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Bankruptcy house arrest

Mar 17, 2015 / 3:47 pm

A Kelowna man will be spending a lot more time at home after being sentenced to four months of house arrest today. Victor Camille Lebouthillier, 55, was sentenced under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act following charges laid last year. RCMP originally announced the charges against...

Turn in a tagger, get paid

Mar 17, 2015 / 3:38 pm

The City of Kelowna is on a mission to stop graffiti, and it's willing to pay for your help. The city's new deal comes with the message: “crime doesn’t pay, but reporting it does.” Basically, if you are able to provide information that leads to the arrest of someone...

Arts nominees listed

Mar 17, 2015 / 3:20 pm

The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan has announced the finalists for its eighth annual Okanagan Arts Awards. The awards honour artists from various disciplines in 14 categories: Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance, Music, Literary, Design, Media Arts, Graphic Arts, Culinary, Supporter of the Arts,...

Budd gets provincial award

Mar 17, 2015 / 2:54 pm

One of Kelowna's most recognizable philanthropists is being recognized by the province for his dedication and contribution to the community. Thomas Budd is one of more than 30 B.C. residents named as this year's recipients of the B.C. Community Achievement Awards. "These 2015...

Ellis busy with construction

Mar 17, 2015 / 1:46 pm

More than 1,400 cubic meters of concrete is being poured in a continuous operation today at the corner of Ellis Street and Doyle Avenue in Kelowna. The pour will form the foundation of the new Interior Health building. The concrete will cover 18,000 square feet and will be two and a half feet...

More Aerosmith tix released

Mar 17, 2015 / 11:33 am

Prospera Place has released more tickets for this July's Aerosmith concert. The premium side-stage seats were held back for release if demand warranted, the concert's promoter says. As a result of strong sales and finalized production requirements, they're now up for grabs. The...

Rule out racism at UBCO

Mar 17, 2015 / 10:49 am

UBC Okanagan has launched a week-long series of events to spawn greater conversation about race and racism in the Valley. A panel discussion on Canadian racism and its complexities will be moderated by the Alden Habacon, UBC director of intercultural understanding. Habacon will be joined by six...
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Spring break a hit on ski hill

Mar 17, 2015 / 10:20 am

Big White is enjoying a record-breaking spring break. More than 1,608 ski tourists flew in from Ontario and Hawaii over the weekend, and resort accommodation is at capacity this week. "The numbers are staggering," says Jim Loyd, the resort's sales director. "I've spent...

4 things you need to know

Mar 17, 2015 / 9:25 am

AM Update with Carmen Weld for Tuesday March 17

Thank a bus driver today

Mar 16, 2015 / 8:00 pm

For 10 years, Frank Teichmann has been behind the wheel of a Kelowna Regional Transit bus. He is the most requested member of the peer-to-peer defuser program, where operators assist their colleagues who are in need of counselling following a challenging situation on the job. Frank also is...

Referendum workers sought

Mar 16, 2015 / 7:30 pm

Referendum election officials are needed to assist with the 2015 referendum set for Saturday, April 25 to approve the borrowing of up to $2.6 million for purchasing 50 per cent of the Okanagan Rail Corridor within District boundaries. Those wishing to work the referendum can download and submit...

Kelowna wants 55+ games

Mar 16, 2015 / 7:00 pm

You've no doubt heard of contract bridge. But bridge as a contact sport, or whist, perhaps cribbage? Those are just a few of the activities that would encompass the 55+ B.C. Games the City of Kelowna is hoping to host before the end of the decade. The games, formerly the B.C. Senior Games,...

Future of civic block eyed

Mar 16, 2015 / 6:18 pm

A lengthy study into how to redevelop a chunk of downtown Kelowna is about to be undertaken by the city. The study, which is expected to take up to two years to complete, will focus on an area between the city's downtown core and cultural district. The primary study area, dubbed the Civic...

Outreach van lost in blaze

Mar 16, 2015 / 4:19 pm

The vehicle that was destroyed in a downtown fire early Sunday belonged to Kelowna's Gospel Mission and was used for outreach work. Executive director Randy Benson says the incident cuts their fleet in half. “It was in its normal parking spot – that’s our parking lot...

Windy enough to ride a kite

Mar 16, 2015 / 3:30 pm

Photo: Contributed - Barb Charlton Photo: Contributed - Barb Charlton Photo: Contributed - Barb Charlton Windy weather caused havoc on Sunday in northern B.C., but thrill-seekers in the Okanagan made the most of the opportunity. A group of hearty kiteboarders donned their wetsuits and...

Civic awards finalists named

Mar 16, 2015 / 1:59 pm

The City of Kelowna has announced the finalists for its 40th Annual Civic and Community Awards. The awards recognize volunteers, artists, athletes and business leaders through 12 categories and 17 awards. The recipients will be revealed April 30 at a gala ceremony at Kelowna Community...

Pedestrian pinned under van

Mar 16, 2015 / 12:45 pm

Bright rays from the early morning sun are being blamed for an incident that sent a Kelowna woman to hospital on Monday. Police say the driver of a white Ford E-350 van failed to see the pedestrian crossing Rutland Road at McCurdy Road, at about 8:15 a.m. The van had been attempting to turn...

Camp fire causes car fire

Mar 15, 2015 / 12:00 pm

A car was damaged and a building was slightly burnt after a campfire spread out of control in downtown Kelowna early this morning. Members of the Kelowna Fire Department were called to Leon Avenue just before 3 a.m., after a report of a car fire in an alleyway. A small campfire had been set...

You gotta eat at The Jammery

Mar 14, 2015 / 12:22 pm

One of the Okanagan’s favourite breakfast places will make a national TV debut this April. Nestled just north of the Kelowna airport, The Jammery features fan favourites including all-you-can-eat waffles, eggs benny and an eclectic gift shop featuring their homemade jams. The Jammery...

Castanet's week in review

Mar 14, 2015 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski.
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