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Uptown Rutland’s Christmas Light Up 2016 Sunday December 4th 3:00pm-6:00pm

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Starting at Willow Park Shopping Centre TIMELINES: 2:00-3:00 pm Shop local at Hollywood Station and Willow Park Shopping Centre 3:00-4:00 pm Join us at Willow Park Shopping Centre for coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes. Enter to win a ride on the Kelowna Regional Transit Santa Sleigh Bus to the official Uptown Rutland Christmas Light Up at Roxby Square.

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4:00 pm SHARP! Christmas Caroling and Candlelight Processional lead by Valley First Credit Union and the RSS Choir will begin at Willow Park Shopping Centre heading up Hwy 33 to Roxby Square for the official light up. First 200 attendees will be given candles to carry. 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Scrimmage with the Kelowna Chiefs City of Kelowna Active Living & Culture - Obstacle Course Hot chocolate, cider & cookies, chili and a bun Visit with Santa & the Lady of the Lake Enjoy Christmas Carols with the RSS Choir

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The Uptown Rutland Business Association will give a local flavour to the traditional start of the countdown to Christmas again this year. On Sunday, Dec. 4, URBA will host its annual Christmas Light-Up festivities at two locations. Starting at 3 p.m., area residents are invited to partake in the Light-Up festivities kick-off at the Willow Shopping Centre, to enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the Rutland Senior Secondary Choir.

At 4 p.m., a Christmas carolling and candlelight procession led by the choir and Valley First Credit Union staff will proceed up Highway 33 to Roxby Square for the Christmas tree light-up and a visit from Santa, which will start at 4:30 p.m. The first 200 participants in the procession will be given a free candle to light up for the short walk up the street. At Roxby, there will be a chilli on a bun concession station set up, the RSS Choir will continue to sing, the Kelowna Chiefs will scrimmage in the parking lot, and an obstacle course will be set up for the kids by the City of Kelowna active lifestyle program staff. If the transit strike is still going on, the arrival of the Santa bus won’t happen, but if that is the case, Santa will be set

up at his own workshop at Roxby Square to meet and greet the youngsters. Donations to the Salvation Army will be accepted and there will be a raffle ticket prize draw for $250. The prize winner will have the option of receiving the prize through a Valley First Credit Union bank account or pay it forward to either the Salvation Army or the credit union’s Feed The Valley campaign. Laural D’Andrea, executive director of URBA, said the Christmas Light-Up in Rutland has become an established local area tradition, made possible by the donations from URBAN business members to cover the costs. As well, the City of Kelowna has set up the Christmas tree for this year in a drumshaped tree holder box, which will be surrounded by the other Roxby Square

trees also be decorated in Christmas lights. URBA also wants to remind Rutland residents that the city will host a Family Holiday Skate on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 3 to 5:15 p.m., at Rutland Arena. The skating is free, donations will be accepted for Central Okanagan Food Bank, face painters will be on hand, and Tim Hortons will provide hot chocolate and refreshments. And the free Living Nativity stage production returns to Willow Park Church, 439 Highway 33 West, on Dec. 9 (5:30, 6:30, 7:30 p.m.), Dec. 10 (4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 p.m.) and and Dec. 11 (3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 p.m.). The presentation includes a musical drama, live mannequins, a rendition of the town of Bethlehem, hot drinks and cookies.

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Black Mountain Continues to Prove a Popular Residential Development Area

With three different developers promoting communities in the Black Mountain area, the community is quickly gaining a reputation for having Rutland’s most sought-after real estate. By Mike Straus Rutland’s growth in recent years has resulted in a push for more homes in Black Mountain, with multiple developers now selling homes in the area. Andrew Bruce, with Melcor, says that the company’s Blue Sky at Black Mountain neighbourhood is garnering interest from homeowners who are moving up to a larger home or nearing retirement and want a custom solution. “In the last little while, Kelowna has seen a steady population growth rate,” Bruce said.

