Columnists

For Your Consideration - Thom Barker

Remembering Virgil Tibbs: Progress has been made, but not enough

Thom reflects on racism is the wake of actor Sydney Poitier’s death last week

  • Jan 23, 2022
Daresay - Deb Meissner

COLUMN: Looking back in time

More exploration of the cosmos is exciting

Al Lehmann

COLUMN: What’s in a word? Lots…

Local columnist Al Lehmann considers human language

  • Jan 22, 2022
Winter tires provide enhanced traction in snowy and icy conditions. (Black Press Media file photo)

Ben’s Blog: Principles can get in the way of good decisions

Ben reflects on his recent decision to install winter tires

Winter tires provide enhanced traction in snowy and icy conditions. (Black Press Media file photo)
According to University of Toronto Global Journalism Fellow Anthony Fong, sexually aggressive online behaviours, affects 88 per cent of all Canadian university undergraduate women. THE CANADIAN PRESS

FONG: Legal reform needed to protect young women from growing online sexual violence

Liberals promised to rework online harms legislation within 100 days of Parliament’s Nov. 22 return

According to University of Toronto Global Journalism Fellow Anthony Fong, sexually aggressive online behaviours, affects 88 per cent of all Canadian university undergraduate women. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Lana Greene shares a photo of her son TJ from when he was chosen as the captain of the hockey team in his younger days. (Submitted Photo/Lana Greene)

GUEST COLUMN: Compassion is key to dealing with the opioid crisis

Lana Greene is a member of Moms Stop the Harm

  • Jan 18, 2022
Lana Greene shares a photo of her son TJ from when he was chosen as the captain of the hockey team in his younger days. (Submitted Photo/Lana Greene)
Columnist Andre Carrel (File photo)

COLUMN: The curse of incrementalism

Local columnist Andre Carrel considers the reality of public works

  • Jan 16, 2022
Columnist Andre Carrel (File photo)
Daresay - Deb Meissner

COLUMN: You’ve got to accentuate the positive

Deb feels bleak so she goes looking for some pick-me-up good news stories

Daresay - Deb Meissner
For Your Consideration - Thom Barker

COLUMN: An egg by any other name is still an egg

The semantics of Humpty Dumpty and his application in the legal system

For Your Consideration - Thom Barker
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COLUMN: Turn whispers of apathy into screams of action

K-J Millar urges people in the community to fight apathy

Have an opinion you'd like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we grieve. (File photo)

Hay: We can’t let the pandemic put grief on hold

‘I have learned the difference between fear and hope is focus’

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we grieve. (File photo)
Al Lehmann

COLUMN: Figuring out what’s real is difficult

Yogi Berra once commented that, “in theory there’s no difference between theory…

  • Jan 9, 2022
Al Lehmann
Columnist Andre Carrel (File photo)

COLUMN: Essential workers deserve a lot more from all of us

It could be said of any year, but 2021 was indeed a…

  • Jan 8, 2022
Columnist Andre Carrel (File photo)
Fireworks are restricted within City of Courtenay limits. Stock photo

Ben’s Blog: New year, new experiences

Phew, 2021 is over! It felt like a long year. It was…

Fireworks are restricted within City of Courtenay limits. Stock photo
Distancing signs like these became the ‘new normal’ in early 2020. We have no idea what will come next. Photo: Canadian Press

Painful Truth: There’s no normal, new or old

Whatever comes next will feel normal eventually, no matter how strange it is

Distancing signs like these became the ‘new normal’ in early 2020. We have no idea what will come next. Photo: Canadian Press
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COLUMN: Looking through the glass

As the sun sets on 2021, I glanced up from my keyboard…

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Al Lehmann

COLUMN: Liquid alchemy

Al contemplates alcohol and the holidays

Al Lehmann
People wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 while visiting the Christmas Market in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

FINLAYSON: B.C.’s economy has largely healed, thankfully

Over the last 18 months, overall economic production has rebounded, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Dec 24, 2021
People wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 while visiting the Christmas Market in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Sarah Zimmerman

COLUMN: Supply chains be damned, we’ve got local artisans

Sarah talks about ways to buy local this holiday season

Sarah Zimmerman
Al Lehmann

COLUMN: Social media accountability

Al thinks social media sites should be more regulated

Al Lehmann