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News Archive Dec 11 to 17, 2016

Road rage shooting

Dec 17, 2016 / 10:54 pm

A 3-year-old boy being taken on a shopping trip by his grandmother was killed in a road rage shooting on Saturday when a driver opened fire on the...

Two winning lotto tickets

Dec 17, 2016 / 10:50 pm

The nearly $10 million jackpot in Saturday night's Lotto 649 draw will be shared by two ticket holders — one in Quebec and the other in British...

Rockets take out Hitmen

Dec 17, 2016 / 10:30 pm

The Kelowna Rockets have guaranteed themselves a winning road trip. The Rockets scored five unanswered goals in a 6-2 victory over the Calgary Hitmen Saturday...

Warriors roll into break

Dec 17, 2016 / 10:00 pm

The West Kelowna Warriors head into the Christmas break on a four-game winning streak. The Warriors won their fourth in a row Saturday, holding on for a 2-1...

Would-be robbers shot

Dec 17, 2016 / 9:13 pm

Philadelphia police say two would-be robbers became the victims when they were shot in separate incidents. Police say a 30-year-old man who attempted to rob an...

Tree falls on wedding party

Dec 17, 2016 / 9:12 pm

A woman was killed and five others were injured when a large eucalyptus tree fell on a wedding party taking photographs at a Southern California park Saturday,...

Paying tribute to Glenn

Dec 17, 2016 / 8:49 pm

The nation's vice-president and a retired Marine Corps general were among the dignitaries, family members and other mourners who choked up Saturday during a...

Fire on Valleyview Road

Dec 17, 2016 / 8:08 pm

UPDATE: 9:16 p.m. The Penticton RCMP has confirmed it was a house fire and that no one was injured in the blaze. Both the fire department and RCMP responded to...

Fish hatchery concerns

Dec 17, 2016 / 7:35 pm

A Summerland fish hatchery is exploring the potential impact of a development on a water source. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has retained MDM...

Chilly polar plunge

Dec 17, 2016 / 7:25 pm

More than a thousand people in Alaska on Saturday dressed up as elves or in other elaborate costumes while some stripped down to barely anything to take part in...

Military plane crashes

Dec 17, 2016 / 7:19 pm

An Indonesian military Hercules C-130 transport plane has crashed in the easternmost province of Papua, killing all 13 people on board. Air force chief of staff...

Funeral for activist

Dec 17, 2016 / 6:22 pm

An activist who made headlines when she was charged for refusing to fill out the census three years ago will be remembered for her spirit and tenacity at a...

A drug law with weight

Dec 17, 2016 / 6:00 pm

As Parliament pauses for the holiday season, I want to share with you two important announcements made this past week that will have an impact on our community...

Snowfall warning issued

Dec 17, 2016 / 5:06 pm

A snowfall warning is in effect for Vancouver. Snow is expected to begin falling Saturday night, with Environment Canada predicting from two to 4 centimetres...

Solstice peace talks

Dec 17, 2016 / 4:33 pm

Penticton's Shatford Centre is inviting people to focus on world peace during the winter solstice on Wednesday, Dec. 21. This is the first time it has...

Car winner all smiles

Dec 17, 2016 / 4:30 pm

The lucky winner of a brand new 2017 Honda Civic was revealed Saturday. Maddy Welsh, 23, was speechless when she found out she won – but her ear-to-ear...

Over the embankment

Dec 17, 2016 / 4:17 pm

UPDATE: 4:15 p.m. The vehicle over the embankment has been there for a while. North Westside Fire Rescue Chief Jason Satterthwaite says the vehicle went off the...

Hardware store owner dies

Dec 17, 2016 / 3:59 pm

Walter Hachborn, co-founder of Home Hardware Stores and member of the Order of Canada, has died, he was 95. A statement from Home Hardware says Hachborn died...

Marc Emery facing charges

Dec 17, 2016 / 3:12 pm

Canada's self-styled "Prince of Pot" is facing drug charges after being arrested at one of his newly-opened cannabis boutiques in Montreal. Marc...

Hundreds of meals served

Dec 17, 2016 / 2:40 pm

For over 30 years, Kelowna's Gospel Mission has been serving up delicious Christmas meals for anyone who may not have a family dinner to go to over the...

Head-on crash kills two

Dec 17, 2016 / 1:39 pm

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. Highway 1 has re-opened in both directions at the scene of the incident, according to Drive BC. A head-on collision has killed two people on...

Shooting victims turn up

Dec 17, 2016 / 1:00 pm

Police say two shooting victims who turned up at an Abbotsford hospital Friday night are connected to an earlier shooting investigation. Police responded to...

Woman dies in crash

Dec 17, 2016 / 12:45 pm

UPDATED: 12:45 p.m., Dec. 17 A woman died in Friday's car crash that closed Highway 3B near Trail. Cpl. Phil Mager of the West Kootenay Traffic Services...

Sliding off the highway

Dec 17, 2016 / 12:03 pm

A car ended up in the ditch off the side of Highway 97 Saturday morning, after crashing near Summerland. One lane of the highway in the southbound direction was...

Shooting leaves man critical

Dec 17, 2016 / 11:56 am

RCMP say a man is suffering from life-threatening injuries after a shooting in Surrey early Saturday morning. Police say officers responded to reports of a...

Crews rush to chimney fire

Dec 17, 2016 / 11:48 am

West Kelowna fire crews rushed to Shannon Lake Road Saturday morning after receiving reports of flames coming from a house's roof. The chimney of the house,...

A year of mortgage changes

Dec 17, 2016 / 11:00 am

2016 has definitely been a year of changes in the mortgage industry. These changes have heads spinning as we try to understand what these changes mean for the...

Celebrate like a New Yorker

Dec 17, 2016 / 10:11 am

Ring in the new year like a New Yorker. Kelowna's Stuart Park is expected to be packed again with New Year's Eve revelers at the 'New York' New...

Fentanyl knows no borders

Dec 17, 2016 / 10:00 am

Drug overdose deaths have increased by 33 per cent in the past five years across the country, with some states seeing jumps of nearly 200 per cent. According to...

Prince of Pot raids defended

Dec 17, 2016 / 9:57 am

Montreal's mayor says police were doing their jobs and upholding the law when they launched raids against newly opened illegal cannabis stores. Denis...

Arrest made in hit-and-run

Dec 17, 2016 / 8:09 am

Police arrested a drunk driver who crashed into several parked cars and left the scene Friday night. At 7:45 p.m., the RCMP received a report of a man who had...

Knife-fight with police

Dec 17, 2016 / 7:50 am

A man used a knife to fight with police in Kamloops Friday night. Just after midnight, police received a report of a man walking in the Tranquille Road area in...

Poll: tax me if you can

Dec 17, 2016 / 7:10 am

Kelowna city council whittled more than half a percentage point off the 2017 budget. The provisional 2017 budget, which began with a 4.4 per cent hike, has been...

8,000 km from home

Dec 17, 2016 / 6:59 am

Norman the booby bird may have clocked up the most unlikely air miles in aviation history. The red-footed booby, a native of tropical zones, was discovered on a...

Eiffel Tower shut down

Dec 17, 2016 / 6:53 am

The Eiffel Tower has closed for a fifth day in a strike over working conditions — causing disappointment for scores of tourists. The monument's...

Unclaimed jackpot

Dec 17, 2016 / 6:22 am

No winning ticket was sold for the $55 million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw. There were also four Maxmillion prizes of $1 million each up for...

Pope ponders old age

Dec 17, 2016 / 6:18 am

Pope Francis is celebrating an active if low-key 80th birthday, sharing breakfast with eight homeless people before celebrating Mass with cardinals. The Vatican...

A bounce they deserved

Dec 17, 2016 / 6:13 am

It was a bounce the Vancouver Canucks felt they deserved. Bo Horvat scored the winner on a strange play in the third period and Ryan Miller made 25 saves Friday...

Nuts at Christmas

Dec 17, 2016 / 6:00 am

The big day looms ever closer, and everyone is running at mach speed trying to check everything off the list and be sure they are ready to fulfill all their...

Unsolved crimes: West Kel

Dec 17, 2016 / 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...

Firefighters hold food drive

Dec 17, 2016 / 5:00 am

You can expect Santa and Mrs. Claus to ride along with Enderby firefighters on their journey through town on Sunday. The fire department is holding its annual...

Study for a proposed pool

Dec 17, 2016 / 5:00 am

A long called for amenity in Osoyoos may be getting another look in 2017. The town’s draft 2017 budget has earmarked $30,000 for a feasibility study into...

Budget rings in hiring wave

Dec 17, 2016 / 5:00 am

Kelowna city hall will be brimming with new employees next year. The 2017 provisional city budget, approved by council Thursday, will usher in a new wave of...

Migrating to the Okanagan

Dec 17, 2016 / 5:00 am

A large number of British Columbians are targeting Kelowna and the Okanagan as a possible in-migration destination. That's one of several findings from...

Solar Fare expanding

Dec 17, 2016 / 5:00 am

Last year's first ever ‘Solar Fare’ in Penticton attracted almost 600 people to Okanagan College, and this year the event looking to grow...

Digital business blossoms

Dec 17, 2016 / 5:00 am

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

Amanda Westrheim

Dec 17, 2016 / 3:00 am

If you are buying or selling property in the Okanagan Valley, you deserve to work with a REALTOR® who loves what she does and loves where she lives -...

Calming a crying baby

Dec 17, 2016 / 12:01 am

For some reason I opened this video 100% expecting Biggie Smalls to literally emerge from the second room and coddle the baby. ...

18th century breakfast

Dec 17, 2016 / 12:01 am

A simple, delicious recipe from The Art Of Cookery by Hannah Glasse (1708-1770). ...

Rockets take out Rebels

Dec 16, 2016 / 10:30 pm

The Kelowna Rockets snapped a two-game road losing streak Friday night with a solid 3-0 win over the Red Deer Rebels. Brodan Salmond turned away all 32 shots he...

Warriors crown Kings

Dec 16, 2016 / 10:00 pm

The West Kelowna Warriors got goals from six different players Friday in a 6-1 shellacking of the visiting Powell River Kings on teddy bear toss night at Royal...

Looting amid cash chaos

Dec 16, 2016 / 9:45 pm

Venezuela became a country mostly without cash on Friday, sparking scattered protests and looting around the country as people fumed at having their already...

Shot cop ID'd, still critical

Dec 16, 2016 / 9:43 pm

Officials have identified a police officer who was shot and critically wounded in Washington state as 61-year-old Mike McClaughry, who is known by the nickname...

Trump salutes supporters

Dec 16, 2016 / 8:36 pm

President-elect Donald Trump, in the latest stop of his victory lap, told a military veteran-laden crowd in Florida on Friday that while he would build up the...

Guilty in teen's death

Dec 16, 2016 / 8:32 pm

A grand jury has handed down a wanton murder indictment in the shooting death of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay's 15-year-old daughter. Trinity Gay was shot...

Trudeau honeymoon over

Dec 16, 2016 / 8:30 pm

The honeymoon period between Canadians and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to be over. A recent poll conducted by Angus Reid indicates approval for the...

Public goodbye for Glenn

Dec 16, 2016 / 8:20 pm

John Glenn's home state and the nation began saying goodbye to the beloved astronaut Friday starting with a public viewing of his flag-draped casket inside...

Car slides into ditch

Dec 16, 2016 / 7:12 pm

A car lost control and ended up in a ditch on Lakeshore Road in Kelowna's Mission area Friday evening. Emergency vehicles rushed to the scene at 5:30 p.m...

Airbnb tax needed: hotels

Dec 16, 2016 / 7:00 pm

Hotel owners in Osoyoos are asking the town to lobby the province for changes to the tax code for Airbnb and short term rentals. The Osoyoos Hotel and Motel...

Castanet's Kid Report

Dec 16, 2016 / 6:50 pm

This week's Castanet Kid Report with pint-sized correspondent Ariella Amato....

Reunited with stolen pooch

Dec 16, 2016 / 6:25 pm

When Terra McCabe lost her dog Daisy three years ago in Vancouver, she thought her furry friend was gone forever. However, earlier this month McCabe received a...

OD prevention site scuttled

Dec 16, 2016 / 5:30 pm

One of two planned overdose prevention sites in Kelowna has been scrapped. Earlier this week, Interior Health announced it had partnered with the Living...

Trial for Celista shooting

Dec 16, 2016 / 4:37 pm

A suspect has been ordered to stand trial in B.C. Supreme Court on a host of charges connected to a fatal shooting in the small Shuswap community of Celista...

Guilty in wildfire break in

Dec 16, 2016 / 4:30 pm

The man accused of looting a West Kelowna home during the Smith Creek wildfire in the summer of 2014 was found guilty of a lesser charge in Kelowna's...

Cat reunited with owner

Dec 16, 2016 / 4:27 pm

A runaway cat from Saskatchewan that jumped a westbound CN freight train to Alberta has been reunited with its owner. Lynnette Hahn of Melville says she was...

Helicopter to the rescue

Dec 16, 2016 / 4:21 pm

A heavy-lift helicopter has been called in to help keep traffic flowing smoothly on a Vancouver-area bridge where vehicles have been damaged by so-called ice...

Charge laid in shooting

Dec 16, 2016 / 3:55 pm

A West Kelowna man has been formally charged with attempted murder in last month's shooting at the Pineridge Mobile Home Park. In a release sent out Friday,...

Museum looks ahead

Dec 16, 2016 / 3:53 pm

It may protect the past but the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives is looking to the future. 2017 is expected to be a year of strategic planning for the board...

Police raid pot shops

Dec 16, 2016 / 3:48 pm

Montreal police launched raids Friday evening against illegal cannabis stores opened one day prior by the self-styled "Prince of Pot," Marc Emery, and...

Evening Update Dec. 16

Dec 16, 2016 / 3:30 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Dec. 16, with reporter Wayne Moore....

