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The Butchart Gardens bans the bottle for World Water Day

Move will eliminate 80,000 single-use plastic water bottles each year from the environment In recognition of World Water Day, The Butchart Gardens has removed the sale of all single-use plastic water bottles as an extension of their existing environmental practices. The Gardens is encouraging visitors to bring their own water bottles to fill at one of four double-filtered water stations located on the grounds. Each water station boasts a drinking fountain, bottle filler and a doggy water dish. “With this initiative we aim to drive awareness of the serious threat plastic poses to our environment, in particular single-use plastic water bottles,” said Bob Parrotta, Director of Food Services for The Butchart Gardens. “We have chosen today to announce our new direction in an effort to bring attention to World Water Day which is marked on 22nd of March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water and to prepare for how we manage water in the future.” According to Ottawa’s Polaris Institute, bottled water is 240 to 10,000 times more expensive than tap water and the amount of oil used for the production of bottled water in 2010 was the equivalent to putting 1 million cars on the road. The Butchart Gardens is an internationally renowned 55-acre (22 hectare) display garden located near Victoria, British Columbia. Created in 1904 by Jennie Butchart, and still privately owned and operated by family descendants, The Gardens...

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RiverBlue film screening marks World Water Day in Kelowna

RiverBlue film screening marks World Water Day in Kelowna The Okanagan Basin Water Board and its Okanagan WaterWise program are celebrating World Water Day, March 22. A  special screening of the award-winning film RiverBlue begins at 7 p.m.  at Landmark Cinemas – Grand 10. This award-winning documentary follows B.C.-based Mark Angelo, an internationally-celebrated rivers conservationist, as he explores the textile industry and the resulting pollution in waterways around the world. See one of the most compelling films on the fashion world and its impact on our water. The screening is followed by a Q&A with the film’s director and Kelowna resident David McIlvride....

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Kelowna’s only new highrise over 70% sold

Spring final sell-off features free trip to Vegas Kelowna’s only new concrete highrise available for sale, 1151 Sunset Drive, has sold over 70 per cent of its 109 condominiums in less than four months. “Kelowna is in demand,” says Leonard Kerkhoff, vice-president of Kerkhoff Construction, “It’s a beautiful city with so much to offer. It’s great to be a part of Kelowna’s growth by providing homes and contributing to the increasing popularity of downtown living.” Construction began on 1151 Sunset Drive back in October and has made steady progress since. The tower is rising steadily and currently up to...

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World win for Kelowna Icewine

Summerhill Pyramid Winery takes top spot at France's Chardonnay du Monde Competition The top 10 highest scoring wines at the 2017 Chardonnay du Monde competition have been released from Burgundy, France. Topping the list is Kelowna's Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2014 Chardonnay Icewine. "This is a win for the Okanagan and this is a win for organic growing," says Summerhill's proprietor Stephen Cipes (pictured below). "These grapes are in harmony with the environment, and it shows up in the quality of the wine. It's what nature intended." The gold medal winning 2014 Chardonnay Icewine is a vibrant dessert wine with notes of honey, apricot, and...

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Project Literacy celebrates its 150 volunteer for Canada’s 150th birthday

In hopes to actively contribute to the City of Kelowna’s challenge to its residents to contribute 150,000 volunteer hours in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, Project Literacy established a goal of their own. Project Literacy set out to recruit and actively engage 150 volunteers by Canada's 150th birthday. Well ahead of the July 1 festivities, today Project Literacy welcomes its 150th volunteer for 2017. Roarke Newton, a young teen from Immaculata Regional High School, initially chose to volunteer at Project Literacy to fulfill his annual school service hours. However, since he started he says he enjoys the people he...

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