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Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
Why is the Red Planet red?  Feb 26, 2021
Red Planet still alluring  Feb 19, 2021
Loss of an icon  Feb 12, 2021
A Focus on Saving Lives A Focus on Saving Lives by Mark Jennings-Bates

Putting poverty in perspective
Would you save the world?  Feb 26, 2021
Let's all play our part  Feb 12, 2021
Days of uncertainty  Jan 29, 2021
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.
PM fires another blank  Feb 25, 2021
Deny murderer parole  Feb 18, 2021
Libs want public 'distracted'  Feb 11, 2021
Reflective Leadership Reflective Leadership by Myrna Selzler

Myrna works with organizations and individuals to turn their passion into impact.
From marionette to master  Feb 25, 2021
Do you know WHY?  Feb 11, 2021
Lead, don't micromanage  Jan 28, 2021
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 think that's funny?  Feb 24, 2021
5 common Zoom mistakes  Dec 31, 2020
Talk away your fear  Nov 18, 2020
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.
Women of taste  Feb 24, 2021
Spirited winners announced  Feb 10, 2021
Open those (wine) borders  Jan 27, 2021
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.
Your duty as a driver  Feb 23, 2021
Be prepared for trouble  Feb 16, 2021
Lack of mufflers  Feb 9, 2021
Don't mess with a soprano Don't mess with a soprano by Sue Skinner

Sue Skinner tells us why we need art and artists in our life
Something From Everything Something From Everything by Matthew Rigby

Staggered attempts to make meaning and connections.
February trickery  Feb 22, 2021
Parts and the whole  Jan 25, 2021
Doing it wrong  Dec 18, 2020
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.
Virus changing retirement  Feb 22, 2021
Insure your spouse  Feb 15, 2021
Top RRSP mistakes  Feb 8, 2021
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Balancing your needs  Feb 21, 2021
COVID fatigue taking over  Feb 14, 2021
Be your own Valentine  Feb 7, 2021
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope: Feb. 21-27  Feb 21, 2021
Horoscope: Feb. 14-20  Feb 14, 2021
Horoscope: Feb. 7-13  Feb 7, 2021
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
It’s a sellers’ market  Feb 20, 2021
Cash Back mortgages  Feb 6, 2021
Consolidate your debt  Jan 23, 2021
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.
In Your Service In Your Service by Tracy Gray

MP Tracy Gray serving her constituents of Kelowna-Lake Country
Standing up for you  Feb 19, 2021
Parliamentary update  Feb 5, 2021
Jobs, testing, vaccine rollout  Jan 22, 2021
Health and Happiness Health and Happiness by Hannah Gibson

Dr. Hannah Gibson brings you the latest health news and advice to help you live a happy and healthy life.
Health, happiness forever  Feb 18, 2021
Ask the doctor  Feb 4, 2021
Spotlight on: Arthritis  Jan 21, 2021
By the ounce By the ounce by David Wylie

By The Ounce is written by veteran journalist David Wylie, keeping you in the know about the growing weed industry. Follow on social media: @okanaganz.
New Thought New Thought by Corinne Crockett

Food for the mind and the heart, to encourage an awakening of the power and potential within everyone.
Magic tonic works wonders  Feb 17, 2021
The science behind a smile  Feb 10, 2021
What's new? SSDD?  Feb 3, 2021
The Mortgage Gal The Mortgage Gal by Tracy Head

Mortgage professionals Laurie Baird and Tracy Head provide guidance for obtaining a mortgage, a new home, or planning a move.
FIT Talk With Tania FIT Talk With Tania by Tania Gustafson

The FIT Nutritionist, Tania Gustafson, educates and shares valuable tips to help people achieve their health and weight loss goals without dieting and live longer, stronger, better lives, naturally.
In A Pickle In A Pickle by Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel

Doreen always has had a knack for getting herself in a pickle, whether it be with wild animals or difficult people. She thinks the problem might be herself.
Harbinger of death?  Feb 8, 2021
Finding peace with collage  Dec 14, 2020
Horse tramples dog  Nov 30, 2020
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Okanagan Eco-Noggin Okanagan Eco-Noggin by Jerry Vandenberg

Jerry Vandenberg delves into the science behind environmental issues.
A burning crime  Dec 29, 2020
The turtles are happy  Aug 12, 2020
Practise coastal distancing  Jul 20, 2020
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.
2021 predictions for city  Dec 17, 2020
A BRRRR strategy  Oct 8, 2020
Sell high and buy low?  Jul 30, 2020
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.
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
Seize the (eternal) moment  Sep 12, 2020
Turn, turn, turn  Aug 13, 2020
Personal change is glacial  Jul 16, 2020
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
On Balance On Balance by Bill Downey

Traffic safety seen through the lens of motorcyclist experience and knowledge.
Not designed for women  Jun 18, 2020
PPE: A faint hope clause  Jun 4, 2020
Gap in motorcycle safety  May 21, 2020
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.
COVID 19 and pets  Mar 25, 2020
A vet's view of euthanasia  Dec 23, 2019
Dogged by ACL tears  Jul 4, 2019
How's Your Waste Line? How's Your Waste Line? by Rae Stewart


Make joy, not garbage  Dec 16, 2019
Don't heave ho haz waste  Nov 26, 2019
Waste-free lunches  Oct 29, 2019
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.
African Safari 101  Oct 21, 2019
Enjoy some Galapagos glory  Oct 7, 2019
Your travel bucket list  May 22, 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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