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Robert Barron column: Fond memories of ‘Paddy’s Day’

By mid afternoon, the party started really taking off

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It’s looking positive for the return of a number of annual events in the region, after a too-long absence. (Photo credit: freeimageslive.co.uk/gratuit)

The Editor’s Desk: Happy days might be here

There’s a feeling of optimism in the air, as cherished events look set to return this year

It’s looking positive for the return of a number of annual events in the region, after a too-long absence. (Photo credit: freeimageslive.co.uk/gratuit)
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A reader writes to pay tribute to the Clinton Curling Club for a successful bonspiel

  • Mar 16, 2022
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Victoria Report

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart says NDP’s budget fails to address key issues for the riding

  • Mar 9, 2022
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Nigel Bruce as Dr. John Watson (l) and Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes in a promotional still from the 1939 film version of <em>The Hound of the Baskervilles</em>.

The Editor’s Desk: The joy of second chances

Being able to return to something you loved and then lost is delightful indeed

Nigel Bruce as Dr. John Watson (l) and Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes in a promotional still from the 1939 film version of <em>The Hound of the Baskervilles</em>.
Andrey Goncharuk, 68, a member of the territorial defense stands in the backyard of a house damaged by a Russian airstrike, according to locals, in Gorenka, outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Russia renewed its assault on Ukraine's second-largest city in a pounding that lit up the skyline with balls of fire over populated areas, even as both sides said they were ready to resume talks aimed at stopping the new devastating war in Europe. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

CAMERON: What freedom truly looks like

Canadians are often portrayed as polite, decent, unassuming, and hard to anger.…

  • Mar 2, 2022
Andrey Goncharuk, 68, a member of the territorial defense stands in the backyard of a house damaged by a Russian airstrike, according to locals, in Gorenka, outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Russia renewed its assault on Ukraine's second-largest city in a pounding that lit up the skyline with balls of fire over populated areas, even as both sides said they were ready to resume talks aimed at stopping the new devastating war in Europe. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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A reader writes to thank an anonymous donor who has helped local food banks

  • Mar 2, 2022
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Maze, no date photo credit: revzack/Pixabay

The Editor’s Desk: An unexpected delight

Shopping in-store rather than online was fun, but first I had to get to the mall

Maze, no date photo credit: revzack/Pixabay
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Organizers of the Guns and Hoses charity hockey match write to say thank you

  • Feb 24, 2022
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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: Bleeding hearts, lawlessness and leadership: ‘Just Watch Me’

Scrolling through my social media feed last week, I came across a…

  • Feb 17, 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)
Italy’s Caterina Carpano (in yellow at far right) lands on top of Canadian snowboarder Meryeta O’Dine during the women’s leg of the mixed team snowboard cross big final at the Beijing Olympics. (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: It’s the Danger Games!

Viewership of the Winter Olympics is down this year, but there’s a simple way to change that

Italy’s Caterina Carpano (in yellow at far right) lands on top of Canadian snowboarder Meryeta O’Dine during the women’s leg of the mixed team snowboard cross big final at the Beijing Olympics. (Photo credit: YouTube)
Grumpy, one of the Better at Home Friendly Visitors, says thank you to the Ashcroft and District Health Care Auxiliary while Hunnee looks on. (Photo credit: Nancy Kendall)

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A reader writes with hearty thanks to the Ashcroft and District Health Care Auxiliary

  • Feb 10, 2022
Grumpy, one of the Better at Home Friendly Visitors, says thank you to the Ashcroft and District Health Care Auxiliary while Hunnee looks on. (Photo credit: Nancy Kendall)
Bernadette Banner with her painstakingly hand-sewn reproduction medieval gown and a knock-off version. Can you tell which is which? (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: The high cost of fast fashion

The cheap, trendy clothing we buy and then discard after a few wears comes at a cost

Bernadette Banner with her painstakingly hand-sewn reproduction medieval gown and a knock-off version. Can you tell which is which? (Photo credit: YouTube)
Ranchers and farmers affected by the flooding in November 2021 are facing an uncertain future. (Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward)

Victoria Report: Ranchers and farmers urgently need support

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart highlights the challenges facing agriculture in our region

  • Feb 10, 2022
Ranchers and farmers affected by the flooding in November 2021 are facing an uncertain future. (Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Jonathan Hayward)
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World Wetlands Day: Nature needs us to do more

Canada’s largest land conservation organization says there has never been a more important time for nature conservation

  • Feb 4, 2022
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Consuelo Vanderbilt in a portrait on display at Blenheim Palace, where she lived for several years as the ninth Duchess of Marlborough. The picture was taken by the author in 1983, and does not appear to be online, so the artist is unknown. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: An empty gilded age

A TV series set among the very rich in American high society looks glorious but has no heart or soul

Consuelo Vanderbilt in a portrait on display at Blenheim Palace, where she lived for several years as the ninth Duchess of Marlborough. The picture was taken by the author in 1983, and does not appear to be online, so the artist is unknown. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Only about half of Grade 10 students in B.C. completed the latest “mandatory” student assessments, which revealed worryingly low levels of proficiency in literacy and numeracy. (Pixabay.com)

FRASER INSTITUTE: 60% of Grade 10 students in B.C. not proficient in math

‘Simply put, to know how to improve, you must know how you’re doing’

  • Feb 1, 2022
Only about half of Grade 10 students in B.C. completed the latest “mandatory” student assessments, which revealed worryingly low levels of proficiency in literacy and numeracy. (Pixabay.com)
Lantern decorations are hung on trees on the Olympic Green near the Olympic Tower at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, in Beijing. Millions of people in China and beyond are celebrating the Lunar New Year holiday on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

CAMERON: Is it time to get tough with China?

When the torch is lit in Beijing National Stadium February 4, marking…

  • Feb 1, 2022
Lantern decorations are hung on trees on the Olympic Green near the Olympic Tower at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, in Beijing. Millions of people in China and beyond are celebrating the Lunar New Year holiday on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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A reader writes about unrealistic climate goals

  • Jan 26, 2022
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Visitors on the gantry above the Challenger Relief Map in the newly-constructed BC Building at Hastings Park c. 1954. (Photo credit: City of Vancouver Archives)

The Editor’s Desk: A majestic, monumental map

Plans are afoot to put the Challenger Relief Map back on display, after 25 years in storage

Visitors on the gantry above the Challenger Relief Map in the newly-constructed BC Building at Hastings Park c. 1954. (Photo credit: City of Vancouver Archives)