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City sueing pot shops
Wayne Moore - 4:34 pm - Biz Releases

The City of Kelowna believes it has the law on its side. Local pot dispensaries claim they are defending morality and people’s right to choose. A Kelowna court will choose who is right early in the new year. The city filed suit in Kelowna Supreme Court Friday against five of eight storefront operations selling medical marijuana […]

Local shops, global web
Okanagan Edge Staff - 2:31 pm - Biz Releases

A virtual marketplace reserved exclusively for Okanagan artisans and creators has officially launched. The OK Market is an online hub that founder Jenny Darychuk hopes will help showcase local creators to a wider audience. It features only local artisans, making it a one-stop shop for people who want to shop local. Darychuk said she started […]

BCFGA bars small ‘farmers’
Trevor Nichols - 12:32 pm - Biz Releases

The British Columbia Fruit Growers Association will soon require its members to make significantly more profit from their farms in order to be considered members. At the organization’s special general meeting last Thursday, membership voted to raise its minimum sales requirement for the first time in “several decades.” Previously, land owners needed to make $2,000 […]

‘Just can’t hire fast enough’
Trevor Nichols - 10:49 am - Biz Releases

Kelowna’s KF Aerospace is hiring from every corner of the country; it’s hiring from across the world; it’s sent recruiters to each and every college in the country; it’s even created its own college programs, and snapped up the entire graduating classes. But KF Aerospace still cannot find enough people to hire. Grant Stevens, the […]

Final Top 20 winners announced
Okanagan Edge Staff - 9:37 am - Biz Releases

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has announced the final ten recipients of its Top 20 under 40 awards. The program recognizes top young professionals and community builders under the age of 40. The ten newly announced winners include a lawyer, several business owners, and an acupuncturist. They join ten other winners who were previously announced. “The caliber of […]

Britco’s next evolution
Chantelle Deacon - 8:32 am - Biz Releases

The company formerly known as Britco opened its doors Monday to Penticton media and dignitaries, announcing plans to focus on manufacturing single-family homes to be sold in B.C. Now known as Metric Modular, the company, purchased by Triple M Housing this spring, will build homes in Penticton specifically designed for the B.C. market. “We are […]

Kelowna’s housing crisis
Wayne Moore - 7:22 am - Biz Releases

Kelowna has a housing crisis, and it doesn’t only affect the homeless or disenfranchised. If current trends continue, it will get much, much worse over the next 20 years. The solution? Complex at best says Mayor Colin Basran. “We should be looking at everything. Nothing should be off the table. This is a huge concern […]

Council study ‘the pits’
Wayne Moore - 6:00 am - Biz Releases

Kelowna council wants to study just what a development will look like at the former Pier Mac gravel pit across from the airport. The request for the study came as council began debating the merits of zoning changes for a proposed six-storey Sandman Inn Hotel on one portion of the property. Staff recommended against the […]

Fortis pilots carbon capture
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 20 - Biz Releases

A new pilot program from FortisBC will give businesses the chance to cut back on their greenhouse gas emissions, through new carbon capture technology. The program will see Fortis partner with CleanO2 Carbon Capture Technologies, to install carbon capture units for commercial customers. According to CleanO2’s Jaeson Cardiff, the technology takes the extra heat and […]

Business taxes too low?
Colin Dacre - Nov 20 - Biz Releases

Penticton city council will consider making increases to its business tax multiplier during 2018 budget talks later this month. The business tax multiplier is the rate businesses are charged compared to homeowners. In 2015, council launched a four-year process to gradually drop the multiplier down to 1.5 in an attempt to attract new business to […]

Kelowna links still open
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 20 - Biz Releases

It may be drizzling rain in Kelowna, and thermometers may be struggling to break 5°C, but one local golf course isn’t quite ready to call it quits. Shadow Ridge Golf Club reopened today, offering $25 tee times on a first come, first served, basis. The course had previously shut up shop, after snow blanketed the […]

Realtor rules will hit locals
Trevor Nichols - Nov 20 - Biz Releases

New provincial rules will change how real estate agents in British Columbia can represent their clients, and the impact will be significant in the Okanagan. The government announced the rule changes–aimed at “enhancing consumer protection”–last week, with the most significant of them banning a practice known as “dual agency.” Dual agency lets a realtor represent […]

Visiting Electric Avenue
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 20 - Biz Releases

Kelowna hosted a showcase of the best in electric vehicle technology over the weekend, when “Electric Avenue” took over the winter farmer’s market. Nov. 18, at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, the Kelowna Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market saw dozens of people stop by to experience the latest Clean Energy Vehicle models. CEVs are environmentally friendly vehicles […]

No to hotel
Wayne Moore - Nov 20 - Biz Releases

City planning staff are asking city council to reject an application for a hotel on the former Pier Mac gravel pit site across from Kelowna International Airport. In a report for Monday’s council meeting, staff say several proposed changes to zoning of the property would “significantly affect the potential land uses, original vision, quality of […]

