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Here comes summer! Okanagan summer camps

No longer defined by canoes and crafts, drafty cabins and spidery pit toilets, summer camps for kids have evolved into a smorgasbord of opportunities. Here are a few possibilities to inspire the future celebs, super athletes and scientists of the Okanagan.   The Rock Garden Boot Camp, Vernon Long gone are the days of basket weaving, swimming and canoeing, and a once a week horseback riding session for the lucky ones, as the only summer camp options for kids. Day campers or overnighters can explore a huge variety of activities like computer camps, boot camps, cheerleading, fitness, triathlon, mountain biking, rowing, instrumental music, choir...

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Predictably Irrational: frank talk with author and researcher Dan Ariely

Okanagan Life Editor Paul Byrne spoke with Dan Ariely about his book, Predictably Irrational, his TED talks and his seminal research that shines much needed light on the hidden forces that shape human decisions, behaviors and also answers the questions about why humans cheat—especially when it comes to money. (Editor's Note: I bought five copies of Predictably Irrational to give to my children years ago. It is one of my favourite books that I believe should be required reading by Politicians of all nations.) The (Dis)Honesty Project is also available online. OL: You attended the Decepticon Conference with UBCO’s...

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A Good End: a look at doctor-assisted death

As the June 6 deadline approaches for the federal government to impose doctor-assisted death legislation, we revisit one of our stories looking at both sides of the right-to-die debate within the Okanagan. As poet Dylan Thomas urged, we do not go gently, we fight with our last dying breath to hold onto the inexplicably beautiful gift of life. Yet dying is our destiny. Just as life is lived in a profoundly personal way for each of us, death is unique for everyone—a sentiment at the heart of the hotly debated topic of assisted dying. I began researching the “right...

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Okanagan Lie Detectors

The brave truth is this UBC Okanagan team of lie busters is attaining worldwide acclaim by seeking greater understanding in the fields of malfeasance, untruth and secrecy Sarah (not her real name) sits in an interview room. Thirty minutes tick past. “What can you tell me about the incident,” asks the interviewer. “I don’t remember,” says Sarah. The questioner, well trained in police interview tactics, reassures her. “Most people are able to retrieve lost memories if they try hard enough.” It takes just three sessions for Sarah to admit her guilt. Prompted only by the small facts of her...

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Positive prospects: Okanagan small business success

Okanagan small business owners maintain optimistic outlook for regional economy Where is the Okanagan economy headed? That’s the question on everyone’s mind these days. With the crash in oil prices and a stock market tanking, largely based on China’s economic output, do we have any wiggle room to prosper and grow here in the Valley? According to local business people, the answer is an unequivocal “Yes”—but with some understanding and strategies to deal with current conditions. One of the reasons it’s so hard to assess what’s going on is the lag time for data to be collected and factored...

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