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UBC announces $100-million fundraising campaign to help students

UBC Okanagan is embarking on the largest fundraising campaign for students in its 12-year history. The Blue & Gold Campaign for Students aims to raise $100 million across both UBC campuses over three years to give promising students access to a life-changing education. “Donors in the Okanagan have already played a crucial role in building our campus and shaping what it is today,” says Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-chancellor and Principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus. “We are equally committed to building greater supports for students to ensure the best and the brightest from near and far have access to a...

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Penticton volunteers number tops 300 as city opens its hearts to Canada’s top women curlers

The City of Penticton is opening its heart to Canada’s top women curlers and fans for the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, scheduled for Jan. 27-Feb. 4 at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. The host committee announced today that the number of registered volunteers has topped 300. Each will offer 30 or more hours of their time to make the week in the South Okanagan an unforgettable stay for the estimated 50,000 fans who will attend the championship. “Penticton has proven itself to be an excellent host for major sport events thanks to the efforts of the...

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New year brings new part-time viticulture courses to Okanagan

While wine lovers will have to wait months – if not years – to sip and savour 2018 Okanagan vintages, 2018 is poised to be a very good year right from the start for anyone looking to learn the art and science of grape growing in the region. Three new part-time viticulture courses starting in January at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus will offer students a flexible way to gain the skills and knowledge needed to work in or manage a commercial vineyard. Previously, the courses have only been available to students enrolled in the full-time Viticulture Technician diploma program....

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Okanagan curlers aiming for Olympics

Hurry and cheer hard for the home team during the 2017 Roar of the Rings. Curlers John Morris and his Vernon rink – including Jim Cotter, second stone Catlin Schneider and lead Tyrel Griffith – will be throwing stones in Ottawa Dec. 2 to 10 in hopes of making the 2018 Winter Olympics in February. “To get back to an Olympic trials is quite a process, it takes a few years, so to get back there feels absolutely phenomenal,” says Cotter. It’s déjà vu for the team – though they’re hoping for a different result than last time. Four years ago, Morris, Cotter and Griffith made it all the way to the Roar of the Rings final before losing to eventual Olympic gold-medalist Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Cotter called the loss “a motivator.” “To get that close lights a fire under you, and you definitely want to put yourself back in that position. To be that close just makes you that much more hungry,” he said. Meanwhile, Morris – who won Olympic gold in 2010 playing third for Kevin Martin – said the team learned from the loss. “There were just a lot of emotions in that game, and I think we let off the gas pedal a bit and we weren’t at our sharpest in the final. So, we’re going to prepare for a grind for...

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Stuart Park: Outdoor skating in downtown Kelowna

  Get ready to lace up your skates and take to the ice at Stuart Park outdoor ice rink. The outdoor rink will be open starting Dec. 1 from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily through to late February, weather permitting. “It’s our seventh season and we’ve added a few new things this year. Skaters will really like the new fire pit for warming up when it’s cold, and of course we have the Canada 150 banners around the rink,” said Steve Fagan, Arenas and Stadiums Supervisor. Stuart Park Outdoor Skating Rink Webcam Skaters are encouraged to check the webcam...

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