Kelowna News Last 7 days

UBCO golf funding cut

Feb 22, 2017 / 10:14 pm

The golf team at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus no longer has funding. In order to partake in the 2017 fall season, student athletes...

100 men strike again

Feb 22, 2017 / 9:30 pm

The Starbright Children's Development Centre will benefit from the largesse of a group of concerned Kelowna men. The group, 100 (plus) Men Who Give a Damn,...

Raincheck wait almost over

Feb 22, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Orchard Park shoppers, have no fear. The gift cards are coming. The Kelowna shopping centre was overwhelmed with response to a free gift card promotion leading...

Kelowna-Europe direct?

Feb 22, 2017 / 5:28 pm

Kelowna International Airport has enough traffic to support a flight from Kelowna to Europe, and YLW staff are getting close to making that happen. Check out...

Police back at trouble home

Feb 22, 2017 / 5:19 pm

Police were back this week at a Kelowna house where a dramatic scene recently unfolded. On Jan. 14, police surrounded the home on McKenzie Road, off Highway 33....

Evening Update Feb. 22

Feb 22, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Feb. 22, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Pepper sprayed in parkade

Feb 22, 2017 / 4:30 pm

A custodian was pepper sprayed Tuesday night when he confronted a man breaking into a vehicle. The 56-year-old was working at an apartment on Gordon Drive when...

100 tickets, 7 hours

Feb 22, 2017 / 3:24 pm

Almost 100 tickets were handed out by police in just one day in Lake Country. Kelowna Municipal Traffic Services and Central Okanagan Traffic Services handed...

No show over dog cruelty

Feb 22, 2017 / 2:52 pm

A Kelowna man who neglected his dog, leading to its death, failed to show up in court for the third time Wednesday afternoon, prompting a warrant for his arrest...

Dark cloud downtown

Feb 22, 2017 / 2:31 pm

A storm is brewing over Kelowna right now. The entire downtown was covered in a dark haze on Wednesday afternoon. A light snowfall fell around 2:15 p.m. with a...

All dressed in pink

Feb 22, 2017 / 11:22 am

Plenty of people wore pink Wednesday for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Pink Shirt Day breakfast at the Laurel Packinghouse to show their support against...

Firefighters go Wilde

Feb 22, 2017 / 8:22 am

Kelowna Fire Department deputy Chief Lou Wilde has been appointed the interim chief. He'll fill the void that will be left by fire Chief Jeff Carlisle, who...

BC Lions on sex assault

Feb 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

The BC Lions are in Kelowna, but they aren’t here to play a football game. Be More Than A Bystander is a project by the BC Lions Football Club in...

The cure for bullying

Feb 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Want to know the secret formula to stop bullying? It's kindness, says Dr. John Tyler Binfet. Binfet, an assistant professor at UBC Okanagan, is speaking...

Telus Kelowna Cup is back

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:00 pm

Big White will host the third annual Telus Kelowna Cup this March. The ski and snowboard race is on Saturday March 4 with all proceeds going to support amateur...

Kelowna man missing

Feb 21, 2017 / 8:30 pm

Friends and family are desperately seeking information on the whereabouts of a missing Kelowna man. Jordan Meade McBurney, 31, has not been heard from since...

12-year-old found

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:52 pm

UPDATED 5:57 P.M. RCMP say Ashton Desmond Dirks has been reunited with his family. Kelowna RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a...

Evening update Feb. 21

Feb 21, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Feb. 21, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Goodbye, old friend

Feb 21, 2017 / 4:21 pm

Crews working on the widening of Highway 97 jumped the gun by a few hours today. Initially, the Welcome to Kelowna sign on the highway just north of Sexsmith...

Library transforms itself

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:49 pm

Phase 1 of renovations to the downtown Kelowna branch of Okanagan Regional Library is almost complete. The renos include new flooring throughout, and a...

A 'miracle' he's alive

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:51 pm

"It's a miracle the driver is still alive." That's the reaction of a driver who witnessed a crash between a semi-truck and a Nissan Murano....

Penny for your thoughts

Feb 21, 2017 / 11:15 am

It's been four years that the penny hasn't been in use, and a new poll has found Canadians don't seem to miss the copper coin. "Most Canadians...

Story behind pink shirts

Feb 21, 2017 / 10:09 am

The creator of Pink Shirt Day, an international day for anti-bullying, came for a visit to Kelowna. Travis Price visited George Elliot Secondary and Rutland...

Replacing 'pretty ugly' sign

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Coun. Luke Stack is happy the operators of Prospera Place have come forward, asking that electronic signs be allowed on the front of the arena. "I think...

'Black rain' covers car

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna resident, who lives a block away from Tolko Mill, woke up to black soot on the hood of her car and is concerned about the air she is breathing. It was...

A virtual brain injury

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Ever wonder what it would be like to suffer a brain injury? A new game by BrainTrust Canada tries to shed some light on the seriousness of head injuries....

