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Aiko, a rescue dog whose name means ‘beloved son’ or ‘little loved one’. (Philip Wolf photo)

Wolf: What’s in a name (2.0)? Parksville offers interesting list of dog monikers

List includes Rembrandt, Swayze, Zorro, Fabio, Fonzie and Yoda

Aiko, a rescue dog whose name means ‘beloved son’ or ‘little loved one’. (Philip Wolf photo)
I hope the pandemic doesn’t kill the bulk section. I like to choose my own candy. (File)
I hope the pandemic doesn’t kill the bulk section. I like to choose my own candy. (File)
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)
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, before she knew she would change literature. Photo Wikipedia

DeMeer: And Then There Were None opened my eyes to books

What book knocked your booties off when you were young?

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, before she knew she would change literature. Photo Wikipedia
This is ‘Sam’, who said he definitely didn’t know who got into the kitchen garbage can. (Philip Wolf photo)

Wolf: What’s in a (dog’s) name? Naming pets an interesting exercise

Column: Smokey and the Bandit, Aiko, Sam, Dylan Thomas, Oreo, Misty and more

This is ‘Sam’, who said he definitely didn’t know who got into the kitchen garbage can. (Philip Wolf photo)
Two people support each other in front of flowers at a makeshift memorial at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Robert Bowers, the suspect in Saturday’s mass shooting at the synagogue, expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and told officers afterward that Jews were committing genocide and he wanted them all to die, according to charging documents made public Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Cole’s Notes: Hatred has no place anywhere

Challenge issued to combat acts of hatred with your own acts of kindness

Two people support each other in front of flowers at a makeshift memorial at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Robert Bowers, the suspect in Saturday’s mass shooting at the synagogue, expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and told officers afterward that Jews were committing genocide and he wanted them all to die, according to charging documents made public Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Christine Baines.

Simpson: Fish rescue proves hope prevails against all odds

They’re a species at risk and are only for catch and release in B.C.

Christine Baines.

Drivesmart: Be prepared for trouble on winter roads

Before you head out this winter, ask yourself ‘Do I really need to make this trip?’

  • Feb 20, 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)

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)
Tanya (Erin Ormond), Donna (Stephanie Roth, and Rosie (Jenni Burke), laugh together in this scene from a rehearsal of ‘Mamma Mia!’ at the Chemainus Theatre. (Lexi Bainas - Citizen)

BOOMER TALK: Laughter is the best medicine

Vernon columnist Carole Fawcett reminds us all to enjoy the funny things in life, it’s good for us

  • Feb 16, 2021
Tanya (Erin Ormond), Donna (Stephanie Roth, and Rosie (Jenni Burke), laugh together in this scene from a rehearsal of ‘Mamma Mia!’ at the Chemainus Theatre. (Lexi Bainas - Citizen)
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WOLF: Snow is great but only if it’s for playtime

Column: Always something special about a good snowfall

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How cold was it in the Chilcotin this week? (Photo submitted)

Greenizan: the cold hard truth of living in Canada

The trials of winter really depend on what you are used to

How cold was it in the Chilcotin this week? (Photo submitted)
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)
An infographic from the UK government that was pulled after being declared sexist and sending an outdated message about women’s roles. (Photo credit: UK Government)

Roden: What might have been, and what needs to be seen

The images we see — or don’t see — around us can have a profound influence on our lives

An infographic from the UK government that was pulled after being declared sexist and sending an outdated message about women’s roles. (Photo credit: UK Government)
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Labere: Instagram and other social media not worth losing sleep over

Is it time to consider a device detox program of your own?

  • Feb 11, 2021
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Google Maps image of 96 Avenue and 137 Street, Surrey

Zytaruk: If someone is down on a sidewalk, you help them for God’s sake

Surrey sisters remind us that we are all our brother’s keeper

  • Feb 10, 2021
Google Maps image of 96 Avenue and 137 Street, Surrey
COVID cases in the Bella Coola Valley have dropped to just four active cases (file photo)

Painful Truth: We need better COVID-19 messaging

If the message isn’t getting out to everyone, change the message

COVID cases in the Bella Coola Valley have dropped to just four active cases (file photo)
People line up to watch the Assembly Wharf burn on Port Alberni’s waterfront, Aug. 28, 1947. The entire block went up in flames within half an hour. (PHOTO PN04369 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
People line up to watch the Assembly Wharf burn on Port Alberni’s waterfront, Aug. 28, 1947. The entire block went up in flames within half an hour. (PHOTO PN04369 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
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Anderson: When the fried chickens come home to roost

Too much comfort food eventually leads to physical discomfort

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Gov. Gen. Julie Payette reads the speech from the throne in Ottawa on Dec. 5, 2019. (The Canadian Press)

BARKER: Payette’s departure a good opportunity to reexamine role of GG

Recent issues at Rideau Hall should give us reason to reflect on what we want from the office

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette reads the speech from the throne in Ottawa on Dec. 5, 2019. (The Canadian Press)