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Vote for a Green change

Feb 5, 2018 / 4:00 pm

The best vote for necessary change By Robert Stupka The Kelowna West byelection is a historic opportunity to vote for new leadership that advocates for this...

What is a Libertarian?

Feb 1, 2018 / 11:00 am

By Kyle Geronazzo The first question I hear from most people is, “what is a libertarian?” Comedian Drew Carey once said that a libertarian is...

Everything has changed...

Jan 25, 2018 / 6:00 am

...Even My Name By Kate Dalton When I last shared my life with the readers of Castanet, I could have never known how fortuitous the last lines of my column...

Needling nausea away

Jan 12, 2018 / 1:00 pm

By Michael Cote Most people would agree with Chinese medical theory that the digestive system is moving in the wrong direction when you’re throwing up....

IH had a busy year

Dec 22, 2017 / 11:00 am

Interior Health year in review By Doug Cochrane As 2018 approaches, it is a great opportunity to reflect on the past year. On behalf of Interior Health, it is...

B.C. fuelling Airbnb rentals?

Dec 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

By Lynne Arbuthnot Will changes to the Residential Tenancy Act backfire? Could new B.C. tenancy rules end up pushing more long-term rentals into Airbnb...

Answer to the budget why

Dec 12, 2017 / 3:00 pm

By Tom Wilson Leading up to city council’s review of the provisional budget on Thursday, this question is bound to come up: Why don’t taxes simply...

Seeing in a new light

Dec 9, 2017 / 11:00 am

By Mandy Stewart Toastmaster magazine One year ago, I joined a very “strange” group that meets in my local library. What makes us strange? Well, for...

The forests need your help

Nov 30, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Mad rush to destroy forest ecosystems By Brian L. Horejsi I can't imagine any rational or knowledgeable observer believing forest management or conservation...

We owe the children

Nov 27, 2017 / 5:00 pm

From Poverty to Possibility: Hope on the Horizon, But Child Poverty Rate Still High By Heidi Smith This year’s BC Child Poverty Report is the first in...

Life on city council

Nov 8, 2017 / 11:00 am

Monday council meetings By Ryan Donn A few years ago, I had a chat with Castanet about writing a few columns about life on city council. It's taken a couple...

Rental furore: Part 3

Oct 2, 2017 / 4:00 pm

The tourism impact of short-term rentals (STRs) By Mark Ameerali In 2016, tourism Kelowna commissioned a survey of the visitors to Kelowna and compared the...

Rental furore: Part 2

Sep 25, 2017 / 1:00 pm

By Mark Ameerali City council’s role in short term vacation rentals Kelowna is facing a desperate rental shortage, with vacancy rates at 0.5 per cent and...

What your car really costs

Sep 18, 2017 / 9:36 am

By Mark Ameerali For many drivers, the number they see on the windshield is their biggest consideration when it comes to buying a new car. But the sticker price...

Short-term rental furore

Sep 13, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Short term rentals in Kelowna: blessing or curse? by Mark Ameerali One of the hot-button issues in the overheated Kelowna housing market is short-term rentals...

Just expensive pee?

Aug 14, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Are vitamins just expensive pee? By Dr. David Hatton Ever heard that taking vitamin is like throwing money down the drain? First, let's debunk this saying...

Acupuncture for arthritis

Aug 5, 2017 / 12:00 pm

Osteoarthritis is a chronic joint condition caused by a breakdown of cartilage and the bones beneath the cartilage. This causes pain, stiffness, swelling,...

Bullied in Summerland

Jul 31, 2017 / 11:00 am

I feel bullied. There, I’ve said it. I feel bullied as I walk around Summerland and get involved in timely and topical discussions because I favour the...

Let's talk about sex

Jul 6, 2017 / 1:00 pm

By Fiona Patterson Do you remember the first time you had sex? Perhaps it was a romantic experience with your high-school sweetheart. Perhaps it was...

Turning houses into homes

Jun 26, 2017 / 11:00 am

By Tracy Head Why not make their house your dream home? Have you thought about a home that has most of the items on your wish list, but needs a little TLC? Many...

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