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Laughing at depression

Feb 6, 2016 / 7:00 pm
For Kevin Breel, depression is a laughing matter. But it is also something the 22-year-old comedian takes seriously and the Victoria native will be at Kelowna Community Theatre, 1435 Water St., March 15 to talk about mental illness. Breel will present Confessions of a Depressed Comic starting...

Chefs compete for gold

Feb 6, 2016 / 5:30 pm
The best of the best Canadian chefs took to the kitchen of the Okanagan College Culinary Arts Centre Saturday for the second of three competitions at the Canadian Culinary Championships. Saturday morning’s 'Blackbox Competition' put the eleven chefs to the test, by introducing...

Searching for similarities

Feb 6, 2016 / 3:00 pm
What disappoints you and what do you cherish? These are the questions several UBC Okanagan students set out to answer Saturday as part of a project to find the similarities between people of different backgrounds. Three boards were set up downtown by the Sails at 11 a.m., with a question...

Castanet's week in review

Feb 6, 2016 / 2:00 pm
Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski.

Beware of well-dressed man

Feb 5, 2016 / 2:48 pm
A Kelowna woman wants you to beware of a slick-talking, well-dressed man who may try to con you out of a few bucks. The woman, who lives in Kelowna's North End, said she was conned by a man who entered her apartment building looking for help. "He goes door to door and gives this...

Ticketed in McCurdy crash

Feb 5, 2016 / 2:46 pm
The driver of the BMW from Thursday night’s crash on McCurdy has been issued a violation ticket. According to Const. Kris Clark, the BMW was traveling south on Friesen Road and slid through the intersection at McCurdy Road, colliding with a GM truck. The truck then crashed through a...

Kelowna Mtn. foreclosure

Feb 5, 2016 / 12:01 pm
A judge in Kelowna has ordered foreclosure proceedings against Kelowna Mountain. Earlier this week in B.C. Supreme Court, Master Wilson ruled in favour of Tri City Capital Corp. in foreclosure proceedings against the development proposed by businessman Mark Consiglio. The case stemmed from a...

Look out, it's art attack

Feb 5, 2016 / 8:43 am
A painting will appear before your eyes in just an hour during Art Attack. The unique fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation is returning for Valentine’s Day. Six Okanagan artists are set to inspire during the event. Each artist, donating their time and materials, will have one...

Your thoughts on canvas

Feb 5, 2016 / 5:00 am
UBC Okanagan students are inviting the public to head downtown this weekend and share their thoughts. As part of the annual Canvas project, people will be asked to answer three questions on canvas – in any way they see fit. Where do you consider home? What's something you...

Crash sends man to hospital

Feb 4, 2016 / 10:06 pm
A truck and a BMW collided at the intersection of McCurdy and Friesen about 8:40 p.m, Thursday. The driver of the truck was taken to hospital after his vehicle crashed through two fences following the collision. According to police the driver of the truck was suffering from neck...

Walk a mile in their shoes

Feb 4, 2016 / 4:55 pm
The UBC Okanagan Student Union and United Way of the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen will stage a "poverty simulation" next month, to let people walk in the shoes of the poor. The simulation will be hosted in the UNC Building at UBC Okanagan on March 1, from 9 a.m. to...

Award-winning engineers

Feb 4, 2016 / 4:51 pm
A Kelowna company has been honoured for its work by the provincial government. CWMM Consulting Engineers Ltd. took the top award for Design and Contract Preparation in Structures at the 12th annual Deputy Minister's Consulting Engineers Awards, for its exceptional work on the Wardner and...

Domestic violence funds

Feb 4, 2016 / 4:41 pm
The provincial government is providing approximately $135,000 to support new culture-based domestic violence programs in two aboriginal communities in the Okanagan. Approximately $65,000 is being delivered to the Okanagan Indian Band in Vernon for its unique ‘A Canoe Journey’...

Award nominations closing

Feb 4, 2016 / 3:14 pm
The City of Kelowna’s 41st annual Civic and Community Awards nominations are due Feb. 12. The awards recognize outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations whose contributions and achievements benefited the city in 2015. Nominations can be submitted online, by email or hard copy....

