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Santa remains a testament to innocence

Santa is sitting in our living room, dispensing gifts to neighbourhood children, and saying to a young boy, “So what do you want for Christmas, man?” Man? This is Groovy Santa, who if you look beneath the expensive red Santa suit, shiny black boots,

Comment: Canada should keep its seat in the spy club

Royal Canadian Navy Sub-Lt. Jeffery Delisle supplied top-secret intelligence to Russia from 2007 until his arrest in January 2012.

Column: Reinventing Christmas keeps it fresh

My absolute favourite thing about Christmas is the way it’s continually (annually, in fact) being reinvented.

Column: Humans get more nutrition from tastier food

’Tis the season. Those who are dear to us gather near to us to feast, share and converse. We assemble around the groaning board, and retire from it, groaning, “I couldn’t eat another thing.

Comment: Support for B.C.’s carbon tax continues to grow

In 2008, our government took the bold step of introducing Canada’s first revenue-neutral carbon tax. While it was controversial at the time, a recent Environics Institute survey shows that B.C.

Column: Get it right in wake of Newtown shootings

The third biggest mistake we have made in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut, murders is to assume than any of us has rare insight — or for that matter, much understanding at all — into why such unspeakable things happen.

Column: The time is right for pension reform

By most measures, Canada’s retirement-income support system is an outstanding success. The poverty rate for Canadian seniors, with just 4.4 per cent living below half the median income, is among the lowest in the world.

Column: A stain on Canada’s tolerant history

In 1943, Raoul Wallenberg saw Pimpernel Smith, a British anti-Nazi movie starring Leslie Howard. The movie is about the rescue of Jews from concentration camps. Wallenberg told his sister that this was “the kind of thing he would like to do.

Column: Rock muzak worse than Christmas music

It’s that time of year when you hear people who otherwise seem to be of moderate holiday cheer, teeing off on the diet of Christmas music they are obliged to endure as they toil in restaurants or retail.

Comment: Health care should be independent of politics

Gerald Tevaarwerk As a physician, I am glad to see that the residents of Lake Cowichan are meeting to find answers to their doctor shortage.
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