33885
26955
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.
The Blackboard Jungle The Blackboard Jungle by Richard Knight

Richard Knight is a retired teacher with a lot of stories to tell.
States of Mind States of Mind by Paul Latimer

Explore the fascinating mysteries and complexities of the mind, with Dr. Latimer.
Fear of panic  Jul 27, 2016
Mental-illness delusions  Jul 20, 2016
Diagnosis incorrect  Jul 13, 2016
Cartoons by Marzio Cartoons by Marzio by Marzio Manderioli

Marzio is delighted to collaborate with Castanet to share his cartoons with you.
Real estate market  Jul 27, 2016
One bag challenge  Jul 24, 2016
Swimming with the fishes  Jul 20, 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.
Sun, beaches and cash flow  Jul 26, 2016
5 trade secrets, free  Jun 15, 2016
Hot market mayhem -secret  Apr 14, 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.
Ignore noisy vehicles  Jul 26, 2016
It's your problem  Jul 19, 2016
Send a surrogate to court  Jul 12, 2016
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
Scale My Life Scale My Life by Ryan Lancaster

Ryan Lancaster is a pretty average guy with some pretty big dreams.
Keep on keeping on  Jul 25, 2016
Add zest to your life  Jul 18, 2016
Life, not as advertised  Jul 11, 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.
Should you upgrade?  Jul 25, 2016
Let's have some fun  Jul 18, 2016
Change your POV  Jul 11, 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.
Green can save you green  Jul 24, 2016
Don't buy that house - yet  May 28, 2016
Financial OCD  May 1, 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: July 24-30  Jul 24, 2016
Full moon rising  Jul 17, 2016
Balance give and take  Jul 10, 2016
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Build your dream home  Jul 24, 2016
Mortgage don'ts  Jul 9, 2016
The best mortgage rates  Jun 25, 2016
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
House magic  Jul 23, 2016
Messengers of life  Jul 10, 2016
A sense of place, of home  Jul 6, 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.
Movie bogged down  Jul 22, 2016
Resurgence is a Regurgence  Jul 15, 2016
Tarzan swings (and bunts)  Jul 8, 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.
Pokemon on the go  Jul 22, 2016
Golf, swimming and yoga  Jul 15, 2016
Ice Cube and movies  Jul 8, 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.
Pickups belong on farms  Jul 22, 2016
Is recycling a scam?  Jul 15, 2016
Culinary dictator  Jul 8, 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.
Do you want a carbon tax?  Jul 21, 2016
Net neutrality threatened  Jul 14, 2016
Retirement dreams  Jul 7, 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.
Weirder and weirder  Jul 21, 2016
Camping nightmares  Jul 14, 2016
The water's too cold  Jul 7, 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.
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.
Hot pets dangerous  Jul 20, 2016
Does my pet have cancer?  May 15, 2016
Tick-ing time bomb  Mar 28, 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.
Down-payment blues  Jul 18, 2016
Musical mortgages  Jul 3, 2016
Buying in a hot market  Jun 20, 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.
Beat the heat  Jul 18, 2016
Homebuyers unprotected  Jul 11, 2016
Down the hatch  May 9, 2016
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
More money for families  Jul 17, 2016
Canada Post review  May 12, 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.
Sock-hop memories  Jul 16, 2016
Forbidden pleasure  Jul 9, 2016
National Jam Buster Day?  Jun 25, 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.
Putting heat into summer  Jul 14, 2016
A New York buzz  Jul 2, 2016
Theatre fun in the sun  Jun 2, 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.
Watch for red flags  Jul 10, 2016
Pizzazz pointers  Jun 12, 2016
House, with pool  May 3, 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
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.
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
It's Your Life It's Your Life by Jeff Stathopulos

Connecting your life and your money: the challenges and opportunities, the struggles, the windfalls and the black swans that change everything.
Trusted advice  May 5, 2016
The best laid plans  Apr 28, 2016
Will I have enough?  Apr 21, 2016
Old as dirt. Twice as gritty. Old as dirt. Twice as gritty. by Jo Slade

The columns that appear here are of a highly serious nature. Keep a dictionary and ponderous thoughts nearby.
Sex in a Smart car  May 2, 2016
Missing boat  Apr 19, 2016
The art of kitsch  Apr 6, 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.
Protect your identity  Apr 20, 2016
Don't bogart that junk  Mar 22, 2016
Weird junk  Feb 21, 2016
INJURYwise INJURYwise by Keri Grenier

Keri Grenier provides practical information about personal injury claims in a format that is simple and easy to understand.
Expert medical evidence  Apr 18, 2016
Want to be a lawyer?  Mar 21, 2016
ICBC anti-fraud campaign  Feb 14, 2016
Chasing Joy Chasing Joy by Joy McGinnis

Joy McGinnis is chasing life, and invites readers to join the chase in Chasing Joy.
Her biggest fan  Apr 14, 2016
Be aware - not afraid  Apr 6, 2016
From bad comes good  Mar 30, 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
30913
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).
31567