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.
It's not about me  Jan 19, 2018
5 reasons you aren't heard  Jan 11, 2018
Get to the point  Dec 23, 2017
Ordinary Heroes Ordinary Heroes by Richard James Deacon

Richard James Deacon has a finger on the pulse of those doing good in the Okanagan.
Mentors change lives  Jan 18, 2018
Who are your heroes?  Dec 21, 2017
Docs backing less fortunate  Dec 7, 2017
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.
Design Chick Design Chick by Crispin Butterfield

Crispin Butterfield owns Urban Theory Interior Design.
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.
An amazing family vacation  Jan 17, 2018
Luggage tariffs looming  Jan 3, 2018
Does Santa eat sushi?  Dec 20, 2017
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.
Fancy running into you here  Jan 16, 2018
Justice without a ticket  Jan 9, 2018
The wrong mindset  Jan 2, 2018
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
You fall; your fault?  Jan 16, 2018
Shovelling shirkers  Jan 9, 2018
Are you paying attention?  Jan 2, 2018
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
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.
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Alone together  Jan 14, 2018
A bond of experience  Jan 7, 2018
Resolve not to resolve  Dec 31, 2017
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope: Jan. 14-20  Jan 14, 2018
Horoscope: Jan. 7-13  Jan 7, 2018
Horoscope: Year of the Dog  Jan 1, 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.
Private mortgage options  Jan 13, 2018
Home buyers' Plan  Dec 16, 2017
Credit rating and mortgages  Dec 2, 2017
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.
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Needling nausea away  Jan 12, 2018
IH had a busy year  Dec 22, 2017
B.C. fuelling Airbnb rentals?  Dec 18, 2017
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.
Is debt worth the risk?  Jan 12, 2018
Ignorance Is not bliss  Jan 5, 2018
Downfall of the middleman  Dec 29, 2017
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.
Lessons I didn't learn  Jan 10, 2018
Teach your children well  Dec 13, 2017
You don't have to be alone  Nov 29, 2017
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.
Mortgages and assessments  Jan 8, 2018
Holiday traditions  Dec 25, 2017
Your mortgage team  Dec 11, 2017
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.
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.
Happy new theatre year  Jan 1, 2018
A post-war love story  Nov 5, 2017
Birthday Bash Theatre  Aug 25, 2017
Dementia Aware Dementia Aware by Tracey Maxfield

Tracey Maxfield is a dementia educator, consultant and advocate.
Rethinking dementia  Dec 30, 2017
Is MCI a type of dementia?  Dec 16, 2017
Dementia and the holidays  Dec 2, 2017
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
We think too much  Dec 28, 2017
Power of the equation  Dec 14, 2017
Act like the cat  Nov 16, 2017
Lavigne on the Scene Lavigne on the Scene by Kevin Lavigne

This column is meant to praise the successes of past events, inform you of new local businesses that are opening, celebrate successes of established businesses and to promote some fun upcoming events.
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.
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 last affordability in city  Oct 14, 2017
Mid-summer update  Aug 19, 2017
Real estate is worth it  Jul 28, 2017
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.
Obsessed with light  Sep 14, 2017
A child shall lead them  Aug 31, 2017
That's not the point  Aug 10, 2017
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).