Opinion

FILE: Four-year-old Jonah Arbez holds a protest sign at a Friday’s Strike for Climate on the steps of Nanaimo City Hall in 2019. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)

Cole’s Notes: It’s hard to be young these days

It won’t be easy to solve our problems, but our futures are worth fighting for

FILE: Four-year-old Jonah Arbez holds a protest sign at a Friday’s Strike for Climate on the steps of Nanaimo City Hall in 2019. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
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Letters to the Editor

Ashcroft should build a dog park

  • Apr 28, 2022
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A fan pays his respects in front of a bronze statue of Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, Friday, April 22, 2022, in Montreal. Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, who helped the Montreal Canadiens win five Stanley Cup titles in the 1970s, has died at age 70. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Legendary Lafleur was an inspiration for a generation of Canadians

COLUMN: Former Canadiens superstar leaves an indelible legacy

A fan pays his respects in front of a bronze statue of Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, Friday, April 22, 2022, in Montreal. Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, who helped the Montreal Canadiens win five Stanley Cup titles in the 1970s, has died at age 70. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
A 600 watt microwave on sale in February 1978 for $349.98 ($1,543 in today’s dollars). You can now get a 1,000 watt microwave for $134.99 in today’s dollars, which goes to show how new technology tends to come down in price as it becomes more common. There’s no reason to think the same thing won’t happen with electric vehicles. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> archives)

The Editor’s Desk: The future looks bright

As electric vehicle use increases, more folks will be stopping — and dropping money — in our communities

A 600 watt microwave on sale in February 1978 for $349.98 ($1,543 in today’s dollars). You can now get a 1,000 watt microwave for $134.99 in today’s dollars, which goes to show how new technology tends to come down in price as it becomes more common. There’s no reason to think the same thing won’t happen with electric vehicles. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> archives)
Human-caused wildfires can easily be prevented, yet they continue to account for many of the wildfires in B.C. each year. (Photo credit: Amber Oliver)

Human-caused wildfires can be prevented

Many of the wildfires that have devastated BC in the last five years were caused by careless humans

  • Apr 20, 2022
Human-caused wildfires can easily be prevented, yet they continue to account for many of the wildfires in B.C. each year. (Photo credit: Amber Oliver)
Castlegar News editor Betsy Kline was visiting Union Square in New York City on the day of the April 12, 2022 subway shooting. Photo: Tom Kline

COLUMN: A few stops away: reflections on the New York subway shooting

Castlegar News editor Betsy Kline was on the subway in New York on the day of the recent shooting

Castlegar News editor Betsy Kline was visiting Union Square in New York City on the day of the April 12, 2022 subway shooting. Photo: Tom Kline
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The Editor’s Desk: A matter of life and death

The health care industry needs to pay more attention to the needs of half the world’s population

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Rather than place blame on people, we should recognize the causes of social problems and work toward solutions, suggests social worker Mia Dunbar. (Photo credit: Black Press files)

We must do our part as a community in order to create change

More resources are needed to prevent people from slipping through the cracks

  • Apr 13, 2022
Rather than place blame on people, we should recognize the causes of social problems and work toward solutions, suggests social worker Mia Dunbar. (Photo credit: Black Press files)
Calico cat painting from the Anonymous Art Show (2022).

The Editor’s Desk: Art does brighten a room

Is it possible to have too much art? Almost certainly not

Calico cat painting from the Anonymous Art Show (2022).
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Victoria Report

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart says that B.C. must step up for Ukrainian refugees

  • Apr 6, 2022
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This image from the trailer of the 2021 Punjabi film <em>Honsla Rakh</em> was filmed in Surrey’s Brownsville Bar Park with New Westminster and the iconic Skybridge in the background. <em>Honsla Rakh</em> is a rom-com featuring superstar Diljit Dosanjh set in Vancouver and Surrey. Since its release, it has become one of the highest-grossing Punjabi films of all time. (Diljit Dosanjh/YouTube)

Cole’s Notes: B.C. could be the main star in films – but we can play any role

Film is a multi-billion dollar industry in B.C., but we rarely play ourselves on-screen

This image from the trailer of the 2021 Punjabi film <em>Honsla Rakh</em> was filmed in Surrey’s Brownsville Bar Park with New Westminster and the iconic Skybridge in the background. <em>Honsla Rakh</em> is a rom-com featuring superstar Diljit Dosanjh set in Vancouver and Surrey. Since its release, it has become one of the highest-grossing Punjabi films of all time. (Diljit Dosanjh/YouTube)
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a COVID-19 update news conference. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

LETTER: Relaxing of COVID measures ‘reckless,’ says doctors group

B.C. doctors says public health measures failing residents

  • Apr 4, 2022
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a COVID-19 update news conference. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, puts on her protective mask after releasing details about a COVID-19 vaccination card that will be needed by anyone wanting to eat in restaurants, visit theatres or go to other events. She made the announcement at a news conference at the B.C. legislature in Victoria on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

HENRY: The goal amid COVID is to never need a mask mandate or event limits again

‘We used masks in combination with our other layers to give us the protection we needed’

  • Apr 1, 2022
Provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, puts on her protective mask after releasing details about a COVID-19 vaccination card that will be needed by anyone wanting to eat in restaurants, visit theatres or go to other events. She made the announcement at a news conference at the B.C. legislature in Victoria on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
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Letters to the Editor

A reader writes to thank the community of 16 Mile for their support battling a fire on March 20

  • Mar 31, 2022
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Youn Yuh-jung (centre) presents Troy Kotsur (left) with his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 2022 ceremony. (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: A small moment of grace

The most memorable event of this year’s Oscar ceremony isn’t the one you’re probably thinking of

Youn Yuh-jung (centre) presents Troy Kotsur (left) with his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 2022 ceremony. (Photo credit: YouTube)
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: Think local, act global

Will micro and macro changes to the world economy hurt or help B.C. in 2022?

  • Mar 30, 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)
DodgeBow at the Ashcroft HUB, May 2021. It’s one of many regular and special activities offered for youth in the area. (Photo credit: Ashcroft HUB/Facebook)

The Editor’s Desk: If you can’t boost, don’t knock

Comments about how there’s ‘nothing to do here’ are wrong, and don’t help our small towns

DodgeBow at the Ashcroft HUB, May 2021. It’s one of many regular and special activities offered for youth in the area. (Photo credit: Ashcroft HUB/Facebook)
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LETTER: A strong forest sector is essential to B.C.’s strong economy

B.C.’s jobs minister recently addressed the issue of pandemic recovery in northern…

  • Mar 22, 2022
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A roundabout in Qualicum Beach. (PQB News file photo)

WOLF: Roundabouts and other pet peeves driving B.C. drivers crazy

Column: What habits do other drivers have that bother you on the road?

A roundabout in Qualicum Beach. (PQB News file photo)
Shirley Frost, left, and Gerda Faber, both members of the Wells Gray Lively Arts Society, pick up their feet during a blues song performed by Randy Hedlund and Linda MacKenzie. A Coffee House was held by the WGLAS on Saturday, March 5 in the lodge at the Clearwater ski hill. It was the first Coffee House to be held since COVID-19 restrictions were eased last month. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

Cole’s Notes: Re-opening will be awkward, so be kind

Use your COVID common sense and don’t be rude, Schisler says

Shirley Frost, left, and Gerda Faber, both members of the Wells Gray Lively Arts Society, pick up their feet during a blues song performed by Randy Hedlund and Linda MacKenzie. A Coffee House was held by the WGLAS on Saturday, March 5 in the lodge at the Clearwater ski hill. It was the first Coffee House to be held since COVID-19 restrictions were eased last month. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)