Viola Desmond will be the first Canadian woman on a Canadian banknote

Good morning, Kelowna! Here’s some reading material to warm up with

Medical marijuana, Viola Desmond and winter are among today's top reads

Good morning, Kelowna. Are you ready? Old man winter been roused from his slumber, although it sounds like he’s continuing his assault on the Lower Mainland first.  Read about that and a few other good tidbits to start your day.

1.) Environment Canada is reporting Kelowna will see mainly cloudy skies today, but if you’re of the mind to go out and look at them wear a toque. The high temperature is supposed to be no more than -9 C.  Snow is in the offing, but nothing more than flurries expected.

For friends and families in the Lower Mainland however, things are about to get interesting. A warning has been issued for snow on the way for the South Coast Thursday and Friday. Forecasters are tracking the next Pacific storm that is expected to reach the South Coast tonight. With cold Arctic air entrenched across the region

Total snow accumulations of five to 15 cm are expected over low lying coastal regions with up to 25 cm over high terrain.

2.) Fortis announced this week that its rates will rise again. The reason, as usual, being infrastructure costs.

3.) Ready to see a woman on a Canadian banknote? Of course you are — it’s 2016, as they say. Meet  Viola Desmond. She was a businesswoman turned civil libertarian, and a mentor to young black women in Nova Scotia. Read all about her here.

4.) Hockey news — In their last home game before Christmas, Calvin Thurkauf and the Kelowna Rockets provided the Prospera Place faithful with a rather festive parting gift.

5.) London Drugs is already more than a place to get electronics and bubble bath. Now it wants to be the first pharmacy chain is itching to be the first in Canada to sell medical marijuana.

That’s all for this a.m. — Stay warm, Kelowna. 

-KM