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According to University of Toronto Global Journalism Fellow Anthony Fong, sexually aggressive online behaviours, affects 88 per cent of all Canadian university undergraduate women. THE CANADIAN PRESS

FONG: Legal reform needed to protect young women from growing online sexual violence

Liberals promised to rework online harms legislation within 100 days of Parliament’s Nov. 22 return

According to University of Toronto Global Journalism Fellow Anthony Fong, sexually aggressive online behaviours, affects 88 per cent of all Canadian university undergraduate women. THE CANADIAN PRESS
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we grieve. (File photo)

Hay: We can’t let the pandemic put grief on hold

‘I have learned the difference between fear and hope is focus’

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we grieve. (File photo)
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps encourges the community to live well together in 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mayor’s message: 2021 comes full circle in Victoria, but not quite

Lisa Helps encourages more listening, having difficult conversations and co-existing in 2022

  • Dec 31, 2021
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps encourges the community to live well together in 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins proudly lists the accomplishments in developments and community amenities the municipality saw in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mayor takes a look back, a look ahead in Esquimalt

Barbara Desjardins voices pride in community’s accomplishments through difficult times in 2021

  • Dec 31, 2021
Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins proudly lists the accomplishments in developments and community amenities the municipality saw in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
MLA Mitzi Dean looks back at a year filled with health care crises and accomplishments, housing victories and challenges and other key themes for her Esquimalt-Metchosin riding. (Photo Don Craig/BC government communications)

MLA takes a look back at 2021 in Esquimalt-Metchosin

Mitzi Dean applauds the way people have supported each other in a challenging year

  • Dec 30, 2021
MLA Mitzi Dean looks back at a year filled with health care crises and accomplishments, housing victories and challenges and other key themes for her Esquimalt-Metchosin riding. (Photo Don Craig/BC government communications)
Premier John Horgan and Education Minister Rob Fleming read stories to kids at the James Bay Library in Victoria on July 3. (Greater Victoria Public Library photo)

COLUMN: Province improved the ways people get around this year

MLA Rob Fleming looks back at 2021

  • Dec 30, 2021
Premier John Horgan and Education Minister Rob Fleming read stories to kids at the James Bay Library in Victoria on July 3. (Greater Victoria Public Library photo)
Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, encourages residents to shop local to help merchants through the next wave of the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)

Saanich Peninsula business association looks ahead to 2022

Executive director Al Smith proud of how businesses adapted to changing realities through pandemic

  • Dec 30, 2021
Al Smith, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, encourages residents to shop local to help merchants through the next wave of the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce)
Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA Grace Lore is parliamentary secretary for gender equity in the BC NDP government. (Courtesy of Grace Lore)

Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA reflects on 2021

Grace Lore looks back at the accomplishments and challenges of the past year

  • Dec 30, 2021
Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA Grace Lore is parliamentary secretary for gender equity in the BC NDP government. (Courtesy of Grace Lore)
Saanich South MLA Lana Popham at the B.C. legislature. (Black Press Media file photo)

COLUMN: The word resiliency best sums up 2021, says agriculture minister

MLA grateful to be part of the Saanich community

  • Dec 30, 2021
Saanich South MLA Lana Popham at the B.C. legislature. (Black Press Media file photo)
It’s important for all parties in the legislature to work together on shared objectives for the province, Saanich North and the Islands MLA Adam Olsen says. (Photo courtesy of Adam Olsen)

Saanich North/Islands MLA column: Good public policy, not optics, should be government’s goal

NDP have a great opportunity to work collaboratively on shared goals, Green MLA Adam Olsen says

  • Dec 30, 2021
It’s important for all parties in the legislature to work together on shared objectives for the province, Saanich North and the Islands MLA Adam Olsen says. (Photo courtesy of Adam Olsen)
Randall Garrison is MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. (Courtesy Randall Garrison)

COLUMN: MP set to fight for federal investments in housing in 2022

Randall Garrison, MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, takes a look back at 2021

  • Dec 30, 2021
Randall Garrison is MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. (Courtesy Randall Garrison)
Victoria MP Laurel Collins, together with her infant daughter Alora, speaks during debate in November on whether MPs should have the option of working virtually during the pandemic. (Twitter/Laurel Collins)

COLUMN: Residents hit hard in 2021 on various fronts

MP Laurel Collins looks to focus on climate actions, the opioid crisis and other issues come 2022

  • Dec 30, 2021
Victoria MP Laurel Collins, together with her infant daughter Alora, speaks during debate in November on whether MPs should have the option of working virtually during the pandemic. (Twitter/Laurel Collins)
People wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 while visiting the Christmas Market in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

FINLAYSON: B.C.’s economy has largely healed, thankfully

Over the last 18 months, overall economic production has rebounded, writes Jock Finlayson

  • Dec 24, 2021
People wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 while visiting the Christmas Market in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
This image provided by Abbott Laboratories in August 2020 shows the company’s BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 nasal swab test. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Abbott Laboratories via AP

How to use rapid testing to keep you and yours safe during the holiday season

Experts say rapid tests are one more tool in our toolbox to stay safe

This image provided by Abbott Laboratories in August 2020 shows the company’s BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 nasal swab test. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Abbott Laboratories via AP
Flooding this past spring forced many houses in the Houseman Subdivision to erect makeshift barricades from sandbags to hold back the water. (Patrick Davies photo)

Water, water everywhere, and a tough choice about what to do with it all

Clean Energy BC estimates power demand in B.C. will grow by over 40 per cent over the next 20 years

  • Dec 7, 2021
Flooding this past spring forced many houses in the Houseman Subdivision to erect makeshift barricades from sandbags to hold back the water. (Patrick Davies photo)
Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau and Saanich North and the Islands MLA Adam Olsen. (Janis Jean photo)

MLA REPORT: Legislature must come together to deal with climate crises

​By Adam Olsen and Sonia Furstenau It has been a challenging year…

  • Dec 5, 2021
Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau and Saanich North and the Islands MLA Adam Olsen. (Janis Jean photo)
Murray Rankin is the MLA for Oak Bay - Gordon Head. (Courtesy of Murray Rankin’s office)

MLA REPORT: Forests for the future

By Murray Rankin MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head Every day, we are…

  • Dec 4, 2021
Murray Rankin is the MLA for Oak Bay - Gordon Head. (Courtesy of Murray Rankin’s office)
Interior Health's 310-MHSU number connects callers directly to the closest mental health and substance use centre in their community.

B.C.’s mental health crisis is bad and getting worse

Nearly half of British Columbians polled said their mental health was worse due to COVID-19

  • Nov 18, 2021
Interior Health's 310-MHSU number connects callers directly to the closest mental health and substance use centre in their community.
Murray Rankin is the MLA for Oak Bay - Gordon Head. (Courtesy of Murray Rankin’s office)

MLA REPORT: Stepping up on climate protection

Murray Rankin MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head This summer, we saw the…

  • Nov 6, 2021
Murray Rankin is the MLA for Oak Bay - Gordon Head. (Courtesy of Murray Rankin’s office)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

To Have and Have Not: Alberta opens can of worms, but will B.C. bite?

Equalization payments have often been used to incite political anger in Canada

  • Nov 1, 2021
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh