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Volunteers ready to battle broom at Mill Hill Regional Park in Langford

Help give an invasive species a clean sweep Saturday by volunteering for the annual broom sweep at Mill Hill Regional Park. Removing broom will help restore threatened native Garry oak ecosystems, including rare and endangered species.
Adrian Chamberlain’s Nudge Nudge: Ollie’s foray into film a soggy affair

Adrian Chamberlain’s Nudge Nudge: Ollie’s foray into film a soggy affair

Ordinarily, Ollie the Pug’s tail is tightly curled like a pretzel. But on this morning it was straight, like a bread stick. A wet bread stick. It happens when he’s unhappy.
Western shirts: You have to Lovett

Western shirts: You have to Lovett

LOS ANGELES — Singer-songwriter-actor Lyle Lovett can add fashion designer to his list of talents as a line of Western shirts he created in collaboration with custom shirtmaker Hamilton rolls out to retail.
Your Good Health: Heartburn and asthma can cause irksome cough

Your Good Health: Heartburn and asthma can cause irksome cough

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a very itchy throat that makes me cough a lot. I tried taking over-the-counter allergy meds, but they’re no help. I tried gargling with warm saltwater with vinegar, and keeping my mouth and throat wet, but no help.

The Doctor Game: Readers approve of the Danish method

I recently reported the Danish retirement home Thorupgaarden allows pornographic movies on Saturday nights and even sex-trade workers on occasion. These have proven to have a calming effect on seniors more powerful than Prozac.

Global Voices: Stories from past key to reconciliation for mistreatment

Sainty Morris was play-wrestling with his best friend when they got caught. The residential-school priests forced the two boys to beat each other bloody. Another time, Morris helped a younger student hide a puppy.
So You Think You Can Write: Meet the judges

So You Think You Can Write: Meet the judges

So you think you can write? That was the question, and 315 budding wordsmiths — almost three times as many as last year — answered by the Sept. 12 entry deadline.
Family 411: Victoria mother calls for truce in ‘Mommy Wars’

Family 411: Victoria mother calls for truce in ‘Mommy Wars’

Shauna Stewart Douglas remembers coming under fire in the so-called Mommy Wars even before the birth of her daughter Naomi.

Life Lines: Meeting ‘the colour of truth’ head-on

“There is only one cure for grey hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine.” — British humorist P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) “The colour of truth is grey.” — Writer and Nobel laureate André Gide (1869-1951) Gotcha, Mr. Gide.
Nudge Nudge: Adrian Chamberlain's personal revolution from four wheels to two

Nudge Nudge: Adrian Chamberlain's personal revolution from four wheels to two

Used to be a car guy. Now I’m a bicycle guy — and much better for it. Admittedly, Car Guy was not a good person. He polluted the air with his noxious fossil fuels.