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News Archive Mar 4 to 10, 2018

Rockets complete sweep

Mar 10, 2018 / 10:00 pm

Make it a perfect eight for eight for the Kelowna Rockets in their season series with the rival Kamloops Blazers. For the first time in five year, the Rockets...

Seeding for 2018 U SPORTS national championship: UBC Okanagan enters draw as the 5-seed

Mar 10, 2018 / 9:00 pm

After finishing as a Canada West semifinalist the Heat go into the national tournament in Laval, QC as the fifth seed. Play their first match on Friday, March...

Controversy in Tory vote

Mar 10, 2018 / 7:45 pm

Doug Ford is the new leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservatives. The announcement comes after a delay that lasted more than seven hours as party...

Flying car lands In Geneva

Mar 10, 2018 / 7:00 pm

I have spent the last several days in Geneva. In fact, I spent the first few days buried in a snow storm in the U.K. and then came to Geneva. It was a milestone...

Hope wings returns home

Mar 10, 2018 / 7:00 pm

'Give Hope Wings' departed from Kelowna International Airport on Jan. 2 on a journey of a lifetime, and after visiting 20 counties over 65 days they...

Trans-Canada reopens

Mar 10, 2018 / 6:03 pm

UPDATE: 6:05 p.m. The Trans-Canada Highway has reopened in both directions just east of Golden, after a closure that lasted about four hours on Saturday for...

A chance to take in nature

Mar 10, 2018 / 6:00 pm

The public is invited to the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance's annual general meeting next week. The AGM takes place on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7...

Rallies for, against pipeline

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:02 pm

Protesters around Vancouver held duelling rallies on Saturday, some welcoming Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project with others decrying...

Hate and hatespeech

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Those are two words we hear and read about almost every day, that got me thinking if I to hate somebody. Well you can hate something, but that is not the same...

Sailor sex assault case wraps

Mar 10, 2018 / 4:56 pm

A military judge is expected to render a decision Monday in the court martial of a Halifax sailor accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate. Lawyers for the...

One dead in AM incident

Mar 10, 2018 / 4:46 pm

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. One man has been confirmed dead as a result of a "disturbance call" in Victoria early Saturday morning, according to the Victoria...

Search for prolific offender

Mar 10, 2018 / 4:33 pm

A Canada-wide search warrant has been issued by Vancouver Police for 42-year-old Kevin Jerome Holden. Holden is on parole and didn't return for his curfew...

Shooting victim identified

Mar 10, 2018 / 4:20 pm

UPDATE: 4:20 p.m. The victim in a fatal shooting in Surrey on Friday has been identified as 23-year-old Pardip Brar of Delta. Brar was known to police and has...

Trump doing it alone

Mar 10, 2018 / 4:09 pm

His staff hollowing out and his agenda languishing, President Donald Trump is increasingly flying solo. Always improvisational, the president exercised his...

BC climber disappears

Mar 10, 2018 / 2:40 pm

Two experienced mountain climbers have vanished in southeastern Alaska, one of whom is from Squamish. B.C. native Marc-Andre Leclerc and George "Ryan"...

$8K of band's gear stolen

Mar 10, 2018 / 1:15 pm

An Okanagan musician is out more than $8,000 after his gear was stolen from his garage sometime this past week. Tim Reardon, who plays in the bands The...

Dust advisory issued again

Mar 10, 2018 / 12:30 pm

A dust advisory has been issued for Vernon once again, just four days after the last advisory ended. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy...

Iconic carving loses home

Mar 10, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Prior to Aug. 6, 1997, City Park looked very different than it does today. That afternoon, a windstorm tore through Kelowna, pulling down the majority of the...

Rallying against pipeline

Mar 10, 2018 / 11:30 am

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. Indigenous leaders and environmentalists beat drums and sang as they protested Kinder Morgan's $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline in...

Mortgages for self-employed

Mar 10, 2018 / 11:00 am

It's not as easy as it once was for the self-employed to obtain mortgage financing. A few years ago, you could tell your banker how much you made, look them...

Poll: school threats

Mar 10, 2018 / 10:57 am

The school day went off without a hitch, Friday, at West Kelowna's Mount Boucherie Secondary School following a threat the school district deemed not...

Warrant for sex offender

Mar 10, 2018 / 9:45 am

Police in Vancouver are looking for a high-risk sex offender after he failed to return to his halfway house, for the second time in the last three years. A...

Snow knocks out power

Mar 10, 2018 / 9:15 am

Thousands of Nova Scotians are without power today after a snowstorm battered the province. Nova Scotia Power says over 11,500 customers are still without...

Bump stock ban proposed

Mar 10, 2018 / 8:03 am

The Trump administration said Saturday it has taken the first step in the regulatory process to ban bump stocks, likely setting the stage for long legal battles...

Teen drowns in hot tub

Mar 10, 2018 / 7:36 am

A 14-year-old boy is believed to have drowned in a hot tub near Golden Friday afternoon. Just before 5 p.m., the BC Ambulance Service responded to a report of a...

Soup's On for the mission

Mar 10, 2018 / 7:00 am

A bowl of soup will help feed the hungry in more ways than one. Enactus Okanagan College, in collaboration with the Upper Room Mission, is holding...

Kitchen myths, or are they?

Mar 10, 2018 / 6:00 am

Have you seen the latest news? Do you get to watch the latest silly pet video, and read the funny quote that got posted this morning? The arbiter of...

Do not cancel Hedley

Mar 10, 2018 / 6:00 am

Is this not a horrifying world we live in? Where someone can say something on Twitter and twelve of their friends can say something similar and destroy...

Unsolved crimes: DLC

Mar 10, 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...

Silver Star Resort

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

British Columbia's 3rd largest ski resort boasting over 3,282 acres of ski & snowboard terrain spread across 4 mountain faces. Steeped with a mining...

Jagmeet Singh visits town

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and South Okanagan - West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings were active in Penticton on Friday. Singh was visiting the city for the...

Young minds at Inquiry Expo

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Some of the Central Okanagan brightest young minds will show off their imaginations at the Inquiry Expo today. The rebranded district science fair is a...

Alta. MP visits wine country

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Several winery owners in the Okanagan feel it's up to the federal government to end the "growing animosity" between governments in B.C. and...

Fungal disease killing bats

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

A deadly bat disease has not shown up in the North Okanagan, but officials are monitoring the spread closely. First detected in Washington State, White-Nose...

Spring-like weather

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Congratulations Okanagan, it looks like we survived another winter. After several months of frigid temperatures and lots of snow, the sun has returned and the...

MLA recovers from surgery

Mar 10, 2018 / 5:00 am

Seeing Steve Thomson pounding the pavement at various events in Kelowna the past few weeks, you would never know he recently underwent major surgery. The...

Puppy discovers snow

Mar 10, 2018 / 12:01 am

As excited as we all are for the snow to melt and summer to arrive, you can't help but love this puppy's first romp around in the snow.

Rubiks cube record

Mar 10, 2018 / 12:01 am

The robot uprising gets ever so closer...

Rockets find winning form

Mar 9, 2018 / 10:40 pm

The Kelowna Rockets snapped a five-game losing streak, and, in the process, moved a step closer to clinching the Western Hockey League's BC Division title....

3 hostages, gunman dead

Mar 9, 2018 / 8:27 pm

Three workers for a program that treats veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder were found dead Friday along with the suspect who took them hostage in a...

Traffic delays for dark fibre

Mar 9, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Motorists using Glenmore Road can expect some delays while the city installs another section of its dark fibre network. Work will begin Monday and affect the...

Top valley chefs team up

Mar 9, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A hall-of-fame chef in the Okanagan is leaving his position at Okanagan College to join one of the valley’s best-known culinary teams. Chef Bernard...

NDP bullish on BC wine

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:20 pm

The provincial government is putting its money behind the wine and food tourism industries in B.C. During a keynote address at the close of the BC Tourism...

Granny attacked with sword

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:05 pm

RCMP in southern Alberta say a 79-year-old woman is in hospital with serious injuries after she was attacked with a sword. Police say they were called to a home...

GVA best in business

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:00 pm

It's the biggest night of the year for the Greater Vernon area business community. Tonight the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce presents the 34th Annual...

Speculators flip properties

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:00 pm

I shop at Save On, T-bones, Paynter’s, Bylands and Home Hardware, to name just a few places. I buy wine at Quail’s Gate and Little Straw and...

Bullet train, soaring costs

Mar 9, 2018 / 4:59 pm

The projected cost of California's bullet train between San Francisco and Los Angeles has jumped to $77 billion and the completion date has been pushed back...

Good news for Good Food

Mar 9, 2018 / 4:59 pm

There is good news for the Good Food Box program. Earlier this week, it was announced the program would end, but an outpouring of support and some dedicated...

Time to spring ahead

Mar 9, 2018 / 4:53 pm

Daylight time begins this weekend, with most Canadians setting their clocks an hour ahead early Sunday. As always, officials are using the moment to remind us...

Not first threat to turn off tap

Mar 9, 2018 / 4:43 pm

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's threat to reduce oil shipments to other provinces, the latest salvo in a recent pipeline dispute with British Columbia,...

First minister to give birth

Mar 9, 2018 / 4:23 pm

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould has made history — twice over — with the birth of a baby boy this week. She's the first woman to...

Tales from the Border Patrol

Mar 9, 2018 / 4:19 pm

Francisco Cantu said he joined the Border Patrol at age 23 to get an on-the-ground education in international relations. Now 32, he says he didn't expect...

Toys R Us in trouble?

Mar 9, 2018 / 4:15 pm

It's business as usual at Toys R Us Canada, the company says, even as reports claim the toy retailer's American counterpart will soon liquidate its U.S....

'Bit of history' at blaze

Mar 9, 2018 / 4:11 pm

UPDATE: 4 p.m. Kelowna firefighters were pushed back by heavy smoke and dangerous fire activity at a Rutland house fire on Friday. Platoon Capt. Tim Light says...

New chamber board elected

Mar 9, 2018 / 4:02 pm

The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce elected a new board of directors Thursday night during its AGM at the Shatford Centre. Nine vacancies were...

Big bucks for Keremeos

Mar 9, 2018 / 3:50 pm

The Village of Keremeos is now flush with cash to upgrade its aging sewage treatment plant. The small Similkameen community was granted $3.9M from the federal...

Pot sales to be delayed?

Mar 9, 2018 / 3:11 pm

Once recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada in July retail sales may not be allowed in the Town of Oliver. Staff are recommending council to ban retail...

Local sex assault connection

Mar 9, 2018 / 2:58 pm

Police in Manitoba say there may be a connection between an alleged sexual assault suspect and Kelowna. Ivan Valintine Cesnik, 57, was arrested in Calgary 10...

Two-vehicle crash

Mar 9, 2018 / 2:51 pm

Butt Road in West Kelowna was closed for a short time Friday afternoon due to a collision along Carrington Road and Butt Road just after 1:30 p.m. The motorists...

Snowpack exceeds last year

Mar 9, 2018 / 2:15 pm

The BC River Forecast Centre says snowpack levels in the Okanagan and Similkameen are well above what would be considered concerning in any year. As of March 1,...

NATO's 'increased concern'

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:52 pm

Growing worries about Russian military activity in the North Atlantic have prompted NATO to start examining ways to better secure the region — which could...

Farm shooter applauded

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:51 pm

A man in rural Alberta who was charged by police after shots were fired during a confrontation on his property was met with applause from about 150 supporters...

She's the new boss at RCMP

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:46 pm

The first woman to ever be permanently appointed to lead the RCMP promised Friday to leave no stone unturned in her efforts to modernize a law-enforcement...

More guilty pleas from cop

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:39 pm

Police had to restrain a man after he burst into a Saskatchewan courtroom and demanded closure from a former RCMP officer accused of assaulting him and two...

Canadians a trashy bunch

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:36 pm

An extensive report by the three countries in the North American Free Trade Agreement says the amount of waste Canadians generate continues to increase. The...

Internet rates going up

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:33 pm

Two of Canada's biggest internet service providers are preparing to increase their monthly subscriber prices. Rogers Communications will raise prices for...

Self-folding origami?

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:31 pm

A Halifax-born former child prodigy has proven he can do just about anything with a piece of paper. Erik Demaine, a 37-year-old MIT computer science professor,...

Trial set in baby killing

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:30 pm

A Montreal man who is charged with the attempted murder of his pregnant partner has been ordered to stand trial in the slaying of the baby she was carrying....

Window falls from highrise

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:25 pm

A pane of glass fell from a highrise hotel in downtown Vancouver early Friday. The window smashed on the sidewalk and road below, closing down a section of...

From one mom to another

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:20 pm

On Tuesday morning on her way to school our daughter had a pretty bad seizure, she woke up on the sidewalk near Shoppers in Lake Country, scared and hurt. I...

