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How does a judge figure out who is telling the truth and who is lying?

Willing to lie to a judge?

How does a judge figure out who is telling the truth and who is lying?
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.
Fashion File Fashion File by Marla O'Brien

"Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."
Instagram Inspiration  Mar 21, 2019
White is the new black  Mar 7, 2019
Would you wear fur?  Feb 21, 2019
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.
Do you have the magic?  Mar 20, 2019
Down the rabbit hole  Mar 13, 2019
Get rid of your big but  Mar 6, 2019
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.
Making the right stop  Mar 19, 2019
Pay attention this month  Mar 12, 2019
Parking lot showdown  Mar 5, 2019
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
Are you a good liar?  Mar 19, 2019
Use ICBC claim for care  Mar 12, 2019
Looking for honest justice  Mar 5, 2019
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.
Mortgage stress  Mar 18, 2019
Get mortgage pre-approved  Mar 4, 2019
Buying rental properties  Feb 18, 2019
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.
Tax-filing myths, 3  Mar 18, 2019
Tax-filing myths, 2  Mar 11, 2019
Tax myths exposed  Mar 4, 2019
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
View from the middle  Mar 17, 2019
Don't let life drown you  Mar 10, 2019
A plea for help  Mar 3, 2019
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope: March 17-23  Mar 17, 2019
Horoscope: March 10-16  Mar 10, 2019
Horoscope: March 3-9  Mar 3, 2019
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
Back to the moon  Mar 16, 2019
Storms rage on Jupiter  Mar 9, 2019
Women stars of astronomy  Mar 2, 2019
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.
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Trumped up on Trump  Mar 15, 2019
Turning a new page  Mar 8, 2019
A rabbi's reflections  Mar 1, 2019
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.
The allure of horsepower  Mar 15, 2019
Vets dissed by government  Mar 8, 2019
Banff is on a lake?  Mar 1, 2019
On Your Father's Side On Your Father's Side by David Trifunov

David Trifunov is a freelance journalist, writer and editor based in Kelowna. He’s the proud father of three girls and the humble author of three middle-grade books for reluctant readers.
Shouldering the load  Mar 14, 2019
It's chickenpox, run!  Feb 28, 2019
Everyone needs a Kelly  Feb 20, 2019
Okanagan Taste Okanagan Taste by Allison Markin

Allison Markin tastefully explores the wine, libations and food scene in the Okanagan, with thoughtful commentary and reviews of her favourite bottles.
Hiring season has begun  Mar 13, 2019
Wine world coming to you  Feb 27, 2019
Love the wine you're with  Feb 13, 2019
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
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.
How's Your Waste Line? How's Your Waste Line? by Rae Stewart


You can get the right fix  Feb 22, 2019
A conversation about gifts  Dec 20, 2018
Recycle your textiles  Oct 31, 2018
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
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.
A common tongue  Feb 11, 2019
What was I saying?  Feb 1, 2019
The art of conversation  Jan 11, 2019
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
Canadians have low taxes  Feb 2, 2019
Send veterans a valentine  Jan 18, 2019
2018 in Review  Jan 4, 2019
Tech Talk Tech Talk by Trevor Sharp

Trevor Sharp, an information technology specialist, guides you through the ever-changing world of high tech, making your computing experience secure, functional and relevant.
Big Brother is watching  Jan 18, 2019
Shopping the tech way  Dec 21, 2018
Don't throw away the gold  Dec 7, 2018
Ordinary Heroes Ordinary Heroes by Richard James Deacon

Richard James Deacon has a finger on the pulse of those doing good in the Okanagan.
Moms are family heroes  Jan 17, 2019
Angels among us  Dec 13, 2018
Investigate and report it  Nov 22, 2018
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.
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.
Mindful Communications Mindful Communications by Christy Lehmberg

Christy Lehmberg focuses in on the ups and downs of reality and how to navigate this bumpy road we call life.
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.
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.
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.
Cate's final column  Jul 2, 2018
A quiet word  Jun 25, 2018
Write it down  Jun 11, 2018
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.
Network to nowhere  Jun 29, 2018
Safety, no compromising  Jun 15, 2018
And the wheels roll on  May 25, 2018
Talk to Me Talk to Me by Fiona Patterson

Fiona Patterson is a clinical psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in the treatment of trauma, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, and addictions.
Suffering has purpose  Jun 8, 2018
The meaning of life  Apr 6, 2018
Losing a child  Mar 12, 2018
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.
Your travel bucket list  May 22, 2018
Cuba, Part II  Feb 14, 2018
Cuba bound  Jan 31, 2018
Design Chick Design Chick by Crispin Butterfield

Crispin Butterfield owns Urban Theory Interior Design, a full-scale design firm with savvy projects spanning Western Canada.
Real cost of renovating  May 16, 2018
Must-visit design shops  Apr 11, 2018
White hot interior design  Feb 28, 2018
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Writer submissions

Are you a writer, looking for a home to showcase your work?

We occasionally have openings for new columnists.

Successful writers will show that they have a solid plan for a column, and demonstrate that they can generate fresh ideas weekly or bi-weekly. You will have good writing skills, the ability to meet deadlines, and a willingness to work with us on changes that we deem necessary.

If accepted, your submissions will be kept in the range of 500 to 800 words.

As a Castanet columnist, you will have your own columnist page with masthead, along with excellent exposure to your work in the Okanagan region, as well as further afield.

Our columns are weekly and bi-weekly. We also have a Guest Column for occasional submissions.

To query for information or to submit your idea, please e-mail [email protected]. If submitting an idea, please give a brief write-up of the idea along with a short sample of your writing (paste sample directly into the body of the email).
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