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.
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.
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.
Loving local products  Jul 28, 2021
Events are coming back  Jun 30, 2021
Returning to tasting rooms  Jun 16, 2021
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
BC in a debt spiral  Jul 28, 2021
History predicts election  Jul 21, 2021
Rise of the 'grow-cer'  Jul 16, 2021
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.
Drivers caught on camera  Jul 27, 2021
Everywhere a sign  Jul 20, 2021
Confusion around scooters  Jul 13, 2021
Something From Everything Something From Everything by Matthew Rigby

Staggered attempts to make meaning and connections.
Fire in the sky  Jul 27, 2021
Beautiful, terrible and fragile  Jun 18, 2021
Going 'just' beyond  May 17, 2021
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.
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.
COVID cash conundrum  Jul 26, 2021
How to make more money  Jul 19, 2021
Restarting after a divorce  Jul 12, 2021
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope: July 25-31  Jul 25, 2021
Horoscope: July 18-24  Jul 18, 2021
Horoscope: July 11-17  Jul 11, 2021
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Good debt vs. bad debt  Jul 24, 2021
Buying a fixer-upper  Jul 10, 2021
Mortgage broker or bank?  Jun 26, 2021
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.
'Punk' health trend  Jul 24, 2021
Celebrate small victories  Jul 17, 2021
Yummy novelty treats  Jul 10, 2021
In Your Service In Your Service by Tracy Gray

MP Tracy Gray serving her constituents of Kelowna-Lake Country
Gun buyback misguided  Jul 23, 2021
Raw sewage being dumped  Jul 9, 2021
Inflation, budget, housing  Jun 25, 2021
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

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

Traffic safety seen through the lens of motorcyclist experience and knowledge.
Insane attempts at passing  Jul 22, 2021
Can't stop on a dime  Jul 8, 2021
Stop! Right! Now!  Jun 24, 2021
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.
Legal weed hits, and a miss  Jul 21, 2021
Put down those joints  Jul 7, 2021
Weed in space!  Jun 23, 2021
Don't mess with a soprano Don't mess with a soprano by Sue Skinner

Sue Skinner tells us why we need art and artists in our life
Shout-out to a mentor  Jul 20, 2021
Behind the scenes  Jul 6, 2021
Hemingway with a brush  Jun 15, 2021
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.
Stress test hasn't changed  Jul 19, 2021
Risky subject-free offers  Jul 5, 2021
No isn't always no  Jun 21, 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.
Reflective Leadership Reflective Leadership by Myrna Selzler

Myrna works with organizations and individuals to turn their passion into impact.
Who's your hero?  Jul 15, 2021
The Who is not you  Jul 1, 2021
The Rule of 72  Jun 17, 2021
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.
Calls from the crypt  Jul 12, 2021
Phantom window knocker  Jun 28, 2021
Harbinger of death?  Feb 8, 2021
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.
Use the one X one rule  Jun 30, 2021
Come to your senses  Jun 23, 2021
The power of one  Jun 16, 2021
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.
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
Going into the cold  May 31, 2021
Leaping into old age  Apr 23, 2021
Seize the (eternal) moment  Sep 12, 2020
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.
2021 predictions for city  Dec 17, 2020
A BRRRR strategy  Oct 8, 2020
Sell high and buy low?  Jul 30, 2020
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.
African Safari 101  Oct 21, 2019
Enjoy some Galapagos glory  Oct 7, 2019
Your travel bucket list  May 22, 2018
Writer submissions

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