs until September 23, 2013

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is hosting its annual competition to recognize Canada's truly special places, and the revitalized Bernard Avenue is in the running to win.

“What we have with Bernard Avenue is truly unique,” says Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. “Residents and tourists alike gather and spend time downtown at a variety of outdoor cafes and shops. It’s really just a fantastic place to bring your family and spend time connecting with our City’s heritage and culture, and support local business.”

Residents are encouraged to vote for Bernard Avenue in the Best Streets category. There are four other streets in the running, from Malahat Drive on Vancouver Island to Saint Catherine Street in Montreal.

“We’re asking residents to vote and show their pride for our City,” says Mayor Gray. “Bernard Avenue has been transformed from a road to a destination.”

The contest runs until September 23, 2013 and you can vote for Bernard Avenue as a Best Place in Canada with one simple click here.

Documentary – “Firestorm: Out of the Ashes”
Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters News Release

The Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society would like to thank Ascent Films Inc. for the spectacular premier Friday evening of their documentary, Firestorm: Out of the Ashes. The film really does a great job to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Okanagan Mountain Forest Fire and received great reviews from the sold out crowd.

A special thanks to Director, Jiri Bakala and Writer/Producer, Melissa Johnson

DVD’s of the documentary will be available for a couple of weeks at the main fire station located at 2255 Enterprise Way between 8:00am and 4:00pm at a cost of $20.00 each, with all proceeds going to The Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society.

You can also purchase the DVD online: http://kelownafirefighters.com/store/.

Local company wins Kelowna RapidBus contract
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure News Release

KELOWNA - Emil Anderson Construction Inc. of Kelowna has been awarded a $4.8-million contract to expand RapidBus BC, providing transportation options for families and communities and creating jobs.

RapidBus BC provides passengers with faster, more frequent bus transportation. Since the service began in 2010, ridership has grown almost 10 per cent between downtown Kelowna and the University of British Columbia-Okanagan (UBCO).

"Improved transit service gets people home to their families faster, and allows more people to commute to work or school," said Premier Christy Clark. "RapidBus will provide a sustainable and efficient transportation network, save time, and encourage more people to take the bus."

Building on the success of RapidBus BC in Kelowna, the service will be expanded to West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation. The expansion includes building four transit stations and two transit exchanges, which will connect to the existing RapidBus service between downtown Kelowna and UBCO. Construction will start in September and is expected to finish in July 2014. Service is expected to begin in summer 2014.

"RapidBus will improve transit linkages and service for our region," said Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. "I am really happy to see that construction of the Gordon and Richter Stations along Highway 97 in Kelowna will commence later this year."

"The District of West Kelowna is pleased to see that construction will soon begin on two new exchanges in our community," said West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater. "We envision the exchange on Elliott Road will complement our efforts for Westbank Centre revitalization, and the Boucherie Exchange will service an important recreation and municipal hub as well as the students of Mt. Boucherie school."

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $10.9 million from the Building Canada Fund and another $6 million from the Gas Tax Fund towards the $46 million project. The government of B.C. is contributing $23.9 million, the City of Kelowna is contributing $5.2 million and West Kelowna is contributing land.

"Connecting the RapidBus from UBCO through the City of Kelowna to the Westside and through WFN lands will be a great benefit to our communities, members and residents," said Westbank First Nation Chief Robert Louie. "Westbank First Nation is proud to be a partner on this sustainable transportation initiative, which will bring environmental and economic rewards to the region."

"Awarding this contract is a major step forward for Kelowna's RapidBus - a service that will provide BC Transit's customers with a more efficient and effective transit system," said BC Transit president and chief executive officer Manuel Achadinha.

Learn more:

For information on Kelowna RapidBus, visit: www.kelownarapidbus.ca

 

BACKGROUNDER

RapidBus expansion projects in Kelowna

The first portion of RapidBus BC in Kelowna was completed in September 2010 and includes service between the University of BC Okanagan campus and Queensway in downtown Kelowna.

The direct service includes modern, attractive amenities, technology to extend green lights and real-time passenger information displays on the buses and at the exchanges.

The RapidBus expansion will include service to the Westbank First Nation and District of West Kelowna. The contract includes building:

  • Transit exchanges at Westbank Centre and Boucherie Mountain in West Kelowna.
  • Transit stations at Westside Road and Butt Road in Westbank First Nation.
  • Transit stations at Highway 97 and Gordon Drive and Highway 97 and Richter Street in Kelowna.

Construction will start in September and is expected to finish in July 2014. Once complete, the entire Kelowna RapidBus BC project will include six new or improved exchanges, four new stations, branded shelters and real-time passenger information displays.

Council Highlights
Aug 12, 2013

Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathon

Council supported the request from Pacific Sport for a liquor license for the Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathon that will be held Sept. 7, 2014. Nearly 2,000 people are expected to run in this inaugural race, which begins at 7 a.m. at Vibrant Vines winery and finishes in Kelowna’s Waterfront Park with a Wine and Music Festival.

Kelowna Downtown Business Improvement Area

Council endorsed the renewal of the Kelowna Downtown Business Improvement Area and its annual fundraising through taxes charged on light industry and business class properties in the area. The main purpose of the association is to promote the businesses within the specified area by coordinating efforts for marketing and promotions, events and advertising.

Gordon Dr from Hwy 97 to Springfield closed for weekend
Public Service Announcement

Gordon Drive between Highway 97 and Springfield road will be closed to traffic on Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for final paving. Please use alternate access to the businesses and residences during this time.

For the purpose of public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and local residents to stay off the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. The public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

Motorists can expect delays and are encouraged to plan their commute.

This work is part of the City of Kelowna's 2013 pavement management program which will re-surface approximately 19 kilometres involving nine different road segments.

The City of Kelowna thanks motorists, residents and businesses for their patience.  Visit kelowna.ca\roadreport for current road construction information or to view the capital projects map.

BC Day hours of operation at civic properties
Public Service Announcement

To mark British Columbia Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, Aug. 5.    

The Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and the Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For events happening around Kelowna this weekend, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Campfire Ban in Central Okanagan Regional District
RDCO news release

Starting tomorrow all campfires will be prohibited throughout all Central Okanagan municipalities.

The ban takes effect at noon Thursday, August 1st and coincides with the similar action announced by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations across the Kamloops Fire Centre area within BC Parks, Crown and private lands.  The ban will remain in effect until further notice.

As a result of extremely dry conditions and an extended period of hot, dry weather, local fire chiefs have decided to implement the total ban on campfires within all local government jurisdictions of the Regional District of Central Okanagan, including the City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas.  Campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna.  A campfire ban has been in effect for the District of Peachland since July 15th.

Open burning has not been allowed within any jurisdiction of the Regional District and member municipalities since April.

As well, local bylaws prohibit the use of any fireworks at any time throughout most areas of the Central Okanagan.   Use of fireworks in the District of Lake Country must be approved in writing by the Fire Chief.

Violators could receive a fine and be charged the cost of the fire department response to a burning complaint.  Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning by calling the Kelowna Fire Department Regional Dispatch Centre at 250-469-8577.

Gordon Drive from Hwy 97 to Springfield road closures
Traffic Advisory

Gordon Drive will be resurfaced within the next three weeks and roadway preparation work is already underway between Highway 97 and Springfield road.

Beginning today crews are working intermittently to prepare the road by cleaning, sweeping, sealing cracks and completing some minor shoulder repairs. Expect delays as short-term lane closures or detours will occur until the roadworks expected completion on Sunday Aug. 11.

On Tuesday, Aug. 6 and Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 5 p.m. to midnight, traffic pattern changes will be in effect. Two-way traffic will be maintained.

On Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11 Gordon Drive will be closed entirely to traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for final paving. Please use alternate access to the businesses and residences during this time.

Motorists can expect delays and are encouraged to plan their commute.

For the purpose of public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and local residents to stay off the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. The public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

This work is part of the City of Kelowna's 2013 pavement management program which will re-surface approximately 19 kilometres involving nine different road segments.

The pavement management program prioritizes and determines how to upgrade and repair the roads surface based on various tests and software analysis that provide a numerical ranking for each road.

The 2013 asphalt and paving contract was awarded to Emil Anderson Construction Inc. for approximately $2.5 million; the work is expected to be complete by October 2013.

The City of Kelowna thanks motorists, residents and businesses for their patience.  Visit kelowna.ca\roadreport for current road construction information or to view the capital projects map.

Gordon Drive from KLO to Ladner Road lane closures
Traffic Advisory

Gordon Drive between KLO and Ladner roads will be resurfaced within the next three weeks.

Beginning today, crews are working intermittently to prepare the road by cleaning, sweeping, sealing cracks and completing some minor shoulder repairs. Expect delays as short-term lane closures or detours will occur until the roadworks expected completion on Friday Aug. 16.

Lane closures will be in effect for north and southbound traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 7, Aug. 15 and Aug. 16. Traffic pattern changes will be in effect and two-way traffic will be maintained.

Motorists can expect delays and encouraged to plan their commute.

For the purpose of public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and local residents to stay off the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. The public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

This work is part of the City of Kelowna's 2013 pavement management program which will re-surface approximately 19 kilometres involving nine different road segments.

Artful enhancements on Bernard Avenue
46 plates will be mounted on 23 light poles

Look up, look way up, at the new additions on Bernard Avenue’s light poles. Artistic metal fabricated plates created by local artist Crystal Przybille have been installed between Abbott and Pandosy Streets.

“This is really the crowning touch to the light poles,” said Pat McCormick, Public Art Coordinator. “A notable feature is that the stainless steel plates are back-lit so that the art illuminates at night.”

A total of 46 plates will be mounted on 23 light poles to reflect the three place-making themes also found in the other streetscape details along Bernard Avenue.

At the west end of the street, where the plate installation is complete, there is an aquatic theme. At the east end of Bernard, where plates will be installed later this week, the hillsides and grasslands of the valley will be showcased. And in between, where the plates are scheduled to be installed upon completion of the final construction phase, the theme highlights the cultural history of our community.

Submissions from six local artists were evaluated by members of the City’s Public Art Roster. A representative of the Downtown Kelowna Association also sat on the evaluation panel. Przybille also designed the tree grates found on Cawston Avenue and, more recently, the Father Pandosy sculpture. The light pole plates, as with Przybille’s other works, will be included with the City’s Public Art Collection.

For more information about the Bernard Avenue Revitalization and other projects, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

Resiliency Centre Established
Fire Department News Release

The Kelowna Fire Department has been told by the building owners of the Bristol Apartments on Franklyn Rd that ALL residents must vacate the building for an indefinite period of time. Following the fire, it was hoped that residents from the lesser damaged portion of the building could return.

The building owner has contacted most residents yesterday evening and is working on a plan to facilitate reentry to the building to remove contents as soon as it is safe to do so.

Help for Residents:

A ‘Resiliency Centre’ has been established with the joint support of the Canadian Red Cross, Salvation Army and community volunteers. Located at the Salvation Army Church at 1480 Sutherland Avenue, it will be open the following hours:

  • Friday until 7pm
  • Saturday 9am-11am
  • Monday 9am-7pm

Residents with unmet needs or those requiring special assistance with no other options are encouraged to seek out the assistance of the Canadian Red Cross at the ‘Resiliency Centre’. Support for residents may also be available through the Ministry of Social Development (residents should contact the local office) or through BC Housing (bchousing.org)

Starting today (Friday) the Salvation Army is also offering assistance to affected residents in the form of clothing and household goods that have been generously donated. Residents are asked to come to the ‘Resiliency Centre’ to access this support.

How the Public Can Help:

Public wishing to donate funds to assist the residents of BOTH recent apartment fires are encouraged to contact the local Canadian Red Cross office by phone at (250) 491-8443 and mention the “Kelowna Apartment Fires” fund.

Special Appeal to Landlords:

The Kelowna Fire Department is urging landlords that have available rental units to contact the local Canadian Red Cross office at (250) 491-8443 . The Red Cross will be assisting by matching available units with residents requiring accommodation.

The Kelowna Fire Department wishes to thank all the agencies and volunteers involved in assisting residents impacted by the recent fires.

Council Highlights
July 15, 2013
Lady of the Lake
Council received the farewell presentation from Miss Kelowna and the Kelowna Princess about their activities throughout the year. Highlights include pageants in Lytton, Penticton, Merritt, Oliver and Peachland, parades in Seattle, Penticton, Barrie, Grand Forks and Lake Chelan with Kelowna's Ogopogo float and attendance at a number of local events.

Okanagan Regional Library
Council received for information a statistical report from the Okanagan Regional Library. The report highlighted increases in registration and program attendance and spoke to the importance of literacy.

Quarterly Report
Council received the second quarter report for 2013. Highlights include new Bernard Avenue patios, cultural events including artsVest and the 38th Annual Civic & Community Awards, online engagement, and sustainability initiatives such as Adopt-a-Stream and Bike to Work/School Week. To view the report, go to kelowna.ca/cityhall.

Kelowna Family Y
Council approved an amendment to the Financial Plan to expand the Kelowna Family Y structural renovation project to include a renovation of change room facilities, which will be funded by the YMCA of Okanagan.

Interior Health Parking
Council forwarded the request for Royal Avenue properties to be rezoned for hospital parking to a public hearing on July 30.

Park concessions
Council endorsed the proposed activity concession at the south end of City Park, including stand up paddleboard (SUP), kayak, peddle boat and hydro bike rentals, and massage by Registered Massage Practitioners at Rotary Beach.

Kelowna United
Council endorsed the License of Occupation and Operating Agreement to Kelowna United Football Club for an artificial field on City-owned land.
More Mexico
Sunwing Announces Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Service December 19
KELOWNA, BC - Options for winter getaways just got a whole lot sweeter with the introduction of Sunwing Airlines new flight series from Kelowna International Airport to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo beginning December 19, 2013. The flights will operate every Thursday until April 3, 2014 using a 189-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

"We are pleased to offer another beach destination to our sun-seeking travellers," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "This service provides travellers with more resort options and new opportunities to experience Mexico this winter."

Sunwing Airlines and Sunwing Vacations, are Canadian affiliate companies based in Toronto, which have served Kelowna for the past five years, operating charters to Cancun, Mazatlan and San Jose del Cabo.

Ixtapa is located 200 km north of Acapulco, and just a short drive from the fishing village of Zihuatanejo. It is situated 15 minutes from the endless beaches of Troncones, and about 30 minutes from the fabulous beaches and wildlife reserve lagoons of Barra de Potosi. All are accessible by car, taxi or bus service.

In Ixtapa, hotels line up along a beautiful, wide, golden sand beach. Beyond the beach, visitors can take part in world-class golf and an abundance of watersports. Guests can experience a wonderful array of international cuisine, while sipping margaritas and marveling at the beautiful sunsets. Don't forget to pack your dancing shoes, as you will be swept away by the rhythms of the finest discotheques Mexico has to offer.

Zihuatanejo is less than 10 kilometres from Ixtapa and can be visited by a quick bus or cab drive. For a true sense of Mexican culture, meander through the cobblestone streets of this charming old fishing village and enjoy shopping at authentic Mexican markets.

There is a plethora of Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo tours and attractions from which to choose, including diving, snorkeling, fishing, sightseeing, hiking, sailing, island tours, magical sunset cruises, horseback trekking, and bird watching. There are two excellent golf courses within easy reach of the hotel district and each offers a very different golf experience. Both of these courses have reputations as being two of Mexico's best courses.

YLW is Your Link to the World by offering non-stop flights to seven of the top 35 hub airports in North America, serving over 1.44 million passengers in 2012. YLW offers 66 daily non-stop commercial flights on Air Canada, Air North, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, WestJet and United Airlines to Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse, Prince George, Abbotsford, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles; plus seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun and sun destination charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing to Ixtapa/Zihautanejo, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.

Learn more about travel to Mexico and many other winter sun destinations at the annual Hot Sun event Oct 19, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at YLW.

For more information on YLW, visit the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca and Sunwing at www.sunwing.ca.
Last call for City Park concept plan feedback
Online discussion closes at midnight on Mon. July 15
The City of Kelowna wants your feedback on the City Park Concept Plan before online discussion closes at midnight on Monday, July 15.

A concept plan has been developed to help envision the future of City Park. Proposed changes include: a dedicated picnic area, separated cycling and pedestrian pathways, separation of adolescent activity areas from children's activity areas, improved waterfront access (boardwalk and diving tower), enhanced recreational infrastructure to serve a wider range of activities, improved circulation and a designated market/vendor area.

To share your opinions, visit kelowna.ca/mycitypark, review the plan and complete the online survey.

The preferred concept plan is expected to be presented to Council in the next two months. Park redevelopment will be subject to the availability of funding and reviewed as part of the long-term capital planning process.
New informative plaques on heritage buildings
Details about history of Kelowna's oldest buildings
New descriptive plaques are being attached to local heritage buildings, providing details about the origins and history of Kelowna's oldest properties.

New plaques have been installed at Central Elementary School, St. Michael & All Angels Church, Rutland Elementary School, the Old Royal Bank, the Empress Theatre, the Kelowna Cemetery, the Copeland House and the CN Station. Revised plaques for the Laurel Packinghouse and the Downtown Fire Hall were also installed.

The work was undertaken by the Community Heritage Committee and City of Kelowna. Details about Kelowna's heritage buildings and their locations are available at kelowna.ca.

"As someone who grew up here knowing the history of these old homes, schools and businesses, I'm really pleased to see their stories on display for everyone to appreciate," said Mayor Walter Gray. "It's a credit to the Community Heritage Committee for taking on this project - doing the research and following through with City staff on installation."

The Community Heritage Committee continues to work on plans to research and identify further significant Kelowna properties in the months ahead.
Glenmore Rd resurfacing begins from Dallas to High Rd
Traffic Advisory
Glenmore Road, from Dallas Road to High Road, will be open to single lane traffic in each direction only from Monday, July 15 to Monday, July 29 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists away from the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. There may be delays for both northbound and southbound traffic and motorists' cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

The City's Mill and Fill Program extends the life of existing roadways by 20 years and creates a smooth ride by eliminating the effects of tire ruts and asphalt movement that develop over years of use.

This is accomplished by removing approximately 55 mm of existing asphalt through a process called cold milling, then refilling it with a suitable depth of new hot mix asphalt. The 55 mm of milled asphalt that is removed is recycled and used as a surface treatment on rural roads and lane ways throughout the city.

The City of Kelowna's 2013 pavement management program will resurface approximately 19 kilometres of asphalt involving nine different road segments. The pavement management program prioritizes and determines how to upgrade and repair the roads surface based on various tests and software analysis that provide a numerical ranking for each road.

The 2013 asphalt and paving contract was awarded to Emil Anderson Construction Inc. for approximately $1.5 million. The work is expected to be complete by October.

Visit kelowna.ca\roadreport for current road construction information or to view the capital projects map.
Virtual Open House for City Park Concept Plan update
Open house panels online until Monday, July 15
Residents took time to share ideas for the development of an initial City Park Concept Plan - and now City staff want feedback on an updated version of the plan.

Some key changes include: improved picnic areas, separated cycling and pedestrian pathways, separated adolescent activities from children's amenities, improved waterfront access (boardwalk and diving tower), enhanced sporting infrastructure to appeal to a wider population, improved circulation within the park, minimized isolated spaces, maximized uses for a variety of park visitors and a designated market/vendor area.

A park pavilion building of approximately 16,000 square feet would accommodate year-round activity and community uses, including leased space for Tourism Kelowna, public washrooms, potential room rentals for functions and recreation programs.

An open house held June 27 introduced the plan. Next steps will see a summary of all community input analyzed for appropriateness, feasibility and suitability for the long-term vision for the park, followed by a presentation to City Council.

The open house panels are available online until Monday, July 15 at kelowna.ca/mycitypark.
Dougall Road to re-open following construction
Traffic Advisory
The Rutland Transit Exchange is in the final phase of construction.

Dougall Road in Rutland will reopen to traffic on the afternoon of Friday, June 28. The new Shepherd Road extension is expected to open next week.

The new Rutland Transit Exchange, located on Shepherd Road between Dougall and Asher roads, features an attractive public space with wide and creatively designed sidewalks, greenspace, new trees, seating areas and decorative lighting for comfort and safety. Over the next few months, some transit routes will be redirected into the new Rutland Transit Exchange.

Dougall Road North between Highway 33 West and Shepherd Road has been closed since April to facilitate relocating utilities from overhead to underground, road reconstruction, pedestrian improvements and streetscaping.

In July, construction on three new bus pull-outs on Highway 33 between Dougall and Hollywood roads will begin, along with bus stop improvements between Rutland Road and Dougall Road.

Background


This transit project, including the new Rutland Transit Exchange, bus pull-outs on Highway 33 and other associated roadway and utility improvements is a $4.55-million investment in Rutland.

The Rutland transit improvements are part of BC Transit's RapidBus Phase 2 and 3 Project, which includes creating and upgrading transit facilities throughout the region. RapidBus is designed to improve travel time, reliability, passenger comfort and convenience. It features fast, direct service and modern, attractive amenities.

Kelowna RapidBus is a partnership between Transport Canada, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and BC Transit. Its total cost is $44.5 million. For more information on the RapidBus project, visit kelownarapidbus.ca.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for more information and to view the designs for the Rutland Transit Improvements Project.
Lawrence Avenue from Richter to Ethel streets reopens
Utility replacement complete
Lawrence Avenue from Richter to Ethel streets is now open to traffic.

Completion of the $1.35-million utility replacement included water and wastewater systems, improved storm sewer system, curb and gutter, traffic calming bulb-outs and landscaping.

Remedial work is expected to be completed by Friday, July 5.

A local service area streetscape improvement was included and these enhancements were paid for by the adjacent property owners.

The City of Kelowna appreciates the patience of residents, businesses and motorists during construction.

For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
Canada Day hours of operation at civic properties
Public Service Annoucement
To mark Canada Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, July 1.

The Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and the Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For general information about the City and its services, please visit kelowna.ca .
Kelowna property taxes due by July 2
Taxes paid at City Hall or online at banking institutions
Property owners are reminded that 2013 property taxes must be paid by midnight, Tuesday, July 2.

"Taxes can be paid in person at City Hall or online at banking institutions," says George King, Revenue Manager for the City of Kelowna. "City Hall closes at 4 p.m. and is closed for Canada Day on Monday, July 1, however deposit boxes are available at our front entrance as well as at the Doyle Avenue parking lot exit and at the Parkinson Recreation Centre."

Property taxes can be paid by cash, cheque, money order or debit card. Deposit boxes are emptied each evening.

Current taxes that remain outstanding after July 2, 2013 will be subject to a five per cent late payment penalty. A second five percent penalty will be applied to all outstanding taxes after August 6, 2013. Penalties are legislated under the Community Charter and are not discretionary.

City of Kelowna property taxpayers are invited to remove the stress from paying taxes by signing up to prepay through the City's Pre-authorized Withdrawal System (PAWS). Once 2013 taxes are paid, residents can sign up for prepayment of their 2014 taxes. Payments are calculated specifically for each individual and withdrawn monthly. There are no fees and participants earn monthly interest. Current PAWS participants do not need to reapply. Apply online at kelowna.ca/propertytax, call 250-469-8757 for more information or sign up at City Hall's revenue counter.

"On top of no fees and paying interest on your payments, the City of Kelowna's prepayment plan takes the guess work out of paying your property taxes," says King. "Noboday knows taxes better than we do. As the tax experts we can be sure that you are paying the right amount, everytime and on time."

For more information about property taxes, email revenue@kelowna.ca, call the Revenue Branch at 250-469-8757 or visit kelowna.ca/propertytax.
Council Highlights
June 24, 2013
Seasonal Light Display
Council approved a partnership with the Capri Rotary Club to trial a new seasonal light display. A maximum one-time contribution of $15,000 will help pay for electrical upgrades and operational costs that are not covered by sponsorship.

Development Application Notification
Council directed staff to adopt a more reader-friendly format for notifications. The statutory notification area will be changed to adjoining/abutting properties only, in support of the delivery of a more general Get Connected notice to the postal delivery route of the subject property.

Pleasantvale Rezoning
Council forwarded the rezoning of various addresses on Central Avenue, Richter Street and Cambridge Avenue to the July 16 public hearing.

Library Parkade
Council approved the development permit for the form and character of the proposed library parkade located at 1360 Ellis Street.

Emergency Mutual Aid
Council approved the renewal of the regional Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement between Kelowna, the Regional District of Central Okanagan, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland for another five-year term. The Agreement allows for emergency resources to be provided by parties outside the fire protection boundaries of the party requesting the emergency resources.

Fire Inspection Frequency
Council approved the recommendation to change the frequency of fire inspections based on a building's level of risk and compliance by occupancy classification. Night Club inspections will be reduced from four times per calendar year to two, Coffee Shops/Deli from twice per year to once every two years and Group Homes, Rest Homes and Hospitals from three to two times per calendar year.

Annual Report
Council received the 2012 Annual Report, Council Remuneration and Expense report, Employee Remuneration report and the schedule of Payment for the Provision of Goods and Services for information. For more information and to view the Annual Report, visit kelowna.ca/cityhall.

Paddle Centre
Council approved the Kelowna Outrigger Canoe Club Association to apply for a temporary use permit for the Kelowna Paddle Centre to be located at 3050 Abbott Street.

OCP Indicators
Council received the second Official Community Plan Indicators Report for information. Highlights include that more people are living close to parks, housing affordability continues to be an issue for many residents, crime rate are reducing, median incomes are increasing and recreational opportunities remain strong.
City of Kelowna reports on 2012 year
We Are Kelowna
The City of Kelowna has released its 2012 Annual Report, entitled We Are Kelowna.

"The 2012 annual report provides a summary of our significant achievements and a detailed picture of the City's overall financial position," says Mayor Walter Gray. "Throughout 2012, we focused on priorities to grow the economy, enhance quality of life for residents and deliver on our plans."

From expanded transit services, increased water treatment capacity and upgraded sports and recreation facilities to improved roads, additional multi-use pathways and welcoming hundreds of sport competitions, conventions, events and festivals, we are furthering our goals.

"Kelowna boasts the amenities of a major city and is a truly great place to live," says Gray. "The efforts of our community and our staff in 2012 laid the foundation for continued growth and a vibrant future."

City expenditures in 2012 of $251.5 million were almost identical to 2011, however electrical utility bulk power costs were higher and general government costs lower than last year. The City budgeted to collect a total of $192 million in taxation revenues, 54 per cent of which was retained by the City of Kelowna. The remaining 46 per cent is levied by the provincial government to provide funding for schools, by the Regional District of Central Okanagan for shared services and by BC Assessment to cover the City's share of the costs associated with providing assessment information.

The City has historically relied on pay-as-you-go rather than debt-financing for major infrastructure needs wherever possible. The decision to construct major community facilities in the years ahead has necessitated this shift in strategy for financing purposes.

The change more appropriately assigns debt repayment to taxpayers who will benefit most over time. In 2012, 4.1 cents of each municipal tax dollar collected was budgeted for tax-supported debt servicing programs. Annual debt requirements are anticipated to increase above six cents over the next five years, based on the 10-year Capital Plan. Pay-as you-go capital project funding represented 16 per cent of the 2012 taxation requirement.

The 2012 tax increase averaged 1.1 per cent for all property classes and provided for existing service levels for most departments and increased provisions for protective services. This reflects the core corporate values in the development of a safe, vibrant and sustainable city.

The City of Kelowna has won numerous awards from the Government Finance Officers Association for its financial reporting. A limited number of bound copies are available and the entire report can be viewed at kelowna.ca/cityhall.
Summer Transit Schedule
BC Transit News Release
BC Transit and its local government partners in the Kelowna region are working together to match service levels with customer demand. During the slower, summer season transit service hours are reduced so that added service hours are available during peak ridership from September to June.

Effective June 30, 2013 Route #4 Pandosy/UBCO Express, Route #88 Special and other school-related trips are being seasonally discontinued for two months.

Full service on all routes resumes on September 3, 2013.

For more information on transit in the Kelowna regions please call 250.860.8121 or consult bctransit.com
Bike to School and Work was a hit
smartTRIPS News Release
The days of walking and cycling to school may be numbered - but during Bike to Work and School Week the numbers were big. From May 27 to June 2, many families gave walking and cycling to school and work a try.

More than 125,000 kilometres were traveled by bike and other active transportation options, like walking, during this year's Bike to Work and School Week. That is equivalent to traveling the distance across Canada nearly 50 times.

Almost 1,300 residents committed to a cycling commute by signing up for Bike to Work Week. The Central Okanagan has the third highest participation in Bike to Work Week in the province - behind Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria.

We are one of few communities that also offer Bike and Walk to School Week at the same time. "We saw a dramatic increase in participation among schools this year," says Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Coordinator. At least 28 schools in the Central Okanagan participated this year, and among those schools one-third of students walked or rode their bike during the week.

"It's so encouraging to see youth increasingly cycling and walking to school," says Dave Gibson, School Traffic Safety Officer for the Central Okanagan. "Walking and biking to school provides children with much needed physical activity, prepares them for learning and increases the safety of our school zones."

Every year, students in the Central Okanagan are taught cycling skills and safety leading up to Bike to Work Week, at Bike Rodeos. "This year, we delivered Bike Rodeos to more than 2,000 students in 14 schools throughout the region," says Gibson.

A number of events were held across the Central Okanagan to reward cyclists during Bike to Work and School Week. "The weather at the beginning of the week was unpredictable, but a record number of cyclists braved the rain to attend our events," says Kittmer. "Our sponsors and partners were amazing this year. With their help, we were able to offer more events in more areas of the community."

For more information about this year's Bike to Work and School Week and general cycling information, visit smartTRIPS.ca
City Park concept plan open house
Design option presented on June 27
A design option for City Park will be presented at an open house Thursday, June 27 near the Sails Plaza under the big white tent from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

"We're pleased with the outcome of the design process so far," said urban planner specialist, Patrick McCormick. "One of the main themes from the online engagement was around creating an active, safe and lively destination where people can come and enjoy a variety of experiences - from peaceful to active and fun. This concept plan reflects these types of uses."

Some important considerations of the park design were for safety, improved picnic areas and separating the types of activities, such as youth and children's amenities. Waterfront access and improved sporting infrastructure has been proposed to appeal to a larger population. The concept design improves the way people circulate within the park, minimizing isolated space and maximizing uses for a variety of park visitors.

The design plan will also show how future improvements to Kerry Park will be integrated with City Park and Bernard Avenue Streetscape. Residents will have a chance to see how these three important civic spaces may come together.

Staff aim to present a preferred concept plan for City Park to Council over the summer. Discussions will continue with various stakeholders over the next few years on funding opportunities for implementation and construction.

Residents unable to attend can provide feedback on the design option online from June 27 to July 15 at kelowna.ca/mycitpark.
Flood threat stabilized, weather determines risk factor
Keep a safe distance from local creeks
The water level of Mission Creek has dropped overnight and Lakeshore Road has reopened, but emergency personnel suggest keeping a safe distance from local creeks for the next few days.

"It's entirely weather dependent, but local creeks can rise quickly again over the next few days," said Kelowna Deputy Fire Chief Jason Brolund. "We recommend that people stay away from creek banks, which might have been undermined by the water, and that people keep their sandbags in place."

He said flows in Mission Creek remain high at 60 cubic metres per second. Flows yesterday exceeded 120 cubic metres per second.

Boaters on Okanagan Lake are reminded that a large amount of debris was deposited in the lake as a result of the storm and high run off levels.

Residents who have experienced flooding are advised to contact their insurance companies or visit www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca for more information. Information on what to do after a flood is also available at the Kelowna Fire Department's Enterprise Way station.

Brolund said many more properties would have been flooded without the new dike constructed along Mission Creek in 2011.

"The work has paid for itself many times over," said Brolund. "It's a great example of how directing response costs toward mitigation and preparedness pay off in the long term."

Just over 18 months ago, the province provided funding for the dike and work was coordinated by the City of Kelowna. Brolund says the high flows experienced in the last 24 hours on Mission Creek would have resulted in much more widespread flooding, along with large financial losses and response costs.

This morning, emergency crews are working with provincial authorities to address a property in the 11000 block of on Highway 33 in Joe Rich. A portion of the house and two trailers have been washed away, with one trailer is wedged under the bridge on Highway 33. Highway 33 remains open at this time.

No-charge parking on Small Shop Saturday
Public Service Annoucement
The City of Kelowna will waive on-street parking charges this Saturday in support of the Downtown Kelowna Association's Small Shop Saturday initiative.

However, shoppers are reminded that posted time restrictions remain in effect. Vehicles can park for free, but posted time limits remain in effect so that convenient parking spaces are turned over for new customers.

This is the second of three Small Shop Saturdays downtown this year. City Council approved the free parking days for April 6, June 22 and October 26.

For more information about Small Shop Saturday, visit the Downtown Kelowna Association website, downtownkelowna.com.
Lakeshore Road Now Reopen
Lakeshore Road is now reopened between Cook Road and Lexington Avenue. The road was temporarily closed last night due to high water levels in Mission Creek.





Lakeshore Road Closure
Due to High Water Levels
Lakeshore Road is temporarily closed between Cook Road and Lexington Avenue due to high water levels in Mission Creek resulting from the rain. Traffic is being rerouted onto Gordon Drive during the closure. City crews will continue to monitor creek levels.


Sand and sandbags are available at the Cook Street Boat launch and at the end of Radant Road for residents in the neighbourhood who may be impacted by high water levels.


The public is reminded to stay away from all creeks in the area due to high water levels.








Soggy sports fields now closed, reassessed Friday
Public Service Announcement
The City of Kelowna has temporarily closed all City sports fields and baseball diamonds, effective immediately, due to the wet weather.

All recreation activity on the fields has been suspended to prevent damage and to ensure the safety of field users.

The fields are now closed and will remain closed until further notice. City crews will monitor the fields daily and will re-open them when they are safe for use.

Please visit kelowna.ca/recreation for updates on field closures.
Keep Animals Out of Your Trash
RDCO News Release
This trash tip from the Regional Waste Reduction Office: Don't let your garbage become a feast for local wildlife!

"If you live in an area that's susceptible to wildlife, reduce your risk of conflict. Take responsibility for your trash" says Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart. ""Bears and other animals have a keen sense of smell, so the idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily. If they do find your waste, not only can they make a real mess, but could also pose a risk to you and your family , or to themselves by attracting the unnecessary attention of conservation officers."

All garbage, yard waste and recycling carts need to be accessible for pickup and with lids unlocked for emptying between the hours of 7am and 7pm on the day of collection only. Putting carts out the night before or days before pickup is due, or leaving them out on a continuous basis will only add to the potential for critter trouble in your neighborhood.

The BC Conservation Foundation Bear Aware website also suggests keeping your garbage in a secured shed or garage until pickup day, and recommends not stockpiling or burying garbage. As well, it reminds that fish and meat remains should not be left outside and suggests freezing or keeping them in a cool place until they can be placed into the garbage on your collection day.

Stewart adds, "Many residents have had success with using bungee straps to secure the lid of their waste carts. Keep in mind though, any security devices you choose to deter wildlife from your trash must be released on the day of your collection so the lid can open freely and the container contents be emptied into the automated truck."

You're also reminded to take care with what you put in your backyard composter. Things like meat, fish, bones, cooking oil, grease, and dairy products should never be left outside or put into a compost bin, as this can unnecessarily attract wildlife to your backyard as well.

For more information on deterring bears from your garbage, visit the Bear Aware website: www.bearaware.bc.ca, or http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/documents/bear_hm.htm.

For additional inquiries, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.
Council Highlights
June 17, 2013
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Council received a presentation from the committee highlighting the growing importance of agriculture in Kelowna, effects it has on our economy, some of Kelowna's more pressing agriculture-related concerns and the role of the Agricultural Advisory Committee.

Tourism Kelowna Hotel Tax
Council approved the renewal of the Municipal & Regional District Hotel Tax Agreement with Tourism Kelowna. The two per cent tax is used for destination marketing to entice tourists to visit Kelowna.

RCMP building design
Council approved staff's request to access $200,000 from the RCMP Building Reserve to proceed with the preliminary design phase of the new RCMP building.
Parking lot, alley closed for National Aboriginal Day
Traffic Advisory
The parking lot on the corner of Ellis Street and Lawrence Avenue, and the alley between Ellis Street and Pandosy Street (400 block), will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 21 to accommodate a celebration for National Aboriginal Day.

This celebration will not impact normal traffic routes.

For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
Library parkade expansion information session
Public Service Announcement
The City and Interior Health are working together to move a number of Interior Health's community services and programs onto Doyle Avenue in Kelowna's downtown.

The project encourages the development of the downtown area with higher density land use and upgrades for better, safer parking. Bringing nearly 800 jobs into the downtown area will also stimulate business, transit and housing in the area.

To accommodate the development and provide more weekend and evening parking the City is expanding the Library parkade and building a new parkade on the Memorial Arena property (Ellis Street Parkade).

You are invited to view design drawings and find out more about the Library parkade expansion including timelines and temporary parking requirements at an information session:

Thursday June 20, 4-7 p.m.
Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street


City representatives and the project architect will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

For more information, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects and for updates delivered right to your inbox, sign up for the City's e-Subscribe service under the topic "Parking Management".
Knox Mountain trail gets facelift
Public Service Announcement
The Apex Trail on Knox Mountain will be under construction beginning June 17.

Crews will install a new section of trail, timber steps, signage and rail fencing, along with other trail improvement work. Potential hazards during that time include debris and rock fall.

Visitors to the park are asked to obey signs posted along the trail and follow instructions of workers to ensure everyone's safety.

As outlined in the City's Knox Mountain Management Plan, this completes the front face restoration project.

For more information on the Management Plan, visit Park Projects at kelowna.ca/parks.
New Kelowna RCMP detachment commander
RCMP news release
The Commanding Officer of "E" Division, Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, and the District Commander of the Southeast District, Chief Supt Mike Sekela, are pleased to formally announce the appointment of Inspector Nick Romanchuk to the position of Officer in Charge of Kelowna RCMP Detachment, and congratulate him in his promotion.

Insp. Romanchuk brings a diversified portfolio of operational policing experience from his 22 years of service with the RCMP as well as extensive detachment command experience throughout southern British Columbia over the past 13 1/2 years. He is currently the Officer in Charge of Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment, responsible for providing a police service to the 15 municipalities and the majority of the two Regional Districts within the West Kootenay/Boundary area.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family. My wife and two daughters are very excited by the prospect of beginning the next chapter of our lives in Kelowna and enjoying all that the community has to offer," noted Insp. Romanchuk.

"The City of Kelowna is very pleased to welcome Nick Romanchuk to our community as Officer in Charge of the Kelowna RCMP detachment," says Mayor Walter Gray. "As part of the hiring committee I was able to see first-hand that Nick's leadership skills are proven, progressive and innovative. We are pleased Nick has chosen Kelowna to call home and lead our community safety efforts."
Insp. Romanchuk will be promoted to the rank of Superintendent in the near future as he assumes his duties as Detachment Commander of Kelowna RCMP.

Biography

Insp. Romanchuk, who was born and raised in Saskatchewan, joined the RCMP in 1991. After completing his Basic Recruit Training at Depot he was transferred to Lillooet, BC where he was stationed from 1991 to 1995. From there he was transferred to the Kamloops Sub-Division Customs & Excise Section where he investigated offenses against a number of Federal statutes. In 1998 he was transferred to the Southeast District Customs & Excise Section where he continued with this work.

In 1999, Insp. Romanchuk was promoted to the rank of Corporal and transferred to Nakusp Detachment where he served in his first position as a Detachment Commander. In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and became the Detachment Commander in Lumby. He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in 2004 as the Detachment Commander at Trail & Greater District Detachment. In 2008, he was commissioned and promoted to the rank of Inspector as the first Officer in Charge of Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment; a detachment structure that he and his team built from the ground up.

"I feel extremely honoured and privileged to have been entrusted with serving the City of Kelowna and surrounding communities as their Chief of Police. It is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. It is clear that the people who work at Kelowna Detachment, whether as police officers or in a variety of capacities that support our policing efforts, are extremely dedicated individuals and I look forward to joining with them to continue their efforts at improving the safety of our communities," stated Insp. Romanchuk.
Landfill compactor first of its kind in North America
State-of-the-art compactor will increase the life of landfill
The City of Kelowna's new waste compactor is helping the Glenmore Landfill think long-term by being environmentally and economically accountable. The state-of-the-art compactor will increase the life expectancy of the landfill by 10 to 14 years as it delivers maximum compaction in minimum time.

"Our new compactor uses the latest technology in waste management equipment which contributes to more efficient landfill operations," says Ken Muller, Solid Waste Supervisor. "The two-wheeled compactor is more efficient than the previous four-wheeled machine as it improves garbage compaction by 20 per cent, reduces work time by 33 per cent and decreases fuel consumption by 17 per cent."

Waste at the Glenmore Landfill is now compacted to a greater density more efficiently and cost effectively than ever before. Technology such as the Global Positioning System informs the operator in real time when the necessary level of compaction has been achieved. The landfill's carbon footprint is also reduced as it takes less pass-throughs to get the job done.

"It's really important to operate an environmentally-sustainable landfill," says Muller. "We have the tools and technology but residents must remember to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost. This, coupled with our new compactor, will help the Glenmore Landfill have a long lifespan and reduce the need for future landfills."

Kelowna is the only municipality in North America to use the state-of-the-art compactor. Designed and built in Finland, the compactor is also being used in Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. Other municipalities recently visited the Glenmore Landfill to view the compactor and its benefits first-hand.

For more information about waste management programs at the City, visit kelowna.ca/waste.
Okanagan College transit exchange info session
June 19 at Kelowna Secondary School
The City of Kelowna will host a public information session on June 19 at Kelowna Secondary School.

The City is in the final stages of planning for a future KLO / Okanagan College transit exchange and associated roadway improvements. Public feedback from two open houses and results of transportation studies have been reviewed and incorporated into a design concept.

When: Wednesday June 19, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Kelowna Secondary School library


The City of Kelowna's Official Community Plan acknowledges KLO Road in the Okanagan College area as a priority corridor for multi-use and active transportation. Transit amenities, road infrastructure and pedestrian/cycling linkages in the area have been identified by the City and BC Transit as investment priorities.

The Okanagan College transit exchange and KLO Road improvements project is part of BC Transit's RapidBus Phase 2 and 3 Project, which includes creating and upgrading transit facilities throughout the region.

For more information about this exciting transportation project, visit kelownarapidbus.ca.
Council Highlights
June 11, 2013
Soccer Facility
Council endorsed staff's recommendation to continue negotiations with the Kelowna United Football Club for the construction and operation of an indoor/outdoor multi-use artificial turf facility to be located in Mission Recreation Park.
Family fun planned for weekend
Traffic Advisory
Families interested in longboarding or cars can take in two exciting events this Father's Day weekend.

Skylands Downhill
The Skylands Downhill longboarding race will take place Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 in the Skylands Subdivision off Rio Drive.

Wilden Ridge Drive and Upper Canyon Drive from Rio Drive to Wilden Ridge will be closed to traffic both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vehicle access to the Skylands subdivision will be restricted to ensure the safety of those participating in the event; however, there will be 10-minute openings twice an hour to enable residents and visitors access. The 10-minute openings are scheduled for 20 minutes after the hour and 10 minutes to the hour for the duration of the event.

Parking is available on Upper Canyon Drive North (new section) which is outside the race course. The Clear Pond parking lot will be used for overflow if required.

For a map of the course, road closures, schedule of road access and parking spaces, click Outdoor Event Notices on kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Father's Day Car Show
City Park parking lot will be closed on Sunday, June 16 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the annual Father's Day Car Show taking place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Traffic routes will be maintained in the downtown core as participants make their way into the park with their vehicles; however, there will be lane restrictions along Leon Avenue, Water Street, Pandosy Street, Lawrence Avenue and Abbott Street. Motorists are advised that there will be increased traffic in the area and traffic control personnel will be on-site.

On-street parking along the west side of Abbott Street from Bernard Avenue to Leon Avenue will be restricted 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
Bernard Ave short-term closure for early final paving
Traffic Advisory
Beginning Thursday, June 13 at 7 a.m. Bernard Avenue from Richter Street and including the St. Paul street intersection will be closed until 5 p.m. to thru traffic for top lift paving.

On Friday, June 14 Bernard Avenue will require intermittent lane restrictions from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to complete top lift on Bertram and St. Paul streets and line markings on the permanent asphalt.

This schedule is subject to change as paving is weather dependant and precipitation could cause delays.

Sidewalks will remain open, businesses will remain accessible and angle parking between St. Paul and Ellis streets will be available as usual.

Traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and pedestrians, the public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

With the early completion of the second phase of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna's "Main Street," there is an opportunity to expedite the project and complete final paving in the first phase which was originally scheduled for spring of 2014.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects to see the complete phasing and learn more about the project.
Workshops for new plumbing code
Two one-day workshops, June 13 and 14
The City of Kelowna has partnered with Okanagan College to offer affordable training for new requirements in the B.C. Plumbing Code.

The City will host two one-day workshops, June 13 and 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at 100-2350 Acland Road. The cost is $125 per person per day. Payment must be submitted at the Building Department on the second floor of City Hall by June 10.

The workshops are specifically developed to provide cost-effective training for new water pipe sizing requirements brought into effect with the new B.C. Plumbing Code.

"We saw that no one is offering education on the new requirements and we wanted to provide some leadership and ensure our local builders, plumbers and plumbing officials in the Valley have an opportunity to learn about the new water pipe size calculations and other applicable rules," said Development Services Director Mo Bayat.

The workshop includes coffee and lunch.
Bernard Avenue Phase 1 gets early final paving
Traffic Advisory
Beginning Monday June 3, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., intermittent traffic interruptions will occur on Bernard Avenue from Richter to Ellis streets to raise manholes and prepare the road surface for top lift paving scheduled the following week, weather depending.

Traffic control personnel will be directing motorists. The public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

With the second phase of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna's "Main Street" nearing completion ahead of schedule, there is an opportunity to complete final paving in the first phase which was originally scheduled for spring of 2014.

All transit routes into and out of the Queensway transit station will continue as usual, with minor downtown routing adjustments. Visit bctransit.com/regions/kel for schedules.

The City of Kelowna thanks residents, businesses and motorists for their patience while construction is taking place.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects to see the complete phasing and learn more about the project.
It’s Happening - Bernard Avenue scheduled to reopen
May 31 after 5 p.m., weather permitting
The second phase of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna's "Main Street" is nearing completion and Bernard Avenue will reopen to motorists in its entirety on Friday, May 31 after 5 p.m., weather permitting.

"We are so pleased to reopen this phase ahead of schedule and in time for the busy summer season just as the businesses asked," said Bill Berry, Director of Design & Construction Services. "We are really pleased with the performance and demeanor of the contractor, CGL construction. They really help to make a challenging project easier."

Remaining works will continue through June, including adding the public art components on the light standards and other minor esthetic improvements.

The traffic pattern has changed with the completed sections of Bernard Avenue now narrowed to two lanes from four, with a centre turning lane. Parking between Richter and St. Paul streets and Pandosy and Abbott streets is now parallel parking only. Temporary line markings from Pandosy to St. Paul streets connect the two completed sections with the same lane configuration.

Motorists and bike riders will now encounter the new shared lane markings or "sharrows" on Bernard Avenue. These markings indicate that a cyclist may ride in the traffic lane and assists them in correct positioning between traveling cars and parallel parked cars. Motorists are urged to drive carefully and be aware of all posted signage, particularly at St. Paul and Pandosy streets.

"It's great to see public and private investment making a mark on downtown Kelowna with two-thirds of the Bernard revitalization project now complete, the public pier and marina underway and Stuart park and parkade expansions planned to name a few," said Berry. "Downtown is really happening and we invite residents and visitors to see it for themselves."

Phase 3 of the Bernard Avenue revitalization is expected to begin following the Labour Day long weekend. Bernard Avenue will close to traffic from Pandosy to St. Paul streets September 3 and is scheduled to reopen in early December.

The City of Kelowna thanks residents, businesses and motorists for their patience while construction was taking place.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for the most up-to-date information and to learn more about the many projects happening downtown.
Council Highlights
May 27, 2013
Development Application Process Review
Council endorsed the report from staff, which outlines ways to improve aspects of the City's development application process to find a balance between being a regulator, encouraging new development and providing good customer services. Recommendations include ongoing monitoring, greater transparency and creating accountability to ensure consistent implementation.

Ellis Truck Route
Council approved the closure of the Ellis Street truck route to reduce industrial traffic through the developing pedestrian, commercial and residential areas of Kelowna's downtown core and cultural district. Existing truck routes on Spall Road and Gordon Drive will remain in operation. The City will work with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to upgrade the intersection at Gordon Drive and Highway 97 to ensure safety and maintain traffic flow. Route closure and further intersection upgrades are expected to take place in 2014.

Transit Operating Agreement
Council received information about transit costs and approved this year's annual operating agreement. The City of Kelowna contributes $4.5 million of the estimated $6.4 million net Municipal Share of the regional Conventional Transit program.

Park Concessions & Vendors
Council endorsed the award of seasonal activity and food concession contracts to operate at City, Ben Lee and Waterfront Parks, and at Queensway Street. These contracts contribute to the City's commitment to find better ways to deliver services to our community.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Corporate Report
Council received the report for information, which provided details about corporate greenhouse gas emissions and projects planned or underway to reduce them. Projects include building and facility optimization and implementation of a fleet management system. The City's current GHG emissions are at the same levels as 2007 despite additions to the corporate fleet and building inventories to support services to our community, which has grown by 9 per cent since 2007.
Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray proclaims Bike to Work Week
May 27 to June 2, 2013
Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray attended this morning's Bike to Work & School Week breakfast event and officially proclaimed May 27 to June 2 as Bike to Work Week.

Bike to Work Week kicked off today at the Rotary Centre for the Arts with a fun breakfast event for cyclists. Despite the damp weather 230 cyclists came by for breakfast and the chance to win a new bike.

"It's great to see so many cyclists participating in this annual event," said Mayor Gray. "We are committed to making Kelowna a great community in which to walk and bike." Kelowna already has an extensive cycling network with more than 290 kilometres of on-street bike lanes and more than 35 kilometres of hard surface shared-use pathways. "This year, we will be extending the Rails with Trails pathway, building a pedestrian overpass and pathway to UBCO and improving visibility of cyclists through green pavement markings and new technology."

Daily Bike to Work Week celebration stations for cyclists will be happening all week throughout the Central Okanagan:
  • Tuesday, May 28 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, Glenmore - 1150 Glenmore Dr.

  • Wednesday, May 29 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Constable Neil Bruce Middle School, West Kelowna - 2010 Daimler Dr.

  • Wednesday, May 29 3:30 - 5:45 p.m. at Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre, West Kelowna - 525 Hwy 97

  • Thursday, May 30 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Mission Creek Regional Park, Central Kelowna - 2363 Springfield Rd.

  • Friday, May 31 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Landmark Centre, Stantec Station - 1632 Dickinson Ave.

  • Friday, May 31 3:30 - 5:45 p.m. at Original Joe's Restaurant, Mission - 2728 Pandosy St.


The Central Okanagan is one of 30 B.C. communities participating in 2013 Bike to Work Week. With over 200 teams registered so far this year, the Central Okanagan is the third largest participating community, following Vancouver and Victoria.

To register, or for more information about Bike to Work Week and cycling in Kelowna, visit smartTRIPS.ca/events.
Kelowna Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast
Sunday, June 9
The Kelowna Fire Department will open its doors to the public Sunday, June 9, for a pancake breakfast and family fun day in support of the BC Burn Fund.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Kelowna Fire Hall at 2255 Enterprise Way, with the support of the Salvation Army, the YMCA-YWCA, and BC Firefighters' Burn Fund volunteers. Save On Foods is this year's major sponsor.

"This is a great event for families" says Kelowna Fire Chief, Jeff Carlisle. "We encourage everyone to come and have breakfast, meet Kelowna's firefighters and have some fun with the events and demonstrations."

In addition to the breakfast, visitors can watch several demonstrations such as auto extraction, high angle rescue and the fire safety house. Local celebrities will participate in the demonstrations as simulated victims. Other events include face painting, a bouncy castle, celebrity dunk tank, family games, popcorn and more.

The BC Firefighters' Burn Fund provides life saving, life supporting and life enriching services to the people in British Columbia. More than 3,800 professional firefighters in B.C. dedicate and donate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase the public's knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through the work the BC Firefighters' Burn Fund does with its burn awareness, research and prevention programs.

All proceeds will go to the BC Burn Fund and all ages are welcome.
Bike to Work leads to biking at work?
smartTRIPS News Release
Cyclists across the Central Okanagan are starting to gear up for smartTRIPS Bike to Work and School Week, May 27 to June 2, 2013. The week-long event encourages cyclists of all levels to give commuter cycling a try. smartTRIPS will be rewarding all those who roll out on two wheels with fantastic prizes, including daily bike draws and gift certificates to local businesses.

Celebration stations will take place daily to provide extra motivation, with free refreshments from local sponsors, complimentary bike tune-ups from local bike shops and socializing. The Monday morning Urban Systems kick-off station will be at the Rotary Centre for the Arts from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m., where Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray will officially proclaim Bike to Work Week.

"Every year we have so much fun at the celebration stations, with great food, prizes and people," said Lindsay Eason, Bike to Work Coordinator. "We've had emails from workplace teams conveying their excitement and some teams take biking to work to a whole new level. Just for fun, the Acro Media team even tried some office tasks while riding."

There are more celebration stations than ever before, including:

  • Monday, May 27 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Rotary Centre for the Arts, Downtown - 421 Cawston Ave.

  • Tuesday, May 28 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, Glenmore - 1150 Glenmore Dr.

  • Wednesday, May 29 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Constable Neil Bruce Middle School, West Kelowna - 2010 Daimler Dr.

  • Wednesday, May 29 3:30 - 5:45 p.m. at Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre, West Kelowna - 525 Hwy 97 S.

  • Thursday, May 30 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Mission Creek Regional Park, Central Kelowna - 2363 Springfield Rd.

  • Friday, May 31 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Landmark Centre, Stantec Station - 1632 Dickinson Ave.

  • Friday, May 31 3:30 - 5:45 p.m. at Original Joe's Restaurant, Mission - 2728 Pandosy St.


Many sponsors and schools have also started their own satellite stations throughout Kelowna, West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation.

"We have a fantastic group of sponsors and partners that support the program every year," said Eason. "It's great to be part of a program like this that brings our community together."

Interested participants can visit smartTRIPS.ca/events or email info@smartTRIPS.ca for more information or to help you plan your route to work or school.
Wet weather closes sports fields
Public Service Announcement
The City of Kelowna has temporarily closed all City sports fields and baseball diamonds, effective immediately, due to weather.

All recreation activity on the fields has been suspended to prevent damage and to ensure the safety of field users.

The fields are now closed and will remain closed until further notice. City crews will monitor the fields daily and will re-open them when they are safe for use.

Please visit kelowna.ca/recreation for updates on field closures.
Local Government Week begins May 19
Explore new ways to get involved in municipal affairs
The City of Kelowna wants residents to explore new ways to get involved in municipal affairs during Local Government Awareness Week, May 19 to 25.

"Our residents are especially interested in their local government and being part of the decision-making process," says Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. "This week, we're joining with municipalities across the province to encourage residents to continue to have their voices heard."

To encourage informed participation, the City has a public engagement RSS news feed accessible from kelowna.ca/getinvolved. During planning processes, the City seeks input on upcoming park, transportation, utility and community projects through open houses, workshops, surveys, online tools and social media.

"My Council and I are proud of the innovation exhibited by City staff in finding new ways to engage with the public," says Mayor Gray. "A great example is how staff have received information about the future of City Park - an online tool provides an interactive environment for residents and City staff to explore ideas for the future improvements of the park. City Park plans will evolve as a result of public input."

Online engagement platforms reduce barriers for residents who want the flexibility to be involved. Check out kelowna.ca/mycitypark to review the concept plan and ideas that have been submitted (submission deadline was April 26) and responses from City staff. This online engagement pilot tests the readiness of Kelowna residents to participate online in City-led initiatives. The online forum has shown early promise, with nearly 2,500 visitors, 179 ideas and 241 comments.

Residents will receive the annual City Views publication with their tax notices next week. The newsletter provides information on taxation and keeps residents up-to-date on City projects, including the changing face of Kelowna's downtown and waterfront, and opportunities for active transportation.

Residents can also stay informed by monitoring kelowna.ca, signing up for email updates through e-Subscribe or joining the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Kelowna City Council meeting agendas, minutes and highlights are posted on kelowna.ca, with Monday afternoon Council meeting audio broadcast live on Castanet.net and video recordings on Shaw Cable.

To discover more ways to get involved and connect with your City, visit kelowna.ca/getinvolved.
Council Highlights
May 13, 2013
Parking strategy
Council received the Parking Management Strategy Framework report from staff as part of the development of a city-wide strategy. The preliminary report, developed by Urban Systems Ltd., provides recommendations for parking management, financing and enforcement. The next phase will include consultation based on the City's guiding principles of public engagement to confirm issues, test recommendations and inform strategy development.

Recreation report
Council received the recreation report for information, which identifies potential recreation facilities that might be needed over the next 10 to 15 years. The report emphasizes investment in existing versus new facilities. Suggestions will be brought forward for inclusion in long-range planning.

Ballet Kelowna receives grant
Council approved the presentation of a $30,000 Professional Operating Grant to Ballet Kelowna.

artsVest Program
Council received information about the artsVest Program, a national sponsorship training and matching incentive program that is being brought to the Kelowna area with support from the City of Kelowna. The program will launch at the Arts & Culture Summit on June 13, 2013.

