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Hundreds of hungry folk fed - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:00:00 PDT
There was plenty of Christmas spirit to go around at Kelowna's Gospel Mission Saturday morning. For the past 40 years, the organization has hosted an annual free Christmas dinner for those in the community who may not be able to afford one on their own. On Saturday, volunteers prepared about 7...
Christmas toy safety - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:15:00 PDT
Santa will be bringing bundles of toys to children soon and it's important to keep an eye on safety with the new toys. Health Canada released safety tips about battery safety, vinyl toys, magnets and other small parts of toys. “In Canada, all toys are regulated to make sure they are safe...
Serving kindness for 40 yrs - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:03:00 PDT
For the fortieth time, Kelowna's Gospel Mission will serve its annual Christmas Dinner on Saturday. The meal is open to anyone in the community and is available, at no cost, from noon to 6 p.m. They will serve a traditional Christmas meal of turkey with stuffing, gravy, ham, mashed potatoes, ...
115 yrs of flight honoured - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:00:00 PDT
Members of the Kelowna Flying Club are gearing up to commemorate the 115th anniversary of powered flight in North America. On Dec. 17, 1903, Wright brothers Orville and Wilbur made the first successful powered flights in North Carolina. The now-famous Wright Flyer made its first flight, pilote...
ChristmasFest for all! - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:00:00 PDT
It's time to embrace the holiday spirit at The Okanagan ChristmasFest! The outdoor Christmas market runs all weekend featuring live entertainment, vendors and food trucks and an indoor Christmas Tree Walk in support of the Central Okanagan Food Bank. “The Kanata Kelowna Hotel and Confere...
Pitbull attack kills pup - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:00:00 PDT
A chihuahua had to be put down after a brutal attack from a pitbull-type dog at the Enterprise dog park in Kelowna. Les Furgala and his wife were out walking their 10-year-old chihuahua Sunday afternoon when things took a turn for the worse. "Some man walked in with a pitbull or pitbull...
More parking at parkade? - Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:00:00 PDT
The City of Kelowna is continuing to explore possible expansion of downtown's Chapman Parkade. The city allocated $300,000 from its parking reserve to complete a detailed design, with the potential for construction to begin as early as 2020. Parking co-ordinator Dave Duncan says the city is wo...
250 toys, Mamas for Mamas - Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:30:00 PDT
The holiday season just got a little brighter for some families after a generous donation to Mamas for Mamas. Grant Thornton played the role of Santa Clause yesterday afternoon dropping off 250 toys to the Mamas for Mamas office in Kelowna. "Grant Thornton LLP has over 60 offices across t...
Sign bylaw battle won't stop - Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:00:00 PDT
The man who owns Kelowna's largest sign rental shop is hoping he can convince city council to rethink its new portable sign bylaw proposal. Otherwise, he feels his business will slowly but surely perish. The first reading of the city's new portable sign bylaws was held this week, and the incre...
Evening Update Dec. 14 - Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:00:00 PDT
Castanet's Evening Update for Friday, Dec. 14, with reporter Wayne Moore....

Intoxicated Victoria man dies after falling off Johnson St. Bridge - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:34:17 EST
New Johnson Street Bridge prepared for opening

Victoria police say an intoxicated man died early Saturday morning after climbing on a railing on the Johnson Street Bridge and falling into the water below.

'I don't get paid, I work for tips only': Meet the man keeping Kamloops' streets clean - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:00:00 EST
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Ben James does a pretty thankless job: seven days a week, heís out picking up garbage and cleaning the streets of downtown Kamloops.

Vancouver's real divide isn't West vs. East. It's North vs. South - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:00:48 EST
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But if you look at the data ó in public amenities, in demographics, in political representation ó the more significant difference is between north and south.

A tendency to leak: staff at MOA ensure safety of artifacts amid heavy rains - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:37:15 EST
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The familiar drip that follows a heavy Vancouver storm is a sound all too familiar to the staff of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

Waiter accused of theft at 'chaotic' Vancouver airport restaurant reinstated by arbitrator - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:00:00 EST

A recent decision from a labour arbitrator has vindicated server Mark Sheehy and reinstated him in his job at Canucks Bar and Grill.

B.C. couple creates their own Dr. Seuss-inspired Whoville in their backyard - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:00:55 EST
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"Itís not just the kids. Itís the adults that come here and they have themselves a great time, too," says Westsyde resident Randy Adams about the tribute to How the Grinch Stole Christmas! he built with his wife Sue.

