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Realtors battle it out on TV

Jul 25, 2016 / 6:30 pm
Realtors and the homes they sell will be the stars of a reality TV show based in the Okanagan. Seller's Market is a 13-part series by Cedarwood Productions and Visland Media. In this show, five realtors compete with each other for the right to represent home sellers in the Kelowna...

NewLeaf lands at YLW

Jul 25, 2016 / 5:40 pm
Landing in Kelowna, NewLeaf Travel is now in operation. After months of suspended service due to a licensing issue, the discount carrier is taking flight in 11 Canadian cities, including Kelowna. Grounded since the winter, the Canadian Transportation Agency decided in March that NewLeaf is not...

Busted after bashing Bronco

Jul 25, 2016 / 4:22 pm
A trio of youths found themselves on the wrong side of the law after they were caught fleeing from a suspected stolen vehicle. Kelowna RCMP arrested the youths who ran from the scene of a single-vehicle rollover crash involving a Ford Explorer believed to be stolen overnight. It all started...

Evacuation over gas leak

Jul 25, 2016 / 4:13 pm
UPDATE: 4:10 p.m. FortisBC has safely made repairs and restored service after a natural gas line was damaged Monday afternoon. Residents who were evacuated are now able to return home. Repairs were complete just before 3 p.m., says a spokesperson with the utility. ORIGINAL A...

Block Party antics go viral

Jul 25, 2016 / 12:42 pm
A young woman enjoying the Downtown Kelowna Block Party festivities this past weekend has gone viral after a video of her was posted online. In the video, she can seen walking down Bernard Avenue, giving the camera a smirk and running over to push the button on the dunk tank before taking...

Shooting at McCurdy

Jul 25, 2016 / 12:13 pm
UPDATE: 12:10 p.m. Police in Kelowna are searching for an SUV they say may have been involved in a shooting Monday morning. A man was shot in the leg at McCurdy Road and Highway 97 just after 10 a.m. He was taken to hospital by a witness. RCMP in marked and unmarked vehicles scoured the...

Check your lotto ticket!

Jul 25, 2016 / 10:28 am
Someone in Kelowna is $500,000 richer today. A lucky Lotto-649 player went four for four in the Extra portion of Saturday's draw, matching 4, 7, 16 and 36. Both the $5 million jackpot and the $1 million guaranteed prize were won in Ontario. Okanagan lottery players have had a good...
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Kitchen fire in apartment

Jul 25, 2016 / 6:21 am
Cooking oil left unattended on the stove caused a kitchen fire Sunday evening in Kelowna. Kelowna firefighters responded to a 911 call from an apartment building on Lake Avenue. A resident of the unit received first-degree burns to his hand and was taken to Kelowna General Hospital to be...

Car jumps curb, hits post

Jul 24, 2016 / 8:11 pm
A man was taken to Kelowna General Hospital with undetermined injuries after his car jumped the curb and struck a post Sunday evening. The accident happened just before 8 p.m. at the corner of Lake and Pandosy. Details are limited, but a witness said the man exited the car and laid down on...

Martin wins race - again

Jul 24, 2016 / 4:08 pm
He's not even old enough to drive yet, but 15-year-old cyclist and Kelowna product Conor Martin has won the L’Alpe de Grand Blanc road bike race for the second year running. A total of 136 riders took part in the 60-km race, which started at 9 a.m. Sunday from the East Kelowna...

Block Party a big success

Jul 24, 2016 / 10:59 am
Bernard Avenue seems quiet Sunday morning compared to the buzz of the 27th annual Downtown Kelowna Block Party that took over on Saturday. More than 17,000 people were expected to attend the block party from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. in the downtown core. The event saw Bernard Avenue, from Richter...

Art on Bernard is back

Jul 24, 2016 / 5:00 am
Back for a second year, Arts on the Avenue is returning to Bernard. The one-day, arts-focused, outdoor event celebrates local vendors, along with art exhibitions, demos, and performance art installations. This year artists will once again take over the street and sidewalks but the event has...

Rethinking hospital gowns

Jul 24, 2016 / 5:00 am
A local designer is putting smiles on the faces of some Canadian teens who do not have a lot to smile about. Raegan Hall of Blonde in downtown Kelowna is one of six Canadian designers creating hospital gowns to help teenagers maintain a little bit of self-expression during treatment. The...

Tattoo show takes over

Jul 23, 2016 / 5:07 pm
The Kelowna Curling Club hosted the fourth annual Okanagan Tattoo Show this weekend, with artists coming together from all over the world to show off their skills. Hundreds of people made their way through the dozens of booths set up, as artists went to work on people looking for new...

Central reopens after arson

Jul 23, 2016 / 11:34 am
While their restaurant has reopened, an intentionally set gas fire has the owners of Central Kitchen + Bar concerned. Emergency crews rushed to the restaurant just before noon Friday, to find an intentionally set fire underneath a cut gas line, by the gas meter, at the back of the...

Blaze started by fireworks

Jul 23, 2016 / 8:01 am
Late night fireworks almost resulted in disaster Friday night, after 40 cedars caught fire just a few metres from a house on Beach Avenue in Kelowna. Police were called to the house just south of downtown at 3 a.m. to find the hedge up in flames and two people evacuated from the nearby...

Rental housing on the table

Jul 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
Kelowna city council will be asked to give its approval for the rezoning of two properties, which would add nearly 200 units to Kelowna's rental and ownership inventory. The development applications include a 119-unit rental project on Kane Road in Glenmore and a 63-unit development on...

Mountain open for season

Jul 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
The opening date was set back a month or so, but Kelowna Mountain is inviting visitors to check them out. The bridges and vineyards opened Canada Day and are open on weekends only, from 10 a.m. untill 5 p.m. Construction is taking place during weekdays, and the vicinity is closed to the...

Struck cyclist went berserk

Jul 22, 2016 / 10:18 pm
Photo: - Randy Millis Photo: - Randy Millis Photo: - Randy Millis Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed A man is in hospital after a strange incident in Kelowna Friday night. It happened before 9 p.m. on Dickson Avenue, near the Landmark buildings. "There was a man yelling on...

Smile, you're on bus cam

Jul 22, 2016 / 8:50 pm
The president of Local 1722 of the Amalgamated Transit Union is pleased with security measures announced by the provincial government. Earlier this week, the province announced funding for closed circuit security cameras on transit buses, as well as a pilot project to provide barriers for...

Fundraiser fore Mission

Jul 22, 2016 / 8:02 pm
The Kelowna Gospel Mission is the latest charitable organization in Kelowna looking to raise money from a golf-crazed public. The Gospel Mission is looking for players to participate in its first ever Charity Golf Classic, Sept. 9 at Sunset Ranch Golf and Country Club. Funds raised will go...

Arson suspect sought

Jul 22, 2016 / 6:15 pm
UPDATE 6:15 p.m. Kelowna RCMP are searching for a specific suspect in connection with an arson behind the Central Kitchen and Bar Friday. The Kelowna Fire Department contained the fire to the rear of the building. The investigation to date reveals that the fire was intentionally set...

Think-tanks face bias

Jul 22, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Just how much credibility do government policy makers give to think-tanks or private advocacy groups? Not much, according to a study published in Policy Studies Journal by UBC Okanagan assistant professor of political science Carey Doberstein. Doberstein concluded public sector workers gave...

Your thoughts on crime

Jul 22, 2016 / 3:51 pm
After a Statistics Canada report released figures pointing to the Central Okanagan as having the second highest crime rate, Castanet wanted to know what residents thought. Out of the 33 metropolitan areas, the region between Peachland and Lake Country ranked second for crime incidents. Saskatoon...

Opera under the stars

Jul 22, 2016 / 3:08 pm
Tenor and soprano voices will fill UBC Okanagan's central courtyard on a midsummer's night in August. Opera Kelowna is presenting a free evening concert at the university on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. Opera Under the Stars will include arias, duets and chorus selections by the...

Ogie, is that you?

Jul 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
Photo: Google Street View - /Marlene Photo: Google Maps - /Marlene Photo: Google Maps - /Marlene An Ontario woman believes she may have discovered Ogopogo on Google Maps. Marlene from Hamilton, Ont., emailed Castanet this week after she felt compelled to check Google Maps for proof of...

