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Gas price poll

Sep 19, 2014 / 8:00 pm

Drivers in the South Okanagan might be wondering why gas is more expensive for them compared to other areas of the valley. It turns out, it could be their own fault. On Friday, gas prices ranged from a low of 124.9 per litre for regular fuel in Kelowna, to a high of 135.9 in Osoyoos, and that...

Chasing armed criminals?

Sep 17, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Knowing how things turned out, he would probably do it the same way all over again. That comment was made by Crown witness Michael Scott, who spoke with the media outside the Kelowna Courthouse following his testimony in the Michael Ellis attempted murder trial. Scott chose to continue...

Good deal for teachers?

Sep 16, 2014 / 5:00 pm

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon in Vancouver, Premier Christy Clark referred to a tentative agreement with teachers as "historic". If ratified by teachers -- who are expected to vote on the proposed contract Thursday -- the deal would see schools reopened as early as Monday,...

$15 minimum wage?

Sep 15, 2014 / 11:17 am

The New Democrats are promising to bring back the minimum wage for federal employees if they form the next government. NDP leader Tom Mulcair announced in Vancouver today that he would make the minimum wage for workers in federally regulated sectors $15 an hour. Mulcair says the Liberals and...

Higher taxes to end strike?

Sep 12, 2014 / 5:00 pm

BC's education minister is no longer ruling out back-to-work legislation as an option for ending the weeks-long teachers' strike. Peter Fassbender has repeatedly rejected asking the legislature to force a solution, but he now says the reality is that government has the ultimate ability...

Tax freeze?

Sep 11, 2014 / 5:00 pm

City Hall is broken and it needs to be fixed. That's the mantra of the newly formed Taxpayers First, a municipal political party that has sprung up in Kelowna. "Taxpayers never get asked anything," says party founder, Carol Gran who says that needs to change. "There are...

Banning MMA?

Sep 9, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Despite some seemingly vocal opposition in the months leading up to the decision, only one person spoke out against the City of Vernon’s Mixed Martial Arts ban. And, without any real opposition to the ban, council voted unanimously to enact the new bylaw that now prevents any future...

Arbitrating a settlement?

Sep 8, 2014 / 6:00 pm

The B.C. Teachers' Federation will conduct a provincewide vote on Wednesday, asking members if they're prepared to end the strike if the government agrees to drop a contract clause over class size and composition and to binding arbitration. Education Minister Peter Fassbender already...

Seat belts needed on buses?

Sep 6, 2014 / 3:15 pm

At the end of August, a tour bus crashed injuring nearly 50 people and closing the Coquihala for some time. Many of the occupants were ejected from the vehicle. In light of the devastating Western Bus Lines tour bus crash on the Coquihalla Highway, do you believe it is now time to make seat...

Men's only haircuts?

Sep 5, 2014 / 5:00 pm

ORIGINALLY POSTED IN REGINA LEADER POST SEPT 3, 2014 A local barbershop's men-only policy has created a heated debate, with critics labelling the rule as discriminatory while others defended the concept. Claire Carter, assistant professor of women's and gender studies at the...

Placing blame?

Sep 4, 2014 / 5:18 pm

BC Federation of Labour President, Jim Sinclair expressed dismay that Premier Christy Clark has made it even more difficult to find a resolve to the teacher’s dispute. In her press conference today, the Premier was critical of teachers and blamed them solely for school closures. “The...

Should teachers suspend the strike?

Sep 3, 2014 / 11:00 pm

On Wednesday the premier of BC chastised the teachers' union and urged its members to cast aside its strike action on Wednesday, inciting a defensive response from teachers' federation. Christy Clark stood beside her education minister and outlined her view of the steps required to get...

Is your online data safe?

Sep 2, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence have been leaked online. Pictures of the Oscar-winning actress have appeared over the internet, with reports suggesting that an anonymous hacker was able to post the images after gaining access to the actress' mobile phone via Apple's online storage...

Negotiation or legislation?

Sep 1, 2014 / 2:08 pm

All summer long, there's been one overriding conversation amongst parents who have school-age children: British Columbia's acrimonious teachers' strike. Project analyst Robert Ford, with Credential Financial, has a 12-year-old daughter and six-year-old son who won't be starting...

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...

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