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Top Stories for February 12, 2024

Police seek video of Rutland Road before crashes that hospitalized three

Police seek video of Rutland Road before crashes that hospitalized three

Kelowna 6:29 pm - 141,772 views

UPDATE 6:30 p.m. Police have reopened Rutland Road between Leathead and Hartman roads after a multi-scene crash Monday morning. Investigators are asking...

Kelowna Rooms + Spaces closes just months after grand opening

Kelowna Rooms + Spaces closes just months after grand opening

Kelowna 4:00 am - 56,423 views

It appears that a new home and decor store in Kelowna has shut its doors just a few months after it opened. The large Rooms + Spaces store held its grand...

Missing man's body discovered near Bear Creek, police say

Missing man's body discovered near Bear Creek, police say

West Kelowna 12:05 pm - 47,547 views

West Kelowna RCMP have released more information regarding the tragic end to the search of a local man found dead over the weekend. Lucas Singer-Kraus, 23, was...

Hwy. 97 closed between Monte Lake and Monte Creek due to head-on crash

Hwy. 97 closed between Monte Lake and Monte Creek due to head-on crash

Monte Lake 9:35 pm - 39,386 views

UPDATE: 9:35 p.m. BC Emergency Health Services confirm five ambulances were dispatched to the scene of a serious crash involving two semi trucks on Highway 97...

'Silent disaster’: Okanagan cherry growers likely facing worst year in string of bad years

'Silent disaster’: Okanagan cherry growers likely facing worst year in string of bad years

Okanagan 3:00 pm - 36,603 views

The consensus is this winter’s cold snap will likely be the worst of a string of bad climate-related hits for B.C. cherry growers. “It’s not...

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'A Canada thing': Popular menu hack convinces A&W to offer South Asian-style sandwich

'A Canada thing': Popular menu hack convinces A&W to offer South Asian-style sandwich

Canada 5:52 am - 34,342 views

When Priya Dhillon visited an A&W in Windsor, Ont., in December 2022, she had an "a-ha" moment when a customer ordered his regular — two...

Taylor Swift seals Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl victory with passionate kiss for Travis Kelce

Taylor Swift seals Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl victory with passionate kiss for Travis Kelce

Entertainment 5:32 am - 22,128 views

Taylor Swift celebrated Travis Kelce's Super Bowl victory with a passionate kiss on the field. The 'Anti-Hero' hitmaker had been in the crowd at Las...

Three-vehicle collision at Highway 33 and Highway 97

Three-vehicle collision at Highway 33 and Highway 97

Kelowna 9:58 am - 21,913 views

A three-vehicle crash is blocking part of the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 33 in Kelowna. A black SUV and silver car have crashed head-on. The...

Man who crashed into Kelowna homeless encampment pleads guilty

Man who crashed into Kelowna homeless encampment pleads guilty

Kelowna 12:14 pm - 20,806 views

The man accused of being behind the wheel of a truck that ran over and seriously injured a person sleeping in a tent at Kelowna’s Rail Trail homeless...

Golden wedding anniversary capped with Lake Life Lottery win for Kelowna couple

Golden wedding anniversary capped with Lake Life Lottery win for Kelowna couple

Kelowna 1:41 pm - 19,137 views

A Kelowna couple celebrating 50 years of marriage got quite the gift when they learned they had won the Lake Life Lottery $1.37 million grand prize package,...

Large RCMP response to gun complaint blocked Co-op Avenue in Oliver

Large RCMP response to gun complaint blocked Co-op Avenue in Oliver

Oliver 9:39 am - 17,569 views

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m. RCMP confirm that a prominent police presence on Co-Op Avenue in Oliver Sunday night was due to a report of intimate partner violence...

Bell denied stay of CRTC decision allowing access to its fibre network

Bell denied stay of CRTC decision allowing access to its fibre network

Business 7:28 am - 17,191 views

The Federal Court of Appeal has rejected BCE Inc.'s request for a stay of a regulatory decision that will allow independent companies to sell internet...

