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Spice of Life

Enjoy the northern signs of spring

From the melt to chattering squirrels to piles of doggy do, Brenda feels spring in the air

  • Mar 11, 2021
Spice of Life
Across the Valley - Sonja Lester

Reflections on a small town: “Who the heck are you?”

Sonja’s weekly roundup of valley anecdotes

  • Mar 11, 2021
Across the Valley - Sonja Lester
The Gardener’s Corner

Advice on pesticides organics and seeding for planting season

Erik covers a lot of ground in this week’s column

  • Mar 11, 2021
The Gardener’s Corner
For Your Consideration

Abducted by aliens or a trip to the dentist?

Thom relates a thoroughly unpleasant experience with kudos to the people responsible

For Your Consideration
A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)

OPINION: Helping a 97-year-old man get his COVID vaccination appointment

Call centre inundated with 1.7 million calls while there are just 50,000 folks over 90 in B.C.

A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)
Daresay - Deb Meissner

Women have made big strides, but more are needed

Deb hopes the 15,000 women who marched 100 years ago would be proud of how far women have come

Daresay - Deb Meissner
Across the Valley - Sonja Lester

School days of yore a reminder of progress on bullying

Sonja offers some anecdotes from olden times and a special tribute to Don Rosenberg

  • Mar 4, 2021
Across the Valley - Sonja Lester
For Your Consideration

I swear I am not demonstrating esquivalience

Thom loves learning new words, even fake ones

  • Mar 4, 2021
For Your Consideration
Spice of Life

Nightlights and other tips for a peaceful slumber

Brenda muses about getting a good night’s rest

  • Mar 4, 2021
Spice of Life
The Gardener’s Corner

How to properly use fertilizer

Erik discusses the ins and outs of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium

  • Mar 4, 2021
The Gardener’s Corner
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FINLAYSON: Government should focus on strengthening B.C.’s leading export industries

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

  • Mar 1, 2021
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
Spice of Life

Be at the ready for whatever comes our way

Brenda muses about the change in the weather

  • Feb 25, 2021
Spice of Life
For Your Consideration

How spoiled are we?: Confessions of a household food waster

Canadians throw away 2.2 million tonnes of edible food every year

  • Feb 25, 2021
For Your Consideration
Daresay - Deb Meissner
Daresay - Deb Meissner
Gardeners Corner

The importance of soil testing and how to plant carrots

Last week I mentioned taking a soil sample and test it for…

  • Feb 25, 2021
Gardeners Corner
Across the Valley - Sonja Lester

“Oldie Goldies” keep on giving

Wilma Stoelwinder and Margaret Dykstra have been volunteering a combined 60 years at New to You

  • Feb 25, 2021
Across the Valley - Sonja Lester
Spice of life

Dealing with the cold is not just for humans

Brenda muses on what all the critters are doing during the deep freeze

  • Feb 18, 2021
Spice of life
For Your Consideration

A leisurely stroll turned grueling workout

Thom recounts the story of taking the path less travelled

  • Feb 18, 2021
For Your Consideration
Daresay - Deb Meissner

Amount of plastics in the environment and ourselves shocking

Deb argues it’s time we started taking reducing, reusing and recycling seriously and cleaning up

Daresay - Deb Meissner
The Gardener’s Corner

How to plan a vegetable garden

Erik has some tips for a successful veggie season

  • Feb 18, 2021
The Gardener’s Corner