Beaches going to the dogs

Currently, only the beach at Bertram Creek Park, deep in the south of the city, is available for dogs to take a dip. Following a...

Kelowna Celebrates World Water Day by Unveiling $4.5M Facility

It's World Water Day and Kelowna isn't missing a sip of the action. On Tuesday, Mayor Colin Basran and members of City Council took a...

'Mayor of Rutland' Ben Lee mourned

(subscription) (subscription)Ben Lee, an unassuming politician who received the City of Kelowna's highest honour, is being remembered as an advocate for multiculturalism and a...

5 additional sites considered for dog beaches in Kelowna

(subscription)Vernon residents Kathy Fisher, left, and Sandy Plotnikoff walk their dog Cooper along a small sandy beach near the Sails sculpture in downtown Kelowna.

New firehall too ambitious?

The Kelowna Fire Department may have to wait a few more year before they can cut the ribbon on a new firehall in Glenmore which...

Rutland icon passes

Ben Lee is survived by his wife Joyce and two sons, John and Robert. A celebration of life will be held this Saturday from noon...

Are tolls the answer to reducing traffic congestion in Kelowna?

“There are a number of benifits,” says Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. “Firstly getting cars off the road for the environment. We know that it's also...

Shopping cart crackdown defended by Kelowna mayor

Mayor Colin Basran says it's "tough" to hear about situations like these, but defended city actions, saying bylaw officers are only responding to citizen complaints.

Kamloops-Kelowna showdown probable in Round 1; mayors willing to bet wine on series

KTW contacted Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar and Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and they agreed to bet a bottle of locally made wine on the series,...

Put the phone down

The Kelowna RCMP held a distracted driving enforcement blitz Wednesday morning on Lakeshore Road to discourage drivers from picking up their phone while behind the...

Kelowna Water System Tug-of-War Might Wrap Up This Week

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran said an integrated water system for the whole city is council's top priority this year, during his annual “state of the...

Kelowna Water System Tug-of-War Might Wrap Up This Week

This report then had the unanimous support and approval from previous Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray, council, the Water Boards and the many Ministries involved. “I...

Big changes coming to downtown Kelowna

That includes the Kelowna Community Theatre, which will become a performing arts centre. The Memorial Arena site will be used for future civic use. While...

DeHart: Lively atmosphere promised for new lounge

The Xchange Tapas Bar and Lunch has opened at 200-1615 Dixon Rd. in the Landmark 6 tower. Owned by Mark van Hees, Joe Schlachter, Cliff...

Council likes civic plan

These include redevelopment of the Kelowna Community Theatre site as a future Performing Arts Centre, a Civic Plaza, infill along Cawston Avenue to include mixed-use...

Former mayor's memory fails her when it comes to homelessness

(subscription) (subscription)Cardington Arms on St. Paul Street in Kelowna is designed to help those living on the street get into affordable housing. Posted: Tuesday,...

Plan aims to inject new life into Kelowna's civic centre

(subscription)At its southern terminus, city staff say, the Artwalk will feature a “refreshed” plaza around the Bennett Memorial clock and fountain, a 35-year-old public...

Mayor, ex-mayor sniping

At issue, who has done what to combat homelessness in Kelowna. Shepherd fired ... Luke Stack also threw down the gauntlet, stating it was the...

Significant tax hit needed to keep Kelowna's infrastructure current

“That's the hard choice we face,” mayor Colin Basran says of the financing required to maintain and add to the city's $2.5 billion worth of...

Water war between Kelowna and irrigation districts could be over this week

KELOWNA - Results of mediation efforts that could spell the end of Kelowna's four irrigation districts could be known later this week. “They want to...

Kelowna city councillor accuses former mayor taking credit for predecessor's work

Luke Stack, who served on Shepherd's councils, says the former mayor appears to be taking credit for work done by her predecessor, former Mayor Walter...

UBCO Students to Compete in Third Annual Debate

Students from UBC Okanagan will gather at the Rotary Centre for the Arts to put forth their best debaters for cash prizes. Student debaters will...

Internet access helps organize our leisure time

Funny how easy adaptation for some things are for humans, especially when the focus is to please us faster and easier. My mind goes to...

Photo: Wayne Moore

Castanet.net - CastanetCastanet.netAn employee was treated by paramedics after a truck drove into the front window of a TD Canada Trust bank in Kelowna Tuesday,...

Kelowna has too much parkland, not enough cash to open them

KELOWNA - When it comes to parkland, city councillor Luke Stack says Kelowna's reach has always exceeded its grasp. “It's been an ongoing problem, we...

