Columnists

Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Be on the lookout for construction zone signs

The woman had passed a flashing message board and a number of black and orange signs

  • Jul 25, 2021
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Treatment of Indigenous people atrocious

People of European descent have never been exactly good neighbours to First Nations

Peas drying inside where it’s a bit cooler. They will be great to eat in winter. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Moving into beans as heat wave fried peas

I sowed both pole and bush beans because bush beans produce earlier and

  • Jul 24, 2021
My two nieces and my son exploring the Cowichan River at Vimy just before the leech incident. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
My two nieces and my son exploring the Cowichan River at Vimy just before the leech incident. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: It’s time to get back out there

I sat right near the entrance to the café where the long line for lunch starts — on purpose!

  • Jul 18, 2021
Chris Wilkinson
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Where do non-traditional ‘vehicles’ fit in on the roads?

If the current confusion surrounding scooters is any indication, we are in for interesting times

  • Jul 18, 2021
Tim Schewe
The first line of defence against invaders. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Deterring all those trying to sneak in and steal the harvest

I don’t blame the varmints for wanting to share my harvest, but they seem determined to take it all

  • Jul 17, 2021
The first line of defence against invaders. (Mary Lowther photo)
The aftermath of a devastating house fire on Maple Bay Road July 7. (Jakob Buttner-Danyliw photo)

Sarah Simpson Column: Firefighters extinguish blaze, ignite community’s gratitude

The firefighters were working their tails off to save everything else

The aftermath of a devastating house fire on Maple Bay Road July 7. (Jakob Buttner-Danyliw photo)
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)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Turning left one of our most dangerous road moves

Left turns also place a heavy cognitive demand on the driver

  • Jul 11, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: More ideas needed to deal with social issues along TCH corridor

Getting the community involved in helping to deal with the problem also goes a long way

Robert’s column
Is it ready yet? Checking the garlic; the one on the right was planted three weeks after the two on the left. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Garlic a mealtime foundation

Virtually everything he makes starts with the same basic ingredients: onions, peppers and garlic

  • Jul 10, 2021
Is it ready yet? Checking the garlic; the one on the right was planted three weeks after the two on the left. (Mary Lowther photo)
A wide view of Judy and Wayne Kozler’s spectaular western town fence. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A wide view of Judy and Wayne Kozler’s spectaular western town fence. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
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)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: When drivers kill

Most people hearing this news are likely to ask, why hadn’t the driver been charged with homicide?

  • Jul 4, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Hockey memories remain clear

The town had a hockey team, called the La Scie Jets

Robert’s column
David’s prototype strawberry cage to keep birds out. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Who knew gardening required construction skills?

I was unprepared for the reality of beans and peas that maliciously entangled themselves

  • Jul 3, 2021
David’s prototype strawberry cage to keep birds out. (Mary Lowther photo)
Sarah Simpson
Sarah Simpson
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Who goes first? The age-old four-way stop confusion

When more than one driver stops at the same time the situation becomes a bit more complicated

  • Jun 27, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Bees are integral to local ecosystems

These days, it’s odd to see even one as I sit in my backyard reading a book

Robert’s column