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“Anyone in the development industry would say that we’ve seen a large increase in buyers from the Lower Mainland. We’re still seeing a good portion of buyers coming from Alberta. It’s slowed down a bit, but it hasn’t stopped.” Bruce believes that Black Mountain’s location and amenities account for its popularity. Blue Sky at Black Mountain shares a boundary with Prospect at Black Mountain, another local development. Both communities boast cityscape, airport, and canyon views, while Blue Sky at Black Mountain offers a fee-simple duplex and triplex community called Dunbar Villas. And while Blue Sky may be seeing interest from move-up and pre-retirement buyers, other Black Mountain communities are attracting young professionals and families.

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Kathleen Mackenzie, president of Starland Development, says that the Starland’s Prospect development at Black Mountain is seeing a lot of interest from growing families. “We’re generally a first or second move-up market,” Mackenzie said. “My personal sense is that Kelowna is starting to come of age, with much better jobs for young people. The university and the tech sector are attracting young professionals. “It’s more sustainable that way – young people can stay here and get good jobs. That’s what is fuelling the demand for new homes.” Prospect at Black Mountain homes also offer amenities that young professionals and young families are more likely to enjoy, including 25 acres of protected green space and geothermal heating and cooling. Al Kirschner says that his Kirschner Mountain development is seeing a mix of buyers, with new homeowners coming from Vancouver, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. The Kirschner Mountain community primarily caters to young families and retirees, with the local Black Mountain Elementary School and the addition of a new playground two years ago as prime family-friendly amenities.

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“I’ve been sold out of lots for a year and a half. We have 39 more lots coming up for sale, but they won’t be ready until the spring.” Kirschner says that local demand for housing has fueled a surge in prices in the last two years, but he expects home prices to level off in the near future in response to the federal government’s action on interest rates. Residential developments in Rutland are clearly in high demand, but they haven’t been without their challenges. Hillside development was a difficult feat for Blue Sky at Black Mountain, one that Bruce says took creative

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Kelowna Unitarians Support Burundi Effort “When strangers meet, endless possibilities emerge: New experiences, new ways of understanding, and new ways of taking action. When strangers meet, each pays special attention to the other. Each is called to serve something larger than the self. Today, this morning, let’s light the chalice: For openness, for willingness to grow, for rich curiosity and, for common purpose.”

Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana

If you would like to support the Kelowna Unitarian’s efforts, contact the church at 250-763-7212 or email Unitarian@telus.net.

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Ask most Canadians to point out Burundi on a map and few would know where to begin looking. Yet last November, while most residents of Saskatoon were busy gearing up for another cold, snowy Winter, Saskatoon Unitarians were deeply engaged in an international life and death effort to free a Unitarian Minister unjustly imprisoned in the tiny African nation. Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana’s nightmare was finally over when, thanks to international pressure and the efforts of the Saskatoon Unitarians, the reverend was released by the Burundi government and permitted to make his way to Canada, where he was granted refugee status. Now residing in Canada, Fulgence hopes to continue practicing as a minister, but the role of ministry varies significantly between the two countries. So much so, the reverend now faces a challenging path ahead that will include further education and completion of the requirements of the ministerial fellowship committee. Fulgence’s ultimate goal is to work internationally as a Unitarian minister when he is finished his education so he can support people who find themselves persecuted, as he was. The reverend wants to build bridges throughout the world, beginning with Canada and Burundi. It’s a daunting, uphill battle for an African refugee trying to make ends meet in a foreign country, all the while made more difficult by the fact that Fulgence’s wife and child are currently in the U.S., where they fled to just before Fulgence was

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arrested. The reverend himself was denied access to the US after being released from prison in Burundi. As word of Fulgence’s plight circulated throughout North American Unitarian congregations, Unitarians across Canada and the U.S. began to conduct fundraisers in support of the Reverend’s efforts to become a minister and bring his family to Canada. Earlier this fall, the Kelowna Unitarians held their own fund raising dinner, which the reverend attended, raising over $1,400. But the story doesn’t end there. The reverend’s story has now inspired a new initiative being driven by Kelowna Unitarians. Hearing Fulgence speak of having no library in his local Burundi community for the 200 children from the four surrounding villages that attend the local school, Kelowna Unitarian Laila Isaak devised an idea, to start a book drive to send books to the school children of Burundi. The idea quickly grew to include art supplies, notebooks, pencils and more. Other local Unitarians jumped on the effort, some even offering to contribute towards the shipping costs. The Kelowna Unitarian’s school supply drive is now in full swing with the church reaching out for donations of French, French/English books, art and school supplies for children 7 to 13 years of age. The goal of the church is to acquire 200 or more sets of books, notebooks, pencils and art supplies so each child is included.

