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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
The fast charging EV station in Cache Creek. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: Charging ahead safely

As we discuss many things about Ev charging stations, safety has to be part of the mix

The fast charging EV station in Cache Creek. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
The Editor’s Desk: Shaken, not stirred

The Editor’s Desk: Shaken, not stirred

Are you excited by the forthcoming B.C. election? If so, you might be the only one

The Editor’s Desk: Shaken, not stirred
Premier John Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)

The Editor’s Desk: When you hate being right

Emails told me there was a snap election coming, but not the way you think

Premier John Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier in the multi-Emmy-winning 1975 TV movie ‘Love Among the Ruins’. (Phot credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: Love among the ruins

A musical mystery is solved, and a forgotten gem is rediscovered

Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier in the multi-Emmy-winning 1975 TV movie ‘Love Among the Ruins’. (Phot credit: YouTube)
Victoria Report: Back to school during a pandemic

Victoria Report: Back to school during a pandemic

School districts face challenges as students head back to class

  • Sep 9, 2020
Victoria Report: Back to school during a pandemic
A portion of the old Cariboo Wagon Road is visible beside Highway 97 at Maiden Creek Hill. (Photo credit: submitted)

Maiden Creek Hill provides ‘perfect view’ of Cariboo Wagon Road

A bare, switchback road climbs steeply on the right. This is the Maiden Creek Hill.

  • Sep 9, 2020
A portion of the old Cariboo Wagon Road is visible beside Highway 97 at Maiden Creek Hill. (Photo credit: submitted)
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Alexandria, B.C., Aug. 27, 2020. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

The Editor’s Desk: Stop and smell the pines

In the headlong rush from Point A to Point B, it’s important to make time to explore the unexpected

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Alexandria, B.C., Aug. 27, 2020. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
Opening title and painting for series nine of ‘The Joy of Painting’. Don’t you feel calmer just looking at it?. (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: We need more Bob Ross

In a chaotic world, a place where there are no mistakes, just happy accidents, is a relief

Opening title and painting for series nine of ‘The Joy of Painting’. Don’t you feel calmer just looking at it?. (Photo credit: YouTube)
The way a lot of people probably feel these days: detail from ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch.

The Editor’s Desk: Welcome to Groundhog Month

Is it just me, or has 2020 already seemed to have lasted for at least two years?

The way a lot of people probably feel these days: detail from ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch.
The magic of going to the movies! Don’t you wish you could duplicate the experience in your own home? (Photo credit: DudePerfect/YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: The magic of movies

Craving that ‘going to the movies’ experience? Then FilmFlam™ is the streaming service for you!

The magic of going to the movies! Don’t you wish you could duplicate the experience in your own home? (Photo credit: DudePerfect/YouTube)
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Stronger tomorrow plan offers blueprint for job-rich recovery, says Jeff Zweig and Greg D’Avignon

  • Aug 5, 2020
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term
The Editor’s Desk: The good old hockey game

The Editor’s Desk: The good old hockey game

Nothing says ‘NHL hockey’ like 100 F. temperatures and the August long weekend

The Editor’s Desk: The good old hockey game
Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Urgent action needed to save B.C.’s Steelhead trout

Victoria Report by Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart

  • Aug 5, 2020
Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart. (Photo credit: Submitted)