By far the largest consumption of natural gas occurs in the northern portions of the Northern Hemisphere. This is where the location away from the warmer southern climates, and the location in the interior of large land masses, result in large consumptions of natural gas for heating.


When community relations manager Debra Saunders was working on bios for the Summerland Seniors Village newsletter, she spent significant time interviewing Les Johnson, a long-time Summerlander who had recently celebrated a milestone birthday.

What does it feel like, to live in fear? Not the short-term fear, that an oncoming car won’t stop in time. The long-term, constant fear that you, through no fault of your own, are a target for violence. Just because of who you are.


As we think about the message of Easter, let me share a couple of illustrations that Christians believe about Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.

With Mars now the most intensively explored planet in the Solar System after ours, it is not surprising that we are continually having to review our ideas and preconceptions.

The District of Summerland announced the receipt of a $625,000 grant from the federal “Build Back Better” fund presented in the fall Economic Statement 2020.

We're familiar with the feeling of coming out of another Okanagan winter, but this season was unlike any of us have never seen before, occuring in the midst of the pandemic.

Over days, stresses had been building up in a big magnetic loop extending upward from the surface of the Sun. The solar wind, flowing outwards at hundreds of kilometres a second was dragging it upwards, stretching it.

Last weekend, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh presented the NDP’s plan to help young people thrive instead of being buried in student loan debt.

Canada’s two top military officers, General Jonathan Vance and Admiral Art McDonald, are under investigation for charges of sexual misconduct.


In previous media releases Interior Health has stated publicly that the move to repatriate the contracts from Pathways was part of a larger plan throughout the province and not due to any lack of services that Pathways has provided.

Microsoft’s takeover of game developer Bethesda has been finalized. Microsoft now owns all the Bethesda studios and their rights. What this means for gamers is all of Bethesda’s library of past games are now on Microsoft’s Game Pass.

Many of us are captivated by the bizarre political drama currently playing out below our southern border.

This week, directors with the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen will receive a first draft of a new communications policy. Included is who should be the official media spokesperson for the board.


EDITOR'S NOTE: In recognition of St. Patrick's Day, we are running this excerpt from a novel by Penticton writer Russ McDevitt. McDevitt was born in Ireland and is proud of his Irish heritage.

The current controversy in Summerland is the “green washing” of the $7 million proposed solar array. What seems to have been lost in the discussion? The fact is Summerland is lucky to be able to consider an alternative energy project because it owns its electrical utility.


I grew up on the edge of a sprawling conurbation in Birmingham, England. If I stood on a local hill and gazed to the east, I would see the neon orange lights of endless back streets and factories of the industrial heartland — the pumping heart of a nation. As its arteries zigzagged out to th…

We call the people we send into space “astronauts” — sailors of the stars, and the Russians call theirs “cosmonauts” — sailors of the cosmos. At the moment we are scarcely out of our cosmic backyard, but we have ambitions. We have spacecraft that have now left the Solar System; however, it w…


Last year, Gord Portman saved two people in a house fire in Penticton. When he saw his picture in the local newspaper, he said to himself, “Oh boy I need help.”

Premier John Horgan got it wrong. I’m talking about the Site C decision to persevere with what I am sure will turn out to be the biggest white elephant in the province’s history.

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I am coming up to my one-year anniversary of writing this column. In those 12 months, I do not believe I have quoted Pope Francis.

With the news cycle we’ve been having in Penticton, today seems like the perfect day for an All-Good-News edition. Keeping with the theme of today’s special edition, I offer these pleasant observations.

In the “Chicken soup for the soul” book entitled, Find your happiness, Maureen C. Bruschi tells the story of a time when she was quite ill at work and wishing she was at her home in Long Island.

The federal government in Ottawa has approved a bill that would allow Canadians suffering from “grievous and irremediable mental illnesses” — the wording comes from a Canadian Press report — to opt for a medically assisted death.

As I was working at my dining room table early Monday morning, assembling the stories and photos for this week’s paper, some movement through the window beside me caught my eye.