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New development on Springfield
Trevor Nichols - Feb 22 - Biz Releases

The owners of a small, vacant property bordering Springfield Road are planning to build a six-townhome development at 1275 Brookside Ave. In a letter to the City of Kelowna, the firm that designed the proposed development says the 0.35-acre lot provides the “ideal opportunity” to continue a trend in the neighbourhood of blending multi-family residences […]

11 proposed highrises
Wayne Moore - Feb 22 - Biz Releases

Now that city council has approved a 33-storey hotel, condo and convention centre for downtown Kelowna, what’s next? How will the skyline of downtown Kelowna change over the next five, 10, 20 years? Planner Terry Barton gave council a hint Tuesday with a map of downtown showing sites where taller buildings are being contemplated. The […]

Realtors question new taxes
Trevor Nichols - Feb 22 - Biz Releases

The provincial government made bold moves in its recently tabled budget aimed at tempering the soaring cost of real estate in parts of the province. Along with ponying up billions of dollars for affordable housing over the next ten years, the government expanded the reach and increased the severity of the tax on foreign homebuyers […]

‘Irresponsible’ job posting
Alanna Kelly - Feb 22 - Biz Releases

Do you have a university degree and want to become a teacher? The Salmon Arm School District is looking for you. “Due to a shortage of certified teachers, the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District is looking to hire individuals without a teaching certificate to replace absent teachers,” reads a job posting. That posting, which was shared […]

Petition for new pool
Darren Handschuh - Feb 22 - Biz Releases

An online petition is asking people to tell the mayor that area citizens want a new aquatic centre, but Akbal Mund said a new pool is already on the radar. The petition is trying to collect 500 names and as of Wednesday afternoon, it was sitting at just over 200. Mund said he is aware of the […]

Winter Market at Predator
Chantelle Deacon - Feb 22 - Biz Releases

Predator Ridge and Craft Culture are hosting their first annual Winter Artisan Market at the resort this weekend. The event will feature 32 craft and artisan vendors, live music, outdoor fire pits and food options. “We’re really looking forward to it, it’s a completely different venue,” said Karalyn Lockhart, owner of Craft Culture. “We will have 32 vendors set […]

Greyhound bus cuts official
Colton Davies - Feb 21 - Biz Releases

Greyhound made official on Wednesday that the company is dropping its bus routes through the entire Similkameen Valley, after receiving approval from the province’s Passenger Transportation Board. The extent of the cuts also includes all routes through Northern B.C. and various other main routes across the province. Greyhound will be changing its route from Osoyoos to Vancouver […]

Playtime grand opening
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 21 - Biz Releases

Kelowna’s newly rebranded Playtime Casino will officially launch its new brand at a grand opening March 1. The former Lake City Casino got a fresh face this year thanks to a $3.6 million renovation that included a beefed-up gaming floor and new entertainment and eating options. Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited runs the casino, along […]

LNIB signs timber agreement
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 21 - Biz Releases

Lower Nicola Indian Band Development Corporation, Stuwix Resources, and Aspen Planers Announce Alliance Agreement Lower Nicola Indian Band Development Corporation, Stuwix Resources Ltd., and Aspen Planers Ltd. they have signed a long-term agreement that will help the parties negotiate timber their timber and sawmill interests in the Nicola Valley. The agreement is a formal commitment between […]

Budget a ‘burden’ on business
Trevor Nichols - Feb 21 - Biz Releases

Business owners are concerned they’re being forced to bear the brunt of the provincial government’s plan to eliminate individual Medical Services Plan taxes. The NDP’s 2018 provincial budget, released yesterday afternoon, included a promise to eliminate MSP premiums by the year 2020. That will save individuals as much as $900 a year, but leave a […]

Ashton: ‘End wine war’
Rob Gibson - Feb 21 - Biz Releases

The B.C. wine industry is near and dear to the citizens of MLA Dan Ashton’s Penticton riding, and he has now spoken out against the ongoing embargo in Alberta. In a statement released Tuesday, Ashton, a BC Liberal, called out Premier John Horgan and the provincial NDP for embroiling the industry in their trade war. “As […]

33-storey hotel a go
Wayne Moore - Feb 21 - Biz Releases

Kelowna’s downtown skyline will look dramatically different within three years after city council approved a 33-storey hotel and condo project. The vote was 5-2 with councillors Charlie Hodge and Ryan Donn voting against. Coun. Maxine DeHart recused herself from the debate while Coun. Tracy Gray was absent. The vote means Edmonton-based Westcorp will able be […]

Local Legion could close
Darren Handschuh - Feb 21 - Biz Releases

It’s been a fixture in the community for almost a century, but after 91 years of service, there is a chance the Vernon Legion could close its doors. At a general meeting Tuesday evening, the Branch 25 executive announced its group resignation. Five volunteer leaders, including President Bill Balcaen, have stepped down. Blacaen said while […]

