Urgent message from Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran

(subscription) (subscription)2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK. 3 Be Truthful.

Kelowna residents protect property as region braces for record flooding

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran posted a Facebook statement late Wednesday describing expected water levels as “unlike anything we have ever seen in our community.” “This...

DeHart: O Spa healthy and vibrant

By Maxine DeHart. O Spa Health & Wellness Centre at #108 – 1912 Enterprise Way, a premiere luxury wellness center is celebrating their 15th anniversary.

Straight From DeHart - May 10, 2017

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director. Dan Rogers, who has been in charge of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce since...

Kelowna mayor happy with flooding response

Both Basran and Coun. Gail Given, who is also the chairwoman of the Central Okanagan Regional District board, noted this week is Emergency Preparedness Week...

Emergency responders praised

(subscription)Gail Given, who is also head of the Central Okanagan Regional District, said the response was “quite phenomenal,” with people working as a team...

Kelowna mayor happy with flooding response

Kelowna's mayor says he is happy with the response by emergency personnel to the recent flooding that hit the city. Colin Basran, speaking during Monday's...

Going live, going big

He'll be joined by former Kelowna mayor Walter Gray, who will offer some perspective on the action as the numbers roll in. We'll also have...

2 tax breaks for developers get green light

(subscription)“We've seen such tremendous revitalization these last few years that people forget that it wasn't too many years ago when the cry was, 'You...

Flood relief effort lauded

Kelowna city councillors took turns Monday applauding the efforts of emergency personnel, city residents and those manning the Emergency Operations Centre in wake of the...

City staff accused of delaying changes that may have prevented 'barn on lake'

(subscription)Councillors were generally supportive of the new building, saying it was important to provide services to boaters. But Coun. Luke Stack and Mayor Colin...

Hundreds out for hockey

A current and former mayor have come out in support of Kelowna-Lake Country incumbent Norm Letnick. Lake Country Mayor James Baker and former Kelowna mayor...

Mayors endorse Letnick

A current and former mayor have come out in support of Kelowna-Lake Country incumbent Norm Letnick. Lake Country Mayor James Baker and former Kelowna mayor...

Dehart: Celebrating Crime Stoppers

By Maxine DeHart. Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers is celebrating their 30th anniversary. With support of citizens, they have helped police solve crimes, arrest those with...

Water expansion approved

Calling it a good day for water users in the South East portion of Kelowna, Mayor Colin Basran led the council charge in approving Phase...

DeHart: PJ's Party Cakes celebrates the big 4-0

The Community Shredding Event sponsored by West Kelowna Community Policing and RBC for the Boys in Girls Club Westside Youth Centre is Saturday, April 29...

Straight From DeHart - Apr. 12, 2017

The Community Shredding Event sponsored by West Kelowna Community Policing and RBC for the Boys in Girls Club Westside Youth Centre is Saturday, April 29...

Coming to babies' rescue

A Kelowna organization has raised enough money to care for eight babies who were recently rescued from a baby-trafficking ring in India. East Meets West...

VIDEO: 65 proud new Canadians

Judge Gerald Pash, Kelowna mayor Colin Basran, MP Dan Albas and representatives from MP Steven Fuhr's and Premier Christy Clark's office were on hand to...

Funding sought for North Westside governance study

Opposition to applying for the $20,000 came from three Kelowna directors, Colin Basran, Tracy Gray and Luke Stack. “This is a futile effort ... “I...

Kettle Valley 1, developer 0

Staff argued the area already has more park space than any other neighbourhood in the city, a point made by Mayor Colin Basran, one of...

Prime Kettle Valley site enters limbo land

(subscription)The Kelowna landscape is dotted with phantom schools, unbuilt buildings where kids never have and never will learn, laugh and play. To some, these...

'Urban creep' into agricultural land continues in Kelowna

Luke Stack said approving the application could lead to urbanization in farming areas. “It's a reminder to me why we shouldn't support permanent farm help...

Wrong place for industrial

The way has been paved for a new mixed-use commercial building on St. Paul Street in downtown Kelowna. City council Monday unanimously approved a ...

Kelowna to silver screen

An orphanage in India supported by a Kelowna charity is getting a huge boost in awareness, thanks to a major motion picture that is gaining...

Kelowna to silver screen

An orphanage in India supported by a Kelowna charity is getting a huge boost in awareness, thanks to a major motion picture that is gaining...

