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Poppadoms gets support - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:33:00 PDT
A Kelowna food truck is without power and a family business can't operate after its generator was stolen. The theft occurred about 1 a.m. Sunday while the Poppadoms truck was parked in the owner's driveway on Tamarack Drive. Now, the community is coming together to help him replace the $6,000 ...
PM praises Journey Home - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:28:00 PDT
Serious kudos from Prime Minister @justintrudeau & MP @Fuhrmp in Ottawa today for #Kelowna's #JourneyHome Strategy to fight homelessness. Incredible collaboration by the task force & our community to bring it to this level! Read more at #housingfirst
Ski swap turns 48 - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:41:00 PDT
The Big White Ski Club will gather at New Life Church on Harvey Avenue for its 48th annual Ski and Board Swap on Saturday. Those with items to sell can drop them off for consignment Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $2 per item. Pre-owned equipment for kids and adults will be available...
Smoke 'em if you got 'em? - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:12:00 PDT
You'll be seeing a lot more of this in the days and weeks ahead, now that cannabis is legal in Canada. This photo, snapped Wednesday, shows a man with a large bong and bag of what appears to be cannabis smoking in downtown Kelowna, not far from the iconic Sails. Other reports indicate the cele...
Where are the bears? - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 07:52:00 PDT
Bear sightings across Kelowna are slightly down this year and conservation officers are pleased with encounters so far. North Okanagan conservation officer Terry Myroniuk said things are better this year, which surprised him. “The reports we are getting is that bears have been getting i...
Best of Okanagan battle - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 05:00:00 PDT
For one night only chefs and mixologist from right here in Kelowna will battle it out using local spirits. The 2018 Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery Mixoff is back for another year on Nov. 8 at The Laurel Packinghouse to charm your taste buds using unique cocktails and creations from the kitchen...
Cannabis retailers waiting - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 05:00:00 PDT
Officials in both Kelowna and Lake Country are waiting patiently for the first applications to hit their desks for legal cannabis retailers. Kelowna planning manager Ryan Smith says his department has fielded more than 30 calls from those interested in setting up retail outlets, however, he doesn...
Shelter staying longer - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 19:27:00 PDT
As the winter months approach, a homeless shelter has received another extension on its lease. Inn from the Cold's lease ran out at the end of September, and it has been desperately searching for a new place to call home. The shelter, which gives 45 clients a place to sleep, will now have unti...
Evening Update Oct. 17 - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:00:00 PDT
Castanet's Evening Update for Wednesday, Oct. 17 with reporter Wayne Moore....
Police seek masked man - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:53:00 PDT
Kelowna RCMP are searching for a suspect and a vehicle after a break and enter and theft at a Rutland home Wednesday morning. Mounties are searching throughout the Central Okanagan for a suspect vehicle police believe is connected to the incident which took place just after 11 a.m. “Aft...

Pedestrian killed in collision on Marine Drive in Vancouver - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:53:20 EDT
marine drive crash

The crash happened near Ross Street just after 6 a.m.

'Son of the blob': Unseasonably warm weather creating new anomaly off B.C. coast - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 07:00:00 EDT
Son of the Blob

A meteorologist says unseasonably warm weather in B.C. is once again causing a large area of the Pacific Ocean to heat up considerably, emulating a phenomenon from past years known as the “blob.”

City of Langley mayoral candidates prefer SkyTrain to LRT - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:17:28 EDT

There are plenty of issues that Langley mayoral candidates Peter Fassbender and Val van den Broek don't agree on, but they're on the same page when it comes to the biggest transportation project in the city's history.

2 charged after they allegedly fed Timbits to bears along B.C.'s Alaska Highway - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 01:20:46 EDT
bear timbit

Two people have been charged after British Columbia's Conservation Officer Service says they posted photos of themselves on social media hand feeding Timbits and hot dogs to bears.

Installation of underwater earthquake early-warning sensors complete - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:05:00 EDT
Earthquake sensor installation

A network of eight underwater sensors and 32 land-based seismic and GPS sensors on Vancouver Island is up and running and could make all the difference when a big earthquake hits.

A 'dark day for Canada,' say anti-pot activists - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 21:31:44 EDT
pot rally

A coalition of groups concerned about the health risks associated with marijuana is calling legalization a "dark day for Canada."

With 3 days left until the election, here's what you need to know - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 09:00:57 EDT
Ballot Box

Three. Days. Left.

