KSS grad on Kimmel

Apr 23, 2016 / 1:02 pm
A Kelowna Secondary Grad got a taste of Hollywood last week when he appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Lonny Eagleton, a guitarist for Vancouver artist Shawn Hook, played the song ‘Sound of Your Heart’ for the late night host, Tuesday. “It went great, I always wanted to play...

Big tax hikes in the offing

Apr 23, 2016 / 5:27 am
Kelowna property owners could face significant tax increases over the next five years. As part of its final 2016 budget submission, the city's financial team has prepared a five-year financial plan as required by the province. Under the plan, taxpayers could face tax increases of better...

Most for assisted suicide

Apr 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
Castanet readers are in favour of new legislation that allows physician-assisted suicide, according to a recent poll. On June 6, the ban on assisted suicide will be lifted in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling and Parliament is racing to write legislation by the deadline. A recent...

Money woes for SD23

Apr 22, 2016 / 8:33 pm
School District 23 faces more fiscal pressures as it tries to find a way to balance the 2016-2017 budget. In order to balance next year's budget, the district may have to find a way to raise, trim and eliminate between $3.2 million and $3.8 million. Supt. Kevin Kaardal, overseeing his...

Water plan on the table

Apr 22, 2016 / 8:00 pm
The province hopes mediation efforts are enough to bring the City of Kelowna and four city water purveyors to the table. The five independent water providers are at odds over the terms of reference for a technical review of Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan. The review would potentially be...

Crash stalls commute

Apr 22, 2016 / 4:31 pm
Traffic heading south on Harvey Avenue is back up after a crash Friday afternoon at Richter Street. Emergency crews are on scene cleaning up the crash between two SUVs, a GMC Jimmy and an Infiniti QX4. It appears the QX4 was turning left on to Richter when it collided with the southbound...

Needle-toting woman tased

Apr 22, 2016 / 4:21 pm
Police tasered a woman holding needles and running into traffic in downtown Kelowna Friday afternoon. Kelowna RCMP were called at about 2 p.m. to Bernard Avenue, between Richter Street and Ellis Street, after people complained a woman was running in front of vehicles and crying. Kelowna RCMP...

Butt grabs on Earth Day

Apr 22, 2016 / 3:22 pm
About 40 people turned up in downtown Kelowna Friday morning to grab some butts. The Butt Grab event was put on by the Downtown Kelowna Association in an attempt to clean up the city centre on Earth Day. Ryan Watters said the DKA organized the event to bring awareness to the issue of...

Keep on food truckin'

Apr 22, 2016 / 2:14 pm
A food truck rally was held at the old Boyd Autobody parking lot on Leon Avenue near Water Street Thursday night. Hundreds of people showed up for the event, which included several food trucks serving up a variety of cuisine and a beer garden. Quinn Best, the founder of the Leon Night Market...

Slow down, move over

Apr 22, 2016 / 1:35 pm
Police say they're flabbergasted by the number of motorists who do not know what to do when they see a vehicle at the side of the road with its emergency lights flashing. Police conducted an operation south of Peachland on Highway 97 Thursday targeting drivers who failed to "slow down...

Ogopogo floats away

Apr 22, 2016 / 1:19 pm
UPDATE: 1:20 P.M. Ogopogo is not pleased he may be replaced on the City of Kelowna's parade float. On his official Twitter account, @TheOgopogo, Kelowna's legendary sea monster said, "OUTRAGE!! I use paddleboards as toothpicks." ORIGINAL What is the world coming to...

Pair of drunks busted

Apr 22, 2016 / 1:16 pm
Impaired driving continues to plague Kelowna’s streets. RCMP responded to a three-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon on Pandosy Street and Royal Avenue. A red Jeep had rear-ended a scooter that stopped at a crosswalk and pushed it into the back of a sedan. The 23-year-old woman on...

Suspect nabbed on E. Coast

Apr 22, 2016 / 12:36 pm
A suspect wanted in connection with last month's robbery at the Scotiabank on Lakeshore Road in the Mission got all the way to the East Coast before being arrested by police. Michael Craswell, 36, was located April 16 at a bus depot in Fredericton, N.B., by members of the local police force,...

