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Woensdregt: What’s so great about perfection?

Perfectionism is a savage god. It demands a physical cost, a social cost, a personal cost

  • May 20, 2021
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Gwynne Dyer: Falling birthrate, rising dependency rate

Don’t worry, there will be robots to care for us at age 125

  • May 20, 2021
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Knobby dandelion pancake with maple syrup— Foraging can be fun, tasty and economical. Photo courtesy Weed Warrior Frank.

The Weed Warrior returns, with a technique for dandelion pancakes

It is mid-May, 2021. A week ago, I pulled the last bag…

  • May 19, 2021
Knobby dandelion pancake with maple syrup— Foraging can be fun, tasty and economical. Photo courtesy Weed Warrior Frank.
The image used for the cover of PRISM's fourth album, "Young and Restless." Photo taken by Fred Herzog.

In search of the Young and Restless

The desired photo for PRISM’s fourth album sparked a desparate hunt for the anonymous spirit of youth

  • May 18, 2021
The image used for the cover of PRISM's fourth album, "Young and Restless." Photo taken by Fred Herzog.
In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, visitors walk near Canada Place, a tourism and convention center in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

OPINION: B.C.’s tourism and hospitality sector desperately needs a restart plan

Pandemic’s trickle-down impact is particularly large and insidious at a local and community level

  • May 18, 2021
In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, visitors walk near Canada Place, a tourism and convention center in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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‘Mowing the Grass’: Last Round for Israel’s Strategy

Gwynne Dyer “We didn’t want this conflict, but now that it’s started…

  • May 18, 2021
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Where all of Canada would meet, sort of … A Greyhound bus waiting at the old terminal in downtown Winnipeg. Photo courtesy Wikipedia

A lament for the golden age of bus travel

The days are gone when all of us humped it all over Canada on the bus. More’s the pity …

Where all of Canada would meet, sort of … A Greyhound bus waiting at the old terminal in downtown Winnipeg. Photo courtesy Wikipedia
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Being good enough – is good enough

Yme Woensdregt I hear it all the time: “be your best”; “be…

  • May 14, 2021
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Hugs & Slugs, while we wait for the summer

Hugs to all the health care professionals and other helping hands at…

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Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka takes over as energy and mines critic for the B.C. Liberal opposition. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick moves from health critic to assistant deputy speaker. (Hansard TV)

GUEST COLUMN: Celebrating May as Mining Month in B.C.

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka says mining is critical to securing the economic future

  • May 13, 2021
Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka takes over as energy and mines critic for the B.C. Liberal opposition. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick moves from health critic to assistant deputy speaker. (Hansard TV)
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

FINLAYSON: 3 takeaways from the new B.C. budget

‘Perhaps most notable is what’s happened in the labour market since last spring’

  • May 10, 2021
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A wood engraving by Hugo Vogel of a Norse raid under Olaf Tryggvesson, circa 994 AD. Along with “they,” English gets the word “berserk” from the Old Norse language.

World O’ Words: The awesome power of “they”

The Word of the Year for 2015 and 2019 has sparked a lot of discussion over the millennium

A wood engraving by Hugo Vogel of a Norse raid under Olaf Tryggvesson, circa 994 AD. Along with “they,” English gets the word “berserk” from the Old Norse language.
Kirstin Taylor’s butterfly mural briefly re-emerged into the light last month. Photo submitted.

World O’ Words: There’s no palimpsest like Cranbrook

Cranbrook has changed so much that it feels we are living upon layers of ghost cities — like Troy

Kirstin Taylor’s butterfly mural briefly re-emerged into the light last month. Photo submitted.
Medical staff is shown preparing a patient outside a hospital in New Delhi. From the start of the pandemic, there have been 19.9 million cases of COVID-19 reported in India until May 3, 2021. 16.3 million have recovered, and there have been 219,000 deaths. (Photo submitted by Vivek)

Column: Let’s uplift the heroes in India’s battle against COVID-19

India reported over 360,000 infections on Monday, May 3

Medical staff is shown preparing a patient outside a hospital in New Delhi. From the start of the pandemic, there have been 19.9 million cases of COVID-19 reported in India until May 3, 2021. 16.3 million have recovered, and there have been 219,000 deaths. (Photo submitted by Vivek)
Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821). The painting is “Napoleon Bonaparte on the Bridge at Arcole” by Antoine-Jean Gros

The 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death

By Gwynne Dyer Napoleon Bonaparte doesn’t come up much in conversation these…

  • May 3, 2021
Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821). The painting is “Napoleon Bonaparte on the Bridge at Arcole” by Antoine-Jean Gros
Engraving from Dante’s Inferno by Gustave Doré, 1861.

Which God do I bet on?

Yme Woensdregt Last week, I wrote about Pascal’s famous wager about the…

  • Apr 30, 2021
Engraving from Dante’s Inferno by Gustave Doré, 1861.
Chronicle Editor, Cole Schisler taking part in the ageing senses challenge. (Kara Olson photo)

Schisler: Try actually walking a mile in an elder’s shoes

Workday spent with artificially aged senses a real eye-opener

Chronicle Editor, Cole Schisler taking part in the ageing senses challenge. (Kara Olson photo)
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Hugs & Slugs: how do you like your spring so far?

Hugs: To Leanne Goddard for being a great accountant and a kind…

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Today, on April 22, over 1 billion people will come together – virtually – to mark Earth Day.(Pixabay)

Earth Day 2021: a time to reflect

By Ruth Kamnitzer Today, on April 22, over 1 billion people will…

  • Apr 22, 2021
Today, on April 22, over 1 billion people will come together – virtually – to mark Earth Day.(Pixabay)
A US Marine with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit leads others to a security position after seizing a Taliban forward-operating base November 25, 2001. Photo by Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly, United States Marine Corps - http://www.pacom.mil

When words have no meaning

Once Nato is gone, the Taliban will take back power in Afghanistan, probably within months, certainly within a few years.

  • Apr 16, 2021
A US Marine with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit leads others to a security position after seizing a Taliban forward-operating base November 25, 2001. Photo by Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly, United States Marine Corps - http://www.pacom.mil