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Heather's Horoscope
by Heather Zais
Heather's Horoscope Psychic Heather Zais had a vision of her own future at the age of 11 that covered about 20 years of her life. The rest is history...

Latest Columns

Horoscope: May 24 - 30  May 24, 2015 / 5:00 amHoroscope: May 17 - 23  May 17, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Financial Planning Made Easy
by Karen Erickson
Financial Planning Made Easy As a Financial Consultant it is my passion to serve clients by giving them full financial planning advice. This includes investments, insurance, retirement & estate planning and tax reduction strategies.

Latest Columns

Speaking of the cottage  May 24, 2015 / 5:00 amYour mortgage or your life  May 17, 2015 / 5:00 am
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MP Report
by Ron Cannan
MP Report The Honourable Ron Cannan was first elected as Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country in January, 2006. He was subsequently elected in the 2008 and 2011 federal elections. He is a member of the Conservative Caucus. On September 13th, 2012 Ron was summoned to be a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and will provide advice to the Government as a member of the Priorities and Planning Sub-Committee on Government Administration.

Latest Columns

Compassionate care benefits  May 23, 2015 / 5:00 amAn enduring friendship  May 9, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Behind the Wheel
by Tim Schewe
Behind the Wheel Tim Schewe, has been writing his traffic column for most of the 20 years in his traffic enforcement service in the RCMP. Schewe retired from the Force in January of 2006.

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Vehicles doing the thinking?  May 23, 2015 / 5:00 amE-ticketing and ticket dispute  May 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Happy Gourmand
by Kristin Peturson-Laprise
Happy Gourmand Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, being someone who is passionate about people having a good time . Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, marketing and service programs.

Latest Columns

Eat your crusts!  May 23, 2015 / 5:00 amReady, set...go summer!  May 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Under the Lights
by Bruce Atkinson
Under the Lights We call him the Professor of Rock: With a career in music, television and media arts spanning 30 years, Atkinson knows music. He's traveled as a professional musician and he loves Rock 'N Roll. He is a music journalist who writes internationally for Frontier Records' Melodic Rock magazine and he owns FBA International a multifaceted management, consulting, promotional entity.

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Expanding the frontiers  May 22, 2015 / 7:00 pmTrue disciples  May 15, 2015 / 7:00 pm
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The Dad Vibe
by Jeff Hay
The Dad Vibe Jeff dedicates his life's work to improving the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.

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'Mommy's house is better'  May 22, 2015 / 6:00 amThese Dads get it!  May 8, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Acu-Point
by Ryan Samuels
Acu-Point Ryan Samuels is a Registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Medical Herbalist (R.Ac, R.TCMP) at KLO Chiropractic Centre in Kelowna. He holds a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine diploma, and has a special interest in the treatment of digestive issues, neuropathy, acute & chronic pain, sports injuries, and migraines.

Latest Columns

Getting enough fiber?  May 22, 2015 / 5:00 amYour first Acupuncture visit  May 8, 2015 / 5:00 am
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It's All About...
by Mark Jennings-Bates
It's All About... Mark has been an entrepreneur for over forty years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and many aspects of business. His column focuses on ways that we can improve on success in our lives. Whether it is business, relationships or health, Mark has a well rounded perspective on how to stay focused for growth and development.

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It's all about...a job!  May 22, 2015 / 5:00 amIt's all about...motivation  May 15, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Luxury Homes
by Lora Proskiw
Luxury Homes Lora Proskiw Licensed Realtor®, Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty Marketing Coordinator for Jane Hoffman Group www.janehoffman.com 250-860-7500

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Kelowna Lakeshore Acreage  May 21, 2015 / 11:46 amModern, stylish family home  May 13, 2015 / 12:13 pm
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What's On
by Ryan Donn
What's On Ryan Donn: (singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, Councillor at the City of Kelowna).

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Summer Music Festivals  May 21, 2015 / 8:30 amVolunteer your time tonight  May 14, 2015 / 8:30 am
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Dan in Ottawa
by Dan Albas
Dan in Ottawa Dan Albas has been a Penticton resident since 1981. Dan is honoured to serve the residents of Okanagan-Coquihalla as their Member of Parliament.

