Barry Gerding

New home construction continues to lag behind housing demand across the Okanagan. (Contributed)

Over-heated Okanagan housing market not cooling off

Price increases fueled by supply/demand housing imbalance

New home construction continues to lag behind housing demand across the Okanagan. (Contributed)
Overcrowding at Mount Boucherie Secondary has led a school district committee to dismiss the idea of starting an interim French Immersion program for Westside students at the high school. (File photo)

Westside French Immersion students remain at KSS for now

Plan to set up interim FI program at Mount Boucherie Secondary rejected

Overcrowding at Mount Boucherie Secondary has led a school district committee to dismiss the idea of starting an interim French Immersion program for Westside students at the high school. (File photo)
French Immersion students will see some changes in how the program is delivered at the elementary school level in the Okanagan Mission area. (File photo)

Central Okanagan single track French Immersion school idea dropped

School committee sticks with dual track FI policy

French Immersion students will see some changes in how the program is delivered at the elementary school level in the Okanagan Mission area. (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 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)
Mar Jok Elementary, show here when it was under construction, is the last new school to be built in West Kelowna. (Contributed)

School catchments set for new West Kelowna developments

Smith Creek and Goat’s Peak elementary school designations approved

Mar Jok Elementary, show here when it was under construction, is the last new school to be built in West Kelowna. (Contributed)
Moyra Baxter, chair of the Central Okanagan Board of Education. (File photo)

Vaccination mandate adoption facing Central Okanagan school trustees

Resolution for Jan. 26 board meeting calls for adoption of mandate for teachers, support staff

Moyra Baxter, chair of the Central Okanagan Board of Education. (File photo)
Digital wellness is a topic Central Okanagan Public Schools has taken on with new initiatives aimed to help parents navigate the impact of digital technology on their kids. (Contributed)

New initiative helps Central Okanagan parents better connect to digital world

Program a combination of guest speakers and information resources

Digital wellness is a topic Central Okanagan Public Schools has taken on with new initiatives aimed to help parents navigate the impact of digital technology on their kids. (Contributed)
Central Okanagan Liberal MLAs (from left) Ben Stewart, Renee Merrifield and Norm Letnick. (Barry Gerding - Black Press Media)

Central Okanagan MLAs: NDP giving cold shoulder to business sector

Added costs and taxes punitive against employers, say Liberal trio

Central Okanagan Liberal MLAs (from left) Ben Stewart, Renee Merrifield and Norm Letnick. (Barry Gerding - Black Press Media)
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)
Vernon Panthers running back Kolby Thorpe eludes a KSS Owls tackler in the Subway Bowl Interior/North AA/AAA championship game played Dec. 4 in Vernon. (Darren Hove pPhoto)

School trustees salute Kelowna Owls’ gridiron dedication

KSS Owls beat the host Vernon Panthers 21-20 earlier this month

Vernon Panthers running back Kolby Thorpe eludes a KSS Owls tackler in the Subway Bowl Interior/North AA/AAA championship game played Dec. 4 in Vernon. (Darren Hove pPhoto)
GaGa Ball courts have become a familiar site around Central Okanagan school grounds. (Contributed)

School briefs: Long-time Central Okanagan School District employees honoured

Ten, 20, 30 and 40 year employees given recognition

GaGa Ball courts have become a familiar site around Central Okanagan school grounds. (Contributed)
Shannon Lake Elementary school in West Kelowna. (Contributed)

West Kelowna students facing middle school catchment shift

Graduating Shannon Lake Elementary students could be redirected to École Glenrosa Middle

Shannon Lake Elementary school in West Kelowna. (Contributed)
Barry Gerding.

Column: Facing the reality of overdose deaths

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

Barry Gerding.
The propeller of a motorized boat encrusted with invasive mussels. Zebra and Quagga mussels can thrive in tiny crevices and even inside outboard motors, meaning very thorough cleaning is required to prevent their spread. (Contributed)

Okanagan water briefs: B.C. invasive mussel protection efforts find traction

Okanagan Basin Water Board says ongoing mussel interception vigilance remains critical

The propeller of a motorized boat encrusted with invasive mussels. Zebra and Quagga mussels can thrive in tiny crevices and even inside outboard motors, meaning very thorough cleaning is required to prevent their spread. (Contributed)
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)
BC Liberal Party leadership candidate Kevin Falcon was meeting with party members in Kelowna this week. (Contributed)

BC Liberal leader candidate embraces social issues

Kevin Falcon says economic realities for British Columbians are changing

BC Liberal Party leadership candidate Kevin Falcon was meeting with party members in Kelowna this week. (Contributed)
Rutland Senior Secondary. (File photo)

Violence threat at Rutland Secondary School

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

Rutland Senior Secondary. (File photo)
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue is looking for a new base of operations within the Regional District of Central Okanagan. (File photo)

COSAR searching for a new home in Kelowna

Existing facility housing search and rescue service nearing end of its useful life

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue is looking for a new base of operations within the Regional District of Central Okanagan. (File photo)
Barry Gerding.

Column: COVID vaccine a matter of faith

President of Canadian Medical Association wades into vaccine debate

Barry Gerding.
Impact of atmospheric river rainfall event in Sumas Prairie on Nov. 12-14 is still widely evident across the Fraser Valley with two more similar weather events forecast over the next four days. (File photo)

Okanagan avoids red alert rainfall warning

Massive precipitation expected to slam Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley next Tuesday/Wednesday

Impact of atmospheric river rainfall event in Sumas Prairie on Nov. 12-14 is still widely evident across the Fraser Valley with two more similar weather events forecast over the next four days. (File photo)