Genome guides pharmacies

Feb 4, 2016 / 2:52 pm
Several local pharmacies recently took part in provincewide research project that is looking to the future of prescribing drugs. The project, Genomics for Precision Drug Therapy in the Community Pharmacy, used genetics to determine which drugs and in what dosage would work best for patients. The...

Lobster thief shamed

Feb 4, 2016 / 1:30 pm
Helmut's Sausage Kitchen has taken to Facebook to out an alleged lobster thief caught in the act. The above photo was posted to the company's Facebook page last night and shows four photos of a man they claim was caught red-handed. The post says a staff member at its Kelowna location...

PGA comes to Kelowna

Feb 4, 2016 / 1:17 pm
Kelowna city councillor Maxine DeHart called it a great day for golf and a great day for Kelowna. With that, it was announced Gallagher's Canyon Golf Course would play host to a MacKenzie PGA Tour Canada stop. The GolfBC Championship will be held at the course June 6-12. Tour president...

'Bearly' famous local

Feb 4, 2016 / 10:57 am
Kelowna rugby star Glenn Ennis was able to travel the world playing his sport, and now he is famous around the world again – for an entirely different reason. Well into his second career as a stuntman/actor, the 51-year-old is fielding calls from near and far for his part in helping bring...

Flashing lights stall traffic

Feb 4, 2016 / 8:52 am
Traffic is backed up along the highway as the street lights are flashing at Leckie Road and Highway 97. A witness tells Castanet the flashing lights have traffic backed up several blocks along the highway as motorists attempt a four-way stop. Motorists are warned to leave extra time this...

Argo driver speaks out

Feb 4, 2016 / 5:00 am
"We work 12 hours a day. We give it everything we've got. We give it 100 per cent." Those comments are from a plow driver with Argo Road Maintenance, responsible for Highway 33. The driver, who asked not to be identified, was reacting to a backlash from residents of the Joe Rich...

Here when disaster strikes

Feb 4, 2016 / 5:00 am
The Salvation Army helps those in need in the Okanagan community every Christmas, but what many may not know is they also lend a helping had the rest of the year. Last summer, during the busy fire season in B.C., the Salvation Army put in more than 1,000 volunteer hours helping those impacted by...

Cooking up competition

Feb 4, 2016 / 5:00 am
Too many chefs in the kitchen is actually a good thing when it comes to the annual Canadian Culinary Championships’ Gold Medal Plates event. More than 50 Okanagan College Culinary and Pastry Arts students will provide support to 11 of the country’s most remarkable chefs this...

Get your beer tickets

Feb 3, 2016 / 5:30 pm
Tickets for the second-annual Great Okanagan Beer Festival’s main event go on sale tomorrow, Feb. 4 Organizers say there will also be a limited amount of advanced general admission and VIP tickets available for sale for the main event on May 14. The main event will be once again held in...

The ant invasion

Feb 3, 2016 / 5:00 pm
Update: Feb. 4 There have been concerns over the organic spray used by the pest control company in regards to the toxicity to pets. The pyrethrin spray used by Bug Master has been approved by Health Canada. Pyrethrins affect the nervous system of insects and result in repeated and extended...

Angelic record attempt

Feb 3, 2016 / 2:54 pm
Big White will be participating in a nationwide attempt to break a Guinness World Record this weekend that involves thousands of snow angels. The attempt, taking place on Feb. 6, Canadian Ski Patrol Day, will be a joint effort of thousands of people on 50 ski hills across Canada. The existing...

Hwy. 33 response backlash

Feb 3, 2016 / 2:52 pm
Joe Rich residents are steaming over what they call a lack of proper road maintenance this week on Highway 33. Residents sent emails to Castanet and took to Facebook venting their frustration towards road maintenance contractor, Argo Road Maintenance, and its response - or lack thereof - on...

Sand clogs launch again

Feb 3, 2016 / 12:38 pm
The Cook Road boat launch is closed again after sand, removed in the fall, has returned. Pictures taken by boaters show a large build up of sand around the launch. "It's not as bad as it looks," said city spokesman Terry Barton. "It may look more than what it is because...

