Winston Szeto

Digital Associate Producer, CBC Kelowna

Winston Szeto has written stories about different regions across British Columbia. Before landing in the Okanagan, he was a story producer with The Early Edition and On The Coast of CBC Vancouver. Send him tips via email or Twitter @winstonszeto

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Interest-free loans to help cover rent payments are being offered to more B.C. residents

In January, the provincially funded B.C. Rent Bank initiative will expand to Central Okanagan and Nanaimo regions, serving people who have trouble paying rent at some points in their lives

'Santa's helper' Izzy McQueen back answering children's letters after being forced by Canada Post to retire

Kamloops, B.C., resident Izzy McQueen says she has many wonderful memories over 35 years of replying to children's letters to Santa.

A proposed new gold mine in historic Wells, B.C., is creating concerns it could damage local tourism

In a part of B.C. with a long history of gold mining, a revival of the industry is stirring up conflicting opinions. 

B.C. linguist writes baby naming guide for Carrier people, after years of research

Linguistics scholar Bill Poser recently published a book of Carrier names, which he hopes can serve as a reference for Indigenous parents who want to highlight their children's cultural roots with their names.

Thompson Rivers University to close 2 regional centres due to low enrolment

Clearwater Mayor Merlin Blackwell and community services provider Jack Keough say the closures of the learning facilities are contrary to the university's legislated mandate to provide education to remote communities.

Winter market shutdown showcases confusion over provincial health orders

Alice Sigurdson was shocked when a city bylaw officer came to her Hart Community Centre Winter Market on Saturday warning that she might have violated the provincial public health order, even though the market is approved by Northern Health.

B.C. boy celebrates 9th birthday with surprise greetings, including one from Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds

A month after his parents began collecting them in secret, nine-year-old Damien Smith was finally able to see all the birthday cards and gifts sent to him from around the world — including a video greeting from none other than Vancouver-born Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds.

Plans to build lake-to-lake bike lane in Penticton, B.C., met with criticism

Downtown Penticton retailer Mariana Wolff worries that the bike route will wipe out road parking spaces near her store and hurt her business.

B.C. conservationist urges Washington state to remove obsolete dam on Similkameen River

The Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C. is calling upon the governments of B.C. and Washington state to work together to decommission a dam southwest of Osoyoos, B.C., which hasn't produced any power for over 60 years.

ICBC must tell Haida Gwaii residents they don't have to travel to mainland to make a claim, councillor says

Queen Charlotte Coun. Lisa Pineault is seeking unanimous agreement from the All-Islands Protocol Table, a union of Haida First Nation and municipal councils on the archipelago, to demand for regular ICBC claims adjuster service in the region.

B.C. avalanche survivors urge skiers to take responsibility for their own safety

Dave Crompton and nine other skiers were caught in an avalanche four years ago that killed their friend, Doug Churchill. When a lawsuit against the tour guides was discontinued, the survivors set up a website to share what they've learned from the tragic incident.

Parks manager in Kimberley, B.C., quits after months of harassment over pandemic closures

The parks manager in Kimberley, B.C. has resigned following months of bullying after recreational facilities in the city were ordered closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the city.

UNBC professor opens up about multiple sclerosis after living quietly with diagnosis for years

The Métis scholar was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 19 and kept it a secret until two years ago when the illness began to impact on her physical abilities. Now she's speaking out to raise public awareness about Indigenous people living with this autoimmune disorder.

Residents near Revelstoke resort fear impact of temporary work camp in neighbourhood

Revelstoke Mountain Resort plans to build a hotel, conference centre and permanent employee housing units over the next three years, and has received approval to build temporary housing for construction workers in the Johnson Heights neighbourhood.

Emergency winter shelters prepare to open in downtown Kelowna

Local homelessness charities in Kelowna, B.C., are acting quickly to open two emergency winter shelters downtown earlier than last year before freezing temperatures return to the area.