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Jan 16, 2014 / 5:00 am

First of all, I want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my readers and friends. It was a bad ending for me because of health problems. I was in KGH Christmas Day and came home on the Friday. My doctor was on top of it and he sent me home. It has been a difficult time for me but...

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Dec 5, 2013 / 5:00 am

I saw your comment while reading your business article on Castanet regarding Harvey’s Hamburgers being the “Best Tasting Hamburgers". It is true, Harvey’s usually wins that award each year in Canada. Here is some good news that you may not be aware of. At Swiss Chalet in...

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Nov 28, 2013 / 5:00 am

Change is the name of the game this week with lots happening and about to happen in this city. The rumours are wild and interesting. So you can see it is a very exciting in the Naked City. There are always 8,000 stories in the Naked City and this will be one of them. It all started in Toronto...

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Nov 21, 2013 / 5:00 am

Every month the Krieg family, a long-time real estate family from ReMax, put this information together for the column. They can be reached at 250-868-8000. Sales of Single Family Dwellings (SFD) reached 166 this October, which is 36% above October 2012 and was just one sale under the...

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Nov 14, 2013 / 5:00 am

Last week everything was going well on Monday and Tuesday and during the afternoon on Tuesday I couldn't do anymore so I decided to take a break from my writing. It was dinner time and I still had time Wednesday morning to finish everything up before my deadline Wednesday. A little later we...

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Oct 31, 2013 / 5:00 am

Is there about to be a change at Prospera Place in Kelowna? Those in the know tell me that the naming of the building is about to come due again. The building when it was new was named after a company in Edmonton and the owner had a home here. Prospera Place, formerly known as Skyreach...

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Oct 24, 2013 / 7:00 am

There is a new show coming up at The Creekside Theatre in Winfield on Saturday, October 26th. I'm calling this one " Rann Berry's Rhythm & Soul Review". Rann Berry says, "Our group has been performing this show for years at corporate functions and I thought it would go...

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Oct 17, 2013 / 5:00 am

It was a good week for rumours and things because everyone I talked to had a story regarding something new or something that was going to change. Some I can’t use quite yet, but I will. A new craft brewery is coming to Penticton and what is surprising about this project is that it is going...

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Oct 10, 2013 / 5:00 am

Quietly in an industrial area in Kelowna sits a company that no one knows is there. This company is called Event Max and is a merchandising and manufacturing company that has been in the same location for ten years. Robin Henry and his staff produce all the clothing components for a number of...

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Oct 3, 2013 / 5:00 am

What do you think will be next with the price of gasoline for the future? It has been a number of weeks that we have been holding at the same $1.29 per litre. Yet in the marketplace oil is going in the other direction. At the moment big oil is making a lot of profit on their pump prices. I must...

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Sep 26, 2013 / 5:00 am

It was an evening in July 2010 and the sky was lit up in Kelowna. A major fire was filling the sky with flames and smoke from the commercial area just east of the Landmark development. The Stewart Centre on Kirschner Road was on fire. One of the buildings was destroyed and the second one was badly...

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Sep 19, 2013 / 5:00 am

At the top of the list this morning is a rumour from Naramata about some changes and a development. This rumour just keeps getting bigger. Down by the lake where the old packing house was situated there is said to be plans for a large care home facility for those looking for a new experience. Also,...

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Sep 5, 2013 / 5:00 am

I have known of Kim Calloway for a number of years throughout his career here on the lakeshore. I always thought he was an excellent newsman and was impressed with his ability to manage and host a talk show there. When he passed away it was a surprise to many although he had decided, along with his...

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Aug 29, 2013 / 5:00 am

The CBC National did a feature this week on Vernon’s Larry Kwong, the first Asian player to ever play hockey in the NHL with the New York Rangers. I remember immediately that I had done a piece in my column on Larry a number of years ago. The CBC was honouring the Canadian hockey star...

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Aug 22, 2013 / 5:00 am

It was quite a weekend in the news across Canada as there were two more incidents of pythons being found. In one case, 48 pythons were in one house although other reports stated 60 snakes. This was two blocks from a school. Down east in a motel room 40 more were found. This was a unit being...

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Aug 15, 2013 / 5:00 am

Eleven years ago I did an interview with A.J. Hazzi, the founder of Vantage West Realty. In those days there was an MLS book that realtors worked from and there were not a lot of cell phones in use at the time. It was a business as it is today, with customer service being first and foremost but...

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Aug 1, 2013 / 5:00 am

That was quite a surprise on Monday morning to wake up to the news that Hudson Bay had made an offer to buy Saks Fifth Ave., the American high-end retailers. I immediately thought back to my younger days when Simpson’s and Eaton’s were our only major department stores in western Canada....

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Jul 25, 2013 / 5:00 am

This has been a smoldering rumour for months and finally we have the rumour confirmed; there is going to be a new super “Keg” restaurant in Kelowna as part of their expanding plans with ten new locations this year. I think there is now 110 “Kegs” across the country and down...

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Jul 18, 2013 / 5:00 am

It has been quite a week with lots of good leads and everywhere I went people were talking about the weather. It is also a scary time because of the dryness of the forests that surround us. We certainly don’t want to see another Kelowna Mountain fire. Yet we all know with the changing...

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Jul 11, 2013 / 6:00 am

The new yacht club is finally on its way for the Kelowna lakefront. The Board of Directors of the Kelowna Yacht Club have asked five major builders to submit bids for construction of the very expensive new property. It is a long needed service for the boating industry which has grown by leaps and...

About the Author

John Thomson is the Okanagan's pre-eminent business columnist writing his column, Rumours and Things, for over 24 years. Plugged in to the valley's who's who, John keeps his readers coming back for more with his straight talk and optimistic perspective on where we are headed next.

When John is not writing his column, he runs a sixteen year old think tank called the Executive Roundtable and holds his popular "Thomson Presents" quarterly business speaker seminars.

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