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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.
Liberals hike taxes  Mar 23, 2017
Gov. has spending problem  Mar 16, 2017
Trillion-dollar debt  Mar 9, 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.
Open season on cyclists  Mar 23, 2017
Spring Into cycling  Mar 9, 2017
Cyclists are all friends  Feb 23, 2017
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.
Pain of parenting  Mar 23, 2017
Computers are evil  Mar 16, 2017
Hard-earned wisdom of age  Mar 9, 2017
Design Chick Design Chick by Crispin Butterfield

Crispin Butterfield owns Urban Theory Interior Design.
States of Mind States of Mind by Paul Latimer

Explore the fascinating mysteries and complexities of the mind, with Dr. Latimer.
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.
Slaps on the wrist  Mar 21, 2017
Convenience vs. catastrophe  Mar 14, 2017
Distracted Driving Month  Mar 7, 2017
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
MLA Report MLA Report

Premier Christy Clark, Norm Letnick and Steve Thomson are members of the legislative assembly for Kelowna and West Kelowna.
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.
Feds will help buy home  Mar 20, 2017
RRSPs for a downpayment  Mar 6, 2017
How risky do you feel?  Feb 20, 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.
The next big thing  Mar 20, 2017
Don't get faked out  Mar 13, 2017
So long, Vista  Mar 6, 2017
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
Pass it on - twice  Mar 19, 2017
Embrace your dark side  Mar 12, 2017
Are you a revolutionary?  Mar 5, 2017
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Happiness is a POV  Mar 19, 2017
Ditch the negativity  Mar 12, 2017
Be wary of expectations  Mar 5, 2017
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 19-25  Mar 19, 2017
Horoscope: March 12-18  Mar 12, 2017
Horoscope: March 5-11  Mar 5, 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.
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.
Message in a bottle  Mar 18, 2017
Seasonal shock therapy?  Mar 11, 2017
Thoughts of spring sprouting  Mar 4, 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.
Logan tells great story  Mar 17, 2017
Kim's Oscar review  Mar 3, 2017
Why Him? is moronic  Jan 20, 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.
On to Tuktoyaktuk  Mar 17, 2017
Build success with action  Mar 10, 2017
3 tips for success  Mar 3, 2017
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.
City firm one of the best  Mar 17, 2017
No talk, all action  Mar 10, 2017
Don't wait on hold  Mar 3, 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.
Dirty, little secret  Mar 15, 2017
Regrets, we've had a few  Mar 1, 2017
Dating after divorce  Feb 15, 2017
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.
Easter Island enigma  Mar 14, 2017
Where's my luggage?  Mar 7, 2017
Don't wait for 'one day'  Feb 28, 2017
Scale My Life Scale My Life by Ryan Lancaster

Ryan Lancaster is a pretty average guy with some pretty big dreams.
Dementia Aware Dementia Aware by Tracey Maxfield

Tracey Maxfield is a dementia consultant and advocate.
5 common dementias  Mar 11, 2017
Caring for the caregiver  Feb 25, 2017
Dementia to-do list  Feb 11, 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.
Buying In a seller's market  Mar 11, 2017
Mortgage renewal checklist  Feb 25, 2017
Home buyers' plan  Feb 11, 2017
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
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.
Real estate fear and greed  Feb 24, 2017
3 is the magic number  Nov 14, 2016
Do not get caught  Sep 1, 2016
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
Stand against Islamophobia  Feb 17, 2017
A drug law with weight  Dec 17, 2016
We will remember them  Nov 12, 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.
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
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.
Selling a home? Have a plan  Feb 4, 2017
Buying sight unseen  Jan 30, 2017
5 signs of trouble  Dec 27, 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.
Ringworm in pets  Jan 21, 2017
Don't be sweet to your dog  Dec 10, 2016
Sleeping with your dog  Sep 21, 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.
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
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
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
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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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