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Year: 2016

Creating the shared space of Okanagan cities

Streetscape: public realm. It’s shared, it’s real and it affects our lives for better or worse. We know when a neighbourhood or a city street “feels good.” The scale of the buildings, sidewalk width, lawn depth, door and window placement and pattern, and a myriad of other factors combine to create that feel. When they are badly designed or lacking, we are subtly unnerved or uncomfortable. Or worse. We might not be able to quantify a good or bad streetscape or public realm, but we know it when we see it and feel it. Charles Montgomery, a globetrotting urban theorist...

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Paul’s Voice: Thank you, Donald

When John Cabot witnessed the Grand Banks off Newfoundland in 1497 he saw so many fish — the sheer numbers were hard to comprehend. Cabot wrote that the waters were so “swarming with fish that they could be taken using baskets let down and weighted with a stone. Fisheries boomed for 500 years, but by 1992 it ended. The Grand Banks cod fishery was decimated and the Canadian government was forced to close it entirely, putting 30,000 fishers out of work. In 1995, fisheries scientist Daniel Pauly coined the phrase “shifting baseline syndrome.” He described it this way: “Each...

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Raise a glass to a vintage year

When Mother Nature conspires to create a stellar harvest I step into the lagare, the deep purple juicy grapes reach nearly up to my knee. It's my first crush and I'm ecstatic. This is wine country Portugal, in the heart of the Douro Valley, where grapes are foot trodden, vineyards cling to the steep banks stretching to the sky, grapes are hand picked, and tradition reigns. Pressing grapes is a delicate undertaking, as the pressure use to squeeze grapes must be gentle enough to avoid releasing bitter tannins from the seeds. A process the Portuguese still believe is best...

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Wine reviews: fine vintage showcasing both terroir and winemaking expertise

Enjoy these fine vintage wines showcasing both terroir and winemaking expertise Fairview Cellars 2013 Pendiente De La Terraza Oliver, Okanagan Valley 1/2  $45 The grapes for this lovely 100% Cabernet Sauvignon came from the Alonso Family's Quail's Wayside vineyard. The wine has a rich fruitcake nose with hints of spice, eucalyptus and mint. Velvety smooth but will improve with further cellaring. Braised beef short ribs or bison will pair well with this opulent wine. Mt. Boucherie 2013 Summit Winemaker’s Reserve West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley 1/2 $49.95 Winemaker Jim Faulkner’s flagship blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec...

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Fiction writers wanted for annual Okanagan Short Story contest

There are many deadlines in December, but local writers are watching the calendar as the last day to submit entries to the Okanagan Short Story contest is fast approaching. The contest gives local adult fiction writers an opportunity to hone their skills, get published, and win a one-week writing residency. The submission deadline is December 30 and Assoc. Prof Michael V Smith, who teaches in UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, encourages writers to get their submissions polished off. Stories can be of any nature, just original fiction that falls between 1,000 to 4,000 words in length....

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