Opinion

Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. Photo: Canadian Press

OPINION: How to get your B.C. vaccine card without a smartphone or the internet

Not everyone is digitally connected so here’s how to help those who aren’t

Premier John Horgan shows his vaccination card after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. Photo: Canadian Press
Healthcare workers watch as roughly 1,000 people gathered and protested COVID-19 health measures outside of the Kelowna hospital on Sept. 1. Photo: Aaron Hemens

COVID isn’t going away any time soon, so we need to find peace

“There are reports of doctors and nurses being spat on and receiving derogatory insults.”

  • Sep 9, 2021
Healthcare workers watch as roughly 1,000 people gathered and protested COVID-19 health measures outside of the Kelowna hospital on Sept. 1. Photo: Aaron Hemens
“All baseball teams know it is a sin to run a squeeze play with two outs, and you certainly don’t do it with two strikes with your worst bunter hitting.” Photo: Thomas Park on Unsplash

Top Shelf Stories: Time for some new signs

Their pitcher for five innings, who I’m pretty sure was related to or maybe even was Josh Beckett

  • Sep 7, 2021
“All baseball teams know it is a sin to run a squeeze play with two outs, and you certainly don’t do it with two strikes with your worst bunter hitting.” Photo: Thomas Park on Unsplash
Control of Parliament could conceivably come down to one or two seats in the House of Commons – and possibly the results in the Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon riding.

OPINION: Majority government unlikely as 44th federal election gets underway

None of Canada’s federal parties are within striking distance of a majority government

Control of Parliament could conceivably come down to one or two seats in the House of Commons – and possibly the results in the Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon riding.
Virgo (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) is the sixth astrological sign in the Zodiac. Photo: Josh Rangel/Unsplash

Wild Sky Sisters: Virgo season, earth healers unite

Wild Sky Sisters is a joint venture between Angela Moffitt and Tamara McLellan

  • Sep 6, 2021
Virgo (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) is the sixth astrological sign in the Zodiac. Photo: Josh Rangel/Unsplash
“Church exists so that people have a place to call home, a community to be involved in, and a group that we can participate in.” Photo: Stefan Kunze/Unsplash

Why not give church a try? It might just change your life …

“We can have time for fellowship, because we need it.”

  • Sep 5, 2021
“Church exists so that people have a place to call home, a community to be involved in, and a group that we can participate in.” Photo: Stefan Kunze/Unsplash
“The fight for B.C.’s forests is often pitted as a battle between resource workers and environmentalists,” Eddie Petryshen writes. “Meanwhile, the policy failures and corporate agendas responsible for the current state of B.C.’s forests rarely make the headlines.” Photo: Ron Otsu on Unsplash

B.C.’s policy failures force citizens to put their bodies on the line for old growth

In 2018, the West Kootenay Ecosociety launched a formal complaint to the province …

  • Sep 3, 2021
“The fight for B.C.’s forests is often pitted as a battle between resource workers and environmentalists,” Eddie Petryshen writes. “Meanwhile, the policy failures and corporate agendas responsible for the current state of B.C.’s forests rarely make the headlines.” Photo: Ron Otsu on Unsplash
A student drops a filled out ballot into an Elections Canada box in Whitehorse on April 12. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Election 2021: Voting rights did not always extend to all Canadians

Women, Indigenous people, religious minorities and others have been denied the vote in past years

A student drops a filled out ballot into an Elections Canada box in Whitehorse on April 12. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Interior Health nurses were administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aides in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. In Salmon Arm on March 11, guests, staff and support personnel at the Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter at McGuire Lake were vaccinated. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)

I work at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, here’s what people ask when getting their shot

By Ehsan Misaghi, Clinician-Scientist Trainee, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and Faculty…

Interior Health nurses were administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aides in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. In Salmon Arm on March 11, guests, staff and support personnel at the Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter at McGuire Lake were vaccinated. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
Stretching from the heaviest concentration of stars in the south all the way to the northeast is where we see the iconic “W” symbolizing Cassiopeia. Photo: Gary Boyle

Behold Cassiopeia, ‘The Queen’ in the Kootenay skies

By Gary Boyle - The Backyard Astronomer **************************************** As the sun sets…

  • Sep 2, 2021
Stretching from the heaviest concentration of stars in the south all the way to the northeast is where we see the iconic “W” symbolizing Cassiopeia. Photo: Gary Boyle
The new normal implies that we will automatically practice hand hygiene, coughing into our sleeve, physical distancing, and mask wearing when we are in the company of others. Photo: Chuttersnap on Unsplash

‘The new normal is not so normal … ‘

“In the Kootenay region where I live, case counts are increasing.”

  • Aug 31, 2021
The new normal implies that we will automatically practice hand hygiene, coughing into our sleeve, physical distancing, and mask wearing when we are in the company of others. Photo: Chuttersnap 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
“The IPCC has relied solely on computer climate models for its 30-year litany of failed doomsday scenarios,” writes Thorpe Watson. Photo: Elena Mozhvilo/Unsplash

Letter: ‘CO2 falsely accused, once again, by another UN/IPCC report’

“IPCC relied solely on computer climate models for its 30-year litany of failed doomsday scenarios”

  • Aug 29, 2021
“The IPCC has relied solely on computer climate models for its 30-year litany of failed doomsday scenarios,” writes Thorpe Watson. Photo: Elena Mozhvilo/Unsplash
Pastor Cynthia Pelletier from Kinnaird Church of God. Photo: Submitted

Made especially for you, with love …

“I grew up in a home where good eats and extravagant hospitality went hand in hand.”

  • Aug 29, 2021
Pastor Cynthia Pelletier from Kinnaird Church of God. Photo: Submitted
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)
Barrier protects checkout clerk at a grocery store in North Vancouver, March 22, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

COLUMN: Automated checkouts are altering the job market

There has been a growing opposition to these devices, especially in the past few months

Barrier protects checkout clerk at a grocery store in North Vancouver, March 22, 2020. (The Canadian Press)
“I know the journey we are on is far from perfect, and never will be perfect in my lifetime, but I will not let that stop me from striving for better.” Photo: Unsplash

Why I participate in organized religion

“I see people supported by others in time of need.”

  • Aug 15, 2021
“I know the journey we are on is far from perfect, and never will be perfect in my lifetime, but I will not let that stop me from striving for better.” Photo: Unsplash
“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.
View of the Columbia River shoreline in Trail. Photo: Trail Times

Opinion: Canadians need to start appreciating water a little more

“Growing up in a drought, I spent a lot of time thinking about climate change … “

View of the Columbia River shoreline in Trail. Photo: Trail Times