The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope: Aug. 20-26  Aug 20, 2017
Horoscope: Aug. 13-19  Aug 13, 2017
Horoscope: Aug. 6-12  Aug 6, 2017
Investment Real Estate Investment Real Estate by AJ Hazzi

With a well-deserved reputation as a real estate renegade, AJ Hazzi has been shaking up the Kelowna real estate scene since 2002.
Mid-summer update  Aug 19, 2017
Real estate is worth it  Jul 28, 2017
Real estate fear and greed  Feb 24, 2017
Happy Gourmand Happy Gourmand by Kristin Peturson-Laprise

Happy Gourmand is about enjoying life and living in the moment, and sharing that joy to keep those good vibes going.
Fun foods from A to Z  Aug 19, 2017
Branded-food nostalgia  Aug 12, 2017
Old dogs, new biscuits?  Aug 5, 2017
It's All About . . . It's All About . . . by Mark Jennings-Bates

Mark writes about ways to improve on success in our lives, with ideas to help stay focused for growth and development.
Lavigne on the Scene Lavigne on the Scene by Kevin Lavigne

This column is meant to praise the successes of past events, inform you of new local businesses that are opening, celebrate successes of established businesses and to promote some fun upcoming events.
Dan in Ottawa Dan in Ottawa by Dan Albas

Dan Albas, MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, keeps us posted on what's going on in Ottawa.
The Shoebox The Shoebox by Darren Handschuh

Life gives Darren plenty of material for his column, and no one is safe from his musings – especially himself.
Licking toads to get high  Aug 17, 2017
That's a lot of bull  Aug 10, 2017
Mesmerized by the shiny  Aug 3, 2017
The Art of Speaking The Art of Speaking

Public speaking and presentations are skills that can be learned and one of the most successful ways is through Toastmasters.
6 little white lies  Aug 16, 2017
Essence of great leadership  Jul 22, 2017
Learning to listen  Jun 28, 2017
States of Mind States of Mind by Paul Latimer

Explore the fascinating mysteries and complexities of the mind, with Dr. Latimer.
Farewell  Aug 16, 2017
SSRIs during pregnancy  Aug 9, 2017
Obesity and ADHD  Aug 2, 2017
Design Chick Design Chick by Crispin Butterfield

Crispin Butterfield owns Urban Theory Interior Design.
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
Behind the Wheel Behind the Wheel by Tim Schewe

A veteran columnist and traffic enforcement officer with the RCMP, Tim writes on all things traffic-related.
Left-lane hoggers  Aug 15, 2017
A comedy of errors  Aug 8, 2017
What's your road attitude?  Aug 1, 2017
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Just expensive pee?  Aug 14, 2017
Acupuncture for arthritis  Aug 5, 2017
Bullied in Summerland  Jul 31, 2017
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
You get what you give  Aug 14, 2017
All around you beauty  Aug 9, 2017
The best gift: yourself  Jul 26, 2017
Dementia Aware Dementia Aware by Tracey Maxfield

Tracey Maxfield is a dementia educator, consultant and advocate.
Young onset dementia  Aug 12, 2017
Rare, unusual dementias  Jul 29, 2017
Reduce your dementia risk  Jul 15, 2017
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Foreclosure? What to do?  Aug 12, 2017
Tighter rules coming  Jul 29, 2017
Rising interest rates  Jul 15, 2017
Grind My Gears Grind My Gears by Landon Bradshaw

Bringing out the points of views from cyclist, drivers, and pedestrians. How to play safe on the roads out there.
That's not the point  Aug 10, 2017
Suicide by car  Jul 27, 2017
On the wrong side  Jul 13, 2017
The Mortgage Gal The Mortgage Gal by Laurie Baird

Mortgage professionals Laurie Baird and Tracy Head provide guidance for obtaining a mortgage, a new home, or planning a move.
Have a plan  Aug 7, 2017
Are you mortgage ready?  Jul 24, 2017
Down-payment options  Jul 10, 2017
Getting Along With Your Computer Getting Along With Your Computer by Cate Eales

The Technology Shaman helps make your online computing safe, accessible and fun.
Print from anything  Aug 7, 2017
This is worthy of note  Jul 31, 2017
Relax! Chill! Take a break!  Jul 24, 2017
Just Add Salt! Just Add Salt! by Lisa Salt

Lisa Salt, along with her husband Gord Fowler from Calgary, lead one of the most successful and dynamic real estate teams in the North Okanagan.
The Joy of Travel The Joy of Travel by Joy McGinnis

Joy McGinnis shares her personal wanderlust and professional insight for emerging travel trends, destinations and useful "what now?" tips.
Nice is really nice!  Jul 12, 2017
Driving in France  Jun 27, 2017
Paris in springtime  Jun 20, 2017
This is Life, Based on a True Story This is Life, Based on a True Story by Tanya Gunderson

Tanya is a single parent to two teens, a mini dachshund, and somehow a cat. They cohabitate mostly happily in West Kelowna, despite the transit system being so bad.
A living-dying perspective  Jul 5, 2017
He said, she said  Jun 21, 2017
Playing Dear Abby  Jun 7, 2017
Dr. Oz's Vet Advice Dr. Oz's Vet Advice by Dr. Moshe Oz

Dr. Oz of Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital provides expert advice and information about our pets.
Down and dirty on diarrhea  Jun 22, 2017
New puppies and kitties  Mar 30, 2017
Ringworm in pets  Jan 21, 2017
Kim's Flick Pics Kim's Flick Pics by Kim Rhindress

Movie night and you're not sure what movie to see? You're in luck, Kim is here to help with her spot on insightful movie reviews.
The Circle spins its wheels  May 19, 2017
The Lost City of Z  May 12, 2017
Guardians Of The Galaxy  May 5, 2017
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
Scale My Life Scale My Life by Ryan Lancaster

Ryan Lancaster is a pretty average guy with some pretty big dreams.
Buttoning up a bus  Mar 28, 2017
Sacrificing for your dreams  Mar 13, 2017
Dreams demand hustle  Feb 27, 2017
MLA Report MLA Report

Premier Christy Clark, Norm Letnick and Steve Thomson are members of the legislative assembly for Kelowna and West Kelowna.
Highways: Have your say  Mar 27, 2017
Tech blooming in Valley  Mar 20, 2017
Helping rural areas thrive  Mar 13, 2017
Bonnie on Stage Bonnie on Stage by Bonnie Gratz

Bonnie Gratz is the Artistic Director of Kelowna's New Vintage Theatre, and offers us an exciting insider's view of local theatre.
What's New, Pussycat?  Feb 10, 2017
A play with bells on  Dec 8, 2016
Adorable monster on stage  Nov 12, 2016
The Blackboard Jungle The Blackboard Jungle by Richard Knight

Richard Knight is a retired teacher with a lot of stories to tell.
School is really day care  Feb 8, 2017
Drawing the line  Jan 11, 2017
The Rebel, part 3  Dec 28, 2016
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