1) We all woke up this morning, or for the political junkiies out there, went to bed last night with the realization that Donald Trump was about to become the most powerful politician in the world when he officially takes over as president of the U.S. in January, 2017. Judging by the comments on social media, it was not a good way to end or start the day for many of us. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chimed in the usual ‘great to be a trading partner with the U.S. and look forward to that continuing’ statement, while there uncertainty of what Trump’s impact of influence will be on the current impasse in softwood lumber export talks between Canada and the U.S. Trump campaigned the North America Free Trade Agreement as bad for America, but Canadian wood exports to the U.S. are not covered under that deal. So let the intrigue begin.
2) David Black, the chairman and majority owner of Black Press Group Ltd, the parent owner of the Kelowna Capital News, has been an active proponent in recent years of building a refinery in northwest B.C. to deal with crude oil rather than loading it on tankers. Check out what he has to say.
3) Kelowna teenager Spencer Bell will be in Mexico this weekend to represent our country at the Junior World Racquetball Championships. Spencer is a Grade 11 student at Kelowna Christian School and we wish him well at the junior worlds.
4) With the Woodsdale dog park now closed, dog owners in Lake Country are starting to get impatient with the municipality’s efforts to find a new location for their canines to run around off-leash.
5). Starting Thursday, Central Okanagan bus service will be suspended as the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1722 attempts to negotiate a new contract for bus drivers.