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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.
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.
5 strategies for change  May 24, 2020
Your level of happiness  May 17, 2020
Don't hide your brokenness  May 10, 2020
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope: May 24-30  May 24, 2020
Horoscope: May 17-23  May 17, 2020
Horoscope: May 10-16  May 10, 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.
Like stubbing your toe  May 23, 2020
Don't miss the gift  May 9, 2020
Don't sit on it, move it  Apr 25, 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.
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
A long and winding road  May 22, 2020
A surprise in the attic  May 15, 2020
How bad can sun behave?  May 8, 2020
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Oil is NOT dead  May 22, 2020
500-year-old plague advice  May 18, 2020
A deficit of empathy  May 13, 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.
On Balance On Balance by Bill Downey

Traffic safety seen through the lens of motorcyclist experience and knowledge.
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.
Wineries to watch  May 20, 2020
No-touch tasting rooms  May 6, 2020
The rise of sourdough  Apr 22, 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.
Death during COVID-19  May 20, 2020
Go ahead, get dirty  May 13, 2020
Does it really matter?  May 6, 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.
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
In Your Service In Your Service by Tracy Gray

MP Tracy Gray serving her constituents of Kelowna-Lake Country
Lots of COVID-19 questions  May 15, 2020
Uncertainty for many  May 4, 2020
Responding to you  Apr 20, 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.
Recognizing heart disease  May 14, 2020
It's not all about COVID-19  Apr 30, 2020
The Quarantine 15  Apr 16, 2020
Okanagan Eco-Noggin Okanagan Eco-Noggin by Jerry Vandenberg

Jerry Vandenberg delves into the science behind environmental issues.
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.
Weed in the USA  Apr 29, 2020
Passing on the puff, puff  Apr 15, 2020
Weed labs help in pandemic  Apr 1, 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.
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.
Going into the dark  Mar 27, 2020
Life is a cabaret!  Feb 21, 2020
Hitting the chocolate factory  Dec 6, 2019
It's All About . . . It's All About . . . by Mark Jennings-Bates

Mark writes about ways to improve on success in our lives, with ideas to help stay focused for growth and development.
Nanotech to the rescue?  Mar 27, 2020
Nanotech hits the road  Mar 20, 2020
What can save the world?  Mar 13, 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
Empowering kids Empowering kids by Tracey Maxfield

Tracey is a retired nurse, speaker, author, peer specialist and mental health/stop bullying advocate and educator.
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
Fashion File Fashion File by Marla O'Brien

"Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."
Farewell from Fashion File  Nov 14, 2019
Fashion at Orchard Park  Oct 31, 2019
Totally not worth it  Oct 17, 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
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
Finding light in others  Oct 2, 2019
Did you know?  Sep 23, 2019
Who wrote your life script?  Jul 29, 2019
On Your Father's Side On Your Father's Side by David Trifunov

David Trifunov is a freelance journalist, writer and editor based in Kelowna. He’s the proud father of three girls and the humble author of three middle-grade books for reluctant readers.
Shouldering the load  Mar 14, 2019
It's chickenpox, run!  Feb 28, 2019
Everyone needs a Kelly  Feb 20, 2019
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.
A common tongue  Feb 11, 2019
What was I saying?  Feb 1, 2019
The art of conversation  Jan 11, 2019
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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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