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Blaze started by fireworks

Jul 23, 2016 / 8:01 am
Late night fireworks almost resulted in disaster Friday night, after 40 cedar hedges caught fire just a few metres from a house on Beach Avenue in Kelowna. Police were called to the house just south of downtown at 3 a.m. to find the hedges up in flames and two people evacuated from the nearby...

Rental housing on the table

Jul 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
Kelowna city council will be asked to give its approval for the rezoning of two properties, which would add nearly 200 units to Kelowna's rental and ownership inventory. The development applications include a 119-unit rental project on Kane Road in Glenmore and a 63-unit development on...

Mountain open for season

Jul 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
The opening date was set back a month or so, but Kelowna Mountain is inviting visitors to check them out. The bridges and vineyards opened Canada Day and are open on weekends only, from 10 a.m. untill 5 p.m. Construction is taking place during weekdays, and the vicinity is closed to the...

Struck cyclist went berserk

Jul 22, 2016 / 10:18 pm
Photo: - Randy Millis Photo: - Randy Millis Photo: - Randy Millis Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed A man is in hospital after a strange incident in Kelowna Friday night. It happened before 9 p.m. on Dickson Avenue, near the Landmark buildings. "There was a man yelling on...

Smile, you're on bus cam

Jul 22, 2016 / 8:50 pm
The president of Local 1722 of the Amalgamated Transit Union is pleased with security measures announced by the provincial government. Earlier this week, the province announced funding for closed circuit security cameras on transit buses, as well as a pilot project to provide barriers for...

Fundraiser fore Mission

Jul 22, 2016 / 8:02 pm
The Kelowna Gospel Mission is the latest charitable organization in Kelowna looking to raise money from a golf-crazed public. The Gospel Mission is looking for players to participate in its first ever Charity Golf Classic, Sept. 9 at Sunset Ranch Golf and Country Club. Funds raised will go...

Arson suspect sought

Jul 22, 2016 / 6:15 pm
UPDATE 6:15 p.m. Kelowna RCMP are searching for a specific suspect in connection with an arson behind the Central Kitchen and Bar Friday. The Kelowna Fire Department contained the fire to the rear of the building. The investigation to date reveals that the fire was intentionally set...
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Think-tanks face bias

Jul 22, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Just how much credibility do government policy makers give to think-tanks or private advocacy groups? Not much, according to a study published in Policy Studies Journal by UBC Okanagan assistant professor of political science Carey Doberstein. Doberstein concluded public sector workers gave...

Your thoughts on crime

Jul 22, 2016 / 3:51 pm
After a Statistics Canada report released figures pointing to the Central Okanagan as having the second highest crime rate, Castanet wanted to know what residents thought. Out of the 33 metropolitan areas, the region between Peachland and Lake Country ranked second for crime incidents. Saskatoon...

Opera under the stars

Jul 22, 2016 / 3:08 pm
Tenor and soprano voices will fill UBC Okanagan's central courtyard on a midsummer's night in August. Opera Kelowna is presenting a free evening concert at the university on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. Opera Under the Stars will include arias, duets and chorus selections by the...

Ogie, is that you?

Jul 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
Photo: Google Street View - /Marlene Photo: Google Maps - /Marlene Photo: Google Maps - /Marlene An Ontario woman believes she may have discovered Ogopogo on Google Maps. Marlene from Hamilton, Ont., emailed Castanet this week after she felt compelled to check Google Maps for proof of...

Say hello to a new app

Jul 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
The founders of Hello Kitty have launched its first app in partnership with Kelowna-based gaming studio, Hyper Hipppo Games. Sanrio Inc. and Hyper Hippo have launched 'hello sanrio: say hello!', now available on both Android and iOS after launching at Comic-Con International in San Diego...

She said, he said

Jul 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
The remaining board members with the Rutland Park Society will have to agree to disagree. President Todd Sanderson and director Wendi Swarbrick are the lone remaining members of what was a 14-member board of directors. The other board members resigned during, or following, a very emotional,...

