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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)
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
Gardener Mary Lowther plans to save a couple of these potato plants for her next experiment. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Gardens are labs in which to experiment

Experimenting goes hand in hand with gardeners

  • Jun 26, 2021
Gardener Mary Lowther plans to save a couple of these potato plants for her next experiment. (Mary Lowther photo)
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: This could be the worst thing done to you during the pandemic

As a result, all of us will contend with more ‘scarcity’ thinking and mindset.

  • Jun 21, 2021
Chris Wilkinson
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Looking forward to 39 Days of Summer

I have always been a big fan of live music.

Robert’s column
Cowichan District Hospital. (File photo)

Guest column: The story of a surgery in Cowichan

In homage to the Cowichan District Hospital and its surgical team

  • Jun 20, 2021
Cowichan District Hospital. (File photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Not securing your load could cost you big

An object of any sort falling off of the vehicle in front of you is definitely a surprise

  • Jun 20, 2021
Tim Schewe
Blue Moon Marquee from Duncan will be featured at the 2021 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival on June 28. (Submitted)
Blue Moon Marquee from Duncan will be featured at the 2021 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival on June 28. (Submitted)
Robert's column

Robert Barron column: Skyrocketing house prices a tragedy

North Cowichan councillor Rosalie Sawrie brought an interesting perspective to a discussion…

Robert's column
Neuroscientists say that people are 70 per cent more likely to recall your brand after seeing it in print. Other studies have shown that 82 per cent of consumers report that they trust print ads in relation to other media. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

IT’S YOUR BUSINESS: A case for print

Print is still a highly effective medium for helping businesses reach their customers, according to Joe Smith

  • Jun 12, 2021
Neuroscientists say that people are 70 per cent more likely to recall your brand after seeing it in print. Other studies have shown that 82 per cent of consumers report that they trust print ads in relation to other media. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
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)
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)
'Minus 30C Inconveniences' by Thomas Hutchings has won one of two People's Choice Awards at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Fine Arts Show for 2021. CVAC is holding its annual general meeting on June 8. (Submitted)

A&E column: Fundraisers, arts survey and 50th AGM

What’s going on in the Cowichan Valley arts community

'Minus 30C Inconveniences' by Thomas Hutchings has won one of two People's Choice Awards at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Fine Arts Show for 2021. CVAC is holding its annual general meeting on June 8. (Submitted)
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)
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