Opinion

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh puts on his jacket following a morning announcement in Sioux Lookout, Ont., Monday, September 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

‘Left Coast” and balance of power: NDP’s B.C. strength could be key to minority government

The NDP won 24 seats in the 2019 federal election, and almost half (11) are in B.C.

  • Sep 17, 2021
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

The 500 block of Fraser Street, Lytton (back, right) seen from Main Street, July 9, 2021. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

It’s been 75 days, and Lytton residents are looking for answers

A Lytton resident speaks about frustration and concerns regarding the future of the town

  • Sep 15, 2021
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Letters to the Editor

A reader writes about the TELUS response in Spences Bridge

  • Sep 15, 2021
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Provincial Minister of Mental Health and Addictions announced grants for six communities and organizations on Vancouver Island to address overdose response and awareness efforts. (Black Press file)

MALCOLMSON: Transforming mental health and substance use care in B.C.

Two years ago, government launched a 10-year plan called A Pathway to Hope

  • Sep 15, 2021
Provincial Minister of Mental Health and Addictions announced grants for six communities and organizations on Vancouver Island to address overdose response and awareness efforts. (Black Press file)
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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).
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Victoria Report

Keeping our kids learning and our communities safe no matter what

  • Sep 8, 2021
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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)

I work at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, here’s what people ask when getting their shot

By Ehsan Misaghi, Clinician-Scientist Trainee, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and Faculty…

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)
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Letters to the Editor

TELUS responds to a letter that appeared in the Aug. 26 issue

  • Sep 2, 2021
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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)
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Letters to the Editor

A reader writes about TELUS’s failure to maintain communication service during wildfires

  • Aug 26, 2021
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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)
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)

Poised for majority or upset? Hopes and fears in 1st week of Canada’s election campaign

First week of this short five-week federal election campaign kicked off with appearances in B.C.

  • Aug 23, 2021
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)
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Letters to the Editor

Readers write about forest management and a special thank you

  • Aug 19, 2021
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The Editor’s Desk: Snap election blues

If there was a worse time to call an unnecessary election, it would be hard to find

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Firefighters from Nanaimo installing structural protection equipment at a home in Spences Bridge. (Photo credit: Dwayne Rourke)

Victoria Report: Supporting business and communities

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart reflects on this year’s devastating wildfire season

  • Aug 12, 2021
Firefighters from Nanaimo installing structural protection equipment at a home in Spences Bridge. (Photo credit: Dwayne Rourke)
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The Editor’s Desk: Women’s soccer is golden

The Canadian women’s soccer team came through when it counted, a little later than expected

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