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Kelowna and West Kelowna News Jan 28 to Feb 3, 2018

B.C.'s Chen takes top chef

Feb 3, 2018 / 11:00 pm

ORIGINAL: 11 p.m. British Columbia reigned supreme at the Canadian Culinary Championships Saturday night. Alex Chen, representing Vancouver’s Boulevard...

Development unchanged

Feb 3, 2018 / 8:00 pm

City council had concerns the first time they saw plans for a five-storey, 108-unit rental development on the northeast corner of the Central Green site. Those...

Are mussels feds' priority?

Feb 3, 2018 / 1:53 pm

The Okanagan Basin Water Board is fed up with a lack of action from the federal government about invasive mussel prevention. The OBWB said they didn't get a...

Kelowna pilot gets big air

Feb 3, 2018 / 9:32 am

A major fundraising effort for Canadian charity Hope air is at the halfway mark and a few days behind schedule. The Give Hope wings flight has reached the tip...

Mystery wine pairing

Feb 3, 2018 / 5:00 am

Ever struggled to pair the right wine and food? The chefs at the Canadian Culinary Championships believe they have it down. At the Delta Grand hotel, top...

Okanagan link to world

Feb 2, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Several rural and remote areas of the Okanagan are now hooked up to the world. Funding from the province's Connecting British Columbia program to...

Okanagan Top 10 - Feb.

Feb 2, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Each month, Culture Vulture finds you the 10 top events in the Okanagan. This month, host Leanne Allen brings you the events from Big White Ski Resort. Click...

Multi vehicle accident

Feb 2, 2018 / 7:08 pm

Emergency vehicles and RCMP responded to a three vehicle collision at the bottom of Drought Hill on Highway 97. The accident occurred just after 6 p.m. An...

Please, Mrs. Robinson

Feb 2, 2018 / 6:25 pm

Selina Robinson, B.C.'s minister of municipal affairs was in Kelowna today, meeting with Mayor Colin Basran and local homeless and housing stakeholders, to...

Volunteer goal blown away

Feb 2, 2018 / 4:55 pm

Collectively, Kelowna residents shattered a goal of volunteering 150,000 hours for Canada's sesquicentennial. In February of last year, residents and...

Candidates spar over issues

Feb 2, 2018 / 4:36 pm

Five candidates looking to represent Kelowna West in Victoria took the stage at Kelowna's Innovation Centre Friday afternoon to discuss their differences....

Chain reaction collision

Feb 2, 2018 / 3:48 pm

A chain reaction rear-end collision has slowed traffic on Highway 97 through West Kelowna. The crash happened about 3:20 p.m. in the northbound lanes, near Elk...

Rum thief caught on cam

Feb 2, 2018 / 3:14 pm

A Kelowna liquor store is sounding the alert about a local booze thief. Urban Liquor on Gordon Drive posted two videos to its Facebook page this week following...

Castanet Kid Report

Feb 2, 2018 / 1:00 pm

This week's Castanet Kid Report with pint-sized correspondent Ariella Amato.

Toy guns lead to arrest

Feb 2, 2018 / 10:57 am

Police rushed to Highway 33 and Dougall Road Thursday evening, pulling over a car and arresting four people at gunpoint. Kelowna RCMP received reports of two...

Olympians around K-Town

Feb 2, 2018 / 10:38 am

You might bump into some Canadian Olympians today in Kelowna, as 10 are set to take part in festivities during the Canadian Culinary Championships. The event...

Seconds from death

Feb 2, 2018 / 10:30 am

Kurt Jory lost one-third of his blood in a frightening on-ice hockey incident nine years ago. But today he's alive, and urging everyone to donate blood....

It just keeps snowing...

Feb 2, 2018 / 10:21 am

The snow gods have been generous at Big White this week. Last week, the ski resort passed the 200-centimetre alpine snow base mark – and it hasn't...

New road needs your OK

Feb 2, 2018 / 10:07 am

The City of Kelowna will need taxpayer approval to accelerate construction of the controversial South Perimeter Road. Council will determine Monday whether to...

Grandparents wanted

Feb 2, 2018 / 9:08 am

A Kelowna pilot project is looking to pair university and college students with seniors. The iGen project will help students find cheaper accommodations and...

Oldies 103.9 at Big White

Feb 2, 2018 / 7:36 am

Okanagan Oldies 103.9 morning man Gord Vizzutti was in the best place in the valley this morning, when it comes to snow and snowfall at least, the ski hill!...

Teen action on food waste

Feb 2, 2018 / 7:00 am

An Okanagan Mission Grade 11 student's petition to stop food waste in Canada is attracting a lot of attention. The petition to the federal minister of...

Chefs from across Canada

Feb 2, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Canadian Culinary Championships kicked off its eighth year in Kelowna Thursday night. The reception, held at the Laurel Packinghouse, introduced the 11...

Will take Bitcoin for home

Feb 2, 2018 / 5:00 am

A West Kelowna man is taking a unique approach to selling his home. He's selling his home for Bitcoins. The top floor condo at 3545 Carrington Road...

Bouncer found not guilty

Feb 1, 2018 / 8:45 pm

UPDATE: 8:45 p.m. Jonathan Bruce, head of security at Kelowna's Liquid Zoo Lounge & Gentlemen's Club, was found not guilty of aggravated assault...

O Canada ... oh boy!

Feb 1, 2018 / 7:16 pm

The Senate has passed a bill making O Canada gender neutral. Instead of "In all thy sons command," the national anthem will now go: "In all of us...

$5M for UBCO expansion

Feb 1, 2018 / 7:15 pm

UBC Okanagan has put up almost $5 million to buy an industrial building on the edge of its campus. Jeff Hudson, the realtor who helped broker the sale, says the...

Arrest made in Rutland

Feb 1, 2018 / 6:30 pm

UPDATE 6:30 p.m. Police have left the area near Dougall Road and Highway 33 after arresting at least one person. A woman who lives across from the intersection...

New school for Winfield

Feb 1, 2018 / 3:50 pm

Lake Country is getting a new middle school. Premier John Horgan was in the growing community to announce the news himself. "It is time for families in...

Issues with ICBC?

Feb 1, 2018 / 3:00 pm

ICBC faces $1.3 billion in losses this fiscal year. A number of drivers have been up in arms with the rates they have charged, leaving many to wonder if...

Child luring focus up north

Feb 1, 2018 / 12:52 pm

Police investigators looking into Jonathan Bruenig's history are focusing their efforts on Northern B.C., among other areas. Bruenig, 34, was arrested last...

Stumping with Stupka

Feb 1, 2018 / 11:44 am

B.C. Green Party candidate Robert Stupka joined Okanagan Oldies morning man Gord Vizzutti Thursday morning to talk about the upcoming Kelowna West byelection....

Looming labour shortage

Feb 1, 2018 / 11:17 am

The Okanagan Valley construction industry has a problem. Work began on a record-setting number of new homes in the region last year, and as demand for labour...

Vehicle into pole

Feb 1, 2018 / 8:13 am

Getting reports of a single-vehicle incident on the 400 block of Academy Way as of 8 a.m. The vehicle has collided with a pole, emergency crews are on scene. No...

Closing time for pot shops

Feb 1, 2018 / 7:37 am

It's closing time for marijuana dispensaries in Kelowna and West Kelowna. Pot shops on both sides of the lake have been ordered to cease and desist as of...

Horse trapped, injured

Feb 1, 2018 / 7:16 am

Kelowna fire had an unusual call Thursday morning. They responded to an emergency call in the 3800 block of Feeny Road for a report of a horse down and injured....

Basket truck rescue

Feb 1, 2018 / 7:03 am

Rescue crews had their hands full Wednesday night. The basket truck had to be called in after a man fell down an embankment on Knox mountain. The man was...

The Paddler passes away

Feb 1, 2018 / 6:22 am

One of Kelowna's own has passed away. Bob Purdy, best known as the paddler, passed away at the age of 64 after a battle with cancer on Monday. Purdy founded...

Therapy pool will reopen

Feb 1, 2018 / 5:00 am

The therapeutic pool in the rehab unit of Kelowna General Hospital is expected to reopen soon. Several patients who use the pool on a regular basis were...

ICBC topic for candidates

Jan 31, 2018 / 10:00 pm

An all candidates forum heated up West Kelowna Wednesday night at the Westbank Lions Community Centre. Candidates jumped at the opportunity to debate ICBC, as...

Bouncer assault case wraps

Jan 31, 2018 / 8:15 pm

Evidence submissions have wrapped up in the jury trial of a bouncer accused of assaulting a patron outside the Liquid Zoo nightclub in 2015. Jonathan Bruce is...

License your pooch, or else

Jan 31, 2018 / 8:00 pm

If you own a dog named Bella, chances are, you're not alone. Bella was the most common name for dogs licensed in the Central Okanagan last year. Nearly...

New school on the way?

Jan 31, 2018 / 7:46 pm

A much-needed new middle school could be coming to Lake Country. Premier John Horgan and Education Minister Rob Fleming will be in Lake Country for an...

Playtime at new casino

Jan 31, 2018 / 7:46 pm

What does $3.6 million in renovations look like? Take a walk through the new and improved Playtime Casino in Kelowna. The casino's transformation included...

Lost bear: found safe

Jan 31, 2018 / 6:00 pm

A lost bear has been reunited with its nine-year-old owner after spending a few hours in a snowbank. Kathleen Mackenzie and her grandchildren spotted the...

Top chefs to battle it out

Jan 31, 2018 / 4:29 pm

Eleven of Canada's top chefs have arrived in Kelowna for the 2018 Canadian Culinary Championships. Friday and Saturday, they will compete for the title of...

Charged with child luring

Jan 31, 2018 / 3:06 pm

A former Kelowna man is in police custody in Alberta after allegedly luring and attempting to sexually assault a young boy. Jonathan Karl Bruenig, 34, has been...

Arrested at gunpoint

Jan 31, 2018 / 2:00 pm

UPDATE: 2 p.m. A man and woman are in custody after someone was seen entering a Kelowna apartment with a shotgun. At 4:15 p.m., police, along with the...

Cook back for more

Jan 31, 2018 / 1:56 pm

Shelley Cook is back for more. After losing to Christy Clark in last spring's provincial election, Cook was acclaimed as the NDP candidate for Kelowna West...

Cocaine plot appeal denied

Jan 31, 2018 / 11:10 am

For the second time, a man convicted of smuggling 97 kilos of cocaine into Kelowna from Argentina had his appeal denied. In 2014, Clifford Montgomery was...

Snapping rare lunar event

Jan 31, 2018 / 11:06 am

An Okanagan amateur photographer got up extra early Wednesday to catch a rare lunar sight. Rodney Saigeon woke up at 1:45 a.m. at Holiday Park Resort north of...

Fighting through the pain

Jan 31, 2018 / 10:29 am

Tom Budd chokes back tears when he tells the tragic story of his two sons' suicides – but sharing it has given him new purpose in life. Budd, a...

Big boost for Foundry

Jan 31, 2018 / 8:51 am

Let's Talk Day got a big boost with a $17,000 donation to Foundry Kelowna’s youth mental health program. The Kelowna General Hospital Foundation...

OCP decision delayed

Jan 31, 2018 / 5:00 am

Peachland residents will have to wait another two weeks before learning the fate of a controversial, five-storey Beach Avenue development. Council decided to...

Mental health issue at OC

Jan 31, 2018 / 5:00 am

Okanagan College needs to do a better job of providing mental health services to its students. Student Union internal director Nancy deMelo spoke before the...

Big shakeup at schools

Jan 31, 2018 / 5:00 am

A special meeting of School District 23's General Affairs Committee will be held Thursday evening at Mount Boucherie secondary. At issue, grade...

Bouncer on trial for assault

Jan 30, 2018 / 7:30 pm

A bouncer at Kelowna's Liquid Zoo is in court this week for an alleged assault against a patron. Jonathan Bruce is facing an aggravated assault charge in...

A super heavenly event

Jan 30, 2018 / 5:29 pm

Stargazers will have a chance to watch a rare lunar occurrence early Wednesday. The super blue blood moon trifecta will peak between 5 and 6 a.m. Want to catch...

Shaken by armed robbery

Jan 30, 2018 / 2:44 pm

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. A Kelowna store owner hopes a man will turn himself in after he pointed a gun at her and stole hundreds of dollars from her flower store....

Let's talk about it

Jan 30, 2018 / 2:28 pm

An 18-year old Kelowna Chiefs player is turning heads off the ice. Myles Mittila was touched by mental health issues at a young age, and has become a spokesman...

Sharing his tragic story

Jan 30, 2018 / 2:15 pm

A man with good reason to talk will listen on Bell Let's Talk Day, Wednesday. Kelowna philanthropist Tom Budd will get on his bike and pedal around downtown...

Libertarian wants freedom

Jan 30, 2018 / 12:01 pm

Kyle Geronazzo is dipping his toe into the turbulent waters of provincial politics for the first time. He's carrying the banner for the Libertarian Party in...

Greens rally the troops

Jan 30, 2018 / 10:11 am

BC Green Party politicians will muster behind their candidate in the Kelowna West byelection this week. Leader Andrew Weaver and MLAs Sonia Furstenau and Adam...

Watch for black ice

Jan 30, 2018 / 8:03 am

Getting reports of black ice across the Okanagan this morning. Roads don't appear slippery until you apply the brakes. Two separate incidents on Glenmore...

Power problem

Jan 30, 2018 / 6:25 am

Castanet reader, David Ogilvie snapped a picture of a collision in the 2900 Block of Angus Drive around 9:35 p.m. Monday night. Emergency crews responded....

KGH smoke tracked down

Jan 30, 2018 / 6:20 am

UPDATE: Tuesday 6:20 a.m. Firefighters tracked down a smell of smoke at Kelowna General Hospital Monday night to smoking materials outside an exterior wall....

Taylor Rd. apartments a go

Jan 30, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna city council endorsed a rezoning application for a 24-unit rental housing development on Taylor Road in Rutland Monday afternoon. The development, one a...

Wine gets star treatment

Jan 30, 2018 / 5:00 am

More than 30 Canadian wineries will be front and centre at this year's Canadian Culinary Championships. The championship is set for Friday and Saturday,...

Dismissal overturned

Jan 29, 2018 / 8:50 pm

The District of West Kelowna did not have the right to fire one of its assistant fire chiefs for impaired driving. That was the conclusion of Justice Heather...

Lake City goes Playtime

Jan 29, 2018 / 7:00 pm

It's official – Kelowna's Lake City Casino is no more. Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, owners of the Kelowna casino, have put the finishing...

Pic shows robbery suspect

Jan 29, 2018 / 6:25 pm

Kelowna RCMP are releasing surveillance photos in hopes someone can help identify an armed robbery suspect. The picture was released Monday afternoon, three...

Bikeshare ready to roll

Jan 29, 2018 / 6:17 pm

Matt Worona can't wait for the snow to melt and for spring to roll around. Like everyone else, the City of Kelowna's active transportation co-ordinator...

Council's rapid-fire meeting

Jan 29, 2018 / 4:14 pm

Kelowna city councillors likely didn't know what to do with themselves Monday afternoon. Normally, council is busy all afternoon on Mondays with its regular...

More flights into Okanagan

Jan 29, 2018 / 4:08 pm

WestJet will add 16 new flights each week in and out of the Okanagan this summer. The airline’s newly released summer schedule includes more flights to...

Parkade thief on cam

Jan 29, 2018 / 1:47 pm

Kelowna RCMP have released a surveillance image of a suspect in several thefts from vehicles. Police continue to investigate a number of thefts across the city,...

Alleged killers in court

Jan 29, 2018 / 12:42 pm

Three men charged with first-degree murder appeared by video in Kelowna court, Monday. Michael Bonin, 20, of Rycroft, Alta., was found dead on a rural forest...

Mild, wet week in store

Jan 29, 2018 / 12:31 pm

The Okanagan is in for a mild and rainy week. Temperatures will hover slightly above freezing until the weekend. "Right now, we are dealing with warmer...

Stewart wants back in

Jan 29, 2018 / 12:03 pm

Former MLA Ben Stewart is the first candidate in a multimedia series on those running in the Kelowna West byelection. Stewart visited the Castanet studios...

Rock the lineup

Jan 29, 2018 / 7:00 am

It's official — the 2018 Rock the Lake lineup is here. Friday, Aug. 10, 2018: Ian Thomas – 6:00 p.m. Men Without Hats – 7:15 p.m. Randy...

'Judicial system failed us'

Jan 29, 2018 / 5:00 am

"The judicial system has failed us," a sexual assault victim said Saturday. The woman, whose identity is protected under a publication ban, flew to...

Take a chance at $100K

Jan 29, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna Snowmobile Club's annual Poker Run is just around the corner and the $100,000 prize is up for grabs. In the past two years, no one has claimed the...

Moving sign sends msg

Jan 28, 2018 / 4:30 pm

A Kelowna resident decided to send a message to his neighbour with a moving sign. Kane Blake posted a sign on his lawn Thursday that reads ‘Home for Sale,...

Dad, daughter remembered

Jan 28, 2018 / 12:00 pm

The family of a father and daughter who were tragically killed during an ATV accident in Campbell River, said the two had a “pure zest for life.”...

Castanet's week in review

Jan 28, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

Snowy delays at YLW

Jan 28, 2018 / 10:54 am

UPDATE: 10:50 a.m. Snowfall is causing slight delays at Kelowna International Airport. YLW spokesperson Neil Drachenberg said things are not looking too bad....

Police presence off Hwy. 33

Jan 28, 2018 / 9:56 am

A handful of police vehicles have been parked outside an apartment building in Rutland on Sunday. Residents living near the building, located on Taylor Road,...

Paradox in the kitchen

Jan 28, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Canadian Culinary Championships return to Kelowna Feb. 2-3. Eleven of the best chefs from across the country have competed to represent their regions, with...

Province fixes, city pays

Jan 28, 2018 / 5:00 am

The City of Kelowna is being billed more than $900,000 for work the province has done on its behalf. During the Highway 97 widening project from Highway 33 to...

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