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Cut your reno costs

Jul 31, 2015 / 10:33 am
With only a few more months of warm weather left, every home owner should be considering if they need to do any reno projects before the cold weather arrives. Whether you own a condo or a house, making it energy efficient before winter is a great way to not only invest in the resale value of your...

Personal loan right for you?

May 25, 2015 / 2:41 pm
From purchasing a vehicle to renovating a home to covering an emergency, we all have different financial goals. For those without the immediate funds to achieve these goals, taking out a personal loan can be the right way to go. Let’s examine a few situations where a personal loan might be...

Wearing plastic bottles

May 8, 2015 / 2:00 pm
Are you wearing a former plastic bottle? You could be, if you’re wearing a fleece jacket or vest. Fleece clothing is made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate — or PET. But how does a plastic bottle go from your recycling to a cozy new fleece jacket? After your recycling is...

Truth about consolidation

May 8, 2015 / 11:55 am
Debt is a drag. Every month, multiple bills clutch at your purse strings, demanding your full attention. Staying on top of each one can be a daunting task. A debt consolidation loan might be the solution you’re looking for. It involves managing one monthly payment instead of several...

Stay happy on road trips

May 4, 2015 / 3:19 pm
If a family road trip is on your radar this summer, you’re not alone. With gas prices expected to be relatively cheaper than previous years, this may be the perfect time for you to pack up the kids and hit the open road. Rob and Bonita Tang are no exception. With the birth of their second...

Mortgages: RRSP investment

Mar 12, 2015 / 5:00 am
We’re into RRSP season and many of you will be looking at your investments and wondering if you have received the best return on your money. Many will wonder, too, about the security of their investments, especially if they have been invested in stocks and experienced nail-biting moments when...

SMART Recovery: An Introduction

Feb 17, 2015 / 6:00 am
Hello, my name is Paul Hearnden and I am a facilitator with SMART Recovery. SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. We are a non-profit group that views addiction as a learned behavior as opposed to a disease or personality fault and offers a support group with a scientifically...
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IH: Keeping you informed

Jan 23, 2015 / 8:00 am
Column from Erwin Malzer, Interior Health Board Chair It is with great enthusiasm that I step into my new role as Interior Health Board Chair. In the spirit of new beginnings, I want to provide the community with some highlights from the past year and an update moving forward. Last year saw...

Reopening your heart

Jan 21, 2015 / 5:00 am
It is difficult to measure the openness of our hearts, but all we have to do is look at the innocence of children at play. They are not guarded with their feelings, laughter, or affection. If you have children you know what I mean. They are completely vulnerable. Vulnerability is a difficult...

2015 Mortgage rates

Jan 14, 2015 / 5:00 am
In October of 2013 then Bank of Canada (BoC) Governor Mark Carney left the overnight interest rate at 1%, a mark it had already stayed at for over two years at that time. Industry experts and economists clamoured for an increase and claimed Canada had no exit strategy from the low rates and, as a...

Family jungle adventure

Jan 13, 2015 / 5:00 am
I desired to visit the jungle with my family to experience a taste of earth’s raw wilderness before it is gone. Corcovado is that place—a small, untouched section of Costa Rican jungle and one of the most bio-diverse places left on earth. Getting there is not easy. Two long plane...

Hope for stroke survivors

Jan 9, 2015 / 5:00 am
Jennifer Monaghan felt that her active life as a mother and volunteer was over when she suffered a stroke in April 2012 that initially left her paralyzed on her right side. But within a few months she was back carpooling and doing Pilates twice a week. At only 43 years old, Jennifer never even...

That's a wrap!

Dec 16, 2014 / 5:00 am
The Sir Anthony Hopkins’ film in Enderby has wrapped as of December 9th. The new thriller “Go with Me” set to be out in 2015 also featured Julia Stiles, Alexander Lugwig, Ray Liotta, and a list of celebs from LA and Vancouver. Local actor, Geoff Millar, who stood in for Hopkins...

Protect your digital assets

Nov 26, 2014 / 6:00 am
The Internet plays a major role in most of our lives and we store immense amount of information from our personal and professional lives online including our email accounts, utility bills, insurance policies, social media pages, digital albums, and online bank accounts. It’s been...

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...

Bombshell bashing

Jun 19, 2013 / 5:00 am
As girls we are faced with unrealistic images we are supposed to live up to and when we can’t, other girls have no problem pointing this out to us. Bullying is becoming a worldwide epidemic resulting in depression, self-inflicted injury and even death. Growing up, other girls will tell us we...

Festival Fashion: Essentials

Jun 18, 2013 / 5:00 am
Summer music festivals are all about the free spirits and a go-with-the-flow attitude, and your outfits should reflect this; nothing will make one stick out like a sore thumb than an over planned outfit that looks a little too put-together. Fortunately, with a just a little bit of planning...

Festival Fashion: Head gear

Jun 11, 2013 / 5:00 am
What started with Kate Moss decked in Wellies and cutoffs at Gatstonbury has transformed into a fashion genre of its own. The Festival Fashion phenomenon has transformed from rock-and-roll campsite grunge into chic undone bohemian-city-street-wear. With KELOHA just around the corner,...

Fit, fabulous and fresh

Jun 5, 2013 / 5:00 am
All too often we don’t look at the big picture. May it be work, love, happiness and even fitness. There is always a new trend, a new diet pill or celebrity endorsed product to try out, but many of those are a quick fix. You should approach fitness and health looking at the big picture. Yes,...

Marvelous mush

May 28, 2013 / 5:00 am
Whole. Organic. Local. Fresh. Delicious. These are the words I value on my plate, not only because they taste good, but also because they make me feel good, think clearly, and give me the energy to be wife, daughter, sister, friend, therapist, colleague, writer, cook, housekeeper, gardener,...

What's in a label?

May 21, 2013 / 5:00 am
In a person’s lifetime there are many large purchases and investments that will be made. Three of the biggest and most important are: Health Vehicle Home When you are investing in your health and spend as little as $1.99 on a can of soup from a grocery store what...