Okanagan Biz

Fortis electricity rates jump
Okanagan Edge Staff - 2:33 pm - Okanagan Biz

FortisBC will be hiking its interim 2021 electricity rates by 4.36%, which will work out to an increase of $7.30 per month for those who use an average of 12,000 kilowatt hours. The British Columbia Utilities Commission granted the approval for the interim rate on Thursday. It will be the largest increase in rates in […]

Forbidden, Spartan join forces
Okanagan Edge Staff - 12:38 pm - Okanagan Biz

Kelowna’s Forbidden Spirits Distilling Co. has entered into an amalgamation agreement with Spartan Acquisition Corp. and will become a publicly traded company if the deal becomes binding. Forbidden produces and distributes brands like Rebel Vodka, Forbidden Spirits Vodka, Adam’s Apple Brandy and Eve’s Original Gin. The company will be known as Forbidden Spirits Distilling Corp. […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - 11:12 am - Okanagan Biz

A strong community can promote new ideas and ensure accountability. It can also act as motivation, support and even provide a little friendly competition. The power of community is undeniable, and the Okanagan tech community is no exception. Our community is strong and growing with record speed, and maintaining connections through a period of growth […]

SilverStar opens next weekend
Darren Handschuh - 8:55 am - Okanagan Biz

Powder hounds rejoice. SilverStar opens next week. The hill will be open for pass holders only Dec. 4-6, with other skiers and snowboarders welcome to the hit the slopes after that. “We are very excited to open for our alpine season on December 4th,” resort spokesperson Chantelle Deacon said. “We have lots of snow, and it […]

First pot shop in Peachland
Wayne Moore - 7:29 am - Okanagan Biz

Peachland is getting its first retail cannabis store. Municipal council Tuesday approved issuing a business licence to Budding Creations Cannabis Corp. for a retail cannabis store in the Edgewater building at 5830 Beach Ave. After the federal government made the sale of cannabis legal, Peachland began an intake process for applicants wishing to set up […]

Airbnb rules coming soon
Wayne Moore - 6:53 am - Okanagan Biz

The City of West Kelowna will go to the public next week with a series of proposed regulations around legalizing short-term rentals. Director of development services Mark Koch outlined a series of licensing, rezoning and enforcement regulations to council Tuesday that could form the basis of a new bylaw regulating short-term rentals within the city. Council […]

Always live in the now
Contributed - Nov 25, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

My mother passed in 2003. She was declining for a few years and knew it. Although she would not describe herself as spiritual, she had a strong belief in God, a religious upbringing, and a zest for life, learning and teaching her whole life. She was dedicated to serving others and spent most of her […]

New Ebus location in Kelowna
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 25, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Ebus will be opening a new stop in downtown Kelowna next week. The new location will begin operating on Tuesday at 516 Lawrence Ave. and will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. “We’re excited to offer this downtown location for those people who need to access medical appointments, employment, educational, training and many […]

Big Boot Inn takes next step
Amandalina Letterio - Nov 25, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Big Boot Inn is about to get a big rebrand. Owner Mercedes Basford has some exciting plans for the downtown shop, which is set to close in February. “We’re going in a different direction,” she said. “It’s going to be called Prickly Pear Boutique.” The Big Boot Inn was originally owned by two Italian brothers—the […]

Fortis enlists UBCO for help
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 25, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

FortisBC is investing $500,000 in UBC Okanagan to study how to implement hydrogen into the natural gas system. The utility will work with UBCO’s School of Engineering to determine how it can further reduce emissions from its natural gas supply by delivering hydrogen, a carbon-free energy, through its extensive distribution network. “Hydrogen is an abundant […]