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Listening is important  May 21, 2015 / 6:00 amDissolution and Order Paper  May 14, 2015 / 6:00 am
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Navigating Retirement
by Jeff Stathopulos
Navigating Retirement After two decades in the financial services industry, Jeff's experience as an advisor and branch manager define his approach to providing customized financial planning, estate planning, and managed income solutions.

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Do or do not  May 21, 2015 / 5:00 amDeath of a sales commission  May 14, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Bonnie on Stage
by Bonnie Gratz
Bonnie on Stage Bonnie Gratz is an actor, director and playwright who is the Artistic Director of Kelowna's New Vintage Theatre. She is a member of the Playwright's Guild of Canada and The Literary and Dramaturges of North America.

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Story gets world premiere  May 21, 2015 / 5:00 amFound horizons  May 7, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Mental Health
by Paul Latimer
Mental Health Explore the subject of Your Mental Health with psychiatrist Dr. Paul Latimer.

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Untreated bipolar disorder  May 20, 2015 / 5:00 amCharacter leads to success  May 13, 2015 / 5:00 am
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The Joy of Travel
by Joy McGinnis
The Joy of Travel Joy McGinnis has been a professional travel consultant for over 25 years. Her personal love of travel is obvious to her clientele and she truly enjoys creating unique and memorable vacation experiences for them.

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Please and thank you  May 20, 2015 / 5:00 amSacred Valley of the Incas  May 13, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Sales Meeting Minute
by John Glennon
Sales Meeting Minute John is an accomplished sales person and manager with over 17 years sales and sales management experience.

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Penetrate the smokescreen  May 20, 2015 / 5:00 amSales Poodle wanted  May 6, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Old as dirt. Twice as gritty.
by Jo Slade
Old as dirt. Twice as gritty. Jo has been messing around with words for a long time. Sometimes she'll just say words instead of writing them, it saves on paper. The columns that appear here are of a highly serious and scholarly nature, therefore it is advised that you keep a dictionary and ponderous thoughts nearby.

Latest Columns

Greenway wars  May 18, 2015 / 5:00 amA real mother of a day  May 9, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Computers
by Cate Eales
Computers Cate Eales has been helping people make online computing safe, accessible and fun for over 20 years.

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Help! Internet is broken!  May 18, 2015 / 5:00 amMalwarebytes is free  May 11, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Youth & Family Dispatch
by Andrew Portwood
Youth & Family Dispatch Andrew Portwood is a certified Masters-level counselor in Kelowna with a heart for supporting and helping children, youth and young adults.

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The Mini-Me syndrome  May 18, 2015 / 5:00 amA hidden danger of ADHD  May 4, 2015 / 5:00 am
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About the House - Hugh Cairns
by Hugh Cairns, RHI
About the House - Hugh Cairns Hugh Cairns is the Chief Inspector and owner of Subject 2 Home Inspections. He is a Registered Home Inspector and an energy advisor.

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Four types of maintenance  May 18, 2015 / 5:00 amBaseboard thermostats  May 4, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Focus Health
by Susie Ponici
Focus Health Susie Ponici is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist practicing out of Kelowna with the vision to bring health awareness to her clients through the power of natural nutrition.

Latest Columns

Health foods in disguise  May 17, 2015 / 5:00 amChoose smart & organic  Apr 9, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Mortgage Matters
by April Dunn
Mortgage Matters April Dunn is the owner and a Mortgage Broker with The Red Door Mortgage Group – Mortgage Architects. She has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.

Latest Columns

Fancy new car or a home?  May 16, 2015 / 5:00 amSpousal buyout program  May 2, 2015 / 5:00 am
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On the Job
by Pushor Mitchell's Employment Group
On the Job Pushor Mitchell's Employment Group assists clients in meeting the challenges of today's workplace, including: hiring, firing, management, discipline, contracts, human rights, employment standards, privacy and many other related issues. In their column, the authors' provide practical and interesting information on employment law topics for both employers and employees.

Latest Columns

The right to fire sexist fan  May 15, 2015 / 7:00 amContractual severance  Apr 19, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Achieving Justice
by Paul Hergott
Achieving Justice Paul Hergott began practicing law in 1995, in a general litigation practice. Of the various areas of litigation, he became most drawn to and passionate about pursuing fair compensation for injured victims, which gradually became his exclusive area of practice.

