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Jul 30, 2009 / 5:00 am
Woodland Hills Development in the Mission has been chosen once again as a desirable shooting location for television. Two new productions were on location at Woodland Hills over the last week, Clean Slate and Behind the Gate both produced by Cheryll Gillespie Media Group Inc. Clean Slate is a...

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Jul 29, 2009 / 5:00 am
A&W food services of Canada, is Canada's original hamburger quick service restaurant chain, and today is one of its fastest growing. The first A&W drive-in restaurant in Canada opened on Portage Avenue in Winnipeg in 1956. I remember this so well as we had never seen anything like this before -...

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Jul 28, 2009 / 5:00 am
Canadian retail chain of specialty frozen foods, M&M Meat Shops, has teamed up with Visa to join the list of Visa payWave contactless payment-enabled merchants. Visa payWave cards allow Visa cardholders to carry out purchases at M&M Meat Shops participating locations by waving the card at a...

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Jul 23, 2009 / 5:00 am
These are the figures that show the changes taking place in the houses for resale industry in the Central Okanagan and there are some positive signs that are interesting. Ron Marak Royal Lepage writes: ABSORPTION RATE First of all, what does it mean? Absorption Rate (also referred to as...

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Jul 22, 2009 / 5:00 am
This from one of my readers: Hello John, I recently had a telemarketing call from a man who said he was with the "Visa and Mastercard Financial Agency" and could I give him my credit card number. I'm sure our 80-year-old aunt would have given him the information. I contacted an MP who gave me the...

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Jul 16, 2009 / 5:00 am
I was surprised when I read that Sotheby’s had the Sagebrush Golf & Sporting Club in Merritt on their listing sheet with a $32 million price tag. But within days of my request for information I received a call telling me that it was not true and that the property was unlisted. I have...

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Jul 15, 2009 / 5:00 am
Last month I wrote a note on fish in BC's retail market. It was proved that some of the best and busiest fish and chip outlets in the Vancouver area were telling people it was Cod and Haddock and it wasn’t. It was cheap fish the restaurants were substituting for the real thing. Now the Canadian...
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Jul 14, 2009 / 5:00 am
‘Smile' was the theme music for Chaplin's last silent picture 'Modern Times' in 1936. It became officially 'Smile' when John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added lyrics to Chaplin's composition in 1954. Nat 'King' Cole recorded the song and it became a hit! Smile tho' your heart is aching, Smile...

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Jul 9, 2009 / 5:00 am
They’re making a movie of Canadian golf pro Moe Norman’s life. He was a golf legend and a man revered by golf professionals around the world as one of the greatest ball-strikers in golf’s history. Moe was an unnaturally shy man who didn’t like public appearances or speaking in public....

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Jul 8, 2009 / 5:00 am
I wanted to pass on some information about Wayside Printers that you will find interesting. Wayside Printers has been operating in the Okanagan Valley (Vernon head office) for 88 years, and has continued to be at the forefront of the printing industry. They have two production facilities (Vernon...

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Jul 7, 2009 / 5:00 am
Police are warning merchants to watch out for any counterfeit bank notes that customers may hand to them over the counter. Over the last two months, police say they have identified an increase in the number of counterfeit Canadian and American notes being passed through a variety of businesses in...

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Jun 26, 2009 / 5:00 am
Christmas comes early as Silver Star Bike Park enjoys record opening JUNE 25/2009 - With exactly six months until Christmas, Silver Star got an early present when it broke its own record for most visits on opening day. "It's kind of like Christmas for a lot of mountain bike riders," joked Cam...

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Jun 25, 2009 / 5:00 am
From time to time we do get those people at the door selling religion or how to save us money on our gas bill. This time it was different. A young man came to the door and when I answered he immediately told me he was with GE and made sure I saw the logo on his shirt. He had some books in his hand...

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Jun 24, 2009 / 5:00 am
The Vancouver Sun did a two-part series on the fish we eat when we go to our favorite fish and chip store. The well-written study and the research done by Guelph University was an eye opener. The food and drug act prohibits misleading practices in the sale of food, including seafood. There are big...

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Jun 23, 2009 / 5:00 am
For fifteen years Starbucks has bought their muffins from Murdoch's Muffins in Richmond to service their 282 stores in B.C. and across the country. A couple of dozen a day per store or 1.3 million a year. Now the company has given the contract to a Toronto baker. When we asked about the change,...

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Jun 22, 2009 / 5:00 am
There's encouraging news if you’re one of those people looking for a home in the Okanagan. The number of sales of single-family homes and condos in the Central Okanagan are beginning to close in on last year’s figures. MLS® sales activity of single family homes in the area was 189 for May...

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Jun 19, 2009 / 5:00 am
The Kelowna Jaycees are proud to announce that the 3rd Annual Smoke on the Water BBQ Festival will be bigger and better than ever before. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Father's Day, June 21st in Waterfront Park. The festival is free for the public to attend and will feature an array of...

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Jun 18, 2009 / 5:00 am
Brenda and Myles Scott would like to buy a new house this year if they can put a deal together. Knowing how important credit history is when applying for a mortgage, Brenda went online to check their credit reports and credit scores to see where they stood. They knew there would be some blemishes,...

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Jun 17, 2009 / 5:00 am
Manitoba eHealth has tapped a Kelowna medical software company to become one of the first players to participate in the long march into the electronic era of medical record keeping. But even Manitoba eHealth officials acknowledge that Manitoba has fallen behind other provinces in the develop­ment...

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Jun 16, 2009 / 5:00 am
The Rise has contracted Land Launch Project Marketing to market the existing real estate inventory in its established neighbourhoods. Land Launch was the first to bring liquidation style selling to the Okanagan with its recent sale for the Kelowna Mountain project. As a result of the worldwide...