Capital Plan
Council endorsed the 2013-2020 Capital Plan, which strives to strike an affordable balance between capital projects that maintain current service levels, preserve existing assets and provide opportunity for growth and economic development. For more information, visit kelowna.ca/budget and view the Budget Process.
Victoria Day hours of operation at civic properties
Public Service Announcement
To mark Victoria Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, May 20.

The Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Thinking of working in the garden over the weekend? Pick up your OgoGrow or GlenGrow at the Glenmore Landfill or the Commonage Road Compost Facility until 4 p.m.

Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For general information about the City and its services, please visit kelowna.ca.
City commences pavement management program
Approximately 19 kilometres will be re-surfaced
The City of Kelowna's 2013 pavement management program is underway. Approximately 19 kilometres will be re-surfaced involving nine different road segments.

The pavement management program prioritizes and determines how to upgrade and repair the road surface based on various tests and software analysis that provide a numerical ranking for each road.

Short-term lane closures or detours will be in effect. For safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and local residents to stay off the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. The public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

City of Kelowna personnel have already begun preparing the selected road segments by cleaning, sweeping, sealing cracks, flushing and completing some minor shoulder repairs. Residents will be notified when resurfacing work is to begin in their area.

The 2013 asphalt and paving contract was awarded to Emil Anderson Construction Inc. for approximately $2.5 million; the work is expected to be complete by October.

Visit kelowna.ca\roadreport for current road construction information or to view the capital projects map.
Knox Mountain drive to close for hill climb
Traffic Advisory
Knox Mountain Drive will be closed from 7 a.m. Friday, May 17, to 3 p.m. Monday, May 20, to safely accommodate the annual Knox Mountain Hill Climb.

Knox Mountain Park will be open to ticket holders only on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19. Closure of the dog park will be in effect during the event, with limited access on Friday and Monday. Public access to Paul's Tomb will be available via Poplar Point Drive.

For more information on the Knox Mountain Hill Climb visit knoxmtnhillclimb.ca.

For the most up-to-date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
Brevity Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Saturday, May 11 at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery
Members of the community are welcome to join with the Kelowna Chapter of The Compassionate Friends and Mayor Walter Gray for the 10th annual Brevity Memorial Dedication Ceremony. The ceremony will take place Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery located at 1991 Bernard Avenue.

Parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members who have suffered the loss of a child for any reason are encouraged to attend.

The Brevity Memorial, installed in 2004, is dedicated to children whose lives have been cut short, as symbolized by the life-size bronze statue of two children playing on a tree stump.

The Brevity Memorial Statue and Ceremony are a partnership between the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery and the Kelowna Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, an international organization dedicated to supporting bereaved parents and their surviving children.

For more information on the memorial ceremony, please contact the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery at 250-862-5518.
Alaska Airlines: 15 years and soaring at YLW
Alaska Airlines now connects Kelowna to over 90 cities
On May 10, 1998, Horizon Air landed its first 37-passenger Dash 8-200 at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) from Seattle. It was the first year-round scheduled service to the United States from YLW. At the time, annual passenger numbers were just under 800,000 and the airport was embarking on a $20-million terminal expansion project.

Today, Horizon Air, now flying as Alaska Airlines, connects to over 90 cities from Kelowna to Seattle (SEA). The carrier flies up to 76 passengers on a Bombardier Q400 turboprop twice a day to/from SEA (three times daily during the winter season). Currently, YLW serves nearly 1.5 million passengers a year and is undergoing the next phase of a $50.5 million airport expansion project.

"Fifteen years of service with Alaska Airlines has expanded our reach with tourism as well as with the business sector," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "We knew 15 years ago having this service was important to our region and today it's more important than ever as travel for work and leisure has become the norm due to lower fares and accessibility. Alaska Airlines is important part of the YLW family."

Although there have been many changes in the last 15 years at YLW, it is interesting to note the Mayor and members of Kelowna City Council in 1998 included Mayor Walter Gray and Councillors Andre Blanleil and Robert Hobson.

YLW will celebrate 15 years of service with Alaska Airlines by providing travellers flying on Alaska on Friday with a warm YLW send off, as well as hosting Horizon Air President Glenn Johnson in morning meetings with tourism and economic stakeholder groups.

Johnson will also be the keynote speaker at the Kelowna Chamber Luncheon, sharing his thoughts on the dramatic transitions over the past decade in the U.S. Airline industry and at Alaska Air Group, the parent company for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. The luncheon will be held at the Hotel Eldorado at 11:45 a.m. For tickets, contact the Kelowna Chamber.

For information about Alaska Airlines' service from YLW, visit ylw.kelowna.ca.
A new sense of place on Bernard Avenue
Unique design elements enhance the streetscape
Originating with a need to upgrade the aging utilities and roadway, the Bernard Avenue Revitalization has become an identity-establishing project.

Three themes are featured along Bernard Avenue, with unique design elements in each phase of the new streetscape evoking a distinct sense of place and the natural beauty of the area.

"The themes are derived from our local natural and cultural heritage with tributes to the First Nation people of this area," says Parks and Public Space Projects Manager Andrew Gibbs. "Placemaking draws on a community's assets, inspiration and potential to create vibrant public spaces that promote discovery and enjoyment, and enhance the community's attachment to public spaces."

At the east end of Bernard, the street emphasizes the hillsides and grasslands of the valley. The west end emphasizes the lake and our aquatic environment. And in between the theme highlights the cultural history of our community.

Specific features to note include:
  • Traffic bollards at the crosswalks inset with naturally rusting corten steel and cut out images relevant to the themes
  • Natural wood plates on the light posts
  • Natural basalt stone benches and pavers
  • Local animals and plants engraved in sporadically placed polished basalt pavers
  • Garbage cans, utility boxes and bike lockers uniquely wrapped with historical images
  • Gobo lights projecting images onto the sidewalk
  • Sidewalk etchings at pedestrian crossings
  • Thematic public art components built into the light standards

The Bernard Avenue project is a component of Downtown revitalization plans that include Phase 2 of Stuart Park, Kerry Park improvements, a public pier and downtown marina and new structured parking facilities.

For more information about the Bernard Avenue Revitalization and other projects, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.
Fashion forward at YLW
North American Occupational Safety & Health Week
The average fashionista may not recognize these designer labels, but those working at YLW will recognize the protective clothing gear worn by members of the YLW community as they strut down the red carpet runway at the second annual Safety Fashion Show at Kelowna International Airport (YLW).

The airport's Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee will host a safety fashion show and barbecue during North American Safety and Health Week at 10 a.m. on May 9 to focus employees, tenants and the airport community on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.

"At YLW, safety is our number one priority," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "Our families have the right to expect us all to come home uninjured at the end of the workday. This will be achieved if we all make safety our business."

The media is invited to attend the event at 10 a.m. on Thursday May 9 at the Airport Fire Hall. Parking is available outside the brick combined operations building next to the airport terminal.
Council Highlights
May 6, 2013
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Council approved revised Terms of Reference for the Agricultural Advisory Committee and directed staff to prepare bylaw amendments that will ensure the public is given the opportunity to provide input to Council on appropriate Agricultural Land Reserve applications.

Final Budget
Council approved the 2013 Final Budget, resulting in a 2.74 per cent increase to maintain service levels within the City and cover a number of new priority projects. The 2013 tax rate translates to an additional $45.07 for the average Kelowna home owner with a property assessed at $455,910. For more information, visit kelowna.ca/budget.
Kelowna sets final tax rate at 2.7%
Council approved the final 2013 budget
Kelowna City Council approved the final 2013 budget on Monday, with a municipal tax increase of 2.74 per cent.

A tax rate of 2.74 per cent translates into an annual increase of $45.07 for the owner of an average $455,910 single-family Kelowna home. The Solid Waste Reduction fee for the Glenmore Landfill, which is charged on the annual tax notice, will increase by $9.38 for each residential property.

Taxation accounts for 24 per cent of the City of Kelowna revenues for 2013, with 76 per cent coming from sources such as grants, reserve funds, fees and charges.

Property tax will provide $104 million of Kelowna's overall $425 million budget. Municipal taxation funds police and fire services and is supporting the revitalization of Bernard Avenue, transit upgrades and park improvements.

For the past decade, the City has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award annually, most recently for the 2012 Budget. Presented by the Government Finance Officers Association, the award recognizes the City's achievement in meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

View the 2013 budget at kelowna.ca/budget.
YLW Links North of 60 with Air North
Travel non-stop to the City of Whitehorse
Experience the history of the Klondike Gold Rush or the majesty of the Yukon wilderness with non-stop flights from Kelowna International Airport (YLW) to the City of Whitehorse on Air North, Yukon's Airline.

Seasonal service between the Okanagan and Yukon will begin June 6 and run until Oct. 15.

"This is great news," says YLW Airport Advisory Chair, Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. "We have the opportunity with Air North to make the Yukon more accessible and to bring the Yukon to the Okanagan. We each have two amazing regions, rich to explore."

The city of Whitehorse lies in the traditional territory of two First Nations?the Kwanlin Dun and the Ta'an Kwach'an ? and boasts a vibrant arts and cultural community. From May to September the Yukon enjoys round-the-clock daylight, giving long days to experience the Yukon's legendary wilderness.

"We've made travel between the Okanagan and the Yukon so much simpler," said Allan Moore, Director of Commercial Development for Air North. "It's a great combination of our amazing in-flight service, affordable fares, and the convenience of a single flight. We hope to see passenger demand increase this to year-round service."

Flight bookings can be made on-line at www.flyairnorth.com.

Serving almost 1.5 million passengers, YLW offers 66 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Air North, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, WestJet and United Airlines to Vancouver, Abbotsford, Victoria, Prince George, Whitehorse, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles, plus seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun, and sun destination charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos.

For more information on YLW visit the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca.

BACKGROUND

This summer, enjoy affordable fares and the convenience of a single flight between the Yukon and YLW. Seasonal service, Thursdays and Sundays, beginning 6 June, 2013.

Want to travel between Vancouver and YLW? This is your opportunity to experience authentic Yukon in-flight service between those two cities. Fly to Vancouver from YLW on Thursday and return on Sunday, beginning 6 June, 2013.

Thursday Service
  • From Whitehorse depart 5 pm to Kelowna arrive 7:15 pm

  • From Kelowna depart 8 pm to Vancouver arrive 8:45 pm

  • From Vancouver depart 9:30 pm to Whitehorse arrive at 11:45 pm


  • Sunday Service
  • From Whitehorse depart 5 pm to Vancouver arrive 7:15 pm

  • From Vancouver depart 8 pm to Kelowna arrive 8:45 pm
  • From Kelowna depart 9:30 pm to Whitehorse arrive at 11:45 pm


  • Introductory Fares

    Air North's introductory fares are available on a limited basis until 11:59pm PT on 14 May, 2013.

    To YLW from...
  • Whitehorse $130.33 ($99 + fees and taxes)

  • Vancouver $87.28 ($59 + fees and taxes)

  • Dawson City $313.03 ($233 + fees and taxes)

  • Inuvik $427.48 ($342 + fees and taxes)

  • Old Crow $424.33 ($339 + fees and taxes)


  • From YLW to...
  • Whitehorse $146.08 ($99 + fees and taxes)

  • Vancouver $97.78 ($59 + fees and taxes)

  • Dawson City $328.78 ($233 + fees and taxes)*

  • Inuvik $443.23 ($342 + fees and taxes)*

  • Old Crow $440.08 ($339 + fees and taxes)*


  • * Overnight in Whitehorse required. Accommodation not included.

    All fares above subject to availability.
    Fly ‘n’ Vote at YLW
    YLW first Canadian airport to host advance voting
    Heading for a beach holiday or business trip and think you won't have time to vote in the B.C. provincial election? Now there's no excuse if you are flying through Kelowna International Airport between Wednesday May 8 and Saturday May 11.

    Kelowna International Airport (YLW) has been listed as an Advance Voting location by Elections BC for all B.C. residents, including those who are in and around the airport.

    "This is a very different event for an airport to host," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "However, it's an important occasion. This is a great opportunity to assist British Columbians no matter where they are from. Not only will this benefit travellers flying in and out of the airport, but we have almost 2,000 employees at the YLW Campus and with residents in Quail Ridge and around the airport in Ellison we are an ideal location for BC voters."

    YLW will be the only Airport in B.C. and the first Canadian Airport to host an advance voting location for a provincial or federal election.

    Voters may park in the short term lot for up to two hours free of charge. Simply bring in the parking voucher when voting and the voucher will be validated at the polling station.

    All B.C. voters can vote at YLW or any advance voting place in the province on Wednesday, May 8 through Saturday May 11, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (local time). All B.C. voters can vote at any general voting place in the province on Tuesday, May 14, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific Time).

    All voters must provide proof of identity and their residential address to receive a ballot or to register when voting. A list of acceptable types of identification is available from Elections BC at elections.bc.ca or 1-800-661-8683.

    YLW parking and flight information can be found on the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca.
    Congratulations to our 2012 Civic & Community Award recipients
    Awards presented May 1
    The City of Kelowna is extending its sincere congratulations to all nominees and recipients of this year's 38th Annual Civic & Community Awards.

    The successful finalists were honoured this evening at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

    The full list of award recipients is provided below:

    Teen Honour in the Arts
    Quinn Bates

    Honour in the Arts
    Anna Jacyszyn

    Young Female of the Year
    Kelsi Taron

    Young Male of the Year
    Eli McAlpine

    The Central Okanagan Foundation, Volunteer Organization of the Year
    Karis Support Society

    Woman of the Year - Sarah Donald - Treadgold Memorial Award
    Shaun Bos

    Man of the Year - Fred Macklin Memorial Award
    Ken Thompson

    Corporate Community of the Year - Small to Medium Business
    Loyal Hair Therapy

    Corporate Community of the Year - Large Business
    Interior Savings Credit Union

    Champion for the Environment - Individual
    Michael Ross

    Champion for the Environment - Business
    Best Western Plus, Kelowna Hotel and Suites

    Bob Giordano Memorial Award
    Hal Hennenfent

    Bryan Couling Memorial, Athletic Team of the Year Award
    OKM Senior Boy's Soccer Team

    Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Female
    Olivia Johnson

    Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Male
    Ryan Linttell

    Female Athlete of the Year
    Jen Woods

    Male Athlete of the Year
    Rostam Turner

    Anita Tozer Memorial
    Tim Schroeder

    Special thanks to the sponsors of this year's event for their generous support: Astral Media, Beyond 50 Magazine, Castanet, Central Okanagan Foundation, FortisBC, Grant Thornton, Kelowna Capital News, Kelowna Community Resources, Mark of Distinction, Prospera Credit Union and YMCA of Okanagan.

    For more on the Civic & Community Awards, visit kelowna.ca/residents.
    Council Highlights
    Apr. 29, 2013
    United Way Giving Award


    Council was presented with the United Way Quantum Leap Giving Award for City of Kelowna staff involvement in the 2012 campaign. City staff surpassed 2011 numbers in staff involvement, awareness and fundraising activities, and contributed approximately $32,000 to the cause in 2012.

    Okanagan Car Share


    Council approved a one-time, one-year trial to provide three City parking spaces (two at Memorial Arena and one at the Osprey lot) to assist in launching the car share project, which aims to provide the benefits of vehicle ownership without having to own one, reduce single occupant vehicles on the road and is in line with the City's commitment to reduce greenhouse gases.

    Ellis Parkade Update


    Council received an update on the Ellis Street Parkade expansion project, including the need for additional funds to complete unanticipated geotechnical remediation. The shortfall will be funded by the Parking Reserve and be repaid over seven years through future parking and rental revenues.
    City staff, officials mark Day of Mourning
    In remembrance of people injured on the job
    Kelowna City staff and elected officials paused Friday to mark Day of Mourning in British Columbia.

    A crowd gathered at the City Yards facility on Hardy Avenue heard from occupational health & safety representatives, fellow staff members and acting Mayor Mohini Singh.

    "It is vitally important that we pause occasionally and remind ourselves about risks we are exposed to in our workplace," Councillor Singh told the crowd. "Thanks to efforts by Occupational Health & Safety staff - and your own individual care and attention - the City has a good safety record."

    Mayor Walter Gray issued a proclamation marking the day and municipal flags were at half-mast Friday in remembrance of people injured on the job. Flags at City Hall will remain at half-mast until after the provincial Day of Mourning ceremony on Sunday, April 28.

    WorkSafe BC reports almost 2,800 injury or illness claims are filed every week in British Columbia. It says 20 long-term disability claims are filed every working day and three fatalities are reported every week.

    As well, the number of fatalities has remained relatively constant over the last five years. Fatalities on the job have gone from a high of 160 (2008), to 121 (2009), to 143 (2010), to 142 (2011) to 149 last year.

    Construction and transportation sectors have the highest rates of fatalities. According to WorkSafe BC, of the 149 workplace fatalities in 2012, 31 were in the construction sector and 27 were in transportation. A further 86 workplace fatalities were attributed to occupational disease, mainly owing to previous exposure to asbestos.
    Council Highlights
    Apr. 22, 2013
    Drinking Water Week


    Council supports the BC Water and Waste Association's Community Water Challenge, from May 19 to 25, which encourages Kelowna residents to conserve water by reducing shower times, installing water-efficient fixtures, limiting lawn watering, turning off the tap when it's not in use and refraining from putting toxic substances down the drain.

    Regional Waste Reduction


    Council received the Regional Waste Reduction update for information. The report highlighted accomplishments from 2012, including commercial and transfer station diversion successes and installation of Routeware.

    Kelowna Museums Annual Report


    The Kelowna Museums Annual Report was presented to Council, highlighting their school programs, which reached 10,000 participants, and some of their major exhibitions, including Mary's Wedding, The Land is Our Culture and the fifth induction event of the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame.

    Central Okanagan Foundation Grants


    Council approved the distribution of the Community Social Development grants, and grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth.

    Aquatic Habitat Inventory


    Council received a report on the City of Kelowna's recently completed Aquatic Habitat Inventory. Grants from the Okanagan Basin Water Board and the BC Real Estate Foundation enabled the City to complete the project, including mapping of Kelowna's watercourses and analysis of their fish bearing capabilities, which can be used to inform land use planning and community education.

    Sterile Insect Release Program


    In order to continue to deliver area-wide enforcement of codling moth, Council approved a parcel tax levy on specific property tax rolls within the City of Kelowna.

    Tax Distribution Policy


    Council approved the Municipal Tax Distribution Policy for 2013, which establishes the tax class ratios that will be used in the preparation of the 2013 tax rates.
    Vaisakhi Parade rolling road closures
    Traffic Advisory
    The 3rd annual Vaisakhi Parade will take place Saturday, April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Rutland Road N. will be closed from approximately 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to allow the parade to pass.

    Rolling road closures will also begin approximately 11:30 a.m. along Wallace Road, Sycamore Road, Friesen Road, McCurdy Road E., Keyes Road and Sumac Road to accommodate the parade and be in effect until 3:30 p.m.

    Truck route closure signage will be posted on Highway 33 and Highway 97 for Rutland Road. Detour signs for motorists using Rutland Road as well as traffic control personnel will be visible along the affected residential streets. Motorists may experience minor disruptions and are asked to be cautious while driving.

    For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Kelowna Mayor and Council applaud volunteers
    April 22-26
    The City of Kelowna and its Mayor and Council celebrate Volunteer Week, running April 22-26, by taking a moment to recognize some of the groups and individuals who work hard to make Kelowna a great community.

    "Volunteers make our community," said Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray at today's Council meeting. "Whether devoting their time to events or causes, these community-minded volunteers make this city a great place to live and visit."

    Volunteer opportunities at the City of Kelowna include:

    • Adopt-a-Road - Private organizations, clubs and community groups can help the City keep Kelowna beautiful by volunteering their labour to pick up litter along the sides of roads.

    • Adopt-a-Stream and Yellow Fish Road - These watershed stewardship programs give organizations, families, individuals, clubs and community groups the opportunity to assist the City in keeping Kelowna's streams healthy.

    • Bike to Work Week - Residents can become a team leader and provide inspiration and motivation for coworkers to get involved, whether seasoned cyclists or first-timers. Visit smartTRIPS.ca for more information.

    • Kelowna International Airport - A number of opportunities are available at our airport, which include the Ambassador and Junior Ambassador Programs, manning the Tourism Kelowna Kiosk and being part of the Airport Watch. Additional details can be found at ylw.kelowna.ca.

    • RCMP - Groups like Citizen Patrol Teams make Kelowna a safer place. The 2012/2013 holiday season showed the impact of our volunteers with calls for service to mall parking lots reduced by 33 per cent and theft from motor vehicles reduced by 24 per cent.

    • Recreation & Cultural Services - Opportunities in recreation range from being a Community Access Assistant, working with persons with a disability and offering support and companionship, to being a program, special event or aquatic volunteer. Visit kelowna.ca/recreation to learn more.

    • Snow Busters - This goodwill program encourages residents to lend a hand after a snowfall and shovel sidewalks or driveways for their lesser-able neighbours. See kelowna.ca/transportation for more about snow and ice removal and the Snow Busters program.



    And there are many more opportunities within the community, offered by private organizations and public groups, to fit a variety of interests.

    For more information about volunteering with the City, visit kelowna.ca/getinvolved.
    Kelowna is about to get fresh
    NeighbourWoods tree pick-up is April 20
    The City of Kelowna has 450 trees ready for residents to pick-up at tomorrow's NeighbourWoods event. Once planted on homeowners' property, these trees will help the city live up to its exciting title of Canada's Freshest Smelling Location.

    The NeighbourWoods program is an important residential planting initiative for the City as it makes "greening" neighbourhoods affordable for residents. The program encourages citizens and communities to grow and preserve our urban forest, which according to an Urban Forest Effects Analysis completed in 2007, showed Kelowna's tree canopy was at about 13 per cent. The recommended tree cover for our area is 25 per cent.

    Even residents who were not able to purchase a tree this year are encouraged to attend tomorrow's event where tree planting demonstrations will be taking place. City staff will also be on hand to answer questions about gardening as well as tree health and maintenance.

    Date: Saturday, April 20
    Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Location: Mission Recreation Park Arboretum
    4105 Gordon Drive (enter off Gordon and Lequime)

    This year's NeighbourWoods program is being sponsored by Air Wick through the company's "Canada's Freshest Smelling Location" Facebook contest that ran online this past summer.

    For more information about Kelowna's NeighbourWoods event, visit "NeighbourWoods" on kelowna.ca/environment.

    Council Highlights
    Apr. 17, 2013
    Kelowna Art Gallery Annual Report
    The Kelowna Art Gallery presented its annual report to Council, highlighting a focus on community perspectives through the Just Imagine, Please Touch the Art and Canadian Mental Health exhibitions. In 2012, the art gallery also provided adult classes, partnerships with School District 23 and special programs such as Youth InSights and the Aboriginal Youth Program.

    Diamond Mountain Area Structure Plan
    Council approved an amendment to the area structure plan boundary and endorsed the public consultation strategy developed by the applicant team.

    Downtown Plan Update
    Council received the annual update on the Downtown Plan. Completed or underway initiatives include planting more street trees, detailed design of Phase 2 of Stuart Park, increased police visibility, public pier, improved lighting, review of the Ellis Street Truck Route, expansion and improvement to the Queensway Transit Exchange and creation of easy to use zoning and building codes to enable more pedestrian friendly construction.
    2013 construction projects outlined
    Major construction projects for 2013
    City staff gave a presentation Tuesday to local media on the major construction projects for 2013.

    Capital investments in facilities, parks, road and utilities will add up to more than $89 million in 2013, including major construction projects such as the Ellis Street Parkade, Rapid Bus Transit expansion and continuation of the Bernard Avenue Revitalization.

    The range of projects outlined include everything from road resurfacing plans to new linear parks, underground utility replacements and new facilities such new City Park washrooms.

    Images and descriptions of the 2013 Capital Projects are available at kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

    Updated information about major city projects is available anytime by clicking on the 2013 Capital Project Map link on the City Projects website page.
    Trail closed for maintenance
    Public Service Announcement
    The City of Kelowna has temporarily closed Priest Creek trail at Balldock Road for approximately one week due to high water and flood mitigation work. The closure extends 350 metres from Balldock Road is now in place.

    Signs indicating the temporary closure are posted at the Balldock Road entrance and at the end of the affected area.

    For more information on other City trails and parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Open House for Lakeshore Road updated design
    Design plans for the proposed Lakeshore Rd upgrades
    The City and Urban Systems Ltd. will be on hand Thursday, April 18 between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Manteo Resort to introduce the preliminary design plans for the proposed Lakeshore Road infrastructure improvements between Richter Street and Lexington Drive.

    The design drawings show improvements to Lakeshore Road, including Mission Creek Bridge to meet the 200-year flood level, upgrades to the sewer main to accommodate for future growth in the area, continuation of the multi-use pathway and on-street bike lanes, and improved traffic flow and safety.

    Subject to funding and budget approvals, detailed design and construction of some sections of the proposed project may take place as early as 2014.

    For more information about this project or to subscribe to e-Updates for future phases, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.
    Residents share their ideas for My City Park
    Input received until April 26

    Ideas are being shared at a virtual open house for the City Park Concept Plan. Since the launch of the City's interactive community engagement platform on March 14, more than 1,650 visitors, 200 registered participants, 177 ideas and 150 comments have been received. "We would never experience this level of interaction at a traditional open house." said Patrick McCormick, project manager. "This platform provides members of the community the opportunity and flexibility to weigh in on topics that interest them and at the same time contribute some great ideas for the future of City Park." With the rise of information sharing through social media channels, the My City Park pilot initiative is hearing from a diverse audience, especially those 35 years of age and younger. My City Park topics include: senior, youth and family amenities, special events, sport and recreation uses, beachfront, heart of the park, and providing Tourism Kelowna with a vision for the shared community amenity. A key part of the process is status updates provided directly to the idea originator, hearing first-hand how their idea was considered. Ideas and comments are reviewed by staff and will be explored as part of the overall financial strategy, balancing immediate infrastructure priorities and looking ahead over the next 10 years. Visit kelowna.ca/mycitypark to join the conversation on the city's most historic waterfront park. Online input will be received until Friday, April 26. An open house will be held later in the spring to present the City Park Concept Plan.

    Seasonal service changes for Kelowna
    BC Transit News Release
    KELOWNA - BC Transit and the City of Kelowna are making two trial routes permanent seasonal service. The weekend late night #97 Express and #13 Quail Ridge were introduced in September 2012 and proved popular especially with students and staff at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) campus.
    In order to best maximize taxpayer contributions to transit service, #6 Glenmore-UBCO Express, the late night #97 Express and #13 Quail Ridge routes will be seasonally suspended from April 29 to September 2. The three routes will resume full service when school begins on September 3.
    Other routes will see minor adjustment, please consult bctransit.com or call 250 860-8121 for more details.
    Emergency Services dispatchers answer the call
    Celebrating exceptional service
    At the Kelowna Fire Department, City of Kelowna staff provide efficient, comprehensive fire emergency dispatch response 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the Central and Okanagan Similkameen Regional Districts.

    Emergency Services Dispatch Week is April 8 - 14, a good time to learn more about the fire dispatch service and the men and women who are the first point of contact in an emergency.

    "This week, I am proud to recognize our team of fire dispatchers. They answer emergency calls 24/7 and use modern technology to support fire departments as they respond to emergencies in communities throughout the Southern Interior," says Kelowna Fire Department Deputy Chief Jason Brolund, who is responsible for Communications and Emergency Programs for the region.

    Fire dispatchers work hard to ensure that help is dispatched as quickly as possible during an emergency. To help them help you, always ensure that when calling 9-1-1 you stay on the line and follow these tips:
    - Do your best to stay calm and answer all questions. The questions from dispatchers may not seem relevant, but are important in helping get the first responders to you as quickly as possible.
    - Help the 9-1-1 dispatcher help you. Listen and answer the questions asked, helping the dispatcher to understand your situation and assist you with your emergency until the appropriate police, fire or ambulance units arrive.
    - Know the location of the emergency. Provide the most detailed location descriptions and address information that you can. Know the geographic area that you are in. Look for cross streets, landmarks, signs and buildings. Knowing the location is vital to getting the appropriate first responder out to you. Providing an exact address is critically important when making a wireless 9-1-1 call.

    "The role of the dispatchers is crucial to success in dealing quickly with a wide range of emergencies," said Brolund. Fire dispatchers are the first to learn of an emergency, gathering critical information and relaying it to responding firefighters, via radio, telephone and most recently via Internet connected computers onboard fire trucks.

    The Fire Dispatch Centre in Kelowna provides dispatch service for 28 Fire Departments consisting of 42 fire stations within the City of Kelowna, Regional District of Central Okanagan and Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) boundaries.

    Facts:
    "The dispatch center handled 32,113 Incident reports during 2012.
    "102,196 emergency and non-emergency telephone calls were handled in 2012.
    "240,899 radio transmissions were processed in the dispatch centre.
    "On average, 9-1-1 fire calls are answered in less than 6 seconds.

    Ski 2 Sea Race road closure
    Traffic Advisory
    The 33rd annual Ski 2 Sea Race from Big White to City Park will take place on Sunday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Peck Road in Rutland will be closed from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accommodate the bike-to-run transition. Up to 100 teams and soloists will race each other in a six-stage race spanning 95 kilometres.

    Traffic control personnel will be visible along the route and motorists may experience minor disruptions along Highway 33 to Garner Road, and where runners exit the Mission Creek Greenway at Lakeshore at Truswell Roads.

    For race information, visit ski2sea.ca.

    For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Sports fields now open
    Field maintenance schedule now online
    As warm weather approaches, many residents and sports leagues will use one of the 30 City sports fields to enjoy activities ranging from Frisbee to baseball. Yesterday marked the official opening of all City sports fields, including public washrooms which are now open until 8 p.m.

    Throughout the season, City staff perform routine maintenance that require field closures. Users are encouraged to go online to view the 2013 Sport Field Maintenance Schedule. Here, you will find the list of closures throughout the spring and summer months. Staying off fields during the closure means we can get back on them faster and have a better field to play on.

    To view the complete list of field closures, visit kelowna.ca/recreation
    Council Highlights
    Apr. 8, 2013
    Hiawatha Redevelopment
    A redevelopment plan for the Hiawatha mobile home park received Council approval. After a five-hour public hearing on April 2, Council had deferred its decision on the proposal until Monday. The 18-acre residential-commercial neighbourhood envisions 19 buildings including a hotel. Of the original 94 mobile homes on the property, 18 units remain. The developer, Westcorp Properties, has provided the remaining tenants with four relocation options to choose from during the year ahead. The tenants' options are to have Westcorp pay to relocate and hook-up the mobile home, have Westcorp buy the home, provide residents with an option to buy a housing unit in the new development, or have Westcorp provide residents with an affordable housing option with the assistance of the Seniors Outreach Services Society.

    Monaco Plan Revised
    Council gave first reading to a new proposal for the Monaco property at the corner of St. Paul Street and Doyle Avenue. The proposal calls for a mixed residential-commercial development, including a residential tower, a hotel tower and commercial uses such as a children's daycare and bike sharing service. The proposal will be discussed at a public hearing April 23 at City Hall.

    Zoning Bylaw Amendment Council approved an amendment to Zoning Bylaw 8000, clarifying details that define the allowable height of a building. The definition of how height is measured has been revised and diagrams have been included into the Zoning Bylaw for clarity. Dormer sizes and configurations were also amended in the bylaw. For more information about property development, click on Property Development at kelowna.ca/business.

    Egg addling controls goose population
    News Release
    In a continued effort to control the Canada Goose population in the Okanagan Valley, the Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program is about to begin its annual egg addling program. Over the past six years, this program has prevented the exponential increase of the non-migratory resident goose population that inhabits the valley all year long.

    "While most communities along the valley are struggling with management of non-migratory Canada Geese, this program aims at reducing geese that are not a native species to this area," says Kate Hagmeier, coordinator of the Okanagan Goose Management Program. "Trained contractors have already been searching for pairs and nesting sites, and we hope to complete the addling program by the end of May."

    These geese are largely descendants of geese that were trans-located to the Okanagan in the 1960 and 70s as part of an introduction program. Young geese and eggs were brought here from different areas in Canada to encourage the creation of an Okanagan goose population.
    What was not foreseen at the time was the inability of these geese to migrate because they had no natural parents to teach them, and, like most of us, had the ability to adapt and thrive to the mild Okanagan climate which encouraged them to remain.

    The egg addling program involves shaking eggs or coating them with non-toxic biodegradable food-grade corn oil within 14 days of incubation to make them non-viable. The U.S. Humane Society supports this egg addling technique.

    Once addled, eggs are returned to the nest. Geese continue to incubate until they realize the eggs will not hatch. At this point, it is generally too late in the year to produce more eggs. Adults are not harmed and will continue with their regular life cycle.

    Since the program began in 2007, approximately 7,700 eggs have been prevented from hatching through this minimally invasive approach. Taking into account natural mortality of young through predation or nest failure, that is equivalent to approximately 5,800 fewer geese in the valley. The program also entails a preliminary nest locating component and an overall goose population surveys.

    In order for the program to succeed, new nests need to be identified. The public is asked to report lone geese, pairs of geese or nest locations on private or public land by emailing coordinator@okanagangooseplan.com or calling 1-877-943-3209. Information about the program is available at okanagangooseplan.com.

    The public is asked to keep away from goose nests and to avoid touching the eggs. The Okanagan Goose Management Program has secured a special permit from the federal government allowing crews from EBB Environmental Inc. and Wise Wildlife Control to addle goose eggs on public and private lands with the owners' permission. In the case of private lands, an authorization form is available on the program website.

    In addition to egg addling and population surveys, a grant from the Western Canada Turfgrass Association in 2012 contributed to a leg-banding program. Bird-banding is the practice of applying unique markers (bands) to the legs of birds. When a marked bird is observed by a birdwatcher or recovered by a hunter, data on age, survival, habitat use and migratory patterns can be retrieved and analyzed.

    "The data collected during the leg-banding program will help us to improve our understanding of the population and how different birds use the valley," says Hagmeier.

    Please help report lone geese, pairs of geese or nest locations on private or public land by emailing coordinator@okanagangooseplan.com or calling 1-877-943-3209. Information about the program is available at okanagangooseplan.com.

    The Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program is a partnership between the City of Kelowna, Central Okanagan Regional District, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, District of West Kelowna, City of Vernon, City of Penticton, Town of Lake Country, Town of Osoyoos, Town of Oliver, District of Peachland, District of Summerland and Glenmore Ellison Irrigation District.
    Dougall Road construction closure
    Traffic Advisory
    Beginning on Monday, April 8, Dougall Road North will be closed between Highway 33 and McIntosh Road for ongoing construction of the Rutland Transit Improvement Project. Shepherd Road remains closed to traffic between Dougall and Roxby Roads.

    Pedestrian access to businesses and homes will be maintained throughout construction. Business and local parking will be available in the City parking lot located off Froelich Road across from the Outdoor Superstore, and on Roxby Road behind the "Better than Nature" store.

    Asher Road re-opens today, after being closed for the past month as part of this project.

    Background
    This project will see improvements on Dougall, Asher and Froelich Roads and the construction of the new Shepherd Road Transit Exchange. The proposed works will include underground utilities, utility relocation from overhead to underground, road reconstruction, pedestrian improvements and streetscaping.

    New bus pullouts on Highway 33 between Dougall and Hollywood Road will also be constructed this year, along with bus stop improvements between Rutland Road and Dougall Road.

    The project is a $4.55-million investment in Rutland, which includes a new transit exchange. Residents and visitors in Rutland can look forward to an attractive new public space featuring wide and creatively designed sidewalks, new trees, seating areas and decorative lighting for comfort and safety.

    The Rutland transit improvements are part of BC Transit's RapidBus Phase 2 and 3 Project, which includes creating and upgrading transit facilities throughout the region. For more information on the RapidBus project, visit kelownarapidbus.ca.

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for more information and to view the designs for this project.
    Mayor accepts challenge from Kamloops
    Kelowna Rockets-Kamloops Blazers playoff series
    Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray has enthusiastically accepted a friendly challenge issued by Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar in anticipation of the Kelowna Rockets-Kamloops Blazers playoff series in the Western Hockey League Championships.

    On Friday, the day before the start of the best-of-seven Round Two series, Mayor Milobar suggested he would send a bottle of Kamloops wine to Mayor Gray if the Blazers lost the series. Mayor Gray picked up the challenge and promised a bottle of Kelowna wine to his counterpart if the Rockets lose.

    "I didn't know Kamloops made wine," said Mayor Gray. "I thought it was all hops and hay up there. However, as a big supporter of B.C. wines I'm very pleased to accept this challenge."

    Kelowna hosts the first two games of the series at Prospera Place, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.

    "In the unlikely event that the Rockets are not successful, my biggest challenge will be trying to choose from the nearly 40 wineries in the Kelowna area," said Mayor Gray.

    Kelowna finished nine points ahead of Kamloops in the regular season. The last time the Rockets and Blazers met in the playoffs was 2009, when Kelowna swept the series in four games.
    Section of Lakeshore Road closed Sunday
    Traffic Advisory
    Traffic on Lakeshore Road will be affected over the next four days as underground services are installed for a new commercial development.

    Connecting utility services to the new building at 3327 Lakeshore Rd. will require single-lane traffic on Lakeshore between Lanfranco Road and Richter Street starting Friday, April 5. Single-lane traffic will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday.

    On Sunday, the entire section of Lakeshore between Lanfranco and Richter will be closed.

    Residents of Watt Road, which intersects with Lakeshore Road between Lanfranco and Richter, will be permitted to travel south on Lakeshore to the detour route starting at Richter Street.

    Detour signs will be posted on Lanfranco Road and Richter Street for the duration of the work.

    Motorists can expect delays on this route and are encouraged to use alternate routes.
    No-charge parking on Small Shop Saturday
    Public Service Announcement
    The City of Kelowna will waive on-street parking charges this Saturday in support of the Downtown Kelowna Association's Small Shop Saturday initiative.

    However, shoppers are reminded that posted time restrictions remain in effect. Vehicles can park for free, but posted time limits remain in effect so that convenient parking spaces are turned over for new customers.

    This is the first of three Small Shop Saturdays downtown this year. City Council approved the free parking days for April 6, June 22 and a date to be determined in October.
    FortisBC completes purchase of Kelowna electric utility assets
    FortisBC News Release
    FortisBC completed the purchase of the City of Kelowna's electrical utility assets on March 29, 2013 after the successful completion of public approval processes by both the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) and the City of Kelowna through its alternative approval process. For the past decade, FortisBC has operated and maintained the City of Kelowna's electrical utility assets. The completion of this transaction allows FortisBC to directly serve the approximate 15,000 customers formerly served by the City of Kelowna.

    "The successful transfer of the City's electrical utility to FortisBC is great news for the taxpayers of Kelowna and our utility customers," said Mayor Walter Gray. "Taxpayers will benefit from the long-term financial earnings resulting
    from the reinvestment of the proceeds and customers will receive safe and reliable electricity from an experienced owner and operator."

    "This transaction provides benefits to our new customers in the City of Kelowna and our existing customers throughout FortisBC's service territory by mitigating future rate increases and providing continuity of service in the Kelowna area," said John Walker, President and CEO of FortisBC.

    Customers formerly served by the City of Kelowna will continue to receive their bills as usual, but will move to FortisBC rates starting on April 8, 2013. FortisBC anticipates transitioning City of Kelowna customers to its billing system in 2014. For more information on the BCUC decision approving the transaction or on FortisBC, please visit www.fortisbc.com.

    Okanagan College Half Marathon lane restrictions
    Traffic Advisory
    On Sunday, April 7, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. more than 600 runners will participate in the annual Okanagan College Half Marathon and 10K running race. Participants will start at Okanagan College, (KLO Campus) run along Raymer Avenue to Ethel Street as they make their way downtown along the lakefront before returning to Okanagan College.

    Intermittent one-lane closures will be in effect for eastbound traffic between 7:55 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Raymer Avenue from Campus Way to Richter Street, and to southbound traffic on Ethel Street from Raymer to Glenwood Avenues. Possible minor disruptions in transit may occur along Ethel Street and Raymer Avenue.

    Traffic control personnel will be visible and motorists will need to watch for athletes along the route.

    Visit okanagan.bc.ca for route information.

    For up to date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Warm weather beckons cyclists
    News Release
    With spring's arrival comes warmer weather and longer days - and more people biking and walking on Kelowna's bike lanes and pathways.

    The City of Kelowna is currently out sweeping all bike lanes and most roadways. To make riding safer and more enjoyable, bike lanes in Kelowna are swept eight times a year. Kelowna continues to expand on its more than 290 kilometres of on-street bike lanes, more than 35 kilometres of hard surface shared-use pathways and many kilometres of gravel recreational pathways.

    There are exciting bike network improvements planned for 2013, including the expansion of the popular Rails with Trails pathway from Spall Road to Dilworth Drive.

    "The popularity of bike riding continues to grow in Kelowna as families and individuals incorporate cycling into their daily lives for both transportation and recreation." says Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Coordinator the City of Kelowna. "We are committed to improving access to environmentally responsible modes of transportation that encourage healthier lifestyles."

    Take a trip downtown and motorists and bike riders alike will encounter the new shared lane markings or sharrows on Bernard Avenue. These markings reinforce that a cyclist may ride in the traffic lane and assists them in correct positioning between traveling cars and parallel parked cars.

    Bike rack availability is also on the rise with new racks and lockers now located along Bernard Avenue, within Pandosy Village and elsewhere downtown.

    Riders are encouraged to review the City of Kelowna's Traffic Bylaws that pertain to cycling. In particular, all riders are required to wear a bicycle helmet and cycling is not permitted on sidewalks.

    Motorists are asked to drive aware and to share all roads with cyclists. Parking or driving in bike lanes throughout Kelowna is not permitted and motorists should be mindful of these rules at all times.

    "If everyone is predicable and abides by traffic rules, it significantly reduces the risk of an accident," says Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Coordinator. "We're going to see more residents taking to the streets by bicycle as well as more pedestrians as our city and region continue to grow. When everyone is aware of others we all make it to and from our destinations safely."

    An experienced cyclist himself, Kittmer says it is much more comfortable riding on the road with traffic when you know the rules and have a planned route. He suggests cyclists visit bikesense.bc.ca for a thorough explanation of bicycle safety and regulations. ‘When you follow the rules of the road, drivers respect you and are better able to interact with you safely."

    This year, Bike to Work and School Week is May 27 to June 2 and the community is encouraged to sign up to cycle to work or school with colleagues, family or friends. For more on Bike to Work Week and cycling in the Central Okanagan, visit smartTRIPS.ca.

    A map of cycling routes in Kelowna is available at all local bike shops or online at kelowna.ca/transportation.
    Knox Mountain Drive re-opens March 29
    Public Service Announcement
    The road leading to the summit of Knox Mountain Park will re-open to vehicle traffic on March 29. With the exception of sanctioned event closures, Knox Mountain Drive will be opened to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays during the warm seasons.

    Easter Sunday, March 31, Knox Mountain Drive will be open to vehicle traffic all day.

    As spring arrives in the next few weeks, park users are being reminded that all City parks, including City Park, Waterfront Park and the Parkinson, Rutland and Mission Recreation Parks, as well as Knox Mountain are smoke-free. Smoke-free zones include everything within park boundaries - including parking lots, pathways and the entrances to buildings.

    The smoke-free bylaw was established in February 2011to help reduce the risk of fire and associated littering from improperly disposed cigarette butts in parks and on beaches.

    For more information about Knox Mountain and other municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    NeighbourWoods trees are going fast
    Public Service Announcement
    The City of Kelowna opened registration for the 2013 NeighbourWoods program on March 15 and is close to selling out. Residents are encouraged to go online in the next few days to view the tree types and then register for their tree.

    Since 2010, residents have purchased 1,400 trees at discount prices through the program to plant on their properties. This year, 450 trees were made available at a cost of $30/tree, including taxes.

    The NeighbourWoods program is an important residential planting initiative for the City as it makes "greening" neighbourhoods affordable for residents. The program encourages citizens and communities to grow and preserve our urban forest, which according to an Urban Forest Effects Analysis completed in 2007, shows Kelowna's tree canopy was at about 13 per cent. The recommended tree coverage for our area is 25 per cent.

    This year's program is being sponsored by Air Wick through the company's "Canada's Freshest Smelling Location" Facebook contest that ran online this past summer.

    For more information about the NeighbourWoods program, visit kelowna.ca/environment under NeighbourWoods.
    Easter hours of operation
    Public Service Announcement
    To mark Easter, City Hall will be closed Friday, March 29 and Monday, April 1.

    The Glenmore Landfill will be open throughout the weekend at its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Thinking of working in the garden over the weekend? Pick up your OgoGrow or GlenGrow at the Glenmore Landfill or the Commonage Road Compost Facility until 4 p.m.

    Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    For general information about the City and its services, please visit kelowna.ca.
    Implementation plan for Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan
    Joint news release
    Kelowna City Council endorsed an implementation plan presented by the Kelowna Joint Water Committee that will guide local water purveyors toward improved water quality and a more integrated water supply system.

    The implementation plan for the Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan is designed to meet Provincial conditions for grant funding of city-wide water quality improvement projects.

    "This is an innovative and cooperative process to ensure potential local water improvement projects are prioritized to receive funding grants, standardize service levels between water purveyors and facilitates greater integration of local water systems," said Gordon Ivans, chair of the Kelowna Joint Water Committee.

    The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Interior Health Authority staff have reviewed and support the plan. A signed agreement will now be forwarded to the Ministry for confirmation that the implementation plan meets conditions for support.

    "This is the first agreement of its kind among water systems in B.C. and it has taken a lot of work by the technical committee representing the five major water utilities operating within the City boundary (BMID, City, GEID, RWW and SEKID)," said Kelowna City Manager Ron Mattiussi. "The objective is to provide the best overall water quality solutions for all Kelowna residents, and this is an important move in that direction."

    The technical committee's implementation plan identifies operational issues to work through together, along with capital project prioritization and financing considerations.

    "The focus for the KIWSP and implementation plan is to fund water quality and to streamline operational and decision-making processes, so that regardless of whatever form of water governance there may be in the future for our area, that the proper things are being done now," said Robert Hrasko, a KJWC member and Administrator of the Black Mountain Irrigation District.
    Knox Mountain Drive open early for Easter morning
    Traffic Advisory
    Knox Mountain Drive will be open to vehicle traffic all day Sunday, March 31, until 9 p.m.

    The road is usually closed Sundays until noon. The road is open to traffic Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    For more information about Knox Mountain and other municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Off-leash dogs need to be watched
    Respect wildlife in Knox Mountain Park
    City staff was recently made aware another off-leash dog chasing a deer in Knox Mountain Park - a seemingly growing trend at this time of year.

    "Knox Mountain Park, while used heavily by residents, is a wildlife area," says Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. "Year round, wildlife is present in the park and the temptation to chase wildlife can prove too great for off-leash dogs. It's not just wildlife they chase but also other dogs and people who might not appreciate it."

    Knox Mountain Park is patrolled by the Regional District's dog control offices at least once daily, this includes a walking tour of the Paul's Tomb trail.

    The owners of pets that come into conflict with a wild animal are liable for a $345 fine.

    Kelowna's nine off-leash parks
    - Cedar Creek Park, 5200 Lakeshore Rd.
    - Duggan Park, 1494 Bernard Ave. (small dogs only)
    - Ellison Centennial Park, Old Vernon Road at the Ellison Firehall
    - Enterprise Way Dog Park, 2500 Enterprise Way behind the Shaw Cable building
    - Knox Mountain Park, fenced dog run located just inside the second gate
    - Mission Recreation Park, fenced area off Lexington Rd. near Mission Creek Greenway parking lot
    - North Glenmore Dog Park, across from the landfill
    - Rowcliffe Park (Central Green Park), 575-599 Harvey Ave.
    - Rutland Recreation Park, Hartman Rd.

    For more information about dogs in municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Earth Hour Challenge on Saturday
    Saturday, March 23
    Mayor Walter Gray has issued a friendly challenge to the residents of Kelowna to participate in Earth Hour to help raise awareness for the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour event, taking place Saturday, March 23.

    "The Earth Hour event is a practical and symbolic show of support for the environment," said Mayor Gray. "The City of Kelowna committed to turning off its lights at City Hall and Stuart Park - except safety lights and those that are hard-wired."

    Residents are encouraged to turn off electric lights and appliances for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    Earth Hour is a global event highlighting the importance of conserving energy and working together to tackle climate change. It started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia with 2.2 million homes and businesses turning their lights off for one hour. It has grown into a global symbolic climate change initiative. Last year, more than 6,950 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories switched off.

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/environment.
    Council Highlights
    Mar. 19, 2013
    Intermunicipal Transportation Bylaw
    Council endorsed an agreement to formally enter into a new intermunicipal transportation partnership known as the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO). This strategic partnership of local and regional governments in the Central Okanagan will coordinate the regional delivery of sustainable transportation programs and projects in support of common regional policy, plans and interests (economic, social and environmental). Council directed the City Manager to work with his local and regional government counterparts to oversee and provide direction to the STPCO.

    Business Improvement Areas
    The 2013 budgets for the Downtown Kelowna Association and the Uptown Rutland Association were approved. Council authorized a levy on light industrial, and business/other properties within the local improvement areas that will provide the DKA with an annual budget of $679,000 and URBA a budget of $162,800.

    Small Shop Saturdays
    Council approved a Downtown Kelowna Association request for free parking to support Small Shop Saturdays. On-street parking downtown will be free April 6, June 22 and a Saturday yet to be determined in October. Posted time limits remain in effect for the free parking days, to encourage turnover of the spots to other shoppers.

    Parking Fee Changes at YLW
    Effective April 1, 2013
    Parking fees at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) are scheduled to change on April 1, 2013.

    On Oct. 17, 2011, Kelowna City Council approved an increase to certain airport fees, including vehicle parking fees which included an increase on April 1 in 2012 and 2013. However, with the elimination of the HST, parking fees will not increase as much as previously expected.

    "Our focus is to stay revenue neutral," says Airport Administration and Finance Manager Noreen Redman. "We've had it in our plan to increase the parking rates this year; it just became a little more complicated with changes in the HST."

    As of April 1, 2013 parking fee rates at YLW will be as follows:

    Short Term Lot: $1.50 for the first hour (includes the first 15 minutes free)
    $2.50 for each additional hour or part thereof to a maximum of $17 per 24 hours

    Long Term Lot: $1.50 per hour or part thereof (includes the first 15 minutes free), to a maximum of $11 per 24 hours and a weekly maximum rate of $52.

    Gold Pass: $845 for a six month pass for the short term lot

    Curbside Metres: $1.75 for 30 minutes

    North End Lot and North Airport Way: First 24 hours free and $7 for each 24 hour period or part thereof.

    On April 1 the HST will be replaced with a seven per cent PST and five per cent GST. Only GST is applicable to vehicle parking fees which is embedded in the airport's parking fee for ease of cash payment.

    A survey of YLW's fees and charges shows that YLW remains in the low range of similar sized airports such as Victoria, Prince George, Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, and Halifax.

    For more information on YLW visit the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca
    Rails with Trails in Kelowna: phase two begins!
    Joint news release
    KELOWNA - Funding was announced today for Phase Two of the Rails with Trails pathway, a project that will complete a vital link in Kelowna's existing network of active transportation corridors.

    The Government of Canada is providing $1.46 million through the Gas Tax Fund transfer, and the Government of British Columbia is providing $1.52 million through BikeBC toward this nearly $3 million cycling infrastructure project.

    "Our government is pleased to support the Rails with Trails project to promote growth and healthy living in Kelowna," said the Honourable Ron Cannan, MP for Kelowna - Lake Country. "Residents and tourists will have new opportunities to enjoy a safe, scenic and accessible pathway for years to come."

    The City will design and build the 4.5 metre wide pathway, extending the existing pathway 1.5 kilometres east, from Spall Road to Dilworth Drive. This builds on the success of the first phase of Rails with Trails, which runs from Gordon Drive to Spall Road.

    "Providing urban biking lanes is a priority for the Central Okanagan that MLAs Steve Thomson, Ben Stewart, and I share," said Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. "Phase Two of the Rails with Trails bike path represents a collaborative investment of nearly $3 million in funding. This shows what we can accomplish when all levels of government work together to meet the needs of the constituents we serve."

    The trail links employment hubs - such as downtown or the Landmark buildings - to where people live. It connects neighbourhoods, town centres and many of the recreational amenities in the city. Future phases will see this pathway extend from the downtown and cultural district to the University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna International Airport and beyond as a non-motorized active transportation route.

    "This funding announcement provides the means to expand this very popular walking and biking route," said Walter Gray, Mayor of Kelowna. "Once this phase of the project is complete, there will be a continuous 19.5 kilometre ring of off-road pathways in and around our city centre. Urban trails like these provide safe alternative transportation routes for people of all ages and abilities."

    Since 2006, the Government of Canada has made unprecedented investments in infrastructure. Through the Gas Tax Fund alone, municipalities across the country have received over $10 billion in transfers for local priority initiatives. Making this fund permanent at $2 billion annually was part of Canada's Economic Action Plan - a plan to help create good jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity.

    Between 2006 and 2014, British Columbia will receive more than $1.56 billion from the Gas Tax Fund to improve local infrastructure. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

    Cycling is a key component of the B.C. government's strategy for encouraging healthy living and addressing climate change, in conjunction with the Climate Action Plan and the Provincial Transit Plan. Twenty communities across British Columbia will share more than $7.36 million in BikeBC funding. This funding will go towards 21 projects to expand and build cycling lanes, trails, and paths, increasing physical activity and helping reduce greenhouse gases. This year's projects range from a new cycling track, new bike lanes, and intersection improvements.

    BikeBC is a cost-sharing program between the government of B.C. and local governments. This year's investment will help create more than $14.5 million in cycling infrastructure.

    For more information about Rails with Trails visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

    For more information about BikeBC, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC.

    For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca.

    To find out what the Government of Canada is doing to promote jobs, growth and prosperity, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
    NeighbourWoods helps city remain fresh
    Registration opens today
    The City's NeighbourWoods program has grown new roots for 2013 allowing residents to apply for a tree beginning March 15. This year's program is being sponsored by Air Wick through the company's "Canada's Freshest Smelling Location" Facebook contest that ran online this past summer.

    "We weren't aware the contest was going on," says Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. "A representative from Air Wick contacted us in the fall to let us know that we had won the contest and were being awarded $25,000. We felt the best way to use that money would be share it with residents through our NeighbourWoods program."

    The NeighbourWoods program is an important residential planting initiative for the City as it makes "greening" neighbourhoods affordable for residents. The program encourages citizens and communities to grow and preserve our urban forest, which according to an Urban Forest Effects Analysis completed in 2007, shows Kelowna's tree canopy was at about 13 per cent. The recommended tree cover for our area is 25 per cent.

    "Air Wick strongly believes in supporting initiatives that make a difference in our communities, like the City of Kelowna's NeighbourWoods Program," said Indresh Kohli, Marketing Director Air Care from Reckitt Benckiser. "We look forward to helping the residents of Kelowna continue to grow and preserve their urban forest in 2013 through this contribution - and ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from the trees planted."

    Friends of and visitors to Air Wick's Facebook page were asked to vote for what they believed to be the freshest smelling location in Canada over the summer. After outvoting locations such as Tofino, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Quebec City and Algonquin Park, Kelowna was named the winner.

    "The contest was a great way for Air Wick to engage their friends while also having a positive impact on a community, our community. What we take away from this contest, aside from being able to run NeighbourWoods this year, is that residents and visitors respect our community and value the work we all do to keep it clean, safe and apparently smelling fresh." says Stewart.

    Since 2010, residents have purchased 1400 discounted trees to plant on their properties. This year, 450 trees will be available at a cost of $30/tree, including taxes.

    For more information about the NeighbourWoods program, visit kelowna.ca/environment under NeighbourWoods.

    Input being sought into City Park Concept Plan
    Pilot of new online community engagement tool
    The City of Kelowna has started work on a City Park Concept Plan and is asking residents to share their ideas to help shape the future of one of Kelowna's premier parks.

    "The timing for the development of the concept plan is ideal," said Terry Barton, Parks and Public Places Manager. "This process builds on the Downtown Plan and related projects such as the reconstruction of Bernard Avenue, Phase 2 of Stuart Park, and the public pier to mention a few. Input from residents will help prioritize improvements for City Park and we can determine what the financial considerations are for now and into the next 10 years."

    City Park is Kelowna's first major public park with more than 100 years of history. Investment to redevelop the park is seen as pivotal to the revitalization of downtown. Designing parks and open spaces for a variety of users, including youth, families and seniors, promotes activity in those spaces at different times of the day. Encouraging commercial and civic amenities provides more active use of the waterfront year-round.

    Council has approved the future site of the Visitor Information Centre and civic amenity on Abbott Street. Since that decision last fall, City staff and landscape architect consultant Perry and Associates have been working with community stakeholders on a concept plan for the park.

    Residents are invited to provide ideas through an online community engagement platform. Use of this community engagement tool is a pilot project for the City of Kelowna to test residents' readiness to participate online in City-led initiatives. Ideas and design sketches will be shown to generate community discussion with the aim of an iterative process as the design team works towards a preferred direction over the next few months.

    "Online engagement platforms reduce barriers for residents who want the flexibility to be involved," said Kari O'Rourke, communications consultant for the City of Kelowna. "It's like a virtual open house - residents, at their convenience, can learn more about the initiative, provide suggestions or second others' suggestions and have a role in shaping their community."

    Over the next six weeks, residents can view the preliminary concept plan and provide input by visiting the project website at kelowna.ca/mycitypark.

