Okanagan Edge this week
Trevor Nichols - Feb 10 - Biz Releases

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Okanagan Edge this week is our look back at all the week in business in the Okanagan Valley, and beyond.

Local business news

Hotel lacks ‘sensitivity’

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A request to nearly double the allowable size of a proposed downtown Kelowna hotel does not sit well with city staff.

New microbrewery by summer

A new microbrewery will open in Kelowna’s “brewery district” this summer.

Local businessman dies

Prominent Kelowna businessman Joshua Zieske died unexpectedly this week. He was 41.

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Massive expansion at Waterplay

A Kelowna company is undertaking a major expansion as global demand for its water park products grows.

When it’s finished in the spring of 2019, the project will result in an approximately 3,000-square-metre headquarters that will house the company’s management, sales, marketing, support, design, logistics, and manufacturing teams.

Fruit growers take aim at deer

A resolution will be brought to the floor of next week’s B.C. Fruit Growers Association convention seeking support for an urban deer cull.

 

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Local couple’s big book deal

In a three-book deal that went to auction with several U.S. publishers, Deanna Kent and Neil Hooson will be working with Imprint, a division of Macmillan USA, on their middle-grade book series Snazzy Cat Capers.

 

Issues

Okanagan’s new boom crop

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The era of the apple has not yet passed in the Okanagan, but one crop, in particular, is taking off in a big way.

Provincial business news

Airbnb tax incoming

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The British Columbia government and Airbnb have reached a deal to collect taxes on short-term rentals, with the money collected used to fund housing affordability initiatives.

Notley ups war on B.C.

It’s the latest move in a growing dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Premier Rachel Notleyannounced this week the province will stop importing wine from British Columbia.

Pot, liquor sales won’t mix

Recreational marijuana will be sold online and through both private and government-operated retail stores in British Columbia once it becomes legal later this year.

People in business

Steele to exit BCFGA

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After four years as president of the BC Fruit Growers Association, longtime industry advocate Fred Steele is hanging up his pruning shears and retiring from orcharding.

Top 40: Steve Cowburn

Steve Cowburn, of Perfit Dental Solutions, was recognized this week as one of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Top 40 Under 40 honourees.

 


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