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Monique Keiran: COVID may not be the only pandemic in this lifetime

Monique Keiran: COVID may not be the only pandemic in this lifetime

It was a random conversation among ­strangers who met by chance one day in a Victoria-area park.
New book opens door to world of B.C.'s mushrooms

New book opens door to world of B.C.'s mushrooms

I had casually observed fungi before — on lawns, stuck on neighbourhood trees and in neat fairy rings in parks. But it was the first time I consciously went looking.
Lawrie McFarlane: COVID limitations are hurting our social lives

Lawrie McFarlane: COVID limitations are hurting our social lives

Climate-wise, Victoria is considered part of the temperate zone. But during this past year or two, civility-wise we’ve verged into the intemperate zone.
Geoff Johnson: Have your opinion, but stick to the facts

Geoff Johnson: Have your opinion, but stick to the facts

Today, misinformation is more easily ­available than actual information, and ­possibly more influential in terms of some people’s thinking.
Charla Huber: Asking for pronouns can cause anxiety

Charla Huber: Asking for pronouns can cause anxiety

You may have noticed on email signatures, name tags and Twitter handles people are adding their pronouns. Even on many Zoom calls people add their pronouns next to their displayed name. Common pronouns used are “she/her,” “he/him” or “they/them.
Our Community: Auxiliary revamp helps to reassure kids

Our Community: Auxiliary revamp helps to reassure kids

Children who have to visit the Child and Family Ambulatory Unit at Victoria ­General Hospital for bloodwork and other lab procedures will now find the experience less stressful thanks to a $150,000 renovation of the laboratory area funded by the Vict
Charla Huber: New job, but I’ll still remember my roots

Charla Huber: New job, but I’ll still remember my roots

There is a common Indigenous teaching that says “remember where you come from.” We all have a starting place and since birth we have taken many small strides to get us where we are today.
Lawrie McFarlane: With COVID-19, where should ethical lines be drawn?

Lawrie McFarlane: With COVID-19, where should ethical lines be drawn?

The question has been raised, if hospital intensive care units on the Island become swamped with COVID-19 patients (as they already are in Northern B.C.
Our Community: Fundraising provides little libraries with truth and reconciliation books

Our Community: Fundraising provides little libraries with truth and reconciliation books

The Greater Victoria Placemaking Network has launched the Little Free Library Truth and Reconciliation Book Project, a fundraising campaign to purchase children’s and young adult books about truth and reconciliation from local and Indigenous authors.
Perfect storm: Wet, windy winter could be last straw for drought-stressed trees

Perfect storm: Wet, windy winter could be last straw for drought-stressed trees

And so it begins. A falling tree hits a power line in North Saanich, knocking out power to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal. B.C. Ferries is unable to lift its loading ramps. ­Several sailings are cancelled.