Chris Walker

Chris Walker is a journalist based in Kelowna, B.C. He is the host of the morning radio show Daybreak South.

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Children of Penticton murder victims say their parents played no part in neighbourhood feud alleged by killer

John Brittain was sentenced to life in prison Oct. 15 for the shooting deaths of four people. The daughters of three of those victims are speaking out against Brittain's accusation those victims were involved in ongoing neighbourhood disputes with Brittain before their deaths.

Federal Conservatives and B.C. Liberals oust Kelowna party executive member for inflammatory Nazi remark

The B.C. Liberals and the federal Conservatives have ousted a prominent party executive in Kelowna after he said a raised fist in support of racial justice was "no different than a Nazi salute."

Province, city at odds over finding emergency shelter site in Kelowna

As dozens of homeless people in Kelowna sleep outside in frigid temperatures, both the provincial and municipal governments have deflected responsibility for finding a location for an emergency cold weather shelter in the city. 

Kelowna mayor defends RCMP while it reviews its dismissal of 40% of sex assault cases

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran is defending the RCMP after Statistics Canada reported the police agency had dismissed as unfounded 40 per cent of sexual assault cases in 2017 and 2018. Despite the astonishingly high number of unfounded cases, Basran says he still believes they were properly investigated.

Kelowna RCMP dismisses 40 per cent of sexual assault claims over last 2 years, StatsCan says

RCMP are struggling to explain why 40 per cent of sexual assault allegations in Kelowna are deemed "unfounded," amid calls for a sex crimes unit to be established in the city.

Okanagan teacher reinstated after sex allegations dismissed

An Okanagan teacher fired after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has been reinstated after an arbitrator reversed the dismissal.

Grand Forks launched flood risk study days before waters hit

A study assessing flood risk and developing mitigation strategies was commissioned a year ago and officially launched days before historic floodwaters hit the town.

Canadian professor faces far-right backlash after research uncovers Jingle Bells' racist past

A Canadian professor teaching at Boston University is coping with online attacks and threats after her research paper outlined the racist origins of the Christmas song Jingle Bells.
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Grand Forks, B.C., mayor apologizes for calling Syrian refugees potential 'terrorists'

The mayor of Grand Forks, B.C., is apologizing after calling Syrian refugees potential "terrorists" and "pedophiles," comments that the National Council of Canadian Muslims calls discriminatory and racist.

Employees on probation can't be fired arbitrarily, court rules

Phuc Van Ly successfully sued Interior Health for wrongful dismissal, and the decision released this week by B.C. Supreme Court holds useful lessons for anyone starting a job on probation.

Gulf Island chef brings wild flavours to Canadian Culinary Championships

Jesse McCleery is representing B.C. in the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, and brings a wild coastal flair to the prestigious competition.
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Greenwood employers accused of withholding pay, stealing tips

Residents of Greenwood, B.C., have launched multiple complaints against business owners who once promised to revive the small interior town
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'Twice the house for half the money': Why Kelowna, B.C., real estate is booming

A new wave of homebuyers is heading for B.C.'s Okanagan where house prices look like a bargain after pricey Vancouver and Victoria.
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A rural American guide to getting along in the Trump age

Riverside is a tiny town in Washington State with a simple lesson on how to get along after a Trump victory: rake your neighbours' leaves.

The American activist who shaped the modern Kootenays

Tom Hayden, who died this week, wasn't Canadian and never lived in B.C. but his legacy reverberates throughout the B.C. Interior.

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