Opinion

Charter protection needed for rural Canadians

Writer on ICBC “relief” for rural rates, and says lack of protection means subsidizing urban voters.

  • Feb 20, 2019

B.C. VIEWS: Power politics wins over rational energy policy

B.C Hydro continues to face interference on rates

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: The framework for reconciliation

Guest View from writers involved in the United Nations declaration.

  • Feb 17, 2019
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More Smithers Recycling Depot fire video
More Recycling Depot fire video
WATCH: Fire at Smithers Recycling Centre
Smithers Secondary climate rally

Unexamined privilege has been buffeted

Writer says Resource Works director upset at corporate greed opposition in time of climate change.

  • Feb 15, 2019

Covering the courts is a public service (not to mention fascinating)

Thom Barker reflects on why he both loves and believes it is important to cover the justice system

You are not listening

Writer says Resource Works director is not listening to Indigenous people opposed to Coastal GasLink

  • Feb 15, 2019

Poll on green space

What should be considered green space in Smithers?

  • Feb 13, 2019

LETTER: Fletcher forgets B.C. Liberals’ ‘weasel party’ at legislature

Salary escalation occurred under Gordon Campbell’s watch

  • Feb 12, 2019

LETTER: Western Forest Products remains focused on B.C. employment

$350 million invested on B.C. coast in last six years, CEO says

  • Feb 11, 2019

B.C. VIEWS: Time to listen to the doctors and legalize opioid drugs

Answer is the same as marijuana, get the criminal gangs out

We are neither victims nor gullible fools

MP Nathan Cullen says Resource Works director spent 3,500 words attempting to further divide.

  • Feb 10, 2019

Is Unist’ot’en conflict a serious concern or much ado about nothing?

There seems to be a bit more tension in the valley than last time I was here. The key word is ‘seems’

Decisions made by a select unelected few

Writer got thinking after hearing Wet’suwet’en chief saying he didn’t want to sell natural gas to China

  • Feb 8, 2019

Don’t direct anger to the innocent

Writer OK with anger, but not OK with pointing it in the wrong direction.

  • Feb 8, 2019

Keep up the good work

Writer thanks the people who keep the sidewalks clear.

  • Feb 8, 2019

B.C. VIEWS: NDP government resumes taxing, spending to battle poverty

Legislature scandal, speculation tax distract from NDP agenda

Pipeline vs wall

Writer sees jobs from a wall making more sense than building pipelines.

  • Feb 1, 2019

COLUMN: How you can get the government’s confidential stuff

The Abbotsford News’ handy guide to asking public bodies for their interesting information

What have you got for me this time, Smithers?

After 12 years, Thom Barker rolls back into Bulkley Valley for another stint with The Interior News

  • Jan 30, 2019

B.C. VIEWS: Speaker Darryl Plecas splits legislature looting spree open

Long road to accountability began with MLA disclosures