Downtown Kelowna college cancels new classes

Vancouver Career College in downtown Kelowna has announced it's cancelling new classes - and is contemplating relocating - with the reason being the increasing number of homeless in the area.

Used needles, garbage, human waste and smashed windows have become a big problem for the college on Pandosy Street - and in an email to AM 1150, Regional Vice-President Edward Jonathan says "the prevailing situation makes it very unsafe for our students and staff".

He says all application fees have been refunded - but existing students can finish their courses. 

Nearby Leon Avenue has become a haven for the homeless in Kelowna, with the Gospel Mission and Cornerstone shelters, both operating year-round.