Penticton today: Will there be a white Christmas? What are people saying about Memorial Arena?

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

Good morning, Penticton.

There is a 40 per cent chance of flurries late this afternoon with winds gusting up to 70 kilometres per hour. The high wind will continue into the evening and the 40 per cent chance of flurries. Thursday will have a high of 0 C and a low of -1 C. Full seven day forecast here.

Continuing with the weather, Weather Network chief meteorologist Chris Scott says large swaths of the country will see at least two centimetres of snow on the ground on Christmas morning. Read more: Most Canadians will have a white Christmas

Canadian Taxpayer Federation B.C. director Jordan Bateman said Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit and city council  earned a nomination to the naughty list over the Skaha Lake Park controversy, for hiring a communications officer and an engagement officer, and adding 10 city managers during a time when the city’s population only grew by 411 people. Read more: Penticton mayor on CTF naughty list

Congratulations to Kristie Caron who was the grand prize winner of the Western News Christmas Bear Shop Local promotion. She won $500 in gift cards from the participating businesses.

Our digital team hit the streets earlier this week to ask the question; what should be done with Memorial Arena. Let us know what you think by sending a letter to the editor by emailing editor@pentictonwesternnews.com or commenting on the story here Video: What should be done with Memorial Arena

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