Fined for workplace death
Darren Handschuh - Nov 20 - Biz Releases

A Vernon business has been fined $2,500 by WorkSafe BC in relation to a workplace fatality last year. Another Level Automotive & Offroad Ltd. was fined in the death of Christopher Marcel Emile Potvin, 32. Potvin, of Vernon, was working on a pickup truck in an automotive shop on Dec. 9, 2016 at about 11:45 a.m. […]

Reimagining Clement
Wayne Moore - Nov 20 - Biz Releases

A reimagining of Clement Avenue, at the edge of Kelowna’s downtown, is underway. On the heels of construction of the new RCMP detachment and eventual redevelopment of the former B.C. Fruit Packers property comes a proposal for a six-storey, 58-unit development. The proposal, which landed at City Hall earlier this month, would consolidate six properties […]

Okanagan Edge this week
Trevor Nichols - Nov 18 - Biz Releases

Okanagan Edge This Week is our look back at everything that happened in business in the region over the last seven days. Local business news New money to Volinspire A pair of credit unions have bought into a local volunteer social networking platform. New partnership for Flair Flair Airlines announced a new partnership with Voyages à La Carte that […]

Fires’ impact on business
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 17 - Biz Releases

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has brought in a community recovery manager, who will dig into the impact this summer’s wildfires had on businesses in the district. Colin O’Leary will head up a project consisting of three main components: -Actively engaging the business community through in-person meetings, community engagement sessions and surveys; -Quantifying the economic loss […]

BCFGA makes it into the 60s
Trevor Nichols - Nov 17 - Biz Releases

The BC Fruit Growers Association made a series of bylaw changes yesterday, aimed largely at helping it better conform to British Columbia’s Societies Act. The changes were made at a special general meeting and, according to society president Fred Steele, all passed relatively easily. The bylaw clarifications addressed issues such as the majority vote threshold […]

Biz cheers homeless plan
Kate Bouey - Nov 17 - Biz Releases

An outspoken business woman has welcomed a big provincial announcement of new housing for the homeless in Vernon. “It’s awesome,” said Vicki Eide of Dean’s Tailor Shop on the 2900 block of 33rd Street on Thursday. “It’s going to come with staffing and there will be some rules and we need it.” Only a few […]

City expansion a step closer
Colton Davies - Nov 17 - Biz Releases

Electors in Penticton gave the green light for expanding Penticton’s southeast boundary near Skaha Lake, which would eventually lead to about 180 new residences being built and an extension to Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park. Residents had a window of nearly two months to submit a petition against the development if they were opposed to it. City staff also […]

Skaha Marina needs $1.85M
Colin Dacre - Nov 17 - Biz Releases

City taxpayers could be on the hook for $1.85 million in dock upgrades at the Skaha Lake Marina over the next two years with the cancellation of the city’s agreement with the Trio Marine Group. The project was revealed this week as a part of the city’s draft 2018 budget. “The docks are quite old, we are […]

Fresh nod to Refresh
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 16 - Biz Releases

A Kelowna company topped yet another national growth list this month, after earning a Top 10 spot on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list. Refresh Financial, a startup that offers a suite of financial services to help give a leg up to “under-banked” customers, netted a No. 9 spot of the exclusive list. According to […]

Top adventures in Canada
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 16 - Biz Releases

Some Okanagan tour companies are among prestigious company, after being named to Flight Network’s list of Canada’s Top 40 Adventure Experiences in 2017. Flight Network, which calls itself the largest Canadian-owned-and-operated travel agency in the country, released the list earlier this week, placing a pair of Okanagan businesses alongside whitewater rafting expeditions, heli-tours and trips […]

Communist move to mobile
Trevor Nichols - Nov 16 - Biz Releases

A Kelowna game developer’s flagship follow-up has gone mobile. Hyper Hippo’s Adventure Communist, the follow-up to its popular title Adventure Capitalist, launched on mobile devices yesterday. Early access to the idle clicking game had been available through gaming platform Steam since August, but as of this week people can now play it on their phones and […]

First year with new owner
Chantelle Deacon - Nov 16 - Biz Releases

Apex Mountain Resort is getting ready for its first season under new ownership, with an expected opening date of Dec. 2. New this season, the public will be treated to a couple new restaurants and ski runs. “You’re going to see a wine and tapas room here,” said general manager James Shalman. “We’ve made some […]

New subdivision shut down
Chantelle Deacon - Nov 16 - Biz Releases

Summerland council has voted down a 22-lot subdivision proposed for Trout Creek. Rikhi Development Corporation was planning to subdivide the vacant piece of land on the corner of Wharf Street and Nixon Road. Following a second public hearing on the development Tuesday night, Summerland council voted 3-3 on the rezoning, which is considered a defeat. […]

New Okanagan nightmare
Wayne Moore - Nov 16 - Biz Releases

A new nightmare is coming to the Okanagan. “A Father’s Nightmare,” the latest sequel in the nightmare series began filming in the Central Okanagan earlier this morning. The movie is the sixth in the series which began with the highly rated, “A Mother’s Nightmare,” which was filmed in the Okanagan in 2012. Others in the […]