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The Okanagan Rail Trail had its grand opening in September, but the celebration may have been premature, seeing that a large section of the route remains closed to the public.

At issue is a section of the trail near the Kelowna airport, blocked by a padlocked gate. The city applied to have the path go through the Eldorado Ranch.

The Agriculture Land Commission denied the application, citing potential safety, trespassing and other concerns. But the city isn’t taking no for an answer.


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It says it will be asking the commission to reconsider its decision.

“As part of that reconsideration, we’re preparing background material, we’re looking at alternate routes, we’re consulting with the landowners in the area to come up with a proposal to the ALC that they can consider as part of that reconsideration,” Andrew Gibbs from the City of Kelowna said.

The city hopes to have the proposal ready for the ALC sometime next month. The ranch is owned by the Bennett family, and Global News asked them for their perspective.

Meantime, the Eldorado Ranch says there’s a blame game going on. It says it’s not opposed to having the rail trail going through its property, but says it wants reassurances its employees will be able to cross the rail trail unimpeded, either through overpasses or underpasses.

WATCH BELOW: (Aired Sept. 28, 2018) Okanagan Rail Trail hits bump in the road






Completion of the rail trail is facing another stumbling block. It deals with the Okanagan Indian Band and the federal government.

The mayor of Lake Country says the Okanagan Indian Band has indicated that it supports the rail trail, but the band has been bogged down in red tape.

“The band had to make an application for it, even though the agreement in 1927 said that if it’s not used as a railroad, it reverts back to band reserve. And it’s still a federal reserve, so that’s not an issue,” said mayor James Baker.

“However, they had to make an application for an addition to a reserve and that takes time.”

© 2019 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.



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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal

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What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children

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A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

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The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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