For those who thought “The Apprentice” made for compelling reality television, this time it’s playing out for real and before our very own eyes.

The Attorney General’s Ministry said Tuesday it is carefully reviewing last week’s B.C. Supreme Court decision that overruled its attempt to block the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth from getting access to government records.

My personal impression of Canada is that of a tattered nation where social cohesiveness based on equality of all citizens in the eyes of the law and within our political system, and with a common-good agenda, has been in continuous decline since the post-war years of the 1950s.

Even the Brentwood Bay man who put Don Cherry on Hockey Night in Canada figured he would get himself fired one day.

Each year I write two columns about books I have read. I am doing this in mid-November at the request of several of my readers so that they can order the books in time for Christmas giving. They are in no particular order or ranking; they are just books I liked.

One person’s conflict-of-interest — real, potential or apparent — isn’t always a conflict-of-interest for another, but how do they act when they’re the same person in similar situations?


Classy Don Cherry has turned Canada’s national day of remembrance into a Twitter debate on racism and freedom of speech. In the process, he’s been fired by Sportsnet.


You’re in your car, let’s say. You pull up to the intersection. You stop. You look both ways. The road seems clear. You pull ahead and...

Here goes! With regularity, I am approached by people on all sides of issues urging me to leverage my platform to address their particular concern. In many circumstances I agree with the position they advocate, in some cases I don’t.

In my column next week, I may be asking our readers to bail me out of jail. I received four robocalls — yes, four — from Toronto and U.S. numbers on Friday alone saying my social insurance number had expired and the cops were on their way to toss me in jail.


They are among our national treasures, more valuable than anything hanging in our art gallery.

It is not an unreasonable extension of reasoning to argue that the political and social tension wracking Canada today can be traced to orchestrated environmental disarray and a deliberate agenda, now decades in the making, to make sure citizens and scientific evidence and reasoning are kept …

While properly enjoying a meal and a glass of wine at a writing conference a few weeks ago, a colleague from Italy sadly remarked, “I never understood what Americans meant when they said they eat in their cars, but now I do.”

There should be no surprise that Elizabeth May has announced that she is stepping down as the leader of the federal Green Party; she has given many hints in the past couple of years that it might be time to turn the leadership over to someone else.

As a retired psychologist, I know the power of words to direct emotions. In one study, a psychiatrist-in-training asked a psychotic patient to describe his hallucinations in detail. Sadly, the hallucinations doubled in frequency. When you focus on the negative, the negative expands.


Well, there appears to be a rising sentiment, certainly within Alberta and probably also in Saskatchewan, for some form of separation from the Canadian federation or “Wexit.”

The days have gone, thank God, when we simply couldn’t talk about mental illness. When families had a dotty aunt whom they hid in a suite in the back of the ancestral home. When the disturbed son who got into trouble was written off, banished, never mentioned again.

Whether you knew Lynn Kalmring or just knew of her, everybody would agree her killer — former RCMP superintendent and SD67 school bus driver Keith Wiens — is making a mockery of the system.

We all know that one person who, no matter where they are or what the occasion, somehow manages to get in a bathroom joke. And although we may roll our eyes and laugh at the time, the thought of discussing our own bathroom habits is usually a no-go for most folks.

Many readers will know my disdain for the monetization of gaming in its current state. In the last few years gaming seems to have gone backwards with many developers. Instead of games showing innovation from game to game, they instead have rehashed previous titles with added methods of monet…

In “A Good Life to the End,” Dr. Ken Hillman writes about taking control of our journey through aging and death. He advocates for a redesign to our health system in a caring and supportive way around the needs of the elderly.

Today’s word, for those of you who view life as an episode of Sesame Street, is “schadenfreude.” Pronounced “shah-den-froy-duh.”

The “Be An Angel” campaign for both The Daily Courier and Penticton Herald will return for another year on Dec. 1. It will have an exciting, new format and hopefully the generosity of our readers and advertisers will be there again as we want to help some of our less-fortunate enjoy the holi…

One of the major achievements of the second half of the 20th century was the building of a set of rules and institutions that facilitated the growth of international trade.

At least the New Democrats can celebrate their version of the Miracle of Dunkirk. Yes, they won fewer seats than in 2015 — a lot fewer — but no, they didn’t get annihilated, as many expected when the campaign began.

Victory lap isn’t the first word that comes to mind in describing what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first post-election move will be.

I haven’t addressed an issue like this for quite some time but recent events in my own circle has placed it top of mind. Here’s the issue: I’ve often been approached by someone facing a dilemma. Someone in their circle has experienced the loss of a loved one and the individual is fearful to …

I’m not sure exactly when I first encountered vaping. I was leading an editing workshop. I explained the house rules, which included “No Smoking.” One participant pulled out an e-cigarette. “Is this okay?” he asked.

Halloween is just around the corner, sowhy not list some titles that are perfect for this scary time of year?

“My question is, why are we always begging people to vote? It’s embarrassing. The people in this country are the luckiest people on Earth; if they don’t realize it, screw them. On the contrary: we should be grateful that the disinterested and brain dead know who they are and at least have th…

Here we are, nine days away from a federal election. And so far, about the only thing any of the parties and candidates have been able to agree about is that the other side has more flaws than they do.


If you were raised by parents like mine, saying thank you wasn't an option. Any time I received something I either said a prompt and courteous thank you or I'd receive the added gift of correction, on the spot. If I was a little slow with a grateful response I would immediately be prompted w…


As a print journalist, who is still working, I indeed have much to be thankful for. On this Thanksgiving weekend, I thank each and every one of our readers, as well as our incredible advertisers, for your continued love and support. I also thank our incredible staff in both Kelowna and Penti…

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