Latest Columns

Safety motivation wanted  May 15, 2015 / 6:00 amFair compensation  May 12, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Common Sense Business Solutions
by Andrew Gregson
Common Sense Business Solutions Andrew Gregson, BA, MA, M.Sc. (Econ), holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics. Andrew's experience working with an international business consultancy and being a business owner for 15 years was the impetus for his book "Pricing Strategies for Small Businesses".

Latest Columns

Squaring the circle  May 15, 2015 / 5:00 amCalling on your help!  Apr 17, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Eat Well. Feel Well. Live Well.
by KyLee Fournier
Eat Well.  Feel Well.  Live Well. KyLee Fournier is a certified sports nutritional consultant, living in Kelowna, BC who helps clients across North America make better decisions regarding what they eat. Her specialty is plant-based nutrition.

Latest Columns

Healthy habits at work  May 15, 2015 / 5:00 amThe great Farro  Apr 17, 2015 / 5:00 am
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A Life Bipolar
by Keri-Lynn Oelrich
A Life Bipolar Keri-Lynn is a married mother of four children and two "step-men" and has been in the print industry for 20 years. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 11 years ago and has a keen interest in sharing her wellness strategies with others.

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How did this happen?  May 14, 2015 / 5:00 amSomeone you love bipolar?  Apr 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Then There Was Glenn
by David Glenn
Then There Was Glenn David Glenn is a home improvement expert. He occasionally freelance writes about real estate tips, home maintenance and DIY home repair.

Latest Columns

Flip houses like a pro  May 13, 2015 / 5:00 amAppliance maintenance  Apr 19, 2015 / 5:00 am
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When Life Gives You Lemons
by Krista Goncalves
When Life Gives You Lemons Krista Goncalves is a Registered Nutritionist (RNC) and owns Re:Fresh Nutrition in Kelowna. She's also a self-proclaimed "foodie", a former Fitness Trainer & Boot Camp task-master and an often outspoken writer of health issues.

Latest Columns

Cleansing for weight loss?  May 13, 2015 / 5:00 amGo whole - go holistic  Apr 15, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Natural Health News
by Dr. Brent Barlow
Natural Health News Dr. Brent Barlow is a Naturopathic Physician practicing at The Kelowna Wellness Clinic in downtown Kelowna. Dr. Barlow is in general practice and welcomes all individuals and families.

Latest Columns

Why take a multivitamin?  May 12, 2015 / 5:00 amWhat's causing my illness?  May 5, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Home Finance
by Laurie Baird
Home Finance An Accredited Mortgage Professional, Laurie Baird provides guidance for obtaining a mortgage, a new home or for planning a move.

Latest Columns

Mortgage penalties  May 11, 2015 / 5:00 amBuy versus rent  Apr 27, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Ripe with Surprises
by Catherine Frechette
Ripe with Surprises This column gives Catherine the chance to share with you the many things that make Kelowna unique and unforgettable so that you can glean ideas of places to visit or take guests when they come to town.

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Custom wine tours  May 11, 2015 / 5:00 amBeer festival bursts on scene  Apr 13, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Fashion Frakas
by Colleen Becker
Fashion Frakas Colleen Becker is the owner/operator of FRAKAS, Shops for Women Inc. Frakas, has three locations, one of which is in the Mission in Kelowna.

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Fun fashion quiz!  May 10, 2015 / 5:00 amBrand crushes & music fests  Mar 25, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Straight Talk on Teeth
by Dr. Mark Provencher
Straight Talk on Teeth Dr. Mark Provencher is a general dentist having graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta in 1997. He is active in numerous professional organizations and is a perpetual student that prefers a proactive, holistic, "why-based" approach to care.

Latest Columns

Lasers in Dentistry  May 9, 2015 / 5:00 amDental implants  Feb 14, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Guest Column
by Castanet Contributor
Guest Column From time to time Castanet.net publishes well written articles 250 - 500 words in length on various local topics. If you are interested in writing a column drop us a line.

