Members of the BC Chamber of Commerce will be in Whistler, British Columbia, from May 31 to June 2 for their 71st AGM and Conference. More than 170 delegates from across the province will gather to discuss important issues impacting businesses.

Dear Tony: We have a situation in our strata corporation that has caused a fair amount of confusion. A 55-plus resident has passed away and the younger spouse, who is 48, remains in the unit.

British Columbia’s retail landscape is about to get a lot more cooperative for independents – and increasingly competitive toward big chains and provincially operated B.C. Cannabis Stores.

Pushor Mitchell LLP, a leading law firm in the Okanagan, is proud to announce it has received Canada's Small and Medium Employer Award for 2023. Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition is presented by Mediacorp Canada Inc. and is awarded to organizations that demonstrate excellence in creatin…

Owners, local cadets, Chamber of Commerce representatives and dignitaries cut the ribbon at the new Hungry Bear Power Bites Cafe, located at Penticton Regional Airport.

Dear Tony: I was transferred to work in Taiwan for the past five years and have returned to my condo in Vancouver.


Nicole Clark is returning to the president’s chair of the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce after holding the past president’s role over the past two years.


The Bumwrap has been an icon in Penticton, and the Okanagan for a long long time, especially when it comes to retail brick and mortar stores. What has the secret to its success and longevity been?

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Have you ever perused the skincare aisle and thought “Where do I even start?”. Do you ever Google your skincare questions and feel more overwhelmed after trying to find the answer? Would it be helpful to be able to talk to a real person and not feel like their just trying to sell you on the …

Dear Tony: At our recent annual meeting, one person registered with 22 proxies. No one knew this person and there were some strange situations with the proxies.


Phil Reed grew up in West Kelowna, but he will be raising his family in Japan because of the high cost of housing here.

Despite the headwinds created by rapidly rising interest rates, Kelowna still recorded its fourth highest number of residential building permits in the last 10 years.

Less than two years after Beauty and the Blade made the move to a successful downtown studio, they’re ready to grow again! Partners Lucy and Jenny have worked with many clients, offering cosmetic tattoos and regular tattoos, as well as operating a popular makeup and photography studio where …

Dear Tony: We are a bare land strata of only 24 units. Our common expenses are road maintenance, snow removal, insurance, street utilities and our gate maintenance.

Penticton Toyota recently donated $2,500 to the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre. Along with regular donations, Penticton Toyota provided the centre with an RAV4 through the Toyota Cars for Good program. This vehicle is an important resource in extending the home visit services to com…

Business leaders who want to help shape and contribute to Penticton’s business community are encouraged to run in the Chamber’s 2023 election for the chance to serve a two-year term on the board of directors.

Dear Tony: We are a medium-size contractor in B.C. that provides exclusive services to strata corporations. This includes products, installation, maintenance and emergency calls.

Pity the poor politician or public servant who has to decide matters of great moment in important areas of public policy. Their inevitable critics are vociferous and often very loud. Often, groups of citizens organize specifically to frustrate the efforts of the policy-makers.

Several daily newspapers in Ontario are soon scaling back print delivery to three days per week.

Dear Tony: I am new to my strata council, and at our first meeting our property manager gave us a list of amounts outstanding with a request for instructions on how to proceed with collections. The total is over $31,000 for an insurance deductible of $10,000 from 2018, damages to the buildin…

Dear Tony: Can a strata corporation be held responsible for repairs to a strata lot when there is damages caused as a result of negligence? Our strata council decided to be misers with our expenses this fall and did not have the routine gutter, roof and drain cleaning performed. It was appro…

VANCOUVER — British Columbia has become the first province in Canada to require a three-day waiting period for buyers after they’ve signed an agreement to purchase a home.

Looking back at the holidays, most of Kelowna International Air­port’s 100-plus flight cancellations and delays were due to extreme weather conditions shutting down or severely limiting flights out of other airports such as Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle.

Staff members of the Barley Mill Brew Pub are pictured at this week’s 40th anniversary celebration of the local establishment. DJ Skye provided the music followed by the open mic with Tristan Telle.

Dear Tony: Our strata council are proposing we adopt a 55-and- over bylaw for all residents, at our annual general meeting on Dec. 29.


Dear Tony: With the changes coming to strata rentals, will the current strata corporations somehow be grandfathered? We currently have two enforcement issues on going regarding rentals. If the bylaws are no longer enforceable, how do we deal with the enforcement issues?

From left, James Ludvigson, social political activist, Chef Adam O’Brien and James Miller. political pundit, taste test The Barking Parrot’s newest $6.95 chili bowl that’s being added to the menu this week. Ludvigson, a regular at the pub for years, suggested a chili be added to the menu for…