Sep 4, 2015 / 7:00 pm
Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair are setting up sharply contrasting visions of the role Canada's military can play in relieving an unfolding international humanitarian crisis that has consumed the federal election campaign. Read more
Sep 3, 2015 / 5:45 pm
The uncle of the three-year-old Syrian boy whose lifeless body has put a devastating human face on the Syrian refugee crisis has assailed Canada's refugee process. Rocco Logozzo told The Canadian Press that the system doesn't work, adding his family had money and plenty of room to house...
Sep 2, 2015 / 4:52 pm
Two teenagers are facing second-degree murder charges following the discovery of a body in Vernon's Polson Park. One of them is only 14 years old. Do you think youths charged with serious crimes should be tried and sentenced as adults? Read more
Sep 1, 2015 / 9:00 pm
The campfire ban in the Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres has been lifted. The ban was rescinded due to recent widespread precipitation, which resulted in a decreased risk of wildfires. The fire danger rating for the Kamloops region, which includes the Okanagan, is now primarily low to...
Aug 31, 2015 / 2:38 pm
It will be two months before the Insurance Corp. of B.C. applies for a specific change to basic insurance rates, but drivers across the province are being warned they will pay more. The provincial auto insurer says a recent leap in injury claims means that if its request were filed today, it...
Aug 28, 2015 / 8:00 pm
As water bombers scooped water from Okanagan Lake on Thursday to attack the rapidly burning Little White Mountain wildfire, some boaters didn’t get the memo to stay out of the way. Castanet received multiple reports Thursday afternoon of boaters in the area where air tankers were...
Aug 27, 2015 / 7:00 pm
The Canadian dollar sunk below 75 cent US for the first time since 2004 this week. Market volatility has been the norm lately, affected mainly by the economy in China. Has the turmoil affected your outlook?
Aug 26, 2015 / 4:45 pm
The Canadian Medical Association says school officials should be able to ask parents for proof that their children have been vaccinated. A resolution passed Wednesday at the association's annual general meeting in Halifax calls on governments to authorize elementary and secondary schools to...
Aug 25, 2015 / 3:00 pm
Over the past several weeks Castanet has received several emails and letters suggesting there may be a correlation between cigarette caused wildfires and the lack of ashtrays in vehicles. Todd Carter wrote this brief letter. I wonder if anybody has ever thought about how many fire more have...
Aug 24, 2015 / 5:30 pm
A Windsor, Ont., housekeeper said she expected the usual haul of linens and towels when she began cleaning a room at a Days Inn hotel — not a bag filled with US$4,700 in cash. But when Jenn Zojac spotted the purse left behind by a guest who had already checked out, she didn't think...
Aug 21, 2015 / 4:30 pm
An expanded Trans Mountain pipeline would add $18.2 billion to Canada's gross domestic product over 20 years, benefit First Nations and reduce environmental harm, Kinder Morgan says. The energy giant filed its final written submissions to the National Energy Board on Thursday, arguing the...
Aug 20, 2015 / 5:00 pm
Over the past several weeks aircraft fighting the Westside Road fire and the Testalinden fire were grounded when privately operated drones were spotted invading the air space. Pilots say drones are more dangerous to aircraft than birds, which have been known to take down aircraft. While these...
Aug 19, 2015 / 5:15 pm
A Salmon Arm resident has admitted to shooting and killing a neighbours dog he said was chasing his cattle. The owner contacted police but, because the neighbour claims his dog was chasing cattle, police said he had the legal right to shoot it. The RCMP are investigating. Click here to...
Aug 18, 2015 / 5:05 pm
Kelowna RCMP confirmed Monday that two suspicious packages located in Rutland Sunday night did not pose any danger to the public. To ensure public safety, the RCMP's Explosive Disposal Unit was called in, said Sgt. Ann Morrison. The area around Houghton Road, between Hein Road and...
Aug 17, 2015 / 7:00 pm
Contrary to published reports, there is no "smoking gun" when it comes to the cause of the Rock Creek wildfire. Media reports have blown up with speculation since Sunday that video exists of a cigarette butt flicker who may have started the destructive blaze. Read more
Aug 14, 2015 / 4:45 pm
A new poll conducted by Ipsos Reid suggests eight in 10 Canadians agree that electric cars are the way of the future. The poll was conducted on behalf of Hyundai. Three-quarters of all Canadians also agree they would like to have a car that is not powered by traditional gasoline...
Aug 13, 2015 / 7:00 pm
It's a poopy situation, and the City of Kelowna is letting dog owners know it is in their hands to do something about it. The city recently installed new signage in a few of its parks reminding dog owners “If they poop, you must scoop.” Those caught not picking up could face a...
Aug 12, 2015 / 5:52 pm
The National Energy Board has issued 145 draft conditions that Kinder Morgan must meet if its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is approved, including increased consultation with First Nations and upgrading its emergency response. Read more
Aug 11, 2015 / 2:22 pm
Kelowna's mayor is marshall of the Pride Parade, and the city has its first rainbow crosswalk – but not everyone is so accepting. Within moments of the rainbow crosswalk being announced and shared on social media, those who disagree with the sidewalk and/or the LGTBQ lifestyle were...
Aug 10, 2015 / 4:03 pm
The death of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe sparked a worldwide outrage. David Suzuki's latest commentary on the subject of trophy hunting brings the question home to B.C. A beloved animal, tagged for tracking by researchers, crosses the invisible boundary between protected and unprotected...
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