Opinion

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka takes over as energy and mines critic for the B.C. Liberal opposition. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick moves from health critic to assistant deputy speaker. (Hansard TV)

GUEST COLUMN: Celebrating May as Mining Month in B.C.

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka says mining is critical to securing the economic future

  • May 13, 2021
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

FINLAYSON: 3 takeaways from the new B.C. budget

‘Perhaps most notable is what’s happened in the labour market since last spring’

  • May 10, 2021
A wood engraving by Hugo Vogel of a Norse raid under Olaf Tryggvesson, circa 994 AD. Along with “they,” English gets the word “berserk” from the Old Norse language.

World O’ Words: The awesome power of “they”

The Word of the Year for 2015 and 2019 has sparked a lot of discussion over the millennium

Medical staff is shown preparing a patient outside a hospital in New Delhi. From the start of the pandemic, there have been 19.9 million cases of COVID-19 reported in India until May 3, 2021. 16.3 million have recovered, and there have been 219,000 deaths. (Photo submitted by Vivek)

Column: Let’s uplift the heroes in India’s battle against COVID-19

India reported over 360,000 infections on Monday, May 3

Medical staff is shown preparing a patient outside a hospital in New Delhi. From the start of the pandemic, there have been 19.9 million cases of COVID-19 reported in India until May 3, 2021. 16.3 million have recovered, and there have been 219,000 deaths. (Photo submitted by Vivek)
Kirstin Taylor’s butterfly mural briefly re-emerged into the light last month. Photo submitted.

World O’ Words: There’s no palimpsest like Cranbrook

Cranbrook has changed so much that it feels we are living upon layers of ghost cities — like Troy

Kirstin Taylor’s butterfly mural briefly re-emerged into the light last month. Photo submitted.
Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821). The painting is “Napoleon Bonaparte on the Bridge at Arcole” by Antoine-Jean Gros

The 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death

By Gwynne Dyer Napoleon Bonaparte doesn’t come up much in conversation these…

  • May 3, 2021
Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821). The painting is “Napoleon Bonaparte on the Bridge at Arcole” by Antoine-Jean Gros
Engraving from Dante’s Inferno by Gustave Doré, 1861.

Which God do I bet on?

Yme Woensdregt Last week, I wrote about Pascal’s famous wager about the…

  • Apr 30, 2021
Engraving from Dante’s Inferno by Gustave Doré, 1861.
Chronicle Editor, Cole Schisler taking part in the ageing senses challenge. (Kara Olson photo)

Schisler: Try actually walking a mile in an elder’s shoes

Workday spent with artificially aged senses a real eye-opener

Chronicle Editor, Cole Schisler taking part in the ageing senses challenge. (Kara Olson photo)
Hugs and Slugs

Hugs & Slugs: how do you like your spring so far?

Hugs: To Leanne Goddard for being a great accountant and a kind…

Hugs and Slugs
Today, on April 22, over 1 billion people will come together – virtually – to mark Earth Day.(Pixabay)

Earth Day 2021: a time to reflect

By Ruth Kamnitzer Today, on April 22, over 1 billion people will…

  • Apr 22, 2021
Today, on April 22, over 1 billion people will come together – virtually – to mark Earth Day.(Pixabay)
A US Marine with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit leads others to a security position after seizing a Taliban forward-operating base November 25, 2001. Photo by Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly, United States Marine Corps - http://www.pacom.mil

When words have no meaning

Once Nato is gone, the Taliban will take back power in Afghanistan, probably within months, certainly within a few years.

  • Apr 16, 2021
A US Marine with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit leads others to a security position after seizing a Taliban forward-operating base November 25, 2001. Photo by Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly, United States Marine Corps - http://www.pacom.mil
Janus, caught in a time between then and now, looking backwards and forwards at the same time.

How’s your soul today?

The question obliges one to dig a little deeper, to go beyond the surface of one’s life

  • Apr 16, 2021
Janus, caught in a time between then and now, looking backwards and forwards at the same time.
Hugs and Slugs

A cycle of circuit breaker Hugs & Slugs

Hugs: On Thursday, April 1, I went to DJ’s hair salon and…

Hugs and Slugs
Each year, less than one per cent of the area designated for sustainable timber harvesting by B.C.’s independent chief forester is harvested. (B.C. government photo)

GUEST COLUMN: A strategy for forests that benefits all British Columbians

Industry, union leaders seek balance on old-growth preservation

  • Apr 15, 2021
Each year, less than one per cent of the area designated for sustainable timber harvesting by B.C.’s independent chief forester is harvested. (B.C. government photo)
The Rotary Park Auto Tourist Camp, circa 1923. Two years later, the camp was moved Pooley Avenue, and is now the Mount Baker RV Park. Courtesy Jim Cameron.

Mount Baker RV Park: What is the cost of NOT operating it?

Let me play devil’s advocate for a bit here, and look at…

  • Apr 13, 2021
The Rotary Park Auto Tourist Camp, circa 1923. Two years later, the camp was moved Pooley Avenue, and is now the Mount Baker RV Park. Courtesy Jim Cameron.
Original ads in the Cranbrook Courier for the opening of Juniper Lanes in 1962 — the hottest new recreation facility in the East Kootenay. Sixty years later, the reborn Juniper Lanes will be part of a great downtown Cranbrook renaissance. Thanks to David Humphrey/Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

The Roaring Twenties, and the great downtown Cranbrook renaissance

The recent wave of local risk-taking youthful entrepreneurship will transform Cranbrook’s downtown

Original ads in the Cranbrook Courier for the opening of Juniper Lanes in 1962 — the hottest new recreation facility in the East Kootenay. Sixty years later, the reborn Juniper Lanes will be part of a great downtown Cranbrook renaissance. Thanks to David Humphrey/Cranbrook History Centre and Archives
An engraving by Levasseur after Jules-Elie Delaunay depicts the angel of death at the door during the 165 A.D. plague in Rome. (Wikimedia Commons under CC BY 4.0)

Moral malpractice and the future of faith

Yme Woensdregt Last week, I wrote about Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson’s ruling…

  • Apr 1, 2021
An engraving by Levasseur after Jules-Elie Delaunay depicts the angel of death at the door during the 165 A.D. plague in Rome. (Wikimedia Commons under CC BY 4.0)
(Black Press file photo)

FINLAYSON: Where does the money come from? The B.C. government’s top revenue sources

Governments around the world have taken on mountains of debt during the pandemic to support the economy

  • Apr 1, 2021
(Black Press file photo)
Left to right: Prince William of the House of Windsor — the sexiest bald man in the world, apparently; Peter Garrett, lead singer of Midnight Oil (photo courtesy Thesupermat); Another random bald guy, angry he didn’t make the top 100.

The survey results that have shaken the bald community

Now folks, everyone knows that the balder a man is, the better…

Left to right: Prince William of the House of Windsor — the sexiest bald man in the world, apparently; Peter Garrett, lead singer of Midnight Oil (photo courtesy Thesupermat); Another random bald guy, angry he didn’t make the top 100.
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LETTER: Who would do such a thing?

Nesting goose shot on Wycliffe property

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