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Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Pedestrians have rights to use highways

A highway is not the exclusive domain of drivers.

  • Mar 7, 2021
Phaecelia used as a cover crop attracts bees and provides them with high quality nectar. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Cover crops keep soil healthy and productive

We don’t harvest a cover crop and instead dig the tops under when they’re immature and soft

  • Mar 6, 2021
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FINLAYSON: Government should focus on strengthening B.C.’s leading export industries

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Mar 1, 2021
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
Tim Schewe

DriveSmart: Police Powers

By Tim Schewe If you are stopped by the police, just what…

  • Feb 28, 2021
Tim Schewe
‘I chose my children’s breakfasts purely based on what dishes would fit best into the dishwasher.’ (Bobbi Venier photo)

Sarah Simpson Column: Delayed gratification and the benefits of efficiency

I was driving with just my daughter the other day and we…

‘I chose my children’s breakfasts purely based on what dishes would fit best into the dishwasher.’ (Bobbi Venier photo)
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Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: The most important things you start doing this year

The book is entitled, Think Like a Monk

  • Feb 21, 2021
Chris Wilkinson
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Be prepared for trouble!

Do I really need to make this trip?

  • Feb 21, 2021
Tim Schewe
I’ll be harvesting leaves from this Romaine lettuce next week. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Fresh garden veggies full of nutrients

Take folic acid, for example.

  • Feb 20, 2021
I’ll be harvesting leaves from this Romaine lettuce next week. (Mary Lowther photo)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: Fish rescue proves hope prevails against all odds

They’re a species at risk and are only for catch and release in B.C.

Sarah Simpson
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Lack of mufflers

Why don’t the police do anything about noisy exhaust systems?

  • Feb 14, 2021
Tim Schewe
Sonia Furstenau

Sonia Furstenau column: COVID-19 requires humility from government

Governing during a crisis is an unenviable task.

  • Feb 13, 2021
Sonia Furstenau
Lettuce seedlings ready to be transplanted into the cold frame, and leek seedlings transplanted outside. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Things to do in the February garden lull

On days when it’s not raining I can tend to the espaliered fruit trees.

  • Feb 13, 2021
Lettuce seedlings ready to be transplanted into the cold frame, and leek seedlings transplanted outside. (Mary Lowther photo)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: Confidence: Give kids an inch, they’ll take a mile

My four-year-old daughter is now proud to fix her own Rice Krispies

Sarah Simpson
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)

MALCOLMSON: 2020 left us grappling with overdose tragedy and working for change

B.C.’s Addictions Minister reflects on visit to Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver

  • Feb 12, 2021
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Those blinding blue headlights

It appears that it may be the blue tendency that bothers drivers

  • Feb 7, 2021
Tim Schewe
Seeds from the batch of these carrots harvested two years ago should still be viable. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Sow to eat your own carrots year-round

Carrots grow best in loose soil that hasn’t been recently manured.

  • Feb 6, 2021
Seeds from the batch of these carrots harvested two years ago should still be viable. (Mary Lowther photo)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson column: The bittersweet reality that is time

And don’t get me started on the time thief that is COVID-19.

Sarah Simpson
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: The Motor Vehicle Act needs an update

Imagine how difficult the job must be to keep the 494 chapters of the provincial statutes

  • Jan 31, 2021
Tim Schewe
Alistair MacGregor

Alistair MacGregor column: We must fight divisiveness in Canadian politics

Democratic norms, respectful political discourse, and faith in institutions are fragile things.

  • Jan 30, 2021
Alistair MacGregor