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Interior Health nurses were administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aides in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. In Salmon Arm on March 11, guests, staff and support personnel at the Salvation Army's Lighthouse Shelter at McGuire Lake were vaccinated. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)

The Editor’s Desk: Show me the vaccine

What, me worried about the COVID-19 vaccine? Not in the slightest

You are here maze sign, stock image, no date. Photo credit: Pixabay

The Editor’s Desk: Big Brother is watching

Worried that the COVID vaccine is a covert tracking device? Don’t be; that ship has already sailed

Seniors living in long-term care and assisted living can now see more family and friends at a time, including children, as restrictions around visits have been eased. (Photo credit: Pixabay)

Victoria Report

Welcome news for seniors in long-term care

  • Apr 7, 2021
Dining-rooms and dining-room tables are rapidly disappearing as homes and habits change. (Photo credit: Dinsmore Homestead)

The Editor’s Desk: Dining-room table blues

Does your house have a dining-room table, or even a dining-room? For many the answer is no

Dining-rooms and dining-room tables are rapidly disappearing as homes and habits change. (Photo credit: Dinsmore Homestead)
The Woodward’s department store — all 700,000 square feet of it — on Hastings Street in Vancouver during its glory days. (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: Department store magic

The departure of department stores from the landscape means a little less magic in the world

The Woodward’s department store — all 700,000 square feet of it — on Hastings Street in Vancouver during its glory days. (Photo credit: YouTube)
Jules Feiffer’s illustration of the map of The Lands Beyond for <em>The Phantom Tollbooth</em>. (Photo credit: Random House)

The Editor’s Desk: A life changing moment

To a bookish 10-year-old, The Phantom Tollbooth was a wonderful revelation of what words could do

Jules Feiffer’s illustration of the map of The Lands Beyond for <em>The Phantom Tollbooth</em>. (Photo credit: Random House)
Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Victoria Report: Women have been hit hard by the pandemic

Disparities and inequities need to be addressed as recovery starts

  • Mar 17, 2021
Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart. (Photo credit: Submitted)
As follies go, the underwater ballroom at Witley Park in Surrey, England is a spectacular example. (Photo credit: adamxphotos)

The Editor’s Desk: The wisdom of follies

Looking for another project to embark on around the home? I have one word: folly

As follies go, the underwater ballroom at Witley Park in Surrey, England is a spectacular example. (Photo credit: adamxphotos)
A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)

OPINION: Helping a 97-year-old man get his COVID vaccination appointment

Call centre inundated with 1.7 million calls while there are just 50,000 folks over 90 in B.C.

A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)
The cast of <em>Arsenic and Old Lace</em> on the set at the Ashcroft HUB, November 2016. (Photo credit: <em></em><em>Journal</em> files)

The Editor’s Desk: Here’s to a long life

It’s a testament to the power of volunteers to look at what…

The cast of <em>Arsenic and Old Lace</em> on the set at the Ashcroft HUB, November 2016. (Photo credit: <em></em><em>Journal</em> files)
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FINLAYSON: Government should focus on strengthening B.C.’s leading export industries

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

  • Mar 1, 2021
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
A catchy little song about recycling from 1942 deserves to be revived. (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: Music hath charms

Wonderful tunes that strike a chord can come from the most unexpected places

A catchy little song about recycling from 1942 deserves to be revived. (Photo credit: YouTube)
The main cast members of the new TV adaptation of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, a show that is just the tonic for these uncertain times. (Photo credit: Facebook)

The Editor’s Desk: Two shows we need now

Two recent TV shows — both very different to each other — have come along at the perfect time

The main cast members of the new TV adaptation of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, a show that is just the tonic for these uncertain times. (Photo credit: Facebook)
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)

MALCOLMSON: 2020 left us grappling with overdose tragedy and working for change

B.C.’s Addictions Minister reflects on visit to Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver

  • Feb 12, 2021
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)
The Cariboo Jade Shop’s Heidi Roy with the jade boulder stolen from outside the Cache Creek shop on Dec. 19, 2020. (Photo credit: Submitted)

The Editor’s Desk: There’s no place like home

A special guest editorial from the Cache Creek Jade Shop’s Jade Boulder

The Cariboo Jade Shop’s Heidi Roy with the jade boulder stolen from outside the Cache Creek shop on Dec. 19, 2020. (Photo credit: Submitted)
An infographic from the UK government that was pulled after being declared sexist and sending an outdated message about women’s roles. (Photo credit: UK Government)

The Editor’s Desk: What might have been

The images we see — or don’t see — around us can have a profound influence on our lives

An infographic from the UK government that was pulled after being declared sexist and sending an outdated message about women’s roles. (Photo credit: UK Government)
Barbara Enns, long term care staff member at Jackson House in Ashcroft, receiving her first COVID-19 vaccination on Jan. 18 from Rochelle Lamont, Public Health Nursing Team Leader. (Photo credit: Interior Health)

The Editor’s Desk: The triumph of science

Science has given us a COVID-19 vaccine, so let’s use science in deciding who needs it first

Barbara Enns, long term care staff member at Jackson House in Ashcroft, receiving her first COVID-19 vaccination on Jan. 18 from Rochelle Lamont, Public Health Nursing Team Leader. (Photo credit: Interior Health)
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

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

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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

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)