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Purple hay bales are the colour of choice for many area farmers. When you see them you know that the farmer has paid extra to support of BC Children’s Hospital. (Sidney Venier photo)

Column: Cowichan farmers making hay for charity

Have you ever noticed the coloured hay bales?

 

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Roden: Stop looking for loopholes and find something to do at home

The recent travel restrictions have inspired a lot of people to try to find ways around them

 

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Barron: Pandemic hitting restaurants and bars hard

Grewing up in the restaurant business, I know first-hand the threat of an extended closure

 

Interior Health nurses were administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aides in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. In Salmon Arm on March 11, guests, staff and support personnel at the Salvation Army's Lighthouse Shelter at McGuire Lake were vaccinated. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)

Roden: I can’t wait to get shot

What, me worried about the COVID-19 vaccine? Not in the slightest

Interior Health nurses were administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aides in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. In Salmon Arm on March 11, guests, staff and support personnel at the Salvation Army's Lighthouse Shelter at McGuire Lake were vaccinated. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
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Barron: Vinyl records making a comeback

Remember the days when getting a new record was an event?

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Arendt: Coping with 1,116 pages of the democratic process

Lengthy agenda packages are cumbersome, but also a sign of government transparency

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An Interior Health nurse administers Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aids in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. Photo: Phil McLachlan/Kelowna Capital News

Barron: Will the world ever be the same again?

I’ve heard many people say that they can’t ever see themselves in a crowded room

An Interior Health nurse administers Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aids in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. Photo: Phil McLachlan/Kelowna Capital News
Luckily, camping in the front yard doesn’t require a lot of supplies. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Simpson: So, moms and dads, is Spring Break breaking you, too?

You can only achieve balance by dropping balls on both sides

Luckily, camping in the front yard doesn’t require a lot of supplies. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
The garage door doesn’t look like this anymore, and neither do my sister (left) and me. (Family photo)

Simpson: Home is where you know your neighbours

My mom has lived at the same address for 43 years, I have not

The garage door doesn’t look like this anymore, and neither do my sister (left) and me. (Family photo)
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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.

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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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Simpson: Training for snowball fights best done in socks

It’s odd the things our kids do to make us proud

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The November wedding of Alida and Josh Beaumont was supposed to be attended by many more family and loved ones. Thanks to pandemic protocol, the pair instead wed in front of eight others, in person, and a live-streaming video camera with the rest of their invited guests watching. The change of plans didn’t put a damper on the ceremony, which was still full of love. (Submitted)

Sarah Simpson column: Keep coming back with love

It wasn’t the 50-person wedding they’d wanted, but you know what? It was all they needed.

The November wedding of Alida and Josh Beaumont was supposed to be attended by many more family and loved ones. Thanks to pandemic protocol, the pair instead wed in front of eight others, in person, and a live-streaming video camera with the rest of their invited guests watching. The change of plans didn’t put a damper on the ceremony, which was still full of love. (Submitted)
A selection of gingerbread cookies decorated just prior to the tablenog incident. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Simpson: The terrible tasty tablenog tradition

Let’s hope this is one holiday custom that doesn’t stick

A selection of gingerbread cookies decorated just prior to the tablenog incident. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
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Whitney: 10 great Christmas movies everyone needs to see

Some are well known, others are hidden gems.

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Harrop: How will we describe pandemic life in years to come?

Comparisons to World War II come close, but there are significant differences between then and now.

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Sarah Simpson column: Exploring the joys of a junk drawer

Everything you don’t need, and a few things you do

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An act of kindness goes a long way

‘This woman, this nurse so obviously cares and is so unlike the people I most often write about’

  • Nov 5, 2020
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Who knew Snakes and Ladders would be such an emotional rollercoaster? (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Simpson: Snakes and Ladders full of ups and downs

Board games produce big feelings in little people

Who knew Snakes and Ladders would be such an emotional rollercoaster? (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Voting sign in Ashcroft, May 2017. Photo credit: Barbara Roden

The Editor’s Desk: Election excitemezzzzzz

The provincial election campaign has been something of a snooze until now

Voting sign in Ashcroft, May 2017. Photo credit: Barbara Roden