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You will never wonder what to do when you visit Silver Star this summer

Big summer for Silver Star

Silver Star is gearing up for a summer calendar filled with events that promise adventure, entertainment and culinary delights.

Starting June 21, visitors can immerse themselves in a variety of experiences, from world-class competitions to events that highlight B.C.’s renowned wine regions and vibrant craft beverage scene.

Central to the summer’s offerings is the Silver Star Saturday Music Series. Free concerts will take place every Saturday from June 22 to Sept. 14 on the Nokian Community Stage. From 2-5 p.m. weekly, audiences can enjoy performances from local talents and touring acts alike, featuring artists such as Jesse Roper, Francis Baptiste, The Boom Booms and Neon Steve. This initiative, led by Destination Silver Star, with support from SilverStar Mountain Resort and Local Losers Productions, provides a perfect blend of music and mountain scenery. The opening weekend lineup can be found here.

Adding an artistic and educational twist to the mountain trails, the Silver Star Bear Stewardship Group, in collaboration with various local organizations, has introduced the Bear Byway Trail around Brewer’s Pond. This trail features life-sized bear sculptures by B.C. artists, creating a whimsical and informative experience about bear behaviour and conservation.

For those looking to explore further, Greater Vernon boasts the title of Trails Capital of BC, offering an extensive network of trails for hiking, biking and running. The summer also marks the opening of a new accessible hiking loop at SilverStar Mountain Resort, enhancing the outdoor offerings with breathtaking views accessible to more visitors.

Throughout the summer, Silver Star will host a wide range of events, including the SilverStar Bike Park Opening Weekend, Slay the Dragon trail running race and Solstice Sips, a celebration of wineries hosted by the Okanagan Wine Fest Society, featuring live music and the Polson Artisan Market.

As the summer makes its way to fall, the resort will host the Silver Star Beer & Cider Fest on Sept. 7, launching Oktoberfest season with a selection of fine craft beers and ciders, rounding off the summer festivities with a celebration of local flavours and community spirit.

With such a packed schedule, Silver Star invites all to stay in the resort to explore and enjoy the North Okanagan this summer, offering a unique blend of adventure, culture and natural beauty that caters to all ages and interests. Rates start at just $144 per night for two-night, midweek stays. Book by June 1 for the best deals.

For more information on all the events and to start planning your mountain getaway, visit destinationsilverstar.com. Follow @DestinationSilverstar on social media to stay updated on events and experiences as they unfold at one of B.C.’s premier mountain resort communities.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

Whom do I sue?: BC Law Institute’s new Report on Artificial Intelligence and Civil Liability

Can you sue AI?

By Miranda Wardman

With the emergence of more and more AI technology, one of the unintended consequences is that occasionally AI may cause harm. In April 2024, the BC Law Institute, a non-profit law reform organization that undertakes research to determine how we can improve laws in B.C., published the Report on Artificial Intelligence and Civil Liability. The report explores the current state of AI and its implications for civil liability, recommending the best way forward for recognizing potential legal harms caused by AI.

Civil liability refers to the area of law where individuals, businesses, and governments file disputes against others, to obtain compensation for legal “harms” to persons or property. Think suing a person for property damage or suing a city, person, or business for negligence causing physical or financial harm. People, corporate entities, or governments are considered legal persons that can commit legal “wrongs” or harm and can be sued, but the status of an AI technology as a “legal person” that can be sued is not entirely clear.

AI is the topic of a lot of conversation these days. As stated in the report, pinning down one definition of AI is difficult. Canada’s Directive on Automated Decision-Making, defines AI as: “Information technology that performs tasks that would ordinarily require biological brainpower to accomplish, such as making sense of spoken language, learning behaviours, or solving problems.”

For the most part, AI is meant to optimize and improve certain tasks or systems. As stated in the report, AI is not generally developed with an intent to do harm, but ultimately, AI may be used by humans to do harm. AI may also sometimes display unpredictable original behaviour in pursuit of its objectives, called an “emergence.” Sometimes an emergence will create innovation, other times it will generate harmful results. Certain types of AI are more susceptible to causing harm, like autonomous systems.