'Risk factors': Study suggests severe menopausal symptoms linked to dementia

'Risk factors': Study suggests severe menopausal symptoms linked to dementia

Canada 5:47 am - 16,625 views

A University of Calgary study suggests that severe symptoms of menopause can act as early warning signs for dementia. Dr. Zahinoor Ismail, a professor of...

Environment Canada forecasts snow, sun, clouds for week ahead

Environment Canada forecasts snow, sun, clouds for week ahead

Thompson Okanagan 4:00 am - 16,592 views

It's going to be a mixed bag of weather this week across the Thompson Okanagan. Monday should be the only snowy day of the week. According to Environment...

WestJet announces YLW summer 2024 schedule

WestJet announces YLW summer 2024 schedule

Kelowna 3:07 pm - 16,166 views

Spring and summer can't be far away now that WestJet has announced its Kelowna flight schedule for the summer 2024. WestJet is increasing the number of...

Should B.C. have a recall process for municipal politicians?

Should B.C. have a recall process for municipal politicians?

Poll 7:30 pm - 14,931 views

Ground rules put in place behind the scenes at Kamloops city hall are receiving mixed reviews after a third-party investigator found Mayor Reid Hamer-Jackson...

Trump asks Supreme Court to put off his election interference trial, claiming immunity

Trump asks Supreme Court to put off his election interference trial, claiming immunity

United States 1:50 pm - 14,901 views

Former President Donald Trump is asking the Supreme Court to extend the delay in his election interference trial, saying he is immune from prosecution on...

’Possible weapons’ prompted tactical police response in Kelowna

’Possible weapons’ prompted tactical police response in Kelowna

Kelowna 11:13 am - 14,546 views

A heavy police response in a downtown Kelowna neighbourhood Sunday night was prompted by a report of a weapon. The Kelowna RCMP and its tactical Emergency...

One of two WolfPack athletes hurt in fatal Kamloops crash to be honoured at TCC this weekend

One of two WolfPack athletes hurt in fatal Kamloops crash to be honoured at TCC this weekend

Kamloops/Kelowna 4:09 pm - 14,312 views

Riley Brinnen will be returning to the Tournament Capital Centre this weekend to be honoured as a graduating athlete, according to Thompson Rivers University....

Denim on the Diamond announces headliners for three-day Kelowna music festival

Denim on the Diamond announces headliners for three-day Kelowna music festival

Kelowna 10:59 am - 14,019 views

A wide range of critically acclaimed musical acts will be taking to the stage this summer when Denim on the Diamond returns to the plate for the sixth time....

West Kelowna council to consider Gellatly Road townhomes

West Kelowna council to consider Gellatly Road townhomes

West Kelowna 4:00 am - 13,815 views

West Kelowna city council this week will consider a 20-unit townhouse project proposed for Gellatly Road South. The proposal at 3830 Gellatly Road South is for...

Manitoba man facing five murder charges in deaths of wife, children, teen

Manitoba man facing five murder charges in deaths of wife, children, teen

Manitoba 12:26 pm - 11,879 views

RCMP in Manitoba say a 29-year-old man has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife, three young children and a...

Mixed reviews for ground rules put in place following Kamloops city hall investigation

Mixed reviews for ground rules put in place following Kamloops city hall investigation

Kamloops 4:00 am - 11,802 views

Ground rules put in place behind the scenes at Kamloops city hall are receiving mixed reviews after a third-party investigator found Mayor Reid Hamer-Jackson...

Multi-vehicle crash closes one lane of Highway 97 at McCurdy Road

Multi-vehicle crash closes one lane of Highway 97 at McCurdy Road

Kelowna 4:59 pm - 11,152 views

Traffic is moving slowly along Highway 97 at McCurdy Road due to a crash. Multiple vehicles were reportedly involved in a collision just after 4 p.m. Rob Gibson...

WestJet could face costly delivery delays due to panel blowout on Boeing plane

WestJet could face costly delivery delays due to panel blowout on Boeing plane

Business 10:06 am - 11,076 views

WestJet is facing indefinite delays on dozens of new aircraft deliveries after a panel blowout on a Boeing 737 Max plane last month that prompted a halt to...

