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Poll: ALR regulations

Nov 25, 2015 / 5:45 pm
On-again, off-again weddings at Bo.ttega Farms in Kelowna are back on. A spokesman for the company said, following a media blitz by the Agricultural Land Commission Tuesday, a cease and desist order imposed in October has been lifted, meaning weddings booked for 2016 can go ahead. Read more

Poll: hospital laundry

Nov 24, 2015 / 5:26 pm
A study compiled by the Hospital Employees' Union has found no case for privatizing laundry services in the Interior Health region. Simon Fraser University economist Marvin Shaffer was commissioned to write the report. IH announced last year it would seek bids from the private sector to...

Poll: climate change policy

Nov 23, 2015 / 5:01 pm
The advent of new leadership in Ottawa and Alberta will allow Canada to shed its international reputation as an environmental pariah, premiers asserted Monday as they arrived for their first formal meeting with a prime minister in nearly seven years. Premiers praised Justin Trudeau's...

Poll: cost of refugees

Nov 20, 2015 / 5:21 pm
The cost of the Liberal government’s plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees has been pegged at $1.2 billion over the next six years, The Canadian Press has learned. A government document obtained by The Canadian Press that lays out the proposed funding model says $876.7 million would be...

Poll: highway maintenance

Nov 19, 2015 / 4:10 pm
Environment Canada released a special weather statement Tuesday afternoon for the Okanagan Connector, Highway 97C, between Merritt and Kelowna. The cold front brought heavy snow, 80 km/h wind gusts and contributed to crashes all over the Southern Interior, from the Okanagan Connector to the...

Poll: storm response

Nov 18, 2015 / 7:00 pm
BC Hydro and FortisBC crews worked as fast as possible to restore power across southern Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and the Southern Interior following a powerful wind storm on Tuesday. The Hydro website showed nearly 29,000 customers remained without power on the Lower...

Poll: peacekeeping

Nov 17, 2015 / 6:30 pm
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told his fellow G-20 leaders this week that Canada will still play an active role in the coalition fighting Islamic militants, despite his decision to withdraw fighter jets from the mission. Trudeau also called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant a...

Poll: war on ISIS

Nov 16, 2015 / 3:27 pm
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told his fellow G-20 leaders that Canada will still play an active role in the coalition fighting Islamic militants, despite his decision to withdraw fighter jets from the mission. Trudeau also called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant a "scourge" as...

Poll: tanker ban

Nov 13, 2015 / 3:39 pm
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is moving forward with Liberal campaign promises to reopen the Kitsilano coast guard base in Vancouver and ban oil tanker traffic on British Columbia's North Coast. Formalizing a 2010 tanker moratorium would put the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen...

Poll: accepting refugees

Nov 12, 2015 / 4:34 pm
Vernon's cadet camp is not adequately equipped to house Syrian refugees in the winter, according to a military spokesperson. Sgt. Todd Shepherd, who runs day-to-day operations at the camp, said most of the buildings are unheated. The Liberal government has pledged to bring 25,000 Syrians...

Poll: adult kids at home

Nov 11, 2015 / 12:04 pm
The percentage of young women living at home with parents or relatives has risen to its highest level since 1940 as more millennial women put off marriage, attend college and face high living expenses. A Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data found that 36.4 per cent of women...

Poll: would you kill Hitler?

Nov 10, 2015 / 4:45 pm
U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he once got an email asking if he would go back in time, if it were possible, and kill the baby Adolf Hitler. Bush's answer, according to a Huffington Post video clip: "Hell, yeah, I would. Look, you gotta step up man." Read more

Poll: you run the budget

Nov 9, 2015 / 5:33 pm
An online tool will go live on the City of Kelowna website, Thursday, giving residents a chance to play planner and control the 15-year capital budget. The online tool will allow residents to decide which features are important to them – and which ones are not. A consequence bar follows...

