Pitch your documentary project idea for chance to receive $20,000

Time for creators to shine

Have you heard the buzz? TELUS STORYHIVE is celebrating 10 years of community support of local content creators, and you can be part of this momentous milestone by applying to their biggest edition yet, the 2023 Anniversary Documentary Edition.

If you’re a content creator in Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon or any B.C. or Alberta community, you can celebrate with STORYHIVE by pitching your short documentary idea. You could be one of 80 content creators to receive $20,000 in production funding, training, mentorship and distribution on TELUS Optik TV and Stream+.

Kelowna filmmaker and past recipient of two documentary grants, Chelsea Jade McEvoy, is no stranger to the TELUS STORYHIVE experience. She was selected for the 2018 Documentary Edition to make Wheel Love and, in 2019, Re-Inventing The Wheel, which screened at the Kamloops Film Festival and won multiple awards, including best documentary in New York’s Chelsea Film Festival 2020.

“When I met James Hektner (featured in Wheel Love), I knew I wanted to tell the story of their community, their resilience and what they created in the Okanagan.” Hektner is a paraplegic and president of the peer support group Accessible Okanagan, a vibrant community of ‘wheelies’ in the Okanagan Valley and Kamloops region.

In Re-Inventing The Wheel, the group serves as the impetus for Dan McLean, a paraplegic new to navigating his world in a wheelchair, alongside his wife, Colleen. “The group shows him the ropes and helps teach him how to live life again after injury,” describes McEvoy.

McEvoy captures the emotionally powerful camaraderie of people with spinal cord injuries, while imparting the sublime realization of how what’s been lost can be superbly recaptured: getting out there, chasing adventures, having fun and reclaiming a zest for life.

“Peer support is integral, not just for people with disabilities, but for anyone who’s struggling with anything or just passionate about something,” McEvoy says.

Fittingly, she experienced just that. “STORYHIVE’s support was invaluable. Mentors were always available to answer questions and provide feedback; I loved sending a rough cut and receiving lots of notes. It was awesome to learn from people who’ve been through it.”

Her mentor, Sharon McGowan, on Wheel Love especially resonated. “She helped me gain the confidence to be a leader as a female filmmaker in a male-dominated industry.” Wheel Love was an important story for McEvoy to tell because of its personal significance: an intimate look into fertility and the challenges of trying to conceive with someone having a spinal cord injury, her partner, Hektner. “It was a learning curve, being the subject of my own documentary, but it steered the direction I wanted to go in my career. Without the STORYHIVE grant, I probably wouldn't have made it, so it’s a real testament to them.”

"STORYHIVE’s support enabled me to elevate my career,” McEvoy says. “Funding helped me become a better filmmaker because it gave me greater access to resources. Mentors helped me be more self-assured, go after bigger projects and push myself creatively.”

Since 2013, STORYHIVE has been able to support a community including thousands of local content creators across B.C. and Alberta, providing more than $52 million in production funding and creating a safe space for storytellers to hone their skills and bring projects they care about to life.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating 10 years of supporting local content creators across B.C. and Alberta, especially in regions like the Okanagan,” STORYHIVE Interior B.C. territory manager Audrey Kiss says. “STORYHIVE is built on local storytelling and representing the people that make our communities so amazing. It is exciting to be accepting applications for our biggest edition yet with our Anniversary Documentary Edition. We hope to see many diverse stories from the Okanagan locals. If you have an idea to pitch, we encourage you to apply and share your story.

“I’m very grateful to STORYHIVE for giving me so much opportunity, and it’s encouraged me to give back; I’m now the president of the Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmakers, a Kelowna non-profit providing indie filmmakers opportunities to create their films.”

STORYHIVE is looking for a wide range of non-fiction content. Examples include stories where people and organizations create meaningful change; technology that is revolutionizing people’s lives; work that is protecting and sustaining the environment, health care that is transforming communities and groundbreaking agricultural practices.

“My advice to filmmakers starting out is: Apply to a STORYHIVE program, and don’t give up. They can help kickstart your career and ultimately help change your life.”

If you are a new and emerging content creator residing in a rural or urban community, you can apply. If you have a compelling story, now’s your chance to uplift your community with the power of your locally reflective content, told from your perspective.

Intake opens today (Jan. 17, 2023) at noon PST. Visit storyhive.com/apply and submit your application by Feb. 28, 2023.

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Get up to $150 back when you book trip to Dine Out Vancouver

Don't miss this foodie fest

Need a little inspiration for your next weekend getaway? The Coast is calling, and you should answer. Experience an unforgettable culinary experience at Canada’s largest celebration of food and drink, the Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

The festival kicks off on Jan. 20, 2023, for its 21st season and runs until Feb. 5, 2023. The annual foodie fest features more than 350 restaurants offering multi-course meals from $20 to $65, plus a series of culinary experiences, tours, events and hotel offers.

