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Damage at Tank Hill on Highway 1 at Nicomen on Nov. 15, 2021. (Photo credit: Facebook)

The Editor’s Desk: Getting the job done on Highway 1

It looks as if reopening Highway 1 through the canyon is a priority, thank goodnes

Interior Health's 310-MHSU number connects callers directly to the closest mental health and substance use centre in their community.

B.C.’s mental health crisis is bad and getting worse

Nearly half of British Columbians polled said their mental health was worse due to COVID-19

  • Nov 18, 2021
Tank Hill on Highway 1, Nov. 15, 2021. (Photo credit: Submitted)

The Editor’s Desk: Don’t add insult to injury

When it comes time to rebuild Interior highways, don’t forget about the Fraser Canyon

Fraser-Nicola Liberal candidate Jackie Tegart, date unknown. Photo credit: Submitted

Victoria Report

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart talks about the need to reach out and get help

  • Nov 17, 2021
Fraser-Nicola Liberal candidate Jackie Tegart, date unknown. Photo credit: Submitted
The Vimy Ridge monument in France, March 1983. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: Dulce et decorum est

A visit to the Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge is a reminder of the horrors of war

The Vimy Ridge monument in France, March 1983. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

To Have and Have Not: Alberta opens can of worms, but will B.C. bite?

Equalization payments have often been used to incite political anger in Canada

  • Nov 1, 2021
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Desert Hills pumpkin patch, Oct. 17, 2021. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

The Editor’s Desk: Technology in a pumpkin patch

Peace and quiet and pumpkins can go a long way in a busy world

Desert Hills pumpkin patch, Oct. 17, 2021. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
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The B.C. Liberal leadership race: Rebirth or reckoning?

The B.C. Liberals have always been an uneasy coalition of conservative and liberal voters,

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The <em>Journal</em> cat takes up a cautious stance just inside the back door of the office on Oct. 13, 2021, and stays long enough to be photographed. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: The cat came back

A frequent visitor to the Journal office keeps himself to himself

The <em>Journal</em> cat takes up a cautious stance just inside the back door of the office on Oct. 13, 2021, and stays long enough to be photographed. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
The 1861 roadhouse at Historic Hat Creek, which some people believe to be haunted. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: A Hat Creek ghost story

An occurrence at Historic Hat Creek inspires a little pre-Halloween ghost story

The 1861 roadhouse at Historic Hat Creek, which some people believe to be haunted. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Wristwatch, no date, PxHere

The Editor’s Desk: When time stands still

Traditional watches might be on the way out in some quarters, but I’m lost without mine

Wristwatch, no date, PxHere
Fall is here, and Bernard the hungry bruin would like a word or two. (Photo credit: Stock image)

The Editor’s Desk: Falling into autumn

It’s that time of year again, because that’s how seasons work

Fall is here, and Bernard the hungry bruin would like a word or two. (Photo credit: Stock image)
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Analysis: Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada

Polticians need to implement environmental policies or people will go elsewhere

Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Why did the chicken cross the Cariboo Waggon Road? Answers on a postcard please. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: Poultry Posse escapades

I hadn’t anticipated a flock of feathered friends when I volunteered at Historic Hat Creek

Why did the chicken cross the Cariboo Waggon Road? Answers on a postcard please. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
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Vaccine Politics: Will COVID-19 affect the outcome of the federal election in B.C.?

Week 3 of federal election analysis by columnist Bruce Cameron focuses on the effects of COVID-19

  • Sep 9, 2021
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Poster for Agatha Christie's 'Death on the Nile' (1978).

The Editor’s Desk: No needles? No Nile

I’ve always wanted to go to Egypt, but a trip there came with a catch

Poster for Agatha Christie's 'Death on the Nile' (1978).
If Mr. Ed really could talk, he’d be telling Alan Young ‘Of course you shouldn’t be taking livestock dewormer to treat COVID-19. Even I know that, and I’m just a horse.’

The Editor’s Desk: You’re not a horse, y’all

The search for a miracle cure for COVID has set many people on a potentially dangerous quest

If Mr. Ed really could talk, he’d be telling Alan Young ‘Of course you shouldn’t be taking livestock dewormer to treat COVID-19. Even I know that, and I’m just a horse.’
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact many B.C. ridings

At the federal level, the Green Party led by Elizabeth May held three of the 42 seats in B.C. not so long ago

  • Aug 30, 2021
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)

FINLAYSON: Time for a ‘health check’ on the tourism industry as summer winds down

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Aug 26, 2021
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)
The Tremont Creek wildfire near Walhachin as seen from McAbee on July 17, 2021. (Photo credit: Gary Winslow)

The Editor’s Desk: The summer that wasn’t

We all hoped to be aboard the Freedom Express this summer, but that train barely left the station

The Tremont Creek wildfire near Walhachin as seen from McAbee on July 17, 2021. (Photo credit: Gary Winslow)