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: Oct 20-26  Oct 20, 2019
Horoscope: Oct. 13-19  Oct 13, 2019
Horoscope: Oct. 6-12  Oct 6, 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.
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.
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
When is the moon full?  Oct 18, 2019
Saturn is the moon king  Oct 11, 2019
Black holes shred stars  Oct 4, 2019
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.
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Beating the coffee habit  Oct 17, 2019
Bullying 101  Oct 3, 2019
Memories that bite  Sep 26, 2019
Fashion File Fashion File by Marla O'Brien

"Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."
Totally not worth it  Oct 17, 2019
Red carpet ready  Oct 3, 2019
Your back-to-school uniform  Sep 5, 2019
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.
The sky hasn't fallen  Oct 16, 2019
Amazing weed with Color  Sep 26, 2019
BC pot: could be worse...  Aug 28, 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.
Who inspires you?  Oct 16, 2019
Be grateful you're selfish  Oct 9, 2019
How good is your memory?  Oct 2, 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.
Get the light out of my eyes  Oct 15, 2019
Keep your windows clear  Oct 8, 2019
Stay in your lane  Oct 1, 2019
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
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.
Support those who back you  Oct 14, 2019
Get title insurance  Sep 30, 2019
Do your paper work  Sep 16, 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.
It pays to be segregated  Oct 14, 2019
Choose right adviser  Oct 7, 2019
Pick out your Ferrari  Sep 30, 2019
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.
Talking turkey about fat  Oct 12, 2019
Back to the basics  Sep 28, 2019
What's in your water?  Sep 14, 2019
On Balance On Balance by Bill Downey

Traffic safety seen through the lens of motorcyclist experience and knowledge.
What's stopping you?  Oct 10, 2019
Dead man's curve  Sep 26, 2019
Taking mayors for a ride  Sep 12, 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.
Wines for Thanksgiving  Oct 9, 2019
Wine festival extravaganza  Sep 25, 2019
Craft beer celebration  Sep 18, 2019
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.
Enjoy some Galapagos glory  Oct 7, 2019
Your travel bucket list  May 22, 2018
Cuba, Part II  Feb 14, 2018
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
Finding light in others  Oct 2, 2019
Did you know?  Sep 23, 2019
Who wrote your life script?  Jul 29, 2019
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.
Open house the right way  Sep 19, 2019
Selling your home sucks  Jul 27, 2019
Investment secrets  Jul 10, 2019
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.
Reasons to fringe  Sep 17, 2019
Play this summer  Jul 8, 2019
Hopping on the Stu-Bus  May 18, 2019
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.
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
Let's move forward together  Sep 11, 2019
Fighting for pristine waters  Aug 21, 2019
OK tourism golden  Jul 26, 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
How's Your Waste Line? How's Your Waste Line? by Rae Stewart

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
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
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