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Hugs & Slugs

First batch of Hugs & Slugs for 2021

Hugs: Big hugs to Kimberley Fire Department and friends for their annual…

  • Jan 8, 2021
Hugs & Slugs
The Prayer of St. Francis

A Prayer for the New Year

Yme Woensdregt I have written before that I don’t usually make New…

  • Jan 8, 2021
The Prayer of St. Francis
Pattullo Bridge replacement is one of a group of major construction projects due to begin in B.C. with union-only labour. (Black Press Media)

LETTER: Compulsory trades training for B.C. apprentices makes sense

B.C. Building Trades women’s group endorses NDP’s move

  • Jan 7, 2021
Pattullo Bridge replacement is one of a group of major construction projects due to begin in B.C. with union-only labour. (Black Press Media)
Illustration: Mitch Blunt/The Guardian

Gwynne Dyer on “American” Democracy

Democracy as the default mode in the world will survive its current difficulties

  • Jan 7, 2021
Illustration: Mitch Blunt/The Guardian
There was passion — and in some quarters, panic — in the pyrotechnics New Year's Eve in Cranbrook.

There was passion in the pyrotechnics

In my view, dear people of Cranbrook, the irruption of fireworks around…

There was passion — and in some quarters, panic — in the pyrotechnics New Year's Eve in Cranbrook.
The Greek word translated “inn” in Luke 2:7 actually refers to a guest room like this one from a reconstructed Israelite house, which doubled as a storage room when not housing visitors. (ucg.org — Scott Ashley/Explorations in Antiquity Center, LaGrange, Georgia)

Away in a Manger? The Protoevangelium and the kataluma

Yme Woensdregt We all know what a nativity scene is supposed to…

  • Dec 31, 2020
The Greek word translated “inn” in Luke 2:7 actually refers to a guest room like this one from a reconstructed Israelite house, which doubled as a storage room when not housing visitors. (ucg.org — Scott Ashley/Explorations in Antiquity Center, LaGrange, Georgia)
RDEK is calling for nominations for their Volunteer of the Year award in all six electoral districts.

Reflecting on the year that was in the RDEK

Board chair Rob Gay talks about the challenges faced and addressed by the regional district

  • Dec 31, 2020
RDEK is calling for nominations for their Volunteer of the Year award in all six electoral districts.
A Turkish TB-2 drone: They’re dead cheap ($1-2 million per copy), and they are very good at killing tanks. (The Daily Sabah)

Military spending: Defending the indefensible

Gwynne Dyer The recent war between Armenia and Azerbaijan made sense, in…

  • Dec 31, 2020
A Turkish TB-2 drone: They’re dead cheap ($1-2 million per copy), and they are very good at killing tanks. (The Daily Sabah)
Hugs & Slugs

Hugs & Slugs: Happy New Year to all our readers and contributors

Hugs: Huge hugs to Steve on 5th Street South who saw me…

Hugs & Slugs
Pictured are the travelling ladybugs of Ladybug Coffee that made headlines this year. Megan Rokeby-Thomas, owner of Ladybug Coffee at the Kootenay Bay Ferry Terminal, had no choice but to close up shop this past spring. An art project that started out as just a few rocks turned into a province-wide sensation. (Submitted file)

Opinion: Coming together for the greater good

Despite a trying year, community spirit remains alive and well

Pictured are the travelling ladybugs of Ladybug Coffee that made headlines this year. Megan Rokeby-Thomas, owner of Ladybug Coffee at the Kootenay Bay Ferry Terminal, had no choice but to close up shop this past spring. An art project that started out as just a few rocks turned into a province-wide sensation. (Submitted file)
Cranbrook firefighters responded to a fire at the former legion building on Sept. 1. Emergency services personnel battled the blaze in tough conditions, as heavy winds pushed the fire over to May May’s Restaurant, which was beside the property. Trevor Crawley photo.

Looking back on an unprecedented year

It’s difficult to quantify the events of 2020. Indeed, it’s hard to…

Cranbrook firefighters responded to a fire at the former legion building on Sept. 1. Emergency services personnel battled the blaze in tough conditions, as heavy winds pushed the fire over to May May’s Restaurant, which was beside the property. Trevor Crawley photo.
Alexei Navalny said he prank called some of his alleged poisoners.(AP: Pavel Golovkin)

Underpants, Beards and Consonants

Gwynne Dyer on Navalny’s poisoned underwear, new beard science, and ways of speaking to help prevent Covid

  • Dec 24, 2020
Alexei Navalny said he prank called some of his alleged poisoners.(AP: Pavel Golovkin)
The first Christmas was pretty simple

Woensdregt: The first Christmas was pretty simple

Yme Woensdregt I saw a meme on Facebook this season which says,…

  • Dec 24, 2020
The first Christmas was pretty simple
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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
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