Writer's Bloc

Now's not the time for blame about damage from historic flooding

Nov 25, 2021 / 6:00 am

Before blame must come gratitude. One would think British Columbia would be ready for rain more than anything else. But nothing in anyone’s memory has...

Theft from grocery stores is a growing, and troubling , problem

Nov 22, 2021 / 6:00 am

Shoplifting has been on the rise in Canadian supermarkets in recent months. And that ultimately costs us all. Concrete data on theft in grocery stores is...

Diabetes-related complications have increased during the pandemic

Nov 19, 2021 / 11:00 am

Nearly one-third (31%) of British Columbians live with diabetes or prediabetes. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time to build awareness about diabetes...

Throwing money at world hunger problem is not the sole solution

Nov 16, 2021 / 11:00 am

A recent Twitter conversation between United Nations World Food Program (WFP) executive director David Beasley and one of the world’s richest people, Elon...

Small lifestyle changes can have a big impact when managing diabetes

Nov 15, 2021 / 6:00 am

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors, management and encourage Kelowna community members to make healthy...

Time to reform the Canadian Dairy Commission

Nov 11, 2021 / 6:00 am

The Canadian Dairy Commission announced recently that farmers will get an unprecedented 8.4 per cent more for their milk and better than 12 per cent more for...

Things to know before visiting the pharmacy for someone else

Nov 5, 2021 / 11:00 am

The pandemic has changed us. Canadians have become increasingly aware of the vulnerable people in their community, including older people, leading many of us...

Area beers and ciders should been on tap in more local places

Nov 4, 2021 / 6:00 am

One of the most devastating things about COVID has been the way it separates people – social distancing, restricted social activities and even...

Proliferation of food banks in Canada points to the problem

Nov 2, 2021 / 11:00 am

Hunger is cruelly invisible in our society. Even though it may surround us, we hardly see it. But it’s always there. With the latest Hunger Count...

Feeling cornered, angry anti-vaxers are speaking out

Oct 28, 2021 / 6:00 am

Two metrics are missing in all the statistics continually posted by the government as the COVID-19 emergency drags on. One is the level of genuine concern,...

WorkSafeBC overhaul could have huge employer cost implications

Oct 27, 2021 / 6:00 am

WorkSafeBC is a complex organization that plays an important role in today’s economy. According to its website, it is: … a provincial agency...

The rise of the once-silent, once-hidden food worker

Oct 26, 2021 / 11:00 am

Last weekend, workers at the online grocery retailer Instacart went on strike for better conditions and higher wages. Instacart is a symbol of the new gig...

Businesses must act soon to avoid labour shortage consequences

Oct 22, 2021 / 11:00 am

Media outlets, political leaders and financial markets have closely followed the number of jobs created and lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, but less...

'No shot, no job': Vax holdouts forced to face reality

Oct 14, 2021 / 6:00 am

Still they trickle in, a few thousand every day, late to the party but ­welcome nonetheless. Twenty months into the worst pandemic in modern history, 10...

One year later, reasons to be grateful — but got your card?

Oct 12, 2021 / 11:00 am

She stopped me at the door: “Vaccine card, please.” I paused. “Are you sure that’s necessary?” She smiled blandly, but...

Higher food prices mean rescuing food is getting more attention

Oct 11, 2021 / 11:00 am

Many people claim the term "food waste" should never be used and there’s some truth to that. Food is precious and is always of value to someone,...

Why wind, solar energy not answer to reducing global emissions

Oct 8, 2021 / 11:00 am

In a previous column I pointed out that since switching coal-fuelled power plants to natural gas cuts CO2 emissions in half, exporting liquefied natural gas...

Does Canada have too many restaurants?

Oct 5, 2021 / 11:00 am

Did we have too many restaurants before the COVID-19 pandemic? Did the pandemic only wipe out "extra" restaurants in Canada? With the labour shortage,...

Are you failing as a business leader?

Sep 30, 2021 / 6:00 am

If you’ve ever been in a leadership position, you’ve probably gone through a time when you didn’t feel very effective. Perhaps you were...

Food prices increasing more than we are led to believe

Sep 28, 2021 / 11:00 am

If you think food prices are increasing at a much faster pace than what Statistics Canada suggests, you’re likely not imagining it. For a few years, many...