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Painful Truth: Should Canada join the European Union?

It’s a weird question, but in a weird age maybe we need new alliances

 

Painful Truth: Short term goals needed on climate action

Politicians are arguing along predictable lines but not working on immediate goals

 

Painful Truth: Forestry no longer close to top of B.C.’s economy

Our reactions to a forestry downturn reflect the past, not the present

 

Painful Truth: Too easy to fall into paranoia about virus

Our columnist can feel the creeping coronavirus panic

Longtime newspaper columnist Christie Blatchford dead at 68

Blatchford had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer in Toronto

A Christmas fable, continued

Jim McGregor finishes his story of a hardscrabble Christmas in Langley

A Langley fable for Christmas

Part one of Jim McGregor’s tale of the holiday season

  • Dec 20, 2019

Painful Truth: Replacing Scheer won’t solve Conservatives’ big problem

What kind of a party are they going to have to be if they want to beat Trudeau?

Painful Truth: Three ideas for Langley you’re going to hate

Radical surgery on the transit arteries of Langley

Frankly Speaking: Compare candidates, be sure to vote

Info is out there to make an informed decision

Painful Truth: Sun editor’s apology for op-ed rings hollow

The xenophobic piece should never have run in a major newspaper

Odd Thoughts: Madness hovers over unscheduled upload

Technology is enough to drive us mad

  • Sep 6, 2019

Painful Truth: Common sense won’t save our politics

There aren’t easy answers to hard problems

Painful Truth: Most boring federal election ever?

The party leaders are dull and not throwing out a lot of interesting ideas

Painful Truth: Boom and bust for towns welcoming B.C. seniors

What happens to B.C.’s retirement towns when there aren’t any more retirees?

Painful Truth: Green space and green growth often at odds in Langley

How do we build an eco-friendly community, develop housing, and preserve tree cover?

McGregor Says: Summer jobs open doors

The want ads changed the course of many people’s lives

  • Jul 24, 2019

Painful Truth: Drawing (and re-drawing) lines on maps

City boundaries are artificial – the question is, how do we make them work for us?