It’s that time of the year, when the bittersweet bite of fall signals the end of summer and the start of a new school year. And back to school means all kinds of kids, walking, scooting and, of course, riding their bicycles, safely making their way along our city streets.

I stepped out the front door of the theatre last Saturday night just as the first drops of rain fell. The drops felt as big as marbles.

One of the most definitive tests of maturity is the ability to disagree respectfully.

I was glad Central Okanagan School Board chair Moyra Baxter publicly apologized to parents as hundreds are still waiting to hear if their children will be able to ride the bus as they have in the past. Baxter went on to say that it’s ultimately the responsibility of parents to get their kids…

I think I maybe turning into a bitter person remembering the good old days of gaming. A month ago I talked about how loot boxes are gambling that takes advantage of children and adults that have addictive personalities.

Four consecutive triple-platinum-selling albums, constant touring dating back to the ‘70s, 16 singles that made the Billboard top 40 ... why has Styx not been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

The starting gun went off this week. As much as we celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1, the reality for most of us is that the new season begins the Tuesday after Labour Day.

There have been more mass shootings in the United States so far this year than days in the year. CBS News predicts the U.S. will end 2019 having averaged at least one mass shooting every single day.

Of all of the patently absurd statements made by Donald Trump since his inauguration in 2017, his calling the current chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, an “enemy of the people” ranks as perhaps the most ridiculous.

Last week, in the latest U.S. mass shooting at a local St. Louis high school’s school’s football jamboree, eight-year-old Jurnee Thompson was shot and killed. The child was described in the media as “an innocent bystander” and in a public statement the local police chief said “she had done n…

There’s no chance you could have missed it. It, of course is the fact that it is Back To School time.

For years, successive B.C. governments have clung to an assisted living strategy which, literally, makes no sense. Fortunately, that is about to change. Assisted living facilities offer semi-independent housing. Some provide a single room, some an apartment-style suite. All deliver a variety…

Several decades ago as a sociology major at the University of Alberta I was intrigued by a study which featured a hidden camera to film men running on a track through a park.

Here’s a stat that, for me, is hard to believe. For the first time in history, there are more Canadians who subscribe to steraming sevices such as Netflix and Crave than cable subscribers. The biggest demographic of cable loyalists remain seniors (no surprise) and die-hard sports fans.

Over the last few weeks, two semi-autonomous states have been locked in conflict with a larger nation of which they are, theoretically, a part. But I would bet you’ve only heard about one of those conflicts.

A few months after the election, you’re not happy with the way your municipality is being run. The thought of waiting three and a half years for another election is more than you can take — what kind of trouble will these losers get into given all that time? How much more embarrassment can w…

The city of Vancouver has declared “conversion therapy” illegal. So has Prince Albert in Alberta. The federal government is apparently considering amendments to the criminal code that would ban conversion therapy.

I am not an experienced backpacker. The number of my ventures into nature carrying everything necessary to sustain life on my back can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Last week’s announcement by federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson that the Rocky Mountain ridged mussel would not be reclassified under the most recent Species at Risk Act review was welcome news to many in our community.

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that legalizing marijuana consumption was a colossal public-health blunder. A good part of the evidence comes from south of the border, where several states legalized pot much earlier than Canada.

Although it would have made for great television, officials with the federal leaders debate made the right call by not including Maxime Bernier.

Canadian political history was made as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was found guilty for the second time in contravening the Conflict of Interest Act.

New to the Cowichan Exhibition: Weed. For real. They have added a marijuana contest to September’s fair, giving the valley’s finest amateur dope-growers a chance to strut their stuff, just like the onion-picklers and Holstein-raising 4-H kids.

I don’t want to give the American president any more press than he already gets, but I was confronted with his brand of hate right here in Canada ... by a Canadian.

Bullet-resistant backpacks are now being sold in major retail stores. The idea is that when the next school shooter opens fire in the hallway, fleeing children who are shot in the back will have a better chance of surviving.

On this day, Aug. 15, 1969 — a time of cultural upheaval more tangibly disruptive than that of the current day — more than 400,000 people and 32 musical acts found their way to a dairy farm in New York for “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music.”

Two things abhor me. First, the amount of hate-filled violence presently overwhelming our “civilized” society. Second, the incomprehensible fact that some rationalize the violence by appealing to the name of God.

Three million years ago, a distant ancestor of mine lived in Ethiopia. Since then, we humans have grown taller, stronger, more intelligent and, I would hope, more compassionate.


He’s baa-aack. Three months after ranting at a Summerland council meeting about how the media’s coverage of wildfires and floods hurt tourism, David Hull was back at it this week.

According to legend, Paul Revere rode through Massachusetts at midnight shouting his warning, “The British are coming! The British are coming!”

Over the last four weeks I have shared a few of my favorite axioms. An axiom being a statement that is generally thought to be true and which most people believe.

Despite a stunning first-round playoff exit last season, you can bet the Penticton Vees will once again be the team with the target on their chests in 2019-20.


I was born of American parents in Canada. During my formative years, I spent about half of the time in the U.S. I received both my undergraduate and graduate education there before returning to Canada to teach at the University of Western Ontario and UBC, eventually becoming a federal civil …

 With “Borderlands 3” less than a month away and “Borderlands Handsome Jack Collection” now on Game Pass, I wanted to revisit my review from April 2013 of “Borderlands 2.”

I recently began a mini-series on axioms. An axiom is a statement that is generally thought to be true and which is often used as a starting point for further dialogue. Bottom line — an axiom is a pithy saying that is self-evident and that most people believe.

With “Borderlands 3” less than a month away and “Borderlands Handsome Jack Collection” now on Game Pass, I wanted to revisit my review from April 2013 of “Borderlands 2.”

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