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Grant and Linda Lander looks for whales and birds with as their granddaughter Kinsley Kurisu joins in at Legion Park on Sunday, April 26, 2020 in Everett, Wa. The families social distance themselves with Danielle and Kelly Kurisu as they enjoy warmer April weather. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

COLUMN: Let’s consider what we agree to think of as ‘normal’

The closer we adhere to these “new normal” guidelines, the sooner many will be rendered unnecessary

Grant and Linda Lander looks for whales and birds with as their granddaughter Kinsley Kurisu joins in at Legion Park on Sunday, April 26, 2020 in Everett, Wa. The families social distance themselves with Danielle and Kelly Kurisu as they enjoy warmer April weather. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
OPINION: Next stage requires compassion

OPINION: Next stage requires compassion

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett’s regular column for the 100 Mile Free Press

  • May 30, 2020
OPINION: Next stage requires compassion
A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. Monday marks the beginning of the first full week that the Canada Emergency Business Account will be available to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

COLUMN: B.C.’s labour minister should look at COVID-19 financial carnage amid minimum wage increase

The timing couldn’t be worse for any government decision that drives up costs for business, writes Jock Finlayson

  • May 28, 2020
A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. Monday marks the beginning of the first full week that the Canada Emergency Business Account will be available to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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Customers Brian and Cathy Walsh check out the vendors at the Island Roots Co-op Market at Beban Park earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)

OPINION: Another world is possible as we emerge from pandemic

Nanaimo city councillor Tyler Brown says pandemic offers chance to build a better ‘normal’

  • May 28, 2020
Customers Brian and Cathy Walsh check out the vendors at the Island Roots Co-op Market at Beban Park earlier this month. (News Bulletin file photo)
News of softwood lumber agreement lost amid COVID crisis

News of softwood lumber agreement lost amid COVID crisis

Reduced wood tariffs is a good starting point for a new (long-term) softwood lumber deal

  • May 26, 2020
News of softwood lumber agreement lost amid COVID crisis
Jeff Bray is the executive director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association. (rickcollinsphotography.com)

COLUMN: Downtown Victoria welcomes you back

Unlike in previous years, tourism will not be a major focus of downtown for 2020

  • May 25, 2020
Jeff Bray is the executive director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association. (rickcollinsphotography.com)
Sarah Simpson: What happens when kids make the rules

Sarah Simpson: What happens when kids make the rules

The art of learning to be together starts at a young age

Sarah Simpson: What happens when kids make the rules
Kayla Aolick and Shadow, her seizure response dog, were a fixture around the Alberni Valley. (PHOTO COURTESY AOLICK FAMILY)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Saying goodbye to Shadow

Kayla Aolick has lost her faithful sidekick

Kayla Aolick and Shadow, her seizure response dog, were a fixture around the Alberni Valley. (PHOTO COURTESY AOLICK FAMILY)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry work on their daily report on the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 2, 2020. (B.C. government)

GUEST COLUMN: B.C. COVID-19 survey brings answers closer

275,000 responses so far, broader health information helps

  • May 22, 2020
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry work on their daily report on the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 2, 2020. (B.C. government)
Kaitlyn’s Way in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)
Kaitlyn’s Way in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)
An Asian giant hornet from the nest that was eradicated in Nanaimo’s Robins Park last fall. (Photo courtesy Conrad Bérubé)

COLUMN: Do ‘murder hornets’ pose a serious buzzkill?

David Suzuki dissects Asian giant hornet hysteria

  • May 18, 2020
An Asian giant hornet from the nest that was eradicated in Nanaimo’s Robins Park last fall. (Photo courtesy Conrad Bérubé)
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ZYTARUK: Beware COVID-19’s second wave

Spanish flu offers good lesson on bowing to politics while re-opening during pandemic

  • May 17, 2020
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Sarah Simpson: On the merits of Donkey Kong

Sarah Simpson: On the merits of Donkey Kong

Yep, I wanted my nearly six-year-old, to play video games

Sarah Simpson: On the merits of Donkey Kong
Technology has changed the way we live day to day, but is it for the better? Columnist Glenn Mitchell takes a closer look. (File)

Mitchell’s Musings: On the slow boat to a faster way of doing things

Columnist Glenn Mitchell examines the ‘improvements’ tech has made in our everyday lives

  • May 15, 2020
Technology has changed the way we live day to day, but is it for the better? Columnist Glenn Mitchell takes a closer look. (File)
The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the argument for diversity in our food supply, notes columnist. (Stock photo)

Column: COVID-19 pandemic is testing global food systems

‘Just and sustainable food’ supply being threatened, says columnist

  • May 12, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the argument for diversity in our food supply, notes columnist. (Stock photo)
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)

COLUMN: Residents should explore B.C. to help tourism industry amid COVID-19

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

  • May 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)
COLUMN: Maybe decent internet should be a human right

COLUMN: Maybe decent internet should be a human right

Residents of Chilliwack neighbourhood decry terrible connectivity amid a global pandemic

COLUMN: Maybe decent internet should be a human right
Conspiracies around COVID-19 have oozed off the internet and into public places in Salmon Arm. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)                                Conspiracies around COVID-19 have oozed off the internet and into public places in Salmon Arm. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Column: COVID-19 conspiracy of dunces

In Plain View by Lachlan Labere

  • May 7, 2020
Conspiracies around COVID-19 have oozed off the internet and into public places in Salmon Arm. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)                                Conspiracies around COVID-19 have oozed off the internet and into public places in Salmon Arm. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
OFF TOPIC: Walking the walk while talking the talk

OFF TOPIC: Walking the walk while talking the talk

Regular excercise with social interaction still possible – and necessary

OFF TOPIC: Walking the walk while talking the talk
Rickter Scale: Follicle follies hair to stay

Rickter Scale: Follicle follies hair to stay

Six weeks in, my sideburns have morphed into bats frantically fleeing a brush fire

  • May 3, 2020
Rickter Scale: Follicle follies hair to stay