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Kelowna gas-break capital - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:00:00 PDT
More natural gas lines are being struck in British Columbia, and Kelowna is among the worst offenders. According to FortisBC, which supplies natural gas to a large swath of the province, Kelowna has had one of the highest rates of gas line damage per capita in the province during the past few yea...
Mural honours Humboldt - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:20:00 PDT
A mural at Kelowna's Innovation Centre is paying tribute to the 16 people who lost their lives in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash this month. The mural, in the lobby of the building, changes regularly. “Typically, we put a question up on the wall so it's meant to be interactive,” sa...
Eat and drink up! - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:59:00 PDT
The Okanagan Eats food show is back for a second year in Kelowna, and it promises to be super tasty. This year, there are double the vendors, with decadent food and wine offerings. ''This is the most inexpensive food and beverage show in the Okanagan. Not only do you get to shop different uni...
Highway 33 reopened - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:30:00 PDT
UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. After days of work, Highway 33 has reopened in both directions. The highway was closed Tuesday after a massive washout destroyed the highway. The reopening comes a few hours ahead of schedule. ORIGINAL: 2:10 p.m. Highway 33 is reopening ahead of schedule this aft...
Ready for Earth Day - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:00:00 PDT
With Earth Day around the corner this weekend, Okanagan residents are encouraged to clean up their neighbourhoods. Central Okanagan waste reduction facilitator Rae Stewart says a number of volunteer efforts are planned for Sunday. These include cleanups by the Oyama Community Group and Lakes C...
Big buy-in at Compass - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:26:00 PDT
A global cannabidiol producer has bought in significantly to a fast-growing chain of medical marijuana clinics based out of Kelowna. Isodiol International Inc. announced today it will buy a 19.9 per cent share of Compass Cannabis Clinics. The move will mean Isodiol will have exclusive rights to d...
Collision closes Glenmore - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:05:00 PDT
There are reports of a two-vehicle collision on Glenmore Road, near Winfield. An eye witness tells Castanet the crash happened on the second of two sharp corners at the Lake Country end of Glenmore. One vehicle is being towed away, and a second is in the ditch. Police, firefighters and para...
Castanet Kid Report - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:00:00 PDT
Castanet's Kid Report with junior correspondent Ariella Amato....
Deal struck in Bacon trial - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:50:00 PDT
UPDATE: 10:50 a.m. The single murder charge that has now been laid in the midday killing of Jonathan Bacon is murder in the second degree, a charge reserved for murders that are not planned or deliberate. Jason McBride, Michael Jones and Jujhar Khun-Khun were all originally facing first-degree...
Flotilla to open paddle trail - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:39:00 PDT
What is being billed as Kelowna's largest flotilla or water parade will officially open the city's new paddle trail. The opening of the 27-kilometre trail is set for May 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. The city is inviting all non-motorized paddlers to join the flotilla at Hot Sands Beach on the morn...

Vancouver 4/20 event sends massive clouds of smoke into rainy skies - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:00:00 EDT
Vancouver 4/20

With more vendors and the usual massive crowd of cannabis enthusiasts, the Vancouver 4/20 event went about as officials expected, even though the rain began falling just before the countdown at 4:20 p.m.

400 B.C. businesses sign letter opposing Trans Mountain expansion - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:58:06 EDT
Trans Mountain Suspension 20180409

Previously, 70 Canadian business groups, including the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and the Business Council of B.C., signed an open letter to the federal government, backing the pipeline expansion.

Social workers ready to help if Indian Horse film stirs traumatic memories - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:32:36 EDT
Indian Horse Ajuawak Kapashesit

An Indigenous health and social service society in Northern B.C. says the film Indian Horse tells an important story. That story, however, may be traumatic for residential school survivors to re-live.

B.C. grain piling up after weeks of CN rail delays - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:09:01 EDT
Soybean Harvest

Grain farmers in British Columbia are struggling to get their product to market with backlogs on Canadian National's rail lines and inclement weather causing weeks of delays.

Police seeking Grindr fraudster accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Metro Vancouver men - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:18:09 EDT
Christian Richardson grindr

Christian Michael Lee Richardson has been charged with fraud and theft offences.

Health Canada investigating use of unlicensed homeopathic remedy made from rabid dog saliva - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:12:41 EDT
Anke Zimmermann

The homeopathic remedy made from rabid dog saliva that a Victoria naturopath says she used to treat a small boy was not licensed for sale in Canada, and the federal government is opening an investigation.

Vancouver restaurant fed up with no-shows, charges $10 reservation fee per person - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:12:16 EDT
cacao restaurant

No-shows have long been a major frustration in the restaurant business and, while some restaurants have cancellation fees for larger groups, one Vancouver eatery is taking it a step further.

Smallville actress charged with sex trafficking offence relating to NXIVM group accused of branding women - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:58:00 EDT
Allison Mack

Federal prosecutors say a television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru.

Years after oil spills, money still owed to Vancouver, aquarium and Heiltsuk Nation - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:48:36 EDT
Oil bleeding off Bella Bella spill near sunken tug

The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Aquarium are collectively waiting on nearly $700,000 in losses related to a 2015 leak of bunker fuel, while the Heiltsuk Nation continues negotiating over $200,000 in repayments for its response to a tugboat that ran aground in 2016.

Warm-water bottlenose dolphins, false killer whales documented off B.C.'s Vancouver Island - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:54:22 EDT
Bottlenose dolphins west coast Vancouver Island

The scientist behind the discovery of 200 bottlenose dolphins and 70 false killer whales says warmer waters and climate change likely led to their appearance.

Kelowna's old RCMP station to come down by year's end - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:12:59 GMT

Although the RCMP moved into a new detachment last June, the police have been renting the previous building back from the city to assist with ongoing operational issues. "The lease will end in July, and its terms do not provide for an extension," Mike Olson, a city property division staffer, said Thursday.

Man wanted on Canada-wide warrant arrested in Kelowna - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:33:30 GMT

A man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant was arrested in Rutland Thursday morning after colliding with a police vehicle and flipping his truck. Kelowna RCMP received a report that a man who was wanted on an outstanding warrant was inside a residence on Gerstmar Road at 8:43 a.m. He ran a construction site and down several streets, then officers saw him jump into the driver's seat of an unoccupied truck that was running.

Kelowna examines options to connect Rutland with rail trail - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:17:33 GMT

The City of Kelowna is collecting input from residents to help it decide how to link Rutland with the Okanagan Rail Trail. A public consultation and information session, held Wednesday night, April 18 at Heritage Christian School outlined four options to connect the Houghton Road Active Transportation Corridor to the rail trail.

Bladder dam being installed in West Kelowna - Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:03:56 GMT

The City of West Kelowna has begun the installation of a bladder dam on the west side of Gellatly Road, extending from the Cove Lakeside Resort to the bridge over Powers. Gellatly Road will remain open but motorists may experience temporary delays throughout installation which is expected to take approximately two days, according to a city news release.

Highway 33 repairs still underway - Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:29:27 GMT

The portion of Highway 33 east of Kelowna that crumbled Tuesday is still being worked on and there is still no information yet on when it will be re-opened. Traffic is closed in both directions of Highway 33 extending from Mission Creek Bridge to the eastern boundary of Kelowna.

Love of records enduring for Kelowna vinyl fan - Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:54:45 GMT

And it continues today as the 69-year-old Kelowna resident boasts a collection of 9,000 albums in his home. "I still have some, maybe 200 or 300, that I bought when I was a teenager but over the years I've continued to add to my collection," Gowland said.

Kelowna Toastmaster, already the talk of the region, aims for division prize - Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:02:24 GMT

Moya Webb, right, won both the International Speech and Evaluation contests at the Toastmasters K Division last weekend and will represent the Okanagan this weekend in Kelowna at the District 21 spring conference. At left is Jodi Bird of the Penticton Toastmasters, who was third in the Evaluation contest, and Sharleen McBlain of the Kelowna Club, who was second.

Culvert clearing causes upstream flooding in Kelowna neighbourhood - Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:28:05 GMT

It happened so quickly, residents on Kelowna's Heimlich Road could only watch the flooding unfold in their front yards Wednesday afternoon. "It's terrible I mean don't even know where to start," said Jeff Meuss, a Heimlich Road resident who told Global News he has attempted to speak with the City about the potential for this event for nearly three years with no success.

Kelowna's first female structural firefighter to join department - Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:56:41 GMT

Firefighting is currently a male-dominated industry. Only about 30 of 500 candidates that apply for full-time firefighter roles are women, said Rick Euper, fire line safety fire inspector.

West Kelowna bans pot shops - for now - Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:41:57 GMT

West Kelowna marijuana shops like this one would be banned under a proposed city bylaw that explicitly prohibits the sale of the drug. A public hearing on the measure will be held May 22. West Kelowna marijuana shops like this one would be banned under a proposed city bylaw that explicitly prohibits the sale of the drug.

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