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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.
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.
A cup of Joe  Aug 17, 2019
A recipe for friendship  Aug 10, 2019
Food for the ages  Aug 3, 2019
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
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.
On Balance On Balance by Bill Downey

Traffic safety seen through the lens of motorcyclist experience and knowledge.
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.
Trudeau guilty, again  Aug 15, 2019
Tanker traffic will increase  Aug 8, 2019
Getting connected  Aug 1, 2019
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.
By the ounce By the ounce by David Wylie

Cannabis is so hot right now. By The Ounce — written by veteran journalist David Wylie (aka, okanaganz) — keeps you in the know about the growing weed industry.
Cautionary cannabis tale  Aug 14, 2019
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.
Listen to yourself  Aug 14, 2019
You make me sick  Aug 7, 2019
Listen to your heart  Jul 31, 2019
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.
Do you impede traffic?  Aug 13, 2019
Watch for no zones  Aug 6, 2019
Beefs, but no bouquets  Jul 30, 2019
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
Don't roll the dice  Aug 13, 2019
Learning from tragedy  Aug 6, 2019
E-scooters can be dangerous  Jul 30, 2019
Okanagan Eco-Noggin Okanagan Eco-Noggin by Jerry Vandenberg

Jerry Vandenberg delves into the science behind environmental issues.
The politics of water  Aug 12, 2019
Jump off plastic ban wagon  Jul 15, 2019
Smokanagan: New normal?  Jun 28, 2019
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.
Paying for university  Aug 12, 2019
Too good to be true?  Aug 5, 2019
2 main priorities  Jul 29, 2019
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
See-saw myth shattered  Aug 11, 2019
Let August challenge you  Aug 4, 2019
Thinking about the past  Jul 28, 2019
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. 11-17  Aug 11, 2019
Horoscope: Aug. 4-10  Aug 4, 2019
Horoscope: July 28-Aug. 3  Jul 28, 2019
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Home-buyer incentive  Aug 10, 2019
Solutions for self-employed  Jul 27, 2019
Reverse mortgage FAQs  Jul 13, 2019
Fashion File Fashion File by Marla O'Brien

"Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."
Raiding the men's rack  Aug 8, 2019
Retailpocalypse?  Jul 25, 2019
Stylish scents  Jul 11, 2019
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.
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
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.
Selling your home sucks  Jul 27, 2019
Investment secrets  Jul 10, 2019
Kelowna's real estate reverb  May 31, 2019
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
OK tourism golden  Jul 26, 2019
Economic forecast positive  Jul 16, 2019
Proud of Kelowna Pride  Jun 20, 2019
How's Your Waste Line? How's Your Waste Line? by Rae Stewart


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.
Play this summer  Jul 8, 2019
Hopping on the Stu-Bus  May 18, 2019
Little shop has its horrors  May 14, 2019
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.
Dogged by ACL tears  Jul 4, 2019
Watch for snakes  Apr 25, 2019
Grooming an act of love  Dec 19, 2018
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
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.
Ordinary Heroes Ordinary Heroes by Richard James Deacon

Richard James Deacon has a finger on the pulse of those doing good in the Okanagan.
Into the silence  Apr 5, 2019
Moms are family heroes  Jan 17, 2019
Angels among us  Dec 13, 2018
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.
Shouldering the load  Mar 14, 2019
It's chickenpox, run!  Feb 28, 2019
Everyone needs a Kelly  Feb 20, 2019
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.
A common tongue  Feb 11, 2019
What was I saying?  Feb 1, 2019
The art of conversation  Jan 11, 2019
Tech Talk Tech Talk by Trevor Sharp

Trevor Sharp, an information technology specialist, guides you through the ever-changing world of high tech, making your computing experience secure, functional and relevant.
Big Brother is watching  Jan 18, 2019
Shopping the tech way  Dec 21, 2018
Don't throw away the gold  Dec 7, 2018
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.
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.
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
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
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
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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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