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Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)

Poised for majority or upset? Hopes and fears in 1st week of Canada’s election campaign

First week of this short five-week federal election campaign kicked off with appearances in B.C.

  • Aug 23, 2021
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)
In this Sept. 23, 2011 photo, cashier Joyce Mackie bags groceries as a customer uses a self-serve checkout station at a Big Y supermarket in Manchester, Conn. A growing number of supermarket chains are bagging their self-serve checkout lanes, saying they can offer better customer service when clerks help shoppers directly. Big Y Foods, which has more than 60 southern New England locations, recently became the latest to announce it’s phasing them out. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

COLUMN: Automated checkouts are altering the job market

There has been a growing opposition to these devices, especially in the past few months

In this Sept. 23, 2011 photo, cashier Joyce Mackie bags groceries as a customer uses a self-serve checkout station at a Big Y supermarket in Manchester, Conn. A growing number of supermarket chains are bagging their self-serve checkout lanes, saying they can offer better customer service when clerks help shoppers directly. Big Y Foods, which has more than 60 southern New England locations, recently became the latest to announce it’s phasing them out. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Dan Albas

COLUMN: Listening to concerns from the public

MP Dan Albas has been hearing from constituents

  • Aug 11, 2021
Dan Albas
Dan Albas

COLUMN: Anticipating a federal election call

Rumours of a summer election are circulating

  • Aug 9, 2021
Dan Albas
John Arendt, Sr.

COLUMN: When one life touches many others

He cared about the people around him, and as a result, he made a difference in the lives of many

John Arendt, Sr.
The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)
The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)
Wild Sky Sisters

Wild Sky Sisters: Cosmic Unconditional Love

Wild Sky Sisters is a joint venture between Angela Moffitt and Tamara McLellan

  • Jul 23, 2021
Wild Sky Sisters
Coun. Juluis Bloomfield

Opinion: Performance bonds needed on supportive housing

Julius Bloomfield is a member of Penticton City Council

Coun. Juluis Bloomfield
A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
In this photo provided by Virgin Galactic, the VSS Unity’s rocket motor burns above the Earth on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Entrepreneur Richard Branson and five crewmates from his Virgin Galactic space-tourism company reached an altitude of about 53 miles (88 kilometers) over the New Mexico desert, enough to experience three to four minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth. (Virgin Galactic via AP)

COLUMN: Looking skyward in the age of space tourism

The first commercial spacecraft was launched on Sunday, July 11

In this photo provided by Virgin Galactic, the VSS Unity’s rocket motor burns above the Earth on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Entrepreneur Richard Branson and five crewmates from his Virgin Galactic space-tourism company reached an altitude of about 53 miles (88 kilometers) over the New Mexico desert, enough to experience three to four minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth. (Virgin Galactic via AP)

COLUMN: Income Tax Act amendment promotes fairness

Bill C-208 brings an important change to sales of farms and small businesses

  • Jul 14, 2021
FILE - In this Thursday, July 1, 2021 file photo, a wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton, British Columbia, Canada, during record high temperatures. According to a study released on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, the deadly heat wave that roasted the Pacific Northwest and western Canada “was virtually impossible without human-caused climate change” which also added a few extra degrees to the record-smashing warmth. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Opinion: Lytton was a wake-up call for the climate crisis

‘I’m hoping that the silver lining in the black cloud of last week’s heatwave is a new sense of urgency’

  • Jul 9, 2021
FILE - In this Thursday, July 1, 2021 file photo, a wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton, British Columbia, Canada, during record high temperatures. According to a study released on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, the deadly heat wave that roasted the Pacific Northwest and western Canada “was virtually impossible without human-caused climate change” which also added a few extra degrees to the record-smashing warmth. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
Dan Albas

COLUMN: Changes at the international border

Restrictions easing at Canada-U.S. border

  • Jul 7, 2021
Dan Albas
Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, an Okanagan based-law practice, and provides Kelowna Capital News with weekly stories from the world of local, national and international law. (Contributed)

Kootnekoff: Access to justice and residential schools in Canada

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, her diverse legal career spans over 20 years

  • Jul 6, 2021
Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, an Okanagan based-law practice, and provides Kelowna Capital News with weekly stories from the world of local, national and international law. (Contributed)
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
Black Press File Photo

Paddle boarding – it’s not for everyone

Most paddlers appear to be slender and fit

Black Press File Photo
Flags fly at half mast at Pen-High and all school properties across SD67 out of respect of the 215 children's graves found at the Kamloops residential school. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Opinion: This Canada Day, let’s reflect on what the path forward looks like

For too long our government has been complacent on safety, dignity, rights of Indigenous peoples

  • Jul 1, 2021
Flags fly at half mast at Pen-High and all school properties across SD67 out of respect of the 215 children's graves found at the Kamloops residential school. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Westminster Avenue from Power Street to Highway 97 is a canopy of green with sturdy elms that burst into plumes of green. (Dianne Bersea photo)

Opinion: Look up to see Penticton’s urban forest, a valuable asset

The best street is Westminster Avenue where towering elms create a canopy of green

  • Jun 30, 2021
Westminster Avenue from Power Street to Highway 97 is a canopy of green with sturdy elms that burst into plumes of green. (Dianne Bersea photo)
Image courtesy Creative Outlet
Image courtesy Creative Outlet
Two Lotto Max tickets sold on Vancouver Island were winners, though nobody won the $70-million jackpot in Tuesday’s draw. (BCLC image)

COLUMN: I didn’t win the Lotto Max jackpot

Would life really be better with an additional $70 million?

Two Lotto Max tickets sold on Vancouver Island were winners, though nobody won the $70-million jackpot in Tuesday’s draw. (BCLC image)