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Letters to the Editor

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Letters to the Editor
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Letters to the Editor: Dogs and stix don’t mix

We recently lost our beautiful 13-month old black lab, River. We were…

Email letters to the editor to editor@northislandgazette.com and we will publish online and in print.
The light on the farm as of late has been something of a spectacle. (Corey Bullock file)

Farm life: Spring is here

Sunday morning. I wake to my natural rhythm, no alarm to jolt…

The light on the farm as of late has been something of a spectacle. (Corey Bullock file)
Barry Coulter photo

Jis’ Blue, God: A Pandemic Lament

Yme Woensdregt I wrote about this poem just over five years ago,…

  • Mar 16, 2021
Barry Coulter photo
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Re: In response to MP’s mailout

  • Mar 16, 2021
Letters to the Editor
Detail of The Return of the Prodigal Son by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Keeping the Riffraff in

Jesus tells all kinds of stories about God welcoming the riffraff, taking the side of the poor, feeding the hungry and loving the unlovable.

  • Mar 11, 2021
Detail of The Return of the Prodigal Son by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Master of Time: Sanford Fleming, inventor of Canada’s six time zones.

(Sigh) Remember to set your clocks forward

Once again we are forced to move our clocks ahead. Plus, a brief history of Daylight Savings Time in the East Kootenay

Master of Time: Sanford Fleming, inventor of Canada’s six time zones.
A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)

OPINION: Helping a 97-year-old man get his COVID vaccination appointment

Call centre inundated with 1.7 million calls while there are just 50,000 folks over 90 in B.C.

A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)
National Lampoon creator Doug Kenney

Booknotes: The uproarious career of the ‘funniest man in the room’

Mike Selby discusses the life and times of National Lampoon creator Doug Kenny

  • Mar 7, 2021
National Lampoon creator Doug Kenney
Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. File photo

COMMONS CORNER: Challenging the government on vaccine availability and more

The first of a quarterly column from Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. File photo
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FINLAYSON: Government should focus on strengthening B.C.’s leading export industries

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Mar 1, 2021
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
(Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)

OP-ED: 1 year into pandemic, B.C.’s tourism sector hopes for a light at the end of the tunnel

Only about 17 per cent of businesses have been operating as usual in B.C.

  • Feb 26, 2021
(Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)
Pictured is a photocopy, of a photocopy, of the photo taken when the foundation was being laid for the Fort Steele Diamond Jubilee Hospital in 1897. The hospital has the distinction of being the first public hospital opened in the Southeast Kootenay. The original version of the photo is in a museum in Victoria. (Corey Bullock file)

Farm Life: A trove of history from the area’s first hospital

The Fort Steele Diamond Jubilee Hospital was built in 1897

Pictured is a photocopy, of a photocopy, of the photo taken when the foundation was being laid for the Fort Steele Diamond Jubilee Hospital in 1897. The hospital has the distinction of being the first public hospital opened in the Southeast Kootenay. The original version of the photo is in a museum in Victoria. (Corey Bullock file)
Source: Wikipedia

Leaving a mark, and being marked

Yme Woensdregt Artists mark their works with their names or initials or…

  • Feb 18, 2021
Source: Wikipedia
Hugs & Slugs

Hugs and Slugs

Hugs: To the lady who came running out of Pharmasave to tell…

Hugs & Slugs
David Black speaks at a 2017 news conference urging B.C. to bid on the 2022 Commonwealth Games, after serving as a director for the 1994 event hosted by Victoria. (Black Press Media files)

OP-ED: B.C. tourism needs a boost from 2026 Commonwealth Games

‘Far more profitable’ than 1994 event hosted by Victoria

  • Feb 17, 2021
David Black speaks at a 2017 news conference urging B.C. to bid on the 2022 Commonwealth Games, after serving as a director for the 1994 event hosted by Victoria. (Black Press Media files)
Rev. Will Bowen of Christ Church Unity in Kansas City — check out his website, www.acomplaintfreeworld.org

A Complaint–Free Life

By Yme Woensdregt Are you kidding me? No complaints for 21 days?…

  • Feb 14, 2021
Rev. Will Bowen of Christ Church Unity in Kansas City — check out his website, www.acomplaintfreeworld.org
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)

MALCOLMSON: 2020 left us grappling with overdose tragedy and working for change

B.C.’s Addictions Minister reflects on visit to Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver

  • Feb 12, 2021
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)
Hugs and Slugs

Hugs and Slugs for all kinds of weather …

Hugs: A big bro hug to Clint from the city who came…

Hugs and Slugs
There are a growing number of K-Pop idols from China, to the growing concern of the Chinese government. (koreaboo.com)

The Proposal to Prevent the Feminisation of Male Adolescents in China

By Gwynne Dyer It seemed innocent enough at the start: just a…

  • Feb 11, 2021
There are a growing number of K-Pop idols from China, to the growing concern of the Chinese government. (koreaboo.com)