Occasionally one hears of someone proposing what looks at first sight like a really improbable project. The latest one is an experiment to detect signs of life on planets orbiting white dwarf stars.

Got tested for COVID-19 on a Thursday morning. Went home for lunch on Tuesday not feeling great but brushing it off as the smoke in the air, even though the far greater quantities during the wildfires of 2017 and 2018 only left me with the occasional sore throat and watery eyes.


It sucks being Ron Hovanes. The former Oliver mayor and long-time BC Liberal supporter appeared keenly interested in seeking the party nomination in Boundary-Similkameen only to discover that Petra Veintimilla was appointed as the candidate.

After six months of the NDP government pounding home a message about the need for total unswerving commitment and “100 per cent, all-in” focus on the biggest emergency in 100 years — COVID-19 — Premier John Horgan has called an Oct. 24 election.

The Chinese government and its ruling Communist Peoples Party are like any large group; that is, they are not monolithic institutions in which every member thinks alike.


British Columbians are heading to the polls, Oct. 24, never mind that nobody other than Premier John Horgan wants an election.

I sing in a church choir. Correction: I used to sing in a church choir. Further correction: I used to sing, once upon a time…


Last week, we had Microsoft unveil the Xbox Series S (all digital) for US$299 and the Series X for US$499. The Series S is the perfect system for entry into the next-generation consoles with the Series X being those looking for true power and 4k visuals.

I believe COVID deniers are the way they are because they simply want the pandemic to be over. They wish it never happened. Everybody wants it to be over. It's not a Hortons-vs-Starbucks debate. We all agree.

If you have ever spent a summer night by a beaver pond or boggy area you may have seen brief, greenish-white flickering flames. If so, you have seen Will-o'-the Wisp.

Education is so closely tied to human global progress and equality that it must be considered an essential human right, publicly provided free of charge through a minimum basic level worldwide. If education is secular and rational, for given countries proven correlations include health, weal…

There is an increasing probability we will have a B.C. election this fall. Whenever it comes, one of the outstanding members of the Legislative Assembly, Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission, will not seek re-election.


In the news this week, a pharmacist who worked in both Kelowna and Summerland was disciplined by the College of Pharmacists of B.C. for dispensing narcotics and other drugs without a prescription for a second time. His punishment for his second offence: a four-week suspension and $1,000 fine.

This week was loaded with news about the next-generation consoles coming from Microsoft.

Black holes are distortions in the fabric of space-time produced by intense gravitational fields. This distortions are “closed,” meaning nothing, not even light, can get out.

Voter suppression by both Republican-controlled states and Donald Trump in the upcoming American election is dominating the news cycle.

In my last column I wrote about the first half of my Ride the Riding event held in the last week of August, covering the sections from Naramata to Osoyoos and Big White to Grand Forks.

The focus on the federal deficit has rightly been on the staggering scope of emergency spending, but there has been much less talk about the other big part of the equation: government revenues have plunged due to the economic shutdown.

The federal government can have a positive or negative effect on the national economy using two primary tools — fiscal or monetary policy. On rare occasions it can also use foreign exchange regulations as well.


Throughout this pandemic, many of us have spent too much time binge-watching Netflix. That is a “confession” that is often brought to me in my day-to-day life.


Last week, I cycled around the riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay for the fifth year in a row. I take seven days to cover the trails and highways, stopping at cafes and restaurants along the way to meet with constituents and ride with them on their trails.

According to coverage in The Atlantic, a reputable news agency, the U.S. president referred to the war dead as “losers” and “suckers” and wasn’t sure of “who the good guys” were in the First World War.

We hear a lot about how important it is that policy and decision makers engage with the public; that transparency and consultation is an expectation; and that communication is critical in building and fostering relationships.


We can watch Penticton Summerland, Oliver and Osoyoos council meetings online from the comforts of a home or office. The B.C. Legislature is available and so is Parliament... but not the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen or School Districts 67 or 53 (Oliver).


“Stop the presses,” took on a whole new meaning for us, Saturday night.


During the last 10 days I have watched — reluctantly, I admit — parts of the Democratic and Republican national conventions in the U.S.

We take knowing the date for granted. It comes up on our computer screens, on our phones, in our diaries and appointment books, and lots of other places.

I am writing from Ottawa because the House of Commons special COVID-19 Committee was scheduled to sit this week and we would have the opportunity to hold the government to account.

You couldn’t really call the message on the outside the 17 Mile House Pub an advertisement. It’s more of a gleeful taunt: MAPLE LEAFS POUTINE NOW HALF PRICE.

The goal of history, Yuval Noah Harari writes, is “not to perpetuate the past, but rather to be liberated from it.”


Penticton is one of only two cities in the world that is situated between two lakes. Every summer we enjoy great natural amenities and some of the hottest temperatures in Canada. And while all these features make us a fantastic year-round destination, our beautiful setting comes with the ris…