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Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast had its moments — a celebration of diversity, small films being recognized, the charming setting of a railway station.

Forgive me for having a high school flashback, but one of my favourite rock/pop songwriters — top three, for sure — died this week. Jim Steinman was 73.

Although most of the media spotlight this past weekend was on the federal Liberals, the NDP also held their own three-day policy convention.

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When community relations manager Debra Saunders was working on bios for the Summerland Seniors Village newsletter, she spent significant time interviewing Les Johnson, a long-time Summerlander who had recently celebrated a milestone birthday.

This week, directors with the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen will receive a first draft of a new communications policy. Included is who should be the official media spokesperson for the board.

With the news cycle we’ve been having in Penticton, today seems like the perfect day for an All-Good-News edition. Keeping with the theme of today’s special edition, I offer these pleasant observations.

With the announcement of Jake Kimberley stepping down from Penticton city council comes speculation on who will run to replace him in a byelection, tentatively scheduled for early June.

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As much as everyone appreciates a day off with pay, I’ve never been a fan of this holiday. It was a vote-buying strategy by Christy Clark and the BC Liberals just prior to an election.

With the Julie Payette fiasco, along with revelations that high-ranking bureaucrats and police resign before they can face disciplinary action, there needs to be a review of how public-sector pensions are administered.

With the incredible amount of resources the federal government has available, why did Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fail to conduct a proper background check on Julie Payette?

As we’re closing in on the one-year anniversary of COVID-19, it’s disappointing that no elected officials within The Herald’s readership area have suggested a nominal rollback in salary.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Ron Phillip has since resigned. This column was published prior to his arrival back in Canada.

In a year-end interview with the online news site The Orca, Premier John Horgan was asked to name an MLA from a different caucus who he’d single out for doing good work, have an unusually warm relationship with, or just wouldn’t put coal in their stocking.

With the BC NDP locked in for a four-year term, now’s the time for the BC Liberals to re-evaluate why they’re no longer in vogue with voters.

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It would be easier to sympathize with Jack Bennest — the publisher of the Oliver Daily News who was given a 90-day driving ban for reporting from the scene of an accident while under the influence of alcohol — if he demonstrated some remorse.

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The B.C. School Trustees held their annual December conference and this year it was a lot different. There wasn’t any Christmas shopping involved.

It’s ironic that our Page 1 headline in Wednesday’s Herald “Bike route approved” was beside a story on Cherry Lane threatening to evict The Bay due to unpaid rent.

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I probably won’t be invited to any barbecues next summer in Trout Creek for saying this, but I support the Summerland Motel’s proposal.

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With this being our monthly All-Good-News edition, now is an appropriate time to publicly recognize David Prystay, general manager of the Penticton Lakeside Resort for the past 27 years.