Opinion

Gymnast Simone Biles answers a question during an interview after a training session Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Elliott: ‘We can all learn from her courage’: Simone Biles not alone in mental health struggle

It’s worth paying attention to people who best understand what Olympic gymnastic star is confronting

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We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Twenty years ago, there were no national statistics on wildfire evacuations

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Apple’s Siri is no longer a woman by default, but is this really a win for feminism?

Users must now choose between two male and two female voices when enabling the voice assistant

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Stay safe this fire season

Last week proved to be a scary reminder of the 2018 wildfires…

  • Jul 14, 2021
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Reflecting on the past year

When I started writing for Burns Lake and the surrounding area, I…

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A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
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The reasons behind the opposition for the fire mitigation plan

Editor: Chinook Community Forest hosted an open house at Southbank Firehall June…

  • Jun 30, 2021
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The climate change heat scorching us

When my weather app sounded an alert for a Heat Wave, I…

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COVID proved that local news is a lifeline. We’re investing in its future

‘Today, local media is as valued as it’s ever been’

  • Jun 24, 2021
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Incentives for vaccines or time for some stricter measures?

Last week, a friend of mine from Nex Mexico sent me a…

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Opposed to the proposed fire mitigation

Editor: Writing today to express my serious concerns around proposed fire mitigation…

  • Jun 16, 2021
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Gratitude for the RCMP

Editor: To the Honorable Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, I…

  • Jun 16, 2021
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Choose science over ignorance

It was quite a week for me with my second dose COVID…

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Because athelets are humans too

Last week was one of controversy on the international sports front with…

  • Jun 9, 2021
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Sick until proven healthy — is not okay!

Editor: We are long time community members, well-respected and well-liked here in…

  • Jun 9, 2021
Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke

The summer of 2021 has the potential to be worse than any wildfire season before it

Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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Come down from your high horse

A need for pandemic advice without being condescending

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Choose peace over war

I was maybe in high school and I remember watching the Israel-Palestine…

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Practicing gratitude — a COVID-mantra we all need

Several stories of love, kindness and outpouring of help have been coming…

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