Opinion News

Highway 33's turn for money

Feb 5, 2015 / 4:40 pm

Following a series of accidents on Highway 33 in recent days – including a fatality – one has to wonder when the busy ribbon of blacktop will...

Positive signs easy to find

Feb 3, 2015 / 4:50 pm

The loonie may be languishing and oil may be in the toilet, but there are plenty of positive economic signs in the Central Okanagan. Kelowna city council heard...

One legacy worth leaving

Feb 2, 2015 / 4:53 pm

The good works of the Nature Trust of B.C. keep on coming. This non-profit organization has been protecting British Columbia's natural diversity since 1971....

Parents: vaccinate your kids

Jan 30, 2015 / 2:00 pm

It seems like the more obvious something is, the more the conspiracy theorists don’t believe it. Celebrity claims linking vaccinations to autism have been...

Cat licences a waste of time

Jan 28, 2015 / 4:45 pm

Bring on the cat herders! If the SPCA has its way in Vernon, you'll soon need a licence for your pet. But, hopefully, city council follows the Regional...

Show us the money on water quality

Jan 27, 2015 / 4:43 pm

Water advisories are so frequent in the Okanagan since Interior Health raised its drinking water standards a few years ago, they have become almost irrelevant....

Inching toward pension fairness

Jan 23, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Two examples of your tax dollars at work this week paint an interesting picture of government thrift and largesse. First, the bad news. A report by the Fraser...

Seniors going to pot?

Jan 22, 2015 / 5:30 pm

The recent case of two senior citizens arrested at a Kamloops-area marijuana grow-op paints an interesting picture of the economic reality for many older...

I wanna be a millionaire

Jan 21, 2015 / 4:17 pm

A report released this week by British relief agency Oxfam grabbed headlines with the revelation the world’s richest one per cent will soon have more...

We're OK with cautious approach

Jan 20, 2015 / 3:47 pm

A cautiously optimistic tone was probably the right one for Minister of National Revenue Kerry-Lynne Findlay to take during her pre-budget consultation tour...

Budget no penny pincher

Jan 16, 2015 / 4:03 pm

You can always count on politicians and public servants to fall over themselves justifying how much money they take out of our wallets in the form of taxation....

To let it burn... or not

Jan 15, 2015 / 2:53 pm

A spectacular house fire this week has reignited community discussion about fire protection. The upscale Twin Creek Ranch burned to the ground despite efforts...

LNG dream still alive

Jan 14, 2015 / 5:30 pm

Until this week, it seemed like B.C.’s LNG dreams might have been pie in the sky. Premier Christy Clark and her BC Liberals were re-elected on the promise...

Don't let her death be in vain

Jan 13, 2015 / 4:00 pm

The tragic death of Roxanne Louie in the South Okanagan only adds urgency to the call for a national action plan on murdered and missing aboriginal women across...

Let the buyer beware

Jan 12, 2015 / 3:47 pm

The age-old advice “buyer beware” applies in spades to the unfortunate case of Westside residents Ed Schneider and Ross Arnot. The couple own their...

Oil: how low can it go?

Jan 9, 2015 / 3:33 pm

With the price of oil hovering below $50 a barrel, Canadians are facing a double-edged sword. Consumers are enjoying lower gas prices, but the long-term effects...

Wine tourism: we'll drink to that

Jan 8, 2015 / 3:51 pm

The honours just keep piling up for the Okanagan's burgeoning wine industry. We're good at wine; and the world is starting to realize it. Wine...

Does HOV change go far enough?

Jan 7, 2015 / 5:00 pm

Finally, some common sense is coming into play regarding Kelowna's ridiculous HOV lanes. Introduced in 2009, the high occupancy vehicle lanes were supposed...

Hug a plow driver today

Jan 6, 2015 / 5:13 pm

Everyone loves to gripe. There's never a cop around when you need one. Taxes are too high; you didn't deserve that parking ticket. And snow removal...

Adventures in snowmaggedon

Jan 5, 2015 / 1:49 pm

First days on the job aren't supposed to be like this. After two hours of shovelling late Sunday night and two more doing the driveway again this morning,...