Opinion

The Grand Opening of Grampas’ Tractors on the Bulkley Valley Exhibition Grounds was held on Saturday. The collection of 43 antique tractors compiled by John and Leny Boonstra over the years will now be on display all year round at the BVX. The great granddaughter of the Boonstras Makayla Lillies looks on. (Marisca Bakker photo)

Fall Fair Poll

What part of the BVX are you most looking forward to?

  • Aug 20, 2022
The Grand Opening of Grampas’ Tractors on the Bulkley Valley Exhibition Grounds was held on Saturday. The collection of 43 antique tractors compiled by John and Leny Boonstra over the years will now be on display all year round at the BVX. The great granddaughter of the Boonstras Makayla Lillies looks on. (Marisca Bakker photo)
Daresay - Deb Meissner

Another trip around the sun with no regrets

As her birthday rolls around, Deb reflects on the blessings in her life

Daresay - Deb Meissner
The Sticky Files - Marisca Bakker

Smithers needs a splash pad

Marisca thinks the town should build a mini water park

The Sticky Files - Marisca Bakker
For your consideration - Thom Barker

Celebrity golf experience exceeds expectations

Thom reflects on a great event that does a lot for the community

  • Aug 18, 2022
For your consideration - Thom Barker
Mating earthworms. Their introduction to and proliferation in North America poses a dilemma. (Jack Hynes photo/Wikimedia Common)

The Nature Nut

Rosamund Pojar

  • Aug 18, 2022
Mating earthworms. Their introduction to and proliferation in North America poses a dilemma. (Jack Hynes photo/Wikimedia Common)
Smithers gateway statue of a fisherman landing a steelhead. (Tom Roper photo)

Smithers: A Town for all Statues

Tom goes digging for a little historical context for the town’s gateway statues

  • Aug 18, 2022
Smithers gateway statue of a fisherman landing a steelhead. (Tom Roper photo)
For your consideration - Thom Barker

Crime severity stats are an opportunity to take action

Northwest B.C. numbers reflect national trends, what are we going to do about it?

For your consideration - Thom Barker
(Tina Portman photo)

Nature Nut

I am willing to bet that most people do not like stinging…

  • Aug 11, 2022
(Tina Portman photo)
Help Wanted signs are becoming more common as the unemployment rate has reached a record low level. (Black Press file photo)

EDITORIAL: Low unemployment rate means new challenges for employers

Canada’s population is aging and people are leaving or preparing to leave the job market

  • Aug 11, 2022
Help Wanted signs are becoming more common as the unemployment rate has reached a record low level. (Black Press file photo)
The Sticky Files - Marisca Bakker

It takes a village to stop a crime wave

Marisca is frustrated with the uptick in crime in Smithers

The Sticky Files - Marisca Bakker
Daresay - Deb Meissner

Fist fights, geo-trackers and carry-on luggage; welcome to flying 2022

Deb recounts her harrowing trip home to West Virginia

Daresay - Deb Meissner
A “closed’ sign hangs in a store window in Ottawa, Thursday April 16, 2020. An intensifying labour shortage is rippling through Canada’s economy, forcing businesses to curtail operations, reduce hours and in some cases, euthanize livestock. (CP/Adrian Wyld)

Worker shortage Poll

How has the worker shortage affected you?

  • Aug 10, 2022
A “closed’ sign hangs in a store window in Ottawa, Thursday April 16, 2020. An intensifying labour shortage is rippling through Canada’s economy, forcing businesses to curtail operations, reduce hours and in some cases, euthanize livestock. (CP/Adrian Wyld)
The T-33 was used in the Korean War, but is a mainstay at airshows across North America these days. My flight suit awaits. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

COLUMN: Black Press reporter straps into old fighter jet at Abbotsford Airshow

‘Used in the Korean War 70 years ago, the T-33 is one of my favourite aircraft to watch in flight’

The T-33 was used in the Korean War, but is a mainstay at airshows across North America these days. My flight suit awaits. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)
On the Ropes - Tom Roper

More than just an art gallery

The gallery has three commitments: exhibitions, artist support and education

  • Aug 4, 2022
On the Ropes - Tom Roper
For your consideration - Thom Barker

Broken ribs: everything they’re cracked up to be

Thom recounts the aftermath of a slip and fall and expresses gratitude for healthcare workers

  • Aug 4, 2022
For your consideration - Thom Barker
Long leaved sundew. (Gail Hampshire, Wikimedia Common)

The Nature Nut

Rosamund Pojar

  • Aug 4, 2022
Long leaved sundew. (Gail Hampshire, Wikimedia Common)
Smithers Interior News Editorial

Learning to live with COVID

The risk is not gone, but a return to sweeping restrictions is unlikely to be tolerated

  • Aug 4, 2022
Smithers Interior News Editorial
The Sticky Files - Marisca Bakker

Is less more when it comes to toys?

Marisca realizes her house has a Barbie overpopulation problem

The Sticky Files - Marisca Bakker
A Chilliwack Military Education Centre tank crushing cars is scheduled to be on display at the Chilliwack Fair on all three days, Aug. 5, 6 and 7, 2022. (Chilliwack Fair Facebook)

OPINION: Chilliwack Fair’s display of tank crushing cars deemed ‘insensitive’ in light of Ukraine war

Chilliwack has a proud military history but military tanks shouldn’t be crushing civilian vehicles

A Chilliwack Military Education Centre tank crushing cars is scheduled to be on display at the Chilliwack Fair on all three days, Aug. 5, 6 and 7, 2022. (Chilliwack Fair Facebook)
A ferry arrives at Horseshoe Bay near West Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 16, 2020. British Columbia’s health and safety agency for workers has imposed a hefty fine on BC Ferry Services Inc. over the death of one of its workers in June 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

CAMERON: Can a new captain at BC Ferries set the ship straight?

Joy McPhail moves on to herculean challenge of fixing problem-plagued BC Ferries

A ferry arrives at Horseshoe Bay near West Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 16, 2020. British Columbia’s health and safety agency for workers has imposed a hefty fine on BC Ferry Services Inc. over the death of one of its workers in June 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward