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300 sq ft of paradise?

Mar 3, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Kelowna is trending smaller, at least when it comes to apartment sizes. City council Monday gave rezoning approval for a proposed 24-micro-unit row housing development at the corner of Ethel Street and Glenwood Avenue. This is the third such development given initial approval by council over...

NDP ready to lead?

Mar 2, 2015 / 5:00 pm

About 300 people attended a BC NDP conference focused on campaign tactics for 2017, held in Penticton this weekend. Party faithful of all ages were treated to inspirational speakers and breakout sessions at the Forward conference at the trade and convention centre. "We were doing...

Would you eat GMO apple?

Mar 1, 2015 / 10:21 am

Just two weeks after the Summerland-developed, non-browning Arctic Apple was approved for sale in the United States, the company has sold for $41 million. Read more here.

Poll: have you been bullied?

Feb 25, 2015 / 8:16 pm

More than 100 people donned pink shirts and were inspired by motivational speaker Alvin Law at the Pink Shirt Day breakfast on Wednesday. The breakfast at the Laurel Packinghouse was held in support of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, with proceeds from the event helping to provide a safe place...

A rail referendum?

Feb 24, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Residents of Lake Country have said no. Voters in Lake Country have said no to a bylaw allowing the municipality to borrow up to $2.6 million to purchase half its share of the defunct CN Rail line. The bylaw was voted down following a six week Alternative Approval Process. Taxpayers in...

Election spending limit?

Feb 23, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Colin Basran spent more than $75,000 to secure the mayor's chair in November's municipal election. Financial figures released Monday by Elections BC show Kelowna's newly elected mayor raised $76,451 and spent all but $257. Sharon Shepherd, who finished a distant second, was able...

How fast do you drive?

Feb 21, 2015 / 11:59 am

It’s been nearly eight months since the provincial government increased the speed limits on several divided highways around British Columbia, but that doesn’t mean debate over the issue is dead. The B.C. Coroners Service confirmed Friday it's reviewing the increase, which Chief...
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Paying for damages?

Feb 20, 2015 / 5:00 pm

A young West Kelowna woman had the scare of her life when a wall of snow smashed her windshield while she was driving on Lower Glenrosa Road earlier this month. Alicia Kessler was driving to work at about 12:30 in the afternoon Feb. 2 when heavy, wet snow thrown from the blade of a plow truck...

Threats a concern?

Feb 19, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Photocopies containing threats were discovered on the grounds of Skaha Middle School and Princess Margaret Secondary school today, Wednesday. According to the Penticton RCMP, the find was made at 9:15 a.m. The letter reads in part: "I will dust bratz til I got no more ammo. Espeshly that...

Budget leave you better off?

Feb 18, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick spent time Tuesday afternoon selling the Liberal Party's latest budget. While some are calling it boring, Letnick prefers prudent and fiscally responsible. "I think prudent is probably the best way to describe the budget ... versus a boring...

Mars or bust?

Feb 17, 2015 / 5:00 pm

A former Kelowna woman hopes to live out the rest of her days on Mars. Joanna Hindle, now a school teacher in Whistler, is one of 100 finalists shortlisted for the Mars One mission. Hindle, 42, is the daughter of late Kelowna mayor John Hindle. Castanet News spoke with an excited Hindle...

Poll: how romantic are you?

Feb 13, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is offering lovers a unique way to spend their Valentines Day. Getting married. For free. On Saturday, the resort is offering couples the chance to renew their vows or get married "in one of the most beautiful places on Earth." "We’ll have a...

Privatizing hospital laundry?

Feb 12, 2015 / 5:00 pm

The Hospital Employees Union is speaking up about plans to privatize laundry services in 11 communities served by Interior Health. The health authority announced Wednesday it is requesting solutions from pre-qualified service providers identified through a recent request for qualification...

Sasquatch believer?

Feb 11, 2015 / 5:15 pm

Sasquatch, meet Ogie – Ogie, meet Sasquatch. While the Okanagan is famous for its yearly sightings of our infamous lake creature the Ogopogo, purported sightings of tracks belonging to a Sasquatch are few and far between. However, one such sighting occurred this week in the Joe Rich...

$200 concert tickets?

Feb 10, 2015 / 5:00 pm

American rock icons Aerosmith will perform in Kelowna on July 13. Sakamoto Entertainment and Prospera Place announced the concert this morning, which promises to be the biggest local show of the summer. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. They are $199.50 plus service charges and are...

Physician assisted death?

Feb 6, 2015 / 5:00 pm

The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously struck down the ban on providing a doctor-assisted death to mentally competent but suffering and "irremediable" patients. The historic, groundbreaking decision from the country's top court sweeps away the existing law and gives Parliament...

Menacing potholes?

Feb 4, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Since Castanet posted the story of the massive pothole on Harvey Avenue near Ellis Street, two more people have come forward with their unfortunate tales. One man says two tires on his vehicle were damaged after running over the pothole Wednesday evening. Total damage is about...

Making Highway 33 safer?

Feb 3, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Following the most recent fatality on Highway 33, a number of residents are speaking out about its speed limit – and the design of road itself. Highway 33 is a narrow, winding two-lane road that stretches from Kelowna toward Big White Ski Resort and further south to Rock Creek. There are...

Poll: Pass or run?

Feb 2, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Less than 16 hours later, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was still stunned by the outcome while defending the decision to call a pass from the one-yard line in the Super Bowl's closing seconds, a choice that will long be debated. So close to another celebration. So close to becoming the next...

Poll: Leg hold traps?

Jan 30, 2015 / 5:00 pm

A local vet has saved the life of a cat that was badly injured in the jaws of a leg-hold trap. Phoenix is a soft grey cat that was in serious trouble when he was brought to Theresa Nolet of the AlleyCATS Alliance. His leg had been caught in a trap in a rural area near Highway 3A outside...
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