DeHart: Kelowna furniture store more than doubles in size

Based at their club location on Springfield Road since 1979 and in the Invue building for the past seven years, the Kelowna Elks Club has...

Building costs to rise

He said Kelowna does have comparable DCC rates to cities its size. Coun. Luke Stack suggested the city use the Consumer Price Index to adjust...

Rail trail fundraising

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran said it is important for people to remember the top priority was to secure the corridor so it was safe, and...

Kelowna developers could be stuck with hike in fees

(subscription)Gradual increases in development cost charges would be better than considerable fee hikes every five years, says Kelowna Coun. Luke Stack. The city should...

Kelowna has a half-billion dollar nice-to-have list it can't quite afford

The Daily Courier (subscription)KELOWNA - Even Mayor Colin Basran admits the numbers — $1 billion worth of infrastructure projects over 15 years — scare him.

Devour Entertains, Delights, and Impresses Kelowna

Everyone was in attendance, from Mayor Colin Basran, to the President of the College Jim Hamilton. The 19+ event had every type of person including...

Construction contract awarded for Highway 97 widening at northern end of Kelowna

The province announced Thursday it has awarded a $36-million contract yo Emil Anderson Construction Inc. for the of six-laning on Highway 97 through Kelowna, increasing...

Kelowna's agriculture plan to get a reboot

Mohini Singh, noting that council wants to see those working in the industry thrive, while the community's interests are also protected. How to maintain that...

Seed planted on farm plan

About 40 per cent of Kelowna's land base (8,200) hectares) is in the agricultural land reserve. "I'm really looking forward to seeing this plan coming...

Free parking not so free

"The Downtown Kelowna Association and the businesses really do appreciate this gesture by council. They also realize it does cost the city some dollars," said...

City wants farmland used more effectively

(subscription) (subscription)An updated agricultural plan aims to ensure more food is grown on Kelowna properties classed as farmland. Other objectives include possibly broadening the...

Australian cardinal denies deflecting child sex abuse blame

(subscription) (subscription)Pell rejected an accusation made by the lead counsel assisting the commission, Gail Furness, that his answers were designed to remove his own...

A Kelowna safe injection site would have its challenges

“Health care is not our mandate, that's more of a federal or provincial thing and from a personal standpoint, it's not something I've looked into,”...

Pressure turned up up in war of words over Kelowna water

The escalating fight over water jurisdiction in the city stems from council's desire to see one integrated water system serving the entire city, a system...

Kelowna could lose millions infighting over domestic water

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran says council believes integration can be done for aproximately half the price in half the time. Fuhr says a dollar figure...

Wheat Kings wear out host Ice en route to victory

“The second period was really our undoing and gave them a ton of momentum and energy,” said Luke Pierce, head coach of the Kootenay Ice,...

Kelowna Residents Put on Plenty of Pink Shirts in Anti-Bullying Effort

It's Pink Shirt Day in Canada and people in Kelowna aren't being left behind. Mayor Colin Basran started off the day at the Kelowna Boys...

New KGH maternity ward impresses expectant parents

With their first child expected to arrive just a week after the opening of a new $21 million perinatal unit at Kelowna General Hospital, expectant...

Mayor wants irrigation districts to merge with Kelowna

KELOWNA - Premier Christy Clark was adamant yesterday local irrigation districts would not be forced to amalgamate with Kelowna but Mayor Colin Basran says he...

Kelowna Counts Down to Perinatal Unit Opening at KGH

The Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District gave $18 million for the capital cost of the unit and the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation provided $3 million...

Kelowna approves RV park on farmland

In January, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran was outspoken about his position against the permit at 2075 K.L.O. Road. On Tuesday, however, he changed his stance.

Kelowna farm gets approval for extra RV sites

Luke Stack, Tracy Gray and Gail Given opposed. During the public hearing, council was told by staff there are currently 15 other farms in the...

Harmony Day teaches Kelowna students acceptance - Okanagan ...

The mayor of Kelowna, Colin Basran, was one of the speakers on hand to talk about the importance of an accepting and inclusive city. He...

RV park approved for farm

(subscription)Tourists coming to Kelowna in luxury motorhomes this summer will be able to stay at a new RV park along the banks of Mission...

EDITORIAL: Kelowna abandoning hybrids too soon

(subscription) (subscription)If one of Kelowna's goals is to encourage citizens to drive more fuel-efficient vehicles — and thereby spew fewer greenhouse gasses — a...