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Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau. (File photo)

Reflections on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Reconciliation means looking at the harms being perpetuated in this generation

  • Oct 9, 2022
Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau. (File photo)
Drive Smart columnist Tim Schewe.

Drivesmart column: Heavy truck tipovers

These are weight shift marks and indicate a heavy transport truck on the edge of overturning

  • Oct 9, 2022
Drive Smart columnist Tim Schewe.
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: We don’t know how good we have it

We take things for granted and don’t appreciate how great we have it here in Canada

Robert’s column
Winter vegetables from transplants are now going strong. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Putting the garden to bed for the winter

Wintering crops like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbages and leeks are about a foot high

  • Oct 8, 2022
Winter vegetables from transplants are now going strong. (Mary Lowther photo)
Candace Spilsbury is chair of the board of the Cowichan Valley School District. (Citizen file)

Column: School board thanks teachers on World Teachers’ Day

The decision to enter the teaching profession is not one that is taken lightly

  • Oct 2, 2022
Candace Spilsbury is chair of the board of the Cowichan Valley School District. (Citizen file)
(Citizen file)

Column: Regional referendum – who should pay for recreation facilities?

Funding for recreation facilities has been an issue in Cowichan since the late 1960s

  • Oct 2, 2022
(Citizen file)
Drive Smart columnist Tim Schewe.

Drivesmart column: The invisible pedestrian

The van driver had one hand on the steering wheel, one hand on his cell phone

  • Oct 2, 2022
Drive Smart columnist Tim Schewe.
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Yet another sad desecration of memorial wreaths

Damage done to commemorative wreaths that were laid at the Cenotaph in Charles Hoey Park

Robert’s column
Wire mesh filled with household vegetable scraps layered with chopped blackberry vine to keep out critters. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: The nitty-gritty of the fall compost heap

During the summer I have been piling up vegetation debris

  • Oct 1, 2022
Wire mesh filled with household vegetable scraps layered with chopped blackberry vine to keep out critters. (Mary Lowther photo)
Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson column: Get smart, emotionally

The concept of emotional intelligence is not new, however

  • Sep 25, 2022
Chris Wilkinson
Drive Smart columnist Tim Schewe.

Drivesmart column: Red means stop, but not always stay

This seems contrary to what we usually practice

  • Sep 25, 2022
Drive Smart columnist Tim Schewe.
Replenishing the nutrients in the soil is key to a good garden. One way to do that is through composting. (Metro Creative Services photo)

Mary Lowther column: Compost a key feature of getting ready for next year

With autumn comes the rituals of winding down the garden to overwinter

  • Sep 24, 2022
Replenishing the nutrients in the soil is key to a good garden. One way to do that is through composting. (Metro Creative Services photo)
When taking a road trip to border towns like Osoyoos, don’t travel without your passports or turn off your car’s GPS. (Black Press Media photo)

BUSH: Road trip wrong-turn triggers bungle at the Osoyoos border

Don’t shut off your GPS if you haven’t driven through Osoyoos in 30 years, warns columnist

When taking a road trip to border towns like Osoyoos, don’t travel without your passports or turn off your car’s GPS. (Black Press Media photo)
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: Yes, you do have to stay in your lane

Met a pickup truck completely onto my side of the double solid line in a set of winding curves

  • Sep 18, 2022
Tim Schewe
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Are we alone?

We’re now confident that the universe is even bigger than first thought

Robert’s column
Fava bean cover crop in front of the buckwheat cover crop. When nothing else is planted, a cover crop adds nutrients to the soil for the following crop. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Cover crops vs. weeds

Some authors pull out weeds they don’t like, allowing ones they prefer to go to seed and proliferate

  • Sep 17, 2022
Fava bean cover crop in front of the buckwheat cover crop. When nothing else is planted, a cover crop adds nutrients to the soil for the following crop. (Mary Lowther photo)
Nora O’Malley in front of Windsor Castle on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. (Tristan McConnell photo)

COLUMN: Much ado about the Queen

Tofino-Ucluelet reporter writes about a chance visit to London days after Her Majesty’s death

Nora O’Malley in front of Windsor Castle on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. (Tristan McConnell photo)
Ryan Reynolds sent reporter Jessica Peters a celebratory message on Twitter when she announced the end of her cancer journey.

VIDEO: Message from Ryan Reynolds helps Black Press reporter celebrate end of cancer journey

Reporter Jessica Peters writes how one tweet helped share happiness around the world

Ryan Reynolds sent reporter Jessica Peters a celebratory message on Twitter when she announced the end of her cancer journey.
Tim Schewe

Drivesmart column: What are the requirements for an e-bike?

Anyone 16 years of age or older may operate a motor assisted cycle in the same manner as a bicycle

  • Sep 11, 2022
Tim Schewe
Robert's column

Robert Barron column: Kittens can be a handful

I know it’s way too quiet for a dwelling that contains a 10-week-old kitten

Robert's column