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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
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.
Fashion File Fashion File by Marla O'Brien

“Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."
All hail the handbag  Apr 19, 2018
Colour of the year  Apr 12, 2018
Don't throw It away!  Apr 5, 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.
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.
Don't be reluctant. Read!  Apr 18, 2018
Dad's coaching secrets  Apr 11, 2018
Wee kids out-skiing dad  Mar 28, 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.
Epitaph for Humboldt?  Apr 17, 2018
Do we learn from tragedy?  Apr 10, 2018
Bad drivers should pay  Apr 3, 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 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.
Be ready when life happens  Apr 16, 2018
Spec tax not right fit  Apr 2, 2018
Five Cs of Credit  Mar 19, 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.
Happy spring update  Apr 16, 2018
Beat the ransomware bug  Apr 9, 2018
Clear your caches  Apr 2, 2018
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Weird marriage behaviour  Apr 15, 2018
A marriage with self  Apr 8, 2018
Melania's marriage  Apr 1, 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: April 15-21  Apr 15, 2018
Horoscope: April 8-14  Apr 8, 2018
Horoscope: April 1-7  Apr 1, 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.
Food for thought  Apr 14, 2018
Memories of Bambi  Apr 7, 2018
Are holidays for everyone?  Mar 31, 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.
Tattoo on the mind  Apr 13, 2018
Why is bad easy to believe?  Mar 30, 2018
This currency can be yours  Mar 23, 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.
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.
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
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.
The meaning of life  Apr 6, 2018
Losing a child  Mar 12, 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.
Mom-and-dad heroes  Apr 5, 2018
Golden Girl  Mar 2, 2018
Teacher a big hero  Feb 9, 2018
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
Faith in everything  Mar 16, 2018
Kindness is best prescription  Feb 21, 2018
Keep it simple  Feb 3, 2018
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
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
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.
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.
Cuba, Part II  Feb 14, 2018
Cuba bound  Jan 31, 2018
An amazing family vacation  Jan 17, 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.
Investing in real estate  Jan 29, 2018
The last affordability in city  Oct 14, 2017
Mid-summer update  Aug 19, 2017
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.
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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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