But who is responsible for harms caused by AI? The report provides an overview of recommendations for how to hold AI liable for harm committed.

AI is not a “person” (yet), and they have no money to pay compensation. Treating AI like a human decision-maker causing harm is challenging, because AI “fails” and causes harm differently from a human. For example, the report draws on the example of a self-driving car involved in a fatal accident. The AI could not discern a pedestrian walking a bicycle across a crosswalk as a person or fixed object, and only decided the pedestrian was a human at the last second. The AI likely would have correctly identified a pedestrian or a person riding a bicycle separately, but when combined, the AI made a fatal error. Conversely, a human would not make this mistake.

In contemplating the pros and cons of determining different ways to assign fault for harm to AI, the report ultimately recommends that fault should be assigned to the individual or company with the decision-making authority, of a managerial nature, over the operation of the AI system (the “operator”). One of the arguments in favour of holding the operator liable for harms committed by AI is that it would be unfair to always hold the creator of an AI system liable for harms committed by operators using the AI systems, who could then commit harms with no consequences. At the same time, sometimes the AI creator will be equally responsible as the operator of the system depending on the particular AI. The report recommends against holding AI responsible for harms when overseeing other AI systems—the operator liable for the harms should always be an individual or company.

However, there is still a high number of potential operators involved in managing an AI system, and this may be complicated further in autonomous systems. There is also sometimes limited explanation or understanding for an AI’s emergence, and the harm the AI causes may not be foreseeable, which is an essential principle of civil liability.

Ultimately, there are going to be some challenges and a need for new legal developments in the area of civil liability for harms committed by AI. We are already seeing attempts at regulating responsible use of AI systems, namely Canada’s Artificial Intelligence and Data Act tabled in June 2022, but not yet passed. The report provides an extensive overview of the complications of developing the law in this area and well-thought-out recommendations to guide future law makers. AI users and luddites alike should check out the report if they are interested in learning more about AI and the potential impact it can have on their lives.

Pushor Mitchell LLP is a full-service law firm located in Kelowna that can help with any AI issues you might have. It is one of the largest firms outside the Lower Mainland, with a team of more than 35 lawyers and 100 staff serving clients across Western Canada. Its relationship-driven approach and experience across a multitude of practice areas help it identify and service its clients’ unique individual and corporate needs. For more information about Pushor Mitchell LLP, visit its website here.

Miranda Wardman is an associate lawyer with Pushor Mitchell LLP practising in the area of civil litigation, administrative law and regulatory law. Despite the theme, she did not use ChatGPT to write this article.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

Edo Japan helps Kelowna honour the crave with new Lakeshore Road location

'Honour the crave' at Edo

Edo Japan is celebrating 45 years in Canada this year, which makes the opening of its newest location in Kelowna all the more exciting.

The new location, at 5-3110 Lakeshore Rd., opened in May, joining locations in Orchard Park and Central Park. With the grand opening of its new location, Edo is helping more Kelownians “honour the crave” with delicious made-to-order meals for dine-in, takeout or delivery. It’s easy to see why it has fast become a local favourite.

At Edo, it’s all about delivering a one-of-a-kind taste that stands out among choices, whether it’s lunch, dinner, late night or midday snack craving. Visitors to the newest Kelowna location immediately encounter the sights, sounds and smells of Japanese-inspired cooking techniques.

Teppanyaki-style food preparation features a 450 F teppan grill that sizzles and sears in delicious flavours. Edo’s diverse menu features the original customer favourites like Teriyaki Chicken or Sukiyaki Beef, a variety of veggie-filled rice and noodle bowls, bento boxes, ramen soups, hand-rolled sushi and side and snacks like gyoza or spring rolls.

Always made-to-order and highly customizable, no meal is complete without signature bubble teas, including Mango, Brown Sugar Boba, Taro or Strawberry. And of course, Edo’s famous signature teriyaki sauce is always front and centre with customers deciding whether the day calls for “one scoop, two scoops or three.”

