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.
Dandy dandelions  May 28, 2022
Getting ready for summer  May 21, 2022
Sharing is caring  May 14, 2022
In Your Service In Your Service by Tracy Gray

MP Tracy Gray serving her constituents of Kelowna-Lake Country
The work of an MP  May 27, 2022
Passport renewal delays  May 13, 2022
Public inquiry launched  Apr 29, 2022
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
Cosmic 'lighthouses'  May 27, 2022
Milky Way's Black Hole  May 20, 2022
Origins of life  May 13, 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.
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.
Enhance your influence  May 26, 2022
Language of volunteering  May 19, 2022
'Firing' volunteers  May 12, 2022
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Politicians' popularity  May 25, 2022
Economic worries  May 22, 2022
Baby formula shortage  May 22, 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.
Dealing with adversity  May 25, 2022
The wrong measure  May 18, 2022
Writing a new script  May 11, 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.
EV charging stations  May 24, 2022
Housing by the numbers  Apr 5, 2022
Rezoning to lower price?  Mar 6, 2022
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.
Pedestrian safety at night  May 24, 2022
Seller beware!  May 17, 2022
Tools to catch speeders  May 10, 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.
Mortgage changes, helpers  May 23, 2022
Preparing for a mortgage  May 9, 2022
Fixed versus variable  Apr 25, 2022
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.
GICs as investment tools  May 23, 2022
Prescribed rate loans  May 16, 2022
Popularity of HELOCs  May 9, 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.
Life is a cabaret  May 22, 2022
Ready. Set. Fringe!  Sep 16, 2021
Class of ‘87 on centre stage  Jun 10, 2021
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.
Healthy trace minerals  May 21, 2022
One percent gets results  May 7, 2022
Weight-loss myths  Apr 9, 2022
Something From Everything Something From Everything by Matthew Rigby

Staggered attempts to make meaning and connections.
A narrow place  May 20, 2022
Taking another look at faith  Apr 19, 2022
The shifting season  Mar 21, 2022
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.
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.
Magpie madness continues  May 16, 2022
Magpie mania  Apr 18, 2022
Dental horror stories  Mar 21, 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.
Qualifying for a mortgage  May 14, 2022
Income tax owing?  Apr 30, 2022
Reverse mortgage options  Apr 16, 2022
By the ounce By the ounce by David Wylie

By The Ounce is written by veteran journalist David Wylie, keeping you in the know about the growing weed industry. Follow on social media: @okanaganz.
Eat, drink, and get high  May 11, 2022
High-powered summit  Apr 27, 2022
Said 'cannabis' nine times  Apr 13, 2022
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Marking Mother's Day  May 8, 2022
Relationship habits  May 1, 2022
Busyness or boredom?  Apr 24, 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.
Preparing to speak  May 2, 2022
Vocal variety  Apr 4, 2022
Ace the podcast interview  Mar 7, 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.
Speculating or investing?  Feb 23, 2022
2021 predictions for city  Dec 17, 2020
A BRRRR strategy  Oct 8, 2020
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope unavailable  Jan 16, 2022
Horoscope: Dec. 19-25  Dec 19, 2021
Horoscope: Dec. 12-18  Dec 12, 2021
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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