There’s nothing like summer in the Okanagan, am I right? Long, lazy, sunny summer days spent at the beach, in the hammock under a tree in the backyard or relaxing with a cold drink on the deck.


Allan Gee, an announcer at EZ Rock, won the celebrity rib sauce competition at the Penticton Rotary Ribfest. Here is his winning recipe:

OVERVIEW: Fiery Mars enters the sign of Leo so we will see strong egos trying to capture the spotlight as they see themselves as entitled to do so.

Wednesday was National Canoe Day so it was appropriate that a close relative of the canoe was the focus of the past week’s outdoor activities.

OVERVIEW: Its a good idea to sleep in a bit longer if you need to recover; this will be a lesson for those who should cut back or quit. Discuss it with those affected by your behaviour. Take off rose-coloured glasses if you are expecting them to change. Know when to move on. There is still t…

Years ago, I nearly made a bad decision. I was asked to attend a pain conference and initially declined. The meeting was about treating pain and other medical problems with low intensity light therapy (LILT).

Almond, coconut, cashew, hemp, soya, rice, oat, flax, and, of course ,dairy. All types of milk, but which one(s) promote health and which promote health problems?

The Okanagan Rail Trail was dusty on Monday as our Okanagan E-bikers Plus group cycled the 53 kilometres from Woodsdale Road in Lake Country to Coldstream and back. The Trek Powerfly 5 e-bike and its panniers were so dirty that they got a water spray wash at home, but quickly dried in the hot sun.

OVERVIEW: Those hanging on to what they see as tradition come across as narrow-minded to those who are trying to move with the times. Be willing to adjust to the new reality or be left in the dust.

Today, we face a recurrence of measles because some parents have refused to have their children vaccinated. This error reminded me of a time several years ago when I interviewed Professor Etienne-Emile Baulieu, a researcher at the famous Pasteur Institute in Paris. Today, parents and childre…


Most dog lovers know about the instant happiness that comes with sharing their lives with a Dog, but many of us remain unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that also come with snuggling up to a furry friend. Studies have begun to show the benefits of the human-animal bond scien…

Abortion became legal in Canada in 1969. I faced a dilemma. I had written a book titled “On Being A Woman – The Woman’s Guide to Gynecology.” It supported a woman’s right to control her own body, including the right to abortion.

OVERVIEW: Expectation may not match reality as the week begins. Shine some light into grey areas to help with the decision-making process. Look behind emotional drama to find what’s causing it. They are doing this to get attention or leverage, so don’t be played. Some soul searching is neede…

This week’s column is a friendly challenge to doctors, members of parliament, senators, lawyers, and readers. The challenge is to inform me why a simple approach to medical assistance in dying (MAID) would not be fair to all Canadians and also apply to those in the U.S.

What began as a five-week pilot project to gauge demand for no-barrier mental health services has evolved into a permanent walk-in-wellness clinic on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Every year, for the nine years, Penticton resident Shawna Fletcher’s summer culminates with an annual two-day cycling weekend, one she trains for throughout the spring and summer. 

Whether or not you investigate food or even check out the occasional label, you've likely heard the terms GMO and organic. But do you really know what they are? Or the difference between the two? Don't worry, you're not alone. Most people regularly interchange one for the other when they are…

Including a charity in your will can be a great way to leave a lasting legacy. The South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Medical Foundation is teaming together with the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen to host a public Will & Estate planning seminar on Monday, June 3 at …

OVERVIEW: Those seeking adventure or excitement should consider the cost. If it seems worth it then go ahead while avoiding prying eyes. Dodge those asking too many questions that are none of their business. See if there is a future relationship or association, if so let it develop naturally.

Napoleon Bonaparte once required a soldier for a dangerous mission. The story goes that he ordered several soldiers to face a firing squad. He then chose the one who showed no tendency to move his bowels.

Chronic Condition written by the Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson argues that Canada's health care system needs to be dragged into the 21st century.

OVERVIEW: Check deadlines to make sure things are done within allowed time frames. Avoid aimless running around trying to get others to participate; matters need to be handled personally.

If you think about the last time you worked through a task that required thinking and performing, you were using three important brain processing skills:

Delivering just the right dose of radiation for cancer patients is a delicate balance in their treatment regime. However, in a new study from UBC Okanagan and Duke University, researchers have developed a system they say may improve the ability to maximize radiation doses to cancer tissues w…

Everyone is talking about reducing their plastic consumption in cosmetics, household goods, andcleaning supplies, but what about your pet’s plastic waste?

OVERVIEW: Powerful feelings are internalized, waiting for the right moment to be expressed. This can come across as resistance, so don’t poke the bear.

Several years ago, while taking up the sport of skiing, I suffered a severe fall which injured my muscles in my lower back. Although there were no broken bones, no amount of pain pills or creams could alleviate my muscle pain. I knew that I was headed toward serious trouble.

OVERVIEW: Comparing notes leads to intense brainstorming as each tries to prove their point or present a version of the facts. Keep personal feelings in check or relationships could be strained.

Most men struggle to understand the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, UBC Okanagan researchers have found Professors Joan Bottorff and John Oliffe with the UBC’s Men’s Health Research Program found many men are in the dark about the disease — and, more importantly, what direction t…

OVERVIEW: Say something nice to elevate the mood of those around you. This leads to plans to get together or dine out later. Ease tense situations by discussing priorities and putting other matters aside now. Changes or surprises are refreshing. Lighten the load of responsibility this week o…

Are you handy at fixing things, and have a little extra time on your hands to donate to a worthwhile cause? If that is you, you may want to consider volunteering at a future Repair Café event.

Do you have trouble getting to sleep? Are you counting sheep and getting nowhere? Today, for many people a good night’s sleep is an elusive dream.

Each year, over 20 million kilograms of textile waste end up in landfills — just in the Metro Vancouver area alone. Adding up to 17 pounds, or roughly the weight of 44 t-shirts, per person annually.

The bulk store: the holy grail of zero-waste shopping. No longer are you forced to choose between the lesser of two packaged products, at bulk stores you are free to take as much as you need, in the packaging you choose with Bring Your Own Container programs or BYOC. It’s a dream. Here are a…

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