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.
Hostages to the economy  Dec 2, 2016
Is this the post-truth era?  Nov 25, 2016
Dakar and bust  Nov 18, 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.
Great smelling business  Dec 2, 2016
Cleaning up for KGH  Nov 25, 2016
New things for Kelowna  Nov 18, 2016
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.
Bank a bad investment  Dec 1, 2016
Senators take rare stand  Nov 24, 2016
Our debt is growing  Nov 17, 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.
Riding on wheels of fear  Dec 1, 2016
Biking in the light  Nov 17, 2016
Little girl learns to ride  Nov 3, 2016
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.
Fat question scares men  Dec 1, 2016
First-car dreams  Nov 24, 2016
Gold digging a state of mind  Nov 17, 2016
Design Chick Design Chick by Crispin Butterfield

Crispin Butterfield owns Urban Theory Interior Design.
Life at the cabin  Nov 30, 2016
Add some zip to fall  Nov 23, 2016
Design on a dime  Nov 6, 2016
The Blackboard Jungle The Blackboard Jungle by Richard Knight

Richard Knight is a retired teacher with a lot of stories to tell.
Student assaults teacher  Nov 30, 2016
Life with a blindfold on  Nov 16, 2016
Levels of trust  Nov 2, 2016
States of Mind States of Mind by Paul Latimer

Explore the fascinating mysteries and complexities of the mind, with Dr. Latimer.
Cannabis worsens bipolar  Nov 30, 2016
Social anxiety disorder  Nov 23, 2016
Dementia under diagnosed  Nov 16, 2016
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.
You can make a difference  Nov 29, 2016
The night jingle music died  Nov 19, 2016
Let them eat cake  Nov 12, 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.
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
42% rate increase!  Nov 29, 2016
Seatbelt campaign a failure?  Nov 22, 2016
Bring your children  Nov 15, 2016
Scale My Life Scale My Life by Ryan Lancaster

Ryan Lancaster is a pretty average guy with some pretty big dreams.
Kick your butt into shape  Nov 28, 2016
Life is worth the pain  Nov 21, 2016
Fit not fat  Nov 14, 2016
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.
Need a bigger mortgage?  Nov 28, 2016
Help with kid's first home  Nov 14, 2016
Brokers save you money  Oct 31, 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.
Why can't I get online?  Nov 28, 2016
How to get out of trouble  Nov 21, 2016
Recover deleted files  Nov 14, 2016
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
Awaken to your potential  Nov 27, 2016
Do you know you?  Nov 20, 2016
We are bacteria, star stuff  Nov 13, 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: Nov. 27-Dec. 3  Nov 27, 2016
Horoscope: Nov. 20-26  Nov 20, 2016
Horoscope: Nov. 13-19  Nov 13, 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.
You can learn to talk  Nov 26, 2016
Master of the show  Oct 29, 2016
Mastering the introduction  Oct 22, 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.
Gold-digger moms  Nov 23, 2016
Teens at work  Nov 9, 2016
This one is for the girls  Oct 26, 2016
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.
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Mortgage rates rising  Nov 19, 2016
More mortgage changes  Nov 5, 2016
Mortgage rules changed  Oct 22, 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.
Arrival delivers  Nov 18, 2016
A Strange new world  Nov 11, 2016
Inferno not that hot  Nov 4, 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.
3 is the magic number  Nov 14, 2016
Do not get caught  Sep 1, 2016
Sun, beaches and cash flow  Jul 26, 2016
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
We will remember them  Nov 12, 2016
Anti-cruelty laws need bite  Oct 8, 2016
Feedback helps MP  Sep 10, 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.
Adorable monster on stage  Nov 12, 2016
To see or not to see  Oct 19, 2016
Check into the Bates Motel  Oct 14, 2016
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.
Shorts on fire  Nov 2, 2016
Is your roof ready for winter?  Oct 24, 2016
Crawl space protects house  Oct 17, 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
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
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
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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