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Author: Paul Byrne

Real giants, superstars and Titans

In early March 1992, 60 business people gathered at the Four Season’s Racquet Club in Kelowna to display their personalities for the cover of Okanagan Life’s Progress issue. This was a hybrid magazine created by Okanagan Life and Okanagan Business to celebrate the people, stories and faces behind the great business community that powered the local economy of the day. Perhaps Progress was the first Facebook? In 1992 the Okanagan was benefitting from free market growth or, as it was known, the boom years. These Cover Men and Cover Women were the giants, the superstars and the Titans of...

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Living on the Edge

Trestle Ridge 5730 Mountainside Drive, Kelowna Perched above the Village of Kettle Valley, the new neighbourhood of Trestle Ridge offers all the amenities and community features celebrated in the Upper Mission with unparalleled views. The showhome offers a grand entrance, modern kitchen and an expansive floor plan. The Edge subdivision features half-acre lots with space for an outdoor kitchen, pool and an expansive yard, including room to park your collector cars, trailer or boat. trestleridge.ca Lots: 45, 15 released  Style: Craftsman, cottage revival, Mediterranean, Okanagan modern Amenities: hiking trails, oversized lots   As seen in Okanagan Life No Downloads...

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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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Folk music tour: Ellen Froese & Derek Curtis @ Barley Station brew Pub | Salmon Arm | British Columbia | Canada
Coming together over the Canadian Border, Ellen Froese and Derek Curtis will be touring across Western Canada and playing their folk music from Saskatchewan through British Columbia. With Ellen hailing from Saskatoon and Derek from[...]
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Folk music tour: Ellen Froese & ... @ The Grateful Fed
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Folk music tour: Ellen Froese & Derek Curtis @ The Grateful Fed | Kelowna | British Columbia | Canada
Coming together over the Canadian Border, Ellen Froese and Derek Curtis will be touring across Western Canada and playing their folk music from Saskatchewan through British Columbia. With Ellen hailing from Saskatoon and Derek from[...]
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7:30 pm Burton Cummings @ Kelowna’s Community Theatre
Burton Cummings @ Kelowna’s Community Theatre
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm
Burton Cummings @ Kelowna’s Community Theatre | Kelowna | British Columbia | Canada
Canadian music icon to perform in Kelowna in October Burton Cummings, one of the most celebrated rock artists in Canadian music history, will perform at Kelowna’s Community Theatre at 7;30 p.m. on Tuesday October 17[...]

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