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Gardening critical for the new post-pandemic, climate change economy

The good thing about growing our own food is that it can be done organically.

PROFILE PHOTO COURTESY OF KIMBERLEY KUFAAS PHOTOGRAPHY Tyson’s Thoughts is a column posted online at northislandgazette.com and in print on Wednesday’s. Have some thoughts about my thoughts? Email editor@northislandgazette.com

Here’s five resolutions I want to accomplish in 2021

It’s that time of the year where everyone dedicates to becoming a better version of themselves.

Island Health board chair Leah Hollins. (Lexi Bainas/News Staff)

ISLAND HEALTH COLUMN: New year focus on vaccinations, opioid crisis, racism in healthcare

Island Health says while there is much work ahead, there is hope

  • Jan 2, 2021
Motor coach companies in B.C., and across Canada, have been left struggling as they near 10 months of operating at a 95 per cent reduction in revenues. (Courtesy Wilson’s Group)

COLUMN: Bus companies at risk as revenue drops 95 per cent, no help in sight

John Wilson is president and CEO, The Wilson’s Group of Companies

  • Dec 30, 2020
Motor coach companies in B.C., and across Canada, have been left struggling as they near 10 months of operating at a 95 per cent reduction in revenues. (Courtesy Wilson’s Group)
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McQuarrie: Turning the talk into the walk

Two years of town council and still waiting.

  • Dec 17, 2020
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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)
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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
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
Tyson's Thoughts

10 great Christmas movies everyone needs to see

Some are well known, others are hidden gems.

Tyson's Thoughts
North Island Rising is a column written by Port McNeill local Bill McQuarrie. Agree or disagree with the column, email letters to editor@northislandgazette.com and we will publish them online and in print.

Drama queens of the internet

‘As a rule, contented taxpayers are less inclined towards revolution’

  • Dec 2, 2020
North Island Rising is a column written by Port McNeill local Bill McQuarrie. Agree or disagree with the column, email letters to editor@northislandgazette.com and we will publish them online and in print.
PROFILE PHOTO COURTESY OF KIMBERLEY KUFAAS PHOTOGRAPHY 
Tyson’s Thoughts is a column posted online at northislandgazette.com and in print on Wednesday’s. Have some thoughts about my thoughts? Email editor@northislandgazette.com

Reliving memories of past glory on the mats

My Facebook memories reminded me of an important milestone in my previous athletic career.

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Tyson’s Thoughts is a column posted online at northislandgazette.com and in print on Wednesday’s. Have some thoughts about my thoughts? Email editor@northislandgazette.com
(Black Press Media file photo)

OPINION: Island Health doctors call on residents to ‘double down’ to slow spread of COVID-19

Positive cases increasing at a rate that causes concern for health officers

  • Nov 18, 2020
(Black Press Media file 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)
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An act of kindness goes a long way

‘This woman, this nurse so obviously cares and is so unlike the people I most often write about’

  • Oct 29, 2020
Bill McQuarrie is back with a special edition of North Island Rising. Have some thoughts? Write a letter to the editor at editor@northislandgazette.com and we will publish it online and in print.
Election: There’s no need for mud slinging

Election: There’s no need for mud slinging

Do politicians voice their opinions constructively?

Election: There’s no need for mud slinging
Cast your vote: Back up your words with action

Cast your vote: Back up your words with action

‘it’s incredibly important that you actually do go out and vote.’

Cast your vote: Back up your words with action
Gratitude is a great thing, what are you grateful for?

Gratitude is a great thing, what are you grateful for?

‘I want to say a heartfelt thanks to Steven Cahill for all his hard work over the years’

Gratitude is a great thing, what are you grateful for?
Life is great, enjoy it for what it is

Life is great, enjoy it for what it is

‘I came to the conclusion that I have nothing to complain about because life is great’

Life is great, enjoy it for what it is
OPINION: Labour Day exists for a reason, and it should be celebrated

OPINION: Labour Day exists for a reason, and it should be celebrated

Labour Day is a way to remember and recognize all of the admirable folk who fought for worker rights

OPINION: Labour Day exists for a reason, and it should be celebrated
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term

Stronger tomorrow plan offers blueprint for job-rich recovery, says Jeff Zweig and Greg D’Avignon

  • Aug 5, 2020
Reforming the PST can be a powerful tool to get people, businesses back to work long-term
A parent’s pandemic survival kit: Are you rewarding bad behaviour? Part 2

A parent’s pandemic survival kit: Are you rewarding bad behaviour? Part 2

The phrase, “be good” is just an anxiety-provoking nebulous idea that threatens rejection.

  • Aug 4, 2020
A parent’s pandemic survival kit: Are you rewarding bad behaviour? Part 2