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Hugs & Slugs: Merry Christmas to all our readers and contributors

Hugs: A big hug to Dave Humphrey for his weekly “It happened…

  • Dec 24, 2020
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MP for Kootenay-Columbia Rob Morrison looks back on 2020. (Submitted)

MP for Kootenay-Columbia looks back on 2020

Rob Morrison is a member of the Conservative Party

  • Dec 23, 2020
MP for Kootenay-Columbia Rob Morrison looks back on 2020. (Submitted)
A trail along Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, southeast of Kelowna. Photo: Tourism BC

OPINION: Hoping for broader support and better days ahead for tourism sector

Now as we turn the page on 2020, there is room for optimism

  • Dec 22, 2020
A trail along Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, southeast of Kelowna. Photo: Tourism BC
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A wreath I made in 2019 out of yarn, tree trimmings and dried citrus. (Corey Bullock file)

Farm life: A sustainable holiday season

Ways I am trying to reduce waste throughout the holidays

A wreath I made in 2019 out of yarn, tree trimmings and dried citrus. (Corey Bullock file)
The language of eyes — highly evolved mode of communication that will lift us as a society to a kinder, calmer, more empathetic level. (Photo courtesy Google)

The eyes have it: An evolving communication skill

Now that we are all masked, we will be communicating much more through the language of eyes

The language of eyes — highly evolved mode of communication that will lift us as a society to a kinder, calmer, more empathetic level. (Photo courtesy Google)
Celebrating the light

Woensdregt: Celebrating the light

Yme Woensdregt We can see the bright lights all around us at…

  • Dec 18, 2020
Celebrating the light
Hugs and Slugs

Some Hugs to help Christmas along

Hugs: A Great Big Hug to McPherson’s Funeral Home for the beautiful…

Hugs and Slugs
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)

‘I am tired, and my soul hurts’: B.C. nurse reflects on working in ICU unit during COVID

Renée Bush writes about what it is like on the front-line of the pandemic in the north

  • Dec 16, 2020
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)
People celebrate the result of Ireland’s abortion referendum in Dublin on May 26, 2018. MAX ROSSI / REUTERS

Gwynne Dyer: Anti-abortion laws and radicalisation

What message does this have for right-wing governments that cling to power by waging ‘culture wars’ to cobble together narrow majorities? Stay away from the abortion issue. It will explode in your faces.

  • Dec 15, 2020
People celebrate the result of Ireland’s abortion referendum in Dublin on May 26, 2018. MAX ROSSI / REUTERS
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

COVID and property rights/rights of business owners

Are your rights really being violated if a business asks you to wear a mask?

  • Dec 15, 2020
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
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Farm life: The tale of the misfit Christmas tree

Let me tell you a little story. A tale of the 2020…

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Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: The long economic tail of COVID-19

‘Fast forward to late 2020 and the situation has partially stabilized’

  • Dec 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
Mark Post, a professor at Maastricht University, holds the world’s first lab-grown beef burger. (phys.org)

Salvation in a vat: The artificial meat era

Gwynne Dyer “We are putting a final end to the fossil era,”…

  • Dec 11, 2020
Mark Post, a professor at Maastricht University, holds the world’s first lab-grown beef burger. (phys.org)
A season of waiting in trust

A season of waiting in trust

Yme Woensdregt Last week, I wrote about Advent as a time of…

  • Dec 11, 2020
A season of waiting in trust
Hugs & Slugs

What do the people have to say these days …

Slugs: To the people responsible for dumping a bed box spring at…

Hugs & Slugs
German servicemen line up during the official opening ceremony of the joint multinational military exercise ‘Noble Partner 2017’ at the military base of Vaziani, outside Tbilisi, Georgia, 30 July 2017. The Noble Partner 2017 was larger-scale with engagement of NATO members and partner countries: Georgia, USA, UK, Germany, Turkey, Slovenia, Armenia, and Ukraine, reports Georgia’s Ministry of Defense. EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE

The EU: Germany is the Reason…

By Gwynne Dyer In Brussels this week, the English-speaking journalists are all…

  • Dec 9, 2020
German servicemen line up during the official opening ceremony of the joint multinational military exercise ‘Noble Partner 2017’ at the military base of Vaziani, outside Tbilisi, Georgia, 30 July 2017. The Noble Partner 2017 was larger-scale with engagement of NATO members and partner countries: Georgia, USA, UK, Germany, Turkey, Slovenia, Armenia, and Ukraine, reports Georgia’s Ministry of Defense. EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

On rights, freedoms, and wearing masks

The Charter guarantees our rights and freedoms “only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society”

  • Dec 7, 2020
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
I’m looking forward to the holidays and enjoying some time outdoors. (Corey Bullock file)

Farm life: Things slowing down, and looking up

December is here, the weather is fantastic and things are looking up.…

I’m looking forward to the holidays and enjoying some time outdoors. (Corey Bullock file)
Dorothy Kilgallen, circa 1952 (irishamerica.com)

Booknotes: Fearless reporter among the greatest of all time

Mike Selby “Success has not changed Frank Sinatra,” wrote journalist Dorothy Kilgallen…

  • Dec 4, 2020
Dorothy Kilgallen, circa 1952 (irishamerica.com)
Hugs and slugs

Second Wave Hugs & Slugs: Stay calm, be kind

Hugs: Huge Hugs for Harriet Pollock for the 35 years of participation…

Hugs and slugs