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Top Stories for November 18, 2023

Okanagan Connector reopened at 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning

Okanagan Connector reopened at 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning

Okanagan Connector 6:20 am - 141,559 views

UPDATE: 6:20 a.m. The Okanagan Connector remained closed throughout much of the night, reopening just after 3:30 a.m. according to DriveBC. The highway that...

Environment Canada warns of freezing rain across B.C.'s Interior

Environment Canada warns of freezing rain across B.C.'s Interior

Thompson-Okanagan 7:35 am - 39,985 views

Freezing rain is expected to fall across much of B.C.'s Southern Interior beginning Saturday evening. Environment Canada issued a special weather statement...

Former Canucks defenceman Ethan Bear spotted skating in West Kelowna

Former Canucks defenceman Ethan Bear spotted skating in West Kelowna

West Kelowna 8:16 pm - 28,659 views

Former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Ethan Bear was spotted at West Kelowna's Jim Lind arena on Saturday, taking to the ice for a solo practice as he...

Two Bernard Avenue towers should be complete by next summer

Two Bernard Avenue towers should be complete by next summer

Kelowna 4:00 am - 23,631 views

From the untrained eye, two new towers rising above Bernard Avenue appear almost ready to occupy. But venture inside, and there is still some work left to do....

Firefighters attend small explosion in downtown Kelowna garbage can

Firefighters attend small explosion in downtown Kelowna garbage can

Kelowna 1:15 pm - 22,163 views

Some kind of small explosion occurred in a downtown Kelowna garbage can Saturday morning. One Castanet reader was walking her dog in Kelowna's Waterfront...

Highway 97 southbound lanes re-open at the south end of Vernon

Highway 97 southbound lanes re-open at the south end of Vernon

Vernon 4:07 pm - 21,285 views

UPDATE: 4:07 p.m. Highway 97 southbound lanes are back open after emergency crews attended to a vehicle fire. ORIGINAL: 2:50 p.m. Highway 97 southbound is...

Eby tells NDP convention he's 'nowhere near satisfied,' says much more to be done

Eby tells NDP convention he's 'nowhere near satisfied,' says much more to be done

Victoria 4:35 pm - 18,227 views

UPDATE 4:35 p.m. British Columbia Premier David Eby says he wakes up every morning thinking about more steps his government can take to tackle the...

Should Canada establish a national Climate Corps, similar to the Peace Corps?

Should Canada establish a national Climate Corps, similar to the Peace Corps?

Poll 7:30 am - 18,123 views

In late June 2021, a powerful heat wave rippled across British Columbia, scorching billions of sea creatures, sending raptors tumbling from their nests, and...

Kelowna murder trial remains stalled after accused fired lawyers

Kelowna murder trial remains stalled after accused fired lawyers

Kelowna 4:00 am - 17,330 views

A Kelowna murder trial remains stalled after the accused opted to fire her lawyers last week, 18 days into the trial. Gabriella Sears has been behind bars since...

Secondary tickets surge for F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix, but a sellout appears unlikely

Secondary tickets surge for F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix, but a sellout appears unlikely

Las Vegas 4:20 pm - 16,119 views

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sales on the secondary-ticket market were surging for Saturday night's Las Vegas Grand Prix, but plenty of tickets were on sale on the...

SpaceX launches its giant new rocket but a pair of explosions ends the second test flight

SpaceX launches its giant new rocket but a pair of explosions ends the second test flight

Texas 7:55 am - 15,580 views

SpaceX launched its mega rocket Starship but lost both the booster and the spacecraft in a pair of explosions minutes into Saturday’s test flight. The...

Police want guns taken away from Kamloops man who drunkenly shot young bear in his yard

Police want guns taken away from Kamloops man who drunkenly shot young bear in his yard

Kamloops 4:00 am - 15,137 views

A Kamloops man who shot a young black bear on his property in Westsyde last month, prompting a significant police presence in the area, could lose his firearms...

North Vancouver MLA Bowinn Ma welcomes newborn daughter

North Vancouver MLA Bowinn Ma welcomes newborn daughter

North Vancouver 4:40 pm - 14,916 views

If her entrance into the world is any indication, baby Azalea may have inherited a dose of her cabinet minister mother’s approach to getting things done....

'Porch pirate' who scooped Amazon packages from apartments gets 60 days jail

'Porch pirate' who scooped Amazon packages from apartments gets 60 days jail

North Vancouver 12:35 pm - 14,067 views

A ‘porch pirate’ who stole Amazon packages from the mail areas of two North Vancouver apartment buildings and helped himself to two mountain bikes...

With the Brier already on the way to Kelowna, other big events could be around the corner

With the Brier already on the way to Kelowna, other big events could be around the corner

Kelowna 4:00 am - 13,661 views

Is Kelowna ready to host some major events? Mayor Tom Dyas thinks so. During a recent one-on-one interview, Dyas hinted to Castanet News there could be some...

Residents of Iceland town evacuated over volcano told it will be months before they can go home

Residents of Iceland town evacuated over volcano told it will be months before they can go home

Iceland 7:30 am - 13,520 views

People in southwest Iceland remained on edge Saturday, waiting to see whether a volcano rumbling under the Reykjanes Peninsula will erupt. Civil protection...

Ministry of Transportation expects blasts at the Hwy 97 slide north of Summerland to go until February

Ministry of Transportation expects blasts at the Hwy 97 slide north of Summerland to go until February

Summerland 4:00 am - 13,160 views

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said work to stabilize the rockslide site on Highway 97 north of Summerland is continuing forwards, following...

Memorial honouring those killed in 2021 crane collapse expected to be completed by next summer

Memorial honouring those killed in 2021 crane collapse expected to be completed by next summer

Kelowna 3:00 pm - 12,871 views

The memorial honouring the five people killed in the July 2021 crane collapse in downtown Kelowna is expected to be completed by the third anniversary of the...

Lake Country considering rule changes to make fencing wildlife-friendly

Lake Country considering rule changes to make fencing wildlife-friendly

Lake Country 4:00 am - 12,316 views

The District of Lake Country is poised to follow other Okanagan municipalities in banning fences with pickets to save wildlife. Central Okanagan conservation...

Top general worries about maintaining Pacific fleet on current budget 'trajectory'

Top general worries about maintaining Pacific fleet on current budget 'trajectory'

Canada 4:17 pm - 11,624 views

Canada's top soldier says the military's ability to keep funding a "persistent presence" of warships in the western Pacific is facing...

Ukrainians fleeing war say there are barriers to starting new life in Canada

Ukrainians fleeing war say there are barriers to starting new life in Canada

Canada 6:50 am - 11,586 views

The lunchtime chatter among a small group of employees in the crowded breakroom of a large corporate office in Markham, Ont., is increasingly edged with...

RDCO, province reviewing this wildfire season's Emergency Support Services

RDCO, province reviewing this wildfire season's Emergency Support Services

West Kelowna 12:00 pm - 11,342 views

Following the destructive wildfire season in the Central Okanagan that saw tens of thousands of residents displaced and many homes destroyed, the province and...

Truckers request more flexibility with driving hour restrictions

Truckers request more flexibility with driving hour restrictions

Canada 4:26 pm - 10,973 views

The Canadian livestock sector wants flexibility in the enforcement of truck driver hours-of-work rules to account for unforeseen circumstances. Animal...

IBM, EU, Disney and others pull ads from Elon Musk's X as concerns about antisemitism fuel backlash

IBM, EU, Disney and others pull ads from Elon Musk's X as concerns about antisemitism fuel backlash

Business 10:05 am - 10,937 views

Advertisers are fleeing social media platform X over concerns about their ads showing up next to pro-Nazi content and hate speech on the site in general, with...

The power of sleep for weight loss

The power of sleep for weight loss

FIT Talk With Tania 11:00 am - 10,599 views

In the quest for weight loss, we often focus on diets and/or hitting the gym, overlooking a crucial element: sleep. That's right, sleep it's one of the...

Former Israel prime minister Ehud Barak speaks on Gaza war: 'We have to finish it'

Former Israel prime minister Ehud Barak speaks on Gaza war: 'We have to finish it'

Israel/Canada 4:19 pm - 10,533 views

Israel must continue waging war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip until the organization's military capacity is destroyed, one of the country's former...

Local filmmaker set to debut documentary on Canada's organ donation crisis

Local filmmaker set to debut documentary on Canada's organ donation crisis

Kelowna 7:00 pm - 10,028 views

Kelowna based filmmaker Ryan Tebbutt is premiering his feature documentary in Kelowna this month, shedding light on the organ donation crisis in Canada. The...

Week in jail for Kamloops man who failed to register as a sex offender

Week in jail for Kamloops man who failed to register as a sex offender

Kamloops 12:00 pm - 9,584 views

A Kamloops man who was convicted in 2018 of a sexual offence involving a child has been ordered to spend a week behind bars for failing to register as a sex...

Hello Okanagan soars through the heavens from Vernon to Oliver

Hello Okanagan soars through the heavens from Vernon to Oliver

Vernon 12:00 pm - 9,418 views

Vernon's Peter Kaz and David Scarlatescu are back with the latest episode of Hello Okanagan. This week, the Hello Okanagan crew take flight from Vernon to...

Armstrong artists wins Pacific Salmon Foundation’s annual Salmon Conservation Stamp Art competition

Armstrong artists wins Pacific Salmon Foundation’s annual Salmon Conservation Stamp Art competition

Armstrong 7:00 pm - 9,254 views

An Armstrong artist has landed the top prize in the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s annual Salmon Conservation Stamp Art competition. Dale Cooper had his work...

Vernon Jubilee Hospital has close eye on ER traffic with closure of city's last walk-in clinic

Vernon Jubilee Hospital has close eye on ER traffic with closure of city's last walk-in clinic

Vernon 4:00 am - 8,756 views

Interior Health officials say they're prepared to deal with surges in ER patients since the closure of Vernon's last walk-in medical clinic. With...

Century-overdue library book is finally returned in Minnesota

Century-overdue library book is finally returned in Minnesota

Minnesota 6:07 pm - 8,674 views

A library book that is more than a century overdue was finally returned in St. Paul, Minnesota. Titled “Famous Composers” and featuring the likes of...

City of Kamloops says Gambles Pond has dried out due to drought

City of Kamloops says Gambles Pond has dried out due to drought

Kamloops 1:00 pm - 8,187 views

The City of Kamloops says persistent drought has caused a pond in an Upper Sahali park to dry out. “Due to unprecedented drought conditions in Kamloops...

Fragile Rockets unable to protect lead, drop 9th straight

Fragile Rockets unable to protect lead, drop 9th straight

WHL 10:15 pm - 7,456 views

Fragile and frustrated. Those words perfectly describe the psyche of the Kelowna Rockets as they look for answers as to how to snap a losing streak that has...

Gospel Mission Christmas Match Campaign doubles donations

Gospel Mission Christmas Match Campaign doubles donations

Kelowna 4:00 am - 7,037 views

Kelowna's Gospel Mission is getting set for its annual Christmas Match Campaign. This year's event runs between Nov. 20 and 28, with a goal of raising...

'Important piece of social change': Indigenous artist unveils 'From Hate to Hope' mural alongside BC Human Rights Commissioner

'Important piece of social change': Indigenous artist unveils 'From Hate to Hope' mural alongside BC Human Rights Commissioner

Keremeos 4:00 am - 6,517 views

A mural designed to bring the community together in taking action against and talking about hate was unveiled in Keremeos on Friday afternoon. Co-designed with...

BC EHS looking to hire emergency medical call takers for Kamloops dispatch centre

BC EHS looking to hire emergency medical call takers for Kamloops dispatch centre

Kamloops 4:00 am - 6,242 views

Out of a dispatch centre located in Sahali, call takers for BC Emergency Health Services provide help to people in communities across the province who have...

Savoy on Clement hosts groundbreaking ceremony

Savoy on Clement hosts groundbreaking ceremony

Sponsored Content 12:01 am - 5,988 views

A new development in Kelowna’s downtown north side, Savoy on Clement, just celebrated a major milestone with its groundbreaking event on Nov. 15. The...

Some closure in London, Ont., after attack trial ends with murder convictions

Some closure in London, Ont., after attack trial ends with murder convictions

Ontario 8:30 am - 5,938 views

A day after a jury convicted a man of murdering a Muslim family in London, Ont., the verdict – and what it meant – was part of the conversation...

New lift makes Salmon Arm Fair easier for those with mobility challenges

New lift makes Salmon Arm Fair easier for those with mobility challenges

Salmon Arm 4:00 pm - 5,393 views

Navigating the Salmon Arm Fair is going to be easier for those with mobility challenges. Recently, The Salmon Arm and Shuswap Lake Agricultural Association...

'Forge a new relationship': Indigenous leaders hopeful of new provincial government

'Forge a new relationship': Indigenous leaders hopeful of new provincial government

Manitoba 9:35 am - 5,265 views

When Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew took the unconventional move of appointing himself the minister responsible for Indigenous reconciliation, he did so with the...

Shen Yun bringing its dazzling and transcendent show to Vancouver in 2024

Shen Yun bringing its dazzling and transcendent show to Vancouver in 2024

Sponsored Content 12:01 pm - 4,634 views

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, as Shen Yun returns to captivate B.C. audiences with its breathtaking performances....

Bring more people to the table this holiday season

Bring more people to the table this holiday season

Happy Gourmand 4:00 am - 4,536 views

Can you believe it? We are entering the holiday season. I don’t know where the time goes. It’s like socks in the dryer. I wonder, does it seem to go...

Tseshaht First Nation gets $2.7M in federal funding to continue residential-school-site work

Tseshaht First Nation gets $2.7M in federal funding to continue residential-school-site work

Port Alberni 10:15 am - 4,453 views

The federal government is providing another $2.7 million to the Tseshaht First Nation for ongoing work to investigate what happened to children who attended the...

En'owkin Centre in Penticton planning for Indigenous craft fair ahead of holidays

En'owkin Centre in Penticton planning for Indigenous craft fair ahead of holidays

Penticton 7:00 pm - 3,372 views

The Penticton Indian Band's En'owkin Centre is gearing up for a special craft fair ahead of the holiday season. On Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the...

Naramata Elementary Parents Association Committee hosting online silent auction

Naramata Elementary Parents Association Committee hosting online silent auction

Naramata 4:00 pm - 3,368 views

The Naramata Elementary Parents Association Committee (PAC) will soon be launching a holiday online silent auction to help the school reach its fundraising...

Penticton Vees triumph in 8-1 win over the Prince George Spruce Kings

Penticton Vees triumph in 8-1 win over the Prince George Spruce Kings

BCHL 10:55 am - 3,147 views

The Penticton Vees were on fire Friday night, with their 8-1 win over the Prince George Spruce Kings at the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC). With many...

Penticton author launching book to support local causes

Penticton author launching book to support local causes

Penticton 4:00 am - 2,869 views

A Penticton author is celebrating her latest book by raising money for the South Okanagan Women In Need Society and the Penticton Art Gallery. Mahrnaz Massoudi...

Kamloops council to decide on utility rate after reconsidering 25 per cent increase

Kamloops council to decide on utility rate after reconsidering 25 per cent increase

Kamloops 4:00 am - 2,840 views

Council narrowly voted in favour of the 25 per cent water utility rate increase during its Oct. 31 meeting — which would amount to an extra $95 on the...

Coldstream council will be presented with final report on short-term rentals Monday

Coldstream council will be presented with final report on short-term rentals Monday

Coldstream 5:00 pm - 2,542 views

Coldstream council will receive its fourth and final report about short-term rentals Monday. At their regular council meeting, civic leaders will be asked to...

Christmas at the Courthouse brings local artisan items to historic building

Christmas at the Courthouse brings local artisan items to historic building

Kamloops 11:00 am - 2,452 views

People eager to shop tables full of local artisan items were lined up outside the Old Courthouse Saturday morning as this year’s Christmas at the...

Penticton Fall Art Walk kicks off with 22 venues at 19 locations scattered throughout the city

Penticton Fall Art Walk kicks off with 22 venues at 19 locations scattered throughout the city

Penticton 1:42 pm - 2,448 views

Penticton is full of art to explore on Saturday with plenty of new in store items to experience for everyone. The Fall Art Walk kicked off Saturday morning...

Local gymnasts stage immersive theatre production with Vernon theatre master and muralist

Local gymnasts stage immersive theatre production with Vernon theatre master and muralist

Vernon 2:00 pm - 2,427 views

A theatrical production coming to Vernon is all about connections. TREE is presented by the Cirque Theatre Company and the Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Club....

Celebration and fundraising at annual South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation gala

Celebration and fundraising at annual South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation gala

Penticton 1:00 pm - 2,097 views

The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation is excited for its annual holiday gala this November, a night of celebration and fundraising for their cancer...

Marketplace Leaders speaker to focus on executing visionary ideas

Marketplace Leaders speaker to focus on executing visionary ideas

Kamloops 6:00 pm - 2,027 views

An entrepreneur presenting as part of a speaker series aimed at Kamloops business and community leaders says he hopes attendees will come away with the tools...

Vernon Salvation Army launches annual Christmas kettle campaign

Vernon Salvation Army launches annual Christmas kettle campaign

Vernon 4:00 am - 1,342 views

It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. Bells are ringing across Vernon for the Salvation Army's annual Christmas kettle campaign. The campaign...

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