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Customers enjoy a sunny lunch on a parklet patio in Ladysmith. (Cole Schisler photo)

COLUMN: Blooming patio culture a silver lining to COVID

Locals coming downtown to try patio life, leading to a new energy and vibrancy in the capital

  • Sep 1, 2020
Customers enjoy a sunny lunch on a parklet patio in Ladysmith. (Cole Schisler photo)
The Port Alberni Train Station is located outside the entrance to Harbour Quay, on Harbour Road in Port Alberni. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

QUINN: What makes a building historically significant?

There’s a difference between heritage designation and a heritage register

The Port Alberni Train Station is located outside the entrance to Harbour Quay, on Harbour Road in Port Alberni. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
CFL balls are photographed at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers stadium in Winnipeg Thursday, May 24, 2018. The CFL has cancelled its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first year the Grey Cup won’t be presented since 1919. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Mitchell’s Musings: I don’t think I understand 2020

Too many questions sparked by COVID-19 amidst a heat wave for this columnist

  • Aug 25, 2020
CFL balls are photographed at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers stadium in Winnipeg Thursday, May 24, 2018. The CFL has cancelled its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first year the Grey Cup won’t be presented since 1919. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
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My son was adamant the top of the pie look like this. It’s not pretty, but I tried. Also, I took the pie out of the oven to send my mom a photo before it was done baking. Surely I can’t be the only daughter to send pictures like this to their mom? (Sarah Sipson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson Column: U-pick a family favourite adventure

The other weekend my son insisted he join me in running out…

My son was adamant the top of the pie look like this. It’s not pretty, but I tried. Also, I took the pie out of the oven to send my mom a photo before it was done baking. Surely I can’t be the only daughter to send pictures like this to their mom? (Sarah Sipson/Citizen)
BOOMER TALK: Bureaucracy can be bad for your health

BOOMER TALK: Bureaucracy can be bad for your health

More care needed for seniors and more support for care aids

BOOMER TALK: Bureaucracy can be bad for your health
Sarah Simpson: The joys of jumping in to rescue migrating toads

Sarah Simpson: The joys of jumping in to rescue migrating toads

The street was speckled with little black dots — each representing a Western Toad

Sarah Simpson: The joys of jumping in to rescue migrating toads
Linda Huang

OPINION: Pushing for the gold star might not give you what you think

Purusing the prefect GPA is no guarantee of success in life

  • Aug 7, 2020
Linda Huang
Columnist Glenn Mitchell has a real problem with razor blades. (Stock)

Mitchell’s Musings: On the cutting edge of razor technology

Not to cut too fine a point, but why do men spend so much on a close shave?

  • Aug 6, 2020
Columnist Glenn Mitchell has a real problem with razor blades. (Stock)
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Stronger tomorrow plan offers blueprint for job-rich recovery, says Jeff Zweig and Greg D’Avignon

  • Aug 5, 2020
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term
Fred Thompson of Port Alberni was part of a crew logging near Jennis Bay when he spied a face cut into a rockface that was ‘too perfect’ to be natural. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Alberni man discovers a mystery in a rock face

Fred Thompson said ‘face’ revealed in rock after area was logged has to be man made

Fred Thompson of Port Alberni was part of a crew logging near Jennis Bay when he spied a face cut into a rockface that was ‘too perfect’ to be natural. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Editor’s Desk: Coping with COVID quiz

The Editor’s Desk: Coping with COVID quiz

How well are you dealing with the pandemic? Take this quiz and find out!

The Editor’s Desk: Coping with COVID quiz
Milo the bulldog cools down with a treat from the Big Scoop Saturday, July 18. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson Column: New fan beats the heat and catches the children

Unexpected consequence of heat wave on a whole other frequency

Milo the bulldog cools down with a treat from the Big Scoop Saturday, July 18. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
OPINION: Social media spreads misinformation like fungus

OPINION: Social media spreads misinformation like fungus

Memes have become substitute for genuine wit, zingers for truth

  • Jul 28, 2020
OPINION: Social media spreads misinformation like fungus
World O’ Words: Irregardless of what you might think, it’s in the dictionary

World O’ Words: Irregardless of what you might think, it’s in the dictionary

Language hawks are all a-chatter these days with the news that “irregardless” has been added to the dictionary.

World O’ Words: Irregardless of what you might think, it’s in the dictionary
COLUMN: How do we unplug our children?

COLUMN: How do we unplug our children?

How much screen time is too much and how do we steer our kids to good content?

COLUMN: How do we unplug our children?
No, this isn’t a view of the surface of Mars, although it may resemble some earlier visions of the red planet. The image shows the Highland Valley Copper mine, near Logan Lake, B.C. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: Longing to return to Mars, and a world that never was

What we know of Mars today is nothing like the depictions of the planet in earlier times

No, this isn’t a view of the surface of Mars, although it may resemble some earlier visions of the red planet. The image shows the Highland Valley Copper mine, near Logan Lake, B.C. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Sarah Simpson Column: Diving into Dahl with my darlings

Sarah Simpson Column: Diving into Dahl with my darlings

“Why don’t we pull out the Roald Dahl collection we got a couple years ago?”

Sarah Simpson Column: Diving into Dahl with my darlings
Commen-Terry: Why wearing a mask makes sense to me
Commen-Terry: Why wearing a mask makes sense to me
(Flickr: jandjconstructionmt.com)

SIMPSON: Before losing your cool, make sure the screw that’s loose isn’t yours

Being quick to blame others can be humbling when the problem really lies with you

  • Jul 15, 2020
(Flickr: jandjconstructionmt.com)
COLUMN: For Generation X, COVID-19 isolation just something to grin and bear

COLUMN: For Generation X, COVID-19 isolation just something to grin and bear

Segment of society has been training for this our whole lives

COLUMN: For Generation X, COVID-19 isolation just something to grin and bear