Wastewater in good shape

Feb 20, 2017 / 8:05 pm

Kelowna's wastewater treatment system is in relatively good shape looking towards the next 20 years. Infrastructure engineering manager Joel Shaw made the...

The Thrifty Fashionista

Feb 20, 2017 / 8:00 pm

When you think fashion shows, expensive designer wear comes to mind. But, the Salvation Army is turning that on its head with its first Thrifty Fashionista...

Evening update Feb. 20

Feb 20, 2017 / 4:45 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, Feb. 20, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Door ripped off in crash

Feb 20, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Part of the driver's side door was ripped right off in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Monday afternoon. An SUV and a semi-truck collided along Highway 97...

YLW delays, cancellations

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:37 pm

Five flights were cancelled and three others have been rerouted over the last 48 hours at Kelowna International Airport. “Flight delays and cancellations...

Drunk driver flees on foot

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:34 pm

A driver pulled over by police for swerving all over the road assaulted the officer then fled on foot. Kelowna RCMP say an officer pulled over the driver of a...

Are you ready to retire?

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:30 pm

Most people aren't ready for retirement, according to a recent survey. The survey by Insights West found that 30 per cent of Canadians have not yet set...

Missing woman found

Feb 20, 2017 / 12:36 pm

UPDATE: Feb. 20, 12:35 p.m. Police say Elisha Dawn Nixon-Barron has been found. "The West Kelowna RCMP is pleased to confirm that the 24-year-old woman...

Date from hell not over

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:10 am

A Peachland man who was arrested for abducting and threatening a woman he met on an online dating site is still in jail. Jean-Francois Dufour, 36, has pleaded...

A break from the snow

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:03 am

Here is some good news to start off your week. Kelowna shouldn’t be seeing the white fluffy stuff for several days. This morning it will feel like -1 C...

Car nearly through window

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:47 am

A car came remarkably close to smashing through the front window of Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate in Kelowna. "I was just doing my thing and I saw...

BC Lions talk sex violence

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:25 am

The BC Lions are coming to Kelowna – but they won't be talking about football. Instead, members of the club will discuss sexual violence. "The...

Dream come true for teen

Feb 20, 2017 / 7:55 am

Girls dream about prom night for years before the day actually happens, but what if some can't afford a dress for the night of their dreams? For B.C. teens...

Kelowna's own on HNIC

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Danielle Grundy, a former female professional hockey player from Kelowna, is being recognized for her work in the community. The Grindstone Award Foundation is...

Play On! plays on

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Canada's largest road hockey festival is returning to Kelowna. Play On! is a uniquely Canadian outdoor street hockey tournament, attracting hundreds of...

Fiery speaker at TEDx

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

You'll soon have a chance to hear first-hand what it was like leading the charge into one of Canada's worst wildfire disasters. After a year hiatus,...

Learning culture by cooking

Feb 19, 2017 / 4:15 pm

Newcomers who want to learn a thing or two in the kitchen are being invited to an event hosted by the Salvation Army Central Okanagan and the Kelowna Community...

Flights diverted overnight

Feb 19, 2017 / 8:35 am

UPDATE: 9:35 a.m. Fog at Kelowna International Airport Saturday led to five flights being cancelled or delayed late Saturday night, according to airport manager...

Castanet's week in review

Feb 19, 2017 / 8:00 am

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

The cure for mental illness?

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

What actually causes mental health problems? A Kelowna psychologist believes most Canadians are misinformed. Two years ago, there were 47 million prescriptions...

District seeks compliance

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

The District of Lake Country is taking the unusual step of refusing to issue a business licence for a business not complying with municipal bylaws. The measure...

Two vehicle MVA

Feb 18, 2017 / 4:09 pm

Castanet is receiving reports of a two vehicle MVA at Springfield and Spall Roads in Kelowna at about 3:45 p.m., Saturday afternoon. One male was possibly...

Bobby Hull in town

Feb 18, 2017 / 3:00 pm

NHL legend Bobby Hull made his way to Kelowna this weekend to meet his fans and sign autographs, for a local National Hockey Card Day celebration. Downtown...

Parking lot to highrise apt.

Feb 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

The City of Kelowna has made a tidy profit on a piece of property it purchased five years ago. The City announced late Friday it has finalized a deal to sell...

Of politics and demons

Feb 18, 2017 / 9:00 am

Politics – and demons – are said to be behind an exodus of students and staff from a Kelowna private school. Upwards of 40 students, out of a...

86 families with new homes

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:44 am

An official opening was held for Kelowna's most recent affordable housing building, which provides 86 subsidized rental apartments for low-income people in...

Fire in Rutland

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:30 pm

UPDATE: 9:35 p.m. Castanet has received reports that the fire is now out and the scene is under investigation. More details as they become available. Send...

Feather in student's cap

Feb 17, 2017 / 7:30 pm

A Kelowna student surprised her school – and her parents – by being selected to participate in the prestigious SHAD summer university enrichment...

