Biz Releases

Renegade shops must pay
Nicholas Johansen - Feb 16, 2020 - Biz Releases

The courts have ordered two former cannabis dispensaries pay the City of West Kelowna more than $160,000 in fines and legal fees, but it’s unclear if the city will be able to collect. Last July, a Kelowna judge granted the City of Kelowna an injunction to shut down Black Crow Herbals and Okanagan Cannabis Solutions, despite the […]

‘It’s do or die’ for apples
Kirk Penton - Feb 14, 2020 - Biz Releases

The apple growers of the Okanagan know what’s wrong. Now they just need to find a way to fix it. You name it, and it has gone wrong for the region’s orchardists in the last couple of years. The quality of the 2019 crop turned out to be not as strong as it looked like […]

Calling all tourism businesses
Jon Manchester - Feb 14, 2020 - Biz Releases

Tourism opportunities will be on the table when Tourism Vernon hosts an afternoon of networking on Tuesday. Members of the tourism sector are invited to take part in the open house, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., at the Prestige Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre. “This is a great way to bring our tourism partners (local businesses, […]

Milsom to speak March 4
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 14, 2020 - Biz Releases

The Greater Westside Board of Trade is inviting the mayor to lunch once again. West Kelowna Mayor Gord Milsom will deliver his annual “State of the City” address during a luncheon on Wednesday, March 4. Calling it a must-attend event for the Greater Westside business community, Milsom will touch on a variety of topics at […]

Chances expansion on table
Wayne Moore - Feb 14, 2020 - Biz Releases

Kelowna city council will get a chance to weigh in on a proposed expansion at Chances Gaming. The company is asking the city to approve a “substantial change to the existing casino,” by allowing live table games. The application must be approved by the city before being sent to the BC Lottery Corporation for final approval […]

Liquor store in old Safeway?
Wayne Moore - Feb 14, 2020 - Biz Releases

An Alberta liquor store chain is proposing to set up shop in Kelowna. Representatives for Wine and Beyond have made a formal application to the city for a development permit for a portion of property in the Dilworth Centre Mall. The application is asking that 16,700 square feet at the north end of what will […]

BC Cannabis broke rules
Chelsea Powrie - Feb 14, 2020 - Biz Releases

Penticton’s new government cannabis retail store ruffled some feathers during its first weekend in operation when it broke local bylaws and stayed open an hour late on both Friday and Saturday. The BC Cannabis shop is operated by the BC Liquor Distribution Board but is subject to local regulations when it comes to operating hours. In Penticton, […]

Firefighters needed in Shuswap
Jon Manchester - Feb 13, 2020 - Biz Releases

If more firefighters aren’t found, residents of the tiny Shuswap community of Scotch Creek could see their property insurance rates jump. The Scotch Creek/Lee Creek Fire Department is below mandatory levels of staffing. “Our fire services are struggling to recruit new members, and that is jeopardizing the ability to maintain critical accreditations that dramatically reduce the […]

Home builders blast council
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 12, 2020 - Biz Releases

The Central Okanagan division of the Canadian Home Builders Association believes the City of Kelowna is discouraging densification instead of encouraging it with its parks development cost charge. The DCC, which will increase the cost of building a new home by an average of $7,000, was finalized during Monday’s council meeting. The CHBA-CO believes this […]

Smith Creek plan proceeds
Wayne Moore - Feb 12, 2020 - Biz Releases

A massive home development in Smith Creek is moving on to the next phase. West Kelowna council unanimously approved the next phase of the proposed plan, which, once built out over two decades or so, could include up to 900 homes and 2,100 new residents. Coun. Rick deJong called the plan “smart development.” “I’m glad […]