John McDonald

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 | 11:50 am

John McDonald

West Kelowna is its own community and deserves its own in-depth news coverage. Veteran reporter and editor John McDonald will be providing that coverage through the immediacy of the Internet.

John has worked in the past for both of Kelowna’s old school newspapers, covering a variety of beats, most recently as the editor of the Westside Weekly.

“I’ve been covering the Westside since the governance referendum and through both civic elections, including the naming debate,” said McDonald. “West Kelowna, more than other places in the valley, has a vibrancy you can only find with a new community, and I love it.”

You can reach John with news tips and other story ideas at 250-575-0521 or john@Kelowna.com.

Read John’s column on Tuesdays.

CD-21 zone drawings have little chance of coming to life

CD-21 zone drawings have little chance of coming to life

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 | 1:42 pm

“Where does the truth lie? Somewhere in the muddle, the muddle being what the CD21 zone could look like in 20 years, if the increasingly complex plan and its nine sub-zones don’t roll out exactly as predicted.”

“Sheriff Shepherd” faces down bottle depot foes

“Sheriff Shepherd” faces down bottle depot foes

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 | 8:30 am

Residents opposed to bottle depot on St. Paul Street get lesson in zoning from Kelowna mayor.

John McDonald: “I had a sudden, irrational urge to tackle the Olympic torch-bearer…

John McDonald: “I had a sudden, irrational urge to tackle the Olympic torch-bearer…

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 | 8:30 am

“Here were 15,000 of my fellow citizens, going rock star stupid over an oversized Bic lighter… (and the) corporate lap dance that is the modern Olympic Games…”

The fun’s about to end for the new CEO of the Interior Health Authority

The fun’s about to end for the new CEO of the Interior Health Authority

Monday, January 25th, 2010 | 8:30 am

Health sector labour peace bought by Gordon Campbell is about to end and the Interior Health Authority’s new CEO Dr. Robert Halpenny gets to deal with the fallout.

A new sidewalk won’t memorialize the tragic death of Josie Evans

A new sidewalk won’t memorialize the tragic death of Josie Evans

Thursday, January 21st, 2010 | 2:00 pm

“Mark my words: Despite council’s attempt at comforting everyone, there is no way a sidewalk will be built along the rural road where Josie Evans died, at least not anytime soon. There isn’t the money in the Lake Country budget, nor would Lake Country residents, their thoughts about Josie aside, stand for the tax increase that would be necessary to fund such an upgrade.”

John McDonald: Food guide delivers secret to weight loss

John McDonald: Food guide delivers secret to weight loss

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 | 6:26 am

“Will I gain it back? I don’t like to say never, but for the first time in my life, eating a balanced diet and exercising on a regular basis, I feel like I might be able to keep it off.”

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John McDonald: School disciplinary numbers tell a story

John McDonald: School disciplinary numbers tell a story

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 | 5:51 am

“Schools may be the hallowed halls in which we create the next generation of fine upstanding citizens, but it is also where our dark side begins to emerge…”

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John McDonald: Terrorists take fun out of travel

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 | 8:11 am

By John McDonald

I’m all about opposing fanatical religious extremists and the havoc they wreak.

Women should be full partners in society, not chattels reserved for the use and disposal by men. Girls need and deserve the same education given boys.

Everyone should…

John McDonald: Politician sends wrong message

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 | 6:04 am

mug-john-mcdonald-090925By John McDonald

Say what you will about Stockwell Day, but the MP for Okanagan Coquihalla, has come a long way in his colourful political career.

From his start as the son of a Social Credit stalwart, Stockwell Day, Jr. has endured…