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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.
Pet peeves ahead!  Sep 25, 2018
Distracting statistics  Sep 18, 2018
Driving at night in the rain  Sep 11, 2018
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
Letter to a politician  Sep 25, 2018
Are you vulnerable?  Sep 18, 2018
Do you drive a bullet?  Sep 11, 2018
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
Life on Saturn's moon?  Sep 24, 2018
Everything about nothing  Sep 15, 2018
The expanding universe  Sep 7, 2018
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
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.
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Your brain lies to you  Sep 23, 2018
You choose to suffer  Sep 16, 2018
Light a candle on Monday  Sep 9, 2018
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope: Sept. 23-29  Sep 23, 2018
Horoscope: Sept. 16-22  Sep 16, 2018
Horoscope: Sept. 9-15  Sep 9, 2018
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Path to mortgage freedom  Sep 22, 2018
Bad credit mortgages  Sep 8, 2018
Buying a fixer-upper  Aug 25, 2018
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.
Go ahead, lick your fingers  Sep 22, 2018
Eating the bounty  Sep 15, 2018
Fall fairies  Sep 8, 2018
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.
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.
Gas-war hallucinations  Sep 21, 2018
Getting to the start  Sep 14, 2018
A plea for help?  Sep 7, 2018
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."
Sell your style on eBay  Sep 20, 2018
Ode to the fall sweater  Sep 6, 2018
Worth every penny  Aug 23, 2018
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.
How's Your Waste Line? How's Your Waste Line? by Rae Stewart


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.
Social media, your mortgage  Sep 17, 2018
Pay mortgage off sooner  Sep 3, 2018
Know thy neighbour  Aug 20, 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.
Bikers on the move  Sep 13, 2018
Hero's hurrah for fathers  Jun 28, 2018
Sandbaggers do great work  May 31, 2018
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.
Cabbing it in cool weather  Sep 12, 2018
Wining down to fall  Aug 29, 2018
Garagiste gals and guys  Aug 15, 2018
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
What do you know for sure?  Sep 10, 2018
Times are a-changin'  Aug 17, 2018
Are you a fox or hedgehog?  Jul 11, 2018
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.
The Russians are coming  Sep 5, 2018
Starry, starry nights  Mar 3, 2018
Happy new theatre year  Jan 1, 2018
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.
Leading by example  Aug 30, 2018
Webb of words  Apr 20, 2018
Club creates champions  Apr 14, 2018
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.
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Do you feel understood?  Aug 15, 2018
Lemon or lemonade?  Aug 1, 2018
A new measure of success  Jul 27, 2018
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.
Real estate confusion  Jul 13, 2018
New rules for real estate  Jul 8, 2018
Tax hurts Okanagan  May 18, 2018
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
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.
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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