Don't ditch it, fix it

Apr 22, 2016 / 9:50 am
If it's broken, there is a pretty good chance these guys can fix it. The Repair Café is the place to bring an item that is broken, but still worth keeping. Hosted by the Regional Waste Reduction Office, the Repair Café takes place at the Okanagan College Centre for Learning...

Songwriters hit right notes

Apr 22, 2016 / 9:32 am
One of the nine musicians performing in Lake Country tonight will become a fixture in the local music scene this summer. Musicians made it through the first round of the Lake Country Open Mic competition by impressing the judges and audience with their original songs. The finals are tonight...

Pipeline finds friendly ears

Apr 22, 2016 / 5:00 am
The president of Kinder Morgan saw some friendly faces when he spoke at the SILGA convention in Kelowna Thursday. The convention brings together government leaders and bureaucrats from 37 B.C. Interior communities and regional districts. Ian Anderson took the opportunity to thank the...

Schools: NDP will not rest

Apr 21, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Provincial NDP leader John Horgan gave delegates at the local government convention in Kelowna a taste of what's to come leading up to next year's provincial election. Horgan condemned the provincial government for its inaction in allowing schools to close in the South Okanagan at the...

Vineyards delight in heat

Apr 21, 2016 / 7:29 pm
Viticulturists and wine makers are overjoyed with the current heat and the possibility of a warm summer. Ezra Cipes, CEO of Summerhill Pyramid Winery, says if the weather warms early, in years past wine makers usually fear frost could still occur — but not this season. “The rule...

Gordon partially reopens

Apr 21, 2016 / 6:20 pm
UPDATE: 6:20 p.m. Alternating traffic is now being allowed through on Gordon Drive near Dorothea Walker Elementary after the road was closed for several hours, due to downed lines along the road. UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. With Gordon Drive closed in front of Dorothea Walker Elementary, parents...

The Queen: still relevant?

Apr 21, 2016 / 6:15 pm
The Queen of England celebrated her 90th birthday today. She is Britain’s oldest and longest-serving monarch. While some appreciate what she has done for the Commonwealth, others question the relevance of the royal family today. Castanet hit the streets to find out how the residents of...

From sun to thunder

Apr 21, 2016 / 3:13 pm
After three days of record-breaking heat, a change in weather is on the horizon. While today's forecast is set to hit a record high of 27 C, there is a chance of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Lisa Coldwells with Environment Canada says that's due to the upper ridge...

Cops open to THC device

Apr 21, 2016 / 3:04 pm
A device developed at UBC Okanagan which could detect levels of THC on a person's breath may have some interest within the RCMP. While breathalyzers have been around for years to detect the blood-alcohol level of a motorist, such a device to detect the presence of THC is not widely...

Boil water after main break

Apr 21, 2016 / 2:48 pm
A boil water notice has been issued for some Lake Country residents following a water main break at Pretty and Oceola Roads earlier today. Residents and businesses along Pretty and Woodsdale roads and part of Highway 97 have been affected, including Turtle Bay pub, Lakewood Mall and Wood Lake RV...

Against assisted death

Apr 21, 2016 / 1:33 pm
As the opinions in Canada lean more towards legalizing assisted-dying in our country, the Kelowna Right to Life is fighting the proposed change. The local pro-life protestors are hosting Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, speaking at the Evangel Church...

Remembering Kaylee

Apr 21, 2016 / 12:44 pm
CORRECTION The softball game honouring Kaylee Kozari-Bowland was held Wednesday evening. Both teams stood on the base line for a moment of silence. Friends of a Penticton teen who lost her battle with cancer last year will honour her tonight, at a Kelowna softball game. The Kelowna...

You can make it here

Apr 21, 2016 / 12:39 pm
As the tech industry in Kelowna continues to boom, efforts are being made to recruit talent to the Okanagan. The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission is driving an effort by industry leaders, government, post-secondary institutions and business to promote the region to digital media...

