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Arresting activists?

Nov 21, 2014 / 5:00 pm

A small group of protesters has linked arms and is chanting "Stop Kinder Morgan" as Mounties move in to end the months-long demonstration against the pipeline expansion. Media are reporting that some people have been arrested as police begin to enforce a court injunction granted on...

Shuffling the grades?

Nov 19, 2014 / 4:42 pm

As soon as next school year, students in the Rutland area may be shuffled around depending on their grade level. Following a decision made in December 2012 by the Board of Education the school district will change the middle school set-up to now have students in three new school configurations,...

Trusting the IIO?

Nov 18, 2014 / 4:45 pm

An independent agency created to handle serious cases involving police officers in British Columbia started its very first investigation by deploying two former cops who weren't legally permitted to be investigators, says a newly released report. And while a review of the case found no...

Pleased with your new council?

Nov 17, 2014 / 4:42 pm

Voters in six municipalities woke up to new mayors Sunday morning. Five of those were expected while one, Keith Fielding in Peachland went down to defeat. Throughout the valley, the other new municipal heads include Akbal Mund in Vernon, Colin Basran in Kelowna, Peter Waterman in Summerland,...

Getting out to vote?

Nov 13, 2014 / 4:55 pm

If voter turnout at advance polls is any indication, the turnout for Saturday's municipal election could be brisk. Through the first two days of advance voting in the Central Okanagan, 3,893 votes have already been cast in Kelowna, 1.012 in West Kelowna and 558 in Lake Country. Kelowna...

Downtown canals?

Nov 12, 2014 / 5:00 pm

It would appear TaxpayersFirst did not do their due diligence in putting forth a plan to revitalize Kelowna's Cultural District. The plan, unveiled Monday morning, calls for construction of a new 2,500 seat community theatre and water filled canals in place of several city streets in the...

Take time to remember?

Nov 11, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Well over a thousand people braved freezing conditions and strong winds to participate in one of the most well attended Remembrance Day ceremonies in years. The annual ceremony at the Kelowna City Park Cenotaph was full of emotion with many in tears during the solemn two minutes of silence where...

The Okanagan & film shoots

Nov 9, 2014 / 8:02 am

Recently Jon Summerland, Okanagan Film Commissioner, announced that the feature film, Go With Me, will be shot in Enderby and Lumby and will start production on November 12. The film which will star the renowned Academy Award winning actor Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Julia Stiles is being...

Slowing to 30?

Nov 6, 2014 / 4:48 pm

Drivers will soon have to slow down in the city of Penticton. Penticton Council approved recommendations around implementing the 30 km/h speed limits from Lakeshore Drive to Wade Avenue, and from Winnipeg Street to Ellis Street, inclusive of the existing Main Street from Lakeshore Drive to...

Police investigation?

Nov 4, 2014 / 5:00 pm

A Penticton rental home was trashed by the tenant and friends on Halloween night, according to the landlord. The damage to the house at 891 Government Street includes broken windows, spray painted messages such as "Trick treat or smell my feet," and kicked in sections of wall....

ForKelowna get your vote?

Nov 3, 2014 / 5:12 pm

ForKelowna has unveiled the four councillor candidates it will support in the upcoming Nov. 15 municipal election. After sending out questionaires to the candidates vying for a seat on council, ForKelowna announced Monday morning it is supporting Tracy Gray, Brad Sieben, Laura Thurnheer and Ryan...

More ways to vote?

Nov 2, 2014 / 6:59 pm

In a poll this week Castanet asked readers who intended to vote. 564 people responded to the poll. 76.6 per cent responded 'Yes' (432 people) 23.4 per cent responded 'No' (132 people) Although a small sample, this week's 'Yes' voters seem overly represented...

Still riding the bus?

Nov 1, 2014 / 4:00 pm

The man wanted in connection with Thursday's murder of a 55-year-old man aboard a Kelowna Transit bus is now in custody. The stabbing occurred around 6:30 p.m. Thursday night on the 8 University bus while it was stopped behind Dilworth Shopping Centre on Baron Road. A 55-year-old Kelowna man...

Planning to vote?

Oct 31, 2014 / 4:41 pm

Elections Penticton is offering advance voting opportunities next week for any eligible voters. The advance polls will be Nov. 5 and 6, with the first at City Hall, 171 Main Street, and the second at Cherry Lane Mall. The hours are between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. each day. The 2014 General Election...

A disrespectful remark?

Oct 29, 2014 / 4:51 pm

Vernon's mayor is blasting Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes over comments the mayor calls disturbing. Rob Sawatzky used Monday's city council meeting as a place to air his grievances with Mayes over comments Sawatzky says the MP made at the recent unveiling of a homeless memorial in...

Losing music festivals?

Oct 28, 2014 / 4:41 pm

One of Kelowna's two big summer music festivals is going by the wayside. After three years of losing money promoters have announced Keloha will not be returning in 2015 Wet Ape owner, Scott Emslie confirmed today the Keloha Music Festival will not be returning in 2015. Emslie says his...

Third party endorsements?

Oct 27, 2014 / 4:55 pm

TaxpayersFirst has come out swinging against ForKelowna, which participated in the 2011 campaign under the banner of, announced Thursday it would again become an entity in this year's election. ForKelowna says it will vet all the council candidates and...

Ready for Ebola?

Oct 23, 2014 / 5:24 pm

Kelowna general hospital is one of five hospitals designated to assess people at risk of having Ebola and to treat confirmed cases. British Columbia's health minister, Terry Lake, says a task force reviewed the province's protocols to respond in the unlikely event that the Ebola virus...

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...

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