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'This is not a 9 to 5 job'

Jan 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

It takes a special breed of person to volunteer with search and rescue – the faint of heart need not apply. "Our guys have to know exactly what to do...

Finding a solution

Jan 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

The poverty rate in B.C. is among the worst in Canada. The Poverty Reduction Strategy aims at helping to reduce the poverty rate across B.C. Community mettings...

Axe the beer tax

Jan 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Brewers in Canada say its time for the federal government to stop taking half the glass. Beer Canada a lobby group that represents 90 per cent of Canadian...

Keeping the blue bin clean

Jan 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

The District of Summerland has managed to reduce recycling contamination by 33 per cent in just four months. The municipality entered into a friendly...

Pot curriculum at college?

Jan 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Sunniva Inc., the company owned by Tony Holler that is proposing to build a 700,000 square-foot medical marijuana greenhouse near Oliver, is in discussion with...

Warmer than normal

Jan 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

If it seems like the weather is a little warmer than normal for this time of year, that's because it is. There was some snow and some cold spells this...

WFN sees rapid growth

Jan 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Westbank First Nation experienced a building boom in 2017. Since achieving self-government in 2005, this past year was the fourth busiest in terms of building...

Who's the rogue regime?

Jan 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

Canada once again shows the world it is a leader for world peace by hosting a conference in Vancouver January 16 to advocate for “an aggressive diplomatic...

Cooking with Sous Soul

Jan 20, 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...

Cheered up with cake

Jan 20, 2018 / 12:01 am

There's no dilemma in this world that can't be soothed by some good dessert.

Log cabin time-lapse

Jan 20, 2018 / 12:01 am

From the cutting of the first tree to the laying of the last floorboard, this guy build a log cabin by himself from scratch!

T-Birds thump Rockets

Jan 19, 2018 / 11:30 pm

The Seattle Thunderbirds turned the tables on the Kelowna Rockets Friday night. The T-Birds, who fell 6-2 to the Rockets at the ShoWare Centre a week ago, got...

Warriors rare win in Trail

Jan 19, 2018 / 11:00 pm

Parm Dhaliwal's return to the West Kelowna Warriors' lineup couldn't have come at a better time. Dhaliwal scored twice Friday as the Warriors edged...

US government shuts down

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:33 pm

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of...

Hwy reopens at rock slide

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:30 pm

UPDATE: 10:30 p.m. Highway 1 reopened to single-lane, alternating traffic about 5:45 p.m., DriveBC reports. UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. DriveBC has revised its estimated...

Fatal crash closes Hwy 97

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:07 pm

UPDATE: 10:04 p.m. Traffic is flowing again on Highway 97 north of Vernon, according to residents with a view of the highway. Check DriveBC for the latest...

Arrested after assault

Jan 19, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Some tense moments in Richmond Thursday when police were called to a possible hostage situation and a man with a gun. Cpl. Dennis Hwang said shortly before 8...

'Watching my family burn'

Jan 19, 2018 / 8:24 pm

Andra Cobb was frantic when she called for help, telling an emergency operator that a helicopter she was riding in with her father, longtime partner and others...

Project closes Pebble Beach

Jan 19, 2018 / 8:00 pm

A $3.5-million construction project at the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant will close Pebble Beach Park for the next couple of months. Work has...

Backcountry danger

Jan 19, 2018 / 7:30 pm

If you go out in the woods today, tell someone where you are. "File a travel plan with someone including where you are going and when you are coming...

Native carving at college

Jan 19, 2018 / 5:00 pm

An internationally renowned master carver and Indigenous artist will lead the course teaching students about the traditional skills and knowledge he has working...

Halladay on drugs in crash

Jan 19, 2018 / 4:57 pm

An autopsy report says retired star pitcher Roy Halladay had evidence of amphetamine, morphine and an insomnia drug in his system when he died in a small plane...

Tom Petty died of drug OD

Jan 19, 2018 / 4:49 pm

Tom Petty's family says his death last year was due to an accidental drug overdose. His wife and daughter released the results of Petty's autopsy via a...

Urged to resign over rants

Jan 19, 2018 / 4:47 pm

B.C.'s education minister is joining calls for a school board member to step down after the trustee blasted education policies aimed at supporting LGBTQ...

Fighting ODs with tech

Jan 19, 2018 / 4:31 pm

Firefighters in Surrey have turned to technology in the battle against opioid overdoses. The fire department has partnered with Vancouver-based software...

Man busted with loaded gun

Jan 19, 2018 / 4:28 pm

Police are announcing charges against an Okanagan Falls man after a traffic stop resulted in the seizure of a loaded firearm. The Penticton South Okanagan...

Vipers challenge the Kings

Jan 19, 2018 / 4:15 pm

The Vernon Vipers will try to dethrone the Prince George Spruce Kings when they meet tonight in the northern community. The Snakes are coming off a pair of...

Boost for childcare

Jan 19, 2018 / 3:57 pm

The provincial government is ponying up to train a dozen early childhood educator assistants in the Okanagan. Shane Simpson, B.C.’s Minister of Social...

Recovery centre opening

Jan 19, 2018 / 3:52 pm

A new four-bed luxury recovery centre is opening its doors near Cawston along the Similkameen River. The Healing River Centre is located at the former VineGlass...

RE: Math of home prices

Jan 19, 2018 / 3:00 pm

I would disagree with your statement that higher assessments are meaningless and it's not about whether you simply sell or die. My first real estate...

Jets receiver arrested

Jan 19, 2018 / 2:38 pm

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson faces a slew of charges in Florida, including threatening a police officer's family and saying he would rape the...

Orphaned cougar rescued

Jan 19, 2018 / 2:32 pm

A young cougar, orphaned when its mother was hit by a vehicle, is recovering from frostbite and hunger in Williams Lake. Conservation officer Ron LeBlanc went...

No free pass for fare skipper

Jan 19, 2018 / 2:30 pm

Vancouver police say a 53-year-old man who decided to piggyback through a fare gate in plain view of officers ended up travelling straight to jail. Police say...

Search for 2 missing women

Jan 19, 2018 / 2:03 pm

Vernon RCMP are asking for the public's help to locate two missing women. Suzie Clark, 20, was last seen on Thursday. She is described by police as...

Police chase nabs suspect

Jan 19, 2018 / 1:59 pm

A Manitoba resident is in jail following a wild police chase along Highway 1. About 3 p.m. Thursday, Sicamous RCMP were notified a Manitoba resident wanted in...

Hollywood North's a hit

Jan 19, 2018 / 1:45 pm

Mayor Gregor Robertson says it's great to hear that Vancouver remains in the top two places in North America for movie makers to live and work. Movie Maker...

Fire closes Maggie for day

Jan 19, 2018 / 1:27 pm

A small fire this morning in the washroom of Princess Margaret Secondary has closed the school for the day. Firefighters were called to the school around 11:30...

Homeless farm to fold

Jan 19, 2018 / 1:15 pm

A Vancouver Island farm that cultivated a unique live-work program to help the homeless is shutting down. The society that operates Woodwynne Farms in Central...

Residents help shape city

Jan 19, 2018 / 1:13 pm

The City of Penticton will be updating its official community plan this year, and this week feedback is being welcomed from residents during an exposition...

Not guilty in rail disaster

Jan 19, 2018 / 1:09 pm

UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. One of the most closely watched Canadian trials in recent years ended Friday with the acquittal of three former railway employees who were...

Castanet Kid Report

Jan 19, 2018 / 1:00 pm

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

Gunfight witness appeal

Jan 19, 2018 / 12:45 pm

Vancouver Police are making another appeal for witnesses to come forward in their investigation of a gunfight that claimed the life of the 23-year-old target as...

Metal heads can choose

Jan 19, 2018 / 12:40 pm

Metal fans will have a chance to select one of the acts in the 2018 Armstrong Metal Fest. The People's Choice Award, via Broken Neck Radio, gives metal...

Sea Kings finally retired

Jan 19, 2018 / 12:36 pm

Three geriatric military aircraft flew in formation above Halifax harbour Friday, marking the long-overdue retirement of the 54-year-old East Coast Sea King...

Safe after chilly night

Jan 19, 2018 / 12:33 pm

UPDATE 12:30 p.m. Ephraim Nowak, President and Search Manager with Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, tells Castanet News a couple who ventured out near Oyama...

Uproar over DQ bear

Jan 19, 2018 / 12:28 pm

An international wildlife protection charity says they hope the Alberta government sends a strong message as it investigates a central Alberta zoo that took one...

Milsom makes mayoral run

Jan 19, 2018 / 12:12 pm

For seven years, Gord Milsom served as a councillor in West Kelowna. Now, he wants to be mayor. Milsom announced Friday morning he is taking a run at the...

Travel warning for Jamaica

Jan 19, 2018 / 12:05 pm

Canadian sun seekers in Jamaica are being urged to "exercise a high degree of caution" following a spate of violent crime in the popular winter...

Duty-free boost = job losses

Jan 19, 2018 / 12:03 pm

A new study commissioned by the Retail Council of Canada says an increase in the duty-free allowance for cross-border shopping would lead to hundreds of...

Local biz makes the shortlist

Jan 19, 2018 / 11:56 am

A pair of Penticton businesses have been named top five finalists in the 2018 Small Business B.C. Awards. The Duffy Baker Construction Corp. has made the...

Russell Brand starts petition

Jan 19, 2018 / 11:39 am

Russell Brand has launched a petition demanding politicians take action to help homeless people displaced by Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle. The...

Hospital upgrades approved

Jan 19, 2018 / 11:36 am

Renovations to the emergency department of the South Okanagan will go ahead, which have been labelled as a "high priority" by Interior Health. The...

Body in trunk identified

Jan 19, 2018 / 11:24 am

UPDATE: 11:20 a.m. Vancouver Police confirm the body found in a parked car in East Vancouver, Thursday, was that of missing teen Sachdeep Singh Dhoot. Dhoot was...

They stomped pregnant teen

Jan 19, 2018 / 11:19 am

Three members of a Dallas family who beat a pregnant teen and stomped on her belly until she miscarried have been sentenced to prison. The Dallas Morning News...

Kid to school: cease, desist

Jan 19, 2018 / 11:04 am

A 15-year-old Quebec boy is challenging his school's policy of confiscating a smartphone for 24 hours if it is used during class. A school board in the...

Rapper Kodak Black arrested

Jan 19, 2018 / 11:01 am

Rapper Kodak Black has been ordered held without bail in Florida on seven felony charges that include child neglect and drug possession. The Broward...

'We're no ****hole'

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:56 am

First, there was outrage in Africa at President Donald Trump's vulgar comment about the continent. Now some governments and tourism operators are humorously...

Nat'l park website launched

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:56 am

Parks Canada has launched a website to engage the public on the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan. The site chronicles the history of the...

Putin takes icy plunge

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:48 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a dip in icy lake waters to celebrate Epiphany, a major holiday in Orthodox Christianity marking the baptism of...

Economics blends finances and people to understand the world

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:45 am

Hear the words economics and economists and what comes to mind for many of us? Spreadsheets with endless columns and rows? Economics is so much more than...

Prince gets a buzz cut

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:45 am

The hair on the heir is no longer quite so apparent. Prince William, whose hairline has been receding for years, has opted for a dramatic close-shaved new...

Can't use Bitcoin for taxes

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:43 am

A North Vancouver man is out $3,000 after he was tax-scammed. RCMP say the man received a phone call from an alleged employee of Canada Revenue Agency on Jan....

Dion cancels more shows

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:42 am

Canadian singer Celine Dion has cancelled two more concerts in Las Vegas, making it seven shows she has cancelled this month due to illness. A statement on her...

EpiPens in short supply

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:41 am

The Canadian distributor of the EpiPen says there is a shortage of one size of the emergency treatment for people at risk of life-threatening allergic...

Tax increase shaved back

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:32 am

West Kelowna council has provided taxpayers with a late Christmas gift – a tax increase. The initial draft budget included provision for a three per cent...

Artist slams Katy Perry

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:31 am

A visual artist has accused Katy Perry of stealing his work to use on the cover of her single Chained to the Rhythm. London-based designer Dom Sebastian was...

Boyd gives back

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:29 am

Boyd Autobody & Glass was excited to present Gail Harrison and the Cops for Kids with a cheque in the amount of $2500.00! For the months of October and...

Cop killer appeals verdict

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:22 am

Christopher Garnier, who strangled Nova Scotia police officer Catherine Campbell and then used a green bin to dispose of her body, is appealing his conviction....

Fentanyl, cocaine seized

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:02 am

Vernon RCMP have disconnected a dial-a-dope operation that was allegedly selling hard drugs. Police executed a search warrant Jan. 17, leading to five arrests...

Kelowna's most wanted

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:00 am

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following female who is wanted on a province-wide warrant as of January 19, 2018. Haley...

Shivery throne at ice hotel

Jan 19, 2018 / 9:53 am

A "Game of Thrones" themed ice hotel complete with a bar and a chapel for weddings has opened in northern Finland in a joint effort by a local hotel...

Timberlake wants more kids

Jan 19, 2018 / 9:44 am

Justin Timberlake isn't done making babies with wife Jessica Biel just yet. The 36-year-old singer is father to two-year-old son Silas with his actress...

3 hurt in sawmill blaze

Jan 19, 2018 / 9:36 am

Three workers were injured in a sawmill fire in South Vancouver early Friday. Firefighters continue to battle the two-alarm blaze, which is believed to have...

Bridge reopens

Jan 19, 2018 / 9:21 am

It took longer than expected, but the Heywood-Armstrong Bridge is now open. Officially called the Morgan Bridge by the Ministry of Transportation and...

Bieber's mom praises him

Jan 19, 2018 / 9:10 am

Justin Bieber's mom has heaped praise on her "amazing" son just days after his girlfriend Selena Gomez's mother made it clear she was not...

Tychonick leads Vees to win

Jan 19, 2018 / 9:09 am

Soon-to-be NHL draft pick Jonny Tychonick had his third four-point game of the year on Thursday as the Penticton Vees downed the Prince George Spruce Kings 4-1...

Impaired charge in crash

Jan 19, 2018 / 9:06 am

A motorist will be taking the bus for the next three months after being issued a 90-day roadside suspension after crashing his vehicle on Silver Star Road....

Seeing through teen eyes

Jan 19, 2018 / 9:00 am

Two Vernon Community School students are on a mission to build better relationships with seniors throughout the community. The Grade 11 students feel that...

Swept away in Mexico

Jan 19, 2018 / 8:55 am

UPDATE: 8:50 a.m. Shannon Christensen with Kelowna's Mamas for Mamas is thanking her lucky stars this morning after spending close to an hour (she says in a...

Vernon vehicle crashes

Jan 19, 2018 / 8:29 am

UPDATED: 9 a.m. A Castanet reader has sent us a picture of a rolled-over vehicle on Highway 97 south of Vernon. No word on any injuries. Police and a tow-truck...

Pedestrian lucky to be alive

Jan 19, 2018 / 8:03 am

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP are investigating a pedestrian struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 6 and Middleton Way, Vernon. The incident happened...

Pondering park parking

Jan 19, 2018 / 8:00 am

Parking is emerging as a main concern for those who use Kal Lake Provincial Park. A public meeting was held Thursday afternoon in Vernon to gather input for a...

Bats battle deadly fungus

Jan 19, 2018 / 7:39 am

A deadly fungus that has wiped out a large portion of brown bats in Eastern Canada has landed on the West Coast. White nose syndrome, is a fungal disease...

Manufacturing hits record

Jan 19, 2018 / 6:59 am

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales rose 3.4 per cent to a record high of $55.5 billion in November. The agency says the gain was mainly due to higher...

Shoppers inks pot deal

Jan 19, 2018 / 6:51 am

Licensed marijuana producer Tilray Canada Ltd. has signed a deal to become a medical cannabis supplier to Shoppers Drug Mart. Subject to Health Canada's...

TV crew's fake bomb stunt

Jan 19, 2018 / 6:49 am

Authorities say at least seven people who claimed to be working for a TV network were arrested at a New Jersey airport after they tried to film themselves...

Standoff over shutdown

Jan 19, 2018 / 6:46 am

On the edge of a government shutdown, a divided House voted late Thursday to keep the U.S. government open past a Friday deadline — setting up an...

More prison staff fired

Jan 19, 2018 / 6:43 am

The Correctional Service of Canada has fired two more workers at a maximum security prison in Edmonton following an investigation into allegations of workplace...

Abuse 'severe, pervasive'

Jan 19, 2018 / 6:41 am

A California couple tortured a dozen of their children for years, starving them to the point that their growth was stunted, chaining them to their beds for up...

'Tourniquet Killer' executed

Jan 19, 2018 / 6:36 am

Texas carried out the nation's first execution of 2018 Thursday evening, giving lethal injection to a man who became known as Houston's "Tourniquet...

Outburst shocks courtroom

Jan 19, 2018 / 6:34 am

A profanity-laced outburst shocked a Vancouver courtroom on Thursday. Tyler Lagimodiere is accused of stabbing a Vancouver photographer to death in Stanley Park...

Giant waves pound Island

Jan 19, 2018 / 6:06 am

Waves as high as 9.5 metres slammed the west coast of Vancouver Island on Thursday. The winter storm produced some of the largest waves seen in a decade....

Unsolved crimes: Kel

Jan 19, 2018 / 6:00 am

You could have the missing piece of the puzzle that will help the RCMP put someone behind bars. Here are some recent crimes that Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers...

It's not about me

Jan 19, 2018 / 6:00 am

By Gary Johnston I attended my first Toastmasters meeting two years ago, and it had a profound effect on my life. Who knew? What I knew about Toastmasters at...

Autism spectrum ignorance

Jan 19, 2018 / 6:00 am

Well the new year of 2018, time to move forward onto great adventures and attaining new goals. We live in an age of understanding and acceptance of others....

Ferries smoke-free Monday

Jan 19, 2018 / 5:54 am

BC Ferries and terminals will go smoke-free starting Monday. The ban includes e-cigarettes and any other smoking materials. Signs have gone up on all vessels,...

'Young Stars' moving on?

Jan 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

The annual NHL Young Stars tournament in Penticton is at risk of not going ahead this year, according to an Edmonton journalist. Jim Matheson tweeted Thursday...

Massive pot facility planned

Jan 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

Penticton resident and owner of Poplar Grove Winery, Tony Holler, is preparing to build what would be the province's largest medical cannabis facility in...

Facelift for downtown mall

Jan 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna's Towne Centre Mall is getting a facelift. The downtown mall, originally built in 1981, was sold in February of last year. A development permit...

A crack in the armour

Jan 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

On Nov. 19, 2017, the country watched as emergency responders from across the world marched together in support of a fractured family. At the memorial service...

Flood measures in place

Jan 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

With a snowpack sitting at 123 per cent of normal, some people are wondering if the North Okanagan is going to have a repeat of the flooding that soaked the...

2014 champ is back

Jan 19, 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...

Cat bath rap

Jan 19, 2018 / 12:01 am

This guy raps about giving his cat a bath while in the bath. The entertainment you need on a Friday.

Why get married?

Jan 19, 2018 / 12:01 am

From many points of view, marriage is a costly hassle that makes no sense. Why, then, might there still be good reasons to get married?

UBC biologist receives federal support to research egg industry sustainability

Jan 19, 2018 / 12:00 am

Endowed Chair in Bio-economy Sustainability Management, Egg Industry Chair in Sustainability Industrial Research Chair partnership will advance sustainability...

Economist likes local market

Jan 18, 2018 / 11:59 pm

The chief economist for Central 1 Credit Union predicts Kelowna’s housing market will see significant growth over the next 25 years. Helmut Pastrick spoke...

Boil water notice issued

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:20 pm

Residents who receive water through the Sun Valley Water System have been placed on a boil water notice. The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen issued...

RECAP: Shorthanded Heat fall on the road to deep Dinos squad

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Unable to get stops on the defensive end, the UBC Okanagan men's basketball team would fall on Friday night to the U SPORTS No. 4 ranked Calgary Dinos by a...

RECAP: Dinos capitalize early in win over Heat

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:00 pm

The road was not kind to the Heat women's basketball team as they fell on Friday night to the Calgary Dinos by a final score of 66-43. The Heat will have to...

RECAP: Set two turning point sends Heat to three set loss

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:00 pm

It was a tough start to a four-game road trip for the Heat men's volleyball team as they fell on Friday night against the nationally ranked Brandon Bobcats in...

RECAP: UBC Okanagan's good fortune at Brandon continues

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:00 pm

It was another strong performance for the U SPORTS No. 3 ranked Heat women's volleyball team a they won their third straight on Friday night...

Tourism up in Vernon

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Tourism in Vernon was up more than five per cent this past summer despite fires and floods. Local businesses and Tourism Vernon came together Thursday...

Trustee reduction on hold

Jan 18, 2018 / 8:00 pm

It looks like the number of trustees in the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District is not changing anytime soon. Official trustee for the district, Mike McKay...

Poll: whales in captivity

Jan 18, 2018 / 7:14 pm

The Vancouver Aquarium has announced that it will no longer display whales or dolphins. Aquarium president John Nightingale says in a statement that the...

Stranger in bed: victims

Jan 18, 2018 / 7:10 pm

Two women in their twenties recounted for a Kelowna jury, Thursday, how a man sexually assaulted them while they slept. Shea Gardecki, 39, of Peachland, is...

$88M in drugs recovered

Jan 18, 2018 / 7:00 pm

More than $88 million worth of illegal drugs have been taken off the streets in the Central Okanagan as a direct result of Crime Stoppers. Another $4.3 million...

CFSOS grants $440K

Jan 18, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan has approved more than $440,000 in grants to 60 charities in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen....

Imagine city's next steps

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:30 pm

Filmmaker @ohboyson imagines Kelowna as a responsible community. Discover the draft community vision created by the citizens of #Kelowna at...

2 nabbed as break-ins spike

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:20 pm

RCMP hope to slow down a rash of vehicle break-ins after taking two people into custody in West Kelowna Thursday morning. A 34-year-old Kelowna man and...

Ice-cream-eating bear at DQ

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:02 pm

The Alberta government is investigating a video that shows a Kodiak bear from a central Alberta zoo being taken through a fast-food drive-thru and being...

Bobcat caught, collared

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:01 pm

A team of researchers is trapping and collaring bobcats and lynxes in the South Okanagan, with the hope of understanding their interaction and how it relates to...

Getting back to logging

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Premier John Horgan says he wants to reconnect British Columbia communities with the province's forest industry. He says previous Liberal government policy...

Fix school or ditch it?

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:00 pm

What to do with Charles Bloom Secondary School was the topic of discussion in Lumby Wednesday evening. School District 22 was gathering public opinion on the...

Less room for a view

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:00 pm

With Kelowna’s highly controversial tourism centre being fully approved and funded in 2017, our city has shackled its ontological security to the values...

Addict resources concerning

Jan 18, 2018 / 4:58 pm

Interior Health was criticised for a lack of addiction services in Penticton Thursday, following a presentation by the health agency to the RDOS board on the...

How a nurse turned a passion for humanity into a career

Jan 18, 2018 / 4:39 pm

She travels thousands of miles to help people in some of the poorest places on the planet. Nurse practitioner Patrice Gordon has seen the face of Ebola in...

Overdose deaths on rise

Jan 18, 2018 / 4:24 pm

The city of Vancouver has had 335 overdose deaths last year, compared with 234 the year before. There was a huge jump in response to overdose calls by...

Gas thieves drilling tanks

Jan 18, 2018 / 3:59 pm

Thieves in Penticton have come up with a new and brazen way to rip off victims. Local police say they received four reports Thursday from motorists who had...

Explosives, guns seized

Jan 18, 2018 / 3:07 pm

Kamloops RCMP had to deploy the explosives disposal unit after finding weapons and explosive devices in a residence on Badger Drive. Officers responded to a...

Closures on Hwy 1, 3

Jan 18, 2018 / 3:02 pm

DriveBC is reporting multiple highway closures in the Southern Interior. A rock slide has forced a closure on the Trans-Canada Highway in both directions, six...

Extreme wave hazard

Jan 18, 2018 / 2:44 pm

Parks Canada issued an extreme wave hazard advisory for the Pacific Rim region on Thursday. An Extreme wave hazard has been issued for Ucluelet, Tofino and...

Alleged thief rams cop car

Jan 18, 2018 / 2:44 pm

A Lower Mainland man is facing numerous charges after allegedly breaking into a business and ramming a police cruiser in a bid to escape. Richard James Harris...

Compost plan still far off

Jan 18, 2018 / 1:49 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is no closer to finding a location for its regional compost facility. After a 45-minute board discussion Thursday,...

Homeless camp cleared

Jan 18, 2018 / 1:22 pm

The homeless camp on Highway 97 and 48th Ave. in Vernon has been shut down. The Ministry of Transportation provided the occupants with an eviction notice...

Website for murdered teen

Jan 18, 2018 / 1:20 pm

UPDATE 1:21 p.m. Police are hoping a website with information on a murder victim can help them crack the case. Marissa Shen, 13, was murdered six months ago...

IH leaders humbled

Jan 18, 2018 / 1:15 pm

UPDATE: 1:15 p.m. Interior Health has responded to Castanet News with a statement from Mal Griffin, IH vice-president of human resources. Griffin says that last...

Suspected thief ID'd

Jan 18, 2018 / 1:14 pm

UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. Vernon North Okanagan RCMP have identified the man suspected of using stolen credits cards throughout the Vernon area. RCMP are not providing...

Mentors change lives

Jan 18, 2018 / 1:00 pm

This is your look at the ordinary heroes, big and small, famous and not so famous who make a difference in our Okanagan. Keep your eyes out for someone you...

Built in BC ferry

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:56 pm

A new built in B.C. Ferry goes into service in the Kootenays this February. Glade II, a cable ferry connecting Glade residents with Highway 3A across the...

Gasoline spill at Cannery

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:54 pm

UPDATE 4 p.m. The gasoline spill was caused by a hole drilled into the gas tank of a vehicle by gas thieves. Read the full story on the recent rash of gas...

I was married by the Pope

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:43 pm

It was all in a day's work for the ever-unpredictable Pope Francis. First he celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight...

$200K fine for mine dump

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:42 pm

A B.C. mining company has been fined for violating the Fisheries Act. The federal Environment Ministry says in a news release that Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd....

Car break ins continue

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:34 pm

The contents of cars continue to be a popular target for thieves. Social media is abuzz with people telling of break ins or attempted break ins in the city....

Quakes linked to fracking

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:34 pm

Scientists have figured out how hydraulic fracking causes earthquakes in northern Alberta, but they have a way to go before they can use that knowledge to...

Nugget good as gold

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:33 pm

Nugget the loveable pooch is on the mend. Described as a '100-pound lap dog' the fawn-coloured mastiff mix sometimes wags her tail so hard, she injures...

Burn, beetles, burn!

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:31 pm

Foresters and provincial officials are burning tens of thousands of trees along the boundary of Jasper National Park to try to slow the spread of mountain pine...

$1,000 for Elvis cup?

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:29 pm

A paper cup allegedly used by Elvis Presley six decades ago in Tulsa is being auctioned on eBay for more than $1,000. North Carolina resident Wade Jones is a...

5 dead in chopper crash

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:16 pm

A helicopter crashed in a mountainous rural area of northern New Mexico, killing five people and seriously injuring the sixth person aboard, a New Mexico State...

Christina Perri is a new mom

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Singer Christina Perri is a new mom after welcoming a baby daughter. The A Thousand Years star's new husband Paul Costabile has posted a photo of the family...

Forestry takes out power

Jan 18, 2018 / 11:56 am

UPDATE 11:55 a.m. FortisBC says two separate incidents were behind large power outages in the South Okanagan and Boundary on Wednesday night. Power was knocked...

Adventure alum trades race skis for crampons

Jan 18, 2018 / 11:54 am

From Olympic ski racer to backcountry guru. How Christina Lustenberger’s time at TRU prepared her for the guiding life, in the big mountains. If you’re an...

More Tim Hortons protests

Jan 18, 2018 / 11:35 am

Protesters angered by some Ontario Tim Hortons franchisees who slashed workers' benefits and breaks after the province raised its minimum wage plan to...

Travel advisory dropped

Jan 18, 2018 / 11:15 am

UPDATE 11:11 a.m. Looks like the sun has burned through the cloud cover we've had for the last week or so. Not only does it make for a brighter day it has...

Salma Hayek heartbroken

Jan 18, 2018 / 11:14 am

Salma Hayek shared a touching tribute to her dog Lupe after she announced her death on Instagram. The 51-year-old actress has previously described Lupe as her...

Man facing burglary charges

Jan 18, 2018 / 11:00 am

The Osoyoos RCMP is announcing charges against a local man in connection to a residential break and enter. Police were first called to an Osoyoos home on 2nd...

15 dead in frigid South

Jan 18, 2018 / 10:58 am

The deep freeze that killed at least 15 people and shut down much of the U.S. South began to relent Thursday as crews worked to clear roads blanketed by a...

18-month mat leave?

Jan 18, 2018 / 10:54 am

When Ottawa announced changes to EI parental leave benefits last year that will allow new mothers to receive benefits for 18 months, Heather Wilson was excited...

No-whale era at aquarium

Jan 18, 2018 / 10:50 am

The Vancouver Aquarium has announced that it will no longer display whales or dolphins. Aquarium president John Nightingale says in a statement that the...

20 left on Amazon short list

Jan 18, 2018 / 10:47 am

Amazon narrowed its search for a second headquarters city Thursday to 20 locations, concentrated mostly in the East and the Midwest. Toronto made the list as...

Elder charged with murder

Jan 18, 2018 / 10:39 am

Police in Toronto say a 66-year-old man is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the presumed deaths of two men who disappeared in the city's...

Kim K hasn't decided name

Jan 18, 2018 / 10:30 am

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have yet to find the perfect name for their newborn daughter, according to reports. The reality star and her rapper spouse became...

Putting Kelowna on the map

Jan 18, 2018 / 10:14 am

A renowned Montreal artist is updating a popular "geopictorial" map of Kelowna. Jean-Louis Rheault is creating a new version of the map that's...

Forman stone-faced

Jan 18, 2018 / 10:00 am

UPDATE: 10 a.m. Jacob Daniel Forman, 34, appeared via video in Kelowna court Thursday morning. Forman showed no emotion during his brief video appearance,...

Kelowna's most wanted

Jan 18, 2018 / 10:00 am

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on a province-wide warrant as of January 18, 2018. Gregory...

Swift's stalker threatens family

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:45 am

An obsessed Taylor Swift fan has been charged with stalking and violating his lifetime restraining order for allegedly threatening her family in emails. Frank...

City to host special games

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:34 am

Some very special athletes will be coming to Vernon next year. The 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games will be held in Greater Vernon in February. More than...

Pot shop smashed up

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:28 am

UPDATE 9:25 a.m. The owner of an Okanagan Falls dispensary smashed by vandals last night is taking the situation in stride. Jukka Laurio is in the process of...

Ricky Martin on coming out

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:07 am

Ricky Martin spent years agonizing over his decision to 'come out' as a gay man because so many people in his life told him it was a bad idea. The...

Pot policy shift for banks

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:06 am

The Bank of Montreal's (TSX:BMO) participation in a major financing deal for licensed marijuana producer Canopy Growth marks a big policy shift for...

Ban declawing: SPCA

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:03 am

The society that protects animal welfare in British Columbia is looking to the leadership of Nova Scotia's veterinarians as it calls for a ban on feline...

Big pot producers team up?

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:02 am

CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. is postponing a key shareholder meeting to give it time to hold talks with Aurora Cannabis Inc. which has made a hostile takeover...

Woahhhhh kitty

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:00 am

Security footage of a bobcat is turning heads on social media. Bob Lindley was taking a look at his home's security footage when he came across the...

Europe lashed by storm

Jan 18, 2018 / 8:31 am

A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least four people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping...

Retired Bank CEO on pot $

Jan 18, 2018 / 8:24 am

A retired bank executive is set to become the next chairman of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, a Crown corporation tasked with selling and distributing...

Loonie slides lower

Jan 18, 2018 / 8:15 am

Canada's main stock index fell modestly in late-morning trading as the influential energy and materials sectors lost ground. The S&P/TSX composite index...

Grandparents shocked

Jan 18, 2018 / 8:07 am

The grandparents of 13 starved and tortured children say their son's family looked happy and healthy when they last visited California six years ago....

Toronto on Amazon's radar

Jan 18, 2018 / 8:06 am

Toronto is the only Canadian city still in the running to host Amazon's multibillion-dollar second headquarters. The e-commerce giant released Thursday its...

Russian underwear dance

Jan 18, 2018 / 8:02 am

An underwear dance video filmed in a college dormitory has turned out to be risky business for some Russian cadet pilots. The mock homoerotic strip-tease...

Farrow airs Allen assault

Jan 18, 2018 / 7:28 am

NEW YORK - In her first televised interview, Dylan Farrow described in detail Woody Allen's alleged sexual assault of her, and called actors who work in his...

Rate hike - what to do?

Jan 18, 2018 / 7:07 am

Many consumers will soon find their debt loads heavier now that Canada's central bank and the country's biggest commercial lenders have raised their...

Jet almost skids into sea

Jan 18, 2018 / 7:04 am

Turkish authorities are using a large crane to lift a passenger plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey and stopped on the side of a slope just...

Don't eat the detergent

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:58 am

A P.E.I. police force is taking a light-hearted approach to a strange and dangerous online trend. An officer with Kensington police posted a video on its...

52 die in bus fire

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:55 am

A bus fire in Kazakhstan killed 52 people on Thursday in a vast snow-covered steppe, officials said. The tragedy happened near the village of Kalybai in the...

Ministry of loneliness

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:52 am

The appointment of a minister of loneliness in the United Kingdom to tackle social isolation is an acknowledgment of a problem Canadian experts say needs to be...

Pet husky shot by hunter

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:48 am

An Alberta woman is urging hunters and hikers to be more aware of their surroundings after her pet husky was mistaken for a wolf and shot in the legs. Bethany...

Backing off on rate freeze

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:46 am

Is B.C.'s NDP government backing away from a campaign promise to freeze BC Hydro rates? Premier John Horgan says a blanket freeze may not be the best route....

Opioid vending closer

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:36 am

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says a safe opioid vending machine is one step closer to reality. Executive medical director Dr. Mark Tyndall says the CDC...

Complaint over arrest death

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:20 am

A civil rights group has filed a complaint with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, alleging officers told witnesses to delete cellphone...

Summer jobs confusion

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:00 am

There has been some confusion and misunderstanding regarding changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program for students that deserve clarification. This confusion...

3 break-ins in 6 months

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

A man living in Shannon Woods has had his house broken into once and his vehicles broken into twice in the past six months. Chris Shelton checked his home...

Proactive wildfire training

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

After the worst fire season on record in B.C., the Penticton Fire Department is leading the way this year for the province to better prepare for future risks. A...

Restoring Vernon Creek

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Restoration work is scheduled to begin next Monday on Upper Vernon Creek. The creek was damaged during last spring's historic floods. The existing damaged...

Do not use the term 'hero'

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Firefighters Scott Hemstad and Gord Ditchburn prefer people wouldn't use the word "hero." Hemstad is deputy chief of Vernon Fire Rescue, and...

Main St. revamp to tender

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

The City of Penticton's $2.2 million revitalization plan for the 300-block of Main Street has officially been put out to tender. The project, which was...

Professor in the kitchen

Jan 18, 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...

Pay local business instead

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

As Mr. J. Steffen stated "I literally raked up over 40 large bags of leaves this year, leaves from trees on city property, not my trees. Did you catch...

Reporting bad conditions

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:01 am

Atlanta is dealing with some snow on the roads. Well, it's trying to.

Hard time falling asleep

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:01 am

Falling asleep might be difficult, but if you're having trouble, here might be some causes and solutions.

Dube dazzles in return

Jan 17, 2018 / 10:00 pm

Dillon Dube didn't miss a beat in his return to the Kelowna Rockets lineup Wednesday. In his first game back after winning gold at the World Junior...

Okanagan helping hand

Jan 17, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Crystal Grymaloski's life changed just before Christmas this year. The Okanagan nurse, who trained at KGH and is currently working at Vernon Jubilee...

Summerland art off to Vic

Jan 17, 2018 / 8:00 pm

A Summerland artist is in the final stages of preparing for a solo exhibition in Victoria, B.C. this weekend. Michael Hermesh says he's been an artist all...

A place to call home

Jan 17, 2018 / 8:00 pm

There are more than 100 new residential care beds in Vernon. The Hamlets at Vernon officially made the announcement today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the...

Poll: dining around

Jan 17, 2018 / 7:31 pm

Dine Around Thompson Okanagan is back, and it's more delicious than ever. More than 300 foodies participated in the official launch party at Okanagan...

Cultural festival returns

Jan 17, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A free festival celebrating diversity will take place next month in Penticton for the fifth-straight year. The OneWorld Multicultural Festival, hosted by South...

Seeking 2018 ambassador

Jan 17, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The West Kelowna Youth Ambassador program is searching out new candidates for 2018. The program, run under the Westside Celebration Society (Westside Daze)...

ExpOCP kicks off Thurs.

Jan 17, 2018 / 5:56 pm

The next three days are Penticton citizens' best chance to steer the long-term direction at city hall, says the mayor. On this week’s Mayor’s...

Semis collide head on

Jan 17, 2018 / 5:41 pm

UPDATE: 5:40 p.m. Highway 1 is now open after a head-on collision involving two tractor trailers Wednesday. DriveBC said the highway is open as of 5:37 p.m. ...

Steals foot-long sex toy

Jan 17, 2018 / 5:36 pm

A Courtenay man was arrested after using a hammer to break into an adult boutique to steal a foot-long rubber sex toy. Surveillance cameras at Sexy Kitten...

Pee stop flushed away

Jan 17, 2018 / 5:24 pm

You may want to cut back on the coffee if you're planning to travel the Coquihalla Highway between the Okanagan and Lower Mainland. The tourist information...

PR flack 'barely guilty'

Jan 17, 2018 / 4:41 pm

A government communications director who pleaded guilty to breach of trust in connection with a plan to win votes from ethnic groups was "an instrument of...

City sues resident over wall

Jan 17, 2018 / 4:39 pm

The City of Penticton has filed a lawsuit against a resident over a years-long disagreement about a retaining wall on private property. The city alleges a wall...

Big split in union ranks

Jan 17, 2018 / 4:38 pm

The largest private sector union in Canada said Wednesday it is splitting with the Canadian Labour Congress over issues that include disagreements about the...

Whistler could share Games

Jan 17, 2018 / 4:34 pm

An official with the International Olympic Committee says it would welcome a bid by Calgary to hold another Winter Games using some facilities in Whistler,...

Kidnapped in Nigeria

Jan 17, 2018 / 4:33 pm

Global Affairs Canada says it's aware of reports that two Canadian citizens have been kidnapped in Nigeria. Spokesman John Babcock says consular officials...

Pot shop moves to OK Falls

Jan 17, 2018 / 3:54 pm

An unlicensed marijuana dispensary in Penticton is ending its long-running fight with the city and moving south to Okanagan Falls. Herbal Green Apothecary owner...

Rutland murder to trial

Jan 17, 2018 / 3:50 pm

The murder trial of Steven Randy Pirko is scheduled to begin Feb. 5 in Kelowna. Judge Monica McParland told a courtroom filled with family members on Wednesday...

Bad time to look at phone

Jan 17, 2018 / 3:28 pm

Surfing social media while stopped at a red light is never a good idea. Doing it beside a police car is even worse. A Victoria driver was fined more than $500...

Teen killed in crosswalk

Jan 17, 2018 / 3:16 pm

A 15-year-old girl was struck and killed on a Burnaby crosswalk, Wednesday. The teen was hit by a northbound vehicle on Cariboo Road, south of Highway 1,...

Not always a happy reunion

Jan 17, 2018 / 3:00 pm

On my adopted daughters 19th birthday a post appeared on Facebook containing her picture along with all my daughters personal information that was available in...

Record holidays at resort

Jan 17, 2018 / 2:51 pm

Big White is coming off of its busiest Christmas season ever. Two huge events contributed to record-breaking numbers on the ski hill. Those were Cruz the Blues,...

Gwaii Haanas at Art Gallery

Jan 17, 2018 / 2:36 pm

A new exhibition of work by Kelowna-based artist Joice M. Hall may have visitors feeling as if they have stepped out of the Gallery and into the moss-draped...

Meet Castanet's wine writer

Jan 17, 2018 / 2:30 pm

Castanet is bringing readers a wine review every week, including suggested food pairings and a song to listen to while enjoying a glass. While we celebrate the...

Workers kept in basement

Jan 17, 2018 / 2:29 pm

A Burger King franchise was issued a public health order because Alberta Health Services said its inspectors found foreign workers were sleeping in the basement...

Pipeline year off schedule

Jan 17, 2018 / 2:28 pm

Kinder Morgan Canada is projecting its TransMountain pipeline expansion project could be a year behind schedule as it continues to encounter permitting delays....

Banks raise lending rate

Jan 17, 2018 / 2:24 pm

Canada's biggest banks will hike their prime rate by a quarter of a percentage point on Thursday, putting financial pressure on homeowners with variable...

OD deaths hit new high

Jan 17, 2018 / 2:22 pm

The number of overdose deaths in Vancouver increased by 43 per cent last year compared with 2016. The city says there were 335 overdose deaths last year,...

Apple to build 2nd campus

Jan 17, 2018 / 2:19 pm

Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. that...

Loblaw's $404M battle

Jan 17, 2018 / 2:14 pm

Loblaw Companies Ltd. and the Canada Revenue Agency faced off in a Toronto court Wednesday in a $404-million dispute involving allegations that the grocery...

City to chop 4,000 trees

Jan 17, 2018 / 2:08 pm

The City of Montreal will chop down 4,000 ash trees on picturesque Mount Royal because they have been attacked by an invasive strain of beetle from Asia....

Armed robbery downtown

Jan 17, 2018 / 1:29 pm

Police are asking for the public's help to locate the suspect of an attempted armed robbery at a business in downtown Penticton on Tuesday night. Penticton...

Local bands at the Scotties

Jan 17, 2018 / 12:54 pm

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts will offer more entertainment than just curling when it opens next Saturday in Penticton. The HeartStop Lounge, located at the...

Suspected bomb dismantled

Jan 17, 2018 / 12:49 pm

A search warrant carried out in a Kamloops home led to authorities neutralizing a suspecting explosive device on Monday night. The home on Badger Drive was the...

Grants for youth led project

Jan 17, 2018 / 12:44 pm

United Way’s Gennext and the Central Okanagan Foundation for Youth (COFFY) have partnered again this year to offer Youth Initiative Grants. Youth who are...

Crack the ice and swim

Jan 17, 2018 / 12:17 pm

"Just getting out and doing stuff that makes you feel alive," is one Vernon athlete's motto – for pretty much everything. Vernon...

Golden boy Dube returns

Jan 17, 2018 / 12:15 pm

Dillon Dube finally gets his moment in the golden spotlight. The Kelowna Rockets forward will be honoured prior to Wednesday's game with the Lethbridge...

Waiting on miracle kidney

Jan 17, 2018 / 12:10 pm

Jes Jaswal has spent his entire life in hospitals, searching for a one-in-a-million kidney. Jaswal has been living without either of his kidneys for the past 13...

Matt Damon 'really sorry'

Jan 17, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Matt Damon has vowed to listen and learn from the Time's Up campaigners after apologizing for controversial comments he recently made about sexual...

Time limit put on solitary

Jan 17, 2018 / 11:49 am

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has struck down a law that permits federal prisons to put inmates into solitary confinement indefinitely. Justice Peter Leask says...

City bus shot up

Jan 17, 2018 / 11:37 am

Police are investigating shots fired at a Victoria-area transit bus. Someone shot a pellet gun at a bus in the View Royal suburb Wednesday morning, shattering...

Trial opens with guilty plea

Jan 17, 2018 / 11:34 am

A sex-crime trial in Penticton opened Wednesday with a guilty plea from the accused. Cole Wyatt Borba pleaded guilty to one count of sexual interference of a...

Pipeline protesters back

Jan 17, 2018 / 11:26 am

Protesters blockaded the Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby before sunrise Wednesday. Opponents of the company's controversial TransMountain pipeline...

Michelle Williams engaged

Jan 17, 2018 / 11:15 am

Michelle Williams is reportedly engaged to her businessman boyfriend Andrew Youmans. The All the Money in the World star sparked speculation Andrew had proposed...

Kelowna skater's a champ

Jan 17, 2018 / 11:10 am

A Kelowna figure skater captured the Canadian junior women's title during a record performance by members of the Kelowna Skating Club. Olivia Gran captured...

Bye bye winter design blues

Jan 17, 2018 / 11:00 am

Right about this time of year, we’re all really feeling the hold winter has had; short days, dark nights, and heaps of cold and gloomy days. It’s no...

Closures for water line fix

Jan 17, 2018 / 10:58 am

Repairs needed for a water main failure will affect two businesses and result in a partial road closure on Wednesday afternoon, city staff in Penticton said. ...

Ricky Martin wedding party

Jan 17, 2018 / 10:30 am

Ricky Martin is nervous about planning his big wedding party. The singer revealed last week that he and longtime partner Jwan Yosef had tied the knot and were...

One dead in collision

Jan 17, 2018 / 10:19 am

UPDATE: 10:19 a.m. One person is dead after a collision north of Falkland that occured yesterday evening. On Tuesday at about 5:40 pm, the Vernon North...

Byelection set for Feb. 14

Jan 17, 2018 / 10:17 am

Voters in the Kelowna West riding will finally get a chance to elect a new MLA. Premier John Horgan announced Wednesday morning voters will go to the polls Feb....

Kelowna author - bestseller

Jan 17, 2018 / 10:14 am

Kelowna author Tyrell Johnson's debut novel has landed on the national bestseller's list. Johnson's "Wolves of Winter" hit the Globe and...

Dividends paid, pension not

Jan 17, 2018 / 10:11 am

The court appointed monitor for Sears Canada's insolvency says it is reviewing millions of dollars the company paid in dividends while its pension fund fell...

Cops injured, local arrested

Jan 17, 2018 / 10:08 am

UPDATE: 10:05 a.m. Vancouver police say one officer is recovering from a severely broken leg and a second officer has sprained fingers after subduing an...

Quebec raising min wage

Jan 17, 2018 / 10:01 am

Quebec will raise the province's minimum wage to $12 an hour as of May 1, Labour Minister Dominique Vien announced Wednesday. More than 352,000 workers...

Funeral home body mix-up

Jan 17, 2018 / 9:55 am

A Nova Scotia regulator is investigating a bizarre mix-up at a funeral home that provided two wrong bodies to a grieving family before realizing their loved one...

Celine cancels more shows

Jan 17, 2018 / 9:51 am

Celine Dion has pulled out of another two concerts in Las Vegas, making it five shows she's had to cancel this month due to illness. A statement on...

Record cold in US South

Jan 17, 2018 / 9:49 am

The South awoke Wednesday to a two-part Arctic mess that caused problems as far south as the Gulf Coast. First came a thin blanket of snow and ice, then came...

Anna Kendrick misidentified

Jan 17, 2018 / 9:46 am

Anna Kendrick had an hilarious response when she was misidentified as Anna Kournikova in a news article on Tuesday. A piece on Yahoo about former tennis star...

Michelle Obama hot ticket

Jan 17, 2018 / 9:37 am

Michelle Obama will be doubling up on her speaking engagements in Vancouver next month after tickets to her first keynote address were quickly snapped up. The...

Jonas Brothers thrill fans

Jan 17, 2018 / 9:12 am

The Jonas Brothers have sparked rumors of a reunion by reactivating their Instagram account. The band, which was comprised of brothers Joe, Nick, and Kevin...

Serious syringe issue

Jan 17, 2018 / 8:36 am

CTV Vancouver Island is reporting that Island Health will hold an emergency meeting after a growing needle problem in downtown Victoria. Three people have...

Fireball in the sky

Jan 17, 2018 / 8:24 am

Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor. The American Meteor Society says it received hundreds of...

Binational business initiative

Jan 17, 2018 / 8:21 am

A Canada-U.S. women-in-business group created by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ivanka Trump released its first set of recommendations Wednesday, proposing...

Walmart offers DisposeRx

Jan 17, 2018 / 8:18 am

Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel. The retail giant...

Trump still compos mentis

Jan 17, 2018 / 8:11 am

President Donald Trump performed "exceedingly well" on a surprise cognitive screening test administered last week, his doctor said Tuesday, as the...

Prof tossed after dispute

Jan 17, 2018 / 7:58 am

The University of Guelph says it has suspended a professor who students allege insulted one of their classmates who suffers from severe anxiety. Some of the...

US economy healthy

Jan 17, 2018 / 7:47 am

The Federal Reserve says U.S. industrial production rose 0.9 per cent in December, pulled higher by a surge in utility output, another sign of health for the...

BOC hikes interest rate

Jan 17, 2018 / 7:17 am

The economy's impressive run prompted the Bank of Canada to raise its trend-setting interest rate Wednesday for the third time since last summer — and...

Will Lumby school close?

Jan 17, 2018 / 7:00 am

Thousands of students have passed through its hallways, but now the future of Lumby's only secondary school is in question. A public meeting will be held to...

Charges for heckler

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:59 am

A 25-year-old man has been charged after a crass taunt was hurled at a female reporter as she was broadcasting live from a Halifax pub. CTV Atlantic reporter...

No charges over found baby

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:59 am

Toronto police say they don't believe they'll lay charges against the mother of a newborn baby boy who was allegedly abandoned Tuesday morning outside a...

Industry can't kick the salt

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:56 am

Voluntary sodium targets for the food industry have failed to significantly reduce the amount of salt consumers are getting in processed foods, suggesting...

Koreas unite for Olympics

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:54 am

South Korea says the rival Koreas have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and have their athletes march together during the opening ceremony of next...

Visa crackdown at border

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:53 am

A budding cross-border data exchange with the United States is quietly helping Canada crack down on immigration violators. The federal government has flagged...

Split California in 2?

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:43 am

A fresh effort is underway to split California into multiple states, one including its coastal cities and the other its rural and inland areas. "New...

How c-c-cold is it?

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:38 am

Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region, which hit -67 C in some areas Tuesday. In Yakutia,...

Navy homicide charges

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:35 am

Five officers involved in two Navy ship collisions last year that killed a total of 17 sailors are being charged with negligent homicide, the Navy said Tuesday....

Slain teen mourned

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:29 am

A Coquitlam high school is mourning the loss of one of its students following the death of 15-year-old Alfred Wong. Wong, an innocent bystander, was riding in...

Trial set in cop killing

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:07 am

The man accused of fatally shooting an Abbotsford police officer will face trial next January. Oscar Ferdinand Arfmann, 65, will be tried in New Westminster....

An amazing family vacation

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:00 am

Have you heard the acronym “SKI” Holiday? Rather than leaving it all to the kids, today’s Baby Boomers are choosing to “Spend the...

Even little critters matter

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:00 am

Everyone with a fur baby of any shape and size even if the little critter has gills, if there is any need for anything especially an emergency call Rose Valley...

Sip, savour and save!

Jan 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Dine Around Thompson Okanagan is back and it's more delicious than ever before. Over 300 foodies participated in the official launch party at Okanagan...

Vulnerable renters at risk?

Jan 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

New bylaws brought in by the City of Penticton last month charging landlords for repeat calls for emergency services are “constitutionally suspect,”...

Ice climbing doc to debut

Jan 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

A local filmmaker's journey to capture the niche sport of ice climbing in the Okanagan will finally pay off when his documentary debuts at the Vancouver...

Neutral chair wanted

Jan 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

A group opposed to a large downtown Peachland development would like someone other than Mayor Cindy Fortin to chair an upcoming public hearing on the matter....

Unimaginable to most

Jan 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Numbers on BC Emergency Health Services' website give an idea what the province's paramedics are up against when they put on their uniforms. 517,309...

NHL legends hit Kelowna

Jan 17, 2018 / 2:32 am

A team of high-flying ex-Habs will glide into Kelowna next month to square off against a sturdy home squad of hockey heroes, and raise some money for a...

Amish town frozen over

Jan 17, 2018 / 12:01 am

Even the Amish need to take advantage of the road conditions.

Better at flirting

Jan 17, 2018 / 12:01 am

Flirting is an art that deserves to be far more widely known and far more often practiced. Here is a short guide.

Vipers outshine Warriors

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:00 pm

The West Kelowna Warriors seemed to be a step behind the Vernon Vipers all night long. It showed on the scoreboard as the Interior Division leaders rolled to a...

Roads an icy mess

Jan 16, 2018 / 9:20 pm

Motorists are being advised to take it slow on area roads. There are reports from across the Okanagan of treacherous roads due to black ice. Highway 1 is closed...

2 Koreas meet Wednesday

Jan 16, 2018 / 9:14 pm

The two Koreas are meeting Wednesday for the third time in less than 10 days to continue their discussions on Olympics co-operation, days ahead of talks with...

PREVIEW: No. 3 Bobcats loom ahead for Heat this weekend

Jan 16, 2018 / 9:00 pm

This weekend against nationally ranked No. 3 Brandon, in the Bobcat Den, the Heat play Friday and Saturday night. Action live on Canadawest.tvRead more:...

PREVIEW: Attacking the Dinos upcoming for Heat

Jan 16, 2018 / 9:00 pm

The Heat women's basketball team will travel to face the Calgary Dinos this weekend. Catch the action on Canadawest.TVRead more:...

PREVIEW: Long road trip on tap for Heat women's volleyball

Jan 16, 2018 / 9:00 pm

This weekend they are on the road to face off against Brandon University. Matches are Friday and Saturday and can be seen on Canadawest.TV.Read more:...

PREVIEW: Heat head to Calgary to face Dinos

Jan 16, 2018 / 9:00 pm

The Heat men's basketball team will look to snap their losing streak this weekend when they invade the den of the nationally ranked Calgary Dinos. Friday...

Okanagan Olympic flavour

Jan 16, 2018 / 9:00 pm

A pair of Okanagan athletes will represent Canada in biathlon at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Julia Ransom of Kelowna and Emma...

Special games next year

Jan 16, 2018 / 8:44 pm

Some very special athletes will be coming to Vernon next year. It was announced Tuesday the 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games will be held in Greater Vernon...

Highway 1 now open

Jan 16, 2018 / 8:39 pm

UPDATE 9:56 p.m. DriveBC is reporting Highway 1 is now open. Highway 1 is closed near Revelstoke because of an accident. According to DriveBC, the highway is...

First Nation foodie TV

Jan 16, 2018 / 8:03 pm

A second season of the documentary series Quest Out West Wild Food is returning to the Okanagan. The season launches Thursday, Okanagan Film Commissioner Jon...

Vees head north this week

Jan 16, 2018 / 8:00 pm

With four wins and a tie to begin 2018, the Penticton Vees will look to remain hot this weekend when they play three games in three nights during one of the...

Body found in trunk of car

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:58 pm

Trail RCMP are confirming a body was located inside the trunk of a burned vehicle that was abandoned and set ablaze on Highway 22 last weekend. Cpl. Dan...

Masters citizen of the year

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:33 pm

Cindy Masters is the 2017 JCI Good Citizen of the Year. Masters, who is the development officer for Kindale Developmental Association, was nominated by Theresa...

Poll: legalize them all?

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:23 pm

Even as Justin Trudeau prepares to deliver on his promise to legalize recreational marijuana, Liberal MPs are pushing the government to eliminate criminal...

Scamming renters

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A quick look at any one of the Okanagan's community Facebook forums and you'll find countless rental scam stories. Would-be scammers continue to set...

Stories of abuse told

Jan 16, 2018 / 6:54 pm

One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and...

Horses slaughtered for food

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:37 pm

"It's encouraging to hear that people like you don't know because I'm convinced that that's the reason to shutting it down is people...

Funding for tech programs

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:25 pm

The B.C. government is making more money available for tech programs at UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College. The announcement was made Tuesday by Advanced...

Months for ruling on firing

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:19 pm

It could be months before a judgment is made in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit involving a former West Kelowna assistant fire chief and the District of West...

One dead in 97 A crash

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:00 pm

UPDATE: 5:02 p.m. According to DriveBC, highway 97A is now open in both directions. UPDATE: 3:08 p.m. RCMP Collision Analysts remain on scene at the location...

Japanese students visit

Jan 16, 2018 / 4:18 pm

A group of students from Penticton’s Japanese sister-city, Ikeda, visited City Hall today as a part of a week long trip to the area. The two cities...

Honest people

Jan 16, 2018 / 4:00 pm

When a friend and I were at the Cascades casino on January 4th 2018, she lost her wallet and was not aware that it was missing until an announcement called her...

Helped inmate escape

Jan 16, 2018 / 3:49 pm

A former Correctional Service Canada worker has admitted he helped an inmate escape from a federal prison in Central Alberta. Peter Edgar pleaded guilty in Red...

Drop charges on all drugs?

Jan 16, 2018 / 3:41 pm

Even as Justin Trudeau prepares to deliver on his promise to legalize recreational marijuana, Liberal MPs are pushing the government to eliminate criminal...

Unruly passenger charged

Jan 16, 2018 / 3:39 pm

Police say an Ottawa man has been charged after an Air Canada flight was diverted to Thunder Bay, Ont., because of an unruly passenger. Thunder Bay police say...

Economy boosts fed coffers

Jan 16, 2018 / 3:37 pm

After months of battling controversies, Bill Morneau's spring budget has the potential to blunt some criticism by showing that a return to balanced books...

4 cops shot, 1 critical

Jan 16, 2018 / 3:34 pm

A man who was wanted for beating his wife ambushed and shot three SWAT officers searching for him in woods in South Carolina, leaving one deputy "hanging...

Police seek B&E suspect

Jan 16, 2018 / 2:52 pm

Police in Kamloops are asking for the public's help tracking down the suspect of a break and enter with a weapon that occurred in the early hours on...

Wray memorial on Saturday

Jan 16, 2018 / 2:48 pm

A celebration of life will be held Saturday for Duncan Wray at Kal Tire Place from 3-5 p.m. The beloved owner of the Vernon Vipers passed away suddenly at his...

No foreign buyers ban

Jan 16, 2018 / 2:32 pm

Premier John Horgan says he has plans to tone down speculation in British Columbia's real estate market, but banning foreign buyers is not one of them....

Baby critical, mom found

Jan 16, 2018 / 2:32 pm

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. Toronto police say they've found the mother of a newborn baby boy who was allegedly abandoned this morning outside a commercial building....

Love of learning means sharing the findings at PHP Conference

Jan 16, 2018 / 2:25 pm

Learning is fun. So much so, they’ve spent hours exploring an area of interest in the hope of better understanding it and the world around them. As a reward,...

Sled snatched from home

Jan 16, 2018 / 2:08 pm

A snowmobile was stolen from the owner's driveway in Revelstoke. RCMP said the theft happened from a residence on Sanderson Drive in Columbia Park on...

Ethnic vote plan fallout

Jan 16, 2018 / 1:26 pm

A special prosecutor says a former government communications director for the BC Liberals should serve a community sentence of 12 to 23 months after he pleaded...

'Give up your nukes'

Jan 16, 2018 / 1:23 pm

If North Korea wants freedom from sanctions and acceptance from the international community, it must end its nuclear weapons program, Canada and some of its...

Thief poses as police

Jan 16, 2018 / 1:19 pm

A thief is posing as a police officer in Surrey. RCMP are warning the public to beware people claiming to be police officers who are not wearing a full uniform....

Council table to stay at 5

Jan 16, 2018 / 12:18 pm

No changes will be made to the size of Mayor and Council in the Town of Osoyoos, after the idea to expand from five councillors to seven was floated last month....

Megantic jury at impasse

Jan 16, 2018 / 12:03 pm

The jurors at the Lac-Megantic trial told the judge Tuesday they are at an impasse in their deliberations. Quebec Superior Court Justice Gaetan Dumas read a...

Seagal denies allegations

Jan 16, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Steven Seagal is "vehemently denying" new sexual misconduct allegations that have been lodged against him. Actress Rachel Grant claims she flew to...

Marijuana vs Marihuana

Jan 16, 2018 / 12:00 pm

How do you spell marijuana? For most people, it isn't a debate. However, the Government of Canada sometimes spells the word with an "h"...

Deepest cave discovered

Jan 16, 2018 / 11:58 am

A member of a team of explorers has reached a record depth in a cave near Fernie, B.C., that is believed to be the deepest in Canada. The cave has so far been...

It could save your life

Jan 16, 2018 / 11:48 am

A search and rescue member covering the Okanagan for eight years says there's no excuse for not being prepared in the backcountry. Justin Evans, 2017's...

Man trapped in vehicle

Jan 16, 2018 / 11:20 am

An elderly man had to be extracted from his vehicle after a two-vehicle collision in Salmon Arm Monday. RCMP state that a police officer came across the vehicle...

Ferrell crashes interview

Jan 16, 2018 / 11:15 am

Will Ferrell crashed Roger Federer's post-match interview at the Australian Open to interview the tennis star in character as Ron Burgundy. Will appeared on...

Historic theatre up for sale

Jan 16, 2018 / 11:10 am

The historic theatre in downtown Oliver is up for sale. The theatre, listed for $599,900, has been in operation since 1947. It's had the same owners for...

Urban deer your problem

Jan 16, 2018 / 11:08 am

Education is the route the City of Kelowna wants to take in dealing with a growing urban deer population. Forestry supervisor Blair Stewart says the deer...

Fancy running into you here

Jan 16, 2018 / 11:00 am

The latest edition of ICBC's Quick Statistics proves once again that speed kills. So does impaired driving and distracted driving. The new rounded data...

Big White donates

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:55 am

This holiday season, Big White Ski Resort was proud to donate and decorate a tree for the Kelowna’s Festival of Trees, hosted at Mission Hill Family...

Stolen winery truck found

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:48 am

A truck stolen last week from Lang Vineyards in Naramata has been recovered by police. RCMP confirmed they had "a pretty good idea" who was...

Slow-moving landslide

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:42 am

A slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable — the...

Crooked bookkeeper jailed

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:36 am

A Penticton bookkeeper has been sentenced 90 days in prison on the weekends for stealing at least $60,000 from a client. Judith Kendrick, 58, pleaded guilty to...

Axe the beer tax

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:33 am

A trade association for Canada's beer industry wants the federal government to stop its plan to annually increase a tax on the alcoholic drink. Beer Canada...

Aussies file wine complaint

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:32 am

Australia has filed a complaint about Canada's rules around wine sales with the World Trade Organization. The complaint filed Friday argues that...

Khloe K announces pregnancy

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:30 am

Khloe Kardashian announced her pregnancy to shocked friends and family on Monday night's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. While the 33-year-old...

Politician gunned down

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:24 am

A leading Serb politician in northern Kosovo was gunned down Tuesday morning, an attack that raised ethnic tensions in the Balkans and prompted the suspension...

New service corps for youth

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:22 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is launching a revamped youth service program, pledging $105 million over the next three years to help young people volunteer in...

Master Plan in the works

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:20 am

A Recreation Master Plan is in the works for the Greater Vernon area and the community has the chance to get involved this Friday and Saturday. The Master Plan...

NAFTA's costly disputes

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:18 am

A progressive group says it's baffled that the Canadian government has worked at the NAFTA negotiating table to protect a dispute resolution system that...

Sharapova back in Oz

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:13 am

It wasn't Maria Sharapova's choice to miss the last Australian Open. That decision was taken out of her hands because of a doping ban following a failed...

Magna eyes big profits

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:11 am

Magna International Inc. says it expects to earn $2.3 billion to $2.5 billion this year. In its guidance for 2018, the auto parts company says it expects sales...

Warship to Mediterranean

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:11 am

A departure ceremony is being held on the Halifax waterfront today for the crew of HMCS St. John's. The Royal Canadian Navy ship is headed to the...

Kelowna's most wanted

Jan 16, 2018 / 10:00 am

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following female who is wanted on a province-wide warrant as of January 16, 2018. ...

Fundraising for fire victim

Jan 16, 2018 / 9:58 am

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of a man who died in an Okanagan Falls mobile home fire Thursday evening. 71-year-old Wayne Rundle died in a...

Fonda undergoes surgery

Jan 16, 2018 / 9:45 am

Veteran actress Jane Fonda has had a cancerous growth removed from her lip. The Barbarella star revealed the news on Monday as she sat down for an AOL BUILD...

Victims in home invasion

Jan 16, 2018 / 9:33 am

Police responded to a home invasion overnight in Kamloops and found two victims inside who are not co-operating with police. RCMP responded to the home on...

O'Riordan not suspicious

Jan 16, 2018 / 9:12 am

Police are not treating the death of The Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan as suspicious. The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, was in...

How old is your brain?

Jan 16, 2018 / 9:00 am

A new documentary on aging and your brain is screening at UBCO at the end of the month. Castanet got an exclusive preview when one of the film's...

Ice dancers to fly flag

Jan 16, 2018 / 8:56 am

Ice dance darlings Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will carry Canada's flag into the opening ceremony at next month's Winter Games in South Korea. The...

Police pivot after B&E

Jan 16, 2018 / 8:47 am

Kamloops RCMP has switched gears from helping the victims of a home invasion in Dallas to executing a search warrant for the premises. This after Police were...

Submariner murder charges

Jan 16, 2018 / 8:20 am

Inventor Peter Madsen was charged Tuesday with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall during a trip on his private submarine, with prosecutors saying he either cut...

5 yr old girl dies, pinned

Jan 16, 2018 / 8:11 am

Grief counsellors were at a north Toronto school Tuesday to help students and staff cope with the news that a five-year-old girl had died after being pinned...

North Korea summit in Van

Jan 16, 2018 / 8:06 am

A gathering of foreign ministers in Vancouver today to discuss the perils posed by North Korea is expected to focus on sanctions, non-proliferation and...

Voice of generation lost

Jan 16, 2018 / 8:02 am

The death of The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, British police said Tuesday. A friend said the singer sounded...

NBA opens investigation

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:59 am

The NBA is planning to speak with players from both the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers to determine the specifics of late-game and postgame events...

Uber, Lyft, unhappy in MB

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:48 am

Manitoba's Public Utilities Board has approved new insurance rates for ride-hailing company drivers that businesses such as Uber and Lyft have said will...

Above and beyond

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:45 am

Civic Award nomination deadline is fast approaching - January 26, 2018. Help recognize the contributions of outstanding organizations and individuals in the...

Site C legal injunction

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:44 am

Two First Nations groups have launched legal action to halt the construction of the Site C dam. West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations have combined...

New CEO at local airline

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:30 am

The founder of Canada Jetlines is taking over as chief executive of Canadian discount carrier Flair Airlines Ltd. Jim Scott replaces Flair founder and former...

Another missile false alarm

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:09 am

Japan's public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert Tuesday warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter,...

Singer death not suspicious

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:01 am

The death of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, British police said Tuesday. A friend said the singer sounded...

Corrections officer wages

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:00 am

After reading the news story about how many corrections officers are leaving their poorly paid jobs to go work for a federal facility where wages are a so much...

Don't stifle that sneeze!

Jan 16, 2018 / 6:56 am

With cases of flu continuing to rise in Canada, there's likely a whole lot of "achooing" going on across the country. But ear, nose and throat...

Huge cuts at Yellow Pages

Jan 16, 2018 / 6:54 am

Yellow Pages Ltd. announced a plan to cut roughly 500 jobs on Tuesday in an effort to reduce spending and improve its results. The company said the job losses...

Chained in house of horrors

Jan 16, 2018 / 6:51 am

A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family's home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some...

Smashes home with loader

Jan 16, 2018 / 6:50 am

A Cape Breton man is facing charges after allegedly going on a rampage with a front-end loader and using it to shear off the front of a home. Police say...

Dozens homeless in blaze

Jan 16, 2018 / 6:45 am

A four-storey apartment building containing about two dozen units was heavily damaged by fire on Monday night in Saint-Hubert, Que., south of Montreal. No...

48 hurt in school bus crash

Jan 16, 2018 / 6:40 am

A bus carrying children to school in southern Germany hit multiple cars and then slammed into the side of a building without braking, injuring 48 people early...

Spectacular lava flow

Jan 16, 2018 / 6:36 am

Glowing red lava rolled down the slopes of a Philippine volcano Tuesday morning as authorities maintained a warning of a possible hazardous eruption. The lava...

Beer vs herons in park

Jan 16, 2018 / 6:30 am

Opponents of a brew pub planned for Vancouver's iconic Stanley Park say the project will ruin the park's atmosphere and pose a threat to herons nesting...

Pricked by needle in planter

Jan 16, 2018 / 6:13 am

A third incident of someone being pricked by a needle in downtown Victoria has been reported in just one week. Victoria Police say a syringe appeared to have...

Watch for rock on highway

Jan 16, 2018 / 6:00 am

Careful on your commute. Rock debris was reported overnight on Highway 97 at Drought Hill in Peachland. A Castanet reader reported rocks in the southbound lane...

You fall; your fault?

Jan 16, 2018 / 6:00 am

Is there any onus on pedestrians to avoid falling on slippery surfaces? I made a case for safe and passable sidewalks in my last column Shovelling shirkers. One...

More student housing

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna city council has paved the way for a new housing development on McIntosh Road in Rutland aimed at students. Council Monday gave initial approval to...

Jazz for Africa

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Penticton’s Thursday Night Jazz Band is hosting its sixth annual benefit concert this week for Grandmothers for Africa. The charity fundraises for the...

Mayor, council at odds

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Call Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran a dreamer. When it comes to a preferred redevelopment plan for the Capri-Landmark town centre, the mayor is dreaming big. While...

Surprise honour at work

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

The South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program surprised its manager today with a commemorative gift recognizing her decade of service. Bryn White has...

A place to call home

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Travelling for healthcare can be expensive and that's why Kelowna General Hospital plans to raise millions to build JoeAnna's House, a...

Rutland murder in court

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Friends of Christopher Ausman, a 32-year-old man found dead in 2014, filled a Kelowna courtroom, Monday. Details heard in court left many distraught. Friends...

Violence not part of job

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

During the 2017 provincial election, the B.C. Nurses Union launched a commercial campaign it called: Violence. Not Part of the Job. One commercial hit close to...

Photobombing weather

Jan 16, 2018 / 12:01 am

Today's forecast: foggy with a 95 percent chance of crow.

Phone in space

Jan 16, 2018 / 12:01 am

The cold vacuum of space is inhospitable to both life and iPhones, so what would happen if you chucked your phone into space?

Freezing rain en route

Jan 15, 2018 / 11:14 pm

A freezing rain warning has been issued for the Okanagan Valley. Environment Canada says freezing rain is expected Tuesday morning for Kelowna, Vernon and...

Samantha Gagnon to join Heat for 2018/19 season

Jan 15, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Samantha Gagnon, a 5’10” outside hitter from Red Deer, Alberta, has committed to the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s volleyball program for the...

U SPORTS Top 10: Ranked top 3 in Canada for Heat women's volleyball

Jan 15, 2018 / 9:00 pm

U SPORTS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#17): After a bye week that has the Heat climb one spot in the rankings the Heat will spend the next two weeks on the road with a trip...

False alarm at cement plant

Jan 15, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Penticton fire crews were called out to a cement making plant on Duncan Avenue West shortly after 8 p.m. Monday. Lots of smoke appeared to be emanating from the...

City winery sheds tradition

Jan 15, 2018 / 8:30 pm

A new winery set to open in the middle of downtown Kelowna will break the traditional mould with more than just its urban location. Jason Alton says he’s...

Escaping from violence

Jan 15, 2018 / 8:00 pm

"Women who may have fled an abusive situation who have literally left with the clothes on their back," were the purpose of a fundraiser in Vernon...

Jury for B&E sex assault

Jan 15, 2018 / 7:15 pm

A jury has been selected for the trial of a Peachland man accused of sexually assaulting two women while they slept. Shea Gardecki is facing two counts of...

Wallaby hops into city

Jan 15, 2018 / 7:11 pm

A wayward wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Tuesday with police in pursuit. The adult male was captured without...

Protest in Times Square

Jan 15, 2018 / 7:09 pm

Hundreds of Haitian-Americans and others have rallied in Times Square in New York City to denounce racism and remarks that President Donald Trump is said to...

10 die in bridge collapse

Jan 15, 2018 / 7:06 pm

Colombian officials say 10 workers died after a bridge they were building outside the nation's capital collapsed. Civil Defence authorities say the...

Who will carry Maple Leaf?

Jan 15, 2018 / 7:04 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of the Canadian Olympic Committee will announce the flag bearer for the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South...

Did banks manipulate rate?

Jan 15, 2018 / 7:03 pm

A class-action lawsuit filed in a U.S. court alleges six Canadian banks and three others conspired to increase the profitability of their derivatives trading...

Poll: making ends meet

Jan 15, 2018 / 7:01 pm

A new survey suggests a third of Canadians can't pay their monthly bills, including debt repayments, against a backdrop of rising interest rates. The...

Help city bylaw help you

Jan 15, 2018 / 7:00 pm

The City of Penticton’s bylaw department is asking the public to provide contact information when filing complaints. The city says it received a letter...

Central Green project a go

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:15 pm

Kelowna city council gave its blessing to a four-story, 55 unit strata development within the Central Green site. The development is the final for-purchase...

YES Project gets keys

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:35 pm

It’s a day youth in Penticton have been working towards for years. The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan took possession of 501 Main Street on...

Kamloops teen found

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:30 pm

UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15 Kamloops RCMP say 14-year-old Annie Kirsten Michel, reported missing Saturday, has been located safe and sound. ORIGINAL STORY:...

Cause of death unknown

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:10 pm

Investigators are working to determine the cause of a mobile home fire that left one man dead. Firefighters responded to the blaze at Lake City Homes Estates...

Teen caught in gunfire dies

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:00 pm

UPDATE: 5 p.m. Vancouver Police have been advised by the BC Coroners Service that the 15-year-old injured in Saturday night's shooting in Vancouver has...

Barn razed by blaze

Jan 15, 2018 / 4:52 pm

When they arrived the structure was fully involved in flames so they began a defensive attack to ensure the blaze wouldn't spread to any other structures....

Arrest in mall stabbing

Jan 15, 2018 / 4:34 pm

Police say a woman stabbed an elderly man after threatening people at a shopping mall food court on Monday in Abbotsford. Officers were called after people...

Hwy closed another week

Jan 15, 2018 / 4:27 pm

Crews working around the clock cleared boulders, trees and crushed cars from all lanes of U.S. 101, but California officials said Monday the key coastal highway...

Not guilty 'naked time' plea

Jan 15, 2018 / 4:21 pm

The trial of a former longtime employee of a performance group that entertains each year at the Calgary Stampede has heard that the accused would ask students...

A mild and wet week

Jan 15, 2018 / 3:57 pm

Although it's mid-January, temperatures will feel more like October this week. Environment Canada is forecasting mild temperatures and rain for the...

Bookkeeper facing prison

Jan 15, 2018 / 3:56 pm

A Penticton bookkeeper could spend up to six months in prison for defrauding a client of at least $65,000. Judith Kendrick, 58, appeared in Penticton court...

Jail guard wages decided

Jan 15, 2018 / 3:55 pm

An arbitrator tasked with deciding how much Commissionaires BC has to pay the 17 guards it employs at the Kelowna jail cells has handed down his decision....

Construction site robbed

Jan 15, 2018 / 3:52 pm

RCMP are investigating after materials and tools were stolen during a break and enter from a downtown Kelowna construction site on Sunday. A suspect cut through...

Fab Fourever in Vernon

Jan 15, 2018 / 3:41 pm

Rock.It Boy Entertainment proudly presents The Fab Fourever - Canada’s Premiere Tribute To The Beatles and THE LONELY - CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF ROY...

Whistler newspaper to fold

Jan 15, 2018 / 3:32 pm

Vancouver-based Glacier Media says it is closing a weekly newspaper that has served Whistler since 1976. The Whistler Question, located in the ski resort region...

Suicides shock community

Jan 15, 2018 / 3:28 pm

A small northern Saskatchewan First Nation is once again in mourning after two teenagers killed themselves in recent weeks. The suicides in Fond du Lac came as...

Emerson steps out of fight

Jan 15, 2018 / 3:25 pm

David Emerson's appointment as British Columbia's special envoy to the United States on softwood lumber is coming to an end. Premier John Horgan says in...

PM called 'reprehensible'

Jan 15, 2018 / 3:17 pm

In what's almost certainly a first in the lengthy history of bilateral relations between the countries, Canada's summer-jobs program has become the...

Robbery suspect charged

Jan 15, 2018 / 2:58 pm

UPDATE: 3 p.m. Heron Taylor, 32, has been charged in relation to a recent robbery in Vernon. Vernon RCMP responded to a "panic hold up alarm" at a...

Indigenous carving course takes shape at Okanagan College

Jan 15, 2018 / 2:28 pm

Okanagan College Media Release An internationally renowned master carver and Indigenous artist is setting up shop at Okanagan College this winter to pass on the...

Lucky no kids in crash

Jan 15, 2018 / 2:25 pm

UPDATE: 2:20 p.m. Lake Country RCMP continue to investigate this morning's collision between a school bus and dump truck. They confirm no students were on...

Businesses clear sidewalks

Jan 15, 2018 / 2:00 pm

With our winter conditions in Kelowna & the constant shovelling of sidewalks by home owners & businesses, I find it unbelievable that some of the...

Input sought on Smart Cities

Jan 15, 2018 / 1:48 pm

The City of Penticton is applying to the nationwide Smart Cities Challenge, hoping to win up to $10 million in prize money, and it needs help from the public to...

What's Blue Monday?

Jan 15, 2018 / 1:47 pm

Jan. 15 marks Blue Monday. But what is it? Blue Monday is considered to be the most depressing day of the year. The term was first coined in 2005 by a U.K....

Charges after body found

Jan 15, 2018 / 1:40 pm

UPDATE: 1:40 p.m. Three men accused of killing a 20-year-old man near Hope appeared in Kelowna provincial court on Monday morning. Ryan Watt, 26, Joshua...

Charged in 'spambot' attack

Jan 15, 2018 / 1:38 pm

A B.C. man has been charged with mischief after a U.S.-based social media platform was allegedly flooded with thousands of spam messages, effectively shutting...

Armstrong pauses pot talk

Jan 15, 2018 / 1:32 pm

The sale of cannabis is set to become legal in just over four months, and for many cities, the discussion is heating up. The City of Armstrong hasn't had...

Faith in humanity restored

Jan 15, 2018 / 1:16 pm

A woman's faith in humanity has been restored by strangers after her car was looted three times – all while visiting her dying brother in hospital....

Thank goodness for low tide

Jan 15, 2018 / 1:01 pm

Thank goodness for low tide. No one was injured when a Toyota minivan jumped a curb and went over the sea wall at Willows Beach in the Victoria suburb of Oak...

Prime Physio donates

Jan 15, 2018 / 12:39 pm

Brandt Fralick the CEO of Prime Physiotherapy presented Candace Chisholm (chief community officer) of Mama’s for mama’s with their jackets this...

1/3 can't pay the bills

Jan 15, 2018 / 12:38 pm

A new survey suggests a third of Canadians can't pay their monthly bills, including debt repayments, against a backdrop of rising interest rates. The...

Dealership delays opening

Jan 15, 2018 / 12:35 pm

A Nissan dealership on Penticton Indian Band locatee lands now says March 1, 2018 is its opening date, instead of the previously stated Dec. 15, 2017....

Wild driver still on lam

Jan 15, 2018 / 12:17 pm

Kelowna RCMP are on the hunt for a driver who fled from a routine traffic stop last Friday. Police tell Castanet news Emergency crews and the motoring public...

Repeat offenders sentenced

Jan 15, 2018 / 12:14 pm

A Penticton man has been sentenced to five months in prison for stealing a purse and going on a shopping spree with the stolen credit cards. Richard Meier, 36,...

Sex-show bail jumper bust

Jan 15, 2018 / 12:13 pm

RCMP have collared a man wanted in connection with a live sex show that turned into an armed robbery. Cal Little was arrested Sunday afternoon in Kelowna....

Gomez's mother 'not happy'

Jan 15, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Selena Gomez's mother is "not happy" at her daughter's reunion with on-and-off boyfriend Justin Bieber. Mandy Teefey addressed the rumors of a...

Hwy contracts coming due

Jan 15, 2018 / 11:58 am

Highway maintenance contracts are coming up for renewal in several parts of the province. The new contracts will include increased standards for winter...

Dog lice increasing

Jan 15, 2018 / 11:52 am

In the 18 years Lisa, from Lisa's Pretty Pups has been grooming dogs she has never seen an outbreak of canine lice like what she is seeing right now. ...

Flower art fights cancer

Jan 15, 2018 / 11:29 am

A Kelowna artist who's had her work featured on Canada Post stamps is putting her paintbrush to work to raise funds for colorectal cancer research. Laurie...

Young eagle rescued

Jan 15, 2018 / 11:15 am

The BC Conservation Officer Service rescued a juvenile eagle near Princeton on the weekend. Merritt C.O. Joe Garay was called to an area near the Similkameen...

Paris Jackson 'robbed'

Jan 15, 2018 / 11:15 am

Paris Jackson was robbed by a pair of hitchhikers after her efforts to be a Good Samaritan went wrong. The 19-year-old model revealed in a series of...

Cash boost for seniors

Jan 15, 2018 / 11:07 am

Five Okanagan seniors organizations have received a boost from the federal government. Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr announced the $86,356 in funding on...

Pension for life for vets

Jan 15, 2018 / 11:00 am

Pension for life and a commitment to do better for our veterans In 2006, all parties in the House of Commons passed the New Veterans Charter (NVC). It...

Scotties field set

Jan 15, 2018 / 10:51 am

The field is set for the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts opening in Penticton Jan. 27 at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The tournament card was filled out...

Aziz Ansari on the defensive

Jan 15, 2018 / 10:30 am

Aziz Ansari is defending himself following a woman's claims the actor was sexually inappropriate with her. The Brooklyn photographer, who has chosen to...

Kelowna's most wanted

Jan 15, 2018 / 10:00 am

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on a province-wide warrant as of January 15, 2018. Todd...

Cranberries singer dies

Jan 15, 2018 / 9:51 am

Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, died suddenly on Monday. She was 46. O'Riordan died in London, where she was recording,...

Sales up ahead of stress test

Jan 15, 2018 / 9:50 am

National home sales rose 4.5 per cent in December from the month before as buyers scrambled to nab homes ahead of stricter mortgage regulations coming into...

Hijab cutting didn't happen

Jan 15, 2018 / 9:45 am

A Toronto police investigation has concluded that an incident reported by an 11-year-old girl who claimed her hijab was cut by a scissors-wielding man as she...

Wahlberg donates fee

Jan 15, 2018 / 9:45 am

Mark Wahlberg has donated his $1.5 million reshoot fee from All The Money In The World to Time's Up, the legal fund for sexual assault victims. The...

Rail jury poses questions

Jan 15, 2018 / 9:43 am

Jurors in the Lac-Megantic criminal negligence trial have asked the judge their first questions since being sequestered last Thursday. During their fifth day of...

School of Nursing bearing witness over Senate

Jan 15, 2018 / 9:12 am

December’s Senate meeting welcomed two new members to the floor. Casually attired but rich in symbolism, Kenkeknem and Ckenmim’elt are a reminder of our...

Celine Dion apologizes

Jan 15, 2018 / 9:00 am

Celine Dion apologized to her fans after being forced to cancel another of her shows. The 49-year-old took to Facebook on Saturday to announce she was canceling...

Twin bombings in Baghdad

Jan 15, 2018 / 8:51 am

Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month,...

Coquihalla reopened

Jan 15, 2018 / 8:50 am

UPDATE: 8:45 a.m. Southbound lanes of the Coquihalla reopened shortly after 8 a.m. UPDATE: 6:50 a.m. DriveBC reports the southbound lanes of the Coquihalla...

Missile-alert mayhem

Jan 15, 2018 / 8:44 am

When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family didn't know what to do. They went to their guest...

Pot boosts Toronto stocks

Jan 15, 2018 / 8:35 am

Canada's main stock index was up in late-morning trading amid gains in the health-care sector. The S&P/TSX composite index was up 42.97 points to...

Meaner is in for new trucks

Jan 15, 2018 / 7:26 am

The competition for full-size pickup truck customers in the U.S. is as rough-and-tumble as ever, with Ram and Chevrolet rolling out brawny-looking new models...

Island pot grower sold

Jan 15, 2018 / 7:26 am

Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. has signed a deal to buy Broken Coast Cannabis Inc., a cannabis producer on Vancouver Island, in a transaction it valued...

Accord named car of year

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:56 am

Automotive journalists crowned the Honda Accord the North American Car of the Year on Monday, a first for the longtime model that's twice flirted for the...

Massive cleanup begins

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:50 am

Crews are beginning a massive cleanup in parts of Atlantic Canada that saw power lines downed, buildings pummelled and roads cleaved away by heavy rains and...

More than just opioids

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:46 am

People who live with chronic pain need options beyond prescription opioids, and it's up to the B.C. government to provide more services such as...

CSIS eye on 'mega trends'

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:44 am

From cryptocurrencies, to artificial intelligence, to the rise of millennials, a top-secret document by Canada's spy agency explores the so-called...

Mezzanine collapse chaos

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:41 am

A mezzanine floor inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower collapsed Monday, injuring nearly 80 people and forcing a chaotic evacuation. Security camera footage...

Car flies into second storey

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:39 am

Authorities say two people escaped serious injuries when the car they were in went airborne and slammed into the second floor of a Southern California dental...

Lava flow forces evacuation

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:35 am

Nearly 15,000 people have fled from villages around the Philippines' most active volcano as lava flowed down its crater Monday in a gentle eruption that...

What about a real attack?

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:32 am

A blunder that caused more than a million people in Hawaii to fear that they were about to be struck by a nuclear missile fed skepticism Sunday about the...

Year of the truck in Detroit

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:28 am

It's the year of the pickup truck at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new trucks...

Big UK contractor on brink

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:24 am

One of Britain's biggest contractors collapsed Monday, putting thousands of jobs at risk, after creditors and the government refused to bail out a company...

Will Airbus abandon A380?

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:19 am

Airbus said Monday it will stop making the costly A380 superjumbo if it can't strike a long-term deal with the airline Emirates for a steady supply of the...

Thousands attend vigil

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:16 am

Thousands of people gathered Sunday night at a candlelight vigil to pay tribute to the 20 people who were killed when mudslides ravaged a Southern California...

We still need passwords

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:00 am

In a world where you unlock your car by pressing a button, it seems ironic that you need a password for just about everything else. But you do. Passwords are...

All hail ride-hailing

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:43 am

The City of Kelowna believes any fees or taxes collected from the impending introduction of ride-hailing services in the province should be returned to...

Violent break and enter

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:32 am

A break and enter Sunday afternoon turned violent. RCMP say a man returned to his home in rural Falkland just before 3:00 p.m. to find a break and enter in...

'Brazen' Van. shooting

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

A targeted shooting on a major Vancouver street has left three people injured, including someone police describe as an "innocent" teen. Vancouver...

Ansari faces allegations

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

Comedian Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated last year. Ansari said in a statement Sunday that he apologized last...

Flight of a lifetime

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

Two Scouts Canada youth received the flight of a lifetime on Sunday. Scouts Canada hosted a fundraiser to support the youth's adventures by selling popcorn....

Non-profit supports cause

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

A local non-profit is hosting a fundraiser for the Silver Star Volunteer Fire Department later this week. The Silver Star Dreamweavers is hosting a fundraiser...

Life on the front lines

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

There's an old newsroom truism that "If it bleeds, it leads." However, when the attention shifts, that doesn't mean the suffering ends. Today...

Re: Perks vs. wages

Jan 15, 2018 / 4:00 am

It seems the 'Canadian Dream' is about building one's wealth on the backs of the poor. If you can't afford to pay a living wage (ie: the...

Bruce Lee Lightsaber

Jan 15, 2018 / 12:01 am

After watching some Star Wars, this special effects wiz decided to add in lightsabers to Bruce Lee's 1972 movie Fist of Fury.

World's smallest cat

Jan 15, 2018 / 12:01 am

A rusty spotted cat, the world's smallest cat, explores his forest home in Sri Lanka, but his natural curiosity is destined to get him into a spot of...

New shop, innovative tech

Jan 14, 2018 / 11:59 pm

Darren Pierce didn’t know what would happen when he pioneered a game-changing new service at his Kelowna Mr. Lube franchise, but he dove in headfirst...

Arrest in Nanaimo killing

Jan 14, 2018 / 8:57 pm

A home invasion in Nanaimo, B.C. which resulted in a death on Sunday in an apparently targeted killing has warranted an arrest. 34-year-old Troy Dax McKinnon...

Secret Garden at Lakeside

Jan 14, 2018 / 8:37 pm

Soundstage Productions is presenting The Secret Garden at the Penticton Lakeside Resort from Jan. 24 - 27. The production is a challenge, said artistic director...

Two quakes off Van. Island

Jan 14, 2018 / 8:09 pm

Port Hardy, B.C. was rocked by two earthquakes before noon this morning. No damage was reported, but two earthquakes registering at 4.2 and 4.5 magnitude...

Pot biz eager for workers

Jan 14, 2018 / 8:04 pm

Canadian marijuana companies are on a hiring spree, looking to fill an array of roles as they gear up for the legalization of recreational cannabis later this...

Cadets hit the slopes

Jan 14, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Cadets from all over the Okanagan, Kootneys and Kamloops hit the cross country trails at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre in Vernon Sunday morning. Sea, Army and...

Dennis Rodman DUI

Jan 14, 2018 / 7:59 pm

Police say former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been arrested on suspicion of DUI in Southern California. Lt. Rachel Johnson of the Newport Beach Police Department...

Casino boat ablaze

Jan 14, 2018 / 7:54 pm

A boat shuttling patrons to a casino ship off the Florida Gulf Coast became swiftly engulfed by flames Sunday, and dozens of passengers and crew escaped by...

Death at mobile home fire

Jan 14, 2018 / 3:29 pm

UPDATE: 3:27 p.m. Neighbours living at Lake City Homes Estates said the person who died in an early morning fire was a man living at the mobile home. Kevin...

Police vehicle catches fire

Jan 14, 2018 / 2:54 pm

A police vehicle caught fire Sunday, after hitting a manhole in Surrey. The fire then spread to a business. At about 7 a.m. on Jan. 14 Surrey RCMP responded to...

Fifth day of deliberations

Jan 14, 2018 / 2:43 pm

UPDATED: 2:43 p.m. The jurors at the trial of three men charged with criminal negligence causing death in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster will deliberate for...

'Pops' passes away at 89

Jan 14, 2018 / 1:26 pm

A Montreal man known affectionately as "Pops" and who founded an organization that helps the homeless has died at the age of 89. The group, called...

Praying for California

Jan 14, 2018 / 1:23 pm

Parishioners prayed on Sunday for those killed and for families still searching for missing relatives in a Southern California community ravaged by mudslides,...

Rescinding the G.S.T.

Jan 14, 2018 / 1:00 pm

On January 20th our country will begin a second year of dealing with our biggest trading partner and its' increasingly chaotic, aggressive and untrustworthy...

Alone together

Jan 14, 2018 / 11:00 am

Many of my conversations over the past few weeks have been about relationship challenges that surfaced during the holiday season. Just like life, relationships...

3 injured in shooting

Jan 14, 2018 / 10:23 am

A teenage boy and two other people were injured in a shooting on Saturday night. Vancouver Police responded to several shots fired at about 9:15 p.m. near East...

A costly bridge repair

Jan 14, 2018 / 8:22 am

​Repairs to a bridge in northwestern Ontario will take nearly three years and delays have pushed the total cost well over the initial $8 million to $12...

A terrifying wake up call

Jan 14, 2018 / 8:17 am

A ballistic missile alert is not the way you want to wake up in Hawaii, but for many British Columbians they woke up to just that. The state's emergency...

Warriors streak ends

Jan 14, 2018 / 8:00 am

The West Kelowna Warriors winning streak came to an end at three. The Wenatchee Wild salvaged the back end of a pair of games in the Washington State city with...

Poll: online vs in store

Jan 14, 2018 / 7:35 am

Sears Canada said it would close its remaining stores for good at the end of business Sunday. The long-time staple of Canada's retail landscape declared...

Lohan designs an island

Jan 14, 2018 / 7:25 am

Lindsay Lohan is planning to design a luxury island in Dubai. The Mean Girls actress is currently living in the United Arab Emirates and has an interest in a...

7.1 quake shakes Peru

Jan 14, 2018 / 7:23 am

A powerful earthquake struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, killing at least one person and leaving dozens...

No winning ticket

Jan 14, 2018 / 7:12 am

No winning ticket was sold for the $9 million jackpot in Saturday night's Lotto 649 draw. However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket...

Storm causes evacuations

Jan 14, 2018 / 7:00 am

Dozens of people in the small southern New Brunswick community of Musquash have been evacuated from their homes due to concerns about the water level at the...

Tries again on terror charges

Jan 14, 2018 / 6:58 am

A British Columbia judge was wrong to throw out findings of guilt against a pair of accused terrorist sympathizers who planted what they thought were...

Sears final stores close today

Jan 14, 2018 / 6:55 am

Sears Canada says its remaining stores will close their doors for good today. The long-time staple of Canada's retail landscape declared bankruptcy last...

No hope as tanker sinks

Jan 14, 2018 / 6:52 am

A burning Iranian tanker listing for days off the coast of China after a collision with another vessel sank Sunday, with an Iranian official saying there was...

Ford brings back Ranger

Jan 14, 2018 / 6:46 am

Ford Motor Co. will re-enter the midsize pickup truck market next spring with the 2019 Ford Ranger. The automaker is set to unveil the new North American...

Chan wins record 10th title

Jan 14, 2018 / 6:43 am

Patrick Chan has accomplished what no other Canadian skater has, absolutely dominating his event in this country for a decade. The 27-year-old from Toronto...

Hawaii owns up to error

Jan 14, 2018 / 6:37 am

A false alarm that warned of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii sent the islands into a panic Saturday, with people abandoning cars in a highway and...

Horoscope: Jan. 14-20

Jan 14, 2018 / 6:00 am

The urge for change or freedom causes some unpredictable actions or reactions. Schedules are subject to some changes as well. This can affect various levels so...

Unsolved crimes: DLC

Jan 14, 2018 / 6:00 am

You could have the missing piece of the puzzle that will help the RCMP put someone behind bars. Here is a recent crime that Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers hope...

Fans say goodbye

Jan 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Friends, family and fans bid an emotional farewell Saturday to Vernon Vipers team owner Duncan Wray. Wray passed away unexpectedly last Thursday, his 68th...

Workplace fined $120K

Jan 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

A manufacturer in Grand Forks was fined more than $120,000 last month after a worker was injured on the job. Roxul Inc. was fined $122,444.55 by WorkSafeBC on...

New Central Green project

Jan 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Another Central Green development permit application is coming before Kelowna city council Monday. A week after council questioned the lack of height being...

Purrfect pair needs home

Jan 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

Buzz and Roxy are a lovable pair of cat siblings looking for a forever home. The two currently live at Critteraid in Summerland, with animal director Jess Byer....

5 storeys not appropriate!

Jan 14, 2018 / 5:00 am

As a 12 year property owner in Peachland, I am truly concerned for my tax dollars. As a founding member of the Friends of Beach Avenue Association (FOBA), I am...

MVI with RCMP cruiser

Jan 14, 2018 / 1:21 am

A two-vehicle car crash in downtown Vernon Sunday morning involved a police cruiser. A car travelling northbound on Highway 97 collided with an RCMP cruiser...

"No, don't jump!"

Jan 14, 2018 / 12:01 am

At 3.9 seconds in, we can see what is known as a face of true betrayal.

Sunday evening feeling

Jan 14, 2018 / 12:01 am

The Sunday evening feeling is ordinarily associated with work, and the idea of going back to an office after a pleasant break. But this doesn’t quite...

Couric had no idea

Jan 13, 2018 / 9:48 pm

Katie Couric, who was Matt Lauer's "Today" co-host for several years, broke her silence Saturday on sexual misconduct allegations against him....

More wild weather coming

Jan 13, 2018 / 9:44 pm

When it comes to extreme weather, 2018 has a throwdown message for last year's show of hurricanes, forest fires and non-stop rainfall: hold my beer....

Swiss say no to boiling

Jan 13, 2018 / 9:35 pm

A new Swiss law that bans the practice of boiling lobsters alive is eliciting more smiles than concern on this side of the Atlantic. The rules, which come into...

Rockets fall to Giants

Jan 13, 2018 / 9:34 pm

The Vancouver Giants were too much for the visiting Kelowna Rockets, downing the Okanagan team 3-2 Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre. The game was...

Shot dead in broad daylight

Jan 13, 2018 / 9:27 pm

Police in Nanaimo are investigating a brazen daytime shooting that left one man dead Saturday. The man was found just before 11 a.m. in a parking lot of...

Atlantic Canada gets soaked

Jan 13, 2018 / 9:23 pm

Much of Atlantic Canada is being pummelled with heavy winds and a downpour on Saturday, swamping some areas with extensive flooding and causing two Newfoundland...

Mudslide deaths reach 19

Jan 13, 2018 / 9:19 pm

The death toll from the mudslides in a California coastal town rose to 19 on Saturday but a man who had also been on the list of missing persons was located...

Mother saves child

Jan 13, 2018 / 9:08 pm

A Cape Breton mother is recovering in hospital after saving her five-year-old daughter. Angelique Swann pushed her child out of the way of an out-of-control...

IS offshoot claims attack

Jan 13, 2018 / 6:57 pm

An Islamic State group offshoot is claiming it carried out the October attack in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers and four Nigerien troops and sparked...

Diana statue to be removed

Jan 13, 2018 / 6:53 pm

Harrods, the luxury London department store and tourist destination, is reportedly planning to remove a memorial to Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed. British...

The best test their strength

Jan 13, 2018 / 5:00 pm

It’s a competition that tests your inner and outer strength. The Tydax Fitness Okanagan Valley Throwdown is taking place at the South Okanagan Events...

'Putting lives at risk'

Jan 13, 2018 / 4:32 pm

Lives are being put in danger due to careless drivers. For the third time this month, a motorist has driven over a firehose at an active fire scene and that is...

Truck crashed median

Jan 13, 2018 / 4:24 pm

Traffic was slowed at the corner of Gordon and Springfield roads following a single-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon. A witness told Castanet it appears a...

Iran says no to changes

Jan 13, 2018 / 4:18 pm

Iran said Saturday it won't accept any changes to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after President Donald Trump vowed to pull out of the accord in a...

Trump in 'excellent health'

Jan 13, 2018 / 4:05 pm

President Donald Trump's White House physician declared him in "excellent health" after the president received his first medical checkup at Walter...

Suspended, not fired

Jan 13, 2018 / 3:49 pm

YouTube has suspended a star who posted video images of what appeared to be a suicide victim but said Saturday that doesn't mean it won't work with him...

Vipers play on

Jan 13, 2018 / 3:25 pm

A day after losing beloved team owner Duncan Wray, the Vernon Vipers dropped a 5-0 decision Friday to the Merritt Centennials in the Nicola Valley community....

Did I miss something?

Jan 13, 2018 / 3:00 pm

Mayor Fortin stated residents concerned with Peachland Council’s irregular development approval of a 5 storey high rise in a 3 storey zoning on Beach...

Restrictions put on prof.

Jan 13, 2018 / 2:44 pm

UPDATE 3:20 p.m. Nathan Skoliski, with the university, said UBC is working with the BC College of Psychologists to determine the best course of action with...

Fire hall gives back

Jan 13, 2018 / 2:00 pm

Community members in Naramata had a chance to interact with their local firefighters on Saturday, as the department hosted its annual open house at the fire...

Another storm pummels East

Jan 13, 2018 / 1:49 pm

Much of Atlantic Canada is being pummelled with heavy winds and a downpour on Saturday, swamping some areas with extensive flooding and causing a Newfoundland...

Serwa 6th at World Cup

Jan 13, 2018 / 1:16 pm

Kelowna's Kelsey Serwa finished 6th at a World Cup women's ski cross event in Idre Fjall, Sweden Saturday. Serwa, who qualified fourth for the first of...

Virtue, Moir win 8th title

Jan 13, 2018 / 12:36 pm

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir captured their eighth Canadian figure skating title on Saturday, in their final appearance in the event. The Olympic gold and silver...

Mistaken missile warning

Jan 13, 2018 / 12:22 pm

A Kelowna family currently vacationing in Maui woke up to what they thought was a life-threatening situation on Saturday. A push alert was sent to cellphones of...

Entertainment this week

Jan 13, 2018 / 12:00 pm

It's always busy in the entertainment world and Rob Balsdon has all the goods on what happened this past week.

Louis-Dreyfus 'beats' chemo

Jan 13, 2018 / 11:43 am

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has marked the end of chemo by posting an Instagram video of her grown sons lip-syncing to Michael Jackson's "Beat It." The...

Cyberattack prevention

Jan 13, 2018 / 11:16 am

As the potential for cyberattacks to undermine the democratic process becomes alarmingly clear, Canadians can take some comfort in the fact that national...

Private mortgage options

Jan 13, 2018 / 11:00 am

Do you think of private mortgages as a last resort; the very last option to consider should you be unable to obtain mortgage financing through a traditional...

Media Facebook fallout

Jan 13, 2018 / 10:20 am

Some members of Canada's media industry say they expect to be able to weather the potential setback created by the latest change to Facebook's content...

Versace on runway roll

Jan 13, 2018 / 10:15 am

A triumphant outing at the Golden Globes primed Donatella Versace to help launch Milan Fashion Week menswear previews on Saturday. Versace dressed three women...

Corrections' wages lacking

Jan 13, 2018 / 10:05 am

The B.C. Government Employees Union is worried about the high turnover rate of correctional officers, which is reportedly close to three-times higher than the...

Bye bye "Big Uglies"

Jan 13, 2018 / 9:52 am

UPDATE 9:52 a.m. Tributes continue to pour in for Keith Jackson. Adam Scefter with the NFL Network tweeted "Keith Jackson was the voice of college football...

Canine influenza in Canada

Jan 13, 2018 / 8:52 am

Health officials say five more dogs have tested positive for a strain of canine influenza in southwestern Ontario, bringing the total number of infected up to...

Highways remain dangerous

Jan 13, 2018 / 8:41 am

Slightly warmer temperatures and no precipitation is expected for the next several days across the Okanagan Valley, but conditions remain less-than-ideal on...

$14M for modular homes

Jan 13, 2018 / 8:13 am

B.C.'s fastest-growing city will soon have more resources to help get residents off the street. The City of Surrey is being provided $13 million of capital...

Man dies after Costco attack

Jan 13, 2018 / 7:42 am

An elderly man who was assaulted outside the Costco in downtown Vancouver last month has passed away as a result of his injuries. According to police, the...

Anti-migrant Czech Pres?

Jan 13, 2018 / 7:19 am

President Milos Zeman, 73, is seeking re-election and is considered the favourite to win the first-round vote taking place Friday and Saturday. The former...

Fewer birds after wildfire

Jan 13, 2018 / 7:13 am

A Parks Canada official says a powerful wildfire that shut down Waterton Lakes National Park late last summer will inevitably change the species of birds in the...

Thank you for the hand!

Jan 13, 2018 / 7:00 am

I wanted to thank the two seniors who helped me dig out my car on Raymer avenue a few days ago! They were walking by on the sidewalk, grabbed a shovel and went...

Where in the world?

Jan 13, 2018 / 6:44 am

Looking for the best place in the world to live, outside of the Okanagan, that is? According to InternationalLiving.com Costa Rica is number one on their list...

Trump lawyer brokers porn?

Jan 13, 2018 / 6:41 am

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer brokered a $130,000 payment to a porn actress to prevent her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter...

Pot wars on the Prairies

Jan 13, 2018 / 6:38 am

Saskatoon-based CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Aurora Cannabis Inc., alleging what it calls "multiple claims of wrongdoing"...

Frustrations, tragedy for Cali

Jan 13, 2018 / 6:33 am

Frustrations and dark discoveries mounted for a California town ravaged by a deadly and destructive mudslide. Most of the people of Montecito, a town usually...

Ethics, exports, nuclear war

Jan 13, 2018 / 6:31 am

The week in political rhetoric was a study in contrasts. Donald Trump lit fires of dissent across his country and around the world with inflammatory comments...

Fight those winter blues

Jan 13, 2018 / 6:00 am

Do you feel the winter blues setting in? The cheeriness of the holiday season has been packed up, and the grey skies are still hanging over us. The bills from...

Parents check out academies

Jan 13, 2018 / 6:00 am

Parents gathered at Kalamalka Secondary School this week to hear about various specialized learning opportunities for students in School District No. 22. Some...

Unsolved crimes: West Kel

Jan 13, 2018 / 6:00 am

You could have the missing piece of the puzzle that will help the RCMP put someone behind bars. Here is a recent crime that Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers hope...

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