Poll: A royal visit

Aug 23, 2016 / 4:04 pm
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are coming to Kelowna. Kensington Palace tweeted Monday morning that Prince William and his wife, Kate, will visit Vancouver, Victoria, Bella Bella, Haida Gwaii and Kelowna in British Columbia as well as Whitehorse and Carcross in the Yukon. The royal couple...

Poll: cash for gold

Aug 20, 2016 / 12:55 pm
Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling left Rio de Janeiro known as the man who defeated Michael Phelps. And as a millionaire. The 21-year-old Schooling also took home a reward of 1 million Singaporean dollars (about US $750,000) from his national Olympic committee. Singapore is among the many...

Poll: grading report card

Aug 18, 2016 / 7:21 pm
The latest report on secondary school performance was released Thursday by the Fraser Institute. The report, released annually, ranks all 274 public and private schools in the province based on a scale of one to 10, using seven academic indicators from annual provincewide exams, grade-to-grade...

Poll: catty behaviour

Aug 17, 2016 / 9:02 pm
A B.C. woman is calling out what she says is a pit bull double-standard after her dog was mauled by a “vicious” cat. CTV News reports that Javiera Rodriguez was walking with a group of seven dogs, including her pit bull Bandida, and their owners near Mount Tolmie in Saanich Monday...

Poll: so you wanna rock?

Aug 16, 2016 / 2:26 pm
On the back of this year’s sell-out success, Prospera Place is already inviting rockers back for Rock the Lake 2017. “It has been a radical sold-out event, but there is a look in your eyes asking when you can raise a little hell again, and we have the answer,” organizers said...

Poll: Baron lives on

Aug 13, 2016 / 8:44 am
While the Burger Baron may be down for the time being, it still has some life left in it. It was originally reported that the beloved Rutland burger shop had shut its doors, after it had been closed for two weeks. A sign posted on the door reads, “Closed until further...

Poll: stolen moment

Aug 11, 2016 / 6:53 pm
A wedding photographer has beaten back the federal Conservative Party, after the Tories used her picture of a shirtless Justin Trudeau in an attack ad. It took photographer Marnie Recker days of bickering back and forth with the party before the ad was taken down. "I haven't slept in...

Poll: cats and dogs

Aug 10, 2016 / 5:19 pm
Are you a cat person or a dog person? If you like cats better, you might be single – according to Facebook. In honour of International Cat Day on Aug. 8, Facebook said they wanted to understand more about the social characteristics of the two camps of animal lovers and they set out to...

Poll: need for speed

Aug 9, 2016 / 7:39 pm
Heavy-footed drivers have lighter wallets after getting caught blasting through the Valley by RCMP. Enforcement along a stretch of Highway 97 north of Kelowna resulted in dozens of drivers ticketed for speeding, nearly half of those had their vehicles removed from the roadway and impounded for...

Poll: love a parade

Aug 8, 2016 / 9:05 pm
Okanagan Pride week kicked off Saturday and a series of events are set to take place over the coming days to celebrate the festival. The week-long festivities are held by Okanagan Pride a non-profit organization that serves Kelowna’s LGBTQ community. This year’s theme is “We...

Poll: dispensary downer

Aug 6, 2016 / 9:44 am
The two medical marijuana dispensaries that opened this week in Kelowna, are operating without a business licence. Tom Wilson with the City of Kelowna says Star Buds and a second shop, on Dolphin Avenue near the Landmark buildings, were both visited by Bylaw Enforcement to notify them of their...

Poll: gangster paradise

Aug 4, 2016 / 8:40 pm
Kelowna RCMP have two men in custody following a raid on a local hotel room late last month. According to information released by police, local Mounties raided a hotel room and a pair of vehicles back on July 27. Police arrested two men they believe have ties to an organized crime group out...

Poll: Olympic passion

Aug 3, 2016 / 8:22 pm
Canada's Olympic team is ready to hit the ground running. The goal is a top-12 finish in final medal standings among the 205 countries competing. Canada's team chef de mission Curt Harnett said he anticipates at least 19 medals. Read more.

Poll: full of hot air

Aug 2, 2016 / 5:09 pm
A hot air balloon came a little too close for comfort for some residents in a Kelowna neighbourhood. The balloon landed in an empty lot on Upper Canyon Drive in the Wilden area of Glenmore Friday morning. One resident called it a "close call for nearby homes." Read more.

Poll: food in the bank

Jul 30, 2016 / 11:38 am
If it's feast at the Okanagan Community Food Bank, it's famine at the Salvation Army The one-bag challenge is spreading far and wide. It started in Kelowna with Mayor Colin Basran dropping off a bag of groceries at the Okanagan Community Food Bank and challenging five others. During...

Poll: preferred president

Jul 29, 2016 / 8:56 am
With the Republican and Democratic conventions in the rearview mirror, the match is set: Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump. Clinton capped a four-day convention celebration with a plea for national unity and tolerance. Now, one of the most divisive and distrusted figures in American politics...

Poll: smell a rat?

Jul 27, 2016 / 4:32 pm
There's nothing like seeing a problem lay at your own front door to get your attention. After telling residents whose property had been infested with rats that it was not a municipal problem, the city may end up looking into the matter after all. This comes as West Kelowna is forced to...

Poll: game on!

Jul 26, 2016 / 5:05 pm
Vernon's Kal Tire Place will host a pre-season NHL game between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 2, following the Village of Lumby's 2016 Hockeyville title win. Lumby won the game and $100,000 for renovations to its aging Pat Duke Memorial Arena which is not equipped to...

Poll: housing tax

Jul 25, 2016 / 6:19 pm
Foreign nationals who buy real estate in Metro Vancouver would pay an additional property transfer tax of 15 per cent under legislation introduced Monday by the British Columbia government. Finance Minister Mike de Jong unveiled the tax as part of legislation aimed at addressing low vacancy...

Poll: transit camera

Jul 24, 2016 / 9:25 am
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...

Poll: election game changer

Jul 21, 2016 / 7:48 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...

Poll: pet piggy

Jul 20, 2016 / 4:26 pm
She is small, grey and white and loves cuddles. Unfortunately, Layla also oinks and that is a no-no when it comes to pets in the City of Vernon. A Vernon couple has started a petition in an effort to save Layla, a 30-pound pet mini pig from being removed from their home by the city's...

Poll: Pokemon Go, or No?

Jul 19, 2016 / 3:01 pm
Okanagan streets are filled with people hunting monsters. You've probably seen them without even realizing it. On Sunday, potential Pokemon trainers in Canada could finally download the Pokemon Go app, which has been available in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Read more.

Poll: housing crunch

Jul 18, 2016 / 3:59 pm
A lack of houses for sale is a major reason for a jump in real estate prices in the North Okanagan, according to an expert. “That is definitely the trend overall,” said Anthony Bastiaanssen, president of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board. “The issues are similar across...

Poll: keep the change

Jul 14, 2016 / 7:47 pm
To tip or not to tip? A new poll is in on the debate, and it's fairly balanced. The Angus Reid poll asked Canadians whether they would prefer a service-included model or the current tipping model at restaurants. The two sides were close, but the status quo came in a slight lead at 46 per...

Poll: a place to live

Jul 13, 2016 / 4:47 pm
The ribbon was cut at the official grand opening of the Pleasantvale affordable housing complex. Premier Christy Clark was in town, joined by MLA Norm Letnick, MP Stephen Fuhr and Mayor Colin Basran, as they toured the property and met with tenants. "For over 60 years, Pleasantvale has...

Poll: sinking ship

Jul 12, 2016 / 5:02 pm
Under threat of court action, the Fintry Queen is on the move. With a Monday court date hanging over his head, vessel owner Andy Schwab said the Fintry Queen will move from Sutherland Bay to a location north of the William R. Bennett Bridge. The City of Kelowna is in the midst of a court...