Christy accepts challenge

Jul 21, 2016 / 9:16 pm
Premier Christy Clark has accepted Castanet's 'One Bag Challenge' nomination. Castanet reporter Wayne Moore issued the challenge to the premier yesterday, after he was nominated by Kelowna Coun. Maxine DeHart. Earlier this week, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran started what is quickly...

UBCO going green

Jul 21, 2016 / 7:00 pm
UBC Okanagan cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent between 2014-15, a reduction of 524 tonnes of greenhouse gasses. The reduction was largely achieved by reducing energy demand by increasing the efficiency of buildings on campus. The reduction in emissions is equivalent to taking...

Council looks to the future

Jul 21, 2016 / 5:53 pm
Kelowna city council will be looking far into the future next week as part of a new planning initiative. Imagine Kelowna will welcome several “prominent locals” to council to share their expertise on future trends and help plan for the future. On July 25, Dr. Keith Culver,...

Town hall success

Jul 21, 2016 / 5:35 pm
A town hall meeting on electoral reform was well-attended with engaged Okanagan residents, according to local MP Stephen Fuhr. The Liberal MP says the Monday night event had one of the better turn outs for town hall meetings on this issue across the country. Mark Holland, parliamentary...

Get fit and have fun

Jul 21, 2016 / 4:59 pm
Download, log in and get hiking. The City of Kelowna is making Knox Mountain a lot more interesting thanks to an app that lets you explore the outdoors in an interactive way. Launched as a project through the brand Active by Nature, event development supervisor Mariko Siggers says the app...

Lights. Camera. No parking

Jul 21, 2016 / 4:36 pm
Production crews will be setting up in various locations throughout Kelowna this weekend, filming and taking photos. While no road closures will be in place, it may cause some minor traffic delays. From 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, parking stalls in the Queensway parking lot will be...

Employment, crime linked

Jul 21, 2016 / 4:15 pm
There is a connection between Kelowna's increasing crime rate and the growing unemployment rate. That connection was made by Mayor Colin Basran, a day after a Statistics Canada report cited the Central Okanagan had the second highest crime rate among the 33 metropolitan areas with a...

Your say on military

Jul 21, 2016 / 4:07 pm
Dan Albas wants your input on the type of military Canada needs. The Central Okanagan – Similkameen – Nicola MP will be hosting a National Defence Round Table on July 27 to hear from his constituents on their suggestions for the military and possible concerns with Canada's...

Bidding on empty seats

Jul 21, 2016 / 1:54 pm
Those flying out of Kelowna may be able to bid on cheap last-minute seats thanks to a new partnership between a discount ticket seller and a ticket bidding service. As NewLeaf Travel Company gets set to launch their inaugural flight out of Kelowna on July 25, Jump On Flyaways has partnered with...

Total fun on the weekend

Jul 21, 2016 / 12:05 pm
Looking for something to do on the weekend? Castanet's Total Fun Cruiser is going to be right in the middle of the action. Weekend events include, downtown Kelowna's Block Party and the Okanagan Tattoo Show. Watch the video above for a full preview.

Should be in James Bond

Jul 21, 2016 / 11:54 am
An impressive video of a pro wakesurfer on Wood Lake has blown up online, garnering over 118,000 views and 1,700 shares on Facebook in just 22 hours. Professional wakesurfer and skimboarder Austin Keen, based out of Laguna Beach, Calif., was in Kelowna this week, enjoying the Okanagan summer...

When kids lose faith

Jul 21, 2016 / 10:32 am
Have your kids lost faith? A UBC researcher wants to know about the experiences of parents when their adult child leaves the religious tradition they were raised in. Glendon Wiebe, working with UBC Okanagan’s Barb Pesut, associate professor with the School of Nursing and Canada Research...

Top 10 in high rental prices

Jul 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
Kelowna has made it into the top 10 this month, on a less-than-desirable list. After ranking as the eleventh most expensive city in Canada to rent in last month, Kelowna has now hit number 10. PadMapper, a website that lists rental units across the country, recently released their second...

Fintry Queen a houseboat?

Jul 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
Could you picture the Fintry Queen, decked out with flowery curtains, indoor-outdoor carpeting, a three-piece sectional and a satellite dish? All the comforts of home. It could happen. An offer to buy the vessel, and turn it into a floating house, has been made, according to owner Andy...

