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Beer pipeline

Feb 22, 2017 / 12:01 am

This amazing underground pipeline carries beer from a Belgian brewery to its bottling plant in Bruges.

Most easily scared man

Feb 22, 2017 / 12:01 am

Is this the most easily scared man in the world? Either way, at least he's pretty good natured about it.

Warriors drop home finale

Feb 21, 2017 / 10:00 pm

The Penticton Vees were too much for the West Kelowna Warriors Tuesday night. In what could have been the final regular season home game for the Warriors, the...

Snowbombing at Sun Peaks

Feb 21, 2017 / 10:00 pm

It's already a festival in Europe. The organizer of Snowbombing Austria says Sun Peaks Resort was an easy choice to host the inaugural North American event....

Assassin's deadly touch

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:53 pm

The women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals then wipe them on his...

Lady Liberty says welcome

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:45 pm

The National Park Service is trying to figure out who unfurled a giant banner at the Statue of Liberty saying "Refugees Welcome." Park Service...

Ford buzzes airliner

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:20 pm

Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern...

Abby police probe dropped

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:15 pm

British Columbia's police complaints commissioner is dropping an investigation into more than 100 misconduct allegations against police officers in...

Telus Kelowna Cup is back

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:00 pm

Big White will host the third annual Telus Kelowna Cup this March. The ski and snowboard race is on Saturday March 4 with all proceeds going to support amateur...

Off the road in Trout Creek

Feb 21, 2017 / 8:56 pm

Emergency crews were called to an accident on Highway 97 near Summerland Tuesday evening. Witnesses said a car took out a stop sign and came to rest in the...

Kelowna man missing

Feb 21, 2017 / 8:30 pm

Friends and family are desperately seeking information on the whereabouts of a missing Kelowna man. Jordan Meade McBurney, 31, has not been heard from since...

Drone to the rescue

Feb 21, 2017 / 8:23 pm

For the first time in B.C., a drone has been used to locate missing people. Kamloops Search and Rescue launched the heat-seeking drone to help find seven...

The most congested city?

Feb 21, 2017 / 8:05 pm

Montreal was found to be the most congested Canadian city, according to new analysis of traffic congestion around the world. Montreal drivers spent 52 hours in...

On tap this week for the UBC Okanagan Heat (Feb 24-25)

Feb 21, 2017 / 8:03 pm

Season closes this weekend for home Heat action with a volleyball doubleheader versus MacEwan. Saturday night graduating players will be celebrated. Beer...

$35 per person for SOEC

Feb 21, 2017 / 8:00 pm

The South Okanagan Events Centre complex is expected to cost about $35.26 per capita next year – an increase of about $1.70 over last year. Overall, the...

Not happy with new sign

Feb 21, 2017 / 7:49 pm

A Vancouver city councillor is stunned a new sign will cost the city $8,000. "With all due respect to the designer, it appears that they went, found a font...

175 km/h in an 80 zone

Feb 21, 2017 / 7:21 pm

A speeder was nabbed doing more than twice the limit on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Friday. RCMP caught the man zooming toward Whistler, just outside of Squamish,...

$1.8M more to policing

Feb 21, 2017 / 7:00 pm

A potential increase of RCMP officers to the Penticton detachment would be based on the crime rate and crime reduction, according to a budget presentation at...

No penalty in flag flap

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:56 pm

The Mississippi House has rejected an effort to punish universities for not flying the state flag that prominently features the Confederate battle emblem. All...

Hwy 97 now open

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:27 pm

UPDATE 8:35 P.M. DriveBC is reporting the highway is now open. Highway 97 north of Vernon is closed due to an accident. DriveBC is reporting the road is closed...

Injury accident in Lavington

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:16 pm

Castanet has been told one person was taken to hospital with serious injuries following an accident on Highway 6. The collision occurred in Lavington Tuesday...

UBCO students give back

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:14 pm

Last week, UBC Okanagan students once again generously volunteered their time to help local charities through the United Way Day of Caring® Program. More...

People are living longer

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:03 pm

While most people born in rich countries will live longer by 2030 — with women in South Korea projected to reach nearly 91 — Americans will continue...

Hundreds rescued in Cali.

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:01 pm

Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats full of people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighbourhood inundated Tuesday by water from an...

Future firefighter rewarded

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:00 pm

A young North Westside firefighter has been awarded an inaugural scholarship for his work and contributions to the community. At the age of 16, Nicolaas...

Poll: creepy probe

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:54 pm

British Columbia's privacy watchdog has launched a probe into a controversial vigilante group. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner...

12 year old found

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:52 pm

UPDATED 5:57 P.M. RCMP say Ashton Desmond Dirks has been reunited with his family. Kelowna RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a...

Rockets-Oil Kings preview

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:36 pm

The Kelowna Rockets are looking to finish off a four-game home stand on a high note Wednesday night against the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings. "I think...

Glaring holes in budget

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:15 pm

While the B.C. Liberals are singing the praises of a balanced budget, the BC Nurses Union is singing a different tune. BCNU president Gayle Duteil said...

Backyard ninja burgled

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:06 pm

A bow, bow bag, six arrows and a Japanese style sword were reported stolen from Manor Park Avenue in Penticton on Feb 14. The items were taken out of a...

Dog saves kids in snow fort

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:05 pm

A Nova Scotia man is praising the efforts of the family dog for helping save him and two young boys who were buried under a heavy mountain of snow after their...

Slain bus driver laid to rest

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 pm

Family, friends, and bus drivers gathered to say goodbye to a Winnipeg Transit driver brutally killed on the job. The service for 58-year-old Irvine Jubal...

Evening update Feb. 21

Feb 21, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Feb. 21, with reporter Wayne Moore.

1 year for attempted gassing

Feb 21, 2017 / 4:53 pm

A South Okanagan man who pleaded guilty to a charge of administering a noxious thing with intent to endanger, was sentenced to one year in Penticton court on...

Coroner probes child death

Feb 21, 2017 / 4:42 pm

The BC Coroners Service says it is investigating the death of a three-year-old girl at Abbotsford Regional Hospital earlier this month. The service says Nimrat...

An evening with three Canadian authors

Feb 21, 2017 / 4:34 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Nationally acclaimed poet Judith Pond from Calgary will join two emerging homegrown talents for an evening of readings at...

Exquisite estate

Feb 21, 2017 / 4:27 pm

Kelowna south/east estate property is breathtaking. The home is a Private 2.59 acre estate with an exquisite blending of view, location and architectural...

Goodbye, old friend

Feb 21, 2017 / 4:21 pm

Crews working on the widening of Highway 97 jumped the gun by a few hours today. Initially, the Welcome to Kelowna sign on the highway just north of Sexsmith...

Call for Ambassadors

Feb 21, 2017 / 4:14 pm

BC Culture Days invites BC artists to apply for the 2017 Ambassador and Awards Program. Winners will receive $1,000 towards their role as a BC Culture Days...

Cops say they're bullied

Feb 21, 2017 / 4:11 pm

A group of Calgary Police Service employees plans to submit formal bullying and harassment complaints to the chief to push for changes they say are desperately...

TRU Law hosts BC Cup, takes second

Feb 21, 2017 / 4:06 pm

In a repeat of last year’s finish, TRU Law placed second at the BC Law Schools Competitive Moot over the weekend. The annual competition sees teams from...

Easter Seal donation

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:59 pm

The Kelowna Lioness; made up of 29 local ladies aging from their twenties to their nineties, have fund raised another $3,600.00 totalling $7,000.00 for the...

Dragon boating video debut

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:57 pm

The public is invited to the Penticton Lakeside Resort’s Barking Parrot, Wednesday, to be the first to see a new promotional video, filmed at the 2016...

RCMP chopper in training

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:54 pm

A helicopter hovering above Okanagan Lake near Rattlesnake Island raised the concerns of some, but the RCMP say it's nothing to worry about. A Peachland...

Transparency on safety

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:50 pm

The Alberta Energy Regulator is making it easier for the public to see which oil and gas companies are falling behind on pipeline safety. The regulator launched...

Library transforms itself

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:49 pm

Phase 1 of renovations to the downtown Kelowna branch of Okanagan Regional Library is almost complete. The renos include new flooring throughout, and a...

Wrong time to call 911

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:48 pm

Police say a teen ticketed for speeding in eastern Ontario apparently couldn't wait to go to court to contest the charge — he called 911. Ontario...

Layoffs at Lowe's

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:47 pm

Home improvement retailer Lowe's has announced its second round of layoffs in just over a month, saying more than 500 full-time corporate employees...

Don't mess with mom

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:39 pm

A Pennsylvania college student got a reminder to take out the trash when his mother sent him some garbage in a care package. Eighteen-year-old Connor Cox tells...

Rocking the house

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:39 pm

It's time to hurry hard in the Shuswap. The best senior curlers in B.C. are rocking the house in Salmon Arm for the 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships....

Lab holds up crash probe

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:13 pm

A backup at a laboratory used by the North Okanagan RCMP and other detachments is holding up an investigation into a fatal crash on Highway 6 that occurred...

Fatal snorkelling accident

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:04 pm

A Penticton woman was killed in a snorkelling accident last week in Thailand. Shelly Bot, 50, was on vacation on the island of Koh Tao with her partner when she...

Mixed reviews on budget

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:04 pm

The province released its 2017/2018 budget Tuesday, only months before the provincial election. The budget was met with mixed responses from several...

Mystical Machu Picchu

Feb 21, 2017 / 3:00 pm

One of my first “bucket list” trips was to Machu Picchu, Peru. I was recently out of a bad relationship and looking for some spiritual sustenance...

Targeted hit in Abbotsford

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:59 pm

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team believes an Abbotsford homicide was targeted. IHIT is working with Abbotsford Police and coroner’s service...

U SPORTS TOP TEN TUESDAY: Heat women No. 9 heading into final week

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:56 pm

Volleyball with their last action of the year with a home stand against MacEwan. Saturday night graduating senior players celebrated. UBC Okanagan women's...

A 'miracle' he's alive

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:51 pm

"It's a miracle the driver is still alive." That's the reaction of a driver who witnessed a crash between a semi-truck and a Nissan Murano....

Roblox warning issued

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:50 pm

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is warning parents following reports of sexually suggestive messages being sent through the popular Roblox...

Phones finally restored

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:40 pm

Land line phone service has been restored to 500 customers in Kamloops. The service was knocked out on Friday when rising temperatures caused snow melt to flood...

MSP cuts promised

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:30 pm

UPDATED: 2:30 p.m. B.C.'s finance minister tabled what he said is the province's fifth consecutive balanced budget in the legislature Tuesday afternoon....

Adding more city staff

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:29 pm

The City of Penticton is considering the hiring of up to four new staff, which would cost up to $463,000 per year. That staffing increase would bring the city...

Police hunt for stolen car

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:28 pm

Police are scouring Westside Road Tuesday afternoon after a car was stolen. Several RCMP cruisers were spotted on Westside Road and Bear Lake Main Road at about...

Lots of choices on ballots

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:22 pm

There are plenty of choices for the leadership of the Okanagan Indian Band. The OKIB will holding its elections March 29. There are 33 people running for 10...

Potholes

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:22 pm

I, amongst about 2 or more thousand people, drive to work in the dark morning and evening hours. This means no light to see road potholes. Add to this oncoming...

The law of crosswalks

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:17 pm

There appears to be some confusion with respect to the law of crosswalks as evidenced in 2 recent letters to the editor. Motorists have a duty, no matter what,...

Better treatment for hep C

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:17 pm

The province is promising better access to treatment thanks to the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance. “This agreement changes the landscape for...

No sentence in pizza attack

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:10 pm

A Penticton man who pleaded guilty to slashing a pizza delivery driver with a box cutter will have to wait a few more weeks to be sentenced. Dayne Jones, 28,...

Keep caretakers in parks

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:01 pm

On February 9th, the RDCO Board approved the Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Management Plan. To their credit, this version of the plan responded to many public...

Rare studio sale

Feb 21, 2017 / 2:00 pm

Kelowna artist, Katie Brennan, will be having a once in a lifetime studio sale on Saturday, Feb 25th and Sunday Feb 26th from 2 - 6pm at the Rotary Centre for...

Very misleading article

Feb 21, 2017 / 1:57 pm

My fellow Trustees and I were dismayed to see a very misleading article about our school, the Kelowna Waldorf School, posted February 18th on your website by...

Dump truck crash, city sued

Feb 21, 2017 / 1:39 pm

A West Kelowna woman is suing the City of West Kelowna after a city-owned dump truck allegedly rear-ended her, causing her significant injury. Alexis Podas...

Check out hot new art

Feb 21, 2017 / 1:24 pm

The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan is heating things up this winter with a series of hot new art exhibitions across nine locations in Kelowna. Artscape is...

Search for 'dangerous' man

Feb 21, 2017 / 1:19 pm

Police in Prince George are on the hunt for an “armed and dangerous” man who's charged with kidnapping and attempted murder. The RCMP is seeking...

Snowbombing Apr 6-10

Feb 21, 2017 / 1:09 pm

When organizers of the world’s premier outdoor winter music festival, Broadwick Live, began their search to create an epic North American festival modeled...

Farm sorry for Spall spill

Feb 21, 2017 / 12:57 pm

The manager of a farm in Spallumcheen where a sewage lagoon breached its banks last Thursday has apologized for the incident and said remedial action was taken...

Kendrick avoids friends

Feb 21, 2017 / 12:45 pm

Anna Kendrick avoids making single friends as she worries about being roped into their weddings. The Hollywood star is currently promoting her upcoming movie,...

Mussel fight heats up

Feb 21, 2017 / 12:43 pm

The Okanagan Basin Water Board is urging the province to include proper mussel prevention funding and says there isn’t much time to stall. With news of...

Milo resigns from Breitbart

Feb 21, 2017 / 12:28 pm

Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned as editor of Breitbart Tech. The right-wing provocateur has come under fire after the revelation of a video in which he appears...

The A.B. Project

Feb 21, 2017 / 12:20 pm

Internationally recognized dramatist David Glass will co-host a free theatre workshop with Revelstoke's Flying Arrow Productions that will give youth...

Wacky frozen hair contest

Feb 21, 2017 / 12:18 pm

Think of the frost fairy on a really bad hair day. Those are the prospective winners at the Takhini Hot Pools hair-freezing contest that have captured the...

Former PM on current PM

Feb 21, 2017 / 12:17 pm

Canada should work to strengthen its ties with China and other countries while ensuring it maintains a good relationship with the United States, former prime...

Boucherie traffic delays

Feb 21, 2017 / 12:04 pm

Motorists travelling along Boucherie Road in West Kelowna could encounter some traffic delays. Crews are working on a drainage improvement project in the area...

Drake doesn't want Grammy

Feb 21, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Drake doesn't want his 2017 Grammy Awards because it "feels weird" to accept rap prizes for what he considers a pop song. The singer won the Best...

Torn down within 25 years

Feb 21, 2017 / 11:54 am

An architecture professor at the University of British Columbia says about a quarter of detached homes in Vancouver could be torn down in just over a decade....

The art of time and space

Feb 21, 2017 / 11:42 am

Montreal artist Alexis Bellavance blends silence, noise and the vagaries of time in his latest exhibition The Scale of Clusters v3 at the Alternator Centre for...

MP hangs up on CBC

Feb 21, 2017 / 11:41 am

CBC Montreal's Daybreak morning radio show got heated on Tuesday morning when the Conservative Party’s public safety critic, Tony Clement, ended the...

4 tourists, pilot killed

Feb 21, 2017 / 11:24 am

An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed into a suburban shopping mall and burst into flames...

Several vehicles broken into

Feb 21, 2017 / 11:16 am

Thefts from vehicles aren't showing any signs of letting up in Penticton. Overnight on Feb. 19, a vehicle was targeted on Troy Place and a door lock was...