Now visitors from the Interior have even more incentive to enjoy a culinary adventure in the city; when you book a hotel stay on the Dine Out website during the festival dates, you will receive a $75 Mastercard gift card for up to two nights.

“You can apply those to the cost of the hotel, or you can use them to go out to dinner or shopping,” Dine Out Vancouver Festival manager Lucas Pavan says.

In recent years, Vancouver has garnered an international reputation for excellent food.

“Vancouver is now one of two destinations in Canada that are Michelin-rated destinations,” Pavan says.

“We have 19 restaurants that are participating in Dine Out Vancouver that have been star-rated or recommended by the Michelin Guide. Within North America, there are only seven destinations that have been rated by Michelin.”

In addition to hundreds of great restaurants to enjoy multi-course meals in, Dine Out Vancouver also offers unique food experiences that take your dining experience to new heights.

Here is just a sample of some of the events you can enjoy (and taste!) during your trip:

Introduction to Dim Sum

Dim sum is a unique tradition where food is part of a bonding experience shared with friends and family. Whether you’re new to the scene or an experienced connoisseur, the Introduction to Dim Sum event is sure to be a pleasant surprise that will have you appreciating the tradition and history of dim sum on a deeper level.

Your host, Thomas Robson, is a long-time resident of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, chef, author and host of the Emmy-nominated cooking series, “Entrée to Asia.”

Street Food City

Vancouver’s original street food festival returns for its 11th year. Located outside Vancouver’s Art Gallery, Street Food City gives visitors the perfect opportunity to sample a diverse collection of Vancouver’s most popular food trucks, all in one convenient location.

Vancouver has a long history of street food, but in the past decade it’s undergone a dramatic transformation and now boasts a multitude of delicious cultural options. The city’s outdoor dining culture is as lively as ever, with many options making for an exciting dining experience outdoors.

Sea Foraging with Chef Robin

Last year’s wildly popular sea foraging event is back after selling out the year before. This event teaches participants what you can sustainably sea forage in Vancouver without a boat.

The wildcraft guide will discuss how to sustainably forage for seaweed, fish, crab, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, clams, scallops, oysters, geoduck, mussels and more delicious seafood.

Chef Robin will share her harvesting tips and serve her famous hot foraged chowder at the seashore.

Partial proceeds from the event will go to the Pacific Salmon Society, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and their habits.

To see the full list of Dine Out Vancouver participating restaurants and events, visit www.dineoutvancouver.com.

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MyTopSportsbooks take a look at five of the top UFC fighters with something to prove in 2023

Five UFC fighters to watch

It has been yet another exhilarating 12 months for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. There have been some incredible bouts in 2022, and there are some very interesting events coming up in the first few months of 2023.

The UFC betting markets will be getting very busy in anticipation of UFC 283 and 284 in January and February, and the following five fighters will all have something to prove.

Deiveson Figueiredo, Brazil

UFC 283 will be held at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and Figueiredo is scheduled to take part in the headline event, defending his flyweight title.

Figueiredo has traded the championship belt with Brandon Moreno for the last two years and will want to put the rivalry finally to rest. At the age of 34, Figueiredo needs to consolidate his place within UFC and will look to this event as the perfect place to make some history.

Brandon Moreno, Mexico

If Figueiredo is hoping to use Brazilian fans to his advantage, Moreno is dreaming of upsetting the odds in Rio in January. This Mexican fighter is the interim UFC flyweight champion and will also want to put his series of fights with Figueiredo behind him.

Moreno beat Kai Kara-France in July to set the January bout up and faces Figueiredo for a fourth time in Rio. “The Assassin Baby” has a little more time on his hands—at the age of 28—but it will be tough to come back to claim the title if he loses once again to the same fighter.

Islam Makhachev, Russia

Makhachev rose to the top of his profession by claiming the UFC lightweight championship in October. With the title vacant, he took just two rounds to force Charles Oliveira into a submission at UFC 280. Instead of a rematch, the Russian fighter is now preparing to face the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

This will be a stern test for Makhachev, who has only ever lost one fight in his time as a mixed martial artist.

Alexander Volkanovski, Australia

Alexander “The Great” is the featherweight champion and is going up a weight to take on Islam Makhachev. It will be a huge challenge for both men, but Volkanovski could consolidate his position as the true number one.

The Australian fighter has an incredible professional record of 25 wins and just one loss. He has fought at both weights throughout his career but has stayed at featherweight since making the move to UFC.

