Columnists

People wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 while visiting the Christmas Market in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

FINLAYSON: B.C.’s economy has largely healed, thankfully

Over the last 18 months, overall economic production has rebounded, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Dec 24, 2021
People wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 while visiting the Christmas Market in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
This image provided by Abbott Laboratories in August 2020 shows the company’s BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 nasal swab test. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Abbott Laboratories via AP

How to use rapid testing to keep you and yours safe during the holiday season

Experts say rapid tests are one more tool in our toolbox to stay safe

This image provided by Abbott Laboratories in August 2020 shows the company’s BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 nasal swab test. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Abbott Laboratories via AP
Flooding this past spring forced many houses in the Houseman Subdivision to erect makeshift barricades from sandbags to hold back the water. (Patrick Davies photo)

Water, water everywhere, and a tough choice about what to do with it all

Clean Energy BC estimates power demand in B.C. will grow by over 40 per cent over the next 20 years

  • Dec 7, 2021
Flooding this past spring forced many houses in the Houseman Subdivision to erect makeshift barricades from sandbags to hold back the water. (Patrick Davies photo)
Maple Ridge Museum has this picture on file in its archives depicting old Haney with the land mass created by the landslide sticking out into the Fraser. The picture was taken approximately 20 years after the disaster struck, according to museum records. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives #P00396/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: 141 years ago Haney suffered a great landslide

Maple Ridge Museum shares recollections of a deadly slide along the Fraser River

  • Nov 29, 2021
Maple Ridge Museum has this picture on file in its archives depicting old Haney with the land mass created by the landslide sticking out into the Fraser. The picture was taken approximately 20 years after the disaster struck, according to museum records. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives #P00396/Special to The News)
Active transportation choices are seen as healthier for people and the planet. The City of Maple Ridge has a draft strategic transportation plan aimed at helping address this issue, and they’re seeking public input before Dec. 8. (Janet Dwillies/Special to The News)

GOING GREEN: Setting the future of transportation in Maple Ridge

We have to dramatically shift dependency on cars to use transit, walk, or cycle as alternatives

  • Nov 27, 2021
Active transportation choices are seen as healthier for people and the planet. The City of Maple Ridge has a draft strategic transportation plan aimed at helping address this issue, and they’re seeking public input before Dec. 8. (Janet Dwillies/Special to The News)
Interior Health's 310-MHSU number connects callers directly to the closest mental health and substance use centre in their community.

B.C.’s mental health crisis is bad and getting worse

Nearly half of British Columbians polled said their mental health was worse due to COVID-19

  • Nov 18, 2021
Interior Health's 310-MHSU number connects callers directly to the closest mental health and substance use centre in their community.
During Homelessness Action Week last month, many in the community came together to give a helping hand and learn more about homeless in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)

COMMUNITY NETWORK: Homelessness is about more than housing

Donations of socks and winter items seen as a start, but more must be learned by all

  • Nov 14, 2021
During Homelessness Action Week last month, many in the community came together to give a helping hand and learn more about homeless in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. (Special to The News)
Kirk Grayson's war hero father, Lt. William David Grayson. (Special to The News)

GOING GREEN: Let Remembrance Day inspire reckless courage in us all

In climate change battle, readers need to show same brave determination her father did at Juno Beach

  • Nov 7, 2021
Kirk Grayson's war hero father, Lt. William David Grayson. (Special to The News)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

To Have and Have Not: Alberta opens can of worms, but will B.C. bite?

Equalization payments have often been used to incite political anger in Canada

  • Nov 1, 2021
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Maple Ridge Public Library has been in its current space, as part of the government buildings, for 20 years now. (Maple Ridge Public Library/Special to The News)

ON THE PAGE: Maple Ridge library marks 20th anniversary

Librarians recount moving into the current building two decades ago, mesmerized by the sheer size

  • Oct 30, 2021
Maple Ridge Public Library has been in its current space, as part of the government buildings, for 20 years now. (Maple Ridge Public Library/Special to The News)
Brenda Anderson Off Topic

COLUMN: An alarming trend is developing in the wee hours

End of Daylight Saving a good time to replace batteries in smoke, CO detectors

Brenda Anderson Off Topic
Chef Dez

ON COOKING: Chef Dez boasts recipe for “best” meatballs

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to email in your queries

  • Oct 18, 2021
Chef Dez
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

The B.C. Liberal leadership race: Rebirth or reckoning?

The B.C. Liberals have always been an uneasy coalition of conservative and liberal voters,

(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Four men dressed up in various joke costumes including sailor, Mountie, cowboy, and fool. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archive #P09012)

LOOKING BACK: Many current Halloween costumes rooted in the past

Staff at Maple Ridge Museum hope people will stop by this month and show of their guise of choice

  • Oct 17, 2021
Four men dressed up in various joke costumes including sailor, Mountie, cowboy, and fool. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archive #P09012)
Are you up to taking the Zero Waste Challenge this month? (Special to The News)

GOING GREEN: This Thanksgiving, help stem the tide of garbage

Maple Ridge environmentalist talks about Zero Waste October – yes, it’s a thing

  • Oct 10, 2021
Are you up to taking the Zero Waste Challenge this month? (Special to The News)
A thank you was posted on a decorated pole in downtown Maple Ridge, to express appreciation for the uPlan’s special efforts in recognizing grads. (Special to The News)

COMMUNITY NETWORK: Youth learning the rewards of volunteering

Young people in the community came together to make several kind gestures possible this past year

  • Oct 3, 2021
A thank you was posted on a decorated pole in downtown Maple Ridge, to express appreciation for the uPlan’s special efforts in recognizing grads. (Special to The News)
Nadine Baumann enjoys reading to her grandchildren at the Maple Ridge library. (FVRL/Special to The News)

ON THE PAGE: Preparing for a busy fall at the library

Maple Ridge librarian Liza Morris invites people to connect with FVRL in person or virtually

  • Oct 2, 2021
Nadine Baumann enjoys reading to her grandchildren at the Maple Ridge library. (FVRL/Special to The News)
Police and protesters were at Red Dress Camp during this columnists visit. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: One man’s take-away from protest

The final instalment of Jack Emberly’s visit to the logging protest on Vancouver Island

  • Oct 1, 2021
Police and protesters were at Red Dress Camp during this columnists visit. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Analysis: Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada

Polticians need to implement environmental policies or people will go elsewhere

Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Maple Ridge’s Jack Emberly was at Fairy Creek to see first hand what’s happening in the efforts to halt logging of the old-growth forest. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: Tension mounts at Fairy Creek while columnist gains insight

Day 2 at protest site: Maple Ridge environmentalist visiting the Vancouver Island action

  • Sep 14, 2021
Maple Ridge’s Jack Emberly was at Fairy Creek to see first hand what’s happening in the efforts to halt logging of the old-growth forest. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)