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Sep 23, 2010 / 5:00 am
We have found a new Asian-Filipino cuisine restaurant close to the Mission and you can pick up or have the food delivered. You can pick up an order on your way home. It is open 11am to 9pm daily Monday through Saturday. Closed Monday nights. The family makes a very special buffet brunch Sundays...

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Sep 22, 2010 / 5:00 am
The South Okanagan, Canyon Desert Resort is set to sell a collection of 20 Golf Villas, hugging the greens of the existing NK’MIP Canyon Golf Course. With an attractive starting price of $299,000, the Golf Villas will mark the beginning of a master-planed resort. Bellstar Hotels & Resorts...

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Sep 21, 2010 / 5:00 am
Even as a tight supply of coffee drives wholesale prices steadily higher, Canadian chain Tim Hortons said it's not planning to raise the price of a cup of coffee. Starbucks also said it will be able to offset the "short-term fluctuations" because it has diversified coffee purchases into multiple...

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Sep 16, 2010 / 5:00 am
REAL ESTATE REPORT – September 2010 Provided by: Rob Marak 250-470-1311 Excellent Opportunities Still Exist Printed from The Financial Post Provided by Lendingmax At 2.05%, a variable-rate product today may look as attractive as ever, but the five-year fixed-rate closed mortgage is falling...

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Sep 15, 2010 / 5:00 am
Below is an email I received from a reader after I did a piece on the refugees, all 492 of them who landed safely a few weeks ago. Surprisingly there has been little or no news from the situation since they started their interrogations. Dear John, I was interested in the article you wrote about...

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Sep 14, 2010 / 5:00 am
I am doing some research and interviews on the Credit Bureaus in this country and the Credit Score, which I happen to believe a lot of people don’t understand how important this score is to your life. Being interviewed for a job, trying to get a mortgage, buying something like a car your score...

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Sep 9, 2010 / 5:00 am
ABC, CBS and NBC are trying to add new life to Friday night TV by launching new scripted series with established stars such as Tom Sellick and Jimmy Smits, while The CW is shifting its audience favorite returning series "Smallville" and "Supernatural" to Friday. The extra attention for what lately...
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Sep 8, 2010 / 5:00 am
That completed highway to Summerland is a beauty. I know there were lots of problems in the construction of that section of the highway but the finished work is perfect, well done and a beautiful thing. Arthon Contractors should be very proud of the job they did under some very trying...

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Sep 7, 2010 / 5:00 am
We came very close to losing one of the top hockey broadcasters in the business as the Edmonton Oilers came down to three choices from a group of 100 applicants. This was to replace Hall of Famer Rod Phillips who has been the Oilers' voice for thirty-seven years. The Rockets' Reagan Bartel was...

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Sep 2, 2010 / 5:00 am
“We do the greens ourselves and we hire a company to do the fairways,” said Brian Reilly the general manager at The Club at Tower Ranch. He was talking about the aeration of the grass on the beautiful Tower Ranch golf course where it was decided to do the work earlier this year. It is...

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Sep 1, 2010 / 5:00 am
Almost half of Canadians believe Tamil migrants should be deported. Most respondents think the ship should have been turned back and not allowed to reach Canada. Many Canadians are paying attention to the developing story related to the arrival of Tamil refugee claimants from Sri Lanka, and a...

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Aug 31, 2010 / 5:00 am
More than any other country, Canada's customer loyalty programs have proven to be effective, reporting the highest participation rates in the world. According to Colloquy, it is estimated that between 75 and 85% of Canadian households participate in at least one loyalty program compared to under...

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Aug 26, 2010 / 5:00 am
Ernie Blumke, a man about radio and TV has joined the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton as the Director of Marketing. I have known Ernie for thirty-two years when I made my first trip to the media in the Kootenays. Ernie was doing the morning show on Grand Forks radio and we have been...

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Aug 25, 2010 / 5:00 am
Consumers have re-learned how to shop and in the process re-shaped the playing field for both consumer products marketers and packaged goods retailers. These times have made it necessary for Canadians to rethink and adjust their shopping patterns, which has resulted in a more strategic, informed...

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Aug 24, 2010 / 5:00 am
Speed on the streets of Kelowna is getting to be a real problem and whatever the speed limit is in a certain zone that just means everybody will be traveling at least ten over that limit. On some roads like Gordon Drive it is just like a raceway some days. It is concerning because it is dangerous....

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Aug 19, 2010 / 5:00 am
Cabela’s Canada, as the world’s foremost outfitter, passionately serves people who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle by delivering innovation, quality and value in their product and services. Serving over 250,000 customers across Canada and internationally through Mail Order, Internet and Retail...

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Aug 18, 2010 / 5:00 am
Summer Sales Continue to Rebound – August 2010 Rob Marak Royal Lepage 250.470.1311 The number of residential real estate sales rose 5% from June to July, marking six consecutive months of gains for the first time in many years based on the recent statistics from the Okanagan Mainline Real...

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Aug 17, 2010 / 5:00 am
It’s not something new its just getting more annoying. You can’t watch your TV these days without having the remote control in your hands because you are going to need the down button on the commercial's sound because some the stations are boosting the sound of the commercials on a continuing...

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Aug 12, 2010 / 12:09 pm
What is the secret to happiness? In B.C., it seems to be owning a small business. More people in Kelowna and Vancouver than in any other Canadian city surveyed in the TD Small Business Happiness Index, say they are happier owning and running their own business (91% and 90%). The research - which...

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Aug 11, 2010 / 5:00 am
This month the circus comes to town as the world famous Cirque du Soleil brings their circus theatre production to Prospera Place for four days and six shows. Wed. Aug 25 thru Sunday Aug. 29. Two matinees. This is the second time in Kelowna for this truly magnificent show. Tickets are available...

