Whether you are flying today or anytime, there are some vacation tips to make your holiday travels more peaceful.
Kelowna International Airport is busy preparing for yet another busy holiday season and expects more than 100,000 passengers over the next three weeks.
"Passengers are advised to plan ahead and prepare for longer waiting times at the airport in order to reduce travel-related stress," said YLW spokeswoman Jessica Hewitt.
A steady stream of traffic is anticipated from December 14 to January 6.
"The busiest travel days of the season will be from December 21 to December 27," Hewitt said.
Here are some airport tips on how to make your travel experience as easy as possible:
Consider alternative transportation
- YLW is expected to reach full capacity during this peak period. Alternative transportation to the airport is recommended, such as taxi and limousine services, airport transportation, public transport or a friend who leaves them on the road.
Explore parking options
- Those needing to park at YLW should follow the signage and parking signs and there is a cell phone waiting area near the airport plaza.
Arrive early at the airport.
- The airport terminal opens at 3:30 in the morning with check-in counters for most airlines, security inspection and food services available at 4 in the morning. You must arrive 90 minutes before your departure for domestic flights.
Learn what you can bring through security tracking
- Avoid delivering items and make sure your valuables pass security inspection.
Confirm your airline's identification requirements and pet policies
- Check with your airline if you have the necessary identification and travel documentation valid for everyone, including children.
The Okanagan ChristmasFest is in full swing at the Kanata Hotel and Conference Center.
They christened the season last week with a corporate challenge and kicked off with a $ 1,000 donation to the Okanagan Central Bank's Be An Angel Campaign.
The revelers are encouraged to enjoy an open-air Christmas market inspired by Europe, an inner walk through the Christmas Tree in support of the Okanagan Central Food Bank and live entertainment.
The Okanagan ChristmasFest will take place on December 14, 15 and 16, 2018, at the Rotary Center for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna BC.
You can help support the food bank by staying at the Kanata Hotel and Conference Center.
Bring non-perishable food to the Kanata Hotel by the end of December and receive a 20% discount on your daily rate!
As part of the Okanagan ChristmasFest hosted by The Kanata Hotel & Conference Center, the Telus Christmas Tree Walk will be located in the lobby of the Rotary Center for the Arts.
Christmas Trees have been sponsored by companies and organizations that would like to be creative to decorate a tree in support of the Okanagan Central Food Bank. The Telus Christmas Tree Walk offers Christmas tree sponsors the opportunity to show their spirit of community and support those in our community who are struggling with hunger.
There will also be a Community Tree, we invite the public to bring an ornament to decorate the tree in support of the Central Food Bank of the Central Okanagan Community. This tree and the others will be auctioned December 17 at the Kanata Hotel and Conference Center to raise more funds for the Okanagan Central Food Bank.
"We are proudly 100% Canadian and we believe in giving all our guests an experience no less than the Canadian hospitality we are known for. We are new to this community and we support it. Not only are we excited to be the sponsors of the Okanagan ChristmasFest, but we are also making a $ 1,000 donation to the Be An Angel Campaign in support of the Okanagan Central Bank and challenging all other Okanagan accommodations to meet or win our donation . "says Sharon Lewis of GM at the Kanata Kelowna Hotel & Conference Center.
Photo: Mike Biden
A family on Fuller Avenue in Kelowna is thanking their lucky stars this morning after surviving a bedroom fire on Wednesday morning.
Kelowna Fire responded to a 911 call for a report of a room fire at 800 Fuller Ave Block just before 1 a.m.
The fire was lit in a second-floor room, and firefighters could see the smoke coming out of a window.
After entering the building, they found the fire almost erased by the owner of the house.
Crews raided the house and made sure the scene was safe.
Emergency social services were offered to the owner but were refused because the house was still considered habitable.
Tim Light, Kelowna Platoon Fire Marshal, tells Castanet, "the fire was accidental at the origin and no one was injured."
The Kelowna Fire Department responded with 4 engines 1 Rescue Vehicle 1 command unit and 1 security vehicle.
Light also says "Smoke detectors save lives, be sure to check your detector's batteries regularly."
