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Columnists

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.
Family wealth transfers  Jun 17, 2024
First-time home buyers  Jun 10, 2024
Vacations on a budget  Jun 3, 2024
The Last Word The Last Word by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott puts a human spin on the law.
When to rewrite a will  Jun 16, 2024
Passing on your estate  Jun 9, 2024
Road safety reinforcement  Jun 2, 2024
Making Tracks Making Tracks by J.P. Squire

Long-time Kelowna journalist J.P. Squire keeps readers up to date on outdoor recreational activities.
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.
Bioengineered foods  Jun 15, 2024
Rethink your plate  Jun 1, 2024
Coffee's effect on the body  May 18, 2024
Horoscopes on the Horizon Horoscopes on the Horizon by Madison Dobra

Discover what the stars have in store for you with this week?s horoscope predictions.
Horoscopes June 16-22  Jun 15, 2024
Horoscopes June 9-15  Jun 8, 2024
Horoscopes June 2-8  Jun 1, 2024
From The Hill From The Hill by Richard Cannings


Capital gains change  Jun 14, 2024
Volunteeers...priceless  May 31, 2024
Canada Disability Benefit  May 17, 2024
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
The sounds of space  Jun 14, 2024
How big is the universe?  Jun 7, 2024
Star death, star birth  May 31, 2024
The Okanagan Naturopath The Okanagan Naturopath by Doug Lobay

Naturopath Doug Lobay keeps readers up to date on naturopathic medicine and health issues.
Benefits of probiotics  Jun 13, 2024
Enhancing immune system  Jun 6, 2024
Brain health  May 30, 2024
Dan in Ottawa Dan in Ottawa by Dan Albas

Dan Albas, MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, keeps you posted on what's going on in Ottawa.
Capital gains change  Jun 13, 2024
Upset by Ottawa's response  Jun 6, 2024
Housing crisis impact  May 30, 2024
Volunteer Matters Volunteer Matters by Karen Knight

Veteran volunteer, volunteer coordinator and leader of volunteer organizations, Karen Knight helps others in the sector deal with the myriad of issues associated with non-for-profit organizations.
Volunteer relationships  Jun 13, 2024
Volunteer diversity  Jun 6, 2024
Leading volunteers  May 30, 2024
Okanagan Taste Okanagan Taste by Allison Markin

Allison Markin explores the creative scene in the Okanagan, from arts and culture, to artists and artisans, to chefs and tastemakers, to the occasional movie night.
Food and beverage fun  Jun 12, 2024
Welcoming to all  May 29, 2024
Sustainable winery  May 15, 2024
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.
Manly art of barbecuing  Jun 12, 2024
Favourite Canadian treats  Jun 5, 2024
Taste of summer  May 29, 2024
Sustainability Spotlight Sustainability Spotlight by Kristy Dyer

There is a lot to know about sustainability and a lot of greenwashing. Kristy Dyer explains the ideas and uncovers the facts.
Fair play for rooftop solar  Jun 11, 2024
Reducing peak demand  May 28, 2024
Sustainable beer  May 14, 2024
MLA Minute MLA Minute by Renee Merrifield

Renee Merrifield is the BC United MLA for Kelowna-Mission. She keeps readers up to date on what she is doing as an MLA and what is happening in the B.C. Legislature in Victoria.
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.
Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Food pricing in Canada  Jun 10, 2024
Impact of low food prices  May 13, 2024
Food safety vs. cost  May 1, 2024
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Striving for completion  Jun 9, 2024
Importance of awareness  May 26, 2024
Tiny positivity boosters  May 12, 2024
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.
'An ocean state of mind'  Jun 8, 2024
African Safari 101  Oct 21, 2019
Enjoy some Galapagos glory  Oct 7, 2019
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Mortgages for self-employed  Jun 8, 2024
Hybrid mortgages  May 25, 2024
Reverse mortgage myths  May 11, 2024
In Your Service In Your Service by Tracy Gray

MP Tracy Gray serving her constituents of Kelowna-Lake Country
Growing food costs  Jun 7, 2024
Sad state of economic affairs  May 24, 2024
MP questions ministers  May 10, 2024
Housewise Housewise by Anthony Shephard

Local realtor Anthony Shephard provides the information you need to navigate the real estate market in B.C.'s Southern Interior.
Home inspections important  Jun 5, 2024
Sealing the deal  May 22, 2024
Winning real estate deals,  May 8, 2024
Gardening with nature Gardening with nature by Sigrie Kendrick

Sigrie Kendrick is a master gardener and executive-director of the non-profit Okanagan Xeriscape Association.
The Mortgage Gal The Mortgage Gal by Tracy Head

Mortgage professional Tracy Head provides guidance for obtaining a mortgage, a new home, or planning a move.
Mortgage applications  Jun 3, 2024
Finding the best rate  May 20, 2024
Read mortgage fine print  May 6, 2024
The Art of Speaking The Art of Speaking by Wade Paterson

Public speaking and presentations are skills that can be learned and one of the most successful ways is through Toastmasters.
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.
Sombre ceremony held  Mar 18, 2024
Haunted childhood home  Feb 19, 2024
The pain of not knowing  Jan 22, 2024
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.
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.
Hijacked by rage  Jan 10, 2024
Life like revolving doors  Jan 3, 2024
Importance of forgiveness  Dec 27, 2023
Something From Everything Something From Everything by Matthew Rigby

Staggered attempts to make meaning and connections.
Uncertainty of our lives  Oct 22, 2023
Vulnerability, a la carte  Aug 9, 2023
A new way to hear  Jun 23, 2023
Wilson on Water Street Wilson on Water Street by Adam Wilson

Columnist Adam Wilson takes a critical look at what's going on at Kelowna city hall.
Rising cost of housing  Aug 13, 2023
Building affordable homes  Jul 9, 2023
New strategy needed  Jun 6, 2023
A Second Look A Second Look by Terry Robertson

Terry Robertson takes modern look at old images of landscapes, street scenes and images of prominent structures around the Okanagan.
The Legal Quarterback The Legal Quarterback by Wes Forgione

Kelowna lawyer Wes Forgione explains the legal side of estate planning, real estate and corporate/commercial law to help readers make informed decisions.
Explaining property title  Jun 18, 2023
Power of attorney  Jun 4, 2023
Is incorporation right move?  May 21, 2023
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Heather Zais dies  May 15, 2023
Horoscope April 30-May 6  Apr 30, 2023
Horoscope April 23-29  Apr 23, 2023
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 gives his own particular take on life.
Zen and art of searching  Sep 24, 2022
The shadow knows  Sep 9, 2022
Lesson learned...wait!  Aug 12, 2022
On Balance On Balance by Bill Downey

Traffic safety seen through the lens of motorcyclist experience and knowledge.
Knowing when to say when  Nov 18, 2021
Shiver me timbers!  Oct 7, 2021
Smokin' your stops  Sep 9, 2021
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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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