Columnists

Volunteers prepare to load supplies aboard an aircraft at the Langley airport for delivery to a flood-ravaged Fraser Valley community on Sunday, Nov. 21. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Painful Truth: Use B.C.’s volunteer power

The province needs to support civil society, not treat the public as an inert mass

Interior Health's 310-MHSU number connects callers directly to the closest mental health and substance use centre in their community.

B.C.’s mental health crisis is bad and getting worse

Nearly half of British Columbians polled said their mental health was worse due to COVID-19

  • Nov 18, 2021
TWU professor was recently in the forested area in South Surrey that he describes as being threatened by plans for development. He was there recording some of the different species of plants, insects, and wildlife that call the region home, including the flat-backed millipede. “A beautiful little creature,” David Clements said. (David Clements/Special to Langley Advance Times)

GREEN BEAT: Campbell Heights area can and should be saved

Do we need to sacrifice Coast Salish biodiversity for industrial land? – columnist queries

  • Nov 16, 2021
An aerial view, without horizon, of the Fraser River and part of Sumas Mountain, during the 1948 Fraser River flood. Nicomen Island is seen inundated with flood water at top centre in image. Chilliwack Mountain is visible at top right (1948). (Photograph courtesy of the Chilliwack Museum and Archives P669).

Painful Truth: Between the water and the land

We can only keep the wetlands out for so long

An aerial view, without horizon, of the Fraser River and part of Sumas Mountain, during the 1948 Fraser River flood. Nicomen Island is seen inundated with flood water at top centre in image. Chilliwack Mountain is visible at top right (1948). (Photograph courtesy of the Chilliwack Museum and Archives P669).
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

To Have and Have Not: Alberta opens can of worms, but will B.C. bite?

Equalization payments have often been used to incite political anger in Canada

  • Nov 1, 2021
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Pedestrians are at increasing threat from larger personal vehicles. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Painful Truth: Big trucks taking their toll on pedestrians

The trend of larger vehicles is dangerous for those on foot

Pedestrians are at increasing threat from larger personal vehicles. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
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COLUMN: An alarming trend is developing in the wee hours

End of Daylight Saving a good time to replace batteries in smoke, CO detectors

Brenda Anderson Off Topic
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ON COOKING: Chef Dez boasts recipe for “best” meatballs

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to email in your queries

  • Oct 18, 2021
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(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

The B.C. Liberal leadership race: Rebirth or reckoning?

The B.C. Liberals have always been an uneasy coalition of conservative and liberal voters,

(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
A drop-in COVID vaccination clinic at the Langley Events Centre on Sunday, April 25. (Langley Advance Times files)
A drop-in COVID vaccination clinic at the Langley Events Centre on Sunday, April 25. (Langley Advance Times files)
Dorothy MacBeth admired some of the hostas at Erikson’s Daylily Gardens, despite their end of season yellowing. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)

LANGLEY’S GREEN THUMB: Planning for changes in seasons

Still a little more gardening to do before hunkering down for the winter

  • Oct 11, 2021
Dorothy MacBeth admired some of the hostas at Erikson’s Daylily Gardens, despite their end of season yellowing. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Mexican firefighters helping fight Okanagan wildfires this summer. (BC Wildfire)

Painful Truth: Try everything – and fast!

To cut CO2, try more things, faster, and stick with what works

Mexican firefighters helping fight Okanagan wildfires this summer. (BC Wildfire)
The Peace Tower on Parliament Hill is shown in Ottawa on April 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Painful Truth: All governments are fragile

There’s nothing that protects Canada from stress on our democracy

The Peace Tower on Parliament Hill is shown in Ottawa on April 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Analysis: Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada

Polticians need to implement environmental policies or people will go elsewhere

Trees burnt by the White Rock Lake wildfire earlier this month are seen in Monte Lake, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Peace Tower is pictured on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Painful Truth: Election no time for odd ideas

But that doesn’t mean that weird ideas aren’t worth talking about

The Peace Tower is pictured on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Lawns need help after harsh summer temperatures, dahlia tubers need to be dug up and dried, and some pruning is recommended as fall approaches. Bella the cat is helping garden expert Pam Erikson in the nursery, as autumn arrives and she endeavours to take care of all these gardening tasks and more. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)

LANGLEY GREEN THUMB: Preparing for fall can be fun

Brutal summer heat might mean plants and lawn need more love and attention at this time of year

  • Sep 18, 2021
Lawns need help after harsh summer temperatures, dahlia tubers need to be dug up and dried, and some pruning is recommended as fall approaches. Bella the cat is helping garden expert Pam Erikson in the nursery, as autumn arrives and she endeavours to take care of all these gardening tasks and more. (Pam Erikson/Special to Langley Advance Times)
A helicopter carrying a water bucket flies past a pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, produced by the Lytton Creek wildfire burning in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on Aug. 15, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

GREEN BEAT: Canada’s Near Death Valley Experience

Columnist and biologist encouraging people to do their part to curtail climate change

  • Sep 18, 2021
A helicopter carrying a water bucket flies past a pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, produced by the Lytton Creek wildfire burning in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on Aug. 15, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Conservatives Leader Erin O’Toole, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. (The Canadian Press)

Painful Truth: Election campaign rocks – literally

Gravel thrown at Trudeau brings up a family legacy he’s hoping to use to stay PM

Conservatives Leader Erin O’Toole, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. (The Canadian Press)
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Vaccine Politics: Will COVID-19 affect the outcome of the federal election in B.C.?

Week 3 of federal election analysis by columnist Bruce Cameron focuses on the effects of COVID-19

  • Sep 9, 2021
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