Foundation pledges to increase support for orphanage in India

(subscription) (subscription)A local organization is expanding its support of an orphanage in India that has recently taken in eight children rescued in a baby...

Straight from DeHart: Browns Socialhouse open for business

In one year and out the other. Happy New Year! I will not be writing a column for a couple of weeks. See you January...

An emotional journey

A Kelowna city councillor says she's been deeply touched by a journey to visit impoverished children in India who are being helped by an Okanagan...

Straight from DeHart: Stuffed animals for the holidays

Long-time downtown Kelowna business, Tripke Bakery at 567 Bernard Ave. has closed its doors. The café bakery that also had an outdoor patio is owned...

Mayor puts city first, even when it's not popular

(subscription)The council vote hasn't happened yet, but Basran has indicated he won't shy away from upsetting the well-organized and politically connected Kettle Valleyians: “We...

No desire to retire

(subscription) (subscription)Andre Jr. may be president and the second-generation namesake of the business, but Blanleil's two brothers are also involved. Maurice is a partner...

Innovation through succession driving Kelowna's Future

“My father started Andre's Electronics in 1976,” said Andre Blanleil, owner of the locally owned and operated electronics chain. “Back then, the store was a...

Autism program in Kelowna saved

A Kelowna City councillor and a local firefighter are being credited with helping to save an important program for children with autism. Councillor Mohini Singh...

DeHart: Andre's Electronics celebrates family business milestone

In 1980 Andre Blanleil Jr., who managed a shoe store in Calgary,relocated back to Kelowna purchasing half of his father's company. They later moved the...

BDO Top 40 over 40: Of wrestling and giving back to the community

(subscription) (subscription)He tried to give back as early as age 21 by running for Kelowna city council to sit beside businessmen and politicians he...

Andre's Electronics Experts expand Vernon store

Andre's Electronic Experts celebrates its 40th anniversary with 20 years of serving Vernon. The family-owned business was started in 1976 by Andre Blanleil Sr., as...

Busy week at UBCM

It will be a busy week for municipal politicians attending next week's Union of BC Municipalities convention in Victoria. Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and West...

Watch a live rescue

Last year Kelowna city councillors Tracy Gray and Luke Stack acted as simulated victims, rescued for the demonstration. Other events include face painting, a bouncy...

More Kelowna beaches where dogs can dip coming next summer

Gail Given was one of three city councilors to vote against the plan. “This particular location is a little bit challenged for parking and I'm...

Saying thanks with cash

"These much-welcome donations will help purchase equipment and support programs to benefit the paid-on-call departments," said regional board chair Gail Given. “On behalf of the...

Council approves next steps for three new dog parks

Brad Sieben and Mohini Singh, who both voted against it. Singh said she didn't think the location was “appropriate” for a dog beach because it...

DeHart: Volden works with builders at Trail Appliances

Bring a friend or group. Picture Perfect is a sponsor of the Maxine DeHart-United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast being held on October 13/2016. Call...

Report shows Kelowna moving in right direction, says city hall

Kelowna's mayor says it's not all "rainbows and unicorns," but 15 of the 25 indicators used to judge whether the city's Official Community Plan goals...

City grant reviewers to be paid

(subscription)Mohini Singh. She and councillors Tracy Gray, Charlie Hodge and Brad Sieben were opposed to paying the cultural grant panel. “As a matter of...

Temporary laneway beautification project to become permanent in Kelowna

The Downtown Kelowna Assocation provided seating and started off the summer with Small Shop at Night in June. Other events were held in the laneway...

DeHart: Asian buffet ordered via an iPad

Both Martin and Issacs graduated from UBC dentistry. The office has now expanded and has been completely renovated. Martin has been a sponsor of the...

Marquee building slated for construction across from Kelowna's Gyro Beach

KELOWNA - A six-story building across from Kelowna's Gyro Beach needs “wow” factor because of its location at the gateway to the Pandosy town centre.

West Kelowna city hall referendum opens Interior Health issues

Interior Health paid over $3.25 million to the former Kelowna mayor Walter Gray and his business partners for their 8.2 acres of property at the...

Massive one-day food drive set for Central Okanagan Sept 17

(left to right) Andrew Draper, leader of the B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive, Lenetta Parry, executive director of the Central Okanagan Food Bank, Kelowna Mayor Colin...