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The invasive plant called water hyacinth, otherwise referenced as the “toothless crocodile” is a problem around much of the globe, including in Nepal, where California State University prof Anil Shrestha snapped these pictures. Thankfully, it’s not a problem here, yet. But it has potential with climate change. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

GREEN BEAT: Toothless crocodiles still bite

Langley prof marks invasive species awareness week by talking about dangers of water hyacinth

  • Feb 21, 2023
The invasive plant called water hyacinth, otherwise referenced as the “toothless crocodile” is a problem around much of the globe, including in Nepal, where California State University prof Anil Shrestha snapped these pictures. Thankfully, it’s not a problem here, yet. But it has potential with climate change. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Maybe if we painted double-decker buses red it would help? This bus was used to promote the film “To Sir With Love” at a previous St. George’s Motoring Show held by the Langley Area Mostly British (LAMB) car club at the historic Fort Langley Community hall. (Langley Advance Times files)
Maybe if we painted double-decker buses red it would help? This bus was used to promote the film “To Sir With Love” at a previous St. George’s Motoring Show held by the Langley Area Mostly British (LAMB) car club at the historic Fort Langley Community hall. (Langley Advance Times files)
Chefs should be knowledgeable about optimum guidelines for preparing food, but ultimately, it should be up to the consumer of the dishes to decide their own taste preferences – steak being just one offered as example by Chef Dez. (Metro Creative Services)

ON COOKING: Don’t be bullied by culinary snobs

Chef Dez encourages people to be proud of their food preferences, and own it

  • Feb 20, 2023
Chefs should be knowledgeable about optimum guidelines for preparing food, but ultimately, it should be up to the consumer of the dishes to decide their own taste preferences – steak being just one offered as example by Chef Dez. (Metro Creative Services)
Hundreds of people march along Yale Road near Hodgins Avenue during a so-called Fraser Valley Freedom Rally on Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

OPINION: The staggering socioeconomic costs of COVID anti-vaxxer behaviour

COVID-is-a-hoax crowd caused thousands more deaths, hundreds of millions in hospital costs: report

Hundreds of people march along Yale Road near Hodgins Avenue during a so-called Fraser Valley Freedom Rally on Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
NBC Sports NFL Analyst Chris Simms played the role of Nostradamus on the Northwest Tank Lines Super Bowl show. (courtesy Bob Marjanovich)

THE MOJ: the coach, the offensive line and why the Chiefs are champions

Credit Kansas City, but there will always be a ‘yeah, but’ tied to this Super Bowl

NBC Sports NFL Analyst Chris Simms played the role of Nostradamus on the Northwest Tank Lines Super Bowl show. (courtesy Bob Marjanovich)
Canada’s Connor Bedard carries the IIHF Championship Cup while celebrating winning over Czechia at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal game in Halifax on Thursday, January 5, 2023. Connor Bedard keeps packing arenas in Western Canada after his electrifying performance at the world junior men’s hockey championship. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Canada’s Connor Bedard carries the IIHF Championship Cup while celebrating winning over Czechia at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal game in Halifax on Thursday, January 5, 2023. Connor Bedard keeps packing arenas in Western Canada after his electrifying performance at the world junior men’s hockey championship. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

THE MOJ: Canucks predictably dwindling their way down to season’s end

Looking at the draft all fans have, as Tocchet’s record with the Canucks drops to a dismal 3-6

Canada’s Connor Bedard carries the IIHF Championship Cup while celebrating winning over Czechia at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal game in Halifax on Thursday, January 5, 2023. Connor Bedard keeps packing arenas in Western Canada after his electrifying performance at the world junior men’s hockey championship. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Canada’s Connor Bedard carries the IIHF Championship Cup while celebrating winning over Czechia at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal game in Halifax on Thursday, January 5, 2023. Connor Bedard keeps packing arenas in Western Canada after his electrifying performance at the world junior men’s hockey championship. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Office towers, condos and apartment buildings are seen in downtown and the West End of Vancouver, on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

PAINFUL TRUTH: The internet made us small

Being online is a new way of feeling alone in the crowd

Office towers, condos and apartment buildings are seen in downtown and the West End of Vancouver, on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Bob Marjanovich poses with podcast co-host Chris Burns and legendary quarterback Joe Montana in Phoenix ahead of the Super Bowl. (courtesy Bob Marjanovich)

THE MOJ: In a drastic shift, the NFL is gambling on a new way to make money

As for the Moj, his money is on the Eagles in this weekend’s big game

Bob Marjanovich poses with podcast co-host Chris Burns and legendary quarterback Joe Montana in Phoenix ahead of the Super Bowl. (courtesy Bob Marjanovich)
A COVID-19 test. Island Health workers are being urged to not get tested. (Black Press Media file photo)

