Opinion

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we grieve. (File photo)

Hay: We can’t let the pandemic put grief on hold

‘I have learned the difference between fear and hope is focus’

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we grieve. (File photo)
Hugs and Slugs

Spring is just around the corner, so keep writing those hugs

Hugs: A huge hug to the people at “Angel Flight East Kootenay”…

  • Jan 14, 2022
Hugs and Slugs
Woodcut by Julius Schnorr

Lamenting, cursing, and yelling at God

Yme Woensdregt I’ve spent most of the first week of this new…

Woodcut by Julius Schnorr
Dogs taking a nap in the garden on a warm summer’s day in June, 2021. (Corey Bullock file)

OPINION: Living close to nature

During a year of ups and downs, gardening was one constant I could rely on.

Dogs taking a nap in the garden on a warm summer’s day in June, 2021. (Corey Bullock file)
Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. The deadline for British Columbia health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Looking ahead to upheaval in 2022: The great reset in B.C.

By Bruce Cameron Decades ago, Bob Dylan sang, “You don’t need a…

  • Jan 10, 2022
Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. The deadline for British Columbia health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Hugs to the Snow People on 15th Avenue South: Though the snow keeps accumulating, and the chilly temperatures continue, the ubiquitous Snow People are back to remind us that the days are getting longer… Christina Blaskovich photo

Hugs & Slugs to help launch 2022

Hugs: Super Starbucks Hugs to the person ahead of me in the…

  • Jan 6, 2022
Hugs to the Snow People on 15th Avenue South: Though the snow keeps accumulating, and the chilly temperatures continue, the ubiquitous Snow People are back to remind us that the days are getting longer… Christina Blaskovich photo
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Beginning the Work of Christmas

The work of Christmas throughout the year: To find, heal, feed, release, rebuild, and bring peace

  • Jan 6, 2022
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
A rendering of SpaceX’s Starship after separation from the first stage. (SpaceX)

The Industrialisation of Space

After marking time for fifty years, we are actually getting off the planet at last

  • Jan 5, 2022
A rendering of SpaceX’s Starship after separation from the first stage. (SpaceX)
Christmas for a real world

Christmas for a real world

Yme Woensdregt Last week, I gave a very brief historical overview showing…

  • Dec 30, 2021
Christmas for a real world
Clockwise from to left: A memorial for children in unmarked graves at the former residential school in Kamloops is pictured at St. Eugene Resort, June 7, 2021 (Barry Coulter photo). The Rotary Park Tourist Autocamp circa 1923. In 1925 it was moved to what’s now Baker Park. The campground was decommissioned in 2021 (photo courtesy Jim Cameron). The beaver dam at Idlewild Park (Barry Coulter photo). The interior of the Armond Theatre, under renovation (Barry Coulter photo). The Cranbrook Bucks, and friends, Western Financial Place, December, 2021 (Brian Clarkson photo)

Five top news stories for Cranbrook in 2021

Tragic discoveries, historic reflections, community transformations the coming Roaring 20s, the plucky Bucks, and beavers beavers beavers

Clockwise from to left: A memorial for children in unmarked graves at the former residential school in Kamloops is pictured at St. Eugene Resort, June 7, 2021 (Barry Coulter photo). The Rotary Park Tourist Autocamp circa 1923. In 1925 it was moved to what’s now Baker Park. The campground was decommissioned in 2021 (photo courtesy Jim Cameron). The beaver dam at Idlewild Park (Barry Coulter photo). The interior of the Armond Theatre, under renovation (Barry Coulter photo). The Cranbrook Bucks, and friends, Western Financial Place, December, 2021 (Brian Clarkson photo)
People wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 while visiting the Christmas Market in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

FINLAYSON: B.C.’s economy has largely healed, thankfully

Over the last 18 months, overall economic production has rebounded, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Dec 24, 2021
People wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 while visiting the Christmas Market in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Hugs and Slugs

A merry medly of hugs (and slugs)

Slugs: To anyone who donates jigsaw puzzles with missing pieces to local…

  • Dec 23, 2021
Hugs and Slugs
Saturnalia, by Antoine Callet

The Origins of Christmas

Yme Woensdregt Have you ever wondered about the origins of Christmas? I…

  • Dec 23, 2021
Saturnalia, by Antoine Callet
The B.C. Ferries vessel Spirit of British Columbia passes Salt Spring Island while travelling on the Salish Sea from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, B.C., at sunset on Sunday, October 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The best of times, the worst of times

During these tumultuous times, it is easy to forget how blessed we truly are

  • Dec 22, 2021
The B.C. Ferries vessel Spirit of British Columbia passes Salt Spring Island while travelling on the Salish Sea from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, B.C., at sunset on Sunday, October 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
(Pixabay photo)

With eggnog only: Terrible Christmas movies you’ll want to avoid this season

North Island Gazette editor Tyson Whitney watched these ‘classics’ so you don’t have to

(Pixabay photo)
Advent candles

Three Advents: Entering darkness, shining a light

We are just over halfway through the season of Advent. Advent is…

  • Dec 16, 2021
Advent candles
This image provided by Abbott Laboratories in August 2020 shows the company’s BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 nasal swab test. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Abbott Laboratories via AP

How to use rapid testing to keep you and yours safe during the holiday season

Experts say rapid tests are one more tool in our toolbox to stay safe

This image provided by Abbott Laboratories in August 2020 shows the company’s BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 nasal swab test. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Abbott Laboratories via AP
Flooding this past spring forced many houses in the Houseman Subdivision to erect makeshift barricades from sandbags to hold back the water. (Patrick Davies photo)

Water, water everywhere, and a tough choice about what to do with it all

Clean Energy BC estimates power demand in B.C. will grow by over 40 per cent over the next 20 years

  • Dec 7, 2021
Flooding this past spring forced many houses in the Houseman Subdivision to erect makeshift barricades from sandbags to hold back the water. (Patrick Davies photo)
Hugs and Slugs

Hugs and Slugs for the end of the rainy season

Hugs: Huge bouquet of hugs to the Cranbrook emergency department, Dr. Neimand,…

  • Dec 3, 2021
Hugs and Slugs
Save your hunting rights, control unethical behavior

Letter to the Editor: Trespassing on private property

Save your hunting rights, control unethical behavior Save our hunting rights from…

  • Dec 1, 2021
Save your hunting rights, control unethical behavior