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Poll: Canada vs ISIS

Feb 11, 2016 / 7:10 pm
Kelowna-Lake Country's Liberal MP stands behind his government's decision to alter its role in the fight against ISIS. Stephen Fuhr said the decision to bring home the CF-18's in favour of training, assisting and equipping makes a lot of sense. "A majority of Canadians think...

Poll: finding work

Feb 10, 2016 / 4:06 pm
BMO’s February labour market report card ranks Kelowna as one of the hardest places in the country to find employment. Kelowna fell 31 spots in the report, landing in 32nd place out of a total of 33. Kelowna has dropped from one of the best cities in the country to find a job, to second...

Poll: move Family Day?

Feb 9, 2016 / 1:42 pm
This weekend marked B.C.'s fourth Family Day, and Okanagan mountains were packed with snow enthusiasts. According to Big White, Family Day marked one of its busiest days of the season. B.C.'s long weekend is one week before that of other provinces and one week before the...

Poll: wolf cull

Feb 6, 2016 / 9:35 am
A B.C.-based conservation organization is hoping a message read from the air will deter the province's next planned wolf cull. The Wildlife Defence League took to the South Selkirk to send the message “stop killing wolves” in huge, black letters. In the South Selkirk and South...

Poll: future of LNG

Feb 4, 2016 / 7:25 pm
Royal Dutch Shell is postponing a final investment decision on its proposed liquefied natural gas mega-project in British Columbia as it grapples with plummeting earnings due to low energy prices. Chief executive Ben van Beurden said Thursday that the company was delaying a final commitment on...

Poll: pricey produce

Feb 3, 2016 / 5:49 pm
If you've been down the aisles of your local grocery store lately, you've noticed produce has shot up in price. A UBC Okanagan professor says there are two good reasons – the low Canadian dollar and demand. Has the increased cost of fresh vegetables and fruit changed your...

Poll: dog parks

Feb 2, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Dog owners in Kelowna are being asked to give feedback – along with their time and money. The city has announced the start of a public engagement process on dog parks. That includes an online feedback form to help the city create a community-accepted dog park criteria, as well as identify...

Poll: travel plans

Feb 1, 2016 / 7:19 pm
The World Health Organization declared an international emergency on Monday over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects in Central and South America, saying it is an "extraordinary event." Several Canadian airlines have allowed...

Poll: to spank or not?

Jan 29, 2016 / 7:22 pm
A Salmon Arm mother and father who used a plastic hockey stick and a skipping rope to spank their 14-year-old daughter have been found guilty of assault with a weapon. A provincial court heard the couple wanted to punish their daughter for sending nude photos to a young man and that instead of...

Poll: trophy hunting

Jan 28, 2016 / 7:11 pm
Anaheim Ducks defenceman Clayton Stoner was banned from hunting for three years and fined $10,000 for killing a grizzly bear on British Columbia's central coast. Stoner acknowledged through his lawyer Wednesday that he had breached the provincial Wildlife Act during the hunt in May 2013....

Poll: online privacy

Jan 27, 2016 / 7:18 pm
A young child asleep on a couch in Israel. Mourners huddled together at a small funeral in Brazil. An elderly woman stretching in a fitness centre in Poland. All available for anyone to watch via the unsecured webcams overhead. This isn't "1984," it's the world in 2016. Shodan,...

Poll: paying for bags

Jan 26, 2016 / 6:41 pm
Walmart is the latest company to start charging customers for plastic bags. The charge is part of a strategy to cut the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills. Beginning Feb. 9, shoppers will be charged five cents per bag. Read more

Poll: could you unplug?

