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A Gardener’s Diary columnist Jocelyne Sewell had to say goodbye to her dog, Molly.
(Jocelyne Sewell - Contributed)

A Gardener’s Diary: An unforgettable summer

Forest fires, COVID-19 pandemic and heat wave made gardening extra challenging

  • Aug 30, 2021
A Gardener’s Diary columnist Jocelyne Sewell had to say goodbye to her dog, Molly.
(Jocelyne Sewell - Contributed)
Wild Sky Sisters

Wild Sky Sisters: Virgo season, earth healers unite

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

  • Aug 30, 2021
Wild Sky Sisters
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)

FINLAYSON: Time for a ‘health check’ on the tourism industry as summer winds down

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Aug 26, 2021
B.C. Premier John Horgan said on June 3 that COVID-19 restrictions won't be eased regionally, “If people want to book arrangements at their favourite place in B.C, you can certainly do that now, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get there,” Horgan said. (NEWS file photo)
An Elections Canada voter information card is shown on Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021. Canadians are at the polls for the federal election today, September 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

COLUMN: Election outcome won’t make everyone happy

Most Canadian elections have seen minority of voter support for governing party

An Elections Canada voter information card is shown on Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021. Canadians are at the polls for the federal election today, September 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)

Poised for majority or upset? Hopes and fears in 1st week of Canada’s election campaign

First week of this short five-week federal election campaign kicked off with appearances in B.C.

  • Aug 23, 2021
Federal election campaign stops across Canada in the second week of August 2021. (Canadian Press photos)
Haying time on the Caravan Farm. (Photo courtesy of Nick Hutchinson)

Column: The early days of the Caravan Farm Theatre

Shuswap Passion by Jim Cooperman

  • Aug 21, 2021
Haying time on the Caravan Farm. (Photo courtesy of Nick Hutchinson)
Andrew McWilliam, co-owner and manager of Ratio Coffee & Pastry, was quick to adapt amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 
(Carole Fawcett - Contributed)

Behind the Mask: Vaccinated and caffeinated

Vernon’s Ratio Coffee & Pastry quick to adapt to pandemic hurdles

  • Aug 19, 2021
Andrew McWilliam, co-owner and manager of Ratio Coffee & Pastry, was quick to adapt amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 
(Carole Fawcett - Contributed)
Old open book with library background

COLUMN: Make it personal!

Columnist Jim Taylor says you have to make it count before they listen

  • Aug 17, 2021
Old open book with library background
In this Sept. 23, 2011 photo, cashier Joyce Mackie bags groceries as a customer uses a self-serve checkout station at a Big Y supermarket in Manchester, Conn. A growing number of supermarket chains are bagging their self-serve checkout lanes, saying they can offer better customer service when clerks help shoppers directly. Big Y Foods, which has more than 60 southern New England locations, recently became the latest to announce it’s phasing them out. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

COLUMN: Automated checkouts are altering the job market

There has been a growing opposition to these devices, especially in the past few months

In this Sept. 23, 2011 photo, cashier Joyce Mackie bags groceries as a customer uses a self-serve checkout station at a Big Y supermarket in Manchester, Conn. A growing number of supermarket chains are bagging their self-serve checkout lanes, saying they can offer better customer service when clerks help shoppers directly. Big Y Foods, which has more than 60 southern New England locations, recently became the latest to announce it’s phasing them out. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardian Gisele Martin shares a moment with an old growth tree. (Contributed)

TAYLOR: If the old trees could speak

We could learn something from our trees, columnist Jim Taylor says

  • Aug 12, 2021
Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardian Gisele Martin shares a moment with an old growth tree. (Contributed)
Crews battle the White Rock Lake fire, which has some Westwold residents under evacuation order and even more on alert. (Brent Robertson photo)

Get Outdoors! and do your part to slow climate change

Columnist Roseanne Van Ee says we must tread lighter before it’s too late

  • Aug 4, 2021
Crews battle the White Rock Lake fire, which has some Westwold residents under evacuation order and even more on alert. (Brent Robertson photo)
The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)
The Michaud Creek wildfire burning along Lower Arrow Lake pictured July 17. (Ashley Voykin photo)
Two Interior Health staff talk about the ramifications caused by those who choose to refuse COVID-19 protocols. (Rahmat Gul - AP file photo)
Two Interior Health staff talk about the ramifications caused by those who choose to refuse COVID-19 protocols. (Rahmat Gul - AP file photo)
Purslane is a weed related to succulents that thrives in heat. (File photo)

A Gardener’s Diary: Skip the weed killer, eat this one

Gardener Jocelyne Sewell looks at the purslane weed growing rampant in this heat

  • Jul 24, 2021
Purslane is a weed related to succulents that thrives in heat. (File photo)
Wild Sky Sisters

Wild Sky Sisters: Cosmic Unconditional Love

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

  • Jul 23, 2021
Wild Sky Sisters
Wildfire smoke from the United States will again affect Nanaimo and areas on central Vancouver Island on Saturday, Sept. 12. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Taylor: Learning to live with smoke

‘Smoke is becoming a new normal’ for Okanagan Valley, columnist says

  • Jul 22, 2021
Wildfire smoke from the United States will again affect Nanaimo and areas on central Vancouver Island on Saturday, Sept. 12. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
A Vernon family gives an inside look to the COVID-19 virus in this week’s Behind the Mask.
(Carole Fawcett photo)

Behind the Mask: COVID-19 a family affair for Vernon household

Columnist Carole Fawcett speaks with a family who while safe and cautious contracted the virus

  • Jul 15, 2021
A Vernon family gives an inside look to the COVID-19 virus in this week’s Behind the Mask.
(Carole Fawcett photo)
Fire sweeps through the town of Lytton on June 30, 2021. (Photo credit: Jack Zimmerman)

Taylor: Themes of threes

They say bad things come in threes

  • Jul 15, 2021
Fire sweeps through the town of Lytton on June 30, 2021. (Photo credit: Jack Zimmerman)
In this photo provided by Virgin Galactic, the VSS Unity’s rocket motor burns above the Earth on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Entrepreneur Richard Branson and five crewmates from his Virgin Galactic space-tourism company reached an altitude of about 53 miles (88 kilometers) over the New Mexico desert, enough to experience three to four minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth. (Virgin Galactic via AP)

COLUMN: Looking skyward in the age of space tourism

The first commercial spacecraft was launched on Sunday, July 11

In this photo provided by Virgin Galactic, the VSS Unity’s rocket motor burns above the Earth on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Entrepreneur Richard Branson and five crewmates from his Virgin Galactic space-tourism company reached an altitude of about 53 miles (88 kilometers) over the New Mexico desert, enough to experience three to four minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth. (Virgin Galactic via AP)