Biz Releases

Bears destroy apple bins
Rob Gibson - Sep 21, 2019 - Biz Releases

Alan Gatzke of Gatzke Farms in Oyama loves wildlife—until it breaks into his orchard and eats his hard work. “Wildlife is a nice thing unless you’re trying to run a farm,” he said. Farm workers were recently harvesting in the orchard but had to stop because of a torrential downpour. “We left some of the […]

Boo business big business
Kirk Penton - Sep 20, 2019 - Biz Releases

 Halloween shopping season has arrived. It’s big business these days, which is why Halloween Alley is operating out of the former Home Outfitters building on Banks Road. It opens its doors on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock, and it promises to be another prosperous season of ghost and goblin buying. “It’s our largest location […]

Vitalis hits major milestone
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 20, 2019 - Biz Releases

A Kelowna company that started with three founders less than four years ago will celebrate a significant milestone next week. Vitalis Extraction Technology, which builds equipment for CO2 extraction businesses across five continents, will mark the hiring of its 100th employee during a celebration on Tuesday. “Vitalis has experienced over 150% growth in the past […]

Rent news good, bad
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 20, 2019 - Biz Releases

If there is only one of you, the news is not exactly positive on the Kelowna rental front. If there are two of you, then the news is just dandy. Padmapper came out with its monthly rental report this week, and it found after scouring the data that the median price of a one-bedroom apartment […]

Care centre creates jobs
Wayne Moore - Sep 20, 2019 - Biz Releases

West Kelowna’s loss is Kelowna’s gain. B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix was in Kelowna Thursday to announce the opening of an urgent and primary care centre in the former Bank of Montreal building at the Capri Centre Mall. West Kelowna has been lobbying the province for more than a decade to get a facility such […]

Valley moth battle intensifies
Chelsea Powrie - Sep 20, 2019 - Biz Releases

The fight against coddling moths, the scourge of apple growers up and down the Okanagan Valley, is continuing with some good news and some bad presented to the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen board Thursday. The Okanagan-Kootenay Sterile Insect Release program has been operating for 30 years. They use a combination of mating disruption and sterile […]

Caregivers get safety training
Chelsea Powrie - Sep 19, 2019 - Biz Releases

Caregivers who work with seniors in the Okanagan Valley now have an option for additional training especially tailored to help them reduce and avoid workplace injuries. SafeCare BC opened its first satellite location in the entire B.C. Interior Thursday morning at Penticton’s Haven Hill Retirement Centre. CEO Jennifer Lyle said it is the fifth location overall […]

Prospera merger approved
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 19, 2019 - Biz Releases

Prospera Credit Union and Westminster Savings Credit Union are one step closer to getting hitched. B.C.’s Financial Institution Commission on Thursday gave approval for the proposed merger between Prospera and Westminster, which had been previously approved by both boards of directors. Members of both credit unions will vote on the proposal, known as FutureStrong, between […]

NDP bashed over housing
Kirk Penton - Sep 19, 2019 - Biz Releases

Kelowna’s HM Commercial Group held its annual “crystal ball” gathering on Wednesday afternoon. And when provincial Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson gazed into the orb, he saw nothing short of a catastrophe when it comes to affordable housing in the province if the NDP are still in charge. “There’s an approach to housing that the NDP […]

Large Landmark pour soon
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 19, 2019 - Biz Releases

It’s a good time to be in the Kelowna concrete business. Kelowna Ready Mix is preparing for the largest single pour in its history that will serve as the foundation for the Landmark 7 tower in the city’s Landmark District. All three of KRM’s Kelowna-based plants will be supplying 2,600 cubic metres of concrete, which […]