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What is the value of news?

What is the value of news?

Ross Howard, a Langara College journalism instructor and former reporter for Globe and Mail and Toronto Star, appeared on CBC television Tuesday saying the city of Vancouver will likely always have a daily newspaper, but none of us should be surprise
Islanders left high and dry

Islanders left high and dry

Imagine living in a remote area where the only access to the mainland is either by a passenger ferry or your own private vessel.
The power of sport

The power of sport

The Town of Gibsons has a chance to do something pretty special for sport, recreation and tourism. This week, Gibsons Minor Ball Association rolled out its plans to improve the Ryan Dempster Field of Dreams in Brothers Park.
More than deer in the headlights

More than deer in the headlights

Once, not too long ago, "a deer in the headlights" was only an expression to me. Not any more. I now have personal knowledge of just what a deer in the headlights looks like. Believe me, it's not a sight you want to see.
Caught in the budget crunch

Caught in the budget crunch

Directors and staff at the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) have been burning the midnight oil the past few weeks, crunching the numbers in the hopes of finalizing a budget that will continue to provide services to Coast residents, while not h
The eerie glow of night pollution

The eerie glow of night pollution

I went for a cuppa tea last night at the home of Sargeant Bay residents Kevin and Joan Dowdall. I arrived after dark and could see only the pine needle strewn trail ahead of my headlights. Everything else was immersed in the shadows of the forest.
It's not all doom and gloom

It's not all doom and gloom

I'm finding it quite depressing lately flipping on the 6 p.m. news.
Every day should be anti-bullying day

Every day should be anti-bullying day

Pink shirts, pink hats, pink sweaters - all were out in force in businesses and schools on Wednesday as communities around the province took a stand against bullying.
Bill 42 causes gag reflex

Bill 42 causes gag reflex

Speech isn't actually free, University of Victoria political scientist Dennis Pilon tells me. Of course he doesn't mean that we are not free to say, publish and broadcast what we please.
Budget misses mark in key areas

Budget misses mark in key areas

The Liberal government unveiled the 2009 budget on Tuesday in Victoria, and while some of the budget highlights are encouraging, Finance Minister Colin Hansen and Premier Gordon Campbell missed the mark on some key areas.