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.
How honest is your adviser?  Jun 18, 2018
Working past 80  Jun 4, 2018
Learn dollar cost averaging  May 28, 2018
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.
A quiet word  Jun 18, 2018
Write it down  Jun 11, 2018
FBI and your router  Jun 4, 2018
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Don't be dead right  Jun 17, 2018
Marriage can keep you alive  Jun 10, 2018
Pulling marital weeds  Jun 3, 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: June 17-23  Jun 17, 2018
Horoscope: June 10-16  Jun 10, 2018
Horoscope: June 3-9  Jun 3, 2018
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
Size matters in telescopes  Jun 16, 2018
The northern lights  Jun 9, 2018
Interstellar visitors  Jun 2, 2018
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Reverse mortgage FAQs  Jun 16, 2018
Good debt vs.bad debt  Jun 2, 2018
Mortgages in seller's market  May 19, 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.
A day for someone special  Jun 16, 2018
Be my guest  Jun 9, 2018
Let's do brunch  Jun 2, 2018
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
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.
Safety, no compromising  Jun 15, 2018
And the wheels roll on  May 25, 2018
Obsessed with light  Sep 14, 2017
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.
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.
Is Canada Trumped?  Jun 14, 2018
Canada out-gunned?  Jun 7, 2018
Pipeline leaking your money  May 31, 2018
Fashion File Fashion File by Marla O'Brien

“Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."
Confident nursing in public  Jun 14, 2018
Season of the bride  Jun 7, 2018
Grey is the new blond  May 31, 2018
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.
Honest about authenticity  Jun 13, 2018
Using kids as divorce pawns  May 30, 2018
KISSing the basics  May 2, 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.
Soothing the wild child  Jun 13, 2018
Artists drawn together  Jun 6, 2018
Get ready in Kindergarten  May 30, 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.
The cost of texting  Jun 12, 2018
Chit-chat, OK; cell, no  Jun 5, 2018
Fighting RCMP, CBC  May 29, 2018
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.
An ah-ha moment  Jun 11, 2018
Mortgaging through divorce  May 28, 2018
2nd mortgage helps sleep  May 14, 2018
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
The sum of our parts  Jun 9, 2018
Innovate to create jobs  May 27, 2018
Your security is our Job 1  May 4, 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
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.
Toast this reading list  Jun 6, 2018
Protect your wine  May 23, 2018
Tis the season to drink pink  May 9, 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.
Thinking like a millennial  Jun 1, 2018
Victimized by annoyance  May 18, 2018
Tattoo on the mind  Apr 13, 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.
Sandbaggers do great work  May 31, 2018
Celebrating civic duty  May 3, 2018
Mom-and-dad heroes  Apr 5, 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
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.
Tax hurts Okanagan  May 18, 2018
Budget targets house prices  Feb 23, 2018
Buying in a seller's market  Feb 17, 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
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
That's no bull  Apr 28, 2018
Faith in everything  Mar 16, 2018
Kindness is best prescription  Feb 21, 2018
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.
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.
Webb of words  Apr 20, 2018
Club creates champions  Apr 14, 2018
Learning to listen  Feb 26, 2018
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.
Starry, starry nights  Mar 3, 2018
Happy new theatre year  Jan 1, 2018
A post-war love story  Nov 5, 2017
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).