Opinion

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A challenge gang to battle the seasonal blues

Columnist writes about teaming up with your friends to motivate wellness

 

A selection from the writer’s own bookshelf. Most of this year’s books came from the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror

Three books, plus a few more, I read in the last year

Of nearly 50 books I read in 2021, these three stuck with me the most

 

A helping hand when in a tough bind, is a wonderful thing. (Black Press photo)

Saved by a snow Samaritan

Columnist found himself in a ditch on a slippery Monday morning

 

A lumber truck tipped and spilled its load onto the highway in Mill Bay. (Laurence Riggs photo)

Unsafe driving habits all too common

Regardless of road conditions, the recklessness never stops

A lumber truck tipped and spilled its load onto the highway in Mill Bay. (Laurence Riggs photo)
‘Creepy’ is a program that harvests geolocation information from social media posts. Black Press Media.

Who’s following our digital footsteps?

Our online signatures are out there for anyone to use

‘Creepy’ is a program that harvests geolocation information from social media posts. Black Press Media.
A vehicle is submerged in flood waters along a road in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Opinion: We need a civilian climate corps

Young people have stepped up to combat existential threats before, let’s do it again

A vehicle is submerged in flood waters along a road in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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Social media can be detrimental to mental health as well as democracy. (Shutterstock)

Facebook: what happens when a company has more power than countries do

Best way to limit Facebook’s power is choosing not to use it

Social media can be detrimental to mental health as well as democracy. (Shutterstock)
Elections Canada (Black Press photo)

OPINION: There is no popular vote in Canada

Frustrations about electoral systems are valid, and there is a way to change things

Elections Canada (Black Press photo)
Photo by Elvert Barnes/Flickr

How it feels to be evicted

Home is something that shouldn’t be taken away

Photo by Elvert Barnes/Flickr
A tasty breakfast treat. (Philip Wolf photo)

COLUMN: Does your guilty pleasure involve a captain, a tiger or a cartoon monster?

WOLF: The siren song of sugary breakfast cereals remains hard to resist

A tasty breakfast treat. (Philip Wolf photo)
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Hearing from all sides helps communities heal

The shooting of Jared Lowndes by Campbell River RCMP has shaken the…

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Police have been kept busy dealing with a crime spree throughout the pandemic in North Cowichan/Duncan and elsewhere. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Worrisome time amid a pandemic

Huge drain on finances, rising criminal activity among the concerns

Police have been kept busy dealing with a crime spree throughout the pandemic in North Cowichan/Duncan and elsewhere. (Photo by Don Bodger)
FILE — In this March 15, 2021 file photo boxes of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative arrive at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia. Africa is “watching with total disbelief” as India struggles with a devastating resurgence in COVID-19 cases, the continent’s top public health official said Thursday, April 29, 2021, as African officials worry about delays in vaccine deliveries caused by India’s crisis. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh/File)

OPINION: Are we still ‘all in this together?’

Rich countries lining up first for vaccine doses shows scale of global inequality

FILE — In this March 15, 2021 file photo boxes of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative arrive at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia. Africa is “watching with total disbelief” as India struggles with a devastating resurgence in COVID-19 cases, the continent’s top public health official said Thursday, April 29, 2021, as African officials worry about delays in vaccine deliveries caused by India’s crisis. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh/File)
Environmentalists had a good day against oil companies last week. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Big oil was put on notice last week, gives me some hope

Every once in a while, there’s a day where things don’t seem…

Environmentalists had a good day against oil companies last week. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
COVID-19 virus (file photo).

Did we miss our shot?

I booked my COVID shot today. I’m excited to be not facing…

COVID-19 virus (file photo).
A gate closes off a forestry service road near Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror

OPINION: British Columbians need the Right to Roam

Right to Roam gives people the right to explore unhindered

A gate closes off a forestry service road near Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
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

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Island Health board chair Leah Hollins. (Lexi Bainas/News Staff)
President-elect Joe Biden speaks after touring Jerry Alander Carpenter Training Center on September 18 in Hermantown, Minnesota. The first debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is tonight. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

OPINION: Celebrate Biden’s win, then keep up the struggle

I woke up on Saturday and checked my phone, like I had…

President-elect Joe Biden speaks after touring Jerry Alander Carpenter Training Center on September 18 in Hermantown, Minnesota. The first debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is tonight. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Oil too risky to be base for economy

Negative prices, low demand show we do not need oil to survive