As it approaches the anniversary of two forest fires that consumed area homes, the District of West Kelowna is reminding the provincial government that a pinch of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Mayor Doug Findlater got plenty of council support in asking Premier Christy Clark for help clearing forest fuels on Crown land but also private lands. He urged the premier to create enforceable provincial standards on both lands.
“The only agency able to take this massive project on would be the provincial government of B.C.,” he said. “This is not a West Kelowna public health issue alone. It impacts a significant number of municipalities in the province, all undoubtedly facing the same pressure from their residents.”
Councillors are hoping to raise the issue among their colleagues in the Okanagan and the province for additional support.
Liquor license for winery
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery took another step toward becoming another Boucherie Road destination winery on Tuesday as councillors endorsed its bid for a liquor licence.
Proprietor Bobby Gidda is looking for a winery lounge and special event area to potentially serve 60 people inside and up to 100 more on the patio.
Transit fee hikes
Bus riders can expect to pay a little more beginning in January. The roughly 11 per cent increase is the first since 2007. It means most riders will pay 25 cents more for each ride, from $2 for an adult to $2.25. A monthly adult pass will rise to $60 from $53. Student monthly fees will rise to $60 from $53.