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Most common vehicle defects seen by traffic cops in Kelowna The Kelowna RCMP wish to educate the public of the most common vehicle defects discovered by enforcement officers on the road.

As winter approaches in the Okanagan, enforcement officers with the RCMP Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU), RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services (COTS) and Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic Section will be paying closer attention to vehicle defects in effort to improve safety on our roadways.

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1. Vehicle suspension / lift kits: A common modification encountered by enforcement officers is the illegal raising or lowering of a vehicles suspension height by more than 10 cm (3.9 inches) from the original basic specification of the vehicle manufacturer. Section 25.21 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations (MVAR) states that the vehicle CAN NOT be driven, operated or parked on a highway in British Columbia, until it has been inspected by a certified inspector at a designated inspection facility to ensure that the modifications meet safety standards. • Failing to do so could result in an enforcement officer issuing the driver or registered owner of the vehicle a Notice and Order, and either immediately remove the vehicle from the roadway or compel the individual to promptly take the vehicle to be inspected. • The registered owner could face a $598.00 fine under Section 25.30(4) of the MVAR should they failing to comply with the Notice and Order.

2. Headlamps and headlamp height: Vehicle owners who are considering changing their vehicle headlamps to High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights should consult the vehicle lighting guide on the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement website, or a designated inspection facility to ensure the lighting change is compliant with the Motor Vehicle Act. • The driver or registered owner of the vehicle could

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face a fine of $109.00 under Section 4.05 of the MVAR for improper lamp location or inadequate headlamps (ie: displaying brilliant blue white instead of white light); • The driver or registered owner of the vehicle could face a fine of $109.00 under Section 4.04 of the MVAR for having a shielded, covered or obscured lamp by dirt or other materials such as paint, film or plastic covers; 3. Mud flaps & mudguards: Enforcement officers often find vehicles with insufficient mud flaps which fail to control the amount of spray and splash from water and mud to the rear of the vehicle. Section 7.06 of the MVA REGS stipulate that mud flaps or fenders must cover the full width of the tire.

• The driver or registered owner of the vehicle could face a fine of $109.00 under Section 7.06 of the MVAR for failing to have mud flaps or sufficient mud flaps installed.

4. Tinted windows: Enforcement officers still encounter vehicles with illegally tinted windows. No material, which reduces the amount of light transmitted through a vehicles window, shall be affixed more than 75 mm below the top of the vehicles windshield, a side window that is not behind the driver, or the rear window if the vehicle is equipped with an outside rear view mirror. • The driver or owner of the vehicle could face a fine of $109.00 under Section 7.05 (8) of the MVAR for illegal tint. 5. Windshield: Cracks, stone chips and even clouding in windshields can deem the vision of a driver impaired. Examples include a crack over 300 mm (12 inches) long in any part, more than two cracks over 150 mm (6 inches) long, a stone injury over 40 mm in diameter or any clouding on the driver’s side of the windshield.

• The driver or owner of the vehicle could face a fine of $109.00 under Section 219(1) of the MVA for defective motor vehicle for having a cracked windshield. 6. Licence Plates: It’s not difficult for enforcement officers to find front licence plates missing from vehicles, obstructed or not properly affixed to the vehicle. Cars and trucks in B.C. are required to have the two issued licence plates securely attached, one to the front and one to the rear. The MVAR also indicates that licence plates must be kept entirely unobstructed and free from dirt or foreign materials, so that the letters and numbers may be plainly seen and read at all times.

• The driver or owner of the vehicle could face a fine of $109.00 under Section 3.011(a) of the MVAR should the fail to display a front and/or rear licence plate. • The driver or owner of the vehicle could face a fine of $230.00 under Section 3.03 of the MVAR should they display an illegible licence plate.