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Jul 29, 2010 / 5:00 am
Obama’s burger joint of choice has come to Canada. Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a U.S. burger chain, has opened its first international location in Medicine Hat, Alta. They currently have a location in Vancouver and are about to have one in Montreal. Then the next move is Canadian...

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Jul 28, 2010 / 5:00 am
There have been some changes in real estate holdings in West Kelowna as well as the announcement of the new project in the Miracle Mile of Shopping on Hwy 97 S. First of all, the Artis REIT group out of Winnipeg have purchased the Zellers building in West Kelowna and a minority interest in the Hub...

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Jul 27, 2010 / 5:00 am
This is an interview I have wanted to do for some time and I was finally able to get into the lady’s busy schedule and spend some time talking about her new project that she is very excited about. Renee Wasylyk, CEO of Troika Developments is the busy lady who got started in the development...

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Jul 22, 2010 / 5:00 am
Check the cleaning instructions for your reusable grocery bags. If the fine print tells you to avoid using bleach and hot water, disregard the advice and get to washing. If you don't, you could be taking home a lot more than tonight's dinner. A recent study conducted by environmental-health...

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Jul 21, 2010 / 5:00 am
REAL ESTATE REPORT – July 2010 Rob Marak - Royal LePage 250-470-1311 Statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show that home sales activity and new listings in Canada declined in June. Seasonally adjusted home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service) Systems...

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Jul 20, 2010 / 5:00 am
Watermark Beach Resort, a $75 million four-star waterfront resort and hotel announced today rareEarth Project Marketing is launching its final phase of real estate. Before the downturn, rareEarth's first launch for the 153-suite condominium resort sold $52 million in real estate on one day in 2006....

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Jul 15, 2010 / 5:00 am
What began as a vision for two nationally recognized sports physiotherapists has taken flight in the Okanagan. In its first year of operation, Pinnacle Elite Athlete has become one of Canada’s premier training facilities for athletes from all levels of competition. With the announced opening of...

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Jul 14, 2010 / 5:00 am
Two partners Mike Raffan and John Tietzen, both Keg Steak house alumni are owners of the Township7 Vineyards & Winery in Penticton and Langley. The winery was honored during the Queen's visit to Canada to be one of the featured items at the federal government's dinner for the Royal couple. ...

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Jul 13, 2010 / 5:00 am
"So what we did is we implemented a warehouse management program and a bar standard program and we re-racked our entire warehouse, very scientifically. We took our productivity in our warehouse from 85% per man-hour for the last 12 to 18 months to 172%. We have doubled out productivity already. We...

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Jul 8, 2010 / 5:00 am
There have been some major changes at Staples in Kelowna’s Dilworth Plaza. That’s the store where I have shopped for my business supplies since 1998 and still don’t know anybody. The copy shop, which always seems busy when I’m there, has been completely rebuilt to double its size. It has...

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Jul 7, 2010 / 5:00 am
I have written about him many times before because first of all we wanted him to be a guest at our annual Real Estate and Development conference. His name is Stan Kroenke and you might know of him because he bought and still owns the Douglas Lake Ranch that we all drive by on our way to Vancouver...

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Jul 6, 2010 / 5:00 am
Beelineweb.com is a family-run company specializing, since 2001, in the online generation of high-quality student enrollment leads for post-secondary institutions throughout North America. The company began providing search engine marketing services in 1999. It is located in Lake Country. The...

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Jun 30, 2010 / 5:00 am
I have written about this development many times. Some things were actually positive in the beginning and then all of sudden no one was talking. I write of the Lakestone Resort in Lake Country. The very expensive infrastructure was completed and then things just stopped. A Vancouver development...

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Jun 29, 2010 / 5:00 am
I was reading a report that Lego was going to open their first Canadian store in the Chinook Centre in Calgary. There are 53 of them around the world. I remember being in a Lego store, with some large Lego displays in St. Jacobs, Ontario just outside of Guelph at the Outlet Mall. But I guess it was...

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Jun 25, 2010 / 5:00 am
New figures show the real estate market is cooling off across Canada, including the Okanagan with home sales down more than 30 per cent from that very high [winter] level. Prices have basically leveled at this point with disincentives to buyers including higher interest rates, tighter credit and...

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Jun 17, 2010 / 5:00 am
Do you know the top 10 financial behaviors that can hurt your credit score? It turns out that most people don’t – especially parents. According to a new survey by ING Direct, only five parents out of 1,042 could correctly identify the following behaviors as damaging to credit scores. Keeping a...

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Jun 16, 2010 / 5:00 am
If you like reading books on sports this is for you. The book is called The Fix and it will forever change the way you think and feel about professional sport. The Fix is the most explosive story of sports corruption in a generation. It presents compelling evidence that some of the highest soccer...

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Jun 15, 2010 / 5:00 am
Well it’s that time of year again as we look to the visitors from all over BC and Alberta to make their annual treks to the Okanagan Valley for fun with the family. Tourism and travel professionals across the country say they are optimistic this summer season will be busier than last year. Those...

Club Penguin: Part Three

Jun 10, 2010 / 5:00 am
For those of you that missed Club Penguin: Part One and Club Penguin Part Two here are the links: Club Penguin: Part One Club Penguin: Part Two I will now continue my interview with Lane Merrifield, Executive Vice President of Club Penguin. You are answering 10,000 e-mails a day? Merrifield: ...

Club Penguin: Part Two

Jun 9, 2010 / 5:00 am
For those of you that missed Club Penguin: Part One yesterday, here is the link: Club Penguin: Part One I will now continue my interview with Lane Merrifield, Executive Vice President of Club Penguin. JT: I felt good walking around your offices today. Merrifield: “So did I. And...