Wine trail opening

West Kelowna will sabre open a bottle of champagne on Thursday to celebrate the completion of phase 2 of the wine trail on Boucherie Road.

The event takes place at 2 p.m. at the corner of Boucherie and Douglas roads.

The mayor and council, representatives from wineries along the trail, project contractors and the public can watch the bottle be opened with a sabre.

Non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks will be provided.

CNR wharf under repair

The CNR wharf on West Kelowna’s waterfront is closed this week for repair. High water levels and wave action during last year’s flooding led to erosion under the wharf.

The City of West Kelowna has obtained the necessary permits and hired engineering and environmental professionals to supervise the repairs.

Watershed group speaking

The Peachland Watershed Protection Alliance will be one of the groups speaking this morning as the legislature's all-party committee on finance and government services holds a public meeting in Kelowna.

The meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at the Best Western Hotel in Kelowna.

The alliance is described as a nonprofit society of concerned citizens seeking solutions to our water crisis.

In a news release, spokesperson Patricia Dunn expresses concern that Peachland is having to build a $24-million water treatment plant, as well as a $5 million extension to deal with their water problems.

“This new plant will treat our water chemically and via UV; however, it will not protect our water source,” she said.

PWPA points out that in the past three years, Peachland has been affected by drought, floods and fires.

Dunn said: “It would be irresponsible to think this will not be our future. From our perspective, a water sustainability fund is a key budget priority. It would help our community obtain an independent watershed health assessment as well as help develop and implement a source water protection plan. This information gathering is a critical step to developing a water strategy for Peachland. Our survivability depends on it.”

FireSmart community

Huntsfield Green, a strata development in West Kelowna, has become the municipality’s first community to achieve FireSmart Canada accreditation.

The achievement will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at 2155 Horizon Dr.

The provincial Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative awarded West Kelowna a $10,000 grant in 2016 to support the FireSmart initiative. FireSmart communities are more likely to survive disasters with less need for emergency response and recovery.

New bill from Albas

MP Dan Albas has tabled a private member’s bill proposing to reduce red tape for credit unions.

The Conservative MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola want amend the Competition and Bank acts.

For many credit unions, the amalgamation process can be cost prohibitive, Albas said in a news release. His changes would remove and simplify federal administrative requirements.

The bill would:

— Remove the requirement for a Competition Bureau application when credit unions wish to merge as this duplicates existing provincial reviews. If there is a concern about competitiveness, the commissioner can still require such an application.

— Require the signature of the lesser of 500 members or 1% of members entitled to vote at a meeting for approval of a special resolution.

— Remove the ability for any member of a credit union to examine and make copies of the members register.

Clear water in Peachland

While the water has cleared up in Peachland, a couple of West Kelowna systems have issued advisories.

A water-quality advisory has been lifted in Peachland. The water is now rated as "good."

Water quality advisories were issued for the West Kelowna Estates and Sunnyside/Pritchard water systems. The advisory has since been lifted for Sunnyside/Pritchard, but remains in effect for West Kelowna Estates.