Opinion

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

Travis Price, whose random act of kindness started the Pink Shirt Day movement, was in Royston to speak to schoolchildren on Friday, Feb. 28. Many of the students from Royston Elementary wore pink shirts to school specifically for the presentation. Photo by Terry Farrell

EDITORIAL: Fight bullying every day

Pink Shirt Day is Feb. 24 this year

  • Feb 23, 2021
SAR crews worked late into the night Tuesday to rescue an injured snowboarder in North Vancouver. (Facebook/North Shore Rescue)

Our view: Regular rescues should not be required

Still far too many incidents of people putting themselves at risk

  • Feb 25, 2021
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
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LETTER: Carbon dioxide and the human factor

I’m writing in response to the letter by Ken Lane that appeared…

  • Feb 18, 2021
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The Cowichan Valley will need an additional 5,000 housing units by 2025 to keep up with demand, according to a new report. (File photo)

Editorial: Vancouver Island facing big housing shortage

New ways of thinking needed as the squeeze seems destined to get worse

  • Feb 19, 2021
The Cowichan Valley will need an additional 5,000 housing units by 2025 to keep up with demand, according to a new report. (File photo)
Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe speaks during a press conference at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on February 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Our View: The other epidemic in B.C. has claimed too many lives

New measures beyond simple enforcement have to change the playing field

  • Feb 22, 2021
Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe speaks during a press conference at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on February 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
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)
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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)
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)
The Peace Tower is pictured on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, as lawmakers return to the House of Commons following the winter break. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OUR VIEW: Maintaining a strong democracy crucial

Canada has placed fifth worldwide for the level of its democracy

The Peace Tower is pictured on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, as lawmakers return to the House of Commons following the winter break. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
An Abbotsford women recently discovered a Valentine's Day card more than 75 years old written by her dad to his Abbotsford family. (Submitted)

Our view: Keep your expectations realistic with this weekend’s duelling holidays

Valentine’s and Family Days mark the long weekend by a quirk of the calendar

  • Feb 14, 2021
An Abbotsford women recently discovered a Valentine's Day card more than 75 years old written by her dad to his Abbotsford family. (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)
A few of the books available on the topic of Black history in Canada.

If you think Black history isn’t Canadian history, think again

‘In a community with a relatively small number of Black residents, it would be easy to let Black History Month pass without pausing’

  • Feb 10, 2021
A few of the books available on the topic of Black history in Canada.
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)
House values are up in the Cowichan Valley, according to the latest report by BC Assessment. (File photo)

Editorial: Cowichan house prices increasingly unaffordable

Younger people have had no choice but to purchase ordinary homes at extraordinary prices

  • Feb 8, 2021
House values are up in the Cowichan Valley, according to the latest report by BC Assessment. (File photo)