Surprise, it’s summer

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Well, it’s officially summer holidays, despite an anticlimactic end to the school year. Rather than a bubbling build up to the last day of school, weeks of rotating strikes and bargaining between the ministry and union left students and teachers locked out two weeks before the end of the school year. Sure, some kids were stoked to get an extra two weeks of summer holiday, but that excitement was diminished by … [Read more...]

Country Fest offers a sizzling summer lineup

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Country music fans unite — the first annual Country Music Fest is coming to Sun Peaks on July 19 and 20. Three stages will be lit up with the sweet and soulful sounds of some of the best in Canadian country music. Canadian Idol finalists Jaydee Bixby and Karen-Lee Batten, award winning Whiskey Jane, and rising stars Me and Mae, Terence Jack, Kirsti Hack, and The River and The Road will perform 10 shows throughout … [Read more...]

Playing to a crowd — every Friday

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Taking music to a new stage, the Johnson Brothers are eager to plug in at Sun Peaks’ Music in the Plaza, Friday, July 18. The weekly free music event takes place at the Upper Village stage on Friday nights throughout the summer, offering full band shows for free from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Some of the bands up on the roster are old favourites, while new faces will grace the stage too. The weekly music initiative was … [Read more...]

School bell rings on another year

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To most students, June marks the most wonderful time of the year. But to the 60+ students at Sun Peaks, the whole school year is pretty wonderful. Despite late season strike action that closed the doors of  Sun Peaks Elementary and Discovery Centre for Balanced Education prematurely, the students made the most of the year with school programs that were as eclectic as their mountaintop setting. This spring alone … [Read more...]

Is parenting good for the grey matter?


Not so long ago I emptied my daughter’s school ski jacket and pulled out: one loonie, several empty baggies, one sock, a thumbtack, her library card and an “Air Hole” panda sticker. Just before that, I vacuumed my son for the second time. Parenting’s etymology might as well be: from the Old English for “unexpected.” Which makes me wonder what a few decades of besting the unexpected is doing to my brain. Is … [Read more...]