With six tough road games to start the regular season, the sentiment seemed to be if the Penticton Vees could hang around .500, or even a little better, they’d be in great shape.

It’s that time of the year, when the bittersweet bite of fall signals the end of summer and the start of a new school year. And back to school means all kinds of kids, walking, scooting and, of course, riding their bicycles, safely making their way along our city streets.

I stepped out the front door of the theatre last Saturday night just as the first drops of rain fell. The drops felt as big as marbles.

One of the most definitive tests of maturity is the ability to disagree respectfully.

I was glad Central Okanagan School Board chair Moyra Baxter publicly apologized to parents as hundreds are still waiting to hear if their children will be able to ride the bus as they have in the past. Baxter went on to say that it’s ultimately the responsibility of parents to get their kids…

I think I maybe turning into a bitter person remembering the good old days of gaming. A month ago I talked about how loot boxes are gambling that takes advantage of children and adults that have addictive personalities.

Four consecutive triple-platinum-selling albums, constant touring dating back to the ‘70s, 16 singles that made the Billboard top 40 ... why has Styx not been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

The starting gun went off this week. As much as we celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1, the reality for most of us is that the new season begins the Tuesday after Labour Day.

There have been more mass shootings in the United States so far this year than days in the year. CBS News predicts the U.S. will end 2019 having averaged at least one mass shooting every single day.

Of all of the patently absurd statements made by Donald Trump since his inauguration in 2017, his calling the current chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, an “enemy of the people” ranks as perhaps the most ridiculous.

Last week, in the latest U.S. mass shooting at a local St. Louis high school’s school’s football jamboree, eight-year-old Jurnee Thompson was shot and killed. The child was described in the media as “an innocent bystander” and in a public statement the local police chief said “she had done n…

There’s no chance you could have missed it. It, of course is the fact that it is Back To School time.

For years, successive B.C. governments have clung to an assisted living strategy which, literally, makes no sense. Fortunately, that is about to change. Assisted living facilities offer semi-independent housing. Some provide a single room, some an apartment-style suite. All deliver a variety…

Several decades ago as a sociology major at the University of Alberta I was intrigued by a study which featured a hidden camera to film men running on a track through a park.

Here’s a stat that, for me, is hard to believe. For the first time in history, there are more Canadians who subscribe to steraming sevices such as Netflix and Crave than cable subscribers. The biggest demographic of cable loyalists remain seniors (no surprise) and die-hard sports fans.

Over the last few weeks, two semi-autonomous states have been locked in conflict with a larger nation of which they are, theoretically, a part. But I would bet you’ve only heard about one of those conflicts.

A few months after the election, you’re not happy with the way your municipality is being run. The thought of waiting three and a half years for another election is more than you can take — what kind of trouble will these losers get into given all that time? How much more embarrassment can w…

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While elected officials in Penticton were busy sparring with city staff about making the net-metering program more attractive, counterparts in Summerland have been showing how to get it done.

The city of Vancouver has declared “conversion therapy” illegal. So has Prince Albert in Alberta. The federal government is apparently considering amendments to the criminal code that would ban conversion therapy.

I am not an experienced backpacker. The number of my ventures into nature carrying everything necessary to sustain life on my back can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

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