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Have you seen Bagherra?

Feb 27, 2015 / 5:15 pm

Kelowna's financially troubled CrocTalk has suffered more bad news. Owner Doug Illman says his prized exotic Bengal cat, Bagherra, has gone missing, and he believes the animal was stolen. The large and distinctively marked cat went missing the evening of Feb. 21. Illman says he heard...

3 among BC's best businesses

Feb 27, 2015 / 1:31 pm

Three Okanagan businesses have been named among the top small businesses in the province. Soil Mate and Float Space of Kelowna, and Mel's Mainstreet Pizza & Pasta of Enderby earned accolades at the 12th annual Small Business B.C. Awards, which were handed out in Vancouver Thursday...

Big day for grant cash

Feb 27, 2015 / 12:23 pm

Twenty-three local organizations have received more than $732,000 in provincial gaming grants. The grants support a number of youth programs and services, which is great to see, says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “As minister of agriculture, I’m particularly pleased to...

Missing Kelowna man

Feb 27, 2015 / 11:56 am

The Kelowna RCMP is asking for the public's help finding a missing man. Thirty-one-year-old Greg Bayliss was last seen only yesterday (Feb. 26), but police are concerned for his well-being. RCMP do not have a picture of Bayliss, but they have provided the following...

Kasugai Gardens reopen

Feb 27, 2015 / 11:44 am

Spring must be just around the corner, because Kasugai Gardens reopen this Sunday. The popular Japanese gardens beside Kelowna City Hall will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the Victoria Day weekend. Throughout the summer months the gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until...

Hazard debris burning today

Feb 27, 2015 / 11:26 am

With good air quality and venting conditions today, the Regional District of Central Okanagan advises a controlled burn is underway in Kalamoir Regional Park. This is to dispose of fire hazard debris collected as result of vandalism to some trees near the King Road entrance of the park. Open...

Beer festival lineup revealed

Feb 27, 2015 / 10:16 am

Kelowna's newest beer festival revealed its lineup on Friday. Brewer registration for The Great Okanagan Beer Festival closed last night and the list was revealed to Castanet Friday morning. More than 35 breweries will be showcasing their products at the inaugural event that will take...

Health profs vs. UBCO bikes

Feb 27, 2015 / 5:00 am

It seems that when it comes to promoting healthy living, sharing that message in class is a lot different than sharing your road with cyclists. It was recently brought to Castanet's attention that two of the six petitioners who live on Curtis Road, and legally blocked it for hundreds of...

SOPA construction this year

Feb 26, 2015 / 4:45 pm

The SOPA Square project is back up and running with yesterday's announcement that the Aquilini Group has officially taken over the project. Given the building was initially approved by the city in 2008, South Pandosy residents have long wondered if the grey shell of a empty building would...

School cuts coming - but where?

Feb 26, 2015 / 3:27 pm

The Central Okanagan School District knows it will have to cut costs over the next two years, but it’s unclear at this point how much belt-tightening it will be forced to do. School boards across the province have been told they must find $29 million in savings next year, and slightly less...

Kelowna to host rugby's best

Feb 26, 2015 / 12:45 pm

Kelowna will host the 2015 Canada West Rugby Championships this summer. Eight teams will play back-to-back games July 30 and Aug. 2. Four provincial sides (under-16 men, under-18 women, under-18 men, and the provincial women's team) will take teams from the prairie provinces. Players...

Get ready for Megathon

Feb 26, 2015 / 12:15 pm

The Kelowna Family Y hosts its second annual Megathon this Saturday. Local heroes will challenge themselves in activities ranging from the FlowRider to zumba, basketball and other feats of athletic awesomeness – all in support of local children and families in need. The fun takes place...

Funding for the Arts

Feb 26, 2015 / 11:25 am

Funding has been announced for the Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society, through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. Local MP Ron Cannan announced Thursday that the Government of Canada will be providing $30,000 over the next three years ($15,000 in 2015–2016 and $15,000 in...

Exhibit examines WW1

Feb 26, 2015 / 9:58 am

First, the bugle sounds, and war is declared. Kelowna Museums is interpreting the realities experienced by Okanagan members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force with a new exhibit about the First World War. The Glory Passes exhibit opens at the Okanagan Military Museum this...

New bill protects bus drivers

Feb 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

Transit drivers across Canada, and right here in the Okanagan, have battled and won greater protection, as an amendment to the criminal code was given royal assent Wednesday. The Canadian Urban Transit Association says it is pleased to announce that its proposal, Bill S-221, will come into...

New university housing

Feb 25, 2015 / 7:10 pm

With Kelowna's extremely low vacancy rate and an ever-growing student population in the Okanagan, the need for housing is an increasing concern that one company hopes to help quell. At only one per cent, Kelowna’s low vacancy rate is fuelling success for Okanagan builder Mission...

Spontaneous love poems

Feb 25, 2015 / 5:04 pm

Kelowna residents have been finding little bits of love strewn around the city and it’s all thanks to a one woman. Lesley-Anne Evans launched her Pop-Up Poetry initiative in 2012, but most recently she has been garnering attention with her love poems. She along with other local poets have...

SOPA Square deal closes

Feb 25, 2015 / 3:23 pm

The SOPA Square development has new owners and new hope, as a finalized deal was announced Wednesday afternoon. At the end of January, a $29.5-million bid by Vancouver’s Aquilini Group to purchase the stalled development received the final go-ahead. Marshall McAnerney with commercial...

Pink Shirt Day a success

Feb 25, 2015 / 2:47 pm

More than 100 people donned pink shirts and were inspired by motivational speaker Alvin Law at the Pink Shirt Day breakfast on Wednesday. The breakfast at the Laurel Packinghouse was held in support of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, with proceeds from the event helping to provide a safe place...

Bullying stops here

Feb 25, 2015 / 12:50 pm

It’s Pink Shirt Day in the Okanagan and everyone is encouraged to wear something pink in an effort to show we are working together to prevent bullying in our community. Bullying has evolved over the years. It has gone from students being pushed around in hallways to them being judged...

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