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

Christianity is not some monolithic group which can be described in such simplistic, ways. There are many different approaches to living a Christian life.

Christianity for Non–Christians: Four things to ponder

Yme Woensdregt From time to time, friends will say that I seem…

  • Jul 23, 2021
Hugs and Slugs

Summer of Hugs, Summer of Slugs

Hugs: To Sophie Pierre and the people of the Ktunaxa for the…

  • Jul 23, 2021
Hugs and Slugs
At left: A Cedar Waxing (Craig Montgomery photo) At right: Jacob Peter Gowy’s The Flight of Icarus (1635–1637).

What would the Waxwing birds think of Icarus?

The Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings have been handling the heat wave. Icarus didn’t do so well

At left: A Cedar Waxing (Craig Montgomery photo) At right: Jacob Peter Gowy’s The Flight of Icarus (1635–1637).
(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)
Passing lanes — the greatest invention since the solid/dashed double line.

A salute to the passing lanes of Highway 3

I want to take a moment to welcome the new passing lane…

Passing lanes — the greatest invention since the solid/dashed double line.
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)
The New Testament uses the word ekklesia, which means a people who have been “called out”

What might tomorrow’s faith community look like?

A model that’s ever–shifting, ever–changing, focussed on need and ministry and mission rather than on the survival of an institution

  • Jul 15, 2021
The New Testament uses the word ekklesia, which means a people who have been “called out”
Left: Jacob Zuma (Kim Ludbrook/EPA). Right: Donald Trump (Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com)

Gwynne Dyer: Today Zuma, Tomorrow Trump

By Gwynne Dyer Sooner or later ex-president Donald Trump is bound to…

  • Jul 15, 2021
Left: Jacob Zuma (Kim Ludbrook/EPA). Right: Donald Trump (Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com)
Haitian President Jovenel Moise was shot dead by mercenaries last week at his home in Port-au-Prince, officials said. File Photo by Jean Marc Herve Abelard/EPA-EFE

Assassination of a president: A Haitian puzzle

Gwynne Dyer The presidential dogs were still alive, which meant that something…

  • Jul 14, 2021
Haitian President Jovenel Moise was shot dead by mercenaries last week at his home in Port-au-Prince, officials said. File Photo by Jean Marc Herve Abelard/EPA-EFE
One of the things I will miss the most about where we live is this little pocket between the trees that I go to every day to look at the mountains. (Corey Bullock file)

Farm life: Bridging the rural-urban divide

A mix of emotions as Farm Life evolves from rural to urban

One of the things I will miss the most about where we live is this little pocket between the trees that I go to every day to look at the mountains. (Corey Bullock file)
1914

Hugs & Slugs: What’s the word from July?

Slugs: To the city of Cranbrook for not enforcing watering restrictions. Bigger…

1914
Discerning a new vision

Coming out of the pandemic: Discerning a new vision

Yme Woensdregt In the last few columns, I’ve been reflecting on the…

  • Jul 8, 2021
Discerning a new vision
A crowd in front of Buckingham Palace, London, July, 1914. (Photo via Wikipedia)

A tale of two Julys – 2021 and 1914

These are, we might say, febrile times. This summer so far has…

A crowd in front of Buckingham Palace, London, July, 1914. (Photo via Wikipedia)
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)
Baking cookies inside a Toyota Rav4 during the heat wave on Wednesday, June 30th. Trevor Crawley photo.

PHOTOS: Baking chocolate chip cookies during the heat wave

It was hot this week. The heat dome set new temperature records…

Baking cookies inside a Toyota Rav4 during the heat wave on Wednesday, June 30th. Trevor Crawley photo.
Hugs & Slugs

Hugs & Slugs from the Heat Dome Days

Astonished Hugs to Crystal Glass facility. Brought in two older style sash…

  • Jul 2, 2021
Hugs & Slugs
Moving from a time of dislocation

Woensdregt: Moving from a time of dislocation

Yme Woensdregt This column is part of a series about moving out…

  • Jul 2, 2021
Moving from a time of dislocation