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The Honour Ranch near Ashcroft is a place of healing for military personnel, veterans, police officers, first responders, and their families who are suffering the effects of operational stress injuries including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: Suffering in silence

We need to be willing and able to talk about mental health

 

No one has ever looked at Moraine Lake in Banff National Park and thought ‘It would look even better with a big parking lot right beside it.’ (Photo credit: Jaime Reimer/pexels)

The Editor’s Desk: Don’t pave paradise

Building a bigger parking lot is not the way to preserve a much-loved beauty spot

 

’The Chinese community at Keefers’ is the title of this 1885 photograph by Charles Macmunn. The community has long since vanished, but the station name ‘Keefers’ still exists along the CP line.

The Editor’s Desk: Down the rabbit hole

An innocent conversation leads to hours of fascinating research

 

Flying the unfriendly skies: tens of thousands of flights were cancelled over the Christmas period in 2022, with passengers left largely in the dark. (Photo credit: PxHere)

The Editor’s Desk: Fly the unfriendly skies

When it comes to communicating, the airline industry seems unable to learn from past mistakes

Flying the unfriendly skies: tens of thousands of flights were cancelled over the Christmas period in 2022, with passengers left largely in the dark. (Photo credit: PxHere)
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The Editor’s Desk: A very easy resolution

Looking for an easy New Year’s resolution to keep? Look no further

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Ebenezer Scrooge, as played by Alistair Sim (r) in the 1951 film version of <em>A Christmas Carol</em>: ‘He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world.’ (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: Making things better

Making the world a better place doesn’t need to cost much more than a smile

Ebenezer Scrooge, as played by Alistair Sim (r) in the 1951 film version of <em>A Christmas Carol</em>: ‘He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world.’ (Photo credit: YouTube)
One librarian: Donna Reed as the alternative reality Mary Bailey — a spinster librarian — in <em>It’s a Wonderful Life</em>. (Photo credit: YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: Love your local library

Libraries, more than perhaps any other institution, have embraced the new and welcome everyone

One librarian: Donna Reed as the alternative reality Mary Bailey — a spinster librarian — in <em>It’s a Wonderful Life</em>. (Photo credit: YouTube)
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More eggnog: 10 terrible Christmas movies to torture your family with this holiday season

Be forewarned, these cinematic lumps of coal could potentially ruin the holiday season

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When we picture Christmas dinner with family, it oftens looks like this, but reality can be somewhat different. (Photo credit: Nicole Michalou/Pexels)

The Editor’s Desk: Food for Christmas thought

Christmas dinner can be fraught with difficulties, so here are some tips to help you get though it

When we picture Christmas dinner with family, it oftens looks like this, but reality can be somewhat different. (Photo credit: Nicole Michalou/Pexels)
It seems like such a simple thing, but Christmas gift-giving can be fraught with difficulties. (Photo credit: Mohamed Hassan/pxhere)

The Editor’s Desk: Giving the perfect gift

How to pick your way through the holiday season gift-giving minefield

It seems like such a simple thing, but Christmas gift-giving can be fraught with difficulties. (Photo credit: Mohamed Hassan/pxhere)
The editor’s desk in real life, covered with notices about just some of the myriad Christmas events coming up in the region over the next four weeks or so. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: Nothing to do in small towns? Nonsense

There’s always something to do, and the possibilities for more are endless

The editor’s desk in real life, covered with notices about just some of the myriad Christmas events coming up in the region over the next four weeks or so. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
‘But there were cats… Sleek and long as jaguars and horrible-whiskered, spitting and snarling, they would slide and sidle over the white back-garden walls.’ (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

The Editor’s Desk: We need a little Christmas

It’s never too early to start celebrating the season, despite what anyone else might say

‘But there were cats… Sleek and long as jaguars and horrible-whiskered, spitting and snarling, they would slide and sidle over the white back-garden walls.’ (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Highway 1 heading south out of Cache Creek during a snowfall on Nov. 3. ‘Driving to conditions’ season is definitely here. (Photo credit: Chantelle Lanyon Arnett)

The Editor’s Desk: It’s looking a lot like winter

Winter weather hit with a wallop, and a lot of people (surprise!) weren’t ready for it

Highway 1 heading south out of Cache Creek during a snowfall on Nov. 3. ‘Driving to conditions’ season is definitely here. (Photo credit: Chantelle Lanyon Arnett)
This is what the roads will soon look like. Are you prepared? (Photo credit: ICBC)

The Editor’s Desk: Winter driving warriors

What kind of winter driver are you? Take this quiz and find out!

This is what the roads will soon look like. Are you prepared? (Photo credit: ICBC)
George Canning, who previously held the record for shortest time as British Prime Minister (119 days), is pictured at right in this cartoon from 1809. Yes, he really did take part in a duel. No, that isn’t what killed him. Yes, British politics was much more colourful 213 years ago. (Image by Isaac Robert Cruikshank)

The Editor’s Desk: Lettuce wins by a head

In the end, the smart money was on an iceberg lettuce to last longer than the British Prime Minister

George Canning, who previously held the record for shortest time as British Prime Minister (119 days), is pictured at right in this cartoon from 1809. Yes, he really did take part in a duel. No, that isn’t what killed him. Yes, British politics was much more colourful 213 years ago. (Image by Isaac Robert Cruikshank)
British punters are betting on whether beleaguered Prime Minister Liz Truss (l) can outlast a head of lettuce (r; screen grab taken on Oct. 18, 2022). (Photo credit: <em>Daily Star</em>/YouTube)

The Editor’s Desk: A little this and that

From local elections to live web feeds, and from bouquets to brickbats

British punters are betting on whether beleaguered Prime Minister Liz Truss (l) can outlast a head of lettuce (r; screen grab taken on Oct. 18, 2022). (Photo credit: <em>Daily Star</em>/YouTube)
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)
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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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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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)