Playing fentanyl 'roulette'

Dec 16, 2016 / 3:20 pm

UPDATED: 3:20 p.m. An urgent warning has been sent out to illicit drug users in British Columbia after at least 11 people died in the province on Thursday...

Miss Sloane not that smart

Dec 16, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Breaking new ground for women in Hollywood, Miss Sloane represents a new kind of female lead – one in which her sex is absolutely secondary to the role....

Unstumpable students code their way to second in Canada at 24-hour global hackathon

Dec 16, 2016 / 2:31 pm

Okanagan College Media Release For Okanagan College’s Kevin Hall, Brody Travis and Martin Wallace, you can’t stump the Unstumpable. The three computer...

Older women alert

Dec 16, 2016 / 2:21 pm

The Vancouver Police Department is warning the public, especially older women, of a high-risk offender who will be residing in the city. James Burrows, 57, is a...

'N' drivers, pricey crash

Dec 16, 2016 / 2:07 pm

Two Italian sports cars mixed with two inexperienced drivers resulted in a pricey collision in the Massey Tunnel Thursday night. A red Lamborghini...

Cleaning up after riot

Dec 16, 2016 / 2:02 pm

A Saskatchewan prison where a riot took place this week had the most complaints of any penitentiaries in the country last year, says Canada's prisoners'...

Maj. Gen. 'swinger' stripped

Dec 16, 2016 / 1:43 pm

An Army major general has been stripped of his stars and forced out of the military after a 30-year military career because of a long extramarital affair and...

Tech training for students

Dec 16, 2016 / 1:27 pm

Students in School District 53 will be prepared for the careers of tomorrow thanks to $22,500 in provincial funding awarded to the district. The money will help...

Senior suing Interior Health

Dec 16, 2016 / 1:20 pm

A Summerland senior is suing Interior Health for malpractice after falling and breaking his hip at Penticton Regional Hospital. Eighty-five year old William...

Bail revoked in Cactus death

Dec 16, 2016 / 1:13 pm

The man charged in the death of an Ontario man had his bail revoked Friday for breaching his bail conditions. Cory Van Gilder, 26, was charged with manslaughter...

Pratt upgrades Faris' ring

Dec 16, 2016 / 12:45 pm

Chris Pratt surprised his wife Anna Faris with an early Christmas present by upgrading her wedding ring. The actress showed off her new bling at the Los Angeles...

Mussels are like terrorists

Dec 16, 2016 / 12:44 pm

Likening quagga and zebra mussels to terrorists that must be stopped at B.C.'s border, an environmental activist in Vernon is pushing the provincial...

A bike for Christmas

Dec 16, 2016 / 12:42 pm

People looking for affordable bicycles for children, will find what they are looking for at the Penticton and District Society for Community Living, today,...

Apparent death stops flight

Dec 16, 2016 / 12:36 pm

A flight heading to Penticton from Calgary was cancelled Thursday night due to a medical incident. An anonymous tip into Castanet said an elderly person died on...

Urban has tattoo of Kidman

Dec 16, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Keith Urban has his wife Nicole Kidman's Hawaiian name tattooed over his heart. The Moulin Rouge! actress was born in Hawaii to Australian parents, and...

Light a Bulb brightens up

Dec 16, 2016 / 11:56 am

With nine days to go until Christmas, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s Light a Bulb campaign has reached $208,505 of its $250,000 goal....

Big store help for Sally Ann

Dec 16, 2016 / 11:49 am

Those bells will be jingling at the Salvation Army kettles in Walmart stores this Saturday. Walmart Canada will be matching up to $100,000 nationally from...

Mess on Burrard

Dec 16, 2016 / 11:41 am

Vancouver commuters were left grumbling Friday morning after a crash left a light pole dangling over Burrard Street. The street was closed between West Georgia...

Kelowna Art Gallery classes

Dec 16, 2016 / 11:33 am

It’s a new year for artists too! Start 2017 off with a commitment to your creativity – registration is now underway for winter art class offerings...

A little piece of Downie

Dec 16, 2016 / 11:23 am

Keychains made from scraps of leather used to tailor Gord Downie's eye-catching metallic suits are going up for sale — for a good cause. Fashion...

Bubble Guppies Live!

Dec 16, 2016 / 11:21 am

Koba Entertainment and Nickelodeon are proud to announce their continued partnership with the live theatrical production of Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock....

Kicking and beating cows

Dec 16, 2016 / 11:20 am

A company that owns a dairy farm in British Columbia's Fraser Valley and one of its directors have pleaded guilty in a cattle abuse case that was the first...

Heard taking Depp to court

Dec 16, 2016 / 11:15 am

Actress Amber Heard has accused Johnny Depp of missing the court deadline to hand over her $7 million divorce settlement. The former couple struck a deal to end...

Aleppo evacuation halted

Dec 16, 2016 / 11:12 am

The evacuation of eastern Aleppo stalled Friday after an eruption of gunfire, as the Syrian government and rebels threw accusations at each other, raising fears...

Looking for missing teen

Dec 16, 2016 / 11:10 am

UPDATE: Dec. 16, 11:10 a.m. Police say Rebecca Duncan has been found safe. ORIGINAL: Dec. 14 A West Kelowna teenager is missing and police are hoping you can...

Sadistic assaults

Dec 16, 2016 / 11:00 am

A Manitoba judge has reserved his decision in the sentencing of a man involved in the brutal beating and sexual assault of a teenage girl and a woman. The Crown...

Life begins at 50

Dec 16, 2016 / 11:00 am

Life begins at 50 - If you want it to One of my heroes is an adventurer by the name of Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Ranulph is from an aristocratic family in the U.K....

Extreme cold cause of death

Dec 16, 2016 / 10:41 am

British Columbia's coroners' service says extreme cold weather across the province may be connected to at least three deaths this month. The service is...

Mariah Carpool Karaoke

Dec 16, 2016 / 10:30 am

Mariah Carey has teamed with James Corden to surprise fans with a Christmas-themed Carpool Karaoke. The Hero singer appeared in the very first edition of The...

United Way: We need help

Dec 16, 2016 / 10:29 am

With just 2 weeks to go until the end of the year, the United Way North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap is concerned about funding its programs next year. Donations...

Merritt's horrible day

Dec 16, 2016 / 10:26 am

Operations at Tolko Industries' Merritt sawmill close Friday, levelling a devastating blow to the town. “It's a horrible day,” said Mayor...

Winter storm: 'It's a corker'

Dec 16, 2016 / 10:22 am

Atlantic Canadians like newspaper publisher Paul MacNeill were hunkering down at home on Friday as a storm shut large parts of the region down. "It's a...

Surrounded and gassed out

Dec 16, 2016 / 9:52 am

Police surrounded a house in the Oliver area Wednesday night to arrest a man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant. Officers confirmed the location of a wanted...

Tony Bennett Beyonce duet?

Dec 16, 2016 / 9:45 am

Beyonce is hoping to make Tony Bennett's 90th birthday wish come true by performing with him. The veteran crooner marked the age milestone in August and...

Tipster catches snatcher

Dec 16, 2016 / 9:34 am

It didn't take long for police to catch a purse snatcher. Only a few hours after the story was posted to Castanet, police identified a suspect. RCMP Cpl....

Bear-maced at Walmart

Dec 16, 2016 / 9:26 am

UPDATE: 9:25 a.m. Kelowna RCMP confirm officers are investigating a report of a woman being sprayed with bear mace at the Walmart parking lot around 10:30 p.m....

Chipotle seeks a turnaround

Dec 16, 2016 / 9:09 am

Chipotle, which is still hurting from food safety scares last year, is adding four new people to its board as the burrito chain tries to turn its business...

Miley / Blink-182 honored

Dec 16, 2016 / 9:07 am

Miley Cyrus and Blink-182 have been honored for their animal rights activism by PETA officials. The Wrecking Ball singer was named Best Voice for Animals by...

Last chance for diamonds

Dec 16, 2016 / 8:35 am

This weekend is your last chance to show off your generosity. Bidding for a beautiful set of one-carat diamond earrings, appraised at $7,700, closes midnight...

Woman pistol whipped

Dec 16, 2016 / 8:09 am

The Oliver RCMP is continuing its investigation into a targeted home invasion on Monday. Officers attended the South Okanagan General Hospital at 1 a.m. and...

Fewer presents under tree

Dec 16, 2016 / 7:57 am

A survey conducted for CIBC suggests many Canadians plan to spend an average of nearly $600 on this year's holiday shopping. That's eight per cent less...

Blizzard of profits predicted

Dec 16, 2016 / 7:30 am

Early, deep snow and a cheap currency are boosting hopes for a blizzard of profits at ski destinations across Canada this year. Matt Mosteller, senior...

Admitting to coke import

Dec 16, 2016 / 6:59 am

A published report says a Canadian woman pleaded guilty Friday to her involvement in allegedly importing cocaine into Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald says...

2 kids die in icy pond

Dec 16, 2016 / 6:40 am

Authorities say two 12-year-old children have died after falling through ice on a pond behind a home in southern Indiana. The Indiana Department of Natural...

Red Hot Chili tempers

Dec 16, 2016 / 6:14 am

Scott Baio's wife is speaking out following a report that the actor claimed he was assaulted by the wife of Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith over...

Clark full of 'some bologne'

Dec 16, 2016 / 6:13 am

"You can’t have a national carbon tax where the westerners who produce the energy are paying double what the people in central Canada are paying to...

Recognition they deserve

Dec 16, 2016 / 6:00 am

It will be a special day for Peter Haubrich and Jeff Keen as they will be presented with honorary memberships at Accelerate Okanagan today at the Founders...

Unsolved crimes: Kelowna

Dec 16, 2016 / 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...

City says happy holidays

Dec 16, 2016 / 5:00 am

The City of Vernon has issued an official "Happy Holidays" to residents. It has issued an online Christmas card with the highlights of the year and...

Family gets Xmas vehicle

Dec 16, 2016 / 5:00 am

A Vernon family who've been given a new vehicle for Christmas had to walk over to Fix Auto to pick it up on Thursday because their regular car had broken...

Welcome signs go up

Dec 16, 2016 / 5:00 am

Three gateways signs welcoming drivers to Vernon are nearing completion, with final design touches and concrete work expected to take place when the weather...

Weekend travel forecast

Dec 16, 2016 / 5:00 am

If you’re planning some Christmas travelling this weekend, you may want to avoid driving the highways on Sunday – especially if you’re heading...

New digs for fire department

Dec 16, 2016 / 5:00 am

The new fire hall in Osoyoos is expected to have "all the things we don't have in our old hall," according to the fire chief. Rick Jones says he...

Don't be an easy target

Dec 16, 2016 / 5:00 am

Volunteers with the Kelowna RCMP's Citizens on Patrol are out in full force, blanketing mall and retail parking lots to remind people to protect themselves...

Stamp club supporting PRH

Dec 16, 2016 / 5:00 am

Talk stamps with any member of the Penticton & District Stamp Club and their eyes light up. That same enthusiasm has been transformed into a promised...

U.S. more generous than us

Dec 16, 2016 / 5:00 am

It looks like most Canadians are on the naughty list this year when it comes to generosity. The percentage of Canadians claiming charitable donations on their...

Smart meter foes go cold

Dec 16, 2016 / 5:00 am

As the temperature continues to drop into negative double digits, several people in the Okanagan and Kootenays are without electricity in their homes, after...

Japan, Russia hold talks

Dec 16, 2016 / 12:02 am

The leaders of Russia and Japan move to Tokyo on Friday to wrap up a two-day summit on an economic co-operation agreement and a protracted territorial dispute...

A normal day in Canada

Dec 16, 2016 / 12:01 am

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Say hello to Waymo

Dec 16, 2016 / 12:01 am

Google’s Waymo has taken data from over two million self-driven miles to create their fully driverless vehicle that also uses data from more than one...

Ranchers go online

Dec 15, 2016 / 10:56 pm

Researchers from Urban Systems and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) are developing an online tool to help ranchers predict the risk of decline to ponds on their...

Cop shot north of Seattle

Dec 15, 2016 / 10:29 pm

A U.S. police officer was shot and critically wounded Thursday about 60 miles north of Seattle in Mount Vernon, authorities said. A Mount Vernon police officer...

Aquajets set records

Dec 15, 2016 / 9:33 pm

Eight club records were broken as the Kelowna AquaJets Swim Club took part in their last competition of the year. The club finished third overall at the...

Plowed roads, icy sidewalks

Dec 15, 2016 / 9:30 pm

The snow stopped falling days ago but there is ice on the ground, and local governments on the Lower Mainland are wondering why homeowners and businesses are...

Unlikely visitor to pot shop

Dec 15, 2016 / 9:10 pm

Possibly the unlikeliest customer of all became the first person to legally buy marijuana in Alaska's largest city. Anna Ercoli, 81, pulled into Arctic...

The problem with lectures

Dec 15, 2016 / 9:00 pm

Traditional university lectures may not help students build the problem-solving skills required. A recent UBC Okanagan study found that while students see their...

A rare Hendrix indeed

Dec 15, 2016 / 8:14 pm

California researchers have named a newly discovered rare plant after Jimi Hendrix. The plant, found in Baja California, Mexico, has been christened Dudleya...

Cancer surgeries avoidable

Dec 15, 2016 / 8:00 pm

The number of breast cancer patients in Canada who face more than one operation is too high, affecting their health and their wallets, according to UBCO...

36 years for lethal nurse

Dec 15, 2016 / 7:09 pm

A nurse at an Australian nursing home who gave lethal insulin injections to two elderly residents who had complained about her was sentenced on Friday to 36...

Highway 6 reopens

Dec 15, 2016 / 6:51 pm

UPDATE: 7:45 p.m. Drive BC reports that Highway 6 has reopened 15 kilometres west of Lumby. A single vehicle accident has closed Highway 6 near King Edward...

Most of us are ill-prepared

Dec 15, 2016 / 6:42 pm

A new poll from Insights West is showing that many working Canadians are “extremely ill-prepared” for retirement. The online survey commissioned by...

$76 more per household

Dec 15, 2016 / 6:00 pm

Homeowners in Osoyoos could be paying out an extra $76.74 to the town next year. Most of that increase is due to a new levy, starting in 2017, to pay off the...

Christy Clark a distant 3rd

Dec 15, 2016 / 5:54 pm

Christy Clark is Canada's third most popular premier – "albeit a distant third," finds a new poll. The Angus Reid poll notes that with six...

Tax hike reduced to 3.86%

Dec 15, 2016 / 5:41 pm

Kelowna city council whittled more than half a percentage point off the 2017 budget. The provisional 2017 budget, which began with a 4.4 per cent hike, has been...

Caught by Creep Catchers

Dec 15, 2016 / 5:29 pm

They have been told by police to stop their online vigilantism but one creep catchers' sting in the Fraser Valley netted a senior citizen in their net. The...

I did not neglect my horses

Dec 15, 2016 / 5:11 pm

The man accused of neglecting his herd of horses took the stand in his own defence Thursday. Armstrong resident Gary Roberts, 70, is facing charges of causing...

California man killed 4

Dec 15, 2016 / 4:58 pm

A California sex offender was found guilty Thursday of killing four women while he was being tracked by GPS. He now may face the death penalty. Steven Dean...

Tried to take cop's gun

Dec 15, 2016 / 4:27 pm

A man is in custody in Vancouver after allegedly trying to remove a gun from the holster of a police officer. On Dec. 13th at around 4 p.m., the Vancouver...

Rescued after heart attack

Dec 15, 2016 / 4:10 pm

A backcountry skier was saved Thursday afternoon by BC Air Rescue and the Vernon SAR winch rescue team. The middle-aged man suffered a heart attack while...

U.S. cop faces charge

Dec 15, 2016 / 4:02 pm

Prosecutors charged a Milwaukee police officer Thursday with killing a black man in August, alleging the man had thrown his gun away and was unarmed when the...

Slip leads to snatch

Dec 15, 2016 / 3:50 pm

A Kelowna senior in need of help after falling on ice outside Plaza 33 Shopping Centre in Rutland Thursday ended up with her handbag stolen instead. Officers...

RCMP seek dangerous man

Dec 15, 2016 / 3:35 pm

Surrey RCMP are looking for a man they describe as armed and dangerous. They are asking for public assistance in locating Shawn Lachance who is wanted on...

Poll: free the MSP

Dec 15, 2016 / 3:27 pm

The B.C. New Democrats are calling for an end to Medical Services Plan premiums, accusing the Liberal government of tinkering with them instead. More than...

Abuse victims seek $8 mil

Dec 15, 2016 / 3:24 pm

Mount Cashel was a "repetitive nightmare" that never really goes away, say lawyers seeking $8 million in damages for four lead plaintiffs in a civil...

Water rates to climb

Dec 15, 2016 / 3:08 pm

Greater Vernon Water rates will be going up 3.7 per cent each year for the next three years. The plan got approval Thursday from members of the Greater Vernon...

Coming to the rescue

Dec 15, 2016 / 3:00 pm

The Kelowna Professional Firefighters Charitable Society took it upon themselves to lend a hand to the Salvation Army in Rutland. After the service trailer was...

Convicted in church killings

Dec 15, 2016 / 2:51 pm

Dylann Roof was convicted Thursday in the chilling slaughter of nine black church members who had welcomed him to their Bible study, a devastating crime in a...

Stopping ISIS 'spillage'

Dec 15, 2016 / 2:44 pm

Two Canadian military teams are in Lebanon and Jordan as the international community searches for ways to keep the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from...

Protect private data: MPs

Dec 15, 2016 / 2:43 pm

Federal agencies should be required by law to properly protect the private information of Canadians and to report breaches when sensitive data goes astray, says...

Green legacy at stake

Dec 15, 2016 / 2:42 pm

President Barack Obama's administration will leave behind a host of disputed recent actions and unfinished business on the environment — from shelved...

$750 fine for kid sex crime?

Dec 15, 2016 / 2:33 pm

A Kelowna judge decided Thursday that a $750 fine and probation was not an appropriate sentence for a man who sexually touched an eight-year-old girl while she...

'Two tracks' for FN relations

Dec 15, 2016 / 2:26 pm

Ottawa must follow two separate tracks in its reconciliation efforts with indigenous people, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: taking broader, long-term steps...

NDP suspends member

Dec 15, 2016 / 2:24 pm

Manitoba New Democrats say a member of their caucus has been suspended from attending meetings following an allegation of verbal sexual harassment. A statement...

Death row no more

Dec 15, 2016 / 2:23 pm

A Delaware Supreme Court ruling earlier this year declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitutional is retroactive, meaning an inmate convicted of...

Feared dead in fire

Dec 15, 2016 / 2:22 pm

A father, three young children and a baby are believed to have died in a fire that destroyed their home and ripped apart this First Nation community amid...

Selling for recreational use

Dec 15, 2016 / 2:08 pm

Montreal's mayor vowed zero tolerance for illegal pot dispensaries on Thursday, just hours after several such establishments aimed at recreational users...

Cash for job training

Dec 15, 2016 / 2:08 pm

Want a job, but don't have the proper training? Up to 60 British Columbians in Vernon and surrounding areas are receiving the training they need for jobs in...

Emotional final budget?

Dec 15, 2016 / 1:56 pm

City manager Ron Mattiussi fought back tears as he presented the 2017 budget to Kelowna city council Thursday morning. Mattiussi, who has presided over 12...

Super Bowl ad fumble

Dec 15, 2016 / 1:49 pm

Two federal MPs are throwing a flag on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission new policy on Super Bowl ads, asking the broadcast...

Ethics meeting for PM

Dec 15, 2016 / 1:45 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has no problem with answering questions from ethics commissioner Mary Dawson about his party's controversial...

Spike of volunteerism

Dec 15, 2016 / 1:42 pm

This week's Volinspire Volunteer of the Week is Robert Smith. What inspires you to volunteer? I am inspired by seeing what playing on a volleyball team has...

900 hampers distributed

Dec 15, 2016 / 1:34 pm

Penticton resident Gary Reid struggles to make ends meet with his monthly disability cheque, so he was happy to receive a Christmas hamper on Thursday. Reid...

Debating 4.4% tax hike

Dec 15, 2016 / 1:30 pm

UPDATE 1:30 p.m. Kelowna city council has trimmed a little more than half of one per cent from the provisional 2017 budget. During all-day deliberations...

Concrete truck tips at PRH

Dec 15, 2016 / 1:07 pm

A concrete truck tipped over on Thursday afternoon at the construction site for the new tower at Penticton Regional Hospital. The truck appears to have tipped...

DiCaprio's Thicke tribute

Dec 15, 2016 / 12:45 pm

Leonardo DiCaprio has paid tribute to his late Growing Pains co-star Alan Thicke after hearing of his sudden death on Tuesday (13Dec16), insisting he already...

Passed out at drive-thru

Dec 15, 2016 / 12:39 pm

Perhaps he should have ordered better life choices. A drunk driver is facing charges after passing out behind the wheel early Thursday while at the window of a...

Journey to needed housing

Dec 15, 2016 / 12:01 pm

A converted motel will provide 39 much-needed units of affordable housing in Vernon. The former Journey Inn Motel has been renovated and converted to a rental...

Mayer denies tweeting Swift

Dec 15, 2016 / 12:00 pm

John Mayer has firmly denied allegations suggesting he was slyly criticizing his ex Taylor Swift after branding her birthday on Tuesday (13Dec16) the...

Tarr remains Board chair

Dec 15, 2016 / 11:33 am

Marieze Tarr will remain chair of the School District 53 board of trustees in 2017. While Tarr was reelected at Wednesday night's board meeting, she will...

Send your letters to Santa

Dec 15, 2016 / 11:30 am

You can still write a letter to Santa... but why not get with the times and send him a video instead? Castanet invites moms and dads to send in cellphone video...

Holiday traditions, Netflix queues and wish lists

Dec 15, 2016 / 11:27 am

For many of us, the winter break is a time to unwind from the busy year and forget the stresses and challenges of the fall semester. It’s an opportunity to...

Facebook fighting fake news

Dec 15, 2016 / 11:22 am

Facebook is taking new measures to curb the spread of fake news on its huge and influential social network, focusing on the "worst of the worst"...

Affleck angry at media

Dec 15, 2016 / 11:15 am

Ben Affleck is still angry at the negative media coverage surrounding his and Jennifer Lopez's box office flop Gigli, insisting it was over the top. The...

Unhappy with fire hall delay

Dec 15, 2016 / 11:13 am

Despite an impassioned plea from Kelowna Fire Department Chief Jeff Carlisle, city council has delayed renovation of the Glenmore firehall for one year....

Sweet deal for homebuyers

Dec 15, 2016 / 11:04 am

British Columbia's government wants to help first-time homebuyers get into the market by offering interest-free and payment-free loans for the first five...

Another broken promise?

Dec 15, 2016 / 11:00 am

“2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system." Many might or may not recall this election promise...

Former Vees selected

Dec 15, 2016 / 10:54 am

Two Penticton Vees alumni have been selected to play for Team Canada at the upcoming 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro...

Sex charges against Coun.

Dec 15, 2016 / 10:47 am

A B.C. city councillor has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference. Pitt Meadows Coun. David Murray was charged after an investigation into an...

Foster's restraining order

Dec 15, 2016 / 10:30 am

Jodie Foster's partner Alexandra Hedison has obtained a restraining order against one of the actress' fans. The photographer/actress, who married Jodie...

Kid's Christmas bike sale

Dec 15, 2016 / 10:29 am

The Penticton and District Society for Community Living is making holiday shopping for low income families a bit easier this year. The group is holding a one...

Inmate dead in riot

Dec 15, 2016 / 10:26 am

UPDATE: 10:25 a.m. The Correctional Service of Canada says one inmate was killed during a riot at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary Wednesday. The federal...

Fishing for presents

Dec 15, 2016 / 10:25 am

One hundred cutthroat trout on Comox Lake have been tagged as part of a B.C. government research project to assess the fish population's health. The tags...

Ashlee Simpson working

Dec 15, 2016 / 9:45 am

Ashlee Simpson is set to make a musical comeback with a joint project alongside her husband Evan Ross. The Pieces of Me singer released her last album...

B.C.'s economy to grow

Dec 15, 2016 / 9:41 am

A B.C. credit union says Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna will lead the province in economic growth next year while other regions of the province will grow...

BlackBerry licenses software

Dec 15, 2016 / 9:37 am

BlackBerry says it will license its software to an electronics company that will make and sell BlackBerry-branded phones that it can sell in all but five...

Wahlberg surprises mother

Dec 15, 2016 / 9:07 am

Mark Wahlberg's mother can't find the words to describe how proud she is of her son, especially after he surprised her with a car. The 45-year-old actor...

A generous haul

Dec 15, 2016 / 8:36 am

Firefighters in the Joe Rich area collected 1,200 pounds of food and $1,100 in cash during their 12th annual food drive. They braved the snow, going door to...

MP picks his horse in race

Dec 15, 2016 / 8:24 am

An Okanagan Conservative MP has stepped into Maxime Bernier's corner. Bernier is among about 15 contenders running for leadership of the federal...

Debt making us unstable

Dec 15, 2016 / 7:49 am

The Bank of Canada is expecting new mortgage rules to help ease a continued rise in household indebtedness that it says has left the country increasingly...

Thanks for the help, Dolly!

Dec 15, 2016 / 7:28 am

Dolly Parton says a star-studded telethon for those affected by recent wildfires in her native Tennessee has brought in about $9 million. Parton headlined the...

Fox pounces on Sky

Dec 15, 2016 / 7:23 am

Rupert Murdoch's media giant Twenty-First Century Fox has agreed to take over European broadcaster Sky PLC in a $14.6 billion deal, the companies said...

Manufacturing dips

Dec 15, 2016 / 7:21 am

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 0.8 per cent to $51.0 billion in October, including declines in the primary metal, petroleum and coal product,...

Explosives on plane victims

Dec 15, 2016 / 7:19 am

Traces of explosives have been found on some of the victims of an EgyptAir flight from Paris that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May, Egypt's Civil...

Minimalist Christmas

Dec 15, 2016 / 7:17 am

Rachel Jonat and her husband didn't purchase any Christmas gifts for their three sons when they were too young to understand the tradition. Now, she asks...

Silver lining to sad tale

Dec 15, 2016 / 7:15 am

North Westside Fire Rescue did everything they could to save three dogs from a house fire on Dec. 4, but only one survived. The three dogs were pulled from the...

Miss Anti-Organ Harvesting

Dec 15, 2016 / 6:09 am

Miss Canada will be vying for more than the winner's tiara when she competes in the annual Miss World pageant in Washington this weekend. Anastasia Lin...

Rebels leaving Aleppo

Dec 15, 2016 / 6:07 am

UPDATED: 6:05 a.m. A convoy of ambulances carrying the first group of wounded and other civilians began leaving eastern Aleppo on Thursday, marking the start of...

Deadly bus driver in court

Dec 15, 2016 / 6:05 am

The 24-year-old driver in a school bus crash that killed six children last month in Tennessee is appearing in court. Johnthony Walker's preliminary hearing...

All asbestos to be banned

Dec 15, 2016 / 6:02 am

The federal government is moving to ban all products containing asbestos by 2018. The comprehensive ban is designed to include construction materials and brake...

Lighting up the Grinch

Dec 15, 2016 / 6:00 am

Christmas is the time of year of good will toward man, woman, child and, yes, even in-laws. It is also the time of year hydro executives salivate over....

Flames on the Coquihalla

Dec 15, 2016 / 5:59 am

A semi-trailer truck was on fire on the Coquihalla Highway early Thursday morning. The fire was at Comstock Road, about 15 kilometres south of Merritt. It...

Local marijuana stand

Dec 15, 2016 / 5:00 am

The city needs to take a stand against a medical marijuana dispensary operating without a business licence, according to Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. Jukka Laurio,...

