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President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Rickter Scale: Trump’s relentless war on truth

The Rickter Scale is a weekly column

  • Nov 6, 2019
President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Almost every week in Canada someone with dementia goes missing. (Black Press file)

B.C. VIEWS: Is your community ready for the dementia wave?

Experts warn that the number of people living with dementia could nearly double in the next decade

Almost every week in Canada someone with dementia goes missing. (Black Press file)
Jeff Bray is the executive director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association. (rickcollinsphotography.com)

DOWNTOWN DIALOGUE: Lights of Wonder connects with community

Jeff Bray Downtown Victoria Business Association The Downtown Victoria Business Association and…

  • Nov 1, 2019
Jeff Bray is the executive director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association. (rickcollinsphotography.com)
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Federal public health officials release new data that shows how COVID-19 is being spread
Furstenau says Greens no longer limited to Vancouver Island
Furstenau says NDP engineered election to wipe out opponents
Jenn Neilson on the Green Party's chances
Mini 3 Musketeers are the perfect Halloween treat, for 2019 and every other year. (Philip Wolf photo)
Mini 3 Musketeers are the perfect Halloween treat, for 2019 and every other year. (Philip Wolf photo)
Goldstream Food Bank volunteers pack an emergency hamper. (Black Press Media file photo)

Rickter Scale: Belated Thanksgiving food for thought

The Rickter Scale is a weekly column

  • Oct 30, 2019
Goldstream Food Bank volunteers pack an emergency hamper. (Black Press Media file photo)
Linda Geggie is the executive director with the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable and can be reached at lgeggie@cfair.ca.                                Linda Geggie is the executive director with the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable and can be reached at lgeggie@crfair.ca.

LOCAL FLAVOUR: How choosing food plays into the climate change war

Linda Geggie is the executive director with the CR-FAIR

  • Oct 29, 2019
Linda Geggie is the executive director with the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable and can be reached at lgeggie@cfair.ca.                                Linda Geggie is the executive director with the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable and can be reached at lgeggie@crfair.ca.
Jody Wilson-Raybould announces that she will run as a independent in the fall election during a news conference in Vancouver, Monday, May 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

COLUMN: Priorities in a divided province following 2019 election

Black Press Media columnist Frank Bucholtz on the fallout for B.C.

  • Oct 28, 2019
Jody Wilson-Raybould announces that she will run as a independent in the fall election during a news conference in Vancouver, Monday, May 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
DOWNTOWN DIALOGUE: Small business, the little engine that does

DOWNTOWN DIALOGUE: Small business, the little engine that does

Jeff Bray Executive Director Downtown Victoria Business Association This month, the Downtown…

  • Oct 24, 2019
DOWNTOWN DIALOGUE: Small business, the little engine that does
Rickter Scale: For whom the whistle tolls

Rickter Scale: For whom the whistle tolls

The Rickter Scale is a weekly column

  • Oct 23, 2019
Rickter Scale: For whom the whistle tolls
BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver. (Keri Coles/News Staff)

MLA REPORT: Time for new generation to lead BC Greens

Andrew Weaver is MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head

  • Oct 22, 2019
BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver. (Keri Coles/News Staff)
B.C. Attorney General David Eby introduces former NDP cabinet minister Joy MacPhail as chair of the ICBC board, Aug. 19, 2018. (B.C. government)
B.C. Attorney General David Eby introduces former NDP cabinet minister Joy MacPhail as chair of the ICBC board, Aug. 19, 2018. (B.C. government)
Evan Wood (left) MD, PhD is an addiction medicine physician, a scientist with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, and a Canada Research Chair and professor of medicine at UBC. Leslie McBain (right) is the co-founder of Moms Stop the Harm. (Submitted)

OPINION: Charting a new course out of the overdose crisis in B.C.

Regardless of where you look, the number of deaths from overdoses are staggering

  • Oct 19, 2019
Evan Wood (left) MD, PhD is an addiction medicine physician, a scientist with the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, and a Canada Research Chair and professor of medicine at UBC. Leslie McBain (right) is the co-founder of Moms Stop the Harm. (Submitted)
Let’s face it. Clowns are always scary. Everyone knows that. (File)

COLUMN: Halloween shouldn’t be a purity test

The holiday is a time of pretending and fun

Let’s face it. Clowns are always scary. Everyone knows that. (File)
Rickter Scale: A novel approach to balancing the books

Rickter Scale: A novel approach to balancing the books

The Rickter Scale is a weekly column

  • Oct 17, 2019
Rickter Scale: A novel approach to balancing the books
Caribou calf in a maternity pen near Revelstoke, 2014, to protect it from wolves until it is old enough to survive. (Black Press Media)

B.C. VIEWS: Wolf kill, not backcountry bans, saving caribou

B.C.’s largest herds turn the corner from extinction

Caribou calf in a maternity pen near Revelstoke, 2014, to protect it from wolves until it is old enough to survive. (Black Press Media)
(Pixabay photo)

Rickter Scale: Hair today, shine tomorrow

The Rickter Scale is a weekly column

  • Oct 9, 2019
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Sketch of 10-lane bridge to replace George Massey Tunnel, which a local MLA says would be half built by now if the original toll bridge plan hadn’t been cancelled. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation)

B.C. VIEWS: Massey crossing a bridge too far for NDP

Premier John Horgan focused on high-speed train to Seattle

Sketch of 10-lane bridge to replace George Massey Tunnel, which a local MLA says would be half built by now if the original toll bridge plan hadn’t been cancelled. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation)
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)

COLUMN: And now the bad news about B.C.’s economy

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

  • Oct 3, 2019
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)
Most teens don’t know they’re inhaling nicotine while vaping. (Black Press Media file photo)

Rickter Scale: Lost in a fog

The Rickter Scale is a weekly column

  • Oct 2, 2019
Most teens don’t know they’re inhaling nicotine while vaping. (Black Press Media file photo)
Birthday cake with candles. (Pixabay photo)

Rickter Scale: Century-old sage advice shared

The Rickter Scale is a weekly column

  • Sep 25, 2019
Birthday cake with candles. (Pixabay photo)