Opinion Column


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.

Queen of Burnaby. (Screengrab)

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.

Heavy blowing snow-covered commuters and pedestrians making their way across Granville St. in downtown Vancouver on Feb. 6, 2017. (Mark van Manen/POSTMEDIA)

Seasonal complaints by students

Spring is just around the corner — or at least, Vancouverites are hoping that’s the case. With not just one, but multiple, snow storms wreaking havoc around the city in the past months, it’s safe to say that the people of Vancouver are done with winter. Still, it’s only a matter of time before we’re complaining about the rain again.

North York General Hospital. (Getty Images)

Time to shake up the OMA

I'm not sure what was more of a shock -- the New England Patriots erasing a 25-point deficit and winning the Super Bowl or the announcement the following day that all six members of the Ontario Medical Association's executive committee were finally prepared to do the right thing and resign following a non-confidence vote at a special council meetin