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Island Health board chair Leah Hollins. (Lexi Bainas/News Staff)

ISLAND HEALTH COLUMN: New year focus on vaccinations, opioid crisis, racism in healthcare

Island Health says while there is much work ahead, there is hope

  • Jan 2, 2021
Island Health board chair Leah Hollins. (Lexi Bainas/News Staff)
Preparing witloof roots to force to grow chicons in the winter. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Trying out witloof chicory for winter salads

Some witloof chicory is grown for the chicons that develop during winter

  • Jan 2, 2021
Preparing witloof roots to force to grow chicons in the winter. (Mary Lowther photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Yes, you really do have to fix small defects to your vehicle

Police often issue a legal document called a Notice & Order

  • Dec 27, 2020
Tim Schewe
Sonia Furstenau

Sonia Furstenau column: One-time COVID Relief Benefit not enough

Inequality is a systemic issue, and it needs solutions that are also systemic.

  • Dec 26, 2020
Sonia Furstenau
Brussels sprouts are still sprouting in the garden in December. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Still eating from the garden in December!

Hardy herbs like parsley and rosemary sit on a sunny shelf in an unheated room

  • Dec 26, 2020
Brussels sprouts are still sprouting in the garden in December. (Mary Lowther photo)
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: Finding the good to take away from 2020

This is a classic ‘glass half full’ vs. ‘glass half empty’ example.

  • Dec 20, 2020
Chris Wilkinson
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Dogs don’t drive: they don’t need to be in the driver’s seat

A smaller dog on the lap could move into a position that would entangle it in the steering wheel

  • Dec 20, 2020
Tim Schewe
Kale provides great nutrition all year round. (Submitted)

Mary Lowther column: Kale has long history, and long list of nutrients

Egyptians ate it, 4,000 year old Chinese pottery contains fossilized kale remnants

  • Dec 19, 2020
Kale provides great nutrition all year round. (Submitted)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Drinking and driving zero tolerance

It is past time to extend the GLP zero alcohol rules to all drivers.

  • Dec 13, 2020
Tim Schewe
One filing system for seed packets. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Time to organize for next year’s seed

We should know what we already have in stock and calculate if they’re still viable.

  • Dec 12, 2020
One filing system for seed packets. (Mary Lowther photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Always give snow plows plenty of room on the road

Be cautious of unexpected behaviour!

  • Dec 6, 2020
Tim Schewe
My most versatile tool, a pocket knife, is something I always carry on my person. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Pocket knife an invaluable tool

Ever since I read that story, I bought pocket knives for myself and every member of my family

  • Dec 5, 2020
My most versatile tool, a pocket knife, is something I always carry on my person. (Mary Lowther photo)
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson Column: Making memories amid the mess

I’ve taught my four-year-old to crack eggs.

Sarah Simpson
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Following too closely

Maintaining a buffer in front of your vehicle gives you time to recover from inattention

  • Nov 29, 2020
Tim Schewe
Sonia Furstenau

Sonia Furstenau column: MLA vows to keep up the fight

COVID-19 continues to strain our communities

  • Nov 28, 2020
Sonia Furstenau
Heating cable laid in the cold frame, awaiting the layer of sand. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Greenhouse growing in the winter

I have a heating cable I’ve never used that I’m contemplating putting to work in the cold frame

  • Nov 28, 2020
Heating cable laid in the cold frame, awaiting the layer of sand. (Mary Lowther photo)
The holiday windows are going in at Imagine That! in Duncan on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. (Submitted)
The holiday windows are going in at Imagine That! in Duncan on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. (Submitted)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Defective vehicles — a crash looking for a place to happen?

What do you do with a pickup that has only one operating light

  • Nov 22, 2020
Tim Schewe
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: Is it still time to ‘man up’?

Classically men have grown up in environments where they have been told to “man up”

  • Nov 21, 2020
Chris Wilkinson
These herbs, grown under lights, should be ready by Christmas. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Making Christmas gifts from the garden

It’s not too early to get the ball rolling on presents we can make

  • Nov 21, 2020
These herbs, grown under lights, should be ready by Christmas. (Mary Lowther photo)