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Jun 15, 2009 / 5:00 am
I know this has probably bothered you over the last few months as the robo-call system called your home or even your work to tell you your warranty on your car is about to run out or there was a better interest deal available on credit cards than you were currently receiving. These calls asked you...

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Jun 12, 2009 / 5:00 am
Sparkling Hill Resort and Wellness Hotel situated high on a pinnacle above Okanagan Lake, has launched its marketing plan and website. As well, there is word that the project is right on schedule with an opening of March, 2010. Where other developers are canceling projects or scaling back on...

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Jun 11, 2009 / 5:00 am
Many workers here as well as thousands across the country purchased stock options from their employers before the market took a downturn. This year they paid millions of dollars in taxes on income they didn’t receive because the company shares have lost their value. It has been a problem for a...

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Jun 10, 2009 / 5:00 am
It’s was the end of October 2008 that I went out to the construction site at Gray Monk Estate Winery in Lake Country to see the beginning of the work to change the face of one of the most successful wineries in B.C. forever. “It was time,” said George Heiss, "for us to invest some development...

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Jun 9, 2009 / 5:00 am
Rising levels of indebtedness in Canadian households are becoming a cause for concern, and prospects of improvement in the near future are low, said the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada. In a 126-page study entitled 'Where Has The Money Gone', the association says that, despite...

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Jun 8, 2009 / 5:00 am
A discussion taking place on drugs and professional sport and the panel of four, one of them an NHL member is put on the spot by the other panel members because the NHL has no regular drug testing like the other sports of baseball, football and basketball. “You don’t think that someone in the...

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Jun 5, 2009 / 5:00 am
BMO Bank of Montreal today opened its new branch in Vernon, making it the first BMO branch in British Columbia to receive electricity from Bullfrog Power. The new full-service branch in Vernon is a relocation of an older branch less than 200 meters down the road. BMO's new branches in British...

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Jun 4, 2009 / 5:00 am
For those queries I have received about Peter Pocklington’s trial in the U.S. here are some answers. He was arrested when we were there on holidays in March. He is facing fraud and bankruptcy charges. His former GM and coach Glen Sather, now the boss man for the N.Y. Rangers posted a $1 Million...

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Jun 3, 2009 / 5:00 am
When you manage a major convention hotel in the city you have to keep up with the times because the convention business today and in the future are going to demand certain services we weren’t even thinking about ten years ago. I have done a lot of conventions, business meetings and conferences in...

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Jun 2, 2009 / 5:00 am
I first started going to the Food Show now presented by Sysco Foods Kelowna and originally started by the founder of HRI Foods, Bill Redman, thirty-one years before he sold out to the American food distribution giant Sysco about ten years ago. Sysco is the largest food distributor in North America....

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Jun 1, 2009 / 5:00 am
Good things have happened to Wendy’s restaurant on Harvey at Cooper. It has been completely remodeled from the back to the front, which means an entire new kitchen for the staff to work in. John Teitzen. the owner of the Wendy’s master franchise in the Interior, is always thinking about the...

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May 29, 2009 / 5:00 am
The Kelowna and Vernon Hospitals Project (www.buildingpatientcare.ca) has just installed sky-cams at Vernon Jubilee Hospital (VJH) and Kelowna General Hospital (KGH). The cameras will take photographs of the construction of the new Patient Care Towers going up at both sites. Each camera will...

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May 28, 2009 / 5:00 am
We are all afraid of this one at the moment. It is the cry from the Washington to only buy American, which means we have to be ready if our biggest and loyal customer turns our goods away at the border. "Buy American" measures are coming back in style in Congress, most notably in the $787 billion...

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May 27, 2009 / 5:00 am
In April 2009, Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board reported 841 sales in total– down fifty per cent from April 2008. While April sales remained lower than last year, the housing market gained momentum on a month-over-month basis. The median price of a residential detached home is down by just...

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May 26, 2009 / 5:00 am
A U.S. consumer advocacy group is raising the alarm about the amount of salt in meals at some fast-food and table-service restaurants, warning that some have over a day's worth of sodium -- and sometimes even three days' worth. The Center for Science in the Public Interest released a report...

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May 25, 2009 / 5:00 am
The old guys are out in the buses, counting the money at the end of the big arena shows these days as the bands from the past, one by one come out of retirement to try it once again. Although, many of them never gave up the road as a way to make a buck. Look at our next show here. You have Randy...

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May 22, 2009 / 5:00 am
Dave Curtis, CEO of Viking Air in Victoria, is the man behind the production of the new 19 passenger Twin Otter aircraft and after all these years the first of the new breed is coming off the line in their Calgary plant. There were 844 Twin Otters built by the designer de Havilland in Toronto. ...

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May 21, 2009 / 5:00 am
Millions of farmers are cutting back on fertilizer because it is too expensive. That creates a slowdown in potash production in Saskatchewan. One farmer’s son that I talked with said his dad was cutting back seventy five per cent because the price is too high. Our farmers are holding back on...

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May 20, 2009 / 5:00 am
It has been quite a year for Osoyoos as two of their favorite sons move to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the new CFL season. Just signed were non-import kicker Dan Giancola. He has returned to play professional football after a five-year hiatus. Giancola has prior CFL experience kicking with the...

Tax incentive seals the deal

May 19, 2009 / 5:00 am
It certainly is something you should be looking into for your home. The renovation tax credit is too good to be passed up. Of those planning to fix up their homes they say the tax incentive sealed the deal. The amount they planned to spend was directly influenced by the tax credit. I called Don...