The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Temper your expectations  Dec 10, 2023
Looking after yourself  Nov 26, 2023
Stop negative thinking  Nov 12, 2023
Making Tracks Making Tracks by J.P. Squire

Long-time Kelowna journalist J.P. Squire keeps readers up to date on outdoor recreational activities.
Skiing Revelstoke Mountain  Dec 10, 2023
Skiing at Sun Peaks  Dec 3, 2023
Skiing in South Okanagan  Nov 26, 2023
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Bank declined mortgages  Dec 9, 2023
Lower mortgage rates  Nov 25, 2023
Home equity opportunities  Nov 11, 2023
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.
Your birthday your way  Dec 9, 2023
The origins of nutmeg  Dec 2, 2023
Holiday baking treats  Nov 25, 2023
In Your Service In Your Service by Tracy Gray

MP Tracy Gray serving her constituents of Kelowna-Lake Country
Troubling numbers  Dec 8, 2023
Axe taxes for fiscal relief  Nov 24, 2023
Mortgages in crisis  Nov 10, 2023
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
The moons of Jupiter  Dec 8, 2023
Secrets of sun spots  Dec 1, 2023
Tall tales about the moon  Nov 24, 2023
The Okanagan Naturopath The Okanagan Naturopath by Doug Lobay

Naturopath Doug Lobay keeps readers up to date on naturopathic medicine and health issues.
Dan in Ottawa Dan in Ottawa by Dan Albas

Dan Albas, MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, keeps you posted on what's going on in Ottawa.
Missed opportunity  Dec 7, 2023
Deciding for themselves  Nov 30, 2023
Fiscal update 'mini budget'  Nov 23, 2023
Volunteer Matters Volunteer Matters by Karen Knight

Veteran volunteer, volunteer coordinator and leader of volunteer organizations, Karen Knight helps others in the sector deal with the myriad of issues associated with non-for-profit organizations.
Gardening with nature Gardening with nature by Sigrie Kendrick

Sigrie Kendrick is a master gardener and executive-director of the non-profit Okanagan Xeriscape Association.
New Thought New Thought by Corinne Crockett

Food for the mind and the heart, to encourage an awakening of the power and potential within everyone.
Hooked on a feeling  Dec 6, 2023
Finding meaning in life  Nov 29, 2023
A rebellion of self-worth  Nov 22, 2023
MLA Minute MLA Minute by Renee Merrifield

Renee Merrifield is the B.C. United MLA for Kelowna-Mission. She keeps readers up to date on what she is doing as an MLA and what is happening in the B.C. Legislature in Victoria.
MLA voices her concerns  Dec 5, 2023
Future of CleanBC plan  Nov 28, 2023
Crime rate growth concern  Nov 21, 2023
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.
Defective vehicles  Dec 5, 2023
Unsafe headlight conversion  Nov 28, 2023
Speedy excuses  Nov 21, 2023
The Mortgage Gal The Mortgage Gal by Tracy Head

Mortgage professional Tracy Head provides guidance for obtaining a mortgage, a new home, or planning a move.
Mortgage rate drops  Dec 4, 2023
Securing a better rate  Nov 20, 2023
Eco-friendly home grants  Nov 6, 2023
It's Your Money It's Your Money by Brett Millard

Certified financial planner Brett Millard translates complex investment, insurance and planning jargon into language everyone understands.
TFSA tips and tricks  Dec 4, 2023
What Ottawa is saying  Nov 27, 2023
Money lessons for kids  Nov 20, 2023
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
FIT Talk With Tania FIT Talk With Tania by Tania Gustafson

The FIT Nutritionist, Tania Gustafson, educates and shares valuable tips to help people achieve their health and weight loss goals without dieting and live longer, stronger, better lives, naturally.
From The Hill From The Hill by Richard Cannings

Federal bill passed  Dec 1, 2023
MP wants GST off heating  Nov 17, 2023
Clean water needed for all  Nov 3, 2023
Okanagan Taste Okanagan Taste by Allison Markin

Allison Markin explores the creative scene in the Okanagan, from arts and culture, to artists and artisans, to chefs and tastemakers, to the occasional movie night.
Doing errands with friends  Nov 29, 2023
Season events coming up  Nov 15, 2023
Tasty education  Nov 1, 2023
Sustainability Spotlight Sustainability Spotlight by Kristy Dyer

There is a lot to know about sustainability and a lot of greenwashing. Kristy Dyer explains the ideas and uncovers the facts.
Shedding light on solar  Nov 28, 2023
Carbon emissions myths  Nov 14, 2023
Methane and natural gas  Oct 31, 2023
In A Pickle In A Pickle by Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel

Doreen always has had a knack for getting herself in a pickle, whether it be with wild animals or difficult people. She thinks the problem might be herself.
Dealing with dementia  Nov 27, 2023
Haunted hotel  Oct 30, 2023
Rescuing injured birds  Oct 2, 2023
The Art of Speaking The Art of Speaking by Wade Paterson

Public speaking and presentations are skills that can be learned and one of the most successful ways is through Toastmasters.
Something From Everything Something From Everything by Matthew Rigby

Staggered attempts to make meaning and connections.
Uncertainty of our lives  Oct 22, 2023
Vulnerability, a la carte  Aug 9, 2023
A new way to hear  Jun 23, 2023
Wilson on Water Street Wilson on Water Street by Adam Wilson

Columnist Adam Wilson takes a critical look at what's going on at Kelowna city hall.
Rising cost of housing  Aug 13, 2023
Building affordable homes  Jul 9, 2023
New strategy needed  Jun 6, 2023
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.
Rising rates, opportunities  Aug 11, 2023
New zoning bylaws  Nov 6, 2022
Retirement rescue plan  Jun 17, 2022
A Second Look A Second Look by Terry Robertson

Terry Robertson takes modern look at old images of landscapes, street scenes and images of prominent structures around the Okanagan.
The Legal Quarterback The Legal Quarterback by Wes Forgione

Kelowna lawyer Wes Forgione explains the legal side of estate planning, real estate and corporate/commercial law to help readers make informed decisions.
Explaining property title  Jun 18, 2023
Power of attorney  Jun 4, 2023
Is incorporation right move?  May 21, 2023
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Heather Zais dies  May 15, 2023
Horoscope April 30-May 6  Apr 30, 2023
Horoscope April 23-29  Apr 23, 2023
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.
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake gives his own particular take on life.
Zen and art of searching  Sep 24, 2022
The shadow knows  Sep 9, 2022
Lesson learned...wait!  Aug 12, 2022
On Balance On Balance by Bill Downey

Traffic safety seen through the lens of motorcyclist experience and knowledge.
Knowing when to say when  Nov 18, 2021
Shiver me timbers!  Oct 7, 2021
Smokin' your stops  Sep 9, 2021
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