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If only all highways looked like this, all the time, all summer long. (Photo credit: Pixabay)

The Editor’s Desk: Summer road trip sanity

Summer road trips will provide you with lots of happy memories. You just have to survive them first.

A Chilliwack Military Education Centre tank crushing cars is scheduled to be on display at the Chilliwack Fair on all three days, Aug. 5, 6 and 7, 2022. (Chilliwack Fair Facebook)

OPINION: Chilliwack Fair’s display of tank crushing cars deemed ‘insensitive’ in light of Ukraine war

Chilliwack has a proud military history but military tanks shouldn’t be crushing civilian vehicles

A ferry arrives at Horseshoe Bay near West Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 16, 2020. British Columbia’s health and safety agency for workers has imposed a hefty fine on BC Ferry Services Inc. over the death of one of its workers in June 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

CAMERON: Can a new captain at BC Ferries set the ship straight?

Joy McPhail moves on to herculean challenge of fixing problem-plagued BC Ferries

A detail from William Powell Frith’s 1858 masterpiece <em>Derby Day</em>. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The Editor’s Desk: A lesson in civility

Charles Dickens is the link as we look at two great actors and the art of respectful disagreement

A detail from William Powell Frith’s 1858 masterpiece <em>Derby Day</em>. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

The Editor’s Desk: Pick one piece and fix it

There are many pieces to the health care crisis, and no easy fix, but inaction is not an option

Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
The tourists are back! (from l) Clyde and Cherie Sies from Washington State recently made a stop in Ashcroft. They’re pictured with Journal editor Barbara Roden and Ashcroft Museum curator Peter Konikow. (Photo credit: Submitted)

The Editor’s Desk: Back in the saddle

After two summers of almost no tourists, it’s good to see them returning to our region

The tourists are back! (from l) Clyde and Cherie Sies from Washington State recently made a stop in Ashcroft. They’re pictured with Journal editor Barbara Roden and Ashcroft Museum curator Peter Konikow. (Photo credit: Submitted)
A photo of Ashcroft c. 1967 clearly shows the horse racing track that used to be on the Mesa (r). The site also hosted a rodeo until rodeo grounds were opened on Circle 7 Ranch property adjacent to Government Street at Highway 97C in the early 1960s. (Photo credit: BC Archives)

The Editor’s Desk: A picture perfect moment

Stumbling across some previously unknown pictures of Ashcroft yielded a trove of delights

A photo of Ashcroft c. 1967 clearly shows the horse racing track that used to be on the Mesa (r). The site also hosted a rodeo until rodeo grounds were opened on Circle 7 Ranch property adjacent to Government Street at Highway 97C in the early 1960s. (Photo credit: BC Archives)
A garden gnome keeps watch near a property in Lytton that has yet to be cleared. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: Lytton one year later

Returning to Lytton a year after the fire that destroyed most of it is a sobering experience

A garden gnome keeps watch near a property in Lytton that has yet to be cleared. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Bruce Cameron

CAMERON: What’s in a name? The BC Liberal Party contemplates a name change

‘The name change effort may look trivial, but it is a crucial step on the road to potentially regaining power’

Bruce Cameron
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The Editor’s Desk: Where are the workers?

With ‘Help Wanted’ signs in every other shop window, a look at where the workers went, and why

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Unless you’re referring to these, it might be a good idea to retire the word ‘snowflake’. (Photo credit: Jill Wellington/Pixabay)

The Editor’s Desk: Snowflakes and pebbles

The world changes around us every day. People? Not so much.

Unless you’re referring to these, it might be a good idea to retire the word ‘snowflake’. (Photo credit: Jill Wellington/Pixabay)
Flowers outside the <em>Journal</em> office. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: How not to make coffee

A Keurig kerfuffle starts the week and a gracious garden compliment ends it

Flowers outside the <em>Journal</em> office. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Canadian actor Hayden Christensen, centre, and his mother, Alie, arrive for the charity premiere screening of Star Wars: Episode Two Attack of the Clones, in Toronto Sunday May 12, 2002. Christensen plays the role of Anakin Skywalker in the film. (CP PHOTO/Aaron Harris)

Cole’s Notes: Hayden Christensen deserves better from Canadians

Christensen hails from Vancouver, a fact too few Canadians celebrate

Canadian actor Hayden Christensen, centre, and his mother, Alie, arrive for the charity premiere screening of Star Wars: Episode Two Attack of the Clones, in Toronto Sunday May 12, 2002. Christensen plays the role of Anakin Skywalker in the film. (CP PHOTO/Aaron Harris)
It takes dozens of volunteers thousands of hours of their time to bring every WRAPS theatre performance to life. Now imagine a world where those volunteers — and all the others who give of their time to make our communities better and more fun — simply said ‘Forget it’ and walked away. (pictured) Cast and crew of the WRAPS production of <em>Arsenic and Old Lace</em>, 2016. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)

The Editor’s Desk: Get up and help out

Instead of complaining about local volunteers, try giving them a hand

It takes dozens of volunteers thousands of hours of their time to bring every WRAPS theatre performance to life. Now imagine a world where those volunteers — and all the others who give of their time to make our communities better and more fun — simply said ‘Forget it’ and walked away. (pictured) Cast and crew of the WRAPS production of <em>Arsenic and Old Lace</em>, 2016. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Jock Finlayson is a senior policy advisor with the Business Council of British Columbia.

FINLAYSON: Taming the inflation monster

‘Canadian policymakers should support the Bank of Canada’s efforts to get inflation back to 2 per cent’

  • Jun 1, 2022
Jock Finlayson is a senior policy advisor with the Business Council of British Columbia.
The cast of the WRAPS production of <em>My Fair Lady</em> (2015). As cast, crew, and the audience will attest, there’s nothing quite like live theatre. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)

The Editor’s Desk: The magic of theatre

There’s nothing quite like seeing something live on stage, unfolding before your very eyes

The cast of the WRAPS production of <em>My Fair Lady</em> (2015). As cast, crew, and the audience will attest, there’s nothing quite like live theatre. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)

CAMERON: Keeping the British in British Columbia?

Victoria Day marks the informal start of summer in Canada, but it’s also a celebration of our historic connection

  • May 24, 2022
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)
Premier-Designate Jason Kenney addresses the media the day his after his election victory in Edmonton on Wednesday April 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

BENNETT: Jason Kenney led Alberta through bulldog willpower and work ethic

Kenney resigned after just 51 per cent of party rank-and-file endorsed him in a leadership review

Premier-Designate Jason Kenney addresses the media the day his after his election victory in Edmonton on Wednesday April 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
It’s quite possible that we need to replace the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, but now probably isn’t the right time. (Photo credit: Province of B.C.)

The Editor’s Desk: Museum miscalculation

A new Royal B.C. Museum would be lovely, but now isn’t the time

It’s quite possible that we need to replace the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, but now probably isn’t the right time. (Photo credit: Province of B.C.)
A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver on March 30, 2020. he B.C. government says temporary pandemic pay that was promised to essential workers in mid-May should be coming in October. The stipend was promised to hundreds of thousands of essential workers for work done between March and July and some workers say they’re frustrated it still hasn’t arrived. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

PETERS: Nurses give far more than just medical care

On National Nurses Week, it’s time to think back to the nurses who have cared for us

A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver on March 30, 2020. he B.C. government says temporary pandemic pay that was promised to essential workers in mid-May should be coming in October. The stipend was promised to hundreds of thousands of essential workers for work done between March and July and some workers say they’re frustrated it still hasn’t arrived. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward