COVID-19 is hastening the green economy, and we are far behind

We need to prepare now — right now — for a post-oil Newfoundland and Labrador, writes contributor Lori Lee Oates.
First Person

I felt gutted when I was fired. If cuts are coming, we need to change how they're done

Being fired is traumatizing, contributor Connie Boland says from first-hand experience. She says managers must find a more humane and respectful way to cut jobs.
First Person

What this digital nomad learned during the COVID-19 lockdown

When Lynette Adams first learned the term "digital nomad," she already was one: working while travelling. Like many, she has had to reinvent her career during COVID-19.
First Person

As anger raged about rotational workers, women organized. Here's what I learned

The women who stay home while their partners work elsewhere have been called the "skippers of the shore crew." As Deatra Walsh writes, the burdens these last months have been extraordinary — and so too has been the need to be kind.
Point of View

Was 2020 a writeoff? Not entirely. Here's why we need to celebrate ordinary things

Yes, there are parts of the year you will want to forget. But as Christine Hennebury writes, it's important to look at the bright spots and to reflect on what they provided.
First Person

An endless ark of medication: Here's how I endured a voyage through psychiatric drugs

It all started with just one prescription, for an antidepressant. In time, Anthony Brenton was prescribed "all description of pill and capsule," and came to know a hopeless terror. In a powerful essay, the writer and poet describes how he came through.
First Person

Here's my Christmas wish to you: Have a nap, and stay home out of it

Extreme socializing doesn't agree with social distancing, writes columnist Edward Riche, who says the rowdy hallmarks of a great N.L. Christmas have to be scaled back. "Cannot be at it," he says. "Cannot. Be. At. It."
First Person

I moved to St. John's, and I find myself yearning for my Jewish identity

When Drew Wolfson Bell was asked to cook at a new restaurant in St. John's, he took the opportunity — and found himself thinking differently about food, culture and his own story.

A bureaucratic system forgot I was the human being on the other side. I want change

Injured while working for an unregistered company, Stephanie Dohey found herself without the help she needed — in part, she says, because workers' compensation officials made only a small effort to contact her.
Apocalypse Then

From hard pants to consumptive chic: How pandemics influence fashion

Fashion as we know it — clothing and cosmetic trends that change from year to year — was kick-started by a pandemic, writes Ainsley Hawthorn in the latest instalment of our Apocalypse Then series.

Unhappy trails: Why the St. John's bike plan is all downhill

The pedestrian trails in St. John's are the envy of the world, writes columnist Edward Riche. While dedicated bike trails are a good idea, he says, paving over river trails is not.
Atlantic Voice

Endless Zoom calls invaded his life. Then he noticed intrusions everywhere

Like many, Bojan Fürst has taken up daily walks to deal with the pandemic. This week on Atlantic Voice, he invites listeners to his secret place: a refuge from the many invasions we now face.
Point of View

Being high-risk for COVID complications looks different than most people think

It's not just Nan who's vulnerable.
First Person

Pushing my luck: Why I'm taking up skateboarding at 40

Andrew Hawthorn wanted to be more active with his transportation, so he chose skateboarding. His skateboard, however, chose to fling him face-first to the ground.
Apocalypse Then

Here's why disease outbreaks create perfect conditions for the rise of conspiracy theories

"Fake news" is no recent thing. As Ainsley Hawthorn writes, prior outbreaks have been a breeding ground for more than just germs.
Point of View

Stuck in a rut of procrastination? It's time to get more specific with what you need to do

Do find yourself dreading a certain task, or finding ways to delay it? Christine Hennebury writes that often happens when when we haven't been specific about what it is, or how and when we are going to do it.
Point of View

My husband travels to another province for work. Here's how we're coping with COVID-19

Coronavirus travels, and so does my husband, writes Carolyn R. Parsons. While preventing community spread with all these screens is the government's job, protecting myself and our family is my job.
Point of View

Time is all we've got: Don't be too thankful 2020 is nearly over

This year has definitely been a painful one, writes contributor Chris William Martin. However, there's always value in remembering how precious time is.
Apocalypse Then

The kids are all right: We can learn about resilience from children in earlier pandemics

Hong Kong schoolchildren living in the SARS outbreak of 2003 experienced all the restrictions that students in many places are facing right now.
Point of View

Tragedy and time: How I came to understand my dad after suicide

Gerald Hayward was the light of his daughter Karla's life. But as she writes in a powerful guest column, his light was less like the sun and more like the beam of a lighthouse: incredibly bright but always trailing the darkness behind.

I'm a business owner, and corporations are not paying their share of tax

About three-quarters of of our workforce paid the same total amount as every corporation that operated in our province combined, writes guest columnist Terry Hussey. "That feels wrong."

We're in a climate emergency. It's time for our leaders to start acting like it

Not everyone wants an oil recovery, writes contributor Lori Lee Oates, who instead calls on politicians to focus on climate change and the damage of fossil fuels.

A recipe that's been in the (human) family for years. Thousands of them, actually

On a weekend that celebrates food, contributor Wanita Bates thinks about recipes, and how they have changed through the years. “Our recipes have evolved from ancient stone tablets to searching the web on tablets we need to plug in,” she says.
Point of View

Fruits (and vegetables) of their labour: Why I got involved in this gardening project

An amazing team of volunteers quickly came together to build Project Grow, which distributed 500 kits to people in the community, writes contributor Karla Hayward.

We're still here: How the residential school system affected my family

Both sides of Tyler Mugford's family endured terrible things at residential schools. "There are times where that resentment and pain surfaces, even after all these years," he writes of one grandmother's ordeal. "It never fails to break my heart."