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Government needs to deliver of promise of free contraception

Government needs to deliver of promise of free contraception

Oct 4, 2022 / 11:00 am

It is expensive to be a woman. Yes, there are hair products, clothes, nail products and makeup, but then there are feminine hygiene products and contraception....

B.C.'s health care system is in crisis says MLA

B.C.'s health care system is in crisis says MLA

Sep 27, 2022 / 11:00 am

If you have read this column over the last few months, you know I’ve written frequently about our health care system, mostly our primary system, where a...

Paying for government services we're not getting

Sep 20, 2022 / 11:00 am

Growing up, my grandfather taught me the value of a dollar. He used to tell me, “Pay up as you go up, so that when you get up, you are up.” He...

Seniors in B.C. need more help

Seniors in B.C. need more help

Sep 13, 2022 / 11:00 am

It’s time to talk about seniors. I have the most amazing parents and in-laws, who are in their 70s and 80s respectively. (Don’t worry, mom, I...

Need for schools in Okanagan is 'dire,' says MLA

Sep 6, 2022 / 11:00 am

Last week, I started feeling the back-to-school energy. As a mom of three kids and two step kids, my last week of August and first week of September has always...

Those fleeing domestic abuse need help, not opposition

Aug 30, 2022 / 11:00 am

I am divorced. That is not a secret and, in fact, many will know I changed my name back to my maiden name once my divorce was finalized and my kids graduated...

More needs to be done to make housing affordable in B.C.

More needs to be done to make housing affordable in B.C.

Aug 23, 2022 / 11:00 am

Housing is a basic need for people to live, survive and thrive. Having housing that is affordable, attainable, and accessible is important for a society to grow...

B.C. Liberals' plan could help improve heath care in B.C. says MLA

Aug 16, 2022 / 11:00 am

It was only a couple years ago, just before COVID, that I met the most amazing couple. I was introduced to them through a mutual friend and got to know them in...

Justice system broken in Kelowna says MLA

Justice system broken in Kelowna says MLA

Aug 9, 2022 / 11:00 am

Crime used to be a fairly small part of our Kelowna society, but not anymore. Last week, Statistics Canada confirmed what many of us are feeling—our city...

We need to do more to stop forest fires

We need to do more to stop forest fires

Aug 2, 2022 / 11:00 am

Sitting in the lake in the Shuswap, we looked up to see a plume of smoke on the side of the mountain. My heart sank. I remembered the year before in the Shuswap...

MLA questions government responsibility for health care problems

MLA questions government responsibility for health care problems

Jul 26, 2022 / 11:00 am

Who is responsible for the state of our healthcare system? Where does the buck stop? Who has the power to change the trajectory of where our healthcare system...

NDP likes to keep secrets

NDP likes to keep secrets

Jul 19, 2022 / 11:00 am

The Code of Silence award in the "Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy" category was awarded to the B.C. NDP government last year. This award...

Political will needed to deal with B.C.'s mental health crisis

Political will needed to deal with B.C.'s mental health crisis

Jul 12, 2022 / 11:00 am

The mom and dad who are desperate to find a psychiatrist to help their son. The sibling who is trying to find his or her brother, despite him being...

Premier's plan to step down complicates B.C. politics

Jul 5, 2022 / 11:00 am

This past week, B.C.’s premier John Horgan announced he will retire. He plans to stay on until the new leader (of the NDP) is chosen in the fall. So, do...

B.C.'s Urgent Primary Care Centre plan not working say MLA

B.C.'s Urgent Primary Care Centre plan not working say MLA

Jun 28, 2022 / 11:00 am

Do you have a family doctor? Have you tried looking for one recently? The headlines last week railed against another ill-conceived plan of the provincial...

There are better things to spend nearly $1 billion on

There are better things to spend nearly $1 billion on

Jun 21, 2022 / 11:00 am

“If I had a billion dollars…if I had a billion dollars…” Lately, the Barenaked Ladies song, "If I Had a Million Dollars" has...

Tax break at the gas pumps would help British Columbians

Tax break at the gas pumps would help British Columbians

Jun 14, 2022 / 11:00 am

There has been a lot spoken about the cost of gas lately. My inbox is full of correspondence from people who are struggling to get by. Almost daily, headlines...

MLA wants to inform, and be informed, by readers

MLA wants to inform, and be informed, by readers

Jun 7, 2022 / 11:00 am

(Editor's note: Today we introduce a new weekly column, by Kelowna-Mission MLA Renee Merrifield.) This last two years of the pandemic taught us many things....

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