Israel Adesanya, New Zealand

Known as “The Last Stylebender,” Adesanya lost his UFC middleweight title in November to Brazilian Alex Pereira.

Adesanya was on course to defend his title for the sixth time but lost by a TKO in the fifth round. Pereira seems to be his personal bogeyman, as he has also lost to him twice in kickboxing bouts. The New Zealander also lost when he attempted the move to light heavyweight, so he faces some tough decisions in the early months of 2023 before he announces his next fight.

More information on these UFC fighters and future events can be found at MyTopSportsBooks.

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Richmond trucking company expands its workforce and fleet to meet growing demand

Sandhar Trucking flourishing

There are a number of ways a business can gain attention, and one of the most rewarding is by word of mouth.

And for Richmond-based Sandhar Trucking, it’s helped drive the company’s continued impressive expansion of its trucking fleet, move into new, much larger office headquarters, and put the call out for more staff.

“We required more office space to keep up with the number of staff we need,” says manager Aaron Sandhar, adding the move made in September nearly doubled their office space to 9,000 square feet.

Now they are looking for 10 to 15 hard-working and talented employees to fill the jobs they anticipate will be created as Sandhar Trucking continues to grow.

Driving the growth has been a commitment to a high level of customer service. In turn, this has led to a steady stream of referrals from satisfied clients.

“We like that because it gives us a connection between us, the client who referred them, and the new customer,” Sandhar says. “Referrals provides us with a more solid relationship.

“It’s the way we’ve grown organically since we started 30 years ago,” Sandhar adds. “But it’s really picked up in the last five years.”

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, customer demand rose significantly.

“We actually got busier,” Sandhar says. “Plus, we like to look at the long-term picture, which shows that container traffic through the Port of Vancouver has always steadily increased.”

To meet that, the company has invested in additional rolling stock.

“In the past few months, we added 10 new trucks and 20 more combo chassis, which allows us to pick up 20 to 53-foot containers,” Sandhar says. “In total, our new investment in is the millions of dollars in trucks and trailers, and is the right thing for us to meet the expected operational demand.

“It will put us in a good position going into 2023.”

So will be the addition of new employees, spread across a number of different departments, including logistics and custom brokerage, which gives Sandhar Trucking the ability to handle shipments all the way through the transportation cycle, including clearing customs.

“We are one of the rare companies that can provide that level of service in-house,” Sandhar explains. “Sometimes, clients are having to deal with as many as four separate companies to get their shipment delivered. We can do it all for them.”

For more about Sandhar Trucking and how it could meet your shipping needs as a client, or your career goals as a potential employee, visit its website at sandhartrucking.com.

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Mature student finds it's never too late to learn at Thompson Rivers University

Lifelong learning at TRU

At Thompson Rivers University, the door to life-changing opportunities is always open.

Whether you’re starting your journey fresh out of high school, or choosing a new journey that the high school version of you never would have dreamed of, TRU’s learner-centred programs offer endless opportunities to change life as you know it.

For mature Métis student Melissa Kelm, this meant pursuing an education in social work at TRU after 12 years in the fast-food industry. Last spring, she graduated with her Human Services diploma, and she is now working on her Bachelor of Social Work.

The Human Services diploma program is designed to prepare students for careers supporting individuals and families with diverse social needs, like economic disadvantages, mental health and substance use issues, and involvement in the justice system.

Credits from the diploma program can ladder into a Bachelor of Social Work, which is why Kelm chose to first complete the diploma before moving onto her bachelor degree.

“I went through quite a bit of trauma in my teenage years and while growing up. I dropped out of high school, and I didn’t have that kind of support outside of my family,” says Kelm. “When I found TRU’s Human Services program, I was like ‘I could be that person that I know I needed when I was growing up.’”

Being an ear to listen and a resource to support teens going through challenges was at the forefront of Kelm’s mind when she chose to continue her education within TRU’s Faculty of Education and Social Work.

She was also drawn into the field because of her love for working with people.

But continuing her education 17 years after leaving school in Grade 10 was nerve-wracking. She battled with feeling like she had wasted 12 years working in fast-food. She worried about what it would be like to walk into a class filled with students who were younger than her.

But when she began the first year of her diploma in 2020—which was strictly online because of the pandemic—she found her confidence quickly building.

Much of what she was learning reflected her own life experiences, she says. And when the time came to step foot on campus for the first time, she was committed to making the most of her post-secondary experience and joined every club and extracurricular she could.

