Opinion Column

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'Happy Holidays’ excludes Christians

For overly sensitive congregants in the church of inclusivity here is your trigger warning—this column uses language intended to pay homage to Christmas, Santa Claus and the birth of Christ, while at the same time displaying indifference towards your contemptuous "War on Christmas."

University of Alberta Pharmacist Aaron Walker holds a take home naloxone kit, at the University Health Centre Pharmacy, in Edmonton on Friday Nov. 25, 2016. (David Bloom, Postmedia Network)

Recovery needs more resources

This week, the B.C. Coroners Service announced that Vancouver police had for the first time found carfentanil at the scene of an apparent illicit-drug overdose death on Nov. 17. The deadly drug is used as an elephant tranquilizer and 100 times more toxic than fentanyl, and deadly to humans in an amount smaller than a grain of salt.

Cuban President Raul Castro (R) and Canadian First Minister Justin Trudeau (C) participate in a Master Lecture at the Havana University in the Cuban capital, on November 16, 2016. Trudeau was mocked online for his statement on Fidel Castro's death. (ENRIQUE DE LA OSA/AFP/Getty Images)

Trudeau ridiculed over praise of Castro's death

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came to praise Cuba’s late military dictator Fidel Castro, not to bury him – and has now become an international laughing stock because he refused to acknowledge the obvious – Castro’s horrendous human rights abuses.

24 Seconds with Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express.

24 Seconds with Barney Bentall

A fixture in Canadian music since first appearing on the charts with ‘Something to Live For’ in 1988, Barney Bentall showcases his artistry in the Cariboo Express; a unique variety show/fundraiser. Prior to their appearance Saturday, November 26 at the Vogue Theatre, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the veteran singer/songwriter.

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Income suite issue must be handled delicately

If you calculate the household income a family living in a detached home in Vancouver would need to pay their mortgage, you quickly realize that the cost would be strenuous for even the doctors and lawyers making $130,000 per year.

The sun sets beyond the Elizabeth Tower, also known as Big Ben, at the Houses of Parliament, right, and the London Eye, in central London on November 7, 2016. (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Diverse leadership helps repel xenophobic policies

From the Brexit vote to Donald Trump's remarkable ascension, one of the dominant themes of 2016 has been a global backlash against immigration. And the trend still may be gathering momentum. Cheering Trump's victory as a sign of hope, Marine Le Pen is considered a frontrunner in France's presidential elections next year.

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Victory Square cenotaph in Vancouver, November 11, 2016. (Jason Payne/Postmedia Network)

Time for Canada to talk straight about Iraq fight

Harjit Sajjan, a former cop, intelligence expert and Afghan war vet, got the rock-star treatment when appointed minister of defence more than a year ago. Sajjan was lauded as a "bad-ass," who made all his predecessors look like pencil-necked bureaucrats. A photo of him in combat fatigues went viral.

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Campus Life: Trump protest

On Nov. 10, hundreds gathered outside the Trump tower on West Georgia Street to peacefully protest Donald Trump’s US election win.

24 Seconds with Waterstrider

Having released his debut album, ‘Nowhere Now’ earlier this year and currently on a North American tour, 2016 has proven to be a big year for Nate Salman, the Bay area artist known as Waterstrider.