Opinion

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)
A few of the books available on the topic of Black history in Canada.

If you think Black history isn’t Canadian history, think again

‘In a community with a relatively small number of Black residents, it would be easy to let Black History Month pass without pausing’

  • Feb 10, 2021
A few of the books available on the topic of Black history in Canada.
Republican split?

The coming split in the Republican Party

When political parties split, it doesn’t usually end well for the faction that stormed out

  • Feb 9, 2021
Republican split?
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)

OPINION: B.C. urban-rural divide is a myth

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka writes there is more that binds, rather than divides, our urban-rural relationship

  • Feb 8, 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)
John Hinds, CEO of News Media Canada (formerly Newspapers Canada) reads an email from PayPal at his office in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Hinds called it “scary” after PayPal froze his organization’s payments account over a weekly newspaper story about a Syrian refugee family in Manitoba. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

LETTER: It’s time for Canadian politicians to ‘level the digital playing field’ for news

‘Google and Facebook… control the onramp to the internet highway in Canada’

  • Feb 4, 2021
John Hinds, CEO of News Media Canada (formerly Newspapers Canada) reads an email from PayPal at his office in Toronto on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Hinds called it “scary” after PayPal froze his organization’s payments account over a weekly newspaper story about a Syrian refugee family in Manitoba. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel
Hugs & Slugs

Hugs & Slugs bids farewell to January, 2021

Hugs: Big Hugs to the staff at the Post Office in the…

  • Jan 29, 2021
Hugs & Slugs
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)

OPINION: We must remain diligent, says MLA Shypitka

On January 27th, 2021, Interior Health Authority (IHA) declared Fernie as having…

  • Jan 28, 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)
Amanda Gorman reads a poem at the Inauguration of president Joe Biden in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of TED.

This is what hope looks like

We tell the truth. We seek a way through the pain. We heed the call to be the change our world needs

  • Jan 28, 2021
Amanda Gorman reads a poem at the Inauguration of president Joe Biden in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of TED.
In 1938 “Rossum’s Universal Robots” was the first science-fiction drama ever broadcast on TV, live on the BBC.

The first robots; the latest robots

100 years ago this month, a Czech play gave “robots” to the world

  • Jan 28, 2021
In 1938 “Rossum’s Universal Robots” was the first science-fiction drama ever broadcast on TV, live on the BBC.