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It’s mid-January 2021 and I am alive and well after a “brush” with the dangerous and deadly coronavirus.

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Entering 2021, many people seem to find it challenging to focus. The idea of new year goal setting is a struggle while feeling so blurred.

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The B.C. Ministry of Health announced that the public health order prohibiting gatherings and limiting travel has been extended to Feb. 5 and that means many of us will continue to be relying on screen time to connect virtually with friends and loved ones.

The 2020-21 federal deficit is estimated at more than $450 billion, the largest in Canada’s history. As a result, there is a growing fear on the part of many in the financial sector that there is a high probability of significant inflation once the recovery from the pandemic begins to gain m…

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In just three days, the guy in the red suit will be delivering Christmas goodies to good girls and boys, but something less enjoyable to those whose behaviour has been less exemplary.

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This week was an end-of-the-year project for my son, who built a First World War trench scene; armed with creativity, he (we) gathered boxes, scraps, clay, paints and small figurines and got to work. He connected with the stories as he crafted and painted. One story caught his attention.

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The race is on and the finish line is a matter of survival. It’s ‘make it or break it’ time for the little guy. Will it be a Merry Christmas or will the Grinch prevail? 

As we find ourselves in the midst of shutdowns and uncertainty, I often hear from anxious business owners as everyone tries to navigate the complex web of application forms, reporting, and now Canada Revenue Agency audits, for the various federal programs.

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Wednesday is Remembrance Day. I grew up hearing of the pain and loss of the First World War front lines, like many with a family linked to France’s murky trenches.

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On Tuesday night, as I went to bed, the election in the U.S. was still wide open. Joe Biden was ahead, Trump behind, in the electoral college votes — the only votes that matter, apparently. At no point did I see on screen a tally of the popular vote.

• The BC Liberals are shopping around for a new leader and, if they choose the right one, he or she could possibly be the next premier by 2024. The person who I think would be the best premier and would also be easily electable by the citizens of B.C. — Clarence Louie, chief of the Osoyoos I…

When my hair was as black as a crow’s feathers, I still remember to this day the campfire’s light flickering on Papa’s wrinkled old face. 

Many of my retired friends, like me, are living on essentially fixed incomes. They have been calling me of late asking what I think will happen in the coming years with all the massive debt that governments — federal, provincial and municipal — have run up in their efforts to deal with the p…

Many of my retired friends, like me, are living on essentially fixed incomes. They have been calling me of late asking what I think will happen in the coming years with all the massive debt that governments — federal, provincial and municipal — have run up in their efforts to deal with the p…

It’s election day in British Columbia. Obviously, I can’t forecast the result of that election, but I hope for the best.

If I had to pick a winner in the Penticton Herald’s all-candidates forum, it would be Dan Ashton. An informal poll of other media people who watched the two-hour meeting unanimously agree.

Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson apologized to NDP candidate Bowinn Ma. So did Liberal candidate Jane Thornthwaite, who had portrayed Ma in an uncomplimentary way.

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Mom admitted to me not that long ago that “chop suey night” growing up in our house meant we had no food in the cupboards.

“And the sign said anyone caught trespassing will be shot on sight. So I jumped on the fence and I yelled at the man, what gives you the right to put up a fence to keep me out and to keep Mother Nature in?”

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Whoever forms the next provincial government will have to deal with all the problems associated with the dam at Site C on the Peace River.

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After all our rail trail cycling this year, it was appropriate that we should (probably) finish our 2020 camping season with one last exploration of the KVR Rail Trail in the Similkameen Valley.

Happy Thanksgiving. I have discovered that being thankful is a balm to bad moods and salve to stress, even in the face of the most challenging circumstances.

I started writing this column on Thursday morning, as I emerged from a haze of pain and pain medications. The day before, Wednesday, I had plastic surgery on my face to remove pre-cancerous basal cell lesions brought on by too much sun in my youth.

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As one elderly gentlemen outside our old, downtown Kelowna office searched for a way to light his crack pipe, two senior ladies were looking through one of our newspaper boxes just three metres away.

Who has suffered the most during the pandemic? It’s easy to see. Those in the service sector are often the lowest-paid workers in good times and the first to be laid off in bad: retail sales associates, restaurant servers and kitchen staff and others employed in small businesses.