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Iain Hunter: Hugging a tree changes perspective

Iain Hunter: Hugging a tree changes perspective

I’m arrayed on a beach somewhere in Hawaii, watching the sun inch toward the sea and lapping a rum punch.
Ian Haysom: Let’s not forget the beauty of good words

Ian Haysom: Let’s not forget the beauty of good words

There’s an office in Victoria where the staff, unbeknownst to the “suits,” play a fun game during long meetings. It’s called Buzzword Bingo.
Comment: Critical need for skilled workers on the Island

Comment: Critical need for skilled workers on the Island

In all the talk about the need to create new jobs on Vancouver Island, it’s often missed that there is a critical shortage of skilled trades just to fill existing Island jobs.
Les Leyne: Liberal comeback slips off course

Les Leyne: Liberal comeback slips off course

Somewhere at B.C. Liberal party headquarters there’s a recovery plan that charts a 15-point comeback in the polls en route to a victory in the May election. You have to wonder if the master plan makes room for the kind of week that just ended.
Monique Keiran: Walking away from Alzheimer’s disease

Monique Keiran: Walking away from Alzheimer’s disease

Thousands of British Columbians will wake up tomorrow, put on their shoes and walk. They’re raising money through the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Walk for Memories. Funds raised support the society’s community programs.
No rest for the wicked

No rest for the wicked

Okay...so I get one day of rest per week. Today is Saturday, and I don't have to go into the gym. Here I bounce at the computer on my exercise ball, writing, and trying hard not to fall forwards, or backwards, or sideways. It's a tricky new "chair.
Comment: Mandatory skills tests serve a useful purpose

Comment: Mandatory skills tests serve a useful purpose

‘Graduation rate reaches new high in Greater Victoria school district,” said last Saturday’s headline. Wondering about your school’s graduation rate? Check the Fraser Institute Report Card on Secondary Schools.
An interruption from my Croatian conscience...upon hearing about my first training session with JC

An interruption from my Croatian conscience...upon hearing about my first training session with JC

Exorcist Suzie. "That's so amazing from a woman who used to cross herself every time she passed a gym and her head used to spin around like The Exorcist at the thought of a cardio work out." Yes, I've found my saviour. "Yes, you have.
Carded at the Crystal

Carded at the Crystal

My ninja has instructed me via text message to cardio it up each day this week and to stick a strength training session in before our meeting on Sunday. Saturday is my one day off. So what sensei says, Suzie does. Suzie + Stéffi on Teen Night.
Mark Milke: The Harper government’s crony capitalism

Mark Milke: The Harper government’s crony capitalism

You might think the federal Conservatives, who have added $125 billion to the federal debt since 2008 and will add another $21 billion by the end of March, might be shy about unnecessary expenditures.