The craveable menu continues to evolve under Edo’s corporate chef, Daryl Paradis, who has more than 20 years of experience working with some of Canada’s most notable restaurants.

“Our menu offering is designed to completely satisfy our customers’ craving for delicious, hot and fresh meals made right in front of you,” Paradis says. “Whether it’s a lunch dash, the end of a long day or in between activities, our menu has something for every taste and every occasion.”

With 45 years of successful growth across Canada, including continued expansion in B.C., Edo provides local entrepreneurs and employees with a great opportunity to join a winning team. The brand has been recognized for 14 consecutive years at the Canadian Franchise Association Awards of Excellence.

“We’re grateful to the many B.C. communities that have warmly welcomed us over the years,” says Terry Foster, Edo Japan vice-president of operations and franchising. “They are behind our success as one of Canada’s most beloved food brands. We have built our name on serving freshly prepared and delicious food that truly satisfies. Thanks to our growing and dedicated franchise network, we continue to deliver on that promise every day.”

Signing up for an Edo Cash rewards account and downloading the Edo app makes ordering and earning rewards even easier.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

Shutters and Shade will make your shade, shutter and awning ideas reality

Shutters and Shade delivers

If you have an idea for a screen, shutter or awning installation in your home, there is a Kelowna company that will make it a reality.

Shutters and Shade, a business founded in 2002, has built a sterling reputation based on punctuality, reliability and exceptional service, making it a favourite among returning customers.

Most importantly, it will go the extra mile to make sure you get exactly what you want in a shutter, shade or awning—whether it’s comfort, security or aesthetics.

“When there is when there are jobs that don’t fit the standard criteria, we bend the rules and make it happen,” Shutters and Shade marketing and sales director Josh Wiebe says. “We really get creative on how we can deliver an exceptional result at a fair price point.

“There is no job that we cannot do.”

This dedication to excellence is evident in the company’s Google reviews, where nearly every review rates them five out of five stars. Clients regularly highlight the team’s ability to provide professional recommendations based on extensive experience and its knack for creative solutions in challenging situations.

“We are so pleased with this company and the product,” customer Vivienne Mills wrote in her Google review. “They know (their) stuff and are very accommodating, even when we had to reschedule. They make the effort. (Their) installers are also awesome young men and professional. A fabulous group of people.”

Shutters and Shade’s products are proudly Canadian, with significant contributions from local manufacturers such as Talius in Salmon Arm, MagnaTrack in the Lower Mainland and Ultra-Lite Shutters in Calgary. Talius roll shutters in particular are renowned for their superior security features, durability and innovative design.

“People come to us because they have a beautiful view and a beautiful deck and they’re no longer able to use it because the sun heats the deck up too much,” Wiebe says. “What our screens do is basically make the deck area usable again while retaining the view.

“What a lot of people end up doing is putting in several screens to enclose their deck space, giving them an outdoor living space or enclosure.”

The best part is you can see out from the deck or sunroom when the screens are down, but no one can see inside. Another benefit of an enclosed space is being able to use them in the spring and fall on cool evenings. A fire table or other kind of heating system will warm up the enclosure in no time.

In addition to privacy and protection, Shutters and Shade products reduce wind impact significantly. Also, all products can be controlled via smartphone, providing ultimate convenience for users.

Shutters and Shade also offers screens that cover windows and keep the sun from heating up homes to uncomfortable temperatures. It can also install blackout screens to ensure not a single ray of sunlight gets into your room when you’re trying to enjoy an afternoon nap.

The company can also install fire shutters for commercial clients, and its awnings lineup includes ones with wind sensors, which automatically retract the awning when it gets too breezy.

For businesses and homeowners looking for reliable solutions to protect and enhance their properties, Shutters and Shade is the go-to provider in Kelowna and the rest of the Okanagan. As a gesture of its customer-first approach, the business is offering a 5% discount on full enclosure packages to anyone who mentions this article.

To get a quote from Shutters and Shade, visit its website here and type your space's dimensions into its convenient online calculator.

More information about Shutters and Shade can be found on its website here.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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