Penny for your thoughts

Feb 21, 2017 / 11:15 am

It's been four years that the penny hasn't been in use, and a new poll has found Canadians don't seem to miss the copper coin. "Most Canadians...

Clooney on fatherhood

Feb 21, 2017 / 11:15 am

George Clooney is "really excited" about becoming a father and expects having twins will be "an adventure". It was revealed earlier in...

Know before you go

Feb 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

February was not a good one for many drivers in B.C. with the weather-related closures of three major east-west highways. Contractors generally keep our roads...

Thermos washroom cam

Feb 21, 2017 / 10:56 am

A Toronto man has been arrested after allegedly using a camera hidden in a thermos to film people in a washroom. Police say officers responded to a call about a...

Site C will keep lights on

Feb 21, 2017 / 10:47 am

By Dave Conway BC Hydro set a new daily record for power consumption earlier this year as cold winter weather increased the demand for electricity. Of course,...

Worst air in Canada?

Feb 21, 2017 / 10:40 am

Los Angeles is famous for celebrities, sunshine and smog... lots, and lots of smog. But, L.A. doesn't hold a candle to Courtenay. The tiny Vancouver Island...

Sicamous robbery charge

Feb 21, 2017 / 10:37 am

A man has been charged following an alleged robbery on Feb. 12 in Sicamous. RCMP report two men were invited into a residence on Spruce Street around midnight...

Study ambassador's death

Feb 21, 2017 / 10:35 am

The cause and manner of death of Russia's ambassador to the United Nations needs to be studied further, the city medical examiner said Tuesday, a day after...

Lohan 'racially profiled'

Feb 21, 2017 / 10:30 am

Lindsay Lohan claims she was "racially profiled" while wearing a headscarf at a London airport. The Mean Girls star was wearing a headscarf when she...

Preparing for pot shops

Feb 21, 2017 / 10:15 am

The City of Enderby plans to continue to deny business licences to marijuana shops as long as the drug remains illegal under the Criminal Code – but staff...

Story behind pink shirts

Feb 21, 2017 / 10:09 am

The creator of Pink Shirt Day, an international day for anti-bullying, came for a visit to Kelowna. Travis Price visited George Elliot Secondary and Rutland...

Kelowna's most wanted

Feb 21, 2017 / 10:00 am

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on a province-wide warrant as of February 21, 2017. Jason...

Defending our war strategy

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:56 am

Two senior Canadian generals are defending the current strategy for defeating ISIL in Iraq and Syria, which the U.S. military is reviewing following scathing...

Attacked & trapped by dog

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:54 am

A Rottweiler attacked a Penticton woman, then trapped her inside a room as it barked and tried to force its way inside. RCMP officers used a ladder to reach the...

Stock indexes hit new highs

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:47 am

North American stock indexes have made further advances into record high territory today. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was at...

Jennifer Lopez has a crush

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:45 am

Jennifer Lopez revealed she has a crush on Harry Styles during a game of Who'd You Rather with Ellen DeGeneres. The singer and actress took time out from...

Warriors close out at home

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:39 am

The West Kelowna Warriors close out the home portion of their BC Hockey League schedule Tuesday night. The Warriors will entertain the Penticton Vees in what...

UBC professor advocates the benefit of exercise for healthy aging

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:17 am

Okanagan College Media Release An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a local researcher says the best medicine for good health is making exercise a daily...

Private nude shots hacked

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:05 am

Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski has been targeted by cyber hackers, who are trying to sell naked images of her. Almost 200 private shots of the Gone Girl...

Splatsin, SilverStar MOU

Feb 21, 2017 / 9:03 am

The Splatsin First Nation and SilverStar Mountain Resort have signed an memorandum of understanding to work to protect and enhance cultural resources on the...

Smoke in the air

Feb 21, 2017 / 8:50 am

There's going to be smoke in the air around West Kelowna for the next few days. Tallus Ridge says it will be conducting open burning of several slash piles...

Split on boy's border death

Feb 21, 2017 / 8:38 am

The Supreme Court appears to be evenly divided about the right of Mexican parents to use American courts to sue a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired across the...

Anti-Semitic notes at condo

Feb 21, 2017 / 8:37 am

Police say they're investigating notes with anti-Semitic messages that were left on doors at a north Toronto condominium as a hate crime. They say several...

Phone fire forces landing

Feb 21, 2017 / 8:34 am

A cellphone battery and charger burst into flames in an airplane's overhead locker on the weekend, forcing a flight to make an emergency landing. According...

King to gobble Popeyes

Feb 21, 2017 / 8:20 am

Restaurant Brands International says it'll pay $1.8 billion for Popeyes, bringing the fried chicken chain under the same corporate umbrella as Burger King...

Alleged cop killer arrested

Feb 21, 2017 / 8:18 am

A man accused of killing an off-duty Nova Scotia police officer has been charged with breaching his bail conditions. Halifax police say Christopher Calvin...

Major crash at Hwy 6

Feb 21, 2017 / 7:40 am

Emergency crews responded to a head-on crash Tuesday morning. There's no word yet on injuries, but the collision at Highway 6 and Pottery Road at 5:30 a.m....

From crash to gunfight

Feb 21, 2017 / 7:31 am

Two suburban Los Angeles police officers thought they were helping a driver after a car crash. Then, authorities say, he pulled a gun. Whittier Officers Keith...

Mosque case back in March

Feb 21, 2017 / 7:26 am

The case of the man charged with murder in last month's mosque shootings in Quebec City will resume March 30. Alexandre Bissonnette appeared in court this...

Sheriff shortage stalls court

Feb 21, 2017 / 7:02 am

A sheriff shortage has let an accused drug trafficker walk free in Victoria. Defence lawyer Michael Munro says the courthouse shortage is the worst he’s...

Yahoo salvages Verizon deal

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:47 am

Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal...

Whale deaths still mystery

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:45 am

Vancouver aquarium officials say they still don't know what killed two beluga whales last year, but the facility is pushing ahead with plans to expand its...

1,000s flooded in Jakarta

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:41 am

Torrential rains in the Indonesian capital have overwhelmed drains and flooded roads and thousands of homes. The disaster mitigation agency said Tuesday that...

Ordered out as water rises

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:40 am

Creeks and rivers topped their banks, hundreds of homes were evacuated and several thousand people found themselves trapped in a rural hamlet as Northern...

High-speed gas truck drama

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:34 am

Police in Barcelona fired gunshots Tuesday to stop a man who stole a butane gas truck and drove it at high speed against traffic on a city highway, ramming...

Mugabe, 93, to run again

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:27 am

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who turned 93 years old on Tuesday, described his wife Grace, an increasingly political figure, as "fireworks"...

Bird flu sparks massive cull

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:20 am

France's agriculture ministry has ordered all remaining 600,000 ducks in a key poultry-producing region slaughtered to try to stem a growing outbreak of...

Measuring snow from space

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:18 am

Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the...

Conan: hot sauce and hope

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:14 am

Towering U.S. television host Conan O'Brien is drawing stares in Mexico, where he's taping an episode of his show in a bid to "do something...

Concern over food fraud

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:09 am

A new study suggests more than half of Canadians, especially those with health conditions, are worried the foods they're buying are not what labels claim...

Bad attitude insurance

Feb 21, 2017 / 6:00 am

I struck a nerve with my last column. A former client, continuing to feel symptoms from a rear-end collision that occurred years ago, inspired the topic. She...

Hate not free speech

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:59 am

A British Columbia man convicted by a jury of wilfully promoting hatred against people of the Jewish religion has lost a constitutional fight over the same...

Missing boarders found

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:51 am

UPDATE: 5:50 a.m. All seven people reported missing Monday at a ski resort near Kamloops have been found safe. Alan Hobler with Kamloops Search and Rescue says...

Replacing 'pretty ugly' sign

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Coun. Luke Stack is happy the operators of Prospera Place have come forward, asking that electronic signs be allowed on the front of the arena. "I think...

Vees name top players

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Penticton Vees named their top players for the year at the end of their final home game of the season on Sunday. The Vees' annual team awards named the...

1 in 4 support Trump ban

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

One in four Canadians would support a Donald Trump-style ban on Syrian refugees coming to Canada, according to a new poll. Still, six in 10 Canadians say the...

'Black rain' covers car

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna resident, who lives a block away from Tolko Mill, woke up to black soot on the hood of her car and is concerned about the air she is breathing. It was...

A virtual brain injury

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Ever wonder what it would be like to suffer a brain injury? A new game by BrainTrust Canada tries to shed some light on the seriousness of head injuries....

Cool down the energy bills

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

Richard Cannings has tabled a motion in Parliament to bring back a program that would help Canadians retrofit their homes to be more energy efficient. The...

GoFund track lawyers

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan Equestrian Society is racing to raise cash for its court battle against the City of Vernon over Kin Race Track. A ten-day hearing begins in a New...

Sledders focus on family

Feb 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Lumby-Mabel Lake Snowmobile Association will be hosting it’s annual club appreciation day next weekend. Safety demonstrations and lessons will be...

Hoverbike

Feb 21, 2017 / 12:01 am

It isn't a hoverboard, but it's nearly as awesome. Hoversurf's Scorpion-3 prototype takes their Scorpion drone platform and adds controls and...

The millenial proposal

Feb 21, 2017 / 12:01 am

Because what's the point of getting engaged if you don't post it on Instagram?

Supporter of amateur and professional sports speaks at UBC breakfast event

Feb 21, 2017 / 12:00 am

Doug Mitchell Doug Mitchell, a man who has played professional football, triumphed in amateur sports, and has arenas and championship trophies named after him,...

Cassidy battling dementia

Feb 20, 2017 / 8:15 pm

Former "Partridge Family" star David Cassidy says he's struggling with memory loss. The 66-year-old actor-singer tells People magazine his family...

Wastewater in good shape

Feb 20, 2017 / 8:05 pm

Kelowna's wastewater treatment system is in relatively good shape looking towards the next 20 years. Infrastructure engineering manager Joel Shaw made the...

The Thrifty Fashionista

Feb 20, 2017 / 8:00 pm

When you think fashion shows, expensive designer wear comes to mind. But, the Salvation Army is turning that on its head with its first Thrifty Fashionista...

Trump picks new advisor

Feb 20, 2017 / 7:45 pm

President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker, as his new national security...

Inventor opens workshop

Feb 20, 2017 / 7:40 pm

An inventor is opening his workshop in Vernon to those who like to tinker with machines and tools and are fascinated by electricity. 'A Morning with an...

Puppy love is blind

Feb 20, 2017 / 7:15 pm

An eight-week-old deaf and blind puppy has found it’s forever home after being adopted this weekend. The eight-week-old border collie-Australian shepherd,...

'Debilitating' surgery wait

Feb 20, 2017 / 7:00 pm

An Osoyoos woman exasperated with a 65 week, and counting, wait for a hip replacement surgery for her husband, travelled to Victoria Monday. Gaye Horn was in...

Money in your pocket

Feb 20, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Free enterprise may not have been born in the Okanagan. But in British Columbia, this is where it bloomed. This week, as the legislature resumed sitting in...

No jail for sex truth or dare

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:45 pm

A teenage girl won't spend time behind bars after admitting that she orchestrated a sexualized game of truth or dare involving her 18-year-old foster...

No smoking, no vaping

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:00 pm

Keeping up with the times, the North Okanagan Shuswap School District has banned vaping as well as smoking on any of its premises. District 83's official...

Poll: free the whales

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:22 pm

The Vancouver Aquarium says it will not have any more belugas in captivity by 2029, but in the meantime it will be bringing in new ones. The announcement, which...

Dying dog denied flight

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:13 pm

A flight policy denied a dog owner the ability to see her dying pet. Robyn Larocque’s dog Cheech was in Calgary this week being treated for radiation...

Sky-high bridge adventure

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:11 pm

Kevin Thomson wants to take adventure tourism to new heights in Vancouver. Specifically, to the top of Lions Gate Bridge. Thomson has been in talks with the...

Creep Catchers face probe

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:02 pm

British Columbia's privacy watchdog has launched a probe into a controversial vigilante group. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner...

Plane crashes into mall

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 pm

A light plane carrying five people crashed into a shopping mall on Tuesday in the city of Melbourne, officials said. There were no immediate reports of...

Fake guns, real danger

Feb 20, 2017 / 4:58 pm

Surrey RCMP are warning youth about playing with air guns. Videos have surfaced of youth appearing to be armed with guns and acting irresponsibly, but when...

Rummaging through cars

Feb 20, 2017 / 4:54 pm

Summerland RCMP is asking the public to be vigilant after several incidents of people rummaging through cars and attempted break and enters. That's coming...

Evening update Feb. 20

Feb 20, 2017 / 4:45 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, Feb. 20, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Boy falls through ice, dies

Feb 20, 2017 / 4:10 pm

A six-year-old boy has died and his brother was in hospital after both fell through ice north of Calgary. RCMP Cpl. Curtis Peters says they got a 911 call...

Trudeau: Je suis desole

Feb 20, 2017 / 4:07 pm

The Prime Minister has promised to answer questions from the public in the language they are asked, after receiving a slew of complaints from angry citizens who...

'Barely a drop in the bucket'

Feb 20, 2017 / 3:55 pm

The Okanagan Skaha Teachers Union says a one-time $29.4M fund for school supplies in B.C. schools announced today is a “pittance,” that is...

Flipped car driver found

Feb 20, 2017 / 3:05 pm

UPDATE: 3:05 p.m. Penticton RCMP has confirmed that the man who flipped his car into the ditch between Penticton and Trout Creek has been found. Summerland RCMP...

Door ripped off in crash

Feb 20, 2017 / 3:00 pm

Part of the driver's side door was ripped right off in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Monday afternoon. An SUV and a semi-truck collided along Highway 97...

Seeking a better way to live

Feb 20, 2017 / 3:00 pm

What makes life worth living? “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” — Oscar Wilde Life should be a...

Chamber turning 110

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:54 pm

Dignitaries met on the front steps of Penticton City Hall on Monday to celebrate a birthday. In recognition of the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of...

A weird B&E

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:45 pm

Two Vernon businesses and a residence have been hit by burglars recently, and police have video of one culprit involved in the strangest theft of all. On Feb....

Canucks need help

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:39 pm

All the Vancouver Canucks can do this week is wait and hope. The club began its NHL-mandated five-day break Monday after a hectic stretch that saw Vancouver...

YLW delays, cancellations

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:37 pm

Five flights were cancelled and three others have been rerouted over the last 48 hours at Kelowna International Airport. “Flight delays and cancellations...

Drunk driver flees on foot

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:34 pm

A driver pulled over by police for swerving all over the road assaulted the officer then fled on foot. Kelowna RCMP say an officer pulled over the driver of a...

PC Plus passwords reset

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:31 pm

Loblaw has reset passwords for all its PC Plus rewards collectors' online accounts after points were stolen from some members' accounts. The company...

Are you ready to retire?

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:30 pm

Most people aren't ready for retirement, according to a recent survey. The survey by Insights West found that 30 per cent of Canadians have not yet set...

Always buckle up: TSB

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:20 pm

The Transportation Safety Board warned air travellers of the importance of wearing seatbelts as it released a report Monday that found a failure to buckle up...

Suffering after hit by car

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:17 pm

UPDATE: 2:15 p.m. The mother of a teenage boy who was one of two hit by a car in Armstrong last week is questioning why the incident happened and says her son...

Bad tires lead to coke bust

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:14 pm

Two motorists discovered one particular peril of not having snow tires: they were arrested for possession of 6.8 kilograms of cocaine after their car slid off a...

Strong neighbourhoods

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:11 pm

Neighbourhood clean ups, boulevard beautifications, little free libraries – these are just some of the ways neighbours in Kelowna have come together to...

Payback budget on way

Feb 20, 2017 / 2:07 pm

British Columbia's finance minister says five consecutive surplus budgets and a nation-leading economy has the government prepared to spend money after...

