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Motor coach companies in B.C., and across Canada, have been left struggling as they near 10 months of operating at a 95 per cent reduction in revenues. (Courtesy Wilson’s Group)

COLUMN: Bus companies at risk as revenue drops 95 per cent, no help in sight

John Wilson is president and CEO, The Wilson’s Group of Companies

  • Jan 3, 2021
Island Health board chair Leah Hollins. (Lexi Bainas/News Staff)

ISLAND HEALTH COLUMN: New year focus on vaccinations, opioid crisis, racism in healthcare

Island Health says while there is much work ahead, there is hope

  • Jan 2, 2021
Motor coach companies in B.C., and across Canada, have been left struggling as they near 10 months of operating at a 95 per cent reduction in revenues. (Courtesy Wilson’s Group)

COLUMN: Bus companies at risk as revenue drops 95 per cent, no help in sight

John Wilson is president and CEO, The Wilson’s Group of Companies

  • Dec 30, 2020
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)

‘I am tired, and my soul hurts’: B.C. nurse reflects on working in ICU unit during COVID

Renée Bush writes about what it is like on the front-line of the pandemic in the north

  • Dec 16, 2020
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: The long economic tail of COVID-19

‘Fast forward to late 2020 and the situation has partially stabilized’

  • Dec 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
(Black Press Media file photo)

OPINION: Island Health doctors call on residents to ‘double down’ to slow spread of COVID-19

Positive cases increasing at a rate that causes concern for health officers

  • Nov 18, 2020
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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

GUEST COLUMN: COVID-19 masks mandatory in B.C., but not everywhere

Orders require them where necessary, Provincial Health Officer says

  • Nov 17, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)
Kernachan’s cartoon flashback 2018

Kernachan’s cartoon flashback 2018

Wildfire smoke comes in handy for other purposes

Kernachan’s cartoon flashback 2018
Cyclists eagerly anticipating the completion of the Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade

Cyclists eagerly anticipating the completion of the Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade

Improvements bring both excitement and some trepidation about certain points

  • Sep 12, 2020
Cyclists eagerly anticipating the completion of the Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade
Chris Wilkinson column: Everything has an ending

Chris Wilkinson column: Everything has an ending

As I sit here beside my dad, holding his hand, as he prepares to take his final breaths

  • Aug 21, 2020
Chris Wilkinson column: Everything has an ending
Katia Bannister and the global Earth Guardians organization has been focusing on two important social and environmental campaigns the last few months. The first campaign is an online Divestment Challenge where each chooses one thing to divest from and then writes the goal down on a sign and posts a picture of themselves holding the sign, as Bannister is doing here. This is a similar format to the weekly digital strikes the Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians have been participating in, but requires a deeper and more substantial commitment. Bannister, second from left, and members of the Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians crew. (Photos submitted)

Many things new with the crew from expanding its horizons

Youth Urban Farm shares opportunities for volunteerism and community

  • Aug 18, 2020
Katia Bannister and the global Earth Guardians organization has been focusing on two important social and environmental campaigns the last few months. The first campaign is an online Divestment Challenge where each chooses one thing to divest from and then writes the goal down on a sign and posts a picture of themselves holding the sign, as Bannister is doing here. This is a similar format to the weekly digital strikes the Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians have been participating in, but requires a deeper and more substantial commitment. Bannister, second from left, and members of the Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians crew. (Photos submitted)
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Stronger tomorrow plan offers blueprint for job-rich recovery, says Jeff Zweig and Greg D’Avignon

  • Aug 5, 2020
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term
FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, FedEx Field is less than full during the second half of an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants in Landover, Md. The title sponsor of the Redskins’ stadium wants them to change their name. FedEx said in a statement Thursday, July 2, 2020, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“ (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)

COLUMN: Some more appropriate names for Washington NFL team

Finally, Washington’s NFL team would have a name everyone could cheer with pride

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, FedEx Field is less than full during the second half of an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants in Landover, Md. The title sponsor of the Redskins’ stadium wants them to change their name. FedEx said in a statement Thursday, July 2, 2020, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“ (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)
A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. Monday marks the beginning of the first full week that the Canada Emergency Business Account will be available to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

COLUMN: B.C.’s labour minister should look at COVID-19 financial carnage amid minimum wage increase

The timing couldn’t be worse for any government decision that drives up costs for business, writes Jock Finlayson

  • May 28, 2020
A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. Monday marks the beginning of the first full week that the Canada Emergency Business Account will be available to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry work on their daily report on the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 2, 2020. (B.C. government)

GUEST COLUMN: B.C. COVID-19 survey brings answers closer

275,000 responses so far, broader health information helps

  • May 22, 2020
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry work on their daily report on the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 2, 2020. (B.C. government)
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)

COLUMN: Residents should explore B.C. to help tourism industry amid COVID-19

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

  • May 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)
Misfits class schedule.

The New Normal and Your Health and Wellness

Stay active and enjoy nature during stressful times

  • May 11, 2020
Misfits class schedule.
Katia Bannister of Thetis Island is passionate about the Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians and their cause. (Photo submitted)

Climate change concerns haven’t suddenly gone away

Youth activists keeping up the cause and communication online during COVID-19

  • May 7, 2020
Katia Bannister of Thetis Island is passionate about the Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians and their cause. (Photo submitted)
Pondering weather-related puzzles amid the pandemic

Pondering weather-related puzzles amid the pandemic

Thetis and Penelakut Islands receive more sunshine than the Chemainus Valley due to two factors

  • May 1, 2020
Pondering weather-related puzzles amid the pandemic
It’s difficult to imagine that just 50 years ago awareness of the state of the environment was not part of the collective consciousness. Photo: Metro Creative

Earth Day: A new relationship to wildlife is needed for nature and people

Dan Kraus is senior conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

  • Apr 22, 2020
It’s difficult to imagine that just 50 years ago awareness of the state of the environment was not part of the collective consciousness. Photo: Metro Creative