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For Sale: used election signs

Nov 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

Several months ago I decided to run for office in the District of Summerland. There were a number of factors in my decision. I thought I could do a good job on council, I had a strong sense of wanting to give back to my community and I was unhappy with the current representation. Council receives...

Vertical gardens: dig in!

Oct 31, 2014 / 5:00 am

Recently I watched a news segment on the popularity of vertical gardens in Vancouver and thought this was the perfect solution for the south side of my house. A vertical garden is when you grow plants in some sort of frame, using pots to minimize water usage and space requirements. I have a narrow...

How do billionaires invest?

Oct 1, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week I got a hold off the newly published Billionaire Census from Wealth-X and UBS. It revealed that the 2,325 world’s richest people are holding an average of $600 million in cash - each. That equates to about 19% of their total net worth. It’s roughly a 10% jump from the year...

I didn't know that!

Jun 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

I am an experienced teacher and homemaker that has tried and true ideas to use in your home and yard. We will begin with cleaning ideas that will make your home spotless quickly using non-toxic cleaners, giving you free time for other enjoyable activities in the beautiful Okanagan. We will start...

Small business financing

Jun 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

Small business ownership is not for the faint of heart. The odds are forever not in your favour to succeed, which is why finding the right financing for a small business can be a daunting task. The information contained in this article is to help with the financing portion of your small business,...

Don't tolerate weak links

Apr 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

When business is slow, weak sales reps can be more easily exposed. But if your company is doing well presently, you may have salespeople who appear to be stronger than they really are. No matter how well your team performs as a whole, it’s important to be able to find the team’s weak...

The "strata-sphere"

Apr 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

With over 29,000 registered strata corporations and over 350,000 strata units in B.C., strata properties are a significant and increasing type of housing. My name is Julia Krause, I live in Kelowna, and I’m a townhouse owner. I’ve served on my strata council for about 15 years now,...

Watch your language!

Apr 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

There is a vocabulary around customer service and it is the language of calming, the language of apology and the language of questioning and listening. You will seldom be able to fix a customer without using this language and if you choose a different language, you might be inflaming rather than...

The Yellow Dog Project

Mar 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

There is a simple notion sweeping the globe to aid owners of dogs that, for whatever reason, need to be given space. It has been dubbed the Yellow Dog Project and is symbolized by a piece of yellow ribbon tied to a dog’s leash. It does not mean that the dog is ‘aggressive’....

Stop wasting time!

Mar 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

So you’re out of shape and have decided to hire a personal trainer. Have you made the right choice? Is it the right time to tackle such a monumental decision? Will your trainer be gentle, or will he have teeth pulled over thin, cruel lips as he makes you do 100 push-ups, leaving you unable to...

Now what?

Feb 28, 2014 / 5:00 am

It was a whirlwind two weeks. The highs, the lows and the thrill of it all. I am truly exhausted. I cheered, I shed a tear, and I stood up and sat down all within an hour. The minute the final hockey game ended I was so motivated. I had my running tights on, running top, spring windbreaker, and my...

Framework of a business

Aug 29, 2013 / 5:00 am

For a business to productive and profitable it needs a solid, structural framework. The elements for a business include communication, database, owner and support team. They all work together as a unit. Like a well oiled machine, it is vitally important to understand how each element...

Ask Nurse Kris

Jul 23, 2013 / 5:00 am

“No, I don’t want you to call an ambulance, YOU help me.” Dear Nurse Kris: Recently my wife fell, I couldn’t get her up off of the floor. She refused to let me call the ambulance, and she told me to stand in our building’s hallway until I saw someone who could...

Glenna Turnbull: Arts Seen!

Jul 11, 2013 / 5:00 am

Big kudos to Julia Trops and the Okanagan Erotic Art Show, which opened over the weekend to a sold out crowd. Lots of people took the time to dress up and there were plenty of masks to fit this year’s masquerade theme. Artist Rory O’Neil won my vote for best entry, featuring a piece of...

Erotic Art and Mermaids

Jul 4, 2013 / 7:30 am

It's Art seen! with Glenna Turnbull. From the Erotic Art show to Keloha, to chilling out with Mermaids, this week is so packed full of fun things to do, there’s no excuse to even think of turning on a TV set. * * * Friday night it’s the sixth annual Okanagan Erotic Art...

Festival Fashion: How to wear tie dye

Jul 2, 2013 / 7:00 am

Tie dying became popular in the late 1960s – one could say it was the original DIY trend.This psychedelic print is getting a modern day makeover by the likes of Walter Baker, Tory Burch, and House of Holland who all featured tie dye in their Spring/Summer 2013 shows.Whether you keep it...

Arts Seen! By Glenna Turnbull

Jun 27, 2013 / 1:16 pm

Lots happening in around the Kelowna area, so without further ado, here’s this week’s Art Seen. This weekend, it’s the fourth annual Lille Gard Festival, held annually at Bottega. For those of you who still haven’t made the venture up to this hidden gem of a venue,...

Correct me if I'm wrong!

Jun 26, 2013 / 5:00 am

The Flip Side of Mental Illness: As an author, I receive feedback from people around the world about my articles and other writings. This feedback assists me to grow as a writer and further understand the public opinion. One of my recent articles about mental illness sparked positive...

Festival Fashion: Footwear

Jun 25, 2013 / 6:00 am

Outdoor music festivals like Keloha Music and Arts Festival are equal parts fun and exhausting - the full days, hot heat, and after-parties followed by an early wake-up call to catch your favourite bands playing early in the day leaves little time for rest and relaxation. Your festival fashion...

Arts Seen! by Glenna Turnbull

Jun 20, 2013 / 6:00 am

Welcome to the first online edition of Arts Seen! My name is Glenna Turnbull and I've been covering the arts here in Kelowna since I was first asked to review a concert back in 1990. At the time I was a first year university student and studying for my Grade X Royal Conservatory piano exam...

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