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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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

John Steinbeck's son, fellow author Thomas Steinbeck, dies

(subscription) (subscription)FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2002, file photo, Thomas Steinbeck speaks to a crowd at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Calif.,...

Apartment buildings in Glenmore Valley go to public hearing

(subscription)Coun. Gail Given noted other vacant properties in the area have already been identified for higher-density development. ... City staff support the necessary rezoning,...

OSO appears set to hit new high in show next year

(subscription)Audience members will have to look up — way up — to see musicians with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra during a special performance next...

Farm seeks OK to sell non-farm products

(subscription)The continued reclamation of a Kelowna farm should temporarily include the sale of non-agricultural products, city council will hear next week. Owners of the...

Regional district salaries take a five-per-cent jump

(subscription)Total salaries for people employed by the Central Okanagan regional district rose five per cent last year. But the remuneration for top regional bureaucrat...

Books face squeeze in library reno

(subscription)Bookshelves will be squeezed at the downtown library to free up space for new programs and services that have a decidedly digital emphasis, Kelowna...

Field trips boost visits to Kelowna Art Gallery

(subscription)One-quarter of people who visited the Kelowna Art Gallery last year were students taken there on field trips. And that percentage should rise next...

Fastball tourney paying tribute to 'Granny' Blanleil

(subscription) (subscription)Kelowna fastball. Kelowna Major Men's Fastball will pay a special tribute to Eileen Blanleil during the fourth annual Andre Blanleil Sr. Memorial Fastball...

Ready to Play Ball

(subscription) (subscription)The fourth annual Andre Blanleil Sr. Memorial Fastball Tournament goes this weekend at King Stadium. Expect an exciting, competitive tournament, with the defending...

Parking lot next to highways sinks Kelowna hotel project

(subscription)Two new Marriott-branded hotels with 200 rooms cannot proceed as planned for a major Kelowna corner, city council has decided. The design of the...

Ballet Kelowna back on its feet

(subscription) (subscription)Ballet Kelowna's budget is growing by leaps and bounds thanks to a surge in government grants, corporate support and ticket sales, city council...

Letnick to seek third term as MLA

(subscription)Before entering provincial politics, he sat on Kelowna council, as well as Banff council in the 1990s. He was a tenured associate professor in...

Movies return to downtown

(subscription)The Paramount movie theatre may have gone dark, but the screening of films for the public will carry on in downtown Kelowna. Regular movie...

Halifax officer makes cameo in Miley Cyrus music video thanks to #HaliCop meme

(subscription) (subscription)A Halifax police officer is popping up in paintings, movies, video games and even a Miley Cyrus music video thanks to a transformative...

Most agricultural land not being farmed

(subscription)Less than half of all agricultural properties in Kelowna are actually farmed, a newly released provincial report says. ... Mohini Singh said in March...

Council reverses policy on free parking for hybrids

(subscription) (subscription)The owner of this Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle, left, who parked along Bernard Avenue on Tuesday, will once again be eligible for a...

City wants you to pay you to upgrade your irrigation system

(subscription)Homeowners with an out-dated irrigation control system can get a $40 rebate from the City of Kelowna if they upgrade the equipment. ... The...

Incentives for developers bring Kelowna needed rental units

(subscription) (subscription)“We have a desperate need for rental housing, but developers just weren't building rentals,” said Mayor Colin Basran. “With these incentives for developers,...

Does municipal politics need stricter conflict law?

(subscription)In October 2014, Dave Krysko — president of Davara Holdings — appeared in a video endorsing Colin Basran for mayor. On April 26, city...

Rockets restock prospect cupboard at bantam draft

(subscription)With their own pick in the third round, at 64th overall, the Rockets made Roman Basran the second-highest goalie chosen in franchise history. A...

Water, water (providers) everywhere ... in Kelowna

(subscription) (subscription)Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran recently made his annual speech to the Chamber of Commerce on the state of the city. When referring to...

Digital arts in Kelowna seen as poised for growth

(subscription) (subscription)Gill was in Kelowna to meet with Mayor Colin Basran, a big advocate of the high-tech industry, and have lunch with representatives from...

Thousands attend Vaisakhi festival

(subscription) (subscription)Brightly colored Sihks from the Kelowna Sikh Temple was the centre of attention during the 6th annual Kelowna Vaisakhi Parade put on by...

The pontoon boat that can do it all

(subscription) (subscription)The conference has quite the line up of guest speakers, including Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, who is under 40, 2004 Junior Chamber effective...

Ogopogo saved

(subscription) (subscription)“It is a branding of Kelowna,” Coun. Maxine DeHart said at Monday's meeting. Staff's suggestion to replace Ogopogo with a theme promoting outdoor...

Glenmore won't get new fire hall early

(subscription) (subscription)Preferring to stick with the current timetable were Mayor Colin Basran and councillors Maxine DeHart, Ryan Donn, Gail Given and Luke Stack. Fire...

Fundraising for trail to kick off next month

(subscription)People who support development of a long-distance trail from Vernon to Kelowna can make donations toward the construction project next month. A $7.8-million fundraising...

Sprinkling restrictions toughened in Kelowna

(subscription)Permanent year-round restrictions on lawn watering have been enthusiastically embraced by Kelowna city councillors. ... “I think we all agree (this) is long overdue...

Valley Views: Shade and ice-cold beverages

(subscription) (subscription)New Kelowna Chamber of Commerce president Tom Dyas and his board will be introduced at the chamber's annual general meeting on Tuesday at...

City council split on gravel removal

(subscription)A gravel extraction plan for a Southeast Kelowna property will move forward without city council's support. Councillors were split Monday on ... Charlie Hodge...

Downtown Kelowna gets Dolicious

(subscription) (subscription)... with a ribbon cutting at their Kelowna outlet at Towne Centre Mall on Saturday. The event also saw the unveiling of the...

Electronic billboard for mall turned down

(subscription) (subscription)R.G. Properties says its proposed new electronic billboard for the Capri Centre Mall in Kelowna would be similar to the electronic sign outside...

Fintry Queen gets new life as Kelowna visitor information centre

(subscription) (subscription)“Sure, the canal idea sounded pretty goofy back then,” Mayor Colin Basran admitted. “But now we've got the Fintry Queen up and out...

'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.

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...

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...

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...