Say hello to a new app

Jul 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
The founders of Hello Kitty have launched its first app in partnership with Kelowna-based gaming studio, Hyper Hipppo Games. Sanrio Inc. and Hyper Hippo have launched 'hello sanrio: say hello!', now available on both Android and iOS after launching at Comic-Con International in San Diego...

She said, he said

Jul 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
The remaining board members with the Rutland Park Society will have to agree to disagree. President Todd Sanderson and director Wendi Swarbrick are the lone remaining members of what was a 14-member board of directors. The other board members resigned during, or following, a very emotional,...

Christy accepts challenge

Jul 21, 2016 / 9:16 pm
Premier Christy Clark has accepted Castanet's 'One Bag Challenge' nomination. Castanet reporter Wayne Moore issued the challenge to the premier yesterday, after he was nominated by Kelowna Coun. Maxine DeHart. Earlier this week, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran started what is quickly...

UBCO going green

Jul 21, 2016 / 7:00 pm
UBC Okanagan cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent between 2014-15, a reduction of 524 tonnes of greenhouse gasses. The reduction was largely achieved by reducing energy demand by increasing the efficiency of buildings on campus. The reduction in emissions is equivalent to taking...

Council looks to the future

Jul 21, 2016 / 5:53 pm
Kelowna city council will be looking far into the future next week as part of a new planning initiative. Imagine Kelowna will welcome several “prominent locals” to council to share their expertise on future trends and help plan for the future. On July 25, Dr. Keith Culver,...

Town hall success

Jul 21, 2016 / 5:35 pm
A town hall meeting on electoral reform was well-attended with engaged Okanagan residents, according to local MP Stephen Fuhr. The Liberal MP says the Monday night event had one of the better turn outs for town hall meetings on this issue across the country. Mark Holland, parliamentary...

Get fit and have fun

Jul 21, 2016 / 4:59 pm
Download, log in and get hiking. The City of Kelowna is making Knox Mountain a lot more interesting thanks to an app that lets you explore the outdoors in an interactive way. Launched as a project through the brand Active by Nature, event development supervisor Mariko Siggers says the app...

Lights. Camera. No parking

Jul 21, 2016 / 4:36 pm
Production crews will be setting up in various locations throughout Kelowna this weekend, filming and taking photos. While no road closures will be in place, it may cause some minor traffic delays. From 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, parking stalls in the Queensway parking lot will be...

Employment, crime linked

Jul 21, 2016 / 4:15 pm
There is a connection between Kelowna's increasing crime rate and the growing unemployment rate. That connection was made by Mayor Colin Basran, a day after a Statistics Canada report cited the Central Okanagan had the second highest crime rate among the 33 metropolitan areas with a...

Your say on military

Jul 21, 2016 / 4:07 pm
Dan Albas wants your input on the type of military Canada needs. The Central Okanagan – Similkameen – Nicola MP will be hosting a National Defence Round Table on July 27 to hear from his constituents on their suggestions for the military and possible concerns with Canada's...

Bidding on empty seats

Jul 21, 2016 / 1:54 pm
Those flying out of Kelowna may be able to bid on cheap last-minute seats thanks to a new partnership between a discount ticket seller and a ticket bidding service. As NewLeaf Travel Company gets set to launch their inaugural flight out of Kelowna on July 25, Jump On Flyaways has partnered with...

Total fun on the weekend

Jul 21, 2016 / 12:05 pm
Looking for something to do on the weekend? Castanet's Total Fun Cruiser is going to be right in the middle of the action. Weekend events include, downtown Kelowna's Block Party and the Okanagan Tattoo Show. Watch the video above for a full preview.

Should be in James Bond

Jul 21, 2016 / 11:54 am
An impressive video of a pro wakesurfer on Wood Lake has blown up online, garnering over 118,000 views and 1,700 shares on Facebook in just 22 hours. Professional wakesurfer and skimboarder Austin Keen, based out of Laguna Beach, Calif., was in Kelowna this week, enjoying the Okanagan summer...

When kids lose faith

Jul 21, 2016 / 10:32 am
Have your kids lost faith? A UBC researcher wants to know about the experiences of parents when their adult child leaves the religious tradition they were raised in. Glendon Wiebe, working with UBC Okanagan’s Barb Pesut, associate professor with the School of Nursing and Canada Research...
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