Opinion

University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)

‘I am tired, and my soul hurts’: B.C. nurse reflects on working in ICU unit during COVID

Renée Bush writes about what it is like on the front-line of the pandemic in the north

  • Dec 16, 2020
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)
People celebrate the result of Ireland’s abortion referendum in Dublin on May 26, 2018. MAX ROSSI / REUTERS

Gwynne Dyer: Anti-abortion laws and radicalisation

What message does this have for right-wing governments that cling to power by waging ‘culture wars’ to cobble together narrow majorities? Stay away from the abortion issue. It will explode in your faces.

  • Dec 15, 2020
People celebrate the result of Ireland’s abortion referendum in Dublin on May 26, 2018. MAX ROSSI / REUTERS
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

COVID and property rights/rights of business owners

Are your rights really being violated if a business asks you to wear a mask?

  • Dec 15, 2020
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
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Farm life: The tale of the misfit Christmas tree

Let me tell you a little story. A tale of the 2020…

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Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: The long economic tail of COVID-19

‘Fast forward to late 2020 and the situation has partially stabilized’

  • Dec 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
Mark Post, a professor at Maastricht University, holds the world’s first lab-grown beef burger. (phys.org)

Salvation in a vat: The artificial meat era

Gwynne Dyer “We are putting a final end to the fossil era,”…

  • Dec 11, 2020
Mark Post, a professor at Maastricht University, holds the world’s first lab-grown beef burger. (phys.org)
A season of waiting in trust

A season of waiting in trust

Yme Woensdregt Last week, I wrote about Advent as a time of…

  • Dec 11, 2020
A season of waiting in trust
Hugs & Slugs

What do the people have to say these days …

Slugs: To the people responsible for dumping a bed box spring at…

Hugs & Slugs
German servicemen line up during the official opening ceremony of the joint multinational military exercise ‘Noble Partner 2017’ at the military base of Vaziani, outside Tbilisi, Georgia, 30 July 2017. The Noble Partner 2017 was larger-scale with engagement of NATO members and partner countries: Georgia, USA, UK, Germany, Turkey, Slovenia, Armenia, and Ukraine, reports Georgia’s Ministry of Defense. EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE

The EU: Germany is the Reason…

By Gwynne Dyer In Brussels this week, the English-speaking journalists are all…

  • Dec 9, 2020
German servicemen line up during the official opening ceremony of the joint multinational military exercise ‘Noble Partner 2017’ at the military base of Vaziani, outside Tbilisi, Georgia, 30 July 2017. The Noble Partner 2017 was larger-scale with engagement of NATO members and partner countries: Georgia, USA, UK, Germany, Turkey, Slovenia, Armenia, and Ukraine, reports Georgia’s Ministry of Defense. EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

On rights, freedoms, and wearing masks

The Charter guarantees our rights and freedoms “only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society”

  • Dec 7, 2020
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
I’m looking forward to the holidays and enjoying some time outdoors. (Corey Bullock file)

Farm life: Things slowing down, and looking up

December is here, the weather is fantastic and things are looking up.…

I’m looking forward to the holidays and enjoying some time outdoors. (Corey Bullock file)
Dorothy Kilgallen, circa 1952 (irishamerica.com)

Booknotes: Fearless reporter among the greatest of all time

Mike Selby “Success has not changed Frank Sinatra,” wrote journalist Dorothy Kilgallen…

  • Dec 4, 2020
Dorothy Kilgallen, circa 1952 (irishamerica.com)
Hugs and slugs

Second Wave Hugs & Slugs: Stay calm, be kind

Hugs: Huge Hugs for Harriet Pollock for the 35 years of participation…

Hugs and slugs
Hugs and slugs

The last Hugs & Slugs of November: See you next month …

Hugs: To the people who have already put out their Christmas Lights.…

Hugs and slugs
BC Teachers' Federation President Teri Mooring is asking parents of school-aged children to encourage the wearing of masks when possible in schools. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

LETTER: Teachers union encourages culture of mask wearing in B.C. schools

BCTF President Teri Mooring asks parents to talk with children about wearing masks in school

  • Nov 24, 2020
BC Teachers' Federation President Teri Mooring is asking parents of school-aged children to encourage the wearing of masks when possible in schools. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Some very happy pigs in the mud. (Corey Bullock file)

Farm life: Finding the strength within

In the words of Dr. Bonnie Henry: be kind, be calm, be safe.

Some very happy pigs in the mud. (Corey Bullock file)
The mRNA miracle?

A new age of vaccines: The ‘mRNA’ miracle

The new ‘messenger ribonucleic acid’ vaccines are a historical advance in medical technology

  • Nov 19, 2020
The mRNA miracle?
People take in the scenery at sunset on Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, B.C. Thursday, March 19, 2020. The province of British Columbia and the provincial health minister are urging people to practice social distancing to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, and business leaders across the province are encouraging continued unity and commitment from all British Columbians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

LETTER: Together, for a brighter future for all British Columbians

‘Time and time again, British Columbians have shown resolve and strength in coming together’

  • Nov 18, 2020
People take in the scenery at sunset on Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, B.C. Thursday, March 19, 2020. The province of British Columbia and the provincial health minister are urging people to practice social distancing to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, and business leaders across the province are encouraging continued unity and commitment from all British Columbians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

GUEST COLUMN: COVID-19 masks mandatory in B.C., but not everywhere

Orders require them where necessary, Provincial Health Officer says

  • Nov 17, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)
BC ELECTION

LETTER: Reflecting on the local and provincial election results

Wayne Stetski, the BC NDP candidate for Kootenay East, shares his thoughts on the B.C. election

  • Nov 15, 2020
BC ELECTION