Day: January 18, 2013

The Best Medicine – Dr. Mike Ertel

The revolving door swishes open with the arrival of sick or injured people and clicks closed as hundreds of treated patients depart. This is the daily dance of the emergency department and for Dr. Mike Ertel, it’s more tango than waltz. Dr. Mike has donned some different caps during his 16 years at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH): full-time emergency room physician, former chief and medical director of the ER and, until recently, medical director of emergency services for Interior Health. But like the chaos inherent in his specialty, this doctor thrives on challenge and change. Meet the latest chief...

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Selah Outdoor Explorations

I’m deep in the woods, in the dark, with my three young children trudging through huge drifts of snow as we search for a way back home. A strange man emerges from the bushes and stops us in our tracks. In a twisted Scottish accent he describes the gory details of a scalp-scraping bear attack on his friend, Chief Short Legs. He points the way towards a fire pit where other travellers have been known to rest and dine on chocolate fondue. It’s just the beginning of an adventure full of mystery, history and Canadian culture. We’re on Crystal...

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Doug Cox – Preserving History

Doug Cox says it’s a hobby that has gotten completely out of hand.

Although his books recounting area history have been local bestsellers for decades, as a child he wasn’t particularly interested in reading or writing. He was, however, blessed with a natural curiosity.

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Hockey Fans – Les Misérables

Most hockey fans believe that the NHL lockout has been a necessary epic struggle, not unlike the game itself and not dissimilar from the French historical novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables. Pitting mere mortal millionaire hockey players against the aristocratic billionaire owners should make for a blockbuster musical.

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Best of the Okanagan Special Winners Section

You voted them the best. Now they’re thanking you. The businesses featured in this section would like to show their appreciation to Okanagan Life readers for voting them among 2012’s Best of the Okanagan. They consider it a great honour to be recognized by you. We expect these businesses will continue to work to serve you beyond your expectations in 2013. Download...

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Global Citizenship

When Roger Perry returned home a few days before Christmas and saw the pile of gifts for his grandchildren under the tree, he felt utter despair. “The children we saw had so little and we had so much,” he says. On a fact-finding mission in Ethiopia, Roger, who is the district Rotary Foundation chair and a member of the Rotary Club of Kalamalka (Vernon), was asked by the driver if he wanted to visit the local school. When he stepped inside and his eyes adjusted to the gloom, he discovered children sitting on long benches—no pens, no books, just...

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