Water quality advisory issued for West Kelowna water system

A water quality advisory has been issued for the Lakeview Water System in West Kelowna.

The advisory is due to increased turbidity levels in Rose Valley Resevoir.

People on the Lakeview Water System will have utility bills that start with the number 455, and a water quality advisory map is available on the City of West Kelowna website.

Children, the elderly, and peopole with compromised immune systems must use water brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute or a safe alternative water source.

Safe water is available at the bulk filling station at Shannon Lake and Asquith Roads.

People must bring clean containers and hoses for filling and must wear gloves, as well as remaining six feet away from others.

The West Kelowna Public Works Department is performing high velocity water main flushing.

This may lead to low water pressure at times, or discoloured water.

Once crews have finished flushing, discolouration can be taken care of by running a cold tap until the water runs clear.

The water quality advisory will remain until further notice.

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West Kelowna passes resolution to opt out of speculation tax

The City of West Kelowna continues its efforts to have the city removed from the speculation and vacancy tax.

It passed a resolution on Tuesday requesting the provincial government permit the municipality to opt out of the tax. It plans to send it to the finance ministry.

In the fall of 2019, council met with the finance minister and staff provided facts that demonstrated the municipality does not fit the criteria and objectives of the tax, according to a news release.

The city said that that vacancy rate in the Kelowna census metropolitan area recently increased from 1.9 per cent in 2018 to 2.7 per cent last year, largely because of hundreds of new rental housing units in West Kelowna.

“Further, the significant funds collected from those subjected to the speculation and vacancy tax in West Kelowna have not yet been received or reinvested into the West Kelowna housing market,” spokesperson Jason Luciw said.

Mayor Gord Milsom said the tax is damaging to the community.

“We are awaiting justification from the Ministry of Finance as to why West Kelowna remains mandated into this tax,” he said. “We are also requesting a meeting with the Minster this spring as we continue to seek an opt-out option from the speculation and vacancy tax.”

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Lower Mainland man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in 2018 West Kelowna killing

A Surrey man accused of killing a woman at a West Kelowna hotel in July 2018 has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Tejwant Danjou’s case had been scheduled for trial in a Kelowna courtroom on Tuesday.

The Lower Mainland man was charged with second-degree murder after police, responding to a report of a woman in need of help, arrived to find she was already dead.

Danjou was arrested near the Best Western Plus hotel.

At the time, police said he and the woman knew each other and were both staying at the hotel.

A murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence.

However, a sentencing hearing will determine how many years the senior will serve before being eligible for parole.

A date for that sentencing hearing to take place is expected to be set Tuesday afternoon.

Prior to being charged with murder, Danjou worked as a real estate broker in Surrey.

However, his licence was suspended as he awaited trial.

— with files from Doyle Potenteau, Robyn Crawford and Niki Reitmayer

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