Indian band elects new council
Two new faces will be added to the Penticton Indian Band council following elections held this week.
Clint George and Dolly Kruger will join previous councillor Inez Pierre as part of the eight-member team working alongside Chief Jonathan Kruger.
Remaining councillors are incumbents Joseph Pierre, Travis Kruger, Tim Lezard, Clinton Gabriel and Kevin Gabriel.
Candidates will serve for a four-year term.
City OK's $10,000 for children's games
Taxpayers will help to send a Kelowna delegation to the International Children's Summer Games in Windsor, Ont.
The amount of $10,000 was included in the 2013 provisional spending plan as a priority two item, which means it wouldn't normally have been approved by council.
But councillors agreed it was important to offer some financial assistance to the local contingent, since Kelowna hosted the 2011 International Children's Winter Games. They agreed to $5,000, but warned the amount is likely to diminish in the future.
"We want to see it sort of weaned off, so it can stand on its own feet," Coun. Luke Stack said.
The money is not used to help pay the travel costs of participating athletes, who range in age from 12 to 16. Instead, it assists in the travel costs of the adult heads of delegation, and covers some administrative expenses.
As is common during budget deliberations, council spent a fair amount of time on the low-cost ICG item, with discussion running to 15 minutes, while millions of dollars in other city projects passed with no comment at all from councillors.
Judge delays verdict on fatal hit-and-run
Chase Garrett Donaldson will find out his fate next week when a decision is handed down in his fatal hit-and-run trial.
Justice Frank Cole bumped his decision down to Tuesday. Cole initially planned to announce the verdict by Friday morning, but had to postpone the case.
Donaldson, 29, is facing charges of dangerous driving causing death and failing to remain at the scene from an April 30, 2010 incident in which Kiera-Leigh Carlson, 22, was killed at around 9 p.m. while walking along Aberdeen Road toward Highway 6.
Her body was found in a ditch near the regional district offices by search and rescue crews at around 6 a.m. the following morning.
Written final submissions were handed in by Crown counsel Iain Currie and the defence team of Paul Danyliu and Glenn Verdermen Monday, ending a trial that went several days longer than expected and was at times emotional for witnesses and Donaldson himself, who took the stand in his own defense.
During the trial, Donaldson said he swerved into the opposite lane to avoid a car that was in his lane, causing him to strike and kill Carlson.
The Crown maintains Donaldson was going too fast to safely navigate the corner and struck Carlson before fleeing the scene.
Electricity rates to rise in Kelowna
A typical Kelowna homeowner will pay $82 a year more for their electricity in 2013.
City council is expected Monday to approve a 6.5 per cent increase in the rates charged by the municipal electrical utility. For the average household that consumes 940 kilowatt hours of electricity each month, their yearly cost will rise from $1,260 to $1,342.
The rate increases, which also apply to areas of the city served by FortisBC, have already been approved by the BC Utilities Commission.
Garbage will cost you more next year
The flat fee for up to 250 kilograms of garbage will go up to $10 from $8 Jan. 1 for residential and commercial customers at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre and the Glenmore landfill.
But up to 250 kilograms of yard waste will continue to be accepted free.
Â "Hopefully, this increase will also provide incentive to residents and businesses to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible," said Peter Rotheisler, regional district waste reduction manager.
He said the increase in fees reflects the increasing cost of managing solid waste in our region.