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I saw your comment while reading your business article on Castanet regarding Harvey’s Hamburgers being the “Best Tasting Hamburgers".  It is true, Harvey’s usually wins that award each year in Canada. Here is some good news that you may not be aware of.  At Swiss Chalet in West Kelowna we now serve Harvey’s Hamburgers fresh off the grill and we have had a lot of excited guests come in that are Harvey’s fans to try us out!  At this time we are serving Harvey’s products (limited menu) in our take-out area only but guests are welcome to come into the Swiss Chalet dining room and eat their burgers if they so choose. Offering Harvey’s in Swiss Chalet Take-Out is a test model for Cara in BC with four stores participating, two of them are West Kelowna and Kamloops. The Great Taste comes from the good quality of meat, char grilled with fresh cut tomatoes and pickles along with your choice of toppings. Thought I would pass this news along to you and if you want more info just send us an email back.  Also at this time I would like to invite you to come and re-acquaint yourself with the “Great Tasting Hamburger” anytime.

The e-mail was received from the owner/operator Maurice Baker.


Two months ago Amazon.com announced it was going into the home delivery pre-packaged food delivery in the lower mainland. Last year the Amazon group built their first warehouse in Delta. The company now has 96 warehouse locations around the world, with two in Canada. On Cyber Monday the distributor was producing 300 orders around the world in one second.


Participating A&W restaurants in central BC are hosting the 6th annual Breath of Life Day, a local fundraiser to help infants, children and young adults with their daily battle against cystic fibrosis.

Saturday, December 7th, they will donate one dollar for every burger sold and submit 100% of all donations received to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Proceeds are used to fund research to improve treatment and to find a cure.

The local A&Ws make Breath of Life Day a fun event for all. Free Root Beer refills, visits by the Great Root Bear, kid’s games and prizes, raffles and more. This year’s prizes include: A classic all metal body A&W pedal car, 5 - $50.00 free gas cards donated by Petro Canada and 20 free oil change gift certificates donated by Bannister, Kelowna.

Participating A&W Restaurants include: Westbank, Kelowna, Winfield, Vernon, Armstrong, Salmon Arm, Kamloops (Columbia) and Ladysmith.

Last year the event set a new record raising over $43,000.00. “This year; it is $50,000 or bust”, according to Claude Uzelman, one of the local A&W owners and organizers. “With the unwavering support of all the very generous corporate sponsors and all the folks who visit the restaurants on event day we will hit that goal.”

“With partners like A&W, we are able to continue with our research efforts to improve treatment methods and find a cure for cystic fibrosis,” said Jody Birnie, President, Okanagan Valley Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

Jason & Lori, the A&W owners in Ladysmith commented: “This is a very difficult condition for these children. If we all help, just a little, it is possible that in the not too distant future Cystic Fibrosis will be a disease of the past. Mark it down. Saturday, Dec. 7th. You are invited.”


About CF and Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Cystic fibrosis is the most common, fatal, genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults.  In the digestive tract, CF blocks the absorption of adequate nutrients from food.  In the lungs, in a short period of time, respiratory problems become increasingly severe.  Ultimately, most CF deaths are due to loss of lung function.

The Foundation, on an ongoing basis, supports and funds multiple projects exploring all aspects of the CF puzzle; from investigating new methods of fighting infection and progressive loss of lung function to finding new treatments and perhaps a cure that works at a cellular level.


Here is another email from a reader who has been sending them for years.

It is going to be a sad day for industry in the Okanagan if we lose our rail service let alone other passenger opportunities.

Large industries and the jobs that go with it are going too.

It would be great for Kelowna, Vernon and Kamloops if they offered passenger service from Kelowna to Kamloops and all the stops in between. There could be a stop at the airport so that people from Vernon and Kamloops could get to our International airport. It would beat taking the bus or driving and having to leave your car at the airport!


The first retail report said the amount of shoppers is more than last year but that less money was being spent. I’m not ready to believe that yet. The stores seem very busy and the shoppers are carrying a lot of bags.


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About the Author

John Thomson is the Okanagan's pre-eminent business columnist writing his column, Rumours and Things, for over 24 years. Plugged in to the valley's who's who, John keeps his readers coming back for more with his straight talk and optimistic perspective on where we are headed next.

When John is not writing his column, he runs a sixteen year old think tank called the Executive Roundtable and holds his popular "Thomson Presents" quarterly business speaker seminars.

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