Shivers sets sights on allergies
Columnists Jun 12, 2019

By Tom Kernaghan Kate Shivers is an allergy-reaction detective. And the offenders are the stressors that cause all manner of challenges in our bodies and our lives. Her mission is to identify these culprits and then exile them. Like any good detective, she knows it’s about evidence in the story, so she works holistically with […]

Playfulness of psychic life
Columnists Jun 05, 2019

By Tom Kernaghan “One thing I like to do is walk down the street and pretend I’m an alien who has dropped into my body from outer space and has never seen any of this… And notice how quickly my mind wants to give (everything) a story.” These lines perfectly capture the electric clarity and […]

Hanson does it all … her way
Columnists May 22, 2019

By Tom Kernaghan “To be human is to have a limited understanding of what it is I think I see.” This line, from one of Cherie Hanson’s many mind-jolting blog posts, says volumes about the awakening effect she can have on people. I’m going to go a little gonzo and put myself in the story, […]

Do you and money get along?
Columnists May 08, 2019

By Sharon Davison Money is the last taboo. Try talking to someone about what they make, what they owe, or what savings they have or hope to have, and you will likely be met with a range of reactions or emotions. Ask them how their relationship with money is, and you might get a blank stare. […]

Chamber has mussel concerns
Biz Releases May 08, 2019

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is concerned about the impact an tiny mussel could have on the region. Earlier this year, it was announced an endangered mussel native to Okanagan Lake was being harmed by milfoil harvesting. The Okanagan Basin Water Board has managed invasive Eurasian milfoil in the Okanagan for more than four […]

Canada losing its edge
Columnists Nov 09, 2018

By Fred McMahon Say you’re a store owner and your competitor across the street offers everything at lower prices, with higher quality and a friendlier attitude. You’re in trouble. If your competitor was on the other side of the city, things might be a bit better. But across the street? That’s roughly where Canada finds […]

Feds answer to mussel worry
Biz Releases Mar 07, 2018

The federal government has told the Okanagan Basin Water Board that it “takes very seriously” risks posed by zebra and quagga mussels, after the board raised concerns last month. In a letter issued on Feb. 19, Minister of Fisheries Dominic LeBlanc said the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will soon be meeting with the B.C. government […]

Tough year for milfoil
Biz Releases Aug 24, 2017

It’s not something James Littley is happy about but his prediction of more milfoil than normal growing in Okanagan Valley lakes this year has come true. “We have a 10 tonne truck and that is loaded every day from the South to the North Okanagan,” said Littley, the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s operations and grants manager. […]

Flexing federal mussels
Biz Releases May 11, 2017

While many people are worried at the moment about too much water in the Okanagan Valley, there are also concerns about the future of area lakes – in particular the threat of zebra and quagga mussels. A delegation from the Okanagan Basin Water Board sets out for talks in Ottawa at the end of the […]