Law students advocate for social justice

Feb 20, 2017 / 1:56 pm

About a dozen TRU Law students united last week for a showcase of their work over the past few years with the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project...

Dead belugas replaced

Feb 20, 2017 / 1:49 pm

UPDATE: 1:50 p.m. The Vancouver Aquarium says it will not have any more belugas in captivity by 2029, but in the meantime it will be bringing in new ones. The...

Officer lends a hand

Feb 20, 2017 / 1:46 pm

Sometimes all it takes is a helping hand and that was offered last week by an RCMP officer in Kamloops. On Friday, a transit bus driver noticed a man in a power...

Forest comes back to life

Feb 20, 2017 / 1:44 pm

The drumming of black-backed woodpeckers is a sure sign the boreal forest is slowly bouncing back from the devastation caused by last spring's wildfire near...

What happened in Sweden?

Feb 20, 2017 / 1:41 pm

Swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump's remarks that suggested a major incident had happened in the Scandinavian...

Provocateur uninvited

Feb 20, 2017 / 1:31 pm

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been disinvited to this year's Conservative Political Action Conference after his attempt to clarify past...

Betting on La La Land

Feb 20, 2017 / 1:12 pm

British Columbians are hoping to make a few bucks by betting on the film La La Land during the 89th Academy Awards. PlayNow.com is offering more than 26 bets,...

5 lanes for Highway 1

Feb 20, 2017 / 1:01 pm

It appears a majority of people would like to see the old, two-lane RW Bruhn Bridge in Sicamous replaced by a much larger, five-lane structure, according to a...

Meditative workshop

Feb 20, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Compass with Chantell Foss is a 5 Rhythms workshop that will be offered in Kelowna on March 17, 18 and 19th, 2017. 5Rhythms® is a transformative movement...

Nick Cannon sued

Feb 20, 2017 / 12:45 pm

Nick Cannon has been hit with a $1.7 million lawsuit for allegedly stealing the idea for his N'credible mobile app . Enrico Taylor has filed legal documents...

Missing woman found

Feb 20, 2017 / 12:36 pm

UPDATE: Feb. 20, 12:35 p.m. Police say Elisha Dawn Nixon-Barron has been found. "The West Kelowna RCMP is pleased to confirm that the 24-year-old woman...

Can't keep a lawyer

Feb 20, 2017 / 12:31 pm

The man just can't seem to keep a lawyer. Erich Koenig was back in court Monday morning with the intention of entering a guilty plea, but the lawyer has...

Ice blamed for crashes

Feb 20, 2017 / 12:25 pm

Icy roads are being partially blamed for two weekend crashes on Highway 97a in the North Okanagan, although drivers are being urged to slow down. On Sunday...

Pushback over Pride police

Feb 20, 2017 / 12:25 pm

A push to exclude police from Vancouver's Pride Parade is experiencing push back from a group that says not allowing officers to take part in the event...

Refugees from US spike

Feb 20, 2017 / 12:22 pm

The number of refugee claimants crossing into New Brunswick from the United States saw a significant increase last year. According to figures released by the...

Mailbox thefts rife

Feb 20, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Coldstream has been hit by a series of mailbox thefts which follow a similar to pattern to a series of thefts in Vernon in January. On Feb. 13th, Canada Post...

James Blunt pays tribute

Feb 20, 2017 / 12:00 pm

James Blunt has paid an emotional tribute to his "American mother" Carrie Fisher. The 42-year-old You're Beautiful hitmaker has opened up about...

Arson charges over wildfire

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:53 am

A 47-year-old Lytton man has been charged with arson causing damage to property in connection to the 2014 Botanie Valley wildfire. The blaze consumed 1,500...

Delays on the highways

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:52 am

UPDATE: 11:50 a.m. Highway 12 is closed in both directions near Lytton because of a rockslide. There is no detour available. A photo of the scene 14 kilometres...

In a slot machine trance

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:50 am

The Centre for Gambling Research at UBC has published a new study that connects slot-machine addiction to a trance like state. The fast, continuous style of...

Buckle up in the sky

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:26 am

The Transportation Safety Board warned air travellers of the importance of wearing seatbelts as it released a report Monday that found a failure to buckle up...

I moved here for a reason

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:25 am

I keep reading letters from people complaining about everything that one expects from living in a rural beautiful environment. Letters complain about noise...

Dead after being shot

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:25 am

UPDATED: 11:25 a.m. Emergency crews and police were called to a residential street in Abbotsford this morning after a deadly shooting. Police say shots were...

Parking changes at hospital

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:23 am

Interior Health is reminding South Okanagan residents about changes to public parking at Penticton Regional Hospital during the construction of the new patient...

Very much appreciated

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:18 am

Thank you to the kind person that inflated my rear driver’s side tire while I was parked in the Costco parking lot. I drove it to the tire store and they...

Pecha Kucha returning

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:15 am

Pecha Kucha returns next month for a seventh Pentiction edition. Ten local speakers will share short stories on March 9 at Cannery Brewing, about their efforts...

Shia LaBeouf relocates

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:15 am

Shia LaBeouf has relocated his Donald Trump art installation protest to New Mexico. The 30-year-old Transformers star joined forces with artistic collaborators...

Trump wigs in big demand

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:12 am

So many people want to be Donald Trump this Carnival season in Austria that some costume shops have run out of wigs mimicking the U.S. president's memorable...

Family Day values

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:11 am

Out of curiosity, I checked to see which Nova Scotia consumer oriented institutions were open and which were closed on the Family Day holiday. Here's just...

Date from hell not over

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:10 am

A Peachland man who was arrested for abducting and threatening a woman he met on an online dating site is still in jail. Jean-Francois Dufour, 36, has pleaded...

Cops probe school alert

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:09 am

North Okanagan RCMP are looking for a man who reportedly approached a ten-year-old boy from Armstrong Elementary after classes last Thursday and offered him a...

List not accurate

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:08 am

One thing that makes me believe the fix was in for the approval of rezoning and a lease for Tourism Kelowna. After I made an enquiry to the city today, the...

A break from the snow

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:03 am

Here is some good news to start off your week. Kelowna shouldn’t be seeing the white fluffy stuff for several days. This morning it will feel like -1 C...

How risky do you feel?

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:00 am

There has been a lot of talk regarding fixed and variable rate mortgages and which one is best for you. Prior to the new regulations introduced by FICOM on Oct....

Come pet the tarantulas

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:55 am

Hairy-legged tarantulas and pointy-tailed scorpions send chills of fear through most people, but at the Victoria Bug Zoo they are as friendly as newborn kittens...

Car nearly through window

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:47 am

A car came remarkably close to smashing through the front window of Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate in Kelowna. "I was just doing my thing and I saw...

Big banks ease up on energy

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:44 am

Credit has started to flow more freely to Canada's battered oil and gas sector, though some executives say lenders are favouring larger and more financially...

Drive-through pot shop

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:39 am

The western Colorado town of Parachute is getting a drive-through marijuana shop, believed to be the first in the state. The Parachute Board of Trustees...

Julie Andrews recalls stunt

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:30 am

Julie Andrews was involved in a dangerous stunt that went wrong while filming classic Disney movie Mary Poppins. The 81-year-old actress was on The Late Show...

Wholesale trade rises 0.7%

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:27 am

Canadian wholesale trade grew 0.7 per cent to $57.3 billion in December, registering its third consecutive monthly gain. Statistics Canada says sales in...

Similar pension challenges

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:26 am

China sees Canada as a valuable source of expertise as both countries grapple with the needs of an aging population that's increasingly retired, according...

BC Lions talk sex violence

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:25 am

The BC Lions are coming to Kelowna – but they won't be talking about football. Instead, members of the club will discuss sexual violence. "The...

4 Kilometers, $450,000,000

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:22 am

Just yesterday, a young girl in the lower mainland was sent home from the ER and died. Most likely because of an ”overcrowded ER.” Surely our...

In a wheelchair, told to walk

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:19 am

A wheelchair-bound student travelling to London from Dublin says she was asked to walk up a flight of stairs to make her flight. Niamh Herbert said she was...

Snowmobiler found

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:02 am

UPDATED: 10 a.m. A missing snowmobiler has been found. "Following a dedicated deployment of helicopter and SAR sledding personnel this morning, the missing...

Kelowna's most wanted

Feb 20, 2017 / 10:00 am

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on a province-wide warrant as of February 20, 2017. Thomas...

Sorry about the headline

Feb 20, 2017 / 9:52 am

A Newfoundland newspaper has issued an apology for a headline some readers said blamed the victim of an alleged sexual assault by a police officer. Steve...

Russian ambassador dies

Feb 20, 2017 / 9:50 am

Russian officials say its ambassador to the United Nations has died suddenly in New York City. Vitaly Churkin was 64. Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador,...

Lana Del Rey teases music

Feb 20, 2017 / 9:45 am

Lana Del Rey has sparked rumors of new music by having a series of mysterious posters installed around Los Angeles. A fan site has been tweeting photos of the...

Vipers get set for playoffs

Feb 20, 2017 / 9:39 am

The Vernon Vipers are getting set for playoff hockey. Action will begin Friday, Mar. 17 and Saturday, Mar. 18 at Kal Tire Place. “The Vipers will have to...

Not the majority

Feb 20, 2017 / 9:37 am

It's easy to forget that not everyone in the world is just like us. This insightful video from AsapSCIENCE reminds us that we are often not the majority.

Crashed car abandoned

Feb 20, 2017 / 9:33 am

Naramata Fire Rescue responded to a single vehicle crash on Naramata Road on Sunday morning. However, by the time they got there, the vehicle occupants had fled...

Mariah confirms romance

Feb 20, 2017 / 9:28 am

Mariah Carey has officially confirmed reports she's dating her backup dancer Brian Tanaka. The singer and her new man have been inseparable ever since the...

Targeted shooting

Feb 20, 2017 / 8:01 am

A 22-year-old Burnaby man has been injured in what Vancouver Police say is the latest targeted shooting in the city. Const. Jason Doucette says officers were...

Dream come true for teen

Feb 20, 2017 / 7:55 am

Girls dream about prom night for years before the day actually happens, but what if some can't afford a dress for the night of their dreams? For B.C. teens...

$29M for school supplies

Feb 20, 2017 / 7:51 am

British Columbia's New Democratic Party education critic says the provincial government's announcement of a one-time Student Learning Grant is...

Convicted in art heist

Feb 20, 2017 / 7:04 am

An agile thief nicknamed "spiderman," an antiques dealer and an art expert have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay the city of Paris for...

Ottawa family overwhelmed

Feb 20, 2017 / 7:00 am

An Ottawa family says it is overwhelmed with gratitude after a stranger saved a roadside memorial to a loved one that was on a tree slated for removal. That...

Atlantic premiers talk trade

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:52 am

Atlantic Canada's premiers are meeting today in Newfoundland to discuss the Atlantic Growth Strategy and trade. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight...

Trump tests relations

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:50 am

After President Donald Trump's raucous first month in office, Europeans have reacted with demonstrations, counter-barbs and sheer angst that a century of...

Victim cash lost in admin

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:45 am

A federal fund designed to give financial help to parents whose children have been murdered or gone missing has spent more than 14 times as much on...

Law of the jungle in jail

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:41 am

A criminal defence lawyer who has raised concerns in the past about safety at a Calgary jail says people shouldn't be happy that a convicted murderer in a...

Iran tests 'advanced' rockets

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:37 am

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard has launched several sophisticated rockets during military exercises, Iranian media reported on Monday. The semi-official...

Driverless car test sites

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:33 am

Self-driving vehicles could begin tooling down a bustling Atlanta street full of cars, buses, bicyclists and college students, as the city vies with other...

Strike closes Acropolis

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:27 am

The Acropolis and other ancient sites in Greece are closed to the public after state guards called a 24-hour strike over a pay and contract dispute with the...

Beware door-to-door cows

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:25 am

Police in a Connecticut town are reminding people to not open their doors to "any unfamiliar cattle" after a pair of cows escaped from their pen and...

Unilever shares slide

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:18 am

Shares in Unilever, the owner of brands like Hellman's, Lipton, and Knorr, are down sharply after rival Kraft Heinz withdrew a $143 billion takeover offer....

Arrest in bank robbery

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:17 am

Kamloops RCMP have arrested and charged a man in connection with a bank robbery in the city on Friday. "After conducting an extensive investigation and...

L.A. world's most clogged

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:02 am

When it comes to getting stuck in traffic on the way to and from work, Los Angeles leads the world. Drivers in the car-crazy California metropolis spent 104...

Quebec turns up syrup taps

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

Quebec, the world's largest producer of maple syrup, is ramping up output as it fends off rising competition from the U.S. and neighbouring provinces as...

Outsmart the start menu

Feb 20, 2017 / 6:00 am

Three tips this week to make your computing experience a lot nicer. Open something more than once; quit scrolling through the Windows 10 start menu; and, kill...

Revised ban targets same

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:52 am

A draft of President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travellers...

Detain and deport

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:49 am

The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally,...

Meds in house, kids at risk

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:46 am

Young children whose mothers have been prescribed an opioid are at an increased risk of being hospitalized for an overdose from the potent pain medications,...

Project to restore wetlands

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:43 am

A wetlands project on Kamloops' Hillside Drive will expand a stormwater basin and restore wetlands in the area. In conjunction with grants from the National...

$450k in legal costs

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

The City of Penticton's legal costs hit about $450,000 in 2016, according to data obtained by Castanet. Pockets of information on legal costs have been...

Buy Local gets boost

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Ministry of Agriculture is receiving a $2-million boost from the government for the Buy Local program. Buy Local is designed to help support local agrifood...

Walk for Alzheimer's

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Teams are being sought for the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer's in Vernon this spring. The event is Canada's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's...

Countryside too noisy

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

A group in Lavington is urging Coldstream council to “take the noise issue seriously” and implement a progressive bylaw. “Noise is a definite...

Kelowna's own on HNIC

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Danielle Grundy, a former female professional hockey player from Kelowna, is being recognized for her work in the community. The Grindstone Award Foundation is...

Play On! plays on

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Canada's largest road hockey festival is returning to Kelowna. Play On! is a uniquely Canadian outdoor street hockey tournament, attracting hundreds of...

Local artist, world event

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

A local artist will be one of two Canadians heading to an international encaustic arts event in Massachusetts this summer, thanks in part to funding through the...

Fiery speaker at TEDx

Feb 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

You'll soon have a chance to hear first-hand what it was like leading the charge into one of Canada's worst wildfire disasters. After a year hiatus,...

Softball pitchers

Feb 20, 2017 / 12:01 am

Softball pitchers are extremely good at dodgeball.

Flyers down Canucks 3-2

Feb 19, 2017 / 10:40 pm

Brayden Schenn scored the winner in the second period and Shayne Gostisbehere had three assists for the first three-point game of his NHL career as the...

Tory hopefuls square off

Feb 19, 2017 / 10:39 pm

An unofficial Conservative leadership debate Sunday was a mostly cordial affair that only saw a few sharp exchanges, such as whether to scrap the Liberal...

Tense final home game

Feb 19, 2017 / 7:42 pm

What a game. What a finish by James Miller (@JamesMillzy27). Now that's how you go out at home. #BCHL #Penticton pic.twitter.com/XZm7FQ1l7Z — Fraser...

Crash on the Connector

Feb 19, 2017 / 7:13 pm

UPDATED: 7:13 p.m. A man claiming he witnessed the crash on Highway 97C says a Range Rover passed his vehicle in a foggy spot on the highway before losing...

Taking work to Florida

Feb 19, 2017 / 7:09 pm

President Donald Trump brought more contenders for national security adviser to his Palm Beach club for in-person interviews Sunday, hoping to fill the job in...

Flood fears in North Cali

Feb 19, 2017 / 6:28 pm

The first outer rain bands from a powerful Pacific storm headed to Northern California on Sunday brought light rain and wind and renewed warnings of possible...

Making grad dreams reality

Feb 19, 2017 / 6:14 pm

Many at-risk youth have no plans to attend graduation because they can't afford to buy a suit or dress – something a B.C. charity is looking to...

Hitler's phone for $243,000

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:58 pm

A telephone owned by Adolf Hitler has sold at auction for $243,000. Andreas Kornfeld of Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland says the phone sold Sunday...

Business split on minimum

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 pm

Businesses in Penticton appear to have no single voice on how to deal with the minimum wage, as demands return for a bump to $15 per hour. Leadership in the...

Sun Peaks fastest growing

Feb 19, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Sun Peaks is B.C.'s fastest-growing resort municipality, according to recently released census information. The census showed a 66 per cent population...

RDOS board recognized

Feb 19, 2017 / 4:18 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen board has received an award to acknowledge and celebrate local governments for their efforts in protecting...

Learning culture by cooking

Feb 19, 2017 / 4:15 pm

Newcomers who want to learn a thing or two in the kitchen are being invited to an event hosted by the Salvation Army Central Okanagan and the Kelowna Community...

Canada's new Syria role

Feb 19, 2017 / 2:28 pm

Canadian military aircraft are once again over the skies of Syria, helping to identify targets in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant...

Stop illegal border crossings

Feb 19, 2017 / 1:45 pm

Two Conservative MPs are calling on the federal government to act to stop the flow of people illegally crossing the United States border into Canada. Michelle...

Sold out in 1 hour

Feb 19, 2017 / 1:33 pm

It's the hottest ticket in town. Tickets for the popular Bollywood Bang charity event in Vernon sold out in just over one hour last week, according to...

Ex-PM serenades Trump

Feb 19, 2017 / 1:03 pm

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney apparently sang to U.S. President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago in Florida Saturday night. A video posted on social media...

Text books & paint brushes

Feb 19, 2017 / 12:51 pm

Pencils and paper aren't on the list but textbooks and art supplies are. The province is adding some cash for B.C. schools next year through its new...

'I wouldn't have let him go'

Feb 19, 2017 / 12:41 pm

Saciido Shaie says something seemed to be weighing on her friend Mohamed Badal in the days before he vanished. Badal, a Somali man who spent months trekking...

Crash sends 1 to hospital

Feb 19, 2017 / 12:40 pm

A two vehicle crash at 32nd Street and 39 Avenue sent one person to hospital for observation Sunday, said an RCMP officer at the scene. The bumper from one car...

Facebook adds job feature

Feb 19, 2017 / 11:48 am

Facebook now has the option to apply for jobs directly on their social media platform and it might mean you should take another look at your own account....

Be kind, get happy

Feb 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

Have you ever been to the TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary? It is a wonderful facility with a warren of corridors, escalators and rooms. I was there speaking...

Snowblower sales surge

Feb 19, 2017 / 10:56 am

Maritimers are struggling to dig themselves out of back-to-back snow dumps that have walloped the East Coast. A major storm clobbered Atlantic Canada last week,...

$Billion offer withdrawn

Feb 19, 2017 / 10:40 am

Kraft Heinz has decided to withdraw its $143 billion offer to buy mayonnaise, tea and seasonings maker Unilever. The companies announced the decision Sunday in...

Rockslide closes Hwy. 12

Feb 19, 2017 / 10:33 am

A rockslide has closed a section of Highway 12 on Sunday. DriveBC said the highway is closed in both directions 14 km north of Lytton and there is no detour...

N California warned again

Feb 19, 2017 / 10:27 am

Residents returning to homes damaged by flooding should be prepared to evacuate again as yet another powerful Pacific storm takes aim at Northern California,...

Children's hospice funded

Feb 19, 2017 / 10:14 am

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver and Abbotsford will begin receiving annual funding next year to provide pediatric, palliative medical care....

1 killed in pipeline leak

Feb 19, 2017 / 10:06 am

Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco says one person has been killed and three others injured as a result of an oil pipeline leak in the east of the kingdom. The...

SpaceX launches rocket

Feb 19, 2017 / 9:58 am

A SpaceX rocket soared from NASA's long-idled moonshot pad Sunday, sending up space station supplies from the exact spot where astronauts embarked on the...

Business: 5 things to watch

Feb 19, 2017 / 9:48 am

Five things to watch this week in Canadian business: Closed for holidays: Stock markets in Toronto and New York will be closed Monday, The United States will be...

Pence visits Dachau

Feb 19, 2017 / 9:46 am

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence paid a sombre visit to the site of the Dachau concentration camp on Sunday, walking along the grounds where tens of thousands of...

A tower of controversy

Feb 19, 2017 / 9:39 am

When developer Joo Kim Tiah announced in 2013 that his spiralling skyscraper project in Vancouver would bear Donald Trump's name, the main controversy was...

KD kid gets his wish

Feb 19, 2017 / 9:37 am

A six-year-old Vancouver Island boy got his wish. On Saturday, Everett Botwright received 411 boxes of Star Wars Kraft Dinner – and another 144 are on the...

Crash north of Grindrod

Feb 19, 2017 / 9:20 am

UPDATE: 9:20 a.m. Power to 231 BC Hydro customers in the Grindrod area was restored Sunday morning after being out all night following a motor vehicle accident...

Park wind plan abandoned

Feb 19, 2017 / 9:18 am

The harsh conditions and extreme isolation of Sable Island has forced Ottawa to abandon a wind project on the iconic crescent-shaped sandbar — more than...

Trudeau picks byelections

Feb 19, 2017 / 8:52 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has set the date for a byelection in an Ottawa riding left vacant by the death of Mauril Belanger. The byelection will be held...

Flights diverted overnight

Feb 19, 2017 / 8:35 am

UPDATE: 9:35 a.m. Fog at Kelowna International Airport Saturday led to five flights being cancelled or delayed late Saturday night, according to airport manager...

Armstrong Elementary alert

Feb 19, 2017 / 8:14 am

Parents with children at Armstrong Elementary are being warned that a student was approached by a man last Thursday, asking if the child wanted a ride. A safety...

Somalia bombing kills 34

Feb 19, 2017 / 8:10 am

The death toll from a car bomb at a marketplace in Somalia's capital has risen to 34 with 52 injured, said a police officer. Many of the dead were carried...

Castanet's week in review

Feb 19, 2017 / 8:00 am

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Saudi oil leak kills 1

Feb 19, 2017 / 7:34 am

Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco says one person has been killed and three others injured as a result of an oil pipeline leak in the east of the kingdom. The...

No winner in Lotto 649

Feb 19, 2017 / 7:31 am

No winning ticket was sold for Saturday night's $13 million Lotto 649 jackpot. However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in the...

Iraqis launch major attack

Feb 19, 2017 / 7:29 am

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on Sunday to dislodge Islamic State militants from the western half of Mosul, the latest...

Unsolved crimes: DLC

Feb 19, 2017 / 6:00 am

You could have the missing piece of the puzzle that will help the RCMP put someone behind bars. Here are some recent crimes that Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers...

Get commitments, Pisces

Feb 19, 2017 / 6:00 am

Overview for all signs Heavy brainstorming between key individuals is important before the business of the week begins. There needs to be a united front or...

Cannabis exhibit coming

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

In anticipation of the government of Canada's promised introduction of federal legislation to legalize marijuana, the Penticton Art Gallery is holding an...

Celebrating diversity

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

The fourth annual OneWorld Multicultural Festival is set to take place in Penticton next weekend. South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services, SOICS, is...

The cure for mental illness?

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

What actually causes mental health problems? A Kelowna psychologist believes most Canadians are misinformed. Two years ago, there were 47 million prescriptions...

An explosive request

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

A North Okanagan resident says she wants local governments to consider a bylaw with some explosive repercussions. Coldstream resident Suzanne Bell is asking...

District seeks compliance

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

The District of Lake Country is taking the unusual step of refusing to issue a business licence for a business not complying with municipal bylaws. The measure...

Wine and snow

Feb 19, 2017 / 5:00 am

Apex Mountain Resort is announcing the fifth annual Vertical & Vintages Wine Event Weekend. Centered around a wine tasting evening hosted by the Naramata...

Blind cleric dies in prison

Feb 19, 2017 / 4:58 am

Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheik convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9-11 and spiritual guide to a generation...

Trump rallies supporters

Feb 19, 2017 / 4:55 am

Just four weeks into his administration, President Donald Trump appeared at a campaign rally that mirrored the months leading up to Election Day, complete with...

Woman known as Roe dies

Feb 19, 2017 / 4:54 am

Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym "Jane Roe" led to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion but...

Hitching a ride

Feb 19, 2017 / 12:01 am

This seal looks just like a puppy as it tries to climb aboard this woman's kayak. Who could say no to those eyes?

Dog dreams

Feb 19, 2017 / 12:01 am

When your dreams become too real...

Rockets get back on track

Feb 18, 2017 / 11:00 pm

The Kelowna Rockets jumped back into the win column Saturday night. After getting just a point from a team (Spokane) outside the playoff picture Friday, the...

Canucks edge Flames in OT

Feb 18, 2017 / 10:35 pm

Chris Tanev's goal 34 seconds into overtime gave the Vancouver a Canucks a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. Tanev converted a 2-on-1...

US downs Canada in rugby

Feb 18, 2017 / 10:28 pm

Mike Te'o scored three tries as the United States defeated Canada 51-34 in Americas Rugby Championship action on Saturday night. Ryan Matyas, Tony Purpura,...

Warriors thrill in OT

Feb 18, 2017 / 10:15 pm

Chase Stevenson capped a wild, and thrilling night with a goal at 4:05 of sudden death overtime, sending the West Kelowna Warriors to a 3-2 win over the Island...

RECAP: Heat pull out a three set win over TRU for season sweep over BC rival

Feb 18, 2017 / 10:07 pm

With a win Saturday night, the Heat men earned a weekend sweep against Thompson Rivers in the teams' annual home-and-home matchup. Men's Volleyball (Canada West...

Liberating Mosul

Feb 18, 2017 / 9:58 pm

Iraqi forces have launched an operation to retake the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the...

RECAP: Heat and WolfPack tied in standings after weekend split

Feb 18, 2017 / 9:38 pm

After closing out a President’s Cup victory with a win Thursday night, the Heat fell to the ‘Pack in the second half of the teams’ annual home-and-home...

Quinn honoured with statue

Feb 18, 2017 / 8:01 pm

Late NHL and Canadian men's Olympic hockey team coach Pat Quinn was honoured Saturday with a statue outside the home of the Vancouver Canucks. The...

Budget deliberations to start

Feb 18, 2017 / 6:58 pm

Penticton city council will review a new five-year financial plan and deliberate on 2017 budgets for all city operations during three days of council meetings,...

Anti-Muslim protest

Feb 18, 2017 / 6:53 pm

A national Islamic group is expressing alarm about a small anti-Muslim protest held Friday in front of a Toronto mosque. The National Council of Canadian...

Garland assaulted in jail

Feb 18, 2017 / 6:06 pm

A man sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars for the murder of a Calgary couple and their grandson has been assaulted in jail, according to his...

Spill worries Spall

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:59 pm

A sewage lagoon breach on a dairy farm on Salmon River Road has concerned already frustrated Spallumcheen residents in the Hullcar Valley living with a tainted...

Fire destroys old cabin

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:56 pm

A home at the base of North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain was destroyed in a massive fire early Saturday morning. The blaze began around 1 a.m. at an old...

Pipeline leak

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:22 pm

Enbridge says it believes a pipeline that leaked near Edmonton was struck by another company doing construction in the area. The pipeline company says in a news...

First curling event a success

Feb 18, 2017 / 4:58 pm

A first time curling event held in Penticton Saturday proved to be a success. About 72 curlers showed up to play, mingle and raise funds for a good cause at the...

Missing teen found

Feb 18, 2017 / 4:46 pm

UPDATE: 7:09 p.m. According to the RCMP, shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, the missing youth made contact with his family and is back home safe and sound. The...

Running in their undies

Feb 18, 2017 / 4:09 pm

Some joggers weren't joking when they said they were going out for a "brief run." In briefs, boxers, bras and bloomers, they ran three-quarters of...

Two vehicle MVA

Feb 18, 2017 / 4:09 pm

Castanet is receiving reports of a two vehicle MVA at Springfield and Spall Roads in Kelowna at about 3:45 p.m., Saturday afternoon. One male was possibly...

Funeral for filmmaker

Feb 18, 2017 / 3:29 pm

Toronto filmmaker Rob Stewart was remembered Saturday as a lovable scamp who channelled his passion for the environment into a global movement. Hundreds of...

Bobby Hull in town

Feb 18, 2017 / 3:00 pm

NHL legend Bobby Hull made his way to Kelowna this weekend to meet his fans and sign autographs, for a local National Hockey Card Day celebration. Downtown...

BC Greens defend forestry

Feb 18, 2017 / 3:00 pm

By Dan Hines This year’s provincial Throne Speech provided a few passing sentences about B.C. forestry and the B.C. Liberal government’s approach in...

Smoke at care home

Feb 18, 2017 / 2:30 pm

Emergency crews in West Kelowna responded Friday night to Brookhaven Care Centre after reports there was smoke in a room. The call came in at about 10:30 p.m....

California rain eases

Feb 18, 2017 / 2:29 pm

A huge Pacific storm that parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least three...

Search turns up nothing

Feb 18, 2017 / 2:02 pm

UPDATE: Saturday 2 p.m. A search at the Kinsol Trestle near Shawnigan Lake was called off Friday night. Hikers reported hearing a woman's screams near the...

Gracie bounces back home

Feb 18, 2017 / 1:52 pm

Gracie the wallaby is back with her owners after three days on the lam. The diminutive marsupial bounced off from her home in Langley on Wednesday night,...

Landslide in Chilliwack

Feb 18, 2017 / 1:37 pm

Three Chilliwack homes have been evacuated as a precaution after a landslide happened on a local mountain. The City of Chilliwack says no one was hurt as a...

Light quake rattles coast

Feb 18, 2017 / 1:31 pm

Residents from Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver reported feeling a tremor Saturday morning. Earthquakes Canada says a 4.0 magnitude quake occurred 120...

Crews clearing rockslide

Feb 18, 2017 / 12:16 pm

Cleanup has begun on Highway 12, between Lytton and Lillooet, after a rockslide completely covered the road. The rockslide closed the highway in both directions...

Healthy living fair returning

Feb 18, 2017 / 12:00 pm

The Healthy Living Fair is returning to the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, Saturday March 11. The event brings together community resources for people...

Protesting police abuse

Feb 18, 2017 / 11:50 am

Paris police sprayed tear gas at bottle-throwing demonstrators on the margins of a rally Saturday meant to support a young black man who was allegedly raped...

Make polls great again

Feb 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

By Shachi Kurl and Ian Holliday Pollsters and polling organizations are frequently the target of criticism, derision and disdain. People don’t like the...

Parking lot to highrise apt.

Feb 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

The City of Kelowna has made a tidy profit on a piece of property it purchased five years ago. The City announced late Friday it has finalized a deal to sell...

Pregnancy discrimination?

Feb 18, 2017 / 10:30 am

A Vernon woman says the owner of The Squires Four Public House mistreated and discriminated against her while she worked there, due to her pregnancy. Haylee...

Of politics and demons

Feb 18, 2017 / 9:00 am

Politics – and demons – are said to be behind an exodus of students and staff from a Kelowna private school. Upwards of 40 students, out of a...

Flight evacuated over note

Feb 18, 2017 / 8:47 am

A Turkish Airlines plane in Istanbul, destined for Toronto, has been evacuated after a suspicious note was discovered in one of its bathrooms. A Turkish...

Sinkhole swallows two cars

Feb 18, 2017 / 8:09 am

Two vehicles fell into a sinkhole on a Los Angeles street Friday night, after heavy rains continue to ravage the city. Firefighters attended Laurel Canyon...

