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Pink Shirt Day’s anti-bullying messaging on Feb. 24 should be understood every day of the year. (Contributed)

COLUMN: Millennial’s guide to online trolls, bullies

Messages of Pink Shirt Day should be front of mind all year long, especially online

Pink Shirt Day’s anti-bullying messaging on Feb. 24 should be understood every day of the year. (Contributed)
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry wears shoes designed in her honour, as she views her image at the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver, on July 3, 2020. (Darryl Dyck - The Canadian Press)

Celebrating Vernon women in leadership this International Women’s Day

Pandemic highlights women excelling in critical response roles

  • Feb 27, 2021
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry wears shoes designed in her honour, as she views her image at the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver, on July 3, 2020. (Darryl Dyck - The Canadian Press)
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is now accepting children’s car and booster seats at its landfills and transfer stations for for recycling. (CSRD image)
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is now accepting children’s car and booster seats at its landfills and transfer stations for for recycling. (CSRD image)
Vernon Morning Star Boomer Talk columnist says while we must use caution while dealing with COVID-19, we must also take care of the mental health of those who must live either permanently or temporarily in our care. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal/AP file photo)

BOOMER TALK: Long term care is around the corner

Columnist recounts mother’s stay in local medical facility amid pandemic

  • Feb 25, 2021
Vernon Morning Star Boomer Talk columnist says while we must use caution while dealing with COVID-19, we must also take care of the mental health of those who must live either permanently or temporarily in our care. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal/AP file photo)
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, before she knew she would change literature. Photo Wikipedia

And Then There Were None

What book knocked your booties off when you were young?

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, before she knew she would change literature. Photo Wikipedia
People enjoy a cool fall day walk on the iconic Salmon Arm wharf at the city's Marine Peace Park. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
People enjoy a cool fall day walk on the iconic Salmon Arm wharf at the city's Marine Peace Park. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
If it’s a struggle to put your socks on, Vernon physiotherapist and Black Press columnist Cheryl Witter has suggestions for you. (Morning Star photo illustration)

COLUMN: Sock it to me

Vernon physio Cheryl Witter has tips if you have issues putting socks on

If it’s a struggle to put your socks on, Vernon physiotherapist and Black Press columnist Cheryl Witter has suggestions for you. (Morning Star photo illustration)
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COLUMN: Growing efforts to moderate social media platforms

Major platforms are now paying closer attention to the content posted to their sites

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The Sustainable Environment Network Society (SENS) is presenting a “Seedy” Zoom night, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. (pixabay)

Gardener’s Diary: Green thumbs log in for Zoom chat

Learn all about seeds and spring planting in SENS virtual meetup

  • Feb 18, 2021
The Sustainable Environment Network Society (SENS) is presenting a “Seedy” Zoom night, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. (pixabay)
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Taylor: Trying to see the road ahead

Driving to town the other day, I ran into a patch of…

  • Feb 18, 2021
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Valentine’s Day is a cruelty

From a matrimonial perspective I blew the Valentine’s Day gig early on.

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Cats and furniture aren't typically a great mix. (Rihaij/Pixabay photo)
Cats and furniture aren't typically a great mix. (Rihaij/Pixabay photo)
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)

MALCOLMSON: 2020 left us grappling with overdose tragedy and working for change

B.C.’s Addictions Minister reflects on visit to Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver

  • Feb 12, 2021
Sheila Malcolmson, minister of mental health and addictions in B.C. (B.C. Government photo)
A tufted titmouse grabs a seed from a snow covered bird feeder during a snowstorm, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in North Andover, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Taylor: Language doesn’t need words

Don’t expect God to speak to you in any common tongue, faith columnist Jim Taylor says

  • Feb 11, 2021
A tufted titmouse grabs a seed from a snow covered bird feeder during a snowstorm, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in North Andover, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
The 861 Silverfox Air Cadet Squadron in Abbotsford is holding an Christmas tree recycling event by donation on Jan. 9 and 10. (Unsplash)

Taylor: Christmas all year long

I’ve been taking my time putting Christmas decorations away. Long ago, before…

  • Feb 4, 2021
The 861 Silverfox Air Cadet Squadron in Abbotsford is holding an Christmas tree recycling event by donation on Jan. 9 and 10. (Unsplash)
Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, an Okanagan based-law practice, and provides Kelowna Capital News with weekly stories from the world of local, national and international law. (Contributed)

Kootnekoff: Workers compensation costs bleeding into MSP

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, her diverse legal career spans over 20 years

  • Feb 3, 2021
Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, an Okanagan based-law practice, and provides Kelowna Capital News with weekly stories from the world of local, national and international law. (Contributed)
Mouse tracks cross Snowshoe Hare tracks. (Roseanne Van Ee photo)

Get Outdoors!: and get tracking

Vernon outdoor columnist encourages people to get outside and learn about local wildlife

  • Feb 3, 2021
Mouse tracks cross Snowshoe Hare tracks. (Roseanne Van Ee photo)
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HOLM: Why we need the carbon tax

Margaret Holm writes about solutions to global warming

  • Feb 3, 2021
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Yeah - my coworkers are truly ridiculous. Andrea DeMeer

The importance of being ridiculous

There are crab legs on the roof of the woodshed

Yeah - my coworkers are truly ridiculous. Andrea DeMeer
Derek Sloan is no longer part of the Conservative Party caucus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

COLUMN: A choice of social conservatism or economic conservatism

Decision to remove outspoken MP Derek Sloan from Conservative caucus will have repercussions

Derek Sloan is no longer part of the Conservative Party caucus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin