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The statue of Egerton Ryerson was a prominent feature at the campus that bore his name, Today, the statue is gone and the school has been named Toronto Metropolitan University. (Wikimedia Commons)

COLUMN: The conflicted legacy of a Canadian educator

University in Toronto no longer bears name of Egerton Ryerson

 

Summerland orchardist Derek Lutz, at left, discusses cherry growing with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Security was present during Trudeau’s recent visit to the region. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: Security measures in place during Trudeau’s visit

Hate has been directed towards Canadian leaders

 

Canada was moving towards the metric system in the 1970s, but today rulers will still show both inches and centimetres. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: Metric measurements include some odd sizes

Converting non-metric packages results in some puzzling numbers

 

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COLUMN: Time for a summer road trip

Whether the trip is spur of the moment or planned and anticipated, it is all about the journey

  • Jul 5, 2022
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A large maple tree provides shade at a cemetery in Port Alberni. The maple leaf is a symbol of Canada, but some portions of Canadian history have been overlooked. (Black Press file photo)

COLUMN: Embracing conflict can lead to positive change

Conflict is important because conflict creates conversation

A large maple tree provides shade at a cemetery in Port Alberni. The maple leaf is a symbol of Canada, but some portions of Canadian history have been overlooked. (Black Press file photo)
The maple leaf flag represents Canada’s ideals and values. (Black Press file photo)

COLUMN: Canadian values go beyond flag-waving

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms sets out high standards for this country

The maple leaf flag represents Canada’s ideals and values. (Black Press file photo)
Summerland’s rainbow crosswalks attracted controversy when they were first installed. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: All people deserve to be treated with respect

Pride Month, held each year in June, is a time to recognize a segment of our population

Summerland’s rainbow crosswalks attracted controversy when they were first installed. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
A mural in Summerland with a Truth and Reconciliation message has been vandalized. The damage was discovered on May 10. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: Disgust and shame over a display of racial hate

Vandalism of reconciliation mural in Summerland is one of many incidents involving racial hatred

A mural in Summerland with a Truth and Reconciliation message has been vandalized. The damage was discovered on May 10. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
FILE - This Oct. 26, 2016 file photo shows a Twitter sign outside of the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. A new study published Thursday, March 8, 2018, in the journal Science shows that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu), File

COLUMN: Freedom of expression extends beyond online platforms

A freedom held dear by Canadians cannot be changed by a Twitter’s policies

FILE - This Oct. 26, 2016 file photo shows a Twitter sign outside of the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. A new study published Thursday, March 8, 2018, in the journal Science shows that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu), File
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COLUMN: Enjoying the best spring rain

The very best memories were when spring was on the horizon and the rain starting its descent

  • May 10, 2022
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Do you call these creatures fish, sea kittens or chickens of the sea? (Black Press file photo)

COLUMN: Kittens, chickens and other sea creatures

A campaign seeks to change the way people think about fish

Do you call these creatures fish, sea kittens or chickens of the sea? (Black Press file photo)
FILE - Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award in Berlin on Dec. 1, 2020. Musk is offering to buy Twitter, Thursday, April 14, 2022. He says the social media platform he has criticized for not living up to free speech principles needs to be transformed as a private company. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)

COLUMN: Controlling the power of a social media platform

The rise of social media platforms has provided a public forum to anyone with an internet connection

FILE - Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award in Berlin on Dec. 1, 2020. Musk is offering to buy Twitter, Thursday, April 14, 2022. He says the social media platform he has criticized for not living up to free speech principles needs to be transformed as a private company. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)
A help wanted sign in the window of a Revelstoke business during the summer of 2021. Canada’s unemployment rate has now reached a record low. (Tim van der Krogt-Revelstoke Review)

COLUMN: A good time for job seekers, but not for employers

Right now some businesses are facing challenges as they try to hire a full staff

A help wanted sign in the window of a Revelstoke business during the summer of 2021. Canada’s unemployment rate has now reached a record low. (Tim van der Krogt-Revelstoke Review)
Eva Pölöskey, of Accent Chocolates on Main Street in Penticton, has been as busy as the Easter bunny has hand-crafted special chocolate Easter eggs. (Monique Tamminga - Black Press)

COLUMN: An Easter celebration of chocolate

The best part about it is that we don’t have to grow up when it comes to this special holiday

  • Apr 12, 2022
Eva Pölöskey, of Accent Chocolates on Main Street in Penticton, has been as busy as the Easter bunny has hand-crafted special chocolate Easter eggs. (Monique Tamminga - Black Press)
Woman getting gas.

COLUMN: The cost of a 50-litre purchase

The price depends on what one is buying

Woman getting gas.
Dan Albas

COLUMN: Considering the decision to buy F-35 fighter jets

Recent decision a change from earlier policy

  • Mar 30, 2022
Dan Albas
Shirley Frost, left, and Gerda Faber, both members of the Wells Gray Lively Arts Society, pick up their feet during a blues song performed by Randy Hedlund and Linda MacKenzie. A Coffee House was held by the WGLAS on Saturday, March 5 in the lodge at the Clearwater ski hill. It was the first Coffee House to be held since COVID-19 restrictions were eased last month. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

Cole’s Notes: Re-opening will be awkward, so be kind

Use your COVID common sense and don’t be rude, Schisler says

Shirley Frost, left, and Gerda Faber, both members of the Wells Gray Lively Arts Society, pick up their feet during a blues song performed by Randy Hedlund and Linda MacKenzie. A Coffee House was held by the WGLAS on Saturday, March 5 in the lodge at the Clearwater ski hill. It was the first Coffee House to be held since COVID-19 restrictions were eased last month. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
A man opens his arms as he stands near a house destroyed in the Russian artillery shelling, in the village of Horenka close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022. On Day 11 of Russia’s war on Ukraine, Russian troops shelled encircled cities, and it appeared that a second attempt to evacuate civilians from the besieged port city of Mariupol had failed due to continued violence. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

COLUMN: Ukraine conflict hits close to home

Refugees from Ukraine are leaving places they have known and loved

A man opens his arms as he stands near a house destroyed in the Russian artillery shelling, in the village of Horenka close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022. On Day 11 of Russia’s war on Ukraine, Russian troops shelled encircled cities, and it appeared that a second attempt to evacuate civilians from the besieged port city of Mariupol had failed due to continued violence. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Dan Albas

COLUMN: Federal government explores actions to assist Ukraine

Canada could become major supplier of oil to Europe

  • Mar 9, 2022
Dan Albas
International Women’s Day is March 8. (Contributed)

COLUMN: Celebrate all women this International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is March 8.

  • Feb 26, 2022
International Women’s Day is March 8. (Contributed)