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Saint Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School hosted a car wash to help raise money for the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves from Russian invasion.

Kate Hopley’s 6th grade class came up with the fundraiser themselves as a part of their justice program. They were inspired by a classmate who is Ukrainian and currently has family family overseas.

“The students have really embraced the social justice program in grade six, and they’ve held several special events this year, so this is their last big push at the end of the year in support of their classmate,” said Hopley.

“The goal is to raise some money in support of the people in Ukraine, and the goal is to have fun, learn the joy of giving, and that our classmate feels supported.”

Nazariy, the young Ukrainian boy, is happy to see his classmates come together at the end of the school year to do something special for him and his family back home.

“It makes me feel proud that we are actually doing something because it’s not only their war, it’s our war. If you could do anything like go to an organization, please help because hundreds of people are dying,” he said.

The Kelowna Fire Department took part in the car wash as well, showing the kids how to wash a car with a firehose, and to even let Nazariy ride shotgun in a parked firetruck.

“He had a big excited smile and he wanted to see the fire truck, so we just put him right up there in the jump seat and he had a giant smile on his face, and it puts smiles on our faces too.”

All funds raised at the St. Joesph’s Catholic School will help humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.


here. Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. on July 1.

took to Facebook on Wednesday to express gratitude for the community’s efforts in finding her daughter.

She highlighted the efforts of volunteers with Central Okanagan Search and Rescue for their “unwavering” dedication to finding Cardno “even when the weather and levels of the creek have not been favourable.”

“To the RCMP who have tirelessly been following up on the overwhelming amount of leads coming and eliminating all other possible scenarios,” Diane continued.

She also thanked the members of the public who showed up on Saturday for a search party along Mission Creek.

“It really does take your community coming together to make things happen and for that I will be forever grateful.”

“I will never give up hope, she is my second born, my baby girl, my sweet pea.”


ruled against the B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office in its attempt to seize Hells Angels’ clubhouses in Kelowna, Nanaimo and East Vancouver.

The government had claimed the clubhouses would be used in the future to engage in unlawful activity, but close to 13 years after the Civil Forfeiture Office filed the first proceedings, and after a year-long trial, Justice Davies dismissed the government’s actions. He also ruled the part of the Civil Forfeiture Act that relies on property that is “likely to be used in the future to engage in unlawful activity” is unconstitutional, as it is outside of the province’s jurisdiction.

The B.C. Government appealed Justice Davies’ ruling shortly after it was delivered, and this week, Justices Mary Newbury, Christopher Grauer and Leonard Marchand are hearing submissions in the appeal.

It’s not clear when the appeals court will make a ruling on the high-profile case. If the B.C. Government is successful in the appeal, a second trial could be ordered, or the Appeals justices could rule the properties simply be forfeited.

The Civil Forfeiture Act became law in B.C. in 2005, and allows the government to seize property that’s alleged to be connected to criminal offences. The government can proceed with forfeitures whether or not criminal charges have been laid against an individual. While forfeiture matters are heard in civil court, where the standard of proof is on a “balance of probabilities,” criminal matters are decided on the higher bar of “beyond reasonable doubt.”

The attempted seizure of the Hells Angels’ clubhouses has been winding its way through the justice system for 15 years.

The B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office first brought the case against the Hells Angels in 2007, in an attempt to seize their Nanaimo clubhouse. In August 2012, police raided the club’s Kelowna clubhouse at 837 Ellis Street, and the province began forfeiture proceedings against it, and the Hells Angels’ East Vancouver clubhouse, several months later.

Back in 2014, Justice Davies called the series of pretrial applications in the matter “never-ending.”

The clubhouses have continued to be used by the Hells Angels, although the assets have been frozen since 2016.

While the government initially alleged the clubhouses had been used in unlawful activity in the past and were likely to be used in the future to engage in unlawful activity, the Civil Forfeiture Office narrowed its allegations in August 2015, only claiming the properties would be used in the future to carry out crimes.

Ultimately, Justice Davies ruled this aspect of the Civil Forfeiture Act is unconstitutional, but the government has been able to continue to rely on this aspect in other civil forfeiture cases, pending the result of this appeal.

Submissions in the appeal are scheduled to carry through to Friday.

Rumours the agency was looking at the property began circulating earlier this month, however officials with BC Housing said only they were considering the location, but no decisions had been made.

A letter sent to businesses and residents in the neighbourhood obtained by Castanet News says BC Housing, in partnership with the Kelowna Gospel Mission, will be opening a “temporary shelter” at 858 Ellis for those experiencing homelessness.

“As you may be aware, Kelowna is in immediate need of shelter space and this space will provide our neighbours with the first step to getting into more permanent and supportive homes,” the letter reads in part.

“The support services available will be designed to help guests access resources that can help change lives.

“In the coming weeks, we will be reaching out to the community to provide more information about the space and the services it will offer.”

The letter indicates the shelter will open in the fall, although an exact month is not specified.

It will house approximately 60 people and is slated to be operational through the spring of 2024 when the lease expires.

The shelter, once operational, will operate 24/7, providing guests with access to a bed, warm meals and support services.

There are presently three temporary shelters being operated in the city, including a 60-bed facility jointly run by BC Housing and the Gospel Mission.

The former packinghouse property was purchased late last year by The Mission Group for $23.75 million.

Castanet has reached out to both BC Housing and the Kelowna Gospel Mission for further comment. and delivery via DoorDash.

Reservations are also available online and walk-ins are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The location is open Sunday through Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m, and Thursday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture will be making a presentation at the board meeting Wednesday night.

It was Trustee Norah Bowman who first introduced a notice of motion earlier this month after returning from the British Columbia School Trustees Association AGM, where a resolution was passed. It called on the BCSTA to develop a template to help boards of education remove barriers to registration for students with precarious or no immigration status in their districts.

Cohen, who is also a professor at Okanagan College, says there has been a huge increase in people with precarious or no status in the Central Okanagan over the past five years.

“It’s very difficult to track numbers of folks who have no status because they are forced to live in the shadows. We really don’t know how many people. We don’t have exact numbers, but we know from advocates and from anecdotal evidence that the number is increasing and that every year there’s probably in the hundreds of people, at least, in the Kelowna area who have no status.”

She says if you add those with precarious status, it’s likely in the thousands. How many children might be among them is unknown.

“We know our organization (RAMA) has been approached by families that have school-aged children. So, we know they’re here,” adds Cohen.

Bowman says New Westminster was the first district to introduce such a policy, so other boards have a template to draw from.

The New Westminster policy was implemented in May of 2017. It ensures families who live in the community and meet the provincial definition of being an “ordinary resident” can access school without fear that their information will be shared with federal immigration authorities, unless there is a specific case where it may be required to do so by law.

“If this motion were to pass, then the next step would be that staff would work with us to develop a policy. And then they would say, OK, how do we implement this policy? And it would be district-wide, it would absolutely be for all schools,” said Bowman.

Wednesday night is the last SD 23 Board of Education public meeting before summer holidays. Bowman says if the motion passes, a policy would likely not be ready until at least the next school year.

As for concerns that Central Okanagan schools could be pushed over-capacity by opening the door to children with precarious or no immigration status, she points out that in New Westminster, they only had six such students enrol in one school year.

For Cohen, it’s about following through on B.C.’s guarantee of access to education without fear.

“It doesn’t matter if this helps one or 100 kids, it’s worth it.

“I think kids deserve education and they have a right to education. And so, a policy like this is just the first step in ensuring that that access is there for the kids that are already here, and the kids that might come in the future.”

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