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Drive Smart columnist Tim Schewe.

Drivesmart column: B.C.’s Slow Down, Move Over law

B.C.’s Slow Down, Move Over law came into effect over two decades ago

  • Nov 28, 2021
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Climate change an increasing problem

I remember about 15 years ago, I attended a lecture in Nanaimo by Gwynne Dyer

Cider vinegar in the making. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Increasing the mineral content of soil without costly imports

My regular readers (both of you) will not be surprised when I…

  • Nov 27, 2021
Happy with their selections from the bounty offered up by scarf-maker Fran Benton, these CDH staffers were no doubt smiling under their masks. (Submitted by Fran Benton)

Sarah Simpson Column: When life gives you lemons, give your scarves away!

What that meant was roughly 500 great scarves wouldn’t be sold

Happy with their selections from the bounty offered up by scarf-maker Fran Benton, these CDH staffers were no doubt smiling under their masks. (Submitted by Fran Benton)
Wendy Bowen’s chosen profession as a Physiotherapist saw her use the touch of her hands to help others recover and heal. And yet she touched people in a way without using her hands that created even more benefit — she touched people’s hearts with her own. (wendybowen.com)

Chris Wilkinson Column: She Was One of a Kind

A tribute to Wendy Bowen

  • Nov 21, 2021
Wendy Bowen’s chosen profession as a Physiotherapist saw her use the touch of her hands to help others recover and heal. And yet she touched people in a way without using her hands that created even more benefit — she touched people’s hearts with her own. (wendybowen.com)
Nut encrusted kale chips make a great snack. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Dealing with the last of the veggie harvest

What then to do with my green tomatoes, unripe beans and squash, with leggy herbs?

  • Nov 20, 2021
Nut encrusted kale chips make a great snack. (Mary Lowther photo)
A cat in the car is never ideal but my fearless feline helped my scared son with a tricky test. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
A cat in the car is never ideal but my fearless feline helped my scared son with a tricky test. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Interior Health's 310-MHSU number connects callers directly to the closest mental health and substance use centre in their community.

B.C.’s mental health crisis is bad and getting worse

Nearly half of British Columbians polled said their mental health was worse due to COVID-19

  • Nov 18, 2021
Interior Health's 310-MHSU number connects callers directly to the closest mental health and substance use centre in their community.
Drive Smart columnist Tim Schewe.

Drivesmart column: Measuring vehicle speeds with laser

Wondered about the instruments that the police use to measure vehicle speeds on our highways?

  • Nov 14, 2021
Drive Smart columnist Tim Schewe.
Supplies I use for tool maintenance, which should be done regularly to keep them in good shape. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Fall tool maintenance key to their longevity

I feel along all the wooden parts for cracks and nicks

  • Nov 13, 2021
Supplies I use for tool maintenance, which should be done regularly to keep them in good shape. (Mary Lowther photo)
The quote board remains! (Instagram #palmerquoteboard)
The quote board remains! (Instagram #palmerquoteboard)
North Cowichan Councillor Rob Douglas. (Photo submitted)

Rob Douglas guest column: Bypass not the solution to Duncan traffic

We need to find a new way forward that is respectful of our existing neighbourhoods

  • Nov 7, 2021
North Cowichan Councillor Rob Douglas. (Photo submitted)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: I can’t walk fast enough for the pedestrian signals

“Do we pedestrians have a right to safe passage, or is it a free-for-all?”

  • Nov 7, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Safety on Highway 18 a concern

It wouldn’t take much to drift into oncoming traffic.

Robert’s column
Halloween means it’s garlic planting time. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Happy garlic season

Soft neck garlics produce more per acre and store better

  • Nov 6, 2021
Halloween means it’s garlic planting time. (Mary Lowther photo)
While my son likes to build things, my daughter likes Minecraft so she can take care of all the animals. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
While my son likes to build things, my daughter likes Minecraft so she can take care of all the animals. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

To Have and Have Not: Alberta opens can of worms, but will B.C. bite?

Equalization payments have often been used to incite political anger in Canada

  • Nov 1, 2021
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Tim Schewe
Tim Schewe
This phaecelia produced many seeds that I’m using as a cover crop. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Getting the cover crops in before the freeze

Fortunately our nights have been warm this past week

  • Oct 30, 2021
This phaecelia produced many seeds that I’m using as a cover crop. (Mary Lowther photo)
Roughly six weeks ago when we were last on this trail, this creek was dry as a bone. Now the gurgling water and little waterfalls provide the perfect background sound for a hike. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Roughly six weeks ago when we were last on this trail, this creek was dry as a bone. Now the gurgling water and little waterfalls provide the perfect background sound for a hike. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)