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Adam Olsen is MLA for Saanich North and the Islands. (Black Press Media file photo)

MLA REPORT: Committee tackles systemic bias in policing

Adam Olsen is MLA for Saanich North and the Islands

  • Apr 18, 2021
A walk for autism awareness. (Black Press Media file photo)

COLUMN: Autism acceptance, not autism awareness

Elizabeth Sparling is the mother of a 24-year-old son with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Apr 10, 2021
BC Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau (Cowichan Valley) and Saanich North and the Islands MLA Adam Olsen. (Janis Jean photo)

MLA REPORT: The brain is part of the body – let’s include it in our health-care system

We have been asking questions of the provincial government about their response…

  • Mar 27, 2021
A CrossFit athlete training with kettlebells. The fitness program is popular in North America and other parts of the world. (Pixabay photo)

FITNESS: Is CrossFit a good choice for you?

The fitness program is one of the most popular forms of gym training in North America

  • Mar 16, 2021
A CrossFit athlete training with kettlebells. The fitness program is popular in North America and other parts of the world. (Pixabay photo)
David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. (Photo courtesy of David Suzuki Foundation)

SCIENCE MATTERS: Easy way out for wildlife conservation isn’t what it appears

By David Suzuki H.L. Mencken once wrote that “there is always a…

  • Mar 14, 2021
David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. (Photo courtesy of David Suzuki Foundation)
A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)

OPINION: Helping a 97-year-old man get his COVID vaccination appointment

Call centre inundated with 1.7 million calls while there are just 50,000 folks over 90 in B.C.

A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at a COVID-19 drive-thru immunization site in Coquitlam in this image supplied to the media by Fraser Health on March 8, 2021. (Fraser Health)
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FINLAYSON: Government should focus on strengthening B.C.’s leading export industries

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Mar 1, 2021
FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
Murray Rankin 2020 (Courtesy Murray Rankin)

MLA REPORT: Reflecting on the first 100 days

MLA Murray Rankin looks back on nearly four months in his new job

  • Feb 28, 2021
Murray Rankin 2020 (Courtesy Murray Rankin)
Adam Olsen (Black Press Media file photo)

MLA REPORT: What is systemic discrimination, bias and racism?

A column from MLA Adam Olsen

  • Feb 21, 2021
Adam Olsen (Black Press Media file photo)
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)

MALCOLMSON: 2020 left us grappling with overdose tragedy and working for change

B.C.’s Addictions Minister reflects on visit to Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver

  • Feb 12, 2021
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)
OPINION SIG

MAYOR’S MESSAGE: Sooke, a compassionate and growing community

Town respects differing views, exploring commonalities and building friendships

  • Feb 5, 2021
OPINION SIG
A bowl of slow cooking oats makes a perfect breakfast, especially if you throw in some nuts, raisin berries and cinnamon, writes Ron Cain. (Metro Creative)

RON CAIN: Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

It’s the best way to start your day

  • Feb 1, 2021
A bowl of slow cooking oats makes a perfect breakfast, especially if you throw in some nuts, raisin berries and cinnamon, writes Ron Cain. (Metro Creative)
(Courtesy Murray Rankin)
(Courtesy Murray Rankin)
Jeff Bray is the executive director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association. (rickcollinsphotography.com)

COLUMN: Bringing the best of downtown to your doorstep

Jeff Bray Downtown Victoria Business Association During these challenging times, we are…

  • Jan 24, 2021
Jeff Bray is the executive director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association. (rickcollinsphotography.com)
Adam Olsen. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

MLA REPORT: Clear communication needed for provincial vaccination plans

Adam Olsen is the MLA Saanich North and the Islands

  • Jan 23, 2021
Adam Olsen. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
School District 79 chair Candace Spilsbury, Duncan mayor Michelle Staples, Ladysmith mayor Aaron Stone, Cowichan tribes chief William (Chip) Seymour, MP Alistair MacGregor, MLA Sonia Furstenau, North Cowichan mayor Al Siebring and former CVRD board chair Ian Morrison. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen file)

Column: Cowichan Leadership Group urges community to come together against racism, COVID-19

We are sickened at the racist response of some members of community towards Cowichan Tribes members

  • Jan 15, 2021
School District 79 chair Candace Spilsbury, Duncan mayor Michelle Staples, Ladysmith mayor Aaron Stone, Cowichan tribes chief William (Chip) Seymour, MP Alistair MacGregor, MLA Sonia Furstenau, North Cowichan mayor Al Siebring and former CVRD board chair Ian Morrison. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen file)
Laurel Collins (Courtesy of Laurel Collins)

MP REPORT: Challenging year coming to a close

Victoria MP reflects on fight to provide relief from stresses of COVID-19

  • Jan 10, 2021
Laurel Collins (Courtesy of Laurel Collins)
(From left) A woman chats with BC NDP candidates Rob Fleming, centre, and Grace Lore during a campaign stop in Quadra Village ahead of the October election. (Black Press Media file photo)

MLA REPORT: Light on horizon to get through pandemic

COVID Recovery Benefit brings financial boost to those who need it

  • Jan 10, 2021
(From left) A woman chats with BC NDP candidates Rob Fleming, centre, and Grace Lore during a campaign stop in Quadra Village ahead of the October election. (Black Press Media file photo)
MP Randall Garrison (Courtesy Randall Garrison)

MP REPORT: We can’t let down our guard in fight against pandemic

MP Randall Garrison says more must be done to protect Canadians from economic fallout from COVID-19

  • Jan 9, 2021
MP Randall Garrison (Courtesy Randall Garrison)
Murray Rankin

MLA Report: Rankin adapts to new provincial role

Murray Rankin MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head Hello everyone. After serving previously…

  • Jan 9, 2021
Murray Rankin