Rise and shine, Osoyoos — It’s Tuesday, May 17

Rise and shine, Osoyoos — It’s Tuesday, May 17. Here’s what you need to know as your day gets started.

Locally

Osoyoos Town Council has asked staff to prepare a report on a possible referendum before it makes a decision on funding and other requests from a committee looking to establish an independent school in Osoyoos.


Wren Place neighbours to a proposed Richter property development have a few concerns they’d like Council to consider before it gives final approval to the project.


South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce is arranging morning coffee between the business community and local politicians. The first sit down is scheduled for next week in Okanagan Falls.


BC residents are apparently losing their appetite for the funding of private schools. And why not: since 2005, government funding for independent schools has increased by 66 per cent. Funding for public schools has risen by 19 per cent.


BC’s Sikh community has delivered more than $1 million worth of donations for Fort McMurray evacuees.

Nationally

Well, this isn’t news: a study suggests up to 60% of First Nations children on Reserves live in poverty.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed his government will move forward with new legislation to protect the rights of transgender Canadians.


Ontario MP Michael Chong is the third into the ring for the federal Conservative Party’s leadership bout.


A crafty ploy by Opposition members of the House of Commons almost catches the Liberals asleep.

Around the World

We could learn a little about how to protest from our European cousins. This time the group to watch are French truckers.


Smuggling refugees is big business: $6 billion in 2015 — and that’s just to Europe.


Iranian models were arrested for promoting promiscuity for posing without hijabs.


Introducing Upward Falling Payloads — drones planted in the ocean for later deployment as military weapons. Yes, they’re for real.


Newt Gingrich wants to be Donald Trump’s Vice President.

This is Interesting

Hate your car alarm? Or someone else’s? Well, this will make you feel better (maybe): they don’t work.


Suddenly, you can say so much more. Twitter says it will stop counting photos and links in its 140-character limit.


Please, someone tell me this isn’t going to end badly — self-driving big rigs on our highways.


He has a Ph.D. in astrophysics, is an M.D., is fluent in English and French and can also speak Russian, Spanish and Japanese, and is also a lifelong mountaineer, cyclist, skier and avid sailor, and holds a commercial pilot licence and advanced scuba-diving licence. Now David Saint-Jacques is Canada’s next astronaut.


And finally, one in 10 people admit they check their cell phone during sex. Now, that’s commitment.


Have a great day, Osoyoos.

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