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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.
Area appropriate plants  Feb 28, 2024
Sustainable gardening  Feb 14, 2024
Water use down  Jan 31, 2024
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Changing demographics  Feb 28, 2024
BC budget reaction  Feb 24, 2024
Grocer code of conduct  Feb 21, 2024
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.
Where's the money?  Feb 27, 2024
Plan to address housing  Feb 20, 2024
Support needed now  Feb 13, 2024
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.
Teen impaired driving  Feb 27, 2024
Move over for flashing lights  Feb 20, 2024
Improved night vision  Feb 13, 2024
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.
Property purchase tax break  Feb 26, 2024
Mortgage paperwork  Feb 12, 2024
Mortgage renewals  Jan 29, 2024
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.
Financial planning for all  Feb 26, 2024
Emerging market investment  Feb 19, 2024
RRSP deadline looms  Feb 12, 2024
The Last Word The Last Word by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott puts a human spin on the law.
Last-minute will  Feb 25, 2024
Capital gains avoidance  Feb 18, 2024
Trying to avoid probate fees  Feb 11, 2024
Making Tracks Making Tracks by J.P. Squire

Long-time Kelowna journalist J.P. Squire keeps readers up to date on outdoor recreational activities.
Time for spring skiing  Feb 25, 2024
Snowshoeing 101  Feb 18, 2024
Colder, new snow at ski hills  Feb 11, 2024
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.
Regulating cortisol levels  Feb 24, 2024
Healthy digestion  Feb 10, 2024
Organizing your life  Jan 27, 2024
From The Hill From The Hill by Richard Cannings


Grape harvest lost  Feb 23, 2024
Recycling EV batteries  Feb 9, 2024
Israel-Hamas conflict  Jan 26, 2024
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
Magnetism in space  Feb 23, 2024
Space weather  Feb 16, 2024
Saturn's largest moon  Feb 9, 2024
The Okanagan Naturopath The Okanagan Naturopath by Doug Lobay

Naturopath Doug Lobay keeps readers up to date on naturopathic medicine and health issues.
Toxic chemicals everywhere  Feb 22, 2024
Cancer-fighting foods  Feb 15, 2024
The lowdown on caffeine  Feb 8, 2024
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.
Automatic tax increase  Feb 22, 2024
'Worrying' ArriveCAN report  Feb 15, 2024
Stopping auto theft  Feb 8, 2024
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.
Language is important  Feb 22, 2024
Sharing volunteer ideas  Feb 15, 2024
Lead like water  Feb 8, 2024
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.
B.C. wine future  Feb 21, 2024
Valentine's Day is coming  Feb 7, 2024
Dine Around Okanagan  Jan 10, 2024
Sustainability Spotlight Sustainability Spotlight by Kristy Dyer

There is a lot to know about sustainability and a lot of greenwashing. Kristy Dyer explains the ideas and uncovers the facts.
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.
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Love yourself first  Feb 18, 2024
Ways to find happiness  Feb 4, 2024
Dealing with change  Jan 21, 2024
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Unlocking financial freedom  Feb 17, 2024
Renewing your mortgage  Feb 3, 2024
Consolidating debt  Jan 20, 2024
In Your Service In Your Service by Tracy Gray

MP Tracy Gray serving her constituents of Kelowna-Lake Country
Insolvency concerns  Feb 16, 2024
Stop the tax hike  Feb 2, 2024
MAID expansion fears  Jan 19, 2024
Housewise Housewise by Anthony Shephard

Local realtor Anthony Shephard provides the information you need to navigate the real estate market in B.C.'s Southern Interior.
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.
Sexy foods  Feb 10, 2024
Sharing favourite recipes  Feb 3, 2024
Beating the winter blues  Jan 27, 2024
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.
The art of moderating  Feb 5, 2024
Public speaking is changing  Jan 8, 2024
Overcoming the nerves  Dec 11, 2023
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 Thought New Thought by Corinne Crockett

Food for the mind and the heart, to encourage an awakening of the power and potential within everyone.
Hijacked by rage  Jan 10, 2024
Life like revolving doors  Jan 3, 2024
Importance of forgiveness  Dec 27, 2023
Something From Everything Something From Everything by Matthew Rigby

Staggered attempts to make meaning and connections.
Uncertainty of our lives  Oct 22, 2023
Vulnerability, a la carte  Aug 9, 2023
A new way to hear  Jun 23, 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.
Rising cost of housing  Aug 13, 2023
Building affordable homes  Jul 9, 2023
New strategy needed  Jun 6, 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.
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.
Explaining property title  Jun 18, 2023
Power of attorney  Jun 4, 2023
Is incorporation right move?  May 21, 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.
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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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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