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Take A One Night Stand Against Cancer The Canadian Cancer Society is asking residents of the Southern Interior to Take A One Night Stand Against Cancer. This campaign encourages people to generously contribute to the costs of staying at the society’s Southern Interior Rotary Lodge for someone fighting cancer. As we enter the Christmas season, it is a great time to encourage activities that support charities and a time to join together to share commitments, support favourite causes and think about others. The society’s Take A One Night Stand Against Cancer campaign allows people in

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the Southern Interior to pay it forward. Through the Southern Interior Rotary Lodge, the Society helps alleviate the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis. “With support from people all across the Southern Interior, we are able to provide affordable accommodations for people with cancer and their caregivers,” explained Sarah Taylor, annual giving coordinator, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon.

home for people fighting cancer. For just $100, you can help support someone in need of accommodations during cancer treatment.” “With the public’s support of our Take A One Night Stand Against Cancer campaign, we can give patients the comfort they need so they can focus on getting better.” From Sept. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016, residents from the South Okanagan and Okanagan region have stayed 1,186 nights at the lodge. Kelowna and area residents

alone account for 192 of these nights. The average stay at the lodge is about 6 nights, but often, stays can extend three to six weeks. That’s a long time to be away from home. “Staying at the Rotary Lodge gave me an opportunity to spend time with people who understood my worries and supported me,” said Shelley B. from Cranbrook. “It was one of the best decisions I made.” The society is encouraging everyone to let the giving season begin.

To support this initiative, please visit cancer.ca/takeastand, drop into your local Cancer Society office, or mail your donation to Take A Stand, Canadian Cancer Society Kelowna Office, Kelowna,BC V1Y 2E4.

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Airline Prep for Holiday Travel

Lost baggage, flight delays, bumped from your flight? Unfortunately, air travel can sometimes be stressful and unexpected things can happen. If you’re planning on travelling during this busy season, follow these tips to help lower your stress: 1. Call ahead if you have special requests. If you are carrying sports equipment or musical instruments, have dietary restrictions or special needs, you want to call the airline at least 48 hours in advance to make sure they can accommodate your requests. 2. Make sure you have all your travel documents. It is your responsibility to have the proper documents to enter a foreign country and to return to Canada. Ensure you have the appropriate

and your destination contact information inside each piece of checked baggage. This helps identify baggage if any outside tag is damaged or lost. Always keep essential and valuable items with you on board, such as your passport, identification and return tickets, medicines and medical devices, money, jewellery, electronic equipment, and essential overnight items.

visas (if required) for the duration of your trip as soon as possible — ideally when you book your tickets. Ensure your passport remains valid for your trip. Expiration dates may vary. Contact your airline or your Consular office ahead of time. 3. Double check your flight’s status. Confirm your flight in advance by checking your flight’s status at least a day before departure and again just before leaving for the airport.

6. Check in early. If available, check in online up to 24 hours in advance. This can help avoid problems with overbooking by the airline

4. Know your airline’s baggage limits and fees. There are different limits for carry-on and checked baggage and possibly extra fees. You want to know what these are to avoid delays or costs at the airport. 5. Pack smart. Always include your contact information

and you missing your flight. 7. Read the fine print. When you buy your ticket from the airline, it comes with terms and conditions. Make sure you know what to expect if your flight is delayed, your luggage is lost, or you experience any other problems by reading your airline’s terms and conditions. Bonus tip: If you do experience a problem while flying, you can file a complaint with the Canadian Transportation Agency. Their job is to help resolve complaints between passengers and airlines. Find more information online at cta.gc.ca/air-travelcomplaints.

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UBCO Sleep Apnea

A single bout of sleep apnea impacts the human body’s ability to regulate blood pressure.

In a recent study measuring the impact of simulated sleep apnea on humans, researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus found that just six hours of the fluctuating oxygen levels associated with sleep apnea can begin to deteriorate a person’s circulatory system. Sleep apnea is a condition where breathing repeatedly

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stops and starts during sleep. The condition can result in frequent periods of decreased oxygen levels in UBC’s Glen Foster, seen holding breathing apparatus in the body, his lab, is researching the health impacts of sleep apnea. known as a ventilating mask for our study shows this intermittent hypoxia. condition has an impact six hours and oxygen “While it is well levels were altered on the cardiovascular established that sleep to mimic sleep apnea system that can begin apnea is linked to symptoms. within a single day,” high blood pressure, says Glen Foster, an The study found assistant professor of that sleep apnea health and exercise compromised the science. “After just six function of a person’s hours of fluctuating baroreceptors— oxygen levels, similar biological sensors that to what happens with regulate blood pressure. sleep apnea, the body’s It also found damaging ability to regulate blood blood flow patterns in pressure is impaired. the legs, which over “These changes occurred almost immediately in healthy young adults who were not experiencing the cumulative effects years of sleep apnea could bring about.”

time could impact vascular health.

As part of his study, Foster examined the impact of intermittent hypoxia on the cardiovascular system in 10 healthy young adults. Study participants wore

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Opera Kelowna plans to stage A Bohemian Christmas presentation to help kick off the countdown to Christmas. The annual Christmas concert will take place Dec. 2 and 3, 7 :30 p.m., at the Cathedral of Saint Michael and All Angels church, 608 Sutherland Ave. in Kelowna. The “A Bohemian Christmas” theme this year was chosen to honour Opera Kelowna’s 2017 main-stage production of Puccini’s La bohème. The evening will feature performances from young and aspiring opera singers, special professional opera soloists tenor Sunny Shams and soprano Shadan Saul), chorus and youth ensembles (Candesca), and excerpts from the Christmas Eve scene in La bohème. “Every season, Opera Kelowna focuses on one theme that culminates in a

full main-stage production. This year we have chosen Puccini’s La Bohème in August. All of our events lead up to that professional production in August,” said Alexandra Babbel, founding and artistic director of Opera Kelowna.

“Their real-life love affair is reflected in their exquisite blend. Our audience will enjoy the love scene from La Bohème performed by these two.” “As a performer it’s not always possible to sing with the person you love... This concert for me is not only an opportunity to debut with a wonderful, fresh and young company like Kelowna Opera, but it is a chance to make magic with Sunny Shams and all in the splendor of the

“Our Christmas concert celebrates pupils, community members and aspiring young artists. And we have invited two of my favourite Bohemians who are living on their art and their love for each other, Sunny Shams and Shadan Saul.

perfect winter wonderland,” added Shadan Saul. Texture and colour are deeply integral in all of Opera Kelowna’s presentations this season. Come see and hear the textures in the decor, as well as in the choral, ensemble and solo repertoire. Meet and mingle with our guests at the Bohemian reception after the concert and enjoy all at a modest bohemian price of $20/ person.

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City of Kelowna’s work on the new park is on track Rutland Centennial Park The to end just prior to the start of the 2017 soccer season. Revitalization Project Set to Finish in Spring By Mike Straus

Since purchasing Centennial Park from the Rutland Park Society in 2015, the City of Kelowna has been hard at work redesigning various park features. Phase 1 of the project saw the addition of a new irrigation system, new park signage, and more soil to improve the field. Now, the city is hard at work finishing Phase 2.

cer field. “Unfortunately, the soccer field is a bit behind schedule,” Sieben said.

I believe that the more people you put in the park, the better the park is.

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should be ready for the spring soccer season of 2017.”

Sieben coaches two youth soccer teams, and he says that as a coach, he’s seen first-hand what Kelowna’s soccer

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field shortage looks like. He expects that a number of local soccer teams will put the field to good use once it’s finished. As a Rutland local, Sieben says that he’s eager to see the Centennial Park project brought to completion. “I grew up in this area, and I ran around those fields when I was

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playing baseball. The fields haven’t been used for some time – it’s nice to see some activity happening there again.” The Centennial Park playground, featuring a rubber safety surface, is already open for public use. The playground is designed with inclusive play in mind. “The city applied for and received a federal grant,” Sieben said, “which allowed for the purchase of equipment that can reach children with a broad spectrum of different needs and abilities.” But bringing Centennial Park to this point hasn’t been easy. For the City of Kelowna, Sieben notes, the biggest challenges were logistical in nature. The first hurdle the

city had to clear involved the purchase itself.

nance and city programs. “I think the next need will be improving and maintaining Centennial Park to a higher standard,” Sieben noted.

“Awareness of the process was challenging at times, knowing the park came from the parks society – trying to figure out who owned the park (was a struggle).”

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“After that, we’ll be coming up with programming to bring more people into the park. I believe that the more people you put in the park, the better the park is.”

After finalizing the purchase, the city’s next problem was determining how best to change the park in order to fit local needs.

Sieben says that Rutland is well served with a variety of recreational amenities, and he hopes that Centennial Park will become

Different community stakeholders want different things, Sieben says, and that means the city’s responsibility is to choose the best amenities and options for everyone.

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Plaza 33 Still Seeking Tenants for New Mall By Mike Straus

Rutland’s revamped Plaza 33 is nearing completion, with signage to be installed in the near future.

Plaza 33 has seen a number of upgrades in recent months, each one bringing the project closer to completion. Scott Wandler, director of leasing for Al Stober Construction, says there’s just one final project left to be done. “The entrance is the main project,” he said. “It’s essentially complete, with the exception of the signage, which will be installed shortly.”

Over the summer, Stober Construction created an entrance that was designed to optimize foot traffic from the front of the mall to the back. Other entry points were to be walled off. The summer also saw a parking lot upgrade.

The new Plaza 33 mall will feature a large branded sign, as well as a smaller sign identifying the entrance. Both signs will be backlit. Wandler says that the general public is

responding well to the new mall, with the new entryway serving its purpose of redirecting traffic flow.

“People can clearly see where they should be entering the mall. And I’ve had nothing but positive comments about the look,” he said.

The addition of the new entrance has also created new retail spaces to the right and left of the doors, allowing more businesses to become tenants in the building. Pizza Hut has leased the space to the left, and has been serving pizza for several months. Wandler notes that Pizza Hut has seen a steady traffic flow since opening.

“The space to the right has been leased as well,” Wandler said, “but I can’t release the name of the tenant just yet.”

While Wandler offers no indication of who the new tenant may be, he can clearly state who it’s not.

Rumours of a restaurant opening in the new Plaza 33 building are just that – rumours. Wandler says that while a restaurant was entertaining the idea of tenancy at Plaza 33, the potential tenant backed out. Al Stober Construction is actively looking for tenants to fill out the rest of the Plaza 33 floor space, as Wandler says the company has received a lot of interest from the business community. “With the new construction, there’s been additional response and interest toward tenancy,” Wandler said.

continuing to advertise the mall to the public.

Wandler says he also wants to create a positive environment for tenants, one that allows businesses to stay productive. Stober Construction is also considering a Plaza 33 website, but doesn’t have any concrete plans as of yet. “It’s not something that we’ve addressed at this point. It’s more of a time factor than anything – it hasn’t hit a high enough priority. We’ll probably look into it at some point.”

“I’d love to see a restaurant or a medical clinic in one of those spaces. Either that, or a major retailer. Or another health services business. We’re looking for tenants that create traffic and that mesh well with existing tenants.”

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Rutland Residential Development Creates Vibrant Student Housing Hub

Recent construction projects and the City of Kelowna’s development plan for Rutland are creating a student-friendly area that’s rich in amenities. By Mike Straus

Students looking for offcampus accommodations in Kelowna have traditionally gravitated toward certain areas, with Glenmore, the downtown and the Mission being popular neighbourhoods.

But by and large, Rutland is on track to become Kelowna’s premier student housing hotspot.

Affordable rental rates and close proximity to UBC Okanagan and other amenities have drawn thousands of students to the area. In 2009, the Regional District of Central Okanagan estimated the number of 15-to-24-year-olds in Rutland to be 4,250, making it one of Rutland’s three largest age demographics.

Dave Hallonquist, managing dDirector of the Varsity Student Residence now under construction at the corner of Highway 33 and Dundas Road, says that Rutland’s reliable transit service is just one of the factors drawing students to the area. “Rutland is a 15-minute bus ride from UBCO,” he said. “And all UBCO students get a bus pass for the duration of

their enrolment as part of their tuition. “So they’re encouraged to take public transit, and that means they’ll be looking for accommodation around transit hubs.”

While living in Rutland sounds like a great deal for students, Hallonquist says the reality is that the Okanagan’s rental housing crunch has created a shortterm bottleneck – not just in Rutland, but all across the Okanagan.

Simply put, student demand for housing is outpacing supply. But Hallonquist says that’s about to change.

“There’s a fair amount of general rentals coming onstream over the next few years, with a number of development permits in place all across the Okanagan. And obviously, students will be a portion of the renters who occupy those buildings,” he explained. Hallonquist notes that local students are looking for affordable accommodations that offer an environment conducive to studying, which isn’t always readily available in Kelowna. He advocates

for purpose-built housing as a means of meeting student housing needs.

“A purpose-built student residence is very different from a standard apartment building. All of the amenities are targeted at students – unlimited Wi-Fi throughout the building; housekeeping services.”

Long-time Rutland resident Brad Sieben, a Kelowna city council member, says that he anticipates much more student-oriented housing will come to Rutland in the future as part of local revitalization efforts. “I think there’s potential for student housing to fit in with how Rutland develops. There’s one project in the ground right now,” Sieben said.

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Sieben notes the presence of rental-based housing development incentives in Rutland are driving new development that other parts of Kelowna aren’t seeing. The city has designated Rutland a town centre, he says, which means Rutland will see future development and investment to continue this housing push. Currently, the City of Kelowna is offering $420,000 in housing development grants for 2017 to reduce Development Cost Charges for purpose-built multi-family rentals. The city’s Official Community Plan, revised in 2013, estimates that Rutland will see 1,800 new multi-unit residences by 2030.

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“The market will dictate the rest. When you think of what amenities students are looking for – access to grocery stores, gyms, parks, and buses – you see that Rutland has potential.”

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The former St. Aidan’s Church, 365 Rutland Road North, will find a new life with the recent transfer of the land and building from the City of Kelowna to the Okanagan Buddhist Cultural Centre, a nonprofit society. “We are excited to have this opportunity to rehabilitate the existing church building, said Peter Chataway, speaking on behalf of the Okanagan Buddhist Cultural Centre. “Part of the improvements will include construction of a Vietnamese-style friendship garden accessible to the public.”

The single-storey front-gabled building was constructed in 1933 to provide a place of worship for the Rutland Anglican community. The property was acquired by the City in 1989 to facilitate the widening of Mugford Road. The property was used by a number of community tenants in the 1990s, but the condition and functionality of the building has rendered the site unusable in recent years.

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“Kelowna has a long list of heritage sites that residents want to see preserved,” said John Saufferer, Real Estate Services Manager, City of Kelowna. “Given competing community priorities and limited funds to continue to preserve the failing buildings, the City is pleased to support community partnerships for adaptive re-use proposals of these heritage sites. This proposal will allow the old church site to be self-sustaining and preserved for generations to come.”

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Given the significant costs of restoring and preserving the value of its heritage assets, the City issued a Request for Expression of Interest in 2012, seeking ideas for the adaptive re-use of three of the Heritage Register properties owned by the City of Kelowna – including the St. Aidan’s church site. In a similar process, an Idea Fair was held for Cameron House on Richter Street earlier this year.

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When It’s More Than The Blues By Joanne Smrek Joanne Smrek is the Interior Health regional knowledge coordinator, maternal child health-population health. Public health nurses across B.C.

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· Feeling inadequate or resentful towards the baby · Feeling more angry or irritable then usual Self-care is important for all women during pregnancy and in the postpartum time period, and can help protect against postpartum depression, anxiety, and relapse. Suggestions to take care of yourself include: · Be kind to yourself · Find someone to talk to · Ask for help from your family and friends · Try to get as much sleep as you need, including naps · Choose healthy foods like fresh fruits & vegetables, lean meats (and other protein foods such as cheese and tofu), low fat dairy products, and whole wheat bread and try to eat regularly · Try your best to find time to exercise · Find time for you to relax – even if it is just for a few minutes to put your feet up or go outside for some fresh air

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