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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...
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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...

Poll: sentences too light?

Jun 20, 2016 / 2:03 pm
A Lower Mainland man who killed a Port Coquitlam teen in a hit and run will spend four months behind bars. Irwin Franz was also handed a one-year driving prohibition for the Sept. 10, 2013, crash where he struck and killed 16-year-old Annie Leung before fleeing the scene. Franz said he...

Poll: Twitter politics?

Jun 16, 2016 / 7:07 pm
Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran took to social media Thursday to host a virtual town hall. He discussed what's working well in the city and where it could improve. The discussion took place using the hashtag #ImagineKelowna. “This is an exciting time to imagine Kelowna’s...

Poll: keep billboard?

Jun 15, 2016 / 4:56 pm
While some find the billboard offensive and complaints have been lodged, the Kelowna Right to Life Society gets to keep its sign along Highway 97. The pro-life billboard was put up in West Kelowna in March, and immediately met with negative feedback. The billboard compares the killing of a...

Poll: selling naming rights

Jun 14, 2016 / 7:47 pm
The City of Kelowna could be missing out on $1 million in revenue. Council is reviewing a report on sponsorship and advertising. "In 2015, Partnership Group conducted an inventory and valuation of several city properties and their associated assets, which would be appropriate for...

Poll: terror worries?

Jun 13, 2016 / 7:56 pm
Orlando mourned the 49 people slaughtered in the attack on a gay nightclub, as the White House and the FBI portrayed the killer Monday as an apparent "homegrown extremist" who espoused support for a jumble of often-conflicting Islamic organizations. The last of the bodies were removed...

Poll: greatest in hockey?

Jun 11, 2016 / 8:56 am
In a country where hockey is king, Gordie Howe ruled for decades. A Canadian icon, Howe grew up in the Great Depression playing hockey on prairie ponds — on hand-me-down or jerry-rigged skates. He went on to become Mr. Hockey, a tough and durable customer who could fight as well as he...

Poll: fighter jets?

Jun 9, 2016 / 8:28 pm
Will the Liberal government buy CF-18 fighter jets? Or F/A-18 Super Hornets? Or perhaps even F35s? The only thing that's clear right now is that the issue is murky. The company building the F35 fighter jet says all it wants is a chance to compete in an open and fair competition to be the...

Poll: more injection sites?

Jun 8, 2016 / 5:32 pm
Members of two British Columbia drug users' advocacy groups are calling on the government to open more safe injection sites in an accelerated effort to stop overdose deaths. Dozens of members from the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users and the B.C. Association of People On Methadone...

Poll: confiscate ID?

Jun 7, 2016 / 6:57 pm
The provincial government is changing its policy regarding confiscating ID at bars and clubs. Chris Harbord with the Ministry of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch explained the current terms and conditions for liquor licencees state that...

Poll: assisted dying?

Jun 6, 2016 / 5:32 pm
British Columbia's health minister has stepped in to clear up some confusion for doctors in the province who may be asked to provide medical assistance in dying. Monday is the deadline given by the Supreme Court of Canada for assisted dying legislation, making it legal to provide medical...

Poll: who's the greatest?

Jun 4, 2016 / 7:55 am
Muhammad Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died. He was 74. Ali suffered for years from Parkinson's disease, which ravaged his body but could never dim his larger-than-life presence. A...

Poll: vigilante justice?

Jun 2, 2016 / 7:34 pm
A Penticton man's mission to out child predators has police urging caution. Tyler Fritsen went undercover on a popular dating website as a 14-year-old girl and caught two alleged “creeps.” Fritsen is president of the new Penticton chapter of a Canada-wide organization that...

Poll: amphitheatre quashed?

Jun 1, 2016 / 5:27 pm
Vernon Monashee MLA Eric Foster appears to have single-handedly stopped a proposed amphitheatre project from proceeding at Okanagan College's Vernon campus. "MLA Foster nixes amphitheatre proposal at Okanagan College," stated a headline on a Liberal caucus press release. “It...

Poll: OK to shoot gorilla?

May 31, 2016 / 7:20 pm
Zoo officials have been criticized for shooting and killing a gorilla after a young boy ended up in its enclosure. Panicked zoo visitors watched helplessly and shouted, "Stay calm!" while one woman yelled, "Mommy loves you!" as a 400-pound-plus gorilla loomed over a...

Poll: deport criminals?

May 30, 2016 / 4:59 pm
A man who was recently sentenced to five years behind bars for a “savage” sucker punch in Kelowna in September 2014 had been issued a deportation order from Canada five years before the attack took place. Steven Edward Kollie was sentenced to a five-year prison sentence last week for...

Poll: biking to work?

May 28, 2016 / 8:25 am
It's Bike to Work and Bike and Walk to School Week May 30 to June 5. "Bike to Work Week is a celebration of active living through cycling, acknowledging those who already cycle regularly and encouraging others to give it a try in a fun and supportive environment,” said Mike...

Poll: take skeptics seriously?

May 26, 2016 / 8:00 pm
A UBC Okanagan professor is interested in what makes a climate change skeptic tick. Greg Garrard, a professor of sustainability, has partnered with academics at four universities around the world to investigate how climate change skeptics differ across different countries, and where this...

Poll: slacking on census?

May 25, 2016 / 8:02 pm
The 2016 census questionnaire was sent out in early May, and while a surprisingly high amount of Canadians have quickly filled it out, millions remain blank. According to Statistics Canada, it has has received 10.5 million census questionnaires as of Wednesday, about 70 per cent of the 15...

Poll: protective shields?

May 24, 2016 / 7:07 pm
Pepper sprayed, harassed, threatened and taken a drink tossed in the face. Kelowna transit drivers faced numerous assaults recently. Four people were arrested Friday in connection with several transit assaults, while two suspects are still wanted. The spate of violence has the local transit...

Poll: safe injection sites

May 21, 2016 / 7:00 am
Interior Health's plan to combat a drug overdose crisis that has plagued B.C. this year may include "safe injection services" in the Okanagan. In a presentation to Kelowna city council, two IH medical health officers outlined the health authority’s harm reduction strategies,...


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