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“Environmental” racism

Diversity is strength. That’s true in nature and human affairs. But recent painful events have shown society has yet to grasp this. The appalling deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Toronto’s Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Chantel Moore from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and many others – all at the hands of those tasked to serve and protect – ... Read More »

What comes next?

I’m fortunate. This slowdown is giving me time with my grandchildren who are with me, and to think about what has mattered most in my life, what has given me the greatest joy and satisfaction, and where I hope the world may go after I’m gone. As an older male, I’m in the population facing ... Read More »

Altruism versus COVID-19

These are difficult times, especially for people who lack safe shelter, food and other necessities – and for those on the front lines. Even though we must maintain physical distance, we need to come together more than ever. As bad as things are, and could get, compassion and wisdom will ensure that good emerges from ... Read More »

COVID-19: what trees teach

If you look at a forest top from above or below, you might see a pattern of nicely spaced pathways twisting between the trees. This phenomenon is known as “crown shyness.” Attempts have been made to explain it, with most experts concluding it’s due to many factors. Initially, it was thought to be wind making ... Read More »

Don’t like signs

(Re “Shíshálh name changes”, photo of signs, the Local, March 19) What a joke. Could they have made them any bigger? They will look especially bad in a couple of years with green slime on them. What a waste of $80,000. Rick McClymont, Wilson Creek Read More »

Want to golf

Addressed to the Sunshine Coast Golf Club, Roberts Creek, and copied to the Local) I am writing to ask the board to reconsider its decision to close the course. In the midst of this worldwide crisis the easy option is to simply shut down but a golf course is ideally suited to provide a place ... Read More »

Can’t stay home

(Re “COVID-19 on the Coast: doctors”) In the article, it says “please do not leave your home unless you have essential reason to do so”. Unless the store I’m working at closes, I cannot qualify for any financial assistance from the government. I don’t have benefits, I don’t have paid sick days, and unless someone ... Read More »

Most of us will get COVID-19

As we head into our second week of intensive COVID-19 preparations, we would like to acknowledge the incredible job that our fellow physicians, fellow healthcare workers and other essential service providers have done this past week. We think it is time to speak bluntly about the impact that COVID-19 may have on the Sunshine Coast. ... Read More »

Weekly cartoon Mar 19, 2020

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Editorial: Take care of our seniors

BC’s Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie is asking all British Columbians to look out for the elderly in our community. “While the provincial health officer has advised that most people who contract COVID-19 will experience mild symptoms, it is a more serious illness for the elderly, and we need to ensure that people who are not ... Read More »

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