“I made lifelong friends, and that’s something I never did before going to school. TRU made me feel proud of myself—that’s really what it comes down to. I found out who I was, I found my voice and the people around me made me feel proud of myself, which I think is even more important than somebody else being proud of you,” says Kelm.

While at TRU, she has spent a lot of time at Cplul’kw’ten, which is an Indigenous centre for socializing and studying, and learned how to make ribbon skirts and how to drum.

“I don’t want to say that TRU has changed who I am, but it’s really brought into perspective of where I can be. Like I said, I worked 12 years in fast food while being a single mom, and I really thought I would end up being there for the rest of my life,” says Kelm.

After completing her social work degree, she hopes to work in the field for a few years before continuing her education.

For more information on applying to Thompson Rivers University, visit www.tru.ca/future.

Thompson Rivers University offers over 140 on-campus programs at its Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses and over 60 programs through Open Learning. Applications for Thompson Rivers University’s winter 2023 semester are open.

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Lottery tickets support specialized adult health care and research at Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital and GF Strong Rehab Centre

Give back, and win big

The VGH Millionaire Lottery is back, and this year’s prizes are bigger than ever.

The annual fundraiser supports VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and money raised goes to funding innovative research, advancing specialized adult health care, and purchasing critical medical equipment at Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vancouver Community Health Services and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

Tickets for the Millionaire Lottery are now on sale until midnight on Jan. 12, 2023, or until the tickets sell out, and can be purchased online, by mail or fax, in-person, or over the phone.

Here are five great reasons why you should get yours today:

Support local health care

“The funds raised from the Millionaire Lottery go towards supporting cutting-edge research, technology and equipment across Vancouver Coastal Health, which cares for more than one million British Columbians each year,” says Angela Chapman, president and CEO of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

“Every year, more than 32,200 surgeries are performed at VGH and UBC Hospital, and Millionaire Lottery funds ensure that our world-class health-care teams are equipped with the tools and technology they need to provide the best care possible.”

VGH is one of only two accredited adult level one trauma centres in B.C. VGH, together with UBC Hospital and GF Strong, are the province’s main referral centres for specialist care.

If you are seriously ill or injured, these hospitals are your best chance. There are few illnesses or injuries the medical teams cannot treat, no matter how complex or rare.

Your Millionaire Lottery purchase contributes to ensure cutting-edge care for all.

Amazing grand prize packages

The grand prize winner of this Millionaire Lottery gets to choose one of 10 packages.

Which would you prefer? A penthouse in Olympic Village that includes $50,000 cash for furniture, a 2023 Tesla Model Y and $100,000 in cash? Or what about an ocean view cottage in Sooke that includes a 2023 BMW and $1.5 million cash?

From West Kelowna to Courtenay to Oakridge, there is a beautiful West Coast location to match any winner’s taste. Choose from a stately home or a gorgeous modern penthouse property.

Don’t need any real estate? You could choose instead a huge windfall: $2.7 million in tax-free cash to start living like a millionaire.

In total, there are more than 3,000 prizes up for grabs in the 2022 VGH Millionaire Lottery, worth over $4 million total.

Special bonuses

In addition to the grand prize draw, there are extra bonus draws for great prizes. It pays to get your tickets sooner than later, since the bonus draws start as early as November.

50/50 draw

When you’re buying your Millionaire Lottery tickets, don’t forget to add some 50/50 tickets to the mix. Tickets are a great deal at two for $15, six for $30, and 16 for $60, and the more sold, the bigger the jackpot.

Last year’s total jackpot for the 50/50 draw was over $2 million, and the winner took home half.

Daily cash prizes

Another add-on ticket you don’t want to miss out on are the daily cash prizes. With 105 days of winning, there is $325,000 in total cash prizes to be won, including cash prizes handed out six days a week, and a final draw that will give $25,000 to three lucky winners.

To order your tickets in support of a great cause today, visit millionairelottery.com.

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

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Canadians have more options than ever when it comes to online casinos

Online gambling in Canada

Gambling is a very popular form of entertainment in Canada and many parts of the world.

Online gambling regulations in the country have recently changed, giving Canadians more options for online casinos.

This guide will cover everything you need to know about online casinos in Canada.

Can Canadians play online casinos?

Yes, online casinos in Canada are 100% legal as long as they are licensed and regulated.

For many years, online casinos have been in a legal grey area in the country. Though online gambling was technically illegal, Canadians could play at offshore online casinos because they weren’t operating on Canadian soil. This led to a very active and profitable iGaming grey market.

To address this issue and redirect Canadian gambling dollars so that they were being spent in Canada, the government amended the Canadian Criminal Code in 2021. The changes have brought about new laws regarding sports betting and online gambling regulations. And considering how much sports betting is expanding across the country, this is a win-win situation for everyone involved.

