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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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Kelowna on the forefront of technological innovation in Canada

Kelowna's new Okanagan Centre for Innovation is now open. Kelowna Mayor Basran and Premier Christy Clark official opened the tech centre on Friday. The six-storey, 9,728 sq.m. state-of-the-art centre is designed to help build Canada’s most innovative, creative and entrepreneurial technology community. “The Okanagan’s technology sector is thriving – and has the potential to keep growing and creating more and more jobs,” Premier Christy Clark said. “We are investing in the Okanagan Centre for Innovation to provide entrepreneurs with the skills, guidance and workspace they need to take their ideas and businesses to the next level.” Conceived by a...

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Wine and golf: taking it to the pros

Mt. Boucherie Winery has signed on to be the official wine partner of the 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship. An official event on PGA Tour Champions, the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship features the world's premier golfers aged 50 and older competing for a US$ 2.5 million purse. Tournament play will be held on the Jack and Steve Nicklaus co-designed mountain Course in Victoria September 11 to 17. “Pacific Links is proud to extend this established event to support local companies, and we are delighted to be partnering with the outstanding Mt. Boucherie Winery,” said Rudy Anderson, President of Pacific Links International. Mt. Boucherie will...

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Bickley claims back-to-back OC Half Marathon titles, Dayman tops women

Kelowna’s Brad Bickley returned to Okanagan College’s annual half marathon on Sunday and claimed his second title in as many years. Bickley placed first in the 15th annual event with a finishing time of 1:13. Patrick Schryburt finished second at 1:17 and Jeff Vogt’s time of 1:19 was good enough for third. In the female half marathon, three Kelowna runners took the top spots. Tracy Dayman was first (1:33), Heather Greig was second (1:40) and Carolyn Hawes finished third (1:43). In the 10 KM event Kelowna women dominated with the winning time posted by Jane Jones (44:56), followed by Rachel...

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UBC raises more than $75,000 at annual athletic scholarship breakfast

It was a morning of accolades, accomplishments and astonishments at the Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast Friday morning. Close to 350 people gathered for the 12th annual breakfast, which not only recognizes student accomplishments but also raises money for the student athlete scholarship endowments. While the point of the event is to raise money, the gathered audience—including university officials—were caught off guard as student speaker Megan Festival announced her family will donate $25,000 to the Heat women’s volleyball team. Bidding a bittersweet farewell to university sports, the soon-to-be graduate thanked UBC for the many opportunities that came her...

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