Mayor's Minute - Dec. 15

Dec 15, 2016 / 5:00 am

This week's edition of Mayor's Minute looks at topics ranging from the Trio Marine Group development to the marijuana dispensaries in Penticton. One of...

Clubs adopting families

Dec 15, 2016 / 5:00 am

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs in Penticton, Summerland, Oliver and Osoyoos are ready to make memories this holiday season. For a third year in a row, the clubs...

Hotel tax rakes in cash

Dec 15, 2016 / 5:00 am

With record numbers of visitors three months in a row over the summer, the City of Vernon could see $700,000 added to its tourism coffer by the end of the year,...

Sight gives residents chills

Dec 15, 2016 / 5:00 am

Some Kelowna residents near the mouth of Mission Creek are concerned ice accumulating in the area could cause problems soon. According to some in the area, ice...

Candle with care

Dec 15, 2016 / 5:00 am

Candles may be pretty to look at, but they are a cause of fires in the home, especially during the Christmas season, according to Vernon Fire Rescue....

Drone delivery

Dec 15, 2016 / 12:01 am

Amazon Prime Air has begun private trials in England, and the first customer delivery by drone recently took place. Check it out! ...

Wish kid goes for a TD

Dec 15, 2016 / 12:01 am

Tommy Douglas is granted his wish to score a touchdown! if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Potentially avoidable breast cancer surgeries cost patients and health-care system

Dec 15, 2016 / 12:00 am

Clinical assistant professor and surgical oncologist Chris Baliksi. The number of breast cancer patients that have to be reoperated on in Canada is too high and...

Truck off road closes street

Dec 14, 2016 / 11:28 pm

Bering Road was closed at Brown Road in both directions after a pickup truck heading toward Elliott Road left the pavement. One fire engine, police and...

Sanctions on Iran renewed

Dec 14, 2016 / 11:06 pm

In an unexpected reversal, President Barack Obama declined to sign a renewal of sanctions against Iran but let it become law anyway, in an apparent bid to...

Bombardier forsees growth

Dec 14, 2016 / 10:13 pm

Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) says its expects to achieve solid growth in 2017 thanks in large part to previously announced restructuring plans. In its 2017...

P.A. prison on lockdown

Dec 14, 2016 / 9:38 pm

A lockdown was put in place Wednesday at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary following what Corrections Canada was calling "a major disturbance." The...

Tentative NBA agreement

Dec 14, 2016 / 9:24 pm

The NBA and its players have agreed to keep the most lucrative era in league history rolling. The sides agreed Wednesday in principle on a new collective...

Journalism awards named

Dec 14, 2016 / 9:04 pm

The European migrant crisis, environmental perils and the racial divide are among the issues confronted by winners of the 2017 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia...

Lawyers: Toss cop's charges

Dec 14, 2016 / 8:14 pm

Attorneys for a Minnesota police officer who killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop in July are asking that charges against him be dismissed, saying...

Residents missing after fire

Dec 14, 2016 / 8:05 pm

Ontario Provincial Police say the residents of a home engulfed in flames on a southern Ontario First Nation remain unaccounted for. Emergency crews were called...

Vees' View - Dec. 14

Dec 14, 2016 / 8:00 pm

This week's Vees' View with Coach Harbinson looks at last week's wins against the Cowichan Valley Capitals and the Vernon Vipers, putting the team...

Xmas cash for SOWINS

Dec 14, 2016 / 8:00 pm

The South Okanagan Women In Need Society got a boost in their funding for Christmas. A $3,700 cheque was handed to the organization at the Home Hardware...

New plan for eyesore mall

Dec 14, 2016 / 7:35 pm

A West Kelowna eyesore is about to get a major facelift. Council Tuesday approved plans for a new development on the site of what was the Cattle Country Mall on...

Conjoined twins meet again

Dec 14, 2016 / 7:31 pm

The conjoined California twins that were separated last week following a 17-hour marathon surgery have been reunited for the first time since the operation. Eva...

Fines for smuggling lizards

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:43 pm

Border officials say a man from Abbotsford has been fined after he tried to smuggle six baby lizards into Canada in his shirt. Canada Border Services Agency...

Program 'just the beginning'

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:39 pm

President Barack Obama will be out of office when the third anniversary of the public-private initiative he started to help create educational and other...

'Brexit' enters dictionary

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:38 pm

Britain has yet to leave the European Union, but the term for its departure – Brexit – has earned a place in the Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford...

No fan of sanctions

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:38 pm

If there's one thing Republicans and Democrats have agreed on in foreign policy, it is the power of sanctions. But Donald Trump's choice for secretary...

Killed by robotic machine

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:37 pm

Federal authorities have announced nearly two dozen safety violations issued to an auto parts manufacturer after a bride-to-be who worked at its Alabama plant...

Charges for JPMorgan hack

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:37 pm

A U.S. citizen living in Moscow was arrested Wednesday after he flew to the United States to surrender to face charges he stole contact information for over 100...

No to self-driving Uber

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:36 pm

Hours after Uber began offering people in San Francisco rides in self-driving cars Wednesday, California regulators told the ride-hailing company to stop and...

Zika warnings hit Texas city

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:35 pm

Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Brownsville, Texas, because of concerns about mosquitoes there spreading the Zika virus, federal health...

Ex-SEAL to lead U.S. dept.

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:35 pm

Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana made no secret of his ambitions to join a Donald Trump Cabinet, and yet his nomination as interior secretary is in some ways an...

Man had crucifix, not gun

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:35 pm

A 73-year-old man with dementia fatally shot by police had a crucifix — not a gun, as officers were led to believe, Bakersfield police said Wednesday. A...

Cosby lawyer on offensive

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:34 pm

Bill Cosby's lawyers on Wednesday attacked what they called "vague, remote and often inconsistent" allegations from a slew of women whom...

New chief at Exxon Mobil

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:33 pm

Exxon Mobil Corp. will promote insider Darren Woods to chairman and CEO, replacing Rex Tillerson, who is leaving the oil giant after President-elect Donald...

Tapestry been 'on a journey'

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:33 pm

Growing up, Cathy Hinz and her five siblings would run up and down the stairs at their Minneapolis home, one hand on the banister, the other skimming a memento...

Asphyxiation caused death

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:32 pm

An independent autopsy on a man who had a fatal encounter with Baltimore police says he died of asphyxiation while being restrained, not of a heart condition as...

Not guilty plea in killing

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:32 pm

An 80-year-old former associate of ex-Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the 1991 fatal shooting of an armoured...

Police: Racism report is false

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:32 pm

A Muslim woman who reported that three men taunted her aboard a New York City subway train, yelling "Donald Trump" and calling her a terrorist, has...

Firefighters pitch in

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:32 pm

Kelowna firefighters donated funds to the Salvation Army after items were stolen during a break-in. The Salvation Army Emergency Response Truck and Trailer were...

Cruel camel handling

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:31 pm

An eastern Kentucky hospital has cancelled its live Nativity display after a camel handler was accused of animal cruelty. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports...

Review after racist comment

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:30 pm

West Virginia officials may reconsider contracts with a non-profit group whose suspended director is scheduled to return to her job after making a racist...

Worse than the firing squad

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:29 pm

A Virginia inmate asked a federal court Wednesday to block the state's plans to execute him next month with lethal injection drugs from a secret compounding...

A stellar score for buyer

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:28 pm

A bag used to collect lunar samples during the first manned mission to the moon legally belongs to an Illinois woman who bought it for $995 when it was...

DNA reignites killer case

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:27 pm

A new DNA analysis has given more clues to detectives investigating a suspected string of serial killings on Long Island. The analysis, posted on a federal...

Arm teachers for protection?

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:26 pm

A rural Colorado school district is deciding whether to arm its teachers and other school staff to protect its students. The Hanover School District 28 board is...

Car hit deer on Boucherie

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:26 pm

A car hit a deer in the 2900 block of Boucherie Road Wednesday evening, disrupting traffic on the road. The car was heading south along Boucherie Road near...

Rate hike drops Asian shares

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:11 pm

Share benchmarks in Asia are seeing moderate losses early Thursday, after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates overnight. The quarter percentage point rate...

Alleged shooter gets bail

Dec 14, 2016 / 5:41 pm

A man accused in a West Kelowna shooting was released on bail Wednesday morning. Charles Maskell, 59, is facing an attempted murder charge following an...

'Diesel smell' investigated

Dec 14, 2016 / 5:34 pm

The Coast Guard is looking into a possible spill in English Bay after a sheen was noticed Wednesday afternoon. CTV Vancouver is reporting officials have said it...

Evening Update Dec. 14

Dec 14, 2016 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Dec. 14, with reporter Wayne Moore....

Animal cruelty trial goes on

Dec 14, 2016 / 4:55 pm

The trial of an Armstrong man facing animal cruelty charges got underway in a Vernon courtroom Wednesday, but the first day of the proceedings was spent arguing...

Skating on thin ice

Dec 14, 2016 / 4:32 pm

As temperatures drop and lakes and ponds continue to freeze over, the City of West Kelowna is sending out a warning. West Kelowna Fire Rescue reminds residents...

Cheques cut for cities

Dec 14, 2016 / 4:31 pm

The province opened its wallet for cities across the region. B.C communities received grants-in-lieu of property taxes. The B.C government has distributed...

Parting ways on street names

Dec 14, 2016 / 4:29 pm

The grand chief of Treaty Six First Nations says he is discouraged that an Edmonton city councillor has concerns about naming streets with indigenous words that...

Hitchhikers steal car

Dec 14, 2016 / 4:28 pm

A series of car thefts in the Grand Forks area appear to be heading to the Osoyoos area. The Grand Forks Gazette is reporting three RCMP detachments have been...

Poll: a few too many

Dec 14, 2016 / 4:11 pm

Kelowna does not have a good record when it comes to drunk driving. Statistics Canada finds the city is the second worst in Canada for the rate of...

Vernon firm in top 10

Dec 14, 2016 / 4:10 pm

Vernon Teach and Learn Ltd. on 30th Avenue is among the top ten finalists for a Small Business BC award for best company of the year. The annual awards are...

A sailor and his hen

Dec 14, 2016 / 3:54 pm

A French man and his chicken who have been sailing around the world will be spending some time on Vancouver Island. Guirec Soudee, 24, has been blogging about...

Danger to society

Dec 14, 2016 / 3:25 pm

UPDATED: 3:25 p.m. Michael Ellis stared straight ahead, stone-faced, as Justice Josephson told him he would be spending an indeterminate amount of time in jail...

Shaking on oil sands deal

Dec 14, 2016 / 3:24 pm

Calgary-based Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH) is buying the northern Alberta oilsands operations of Norwegian oil giant Statoil ASA in a deal worth up to $832...

NDP: End MSP premiums

Dec 14, 2016 / 3:21 pm

The B.C. New Democrats are calling for an end to Medical Services Plan premiums, accusing the Liberal government of tinkering with them instead. More than...

Beachy blue Christmas

Dec 14, 2016 / 3:00 pm

I have a lot of very talented people in my life, and my soon-to-be sister-in-law is definitely no exception. The principal of Ana Cole Interiors, based in...

Short list for new top cop

Dec 14, 2016 / 2:55 pm

The search for a new superintendent for the Penticton RCMP detachment and surrounding rural areas has been narrowed down to four people from around the country....

Charged with impaired

Dec 14, 2016 / 2:44 pm

A 46-year-old Salmon Arm man has been charged with impaired driving and is expected to appear in court to answer charges in the new year. RCMP say that on...

4 years after tragedy

Dec 14, 2016 / 2:40 pm

Newtown held a moment of silence Wednesday and flags were flying at half-staff across Connecticut to mark the fourth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary...

How old is too old?

Dec 14, 2016 / 2:39 pm

A cardiologist says there's no right age for someone to hang up their skates in the wake of Alan Thicke's death from a heart attack after playing hockey...

Not fit to serve after trauma

Dec 14, 2016 / 2:35 pm

Internal Defence Department records show post-traumatic stress as the top diagnosis for hundreds of troops at risk of being forced out of the military because...

1B Yahoo accounts hacked

Dec 14, 2016 / 2:33 pm

Yahoo says it believes hackers stole data from more than one billion user accounts in August 2013. The Sunnyvale, California, company says it's a different...

Cosy office space for Libs

Dec 14, 2016 / 2:28 pm

The Liberal Party of Canada temporarily expanded its campaign headquarters during the federal election last year by renting office space from Canada 2020, a...

Cosby lawyers on offensive

Dec 14, 2016 / 2:25 pm

A Pennsylvania judge says he'll take some time before deciding whether to allow more than a dozen women who accuse Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them to...

Councillor in conflict

Dec 14, 2016 / 2:00 pm

UPDATE 2 p.m. West Kelowna Coun. Rusty Ensign says he wouldn't use his position (on council) to influence his decisions. "What I did was...

2016 top Google searches

Dec 14, 2016 / 1:51 pm

"Pokemon Go," the iPhone7 and Donald Trump are among Google's top trending searches globally of 2016. But, in the U.S., no subject ranked higher...

A peanut butter solution

Dec 14, 2016 / 1:36 pm

A decade after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating Peter Pan peanut butter contaminated with salmonella, the company that sold it made an embarrassing...

Gov't workers better paid

Dec 14, 2016 / 1:36 pm

Those working in the private sector may want to reconsider. The Fraser Institute released a new study that finds Canadian government workers get 10.6 per cent...

Cops win foot chase

Dec 14, 2016 / 1:33 pm

In the end, police won the race. Police were alerted to a man ransacking vehicles with a flashlight last week in Penticton. Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says police...

Ashley Madison turns page

Dec 14, 2016 / 1:31 pm

The Toronto-based parent company of the infidelity dating site Ashley Madison said Wednesday it hoped to have turned the page after reaching settlements in an...

UBC mourns a leader

Dec 14, 2016 / 1:27 pm

The UBC community is in mourning after former university president David Strangway died. Strangway, 82, played a key role in setting the framework for the...