So far, the provinces have adapted to the new online gambling laws at different paces and with different approaches. Most provinces focused on launching their own provincially regulated online casinos.

However, the last year has seen a surge in online casino launches across the country. Some provinces, like Ontario and Alberta, have allowed third-party competitors into the online casino space, contributing to that growth.

Thanks to these changes, it is now perfectly legal for Canadians to play online casinos.

What types of online casinos are available?

There are different types of online casinos available in Canada, though there is typically much overlap in what these sites offer.

Before Bill C-218, which amended the country’s gambling laws, Canadians could only legally place parlay bets on sporting events. However, Canadians can now participate in single-event sports betting in person and at online casinos.

In addition to offering sports betting, many Canadian casinos also offer video slots and casino games. Popular games you can find include live table games like poker and blackjack, roulette, and more.

Almost any kind of game you would expect to see in a real casino, you’ll be able to find a version offered at an online casino. Some online casinos may even provide online lottery services—both virtual scratch cards and draw tickets.

Some online casinos offer each of the previously mentioned game types, while others focus on just one or two. Regardless, there are many casino websites for Canadians to enjoy.

What online casinos are available in Canada?

Canadians have a great selection to choose from when it comes to online casinos.

First, Canadians can check out several provincial lottery or gaming websites to see if they have launched their own government-run online gambling platform. Provincially run online casinos are one of the safest and most secure options for gamblers.

There are also many third-party online casinos in Canada with excellent reputations. These sites typically provide a more extensive game selection, and many also offer promotions and bonuses.

A few of the most highly rated Canadian online casinos are Jackpot City, Spin Casino, Royal Panda, and the Bitcoin casino Cloudbet.

How to pick the best online casinos

Though there are many safe and legal online casinos in Canada, some still operate on the black market. Therefore, make sure you look out for a few specific things when searching for a secure online casino.

First, check the bottom of the homepage for license numbers or business registration information to ensure a site is operating legally. Also, check to see if they are regulated by or are associated with a governing body.

You will also want to ensure the site follows best security practices. This includes having an account login and using SSL encryption. Check what payment methods are supported by the website, and read the fine print for any fees or commission costs.

Another important thing to look for is contact information. Make sure there is a direct email, phone number, or mailing address to contact for customer support. Live chat options are even better.

Finally, check out the quantity and quality of games offered and see what appeals most. Make sure you’ll be able to get everything you want out of your online casino experience.

Now that you know everything you need about online casinos in Canada, we hope you win big!

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You could win one year of free living at one of BC's best boutique retirement communities

Win one year of free living

Retirement marks the start of an exciting new chapter for those who are ready and willing to embrace life’s next adventures. During these golden years, seniors have the opportunity to ‘begin again’ and live their lives to the fullest, however that may look like to them.

For some, that means engaging in long-held interests, discovering brand new hobbies and forming valuable friendships. And it’s these very concepts that independent living retirement communities are all about providing for their residents.

Independent living communities are designed for seniors who are fully independent but would like to live in a social environment with avenues for connection and engagement during their retirement years.

Summerland Seniors Village is one example of one of those dynamic living communities.

Located in the quaint town of Summerland, between Penticton and Kelowna, the boutique retirement community offers both independent and assisted living options for residents as well as complex care. Summerland Seniors Village offers its community members plenty of freedom and choice through fulfilling experiences that tap into their passions for knowledge, creativity, fun and camaraderie.

“When a new resident moves in, the comment we always hear is, ‘I wish I had moved in sooner,’” shares Rob Akimow, director of sales and marketing of West Coast Seniors Housing Management. “We see folks who previously may have been feeling isolated or lonely build new friendships in their new community. It’s really quite heartwarming.”

Summerland Seniors Village offers an endless amount of enriching daily programs and activities. Its residents can experience their shared special interests together, including baking, walking, movies, card games, gardening and a weekly happy hour.

These are just some of the ways community members can live their lives to the fullest in one of the most beautiful destinations in Canada. It’s no wonder residents of Summerland Seniors Village proudly call this lively living community their home.

“It’s very clean, and the staff is very friendly,” says Bea Duquette, a current resident of Summerland Seniors Village. “The chef is amazing, and I would recommend this community to anybody.

Retirement Concepts is rewarding one lucky winner with one year of free living at one of their 18 seniors’ housing facilities across B.C. The grand prize includes accommodation fees for a private one-bedroom unit, plus coverage for meals, hydro, and parking, valued at approximately $70,000 total.

West Coast Seniors Housing Management manages the day-to-day operations of Retirement Concepts’ retirement communities throughout the B.C. Interior, including:
• Summerland Seniors Village
• Kamloops Seniors Village
• Williams Lake Seniors Village

Go to contest.gmdpages.com/west-coast-seniors-housing-management to enter for your chance to win your way into a year of free living at your new home.

The contest ends on December 15, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. PST and is open to legal residents of Canada, excluding Quebec, who are the age of majority in the province or territory of residence at the time of entry.

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

Five tips to increase your windows and doors security in your home

Boost your windows security

Make your home burglar-proof through these home security solutions.

Burglary by breaking in occurs quite frequently in Canada. Most break-ins are done through doors or windows as they are the most high-risk entry points of a house. In fact, around 25% of break-ins occur through windows while 22% through sliding doors.

Securing these entry points from unwanted intruders is very important. Fortunately, there are multiple modern security options to prevent burglars from entering your home.

We talked to Kamloops window replacement professionals and gathered the top 5 solutions to make your home burglar-proof.

1. Reassess your current locking system

If you have recently updated to a new locking system, you want to believe that it should work properly and last for a while in your home.

Locking systems need regular upgrading. Therefore, it is important to examine your existing locking system frequently. The next time you walk by your bay window, check the locking mechanism and ensure the latch or lock is sturdy enough for your house's security.

Consider installing additional windows locks if you aren't confident that the current latching system will keep the windows secure.

2. Use a multi-point locking system and heavy-duty hardware

Experts from Ecoline Windows Kamloops say that if you have windows that open either by sliding or swinging outwards, installing a multi-point locking system will prove to be quite handy. Multi-point locks firmly bolt windows and doors into the frame at many points with only a single turn of a key.

They are most frequently found in contemporary uPVC windows, doors, and composite doors and have at least three and a maximum of five locking points.

A variety of locks are available in the market, which include:

• Pin locks

• Keyed locks

• Hinged wedge locks

• Sash locks

Regardless of the style, your windows should come with heavy-duty hardware that is made from steel. Many window companies sell windows that are equipped with plastic hooks or pins in the locking mechanism, making it a lot easier to break or open the window from the outside.

3. Install security bars

One way to make your windows and doors burglar-resistant is to equip them with security bars. This option provides additional safety and prevents burglars from breaking the glass or forcing your windows or doors open.

These bars are made of solid, sturdy material and are available in various sizes, shapes, and designs to fit any house.

On the downside, bars might mess up the aesthetics of your home. So if you prefer style over safety, they may not be the ideal option.

4. Get modern window films

Installing a security film on your windows is a good idea if you do not want to disrupt the appearance of your home.

Security film strengthens the windows and enhances your safety. It is made of numerous layers of polyester film adhered together to form a barrier with your desired thickness.

Unlike glass, security films will hold your windows in place despite repeated attempts to break them. An extensive range of such films is available on the market, allowing you to choose the one per your specific needs.

They can be installed both inside and outside of the windows or doors. Moreover, you can also choose whether you want transparent or tinted films.

5. Install smart door locks

Modern smart locks are secure, easy to install, and provide homeowners with round-the-clock control over house front entry. In addition to allowing you to unlock and lock your door quickly, you can monitor who enters and leaves the house when you're away.

These units can simply be connected to your phone to open and close front doors. You can even establish voice commands and allocate special entry privileges to friends, family members, or maintenance staff.

Kamloops door replacement experts say that smart locks are one of the best security options to consider when installing new exterior doors for your house.

If you have old windows and doors, consider upgrading them to modern ones with tried-and-true security options. Installing new burglar-proof windows and doors is a tried-and-tested method of keeping out intruders and a great way to safeguard your home against smash-and-grab robberies or break-ins.

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

Habitat raffle car headed to Mission for BC's largest car show this weekend

Habitat raffle on a Mission

That 1968 Chevy Camaro Super Sport convertible looks pretty good, doesn’t it?

You know what would make it look even better?

You behind the wheel, that’s what.

However, there is absolutely zero chance of that happening unless you buy a ticket for Habitat for Humanity Kamloops’ fourth annual Classic Car Raffle. The draw for the sleek ride will take place on Oct. 15, and this weekend it will show itself off to everyone who attends what could very well be the largest car show in Western Canadian history.

The Camaro will be at the Historic Hot Rod Reunion of BC in Mission this Saturday (Aug. 27). Mission Raceway Park will be lined with some of B.C.’s legendary hot rods, customs, race cars and restored collector vehicles. It is the first event of its kind, bringing together four car clubs that will be celebrating 235 combined years of hot rodding.

The show will also feature the Camaro SS convertible that could ultimately be yours.

