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More shelter beds coming

Oct 22, 2018 / 4:12 pm

Photo: Contributed More shelter beds are coming to Vernon this November.  The province, in partnership with the City of Vernon, announced the addition of roughly 40 short-term beds Monday afternoon.  "More people experiencing

No elected experience

Oct 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

After weeks of campaigning election day has finally arrived. Today, municipalities across the province elect their civic leaders. Vernon will elect a new mayor, and while the four candidates running for the job all have leadership experience,

Candidates on public safety

Oct 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

There is perhaps no issue more emotionally charged in the 2018 municipal election than public safety.  Public safety has been a topic debated in communities across B.C. and Vernon is no different. On Oct. 10, 2018, Castanet held a

Civic candidates on PR Vote

Oct 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed The "Yes" side in the provincial electoral reform referendum has rolled out a list of local government candidates and elected officials who have publicly voiced their support for proportional representation. “Municipal

Firefighter training for teens

Oct 18, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Columbia Shuswap Regional District The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is moving ahead with plans to establish a Regional Junior Firefighter Program. The program is designed to give youth, ages 15 to 17, an opportunity to learn

Fire hall to get clean water

Oct 18, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Contributed The Ranchero-Deep Creek Fire Department will receive funding for upgrades to its water system. Currently, the water system at the fire hall is under a Boil Water Notice as a precaution and an engineering assessment has

Mayoral candidates talk pot

Oct 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

On Oct. 10, 2018, Castanet held a mayoral discussion with the four candidates running for mayor in the City of Vernon. The question that was posed to Victor Cumming, Art Gourley, Erik Olesen, and Darrin Taylor: Cannabis could potentially be

Candidate forum a success

Oct 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed In years past, apathy played a major role in municipal elections.  Voter turnout across the province in the last municipal election in 2014 was only 33 per cent. Many voters felt they either didn't have the

City cutting back gas usage

Oct 15, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed The pipeline explosion near Prince George last week is causing a provincial shortage of natural gas.  In Kamloops, the municipality is taking steps to reduce its consumption. Effective immediately, the city will

Guilty plea in murder trial

Oct 15, 2018 / 12:22 pm

Photo: CTV Vancouver A former Vernon man at the centre of a gruesome murder trial has entered a guilty plea.  William Schneider pleaded guilty Monday to interfering with human remains.  Schneider was charged in connection with



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