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From The Hill From The Hill by Richard Cannings


Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
The cost of hiding the stars  Jan 27, 2023
Are we alone?  Jan 20, 2023
Listening to the solar wind  Jan 13, 2023
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.
Pondering big telecom deal  Jan 26, 2023
Bill Morneau's new book  Jan 19, 2023
Fighter plane purchase  Jan 12, 2023
Volunteer Matters Volunteer Matters by Karen Knight

Veteran volunteer, volunteer coordinator and leader of volunteer organizations, Karen Knight helps others in the sector deal with the myriad of issues associated with non-for-profit organizations.
A volunteer training method  Jan 26, 2023
Hiring from within  Jan 19, 2023
Part-time volunteer leaders  Jan 12, 2023
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.
B.C. wine in the U.S.  Jan 25, 2023
Pie and 'Dry January'  Jan 11, 2023
New Year's Eve dining  Dec 28, 2022
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.
Help with difficult emotions  Jan 25, 2023
Hacking happiness  Jan 18, 2023
Practise self-care  Jan 11, 2023
MLA Minute MLA Minute by Renee Merrifield

Renee Merrifield is the B.C. Liberal MLA for Kelowna-Mission. She keeps readers up to date on what she is doing as an MLA and what is happening in the B.C. Legislature in Victoria.
Need for farm workers  Jan 24, 2023
Provincial autism funding  Jan 17, 2023
Working on the issues  Jan 10, 2023
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.
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.
Remembering Austyn  Jan 23, 2023
Birthday boy deities  Dec 26, 2022
Home treatments for the flu  Nov 28, 2022
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.
Financial resolutions  Jan 23, 2023
Preparing for retirement  Jan 16, 2023
Ready for retirement  Jan 9, 2023
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Dealing with frustration  Jan 22, 2023
Don't let fear stop you  Jan 15, 2023
Creatures of habit  Jan 8, 2023
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.
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.
Food holidays? Why not?  Jan 21, 2023
Food for a better mood  Jan 14, 2023
Beating the winter blahs  Jan 7, 2023
In Your Service In Your Service by Tracy Gray

MP Tracy Gray serving her constituents of Kelowna-Lake Country
Poor financial forecasts  Jan 20, 2023
Gun control legislation  Jan 6, 2023
MP's year in review  Dec 23, 2022
Gardening with nature Gardening with nature by Sigrie Kendrick

Sigrie Kendrick is a Master Gardener and executive-director of the Okanagan Xeriscape Association.
The Mortgage Gal The Mortgage Gal by Tracy Head

Mortgage professional Tracy Head provides guidance for obtaining a mortgage, a new home, or planning a move.
Figuring out the numbers  Jan 16, 2023
Buyers' second thoughts  Jan 2, 2023
Fixed rates dropping  Dec 19, 2022
Wilson on Water Street Wilson on Water Street by Adam Wilson

Columnist Adam Wilson takes a critical look at what's going on at City Hall.
Meeting expectations  Jan 15, 2023
Creating a lasting legacy  Nov 13, 2022
Change at city hall  Oct 18, 2022
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.
The problem with diets  Jan 14, 2023
Holiday food guilt  Dec 31, 2022
Making song 'fit' the season  Dec 17, 2022
The Art of Speaking The Art of Speaking by Wade Paterson

Public speaking and presentations are skills that can be learned and one of the most successful ways is through Toastmasters.
Something From Everything Something From Everything by Matthew Rigby

Staggered attempts to make meaning and connections.
It can be a lot of things  Dec 25, 2022
The time it takes  Dec 4, 2022
Creative writing struggles  Oct 16, 2022
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.
North Pole Stories  Dec 7, 2022
Kelowna Fringe Festival  Aug 24, 2022
Welcome to Bikini Bottom  Jul 6, 2022
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.
New zoning bylaws  Nov 6, 2022
Retirement rescue plan  Jun 17, 2022
Speculating or investing?  Feb 23, 2022
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Heather's Horoscope  Oct 30, 2022
Horoscope Oct.2-8  Oct 2, 2022
Horoscope Sept. 25-Oct. 1  Sep 25, 2022
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
Zen and art of searching  Sep 24, 2022
The shadow knows  Sep 9, 2022
Lesson learned...wait!  Aug 12, 2022
On Balance On Balance by Bill Downey

Traffic safety seen through the lens of motorcyclist experience and knowledge.
Knowing when to say when  Nov 18, 2021
Shiver me timbers!  Oct 7, 2021
Smokin' your stops  Sep 9, 2021
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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