    A final concept plan will be presented at an open house in the spring.
    City continues to endorse living pesticide free
    Pesticide use regulation bylaw and the Pesticide Free education campaign
    2013 marks the fifth year of the City's pesticide use regulation bylaw and its Pesticide Free education campaign.

    "The Pesticide Free campaign helps residents make healthier yard maintenance choices," says Althea Livingston, Marketing and Communications Coordinator. "The education campaign is designed to assist with the implementation of our pesticide bylaw that regulates the use of cosmetic, non-essential pesticides on residential properties. The bylaw came into effect on January 1, 2009."

    The City will host four, free workshops April 27, May 25, June 12 and September 18 to ensure that information is provided directly to residents. The City's website, kelowna.ca/environment also features a number of different information brochures and fact sheets, answers to some frequently asked questions, plus helpful external links. Topics covered include managing pests, weeds, aphids, powdery mildew and fruit pests in residential yards. Another pamphlet explains how to read a pesticide label and determine which less toxic pesticides are permitted under the bylaw.

    A pesticide expert is also available to answer questions from residents who are dealing with a pest or weed problem and need advice. Residents can email pesticidefree@kelowna.ca or leave a voicemail on the Pesticide Free Hotline at 250-469-8881.

    The City of Kelowna Park Services Department has reduced its pesticide use over the last 12 years, with the majority of pest management activity now being done through proper design and the use of horticultural practices, as well as through mechanical, biological and cultural controls.

    Provincial regulations currently allow cosmetic pesticides to be sold by retailers. However, some local retailers have opted to voluntarily take them off their shelves to support the numerous pesticide bylaws in Canada.

    There are some exemptions to the City's bylaw including certified pesticide applicators, backyard fruit trees, pests that transmit human diseases, noxious weeds, noxious insects, City of Kelowna lands and less toxic pesticides such as acetic acid, dormant oil and safer soaps.

    Year round disposal of pesticides and other hazardous materials with a corrosive, poison or flammable symbol on the label is available at the Battery Doctors at 1972 Windsor Rd. For more information about hazardous waste disposal call Battery Doctors at 250-860-2866, or visit www.regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

    For more information about the City of Kelowna pesticide bylaw, Pesticide Free education program and alternatives to chemicals, visit the Pesticide Free pages at kelowna.ca/environment.
    Council Highlights
    March 11, 2013
    38th Annual Civic & Community Awards


    Council received details of this year's Civic Award finalists. Tickets sales began March 11 for the gala, which will be held Wednesday, May 1 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

    Official Community Plan Bylaw Amendment


    Council considered the application for a text amendment to OCP designations in the current Hiawatha Park area, which include expanding Mixed Use Tourism and Multiple Unit Residential - Medium Density 2 designations, adding Multiple Unit Residential - High Density designation, and removing the Multiple Unit Residential - Low Density designated area. The OCP amendment is for both future land use designation boundary changes in addition to a building height amendment to 11 stories proposed. This would be facilitated by the corresponding CD24 zone that is proposed for the comprehensive site planning of the parcel.

    Transit Ridership


    Council received information from staff about transit ridership by route. The success of the Quail Ridge and late-night 97 Express route trials, mainly made possible by the 2011 UPASS referendum at UBC Okanagan, became permanent service additions. Council also approved planned route adjustments for the coming year.
    City announces Civic Awards finalists
    Awards presented Wednesday, May 1
    In just under two months, the City will name the recipients of the 38th Annual Civic and Community Awards; a decision that will prove just as difficult as selecting this year's category finalists, which were announced today. The Civic and Community Awards are the City of Kelowna's premier awards event dedicated to recognizing volunteers, artists, athletes and business leaders through 12 categories and 17 awards.

    "We are pleased with the exceptional nominations received in each of our award categories this year," says Jim Gabriel, Director of Recreation and Cultural Services. "Kelowna is a great place to live not only because of our surroundings but more so because of the people who live and work in this community. The awards capture how inspired we are as a community and highlight our residents, businesses and organizations that have made a significant difference by enhancing the lives of others and making our city a better place to live."

    New for the 2012 awards is the addition of the Champion for the Environment category, which will be awarded to an individual (youth or adult) and a Kelowna business whose actions and achievements have shown outstanding environmental leadership or innovative environmental contributions.

    2012 award finalists by category are:

    Fred Macklin - Man of the Year
    Paul Demay
    Roy Gillespie
    Ken Thompson

    Sarah Donalda-Treadgold - Women of the Year
    Shaun Bos
    Heather Karabelas
    Laura Thurnheer

    Young Male of the Year
    James Casorso
    Eli McAlpine
    Raphael Nowak

    Young Female of the Year
    Mary Bunka
    Brianne Moore
    Kelsi Taron

    Central Okanagan Foundation - Volunteer Organization of the Year
    Karis Support Society
    Kelowna Christian School
    Kelowna Community Foodbank

    Corporate Community of the Year Award
    Small /Medium Business
    Cupcasions
    Illuminate Skin Care and Esthetics
    Loyal Hair Therapy

    Large Business
    Interior Savings Credit Union
    Rona Home and Garden
    Valley First Credit Union

    Honour in the Arts
    Shaun Bos
    Anna Jacyszyn
    David LaHay

    Teen Honour in the Arts
    Quinn Bates
    Benn Klick
    Konar Sanderson

    Female Augie Ciancone Memorial
    Olivia Johnson
    Jenna Rever
    Cayte Wilson

    Male Augie Ciancone Memorial
    Ryan Lintell
    Scott Marshall
    Rostam Turner

    Bryan Couling Memorial
    Okanagan Athletics, Senior Baseball Team
    OKM, Senior Boys Soccer Team
    UBCO Heat, Women's Golf Team

    Bob Giordano Memorial
    Marilyn Hedman
    Hal Hennenfent
    Julie Neville

    Male Athlete of the year
    Paul Duffield
    Aaron Stroda
    Rostam Turner

    Female Athlete of the Year
    Madison Arnold
    Chandler Proch
    Jen Woods

    Champion for the Environment
    Individual
    Christian Brandt
    Michael Ross

    Business
    Best Western Plus
    Holiday Park Resort
    Kelowna Toyota

    Award recipients from each category will be revealed on Wednesday, May 1 as part of the gala ceremony taking place at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

    Tickets will be available March 11 at a cost of $25 per person. To purchase tickets, please contact the Cultural Services office at 250-469-8811.

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/residents.
    Pesticide registry deadline approaching
    March 15 deadline
    The deadline for Kelowna residents to register with the City of Kelowna's Pesticide Notification Registry is Friday, March 15.

    The Pesticide Notification Registry is for residential property owners in Kelowna who wish to be informed when pesticides are scheduled to be applied on abutting properties.

    The City encourages residents to register online at kelowna.ca/environment, providing their name, street address, postal code, phone number, email address, preference for same-day or day-before notification and reasons for registering.

    Alternately, residents can register by calling the Commercial Pesticide Notification Registry Hotline at 250-469-8556, faxing 250-862-3314 or mailing applications to the City of Kelowna Development Services, 1435 Water Street Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 1J4.

    For more information, to register online or to inquire about Pesticide Free educational items, visit kelowna.ca/environment.
    Real Estate Board and Fire Department Launch Smoke Alarm Awareness Campaign
    Collaborative public safety
    Kelowna, BC - The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) and the Kelowna Fire Department are pleased to declare March as "Smoke Alarm Awareness Month."

    "We are delighted to announce OMREB's partnership with the Kelowna Fire Department to launch a collaborative public safety effort between REALTORS, fire fighters and home owners," says OMREB's incoming President Karen Singbeil. "Working to promote the importance of functioning smoke alarms to help keep families safe in case of fire in their homes is a worthwhile community endeavor."

    With support from a number of provincial and local agencies, the BC Fire Chiefs 'Association has launched a smoke alarm campaign with the goal to reduce the loss of life due to fire. Many fire services in the province have initiated various programs throughout the year to get this message out - engaging a number of industries with the hope that the initiative eventually becomes a provincial level program.

    "The Kelowna Fire Department is grateful to the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board and its membership for partnering with us and assisting fire safety personnel in educating the public about smoke alarms," says Kelowna's Deputy Fire Chief, Thomas Doherty. "With 700 REALTORS® helping to get the word out in Kelowna, this local program will help prevent deaths and reduce annual fatalities from residential structural fires in the city."

    Kelowna Campaign


    The purpose of the Kelowna campaign is to get home owners thinking and talking about smoke alarms with the help of REALTORS® to ensure that they have functioning alarms in their homes. The Fire Department supplied copies of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs brochure, "How to Stay Safe at Home", that has been distributed to Kelowna real estate offices to be included with listing documents and left with home sellers as a community service in March.

    To download a copy, visit: http://www.omreb.com/files/SmokeAlarmBrochure.pdf

    During the month of March, OMREB and the Kelowna Fire Department are also running a full-page colour ad on the back cover of the Central Okanagan editions of OMREB's MLS® Review publication to urge home owners to make sure all smoke alarms are working properly and have fresh batteries.

    While the pilot campaign focuses on Kelowna, the partners hope that it can expand to West Kelowna and other communities in the Central Okanagan through partnerships with their local Fire Departments, and eventually roll out Board-wide to include the North Okanagan and Shuswap for the full support and participation of OMREB's 1,000 member REALTORS®.

    Spring Forward Sunday


    With the daylight savings time change happening at 2 a.m. this Sunday (March 10th), the Kelowna Fire Department wants to remind residents that this is a good time to change the batteries in all of their home's smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and to ensure they are functioning.
    "To stay safe, replacing batteries in all smoke alarms should be done at least once a year, and changing them while updating the time on all of your clocks serves as a great reminder," notes Deputy Chief Doherty. "In addition, smoke alarms should be tested once a month, and if an alarm ‘chirps' warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. Also check the date of manufacture. If your smoke alarm is more than 10 years old, it should be replaced.

    Smoke Alarm Facts


    Research by the University of Fraser Valley revealed that almost 70% of houses that caught fire in British Columbia did not have a functioning smoke alarm. Working smoke alarms increase your likelihood of surviving a fire by 74%.

    A recent three-year campaign that reached more than 30,000 of the highest fire-risk addresses in the City of Surrey demonstrated the following:

    • Rates of fires per 1,000 dwellings reduced in the visited addresses by over 60% relative to controls

    • Smoke alarm activation in the event of a fire increased by almost 170%

    • The frequency at which fires were contained to the object of origin increased by over 250%

    • The average dollar loss incurred per fire reduced by over 40%.



    "Overall, as a result of this program, there were fewer residential structure fires, and those that did occur were smaller and resulted in lower dollar loss," Doherty explains. "In addition, residents were alerted more often by functioning smoke alarms."

    Smoke Alarm Tips

    • Install one smoke alarm per floor and outside sleeping areas in your home - or inside each bedroom if your loved ones sleep with doors closed. The new 2012 BC Building Code requires a smoke alarm be installed in each bedroom as well for any new construction.

    • Never take down an alarm or remove batteries to silence a nuisance alarm caused by cooking or shower steam.

    • Install smoke alarms with a "hush" button - simply push button to stay safe while you clear the air.



    The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board is comprised of 1,012 member REALTORS® and 93 real estate offices in the Southern Interior of BC, and the Board area covers the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan and Shuswap - from Peachland to Revelstoke. The Central Zone of OMREB covers an area from Peachland to Lake Country and east along Highway 33 to Westbridge (including the Christian Valley).
    Crews are ready to sweep our streets clean
    Spring cleaning
    It's that time of year - the snow has stopped falling and City crews are ready to prepare the roads for spring activity. As crews begin their work, they are asking residents for help to get the work done properly.

    The spring sweep is particularly important to remove sand and dirt left on roads and bike lanes over the winter. To make the most of the spring sweep, residents are asked to keep their vehicles and basketball hoops off streets wherever possible, so that sweepers can fully clean the street in one pass. If it rains, sweeping will be postponed until road conditions dry out.

    Road signs will be set up in each neigbourhood to let residents know the street sweepers are coming and to give people time to move their vehicles.

    The City is committed to quality customer service and the safety of our residents. Together with hired contractors, City crews rid the streets of sand, keeping streets safe for motorists and cyclists. Sweepers will be operating 20 hours a day cleaning a total of 1,600 kilometres of road, including bike lanes.

    Visit kelowna.ca/transportation for more information.
    Be Mobile with YLW!
    YLW Mobile Web App
    Get connected to Kelowna International Airport (YLW) with the YLW mobile web app.

    The official YLW mobile web app puts the airport in your pocket. Travel planning tools, parking information, retail services and more - it will help travellers experience an easy journey to and through YLW.

    With almost 1.5 million passengers flying through YLW in 2012, this number almost doubles when friends and family picking up or dropping off passengers are accounted into the mix of those accessing airport information and services.

    "Travellers today are rarely without a mobile or electronic device," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "Being able to access flight information easily has become a travel necessity."

    Whether you're a frequent flyer or a first-time visitor, the YLW mobile web app puts the information you need on the move right at your fingertips.

    Some of the helpful features include:

  • Live flight updates on demand
  • Parking rates and information
  • Full shop and restaurant listings
  • Links to airlines serving YLW for bookings and check-in
  • Mobile pages available in English and French

    The YLW mobile web app can be used on a wide variety of devices, including iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows smartphones and tablets.

    To access the YLW mobile web app go to ylw.kelowna.ca/mobile.
  • Council Highlights
    March 4, 2013
    Electrical Utility Change


    Council directed staff to publish notices of the proposed disposition of the interests in land arising from the sale of the City's electrical utility assets by the City of Kelowna to FortisBC.

    Housing Strategy


    Council received an update on implementation of recommendations in the Housing Strategy.
    Okanagan College transit exchange and KLO Road improvements Open House
    News Release
    The City and its design consultant, Stantec Consulting, will host an open house on March 6 at Okanagan College.

    This is the second open house to gain public input into design plans for transit improvements at Okanagan College and associated improvements on KLO Road. At this open house, Stantec will provide results from our transportation study and design concepts.

    When: Wednesday March 6, 5 - 7 p.m.
    Where: Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna - Centre for Learning Atrium

    The City of Kelowna's Official Community Plan acknowledges KLO Road in the Okanagan College area as a priority corridor for multi-use and active transportation. Transit amenities, road infrastructure and pedestrian/cycling linkages in the area have been identified by the City and BC Transit as investment priorities with construction anticipated in the summer of 2013.

    The Okanagan College transit exchange and KLO Road improvements project is part of BC Transit's RapidBus Phase 2 and 3 Project, which includes creating and upgrading transit facilities throughout the region.

    For more information about this exciting transportation project, visit kelowna.ca/transit.
    Waterfront promenade affected by construction
    Public Service Announcement
    Construction activity along the downtown waterfront will affect cyclists and pedestrians who use the waterfront promenade.

    The Water Street Senior Centre is being demolished today to make way for Phase 2 of Stuart Park. Park construction is scheduled for the autumn of 2013 and will carry over into 2014.

    Westcorp Properties has started construction of a new pier and marina project at Kerry Park. Pile driving is underway for the commercial pier, home of the tour boats currently located at the end of Bernard Avenue.

    Construction in Kerry Park starts this week to provide utility services to the new pier. For the next two months the public can expect to see construction work and changes underway in Kerry Park and along the waterfront promenade as the pier and marina is developed.

    Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to respect the construction boundaries and follow the signs and detour routes that are provided for their safety.
    Uptown Rutland transit improvements
    Traffic Advisory
    The first phase of construction on the Rutland transit improvements is scheduled to restart on Monday, March 4, beginning with utility work on Asher Road.

    Work started last fall but was suspended in December due to weather conditions.

    Once the Asher Road construction is complete, near the third week in March, construction will shift to Dougall and Shepherd roads. During that phase of construction, Dougall Road North between Highway 33 West and Shepherd Road will be closed.

    Pedestrian access to businesses and homes will be maintained throughout construction. Parking will be restricted, however motorists will be directed to designated parking areas.

    This project will see improvements on Dougall, Asher and Froelich Roads and the construction of the new Shepherd Road Transit Exchange. The proposed works will include underground utilities, utility relocation from overhead to underground, road reconstruction, pedestrian improvements and streetscaping.

    New bus pull outs on Highway 33 between Dougall and Hollywood Road will also be constructed this year, along with bus stop improvements between Rutland Road and Dougall Road.

    The project is a $4.55-million investment in Rutland, which includes a new transit exchange. Residents and visitors in Rutland can look forward to an attractive new public space featuring wide and creatively designed sidewalks, new trees, seating areas and decorative lighting for comfort and safety.

    The Rutland transit improvements are part of BC Transit's RapidBus Phase 2 and 3 Project, which includes creating and upgrading transit facilities throughout the region. For more information on the RapidBus project, visit kelownarapidbus.ca.

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for more information and to view the designs for this project.
    Stuart Park ice can’t take the heat
    Public Service Announcement
    The skating rink at Stuart Park will close this afternoon, a day earlier than previously announced.

    "The ice is too soft as a result of the sunshine and mild temperatures we're getting during the day," said Building Services Manager Martin Johansen. "We had hoped to keep it open until Thursday, but it's just not feasible."

    A City of Kelowna crew will begin removing the ice this afternoon and evening.

    Those who love skating can continue by visiting other skating facilities, including Memorial Arena, Rutland Arena and the Capital News Centre during public skating times.

    For skating schedules, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Order a Composter, Cut Your Garbage in Half!
    RDCO news release
    Here's your chance to cut your garbage in half and do your yard a huge favor this gardening season with a new backyard composter.

    The Regional Waste Reduction Office is once again offering subsidized Earth Machine backyard composters for $40 (tax included), a big savings from the regular $100 retail price. But you'll need to pre-order a composter online if you want one. The pre-order sale runs Friday March 1st through Thursday March 28th, with composters ready for pickup in your community in May. Orders can be placed by visiting regionaldistrict.com/compostersale.

    "We're doing a pre-sale again this year to make sure anyone who wants a composter gets one. We've found people seem to like this option better than the big one day one location only sales of the past where it's first come, first serve and then they're gone," says Stewart. "Once you place your order, we'll bring the composters to pre-arranged locations in your community in early May to make it easier for pickup. "

    Stewart adds one third to one half of household waste is easily compostable. ‘If you recycle and compost you could be putting as little as one or two grocery bags worth of garbage out for collection a week, far less taxing on our one remaining landfill. And by adding nutrient rich compost to your garden, it's pay dirt for your soil, greener grass, healthier flowers, more robust fruits and veggies."

    This year's pre-order sale features a few options. "Backyard composting doesn't suit everyone, so we're also offering the Green Cone 'food digester'. If you have no use for finished compost, this unit is low maintenance, take all types of food waste, including fruit and vegetable scraps, cooked and uncooked meat, fish, bones and dairy products, and can also handle pet waste. We'll also have worm bin composters available, which are the perfect model for apartment or condo dwellers."

    For details on the composter sale, to place your order, view your payment options-including this year's online payment feature, or simply to find out more about which model is best for you, visit regionaldistrict.com/compostersale or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.
    Kasugai Gardens to reopen for the season
    Friday, March 1
    Stuart Park skating rink will be closed for the season Friday, but Kasugai Gardens will be open, a sure sign that spring is around the corner.

    The Japanese garden located off Queensway Boulevard east of City Hall is open daily starting March 1, and closes Oct. 31 to allow maintenance over the winter.

    Kasugai Gardens provides a tranquil environment featuring traditional elements of a Japanese garden such as stone lanterns, pine trees and a waterfall and pond. The gardens were completed in 1987 to symbolize the friendship between Kelowna and Kasugai, Japan, sister cities since 1981.

    For more information about city parks and public spaces, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Lawrence Avenue Utility & Streetscape Improvements
    Traffic Advisory
    Beginning Monday, March 4 Lawrence Avenue from Richter to Ethel streets will be closed to thru traffic until the end of July.

    The road closures will be in effect to accommodate utility replacement. The replacement includes both water and wastewater systems. The road way will be improved with a storm sewer system, curb and gutter, traffic calming bulb outs and landscaping.

    The $1.35 million project includes a local service area streetscape improvement and these enhancements are being paid for by the adjacent property owners.

    Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for up to date road work, road closures and potential delays.
    Yard Waste Pick Up Back On!
    RDCO news release
    Another sign that spring is on the way, it's time to start filling up your yard waste cart!

    Starting this Friday, March 1st, all residents on municipal curbside garbage collection will benefit from yard waste pick up every two weeks until the end of November.

    Simply place your yard waste directly into the cart with the green lid and wheel it out for pickup every other week (alternate weeks to your recycling pick up).To determine your yard waste collection week, please refer to the Living Greener Calendar at regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or download the convenient smartphone app at regionaldistrict.com/mywasteapp. This gives you the information of the Living Greener Calendar in the palm of your hand!

    Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says, "Last year alone we collected almost 14,000 tonnes of yard waste at the curb and turned it into high quality compost instead of it being buried at the landfill."

    Stewart adds, "Collecting yard waste separately not only gives us the chance to compost all this yard waste, it also saves valuable landfill space, and reduces unnecessary traffic congestion at the landfill. Your collected yard waste is turned into compost known as GlenGrow, great for amending your garden soil, so it's most important to keep the yard waste free of any plastic or garbage."

    You're reminded to put your yard waste out for collection by 7 am on the morning of your regular garbage day. Please make sure that you don't put any garbage, plastic bags, rocks, sod, flower pots, landscape cloth, or kitchen scraps into the yard waste cart.

    Accepted items include:

    • Leaves, needles

    • Wood chips, bark

    • Fruit droppings

    • Grass clippings

    • Branches and pruning's up to 5 centimetres (2 inches) in diameter and less than one metre (3 feet) in length

    • Garden plants



    Up to two additional 360 litre yard waste carts can be purchased from your municipality. For additional yard waste carts and collection options, contact your municipality or follow the links at regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

    To purchase GlenGrow compost please call 250.469.8868.
    One week left to skate at Stuart Park
    Ice rink closes March 1
    With warmer weather on its way, it will become difficult to maintain the ice at the Stuart Park skating rink. As a result, the City has scheduled to close the Stuart Park ice surface by March 1.

    Residents have been enjoying the rink since Nov. 30 and are encouraged to get the last few outdoor skates in before spring weather conditions require the rink to be closed.

    Those who love skating can continue by visiting other skating facilities, including the Memorial Arena, the Rutland Arena, and the Capital News Centre during public skating times.

    For skating schedules, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Parkinson Recreation Centre celebrates 40 years
    Customer appreciation day
    The City of Kelowna's Parkinson Recreation Centre might be the oldie in town but it's still a goodie. On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Parkinson Recreation Centre will celebrate 40 years of providing recreational opportunities to the community.

    "A lot can, and does, change in a city over 40 years but our goal of providing recreational opportunities for the community has not," says Jim Gabriel, Director of Recreation and Cultural Services. "While we are celebrating the presence of the Rec Centre in the community, we are also celebrating a community that has been adopting and embracing a healthy, balanced lifestyle."

    Since the facility opened, recreation and cultural programming has expanded into all corners of the City, reaching residents in their local neighbourhoods. Programs such as Park and Play, Dancing in the Park, and Neighbourhood Walks make activity accessible and fun for residents of all ages.

    City staff will host a customer appreciation day on Thursday, Feb. 28 as a thank-you to members for their commitment to their health. Residents who are looking to get active, or maybe start on postponed New Year's resolutions, but are not yet members of the Parkinson Recreation Centre, are encouraged to drop-in on the 28th and try out the pool (public swim hours) and fitness centre, free of charge.

    The City's Program and Activity Guide has gone online and is no longer being delivered to homes.

    Residents can sign-up for the City's e-Subscribe email service to have the Guide delivered to their inbox, along with other recreation news, at kelowna.ca/recreation. Sign-up by March 31 and be entered to win an iPad - great for viewing the online guide. Any resident who has already signed up will be automatically entered. The winner will be contacted and announced mid-April. Hard copies of the guide are still available for pick-up at designated locations.

    Watch for the Spring Activity and Program Guide online Feb. 26 at kelowna.ca/recreation. Registration starts the week of March 5.

    For more recreation information, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Mayor updates Chamber members on City plans
    State of the City address
    Mayor Walter Gray addressed a packed ballroom at the Capri Hotel Wednesday, outlining City accomplishments from the past year and describing Council priorities for the year ahead.

    The Mayor's annual "state of the city" presentation to a Kelowna Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting emphasized Council's pragmatic leadership in the first year of its mandate, and efforts to deliver on plans to grow the local economy.

    "Council's attitude and focus on providing the best service we can was behind the hiring of a Business Liaison for the Bernard Avenue Revitalization project and Council's decision to create an Executive Director of Business Development as the go-to person at City Hall for the business community," Mayor Gray said.

    The mayor described City plans to invest $89.7 million in capital projects this year. Some of the biggest projects include the $4.5 million in Rutland transit improvements on Highway 33, Dougall Road and Shepherd Road, $22 million for Kelowna International Airport upgrades and expansions, and $3 million for Phase 2 of Rails With Trails - a 1.5 kilometre extension of the path from Spall Road to Dilworth Drive.

    Mayor Gray told the crowd the City is looking years into the future to plan for a second crossing of Okanagan Lake.

    "We need to start planning now for the next 10 years and work with the next provincial Minister of Transportation Infrastructure to get a second crossing in their planning cycle. Because we know it's only a matter of 10 to 14 years before the highway leading to the Bennett bridge is back to the gridlock we used to experience with the old bridge."

    The mayor also provided updates on developments at Central Green, the new Interior Health Authority headquarters downtown, Pleasantvale senior housing and the $5 million investment in a public pier and commercial wharf by Westcorp Properties.
    Drop by to get connected and have your say
    Engaged communities are strong communities
    The City of Kelowna wants residents to help shape its public engagement practices around projects, policies and initiatives.

    "We know that engaged communities are strong communities," says Mayor Walter Gray. "We're looking for ideas from residents on how we can make it easier for them to have their say in City-led initiatives."

    Residents will have an opportunity to have their say on how the City should conduct public engagement activities by sharing their insights and ideas to help inform a policy and procedures to improve engagement practices.

    Information tables will be hosted by staff in various locations across the city and residents are invited to stop by:

    -Friday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre

    -Tuesday, Mar. 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Family Y in Rutland

    -Orchard Park Mall on Friday, Mar. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Mar. 9 from noon to 4 p.m.

    Residents can also complete an online survey to express opinions. Visit kelowna.ca/getconnected to take the survey beginning Friday, Feb. 22. The survey closes on Friday, March 22. Hard copies of the survey will be available at City Hall for people without computer access. Survey respondents will be eligible to win one of three family day passes for the H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre or Parkinson Recreation Centre.
    Council Highlights
    Feb. 18, 2013
    National Energy Award


    The City of Kelowna received a national award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, recognizing two plans the City developed to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. One plan outlines what the City of Kelowna as an organization will do and the other plan outlines broader community objectives.

    Heritage Grants


    Council directed staff to increase funding for the City of Kelowna Heritage Grants Program to $35,000 from $30,000 in the 2014 Budget.

    UBCM Host Bid


    Council directed staff to submit a bid to host the 2014 Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, which is attended by approximately 1,700 municipal staff and elected officials.

    SILGA Resolutions


    Council discussed and approved two resolutions for the Southern Interior Local Government Association. One expresses concern with proposed changes to beach water quality sampling procedures. A second resolution asks SILGA to encourage changes to the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act to provide police Officers with the legislative tools to enforce excessive noise laws for motorized vehicles.
    Fintry Queen continues to seek dock locations
    Pursuing other Okanagan opportunities
    After a detailed review of a request to dock the Fintry Queen at City Park, City Council has decided not to pursue the proposal.

    "We know a lot of people in Kelowna like the history associated with the Fintry Queen - and so do we - but what we're deciding on is whether building a dock to accommodate this business is in the best interests of taxpayers and people who want to use this portion of the waterfront," said Mayor Walter Gray.

    The Fintry Queen's new owner, Andy Schwab, was disappointed by the decision, but is confident the iconic passenger vessel will find other suitable docking locations in Okanagan Lake communities.

    "This is an opportunity for the Fintry Queen to go somewhere else and be something else," said Schwab.

    Those supporting the Fintry Queen were diligent in their detailed request to build a dock near the old Aquatics area of City Park, said City of Kelowna Property Manager, Ron Forbes. Discussions were very thorough, said Forbes, but after reviewing all the options, there wasn't a suitable place on public property to be home base for a passenger boat this big.

    "The City appreciated Andy's cooperation in getting the Fintry Queen moved from the downtown pier and his investment in the moorage facility in Sutherland Bay," said Forbes. "We've had a good working relationship with Andy and wish him the best in securing a permanent moorage location."

    Schwab said he is pursuing opportunities already in motion in other Okanagan communities.

    "We trust City Council to make the right decision," said Schwab. "Given the new marina development and all the changes, we can appreciate they want to see their vision completed before making further commitments."
    City nets national Sustainable Community Award
    Corporate & community plans aim to reduce emissions
    Kelowna's plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are getting noticed nationally.

    "The Federation of Canadian Municipalities presented us with a Sustainable Community Award," said Mayor Walter Gray. "It was an honour to be among just 12 municipalities across the country to receive an award."

    The award, in the Energy category, recognizes two plans that the City developed to tackle greenhouse gas emissions - one outlines what the City of Kelowna as an organization will do and the other is a broader community plan.

    The Community Climate Action Plan identifies actions to achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent below the 2007 levels by 2020. The Plan also addresses the community's desire to create a compact and walkable community, which residents have been asking for through citizen surveys and input into the Official Community Plan. Over half of the actions in the Plan are aimed at reducing transportation emissions, the largest greenhouse gas source in Kelowna. Some of these programs and projects are already underway, including:


    -The smartTRIPS neighbourhood program, which is an individualized active transportation program that was piloted in the Pandosy neighbourhood in 2012. It will debut in the Springvalley area later this spring.

    -The expansion and improvement of the City's active transportation networks. More than 655 metres of new sidewalk, 1,353 metres of new gravel trails and 1,100 metres of improved bike lanes were added in 2012.

    -The Bernard Avenue Revitalization project, which will see a more pedestrian friendly downtown once work is complete.


    The City also developed a Corporate Energy and GHG Emissions Plan, which provides direction to reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 22 per cent below 2007 levels by 2017. In 2012 efficiency upgrades such as lighting, boilers, ventilation and heat recovery were implemented in several City facilities as part of the plan. Additionally, the City has been making improvements to its vehicle fleet by reducing idling, improving routing efficiencies and by incorporating bicycles into the fleet.

    Each year the Federation of Canadian Municipalities celebrates best practices in sustainable community development with the Sustainable Community Awards. Kelowna received the award at the Feb. 13, Sustainable Communities Conference in Winsor, Ont.

    For more information about the City's plans or to watch the Federation of Canadian Municipality video highlighting Kelowna's efforts, visit kelowna.ca/environment.
    See sights, sounds of England with Air Canada and YLW
    YLW's Annual European Travel Event
    With one short connection, flying from Kelowna International Airport (YLW) to Europe is easy and convenient - and YLW wants to show how easy it is.

    On Saturday, Feb. 23, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the public is invited to attend YLW's annual European Travel Event.

    Air Canada and Lufthansa Airlines, Transat Holidays, Air Canada Vacations, travel agencies and tour operators all promoting European travel destinations and experiences will have information booths on display in the airport terminal. Learn about flight specials, Mediterranean cruises, accommodation options and bicycle tours through Europe. Slide presentations will also be held in the Airport boardroom.

    If that's not enough reason to attend, YLW and Air Canada will give away a flight for two to London England, as well as other door prizes including a $500 travel voucher with Transat Holidays and a $200 travel voucher from Air Canada Vacations.

    To enter for a chance to win your European holiday, entry forms will be available. Purchase one for $5, 3 for $10 and 6 for $20. YLW is also accepting donations of used eyewear - one entry form for up to five pairs of glasses, two chances to win for more than six pairs of used eyewear. All money from this draw and the donated eyeglasses will be provided to this event's charity: Catherine Goheen's The Gift of Vision.

    Catherine Goheen, founder and owner of Dr. Specs Optical in Kelowna and Penticton, has donated her time and passion to dispense used eyeglasses and frames to those in need in developing countries - 18 Eye Glass Missions so far. Read
    Catherine's story here
    and how you can help.

    The draw for the prizes will take place at 3 p.m. near the end of the event. Those who have entered do not need to be present at the time of the draw to be eligible. Parking in the long-term lot is free for those attending the European destinations event. To qualify for free parking, parking vouchers must be validated at the event.

    For more information, visit the airport's website at ylw.kelowna.ca and click on Contests.
    Register for pesticide spray notification
    Register for Pesticide Notification before March 15
    Kelowna residents who wish to be informed when pesticide spraying occurs close to their homes are asked to register with the City of Kelowna's Pesticide Notification Registry before March 15.

    "Since certified applicants are still able to apply chemical pesticides, we want to make sure residents have the option of knowing when spaying is taking place in their area," says Environment and Land Use Manager, Todd Cashin. "This is a valuable service for those who want to minimize their exposure to pesticides."

    Residents must sign up each year for the registry to be kept accurate and up-to-date. Those included in the 2012 registry must register again if they wish to be included in this year's notification program.

    The City's pesticide bylaw came into effect Jan. 1, 2009 and it restricts the use of non-essential pesticides by homeowners on residential properties. Pesticide applicators who are provincially certified can apply to be exempt from the bylaw.

    Registrants are notified by commercial spray operators on the day before or the same day as the pesticide is applied to abutting residential properties. The registry notification does not cover pesticide application on agricultural properties.

    Residents can register online at kelowna.ca/environment, by providing their name, street address, postal code, phone number, email address, preference for same-day or day before notification and reasons for registering.

    Alternately, residents can register by calling the Commercial Pesticide Notification Registry Hotline at 250-469-8556, faxing 250-862-3314 or mailing applications to the City of Kelowna Development Services, 1435 Water Street Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 1J4.

    For more information, to register online or to inquire about Pesticide Free educational items, visit kelowna.ca/environment.
    New, improved trees for new, improved street
    Public Service Announcement
    Trees being removed as part of Phase 2 of Bernard Revitalization will be replaced with a species more appropriate for urban settings.

    In all, 36 trees will be removed between Abbott and Pandosy streets. The trees were evaluated prior to the start of the project. The removal of many of the trees was made necessary by the need to improve sidewalk drainage and pedestrian circulation.

    Additionally many of the trees, planted in concrete planters that have severely restricted root growth, had reached their maximum size and were beginning to decline in health.

    Approximately 50 new trees will line Bernard Avenue in the Abbott to Water phase, as can be seen in Phase 1 from Richter to St. Paul.

    To ensure the new trees get the best start for a long and healthy life, structural soil is being used because it can be compacted for strong pavement design while providing considerable soil volume and permitting healthy, normal root growth.

    About 140 new trees will be planted along Bernard Avenue in total from all phases, while about 70 will be removed.
    The new trees for Bernard Avenue are called Skyline Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos inermis). It is an adaptive, fast growing deciduous tree that is cold hardy and low maintenance. Its canopy features fine leaves that filter light and is less of a barrier when looking outside from office or residential buildings. It is seedless, drought-tolerant once established and adaptable to city environments.

    This photo shows how the root systems of the trees on Bernard Avenue are impacted by concrete planters.

    For more information about Kelowna's trees, click on the Urban Forestry link at kelowna.ca/parks.

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects under Bernard Avenue Revitalization for more information.
    Family Day Transit Service
    BC Transit News Release
    KELOWNA - BC Transit, the City of Kelowna, the District of West Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan wish all of their customers a happy Family Day. This new statutory holiday falls on the second Monday in February and will affect transit schedules.

    On February 11, 2013, Kelowna Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule.

    For more information, ask your driver for a rider's guide or consult BC Transit's website or call 250 860-8121.
    Council Highlights
    Feb. 4, 2013
    Cultural Grants


    Council approved $175,000 in operating and project grants to arts, cultural and heritage organizations. Operating grants worth $110,000 were announced for 16 organizations, along with $65,000 in project grants for 13 groups.

    Dog Parks


    Ten existing parks were added to the list of designated on-leash dog parks. Council approved the new locations, adding 5.5 km of on-leash routes and bringing the total number of on-leash dog parks in Kelowna to 93.
    Firefighters answer call for burn awareness
    Public Service Announcement
    The 17th Annual Burn Awareness Week program by the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters runs Feb. 3 to 9.

    Through resources available online at burnfund.org, the program teaches kids to be responsible for their own safety, and helps make their families aware of potentially harmful situations.

    To encourage student participation, the Burn Fund runs the annual Burn Awareness Week Poster Contest for students in Kindergarten to Grade 7. Details are available at burnfund.org.

    Every entrant receives a participation prize and fifty students will win money for their elementary school or B.C. Ministry of Education sanctioned distance education facility.

    There are seven regional prizes, including a $1,000 Grand prize and six $500 Regional prizes. Regions are the Lower Mainland (three winners), Vancouver Island, Kootenays, Northern BC and the Okanagan (one winner for each area).

    Forty-three students win runner-up prizes of $50 each for their school or distance education facility. Complete prize details, rules and regulations are available online at burnfund.org.

    The Burn Fund is a registered charity established in 1978 by the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association. It provides life saving, life supporting, and life enriching services to the people in British Columbia. More than 3,800 professional firefighters in B.C. dedicate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase the public's knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through the work the Burn Fund does with its Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention programs.
    Northwestern Air expands its YLW reach
    Service increases to five days a week
    Northwestern Air Lease Ltd. is becoming a more familiar face at Kelowna International Airport (YLW). On March 3, Northwestern Air will offer service five days a week between YLW to Abbotsford, B.C and Red Deer, Alta.

    "This is great news for our passengers," says YLW Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "The more we can expand our inter-provincial reach the better. We have seen strong passenger loads on Northwestern Air and are pleased they have confidence in the market to increase their service to Red Deer and expand into Abbotsford."

    Last April, Northwestern Air began twice-a-week service between Red Deer and YLW. "When we started service last year, it was always our plan to increase our flights to YLW," says Northwestern Air President Terry Harrold. "We've built a strong business case and it is nice to see the passenger demand for this air service, adding Abbotsford just made sense".

    Flight bookings can be made on-line beginning Feb. 1, 2013 at www.nwal.ca.

    Serving over 1.44 million in 2012, YLW will now offer 66 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, WestJet and United Airlines to Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Abbotsford, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles, plus seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun, and sun destination charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos.

    For more information on YLW visit the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca.


    Background
    Northwestern Air Lease Ltd. new scheduled service between Red Deer - Kelowna - Abbotsford, effective March 3, 2013

    Sundays
    Location/Depart/Arrive/Location


    Red Deer (YQF)/2 pm (MT)/2:15 pm (PT)/Kelowna (YLW)


    Kelowna (YLW)/2:45 pm (PT)/3:30 pm(PT)/Abbotsford (YXX)


    Abbotsford (YXX)/4 pm (PT)/4:45 pm(PT)/Kelowna (YLW)


    Kelowna (YLW)/5:15 pm (PT)/7:30 pm (MT)/Red Deer (YQF)


    Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

    Location/Depart/Arrive/Location


    Red Deer (YQF)/7 am (MT)/7:15 am (PT)/Kelowna (YLW)


    Kelowna (YLW)/7:45 am (PT)/8:30 am (PT)/Abbotsford (YXX)


    Abbotsford (YXX)/9 am (PT)/9:45 am (PT)/Kelowna (YLW)


    Kelowna (YLW)/10:15 am (PT)/12:30 pm (MT)/Red Deer (YQF)

    MT - Mountain Time
    PT - Pacific Time

    One Way Fares


    YQF to YLW - Full fare including fees and taxes $270.90
    Tier 1 including fees and taxes (4 seats) $228.90

    YLW to YQF - Full fare including fees and taxes $270.90
    Tier 1 including fees and taxes (4 seats) $228.90

    YQF to YXX - Full fare including fees and taxes $342.30
    Tier 1 including fees and taxes (4 seats) $289.80

    YXX to YQF - Full fare including fees and taxes $331.00
    Tier 1 including fees and taxes (4 seats) $270.00

    YLW to YXX - Full fare including fees and taxes $245.28
    Tier 1 including fees and taxes (4 seats) $222.28

    YXX to YLW - Full fare including fees and taxes $234.08
    Tier 1 including fees and taxes (4 seats) $211.68
    Phase 2 Bernard Avenue Revitalization begins
    Traffic Advisory
    Beginning Monday, Feb. 4, at 5 a.m., Bernard Avenue from Abbott to Pandosy streets will be closed to motorists to accommodate utility replacement and streetscaping for Phase 2 of the Bernard Avenue revitalization.

    With the closure of Abbott Street at Bernard Avenue, commuters are advised to use alternate accesses to Downtown. Abbott St. will have a dual right-turn lane onto Leon Ave. and detour routes will be clearly marked. Traffic safety personnel will be on site directing traffic.

    All transit routes into and out of the Queensway transit station will continue as usual, routes serving downtown may experience delays due to construction. Visit bctransit.com/regions/kel for schedules.

    Access to businesses and pedestrian walkways will be a priority and maintained whenever possible. Pedestrian crossings located at Mill St. and Water St. will be permitted when safe.

    An amendment to the noise bylaw was granted by Council to allow extended construction hours of 6 a.m. to midnight. Occasional work may also occur outside of these times to minimize impacts on businesses and limit the time of active construction in the area.

    The $11-million project was contracted to CGL Contracting; Focus Corporation is the contract administrator. Completion of the second phase of construction is anticipated by the end of June.

    The City of Kelowna appreciates the patience of residents, businesses and motorists while construction is taking place.

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects to learn more about the project.
    Last call for civic award nominations
    Nominations close Feb. 1, 2013
    The deadline to submit nominations for the 38th Annual City of Kelowna Civic and Community Awards is approaching.

    If you know an outstanding Kelowna citizen, volunteer, athlete, artist or business - nominate them today. The awards honour individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions and achievements in 2012 that directly benefited the Kelowna community.

    New for 2012, the City has added the Champion of the Environment award, which will be awarded to an individual and a business whose actions and achievements have shown outstanding environmental leadership or innovative environmental contributions.

    The Civic & Community Awards is the City's premier awards event dedicated to recognizing volunteers, artists, athletes and business leaders through ten categories and 15 awards including:

    - Bob Giordano Memorial Award
    - Bryan Couling Memorial - Athletic Team of the Year
    - Male & Female Athlete of the Year
    - Young Male & Female of the Year
    - Teen Honour in the Arts
    - Honour in the Arts
    - Corporate Community of the Year (small to medium and large)
    - Man & Woman of the Year
    - Central Okanagan Foundation Volunteer Organization of the Year
    - Champion for the Environment (Individual and Business)

    Nominations will be accepted until noon on Friday, Feb. 1. Nomination forms are available at kelowna.ca/residents, City Hall, Parkinson Recreation Centre, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, local libraries and the Kelowna Family Y. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Parkinson Recreation Centre (1800 Parkinson Way) to the attention of Amber Gilbert.

    Individuals with questions regarding the nomination form are asked to contact Amber Gilbert at 250-469-8967 or agilbert@kelowna.ca.

    Finalists and award recipients will be honoured at a Gala Ceremony Wednesday, May 1 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets will be available March 4 by calling the Cultural Services office at 250-469-8811.

    Kelowna Scottsdale Business Council Summit Yields Strong Results
    Kelowna Scottsdale Business Council release
    Initial summit sees linkages in education, medicine, entrepreneurship and tourism.

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ- January 18, 2013

    Much more than the Great Sonoran Desert, dramatic landscapes and endless tourism opportunities link the cities of Kelowna and Scottsdale as it turns out.

    Following a three-day series of intensive meetings, presentations and round table discussions, Kelowna Scottsdale Business Council (KSBC)-sponsored leading-edge education, medical research, entrepreneurship and tourism initiatives are already under way.

    The KSBC Scottsdale delegation visited Kelowna last September and toured a variety of Okanagan businesses as well as meeting with many community and business leaders. The visit of the Kelowna delegation to Scottsdale this week is already cementing relationships and driving business connectivity forward.

    The Kelowna Scottsdale Business Council's Mission is to assist and facilitate the commercial and social interaction of individuals, companies, and organizations in pursuing cross-border relationships to increase business, and support trade growth and investment.

    "These initiatives are about much more than a conventional ‘sister cities' approach," says Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray, who was invited to the Summit. "We want to realize on real-life, collaborative partnerships that benefit both cities - right away." he added.

    Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane emphasized that "This summit is all about business and driving relevant connections to bring the synergy together quickly and practically."

    The intensive schedule included presentations by John Taft of RBC, and Mark Dewane, president of the Scottsdale Business Development Forum, who spoke on the value of cross border alliances between the two regions. The tour portion included visits to DIRTT Environmental Technology, which maintains offices and factories in both Kelowna and Phoenix. Other visits included the Scottsdale Cure Corridor and the famous Mayo Clinic, as well as Scottsdale Airpark.
    One of the most important meetings, however was an early Friday morning video conference between Mayor Gray, Dr. Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan, and Janice Kleinwort, Jim Cook and Todd Hardy, senior representatives of Arizona State University Skysong.

    Common ground was quickly found in Entrepreneurship programs, The North American Law Degree, and possible participation in the recent ASU and Mayo Clinic's plans for a joint Medical School in Scottsdale. The Entrepreneurship programs in particular were cited as the area of most interest and likelihood of early progress.

    Residents of both cities can expect to see consumer-driven benefits as early as this spring. Recognizing opposite tourism seasons, The M Club golf properties organization is already in discussion with several Okanagan golf clubs, including Predator Ridge, to arrange advantageous reciprocal usage. It is expected that a number of golf clubs and resorts in both Scottsdale and Kelowna will enable this program to expand over time.

    Following the conclusion of their business meetings, and repaying the winery tours that the Scottsdale delegation enjoyed so much last summer, Scottsdale Mayor Lane and Craig Jackson, owner of the famous Barrett Jackson automobile auction, treated the attendees to a tour.
    The numbers keep climbing at YLW
    Record breaking year
    New destinations, new airlines and a swell in passenger numbers made 2012 a record-breaking year for Kelowna International Airport (YLW).

    "We've have seen strong and consistent passenger growth in 2012," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "Two new air carriers, two new destinations and more partnerships with our travel and business stakeholders have helped YLW reach over 1.4 million passengers."

    With 10 of the 12 months in 2012 breaking all-time highs at YLW, passenger numbers reached 1,440,952 which is 3.65 per cent above 2011 passenger total of 1,390,187.

    "Although they were still busy months, May and December were the only two that did not break previous monthly records," says Samaddar. "August was the busiest month of the year, with 131,101 passengers using YLW which was 5.8 per cent ahead of August 2011 and 3.17 per cent ahead of the previous record-breaking August in 2010."

    In April, Northwestern Air began twice-a-week service to Red Deer, Alta., and in December United Airlines kicked off daily service to Los Angeles, Calif., (LAX) with WestJet also offering weekly seasonal service to LAX from November to April.

    YLW now offers 64 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, WestJet and United Airlines to Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles, plus seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun, and sun destination charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos.

    For more information on YLW visit the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca

    Council Highlights
    Jan. 14, 2013
    Parking Permit Program
    Council approved amendments to the Residential Parking Program, including a new policy and bylaw updates to improve parking enforcement efficiency. The changes come into effect Feb. 1 for all residential areas with time-restricted parking. Residents with valid permits in these zones are exempt from the posted time restrictions. Motorists visiting in these zones must conform to the one- or two-hour parking restrictions. These program updates will create more parking opportunities for residents living in areas that experience high volumes of visiting vehicles, such as around Prospera Place or Kelowna General Hospital.


    Mobile Service Requests
    Council received information about a new mobile communications option for residents to provide city staff with a photo and specific location of a problem, such as graffiti. The Service Request system is available at kelowna.ca/mobileSR and is compatible with smartphones and smart devices, including iPhones, Androids, Blackberries, tablets, and iPads.
    Bernard traffic unaffected by Kerry Park work
    Phase 2 underway
    Before Phase 2 of Bernard Avenue Revitalization between Abbott and Pandosy streets starts in February, some work is already underway in the area around Kerry Park.

    Bernard Avenue remains open for motorists while storm drainage improvements at Kerry Park occur. A safety barrier has been erected in the park to partition the area where work is being done.

    The sidewalk on Bernard Avenue along Kerry Park will be closed. Two-lane traffic is expected to remain on Bernard Avenue as ground conditions permit, with intermittent interruptions as machinery crosses the road to the park.
    Westcorp Properties Inc. will also begin work on the new public pier and marina next week with the removal of the pilings anchoring the existing commercial dock at Kerry Park.

    Pile driving for the new pier and marina will follow once removals are complete.

    The majority of this work will occur primarily from the lake side, but movement of equipment may cause intermittent pedestrian delays or a temporary detour on the waterfront promenade.

    Find the most up-to-date information about the project at kelowna.ca/cityprojects.
    A new way to connect with the City
    Service Request system has gone mobile
    The City of Kelowna Service Request system has gone mobile. The Service Request system, previously available on the City website, is now available for smartphones at kelowna.ca/mobileSR.

    "For example, if you see something in need of repair such as graffiti, just snap a photo with your smartphone and using our Mobile Service Request system you can notify the City immediately," says Clint McKenzie, Performance Improvement Consultant for the City. "Residents can connect with us on the go."

    The Mobile Service Request System makes it easy for citizens to request a broad range of services. From pothole repair to tree maintenance to snow and ice removal, the Service Request system helps residents connect with the City.

    "It's fast and easy to use for residents, and very specific because of the ability to include a photo and select an exact location on a map," added McKenzie. "This allows our staff to get a really good idea of what's happening in the community and prioritize staff resources appropriately."

    The mobile site kelowna.ca/mobileSR is compatible with smartphones and smart devices, including iPhones, Androids, Blackberries, tablets, and iPads.
    Okanagan College transit exchange and KLO Road improvements Open House
    Series of public consultation sessions
    The City and its design consultant, Stantec Consulting, will host a series of public consultation sessions about transportation improvements at Okanagan College.

    The first open house will be on Jan. 17 at Okanagan College. Information about the project will be available and the project team will collect feedback on current challenges and future opportunities.

    When: Thursday January 17, 5 - 7 p.m.
    Where: Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Rd., Kelowna - Centre for Learning Atrium

    The City of Kelowna's Official Community Plan acknowledges KLO Road in the Okanagan College area as a priority corridor for multi-use and active transportation. Transit amenities, road infrastructure and pedestrian/cycling linkages in the area have been identified by the City and BC Transit as investment priorities with construction anticipated in summer 2013.

    The Okanagan College transit exchange and KLO Road improvements project is part of BC Transit's RapidBus Phase 2 and 3 Project, which includes creating and upgrading transit facilities throughout the region.

    This is the first step in the public consultation process for this project. At future events, the project team will present some potential options for consideration based on public feedback and technical input from the design consultant. The final step will be to present the recommended design.

    For more information about this exciting transportation project, visit kelowna.ca/transit.
    Kelowna citizens receive Queen’s medal
    Stuart, Leathley and Budd
    Three Kelowna residents have received Diamond Jubilee Medals commemorating Queen Elizabeth's 60th anniversary on the throne.

    Council nominated the three recipients and presented them with their medals at Monday's meeting.

    Former Kelowna mayor Jim Stuart, Kelowna General Hospital Auxiliary volunteer Chrissie Leathley and philanthropist Thomas Budd are among people across Canada being recognized for their outstanding efforts to improve our community.

    "Jim Stuart, Chrissie Leathley and Thomas Budd - in their individual ways - have devoted themselves to making Kelowna a better place," said Mayor Walter Gray. "They are generous, giving people who care about our city and tirelessly contribute to its betterment."

    Jim Stuart dedicated 31 years to local government as a member of Kelowna City Council, including 10 years as mayor, and 15 years as chairman of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. His community involvement also includes volunteer work with Kelowna General Hospital, B.C. Tree fruits, and the B.C. Transit Authority.

    Chrissie Leathley is described as the KGH Foundation's "ultimate volunteer" who has 77 years of commitment to the hospital. She started her involvement as a student at the Kelowna Hospital School of Nursing in 1935 and was among the group that organized the Kelowna Hospital Auxiliary in 1963. She continues her work on behalf of the hospital and its patients today.

    Thomas Budd is a community leader who created a charitable foundation after retiring as an investment banker in 2008. He has provided more than two dozen local non-profit societies with funding to support community needs. The Thomas Alan Budd Foundation supports and inspires others to do their best. The foundation also cares for children in other countries through War Child Canada, East Meets West orphanage in India and the Watoto Mission for Children in Uganda.

    The commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The office of the Governor General of Canada oversees the medal approval process.

    During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians are being recognized.
    Waste Collection in Snowy/Icy Conditions
    RDCO news release
    The Regional Waste Reduction Office would like to remind you during snowy conditions, garbage collection can be affected. It may also be necessary to alter the regular placement of your garbage and recycling carts to ensure the collection vehicle can reach them.


    • During snowy or icy road conditions, your garbage and recycling collection may be delayed. Residents whose garbage or recycling has not been picked up should continue to leave it out for collection, and the waste haulers will pick it up as soon as possible. (Do not bring your carts back in until they have been emptied to ensure your collection is not missed.)

    • Find or clear an unobstructed site to put your carts out for collection. (Please note: It is the responsibility of the resident to clear appropriate space at the curb/roadway in front of their property for placement of carts. Private or easement roads that are not City property are the responsibility of strata's and resident to maintain. Unmaintained easement roads may result in delayed pickup.)

    • Put carts as close as possible to the street, without obstructing the street, sidewalk or bike lane. (Often placing your carts on either side of your driveway allows for greater ease for the collection trucks and for you.)

    • Keep carts off the travelled portion of the roadway so as not to interfere with snow plows- do not place carts in a location where the snowplow will hit them. The cart should be no closer than three feet from any obstacle, parked car, or other cart - an arm's length spacing is required between each cart. (When considering cart placement, it's important to note the automated arm on the collection truck can only reach a maximum of eight feet from the truck, and up to one foot off the ground.)

    • Do not place carts behind or on top of snow banks.

    • Please have your carts out for collection by 7 a.m. (Avoid placing your carts out the night before collection and bring them away from the road as soon as possible, to avoid interfering with snow plows often working in the very late and early morning hours to clear our roadways.)

    • Clear your cart of snow and ice to ensure the lid opens when cart is tipped.

    • General Safety: As the waste collection carts are equipped with wheels, please use extra caution when wheeling them in snowy and icy conditions.



    To view a short video or for more information on proper placement and how to handle your carts in winter conditions visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle and click on the link to Winter Cart Placement video.
    2013 Community Grants Information Session
    Joint news release
    In 2013, the Central Okanagan Foundation will administer $80,000 in Community Social Development Grants and $22,000 in Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth on behalf of the City of Kelowna.

    The Central Okanagan Foundation encourages registered non-profit organizations interested in applying for Community Social Development Grants to attend an information session on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the Pacific Safety Products Boardroom at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave.

    The session will cover eligibility requirements and the application process. Program updates that could impact the application process and evaluation will be reviewed. To register, please contact Cheryl Miller, Grants Manager, Central Okanagan Foundation at cheryl@centralokanaganfoundation.org or 250-861-6160.

    Community Social Development Grants assist registered, non-profit societies and community organizations in the delivery of innovative, prevention-oriented programs designed to improve the quality of life for residents in Kelowna.

    Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth fund programs that directly address sexual exploitation issues for those under 19 years of age in Kelowna.

    To download the application form, please visit kelowna.ca/grants.

    Completed applications are due Friday, Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m. and should be dropped off at the Central Okanagan Foundation office located at 217-1889 Springfield Rd.
    Travel Advisory Due to Weather
    Snow Fall Warning
    Due to the snow fall warning which may affect flights in and out of Kelowna International Airport (YLW), passengers expecting to travel from YLW the remainder of the day are asked to check with their airline or visit the airport's web site at ylw.kelowna.ca for Arrival and Departing flight information.


    Making the roads safer for everyone
    City crews are out clearing streets
    As the snow continues to fall in Kelowna, the City of Kelowna is reminding residents that crews are out clearing the roads and to use caution while driving throughout the city.

    Kelowna streets are cleared on a priority basis. Priority one includes arterial roads such as Gordon Drive. Priority two is classified as collector roads, such as Richter Street, bus routes, school zones, town centres and emergency vehicle stations. Priority three includes local roads within neighbourhoods and priority four includes laneways.

    Property owners/occupiers are reminded of their reponsibility to clear snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property. The City may perform an in-kind service only when resources are available and may plow sidewalks to one plow width; however, this does not relieve the property owners/occupiers of their responsibility to clear sidewalks along their property.

    During this time of year, many Kelowna residents can find it difficult to keep sidewalks free of snow and ice. The City's Snow Busters Program encourages residents to lend a helping hand and aims to recognize those who help without being asked or expecting something in return. Residents can nominate their Snow Busters online at kelowna.ca/transportation, by email at snowbusters@kelowna.ca, or can send a letter to City of Kelowna Snow Busters Program, 1435 Water Street, Kelowna BC V1Y 1J4.

    For regular inquiries and emergency plowing or sanding after regular business hours, please call 250-469-8600, option 1.

    For more information about snow removal, visit kelowna.ca/transportation.
    Aircraft Incident at YLW
    WestJet Flight to Edmonton
    At approximately 7:58 am, January 7 2013 WestJet flight 150 to Edmonton, AB was departing the main apron at gate 7 when the nose wheel of the aircraft slid off the apron at Kelowna International Airport (YLW).

    There are no injuries. YLW's Aircraft Rescue Firefighters (ARFF) are assisting to unload passengers. WestJet guests will be rebooked on later flights as the aircraft undergoes a mechanical review.

