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Jul 4, 2013 / 5:00 am

After many months under the contractor’s eye The Four Points Sheraton Hotel has opened across from the Kelowna International Airport on Highway 97 N. Ted Callahan and his group have been watching the progress daily and dealing with the changes taking place. Callahan is both the owner and the...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Jun 27, 2013 / 5:00 am

He is a lad from Tabor, Alberta who wanted to be a broadcaster and you’re right, didn’t want to grow corn. Rick Maddison graduated from Lethbridge College with a communications degree. And so the career began, first doing anything they wanted him to do at CFCN in Calgary during his...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Jun 20, 2013 / 5:00 am

For the first time in two and half years we travelled by car to visit our family in Langley. We went to attend our grandson Taylor’s graduation at Simon Fraser. Ever since I have been on dialysis I haven’t travelled, so this was quite an experience. But back to the real story -...

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Jun 13, 2013 / 5:00 am

This is good news for Kelowna and the valley. Penticton’s Greyback Construction has signed a management contract with the Edmonton developers who have taken over the SOPA Square development. The Penticton company, one of the best in Canada at what they do, can be remembered from all the...

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Jun 6, 2013 / 5:00 am

There is some good news from IKEA International. The CEO was in Canada for a visit to some of the stores and he said the growth of the company will continue with the addition of 25 stores a year around the world. I don’t know what that means to Canada at the moment but it is still positive...

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May 30, 2013 / 5:00 am

Last week I wrote about some notes I had on my desk. I write these all the time to myself on notes pads I have all over the house and in my car. This was a note about the Cuban Lunch chocolate bar we bought for many years. Do you remember it - the dark chocolate and nut bar in the red baking cup?...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

May 23, 2013 / 6:00 am

I vowed when I started this column twenty-five years ago that I wasn’t going to write about politics and I have held the line until today but this item is really about questions. I looked back over the last four weeks in Ottawa and the boys and girls have had quite a time of bungling just...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

May 16, 2013 / 5:00 am

I do a lot of thinking about everything to do with my column which is now twenty-five years old, and as I get older I think of so many things from the past that were good. Like the Cuban Lunch chocolate bar. It was made by Paulin’s in Winnipeg and was mostly a Western Canadian thing. They...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

May 9, 2013 / 5:00 am

It has been quite an up and down two weeks for the executive at Loblaws as the chairman of the board Galen Weston and his board members tried to figure the next move in the never ending public relations drama that has gripped the company. When the news hit the wires two weeks ago they became front...

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May 2, 2013 / 5:00 am

It has been quite a week. I got a new computer; I think it is the third one I have owned. I remember when I had my first one and my granddaughter, she was twelve at the time, taught me how to use it. This time our IT guy Gary Scott, of Scottek Computer Services built this one. After having looked...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Apr 25, 2013 / 5:00 am

Love your column. Have you heard anything about an opening date for the Target store in Vernon? Keep up the good work. I really don’t know what is going on with the Vernon Target store because the company has everything locked down so you can’t get the information until they want...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Apr 18, 2013 / 7:00 am

I am writing this while the news on TV is all about the explosions at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. It’s shocking because all we have read, watched and heard over the last few weeks is A-bombs, missiles and war. I immediately started to think of the worst things because this day...

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Apr 10, 2013 / 5:00 am

These are e-mails I received last week and I thought I would bring them to my column and do my answering here. Everyone seems to be interested in these projects. John, a couple of weeks ago I sent you a message wondering about the current situation at SOPA - there does not seem to be any...

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Apr 4, 2013 / 5:00 am

You own a penthouse second to none in the valley and while the boom is on you put it up for sale for $5 million. This unit is the entire floor with four balconies, one of which is set up for barbecuing. There is marble everywhere and lots of room. It just sold last week for $1.65 million....

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Mar 28, 2013 / 5:00 am

There is just nothing in TV land like the NCAA basketball final four. The event simply takes over TV for the month and that’s it. CBS carries every broadcast minute they can and the other major networks program against it with repeats. The amazing thing about this tournament is how well...

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Mar 21, 2013 / 5:00 am

All that action taking place on native land near the office of the Westbank First Nation Indian Band is the preparation of the land for the proposed Medical Centre we have written about many time times before. There are those that don’t believe it can happen but they should hold back...

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Mar 14, 2013 / 5:00 am

I know it is early but I have a good suggestion for a Father’s Day gift for good old dad. If your dad is a golfer it’s the perfect gift. It a book called “Moe & Me” written by the former golf writer for the Globe & Mail, Lorne Rubenstein. It is a wonderful book and...

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Mar 7, 2013 / 5:00 am

It seems to be official now - Target Canada will open 24 of their 124 stores this month. There was a lot of guessing going on but Target Canada‘s head office in Ontario has said that 24 stores (which was the original number I had reported months ago) will be ready to go. The first store...

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Feb 28, 2013 / 5:00 am

There could be a change coming in the deal with Lowes Home Improvement buying into the Canadian market. They now have over thirty big box stores in Canada. They are looking at the changes that are being made with the Rona group in Quebec who are insisting it's time to go back to the basics and...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Feb 21, 2013 / 5:00 am

The Target Canada people have decided to open a training store this month to see if all their systems are working. The first store and the training store will be in Guelph, Ontario not too far from their head office in Mississauga. Meanwhile, their food supplier for all the stores as they open...

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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