Okanagan Biz

New Central Mountain Air flights
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 06, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Central Mountain Air has announced new flights from Calgary to Kelowna, as well as Vancouver to Kamloops. They will run from Aug. 9 to Sept. 13. Flights are once a week on Monday mornings, from Calgary to Kelowna and from Vancouver to Kamloops – and back Friday evenings, from Kelowna to Calgary and Kamloops to […]

Celebrating local business
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 06, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

The Vernon Chamber is honouring local businesses. Nominations are open until Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards. Online nomination form and descriptions of the categories can be found at the Vernon Chamber site. The event is presented by Valley First. Individual categories are: Small Business of the Year sponsored […]

Masks now mandatory on buses
Laura Brookes - Aug 06, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Starting August 24, BC Transit will require all transit passengers to wear face coverings on buses, in partnership with TransLink and other transportation agencies. The new rule will apply province-wide in a concerted effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in British Columbia. “While face coverings will be mandatory, the policy will be implemented as an educational step without […]

Penticton to award businesses
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 06, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Penticton’s 33rd annual Business Excellence Awards are open for nominations. The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce is looking for businesses that acknowledge both growth and development as an important part of their success, and make conscious choices to change the effects the business has on the area. Specifically, they are looking for businesses […]

City defends 5G technology
David Wylie - Aug 06, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

The City of Kelowna has something to say to 5G conspiracy theorists. “Some social media accounts have cited reports and studies that have been discredited by the scientific community about the supposed adverse health effects of 5G,” says Jazz Pabla, director of information services with the City of Kelowna, in an open letter. The city’s announcement of […]

O’Keefe Ranch needs help
Darren Handschuh - Aug 06, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

O’Keefe Ranch has been operations more than 150 years. It survived the Great Depression, two world wars and everything before and since, but a nasty little virus is putting tremendous financial strain on the historic ranch 10 minutes from Vernon on Highway 97. The ranch not only opened much later than usual this year because […]

Real estate rebounds higher
David Wylie - Aug 05, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

The local residential retail market is continuing to rebound. Residential sales in July were up 38% compared to June, reports the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB). A total of 1,094 units sold from Revelstoke to Peachland – a 35% increase compared to this time last year. “We are seeing a pent-up demand propped up […]

Nominations open for biz awards
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 05, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

The Greater Westside Board of Trade has put out a call for nominations. The Annual Key Business Awards recognizes businesses, organizations and individuals located on the Greater Westside. “In a year of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Westside Board of Trade is providing an opportunity to highlight and recognize the West Kelowna […]

‘Death midwife’ not a real job
The Canadian Press - Aug 05, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

A woman who calls herself a “death midwife” has been banned from using the title after a lengthy legal battle launched by the College of Midwives of British Columbia. The B.C. Appeal Court has overturned a lower court ruling that had granted Pashta MaryMoon the right to use the term when she argued that preventing […]

Helping tourism in pandemic
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 05, 2020 - Okanagan Biz

Tourism operators are being offered micro loans to help ease their suffering during the pandemic downturn. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) and Community Futures organizations across the region are collaborating to offer the financial assistance, as part of the Tourism Resiliency Program. The program will offer micro loans to tourism businesses starting at $200 […]