Opinion

Gymnast Simone Biles answers a question during an interview after a training session Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Elliott: ‘We can all learn from her courage’: Simone Biles not alone in mental health struggle

It’s worth paying attention to people who best understand what Olympic gymnastic star is confronting

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Affordable housing, great news for Fruitvale families

‘The most attractive component of this project was to include a 34-36 spot Daycare center’

  • Jul 23, 2021
(Phil McLachlan – Western News)

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Twenty years ago, there were no national statistics on wildfire evacuations

(Phil McLachlan – Western News)
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)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Apple’s Siri is no longer a woman by default, but is this really a win for feminism?

Users must now choose between two male and two female voices when enabling the voice assistant

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Jaywalking: cross at your own risk

Pedestrians must shoulder their share of the responsibility

  • Jul 14, 2021
Tim Schewe
A crowd in front of Buckingham Palace, London, July, 1914. (Photo via Wikipedia)

A tale of two Julys in British Columbia – 2021 and 1914

“These are, we might say, febrile times.”

A crowd in front of Buckingham Palace, London, July, 1914. (Photo via Wikipedia)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: When drivers kill

Most people hearing this news are likely to ask, why hadn’t the driver been charged with homicide?

  • Jul 11, 2021
Tim Schewe
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
Have you ever felt like giving up? Maybe that’s where you are today, but God gives us hope. Photo: Hugo Fergusson/Unsplash

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A story in the Old Testament frames a clear response to such questions.

  • Jul 11, 2021
Have you ever felt like giving up? Maybe that’s where you are today, but God gives us hope. Photo: Hugo Fergusson/Unsplash
Learning about old growth forests. Photo: Submitted

Promising progress on B.C. old growth forests, but more to be done

Montana Burgess writes about the provincial government’s recent forestry updates

  • Jul 7, 2021
Learning about old growth forests. Photo: Submitted
Tim Schewe

Things that will not invalidate a B.C. traffic ticket

A violator’s signature is not required to make the ticket valid.

  • Jul 7, 2021
Tim Schewe
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)
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston Pastor Ian Cotton.

Think on These Things: A Seminary Class

‘In these days of COVID, we all need to be aware of how we treat others.’

“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston Pastor Ian Cotton.
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Improving everything except drivers

I think that we should be doing more to improve our driving than renewing our licence every 5 years.

  • Jul 3, 2021
Tim Schewe
Who goes first at a four-way stop? Photo: Joshua Hoehne/Unsplash

Who goes first? The age-old four-way stop confusion

When more than one driver stops at the same time the situation becomes a bit more complicated

Who goes first at a four-way stop? Photo: Joshua Hoehne/Unsplash
“From a biblical perspective, the person is God, who reveals Himself through the Lord Jesus Christ: ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.’” Photo: Veronica Reverse on Unsplash

Life is like gardening …

Don’t you think life is like gardening in some ways?

  • Jun 27, 2021
“From a biblical perspective, the person is God, who reveals Himself through the Lord Jesus Christ: ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.’” Photo: Veronica Reverse on Unsplash
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COVID proved that local news is a lifeline. We’re investing in its future

‘Today, local media is as valued as it’s ever been’

  • Jun 24, 2021
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“We all need to consider our lives and how we managed to make our way through society to achieve order and success and how it is that others end up in chaos.” Photo: Dave Lowe/Unsplash

‘There but for fortune, may go you and I … ‘

“Short stays on acute psychiatric units with minimal follow up care are not sufficient,” says Crain.

“We all need to consider our lives and how we managed to make our way through society to achieve order and success and how it is that others end up in chaos.” Photo: Dave Lowe/Unsplash