Public solar array funded

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:12 pm

With $6-million dollars in federal funding announced today, the District of Summerland will be harnessing the power of the bright Okanagan sun. The money will...

Money pumped into Valley

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:11 pm

Federal money is pouring into the Okanagan, with several multi-million dollar announcements being made Friday. Vernon will see $2.5 million come back to the...

Wastewater plant gets $2M

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:07 pm

The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen has been awarded just under $2.3 million from the federal gas tax fund to help fund a pair of projects. The most...

Castanet Kid Report

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:00 pm

Castanet's Kid Report with junior correspondent Ariella Amato.

Lives put at risk at YLW

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:47 pm

UPDATE: 12:47 p.m. Since Castanet published a report on a Cessna Citation safety issue at YLW earlier this week, we have since learned more about what is being...

Private college debt eyed

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:45 pm

Federal officials, as part of the government's latest efforts to crack down on bad debts, are trying to figure out why graduates from private career...

NRA gave $7.3M to schools

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:37 pm

The National Rifle Association has given more than $7 million in grants to hundreds of U.S. schools in recent years, according to an Associated Press analysis,...

Cybersex predator nabbed

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:31 pm

Norwegian and U.S. law enforcers have helped the Philippines capture a man they say exploited children by having them join sex videos which he then showed to...

Jeremy Allingham live

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:23 pm

Despite what you may have heard…guitar music is still a thing and rock is not dead. =) And Jeremy Allingham proves that emphatically on his new album,...

Actor denies allegations

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:20 pm

Vancouver actor Michael Coleman is denying sexual harassment allegations levelled against him. The actor, who is known for his role as Happy the dwarf in the...

Swan Lake warning issued

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:18 pm

Officials are asking the public to use extreme caution when visiting Swan Lake. Swan Lake is a popular spot for ice fishing in the winter, but there is a...

Change the town 'forever'

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:13 pm

The District of Lake Country has been awarded $5 million in federal gas tax funding to complete a project that will “change the town forever.”...

$4.9M for water system

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:09 pm

The federal government has stepped up for a second time to help the District of Peachland with a new water treatment plant. At a news conference Friday morning,...

Moby missed mom's funeral

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Moby missed his mother's funeral because he was hungover. The dance music star and animal rights activist, who grew up an only child to a single mother...

Boat launch closed Monday

Mar 9, 2018 / 11:57 am

The popular Okanagan Landing Paddlewheel Boat Launch will be closed Monday, March 12 for maintenance. Boaters are encouraged to use other launch accesses. The...

Chef set to shine in a new role

Mar 9, 2018 / 11:49 am

Okanagan College Media Release Renowned Chef Bernard Casavant is leaving Okanagan College, but he’s not leaving the institution or his devotion to culinary...

Fore! Golf season is back

Mar 9, 2018 / 11:43 am

Golf season is back this weekend in the Okanagan – rain, shine or snow. The Golf Centre Driving Range on Benvoulin Road in Kelowna will open this...

$6M for arena vision

Mar 9, 2018 / 11:17 am

Penticton is one step closer to a new arena. A $6-million federal Gas Tax Fund grant was announced Friday in support of an Arena Task Force study into a new...

Gomez 'could have died'

Mar 9, 2018 / 11:15 am

Selena Gomez "could have died" after suffering a complication following her kidney transplant surgery, according to her donor Francia Raisa. The Same...

Lumby scores huge grant

Mar 9, 2018 / 11:12 am

Hockey fans in Lumby had lots to cheer about Friday after a multi-million dollar announcement that will see renovations to the aging Pat Duke Memorial Arena....

Coquihalla now open

Mar 9, 2018 / 10:38 am

UPDATE 10:37 a.m. The northbound lane of the Coquihalla highway is now open but the DriveBC travel advisory remains in effect. UPDATE 9:05 a.m. The northbound...

Teri Hatcher is not homeless

Mar 9, 2018 / 10:30 am

Actress Teri Hatcher has threatened legal action over an "absurd" tabloid report suggesting she is broke and homeless. The former Desperate Housewives...

Witness to Mexico gunfire

Mar 9, 2018 / 10:28 am

A Canadian with a vacation home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has sent Castanet video of a brazen daytime robbery of what appears to be a jewelry store. The...

Polygamy challenge rejected

Mar 9, 2018 / 10:28 am

A judge has rejected a challenge of Canada's polygamy laws that was launched after two men were found guilty of the offence in British Columbia. Winston...

Prime minister on pipeline

Mar 9, 2018 / 10:26 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the dispute between Alberta and British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion isn't the first time...

Trans Mountain legal action

Mar 9, 2018 / 10:24 am

Trans Mountain is seeking an injunction against a group of anti-pipeline activists protesting construction at two terminals in Burnaby, B.C. A notice of civil...

3 suspicious fires in 2 days

Mar 9, 2018 / 10:09 am

RCMP are investigating three suspicious fires in two days. The fires happened in Armstrong. RCMP were called to a fire around 2 a.m. Friday in the 3600 block of...

Laverne Cox finds love

Mar 9, 2018 / 9:45 am

Actress Laverne Cox has found happiness with a man she met on dating app Tinder. The transgender Orange is the New Black star reveals she and her new boyfriend,...

Races showcasing Valley

Mar 9, 2018 / 9:30 am

Adventure athletes from around the province are preparing for a pair of unique multi-sport races in Kelowna and Penticton later this month. During the second...

Threat keeps kids away

Mar 9, 2018 / 9:07 am

UPDATE: 9 a.m. Attendance at Mount Boucherie Secondary School appears significantly down today in the wake of a threat made against the school. The school...

Kelly Clarkson debuts song

Mar 9, 2018 / 9:00 am

Pop star Kelly Clarkson has turned a new children's book into a touching song. The Stronger hitmaker was recently approached by Today show co-host Hoda Kotb...

Body removed from mill

Mar 9, 2018 / 8:52 am

A dead body has been removed from the Domtar pulp mill in Kamloops. The body was first discovered by employees on Wednesday in one of the ponds on the site at...

7 people hospitalized

Mar 9, 2018 / 8:34 am

VPD are investigating an early morning crash in East Vancouver that sent seven people to hospital Friday morning. Two of the victims are reportedly suffering...

B.C. home sales to fall

Mar 9, 2018 / 8:20 am

Real estate experts in British Columbia predict residential home sales will dip this year but remain well above the province's 10-year average, although...

Vagina Monologues money

Mar 9, 2018 / 7:18 am

It may have started as a lark but the Vagina Monologues has grown to become a major talking point for women's issues and fundraiser for women's...

Stampeders are back!

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:56 am

The 70's are coming back! The Stampeders, the quintessential Canadian Rock 'n' Roll band of the 1970's are bringing their classic hits to...

Family torn apart

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:55 am

The son of an Iranian-Canadian professor who died in a Tehran prison fought back tears after he arrived in Canada on Thursday as he explained how his mother...

No special treatment on TPP

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:47 am

The United States will receive no preferential treatment if it seeks to rejoin the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership that Canada and 10 partners signed...

Mining the Grand Canyon?

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:44 am

U.S. scientists studying the effects of uranium mining around the Grand Canyon say they are lacking information on whether the radioactive element is hurting...

Trump, Kim to talk nukes

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:33 am

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump plan to meet in May for nuclear disarmament talks, a whiplash development that would put two...

Explosion survivor passes

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:29 am

One of the last people to survive the Halifax Explosion has died at the age of 106. An obituary for Gladys Hazel Forrest says she died at a care home in Halifax...

White privilege hits nerve

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:26 am

A poster campaign at a school district in B.C.'s Interior aimed at creating conversations about racism and privilege has struck a nerve with some parents....

More must be done to help

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:22 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told Liberal party supporters in Saskatchewan that more needs to be done to help Indigenous people. Trudeau spoke to party...

Unsolved crimes: Kelowna

Mar 9, 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...

Short sighted decision

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:00 am

The Board of Trustees for SD#23 recently approved reconfiguration of West Kelowna schools effective September 2018, moving grade 6 to middle school and grade 9...

Haters gonna hate

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:00 am

Part 2 of 4: creating confidence This was the hardest lesson I learned on my journey to discovering confidence. People who make fun of you, dislike you, or are...

OMG, school shooting calls

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:50 am

Among the newly released recordings of 911 calls from deadly Florida school shooting, the parents of a 17-year-old girl can be heard telling a dispatcher that...

Northeast digs out

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:49 am

Residents in the Northeast dug out from as much as 2 feet of wet, heavy snow Thursday, while utilities dealt with downed trees and power lines that snarled...

Earhart mystery solved

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:45 am

Bones found in 1940 on a western Pacific Ocean island were quite likely to be remains from famed aviator Amelia Earhart, a new analysis concludes. The study and...

Canada adds jobs

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:43 am

UPDATE 5:44 a.m. The economy added 15,400 net new jobs last month and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.8 per cent — but the gains were due to a surge...

ACTRA code of conduct

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:41 am

Canadian entertainment organizations have responded to the recent flood of sexual misconduct allegations with a new collective code of conduct that is a...

NAFTA breakup would hurt

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:34 am

The Conference Board of Canada is predicting a 0.5 per cent decline in the country's economy resulting in the loss of about 85,000 jobs within a year if the...

Santana shreds at Prospera

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

Thousands of fans packed Prospera Place Thursday evening to hear the legendary Carlos Santana tear down the stadium. And he did just that. Santana, in his...

Finding ways to end poverty

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

Poverty reduction was the theme at a community meeting at the Ooknakane Friendship Centre Thursday night. A few dozen people gathered around six communal...

Vees prepare for Round 2

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

After a decisive sweep in the opening round of the BCHL playoffs against the Coquitlam Express, the Penticton Vees are preparing to face the Trail Smoke Eaters...

Dog left bloodied, injured

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna woman faces hundreds of dollars in vet bills after picking up her pet from a local kennel. The woman says she dropped her border collie, Morgan, off...

Watching the water

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

With a snowpack above normal and spring temperatures on the way, officials in Armstrong and Lumby are doing what they can to ensure history does not repeat...

So popular it's back

Mar 9, 2018 / 5:00 am

Angst hit the Vernon Towne Cinema big screen at the end of February and it was so well received a local businesswoman is bringing it back to town, one last...

Problem Solving

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:01 am

Teamwork always wins.

Synthetic Skiing

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:01 am

With the ski and snowboard season coming to a close soon, would you try synthetic skiing or boarding in the summer?

Top researchers receive prestigious awards at UBC Okanagan

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:00 am

Three professors named Researchers of the Year From smart building materials, to innovative public art, to improved palliative care, UBC Okanagan’s...

KSS threats 'not valid'

Mar 8, 2018 / 11:15 pm

Police were inundated with calls from concerned parents on Thursday evening after rumours started circling on social media about Kelowna Secondary School and a...

Aquarium drops lawsuit

Mar 8, 2018 / 10:42 pm

The Vancouver Aquarium has dropped its legal battle against a filmmaker whose documentary criticized its practices of keeping dolphins and whales in captivity....

Boost for Starfish program

Mar 8, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The Penticton Starfish Pack program has received a $5,000 donation from Cascades Casino in the run up to its first anniversary celebrations. The Starfish Pack...

Changing lives across seas

Mar 8, 2018 / 8:00 pm

A Vernon hair salon is raising money for clean water initiatives in developing countries. "Every year at Spruce we participate in Earth Month," said...

Poll: feel safe in Mexico?

Mar 8, 2018 / 7:40 pm

The Canadian government has issued a safety and security warning for travellers visiting Playa del Carmen in Mexico. The advisory notes that the United States...

No anger before stabbing

Mar 8, 2018 / 7:26 pm

A woman who was helping decorate for a baby shower the night the new mother's spouse was stabbed to death told the court Thursday there had been no...

CSSHL hopes to bring $3M

Mar 8, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Staff with the Canadian Sport School Hockey League are expecting the annual championships to have an economic impact of more than $3 million in Penticton this...

Dapper Rockets makeover

Mar 8, 2018 / 6:15 pm

The Kelowna Rockets will don a new set of jerseys for a good cause Saturday night when the Kamloops Blazers come to town. The plaid, suit-jacket style uniforms...

Nonprofit debuts new look

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:32 pm

The Penticton and District Community Resource Society has a new identity. In front of about 100 people at the Lakeside Resort, the nonprofit announced it has...

Biking towards the future

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 pm

The North Okanagan Cycling Society is hoping for a big 2018. The group held its annual general meeting recently where president Daniel Poulin spoke about where...

Women's time to thrive

Mar 8, 2018 / 4:42 pm

About 100 women and men braved the elements in Kelowna, Thursday, for a message of hope and empowerment. Her International, a charity that helps marginalized...

Stop the tax!

Mar 8, 2018 / 4:00 pm

With the new tax looming, the banks will not be able to rely on any appraisals they obtain for new mortgage applications in the province as they can’t be...

Women's Day challenge

Mar 8, 2018 / 3:50 pm

International Women's Day is March 8, celebrating women around the world. Castanet hit the streets to challenge Okanagan residents – male and female...

Only video store shuts down

Mar 8, 2018 / 3:44 pm

The show will soon be over for the only video rental store in Summerland. Homeside Video on Jubilee Road is selling all of its inventory in anticipation of...

Women helping women

Mar 8, 2018 / 3:43 pm

International Women's Day was well represented on Main Street in Penticton Thursday, with feminist speakers and female-oriented discussions. Mondo Creation,...

Snowpack 141% of normal

Mar 8, 2018 / 3:22 pm

New data from the BC River Forecast Centre has snowpacks in the Okanagan and Similkameen way above normal. As of March 1, the Okanagan snowpack was at 141 per...

Notley threat to cut off oil

Mar 8, 2018 / 3:13 pm

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is threatening to turn off the oil taps in a fight with British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Notley...

PM doesn't deserve credit

Mar 8, 2018 / 3:00 pm

Last week, I wrote about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent trip to India and addressed some criticisms that had been levied. For example, there were...

Billing error expands audit

Mar 8, 2018 / 2:27 pm

The City of Penticton is placing new priority on an audit of its commercial high-usage electrical customers after discovering a “notable” billing...

Child abused at school

Mar 8, 2018 / 2:20 pm

UPDATE 2:20 p.m. The superintendent of North Okanagan-Shuswap School District 83 has issued a statement regarding allegations of sexual abuse of an elementary...

Kelowna cops get ruff

Mar 8, 2018 / 2:00 pm

Kelowna RCMP are teaming up with some four-legged friends. "Today is an introduction to our partnership with the University of British Columbia Okanagan...

Tariffs avoided - for now

Mar 8, 2018 / 1:55 pm

Canada can breathe easier, for now: It's getting relief from U.S. tariffs for an undetermined period, as one of only two countries receiving a provisional...

Kids in halls of power

Mar 8, 2018 / 1:48 pm

Tears were flowing in the B.C. legislature as politicians from all parties voted to allow children on the floor of the chamber. Energy Minister Michelle Mungall...

Flight attendants fight back

Mar 8, 2018 / 1:33 pm

The union representing Air Canada flight attendants says it has filed a human rights complaint alleging "systemic discrimination and harassment" of...

Suspicious fire in Armstrong

Mar 8, 2018 / 1:32 pm

RCMP are investigating a suspicious fire in Armstrong. On March 8 at approximately 2:30 a.m., the Armstrong Fire Department requested police assistance in...

Robbed and hit with a baton

Mar 8, 2018 / 1:28 pm

An armed robbery turned violent in Vernon Thursday morning. RCMP say two men entered the 7-11 convenience store at 1250 Middleton Way around 4:30 a.m. The men...

Oil wells left untended

Mar 8, 2018 / 1:22 pm

A massive number of oil and gas wells, facilities and pipeline segments stand to be added to the already bulging files of the Alberta Orphan Well Association in...

Atwal renounces terrorism

Mar 8, 2018 / 1:16 pm

A man at the centre of a controversy surrounding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent visit to India says he has renounced terrorism and no longer...

Fake news travels fastest

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:49 pm

Twitter loves lies. A new study finds that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people....

RDNO sets budget

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:46 pm

The Regional District of the North Okanagan has approved its financial plan for the next five years. There will be a tax increase. "Our increase showing...

Penticton getting more grey

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:44 pm

Penticton is getting older. An updated study presented to council this week using 2016 census data predicts Penticton’s population will grow from 34,440...

Manure next energy source?

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:33 pm

Researchers at an Ontario university say farm manure could be a viable source of renewable energy to heat homes. University of Waterloo scientists say they are...

Beyond Google, Facebook

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:22 pm

Google and Facebook continue to be the juggernauts that dominate how Canadians use the Internet, but a new "non-duopoly" trend may be emerging,...

Near-record gas prices

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:19 pm

Gasoline prices in Metro Vancouver have hit $1.50 a litre and are near record highs, with at least one analyst saying they could climb further still. Dan...

Housing pace picks up

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:18 pm

The pace of new home construction picked up unexpectedly in February driven by strength in the condo market in major cities, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp....

Suspect still at large

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:11 pm

UPDATE 12:11 p.m. Still not many answers on an incident at a Kelowna coffee shop late Wednesday night. Kelowna RCMP tell Castanet they are continuing the...

Court dates for Sagmoen

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:06 pm

A man accused of several violent acts against sex trade workers will be in a Vernon court this fall for a trial and two preliminary enquiries. As has become the...

Special visit for sick child

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:05 pm

Seven-year-old Naramata resident Wills Hodgkinson, who is battling a rare form of kidney cancer, was visited at Vancouver's Ronald McDonald House by a local...

Travel warning for Mexico

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:01 pm

The Canadian government has issued a safety and security warning for travellers visiting Playa del Carmen in Mexico. The advisory notes that the United States...

GoFundMe page set up

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:01 pm

UPDATE: 11:58 a.m. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of Travis Squair. The money donated will go towards a trust fund for his daughter. Travis...

Lawrence swearing off sex

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Jennifer Lawrence has sworn off sex since splitting from Darren Aronofsky due to her fear of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The star broke...

Red-light cams watching

Mar 8, 2018 / 11:16 am

Red-light cameras are being upgraded across B.C. to help catch drivers speeding through intersections. The province says new technology will be installed at...

Tommy Lee restraining order

Mar 8, 2018 / 11:15 am

Tommy Lee is reportedly seeking a restraining order against his 21-year-old son Brandon. The former Motley Crue star posted a picture of his swollen, bloodied...

Cops nab stabbing suspect

Mar 8, 2018 / 11:12 am

Police agencies near Chilliwack came together to get a dangerous man off the streets. RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve Vrolyk said on Saturday, March 3, just after...

The price for living a dream

Mar 8, 2018 / 11:07 am

Living your dream comes at a cost. That is the lesson Patrick Dew of Vernon is learning. Dew gets to travel the world and ski. He is on the world cup circuit...

Strip malls sell for $85M

Mar 8, 2018 / 11:01 am

Vancouver real estate investors are bullish on the Okanagan. Peterson Group and Premise Properties have ponied up a combined $85 million to purchase the...

Safe, stylish online shopping

Mar 8, 2018 / 11:00 am

Shopping via the Internet is booming, and for good reason. Purchasing from home at any time, without battling crowds, parking, and limited availability of...

WFN unveils new park

Mar 8, 2018 / 10:59 am

Westbank First Nation will host an open house this evening to unveil design plans for a new mulit-use park. The open house is set for 4-6 p.m. on the top floor...

Vernon woman found

Mar 8, 2018 / 10:45 am

UPDATE: 10:45 a.m. The Vernon RCMP is pleased to confirm Claudia Fissler has been located and she is safe and sound. ORIGINAL: Wednesday, 1:22 p.m. Vernon...

Terry Crews' lawsuit dismissed

Mar 8, 2018 / 10:30 am

A criminal complaint filed by actor Terry Crews against a Hollywood agent who allegedly groped him has been rejected. The Expendables star sued William Morris...

Steals cash with fake ID

Mar 8, 2018 / 10:08 am

Police are asking the public to help identify a man involved in two alleged bank fraud incidents. The man was involved in an alleged bank fraud in Salmon Arm...

Senior nabbed in drug bust

Mar 8, 2018 / 10:00 am

Three Kelowna residents are cooling their heels in a Saskatoon jail after being arrested earlier this week on drug charges. Those arrested include a 71-year-old...

Vonn: 'I couldn't date Drake'

Mar 8, 2018 / 9:45 am

Winter Olympics heroine Lindsey Vonn has ruled out a romance with rapper Drake, because she knows too many people he has dated. The downhill skier and model,...

Vees sweep first round series

Mar 8, 2018 / 9:41 am

The Penticton Vees pulled out the brooms in their playoff set with the Coquitlam Express on Wednesday, earning a 2-1 win in game four to sweep their first round...

Boat fire by bridge

Mar 8, 2018 / 9:17 am

Fire crews had their hands full after an early morning blaze on a boat near the Pitt River Bridge this morning. The fire started around 8 a.m. on a boat docked...

Katie Holmes donates $10k

Mar 8, 2018 / 9:07 am

Katie Holmes and Frozen songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez have each donated $10,000 to a crowdfunding campaign for Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles, who lost...

Waterfront Paradise

Mar 8, 2018 / 9:00 am

Paradise Estates, contemporary waterfront home on Okanagan Lake. An exclusive gated 4.89 acre waterfront community featuring 21 architecturally crafted...

Fire under investigation

Mar 8, 2018 / 8:45 am

UPDATE 8:44 a.m. A Kelowna automotive body shop in the 1800 block of Baron Rd. caught fire this morning at approximately 5:50 a.m. Three engines, a rescue unit,...

Vipers on to the next round

Mar 8, 2018 / 8:27 am

The Vernon Vipers are moving on to the next round of the BCHL playoffs after sweeping the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4-0 in their best of seven series. Vernon...

RCMP still at Domtar mill

Mar 8, 2018 / 8:17 am

UPDATED: 8:17 a.m. Kamloops RCMP are still on the scene of a gruesome discovery. A body was found at Domtar pulp mill in Kamloops, Wednesday afternoon. The...

Health tax hitting hard

Mar 8, 2018 / 8:17 am

Municipalities across the Central Okanagan are going to be feeling the pinch from the new Employer Health Tax unveiled by the NDP government during last...

More snow for valley

Mar 8, 2018 / 8:02 am

UPDATE 8:02 a.m. DriveBC has tweeted out a picture of the current conditions at the junction of highway 3 at the Hope, Coquihalla junction. Conditions are...

Accident closes road

Mar 8, 2018 / 7:53 am

Emergency crews are on the scene of a motor vehicle accident in Spallumcheen. Const. Kelly Brett said the accident happened at the Otter Lake Cross Road off...

Celebrating women

Mar 8, 2018 / 7:17 am

The world is celebrating international women's day today. Several events are going on across the Okanagan today. The Okanagan College Students’ Union...

Selinger hangs up spurs

Mar 8, 2018 / 7:02 am

Former Manitoba premier Greg Selinger welled up in the legislature Wednesday as he said goodbye to his fellow politicians, ending 18 years of...

Threats made at 3 schools

Mar 8, 2018 / 6:52 am

Police say they will be present at three schools in Halifax today after unspecified threats were made against them. Officers say they will be at Caledonia...

China's exports surge

Mar 8, 2018 / 6:50 am

China's exports surged in February while its politically sensitive trade surplus widened amid mounting tension with Washington. Exports rose 44.5 per cent...

Pesticide season almost here

Mar 8, 2018 / 6:49 am

It may seem like summer is a long way off when you look out the window today but the City of Kelowna’s deadline to register for pesticide notification is...

Giant lizard on the loose

Mar 8, 2018 / 6:48 am

Residents near San Diego are warned to watch out for a four-legged fugitive: a 5 1/2-foot monitor lizard that wriggled out of its cage. Mike Estevez tells KGTV...

Teen gets 2 years for attack

Mar 8, 2018 / 6:43 am

A teen boy who helped savagely beat a 63-year-old youth home worker has been sentenced to two years for aggravated assault. The youth, who is 16, had been found...

Desmond to grace $10 bill

Mar 8, 2018 / 6:39 am

Viola Desmond's trailblazing act of defiance — overlooked for decades by most Canadians — will be honoured in a Halifax ceremony this afternoon...

'Must do better' on pay gap

Mar 8, 2018 / 6:31 am

Canada's federal finance minister said Wednesday the country must do better in closing the gender gap in pay and workforce participation for the health of...

James hints at tax rewrite

Mar 8, 2018 / 6:29 am

British Columbia's finance minister is dropping hints the blueprint for the province's proposed speculation tax is being redrawn after a homeowner...

Women must keep fighting

Mar 8, 2018 / 6:00 am

By Genesa M. Greening Today is International Women’s Day, and as I consider the seismic shifts that have occurred of late in business, the arts, and...

'Kind of awful': snowstorm

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:30 am

For the second time in less than a week, a storm rolled into the Northeast with wet, heavy snow Wednesday, grounding flights, closing schools and bringing...

US drone kills 21

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:25 am

Two missiles fired from a U.S. drone hit a militant facility in neighbouring Afghanistan, killing 21 insurgents, including the son of the head of the Pakistani...

Belgium scandal over rapper

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:24 am

The Belgian football federation says it will not change its mind about choosing a rapper known for lacing his songs with misogynistic lyrics to produce its...

WestJet changing of guard

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:22 am

WestJet Airlines Ltd. says chief executive Gregg Saretsky is retiring effective today. Saretsky joined WestJet in June 2009 as vice-president, WestJet...

McKeever to carry flag

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:20 am

Ten-time gold medallist Brian McKeever will carry Canada's flag in Friday's opening ceremonies of the Pyeongchang Paralympics. The 38-year-old visually...

Old man winter won't go

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:20 am

A large nor'easter was blowing through much of Atlantic Canada today, with another system expected to bring more messy weather over the weekend. Environment...

Trump tariff coming today

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:12 am

U.S. President Donald Trump says his big tariff announcement is coming today at 3:30 p.m. ET. He says there will be an announcement at the White House on steel...

UFV instructor on leave

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

A University of the Fraser Valley instructor has been placed on administrative leave after a Creep Catchers video was posted online. The man was a seasonal...

Growing youth baseball

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Penticton-born baseball coach and local MLB prospect are returning to the city this spring and summer to provide training for a quickly growing minor baseball...

Skiers hit bumps, jumps

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

The future stars of Canada's international ski team could be among the competitors at the Canadian Junior Nationals aerial and mogul championships at Apex...

Murder trial set for Nov.

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

The murder trial for the Rutland man accused of killing a 32-year-old man on Highway 33 in 2014 will begin in November, almost five years after the alleged...

Cancel Hedley concert?

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

As accusations of sexual misconduct continue to mount against some members of the Canadian rock band Hedley, at least one venue has decided to cancel a planned...

Lottery supports children

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

A house is up for grabs at Predator Ridge Resort as part of the annual BC Children's Hospital Lottery. But more important than the home is the cause which...

North End Connector

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

It is interesting to note that the rail trail did not even exist when the plans were laid for the North End Connector. Work has already commenced on the trail...

Baby Facetime

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:01 am

Two babies having an incoherent Facetime conversation is the cuteness overload you need today.

Worlds longest legs

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:01 am

Ekaterina is a professional model from Russia and has been announced as the Guinness World Records title holder for the Tallest professional model and also the...

Female leaders make a mark

Mar 7, 2018 / 11:59 pm

On March 8, women and men from across the globe come together annually to commemorate International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to closing the gender gap...

Rockets skid reaches five

Mar 7, 2018 / 9:45 pm

Not even a visit from the Vancouver Giants was enough to snap the Kelowna Rockets out of their current doldrums. The Giants snapped a 26-game losing streak at...

No injuries in collision

Mar 7, 2018 / 9:43 pm

An SUV and car collided into each other on Wednesday night in West Kelowna. The collision occurred just before 7 p.m. on Boucherie Road and Ogden Road. No one...

Hudson joins National Team coaching ranks

Mar 7, 2018 / 9:00 pm

After just completing his second season as head coach of the UBC Okanagan men’s volleyball program Brad Hudson will spend the offseason learning and...

Okanagan Top 10 - March

Mar 7, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Culture Vulture TV's Leanne Allen is back with another Okanagan Top 10 of must-do events for the month of March.

Man swarmed by youths

Mar 7, 2018 / 8:35 pm

RCMP are investigating after a man was struck and knocked to the ground by a group of boys on Monday. Police responded to a report of a fight in the 1100 block...

Saved by brother

Mar 7, 2018 / 8:00 pm

"Oh my god, got to save him, got to save him, got to save him," were the thoughts going through a big brother's mind when he watched his little...

College partners with JIBC

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Students at Okanagan College can expand their education in law enforcement close to home, thanks to a partnership between the college at the Justice Institute...

Towers planned next to mall

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A Vancouver-based developer wants to build a pair of highrise towers directly across the street from Orchard Park Shopping Centre. District Properties Group...

Mini, truck crash on Harvey

Mar 7, 2018 / 6:56 pm

Firefighters and RCMP are at the scene of a two vehicle collision in downtown Kelowna. The incident occurred at the intersection of Harvey Avenue and Ellis...

SD23 decision challenged

Mar 7, 2018 / 6:30 pm

School District 23 is being asked to revisit its decision to go ahead with grade reconfiguration on the Westside in September. Last week, the district's...

2 vehicles collide

Mar 7, 2018 / 6:23 pm

Emergency crews responded to a two vehicle collision on Wednesday in Lake Country. The incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. near Oceola Road and Highway 97....

Bad news for Good Food

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:59 pm

UPDATE 5:06 p.m. Juris Vinters, chairperson of the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan, said ending the Good Food Box program was a difficult decision....

Marina RFP on hold

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:31 pm

It appears the Penticton Yacht Club will not have to compete with the market anytime soon to keep its longtime home on Okanagan Lake. Penticton city council...

Local builders for JoeAnna's

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:30 pm

An Okanagan construction company will be building KGH’s JoeAnna’s House. JoeAnna’s House will provide short term accommodations for families...

Trapped deer freed

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:03 pm

While the Okanagan Sun's spring training camp is still a ways away, nine deer seemed eager to start the season, Wednesday morning. The City of Kelowna was...

Beach staying public

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:02 pm

A section of beach in Carr's Landing will not be sold. Lake Country council made the decision last night before a packed chamber. There was talk the...

Celebrating our diversity

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Celebrating multiculturalism and diversity strengthens our community. That is the message from the Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan. “Our...

The college needs a gym

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 pm

A little history first, back in the early 90’s I was Director of Development at Okanagan College. It became Okanagan University College around that time....

Two hurt in hit and run

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:51 pm

Emergency crews were called to 39th Avenue near 36A Street Wednesday afternoon following a report of a hit-and-run accident. Witnesses tell Castanet a silver...

SD 22 on centre stage

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:49 pm

After months of rehearsals, the students of School District 22 were ready to shine. The district's Choral Showcase took place on Wednesday at the Vernon...

'Blood poured out'

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:30 pm

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. When two RCMP officers first arrived at 115 Gerstmar Rd. for reports of a stabbing, they found a very bloody scene. Const. Darcy Lawson...

1,000s face empty-home tax

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:29 pm

Nearly 8,500 homes have been declared vacant or underused in Vancouver after the submission deadline passed for the city's new empty homes tax. The figure...

Record snow at the Star

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:24 pm

How much snow did SilverStar Mountain Resort get this winter? A lot. In fact, the North Okangan ski hill recorded its largest snowfall in 68 years with a...

Land deal tied to resort

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:21 pm

Crown land has been transferred to the Simpcw First Nation as part of a deal related to the development of the Valemount Glacier Resort. Forests Minister Doug...

Rural med expenses 'unfair'

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:14 pm

When Anne Tansey Rouleau was faced with a cancer diagnosis in Osoyoos several years ago, she had no idea about the extra costs of treatment she would be facing...

International conference aims to tackle big data

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:05 pm

The applications for big data and the analytics derived from it have the potential to revolutionize virtually every space — from health care to public safety,...

Time to end time change?

Mar 7, 2018 / 3:48 pm

A Kamloops group says its efforts to do away with daylight time may be paying off. Bob Dieno, co-founder of a local group against the time change, says he...

Won't balance budget

Mar 7, 2018 / 3:42 pm

Ontario's Liberal government is breaking its promise to maintain a balanced budget this year, saying its upcoming fiscal plan will run a deficit in order to...

Homeless pianist passes

Mar 7, 2018 / 3:39 pm

A Edmonton homeless man whose spontaneous piano performance was viewed on the internet by millions of people has died. Ryan Arcand, 46, died last weekend in a...

Found dead under snow

Mar 7, 2018 / 3:19 pm

The Saskatchewan coroner's office is investigating the death of a girl who was found under snow in the backyard of her home. Police and other first...

Somewhere over rainbow

Mar 7, 2018 / 3:14 pm

A decision by Merritt city council to reject a proposed rainbow crosswalk has led community members to offer other locations for the colourful symbol of...

Can't force bunny belief

Mar 7, 2018 / 3:06 pm

A couple's charter rights were violated when a children's aid society closed the pair's foster home over their refusal to tell two young girls the...

Actress sues over 70 stitches

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:52 pm

A Canadian actress whose face was badly cut while shooting a horror film in Winnipeg is suing its producers over an injury she says has derailed her burgeoning...

Swoop ready for June takeoff

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:52 pm

WestJet Airlines says it's still on course to launch its new Swoop ultra-low-cost carrier despite unresolved bargaining issues with the Air Line Pilots...

Mismanaging wildlife?

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:49 pm

Governments everywhere say they use science to manage wildlife, but newly published research questions whether they actually do. "We were surprised by the...

Dating site conman charged

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:44 pm

Fraud and theft charges have been laid against a 37-year-old B.C. man accused of swindling money from people he met through online dating sites and dating...

Suspected arsonist trial set

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:22 pm

A North Okanagan man who is facing numerous arson charges will have his day in court this fall. William Munton, 56, is facing 19 charges of arson in connection...

Watch for vending thieves

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:11 pm

Travel Penticton is advising local businesses to "be on the alert" for a pair of alleged thieves stealing from Pepsi and Coca Cola vending machines in...

Drone 'no-fly' zone at YLW

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:09 pm

RCMP and YLW have a message for amateur drone pilots – stay clear of YLW! The message comes after a potentially hazardous drone flight last month near...

Precious medal sought

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:06 pm

Keep everything else, all this family wants back is a family heirloom. On Feb. 28, police received a call about a break and enter to a storage unit in the 3300...

Funding boosts 21 new research projects

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:05 pm

Congratulations to the 21 researchers who received 2018 Internal Research Fund awards. The fund provides a maximum of $100,000 annually to support research with...

Drivers can't resist phones

Mar 7, 2018 / 1:26 pm

Despite giving motorists advance notice with two big, bold signs, police on the North Shore handed out dozens of tickets for distracted driving in a two-hour...

Man acquitted of sex assault

Mar 7, 2018 / 1:25 pm

A South Okanagan man has been acquitted by judge of a sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl that was alleged to have occurred in Oliver in 2016. Although she...

Pot pies filled with love

Mar 7, 2018 / 1:15 pm

The Kelowna Women's Shelter was flush with pies Wednesday afternoon, thanks to Joey Kelowna restaurant. Staff at the local restaurant were hard at work for...

Apex of avant-garde sounds

Mar 7, 2018 / 1:15 pm

World renowned saxophonist and composer Darius Jones will be giving a very special solo performance on March 12th in the Pyramid at the Summerhill Winery in...

Give Hope Wings delayed

Mar 7, 2018 / 12:47 pm

A charity flight that left Kelowna International Airport on Jan. 2 won't be home until Friday, after an electrical issue caused a delay. "I lost most...

Beastly underworld

Mar 7, 2018 / 12:15 pm

Monsters, magic, mayhem and a reluctant hero are on the agenda as Okanagan College’s Red Dot Players bring Neverwhere to the stage at the Kelowna campus...

Fans edit Jackson's skin tone

Mar 7, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Paris Jackson has asked fans to stop changing her skin tone before sharing pictures of her on social media. Fans of Michael Jackson's daughter regularly use...

Reid's revival rocks!

Mar 7, 2018 / 11:45 am

Concert-goers got the full spectrum Tuesday night from Scottish-Canadian singer Johnny Reid as he brought his Revival tour to Kelowna's Prospera Place....

Killed in school bus crash

Mar 7, 2018 / 11:33 am

A teenage girl died Wednesday after a collision between a school bus and a semi truck north of Edmonton. Police and paramedics responded to the crash that...

1 in 4 harassed at work

Mar 7, 2018 / 11:25 am

Nearly one-quarter of Canadians who participated in an online survey say they have personally experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, but more than half...

Tough love or bad parent?

Mar 7, 2018 / 11:20 am

A video posted to social media by a dad in Virginia has created a parenting debate in the U.S. and Canada. Brian Thornhill posted a video which shows him...

Special prosecutor tapped

Mar 7, 2018 / 11:17 am

A special prosecutor has been appointed to manage the sex crimes case involving former Burns Lake mayor Luke Strimbold. Strimbold, 28, is facing 28 counts of...

Luke Bryan losing sleep

Mar 7, 2018 / 11:15 am

Country star Luke Bryan has been kept awake at night questioning the choices he's made as a judge on revived TV talent show American Idol. The Crash My...

Dog dies of neglect

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:52 am

There has been another horrific case of animal cruelty in the province. The latest incident happened in Duncan on Vancouver Island. Animal cruelty charges have...

Set fire to home, killed wife

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:36 am

A man who intentionally set fire to his home in Port Moody, killing his wife, has been sentenced to 18 years in jail. The 47-year-old father of multiple...

Murder charges laid

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:31 am

Second-degree murder charges have been laid against two men accused of a January 2016 slaying in Vancouver. Surrey residents Gage McPake and Cody Stuiver are...

Mel C on Spice reunion

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:31 am

Victoria Beckham has stalled the Spice Girls comeback by making it clear to her bandmates she still wants no part of a reunion tour. The quintet met up for a...

BC women most stressed

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:22 am

A new report from Canada's largest community credit union says more than half of women in British Columbia experience "extreme emotional stress"...

Big pot plant for Winfield

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:14 am

A multimillion-dollar renovation is underway at a Winfield building that will almost certainly house a cannabis grow operation. The property is located just...

Economic ups and downs

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:12 am

The City of Penticton’s restructured economic development department is starting to hit its stride, even with some recent bad news in the closure of the...

Beer floods highway

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:10 am

Spring break is underway and the beer is already flowing — onto a Florida interstate highway. Okaloosa County Sheriffs officials said on Facebook...

Saudi women take wheel

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:05 am

Fatima Salem giggles with hesitation when it's her turn to drive through a small parking lot lined with bright orange cones and arrows. Like millions of...

Athlete attacked with saw

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:03 am

Assailants in South Africa attacked a top national triathlete who was cycling to a training session and cut into his legs with a blunt saw, causing severe...

Cops looking for pot thief

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:01 am

Vancouver police are hoping the public can help them locate a violent marijuana thief. On Nov. 4, 2017, just before 1 p.m. a man entered the Weeds Glass and...

US trade gap rises

Mar 7, 2018 / 9:59 am

The U.S. trade deficit rose in January to the highest level since October 2008, defying President Donald Trump's efforts to bring more balance to...

Jolie drops Pitt name

Mar 7, 2018 / 9:45 am

Angelina Jolie has removed any reference to her estranged husband Brad Pitt from the name of the U.K. company that backs her charitable efforts. The star filed...

Vees take series stranglehold

Mar 7, 2018 / 9:33 am

The Penticton Vees have a chance to sweep their first round series with the Coquitlam Express on Wednesday night, thanks to a 7-2 win in game three on Tuesday....

NDP drops home program

Mar 7, 2018 / 9:04 am

A project designed to help young British Columbians buy their first home is coming to an end due to lack of interest. The BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity...

Usher splits from his wife

Mar 7, 2018 / 9:00 am

Usher and his wife Grace Miguel have split. The singer and his partner, who spent nearly 10 years together and wed in 2015, released a joint statement...

Drive past the pump

Mar 7, 2018 / 8:13 am

The province of B.C. wants to help you drive past the pump and plug in. If you’ve been thinking about buying an electric car, new charge-up incentives may...

Murder in Logan Lake

Mar 7, 2018 / 8:02 am

UPDATE: 8:02 a.m. A Logan Lake man is facing a second-degree murder charge following the death of another man at a motel. Logan Lake RCMP say they were called...

BC student arrested

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:57 am

There has been another threat by a student in B.C. this time on Vancouver Island. A Stelly's secondary school student has been arrested after allegedly...

Feds eye tougher gun laws

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:29 am

The federal government has been eyeing changes that would allow authorities to more quickly identify people considered unfit to have guns for reasons such as...

Vipers in command of series

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:29 am

The Vernon Vipers are one step closer to advancing to the next round of the BCHL playoffs after doubling up the Salmon Arm Silverbacks last night. Derek Brown...

Spy vs spy

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:27 am

British authorities have new information about the mysterious substance that left a former Russian spy and his daughter in critical condition, the minister...

Trade deficit narrowed

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:25 am

Statistics Canada says the country's merchandise trade deficit narrowed in January to $1.9 billion compared with a deficit of $3.1 billion in December....

Another snowstorm for US

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:21 am

The second big, blustery storm to hit the Northeast in less than a week brought wet, heavy snow Wednesday to a corner of the country where tens of thousands of...

BoC holds interest rate

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:19 am

UPDATE: 7:20 a.m. The Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate target on hold as it pointed to a climate of broadening, important unknowns around trade. In...

Family's worst nightmare

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:17 am

It's a family's worst nightmare. Tim Hodgkinson and Neeley Brimer's seven year-old son Wills has cancer. The boy complained of a stomach ache so his...

Gas prices staying high

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:16 am

GasBuddy.com's Dan McTeague is sounding the alarm over high gas prices in Vancouver. "We're getting very close to the all-time highs and that...

Reporter out at CTV

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:05 am

A prominent CTV News reporter who was suspended after a woman made sexual misconduct allegations against him is no longer with the company, Bell Media said...

North American stocks sink

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:02 am

North American stock markets sank into the red in early trading following the departure of a top economic adviser in the White House. The move lower follows...

'Her voice was stolen'

Mar 7, 2018 / 6:56 am

Thelma Favel woke up every morning before going to the Winnipeg courthouse, looked around her room and wondered what her grand-niece might have thought when she...

BC porpoise escort

Mar 7, 2018 / 6:49 am

A B.C. sailor had a pleasant surprise while sailing off the mainland coast between UBC and Bowen Island. Alex Millar posted a video to YouTube, showing his boat...

Why US wants quick deal

Mar 7, 2018 / 6:41 am

The United States is suddenly proposing a sprint to the finish toward a new NAFTA deal within about four to six weeks — a jet-fuel pace that aims to soar...

In the dark on Cdn icons

Mar 7, 2018 / 6:35 am

A new poll suggests Canadians have a lot to learn about the accomplishments of some of the country's most famous women. The survey conducted by Ipsos on...

Unlicensed daycare details

Mar 7, 2018 / 6:33 am

The B.C. government says they intend to do more about unlicensed daycares in the province and will go so far as to post details online. Under proposed changes...

Do women bully?

Mar 7, 2018 / 6:00 am

This week’s column is on a subject I’m almost scared to wade into, but I have to ... Have you seen the meme on social media that says something...

The show must go on

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:33 am

Three weeks after a gunman killed 17 people at their high school, students from Parkland, Florida, have followed through with a long-planned Carnegie Hall...

Police let McArthur go once

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:31 am

Multiple media outlets report that Toronto police had interviewed and released an alleged serial killer years before he was arrested. The Toronto Star reports...

CN apologizes for backlog

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:27 am

Canadian National is apologizing for failing to keep grain shipments moving reliably by rail, and says it's taking immediate steps to clear the backlog...

To Mexico with love

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

It doesn't get much sweeter than this. The Valentines for Mexico fundraiser hosted by Sweet Smiles Society and Cotton's Chocolates was another savoury...

Policing increase covered

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

While municipal policing costs for the Town of Osoyoos will be going up substantially after its census appeal failed last month, their proposed tax increase...

Shooting threat at school

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

Some students at West Kelowna's Mount Boucherie Secondary School say they won't be going to school Friday, after a student reportedly threatened to...

Dogs searching for Shtuka

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

Five highly trained search and disaster dogs are heading to Sun Peaks Resort to help in the search for a missing 20-year-old man. Canadian Search and Disaster...

UDI: New tax unfair penalty

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Okanagan chapter of the Urban Development Institute is taking the province to task over its controversial new speculation tax. The tax, introduced in last...

Paved road to Baldy wanted

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

A petition has been launched to pave the road to Mount Baldy, near Oliver, as one official said it's the only ski area in the Okanagan without a paved road...

Are you looking for work?

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

Skilled workers seeking employment in the South Okanagan can start their search at a free job fair next week. The YMCA's Penticton WorkBC Centre will host a...

ICBC is not broken

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

The government (all of them) took ICBC’s surpluses to balance budgets. The government must pay back the funds they took. It is unethical to have vehicle...

$2M in flood relief work

Mar 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

The Regional District of Central Okanagan expects to spend about $2 million on flood relief projects in regional parks this year. Regional district officials...

Getting ice in 2018

Mar 7, 2018 / 12:01 am

Clearly he bought the 2017 model.

Can dogs tell time?

Mar 7, 2018 / 12:01 am

The 'Inside the Animal Mind' team rig a house with cameras for a week to test a theory: that dogs use their sense of smell to keep track of time.

Researcher flying high after winning UBC Okanagan's 3MT final

Mar 7, 2018 / 12:00 am

Vice-Provost and Dean of UBC Okanagan’s College of Graduate Studies Miriam Grant (far left) poses with biology student Corrina Thomsen; chemistry student...

Warriors season done

Mar 6, 2018 / 10:30 pm

At full strength, the West Kelowna Warriors knew they were in tough against a very good Trail Smoke Eaters squad. But, banged up with illness running through...

Gay pride allowed

Mar 6, 2018 / 9:45 pm

Leaders of a Mississippi college town voted Tuesday to permit a gay pride parade, reversing a previous denial and moving to defuse a lawsuit alleging...

Trump Highway, no thanks

Mar 6, 2018 / 9:34 pm

A proposal to name a Utah highway after President Donald Trump is getting pushback from state Democrats, including one who said Tuesday that he would suggest...

Gun play no joke

Mar 6, 2018 / 9:15 pm

A Central Saanich student is in legal trouble after allegedly threatening a school. According to police the student allegedly posted a threatening photo to...

Saskatchewan Provincial player Gabby Kukura to join Heat program

Mar 6, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Gabby Kukura, a 5'10" wing player from Regina, Saskatchewan, is the next recruit to sign on with the UBC Okanagan Heat women's basketball program. Read more:...

Top four recruit with the ability to score from anywhere on the court, set to attack for the Heat in 2018

Mar 6, 2018 / 9:00 pm

The next addition to the 2018/19 Heat women’s volleyball roster is Sydney Grills a product of the Thunder Volleyball Club and Team BC. and soon-to-be...

Tourism in the spotlight

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:36 pm

The B.C. tourism industry will use Kelowna as a backdrop when it begins three days of meetings Wednesday. The annual BC Tourism Industry Conference, hosted by...

Needle placed to poke

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:35 pm

A B.C. paramedic is sounding the alarm after he found a needle placed in an automatic door opener in Vancouver's Downtown East Side. Will Rogers wrote in a...

Plan your healthy fair visit

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:00 pm

The lineup of speakers at the upcoming Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Fair in Penticton has been announced. On Saturday March 10, the free event will open...

Staffer slams immigrants

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:59 pm

The chief of staff for Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban posted a video on his Facebook page Tuesday showing him in a district of Austria's capital that...

Snow is no match for Martin

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:49 pm

A Calgary man in a wheelchair is being called a snow angel for helping his neighbours dig out from a major storm by strapping himself to a snowblower. Martin...

Porn star suing Trump

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:39 pm

A porn star who has said she had sex with President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she signed days...

Cougar close encounter

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:00 pm

An Armstrong man had a close encounter with a cougar late last month. Conservation Officer Ken Owens said on Feb. 28 the homeowner in the Back Enderby Road area...

MLA stands up for IH

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Interior Health claims the province's newly introduced employer health tax will result in a $3.3 million budget shortfall. The tax, introduced during last...

Another sculpture needed

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:00 pm

A second round of submissions for the annual Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition has been announced, with the city looking for art with requirements specific...

New town hall best option

Mar 6, 2018 / 6:00 pm

Staff with the Town of Osoyoos will be bringing a report to council soon to get the ball rolling on building a new town hall. The current 50-plus-year-old...

Babysitter alleges sex assault

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:38 pm

Details of this story may be difficult for some readers. The trial for a South Okanagan man accused of molesting a sleeping 13-year old girl in Oliver opened in...

One dead in Hwy 1 crash

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:17 pm

UPDATE 6:42 p.m. Highway 1 has not re-opened. UPDATE 5:19 p.m. RCMP are reporting one person is dead following an accident on Highway 1 near Kamloops. The...

Beat the winter blues

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:01 pm

Raise awareness about depression and funds for mental health at Beat The Blues in Vernon March 15. The Kal is partnering with the Canadian Mental Health...

'Band geek' fest underway

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 pm

The annual Okanagan Concert Band Festival is back in town, bringing teenaged school band members from around B.C. and Alberta together for two days of free...

New fares and routes

Mar 6, 2018 / 4:32 pm

UPDATED: 4:32 p.m. "The prices for the tickets, the monthly passes and day passes are now unified." BC Transit along with its regional partners made...

Seeking 10 big solutions

Mar 6, 2018 / 4:24 pm

What is the single largest issue facing Penticton? The clock is ticking for volunteers with the Smart Cities Penticton campaign to answer that question on...

Stuff a Heli event

Mar 6, 2018 / 4:21 pm

The Valhalla Helicopters "Stuff a Heli event", was a success! The rescues are stopping in to pick up their donations this week. We are so thankful...

Feds answer to mussel worry

Mar 6, 2018 / 3:53 pm

The federal government has told the Okanagan Basin Water Board that it "takes very seriously" risks posed by zebra and quagga mussels, after the board...

Moose Millie relocated

Mar 6, 2018 / 3:45 pm

Millie the Moose was relocated by conservation officers Tuesday afternoon. A Castanet reader said he watched from his condominium on Old Okanagan Highway as...

Weinstein deal scuttled

Mar 6, 2018 / 3:44 pm

A group of investors pulled out of a deal to buy the beleaguered Weinstein Co. on Tuesday after discovering tens of millions of dollars in undisclosed debt,...

Shouted down over Airbnb

Mar 6, 2018 / 3:40 pm

Danny Glover was shouted down at a rally for Airbnb hosts in the New York state capitol Tuesday when activists working on behalf of a union for hotel workers...

Americans coming to Tattoo

Mar 6, 2018 / 3:08 pm

The Americans are coming. The 133rd Army National Guard Band from Camp Murray, Wash. will be adding an international flavour to the fifth annual Okanagan...

Arrest, gun seizure at motel

Mar 6, 2018 / 2:56 pm

Police in Penticton arrested a man on outstanding warrants on Friday and seized a stolen handgun. Seamus Kirby was apprehended when Penticton RCMP descended on...

Guilty of U.S. terror charges

Mar 6, 2018 / 2:50 pm

An Edmonton man pleaded guilty Tuesday to U.S. charges that he sent money and provided long-distance support to Tunisian jihadists believed responsible for a...

Big bike tours eyeing city

Mar 6, 2018 / 2:28 pm

A unique Kelowna business is eyeing Penticton for expansion this summer. Smile Cycle Tours provides tours to up to 15 cyclists at a time on a single large...

Taxman ruined their lives

Mar 6, 2018 / 2:13 pm

A Vancouver Island couple has been awarded nearly $1.7 million in damages after a judge criticized the Canada Revenue Agency for the "ruination" of...

Chamber nominees are in

Mar 6, 2018 / 2:09 pm

The Penticton Chamber of Commerce's annual general meeting takes place on Thursday night, where an election will take place to fill several openings at the...

Rabbits dropping like flies

Mar 6, 2018 / 2:02 pm

A rare disease is killing hundreds of feral rabbits in a Vancouver Island community, and pet owners are being advised to take steps to protect their animals....

Canada's carbon footprint

Mar 6, 2018 / 2:00 pm

According to Canadian sources Canada has 990 million acres of forests, 370 million acres of wetlands and 167 million acres of crop-yielding farmland. These are...

Killed before baby shower

Mar 6, 2018 / 1:43 pm

On the afternoon of March 11, 2016, Naomi Foureyes' friends and family helped decorate her Rutland home for her baby shower she planned to throw the...

Clothes set on fire

Mar 6, 2018 / 1:30 pm

UPDATE 1:30 p.m. Kelowna RCMP say a 33-year-old West Kelowna woman is in custody in connection with this morning's fire at a home on Webber Road in...

Ella breaks ground

Mar 6, 2018 / 1:14 pm

Ground was officially broken on the latest highrise in downtown Kelowna Tuesday morning. Once complete, Ella will be a 20-storey mixed-use building at the...

Mayor quits in disgrace

Mar 6, 2018 / 1:07 pm

Mayor Megan Barry, a one-time rising star in the Democratic Party with big plans to remake Nashville, resigned Tuesday after pleading guilty to cheating the...

Old-growth forests dwindle

Mar 6, 2018 / 12:52 pm

The Sierra Club of B.C. has released a new map showing that endangered old-growth rainforests on Vancouver Island are becoming – in its words –...

Outdoor rink shut down

Mar 6, 2018 / 12:45 pm

It's time to hang up the ice skates, and lace up the roller skates. Kelowna's only outdoor skating rink officially shut down for the season as of 11...

Military plane crash kills 39

Mar 6, 2018 / 12:39 pm

A Russian military cargo plane crashed near an air base in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 39 Russian servicemen on board in a blow to Russian operations in...

Inquiry seeks 2 more years

Mar 6, 2018 / 12:28 pm

The national inquiry looking into the saga of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada is formally asking for two more years to finish its...

Province scalper crackdown

Mar 6, 2018 / 12:15 pm

The province is cracking down on ticket scalpers who they say are gouging customers and they want to hear your input. Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety...

Sign up for Sunshine Festival

Mar 6, 2018 / 12:13 pm

It is never too early to start thinking about the summer. The Downtown Vernon Association (DVA) is currently seeking vendor applications the largest street...

Grande makes appearance

Mar 6, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Ariana Grande made her first public appearance in six months as she attended Madonna's Oscars after-party on Sunday night. The 24-year-old singer was joined...

Keep your house safe

Mar 6, 2018 / 11:33 am

Make sure your home has proper security systems installed before heading away on a spring break vacation. That is the message from the Vernon North Okanagan...

Probe into Boushie death

Mar 6, 2018 / 11:30 am

A police watchdog has launched a probe into the RCMP's investigation into the shooting death of an Indigenous man on a Saskatchewan farm. The Civilian...

BB takes FB to court

Mar 6, 2018 / 11:27 am

BlackBerry Ltd. says it's taking Facebook to court in the United States over an alleged infringement over its intellectual property. The company issued a...

Nova Scotia plugs in

Mar 6, 2018 / 11:25 am

Nova Scotia Power Inc. is building a dozen fast-charging stations for electric vehicles, using funding from investors rather than ratepayers as originally...

Bill Nye grills PM on pipe

Mar 6, 2018 / 11:23 am

A popular TV science personality put Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the spot today to explain Canada’s approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, which if...

Coast worst for OD deaths

Mar 6, 2018 / 11:21 am

Illicit drug overdose deaths in British Columbia rose in January compared with December, with 125 people believed to have died from street narcotics or...

Perry 'tortures' Lionel Richie

Mar 6, 2018 / 11:16 am

Katy Perry gets a kick out of pestering Lionel Richie with practical jokes on the set of American Idol. The Firework hitmaker has joined the music legend and...

Close call at crosswalk

Mar 6, 2018 / 11:00 am

A pedestrian pushing a child in a stroller and the driver of a van approach an intersection controlled by a traffic light with a pedestrian signal. Both the...

Skier lucky to be alive

Mar 6, 2018 / 10:47 am

North Shore Search and Rescue say a skier who spent much of Monday night in the cold on Cypress Mountain is lucky to be alive today. Nikita Markov, an...

Air quality advisory over

Mar 6, 2018 / 10:37 am

UPDATE: Tuesday 10:37 a.m. The air quality advisory for Vernon has ended. "Changing weather conditions have contributed to improving air quality, and this...

Sheeran cheers up dying fan

Mar 6, 2018 / 10:30 am

Ed Sheeran brought a smile to a dying British fan's face after sending her a sweet message during his tour of Australia. The Perfect singer heard about...

Your worst nightmare

Mar 6, 2018 / 10:20 am

"I need him to stop because I'm terrified that he will try to get into my bedroom while I'm sleeping." It's Sarah Dube's worst...

Enactus Okanagan College teams on the road to nationals

Mar 6, 2018 / 10:12 am

An impressive finish at the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition means at least two Okanagan College Enactus teams are heading to the national competition in May...

Poll: shoot first, ask later?

Mar 6, 2018 / 10:06 am

An RCMP town hall close to the farm where a young Indigenous man was fatally shot in 2016 heard Monday evening from several residents confused about what rights...

Kelowna's most wanted

Mar 6, 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 March 6, 2018. Susan...

Car used in smash and grab

Mar 6, 2018 / 9:56 am

Police are investigating a smash a grab at the Desert Country Liquor store in Oliver. On March 3, police were called to the store on Main St., arriving to find...

Bill Cosby's motion shut down

Mar 6, 2018 / 9:45 am

Bill Cosby has been dealt a blow in his sexual assault case after a judge denied his defense team's motion to dismiss the charges against him. The Cosby...

RBC supports PRH tower

Mar 6, 2018 / 9:42 am

The Penticton Regional Hospital has received a large donation from an institution with longtime ties to Penticton, the Royal Bank of Canada. The RBC Foundation...

Sawed-off shotgun in bag

Mar 6, 2018 / 9:27 am

A 36-year-old man has been arrested in Kamloops after RCMP found a loaded sawed-off shotgun in his backpack. Police were called to Seymour St. and 6 Ave. around...

Mary J. Blige settles divorce

Mar 6, 2018 / 9:08 am

Mary J. Blige has reportedly reached a settlement with her estranged husband in their contentious divorce battle. The R&B superstar has been fighting Martin...

Making C Series profitable

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:58 am

Airbus intends to pressure suppliers for Bombardier's C Series jets to lower their prices in an effort to make its new partnership with the Quebec aircraft...

Dozens of tips flood in

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:56 am

Toronto police say they've received dozens of tips since releasing a photo of a dead man believed to be a victim of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur....

Trans Mountain protest plan

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:47 am

Metro Vancouver opponents of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion believe their protests could cost the company hundreds of millions of...

Summer means roadwork

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:45 am

As spring inches closer, so too does road construction season. Work will soon begin on a narrow section of Westside Road in West Kelowna, from La Casa Resort to...

Vipers look for stranglehold

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:38 am

The Vernon Vipers look to take a stranglehold in their BCHL playoffs best of seven series with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Vipers won the first two games of...

Right to defend property?

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:29 am

An RCMP town hall meeting close to the farm where a young Indigenous man was fatally shot in 2016 heard Monday evening from several residents confused about...

Russians bombed market

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:25 am

U.N. war crimes investigators said Tuesday that a Russian plane was apparently behind an airstrike in November on a Syrian market that killed 84 people, an...

Native jail numbers secret

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:18 am

The government of Alberta is being lambasted in a review of Canada's justice system as the only province to keep secret the number of Indigenous people it...

Wiring fault in deadly fire

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:10 am

An investigation into a Halifax-area blaze that took the life of an 11-year-old girl, an 18-year-old man and a 58-year-old man suggests it was the result of an...

Moving on net neutrality

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:01 am

Washington became the first state Monday to set up its own net-neutrality requirements after U.S. regulators repealed Obama-era rules that banned internet...

Plea to clear out camp

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:49 am

Victoria-area residents are begging police to do something about a long-term homeless camp. Neighbours of Cuthbert Holmes Park in Saanich say the site is...

Trump hopeful on NKorea

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:47 am

President Donald Trump is citing "possible progress" in talks with North Korea, but says it may also be "false hope." Nonetheless, Trump...

More trees, please

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:34 am

West Vancouver is considering a bylaw mandating a minimum number of trees on any property. A staff report considered by council suggests owners be required to...

Busting through goals!

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:33 am

This year's Strides To End Homelessness was a huge success raising more money than ever before. This year the event raised $54,776 and those who...

Fairview fender bender

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:10 am

Penticton emergency crews were on scene of a motor vehicle incident at the intersection of Fairview Road and Channel Parkway about 8:20 p.m. Monday. Thanks to...

3 cougars shot

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:03 am

More cougar trouble on Vancouver Island. The province now says three cougars were destroyed after killing farm livestock near the Courtenay-Cumberland...

We didn't mean to speed

Mar 6, 2018 / 6:00 am

Do speed traps bug you? It’s like shooting fish in a barrel, set up along the safest stretches of road with ridiculously low speed limits. And along...

Jean quits politics, again

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:36 am

The former leader of Alberta's Opposition is quitting the legislature, months after losing a bid to lead the province's new United Conservative Party....

Monarchs hurt by extremes

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:33 am

Right about now, the kings of the butterfly world are emerging from hibernation in Mexico looking for love and ready to make more butterflies. But scientists...

Canadian climate targets?

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:26 am

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada is committed to meeting its climate change targets despite a growing gap between promises and...

GTA home sales down 35%

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:24 am

Canada's largest real estate board says home sales in the Greater Toronto Area fell nearly 35 per cent year-over-year in February, as selling prices dropped...

Bombardier turnaround?

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:23 am

Bombardier Inc. is raising $638.4 million in an offering of shares as the company continues its turnaround plan. The plane and train maker has signed a deal...

Trump seeks 'perfection'

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:21 am

President Donald Trump is denying his White House is chaotic but says more staff will leave as he seeks "perfection." Trump tweeted Tuesday: "The...

Bugs in the grocery aisle

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:19 am

One of the country's biggest retailers is betting bugs are the next big thing in Canadian cuisine. Loblaw Companies Ltd. is adding cricket powder to its...

Beer baron's 2nd trial

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:18 am

The case against Dennis Oland returns to a New Brunswick courtroom today for pre-trial conferences ahead of his retrial for the murder of his father. Oland was...

Seoul summit talks in April

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:14 am

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet with South Korea's president next month and impose a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests if his...

Growing pains on Main

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

It's been a few weeks since the 300-block of Main Street in Penticton closed to vehicle traffic for structural upgrades and improvements, and businesses are...

$5M airport reno planned

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

Major renovations worth over $5 million are planned for the Penticton airport, Castanet News has learned. Transport Canada is looking to carry out a complete...

New tax a concern

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

Kelowna's mayor is concerned a proposed new speculation tax could have a negative effect on the city. Colin Basran says foreign investment has been a key...

Man sexually msgs girl, 14

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

Residents are concerned after an alleged 50-year-old man living in Kelowna sent sexual messages to a 14-year-old girl. Tia Aelick said her sister was contacted...

"Music saved my life"

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

Sean McCann, best known as a former singer of Great Big Sea, turned to alcohol to drown the trauma he saw at an early age. When he was 15-years-old, Sean McCann...

'Needles everywhere'

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

A Vernon businessman is fed up. Ed Kendall and his wife have owned Enlighten Hair & Tanning Salon for 18-years, a downtown business just off of 33 Street...

Tenant rights

Mar 6, 2018 / 5:00 am

This letter is regards to the housing crisis Kelowna .My husband and I moved here six years ago first time renters, found residency in Lake country for five...

The chicken test

Mar 6, 2018 / 12:01 am

Among the many exercises to test police recruits, the Indiana University Police Academy uses “the Chicken Test” to gauge a cadet’s demeanor....

Third Thumb

Mar 6, 2018 / 12:01 am

London-based product designer, Dani Clode designed a third thumb to change the way people think about prosthetics. Clode believes that prosthetics extent a...

Fight the mattress hump!

Mar 5, 2018 / 11:59 pm

Oh, the dreaded body impression! It’s happened to many of us: you invest in a new mattress and after just a few months there’s already a hump in the...

Season on the brink

Mar 5, 2018 / 9:55 pm

The West Kelowna Warriors find themselves in a must-win situation if they hope to extend their season beyond Tuesday. The Warriors season hangs in the balance...

U SPORTS Top 10: Final ranking has UBC Okanagan at No. 5 in the nation

Mar 5, 2018 / 9:00 pm

U SPORTS TOP 10 TUESDAY (#24): The last ranking of the year has the Heat women's volleyball  at No. 5 in the country. This poll is significant in another...

Not grandpa's Mr. Mikes

Mar 5, 2018 / 9:00 pm

There's something new cooking in Vernon and it is coming from a familiar name. The new and improved Mr. Mikes Casual officially opens this week and there is...

Where's our study?

Mar 5, 2018 / 8:00 pm

Following in the footsteps of the Okanagan-Skaha school district, the Town of Osoyoos is requesting the release of a provincial education report kept under...

US wants NAFTA deal now

Mar 5, 2018 / 7:45 pm

The United States says it's in a hurry to conclude NAFTA negotiations, arguing that political challenges over the coming months will make it increasingly...

KSS girls make history

Mar 5, 2018 / 7:00 pm

It was a historic week for the Lady Owls basketball program. The Owls captured a first ever AAA girls provincial basketball title on the weekend, knocking off...

Swimmers take BC crown

Mar 5, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Penticton’s KISU Swim Club won big at the SwimBC Tier 2 Provincial Championships in Kamloops last weekend. Represented by 21 athletes, the club became the...

Award finalists named

Mar 5, 2018 / 6:00 pm

The City of Kelowna has unveiled finalists for the 43rd annual Civic and Community awards. The finalists were selected from dozens of nominations submitted for...

Loren Reagan behind bars

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:41 pm

The co-accused in a high-profile fraud case in Penticton is sitting in an Alberta jail cell, B.C. prosecutors confirmed Monday. Loren Reagan has been wanted on...

Stolen cat or missing cat?

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Is her cat being held hostage, or is he still missing? That's the question a Vernon woman is asking. On Feb. 26 Kayla Atherton says her one-year-old cat...

Trudeau and Trump chat

Mar 5, 2018 / 4:46 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken by phone with U.S. President Donald Trump about the threat of tariffs. Trudeau called his American counterpart, who is...

Man just can't stop driving

Mar 5, 2018 / 4:31 pm

A Penticton man who can’t seem to stay out of the driver’s seat was sentenced to 90 days in prison Monday for his ninth driving while suspended...

Challenge to help animals

Mar 5, 2018 / 4:00 pm

It is so sad to see the local news of the rescued dogs from Williams Lake (and other places in the past). It is great that the SPCA is reaching out to the...

Close call at YLW

Mar 5, 2018 / 3:54 pm

UPDATE 2:05 p.m. A group of passengers are thanking their lucky stars this afternoon after their quick thinking pilot alerted firefighters about his brakes...

Canfor president departs

Mar 5, 2018 / 3:50 pm

The president of Canfor Pulp Products Inc. is leaving his position due to leadership changes at the company. Canfor Pulp says Brett Robinson's departure is...

Oscar ratings plummet

Mar 5, 2018 / 3:27 pm

Television viewers could barely stifle a yawn for Hollywood's biggest night, with the Academy Awards plunging to a record-low viewership of 26.5 million...

Kenney threatens to cut oil

Mar 5, 2018 / 3:25 pm

Alberta's Opposition leader says if he becomes premier there will be "serious consequences" for British Columbia if it blocks the Trans Mountain...

Village reeling after charges

Mar 5, 2018 / 3:04 pm

An Indigenous leader in central British Columbia says his community is angry and disheartened after its former mayor was charged with sex-related offences....

Fined for selling game meat

Mar 5, 2018 / 2:54 pm

A Similkameen man has been fined $2,500 for illegally selling about $150 worth of deer, moose and elk meat. Clint Holmes, 29, is a natural resource and cultural...

Helping out neglected dogs

Mar 5, 2018 / 2:54 pm

The Okanagan community is rallying around a group of neglected dogs seized from a property in Williams Lake. 20 of the 46 dogs are in Kelowna, the rest are in...

Eby remodels ICBC

Mar 5, 2018 / 2:43 pm

The minister in charge of public auto insurance in British Columbia says he's looking to remodel the system to reward good drivers with lower rates and...

Victoria moves on derelicts

Mar 5, 2018 / 2:35 pm

It's been years in the making but finally, the City of Victoria has been handed a mandate to clear the parts of the inner harbour from derelict boats. The...

Semi can't attach chains

Mar 5, 2018 / 1:46 pm

Coquihalla Highway was closed while crews helped a spun-out semi hauling what was described as an "extraordinary load." BC Transportation posted a...

Info sessions offer a look into law enforcement studies

Mar 5, 2018 / 1:41 pm

Okanagan College Media Release A collaboration between Okanagan College and the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is allowing students in the region...

Weekend blitz for cops

Mar 5, 2018 / 1:34 pm

South Okanagan traffic enforcers want to be clear: If you break the rules, you're going to pay for it. A distracted driving task force made a huge push...

Gun, drugs seized in Surrey

Mar 5, 2018 / 1:16 pm

RCMP in Surrey are saying thanks to a lengthy investigation a significant amount of drugs and a loaded handgun is off the streets. Police issued a search...

Are you vulnerable to fraud?

Mar 5, 2018 / 1:07 pm

Investment fraud is a sobering reality in British Columbia, with one quarter of citizens vulnerable according to a British Columbia Securities Commission poll. ...

Jury selection for murder

Mar 5, 2018 / 1:01 pm

Jury selection process is underway for the trial of a man charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal stabbing in Rutland. Waylon Percy Junior...

Skier buried by avalanche

Mar 5, 2018 / 12:55 pm

A backcountry skier is recovering in hospital after being caught in an avalanche east of Apex Mountain on Sunday. Penticton and District Search and Rescue...

Tragedy touches family

Mar 5, 2018 / 12:13 pm

UPDATED: 12:13 p.m. There is an outpouring of support on Facebook for Lumby resident, Travis Squair. Squair died in a snowmobiling incident Sunday. Squair is...

A warm week ahead

Mar 5, 2018 / 12:09 pm

Environment Canada has some good news to start off the week. The Okanagan should reach temperatures in the mid-single digits as early as Wednesday. "We...

Olivia Munn had eggs frozen

Mar 5, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Olivia Munn decided to freeze her eggs following a conversation about fertility with Kim Kardashian. The X-Men: Dark Phoenix actress previously shared that she...

Watson's grammatical error

Mar 5, 2018 / 11:15 am

Emma Watson sported a Time's Up tattoo on her arm as she attended the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party on Sunday night - with one glaring error. The...

Can cities fight change?

Mar 5, 2018 / 11:06 am

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson says cities can do a lot to fight climate change on their own. Iveson was speaking at an international conference on the issue in his...

Low bids for 'Rebel' jacket

Mar 5, 2018 / 11:04 am

A Florida auction house says bids for James Dean's red nylon jacket from "Rebel Without a Cause" fell short. Palm Beach Modern Auctions co-owner...

Are you missing money?

Mar 5, 2018 / 11:00 am

Almost a month has gone by and Kamloops RCMP say still nobody has come forward to claim a large amount of found cash. The money was found in the Kamloops Home...

Creating your dream home

Mar 5, 2018 / 11:00 am

Having troubles finding your dream home? Are the houses in your price range looking a little dated? If you find a home in your preferred neighbourhood that has...

Man steals Oscars trophy

Mar 5, 2018 / 10:55 am

A man was arrested and is accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscars trophy after the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Los Angeles police said. Terry...

Dies waiting on hospital bed

Mar 5, 2018 / 10:44 am

A Canadian who suffered a medical emergency while vacationing in Mexico has died waiting for a bed to open up. Stuart Cline, 71, from London On, had a medical...

SD 83 to have fewer trustees

Mar 5, 2018 / 10:42 am

The decision has been made to reduce the number of board trustees at School District 83. Minister of Education Rob Fleming told the district of the impending...

Pecha Kucha returning soon

Mar 5, 2018 / 10:39 am

The 11th edition of Pecha Kucha Penticton takes place next week at Cannery Brewing, presenting a series of fascinating and educational Okanagan tales. Featuring...

Khloe Kardashian expecting

Mar 5, 2018 / 10:31 am

Khloe Kardashian has revealed she is pregnant with a baby girl. The reality TV star shared the news via Twitter after the sex of the unborn baby was revealed on...

Have your say on bikeshare

Mar 5, 2018 / 10:18 am

The City of Kelowna wants your input on where they should put new Dropbike havens. Bikeshare havens are locations where users can end their trips without...

eTickets rolled out in Delta

Mar 5, 2018 / 10:18 am

Police will now have the ability to issue eTickets. A pilot project was launched in Delta today that will allow officers to scan drivers' licence...

Grande to Broadway

Mar 5, 2018 / 9:45 am

Ariana Grande is reportedly in talks to land her dream gig as a witch in Broadway musical Wicked. The popstar is said to be in discussions to replace Jackie...

Impaired and dangerous

Mar 5, 2018 / 9:25 am

Kamloops RCMP are investigating after an alleged drunk driver was seen driving in the wrong direction, smashing into a parked highways' vehicle and then...

Beckham back in heels

Mar 5, 2018 / 9:09 am

Victoria Beckham is back in heels just 10 days after revealing she had suffered a stress fracture on her ankle. The designer showed off her protective boot at...

Lumby siblings shine at Spaghetti Bridge contest

Mar 5, 2018 / 9:02 am

Two very determined defending champions, a dash of friendly sibling rivalry and a home team hungry for victory spelled the recipe for a dramatic finish at the...

More pay problems for feds

Mar 5, 2018 / 8:52 am

Federal civil servants are being told they'll have to wait this week to see the details of their paycheques after a "technical glitch" forced a...

15 days until spring

Mar 5, 2018 / 8:52 am

Fifteen days until spring, and for many a change in the season could not come fast enough. City crews in Vernon are in the mood for a change as well, the...

BC student dies on trip

Mar 5, 2018 / 8:37 am

A Bishop's University student has been killed and another injured after a fall in the Dominican Republic. University officials say Ben Houtman, who was from...

Morneau wants exemption

Mar 5, 2018 / 8:32 am

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Canada should be exempted from the aluminum and steel tariffs U.S. President Donald Trump is weighing. He says Canada is a...

Self-driving 'sailbot' returns

Mar 5, 2018 / 8:27 am

She lost her sail and has a few scratches, but a robotic sailboat has returned home in relatively good condition after being lost at sea. The self-navigating...

Winter not over on Prairies

Mar 5, 2018 / 8:22 am

Roads and schools are closed in a number of areas across southern and central areas of Manitoba and Saskatchewan thanks to a widespread weather system...

RioCan shifts focus

Mar 5, 2018 / 8:09 am

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust says it will turn some of the retail shopping centres in its portfolio into mixed-use communities that have the potential...

Pedestrian struck

Mar 5, 2018 / 7:59 am

Burnaby RCMP are asking for the public's help to try and find the driver of a vehicle involved in a 68-year-old pedestrian being taken to hospital...

Distracted driving month

Mar 5, 2018 / 7:48 am

B.C. drivers will have to keep their heads up, "literally" in some parts of the province as distracted driving month kicks off in earnest this week....

Cougar close encounter

Mar 5, 2018 / 6:57 am

A Campbell River man recorded a close encounter with a cougar this week. Adam Barch was out setting up trail cameras north of Campbell River this week when he...

Oscars' intimate moments

Mar 5, 2018 / 6:41 am

There are cameras everywhere at the Academy Awards, but some of the most intimate celebrity moments at the show still manage to escape the lens. Here's a...

CN Rail needs new leader

Mar 5, 2018 / 6:31 am

Canadian National Railway Co. has replaced president and chief executive Luc Jobin, saying its board of directors believes the company needs a more energetic...

Should I?

Mar 5, 2018 / 6:00 am

This week, we answer three frequently asked questions: Should I update it? Should I replace it? Should I renew it? Should I update it? Surprisingly, often...

Trump tweets tariff solution

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:32 am

President Donald Trump issued a pair of early-morning tweets that say American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum will only come off if there's a new...

Toronto producer ecstatic

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:26 am

Toronto producer J. Miles Dale says he feels "ecstatic" about his best picture Oscar win and harbours no ill feelings after his speech was spoiled by...

More remains found

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:25 am

UPDATE 6:39 a.m. Investigators in Toronto have recovered a seventh set of remains linked to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, a police source said Monday....

Stars let loose after Oscars

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:23 am

Greta Gerwig screamed with delight and relief as she hugged a group of friends once she got into the Vanity Fair Oscar party. The "Lady Bird" director...

Highway now open

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:09 am

UPDATE 5:08 a.m. Highway 5 southbound between Hope and Merritt is now open after a collision forced the closure overnight on the Coquihalla. And highway 1...

Coworkers fighting cancer

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

The caregivers at Haven Hill Retirement Centre consider themselves more like family than coworkers, so when two of their own were diagnosed with cancer, the...

Heart attack & rescue

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

A snowmobiler suffering from a heart attack was attended to by Central Okanagan Search and Rescue around 2 p.m. on Sunday after a SPOT emergency beacon was...

Euroskeptic shift in Italy

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

A rival pair of populist and stridently anti-European Union political forces surged in Italy's election for Parliament, but without enough support to govern...

Guidelines for opioid abuse

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

A network of doctors has developed a new Canadian guideline for managing opioid use disorder, including a recommendation of which replacement medication should...

Cypress mountain rescue

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

North Shore Rescue crews long-lined a stranded hiker to safety near Cypress Mountain. The crews were called in Sunday afternoon after getting a report that two...

'We have to find him'

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

The mother of a missing 20-year-old man said she won’t stop searching until her son is found. Ryan Shtuka was last seen leaving a house party on Burfield...

Historic earthquake footage

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

More than a century after San Francisco's deadly 1906 earthquake, a film reel with nine minutes of footage capturing the city two weeks after the...

Crafting a beer course

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

An award-winning brewmaster will be hosting a beer tasting course this month at the Okanagan College Vernon Campus. Stefan Buhl has spent 17 years brewing beer...

Personal opinion, not fact

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

“By more than three to one, the people who actually speak to me in the community about this are glad to see the project go ahead”. Cindy Fortin is...

Husky on a Monday

Mar 5, 2018 / 12:01 am

Zeus the Stubborn Husky continues to live up to his name. He likes to sleep in, which isn't always a bad thing, but when it's time to get up and go...

How birds learn to sing

Mar 5, 2018 / 12:01 am

Songbirds have elaborate repertoires they use to attract mates, defend territories and strengthen bonds. How do they learn these complex vocal patterns?

Newly developed 3D printed tissues could advance cancer research

Mar 5, 2018 / 12:00 am

UBC Okanagan prof. says the technique is a valuable new tool Researchers from UBC’s Okanagan campus hope to make advances in tissue replacement and cancer...

Oscars recapped

Mar 4, 2018 / 9:31 pm

UPDATE: 9:20 p.m. Against all odds, love won out at the 90th Academy Awards. Guillermo del Toro's lavish, romantic monster fable "The Shape of...

Terrorist wants '2nd chance'

Mar 4, 2018 / 9:13 pm

A Canadian who admitted to plotting a terrorist attack on New York City is pleading for "a second chance" in a letter submitted to the court ahead of...

Canadian trio wins Oscar

Mar 4, 2018 / 6:25 pm

Three Canadians have won an Academy Award for best production design on "The Shape of Water." This was the first Oscar nomination for Paul...

19 witnesses against Cosby

Mar 4, 2018 / 5:13 pm

Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's retrial want to call as many as 19 other women to the witness stand to show he had a five-decade pattern of drugging and harming...

Developing poor countries

Mar 4, 2018 / 5:02 pm

The head of the government's new development finance institution says he's determined to make it a player in the world's poorest countries where it...

Kelowna man in top 100

Mar 4, 2018 / 5:00 pm

A Kelowna artist is getting recognized across Canada for his music. Twenty-three-year-old Shaedan Hawse has made it through to the top 100 in CBC’s...

Oscars get underway

Mar 4, 2018 / 4:39 pm

Attendees are streaming down the red carpet at the 90th Academy Awards where the normally celebratory atmosphere has been balanced with earnest discussion about...

The bears are back in town

Mar 4, 2018 / 4:25 pm

The Lower Mainland has barely thawed out from a cold and snowy February, but bears are already waking up from hibernation and causing problems in residential...

Speculation tax

Mar 4, 2018 / 4:00 pm

I read with interest Bill Ferguson's letter. I would agree that this is one of the most poorly thought out pieces of legislation ever. It would seem that...

Epic sled dog race begins

Mar 4, 2018 / 3:55 pm

Competitors took to the snowy trail as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race kicked off Sunday in Alaska following a trying year for the annual event. Musher Cody...

MP blames staff for blunder

Mar 4, 2018 / 3:49 pm

A controversial guest at a meet-and-greet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has the MP responsible for the invitation blaming his inexperienced staff. Liberal...

Trump: Gala was 'great fun'

Mar 4, 2018 / 3:43 pm

It was an enjoyable presidential debut at the Gridiron Club's annual dinner for Donald Trump, who dished out pointed one-liners and endured some barbs from...

Business preview this week

Mar 4, 2018 / 3:35 pm

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week: Mining conference The annual convention of the Prospectors and Developers...

The future of fish farms?

Mar 4, 2018 / 3:27 pm

First Nations groups in British Columbia have voiced their praise for a Washington state initiative to phase out the open-net farming of Atlantic Salmon in...

Neglected dogs helped

Mar 4, 2018 / 2:56 pm

Last week, 24 rescued dogs were relocated from Williams Lake to the BC SPCA in Penticton, scared, neglected and in need of help. When the SPCA put out a call...

Airlifted to KGH

Mar 4, 2018 / 2:29 pm

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. One person is currently being transported to Kelowna General Hospital by an air ambulance after a trauma injury on Sunday. It is not clear the...

Cougar carcass abandoned

Mar 4, 2018 / 2:27 pm

Wildlife officers in Alberta are investigating tips they've received after posting a photograph of a cougar carcass they say was illegally killed and...

Lennox remains ambassador

Mar 4, 2018 / 2:27 pm

Annie Lennox says she plans to remain a global ambassador for Oxfam despite allegations of sexual misconduct by some of the charity's employees during a...

1 dead in crash

Mar 4, 2018 / 1:12 pm

UPDATED: 10:26 a.m. Vancouver Police are investigating an early morning crash that left one man dead on Sunday. Police said a white Mercedes sedan was...

Castanet's week in review

Mar 4, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Nich Johansen.

'Black Panther' still king

Mar 4, 2018 / 11:45 am

Wakanda's reign over America shows no signs of waning. "Black Panther" is king of the U.S. box office for the third straight weekend. Studio...

Vernon's Oscar party

Mar 4, 2018 / 11:34 am

The 90th annual Academy Awards is set for tonight. The big show will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will air on ABC starting at 3:30 p.m. For those in the North...

Stay clear of moose Millie

Mar 4, 2018 / 11:10 am

Residents should be aware that Millie the Moose is out and about in West Kelowna Sunday morning. Conservation Officers spoke to Castanet last week and are...

Serwa concussed in crash

Mar 4, 2018 / 11:05 am

A tough weekend for Kelowna's Olympic Gold Medalist Kelsey Serwa. She wasn't able to compete as the World Cup Ski Cross season resumed in Sunny Valley,...

Fairy-tale marriages

Mar 4, 2018 / 11:00 am

The 2018 Academy Award winners will be announced tonight. I love movies and have been on a quest to see all nine best picture nominations before today. Did you...

Helping homeless file taxes

Mar 4, 2018 / 10:38 am

In just over a week, six volunteers will start filing up to 500 tax returns for people with little to no income at the Shepherds of Good Hope homeless shelter...

3-vehicle crash in Vernon

Mar 4, 2018 / 10:24 am

Police, fire and ambulance crews all attended to a three-vehicle crash Sunday morning. The crash happened around 10 a.m. at 19 Ave. and Kalamalka Lake Rd. Some...

Exclude Canada from tariffs

Mar 4, 2018 / 10:02 am

UPDATE: 10:02 a.m. The Trump administration is coming under political pressure at home to exclude Canada from global tariffs on steel and aluminum, and while...

Escort outs gay priests

Mar 4, 2018 / 9:32 am

The archdiocese of Naples says it has sent the Vatican a 1,200-page dossier compiled by a male escort identifying 40 actively gay priests and seminarians in...

Warriors smoked, down 0-2

Mar 4, 2018 / 9:00 am

The West Kelowna Warriors find themselves heading back home looking for answers after dropping both games of their opening round playoff series in Trail....

M*A*S*H actor dead at 75

Mar 4, 2018 / 8:41 am

Actor David Ogden Stiers, best know for his role as Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H, has died at the age of 75. His agent confirmed the actor had...

Historic first in Pakistan

Mar 4, 2018 / 8:25 am

A woman from Pakistan's marginalized Hindu minority has been elected to the senate for the first time ever in an election over the weekend in which a...

Wellness fair wraps today

Mar 4, 2018 / 8:08 am

The largest ever Vernon Wellness Fair wraps up today. With more than 100 exhibitors, with products and services ranging from health foods to fitness clothing...

Mob wreaks havoc

Mar 4, 2018 / 7:57 am

Police say a group of about 30 people declaring themselves "The Ungovernables" roamed Hamilton Saturday night, damaging vehicles and store windows and...

Bombardier workers say yes

Mar 4, 2018 / 7:42 am

UPDATED: 10:54 a.m. Bombardier Aerospace workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of a reciprocity agreement to govern labour relations under a future C Series...

4 killed in building collapse

Mar 4, 2018 / 6:58 am

An apartment block collapsed Sunday in the western city of Poznan, killing four people and injuring 24 others, officials in Poland said. Spokesman Slawomir...

Sask. NDP choose leader

Mar 4, 2018 / 6:48 am

Saskatchewan's NDP has chosen Ryan Meili to be its new leader, who the party hopes will enable it to topple a weakened government that's held power for...

A-listers arrive for Oscars

Mar 4, 2018 / 6:38 am

Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Helen Mirren, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali were...

Running legend dead at 88

Mar 4, 2018 / 6:32 am

Roger Bannister, first to run sub 4-minute mile, dies at 88 Roger Bannister, the first runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile, has died. He was 88....

Gun belonged to his dad

Mar 4, 2018 / 6:25 am

A 19-year-old student charged with fatally shooting his parents at a Central Michigan University dormitory had been acting so strangely the day before the...

Rethinking dementia care

Mar 4, 2018 / 6:16 am

The construction of specialized dementia care village in British Columbia that gives residents the freedom to walk outside and participate in activities...

Horoscope: March 4-10

Mar 4, 2018 / 6:00 am

OVERVIEW: The sun and Neptune combine their energies to provide a spiritual, inspirational tone above and beyond material concerns. This is helpful if anything...

Unsolved crimes: DLC

Mar 4, 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...

Still not adopted!

Mar 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

Five playful pups that Castanet has been following at the Critteraid animal sanctuary are now 12 weeks old and at the perfect age to go to their forever home...

Home reno show in town

Mar 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

Locals were treated to a one-stop shop for information on everything to do with the building industry, Saturday in Penticton. The Home and Reno Show, put on in...

Familia Torres, Spain

Mar 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

Join our wine writer, Allison Markin, every week for a wine review complete with food and music pairings. Featuring Okanagan and Canadian wines, with an...

Spend at home not offshore

Mar 4, 2018 / 5:00 am

It's a political world in which we deal with in many issues and sadly the norm ever since the temporary measure of income tax to support the war cause was...

"Bowl of oatmeal"

Mar 4, 2018 / 12:01 am

Odd pickup line if I do say so myself... context to this...

Why prices end in .99

Mar 4, 2018 / 12:01 am

Ever wonder why every retailer ends their prices in 99 cents?

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