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Legal first at Sikh temple
Jon Manchester - 10:56 am - Biz Releases

More than 200 people crowded Kelowna’s Sikh temple to witness a Canadian business first on Sunday. Navjit Khunkhun, an articling student at Benson Law, took her oath to become a lawyer in front of her congregation. It is reportedly the first time in Canada, perhaps in North America, that the oath has been sworn in a […]

Autism academy downtown
Kirk Penton - 9:44 am - Biz Releases

 Vista Academy has a perfect record when it comes to ensuring autistic children learn the skills needed to stay enrolled in their full-time schools. The non-profit academy has been in operation for more than three years, and all 21 students who have gone through Vista are now thriving in their schools. “What makes Vista […]

Art gallery seeks help
Chelsea Powrie - 8:27 am - Biz Releases

The Penticton Art Gallery is seeking money from the city following devastating break-ins and ahead of its lease negotiation. Currently, the gallery operates on city-owned land through a lease that expires in October 2019. Under the lease terms, the gallery is responsible for maintenance to the building. A series of break-ins during the last four months have […]

Breweries up and running
Contributed - 7:22 am - Biz Releases

By Rob Mangelsdorf This summer is shaping up to be busiest the province has ever seen for new craft brewery openings. Last week two new breweries opened in the Okanagan, with Barn Owl Brewing Co. in Kelowna and Breakaway Brewing Co. in Summerland both opening their doors. Barn Owl Brewing Co. (Kelowna) Located in an updated […]

Petition off to city hall
Colin Dacre - 6:17 am - Biz Releases

 About 13,000 Kelowna signatures opposed to the McCurdy Road supportive housing project are on their way to city hall. The petition is the result of two weeks of work by volunteers and Rutland residents who believe the neighbourhood has already done its share in housing the hard to house. The final petition count saw […]

Cabbies simply want fairness
Nicholas Johansen - Jul 13, 2019 - Biz Releases

This past week, the province announced it will begin to allow ride-sharing applications in B.C. sometime after mid-September and unveiled the new rules that will regulate the service. Kelowna city councillor Ryan Donn called the new rules “a joke,” singling out the requirement that drivers require a Class 4 licence as a barrier that would keep the service from […]

Penticton pot shops prepare
Chelsea Powrie - Jul 12, 2019 - Biz Releases

Three private cannabis stores in Penticton are working to clear final hurdles before opening, while a government store could also swoop in at any time to become the first legally operating shop in town. City development director Anthony Haddad didn’t have a firm prediction on which store will be ready to go first, but said they […]

E-scooters hit Kelowna
Kirk Penton - Jul 12, 2019 - Biz Releases

 The first electric scooters hit the road in Kelowna on Friday, and the owners are hoping it plays a role in leading a transportation revolution. OGO Scooters, which is based in Kelowna, will become the first of three e-scooter companies to hit the market when it introduces 60 vehicles to the community on Saturday. […]

West K weed wait starts
Wayne Moore - Jul 12, 2019 - Biz Releases

West Kelowna has completed the process of approving rezoning for five cannabis retail stores in the city. Now, each of the applications will be forwarded to the province for approval and licensing. However, with the current backlog of well over 400 applications in the hands of the province, it will likely be several months before […]

Scooter biz set to launch
Wayne Moore - Jul 12, 2019 - Biz Releases

Kelowna’s first electric scooter ride share will launch Friday. Kelowna-based OGO, one of three companies licensed to provide e-scooter products in the city, will officially launch at the Queensway Tourist Information Centre. According to company officials, this will be the first e-scooter ride share in Western Canada. The company is expected to have up to […]