Penticton today: MP on pipeline, businesses against marijuana dispensaries and more

News from Penticton and the South Okanagan to get your Wednesday going.

Good morning, Penticton.

Environment Canada said it will be mainly cloudy with a 60 per cent chance of flurries or rain showers this morning and a 30 per cent of rain showers late this afternoon with a temperature of 3 C. Tonight, expect a 30 per cent chance of showers and a temperature of 2 C. Full seven-day forecast here.

The Trudeau government has approved one controversial B.C. oil pipeline to the Pacific and rejected the second. Richard Cannings, NDP MP for the South Okanagan West Kootenay riding and vice chair of the Natural Resources Committee gives us his thoughts on the matter. Read more: South Okanagan MP reacts to pipeline announcement

Most Downtown Penticton Association members are not supporting temporary use permits for marijuana dispensaries in downtown Penticton, according to a recent DPA survey. Read more:Businesses nip dispensaries in the bud and tell us what you think in our Twitter poll.

Major Miriam Leslie, Penticton Salvation Army pastor, said they serve about 1,200 hampers regularly and recently the shelves were so bare it was “scary.” Students in Penticton will be out in our neighbourhoods this evening picking up the paper bags distributed to homes in the Western News recently for non-perishable donations. Read more: Food bank needs community to step up

People living in Fort McMurray didn’t have to wait till Christmas Eve to see holiday spirit up in the sky this year. At a community event, WestJet dropped flurry of little white parachutes full of airplane tickets from the sky. Watch the video here: WestJet gives back to fire-ravaged Fort McMurray residents

It is a Christmas tradition for many hockey fans and this year it might feature a pair of former Penticton Vees. Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro were invited to the Team Canada camp for the world junior selections. Read more: Former Vees Jost, Fabbro get Canadian invites

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