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Social media debate tilts toward providing news for free

Social media debate tilts toward providing news for free

That was me posting on the Times Colonist Twitter account yesterday during a friendly debate about the merits of newspaper paywalls.
Solving global problems starts in own backyard

Solving global problems starts in own backyard

In the first quarter of the 21 st century, there continues to be much turmoil in the world including disturbing trends in economic disparity, religious conflict, political unrest, and spiritual yearning.
Les Leyne: Noise of tanker traffic a threat to orcas

Les Leyne: Noise of tanker traffic a threat to orcas

Trans Mountain Pipeline’s application documents show there’s a lot more going on in the routine tanker traffic past Victoria’s waterfront than meets the eye. The company filed for permission last month to twin the line from Alberta to Burnaby.
Geoff Johnson: Balance needed in teaching basic math skills

Geoff Johnson: Balance needed in teaching basic math skills

I have been making a serious attempt to understand this “back to the basics” thing about public education that has been getting so much ink in the last few weeks. The term “back to basics” has been around for a while. U.K.
In praise of a mechanical pencil

In praise of a mechanical pencil

[Topic: Review of Kuru Toga mechanical pencil.] It is called Kuru Toga and it is the best mechanical pencil I have ever used. I have not done a big survey of mechanical pencils, but I have scribbled with many.
How to travel between Victoria and Vancouver on public transit

How to travel between Victoria and Vancouver on public transit

I have posted a 2017 update for travelling by public transit between Victoria and Vancouver. A lot has changed since 2014.
David Bly: Replace glowing screens with a pile of dirt

David Bly: Replace glowing screens with a pile of dirt

The glow from a backseat video screen could be seen in the minivan that pulled up beside me on the Trans-Canada Highway during the pre-dawn commute.
Iain Hunter: Industry chiefs dislike ‘off-oil’ remarks

Iain Hunter: Industry chiefs dislike ‘off-oil’ remarks

Dave Collyer, the president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, seems not to be a fan of Neil Young.
Going on a Vancouver-Toronto train trip, in January

Going on a Vancouver-Toronto train trip, in January

During the winter, Via Rail runs The Canadian, its flagship cross-country service, from Vancouver Pacific Central Station to Toronto Union Station twice a week, departing on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Monique Keiran: Focus on the experience, not on the goal

Monique Keiran: Focus on the experience, not on the goal

I elected to write about motivation for this week’s column. The editors approved. How timely, they said. Think of all the New Year’s resolutions made, by now quietly regretted but not yet abandoned.