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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.
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
Times are a-changin'  Aug 17, 2018
Are you a fox or hedgehog?  Jul 11, 2018
That's no bull  Apr 28, 2018
It's All About . . . It's All About . . . by Mark Jennings-Bates

Mark writes about ways to improve on success in our lives, with ideas to help stay focused for growth and development.
Put your dog on a leash  Aug 17, 2018
Cool jazz on a hot night  Aug 10, 2018
Return to Morocco  Aug 3, 2018
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.
Fashion File Fashion File by Marla O'Brien

"Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."
Insta-Fake  Aug 16, 2018
What's inside your bag?  Aug 9, 2018
WTW: Okanagan wedding  Aug 2, 2018
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Do you feel understood?  Aug 15, 2018
Lemon or lemonade?  Aug 1, 2018
A new measure of success  Jul 27, 2018
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.
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.
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
Lake under Martian ice cap?  Aug 13, 2018
Close encounter with Mars  Aug 4, 2018
To the stars  Jul 28, 2018
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.
What's in a name?  Aug 13, 2018
Giving the right way  Aug 6, 2018
Is your retirement plan risky?  Jul 30, 2018
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
The marital two step  Aug 12, 2018
Successful-marriage secret  Aug 5, 2018
Change you, change world  Jul 29, 2018
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope: Aug. 12-18  Aug 12, 2018
Horoscope: Aug. 5-11  Aug 5, 2018
Horoscope: July 29-Aug. 4  Jul 29, 2018
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Mortgage pre-approval first  Aug 11, 2018
1st time home-buying blues  Jul 28, 2018
BofC rate increase  Jul 14, 2018
How's Your Waste Line? How's Your Waste Line? by Rae Stewart


On Your Father's Side On Your Father's Side by David Trifunov

David Trifunov is a freelance journalist, writer and editor based in Kelowna. He’s the proud father of three girls and the humble author of three middle-grade books for reluctant readers.
A father's lament  Aug 8, 2018
Overcoming the blocks  Jul 25, 2018
Marshmallows and skeeters  Jul 11, 2018
This is Life, Based on a True Story This is Life, Based on a True Story by Tanya Gunderson

Tanya is a single parent to two teens, a mini dachshund, and somehow a cat. They cohabitate mostly happily in West Kelowna, despite the transit system being so bad.
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.
The Mortgage Gal The Mortgage Gal by Laurie Baird

Mortgage professionals Laurie Baird and Tracy Head provide guidance for obtaining a mortgage, a new home, or planning a move.
Mindful Communications Mindful Communications by Christy Lehmberg

Christy Lehmberg focuses in on the ups and downs of reality and how to navigate this bumpy road we call life.
Manifest your future  Aug 3, 2018
Lessons from the World Cup  Jul 20, 2018
Little tubes of death  Jul 6, 2018
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
Good news for families  Jul 23, 2018
2 women make their mark  Jul 5, 2018
Canada and NATO  Jun 26, 2018
Just Add Salt! Just Add Salt! by Lisa Salt

Lisa Salt, along with her husband Gord Fowler from Calgary, lead one of the most successful and dynamic real estate teams in the North Okanagan.
Real estate confusion  Jul 13, 2018
New rules for real estate  Jul 8, 2018
Tax hurts Okanagan  May 18, 2018
Getting Along With Your Computer Getting Along With Your Computer by Cate Eales

The Technology Shaman helps make your online computing safe, accessible and fun.
Cate's final column  Jul 2, 2018
A quiet word  Jun 25, 2018
Write it down  Jun 11, 2018
Grind My Gears Grind My Gears by Landon Bradshaw

Bringing out the points of views from cyclist, drivers, and pedestrians. How to play safe on the roads out there.
Network to nowhere  Jun 29, 2018
Safety, no compromising  Jun 15, 2018
And the wheels roll on  May 25, 2018
Ordinary Heroes Ordinary Heroes by Richard James Deacon

Richard James Deacon has a finger on the pulse of those doing good in the Okanagan.
Talk to Me Talk to Me by Fiona Patterson

Fiona Patterson is a clinical psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in the treatment of trauma, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, and addictions.
Suffering has purpose  Jun 8, 2018
The meaning of life  Apr 6, 2018
Losing a child  Mar 12, 2018
Dr. Oz's Vet Advice Dr. Oz's Vet Advice by Dr. Moshe Oz

Dr. Oz of Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital provides expert advice and information about our pets.
The Joy of Travel The Joy of Travel by Joy McGinnis

Joy McGinnis shares her personal wanderlust and professional insight for emerging travel trends, destinations and useful "what now?" tips.
Your travel bucket list  May 22, 2018
Cuba, Part II  Feb 14, 2018
Cuba bound  Jan 31, 2018
Design Chick Design Chick by Crispin Butterfield

Crispin Butterfield owns Urban Theory Interior Design, a full-scale design firm with savvy projects spanning Western Canada.
Real cost of renovating  May 16, 2018
Must-visit design shops  Apr 11, 2018
White hot interior design  Feb 28, 2018
The Art of Speaking The Art of Speaking

Public speaking and presentations are skills that can be learned and one of the most successful ways is through Toastmasters.
Webb of words  Apr 20, 2018
Club creates champions  Apr 14, 2018
Learning to listen  Feb 26, 2018
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.
Starry, starry nights  Mar 3, 2018
Happy new theatre year  Jan 1, 2018
A post-war love story  Nov 5, 2017
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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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