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Horgan teases wage hike
Madison Erhardt - Feb 07, 2017 - Biz Releases

B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan visited a Kelowna coffee shop Tuesday to talk about his minimum wage plan. Horgan’s first electoral promise is to hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour, should the opposition NDP win this spring’s provincial election. He visited the Bean Scene on Bernard Avenue to talk to young Kelowna workers about what he can do to […]

Housing market ‘normalizing’
Trevor Nichols - Feb 07, 2017 - Biz Releases

The real estate market in the Okanagan may finally be levelling out. Residential home sales in the Okanagan were higher in January than they were in 2015 and the overall number of houses on the market is down significantly, says the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board. The board’s numbers show that overall sales in January […]

Vernon construction Strong
Kate Bouey - Feb 07, 2017 - Biz Releases

Development activity was strong in Vernon over the course of 2016. From Jan.-Dec. 1,007 building permits were issued, a 14.3 per cent increase over 2015 and a 150 per cent increase since 2013, according to statistics supplied by the city. Construction continues on three major projects including The Hamlets on 29th Avenue ($20 million), Parkwood […]

No worries for B.C. wine
Dustin Godfrey - Feb 07, 2017 - Biz Releases

The provincial government is holding its ground on a policy that only allows B.C. wines in grocery stores. The policy has been the subject of a complaint lodged with the World Trade Organization, targeting it as a protectionist policy. “I’m sure the province is very comfortable with the direction that they have taken on this […]

AirBnB licensing mulled
Dustin Godfrey - Feb 07, 2017 - Biz Releases

There were 222 AirBnB listings during September in the Penticton area, but just one per cent of owners rent them for more than half of the year. Those numbers come from AirBnB itself, and will be delivered in a report to council Tuesday afternoon. Another 333 listings were found on the similar Vacation Rentals By […]

Nod to fruit growers
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 07, 2017 - Biz Releases

The B.C. Fruit Grower Association gave special recognition to several “outstanding leaders in the tree fruit industry” at its 128th Annual General Meeting in Penticton Feb. 2. The association gave Awards of Merit to Hank Markgraf and Kenna MacKenzie, whom president Fred Steele said both demonstrated “dedication, expert knowledge and leadership” in the industry. Osoyoos […]

New taxis get thumbs up
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 07, 2017 - Biz Releases

A proposed new taxi service for Vernon is getting support from city council. Councillors gave unanimous approval Monday to provide a letter of support for the service to the Passenger Transportation Board. Current Taxi Ltd. appeared as a delegation before council at its Jan. 23 meeting. The company is proposing a fleet of two to four […]

Pot shops back on agenda
Colin Dacre - Feb 06, 2017 - Biz Releases

Penticton city council will wrangle with the issue of marijuana dispensaries yet again on Tuesday. Jukka Laurio, owner of the Herbal Green dispensary, will be back in front of city council appealing a decision that denied his application to set up an non-profit society at 256 Westminster Ave. W. Laurio has been operating openly without a […]

L.A. flight will return
Trevor Nichols - Feb 06, 2017 - Biz Releases

Kelowna’s airport director says popular direct flights from Kelowna to Los Angeles will likely return. Sam Samaddar says the route is one of the airport’s priorities and staff have been pitching it to YLW’s partners since United Airlines stopped offering it several years ago. Direct flights between the two cities were offered from 2012 to […]

Rally for $15/hr minimum
Dustin Godfrey - Feb 06, 2017 - Biz Releases

A labour group will be rallying for a $15 an hour minimum wage in Penticton this week. The B.C. Federation of Labour will be sponsoring the rally, to be put on by the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council, which will take aim Canada’s second-lowest minimum wage at $10.85 per hour. “You can’t even live on that,” […]