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FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FINLAYSON: Government should focus on strengthening B.C.’s leading export industries

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Mar 1, 2021
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
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Clare’s Corner: The memories music brings

It’s incredible to see what power music holds over our emotions and memories

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Clare’s Corner: The changeability of sleep patterns

Sleep comes to us in such unpredictable patterns that it’s hard to make it a priority

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Clare’s Corner: A place for everything — and I mean everything

It’s amazing to see how much ‘stuff’ one can accumulate in their house over several months

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Clare’s Corner: Baking the day away

My grandmother was a fantastic baker, and it’s a hobby she’s passed down through generations

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Clare’s Corner: New year, new me…?

With the new year comes new highs and lows — and learning how to deal with the lows

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A cat at the Kitimat Community Humane Society. (Clare Rayment/Kitimat Northern Sentinel)

Clare’s Corner: Realizing I’m becoming the stereotypical ‘cat lady’

When it comes to pets, I tend to be a cat person rather than a dog person

A cat at the Kitimat Community Humane Society. (Clare Rayment/Kitimat Northern Sentinel)
Seeing young students send letters to Santa brought back a bunch of happy memories. (Susan Zielinski/Black Press Media)

Clare’s Corner: Dear Santa…

Seeing the kids’ letters to Santa brought back a whole bunch of childhood memories

Seeing young students send letters to Santa brought back a bunch of happy memories. (Susan Zielinski/Black Press Media)
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)

‘I am tired, and my soul hurts’: B.C. nurse reflects on working in ICU unit during COVID

Renée Bush writes about what it is like on the front-line of the pandemic in the north

  • Dec 16, 2020
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)
Snow on the Kitimat River. Clare Rayment/Kitimat Northern Sentinel. Dec. 14, 2020.

Clare’s Corner: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

While many hide themselves away, I find the snow both relaxing and energizing to walk in

Snow on the Kitimat River. Clare Rayment/Kitimat Northern Sentinel. Dec. 14, 2020.
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: The long economic tail of COVID-19

‘Fast forward to late 2020 and the situation has partially stabilized’

  • Dec 11, 2020
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Archie, who sadly passed away in November of this year. (Clare Rayment photo)

Clare’s Corner: They’re not called ‘man’s best friend’ for nothing

Any pet owner will tell you, pets are an important part of the family

Archie, who sadly passed away in November of this year. (Clare Rayment photo)
Red sky in morning: an early-morning sunrise on May 16, 2020, captured just north of Kitimat. (Eric Roy photo)

Clare’s Corner: Hello, darkness, my old friend

Why does the after-work darkness affect you so much more as an adult than as a child?

Red sky in morning: an early-morning sunrise on May 16, 2020, captured just north of Kitimat. (Eric Roy photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

GUEST COLUMN: COVID-19 masks mandatory in B.C., but not everywhere

Orders require them where necessary, Provincial Health Officer says

  • Nov 17, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)
Only tires with the snowflake symbol are truly designed for winter driving. (Black Press Media File Photo)
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Clare’s Corner: ‘The Lord moves in mysterious ways, but you don’t have to’: driving safely in the snow

Winter driving is stressful for everyone, and we all need to do our part to try and keep it safe

Only tires with the snowflake symbol are truly designed for winter driving. (Black Press Media File Photo)
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Clare’s Corner: November highs and lows

Trying to find the bright side of an otherwise dreary month

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Clare’s Corner: ‘Their our know rules’: the difficulties of English

Earlier this year, ‘irregardless’ was officially added to the English dictionary

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Clare’s Corner: Yes, love is strange — and an addiction

A little bit of love to help get you through those Monday blues

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Clare’s Corner: Giving thanks despite the negatives

Thanksgiving may have passed, but it’s never too late to count your blessings

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