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Rumours and things

Jan 25, 2011 / 5:00 am
Were you surprised by the CTV story regarding Real Canadian Superstore in Coquitlam? Apparently the best–before date was changed on some fresh fish products, they were then repackaged and placed back in the freezer counter. Of all the products in a grocery store that should be destroyed after...

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Jan 20, 2011 / 5:00 am
Is it finally about to happen? We have written about these rumours from very solid sources in the industry over the last ten years about new U.S. merchants looking north to Canada for their new expansion plans. Chains like Walmart and Home Depot led the way in their investment in the Canadian...

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Jan 19, 2011 / 5:00 am
REAL ESTATE REPORT – December 2010 Provided by: Rob Marak Royal LePage 250-470-1311 The average price of a home in Canada increased between 3.9 and 4.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the previous year, as markets shrugged off a lackluster third quarter and returned to a...

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Jan 18, 2011 / 5:00 am
Golf needs Tiger Woods and Tiger Woods needs golf so will the needs of both be realized this season? It is hard to say because we can’t get into Tiger’s head to see if his life has changed for the good and if he is ready to play with championship style of old. Television ratings for gold...

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Jan 13, 2011 / 5:00 am
We have heard horror stories for years from the Port Authorities in Vancouver and Seattle about products that some importers have tried to bring into these countries. These fake goods like purses, watches, machinery, clothing, DVD’s and music would be for sale to unknowing citizens. The list is...

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Jan 12, 2011 / 5:00 am
Andrew Hessel is a geneticist and founder of the Pink Army Cooperative in Alberta. The founder of the Pink Army Cooperative is bringing the open-source development model to breast cancer therapies. I am a member of the World Future Society and I found this piece and thought it may interest you. I...

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Jan 11, 2011 / 5:00 am
The World Junior Hockey Championship has become a phenomenal TV sporting event for Canadians. It surpassed even the dreams of the TV presenters and Canadian Hockey. The media have made it happen. Canada’s loss to Russia drew record ratings for TSN. The game drew viewers in great numbers and...


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Dec 23, 2010 / 5:00 am
‘Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck… How to live in a world that’s politically correct? His workers no longer would answer to “Elves”, “Vertically challenged” they were calling themselves. And labor conditions at the North Pole, were alleged by the Union, to stifle...

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Dec 22, 2010 / 5:00 am
What is all this fuss about a politically correct Christmas? Look at the people and corporations that have buckled under and refer to only “the holidays”. That big tree in front of NBC at Rockefeller Centre is now a holiday tree, as is the large tree in the City Hall Square in Toronto. Call...

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Dec 21, 2010 / 5:00 am
This diary reminded me of the letter we had published of a new resident to the Okanagan in the summer that gave many lots of laughs. Thought this one may give you a chuckle. December 8 6:00 PM It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for...

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Dec 16, 2010 / 5:00 am
Last week I wrote an item about the price of gasoline between Vernon and Kelowna and the difference we paid. Returning to the city we noticed that the price had risen three cents since noon when we left the city for a funeral that afternoon. Yesterday I received this email from a...

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Dec 15, 2010 / 5:00 am
REAL ESTATE REPORT – November 2010 Provided by: Rob Marak Royal LePage 250-470-1311 www.robmarak.ca So . . . What is Next? As we head toward the end of the year, we always like to reflect on what has happened and also try to figure out what is coming next. Trying to figure out what is going to...

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Dec 14, 2010 / 5:00 am
I received a notice of a hearing from the B.C. Securities Commission that their enforcement staff has called three individuals to be present to set a date for a hearing on January 5, 2011 in Vancouver. The three represented a company called Photo Violation Technologies. They are alleged to have...

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Dec 9, 2010 / 5:00 am
For many, it's the season of giving. For cyber-criminals, it's a perfect time for taking. McAfee, a leading security software and services company, says 'tis the season for those more naughty than nice to swindle naïve web surfers out of their shopping money. With the intent to steal one's...

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Dec 8, 2010 / 5:00 am
B.C. retail sales are set to grow faster than every other Canadian province in 2010, except Nova Scotia, according to a study released Friday by Toronto-based KubasPrimedia. B.C. will then top the country for retail sales growth in 2011, according to the research organization. KubasPrimedia...

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Dec 7, 2010 / 5:00 am
I know if you have driven by the old CNR station on Ellis at Clement you have probably wondered what is going here? As you know we have reported that a group from Calgary has purchased the building and are planning a neat bar and grill for the location. There are also two more buildings scheduled...

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Dec 2, 2010 / 5:00 am
I don’t know where this promotion came from but it is kind of interesting. A company called Zagatwine.com will deliver 12 bottles of premium wine to your address (US) for just $69.99 and you save $100. The Zagat Wine Club offers you a regular supply of great value wines delivered to your door –...

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Dec 1, 2010 / 5:00 am
The Canyon Desert Resort will include the 125-suite Canyon Desert Inn -- a full-service hotel with conference facilities, spa, restaurant and wine bar. It will also design culinary programs for residents. Plans are already underway to create the Okanagan Valley's first wine cave within the hotel...

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Nov 25, 2010 / 5:00 am
Black Friday is a bit of an adventure for all who are willing to participate, but not many will be adding air miles to the list like Margaret Salzl, who lives in Edmonton. She will be crossing the border into Whatcom County in the dead of night hoping to find some bargains in Bellingham on Friday,...

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Nov 23, 2010 / 5:00 am
It was least two years ago that we wrote that the Carl’s Jr. hamburger chain was about to come into Canada and that 100 stores were planned for the first phase of their development. I believe it was the owner of Rickie’s All Day All Night dinners. That company picked up the Fat Burger...

