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Poll: drink BC wine?

Apr 30, 2016 / 9:38 am
The Spring Wine Festival is underway until May 8. Okanagan wines are front and centre during a number of events planned all over the Okanagan Valley. There's no shortage of local award-winning wines to try. Wines from around the valley took home a lion's share of the 2016 British...

Poll: divided over pipelines?

Apr 28, 2016 / 9:12 pm
The premier of Alberta says she has no interest in turning the current pipeline debate into an inter-provincial shouting match that strains national unity. Rachel Notley said she intends to have a respectful conversation based on the facts, allowing both sides of the issue to feel like...

Poll: premier's pay

Apr 27, 2016 / 8:41 pm
Premier Christy Clark is drawing heat for receiving an annual stipend of up to $50,000 from British Columbia's Liberal Party in addition to her annual salary of about $195,000. B.C.'s conflict-of-interest commissioner is reviewing complaints from New Democrat David Eby and Democracy...

Poll: Mushroom or Lake?

Apr 26, 2016 / 7:30 pm
Lake Avenue Beach or Mushroom Beach? It depends on who you ask. The debate over the name is only one point of contention between two factions with different ideas of what the downtown Kelowna beach should embrace. While the topless clean up of the beach last week is being hailed by some,...

Poll: Ogopogo, stay or go?

Apr 25, 2016 / 8:06 pm
Kelowna council unanimously sided Monday with Ogopogo, brushing aside a recommendation the creature be replaced as the face of the city on its parade float. City staff had recommended an "Active By Nature" theme, a brand the city has been developing, which staff say represents a...

Poll: butt toss hotline?

Apr 23, 2016 / 9:36 am
The early wildfire season is making people worried. Property has already been destroyed by fire, people evacuated and a state of emergency called in Northern B.C. And it's only April. Meanwhile, Castanet received a call from an infuriated reader who witnessed a driver toss a cigarette out...

Poll: right to die?

Apr 21, 2016 / 8:35 pm
Parliament is in a race against the clock to pass right-to-die legislation. On June 6, the legal ban on assisted dying will be lifted due to a Supreme Court ruling that struck down the ban. Still, it remains a divisive issue. So much so, Kelowna Right to Life is fighting the proposed...
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Poll: dawdling on dope?

Apr 20, 2016 / 5:08 pm
One of the Liberal Party's most talked about promises during the federal election was to legalize marijuana. On Wednesday, Health Minister Jane Philpott announced Canada's legislation to begin the process of legalizing and regulating marijuana will be introduced next spring. However,...

Poll: worried about fire?

Apr 19, 2016 / 2:54 pm
It's only April, yet already residents in the northern B.C. city of Fort St. John are being evacuated over wildfires. At least one property was destroyed Monday when high winds and warm temperatures spread wildfires. Peace River Regional District declared a state of local emergency Monday...

Poll: rainbows on campus

Apr 18, 2016 / 4:34 pm
A stairway promoting acceptance of all different kinds of sexuality was opened to the public Monday at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The rainbow "stairway to inclusion" was unveiled as part of an 18-month awareness-raising project. It is now located on a stairway outside the...

Poll: $8M too much?

Apr 16, 2016 / 5:48 am
Fundraising for the new Okanagan Rail Trail is expected to begin next month. Organizers say nearly $8 million will need to be raised to develop 50 kilometres of former CN Rail track now owned by municipalities from Kelowna to Coldstream. Development would include basic trail construction,...

Poll: save cat from pole?

Apr 14, 2016 / 5:03 pm
It took the utility companies four days and public pressure before attempting to rescue a cat stranded on a high-voltage power pole. FortisBC initially said on Twitter that the safest solution is to let the cat come down on its own — even after it had been stuck on the pole for three days....

Poll: should he stay or go?

Apr 13, 2016 / 6:44 pm
Tom Mulcair made it clear Wednesday he intends to stay at the helm of the federal New Democrats until the party chooses his successor — and this time, he enlisted his fellow NDP caucus members to endorse the decision. Talk of persistent grumbling within the caucus has been dogging the NDP...

Poll: Uber in Kelowna?

Apr 12, 2016 / 6:23 pm
Uber, the ride-sharing company that has proved popular in the United States and several Canadian cities, hosted two information sessions in Kelowna Monday. Castanet hit the street of Kelowna to see how locals feel about the possibility of Uber coming to town. While the company is currently...

Poll: dog poop enforcement

Apr 11, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Since January 2015, bylaw officers with the Regional District of Central Okanagan have issued only one ticket to people for not picking up after their pets. Communications Officer Bruce Smith said the district has also doled out 15 warnings over the past 15 months. He stressed the district...

Poll: safe in Mexico?

Apr 8, 2016 / 7:01 pm
Jessica and Trevor Aitken's trip to Mexico turned into a terrifying experience where they were kidnapped, robbed, held at gunpoint and left begging for their lives. The two recently travelled to Mazatlán to surprise Trevor’s parents who were vacationing in a gated community...

Poll: political donations

Apr 7, 2016 / 7:50 pm
Premier Christy Clark says she's not about to overhaul British Columbia's political funding rules despite Opposition pressure to ban corporate and union contributions and limit individual contributions. Clark says she represents all British Columbians and that the amount of money...

Poll: political correctness

Apr 6, 2016 / 7:05 pm
A plus-size women's clothing store has apologized to an employee for firing her for using the word "fat" to describe customers. Connie Levitsky wrote on her Facebook page: "Conquering the world, one well-dressed fat lady at a time." A statement from Addition Elle says...

Poll school rankings

Apr 5, 2016 / 6:34 pm
It's the yearly song and dance between the Fraser Institute and B.C. teachers. Each year, the institute publishes its elementary school rankings based on the results of the province's Fundamental Skills Assessment. And, each year, teacher's associations denounce the report as...

Poll: Hockeyville

Apr 4, 2016 / 6:54 pm
Kraft Hockeyville organizers in Lumby are happy about their win in the national contest. But whether the village will host its prize of a pre-season NHL game remains to be seen. Organizers are tight lipped, but some media are reporting the game will have to be held in a larger venue than...

Poll: how slow can you go?

Apr 1, 2016 / 10:38 pm
British Columbia's first report on road safety recommends a speed limit of 30 kilometres an hour in urban areas to reduce deaths among pedestrians and cyclists. The report released by the provincial health officer says deaths and injuries among those two groups have not substantially...

Poll: paying blood donors

Mar 31, 2016 / 5:23 pm
Health Minister Terry Lake is open to allowing a pay-for-plasma clinic in British Columbia, saying the province already gets about 85 per cent of its supply from the United States, where donors are paid for blood products. "We just need to ensure that if something like this were to happen...

Poll: tourist centre

Mar 30, 2016 / 6:56 pm
The chamber of commerce is coming out in support of Tourism Kelowna's proposal for a new, waterfront visitor centre. The location of the current centre is no longer appropriate, Kelowna chamber CEO Caroline Grover said Wednesday, with new statistics indicating tourists seek information...

Poll: a national pipeline

Mar 29, 2016 / 7:34 pm
The national railway system's last spike was an iconic symbol of nation building. Hammered home in 1885, at Craigellachie, B.C., it marked, symbolically, the economic and political binding of a young nation. From coast to coast, two ribbons of steel snaked across Canada's vast and...

Poll: hospital waits

Mar 26, 2016 / 7:44 am
A B.C. man is going public about the treatment he received at two B.C. hospitals. Darcy Bailey waited more than eight hours at Fort St. John Hospital with a gash on his head before walking out. The next day, he was told it was too late to do anything. Ten days later, he had it stitched up at...

Poll: minimum wage

Mar 24, 2016 / 7:53 pm
The B.C. government is considering raising the minimum wage beyond its scheduled top up as the provincial economy prospers. In a news release, Jobs Minister Shirley Bond says stronger economic growth creates some room for a modest increase in the minimum wage beyond the consumer price index,...

Poll: Is it a war?

Mar 23, 2016 / 7:26 pm
The Liberal government says Canada is not at war with Islamic militants. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion rejected the "at war" label just one day after the bombings in Brussels that killed more than 30 people and injured 270. "A war is...

Poll: deficit budgeting

Mar 22, 2016 / 7:30 pm
The new Liberal government delivered a sunny ways budget Tuesday brimming with optimism and billion-dollar spending increases spread across a wide spectrum of society. But the bold effort to spur economic growth after almost a decade of fiscal restraint will add more than $100 billion to the...

Poll: TV vs streaming

Mar 18, 2016 / 8:06 pm
Cable companies are shaking at the knees as Canadians continue the trend of pulling the plug and logging in to streaming accounts. According to a national Insights West poll, Canadians 55 and over watch most of their television live (63 per cent), but those 18 to 34 are the least like to watch...

Poll: downtown homeless

Mar 17, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Kelowna bylaw officers returned to Leon Avenue Thursday after receiving more complaints about homeless in the area. This is the third time in a week bylaw officers have been called to the area in front of the Gospel Mission. Bylaw officers were also in the area Wednesday night. At issue are...

Poll: distracted driving

Mar 16, 2016 / 8:00 pm
Kelowna RCMP held a distracted driving enforcement blitz Wednesday on Lakeshore Road to discourage drivers from picking up their phone while behind the wheel. RCMP volunteers were set up near a traffic circle with a sign reminding people to "leave the phone alone." Those who...

Poll: downtown plan

Mar 15, 2016 / 7:00 pm
City council had rave reviews this week for the new, long-term vision for an area of downtown Kelowna known as the civic precinct. For the most part. A plan has been formed to revitalize and redesign the area, including redevelopment of the current RCMP detachment site, Kelowna Community...

Poll: time change

Mar 14, 2016 / 7:07 pm
Most sleep-deprived Canadians lost an hour of sleep Sunday night as they switched from standard to daylight saving time. The time change doesn't apply to Saskatchewan, northeastern B.C. or the East Kootenays, which stay on standard time. For the rest of us, daylight saving time ends Nov....

Poll: server dress codes

Mar 11, 2016 / 8:33 pm
Let them wear pants. Earls Restaurants has adjusted its uniform dress code policy, following an Ontario Human Rights Commission policy paper that said, in some cases, gender-specific uniforms violate human rights codes. Previous uniform recommendations at Earls Restaurants included a black...

Poll: cart confiscation

Mar 10, 2016 / 7:07 pm
Bylaw officers confiscated grocery carts used by the homeless in downtown Kelowna, Wednesday. City bylaw manager Greg Wise confirmed officers took the action on the 200 block of Leon Avenue, around the Gospel Mission. Wise said bylaw staff acted because of the number of carts in front of and...

Poll: ship 'em out?

Mar 9, 2016 / 7:30 pm
Two homeless men from Saskatchewan were unceremoniously put on a bus by social workers and sent to B.C. The government bought the North Battleford men one-way Greyhound tickets to Vancouver and Victoria at a cost of about $500. Read more

Poll: bomb threat

Mar 8, 2016 / 7:24 pm
The fact Kelowna Airport stayed open during a bomb threat on Monday is raising eyebrows with some. The 'business as usual' response is in stark contrast to the reaction to similar threats, such as the evacuation last April of Orchard Park mall. In this instance, travellers at YLW had...

Poll: one-way streets

Mar 7, 2016 / 6:56 pm
The City of Vernon is planning an open house to review and provide input on a proposed downtown one-way couplet. Downtown Kelowna has one-way streets on Lawrence and Leon avenues, and West Kelowna has Highway 97 divided into a one-way couplet through the Westbank town centre – though it...

Poll: do you feel safe?

Mar 5, 2016 / 7:56 am
Recent gun violence in the Central Okanagan has people talking about community safety. Shootings have happened in Rutland, Glenmore and West Kelowna, and there was also major drug lab bust in West Kelowna this week. Do you feel crime is getting out of hand? With crime seemingly on the...

Poll: school closures

Mar 3, 2016 / 8:02 pm
Summerland council has waded into the fight to save South Okanagan schools. Mayor Peter Waterman and council have submitted a letter to the School District 67 board, asking it refrain from any decision on the closure of Summerland schools. Waterman said they wanted to let the board know the...


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