Barry Gerding

Finance Minister Selena Robinson speaking to the media in Victoria about her government's 2022-23 budget, unveiled on Tuesday. (File photo)

Finance minister addresses B.C.’s budget impact on Okanagan

Province budgets $1.3 billion for new schools in 2022-23

Finance Minister Selena Robinson speaking to the media in Victoria about her government's 2022-23 budget, unveiled on Tuesday. (File photo)
An Okanagan woman is leading a petition to encourage the provincial government to expand post-secondary funding subsidies for B.C. students at Western Canada's veterinary college in Saskatchewan. (Contributed)

Okanagan woman starts petition to address B.C. veterinarian shortage

Oliver woman advocates for more veterinary college tuition funding

An Okanagan woman is leading a petition to encourage the provincial government to expand post-secondary funding subsidies for B.C. students at Western Canada's veterinary college in Saskatchewan. (Contributed)
The Central Okanagan Board of Education has adopted a vaccination mandate for all staff, one of seven school districts to do so while 25 others have declined the measure. (File photo)

Central Okanagan Board of Education adopts COVID vaccine mandate for staff

Two trustees oppose the measure directed at teachers and support staff

The Central Okanagan Board of Education has adopted a vaccination mandate for all staff, one of seven school districts to do so while 25 others have declined the measure. (File photo)
Charmane Lazzarotto received the first dose of the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (Interior Health photo)

Interior Health backs up Central Okanagan School District staff vaccination survey

Deadline for response from teachers, support staff extended to Jan. 25

Charmane Lazzarotto received the first dose of the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. (Interior Health photo)
Small businesses in B.C. such as along Bernard Avenue in Kelowna's downtown core will continue to face challenging fiscal times in 2022. (File photo)

Grim 2022 outlook for B.C.’s small business sector

Business sector report calls for more government fiscal help

Small businesses in B.C. such as along Bernard Avenue in Kelowna's downtown core will continue to face challenging fiscal times in 2022. (File photo)
Barry Gerding.

Column: Facing the reality of overdose deaths

BC Coroner drug overdose death statistics for 2021 headed in wrong direction

Barry Gerding.
Flooding of a Sumas Prairie farm on Nov. 23. The family farm owners don’t expect to be able to access their property for a few weeks. (Tiffany de Leeuw/CP photo)

B.C. flood warning system inadequate, understaffed: Report

Shortfall of river forecasting staff resources cited back in 2010

Flooding of a Sumas Prairie farm on Nov. 23. The family farm owners don’t expect to be able to access their property for a few weeks. (Tiffany de Leeuw/CP photo)
Rutland Secondary School file photo

Violence threat at Kelowna high school

Precautionary steps taken at Rutland Senior Secondary after social media ‘threat-related behaviour’

Rutland Secondary School file photo
Barry Gerding.

Column: COVID vaccine a matter of faith

President of Canadian Medical Association wades into vaccine debate

Barry Gerding.
Dr. Katharine Smart. (www.cma.ca)

Canadian Medical Association president fields COVID questions from Okanagan parents

Pediatrician Dr. Elizabeth Smart says vaccines help curb spread of COVID

Dr. Katharine Smart. (www.cma.ca)
A collapsed section of bridge destroyed by severe flooding is seen in Merritt, B.C., in an aerial view from a Canadian Forces reconnaissance flight on Monday, November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Merritt evacuee thankful for support from Kelowna

Senior expects to social housing residence Thursday

A collapsed section of bridge destroyed by severe flooding is seen in Merritt, B.C., in an aerial view from a Canadian Forces reconnaissance flight on Monday, November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The B.C. government has taken a first step in preserving old-growth and at-risk timber from being harvested due to environmental impact concerns. (File photo)

Okanagan activist welcomes old-growth logging deferral

Taryn Skalbania says time for environment to take precedence over logging

The B.C. government has taken a first step in preserving old-growth and at-risk timber from being harvested due to environmental impact concerns. (File photo)
Kyle Beach playing for the NHL Chicago Blackhawks farm team. (Contributed)

Kelowna minor hockey star named in Chicago Blackhawks sex assault investigation

Kyle Beach reveals he is the John Doe 1 unnamed player in sex assault report

Kyle Beach playing for the NHL Chicago Blackhawks farm team. (Contributed)
Under the supervision of BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Researchers, students removed garbage and invasive plants from Fascieux Creek and planted native plants earlier this year. (Contributed)

Kelowna middle schoolers embrace modular farming

Ecole KLO Middle students embrace green growing concepts

Under the supervision of BC Wildlife Federation Wetlands Researchers, students removed garbage and invasive plants from Fascieux Creek and planted native plants earlier this year. (Contributed)
Central Okanagan Regional District chair Gail Given makes announcement at Black Mountain Regional Park in 2017. (Alistair Waters/Capital News file)

Regional District of Central Okanagan board chair stepping down

Gail Given won’t seek another term as regional distict board chair

Central Okanagan Regional District chair Gail Given makes announcement at Black Mountain Regional Park in 2017. (Alistair Waters/Capital News file)
An anti-vaccine protest was staged outside of the school grounds for Rutland Middle and Rutland Senior Secondary schools on Wednesday afternoon, which led to an interaction between students and the protesters, and the RCMP having to attend the scene. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Central Okanagan school board chair upset with B.C. premier, Dr. Bonnie Henry

Moyra Baxter says a school staff vaccine mandate should be a provincial health order, not an edict from school boards

An anti-vaccine protest was staged outside of the school grounds for Rutland Middle and Rutland Senior Secondary schools on Wednesday afternoon, which led to an interaction between students and the protesters, and the RCMP having to attend the scene. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Sign in a Chilliwack School District school washroom posted last week telling people to use hand sanitizer since there’s no soap due to thefts. (Facebook photo)

Washroom vandalism TikTok challenge hits Central Okanagan schools

The TikTok video challenge encouraged students to vandalize their school washrooms

Sign in a Chilliwack School District school washroom posted last week telling people to use hand sanitizer since there’s no soap due to thefts. (Facebook photo)
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Positive strides for Central Okanagan Indigenous student equity journey

Rise seen in graduation rates, integration of Indigenous culture and history into local schools

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Dan Glasscock, the traffic safety officer for School District 23 and the City of Kelowna, helps students and families cross Ziprick Road outside of Springvalley Middle and Elementary schools during the first day of school on Sept. 7. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

COVID vaccine debate a minefield for Central Okanagan teachers to navigate

Parents increasingly sensitive to what is told to students

Dan Glasscock, the traffic safety officer for School District 23 and the City of Kelowna, helps students and families cross Ziprick Road outside of Springvalley Middle and Elementary schools during the first day of school on Sept. 7. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Czech forward Pavel Novak will be looked upon as a key scoring contributor for the Kelowna Rockets in the 2021-22 WHL season. (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze photo)

Kelowna Rockets brass reloads for WHL season

No plans for retirment as Bruce Hamilton fired up for another WHL championship

Czech forward Pavel Novak will be looked upon as a key scoring contributor for the Kelowna Rockets in the 2021-22 WHL season. (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze photo)