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Opinion: The ‘New Kid’ is almost here

By Rita Joan Dozlaw Shortly after old Kiss Kringle makes his annual…

  • Dec 31, 2021
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See Jesus and be blessed

About 40 days after Christ’s birth, Joseph and Mary took Him to…

  • Dec 30, 2021
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People wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 while visiting the Christmas Market in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

FINLAYSON: B.C.’s economy has largely healed, thankfully

Over the last 18 months, overall economic production has rebounded, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Dec 24, 2021
People wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 while visiting the Christmas Market in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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Drivesmart column: If you drink, don’t drive

10,787 alcohol related tickets were given to people in B.C. between January and August 2021

  • Dec 24, 2021
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Pause For Thought: Seek and find

Isaiah 7:14: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a…

  • Dec 24, 2021
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Love where you live

If you live in the North Thompson Valley you will know what…

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The B.C. Ferries vessel Spirit of British Columbia passes Salt Spring Island while travelling on the Salish Sea from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, B.C., at sunset on Sunday, October 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The best of times, the worst of times

During these tumultuous times, it is easy to forget how blessed we truly are

  • Dec 22, 2021
The B.C. Ferries vessel Spirit of British Columbia passes Salt Spring Island while travelling on the Salish Sea from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, B.C., at sunset on Sunday, October 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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With eggnog only: Terrible Christmas movies you’ll want to avoid this season

North Island Gazette editor Tyson Whitney watched these ‘classics’ so you don’t have to

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Once special eve in December

By Rita Joan Dozlaw All day long, I watched the slow flakes…

  • Dec 19, 2021
The winter solstice is the astronomical first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day of the year. It will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. (Metro Creative)
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Woodstoves may not be going away, but they can have less of an impact

There’s nothing quite like a cozy cabin in the forest with a…

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Column: Pause For Thought

Right on time

  • Dec 16, 2021
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This image provided by Abbott Laboratories in August 2020 shows the company’s BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 nasal swab test. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Abbott Laboratories via AP

How to use rapid testing to keep you and yours safe during the holiday season

Experts say rapid tests are one more tool in our toolbox to stay safe

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Rural Ramblings: How do you say goodbye to a friend?

I thought I was going to have to say goodbye to a…

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Flooding this past spring forced many houses in the Houseman Subdivision to erect makeshift barricades from sandbags to hold back the water. (Patrick Davies photo)

Water, water everywhere, and a tough choice about what to do with it all

Clean Energy BC estimates power demand in B.C. will grow by over 40 per cent over the next 20 years

  • Dec 7, 2021
Flooding this past spring forced many houses in the Houseman Subdivision to erect makeshift barricades from sandbags to hold back the water. (Patrick Davies photo)
The recent flooding that hit Vancouver Island has prompted Town of Qualicum Beach to look at its climate change policy and management. (PQB News file photo)

DOWN TO EARTH: Realities of climate change seeping in

More and more people have started to tell me they are experiencing climate anxiety

  • Dec 4, 2021
The recent flooding that hit Vancouver Island has prompted Town of Qualicum Beach to look at its climate change policy and management. (PQB News file photo)
NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson speaks with the media about her private members bill regarding abandoned vessels, in Ottawa on Thursday, November 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

MALCOLMSON: B.C. expects feds to ‘make our application a priority’ on drug decriminalization

B.C. is the first province to offer a safer supply program

  • Nov 29, 2021
NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson speaks with the media about her private members bill regarding abandoned vessels, in Ottawa on Thursday, November 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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RANCH MUSINGS: COVID and weather events are a double whammy

Forest fires, then COVID, and now floods have been a dramatic wake up call for us all

  • Nov 28, 2021
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COP26 carbon emission blues

By Robert M. Macrae As COP26 concluded, I was asked how Castlegar…

  • Nov 26, 2021
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B.C.’s mental health crisis is bad and getting worse

Nearly half of British Columbians polled said their mental health was worse due to COVID-19

  • Nov 18, 2021
Interior Health's 310-MHSU number connects callers directly to the closest mental health and substance use centre in their community.
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Remembrance matters

Early on a November morning, I awoke with my mind in a…

  • Nov 10, 2021
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