RCMP investigating after man shot dead in Prince George - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:51:08 EST

RCMP are requesting the public's assistance as they investigating a homicide in Prince George on Friday night.

Canada abetting Washington's 'new Cold War' with Huawei arrest, says economist - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 15:19:33 EST
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The arrest of a Chinese tech executive is yet another example that the U.S. is creating "a new Cold War" in international trade, says economist Jeffrey Sachs, who adds that Canada is abetting its southern neighbour.

What sexual predators look for: advice from a former RCMP officer to keep children safe - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:00:00 EST
East Vancouver

Vancouver police continue to search for witnesses and dashcam footage in the sexual assault of a 6-year-old student from JW Sexsmith Elementary, as questions and concerns ignite about how to protect children from predators.

'Tis the season for longer emergency room waits for kids, says expert - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:00:00 EST
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Christy Hay, program manager of BC Children's Hospital Emergency Department says expect higher than normal volume in the ER during the holiday season and offers tips for parents about when to go and what to expect if a visit is necessary.

'I practically begged': Kootenay woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 22:03:00 GMT

For two months, Rhoda DeLuca and her 12-year-old son lived out of a travel trailer in a Kelowna campground while she received radiation therapy to treat stage two breast cancer. The Hosmer woman had only recently undergone a double mastectomy to remove two malignant tumours from her right breast followed by reconstruction surgery.

Abbotsford lags behind when it comes to voting opportunities - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:03:30 GMT

With no mail-in ballots, and two days of advance polling in a single location, Abbotsford voters had fewer opportunities to cast a ballot than counterparts in most other mid-sized B.C. cities, The News has found. The number of voting-day polling stations in Abbotsford has also tumbled over the last two elections, a process Mayor Henry Braun admits seems to run "counterintuitive" to what the city should be doing to encourage residents to cast a ballot.

Choppy waters for Kelowna lakefront development - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 15:44:31 GMT

A Kelowna developer is looking for some additional investment to get one of its more controversial developments off the ground. Mission Group Enterprises listed the Aqua development for sale this month through Colliers International at a cost of $60 million.

Big White Ski Resort opens new quad chair - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:30:55 GMT

Big White has a new chairlift, one that will move four people up the mountain at a fleet 5.2 feet per second. Dubbed the Powder 2.0 Quad Chair, the lift, with its 137 chairs, began operating Friday morning.

Kelowna MS advocate honoured - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:20:32 GMT

Kelowna resident Michelle Hewitt was recently presented with the 2018 MS Society of Canada B.C. and Yukon division's volunteer impact in advocacy and awareness award. Kelowna resident Michelle Hewitt was recently presented with the 2018 MS Society of Canada B.C. and Yukon division's volunteer impact in advocacy and awareness award.

EDITORIAL: Kids come first, not trustees - Sat, 15 Dec 2018 02:58:33 GMT

Trustees with the Central Okanagan School District have become the latest group of elected officials to put themselves ahead of those they serve. Trustees voted themselves a raise to compensate for the loss of a one-third tax exemption on their annual stipend.

Dance Chart Upstarts: Conro, Krys Monique & Bright Lights - Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:33:43 GMT

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada-based Conro jumps 16-11 on Billboard 's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart with "Trippin." It's the third, and highest-charting, track for the classically-trained violinist and electronic producer, who hit No.

Bomb threats emailed to at least 6 Valley businesses - Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:14:17 GMT

Upwards of 70 auto dealerships in B.C. received a bomb threat by email Thursday, according to the operator of one such business in Penticton that was temporarily closed as a result. Hundreds of other businesses around Canada and the United States were also targeted in what now appears to have been a hoax.

Electronics stolen by suspects at Orchard Park mall - Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:54:00 GMT

Kelowna RCMP received a report of a theft from Best Buy at Orchard Park mall just before 3:30 p.m. "Our investigation will include a review of the video surveillance footage of the mall and any nearby businesses," said Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey.

Kelowna's vacant Greyhound station has sold - Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:42:31 GMT

The property, which comes with a 9,228 square-foot building on two acres, is poised for redevelopment/densification, said HM Commercial Group in an online post announcing the sale. "The property is in a prime location at the corner of Enterprise Way and Leckie Road," reads the statement.

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