Crash victim mourned

Feb 3, 2016 / 12:27 pm
A Kelowna woman killed in a Highway 33 car crash will be remembered this weekend. Vanessa Lia Vecchio, 30, died near Cardinal Creek on Jan. 29 while she was heading to Big White. According to police, via witnesses, her Pontiac sedan appeared to lose control, travelling into the oncoming lane...

Peak cauliflower primer

Feb 3, 2016 / 10:33 am
If you've been down the aisles of your local grocery store lately, you've noticed produce has shot up in price. A UBC Okanagan professor says there are two good reasons – the low Canadian dollar and demand. “Our dollar has dropped a lot,” says associate professor of...

Shelter opens more beds

Feb 3, 2016 / 5:00 am
Demand for homeless shelters in Kelowna has been increasing since the beginning of the winter, prompting Inn From the Cold to increase their services. The shelter opened their doors in November with 35 beds, but has recently added five more, due to increased demand. “A generous...

Play On! Play Off?

Feb 3, 2016 / 5:00 am
Play On may not return to Kelowna for a seventh year. The national four-on-four street hockey tournament, held in Kelowna since 2010, may not be able to run this year because of financial constraints. Event organizers are some $20,000 short in terms of corporate sponsorships. They have until...

Campfire project doused

Feb 2, 2016 / 7:00 pm
A Kelowna inventor is being raked over the coals by a group of Kickstarter backers for not completing his project and spending all of the funds. Leo Knight launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 for his invention ‘Campfire in a Can’, a portable system in which users build campfires...

Pervert exposes self

Feb 2, 2016 / 4:00 pm
Warning: Content may offend some readers Kelowna RCMP are looking for a man who was allegedly found exposing himself and masturbating, early Tuesday morning. The incident occurred shortly after 6:30 a.m. near the intersection of Cadder Avenue and Richter Street. According to police, a...

Smoking food doused

Feb 2, 2016 / 1:51 pm
Firefighters rushed to a report of smoke pouring from a Clifton-area home, Tuesday. What they found was someone’s forgotten food left cooking in an empty house. The Kelowna Fire Department was called to the 100 block of Altura Road, near Clifton Road. Crews arrived to find smoke coming...

Club wants more capacity

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:43 pm
The owners of Level Nite Club are asking for an eight per cent increase in capacity and longer operating hours. City of Kelowna staff are recommending no – and yes. Owners of the downtown club have applied to the Provincial Liquor Control and Licensing Branch asking for an amendment to...

Guilty plea to animal cruelty

Feb 2, 2016 / 11:46 am
A Kelowna man who surrendered his dog to the SPCA 18 months ago has pleaded guilty to three charges of animal cruelty. Roland Maxson, 68, voluntarily surrendered his eight-year-old cocker spaniel to the Kelowna SPCA in September 2014. The SPCA reported at that time that staff were concerned and...

It's Toque Tuesday

Feb 2, 2016 / 10:37 am
Okanagan Boys and Girls Club volunteers will be out in full force at tonight’s Kelowna Rockets game, selling winter woolies to keep fans cozy. The club is a partner in Raising the Roof’s annual national toque campaign, and today is Toque Tuesday. Fans will be able to purchase a...

SUV collides with tree

Feb 2, 2016 / 8:43 am
UPDATE: FEB. 2 A local woman has died after she went into medical distress while driving and collided with a tree. Kelowna RCMP say the accident was a result of the medical emergency. The file is now being handled by the BC Coroners Service. ORIGINAL: FEB. 1 A single-vehicle...

Brewing up a drive-thru

Feb 2, 2016 / 5:00 am
Kelowna city council went against a staff recommendation and said yes to a Tim Hortons drive-thru at a small shopping complex near the Quail Ridge subdivision. The mall, at Highway 97 and Airport Way, is located on the old Pier Mac Sand and Gravel site, across Highway 97 from Kelowna...

Funky, colourful Hotel Zed

Feb 1, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Get ready for a splash of colour downtown. Hotel Zed, with its self-described colourful and funky design, is in the process of remodelling the former Abbott Villa across from City Park. Council issued a form and character development permit, with one striking reservation. "Love to see...
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