Opinion

The rising costs of fuel may affect vacation plans for some. (Black Press file photo)

EDITORIAL: A time to consider close-to-home vacations

British Columbians want summer celebrations, but fuel costs may change some plans

The rising costs of fuel may affect vacation plans for some. (Black Press file photo)
Jock Finlayson is a senior policy advisor with the Business Council of British Columbia.

FINLAYSON: Taming the inflation monster

‘Canadian policymakers should support the Bank of Canada’s efforts to get inflation back to 2 per cent’

  • Jun 1, 2022
Jock Finlayson is a senior policy advisor with the Business Council of British Columbia.
Melanie Mark, MLA elect for Vancouver-Mt Pleasant, speaks with media after becoming the first First Nations woman to serve in the legislature as she looks up at family and friends during a swearing in ceremony at legislature on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

MARK: B.C.’s tourism industry paddles out of the pandemic storm, ready to welcome visitors

‘The recovery of the tourism industry is bringing a new challenge for operators in B.C.’

  • May 27, 2022
Melanie Mark, MLA elect for Vancouver-Mt Pleasant, speaks with media after becoming the first First Nations woman to serve in the legislature as she looks up at family and friends during a swearing in ceremony at legislature on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
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: Keeping the British in British Columbia?

Victoria Day marks the informal start of summer in Canada, but it’s also a celebration of our historic connection

  • May 24, 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)
Premier-Designate Jason Kenney addresses the media the day his after his election victory in Edmonton on Wednesday April 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

BENNETT: Jason Kenney led Alberta through bulldog willpower and work ethic

Kenney resigned after just 51 per cent of party rank-and-file endorsed him in a leadership review

Premier-Designate Jason Kenney addresses the media the day his after his election victory in Edmonton on Wednesday April 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A mural in Summerland with a Truth and Reconciliation message has been vandalized. The damage was discovered on May 10. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: Disgust and shame over a display of racial hate

Vandalism of reconciliation mural in Summerland is one of many incidents involving racial hatred

A mural in Summerland with a Truth and Reconciliation message has been vandalized. The damage was discovered on May 10. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
In 2017, severe spring flooding affected the shore of Okanagan Lake. This year, while the snowpack is lower than normal, the risk of flooding still remains. (Black Press file photo)

EDITORIAL: Time to plan for weather extremes

Record-breaking heat, flooding, wildfires and other events have caused destruction throughout B.C.

  • May 18, 2022
In 2017, severe spring flooding affected the shore of Okanagan Lake. This year, while the snowpack is lower than normal, the risk of flooding still remains. (Black Press file photo)
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Wild Sky Sisters: Gemini Season – winds of change

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

  • May 17, 2022
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FILE - This Oct. 26, 2016 file photo shows a Twitter sign outside of the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. A new study published Thursday, March 8, 2018, in the journal Science shows that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu), File

COLUMN: Freedom of expression extends beyond online platforms

A freedom held dear by Canadians cannot be changed by a Twitter’s policies

FILE - This Oct. 26, 2016 file photo shows a Twitter sign outside of the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. A new study published Thursday, March 8, 2018, in the journal Science shows that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu), File
A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver on March 30, 2020. he B.C. government says temporary pandemic pay that was promised to essential workers in mid-May should be coming in October. The stipend was promised to hundreds of thousands of essential workers for work done between March and July and some workers say they’re frustrated it still hasn’t arrived. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

PETERS: Nurses give far more than just medical care

On National Nurses Week, it’s time to think back to the nurses who have cared for us

A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver on March 30, 2020. he B.C. government says temporary pandemic pay that was promised to essential workers in mid-May should be coming in October. The stipend was promised to hundreds of thousands of essential workers for work done between March and July and some workers say they’re frustrated it still hasn’t arrived. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The B.C. Coroners Service reported a record number of 175 overdose deaths related to illicit drugs in June. Approximately 5,000 people have died due to illicit-drug overdoses since a public health emergency was declared in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

EDITORIAL: Drug overdose deaths an ongoing problem in B.C.

Deaths from illicit drug use has been identified as a public health emergency since 2016

  • May 11, 2022
A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The B.C. Coroners Service reported a record number of 175 overdose deaths related to illicit drugs in June. Approximately 5,000 people have died due to illicit-drug overdoses since a public health emergency was declared in 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A Statistics Canada building and sign is pictured in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

EDITORIAL: Caring for an aging population

Number of Canadians 85 and older expected to triple in next 25 years

  • May 9, 2022
A Statistics Canada building and sign is pictured in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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: Going green in B.C.

‘… the transition to zero-emission transportation will require more than impressive innovations’

  • May 9, 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)
Across Canada, newspapers face a patchwork of provincial regulations, administrative regimes, and fees. (Pixabay.com)

OP-ED: Newspapers are not packaging

‘The dissemination of news to the public is a necessary element of a vibrant and healthy democracy’

  • May 9, 2022
Across Canada, newspapers face a patchwork of provincial regulations, administrative regimes, and fees. (Pixabay.com)
Do you call these creatures fish, sea kittens or chickens of the sea? (Black Press file photo)

COLUMN: Kittens, chickens and other sea creatures

A campaign seeks to change the way people think about fish

Do you call these creatures fish, sea kittens or chickens of the sea? (Black Press file photo)
Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (File photo)
Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (File photo)
Bill Lynch with his friend Javed after touring the Mahabat Khan Mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 1998. Photo: Submitted

COLUMN: Help bring an Afghani family to Nelson

Michelle Mungall writes about an endearing friendship and a desperate need

Bill Lynch with his friend Javed after touring the Mahabat Khan Mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 1998. Photo: Submitted
FILE: Four-year-old Jonah Arbez holds a protest sign at a Friday’s Strike for Climate on the steps of Nanaimo City Hall in 2019. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)

Cole’s Notes: It’s hard to be young these days

It won’t be easy to solve our problems, but our futures are worth fighting for

FILE: Four-year-old Jonah Arbez holds a protest sign at a Friday’s Strike for Climate on the steps of Nanaimo City Hall in 2019. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
Democracy sausage is a well-respected tradition in Australia. Every few years, Australians get together for a barbecue, and maybe vote as well. (Image courtesy of iStock)

Opinion: Vote 1, democracy sausage for Canada

An Australian institution is worth appropriating for Canadian electoral life

Democracy sausage is a well-respected tradition in Australia. Every few years, Australians get together for a barbecue, and maybe vote as well. (Image courtesy of iStock)
The Milbert’s Tortoiseshell butterfly. (Contributed )

Fewer butterflies colour the Okanagan

The number of butterflies have been declining over the last 25 years

  • Apr 28, 2022
The Milbert’s Tortoiseshell butterfly. (Contributed )