    Over the last couple of hours YLW has had short intermittent closures of the runway due to heavy snowfall and limited visibility. Due to the limited visibility this morning YLW is experiencing some delayed and cancelled flights. Passengers using YLW today are asked to check the status of their flights at ylw.kelowna.ca.

    Smoke Alarms Save Lives
    Kelowna Fire Department at Food Bank
    The Kelowna Fire Department is kicking off a campaign to let residents know that installing and maintaining fire alarms in homes saves lives and reduces fire damage in the event of a house fire.

    "Every Thursday in January, we'll be at the Kelowna Community Food Bank between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., educating customers on the importance of smoke alarms and how to test them," said Thomas Doherty, Deputy Fire Chief.

    Kelowna Food Bank customers will be asked to go home and test their smoke alarms and then fill out and return a survey indicating whether they have a smoke alarm present and whether or not it is functioning. For those that respond that they do not have a smoke alarm or that it is not working, a Kelowna Fire Department member will install one free of charge. As an additional incentive, those who return the survey will also be entered into a draw to win one of five, $100 gift cards for groceries.

    The Kelowna Fire Department's smoke alarm campaign follows new research from the University of the Fraser Valley that revealed almost 70 per cent of houses that caught fire in British Columbia did not have a functioning smoke alarm. This research predicted that working smoke alarms could reduce annual fire deaths in British Columbia by as much as 32 per cent. The findings also indicated that the province's most vulnerable populations - such as children and the elderly - face the highest risk of dying in a residential fire.

    The study of almost 50,000 fires in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario from October 2006 to 2011 showed:
  • The death rate per 1,000 fires was 74 per cent greater without a working smoke alarm.
  • Greater risk of fatality from residential structure fires for households with at least one young child, older adult, or person with disability; rental units; and households in low-income areas, rural communities and First Nations reserves.
  • Fire damage was reduced by 19 per cent when a working smoke alarm was present.

    "In light of this new research, we want to make sure that all Kelowna homes have working smoke alarms," said Doherty. "We're starting with Kelowna Food Bank customers but we'll be out all year talking with residents and helping them get alarms installed and functioning their homes."

    For more information about fire prevention visit kelowna.ca/fire.
  • New pedestrian signal on Kane Road
    Activated January 3
    On Thursday, January 3 a new pedestrian signal will be activated on Kane Road at Drysdale Road.

    Drivers are asked to use caution and watch for pedestrians crossing at the new light.

    Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for up-to-date road work, road closures and potential delays.
    New B.C. Building Code includes Kelowna idea
    Effective Dec. 20
    A new building classification put forward by the City of Kelowna is now included in the B.C. Building Code.

    The 2012 B.C. Building Code came into effect Dec. 20, including a new designation of Residential Care for assisted living facilities that cater to the needs of the elderly. Under the previous building code, there was no specific building classification for seniors who live in facilities that provide care and food services.

    "It was an initiative originally started by City Manager Ron Mattiussi when he was Director of Planning Development and was made possible by the City's direct involvement in the provincial committee," said Director of Development Services Mo Bayat.

    The revised B.C. Building Code, B.C. Plumbing Code, and B.C. Fire Code came into effect Dec. 20. New building permit applications must comply with the requirements of 2012 building code. Building permits submitted before Dec. 20 will be governed by the 2006 edition of the B.C. Codes.
    Examples of changes to the building code include a requirement for interconnected, or hard-wired, smoke alarms in every bedroom, as well as new requirements for radon soil gas mitigation.

    The new B.C. Building Codes is available for purchase at www.bccodes.ca.

    The City of Kelowna Development Services Department will highlight the changes in a presentation to the members of Kelowna chapter of Canadian Home Builders Association in January.
    New camera shows rink conditions
    Stuart Park ice rink
    Skaters, young and young at heart, have been enjoying the outdoor rink at Stuart Park since it opened earlier this month. With the growing popularity of the rink, the City of Kelowna has installed a camera that will feed to its website allowing residents and visitors to view rink conditions before heading downtown to skate.

    "We want people to get active this winter and we know that it can be disappointing to come downtown only to find the rink closed or is too busy to skate," says Director, Recreation and Cultural Services Jim Gabriel. "This can be especially frustrating for those who are just learning to skate or have young skaters."

    The camera, mounted above the maintenance building in the park, is high enough to provide a bird's eye view of the area, allowing residents to see if the rink is closed for maintenance (roughly 15-20 minutes and will be indicated by signs at each corner of the rink), closed for the day (indicated by two yellow signs in the middle of the rink), or how many skaters are on the ice.

    The City's intent is to provide added customer service for residents and visitors. Providing camera views is not new. Locally, residents can view traffic going in and out of town over the W.R. Bennett Bridge and can look at highway conditions through provincial cameras.

    Once the ice surface is removed in February or March, the camera will remain in place; however, the feed will be turned off and removed from the website.

    For individuals looking to skate indoors, Rutland Arena, Capital News Centre and Memorial Area offer public skating times. Skate rentals are available for use at Rutland Arena and Capital News Centre.

    Over the holiday season, view Stuart Park Ice Rink conditions and arena schedules at kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Firefighters chip trees for donation
    BC Professional Firefighters PSA
    BC Professional Firefighters are supporting the B.C. Burn Fund with a Christmas tree chipping service.

    Firefighters from Kelowna and West Kelowna have teamed up with Cody Tree Services, 4Less Disposal and Okanagan Portable Sign Rentals to chip trees in exchange for a donation to the B.C. Burn Fund.

    All donations go to the fund, which provides life saving, life supporting and life enriching services to people in British Columbia.

    The service will be offered Jan. 5 and 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kelowna Fire Department stations at 2255 Enterprise Way and 619 DeHart Rd., and at the West Kelowna Home Deport at 3550 Carrington Rd.

    Tinsel, ornaments and any other decorations must be removed from the tree before it can be chipped.
    The Okanagan Welcomes United Airlines
    Inaugural United Airlines flight from Los Angeles (LAX)
    Politicians, business leaders and tourism officials throughout the Thompson Okanagan were at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) to celebrate the inaugural United Airlines flight from Los Angeles (LAX).

    "This is an important milestone for YLW and the entire Okanagan," says the Chair of the Airport Advisory Committee, Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. "This opens the doors for a greater business reach while giving the leisure traveller more opportunities to head south, as well as to bring those not from the Thompson Okanagan here to experience what our region has to offer."

    While invited guests waited for the arriving flight, guest speakers such as Lane Merrifield, Executive Vice President Disney Interactive Worlds and Co-Founder of Club Penguin, and Anthony Lewis of Vibrant Vines Vineyard spoke to the crowd about the benefits the United daily flight has to the business community.

    "The Vibrant Vine is a strong believer in that the whole is greater than the sum. Together we should focus on building and strengthening relationships within the wine, ski and golf industries. The only thing that can stand in the way of reviving an ongoing flood of Los Angeles tourists is if we don't work together and properly market and package our products in a way that makes it easy to experience all that our amazing area has to offer."
    Political leaders representing the Thompson Okanagan praised the expanded air service including B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Mary Polak, "Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to bring this new service to the Thompson Okanagan, and thank you to United Airlines for believing in Kelowna and B.C. as a great place to do business."
    "This daily flight represents a huge economic impact to the region," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "On average, each daily flight to LA provides 16 person years of employment and $1 million in wages annually. As the airport continues to provide air service to more destinations, the ripple effect of the economic benefit will be felt from Osoyoos to Sun Peaks to Revelstoke."

    As one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada, YLW's total economic impact is 2,730 jobs and $610 million in total economic output to the province. Serving 1.4 million passengers in 2011, YLW offers 64 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, WestJet and United Airlines to Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles, including seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun; and sun destination charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos as well.

    For more information on YLW and airport news visit ylw.kelowna.ca and to view some photos from the event check out our facebook page.



    Council Highlights
    Dec. 17, 2012
    Revitalization Tax Exemption


    A new building under construction on Lawrence Avenue will take advantage of a City of Kelowna revitalization tax exemption bylaw. Council approved the Revitalization Tax Exemption for the project, under which the municipal portion of taxes will be exempt for up to 10 years on the improvement portion of the new four-storey building.

    Electrical Utility Rate


    Council received information on the increased cost for wholesale power and the 2013 electrical rates increase. Council approved an average annual rate increase of 6.5 per cent to the City's electrical utility rates for residential customers, municipal and school customers. The wholesale rate was established by FortisBC and approved by the British Columbia Utilities Commission. The new rate comes into effect in February, 2013.
    Lawrence property builds on incentive program
    City of Kelowna tax exemption
    A new four-storey building under construction on Lawrence Avenue will take advantage of a City of Kelowna tax exemption and is expected to be complete during the summer of 2013.

    Worman Commercial purchased the property at 265 Lawrence Ave. from the City of Kelowna and will build a red brick commercial building with FH & P Lawyers as its anchor tenant.

    "This building will be a great addition to the downtown and it's great that the Revitalization Tax Exemption played a part in getting this project underway," said Jordan Hettinga, Real Estate Services Manager.

    Builders who take advantage of the City's Revitalization Tax Exemption program downtown or in the Rutland business district can be exempt from paying up to 100 per cent of the municipal share taxes for up to 10 years on the improvement portion of the project.

    Through the agreement process, Worman Commercial has committed to development timelines, building size and some design features requested by the City.

    "Getting redevelopment started in this area was a priority for Council, so it's encouraging to see property developers and business owners getting involved," said Mayor Walter Gray. "There are good opportunities for redevelopment on Leon and Lawrence, plus we're beginning to see more interest in general throughout the downtown."

    The Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw was amended in 2011 as an incentive for property owners to invest in new projects that energize urban centres.

    Exemptions were also approved earlier this year for Troika Developments at 554 Leon Ave. and Davara Holdings' project near the corner of Leon Avenue and Bertram Street.
    Holiday Travel Tips from YLW
    Travel happy this season
    Can holiday travel be merry and bright? At Kelowna International Airport (YLW) we think so. Between December 15 and January 6 are some of the busiest travel days at YLW and at airports around the world. Here is some travel information to help you be prepared for one of the busiest travel times of the year:

    Before you leave home, please remember to:

    • Make sure you have all of your documentation required to travel. Requirements can vary depending on whether you are travelling domestically or internationally so you might want to check with your airline. Be sure to have government issued photo identification for all flights. Note that all passengers, including Canadian and U.S. citizens, are required to present a valid passport when travelling by air between Canada and the United States.
    • Specific documentation may be required for children under 18, especially if they are not being accompanied by a parent or guardian. Confirm details with your airline or visit the Government of Canada Travel Website for more information about travelling with children.
    • If you are not a Canadian or American and you are travelling to the United States, please apply for ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). ESTA is an on-line application system developed by the United States government to pre-screen travellers before they are allowed to travel into the United States. There is a computer available at the airport in the Airport Ambassadors' office between 7:30 am - 8 pm however, it is best to apply in advance of your travel.
    • Airlines may be strictly enforcing baggage limitations. Please check with your airline to confirm your flight and verify that your luggage is within the size and weight restrictions for both carry-on and checked baggage. Baggage fees may be applicable and collected upon check-in.
    • If you are travelling with pets, check with your airline because some carriers may have a pet embargo over parts of the holiday season.
    • Most major airlines offer customers the option of saving time by checking-in for their flights on-line up to 24 hours before departure. Click here to access on-line check-in from our website.
    • Click here to access the airlines serving YLW


    ARRIVE EARLY

    • Give yourself some extra time to park, check your baggage and clear security screening. If you are bringing your own vehicle please be reminded that the Kelowna International Airport does not accept parking reservations, however Valet services are available. Click here to fill out the on-line booking form.
    • If the regular parking lots are full when you arrive, please follow the directions of parking attendants who will guide you to our overflow parking lots.
    • For more information on parking options at YLW and parking rates click here
    • Consider getting a family member or friend to drop you off at the airport or use a shuttle or cab options. Click here for our recommendations


    SECURITY SCREENING

    Travellers are reminded to keep in mind security measures when preparing to travel. For the most current regulations regarding carry-on and checked baggage, please visit the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). The following are some suggestions to help you move through pre-board security screening:

    • Pack you own bags and try to travel light. Use CATSA's Pack Smart on-line tool to help you with your packing questions
    • If you are travelling with gifts, it is recommended that they be unwrapped. If you are taking a wrapped item, it is best to place it in your checked baggage.
    • Make sure you travel with government issued photo identification.
    • Remember to put identification tags inside baggage as well as outside in case your tag comes off.
    • Laptops, cell phones, and other electronics should have identification on them.
    • Liquids, gels, and aerosols are permitted through pre-board security screening at Canadian airports provided that the items are packaged in containers with a capacity of 100 ml/100 grams (3.4 oz) or less, and that the containers fit comfortably in one clear, closed and re-sealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1 litre (1 quart). One bag per passenger is permitted. Anything larger than that should be packed in your checked baggage as there is no size or bag restrictions for liquids and gels packed in checked baggage.
    • Knives or knife-like sharp objects will not be permitted through pre-board screening. Ensure no sharp objects, such as scissors, are in your carry-on bag. Take time when packing, and avoid bringing anything that could be interpreted as a weapon or a dangerous item.
    • Travellers bringing electronic equipment as carry-on baggage should be prepared to declare them and demonstrate that they are in working order.
    • Sports equipment such as skates, skis, snowboards, ski poles, hockey sticks and golf clubs are not permitted as carry-on items and must be transported as checked baggage.
    • Avoid bringing non-permitted or dangerous goods by checking CATSA's permitted and non-permitted items list . Get to boarding gate a little early if you have a wheelchair or stroller or require a little extra time to board.


    Have some more questions? We've added more travel tips here.

    On behalf of the staff and tenants of YLW - Kelowna International Airport, we wish you safe travels and the very best of the holiday season!
    Changes to Holiday Garbage and Recycling Collection
    Regional Waste Reduction Office release
    With Christmas Day and New Year's Day falling on Tuesday this year, pick- up schedule for your garbage and recycling will jump one day ahead for both of those weeks.

    For example, if your regular collection day is Tuesday, your garbage will be picked up on Wednesday instead. If your regular collection is Friday, your pickup will take place on Saturday for the weeks of Christmas and New Year's only. Monday collection days are not affected, only residents with collection Tuesday through Friday are affected. All collections return to the normal Monday through Friday schedule on Monday, January 7th.

    Please place your garbage and recycling carts at the curb by 7 a.m. and ensure the lids are completely closed.

    Recycling:


    Remember to put all wrapping paper (except foil), flattened boxes and cartons into your recycling cart for curbside pick- up, or take to your nearest recycling depot. Keep the recycling spirit going by saving all shiny and foil wrapping paper and cards, ribbons and bows for re-use.

    Recycling and Landfill Operations:

    • The Glenmore Landfill and Recycling Depot, Glenmore Road
      (7:30am-4:45pm, closed Dec 25th, 26th, and Jan 1st)
    • The Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Asquith Road (7:30am-4:00pm Friday thru Monday)
    • Kirschner Road Recycling Depot (8am-6pm, closed Dec 25th and Jan1st)


    For more information, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.
    Council concludes provisional budget review
    2013 tax increase of 2.58 per cent
    Kelowna City Council reviewed the provisional budget submitted by staff Monday, setting a tax increase of 2.58 per cent for 2013.

    Council sets the tax rate requirement after reviewing the 2013 Financial Plan to determine which projects to fund and which projects to defer or cancel.

    A final budget document will be presented to Council in May, after carryover items from 2012 are calculated.
    The 2.58 per cent tax increase works out to a $42.43 increase in 2013 for the owner of an average $454,000 home.
    Proposed operating expenditures for 2013 of $101.6 million include the addition of four new RCMP members and maintaining core services. Total capital project funding for 2013 is $89.7 million.

    The general fund capital program includes projects such Phase 2 of Bernard Avenue revitalization and Stuart Park Phase 2.
    Council Highlights
    Dec. 10, 2012
    2013 Financial Plan


    A summary of the 2013 Financial Plan was presented to Council in advance of detailed provisional budget deliberations on Dec. 13. Council received information about forecasted operating revenues and expenses, along with descriptions of anticipated capital spending plans for 2013. Council will finalize the 2013 budget in May.

    Festivals Kelowna


    Council approved a one-year extension of the service agreement with Festivals Kelowna.

    Ponds Playground


    Council approved an equal partnership with the developer of the Ponds to design and construct a new community park playground, with a maximum contribution of $40,000 each from the developer and the City, with an additional $1,000 from the City for 2013 operations and maintenance.
    Holiday hours for City facilities
    Essential services remain in operation
    City Hall will be closed for the holidays from Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, reopening Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Essential services such as police, fire, water, wastewater treatment and snow removal will remain in operation.

    "City facility holiday closures are planned around a time when there is low demand for services," says Stu Leatherdale, City of Kelowna Human Resources Director. "Ultimately, these closures save operation costs for the City and give staff some time to be with their families."

    The Civic Operation's call centre will remain open to telephone inquiries at 250-469-8600 regarding water, sewer, parks, roads and snow removal, as well as to process after hours and emergency calls.

    Parkinson Recreation Centre will be closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The centre will be open on New Year's day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Glenmore Landfill will be closed Christmas, Boxing and New Year's days.

    Business licence renewal payments are due January 15, 2013, and can be renewed online or by mail when there are no changes to an existing licence.

    "City Hall will be closed, but in many ways business can carry on as usual," says Leatherdale. "As in previous years, business owners can go online to kelowna.ca/onlineservices and make business licence renewal payments before the January 15 deadline."

    Residents and visitors can check out the BC Transit website (www.bctransit.com/regions/kel/) for holiday schedules. Transit will be available with reduced service on December 25, 26 and January 1. All other days will operate on their normal schedules.

    Visit kelowna.ca for more information on hours of operations for City facilities over the holidays.
    Provisional budget deliberations set to begin
    Review of plan on Dec. 13
    Council will review the 2013 provisional Financial Plan during an all-day public meeting Dec. 13 at City Hall.

    The City Manager has recommended a 2.54 per cent tax increase for 2013 after reviewing all the requirements for 2013.

    "My goal is to maintain existing core services while providing for the maintenance requirements of existing infrastructure," said City Manager, Ron Mattiussi. "It's important to continue to provide services, infrastructure and other amenities consistent with Council priorities, but reflective of the current economic climate."

    The tax demand for 2013 is based on a number of current factors, including increasing RCMP staff to a level appropriate to Kelowna's needs. Twelve RCMP staff position were added to the City's budget in 2012 and four more RCMP members will be added in 2013.

    The commitment to protective services has resulted in Council approving a 1 per cent tax increase just to support additional police and fire services.

    After Council spends the day reviewing and questioning staff submissions for the 2013 provisional budget, it will establish the tax rate. Carry-forward budget items from 2012 will be calculated in the New Year and a final tax rate will be set in May.

    In 2012, Kelowna had the fourth-lowest property tax and user fee charges among B.C. cities with populations greater than 75,000. Last year's rate increase was 1.1 per cent and the average tax increase in Kelowna over the last three years is 1.7 per cent.

    Last year's total municipal tax and user fees (before the Home Owner Grant) for an average Kelowna house was $3,653 - 29 per cent below the average of the 17 largest cities in B.C.

    Taxes collected from property owners accounted for less than a quarter of the City's $419 million in revenues for 2012. User fees, charges, reserve accounts and grants brought in 76 per cent of revenues.

    More background and information about the budget process is available at kelowna.ca/budget.
    Tenth anniversary of Santa sleigh bus
    Decorated bus picks up for needy
    Residents are invited to the annual kick-off of the Kelowna Regional Transit Santa Sleigh Bus, which will take place outside of City Hall (on Queensway beside the Bennett Clock and fountain) on Monday, December 10 at 4 p.m. Kelowna's Mayor and Council are expected to be in attendance to take part in the festivities.

    "The Salvation Army is very grateful to the partnership that we have with the Santa Bus," says Major Ron Cartmell of The Salvation Army. "Year after year, they continue to assist us in raising money and raising awareness of the needs within the community. With the help of the community, we are able to provide Christmas food and toy hampers for more than 1,000 children at Christmas time and 6,000 individuals throughout the year."

    This event will be the kickoff to the tenth annual celebration of the Kelowna Regional Transit Santa Sleigh Bus. The beautifully decorated bus will collect toys, food donations and money for the Salvation Army at schools and various locations throughout Kelowna, Peachland, West Kelowna and Lake Country.

    In the previous nine years, thanks to the generous support of residents, more than $159,000 has been raised in toys, food and cash for this cause.

    It’s Happening - Bernard Avenue reopens Friday
    First phase nears completion
    The first phase of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna's "Main Street" is nearing completion and Bernard Avenue will reopen to motorists on Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.

    "We are really pleased with the outcome," said Bill Berry, Director of Design & Construction Services. "The first phase from Richter to St. Paul streets was completed on time, with the old utilities replaced, wider sidewalks, new trees, lighting and benches."

    Remaining works may continue through December and next spring, including adding the public art components on the gateway feature at Richter Street and other minor streetscape esthetic improvements. Temporary ramps at crosswalks are in place until top lift paving is completed. Final streetscaping treatments from St. Paul to Ellis streets are scheduled as part of Phase 3 which will begin next fall.

    The traffic pattern on Bernard has changed and a new temporary merge area is present at St. Paul Street, where Bernard Avenue narrows to two lanes from four. Parking between Richter and St. Paul streets is now parallel parking only. Motorists are urged to drive carefully and be aware of all posted signage, particularly at St. Paul and Richter streets.

    Look for storm drainage improvements at Kerry Park to begin in January, as part of the Bernard Avenue Project. Depending on weather, the Phase 2 Bernard Avenue road closure from Abbott to Pandosy streets is expected in February and completion is scheduled for June.

    The City of Kelowna thanks residents, businesses and motorists for their patience while construction was taking place. Be sure to see it for yourself!

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for the most up-to-date information and to learn more about the project.
    Council Highlights
    Dec. 3, 2012
    Springfield Road Speeding


    Council endorsed the "green wave" plan to control vehicle speeds on Springfield Road. The City of Kelowna, ICBC and the RCMP have partnered on the Engineering, Education and Enforcement integrated plan for Springfield between Rutland Road South and Durnin Road. Motorists will see speed reader boards, painted ‘50' speed boxes on the road and traffic signs noting that vehicles travelling the speed limit during peak commuting hours are more likely to hit green lights at intersections.
    Trees of Memories in Kelowna Memorial Park
    Come place an ornament on a tree Dec. 8 to Jan. 8
    Remember a loved one's life this holiday season at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, where two Tree of Memories will be available for visitors to place an ornament in honour of their loved ones.

    The first tree will be located under the dome by the Promontory Green Interment Garden, while a second tree will be displayed at the Bennett Memorial Circle in the centre of the cemetery.

    "The Trees of Memories give family and friends a unique occasion to celebrate a loved one's life during the holidays," says Norm Ryder, Cemetery Manager. "We hope this will help bring a little peace during this special time of year."

    Visitors can place an ornament on either tree between Saturday, Dec. 8 and Tuesday, Jan. 8, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery is centrally located at 1991 Bernard Avenue(intersection of Bernard Avenue and Spall Road).

    Ornaments from previous years are placed on the memorial trees as a perpetual memory. Those who want to keep their ornaments should retrieve them after Jan. 8 by contacting the Cemetery office at 250-862-5518.

    The Trees of Memories program has been offered annually since 1998.

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/cemetery.
    Road safety on Springfield gets the Green Wave
    Launching Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.
    City Council heard today speeders will need to put the brakes on when travelling along Springfield Road with the launch of the "Green Wave" initiative.

    Motorists will see speed reader boards, speed limits painted on the road and traffic signage beginning Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. as the initiative officially rolls out.

    Together with ICBC and the RCMP, the City of Kelowna is continuing to improve road safety on Springfield Road from Rutland Road South to Durnin Road using engineering, education and enforcement as tools to improve road safety.

    "The Green Wave is an initiative that rewards motorists who adhere to the speed limit with green lights during morning westbound and evening eastbound peak travel times," says Fred Wollin, City of Kelowna traffic operations supervisor. The signal timings affect intersections from Ziprick to Hollywood roads. "It's anticipated motorists will adjust their travelling behaviour if they realize they'll be speeding only to be faced with a red light."

    For those who live near and travel on this corridor every day, Springfield Road has been a focus of safety and operation improvements over the past five years to reduce speed and collisions along the corridor.

    "We're pleased to be a partner in this initiative to help keep drivers along Springfield Road safe," said Sonny Senghera, ICBC road safety manager. "Speeding is the leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C. and when combined with the poor weather conditions at this time of year, dramatically increases your risk of crashing. Slow down and allow extra travel time so you get home safely."

    On average, there are 63 crashes a year on Springfield Road (based on 2008 - 2011 data) many of these crashes are speed-related. "We will be implementing continued enforcement along Springfield Road, which will coincide with both engineering and education initiatives to increase the safety of that particular corridor," says Constable Kris Clark, media relations officer for the Kelowna RCMP.

    To learn more about the initiative, visit kelowna.ca.
    Recognizing those who go the extra mile
    Civic Awards nominations accepted until Feb. 1, 2013
    The City of Kelowna is calling for nominations for the 38th Annual Civic and Community Awards. The awards recognize individuals, groups and organizations for their outstanding contributions and achievements in 2012 which directly benefited Kelowna.

    Earlier this year, 12 individuals and four groups were presented with civic awards for their outstanding work in the community in 2011.

    "The awards recognize those who make a difference in our community. I encourage you to nominate that special someone from your organization or your neighbourhood who is deserving of an acknowledgment," says Jim Gabriel, Director of Recreation and Cultural Services. "There are also awards specifically for volunteers and businesses who play a key role in helping us provide and maintain a wide variety of services in Kelowna and those people need to be recognized as well for their commitment."

    Nomination categories include:

    • Bob Giordano Memorial Award
    • Bryan Couling Memorial - Athletic Team of the Year
    • Male & Female Athlete of the Year
    • Young Male & Female of the Year
    • Teen Honour in the Arts
    • Honour in the Arts
    • Corporate Community of the Year (small/medium and large)
    • Man & Woman of the Year
    • Central Okanagan Foundation Volunteer Organization of the Year
    • Champion for the Environment (individual and business)


    Nominations are being accepted until noon on Friday, February 1, 2013. Nomination forms are available online at kelowna.ca/residents or for pick-up at City Hall, Parkinson Recreation Centre, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, local libraries and the Kelowna Family Y. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Parkinson Recreation Centre to the attention of Amber Gilbert.

    Finalists and award recipients will be honoured on May 1, 2013 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

    For additional information, visit kelowna.ca/residents.
    Stuart Park rink ready for skaters
    Rink open early
    Now is the perfect time to get those skates sharpened, pull on your toque and get ready for some free family skating at Stuart Park starting at 4 p.m. today.

    "Nothing says winter holidays in Kelowna like watching the Downtown Light Up at Kerry Park or drinking a hot chocolate while enjoying a late evening skate at Stuart Park," says Jim Gabriel, Recreation & Cultural Services Director. "The outdoor skating rink provides a fun and affordable opportunity for residents to stay active during the winter months. It's also a gathering place in downtown Kelowna."

    The rink will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (ice maintenance permitting) and will be periodically monitored by security contractors. Signs posted around the rink explain the regulations for rink users, such as no hockey games.

    The ice surface will be flooded at regular times each day by an ice resurfacing machine. If temperatures become too warm or the ice quality is affected by midday sunshine, the rink will be temporarily closed until conditions improve.

    The City of Kelowna's public skate schedule hotline is 250-469-8800 (option 4). Skaters are urged to call the hotline, particularly when weather conditions change, to find out the status of the ice at Stuart Park.

    Public skating schedules for all City-operated facilities are available at kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Have fun and stay active this winter
    Public Service Announcement
    Registration for City of Kelowna winter recreation programs starts Dec. 4. The latest Activity & Program Guide came out Tuesday and is now available online, offering you a sustainable option to search and register for your favourite recreation programs. You can also get a hard copy at one of the pick-up locations listed below.


    • H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre

    • Main Library Downtown

    • Parkinson Recreation Centre

    • Glenmore IGA

    • Rutland Arena



    Winter registration will start at 7:30 a.m. unless noted otherwise below.

    • December 4: General Programs

    • December 6: Aquatics

    • December 7: Leagues

    • Programs for persons with a disability (9:30 a.m.)



    To avoid line-ups, we encourage people to set-up their online registration account in advance. Additional program information and registration is available in person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, by phone at 250-469-8800 or online at kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Downtown is ready to sparkle for the season
    Traffic Advisory
    On Saturday, Dec. 1, residents and visitors are invited to join the Downtown Kelowna Association for their annual Light Up! celebration, taking place at Kerry Park from 5 to 7 p.m.

    To accommodate this celebration, which includes programming in Stuart Park by Festivals Kelowna from 1 to 5 p.m., Mill Street will be closed between Bernard Avenue and Water Street from 1 to 8 p.m.

    Kerry Park parking lot will also be closed from 12 to 8 p.m.

    For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Valet parking arrives at YLW
    Starting Dec. 1, valet parking services will be offered at YLW
    Parking options at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) have just gone up a notch. Starting Dec. 1, valet parking services will be offered at YLW.

    "We are always looking for opportunities to make a positive impact for travellers using our airport," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "Valet parking is one of those added services that, for the right passenger in a hurry, with special needs or with their hands full, can make a positive difference."

    For a fee added to the daily or weekly long-term parking rate, passengers arriving by personal vehicle can drive to the Valet kiosk at the south entrance of the terminal building. Once the vehicle keys are handed to the attendant and flight information is provided, the passenger is free to catch their flight. When the passenger returns to YLW, whether gone for the day, two weeks, or longer, their car will be waiting for them near the valet kiosk.

    As an introduction to the new service, the valet parking rate will be $10 in December and on January 1 the fee will increase to $15. This service fee will be added to the final parking cost at the end of the daily or weekly long-term parking rate.

    Royal Star Enterprises provides the parking services at YLW. In addition to the valet service, Royal Star staff also provide the free courtesy ride to and from the terminal for passengers who park in the long-term lot.

    For more information on valet parking and additional parking rate information, visit ylw.kelowna.ca or call Royal Star Enterprise at 250-765-5612.
    McKinley Road safety improvements complete
    Traffic Advisory
    The McKinley Road safety improvements are now complete.

    Improvements began Oct. 3, increasing the curve radius from 40 metres to 60 metres, straightening and adding a larger curve at the start of the reservoir, widening travel lanes to 3.5 metres with a one-metre shoulder and installing precast concrete barriers adjacent to the reservoir.

    The $458,000 project was completed by OK Excavating and was delivered on time and on budget.

    To learn more about other City initiatives or projects, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.
    Council Highlights
    Nov. 26, 2012
    Lawrence Avenue Improvements


    The results of a successful property owner initiated Local Area Service Petition were received by Council. After receiving the Certificate of Sufficiency from the Office of the City Clerk, Council approved a loan authorization bylaw for improvements to Lawrence Avenue between Richter and Ethel streets. A majority of property owners approved curb and gutter installation, storm water collection system, streetscaping and traffic calming features to be constructed when required underground utility replacement occurs.



    Fire Department Strategic Plan


    Council received a report on the 2012-2022 Fire Department Strategic Plan and referred it back to staff for further discussion with Council.
    Japanese delights benefit sister city association
    Public Service Announcement
    The delicacy of Japanese calligraphy, the grace of martial arts and the power of Taiko drummers will be on display during a fundraiser Dec. 2 for Kelowna Kasugai Sister City Association.

    The association's Taste of Japan 2012 fundraiser will also feature food, tea, origami and many other demonstrations of Japanese culture at Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.

    Tickets for the event are $2 and will be available at the door, or in advance from Komatsu Japanese Market, 1855 Kirschner Rd.

    Kelowna's sibling relationship with the city of Kasugai began in 1981 and has grown through the years to include cultural and business exchanges.

    Learn more about Kasugai and the Sister City relationship at kelownakasugai-sistercity.com.
    Stuart Park rink almost ready for skaters
    Get ready for some winter fun. Stuart Park opens Dec. 1
    Winter is here and now is the perfect time to get those skates sharpened, pull on your toque and get ready for some free family skating at Stuart Park starting Dec. 1.

    "Nothing says winter holidays in Kelowna like watching the Downtown Light Up at Kerry Park or drinking a hot chocolate while enjoying a late evening skate at Stuart Park," says Jim Gabriel, Recreation & Cultural Services Director. "The outdoor skating rink provides a fun and affordable opportunity for residents to stay active during the winter months. It's also a gathering place in downtown Kelowna."

    The rink will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (ice maintenance permitting) and will be periodically monitored by security contractors. Signs posted around the rink explain the regulations for rink users, such as no hockey games.

    The ice surface will be flooded at regular times each day by an ice resurfacing machine. If temperatures become too warm or the ice quality is affected by midday sunshine, the rink will be temporarily closed until conditions improve.

    The City of Kelowna's public skate schedule hotline is 250-469-8800 (option 4). Public skating schedules for all City-operated facilities are available at kelowna.ca/recreation.
    City ready to clear the way this winter
    Help us make this winter a safe one.
    With our first taste of snow behind us and the forecast calling for more snow to hit the valley in the days ahead, the City's snow removal and sanding crews are prepared to tackle whatever Mother Nature has in store for us this winter.

    "Our trucks will be out and geared-up to deal with the white powder and our crews are committed to making the city safe for everyone during the winter months," says Stephen Bryans, Roadways Supervisor.

    Throughout the season, streets will be cleared on a priority basis. Priority 1 includes main roads such as Gordon Drive. Priority 2 includes collector roads, such as Richter Street, bus routes, school zones, town centres and emergency vehicle stations. Priority 3 includes local roads within neighbourhoods and priority four includes laneways.

    The City reminds residents they are responsible for removing snow and ice from driveways and sidewalks along their property.

    During this time of year, some Kelowna residents find it almost impossible to keep sidewalks free of snow and ice.
    The City's Snow Busters Program encourages residents to lend a helping hand and aims to recognize those who help without being asked or expecting something in return. Residents can nominate their Snow Busters online at kelowna.ca/transportation, by email at snowbusters@kelowna.ca, or can send a letter to City of Kelowna Snow Busters Program, 1435 Water Street, Kelowna BC V1Y 1J4.

    For regular inquiries and emergency plowing or sanding after regular business hours, please call 250-469-8600, option 1. For more information about snow removal, to download the Snow Removal Priorities Map and view Snow Safety Tips, visit kelowna.ca/transportation.
    City celebrates opening of new multi-use centre
    Programs now available at Parkinson Activity Centre
    The doors of the Parkinson Activity Centre officially opened today with a ribbon cutting ceremony, facility tour and sneak peek at the new equipment and recreational space.

    The two-storey building owned by the City of Kelowna will provide the community with additional recreation opportunities and serve as the new home to the Senior Centre Society.

    "Kelowna residents can now enjoy all the benefits this new facility has to offer," says Don Backmeyer, Sport & Event Development Manager. "Not only will it help create new recreational and social opportunities for members of the Senior Centre Society, but it will also help build a strong and vibrant community through healthy active living options."

    The Parkinson Activity Centre is a multi-use facility that includes a main hall, commercial-grade kitchen, activity room, meeting room, as well as a computer and billiard room for the Senior Centre Society's use exclusively. The facility, to the Parkinson Recreation Centre, will offer convenient transit services, improved security and access to both indoor and outdoor recreational amenities.

    Activities and programs previous offered at the Water Street Senior Centre have been re-located to the Parkinson Activity Centre. Starting in January 2013, the City of Kelowna's Recreation and Cultural Services department will also offer new programs out of the facility.

    For program registration or more information about the Parkinson Activity Centre, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Mayor turns shovel for new pathways
    Construction of new walking trails
    Mayor Walter Gray was in Black Mountain Wednesday afternoon to kick off the construction of new walking trails.

    "These trails will provide the community with an opportunity to explore and enjoy the natural environment of Black Mountain," said Mayor Gray. "There will be sweeping views from the trails. You can see everything from Mission Creek Canyon, right down to Okanagan Lake."

    This project is a fifty-fifty partnership between the City of Kelowna and the developer, Melcor Developments Ltd. This cost-effective partnership supports the development of trails as outlined in the City of Kelowna Official Community Plan and neighbourhood plans.

    "I am looking forward to seeing the finished project in May 2013," the Mayor added.

    For more information on the Official Community Plan, visit kelowna.ca/OCP.
    Cultural grants deadline approaching
    Send us your application before Dec. 7.
    Friday, December 7 is the deadline to apply for a grant through the City of Kelowna's Arts, Culture and Heritage Grants programs. Last year, the programs provided $195,000 to local organizations to increase awareness and accessibility of arts and culture in Kelowna.

    Non-profit organizations can apply for grants through three categories:

    Operating Grants: These grants are available to arts, culture and heritage organizations incorporated for at least one year. They support the operations of the organization, and are not to be used for startup, events, or capital projects.

    Project Grants: Grants are available to community organizations planning an arts, culture or heritage project, festival or event in 2013. Eligible organizations are not required to be from the arts, culture or heritage sector.

    Community Public Art Grants: Grants are available to organizations to support public art projects featuring collaborative work between community groups and artists.

    Grant applications are reviewed by independent committees. Grant recommendations are presented to Council in February 2013.

    Eligible non-profit organizations must submit their completed applications to the Cultural Services office located at 105-1014 Glenmore Drive, by 3 p.m. on Friday, December 7.

    Guidelines, instructions and application forms can be found at kelowna.ca/culture.
    Boundary relocation discussions update
    No moves planned at this time
    Information about the City boundary review underway since July was presented to Council Monday.

    Having done its due diligence and considered its options in reviewing boundary rationalization and relocation, Council has decided not to proceed at this time with any boundary moves.

    As well, Council directed staff to set aside the boundary adjustment discussion with Lake Country for now.

    "The City is not interested in expanding its boundaries for the sake of expanding," said Mayor Walter Gray. "Certain conditions have changed since Council first asked staff to review options. Meanwhile, other work more closely aligned to Council Priorities will take precedence at this time."

    Council decided it will adhere to its normal practice of only considering formal applications from individual property owners to adjust the City boundary.

    The analysis and information gathered during this exercise will be useful in the event of subsequent governance or incorporation studies where the City is invited to participate

    Bernard sidewalks more than just concrete
    Pedestrians have more room
    The new sidewalks taking shape on Bernard Avenue offer the first visible clues to how the street is changing to become a more attractive and exciting "people place."

    As Phase 1 of the revitalization project nears completion, the first sections of new sidewalks are in place. The wider sidewalks are among the most important changes happening during this $14-million project.

    "The overall vision for Bernard Avenue is to make it safer and more inviting for pedestrians to get around and spend time exploring the area," said Pat McCormick of the City's Infrastructure Planning department.

    The generous seven-metre-wide sidewalks include textural and visual cues to create three distinct "zones" with specific purposes.

    • The middle zone is a two-metre-wide, unobstructed corridor for pedestrian movement.

    • A furnishing zone for benches, trees and lights is located between the middle zone and the road.

    • A merchants' display zone lies between the middle zone and the buildings.

    In the interest of making the street accessible to all citizens, the textural cues in the sidewalk will make them easier for visually impaired persons to safely navigate. Texture changes in the surface of the sidewalk will help them stay within the boundaries of the middle zone, or when they're approaching a crosswalk.

    The functionality of the sidewalks for people of all abilities will be matched by esthetic enhancements that will contribute to a streetscape that everyone will enjoy discovering when the work is complete.

    The Bernard Avenue project is a component of Downtown revitalization plans that include Phase 2 of Stuart Park, Kerry Park improvements, a public pier and downtown marina and new parking infrastructure.

    For more information about the Bernard Avenue Revitalization and other projects, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

    It hasn’t disappeared, it’s just online
    Get your copy of the Guide starting Nov. 27.
    On November 27, the City of Kelowna's Activity and Program guide will be available online, offering you a sustainable option to search and register for your favourite recreation programs.

    Starting with the 2013 winter guide, the City will be reducing the quantity of guides being printed, meaning it will no longer be delivered through your local newspaper. Residents will be able to get a copy of the guide online at kelowna.ca/recreation or sent directly to their inbox by signing up for e-Subscribe on the City website. Hard copies will also be available for pick-up at the following locations.

    • H2O Adventure & Fitness Centre (4057 Gordon Drive)
    • Main Library Downtown (1380 Ellis Street)
    • Parkinson Recreation Centre (1800 Parkinson Way)
    • Rutland Arena (645 Dodd Road)
    • Glenmore IGA (11-1940 Kane Road)

    With over 35,000 hours of programming each year, the guide has lots of exciting programs being offered right in your neighbourhood.

    Winter registration starts December 4 at 7:30 a.m. unless noted otherwise below.

    • December 4: General Programs
    • December 6: Aquatics
    • December 7: Leagues (7:30 a.m.)and Programs for persons with a disability (9:30 a.m.)

    To avoid line-ups, we encourage people to set-up their online registration account in advance. Additional program information and registration is available in person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, by phone at 250-469-8800 or online at kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Recycle your old Christmas lights
    Regional District Public Service Announcement
    If you're putting up new LED lights this year, don't throw your old light strings in the garbage. Recycle them by taking them to a recycling depot near you.

    "Last year's Christmas light recycling program alone collected over ten and a half tonnes of light strings, enough to fill a 53 foot semi," says Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator with the Regional District. "That's a huge amount of material that was repurposed into new product, instead of taking up space in our landfill."

    Stewart adds you don't have to remove the bulbs from the strings before recycling, and power cords are also accepted as part of the program, now into its seventh year. "Recycling your old light strings instead of tossing them out is simply good sense, environmentally and financially. By upgrading your lights, you'll be saving energy and money on your electricity bill, as LED (light emitting diode) lights use up to 95 per cent less energy than regular Christmas lights and last at least ten times longer. Plus, LED lights produce very little heat, so they reduce the risk of fire, which is essential for your family's safety."

    Stewart says the strings brought to the depots are picked up by Planet Earth Recycling Ltd, and eventually end up at Davis Trading in Vancouver , where they're baled and exported for processing and the copper is recovered for new use in wiring and plumbing.

    Recycling Depots are located at:


    • Kirschner Depot, 1988 Kirschner Rd, open daily from 8am-6pm
    • Westside Residential Recycling Center, Asquith Rd, open daily from 7:30am-4:00pm
    • Glenmore Landfill, 2105 Glenmore Rd, open daily from 7:30am-4:45pm
    • Planet Earth Recycling Ltd., 2035 Louie Drive, open Monday thru Saturday 8:00am- 4:30pm

    For more information, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.
    Bus stop at KGH to change location
    Interior Health Public Service Announcement
    Please be advised that the southbound bus stop at KGH will be moving effective November 19, 2012 to accommodate construction of the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre.

    Presently, the bus stop is situated south of the main Centennial Building entrance. It will be temporarily relocated to just north of the Centennial Building entrance, on the west side of Pandosy Street, on November 19.

    The new location will be used for approximately 12 - 18 months until a new bus stop is completed near the present location.
    Knox Mountain Drive closes for winter season
    Public Service Announcement
    The road leading to the summit of Knox Mountain Park will be closed to vehicle traffic starting at 9 p.m. today. The park will remain open to pedestrians from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

    Knox Mountain Drive closes from the base parking lot as driving conditions become increasingly hazardous. Due to the winding nature of the road, and snow and ice, the road will remain closed to public vehicles until the spring.

    For more information about Knox Mountain Park and other municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Hartwick Park playground upgrade
    Public Service Announcement
    Access to Hartwick Park will be limited this month as crews remove an existing playground and furnishings and replace them with new equipment, fencing and a park sign.

    This Glenmore neighbourhood park at the corner of Lambert Avenue and Clifton Road will be under construction, weather permitting, throughout November.

    Park users are asked to respect the signs, fences and barriers in the park to ensure their safety and timely completion of the park.

    More information about City of Kelowna parks is available at kelowna.ca/parks.
    Council Highlights
    November 5, 2012
    Water Quality Project

    Council authorized the mayor to write a letter of support the South East Kelowna Irrigation District application for senior government funding for a water quality improvement project. The project was identified as one of the highest priorities in the Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan, a coordinated technical document recently completed by the Kelowna Joint Water Committee.

    Free Downtown Parking

    Free on-street parking downtown was approved by Council for five Saturdays in December. For the 19th year, the City of Kelowna has waived parking charges on December Saturdays at the request of the Downtown Kelowna Association. Posted time limits and all other parking restrictions will still apply to the free parking spots, to allow more customers to take advantage of free parking.
    Remembrance Day parades
    Traffic Advisory
    Roads in downtown Kelowna and Rutland will be temporarily closed for Remembrance Day parades on Sunday, Nov. 11 between 10:15 a.m. and 12 p.m.

    The Royal Canadian Legion Parade downtown will mean the closure of:
  • Mill Street from Queensway Avenue to Bernard Avenue
  • Bernard Avenue from Water Street to Abbott Street
  • Abbott Street from Bernard Avenue to Lawrence Avenue
  • Lawrence Avenue from Abbott Street to Ellis Street
  • Ellis Street from Bernard Avenue to Lawrence Avenue

    The closures on Mill Street, Bernard Avenue and Abbott Street will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. as veterans march to the Cenotaph in Veendam Gardens in City Park. Following the ceremonies, the parade will proceed up Lawrence Avenue to Ellis Street between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. The intersection of Lawrence and Pandosy will be closed to traffic during this time, with the exception of transit buses. Parking will be prohibited along all these routes.

    The Army, Navy, Air Force Veterans Parade in Rutland will involve the closure of:
  • Dougall Road North and South, from McIntosh Road to Gray Road
  • Gray Road, from Dougall Road South to Pemberton Road
  • Pemberton Road, from Gray Road to Lions Park.

    Ceremonies will take place at the Cenotaph in Rutland Lions Park. Expect minor delays as veterans cross at Highway 33 and Dougall Road before and after the ceremony in Lions Park.

    RCMP will provide traffic control for both parades.

    Kelowna Regional Transit employees will also pay their respects with one minute of silence at 11 a.m. All transit drivers will ensure their buses are safely pulled over to the curb and parked during this period.

    The public is reminded City Hall will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 in remembrance. The Glenmore Landfill will be open regular hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and the Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 and 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.

    For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
  • Sprucing up Roxby plaza for holidays
    Public Service Announcement
    Rutland's Roxby Centennial Plaza is looking to sparkle this winter with lights and decorations. The City of Kelowna is asking the public to donate a large evergreen tree to become the focal point at the Plaza but also a gathering place for the community during the holiday season.

    The City's Park Services branch is putting out a call for residents who want to donate a live 30- to 40-foot-tall spruce or fir tree for the plaza's festive display. Anyone interested in donating a tree can leave their name, address and phone number with the Parks Services office at 250-71-PARKS (250-717-2757). Only those with a suitable tree will be contacted.

    For more information about Park Services, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Dilworth water main break being repaired
    Traffic Advisory
    Dilworth Drive will be down to single-lane traffic this morning as city staff are on the scene of what appears to be a broken 12-inch water main on Dilworth Drive between Summit Dr and Glacier Crescent.

    Staff are currently working to determine the exact location and extent of the break

    Motorists can expect delays on Dilworth Drive as repairs are carried out.
    City looking for wood chip drop sites
    Public Service Announcement
    With fall well underway, City crews have ramped-up pruning trees on city streets and have wood chips available to the public.

    The City composts wood chips and other yard waste to make the GlenGrow product used as a top dressing or to improve soil condition. This year, due to a large quantity of wood chips on hand, the City is looking for non-residential drop sites, such as farms and orchards, located within city limits, where property owners can easily access this sustainable product for use on their property.

    Wood chips make great mulch and can be used to improve tree health and keep roots cool, retain moisture in soil, suppress weeds and even increase yields in orchards. They can be use as bedding material for horses and other livestock.

    Drop sites must be within city limits and able to receive a minimum of 15 cubic metres per load. Farmers, landscapers or orchardists interested in receiving wood chips free of charge are asked to contact the City's Park Services office at 250-71-PARKS (250-717-2757).

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Council Highlights
    October 29, 2012
    Electrical Utility AAP

    Council received the results of the Alternate Approval Process (AAP) for the Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity. A total of 91 signatures under the AAP were received, well below the 9,484 signatures (10 per cent of the voting population) required to halt the sale of electrical utility assets to FortisBC. Fortis will now submit an application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission for approval to buy the utility.

    Downtown Parkades AAP

    Results of the Alternative Approval Process related to funding for the downtown parkades were received by Council. This Alternative Approval Process was to seek citizen approval to borrow $15 million to expand the Library parkade and construct a new parkade on the Memorial Arena property. The number of petitioners opposed to the borrowing was 165, or less than 0.2 per cent of electors. This is below the 10 per cent of electors (9,484) needed to defeat the borrowing bylaw, so the project will proceed.

    Parkinson Activity Centre

    Council endorsed a service delivery agreement with the Water Street Senior Centre Society. The new agreement identifies roles and responsibilities for the City and the Society at the new Parkinson Activity Centre. The new agreement sets out the use of shared space in the multi-age facility, along with the space dedicated for the exclusive use of the Society.
    Kasugai Gardens closing for winter
    Public Service Announcement
    Kasugai Gardens will close its doors for the season starting Nov. 1 and is expected to reopen March 1.

    Located off Queensway Avenue, behind City Hall, Kasugai Gardens was completed in 1987 to symbolize the friendship between Kelowna and Kasugai, Japan, which have been sister cities since 1981.

    For more information about Kasugai Gardens and other municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Kelowna Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity
    Council receives electoral assent
    City Council received electoral assent Monday, Oct. 29, for the City to proceed with an agreement to sell its electrical utility assets to FortisBC Inc.

    Electoral assent was granted through an Alternative Approval Process. The number of petitioners opposed to the agreement was 91, or less than .1% of electors. This is below the 10 per cent of electors (9,484 residents) required to halt the process.

    This was the first of many steps required for the City to become a utility investor instead of a utility owner. FortisBC Inc. will now submit an application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) to seek approval for the purchase of the City's electrical utility. BCUC's review of the proposed transfer will include a public process.

    If successful, the proceeds received by the City for its utility assets will be invested in Fortis Inc. to generate long-term returns for City taxpayers equal to or greater than the return the City could earn through continued ownership of the utility. The City's proposed investment in Fortis Inc. will require the approval of the Inspector of Municipalities.

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for detailed project information.
    Air Canada, United Airlines partners on new LAX flights
    Daily United flight to LAX is partnered with Air Canada
    When you board the new daily United Express flight to Los Angeles in December, it will be on UA5583/ AC3940.

    Effective Oct. 25, Air Canada began selling the new LAX service to/from YLW at aircanada.com as an Air Canada flight on a codeshare basis. UA5583/AC3940 departs YLW every day at 8 a.m. arriving at LAX at 10:51 a.m. Leaving LAX every day at 6:40 p.m. arriving in YLW at 9:44 p.m. is UA6248/AC3939. These flights are all operated by United Airlines using a 66-seat Bombardier CRJ700 with business class and extra-legroom economy seating.

    "This will be a benefit to the consumer," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "Both Air Canada and United Airlines will be able to promote the route with Skywest Airlines as the actual operating carrier. Worldwide, consumers will be able to book the flight on either the Air Canada or United Airlines websites (or through a travel agency) as a non-stop flight and continue to collect the mileage points they are used to collecting with either airline. This will allow for seamless connections to many points within the United Airlines system as an Air Canada flight throughout your journey. For example, you can fly from YLW to Albuquerque (ABQ), NM on AC3940 connecting to AC4462 and the airfare is a very competitive single air carrier tariff rate."

    In additional news, the start of the daily service on United Express between LAX and YLW will begin a day earlier than originally planned with flights from LAX to YLW commencing on Dec. 18 and those from YLW to LAX starting on Dec. 19. The new air service on United Express between Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and Los Angeles (LAX) was announced July 10 as daily service. By mid-August the United Express service was increased on Saturdays between January and April with an additional frequency that departs YLW at 5:10 p.m. arriving LAX at 8 p.m. and departing LAX at 1:30 p.m. arriving YLW at 4:34 p.m.

    Next week, WestJet launches its new seasonal YLW to LAX Saturday service on Nov. 3, WS1930 at 4:35 p.m. arriving at 7:30 p.m. that will operate until April 27.

    For more information regarding air service at YLW visit the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca.



    For more information, contact:


    Jenelle Hynes
    Marketing & Media Relations
    Kelowna International Airport
    250-765-5125 ext 207

    Rahsaan Johnson
    Public Relations
    United Airlines
    rahsaan.johnson@united.com
    www.united.com.


    Angela Mah
    Corporate Communications
    Air Canada
    (604) 270-5741
    www.aircanada.com.

    Alternative Approval Process results
    Going to Council Oct. 29
    The Office of the City Clerk validated the results of the Alternate Approval Process for the sale of the Kelowna Electrical Utility assets to FortisBC Inc.

    The number of petitioners opposed to the agreement was 91 or less than .1% of electors. This is below the 10 per cent of electors (9,484 residents) required to halt the process.

    Results of the Alternative Approval Process for the downtown parkades were also validated by the Office of the City Clerk.

    This Alternative Approval Process for a borrowing bylaw of $15 million to be used for an expansion of the Library parkade and construction of a new parkade on the Memorial Arena property received an insufficient number of petitions opposing the project. The number of petitioners opposed to the borrowing was 165 or less than .2% of electors. This is again below the 10 per cent of electors (9,484) needed to defeat the borrowing bylaw.

    Both Alternative Approval Processes concluded at 4 p.m. today.

    City Council will receive a Certificate of Sufficiency for each process on Monday, Oct. 29, during the afternoon Council meeting. The sufficiency reports are available online at kelowna.ca/council.
    Go Paper Free, WIN an iPad!
    Regional District of Central Okanagan News Release.
    Tired of all that paper building up around your home, want to reduce the clutter and get organized? The Regional Waste Reduction Office can help with the launch of a new Paper Free Home campaign, which promotes eliminating unnecessary waste and using less paper. Plus, if you sign up to take the Paper Free Pledge, you could win one of three new Apple iPads being given away in time for Christmas!

    Waste Reduction Supervisor Peter Rotheisler with the Regional District says residents in the Central Okanagan have a great track record when it comes to recycling, but the recycle model still involves generating waste, then having to collect, transport and process it. "Eighty five per cent of the material collected from the curbside recycling program is paper and the net cost of this program to residents in the Central Okanagan is more than two million dollars annually. Recycling is expensive and there's a simple way of significantly reducing these costs by going paper free or reducing the amount of paper you consume."

    The Waste Reduction Office conducted a pilot project in the summer of 2012, where 16 homes from Peachland to Lake Country volunteered to collect all the paper delivered to their home for an entire month, including newspapers, door hangers, flyers and everything in their mail box. At the end of the month the average home had collected 13 pounds of paper, the highest home collecting 25 pounds, the lowest 1.6 pounds. A few of the homes that were already paper free were on average collecting only 2.2 pounds of paper.

    Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says, "Just imagine how much paper could be reduced if every household took even a few steps to become paper free! It can cut down on clutter, help you get organized, even free up more space in your recycling cart. Imagine knowing exactly where your bills are stored without wading through stacks of paper cluttering your coffee table or countertop. Going paper free means you're not handling a mountain of flyers, ads or bills. Reducing your paper also means when it's time to find that permission slip for your child's school or the receipt from that new DVD player you'll be able to find it because it's not lost in a pile of paper clutter!"

    The Paper Free Home campaign features seven easy steps to go paper free. Plus, Stewart says, by completing a pledge to complete at least five of the seven steps, residents can enter to win one of three new Apple iPads being given away by December 15th 2012. "iPads are hugely popular right now, plus the ultimate tool for a paper free home, giving you the ability to read your news online, pay your bills online, and receive your paperless bills and e-statements. They fit perfectly with the push to go paper free!"
    The Seven Steps to Go Paper Free:

    1. Use No Flyers or Junk Mail Stickers or Signs
    2. Remove your name from addressed ad mail lists
    3. Switch to reading news and flyers online
    4. Switch to Electronic Bills, On-line Banking and eStatements. Pay your bills on-line through your bank.
    5. Switch to online Yellow Pages
    6. Reduce paper in your home by opting to read documents on your computer screen and always print double sided (change the default setting on your printer).
    7. Switch your favourite magazine subscription to the digital version. Many magazines have versions that can be read on your computer, lap top, tablet, smart phone or e-reader.

    To find out more about the Paper Free Home campaign, or information about taking the Paper Free Pledge for your chance to win an Apple iPad, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.
    Take Jack Out Back!
    Regional District of Central Okanagan News Release
    When Halloween is over, instead of throwing your jack o lantern in the garbage, consider composting your Halloween pumpkin.

    "Pumpkins are rich in nitrogen, a necessary part of your composter's diet," says Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart.

    "Just chop up your pumpkin into smaller pieces and toss it into your backyard composter with some fall leaves. It will break down nicely to become a nutrient rich soil amendment you can put on your garden or flower beds next spring," says Stewart.

    It's estimated that 25,000, or about nine tonnes of pumpkins will be disposed of this fall. That's a lot of great compost waiting to happen!

    If you don't compost, you can put your pumpkin in your yard waste cart for your next pickup on your regular yard waste collection day. Check your Living Greener Calendar, the My-Waste app, or regionaldistrict.com/recycle for yard waste pickup schedules in your area.

    You can also take your pumpkin to the Glenmore Landfill or the Westside Residential Waste Disposal facility free of charge, along with grass, leaves, pine needles, fruit droppings and prunings up to 20 centimeters (8") in diameter. The free drop-off for yard waste up to 250 kilograms runs year round.

    Check the following links for more information on composting or yard waste collection programs, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

    City’s Monster Bash will get spooky
    Join us on Oct. 28 fun a great family fun day.
    Bring friends and family to the City of Kelowna's annual Family Monster Bash this Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Capital News Centre located at 4105 Gordon Dr.

