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Gas prices not jumping yet - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:11:00 PDT
It looked on Thursday like gas prices were going to skyrocket in the Okanagan. A handful of Kelowna and Vernon stations jumped from 118.9 to 127.9 cents for a litre of unleaded gasoline, and usually when that happens, the rest follow suit. “It's retailers trying to increase their retail ...
Evening Update Feb. 15 - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:00:00 PDT
Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Feb. 15, with reporter Wayne Moore....
COG taking a break - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:40:00 PDT
Kelowna's largest summer festival says it will not be returning in 2019. Center of Gravity took to Facebook Friday afternoon to make the announcement. "Since its inauguration in 2008, Center of Gravity has grown to become one of the largest sports and music festivals in Canada. This woul...
Dating in the 21st century - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:49:00 PDT
First comes Tinder, then comes marriage? A psychology professor at UBC Okanagan is examining romance in the age of online dating. The way many people discover romance is undergoing a radical shift, Jocelyn Wentland finds. Where once we may have met our romantic partners in the checkout line at...
Worst of snow behind us - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:53:00 PDT
It looks as though the worst of the snow, at least at the valley bottom, is behind us. For now. Environment Canada meteorologist Matt MacDonald says the main band of snow, which dropped snow across the Okanagan through Friday morning has now moved east. "For the next day-and-a-half or so,...
Kidnapped at gunpoint - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:20:00 PDT
A large-scale police action at an apartment building on Bernard Avenue in Kelowna Thursday afternoon was tied to events that began earlier in the day in Kamloops. Events began unfolding Thursday morning when two armed men robbed two men and a woman in Kamloops. Police suspect the woman was then k...
KF expanding in Ontario - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:05:00 PDT
Kelowna-based KF Aerospace is investing $30 million at John C. Munro International Airport in Hamilton, Ont. The money will go towards expansion of the company's aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the airport. The main piece will be a 75,000-square-foot hangar that will be able...
Flights mostly OK at YLW - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:33:00 PDT
Travellers are advised to check their flights, but it appears to mostly be clean sailing at Kelowna International Airport this morning. YLW's arrivals and departures web page shows one cancellation and one delay for incoming flights, and a similar number for outgoing flights. As snow fell acro...
'We are feeling so helpless' - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 05:00:00 PDT
Parents who have children with special needs are speaking out, saying they've been let down by their schools in the Central Okanagan. They claim there aren't enough resources and their children are being sent home from school too often. “Parents from seven different schools have communic...
Held hostage by spec tax - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 05:00:00 PDT
Two Central Okanagan homeowners claim they are being held hostage by the province's new speculation and vacancy tax. And, they believe, there are others in similar situations. In both cases, the homeowners have asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals. The first involves a couple in...

Two people in hospital after shooting in Kamloops, B.C. - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 22:04:31 EST
Royal Inland Hospital

B.C. Emergency Health Services responded to reports of a shooting in the Brocklehurst neighbourhood of the Interior city on Friday afternoon.

Proposed East Vancouver detox and social housing complex draws mixed reviews - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 22:47:50 EST
Thomas Ferguson, resident of Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood

The City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health, and B.C. Housing are proposing a project incorporating social housing and addiction treatment in one space in the middle of the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood.

U.K. report says former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell under investigation for alleged assault - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:13:59 EST
Mba Hydro Review 20181018

A British newspaper is reporting that Former B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell is being investigated by Scotland Yard for an alleged sexual assault while he was Canada's High Commissioner to the U.K.

Health officials confirm measles outbreak in Vancouver after 9th case identified - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:06:05 EST
Measles Vaccine

Health officials in Vancouver say the city is facing an outbreak of measles with nine cases of the disease confirmed.

District of Sechelt declares local state of emergency due to sinkholes - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:05:49 EST
Sechelt sinkholes

Residents of 14 ocean-view homes on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast have been ordered to leave after an engineering report concluded sinkholes are putting residents at risk.

Blaming Liberals for hydro rate increases 'not honest,' say former energy minister - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:34:31 EST
Hydro tower

British Columbians are facing an eight per cent spike in their BC Hydro bills over the next five years and the political finger-pointing has begun.

B.C. gas pipeline on hold as company investigates Indigenous artifacts claim - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:35:19 EST
Unist'ot'en tools

The Unist'ot'en Clan of the Wet'suwet'en Nation says it found two stone tools where Coastal GasLink is currently building the camp that will house workers near Houston in B.C.'s northern Interior.

Police rescue woman robbed at gunpoint and kidnapped in Kamloops - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:57:00 EST

The captive woman was found in a vehicle with firearms near Falkland, B.C., after being robbed in downtown Kamloops and held against her will as her captors travelled to Kelowna.

Liberal MP Joyce Murray's son critically hurt on Mexican honeymoon - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:18:24 EST
LIB Murray Joyce Vancouver Quadra MP

Liberal MP for Vancouver-Quadra says her son fell from a height while on vacation in Cancun and is awaiting medical evacuation to Vancouver.

New $1.9B St. Paul's Hospital gets green light - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:36:30 EST
St Paul's Hospital

Officials expect shovels in the ground at the 18-acre site near Main Street and Terminal Avenue some time in 2020.

Pot shops proposed for malls - Thu, 20 Dec 2018 02:15:56 GMT

This vacant premise at 1619 Pandosy St. is one of the 31 proposed pot shops in Kelowna, according to a list of possible sites released by the city. This vacant premise at 1619 Pandosy St. is one of the 31 proposed pot shops in Kelowna, according to a list of possible sites released by the city.

We don't really need a White Christmas - Wed, 19 Dec 2018 21:59:52 GMT

I hope that is where it stays this year - only in my dreams - because I am loving the mild weather we're having now. Blue skies and dry roads are keeping the economy alive.

Lake Country racing for title of first cannabis store in Central Okanagan - Wed, 19 Dec 2018 17:33:56 GMT

Lake Country is now in a heated race with Summerland to have the first recreational cannabis store in the Okanagan. Council reversed its decision and approved of a variance and business bylaws which allows a recreational cannabis store to operate at Turtle Bay Crossing.

Few answers about what happened to Kelowna mother and daughters 1... - Wed, 19 Dec 2018 13:14:49 GMT

One year after the death of Kelowna, B.C., mother Clara Forman and her daughters Karina, 7, and Yesenia, 8, neighbours and friends are searching for answers to what could have happened that led to their deaths in a quiet duplex near the end of a cul-de-sac. One year after the death of Kelowna, B.C., mother Clara Forman and her daughters Karina, 7, and Yesenia, 8, neighbours and friends are searching for answers to what could have happened that led to their deaths in a quiet duplex near the end of a cul-de-sac.

Okanagan teacher reinstated after sex allegations dismissed - Wed, 19 Dec 2018 13:14:48 GMT

An Okanagan teacher fired after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has been reinstated after an arbitrator reversed the dismissal. Craig Andrew Thomson was a music teacher at Mount Boucherie Secondary School in West Kelowna and also organized jazz camps throughout the Okanagan.

Utilities unlikely to face new fee on Westside - Wed, 19 Dec 2018 11:05:02 GMT

It might bolster city revenues, but there appears to be little support among West Kelowna councillors for new taxes on utility companies. If a so-called franchise fee is applied to gas and electrical providers, those companies would just pass the cost on to their customers, several councillors say.

Year in Review: Strike at Valley casinos dragged on for 19 weeks - Wed, 19 Dec 2018 07:03:53 GMT

The 19-week strike at Gateway Casinos properties in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops lasted from June 29 to Nov. 9. The 19-week strike at Gateway Casinos properties in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops lasted from June 29 to Nov. 9. Just over 700 unionized workers at the Gateway Casinos in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops went on strike June 29 and didn't ratify a new contract until Nov. 9. There were 19 long weeks of contentious back-and-forth between members of Local 1707 of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union and the company that played out as much in the media as it did on the picket lines.

Guilty in flight from police - Wed, 19 Dec 2018 03:15:10 GMT

A woman who fled from police in a stolen truck eight days ago has already pleaded guilty in Kelowna provincial court. Sandra Woloshyn, 37, was arrested in the early morning hours of Dec. 11 in Vernon after she fled northbound on Highway 97 from a Lake Country RCMP officer, driving a stolen Ford F-150.

Icewine harvest underway in BC - Tue, 18 Dec 2018 23:18:01 GMT

The icewine harvest is taking place in British Columbia after the mercury dropped to the requisite -8A centigrade, in what is another early freeze in the Canadian province. Harvesting this year began on 5 December, which is somewhat early though not as early as last year when freezing temperatures arrived on 5 November.

Kelowna-based KF Aerospace gets WestJet Encore contract - Tue, 18 Dec 2018 19:11:03 GMT

KF Aerospace has signed a long-term contract with WestJet Encore to provide line and heavy maintenance for its Bombardier Q400 fleet. This is KF's third contract with the award-winning airline family, that includes WestJet's Boeing737 aircraft and the ultra-low-cost airline, Swoop.

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