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ALS ice bucket challenge?

Aug 21, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Penticton Mayor Garry Litke took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in front of city hall Wednesday afternoon. A Penticton firefighter poured the ice water on the mayor's head, as an enthusiastic crowd looked on. "The ice bucket challenge is sweeping across North America, all on...

RCMP budget cut by $4.2M

Aug 20, 2014 / 5:18 pm

The BC provincial government says it will cut $4.2M from the RCMP's budget. The force says this will mean the loss of 25 officers and cuts to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit BC and to the Provincial Major Crime program. Here is the statement from Deputy Commissioner Craig...

Mandatory helmets for all?

Aug 19, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Ontario won't allow turban-wearing Sikhs to ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet, a decision the Canadian Sikh Association called "deeply" disappointing. Premier Kathleen Wynne wrote to the organization last week, saying she had struggled with striking the right balance...

New business in Kelowna?

Aug 17, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Setting up a new business has never been easier says the City of Kelowna. In a new partnership with Service BC within the BC Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, Kelowna is streamlining the process for starting a new company. Under the Ministry, BC Registry...

A dark double double?

Aug 15, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Your regular order might soon become a Double Double Dark, if Tim Hortons has its way. In a bid to lure new customers who may otherwise choose "higher-end" coffee shops, Tim Hortons launched a new dark roast coffee Friday. It marks the first time in the chain's 50-year history...

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...?

Aug 13, 2014 / 5:00 pm

A news video shot and posted by Castanet has the UFO community all a-buzz. The video was shot on July 17 in West Kelowna at the command centre a few hours after the Smith Creek Wildfire sprung up. In the news piece, a bright object appears from behind clouds above the fire area quickly moving...

Missing Robin Williams?

Aug 12, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his San...

Take part in Okanagan comic-con?

Aug 11, 2014 / 5:00 pm

The Okanagan will be hosting its second, and expanded “Comic-Con” style event this coming Spring. Presented once again by New Vintage Theatre, the newly named KFX will be an annual event that will transport the interior of BC to a world of comics, manga/anime, Sci-Fi, fantasy,...

Protecting our ecosystem?

Aug 7, 2014 / 5:15 pm

The chief and council of the Okanagan Indian Band are sharing their deep concerns, anger and fear about the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breach, and how it affects us right here at home. “This is very sad news,” said Chief Byron Louis, “Our hearts go out to the affected...

Disciplining councillor?

Aug 6, 2014 / 5:00 pm

The Penticton council is awaiting reports from the RCMP and Interior Health before commenting further on the Boonstock Music and Arts Festival. But at Tuesday's meeting, they were quick to thank the RCMP, city staff and emergency services for their hard work during the long weekend event,...

Bringing Boonstock back?

Aug 6, 2014 / 10:00 am

The Boonstock Music and Arts Festival has come and gone, leaving in its wake the tragic loss of a life, abandoned camping gear, empty bottles and mixed feelings. Despite the dust and concerns about security, most attendees claim to have had a good time, while the RCMP and city officials are...

Standing up for Israel?

Aug 1, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Close to a dozen people held signs and generated support outside of Christy Clark’s MLA office in West Kelowna on Friday, outraged over her recent comments on the fighting in Gaza. Many of the protesters were part of the Kelowna Peace Group, who took issue with Clark’s support of...

Savings to parents or the system?

Jul 31, 2014 / 4:51 pm

The B.C. government says it will financially compensate affected parents if the provincial teachers strike continues into September. B.C.'s Finance Minister Mike De Jong promised Thursday that parents of children under 13 years old will get $40 per day per child to help with daycare costs...

COG back on long weekend?

Jul 29, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Despite the great weather and the best sports and entertainment lineup the festival has ever had, Center of Gravity likely lost money this year. Scott Emslie, the event founder and producer, says it will be a few weeks before he knows for sure, but he expects the festival will be in the...

Legislating teachers to work?

Jul 28, 2014 / 5:00 pm

"Our negotiators are there, we are ready and waiting to negotiate. I want to urge the teacher's union now is not the time to take the summer off." Those were the words of Premier Christy Clark Monday morning, when asked about the prospect of the labour dispute between BC's...

Booze safety at Boonstock?

Jul 26, 2014 / 1:59 pm

According to a statement issued Friday by Ray Tetzel, Assistant Deputy General Manager, Compliance and Enforcement Division, Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Boonstock is not getting its liquor license. “After working with the RCMP and festival organizers, and reviewing the...

Bringing back the Mars?

Jul 25, 2014 / 5:08 pm

Neither the iconic Martin Mars water bomber, nor those who support her, are prepared to fade quietly into the sunset. Chris Alemany drove from Port Alberni to Premier Christy Clark's constituency office in West Kelowna Thursday to hand over a petition with more than 18,000 signatures. He...

Supporting Boonstock?

Jul 23, 2014 / 5:42 pm

The Boonstock Music and Arts Festival was again under discussion at Monday's Penticton council meeting. This time around they were considering a letter asking them to endorse the festival, submitted by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. The chamber fully supports the...

Worried about arsons?

Jul 22, 2014 / 5:20 pm

Fire crews in Vernon were hard at work once again after another suspicious fire broke out overnight. This latest blaze was called in around 11:15 p.m. Monday night, at the BC Fruit Growers’ processing plant on Waddington Drive in Vernon. Fire Chief Keith Green says about 1,000 apple...

Fire preparedness

Jul 20, 2014 / 7:38 am

The threat of a lengthy power outage had West Kelowna residents scrambling to stock up on Friday. Employees at a number of gas stations and grocery stores on the Westside report long line-ups most of the day Friday. People began stocking up on fuel, propane, ice and water. Reports earlier...

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