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The Best Medicine – Dr. Mike Ertel

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 […]

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Selah Outdoor Explorations

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 […]

Doug Cox – Preserving History

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

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

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 […]

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Global Citizenship

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 […]

Addiction

Addiction

The clean cut young man doesn’t look up from his seat in the waiting room at Crossroads Treatment Centre in Kelowna. Neither does the woman I take to be his mother. A large suitcase leans on his legs. Clearly, he’s come to stay a while; probably for Crossroads’ 42-day residential addiction treatment program. A staff […]