Kelowna News Last 7 days

Largest park even bigger

Sep 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

The largest regional park in the Central Okanagan has grown by another 127 hectares, but you still can't go in it. The Black Mountain /...

All aboard the rail trail

Sep 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Construction is set to begin shortly on about half of the 48.5-kilometre Okanagan Rail Trail. As weather permits, crews will build approximately 26 km of the...

Surf's up, best compete

Sep 21, 2017 / 7:24 pm

Surf's up in Kelowna. The 2017 World Wake Surfing Championship got underway at City Park, Thursday. "This is all the people (who) have qualified from...

Evening Update Sept. 21

Sep 21, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, Sept. 21, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Hiring diverse abilities

Sep 21, 2017 / 4:29 pm

A growing number of businesses are employing individuals with diverse abilities, and a restaurant in Kelowna has experienced the benefits first hand. Andrew is...

Powwow celebration

Sep 21, 2017 / 3:59 pm

The Youth Exhibition Powwow returned to Okanagan College, Thursday, for its ninth year. Students and community members joined in the celebration of Indigenous...

Smoke protected apples

Sep 21, 2017 / 3:21 pm

After the worst B.C. fire season in history, smoke in the Okanagan has actually helped this fall's apple harvest. B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association...

Escape from reality

Sep 21, 2017 / 12:35 pm

Kelowna is humming with new businesses that have harnessed technology to solve any number of serious problems, but one of the city’s newest additions is...

Organic valley by 2020?

Sep 21, 2017 / 12:19 pm

As we reap the harvest this fall, consumers are being urged to think organic. The 12th annual Organic Okanagan Festival takes place at Summerhill Pyramid...

Help design downtown

Sep 21, 2017 / 11:11 am

The City of Kelowna is asking for public input in designing new street furniture. Residents have the opportunity to provide input that will be used to transform...

Yacht club members to pay

Sep 21, 2017 / 11:06 am

A special meeting of Kelowna Yacht Club members scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. The meeting was originally called to hold a vote on additional fees...

Downtown palate pleaser

Sep 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

It will be a culinary delight, sure to please the palate of the most discerning of diners in the Central Okanagan. The seventh annual Taste of Downtown Kelowna,...

Small-town living not easy

Sep 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Life for immigrants in smaller towns is more challenging than for those in larger centres, despite the good intentions of small-town residents. UBC Okanagan...

Artists to bare their soles

Sep 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

These shoes are worth looking at. Shoe Bank Canada is getting creative with its latest fundraiser, which will see artists create one-of-a-kind footwear. The My...

Top spots for wine lovers

Sep 20, 2017 / 9:52 pm

The 50 best restaurants for wine lovers in Canada have been revealed, and Kelowna grabbed four of the spots. OpenTable revealed the list on Wednesday from...

Step up, local youth

Sep 20, 2017 / 7:30 pm

A local social enterprise company has challenged the city’s youth to step up and become changemakers in their community. Volinspire, a volunteer-based...

Gloves off, oven mitts on

Sep 20, 2017 / 7:00 pm

The Kelowna Rockets were Master Chefs on Tuesday at Kelowna Secondary School. The boys were split up into five teams and provided $50 to purchase ingredients...

False alarm fire calls

Sep 20, 2017 / 5:25 pm

Firefighters quickly responded to a call of visible flames inside a Kelowna home Wednesday evening. The call came in about 4:30 p.m. when a caller reported...

New twist on Hopscotch

Sep 20, 2017 / 5:10 pm

Hopscotch, Kelowna's festival of whisky, is adding something a little different to the mix this year. For the first time, craft beer will be showcased in...

Was confession a lie?

Sep 20, 2017 / 5:09 pm

Did Donald Brodie lie to police following a collision with a pedestrian? Or to police months later while in custody? To multiple local media outlets? Or on the...

Evening Update Sept. 20

Sep 20, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Sept. 20, with news director Jon Manchester, in for Wayne Moore.

Huge success for food bank

Sep 20, 2017 / 3:15 pm

The Central Okanagan Food Bank collected nearly 94,000 pounds of food during the seventh annual B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive. "In West Kelowna, we...

Next phase at Reid's Corner

Sep 20, 2017 / 11:43 am

Work on Reid's Corner in Kelowna will be ramping up in the next two weeks. Contractor Emil Anderson Construction advises motorists there will be road...

Hedley to rock Kelowna

Sep 20, 2017 / 7:00 am

Canadian rockers Hedley are bringing their high-energy show to the Okanagan. The platinum-selling chart toppers have announced their highly anticipated 2018...