Valeant plans to grow Salix

Dec 14, 2016 / 1:25 pm

More than a month after Valeant Pharmaceuticals received takeover offers for the stomach-drug business Salix, the company says it's planning to grow the...

Birth control for deer

Dec 14, 2016 / 1:23 pm

Residents of a picturesque community on Vancouver Island have had enough of deer munching on their gardens, and now a group is looking at whether a...

High-risk offender busted

Dec 14, 2016 / 1:18 pm

Police say a high-risk offender who was on the lam has been arrested. Christopher Russell Schafer, 39, has a long criminal history that includes sexual assault....

Natural causes killed cougar

Dec 14, 2016 / 1:18 pm

A cougar that was found dead in Coldstream Park earlier this year died of natural causes. The big cat was caught on video wandering through the green space on...

Dinosaurs Unearthed

Dec 14, 2016 / 12:47 pm

They're large, scary and loved by kids. A Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibition opens Mar. 4 at the Okanagan Science Centre in Vernon. The exhibition questions...

Kanye Trump meeting

Dec 14, 2016 / 12:45 pm

Rapper Kanye West met with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday (13Dec16) to discuss issues affecting minorities in America. The controversial Yeezus...

City of drunk drivers

Dec 14, 2016 / 12:45 pm

UPDATE 12:45 p.m. RCMP Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey says Kelowna's high ranking in new drunk driving stats speaks to ongoing, proactive efforts by police to...

Rockets get prospects call

Dec 14, 2016 / 12:30 pm

Two members of the Kelowna Rockets have been invited to participate in the annual CHL Top Prospects game. The game features players from across the Canadian...

Water main repaired

Dec 14, 2016 / 12:15 pm

UPDATE 12:15 a.m. The City of Penticton has confirmed the water main break has been repaired and is back in service. Westminster Ave. is still closed eastbound...

Sally Ann off the mark

Dec 14, 2016 / 12:13 pm

Vernon's Salvation Army is looking to the community for donations as Christmas approaches. “Yesterday, we hit the $214,000 mark for our campaign...

Cohn replacements named

Dec 14, 2016 / 12:13 pm

Goldman Sachs named two executives to share the chief operating officer role, replacing Gary Cohn, who is leaving the investment bank to join President-elect...

Spit test for drugged drivers

Dec 14, 2016 / 12:03 pm

Drivers in some jurisdictions may soon find themselves asked by police to volunteer for a saliva test, part of a pilot project aimed at detecting drug-impaired...

Greens seeking candidates

Dec 14, 2016 / 12:01 pm

The BC Green Party is putting out a call for candidates to run in the Boundary - Similkameen in next year's provincial election. The Greens have fielded a...

Fed raises key interest rate

Dec 14, 2016 / 11:50 am

The Federal Reserve has raised a key interest rate in response to a strengthening U.S. economy and expectations of higher inflation, and it foresees three more...

Kelowna product Keyes signs on for 2017/18 Heat season

Dec 14, 2016 / 11:43 am

Kelowna Owls post Owen Keyes has elected to continue his academic and basketball education by selecting UBC Okanagan and the Heat men's basketball program after...

Answers in boat sinking

Dec 14, 2016 / 11:42 am

UPDATE: 11:40 a.m. The Transportation Safety Board wants all commercial fishing vessels, both large and small, to have their stability assessed after...

Robin Thicke pays tribute

Dec 14, 2016 / 11:15 am

Singer Robin Thicke has paid tribute to his father, actor Alan Thicke, following his sudden death on Tuesday (13Dec16). The Growing Pains star suffered a heart...

Student assaults teacher 2

Dec 14, 2016 / 11:00 am

The Rebel, Part 2 As you might recall from Part 1, Tom Carter had been sent to my office because he threw scissors at his teacher. Unable to reach his father, I...

Kettle volunteers needed

Dec 14, 2016 / 10:51 am

The Salvation Army is in need of more volunteers to man the bells and bright red kettles around Penticton. The annual Christmas campaign kicked off in November...

Parton thanks Taylor Swift

Dec 14, 2016 / 10:30 am

Dolly Parton reached out to Taylor Swift to thank the birthday girl for donating cash to her new charity as she prepared for a star-studded telethon in...

Life saver for pets

Dec 14, 2016 / 9:49 am

Firefighters in Lake Country now have the ability to resuscitate four-legged patients in distress. The fire department has received two sets of oxygen masks for...

Lena Headey's bitter battle

Dec 14, 2016 / 9:45 am

Actress Lena Headey's ex-husband has reportedly requested she pay all the legal fees he has incurred in a custody dispute over their son. The Game of...

Art on the Line

Dec 14, 2016 / 9:30 am

Art on the Line, UBC Okanagan’s gala event and fundraiser, is celebrating its 15th year this February. The gala, which raises money to support student art...

Elated after school's ruling

Dec 14, 2016 / 9:29 am

“Christmas has come early,” said Jamie Schrauwen of Armstrong Elementary's parents' advisory committee. The group is elated with the...

Affleck 'thrilled' for brother

Dec 14, 2016 / 9:00 am

Ben Affleck is over the moon his brother Casey has finally been nominated for a Golden Globe. Casey is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture...

Transport slams sand truck

Dec 14, 2016 / 8:55 am

A city sand truck seems to be none the worse for wear after a collision Wednesday morning. A transport truck ran into the back of the city vehicle at the...

Black mark for Site C

Dec 14, 2016 / 8:55 am

Canada has made progress improving its human rights record in the last year, Amnesty International says, but has "stumbled" or "failed" in a...

Water restrictions lifted

Dec 14, 2016 / 8:29 am

UPDATE: 8:30 a.m. Water restrictions in the Clifton Road area have been lifted. The City of Kelowna says residents can now return to normal water use. "The...

All 9 victims shot 5 times

Dec 14, 2016 / 8:00 am

Prosecutors are finishing their case against Dylann Roof in his death penalty trial in the killing of nine black worshippers at a Charleston church. Testimony...

'Obnoxious' plane U-turn

Dec 14, 2016 / 7:25 am

Two women whose "obnoxious and unruly behaviour" forced a Cuba-bound Sunwing flight to return to Toronto under a military escort have been given a...

Passenger bytes back

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:27 am

A Saskatchewan woman says she was humiliated and wants an apology for being detained at the Regina International Airport and having her laptop destroyed. Tracey...

Kanye talks Trump

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:00 am

Kanye West returned to social media for the first time since his hospitalization to talk about his meeting with Donald Trump. West wrote on Twitter that he met...

A boost for mental health

Dec 14, 2016 / 6:00 am

Telemedicine gives mental health a boost Love it or hate it, in the age of smart phones, apps and constant virtual connection, it would be surprising if there...

1 dead, 3 hurt in house fire

Dec 14, 2016 / 5:55 am

One person is dead and three others presumed to be from the same family are missing following an early morning house fire in Port Colborne, Ont. Firefighters...

Ancient was one tall dude

Dec 14, 2016 / 5:55 am

He stood a majestic 5-foot-5, weighed around 100 pounds and maybe had a harem. That's what scientists figure from the footprints he left behind some 3.7...

Amazon streams into Cda

Dec 14, 2016 / 5:53 am

Amazon is bringing its video-streaming service to Canada as part of a global launch to more than 200 countries and territories. The Seattle-based company says...

Cease-fire collapses

Dec 14, 2016 / 5:50 am

A cease-fire deal between rebels and the Syrian government in the city of Aleppo effectively collapsed on Wednesday, with fighter jets resuming deadly air raids...

Horses return for winter

Dec 14, 2016 / 5:00 am

The town of Osoyoos has struck a new five year deal with the Desert Park Exhibition Society, opening the door for horse events to return this spring and summer....

Tolko gets draft permit

Dec 14, 2016 / 5:00 am

The Ministry of Environment has issued a draft air discharge permit to Tolko Industries for its Lavington sawmill. A Tolko spokesperson assured the ministry in...

Dog rescued from icy lake

Dec 14, 2016 / 5:00 am

Two Lake Country men ventured into the freezing cold waters of Wood Lake Tuesday to rescue a small dog that had fallen through some ice. Bill Varner and his...

Stress of battling fentanyl

Dec 14, 2016 / 5:00 am

The province-wide opioid crisis is taking a toll on nurses and firefighters. That according to the BC Nurses' Union. “Nurses working in emergency...

Trail groups merging

Dec 14, 2016 / 5:00 am

Two groups dedicated to promoting and building trails in the Okanagan have merged. The Summerland Trans Canada Trail Society and and Trail of the Okanagans...

Released after finding Jesus

Dec 14, 2016 / 5:00 am

A prolific Kelowna car jacker was released on bail Tuesday after finding Christianity in jail. Nathan Fahl, the man originally charged in a high-speed chase...

Gift gone wrong

Dec 14, 2016 / 5:00 am

Animals don't make good Christmas gifts according to The Responsible Animal Care Society,(TRACS). "People tend to think of animals as...

1,000,000 Christmas trees

Dec 14, 2016 / 12:01 am

Getting one million Christmas trees off 8,000 acres and to customers — with only a few weeks to do it — is a massive job. Mark Arkills, of Holiday...

Best parade ever

Dec 14, 2016 / 12:01 am

This will give you more pleasure than seeing bored people walking along waving. ...

Lecturing likely not effective for developing problem-solving skills in students

Dec 14, 2016 / 12:00 am

UBC's Andis Klegeris (left) and Heather Hurren. Traditional university lectures are likely not an effective way to help post-secondary students acquire...

Food processors recalled

Dec 13, 2016 / 10:24 pm

A recall has been issued for about 300,000 Cuisinart food processors sold in Canada because of a laceration hazard. Health Canada says the recall covers a...

Near frozen kitty goes home

Dec 13, 2016 / 9:57 pm

A conductor who saved and fell in love with a kitty that nearly froze to death under the engine of his train says he's sad, but happy as well, that the...

Alzheimer's treatment tested

Dec 13, 2016 / 9:44 pm

A team of researchers from the University of Manitoba is testing an experimental treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. The clinical trial is being led by Dr....

Schools staying open

Dec 13, 2016 / 9:22 pm

The North Okanagan Shuswap school district's official trustee has made it clear that two schools will not be closing after all. With money tight, district...

Police kill unarmed man

Dec 13, 2016 / 9:04 pm

The police chief of Bakersfield, Cali., said Tuesday that an unarmed 73-year-old man refused to take his hand out of his pocket when he was shot by an officer...

Rockets, Hat in a wild one

Dec 13, 2016 / 9:00 pm

On a night when the Kelowna Rockets were without four of their top offensive players, you would think they would try and win a low-scoring affair. You'd be...

The Force is with Trudeau

Dec 13, 2016 / 8:57 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invited patients from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario to join him for an advance private screening in Ottawa of the...

Oleksiak top athlete

Dec 13, 2016 / 8:42 pm

Swimmer Penny Oleksiak is the winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's athlete of the year. The Toronto Star award is selected annually by a panel of...

Fracking poses some risk

Dec 13, 2016 / 8:32 pm

Is hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — safe, as the oil and gas industry claims? Or does the controversial drilling technique that has...

Alan Thicke dead at 69

Dec 13, 2016 / 8:25 pm

UPDATED 8:25 P.M. Alan Thicke, a versatile performer who gained his greatest renown as the beloved dad on a long-running sitcom, has died at age 69. Carleen...

Cold snap fills shelter

Dec 13, 2016 / 8:00 pm

Not a soul has been turned away from the extreme weather shelter this year, but it's been keeping busy during the recent cold snap. The Salvation Army's...

Kayne tweets about Trump

Dec 13, 2016 / 7:59 pm

Kanye West returned to social media for the first time since his hospitalization to talk about his meeting with Donald Trump. West wrote on Twitter that he met...

Crikey, it's hot out there

Dec 13, 2016 / 7:25 pm

Sydney residents sweltered through the city's second hottest night on record and its hottest December night in 148 years, with many cooling off at beaches...

Salmon for the food banks

Dec 13, 2016 / 7:00 pm

A local labour group was at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre Tuesday afternoon preparing cans of salmon to give to the region's food banks. For its...

Governance study support

Dec 13, 2016 / 6:55 pm

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has thrown its support behind a governance study for the North Westside Fire Protection Service Area. In a 9-2 vote...

Cops kill gunman

Dec 13, 2016 / 6:33 pm

Authorities say a Coppin State University police officer shot and killed a man who fired at a car driving near that Baltimore campus. Baltimore Police spokesman...

A hot lunch on a cold day

Dec 13, 2016 / 6:00 pm

A Penticton centre serving struggling families and individuals held its first Christmas lunch on Tuesday. Staff at Ooknakane Friendship Centre invited men,...

Lawyer called to the bench

Dec 13, 2016 / 5:54 pm

A longtime Kelowna lawyer will be exchanging her robe for a gavel. Cathaline Heinrichs was one of seven new provincial court judge appointments announced by the...

Big test for Trump

Dec 13, 2016 / 5:52 pm

Aleppo's fall to Syrian government forces is shaping up as the first major test of President-elect Donald Trump's desire to co-operate with Russia,...

2 border tunnels unearthed

Dec 13, 2016 / 5:48 pm

Mexican police and soldiers have discovered two clandestine tunnels in the border city of Tijuana that officials believe were built to smuggle drugs into...

Evening Update Dec. 13

Dec 13, 2016 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Tuesday, Dec. 13, with reporter Wayne Moore....

Merkley rejoining Rockets

Dec 13, 2016 / 4:45 pm

It's a bittersweet scenario for the Kelowna Rockets. Forward Nick Merkley, will be rejoining the team for the balance of their road trip after he was...

Airlifted from Big White

Dec 13, 2016 / 4:32 pm

A 68-year-old man was airlifted from Big White Tuesday afternoon after complaining of chest problems. Big White Fire Chief Jamie Svendsen said the man had been...

Coroner IDs Vernon worker

Dec 13, 2016 / 4:27 pm

The BC Coroners Service has identified Christopher Marcel Emile Potvin, 32, as the man who was killed in a workplace accident in Vernon last Friday. Potvin, of...