Poll: risky release

Jul 11, 2016 / 4:29 pm
A notorious Calgary rapist – who is a high risk to reoffend sexually – is moving to Kelowna at the end of this week. Known as the Falconridge Rapist, the Parole Board of Canada confirms reports that Andrew Aurie Jefferson is set to be released from a federal corrections institute on...

Poll: wakey wakey

Jul 9, 2016 / 9:51 am
Rise and shine – but perhaps a little earlier than you'd like. The B.C. Cherry Growers Association is acknowledging complaints from numerous neighbours about noisy early morning work to dry wet cherries, like hovering helicopters and large fans. If farmers don't blow the water...

Poll: bud out?

Jul 7, 2016 / 7:17 pm
Pot dispensaries are not currently welcome in Osoyoos. On the recommendation of staff, Osoyoos town council passed a bylaw amendment this week barring marijuana dispensaries. Planning director Alain Cunningham described it as a temporary and transitional zoning control measure that would...

Poll: wildlife rescues

Jul 6, 2016 / 4:46 pm
They were hungry, dehydrated, orphaned and about to die – but now three baby racoons have a new lease on life. The three little male raccoons were discovered by a Kelowna man is his yard. While he initially tried to get the BC Conservation Office to come save the orphaned cubs, he was...

Poll: body of work?

Jul 5, 2016 / 7:37 pm
The need for organs far exceeds the supply. To combat those numbers, Diversified Rehabilitation Group founded the Kidney Foundation HR Initiative that encourages employers to get their employees to consider becoming organ donors as they sign employment documents. Diversified CEO Derek Sienko...

Poll: weekend warrior?

Jul 4, 2016 / 8:38 pm
Thousands of people streamed into Kelowna's downtown for July 1st events, ignoring the cloudy sky and threat of rain. "It's really a celebration of the ethnic diversity which we have here in our community, as well as in our country," Basran said. "This has been an ongoing...

Poll: wearing lifejackets

Jun 30, 2016 / 11:51 am
Another boating season in the Okanagan is underway, and RCMP will be out patrolling the lakes. “We will be checking boats to make sure they have the required safety equipment on board,” said Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy, North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson. Police remind power boat...

Poll: need for speed?

Jun 28, 2016 / 7:27 pm
It would appear higher speeds do not lead to more crashes. New data released today shows crash rates have dropped, or are unchanged, on 19 of 33 sections of highway where speed limits were increased in 2014, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone announced. The Coquihalla...

Poll: Strombo or MacLean?

Jun 27, 2016 / 10:26 pm
Ron MacLean is officially back as host of "Hockey Night in Canada," returning to the chair he occupied for nearly 30 years before being ousted in favour of music journalist and CBC talk show star George Stroumboulopoulos. MacLean will host the early game on Saturday night next season...

Poll: the right punishment?

Jun 24, 2016 / 6:47 pm
The brother of Caesar Rosales says his entire family has been let down by the Canadian justice system, after his brother’s killer was given a seven-year sentence Friday for the unprovoked slaying. Ceasar Rosales, 55, was stabbed in the neck from behind by Tyler Newton on a Kelowna bus...

Poll: snail mail ails?

Jun 23, 2016 / 6:49 pm
A labour dispute at Canada Post could have consequences for customers starting in July. Canada Post has warned major customers that a service disruption could occur as soon as July 2. Canada Post and the union are still at the bargaining table, but remain a fair distance apart on many issues....

Poll: Hockey in Vegas?

Jun 22, 2016 / 4:29 pm
The NHL is officially rolling the dice on Las Vegas. Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league's board of governors has accepted an expansion bid from Las Vegas with the new team to begin play in the 2017-18 season. He said Wednesday's vote was unanimous. "We think this is a...

Poll: Aboriginal Day stat?

Jun 21, 2016 / 7:06 pm
Jeff Ward says Aboriginal Day should be a statutory holiday. Ward runs a technology business for indigenous organizations. He gives his employees the day off so they can recognize the day. He says other employers should do the same. Currently, the Northwest Territories is the only place in...