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First of all, I want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my readers and friends. It was a bad ending for me because of health problems. I was in KGH Christmas Day and came home on the Friday. My doctor was on top of it and he sent me home.

It has been a difficult time for me but more importantly, Mrs. T. and her life has been turned upside down. But things are looking better.


The price of gas took a drop to 119.0.  I didn’t expect that one!

I was surprised at how long the big oil guys held the line on prices!


It wasn’t that many years ago that we were still getting some staples delivered to the door. Remember the milkman, bread delivery, and the cleaners? Back then we had a delivery once a week of chips and soft drinks .Those were the days when the family knew the druggist at the corner store and he knew what all the health problems were. Way back then there were banks, not branches. You did all your business with the manager and he knew the entire family.

It was certainly a different world.


My last rumour before I got sick was about “Old Navy”.  A reader sent me the information regarding this long awaited store.  The location is said to be the southern end of Orchard Park Mall where there are three empty store spaces.

It was previously rumoured that Cora’s new location would be in this same area with an outside entrance so they could open their doors for breakfast.


It was quite a sad day for the viewers across the province when Tony Parsons said goodbye to TV and retired from the CBC and the broadcast industry on January 1, 2014.

When we came out here thirty-six years ago Tony was the news anchor at CFTO-TV Toronto. He just had a way of talking to the viewers that kept us all calm in a crisis.

He also spent many years with BCTV who were purchased by Global/Shaw Media.

I am sure Tony is now anxious to play golf.


The Men’s Warehouse, the largest shareholder of Eminence Capital, is backing the suit seller’s hostile bid to acquire rival Jos. A. Bank.

Jos. A. Banks has over 500 stores and is interested in Moore’s which is also owned by the Men’s Wearhouse. This is one sweet group of buy one, get three free.


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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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