Opinion

A garden gnome keeps watch near a property in Lytton that has yet to be cleared. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: Lytton one year later

Returning to Lytton a year after the fire that destroyed most of it is a sobering experience

The Desert Sands Community School graduating class of 2022 takes a moment to celebrate. (Photo credit: Gary Winslow)

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart congratulates the grads of 2022

By Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart This is such a special time of…

  • Jun 29, 2022
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CAMERON: What’s in a name? The BC Liberal Party contemplates a name change

‘The name change effort may look trivial, but it is a crucial step on the road to potentially regaining power’

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The Editor’s Desk: Where are the workers?

With ‘Help Wanted’ signs in every other shop window, a look at where the workers went, and why

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People contribute to a hand painting during the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OP-ED: Anti-Racism Data Act will help to dismantle systemic racism

National Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity to celebrate B.C.’s historic Anti-Racism Data Act

  • Jun 21, 2022
People contribute to a hand painting during the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
FILE – Nathan Cullen on February 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

CULLEN: Collective effort to support Ukrainians a testament to B.C.’s spirit

World Refugee Day to be held June 20 in British Columbia

  • Jun 20, 2022
FILE – Nathan Cullen on February 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Unless you’re referring to these, it might be a good idea to retire the word ‘snowflake’. (Photo credit: Jill Wellington/Pixabay)

The Editor’s Desk: Snowflakes and pebbles

The world changes around us every day. People? Not so much.

Unless you’re referring to these, it might be a good idea to retire the word ‘snowflake’. (Photo credit: Jill Wellington/Pixabay)
Flowers outside the <em>Journal</em> office. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: How not to make coffee

A Keurig kerfuffle starts the week and a gracious garden compliment ends it

Flowers outside the <em>Journal</em> office. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Canadian actor Hayden Christensen, centre, and his mother, Alie, arrive for the charity premiere screening of Star Wars: Episode Two Attack of the Clones, in Toronto Sunday May 12, 2002. Christensen plays the role of Anakin Skywalker in the film. (CP PHOTO/Aaron Harris)

Cole’s Notes: Hayden Christensen deserves better from Canadians

Christensen hails from Vancouver, a fact too few Canadians celebrate

Canadian actor Hayden Christensen, centre, and his mother, Alie, arrive for the charity premiere screening of Star Wars: Episode Two Attack of the Clones, in Toronto Sunday May 12, 2002. Christensen plays the role of Anakin Skywalker in the film. (CP PHOTO/Aaron Harris)
It takes dozens of volunteers thousands of hours of their time to bring every WRAPS theatre performance to life. Now imagine a world where those volunteers — and all the others who give of their time to make our communities better and more fun — simply said ‘Forget it’ and walked away. (pictured) Cast and crew of the WRAPS production of <em>Arsenic and Old Lace</em>, 2016. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)

The Editor’s Desk: Get up and help out

Instead of complaining about local volunteers, try giving them a hand

It takes dozens of volunteers thousands of hours of their time to bring every WRAPS theatre performance to life. Now imagine a world where those volunteers — and all the others who give of their time to make our communities better and more fun — simply said ‘Forget it’ and walked away. (pictured) Cast and crew of the WRAPS production of <em>Arsenic and Old Lace</em>, 2016. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

Victoria Report

Doctors, nurses, and patients need more support from government

  • Jun 1, 2022
Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
Jock Finlayson is a senior policy advisor with the Business Council of British Columbia.

FINLAYSON: Taming the inflation monster

‘Canadian policymakers should support the Bank of Canada’s efforts to get inflation back to 2 per cent’

  • Jun 1, 2022
Jock Finlayson is a senior policy advisor with the Business Council of British Columbia.
Melanie Mark, MLA elect for Vancouver-Mt Pleasant, speaks with media after becoming the first First Nations woman to serve in the legislature as she looks up at family and friends during a swearing in ceremony at legislature on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

MARK: B.C.’s tourism industry paddles out of the pandemic storm, ready to welcome visitors

‘The recovery of the tourism industry is bringing a new challenge for operators in B.C.’

  • May 27, 2022
Melanie Mark, MLA elect for Vancouver-Mt Pleasant, speaks with media after becoming the first First Nations woman to serve in the legislature as she looks up at family and friends during a swearing in ceremony at legislature on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
The cast of the WRAPS production of <em>My Fair Lady</em> (2015). As cast, crew, and the audience will attest, there’s nothing quite like live theatre. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)

The Editor’s Desk: The magic of theatre

There’s nothing quite like seeing something live on stage, unfolding before your very eyes

The cast of the WRAPS production of <em>My Fair Lady</em> (2015). As cast, crew, and the audience will attest, there’s nothing quite like live theatre. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)

CAMERON: Keeping the British in British Columbia?

Victoria Day marks the informal start of summer in Canada, but it’s also a celebration of our historic connection

  • May 24, 2022
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)
Premier-Designate Jason Kenney addresses the media the day his after his election victory in Edmonton on Wednesday April 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

BENNETT: Jason Kenney led Alberta through bulldog willpower and work ethic

Kenney resigned after just 51 per cent of party rank-and-file endorsed him in a leadership review

Premier-Designate Jason Kenney addresses the media the day his after his election victory in Edmonton on Wednesday April 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
It’s quite possible that we need to replace the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, but now probably isn’t the right time. (Photo credit: Province of B.C.)

The Editor’s Desk: Museum miscalculation

A new Royal B.C. Museum would be lovely, but now isn’t the time

It’s quite possible that we need to replace the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, but now probably isn’t the right time. (Photo credit: Province of B.C.)
A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver on March 30, 2020. he B.C. government says temporary pandemic pay that was promised to essential workers in mid-May should be coming in October. The stipend was promised to hundreds of thousands of essential workers for work done between March and July and some workers say they’re frustrated it still hasn’t arrived. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

PETERS: Nurses give far more than just medical care

On National Nurses Week, it’s time to think back to the nurses who have cared for us

A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver on March 30, 2020. he B.C. government says temporary pandemic pay that was promised to essential workers in mid-May should be coming in October. The stipend was promised to hundreds of thousands of essential workers for work done between March and July and some workers say they’re frustrated it still hasn’t arrived. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Shannon Porter (l) and Chrissy Carey at Soup’s On in Ashcroft on April 22. (Photo credit: Submitted)

Letters to the Editor

The Soup’s On coordinator says thank you to volunteers

  • May 11, 2022
Shannon Porter (l) and Chrissy Carey at Soup’s On in Ashcroft on April 22. (Photo credit: Submitted)
Owen Dudley Edwards (r) in his natural habitat: surrounded by books and talking to people. (Photo credit: West Port Book festival)

The Editor’s Desk: Small talk, big trouble

Is the gentle art of small talk at big risk in today’s world?

Owen Dudley Edwards (r) in his natural habitat: surrounded by books and talking to people. (Photo credit: West Port Book festival)