Poll: speed enforcement

Nov 6, 2015 / 4:58 pm
RCMP traffic officers in the North Okanagan will be focusing on speed this month as conditions begin to deteriorate heading into winter. More police will be out on the roads, particularly in the evening and early morning hours, according to Sgt. Dave Bell of North Okanagan Traffic...

Poll: Trudeau's cabinet

Nov 4, 2015 / 7:28 pm
Justin Trudeau has launched a new Liberal era with a 30-member cabinet that features predominantly fresh faces and an equal number of men and women. Fully 18 of the newly minted ministers are rookies who won election for the first time on Oct. 19. Trudeau's Liberals won a strong majority...

Poll: rating Harper

Nov 3, 2015 / 6:38 pm
On his final day as prime minister, Tuesday, Stephen Harper reached out to a public service which his government had a tense relationship with for the last nine years. Justin Trudeau will officially be sworn in as Canada's new prime minister on Wednesday. How would you rate Harper's...

Poll: elderly drivers

Nov 2, 2015 / 4:32 pm
Witnesses say an elderly woman is lucky to be OK after she drove her vehicle the wrong way up Highway 97 and collided with an oncoming pickup on Monday. Read more

Poll: time change

Oct 30, 2015 / 4:26 pm
Bob Dieno is getting international attention. By Friday morning, 9,700 people had signed Dieno's petition to stop the twice yearly time change. The Kamloops man wants B.C. to stick to Daylight Time all year long. “We've had people from Denmark sign it, we've had people from...

Poll: Halloween too big?

Oct 29, 2015 / 6:21 pm
It's Halloween Saturday when the nighttime streets are filled with trick or treaters dressed as ghosts, goblins and super heroes. During the day on Saturday, downtown Vernon businesses hold a treat trail for youngsters.

Poll: GMOs, yea or nay?

Oct 28, 2015 / 6:50 pm
European Union lawmakers have rejected a draft law that would have allowed countries to ban certain genetically modified food and animal feed even if the produce was authorized by EU authorities. Lawmakers fear the move could force a return to border controls to keep GMO produce out of some...

Poll: Condoms in school?

Oct 28, 2015 / 5:00 am
It is always a controversial topic. Should condoms be freely available in high schools to combat sexually-transmitted infections and teen pregnancies? Vernon's school board votes on a pilot project Wednesday night.

Poll: one-way streets

Oct 27, 2015 / 7:00 pm
Discussion of whether to return to two-way traffic throughout downtown Kelowna could heat up again next year. Council will be asked during budget deliberations in December to approve a request for money to study whether Leon and Lawrence avenues should be turned from one-way to two-way...

Poll: postal service

Oct 26, 2015 / 7:30 pm
Canada Post is halting the installation of community mailboxes, one week after the Trudeau Liberals were elected with a pledge to scrap the move away from door-to-door mail delivery. The Crown corporation says it is temporarily suspending the program. Read more

Poll: legalize it?

Oct 23, 2015 / 6:16 pm
The campaign trail saw Justin Trudeau promise to legalize and regulate marijuana. Now, with a Liberal majority, those in the medicinal pot industry are hoping Tudeau will turn his promise into a reality. Read more

Poll: strategic voting

Oct 22, 2015 / 7:01 pm
Unlike any prior vote, the 2015 federal election saw the rise of strategic voting. Websites informed voters who their best bet might be to unseat the Conservative Party – and in many cases it worked. According to an exit poll from Insights West, strategic voting worked in B.C., where...

Poll: urban deer

Oct 21, 2015 / 5:33 pm
Deer are a common sight in and around Kelowna, but a herd of downtown deer has been creating a buzz lately. A small herd of up to 12 deer has been reported in the downtown North End. But the B.C. Conservation Service says the deer are nothing new, nothing to worry about and are here to...