    With several different games and activities such as obstacle courses, face painting, Halloween-themed stations, cookie decorating and free public skating (1 - 3:30), there will be a little something for everyone to enjoy. Skate rentals will be available from the Capital News Centre.

    This event is in support of the Kelowna Community Food Bank. Non-perishable food donations are welcome. Concession will be open.

    For more information, call the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 250-469-8800 or visit us online at kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Council Highlights
    October 22, 2012
    City Hall Renovations

    Council directed staff to continue with planned renovations of the second and third floors of City Hall and approved an additional $400,000 in funding. These additional funds will come from other budgeted projects that were either complete under budget or will not be completed in 2012. The renovation will create additional workspaces in a more efficient and effective layout. It will also relocate the Office of the City Clerk to the second floor to provide more convenient customer service. Insurance claim funds from the pavilion fire will cover $1.2 million of the $2 million project.

    Snow & Ice Control

    Improved risk management and more clearly defined service levels for snow and ice control were presented to Council. The Council Policy was amended to add minimum levels of service for the Active Transportation Network, pathways, stairs and walkways.
    Sports fields close for winter
    Public Service Announcement
    The City of Kelowna will close all natural turf sports fields Oct. 31 to begin winter maintenance.

    Over the winter, City crews inspect sports fields to determine what repairs are required and perform annual general maintenance. Field closures are necessary and help maintain the quality of turf for the best possible playing conditions once spring arrives.

    City staff appreciates the public's support by staying off all City fields until they are opened in the spring of 2013.

    Residents and sports groups can continue using the City's outdoor artificial turf fields or the indoor fields at the Capital News Centre. Please contact Sport Kelowna at 250-469-8504 for booking information.

    To view the City's sports fields' maintenance schedule, visit kelowna.ca/recreation under Schedules.
    Rutland transit improvements support RapidBus
    Partners celebrate groundbreaking Oct. 20
    Kelowna's Rutland neighbourhood will join the Frequent Transit Network with links to RapidBus service by the end of next year. Construction of a new transit exchange is now underway.

    Kelowna - Lake Country MP Ron Cannan joined Kelowna - Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray and BC Transit vice president of operations and chief operating officer Mike Davis to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Rutland transit exchange.

    The Rutland transit exchange will form a part of the Frequent Transit Network and will provide commuters with direct access to the second phase of the Kelowna RapidBus project once both are completed. The second phase of Kelowna RapidBus is slated to begin in late spring of 2013. The Frequent Transit Network will offer transit riders the convenience of service every fifteen minutes or better during peak hours.

    The Rutland transit exchange is funded in partnership through a $1.4-million contribution from the federal Gas Tax Fund, $2 million from the government of British Columbia and $1.1 million from the City of Kelowna for a total of $4.5 million to complete the exchange.

    Construction of the Rutland exchange is also a part of the City of Kelowna's revitalization program for the area. In addition to an improved exchange in Rutland, other exchanges will be upgraded at Queensway, Okanagan College and Pandosy Village over the next two years.

    Overall, the Phase 2 & 3 RapidBus project will result in four improved exchanges, five new RapidBus stations, branded shelters and real-time passenger information displays.

    In total, the Kelowna RapidBus project - including the Rutland transit exchange - will receive up to $46 million in funding from federal, provincial and local partners.

    Canada's Gas Tax Fund provides stable, annual funding to local governments to help them build and revitalize public infrastructure. In December 2011, the Government of Canada passed legislation to make the Gas Tax Fund a permanent investment of $2 billion per year. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in B.C., in partnership with Canada and British Columbia.

    The government of British Columbia launched the $14-billion Provincial Transit Plan in 2008 with the goal of doubling ridership and reducing greenhouse gases by 4.7 million tonnes cumulatively by 2020. The plan identified nine new RapidBus lines in the high growth urban centres of Kelowna, Victoria and Metro Vancouver.

    Learn more:
    For additional information about investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with web feeds, visit: www.infrastructure.gc.ca

    For information about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit: www.actionplan.gc.ca

    For information on the government of British Columbia, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/Transit_Plan/

    For information on BC Transit, visit: www.bctransit.com/transitfuture/kelrapidbus_latestupdates.cfm

    For information on the City of Kelowna, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects
    Mayor announces Kelowna’s environmental champions
    Awards were presented last night at Okanagan College
    The winners of the City of Kelowna Mayor's Environmental Achievement Awards were presented last night at Okanagan College.

    "I was really impressed with the number of environmental leaders in our community," said Mayor Walter Gray. "There are so many champions for the environment in Kelowna working to maintain the natural beauty of this great city. Our residents really care about the environment."

    This year, the awards were handed out at a casual wine and cheese award ceremony that also served as a networking event for environmental leaders in the community.

    "It was great to see community members and local businesses get together to recognize the great work that is happening in our community to protect our environment," said event coordinator Althea Livingston. "I was impressed by the number of nominees in each category - there is definitely a lot of great work being done here."

    The 2012 award winners in six categories are:

    Most Environmentally Dedicated Group
    Okanagan Greens Society

    Most Environmentally Dedicated Individual (2 winners this year)
    Angela Reid
    Curtis Stone

    Most Environmentally Friendly Commuter
    Curtis Stone

    Most Environmentally Friendly School
    KLO Middle School

    Most Sustainable Development
    Grace Pontes & Architecturally Distinct Solutions

    Most Environmentally Innovative Business
    The Bean Scene


    This is the last year the Mayor's Environmental Achievement Awards will be presented as a stand-alone ceremony. Starting in the spring of 2013, two environmental champion awards will be presented as part of the Civic and Community Awards.

    For more information about the award winners, visit the Mayor's Environmental Achievement Awards page at kelowna.ca/environment.
    Council Highlights
    October 15, 2012
    Weed Control


    Council received information about weed-control practices and directed staff to identify priority areas for weed-control, particularly in high visibility locations. Staff will return with weed control proposals during budget discussions in December.

    Heritage Registry

    Council agreed to a request from the owner of an Abbott Street home to remove it from the City of Kelowna Heritage Registry. The property was once home to Kelowna Sawmill Co. owner Stanley Merriam Simpson. Although the original house was built in 1921, it has had a number of renovations and additions over more than 60 years.
    Park washrooms close for the season
    Public Service Announcement
    The City of Kelowna will be closing park washrooms today to prevent pipes from freezing during the cold winter months.

    Washrooms at Stuart and Gerstmar Parks will remain open all season.

    All washrooms are expected to reopen on April 1, weather permitting.

    For more information about City parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Catch a ride, reduce emissions, win prizes
    Media Advisory
    October 22 to 26 is the Okanagan's sixth annual Carpool Week. So, spice up your lonely commute by squeezing a few co-workers into your car - or leave your car at home and catch a ride with a neighbour.

    "We are encouraging residents of The Central Okanagan to give carpooling a try," says Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Coordinator for the City of Kelowna. "Carpool.ca is funded in part by the City and its partners, to provide a tool to help you find a carpool match."

    Carpool.ca is an initiative that reflects smartTRIPS commitment to providing opportunities for residents to reduce their drive-alone travel. The goal of Carpool Week is to increase commuter awareness of carpooling as a convenient way to save money while reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. "Participants of Carpool Week can win great prizes such as a GPS navigation system, free gas and more," says Kittmer.

    Some residents are taking an extra step and giving up their car completely. "We are really excited to have the Okanagan Car-Share Cooperative developing the Okanagan's first car share program. It's a great alternative for those who occasionally need a car, rather than owning one, or owning that second vehicle that's seldom used," says Kittmer. The Okanagan Car-Share Cooperative is currently under development and will be having a membership launch on Nov. 8.

    For more information on carpooling, or to register for Carpool Week, visit carpool.ca. Additional information about alternative forms of transportation in the Central Okanagan, including carpooling and car sharing can be found at smartTRIPS.ca.
    Firefighters think pink in October
    Public Service Announcement
    The Kelowna Fire Department has teamed up with CIBC to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.

    Firefighters are selling pink T-shirts this month at the fire hall on Enterprise Way. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation T-shirts are also available at the CIBC branch in Orchard Park Shopping Centre.

    The Kelowna Rockets are also on the team, raising awareness with their Pink Power Play game Oct. 20 at Prospera Place, where the $20 T-shirts will also be available for purchase.
    City congratulates Whistler as IRONMAN host
    Mayor thanks community for support
    The City of Kelowna congratulates Whistler on its selection as the host of IRONMAN Canada 2013.

    The World Triathlon Corporation's announcement of the IRONMAN Canada 2013 host city was disappointing to the many people who teamed up to submit Kelowna's bid.

    "We're disappointed, because we feel that the loss of this event that's recognized around the world and was synonymous with the Okanagan," said Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. "It is a sad day for us. However, we congratulate Whistler - it is also a very good venue for the race and we respect the decision making process by the World Triathlon Corporation," said Mayor Gray.

    Mayor Gray also acknowledged the support Kelowna received throughout the process from community members, local businesses, local service clubs, Ministry of Transportation and all levels of government.

    "Regardless of the final decision, we thank those who provided support during the bid process and those who have come forward unsolicited to offer support, services, sponsorship and volunteers," the mayor said.

    Prior to the City submitting its bid on Sept. 24, all levels of government offered the City their support. The District of Lake Country, Westbank First Nation, District of West Kelowna and the City of Vernon also helped the City of Kelowna with its bid. The City of Vernon, which initially submitted its own bid for IRONMAN, offered its support acknowledging the benefit this event would bring to the region.

    "It was great to have the support of the community and our neighbour municipalities on this," said City Manager Ron Mattiussi. "We put together a very strong argument for Kelowna and the Okanagan, but WTC has made its decision and we're pleased the event is still in British Columbia."

    He said the City remains committed to establishing Kelowna as a centre for multi-sport excellence, a leader in active living and home to a number of large-scale athletic events. The City intends to follow through on a volunteer recruitment and retention strategy that will benefit other events in Kelowna.

    YLW welcomes the world to new facility
    Sneak peek of new International Arrivals Hall
    A unique Okanagan ambience will greet passengers arriving at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) when they step into the new International Arrivals Facility.

    "YLW is ready to welcome the world to the Okanagan," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "Passengers stepping off their flight will witness a rammed earth wall depicting the colours of the Okanagan; the grizzly bear holding the names of every community in the region and the open glass windows framing the Okanagan mountains."

    As Phase 1 of Kelowna International Airport's Drive to 1.6 Million Passenger Development Program nears completion, dignitaries, invited guests and the airport community were given a sneak peek of the new International Arrivals Hall. The new facility adds more than 600 square metres to the existing Air Terminal Building and will have the capacity to process 250 passengers per hour.

    "Over the years, with increased passenger numbers, larger aircraft and more international flights serving YLW, the international arrivals area exceeded capacity from when it was originally built in 1992 with a number of successive expansions," says Samaddar. "In the original facility, international arriving passengers had to line up outside while waiting to retrieve their baggage."

    The new facility will streamline the passenger processing experience by allowing the traveller to complete the Customs processing prior to retrieving their baggage, resulting in a more efficient customs experience.

    Currently at 1.4 million passengers, YLW passenger forecast is expected to reach 1.6 million passengers by 2015. To accommodate this growth and meet the region's increasing demands for air service, Kelowna City Council approved the airport's Drive to 1.6 Million Passengers Development Program budgeted at $50.5 million in 2009. The cost for this development program will be paid for through the Airport Improvement Fees (AIF) and each phase of the construction projects are triggered by passenger traffic demand.

    Testing of the International Arrivals Hall will commence on international inbound passengers for selected flights next week and it is expected to be fully operational in November as the seasonal winter schedule begins. Flights from Mexico, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, in addition to the year-round service from Seattle and Los Angeles (commencing Dec. 19), will all be processed through this new facility.

    YLW offers 64 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, WestJet and United Airlines in addition to charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing Vacations.
    Open House at Rutland Seniors Centre
    Join us on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Whether you are new to the area or just haven't had a chance to stop by yet, now's the time to check out the Rutland Seniors Centre.

    "We've been offering programs, activities and a place for seniors to socialize here for a number of years," said Louise Roberts-Taylor, Community & Neighbourhood Programs Manager. "It's a friendly and fun place for those 50 years and better along with other members of the community to come together to enjoy recreation and educational opportunities."

    The City of Kelowna's Recreation and Cultural Services department and the Rutland Seniors' Society will host a public open house Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rutland Seniors Centre, 765 Dodd Rd.

    The community is invited to attend the open house and learn about the recreational programs available for seniors and the general public. The day will include demonstrations, displays, program information and art and quilter show. Visitors will also enjoy music from the Old Time Fiddlers and refreshments served by the non-profit Rutland Seniors' Society.

    The Rutland Seniors Centre is a multi-aged recreational facility with approximately 890 members. It offers about 35 programs every week including dancing, painting, table tennis, quilting, bridge, badminton, carpet bowling, pickelball, cribbage, billiards, bingo, yoga and fitness classes.

    For more information on the programs offered through the Rutland Seniors Centre, visit kelowna.ca/recreation .
    Free street parking downtown Saturday
    On-street parking charges waived, Saturday, Oct. 13
    The City of Kelowna is supporting the Downtown Kelowna Association Small Shop Saturday initiative by waiving on-street parking charges Saturday, Oct. 13.

    However, shoppers are reminded that posted time restrictions remain in effect. Vehicles can park for free, but posted time limits remain in effect so that convenient parking spaces are turned over for new customers.

    This is the third Small Shop Saturdays organized by the DKA this year to encourage residents to check out what's new downtown, or come visit some long-time favourites.
    Ellis Street intersection at Bernard Avenue to reopen
    Traffic Advisory
    The Ellis Street intersection at Bernard Avenue - including the section from Ellis to just west of St. Paul Street - will reopen to motorists and for parking on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m.

    The utility replacement for the first phase of the Bernard Avenue Revitalization is now complete with sidewalks and landscaping works to continue. Minor traffic interruptions are still expected in this section from Ellis to St. Paul streets to accommodate water tie-ins. Final streetscaping treatments from St. Paul to Ellis will be scheduled as part of Phase 3 which will begin next fall.

    Remaining works include installation of lighting, sidewalks and landscaping from St. Paul to Richter streets and are expected to be completed early December.

    The truck route will be reinstated on Ellis Street as normal.

    Access to businesses, walkways and sidewalks is a priority. Pedestrian crossings at St. Paul and Richter streets are permitted when safe and traffic personnel are present to assist.

    All transit routes into and out of the Queensway transit station will continue as usual, with minor downtown routing adjustments. Visit bctransit.com/regions/kel for schedule.

    The City of Kelowna thanks residents, businesses and motorists for their patience while construction is taking place.

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects to see the complete phasing and learn more about the project.
    Fire Prevention Week: sound the alarm!
    Fire Prevention Week runs from October 7 to 13
    Installed home smoke detectors are required by law in British Columbia, but every year injuries or deaths occur because alarms were not working.

    During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, the Kelowna Fire Department reminds everyone to take some time to review or establish a plan for what to do if there's a fire in the home.

    "It's not a new message, but smoke alarms are essential to a home fire prevention plan," says Kelowna Fire Department Fire Prevention Officer Greg Daft. "This year, we want everyone to ensure they have smoke alarms in their home and that they have an escape plan in case there's a fire."

    "Have 2 Ways Out" is a theme for Fire Prevention Week across Canada this year.

    A home fire escape plan prepares anyone caught in an emergency to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. It's important to have two ways out of the house in case the first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames.

    Nearly all deaths caused by fires in the home could have been prevented by taking a few simple precautions, such as having working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan that includes two ways out of the home.

    "This is a good time of year to review keeping your home and family safe by developing an escape plan, practicing it and equipping homes with life-saving technologies like smoke alarms and home fire extinguishers."

    To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, visit the National Fire Prevention Association's website at nfpa.org.
    Knox Mountain trail gets new amenities
    Public Service Announcement
    The Apex Trail between the upper Apex Lookout and the lower Crown Lookout on Knox Mountain will be under construction between Tuesday, Oct. 9 and Friday, Nov. 16.

    Crews will be installing new steps, signage and rail fencing in addition to conducting other trail work. Potential hazards to hikers and cyclists during that time will include debris and rock fall.

    To ensure the safety of all, visitors to the park are asked to obey signs posted along the trail and follow instructions of workers.

    This work is part of the City's Knox Mountain Management Plan's front face restoration project.
    Road closures and transit impacts for the BMO Okanagan Marathon
    Traffic Advisory
    On Sunday, Oct. 7, various complete and partial road closures for the 2012 BMO Okanagan Marathon will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Marathon road race will affect vehicle traffic in the following areas.

    North End (North of Highway 97)


    • Abbott Street from Leon Avenue closed to traffic (6:30 to 8:45 a.m.)
    • Bernard Avenue from Abbott Street to Water Street closed to traffic (6:30 to 8:45 a.m.)
    • Water Street from Bernard Avenue to Clement Avenue closed to traffic (6 30 to 8:45 a.m.)
    • Sunset Drive from Clement Avenue to Recreation Avenue closed to all but local traffic (6:30 to 8:45 a.m.)
    • Manhattan Drive and Recreation Avenue between Sunset Drive and Richter Street closed to traffic (6:30 a.m.to noon)
    • Richter Street from Cambridge Avenue and Clement Avenue open to southbound traffic only (6:30 a.m. to noon)
    • Ellis Street from Clement Avenue to Broadway Avenue open to northbound traffic only (6:30 a.m. to noon)
    • Trench Place, Ethel Street, Bay Avenue and Jones Street open to local traffic only
    • Manhattan Drive and Guy Street open to local traffic only in a clockwise pattern; enter and exit at Bay Avenue only (6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)


    South end (South of Highway 97)

    • No access to Abbott Street at Lake Avenue or Vimy Avenue. All traffic from Lake Avenue, McTavish Avenue, McDougall Street and Vimy Avenue must exit at Beach Avenue and Abbott Street (7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
    • Abbott Street from Lake Avenue to Cedar Avenue open to northbound traffic only (7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
    • Glenwood Avenue from Abbott Street to Ethel Street open to local traffic only; expect delays where participants cross Pandosy Street and Richter Street intersections (8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.)
    • Raymer Avenue from Richter Street to Gordon Drive open to local traffic only
    • KLO Road at Campus Road East participants crossing; expect delays (8 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.)
    • No left turn allowed from KLO Road to Casorso Road. No southbound traffic allowed on Casorso Road from KLO Road to Lanfranco Road (8 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.)
    • Casorso Road from Barrera Road and KLO Road open to local traffic only
    • Scott Road, Landie Road, Patsy Road, Moberly Road and Swordy Road local traffic can exit via Lakeshore Road and enter via Casorso Road (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
    • Lakeshore Road at Swordy Road, participants will be crossing; expect delays (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
    • Watt Road, Walnut Road and Meikle Avenue closed to southbound traffic; northbound traffic enter from Watt Road only (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
    • Northbound Mission area traffic should consider avoiding Lakeshore Road north of Cook Road and should use Gordon Drive instead.


    Motorists must observe all traffic controls advising of the road closures and watch for participants along the route. Transit service may be affected for the #1, #2, #4, #8, and #12 routes. For further information on bus schedules during the event, visit bctransit.com/regions/kel or contact 250-860-8121.

    Yield to participants running on pathways in City Park, Waterfront Park and Gyro Park.

    For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Priest Creek trail re-opens
    Public Service Announcement
    The City of Kelowna's Park Services department has re-opened the Priest Creek trail at Balldock Road.

    The trail was closed in May due to fallen creek banks and trees, and uneven surfaces resulting from late spring heavy rain falls.

    As winter approaches, rain and snow will hit the Okanagan and residents are asked to continue using caution along all trails that line a creek, as the banks can become extremely saturated.

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Flags lowered to honour ‘Canada’s Sweetheart’
    Honouring Barbara Anne Scott, one of the first recipients of the Freedom of the City
    The City of Kelowna will half-mast flags at City Hall Friday to honour Barbara Anne Scott, one of the first recipients of the Freedom of the City.

    Scott died Sunday at the age of 84 at her home in Florida. Her funeral is Friday.

    Barbara Ann Scott won the World Figure Skating Championship in 1947 at the age of 18. She repeated as champion in 1948 and went on to win the European title and the Olympic Gold medal that year.

    "I think the city - like the rest of Canada - just fell in love with her because of her charm, grace and talent," said Mayor Walter Gray. "I had a long-distance friendship over the years with Barbara and her husband Tom King, keeping in touch with letters and Christmas cards. So, I was saddened by the news of her passing, and lowering the flags is a good way for Kelowna to say goodbye to a beloved Canadian who made such an impression on our city."
    Scott performed in Kelowna in October 1949 with the ‘Skating Sensation of 1950' ice show for the opening of the Memorial Arena. After that performance, she was made a Freeman of the City, an honorary member of the Kelowna Jaycees and was presented with a gold brooch after her skating performance.




    The Freedom of the City is the highest accolade conferred by the City of Kelowna. Information about other recipients and the award's history are available at kelowna.ca
    Bear spotted at Parkinson Recreation Centre
    Public Service Announcement
    The City of Kelowna is warning residents and Parkinson Recreation Centre users of a recent bear sighting on the park's grounds.

    "Although bears are rare in urban areas, it is not impossible for one to get lost or venture into the city as it looks for food at this time of year," says Lori Angus, Administration & Finance Manager. "City staff have notified local conservation officers and are asking customers and neighbours to be cautious."

    People should respect all bears and anticipate and avoid encounters with them whenever possible. Bears can be aggressive, especially when defending their food or their cubs. When encountering a bear, reduce potential conflicts by staying well away from the animal. When possible travel as a group and make noise or carry something that makes noise such as a bell, keys or whistle.

    Residents are asked to please notify either the Conservation Office at 1-877-356-2029 or the RCMP at 250-762-3300 if they see a bear (911 should be used in the case of an emergency only). If during working hours, please notify staff at the Parkinson Recreation Centre.

    Bear information links and safety tips:

    British Columbia Parks Bear Safety

    British Columbia Conservation Foundation Bear Aware program

    Ministry of Environment Bear Smart program

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/recreation
    Award-winning wines on display at YLW
    2012 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines
    Coinciding with the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, Kelowna International Airport (YLW) will showcase the 2012 Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines by having them on display in the airport's Departure area.

    "We are pleased to help celebrate B.C. wines," says Jenelle Hynes, YLW spokesperson. "With our own VQA wine shop in Departures this was a great tie-in to bring in the Lieutenant Governor's award-winning wines and display them at YLW. Now, as our guests fly from our airport they will have one more opportunity to view some of the best wines made in our region."

    As the representative of the Crown in British Columbia, the Lieutenant Governor is responsible for upholding the constitutional framework of the Province, for celebrating, inspiring and connecting British Columbians and for profiling excellence and promoting the history, culture and achievements of the British Columbia and its people.

    In 2003, the Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines were established by then-Lieutenant Governor Iona Campagnolo to recognize and honour excellence in the province's growing wine industry.

    To be eligible for the competition, wines must be made from 100 per cent grapes grown and processed within British Columbia. Wineries may enter up to four wines in the competition. A tasting panel of distinguished wine judges and critics selects eight to 12 wines that, in their view, have achieved "excellence."

    As the competition has evolved, the judges have noted the growing overall quality of B.C. wines and the selection has become more difficult. The Lieutenant Governor visits the winning wineries and personally presents the awards each summer.

    These awards are supported and administered by the Government House Foundation, who provides funding for the Lieutenant Governor's programs and awards.

  • 2012 Winners of the Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines


  • Council Highlights
    October 1, 2012
    City Park Development

    Council approved $40,000 for a public consultation process and creation of a City Park Concept Development Plan. A new park amenity building with a Visitor Information Centre, along with park amenities such as expanded play facilities for children, are expected to be included in the development plan. Facilities are needed since the park pavilion was destroyed by fire in 2011 and to support the redevelopment of the overall downtown. The timing of the planning process will integrate with other nearby public projects along the downtown waterfront including Bernard Avenue Streetscape and Kerry Park revitalization.

    Transit Advertising Contract

    Council approved renewal of the Kelowna Transit shelter and bench advertising contract for a second five year term. The City will receive a minimum of $120,000 from Pattison Outdoor Advertising over the term of the contract, with the potential to receive additional revenues based on sales performance.

    Okanagan Car Share Co-op

    Council authorized staff to facilitate a Business Plan Development grant of $6,500 from Enterprising Non Profits organization to the Okanagan Car Share Co-op. The car sharing cooperative wants to create a sustainable network of quality cars that are shared by residents, businesses, local governments and academic institutions.

    Rotary Centre Agreement

    Council authorized a new 10-year Lease and Operating Agreement between the City and the Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society.
    Road closures on McKinley Road for safety upgrades
    Traffic Advisory
    Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3, traffic on McKinley Road adjacent to the reservoir will experience intermittent road closures until mid-October.

    Small, controlled rock blasting will take place during these times to widen the road and provide safety upgrades. Road closures will be in effect twice daily, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    The project improvements include increasing the curve from 40 metre radius to 60 metre radius, straightening and adding a larger curve at the start of the reservoir, widening travel lanes to 3.5 metres with a one-metre shoulder and on the reservoir side adding precast concrete barriers on the reservoir side of the road.

    The $458,000 project was awarded to OK Excavating; Stantec is the administrative consultant.

    The project is scheduled for completion at the end of November.

    Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for the most up to date road construction and potential delays.
    Pilot Bird-banding Program Underway
    Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program News Release
    The Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program is launching a pilot bird-banding program after receiving a grant from the Western Canadian Turfgrass Association. The Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program, which has been working with communities in the Okanagan to manage resident non-migratory Canada geese for the past six years, will use the data complied through the pilot program to better understand the local movement and nesting patterns of geese. The data will also contribute to understanding population size and survival.

    Bird-banding is the practice of applying unique markers (bands) to the legs of birds. When a marked bird is observed by a birdwatcher or recovered by a hunter, data on age, survival, habitat use and migratory patterns can be retrieved and analyzed.

    "Bird-banding is a new and exciting part of the Goose Management Program," says Kate Hagmeier, coordinator of the Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program. "This pilot provides us with a unique opportunity to come in contact with the birds, without harming them. We are very excited to collect the data from the bands and find answers to questions such as what extent do birds mix up and down the valley and where do specific birds nest."

    In June, Hagmeier and her team, which included Pete Wise of Wise Wildlife Control and Dennis Ingram of LaHawk Enterprises, received a permit from Environment Canada to capture geese and apply the bands during their flightless period. Using kayaks, geese on the water were coaxed to shore and into temporary corrals. Each bird was weighed, sexed, banded and then released.
    Two leg bands were applied to each goose. A standard U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Environment Canada metal band was applied to the right leg. This band is engraved with a unique numeric code to help researches track and identify each bird. A coloured plastic leg band was applied to the left to identify the region the goose was captured in (red bands denote South Okanagan Geese, green bands denote Central Okanagan Geese and white bands denote North Okanagan). The bright colour also allows researchers and birdwatchers to easily observe the geese from a distance.
    During the fall, resident geese begin their annual movements up and down the valley. Our region may also see a temporary increase in goose numbers over the next few months as migratory geese that nested in northern Canada move through the valley en route to southern wintering grounds.



    Residents who spot banded geese are asked to fill out the "Report-a-Band" form on okanagangooseplan.com or call 1-877-943-3209. Additionally, if the code on the metal band is visible, it can be reported to the National Bird Banding Office at 1-800-327-BAND (2263) or reportband.gov
    The Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program is a partnership between the City of Kelowna, Central Okanagan Regional District, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, District of West Kelowna, City of Vernon, City of Penticton, Town of Lake Country, Town of Osoyoos, Town of Oliver, District of Peachland, District of Summerland and Glenmore Ellison Irrigation District.
    Workshops planned for arts and culture grants
    For non-profit organizations interested in applying for grants
    The City of Kelowna's Cultural Services Branch will host information workshops Oct. 10 and 11 at the Laurel Packinghouse. The workshops are for non-profit organizations interested in applying for Arts & Culture Operating, Project and Community Public Art grants.

    "These grants are designed to promote and support the work of organizations in our community, work that contributes to our quality of life and sense of identity," says Sandra Kochan, City of Kelowna Cultural Services Manager. "We strongly encourage all potential applicants to attend workshops as we discuss the application requirements, decision process and changes to forms and guidelines."

    To make the information sessions tailored and accessible to interested groups, two distinct workshops will be held each day: a Project and Operating grants workshop and a Community Public Art grants workshop.

    Wednesday, October 10
    1 - 4 p.m. Project & Operating Grant workshop (barcode 126577)

    5 - 7 p.m. Community Public Art Grant workshop (barcode 126579)

    Thursday, October 11
    2 - 4 p.m. Community Public Art Grant workshop (barcode 126580)

    5 - 8 p.m. Project & Operating Grant workshop (barcode 126578)

    New for this year, workshop participants will be able to register through the Parkinson Recreation Centre by calling 250-469-8800 or, if they have an existing account and pin number, by visiting kelowna.ca/recreation using the above barcode numbers.

    Guidelines and applications for all three programs will be available after the workshops at kelowna.ca/culture, or by contacting Caroline Ivey, Cultural Services Coordinator at civey@kelowna.ca or at 250 469-8474.

    The City demonstrates its leadership in cultural development by offering direct grants to dozens of local non-profit organizations and ensures a fair process through independent review of applications.

    The grant application deadline is Dec. 7, 2012.

    The Laurel Packinghouse is located at 1304 Ellis Street.
    Open house for downtown parkades
    Residents can learn more about the parkade proposals
    The City of Kelowna will host an open house where residents can learn more about the proposal for an expansion of the Library parkade and the construction of a new parkade on the Memorial Arena property.

    The open house will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Residents will have the opportunity to view information panels and discuss the project with City staff.

    The City and Interior Health are working together to move a number of Interior Health's community services and programs onto Doyle Avenue. The project encourages the development of the downtown area with higher density land use and upgrades for better, safer parking. Bringing nearly 1,000 jobs into the area will also stimulate business, public transit and housing. The parkades will accommodate the development and provide more weekend and evening parking for the public.
    The City has initiated an alternative approval process to ask elector approval for a borrowing bylaw of approximately $15 million for the parkades. Project revenues will offset this borrowing so there is no expected impact on City of Kelowna taxes. The alternative approval process closes Oct. 26.

    For more information about this downtown revitalization project, the parkades and the alternative approval process, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.
    Dancing and Culture Caching in Kelowna
    Take part in the Culture Days activities this weekend
    On Saturday, Sept. 29, as part of the Culture Days celebrations, the City will host two events that give residents a chance to experience Kelowna's cultural scene and showcase their creative side.

    Culture Caching
    Whether it is your first time or you are an experienced treasure hunter, this free event will guarantee you some fun. Culture Caching will send you on a scavenger hunt in search of more than 20 "culture caches" using a GPS receiver or a Smartphone to document your finds. You will be eligible to win great prizes, including theatre and performance tickets, gift certificates as well as guest passes to the Parkinson Recreation Centre and H2O Fitness and Adventure Centre. The event runs throughout the Cultural District from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To participate, you can download the instruction sheet online at kelowna.ca/culture.

    Participants can document their experiences and "finds" online by uploading photos and videos to the City's Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofkelowna or by emailing at culture@kelowna.ca .

    Dancing in the Park at Stuart Park
    Come out for an afternoon of dancing in the park as we bring back one of the summer's favorite programs and take you dancing around the world. Learn traditional dance steps from qualified instructors in different cultural styles. Each instructor will present a 20-minute lesson in a different style, with time at the end to enjoy your own freestyle interpretation. No need for a partner. Come alone or grab a friend and come get your cultural groove on. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at Stuart Park.

    Culture Days is a collaborative coast-to-coast-to-coast volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Artists, organizations and community groups in Kelowna will be hosting free, participatory arts and culture activities during the Culture Days weekend, and you are invited.

    For more information on these events and Culture in Kelowna, visit kelowna.ca/culture .
    Run for the Cure pedestrian advisory
    Traffic Advisory
    On Sunday, Sept. 30, more than 3,000 participants will take part in the Run for the Cure between 10 and 11 a.m. beginning and ending at City Park.

    Traffic control personnel will be visible along the downtown route.

    Motorists may experience short delays at the following pedestrian crossings: Water Street at Queensway, mid-block crossings on Doyle Avenue, Cawston Avenue and Water Street at Sunset Drive.

    On-street parking will be temporarily restricted from 6 a.m. until noon for the following streets:

    Abbott Street - Two stalls on the west side between the City Park entrance and the Rose Garden to accommodate a loading zone

    Queensway Avenue - North side between Water Street and Pandosy Street to accommodate a wider walkway for participants (parking stalls will be coned to manage the corridor)

    Doyle Avenue - South side from the City Hall parking lot to the Library Parkade Driveway to accommodate a wider walkway for participants (parking stalls will be coned to manage the corridor)

    Visit runforthecure.com for additional information.

    For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity
    City to host two open houses
    The City of Kelowna will host two open houses for City of Kelowna electrical utility customers and Kelowna residents to learn more about the Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity and what it means for them.

    The two identical open houses will be held at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at 1655 Powick Road on Tuesday, September 25 and Thursday, September 27 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. A presentation will be given at 5 p.m. on both nights; however, the same information will be available at any time during the open houses.

    Representatives of FortisBC and the City of Kelowna will be on hand to explain the Opportunity and answer questions about the restructuring.

    The Restructuring Opportunity proposes to shift the City from its current status as electrical utility owner to electrical utility investor. The Opportunity will result in the City transferring its electrical utility assets to FortisBC for a negotiated sale price of $55 million, then using the proceeds to purchase, with the approval of the Inspector of Municipalities, common shares in Fortis Inc. (FortisBC's parent company). If necessary or desirable, the City may use some of the proceeds to purchase other, municipally-eligible investments.

    The proposed transfer of the City's utility assets to FortisBC requires the approval of Kelowna's electors; therefore, the City will seek elector approval using the alternative approval process, the terms of which are set out in British Columbia's Community Charter. Voters have until October 26 to register any opposition to the proposed sale.

    For more information on the Opportunity, alternative approval process, third-party review and to review some frequently asked questions, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.
    Experience Culture Days in Kelowna
    Celebrate National Culture Days from Sept. 28 to 30.
    The City of Kelowna, along with local organizations, community groups and artists, will be joining other cities across Canada to celebrate National Culture Days, Sept. 28 to 30.

    "We are so pleased to take part in the Culture Days again this year," says Sandra Kochan, Cultural Services Manager. "Culture Days is a great initiative that encourages people to explore new experiences and make a personal connection with arts and culture in our city."

    Residents are encouraged to create, participate and celebrate culture through some of these exciting local events scheduled to be held at various locations that weekend.

    Friday, September 28

    • Cultural Walk - Downtown Kelowna Association 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Alive with our History - Kelowna Museum 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Storytime - Okanagan Regional Library 11 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Open Rehearsal Studio - Ballet Kelowna 12 - 1 p.m.


    Saturday, September 29

    • Culture Caching in Kelowna's Cultural District - City of Kelowna 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Kids Art Activity & Behind-the-Scenes Vault Tour - Kelowna Art Gallery 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Dancing Around the World at Stuart Park - City of Kelowna 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.


    Sunday, September 30

    • Traditional Chinese Dance Classes - Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association (Rotary Centre for the Arts) 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    • "Last Will & Testament" Theatre Performance - Mixed Parallels Performance Co (Rotary Centre for the Arts) 2 - 3 p.m.
    • "Frequent Return to Nothing" Dance/Theatre Performance -Mixed Parallels Performance Co. (Rotary Centre for the Arts) 4 - 5 p.m.


    Plan your Culture Days weekend by visiting culturedays.ca.

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/culture.
    Council Highlights
    September 20, 2012
    Ironman Canada bid

    Council gave approval for staff to submit a proposal to host Ironman Canada. Kelowna's bid will be submitted to the World Triathlon Corporation on Sept. 24. Kelowna is an active community that hosts more than 100 events annually. The City's objective is to link the Apple Triathlon and Ironman Canada and other events to create a celebration of sport and culture that strengthens Kelowna's position as a leader in active living.

    Parkade borrowing Bylaw

    City Council initiated an alternative approval process for a $15-million borrowing bylaw. The process seeks Kelowna electors' approval to borrow the funds needed to expand the library parkade and build a new parkade on the Memorial Arena property at the corner of Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street. The proposed parkades will accommodate staff parking needs for the new Interior Health development and provide more evening and weekend parking for the public. For more information about the project and the alternative approval process, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

    Electrical Utility Opportunity

    City Council approved the Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity between the City and FortisBC Inc. Council also initiated an alternative approval process to seek the approval of Kelowna's electors for the Agreement. More detail on the initiative is available at Kelowna.ca/cityprojects.
    New parkades proposed for downtown
    City Open House Oct. 3
    City Council initiated an alternative approval process on Monday for a $15-million borrowing bylaw.

    The process seeks Kelowna electors' approval to borrow the funds needed to expand the library parkade and build a new parkade on the Memorial Arena property at the corner of Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street.

    "The City recognizes that a unique, thriving and livable downtown is strategically important to Kelowna's overall prosperity and success - a notion that is supported in both the Official Community Plan and the Downtown Plan," said Doug Gilchrist, Acting Corporate Sustainability General Manager for the City of Kelowna.

    To encourage downtown development, the City is working with Interior Health Authority to move a number of Interior Health's community services and programs to Doyle Avenue. The project will help revitalize the downtown area with higher density land use and upgrades for better, safer parking. Bringing nearly 1,000 jobs into the downtown will also stimulate business, public transit and housing.

    The proposed parkades will accommodate staff parking needs for the new Interior Health development and provide more evening and weekend parking for the public.

    Under the alternative approval process, municipal voters will be given 30 days, closing Oct. 26, to object to the borrowing. The project will proceed if fewer than 10 per cent of electors object.

    "If the alternative approval process is successful, funds will be borrowed through the Municipal Finance Authority and will be paid back over a 30-year term," said Gilchrist. "There is no expected impact on City of Kelowna taxes, since the project revenues will offset the amount we'll need to borrow."

    Residents will have the opportunity to find out more, view project panels, ask questions and discuss the project with City staff at an open house on:

    Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012
    4 - 7 p.m.
    City Hall Council Chambers
    1435 Water Street

    For more information about the project and the alternative approval process, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

    Firefighters support Muscular Dystrophy drive
    Public Service Announcement
    Members of the Kelowna Fire Department will tour through all the pubs in town Friday, Sept. 21, to collect donations and raise awareness for the annual Muscular Dystrophy Boot Drive.

    Professional firefighters will also gather at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Kelowna Fire Department, Station No.1, 2255 Enterprise Way, for a news conference/photo opportunity about this year's Muscular Dystrophy Boot Drive on Sept. 22.

    On Saturday, Sept. 22, Kelowna Fire Department members will be at Costco, Mission Park, Wal-Mart, Superstore, London Drugs and Turner Volkswagen to collect donations.

    The boot drive is an annual event to raise funds for and awareness of Muscular Dystrophy. Muscular Dystrophy Canada is the umbrella group that covers more than 100 neuromuscular disorders that affect more than 50,000 Canadians. Firefighters have been in partnership with this charity for more than 50 years.
    Council approves Ironman bid effort
    Will submit Ironman Canada Request for Proposals
    At an in-camera meeting this morning, Council gave approval for staff to submit a proposal to host Ironman Canada. Kelowna's bid will be submitted to the World Triathlon Corporation on Sept. 24, 2012.

    "Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley is well positioned to host this event," says Mayor Walter Gray. "We have a long and rich history as the hub of triathlon in Canada. The Apple Triathlon, the premier Olympic distance triathlon in Canada, combined with Ironman Canada will strongly establish Kelowna as the centre for multi-sport excellence. We have a world-class outdoor venue, a committed community and easy access with Kelowna International Airport. Ironman Canada is synonymous with the Okanagan Valley and we want to see that continue."

    City Council believes hosting Ironman Canada would create long lasting legacies for the community and its citizens by building on our existing active living infrastructure and culture by creating a multi-sport centre of excellence. In addition, a volunteer recruitment and retention strategy will be developed benefitting events in Kelowna.

    Kelowna is an active community that hosts more than 100 events annually. The City's objective is to link the Apple Triathlon and Ironman Canada and other events to create a celebration of sport and culture that strengthens Kelowna's position as a leader in active living.

    The World Triathlon Corporation has an established track record for hosting successful Ironman competitions around the world which have significant economic impacts in the areas where they are hosted.

    A statistically valid survey conducted in Kelowna earlier this month indicated strong community support for hosting the event. More than 95 per cent of respondents have heard of Ironman Canada and, of those, 72 per cent stated they favour the City of Kelowna bidding on the opportunity to host Ironman Canada.

    The World Triathlon Corporation is expected to announce its decision on the successful proponent on Oct. 10, 2012. It's a competitive process and the City of Kelowna will not discuss specific details of the bid until after a decision is made by the World Triathlon Corporation.

    Theatre remembers opening night, 1962
    Golden Anniversary Showcase celebrated milestone
    Exactly 50 years after the Kelowna Community Theatre first opened its doors, local artists, community organizations and residents came together at a special Golden Anniversary Showcase to celebrate this milestone and honour those who contributed to the theatre's expansion and success.

    "From the very start, the Kelowna Community Theatre has been a home for the performing arts and a place where the community comes together," says Sandra Kochan, Cultural Services Manager. "Over the span of five decades, the presence of this cultural hub has helped launch arts careers and has provided entertainment to several generations of patrons. It's amazing to think about how many people have passed through the theatre doors over that time."

    The Showcase, hosted by Robert Fine, featured classic and contemporary performances by Ballet Kelowna, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, the Theatre Kelowna Society, Wentworth Music, Dance City Academy, the Kelowna City Band and local jazz singer Anna Jacyszyn. Soprano Alexandra Babbel also reprised some of the songs performed by opera star Teresa Stratas on opening night, September 13, 1962.

    On that evening 50 years ago, a ceremonial fanfare by the Kelowna City Band welcomed guests to the official opening ceremony, where D. A. Chapman, Chairman of the Community Theatre Committee, presented the key to Mayor R.F. Parkinson. Back then, the theatre had no formal seating and guests sat on lawn chairs or blankets during performances. Today, it is one of the busiest theatres in British Columbia, with more than 450 performances each year.

    "I am very excited to launch our 50th anniversary season," said Theatre Manager Randy Zahara. "For 50 years, we've been bringing Kelowna residents, visitors and artists together and producing wonderful masterpieces on our stage. This season, we are happy to present the work of amazing and influential artists like Fernando Varela, Michelle Wright, and Sarah Slean. We've also got some annual favourites like Ballet Kelowna's Christmas production of The Nutcracker. It's going to be an unforgettable year for the theatre."

    A Facebook event page dedicated to the theatre's 50th anniversary has been created. Kelowna residents past and present are invited to share their stories about the theatre. Stories, photographs and other theatre memorabilia can also be sent directly to the Kelowna Community Theatre located at 1375 Water Street or can be emailed to rzahara@kelowna.ca

    Visit kelowna.ca/theatre for more information or to sign up for theatre events listings delivered directly to your email inbox through the theatre's e-Subscribe service.
    Kelowna Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity
    Council to consider agreement between City and FortisBC
    On Monday, Sept. 17, City Council will consider the Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity's Asset Purchase Agreement between the City and FortisBC Inc. Council will also consider initiating the alternative approval process to seek the approval of Kelowna's electors for the Agreement.

    The Asset Purchase Agreement is a legal document that, if approved, will pave the way for the City to implement the Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity (the "Opportunity"). The Opportunity is an initiative that will shift the City from its current role as electrical utility owner to a new role as electrical utility investor. The Opportunity will result in the City:


    • transferring its electrical utility assets to FortisBC for $55 million
    • using the proceeds from the transfer to purchase shares in FortisBC's parent company, Fortis Inc., subject to Inspector of Municipalities approval

    The Opportunity was developed through a lengthy process that began with the recognition that the City's existing electrical utility business model is not sustainable. Financial returns to taxpayers under this model — currently measuring $2.1 million per year — are vulnerable to different pressures, in particular:

    • changes in the wholesale price of electricity that the City must acquire
    • future capital spending on system infrastructure
    • increases in operating and maintenance costs for the facility

    The transfer of the City's electrical assets to FortisBC, combined with an investment of the $55 million in proceeds in Fortis Inc. shares, will provide taxpayers with long-term, annual returns that are expected to meet or exceed the earnings possible under the City model. The need for such returns has been a driving principle for Council since the outset of discussions on the future of the system.

    The City had initially anticipated investing its proceeds in FortisBC debt (i.e., bonds) — this intention was communicated in a July 23 report to Council on the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the parties. In recent months, however, the City revisited this intention and determined that an investment in Fortis Inc. common shares represented the preferred investment option. A purchase of $55 million of Fortis Inc. common shares offers the potential to generate returns that increase over time in tandem with increases in share value, and the accompanying increases in the growth rate of dividend payments.

    "Using conservative estimates, the investment of the City's proceeds in Fortis Inc. shares would be expected to generate annual earnings for taxpayers that would increase from $2.1 million to $4.5 million over 30 years," explained John Vos, General Manager of Community Services.

    As part of its due diligence in developing the Opportunity, the City commissioned Deloitte & Touche LLP ("Deloitte"), an independent accounting firm, to review the Asset Purchase Agreement. The City asked Deloitte, specifically, to provide an opinion as of Sept. 10, 2012, as to the fairness of the purchase price of $55 million, from a financial point of view, to the existing City electricity customers and the City taxpayers as a whole. In its written report to the City, dated Sept. 10, 2012, Deloitte makes the following concluding statement:

    "Based upon and subject to the foregoing, Deloitte is of the opinion that, as at September 10, 2012, the Purchase Price is fair, from a financial point of view, to the existing COK electricity customers and COK taxpayers as a whole."

    FortisBC is an experienced owner and operator of energy utilities with close to 162,000 electricity customers throughout British Columbia's Southern Interior. The company has a strong presence and track record in Kelowna. Since 2000, FortisBC has worked closely with the City as its electrical contractor in planning, operating and maintaining the City's electrical utility assets. The company provides electricity through its own utility to all parts of the community that are not served by the City, and provides natural gas services throughout the entire municipality.

    The transfer of the City's electrical assets to FortisBC requires the approval of Kelowna's electors. The City intends to seek approval using the alternative approval process. If Council initiates this process on Monday, voters will be given 30 days, from Sept. 26 to Oct. 26, to object to the City's proposed transfer. The transfer will be considered approved if fewer than 10 per cent of electors choose to object.

    The City is committed to ensuring all electors understand the proposed transfer of assets and the full Restructuring Opportunity. Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for additional project information and other opportunities to learn more about the initiative.
    Bernard Avenue west of Ellis St open to vehicles
    Bernard Avenue remains open for business
    Revitalization of Kelowna's "Main Street" is in full swing, but Bernard Avenue remains open for business.

    While Bernard Avenue is closed to vehicles between Richter and Ellis streets, including the Ellis intersection, the rest of Bernard Avenue is open to motorists, pedestrians and for parking.

    Access to businesses, walkways and sidewalks is a priority. Pedestrian crossings at St. Paul and Bertram streets are permitted when safe and traffic personnel are present to assist.

    Although these beneficial infrastructure and upgrades promise great rewards in the long term, the City of Kelowna acknowledges that construction delays and confusion are inconvenient to commuters in the short term. Find the most up-to-date information about the project at kelowna.ca/cityprojects

    During construction commuters are encouraged to consider transportation options such as pre-planning your commute, carpooling, and taking transit to alleviate heavy traffic flow in construction areas. Visit smarttrips.ca for tips.

    For assistance in pre-planning your commute, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport and view the ‘Roads Daily Update' for up-to-date information on road construction projects and delays. Visit kelowna.ca/parking for lot locations and rates.

    Carpooling with co-workers and friends can help reduce the flow of traffic around the city and save you money. Consider joining or creating a carpool at your place of work.

    Transit provides another option for reducing driving stress, saving money, and helping the environment. Kelowna transit routes and schedules can be viewed at www.bctransit.com/regions/kel.

    The City of Kelowna thanks commuters for their patience during the project.
    Lights, siren, exercise
    Full-scale Mock Disaster Exercise named OPERATION UNITY
    On your morning commute Thursday, don't be surprised if you notice a little bit of action around town.

    On Sept. 13, between 7 a.m. and noon, a full-scale mock disaster exercise named OPERATION UNITY will take place in the Central Okanagan. This will be the largest exercise of its type to take place in the region, with more than 40 agencies participating.

    The purpose of this training exercise is to allow Kelowna International Airport (YLW) to meet the regulatory compliance requirement of testing its emergency response plan while, in conjunction, allowing participating regional agencies to exercise their response plans.

    The simulated disaster exercise scenario will take place on the east side of the airport property bordering on Old Vernon Road and will consist of a mock aircraft accident. This scenario is designed to engage a broad segment of the community and bring into play almost all aspects of the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program.

    In addition, both the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus and Interior Health at Kelowna General Hospital will conduct their own full-scale exercises in conjunction with OPERATION UNITY. Normal operations will still occur at all exercise locations.

    The public should be unaffected by this training event.

    This exercise is being jointly coordinated by YLW and the Kelowna Fire Department on behalf of the City of Kelowna and the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program.

    Background:

    Emergency crews and participating agencies will be gathered at the locations listed below. Please note that normal operations at these facilities will still occur and the public will not be affected by the exercise.

    YLW Training Grounds and the area surrounding, including the Ellison Community Hall

    ~ YLW Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC)

    ~ Regional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at Kelowna Fire Station #1

    ~ UBC's Okanagan Campus

    ~ Kelowna General Hospital

    ~ 2 farms in the Glenmore Area - CDART (Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team) will be performing animal evacuations

    ~ Emergency Management BC Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Center - Kamloops



    More Passengers Continue to Fly to the Okanagan
    Steady Increase in Passenger Growth at YLW
    News Release
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    September 12, 2012



    More passengers continue to fly to the Okanagan
    Passenger numbers at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) keep flying higher as passenger statistics for the end of summer have just been released.

    "We are very pleased to see the continued growth in our passenger numbers," says Airport Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator Jenelle Hynes. "We have seen seven of the last eight months in 2012 be record breaking months, and this summer ended with almost 15,000 more passengers than last summer."

    Passenger numbers released show 972,663 passengers flew in and out of YLW between January and August, 3.98 per cent (or 37, 274 passengers) ahead of the same period in 2011. August 2012 became the busiest month in the airport's history with 136,101 passengers - an increase of 5.8 per cent over last year.

    "With this growth, we reached our one millionth passenger mark in the first week in September this year, which is weeks ahead of the past few years," says Hynes. "It was only a seven years ago that YLW first reached its one-million passengers in a single year, in December 2005."

    The steady increase in passenger growth at YLW is expected to continue as the winter flight schedule begins shortly with non-stop service to sunny destinations such as Phoenix, AZ, Las Vegas NV, and Los Cabos, Puerto Vallerta, Cancun Mexico. Saturday seasonal service on WestJet to Los Angeles (LAX) begins Nov. 3 and daily year-round service from LAX on YLW's newest carrier United Airlines starting Dec. 19, with an additional Saturday United flight also added between January-April.

    For more information on non-stop destinations from YLW visit the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca.
    City out for blood against Prince George
    Mayor Walter Gray is urging residents to donate blood
    Mayor Walter Gray made a passionate plea at Council for Kelowna residents to participate in a blood donation challenge against Prince George.

    The 15th Annual Interior Drive for Life continues until Oct. 18, with the city collecting the greatest number of blood donations declared the winner. The reward for the winner is having the mayor of the opposing city wear the winning city's WHL hockey team jersey at a Council meeting.

    "This is the gift of life - donating blood will keep someone having a medical procedure alive or save their lives in an emergency," said Mayor Gray.

    Canadian Blood Services has challenged itself to find Kelowna residents who are not regular blood donors.

    "This year, Canadian Blood Services must recruit 1,119 new donors in Kelowna - and 14,409 across B.C. - to help keep the blood system strong and sustainable," said Erin Kavanagh of Canadian Blood Services in Kelowna.

    The Canadian Blood Services office is 103-1865 Dilworth Dr., across from the Sears store at Orchard Park Shopping Centre. Clinic hours in Kelowna are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on alternating Saturday (next Saturday clinic is Sept. 22).

    "I'm urging everyone to plan some time to make that donation, especially if you've never before donated," said Mayor Gray. "It doesn't take a lot of time, and the pay-off is literally life-changing for those who receive your gift of life."

    Donors can book an appointment by calling 1-888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or online at www.blood.ca.
    Streamlined secondary suite process in effect
    Council approved streamlined process for secondary suites
    The new process permits a secondary suite in single-family dwellings in most residential zones without needing to rezone the property.

    "This change will help provide more affordable housing stock in Kelowna with minimal impact to neighbourhoods," said Mayor Walter Gray. "No new infrastructure is required because the secondary suites are contained within existing single-family homes."

    The new process requires a Building Permit application concurrent with a Business Licence application, both of which are reviewed by City staff to ensure a dwelling can support the inclusion of a secondary suite.

    A Business Licence is required to legalize any existing or new secondary suites within a single-family dwelling. Approximately 10 properties that had previously applied for rezoning to legalize their suite, but currently do not have the appropriate building permit or business licence approvals in place, will receive written notification advising of the steps required to legalize their suite.

    This change applies only to secondary suites being created within an existing single-family dwelling. Secondary suites in accessory buildings, now known as Carriage Houses, will continue to have a separate approval process.

    For more information see kelowna.ca/landuse.
    Prizes, beaches and sun, oh my
    Attend the 4th annual Hot Sun Travel Event at Kelowna International Airport
    Prizes, beaches and sun, oh my

    You may not have to say goodbye to beach fun just yet. Attend the fourth annual Hot Sun Travel event at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) for a chance to win a tropical beach vacation.

    To kick off YLW's winter flight schedule, the airport is hosting a free public event on Saturday, Sept. 8, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a chance to learn more about beach vacations, cruise holidays and destination weddings.

    Air carriers, hotels and resorts and travel operators will be on site and provide travel information and vacation deals for Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean and even Australia.

    Attendees will have the chance to win:

  • an all-inclusive trip for two to Puerto Vallarta Mexico - courtesy of Nolitours/Transat Holidays
  • tickets for two to Los Cabos on Sunwing Vacations
  • travel vouchers for two to anywhere WestJet flies

    The public attending the event can get their name in the draws with a minimum $5 donation. All funds collected will be provided to Kelowna Foodbank, West Kelowna Foodbank and the Lake Country Foodbank.

    The draw for the vacation prizes will take place at the airport near the end of the event at 3:45 p.m. As an added bonus, everyone who attends the event has the chance to be entered into a draw for tickets for two on Air Canada to Sydney, Australia. There will be more chances to enter the draw for the Sydney tickets by watching CHBC News weeknights at 5, 6:30 and 11 p.m. The draw for the tickets to Sydney, Australia, will be made on CHBC News the week of Nov. 5.

    Parking is available in the long-term lot. Parking vouchers must be validated at the event for free parking.

    For more information visit the airport's website under Contests at ylw.kelowna.ca



    Spots available for fall programs
    Public Service Announcement
    With summer vacations over and the children back in school, it might seem like there is not enough time to enjoy yourself and keep active. But it's important to make time for yourself, so take advantage of the variety of activities and programs offered by the City of Kelowna.

    Check out the current Activity and Program Guide and register today in programs that will help you and the whole family stay active this fall.

    With each guide, new programs are being offered, many being delivered in multiple neighbourhoods, giving residents the opportunity to get active and stay active close to home. This fall, more than 35 exciting new programs have been added including the following:

    • Co-ed indoor soccer
    • The Business of Personal Training
    • Mommy & Baby Mash-up
    • Toddlers in the Park
    • Greek Authentic Cuisine
    • Mexican - Healthy and In Season
    • Beginner Crochet
    • Drawing & Painting from Nature

    To view the current guide or to register, visit the Parkinson Recreation Centre, phone 250-469-8800 or go online at kelowna.ca/recreation .
    ‘It’s Happening’ on Bernard Avenue
    Mayor Walter Gray officially starts project
    Today, Mayor Walter Gray fired up an excavator to officially start the Bernard Avenue revitalization construction project.

    Construction has started, but it's business as usual for restaurants, retail outlets and the unique shops that give Bernard Avenue its distinct character. Walkways and access to businesses will be maintained during construction.

    "We're here to recognize the start of this major revitalization project and the message we want residents and visitors to hear is that downtown is open for business while construction is underway," said Mayor Gray. "We invite people to see first-hand the enhancements to our Main Street and to visit often to see the progress."

    The $14-million improvements will see four lanes narrowed into two lanes and a centre turning lane, expanded outdoor retail and caf space, wider sidewalks for pedestrians, street furniture, intersection plazas, landscaping and replacing of utilities.

    "This project will be the catalyst for downtown revitalization and we're excited to see this get underway," said Dallas Gray, president of the Downtown Kelowna Association. "When completed, Bernard Avenue will have wider sidewalks for outdoor cafés, outdoor entertainment and it'll be more pedestrian and bike friendly."

    The City and Downtown Kelowna Association have teamed up to keep businesses, residents and visitors informed of the project and in doing so ensure Downtown continues to be a destination.

    The project will be phased over two years with construction paused during peak seasons in July and August and in December. Completion is scheduled for summer 2014.

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects to learn more about the project, register for up for e-updates or join the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #betteringBernard.
    Deadline fast approaching for Enviro Awards
    Wednesday, September 12
    The deadline for the Mayor's Environmental Achievement Awards is fast approaching and Kelowna residents are encouraged to nominate individuals, businesses and groups who have made outstanding or innovative contributions to the environment.

