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A mural of John Cleese doing his Ministry of Silly Walks character from ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’. (Photo credit: pxhere)

The Editor’s Desk: Not ready for prime time

Comedy legend John Cleese is apparently back, but not on the BBC where he made his name

A mural of John Cleese doing his Ministry of Silly Walks character from ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’. (Photo credit: pxhere)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Dalton Schoen (83) is tackled by B.C. Lions' Delvin Breaux Sr. (23) after making a reception during the second half of CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, July 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Lions path to clinching 2nd place not as tough as you might think

Winnipeg will be relaxed, resting starters and less focused for two remaining tilts

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Dalton Schoen (83) is tackled by B.C. Lions' Delvin Breaux Sr. (23) after making a reception during the second half of CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, July 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith reacts after his 8-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

THE MOJ: Don’t be surprised if Geno Smith keeps the Seahawks soaring

Many factors allowing former journeyman to shine in starter’s role

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith reacts after his 8-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
It might look like a peaceful walk on the beach, but if TV crime dramas are to be believed, this person is seconds away from finding a dead body. (Photo credit: Vera Kratochvil/publicdomainpictures)

The Editor’s Desk: All murder, all the time

If you believe what you see on TV, there are some places to avoid if you want to stay safe

It might look like a peaceful walk on the beach, but if TV crime dramas are to be believed, this person is seconds away from finding a dead body. (Photo credit: Vera Kratochvil/publicdomainpictures)
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Letters to the Editor

Readers write about health care and support for seniors

  • Oct 5, 2022
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Participants in a walk for Truth and Reconciliation in Ashcroft on Sept. 29, 2022. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Victoria Report

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey

  • Oct 5, 2022
Participants in a walk for Truth and Reconciliation in Ashcroft on Sept. 29, 2022. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
About 17 per cent of British Columbians are currently experiencing a mental illness or substance use issue, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. (File photo)

COLUMN: Breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness and PTSD

I always thought only those who were in a war had PTSD. I was wrong.

About 17 per cent of British Columbians are currently experiencing a mental illness or substance use issue, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. (File photo)
(courtesy B.C. Lions)

THE MOJ: A Rourke return for the Lions? Let’s call it a long shot with a shot

Still a faint hope that B.C.’s quarterback sensation could be back in time for the playoffs

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When taking a road trip to border towns like Osoyoos, don’t travel without your passports or turn off your car’s GPS. (Black Press Media photo)

BUSH: Road trip wrong-turn triggers bungle at the Osoyoos border

Don’t shut off your GPS if you haven’t driven through Osoyoos in 30 years, warns columnist

When taking a road trip to border towns like Osoyoos, don’t travel without your passports or turn off your car’s GPS. (Black Press Media photo)
Queen Elizabeth II at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria. (Photo credit: Derrick Ditchburn)

Letters to the Editor

A reader writes about the lack of power and influence of the British monarchy

  • Sep 21, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria. (Photo credit: Derrick Ditchburn)
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The Editor’s Desk: An Elizabethan epitaph

Whistler was the unlikely setting for reflections on the death of Queen Elizabeth II

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This photo, provided by National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong museum, in Rochester, N.Y., shows the class of 2022 finalists for induction, announced Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong museum via AP)

WOLF: Which toys would make the cut for induction into your own Hall of Fame?

COLUMN: Table hockey, Intellivision, Hot Wheels and Nerf balls stir memories

This photo, provided by National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong museum, in Rochester, N.Y., shows the class of 2022 finalists for induction, announced Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong museum via AP)
King Charles III, center, attend the committal service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (Joe Giddens/Pool Photo via AP)

KIRKA: Inside the abbey, a funeral fit for a leader

A first-person account of Queen Elizabeth II’s service

King Charles III, center, attend the committal service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (Joe Giddens/Pool Photo via AP)
Hundreds of people attended the Country in the Park concert in Ashcroft on Aug. 19, raising nearly $6,000 for the Lytton Fire Department. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

Letters to the Editor

Country in the Park concert a success

  • Sep 15, 2022
Hundreds of people attended the Country in the Park concert in Ashcroft on Aug. 19, raising nearly $6,000 for the Lytton Fire Department. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Ceremonial Guard on Parliament Hill, during Canada Day celebrations, in Ottawa, July 1, 1992. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

WOLF: I’ll miss my special annual phone calls from ‘Queen Elizabeth’

COLUMN: Queen-related stories bring back cherished memories

Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Ceremonial Guard on Parliament Hill, during Canada Day celebrations, in Ottawa, July 1, 1992. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Ryan Reynolds sent reporter Jessica Peters a celebratory message on Twitter when she announced the end of her cancer journey.

VIDEO: Message from Ryan Reynolds helps Black Press reporter celebrate end of cancer journey

Reporter Jessica Peters writes how one tweet helped share happiness around the world

Ryan Reynolds sent reporter Jessica Peters a celebratory message on Twitter when she announced the end of her cancer journey.
Cheerful sunflowers appeared in several of the community garden beds in Ashcroft, thanks to an anonymous source, providing a splash of colour among the bounty of vegetables. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: Counting my garden blessings

It’s easy to take for granted the bounty of fruit and vegetables we have such easy access to

Cheerful sunflowers appeared in several of the community garden beds in Ashcroft, thanks to an anonymous source, providing a splash of colour among the bounty of vegetables. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
A woman checks out a jobs advertisement sign during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Statistics Canada will release its latest reading on the job market on Friday. The agency will release its labour force survey for April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

FINLAYSON: A post-Labour Day review of B.C.’s job market

‘The province’s economy is now losing steam amid a turbulent and uncertain global backdrop and decelerating growth in both the U.S. and Canada’

  • Sep 7, 2022
A woman checks out a jobs advertisement sign during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Statistics Canada will release its latest reading on the job market on Friday. The agency will release its labour force survey for April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Black Press Media has joined 46 other journalism associations and media outlets to call for more action against hate and threats that target journalists and their safety. (CAJ creative)

Black Press Media joins 46 media outlets to call for plan to protect journalists against hate, threats

Led by the Canadian Association of Journalists, police and the federal government need to do more to protect reporters

  • Sep 1, 2022
Black Press Media has joined 46 other journalism associations and media outlets to call for more action against hate and threats that target journalists and their safety. (CAJ creative)
Employees punching the clock to start and end their shift, and doing their job in between those times, now seems to have acquired a new name. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The Editor’s Desk: Not so quiet quitting

Apparently ‘doing your job’ now has a new name

Employees punching the clock to start and end their shift, and doing their job in between those times, now seems to have acquired a new name. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)