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Top Stories for September 26, 2022

Non-binary customer denied haircut at Squamish barbershop

Non-binary customer denied haircut at Squamish barbershop

Squamish 5:47 pm - 61,876 views

Just a few months after returning to Canada after living abroad, Lindsay Petley-Ragan decided to move to Squamish. Petley-Ragan, who self-identifies as...

Man charged after vehicle crashes through Kelowna homeless encampment

Man charged after vehicle crashes through Kelowna homeless encampment

Kelowna 2:46 pm - 49,292 views

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. Residents of tent city along Kelowna's Rail Trail say tensions are high after Sunday’s incident. “For a guy to be dragged that...

Bear crawled through window of West Kelowna home last week

Bear crawled through window of West Kelowna home last week

West Kelowna 4:00 am - 40,079 views

Thursday night, the black bear entered the kitchen of a home on Golf Course Drive to get at the garbage in the house. Conservation Officer Ken Owens says they...

Missing Whistler resident Clorrica Riggs found dead: social media reports

Missing Whistler resident Clorrica Riggs found dead: social media reports

Whistler 9:58 am - 34,641 views

The body of a Whistler woman who went missing last month has been found, according to social media posts from her family. Clorrica Riggs, 29, was last seen on...

Feds lift border vaccine mandates, mandatory masks on planes and trains

Feds lift border vaccine mandates, mandatory masks on planes and trains

Canada 6:07 am - 31,243 views

Federal ministers say all COVID-19 border restrictions will end as of Saturday, including mandatory vaccinations, testing and quarantine of international...

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Lake Country RCMP need public's help to identify theft suspect

Lake Country RCMP need public's help to identify theft suspect

Lake Country 10:33 am - 29,954 views

Lake Country RCMP needs your help to identify a male suspect involved in a vehicle theft and fraud. The incident occurred back on Aug. 31, when a white 2008...

Do you support involuntary custodial care for people ­on the street with substance abuse and mental illness?

Do you support involuntary custodial care for people ­on the street with substance abuse and mental illness?

Poll 7:30 pm - 23,602 views

Victoria Police Chief Del Manak says he supports ­involuntary custodial care for people ­struggling with substance abuse and mental illness who are at...

Kelowna council approves Phase 2 of large Hiawatha development

Kelowna council approves Phase 2 of large Hiawatha development

Kelowna 6:36 pm - 21,610 views

There will be plenty of activity at the former Hiawatha Mobile Home Park in the coming months. Monday, Kelowna council approved a development permit for the...

'Kelowna is evolving': Owners of forthcoming downtown music venue respond to legal threat

'Kelowna is evolving': Owners of forthcoming downtown music venue respond to legal threat

Kelowna 12:48 pm - 20,716 views

The owners of a forthcoming downtown Kelowna live music venue are brushing aside legal threats from a neighbouring resident. After city council last week...

Vernon RCMP release image of suspect vehicle in targeted shooting in BX

Vernon RCMP release image of suspect vehicle in targeted shooting in BX

Vernon 10:50 am - 20,067 views

UPDATE: 10:50 a.m. Police are seeking a suspect vehicle involved in early morning shooting in BX. Vernon RCMP confirm they are investigating after shots were...

Poilievre denounces Diagolon 'losers' over threat of sexual assault against his wife

Poilievre denounces Diagolon 'losers' over threat of sexual assault against his wife

Canada 11:00 am - 18,880 views

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre says he has asked the RCMP to look into "disgusting" comments made by the founder of a far-right group about...

15 dead, 24 wounded in school shooting in Russia

15 dead, 24 wounded in school shooting in Russia

Russia 6:31 am - 18,849 views

A gunman opened fire in a school in central Russia on Monday, killing 15 people and wounding 24 others before shooting himself dead, authorities said. The...

Alec Baldwin may soon be charged over killing of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins

Alec Baldwin may soon be charged over killing of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins

Entertainment 9:21 pm - 18,763 views

Alec Baldwin may soon face being charged over the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his ‘Rust’ film. Prosecutors have...

Interior Health issues drug alert for Central Okanagan in wake of deaths

Interior Health issues drug alert for Central Okanagan in wake of deaths

Kelowna 4:58 pm - 18,378 views

Interior Health says they are taking a series of overdose deaths in Kelowna very seriously. "From the Interior Health perspective, we are concerned about...

Interior gas prices climbing, nudging $2 a litre in some cities

Interior gas prices climbing, nudging $2 a litre in some cities

Thompson-Okanagan 11:45 am - 18,194 views

Gas prices are nudging back towards $2 a litre in the Okanagan. The Petro-Can station on 25th Avenue in Vernon raised its pump price to 199.9 cents a litre...

Shandro: Alberta will not participate in federal efforts to seize prohibited weapons

Shandro: Alberta will not participate in federal efforts to seize prohibited weapons

Alberta 3:48 pm - 18,139 views

The Alberta government is taking steps to oppose federal firearms prohibition legislation and the potential seizure of thousands of assault-style weapons. Since...

British pound plunges to all-time low as tax cuts spark concern

British pound plunges to all-time low as tax cuts spark concern

Business 10:02 am - 16,312 views

The British pound fell to all-time low against the U.S. dollar early Monday after Treasury chief Kwasi Kwarteng pledged a sweeping package of tax cuts, fueling...

Environment Canada forecasts warm temperatures for majority of the week

Environment Canada forecasts warm temperatures for majority of the week

Okanagan 4:00 am - 16,114 views

Get out and enjoy the summer-like weather while you still can Environment Canada is forecasting warm temperatures for the first half of the week across the...

Tourism sector welcomes Canada cancelling COVID-19 travel restrictions

Tourism sector welcomes Canada cancelling COVID-19 travel restrictions

Kelowna 2:03 pm - 15,133 views

After months of urging loosened COVID-19 restrictions for visitors, representatives in B.C.'s tourism sector are elated that the federal government today...

Traffic is slow through Summerland following a single vehicle rollover Monday afternoon

Traffic is slow through Summerland following a single vehicle rollover Monday afternoon

Penticton 6:00 pm - 14,366 views

The driver of a dark-coloured sedan has been taken to hospital after her vehicle rolled over on Highway 97 south of Summerland. A witness at the scene said the...

$40,000 raised at Heroes Run in Kelowna for retired police and military service dogs

$40,000 raised at Heroes Run in Kelowna for retired police and military service dogs

Kelowna 4:00 am - 13,971 views

The second annual Heroes Run in Kelowna was a huge success. A total of 60 runners participated in the five-kilometre run on Sunday at Canine Heroes Kennel and...

Men involved in Chilliwack workplace accident awarded over $20M

Men involved in Chilliwack workplace accident awarded over $20M

Chilliwack 5:48 pm - 13,351 views

B.C. Supreme Court has awarded a combined $19.6 million to two men involved in a March 2016 Chilliwack industrial accident. On March 11, 2016, a construction...

MLA Canada, Okanagan says buyers should keep eye on pre-sales homes

MLA Canada, Okanagan says buyers should keep eye on pre-sales homes

Sponsored Content 12:01 pm - 11,840 views

To those living in the Okanagan, it will come as no surprise the area’s real estate market has changed drastically over the last year. Density is...

Alleged B.C. gangster jailed for Richmond hotel lobby gun incident

Alleged B.C. gangster jailed for Richmond hotel lobby gun incident

Richmond 2:01 pm - 11,659 views

A man described by police as one of the top six alleged gang members in Metro Vancouver was jailed for four years Sept. 26 after pleading guilty to Richmond gun...

'The Sheepdogs' announce Kelowna tour stop

'The Sheepdogs' announce Kelowna tour stop

Kelowna 4:14 pm - 11,638 views

Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs are touring again and Kelowna is one of their stops this winter. The Sheepdogs, from Saskatoon, formed in 2004 and were the...

Barenaked Ladies coming to Penticton for holiday show

Barenaked Ladies coming to Penticton for holiday show

Penticton 9:00 am - 11,623 views

Canada's beloved multi-platinum band Barenaked Ladies are bringing their special holiday act to Penticton. On Dec. 2, catch the band live at the South...

Police find stolen truck in North Thompson River, beneath Halston Bridge

Police find stolen truck in North Thompson River, beneath Halston Bridge

Kamloops 6:00 pm - 11,290 views

Police pulled a stolen truck from the North Thompson River beneath the Halston Bridge. According to Mounties, an older-model white GMC Sierra pickup was located...

BCHL takes Hockey Canada to task over its treatment of players choosing college-track junior hockey

BCHL takes Hockey Canada to task over its treatment of players choosing college-track junior hockey

BCHL 5:30 pm - 11,247 views

The BC Hockey League says its time for a broad discussion over Hockey Canada's Canadian development model. In a news release Monday, the BCHL says the...

Vernon councillor says winter carnival needs more free family events

Vernon councillor says winter carnival needs more free family events

Vernon 3:25 pm - 11,052 views

Vernon Winter Carnival doesn’t have enough free family events, a city councillor says. Coun. Teresa Durning made the comment Monday as council endorsed a...

Russian military recruiter shot amid fear of Ukraine call-up

Russian military recruiter shot amid fear of Ukraine call-up

Russia/Ukraine 7:10 am - 10,601 views

A young man shot a Russian military officer at close range at an enlistment office Monday, in an unusually bold attack reflecting resistance to the Russian...

Suspect allegedly attacks woman and hits her in head with hammer

Suspect allegedly attacks woman and hits her in head with hammer

Vancouver 5:49 pm - 10,363 views

A woman was allegedly attacked and struck in the head with a hammer in an unprovoked attack in downtown Vancouver Sunday (Sept. 25) evening. Just after 6:15...

Canadian Food Inspection Agency raises alarm as spotted lanternfly pest nears border

Canadian Food Inspection Agency raises alarm as spotted lanternfly pest nears border

Ontario 2:33 pm - 10,361 views

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is asking Canadians to keep an eye out for an invasive bug that could spell disaster for the country's wineries and...

Driver injured in crash with lumber truck was not wearing seatbelt, police say

Driver injured in crash with lumber truck was not wearing seatbelt, police say

Kamloops 11:36 am - 10,350 views

A driver who suffered serious injuries when the vehicle he was driving collided with a lumber truck in Rayleigh was not wearing his seatbelt, police believe....

Bam! NASA spacecraft crashes into asteroid in defense test

Bam! NASA spacecraft crashes into asteroid in defense test

Space 5:01 pm - 9,899 views

A NASA spacecraft rammed an asteroid at blistering speed Monday in an unprecedented dress rehearsal for the day a killer rock menaces Earth. The galactic slam...

Fire at Vancouver SRO building displaces dozens on Downtown Eastside

Fire at Vancouver SRO building displaces dozens on Downtown Eastside

Vancouver 6:30 am - 9,512 views

More than 50 residents were forced from their homes Saturday by a fire at a single-room occupancy building on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Brian Bertuzzi,...

A topsy turvy mortgage world

A topsy turvy mortgage world

The Mortgage Gal 11:00 am - 9,143 views

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had tough conversations with a few clients. With unprecedented rate hikes over the last few months, borrowing power and...

Putin grants Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden

Putin grants Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden

Russia 10:01 am - 8,970 views

President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden, according to a decree signed by the Russian leader...

Housing action plan points to 'severe' shortage in Vernon

Housing action plan points to 'severe' shortage in Vernon

Vernon 4:00 am - 7,929 views

Vernon's housing action plan acknowledges a "severe lack of housing across the province" and that "Vernon is feeling the impact across many...

Vancouver stockbroker penalized after 'Bridgemark Group' trades

Vancouver stockbroker penalized after 'Bridgemark Group' trades

Vancouver 11:02 am - 7,344 views

A Vancouver stockbroker has admitted to failing her gatekeeper responsibilities while facilitating trades in companies linked to individuals facing insider...

Atlantic Canada's economy likely to take big hit from post-tropical storm Fiona

Atlantic Canada's economy likely to take big hit from post-tropical storm Fiona

Atlantic Canada 2:00 pm - 6,960 views

While the damage caused by post-tropical storm Fiona is still being assessed across Atlantic Canada, it’s become clear the economic fallout will be...

Civic election: Susan Ames running for Kelowna city council

Civic election: Susan Ames running for Kelowna city council

Kelowna 9:00 am - 6,835 views

Castanet News has distributed a questionnaire to city council candidates in both Kelowna and West Kelowna to help voters get to know those putting their names...

Kelowna's Halloween Alley is now open

Kelowna's Halloween Alley is now open

Kelowna 4:00 am - 6,703 views

It's the most spooky time of year. Halloween is creeping up and Kelowna's Halloween Alley has opened its doors at the corner of Gordon Drive and Bernard...

Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly raises abortion in UN speech, as Trudeau sanctions Iran

Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly raises abortion in UN speech, as Trudeau sanctions Iran

Canada 5:43 pm - 6,236 views

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly urged countries to uphold women’s rights and abortion access on Monday, while Canada announced looming...

Fans pack outfield seating for a chance at catching a piece of baseball history

Fans pack outfield seating for a chance at catching a piece of baseball history

MLB 9:15 pm - 5,915 views

TORONTO — Justin Morgan and his father arrived early at Rogers Centre on Monday to stake out a spot in the 200-level outfield standing-room section, hoping to...

Victoria police seek witnesses to indecent exposure

Victoria police seek witnesses to indecent exposure

Victoria 6:47 am - 5,843 views

A man suspected of exposing himself to a woman walking near downtown Victoria Sunday afternoon may have victimized others, police say. Police were called to...

School board lacked authority to suspend trustees over alleged bullying: B.C. judge

School board lacked authority to suspend trustees over alleged bullying: B.C. judge

Victoria 5:06 pm - 5,372 views

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled the Greater Victoria School Board lacked the authority to censure and suspend two elected trustees over allegations of...

Five times when you should update your will

Five times when you should update your will

It's Your Money 4:00 am - 4,855 views

Over the years, we’ll be faced with many major life changes and while it’s easy to get wrapped up in diapers and weddings, we can’t forget the...

Former U.S. Capitol Police chief has deal for Jan. 6 book

Former U.S. Capitol Police chief has deal for Jan. 6 book

Washington, DC 7:05 am - 4,806 views

The chief of the U.S. Capitol Police during the Jan. 6 siege has a book deal. Steven A. Sund's “Courage Under Fire: Under Siege and Outnumbered 58 to...

Hurricane forces NASA moon rocket to shelter; launch on hold

Hurricane forces NASA moon rocket to shelter; launch on hold

Florida 9:51 am - 4,780 views

Hurricane Ian is prompting NASA to move its moon rocket off the launch pad and into shelter, adding weeks of delay to the lunar-orbiting test flight. Mission...

Global Citizen Festival generates $2.4 billion in pledges

Global Citizen Festival generates $2.4 billion in pledges

New York 9:53 am - 4,616 views

The 10th anniversary of the Global Citizen Festival, which included performances from Metallica, Mariah Carey and Usher, generated more than $2.4 billion in...

Military en route to assist with recovery efforts in wake of post-tropical storm Fiona

Military en route to assist with recovery efforts in wake of post-tropical storm Fiona

Atlantic Canada 6:12 am - 4,531 views

Residents of Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec are coming to terms with the full scope of the damage left behind after post-tropical storm Fiona tore through...

Civic election: Carol Zanon running for West Kelowna council

Civic election: Carol Zanon running for West Kelowna council

West Kelowna 4:00 am - 4,521 views

Castanet News has distributed a questionnaire to city council candidates in both Kelowna and West Kelowna to help voters get to know those putting their names...

Alley makeover project a hit in Penticton

Alley makeover project a hit in Penticton

Penticton 11:04 am - 4,433 views

A Penticton alleyway got the ultimate makeover this weekend, transforming into "Slack Alley," a colourful space for family, friends, food and fun. The...

Open burning season delayed in the Central Okanagan

Open burning season delayed in the Central Okanagan

Central Okanagan 5:58 pm - 4,112 views

The start of open burning season is being delayed in the Central Okanagan. Fire chiefs say an ongoing high fire danger rating means they will not issue any...

Civic election: Get to know Penticton council candidate Isaac Gilbert

Civic election: Get to know Penticton council candidate Isaac Gilbert

Penticton 4:00 am - 3,754 views

Castanet News has distributed a questionnaire to each candidate running for local council in the South Okanagan. All candidates have been given the same...

Organizers deem weekend multicultural event a success

Organizers deem weekend multicultural event a success

Kamloops 4:00 am - 3,353 views

Kamloops' first Tapestry Festival was held on Saturday, with hundreds of locals coming out to the North Shore's McDonald Park to experience the event....

Civic election: Get to know Mark Smed, council candidate in Summerland

Civic election: Get to know Mark Smed, council candidate in Summerland

Summerland 4:00 am - 3,176 views

Castanet News has distributed a questionnaire to each candidate running for local council in the South Okanagan. All candidates have been given the same...

South Okanagan autumn perfect time to tour on motorcycle

South Okanagan autumn perfect time to tour on motorcycle

Penticton 4:00 am - 2,739 views

"Four seasons of fun" is an ongoing collaboration between Castanet and Visit Penticton showcasing what Penticton has to offer all year round. Watch...

Kamloops gas prices spiking again, with some retailers approaching $2/litre threshold

Kamloops gas prices spiking again, with some retailers approaching $2/litre threshold

Kamloops 1:45 pm - 2,690 views

Gas prices in Kamloops are on the rise, once again approaching $2 per litre. While most retailers in the Tournament Capital remain in the $1.70s and $1.80s on...

City of Kamloops councillor candidate profile: Jordan Proctor

City of Kamloops councillor candidate profile: Jordan Proctor

Kamloops 4:00 am - 2,526 views

Castanet Kamloops is going to help you get to know the candidates running for city councillor over the next few weeks. Every weekday morning starting on Sept....

Clean Energy Expo coming to Penticton Lakeside Resort

Clean Energy Expo coming to Penticton Lakeside Resort

Penticton 3:23 pm - 2,479 views

Penticton and area residents who are curious about ways to move towards energy-efficient technologies for buildings and transportations can check out the...

Community Foundation North Okanagan surveys candidates on 'Vital Vernon' issues

Community Foundation North Okanagan surveys candidates on 'Vital Vernon' issues

Vernon 12:00 pm - 2,363 views

Community Foundation North Okanagan is helping voters stay informed as municipal elections near on Oct. 15. "As a part of our Vital Signs program and...

Kamloops mayor candidates talk doctor shortage, performing arts centre at Saturday forum

Kamloops mayor candidates talk doctor shortage, performing arts centre at Saturday forum

Kamloops 4:00 am - 2,292 views

Four Kamloops mayoral hopefuls fielded questions ranging from addressing the family doctor shortage to the proposed performing arts centre at an election forum...

O'Keefe Ranch seeks $150,000 Vernon grant for 2023

O'Keefe Ranch seeks $150,000 Vernon grant for 2023

Vernon 4:00 am - 2,287 views

O'Keefe Ranch is asking for $150,000 in help from the City of Vernon for 2023. "Our operating expenses have been increasing rapidly, to a large extent...

Vernon RCMP say suspicious weekend dumpster fire under investigation

Vernon RCMP say suspicious weekend dumpster fire under investigation

Vernon 11:01 am - 2,196 views

Police believe a dumpster fire that destroyed a large commercial sign on 25th Avenue early Sunday is suspicious in nature. The fire, which began in a dumpster...

Two new child-care centres in Vernon to open soon

Two new child-care centres in Vernon to open soon

Vernon 5:00 pm - 2,173 views

Two new child-care centres are just about ready to open in Vernon, council heard on Monday. A grand opening has already been held at the Lakers Clubhouse in the...

Akbal Mund seeks another term on Vernon council to see big projects to fruition

Akbal Mund seeks another term on Vernon council to see big projects to fruition

Vernon 3:30 pm - 1,951 views

A former Vernon mayor is seeking another term as a city councillor. Akbal Mund, who was mayor from 2015 to 2018 and chose run in the last election as a...

City warns of potential traffic impacts from drilling for dike inspections

City warns of potential traffic impacts from drilling for dike inspections

Kamloops 2:44 pm - 1,842 views

The City of Kamloops says traffic flow on Schubert Drive may be impacted on Tuesday as a contractor conducts dike inspections in the area. In a statement, the...

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen office to close Friday

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen office to close Friday

RDOS 7:00 pm - 1,800 views

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen office will be closed on Friday to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day was established...

Mayoral candidates focus on tourism in election forum hosted by Tourism Kamloops

Mayoral candidates focus on tourism in election forum hosted by Tourism Kamloops

Kamloops 1:57 pm - 1,567 views

Kamloops’ five mayoral candidates highlighted top tourism priorities and which parts of the city they might showcase for their own guests during an...

Mark Olsen seeks second term as Vernon school trustee

Mark Olsen seeks second term as Vernon school trustee

Vernon 6:00 pm - 1,525 views

Mark Olsen is seeking a second term as a Vernon School District trustee. "The past four years have been a great experience, and we have achieved a...

Emergency Service Showcase will be held at Polson Park in Vernon Tuesday

Emergency Service Showcase will be held at Polson Park in Vernon Tuesday

Vernon 4:00 am - 1,525 views

Emergency crews will descend upon Vernon's Polson Park Tuesday for the Emergency Service Showcase. The showcase was cancelled the last two years due to...

Mix of weather forecast for last week of September in Kamloops

Mix of weather forecast for last week of September in Kamloops

Kamloops 4:00 am - 1,433 views

A mix of weather is forecast for Kamloops, ranging from sun and near 30 C daytime highs to clouds and a chance of showers mid-week. According to Environment...

Jeff Stevenson is running for Coldstream council in the Oct. 15 municipal election

Jeff Stevenson is running for Coldstream council in the Oct. 15 municipal election

Coldstream 9:00 am - 1,237 views

One of the reasons Jeff Stevenson is running for Coldstream Council is to help ensure the voice and needs of young families are represented. Stevenson is a...