And they're up

Apr 21, 2016 / 11:00 am
Construction is right on schedule for the new Telus two-storey building on Ellis Street. A giant crane, from Vancouver and one of the largest in the province, was on site Wednesday to move concrete panels into place. Brandon Westgate with Plan B Contractors says crews started demolition on...

Don't cook a hot dog

Apr 21, 2016 / 9:04 am
It's a message that has to be shared every year because dog owners don't listen. Despite record-breaking temperatures throughout the Okanagan, and the common knowledge the hot cars kill dogs, owners aren't leaving their pets where they should be – at home. “We've...

Wine and dine for land trust

Apr 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
For those looking to support conservation in B.C., The Nature Trust of British Columbia is hosting their eighth annual Earth Wind Fire fundraising dinner at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna in June. The Nature Trust of B.C is a non-profit group that buys land for the purpose of...

Fire in the sky illegal

Apr 21, 2016 / 5:00 am
While those lights you see in the night sky might not be of the extraterrestrial variety, they could still pose a serious threat to those back on Earth. Sky lanterns, a cheap, airborne candle that can float up to two kilometres in the sky, can be found at many dollar stores. For those who...

Food for thought

Apr 20, 2016 / 6:45 pm
Ailsa Beischer first saw the community-building potential food can have when she was young, through a community garden in her neighbourhood. She is now completing her Master's degree on local food access at UBC Okanagan and will be speaking at an event in Kelowna Thursday. The Central...

420 event up in smoke

Apr 20, 2016 / 5:53 pm
While bigger cities like Vancouver and Toronto held large 420 rallies Wednesday to celebrate cannabis culture and protest the plant’s prohibition, the same couldn’t be said about Kelowna. In past years, people have gathered near the Sails in downtown Kelowna to light up together, but...

Poop, electronics and film

Apr 20, 2016 / 4:38 pm
This Friday marks the 46th annual Earth Day and local residents are chipping in to do their part to keep our planet clean. Friday afternoon the teams at PooCrew and Shady Rest Fish and Chips, will be grabbing gloves and hitting the streets to find what irresponsible dog owners leave...

Parts of greenway closed

Apr 20, 2016 / 3:45 pm
Two underpasses along the Mission Creek Greenway have been closed until further notice. The Regional District of Central Okanagan announced the closures Wednesday afternoon as water levels in Mission Creek continue to rise due to the early spring runoff. The areas in question include the...

Craft beer to be Paramount

Apr 20, 2016 / 3:02 pm
A brew pub proposed for the former Paramount Theatre site on Bernard Avenue will pay homage to the past. Developers of the site, Ronmor Developments, have agreed to retain the iconic Paramount sign at the urging of city staff. Planning manager Ryan Smith said developers are also planning to...

Detecting stoners

Apr 20, 2016 / 2:55 pm
With decriminalization of marijuana a matter of when — not if — in Canada, there is concern about how to detect people who drive while stoned. Officials with Mothers Against Drunk Driving have expressed concern pot will be legalized in Canada before the system to detect high drivers...

Watch those waters

Apr 20, 2016 / 1:34 pm
The B.C. River Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for the Southern Interior, including the Okanagan, as snow begins a rapid melt in the high country. The Central Okanagan Regional District has also issued a release stating there are no areas of concern yet, but if the warm...

Planning fees take a hike

Apr 20, 2016 / 11:18 am
It's going to cost you more to go through the development application process at city hall. Council approved this week an average eight per cent increase in development application fees. Development application fees are going up an average of eight per cent across the board. Increases...

Milfoil growing like a weed

Apr 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
Bill Ferguson is fed up with the proliferation of noxious weeds around the front of his complex next to Gyro Beach on Watt Road. Ferguson says the nefarious Eurasian milfoil weed, abundant in parts of Okanagan Lake, is getting worse, instead of better. This despite efforts by the Okanagan Basin...

Local fentanyl deaths rise

Apr 20, 2016 / 5:00 am
Fentanyl-related deaths in Kelowna have just about reached the number of deaths from last year — just three months into 2016. In Kamloops, they've already surpassed the number of deaths in 2015. The staggering increase is raising red flags. Last week, British Columbia became the...
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