Columnists

Erik’s pansies put on a colourful show. (Erik Jacobsen photo)

Alternatives for geranium cuttings and a fruity surprise

The gardening tipster gets some tips of his own from friends

On the Ropes - Tom Roper

Always take the time to think about safety

Tom recounts a couple of close calls he has had over the years

  • Sep 23, 2021
For Your Consideration - Thom Barker

All in all, it’s not such a bad system

Thom reconsiders the advantages of first past the post

  • Sep 23, 2021
Daresay - Deb Meissner

Can’t we all do our bit to stop vandalism?

Deb is fed up with all the wanton acts of defacement and destruction in the town of Smithers

Daresay - Deb Meissner
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Analysis: Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada

Polticians need to implement environmental policies or people will go elsewhere

Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
On the Ropes - Tom Roper

He’s been everywhere, man: Geoff Hutchinson

Tom profiles lifetime kinsman and Legionnaire Geoff Hutchinson

  • Sep 16, 2021
On the Ropes - Tom Roper
Erik’s geranium cuttings at four months old. (Erik Jacobsen photo)

Summer geraniums almost ready for cuttings

Erik finds some time in the garden can take his mind off challenging affairs

  • Sep 16, 2021
Erik’s geranium cuttings at four months old. (Erik Jacobsen photo)
Daresay - Deb Meissner

Prepare to pivot, and do it with a smile

Deb reflects on fall, elections and everyday heroes

  • Sep 16, 2021
Daresay - Deb Meissner
Spice of Life column

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened

Brenda mourns the loss of her long-time faithful canine companion Shea

Spice of Life column
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Vaccine Politics: Will COVID-19 affect the outcome of the federal election in B.C.?

Week 3 of federal election analysis by columnist Bruce Cameron focuses on the effects of COVID-19

  • Sep 9, 2021
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Daresay - Deb Meissner

Running out of time to get our collective act together

Deb reflects on the changes she’s seen in her life and worries about the future

Daresay - Deb Meissner
The Gardener’s Corner

More tips for fall and winter garden prep

Erik got a nice surprise when he returned from a few days away

  • Sep 9, 2021
The Gardener’s Corner
On the Ropes - Tom Roper

Sometimes you just need to be lucky

Tom recalls a job working on a sawmill barge

  • Sep 9, 2021
On the Ropes - Tom Roper
On the Ropes - Tom Roper

Is there a way to normalize zero waste?

It really bugs Tom that so much stuff comes in unnecessary packaging

  • Sep 2, 2021
On the Ropes - Tom Roper
The Gardener’s Corner

Garden in its full glory and more prep tips for next season

Erik talks begonias, manicured lawns and planting spring bulbs indoors for a winter show

The Gardener’s Corner
This Heritage Home was made of bricks made on the property in the early 1800’s, and it is where I call home. (Deb Meissner photo)

How I spent my summer vacation, Part 2: Almost heaven, West Viriginia

Deb is glad to be back with her family in the valley, but the tug of home persists

This Heritage Home was made of bricks made on the property in the early 1800’s, and it is where I call home. (Deb Meissner photo)
For Your Consideration - Thom Barker

Legal cannabis: it’s been three years, time to get it right

Thom argues legalization is a success but needs to be tweaked to address major faults

  • Sep 2, 2021
For Your Consideration - Thom Barker
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact many B.C. ridings

At the federal level, the Green Party led by Elizabeth May held three of the 42 seats in B.C. not so long ago

  • Aug 30, 2021
<strong>It’s not easy being Green: Erosion of overall support for Paul could impact outcome in many B.C. ridings</strong>Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul cuts the ribbon of her campaign office in Toronto Centre on Thursday, July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)

FINLAYSON: Time for a ‘health check’ on the tourism industry as summer winds down

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Aug 26, 2021
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)
The Gardener’s Corner

Don’t leave the fruit tree pruning to the bears

Erik gives his apple trees some TLC and gets 39 quarts of juice out of the process

  • Aug 26, 2021
The Gardener’s Corner