A sacred space

Feb 17, 2017 / 7:00 pm

A new, multi-denominational place of worship and solitude has opened at Kelowna General Hospital. Called the Sacred Space, it replaces the hospital's...

Coldest Night of the Year

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:30 pm

The weather may be warming up, but the Coldest Night of the Year is just around the corner. The annual walkathon returns Feb. 25, when Kelowna residents are...

Evening Update Feb. 17

Feb 17, 2017 / 3:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Feb. 17, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Dramatic arrest

Feb 17, 2017 / 3:47 pm

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m An erratic driver who lost control of his vehicle near UBC Okanagan Thursday night could face charges. Just before 10:30 p.m., RCMP say the...

Castanet kid report

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:00 pm

This week's Castanet Kid Report with junior reporter Ariella Amato.

Goodbye to welcome

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:53 pm

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran prides his community in being inclusive for all. It's just not welcoming anymore. The city is being forced to remove the...

Meet Pickles the pig

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:22 pm

Pickles the pig has been helping Corey Dyck stay sober for eight months now. The 50-pound pot-bellied piglet hasn't left his side since the two became best...

Bacon murder under wraps

Feb 17, 2017 / 12:03 pm

A publication ban will remain in place for the pretrial proceedings of the three men accused of murdering gangster Jonathan Bacon in Kelowna, despite there...

Celebrate in Rutland

Feb 17, 2017 / 10:59 am

Residents of Kelowna's Rutland neighbourhoods are invited to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday – and the 50th anniversary of Rutland Centennial...

Vern Nielsen passes at 67

Feb 17, 2017 / 10:28 am

Vern Nielsen is being lauded as a leader and an inspiration. Nielsen, who served in many charitable and business capacities, died Feb. 11 following a long...

Saving a piece of heritage

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:42 am

Winners of this year’s Heritage Awards in the Central Okanagan have been announced. The Central Okanagan Heritage Society presented the awards on...

It's slippery out there

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:04 am

Icy conditions are reported on roads in much of the Okanagan this morning. Melting snow and rain Thursday, combined with freezing temperatures overnight, left...

NHLers at home in Valley

Feb 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

More NHLers are calling the Okanagan home. Current and former pros are migrating to the Valley for its great weather, golf – and plenty of buddies to...

Endangered BC languages

Feb 16, 2017 / 8:30 pm

Can First Nations languages be saved? A major symposium takes place in Penticton and Kelowna this weekend to discuss the issue and develop strategies to protect...

'Inventathon' champions

Feb 16, 2017 / 6:30 pm

A group of local students took the top prize at Okanagan College’s “Inventathon” last weekend with their innovative idea for recycling food...

Warm, but no record

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:18 pm

While Thursday's warm weather seemed semi-tropical compared to a couple of weeks ago, it didn't come close to breaking any records. Thermometers hit a...

Evening Update Feb. 16

Feb 16, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, Feb. 16, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Award deadline extended

Feb 16, 2017 / 4:47 pm

The deadline to nominate a deserving citizen, athlete, team or business for one of Kelowna's civic awards has been extended. The deadline for the 42nd...

Battle of the bots

Feb 16, 2017 / 2:53 pm

More than 100 Kelowna students left their classrooms and took their problem-solving skills to a robot battleground. The second annual Sumo Bot Competition has...

Prospera sign of the times

Feb 16, 2017 / 2:29 pm

As Castanet first reported back in November, an electronic sign is in the works for Prospera Place in Kelowna. The proposal will come before city council...

One more hurdle for mom

Feb 16, 2017 / 2:09 pm

Friends and family are pulling together for a Kelowna mom diagnosed with cancer. Alyssa Castle says her aunt, Spring, is a low-income, single parent of three...

Pitch the Dragons

Feb 16, 2017 / 12:12 pm

Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs – or at least those who dare to face the dragons. Dragon's Den is holding its 2017 auditions, and Kelowna is on the...

Moving a Kelowna beach

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:50 am

Hot Sands Beach is moving. City of Kelowna staff have been working on relocating 4,000 cubic metres of sand from the south end of the beach, after it washed out...

Younger Trudeau in town

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:40 am

Trudeau is coming to Kelowna. No, not that one – the prime minister's younger brother, Alexandre Trudeau. The author, journalist and documentary...

Companion paws, awws

Feb 16, 2017 / 7:47 am

A Kelowna-based mental health and suicide prevention foundation is branching with a companion pet program for veterans, first responders and seniors. The...

Kelowna dream for sale

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:49 am

It began as an ambitious, year-round playground on 640 acres of property just south of Kelowna's southern boundary. Now, 10 years later, after years of...

Dog survives poisoning

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna dog owner woke up to a shocking surprise on his driveway last weekend. Troy Gangl was out chipping ice off his driveway on Monday when he found the...

Targeting eyesore inn

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

The District of Lake Country is taking measures to shut down a local motel. The Airport Inn Lakeside, which has been in bylaw contravention for nearly two...