Poll: heartbreak couple

Sep 24, 2016 / 8:48 am
Two seniors who broke B.C.'s heart have been reunited. Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk spent several months separated in different care homes due to a lack of beds. Their story tugged at the heartstrings, but the couple was all smiles Thursday as they were back together at the Residence at...

Poll: loan sharks

Sep 22, 2016 / 4:56 pm
The British Columbia government is taking steps to cut the interest rates charged on so-called payday loans. The maximum allowable charge for a payday loan in B.C. will drop from $23 to $17 for every $100 borrowed, starting Jan. 1, 2017. The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General...

Poll: eviction notice

Sep 21, 2016 / 7:12 pm
The Regional District of Central Okanagan is streamlining the way it handles security within regional parks. As of Dec. 1, on-site security at seven regional parks will be replaced by roving security provided by the Commissionaires of BC. Security at Mission Creek, Woodhaven, Gellatly...

Poll: unleash the hounds

Sep 20, 2016 / 8:01 pm
Many residents near Lake Avenue Beach access, or Mushroom Beach as it's known to some, are upset with a recent city council decision to allow a two-year trial run of an unleashed dog park at the beach. The dog park was voted in during council Monday, along with two permanent dog parks...

Poll: referendum take 2

Sep 19, 2016 / 5:07 pm
The unofficial results are in, and the 'No' side looks to have won a very narrow victory. A tiny majority of West Kelowna eligible voters voted against borrowing up to $7.7 million for the construction of a new city hall and related project work. It was a large turnout. A total of...

Poll: justice for creeps

Sep 17, 2016 / 8:25 am
Creep Catchers aren't just sending a message to those who are trying to woo underage girls. They're also sending a message to the justice system, says Michelle Novakowski, executive director of the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society – a group that supports women and children...

Poll: budget windfall

Sep 15, 2016 / 8:11 pm
British Columbia's sizzling real estate market helped to lift the provincial budget surplus to an expected $1.9 billion, more than $1.6 billion over the original estimate in February. Finance Minister Mike de Jong has released the figures in his quarterly report and says revenues for...

Poll: rent a micro suite

Sep 14, 2016 / 5:14 pm
How much do you think it would cost to rent a 300-square-foot apartment in Kelowna? The answer may surprise you. It certainly shocked Kelowna Coun. Ryan Donn when he stumbled across a post on social media from someone purporting to manage rentals at a micro-suite condominium project slated...

Poll: pay for surgery

Sep 13, 2016 / 5:31 pm
While the provincial government fears a two-tier medical system would undermine our Canadian principles, a retired Kelowna physician says we already have a two-tier system and the public model is broken. Dr. Mark Fromberg spent decades as a family physician throughout B.C. and other parts of...

Poll: if I had a $1 million

Sep 12, 2016 / 4:54 pm
Three months ago, Sarah Ross was likely thinking she was one of the unluckiest people out there after she and her family lost everything in a Lumby house fire. But today the 33-year-old is thanking her lucky stars. She won $1 million last week in a Lotto 6-49 draw off a ticket purchased...

Poll: balloon down

Sep 10, 2016 / 9:01 am
A hot air balloon came down right in the middle of a very busy commercial area Friday morning. Castanet readers sent in pictures of the blue balloon sinking past businesses on Evergreen Court, near the Landmark towers. It's not the first time a hot air balloon raised eyebrows. Read...

Poll: being bullied

Sep 8, 2016 / 4:44 pm
Anti-bullying policies in all schools in British Columbia will soon have to include explicit references to sexual orientation and gender identity. Education Minister Mike Bernier announced that school districts and independent schools will have until the end of the year to update their...

Poll: skinny TV

Sep 7, 2016 / 6:24 pm
The big four TV service providers are defending how they rolled out new, trimmed-down TV packages earlier this year, denying in hearings Wednesday that they were being "paternalistic" with customers by placing restrictions on the cheapest of their offerings. All four companies told the...

Poll: Lockers for homeless

Sep 6, 2016 / 5:31 pm
The Kelowna Gospel Mission has partnered with outside agencies to help solve the issue of clutter and congestion along Leon Avenue. As part of the Mission's new courtyard, a dozen lockers have been constructed, giving clients a place to store shopping carts and other belongings. The city...

Poll: insurance policy

Sep 3, 2016 / 9:05 am
It's here somewhere... Licence, car registration fees to drop 35 per cent in 2016. No, that's Quebec. Average passenger vehicle owner would pay an additional $17 a year in premiums. Nope, that's Manitoba. Auto Fund rate stabilization reserve hits $377 million – highest...

Poll: Canadians rock

Sep 1, 2016 / 8:56 pm
A poll conducted by Insights West asked British Columbians what musical artists they most like or dislike. Bryan Adams topped the poll. Eighty-two per cent said they liked him, while only 10 per cent said they disliked Adams. That produced a "momentum score" of + 72 (subtracting...

Poll: parking lot campers

Aug 31, 2016 / 6:36 pm
The Walmart parking lot is becoming a campground, littered with used toilet paper, gas cans and other trash being left behind by those living there for days. And the practice doesn't seem to be frowned upon. According to Walmart’s corporate website, while electrical service or...

Poll: to farm or not to farm?

Aug 30, 2016 / 4:57 pm
It won't be business as usual for a long-established Kelowna nursery and landscaping company. Neway Landscape and Irrigation Ltd. has been in business since 2003, leasing property at 3740 Casorso Road. However, for several years, it has been a non-conforming farm use. The property in...

Poll: Trudeau in China

Aug 29, 2016 / 8:13 pm
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has left for his first official visit to China, with both countries expressing hope they can improve their economic connection. Trudeau, who is accompanied by his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, said last week that he hopes the visit will be a reset in the...

Poll: postal dispute

Aug 26, 2016 / 8:00 pm
With the clock ticking toward a potential work stoppage at Canada Post, lawyer and author William Kaplan was appointed Friday to seek an end to the months-long labour dispute at the Crown agency. In appointing the seasoned mediator and arbitrator to lead a team of interveners, Labour Minister...

Poll: regulating pot

Aug 25, 2016 / 7:41 pm
The Canadian Medical Association says 72 per cent of doctors who responded to a survey it conducted want the federal government to regulate THC levels in recreational marijuana. A total of 788 doctors, or 19 per cent of the association's membership, responded to the survey earlier this...

Poll: rating fire fight

Aug 25, 2016 / 6:00 am
Evacuated residents near the Bear Creek wildfire are heading home today, but hazards still remain in the area. While returning residents have been asked to avoid the active fire zone, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre would like returning residents to be aware of the potential...

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...