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  1. New numbers released Wednesday show close to 14,000 Canadians have been killed by opioids over the last four years and more than 17,000 people have been hospitalized for opioid-related poisoning. The data is in a new report from a national advisory committee struck to study the epidemic of opioid...
  2. UPDATE 2:11 p.m. We now know that three people were killed in a small plane crash Tuesday night on Gabriola Island off the coast of Vancouver Island, close to Nanaimo. CTV News Vancouver Island is reporting that the plane was a twin-engine Piper Aerostar, which took off from Bishop Airport nor...
  3. The garbage collection schedule will be adjusting certain days to accommodate the holidays from Dec 23 to Jan 3. If your collection day is Christmas Day, which is a Wednesday, your garbage will be picked up the next day. Regular Thursday collections will be changed to Friday, and Friday pick-ups...
  4. There's nothing quite like an elaborate display of Christmas lights to get you in the holiday spirit. Luckily, Vernon has a number of great Christmas showings. A local realtor named John Christmas compiled a list of the most festive homes in the area, and made a blog which includes addresses,...
  5. The popular fundraising platform GoFundMe says Kelowna is one of the most generous cities in all of Canada. GoFundMe has collected more than 120 million donations, raising more than $9 billion for different organizations, causes and people since its debut in 2010. Canada ranked fourth as the m...
  6. You may notice some activity around the log booms near Bear Creek Park on the Westside and next to the Tolko mill in Kelowna. Officials with the company say they are cleaning up the log booms and towing the logs to the now idle Kelowna mill. The logs will be stored at the mill to dry before be...
  7. Tonight is a good night to get in the holiday spirit in Penticton with the annual BC Transit lights tour bus. On Wednesday evening, city busses will be transformed into lights tour buses that will take in the brightest lights and best decorations at locations around the city. They are free t...
  8. Kelowna-based MindRight for Athletes Society has partnered with Vancouver's HeadCheck Health to make mental health services more accessible for athletes across B.C. HeadCheck will now provide MindRight's resources, including peer-to-peer support, through its mobile app and website. The...
  9. Utility rates are going up for Summerland residents. The District is proposing a 4.4 per cent electrical rate increase in 2020, in addition to annual increases in water rates (5 per cent) and sewer (3.5 per cent) for the next five years. The municipality says the increases are required to pa...
  10. A woman who stabbed the father of their children in front of their young daughter, forcing the child to try to save her dad, was sentenced to a one-year conditional sentence in Penticton court Wednesday. The woman, who Castanet will identify as SK to protect her children, had earlier pleaded gui...