Poll: dog beaches

Oct 20, 2015 / 5:14 pm
Does Kelowna need more dogs parks, more dog beach areas – and, if so, where? Those are some of the questions the City of Kelowna will be asking residents as part of a survey. Read more

Poll: Election results

Oct 19, 2015 / 9:39 pm
Ready or not, a Trudeau is returning to 24 Sussex Drive, completing the first father-son dynasty in Canada's federal government history. Justin Trudeau, 43, will become Canada's next prime minister after his party steamrolled to a stunning majority victory Monday night following the...

Poll: Jays vs election

Oct 16, 2015 / 5:28 pm
The federal election is dealing with a late curveball hurled by the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays fans in the vote-rich 905 and 416 regions — studded with ridings that could help determine who becomes Canada's next prime minister — are certain to tune into the Jays game on...

Poll: auto insurance

Oct 15, 2015 / 6:10 pm
Get ready to pay more for car insurance. ICBC is asking the B.C. Utilities Commission for a 5.5 per cent increase in basic insurance rates. But, it could have been worse. An internal transfer of funds within ICBC lowered the proposed increase from 6.7 per cent. Read more

Poll: who are you voting for?

Oct 14, 2015 / 9:00 pm
Justin Trudeau mused about a majority Wednesday as his Liberals ride high atop polls that suggest they have the all-important momentum heading into next week's election — a surge that has them squarely in the Conservative crosshairs. With less than a week until the federal election,...

Poll: face coverings

Oct 13, 2015 / 4:52 pm
A woman who covered her face with a ski mask to vote in the federal election is getting a lot of attention after posting a YouTube monologue about the experience. Gale Throne was able to vote without difficulty and says she did so in protest of the recent Niqab debate, as she tried to prove how...

Poll: ski-hill helmets

Oct 8, 2015 / 5:04 pm
B.C. ski hills don't require a law making helmets mandatory for all skiers and boarders, says the executive vice-president of Big White Ski Resort. A coroner's report issued this week recommended the province make helmets mandatory as part of its inquest into the death of 16-year-old...

Poll: walk or drive?

Oct 7, 2015 / 4:50 pm
The sidewalks were crowded near Ellison school in Vernon Wednesday morning as elementary students walked, rode or used scooters as part of the national iWalk program. Older students led younger in a 'walking school bus'. The program's goal is to get kids moving rather than sitting...

Poll: trophy hunting

Oct 6, 2015 / 5:06 pm
British Columbians and Albertans are on the same page when it comes to trophy hunting, according to a new poll by Insights West. In an online survey, 91 per cent of British Columbians and 84 per cent of Albertans say they oppose hunting animals for sport. Most are supportive of huting for...

Poll: trade deal

Oct 5, 2015 / 7:00 pm
Twelve nations, including Canada, have reached a tentative deal on the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership — a massive Pacific Rim trading bloc billed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the largest-ever deal of its kind. After five days of marathon, around-the-clock negotiations in...

Poll: winefest

Oct 2, 2015 / 6:25 pm
The British Columbia Wine Awards kicked off event the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna, where a record 560 wines entered into the competition. The awards are the oldest and largest wine competition in B.C. and are open to all wineries that use 100 per cent of...

Poll: drugs in Kelowna

Oct 1, 2015 / 6:54 pm
Depending on how you interpret the numbers, Kelowna is Canada's drug capital. RCMP in the Central Okanagan have been busy trying to get those involved in the drug trade off the streets. The numbers back it up. But, whether it's good news or not depends on your perspective and which...

Poll: end the quotas?

Sep 30, 2015 / 4:36 pm
Dozens of dairy farmers from Ontario and Quebec protested on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, to raise concerns about protecting Canada's supply management system in Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he'll protect the quota system for Canadian dairy...

Poll: wine in grocery stores

Sep 29, 2015 / 6:49 pm
The sales of wine in B.C. grocery stores could signal the death of small and medium-sized wineries in the province, according to the B.C. Alliance for Smart Liquor Retail Choice. The organization is asking the province to impose a moratorium on issuing additional licences allowing grocery stores...

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