Opinion

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We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Twenty years ago, there were no national statistics on wildfire evacuations

Julian of Norwich’s wise words come back to comfort, centuries after they were written. (Photo credit: quotefancy)

The Editor’s Desk: All shall be well

The words of a 15th century mystic bring comfort today

A program that is by peers, for peers, will expand reach for those in need of mental health support. (Pexels)

As COVID restrictions lift, there’s help for mental health

By Sheila Malcolmson and Jonny Morris If you’re feeling anxious about B.C.…

  • Jul 22, 2021
A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Apple’s Siri is no longer a woman by default, but is this really a win for feminism?

Users must now choose between two male and two female voices when enabling the voice assistant

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Welcome to Lytton sign, July 9, 2021. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Victoria Report

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart praises local forest fire recovery efforts

  • Jul 15, 2021
Welcome to Lytton sign, July 9, 2021. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
The rainbow crosswalk in Lytton, July 9, 2021. With talk turning to rebuilding the community, serious thought should be given to a Lytton ‘supremo’, the person in charge of the project on whose desk the buck stops. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: Wanted: Lytton supremo

When it comes to rebuilding Lytton, a big-picture, long-term approach is needed

The rainbow crosswalk in Lytton, July 9, 2021. With talk turning to rebuilding the community, serious thought should be given to a Lytton ‘supremo’, the person in charge of the project on whose desk the buck stops. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Volunteers outside The Packing House in Spences Bridge take a well-deserved break after providing meals for dozens of fire personnel based in the community who are tackling the Lytton Creek fire. (Photo credit: Steve Rice/Facebook)

Letters to the Editor

A reader writes to thank the volunteers feeding firefighters in Spences Bridge

  • Jul 8, 2021
Volunteers outside The Packing House in Spences Bridge take a well-deserved break after providing meals for dozens of fire personnel based in the community who are tackling the Lytton Creek fire. (Photo credit: Steve Rice/Facebook)
The confluence of the Thompson (at bottom) and Fraser Rivers in Lytton. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: Where the rivers meet

Lytton is the beating heart of the Nlaka’pamux nation

The confluence of the Thompson (at bottom) and Fraser Rivers in Lytton. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
‘A car trip? Usually I’d say hot diggety dog, but right now it’s just hot dog, and that’s no fun.’ (Photo credit: Stock image)

The Editor’s Desk: The dog days of summer

Why you should leave Fido at home in hot weather, as told by an expert

‘A car trip? Usually I’d say hot diggety dog, but right now it’s just hot dog, and that’s no fun.’ (Photo credit: Stock image)
You might laugh, but unsafe vehicle loads are no joke. (Photo credit: Stock image)

Drivesmart column: Not securing your load could cost you big

If you do not adequately secure items you’re transporting, it can spell trouble for you and others

  • Jun 24, 2021
You might laugh, but unsafe vehicle loads are no joke. (Photo credit: Stock image)
Library card catalogues: how do I miss thee? Let me count the ways … well, that didn’t take very long. (Photo credit: Ted Eytan/<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/22526649@N03/5466788868" target="_blank">https://www.flickr.com/photos/22526649@N03/5466788868</a>)

The Editor’s Desk: The good old days?

Sometimes those ‘golden days’ of years gone by aren’t as golden as we think they were

Library card catalogues: how do I miss thee? Let me count the ways … well, that didn’t take very long. (Photo credit: Ted Eytan/<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/22526649@N03/5466788868" target="_blank">https://www.flickr.com/photos/22526649@N03/5466788868</a>)
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‘Today, local media is as valued as it’s ever been’

  • Jun 24, 2021
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Letters to the Editor

A reader writes about an action plan for an ailing forest

  • Jun 16, 2021
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‘I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.’ Jade Boulder is back on display at the Cariboo Jade Shop, this time inside the store. (Photo credit: Babara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: The life of a rock star

Cache Creek’s Jade Boulder checks in with a guest editorial

‘I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.’ Jade Boulder is back on display at the Cariboo Jade Shop, this time inside the store. (Photo credit: Babara Roden)
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Letters to the Editor

A reader writes about the continuing impact of residential schools

  • Jun 9, 2021
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New normal graphic, 2021. Photo credit: geralt/Pixabay

The Editor’s Desk: Getting back to normal

COVID-19 restrictions are set to start loosening; take this quiz to find out how you’ll do

New normal graphic, 2021. Photo credit: geralt/Pixabay
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Letters to the Editor

A reader writes about the heartbreaking discovery at the Kamloops Residential School

  • Jun 2, 2021
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A sign outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation. The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site of the former residential school. (Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Andrew Snucins)

Our View: Buried history comes to light in residential school graves

The shocking deaths reveal how racist Canadian society was and is against indigenous people

A sign outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation. The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site of the former residential school. (Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Andrew Snucins)