Jan 25, 2016 / 6:40 pm
Can you unplug for three days? That’s the challenge Interior Savings is issuing during Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week, Jan. 23-30. Monday, Okanagan residents were asked to go without their mobile phone for the whole day. Could you do it? Read more

Poll: school closures

Jan 22, 2016 / 5:11 pm
School districts in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton are grappling with funding shortfalls. In Osoyoos, a group opposed to the possible closure of schools there includes the mayor as well as parents. Read more

Poll: deficit spending

Jan 21, 2016 / 7:20 pm
Canada's plea to its international counterparts to open their wallets and spend their way out of a worsening global economic slump is resonating among the world's economic power brokers. At a time when some countries are looking at austerity to help them pull through a shaky economy,...

Poll: health-care funding

Jan 20, 2016 / 7:23 pm
The provinces and territories want Ottawa to increase federal health spending by as much 25 per cent to help them deal with rising costs. British Columbia Health Minister Terry Lake made the comment as they prepare for a Thursday meeting with Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott. Read more

Poll: Tory leadership

Jan 19, 2016 / 5:37 pm
The Conservative party will choose its next leader on May 27, 2017. The party says the date allows for a time frame that will provide an exciting and competitive race and a fair and open contest for all potential candidates. Read more

Poll: Low $ affecting you?

Jan 18, 2016 / 4:15 pm
On Monday, Castanet reporter Kate Bouey took to the streets to see if the shrinking Canadian dollar was having an affect on the daily lives of Vernonites. A majority said yes. The Canadian dollar was at 68.98 cents US as the Toronto Stock Exchange opened, up 0.16 from Friday's close....

Poll: Fintry Queen's fate?

Jan 15, 2016 / 2:45 pm
The owner of the Fintry Queen is taking one more shot at attracting the necessary funds to keep the vessel afloat. Andy Schwab already has a deal in place to moor the vessel in Penticton but has not been able to raise about $500,000 necessary to make it happen. Now, he is hoping Kelowna will...

Poll: Picking Oscar's best?

Jan 14, 2016 / 4:20 pm
The Oscar nominations were announced today. The Revenant, a new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, led the way with 12 nominations, including best picture. And, as expected, the much anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, received five technical nominations despite becoming the all-time...

Poll: Your own flying car?

Jan 13, 2016 / 4:45 pm
In the 50's, space exploration was more science fiction than reality. And, who would have every predicted something as revolutionary as the internet 25 years ago. As technology improves those pie-in-the-sky dreams are getting closer to reality - such as the flying car. One company...

Poll: Powerball frenzy?

Jan 12, 2016 / 4:00 pm
Lotto fever! Powerball frenzy! Call it what you will, the prospect of cashing in a lotto ticket worth $1.5 billion has gripped not only the United States but lotto players on this side of the border. The winning Powerball numbers will be drawn Wednesday night. The holder of the winning...

POLL: Party bus regulations

Jan 11, 2016 / 5:30 pm
Monday morning, NDP MLA, George Heyman urged the provincial government to enact stronger rules for party buses after a passenger died on a party bus in Vancouver on the weekend. In 2014, Heyman proposed several changes including chaperones for trips involving minors, safety training for...

Poll: property assessments

Jan 8, 2016 / 10:52 pm
B.C.'s most expensive home has been assessed at $64 million. That makes the Okanagan's priciest residential property a comparative bargain at just $9.5 million. The richest home in the province is located at 3085 Point Grey Rd. in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood. It's...

Poll: abolish MSP?

Jan 7, 2016 / 8:13 pm
An online petition seeking the abolition of Medical Service Plan premiums is gaining steam in B.C. The petition was created by Ucluelet resident Michelle Coulter about a month ago and has more than 40,000 signatures. Read more

Poll: dog bans

Jan 6, 2016 / 7:31 pm
Recent dog attacks in B.C. and elsewhere have rekindled debate about banning some breeds. At the beginning of December, a four-year-old boy was killed in Detroit after being mauled to death by a pack of pit bulls. Then, in Fort St. John, a couple was attacked by two pit bulls that barged into...

Poll: gun control

Jan 5, 2016 / 7:43 pm
President Barack Obama unveiled an array of measures on Tuesday tightening control and enforcement of firearms in the U.S., using his presidential powers in the absence of legal changes he implored Congress to pass. Obama accused the gun lobby of taking Congress hostage, but said "they...