Baldy Mountain Resort winning battle with Mother Nature due to high elevation

Baldy Mountain Resort winning battle with Mother Nature due to high elevation

Sponsored Content 12:01 pm - 10,772 views

Baldy Mountain Resort has expanded its amenities and its days of operation this year. Add that to the fact it boasts the third highest base elevation in B.C....

Conservative Party of BC nominates Alexandra Wright in Kelowna-Mission

Conservative Party of BC nominates Alexandra Wright in Kelowna-Mission

Kelowna 7:00 pm - 10,503 views

Kelowna business owner and farmer Alexandra Wright has been nominated to represent the Conservative Party of British Columbia in the Kelowna-Mission riding in...

Higher price tag, repair costs could drive up insurance premiums for EVs, report says

Higher price tag, repair costs could drive up insurance premiums for EVs, report says

Canada 1:52 pm - 10,501 views

Drivers may see higher premiums for their electric vehicles as the insurance industry adjusts to the shift from gas-powered cars to electric alternatives, a new...

Judge orders Elon Musk to testify in SEC probe of his $44 billion Twitter takeover in 2022

Judge orders Elon Musk to testify in SEC probe of his $44 billion Twitter takeover in 2022

Business 11:50 am - 9,277 views

A judge has ordered Elon Musk to testify for a third time as part of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation into his $44 billion purchase...

Two people dead after falling through ice on eastern Ontario lake

Two people dead after falling through ice on eastern Ontario lake

Ontario 6:32 pm - 9,066 views

Two people who were reported missing after falling through ice on a lake in eastern Ontario have been confirmed dead. Ontario Provincial Police say three people...

West Kelowna city councillor to run provincially for BC United

West Kelowna city councillor to run provincially for BC United

West Kelowna 1:22 pm - 9,040 views

West Kelowna city councillor Stephen Johnston has been selected by the BC United party as its candidate in the West Kelowna-Peachland riding. Johnston, 38, is a...

Beanfield asks CRTC to tear down Rogers' 'bulk agreements' with condo developers

Beanfield asks CRTC to tear down Rogers' 'bulk agreements' with condo developers

Canada 5:42 am - 9,015 views

Independent telecommunications provider Beanfield Metroconnect is asking the industry regulator to outlaw arrangements between carriers and developers that...

BC Hydro prepares for drop in water supply at biggest reservoirs

BC Hydro prepares for drop in water supply at biggest reservoirs

BC 4:40 pm - 8,965 views

BC Hydro is preparing for a “historic drought” in the coming months as some of its largest reservoirs remain below normal levels. In 2023, the...

Kelowna council will re-examine its construction time bylaw

Kelowna council will re-examine its construction time bylaw

Kelowna 5:23 pm - 8,886 views

Just when should contractors be allowed to work on development projects within the City of Kelowna? That question will be up for discussion around the council...

Shoppers turn to ‘imperfect produce’ as grocery prices rise

Shoppers turn to ‘imperfect produce’ as grocery prices rise

Business 5:37 am - 8,835 views

On the outskirts of Barrie, Ont., sunlight washes over the outcast cucumber and parsley stacked on skids at Eat Impact's warehouse. Workers at the online...

Applications being accepted for sixth annual Okanagan Angel Summit

Applications being accepted for sixth annual Okanagan Angel Summit

Kelowna 4:00 am - 8,614 views

Applications are now being accepted for the sixth annual Okanagan Angel Summit. The eight-week pitch program guides Okanagan-based investors and Western...

Less is more? Consumers have fewer choices as brands prune their offerings to focus on best sellers

Less is more? Consumers have fewer choices as brands prune their offerings to focus on best sellers

Business 6:42 am - 8,591 views

How much choice is too much? Apparently for Coca-Cola, it's about 400 different types of drinks. That's why the beverage company recently decided to...

Police officer injured by teen fleeing on scooter from alleged attempted break-in

Police officer injured by teen fleeing on scooter from alleged attempted break-in

Vancouver 5:45 pm - 8,585 views

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) arrested two teenagers in East Vancouver this weekend after an alleged attempted break-in. Two teens, one 17 and one 18,...

