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Brenda’s Brats have cancelled their Christmas variety shows due to COVID-19, but they are hoping you will still donate to the CMS Food Bank. (Submitted)

Cancellations dot the Cowichan event calendar

Christmas train and Run For The Claus among the events that won’t happen

Brenda’s Brats have cancelled their Christmas variety shows due to COVID-19, but they are hoping you will still donate to the CMS Food Bank. (Submitted)
These little worm workhorses turn compost into rich humus. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Contemplating the compost heap

David made me a three-bin compost system

  • Sep 26, 2020
These little worm workhorses turn compost into rich humus. (Mary Lowther photo)
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
Drivesmart: Yield to safety and common sense

Drivesmart: Yield to safety and common sense

Sometimes through traffic does have to yield to those who are trying to enter or leave the highway.

  • Jun 28, 2020
Drivesmart: Yield to safety and common sense
A video of a driver flicking what appears to be a cigarette out the window prompted outrage online in 2018. (screenshot)

Drivesmart column: The world is my ashtray

Some people always toss their butts out the window regardless of the time of year or risk

  • Jun 23, 2020
A video of a driver flicking what appears to be a cigarette out the window prompted outrage online in 2018. (screenshot)
It’s getting easier to access a swab test for COVID-19, but you still need a referral from a doctor, and a little courage. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

COLUMN: I sneezed, I coughed, so I got tested for COVID-19

Accessing a swab test is easy these days, but the actual test can more than a little daunting

It’s getting easier to access a swab test for COVID-19, but you still need a referral from a doctor, and a little courage. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)
Even experts like scientists can have bias and opinions, it is up to us to consider all the facts. Black Press File Photo.

OPINION: Even the experts can disagree

Just because an expert says so doesn’t mean it’s the whole truth

Even experts like scientists can have bias and opinions, it is up to us to consider all the facts. Black Press File Photo.
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
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
COLUMN: On the importance of wearing pants

COLUMN: On the importance of wearing pants

Having a sense of normalcy is critical while working from home during pandemic

COLUMN: On the importance of wearing pants
Andrea Rondeau column: We all need a little downtime

Andrea Rondeau column: We all need a little downtime

With the technologies we have now at least it’s not as isolating as it once would have been.

Andrea Rondeau column: We all need a little downtime
Tess Weaver said many staff at a Greater Victoria Save-On-Foods became emotional after a nurse from a nearby hospital came by and wrote a message on the sidewalk outside the store. ‘Thanks Save-On staff, we [love] you,’ the message reads. “I don’t know who it was but it was lovely,” Weaver said. (Courtesy of Tess Weaver)

Robert Barron column: COVID-19 changing our worlds

I expect there won’t be any return to our regular lives for a long time

Tess Weaver said many staff at a Greater Victoria Save-On-Foods became emotional after a nurse from a nearby hospital came by and wrote a message on the sidewalk outside the store. ‘Thanks Save-On staff, we [love] you,’ the message reads. “I don’t know who it was but it was lovely,” Weaver said. (Courtesy of Tess Weaver)
A hunter heads towards a harp seal during the annual East Coast seal hunt in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence around Quebec’s Iles de la Madeleine. Sealers are calling for more commercial licences - and even a possible cull - to protect fragile caplin and northern cod stocks from an upsurge in seal populations. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Robert Barron column: Sealing was a dangerous job

The sealing bosses never held training sessions on how to do it properly and safely

A hunter heads towards a harp seal during the annual East Coast seal hunt in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence around Quebec’s Iles de la Madeleine. Sealers are calling for more commercial licences - and even a possible cull - to protect fragile caplin and northern cod stocks from an upsurge in seal populations. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Journalist D.W. Higgins immortalized the Golden Wedding in text. (T.W. Paterson collection)

T.W. Paterson column: This ‘Golden’ wedding must be the wildest wedding ever

Things really got out of hand when police had to be called — two guests were re-enacting the Civil War

  • Mar 22, 2020
Journalist D.W. Higgins immortalized the Golden Wedding in text. (T.W. Paterson collection)
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.

COLUMN: Navigating working from home during these pandemic times

This is a chance to work in the best conditions possible. In your sweat pants, on your couch.

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.
Future News Bulletin reporter Nicholas Pescod with his adoptive mother when he was young.

COLUMN: Adoption doesn’t need to be something to keep hidden

It took me many years to openly discuss this part of my life, says reporter Nicholas Pescod

Future News Bulletin reporter Nicholas Pescod with his adoptive mother when he was young.
Robert Hampton Gray was the last Canadian to earn the Victoria Cross during the Second World War. (submitted)

Remembering Hammy Gray, the B.C. ‘hick’ turned daredevil wartime flyer

BC Aviation Museum is out to host a memorial monument for Canada’s last Victoria Cross

  • Mar 15, 2020
Robert Hampton Gray was the last Canadian to earn the Victoria Cross during the Second World War. (submitted)
Courtesy of the Kitsap Public Health District

Editorial: Reason, not panic is what is needed in our approach to COVID-19

There is no sense in rushing out and filling multiple carts full of toilet paper and pasta

  • Mar 12, 2020
Courtesy of the Kitsap Public Health District
James Tousignant, executive director of the Cowichan branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, shows what is inside a naloxone kit at an injection stall in the overdose prevention site in Duncan during an open house of the facility on May 8 (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Robert Barron column: It’s time to rattle some cages in Victoria

Cowichan got $66,000 in overdose response funding last year, down by a third from previous year

James Tousignant, executive director of the Cowichan branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, shows what is inside a naloxone kit at an injection stall in the overdose prevention site in Duncan during an open house of the facility on May 8 (Robert Barron/Citizen)