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Poll: escalate ISIS mission?

Mar 30, 2015 / 4:53 pm

The Islamic State has declared "war" on Canada, the Harper government is fond of saying. With Parliament poised to embark on a renewed, expanded combat mission, some analysts are wondering whether Canada has the stomach for what's ahead — whether it's a proxy war or...

Poll: fear of flying?

Mar 27, 2015 / 4:00 pm

Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French Alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said Friday. Investigators say the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight...

Poll: pay to support local?

Mar 26, 2015 / 4:13 pm

It’s 3 a.m. I am awake and pondering the best way of responding to an upset guest who is “irate” about the price of wine at 19 Okanagan Grill + Bar. We offer a glass of local wine in the range of $8 to $10. Recently, we are hearing that it’s too expensive for some...

Poll: best-before dates

Mar 25, 2015 / 5:00 pm

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency responded to complaints at Valoroso Foods last month, but an inspection by the agency found no food safety risk violations. According to Tammy Jarbeau with the government’s media relations department, the CFIA is continuing to follow up with the company...

Poll: left-lane hogs

Mar 24, 2015 / 3:49 pm

Drivers should think twice about hogging the left lane on highways when new rules come into effect. Legislation introduced this week will make it easier for police to ticket drivers who don't move over. The Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, 2015 clarifies that drivers are to travel in the right...

Using electronic cigs?

Mar 23, 2015 / 5:26 pm

The City of Kelowna has taken aim at E-cigarettes, drones and geocaching during its latest round of amendments to the Parks and Open Spaces bylaw. Parks manager Ian Wilson presented those changes to council Monday afternoon. At the top of the list was a change to the smoking bylaw to include...

Clark's approval rating?

Mar 20, 2015 / 4:00 pm

Christy Clark is Canada's second-least popular premier, according to a new Angus Reid poll. Only Manitoba's Greg Selinger fared worse, with a 22 per cent approval rating. Clark's popularity came in at 33 per cent, well above her personal low point of 25 per cent just before the BC...

Public breastfeeding?

Mar 18, 2015 / 2:30 pm

What began as an innocent request by a group of students has literally turned into a motherhood issue pitting breastfeeding moms against West Kelowna council. At last week's council meeting, a group of UBC Okanagan nursing students and a public health nurse asked the municipality to adopt a...

Poll: voting for own benefits

Mar 17, 2015 / 3:51 pm

Penticton council has voted to give itself health benefits. Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said council does tend to tiptoe around compensation matters, but this was important to deal with. Read the whole story here.

Poll: speeding fines

Mar 16, 2015 / 1:57 pm

RCMP had another busy weekend nabbing speeders between Vernon and Winfield. Officers from both North and Central Okanagan Traffic Services combined their efforts to impound eight vehicles for excessive speeding and hand out 50 tickets.

Raising the minimum wage?

Mar 13, 2015 / 4:34 pm

The B.C. Federation of Labour was quick to jump all over the Liberal government’s announcement today that it is raising the minimum wage, stating it is "extremely disappointed in the minimalistic rise of only 20 cents per hour." The federation had been calling on government to...

Poll: Getting on the bus?

Mar 12, 2015 / 4:53 pm

Monday's decision by city council to increase transit fares could signal another round of off-street parking fee increases in Kelowna. According to a council resolution passed in 2001, monthly parking fees should be set at a rate 10 per cent higher than an adult monthly transit pass. At...

Ban swearing and spitting?

Mar 11, 2015 / 4:49 pm

As word quickly spread across social media that a small town in Alberta had brought in a new bylaw to combat bad behaviour, the snarky comments, jokes and satire soon followed. Many have compared the bylaw, and therefore the town of Taber, to the fictional setting of the 1984 movie...

Poll: what about burning?

Mar 10, 2015 / 10:56 am

Poll: time change OK?

Mar 9, 2015 / 1:46 pm

Bang for your transit buck?

Mar 6, 2015 / 4:45 pm

You can expect to pay more to ride the bus in the Central Okanagan later this year. Average fare increases of 16 per cent are being recommended across the board in response to increased operating costs, significant capital investments and improved service routes. City council is being asked...

Are your kids safe?

Mar 5, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Tips are coming in as RCMP work on three incidents of attempted child luring in the Central Okanagan. Police say they are still treating the three incidents as unrelated and have no reason or evidence to suggest the cases are linked. Because of this, the public is urged to direct tips to the...

300 sq ft of paradise?

Mar 3, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Kelowna is trending smaller, at least when it comes to apartment sizes. City council Monday gave rezoning approval for a proposed 24-micro-unit row housing development at the corner of Ethel Street and Glenwood Avenue. This is the third such development given initial approval by council over...

NDP ready to lead?

Mar 2, 2015 / 5:00 pm

About 300 people attended a BC NDP conference focused on campaign tactics for 2017, held in Penticton this weekend. Party faithful of all ages were treated to inspirational speakers and breakout sessions at the Forward conference at the trade and convention centre. "We were doing...

Would you eat GMO apple?

Mar 1, 2015 / 10:21 am

Just two weeks after the Summerland-developed, non-browning Arctic Apple was approved for sale in the United States, the company has sold for $41 million. Read more here.

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