It's been over a decade since Kirk Turvey lost his ring at the Western Canadian Baseball Championship, a valuable possession he thought he would never see again.
"I was playing soccer with a friend at Dorothea Walker Elementary School, and I did not have a pocket, so I gave my ring to my friend." After we finished, he went to give me the ring, and he was gone, "Turvey said.
Turvey and his friend scoured the field for four hours, but could not find the ring. They came back the next day and still left empty-handed.
"The years went by, and every time I drove through school I thought about the ring and wondered what happened to it," he said.
But last week Turvey's parents received a peculiar phone call from a couple asking about their child.
"They called and asked me what my baseball number was, and after everything combined, they revealed that they had found my ring," Turvey said.
The couple, Carole and Paul Snider, are members of the Okanagan Treasure Hunters Club.
Caole Snider was the one who detected the ring.
"The ring had his name engraved on the inside, which allowed me to start looking. If that information was not there, I could not find the owner," said Carole.
"When I discovered that he had lost the ring 15 years ago, I was surprised he was still there at school, and just being able to connect with him to give it back was incredible," she added.
Turvey says he can not thank the couple enough.
"I've never expected to see it again, it's a bit chewy, but it's still in good shape." Apparently, they found 15 centimeters on the floor.
Turvey says he plans to donate to the Treasure Hunters as a thank you.
Carole Snider and Kirk Turvey
JoeAnna's House was the big winner after the Interior RibFest Savings Sunrise Rotary left a check for $ 27,780.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna is the main sponsor of RibFest along with Inside Savings Credit Union, Save-On-Foods, Montana's BBQ & Bar and Landstar Development Corp., who also participated in the celebration.
"We would like to thank all of our sponsors, the community, our volunteers and all those who participated in the Interior Savings Sunrise RibFest 2018 for making this donation possible. We look forward to a bigger and better event from August 23-25, 2019 "Maribeth Friesen, president of the Sunrise Rotary Club.
Canadian Olympic medalist Jennifer Heil will present the grand final of the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna in February.
And the legends of Canadian rock Chilliwack will perform at the event on February 2nd.
Heil won the first gold for Canada at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, and a silver at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
The grand finale at Delta Grand Hotel is the culmination of two days of competition among 11 of Canada's top chefs.
Competitors of 2019 include:
- British Columbia – Takashi Ito, AURA waterfront restaurant + patio, Victoria
- Edmonton – Davina Moraiko, RGE RD
- Calgary – Dave Bohati, Murrieta
- Saskatchewan – Christopher Hill, Taste Restaurant Group
- Winnipeg – Jesse S. Friesen, the Merchant Kitchen
- Toronto – Elia Herrera, Los Colibris
- Ottawa / Gatineau – Yannick LaSalle, Restaurant Les Fougères
- Montreal – Jason Morris, Cake
- New Brunswick and PEI – Irwin MacKinnon, Papa Joe, Charlottetown
- Nova Scotia – Thomas Carey, Fresh Twenty One, Dartmouth
- Terra Nova – Katie Hayes, Bonavista Social Club
Tickets for this, along with the mystery mysteries competition on Friday, and the black box competition are available at http://www.greatkitchenparty.com/
"We are very excited to end our two-day competition with Canadian rockers Chilliwack for this private concert for the 600 guests who will be attending our grand final competition," says Lisa Pasin, co-founder of Canada's Great Kitchen Party. Canadian Culinary Championships.
"We are equally thrilled that Canadian medal-winning athlete Jennifer Heil, sharing stories and hosting the night of intense competition, good food from our 11 competitors and helping us raise funds for our three B2ten, MusiCounts and Community beneficiaries Food Centers Canada.
Despite its detractors, the new Kelowna tourism center was a great success.
The Kelowna Tourism Society announced Tuesday during its annual general meeting that the waterfront center attracted 108,000 visitors in the first six months of operation.
The goal was to attract 100,000 visitors a year.
"We are proud of our achievements and thank you for having an incredible operational team and an engaged volunteer council, made up of hardworking people, each representing different elements of our industry, but all uniting in the best interests of the destination," Tourism President Kelowna Thom Killingsworth said in a press release.
The organization also announced that local occupation of tourist accommodation increased by 1.3% over last year despite the smoky summer skies.
Tourism Kelowna believes it was the result of targeting new markets, including LGBT travel, culinary tourism and indigenous offerings, to authentic culture seekers.
Surveillance image of woman on December 10, 2018.
A Kelowna cell phone shop is alerting other businesses after a woman ends up without paying her bill.
Kelowna Cell Repair says a woman came into the store to get her phone repaired. The bill was $ 170, but she took the device and left the store.
Catherine Pynappels said officials had called the police on the incident, which happened on Monday, but did not locate the woman.
"We asked this individual to return to the store to pay the bill or return the device so we can undo our work," she said.
They added that such loss is harmful to small businesses.
Anyone with information should contact the police.
UPDATE: 6:45 p.m.
The former chief executive of the Okanagan Central Hospice Association allegedly created the habit of robbing dying people.
Susan Steen, 71, was in court in Kelowna on Tuesday, facing charges of theft and fraud of more than $ 5,000 for allegedly stealing more than $ 109,000 from the Okanagan Central Hospice Association. But this is not your first time in a B.C. courtroom.
In November 2017, Steen was charged with theft and fraud for stealing money from the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society. Steen was hired as executive director of the Nanaimo organization in December 2016 after serving six years as the executive director of the Kelowna charity.
Steen pleaded guilty to the Nanaimo-based charges last April, and she is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 20.
The charges in the Nanaimo case occurred from December 1, 2016 to June 13, 2017, indicating that she began stealing almost immediately after being hired.
Steen seems to have taken on the role of executive director of the Chilliwack Hospice Society for a brief time between her time in Kelowna and Nanaimo.
Prior to his tenure at the Okanagan Central Hospice Association, at the Chilliwack Hospice Society and at the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society, Steen was CEO of Central and South Okanagan / Similkameen United Way and president of the Kelowna Okanagan Mission Rotary Club.
Steen and his co-defendant in the Kelowna case, Melanie Gray, are scheduled to appear in Kelowna on January 8.
ORIGINAL: 10:50 p.m.
The former chief executive officer and an office manager at the Okanagan Central Hospice Association appeared in court in Kelowna on Tuesday, charged with stealing $ 179,000 from the charity.
Susan Steen and office manager Melanie Gray were indicted last month for theft of more than $ 5,000 and fraud over $ 5,000 after the lost money was noticed in 2017 and announced to charity council members in June.
Steen is accused of having stolen $ 109,878 from July 2012 through April 2016 through cash advances on the association's credit card while Gray is accused of stealing $ 69,043 through cash advances and purchases using credit card from February 2013 to November 2015.
Steen also faces a $ 5,000 fraud for making a fake cell phone claim of $ 71.
On Tuesday, the two women appeared in the Kelowna courtroom. Although they have been charged more than a month since being charged and released on bail, none of them hired a lawyer, and their case was postponed to January 8.
Gray told the court that she would be securing a lawyer "as soon as I can get with the retainer."
The Okanagan Central Hospice Association, founded in 1981, offers free services to those who are dying or suffering.
Steen is also a former executive director of Central and South Okanagan / Similkameen United Way and former president of the Kelowna Okanagan Mission Rotary Club.
A confession of guilt could be on the horizon in the case of a former high school teacher at Mount Boucherie accused of attracting children and sexual assault.
Bradley Furman is currently under house arrest 24 hours after being accused of sexual assault, two counts of sexual exploitation of a young man, attracting a child and attempting to pervert justice, as well as several allegations of violation of previous bail conditions.
On Tuesday, Crown Prosecutor David Grabavac told the Kelowna court that he had offered Furman a "motion for a resolution," or a court settlement, instead of going to trial. The details of the proposed agreement are unknown.
Last week, in court, Furman's lawyer told the court that he intended to plead guilty, and would request a psychiatric evaluation before sentencing, but it is not clear what charges he intends to make.
Despite what Furman's lawyer said last week, Grabavac said on Tuesday he did not know whether Furman intended to accept his offer or whether the case would go to trial.
The case was postponed to Thursday when Furman is expected to disclose his intentions.
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