Pipeline agreement reached

Dec 13, 2016 / 4:22 pm

A pipeline company and a B.C. First Nation have signed an agreement to work together. Trans Mountain, the company behind the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion,...

Make every vote count

Dec 13, 2016 / 4:14 pm

About a dozen people braved the cold in Kelowna Tuesday to hold a demonstration in favour of proportional representation. Holding signs that read "Make...

Book honours Ghanaian legal scholar

Dec 13, 2016 / 4:03 pm

Dr. Richard Oppong has co-edited and published a Festschrift—a collection of writings published in honour of a scholar. The book is dedicated to Nana Dr....

Soon to be an official park

Dec 13, 2016 / 3:55 pm

Officially dedicating Summerland's Conkle Mountain a park has been all but finalized following Monday's council meeting. Conkle Mountain was originally...

Big fine for vape dealer

Dec 13, 2016 / 3:50 pm

A Sicamous man watched as more than $500 went up in smoke for providing e-cigarettes to youths. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said Sicamous RCMP recently received a...

No support for RV park

Dec 13, 2016 / 3:50 pm

Kelowna city council had empathy for the plight of a local farmer. Despite the sympathy, they didn't support a request for a recreational vehicle trailer...

Teddy on the warrant

Dec 13, 2016 / 3:38 pm

Port Coquitlam RCMP officers made sure a little girl's teddy was on their search warrant after identifying a suspect in the theft. The teddy was returned...

Costa Rica bound

Dec 13, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Costa Rica is the perfect destination for the adventure and nature-loving traveller. It has volcanoes, surfing, exotic animals, river rafting, zip lining and...

NDP blasts local MLA

Dec 13, 2016 / 2:54 pm

The New Democrats are targeting Vernon Monashee MLA Eric Foster over the homeless problem in Vernon, blasting him for comments made to city council on Monday....

Dragon needs some French

Dec 13, 2016 / 2:30 pm

Unilingual businessman Kevin O'Leary should rethink his potential run for the Conservative leadership, Maxime Bernier said Tuesday. The Quebec-based MP and...

More curbs on Wells Fargo

Dec 13, 2016 / 2:24 pm

Federal regulators have slapped restrictions on Wells Fargo, finding that the big bank failed to adequately plug holes in the plan it would deploy if it fell...

Bumbershoot's 9th Season

Dec 13, 2016 / 2:14 pm

After hosting a world premier and three musicals among its six mainstage productions in 2016, Kelowna's Bumbershoot Theatre has some exciting plans to...

MPs may ink EU trade deal

Dec 13, 2016 / 2:01 pm

The chair of the House of Commons trade committee says he hopes Parliament can ratify the Canada-EU free trade deal this week before rising for the holiday...

Syria evac deal

Dec 13, 2016 / 1:50 pm

UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. Syrian rebels reached a cease-fire deal to evacuate from eastern Aleppo in an effective surrender on Tuesday, as Russia declared all military...

Kidnapping guilty plea

Dec 13, 2016 / 1:45 pm

One of four men involved in a high-profile Penticton kidnapping case entered a surprise guilty plea in court this week. Albert Edgar Fontaine, 40, was sentenced...

Poll: taxed for fentanyl

Dec 13, 2016 / 1:33 pm

Vancouver city council is raising property taxes by 0.5 per cent to fight the fentanyl crisis. City councilors say the cost to taxpayers is small compared to...

5 years for granny B&E

Dec 13, 2016 / 1:17 pm

Jean Leier, 85, had been living by herself for less than a year, when a masked man broke into her home in the middle of the night, forced her into a crawl...

Property tax hike for ODs

Dec 13, 2016 / 1:04 pm

UPDATE: 1:40 p.m. The City of Vancouver has approved a small tax hike intended to help address the opioid overdose crisis. Councillors have passed a budget that...

MP Ed Fast suffers stroke

Dec 13, 2016 / 12:50 pm

Abbotsford MP Ed Fast has suffered a stroke. CTV News reports he's in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a stroke...

Chris Pratt's dinner disaster

Dec 13, 2016 / 12:45 pm

Chris Pratt was so nervous cooking for Olivia Munn's sportsman boyfriend that he burnt dinner. The Office Christmas Party actress has been dating National...

Friends of Canadian oil

Dec 13, 2016 / 12:11 pm

Donald Trump's prospective cabinet is now stacked with friends of Canadian oil, with vocal proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline his picks to run key posts...

Country's top doc is done

Dec 13, 2016 / 12:03 pm

After a little more than two years in the job, Dr. Gregory Taylor is retiring as the country's top doctor, three years ahead of schedule. The Canadian Press...

Evans best for the buck

Dec 13, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Captain America star Chris Evans has maintained his crown as the Best Actor for the Buck in Hollywood. The Avengers actor landed atop the annual Forbes list in...

Buses getting smarter

Dec 13, 2016 / 11:49 am

Buses within the Kelowna transit system are going to get smarter. The city has entered into a memorandum of understanding with BC Transit for the automatic...

Not the right place

Dec 13, 2016 / 11:41 am

As time runs out to give feedback on the proposed Kelowna supervised consumption site, one business owner made sure to give his opinion. Nick Sintichakis, who...

Circus comes to town

Dec 13, 2016 / 11:36 am

Prime minister Trudeau's promise he made in Paris to reduce GHG emissions was identical to the promise Stephen Harper made before he met his demise at the...

Seniors wait too long

Dec 13, 2016 / 11:34 am

British Columbia's seniors' advocate says seniors are waiting longer for residential care and subsidized housing, while complaints about residential...

Tatooed man safe & sound

Dec 13, 2016 / 11:32 am

The RCMP say a 25-year-old Vernon man who went missing on Dec. 7 has been located safe and sound. Original story: Vernon RCMP are hoping you can help find a...

Committee mails it in

Dec 13, 2016 / 11:31 am

A House of Commons committee is recommending Canada Post come up with a plan to reinstate door-to-door delivery in parts of the country that lost the service in...

The flu that stole Christmas

Dec 13, 2016 / 11:25 am

It's that time of year again — that sneezing, coughing, aching, feel-so-lousy time of year. Yup, flu season is back. And not only is the winter...

$8B beer brand deal

Dec 13, 2016 / 11:21 am

Japanese brewer the Asahi Group said Tuesday it plans to buy five beer brands in Eastern Europe for 7.3 billion euros ($7.8 billion). Asahi said Tuesday that...

Kanye marriage troubles?

Dec 13, 2016 / 11:15 am

Kanye West flew to New York on business on Monday (12Dec16) as rumors continued to swirl about trouble in his marriage to Kim Kardashian. The Stronger hitmaker...

TRU research paves way for New Westminster Rent Bank

Dec 13, 2016 / 11:06 am

Dr. Ehsan Latif’s community-based rent bank research played an instrumental role in New Westminster City Council’s recent decision to spend $60,000 over a...

Famous last words

Dec 13, 2016 / 11:00 am

“My tires aren’t the greatest, there’s really no point living in Vancouver to get, you know, snow tires. “But, yeah, a little slippery,...

Guns stolen from residence

Dec 13, 2016 / 10:48 am

Three handguns, as well as jewellery, were stolen from a residence on Penticton's Atkinson Street, late last week. The RCMP responded to the scene after...

Humiliated by strip search

Dec 13, 2016 / 10:30 am

An Alberta man convicted of killing two missing seniors says he was humiliated with a strip search and subjected to horrendous conditions while in custody....

Adele a double winner

Dec 13, 2016 / 10:30 am

Adele was a big double winner at the BBC Music Awards on Monday night (12Dec16), picking up coveted Album and Song of the Year honors. She took home the BBC...

Warrant issued in drug case

Dec 13, 2016 / 10:29 am

The Penticton RCMP are searching for a man who was staying at the Sunny Beach Motel, after drugs were found in a unit there. According to Cpl. Don...

Gang life a deadly choice

Dec 13, 2016 / 10:26 am

Abbotsford's police chief has sent a letter asking for help from the parents of young men whom officers believe are involved in a violent gang conflict. The...

Gains send stocks to records

Dec 13, 2016 / 10:17 am

UPDATE: 1:40 p.m. Major U.S. stock indexes set records again Tuesday as energy companies continued to climb following international deals that will cut oil...

Recall returns for premiere

Dec 13, 2016 / 10:17 am

Local sci-fi fans are being offered the ultimate immersive cinema experience when 'The Recall' holds its Okanagan premiere at the Kelowna Fan Xpo (KFX)...

Prelim for fatal collision

Dec 13, 2016 / 10:11 am

A preliminary inquiry date is expected to be set for a man who was allegedly involved in a fatal collision on Christmas Eve last year. Andrew David Cook is...

Raising a glass in Browns

Dec 13, 2016 / 10:08 am

Browns Socialhouse has arrived in Kelowna. The restaurant pub is located at the new Gateway Plaza development at Harvey and Burtch. Browns, which has locations...

Husky ups capital spending

Dec 13, 2016 / 10:07 am

Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) says it's planning to increase its capital spending program next year to between $2.6 billion and $2.7 billion. That's up from...

Monsanto approves takeover

Dec 13, 2016 / 10:03 am

Monsanto Co. shareholders on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $57 billion merger with Bayer AG, a deal that would combine two of the world's biggest...

OD prevention sites open

Dec 13, 2016 / 10:02 am

In a response to the increasing number of drug overdoses around the province, Interior Health is opening two overdose prevention sites in Kelowna. The sites...

Coldstream buys trail land

Dec 13, 2016 / 9:46 am

Coldstream council has unanimously approved the borrowing of $250,000 for the purchase of two acres of land at 16506 Kalamalka Road. "Everyone agreed to go...

Gaga ends Madonna feud

Dec 13, 2016 / 9:45 am

Lady Gaga appeared to end her long-running feud with Madonna by praising the female empowerment speech she gave at the Billboard Women in Music Awards. The...

Okanagan Arts Awards

Dec 13, 2016 / 9:28 am

For 10 years, the Okanagan Arts Awards have recognized and honoured top creative talent in the Central Okanagan. Nominations for the 2017 awards are open until...

Hall may affect taxes

Dec 13, 2016 / 9:06 am

The District of Coldstream's finance committee has reviewed a proposed 1.75 per cent operational increase in the 2017 budget, brought forward by staff. But...

J-Law is a hypochondriac

Dec 13, 2016 / 9:00 am

Jennifer Lawrence is such a hypochondriac that she once made her intestine bleed by stressing herself out. The Hunger Games star has won over fans with her...

Nestle wants to 'partner'

Dec 13, 2016 / 8:53 am

Nestle Waters Canada says it wants to partner with a small southern Ontario township on a well that the community wanted for its drinking water supply. Ontario...

Injured sledder saved

Dec 13, 2016 / 8:44 am

UPDATE: 8:45 a.m. Kelowna RCMP say a beacon, bystanders, emergency crews and search and rescue crews from the Central and North Okanagan all combined forces to...

Trump meets with Kanye

Dec 13, 2016 / 8:36 am

UPDATE: 8:35 a.m. Kanye West visited Donald Trump on Tuesday, and the two men posed for photos but didn't say much about their discussion. Trump said the...

Glimpse into legal weed

Dec 13, 2016 / 8:17 am

A federal task force on legalized recreational marijuana is recommending storefront and mail-order sales to Canadians 18 years and older, with personal growing...

Ogopogo to go

Dec 13, 2016 / 8:00 am

Ogopogo may have a new home in a few years. Not the legendary lake monster himself, but the nearly as legendary statue at the edge of Kerry Park. As part of an...

Emergency repair

Dec 13, 2016 / 7:41 am

UPDATE: Dec. 13, 7:40 a.m. A sewer main break that prompted an emergency response Monday night has been repaired. The City of Kamloops announced Tuesday morning...

3% tax increase proposed

Dec 13, 2016 / 7:33 am

The City of West Kelowna will be asking for $29.4 million from taxpayers in 2017. That's an increase of nearly $1.3 million from this year's tax demand....

Drug fix: give them heroin

Dec 13, 2016 / 6:31 am

Watching an addict fill a syringe with puddle water, former senior RCMP officer Raf Souccar imagined a radical shift in how Canada could deal with people in the...

Strike cripples rail service

Dec 13, 2016 / 6:28 am

A 48-hour strike has crippled rail services in southern England as a long-running dispute continues to cause misery for hundreds of thousands of commuters in...

Mob justice in stabbing

Dec 13, 2016 / 6:22 am

An enraged mob in central Indonesia forced its way into a police station and beat a man to death Tuesday, hours after he was arrested for allegedly stabbing...

Out of this world gifts

Dec 13, 2016 / 6:18 am

Christmas gifts arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday, courtesy of Japan. A Japanese cargo ship pulled up at the orbiting lab four days after...

Madonna strikes chord

Dec 13, 2016 / 6:17 am

Madonna's emotional speech in support of feminism at Billboard's Women in Music awards has earned kudos from Lady Gaga. Madonna opened her remarks after...

Trump won't meet the press

Dec 13, 2016 / 6:16 am

President-elect Donald Trump on Monday cancelled the only news conference he has scheduled since his election, continuing to communicate with the public via...

Do everything to get better

Dec 13, 2016 / 6:00 am

Find out what you can do to get better, and do it. It’s one of my key pieces of legal advice for those consulting with me after a crash. Legal advice?...

New LGBT policy approved

Dec 13, 2016 / 5:00 am

Students will soon get their first look at School District 67’s proposed sexual orientation and gender identity policy. Board trustees unanimously...

Tunnel under downtown?

Dec 13, 2016 / 5:00 am

What's the best way to move traffic through, or around downtown Westbank? It's been seen as a problem since the province installed a couplet at either...

Don't begrudge ticket

Dec 13, 2016 / 5:00 am

For those who were dinged by the City of Vernon over parking last week, don't begrudge that money. For one week, between Dec. 4-10, all the fines collected...

