Columnists

Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Following too closely

Maintaining a buffer in front of your vehicle gives you time to recover from inattention

  • Nov 29, 2020
Sonia Furstenau

Sonia Furstenau column: MLA vows to keep up the fight

COVID-19 continues to strain our communities

  • Nov 28, 2020
Heating cable laid in the cold frame, awaiting the layer of sand. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Greenhouse growing in the winter

I have a heating cable I’ve never used that I’m contemplating putting to work in the cold frame

  • Nov 28, 2020
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: If you don’t have anything nice to say…

Dear Sarah, the letter began. I hope you mail a note from…

Sarah Simpson
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Defective vehicles — a crash looking for a place to happen?

What do you do with a pickup that has only one operating light

  • Nov 22, 2020
Tim Schewe
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: Is it still time to ‘man up’?

Classically men have grown up in environments where they have been told to “man up”

  • Nov 21, 2020
Chris Wilkinson
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House fire Mountain View Drive, Lake Cowichan
Dog stranded in Cowichan River
Flying over Cowichan, ceremony at Cobble Hill cenotaph
Bergen pushes Liberals for better COVID-19 plan
These herbs, grown under lights, should be ready by Christmas. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Making Christmas gifts from the garden

It’s not too early to get the ball rolling on presents we can make

  • Nov 21, 2020
These herbs, grown under lights, should be ready by Christmas. (Mary Lowther photo)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: Shining lights make things alright

Not so much now that it’s getting soggy, but in the weeks…

Sarah Simpson
(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)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Road safety story that tops them all

This gentleman had problems with falling asleep while driving.

  • Nov 15, 2020
Tim Schewe
Two hoses rolled up, impersonating snakes and ready to go under cover. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Why can’t hoses untangle themselves?

Why can’t they modify rubber plants with snake DNA so hoses will be able to untangle themselves?

  • Nov 14, 2020
Two hoses rolled up, impersonating snakes and ready to go under cover. (Mary Lowther photo)
Of course I took a photo of Slither after its rescue. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson Column: To warm hearts, all you need is a stamp

I did something the other day that made my heart warm. I…

Of course I took a photo of Slither after its rescue. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: The ins and outs of winter tires

Drivers who fail to obey the sign requirments may be fined

  • Nov 8, 2020
Tim Schewe
Bruce and Jeannette Dodds’ Georgian Fire garlic. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Garlic mould forces big move

Lovely bed, three feet wide and 60 feet long that gets lots of sun

  • Nov 7, 2020
Bruce and Jeannette Dodds’ Georgian Fire garlic. (Mary Lowther photo)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson column: The joys of a junk drawer

Everything you don’t need, and a few things you do

Sarah Simpson
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Gravity is not load security

Anything inside your vehicle that is not tied down in some manner can become a hazard

  • Nov 1, 2020
Tim Schewe
Guy Patten harvesting the latest crop of potatoes from a pot. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Growing veggies in pots works like a charm for Honeymoon Bay gardener

One pot about two feet deep and one foot around produced four pounds, five ounces of potatoes

  • Oct 31, 2020
Guy Patten harvesting the latest crop of potatoes from a pot. (Mary Lowther photo)
Planning a birthday party in the middle of a worldwide pandemic must be done with great care and love. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson Column: Birthdays in the time of COVID-19

It was a couple of weekends ago, now, that I had the…

Planning a birthday party in the middle of a worldwide pandemic must be done with great care and love. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: Are we willing to do the work on mental health?

This has been a tough year for all of us.

  • Oct 25, 2020
Chris Wilkinson