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Poll: Not in my backyard?

Apr 24, 2015 / 4:30 pm

The five chiefs of the Nicola Valley First Nations declared a moratorium on sludge dumping at a ceremony in Shulush Thursday afternoon. The five chiefs represent the Upper Nicola, Nooaitch, Lower Nicola, Shackan and Coldwater Indian bands. They have been fighting the importation of sewage...

Poll: Regulate medical pot?

Apr 23, 2015 / 4:54 pm

The federal government is critical of the City of Vancouver's plan to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, saying it does not support making drugs more accessible. A spokesman for Health Minister Rona Ambrose says marijuana use is still illegal in Canada and the government expects all...

Poll: do you believe?

Apr 22, 2015 / 2:58 pm

“It is true, it does exist, I saw it with my own eyes,” says a Kelowna boater of a surprise experience with Ogopogo. Two women enjoying the sun and some fun time on the water had the scare of their life when they say Ogopogo swam near their boat. “It was a huge snake, I saw...

Poll: Learning respect?

Apr 21, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Players with West Kelowna Minor Hockey won't be allowed to step on the ice next season until their parents prove they can be polite. The Respect In Sport program has been offered for the past several years through Hockey Canada. West Kelowna Minor Hockey has always suggested parents take the...

Poll: Water standards?

Apr 20, 2015 / 5:05 pm

After an alternative approval process shot down expensive upgrades to the South East Kelowna Irrigation District water system in 2012, users are being faced with an option that will significantly increase the cost of that service. SEKID said in press release Monday it is moving forward with a...

Occupying premier's office?

Apr 17, 2015 / 5:05 pm

Native chiefs continue their sit-in at Premier Christy Clark's West Kelowna office – and say they're prepared to stay put through the weekend. The four chiefs and elders from Nicola Valley First Nations are protesting the shipment of sewage sludge from the Central Okanagan and...

Poll: Council prayer?

Apr 16, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran feels city council will likely suspend the practice of prayer before Tuesday night meetings in the wake of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling. In a unanimous decision handed down Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled Catholic prayer at the beginning of a council meeting in...

Poll: alternative energy?

Apr 15, 2015 / 4:28 pm

A White Rock company has gained approval to construct two wind farms in the Okanagan. When built, they will become the first wind farms in the region. Read more here.

Poll: Pot products for pets?

Apr 13, 2015 / 6:00 pm

A North Okanagan medical marijuana company is eyeing the market for pot for pets. Or rather, hemp proteins and oils derived from marijuana. True Leaf Medicine International has applied to become a Health Canada medical marijuana licensed producer. The Lumby firm, which has financial backing...

Poll: oil spill protection

Apr 12, 2015 / 7:30 am

Crews shifted focus on Saturday to cleaning the shoreline after the toxic spill in Vancouver's English Bay, as questions continued about whether the city's shuttered coast guard station could have meant a speedier response. About 2,700 litres of bunker fuel spilled on Wednesday from the...

Poll: thoughts on dog bans

Apr 10, 2015 / 8:04 pm

A nine-year-old Penticton girl is recovering after being attacked by a pit bull Saturday night, and her father is calling for a ban on the breed. The dog has since been euthanized. Read more here.

Poll: new liquor prices

Apr 9, 2015 / 12:15 pm

The price of alcohol on shelves at B.C. Liquor Stores may appear to be lower under the province's new liquor laws, but the cost will go up once you get to the till. As of April 1, prices on the shelf are the pre-tax amount, and the tax will be rounded in when you pay for your purchase....

Poll: Changes to the Senate?

Apr 7, 2015 / 4:30 pm

With the criminal trial of suspended Senator Mike Duffy underway, the majority of Canadians agree that when it comes to the future of this country’s upper house, its existing form has to change. They are split however, on whether change should come in the way of reforms to, or an outright end...

Poll: tighten the border?

Apr 6, 2015 / 3:52 pm

The provincial government's recent announcement of $1.3 million to keep invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of B.C. waters is welcome news. But it's not enough. Read more of our opinion here.

Poll: Breastfeeding at mall?

Apr 2, 2015 / 5:00 pm

A Vernon woman is upset and promising action after being told not to breastfeed her four-month-old son inside the Village Green Centre. “I was told there is a time and place for that by a security guard at the mall, and that it was inappropriate,” said Megan Dueling-Griffith. She...

Poll: Mussel fight enough?

Apr 1, 2015 / 4:30 pm

The provincial government will spend about $1.3 million in its fight against invasive quagga and zebra mussels. The program is designed to protect provincial lakes and rivers against the threat of the mussels which, according to Environment Minister Mary Polak, could threaten aquatic life and...

Poll: UFO believer?

Mar 31, 2015 / 5:10 pm

Almost half of Western Canadians believe UFOs are real, a new survey by Insights West reveals. British Columbians and Albertans are more likely to believe in the prevalence of unidentified flying objects than in the existence of Bigfoot or Ogopogo, the results found. The online survey about...

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...

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