Okanagan Foreign buyers tax
The Canadian Press - Feb 20 - Biz Releases

B.C. moved to ease the housing crisis Tuesday with a new tax on property speculators and higher taxes on foreign homebuyers with a budget that plans to create 114,000 affordable housing units over the next decade. Finance Minister Carole James said the tax measures are part of the government’s aim to improve housing affordability in […]

Hiring 1,200 Aboriginal workers
Trevor Nichols - Feb 20 - Biz Releases

Interior Health has set an aggressive target to dramatically boost the number of Aboriginal people in its workforce. The health authority says it wants to hire about 1,200 new Aboriginal employees over the next seven years, bringing the proportion of its workforce who identify as having Aboriginal heritage up to 10 per cent. Cathy Stashyn […]

Scrutiny of ALR housing
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 20 - Biz Releases

The city of West Kelowna is continuing to explore options for changing regulations surrounding employee housing within the Agricultural Land Reserve. The city is in the middle of reviewing and drafting potential changes to its zoning bylaws regulating agricultural dwellings and is now asking for public input. Earlier this year city staff held a stakeholder […]

Leading the charge
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 20 - Biz Releases

A trio of local students hope to power a better understanding of solar energy in the community with their new social enterprise. ReCharge, the brainchild of fourth-year Okanagan College business students Nick Galland and Cooper Simson (with some help from engineering student Josh Weibe), focuses on developing products that integrate solar technology in people’s everyday […]

A new type of housing
Wayne Moore - Feb 20 - Biz Releases

A type of neighbourhood popular in the United States but foreign to Canada could be on its way to Kelowna. City council gave initial approval to a concept known as a “pocket neighbourhood,” on Neptune Road in Kelowna. Planner Theresa Brandt explains a pocket neighbourhood is kind of a neighbourhood within a neighbourhood. “It’s traditionally […]

Bike share work in progress
Wayne Moore - Feb 20 - Biz Releases

Just what Kelowna’s bikeshare pilot program will look like is anybody’s guess. The program, which will be unveiled in the spring, will make bikes available at various points through the city for short-term rental. Dropbike Inc. will provide the service once an agreement is signed with the city. Council approved terms of that agreement Monday. […]

Council defends park build
Wayne Moore - Feb 20 - Biz Releases

Kelowna councillors admonished some members of the public who believe they are dragging their feet on the build-out of Centennial Park in Rutland. The Rutland Park Society transferred ownership of the park to the city in 2015. The city agreed to develop it into a community park, with amenities such as paved pathways, multi-cultural garden […]

Local ‘Mompreneur’ nominated
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 19 - Biz Releases

A Kelowna entrepreneur is being recognized on the national stage as one of the Top 8 finalists in the National Mompreneur Awards. Kelowna’s Sherri Simson, the founder and president of Keenfit, is in the running for the organization’s award of excellence, a title that “honors exemplary product and service.” The mother of three founded Keenfit—the pole […]

3 more apts. in Glenmore?
Trevor Nichols - Feb 19 - Biz Releases

There could soon be another significant development in Kelowna’s Glenmore neighbourhood. Ocorp Development has asked the city to approve the form and character of three five-storey apartments it wants to build on a two-and-a-half acre lot on Drysdale Blvd. According to plans submitted to the city, the buildings would max out at 16.3 metres high, […]

Mass layoffs at Gorman
Trevor Nichols - Feb 19 - Biz Releases

A lagging lumber supply has led West Kelowna’s Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. to let go of at least 20 employees. Nick Arkle, Gorman’s co-CEO, told Okanagan Edge the mill has cut down its third shift over the past few weeks as it adjusts to a dwindling supply of logs left over from the Mountain Pine […]

Plant closing, 58 jobs lost
Colton Davies - Feb 19 - Biz Releases

The president of Pattison Sign Group confirmed the company’s Penticton manufacturer will be shutting down on Apr. 15, putting 58 people out of work. Don Belanger said the plant on Waterloo Avenue is one of several locations being impacted by “restructuring” within the company. In a recent statement, he said the decision is a response […]

Fruit industry thriving… but
Wayne Moore - Feb 19 - Biz Releases

The outgoing president of the BC Fruit Growers Association painted a picture of an industry that has bounced back after some very dark days. Fred Steele, stepping down after four years at the helm, told the 129th BCFGA convention in Kelowna Friday, painted a picture of hope and prosperity in his final address to the […]

Hotel on Naramata bench?
Colton Davies - Feb 19 - Biz Releases

A luxury hotel could soon be part of the hillside on the Naramata bench. Poplar Grove Winery owner Tony Holler is proposing to build a hotel with about 20 units on a property adjacent to his winery, located at 436 Lower Bench Road. About one-third of the proposed 1.5 acre lot, within Penticton city limits, is currently part of […]

Okanagan Edge this week
Trevor Nichols - Feb 17 - Biz Releases

Okanagan Edge this week is our look back at all the week in business in the Okanagan Valley, and beyond. Local business news City surprised by Airbnb tax What will the new tax on Airbnb rentals mean for the City of Kelowna? Huge project moves forward Could West Kelowna soon see its biggest development to date? Pondering pot […]