Latest Columns

Wearing plastic bottles  May 8, 2015 / 2:00 pmTruth about consolidation  May 8, 2015 / 11:55 am
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What's Up
by Castanet Staff
What's Up

Latest Columns

Big Surf photo winner  May 8, 2015 / 11:10 amBeware of text scam!  Mar 27, 2015 / 11:35 am
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Money Ramblings of a Financial Underdog
by Stephen Sayapov
Money Ramblings of a Financial Underdog I believe an average person can enjoy a wealthy lifestyle as a result of smart decisions. Given enough time and proper education, anybody can change their financial future for the better. This can happen even if you start very late into the game - but your financial habits have to change.

Latest Columns

Rent vs. own - revisited  May 5, 2015 / 5:00 amBi-weekly car payments  Apr 14, 2015 / 5:00 am
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LEXspeak
by Corey Lencovic
LEXspeak Corey Lencovic is a lawyer at Einfeld Law, a highly knowledgeable and experienced personal injury law firm. In his column, Corey comments on interesting law facts and provides informative articles and the occasional bad lawyer joke.

Latest Columns

The plane truth  May 3, 2015 / 5:00 amThe Enforcer cometh  Apr 1, 2015 / 5:00 am
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INJURYwise
by Keri Grenier
INJURYwise Keri Grenier is a lawyer with Pushor Mitchell LLP. In her column Keri provides practical information about personal injury claims in a format that is simple and easy to understand.

Latest Columns

Not the lawsuit type  May 1, 2015 / 5:00 amMedical confidential?  Mar 26, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Investment Real Estate
by AJ Hazzi
Investment Real Estate AJ is the owner of Kelowna's downtown boutique firm, Vantage West Realty. The firm prides itself in breaking the mold when it comes to how they practice real estate. Taking a consultants approach rather than the tired, old-fashioned sales approach of selling kitchens and baths, they pride themselves in having a level of expertise not found in a class room.

Latest Columns

Like an RESP... only better  Apr 30, 2015 / 6:00 amRetirement rescue 911  Feb 18, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Office Clutter Buster
by Elizabeth Densmore
Office Clutter Buster Elizabeth Densmore provides the guidance to simplify, systematize and streamline everyday business operations. Her business Office 2 Office offers a range of office proficiency essentials for small business owners and entrepreneurs to operate at top capacity.

Latest Columns

The simplicity of less  Apr 29, 2015 / 5:00 amDeclutter your productivity  Mar 29, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Dr. Oz's Vet Advice
by Dr. Moshe Oz
Dr. Oz's Vet Advice Dr. Moshe Oz owns Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital, a small animal veterinary practice in West Kelowna. Dr. Oz has deep love and affection for animals.

Latest Columns

Mites  Apr 28, 2015 / 5:00 amMarijuana intoxication in pets  Feb 19, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Legal Ink
by Doak Shirreff
Legal Ink Doak Shirreff is a full-service law firm based in Kelowna. We provide each of our clients with practical legal services in a common sense, cost effective and friendly manner, representing clients throughout the Okanagan Valley and the rest of BC.

Latest Columns

Need employment contract?  Apr 27, 2015 / 5:00 amWhen is your Will, a Will?  Mar 16, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Ups and Downs in the World of Housing
by Andrew Smith
Ups and Downs in the World of Housing Andrew Smith has been helping people buy and sell Real Estate with Royal LePage since 1993. "I help growing families smoothly transition to a larger home by making the finding, buying, and selling process easy."

Latest Columns

First time home buyers  Apr 27, 2015 / 5:00 amReal Estate update  Apr 20, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Economics Made Easy
by Derrick Nicholson
Economics Made Easy Derrick Nicholson is a Currency Strategist. He has been in the industry for the past 20 years. He specializes in mitigating currency risk for companies doing business outside of Canada.

Latest Columns

Parking meter conundrum  Apr 17, 2015 / 5:00 amHave a heart  Feb 20, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Politically Incorrect
by Derrick Nicholson
Politically Incorrect Derrick Nicholson is an international currency broker whom over time has observed how the global growth of government has increased violence, injustice, reduced human rights and constantly taken away the voice of the people. The intent of this column is not to criticize every action and decision of government, rather to provide sober second thought.

Latest Columns

Canada's lost innocence  Apr 10, 2015 / 5:00 amPolice state Canada  Feb 13, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Back to Basics
by Marc Nimchuk
Back to Basics Dr. Nimchuk is a chiropractor practicing at KLO Chiropractic Centre in Kelowna. He is also a full body Active Release Techniques provider and fitness consultant. As part of his ongoing commitment to health and fitness, Dr. Nimchuk is a clinic instructor for marathon and 1/2 marathon clinics at the Kelowna Running Room and is also the Okanagan evaluator for the RCMP Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE test).

Latest Columns

Managing acute pain  Apr 2, 2015 / 5:00 amSelling fear  Feb 20, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Eyewear with an Eye-Catching Perspective
by Courtnay Poole
Eyewear with an Eye-Catching Perspective Courtnay Poole is a second-generation optician and the owner of Downtown Eyewear. She has been fortunate to be able to continue her passion of helping others with their vision needs and uphold the legacy of her family.

Latest Columns

Eyewear trends this spring  Mar 22, 2015 / 5:00 amNew year, new look  Feb 1, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Physio Matters
by Kristi Scott
Physio Matters Kristi is a Registered Physiotherapist at Guisachan Physiotherapy. Kristi brings an energetic, exercise based approach to her practice. She focuses on client centered care, education, exercise prescription, and manual therapy techniques.

Latest Columns

Achilles Tendinitis  Mar 19, 2015 / 5:00 amDe Quervain's Tenosynovitis  Jan 18, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Step Into Your Power
by Tommi Hanley
Step Into Your Power Tommi Hanley owns an event company in Kelowna, Shop the Valley Destination Management and is the former lead instructor of the Event Promotions & Management program at the Centre for Arts and Technology. She launched her affiliate events company, purepower events with Kathy Reid in 2013.

Latest Columns

Manifesting: the secret  Mar 19, 2015 / 5:00 amLove the journey with EFT  Mar 5, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Just Add Salt!
by Lisa Salt
Just Add Salt! Lisa Salt is a Vernon born Realtor® who, along with her husband Gord Fowler from Calgary, lead one of the most successful and dynamic real estate teams in the North Okanagan.

Latest Columns

Spring home selling tips  Mar 11, 2015 / 5:00 amTackling a home renovation  Feb 12, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
by Yoree Grozenok
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Yoree Grozenok owns and operates 1-800-GOT-JUNK? in Kelowna, part of world's largest junk removal company. Years of operating this great business gave him wealth of knowledge and experience in recycling.

Latest Columns

When tenants leave junk behind  Feb 26, 2015 / 5:00 amWeird junk at the dump  Dec 10, 2014 / 5:00 am
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Ask Nurse Kris
by Kris Stewart
Ask Nurse Kris Kris Stewart is the owner, CEO and Clinical Director of Advanced Home Care Solutions Inc, based in Kelowna. She is a well-known, well respected Registered Nurse with advanced nursing and business degrees; she is also an inveterate health care entrepreneur, establishing health care enterprises in Canada and the USA.

Latest Columns

Mum & Dad: no self-care  Jan 29, 2015 / 5:00 amAre extended care homes safe?  Dec 16, 2014 / 5:00 am
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Change Starts Here
by United Way
Change Starts Here The mission of United Way is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. The mission of United Way is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.

Latest Columns

Unplug and Play Week  Jan 25, 2015 / 5:00 amBasics for babies  Jan 2, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Law Matters
by Jeff Zilkowsky
Law Matters Jeff Zilkowsky is a lawyer practicing at MacLean Law in the Lower Mainland and in Kelowna, and focuses his practice on family law and litigation. In his column, Jeff provides information about current legal events or points of interest or concern relating to the law.

Latest Columns

Grandparents: no grandkids for you!  Jan 23, 2015 / 5:00 amLying about rape, violence, drug dealing?  Jan 9, 2015 / 5:00 am
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Cartoons by Marzio
by Marzio Manderioli
Cartoons by Marzio Marzio is a freelance artist who has made Kelowna his home since 1966. His work ranges from book illustration and editorial cartooning to drawing live caricatures at festivals. Marzio is delighted to collaborate with Castanet.net and share his cartoons with you.

Latest Columns

WestJet lands in Penticton  Oct 26, 2014 / 6:00 amTourists love Penticton  Oct 22, 2014 / 6:50 am
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