When applying for a mortgage be prepared

When applying for a mortgage be prepared

The Mortgage Gal 11:00 am - 8,576 views

“Why do they need that? It wasn’t like this the last time I bought a house”. One of the common frustrations shared by mortgage applicants is...

Accused enters surprise guilty plea to 2022 Harwood arson

Accused enters surprise guilty plea to 2022 Harwood arson

Vernon 1:01 pm - 8,510 views

Nearly 100 potential jurors were sent home from the Vernon courthouse Monday morning after an unexpected guilty plea was entered by a man who was supposed to...

City planning cleanup of Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery

City planning cleanup of Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery

Kelowna 8:00 pm - 8,009 views

The City of Kelowna is preparing to clean up Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery next month. The new initiative will take place between March 1 and 14 every year...

Ontario Appeal Court rules Ford government's Bill 124 is unconstitutional

Ontario Appeal Court rules Ford government's Bill 124 is unconstitutional

Ontario 8:36 am - 7,750 views

Ontario's top court has ruled a controversial law that limited raises for public service workers is unconstitutional. The Court of Appeal found in favour of...

Usher adds Vancouver stop on 2024 North American tour

Usher adds Vancouver stop on 2024 North American tour

Vancouver 7:53 am - 7,687 views

Hot off his steamy Super Bowl halftime show, Usher has announced several added dates for his North American tour, including a new show in Vancouver. The...

Fire at Albert Place apartments in Vernon deemed accidental

Fire at Albert Place apartments in Vernon deemed accidental

Vernon 9:56 am - 7,014 views

Vernon Fire Rescue has wrapped up its investigation into the cause of last week’s fire that broke out at the Albert Place apartments on Feb 7, 2024. City...

Conservative motion, backed by NDP, produced $40M in regulatory relief for Bell

Conservative motion, backed by NDP, produced $40M in regulatory relief for Bell

Canada 11:51 am - 6,982 views

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is rejecting the idea that his party played a role in granting $40 million in regulatory relief to Bell Media. ...

Contract rules disregarded in costly development of ArriveCan app: auditor general

Contract rules disregarded in costly development of ArriveCan app: auditor general

Ottawa 8:27 am - 6,327 views

Disregarded policies and a failure of management led to the development of the inordinately costly and much-maligned ArriveCan app, an investigation by...

Turkey hails its first astronaut who returned from a 3-week mission to International Space Station

Turkey hails its first astronaut who returned from a 3-week mission to International Space Station

World 5:46 am - 5,974 views

Turkey’s first astronaut returned home to a hero’s welcome Monday, portrayed as a symbol of the country’s advances in technology and...

Six charges for man accused in B.C. Crown prosecutor attack

Six charges for man accused in B.C. Crown prosecutor attack

Vancouver 3:11 pm - 5,708 views

The man alleged to have attacked a Crown prosecutor near a Vancouver courthouse is now facing a total of six charges A Crown prosecutor was attacked Feb. 2 as...

Nearly half of the world’s migratory species are in decline, UN report says

Nearly half of the world’s migratory species are in decline, UN report says

World 5:36 am - 5,658 views

Nearly half of the world's migratory species are in decline, according to a new United Nations report released Monday. Many songbirds, sea turtles, whales,...

Keeping seniors safe shouldn't lead to isolation and loss of autonomy

Keeping seniors safe shouldn't lead to isolation and loss of autonomy

Opinion 4:00 am - 5,516 views

Castanet is introducing a new, monthly column aimed at addressing seniors' issues. It will appear here, on the opinion page, on the second Monday of each...

Shortage of doctors prompts temporary closure of Williams Lake emergency department

Shortage of doctors prompts temporary closure of Williams Lake emergency department

Williams Lake 2:05 pm - 5,344 views

A shortage of available doctors is being blamed for a temporary closure of the emergency department at Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake. According to...

Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver and Fairmont Pacific Rim achieve 5-star status from Forbes Travel Guide

Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver and Fairmont Pacific Rim achieve 5-star status from Forbes Travel Guide

Vancouver 1:47 pm - 5,264 views

Two Vancouver hotels have won coveted five-star rankings in the just-released 2024 Forbes Travel Guide: Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver and the Fairmont Pacific Rim....

Use RRSP contribution deadline time to reassess you finanical situation

Use RRSP contribution deadline time to reassess you finanical situation

It's Your Money 4:00 am - 5,058 views

As the RRSP deadline looms on the horizon, the usual sense of urgency and stress tends to envelop the conversation. I have written about the advantages of RRSPs...

Man charged with first-degree murder in B.C. hit-and-run

Man charged with first-degree murder in B.C. hit-and-run

Vancouver Island 11:37 am - 4,997 views

Police on Vancouver Island have arrested and charged a man with first-degree murder in the hit-and-run death of a cyclist last week. Comox Valley RCMP say that...

Probation for man who broke into 'abandoned' Kamloops house while temporarily homeless

Probation for man who broke into 'abandoned' Kamloops house while temporarily homeless

Kamloops 4:00 am - 4,930 views

A young Kamloops man who broke into an unoccupied home on Schubert Drive while looking for a place to stay has been ordered to spend the next 15 months on...

IIO investigating after man injured in dirt bike crash in Campbell River

IIO investigating after man injured in dirt bike crash in Campbell River

Vancouver Island 6:33 pm - 4,910 views

B.C.’s police watchdog is investigating after a man was seriously injured in a dirt bike crash in Campbell River on Sunday. Campbell River RCMP told the...

B.C. and Ottawa announce $733M in federal health funding for province's seniors

B.C. and Ottawa announce $733M in federal health funding for province's seniors

BC 1:43 pm - 4,585 views

British Columbia and Ottawa have announced $733 million in new federal funding over the next five years to improve health care for the province’s seniors....

Police seeking suspects in Enderby theft investigation

Police seeking suspects in Enderby theft investigation

Enderby 2:20 pm - 4,547 views

If you know who these people are, the RCMP want to hear from you. The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance to help identify a...

Kamloops MLAs point out delays, changes following cancer centre announcement

Kamloops MLAs point out delays, changes following cancer centre announcement

Kamloops 4:00 am - 4,528 views

A missing scanner and another year of delay has Kamloops’ Opposition MLAs sounding alarm bells over a long-promised cancer centre at Royal Inland...

Skaha Lake Road delays coming next week in Penticton

Skaha Lake Road delays coming next week in Penticton

Penticton 3:51 pm - 4,524 views

The next phase of Penticton's "point intersection" project on Skaha Lake Road will begin next week. The project is part of ongoing work to...

Injured pedestrian taken to hospital after downtown Kamloops collision

Injured pedestrian taken to hospital after downtown Kamloops collision

Kamloops 1:09 pm - 4,045 views

Traffic was moving slowly through a downtown Kamloops intersection over the lunch hour Monday after a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle. Emergency crews were...

Canadian TV, film, music industries ask MPs for protection against AI

Canadian TV, film, music industries ask MPs for protection against AI

Canada 10:57 am - 4,020 views

Canada's actors, directors and musicians are sounding the alarm over artificial intelligence, saying it threatens their livelihood and reputations. Groups...

B.C. man facing fraud charges in U.S. fined $40K for illegal trades

B.C. man facing fraud charges in U.S. fined $40K for illegal trades

Vancouver 1:44 pm - 3,877 views

Burnaby resident and long-time Vancouver stock promoter Aarif Jamani has reached a $40,000 settlement with the B.C. Securities Commission after admitting he...

Osoyoos issues boil water advisory after 'significant instrumentation failure'

Osoyoos issues boil water advisory after 'significant instrumentation failure'

Osoyoos 5:30 pm - 3,860 views

UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. The Town of Osoyoos says it believes a power outage Saturday began a domino effect that ultimately led to a widespread boil water notice and...

