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Summerland’s rainbow crosswalks attracted controversy when they were first installed. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: All people deserve to be treated with respect

Pride Month, held each year in June, is a time to recognize a segment of our population

 

A mural in Summerland with a Truth and Reconciliation message has been vandalized. The damage was discovered on May 10. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: Disgust and shame over a display of racial hate

Vandalism of reconciliation mural in Summerland is one of many incidents involving racial hatred

 

FILE - This Oct. 26, 2016 file photo shows a Twitter sign outside of the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. A new study published Thursday, March 8, 2018, in the journal Science shows that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu), File

COLUMN: Freedom of expression extends beyond online platforms

A freedom held dear by Canadians cannot be changed by a Twitter’s policies

 

Do you call these creatures fish, sea kittens or chickens of the sea? (Black Press file photo)

COLUMN: Kittens, chickens and other sea creatures

A campaign seeks to change the way people think about fish

Do you call these creatures fish, sea kittens or chickens of the sea? (Black Press file photo)
FILE - Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award in Berlin on Dec. 1, 2020. Musk is offering to buy Twitter, Thursday, April 14, 2022. He says the social media platform he has criticized for not living up to free speech principles needs to be transformed as a private company. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)

COLUMN: Controlling the power of a social media platform

The rise of social media platforms has provided a public forum to anyone with an internet connection

FILE - Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award in Berlin on Dec. 1, 2020. Musk is offering to buy Twitter, Thursday, April 14, 2022. He says the social media platform he has criticized for not living up to free speech principles needs to be transformed as a private company. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)
A help wanted sign in the window of a Revelstoke business during the summer of 2021. Canada’s unemployment rate has now reached a record low. (Tim van der Krogt-Revelstoke Review)

COLUMN: A good time for job seekers, but not for employers

Right now some businesses are facing challenges as they try to hire a full staff

A help wanted sign in the window of a Revelstoke business during the summer of 2021. Canada’s unemployment rate has now reached a record low. (Tim van der Krogt-Revelstoke Review)
Vernon physiotherapist Cheryl Witter from North End Spine and Sport Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy has created some pointers for golfers to help avoid early-season pains. (Contributed)

COLUMN: Swing away from back pain during Okanagan golf season

Vernon physio Cheryl Witter offers up tips to help keep away early-season pains

Vernon physiotherapist Cheryl Witter from North End Spine and Sport Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy has created some pointers for golfers to help avoid early-season pains. (Contributed)
Woman getting gas.

COLUMN: The cost of a 50-litre purchase

The price depends on what one is buying

Woman getting gas.
Shirley Frost, left, and Gerda Faber, both members of the Wells Gray Lively Arts Society, pick up their feet during a blues song performed by Randy Hedlund and Linda MacKenzie. A Coffee House was held by the WGLAS on Saturday, March 5 in the lodge at the Clearwater ski hill. It was the first Coffee House to be held since COVID-19 restrictions were eased last month. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

Cole’s Notes: Re-opening will be awkward, so be kind

Use your COVID common sense and don’t be rude, Schisler says

Shirley Frost, left, and Gerda Faber, both members of the Wells Gray Lively Arts Society, pick up their feet during a blues song performed by Randy Hedlund and Linda MacKenzie. A Coffee House was held by the WGLAS on Saturday, March 5 in the lodge at the Clearwater ski hill. It was the first Coffee House to be held since COVID-19 restrictions were eased last month. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
A man opens his arms as he stands near a house destroyed in the Russian artillery shelling, in the village of Horenka close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022. On Day 11 of Russia’s war on Ukraine, Russian troops shelled encircled cities, and it appeared that a second attempt to evacuate civilians from the besieged port city of Mariupol had failed due to continued violence. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

COLUMN: Ukraine conflict hits close to home

Refugees from Ukraine are leaving places they have known and loved

A man opens his arms as he stands near a house destroyed in the Russian artillery shelling, in the village of Horenka close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022. On Day 11 of Russia’s war on Ukraine, Russian troops shelled encircled cities, and it appeared that a second attempt to evacuate civilians from the besieged port city of Mariupol had failed due to continued violence. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
International Women’s Day is March 8. (Contributed)

COLUMN: Celebrate all women this International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is March 8.

  • Feb 26, 2022
International Women’s Day is March 8. (Contributed)
There are parts of the world where the Bible is banned or restricted. In Canada, people are free to read this pivotal text of the Christian faith. (File photo)

COLUMN: Reading the Bible, the Qur’an and the Communist Manifesto

Not everyone enjoys the same freedom to read as exists in Canada

There are parts of the world where the Bible is banned or restricted. In Canada, people are free to read this pivotal text of the Christian faith. (File photo)
In this 1969 ad, General Motors described a vehicle navigation concept. (Facebook/RoadkillCustoms)

COLUMN: Navigating a fact-checking journey

An ad from 1969 described a vehicle navigation system

In this 1969 ad, General Motors described a vehicle navigation concept. (Facebook/RoadkillCustoms)
(Thorsten Frenzel - Pixabay)

COLUMN: Freedom to read at the public library

Freedom to Read Week takes place Feb. 20 to 26

  • Feb 10, 2022
(Thorsten Frenzel - Pixabay)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)