Opinion

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Home Alone: How Young Is Too Young?

When I mention to parents of younger children that I sometimes leave my nine-year-old daughter home alone, they often react like Kevin McCallister in the movie Home Alone - their jaws drop, their hands slap their cheeks, and a deep and horrifying shriek bursts from their lips.

Drug users inject themselves at the Insite supervised injection centre in Vancouver on May 3, 2011. (Laurent Vu The/AFP/Getty Images)

Bad drug policy kills

Last month, my colleague Laurie P. died of overdose, one of 116 fatal ODs in B.C. in January. She was a harm reduction activist and had a graceful, inclusive style of community organizing.

Canada has named civil rights activist Viola Desmond to appear on the country's next bank notes, following moves in the U.S. and U.K. to correct a gender imbalance. (Getty Images)

Learning black history makes us better

Standing in front of an auditorium of mostly white faces, the president of the Ontario Black History Society asked a group of elementary students what they knew of Black History Month. A precocious girl in the first grade raised her hand.

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As info floods in, we must remain vigilant

Politics: is there no escape? Partisan, divisive commentary now dominates nearly every public space. Politico and C-SPAN has spilled into our recreational outlets, flooding comedy, the arts and social media, drawing a tripwire around family dinners and office water cooler.

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Queen of Burnaby up for bids

Hope you enjoyed your Valentine's Day. Maybe your special somebody bought you flowers, or chocolates, or a 130-metre long car ferry. No? Perhaps your significant other is not shopping in the right places.