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Dementia Aware Dementia Aware by Tracey Maxfield

Tracey Maxfield is a dementia educator, consultant and advocate.
Dementia's final stage  Oct 21, 2017
Dementia and the I word  Oct 7, 2017
Dementia and sex  Sep 23, 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.
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.
The taste of friendship  Oct 21, 2017
Howling at the moon  Oct 14, 2017
Why did the chicken...?  Oct 7, 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.
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.
Netflix and KILL  Oct 20, 2017
Things Happen In 3s  Oct 13, 2017
Global leaders coming here  Oct 6, 2017
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.
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.
Pioneers were a smelly lot  Oct 19, 2017
The robin couldn't fly  Oct 12, 2017
It was a dumb idea  Oct 5, 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.
Design Chick Design Chick by Crispin Butterfield

Crispin Butterfield owns Urban Theory Interior Design.
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.
Live large; take a limo  Oct 18, 2017
Group travel 101  Oct 11, 2017
Take the inside track  Sep 27, 2017
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.
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.
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.
It's great to be lucky!  Oct 16, 2017
Still free. Not as easy  Oct 9, 2017
News to me!  Oct 2, 2017
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
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. 15-21  Oct 15, 2017
Horoscope: Oct. 8-14  Oct 8, 2017
Horoscope: Oct. 1-7  Oct 1, 2017
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.
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.
The last affordability in city  Oct 14, 2017
Mid-summer update  Aug 19, 2017
Real estate is worth it  Jul 28, 2017
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Rental furore: Part 3  Oct 2, 2017
Rental furore: Part 2  Sep 25, 2017
What your car really costs  Sep 18, 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.
Where's your blind spot?  Sep 30, 2017
You need more than goals  Aug 30, 2017
6 little white lies  Aug 16, 2017
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
Solving the mystery of you  Sep 30, 2017
Take another road home  Sep 16, 2017
And there was light  Aug 28, 2017
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.
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.
Obsessed with light  Sep 14, 2017
A child shall lead them  Aug 31, 2017
That's not the point  Aug 10, 2017
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.
Birthday Bash Theatre  Aug 25, 2017
What's New, Pussycat?  Feb 10, 2017
A play with bells on  Dec 8, 2016
States of Mind States of Mind by Paul Latimer

Explore the fascinating mysteries and complexities of the mind, with Dr. Latimer.
Farewell  Aug 16, 2017
SSRIs during pregnancy  Aug 9, 2017
Obesity and ADHD  Aug 2, 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.
The Circle spins its wheels  May 19, 2017
The Lost City of Z  May 12, 2017
Guardians Of The Galaxy  May 5, 2017
Scale My Life Scale My Life by Ryan Lancaster

Ryan Lancaster is a pretty average guy with some pretty big dreams.
Buttoning up a bus  Mar 28, 2017
Sacrificing for your dreams  Mar 13, 2017
Dreams demand hustle  Feb 27, 2017
MLA Report MLA Report

Premier Christy Clark, Norm Letnick and Steve Thomson are members of the legislative assembly for Kelowna and West Kelowna.
Highways: Have your say  Mar 27, 2017
Tech blooming in Valley  Mar 20, 2017
Helping rural areas thrive  Mar 13, 2017
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
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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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