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Do you feel safe?

Oct 22, 2014 / 4:26 pm

Ottawa police are staying tight lipped on what information they have on Wednesdays shooting at Parliament Hill. They have confirmed that one shooter is dead, but would not say whether more shooters are still loose in the area. The alleged gunman has been identified as 32-year-old Michael...

Selling Centennial Park?

Oct 21, 2014 / 4:42 pm

The Rutland Park Society has agreed to sell Centennial Park to the City of Kelowna. As part of a deal negotiated with the society board, the city will take over ownership of the park and receive a road extension. The roadway would extend Shepherd Road through to Rutland Road North, utilizing...

Banished from community?

Oct 19, 2014 / 9:09 pm

A Kamloops man who criminally harassed his former girlfriend and her family will remain banished from the city as part of his probation. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley declined an appeal by Shane Adam to have his banishment from Kamloops, B.C., declared unconstitutional. Adam’s...

West Kelowna mayor's race?

Oct 17, 2014 / 5:00 pm

The mayor's race in West Kelowna is shaping up to be a three-way ballot. Two-term incumbent, Doug Findlater is being challenged on two fronts. First year politician, Stephen Johnston and veteran Mary Mandarino are both looking to upset Findlater, who has had a seat on council since West...

Upgrading roadways?

Oct 16, 2014 / 4:53 pm

The $6.2M upgrade to Westlake Road was officially opened Wednesday. Funding for the project came from various sources including the federal Gas Tax Fund ($500,000), ICBC ($98,000), local Development Costs Charges ($3.9M) and the District of West Kelowna ($1.63M). The project upgraded nearly...

In cahoots in Osoyoos?

Oct 15, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Newly minted Osoyoos mayoral candidate Sue McKortoff is defending the last-minute timing of her entry into the race. They say timing is everything, McKortoff made the leap at about the same time incumbent Mayor Stu Wells withdrew. Shortly before the 4 p.m. nomination deadline on Friday, Wells...

New mayor for Vernon?

Oct 14, 2014 / 5:08 pm

There will be a new face at the head of council in Vernon after all the ballots are counted Nov 15. Mayor Rob Sawatzky decided against seeking another term. Five names will be on the ballot to replace Sawatzky Nov 15. Included in that list are current councillor, Mary-Jo O'Keefe,...
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Mayor of Penticton?

Oct 12, 2014 / 10:35 am

The public can look forward to several interesting races in the South Okanagan, leading up to the Nov. 15 election. Two councillors and a local business owner are running for mayor in Penticton. While current Mayor Garry Litke announced this week, he will not seek another term as mayor. Who...

Who gets your mayoralty vote?

Oct 10, 2014 / 5:00 pm

As nominations close for the Nov 15 municipal election, Kelowna voters will get to choose between eight candidates for mayor. One thing is already guaranteed...there will be a new face leading the city after current mayor Walter Gray announced he would not seek another term. Most believe this...

Centennial Park sale?

Oct 7, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Members of the Rutland Park Society will get a chance to voice their opinion - again - on a proposal put forth by the City of Kelowna to purchase Centennial Park. Society members voted on the proposal back in August, however, it did not receive the required number of votes to proceed. In...

Concerns over Ebola?

Oct 6, 2014 / 5:00 pm

As West Africa's Ebola outbreak continues to rage, some experts are coming to the conclusion that it may take large amounts of vaccines and maybe even drugs — all still experimental and in short supply — to bring the outbreak under control. Embedded in that notion is the reality...

Paying more for guaranteed power?

Oct 2, 2014 / 4:54 pm

Last night’s power outage affected 22,000 customers after a fire broke out along the only line that serves the west side of Okanagan Lake. Residents from West Kelowna to Summerland were all left in the dark for approximately nine hours. Some people made the most of it by finding...

Too many restaurants?

Oct 1, 2014 / 4:50 pm

Employees at Wings restaurant in Rutland were utterly surprised Tuesday morning to find the front doors locked and a handwritten sign placed on the door saying the eatery was closed until further notice. Kylene Bray is a single mother who has worked as a server at Wings since they opened roughly...

Paddle centre at park?

Sep 30, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Much to the chagrin of some in the community, the Kelowna Paddle Centre has been granted a nine year lease to operate on a portion of parkland set aside for the new Cedar Avenue Park. City Council unanimously approved the lease Monday afternoon. The club was originally granted a three year,...

Cougars in your backyard?

Sep 29, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Three cougars have been killed, another is still on the hunt, in an area of Vernon north east of Swan Lake. It is believed the cats are all from the same family. Conservation officer, Terry Myroniuk, says people in the Keddleston and McLennan Road areas should be on the lookout for the cougar...

Chem trails?

Sep 27, 2014 / 7:12 pm

A group of concerned Kelowna citizens met on the pedestrian overpass by Orchard Park mall in protest of what they call geo-engineering Saturday. Geo-engineering or "chem trails" is the idea that foreign or local governments are using planes to spray chemicals including aluminum and...

Cycling in the South Okanagan?

Sep 26, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Cycling could be the new golf in the South Okanagan if one councillor's plan gains traction from the province. This was the second year Penticton council brought the idea of designating the South Okanagan an official cycling destination to the UBCM conference. Coun. Andrew Jakubeit said...

Voting against boredom?

Sep 25, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Being bored and unemployed has led a Kamloops man to seek the mayor's job in the upcoming civic election as he plans to stomp out boredom in politics. “I’m bored,” said 30-year-old Ben James, who is known for picking up dirty syringes around a park. “I’ve got...

Election ballot too crowded?

Sep 24, 2014 / 5:00 pm

The number of people who chose to seek a seat on Kelowna City Council has steadily risen over the last decade. In 2002, 22 people ran. That number jumped to 31 in 2005 and 36 in 2008...both records at the time. The last time we went to the polls in 2011, voters had to wade through a...

A holiday in Cabo?

Sep 23, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Since Castanet's first story on the Kelowna couple who survived Hurricane Odile, a few other Okanagan residents have shared their stories, adding to the picture of chaos that ensued in the wake of the storm. The category 4 Hurricane Odile ravaged Mexico's Baja Peninsula on Sunday Sept...


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