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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...

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...

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