Opinion

Jock Finlayson is a senior policy advisor with the Business Council of British Columbia.
Jock Finlayson

FINLAYSON: 2023 could be one of the weakest years for B.C. home sales in two decades

Despite market volatility, the long-term fundamentals for housing in B.C. remain attractive

  • Jan 27, 2023
Frank Bucholtz

AND FRANKLY: Hard choices to be made about Surrey’s farmland

Keeping agricultural land in production is more challenging than ever as urban uses encroach

  • Jan 26, 2023
A strata council enacted a bylaw to restrict out-of-wedlock relationships. (Pexels photo)

CAMPBELL: This ‘prudish’ B.C. strata sued to stop owner from living with her boyfriend

Case raises the question of whether strata bylaws should be able to restrict certain relationships

Drag queen Gigi Monroe reads a book about a wig during a storytime in the States. (File photo: Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

COLUMN: It’s 2023 why are we still protesting drag queen storytime?

Imagine taking your child to the local library to hear a Disney…

Drag queen Gigi Monroe reads a book about a wig during a storytime in the States. (File photo: Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Kathi Diewert of Chemainus captures many interesting nature shots around the Island. No matter what it looks like outside, there’s no sense in creating any false sadness on so-called Blue Monday and beyond. (Photo by Kathi Diewert)

BODGER: Blue Monday is bogus, stop looking for reasons to be sad

There’s no evidence one day should be the saddest compared to any other

Kathi Diewert of Chemainus captures many interesting nature shots around the Island. No matter what it looks like outside, there’s no sense in creating any false sadness on so-called Blue Monday and beyond. (Photo by Kathi Diewert)
Preet Heer offers her father Didar Heer a glass of water during his final hours at Surrey Memorial Hospital. (Photo submitted)

COLUMN: Small gesture of human kindness helped make photo book a family treasure

Surrey London Drugs employee’s mindful presence was a gift for the ages

  • Jan 20, 2023
Preet Heer offers her father Didar Heer a glass of water during his final hours at Surrey Memorial Hospital. (Photo submitted)
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Roses and Rotten Tomatoes (Jan. 19, 2023)

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  • Jan 19, 2023
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Vancouver’s Ra performs as one of the MCs for the Surrey Pride Festival at Central City Plaza on June 25, 2022. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

COLUMN: Surrey Pride is here to support all within Rainbow Community

Newly embraced term serves as all inclusive and avoids ‘alphabet soup and numbers’

  • Jan 19, 2023
Vancouver’s Ra performs as one of the MCs for the Surrey Pride Festival at Central City Plaza on June 25, 2022. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
(Photo: Needpix)

OUR VIEW: Cheers to moderation, Surrey

Canada’s latest guide on alcohol and health suggests more than 6 alcoholic beverages per week puts health at risk

  • Jan 18, 2023
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Two children under 18 held in custody by the Iranian regime that have been sponsored by Federal Canadian MPs to try to help stop their execution. Ali Rakhshani, 17, is endorsed by Fleetwood-Port Kells MP Ken Hardie, and Mohammad Rakhshani, 16, is endorsed by North Vancouver MP Jonathan Wilkinson. (Twitter @balo0chgirl)

OPINION: Iranian woman living in Fraser Valley urging MPs to sponsor prisoners to avoid execution

Nine federal Liberal MPs ‘sponsor’ Iranian detainees by sharing their plights on social media

Two children under 18 held in custody by the Iranian regime that have been sponsored by Federal Canadian MPs to try to help stop their execution. Ali Rakhshani, 17, is endorsed by Fleetwood-Port Kells MP Ken Hardie, and Mohammad Rakhshani, 16, is endorsed by North Vancouver MP Jonathan Wilkinson. (Twitter @balo0chgirl)
Worker at Swartz Bay terminal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

CAMPBELL: Couple ‘evicted’ from B.C. ferry terminal gets zero sympathy here

Couple posts video of confrontation onto social media after being 4 minutes late

Worker at Swartz Bay terminal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Frank Bucholtz

AND FRANKLY: A financial breaking point is drawing near and fallout will be grim

2023 will be a year of tough decisions for everyone

  • Jan 12, 2023
Frank Bucholtz
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Roses and Rotten Tomatoes (Jan. 12, 2023)

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  • Jan 12, 2023
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Jessica Peters is a reporter with the Abbotsford News, and an invasive cervical cancer survivor.

OPINION: Cervical cancer awareness didn’t seem important to me, until it was

January is cervical awareness month and a time to understand how devastating the disease really is

Jessica Peters is a reporter with the Abbotsford News, and an invasive cervical cancer survivor.
Someone in Victoria had a frustrating birthday after a sign meant for them was put on the wrong lawn. (Pexels photo)
Someone in Victoria had a frustrating birthday after a sign meant for them was put on the wrong lawn. (Pexels photo)
FILE - This undated image provided by the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows the NIF Target Bay in Livermore, Calif. The system uses 192 laser beams converging at the center of this giant sphere to make a tiny hydrogen fuel pellet implode. (Damien Jemison/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory via AP, File)

OPINION: Nuclear fusion may change our world but renewable energy sources will save it: experts

Harnessing nuclear fusion could take more than 40 years, while some solutions already exist

  • Jan 8, 2023
FILE - This undated image provided by the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows the NIF Target Bay in Livermore, Calif. The system uses 192 laser beams converging at the center of this giant sphere to make a tiny hydrogen fuel pellet implode. (Damien Jemison/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory via AP, File)
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  • Jan 5, 2023
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The Buffalo Bills pray on the field after their teammate Damar Hamlin was taken to hospital after suffering cardiac arrest. (@BuffaloBills/Twitter)

Jordy’s Journal: The good and the bad of the Damar Hamlin incident

As of Wednesday morning, Hamlin remains in critical condition in ICU, showing signs of improvement

The Buffalo Bills pray on the field after their teammate Damar Hamlin was taken to hospital after suffering cardiac arrest. (@BuffaloBills/Twitter)
A Surrey Mountie and a Surrey Police Service officer responding to a call. (File photo: Shane MacKichan)

ZYTARUK: Let’s make Farnworth’s call a Waterloo for long-fought Surrey policing war

Surrey needs to be able to move on from this horrendous controversy

  • Jan 4, 2023
A Surrey Mountie and a Surrey Police Service officer responding to a call. (File photo: Shane MacKichan)
Still from Chilliwack Realtor Kevin Schroeder’s January 2022 Instagram video where he explains how BC Assessment increases in property value have no impact on property taxes. (Instagram @kevinschroederrealtor)

OPINION: B.C. Realtor’s explanation how property assessment increases do not affect taxes

Because it’s important, a 2nd look at Kevin Schroeder’s Instagram video on how property taxes work

Still from Chilliwack Realtor Kevin Schroeder’s January 2022 Instagram video where he explains how BC Assessment increases in property value have no impact on property taxes. (Instagram @kevinschroederrealtor)