Opinion

The B.C. Ferries vessel Spirit of British Columbia passes Salt Spring Island while travelling on the Salish Sea from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, B.C., at sunset on Sunday, October 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The best of times, the worst of times

During these tumultuous times, it is easy to forget how blessed we truly are

  • Dec 22, 2021
The B.C. Ferries vessel Spirit of British Columbia passes Salt Spring Island while travelling on the Salish Sea from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, B.C., at sunset on Sunday, October 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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With eggnog only: Terrible Christmas movies you’ll want to avoid this season

North Island Gazette editor Tyson Whitney watched these ‘classics’ so you don’t have to

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LETTER: Parksville Qualicum Beach residents just not prepared for emergencies

‘I guess some things never change’

  • Dec 20, 2021
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This image provided by Abbott Laboratories in August 2020 shows the company’s BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 nasal swab test. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Abbott Laboratories via AP

How to use rapid testing to keep you and yours safe during the holiday season

Experts say rapid tests are one more tool in our toolbox to stay safe

This image provided by Abbott Laboratories in August 2020 shows the company’s BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 nasal swab test. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Abbott Laboratories via AP
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Flooding this past spring forced many houses in the Houseman Subdivision to erect makeshift barricades from sandbags to hold back the water. (Patrick Davies photo)

Water, water everywhere, and a tough choice about what to do with it all

Clean Energy BC estimates power demand in B.C. will grow by over 40 per cent over the next 20 years

  • Dec 7, 2021
Flooding this past spring forced many houses in the Houseman Subdivision to erect makeshift barricades from sandbags to hold back the water. (Patrick Davies photo)
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure released an assessment of the Island Rail Corridor’s condition in 2020 and said the corridor is in poor to fair condition. (Black Press Media file photo)

LETTER: Cost of restoring Vancouver Island rail service too much to justify

‘Make sure our road infrastructure is up to date with current and future weather events’

  • Dec 7, 2021
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure released an assessment of the Island Rail Corridor’s condition in 2020 and said the corridor is in poor to fair condition. (Black Press Media file photo)
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NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson speaks with the media about her private members bill regarding abandoned vessels, in Ottawa on Thursday, November 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

MALCOLMSON: B.C. expects feds to ‘make our application a priority’ on drug decriminalization

B.C. is the first province to offer a safer supply program

  • Nov 29, 2021
NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson speaks with the media about her private members bill regarding abandoned vessels, in Ottawa on Thursday, November 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Evening and overnight closures for repairs on the Malahat were necessary after recent heavy rains. (Courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Evening and overnight closures for repairs on the Malahat were necessary after recent heavy rains. (Courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure released an assessment of the Island Rail Corridor’s condition in 2020 and said the corridor is in poor to fair condition. (Black Press Media file photo)

LETTER: Government must be pressed to finally repair railway on Vancouver Island

‘How vulnerable our single extant transport artery has proven to be’

  • Nov 28, 2021
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure released an assessment of the Island Rail Corridor’s condition in 2020 and said the corridor is in poor to fair condition. (Black Press Media file photo)
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LETTER: Qualicum Beach golf course a benefit to community

‘Gosh, we could get rid of almost everything’

  • Nov 26, 2021
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LETTER: Cats don’t seem to solve rat problems for Parksville resident

‘What happens when their numbers increase and they start wiping out our native birds?’

  • Nov 25, 2021
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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.
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LETTER: Now is the time to deal with climate change

‘Make finding creative solutions to our COVID-induced environmental problems your new priority’

  • Nov 13, 2021
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LETTER: No need to reduce speed with no traffic in Qualicum Beach

‘I’ve lived here 27 years’

  • Nov 7, 2021
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