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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...
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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...

Poll: sex for rent?

May 2, 2016 / 7:37 pm
The proliferation of sex-for-rent ads in Vancouver is a growing concern for women's advocates. Ads on sites like Craigslist posted under "rooms & shares" offer free rent, seeking attractive female tenants in exchange for "discreet and mutual arrangements." One ad...

Poll: drink BC wine?

Apr 30, 2016 / 9:38 am
The Spring Wine Festival is underway until May 8. Okanagan wines are front and centre during a number of events planned all over the Okanagan Valley. There's no shortage of local award-winning wines to try. Wines from around the valley took home a lion's share of the 2016 British...

Poll: divided over pipelines?

Apr 28, 2016 / 9:12 pm
The premier of Alberta says she has no interest in turning the current pipeline debate into an inter-provincial shouting match that strains national unity. Rachel Notley said she intends to have a respectful conversation based on the facts, allowing both sides of the issue to feel like...

Poll: premier's pay

Apr 27, 2016 / 8:41 pm
Premier Christy Clark is drawing heat for receiving an annual stipend of up to $50,000 from British Columbia's Liberal Party in addition to her annual salary of about $195,000. B.C.'s conflict-of-interest commissioner is reviewing complaints from New Democrat David Eby and Democracy...

Poll: Mushroom or Lake?

Apr 26, 2016 / 7:30 pm
Lake Avenue Beach or Mushroom Beach? It depends on who you ask. The debate over the name is only one point of contention between two factions with different ideas of what the downtown Kelowna beach should embrace. While the topless clean up of the beach last week is being hailed by some,...

Poll: Ogopogo, stay or go?

Apr 25, 2016 / 8:06 pm
Kelowna council unanimously sided Monday with Ogopogo, brushing aside a recommendation the creature be replaced as the face of the city on its parade float. City staff had recommended an "Active By Nature" theme, a brand the city has been developing, which staff say represents a...

Poll: butt toss hotline?

Apr 23, 2016 / 9:36 am
The early wildfire season is making people worried. Property has already been destroyed by fire, people evacuated and a state of emergency called in Northern B.C. And it's only April. Meanwhile, Castanet received a call from an infuriated reader who witnessed a driver toss a cigarette out...

Poll: right to die?

Apr 21, 2016 / 8:35 pm
Parliament is in a race against the clock to pass right-to-die legislation. On June 6, the legal ban on assisted dying will be lifted due to a Supreme Court ruling that struck down the ban. Still, it remains a divisive issue. So much so, Kelowna Right to Life is fighting the proposed...

Poll: dawdling on dope?

Apr 20, 2016 / 5:08 pm
One of the Liberal Party's most talked about promises during the federal election was to legalize marijuana. On Wednesday, Health Minister Jane Philpott announced Canada's legislation to begin the process of legalizing and regulating marijuana will be introduced next spring. However,...

Poll: worried about fire?

Apr 19, 2016 / 2:54 pm
It's only April, yet already residents in the northern B.C. city of Fort St. John are being evacuated over wildfires. At least one property was destroyed Monday when high winds and warm temperatures spread wildfires. Peace River Regional District declared a state of local emergency Monday...

Poll: rainbows on campus

Apr 18, 2016 / 4:34 pm
A stairway promoting acceptance of all different kinds of sexuality was opened to the public Monday at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The rainbow "stairway to inclusion" was unveiled as part of an 18-month awareness-raising project. It is now located on a stairway outside the...

Poll: $8M too much?

Apr 16, 2016 / 5:48 am
Fundraising for the new Okanagan Rail Trail is expected to begin next month. Organizers say nearly $8 million will need to be raised to develop 50 kilometres of former CN Rail track now owned by municipalities from Kelowna to Coldstream. Development would include basic trail construction,...

Poll: save cat from pole?

Apr 14, 2016 / 5:03 pm
It took the utility companies four days and public pressure before attempting to rescue a cat stranded on a high-voltage power pole. FortisBC initially said on Twitter that the safest solution is to let the cat come down on its own — even after it had been stuck on the pole for three days....

Poll: should he stay or go?

Apr 13, 2016 / 6:44 pm
Tom Mulcair made it clear Wednesday he intends to stay at the helm of the federal New Democrats until the party chooses his successor — and this time, he enlisted his fellow NDP caucus members to endorse the decision. Talk of persistent grumbling within the caucus has been dogging the NDP...

Poll: Uber in Kelowna?

Apr 12, 2016 / 6:23 pm
Uber, the ride-sharing company that has proved popular in the United States and several Canadian cities, hosted two information sessions in Kelowna Monday. Castanet hit the street of Kelowna to see how locals feel about the possibility of Uber coming to town. While the company is currently...

Poll: dog poop enforcement

Apr 11, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Since January 2015, bylaw officers with the Regional District of Central Okanagan have issued only one ticket to people for not picking up after their pets. Communications Officer Bruce Smith said the district has also doled out 15 warnings over the past 15 months. He stressed the district...

Poll: safe in Mexico?

Apr 8, 2016 / 7:01 pm
Jessica and Trevor Aitken's trip to Mexico turned into a terrifying experience where they were kidnapped, robbed, held at gunpoint and left begging for their lives. The two recently travelled to Mazatlán to surprise Trevor’s parents who were vacationing in a gated community...

Poll: political donations

Apr 7, 2016 / 7:50 pm
Premier Christy Clark says she's not about to overhaul British Columbia's political funding rules despite Opposition pressure to ban corporate and union contributions and limit individual contributions. Clark says she represents all British Columbians and that the amount of money...

Poll: political correctness

Apr 6, 2016 / 7:05 pm
A plus-size women's clothing store has apologized to an employee for firing her for using the word "fat" to describe customers. Connie Levitsky wrote on her Facebook page: "Conquering the world, one well-dressed fat lady at a time." A statement from Addition Elle says...

Poll school rankings

Apr 5, 2016 / 6:34 pm
It's the yearly song and dance between the Fraser Institute and B.C. teachers. Each year, the institute publishes its elementary school rankings based on the results of the province's Fundamental Skills Assessment. And, each year, teacher's associations denounce the report as...

Poll: Hockeyville

Apr 4, 2016 / 6:54 pm
Kraft Hockeyville organizers in Lumby are happy about their win in the national contest. But whether the village will host its prize of a pre-season NHL game remains to be seen. Organizers are tight lipped, but some media are reporting the game will have to be held in a larger venue than...


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