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Vernon woman missing

The Vernon RCMP detachment is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing woman.
Shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, police were called by a concerned co-worker when Susan Jane Durham, 59, did not show up for work, said Gord Molendyk, spokesperson for the Vernon and North Okanagan RCMP.
"She had missed the two previous days as well. The last time that Susan was seen was on June 3 when she said she was going to town shopping. We know she was at several stores at the malls, however, we do not know where she went from there."
Durham left from her residence in the family vehicle, a 1999 Ford Explorer, with B.C. license plate, 510 LSM. The vehicle is white with tinted windows on the rear doors and cargo area.
"Police are concerned for Susan's well-being. Anyone who sees this vehicle is asked to call the nearest police office," said Molendyk.

Missing man found

Kelowna RCMP say a missing senior has been found safe and sound.

Police were looking Friday afternoon for a 76-year-old man with Alzheimer's who went missing around 2:30 p.m. in Rutland.

An RCMP news release issued shortly before 6 p.m. said a member of the public had spotted the man downtown after hearing the news he was missing, and had called police.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 March 2013 01:18

One small step for Penticton hospital

Premier Christy Clark today announced the government is proceeding with business case planning for a new patient care tower at Penticton Regional Hospital.
"After my visit to Penticton last month, I committed to look at how we can move along plans for the new tower," said Clark. "Penticton residents have been telling us they need an expanded
"A new hospital in Penticton will be welcomed by patients and their families," said Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. "Moving to business case planning is a critical step in making it a reality."
Business case development will get underway next month and is expected to be completed in 2013-14. Following approval of the business case, procurement for construction of a new patient care tower would commence.
The scope, cost and schedule will be finalized as part of the business case. It is anticipated the capital cost of the redevelopment project will be shared between the province, the Okanagan Similkameen Regional Hospital District and the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.
Clark will be in Kelowna this afternoon.

Kelowna hosts disability employment forum

Growing up with a disability is a reality for many. Kelowna has enjoyed a good reputation when it comes to providing sound education and employment prospects for those with a range of disabilities, and many of the city’s establishments have been setting an example for the whole country with the high standards they provide pupils. There is no doubt that education for people with disabilities has improved in recent years; however, a common worry experienced by all people in special education and their families is what will happen after school years.

Opportunities for school leavers

The federal government chose Kelowna as the location for its latest Strategies to Employment Forum, where many young people with disabilities were able to come along and learn more about the opportunities available to them after leaving school. The innovative forum, which is part of the government’s aim to create jobs for those with disabilities, saw employers connected with potential employees. Hosted by MP Ron Cannan, the forum recognized the tireless work of not for profit organization, the National Education Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), with which the government is partnering in order to achieve its aims of equal opportunity.

NEADS, which focuses on helping post-secondary pupils and recent graduates with disabilities get onto the career ladder, provides access to all the information and resources that are needed to find work. The organization provides support to people with disabilities while they are in education, aiming to then guide them through the transition period between education and employment. Students were invited to attend a range of workshops at the forum where they could learn a variety of essential skills such as interview techniques, writing a successful resume and planning their desired career paths.

Help for students with disabilities

Most universities in Canada now offer attractive resources and facilities for disabled students. The University of British Columbia for example, has a dedicated Disability Resource Centre that offers assistance to students studying its full range of degrees. Since it was introduced to the university, the Disability Resource Centre has offered students various types of assistance – in the form of both physical support and psychological support. One service the Centre offers is assistance with following syllabus literature; students studying towards a psychology degree, for example – which is heavily reliant on studying textbooks and research papers – can ask for support reading syllabus psychology textbooks and research from designated support workers trained in that specific degree. The Centre aims to ensure that students with disabilities have access to the same opportunities as their peers, and can provide them with the extra-curricular support needed with studying towards modules and exams.

Funding for disabilities

Last year, the Youth Awareness Program awarded NEADS more than $78,000 to help get young people with disabilities into rewarding careers through providing a series of educational forums throughout the country. Youth Awareness works with the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES), which aims to equip young people with the skills needed to enter the workplace. YES receives more than $300 million of public funding each year, and much of this money is allocated towards ensuring that those with disabilities have access to the same opportunities as their peers when it comes to leaving school and finding a job. Not only does YES aim to help young people find jobs, but it provides the ongoing support they need in order to keep their jobs and develop long and prosperous career paths. YES received a further $50 million over a two year period from Economic Action Plan 2012 as part of a new initiative to match young Canadians in education with available jobs, helping them to gain the skills necessary to take them on.

The country’s Youth Employment Strategy is part of the Government of Canada’s focus in preparing the adults of tomorrow with the necessary skills in order to build and strengthen the country’s economy. It also aims to develop more educated, skilled and flexible working environments for all citizens, and to bridge the gap between education and employment regardless of disability, gender, race or background.

Winter makes a brief re-appearance in the Okanagan

Winter returned to the Okanagan this morning with a dump a wet, heavy snow.

Many area highways were foggy and mountain passes were reported as experienced major snowfalls.

At Valley ski hills, Big White received 14 cm of new snow, Silver Star received 11 cm, and Crystal Mountain got 13 cmThe snow that has fallen today will melt soon.

Environment Canada says the wet snow falling this morning should end about noon.

This afternoon's forecast is for a 40 per cent chance of rain showers with a 20 km/h wind from the south developing. The high will be about 10 C.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 07:38

Firebug jailed 18 months for setting pal ablaze



He may have lit his sleeping friend’s clothes on fire, but Mathew Sweet-Grant deserves credit for admitting he did wrong, a judge says.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 06:10

Crash snarls Springfield

A collision at the intersection of Spall and Springfield roads caused a major traffic tie-up over the lunch hour Friday.

More details in the Okanagan Saturday.

A Kelowna crash snarled traffic

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 February 2013 07:33

Council hands out jubilee medals


Kelowna city council awarded Diamond Jubilee Medals commemorating Queen Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary on the throne to three individuals Monday.
Former Kelowna mayor Jim Stuart, Kelowna General Hospital Auxiliary volunteer Chrissie Leathley and philanthropist Thomas Budd are among people across Canada being recognized for their outstanding efforts to improve our community.
“Jim Stuart, Chrissie Leathley and Thomas Budd – in their individual ways – have devoted themselves to making Kelowna a better place,” said Mayor Walter Gray. “They are generous, giving people who care about our city and tirelessly contribute to its betterment.”
Stuart dedicated 31 years to local government as a member of Kelowna City Council, including 10 years as mayor, and 15 years as chairman of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. His community involvement also includes volunteer work with Kelowna General Hospital, B.C. Tree fruits, and the B.C. Transit Authority.
Leathley is described as the KGH Foundation’s “ultimate volunteer” who has 77 years of commitment to the hospital. She started her involvement as a student at the Kelowna Hospital School of Nursing in 1935 and was among the group that organized the Kelowna Hospital Auxiliary in 1963. She continues her work on behalf of the hospital and its patients today.
Budd is a community leader who created a charitable foundation after retiring as an investment banker in 2008. He has provided more than two dozen local non-profit societies with funding to support community needs through the Thomas Alan Budd Foundation.

We're looking for parents who are hockey heroes


Do you know a dedicated hockey mom or dad, or maybe a coach who’s up before dawn and well into the night for their kids’ hockey practices and games?

Someone who goes the extra mile?

If so, we want to hear about them.

To celebrate Minor Hockey Week, The Daily Courier will be publishing a special section in tribute to our region’s hockey parents.

Email us a photo of them and a description of their dedication. Tell us why they stand out in 400 words or less, and we’ll include your tribute in our keepsake section, along with stories and photos on the local hockey scene.

You can email your submissions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , but please have them in by Jan. 7.

Seinfeld coming to Kelowna



Jerry Seinfeld, one of the best-known comedians in the world today, is coming to Prospera Place in Kelowna.

He will perform his signature stand-up routine on May 3, it was announced Friday, with tickets going on sale Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at Select Your Tickets.

Ticket prices start at $59.50, and will be available at or by calling 250-762-5050.

His TV sitcom, Seinfeld, aired on NBC for nine years, from 1989 to 1998. It is now in syndication.

 It was created by Larry David and Seinfeld, the latter starring as a fictionalized version of himself.

Seinfeld’s stage act is much like his sitcom, using his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life, which seem to relate to audiences everywhere.

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