BC Ferries finally launches debit payment option - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 22:11:22 EDT
The Queen of New Westminster ferry

Passengers shocked and delighted that debit is now being offered on the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay run.

Indigenous actor Duane Howard says he is losing work over allegations he sexually assaulted teen 25 years ago - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 20:52:09 EDT
Duane Howard

Warning: This story contains graphic descriptions.

Spectacular shades of fall in Vancouver - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 22:45:49 EDT
Fall Foliage Autumn Leaves Beauty Shot

It's day 7 of sunshine in Metro Vancouver and the forecast calls for more sunny days before the rain arrives on Tuesday.

Some pot strains sell out on Day 1 in B.C., government says that was expected - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 03:48:23 GMT

Consumers in British Columbia wanting to legally buy recreational marijuana for the first time on Wednesday were most likely to use the province's online sales system, which Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says passed one significant hurdle in the early going. By 2 p.m., the only store that was operating in Kamloops had taken about 200 orders and the province said there had been about 5,600 online purchases.

Mellow opening to B.C.'s only legal pot shop - Thu, 18 Oct 2018 01:36:46 GMT

When Becky Prete make the trek from Kelowna to Kamloops she was hoping to be one of the first in line when B.C.'s only cannabis retail store opened its doors. Not only was Prete first in line, she was one of only about five early risers who lined up before 7 a.m. "I thought I would show up and there would be a couple blocks of people and I would be a few blocks in, but I was really surprised when I walked out of the car and I was the first," she said.

Live: pot store opening - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 21:20:33 GMT

As the clock ticks closer to 10 a.m., the lineup of those looking to purchase legal cannabis from the government grows. Becky Prete from Kelowna got to the store just before 6 a.m. and is now first in line to get her hands on legal weed.

Tommy Chong rings in legalization in Kelowna - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:59:58 GMT

Tommy Chong will not be able to attend the legalization party on Oct. 17 due to unforseen circumstances, however Darryl and Chrissy Borsato have rescheduled the legalization party so that Chong can attend to Friday, Oct. 19 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The comedian, actor, writer, director, musician and cannabis rights activist, born in Edmonton, pioneered stoner comedy 50 years ago along with his partner, Cheech Marin. Chong is best known for his roles in Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong's Next Movie and Nice Dreams.

Kelowna farmer fights cannabis license bureaucracy - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:43:27 GMT

Marlys Wolfe said she was disappointed by council's decision earlier this month to not support her non-farm use application be forwarded to the Agricultural Land Commission, despite having been granted a medicinal marijuana grow license from Health Canada. Wolfe, commenting via email last week while she and her husband are on vacation in Africa, said she has already talked to the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture deputy-minister Wes Shoemaker about her issue.

Cannabis sales legal as of Wednesday, but no Kelowna stores can sell it yet - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:23:11 GMT

Bob Kay, owner of Kelowna cannabis retailer Be Kind, stands in his shop Tuesday morning. Be Kind stopped selling cannabis, complying with a city order, but Kay plans to apply for a licence to sell it legally.

Kelowna police wonder who's owner of dirt bike - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:23:10 GMT

On Oct. 8, police responded to a report of a dirt bike found on a residential property in the 400 block of Francis Avenue. The red and white Kaishan dirt bike, which was left running, showed up on the complainant's property sometime overnight.

Fighting fire with fire: forestry experts call for more controlled burning in B.C. - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 08:08:29 GMT

After two record-breaking wildfire years in B.C., forestry experts are calling on the government to endorse more controlled burning, also known as prescribed fires, in the province's forests to help protect communities and reduce firefighting costs. "We as a province cannot continue to spend upwards of half a billion dollars a year in suppression and response costs," BC Wildfire Service executive director Ian Meier said.

Why mess with success? - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 06:00:26 GMT

Tieleman, a noted B.C. journalist, political strategist and campaigner, will debate B.C.'s upcoming referendum on electoral reform with Maria Dobrinskaya on Wednesday in Kelowna. Dobrinskaya is B.C. director at the Broadbent Institute and a member of the Vision Vancouver party.

Kelowna's mayoral race a battle over the city's identity - Wed, 17 Oct 2018 01:42:45 GMT

Kelowna mayoral candidates Bobby Kennedy, Colin Basran, Bob Schewe and Tom Dyas debated leadership, inclusiveness and the issue of homelessness in an election forum hosted by CBC Kelowna and UBC Okanagan. Want to know what really matters for the municipal elections in Metro Vancouver? This is your newsletter.

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