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Sonia Furstenau, MLA

Proposed Health Professions Act would eliminate barriers, guide regulations

Is your doctor a member of good standing with the BC College…

  • Jun 14, 2021
Sonia Furstenau, MLA
Soaker hoses laid down over corn seedlings, soon to be covered with mulch, will see to the watering needs of the bed through any summer drought. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Investing in soaker hoses is money well-spent

No-till gardening has a distinct advantage during drought

  • Jun 12, 2021
Soaker hoses laid down over corn seedlings, soon to be covered with mulch, will see to the watering needs of the bed through any summer drought. (Mary Lowther photo)
Cute but fierce! Timber moonlights as an attack kitty. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Sarah Simpson Column: Beware of Mr. Bite, the midnight attacker

Last week, in the middle of the night, I was awoken by…

Cute but fierce! Timber moonlights as an attack kitty. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor. (Photo by Bernard Thibodeau)

Alistair MacGregor column: Past the time for action on residential schools

I had never fully grasped the history of the horrors of the residential school system

  • Jun 9, 2021
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor. (Photo by Bernard Thibodeau)
Peter Nix stands with his retirement investment: a solar farm he's installed on his property in Maple Bay. (Peter Nix photo)
Peter Nix stands with his retirement investment: a solar farm he's installed on his property in Maple Bay. (Peter Nix photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Jaywalking: cross at your own risk

Pedestrians must shoulder their share of the responsibility

  • Jun 6, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert's column

Robert Barron column: Ban on rat poisons a good idea

Rat poisons can work their way through the food chain

Robert's column
These tomato seedlings need re-potting or planting outside under cover. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Tips for starting seeds early

I’ve found that I can begin sowing inside about two weeks earlier than recommended for Vancouver

  • Jun 5, 2021
These tomato seedlings need re-potting or planting outside under cover. (Mary Lowther photo)
This group of neighbours hasn’t missed a day since they started to honour COVID-19 first responders. (Submitted)

Sarah Simpson Column: Healthcare workers saluted daily by Duncan neighbours

This is a bit of a milestone column for me. It’s the…

This group of neighbours hasn’t missed a day since they started to honour COVID-19 first responders. (Submitted)
Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke

The summer of 2021 has the potential to be worse than any wildfire season before it

Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Crowdsourcing neighbourhood road safety projects

The homeowner explained that this happened almost every time the corner was slippery

  • May 30, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert's column

Robert Barron column: Anti-Asian hate must stop

By the time I arrived in Baie Verte, the Jim family was one of the oldest in the area

Robert's column
Bees are very sensitive to pesticides. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Benefits of gardening without pesticides

We have non-pesticide solutions to vegetable-chomping pests

  • May 29, 2021
Bees are very sensitive to pesticides. (Mary Lowther photo)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: You can learn a lot about life during a five minute drive

The kids went into all sorts of detail about what that might have looked like and sounded like

Sarah Simpson
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: Do you overthink things?

One study found that 73 per cent of adults between the ages of 25 and 35 overthink

  • May 24, 2021
Chris Wilkinson
Robert Barron

Robert Barron column: Know what to do when confronted by a cougar

They have four paws decked out in sharp claws to add to the damage that they can do with their teeth

Robert Barron
The future of logging in the municipal forest on Mount Prevost is being hotly debated. (Photo courtesy of Chris Istace)

Guest column: Cowichan Valley’s Six Mountains Forest: war or peace? The choice is ours

No other level of government or forestry company owns these forests

  • May 23, 2021
The future of logging in the municipal forest on Mount Prevost is being hotly debated. (Photo courtesy of Chris Istace)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Traffic cop humour

He demands to know what sort of device had been used to measure his speed

  • May 23, 2021
Tim Schewe
Four-year-old espaliered cherry tree against the south wall. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Growing fruit comes with a steep learning curve

It’s definitely worth all the time and trouble

  • May 22, 2021
Four-year-old espaliered cherry tree against the south wall. (Mary Lowther photo)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: Let them eat cake…sometimes

Even the little things in life are cause for celebration

Sarah Simpson