Opinion

Wild Sky Sisters: Capricorn season: Where exploration and freedom meet responsibility

Wild Sky Sisters is a joint venture between Angela Moffitt and Tamara McLellan

  • Dec 21, 2021
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With eggnog only: Terrible Christmas movies you’ll want to avoid this season

North Island Gazette editor Tyson Whitney watched these ‘classics’ so you don’t have to

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Columnist Roseanne Van Ee says it’s time to celebrate the sun as the days will soon be getting longer with the arrival of Winter Solstice on Dec. 21. (Pixabay.com)

Get Outdoors! And celebrate the sun

The Winter Solstice begins Dec. 21, meaning the days will be getting longer and nights shorter

Columnist Roseanne Van Ee says it’s time to celebrate the sun as the days will soon be getting longer with the arrival of Winter Solstice on Dec. 21. (Pixabay.com)
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the new variants, difficult conversations may be necessary when planning gatherings with friends or family during the holiday season. (Pixabay.com)

EDITORIAL: Talk safety before celebrating the holidays

As COVID-19 case numbers rise, difficult conversations will be necessary

  • Dec 17, 2021
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the new variants, difficult conversations may be necessary when planning gatherings with friends or family during the holiday season. (Pixabay.com)
This image provided by Abbott Laboratories in August 2020 shows the company’s BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 nasal swab test. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Abbott Laboratories via AP

How to use rapid testing to keep you and yours safe during the holiday season

Experts say rapid tests are one more tool in our toolbox to stay safe

This image provided by Abbott Laboratories in August 2020 shows the company’s BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 nasal swab test. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Abbott Laboratories via AP
Barry Gerding.

Column: Facing the reality of overdose deaths

BC Coroner drug overdose death statistics for 2021 headed in wrong direction

Barry Gerding.
Flooding this past spring forced many houses in the Houseman Subdivision to erect makeshift barricades from sandbags to hold back the water. (Patrick Davies photo)

Water, water everywhere, and a tough choice about what to do with it all

Clean Energy BC estimates power demand in B.C. will grow by over 40 per cent over the next 20 years

  • Dec 7, 2021
Flooding this past spring forced many houses in the Houseman Subdivision to erect makeshift barricades from sandbags to hold back the water. (Patrick Davies photo)
Have you ever wanted to create a really impressive structure with Lego blocks? (Pixabay.com)

COLUMN: I did my research. Now what?

Questioning everything can quickly become an absurdity

Have you ever wanted to create a really impressive structure with Lego blocks? (Pixabay.com)
The Tulameen dike, destroyed by the Nov. 14 flood, received $185,000 in temporary repairs. Photo Nov. 30, Andrea DeMeer

EDITORIAL: A time for generosity

Support is needed for those affected by recent weather disasters

  • Dec 2, 2021
The Tulameen dike, destroyed by the Nov. 14 flood, received $185,000 in temporary repairs. Photo Nov. 30, Andrea DeMeer
Giving Tuesday is right around the corner. (Instagram photo)

Giving Tuesday : The world’s largest generosity movement

Giving Tuesday is on Nov. 30

  • Nov 30, 2021
Giving Tuesday is right around the corner. (Instagram photo)
Employees at packing stations are seen at Amazon’s Kent, Wash., fulfillment center on June 11, 2020. Ken Lambert | The Seattle Times

COLUMN: Commercials fall short of portraying a positive workplace

A couple of recent television commercials for Amazon show a dismal view…

Employees at packing stations are seen at Amazon’s Kent, Wash., fulfillment center on June 11, 2020. Ken Lambert | The Seattle Times
NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson speaks with the media about her private members bill regarding abandoned vessels, in Ottawa on Thursday, November 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

MALCOLMSON: B.C. expects feds to ‘make our application a priority’ on drug decriminalization

B.C. is the first province to offer a safer supply program

  • Nov 29, 2021
NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson speaks with the media about her private members bill regarding abandoned vessels, in Ottawa on Thursday, November 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Photo Andrea DeMeer

EDITORIAL: Keep your head above water – take care of your mental health

The trauma and stress of what the community is experiencing can hit like a tsunami

Photo Andrea DeMeer
Barry Gerding.

Column: COVID vaccine a matter of faith

President of Canadian Medical Association wades into vaccine debate

Barry Gerding.
November is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (Pixabay)

Vernon university women’s group advocates for change

Women and men urged to attend presentation on eradicating violence against women

November is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (Pixabay)
Rossland's religious communities came together to celebrate the Christmas season of Advent at the Advent Music Celebration at Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, Dec. 3. Picture here, a child lights the first Advent candle.

TAYLOR: Starting anew with a breathless hush

First Sunday of Advent Nov. 28 a time to practice silence

  • Nov 25, 2021
Rossland's religious communities came together to celebrate the Christmas season of Advent at the Advent Music Celebration at Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, Dec. 3. Picture here, a child lights the first Advent candle.
From January until the end of September 2021, a total of 1,534 overdose deaths were recorded in British Columbia. (Black Press file photo)

EDITORIAL: A health emergency continues to rage

Illicit drug overdose deaths are a serious problem throughout British Columbia

  • Nov 24, 2021
From January until the end of September 2021, a total of 1,534 overdose deaths were recorded in British Columbia. (Black Press file photo)
A vehicle is submerged in flood waters along a road in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Prevention is possible and essential: North Okanagan-Shuswap MP

Mel Arnold’s column highlights need for infrastructure investments amid disasters

  • Nov 24, 2021
A vehicle is submerged in flood waters along a road in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Empty shelves at local grocery stores are a result of people panic buying while supply chains are severed due to flooding and slides. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

North Okanagan woman appalled by greed at grocery stores

LETTER: Coldstream residents asks whatever happened to neighbours helping each other

Empty shelves at local grocery stores are a result of people panic buying while supply chains are severed due to flooding and slides. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Interior Health's 310-MHSU number connects callers directly to the closest mental health and substance use centre in their community.

B.C.’s mental health crisis is bad and getting worse

Nearly half of British Columbians polled said their mental health was worse due to COVID-19

  • Nov 18, 2021
Interior Health's 310-MHSU number connects callers directly to the closest mental health and substance use centre in their community.