Opinion

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
Canada Geese line up near Harrison Lake and Lagoon. (Adam Louis/Observer)

EDITORIAL: Geese, math and a remarkable thing

Editor Adam Louis dons his thinking cap to ponder a peculiar problem

Canada Geese line up near Harrison Lake and Lagoon. (Adam Louis/Observer)
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LETTER: Canada: A Safe Place to Raise a Family

Murray McLeod shows his Canadian pride

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We’d like to tell you where this lake is…but we can’t. MCG

Oh the whoppers people tell about fishing

There was an uncomfortable moment at a recent Princeton council meeting when…

We’d like to tell you where this lake is…but we can’t. MCG
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  • Jun 24, 2021
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EDITORIAL: The necessary pain of challenges helps us grow

Editor Adam Louis expresses the importance of letters to the editor

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LETTER: The Canadian experience

Harvey Andrew offers additional insight into residential school history

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LETTER: Proud of Canada’s fight for justice, equality

Murray McLeod of Harrison Hot Springs applauds Canadians for their sense of justice

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Agassiz Elementary Secondary School shows of a display of the class of 2021. (Photo/Greg Lawley)

EDITORIAL: Dear class of 2021

Editor Adam Louis writes an open letter to the graduates

Agassiz Elementary Secondary School shows of a display of the class of 2021. (Photo/Greg Lawley)
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LETTER: Embarrassed to be Canadian

Beattie Stanford of Harrison Mills grieves for the residential school victims

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Yale First Nation Chief speaks about tragedy at Kamloops residential school

‘Use this opportunity to learn about the issues that are currently happening today’

  • Jun 6, 2021
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A sign is seen outside of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C. on Thursday, May 27, 2021. The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Snucins

EDITORIAL: Buried history comes to light in residential school graves

The shocking deaths reveal how racist Canadian society was and is against indigenous people

A sign is seen outside of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C. on Thursday, May 27, 2021. The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Snucins
Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke

The summer of 2021 has the potential to be worse than any wildfire season before it

Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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EDITORIAL: Wrestling with uncomfortable nostalgia

Adam Louis reflects on the complex emotions of the pandemic’s probable final months

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LETTER: Put up your hand

Connie Lebeau stresses the need for education around the world

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LETTER: Opioid crisis points to much bigger social problem

Frank Sterle, Jr. highlights the marginalization of those struggling with addiction

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LETTER: Gang violence comes to Lower Mainland

Harvey Andrew of Agassiz reflects on life with L.A. gang violence

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EDITORIAL: A restored, more grateful life

Pending his first vaccine appointment, Observer editor Adam Louis looks at what might be ahead

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In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, visitors walk near Canada Place, a tourism and convention center in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

OPINION: B.C.’s tourism and hospitality sector desperately needs a restart plan

Pandemic’s trickle-down impact is particularly large and insidious at a local and community level

  • May 18, 2021
In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, visitors walk near Canada Place, a tourism and convention center in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

FINLAYSON: 3 takeaways from the new B.C. budget

‘Perhaps most notable is what’s happened in the labour market since last spring’

  • May 10, 2021
British Columbia Premier John Horgan highlights a paragraph as Finance Minister Selina Robinson tables the budget in a speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito