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Okanagan Taste Okanagan Taste by Allison Markin

Allison Markin tastefully explores the wine, libations and food scene in the Okanagan, with thoughtful commentary and reviews of her favourite bottles.
Sip a beer this month  Oct 21, 2020
Uncorking a spectacular fall  Oct 7, 2020
Autumn white wines  Sep 23, 2020
New Thought New Thought by Corinne Crockett

Food for the mind and the heart, to encourage an awakening of the power and potential within everyone.
Are you an aholic?  Oct 21, 2020
Random acts of kindness  Oct 14, 2020
Time for a prison break  Oct 7, 2020
Behind the Wheel Behind the Wheel by Tim Schewe

A veteran columnist and traffic enforcement officer with the RCMP, Tim writes on all things traffic-related.
Stop. Look. Listen. Report  Oct 20, 2020
Head lamps 101  Oct 13, 2020
Be safe, be seen  Oct 6, 2020
Don't mess with a soprano Don't mess with a soprano by Sue Skinner

Sue Skinner tells us why we need art and artists in our life
A picture-perfect life  Oct 20, 2020
There's magic in the wind  Oct 6, 2020
Silence stings singers  Sep 29, 2020
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Teach your children well  Oct 19, 2020
Loving a struggling addict  Sep 10, 2020
It is more than that  Aug 27, 2020
It's Your Money It's Your Money by Brett Millard

Certified financial planner Brett Millard translates complex investment, insurance and planning jargon into language everyone understands.
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope: Oct. 18-24  Oct 18, 2020
Horoscope: Oct. 11-17  Oct 11, 2020
Horoscope: Oct. 4-10  Oct 4, 2020
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Home equity line of credit  Oct 17, 2020
Reverse mortgage myths  Oct 3, 2020
Low-rate mortgages  Sep 19, 2020
Happy Gourmand Happy Gourmand by Kristin Peturson-Laprise

Happy Gourmand is about enjoying life and living in the moment, and sharing that joy to keep those good vibes going.
Memories on your calendar  Oct 17, 2020
Halloween ripple  Oct 10, 2020
Beer's a byproduct of bread  Oct 3, 2020
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
A near miss - in 1908?  Oct 16, 2020
Close encounter with Mars  Oct 9, 2020
Pulse of the universe  Oct 2, 2020
In Your Service In Your Service by Tracy Gray

MP Tracy Gray serving her constituents of Kelowna-Lake Country
New CERB-style benefits  Oct 16, 2020
Cut, paste Throne Speech  Oct 2, 2020
CERB concerns growing  Sep 18, 2020
Dan in Ottawa Dan in Ottawa by Dan Albas

Dan Albas, MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, keeps us posted on what's going on in Ottawa.
Single-use plastic ban  Oct 15, 2020
What are your priorities?  Oct 8, 2020
Massive failure by PM  Oct 1, 2020
Health and Happiness Health and Happiness by Hannah Gibson

Dr. Hannah Gibson brings you the latest health news and advice to help you live a happy and healthy life.
By the ounce By the ounce by David Wylie

By The Ounce is written by veteran journalist David Wylie, keeping you in the know about the growing weed industry. Follow on social media: @okanaganz.
Something From Everything Something From Everything by Matthew Rigby

Staggered attempts to make meaning and connections.
Kiss the Earth with your feet  Oct 13, 2020
The great squeeze  Sep 24, 2020
All things new  Aug 19, 2020
The Mortgage Gal The Mortgage Gal by Tracy Head

Mortgage professionals Laurie Baird and Tracy Head provide guidance for obtaining a mortgage, a new home, or planning a move.
How not to buy a home  Oct 12, 2020
Full-disclosure application  Sep 28, 2020
Porting vs. new mortgage  Sep 14, 2020
FIT Talk With Tania FIT Talk With Tania by Tania Gustafson

The FIT Nutritionist, Tania Gustafson, educates and shares valuable tips to help people achieve their health and weight loss goals without dieting and live longer, stronger, better lives, naturally.
Thankful for health  Oct 10, 2020
You can reverse disease  Sep 26, 2020
Stop counting calories!  Aug 29, 2020
A Focus on Saving Lives A Focus on Saving Lives by Mark Jennings-Bates

Putting poverty in perspective
Business can fight poverty  Oct 9, 2020
Into the wild  Sep 25, 2020
Look beyond the Band-Aid  Sep 11, 2020
Investment Real Estate Investment Real Estate by AJ Hazzi

With a well-deserved reputation as a real estate renegade, AJ Hazzi has been shaking up the Kelowna real estate scene since 2002.
A BRRRR strategy  Oct 8, 2020
Sell high and buy low?  Jul 30, 2020
Less risky real estate strategy  Apr 23, 2020
In A Pickle In A Pickle by Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel

Doreen always has had a knack for getting herself in a pickle, whether it be with wild animals or difficult people. She thinks the problem might be herself.
Backwoods mania  Oct 5, 2020
An Italian COVID adventure  Sep 21, 2020
Meeting mama moose  Sep 7, 2020
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
Seize the (eternal) moment  Sep 12, 2020
Turn, turn, turn  Aug 13, 2020
Personal change is glacial  Jul 16, 2020
Bonnie on Stage Bonnie on Stage by Bonnie Gratz

Bonnie Gratz is the Artistic Director of Kelowna's New Vintage Theatre, and offers us an exciting insider's view of local theatre.
Seriously! See Dead Serious  Aug 26, 2020
Vintage play a new way  Jun 1, 2020
Going into the dark  Mar 27, 2020
Okanagan Eco-Noggin Okanagan Eco-Noggin by Jerry Vandenberg

Jerry Vandenberg delves into the science behind environmental issues.
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
The Art of Speaking The Art of Speaking

Public speaking and presentations are skills that can be learned and one of the most successful ways is through Toastmasters.
Leave better voice mails  Jul 9, 2020
Mom had a way with words  Jul 2, 2020
A common tongue  Feb 11, 2019
On Balance On Balance by Bill Downey

Traffic safety seen through the lens of motorcyclist experience and knowledge.
Not designed for women  Jun 18, 2020
PPE: A faint hope clause  Jun 4, 2020
Gap in motorcycle safety  May 21, 2020
Dr. Oz's Vet Advice Dr. Oz's Vet Advice by Dr. Moshe Oz

Dr. Oz of Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital provides expert advice and information about our pets.
COVID 19 and pets  Mar 25, 2020
A vet's view of euthanasia  Dec 23, 2019
Dogged by ACL tears  Jul 4, 2019
How's Your Waste Line? How's Your Waste Line? by Rae Stewart


Make joy, not garbage  Dec 16, 2019
Don't heave ho haz waste  Nov 26, 2019
Waste-free lunches  Oct 29, 2019
The Joy of Travel The Joy of Travel by Joy McGinnis

Joy McGinnis shares her personal wanderlust and professional insight for emerging travel trends, destinations and useful "what now?" tips.
African Safari 101  Oct 21, 2019
Enjoy some Galapagos glory  Oct 7, 2019
Your travel bucket list  May 22, 2018
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Writer submissions

Are you a writer, looking for a home to showcase your work?

We occasionally have openings for new columnists.

Successful writers will show that they have a solid plan for a column, and demonstrate that they can generate fresh ideas weekly or bi-weekly. You will have good writing skills, the ability to meet deadlines, and a willingness to work with us on changes that we deem necessary.

If accepted, your submissions will be kept in the range of 500 to 800 words.

As a Castanet columnist, you will have your own columnist page with masthead, along with excellent exposure to your work in the Okanagan region, as well as further afield.

Our columns are weekly and bi-weekly. We also have a Guest Column for occasional submissions.

To query for information or to submit your idea, please e-mail [email protected]. If submitting an idea, please give a brief write-up of the idea along with a short sample of your writing (paste sample directly into the body of the email).
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