Kelowna Rockets host Spokane in rare Tuesday tilt at Prospera Place

Kelowna Rockets host Spokane in rare Tuesday tilt at Prospera Place

WHL 8:40 pm - 3,488 views

The Kelowna Rockets hope a rare Tuesday night home date is just what the doctor ordered to bounce them back into the win column. The only previous Tuesday home...

Plenty of family fun in Penticton this upcoming Family Day

Plenty of family fun in Penticton this upcoming Family Day

Penticton 4:00 am - 3,385 views

"Four seasons of fun" is an ongoing collaboration between Castanet and Visit Penticton showcasing what Penticton has to offer all year round. Watch...

Kamloops Mounties look for two suspects, truck wanted in connection with Sahali break-in

Kamloops Mounties look for two suspects, truck wanted in connection with Sahali break-in

Kamloops 3:14 pm - 3,229 views

Kamloops Mounties are looking for a pair of suspects in connection with a residential break-in which happened in Sahali on Sunday. In a news release, RCMP Cpl....

Work is underway to repair broken City of Vernon spray irrigation pipe

Work is underway to repair broken City of Vernon spray irrigation pipe

Vernon 4:00 am - 3,059 views

Repair work on a broken spray irrigation pipe in Vernon is underway. A report will be presented to Vernon city council at their regular meeting Monday,...

Emergency response app Voyent Alert incorrectly alerts Princeton residents to change in boil water notice

Emergency response app Voyent Alert incorrectly alerts Princeton residents to change in boil water notice

Princeton 6:00 pm - 3,002 views

Users of the Voyent Alert emergency app in Princeton may have been puzzled by an update they received Monday. The app sent users information that a...

Vernon to increase metered parking fees for first time in decade

Vernon to increase metered parking fees for first time in decade

Vernon 5:00 pm - 2,917 views

For the first time in a decade, parking prices are increasing in downtown Vernon. Council approved a 25 per cent increase in metered parking on Monday. Parking...

Delays expected on Highway 1 in Chase with crews starting slope work

Delays expected on Highway 1 in Chase with crews starting slope work

Chase 11:10 am - 2,890 views

Drivers are being warned to expect delays on Highway 1 in Chase beginning on Tuesday while crews begin slope stabilization work in the area. The Village of...

Coldstream looks at ways to protect western painted turtle habitat

Coldstream looks at ways to protect western painted turtle habitat

Coldstream 6:00 am - 2,635 views

How to best help the western painted turtle habitat at Kalavista Lagoon in Coldstream will be before council on Monday. Western painted turtles are considered...

Suspect arrested after intruder entered North Kamloops home, police say

Suspect arrested after intruder entered North Kamloops home, police say

Kamloops 4:26 pm - 2,623 views

Charges have been laid after an unwanted intruder walked into a North Kamloops home on Sunday morning, police say. According to Mounties, officers were called...

Sip, savour special Scotch at upcoming Penticton Rotary fundraiser event

Sip, savour special Scotch at upcoming Penticton Rotary fundraiser event

Penticton 7:00 pm - 2,481 views

Penticton Sunrise Rotary Club’s “Scotch Tasting & Canapes” fundraiser is back. The event is sponsored by Angry Otter Liquor Store at...

Vernon says goodbye to another successful winter carnival

Vernon says goodbye to another successful winter carnival

Vernon 4:00 am - 2,404 views

Vernon’s 64th annual Winter Carnival has officially come to an end. Unseasonably warm temperatures caused the Carnival to pivot on some of its flagships...

Free film screening, talk in Kamloops to commemorate Black History Month

Free film screening, talk in Kamloops to commemorate Black History Month

Kamloops 6:00 pm - 1,368 views

The Paramount Theatre will be offering a free movie screening followed by a discussion to commemorate Black History Month in the community. Black Lives in...

Sicamous council to discuss installing aquafit, therapy pool for Shuswap Healing Centre

Sicamous council to discuss installing aquafit, therapy pool for Shuswap Healing Centre

Sicamous 6:00 pm - 1,168 views

District of Sicamous Coun. Pam Beech wants to look into the potential purchase of an aquafit and therapy pool for the future Shuswap Healing Centre. On the...