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Hunkering down in the pandemic

The great crackdown has arrived and we’ve all been told to mask…

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

GUEST COLUMN: COVID-19 masks mandatory in B.C., but not everywhere

Orders require them where necessary, Provincial Health Officer says

  • Nov 17, 2020
Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison reflects on the meaning of Remembrance Day. Townsman file photo.

Honouring our veterans today and every day

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison reflects on the meaning of Remembrance Day

  • Nov 2, 2020
B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. NDP leader John Horgan and B.C. Greens leader Sonia Furstenau. (Black Press Media)

OPINION: Examining preliminary results from the 2020 BC Election

Some thoughts to ponder as British Columbia awaits the final results from mail-in ballots

B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. NDP leader John Horgan and B.C. Greens leader Sonia Furstenau. (Black Press Media)
The presidential debate and the ‘bully’ pulpit

The presidential debate and the ‘bully’ pulpit

While we are in the midst of a mild version of election…

The presidential debate and the ‘bully’ pulpit
Gambling on the numbers

Gambling on the numbers

Turnout could be key for this provincial election

Gambling on the numbers
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Shuswap BC Liberal candidate Greg Kyllo
Shuswap BC Green Party candidate Owen Madden
Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson was named the new leader of the Christian Heritage Party of BC at the party’s annual general meeting in Abbotsford on Monday. (Submitted)

Enter stage left…. and right

Two new party leaders for British Columbia

Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson was named the new leader of the Christian Heritage Party of BC at the party’s annual general meeting in Abbotsford on Monday. (Submitted)

A provincial election is looking more and more inevitable

But it will be a different kind of campaign during a pandemic

O’Toole wins leadership; now he walks the tightrope

Now that we’ve had a week to let the news of the…

Newly elected Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole delivers his winning speech following the Conservative party of Canada 2020 Leadership Election in Ottawa on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Whispers of elections on the wind

The chattering politicos are whispering, and the sound on the wind is….…

Newly elected Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole delivers his winning speech following the Conservative party of Canada 2020 Leadership Election in Ottawa on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Farm life: Another year around the sun

Farm life: Another year around the sun

The sun is starting to rise a little later now and we…

Farm life: Another year around the sun
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette. (The Canadian Press)

Is the Governor General’s head too big for Rideau Hall?

So it appears that the title of Governor General of Canada has…

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette. (The Canadian Press)
The abundance of basil growing both in my garden and on my windowsill will go towards a large batch of home made pesto, to be enjoyed over the fall and winter months. (Corey Bullock file)

Farm life: Planning and preserving, a time of transition

Over the coming weeks many plants will be pulled from my garden and replaced with cool weather crops

The abundance of basil growing both in my garden and on my windowsill will go towards a large batch of home made pesto, to be enjoyed over the fall and winter months. (Corey Bullock file)
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
Corey Bullock file.

Farm life: How time has forced us to slow down

I feel as though I say this each and every month but…

Corey Bullock file.
We are never going back to ‘normal’

We are never going back to ‘normal’

I took a quick look down the Platzl the other day and…

We are never going back to ‘normal’
Summer sunsets. (Corey Bullock file)

Farm life: The sights and sounds of summer

Sitting in the field on the farm, I can hear thunder rolling…

Summer sunsets. (Corey Bullock file)
Our PM appears to have somewhat flexible ethics

Our PM appears to have somewhat flexible ethics

What is it about Justin Trudeau and shooting himself in the foot?…

Our PM appears to have somewhat flexible ethics
World O’ Words: Welcome to the dictionary, ‘Irregardless!’

World O’ Words: Welcome to the dictionary, ‘Irregardless!’

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

World O’ Words: Welcome to the dictionary, ‘Irregardless!’
81 per cent of Canadians want the US border to remain closed to non-essential traffic.

Most Canadians do not want US border reopened

There was a minor hullabaloo, and an impressive Twitter ratio, late last…

81 per cent of Canadians want the US border to remain closed to non-essential traffic.