Columnists

Agricultural biodiversity is in danger of being plowed under as corporations continue to take a greater share, columnist suggests. (Stock photo)

Column: Biodiversity being lost as big data causes blight

Accumulated wisdom of peasant farmers will be forgotten, says columnist

  • Jan 7, 2021
Island Health board chair Leah Hollins. (Lexi Bainas/News Staff)

ISLAND HEALTH COLUMN: New year focus on vaccinations, opioid crisis, racism in healthcare

Island Health says while there is much work ahead, there is hope

  • Jan 2, 2021
Motor coach companies in B.C., and across Canada, have been left struggling as they near 10 months of operating at a 95 per cent reduction in revenues. (Courtesy Wilson’s Group)

COLUMN: Bus companies at risk as revenue drops 95 per cent, no help in sight

John Wilson is president and CEO, The Wilson’s Group of Companies

  • Dec 30, 2020
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)

‘I am tired, and my soul hurts’: B.C. nurse reflects on working in ICU unit during COVID

Renée Bush writes about what it is like on the front-line of the pandemic in the north

  • Dec 16, 2020
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: The long economic tail of COVID-19

‘Fast forward to late 2020 and the situation has partially stabilized’

  • Dec 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
We need to curb our addiction to growth and set about building a more sustainable society, says columnist. (Stock photo)

Column: Addressing over-consumption needs to be a priority

For 50 years we have been avoiding action for sustainability, says columnist

  • Dec 1, 2020
We need to curb our addiction to growth and set about building a more sustainable society, says columnist. (Stock photo)
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Troublemaker causes pain and damage at downtown Nanaimo gym
Painting exhibit inspired by long-toed birds and jazz now at Nanaimo Museum
Multi-vehicle crash involving transport truck closes Duke Point Highway in Nanaimo
Drivers hurt in crash on the highway in south Nanaimo
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OPINION: Island Health doctors call on residents to ‘double down’ to slow spread of COVID-19

Positive cases increasing at a rate that causes concern for health officers

  • Nov 18, 2020
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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

GUEST COLUMN: COVID-19 masks mandatory in B.C., but not everywhere

Orders require them where necessary, Provincial Health Officer says

  • Nov 17, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)
How can we bring ecological and economic systems into balance without further damaging the environment and perpetuating injustices, asks columnist. (Stock photo)

Column: We can’t rely on governments for radical change

Our leaders don’t seem to be dealing with the wicked problems threatening our future, says columnist

  • Nov 6, 2020
How can we bring ecological and economic systems into balance without further damaging the environment and perpetuating injustices, asks columnist. (Stock photo)
A third of the food raised or prepared globally is wasted, which depletes resources, says columnist. (Stock photo)

Column: Wasteful ways are depleting our planet’s resources

Sept. 29 was International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

  • Oct 7, 2020
A third of the food raised or prepared globally is wasted, which depletes resources, says columnist. (Stock photo)
Recognition of changing consumer demands for nutritional value, animal welfare and environmental protection is cause to be hopeful that food production can change for the better, says columnist. (Stock photo)

Column: Sustainability, resilience needed in food systems

Imbalance between people and planet requires complete overhaul, says columnist

  • Sep 7, 2020
Recognition of changing consumer demands for nutritional value, animal welfare and environmental protection is cause to be hopeful that food production can change for the better, says columnist. (Stock photo)
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Stronger tomorrow plan offers blueprint for job-rich recovery, says Jeff Zweig and Greg D’Avignon

  • Aug 5, 2020
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term
Craig, left, and Marc Kielburger at a We Day event. (Canadian Press photo)

Column: ‘Old normal’ disheartening in time of opportunity

We Charity muddle the result of manipulation of money in achieving worthwhile goals, says columnist

  • Aug 4, 2020
Craig, left, and Marc Kielburger at a We Day event. (Canadian Press photo)
FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, FedEx Field is less than full during the second half of an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants in Landover, Md. The title sponsor of the Redskins’ stadium wants them to change their name. FedEx said in a statement Thursday, July 2, 2020, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“ (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)

COLUMN: Some more appropriate names for Washington NFL team

Finally, Washington’s NFL team would have a name everyone could cheer with pride

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, FedEx Field is less than full during the second half of an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants in Landover, Md. The title sponsor of the Redskins’ stadium wants them to change their name. FedEx said in a statement Thursday, July 2, 2020, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“ (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)
Staff outside Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (File photo)

Column: Sustainable society based on foundational services

Services tied to local populations puts sustainability above growth, says columnist

  • Jul 2, 2020
Staff outside Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (File photo)
Column: Vulnerability to global disasters is our own making

Column: Vulnerability to global disasters is our own making

For many, needs of the moment take precedence over concerns about sustainability, notes columnist

  • Jun 1, 2020
Column: Vulnerability to global disasters is our own making
A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. Monday marks the beginning of the first full week that the Canada Emergency Business Account will be available to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

COLUMN: B.C.’s labour minister should look at COVID-19 financial carnage amid minimum wage increase

The timing couldn’t be worse for any government decision that drives up costs for business, writes Jock Finlayson

  • May 28, 2020
A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. Monday marks the beginning of the first full week that the Canada Emergency Business Account will be available to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry work on their daily report on the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 2, 2020. (B.C. government)

GUEST COLUMN: B.C. COVID-19 survey brings answers closer

275,000 responses so far, broader health information helps

  • May 22, 2020
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry work on their daily report on the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 2, 2020. (B.C. government)
An Asian giant hornet from the nest that was eradicated in Nanaimo’s Robins Park last fall. (Photo courtesy Conrad Bérubé)

COLUMN: Do ‘murder hornets’ pose a serious buzzkill?

David Suzuki dissects Asian giant hornet hysteria

  • May 13, 2020
An Asian giant hornet from the nest that was eradicated in Nanaimo’s Robins Park last fall. (Photo courtesy Conrad Bérubé)
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)

COLUMN: Residents should explore B.C. to help tourism industry amid COVID-19

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

  • May 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)