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Kelowna mayoral contender Tom Dyas provided the first spark in the civic election campaign last week with his eye-catching pledge to save Kelowna’s Costco.

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Acting city manager Joe Creron once oversaw Kelowna's parks systems, and so he has plenty of experience reconciling public and private interests. Perhaps it was that background that prompted him to provide a valuable and somewhat unusual interjection at Monday's council meeting.

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Their meeting set for today has been cancelled, but Regional District of Central Okanagan directors will still get paid anyway.

Coun. Ryan Donn was right about one thing at Monday’s council meeting: Festivals Kelowna wouldn’t exist without city funding.

Tuesday morning was a glorious time to be out and about in Kelowna parks, wonderfully sunny with the beginnings of another remarkably mild fall day enveloping the Central Okanagan.

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The city’s plan to reverse the flow of water in Kelowna is probably going to rub many people the wrong way. Opposition to the idea of drawing from Mission Creek instead of Okanagan Lake might take a while to get going, since it was sort of buried this week in a grand plan to improve water quality.

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It takes a confident mayor to stand up to the fire chief and the police department. More than a little backbone is also required to oppose the self-interested demands of hundreds of well-off homeowners, and to defend a sensible, if easily-criticized, attempt to make downtown safer and more i…

The home page for Kelowna Regional Transit doesn’t indicate how much university students pay for their bus passes.

When the courts side with you, it’s a great day for justice. When the courts rule against you, it’s “shameful.” You are left to shake your head “in disbelief at the utter ridiculousness” of the outcome.

Debate in the upcoming West Kelowna city hall referendum could be coloured by tales of an arsonist’s revenge, a service club’s diminishing energies, and deals some might have preferred to keep secret.

It’s too soon to throw the all-volunteer group raising money for the Okanagan railway path under the bus. But events suggest they are going to need professional help. Or taxpayer help.

Women may cut the cheques at Kelowna City Hall, but they’re not cashing many of the biggest ones. Only 20 per cent of the top 113 managerial jobs, those that pay more than $75,000, are held by women.

Those who expect the city-owned cemetery to be a place of reverent silence and quiet reflection may be all shook up by the latest development at the local graveyard.

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At 3:50 p.m. on the holiday Monday, on Bernard Avenue across from The Sails, a couple cars — mine included — were stopped to let pedestrians cross the street.

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More than $30 million worth of property has disappeared in recent months from Kelowna. These weren’t valuables stolen from homes or businesses. It was the result of a process by which property simply vanishes, at least from view of the taxman. And its ongoing if little-publicized reality hit…

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The wooden wheels of a century-old German field gun have been rebuilt in beautiful fashion. A base for the gun’s new location has been made from old cenotaph stones outside Memorial Arena. A plaque has been readied explaining the gun’s history, and how it comes to be in downtown Kelowna.