Weapons seized after shots fired
The sound of shots being fired led police to seize four guns from two Kelowna men on Tuesday.
At 1:30 p.m., police received calls from people reporting the sound of weapons being fired behind The Ponds subdivision at the end of Gordon Drive in the Upper Mission.
Police responded with several cruises, a helicopter, and a dog team. Two men, aged 21 and 23, were eventually stopped in a black GMC Yukon on the nearby Gillard Forest Service road.
"A shotgun, two semi-automatic rifles, and a Glock handgun were all seized from inside the vehicle," Kelowna RCMP Const. Kris Clark said.
"Although their intentions may not have been criminal, the perception certainly was," Clark said. "The safest place to discharge a firearm of any kind is at a firearms range which has the appropriate safety protocols in place."
The two men could face charges relating to the improper use, transportation, storage, and possession of firearms, Clark said.
Vigil to mark Quebec massacre
A candlelight vigil will be held today to mark Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Participants will meet at the Bean Scene headquarters at 1615 Dickson Ave. at 6:30 p.m., then walk across the Harvey Avenue pedestrian bridge at
7 p.m. The vigil and rose dedication at Angel Way, behind Parkinson Recreation Centre, is at 7:15 p.m.
The national day marks the anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre by Marc Lepine on Dec. 6, 1989.
UBCO workers get new wage contract
Teaching assistants and support staff at UBC Okanagan will get a four per cent raise over two years.
A new collective agreement covers about 600 people who work at the university. It provides for a wage increase of two per cent this year, and two per cent in 2013.
Money for the raises will come from savings found in the university's existing budget, rather than additional infusions of government funds.
The Liberal government has a policy of not increasing department budgets to provide for wage increases, but working with unions to identify cost-savings and using that money to provide modest raises in the public sector.
Library workers vote to join union
Library workers in Armstrong have voted to join a union.
The 13 employees of the Okanagan Regional Library branch in the North Okanagan town are now represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
In the past few months, library workers in Oliver, Keremeos, Princeton, and Kaleden have also voted in favour of joining CUPE. The union now represents 200 people at 21 of the 29 ORL branches.
"The message we keep hearing from new members is that they believe joining CUPE gives them a stronger voice and an avenue to have their concerns represented in a fair and equitable manner," says union spokeswoman Rose Jurkic.
City to honour its citizens
Citizens have a duty to identify their friends and neighbours who do great things, Mayor Walter Gray says.
On Monday, Gray encouraged residents to nominate people for this year's Civic and Community Awards. The annual program recognizes those who volunteer their time for good causes, achieve outstanding athletic accomplishments, or distinguish themselves in the fields of arts and culture. A new award this year is the Champion for the Environment, for any individual or group who works for environmental causes.
Nominations are accepted on the city's website until Feb. 1.