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Wild Sky Sisters: Aquarius Season, what is your social support network?

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

  • Jan 21, 2022
According to University of Toronto Global Journalism Fellow Anthony Fong, sexually aggressive online behaviours, affects 88 per cent of all Canadian university undergraduate women. THE CANADIAN PRESS

FONG: Legal reform needed to protect young women from growing online sexual violence

Liberals promised to rework online harms legislation within 100 days of Parliament’s Nov. 22 return

A Jell-O salad was once seen at many potlucks. Today, it is not as common. Other foods, including liver and onions, are also losing their former popularity. (Wikimedia Commons)

COLUMN: In search of Jell-O salad, old music and vintage clothing

The world has changed considerably in recent decades

A Gardener’s Diary columnist Jocelyne Sewell breaks down the difference between yams and sweet potatoes. (Pixabay photo)

A Gardener’s Diary: Sweet potatoes and yams have their differences

Gardening columnist breaks down the difference between two vegetables often thought to be one and the same

  • Jan 16, 2022
A Gardener’s Diary columnist Jocelyne Sewell breaks down the difference between yams and sweet potatoes. (Pixabay photo)
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we grieve. (File photo)

Hay: We can’t let the pandemic put grief on hold

‘I have learned the difference between fear and hope is focus’

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we grieve. (File photo)
There is no shortage of reading material as traditional publishers, small publishing houses, self-publishing and other options allow authors to express their views. (File Photo)

COLUMN: The freedom to make one’s voice heard

Plenty of options mean unpopular views need not be silenced

There is no shortage of reading material as traditional publishers, small publishing houses, self-publishing and other options allow authors to express their views. (File Photo)
More than 150 people marched to city hall in Salmon Arm in September 2019, joining the global movement of Climate Strikes being held between Sept. 20 and 27. (File photo)

Column: Following the lead of children into 2022

Fear is no match for taking action together

More than 150 people marched to city hall in Salmon Arm in September 2019, joining the global movement of Climate Strikes being held between Sept. 20 and 27. (File photo)
Cross country skiing is one way to improve your health and build brown fat. (Sovereign Lake Nordic Club photo)

Get Outdoors! And build brown fat

Vernon outdoor enthusiast shares healthy lifestyle tips

Cross country skiing is one way to improve your health and build brown fat. (Sovereign Lake Nordic Club photo)
Spine and Sport North End Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy’s Maggie Suranko (left) demonstrates techniques for working on a frozen shoulder with colleague Mara Boaru. (Spine and Sport photo)

Spine and Sport: Defrost settings for a frozen shoulder

Vernon physio Cheryl Witter looks at an affliction that mainly affects people between the ages of 40 and 60

Spine and Sport North End Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy’s Maggie Suranko (left) demonstrates techniques for working on a frozen shoulder with colleague Mara Boaru. (Spine and Sport photo)
Carrie O'Neill is the author of the Stay Curious column special to the Vernon Morning Star.

Stay Curious: There is magic in change

Vernon columnist on embracing the seasons and cycles in life

Carrie O'Neill is the author of the Stay Curious column special to the Vernon Morning Star.
Warsaw Zoo photo.

COLUMN: Confessions of an elephant rider

Don’t tell me what to do, and get out of the way of my elephant before you get stepped on.

Warsaw Zoo photo.
Columnist Carole Fawcett has some ideas for those who struggle with sadness and depression. (Pixabay)

Walking with sadness during the holidays

Columnist Carole Fawcett reveals some ideas to help those struggling with depression

Columnist Carole Fawcett has some ideas for those who struggle with sadness and depression. (Pixabay)
This is the time to choose the world we want after the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. (Pixabay.com)

COLUMN: Planning for a post-pandemic future

The world after COVID-19 will not be the same as it was before

This is the time to choose the world we want after the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. (Pixabay.com)
A Christmas cared from Richard ‘Dick’ Palmer and his wife Marjorie shows their home at the Summerland Research Station. Dick Palmer was the superintendent at the station from 1932 to 1953. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

COLUMN: A too-perfect scene during the festive season

The description of a picture-perfect family setting might have been flawed

A Christmas cared from Richard ‘Dick’ Palmer and his wife Marjorie shows their home at the Summerland Research Station. Dick Palmer was the superintendent at the station from 1932 to 1953. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
People wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 while visiting the Christmas Market in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

FINLAYSON: B.C.’s economy has largely healed, thankfully

Over the last 18 months, overall economic production has rebounded, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Dec 24, 2021
People wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 while visiting the Christmas Market in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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
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)
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.
Growing cannabis hydroponically at Habitat Craft Cannabis in Turtle Valley means there is no soil for the plant roots. (Contributed)
Growing cannabis hydroponically at Habitat Craft Cannabis in Turtle Valley means there is no soil for the plant roots. (Contributed)