“We are so thrilled to be a part of this amazing event,” Habitat for Humanity Kamloops vice-executive director Shelly Ne Ville says.

The Camaro SS has ventured all over the province this summer and will continue its journey after its pitstop in Mission this weekend. Find it next at Nostalgia Winery in Osoyoos on Sunday (Aug. 28) and at the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong beginning on Aug. 31.

It will also visit the Queen City Cruise in Nelson on Sept. 10, and the Columbia Valley Classics Annual Show & Shine in Radium Hot Springs on Sept. 17.

The car has its original colours—red on red with a white top—its regular old rims and a 350-horsepower engine. The car has been refurbished but not restored, so it is an authentic ride.

And it could be yours for $25, which is the cost of a raffle ticket. As always, money raised from the raffle will go to the non-profit and its mission of putting more people in homes.

“We will be working with families, seniors, veterans and single parents to help them build strength, stability and independence for affordable homeownership,” Ne Ville says.

To purchase a ticket, visit the raffle website here.

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

Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival is back in full swing this month

Langley Jazz Fest returns

One of Metro Vancouver’s biggest celebrations of music and art is back in full swing this summer.

The 2022 Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival, which runs from July 21 to July 24, marks the long-awaited return of the festival’s in-person events with a mix of ticketed performances and free community shows and events.

The fifth annual festival promises to be the biggest one ever, with more than 60 bands and 300 musicians performing across eight indoor and outdoor stages in this year’s “Art & Soul” themed showcase. The event will also include the most extensive free stage lineup in the history of the festival during the weekend of July 23 and 24.

A free community concert at the Fort Langley Community Hall will serve as the official festival kickoff on Thursday, July 21 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. A big band performance will be led by Rugcutter Dance Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble specializing in original arrangements in the style of the great dance orchestras of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s.

That evening, the Opening Great Gatsby Gala Event at the historic hall will include an art deco-themed outdoor cocktail reception on the lawn, followed by a show from Rugcutter Dance Orchestra in the ballroom that will be reminiscent of a 1930s prohibition-style speakeasy club.

Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival’s diverse lineup of outstanding, award-winning jazz and blues musicians hail from all across B.C., Canada and the world. Guaranteed, there will be something for every jazz fan, including the sounds of blues, big band, jazz-funk fusion, Afro Dominican latin jazz and much more.

Hosted at the Chief Sepass Theatre from July 21 to 24, the Jazz Concert Series features a stellar roster of some of the Canada’s most talented jazz performers, including:
• Two-time JUNO award-winning jazz vocalist Molly Johnson
• Two-time JUNO nominated soul-gospel singer Warren Dean Flandez
• New York jazz trumpet player Michael Sarian
• Jazz pianist and singer Champian Fulton
• Jazz-funk fusion band the Shuffle Demons
• Afro Dominican latin jazz group Junior Santos.

On July 22, the Friday Night All-Star Blues Show at the Fort Langley National Historic Site will feature Juno and multi-Maple Blues Award-winning blues guitarist and singer Sue Foley, along with Brent Parkin Band, Terminal Station and The Mojo Stars. This outdoor festival-style event will feature food trucks, an outdoor bar and picnic style seating areas.

A Mardi Gras parade will open the free festival day on Saturday, July 23, and feature the RazzMaJazz Ensemble and Noxious Obs Society Band. Attendees are encouraged to get dressed up in Mardi Gras attire and join the traditional New Orleans strolling parade that will make its way from the Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market to the Fort Langley Community Hall.

Opening the free festival day on Sunday, July 24, will be a special Jazz Vespers event at St. Andrew’s United Churches of Langley, with two sets of jazz performances by Bill Sample, Darlene Cooper (also known as Wild Blue Herons), and Marcus Mosely.

The festival will feature six outdoor community stages of free entertainment on Saturday, July 23, and Sunday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Community Hall Stage, Youth and Emerging Artist Stage, Art Zone Stage, Kwantlen Art & Cultural Exhibition Stage, River Stage and the Kidz Zone Stage.

The Kidz Zone will feature a number of family-friendly festival experiences, such as interactive and hands-on music and art activities, entertainment for children, an Afro Brazilian drum circle, a build your own musical instrument area, and a paint by sound experience. The Kidz Zone Stage will feature free shows from popular children’s entertainers including:
• Penny Pom Pom
• The SuperFun StiltWalking Family
• Norman Foote
• Peter G-G.

Youth and emerging talents will be featured at the Artist Stage set in the picturesque gardens of the historic CN Station.

