Opinion

Gymnast Simone Biles answers a question during an interview after a training session Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Elliott: ‘We can all learn from her courage’: Simone Biles not alone in mental health struggle

It’s worth paying attention to people who best understand what Olympic gymnastic star is confronting

Letters to the editor.

Lottery system would have been better to fill extra Still Standing seats

Excluding ordinary townsfolk defeats the purpose of the show

Letter to the editor.

The human brain, the first computer, still wired the same

The hardware and basic behaviour hasn’t really changed at all

  • Jul 24, 2021
Letters to the editor.

Climate crisis needs to be seriously addressed now

There’s a clear link between carbon pollution from fossil fuels and scorching temperatures in B.C.

  • Jul 23, 2021
Letters to the editor.
Brittany Pickard being interviewed by Jonny Harris and filmed by the Still Standing crew for the show. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)

Limits curtail rare experience

Many miss out on enjoying Still Standing’s visit

Brittany Pickard being interviewed by Jonny Harris and filmed by the Still Standing crew for the show. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)
(Phil McLachlan – Western News)

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Twenty years ago, there were no national statistics on wildfire evacuations

(Phil McLachlan – Western News)
A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
Alistair MacGregor has been a busy and well-liked MP since being elected in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Photo by Bernard Thibodeau)

Federal election sure to be called

The signs are already there, with leaders in campaign mode

Alistair MacGregor has been a busy and well-liked MP since being elected in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. (Photo by Bernard Thibodeau)
Letters to the editor.

Country’s name and flag appropriate in the present context

Proposing alterations to two important national symbols seems more mischievous than constructive

  • Jul 15, 2021
Letters to the editor.
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Apple’s Siri is no longer a woman by default, but is this really a win for feminism?

Users must now choose between two male and two female voices when enabling the voice assistant

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Highway workers.

EDITORIAL – Obey the Cone Zone; give highway workers a brake

BC Cone Zone campaign asks drivers to slow down and to pay attention to traffic control instructions

  • Jul 8, 2021
Highway workers.
Letters to the editor.

Golden opportunity missed to down-zone property

Council chooses to continually ignore the official community plan in its decisions

  • Jul 7, 2021
Letters to the editor.
Letters to the editor.

Generous community for donations and food pick-ups, too

People pitch in quickly to help gather up rolling oranges

  • Jul 6, 2021
Letters to the editor.
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
Letter to the editor.

Fossil fuel sector continues to receive subsidization

Industry still the planet’s greatest and most profitable polluter

Letter to the editor.
Fuller Lake Park was one place to beat the heat as temperatures soared. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Extreme weather cause for concern

Problems associated with heat wave numerous

Fuller Lake Park was one place to beat the heat as temperatures soared. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Letters to the editor.

Affordable housing along the Trans Canada Highway?

Proposed development doesn’t offer any benefits of rural living

  • Jun 30, 2021
Letters to the editor.
Traffic is going to be busy enough, but whenever there’s any accidents on the Trans Canada Highway this summer the back-ups will be brutal. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Summer overload sure to happen

Traffic volume will be at a ridiculous level on the highway

Traffic is going to be busy enough, but whenever there’s any accidents on the Trans Canada Highway this summer the back-ups will be brutal. (File photo by Don Bodger)
Letter to the editor.

Here’s a start to resolving the indignities to our Indigenous population

Federal and provincial governments, churches need to take responsibility

  • Jun 25, 2021
Letter to the editor.
Letters to the editor.

North Cowichan forest review misconceptions

To date, there are no property tax implications

  • Jun 24, 2021
Letters to the editor.