Weird crystal cave life

Feb 18, 2017 / 8:07 am

In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be...

Turned away, dies next day

Feb 18, 2017 / 7:13 am

Fraser Health is looking into the care a three-year-old child received at an Abbotsford hospital after the tot was sent home and she died the next day. Balraj...

No licence, weapons in car

Feb 18, 2017 / 6:45 am

Police pulled over a prohibited driver in Coquitlam, Friday, and also seized a cache of weapons. The driver was stopped on the Trans-Canada Highway by an...

Beaten, shoved in car

Feb 18, 2017 / 6:31 am

Vancouver Police are searching for a woman after witnesses saw her beaten and pulled into a vehicle. Shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, witnesses reported hearing a...

Unsolved crimes: West Kel

Feb 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

You could have the missing piece of the puzzle that will help the RCMP put someone behind bars. Here are some recent crimes that Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers...

86 families with new homes

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:44 am

An official opening was held for Kelowna's most recent affordable housing building, which provides 86 subsidized rental apartments for low-income people in...

One winner for $26M

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:42 am

There is one winning ticket for the $26 million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw, and it was sold somewhere in Ontario. The jackpot for the next...

Organs from OD victims

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:40 am

There has been a spike in the proportion of organs coming from donors who have died of drug overdoses in British Columbia, says a leading transplant...

Lakeside tower topped off

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Lakeside Resort in Penticton “topped off” their new tower on Friday afternoon with a ceremony, hoisting signed beams to the roof. Construction...

Figure skaters hit the ice

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Young figure skaters are taking to the ice all weekend in Penticton for the Okanagan Region Championships at Memorial Arena. "There will be a lot of...

Robbery sparked gun battle

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

A shootout that shocked Vernon was triggered by an attempted armed robbery, B.C. Supreme Court heard this week. Jacob Lowes, one of three men charged in the...

Business leader of the year

Feb 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

This is the last in a series recognizing businesses that took home awards from the 29th business excellence awards held by the Penticton and Wine Country...

The drone taxi

Feb 18, 2017 / 12:01 am

Chinese company Ehang is bringing the first unmanned aerial taxi to Dubai this year. The massive drones can carry 100 kgs and have a compartment for a small...

50 Shades of Walken

Feb 18, 2017 / 12:01 am

A woman's life is forever changed after she is introduced to the handsome, yet tormented, Christopher Walken.

Vees shut down Warriors

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:00 pm

The Penticton Vees scored early all three periods in a penalty-filled 5-0 win over the visiting West Kelowna Warriors Friday night. Ty Amonte with two, Nick...

Rockets succumb in OT

Feb 17, 2017 / 10:30 pm

Three times this season the Kelowna Rockets and Spokane Chiefs have needed overtime to decide an outcome. And, for the third time, the Chiefs found the game...

Saved thief from burning car

Feb 17, 2017 / 10:14 pm

Two Good Samaritans were honoured Friday for rescuing a man from a burning car. Stephen Donaldson and Mark Perkins were recognized by Sidney-North Saanich RCMP...

Poll: need for (less) speed

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:39 pm

Is 50 km/h too fast? Residents on a quiet Coldstream street want the speed limit dropped to 30 km/h. Robb and Sara Thompson say there seems to be little regard...

New charge for Schneider

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:37 pm

The man accused in the murder of a Japanese student in Vancouver has also been charged in a sexual assault in Vernon. The sex crime related to the new charge...

Fire in Rutland

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:30 pm

UPDATE: 9:35 p.m. Castanet has received reports that the fire is now out and the scene is under investigation. More details as they become available. Send...

Man injured by shark

Feb 17, 2017 / 8:58 pm

A man was critically injured when he was attacked by a shark on Saturday while spear fishing on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, an official said. The...

Flood homes auctioned

Feb 17, 2017 / 8:26 pm

More than two dozen homes in High River, Alta., have been auctioned off as the provincial government looked to unload some of the property it purchased as part...

Feather in student's cap

Feb 17, 2017 / 7:30 pm

A Kelowna student surprised her school – and her parents – by being selected to participate in the prestigious SHAD summer university enrichment...

Human smuggling charges

Feb 17, 2017 / 7:27 pm

A Canadian is accused of helping five people sneak into the U.S. from the South Okanagan. U.S. Border Patrol Agents headed to a remote area southeast of Osoyoos...

End in ex-Kelowna cop case

Feb 17, 2017 / 7:10 pm

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that alleged a high-profile former RCMP officer sexually harassed a colleague. A former civilian employee filed the...

A sacred space

Feb 17, 2017 / 7:00 pm

A new, multi-denominational place of worship and solitude has opened at Kelowna General Hospital. Called the Sacred Space, it replaces the hospital's...

Repairs begin on landslide

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:30 pm

Neighbours are happy to see that work has begun on repairs to a landslide that took out half a residential street in Peachland. But, some say the slide could...

Coldest Night of the Year

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:30 pm

The weather may be warming up, but the Coldest Night of the Year is just around the corner. The annual walkathon returns Feb. 25, when Kelowna residents are...

Two dead in storm

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:16 pm

A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man, killed...

Concerned by docks

Feb 17, 2017 / 5:01 pm

Is this really a priority? There are far more important public uses of provincial funding. I would argue that the BC Provincial regulations are already the...

Semi-truck burns on Coq

Feb 17, 2017 / 4:42 pm

A tractor trailer burst into flames Friday afternoon on the Coquihalla, just south of Merritt. Firefighters and emergency responders were seen battling the...

Break it like Beckham

Feb 17, 2017 / 4:41 pm

A family ski vacation at Whistler for Victoria and David Beckham has not been without incident. The celebrity couple's 17-year-old son Brooklyn broke his...

Mudslide cleared, hwy open

Feb 17, 2017 / 4:31 pm

Highway 8 has reopened near Spences Bridge following a mudslide that blocked the road on Wednesday. DriveBC reports the highway reopened this afternoon, 12...

$1.4B health deal for BC

Feb 17, 2017 / 4:27 pm

Money from Ottawa to fight an ongoing overdose crisis helped sway British Columbia into signing a new 10-year, $1.4 billion health funding deal, says the...

BC raising disability rate

Feb 17, 2017 / 4:22 pm

The British Columbia government says it's raising disability assistance rates this spring by $50 per month. The provincial government says it is investing...

Famous fat cat dies

Feb 17, 2017 / 4:21 pm

A former fat cat whose weight-loss journey made headlines around the world has died. The Fredericton SPCA confirmed Tiny's passing in a news release on...

Flooding cuts phone lines

Feb 17, 2017 / 4:01 pm

About 500 Telus customers in Kamloops are without home phone service. The utility says it is working to restore the service, but it could be Monday until...

Evening Update Feb. 17

Feb 17, 2017 / 3:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Feb. 17, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Drug and gun charges

Feb 17, 2017 / 3:52 pm

A Penticton woman who has had previous brushes with the law is again in custody. Amanda Sach is facing charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight...

Dramatic arrest

Feb 17, 2017 / 3:47 pm

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m An erratic driver who lost control of his vehicle near UBC Okanagan Thursday night could face charges. Just before 10:30 p.m., RCMP say the...

Stand against Islamophobia

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:58 pm

After the murders of six men at a Quebec mosque last month, Canadians quickly rallied around our Muslim neighbours. The voices that spoke publicly, both Muslim...

Cougars acting weird

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:57 pm

Cougars acting strangely have prompted a warning to residents of Coquitlam. The B.C. Conservation Service urges caution in and around green spaces, following...

Streamlining public transit

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:53 pm

B.C. Transit is getting ready to roll out a harmonized public transit system in the South Okanagan. A B.C. Transit representative met with the Regional District...

Hunting brazen bank robber

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:48 pm

Police in Kamloops are after a brazen afternoon bank robber. A man walked into the downtown TD Canada Trust on Victoria Street at 1:35 p.m. on Friday and...

Logging truck rollover

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:37 pm

A logging truck driver walked away from a rollover crash in Revelstoke Friday morning. The 33-year-old driver was headed north on Towney Street at about 11 a.m....

Feverishly fighting flooding

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:27 pm

The city of Kamloops has a flooding fight on its hands. The city says crews have been "feverishly working around the clock" for two days and two...

Massive replant means jobs

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:21 pm

British Columbia is spending $150 million to plant tens of millions of trees, which it says will help fight climate change and create over 3,000 jobs in rural...

Shootout in Oakland

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:20 pm

Officials say a gunman who fired numerous shots Friday morning in east Oakland near the zoo has been disarmed and is in police custody. Officers were called to...

Garland will die in jail

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:17 pm

Triple murderer Douglas Garland will spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime the judge says was carried out with meticulous planning and precision....

'Get real' PM tells elite

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:14 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used one of Germany's most prestigious black-tie galas to tell business leaders to "get real" about the addressing...

Cash for Kicking Horse

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:08 pm

UPDATE: 2 p.m. The federal and British Columbia governments have announced $469 million in upgrades to two stretches of Highway 1 through southeastern B.C.,...

Tory contender visits

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:05 pm

Conservative leadership hopeful Lisa Raitt made a stop Friday in Vernon. Raitt is one of 14 people vying to lead the federal Conservative Party. She spoke at...

Police warn of rental scam

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:00 pm

The Summerland RCMP is warning the public about a rental scam in the community. On Feb. 16, police were contacted about an online scam, where a unknown person...

Castanet kid report

Feb 17, 2017 / 2:00 pm

This week's Castanet Kid Report with junior reporter Ariella Amato.

'Like winning the lottery'

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:55 pm

Admir Cejvanovic doesn't remember much about the refugee camp nestled on the border of Croatia and his native Bosnia. Just a toddler at the time, he lived...

Goodbye to welcome

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:53 pm

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran prides his community in being inclusive for all. It's just not welcoming anymore. The city is being forced to remove the...

Lions bolster receiving corps

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:46 pm

The B.C. Lions added another big-play threat Friday, agreeing to terms with veteran receiver Chris Williams through the 2018 season. The five-foot-eight,...

An outpouring of support

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:43 pm

Canada's Muslim community has received an outpouring of support in the wake of stinging personal attacks against a Liberal MP and her motion to condemn and...

Thanks to a very kind man

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:41 pm

I fell today when trying to navigate a sidewalk close to Capri Mall as I went home with my shopping. It can be tricky during snow season in this area but...

Traffic lights

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:39 pm

I have a question. Why, when a traffic light is out, is there no one there directing traffic? Barb Radd

Just for your information

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:38 pm

Re: Open letter to all drivers You might want to do a quick fact check of your make believe rules: (Motor Vehicle Act, RSBC, 1996, c. 318, s. 179(1)). Section...

Beer battle bubbles on

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:28 pm

A court ruling that threw out a New Brunswick man's $292.50 fine for buying cheaper beer in another province and taking it home has upended decades of legal...

From 50 km/h to 30 km/h?

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:28 pm

Is 50 km/h too fast? Residents on a quiet Coldstream street want the speed limit dropped to 30 km/h. Robb and Sara Thompson say there seems to be little regard...

Meet Pickles the pig

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:22 pm

Pickles the pig has been helping Corey Dyck stay sober for eight months now. The 50-pound pot-bellied piglet hasn't left his side since the two became best...

City cheers pot shop ruling

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:07 pm

The City of Penticton is welcoming a recent decision from a B.C. Supreme Court judge, who has ruled local governments have the right to regulate marijuana...

A trade show for women

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:06 pm

The biggest fundraiser of the year for a South Okanagan nonprofit is set to take place this weekend at the Oliver Community Centre. The Women of Oliver for...

Snak the ripper in Vernon

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:01 pm

Vancouver based rapper and cult icon Snak The Ripper makes his return to Vernon Saturday, Feb 18th at Status Nightclub in Vernon. Snak who has created a huge...

Jeep rolls off Highway 97

Feb 17, 2017 / 1:00 pm

UPDATE 1:00 p.m. The Penticton Fire Department says the woman involved in the single vehicle crash walked away unscathed. Deputy Chief Chris Forster said after...

Marc Anthony settlement

Feb 17, 2017 / 12:45 pm

Marc Anthony will reportedly pay ex-wife Shannon de Lima $10,000 a month for the next three years as part of their divorce settlement. The singer's divorce...

Flammable pajamas recalled

Feb 17, 2017 / 12:37 pm

A line of Christmas-themed girls' pyjamas sold in Canada last year under the brand name Mini Zone Choc has been recalled over flammability concerns. The...

Bacon murder under wraps

Feb 17, 2017 / 12:03 pm

A publication ban will remain in place for the pretrial proceedings of the three men accused of murdering gangster Jonathan Bacon in Kelowna, despite there...

Selena Gomez 'grateful'

Feb 17, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Selena Gomez has clocked up 110 million fans on Instagram. Selena is already the most followed person on Instagram, according to Forbes, ahead of her pal Taylor...

Curling event for charity

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:51 am

A curling tournament for a good cause is set to take place at the Penticton Curling Club on Saturday. The Tugs Tournament for Heart and Stroke, a first time...

Storms drain blood supply

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:50 am

Powerful winter weather across much of Canada recently has put the crunch on blood donations. Ice storms out East and heavy dumps of snow in the West kept...

OC students get hands-on experience in community for in-demand trades

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:48 am

Okanagan College Media Release With a 44 per cent increase in new housing starts in the Shuswap over the last year, an Okanagan College program is training...

Crash near Salmon Arm

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:37 am

UPDATE: 11:35 a.m. Highway 1 has reopened near Salmon Arm. ORIGINAL: 7:45 a.m. A crash has closed Highway 1 about 30 kilometres east of Salmon Arm. DriveBC...

High stakes for editing students

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:30 am

The students in George Johnson’s editing and publishing class are getting some unique real-world experience—reading through and evaluating 52...

An journey to inclusion

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:27 am

By Gerry Chidiac In 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized to the aboriginal peoples of Canada for crimes committed against them in the residential...

Car crashes into motel

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:27 am

UPDATE: 11:25 a.m. Emergency officials say a car ran a stop sign, ricocheted off an SUV and slammed into a motel Friday morning. "He ended up going right...

$1.7B wind farm investment

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:17 am

Energy giant Enbridge Inc. is making big inroads into renewables even as changes in government policies are paving the way for the rapid expansion of its...

Bieber accused of faking

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:15 am

Justin Bieber has been accused of faking illness to miss a deposition in a copyright infringement case over his hit Sorry. The 22-year-old singer and his track...

InspireHealth Rain Walk

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:05 am

The InspireHealth Rain Walk will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 9am – 12pm at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna for supportive cancer...

OD toll - 116 in January

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:04 am

The number of illicit overdose deaths was down in January in British Columbia, but the toll of 116 people is still the third-highest on record behind only the...

Take control of technology

Feb 17, 2017 / 11:00 am

I was wondering what to write for this week’s column and stumbled upon inspiration in the form of a Facebook post from a family member in Ontario. It...

Celebrate in Rutland

Feb 17, 2017 / 10:59 am

Residents of Kelowna's Rutland neighbourhoods are invited to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday – and the 50th anniversary of Rutland Centennial...

Walk for Alzheimer's

Feb 17, 2017 / 10:54 am

Kelowna residents can join a team to participate in the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer's and show their support for people who face dementia. The event...

Family Night of Science a time for wide-eyed wonder and questions

Feb 17, 2017 / 10:50 am

Science has a unique way of waking up our curiosity, causing wide-eyed wonder and at times, launching even the quiet ones into a flurry of questions. At least...

Britney oozes positivity

Feb 17, 2017 / 10:30 am

Britney Spears shared a powerful Bible verse on the 10th anniversary of her head-shaving incident on Thursday. On 16 February 2007 the singer was seen shaving...

Vern Nielsen passes at 67

Feb 17, 2017 / 10:28 am

Vern Nielsen is being lauded as a leader and an inspiration. Nielsen, who served in many charitable and business capacities, died Feb. 11 following a long...

