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IN IT TOGETHER: Celebrating inclusion in team humanity

IN IT TOGETHER: Celebrating inclusion in team humanity

In this time of stress and uncertainty, every single thing we do to cure this world

  • Apr 5, 2020
IN IT TOGETHER: Celebrating inclusion in team humanity
Columnists Katherine Wagner

CITIZEN’S INK: Striving to be a hero during COVID-19 pandemic

Easier to be a hero in short spirts, but we might have to prep for more of a long-term gig

  • Apr 4, 2020
Columnists Katherine Wagner
Alex Bruce                                Alex Bruce

IN IT TOGETHER: Trying something new can help

In this time of stress, change helps overrides negative feelings by tricking nervous systems

  • Apr 4, 2020
Alex Bruce                                Alex Bruce
Parker Sian, four, and his guinea pig, Ginya, have a special bond. (Alex Bruce/Special to The News)

IN IT TOGETHER: We mammals are in this together and will thrive together

An Albion meditation and mindfulness instructor suggests how we can navigate these chaotic times

  • Apr 3, 2020
Parker Sian, four, and his guinea pig, Ginya, have a special bond. (Alex Bruce/Special to The News)
Maple Ridge’s Carrera Elgert, 13, and her sister Cayenne, 10, connect with others through drawings chalk hearts and rainbows in their neighbourhood. (Alex Bruce/Special to The News)

IN IT TOGETHER: Maple Ridge woman offers series of wellness tips amid COVID crisis

An Albion meditation and mindfulness instructor suggests how to calmly get through a chaotic time

  • Apr 2, 2020
Maple Ridge’s Carrera Elgert, 13, and her sister Cayenne, 10, connect with others through drawings chalk hearts and rainbows in their neighbourhood. (Alex Bruce/Special to The News)
Image West Gallery co-owner Courtney Johnson lends a smile beside her melodious door collage of hearts. As of March 20, the Ucluelet gift shop that has been in business for 30 years closed indefinitely. (Nora O’Malley photo)

B.C. VIEWS: Small businesses need our help

Just as integral in neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Surrey as they are in Prince George or Kelowna

Image West Gallery co-owner Courtney Johnson lends a smile beside her melodious door collage of hearts. As of March 20, the Ucluelet gift shop that has been in business for 30 years closed indefinitely. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix have been among those doing a good job of updating the media, and in turn the public, about the COVID-19 pandemic. But is it too much, too late? (B.C. Government/Special to Black Press Media)

GUEST VIEW: Media importance never more apparent than with COVID-19

In swan-song column, reporter Phil Melnychuk suggests more concerted PR early on might have helped

  • Mar 27, 2020
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix have been among those doing a good job of updating the media, and in turn the public, about the COVID-19 pandemic. But is it too much, too late? (B.C. Government/Special to Black Press Media)
#Untrending: Vicki McLeod

#UNTRENDING: Perfect time to practise compassion and mindfulness

‘Being tested to choose calm and reason over panic, love over fear, and reflection over resistance’

  • Mar 23, 2020
#Untrending: Vicki McLeod
Some of the hundreds of people queued in multiple lines wait to pay for their purchases at a Costco store, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, March 16, 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the closure of Canada’s border to those who aren’t Canadian citizens or permanent residents to slow the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. VIEWS: The good, bad and the ugly of COVID-19

Hoarding doesn’t help anyone – it is unnecessary, selfish, and promotes fear

Some of the hundreds of people queued in multiple lines wait to pay for their purchases at a Costco store, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, March 16, 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the closure of Canada’s border to those who aren’t Canadian citizens or permanent residents to slow the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A electric vehicle charging at the University of Victoria. (Photo Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)

GOING GREEN: Amicable separation could net $3,000 to $6,000 profit

Looking to swap out old gas-powered for new electric vehicle – inspired by financial rewards

  • Mar 21, 2020
A electric vehicle charging at the University of Victoria. (Photo Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.

COLUMN: Navigating working from home during these pandemic times

This is a chance to work in the best conditions possible. In your sweat pants, on your couch.

Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Chilliwack Progress.
Vicki McLeod shares a recent moving Facebook experience. (Main Street Communications Facebook Page)

#UNTRENDING: Pressing pause to let feelings flow

By Vicki McLeod/Special to The News Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase “I…

  • Mar 15, 2020
Vicki McLeod shares a recent moving Facebook experience. (Main Street Communications Facebook Page)
A hand sanitizer dispenser and a sign indicating steps to be taken to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is seen at an entrance to the Vancouver Convention Centre, in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. VIEWS: Effects of COVID-19 pandemic will be long-lasting

A steep drop in tourist visits will hit hard, in particular, Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan hard

A hand sanitizer dispenser and a sign indicating steps to be taken to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is seen at an entrance to the Vancouver Convention Centre, in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Katherine Wagner

CITIZEN INK: Personal responsibility key to mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus

Limiting the impact of COVID-19 is something each of us needs to take seriously to slow its expanse

  • Mar 14, 2020
Katherine Wagner
#UNTRENDING: Core values, not age, bind us

#UNTRENDING: Core values, not age, bind us

News columnist cautions against pigeon-holing people based on demographic information

  • Mar 11, 2020
#UNTRENDING: Core values, not age, bind us
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NIAID-RML via AP

B.C. VIEWS: We can’t ignore the little things, lest they grow into a pandemic

COVID-19 can help us prepare for the major pandemic experts say is still to come

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NIAID-RML via AP
Dead fish were trucked from McKechnie pump station to the dump in early February. (Christina Soderholm/Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: More needs to be done to protect all fish

The existing rules are killing fish in the Katzie Slough with impunity

  • Mar 7, 2020
Dead fish were trucked from McKechnie pump station to the dump in early February. (Christina Soderholm/Special to The News)
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)

COLUMN: Higher tax bracket ‘a risky game’ in the 2020 B.C. budget

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

  • Mar 1, 2020
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)
John Furlong told the Vancouver Board of Trade on Feb. 20, 2020 that he thinks the city could and should bid for the 2030 Winter Games. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

CITIZEN INK: Could Maple Ridge be part of 2030 Olympic bid?

As this community prepares to host the BC Summer Games in July, maybe we should dare to think bigger

  • Feb 29, 2020
John Furlong told the Vancouver Board of Trade on Feb. 20, 2020 that he thinks the city could and should bid for the 2030 Winter Games. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Ginna Berg, Fraser River Indigenous Society’s executive director, invites people to a Winter Wellness Event Saturday. (Special to The News)

COMMUNITY NETWORK: Weekend wellness event connects Indigenous with resources

Culture can be a medicine for Aboriginal people, as columnist Ginna Berg explains ahead of Saturday

  • Feb 28, 2020
Ginna Berg, Fraser River Indigenous Society’s executive director, invites people to a Winter Wellness Event Saturday. (Special to The News)