Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
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.
KGH makes scary decision  Oct 22, 2016
Stocking up for winter  Oct 15, 2016
Fairy-tale season  Oct 8, 2016
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.
A hit you can count on  Oct 21, 2016
Taming fiery dinosaurs  Oct 14, 2016
Burton's movie peculiar  Oct 7, 2016
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.
Dubai to Tuktoyaktuk  Oct 21, 2016
What are the odds of that?  Oct 14, 2016
Do you have a plan?  Oct 7, 2016
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.
Ideas worthy of support  Oct 20, 2016
Do we need the CBC?  Oct 13, 2016
PM creates Ottawa buzz  Oct 6, 2016
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.
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.
Dad's role in life  Oct 20, 2016
Doggone great ideas  Oct 13, 2016
Eating green to live longer  Oct 6, 2016
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.
To see or not to see  Oct 19, 2016
Check into the Bates Motel  Oct 14, 2016
Scary superstitions  Oct 1, 2016
The Blackboard Jungle The Blackboard Jungle by Richard Knight

Richard Knight is a retired teacher with a lot of stories to tell.
I smell a rat  Oct 19, 2016
A Lesson in reality  Oct 5, 2016
Classroom cowboy  Sep 21, 2016
States of Mind States of Mind by Paul Latimer

Explore the fascinating mysteries and complexities of the mind, with Dr. Latimer.
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.
Set sail on the Bluenose  Oct 18, 2016
Winter in the southern sun  Oct 11, 2016
Drink the vodka  Oct 4, 2016
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.
Questioning the system  Oct 18, 2016
A near-miss story  Oct 11, 2016
Check your rear-view mirror  Oct 4, 2016
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
About the House About the House by Hugh Cairns, RHI

If you're planning to do home improvements, stop here first. This column is here to guide you.
Crawl space protects house  Oct 17, 2016
Using space heaters  Oct 10, 2016
A house to love  Sep 5, 2016
Scale My Life Scale My Life by Ryan Lancaster

Ryan Lancaster is a pretty average guy with some pretty big dreams.
The Mortgage Gal The Mortgage Gal by Laurie Baird

A mortgage professional, Laurie Baird provides guidance for obtaining a mortgage, a new home, or planning a move.
Home dreams in jeopardy  Oct 17, 2016
Mortgage methods  Oct 3, 2016
Housing tax worries market  Sep 19, 2016
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.
That was easy!  Oct 17, 2016
Check your calendar  Oct 10, 2016
Control your Control panel  Oct 3, 2016
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
Security is our god  Oct 16, 2016
The need to be right  Oct 2, 2016
How do you see the world?  Sep 25, 2016
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope: Oct. 16-22  Oct 16, 2016
Horoscope: Oct. 9-15  Oct 9, 2016
Horoscope: Oct. 2-8  Oct 2, 2016
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Know your agenda  Oct 15, 2016
Love in a wheelchair  Oct 9, 2016
Side effects of fat loss  Sep 26, 2016
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.
Take Churchill's advice  Oct 13, 2016
Money Ramblings of a Financial Underdog Money Ramblings of a Financial Underdog by Stephen Sayapov

The financial underdog gives advice on building good personal finance habits to change your financial future for the better.
Sad and depressing  Oct 12, 2016
Education isn't the key  Sep 17, 2016
Green can save you green  Jul 24, 2016
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.
Tales from a worried mom  Oct 12, 2016
Big-kid bullies  Sep 28, 2016
Making of an angry parent  Sep 14, 2016
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.
For sale by owner  Oct 9, 2016
House-selling secrets  Sep 10, 2016
Watch for red flags  Jul 10, 2016
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
Anti-cruelty laws need bite  Oct 8, 2016
Feedback helps MP  Sep 10, 2016
More money for families  Jul 17, 2016
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.
Sleeping with your dog  Sep 21, 2016
Hot pets dangerous  Jul 20, 2016
Does my pet have cancer?  May 15, 2016
Cartoons by Marzio Cartoons by Marzio by Marzio Manderioli

Marzio is delighted to collaborate with Castanet to share his cartoons with you.
A rainy school start  Sep 7, 2016
Big apple  Sep 6, 2016
The Royals visit  Aug 31, 2016
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! by Yoree Grozenok

Yoree Grozenok has a wealth of knowledge and experience in recycling, which he shares with readers.
It is a junk-erful life  Sep 4, 2016
Protect your identity  Apr 20, 2016
Don't bogart that junk  Mar 22, 2016
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.
Do not get caught  Sep 1, 2016
Sun, beaches and cash flow  Jul 26, 2016
5 trade secrets, free  Jun 15, 2016
Possibility Possibility by Shelley Gilmore

As the Executive Director of United Way CSOS, Shelley Gilmore's goal is to ensure that social and health issues are addressed through collaborations, partnerships, and funding supports.
What do you care?  Aug 13, 2016
Hope - what's it to you?  May 14, 2016
A thief among us: The bully  Apr 10, 2016
Trip Shot Trip Shot

Trip Shot is for you, travel photographer.
Family cycling is amazing!  May 22, 2016
Trippin' thru the Cariboo  May 11, 2016
Pinnacle Peak hike  May 8, 2016
Spirited Endeavours Spirited Endeavours

Welcome to Spirited Endeavours - come on in, pull up a chair, grab a glass, stay awhile.
Drink it. Bake it.  May 8, 2016
Dew on angel's nipples  Apr 30, 2016
I'm Earl. Drink me  Apr 23, 2016
The Dad Vibe The Dad Vibe by Jeff Hay

Jeff Hay is a Kelowna-based writer, motivational speaker, parenting coach, and father of four.
Brink of divorce? Wait.  Feb 7, 2016
My genetically average kids  Jan 8, 2016
"Santa's dead??"  Dec 25, 2015
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.

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