CAMPBELL: Some sick B.C. health workers urged by bosses to not test for COVID-19

New Vancouver Island memo seems to run counter to provincial policy on isolation

A COVID-19 test. Island Health workers are being urged to not get tested. (Black Press Media file photo)
File - In 2023, are celebrations such as Black History Month still needed? This writer weighs in. Picture shown is an event promoting Black history month at the The Nanaimo African Heritage Society in lieu of their second annual online gala. (News Bulletin file photo)

HITCHINS: In 2023, yes, Black History Month is still important

Recognizing accomplishments by those of African origin vital to identity

File - In 2023, are celebrations such as Black History Month still needed? This writer weighs in. Picture shown is an event promoting Black history month at the The Nanaimo African Heritage Society in lieu of their second annual online gala. (News Bulletin file photo)
Kansas City Chiefs fans cheer during the NFL football Super Bowl 57 opening night, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, in Phoenix. The Kansas City Chiefs will play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt York)

THE MOJ: Super Bowl week all about the schmooze

Thinking of heading to Phoenix? Better have some deep pockets

Kansas City Chiefs fans cheer during the NFL football Super Bowl 57 opening night, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, in Phoenix. The Kansas City Chiefs will play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt York)
BC Ferries regularly cancels sailings between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen. (Black Press Media file photo)

CAMPBELL: ‘You owe us!’: passenger berates BC Ferries staff for chronic tardiness

Passengers fed up with delays when BC Ferries penalizes drivers when they are late

BC Ferries regularly cancels sailings between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Surrey provincial court house, a venue for human silliness as well as serious business. (Credit: Cliff MacArthur/provincialcourt.bc.ca)

PAINFUL TRUTH: To be human is to be absurd

Why are there weird lawsuits? Because people are weird

The Surrey provincial court house, a venue for human silliness as well as serious business. (Credit: Cliff MacArthur/provincialcourt.bc.ca)
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Abbotsford News.
Jessica Peters is a reporter at the Abbotsford News.
Certain apps can make users more mindful of their social media use. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

KITTERINGHAM: Why I unfollowed 500 social media accounts this month

Social media was depressing me, so I did something about it

Certain apps can make users more mindful of their social media use. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror
Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet, back, stands behind Ilya Mikheyev, from left to right, Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Vancouver, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Playing out the string should give the Canucks plenty of time for evaluation

Situation offers new coach Rick Tocchet a chance to give himself an extended training camp

Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet, back, stands behind Ilya Mikheyev, from left to right, Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Vancouver, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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OPINION: High income taxes make B.C. less attractive and productive

Horgan government increased B.C.’s top personal income tax rate from 14.7 per cent to 20.5 per cent

  • Feb 1, 2023
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Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat skates off the ice after being named the first star of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Vancouver, on Friday, January 27, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Horvat trade looks to be a premature swing and a missed opportunity

Canucks didn’t address their most pressing needs and probably should have waited

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat skates off the ice after being named the first star of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Vancouver, on Friday, January 27, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
David Lee Roth (left) and the Chilliwack man who for years has impersonated him, David Kuntz-Angel (right). Kuntz-Angel was convicted on Aug. 2, 2019 of various counts connected to sex with an underage girl. A mistrial was declared and now the trial continues Jan. 30, 2023. (Twitter/Brantford Expositor)

OPINION: Warrant issued for Chilliwack’s David Lee Roth wannabe who jumped bail

David Kuntz-Angel a no-show Monday for his B.C. Supreme Court underage sex trial’s closing arguments

David Lee Roth (left) and the Chilliwack man who for years has impersonated him, David Kuntz-Angel (right). Kuntz-Angel was convicted on Aug. 2, 2019 of various counts connected to sex with an underage girl. A mistrial was declared and now the trial continues Jan. 30, 2023. (Twitter/Brantford Expositor)
A dump truck works near the Syncrude oil sands extraction facility near the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta on June 1, 2014. Thirteen years after Canada first signed an international agreement to eliminate “inefficient” government subsidies to the fossil fuel sector, and four years since launching a peer review with Argentina to identify what subsidies exist, the federal government is still working to define what an inefficient fossil fuel subsidy actually is. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

PAINFUL TRUTH: Change is coming, ‘just’ or not

If you fight the just transition all the way, you’re going to lose

A dump truck works near the Syncrude oil sands extraction facility near the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta on June 1, 2014. Thirteen years after Canada first signed an international agreement to eliminate “inefficient” government subsidies to the fossil fuel sector, and four years since launching a peer review with Argentina to identify what subsidies exist, the federal government is still working to define what an inefficient fossil fuel subsidy actually is. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
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