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Okanagan Taste Okanagan Taste by Allison Markin

Allison Markin tastefully explores the wine, libations and food scene in the Okanagan, with thoughtful commentary and reviews of her favourite bottles.
Fortify conference returns  Oct 5, 2022
Celebrate autumn  Sep 21, 2022
Feast of Fields returns  Sep 7, 2022
New Thought New Thought by Corinne Crockett

Food for the mind and the heart, to encourage an awakening of the power and potential within everyone.
The cost of complaining  Oct 5, 2022
Doing his part  Sep 28, 2022
World Gratitude Day  Sep 21, 2022
MLA Minute MLA Minute by Renee Merrifield

Renee Merrifield is the B.C. Liberal MLA for Kelowna-Mission. She keeps readers up to date on what she is doing as an MLA and what is happening in the B.C. Legislature in Victoria.
Behind the Wheel Behind the Wheel by Tim Schewe

A veteran columnist and traffic enforcement officer with the RCMP, Tim writes on all things traffic-related.
Heavy truck safety  Oct 4, 2022
Intersection safety  Sep 27, 2022
Pedestrian-controlled lights  Sep 20, 2022
In A Pickle In A Pickle by Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel

Doreen always has had a knack for getting herself in a pickle, whether it be with wild animals or difficult people. She thinks the problem might be herself.
It's Your Money It's Your Money by Brett Millard

Certified financial planner Brett Millard translates complex investment, insurance and planning jargon into language everyone understands.
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Fighting fear  Oct 2, 2022
Embracing aging  Sep 25, 2022
Learning from mistakes  Sep 18, 2022
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope Oct.2-8  Oct 2, 2022
Horoscope Sept. 25-Oct. 1  Sep 25, 2022
Horoscope: Sept. 18-24  Sep 18, 2022
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Fixing your credit  Oct 1, 2022
Home renovations  Sep 17, 2022
Buying a vacation property  Sep 3, 2022
Happy Gourmand Happy Gourmand by Kristin Peturson-Laprise

Happy Gourmand is about enjoying life and living in the moment, and sharing that joy to keep those good vibes going.
Fun with plums  Oct 1, 2022
Enjoying fall food  Sep 17, 2022
A pilgrimage for food  Sep 10, 2022
In Your Service In Your Service by Tracy Gray

MP Tracy Gray serving her constituents of Kelowna-Lake Country
Impact of inflation  Sep 30, 2022
Memories of the monarch  Sep 16, 2022
Arctic protection  Sep 2, 2022
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
The Blue Planet  Sep 30, 2022
Planetary shaking  Sep 23, 2022
The 'temporary' North Star  Sep 16, 2022
Dan in Ottawa Dan in Ottawa by Dan Albas

Dan Albas, MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, keeps us posted on what's going on in Ottawa.
Carbon tax opposition  Sep 29, 2022
Federal support programs  Sep 22, 2022
Increased federal spending  Sep 15, 2022
Volunteer Matters Volunteer Matters by Karen Knight

Veteran volunteer, volunteer coordinator and leader of volunteer organizations, Karen Knight helps others in the sector deal with the myriad of issues associated with non-for-profit organizations.
Volunteer appreciation  Sep 29, 2022
Not going the extra mile  Sep 22, 2022
Feedback vs 'feed forward'  Sep 15, 2022
Gardening with nature Gardening with nature by Sigrie Kendrick

Sigrie Kendrick is a Master Gardener and executive-director of the Okanagan Xeriscape Association.
Stars of the fall garden  Sep 28, 2022
The right time to plant  Sep 14, 2022
Water-wise landscaping  Aug 31, 2022
The Mortgage Gal The Mortgage Gal by Tracy Head

Mortgage professionals Laurie Baird and Tracy Head provide guidance for obtaining a mortgage, a new home, or planning a move.
Softening housing market  Sep 26, 2022
Mortgage changes  Sep 12, 2022
Mortgage decisions  Aug 29, 2022
FIT Talk With Tania FIT Talk With Tania by Tania Gustafson

The FIT Nutritionist, Tania Gustafson, educates and shares valuable tips to help people achieve their health and weight loss goals without dieting and live longer, stronger, better lives, naturally.
Ego vs heart  Sep 24, 2022
Incremental health benefits  Sep 10, 2022
Back to school nutrition  Aug 27, 2022
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
Zen and art of searching  Sep 24, 2022
The shadow knows  Sep 9, 2022
Lesson learned...wait!  Aug 12, 2022
From The Hill From The Hill by Richard Cannings


Inflation action  Sep 23, 2022
Something From Everything Something From Everything by Matthew Rigby

Staggered attempts to make meaning and connections.
Honouring our teachers  Sep 22, 2022
Full to bursting  Jul 18, 2022
Playing with uncertainty  Jul 1, 2022
The Art of Speaking The Art of Speaking by Wade Paterson

Public speaking and presentations are skills that can be learned and one of the most successful ways is through Toastmasters.
Adding video content  Sep 19, 2022
Tips to stop stage fright  Aug 22, 2022
Practise public speaking  Jul 25, 2022
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Higher food prices  Aug 31, 2022
Canadians use of metric  Aug 17, 2022
Threats to farming  Aug 17, 2022
Wilson on Water Street Wilson on Water Street by Adam Wilson

Columnist Adam Wilson takes a critical look at what's going on at City Hall.
Running out of time  Aug 26, 2022
Wards for Kelowna council?  Jul 20, 2022
Housing leadership needed  Jun 22, 2022
Bonnie on Stage Bonnie on Stage by Bonnie Gratz

Bonnie Gratz is the Artistic Director of Kelowna's New Vintage Theatre, and offers us an exciting insider's view of local theatre.
Kelowna Fringe Festival  Aug 24, 2022
Welcome to Bikini Bottom  Jul 6, 2022
Life is a cabaret  May 29, 2022
Investment Real Estate Investment Real Estate by AJ Hazzi

With a well-deserved reputation as a real estate renegade, AJ Hazzi has been shaking up the Kelowna real estate scene since 2002.
Retirement rescue plan  Jun 17, 2022
Speculating or investing?  Feb 23, 2022
2021 predictions for city  Dec 17, 2020
On Balance On Balance by Bill Downey

Traffic safety seen through the lens of motorcyclist experience and knowledge.
Knowing when to say when  Nov 18, 2021
Shiver me timbers!  Oct 7, 2021
Smokin' your stops  Sep 9, 2021
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Writer submissions

Are you a writer, looking for a home to showcase your work?

We occasionally have openings for new columnists.

Successful writers will show that they have a solid plan for a column, and demonstrate that they can generate fresh ideas weekly or bi-weekly. You will have good writing skills, the ability to meet deadlines, and a willingness to work with us on changes that we deem necessary.

If accepted, your submissions will be kept in the range of 500 to 800 words.

As a Castanet columnist, you will have your own columnist page with masthead, along with excellent exposure to your work in the Okanagan region, as well as further afield.

Our columns are weekly and bi-weekly. We also have a Guest Column for occasional submissions.

To query for information or to submit your idea, please e-mail [email protected]. If submitting an idea, please give a brief write-up of the idea along with a short sample of your writing (paste sample directly into the body of the email).
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