Opinion

When taking a road trip to border towns like Osoyoos, don’t travel without your passports or turn off your car’s GPS. (Black Press Media photo)

BUSH: Road trip wrong-turn triggers bungle at the Osoyoos border

Don’t shut off your GPS if you haven’t driven through Osoyoos in 30 years, warns columnist

This photo, provided by National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong museum, in Rochester, N.Y., shows the class of 2022 finalists for induction, announced Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong museum via AP)

WOLF: Which toys would make the cut for induction into your own Hall of Fame?

COLUMN: Table hockey, Intellivision, Hot Wheels and Nerf balls stir memories

King Charles III, center, attend the committal service for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (Joe Giddens/Pool Photo via AP)

KIRKA: Inside the abbey, a funeral fit for a leader

A first-person account of Queen Elizabeth II’s service

Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Ceremonial Guard on Parliament Hill, during Canada Day celebrations, in Ottawa, July 1, 1992. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

WOLF: I’ll miss my special annual phone calls from ‘Queen Elizabeth’

COLUMN: Queen-related stories bring back cherished memories

Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Ceremonial Guard on Parliament Hill, during Canada Day celebrations, in Ottawa, July 1, 1992. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
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Woensdregt: On reading and believing the Bible

Yme Woensdregt Last week, I wrote about a conversation with a shopkeeper…

  • Sep 16, 2022
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Ryan Reynolds sent reporter Jessica Peters a celebratory message on Twitter when she announced the end of her cancer journey.

VIDEO: Message from Ryan Reynolds helps Black Press reporter celebrate end of cancer journey

Reporter Jessica Peters writes how one tweet helped share happiness around the world

Ryan Reynolds sent reporter Jessica Peters a celebratory message on Twitter when she announced the end of her cancer journey.
The redwood forests of Oregon.

Woensdregt: Things that Make Me Go ‘Hmmmm’

Rev. Yme Woensdregt As a stamp collector, it was a real delight…

  • Sep 9, 2022
The redwood forests of Oregon.
A woman checks out a jobs advertisement sign during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Statistics Canada will release its latest reading on the job market on Friday. The agency will release its labour force survey for April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

FINLAYSON: A post-Labour Day review of B.C.’s job market

‘The province’s economy is now losing steam amid a turbulent and uncertain global backdrop and decelerating growth in both the U.S. and Canada’

  • Sep 7, 2022
A woman checks out a jobs advertisement sign during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Statistics Canada will release its latest reading on the job market on Friday. The agency will release its labour force survey for April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Martin Luther King Jr. with “The Gandhi Reader.”

The Gandhi Reader: MLK’s literary inspiration

By Mike Selby King was lucky. In the spring of 1938, a…

  • Sep 7, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr. with “The Gandhi Reader.”
Black Press Media has joined 46 other journalism associations and media outlets to call for more action against hate and threats that target journalists and their safety. (CAJ creative)

Black Press Media joins 46 media outlets to call for plan to protect journalists against hate, threats

Led by the Canadian Association of Journalists, police and the federal government need to do more to protect reporters

  • Sep 1, 2022
Black Press Media has joined 46 other journalism associations and media outlets to call for more action against hate and threats that target journalists and their safety. (CAJ creative)
Almost $400,000 is coming into our region for arts and sports organizations through the latest round of Community Gaming Grants. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Weston: Why is money so confusing?

Tips on how to get you and your money speaking the same language

Almost $400,000 is coming into our region for arts and sports organizations through the latest round of Community Gaming Grants. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
Drowning is “not the violent splashing and shouting for help that one sees on TV. There’s no screaming or flailing of arms,” writes reporter Jenna Hauck. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

COLUMN: Drowning is silent; familiarize yourself with the signs of it

Chilliwack reporter shares what signs of drowning look like after incident with son in pool

Drowning is “not the violent splashing and shouting for help that one sees on TV. There’s no screaming or flailing of arms,” writes reporter Jenna Hauck. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
The best shade in Cranbrook is at the Westlawn cemetery. (Barry Coulter photo)

Shade: Worth its weight in gold

… and we’re not just throwing shade, here

The best shade in Cranbrook is at the Westlawn cemetery. (Barry Coulter photo)
The Creston Valley Hospital’s emergency department has been closed twice this summer due to staff shortage. (Photo by Aaron Hemens)

OPINION: Action and accountability needed in B.C.’s health-care crisis

MLA for Kootenay-East Tom Shypitka writes on health-care challenges in the Kootenays

  • Aug 12, 2022
The Creston Valley Hospital’s emergency department has been closed twice this summer due to staff shortage. (Photo by Aaron Hemens)
The Kootenay Ice were inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame last month, July 22, 2022, for their 2002 Memorial Cup victory.

20 years later: Kootenay Ice back in the news

What’s past is prologue — or is it?: Do the Kootenay Ice still matter to Cranbrook?

The Kootenay Ice were inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame last month, July 22, 2022, for their 2002 Memorial Cup victory.
The T-33 was used in the Korean War, but is a mainstay at airshows across North America these days. My flight suit awaits. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

COLUMN: Black Press reporter straps into old fighter jet at Abbotsford Airshow

‘Used in the Korean War 70 years ago, the T-33 is one of my favourite aircraft to watch in flight’

The T-33 was used in the Korean War, but is a mainstay at airshows across North America these days. My flight suit awaits. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
A Chilliwack Military Education Centre tank crushing cars is scheduled to be on display at the Chilliwack Fair on all three days, Aug. 5, 6 and 7, 2022. (Chilliwack Fair Facebook)

OPINION: Chilliwack Fair’s display of tank crushing cars deemed ‘insensitive’ in light of Ukraine war

Chilliwack has a proud military history but military tanks shouldn’t be crushing civilian vehicles

A Chilliwack Military Education Centre tank crushing cars is scheduled to be on display at the Chilliwack Fair on all three days, Aug. 5, 6 and 7, 2022. (Chilliwack Fair Facebook)
A ferry arrives at Horseshoe Bay near West Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 16, 2020. British Columbia’s health and safety agency for workers has imposed a hefty fine on BC Ferry Services Inc. over the death of one of its workers in June 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

CAMERON: Can a new captain at BC Ferries set the ship straight?

Joy McPhail moves on to herculean challenge of fixing problem-plagued BC Ferries

A ferry arrives at Horseshoe Bay near West Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 16, 2020. British Columbia’s health and safety agency for workers has imposed a hefty fine on BC Ferry Services Inc. over the death of one of its workers in June 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Lebanese film maker and director Nadine Labaki

It isn’t religion that’s the problem

How it is possible in this world, which is so angry and divided, how can we remain hopeful and compassionate?

  • Jul 29, 2022
Lebanese film maker and director Nadine Labaki
William Stringfellow wrote often about being a Christian in the world. It is not our goal, he wrote, to be good, pious, moral, or righteous. Instead, the goal of Christian life is to live humanely, gently, and compassionately amid our estrangement.

Woensdregt: Not to be good, pious, moral, or righteous

Yme Woensdregt One of the strongest influences on my life was William…

  • Jul 15, 2022
William Stringfellow wrote often about being a Christian in the world. It is not our goal, he wrote, to be good, pious, moral, or righteous. Instead, the goal of Christian life is to live humanely, gently, and compassionately amid our estrangement.