Penticton today: ICBC rate hikes, Skaha Park meeting recap and more news

A special council meeting drew hundreds to the Penticton convention centre, Penticton Secondary School are provincial champs in swimming.

Good morning, Penticton.

It looks to be a rainy, windy Thursday with a high of 7 C and falling to 4 C in the evening. The full seven-day forecast can be found here.

A special council meeting last night at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre was focused on Skaha Park. One of the principals of Trio Marine responded to comments from the public stating “they are trying to listen,” to all sides to address concerns. Read more: Large turnout for public meeting on Skaha Lake agreements

The ICBC forecast shows basic vehicle insurance rates are predicted to increase, numbers that compound to 42 per cent by 2019. Read more: ICBC won’t insure luxury cars, Stone says after forecast of steep rate hikes

TEDxPenticton takes place on Friday at the Cleland Theatre with an inspirational panel of speakers including Summerland teen Faith Steele. Read more: Teen poet addresses suicide and bullying

Congratulations to the Penticton Secondary School swim team who are the B.C. High School swimming provincial championships. Read more: Lakers are provincial champs

Don’t miss out on your chance to win free tickets from the Western News to the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Dec. 3. Find out details on how to enter by visiting our Facebook page here.

Speaking of the SOEC, Celtic Thunder is performing tonight in Penticton. Have you got your tickets? Check out this story we wrote when they came to Penticton previously – Read more: Celtic Thunder singer given second shot at life

In national news, a painting from a Group of Seven artist fetched a record-breaking price and is now the most expensive piece of Canadian artwork ever sold at auction. Read more: Lawren Harris painting Mountain Forms sells for record price of $11.2 million

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The City of Penticton is beginning plans to revitalize its north entrance on Highway 97. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Penticton reviewing ideas on how to make the city’s north gateway more vibrant

The city has plans to redevelop the area into a welcoming and attractive entrance

People decided to tag Skaha Bluffs rocks which the Ministry has to go in and now clean up. (Facebook)
Bluffs at popular Penticton rock climbing park defaced

Ministry of Environment is going to clean it up

A portion of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail near Naramata will be closed temporarily for upgrade work, including paving. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Upgrades plannned for trail near Naramata

Surface improvement work will mean temporary trail closure

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Skaha Bluffs climbing spots. (Monique Tamminga)
New parking lot and picnic area coming to Penticton’s Skaha Bluffs

The city will turn the access point at Crow Place into a parking and picnic area

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

Vernon Courthouse. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Sentencing delayed in North Okanagan child pornography case

Man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography will have new sentence date fixed next week

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

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Man shot at Kamloops shopping centre

The man is believed to be in stable condition

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