Columnists

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson

MLA’s CORNER: Rural B.C. needs help now

We only have one shot at lifting the B.C. economy out of the pandemic, so we have to get this right

  • Jun 20, 2021
As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)

FRENCH CONNECTION: Cheering on the Habs

Many westerners were biased against French Canadians years ago

  • Jun 20, 2021
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Williams Lake Tribune.

FOREST INK: Agroforestry alternative to some commercial forest practices

We do need to seriously look at some of our practices

  • Jun 20, 2021
As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)

FRENCH CONNECTION: Education a key part of path forward

High on the list of making things right is education in schools

  • Jun 13, 2021
As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Tribune.

FOREST INK: Other options for commercial and protected areas

The second paper takes a slightly different approach by looking at some of the positive impacts

  • Jun 13, 2021
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Tribune.
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Placing hope for the future in our children and their children

I am trying to be sure to include that focus as part of an evolving work/life balance

  • Jun 13, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
A large, old growth tree is pictured on a logging truck near Nanaimo and has become the symbol of the ongoing Fairy Creek blockades. The tree is estimated to have been felled between March and August of 2020 from the north island. (Lorna Beecroft photo)

FOREST INK: Giant tree makes news

CBC radio covered a story of a monster tree on a logging…

  • Jun 6, 2021
A large, old growth tree is pictured on a logging truck near Nanaimo and has become the symbol of the ongoing Fairy Creek blockades. The tree is estimated to have been felled between March and August of 2020 from the north island. (Lorna Beecroft photo)
Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson

MLA’s CORNER: Residential school legacy must be acknowledged

The Chief and her members have been preparing for this moment for a long time

  • Jun 6, 2021
Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Predictions of climate variability and effects on agriculture

Oliver Rujanschi, we will miss you and the warmth that you were. Sorry friend

  • Jun 6, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)

FRENCH CONNECTION: The tragic truth

All 139 school sites should be investigated

  • Jun 6, 2021
As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke

The summer of 2021 has the potential to be worse than any wildfire season before it

Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Lorne Doerkson is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin. (Black Press Media file photos)

MLA’s CORNER: Local tourism industry needs help now

Again, Minister Marks had little to defend the government’s BC Major Anchor Program

  • May 30, 2021
Lorne Doerkson is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin. (Black Press Media file photos)
As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)

FRENCH CONNECTION: A trip down memory lane

“It’s bad enough to be chased by a little old lady, but it’s worse getting whacked with the broom.”

  • May 30, 2021
As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.

FOREST INK: Planning by design rather than default

The legal objectives define old growth forests by a simple and somewhat arbitrary age criterion

  • May 30, 2021
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson

MLA’s CORNER: Cariboo-Chilcotin could disappear by next election

We will naturally oppose this legislation because it will drastically change the electoral map

  • May 23, 2021
Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)

RANCH MUSINGS: Groundwater licensing a crisis in the making

One of the major aspects of this new law is the requirement that to use groundwater

  • May 23, 2021
Ranch Musings columnist David Zirnhelt. (File photo)
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Williams Lake Tribune.

FOREST INK: 10 minutes well spent on important Douglas fir survey

They are embarking on a new plan for the dry Douglas-fir forests that surround our communities

  • May 23, 2021
Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Williams Lake Tribune.
As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)

FRENCH CONNECTION: Scout Island serves its purpose well

The city council of the day hung tough and went with the “birds lovers”

  • May 22, 2021
As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson

MLA’s CORNER: Our region needs help now

Coralee and I will continue to knock on Premier Horgan’s door until we get an answer

  • May 20, 2021
Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson
As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)

FRENCH CONNECTION: Worth taking another look at hemp for paper production

Ninety years after being deemed illegal, few are afraid of marijauna

  • May 16, 2021
As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)