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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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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.,...

No more RV parks on Kelowna's agricultural land

KelownaNow (press release) (registration)KelownaNow (press release) (registration)Gail Given lamented that the bylaw was created with the best intentions, but that it just wasn't' working out.

ALR and RVs: a failed test

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran calls a decision to open up agricultural land to RVs a failed experiment. Council took the first step to ending that...

Rotary car show in memory of Ruby

As well, there will be a new memorial trophy given out this year in his honour, the winner chosen by his wife Linda who will...

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,...

Kelowna leaders put homeless, housing atop to-do list

KelownaNow (press release) (registration)KelownaNow (press release) (registration)Housing and homelessness are the issues that are first mentioned when asked how Kelowna could improve. In a multi-piece...

Kelowna leaders put homeless, housing atop to-do list

KelownaNow (press release) (registration)Housing and homelessness are the issues that are first mentioned when asked how Kelowna could improve. In a multi-piece series by KelownaNow,...

Time for change in thinking on temporary farm worker housing, Kelowna council says

Coun. Gail Given said extended growing seasons means some farms and orchards are operating temporary housing nine months of the year, bringing in different groups...

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...

Crackdown on agricultural land abusers in Kelowna gets some results

Gail Given asked if the businesses that relocated had moved to properties where their business was zoned to operate. “I wouldn't want the process to...

Director's salary disclosed

Chairperson Gail Given, from Kelowna, had remuneration of $40,661 and expenses of $1,882. In 2015, the remuneration and benefits of all regional district employees totalled...

Calgary golfer James Love credits PGA Tour pal Graham DeLaet for chance to finish third in Saskatoon

(That was his route to the tee at the GolfBC Championship in Kelowna, where he finished in a tie for 32nd.) No need ... “Graham...

Calgary-raised golfer thankful for support of PGA Tour pal

No more Monday qualifiers. (That was his route to the tee at the GolfBC Championship in Kelowna, where he finished in a tie for 32nd.)...

Hefty hikes for bureaucrats

For nine of those, that wage is on top of their remuneration from other council's in the Central Okanagan. Chairwoman Gail Given received a remuneration...

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...

Letter: 'Sad thing' Marriott turned away by Kelowna council

I applaud our two councillors [Brad Sieben and Gail Given] who voted for the approval of the hotel, and just wish that there was more...

Kelowna council nixes plan for two new hotels in the city

Voting on an alternate motion which would have supported the proposed layout of the site, only Councillors Brad Sieben and Gail Given voted to support...

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...

We can do better, Kelowna mayor says in defeating hotel project

Gail Given said the site will always be “auto-centric” given its location at the intersection of two provincial highways but it didn't sway other councillors...

Kelowna council nixes plan for two new hotels in the city

Voting on an alternate motion which would have supported the proposed layout of the site, only Councillors Brad Sieben and Gail Given voted to support...

Q & A with Dynamic Canadian Actor Cory Dagg!

Over the years he's given a slew of riveting and thought provoking performances in productions such as the Kelowna Actors Studios' run of “The Laramie...

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...

Brick salvage starts today at downtown site for new Kelowna hotel

Bricks uncovered in an old building at the Water Street and Queensway site of a planned new hotel for downtown Kelowna will be salvaged for...

Anthony von Mandl

O.B.C., Bill Redmond and Dr. Rita Winkler will be named Honorary Fellows of Okanagan College during Convocation ceremonies on June 4, in Kelowna. Von...

Okanagan mayors gather to urge residents to conserve water

Those joining Findlater and Pieper in taking the challenge today included: Vernon Acting Mayor Juliette Cunningham, Acting Mayor for Lake Country Rob Geier, City of...

Kelowna changes public hearing notification process

Gail Given said. Under B.C.'s community charter, municipal governments must ensure statutory notice is given to any property owner affected by a development application. Currently...

Kelowna leaves tax exemption policy untouched

Kelowna's permissive tax policy was last updated in 2006 when a task force was struck with the mandate to clean up Stack described as "loose...

Council emotions run high

The biggest argument from council's view was the need for more rental housing in Kelowna. Last year was the first time the city hit its...

Kelowna renters struggling with low vacancy rate, high housing costs

The median overall home sale price in Kelowna increased 2.8 per cent to $388,500 last year, a relatively small increase which reflects the greater market...

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...

Interior Health steering clear of Kelowna water fight

Earlier in the day, IH medical health officer Dr. Kamran Golmohammadi took a similar stance to Malzer when questioned by Kelowna city councillor and Central...

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...

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...

Controversial gravel pit not supported by City Council

The fact the public had not been notified was a concern shared by many councilors throughout the meeting. “The public process is coming a little...

Council torn on gravel pit

Many on council saw merit in the proposal to remove up to 40,000 cubic metres of sand and gravel from a property on Mathews Road...

Yes to pit, no to process

Many on council saw merit in the proposal to remove up to 40,000 cubic metres of sand and gravel from a property on Mathews Road...

Photo: Wayne Moore

Many on council saw merit in the proposal to remove up to 40,000 cubic metres of sand and gravel from a property on Mathews Road...