Poll: CEO salaries

Jan 4, 2016 / 7:08 pm
Canada's highest-paid CEOs saw their compensation dip two per cent from 2013 to 2014, but they still raked in an average of $8.96 million each, according to a new study. The think tank that conducted the research, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, says that's 184 times more...

Poll: NY resolutions

Jan 1, 2016 / 10:36 am
From quitting smoking to saving more money, many people make New Year's resolutions. But will they keep them? We want to know – what was your resolution for 2016?

Poll: snow clearing

Dec 30, 2015 / 7:09 pm
Karri Green has been trapped in her home since Sunday. The mother of a newborn baby lives on Timrick Court in Rutland, and says her cul-de-sac hasn’t been plowed by the city since the snow started to fall on Saturday. She says she knows her road is a priority three and is cleared based...

Poll: 911 calls

Dec 29, 2015 / 5:28 pm
British Columbia's largest emergency dispatch and 911 call centre has put together a top 10 list for 2015 — and you don't want to be on it. Its most outrageous calls received by staff this year included a request to fish a basketball out of a tree to complaints of one roommate...

Poll: online shopping

Dec 28, 2015 / 2:26 pm
Amazon has been a prime beneficiary of procrastinating consumers doing their holiday shopping online. Amazon Prime, the company's $99-a-year loyalty program that includes unlimited free two-day shipping, gained three million new members in the third week of December alone. Read more

Poll: Boxing Day

Dec 26, 2015 / 8:15 am
Many Canadians will be flocking to the country's shopping malls and e-commerce sites to snatch up Saturday's Boxing Day savings. And while some have said that Boxing Day is losing steam in favour of Black Friday, a representative from Best Buy says Dec. 26 is still their biggest shopping...

Poll: do you believe?

Dec 24, 2015 / 2:42 pm
Dear Editor: I am eight years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun it’s so." Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O'Hanlon 115 West 95th St. Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They...

Poll: Christmas greetings

Dec 22, 2015 / 7:36 pm
The Christmas holiday may still be about celebrating with friends and family, but a poll shows its religious significance continues to dwindle. About one in four British Columbians (23 per cent) plan to attend a religious service over the Christmas period, according to the Insights West poll...

Poll: holiday shopping

Dec 21, 2015 / 3:00 pm
A poll suggests most Canadians will be spending some time over the next few days elbowing their way through crowded stores to buy that last holiday gift. The Angus Reid survey done for CIBC found that as of Dec 15, 69 per cent of respondents still hadn't finished their holiday shopping, and...

Poll: tax increase

Dec 18, 2015 / 12:32 pm
Kelowna's mayor thinks citizens will accept a provisional budget with a tax increase pegged at 4.12 per cent. City council approved the spending of more than $120.5 million in tax dollars during Thursday's budget deliberations. Colin Basran said in his four-plus years on council he...

Poll: finding a doctor

Dec 15, 2015 / 8:09 pm
Incentives to attract doctors are leaving residents in some parts of B.C. scrambling for care because physicians go to smaller communities, says a spokesman for an association of walk-in clinics. Mike McLoughlin, who owns such a clinic in Kelowna, said operators in some communities are reducing...

Poll: flu shots

Dec 14, 2015 / 4:59 pm
'Tis the season to stay healthy, says Interior Health. It's not too late to get a flu shot before joining in big holiday celebrations where illness can quickly spread. "The flu shot is the safest and most effective way to prevent influenza," says Dr. Kamran Golmohammadi, IH...

Poll: marijuana dispensaries

Dec 11, 2015 / 8:32 pm
About 50 cannabis users and supporters of medical marijuana dispensaries in Vernon marched on City Hall, Friday. They shared stories of how cannabis products have helped their medical conditions and rallied in support of dispensaries following action taken this week by the five medical marijuana...

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