Is anyone, other than Justin Trudeau, excited about the Sept. 20 federal election?

With two kilometres of track, 1,900 hand-painted houses and 19,000 “little people,” the Osoyoos Model Railway, tucked away in the town’s industrial area, is easily worth the drive.

Sometime in the fall of 2017, I was returning to my office after attending a brief reception at a winery located off Eastside Road between Penticton and Okanagan Falls.

I was very sad to learn of the passing of not only one of Penticton’s finest citizens, but our oldest.

Craig Henderson is one of Naramata’s greatest ambassadors. A resident of the village (population: 1,800) for nearly 25 years, he loves its history, beauty and the people who live there.

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Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast had its moments — a celebration of diversity, small films being recognized, the charming setting of a railway station.

Forgive me for having a high school flashback, but one of my favourite rock/pop songwriters — top three, for sure — died this week. Jim Steinman was 73.

Although most of the media spotlight this past weekend was on the federal Liberals, the NDP also held their own three-day policy convention.


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.

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.

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.

With the announcement of Jake Kimberley stepping down from Penticton city council comes speculation on who will run to replace him in a byelection, tentatively scheduled for early June.


As much as everyone appreciates a day off with pay, I’ve never been a fan of this holiday. It was a vote-buying strategy by Christy Clark and the BC Liberals just prior to an election.

With the Julie Payette fiasco, along with revelations that high-ranking bureaucrats and police resign before they can face disciplinary action, there needs to be a review of how public-sector pensions are administered.

With the incredible amount of resources the federal government has available, why did Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fail to conduct a proper background check on Julie Payette?