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FILE - Bob Odenkirk arrives at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 8, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif. The (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - Bob Odenkirk arrives at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 8, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif. The (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (File photo)
Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (File photo)
FILE: Four-year-old Jonah Arbez holds a protest sign at a Friday’s Strike for Climate on the steps of Nanaimo City Hall in 2019. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)

Cole’s Notes: It’s hard to be young these days

It won’t be easy to solve our problems, but our futures are worth fighting for

FILE: Four-year-old Jonah Arbez holds a protest sign at a Friday’s Strike for Climate on the steps of Nanaimo City Hall in 2019. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
The bird is a Wilson’s warbler, and these warblers will be here soon enough, said TWU prof David Clements. (David Clements/Special to Langley Advance Times)

GREEN BEAT: Stopping to savour spring moments

For at least a moment, partake in the sights, sounds, and smells of this season – before it’s over

  • Apr 27, 2022
The bird is a Wilson’s warbler, and these warblers will be here soon enough, said TWU prof David Clements. (David Clements/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Road workers load a destroyed Russian tank onto a platform in the village of Andriyivka close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 11, 2022. Andriyivka was occupied by the Russian troops at the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war and freed recently by the Ukrainian army. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Painful Truth: Looting has a long history in war

Russian troops stealing everything they can carry off is part of a long, ugly tradition

Road workers load a destroyed Russian tank onto a platform in the village of Andriyivka close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 11, 2022. Andriyivka was occupied by the Russian troops at the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war and freed recently by the Ukrainian army. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A TransLink bus pulls up to the 203rd Street stop near Industrial Avenue, site of the future SkyTrain station in downtown Langley City. (Langley Advance Times files)

Painful Truth: Langley’s transport future – pay parking, SkyTrain, bikeshare

Langley needs a lot more than just SkyTrain over the next few years

A TransLink bus pulls up to the 203rd Street stop near Industrial Avenue, site of the future SkyTrain station in downtown Langley City. (Langley Advance Times files)
This image from the trailer of the 2021 Punjabi film <em>Honsla Rakh</em> was filmed in Surrey’s Brownsville Bar Park with New Westminster and the iconic Skybridge in the background. <em>Honsla Rakh</em> is a rom-com featuring superstar Diljit Dosanjh set in Vancouver and Surrey. Since its release, it has become one of the highest-grossing Punjabi films of all time. (Diljit Dosanjh/YouTube)

Cole’s Notes: B.C. could be the main star in films – but we can play any role

Film is a multi-billion dollar industry in B.C., but we rarely play ourselves on-screen

This image from the trailer of the 2021 Punjabi film <em>Honsla Rakh</em> was filmed in Surrey’s Brownsville Bar Park with New Westminster and the iconic Skybridge in the background. <em>Honsla Rakh</em> is a rom-com featuring superstar Diljit Dosanjh set in Vancouver and Surrey. Since its release, it has become one of the highest-grossing Punjabi films of all time. (Diljit Dosanjh/YouTube)
Anna Chyryvoko and her boys after being evacuated from Chernihiv to Kyiv, Ukraine. (Joti Heir photo)
Anna Chyryvoko and her boys after being evacuated from Chernihiv to Kyiv, Ukraine. (Joti Heir photo)
FILE - Will Smith, right, hits presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The incident on Sunday has sparked debate about the appropriate ways for Black men to publicly defend Black women against humiliation and abuse. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Painful Truth: Sometimes a slap isn’t actually that important

Not everything is a window into our society’s ills

FILE - Will Smith, right, hits presenter Chris Rock on stage while presenting the award for best documentary feature at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The incident on Sunday has sparked debate about the appropriate ways for Black men to publicly defend Black women against humiliation and abuse. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)

CAMERON: Think local, act global

Will micro and macro changes to the world economy hurt or help B.C. in 2022?

  • Mar 30, 2022
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)
A roundabout in Qualicum Beach. (PQB News file photo)

WOLF: Roundabouts and other pet peeves driving B.C. drivers crazy

Column: What habits do other drivers have that bother you on the road?

