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On March 8, 2020 Canada recorded its first death from COVID-19, after a man in his 80s died in a North Vancouver long-term care home. Three days later the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

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My wife sent me a text this week, which is not unusual; however, this message had several dates for weddings we have been asked to attend or officiate.

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COVID-19 cases have started surging again, in places like Brazil, India, Indonesia, and the U.S.. Reports blame the rise on anti-vaccine movements, distrust of authorities, misinformation, and government incompetence.

Dear Editor: Due to the tragic accident with the collapse of the building crane in downtown Kelowna, many of the local residents had to be evacuated due to fears of a further collapse.

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Dear Editor: Seeing as how we are now on water rations and we can only sprinkle our dead lawns three days a week in Kelowna and twice in Penticton, might I suggest we close all the car washes for the time being?

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Trying to look as innocent as possible, I pretended to stretch and yawn, as I scanned the yard to make sure we weren’t being watched or overheard. “OK,” I whispered, “this is our escape plan.” 

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Dear Editor: Whether you live in the Gyro beach area, or close by, there is a lack of parking. It will only get worse with all the new development in the Mission area.

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Public education must move beyond just including Indigenous symbolism as part of its public image to a point where requirements of Indigenous culture are integrated into the day-to-day organization of what are still Eurocentric assumptions about how to organize public schools.

I’ve always thought the only way one could make a fast slash of cash (legally) was to win the Lotto Max. The recent actions of the government of Kelowna under the direction of city manager Doug Gilchrist and the mayor and council offer hope of an alternate route. 

This Sunday is Fathers Day. Fathers throughout the Okanagan will be celebrated, the aroma of sizzling barbecues will drift gently over our neighbourhoods.

Dear Editor: Your editorial is, like the proposed development, wrong in almost every conceivable sense (Re: “Too late to block build at Pinnacle,” June 9). Perhaps the most glaring of the errors is an lack of accuracy in statements about what exists at the Gallagher’s community.

The recent approval by Kelowna city council of an application from Stober Group to build a major residential and retail development in South Pandosy close to lakefront illustrates clearly the weaknesses of the planning and development process in Kelowna.

Dear Editor: What happened in London, Ont., breaks my heart. It is particularly disheartening since it appears that the perpetrator, Nathaniel Veltman, is a “young blond white man with Dutch heritage.” That someone with the privilege he presumably grew up with could have, it seems, turned ou…

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Last Sunday evening, a young man who doesn’t deserve to have a name aimed his black pickup at a family taking their evening walk along a sidewalk in London, Ont.

The discovery of the remains of more than 200 children buried in unmarked graves at the site of the now-closed residential school for Indigenous children in Kamloops is a tragic milestone on Canada’s shameful treatment of native peoples of all ages. The school operated between 1890 and 1969.

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Dear editor: I can only speak for myself, but I was born in 1969 and am now not sure what, if any, history I learned in school (Re: “No more excuses for an evil system,” Opinion, June 5).

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A sunny June has arrived, and graduations are taking place throughout our province. I have a daughter graduating this weekend.

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Something snapped inside me when I heard about 215 bodies, buried in mass graves, on the grounds of the former Kamloops residential school.

Bertram tower not for families: I watched with interest the Kelowna council meeting of Tuesday where Mayor Colin Basran and council fawned over the proposed BC Housing affordable rental highrise, a 20-storey tower on Bertram Street. Apparently, 56% of the units will be two or three bedrooms …

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The big picture only hits home when it becomes the small picture. That’s why movie makers show you the big picture — thousands of foot soldiers surging up a hill, for example — and then zoom in to show the tension visible on a single face.