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Author: Paul Byrne

Paul’s Voice: the truth about liars

It has been said that “all truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” In this issue of Okanagan Life we celebrate truth. Whether it be the science of UBCO professors Stephen Porter and Michael Woodworth, whose seminal work about lie detection and deception is redefining how science sees ourselves—or the pure wonder of the Okanagan’s greatest winemakers and wines, with the exciting winners of the 2nd Annual Best of BC Wine Awards. Back in its infancy, the Okanagan wine industry consisted of few choices—Calona Red,...

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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. 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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