Talk economic resilience

Oct 23, 2016 / 12:30 pm
This coming Tuesday (Oct. 25) residents are invited to have a conversation about building economic resilience in the Okanagan. Through the second installment of On Point: a series of Upside Down Town Halls, Urban Systems Communities and the City of Kelowna will help provide an understanding of...

Thinking inside the box

Oct 23, 2016 / 12:00 pm
Hundreds of people interested in living in a shipping container milled through the Honomobo open house in Kelowna Saturday. These aren't your regular shipping containers though. Honomobo is a company that builds easily-movable homes inside storage containers, complete with all the...

Small fire at Chances

Oct 23, 2016 / 9:52 am
Emergency personnel were called to Chances Casino Sunday morning for an electrical fire. Platoon Captain Dennis Miller says crews were called to the scene at 8:47 a.m. this morning. "Upon arrival, the captain in charge of the attack team reported that the fire was minor in nature, was...

Fighting fire with fire

Oct 22, 2016 / 7:21 pm
Some of the pre-eminent experts on wildfires and climate change will be in Kelowna next week. They will be taking part in the Wildland Fire Canada conference. Conference co-chairs, Kendrick Brown with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Dan Perrakis with BC Wildfire Service, together with...

Sound off on KGH parking

Oct 22, 2016 / 5:09 pm
The City of Kelowna will host an open house next month to gain input on both future land use and on-street parking recommendations around Kelowna General Hospital. On-street parking has long been an issue around the hospital as residents and patients jockey for available on-street parking...

No support for farm activity

Oct 22, 2016 / 10:45 am
Kelowna council will be asked by city staff to deny a request by a local farmer to hold multiple events on his farm. Hillcrest Farm Market has made application to the Agricultural Land Commission for a non-farm use permit for the property in order to hold an unlimited number of special events at...

Smile for a salad

Oct 22, 2016 / 10:00 am
To keep the conversation around suicide awareness and mental health going, Castanet has joined forces with The LifeLine Canada Foundation for the month of October. Local restaurants will bring the message of positive mental health to the dinner table during Food For Thought. Today, we are...

Heroics on Harvey Ave.

Oct 22, 2016 / 7:43 am
Update: 7:43 a.m. Citizens nearby the serious crash on Harvey Avenue Friday night sprang into action to help the victims before emergency crews arrived. A witness at the scene said a man grabbed a fire extinguisher and began fighting a fire that had begun in a Chevrolet Impala, after it had...

Bars prep for overdoses

Oct 22, 2016 / 6:00 am
Several bars, clubs and restaurants in Kelowna are preparing for the possibility of a fentanyl related overdose in one of their establishments. Employees at nearly a dozen businesses will be trained next week on the use of Naloxone, a drug which can be used to reverse the affects of a...

Netted by tangled web

Oct 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
A mule deer thought it was giving the ‘ole what for’ when thrashing about Friday morning. However the animal mistook a volleyball net for a bush. According to Conservation Officer Ken Owens as it is currently mule deer mating season, bucks can be found increasing their display of...

New one bag challenge

Oct 21, 2016 / 7:22 pm
There's a new twist on the very successful One Bag Challenge, launched this summer by Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. The One Bag Challenge helped fill the shelves of the Kelowna Community Food Bank during a time when donations are usually at their lowest point. The latest iteration, One Bag...

Mixologists with spirit

Oct 21, 2016 / 7:00 pm
It was a night of music, laughter and, of course, great cocktails at the annual Okanagan Spirits Winetender’s Mixoff. Held at the Laurel Packinghouse, 200 people gathered to try tempting mixes from Kelowna’s best bartenders. After months of preparation, 10 mixologists faced off to...

Evening update Oct. 21

Oct 21, 2016 / 5:00 pm
This evening’s top stories for Oct. 21, 2016, with Castanet's Wayne Moore.

Relentless grief of loss

Oct 21, 2016 / 4:06 pm
Aimee Parkes was killed more than two years ago by her ex-fiance, but the impact she made on others in her 35 years still spans across continents. Aimee's mother, Janis Plumb, delivered a victim impact statement to a packed courtroom before Ryan Quigley was sentenced for manslaughter Friday...

Castanet kids report

Oct 21, 2016 / 3:32 pm
Get in the Halloween spirit with this week's Castanet Kid Report with Ariella Amato.

Tickets with a smile

Oct 21, 2016 / 3:24 pm
Teen drivers were ticketed this week at a roadblock outside Kelowna Secondary School. But they didn't mind. RCMP school liaison officer Const. Robyn Boffy joined KSS leadership students to issue "positive tickets" for safe driving. The event was part of National Teen Driver...

Innovation bar scrapped

Oct 21, 2016 / 2:11 pm
Owners of the Okanagan Innovation Centre have scrapped plans for a liquor primary facility on the roof of the soon-to-be-completed building in downtown Kelowna. Council did not have a positive reaction to that plan when it was presented a few weeks ago, asking the developer to go back and...

IH gets keys to new digs

Oct 21, 2016 / 1:17 pm
Interior Health officials were officially given the key to their new home, Friday. The community health and services centre is being called a game-changer. The five-storey centre in downtown Kelowna will consolidate services from eight locations across the city – as well as house...

Incident a health emergency

Oct 21, 2016 / 12:49 pm
UPDATE: 12:45 p.m. An incident involving RCMP and paramedics on Rosemead Avenue in Kelowna was just a health matter, police say. Police were there at the request of health officials, said spokesman Const. Jesse O’Donaghey. He wouldn't disclose any other details due to patient...

12 years for Quigley

Oct 21, 2016 / 12:47 pm
UPDATE: 12:45 p.m. Ryan Quigley has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for the March 2014 killing of his ex-fiancee, Aimee Parkes. Justice Alison Beames delivered the manslaughter sentence Friday afternoon, sticking to the joint recommendation from Crown and defence lawyers. "(Parkes)...

Beware of Knox bears

Oct 21, 2016 / 11:25 am
The City of Kelowna is warning people in and around Knox Mountain Park to be aware of bears. Several bear sightings have been reported in the park and nearby Magic Estates. Signs have been put up to caution residents and park users that bears have been spotted in the area. The city said...

Warm up to the light

Oct 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
Celebrated during the most colourful time of year, when leaves are changing and the sun is setting, Diwali will light up Rutland Centennial Hall this Saturday. The Hindu festival of lights is observed every autumn in the northern hemisphere and spring in the south. Each year, residents are...

Time for tuna

Oct 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
To keep the conversation around suicide awareness and mental health going, Castanet has joined forces with The LifeLine Canada Foundation for the month of October. Local restaurants will bring the message of positive mental health to the dinner table during Food For Thought. Today, we are...

Theories just conjecture

Oct 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
Photo: - Transportation Safety Board Photo: - Transportation Safety Board Photo: - Transportation Safety Board Photo: - Transportation Safety Board The 1974 Cessna 500 Citation I was destroyed on impact, leaving investigators few clues as to what caused it to drop out of the...

Protesting unfair practices

Oct 20, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Employees at an adult intermediate care facility owned by Westbank First Nation, will be protesting what they call unfair labour practices. Staff members at Pine Acres Home will be joined by band members at a protest Friday morning in front of the facility. Pine Acres is being accused of not...

16 months for drugs

Oct 20, 2016 / 7:00 pm
A former member of the now disbanded Kingpin Crew has been sentenced to 16 months behind bars after he was caught mailing three ounces of cocaine to Alberta. Quentin James, 39, was found guilty of possession for the purpose of trafficking in a Kelowna courtroom Thursday, just under three years...

Evening update Oct. 20

Oct 20, 2016 / 5:00 pm
This evening’s top stories for Oct. 20, 2016, with Castanet's Wayne Moore.

