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Author: Paul Byrne

Black Friday vs. The Best of the Okanagan

It’s Black Friday and I’m trembling beneath my sheets. I get up, don my housecoat, down two coffees, deck the halls and turn on the CBC news. The ghosts of Black Friday past are dancing in my head with promises of mega-sales spam missiles and Scrooge Street savings. The email money gods promised not to assault my senses or lie to me, but I know better. Pretty much every bot, every click farm and Scrooge Street banker is making stuff up in the digital world these days. I break out in a cold sweat, open my laptop, yell charge...

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A New Beginning

Democracy is far from perfect, but it is the best system we have. Over 78 days of Canadian non-perfection, 24 political parties put 1,792 candidates in front of some 26.4 million eligible Canadians to lobby, cajole, pontificate, embellish and beg for their votes. A new beginning starts with a Liberal majority with Justin Trudeau as prime minister and his promise to rebuild the Canadian middle class. Albert Einstein once said that there are only two things that might be infinite: the universe and human stupidity — and he confessed he wasn’t sure about the universe. Fitting then, that almost...

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Developing Lifestyles – a showcase of Okanagan homes

They marvel at the views. They celebrate the magnificent. They say we are lucky. They are right! They are the tourist crowd and when visitors invade the Thompson, Shuswap, Okanagan and wine country regions every year in droves, they all seem to echo a popular, yet melancholy narrative that stirs the heart and brightens the soul?—?they would like to move here too. We fully understand the visitor’s dilemma: that leaving the Okanagan elicits great emotion. Many describe their holiday becoming the precursor to a new Okanagan life, here in the amazing Wine Country of British Columbia. The housing market...

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Anyone but Harper

If Stephen were a song, Anyone But Harper would top the charts because practically everyone is singing. Call it a metamorphosis or dot-connecting or a new level of consciousness. Whatever you call it, Canadians coast to coast are rallying behind an imaginative movement to kick Stephen Harper out as prime minister. Many are calling him the worst PM in Canadian history. There is even a website aptly named anyonebutharper.com which opens with, “If you have found yourself here, you know what this page is about.” What is Stephen Harper all about? Besides turning a $13 billion surplus into the...

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Tennis life in the Okanagan

Our cover boy is an Okanagan success story who exemplifies personal perseverance, family dedication, courageous hard work, the right amount of luck and a young man’s undying love for a sport that is fast becoming one of Canada’s most loved. Canadian tennis records are falling fast and furious off the rackets of Vernon-born Vasek Pospisil and his teammates Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic. With a gaggle of top prospects in the wings, like Filip Peliwo, Canadian tennis is hot! Back in the 90s, I played a great deal of tennis and I was fortunate enough to play with many great...

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