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Ecole Kelowna Secondary School is a popular destination of choice for international students. (Contributed)

International student enrolment reduction for overcrowded Kelowna high school

Ecole Kelowna Secondary to see drop from 65 to 50 international students for 2022-23 school year

Ecole Kelowna Secondary School is a popular destination of choice for international students. (Contributed)
An anti-vaccine protest was staged outside of the school grounds for Rutland Middle and Rutland Senior Secondary schools on Wednesday afternoon, which led to an interaction between students and the protesters, and the RCMP having to attend the scene. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Central Okanagan school board chair upset with B.C. premier, Dr. Bonnie Henry

Moyra Baxter says a school staff vaccine mandate should be a provincial health order, not an edict from school boards

An anti-vaccine protest was staged outside of the school grounds for Rutland Middle and Rutland Senior Secondary schools on Wednesday afternoon, which led to an interaction between students and the protesters, and the RCMP having to attend the scene. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
BC Liberal Party leadership candidate Val Litwin. (Contributed)

BC Liberal leadership candidate to talk party renewal in Kelowna

Val Litwin says Liberals must be both fiscally responsible and embrace social conscious issues

BC Liberal Party leadership candidate Val Litwin. (Contributed)
An empty learning space at Kelowna’s Canyon Falls Middle School. (Capital News file photo)

Pressure growing on Central Okanagan trustees to advance COVID health protocols

Both Vancouver and Surrey school boards this week adopted mask mandates to include Kindergarten to Grade 3 students

An empty learning space at Kelowna’s Canyon Falls Middle School. (Capital News file photo)
Sign in a Chilliwack School District school washroom posted last week telling people to use hand sanitizer since there’s no soap due to thefts. (Facebook photo)

Washroom vandalism TikTok challenge hits Central Okanagan schools

The TikTok video challenge encouraged students to vandalize their school washrooms

Sign in a Chilliwack School District school washroom posted last week telling people to use hand sanitizer since there’s no soap due to thefts. (Facebook photo)
West Kelowna Warrior Johnny Derrick (#33) is looking forward to his final season of junior hockey with the B.C. Hockey League club. (Tami Quan Photography)

West Kelowna Warriors vs. Salmon Arm Silverbacks for BCHL home opener

West Kelowna and Salmon Arm clash at Royal LePage Arena Friday night for home-and-home games

West Kelowna Warrior Johnny Derrick (#33) is looking forward to his final season of junior hockey with the B.C. Hockey League club. (Tami Quan Photography)
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is Thursday, Sept. 30. (Contributed)

Central Okanagan school briefs

Schools will be closed to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, Sept. 30

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is Thursday, Sept. 30. (Contributed)
Central Okanagan Public Schools initial enrolment numbers for September show 23,179 students are registered at public schools. (File photo)

Central Okanagan school enrolment keeps growing

Initial registration figures exceed school district projections

Central Okanagan Public Schools initial enrolment numbers for September show 23,179 students are registered at public schools. (File photo)
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Positive strides for Central Okanagan Indigenous student equity journey

Rise seen in graduation rates, integration of Indigenous culture and history into local schools

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Dan Glasscock, the traffic safety officer for School District 23 and the City of Kelowna, helps students and families cross Ziprick Road outside of Springvalley Middle and Elementary schools during the first day of school on Sept. 7. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

COVID vaccine debate a minefield for Central Okanagan teachers to navigate

Parents increasingly sensitive to what is told to students

Dan Glasscock, the traffic safety officer for School District 23 and the City of Kelowna, helps students and families cross Ziprick Road outside of Springvalley Middle and Elementary schools during the first day of school on Sept. 7. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Okanagan Basin Water Board chair Sue McKortoff (left) received a congratulatory certificate from Kelowna-Lake Country MP Tracy Gray marking the water agency's 50th anniversary in 2020 at an event held in Bertram Creek Regional Park.  Gray was unable to attend the event, as the certificate was presented to McKortoff by her assistant Gina Lang. (Barry Gerding - File photo)

Strengthening water conservation efforts in the Okanagan Valley

Okanagan Basin Water Board provides vital link between water resource managers and community stakeholders

Okanagan Basin Water Board chair Sue McKortoff (left) received a congratulatory certificate from Kelowna-Lake Country MP Tracy Gray marking the water agency's 50th anniversary in 2020 at an event held in Bertram Creek Regional Park.  Gray was unable to attend the event, as the certificate was presented to McKortoff by her assistant Gina Lang. (Barry Gerding - File photo)
Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper congratulates Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin on her community winning the 2019 Make Water Work Challenge. (File photo)

Peachland dethrones Armstrong for Okanagan water conservation title

Defending residential outdoor water use pledge contest title holder Armstrong dethroned

Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper congratulates Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin on her community winning the 2019 Make Water Work Challenge. (File photo)
Kelowna Rockets president and general manager Bruce Hamilton is happy to be back talking about hockey and the upcoming 2021-22 Western Hockey League season in the wake of COVID-19’s impact on junior hockey across Canada. (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze photo)

Kelowna Rockets brass reload for WHL season

No plans for retirment as Bruce Hamilton fired up for another WHL championship

Kelowna Rockets president and general manager Bruce Hamilton is happy to be back talking about hockey and the upcoming 2021-22 Western Hockey League season in the wake of COVID-19’s impact on junior hockey across Canada. (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze photo)
Emily Zurrer won bronze with Canada’s Olympic women’s soccer team in 2012. (Black Press Media file)

Kelowna Olympian felt joy of former team’s gold medal in Tokyo

Emily Zurrer watched her old teammates on Canada’s Olympic women’s soccer team win gold in August

Emily Zurrer won bronze with Canada’s Olympic women’s soccer team in 2012. (Black Press Media file)
Kokanee salmon. (Tim O’Leary/King County)

Okanagan kokanee spawning initiative suffers setback

Okanagan Lake drawdown timing blamed for fish kill

Kokanee salmon. (Tim O’Leary/King County)
A handful of counter-protesters were in attendance, as roughly 1,000 people gathered and protested COVID-19 health measures outside of the hospital on Sept. 1. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Patient says Kelowna hospital wrong target for anti-vaccine card wrath

Decision by rally organizers called misguided thinking

A handful of counter-protesters were in attendance, as roughly 1,000 people gathered and protested COVID-19 health measures outside of the hospital on Sept. 1. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Proof of vaccine for Central Okanagan students participating in extra-curriculars

Students would need vaccine certification in order to access non-essential public places

A group of West Kelowna and Peachland parents want increased access to school bus transportation for their kids. (File photo)

Parents demand Peachland, Westside students need a seat on school bus

Parents advocate for change to Central Okanagan School District mandate

A group of West Kelowna and Peachland parents want increased access to school bus transportation for their kids. (File photo)
The first in-person Central Okanagan Board of Education meeting in 18 months, the planning and facilities committee meeting, was held Sept. 1. (Barry Gerding - Black Press Media)

COVID protection remains for Central Okanagan students

New modifications added to Central Okanagan School District communicable disease plan

The first in-person Central Okanagan Board of Education meeting in 18 months, the planning and facilities committee meeting, was held Sept. 1. (Barry Gerding - Black Press Media)
Better Earth Gardens in Kelowna staff member with water conservation information. The garden centre is one of several in the Okanagan who are partners in our Make Water Work program. (Contributed)

Water diligence urged amid continued drought conditions in the Okanagan

Cooler temperatures are a welcome sight but extremely dry conditions remain

Better Earth Gardens in Kelowna staff member with water conservation information. The garden centre is one of several in the Okanagan who are partners in our Make Water Work program. (Contributed)