The gift that gives and gives

Dec 13, 2016 / 5:00 am

Searching for a unique Christmas gift that also gives back to the community? Enactus Okanagan College (EOC) has got just what you need. EOC is a student-led,...

Free BC Transit holiday rides

Dec 13, 2016 / 5:00 am

If you're planning on drinking on New Year's Eve, your ride home is on BC Transit. The City of Penticton and BC Transit are partnering to provide free...

Car vs loading dock

Dec 13, 2016 / 12:01 am

To be fair, I've never seen the end of a loading dock that isn't painted in yellow and black hazard markings along the edge or have a chain blocking it...

Hoverboard snow plow

Dec 13, 2016 / 12:01 am

This child legend rides a hoverboard while shovelling his snowy driveway! if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().match("android|ipad|iphone|iPod")&&Math.random()

Fiction writers wanted for annual Okanagan Short Story contest

Dec 13, 2016 / 12:00 am

There are many deadlines in December, but local writers are watching the calendar as the last day to submit entries to the Okanagan Short Story contest is fast...

Kootenay crash kills one

Dec 12, 2016 / 9:30 pm

A deadly motor vehicle accident west of Nelson Monday morning has claimed one life and seriously injured two others. Police say the two-vehicle collision...

Board chair acclaimed

Dec 12, 2016 / 8:50 pm

The School District 67 Board of Trustees opted for the status quo during its inaugural meeting. Both board chair Linda van Alphen and vice chair Bill Bidlake...

Recount over, Trump wins

Dec 12, 2016 / 7:20 pm

Presidential election recount efforts came to an end Monday in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, with both states certifying Republican Donald Trump as the winner in...

Poll: opening the door

Dec 12, 2016 / 7:02 pm

The federal government is adopting a public-health approach to its drug control strategy, Health Minister Jane Philpott said Monday as she unveiled proposed new...

Chance of a white Xmas

Dec 12, 2016 / 7:00 pm

If you're betting on a white Christmas this year, that may still be a gamble. Environment Canada meteorologist Ross Macdonald says he's fairly confident...

Golden week for swimmer

Dec 12, 2016 / 6:20 pm

It was quite the week for Kelowna-born Taylor Ruck. The 16-year-old swimmer took home four medals at the World Short Course swim championships in Windsor, Ont....

More backpacks needed

Dec 12, 2016 / 6:00 pm

A program designed to help those in need is in need of a little help itself. The goal of the Upper Room Mission Christmas Backpack Campaign was to collect 300...

Fraser bridge reopens

Dec 12, 2016 / 5:45 pm

UPDATE 5:45 p.m. The Alex Fraser Bridge has reopened to traffic. Original story, 3:05 p.m. The Alex Fraser bridge is temporarily closed due to safety concerns....

Who inspires you?

Dec 12, 2016 / 5:00 pm

Charity Challenge: Why I'm inspired to inspire What is it that truly inspires you? When has something special truly moved, driven or motivated you? ...

MLA faces homeless issues

Dec 12, 2016 / 4:59 pm

Vernon city council made it clear they need help with homelessness and the numbers of itinerant people filling local shelters and accessing services. Speaking...

Evening Update Dec. 12

Dec 12, 2016 / 4:55 pm

Castanet's Evening Update for Monday, Dec. 12, with reporter Wayne Moore....

Recovery applicants double

Dec 12, 2016 / 4:53 pm

Over the past month, a Penticton addictions recovery house has seen applications double. Discovery House's waiting list is sitting at about 30 applicants,...

Plague of prison violence

Dec 12, 2016 / 4:32 pm

It's 26 seconds of brutality — and lays bare the emerging reality of a growing number of beatings in Canada's jails. Inmate Dwayne Wright,...

Crash closes overpass

Dec 12, 2016 / 4:23 pm

A dramatic two-car crash closed the Highway 97 overpass at the north end of Vernon on Monday. Emergency crews were called to the scene at 11:16 a.m., according...

Sex assault settlement

Dec 12, 2016 / 4:19 pm

A human rights case between an Ontario university and a sexually assaulted student has been settled, with the Toronto-area institution promising Monday to...

A dam eviction

Dec 12, 2016 / 4:18 pm

BC Hydro is seizing the home of a family staunchly opposed to the Site C dam in order to make way for the controversial hydroelectric project. Jessica McDonald,...

What’s on at TRU: Dec. 9 – Jan. 3

Dec 12, 2016 / 4:16 pm

The campus will be closed from December 23 – January 3, happy holidays....

Sally Anne trailer ransacked

Dec 12, 2016 / 3:39 pm

Thieves ransacked the Salvation Army's emergency services trailer over the weekend. The theft at the Salvation Army building on Rutland Road likely happened...

Laws eased on injection site

Dec 12, 2016 / 3:37 pm

The federal government is adopting a public-health approach to its drug control strategy, Health Minister Jane Philpott said Monday as she unveiled proposed new...

Conductor saves frozen cat

Dec 12, 2016 / 3:34 pm

This cat may have used up more than one of its nine lives. A Canadian National Railway conductor was checking the engines on his train early Sunday in...

Guilty plea in knife robbery

Dec 12, 2016 / 3:05 pm

A man who robbed a teenaged gas station attendant at knifepoint earlier this year has pleaded guilty in a Vernon court room. Thomas Antoine Belanger was facing...

NHL-sized ice sheet

Dec 12, 2016 / 3:03 pm

There will be an NHL-sized sheet of ice and a lot of dressing rooms in the proposed $13-million arena for Vernon which is on schedule and, hopefully, on budget,...

Rock the nation at Prospera

Dec 12, 2016 / 2:52 pm

Rock the Nation will be coming to Prospera Place Saturday, March 18th at 8pm Touring across Canada in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, “Rock the...

Bumper cars on icy roads

Dec 12, 2016 / 2:44 pm

Police were kept busy this weekend thanks to snow and ice. Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey says police responded to about 40 crashes in the Central...

Crude hits 2016 high

Dec 12, 2016 / 2:32 pm

Canada's largest stock market declined Monday while the loonie gained, as oil prices soared to their highest level in nearly a year and a half amid optimism...

Learning a lesson of caring

Dec 12, 2016 / 2:19 pm

School is about learning, but that can be a lot more than reading and writing. It can be about life lessons and helping your fellow man. And that is a lesson...

A Roy'EL' success

Dec 12, 2016 / 2:19 pm

The "social event of the year" raised more than $60,000 for mental health services in Kelowna. The Innkeeper's Gala – A Roy'EL'...

Extraordinary OD measure

Dec 12, 2016 / 1:46 pm

British Columbia's health minister says he has taken the "extraordinary measure" of enacting a ministerial order to support the creation of...

2015-16 U Sports Academic All-Canadians

Dec 12, 2016 / 1:39 pm

Since 1988, Canadian Interuniversity Sport has recognized as Academic All-Canadians those student-athletes who have achieved an academic average of 80% or...

Boy dies in Santa's arms

Dec 12, 2016 / 1:25 pm

A young terminally-ill boy died in Santa's arms. Eric Schmitt-Matze, who does about 80 events each year, was asked a few weeks ago to visit the dying boy in...

Major mogul race at Apex

Dec 12, 2016 / 1:10 pm

Some of the best mogul skiers in the country are at Apex Mountain this week. Apex Freestyle Club head coach and general manager Kenni Kuroda said the 2016 Toyo...

Crash blamed on booze

Dec 12, 2016 / 12:53 pm

Kelowna RCMP believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor in a crash between a pickup truck and a semi-tractor trailer unit at the intersection of Harvey...

Buble's 'Christmas at home'

Dec 12, 2016 / 12:45 pm

Michael Buble's son Noah will be released from hospital to spend Christmas at home with his family. The Canadian singer and his wife Luisana Lopilato will...

Busted by 'bait mail'

Dec 12, 2016 / 12:44 pm

Two people are in custody after allegedly stealing a piece of Canada Post “bait mail” along with several other packages. West Kelowna RCMP learned...

Hwy 3A reopened

Dec 12, 2016 / 12:41 pm

UPDATED: 12:40 p.m. The highway has been reopened, reports DriveBC ORIGINAL: 12:20 p.m. A crash has closed Highway 3A between Castlegar and Nelson. The highway...

Robbed with a weapon

Dec 12, 2016 / 12:35 pm

Police are on the hunt for an armed robber. Kelowna RCMP are asking for help finding a man who used a weapon to rob Mac’s convenience store on Richter...

Hit and run smash up

Dec 12, 2016 / 12:30 pm

Vernon RCMP are on the look out for a hit-and-run driver who damaged another vehicle, garage, hedge and a cement wall. On Dec. 10, at approximately 10 p.m....

Suspect caught in the act

Dec 12, 2016 / 12:22 pm

Vernon RCMP caught a bad guy red handed after a construction site was broken into last week. On Dec. 5 at around 9:45 p.m., RCMP were called to a theft in...

More homes burgled

Dec 12, 2016 / 12:19 pm

Vernon RCMP continue to be kept busy with residential break ins. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said on Dec. 5 at around 1 p.m., neighbours witnessed a man breaking...

'Where are their bodies?'

Dec 12, 2016 / 12:15 pm

UPDATED: 12:15 p.m. The son of an Alberta couple missing for more than six years has demanded that his parents' convicted killer tell the family where the...

Manslaughter in NFL death

Dec 12, 2016 / 12:11 pm

The man who killed retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith faces up to 40 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter, rather than the more serious...

Fentanyl police called in

Dec 12, 2016 / 12:08 pm

Police in Halifax say they had to call in special officers to secure a house where a man was found unresponsive after taking fentanyl. They say paramedics...

Death threats, bullying

Dec 12, 2016 / 12:04 pm

Newfoundland and Labrador's finance minister says she has been repeatedly attacked online with death threats, body shaming and bullying — and it must...

Janice Dickinson weds

Dec 12, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Janice Dickinson has wed for the fourth time. The 61-year-old former supermodel married fiance Dr. Robert 'Rocky' Gerner on Saturday (10Dec16) in an...

New life for old Legion

Dec 12, 2016 / 11:51 am

The boarded up Legion building at the corner 31st Avenue and 33rd Street is slated for redevelopment. The building, which at certain times over the past few...

More snow on the way

Dec 12, 2016 / 11:50 am

As the Christmas classic goes, the weather outside is frightful. Freezing temperatures are expected to hang on throughout the week, with even more snow...

Mayhem on area roads

Dec 12, 2016 / 11:36 am

It was mayhem on North Okanagan roads over the weekend with numerous accidents being reported. There were 19 on Sunday, Dec. 11 alone. Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy...

All under one roof

Dec 12, 2016 / 11:32 am

A new health centre opening in Kelowna is expected to make it easier for youth and families to get help. Foundry Kelowna, a new integrated youth-service centre,...

Coal spill trial upcoming

Dec 12, 2016 / 11:20 am

The trial for a coal mining company and two individuals allegedly involved in a tailings spill into the Tulameen River is set to go ahead. In Aug. 2013,...

Osbourne's to renew vows

Dec 12, 2016 / 11:15 am

Sharon Osbourne is planning to renew her wedding vows with husband Ozzy. The couple's 34-year marriage was rocked earlier this year when it was revealed...

Crashes in the Shuswap

Dec 12, 2016 / 11:00 am

Salmon Arm RCMP and emergency crews were busy dealing with vehicle crashes due to the snowfall over the weekend. "Members of the RCMP attended to four...

What's your 5-year rate?

Dec 12, 2016 / 11:00 am

The first question I usually get when a potential client calls me is, what is your mortgage rate for five years? It makes me wonder if that is the only thing...

Child killed by tombstone

Dec 12, 2016 / 10:57 am

Authorities say an 8-year-old boy who was playing in a church cemetery was killed after a tombstone broke and fell on top of him. The Lawrence County...

High-risk and on the loose

Dec 12, 2016 / 10:56 am

Vancouver Police are looking for a "high-risk" offender who's wanted on a Canada-wide warrant. Christopher Russell Schafer, 39, has a long...

A Christmas miracle

Dec 12, 2016 / 10:47 am

Fire victims in Fort McMurray are the recipients of a "Christmas miracle." WestJet invited 1,000 residents from the Alberta city to a Christmas party...

Lockheed dips after tweet

Dec 12, 2016 / 10:33 am

Shares of Lockheed Martin fell Monday, wiping out nearly $4 billion of the company's market value, as President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that making F-35...

Beyonce's rare selfie

Dec 12, 2016 / 10:30 am

Beyonce was a surprise guest at Mariah Carey's holiday concert on Sunday night (11Dec16). While many of her peers share every aspect of their lives on...

Lowe's to start conversions

Dec 12, 2016 / 10:27 am

Lowe's plans to convert 40 big box Rona stores across Canada to the name of the U.S. parent starting early next year. The first stores to get the new name...

Stranded skiers rescued

Dec 12, 2016 / 10:06 am

UPDATE: 10:05 a.m. Two skiers who were caught in an avalanche on a West Vancouver mountain have been rescued after a frigid overnight stay. North Shore Search...

Team tripped with lawsuit

Dec 12, 2016 / 10:01 am

The former head coach and associate coach of the Princeton Posse Junior B hockey team are suing for unpaid wages. Geoffrey Goodman and Lance Vaillancourt filed...

Armed man hides in school

Dec 12, 2016 / 10:00 am

UPDATE: Tuesday 11:16 a.m. The Penticton man allegedly involved in a shooting incident at a local school on the weekend has been denied bail. Yvon Omer Martel,...

Balloon T-Rex

Dec 12, 2016 / 9:47 am

Balloon animals... nope balloon dinosaurs. World Balloon Modelling champion Mark Verge makes cool balloons for a living, but none cooler than this life size...

Elton John launches contest

Dec 12, 2016 / 9:45 am

Elton John has launched a competition for young filmmakers, asking them to make official videos for three of his hits. The 69-year-old singer wants creative...