Short lines at virtual clinic

Jul 20, 2016 / 7:10 pm
As Rutland's walk-in clinic is set to close in late-August and long lineups continue to persist at clinics throughout Kelowna, a local pharmacy is offering an online solution. Revolution Pharmacy has opened up a “virtual walk-in clinic,” where patients can talk to a doctor by...

Taking the challenge

Jul 20, 2016 / 5:30 pm
Earlier this week, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran started what is quickly becoming the city's version of the ice bucket challenge. The One Bag Challenge came about as a way to help stock the barren shelves at the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank. Basran challenged five people to purchase...

Kelowna No. 2 in crime

Jul 20, 2016 / 4:30 pm
The Central Okanagan has the second highest crime rate in Canada, according to figures released by Statistics Canada. The stats are taken in census metropolitan areas, which are urban areas with a population base greater than 100,000. There are 33 such areas in Canada. The Kelowna region...

Crash stalls traffic

Jul 20, 2016 / 3:50 pm
UPDATE 3:50 P.M. The driver of one of the vehicles involved in Wednesday morning's three-vehicle crash on Glenmore Road said she suffered neck and back injuries as a result of the collision. The woman, in a Dodge Caravan, said she was rear-ended by a truck towing a utility-trailer. She...

Storm rocks the Okanagan

Jul 20, 2016 / 3:19 pm
Photo: - Don Watson Photo: - Katie Brown Photo: - Kim Leclerc Photo: - Randy Mills Photo: - Paige Paynter Photo: - Shaun Alexander Photo: - djoerustad A large storm moved through the Okanagan Valley Tuesday night bringing thunder, lightning and bursts of rain. “There...

Bigger home for Little Hobo

Jul 20, 2016 / 12:10 pm
The Little Hobo isn't so little anymore. The cult-classic foodie favourite of downtown Kelowna is bursting at its seams and is moving to a bigger and better location at the former Streaming Cafe, 596 Leon Avenue, this October. The Hobo has been in the same location, in some incarnation or...

Dive team searches creek

Jul 20, 2016 / 11:57 am
Members of the RCMP dive team, armed with metal detectors, are in the midst of a search in Mission Creek. A three member team, in shallow, fast moving water, are performing a grid search, looking for evidence pertaining to a Kelowna file. RCMP Const. Reg Sahay wouldn't get into specifics...

Mosquito control, take 2

Jul 20, 2016 / 10:39 am
The Regional District is moving into Phase 2 of its yearly curbside mosquito control treatment program. Weather permitting, crews will be stopping by every catch basin within much of the Central Okanagan Monday through Friday of next week. This includes the City of Kelowna, District of Lake...

From chefs to film directors

Jul 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
Kids camps have come a long way from the days when they took a packed lunch and kicked a ball around the park. Okanagan College campuses in Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm offer more than 100 camps – from Lego robotics to the culinary arts. “We started offering Camp OC in Kelowna...

Park society in limbo

Jul 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
A volatile meeting of the Rutland Park Society Monday night may lead to civil action against some members of the society. Society president Todd Sanderson, one of just two members left on the board, said some of the comments being hurled around have some former board members seeking legal...

Less beach, more wine

Jul 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
While the cooler summer temperatures may have hurt beach traffic, tourists are still flocking to the Okanagan and they are hitting up more wineries than ever before. BC Wine Institute marketing director Maggie Anderson says wineries up and down the Valley have seen an increase in traffic,...

Drought outlook eases

Jul 19, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Fears of a drought in the Thompson-Okanagan region after a hot spring have eased, with cool and wetter weather than normal this July. "A drought in the region is “still a possibility,” said Chuck van Hemmen, acting regional executive director with the Ministry of Forests, Lands...

Flying cars on the way?

Jul 19, 2016 / 3:23 pm
A Dutch company is one step closer to making flying cars a reality in Kelowna. After sending the PAL-V One, a proof-of-concept vehicle, into the skies back in 2012, PAL-V has now released the first image of the PAL-V LIBERTY, a commercial version of the One. "For the design of the PAL-V...
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