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Grapes developing outside my bathroom window. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Grapes: small footprint, limited maintenance

I want to take them with me, which poses a propagation problem

  • Sep 11, 2021
Grapes developing outside my bathroom window. (Mary Lowther photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: You must obey officials directing traffic is part of the road is closed

Some drivers still think that their convenience takes priority over all other issues

  • Sep 5, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert's column

Robert Barron column: Humpback whales making a comeback

While I think it’s great, I also fear for them as well

Robert's column
My first jar of potato starch, made from four potatoes. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Think spring is the busiest garden season? Try August

The 80 fruit trees David bought with abandon keep sending out countless shoots that need pruning

  • Sep 4, 2021
My first jar of potato starch, made from four potatoes. (Mary Lowther photo)
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: The Wild West 2.0

Caregivers are one of those careers that have needed a reckoning in value and pay

  • Aug 30, 2021
Chris Wilkinson
Sonia Furstenau

Sonia Furstenau column: Funds not there for students who need it

Our system of funding kids based on a small list of designations isn’t keeping up

  • Aug 29, 2021
Sonia Furstenau
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Accountability: nominate the driver

Nominating the driver for ISC offences one tool that could raise accountability for bad drivers

  • Aug 29, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: The summer from hell

In my many years living on Vancouver Island, I have never seen a summer like this one before

Robert’s column
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Head injuries from diving accidents too common

Way back when I first moved to Vancouver Island, I found work…

Robert’s column
Columnist Mary Lowther’s first attempt at making potato flour. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Potatoes have unfairly gotten a bad rap

It always feels like I’m digging up gold nuggets when I harvest potatoes

  • Aug 21, 2021
Columnist Mary Lowther’s first attempt at making potato flour. (Mary Lowther photo)
A tasty breakfast treat. (Philip Wolf photo)

COLUMN: Does your guilty pleasure involve a captain, a tiger or a cartoon monster?

WOLF: The siren song of sugary breakfast cereals remains hard to resist

A tasty breakfast treat. (Philip Wolf photo)
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor meets with members of the Climate Hub and concerned citizens to talk climate change and government action on July 29, 2021. (Submitted by Climate Hub)

Guest column: Citizens press Cowichan MP to sign climate emergency pledge

We need government to govern as if we are in a climate emergency, because we are

  • Aug 15, 2021
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP Alistair MacGregor meets with members of the Climate Hub and concerned citizens to talk climate change and government action on July 29, 2021. (Submitted by Climate Hub)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Do you know what the flashing lights mean?

A motorist will encounter three types of flashing traffic signals

  • Aug 15, 2021
Tim Schewe
Garlic drying temporarily under shade from the 2021 garden. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Harvesting the garlic and thinking ahead to winter

When to start overwintering vegetables is always a gamble

  • Aug 14, 2021
Garlic drying temporarily under shade from the 2021 garden. (Mary Lowther photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Left lane blockers

I would respond that I preferred to write the ticket for the offence that was the more dangerous

  • Aug 8, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert’s column
Robert’s column
The corn tassels are dropping pollen; cross-pollination is required to set ears. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Starting a new garden: it all begins with the soil

The land David bought six years ago was subsoil

  • Aug 7, 2021
The corn tassels are dropping pollen; cross-pollination is required to set ears. (Mary Lowther photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Intersection camera tickets and penalty points

As of Sept. 1, 2018 it’s no longer possible for owner to nominate driver to deal with the ticket

  • Aug 1, 2021
Tim Schewe
Robert's column

Robert Barron column: Olympics have put a spotlight on Quamichan Lake, but what about the algae?

No amount of advertising dollars could put such a great spotlight on the Cowichan region

Robert's column
These are mason/blue orchard bee houses we inherited with our house. The one on the right probably produces more females because it’s deeper. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Tricks to attract pollinators to the garden

With 80 fruit trees the effort of attracting a few 100 bees may be daunting, but worth the attempt

  • Jul 31, 2021
These are mason/blue orchard bee houses we inherited with our house. The one on the right probably produces more females because it’s deeper. (Mary Lowther photo)