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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: Jan. 17-23  Jan 17, 2021
Horoscope: Jan 10-16  Jan 10, 2021
2021 predictions  Jan 5, 2021
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
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.
Following the food calendar  Jan 16, 2021
I can almost taste it  Jan 9, 2021
From soup to nuts  Jan 2, 2021
A Focus on Saving Lives A Focus on Saving Lives by Mark Jennings-Bates

Putting poverty in perspective
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
Creation by catastrophe  Jan 15, 2021
What happened to Uranus?  Jan 8, 2021
Ideas are not enough  Jan 1, 2021
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.
Vaccine: Difficult choices  Jan 14, 2021
Waiting for the vaccine  Jan 7, 2021
A COVID Christmas  Dec 24, 2020
Reflective Leadership Reflective Leadership by Myrna Selzler

Myrna works with organizations and individuals to turn their passion into impact.
The Great Equalizer  Jan 14, 2021
Learn from Rita  Jan 7, 2021
The little things make us  Dec 31, 2020
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.
Going dry for January  Jan 13, 2021
Sabering in a new year  Dec 30, 2020
The art of gift baskets  Dec 2, 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.
Let's keep our eyes open  Jan 13, 2021
Just stop it!  Jan 6, 2021
What’s your Why?  Dec 30, 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.
It's the highway's fault  Jan 12, 2021
Rules for parking lots  Jan 5, 2021
Passing on the right  Dec 29, 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
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.
2021 economic outlook  Jan 11, 2021
Don't let greed guide you  Jan 4, 2021
Resolve to save more  Dec 28, 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.
Refinance your mortgage  Jan 9, 2021
Mortgage with bad credit  Dec 26, 2020
Grants for home owners  Dec 12, 2020
In Your Service In Your Service by Tracy Gray

MP Tracy Gray serving her constituents of Kelowna-Lake Country
A new year and resources  Jan 8, 2021
Spirit of Kelowna  Dec 25, 2020
Looking for a plan  Dec 11, 2020
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.
Top cannabis stories of 2020  Jan 6, 2021
Cannabis lullaby  Dec 23, 2020
Horgan snubs native group  Dec 9, 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.
New year, new mortgage  Jan 4, 2021
The right mortgage team  Dec 21, 2020
Back to basics  Dec 7, 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.
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.
5 common Zoom mistakes  Dec 31, 2020
Talk away your fear  Nov 18, 2020
Paint verbal pictures  Oct 22, 2020
Okanagan Eco-Noggin Okanagan Eco-Noggin by Jerry Vandenberg

Jerry Vandenberg delves into the science behind environmental issues.
A burning crime  Dec 29, 2020
The turtles are happy  Aug 12, 2020
Practise coastal distancing  Jul 20, 2020
Something From Everything Something From Everything by Matthew Rigby

Staggered attempts to make meaning and connections.
Doing it wrong  Dec 18, 2020
Don't let despair grow  Nov 19, 2020
Kiss the Earth with your feet  Oct 13, 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.
Return to normality by fall  Dec 17, 2020
Masks: A must have  Dec 3, 2020
COVID vaccine ready?  Nov 12, 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.
2021 predictions for city  Dec 17, 2020
A BRRRR strategy  Oct 8, 2020
Sell high and buy low?  Jul 30, 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.
Finding peace with collage  Dec 14, 2020
Horse tramples dog  Nov 30, 2020
Chicken terrifies toddler  Nov 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.
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
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

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