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Kelowna will go loud for kids health

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran has officially proclaimed May 7, 2017 as Healthy Kids Day — a day where the YMCA of Okanagan, with the support of presenting sponsor Interior Savings Credit Union, will go loud for kids health in a festival-like setting. “Children today need us,” says Mayor Basran. “Times are changing and children are no longer getting the exercise they used to. It is more important than ever that we demonstrate healthy choices to ensure a vital and prosperous local community for years to come.” Children’s health is a concern across North America. The percentage of young people who...

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Okanagan chefs ready to get their Soup’s On for a good cause

Some of the Okanagan Valley’s top chefs will be putting their best ladle forward this month at the inaugural Soup’s On events – public soup tastings held in Kelowna and Vernon and presented by Enactus Okanagan College. Soup’s On has run successfully for the past two years in Salmon Arm, which prompted OC students to serve up the initiative in other communities. “What started out as a simple idea at an Enactus meeting really came to life and was embraced by the community in Salmon Arm,” says Soup’s On project coordinator and Enactus Okanagan College member Alexandra Jacques. “I am...

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Ballet Kelowna & Okanagan Symphony Orchestra offer a cultural journey with Canadiana Suite: A Sesquicentennial Celebration

Honouring Canada’s 150th anniversary, esteemed choreographers, musicians, and dancers pay homage to our country’s rich history, diverse culture, and striking landscape Ballet Kelowna and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) join forces to close their 2016/17 seasons with Canadiana Suite: A Sesquicentennial Celebration – a special tribute performance in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, May 4 and 5 at the Kelowna Community Theatre, and May 6 at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre. The OSO brings the magic of live music celebrating Canadian music icons including R. Murray Schafer, Gordon Lightfoot, Marjan Mozetich, and Oscar Peterson with a commissioned arrangement by Lance Anderson. Ballet Kelowna will further...

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Kelowna developer Acorn Communities teams up with TV host Mike Holmes

TV host and construction expert Mike Holmes joins ground breaking at Granite at McKinley Beach development Kelowna’s Acorn Communities, chosen as a partner builder in the Holmes Approved Homes program, is teaming up with the construction expert and TV personality Mike Holmes on their latest project, Granite at McKinley Beach. “We’re very honoured to be recognized by Mike Holmes and to share the same commitment to quality work and for our clients,” says Greg Bird, who founded Acorn Committees in 2000. “Building excellence drives us; we want your home to be everything you expect it to be, for both you and...

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New tool helps estimate spread of genetically modified pollen

Food purists may have cause to celebrate thanks to a recent international study directed by the University of British Columbia. The study, which evaluated the spread of genetically modified (GM) organisms to non-modified crops, has implications from farm to family. “Trying to figure out how far GM pollen will travel is really difficult,” says study co-author Rebecca Tyson, associate professor of mathematics at UBC Okanagan. “It is important to have accurate tools to estimate this, so that unintentional cross-pollination of GM material to non-GM crops can be minimized.” According to, genetically modified crops in Canada are mostly located in...

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