Opinion

Dr. Katherine Oldfield is a naturopathic physician, mother, and active member of the Nelson-West Kootenay chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Photo: Submitted

COLUMN: Restore our Earth, restore our health

Katherine Oldfield marks Earth Day by writing about the priorities we need to have

Each year, less than one per cent of the area designated for sustainable timber harvesting by B.C.’s independent chief forester is harvested. (B.C. government photo)

GUEST COLUMN: A strategy for forests that benefits all British Columbians

Industry, union leaders seek balance on old-growth preservation

  • Apr 15, 2021
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LETTER: Federal government missing the mark during pandemic

Reader Fred Hughes says political leaders and parties need to be held responsible

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LETTER: Covid blame should fall on leaders, not youth

Reader Rod Retzlaff blames leaders for COVID variant spread

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Emma Bowins is second year Recreation, Fish and Wildlife students at Selkirk College. Photo: Submitted

Ecological Comment: The effect of dams on salmon

Written by second year Recreation, Fish and Wildlife students at Selkirk College in Castlegar, BC.

Emma Bowins is second year Recreation, Fish and Wildlife students at Selkirk College. Photo: Submitted
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Pete Bartsoff lives near this apartment building on 7th Avenue that was destroyed by fire a few weeks ago. Photo: Betsy Kline

LETTER: Thanks to the Castlegar Fire Department for saving my house

Reader Pete Bartsoff impressed with CFD’s skills and ladder truck

Pete Bartsoff lives near this apartment building on 7th Avenue that was destroyed by fire a few weeks ago. Photo: Betsy Kline
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FINLAYSON: Where does the money come from? The B.C. government’s top revenue sources

Governments around the world have taken on mountains of debt during the pandemic to support the economy

  • Apr 1, 2021
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Brilliant Flats -- confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. Photo: Jennifer Small

LETTER: Blocking all motorized access to Brilliant Flats not the right answer

Reader Rod Retzlaff says decision punishes respectful users too

Brilliant Flats -- confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. Photo: Jennifer Small
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Ecological Comment: Respectful harvesting of our forest treasures

A column written by Recreation Fish and Wildlife students at Selkirk College

Cheyanna Shypitka
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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)
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Letter: A call for unity

Castlegar’s Dave Carter says Canadian society is at a dangerous crossroad

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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)
(Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)

OP-ED: 1 year into pandemic, B.C.’s tourism sector hopes for a light at the end of the tunnel

Only about 17 per cent of businesses have been operating as usual in B.C.

  • Feb 26, 2021
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David Black speaks at a 2017 news conference urging B.C. to bid on the 2022 Commonwealth Games, after serving as a director for the 1994 event hosted by Victoria. (Black Press Media files)

OP-ED: B.C. tourism needs a boost from 2026 Commonwealth Games

‘Far more profitable’ than 1994 event hosted by Victoria

  • Feb 17, 2021
David Black speaks at a 2017 news conference urging B.C. to bid on the 2022 Commonwealth Games, after serving as a director for the 1994 event hosted by Victoria. (Black Press Media files)
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)

MALCOLMSON: 2020 left us grappling with overdose tragedy and working for change

B.C.’s Addictions Minister reflects on visit to Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver

  • Feb 12, 2021
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)
A few of the books available on the topic of Black history in Canada.

If you think Black history isn’t Canadian history, think again

‘In a community with a relatively small number of Black residents, it would be easy to let Black History Month pass without pausing’

  • Feb 10, 2021
A few of the books available on the topic of Black history in Canada.
Rick Smith is Area J director in the Regional District of Central Kootenay. Photo: Jennifer Small

RDCK Area I and J directors say their constituents treated unfairly in province’s COVID Restart Grant program

Directors say funding formula is “unfair, inequitable, unconscionable, and unbelievable”

Rick Smith is Area J director in the Regional District of Central Kootenay. Photo: Jennifer Small
Shelley Hackett is a Recreation, Fish and Wildlife student at Selkirk College. Photo: Submitted

Ecological Comment: Proposed national park reserve splits communities

A column written by Recreation Fish and Wildlife students at Selkirk College

Shelley Hackett is a Recreation, Fish and Wildlife student at Selkirk College. Photo: Submitted