Every Sunday we'll recap local lifestyle and culture news that you may have missed over the last seven days.
This week city council debated on the future of the Capri-Landmark town centre, as well as indicated they are set to receive a report on a potential bike sharing program. The Kelowna West riding confirmed a date for their upcoming by-election. And for a little out-of-the-valley news, the Trump Lounge in Vancouver turned into a "total shithole" on the popular crowd-sourcing review site, yelp.com.
Capri-Landmark Town Centre 100 Million Dollar Plan
The preferred concept plan for the area bordering Gordon Drive and Spall Road, Springfield Road and Harvey (not including Capri Mall) was presented to city council on Monday, and our mayor was impressed. "Call me a dreamer, I love this plan for a number of different reasons," said Mayor Colin Basran. "One, because it brings the density and the mixed-use that we want to see. It increases the connectivity of our neighbourhoods that we all appreciate. It promotes alternate modes of transportation and people moving, parks and communal space."
The plan, designed to guide future development and infrastructure investment, includes a re-alignment of Sutherland Avenue linking to Spall Road, while making walking, cycling and transit a priority. Dickson Avenue will be the area's established "main street".
Residents in newly built medium to high density housing are guaranteed to be living within close proximity to new parks and social spaces as well, and to accommodate additional growth, maximum building heights in some areas would increase to a limit of 16 to 18 storeys.
The project has a 2040 timeline, and along with it city council is also currently entertaining development proposals for the Capri Mall, one of which we covered here late last year.
Bike Sharing Might Come to Kelowna
City council will receive a report from the transit and programs manager on a bikeshare program called Dropbike Monday. Dropbike works by mobile app – find a bike on the app, scan the QR code to unlock it and you're set.
Dropbikes can be parked at any "haven". Havens are bike posts, bike racks, and parking areas marked in the app. Their novel locking mechanism doesn't involve bulky docks (which often take away parking spaces in many cities).
Sounds great, however it is noteworthy that there have been some business failures and hiccups along the way in developing these now successful bike sharing programs particularly in Montreal and Toronto. City council best be sure to thoroughly investigate went wrong with them at the time.
In envisioning a bike share system here, in my opinion, it really doesn't have to be all too intricate or big. I can see two biking docks set up along the Dillworth bike path that runs along off Enterprise - one to service the Orchard Plaza, and the other for the Landmark area, a larger dock located in Rhapsody Plaza by the Dolphins, one in the heart of downtown, a couple along Ethel on either side of Harvey, and then two more positioned along the bike trail that leads out to the Mission (in Pandosy Village and the Hotel Eldorado areas).
The riding of Kelowna West will get to elect its new Member of the Legislative Assembly of BC, after Christy Clark stepped down in early August last year. The election poll date is February 14th, with advance voting available over six days from February 6 - 11.
Four candidates are vying for the vacant seat, including former MLA Ben Stewart (BC Liberals), Shelley Cook (NDP), Robert Stupka (Green) and Kyle Geronazzo (Libertarian). This past May, Clark secured 62% of the vote, but it will be interesting to see how things shake out, seeing that we have a NDP/Green government now.
An Okanagan Sparkling Mention
The oldest travel guide in the US, and chronicler of things bling, Forbes Travel Guide has listed The Okanagan among the seven destinations for sparkling wine lovers (right after Champagne, France no less). The others are Penedés Spain, Veneto Italy, Pfalz Germany, Galilee Israel, and Finger Lakes New York. We told you BC was having a sparkling moment.
The Trump Lounge in Vancouver is a Total Shithole
Following Donald Trump's racist comments earlier in the week on immigration, Yelpers began targeting Trump hotels around the world and giving them less than rave reviews. The Trump Lounge in Vancouver was a big target.
Since then, Yelp has placed many of Trump's establishments listed on their site in "Active Cleanup Alert" as they begin scrubbing the site free of the posts like these.
File This One Under I Had No Clue
There are lots of sunken treasures in our deep waters of Okanagan Lake, and apparently a very large Ogopogo statue is one of them. Just off the shores of Paul's Tomb lying 30 feet deep, is a sizable, creepy-looking Ogopogo statue. Fast forward to the 5:30 minute of the video below for a good look at the sea monster.
Instagram of the Week
A crazy shot from Big White!
Jemma and I just had an incredible long weekend at the very beautiful and very family friendly @skibigwhite resort in B.C. Canada. On Friday morning we jumped on a short @alaskaair flight from Seattle to Kelowna and then took a shuttle to Big White where we used our Alaska Airlines boarding passes to get free lift tickets for the rest of the day. Over the weekend we took multiple ski lessons, went ice skating, tubing, rode on a horse drawn sleigh ride, went hot tubbing outside, watched fireworks and even went ice climbing! This is an adventure the two of us will remember forever! On top of all of that the mountain is incredibly beautiful as you can see in this pic. The snow ghosts stand like frozen statues in an all white winter wonderland. We'll be back!