    "The deadline is next Wednesday, September 12," says awards coordinator Althea Livingston. "There are so many individuals and groups working to make Kelowna a more sustainable city. This is a great opportunity to recognize them for their efforts."

    Award categories include:

    • Most environmentally dedicated group
    • Most environmentally dedicated individual
    • Most environmentally friendly commuter
    • Most environmentally friendly school
    • Most environmentally friendly yard/garden
    • Most innovative business initiative
    • Most sustainable development

    The nomination form can be found at kelowna.ca/environment or by phoning 250-469-8921.
    Kokanee Salmon Festival a family affair
    RDCO News Release
    Regional District of the Central Okanagan - Come out this Sunday, September 9th between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and enjoy free concerts by one of Canada's top children's entertainers and celebrate the return of the Kokanee salmon with fun and activities for every member of your family in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.

    Thanks to the generous support of Kelowna's Baby & Me, Marnie Grey is the headline act. ‘Music with Marnie' makes you MOVE! Her shows sell out across the country but at the Kokanee Salmon Festival, families will have the chance to experience two free concerts.

    Billed as "one of the hottest entertainers around" by BC Parent Magazine and "one of Canada's most talked about musicians" by West Coast Families Magazine, Marnie Grey puts a huge smile on the face of every child she meets and entertains. If you've never seen a preschool "mosh pit," here's your chance - it's impossible not to get up and move during the ‘Music with Marnie' show.

    The Kokanee Salmon Festival is one the largest free community events, attracting families from all over the Central Okanagan and thanks to the support of over 24 community organizations and several local businesses, the festival has expanded.

    Cupcasions and Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate are teaming up to cut into a huge cupcake cake specially designed for the festival. Central Okanagan Search and Rescue will use its underwater camera in the spawning channel so you can see the Kokanee up close without getting wet! And the Royal Astronomical Society of BC is bringing three different telescopes for you to safely view the sun, learn about "fishy" constellations and how light pollution affects wildlife. Central Okanagan Boy Scouts will also bring their Adventure Bridge that last year saw kids lining up for their chance to climb it. The Nylon Zoo from Vancouver is also returning to the Kokanee Salmon Festival with its large inflatable salmon tent. Have your face painted, then dress up in some fishy duds and ‘swim' your way into the Salmon Story Telling tent. Inside this hugely popular attraction you'll hear First Nations stories about the salmon. This year we've added a Quiet tent especially for families with very young children.

    The Kokanee Salmon Festival is a celebration of the land-locked salmon and coincides with the yearly return from Okanagan Lake to spawn in our rivers and streams. It's a chance for people to learn about the salmon life cycle and the important role they have in our natural world. There are also important natural, cultural and historical components to the festival. A councilor from the Westbank First Nation opens the festival with a ceremony and dedication to the salmon.

    Families are invited to bring a picnic, play in our park, learn how and where to fish, go on a treasure hunt, learn bird identification, go on community bike ride, and enjoy all of the exciting festivities at the Kokanee Salmon Festival.

    Limited parking is available in Mission Creek Regional Park. Additional parking is available with a donation to the Kelowna SPCA at the vacant lot at Springfield and Durnin Roads.
    Fire risk lowers, Knox Mountain Drive reopens
    Public Service Announcement
    The City of Kelowna has reopened Knox Mountain Park Drive today as the risk of fire has lowered due to cooler overnight temperatures.

    The risk of fire still remains high and park users are asked to remain vigilant while in the park. Should users notice smoke or fire on Knox Mountain, or in any park, they should immediately call *5-5-5-5, the BC Wildfire Management Branch or 9-1-1 to speak to the fire department.

    Campfires are not allowed in City or Regional District parks and smoking is prohibited in all parks and natural areas.

    Knox Mountain Park Drive was closed Aug. 22 due to an extremely high fire hazard rating.

    For links to City parks and beaches, see kelowna.ca/parks.
    It’s time to drain the pool
    Residents reminded of proper procedure
    The City of Kelowna is reminding residents of the proper procedure for draining pools and hot tubs as the end of swimming season approaches.

    Residents are encouraged to drain their pools and hot tubs to a dry area on their property over a long period of time, making sure the water stays on the property. If this is not possible, the water must be dechlorinated before being drained into the storm sewer system. Residents with salt water pools must drain the water into the sanitary sewer system.

    "We anticipate most residents are familiar with the storm sewers, even if they don't realize it. The catch basins or grates on the road are usually found by a sidewalk and drain into the storm sewer system," says Mike Gosselin, Wastewater Treatment Supervisor. "It's the sanitary system that throws people for a loop. On their property, residents will find either a circular pipe with lid or a square container that when opened contains a pipe. The container may be marked with SEWER."

    Through the Sanitary Sewer Storm Drain Regulation bylaw, the City restricts the discharge of residential swimming pool and hot tub water containing disinfectants such as chlorine, salt water or bromine to help protect the environment. Storm sewers connect directly into Okanagan Lake and local streams therefore water flows into the lake untreated. The sanitary sewer system is directed to the City's Wastewater Treatment Facility and is treated before being released into the lake.

    Residents are asked to contact the City's Water Quality department before draining their pool or hot tub to ensure they are draining into the correct system. Improper discharge of contaminated water can result in a fine of up to $2,000.

    For more information, please call 250-469-8887 or visit kelowna.ca/utilities, under water > drainage.
    Bernard Avenue road closures
    Traffic Advisory
    Beginning Tuesday, September 4, at 6 a.m. Bernard Avenue from Ellis to Richter Streets will be closed to motorists to accommodate the utility replacement and streetscaping as part of the revitalization of Bernard Avenue.

    The Ellis Street intersection will be closed to motorists and the truck route will be rerouted temporarily to Gordon Drive until mid-October. Detour routes will be clearly marked and traffic safety personnel will be on site directing traffic.

    All transit routes into and out of the Queensway transit station will continue as usual, with minor downtown routing adjustments. Visit bctransit.com/regions/kel for schedule.

    Access to businesses and pedestrian walkways will be a priority and maintained whenever possible. Pedestrian crossings located at St. Paul and Bertram Streets will be permitted when safe.

    Construction hours are scheduled Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to midnight. Work may occur outside of regular construction hours to minimize impacts on businesses and limit the time of active construction in the area.

    The $11-million project was contracted to CGL Contracting; Focus Corporation is the contract administrator. Completion of the first phase of construction is anticipated in November.

    The City of Kelowna appreciates the patience of residents, businesses and motorists while construction is taking place.

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects to learn more about the project.
    Workshop teaches locals how to go pesticide free
    Public Service Announcement
    Register now for the last workshop of the season and join the hundreds of Kelowna residents who have already attended the City of Kelowna's ‘Gardening with Natural Alternatives' workshops. You'll learn about natural and environmentally friendly yard care choices.

    The workshop will be on Wednesday, September 12. It runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the EECO Centre in Mission Creek Regional Park at 2363A Springfield Road.

    Kelowna residents interested in attending the free workshop are asked to register for the session at kelowna.ca/environment or by phoning 250-469-8881.

    The workshop will explore cover crops and options for rodent control, as well as lawn and garden preparation for fall and winter. Samples of compost, compost blends, manures and cover crops will be on display.

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/environment or call 250-469-8881.
    Transit service changes effective September 2
    BC Transit Service Advisory, August 24, 2012
    Kelowna - UBCO students have another reason to celebrate the start of the school year; on September 2, 2012 transit is coming to Quail Ridge. BC Transit and the City of Kelowna are responding to requests from students and other transit riders to link the popular neighbourhood with the university.

    The route #13 Quail Ridge bus is neighbourhood friendly sized and will run every 30 minutes between 7 am and 10:30 am and again from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

    Additional system service enhancements include adding extra runs on the #1 Lakeshore to improve reliability and late night Friday and Saturday service on the #97 between Downtown Kelowna and UBCO. Routes #4 and #6 will be reinstated after a summer hiatus and other routes will return to their full fall schedule.

    The Kelowna International Airport (YLW) has partnered with the City of Kelowna to provide high quality bus stops on Airport Way.

    Lake Country - The #23 Lake Country route will see a dramatic 33% increase in weekday service which includes a doubling of midday service and 15 minute service in the afternoon peak. The #23 continues to provide service into UBCO and beyond as well as links with the #90 North Okanagan Connector into Vernon.

    West Kelowna - The popular #97 Express that currently runs from Downtown Kelowna to UBCO will cross the bridge to West Kelowna this fall. The extended #97 Express will run between the Westbank Exchange at Elliott Road and UBCO via Queensway Exchange. In addition to the stops on the Westside which are currently served by the #21, the #97 will serve the Westbank First Nation Office.

    The #97 Express is one more step to full RapidBus in West Kelowna. BC Transit, with funds from the Federal Government and the Government of British Columbia, land from the District of West Kelowna and the support of the Westbank First Nations; will build RapidBus stations and other amenities to support RapidBus BC. The project is expected to be finished by fall 2014.

    Some transit routes and schedules in West Kelowna have also been revised.

    For more information on September schedules in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country please consult the website http://www.bctransit.com/regions/kel.
    Movies under the Stars series cancelled
    Program was set to run Aug 27-30 in City parks.
    The City of Kelowna has announced the cancellation of Movies under the Stars, which was set to run Aug. 27 - 30 in various neighbourhood parks.

    "We are disappointed that we are unable to move forward with this program, but without the support of our sponsors the City is not in a position to continue," says Louise Roberts-Taylor, Community & Neighbourhood Programs Manger. "With the movie series set to run next week, we do not have time to secure another sponsor or the movie license."

    The City received notice on Tuesday that the main sponsor for the program was unable to continue due to a licensing issue.

    The City will revisit the program next summer.

    For more information on City programs, visit kelowna.ca.
    Council Highlights
    August 20, 2012
    Downtown Development


    A proposal to sell land for a new Interior Health Authority building downtown was endorsed by Council. The proposal would see IHA administrative offices built on city-owned land at the corner of Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street, accommodating 1,000 IHA staff. The plan also calls for construction of a new parkade on the site of a current parking lot between Memorial Arena and the Kelowna Museum, as well as expansion of the Library Parkade. The parkade construction and expansion costs are projected to be $19 million. Approximately $4 million would come from the sale of the property, parking reserves and other revenues. The remaining $15 million would be borrowed over a 30-year period from the Municipal Finance Authority. Electoral approval to borrow the money will be determined during an Alternative Approval Process.

    Transit Expansion Plans


    Council endorsed a three-year strategy for public transit expansion. The 3-Year Service Plan outlines expansion plans from 2013 to 2015, with the most immediate priority on addressing capacity concerns and passenger comfort.

    Flag Policy Change


    City Council decided to discontinue the Courtesy Flag service effective immediately. Council unanimously agreed to direct staff to change the flag policy and guidelines to fly only the Canadian, Provincial and City flags atop City Hall.

    Fees and Charges Bylaw


    Council endorsed proposed amendments to the Fees and Charges bylaw for City Recreation and Culture facilities. The changes to fees and charges will come into effect in the fall of 2012 or January 2013.
    Risk of fire closes Knox Mountain Drive
    As of August 22, 2012
    Knox Mountain Park Drive will be closed as of Wednesday, Aug. 22 due to extremely high fire hazard. As a result, no vehicle traffic will be allowed in the park until conditions improve.

    "Conditions in the park are extremely dry and the risk of a fire is high," says Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. "While the park remains open to the public, we ask all park users to be cautious. Campfires are not allowed in City or Regional District parks and smoking is prohibited in all natural areas."

    This closure follows a campfire ban issued for the Central Okanagan Regional District on Aug. 17. Similar bans from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations have been issued across the Kamloops Fire Centre area within BC Parks, Crown and private lands.

    No campfires are allowed in City or Regional District parks. Smoking is prohibited in all natural areas and City parks.

    Park users and park neighbours are asked to be vigilant. Anyone noticing smoke or fire in any park should immediately call *5-5-5-5, the BC Wildfire Management Branch or 9-1-1 to speak to the fire department.

    For links to City parks and beaches, see kelowna.ca/parks.
    United Airlines increases its YLW service
    Before the world's leading airline actually starts flying into Kelowna International Airport (YLW) an additional flight has already been added.

    Bolstered by higher than expected early bookings on the new daily Los Angeles (LAX) flight scheduled to begin December 19, United Airlines is now adding a second seasonal Saturday flight to operate Jan. 5 to April 6, 2013.

    "The inbound ski industry, as well as outbound holiday travelers, will see this as very good news," says Jenelle Hynes YLW Marketing and Media Relations. "This additional Saturday flight has been specifically timed to link YLW to Sydney and Melbourne Australia and Auckland, New Zealand."

    Daily service on United Airlines Express between LAX and YLW was announced on July 10, 2012.

    BACKGROUND
    Los Angeles (LAX) - Kelowna (YLW)

    • Frequency: Saturday

    • Season: Seasonal, January 5 to April 6, 2013

    • Aircraft: CRJ 700, 66 passenger United Express aircraft
      Available economy, economy plus and business class seating

    • Flight Schedule: Depart LAX 1:30 pm, Arrive YLW 4:34 pm, effective Jan 5 - Apr 6

    • Depart YLW 5:10 pm, Arrive LAX 8:01 pm, effective Jan 5 - Apr 6

    • The Los Angeles route has been scheduled to maximize connections to and from Sydney and Melbourne Australia and Auckland, New Zealand flights


    Scheduled Daily Service - Announced July 10

    • Frequency: Daily

    • Season: Year-Round

    • Aircraft: CRJ 700, 66 passenger United Express aircraft
      Available economy, economy plus and business class seating

    • Flight Schedule: Depart LAX 6:40 pm, Arrive YLW 9:44 pm, effective December 19
      Overnight on YLW apron & Crew rest
      Depart YLW 08:00 am, Arrive LAX 10:51 am, effective December 20

    • The Los Angeles route has been scheduled to maximize connections to and from the southwest United States, Mexico and Latin America.


    Temporary closure of Parkinson pool area and gym
    Public Service Announcement
    The aquatic area of the Parkinson Recreation Centre will be temporarily closed from Aug. 27 through Sept. 7 for annual general maintenance. This closure will affect the main pool, children's play pool, whirlpool and steam room.

    The gymnasium will also be closed for floor resurfacing from Sept. 4 to 9.

    Customers are encouraged to use the fitness centre, outdoor equipment and surrounding fields during the closures. The pool is scheduled to reopen on Sept. 8 and the gymnasium on Sept. 10.

    The City recognizes the inconvenience these closures will have on customers; however the closures are necessary to maintain a clean and safe facility.

    For more information about other recreational opportunities, visit kelowna.ca/recreation .
    Interior Health and City partner for downtown move
    Exploring a central location for community services
    At Monday's meeting, Kelowna's City Council will review a downtown revitalization project - a project which could see the City and Interior Health working together to move a number of Interior Health's community services and programs onto Doyle Avenue in Kelowna's downtown.

    "It's a great example of two levels of government coming together to serve Kelowna residents," said Doug Gilchrist, the City of Kelowna's General Manager of Corporate Sustainability. "The City can spark downtown development by providing land for purchase to Interior Health. This will bring nearly 1000 people into the area, riding transit, supporting businesses and possibly choosing to live in the neighbourhood. The project provides long term benefits for the downtown as a whole and is supported in the City's Official Community Plan and the Downtown Plan."

    The project also meets Interior Health's desire to co-locate their community services and programs in one building in Kelowna, providing better service for clients and patients.

    "Providing multiple services in one location will enable better clinical consultation between care teams and better coordination between support services," said Donna Lommer, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Residential Services for Interior Health. "The result is better for our clients and employees."

    When the City and Interior Health started investigating this opportunity, they established a list of criteria that would make the project a success. Some of the criteria included cost, timing, location, parking and transit accessibility. In the end, it was identified that the best solution was for the City to sell 1.2 acres of land along Doyle Avenue between Ellis Street and St. Paul Street to Interior Health.

    The City and Interior Health have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), declaring their intention to work together on the project and outlining project expectations.

    The MOU will see the City of Kelowna:

    • Sell 1.2 acres of land to Interior Health for $2.75 million.

    • Undertake an Alternative Approval Process for a borrowing bylaw for approximately $15 million. Project revenues will offset this borrowing so there is no expected impact on City of Kelowna taxes.

    • Construct an addition to the Library parkade on Ellis Street and a new parkade on the south east corner of the Memorial Arena.

    • Relieve the property of 100% of the municipal portion of the property taxes for a period of 10 years through the Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw.



    Interior Health will:

    • Sell the land to a developer responsible for the costs of developing the project in accordance with City bylaws and including the cost of servicing, site preparation, development cost charges and development applications (with the exception of non-development related electrical work).

    • Through a competitive bid process, seek a lease in the building to be constructed on the property with a minimum size of 100,000 square feet.

    • Rezone the land from its current designation of C4 and C7 to all C7.

    • Lease 410 parking stalls from the City of Kelowna.



    The project is subject to final provincial government approvals of land acquisition and sale.

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/council or interiorhealth.ca.
    Campfire Ban in Central Okanagan Regional District
    RDCO News Release, August 16, 2012
    Starting tomorrow all campfires will be prohibited throughout all Central Okanagan municipalities.

    The ban takes effect at noon Friday, August 17th and coincides with the similar action announced by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations across the Kamloops Fire Centre area within BC Parks, Crown and private lands. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.

    As a result of extremely dry conditions and an extended period of hot, dry weather, local fire chiefs have decided to implement the total ban on campfires within all local government jurisdictions of the Regional District of Central Okanagan, including the City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas. Campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna.

    Open burning has not been allowed within any jurisdiction of the Regional District and member municipalities since April.

    As well, local bylaws prohibit the use of any fireworks at any time throughout the Central Okanagan.

    Violators could receive a fine and be charged the cost of the fire department response to a burning complaint. Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning by calling the Kelowna Fire Department Regional Dispatch Centre at 250-469-8577.
    City launches Movies under the Stars series
    August 27-30 in local parks
    Grab a blanket, pop the popcorn and bring family and friends to the City of Kelowna's first Movies under the Stars series Aug. 27-30.

    "Drive-in theatres used to be the ‘thing' to do in the summer, so to end this Okanagan summer we developed a free program that brings the theatre to the park," says Louise Roberts-Taylor, Community & Neighbourhood Programs Manager. "Rather than drive-in, families can walk, bike or even roll to a local park and enjoy a movie with family and friends."

    Movie goers are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and snacks as there are no concession stands within the parks. Movies start at 8:15 p.m.


    Date/Movie/Location

    August 27/Happy Feet 2/Kettle Valley Sports Fields(410 Providence Avenue)

    August 28/We Bought a Zoo/Mission Sports Fields(Kinsman Field House - 4105 Gordon Drive)

    August 29/Journey 2: The Mysterious Island/Rutland Sports Fields (375 Hartman Road)

    August 30/The Adventures of Tintin/Parkinson Recreation Centre(Mini Soccer Field - 1800 Parkinson Way)


    After the show go online and let the City and community know which movie was your favourite and why. Log on to the Movies Under the Stars event page at facebook.com/cityofkelowna.

    The City of Kelowna would like to thank its sponsors Big White Ski Resort and SW Audio + Visual for helping to bring movies to the parks.

    In addition to Movies under the Stars, the City of Kelowna also runs free family programming throughout the summer. For more information on such programs, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Volunteers still needed for Apple Triathlon
    Apple Triathlon Public Service Announcement
    Apple Triathlon organizers are looking for 300 more volunteers to make the 30th annual competition a success.

    Those volunteers are particularly needed on Sunday, Aug. 19 on the bike and running courses to keep athletes and spectators safe.

    Volunteers receive instruction, an event volunteer manual, a complimentary volunteer t-shirt, food, refreshments. There's also a fun-filled post-race volunteer appreciation party Aug. 22 and many draw prizes, including two tickets on Air Canada to any of its North American destinations, or free beer for a year from Kelowna's Tree Brewing for bike course marshals.

    Anyone available to help at the event can register online at appletriathlon.com. Click on the Volunteer button and follow the registration instructions.
    Road and parking closures for Apple Triathlon
    Traffic Advisory
    The 30th Annual Apple Triathlon will take place in Kelowna on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19. To coordinate the individual events, a number of roads throughout downtown and Glenmore will be closed.

    Motorists are encouraged to give themselves extra time or use alternate routes to avoid delays, as well as observe all traffic controls and on-site personnel.

    The following downtown roads will be closed for the Kids of Steel Triathlon and the Try-a-Tri on Saturday, August 18 from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


    • Cawston Avenue, from Water Street to Ellis Street (one lane open for eastbound traffic)
    • Water Street, from Clement Avenue to the Water Street boat launch (local business traffic only)
    • Water Street, from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive (4 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday)
    • Ellis Street, from Cawston Avenue to Recreation Avenue
    • Recreation Avenue, from Ellis Street to Richter Street
    • Clement Avenue, from Sunset Drive to Gordon Drive
    • Graham Street, from Clement Avenue to Coronation Avenue
    • Coronation Avenue, from Graham Street to Gordon Drive
    • Gordon Drive, from Coronation Avenue to Clement Avenue (west side only)

    Parking closures (6 a.m. - midnight)

    • Dolphins parking lot
    • Water Street Boat Launch lot

    Boat launch closures (6 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

    • Water Street

    Alternate boat launches available at Cook Road, Sutherland Park and Queensway

    The following roads will be closed on Sunday, August 19 starting at 6 a.m. Roads will re-open in stages starting at 12:30 p.m. in the Glenmore area. All roads should be open by 4:00 p.m.

    Downtown/Kelowna North

    • Water Street, from Cawston Avenue to Queensway Avenue (local traffic only)
    • Water Street, from Cawston Avenue to Ellis Street (midnight - 5 p.m.)
    • Queensway Avenue, from Water Street to Mill Street (eastbound lane will be open to traffic)
    • Mill Street, from Queensway to Bernard Avenues (eastbound lane will be open to traffic)
    • Abbott Street, from Mill Street to Highway 97 (northbound lane will be open to traffic)
    • Abbott Street, from Hwy 97 to Lake Avenues (northbound lane will be open to traffic)
    • Clement Avenue, from Water Street to Ellis Street
    • Clement Avenue, from Spall Road to Graham Street (north side only)
    • Graham Street, from Clement Avenue to Coronation Avenue
    • Ellis Street, from Cawston Avenue to Knox Mountain Drive
    • Cawston Avenue, from St. Paul Street to Water Street
    • Coronation Avenue, from Graham Street to St. Paul Street
    • St. Paul Street, from Coronation Avenue to Cawston Avenue
    • Knox Mountain Drive (from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

    Glenmore

    • Royal View Drive, and Mount Royal Drive from Knox Mountain to Mountain Avenue(westbound /northbound traffic only)
    • Mountain Avenue, from Royal View Drive to Clifton Road
    • Clifton Road, from Mountain Avenue to High Road
    • High Road, from Clifton Road to Glenmore Road
    • Glenmore Road, from Ballou/Kane Road to Clement Avenue (southbound lanes closes: two northbound lanes will be divided to accommodate two-way traffic)

    Parking closures (6 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

    • Dolphins parking lot (from midnight - 11 p.m.)
    • Water Street Boat Launch lot
    • City Park parking lot
    • Yacht Club parking lot

    Boat Launch Closures (6 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

    • Water Street
    • Queensway
    • Sutherland Park

    Alternate boat launch available at Cook Road

    Please note that on Friday, August 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. parking will be restricted on Sunset Drive from the entrance of Rotary Marsh to Manhattan Drive to accommodate the Aquathon.

    Parking will also be restricted along the race route. Downtown courtesy tows will be to the parking lot located on the corner of Ellis Street and Doyle Avenue. Towed vehicles in residential areas will be relocated around the corner or across the street to keep off race course.

    Transit service will be affected on both dates, specifically #7 Glenmore and #10 Rutland routes. For details on bus schedules during the event visit www.busonline.ca or call 250-860-8121.

    Motorists are asked to use caution this weekend and keep an eye out for athletes during and prior to the event as some will be familiarizing themselves with the course.

    For more information, visit appletriathlon.com .

    For more information about road closures and to view a race map, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport .
    Harper Government Announces Initiatives to Reduce Wait Times at Kelowna Airport
    Canadian Air Transport Security Authority Release
    Kelowna, August 14, 2012 - Today, Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna Lake-Country, announced new initiatives aimed at making air travel more convenient for Canadians travelling from medium sized airports like the Kelowna Airport. These screening procedures will enable the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to reduce wait times for travellers by using practices already established in Canada's larger airports.

    NEXUS members flying from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, St. John's, Moncton, Qubec City and Kelowna are now able to use their NEXUS cards to access a dedicated entrance allowing them to proceed directly to the front of the screening line resulting in shorter wait times.

    "Our Government is committed to ensuring the security of Canadians travelling within our borders and abroad while reducing wait times at screening," said Ron Cannan. "Canadians will now be able to use their NEXUS card at more airport security checkpoints in Canada, including here in Kelowna, making security screening faster and more convenient."

    NEXUS is a joint Canada Border Services Agency/U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that expedites the border clearance process for pre-approved, low-risk travellers. Using a NEXUS card at pre-board security screening is an additional benefit for NEXUS members.

    Initially available at select domestic and international security checkpoints at Canada's eight largest airports, the program was expanded in February 2012 to include flights to the United States. Today's announcement will see five new airports accepting NEXUS cards to expedite security screening.

    "While providing effective security screening services remains CATSA's priority, we are committed to working with our partners to improve the air travel experience," said Angus Watt, President and CEO of CATSA.

    For more information on CATSA, visit www.catsa.gc.ca. To apply for NEXUS, visit www.nexus.gc.ca.

    CATSA, established in 2002, is a Crown corporation responsible for:

    • Pre-board screening - the screening of passengers, their carry-on baggage and their personal belongings;

    • Hold-baggage screening - the screening of checked baggage;

    • Non-passenger screening - the screening of non-passengers on a random basis; and

    • Restricted Area Identity Card - the administration of access control to airport restricted areas through biometric identifiers.

    City seeks proposals for heritage sites
    Accepted until Sept. 11
    The City of Kelowna is looking for groups or individuals who value local heritage and see benefits in rehabilitating historical properties for public use.

    A request for expressions of interest has been issued for six City heritage properties that require rehabilitation. Proposals to renovate and adapt the buildings to new public uses will be accepted by the City of Kelowna until Sept. 11.

    "Heritage preservation is essential to a community's sense of place," says Pat McCormick, a Planner Specialist with the City. "Heritage buildings are tangible links to the stories and memories of Kelowna's history."

    The six City-owned heritage buildings are:

    St. Aidan's Church, 365 Rutland Road North, 135 Mugford Rd. (two lots)

    The Surtees House, 4629 Lakeshore Rd.

    The Surtees Barn, 4629 Lakeshore Rd.

    Fleming House, 2128 Leckie Pl.

    Brent's Grist Mill, 2128 Leckie Pl.

    Brent's Mill Dairy Barn, 2128 Leckie Pl.

    The City of Kelowna is the steward of these heritage assets and has made significant commitments and investments to maintain these buildings. Given the demand on the City budget to deliver a wide range of infrastructure and services, partnerships with qualified individuals or groups would benefit the conservation and operation of Kelowna's heritage assets.

    The City recognizes heritage assets are much more likely to survive when they have viable uses. The Request for Expressions of Interest require some level of public benefit from the partnerships, which could include having the buildings used as museums, art studios, business offices, restaurants or other appropriate adapted uses.

    The St. Aidan's site is a possible land development project.

    The Request for Expressions of Interest is Phase 1 of the process. A shortlist of qualified proponents from Phase 1 will move on to Phase 2, the more detailed Request For Proposals stage.

    Interested individuals and organizations can click on Bidding Opportunities at kelowna.ca/business for full information on this opportunity, or they can contact Tracy Lundberg, Senior Buyer, City of Kelowna at 250-469-8523.
    Council Highlights
    August 7, 2012
    McKinley Road Safety


    Council endorsed a budget increase of $182,000 for McKinley Road safety improvements. The total estimated cost of making a portion of the road safer for motorists and cyclists is $537,000.

    Grant Application


    Council supported a staff request to apply for a Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund grant of $250,000 for structural repairs at the Kelowna Family ‘Y'.
    Transit and road changes for Downtown Block Party
    Traffic Advisory
    The Downtown Kelowna Association is throwing the biggest block party in the Okanagan on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free community event will take place on and around Bernard Avenue and Kerry Park and will offer fun activities for everyone.

    To allow the event, the following road closures will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.:


    • Bernard Avenue (Abbott Street to Richter Street)
    • Abbott Street (Lawrence Avenue to Bernard Avenue)
    • Mill Street (alley north of Bernard Avenue to Bernard Avenue)
    • Water Street (alley north of Bernard to Lawrence Avenue)
    • St. Paul Street (alley north of Bernard Avenue to Bernard Avenue)

    In addition, the City parking lot at the corner of Mill Street and Kerry Park will be closed and on-street parking will be restricted for Bernard Avenue, Abbott Street, Water Street and St. Paul Street. Vehicles parked on these streets during the closure will be courtesy towed to the City parking lot at the corner of Ellis Street and Doyle Avenue. North and south bound traffic will be permitted on both Ellis and Pandosy streets.

    Transit bus routes #1, #9 and #10 will be re-routed along Ellis and Pandosy streets in order to access the Queensway bus loop.

    Visit downtownkelowna.com for more event information.

    For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Get the whole family active this fall
    Check out the guide on August 7.
    Fall is a busy time, but that shouldn't prevent individuals and families from staying active and having fun. Check out the City's 2012 Fall Activity and Program Guide on Tuesday, Aug. 7 in the Capital News and online.

    The City of Kelowna's Recreation & Cultural Services Department offers more than 35,000 hours of programming every year. The guide has lots of exciting programs being offered in every neighbourhood, with something for every age, interest and skill level.

    Fall registration starts August 14 at 7:30 a.m. unless noted otherwise below.


    • Aug. 14: General Programs
    • Aug. 16: Aquatics
    • Aug. 17: Leagues
      Programs for persons with a disability (9:30 a.m.)


    To avoid line-ups, people are encouraged to set-up their online registration in advance by calling 250-469-8800.

    Additional program information and registration is also available in person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, by phone at 250-469-8800 or online at kelowna.ca/recreation .
    Kelowna facility attracts national championship
    Slo-Pitch National Championships, August 3-6.
    The Slo-Pitch National Championships return to the City's Mission Recreation Park Friday, Aug. 3 through Monday, Aug. 6.

    This will be the third time the championships are held in Kelowna - and this year's tournament will the largest of the three thanks to park upgrades completed in 2012.

    "We're looking forward to this weekend's event, because this will be the first time the new lights on baseball diamonds 5 and 6 will be used," says Don Backmeyer, Sport & Event Development Manager. "Upgrades and improvements are important to attract new or returning events to our city and they benefit our community members who use these fields for sport leagues and everyday recreational activities."

    In 2009, the Slo-Pitch National Championships used newly constructed baseball diamonds 5 and 6, which will again be used in this year's tournament. The City invested $600,000 in lighting this year to allow for night games on these diamonds - an improvement that contributed to the championship returning to Kelowna this weekend.

    A total of 42 teams from across Canada, including two all the way from Newfoundland, will participate in this four-day event, which is free for families attend.

    For more information on recreation facilities and programs, visit kelowna.ca/recreation .

    Additional closures for Center of Gravity
    Traffic Advisory
    RCMP and event organizers are expecting high attendance at this weekend's Center of Gravity event. For the safety of individuals and drivers, the RCMP will be closing a portion of Abbott Street August 3-5 from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.

    Abbott Street will be closed from Leon Avenue to Mill Street. RCMP officers will be on-site to control pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

    Parents and/or guardians may pick up their youth at a designated area on Mill Street between Bernard Avenue and Queensway Avenue. Although congested, it will be the most accessible, closest and safest place for pick up.

    For more event information, visit centerofgravity.ca .

    For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport .
    Kasugai Gardens celebrates silver anniversary
    Kelowna-Kasugai Sister City Association festivities on Aug 6
    Kasugai Gardens have been delighting Kelowna residents and visitors for 25 years as a peaceful oasis in the heart of downtown.

    On Aug. 6, the Kelowna-Kasugai Sister City Association will celebrate the gardens' anniversary with tours, music, Japanese tea ceremony and more. The festivities happen between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. inside the walled garden located beside City Hall on Queensway Avenue.

    Special performances by the Migitaka & Friends Choral Group from Kasugai, Japan, will be a highlight of the celebration.

    The gardens were completed in 1987 to symbolize the friendship between Kelowna and Kasugai, sister cities since 1981. The traditional Japanese garden features stone lanterns, pine trees, a waterfall and pond with koi fish to create a natural sanctuary from the urban setting outside the garden walls.

    Click on the "Heritage" link at kelowna.ca/visitors for more information and membership forms for the Kelowna Kasugai Sister City Association.
    Golden Anniversary Showcase at the Theatre
    Tickets now available for the Sept. 13 event.
    In 1962, the town of Kelowna had about 15,000 residents and a brand new theatre. From the beginning, the Kelowna Community Theatre has truly been "the community's theatre" with citizens playing a big role in its funding and construction.

    Today, the small town has grown into a thriving, vibrant city with a theatre that is celebrating 50 years of live entertainment.

    "The entire community is invited to join us this September for a gala that will commemorate the theatre's past, and celebrate the present and future," says Randy Zahara, Community Theatre Manager.

    The Golden Anniversary Showcase taking place Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. will feature some of Kelowna's finest performers including Ballet Kelowna, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, the Theatre Kelowna Society, Wentworth Music, Dance City Academy, Robert Fine and many more. This red carpet event will be filled with some of the best live entertainment ever to grace the Kelowna Community Theatre.

    "This Showcase is a celebration of the contributions that individuals, community organizations and local, national and international performers have made to the theatre over the past 50 years," says Zahara. "Throughout the evening and the entire 50th season, you'll be amazed and inspired by the talent of the performers that step onto our stage."

    Tickets for the Golden Anniversary Showcase are now available at a cost of $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased at selectyourtickets.com, by calling 250-762-5050 or by visiting the box office at Prospera Place on Water Street. Tickets, if available, can also be purchased at the door on Sept. 13.

    To recreate a little of the 50-year history, a Facebook event page dedicated to the theatre's anniversary has been created. Residents are encouraged to share their theatre stories online. In addition, you can also send stories, photos or even old programs directly to the Kelowna Community Theatre located at 1375 Water Street or by email to rzahara@kelowna.ca.

    For more information or to get a listing of theatre events delivered directly to your inbox, sign up to the City's e-Subscribe program by visiting kelowna.ca/theatre .
    Aircraft Incident
    Aircraft requested emergency landing
    At approximately 1236 hrs a PC12 Pilatus aircraft requested an emergency landing at YLW with a report of a possible engine fire.

    Kelowna Airport's Aircraft Rescue Firefighters were on scene for the two alarm standby. Kelowna Fire Department, BC Ambulance and RCMP were alerted however the aircraft containing four people landed without incident prior to their arrival to the airport at 1239 hrs.
    Council Highlights
    June 23, 2012
    Electrical Utility

    City Council endorsed a recommendation to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with FortisBC. Under the terms of the Kelowna Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity, the City would change its ownership structure from being an operator to an investor in the utility. The City would transfer ownership of its electrical utility assets to FortisBC, which currently operates and maintains the utility. The City's electric utility users would experience no change to their electrical services. The legacy investment from the utility would continue to provide secure financial returns equal to, or greater than, the $2.1 million the City utility currently generates. The City is beginning a process to review the opportunity, including an independent third-party review and citizen engagement and approval in the fall of 2012.

    Bernard Avenue Parking

    Information about parking management during the Bernard Avenue revitalization was presented to Council. A parking management study anticipates adequate on-street and surface parking will be available during construction. Parking rates will remain in effect during construction. Communication efforts and signs will direct drivers to parking options.

    Public Art

    The Zephyr sculpture will be relocated to City Park. Currently located on the southeast end of the Bennett Bridge, the public art will be moved as part of City Park improvement plans.

    Crime Reduction Strategy

    Council endorsed the RCMP Crime Reduction Strategy for 2012-2015. This strategy follows an earlier report to Council on police resourcing and describes areas of focus. The strategy addresses recommendations from the police resourcing report to reduce crime rates by 10 per cent over the four-year period, reduce calls for service, increase patrols and increase internal and external communication related to crime reduction.

    Transit Expansion

    Council approved transit service expansions planned for September. The September expansion includes additional service for routes in Quail Ridge, Lakeshore and the 97 Express Rapidbus.

    Visit kelowna.ca/council for more information about Council meetings.
    City Park closes for Center of Gravity
    Traffic Advisory
    Public access to City Park will be restricted during the BC Day long weekend for Center of Gravity, which will be held Friday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 5.

    The following closures and restrictions will be in place to accommodate the event.


    City Park Parking lot

    • Partial closure on July 31, August 1 and August 7 for set-up and take-down
    • Full closure from Aug. 2 to 6


    City Park beach volleyball courts, basketball courts and sports fields

    • Full closure from Aug. 2 to Aug. 6


    On-street parking on Abbott Street (between Bernard Avenue to Leon Avenue)

    • Restricted to tour and shuttle buses from Aug. 3 to 5, from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.


    Alternate parking will be available at the Chapman Parkade on Lawrence Avenue.

    The lakefront promenade within the event site will be closed to the public. Pedestrians are asked to detour around the event using the walkway which runs from the park tunnel along the south end of the park.

    The City Park water park, tennis courts, skateboard park and a portion of Hot Sands Beach will remain open and accessible to the public.

    Visit www.centerofgravity.ca for event information.

    For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Snowbirds air show will affect boat traffic
    Public Service Announcement
    Snowbirds air show will affect boat traffic
    The Canadian Forces' Snowbirds will showcase their military aerobatic skills over Okanagan Lake on Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 4 to 4:45 p.m., offering Kelowna residents and visitors a one-of-a-kind show. For the best seats in the house, spectators are encouraged to view the show from Kerry Park or Waterfront Park.

    There will be no traffic restrictions during this event, but boaters are asked to stay out of the "sterile zone" on Okanagan Lake which will be marked by orange buoys. The Snowbirds will not fly if there are boats inside the sterile zone. Signs will be posted at all boat launches notifying boaters of the restricted zone. RCMP boats will be in the lake to ensure there are no boats in this zone and will monitor the area closely.

    The Water Street, Queensway and Sutherland Bay boat launches will be closed from 3 to 6 p.m. Parks Ambassadors will also be stationed at the Cook Street boat launch from 1 to 5 p.m. to direct boaters and provide additional information about the "sterile zone".

    Anticipating there will be increased traffic on Knox Mountain Drive, the road will be closed to incoming traffic from 3 to 6 p.m.; however, vehicles will be able to exit during that time period. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

    For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport .
    City will consider boundary relocations
    Ellison, South Lakeshore, South Slopes & other areas
    The City of Kelowna is preparing to find out what people living outside the City limits think about their options regarding governance. Options could include joining the City or continuing to be part of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

    "We have a formal request from Lake Country to discuss a boundary relocation and as we go through that process it makes sense to hear from residents living in rural areas adjacent to Kelowna about what their preferences are for the future," said Rob Mayne, Corporate Services Director for the City of Kelowna.

    The City has received inquiries regarding the possibility of being included within the City boundary. In addition, development potential along the South Slopes will have a significant impact on the City of Kelowna's long-range planning for services such as roads, water and sewer. The City wants to ensure a governance model is in place to effectively manage growth that has a direct impact on Kelowna.

    Some of the areas likely included in the boundary review are the Beaver Lake Road area of Kelowna, Ellison, Scotty Creek, South Lakeshore and South Slopes.

    "All of these areas are unique and have their own unique needs, so we want to hear what people think, whether it's to keep things as they are or join the City of Kelowna," said Mayne.

    Mayne says the review process has not yet begun, but wants people in neighbouring areas to be aware it will be happening. More information will be provided as the process unfolds.

    "It's a long, complicated process involving residents, the Regional District of the Central Okanagan, the Province and the City, so it will take time, but we feel given the current requests and increasing development pressures on the City's perimeter now is the time to start a meaningful dialogue."
    Winter flights to LAX on WestJet
    New scheduled WestJet flights to Los Angeles

    If soaking up the Okanagan sun now is making you realize you'll want more this winter, check out new WestJet flights to Los Angeles.

    "You might not be thinking of cold weather yet, but we're already planning for your winter vacations," said Sam Samaddar, Director of the Kelowna International Airport. "We're pleased that we'll be maintaining convenient flights to our popular winter hot spots and adding some new flights to the list, too."

    New this year, WestJet will fly scheduled service from YLW to Los Angeles (LAX) weekly on Saturdays from Nov. 3, 2012 to April 27, 2013. Flights will leave YLW at 4:50 p.m. and arrive at LAX at 7:29 p.m. On the way home, passengers leave LAX at 9 p.m. and arrive at YLW at 11:49 p.m.

    The connection to LAX provides travel opportunities far beyond California. LAX is the sixth busiest airport in the world and third in the United States, offering more than 600 daily flights to 91 domestic cities and more than 1,000 weekly non-stop flights to 58 cities in 32 countries on nearly 75 air carriers.

    In addition, you can still enjoy the popular, direct seasonal service on WestJet from YLW to Las Vegas, Phoenix and locations in Mexico including Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.

    The public is invited to learn more about the winter flight schedule and all the destinations YLW serves at the Hot Sun Travel Expo held in the airport terminal building between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday Sept. 8.

    For more information on flights and destinations, visit ylw.kelowna.ca.
    Summer Street Social prompts road closure
    Traffic Advisory
    On Saturday, July 28, Festivals Kelowna will hold their first Summer Street Social in downtown Kelowna from 4 to 10:30 p.m.

    To accommodate the event, Abbott Street and Bernard Avenue will be closed between Lawrence Avenue and Mill Street from 2 to 11 p.m. On-street parking will also be restricted between Lawrence Avenue and Mill Street beginning at 1 p.m.

    The Mill Street Parking lot will be closed to the public from 2 p.m. to midnight to allow vendors and entertainers access to the site.

    Cars parked in the restricted areas will be courtesy towed to the parking lot at the corner of Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street.

    For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Nominations sought for environmental awards
    Deadline to nominate is September 12, 2012
    Doctor Cigdem Eskiciogiu of UBC Okanagan researches creating renewable energy and nutrient-rich fertilizer from wastewater. Sysco Kelowna has committed to a sustainability strategy including reducing and offsetting their carbon emissions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020. For these significant environmental contributions, both Dr. Eskiciogiu and Sysco Kelowna won a 2011 Mayor's Environmental Achievement Award.

    It's time to find a new group of environmental leaders and innovators for 2012.

    "Throughout Kelowna individuals, groups, businesses and schools are becoming more environmentally responsible and are committed to sustainability," says Mayor Walter Gray. "Our Environmental Achievement Awards are a great opportunity to recognize and congratulate the environmental leaders in our community."

    Residents are encouraged to send in nominations for the 2012 Mayor's Environmental Achievement Awards. These awards are presented to individuals and groups who have made outstanding or innovative contributions to the protection or management of the environment. The awards are now in their twelfth year.

    Nominations are accepted for the most environmentally innovative business initiative, the most environmentally dedicated group, most environmentally dedicated individual, the most sustainable development and the most environmentally friendly commuter, yard or garden, and school.

    The awards are based on nominations received from the community. Winner selection is based on the highest level of environmental dedication, perseverance, accomplishment and achievement as judged by a committee of environmental peers.

    The deadline for nominations is September 12, 2012. Nomination forms are available on the City's website at kelowna.ca/environment or by phoning 250 469-8921.

    The 2012 Environmental Achievement Awards will be presented October 18, 2012 at Okanagan College from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Kelowna Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity
    Council to consider new ownership structure
    On Monday, City Council will consider a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FortisBC to address the future structure of the City's electrical utility. The MOU outlines the Kelowna Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity, a joint initiative that would see the City take on the role of electrical utility investor in place of its current status as electrical utility owner.

    "The City's ability to function optimally under its current utility model will be tested in the coming years. Future long-term infrastructure needs, estimated at $70 million, combined with upward pressure on wholesale electricity prices, will continue to challenge the utility's annual earnings of $2.1 million," says John Vos, General Manager of Community Services. "The Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity is being designed to achieve secure, long-term, financial returns that would be equal or greater to the City's current return to maximize the benefit to citizens."

    Under the terms of the Restructuring Opportunity:


    • The City of Kelowna would transfer ownership of its electrical utility assets to FortisBC. FortisBC would incorporate the assets into the company's existing operations, and would become responsible for providing electricity throughout the entire community. FortisBC currently provides electrical services to two-thirds of Kelowna through its own utility and is contracted by the City to operate and maintain the City's utility which serves the other one-third of Kelowna.

    • The City would invest the proceeds from its asset transfer — estimated at this point to be over $50 million —into a future FortisBC publicly traded debt issuance. The City's investment would be structured to provide taxpayers with secure, annual financial returns over an extended period of time. Annual returns would be equal to or greater than the earnings the City could generate through continued municipal ownership of the utility. Today the City earns about $2.1 million per year from the utility, after all expenses and contributions to electricity capital reserves have been deducted.

    • The City of Kelowna and FortisBC would identify and pursue new joint initiatives dealing with such projects as energy conservation and alternative energy projects. These initiatives would support the community's efforts to achieve energy sustainability, and would promote Kelowna as a leader in energy innovation.

    The Restructuring Opportunity is a prudent endeavour that is being designed to build on the City's success with other energy initiatives developed in recent years. One such initiative is the 2001 partnership agreement with BC Gas (now FortisBC Energy Inc.) that, at maturity, will result in a significant legacy fund for the community.

    FortisBC is an experienced owner and operator of electrical utilities in BC's Southern Interior and Kootenays. Since 2000, FortisBC has served as the City's electrical utility contractor, responsible for planning, operating and maintaining Kelowna's electrical utility on behalf of the City. FortisBC is also the electricity provider through its own utility to the two-thirds of the community not served by the City's system, and maintains its electricity operations headquarters in Kelowna. The transfer would bring the City's approximate 15,000 electricity customers under regulation of the British Columbia Utilities Commission.

    FortisBC runs its electrical utility using a regulated utility business model that is not available to the municipality. Under this model, expenditures on system infrastructure, once approved by the British Columbia Utilities Commission, are treated as investments on which the company earns a regulated rate of return. This feature of the model supports new capital investment required to meet the needs of future customers, and helps to make FortisBC ideally suited to take responsibility for the City's system.

    The MOU signals the parties' strong mutual desire to bring the Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity to fruition. Before any changes are implemented, however, several steps must be taken. Pending Council endorsement on Monday, the parties must finalize the details of the Opportunity and complete their respective due diligence efforts. For the City, due diligence will involve working with the provincial government to ensure that all necessary authorities are in place. Due diligence will also involve submitting the Opportunity to an independent third party for review. The City must then seek approval of the electors for the Opportunity through an alternative approval process. This process will be accompanied by an extensive public information program, and will take place in the fall of 2012. Full details will be provided closer to the date. Pending approval from the electors, FortisBC would make an application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission to approve the transfer.

    The Council Report for the Kelowna Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity is available at kelowna.ca/council. Further information is also available at kelowna.ca/cityprojects. The web page will be updated as information becomes available.
    Public Hearing Correction to July 24
    Public Service Announcement
    Several media outlets are incorrectly reporting a public hearing scheduled for tonight, July 17, 2012.

    The next City of Kelowna public hearing is actually scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

    The July 24, 2012 public hearing agenda will incorporate discussion of items including the application to rezone the Rutland Arena property to allow for a liquor primary license application, as well as a change in zoning to allow secondary suites in all single family homes.

    For more information and all the public hearing staff reports visit kelowna.ca/council.
    Parking and transit changes for Tri Kids Race
    Traffic Advisory
    On Sunday, July 22, the 2012 Sun-Rype Tri Kids Triathlon will take place at the Mission Recreation Park.

    To accommodate the event, a portion of the Mission Recreation Park parking lot will be closed to vehicles from 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 21 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.

    While there will be no impact on transit routes or schedules, transit users will board at a temporary bus stop located in the parking lot by the Capital News Centre.

    Access to the H20 Adventure and Fitness Centre and the Capital News Centre will be maintained through the main Lequime Road entrance; however the minor entrance to H20 from Gordon Drive will be closed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

    Access to all sports fields will be maintained through the Lexington Road entrance; however a portion of Ring Road will be closed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

    For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Airport vehicle parking: possible payment disruptions
    Parking management system upgrades July 16 - 20
    Big improvements sometimes come with temporary disruptions.

    Between 8 pm Monday, July 16 and 8 am Friday, July 20, 2012 the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) parking management system will be upgraded.

    During this time period passengers parking in the short-term and long-term lots may notice some disruption when paying for their parking. The pay-on-foot kiosks will be temporarily unavailable and all payments will be required to be made as drivers exit the parking lot. Royal Star Parking staff will be located at each exit with portable machines to take credit card and cash payments only. There will be no debit payment options available.

    For passengers who are on an extended holiday and have a parking voucher under the old system, they will also have to make their payment for parking at the exit gate kiosks once the system is upgraded.

    Once the parking system upgrades are complete, customers at YLW will have the ability to pay for parking at the pay-on-foot machines with a debit card, credit card or cash payment.

    Two new pay-on-foot kiosks will also be added inside the terminal building. One in the Arrivals area next to a new accommodation information kiosk and a second pay-on-foot station will be installed near Departures in the Family and Friends Well Wishing Area.

    "This will be the first upgrade this system has had in 12 years," explains Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "The variety of payment options and the additional pay-on-foot stations will make it more convenient for passengers who use the parking lots at the airport".

    For more information on airport news and services visit ylw.kelowna.ca.
    Cycling continues to grow in the Central Okanagan
    More than 3,300 cyclists particpated in Bike to Work Week
    The way we get around in the Central Okanagan is evolving as more residents take to the streets on their bicycles. During this year's Central Okanagan Bike to Work Week more than 3300 cyclists of all ages took to the streets to travel more than 88,000 kilometers in just one week. The Central Okanagan's participation rate continues to grow, placing third among the 20 participating BC communities, behind the much larger communities of Metro Vancouver and Victoria.

    "As the number of residents that are choosing to bicycle grows, we are raising awareness of cycling and inspiring others to cycle more regularly," says Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Coordinator for the City of Kelowna. "People are seeing their friends and neighbours out riding and thinking ‘hey, maybe I should give that a try too'."

    Participants in Bike to Work Week said they ride to reduce their environmental impact, for exercise and mostly because it's fun. "Once you've experienced the benefits of cycling you'll want to travel by bike more often," said one participant. "Cycling is a great way to wake up in the morning, and de-stress at the end of the day."

    Locally, the City of Kelowna has responded to a request by Gio and Lucy Lauretta, of Gi0bean Espresso, to turn two parking stalls into bicycle parking for the summer in front of their caf on Water Street.

    "Kelowna is such a beautiful city and cycling is the perfect way to get around", says Gio Lauretta, owner of Gi0bean Espresso. "I have lived in many places throughout Europe and have enjoyed the cycling culture, and wanted to bring a piece of that culture to Kelowna."

    Cyclists of all ages and levels frequent their downtown café and the bike racks will provide the facilities needed to support their customers.

    "The City will provide the bicycle racks that will accommodate 24 bicycle parking stalls on a trial basis," says Kittmer. "We were very happy to accommodate this request as a pilot project and support active transportation in our community."

    For more information about this year's Bike to Work and School Week and general cycling information, visit smartTRIPS.ca. Follow @CityofKelowna on Twitter for #smartTRIPS updates.

    Council Highlights
    July 9, 2012
    Residential Parking Permits

    A new $30 fee for residential parking permits is proposed for October 1, 2012 in residential areas with time restricted parking. This includes the neighbourhoods around Prospera Place, the Landmark development, Kelowna General Hospital, KSS / Okanagan College and the neighbourhood east of downtown. Residents will be able to buy up to two permits and apply for two free visitor permits. Revenue from the parking permits will be allocated to increasing parking enforcement in residential areas.

    Kelowna General Hospital Parking Update

    Kelowna General Hospital area will see an addition of 120 new staff parking spaces near the end of the year following removal of construction materials from the Ethel Street parking lot and the demolition of three houses at the corner of Abbott Street and Royal Avenue.

    Uptown Rutland Business Improvement Area

    The Uptown Rutland Business Association is proposing to renew the tax levy for its business improvement area (BIA) for a further five years. For 2013, the estimated rate per $1,000 of assessed property value is 1.34. The BIA is a system that allows property owners in an area to pool their efforts and funds for marketing, planning and management activities. The deadline for receipt of petitions against the proposed levy is Monday, August 20, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.


    Community Plan Indicators

    A progress report on the Official Community Plan adopted in May 2011 showed a majority of indicators trending in a positive direction. Highlights from the report show that the crime rate is down, medium incomes are increasing and urban communities are becoming more compact. Recreational opportunities within the community also remain strong. Housing affordability continues to be an issue for many residents.

    Park Bylaw Changes

    Council adopted changes to the Parks and Public Space Bylaw and updated fines, including an increase to $345 from $50 for starting a fire in a park and a $500 fine for holding an unauthorized event. The bylaw now permits the use of small gas powered BBQs at public beaches. View the full bylaw at kelowna.ca/bylaw.

    For more information about Council, visit kelowna.ca/council.
    GranFondo road closures and transit service changes
    Traffic Advisory
    A number of road closures will be in place as part of the GranFondo Kelowna mass participation cycling event being held on Saturday, July 14. The event will begin and end at Celebration Plaza at Waterfront Park on Water Street. Transit service in Glenmore will be affected until 2 p.m.

    From 2 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, Water Street, from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive, will be closed to vehicle traffic for race set up, start and finish.

    Rolling road closures will be in effect from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    • Eastbound Clement Avenue closed between Ellis Street and Spall Road (Glenmore Road) from 6:45 a.m. to 8 a.m.
    • Northbound Glenmore Road closed between Clement Avenue and Cross Road from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
    • Northbound Glenmore Road closed between Cross Road and Okanagan Centre Road W from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
    • Southbound Glenmore Road closed between Okanagan Centre Road W and McKinley Road from 9:45 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.
    • Southbound Glenmore Road closed between McKinley Road and High Road from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
    • Westbound shoulder lane closed between Clifton Road and Gordon Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Westbound Clement Avenue closed from Clifton Road to Ellis Street 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


    While there will be no road closures for these routes, delays are expected from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    • Southbound of Valley Road N between Scenic Road and Summit Drive
    • Southbound of High Road (Summit Drive) between Valley Road N and Clifton Road
    • Southbound Clifton Road from High Road to Clement Road


    All signals will go into flash mode for the outbound route from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. and for the inbound route from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Motorists are asked to obey traffic control personnel at all times for the safety of the large number of cyclists expected.

    Transit Service along the race route will be affected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    • Glenmore Route No. 7 (inbound) will be detoured via Glenmore Road to Clement Avenue, Clement Avenue onto Gordon Drive and Gordon Drive onto Cawston Avenue.
    • Transit riders are encouraged to leave extra time for travel during service interruptions.
    • Delays along the entire route are also expected from 7 to 7:30 a.m. as traffic will be reduced to single lane.


    Parking Lot Closure: Dolphins Parking Lot will be closed from Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m. until Sunday, July 15 at noon.

    On-street Parking: Water Street between Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street will be restricted Saturday, July 14 from 2 a.m. to 8 p.m. to accommodate the start and finish of the race. Courtesy tows, if required, will be at the parking lot on the corner of Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street.

    Boat launch: Access to the Water Street Boat Launch will be restricted from 6 to 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 to accommodate the race start.

    For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    YLW gets United to Los Angeles
    Daily non-stop flights to LAX beginning December 19
    The Okanagan has often been referred to as ‘Canada's California'. Now a new route will unite the two regions.

    Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is pleased to announce that United Airlines will offer United Express year round daily service to Los Angeles (LAX) beginning December 19.

    "This is great news for our community, the Okanagan and BC's Southern Interior," says Chair of the YLW Airport Advisory Committee, Mayor Walter Gray. "Having daily, non-stop flights between Kelowna and Los Angeles will open the doors for both business and holiday travellers."

    "California is the largest transborder market for Okanagan residents and currently accounts for 28 per cent of the outbound travel to the US," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "Between the high-tech industry and the wine industry, there are strong business ties between our two regions."

    Samaddar continues, "The Los Angeles route has been timed to maximize connections to and from the southwest United States, Mexico and Latin America. This will be our largest hub with the most connections to other destinations. Inbound passengers will find this advantageous as well to help get them here and experience the Okanagan's four seasons of adventure."

    "Our new service will not only link Kelowna travellers to Los Angeles and United's global route network, but will also provide a conduit for travellers from the Los Angeles area and beyond to experience what the Okanagan Valley has to offer," said Martin Kammerman, United's senior manager for market analysis. "With a mix of summer and winter outdoor activities and a vibrant business climate, we're confident that Kelowna will be a popular destination for both business and leisure travellers."

    "Air service development is a very long process," explains Mayor Gray. "After five years of discussions with United Airlines, our Air Service Development team has built a strong and sustainable business case. I would like to thank United for their investment and confidence in Kelowna and the Okanagan. I would also like to thank Tourism Kelowna, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Big White Ski Resort and the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission for working with our team at YLW to help make this a reality."

    An official launch of the new service will take place with the inaugural flight on December 19. The public is invited to learn more about the destinations YLW serves and its winter flight schedule at the Hot Sun Travel Expo held in the airport terminal building between 11am and 4pm, Saturday September 8, 2012.

    As one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada, YLW's total economic impact is 2,730 jobs and $610 million in total economic output to the province. Serving 1.4 million passengers in 2011, YLW offers 64 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, WestJet and United Airlines to Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles, including seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun; and sun destination charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos as well.

