Rise and Shine — It’s Friday, February 5, 2016

ODN_rise_and_shineGood morning, Osoyoos. It’s Friday, February 5. Here’s what you need to know to get started with your day.

  • It’s going to be mushy today, folks. Scattered flurries, wet snow and rain are expected throughout the South Okanagan. In Osoyoos, we’ll reach a high of 2.
  • The South Okanagan-Similkameen School District has released a slide presentation it will use next Tuesday evening to explain to Osoyoos parents and students why it needs to close one of their schools. Watch for feedback later this morning.
  • The outgoing executive director of Destination Osoyoos expects this summer will be a good one for the community’s tourism industry. Canada’s low dollar should keep more Canadians in Canada, says Gail Scott.
  • Our Coyotes are on the ice tonight in Summerland; tomorrow they’re home to host the Princeton Posse. Winning both games gives Osoyoos at least a share of the KIJHL’s Okanagan Division title.
  • It looks like BC Hydro really wants to build the Site C dam. It is promising, in a legally binding agreement-in-principle no less, to build 50 housing units, make a $30,000 donation to local charities and provide funding for an airport shuttle and an additional police officer. And it will give the northern B.C. town $1 million every year, for as many years it will take to construct the $9 billion dam.
  • Another progressive move by Pope Francis: the Vatican has announced the Pope and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a historic step to heal a 1,000-year-old schism.
  • How’s this for a corporate wrinkle: controlling big business through not-for-profit ownership? Apparently it’s working in Denmark.
  • And finally, Maurice White, the founder of Earth, Wind and Fire, has died. He was 74. The group will be honored with a lifetime achievement award later this month at the Grammys.

See you Monday.

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