The 2022 festival will also feature a Kwantlen Art & Cultural Exhibition to showcase the rich talents of Kwantlen First Nation. Hosted at Bedford Plaza on July 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the free exhibition will be open for the public to learn about Indigenous art, culture and history, all while enjoying Indigenous music and food, such as traditional salmon barbecue, bannock and Indian ice cream.

Kwantlen First Nation artist exhibitions and demonstrations will be featured, including Indigenous art, cultural exhibits, cedar weaving, carving and beading demonstrations, and powwow demonstrations. Festival-goers can even participate in a collaborative art mural project led by Kwantlen First Nation youth artists in the Art Zone, which also features other activities such as Opus outdoor painting challenge, art workshops and an art market.

There will be lots of food options to choose from during the free festival, including local bistros and cafes, food trucks located at the community stages, and a Lions Club barbecue at the community hall.

To make the festival as accessible as possible, there will be a bike valet and free shuttle buses that will connect the six outdoor stages and two parking areas located throughout the village, allowing visitors to experience all the fun and festivities on July 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Go to fortlangleyjazzfest.com for tickets and more festival information.

Glacier Media has partnered with Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival to give one lucky winner and their guest a festival package that includes show tickets, accommodation and more. The Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival grand prize, which is valued at $1,150, includes:
• A two-night stay for two at the Sandman Signature Hotel, Langley (valued at $850)
• Two tickets to the All Stars Blues Show on July 22 (valued at $300)
• Two tickets to the jazz show of your choice on July 23 or July 24 (valued at $100)
• A $50 Moxies gift card

To enter, visit vancouverisawesome.com/contests.

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

Habitat for Humanity Kamloops raffling off red 1968 Camaro convertible

Best classic car giveaway yet

Sun’s up, top’s down.

That is the mantra by which Habitat for Humanity Kamloops will be living this summer, as it takes its iconic, sleek and sexy 1968 red Camaro SS convertible around B.C. and shows it off under the beautiful, warm sun.

The stunning ride will be given away this fall as the grand prize of the organization’s fourth annual Classic Car Raffle. Rex Landis, who is Habitat for Humanity Kamloops’ procurement and raffle co-ordinator, says this is by far the most popular car in the raffle’s four-year history.

“Everybody likes it,” Landis says. “We’ve had people following us from the beginning who buy tickets on every car. They like this car better than any of the ones that we've done.

“A lot of it is actually the colour.”

Is there anything better than a red classic car? Toss in the fact that it’s a convertible, and it’s no wonder ticket sales are surging this year.

“For me, that was the car I grew up with, the one I learned how to drive on,” Landis says. “It's like going back to high school, remembering the high school days, the drive-in days.

“In supporting this, you could own a piece of North American history. It is history, because of the age, if I’m not mistaken, they classify them as antiques now—not collectors.”

All proceeds will go to the non-profit organization and its mission of putting more people in homes.

“We are working with families, seniors, veterans and single parents to help them build strength, stability and independence for attainable homeownership,” Habitat for Humanity Kamloops executive administrator Shelly Ne Ville says.

And the good news is you won’t have to go far to see the iconic vehicle and purchase a ticket. Habitat for Humanity Kamloops will be displaying the Camaro throughout B.C. this summer, travelling to small towns and hitting all the major car shows, including:
• Williams Lake Stampede, June 30 to July 3
• Salmon Arm Car Show, July 9
• Hot July Nights, 100 Mile House, July 15-17
• Chrome on the Grass, Kamloops, July 23
• Merritt Car Show, July 24
• Salmon Arm Casino, July 29-30
• Historic Hot Rod Reunion of British Columbia, Mission, Aug. 27
• Columbia Valley Classics Annual Show & Shine, Radium Hot Springs, Sept. 17

The Classic Car Raffle could not be possible without a long list of sponsors, which includes Ian Grey of Salmon Arm GM, Prima Construction, LNGroup, Patteson, CFJC Kamloops, Lordco, Canadian Tire in Salmon Arm, Castanet, Cascades Casino, Kamloops, NeVille & Associates International Immigration, Eagle Homes, Cascade Casino in Salmon Arm, Kamloops Insurance, Canco Kamloops, Mr. Mikes, Kamloops Office Systems, Brushstrokes in Salmon Arm, Raceway Barber in Salmon Arm and more to come.

If winning a red Camaro convertible doesn’t get you excited—and we’re not sure why it wouldn’t—Habitat for Humanity could still use your help. You can make a difference by donating, as Habitat is always looking for donations to stock its ReStores in Kamloops and in Salmon Arm.

The draw will take place on Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity’s new home, which is located at 800 Fortune Dr. in Kamloops in the old Penny Pinchers building.

Tickets can be purchased 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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