Fortis crews taking cover

Sep 20, 2017 / 7:00 am

FortisBC crews will vacate the Turks and Caicos Islands today as another hurricane barrels toward the beleaguered nation. Hurricane Maria is packing Category 5...

Revitalization focus shift

Sep 20, 2017 / 6:09 am

City hall is redirecting its focus on the revitalization of downtown Kelowna and Rutland. Several years ago, the city established 10-year revitalization tax...

Powwow set to wow

Sep 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

The ninth annual Youth Exhibition Powwow will celebrate Indigenous culture on Thursday – and everyone is invited. Dancers and drummers from across B.C....

Winefest fast approaching

Sep 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Changing leaves and cooler weather means the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival is right around the corner. For 10 days, the 37th annual festival will return to the...

'Prepared to lose votes'

Sep 20, 2017 / 12:25 am

"I am prepared to lose votes, I am prepared to lose friends, because I believe that this is what's best for our community. "I will stand up for...

Too early for Christmas?

Sep 19, 2017 / 8:00 pm

There are 97 days until Christmas – but that fact hasn't stopped a number of Okanagan retailers from putting out their holiday wares. Walmart and...

Seller's Market - see it here

Sep 19, 2017 / 5:16 pm

Canada’s newest real estate TV show has a new home on Castanet. Seller’s Market, from co-producers Cedarwood Productions and Kelowna-based Visland...

Evening Update Sept. 19

Sep 19, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Sept. 19, with reporter Wayne Moore.

4 years for violent B&E

Sep 19, 2017 / 4:30 pm

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. Alexander Laramee's grandma and great aunt waved goodbye and blew him kisses as he was handcuffed by a sheriff and taken away following...

3-day canoe trip for youth

Sep 19, 2017 / 1:04 pm

Indigenous youth departed on a three-day canoe journey Tuesday morning. The second annual event is a combined effort between the First Nations Friendship Centre...

Do grades really matter?

Sep 19, 2017 / 11:50 am

Do you really have to be at the head of the class to make it to head of the boardroom? A new study done by UBC Okanagan researchers found that good grades...

Pay taxes or risk property

Sep 19, 2017 / 11:31 am

The City of Kelowna is putting delinquent taxpayers on notice. Pay up, or risk losing your property. The city recently published a list of 82 properties,...

Drowning confirmed

Sep 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

UPDATE: 11 a.m. Kelowna RCMP and the BC Coroners Service remain on the scene of a drowning at 1721 Mountain Ave. Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey says police were...

Traffic impacts hotel plan

Sep 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Some on Kelowna city council voiced concerns Monday over the possible traffic impact of a new hotel proposed for the intersection of Spall Road and Enterprise...

Muting housing opposition

Sep 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

A full house is expected at city council chambers for a controversial rezoning application Tuesday evening. The public hearing will determine whether a piece of...

Cutting desks out of class

Sep 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Reports of children being taught while sitting on the floor at Rutland Senior Secondary school seem to be true, but it’s likely not what you expect....

What's best on Bernard?

Sep 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

With the purchase of the high-profile Bargain Shop property on Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna, there are plenty of opinions about what should happen to the...

Crash sends car on its roof

Sep 18, 2017 / 7:30 pm

A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 97 and Cooper Road caused some anxious moments for occupants of a dark-coloured sedan. The crash, early Monday evening,...

WFN celebrates new centre

Sep 18, 2017 / 7:20 pm

The Westbank First Nation Early Years Centre celebrated its official opening and provincial recognition at an inaugural open house Friday. The centre is now...

Kelowna, UBCO ink deal

Sep 18, 2017 / 6:00 pm

The City of Kelowna and UBC Okanagan have come to an understanding. The two entities signed a memorandum of understanding in chambers prior to Monday's city...

Evening Update Sept. 18

Sep 18, 2017 / 4:56 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, Sept. 18, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Name city's new school

Sep 18, 2017 / 4:08 pm

You could help name Kelowna's newest school. The Central Okanagan School District is seeking suggestions from the community to name a new middle school in...

Recycling cops watching

Sep 18, 2017 / 3:53 pm

Inspection teams will have an eye on your recycling bins this fall. As much as 18 per cent of material put out in the carts cannot be accepted, adding cost and...

Taste of winter

Sep 18, 2017 / 11:15 am

A special weather statement is in effect throughout the Okanagan valley. "We expect the first taste of winter at higher elevations this morning in central...

First snowfall flies

Sep 18, 2017 / 9:47 am

Winter is one step closer. The first snowfall of the season took place at Big White Ski Resort, east of Kelowna, and Silver Star Mountain, near Vernon. Photos...

