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The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Depressed, yet happy  Feb 23, 2020
The person you overlook  Feb 16, 2020
Practice makes... success  Feb 9, 2020
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope: Feb. 23-29  Feb 23, 2020
Horoscope: Feb. 16-22  Feb 16, 2020
Horoscope Feb. 9-15  Feb 9, 2020
Okanagan Eco-Noggin Okanagan Eco-Noggin by Jerry Vandenberg

Jerry Vandenberg delves into the science behind environmental issues.
Protecting our biodiversity  Feb 22, 2020
'Bathing' in the forest  Nov 15, 2019
The politics of water  Aug 12, 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.
Good debt vs. bad debt  Feb 22, 2020
Mortgage check-up time  Feb 8, 2020
Mortgage pre-approval tips  Jan 25, 2020
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.
Pulses from deep space  Feb 21, 2020
How big is the universe?  Feb 14, 2020
Twisting space-time  Feb 7, 2020
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.
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.
Self-driving car roadblocks  Feb 21, 2020
Wasting your money on gas  Feb 14, 2020
ICBC renewal woes  Feb 7, 2020
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.
Health and Happiness Health and Happiness by Hannah Gibson

Student doctor Hannah Gibson brings you the latest health news and advice to help you live a happy and healthy life.
Coronavirus and you  Feb 20, 2020
8 tips to quit vaping  Feb 6, 2020
Beat the blues this January  Jan 23, 2020
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.
A mug o' cannabis tea  Feb 19, 2020
High-flying cannabis retail  Feb 5, 2020
BLK sheep of cannabis  Jan 22, 2020
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
On Balance On Balance by Bill Downey

Traffic safety seen through the lens of motorcyclist experience and knowledge.
Missing: new riders  Feb 13, 2020
Schooled on rider safety  Jan 30, 2020
All aboard for a road trip  Jan 16, 2020
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.
Empowering kids Empowering kids by Tracey Maxfield

Tracey is a retired nurse, speaker, author, peer specialist and mental health/stop bullying advocate and educator.
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Hey, look out for me!  Jan 31, 2020
Practising the pause  Jan 13, 2020
Back in the saddle  Jan 11, 2020
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.
A vet's view of euthanasia  Dec 23, 2019
Dogged by ACL tears  Jul 4, 2019
Watch for snakes  Apr 25, 2019
How's Your Waste Line? How's Your Waste Line? by Rae Stewart


Make joy, not garbage  Dec 16, 2019
Don't heave ho haz waste  Nov 26, 2019
Waste-free lunches  Oct 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.
A retirement rescue plan  Nov 28, 2019
Open house the right way  Sep 19, 2019
Selling your home sucks  Jul 27, 2019
Fashion File Fashion File by Marla O'Brien

"Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."
Farewell from Fashion File  Nov 14, 2019
Fashion at Orchard Park  Oct 31, 2019
Totally not worth it  Oct 17, 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.
African Safari 101  Oct 21, 2019
Enjoy some Galapagos glory  Oct 7, 2019
Your travel bucket list  May 22, 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
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
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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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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