After the rally: Kelowna BLM organizers working to launch diversity curriculum

Paige Harrison and Kermisha Pereira said the work around diversity continues


The work from last summer’s wave of Black Lives Matter (BLM) rallies continues and two Kelowna students want residents to keep it going.

Paige Harrison and Kermisha Pereira co-organized the BLM rally in downtown Kelowna last summer, but the duo say there is more work to be done.

Anti-masker arrested: Woman arrested after allegedly refusing to wear mask or leave Value Village

A Kelowna woman was arrested Sunday afternoon at Value Village after allegedly refusing to put on a mask or leave the store. 

Police were called to the Value Village on Aurora Crescent just after 4 p.m. on Nov. 22 for a report of a woman who was trespassing as she refused to leave the store after entering without a mask.

Officers tried to convince her to leave the store, but she refused, according to RCMP, who allege the woman struck the officers several times, screamed and refused to cooperate.

People's Party of Canada president withdraws

Accusations of racism and homophobia within the top local ranks of a new federal political organization are being strongly denied by party leaders.

Daniel Joseph, who is black, says he has quit the People's Party of Canada after encountering "utterly hateful views".

He had been elected president of the party's Kelowna-Lake Country riding association last November.

"Unfortunately, with newly-appointed executives in charge - very vocal officials with utterly hateful views and policy positions - I no longer feel like there is a place for me in this party," Joseph says.

Dayleen Van Ryswyk, Kelowna NDP Candidate, Quits Over Racist Comments

Following harsh criticism for "hateful" comments she made about First Nations and French-speaking Canadians in a community blog, a candidate for the B.C. New Democrats in Kelowna-Mission has been forced to resign, NDP Leader Adrian Dix said in a statement Tuesday.

Dayleen Van Ryswyk was quoted saying on the Castanet community forum that Canadians have been "paying out the nose for generations" for First Nations, and that "if their ancestors sold out too cheap it’s not my fault," the B.C. Liberal Party said in a Tuesday news release.

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