A roundabout in Qualicum Beach. (PQB News file photo)
Robert’s column

Robert Barron column: Fond memories of ‘Paddy’s Day’

By mid afternoon, the party started really taking off

Robert’s column
The Delphi is an ancient sanctuary in southern Greece. (Richard Okrent)

Painful Truth: Words from dragon’s teeth

Myth made a hero out of the bringers of the alphabet

The Delphi is an ancient sanctuary in southern Greece. (Richard Okrent)
About 30 people took part in a Sunday night (Feb. 27) vigil in Langley for the Ukraine, gathering at the Vineyard church, then walking to the cenotaph in Douglas Park. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Painful Truth: Peace requires more than golden arches and money

We thought self-interest would prevent more wars like the Russian attack on Ukraine

About 30 people took part in a Sunday night (Feb. 27) vigil in Langley for the Ukraine, gathering at the Vineyard church, then walking to the cenotaph in Douglas Park. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Andrey Goncharuk, 68, a member of the territorial defense stands in the backyard of a house damaged by a Russian airstrike, according to locals, in Gorenka, outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Russia renewed its assault on Ukraine's second-largest city in a pounding that lit up the skyline with balls of fire over populated areas, even as both sides said they were ready to resume talks aimed at stopping the new devastating war in Europe. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

CAMERON: What freedom truly looks like

Canadians are often portrayed as polite, decent, unassuming, and hard to anger.…

  • Mar 2, 2022
Andrey Goncharuk, 68, a member of the territorial defense stands in the backyard of a house damaged by a Russian airstrike, according to locals, in Gorenka, outside the capital Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Russia renewed its assault on Ukraine's second-largest city in a pounding that lit up the skyline with balls of fire over populated areas, even as both sides said they were ready to resume talks aimed at stopping the new devastating war in Europe. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Trinity Western chemist Shane Durbach will speak at the Plastic particles of hope” session on March 12. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Tim Stephenson is a teacher at Walnut Grove Secondary School and will speak at the Plastic particles of hope” session on March 12. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

GREEN BEAT: Some hope for plastics in our future

Trinity Western chemist Shane Durbach and Walnut Grove high school teacher Tim Stephenson lead event

  • Mar 1, 2022
Trinity Western chemist Shane Durbach will speak at the Plastic particles of hope” session on March 12. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Tim Stephenson is a teacher at Walnut Grove Secondary School and will speak at the Plastic particles of hope” session on March 12. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Eighteen-month-old Emma Rose discovered perennials and bulbs that are starting to show themselves ahead of spring. (Special to Black Press Media)

LANGLEY’S GREEN THUMB: Cold snap doesn’t deter

Gardeners gearing up for spring

  • Feb 28, 2022
Eighteen-month-old Emma Rose discovered perennials and bulbs that are starting to show themselves ahead of spring. (Special to Black Press Media)
Surrey Provincial Court. (Black Press Media files)

Painful Truth: Fake law won’t save you in court

‘Pseudolaw’ is a persistent problem for the courts – and the people who practice it

Surrey Provincial Court. (Black Press Media files)
Three-year-old Felix from Yarrow was fascinated by the G Scale trains at one of BC Farm museum’s annual Train Days. (Langley Advance Times Files)

Our View: Get in touch with Langley’s history

Heritage Week is a good time to learn about Langley’s past

Three-year-old Felix from Yarrow was fascinated by the G Scale trains at one of BC Farm museum’s annual Train Days. (Langley Advance Times Files)
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)

CAMERON: Bleeding hearts, lawlessness and leadership: ‘Just Watch Me’

Scrolling through my social media feed last week, I came across a…

  • Feb 17, 2022
Bruce Cameron has been a pollster and strategist for over 35 years, working initially for Gallup Polls, Decima Research and the Angus Reid Group before founding his own consultancy, Return On Insight. (Black Press Media files)
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