    For more information visit ylw.kelowna.ca.
    Road closures for Midsummer 8K run
    Traffic Advisory
    On Sunday, July 15 approximately 185 participants are expected to take part in the annual Midsummer 8K Running Race. The race starts and ends at the Mission Recreation Park on Lexington Road. Runners will be on the road between approximately 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

    To accommodate the race, the Mission Recreation Park Ring Road will be closed intermittently from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and Lexington Road (between Ring Road and Gordon Drive) will be closed from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. to allow for the race start to take place.

    Participants will be racing along Lexington Drive, Lakeshore Road, McClure Road and Gordon Drive. Although runners will stay close to road shoulders for the remainder of the route, they will be given right of way through intersections during the race.

    While these roads remain open, traffic delays are to be expected. Motorists are asked to yield to participants and to obey traffic control personnel along the route.

    For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport .
    Borden and Laurier avenues utility improvements
    Road closure starts Monday, July 9
    Beginning Monday, July 9, Borden Avenue from Gordon Drive to Ethel Street will be closed to thru traffic until the end of July.


    Laurier Avenue is scheduled to close August 1 to the end of September.


    The road closures will be in effect to accommodate a utility replacement in the area. The replacement will include water and wastewater piping and restoration of the roadway.


    The $1.3-million contract was awarded to R355 Enterprises Ltd.; True Consulting is the engineering and inspection firm.


    Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for up to date road work, road closures and potential delays.
    Contract awarded for Bernard Avenue Revitalization
    CGL Contracting Ltd. to rejuvenate Downtown’s main street
    The Bernard Avenue Revitalization construction project has been awarded to CGL Contracting Ltd. The $11-million contract will see the replacement of aging utilities and rejuvenate Downtown's main street.


    Four prequalified tenders were received, with Vernon-based CGL Contracting Ltd. being the most competitive.


    "Next steps will see the construction schedule finalized with the contractor, including the traffic management plan and the other details the business community is interested in knowing," says Bill Berry, Director of Design & Construction Services. "It's a priority for us to keep businesses and residents informed as we move forward in delivering this significant revitalization project."


    The project will be delivered over two years with construction activity paused during July, August and December to accommodate peak revenue months for businesses. Completion is scheduled for summer 2014.


    Visit online at kelowna.ca/cityprojects to learn more about the schedule, parking and getting around Downtown during construction and register to receive email updates directly to your inbox.
    Rutland Seniors’ Centre renovations set
    $21,530 grant received from Federal government.
    The City of Kelowna is excited to accept a $21,530 grant from the Government of Canada today that will be used for improvements to the Rutland Seniors' Centre. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors program, which supports projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of others in their communities.

    "This project was initiated by members of the Rutland Seniors' Centre Society who identified a need within the facility and approached us to see how this work could be accomplished," says Louise Roberts-Taylor, Manager Community Neighbourhood Programs. "The involvement of the Society has not stopped there. Members have had input in the development of a concept design for the renovated space, and once the renovation is complete, the Society will use the space to manage their volunteer program and as a reception area for the programs they deliver."

    "We are thrilled that the City was able to renovate the Centre," says Lynn Callon, Rutland Seniors' Centre Board of Directors Secretary. "Our society could not operate without our volunteers, and this new space will improve our volunteer program and the services we deliver."

    Through this grant, the City will help increase the Society's ability to deliver services and programs to seniors and will improve the facility's functionality to deliver City programming.

    "Rutland Seniors' Centre is one of the City's multi-use, multi-age centres," says Roberts-Taylor. "Offering programs for all ages through facilities such as this one makes inter-generational interactions possible and increases the opportunities for social connection among seniors."

    The City will begin renovating the existing building later this month.

    Currently, the Rutland Seniors' Centre Society offers roughly 35 programs per week to approximately 890 members. These programs include dancing, painting, table tennis, quilting, bridge, badminton, carpet bowling, pickelball, cribbage, billiards, bingo, yoga and fitness classes.

    For more information on the programs offered through the Rutland Seniors' Centre, visit kelowna.ca/recreation .
    Repairs to Knox Mountain trail due to poor weather
    Public Service Announcement
    The City of Kelowna will be doing maintenance on the Apex Trail between the lower parking lot and the Crown Lookout in Knox Mountain Park over the next few weeks to repair damage caused by the recent rainfalls.

    While the trail will not be closed, residents visiting the park are asked to be diligent and watch for potential hazards, such as debris and rock fall.

    Users are also asked to obey any signs posted at the trail heads and follow instructions of workers to ensure everyone's safety.

    For more information about City parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks .
    Camps and programs for everyone
    Registration still open.
    Summer has just begun and the kids are finally out of school. It's the perfect time to have fun, learn new skills and meet new friends.

    "Summer provides the opportunity for children to experience new things," says Louise Roberts-Taylor, Manager of Community & Neighbourhood Programs. "We offer a wide variety of programs and camps, from sports to dance and art. There really is something for everybody."

    The City of Kelowna offers children's programs at a number of locations throughout the community during July and August.

    You can now register for summer camps and other recreation programs including:


    • All day sport camps
    • Elite soccer camps
    • Sizzling day camps
    • Dance classes
    • Tennis lessons
    • Art programs


    For the complete program listing and/or to registration, call 250-469-8800 or visit
    kelowna.ca/recreation .
    Mission dog park users urged to play elsewhere
    Public Service Announcement
    Mission dog park is not recommended for use at this time due to recent heavy rains that have left large areas of standing water.

    Users are advised to visit another dog park until the water in Mission Recreation Park subsides. Visit kelowna.ca/parks to discover other dog park locations.

    The adjacent sportfield at Mission Recreation Park also remains closed at this time due to the high water table in the area.

    Park Services has consulted with a local veterinarian who advises that the health risk to dogs from the standing water is likely very low. This advisory is based more on the wet and muddy conditions.
    Motorists asked to watch for race participants
    ChainLine Cycle Road Race and Criterium June 30 & July 1
    On Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1, motorists are advised to yield to cyclists participating in the 2012 ChainLine Cycle Club Road Race and Criterium.

    On Saturday, race participants will use a circuit route on Jim Bailey Road and Jim Bailey Crescent. Race times are from 5 to 8 p.m. On Sunday, cyclists will be racing in Southeast Kelowna along Spiers Road, June Springs Road, Mathews Road, Wallace Hill Road, Balldock Road, Saucier Road and Grantham Road. Race times are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    While there will be no normal route closures, traffic control personnel will be on site and motorists are asked to be diligent while driving in the neighbourhood. During the races, the cyclists have the right of way.

    For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Scheduled closures for Keloha Music & Arts Festival
    Traffic Advisory
    Waterfront Park will be closed to the public starting Friday, July 6 at noon until Monday July 9 at 2 p.m. to accommodate the festivities held during the 2012 Keloha Music & Arts Festival.

    Starting Friday, July 6 until Sunday, July 8 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Dolphins Parking lot at Waterfront Park will be will be closed and on-street parking will be restricted on Water Street from Sunset Drive to the Waterfront Park crosswalk.

    Public parking will still be available at the Library Plaza Parkade located at 1360 Ellis St. and Chapman Parkade at 345 Lawrence Ave.

    Normal traffic routes and regular transit service will remain unchanged during the event.

    For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport .
    Summer transit schedule changes
    Changes to reflect summer school schedules
    On July 2, the #4 Pandosy/UBCO Express and #88 Special transit routes will be deactivated in conjunction with summer school schedules. A small number of afternoon trips on the #7 Glenmore and #10 North Rutland specifically serving student riders will also be discontinued for the summer season.

    These buses were in place to specifically address the exceptional volumes of students during peak school travel times and are discontinued for the summer when volumes drop.

    All bus routes will return to peak service schedules on Sept. 4, 2012.

    For detailed schedule, route and fare information check out the Riders Guide or visit www.bctransit.com/regions/kel.

    It’s time to dance in the park
    Come dance at Stuart Park July 4 to August 22.
    Dust off those dancing shoes and join City staff for a second summer of Dancing in the Park.

    Zumba, groove method and ballroom are just three of the seven dance styles coming to Stuart Park Wednesday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m., July 4 to August 22.

    Qualified dance instructors teach you the moves starting at 7 p.m. and then it's up to you and your neighbours to kick it up a notch on the Plaza floor.

    Dancing in the Park Weekly Themes:

    July 4
    Zumba dance party

    July 11
    Swing

    July 18
    Line dancing & Two-step

    July 25
    Hip Hop

    August 1
    Groove Method

    August 18
    Hot Latin nights

    August 15
    Ballroom dancing

    August 22
    Grand finale dance party

    Dancing in the Park is free for everyone. Registration, experience and quick feet are not required.

    For more information about Dancing in the Park, call the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 250-469-8800 or visit kelowna.ca/recreation or facebook.com/cityofkelowna under events.
    Parking and road closures for Canada Day celebrations
    Traffic Advisory
    A number of road and parking restrictions will be in place in downtown Kelowna during Canada Day on Sunday, July 1.

    Roads
    Starting at 6 a.m. on July 1, Water Street from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic.

    Fireworks are expected to take place at 10:30 p.m., weather permitting. Knox Mountain Drive will close to vehicles at 8 p.m., however pedestrians will have full access to the park until 11 p.m. Knox Mountain Drive will re-open Monday, July 2 at 9:30 a.m.

    Motorists are asked to obey traffic control personnel at all times for the safety of the large number of pedestrians anticipated.

    Parking
    On-street parking will be unavailable on Water Street from Cawston Avenue to the Prospera entrance lot on Ellis Street, as well as on Bernard Avenue in front of Kerry Park. Mill Street parking lot will be closed from 6 a.m. until after the fireworks dispersal.

    The Dolphins parking lot will be closed from noon on Saturday, June 30 to noon on Monday, July 2.

    Public parking will still be available at the Library Plaza Parkade located at 1360 Ellis Street and Chapman Parkade at 345 Lawrence Avenue.

    Transit
    Residents are encouraged to take transit to the fireworks. Buses will be running according to regular Sunday schedule throughout the day, however additional buses will be available on major routes to alleviate overcrowding. Following the fireworks, buses will be available at the Queensway Transit Station for extended service on major routes including the #1 Lakeshore bus, #2 North End, #7 Glenmore, #8 University, #10 North Rutland, #11 Rutland, #21 Glenrosa, #23 Lake Country, and #97 Express.

    Regular fares apply, and children under 12 ride free when accompanied by an adult.

    Service disruptions and traffic delays may occur throughout the day due to road closures. All Route 2 North End buses will detour from Water Street to Cawston Avenue to Ellis Street and then follow regular routing.

    Visit bctransit.com under Kelowna for route and schedule information.

    For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport .
    City of Kelowna reports on 2011 year
    Annual report released
    The City of Kelowna has released its 2011 Annual Report, Your City. Your Voice.

    "The 2011 annual report theme describes our work over the last year," says Mayor Walter Gray. "We engaged our community as we built plans that will guide our future growth and worked with our community to adopt a new Official Community Plan."

    From the general election to the new Downtown Plan, significant consultation and planning put in place policies to support the revitalization of the City's downtown, cultural expansion, access to affordable housing and protection of Knox Mountain Park and the City's urban forest.

    Initiated in 2011, Kelowna was the first city in B.C. to set new irrigation standards to conserve water use in landscaping.

    "Partnerships were pivotal to so many accomplishments," says Gray. "Together with the YMCA-YWCA, we opened the doors on a $6.9-million expansion to Kelowna Family Y and in partnership with BC Housing, the $10-million Tutt Street Place supportive housing project was opened."

    City expenditures in 2011 were more than $260 million, with $107 million collected from taxation. In 2011, 3.9 cents of each municipal dollar collected was budgeted for debt servicing.

    The City of Kelowna has won numerous awards from the Government Finance Officers Association for its financial reporting. A limited number of bound copies are available and the entire report can be viewed at kelowna.ca/cityhall.

    City of Kelowna property taxes are due
    Deadline is midnight, Tuesday, July 3
    Property owners are reminded that 2012 property taxes must be paid by midnight, Tuesday, July 3.

    "Taxes can be paid in person at City Hall or online at banking institutions," says George King, Revenue Manager. "City Hall closes at 4 p.m., however we have deposit boxes available at our front entrance as well at the Doyle Avenue parking lot exit and at the Parkinson Recreation Centre." Deposit boxes are emptied each evening.

    Property taxes can be paid by cash, cheque, money order or debit card.

    City Hall will be closed for the Canada Day holiday on Monday, July 2.

    Current taxes that remain outstanding after July 3, 2012 will be subject to a five per cent late payment penalty. A second five per cent penalty will be imposed on all outstanding current taxes after Aug. 7. Penalties are legislated under the Community Charter and therefore are not discretionary.

    For more information, call the Revenue Branch at 250-469-8757 or visit the City website at kelowna.ca/propertytax.
    Pumps running at Water Street and Royal Avenue
    Royal Avenue beach access closed
    The City of Kelowna set up temporary pumps at the Water Street Boat Launch and the Royal Avenue beach access to help minimize potential flooding in the downtown area due to the high lake level.

    The current lake level has exceeded 10 cm over full pool. Pumps started running yesterday and will continue until the lake has receded to a safe level.

    For public safety, the Royal Avenue beach access will be closed while the pumps are in place. Residents are asked to stay away from crews and equipment working.
    Park & Play in new locations this summer
    Starting July 2 in a neighbourhood near you.
    It's summer time and in Kelowna that means it's time to play - Park & Play style.

    Starting Monday, July 2, the City's Park & Play crew will lead a variety of sports, relay races and family activities in Kelowna's neighbourhood parks. This year, five new parks have been added to the list. Check out the schedule, bring your kids and meet your neighbours for an evening of fun in the park.

    Park & Play runs for eight weeks, Monday to Friday, July 2 to August 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.

    Loseth Park
    Rutland/Black Mountain
    Monday, July 2, 9, 16, 23

    Quilchena Park
    Kettle Valley
    Tuesday, July 3, 10, 17, 24

    Matera Glen Park
    Glenmore
    Wednesday, July 4, 11, 18, 25

    Kinsmen Park*
    Central
    Thursday, July 5, 12, 19, 26

    Mugford Park
    Rutland
    Friday, July 6, 13, 20, 27

    Redridge Park*
    Crawford
    Monday, July 30, August 6, 13, 20

    Lions Park*
    Rutland
    Tuesday, July 31, August 7, 14, 21

    Golfview Park*
    Glenmore
    Wednesday, August 1, 8, 15, 22

    Gerstmar Park*
    Rutland
    Thursday, August 2, 9, 16, 23

    Duggan Park
    Central
    Friday, August 3, 10, 17, 24

    * New neighbourhood Park & Play locations.

    Parents and guardians are reminded that they are responsible for the care and supervision of their children. They are also encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles.

    For more information about Park & Play, call the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 250-469-8800 or visit kelowna.ca/recreation or facebook.com/cityofkelowna under events.


    Bulman Road Bridge re-opens
    Traffic Advisory
    The City of Kelowna has re-opened the bridge over Mill Creek at Bulman Road south of Shadow Ridge Golf Course.

    The bridge had been temporarily closed since June 14 due to high water levels.

    For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Coyotes spotted in Quail Ridge Linear Park area
    Public Service Announcement
    The City of Kelowna is warning those who use and live near the Quail Ridge Linear Park area of the presence of an aggressive coyote(s).

    Should residents or park users see a coyote, they should make themselves visible and make noise. People should also take care when walking their dog in the area, as dogs can increase aggressive coyote behaviour.

    The City is posting warning signs in the park, while local conservation officers are monitoring the situation. Anyone who sees aggressive coyote behaviour is asked to call the Ministry of Environment RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.

    For more information about Quail Ridge Linear Park and other municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    New technology to improve irrigation practices in parks
    City receives grant from Okanagan Basin Water Board
    The City of Kelowna received a $20,000 grant from the Okanagan Basin Water Board to develop a web-based system to analyze historical and current irrigation data to improve the City's irrigation practices in parks.

    "The City is an important consumer of water within the community," says Ted Sophonow, Parks, Beaches and Sports Fields Supervisor. "Water is essential to maintain the quality of our sports fields and parks so residents and visitors can enjoy recreational activities. If we can find more efficient and sustainable ways to save our natural resources, we wouldn't hesitate to do so."

    The University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) has been asked to consult on this project and will be engaging their students from the Computer Science department to build the required software.

    "This is a great project for our students to be involved in," says Dr. Ramon Lawrence, Associate Professor at UBCO. "This software used to gather and study park irrigation data will be the first of its kind in Canada. It will assist park managers in making appropriate decisions on the whole irrigation system for city parks. It will also be designed and available for other cities, organizations and businesses to use."

    Students and City crews are currently collecting historical and real-time data on our parks' water usage. The objective is to have the necessary information available and the software complete by the end of the summer. Then the City's Park Services branch will be in a better position to understand the parks' irrigation system and decide on more sustainable practices.

    For more information about City parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks .
    50 years of seeing it live
    Kelowna Community Theatre is turning 50
    The Kelowna Community Theatre is turning 50 this September and today marks the start of the celebration. Mayor Gray and guests toured the theatre to talk about its history. They also shared the backstage excitement, drama and hard work that goes into putting on a show as crews from ‘Beatlemania' prepared for their evening performance.

    Since opening its doors on September 13, 1962, the theatre has evolved from a small community theatre to become Kelowna's professional presenting house in the heart of the Cultural District. For 50 years, local residents have been entertained and inspired by their peers, first class presenters and performers from around the world.

    "The theatre has been an important gathering place for the community since it opened," says Sandra Kochan, Cultural Services Manager. "It's the place where we come together to see our kids on stage, attend a special ceremony or applaud a star performance. It's often a starting point for a lifetime of arts experiences. Without this venue, much of Kelowna's cultural development would not have been possible. It's time to celebrate that history, and a bright future for artists and audiences alike."

    There is an exciting line-up of entertainment during the theatre's 50th season, including a mix of local, national and international performers such as Fernando Varela, Michelle Wright, John Pinette and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. A Golden Anniversary Showcase event to celebrate the theatre's anniversary will also be held on September 13, making the Kelowna Community Theatre the place to be this year.

    "A lot of interesting and dynamic characters having been through our doors and this is the perfect opportunity to bring some of them back to help us celebrate this special milestone," says Kochan.

    In addition, a retrospective on the history of the Kelowna Community Theatre is now featured in an evolving wall display and video in the theatre's lobby.

    "The theatre has inspired many Kelowna residents over the past 50 years," says Randy Zahara, Theatre Manager. "People have fascinating stories about their experiences here and we want to hear them."

    A Facebook event page dedicated to the theatre's 50th anniversary has been created and all stories are welcomed. In addition, people can also send their stories, photographs or even items directly to the Kelowna Community Theatre located at 1375 Water Street or by email to rzahara@kelowna.ca.

    You can also get a listing of theatre events delivered directly to your inbox by signing up to the City's e-Subscribe program.

    For more information visit kelowna.ca/theatre.
    Council Highlights
    June 18, 2012
    Secondary Suites Bylaw

    Council gave first reading to a bylaw that changes zoning for secondary suites. Coming out of the Housing Strategy endorsed by Council in 2011, the secondary suite process was identified as one that could be made more efficient and expand affordable housing options with minimal impact in neighbourhoods. The changes will permit secondary suites in all single-family dwellings in most single-family residential zones. Applicants will only require an Occupancy Permit and current Business Licence, and are no longer required to have a public hearing to rezone the property. The application process is expected to take 2 to 4 weeks, rather than the current 2- to 4-month timeframe for approvals. The full Council Report is available at kelowna.ca/business. A public hearing on the subject will be held July 24 at City Hall.

    Environmental Achievement Awards

    Council directed staff to hold the Environmental Achievement Awards in the fall of 2012. In future years, an environmental award will be presented as part of the annual Civic & Community Awards.

    For more information about Council, visit kelowna.ca/council.
    Secondary suites process improves efficiency
    New two to four week approval process for suites
    Council has authorized changes to the Secondary Suite application process, lessening the time it takes to approve this form of affordable housing.

    Changes to the new zoning bylaw will also allow secondary suites to be created within existing single-family dwellings throughout the city, rather than only in designated ‘s' zones.

    "This strategy will help provide affordable housing in our community with minimal impact to neighbourhoods," says Director of Land Use Management Shelley Gambacort. "No new infrastructure is required as the secondary suites are contained within existing single-family homes."

    Carriage houses are not included in this strategy. They will continue to have a separate approval process.

    The new process would result in a 2- to 4-week approval process, compared with 2 to 4 months currently. The main difference is that applicants no longer need to go through the rezoning process. Of the 140 secondary suite applications forwarded to Council in the last three years, six were not supported at Council.

    "This approach continues to provide checks and balances," says Gambacort. "The building, parking and servicing requirements for secondary suites are not changing. All Building Permit applications will be reviewed by City staff to ensure facilities can support the inclusion of a secondary suite. The required Building Permit application runs concurrent with a Business Licence application, which provides another level of oversight on the application, in addition to providing information for recourse after the secondary suite is in place."

    The Housing Strategy endorsed by City Council in 2011 notes that more than half of households in Kelowna do not have sufficient income to buy housing. More affordable housing options are an identified need in Kelowna.

    The City has a limited ability to influence the availability of housing stock to address the community's needs. What the City can do is improve policy and zoning to support the needs for housing and make it clearer and easier to support housing proposals that would be suited to families.

    Secondary suites already exist throughout the city, but those outside the former ‘s' zones are illegal. This change addresses the reality of illegal suites and brings greater oversight to safety and neighbourhood issues.

    More details about Secondary Suites and other Land Use Management topics is available at kelowna.ca/landuse.
    Ball game raises funds for BC Firefighters’ Burn Fund
    Thursday, June 21
    Okanagan residents are invited to attend the BC Professional Firefighters' Burn Fund charity baseball game this Thursday, June 21, at Elks Stadium. The Kelowna Falcons will take on Walla Walla.

    "100 per cent of ticket proceeds from the ball game will be donated to the BC Professional Firefighters' Burn Fund," says Kelowna firefighter Pat Barton. "We will also have a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids, and loads of other fun activities and giveaways throughout the game."

    Residents are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for this fun event. They are $10 each and available at Reception at Kelowna City Hall (1435 Water St.) and at the Main Kelowna Fire Hall (2255 Enterprise Way). Tickets can also be purchased at the event, which starts at 6:30 p.m.

    The BC Professional Firefighters' Burn Fund provides life saving, life supporting, and life enriching services to the people in British Columbia. More than 3,800 professional fire fighters in BC dedicate and donate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase the public's knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through the work the BC Professional Firefighters' Burn Fund does with its burn awareness, research and prevention programs.

    For more information on the event, call 250-317-7431.
    Residents urged to report suspicious activity around street lights
    Call 911 or crime stoppers and stay clear of exposed wires
    Due to recent copper theft, the City of Kelowna, Fortis BC and the RCMP are asking residents who see suspicious activity around street lights or electrical infrastructure to call the local authorities immediately and to stay clear of any exposed electrical wiring.

    "Our main concern is the safety of the public," says Joe Creron, Civic Operations Director with the City of Kelowna. "That is why we are asking residents to call the police if they see any suspicious activity, or anything that looks like attempted copper wire theft."

    "Any exposed wiring must be treated with care and should only be serviced by FortisBC employees, who have the necessary experience and safety training," says Dwain Bell, vice president of operations for FortisBC. "It is impossible to know if a wire is live or not, so it is better to err on the side of safety and simply stay away and call us."

    Since January, large amounts of copper wire have been stolen across the City, which to date will cost City taxpayers more than $200,000 to replace. This is in addition to the $900,000 that will be spent over the next three years on the anti-theft devices - half the cost paid directly from taxation, and half paid from the City's utility reserve.

    "There is no doubt that the City and FortisBC are also concerned with the cost involved to replace the wire and install anti-theft devices," says Creron.

    While it is hard for the public to determine if the activity around a street light is normal maintenance or a theft, the City, FortisBC and RCMP are asking residents to report anything that seems odd. Currently, most copper wire tampering or disturbance, which may both point to potential theft, is going unreported.

    "If you see any suspicious behaviour or come across exposed wiring please call 911," says Creron. "They will figure out if a theft has occurred and secure the site where there are exposed wires."

    The RCMP has also visited local firms who purchase copper wire to reinforce the protocols in place to prevent the purchase of stolen wire.

    To report suspicious behavior, contact the RCMP at 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

    To report downed or exposed wiring, contact FortisBC at 1-866-436-7847

    For more information about electricity in the City, visit kelowna.ca/utilities.
    Bridge reopens on McCulloch Road at KLO Creek
    Repair work complete
    The KLO Creek bridge on McCullough Road reopened to traffic Sunday.

    New concrete work was done to repair a deteriorating abutment and an engineer inspected and approved the reopening.

    The bridge was closed June 13 after a safety inspection detected the damage. Erosion of the stream bank is contributed by the recent higher than normal creek flows from heavy rainfall and above average snow pack.

    The City of Kelowna appreciates the patience of residents and motorists during this closure.

    For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Free parking to support small businesses
    Enjoy free parking downtown, Saturday, June 23
    The City of Kelowna is supporting the Downtown Kelowna Association Small Shop Saturday initiative by waiving on-street parking charges June 23.

    However, shoppers are reminded that posted time restrictions remain in effect. Vehicles can park for free, but the hourly limits remain in effect so that convenient parking spaces are turned over for new customers.

    This is the second of three Small Shop Saturdays planned by the DKA to encourage residents to check out what's new downtown, or come visit some long-time favourites.
    High water closes Bulman Road Bridge
    Temporary closure
    The bridge over Mill Creek at Bulman Road south of Shadow Ridge Golf Course has been closed until further notice due to high water levels.

    An inspection of the bridge to ensure safety of the travelling public will be conducted once water levels recede.

    The City of Kelowna appreciates the patience of motorists and residents.

    For the most up-to-date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Parking lot and alley closure for National Aboriginal Day
    Traffic advisory for June 21.
    The parking lot at the corner of Ellis Street and Lawrence Avenue, and the alley between Ellis Street and Pandosy Street (400 block), will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 to accommodate a celebration for National Aboriginal Day.

    This celebration will not impact normal traffic routes.

    For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport .
    Emergency bridge closure on McCulloch Road at KLO Creek
    Access to the McCulloch Road bridge crossing at KLO Creek is restricted effective immediately
    Access to the McCulloch Road bridge crossing at KLO Creek is restricted effective immediately for emergency repair.

    A safety inspection has determined significant deterioration of one of the abutments. Erosion of the stream bank is contributed by the recent higher than normal creek flows from heavy rainfall and above-average snow pack.

    The closure will be in effect over the next week while repairs are underway; alternate access is via Highway 33.

    Emergency Services have activated its plans for this type of event and will ensure emergency coverage is maintained during this closure.

    The City of Kelowna appreciates the patience of motorists and residents while repairs are underway.

    For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Council Highlights
    June 11, 2012
    Fire Department Report

    Kelowna Fire Department had 9,518 emergency responses in 2011, an increase of 115 over the previous year. Council received the annual report from the fire department describing accomplishments and activities in 2011 and outlining goals for 2012.

    Flyby request supported

    Council supports a request by the organizer of the Center of Gravity event to have a flyby of two Canadian Air Force aircraft over the main stage in City Park.
    Mission Creek Greenway Phase 2 Reopens
    Regional District of Central Okanagan
    A nine-kilometre section of the Mission Creek Greenway will reopen at 3 p.m. this afternoon.

    The stretch between the Hollywood Road south parking lot entrance to Scenic Canyon Regional Park and the Field Road parking area near Gallagher's Canyon was closed June 10 due to high creek water levels and flow and floating debris due to last week's heavy rainfall.

    "While the creek is still flowing fast and high, water levels have dropped allowing our Parks Services staff to check the entire length of the second phase of the Greenway recreational trail," says RDCO Communications Officer Bruce Smith.

    "Luckily, damage from the flooding was minor, repairs have been made and trail conditions are safe again for public use.

    "There are a few sections along the creek where the bank has been eroded from yesterday's rising water. These have been fenced off and for their safety we ask Greenway users to stay out of any fenced off and closed areas." All visitors using creek-side trails in any Regional Park are urged to remain alert for possible rapid, unexpected increases in water levels and flows while the runoff continues. People and pets should stay well back from any creek banks as they may be slippery or subject to erosion.

    The Greenway trail underpass remains closed at the Casorso Road bridge and on the south side of the Gordon Drive bridge.

    Parking restrictions for Father’s Day Car Show
    Traffic Advisory
    City Park parking lot will be closed on Sunday, June 17 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the annual Father's Day Car Show taking place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    Kerry Park parking lot will be closed from 6 to 11 a.m. for registration, and to accommodate vendor parking, Queensway parking lot will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    On street parking on Mill St. (from Bernard Ave. to Queensway), Bernard Ave. (from Abbott St. to Mill St.), and along the west side of Abbott St. (from Leon Ave. to Bernard Ave.) will be restricted from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Certified flaggers will be stationed at the corner of Abbott Street and Leon Avenue to assist with pedestrian and vehicle traffic during the event.

    For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Flooding Update
    RDCO Release, June 10, 2012
    The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program has been active on several fronts over the weekend as last week's rainfall has caused localized flooding problems.

    In the past 24 hours, more than five thousand sandbags have been distributed to local property owners and four truckloads of sand has been delivered to four areas that have been impacted by flood waters from Mill and Mission creeks. Crews continue to monitor all area creeks, dikes and bridges/structures over the water courses for potential debris issues that might cause flooding.

    The flow of Mission Creek has decreased slightly from its earlier peak of 90 cubic meters per second, which is close to the all time peak flow for this creek. At that flow rate, an Olympic sized swimming pool would fill in less than half a minute. The BC River Forecast Centre expects Mission Creek water levels and flows to remain high over the next few days and could be impacted by further snow melt at the higher elevations as temperatures return to seasonal values.

    In the area of Lakeshore Road bridge, nearby Radant Road property owners have been sandbagging to protect their properties from the creek. City of Kelowna crews have been removing debris from the creek at the bridge to protect against damage to the structure and prevent any potential flooding from backed up debris. The new dyke installed along the creek earlier this year southeast of the bridge is performing well and has protected several homes and businesses from flooding.

    Mill Creek, which continues to rise as a result of the recent rainfall has seen localized flooding in the Bulman Road, Totom Road and Adams Road areas. Sandbagging has taken place at Bulman Road, which remains closed with flaggers in place to redirect any traffic around the flooded section. Crews continue to monitor a sewer lift station in this area. Mill Creek also overflowed its' banks in the Enterprise Way and Commerce Avenue area, however sandbagging by City of Kelowna crews kept waters from flooding Enterprise Way.

    Kelowna International Airport has seen some field saturation and isolated flooding in the long-term parking area as a result of the rising water in Mill Creek. Water is draining from the affected parking area today.

    Within the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area monitoring continues of Dave's Creek which is experiencing high levels and flows and is impacting Goudie Road. Road contractors are addressing this issue.

    In the Fintry Delta of the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area, an assessment is underway along Short's Creek due to an erosion concern and high creek flow.

    Okanagan Lake remains below full pool but depending on weather conditions is forecast to peak late this week or next weekend.

    Information and pamphlets on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking are available from the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road) and the main City of Kelowna fire hall on Enterprise Way as well as on the Regional Emergency Operation Centre website www.cordemergency.ca and the Emergency Management BC website: pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html.

    Anyone noticing a potential problem or flooding concern in the Central Okanagan is asked to call the Regional Fire Dispatch at: 250-469-8801. Sandbags are available at local fire halls for any property owner facing imminent danger from flooding.

    At this time of year, Central Okanagan residents are asked to use caution around all local water bodies. People are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly and they and their pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff. Okanagan Lake boaters are also advised to be on the look-out for floating debris carried into the lake from rising and faster flowing tributaries.

    In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), the latest information will be available online at the new EOC Public Information website: www.cordemergency.ca.

    Fat Cat Children’s Festival cancelled Friday
    Waterfront Park open to public.
    The Fat Cat Children's Festival, which was scheduled to start today, has been cancelled due to poor weather and for safety reasons. Waterfront Park and parking lot are now open to the public for the remainder of the day.

    The Festival will resume Saturday morning with the parade at 10 a.m. Waterfront Park will only be open to ticket holders from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Minor delays are expected along the parade route. Motorists are asked to follow the direction of on-site traffic control personnel. On street parking will also be restricted. Cars parked in restricted areas will be courtesy towed to the parking lot at the corner of Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street.

    Saturday closures:

    7 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Martin Ave. and Lawson Ave. (from Richter St. to Ethel St. and Richter St. (from Bernard Ave. to Doyle Ave.) - restricted access

    8 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Waterfront Park parking lot

    9:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    Bernard Ave. (from Richter St. to Water St.) and Water St. (from Bernard Ave. to Clement Ave.) - rolling closures

    10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    Water Street Boat Launch

    For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport .

    Workshops teach locals how to go pesticide free
    Two workshop dates remaining
    Now is the time to join the hundreds of Kelowna residents who have already attended the City of Kelowna's ‘Gardening with Natural Alternatives' workshops to learn about natural and environmentally friendly yard care choices.

    Kelowna residents interested in attending a free workshop are asked to register for one of two remaining sessions, at kelowna.ca/environment or by phoning 250-469-8881.

    Remaining dates and times to choose from are:

    • Wednesday, June 13 (5 to 7 p.m.)
    • Wednesday, September 12 (5 to 7 p.m.)

    The series of free workshops this year has explored how to solve pest problems with natural products and provide biological alternatives to chemicals, including beneficial bugs such as nematodes. Questions are welcomed throughout the sessions.

    The workshops are held at the EECO Centre (located in Mission Creek Regional Park, 2363A Springfield Road). For more information, visit kelowna.ca/environment or call 250-469-8881.
    Road closure for women’s walk/run race
    Traffic Advisory
    The annual Fresh Air 5/10K Walk/Run for Women will take place Sunday, June 10.

    East Kelowna Road, from McCulloch Road at KLO Road to Reid Road, will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. to accommodate a portion of the race.

    Drivers are asked to be cautious and watch for runners along the route as participants will have the right of way during this timed event.

    For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Watch for Rising Water Levels in the Central Okanagan
    Regional District of Central Okanagan Release
    Significant rainfall forecast for the Central Okanagan this week could result in rising water levels in area creeks and streams.

    Overnight tonight and tomorrow, up to 30 millimeters of rain is possible for our area and as a result, the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program is advising those property owners living in low-lying areas near creeks to remain alert and take steps to protect their properties in case water levels rise quickly.

    Information and pamphlets on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking are available from the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road) and the main City of Kelowna fire hall on Enterprise Way as well as on the Regional Emergency Operation Centre website www.cordemergency.ca and the Emergency Management BC website: pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html.

    Local officials will continue to monitor levels and conditions in area creeks as they have since the spring runoff began in April.

    Anyone noticing a potential problem or flooding concern in the Central Okanagan is asked to call the Regional Fire Dispatch at: 250-469-8801. Sandbags are available at local fire halls for any property owner facing imminent danger from flooding.

    At this time of year, Central Okanagan residents are asked to use caution around all local water bodies. People are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly and they and their pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff. Okanagan Lake boaters are also advised to be on the look-out for floating debris carried into the lake from rising and faster flowing tributaries.

    In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), the latest information will be available online at the new EOC Public Information website: www.cordemergency.ca.
    Sports field maintenance underway
    Periodic field closures required
    Have you ever wondered how Kelowna's sports fields stay in good condition and ready for you to enjoy your favourite sports?

    The City's Park Services Department provides turf management services for all city parks and fields used by sports teams and clubs, schools and the general public. All fields are reviewed regularly to determine if repairs or maintenance is needed to keep the fields in the best possible condition for play.

    "As we work through our maintenance schedule, field closures will be required," says Ted Sophonow, Parks, Beaches & Sport Fields Supervisor. "We ask everyone to help our crews out by staying off fields that are closed for maintenance."

    Field closures typically last three weeks and it involves sprinklers operating during the day for the grass seed to grow. Signs are posted at the site to inform the public of the field closure.

    Using fields that are closed for maintenance can cause damage that will affect the turf's quality. With ongoing foot traffic, poor turf density can cause safety issues during the season, requiring longer closure periods.

    Sports fields currently under maintenance:

    • Parkinson sports field #10 (Soccer) closed from May 28 to June 17
    • All sport fields will remain open while being fertilized from May 28 to June 17


    To view the complete City's sport fields' maintenance schedule, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Kelowna Fire Department’s second annual pancake breakfast
    Sunday, June 10 at the Main Fire Hall
    The Kelowna Fire Department will open its doors to the public Sunday, June 10, for a pancake breakfast and family fun day in support of the BC Firefighters' Burn Fund.

    The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Kelowna Fire Hall at 2255 Enterprise Way, with the support of the Salvation Army, the YMCA-YWCA, Scotiabank and BC Firefighters' Burn Fund volunteers.

    "This is a great event for families," says Kelowna Fire Chief, Jeff Carlisle. "We encourage everyone to come and have breakfast, meet Kelowna's firefighters and have some fun with the events and demonstrations."

    In addition to the breakfast, visitors will see auto extraction demonstrations, high-angle rescues, fire extinguisher demonstrations and the fire safety house. Local celebrities will participate in the demonstrations.

    Other events include face painting, a bouncy castle, celebrity dunk tank, and more.

    People of all ages are invited to attend, with all proceeds going to the BC Firefighters' Burn Fund.

    The BC Firefighters' Burn Fund provides life saving, life supporting, and life enriching services to the people in British Columbia. More than 3,800 professional firefighters in B.C. dedicate and donate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase the public's knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through the work the BC Firefighters' Burn Fund does with its burn awareness, research and prevention programs.

    For more information on the event, call 250-469-8770.
    Revitalization of Airport Way - Phase 2
    Work continues along the south end of Airport Way
    As a continuation of work which was completed in 2011, phase two of the Airport Way Rehabilitation Project will continue along the south end of Airport Way.

    The $1 million project will begin on Monday, June 4 and is expected to be completed by this fall. The project will include the addition of a dedicated right turn lane on Airport Way southbound, utility upgrades, road repaving, and a multi-use pathway will be added which will include landscaping, trees, sidewalks and street lights.

    City of Kelowna crews will do much of the work, sub-contracting to outside contractors where necessary, including asphalt paving, concrete curbing and electrical.

    Vehicles arriving to the airport are requested to follow the temporary signage and the instructions of the flag crews. Traffic exiting from Hwy 97 onto the Airport Way airport entrance may experience slight delays.

    For more information, visit ylw.kelowna.ca and click on Construction at YLW.
    Park and road closures for Fat Cat Children’s Festival
    Festival and parade take place June 8-9
    This year, the City of Kelowna's "Spirit of the Lake" float will be part of the Fat Cat Children's Festival parade taking place on Saturday, June 9 starting at 10 a.m.

    Over the May long-weekend, the float won several awards including "Best Community Float" at the Island Farms Victoria Day parade, "Best Commercial Float" at the Nanaimo Empire Days parade and "Best Non-Profit Float" at the Cloverdale Rodeo parade. Since being built in 2011, the float has won an award at every judged parade in which it has participated.

    During the Festival, Waterfront Park will be open to ticket holders only on Friday, June 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, June 9, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Minor delays are expected along the parade route. Motorists are asked to follow the direction of on-site traffic control personnel. On-street parking will also be restricted. Cars parked in restricted areas will be courtesy towed to the parking lot at the corner of Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street.

    Additional closures:

    June 8

    8 a.m.-2 p.m. Waterfront Park parking lot


    June 9

    7 a.m.-1 p.m. Martin Ave. and Lawson Ave. (from Richter St. to Ethel St.)and Richter St. (from Bernard Ave. to Doyle Ave.) - restricted access

    8 a.m.-8 p.m. Waterfront Park parking lot

    9:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Bernard Ave. (from Richter St. to Water St.) and Water St. (from Bernard Ave. to Clement Ave.) - rolling closures

    10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Water Street Boat Launch


    For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport .
    Walkway and parking closures due to filming
    Intermittent closures taking place Monday, June 4
    On Monday, June 4, Sepia Films, a Canadian production company, will be filming "A Mother's Nightmare", a made for television movie, throughout the city.

    Residents using Waterfront Park will experience minor intermittent closures and are asked to follow the direction of on-site filming crew.


    • Waterfront Park boardwalk from 10 a.m. from 5 p.m.
    • Rotary Marsh Park from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


    In addition, parking at the Water Street Boat Launch will be restricted from 7 to 11 a.m. Access to the boat launch itself will be available to residents and emergency vehicles.

    From 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 to 10 p.m. on Monday, June 4, access to the Waterfront Park parking lot will be restricted. During this period, monthly users will have access into the parking bay adjacent to Bouchons Bistro restaurant. On-street parking on Water St., between Sunset Dr. and the Waterfront Park crosswalk, will also be limited to filming crew vehicles.

    For more information on outdoor events, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport and click on Outdoor Events Notices.

    New White Spot at YLW opens June 1
    Skyway Atrium Lounge conversion completed
    Whether it is a pre-flight breakfast, a quick appetizer, or dinner on the go, passengers and visitors are sure to appreciate the new White Spot Restaurant at Kelowna International Airport (YLW).

    "We are committed to providing first-class customer service at YLW" says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "This is one more way to enhance the experience of our passengers and visitors as now everyone can get a taste of British Columbia on the fly at the newly-opened airport White Spot."

    Skyway Ventures, in partnership with YLW has recently completed the conversion of the Skyway Atrium Lounge to the new White Spot Restaurant. The new restaurant, which opens on June 1, is located inside the main terminal of the airport before security screening. The new full-service restaurant is easily accessible to travellers, employees and local residents alike and will be open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. complete with take-out service.

    Food services at YLW include Tim Hortons (4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and a full-service White Spot Restaurant complete with take-out service (5 a.m. to 8 p.m.) which are both in the main terminal before Security. Located after Security in Departures, both the White Spot Restaurant and the Skyway Cafe and Wine Bar are open between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m.

    Visit the airport's website ylw.kelowna.ca for information regarding flights and airport services.
    Runway overlay project begins at YLW
    Airport’s runway to receive new surface treatment
    Work will begin on Kelowna International Airport's runway this summer, with 7,300 feet of the airport's 8,900-foot runway receiving new surface paving treatments as a part of the airport's Drive to 1.6 Passenger Development Program.


    With safety being top priority at YLW, the airport conducts annual maintenance for filling cracks and potential holes in the runway; however, it has been 26 years since a complete rejuvenation of the runway has occurred.


    "Our runway is used by 62 commercial daily flights serving 1.4 million passengers annually; in addition more than 100 cargo, maintenance and private aircraft uses can occur daily," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "The runway overlay is necessary to ensure the runway is maintained in peak operating condition for the safe arrival and departure of aircraft."


    Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 4, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 24. The runway will be closed during construction hours from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., weather dependant. No scheduled commercial flights will be affected during this closure.


    In 2008, the runway was extended to 8,900 feet from 7,300 feet during nighttime construction. Engineering reports at that time suggested the older portion of the runway should be resurfaced between 2010 and 2013 to maximize the infrastructure investment between overlays.


    Kelowna International Airport appreciates the patience and understanding of the airport's surrounding neighbours and will make every effort to ensure this project does not exceed the projected 12-week timeline.


    For more information about flights and services, visit ylw.kelowna.ca.
    Green Thumbs, Beauty Spots in your neighbourhood
    Communities in Bloom programs recognize residents
    The warm weather has arrived with plants and flowers finally blooming, making Kelowna's communities come to life.

    As part of an annual initiative, the City of Kelowna Communities in Bloom Committee encourages all gifted, green thumbed residents to get growing this summer. The volunteer-based committee supports a number of local projects as part of the Communities in Bloom national program, such as the Green Thumb Awards and Beauty Spot Awards.

    "Throughout the spring and summer, many volunteers from each neighbourhood come together to beautify our city and help improve the quality of life for all residents," says David Gatzke, Parks Community Relations Coordinator. "Our Green Thumb and Beauty Spot projects provide the perfect opportunity to encourage civic pride and engage the community."

    Kelowna's Beauty Spot program recognizes local businesses, neighbourhoods and individuals who help make Kelowna attractive through well designed and maintained gardens. Gardens are recognized by the Communities in Bloom Committee and marked with the Beauty Spot sign.

    The Committee is currently accepting nominations of eye-catching local gardens for a Green Thumb Award. The program recognizes various individuals and groups within the city that beautify the community through their gardening and stewardship efforts. Nominations are welcomed in a variety of categories including large and small private gardens, commercial gardens or business landscaping, xeriscape gardens, tree preservation and planting efforts, multi-unit or neighbourhood gardens, as well as other institutional or school displays.

    Nominations forms for the Green Thumb Awards are available through the Communities in Bloom Committee by email to greenthumbawards@gmail. Completed forms can be submitted in person at the Park Services office, 1359 KLO Road, or by email to greenthumbawards@gmail by June 29. Judging will take place in early July.

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Bridge over KLO Creek closed
    Public Service Announcement
    A foot bridge on the KLO trail damaged by fire will remain closed until it can be repaired.


    The bridge, one of three built in cooperation with the Friends of the South Slopes in 2010, was closed earlier this month due to flooding concerns along KLO Creek. The fire damage to the bridge was discovered last week.


    The KLO trail head is located east of Field Road on the south side of McCulloch Road. The pedestrian bridge is the first bridge encountered after leaving the parking area off McCulloch Road.


    The closure will remain in effect as City staff determine options to repair the bridge.


    For alternative hiking routes, visit kelowna.ca/parks and click on Pathways.
    Council Highlights
    May 28, 2012
    H2O Centre Operating Agreement

    A Management and Operating Agreement with the YMCA/YWCA of the Central Okanagan is in place for the next five years. Council approved the agreement with the YMCA/YWCA to operate the City of Kelowna's H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre.

    Affordable Rental Housing Grant

    Council approved an affordable rental housing grant of $100,679 to Davara Holdings Ltd. under the Housing Opportunities Reserve Fund bylaw. The lone successful applicant for the annual grant will build a mixed-use building with eight purpose-built rental units at 120 Leathead Rd.

    Community Climate Action Plan

    Council endorsed the Community Climate Action Plan. The plan outlines actions the City of Kelowna will take to reduce the use of fossil fuels and implement energy efficient technologies at the community level. Reducing vehicle kilometres travelled is the primary opportunity for meeting the goal of 33% less emissions for Kelowna than in 2007 by 2020.

    For more information about Council, visit kelowna.ca/council.
    Tabletop disaster exercise sharpens skills
    Regional level simulation offers opportunity to practice preparedness
    Real emergencies do not give you time to prepare. That is why the Kelowna International Airport (YLW), Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program and the City of Kelowna are being proactive and coordinating a unique regional level exercise that mimics a large scale emergency.

    "Large scale emergencies, while very rare, are a reality," says City Manager Ron Mattiussi. "Having this opportunity to practice our emergency operations and sharpen our emergency management skills gives us an extra measure of preparedness in the event of an actual disaster."

    The program, jointly coordinated by YLW and the Kelowna Fire Department on behalf of the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program, will include local facilities and more than 70 staff from 40 local governments and emergency response agencies.

    Participants will come together on May 30 at 2 p.m. at UBC's Okanagan campus to perform the tabletop exercise portion of the program where participants will partake in a simulated walkthrough of an emergency scenario. The exercise will aid in building cohesion and understanding between agencies in advance of an emergency.

    The actual full-scale live exercise event, named Operation Unity, will take place later this year at sites across the region on Sept. 13 and will include a live mock disaster event with simulated casualties, incident command, documentation, evaluation, activation of the regional Emergency Operations Centre and a media conference to wrap up. Following the mock disaster event, a report will be prepared documenting the successes and lessons learned.

    For more information about Kelowna International Airport, visit ylw.kelowna.ca and for more information on Central Okanagan Emergency Operations, visit www.cordemergency.ca.
    Airport Advisory Committee reaches South
    Membership to include representation from South Okanagan
    The Airport Advisory Committee for Kelowna International Airport (YLW) has increased its membership to include representation from the South Okanagan.

    "YLW serves 1.39 million passengers annually and from our market research we know 16 per cent of these passengers' final destination is the South Okanagan," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "Having this representation from the South Okanagan will provide collaboration from the entire region, which is integral to the future of Kelowna International Airport and the region's economic prosperity.

    At the regular meeting on Monday, May 28, Council approved amendments to the Terms of Reference for the Airport Advisory Committee to increase its membership to include representatives from City of Penticton, Summerland Chamber of Economic Development & Tourism, and the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.

    Also approved at the council meeting was the appointment of Meryle Corbett as the City of Kelowna community-at-large representative.

    The recent appointments bring the membership of the committee to 18 members including those from the City of Kelowna (3), Central Okanagan Regional District, City of Vernon, City of Penticton, City of Salmon Arm, District of Peachland, District of Lake Country, District of West Kelowna, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, Summerland Chamber of Economic Development & Tourism, Vernon Chamber of Commerce, Westbank Chamber of Commerce, Westbank First Nations, Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission and Tourism Kelowna.

    Elected officials from member communities are appointed to the Airport Advisory Committee by their respective Local Governments and serve for a term of three years.

    As one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada, YLW's total economic impact is 2,730 jobs and $610 million in total economic output to the province of B.C. Serving 1.39 million passengers in 2011, YLW has begun 2012 with four record breaking months and an overall growth rate of 4.5 per cent ahead of 2011.

    For more information about flights and services, visit ylw.kelowna.ca.
    Mayor Gray proclaims it Bike to Work Week
    May 28 to June 3
    Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray attended this morning's Bike to Work Week breakfast kick-off event and officially proclaimed May 28 to June 3, Bike to Work Week.

    Bike to Work Week started at the Rotary Centre for the Arts with a fun breakfast event for cyclists. "Every day during Bike to Work Week, cyclists from around the Central Okanagan are invited to attend celebration stations," says Bike to Work coordinator, Lindsay Eason. "Each day the celebration stations will be in a different neighbourhood, with fun themes, great food, games and cycling resources on hand."

    This week's events include daily celebration stations for cyclists:


    • Tuesday 6:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Grace Baptist Church, Glenmore - 1150 Glenmore Dr.
    • Wednesday 6:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Westbank Hub Centre (outside Subway) - Highway 97 & Butt Rd.
    • Thursday 6:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Roxby Centennial Park, Rutland - 250 Highway 33 West
    • Friday 3:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Original Joe's on Pandosy - 2728 Pandosy St.

    The Central Okanagan is one of more than 20 B.C. communities participating in 2012 Bike to Work Week which encourages people to cycle to work for fun, health and to lessen our impact on the environment.

    To register, or for more information about Bike to Work Week and cycling in Kelowna, visit smartTRIPS.ca/events.

    About smartTRIPS:
    smartTRIPS is the Central Okanagan's new active transportation education program. The goal is to encourage all Central Okanagan residents to be healthy and active by reducing drive-alone trips. By biking, walking, riding transit, carpooling and other smart transportation options, we benefit the community through better health, cleaner air and a healthier environment. Together we can improve the quality of life for everyone in the Central Okanagan.

    smartTRIPS is a regional partnership between the City of Kelowna, Regional District of Central Okanagan and District of West Kelowna.
    City Park parking lot closed for Relay for Life
    Traffic Advisory
    City Park parking lot will be closed starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 to accommodate the Canadian Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life.

    This 12-hour overnight relay event will end at 6 a.m. on Sunday June 3 and City Park will be fully open to the public by 10 a.m.

    Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport under Outdoor Events Notices for the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential details.
    100 Bike Brigade picking up speed
    The Friday morning ride kicked off Bike to Work Week
    You never know when a brilliant idea will strike. For Martin Bell, it happened while cycling the streets of Kelowna.

    "The idea for the 100 Bike Brigade happened as I rode up Knox Mountain," says Bell. "I realized that I had just travelled about 30 kilometres on great bike paths and cycle lanes. They didn't happen by accident and likely didn't happen without a lot of hard work by volunteers and community leaders."

    Martin knew he wanted to show his appreciation for the current cycling infrastructure in Kelowna.

    "I wanted to say thank-you somehow for this great amenity and thought the best way to do so would be to encourage others to get out and experience the bike lanes."

    And so, on Friday, April 20, 2012, the 100-Bike Brigade set off on its inaugural Friday morning bike ride. Two groups make up the Brigade, one group leaves from the Red Barn in the Mission at 7:15 a.m., and the other from the corner of Glenmore Road and Union Road in Glenmore at 7:30 a.m. Both groups arrive downtown before 8 a.m.

    "The hope is to ‘pick-up' other riders along the way," says Bell. "And at some point we hope to have 100 riders commuting in."

    In the future, Martin sees the Brigade encouraging residents to cycle more and drive less.

    "In five years, I hope the 100 Bike Brigade becomes an energetic tradition," says Bell. "It could become a piece of the community's fabric that encourages people to come together, get to know their neighbours and enjoy cycling in a safe and encouraging environment."

    The Friday morning bike ride kicked off Bike to Work Week in Kelowna, with more than 30 riders cycling in from the Red Barn in the Mission. Bike to Work Week is a fun community event that encourages everyone to try commuter cycling by providing resources and prizes for new and continuing cyclists. It runs May 28 to June 3 this year.

    "We are honoured to be kicking off Bike to Work Week this year," says Bell. "It's a perfect fit."

    For more information on cycling in Kelowna, visit smartTRIPS.ca.

    Get a head start on summer with the City’s Activity Guide
    Watch for the guide on Tuesday, May 29.
    Get ready for a summer filled with fun for the whole family. Watch for the City of Kelowna's 2012 Summer Activity & Program Guide online and in the Capital News on Tuesday, May 29.

    "Summer is a month away and the City's summer camps are a great way for kids to try something new, meet friends and stay active over the next couple of months," says Louise Roberts-Taylor, Community & Neighbourhood Programs Manager. "Whether your kids like to play sports, swim or be creative, the City has programs designed especially for them."

    Summer camps and programs include:


    • All day sport camps
    • Elite soccer camps
    • Sizzling day camps
    • Dancing in the Park
    • Park & Play
    • Neighbourhood Walks


    Summer registration opens:


    • June 5: General Programs
    • June 7: Aquatics
    • June 8: Leagues
    • June 8: Programs for persons with a disability (9:30 a.m.)


    Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. unless noted otherwise above. Call today to set-up your online registration and avoid phone queues.

    Additional program information and registration is available in person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, by phone at 250-469-8800 or online at kelowna.ca/recreation .
    Get in on the fun at Family Fun Day
    Join us on May 27 at the Parkinson Rec. Centre
    Bring friends and family to the City of Kelowna's annual Family Fun Day event this Sunday, May 27, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Parkinson Recreation Centre.

    With more than 50 different games and activity stations including: inflatables, portable climbing wall, and crafts, there is a little something for everyone to enjoy. You can also enjoy the live roving entertainment or go for a free swim from 1 to 4 p.m.

    To encourage an environmentally-friendly event, families are asked to bring their own water bottles.

    You can also bring a non-perishable food donation for the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

    A free bike and stroller check will be available for families walking or riding to the Parkinson Recreation Centre.

    For more information about Family Fun Day, call the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 250-469-8800, visit us online at kelowna.ca/recreation or check us out at facebook.com/cityofkelowna under events.
    Aircraft Incident
    Dash 8 passenger aircraft lands safely without incident
    At approximately 2:34 pm May 22, 2012, a Dash 8 passenger aircraft advised the air traffic control tower shortly after takeoff that it appeared to have a mechanical issue. As a precautionary measure the pilot requested to return to YLW.

    Kelowna Airport's Aircraft Rescue Firefighters, Kelowna Fire Department, BC Ambulance and RCMP were on scene for standby. The aircraft containing 55 people and 3400 lbs of fuel landed safely at 2:48 pm without incident and taxied to the Gate.

    The aircraft will have a mechanical review before continuing to its destination.
    Online Input for Lakeshore Rd. Improvements
    A redesign of Lakeshore Rd from Richter to Lexington is underway
    Residents are invited to take an online survey to provide feedback about what is important for the future of Lakeshore Road corridor.



    How do we accommodate all modes of transportation and realize efficiencies? How will this significant recreation destination look, feel and function in the near future?



    Decisions will be based on feedback that respects community values, accommodates future growth, supports the 2030 Official Community Plan and reduces Green House Gas emissions.



    A community value set was identified by a cross-section of stakeholders earlier this year to help inform the redesign of Lakeshore Road from Richter Street to Lexington Road including the Mission Creek Bridge. This will serve as the first phase for future road and utility infrastructure improvements that will ultimately extend from Pandosy Town Centre to Barnaby Road.



    The preliminary design for a new bridge, utilities and roadway is expected to be completed by the end of the year with construction dependent on the success of a Gas Tax Funding application.



    Feedback will be received until Sunday, June 3. Access the survey by visiting Lakeshore Road Improvements under City Projects.
    Meeting of BC Mayors calls for realignment of resources
    Mayors' Caucus seeks partnership with governments
    At the close of the inaugural meeting, 86 mayors from across BC are calling for an immediate discussion, beginning with the Premier and Cabinet, to examine the state of BC communities, and specifically, for a more efficient use of existing resources to better address the challenges facing residents.




    The BC Mayors' Caucus endorsed the following statement:

    "BC communities are frontline service providers for our citizens and we are seeking a new partnership with the provincial and federal governments in the best interests of all of our communities. The BC Mayors' Caucus requests an immediate discussion on the efficient use of existing resources to better address the challenges our residents face."




    The mayors outlined a number of specific areas that need to be addressed including:

    • Create a Premier's Round Table with the BC Mayors' Caucus to discuss public policy changes that affect local government budgets and delivery of services;
    • Eliminate the ad hoc granting process in favour of one that is sustainable, accountable, quantifiable and allows for long term planning by local governments;
    • Expand the mandate of the Municipal Auditor General to include an examination of the financial impacts of downloading on local governments;
    • Develop a round table on aging infrastructure that includes federal, provincial and local government participation;
    • Affirm the core service delivery of each order of government;
    • Redesign the cost sharing formula for significant infrastructure projects to reflect the tax revenue distribution;
    • If services are devolved to local governments, a sustainable revenue source for those services must be identified;
    • Develop a coordinated approach to how social services are delivered into a community;
    • Call for a full review of ambulance service delivery;
    • Establish flexibility around the federal gas tax to be goal oriented to the priorities of the specific communities;
    • Expand the application of the fair share principles province-wide and to include other industry sectors.


    Steering Committee member Mayor Shari Green of Prince George said the feeling in the room was clear. "This was an incredibly beneficial meeting where it became evident that BC mayors have, for the first time, come together as peers with a single voice. This is a new day in the way we as mayors will move forward for the benefit of all of our residents."




    Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar noted that the Caucus was clear that the time for a change in how governments interact is now. "We have to be far-sighted and innovative and we must be partners with all orders of government in finding efficiencies in how we deliver service."




    Mayor Dean Fortin said a number of common issues came to the forefront at the meeting, including the federal and provincial granting process for local governments. "Right now we're caught in a ‘grant game' with the provincial and federal governments. I'm looking forward to establishing a system that is sustainable, predictable, and quantifiable in order that we can budget and plan correctly in our respective communities."




    Mayor Taylor Bachrach of Smithers, also on the Steering Committee, outlined the need for a collective approach to service provision. "As the front lines of government, it is at the community level that changes in public policy, and their resulting cost implications, are felt the most. We must be partners in those decisions."




    The Caucus also looked at ideas around joint economic development on a community partnership basis.




    "It was significant that this group, which represented every corner of the province and every size of community from large to small, was coming together for the first time and acknowledging the concept of joint economic development on a community by community level. We saw a spirit of economic cooperation rather than economic competition," says Mayor Jack Mussallem of Prince Rupert.



    Mayor Dan Ashton, whose Penticton community was the host city for the inaugural event spoke of furthering the collective goals through innovative joint initiatives. "BC's strength is built upon the strength of its communities. What we've seen is a recognition that we must continue to work collectively."




    Mayors' Caucus Moves Forward


    The Mayors' Caucus also decided to move forward as an annual event. Mayor Lori Ackerman of Fort St. John says, "these were very productive meetings, the conversations focused on creating community and we need to maintain the momentum."




    Cranbrook Mayor Wayne Stetski added, "we are the front line of government and the backbone of this province. We want a seat at the table so we can ensure the needs of our residents are well represented."




    Mayor Dianne Watts of Surrey summed up the event with closing remarks noting "by coming together as peers, we have, for the first time in BC history, established a single voice that is strong in our conviction that we need all orders of government to work together for the best interests of all of our residents."




    The BC Mayors' Caucus is structured after successful models across North America and Europe including the Alberta Mayors' Caucus, the Big Cities Mayors' Caucus (Canada), Atlantic Mayors' Congress (Canada), Metropolitan Mayors' Caucus (United States) and the Summit of Mayors (EU).




    Members of the BC Mayors' Steering Committee are:

    • Mayor Dean Fortin of Victoria - Vancouver Island region
    • Mayor Dan Ashton of Penticton - Thompson/Okanagan region
    • Mayor Shari Green of Prince George - Cariboo region
    • Mayor Jack Mussallem of Prince Rupert - North Coast region
    • Mayor Wayne Stetski of Cranbrook - Kootenay region
    • Mayor Lori Ackerman of Fort St. John - Northeast region
    • Mayor Taylor Bachrach of Smithers - Nechako region
    • Mayor Dianne Watts of Surrey - Fraser Valley region
    • Mayor Greg Moore of Port Coquitlam - Lower Mainland region


    The date of the next BC Mayors' Caucus will be in September in Victoria. For more information visit: www.BCMayorsCaucus.ca.

    Local Government Week begins May 20
    The City launches a public engagement news feed
    The City of Kelowna is reaching out to residents during Local Government Awareness Week, May 20 to 26.

    "Kelowna residents are very engaged with local government decision making," says Mayor Walter Gray. "We saw that in the voter turnout last election and with the collaboration of business owners and residents who came together to create the downtown plan.

    "This week, we're joining with municipalities across the province to encourage residents to continue to have their voices heard."

    To encourage participation, the City has launched a public engagement news feed, accessible at kelowna.ca/getinvolved. During the planning stages, the City seeks input on upcoming park, transportation, utility and community projects through open houses, workshops, surveys and social media.

    The kelowna.ca/getinvolved webpage provides quick links to help residents participate in planning of future City projects, take action in their neighbourhood, or connect with City Council.

    Residents can also look in their mailboxes this week for the City Views publication. The newsletter was mailed out with property tax notices to keep residents up-to-date on city projects and provide more information on taxation.

    Connect with your city at kelowna.ca/getinvolved.
    Fire, smoke prevention reminders for warm weather
    Fire prevention bylaw regulates wood burning appliances
    As summer approaches and residents prepare their patios and yards for warmer weather, the City reminds residents to be aware of local smoke control and fire prevention bylaws.

    Within the City of Kelowna, outdoor wood burning appliances are not permitted; this includes fire pits, woodstoves, chimineas and other appliances.

    "To reduce the risk of fire and avoid nuisance smoke, backyard wood burning is prohibited," says Kate Bergen, Regional Air Quality Program Coordinator. "Residents are still able to enjoy barbecues or other appliances that use gas, propane or briquette and are CSA/ULC approved."

    The City of Kelowna Fire Prevention Regulation Bylaw No. 6110 regulates open burning and wood burning appliances. Different restrictions are in place for other municipalities in the Central Okanagan. Residents in other areas should speak with their Fire Department to check local restrictions and see if campfires or wood burning appliances are allowed, and if permits are required.

    When burning in the Regional District of Central Okanagan is permitted, only clean dry wood is permitted to be burned. All other materials are prohibited.

    More information about air quality and outdoor burning regulations is available at kelowna.ca/airquality.
    Knox Mountain trail closure for tree removal
    Public Service Announcement
    The Apex Trail between the upper Apex Lookout and the lower Crown Lookout on Knox Mountain will be closed periodically between Tuesday May 22 and Tuesday May 29.

    Crews will be conducting tree removals and trail work. Potential hazards include debris and rock fall.

    Visitors to the park are asked to obey signs posted at the trail heads and follow instructions of workers. To ensure the safety of park users and workers, no public access to the trail will be permitted during the periods of closure.
    Council Highlights
    May 14, 2012
    Rental Housing Grants


    Council approved an increase in maximum per-unit rental grants to $5,000 from $2,500 for residential buildings with at least five units. The changes to the Housing Opportunities Reserve Fund Bylaw adopted by Council are expected to make the use of these grants attractive to developers to generate new affordable rental housing. Additional funds for the rental grants program can supplement the grants to the maximum equivalent of the Development Cost Charges, depending on funds available and the number of eligible dwellings.


    Cemetery Bylaw Update


    Changes to the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery Bylaw include a five per cent price increase in the fee schedule. Council approved the first fee increase for cemetery services since 2008.


    Water Quality testing


    Council directed staff to work with Interior Health Authority on the collection of water samples from Kelowna's public beaches for water quality testing. IHA has asked municipalities to assume responsibility for sample collection. This new responsibility has an estimated cost of $5,000 and will be performed by staff from Utility Services who already conduct water quality sampling in creeks.


    Concession Bid Award


    Concession services at Hot Sands Beach in City Park will be provided by Service Stars F&B Services. Council approved a three-year contract with the with an option to renew for two additional one-year terms with Service Stars F&B Services to provide concession services at Hot Sands Beach. The City will receive $15,000 in rent from the vendor over the next three years.


    For Council agendas and minutes, visit
    kelowna.ca/council.
    Youth can experience the freedom of flying
    Participate in the COPA for Kids Junior Aviation Event
    Those who have an aspiring pilot at home or a young person longing be in the front seat of an in-flight aircraft will want to take part in the COPA for Kids Junior Aviation Event on June 9.

    "We are very proud to be a part of this program which allows students to gain new perspectives into the world of flying," says Sam Samaddar, Airport Director. "This program gives young people the opportunity to learn first-hand what it means to be a pilot or to simply discover the art of aviation."

    By participating in the program, children will experience a close-up examination of an aircraft, a short on-ground school session, and a flight in the front seat of the aircraft from take-off to landing. Those interested in taking part in the family fun Saturday, June 9 must pre-register their child(ren) on the Kelowna Flying Club website - www.kelownaflyingclub.com.

    Pre-registration is required for all kids who will be taking flight. Family and friends of the participants are encouraged to attend, but must bring their own folding chairs and outdoor attire. A pancake breakfast and barbecue lunch will be on sale courtesy of the Mission Lions Club. Other airport equipment and fire trucks will be on hand for kids of all ages to check out. Check-in is at 8:45 a.m. with flights beginning at 9:30 a.m.

    This annual event is put on by the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA). The Canadian non-profit association represents 18,000 pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts across Canada.

    The event is subject to change based on weather conditions. If weather does not permit, the event will be rescheduled to Sunday, June 10.

    For more information about COPA for Kids Aviation Program, visit kelownaflyingclub.com. For more information about Kelowna International Airport flights and service information, visit ylw.kelowna.ca.
    More food options for travellers at YLW
    Skyway Atrium Lounge converting to White Spot Restaurant
    Skyway Ventures, in partnership with Kelowna International Airport (YLW), will be converting the Skyway Atrium Lounge to a White Spot Restaurant.

    "Friends and families dropping off passengers, area residents and passengers themselves are looking for more food options at the airport," say Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "We are pleased we will soon be able to offer more services before heading through security with the additional full service White Spot Restaurant."

    Renovations on the new restaurant begin Monday, May 14, with a planned opening date of Friday June 1. During construction, the lounge will be completely closed. However, food and beverage services will continue to be available at Tim Hortons, located across from the Air Canada check-in desks, and at White Spot Restaurant and the Skyway Caf and Wine Bar after security in the Departures area.

    Once this project is completed, food services at YLW before security clearance will include Tim Hortons (4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and a full-service White Spot Restaurant complete with take-out service (5 a.m. to 8 p.m., effective June 1). In the Departures area after security, the White Spot Restaurant and the Skyway Caf and Wine Bar are both open between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m.

    Visit the airport's website ylw.kelowna.ca for information regarding flights and airport services.
    Clean, safe water straight from the tap
    Drinking Water Week is May 13-19
    Together with the BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) and the province of British Columbia, the City of Kelowna is proud to support BC Drinking Water Week, May 13 to 19.

    "This week will highlight the importance of having access to clean, safe and reliable drinking water," says Adrian Weaden, Water Quality & Pumpstations Supervisor. "The safety and availability of drinking water is often taken for granted as people don't quite realize how much tap water plays into their daily routine."

    The average water use per person per day in the Okanagan is 675 litres. With the demand for water constantly increasing, significant costs and energy are required to treat our drinking water in order for it to be clean, safe and delivered to our taps.

    According to the BCWWA, one of the first steps to effective stewardship and conservation of water is understanding the process in which water is collected, treated and delivered to faucets.

    The City of Kelowna's Water Utility serves high-quality water to more than 65,000 residents and more than 1,700 businesses, representing 53 per cent of Kelowna's population.

    The City's utility draws water at four locations from Okanagan Lake. It is then treated with ultra-violet light and chlorine before being distributed throughout the City's network. Water is then pumped to the utility's 24 reservoirs before being distributed to homes and businesses.

    The Poplar Point Pump Station is the City's main pump station, drawing water at rates up to 1,600 litres per second with a peak capacity of 100 million litres per day during the high summer irrigation season.

    For more information about the City's Water Utility and saving water tips, go to kelowna.ca/utilities .
    Knox Mountain Drive to close for hill climb
    Traffic Advisory
    Knox Mountain Drive will be closed from 7 a.m. Friday, May 18 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 21 to safely accommodate the annual Knox Mountain Hill Climb.

    Knox Mountain Park will be open to ticket holders only on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. Closure of the dog park will be in effect during the event. Public access to Paul's Tomb will be available via Poplar Point Drive.

    For more information on the Knox Mountain Hill Climb visit knoxmtnhillclimb.ca .

    For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport .
    Waterfront Park and Dolphins Parking lot closure
    Traffic Advisory
    Public access to Waterfront Park will be restricted to accommodate the Afrojack concert scheduled for Friday, May 18. Waterfront Park will be open to ticket holders only.

    Waterfront Park and Rotary Marsh, including the lakefront promenade, Island Stage, and Tug Boat Beach, will be restricted to public access at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 until park closure and again at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 18 until noon on Saturday, May 19 when the park will reopen to public access.

    Pedestrians are asked to detour around the event along Sunset Drive and Water Street.

    The Waterfront Park Dolphins parking lot will be restricted to public access from noon, Thursday, May 17 until noon on Saturday, May 19. Alternate parking will be available at the Library Plaza Parkade located at 1360 Ellis Street.

    For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport .
    Paving improvements to Springfield and Spall
    Open House - Monday May 14, 4pm to 6pm
    As part of the City of Kelowna's Pavement Management Program, Springfield and Spall roads will see paving improvements this spring and summer.

    To learn more about the schedule and traffic management plan for the upcoming paving projects, residents are invited to attend a public information session:

    Monday, May 14

    4 - 6 p.m.

    A.S. Matheson Elementary School

    2090 Gordon Drive



    City representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

    Preliminary work will begin May 14 on Springfield Road (from Burtch Road to Ethel Street) and paving is scheduled for completion by early June. Lane restrictions will be in place.

    Paving of Spall Road (from Highway 97 to Springfield Road) is tentatively scheduled for late July. Construction is scheduled in the evenings between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Prep work will be underway a week prior with minimal disruption.

    Paving schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions.

    Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for the most up to date information on road construction.
    Road closures for Rutland May Days parade
    Traffic Advisory
    This year's Rutland May Days parade will be held on Saturday, May 19. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. at the entrance of the Rutland Recreation Park on Hartman Road.

    Rutland Road between Highway 33 and McCurdy Road and Hartman Road, from Rutland Road to the parking lot entrance will be closed with rolling closures on Saturday May 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to accommodate the parade.

    Rutland Recreation Park parking lot will have restricted access during this time for parade marshalling.

    Minor delays are expected and motorists must follow the directions of traffic control personnel during the road closure.

    Transit service will be disrupted during the closure. Visit bctransit.com under Kelowna for route and schedule information.

    For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Warm Temperatures expected to boost Spring Runoff
    RDCO Release
    It's expected that with warmer daytime temperatures in the forecast, more snow in the higher elevations will melt resulting in faster flows and rising levels of Central Okanagan creeks and streams. The BC River Forecast Centre has a High Streamflow Advisory in place for the Okanagan, which means river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

    The Central Okanagan Emergency Program and local governments continue to monitor weather patterns and water levels as the higher elevation snow melts and flows into local water courses. Property owners in low-lying or flood-prone areas and along Okanagan Lake are asked to consider the steps they need to take to prepare and protect their properties as conditions can change rapidly during the spring runoff.

    Information and pamphlets on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking are available from the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road) and the main City of Kelowna fire hall on Enterprise Way as well as on the Regional Emergency Operation Centre website cordemergency.ca and the Emergency Management BC website: pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html.

    Anyone noticing a potential problem or flooding concern in the Central Okanagan is asked to call the Regional Fire Dispatch at: 250-469-8801. Sandbags are available at local fire halls for any property owner facing imminent danger from flooding.

    At this time of year, Central Okanagan residents are asked to use caution around all local water bodies. People are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly and they and their pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff. Okanagan Lake boaters are also advised to be on the look-out for floating debris carried into the lake from rising and faster flowing tributaries.

    In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), the latest information will be available online at the new EOC Public Information website: cordemergency.ca.
    Sustainable Transportation Partnership Formed
    Central Okanagan partners to share resources
    Regional District of Central Okanagan release
    Local governments across the Central Okanagan have agreed to form a new partnership that's focused on sustainable transportation interests.

    Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Chair Robert Hobson and the Mayors of Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland, along with the Westbank First Nation, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the goal of having them work together to identify and address long-term transportation issues.

    Hobson says, "Transportation issues are top of mind for all residents across the Central Okanagan. They are also an important part of local government Official Community Plans and our Central Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy, which is being updated. This new partnership brings all of our interests to the table in dealing efficiently and effectively with transportation matters, so that we can find common solutions and apply them from one end of the region to the other."

    Among the benefits identified in this new partnership:

  • The establishment of unified regional policies and strategic transportation plans;
    Improve responsiveness to Central Okanagan residents and local elected officials;
  • Potentially reduced costs through regional efficiencies, reduced duplication, sharing of resources, survey data, best practices and funding;
  • Providing a means to measure and monitor regional benefits and implications of transportation decisions;
  • Creates a forum and collective voice to effectively communicate with senior governments.

    In addition to the Regional Board endorsement of the MOU, all local councils have approved and support the new partnership. Staff from each local government will work together in crafting more formal agreements for the structure, funding and operation of the sustainable transportation partnership.
  • Lochview Trail now open
    New trail offers a challenging 1.5 km hike
    The City of Kelowna announced today the opening of a new trail connecting Lochview Road to Pauls Tomb in Knox Mountain Park.

    "We're glad to be able to open Lochview Trail in time for the spring hiking season," said Amy Nyhof, City of Kelowna Landscape Design Technician. "The trail provides a challenging option for those who enjoy hiking in the Paul's Tomb area. It crosses steep terrain, but it offers breathtaking views of the lake."

    The construction of this new trail is part of the City's Linear Park Master Plan, which serves to provide a city-wide trail network linking points of interest throughout the City, and providing healthy and diverse transportation and outdoor recreation opportunities to the community.

    Designed to protect the existing vegetation and wildlife, the 1.5-km trail is rated as difficult and includes steps, safety rails and signage.

    Because the trail is built on a special right-of-way through private properties, trail users are asked to respect neighbours and stay on the path.

    For more information about City parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Baseball and BBQ raise funds for the BC Firefighters’ Burn Fund
    Public Service Annoucement
    Okanagan residents are invited to attend the BC Professional Firefighters' Burn Fund Charity Night on Thursday, June 21, at Elks Stadium. The main event will be a baseball game between the Kelowna Falcons and Walla Walla.

    "100 per cent of ticket proceeds from the ball game will be donated to the BC Professional Firefighters' Burn Fund," says Kelowna firefighter Pat Barton. "We will also have a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids, and loads of other fun activities and giveaways throughout the game."

    Residents are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for this fun event. They are $10 each and available seven days a week (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.), starting June 1, at the Main Kelowna Fire Hall, 2255 Enterprise Way. Tickets can also be purchased at the event.

    "Tickets will also be available for purchase at our barbecue, this Saturday, May 12 at the Kelowna Wal-Mart, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.," says Barton. "And for $5 you can get a pop, hot dog, and a bag of chips, with all of the proceeds going to the Burn Fund as well."

    The Burn Fund provides life saving, life supporting and life enriching services to the people in British Columbia. More than 3,800 professional fire fighters in B.C. dedicate and donate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase the public's knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through the work the Burn Fund does with its Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention Programs.

    For more information on either event, call 250-317-7431.
    Parkinson Recreation Centre re-opens
    Tonight's programs remain cancelled
    The watermain break that temporarily closed the Parkinson Recreation Centre earlier today has been repaired. The weight room and gymnasium will open to the public at 5 p.m. The pool will open for public swimming at 7 p.m.

    "While the facility is open tonight for dry land fitness and pool users, all programs scheduled out of the facility have been cancelled for the rest of the day," says Don Backmeyer, Sport & Event Development Manager. "Our programs and scheduled activities will resume tomorrow as normal."

    City crews were able to shut off the water supply to isolate and fix the watermain break safely and efficiently.

    For more information, contact the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 250-469-8800, or visit kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Watermain break closes Parkinson Recreation Centre
    All programs are cancelled
    The City of Kelowna has temporarily closed the Parkinson Recreation Centre due to an outdoor watermain break. Effective immediately, the facility is closed and all programming scheduled to take place today has been cancelled.

    "We realize this closure is an inconvenience to our customers," says Don Backmeyer, Sport & Event Development Manager. "Our crews are onsite and working to fix the break and restore water to the facility as quickly as possible."

    To access the watermain break and fix the problem, the lawn and sidewalk in front of the facility are being excavated and water has been cut to the facility, which is prompting the full facility closure.

    Once the break has been fixed, the facility's water system will be tested before reopening the facility.

    For updates on this closure, contact the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 250-469-8800, or visit kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Brevity Memorial Dedication Ceremony
    Ceremony to be held Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m.
    Members of the community are invited to join the Kelowna Chapter of The Compassionate Friends and Mayor Walter Gray for the 9th annual Brevity Memorial Dedication Ceremony to be held Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery located at 1991 Bernard Avenue.

    Parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members who have suffered the loss of a child for any reason are encouraged to attend.

    The Brevity Memorial, installed in 2004, is dedicated to children whose lives have been cut short, as symbolized by the life-size bronze statue of two children playing on a tree stump.

    The Brevity Memorial Statue and Ceremony are a partnership between the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery and the Kelowna Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, an international organization dedicated to supporting bereaved parents and their surviving children.

    For more information on the memorial ceremony, please contact the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery at 250-862-5518.
    City recognizes this winter’s snow-busters
    Community members help their neighbours
    The City of Kelowna is saying goodbye to the cold weather and welcoming the sunshine by thanking the 2011-2012 Snow Buster winning nominee. This year's recipient, who wishes to remain anonymous, was awarded a $500 travel voucher for his continued efforts in helping his neighbours.

    The City's Snow Buster program acknowledges individuals who help our community by clearing snow without being asked or expecting thanks. From the first snowfall, many Kelowna residents find it difficult to keep their driveway free of snow and ice.

    For three years, our 2011-2012 recipient has gone the extra mile helping his neighbours by clearing snow from their driveways and sidewalks, as well as spreading sand and salt each time the snow falls. While he happily participates as one of our community's Snow Busters, he says he does this out of kindness and goodwill, expecting nothing in return including public recognition.

    This year's winner was not our community's only Snow Buster, many individuals and families throughout the city helped neighbours without being asked or expecting anything in return.

    To read the stories of the city's snow-busting residents, visit kelowna.ca/transportation.
    Council Highlights
    May 7, 2012
    Final Budget Approved

    Council approved the Final Budget for 2012, resulting in an average 1.12 per cent impact to property owners this year. Council had approved a 0.11 per cent increase during the Provisional budget deliberations in January, however an additional 1 per cent was added to address recommendations on police resourcing needs in Kelowna. The tax rate will cost the average homeowner $18 more than last year's municipal tax cost.

    McKinley Road Safety

    Financing for McKinley Road improvements was approved by Council. A portion of the road will be widened where it curves around a reservoir, with $300,000 going into design and construction before the end of the year.

    Climate Smart Businesses

    Council authorized a memorandum of Understanding between the City of Kelowna and the Climate Smart Businesses Inc. The partnership with this private enterprise results in training programs for local businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and improve efficiency.

    Wholesale Power Agreement

    The City of Kelowna extended the term of its power supply agreement with FortisBC to March 1, 2014.

    Lucaya Property Remediation

    Council gave 30 days notice commencing May 7 for remediation of the Lucaya development property at 1151 Sunset Dr. Staff were authorized by Council to take appropriate actions to ensure the property is brought into compliance with the remedial action, which includes removal of the crane span and improving the exterior security fencing to eliminate the unsafe conditions.
    Kelowna sets final tax rate at one per cent
    Average homeowner to see increase of $18
    City Council approved the final 2012 budget on Monday, with Kelowna taxpayers seeing a municipal tax increase of 1.12 per cent.

    One per cent of the increase covers additional costs in protective services which provides for 11 new members to Kelowna RCMP detachment

    "We're improving protective service resources over the next four years by adding a one per cent tax increase each year to provide the necessary support in this important area of service delivery," says City Manager Ron Mattiussi. "It was a difficult decision given the current economic climate, but a decision that will enhance the safety of residents and reflects our core values in development of a safe, vibrant and sustainable city."

    A tax increase of 1.12 per cent translates into an additional cost about $18 for the owner of an average $486,000 single-family Kelowna home. The tax impact for business will also be 1.12 per cent.

    Residents can estimate their 2012 municipal taxes using the online calculator at kelowna.ca/propertytax.

    Property tax will provide $99.5 million to Kelowna's overall $419 million budget. Municipal taxation funds police and fire services and is supporting the revitalization of Bernard Avenue, construction of the Parkinson Activity Centre, transit upgrades and restoration of Knox Mountain, Waterfront and City
    Parks.

    "The City of Kelowna is in a sound financial position," says Keith Grayston, Director of Financial Services. "By taking a deeper look inside the budget process residents can see we fund parks, pathways and roadways, maintaining service levels while looking at the long-term financial impacts."

    For the past decade, the City has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award annually, most recently for the 2011 Budget. Presented by the Government Finance Officers Association, the award recognizes the City's commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

    View the 2012 budget at kelowna.ca/budget.
    2012 Play On! Hockey road and parking lot closures
    Traffic Advisory
    CBC's Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! Hockey will host an outdoor 4-on-4 street hockey tournament on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 11, the Dolphins parking lot at Waterfront Park and Water Street from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive will be closed to traffic. Motorists will be asked to detour via Cawston Avenue, Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street.

    Access will remain open to the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Prospera Place parking lot and Delta parkade.

    Public parking will be available at the Library Plaza Parkade located at 1360 Ellis St. and Chapman Parkade at 345 Lawrence Ave.

    The road and Dolphins parking lot at Waterfront Park will reopen Sunday, May 13 at 10 p.m.

    Transit Route No. 2 will be rerouted during the course of the road closure. Visit bctransit.com under Kelowna for route and schedule information.

    Event information is available online at playon.ca.

    For the most up to date road closure information visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Trails closed due to weather
    Public Service Announcement
    The City of Kelowna has temporarily closed Priest Creek trail at Balldock Road and KLO Creek trail at McCulloch Road. The closures extend the entire length of the trails ending in the south at Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park.

    These closures are due to fallen creek banks and trees, and uneven surfaces resulting from recent rainfalls. Signs are posted at Balldock Road and McCulloch Road indicating the temporary closure.

    Residents are asked to use caution along all trails that line a creek as the banks are extremely saturated due to recent weather.

    For more information on City parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Meet your neighbours at Black Mountain’s newest park
    Join us for some fun at Birkdale Park this Sunday
    Residents and neighbours in the area of Birkdale Park are invited to come celebrate the start of spring in Black Mountain's newest community park on Black Mountain Drive on Sunday, May 6.

    Mayor Walter Gray will bring greetings from the City of Kelowna during a special community gathering hosted by Melcor Developments this Sunday, starting at 12:30 p.m. Food, and refreshments will be available, as well as fun activities for the whole family to enjoy including a bouncy castle, putting contest, a chili cook-off and a bedazzle bird house.

    Located at the intersection of Black Mountain Drive and Birkdale Avenue, Birkdale Park includes several sustainable features such as a minimal irrigated lawn area with low water-use native grassland, rainwater runoff catchment areas, and the use of durable, natural materials. Features of the park also include an adventure playground, pathway, tennis court and lookouts/seating areas with panoramic views of Black Mountain.

    For more information about neighbourhood parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks .
    Follow the Yellow Fish Road
    Have you seen yellow fish in your neighbourhood?
    Trout Unlimited Canada's Yellow Fish Road™, in partnership with the City of Kelowna, is painting the town yellow. The Yellow Fish Road program is a nation-wide storm drain marking program. The City of Kelowna is looking for groups of all ages who are interested in painting yellow fish in Kelowna this spring and summer.

    "The yellow fish painted by the storm drains serve as a reminder for residents to properly dispose of any hazardous household chemicals, like used motor oil, and to use environmentally-friendly alternatives such as compost in your garden," explains Lynn Robb, Yellow Fish Road Director of Conservation Education. "Washing your car in the driveway with soap can impact the local waterbody by adding nutrients, especially phosphates, which can lead to excess growth of algae or eutrophication."

    Storm drains are the grates found next to the curb and collect runoff water from the street. In Kelowna, storm drains empty directly into local waterbodies, untreated.

    "Yellow Fish Road participants paint yellow fish next to storm drains and distribute brochures to nearby households to let residents know why the yellow fish have appeared," says Althea Livingston, the program coordinator for the City of Kelowna. "We supply the stencils, paint, and other safety equipment to groups of all ages."

    If you are interested in painting yellow fish with a group, visit kelowna.ca/environment, or call 250-469-8921.
    Glenmore Footprint Days 2012
    Traffic Advisory
    Glenmore Footprint Days 2012 will take place Tuesday, May 8 to Friday, May 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.



    For four evenings in a row, families will take part in different neighbourhood walks starting at 5:30 p.m. Participants will walk about five kilometres starting from the entrance of the Glenmore Elementary School (960 Glenmore Dr.) to promote healthy living lifestyles to children, showing them how fun it can be to stay active.



    Although roads will not be closed for these events, motorists may experience minor delays at road crossings and are asked to follow the directions of course marshals and be cautious while driving.



    For the most up-to-date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Brandt’s Creek trail reopens
    Trail users are asked to be cautious.
    Brandt's Creek Linear Park is now open after being closed temporarily between Yates and Kane Road due to flooding last week.

    Brandt's Creek serves as a water detention facility and as such is subject to periodic flooding.

    With rain in the forecast this week, users are asked to continue using caution on trails along creek banks.

    For more information on City parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks .
    Council Highlights
    April 30, 2012
    Father Pandosy Sculpture

    A Kelowna artist's sculpture commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the first European Canadian settlement in the Okanagan Valley will be installed at the Father Pandosy Mission site. Council approved $5,000 from the Public Art fund to install the 6-foot, 8-inch sculpture of Father Charles Pandosy at the Mission location, which is a registered federal, provincial and City heritage site. The sculpture will be unveiled May 26.



    Concession, Vendor Contracts

    Council endorsed food services contracts for the next three years for concession and mobile vending at Stuart Park, Waterfront Park and Gyro Beach. Mexi-Cana Restaurant Ltd. will provide concession services at Waterfront Park and at The Apple in Gyro Park. The Rolling Stove will provide mobile concession services at Stuart Park.

    For Council agendas and minutes, visit kelowna.ca/council.

    Brandt's Creek trail closed as precaution
    Temporary closure between Yates and Kane Rd.
    Brandt's Creek Linear Park has been closed temporarily between Yates and Kane Road due to flooding. The remaining section of the Park is still open to trail users; however users are asked to use caution along creek banks.

    Brandt's Creek serves as a water detention facility and as such is subject to periodic flooding.

    Signs are posted at the trailhead indicating the temporary closure.

    For more information on City parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Bears spotted on Knox Mountain
    Residents asked to be cautious in parks
    It's that time of year again. Bears are coming out of the woods and City of Kelowna Parks Division warns of bear sightings in Knox Mountain Park.

    Over the past few days, there have been several reports of a potential grizzly bear near the Apex lookout and parking lot area of Knox Mountain. "Although grizzly bears are rare in urban areas, it is not impossible for a bear to venture into the city," says Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. "The City and local conservation officers are monitoring the situation."

    It's not unusual to encounter bears in natural park areas and along local creeks and rivers during the spawning season. Be aware that bears fishing for food may not hear you over the noise of the creek water. Reduce potential conflicts by staying well away from any bear viewed from a distance. Travel as a group when possible, and make noise or carry something that makes noise, such as a bell while hiking along trails or paths.

    People should respect all bears and anticipate and avoid encounters with them whenever possible. Bears can be aggressive, especially when defending their food or their cubs.

    Residents are asked to keep their children and pets supervised while outside, travel in groups where possible and to securely store their garbage in bins and on their property. Knox Mountain is an on-leash park with an off-leash area and dog owners are reminded to keep their pets on-leash for their safety.

    Please notify either the Ministry of Environment office at 1-800-663-9453 or the RCMP at 762-3300 if they see the animal. (911 should be used in the case of an emergency.)



    Bear Information Links & Safety Tips

    British Columbia Parks Bear Safety


    British Columbia Conservation Foundation Bear Aware program


    Ministry of Environment Bear Smart program


    24 hour Conservation Office Hotline: 1 877 356 2029

    For more information about Knox Mountain and other municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Four Okanagan Municipalities Discuss Coordinated Initiatives
    Inter-Municipal Services Advisory Board - April 20 Highlights
    The four member municipalities of the Inter-Municipal Services Advisory Board - Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton - are continuing their work on common municipal issues including transit governance, the Okanagan Basin Water Board and environmental permitting.

    The Mayors of the four municipalities met on Friday, April 20 and discussed the directions to take for 2012. Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray, Vernon Mayor Robert Sawatzky, West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater and Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton were all in attendance.

    "By continuing to work together, the four municipalities are able to address areas of mutual concern, which will be a benefit to all the citizens of the Okanagan Valley," said Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton.

    During this meeting, the group discussed partnership opportunities with BC Transit, which is considering implementing a three-person panel to work with municipalities on planning. The Mayors agreed that larger centres would like to work in tandem with its provincial transit partner, making the panel available to assist smaller centres with planning.

    The group also noted it is looking forward to the Okanagan Basin Water Board's strategic planning session scheduled for early June, and would call on municipal peers at the coming Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) convention in Revelstoke to offer the OBWB suggestions and recommendations for consideration during its planning process.

    Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton also broached the topic of environmental permitting issues relating to the reconstruction of streamside infrastructure, such as dike systems. The City of Penticton will take the lead on the matter, writing a letter to senior government to review the lengthy and often costly process required before municipalities are able to conduct needed repairs.

    Mayors Gray, Sawatzky, Findlater and Ashton signed two joint letters at the meeting: one to Premier Christy Clark seeking funding support for private landowners for forest fire mitigation and one addressed to all member municipalities of the Union of BC Municipalities seeking support for a change in UBCM's allocation of the Regional Significant Project funding under the Gas Tax Agreement, calling for a move from Tier 2 to Tier 1 allowing more opportunity to pursue projects that meet individual municipal needs.

    Ongoing concerns that impact all member municipalities were also discussed, including enforcement of lakeshore zoning regulations and the RCMP policing agreement.
    Summer transit schedule changes
    #6 Glenmore transit route deactivated April 30
    On April 30, the #6 Glenmore transit route will be deactivated in conjunction with post-secondary school schedules. A small number of trips on five other routes specifically serving student riders will also be discontinued for the summer season. These buses were in place to specifically address the exceptional volumes of students during peak school travel times and are discontinued for the summer when volumes drop.

    Additional summer schedule changes will be made starting July 2, 2012. All bus routes will return to peak service schedules on Sept 4, 2012.

    For detailed schedule, route and fare information check out the Riders Guide or visit www.bctransit.com/regions/kel.
    City launches utility e-billing
    Public Service Announcement
    City of Kelowna utility customers will be able to sign up for eCare, which will provide online billing and electronic notification options, as of Thursday, April 26.



    Login web links for the new eCare system can be found at
    kelowna.ca/utilities or can be directly accessed through https://ecare.corix.com/kelowna.




    "Customers of City of Kelowna utilities will be able to access their account information easier than ever," says George King, City of Kelowna Revenue Manager. "You can view your account information, current and past bills, usage, rates and even help us save some trees by going paperless."



    Residents who receive a City of Kelowna utility bill for electricity, sewer and/or water are City of Kelowna utility customers. Other electrical utility service providers in the City of Kelowna include FortisBC and BC Hydro, while there are a number of other water providers, including Black Mountain Irrigation District, Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District, Rutland Waterworks District and South East Kelowna Irrigation District.



    Residents who are unsure as to whether they are City of Kelowna utility customers can check out the Service Area Maps for electrical and water.



    Any questions, comments or concerns about the eCare online billing system can be forwarded to the Corix Customer Care Department at 250-979-4928.



    For more information about City of Kelowna utilities, eCare online billing and to view the Service Area Maps, visit kelowna.ca/utilities.
    Council Highlights
    April 23, 2012
    Community Public Art Project

    Murals applied to four dugouts at Edith Gay Park will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rutland Minor Baseball Association. Council approved funding of $7,500 from the Public Art annual allocation for the project.



    Sustainable Transportation Partnership

    Council endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding between local governments of the Central Okanagan to establish a sustainable transportation partnership. Council directed the City Manager to work with his counterparts in local government to draft an agreement to coordinate the regional delivery of sustainable transportation programs and projects to support common economic, social and environmental interests.

    For Council agendas and minutes, visit kelowna.ca/council.
    Rick Hansen Relay is coming to Kelowna
    Join in April 28 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts
    The 25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Man in Motion Relay is moving closer to Kelowna and will arrive on Saturday, April 28. Join in the celebration from 4 to 6 p.m., and meet Rick Hansen at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.



    After making a stop at the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 3:40 p.m., the local medal bearers will continue their way to the Rotary Centre for the Arts for the End of Day Celebration. Activities will begin 4 p.m., with the official ceremony starting with the entrance of the final medal bearer at 5 p.m. Rick Hansen, the Man in Motion and inspiration to many, will also be taking the stage.



    Join in the celebration and bring the whole family. There will be a children's fun zone, a visit from Ronald McDonald, community organization displays and demonstrations, entertainment and refreshments.



    Residents are also encouraged to attend Water Street boat launch on Wednesday, May 2, where the medal will depart for West Kelowna by canoe. The medal is set to depart at 11:10 a.m.



    The City of Kelowna would like to thank local community sponsors, ezRock, SunFM, Castanet and Kelowna Capital News, for helping to bring this event to the community.



    To join the conversation, and for all the latest details, visit the City's Rick Hansen Relay event page on facebook.com/cityofkelowna or kelowna.ca.



    Traffic Implications



    The relay is set to arrive in Kelowna at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Intermittent lane restrictions will occur along the route as the relay makes its way to the Rotary Centre for the Arts on Saturday at 5 p.m. Lane restrictions will also take place on Wednesday, May 2 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. as the relay heads from the Rotary Centre to Kelowna Secondary School and back to the Water Street boat launch.



    Traffic is expected to slow in both directions as the relay progresses on both Saturday and Wednesday. Drivers are asked to use caution and obey escort vehicles along the route.



    In addition, Cawston Avenue between Ellis Street and Water Street will be closed on Saturday, April 28 from 12 to 7 p.m. to accommodate the End of Day Celebration.



    Beginning at 6 a.m., Wednesday, May 2, the Water Street Boat Launch parking lot will be closed until 12 p.m. to accommodate the medal's departure.



    Visit
    kelowna.ca/roadreport under Outdoor Events Notices for more information and a route map.
    Kelowna Yacht Club parking lot closure
    Public Service Announcement
    Beginning at 12 p.m., Friday, April 27, the Kelowna Yacht Club parking lot will be closed until 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29 to accommodate the Annual Boat and Leisure Show. On-street parking will also be restricted along the westside of Water Street from the Water Street boat launch to Doyle Ave.



    For the safety of motorists, flaggers will be present at the intersection of Water Street and Doyle Ave. on Friday, April 27 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.



    Courtesy tows, if required, will be to the Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street parking lot.



    Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport under Outdoor Events Notices for more information.

    Weekend track repairs at Apple Bowl
    Track closed April 20 - 23
    The City of Kelowna will be making repairs to the Apple Bowl track this weekend. The track will be closed today, Friday, April 20, through Monday.



    Repairs will be assessed on Monday prior to the track re-opening to ensure the safety of all residents.



    Residents are being asked to stay off the track while repairs are being made, and are encouraged to use neighbouring parks for recreation activity.



    For a listing of City parks and trails, visit kelowna.ca/residents.
    2011 Civic & Community Awards recipients
    Congratulations to all succesful finalists
    The City of Kelowna is extending its sincere congratulations to all nominees and recipients of this year's 37th Annual Civic & Community Awards.

    The successful finalists were announced this evening at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

    A full list of recipients is provided below:

    Teen Honour in the Arts
    Hayley Manlove

    Honour in the Arts
    Nathan Flavel

    Young Female of the Year
    Tanveer Gill

    Young Male of the Year
    Terry Lee

    The Central Okanagan Foundation, Volunteer Organization of the Year
    Now Canada Society

    Woman of the Year - Sarah Donald - Treadgold Memorial Award
    Marie Ablett

    Man of the Year - Fred Macklin Memorial Award
    Paul Nesbitt

    Corporate Community of the Year - Small to Medium Business
    The Women's Place Fitness Centre

    Corporate Community of the Year - Large Business
    BMO Bank of Montreal

    Bob Giordano Memorial Award
    Tony Sodaro

    Bryan Couling Memorial, Athletic Team of the Year Award
    Kelowna Senior Secondary School 4A Girls Volleyball team


    Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Female
    Justine Drosdovech

    Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Male
    Mitchell Goodwin

    Female Athlete of the Year
    Kelsey Serwa

    Male Athlete of the Year
    Keefer Joyce

    Anita Tozer Memorial
    Dr. Barry Urness

    Special thanks to the sponsors of this year's event for their generous support: Astral Media, Beyond 50 Magazine, Castanet, Central Okanagan Foundation, FortisBC, Grant Thornton, Interior Savings, Kelowna Community Resources, Mark of Distinction, Prospera Credit Union, Royal Bank of Canada and Shaw TV.

    For more on the Civic & Community Awards, visit kelowna.ca/residents .
    Bike to Work Week a smart choice
    Event runs May 28 to June 3
    When the weather warms up and days get longer, it's the time to get on your bike. To get ready for cycling season, cyclists around the Central Okanagan are pumping up their tires, oiling their chains and signing up for Bike to Work Week.

    This annual event runs May 28 to June 3 to engage the community in cycling as part of their daily transportation.

    "The Central Okanagan's Bike to Work Week, is part of the smartTRIPS program," says Mike Kittmer, City of Kelowna's Active Transportation Coordinator. "This annual event challenges workplaces, schools and other organizations to incorporate cycling into their commute, and this is what smartTRIPS is all about."

    Bike to School Week is held at the same time and encourages students to learn bike safety and try riding to school.

    "Throughout the week, Bike to Work teams have the opportunity to compete against other organizations and schools to win prizes," says Lindsay Eason, Bike to Work Week Coordinator for the Central Okanagan. "Celebration Stations will be in neighbourhoods throughout the week offering snacks, cycling information, bike tune ups and a fun way to meet other cyclists."

    A recent study in Kelowna showed that residents who ride their bikes to work are significantly happier with their commute than those who drive. Plus you save money and it's good for your health.

    To get involved, residents can form a team at work, school, or place of worship and register by visiting smartTRIPS.ca. Individuals without a team can also get involved by visiting the Celebration Stations during the week. The event is free to anyone who wants to participate.

    To register, or for more information about smartTRIPS and Bike to Work Week, visit smartTRIPS.ca or phone 250-868-5121.

    About smartTRIPS:
    smartTRIPS is the Central Okanagan's new active transportation education program. The goal is to encourage all Central Okanagan residents to be healthy and active by reducing drive-alone trips. By biking, walking, riding transit, carpooling and other smart transportation options we benefit the community through better health, cleaner air and a healthier environment. Together we can improve the quality of life for everyone in the Central Okanagan.

    smartTRIPS is a regional partnership between the City of Kelowna, Regional District of Central Okanagan and District of West Kelowna.
    Council Highlights
    April 16, 2012
    Citizen Survey Results


    Council reviewed findings of the 2012 Citizen Survey. The survey is conducted every three years to gauge public satisfaction with municipal programs and services, and to gain an insight into citizens' rankings of service priorities. A full 96 per cent of residents rate their quality of life in Kelowna as "good" to "very good." Meanwhile, 37 per cent of citizens identify transportation as the most important issue facing their community. A link to the full report is available at kelowna.ca.



    Social Development Grants


    Council approved funding applications recommended by the Central Okanagan Foundation. The 2012 Community Social Development (CSD) Grants went to Canadian Mental Health Association ($2,800), Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society ($8,000), Kelowna Community Development Society ($8,500), Kelowna Gospel Mission ($20,000), Project Literacy Kelowna Society ($10,000). The 2012 Sexual Exploitation of Youth Grants went to Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society ($2,550), New Opportunities for Women ($9,450), YMCA-YWCA of the Central Okanagan ($10,000).



    RCMP Resource Requirements


    A resourcing plan to prepare a 2012 Final Budget submission of $969,500 for an additional police services costs was supported by Council. The funding plan provides for seven RCMP members in 2012. Staff will also report back to Council with a Police Services Strategic Plan and Local Crime Reduction Strategy before June 30.



    City Hall Renovations


    Council approved the first phase of a renovation plan for Levels 2 and 3 of City Hall. The third floor reconfiguration will result in an addition of 15 workstations and four new meeting rooms. The multi-year remodelling plan for City Hall will add approximately 36 more workstations and another eight meeting rooms.
    The Red Deer Connection
    Service beginning April 20
    Commuting between Central Alberta and the Okanagan just got easier. Northwestern Air will launch its non-stop service between Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and Red Deer Regional Airport (YQF) April 20, 2012.

    Northwestern Air will fly a Jetstream 32, 19-seat passenger pressurized turbo-prop aircraft Fridays and Sundays between YLW and YQF:

    Friday

    Red Deer Departure 8 a.m. (MST)

    Kelowna Arrival 8:15 a.m. (PT)



    Kelowna Departure 8:45 a.m. (PT)

    Red Deer Arrival 11 a.m. (MST)



    Sunday

    Red Deer Departure 2 p.m. (MST)

    Kelowna Arrival 2:15 p.m. (PT)



    Kelowna Departure 4:45 p.m. (PT)

    Red Deer Arrival 7 p.m. (MST)



    Serving 1.39 million passengers in 2011, YLW offers 62 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air and WestJet to Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, and Seattle, including seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cancun.

    For more information on airport news and services at YLW, visit our website at ylw.kelowna.ca.
    Spring into pesticide-free living
    The City is hosting free workshops
    Now that spring has arrived, and Kelowna residents are beginning to prepare their yards for summer, the City will again be hosting free workshops to assist residents make more environmentally friendly yard maintenance choices.

    "Kelowna is restricted by a cosmetic pesticide bylaw, so it's important to provide residents with the tools to make less toxic pest and weed control choices," says Cathy Fuller, Gardening Guru and workshop facilitator. "Residents continue to provide overwhelmingly positive feedback about the workshops, which tells me we are providing a needed and welcomed service."

    Four Pesticide Free workshops will be held this year, demonstrating natural yard care alternatives. Residents can register for one of these four workshops:

    • Saturday, April 28 (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
    • Saturday, May 26 (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
    • Wednesday, June 13 (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
    • Wednesday, September 12 (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

    These hands-on workshops, led by Cathy Fuller, will explore how to solve pest problems with natural products and provide biological alternatives to chemicals, including beneficial bugs such as nematodes. The sessions will end with a question-and-answer period.

    Fuller, also known as the Gardening Guru, has more than 25 years landscape design and retail experience and specializes in xeriscape landscape design, turf management consulting, organic pesticide alternatives, small garden designs and integrated pest management.

    The City's Pesticide Free workshops will be held at the EECO Centre, located in Mission Creek Regional Park, 2363A Springfield Rd. To choose a date and register for a workshop, visit kelowna.ca/environment and click on the ‘Pesticide Free Workshop' button, or email pesticidefree@kelowna.ca, or call 250-469-8881.
    Egg addling controls goose population
    Joint news release
    The Okanagan Valley Goose Management program is working on its sixth year of egg addling to control the number of Canada geese in public spaces.

    Trained contractors have been searching for pairs and nesting sites and hope to complete the addling program by the end of May.

    "Last year, field crews located and addled 1308 eggs from 274 nests between Vernon and Osoyoos," said Project Co-ordinator Kate Hagmeier. "The multi-year project aims to reduce the population of resident Canada geese to a more manageable level, and reduce large concentrations of geese in heavily used public areas.

    In addition to addling, aerial surveys conducted in 2011 indicated that growth in the goose population had leveled off, but Hagmeier would still like to see more results. "Preventing the dramatic population growth that would have occurred is an exceptional accomplishment, and one that the participating communities should be lauded for having the foresight to manage. However, I hope continued addling, progressive management and partnerships with additional jurisdictions will decrease the Okanagan goose population."

    Egg addling involves shaking eggs or coating them with non-toxic biodegradable food-grade corn oil within 14 days of incubation to make them non-viable. The U.S. Humane Society supports this egg addling technique. Once addled, eggs are returned to the nest. Geese continue to incubate until they realize the eggs will not hatch. At this point, it is generally too late in the year to produce more eggs. Adults are not harmed and will continue with their regular life cycle.

    During the past five seasons, approximately 6,600 eggs have been prevented from hatching through this minimally invasive approach. Taking into account natural mortality of young through predation or nest failure, that is equivalent to approximately 5000 fewer geese in the valley and all their potential young. The program also entails a nest locating component and goose population surveys.

    Key to the success of the program, is finding new nests. The public is asked to report lone geese, pairs of geese, or nest locations on private or public land by emailing coordinator@okanagangooseplan.com or calling 1-877-943-3209. Information about the program is available at okanagangooseplan.com.

    The public is asked to keep away from goose nests and to avoid touching the eggs; a special permit is required to perform egg addling, which has been secured from the federal government allowing crews from EBB Environmental Inc. and Wise Wildlife Control to addle goose eggs on public and private lands with the owners' permission. In the case of private lands, an authorization form is available on the program website.

    Interior Health continues to encourage local governments throughout the Okanagan to reduce the risk of recreational water contamination from sources such as geese. A swimming notification program was implemented by Interior Health in 2006. Since then, no beach advisories have had to be issued due in part to the combination of activities to protect beaches and beach water areas.

    The Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program is a partnership between the City of Kelowna, Central Okanagan Regional District, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, District of West Kelowna, City of Vernon, City of Penticton, Town of Lake Country, Town of Osoyoos, Town of Oliver, District of Peachland, District of Summerland and Glenmore Ellison Irrigation District.
    Construction begins on Landfill, roadway improvements
    Single-lane traffic in effect on Glenmore Rd.
    Construction of the new entrance at the Glenmore Landfill, in addition to John Hindle Drive, is now underway.
    John Hindle Drive from Glenmore Road to the new landfill entrance is a new two-lane road with a climbing lane. The construction of John Hindle Drive will serve as the first phase of the Glenmore Bypass, as shown in the 20-Year Road Network Plan.

    The solid waste disposal facility improvements include four new scales, five prefabricated modular buildings, two composting toilet systems, an automated wheel wash facility and will accommodate the growth over the next 75 years.

    The $9.7-million contract was awarded to CGL Contracting. Project completion is scheduled for the fall of 2013.

    Alternating single-lane traffic is in effect in front of Yaletown condos on Glenmore Drive until the end of May. Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for the latest road construction and project information.

    The Glenmore Landfill is open seven days a week serving the Central Okanagan Regional District and sees more than 1,000 vehicles a day in peak season.

    smartTRIPS helps residents find their way
    New initiative to reduce drive-alone trips
    smartTRIPS is the Central Okanagan's new initiative designed to reduce drive-alone trips and encourage residents to walk, cycle, take transit or carpool more often. These modes, also known as active transportation, benefit the community through better health, cleaner air and a healthier environment.

    "Smart changes to your travel behaviour can make a huge difference. The region has committed to reducing Community Greenhouse Gases, and transportation is the biggest contributor," says Kate Bergen, smartTRIPS Program Coordinator.

    In addition to the environmental benefits, using active transportation has proven to have positive impacts on the physical and mental health of the community. In a 2011 survey, Kelowna residents who rode their bikes and walked to work were significantly happier with their commute than drivers.

    "Together we can improve the quality of life for everyone in the Central Okanagan," says Bergen.

    A new website, smartTRIPS.ca, was launched last week providing tools and resources for residents interested in driving less -- and walking, cycling and taking transit more often.

    "The website has a trip planning and tracking tool, which can track the number of trips made, kilometres travelled, calories burned and greenhouse gas emissions saved through active travel," says Bergen. "It shows users the positive impacts of their travel choices."

    This spring and summer, smartTRIPS programming will be launched in the community to promote active transportation and its benefits.

    "We will be coordinating Bike to Work Week, which runs May 28 to June 3," says Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Coordinator. "This annual event challenges workplaces, schools and other organizations to incorporate cycling into their commute. And participants can win lots of great prizes."

    From April to June, a smartTRIPS pilot program will be trialed in the Pandosy neighbourhood. The pilot individualizes tools and resources for residents to help them incorporate active transportation into their lives, and get to know their neighbourhood at the ground level.

    smartTRIPS is a regional partnership between the City of Kelowna, the Regional District of Central Okanagan and the District of West Kelowna. smartTRIPS has replaced i-Go and i-Go.ca. For more information visit smartTRIPS.ca, or join the conversation on Twitter using #smartTRIPS.
    Vaisakhi Parade rolling road closures
    Traffic Advisory
    The 2nd Annual Vaisakhi Parade will take place Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Rutland Road N. will be closed from approximately 11:00 a.m. to noon to allow the parade to pass.

    Rolling road closures will also begin at 11 a.m. along Wallace Road, Sycamore Road, Friesen Road, McCurdy Road E., Keyes Road and Sumac Road to accommodate the parade.

    Truck route closure signage will be posted on Highway 33 and Highway 97 for Rutland Road. Detour signs for motorists using Rutland Road as well as traffic control personnel will be visible along the affected residential streets. Motorists may experience minor disruptions and are asked to be cautious while driving.

    For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Tickets available for Civic Awards gala
    Come celebrate with us on April 19.
    Kelowna residents can still purchase tickets to join the 37th Annual Civic and Community Awards celebration as the City recognizes the contributions and achievements of its finest volunteers, artists, athletes and outstanding businesses.

    The 2011 Award recipients will be announced on Thursday, April 19 as part of the gala ceremony taking place at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

    "The awards ceremony is a celebration of the contributions individuals and groups have made in our community over the past year," says Jim Gabriel, Director of Recreation and Cultural Services. "As we move through the evening, attendees will gain inspiration from the combined accomplishment of these amazing nominees."

    Tickets are now available at a cost of $25 per person. To purchase tickets, please contact the Cultural Services office at 250-469-8811. Tickets, if available, can also be purchased at the door.

    For information on this year's finalists, visit kelowna.ca/residents .
    Ski 2 Sea Race road closure
    Traffic Advisory
    The 32nd Annual Ski 2 Sea Race from Big White to City Park will take place on Sunday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Peck Road in Rutland will be closed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accommodate the bike-to-run transition. Up to 100 teams and soloists will race each other in a six-stage race spanning 95 kilometres.

    Traffic control personnel will be visible along the route and motorists may experience minor disruptions along Highway 33 to Garner Road, and where runners exit the Mission Creek Greenway at Lakeshore and Truswell roads.

    For race information visit www.ski2sea.ca.

    Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays.
    Council Highlights
    April 3, 2012
    Development Variance Permit


    A staff recommendation not to authorize a development permit for a property at 526 Doyle Avenue was supported by Council. A number of development variances for the proposed Monaco project were not supported by Council.

    Community Public Art

    Council endorsed a recommendation for a Community Public Art project organized by the Centre culturel francophone de l'Okanagan. Artist Henri Brazeau will work with representatives of local organizations to create six artworks that would fit within the windows on the west wall of the Centre's building at the corner of Richter Street and Bernard Avenue.

    New RCMP Contract


    Council authorized staff to execute the new RCMP contract agreement with the Province to continue receiving RCMP service for policing the City of Kelowna. The new agreement provides additional operational and financial accountability in a partnership format rather than a strict contract service.
    Knox Mountain Drive open Sunday morning
    Traffic Advisory
    Knox Mountain Drive will be open to vehicle traffic all day Easter Sunday, April 8, until 9 p.m.

    The road is usually closed Sundays until noon. The road is open to traffic Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    For more information about Knox Mountain and other municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Work begins on Rutland Transit improvements
    Some traffic disruptions
    Alternating lane restrictions will be in effect this Thursday, April 5 on Highway 33, Froelich Road and Shepherd Road in Rutland to accommodate a geotechnical investigation before construction starts on the Rutland Transit Improvement project.

    Alternating single-lane traffic will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. as crews work on Froelich Road (between Dougall Road North and McIntosh Road), Shepherd Road (between Asher Road and the east end of Shepherd Road) and Highway 33 (between Hollywood Road North and Dougall Road North). Motorists may experience minor delays and are asked to be aware of contractors controlling traffic.

    Construction of the Rutland Transit Improvement project will start late this summer and is slated for completion in the fall of 2012. McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. was awarded the engineering contract and will be undertaking the work as Prime Consultant.

    "These new pedestrian and transit improvements will create a strong pedestrian and transit network within the inner core of Rutland," says Andrew Albiston, Regional Projects Manager for the City of Kelowna. "The new landscaping and transit amenities will further enhance the area, lending to the revitalization of the Rutland Town Centre."

    The Rutland Transit Improvement project will include an on-street transit exchange on Shepherd Road and will feature new sidewalks, street lighting, landscaping, and traffic calming measures. These improvements are the first step in enhancing the Rutland town centre with attractive, transit-oriented amenities.

    This $3.7 million project is funded with $1.4 million from the Federal Gas Tax, $1.1 million from the Province of British Columbia and $1.2 million from the City of Kelowna in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and BC Transit.

    For information on Rutland Transit Improvements, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects or subscribe online for e-updates.

    Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for the most up to date road construction and potential delays.
    Easter hours of operation at civic properties
    Public Service Announcement
    To mark Easter, City Hall will be closed Friday, April 6 and Monday, April 9.

    The Glenmore Landfill will be open throughout the weekend at its regular hours o