Monday, March 31, 2008
Road trips to Seattle, Portland and other Pacific Northwest destinations have long been popular with British Columbians hankering for some fun and recreation south of the 49th parallel. But given the dreadfully long lineups at border crossings in the Lower Mainland, perhaps they’d be better off flying to Toronto or Montreal instead for that out-of-town weekend adventure.
After all, getting there by air might at least be faster than joining the queue of Washington-bound cars at the Peace Arch crossing on a typical Saturday morning.
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Monday, March 17, 2008
These are gloomy days for dodgeball, hopscotch and other staples of the traditional school recess in British Columbia. Over the past decade, playgrounds and sports fields across the province have gone quiet as a result of school closings; the sounds of children at play during their breaks from math and grammar giving way to a vacuum of silence.
And that’s a shame for all of us. Continue reading