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Naming Kelowna's new hotel?

Aug 29, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Ten years after it was vacated and eight years after its demolition, a hotel will once again rise up on the site of the old Willow Inn. Westcorp Inc. jumped its final hurdle Tuesday when City Council unanimously voted to issue a development permit for construction of a 24-storey hotel on the...

An expensive sip?

Aug 27, 2014 / 5:00 pm

If you're an aficionado of scotch, or a collector of rare things, you may want to be in Vancouver Sept 9. On Sept 9, three bottles of ultra-rare, collectible, 60-year-old Glenfarclas Scotch whisky will be put up for sale at the Signature BC Liquor Store at 39th and Cambie in...

Returning to class?

Aug 26, 2014 / 5:27 pm

As the month of August continues to tick down, the prospect of a settlement in the ongoing labour dispute between teachers and the province dwindles. Pickets returned to many schools within the School District 23 boundaries and across the province as the BC Teachers Federation continues to call...

Gambling in Kamloops?

Aug 25, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Against the wishes of city staff and a lone councillor, Kamloops will be getting a new, stand-alone casino. Council voted 7-1 during a public hearing Tuesday to grant Gateway Casino's OCP and rezoning application for a new, stand alone building in the former Rona location on Versatile...

Wet weather enough?

Aug 23, 2014 / 8:28 pm

Light up those campfires, the ban has been lifted throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre's area, including the Okanagan. The current campfire prohibition is being rescinded due to recent precipitation, which has resulted in a decreased wildfire risk in the region. Anyone lighting a campfire...

What is your favourite fruit?

Aug 22, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Okanagan fruit has benefited from the great weather we have been having. The sunshine has provided a bountiful harvest for growers. What is your favourite fruit? Take our poll and let us know. Here are the blossom and harvest dates for the Central Okanagan: APRICOTS Blossom: April 10...

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...

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