Ticket for traffic headache

Oct 20, 2016 / 4:25 pm
A three-vehicle crash caused major delays Wednesday afternoon in Kelowna. Just before rush hour, at 4 p.m., RCMP received a request to assist paramedics responding to a three-vehicle collision on Highway 97 at Hereron Road. “Police have determined that a southbound blue GMC Terrain...

Highway maples saved

Oct 20, 2016 / 4:15 pm
The City of Kelowna is relocating five large maple trees that have called the corner of Highway 97 and Sexsmith Road home for years. The trees, which sit behind the Welcome to Kelowna sign at the north end of town, are being moved to make room for the highway expansion in the area. Rather...

Erratic driver evades police

Oct 20, 2016 / 2:04 pm
Police are investigating after a dangerous driver evaded officers in Kelowna’s downtown core late Wednesday. Just before 11:30 p.m., an officer on patrol spotted a vehicle being driven in an erratic and dangerous manner. Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says a silver Chrysler 300 was...

Power back on

Oct 20, 2016 / 12:00 pm
UPDATE: 12 p.m. FortisBC says it restored power to all customers within 23 minutes of the outage at 11:33 a.m. While the cause of the short outage is still under investigation, Fortis told Castanet they had a crew in the area energizing a new line that may have contributed to the outage. ...

Highway 33 now open

Oct 20, 2016 / 11:14 am
UPDATE: OCT. 20 RCMP have released further details about a rollover that shut down Highway 33 on Tuesday. On Oct. 18 at 5:23 p.m., Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a single-vehicle rollover collision on Highway 33, north of the Big White Road turnoff. A black Ford F150 pickup truck...

Crash site cleared

Oct 20, 2016 / 10:28 am
The site of last Thursday's plane crash just east of Lake Country has been cleared. Wreckage from the plane has been loaded onto trucks for the trip to a Transportation Safety Board facility in Richmond. Once in Richmond, TSB investigators will begin the arduous task of trying to...

Head-on, but minor

Oct 20, 2016 / 6:10 am
It was a head-on collision. But it wasn't as serious as it sounds. Two sedans collided late Wednesday at the intersection of Clement Avenue and Gordon Drive in Kelowna. The crash happened about 10:30 p.m., but only resulted in minor damage to the cars. Police, fire and ambulance first...

Who owned crashed plane?

Oct 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
By Scott Crowson Secrecy surrounds the ownership of the jet that crashed near Kelowna last week, killing former Alberta premier Jim Prentice and three others. The plane was owned by Norjet Inc., which doesn’t appear to have a company website, phone number or office. The mailing address...

Jail time for witness threats

Oct 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
An alleged bank robber will spend eight months in jail after he was convicted of intimidating a witness. Tayler Verhaegen, 25, was charged with one count of robbery and one count of disguising his face with intent to commit an offence after allegedly robbing a Bank of Montreal in 2014. Police...

Drug dealer stays out of jail

Oct 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
A Kamloops man who was sentenced to a two-year conditional sentence and 500 hours of community service for his role in a dial-a-dope cocaine trafficking ring will remain out of prison, after an unsuccessful appeal by the Crown. Steven Lloyd Currie, 30, was arrested in October of 2012 as part of...

One less walk-in clinic

Oct 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
There's about to be more pressure on walk-in clinics in the Central Okanagan. On the heels of the recent closure of a walk-in medical clinic in Rutland comes word a clinic in Glenmore is scaling back its acceptance of walk-in patients. A sign on the door at Glenvalley Medical Centre says...

Nutritious and delicious

Oct 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
To keep the conversation around suicide awareness and mental health going, Castanet has joined forces with The LifeLine Canada Foundation for the month of October. Local restaurants will bring the message of positive mental health to the dinner table during Food For Thought. Today, we are...

A year with Fuhr

Oct 19, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Time flies when you're having fun – or, in Stephen Fuhr's case, you're starting a new job. The Kelowna-Lake Country MP was elected to office a year ago, riding the Liberal 'red wave' to Parliament. "It feels like a couple of months to me," Fuhr told...
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