The Legal Quarterback The Legal Quarterback by Wes Forgione

Kelowna lawyer Wes Forgione explains the legal side of estate planning, real estate and corporate/commercial law to help readers make informed decisions.
Making Tracks Making Tracks by J.P. Squire

Rail trail riding  Jun 4, 2023
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.
Closer look at aspartame  Jun 3, 2023
Healthy way to lose weight  May 6, 2023
Hormonal imbalance  Apr 22, 2023
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.
Food trips  Jun 3, 2023
Space-age food  May 27, 2023
Getting down and dirty  May 20, 2023
From The Hill From The Hill by Richard Cannings

Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
The Okanagan Naturopath The Okanagan Naturopath by Doug Lobay

Naturopath Doug Lobay keeps readers up to date on naturopathic medicine and health issues.
Naturopathic medicine  Jun 1, 2023
Dan in Ottawa Dan in Ottawa by Dan Albas

Dan Albas, MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, keeps you posted on what's going on in Ottawa.
Don't keep MPs in the dark  Jun 1, 2023
A bigger cost for fuel  May 25, 2023
Debt servicing concern  May 18, 2023
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.
Okanagan Taste Okanagan Taste by Allison Markin

Allison Markin explores the creative scene in the Okanagan, from arts and culture, to artists and artisans, to chefs and tastemakers, to the occasional movie night.
The outdoor music scene  May 31, 2023
Farm-to-table fare on menu  May 17, 2023
Dig in for Earth Day  Apr 19, 2023
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.
Critic or coach?  May 31, 2023
Pushing yourself  May 24, 2023
Pause for mental health  May 17, 2023
MLA Minute MLA Minute by Renee Merrifield

Renee Merrifield is the B.C. United MLA for Kelowna-Mission. She keeps readers up to date on what she is doing as an MLA and what is happening in the B.C. Legislature in Victoria.
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.
The brake check  May 30, 2023
Riding bicycles side by side  May 23, 2023
The key to safe merging  May 16, 2023
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.
Responding on the fly  May 29, 2023
Hanging on every word  May 1, 2023
Make them laugh  Apr 3, 2023
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.
Retirement planning tips  May 29, 2023
Invest responsibly  May 22, 2023
Long term care insurance  May 15, 2023
A Second Look A Second Look by Terry Robertson

Terry Robertson takes modern look at old images of landscapes, street scenes and images of prominent structures around the Okanagan.
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.
Mortgage renewals  May 27, 2023
Benefits of refinancing  May 13, 2023
Home ownership assistance  Apr 29, 2023
In Your Service In Your Service by Tracy Gray

MP Tracy Gray serving her constituents of Kelowna-Lake Country
Two carbon taxes  May 26, 2023
MP's effort to support bills  May 12, 2023
MP out and about in riding  Apr 28, 2023
Gardening with nature Gardening with nature by Sigrie Kendrick

Sigrie Kendrick is a master gardener and executive-director of the non-profit Okanagan Xeriscape Association.
The Mortgage Gal The Mortgage Gal by Tracy Head

Mortgage professional Tracy Head provides guidance for obtaining a mortgage, a new home, or planning a move.
Emotional mortgaging  May 22, 2023
Bridge financing  May 8, 2023
Handling mortgage renewal  Apr 24, 2023
Something From Everything Something From Everything by Matthew Rigby

Staggered attempts to make meaning and connections.
Inspired by author  May 21, 2023
Tofino, and time  Apr 16, 2023
Writing off AI's creations  Mar 7, 2023
Wilson on Water Street Wilson on Water Street by Adam Wilson

Columnist Adam Wilson takes a critical look at what's going on at Kelowna city hall.
Drug decriminalization  May 19, 2023
Redistributing concern  Apr 19, 2023
E-scooter pilot project  Apr 6, 2023
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
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.
Elderly love story  May 15, 2023
Dog senses the paranormal  Apr 17, 2023
'Inking' dilemma  Mar 20, 2023
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Heather Zais dies  May 15, 2023
Horoscope April 30-May 6  Apr 30, 2023
Horoscope April 23-29  Apr 23, 2023
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.
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.
New zoning bylaws  Nov 6, 2022
Retirement rescue plan  Jun 17, 2022
Speculating or investing?  Feb 23, 2022
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake gives his own particular take on life.
Zen and art of searching  Sep 24, 2022
The shadow knows  Sep 9, 2022
Lesson learned...wait!  Aug 12, 2022
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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