Opinion

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)
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: Going green in B.C.

‘… the transition to zero-emission transportation will require more than impressive innovations’

  • May 9, 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)
Across Canada, newspapers face a patchwork of provincial regulations, administrative regimes, and fees. (Pixabay.com)

OP-ED: Newspapers are not packaging

‘The dissemination of news to the public is a necessary element of a vibrant and healthy democracy’

  • May 9, 2022
Across Canada, newspapers face a patchwork of provincial regulations, administrative regimes, and fees. (Pixabay.com)
Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (File photo)
Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (File photo)
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Letters to the Editor

A reader writes to say that old age is not an infirmity

  • May 4, 2022
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Women have had to fight for so many of their rights, and the fight never seems to end. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The Editor’s Desk: No resting on our laurels

We might think the fight for equal rights is over and won, but that’s far from the case

Women have had to fight for so many of their rights, and the fight never seems to end. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Terry Raymond (l) and Lily Chow of the New Pathways To Gold Society. (Photo credit: NPTGS)

Victoria Report

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart mourns the passing of Terry Raymond

  • May 4, 2022
Terry Raymond (l) and Lily Chow of the New Pathways To Gold Society. (Photo credit: NPTGS)