Opinion

You could soon be having a drink while getting your hair cut in B.C. (Postmedia Network/Files)

A shot and a perm

A new provincial law has made it legal for barbers and hair salons to serve drinks. Liquor and scissors — what could go wrong?

 In this Jan. 11, 2017 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. Trump says his team will have a “full report on hacking within 90 days,” and is again dismissing as fake a document alleging Russia has damaging information about him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Fake news, election dirt annoying, but hardly new

Around the time FBI director James Comey torpedoed the Hillary Clinton campaign and audio emerged of Donald Trump discussing women's genitalia, I happened upon a fascinating book called Anything for a Vote, about corruption in U.S. presidential campaigns.

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Who controls parking?

Dear Tony: My strata council have taken away my parking space and given it to another owner with two cars. I do not have a car, but my daughter comes twice a week to take me for groceries and help me manage my condo. The council have rented out all the visitor parking, and we do not have a loading area. I requested my parking space back but council

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Let your boys wear shorts In winter

Kids go through all sorts of wardrobe woes as they grow from toddler to teen. When my oldest was two, she would only wear dresses. Frocks were in, pants were out. Anything with tags elicited an immediate tantrum. Anything blue set her off. Every morning was a drawn-out, full-blown battle as I persistently persuaded her to put on her snow boots, or

Brandon Ma fills a bucket with sand and salt from the pile at a Vancouver Fire Department station. (Postmedia Network)

What the ‘salt crisis’ teaches us

Last week, Vancouverites lined up for hours at fire halls around the city with their empty buckets hoping for a pound or two of salt to spread over their icy sidewalks and driveways. When the fire hall doors opened, there wasn’t enough salt to go around and many of those who had been waiting were turned away. Nobody could say when the next delivery

Public health officials are urging residents to get the flu vaccine. (Postmedia Network file photo)

Flu shots:What if all you hear is wrong?

What if everything you were told about flu shots, their importance and effectiveness, the need for health care workers to get vaccinated and the huge number of deaths the flu causes every year, were all wrong?

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What shovelling shows us about ourselves

A local First Nation elder slipped on the ice, badly injuring himself over Christmas. A friend with a disability was trapped in her apartment. Paramedics reported a spike in fractures, sprains and head injuries. Anyone can slip and fall.

QNX (BlackBerry) concept vehicle. (Handout)

Road to robo-car future filled with costly pothole

Every week it seems another news item heralds the imminent demise of the human-operated automobile. Latest to the party is Canada's BlackBerry, which aims to recast itself as a maker of software for autonomous cars. That's fine.