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Bare stems stand as grave markers of the devastation on native plants of deer browse in our forests. (Icel Dobell photo)

Guest column: I come not to praise hunters; nor to bury Bambi

I’m talking about over-populating deer who are decimating our forests’ understory

  • Oct 3, 2020
Bare stems stand as grave markers of the devastation on native plants of deer browse in our forests. (Icel Dobell photo)
Crackers made with flax seeds from the garden. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Stretching out the growing season

I can grow food during most of the year.

  • Oct 3, 2020
Crackers made with flax seeds from the garden. (Mary Lowther photo)
Maple Bay author John Ringstead has just released his first novel. (Submitted photo)

Arts and Entertainment column: Art, film, books and music all on tap in Cowichan

Here are a few of the things going on in Cowichan’s arts community.

Maple Bay author John Ringstead has just released his first novel. (Submitted photo)
Drivesmart column: Are slow drivers breaking the law?

Drivesmart column: Are slow drivers breaking the law?

When I am behind a driver that is going slower it bothers me.

  • Sep 27, 2020
Drivesmart column: Are slow drivers breaking the law?
These little worm workhorses turn compost into rich humus. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Contemplating the compost heap

David made me a three-bin compost system

  • Sep 26, 2020
These little worm workhorses turn compost into rich humus. (Mary Lowther photo)
A chair by Karen Trickett is one of the items that will be featured in the Cowichan Artisans window at Imagine That! in October. (Submitted)
A chair by Karen Trickett is one of the items that will be featured in the Cowichan Artisans window at Imagine That! in October. (Submitted)
Drivesmart column: Clear your frosty windows BEFORE driving

Drivesmart column: Clear your frosty windows BEFORE driving

85 per cent of the information we require to drive safely comes to us through our eyes.

  • Sep 20, 2020
Drivesmart column: Clear your frosty windows BEFORE driving
Chris Wilkinson column: Growth really is that important for happier aging
Chris Wilkinson column: Growth really is that important for happier aging
Phacelia makes a great cover crop and attracts bees all summer. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Getting the post-summer garden ready for what’s next

We’re in transition time between seasons.

  • Sep 19, 2020
Phacelia makes a great cover crop and attracts bees all summer. (Mary Lowther photo)
Drivesmart column: Producing information after a crash

Drivesmart column: Producing information after a crash

The drivers of all vehicles in B.C. must carry three documents with them

  • Sep 13, 2020
Drivesmart column: Producing information after a crash
Alistair MacGregor column: Prorogation of Parliament deeply disappointing

Alistair MacGregor column: Prorogation of Parliament deeply disappointing

The work of Members of Parliament has been sidelined

  • Sep 12, 2020
Alistair MacGregor column: Prorogation of Parliament deeply disappointing
Be careful what you ask for. Mary Lowther digs in to the new garden plot husband David cleared for her. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: A new garden interlude from David

I can’t claim I wasn’t warned.

  • Sep 12, 2020
Be careful what you ask for. Mary Lowther digs in to the new garden plot husband David cleared for her. (Mary Lowther photo)
Laird Cronk is the president for the BC Federation of Labour. (File photo)

OPINION: Let’s celebrate working people — and work together for a fairer B.C.

‘This year has reminded us all of just how utterly and completely our province relies on working people’

  • Sep 7, 2020
Laird Cronk is the president for the BC Federation of Labour. (File photo)
Drivesmart column: Collision with an animal, what to do?

Drivesmart column: Collision with an animal, what to do?

One estimate places this number at 12,000 annually.

  • Sep 6, 2020
Drivesmart column: Collision with an animal, what to do?
Cold frame insulated and ready to go. Bungy cords hold the windows on the frame.
(Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Cold frames are essential for winter gardening

A cold frame is a solid structure that covers crops to keep them warmer than the outside

  • Sep 5, 2020
Cold frame insulated and ready to go. Bungy cords hold the windows on the frame.
(Mary Lowther photo)
Kohlrabi leaves burst with nutrition. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Leaves of cruciferous veggies unsung nutritional heroes

One cup of broccoli leaves contain 100 per cent of the RDA of vitamin C

  • Sep 3, 2020
Kohlrabi leaves burst with nutrition. (Mary Lowther photo)
Drivesmart column: I’ll drive if I want to

Drivesmart column: I’ll drive if I want to

My contact with a driver like this began when I stopped a business vehicle for speeding.

  • Aug 23, 2020
Drivesmart column: I’ll drive if I want to
Early Girl hybrid tomatoes produce reliably and abundantly. (Mary Lowther photo)

Mary Lowther column: Hybrid veggie varieties can be great choice for the garden

Hybrid seeds often out-perform open pollinated

  • Aug 22, 2020
Early Girl hybrid tomatoes produce reliably and abundantly. (Mary Lowther photo)
Chris Wilkinson column: Everything has an ending

Chris Wilkinson column: Everything has an ending

As I sit here beside my dad, holding his hand, as he prepares to take his final breaths

  • Aug 21, 2020
Chris Wilkinson column: Everything has an ending
Drivesmart column: Making a driving complaint to police

Drivesmart column: Making a driving complaint to police

Probably the single most important piece of information to gather is the licence plate number

  • Aug 16, 2020
Drivesmart column: Making a driving complaint to police