Watchdog eyes Hornets

Dec 12, 2016 / 9:15 am

Six years after ripping into the Conservative government's cost estimates for F-35 stealth fighters, Parliament's budgetary watchdog says it is digging...

Missing hunter found

Dec 12, 2016 / 9:14 am

UPDATE: 9:15 a.m. A missing hunter has been found safe and sound. "I believe he'd been found by family and friends who were out searching for...

Mariah and Lionel tour

Dec 12, 2016 / 9:00 am

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey are joining forces for a new tour. The pair will be hitting the road together for the All The Hits Tour, headlined by Lionel with...

Freedom Road on the way?

Dec 12, 2016 / 8:56 am

The final hurdle appears to have been cleared for construction of an all-weather road to an isolated reserve near the Ontario-Manitoba boundary. The federal...

Moose saved from river

Dec 12, 2016 / 8:55 am

New Brunswick firefighters got out the axes to rescue a freezing 225-kilogram female moose from the ice on the weekend. The Shediac fire department got a call...

Winter strikes again

Dec 12, 2016 / 8:49 am

Residents in parts of southern British Columbia woke up to fresh snow this morning as a winter storm continues to sweep the region. Snowfall warnings are in...

Golden chance for BC actor

Dec 12, 2016 / 6:36 am

Canadians Ryan Gosling and Ryan Reynolds have scored Golden Globe nominations. Gosling of London, Ont., made the cut for his starring role in the dreamy musical...

Homeless after condo fire

Dec 12, 2016 / 6:04 am

Dozens of people are homeless after a fire ripped through a four-storey condominium complex Sunday morning. Rory Thompson, fire chief for the City of Langley,...

What I learned last week

Dec 12, 2016 / 6:00 am

Desktop shortcuts in Chrome are more versatile than I thought. It’s super easy to kill Facebook Moments. People can wrap packages in under a minute. Who...

Learning from major misses

Dec 12, 2016 / 5:00 am

A Vancouver-based polling group says they've learned tough lessons from a year that's seen two major "misses" in voting. And it's a sign...

Climbing high

Dec 12, 2016 / 5:00 am

Kelowna's Gneiss Climbing hosted 130 rock climbers from around the province this past weekend at the first officially sanctioned rock-climbing competition...

Excellence awards change

Dec 12, 2016 / 5:00 am

The Summerland Chamber of Commerce is making several changes to the 79th annual Business and Community Excellence Awards on Saturday, March 11. The changes to...

MLA to talk about homeless

Dec 12, 2016 / 5:00 am

Vernon Monashee MLA Eric Foster has wasted no time in answering city council's invitation to discuss the issue of homelessness in the community. Foster is...

City parking permits on sale

Dec 12, 2016 / 5:00 am

Parking permits for the city's three unassigned lots on Martin Street behind City Hall, Nanaimo and Brunswick will go on sale Dec. 15. The sales will be on...

Guy has a shotgun guitar

Dec 12, 2016 / 12:01 am

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17-year-old stabbed

Dec 11, 2016 / 11:21 pm

Surrey RCMP responded to the scene of a stabbing in the 13800 block of 71st Avenue, Sunday evening. Upon arrival, officers found a 17-year-old man suffering a...

Rockets drop tight affair

Dec 11, 2016 / 9:30 pm

The Kelowna Rockets came up a goal short in a high scoring, run-and-gun affair in Lethbridge. The Rockets, playing their third game in three nights, fell 6-5 to...

Child care costs on the rise

Dec 11, 2016 / 9:00 pm

A new study suggests that the cost of child care fees in some of Canada's biggest cities has skyrocketed over the last three years, rising an average of...

New PM steady, not flashy

Dec 11, 2016 / 8:54 pm

There's nothing flashy about Bill English. Critics say the former finance minister and farmer who became New Zealand's prime minister on Monday is...

China blasts Trump again

Dec 11, 2016 / 8:53 pm

China's state media have published another blistering attack of Donald Trump after the president-elect suggested again that he was reconsidering how America...

Warehouse fire probe done

Dec 11, 2016 / 8:41 pm

Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have completed their work at the scene of a fatal warehouse fire that broke out...

One lane open on Hwy 1

Dec 11, 2016 / 8:18 pm

UPDATE: 8:18 p.m. While Highway 1 has opened up near Golden, a 39.7-kilometre stretch between Craigellachie and Revelstoke has been closed due to a crash 14...

Wins at awards ceremony

Dec 11, 2016 / 8:09 pm

Some South Okanagan and Similkameen businesses got recognition in an awards ceremony this week. The Valley First Fan Choice Awards, which entered its second...

$2k raised from Santa run

Dec 11, 2016 / 7:34 pm

This year's Santa Rec Run in Penticton saw its biggest turnout yet and raised more money than ever before. The event, which entered its fifth year, brought...

Big dump for Big White

Dec 11, 2016 / 7:02 pm

As snow dumped throughout the Valley over the weekend, Big White Ski Resort got a pile of new powder. The mountain saw 42 centimetres of fresh snow since...

Crash on Hwy 97

Dec 11, 2016 / 6:30 pm

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. Vernon Fire Department has confirmed four vehicles were involved in a crash just south of Vernon Sunday afternoon. Captain Dan Walker said...

Ex-'Brady Bunch' star fired

Dec 11, 2016 / 6:10 pm

LA Los Angeles radio station says former "Brady Bunch" star Susan Olsen has been fired after she got into an online confrontation with openly gay...

Tentative deal with gov't

Dec 11, 2016 / 5:46 pm

A union representing public servants has reached a tentative contract that it says gives federal scientists the right to share their research with the media...

More BC NDP nominations

Dec 11, 2016 / 4:43 pm

The BC NDP is wrapping up 2016 with a trio of nominations. Councillors, mayors and school trustees past and present are winning their bids to run as BC NDP...

Memorial for ex-AG Reno

Dec 11, 2016 / 4:27 pm

Former Attorney General Janet Reno, the first woman to hold the top Justice Department job who died last month, never took the easy way out when making the...

Alexander back at rallies

Dec 11, 2016 / 4:12 pm

Federal Conservative leadership candidate Chris Alexander returned to Alberta to speak at an anti-carbon tax rally, a week after becoming embroiled in...

Refugees mark anniversary

Dec 11, 2016 / 3:45 pm

Noura Alissa says she's very grateful for the warm welcome she's received in Canada, but admits the year since she arrived in Montreal from Syria has...

Uphill police murder retrials

Dec 11, 2016 / 3:15 pm

Facing uphill battles to find jurors willing to convict police officers, prosecutors in two states say they will try again to win guilty verdicts against white...

Zika fears in project debate

Dec 11, 2016 / 3:13 pm

This shoreline community has tried everything it can think of to prevent protective sand dunes from being built along the beach, invoking lost views, wrongly...

Happy makes you healthy

Dec 11, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Get Healthier with Happiness Being happy has become the gold standard for the way people want to live. Being happy is a great state of mind, but it has other...

Massive blaze in Langley

Dec 11, 2016 / 2:53 pm

UPDATED 2:53 P.M. Fire fighters in Langley, continue to battle a blaze that tore through a four-storey condominium complex Sunday morning. City of Langley Fire...

Xmas dinner for the lonely

Dec 11, 2016 / 2:46 pm

A grandmother in Nova Scotia has invited nine strangers to her dinner table this Christmas for a festive get together for those who can't spend the holidays...

Israel wants to stop Iran deal

Dec 11, 2016 / 2:13 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he believes U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will be a good friend to Israel and hopes the two countries can...

Two Tories talk abortion

Dec 11, 2016 / 2:00 pm

A pair of Conservative leadership hopefuls say it's time for Canada to have a free and open debate about sex-selective abortion — a position...

Suspicious death in Delta

Dec 11, 2016 / 1:49 pm

Police are investigating after a man was found dead outside of a Lower Mainland pub. Police were called to the South Delta pub at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. A...

Gentiloni for premier

Dec 11, 2016 / 1:12 pm

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni was tapped Sunday to form a new, Democrat-led government and end a political crisis so the country can quickly tackle...

2,000 killed, wounded

Dec 11, 2016 / 1:10 pm

Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition forces have killed or gravely wounded more than 2,000 Islamic State fighters in the battle for Mosul since October, the top U.S....

Selective abortion debate

Dec 11, 2016 / 11:50 am

A candidate for the Conservative leadership says it's time for Canada to have a free and open debate about sex-selective abortion — an announcement...

CIA assessment 'ridiculous'

Dec 11, 2016 / 11:27 am

President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday called a recent CIA assessment of Russian hacking "ridiculous" and says he's not interested in getting...

Ending a political crisis

Dec 11, 2016 / 11:25 am

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni was tapped Sunday to form a new, Democrat-led government and end a political crisis so the country can quickly tackle...

Reducing incarceration rates

Dec 11, 2016 / 11:24 am

A separate system for sentencing aboriginal offenders might be the key to dealing with the disproportionate number of indigenous people behind bars, suggests a...

Several accidents reported

Dec 11, 2016 / 11:18 am

Castanet has been told of several accidents in the North Okanagan. Accidents have been reported at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Highway 97 as...

You deserve everything

Dec 11, 2016 / 11:00 am

Most of us want wealth, health and peace of mind, but we don’t intend to be wealthy, happy and wise. Wishful thinking won’t give us what we want,...

Snowbird chief in hot seat

Dec 11, 2016 / 10:12 am

The chief of a New England tribe who spends part of the year living in Florida won't step down after being impeached, sowing division among the Narragansett...

Grinch burgles spa

Dec 11, 2016 / 10:08 am

The Grinch was busy in West Kelowna Sunday morning, stealing a much-used computer. At around 6 a.m. Dec. 11, someone broke into New Image Salon and Spa on...

Better luck next time

Dec 11, 2016 / 9:21 am

No winning ticket was sold for the $5 million jackpot in Saturday night's Lotto 649 draw. However, the $1 million guaranteed prize was claimed by a ticket...

Coquihalla snow warning

Dec 11, 2016 / 9:10 am

DriveBC has issued a snowfall warning for motorists heading to or from the Lower Mainland. Cold arctic air over the Coquihalla and a low-pressure system over...

Get ready for the cold

Dec 11, 2016 / 8:41 am

There's some good news and there's some bad news. The good news is the snow is expected to taper off later today; the bad news is the mercury is...

Fans cheer The Donald

Dec 11, 2016 / 8:30 am

Donald Trump was greeted with cheers on his arrival at the annual Army-Navy game, basking in one of the nation's most storied football rivalries as he...

39 dead in truck accident

Dec 11, 2016 / 8:16 am

A runaway truck carrying volatile gas slammed into other vehicles and burst into flames on a major road in Kenya, killing at least 39 people and injuring 10,...

Rogue One out of this world

Dec 11, 2016 / 7:30 am

The force is strong with "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" according to early reactions from the film's premiere Saturday night in Los Angeles....

Faction claims bombings

Dec 11, 2016 / 7:25 am

A Kurdish militant group has claimed responsibility for twin bombings that killed 38 people outside an Istanbul stadium and wounded scores of others. In a...

IS recaptures ancient city

Dec 11, 2016 / 7:22 am

Islamic State militants seized the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on Sunday from government troops despite a wave of Russian airstrikes, opposition activists...

Cathedral bombing kills 25

Dec 11, 2016 / 7:19 am

A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday Mass, in one of the...

Accident on bridge

Dec 11, 2016 / 7:16 am

The Bennett Bridge was the scene of an accident just before midnight Saturday. Witnesses said the driver of either a Honda Civic or a Pontiac G6 was heading...

Police seek tattooed man

Dec 11, 2016 / 6:50 am

Vernon RCMP are hoping you can help find a missing man. Tyler Vickers hasn't been seen since Dec. 7. He's Caucasian, 5-foot-8, 130 pounds, with blue...

Grow-op up in smoke

Dec 11, 2016 / 6:39 am

A grow-op went up in flames in Kelowna just before midnight Saturday. The Kelowna Fire Department says 16 firefighters responded to a structure on McCurdy Road...

Horoscope: Dec. 11-17

Dec 11, 2016 / 6:00 am

Overview for all signs Sort emotional ties on various levels. Make sure what you feel is true or based in reality. Don’t let jealousy cloud the issue or...

Unsolved crimes: DLC

Dec 11, 2016 / 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...

Ruck, Canada golden

Dec 11, 2016 / 5:00 am

Kelowna-born Taylor Ruck had the swim of her life Saturday at the World Short Course Swim Championships in Windsor, ON. Ruck, who now lives in Arizona, led...

Gifts for women at risk

Dec 11, 2016 / 5:00 am

The South Okanagan Women in Need Society is doing its part to brighten the holidays for the vulnerable women it assists. This year the Penticton non-profit is...

Supporting art and cats

Dec 11, 2016 / 5:00 am

There was a steady flow of visitors to nature artist Terry Isaac's Penticton gallery on Saturday. Isaac is holding an open house this weekend to showcase...

Prince reality show talks

Dec 11, 2016 / 4:59 am

Here's something else we lost with the death of Prince: A Netflix reality series centred on his Paisley Park home in Minnesota. A Netflix spokesperson told...

Senate runoff results

Dec 11, 2016 / 4:59 am

Louisiana voters chose Saturday to send Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy to the U.S. Senate, filling the nation's last Senate seat and giving the GOP...

Heisman trophy win

Dec 11, 2016 / 4:57 am

Lamar Jackson was trying to remember the last time he cried. He was pretty sure it involved losing a football game. On Saturday night, Louisville's...

Gough races to gold

Dec 11, 2016 / 4:55 am

Canadian Alex Gough won the women's World Cup luge race at the Whistler Sliding Centre on Saturday night, as a very strange week on the circuit began...

Berkeley's leaping robot

Dec 11, 2016 / 12:01 am

Meet SALTO the robot, who can leap gracefully from walls like an android Spiderman. ...

Otto the boarding bulldog

Dec 11, 2016 / 12:01 am

Watch as Otto sets a new world record for longest human tunnel traveled through by a dog skateboarder. Yes, you read that right. ...

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