Needles found by 6 yr old

Sep 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

A six-year-old boy found a bag of used needles and his mother said this isn’t the first time in their neighbourhood. Rosalea Smith said her son found a...

Big showing for Ribfest

Sep 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Kelowna’s second annual Rotary Ribfest heated up this year with more people waiting to sink their teeth into some BBQ cooking. Workers estimated upwards...

YLW accepting art

Sep 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Calling all artists who live in the Thompson Okanagan area from Kamloops to Osoyoos. Artists have until Nov. 15 to submit their work for the Art Kiosk in the...

Cycling cops come home

Sep 17, 2017 / 10:26 pm

After 10 days of cycling and over 1,000 kilometres covered, the Cops for Kids 16th annual ride is now complete. The 28 riders started through smoky skies in the...

Making a difference

Sep 17, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Hundreds of people packed the Kelowna Community Theatre Saturday night to be inspired by Craig Kielburger, the founder of Free the Children and Me to We. ...

4 taken to hospital

Sep 17, 2017 / 6:35 pm

Four people were taken to hospital after a collision on Postill Lake Road Sunday night. Everyone was able to be removed from the vehicle and paramedics,...

A conversation on drugs

Sep 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

The opiate crisis continues to plague B.C. and although it's gaining attention, at-risk youth are still a big concern. The Bridge Youth and Family Services...

Hyatt hotel seeks approval

Sep 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

A proposed new hotel and mixed-use commercial-residential complex comes before city council Monday. As Castanet News first told you back in January, Kelowna...

Cece the pig protests Ribfest

Sep 16, 2017 / 8:45 pm

While many people enjoyed the tastes of Rotary Ribfest in City Park Saturday, some urged festival goers to rethink their meat-loving tendencies. And they had an...

Wife killer jailed for life

Sep 16, 2017 / 6:00 pm

UPDATE: 6 p.m. The father of Laura Letts-Beckett, the woman murdered by her husband in 2010, says he has to forgive the man who killed his daughter, but...

Sask. bacteria to the rescue

Sep 16, 2017 / 2:30 pm

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a common soil bacterium may keep the mold away. Rhiannon Wallace, a PhD candidate at UBC Okanagan’s campus,...

Castanet's week in review

Sep 16, 2017 / 2:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Riders for kids almost home

Sep 16, 2017 / 11:49 am

The Cops for Kids riders will arrive back in Kelowna following a 10-day journey, Sunday morning. They will be greeted at the Ramada Hotel in Kelowna at 11:30...

Cyclist hit by vehicle

Sep 16, 2017 / 10:04 am

One person has reportedly been sent to hospital following a collision between a bicycle and a vehicle in Kelowna, Saturday morning. The collision occurred at...

Designer looks, thrift budget

Sep 15, 2017 / 9:00 pm

If you like designer looks at a discounted price, then the Salvation Army's Rouge fashion show is calling your name. The event takes place Monday, 7 p.m....

World's best wake surfers

Sep 15, 2017 / 8:27 pm

The world's best wake surfers will invade Kelowna next week. Kelowna's Hot Sands Beach at City Park will serve as the backdrop for the World Wakesurf...

Awaiting a decision

Sep 15, 2017 / 7:00 pm

After three full days of deliberation, the 12-person jury working to deliver a verdict on the innocence or guilt of Peter Beckett have yet to come to a...

Cyclist struck along Hwy 33

Sep 15, 2017 / 5:44 pm

A cyclist was struck along Highway 33 and Davie Road, just before 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening. At this time it is unknown how the cyclist was struck. Emergency...

Canada's OD capital

Sep 15, 2017 / 5:01 pm

Kelowna's hospital is seeing more opioid users per capita come through their doors than anywhere else in Canada. A recent report by the Canadian Institute...

Evening Update Sept. 15

Sep 15, 2017 / 4:57 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Sept. 15, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Fastest growth in Canada

Sep 15, 2017 / 3:02 pm

Blistering growth at a trio of Kelowna startups has landed all three businesses among exclusive company. Kelowna-based Strawhouse has been named the...

Castanet Kid Report

Sep 15, 2017 / 2:30 pm

This week's Castanet Kid Report with pint-sized correspondent Ariella Amato.

Bus boost to UBCO

Sep 15, 2017 / 1:45 pm

A new transit exchange opened at UBC Okanagan this week, providing new bays for buses at the growing university. The almost $5-million project was completed...

Condos met code: city

Sep 15, 2017 / 11:31 am

Kelowna's community planning department says a fire at Water’s Edge North would have likely spread to the second building, even if it was built...