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Rumours and things

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...

Thomson report

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...

Rumours and things

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...

Rumours and things

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...

Thomson report

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...

Thomson report

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....

Rumours and things

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...

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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