Over the last 40 plus years, fat became, and has remained a controversial food. Back in the 1980s we were told by the government that saturated fat caused heart disease and to avoid it at all costs.

What is a friend? We seem to analyze the hell out of that word when dealing with our own lives, but throw out everything we have learned and generalize what the word means when dealing with dogs.

B.C.’s health minister says the province is working to set up a lab in Vancouver to determine if respirators and other equipment meet safety standards.

I remember as a kid my mom saying things like, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day...” and, “You've got to get something healthy in you so you can concentrate in school ...”

While I walk, almost anytime of the day, I am chatted and squawked at by the Ravens in town. Sometimes they just feel like talking and making their presence known. At other times they decide to drop things on me that they have carried in their beaks as they sit perched high up in a tall tree…

The Okanagan Valley is holding its own with regard to COVID-19 related mental health issues. The good news is true for all corners of the Interior Health Authority.

The speed at which B.C.’s economy re-starts will depend on careful and deliberate decisions made by business owners, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says.


Horns honked, and sirens wailed as residents cheered, clapped, banged on pots and noise makers, sang, held up thank you signs, even a 4 piece band of youngsters.

Many people tell me “our next car will be electric.” In other words, they see the advantages, but feel the technology, price or range is not quite there yet. Which makes me wonder: is it better to make a small change today, or a large change in the future?

Amigo Diego Alcaraz of Penticton (centre) submitted this 2012 photo in recognition of today’s Cinco de Mayo. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Penticton Amigos of Mexico is not holding a traditional celebration, but Mr. Alcaraz wanted to extend best wishes to the Mexican community in the South O…

Many of us are shaking our heads at images of Americans protesting in the streets to open up the country in the middle of a pandemic.

The following were the five most-read stories on The Herald’s website for the week of April 26-May 2.

The South Okanagan Loss Society has turned to technology to support those experiencing loss and grief during this time of physical distance and the need to stay at home.

There have been many rapid changes to protect all of us from the spread of COVID-19. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or even depressed as a result, know that you are not alone and that help is available.

Both socially and physically distanced, Penticton Lions secretary Bob Elliott presents $1,000 to the Salvation Army food bank to Major Paul Trickett. The donation was approved by the Lions’ membership, via email. The Lions understand that more people, many of whom have never done so in the p…

In the third part of an Outdoors page series on biking in the Okanagan, Garry Norkum, owner of Cyclepath in Kelowna, provides more point-form tips for bike riding, maintenance and repair:


Whether it is cannabis or tobacco, if you smoke or vape, you are putting yourself at higher risk of infection from COVID-19 and are more likely to develop a serious illness than if you were a non-smoker.


Jillie Bean, a five-month old Pomeranian/Papillon mix now works at The Herald. She is owned by Penny Brown of our classified department and comes to the office most days.


In these times of high anxiety, I hope all our readers are doing well and practicing all the widely publicised precautions such as physical distancing, quarantining, hand washing and so on.

We’re starting to get a better picture of what learning will look like for B.C.’s K-12 students as school resumed this week, following a two-week spring break in most school districts.

On the Moon, the sky is black and if you shade your eyes from the bright Sun and Earth; you can see stars in the daytime.

These are certainly unsettling days to say the very least. Yet it is in times of uncertainty such as this that we see the best of our community emerge.

Scouting has taken many forms over the 110 years that it has existed in our district. And yet it has stayed true to its founding principles.

OVERVIEW: Those seeking decisions on actions to be taken are feeling the pressure. Try not to be impatient with those you need on your side. There may be some hoops to jump through by you or them. Do whatever helps to make you relax while you wait.

Although I can still see some snow on the mountains when I look out my living room window, the buds on the trees and bulbs poking up through the ground are welcome signs of spring.

Brushing teeth after meals can prevent tooth decay, save dental bills, and avoid halitosis. But not many know that brushing the tongue helps the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, immune system, and prevents a shocking number of diseases. So, how is the tongue associated with so many diverse probl…

OVERVIEW: Consolidate data or messages so they can be viewed quickly. This is important to the end game. Discuss short cuts that can be cost saving measures when all is said and done. Those wishing to move on to other things should take their stuff and go. Sort out the emotional reasons for …

OVERVIEW: Those feeling out of sorts should get more sleep or stay home. Others around you don’t need to be put on edge by this. Do some soul searching to tune into where you should be placing your focus. Balance needs with wants. Flirtations can create a fun distraction if you have time on …

Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, wrote “There is a stupid corner in the brain of every wise man.” The best current example is the appalling lack of action by the Chinese government to fight COVID-19 with high doses of vitamin C — both as a clinical treatment for those who are infected and a…

New research from the UBC’s Okanagan campus, Harvard Medical School and Michigan State University suggests that levitating human plasma may lead to faster, more reliable, portable and simpler disease detection.

If you’re one of the many readers who set their 2020 Vision for health and have been following along in this eight-weeks series, you should be right about the halfway mark.

OVERVIEW: The week begins under the influence of mercury turning retrograde so be ready for things to stall or back up. Avoid signing anything that is not already decided or drawn up, etc. This happens close to Neptune. There will be some fudging of the facts, masking the truth or outright d…

OVERVIEW: The week starts under the influence of waning moon energy during the night. Egos should be cooling allowing for some dialogue. There is no need to be a wrecking ball, as no one wins when everyone’s house is flattened. It’s better to convince others to give you the keys.

How long will patients, those dying in pain, have to endure the political nonsense surrounding the law, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)? The government has announced it will conduct yet another survey to determine if Canadians want to modify its incomplete law. Why another survey, another…