Clarence Louie re-elected

Feb 17, 2017 / 10:20 am

Clarence Louie has been re-elected chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band. He won his 12th term Thursday with 214 votes, according to the Oliver Daily News. Louie was...

Dollar not stopping travelers

Feb 17, 2017 / 10:17 am

The relatively low value of the loonie isn't deterring Canadians from travelling to the United States, especially to winter vacation spots in Florida,...

Kelowna's most wanted

Feb 17, 2017 / 10:00 am

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on a province-wide warrant as of February 17, 2017. Frisco...

Clooney's having boy & girl

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:45 am

George Clooney's mother has revealed the actor and Amal Clooney will welcome a boy and girl later this year. Earlier this month it was revealed the Gravity...

Hemp treats to Middle Earth

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:42 am

Dogs in New Zealand are about to get a taste of the North Okanagan. True Leaf Pet, a Vernon-based company that manufactures hemp dog treats, has entered into an...

Saving a piece of heritage

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:42 am

Winners of this year’s Heritage Awards in the Central Okanagan have been announced. The Central Okanagan Heritage Society presented the awards on...

Rogers Pass reopens

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:35 am

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m. The Trans-Canada Highway east of the Rogers Pass has reopened to traffic. The highway was closed 10 kilometres east of the summit following a...

On the cusp of rebuilding

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:20 am

The head of Canada's auto workers union says the country is on the cusp of building its industry again and shouldn't be concerned with the protectionist...

Kimberley wants deer gone

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:17 am

The City of Kimberley has applied to the province for funding to capture as many as 50 deer and move them far from the southeastern B.C. city. Council made the...

It's slippery out there

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:04 am

Icy conditions are reported on roads in much of the Okanagan this morning. Melting snow and rain Thursday, combined with freezing temperatures overnight, left...

Marc Anthony moves on

Feb 17, 2017 / 9:00 am

Marc Anthony has reportedly embarked on a new romance with a model 27 years his junior following his divorce from Shannon de Lima. The I Need to Know singer...

Rethinking Brexit

Feb 17, 2017 / 8:02 am

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair launched a campaign Friday to persuade the U.K. to rethink its decision to leave the European Union, saying those who...

Round up immigrants?

Feb 17, 2017 / 7:36 am

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions...

Fatal 3-logging-truck crash

Feb 17, 2017 / 7:23 am

A logging truck driver was killed earlier this month near Fort St. James in a major crash. The BC Forest Safety Council says the driver was killed in a crash...

The salt of the earth

Feb 17, 2017 / 7:01 am

Deep below upstate New York's farm country, workers in ghostly tunnels are praying for snow. Fiercer winters mean better business, longer hours and fatter...

'More than just spending'

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:56 am

Canada is demonstrating its commitment to NATO in ways that go beyond simple military spending, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says. During a news conference...

Teachers walk off job

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:52 am

Nova Scotia's public school teachers are walking off the job today to protest the provincial government's plan to impose a contract on them. Dozens of...

Wallaby loose in the city

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:49 am

A wallaby wandering through Langley has the jump on everyone trying to find it. The roughly metre-high creature, similar to a kangaroo, has been on the hop...

Migrants force way in

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:45 am

Almost 500 migrants forced their way into Spanish territory in North Africa early Friday by breaking through gates in the 20-foot fence that separates Morocco...

Confident on softwood

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:41 am

When it comes to negotiating a softwood lumber agreement, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says she prefers an unpredictable American administration,...

BlackBerry class action

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:38 am

A class action against BlackBerry Ltd. has been filed on behalf of more than 300 employees across the country who allege they lost their severance entitlements...

Powerful storm pelts Cali

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:37 am

A powerful storm hit California with the first in a new series of rainstorms moving across the northern half of the state while the south awaited a rains that...

Bombing at shrine kills 88

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:35 am

Pakistani forces killed and arrested dozens of suspects in sweeping raids as the death toll from a massive suicide bombing by the Islamic State group that...

Reactor worse than thought

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:32 am

Robot probes sent to one of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear reactors have suggested worse-than-anticipated challenges for the plant's ongoing cleanup....

Kraft in talks to buy Unilever

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:28 am

U.S. food giant Kraft Heinz Co. confirmed that it's made an offer to buy Europe's Unilever and been rejected. The company said Friday that talks are...

Boy doll a 'mind killer'

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:26 am

A North Carolina pastor is angry that the maker of the American Girl doll collection is selling a boy version of its pricey dolls. The Asheville Citizen-Times...

Toddler dies from beating

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:22 am

A hospitalized 21-month-old Georgia boy has died days after authorities say his father beat him and his three-year-old sister. News outlets reports that Shomari...

The Zuckerberg manifesto

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:14 am

Mark Zuckerberg's long-term vision for Facebook, laid out in a sweeping manifesto , sometimes sounds more like a utopian social guide than a business plan....

Kelowna's 'Three Best'

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:00 am

Three Best Rated is now in Kelowna. Have you seen Three Best certificates hanging in businesses around town, yet? The company is hand-picking local...

Unsolved crimes: Kelowna

Feb 17, 2017 / 6:00 am

You could have the missing piece of the puzzle that will help the RCMP put someone behind bars. Here are some recent crimes that Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers...

Cancer strikes family twice

Feb 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Williams Lake family is re-living the horrors of cancer after their six-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, 10 years after their six-year-old son...

Fentanyl more 'devious'

Feb 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Stephen Samoyloff has worked as an emergency doctor for years, but he says the most recent overdose spike, largely due to fentanyl, is unique. "I think...

Fruit pickers squeezed

Feb 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Fruit pickers have seen their minimum piece rate wages grow at a slower pace than the standard minimum wage, which one picker says is unfair to the seasonal...

NHLers at home in Valley

Feb 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

More NHLers are calling the Okanagan home. Current and former pros are migrating to the Valley for its great weather, golf – and plenty of buddies to...

Coldstream reviews taxes

Feb 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Coldstream residents will have a chance to look at the district's proposed 2017 budget at a proposed March 8th meeting at the district hall. District...

Paramedics seek support

Feb 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Paramedics in the North Okanagan continue to seek support from the public in their bid to be given the same collective bargaining rights as firefighters and...

One man and his nation

Feb 17, 2017 / 12:01 am

Welcome to the Republic of Molossia: Population 32. Although not officially recognized by the United States, Molossia is a self-declared nation in the middle of...

Walking Dead auditions

Feb 17, 2017 / 12:01 am

Ever wanted to be a zombie on The Walking Dead? Here's how the audition goes down...

RECAP: Swiatlowski's 16 kills power the Heat over the 'Pack

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:37 pm

With the Thursday four set win in Kamloops over the WolfPack UBC Okanagan win their sixth match of the year and play again on Saturday in Kelowna at 7 p.m....

RECAP: Four set victory in Kamloops on Thursday night

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:04 pm

A one game lead in the standings and the Presidents’ Cup are earned in win over Thompson Rivers on Thursday in Kamloops. Rematch in Kelowna on Saturday at 5...

Guilty in daughter's death

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:01 pm

A Calgary woman has admitted to drugging her nine-year-old daughter, then setting fire to the vehicle her child was in. Laura Coward, who is 50, pleaded guilty...

Endangered BC languages

Feb 16, 2017 / 8:30 pm

Can First Nations languages be saved? A major symposium takes place in Penticton and Kelowna this weekend to discuss the issue and develop strategies to protect...

Too much screen time

Feb 16, 2017 / 8:00 pm

How much screen time is too much for a child? Local experts with Children for a Better Future delivered a presentation Wednesday evening in Penticton to help...

Schools' budget $2M higher

Feb 16, 2017 / 7:35 pm

The official trustee for the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District has given three readings to an amended annual budget bylaw for $73,853,866. Mike McKay, who...

First female firefighter

Feb 16, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Isabeau Venables has started her career with the Penticton Fire Department, making her the first-ever full-time female firefighter in the city. She brings over...

Kal Lake Road concern

Feb 16, 2017 / 7:00 pm

The likely closure of Kalamalka Lake Road for upgrades later this year is causing some concern in Coldstream. The City of Vernon is considering a possible...

Slides block highways

Feb 16, 2017 / 6:30 pm

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. Shortly after Highway 1 was closed east of Lytton due to a rock and mudslide, the same highway has been closed at a different location due to...

'Inventathon' champions

Feb 16, 2017 / 6:30 pm

A group of local students took the top prize at Okanagan College’s “Inventathon” last weekend with their innovative idea for recycling food...

Upper Bench Rd. flooded

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:33 pm

UPDATE 5:30 p.m. The road has now reopened. UPDATE 4:00 p.m. The City of Penticton says melt water flows have decreased to the point where crews are now able...

Warm, but no record

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:18 pm

While Thursday's warm weather seemed semi-tropical compared to a couple of weeks ago, it didn't come close to breaking any records. Thermometers hit a...

Evening Update Feb. 16

Feb 16, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Thursday, Feb. 16, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Award deadline extended

Feb 16, 2017 / 4:47 pm

The deadline to nominate a deserving citizen, athlete, team or business for one of Kelowna's civic awards has been extended. The deadline for the 42nd...

Jailed for crime spree

Feb 16, 2017 / 4:32 pm

A Saskatchewan man is facing time in jail in connection with a crime spree between Kamloops and Vernon last May that ended in a serious crash. Roderick Mervin...

Trump's jaw-dropper

Feb 16, 2017 / 4:26 pm

Donald Trump held his first lengthy press conference as U.S. president and it was the stuff of political legend. There were jaw-dropping moments. Nuggets of...

Hundreds attend job fair

Feb 16, 2017 / 4:22 pm

There has been a steady flow of people looking for work at at a job fair held Thursday in Penticton. The Cascades Casino Penticton teamed up with YMCA WorkBC to...

College marketing team earns silver in Montreal case competition

Feb 16, 2017 / 4:15 pm

Okanagan College Media Release A trio of third-year marketing students from Okanagan College’s School of Business are back on B.C. soil after placing second...

Killed driver faced charges

Feb 16, 2017 / 4:12 pm

A bus driver who was stabbed to death on the job was facing charges of sexual assault dating back three decades and did not show up for jury selection on his...

Oil trains going too fast?

Feb 16, 2017 / 4:08 pm

Current speed limits for Canada's oil-carrying freight trains may be too high to prevent serious accidents and should be re-evaluated, the Transportation...

More spending on defence

Feb 16, 2017 / 4:05 pm

Canada expects to make significant new investments in defence following the forthcoming release of its defence policy review, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan...

New distillery taking shape

Feb 16, 2017 / 3:52 pm

A new distillery is getting ready to open up in the South Okanagan this spring. Tumbleweed Spirits in Osoyoos is the latest to join a rapidly growing craft...

Grand theft Lohan

Feb 16, 2017 / 3:43 pm

New York state's highest court has agreed to allow Lindsay Lohan to appeal her lawsuit against the makers of "Grand Theft Auto," who the actress...

Fast, efficient, affordable

Feb 16, 2017 / 3:36 pm

The federal government's bid to find new ways to finance construction of affordable housing is yielding its first results. A $3.5-million, three-storey,...

Battle of the bots

Feb 16, 2017 / 2:53 pm

More than 100 Kelowna students left their classrooms and took their problem-solving skills to a robot battleground. The second annual Sumo Bot Competition has...

Crash, carjack, crash

Feb 16, 2017 / 2:45 pm

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. Police in Coquitlam say they "have a suspect in mind" after a dramatic carjacking Thursday morning. Investigators say a suspected...

Get off the pot, says judge

Feb 16, 2017 / 2:39 pm

A 20-year-old Hedley man was handed a 42-day sentence and 18 months probation in Penticton court on Thursday for illegally being in possession of a rifle. Harry...

Shoddy police work found

Feb 16, 2017 / 2:38 pm

An independent watchdog has uncovered shoddy reporting by RCMP officers in northern British Columbia that makes it impossible to tell whether many...

Concerned by docks

Feb 16, 2017 / 2:30 pm

A number of local governments are concerned by a loosening of provincial regulations that would make it harder to monitor proposed or newly-built lakeside...

Prospera sign of the times

Feb 16, 2017 / 2:29 pm

As Castanet first reported back in November, an electronic sign is in the works for Prospera Place in Kelowna. The proposal will come before city council...

One more hurdle for mom

Feb 16, 2017 / 2:09 pm

Friends and family are pulling together for a Kelowna mom diagnosed with cancer. Alyssa Castle says her aunt, Spring, is a low-income, single parent of three...

Open letter to all drivers

Feb 16, 2017 / 1:50 pm

Just for your information: 1. Any intersection that does not have a traffic light is a pedestrian right of way. Whether there is a crosswalk or not, you are...

Always a silver lining

Feb 16, 2017 / 1:48 pm

In the spirit of the legendary Canadian storyteller Stuart Maclean, whom we learned has recently passed, I have a story to share that I hope will bring a smile...

Tourism building

Feb 16, 2017 / 1:39 pm

I thought I would write a quick letter to add to the other letters you must have received of people who believe it is not necessary to build a new tourism...

Keep the big guys out of it

Feb 16, 2017 / 1:39 pm

A B.C. non-profit is supporting the push to end corporate and union donations in the province. MLAs John Horgan and Vicki Huntington have both introduced bills...

Avalanche near Tulameen

Feb 16, 2017 / 1:35 pm

An avalanche has blocked Coalmont Road – the northern route connecting the community of Tulameen to the rest of B.C. The avalanche happened after 1 p.m....

UBAKA clothing drive

Feb 16, 2017 / 1:28 pm

Urban Bulldogs Against Kids Abuse will be holding it's food and clothing bank on Feb. 25 in Penticton to help those in need. The drive is still going strong...

We are awake

Feb 16, 2017 / 1:27 pm

Re: Wake up and smell the roses No person is going to agree with every move that any particular politician makes, that’s the nature of the beast. At the...

Greens jump into race

Feb 16, 2017 / 1:25 pm

The Green Party has fielded a candidate for the Vernon-Monashee riding. Keli Westgate, sales and marketing manager for Spa Hills Compost, has entered the race....

Probe into the breach

Feb 16, 2017 / 1:24 pm

UPDATED: 1:25 p.m. Premier Christy Clark is promising a thorough investigation into four incidents that the B.C. government describes as "unusual"...

Guilty in trio of deaths

Feb 16, 2017 / 1:23 pm

A man accused of killing a Calgary couple and their grandson has been found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder. Douglas Garland, who is 57, was...

Up all night fighting fires

Feb 16, 2017 / 12:54 pm

Firefighters with the Armstrong-Spallumcheen fire department were up all night fighting two blazes. Crews were called to the Rose Valley Square Mall in...

Stroller recall hits Canada

Feb 16, 2017 / 12:53 pm

Health Canada has joined a North America-wide recall on certain Britax child safety products. The specific products include Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion...

Poll: useful or not

Feb 16, 2017 / 12:48 pm

Results are mixed for public elementary schools in the Central Okanagan, according to the latest report card issued by the Fraser Institute. While 90 per cent...

Cutest cop on the force

Feb 16, 2017 / 12:37 pm

He's the cutest member of the Victoria Police Department. And he needs a name. Victoria police have turned to Grade 4 students for the adorable task of...

Pitch the Dragons

Feb 16, 2017 / 12:12 pm

Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs – or at least those who dare to face the dragons. Dragon's Den is holding its 2017 auditions, and Kelowna is on the...

Blake Shelton's fear

Feb 16, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Gwen Stefani had to think twice about her relationship with Blake Shelton when she discovered he hates roller coasters. The 47-year-old singer started dating...

Trump revising travel ban

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:56 am

UPDATED: 11:55 p.m. President Donald Trump's administration said in court documents on Thursday it does not want a larger appellate panel to review a ruling...

