Penticton today: City council rethinking priorities, funeral operators overwhelmed with overdoses

News from here, there and everywhere to get your Tuesday started.

Good morning, Penticton.

Winds are expected to gust up to 60 kilometres per hour this morning and into the evening with a high of 2 C and a low of -1 C. See the full seven-day forecast here.

After years of focus on Penticton’s downtown and waterfront as strategic priorities, a city staff report is suggesting it’s time to rethink. The report will be delivered at city council’s meeting today. Read more: Penticton city council reconsidering priorities

The stress of dealing with fentanyl related overdose victims is hitting home with funeral service operators in the Okanagan. Read more: Okanagan funeral operators working with fallout from overdoses

Crown counsel was unable to say whether or not charges would be forthcoming relating to a nearly 10-hour standoff with police at an Oliver residence. Read more: Man brought in on Canada-wide warrant after 10-hour standoff

Canadian Blood Services is reminding donors and potential donors in Penticton of the importance of booking an appointment to give blood right away and that clinics are open over the holidays. Read more: Penticton blood donor clinic over the holidays

The ferocious wildfire that forced nearly 90,000 to flee Canada’s oilsands region and reduced thousands of homes to rubble has been picked as the top news story of 2016 in an annual survey of newsrooms across Canada. Read more: Ferocious Fort McMurray wildfire voted news story of the year for 2016

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