What a week this has been, with Canadians celebrating Orange Shirt Day and the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, in addition to an array of stories from all over the Okanagan-Shuswap.
Before you hunker down and enjoy some cozy times this weekend, catch up on some of the week’s biggest stories.
Former social worker Robert Riley Saunders has pleaded guilty to three out of 13 criminal charges against him.
Saunders worked with at-risk youth in Kelowna, and he has now admitted to stealing money from them while they were in his care. The money was meant for the youths’ shelter and food.
Saunders is also accused of forging his university degree, which he used to get his social worker job.
Penticton Indian Band’s Chief and his council denounced the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Chief Greg Gabriel and council members said there weren’t substantive actions so far to show “a sincere commitment to reconciliation”.
He said it’s not quite time to celebrate the day yet, until there are solid actions taken beyond towards repairing Canada’s relationship with the Indigenous community beyond the holiday.
A 45-year-old father was struck and killed by a pickup truck in Coldstream late last week.
As a result of the incident, Highway 6 was closed for a few hours. The man’s 12-year-old son witnessed the tragic incident and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Police continue to investigate the incident and are asking those with information to come forward.
Reality TV show star Mike Hall has amassed quite a collection: more than 500 cars, which will go on auction this weekend in Tappen.
Hall, who stars in Rust Valley Restorers, said he loves the cars so much that he plans to hold on to at least 50 of them.