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Giants Head Road in Summerland will undergo some road upgrades. At the April 25 Summerland council meeting, council adopted the loan authorization bylaw. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: Municipal budget and taxes are not always straightforward

Numerous factors affect property taxes in Summerland

  • Jun 9, 2022

 

The Summerland branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will hold its annual summer reading club for children. (Black Press file photo)

COLUMN: Summer Reading Club begins at Summerland Library

Plenty of activities for children throughout the summer

  • Jun 9, 2022

 

Summerland’s rainbow crosswalks attracted controversy when they were first installed. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: All people deserve to be treated with respect

Pride Month, held each year in June, is a time to recognize a segment of our population

 

A mural in Summerland with a Truth and Reconciliation message has been vandalized. The damage was discovered on May 10. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: Disgust and shame over a display of racial hate

Vandalism of reconciliation mural in Summerland is one of many incidents involving racial hatred

A mural in Summerland with a Truth and Reconciliation message has been vandalized. The damage was discovered on May 10. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
FILE - This Oct. 26, 2016 file photo shows a Twitter sign outside of the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. A new study published Thursday, March 8, 2018, in the journal Science shows that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu), File

COLUMN: Freedom of expression extends beyond online platforms

A freedom held dear by Canadians cannot be changed by a Twitter’s policies

FILE - This Oct. 26, 2016 file photo shows a Twitter sign outside of the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. A new study published Thursday, March 8, 2018, in the journal Science shows that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu), File
(Black Press Media file)

COLUMN: Enjoying the best spring rain

The very best memories were when spring was on the horizon and the rain starting its descent

  • May 10, 2022
(Black Press Media file)
Do you call these creatures fish, sea kittens or chickens of the sea? (Black Press file photo)

COLUMN: Kittens, chickens and other sea creatures

A campaign seeks to change the way people think about fish

Do you call these creatures fish, sea kittens or chickens of the sea? (Black Press file photo)
FILE - Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award in Berlin on Dec. 1, 2020. Musk is offering to buy Twitter, Thursday, April 14, 2022. He says the social media platform he has criticized for not living up to free speech principles needs to be transformed as a private company. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)

COLUMN: Controlling the power of a social media platform

The rise of social media platforms has provided a public forum to anyone with an internet connection

FILE - Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award in Berlin on Dec. 1, 2020. Musk is offering to buy Twitter, Thursday, April 14, 2022. He says the social media platform he has criticized for not living up to free speech principles needs to be transformed as a private company. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)
A help wanted sign in the window of a Revelstoke business during the summer of 2021. Canada’s unemployment rate has now reached a record low. (Tim van der Krogt-Revelstoke Review)

COLUMN: A good time for job seekers, but not for employers

Right now some businesses are facing challenges as they try to hire a full staff

A help wanted sign in the window of a Revelstoke business during the summer of 2021. Canada’s unemployment rate has now reached a record low. (Tim van der Krogt-Revelstoke Review)
Eva Pölöskey, of Accent Chocolates on Main Street in Penticton, has been as busy as the Easter bunny has hand-crafted special chocolate Easter eggs. (Monique Tamminga - Black Press)

COLUMN: An Easter celebration of chocolate

The best part about it is that we don’t have to grow up when it comes to this special holiday

  • Apr 12, 2022
Eva Pölöskey, of Accent Chocolates on Main Street in Penticton, has been as busy as the Easter bunny has hand-crafted special chocolate Easter eggs. (Monique Tamminga - Black Press)
Summerland firefighters and members of the Summerland Kinsmen Club worked to demolish the old playground in Memorial Park. A new playground complex will be set up in the same area. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: Plans to enhance Summerland parks

Efforts made to bring about various improvement projects

  • Apr 5, 2022
Summerland firefighters and members of the Summerland Kinsmen Club worked to demolish the old playground in Memorial Park. A new playground complex will be set up in the same area. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Woman getting gas.

COLUMN: The cost of a 50-litre purchase

The price depends on what one is buying

Woman getting gas.
Dan Albas

COLUMN: Considering the decision to buy F-35 fighter jets

Recent decision a change from earlier policy

  • Mar 30, 2022
Dan Albas
On March 1, the Summerlan branch of the Okanagan Regional Library started The Young Adult Amazingly Spectacular Subscription (YAASS) Box, for youths between the ages of 12 and 18.

COLUMN: Library launches YAASS Box program for youths

Summerland library has started The Young Adult Amazingly Spectacular Subscription (YAASS) Box program

  • Mar 29, 2022
On March 1, the Summerlan branch of the Okanagan Regional Library started The Young Adult Amazingly Spectacular Subscription (YAASS) Box, for youths between the ages of 12 and 18.
Shirley Frost, left, and Gerda Faber, both members of the Wells Gray Lively Arts Society, pick up their feet during a blues song performed by Randy Hedlund and Linda MacKenzie. A Coffee House was held by the WGLAS on Saturday, March 5 in the lodge at the Clearwater ski hill. It was the first Coffee House to be held since COVID-19 restrictions were eased last month. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

Cole’s Notes: Re-opening will be awkward, so be kind

Use your COVID common sense and don’t be rude, Schisler says

Shirley Frost, left, and Gerda Faber, both members of the Wells Gray Lively Arts Society, pick up their feet during a blues song performed by Randy Hedlund and Linda MacKenzie. A Coffee House was held by the WGLAS on Saturday, March 5 in the lodge at the Clearwater ski hill. It was the first Coffee House to be held since COVID-19 restrictions were eased last month. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
A man opens his arms as he stands near a house destroyed in the Russian artillery shelling, in the village of Horenka close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022. On Day 11 of Russia’s war on Ukraine, Russian troops shelled encircled cities, and it appeared that a second attempt to evacuate civilians from the besieged port city of Mariupol had failed due to continued violence. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

COLUMN: Ukraine conflict hits close to home

Refugees from Ukraine are leaving places they have known and loved

A man opens his arms as he stands near a house destroyed in the Russian artillery shelling, in the village of Horenka close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022. On Day 11 of Russia’s war on Ukraine, Russian troops shelled encircled cities, and it appeared that a second attempt to evacuate civilians from the besieged port city of Mariupol had failed due to continued violence. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Dan Albas

COLUMN: Federal government explores actions to assist Ukraine

Canada could become major supplier of oil to Europe

  • Mar 9, 2022
Dan Albas
Spring break programs will be available at the Summerland branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

COLUMN: Spring break crafting at the Summerland Library

Activities offered beginning March 19

  • Mar 8, 2022
Spring break programs will be available at the Summerland branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
International Women’s Day is March 8. (Contributed)

COLUMN: Celebrate all women this International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is March 8.

  • Feb 26, 2022
International Women’s Day is March 8. (Contributed)
There are parts of the world where the Bible is banned or restricted. In Canada, people are free to read this pivotal text of the Christian faith. (File photo)

COLUMN: Reading the Bible, the Qur’an and the Communist Manifesto

Not everyone enjoys the same freedom to read as exists in Canada

There are parts of the world where the Bible is banned or restricted. In Canada, people are free to read this pivotal text of the Christian faith. (File photo)