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Nov 18, 2010 / 5:00 am
REAL ESTATE REPORT – November 2010 Provided by: Rob Marak, Royal Lepage 250-860-1100 The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has lowered its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®)Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations for 2010 and 2011....

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Nov 17, 2010 / 5:00 am
For the past couple of weeks we have seen the news cameras focus on Haiti again with huge storms and flooding attacking the island. Thank goodness it wasn’t as strong as the weather people were predicting. But as I looked at the pictures on CNN it made me immediately think of all the money that...

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Nov 10, 2010 / 5:00 am
Bos Sod Farms Inc. started growing sod in British Columbia in 1993 to service the residential and commercial market with quality sod. Since that time they have changed their focus to service the professional market - namely athletic fields and golf courses with a special focus on sod products for...

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Nov 9, 2010 / 5:00 am
It is busy on the phones at The Coast Capri Hotel these days as people call in for reservations for the annual Christmas festivities at the hotel. Their famous Dicken’s Lunch Buffet must be at least sixteen years old. Monika Lauterbacher, the Executive Chef of the facility has been there since...

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Nov 4, 2010 / 5:00 am
Unlike most competitors in the growing breakfast sector, Cora Franchise Group Inc. opens its Cora restaurants only from 6am to 3pm - skipping the evening and alcoholic beverage market entirely. "Breakfast and lunch, that's what we do," said Nicholas Tsouflidis, company president and son of the...

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Nov 3, 2010 / 5:00 am
I get many e-mails and this one is interesting. I think more and more of the people in B.C. think we should have a holiday in February as Alberta does. Good Day John, Just read your article from today on the coming winter. I really think we need to have a February Family Day. Have you seen how...

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Nov 2, 2010 / 5:00 am
One of the good guys has been given an award he much deserves. Dick Munn, professional golfer/club owner, did much for golf in this province and in Canada over the last fifty some years. He was the final developer of the very famous Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Resort in Kelowna. He made an immediate...

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Oct 28, 2010 / 5:00 am
What image comes to mind when you think of a traditional office space? Lot’s of offices, doors closed, and employees’ heads down, working through their projects individually, with only an occasional interaction with other employees at the water cooler or conference room? One company in the...

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Oct 27, 2010 / 5:00 am
Tim Hortons has signed agreements to serve its coffee and snacks at Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Nassau Coliseum, home of the New York Islanders. Fans attending home games of the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets already enjoy Tim Hortons'...

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Oct 26, 2010 / 5:00 am
We do this every year when the facts arrive from the Old Farmer’s Almanac Canadian edition about the weather expected for the next year from the predictors at the magazine. The Canadian edition has been published for the last twenty-nine years and the U.S. book for 219 years. This year’s map...

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Oct 21, 2010 / 5:00 am
There is no question that the price of groceries has risen and in the future it is going to cost more to eat because of the bad weather and the terrible crops. The smart shopper is using the flyers that come out every weekend so that they can compare before they hit the grocery-buying route. The...

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Oct 20, 2010 / 5:00 am
I have been writing about this story for at least ten years as rumours fly back and forth between those that know and those that would like to know. It has been a constant story boiling in the retail marketplace in this country. Will we finally see a Target store in Canada or is this just another...

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Oct 19, 2010 / 5:00 am
Buying, selling or financing a home is often one of the biggest decisions a person will make, so it is only natural that they will want to work with a knowledgeable professional they can trust. Remaining educated about the market with relevant and current information is important and will give them...

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Oct 14, 2010 / 5:00 am
The former Seattle TV and network news anchor Aaron Brown was hired by KING-TV in 1976, and later moved over to KIRO-TV, and went national after that. I used to watch him every night. He was a good news man. He spoke the other day in his hometown of Seattle. "There is a mis-perception out there...

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Oct 14, 2010 / 5:00 am
We were coming in from the airport in the dark the other night when I looked out the cab window and said to the Mrs. that Ashley Furniture had changed its name. The new sign was up but it wasn’t lit up yet. I remember the name Case because I had interviewed the owners Denis and Marion Case when...

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Oct 13, 2010 / 5:00 am
CEI Architecture Planning Interiors has signed an agreement that will see Bevanda Architecture of Penticton, join its team. The firms say the merger will bolster the ability of CEI to deliver projects of any size and scope to clients across a variety of sectors, including retail, industrial,...

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Oct 12, 2010 / 5:00 am
There is no question about the message Chief Clarence Louie has for his fellow First Nation members every time he speaks to a group somewhere in Canada because he speaks from the success the Osoyoos Band has had with their business conglomerate. I still have a copy of a speech he gave in Ft....

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Sep 30, 2010 / 5:00 am
Canadians are spending more of their grocery budget on vegetables and fruit and less on grain and meat products, a new study has found, while farmers saw a slight increase in what percentage of that final cost is returned to them. The Farmer's Share Research Project, backed by agriculture groups...

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Sep 29, 2010 / 5:00 am
Walmart saw the writing on the wall as many of the major retailers started their own lines of “cheap chic” clothing and were making inroads into the apparel sales marketplace. A number of years ago Walmart had introduced “George” fashions from England to boost apparel sales and it wasn’t...

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Sep 28, 2010 / 5:00 am
From one of my readers: Hi John, My name is Darren Mohl, I am the owner of a Kelowna based marine transport company, Playa Marine. I am also a boat owner and an avid reader of your column. I have watched this story of the boats on the floating moorage buoys unfolding and would like to let the...