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Coquihalla Highway washed away in three spots after a one-day atmospheric river rainfall event. (Facebook)

Opinion: Governments need to adjust to ongoing extreme climate change weather events

Canadian $5 billion yearly investment needed to deal with heat, drought, floods and fire

  • Nov 22, 2021
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston Pastor Ian Cotton.

Think on These Things: A Great Gulf Fixed

The rich man had an opportunity to help the needy, but focused on pleasure, he forgot God.

  • Nov 21, 2021
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B.C.’s mental health crisis is bad and getting worse

Nearly half of British Columbians polled said their mental health was worse due to COVID-19

  • Nov 18, 2021
When your jack-o’-lantern has lost its luster, toss it in the food and yard waste cart. Not the recycling bin. Photo: Waste Management

A Gardener’s Diary: What will you do with your pumpkin after Halloween?

Gardening columnist offers myriad of options to get rid of your jack-o’-lantern

  • Nov 2, 2021
When your jack-o’-lantern has lost its luster, toss it in the food and yard waste cart. Not the recycling bin. Photo: Waste Management
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

To Have and Have Not: Alberta opens can of worms, but will B.C. bite?

Equalization payments have often been used to incite political anger in Canada

  • Nov 1, 2021
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston Pastor Ian Cotton.

Think on These Things: The Rich Man’s Folly

‘A man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.’

  • Oct 24, 2021
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston Pastor Ian Cotton.
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The B.C. Liberal leadership race: Rebirth or reckoning?

The B.C. Liberals have always been an uneasy coalition of conservative and liberal voters,

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Behind the Mask: COVID-19 and motherhood

Vernon columnist speaks to two area moms amid the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Oct 5, 2021
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Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Analysis: Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada

Polticians need to implement environmental policies or people will go elsewhere

Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston Pastor Ian Cotton.

Think On These Things: Gain That is Loss

‘The only remedy for the sins and sorrows of men is Christ.’

  • Sep 12, 2021
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston Pastor Ian Cotton.
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Vaccine Politics: Will COVID-19 affect the outcome of the federal election in B.C.?

Week 3 of federal election analysis by columnist Bruce Cameron focuses on the effects of COVID-19

  • Sep 9, 2021
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Top Shelf Stories: Forget the darn Gatorade

By Connor Jones *************** On a cold Sunday morning in November, Grandpa…

  • Sep 9, 2021
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“Lindsey was much faster than us two ding bats. She flew into the ribbon, beating us only by a foot.” Photo: Tamas Pap on Unsplash

Top Shelf Stories: Sailor Moon boots kick butt

Montrose native and professional hockey player Connor Jones looks back at his time growing up

  • Sep 9, 2021
“Lindsey was much faster than us two ding bats. She flew into the ribbon, beating us only by a foot.” Photo: Tamas Pap on Unsplash
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact many B.C. ridings

At the federal level, the Green Party led by Elizabeth May held three of the 42 seats in B.C. not so long ago

  • Aug 30, 2021
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)

FINLAYSON: Time for a ‘health check’ on the tourism industry as summer winds down

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Aug 26, 2021
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)

Poised for majority or upset? Hopes and fears in 1st week of Canada’s election campaign

First week of this short five-week federal election campaign kicked off with appearances in B.C.

  • Aug 23, 2021
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston Pastor Ian Cotton.

Think on These Things: Do Not Wrong Another

‘We should treat others, just as we ourselves, would wish to be treated.’

  • Aug 15, 2021
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston Pastor Ian Cotton.
A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
Gary Boyle is an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He has been interviewed on more than 50 Canadian radio stations as well as television in Canada and the United States. Photo: Submitted

Embrace the Kootenay summer night for all it has to offer

Sunday night look for the moon in a crescent low in the low western sky just after sunset

  • Jul 11, 2021
Gary Boyle is an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He has been interviewed on more than 50 Canadian radio stations as well as television in Canada and the United States. Photo: Submitted
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)