Anyone who reads my column every week is aware that our dog Charlie went missing a month ago. What people might not realize is that more than a few dogs in West Kelowna have vanished, and they’ve all been small to medium sized purebreds or purebred mixes.

After viewing the six pets on the handouts circulated by the other owners and I, many people thought there was a criminal dog-ring in town, while others attributed the sudden disappearances to wildlife attacks. We fully admit that we don’t know what happened to ours.

What we do know, however, is that there has been no evidence that would confirm the latter, and we’ve all looked high and low for it.

We’ve also learned that dog flipping – the business of stealing dogs and selling them – is happening all over, including right here in the Okanagan.


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For Immediate Release

March 31st, 2015


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Vancouver is going to shine brighter than ever for the 25th anniversary of the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks festival set for Saturday July 25, Wednesday July 29 and Saturday August 1. 

The Honda Celebration of Light kicks off Saturday, July 25th with the return of Team China – the modern birthplace of fireworks.  We are pleased to welcome Team Brazil on Wednesday, July 29th - with Rio 2016 just around the corner, we expect quite a show.  Rounding out the event is repeat winner and home favourite, Team Canada on August 1st.

“The 25th Anniversary of the Honda Celebration of Light is a testament to the lasting relationship this festival has with the residents of Metro Vancouver,” said the Hon. John D. Reynolds, Chairman of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society.  “We are the largest public event in British Columbia and continue to reach out to engage and entertain another generation of fireworks fans.  We have invited three winning pyro teams to celebrate this special occasion in style.”

New for the 25th Anniversary – Building on the success of The Keg Lounge and the YVR Observation Deck, the festival is launching the new, licensed, Inukshuk Lounge. Located on the peninsula at English Bay, the Inukshuk Lounge offers a quieter hosting experience for discerning guests.  Also new is the Sunset Beach Bistro, a family- friendly, licensed area in Sunset Beach Park – no tickets required!  The Sunset Beach Bistro will bring back the ever-popular Salmon BBQ to the park and will offer a front row view of the SHOREFEST stage entertainment.  Honda Celebration of Light is pleased to announce that Stanley Park Brewery will be the official beer partner of the event offering Stanley Park beer, Okanagan Spring cider and Mark Anthony wines in the Sunset Beach Bistro, Inukshuk Lounge and YVR Observation Deck. 

Tickets go on sale for all ticketed viewing areas on April 1 through the festival website.

The Honda Celebration of Light continues to grow year over year thanks to the generous support from Title Sponsor Honda Canada, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the Province of BC; Major Partners The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Concord Pacific, CIBC and LG 104.3 FM; Community Partners YVR, KLM, McMillan LLP, West End BIA, Port Metro Vancouver, Seaspan and Vancouver Pile Driving. 

“The Honda Celebration of Light showcases Vancouver on the world stage and continues to be one of Vancouver’s best-known and most popular summer festivals,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The festival has become a signature summer event for residents and visitors alike and is a huge boost to our vibrant local economy. I look forward to this year’s 25th anniversary of the Honda Celebration of Light being the best year yet!”


The 2015 Honda Celebration of Light competition will begin promptly at 10:00pm each night, rain or shine, from the barges located in English Bay. Music simulcast can be heard on LG 104.3 FM and through the festival’s mobile app. The winning country will be announced Tuesday, August 4th.

·                     Saturday, July 25 – China; Team Lidu

·                     Wednesday, July 29 – Brazil; Group Vision Show

·                     Saturday, August 1 –  Canada; Archangel Fireworks

SHOREFEST presented by LG 104.3 FM

The SHOREFEST concert series at English Bay and Sunset Beach returns with free musical performances, including Platinum Blonde on the LG 104.3 Stage in The Keg Lounge.  There will be continuous live entertainment on the Sunset Beach stage beginning at 2pm each day.  More performers will be announced soon.


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