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Year: 2017

Novel backgrounder

Beneath the whirr and buzz of coee grinders, I sit with Okanagan author Ashley Little as she tells me about the inception of her most recent novel, Niagara Motel.

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Helping Syrian refugees find their way in a new world

As seen in our pages. Diddy Evans (centre) felt powerless as she watched the horrors of the war in Syria unfold. “Then I found an opportunity to do something for people who have endured so much,” she says, explaining why she volunteers with a group helping Syrian refugee families in Summerland. In spring 2016, the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group welcomed the Al Abdulrahman and Al Sheblaqe families, bringing the number of Syrian families in the town to three. e local United Church sponsored the Al Betar family in 2015. Evans is part of the team helping Adnan and Hadya...

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Okanagan Centre for Innovation recognized as Best in BC

Centre awarded Stan Rogers Memorial Award The Okanagan Centre for Innovation was announced winner of the Stan Rogers Memorial Award at the British Columbia Economic Development Association Summit this week in Victoria, B.C. The award recognizes the major project that has had the most significant impact on a local economy in B.C. each year. Successful projects demonstrate a mixture of public and private investment and create significant employment and community building opportunities. Previous winners include City of Surrey’s Innovation Boulevard and Chilliwack’s Canada Education Park. The Regional District of Central Okanagan’s Economic Development Commission was pleased to work with the Kelowna...

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Downtown Vernon: City Centre evolution

Vernon’s historic city centre is buzzing with the kind of renewed vitality that attracts residents and draws visitors.

Recent construction projects update and blend with familiar streetscapes, taking advantage of easy access to the host of retail outlets, restaurants, pro-fessional services, arts and cultural venues already available.

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Okanagan literary festival ‘puts Vernon on the map’ with award-winning writers hosting workshops

There’s a novelist who’s written a bestseller about Daniel Boone, a non-fiction writer who voyages to Antarctica, an award-winning playwright whose work is being staged at this moment in Saskatchewan, and a poet whose name is more or less synonymous with creative writing in the Okanagan... the lineup of “big and local” names hosting workshops at the upcoming second annual Spoke Literary Festival means Okanagan writers don’t have to go far to learn from some of the best in Can Lit. “You don’t have to go to a big centre to get a really high quality writing workshop experience,”...

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