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1. Seventeen-year-old Emily Epp will leave next week for Britain where she plans to swim across the English Channel—a distance of 34 kilometres—from Dover, England to Calais, France.
Suffice to say, Epp has come a long way since an unnerving experience in the water as a toddler.
“When I was little, I was absolutely terrified of water,” Epp recalled. “I got hit by a wave once in Tofino and wouldn’t go back in. I would crawl on my dad’s (Rob) head and scream, just to stay away from the water any way I could.
Epp is supporting her sister by raising funds for the Canuk Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver.
2. B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark said she and her 42 Liberal MLAs are willing to work with the incoming NDP government on issues her party spoke about in the recent Liberal Speech from the Throne—issues the NDP already support.
But Clark said that will only happen if the NDP can “do it right.”
Clark celebrated Canada Day in Kelowna and plans to stay as the Liberal leader as well as Kelowna-West MLA.
3. With a week of heat, it’s no surprise that Thursday’s heat wave broke records around the province.
A total of 18 temperature records were broken on July 6 in the province, including four in the Okanagan Valley.
A strong, upper ridge of high pressure over southern B.C. this week is giving high temperatures,” writes Environment Canada.
At the top of the Okanagan Lake, Vernon hit a scorching 36.9 C, breaking an 111-year-old record set in 1906 of 36.1.
According to Environment Canada, Kelowna hit a high of 37.3 C smashing the previous July 6 record set in 1968 of 34.4 C.
4. The Capital News project Carli’s Corner debuted Friday. The segment will run every two weeks throughout the summer and will feature local musicians in a Q&A format.