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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 for self employed  Dec 10, 2018
Porting your mortgage  Nov 26, 2018
Mortgage adjustments  Nov 12, 2018
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.
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Christmas connection  Dec 9, 2018
Key to freedom's door  Dec 2, 2018
Always end with a bang  Nov 25, 2018
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope: Dec. 9-15  Dec 9, 2018
Horoscope: Dec. 2-8  Dec 2, 2018
Horoscope: Nov. 25-Dec. 1  Nov 25, 2018
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
Binoculars for Christmas  Dec 8, 2018
Looking into a star  Nov 30, 2018
One-eye closed method  Nov 24, 2018
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.
Getting in the spirit  Dec 8, 2018
Traditions can be stressful  Dec 1, 2018
Cold and flu remedies  Nov 24, 2018
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.
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.
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
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.
Illegal or irregular?  Dec 6, 2018
Another broken Lib promise  Nov 29, 2018
Report a game changer?  Nov 22, 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.
Digital-age and DJ dads  Dec 5, 2018
Warning: trigger warnings  Nov 21, 2018
Screen time Jeopardy  Nov 14, 2018
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.
What is your why?  Dec 5, 2018
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.
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
Keep 'brains on the road'  Dec 4, 2018
House buyers beware  Nov 27, 2018
Remembering the victims  Nov 20, 2018
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
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.
Fashion File Fashion File by Marla O'Brien

"Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."
Faces over forty  Nov 29, 2018
Are designers crazy?  Nov 15, 2018
Make your leather last  Nov 1, 2018
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.
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
Good for business  Nov 26, 2018
The value of remembrance  Nov 11, 2018
Challenging homelessness  Oct 3, 2018
Ordinary Heroes Ordinary Heroes by Richard James Deacon

Richard James Deacon has a finger on the pulse of those doing good in the Okanagan.
Investigate and report it  Nov 22, 2018
Signs of responsibility  Nov 1, 2018
Politicans are heroes  Oct 18, 2018
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.
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.
Want success? Try happiness  Oct 10, 2018
Leading by example  Aug 30, 2018
Webb of words  Apr 20, 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.
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.
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
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.
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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