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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,...

Poll: truly independent?

May 19, 2016 / 6:47 pm
The National Energy Board says the contentious $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is in Canada's best interests, despite increased greenhouse gas emissions and threats to killer whales off British Columbia's coast. The federal regulator issued its long-awaited report on...

Poll: kids will be kids?

May 18, 2016 / 4:47 pm
Rumours of a Kelowna Secondary School grad party happening on Sunday night has prompted RCMP to put out a warning to parents and students. Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says police are concerned about safety at the event, as the party will be unsanctioned and loosely organized by young...

Poll: long weekend plans?

May 17, 2016 / 6:59 pm
The May long weekend is right around the corner and it’s expected to be a busy but wet few days in the Okanagan. Environment Canada is forecasting a cloudy, rainy May long weekend. Rain or shine, there are lots of events happening around the Okanagan for those looking to be out and...

Poll: booze on boats?

May 16, 2016 / 6:32 pm
The B.C. government has launched a new campaign for boating safety this summer. Just in time for the long weekend, the province along with BC Liquor Stores and The Community Against Preventable Injuries, have announced a campaign to shift public attitudes toward drinking and boating. The ads...

Poll: staff for PM's wife?

May 13, 2016 / 8:26 pm
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife made headlines this week when she asked for extra staff to manage her official duties. The issue became fodder after Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was quoted in the Quebec City newspaper Le Soleil as saying she is overwhelmed by the crush of requests from...

Poll: fowl idea?

May 12, 2016 / 6:53 pm
Two 'Rent The Chicken' operators are lending fowl to people in British Columbia. The rental package comes with two or four egg-laying hens, a mobile coop, food and water dishes, and a food supply, including dried meal worms, which chickens apparently love. The rental fee ranges from $425...

Poll: text and drive?

May 11, 2016 / 4:47 pm
The fine for distracted driving is about to more than double. The provincial government announced this week the current $167 fine will jump to $368, effective June 1. The offence will also cost four penalty points instead of three. By raising the fine and imposing an extra penalty point,...

Poll: blood money?

May 10, 2016 / 5:13 pm
Advocates for "safe blood" have launched a provincial tour in support of a B.C. ban on paying for blood and plasma. They are calling on the province to follow Ontario and Quebec’s lead and implement the ban, following news that private company Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR)...

Poll: fire ban now?

May 9, 2016 / 5:13 pm
The wildfire season is off to an ominous start. The number of fires burning in the province (224), is already double last year and nearly double the 10-year average, while hectares burned (40,000), is almost 30 times the 10-year average. With the destruction in Fort McMurray in the...

Poll: wage hike enough?

May 7, 2016 / 8:59 am
Minimum wage will increase by 40 cents this year to $10.85 an hour. And it will increase at least another 30 cents by September 2017, as the provincial government increases the minimum wage in two stages. Meanwhile, the BC Chamber of Commerce is voicing its concern about the impact the two...

Poll: relying on CPP?

May 5, 2016 / 7:12 pm
Those relying on the Canadian Pension Plan are facing a meager rate of return, says a new study. “The reality is that Canadians born after 1971 are receiving modest returns from the CPP,” said Jason Clemens, executive vice-president at the Fraser Institute. Anyone born after 1955...

Poll: help for Alberta

May 4, 2016 / 8:01 pm
British Columbia's forests minister says the province can't send personnel to neighbouring Alberta before dealing with its own fires spurred by unseasonably dry weather. "Alberta understands that," Steve Thomson said Wednesday. He said officials have discussed the...

Poll: outings for killer?

May 3, 2016 / 7:11 pm
A British Columbia father who killed his three children while suffering psychosis has been granted escorted outings into the community, a privilege giving him limited new freedom seven years after the murders. Allan Schoenborn received the B.C. Review Board's approval even as the Crown...


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