Moving a Kelowna beach

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:50 am

Hot Sands Beach is moving. City of Kelowna staff have been working on relocating 4,000 cubic metres of sand from the south end of the beach, after it washed out...

TransCanada refiles for XL

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:35 am

TransCanada says it's once again seeking approval of its Keystone XL pipeline route in Nebraska despite stiff opposition from some landowners. The energy...

Hospital must rehire drunk

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:33 am

A New Brunswick hospital has been ordered to rehire a lab employee who was fired after he didn't go to work for more than a month. That's because the...

Covered in snow & speeding

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:30 am

RCMP officers in Vernon are shaking their heads over a speeding driver who was spotted in a snow-covered vehicle on Highway 97 just north of the city on Sunday....

Carbon tax not neutral

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:30 am

A report from the Fraser Institute says British Columbia's carbon tax is no longer revenue neutral. The study, co-authored by Charles Lammam, director of...

Peladeau back at Quebecor

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:23 am

Pierre Karl Peladeau is returning to his job as the president and CEO of Quebecor Inc., one of Canada's largest media and telecommunications companies....

Pet squirrel stops burglary

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:22 am

A pet squirrel named Joey prevented a burglary attempt in Idaho last week by scratching the teen suspect when he tried to break into a gun safe, police said....

Another storm hammers East

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:22 am

Much of Atlantic Canada was slogging through yet another bout of nasty winter weather Thursday that closed schools and government offices again, even as people...

Ford committed to Canada

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:20 am

Ford's commitment to investing in its Ontario facilities has not wavered since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, the head of the automaker's...

'Day Without Immigrants'

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:18 am

UPDATED: 11:20 p.m. The heart of Philadelphia's Italian Market was uncommonly quiet. Fine restaurants in the nation's capital and New York closed for...

Softwood strategizing

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:17 am

Premier Christy Clark called a special cabinet meeting today to help map British Columbia's approach to reaching a new softwood lumber trade agreement with...

Emma Watson charges $2

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:15 am

Emma Watson doled out life advice for just $2 via an iPad at Grand Central Station in New York on Tuesday. American writer Derek Blasberg, who struck up a...

What's in a word?

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:11 am

Former justice minister Irwin Cotler says a Liberal-backed motion aimed at combating racism would have broader support if it didn't contain the word...

Highway 1 reopens

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:07 am

UPDATE: 11:05 a.m. Highway 1 is now open in both directions east of Golden. However, the route will be closed in both directions about 30 kilometres east of...

We face longest ER waits

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:05 am

A new report suggests Canadians have the longest wait times for medical attention in emergency departments and for referrals to specialists among patients in 11...

Housing first, not politics

Feb 16, 2017 / 11:00 am

Earlier this week, all eyes were on the White House for the historic first meeting of President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau. While no official agreements...

Lacrosse team filling a gap

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:47 am

The Okanagan Wild is bridging a massive gap for lacrosse players in the Southern Interior as the only team from the region in the B.C. Intermediate Lacrosse...

Failed to kill Kenney's bid

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:43 am

A last-ditch attempt to get Jason Kenney kicked out of the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership race has failed. Party president Katherine O'Neill...

Israel envoy damage control

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:42 am

The combative attorney President Donald Trump picked as his ambassador to Israel sought to repair the damage from past attacks on political opponents, telling...

Younger Trudeau in town

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:40 am

Trudeau is coming to Kelowna. No, not that one – the prime minister's younger brother, Alexandre Trudeau. The author, journalist and documentary...

Eat your veggies!

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:33 am

Mom was right. You should eat your veggies. Health Minister Terry Lake and Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick joined Half Your Plate ambassador chef Michael...

Mariah's live comeback

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:30 am

Mariah Carey made a successful live performance comeback on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night - her first since her now infamous New Year's Eve...

RCMP arrest man with gun

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:22 am

Salmon Arm RCMP arrested a man with a handgun and illegal drugs who travelled by Greyhound bus from Vernon Wednesday afternoon. After police were alerted,...

Super fan gets super date

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:12 am

Eugenie Bouchard is not one to welch on a bet. Her date with random Twitter fan is why you never bet against Tom Brady Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., went on a...

A seat for the Tea Party

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:01 am

The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the White House budget office, giving the Republicans' tea party wing a voice in...

SunMine solar farm shines

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:01 am

A former lead and zinc mine in southeastern British Columbia has generated a small profit in its first full year of operation as a solar farm. A report by city...

Designated Dads fundraiser

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:00 am

Kelowna Chrysler has teamed up with Kelowna Comedy to present a night of comedy Friday, February 17th. This show will feature Kelowna’s top local...

Kelowna's most wanted

Feb 16, 2017 / 10:00 am

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on a province-wide warrant as of February 16, 2017. Joshua...

Boeing union bid fails

Feb 16, 2017 / 9:59 am

Production workers at Boeing's South Carolina plant have overwhelmingly rejected an effort to unionize, maintaining Southern reluctance toward unionization...

Canadian Tire sees sales up

Feb 16, 2017 / 9:54 am

Canadian Tire reported strong earnings for the fourth quarter, as the national retailer saw sales spike across all its divisions. The Toronto-based company...

Win a Wicked Windfall

Feb 16, 2017 / 9:51 am

Make the most of winter with Castanet's Wicked Winter Windfall contest. It's our biggest giveaway of the year so far. One winner will walk away with a...

$425K bid on old ferry

Feb 16, 2017 / 9:50 am

The Queen of Burnaby may have a new home. The 52-year-old BC Ferries vessel had been put on auction by the province, and received a bid $25,000 over the...

Okanagan College students tackle food security with Refreshing idea

Feb 16, 2017 / 9:49 am

Okanagan College Media Release Three Okanagan College business students battled their way to first place at UBC Okanagan’s inaugural Inventathon last weekend...

Old TV stuffed with cash

Feb 16, 2017 / 9:45 am

About 30 years ago an Ontario man stuffed a wad of cash and banking documents inside a box, opened up the back of his television and hid the package inside. He...

Kidman's other engagement

Feb 16, 2017 / 9:45 am

Nicole Kidman has finally confirmed she was once engaged to rocker Lenny Kravitz. The stars began a short-lived romance in 2003 and there were reports at the...

Freezing rain deja vu

Feb 16, 2017 / 9:29 am

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m. The travel advisory has been lifted along Highway 3. However, DriveBC warns the area is still receiving heavy rain. ORIGINAL: 7:30 a.m....

Crash on Main Street

Feb 16, 2017 / 9:16 am

Emergency responders were called to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Main Street and Eckhardt Ave. Thursday morning. The accident occurred around 9...

Ring of Fire in Vernon

Feb 16, 2017 / 9:15 am

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre proudly presents Western Canada Theatre and Chemainus Theatre’s production of Ring of Fire on Monday, March...

Jagger's forgotten memoir

Feb 16, 2017 / 9:00 am

Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger wrote a 75,000 word autobiography and then forgot about it. Writing in British magazine The Spectator, book publisher John...

Flower power for gay couple

Feb 16, 2017 / 8:42 am

The Washington Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke the state's...

Charge after hwy crash

Feb 16, 2017 / 8:35 am

UPDATE: 9:25 a.m. Vernon RCMP say a driver, who is alleged to have been drinking, is facing penalties under the BC Motor Vehicle Act after a collision on...

Vernon woman found

Feb 16, 2017 / 8:30 am

UPDATE: Feb. 16, 8:30 a.m. Police say Lorna Bostock has been found safe and sound. ORIGINAL: Feb. 15 Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP are searching for a local woman...

Missing 18-month-old girl

Feb 16, 2017 / 7:58 am

Police in Manitoba are searching for a missing 18-month-old girl. Officers in Selkirk were advised Wednesday morning that Seaira Neveah Hunter and her mother...

Companion paws, awws

Feb 16, 2017 / 7:47 am

A Kelowna-based mental health and suicide prevention foundation is branching with a companion pet program for veterans, first responders and seniors. The...

New speed limit for trains?

Feb 16, 2017 / 7:42 am

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is calling for a re-evaluation of speed limits for trains carrying oil across the country. The recommendation comes...

Rebels present at Oscars

Feb 16, 2017 / 7:38 am

Stars of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" are heading to the Academy Awards. Oscar telecast producers announced Thursday that Felicity Jones and Riz...

Arrested for illegal entry

Feb 16, 2017 / 6:36 am

Two people have been arrested after allegedly walking across the U.S. border into Surrey. U.S. Customs and Border Protection called RCMP at 5:40 a.m. to report...

Trump sons coming to BC

Feb 16, 2017 / 6:29 am

Two of U.S. President Donald Trump's sons have been confirmed as attending the grand opening later this month of a new hotel in Vancouver that bears their...

Encana looks to growth

Feb 16, 2017 / 6:27 am

Encana Corp. says it delivered on its strategic objectives last year and is now poised for growth, after losing US$944 million in 2016 and US$5.17 billion in...

Bombardier revenue falls

Feb 16, 2017 / 6:24 am

Bombardier Inc. says it had a US$981 million net loss last year. That was an improvement over 2015, when the Montreal-based company's full-year loss was...

Wildfire's advance halted

Feb 16, 2017 / 6:21 am

Firefighters in New Zealand's second-largest city were able to halt a wildfire's advance on suburban homes Thursday after it burned down 11 houses in...

Trudeau sells CETA pact

Feb 16, 2017 / 6:19 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Strasbourg, France, hours ahead of what was billed as a historic, confidence-building speech to European lawmakers....

Pushed into the spotlight

Feb 16, 2017 / 6:09 am

Lawyers for 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina say he was asleep in a suburban Seattle house last week when immigration agents showed up to arrest his father,...

Cleaning up protest camp

Feb 16, 2017 / 6:04 am

Federal and state officials announced plans Wednesday to accelerate cleanup at a camp in southern North Dakota that has housed hundreds and sometimes thousands...

Insurance mergers kiboshed

Feb 16, 2017 / 6:03 am

It was a rough Valentine's Day for the U.S. health insurance industry. One giant merger was abandoned, another is threatened by infighting, and a major...

Province appeals acquittal

Feb 16, 2017 / 6:00 am

A special prosecutor will ask British Columbia's Court of Appeal to overturn the acquittal of a former leader of a polygamous community who was found not...

A Valentine's wedgie

Feb 16, 2017 / 6:00 am

Most people know it as Valentine’s Day. But when I was in elementary school, I referred to it as the Anguishing Day From Hell That Reminded Me of What a...

Interest in lake access

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:52 am

There appears to be significant interest in whether or not Vernon city council approves funding for public access sites along Okanagan Lake. Dozens of people...

Kelowna dream for sale

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:49 am

It began as an ambitious, year-round playground on 640 acres of property just south of Kelowna's southern boundary. Now, 10 years later, after years of...

Keeping it affordable

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Whether or not greater investment in Penticton will drive property values up, Mayor Andrew Jakubeit says the city will be working to ensure there is a stock of...

New Naramata fire hall

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Naramata Fire Rescue has a spot in mind for a new satellite fire hall. The new spot – legally called Subsidy Lot 5, Plan 1190 – sits eight...

Residents want cell service

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

Residents along the Highway 3 corridor, particularly in the East Gate area southwest of Princeton, would like to see improved cell phone service. A petition on...

Property crime way up

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

There was a big bump in property crime in the North Okanagan over the last three months of 2016, according to statistics supplied by the RCMP. “Overall,...

Dog survives poisoning

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna dog owner woke up to a shocking surprise on his driveway last weekend. Troy Gangl was out chipping ice off his driveway on Monday when he found the...

Targeting eyesore inn

Feb 16, 2017 / 5:00 am

The District of Lake Country is taking measures to shut down a local motel. The Airport Inn Lakeside, which has been in bylaw contravention for nearly two...

Keeping up with Gordon

Feb 16, 2017 / 12:01 am

When Gordon Ramsay challenged an amateur cook to keep up with him things go downhill quick.

Iceberg flips over

Feb 16, 2017 / 12:01 am

While icebergs flipping over is a relatively common occurrence, catching it on camera is much rarer.

Warriors earn key victory

Feb 15, 2017 / 10:00 pm

Chase Stevenson scored twice and the West Kelowna Warriors edged the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4-3 Wednesday. It was an important win against the cellar dwelling...

PREVIEW: Heat men face perennial rivals from TRU

Feb 15, 2017 / 9:22 pm

In the latest matchup in the annual competition for the Presidents' Cup, the Canada West #10 Heat men will play the annual home-and-home series against their...

Boost for busing at UBCO

Feb 15, 2017 / 9:00 pm

Taking the bus at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus is about to look a whole lot different. A request for proposal was submitted by BC...

Watchdog chastises RCMP

Feb 15, 2017 / 8:45 pm

An independent watchdog has uncovered shoddy reporting by RCMP officers in northern British Columbia that makes it impossible to tell whether many...

PREVIEW: Heat set for annual home-and-home against WolfPack

Feb 15, 2017 / 8:29 pm

The UBC Okanagan women's volleyball team have a tough match this weekend with interior rival Thompson Rivers. Both teams are already in the post season and are...

Walking for Alzheimer's

Feb 15, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Penticton will be one of 22 communities across B.C. holding a walk to support those with Alzheimer's Disease. The Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer's...

The Family Day debate

Feb 15, 2017 / 8:00 pm

Five years later, the great Family Day debate still rankles. B.C.'s long weekend is one week before that of other provinces and one week before the...

Baby's broken heart

Feb 15, 2017 / 7:06 pm

A Kelowna couple’s unborn baby needs a heart procedure in Toronto. Casey and Amanda were told during an emergency ultrasound on Jan. 28 that their baby...

RCMP files: property thefts

Feb 15, 2017 / 7:00 pm

Vehicle thefts and break and enters continue to be an ongoing problem in Penticton. On Feb. 7, a resident of the 2300 block of Naramata Road reported that his...

Banning the trophy hunt

Feb 15, 2017 / 7:00 pm

A large majority of Canadians think it's time to ban trophy hunting. According to a recent Insights West poll, 59 per cent of those surveyed strongly...

Carfentanil added to the list

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:49 pm

China is adding carfentanil and three related synthetic opioids to its list of controlled substances effective March 1, China's National Narcotics Control...

Teacher helps kids cheat

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:32 pm

A Vancouver teacher resigned from her job after admitting she provided her Grade 7 students with the answers to a standardized provincial math exam. Sally...

Medical building approved

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:00 pm

West Kelowna council has given approval for a new downtown medical complex. The three-storey building is situated at the corner of Dobbin Road and Old Okanagan...

Multiple-vehicle collision

Feb 15, 2017 / 5:50 pm

No injuries were reported after a multiple-vehicle collision on Wednesday. Police arrived on scene at Highway 97 and Daimler Drive around 5:30 p.m. Roads are...

Crooks caught on camera

Feb 15, 2017 / 5:13 pm

RCMP took a bite out of crime, unleashing police dog Ice on two thieves at Corix Kelowna's compound. The crooks broke in Feb. 11 about 4:10 a.m. They are...

Evening Update Feb. 15

Feb 15, 2017 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Feb. 15, with reporter Wayne Moore.

Cab driver needs help

Feb 15, 2017 / 4:51 pm

A Penticton cab driver is still struggling to get back on his feet after a fire destroyed his home and all his belongings. Robert Emms has been staying with...

Mudslide takes out highway

Feb 15, 2017 / 4:47 pm

A mudslide has taken out Highway 8, between Merritt and Spences Bridge, closing down traffic in both directions. The mudslide occurred 12 kilometres east of...

Rush to drain reservoir

Feb 15, 2017 / 4:20 pm

Officials raced to drain more water from a lake behind battered Oroville Dam as new storms began rolling into Northern California on Wednesday and tested the...

'Caps add offence on loan

Feb 15, 2017 / 4:16 pm

Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson had scouted dozens of strikers in his seemingly endless search for a proven goal-scorer when an old friend...

NAFTA - cautious optimism

Feb 15, 2017 / 4:14 pm

Canada's ambassador to Washington, who sat in on the Donald Trump-Justin Trudeau summit this week, says he's now cautiously optimistic about any...

First Nations deal on LNG

Feb 15, 2017 / 4:13 pm

Premier Christy Clark is touting two agreements reached with First Nations on a liquefied natural gas export plant as important milestones for the project's...

Border agents raid home

Feb 15, 2017 / 4:00 pm

UPDATE 4:00 p.m. The Canadian Border Services Agency has confirmed this morning's police action in Oliver was related to a man facing nine charges for...

Romeo fraudster ID'd

Feb 15, 2017 / 3:43 pm

Police in Coquitlam have identified a man suspected to be responsible for several online frauds. RCMP sent out a Valentine's Day warning Tuesday after a...

Warriors denied recognition

Feb 15, 2017 / 3:30 pm

City of West Kelowna vehicles will not be emblazoned with stickers recognizing the West Kelowna Warriors RBC Cup championship. The request, made by local...

Arts council needs funding

Feb 15, 2017 / 2:50 pm

Volunteers with the Summerland Community Arts Council are “being stretched pretty thin,” since moving off of Main Street to make way for the new...

Shatner helps with KD hunt

Feb 15, 2017 / 2:45 pm

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. Feb. 15 After a huge response from the public, and even some celebrity endorsement, Everett has enough Star Wars Kraft Dinner to “last...

Cougar killed after attack

Feb 15, 2017 / 2:41 pm

A conservation officer was attacked by a cougar that was trying to break into a home in Salmo Tuesday night, after a recent spike in cougar complaints in the...

Russia rumours dog Trump

Feb 15, 2017 / 2:31 pm

President Donald Trump blamed intelligence officials and the media Wednesday for what he called the "very, very unfair" treatment of his ousted...

CBC's Stuart McLean dies

Feb 15, 2017 / 2:26 pm

Stuart McLean, a bestselling author, journalist and humorist who entertained millions as host of the popular CBC Radio program "The Vinyl Cafe," has...

Poll: protective shield

Feb 15, 2017 / 2:15 pm

A driver who was attacked while behind the wheel of a BC Transit bus acted heroically, says the local union president. "I'm stunned," said Scott...

BC fishermen fear ban

Feb 15, 2017 / 2:09 pm

Canada's largest commercial fishermen's union says the creation of a new marine protection area off British Columbia's north coast will result in...

Nightmare move to Valley

Feb 15, 2017 / 2:00 pm

A woman who recently moved to Penticton is speaking out about a bad experience she had with her moving company. Monica Bolduc said her things arrived over a day...

Markets continue streak

Feb 15, 2017 / 1:58 pm

North American stock markets continued their winning streak as indices in Toronto and New York once again closed at all-time highs. The S&P/TSX composite...

Speech doesn't deliver

Feb 15, 2017 / 1:48 pm

Re: 'We'll pay you back' The pre-election throne speech delivered this week is the latest missed opportunity for the provincial government to stand...

TRU prof gets international attention for rangeland research

Feb 15, 2017 / 1:45 pm

TRU researcher Dr. Wendy Gardner received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society for Range Management, an international organization dedicated to the...

Armed officer at bus station

Feb 15, 2017 / 1:39 pm

Vernon RCMP officers responded to a complaint of a possible weapon seen in the area of the Greyhound bus station early Wednesday afternoon. "No one was...

Club Appreciation Day

Feb 15, 2017 / 1:36 pm

The Lumby-Mabel Lake Snowmobile Association will be hosting it’s annual Club Appreciation Day, involving a mini track and sleds for children with safety...

Lexin Resources shut down

Feb 15, 2017 / 1:33 pm

The Alberta Energy Regulator is taking the unusual step of shutting down all Lexin Resources operations, accusing the Calgary-based oil and gas producer of...

Bodies are missing girls

Feb 15, 2017 / 1:27 pm

Two bodies found along a northern Indiana stream are those of two 13-year-old girls who went missing Monday and their deaths are being investigated as...

Our Canadian anthem

Feb 15, 2017 / 1:26 pm

CBC had a Canada wide poll on whether the word “God” should be kept or removed from our anthem. They were totally amazed at the result of the poll....

Seeking help to evict rats

Feb 15, 2017 / 1:18 pm

West Kelowna council is fed up with the rat problem in the city. And, they are looking for help from the provincial government. Council passed a resolution...

Coast Capital supports kids

Feb 15, 2017 / 1:15 pm

Coast Capital takes pride in its community involvement, with a focus on building a richer future for youth. Their involvement in the Kelowna community is no...

Teacher uses hose on kids

Feb 15, 2017 / 1:11 pm

A Grade 8 teacher in the Burns Lake area served a one-day suspension for hosing down her students, a year after being warned about pouring vinegar, flour and...

Silver Life Saving Award

Feb 15, 2017 / 1:04 pm

A St. John Ambulance Silver Life Saving Award was presented to Angela Munson of Kelowna at a ceremony held on Tuesday, Feb. 7 in Kelowna. Ms. Munson applied...

Mariah's Valentine's date

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:45 pm

Mariah Carey enjoyed a hot date with beau Bryan Tanaka in a golden bathtub on Valentine's Day. The social media happy diva posted an image of herself on...

Fired over fishwich

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:32 pm

A woman who worked for Burger King for nearly 25 years has been awarded $46,000 by a court after she was fired over what a judge says was a misunderstanding...

Troublemaker back in court

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:32 pm

A Penticton man with a long history of threatening behaviour in the community appeared before a judge again on Wednesday. Gerzson Kovacs was in Penticton court...

Drivers behaving badly

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:27 pm

Young drivers aren't alone in behaving badly on U.S. roads, a trend that could be contributing to a spike in highway deaths. Well over half of drivers in...

Natives have the right: Pope

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:23 pm

Pope Francis insisted Wednesday that indigenous groups must give prior consent to any economic activity affecting their ancestral lands, a view that conflicts...

Russian missile worries

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:21 pm

NATO's chief says the military alliance would be concerned if reports that Russia has violated a Cold War-era treaty by deploying a cruise missile prove...

Bullet necklace blunder

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:19 pm

An Ontario man is recovering from surgery after he shot himself in the leg while making a necklace out of a bullet. Durham Regional Police say a 50-year-old...

Israel's NFL fumble

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:12 pm

It was supposed to be a feel-good visit by a group of professional football players to give a boost to image-conscious Israel. But in an embarrassing fumble by...

Dad, daughter to the rescue

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:05 pm

A Naramata father and daughter played a big role in helping a woman whose car went off the road during Wednesday’s snowfall. Robert Van Westen and his...

Seeds of pot discussion

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:03 pm

West Kelowna council has given first reading to a zoning bylaw amendment that it hopes will begin a discussion around marijuana production in the community. The...

Armstrong hit with cop costs

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Taxpayers in Armstrong will be in for a shock this year as the cost of policing climbs. Data from the 2016 census shows the number of people living in the North...

Alanis has jewelry theft

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Musician Alanis Morissette has reportedly lost $2 million worth of jewelry after burglars broke into her Los Angeles home. Law enforcement sources tell editors...

Boy's death inspires memoir

Feb 15, 2017 / 11:55 am

The aunt of a drowned Syrian toddler who became a haunting symbol of the country's refugee crisis will be sharing her story in a forthcoming book. Tima...

Cash for children's ministry

Feb 15, 2017 / 11:48 am

British Columbia's finance minister says the Children and Family Development Ministry will receive a financial boost in next week's budget. Mike de Jong...

Ginx TV powers up

Feb 15, 2017 / 11:40 am

Video game enthusiasts are getting a 24-hour Canadian TV channel aimed at satisfying their appetites for competition. Pay-TV broadcaster Super Channel says...

Clark to talk up budget

Feb 15, 2017 / 11:31 am

Fresh off the upcoming budget and heading into this spring's provincial election, Premier Christy Clark will address the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce next...

To the rescue - with pizza

Feb 15, 2017 / 11:26 am

Air Canada is apologizing to passengers who found themselves rerouted late at night to Fredericton with nothing to eat — that is, until a WestJet pilot...

'Like a bomb went off'

Feb 15, 2017 / 11:17 am

Many residents remain out of their homes in the aftermath of an enormous fire that ripped through a Toronto athletic club. Tuesday's fire forced the...

John Mayer plays Cupid

Feb 15, 2017 / 11:15 am

Rocker John Mayer is helping fans spread a little love on Valentine's Day via an Instagram serenade. The Your Body Is a Wonderland hitmaker took to social...

Dating after divorce

Feb 15, 2017 / 11:00 am

Your palms are sweaty; so are your armpits. You look nervously into your phone camera for the umpteenth time to check your hair – no grey. Teeth check -...

Slip and slide on Hwy 3

Feb 15, 2017 / 10:53 am

UPDATE: 10:50 a.m. Highway 3 is open again after a stretch of the highway turned into a slip and slide for semi-trucks. The freezing rain advisory is also now...

Yahoo: a security warning

Feb 15, 2017 / 10:40 am

Yahoo is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016. It's the latest development in the internet company's...

The awkward beaver

Feb 15, 2017 / 10:36 am

Castanet viewers have been sharing their slices of Canadiana. First, Elizabeth Shepherd sent in photos of a majestic mother moose wandering the pristine West...

Ed Sheeran denied entry

Feb 15, 2017 / 10:30 am

Ed Sheeran has been turned away from his own record label's Grammy Awards afterparty four years in a row. The 25-year-old singer attended the star-studded...

What are they spending on?

Feb 15, 2017 / 10:20 am

The Rutland Park Society has plans in place to spend at least $103,000 on Phase 1 of renovations to Centennial Hall. According to documents filed with Western...

Home sales back to normal

Feb 15, 2017 / 10:18 am

The British Columbia Real Estate Association says the province's housing market has tumbled from record highs posted in 2016 to return to what it calls...

Inclusive education “a process, not a place,” says researcher

Feb 15, 2017 / 10:01 am

When it comes to inclusive education, there are some who are ardent in their belief that each child, regardless of ability, must be included in the classroom at...

Kelowna's most wanted

Feb 15, 2017 / 10:00 am

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following female who is wanted on a province-wide warrant as of February 15, 2017. ...

Harrison Ford air scare

Feb 15, 2017 / 9:45 am

Actor and aviator Harrison Ford narrowly avoided a serious incident with a passenger plane at an airport in California on Monday, according to reports. The Star...

Bus driver 'cold-cocked'

Feb 15, 2017 / 9:44 am

UPDATE: 9:45 a.m. A driver who was attacked while behind the wheel of a BC Transit bus acted heroically, says the local union president. "I'm...

3 charged with robbery

Feb 15, 2017 / 9:41 am

Three people appeared in Vernon provincial court Wednesday charged with robbery in connection with an incident at the 7-11 in Armstrong on Valentine's Day....

Sports Illustrated cover out

Feb 15, 2017 / 9:29 am

Kate Upton is so nice she's made the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover thrice. Upton has become only the fourth woman to grace the cover three times. This...

The ever-evolving RRSP

Feb 15, 2017 / 9:26 am

RRSPs play a major role in paving the way to retirement for many Canadians, but strategies for using the long-term savings account will evolve throughout the...

Cineplex sees 12% decline

Feb 15, 2017 / 9:23 am

Cineplex Inc. (TSX:CGX) says a decline in attendance at the end of 2016 pushed down the theatre company's revenue in the fourth quarter. The Toronto-based...

James Hetfield was 'livid'

Feb 15, 2017 / 9:00 am

Metallica frontman James Hetfield vented his frustrations backstage after his Grammy Awards performance was hit by technical issues. The rockers took to the...

Robbed on Valentine's Day

Feb 15, 2017 / 8:12 am

Police in Kamloops are trying to catch a man who robbed a liquor store at gunpoint. The Valentine's Day theft happened at McCracken Station Liquor Store on...

Cocaine on a plane

Feb 15, 2017 / 7:48 am

The Canada Border Services Agency says it has seized seven kilograms of suspected cocaine from the bottom of food trolleys on an airplane. The agency says it...

Trump kept Pence in dark

Feb 15, 2017 / 7:45 am

Just six days into his presidency, Donald Trump was informed his national security adviser had misled his vice-president about contacts with Russia. Trump kept...

Going straight: addict's view

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:45 am

Had Al Fowler known more about his rights before enrolling in British Columbia's methadone treatment program in 2010, he may have avoided what he describes...

UBC moves away from oil

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:40 am

The University of British Columbia will exclude fossil fuel companies from its low-carbon investment fund, a move being applauded by a campus group that has...

Fires scorch New Zealand

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:34 am

Hundreds of people in New Zealand's second-largest city were evacuated from their homes Wednesday as wildfires burned down several houses and threatened to...

India launches 100 satellites

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:31 am

India's space agency said it successfully launched more than 100 foreign nano satellites into orbit Wednesday aboard a single rocket. The Indian Space...

America's top dog

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:26 am

Quite a rally for Rumor — a commanding comeback for German shepherds, too. Rumour was crowned America's top dog Tuesday night when, a year after a...

Upton SI's swimsuit queen

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:23 am

She's once, twice, three times a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover lady. Kate Upton is once again gracing the cover of the annual issue, becoming only the...

Harrison Ford's close call

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:20 am

Actor Harrison Ford had a potentially serious run-in with an airliner at a Southern California airport, NBC-TV reported. Ford, 74, was told to land his...

EU says yes to CETA

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:16 am

The European Union's parliament approved a trade deal with Canada on Wednesday, extolling the pact as a sign of co-operation at a time when many political...

Jury to deliberate on murder

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:12 am

The fate of a man accused of murdering an Alberta couple and their five-year-old grandson will soon be in the hands of a jury. Douglas Garland, 57, is being...

Surgeon maimed patients

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:07 am

A Texas jury has found a neurosurgeon guilty Tuesday of maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery to resolve debilitating injuries. The verdict of the...

Relief as evacuated go home

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:02 am

At churches, fairgrounds and other makeshift shelters, thousands of Californians packed what belongings they had into garbage bags and suitcases to return home...

ADHD and death

Feb 15, 2017 / 6:00 am

ADHD and risk of premature death I have written several articles about ADHD and its symptoms. In addition to hallmark difficulties concentrating or staying on...

Fewer lost bags on flights

Feb 15, 2017 / 5:55 am

The U.S. government says domestic airlines cancelled fewer flights in 2016 than any year on record while also posting record-low numbers for lost bags and...

Net giants oppose tax plan

Feb 15, 2017 / 5:51 am

Proposals for tax changes aimed at helping Canadian publishers fight for revenues with online news aggregators would result in a punitive "tax on...

Vees keep win streak

Feb 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

For the sixth year in a row, the Penticton Vees have taken the BCHL Interior Division pennant for their own. That solidifies the Vees' record-setting...

Terror films downtown

Feb 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

The movie Tiny house of Terror is being filmed in downtown Kelowna. The movie is based on the mysterious disappearance of a woman's husband, and crew...

Talk about downtown

Feb 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

The Town of Oliver is looking for some input on their downtown revitalization process. "Downtown Oliver is recognized as the heart of Oliver and is highly...

Coyotes killing dogs

Feb 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

A West Kelowna woman says coyotes have been attacking and killing dogs in her neighbourhood at an alarming rate during the past few weeks. Dawn, who lives in...

Plea in nurse's death

Feb 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

UPDATE: 10:25 a.m. A spokesperson for the Criminal Justice Branch says a woman charged in connection with a 2014 vehicle crash in Vernon that killed a nurse...

Sings for missing son

Feb 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

Denise Horvath-Allan will never lose hope of finding out what happened to her son. Charles Horvath went missing, and is presumed murdered, in 1989. He was last...

Majestic Canadian sight

Feb 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

Elizabeth Shepherd recently came across a majestic Canadian sight. And she captured it on camera. She was at the Telemark snowshoe trail, located up Glenrosa...

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