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Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, date unknown. Photo credit: YouTube

The Editor’s Desk: The world needs more Alex

We live in a world without Alex Trebek in it anymore, and that’s a sad thought

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The Editor’s Desk: One for the history books

Jan. 6 seems destined to be a day that lives on in infamy in America

Joyce Buckland (l) and Phyllis Rainey, organizers of a physically distanced Easter scavenger hunt in Ashcroft, April 2020. It was one of many events that community volunteers organized to raise spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic, as other regular events had to be postponed or cancelled. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: The year that almost wasn’t

2020 was a year like no other, but we rose to the challenge, because it’s what we do

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Victoria Report

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart says we have many things to be thankful for

  • Dec 29, 2020
Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart. (Photo credit: Submitted)
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The Editor’s Desk: The triumph of kindness

For every person who commits a despicable act, there are hundreds performing quiet acts of kindness

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University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)

‘I am tired, and my soul hurts’: B.C. nurse reflects on working in ICU unit during COVID

Renée Bush writes about what it is like on the front-line of the pandemic in the north

  • Dec 16, 2020
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)
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Gov. Gen. Julie Payette has resigned
Trudeau says he will call Biden to save Keystone XL pipeline
Ottawa prioritizing vaccines for Indigenous people
Tip to Metro Vancouver Transit Police helps Ohio woman
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The Editor’s Desk: Don’t look for a loophole

Leo Tolstoy began his novel Anna Karenina with the famous line “Happy…

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Composer Franz Gruber (l) and lyricist Joseph Mohr wrote ‘Silent Night’, one of the most beloved of Christmas carols. (Photo credit: Facebook)

From the Pulpit: Silent Night, Holy Night

The night of Jesus’ birth was, like today, anything but normal

  • Dec 16, 2020
Composer Franz Gruber (l) and lyricist Joseph Mohr wrote ‘Silent Night’, one of the most beloved of Christmas carols. (Photo credit: Facebook)
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: The long economic tail of COVID-19

‘Fast forward to late 2020 and the situation has partially stabilized’

  • Dec 11, 2020
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The Editor’s Desk: Loose lips sink ships

If there was a global conspiracy about COVID-19, someone would have spilled the beans by now

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Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Victoria Report: BC Liberals will hold NDP government to account

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart says Liberals will ask the tough questions that need to be asked

  • Dec 8, 2020
Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Christmas traditions have to start somewhere, and 2020 might be the perfect year to start a few new ones in your household. (Photo credit: Pixabay)

The Editor’s Desk: We need a little Christmas

We might not be able to observe all the usual holiday traditions, so make some new ones

Christmas traditions have to start somewhere, and 2020 might be the perfect year to start a few new ones in your household. (Photo credit: Pixabay)
‘Help! Help! I’m being repressed!’ Scene from <em>Monty Python and the Holy </em><em>Grail</em>. (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: Keep calm and wear a mask

Aggressive anti-maskers need to take a deep breath and put things in perspective

‘Help! Help! I’m being repressed!’ Scene from <em>Monty Python and the Holy </em><em>Grail</em>. (Photo credit: YouTube)
Jim Blackwood, the Raccoon Whisperer, mobbed by raccoons on Nov. 3, 2020. (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: The raccoon whisperer

The Internet can be a wonderful place when good people use it with kindness

Jim Blackwood, the Raccoon Whisperer, mobbed by raccoons on Nov. 3, 2020. (Photo credit: YouTube)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

GUEST COLUMN: COVID-19 masks mandatory in B.C., but not everywhere

Orders require them where necessary, Provincial Health Officer says

  • Nov 17, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)
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The Editor’s Desk: Time not well spent

If you had four years as the world’s most powerful person, what would you do to benefit others?

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An image from the 2018 documentary <em>They Shall Not Grow Old</em>, which cleaned and restored century-old film footage to show World War I and those who fought in it in a new light. (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: They shall not grow old

Giving names and voices to soldiers from the past bridges the year between them and us

An image from the 2018 documentary <em>They Shall Not Grow Old</em>, which cleaned and restored century-old film footage to show World War I and those who fought in it in a new light. (Photo credit: YouTube)
Ichabod Crane meets a ‘ghost’ in Sleepy Hollow during <em>The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad</em>, 1949. (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: Quite the wild weekend

It was earlier than expected, dramatic, and much-discussed (and there was an election as well)

Ichabod Crane meets a ‘ghost’ in Sleepy Hollow during <em>The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad</em>, 1949. (Photo credit: YouTube)
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The Editor’s Desk: Library to the rescue

Do you still think libraries are all about books, and nothing else? Think again

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Voting sign in Ashcroft, May 2017. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

The Editor’s Desk: Election excitemezzzzzz

The provincial election campaign has been something of a snooze until now

Voting sign in Ashcroft, May 2017. Photo credit: Barbara Roden