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Prince George falls behind in donor challenge

Kelowna blood donors continue to support the Kelowna Blood Donor Clinic in Week 2 of the Interior Drive for Life Challenge.

Kelowna leads the challenge, reaching 109 per cent of its collection target to date, while Prince George falls behind, reaching 94 per cent of its collection target to date.

The Kelowna Blood Donor Clinic also saw a high number of first time donors in Week 2 of the challenge with blood donations collected from 22 brand new donors.

“It’s really exciting to see such a high turnout of both donors and first time donors,” said Tammie Watson, spokesperson for blood donor challenge.

“Having a healthy mix of regular and new donors is what keeps our blood supply strong now and into the future.”

The blood donor challenge runs until Thursday, Sept. 8. Appointments may be booked by calling 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

The Kelowna Blood Donor Clinic is located at 103-1865 Dilworth Dr.,  and is open on the following dates throughout the challenge:  Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from noon to 6:45 p.m.

Misleading canvasser

It has come to the attention of the Central Okanagan Emergency Shelter Society that door-to-door solicitation is being conducted on behalf of the Kelowna Women’s Shelter.

However, the shelter society’s policy prohibits door–to–door fundraising or canvassing for donations.

The Kelowna Women’s Shelter wants to alert the public that no group or individual is authorized to solicit on behalf of the agency.

For more information, contact Mary Chamberlain, finance manager of the emergency shelter society, at 250-763-1040.

Important Osoyoos Lake water forum coming up

Not since the signing of the original Operating Orders on Osoyoos Lake 25 years ago, regulating water levels on the lake between the U.S. and Canada, has there likely been so much interest in a meeting on water.

Elected officials on both sides of the border of Osoyoos Lake—as well as water utility staff, scientists and local citizens—are signing up to attend the Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum, Sept. 18 to 20, in Osoyoos.

“It’s a critical meeting,” said John Slater, Liberal MLA for Boundary-Similkameen and former chair of the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

Slater will be providing opening remarks along with Washington State Senator Bob Morton.

“Water is the one limiting resource to human settlement, industry and commercial growth. We know with population growth, agricultural growth and climate change, we’re going to have to be more careful with our water use and concerned with keeping what we have clean,” added Slater.

“Water is a big issue for us here in Central Washington,” Morton added, noting the need for increased water storage.

“We’re in a state where some of our main aquifers will be out of water in 10 years.”

Morton said a siphoning project currently underway, taking water from the Columbia River to Odessa, Wa. will help, but he also sees a potential dam on the Similkameen River, helping retain water in Washington, as another solution to the state’s water concerns.

“It’s obvious we need to address this issue and the sooner the better,” he said.

The forum, presented by the OBWB, the Town of Osoyoos, the International Joint Commission and several other partners, will cover numerous water issues affecting the Okanagan Valley and in neighbouring Okanogon County.

Milfoil control will be discussed, including efforts to control the invasive weed in Osoyoos Lake on both sides of the border. For more information on the forum visit www.obwb.ca/olwsf

 

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