Opinion News

Our species to save

May 15, 2020 / 11:37 am

Endangered species day was established 15 years ago. It is a day for us to learn about the wildlife, plants, animals and insects that are at risk of...

What's next in virus testing

May 12, 2020 / 2:31 pm

Testing for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases is a core tenet of public health. It tells us the what, who and where of disease transmission, but we need to...

Mother's Day is on you, Dad

May 10, 2020 / 9:59 am

Good morning, Dads. You’re in trouble. You forgot which Sunday it is, didn’t you? Normally this wouldn’t be that big a deal, because your kids...

Classrooms still matter

May 8, 2020 / 2:55 pm

School is out across Canada, thanks to COVID-19. And classes won’t resume until the chief provincial public health officers and elected provincial leaders...

Reason to celebrate

May 7, 2020 / 2:40 pm

The big question no one can answer is: How much more of this can B.C. take? There’s no answer because, as every official stresses, no one has ever gone...

Shadow of the pandemic

May 7, 2020 / 8:00 am

Many expect me to react with yet more unrestrained vitriol for the latest move by Our Dear Leader to ban firearms, confiscate valuable property and turn...

Called 'at risk' for a reason

May 6, 2020 / 6:16 pm

Another good reason to get out and bang your pots and pans at 7 p.m. was presented in a health briefing this week. Twenty-one per cent of the COVID-19 cases in...

Real work yet to begin

May 6, 2020 / 6:15 pm

We have reached the end of the beginning and hope this is not the beginning of the end. It proved relatively easy to shut down much of the old economy. The new...

Reboot blueprint is past due

May 1, 2020 / 5:26 pm

Enough already. The first coronavirus case in British Columbia was identified 100 days ago. We have never come close to filling our hospitals with pandemic...

Reopen will be methodical

Apr 30, 2020 / 7:00 pm

The B.C. government will be keeping firm control of any efforts by business and individuals to resume activities now curtailed by health orders. Premier John...

Held hostage by China

Apr 30, 2020 / 11:00 am

Many key pharmaceutical ingredients used in North America reportedly come from China or, in the case of generics, India. In turn, India imports key ingredients...

Farmers need help now

Apr 27, 2020 / 7:20 pm

We always needed farmers. Now, with COVID-19, they need us. Farming needs real help, right now. Plenty of attention has been given to the foreign workers...

No stage for goodwill

Apr 27, 2020 / 11:39 am

Great news: Bill Maher is still officially coming to Vancouver on May 16. The Rolling Stones won’t be making us rock later that week, but Maher will make...

It’s up to the virus

Apr 16, 2020 / 10:46 am

Premier John Horgan appeared buoyed Wednesday by what he called “off the charts” public support in B.C. for the drastic measures imposed to curtail...

Masks are your choice

Apr 10, 2020 / 9:42 am

From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have regularly seen people choose to wear a variety of masks, from medical masks to cloth face coverings, in grocery...

No boundaries with COVID

Apr 6, 2020 / 3:45 pm

When an outbreak hits a community, one of the most urgent things people want is information. This is human nature, as information allows us to protect...

An ode to Bonnie Henry

Apr 2, 2020 / 9:30 pm

As the video begins, all you see is Gordon Campbell — no, not THAT Gordon Campbell — standing in his Sidney home with an upright bass. Then Diane...

Bold action needed now

Mar 23, 2020 / 5:39 pm

It is time for big decisions from governments of all sizes and stripes in Canada. One week of workplace hemorrhaging from COVID-19 has punched a sinkhole into...

In dire need of leadership

Mar 1, 2020 / 12:07 pm

We haven’t asked our first ministers to put on the Big Boy Pants for some time. They’ve been able to be children. Now it is time. The political...

BC is boiling over

Feb 20, 2020 / 2:03 pm

Island Scallops on Vancouver Island has relied on stable ocean conditions since 1989. But CEO Rob Saunders says those started changing a little over a decade...